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Like a long-lost friend!

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I got out to pound a little pavement this morning!  It has been quite a while since I’ve done that.  It was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend!   It felt great, even though I wasn’t able to run like I use to.  Just another reason for me to get back to it, by the way.  I have such a hard time finding the motivation to run on a regular basis, but when I do go for a run, I love it and I’m so glad I do it.  What is the deal?  Anyone else out there struggle with this?  I’m sure if I could make it a habit I would have no issue with this, but the problem is getting to the point where this is a habit.   All advice is welcome!

Oh, before I run off, I have to mention that tomorrow will be my first field trip with my little pre-k’er.  I know, “it’s the end of the year and this is your first field trip with her?” is what you’re thinking.  But I worked the first half of the school year, and my husband went on all of them.  This is the first trip since I’ve been back home.  And let me just tell you, I am super excited!

New Smoothie!

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Okay, I’ve been doing smoothies for some of my meals, and here is one I did for breakfast today.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Makes: 1 servings View Nutrition Facts

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana

Directions:

In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.

 

Let me just tell you, this is AMAZING!  How can something so simple taste so good!?

Have a blessed day!

Back to Business!

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Sorry I’ve been away so long.  My sister gets married on March 31st, so wedding planning, shower planning, etc. is in full swing.  I’m working on stuff for her wedding shower and bridal shower, as well getting ready for 5th birthday party next month.  So yes, lots of activities around this household.  On top of that, my daughter as a Valentine’s day party at school we are preparing for, as well as a Mardi Gra parade, and 100th day of school celebration.  It is like a 3 ring circus in the Kees home.  lol…but we wouldn’t have it any other way!  Oh…and I’m making a birthday cake tomorrow for my brother-in-law’s birthday dinner tomorrow night.  Whew!!

Enough about all that…I wanted to update ya’ll and let you know that I have jumped back on the weight loss train.  I bailed a few months back, but last week I caught up with it and got on.  So far I have lost 3 pounds.  I hope to add another 5lbs to that loss after this week.  I’m eating as clean as I possibly can.  Lots of veggies, salads, fruits, whole grain, and smoothies.  I am also really working on portion control, because I think that is my biggest struggle…mainly due to the fact that I east so stinking fast.  So in addition, I am learning to slow down and enjoy my food.  I am also doing some strengthening/cardio workouts at least 5 days a week.  Hopefully I will get my muscle back and get back to running again soon.  I can definitely feel myself getting stronger already, which is great.  I really need to see/feel some quick progress to really be able to stay 100% motivated, so it is so nice to have that.  I hope to be healthy, strong, and lean by the end of all of this.  So what are your health and fitness routines?  What do you do to lose weight?  What do eat?  I love getting some insight and advice from others, so please, chime in!

Thanks for reading & God Bless!

Running Update!

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I am soo sorry!!!!!

I know I have not updated you guys in forever.  I’m really sorry about that.  Its been crazy!  My kid was sick, and I’ve been sick, and our schedule has been a bit crazy.

Anyhow, I had my first 5k on Saturday in Ruston, La.  It was super hard between the hills, the heat, and being sick.  However, I finished and didn’t come in last!  Those were my top goals!  My time was 52:12.  That def. is not good, but at least I did it.  I am back into the training.  My goal is to be able to run 3 miles by the time we leave for vacation on July 30th.  I think I can do that!  Again, the weight loss isn’t going so well.  I think I’m going to have to buff up the diet.  I really would like to lose some more weight before vacation.  Any advice is welcome btw!!

Love ya & keep on runnin’

C25K End of Week 1

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I have officially completed week 1 of the couch to 5k program.  Woo Hoo!  I worked out 5 days (Monday thru Friday), and when I weighed after my run this morning I weighed 3lbs less.  How awesome is that!  As thrilled as I am with what I have accomplished this week, I have so far to go I find myself doubting whether or not I can do it.  This morning’s workout was certainly one of those times.  See, on Thursday I began to experience shin splints.  This morning they were killing me after only 3/4 mile in.  I couldn’t help but think that I couldn’t do it, that I couldn’t walk anymore, much less run.  And if I couldn’t do it, I would just fall behind and be unable to really become a runner, and then I wouldn’t lose the weight, which would mean I would never see myself having a body again, rather than the blob I am.  All of these negative thoughts were pouring out.  I immediately felt God telling me to keep going, and shut off that little devil on my shoulder.  So I did.  I began recalling bible verses in which God encourages us to keep going, even when things are really hard, and how when the flesh is made weak, the spirit is make stronger.  God flooded my mind with positive and encouraging words.  I realized that this morning, God wanted to see what I was made of.  He wanted to see if I would rely on him and push through the pain, and just finish what I had set out to do at 5am.  And guess what….I did!  I’m sore again today, and my legs hurt, but that’s okay with me.  I know it will get better eventually.  At the end of our run, I mentioned how today was the first day this week that I actually struggled to get up. (Which is a big deal for me because I’m not a morning person at all!)  That struggle to get out of bed is what first told me that I would struggle today.  And boy did I!  Turns out though, my sister and stepmom felt the same way this morning.  It was hard for them too, but we all pushed through it together and finished.  Now our mom kinda showed us up (lol), but I’m so proud of her.  She ran more today (as in running without stopping) then she has so far…and she is in her 40’s.  Props to her!  I am so proud of her for that!  Especially when I think that I’m 23 and struggling just to run because of my weight, yet here she is running like a pro.  What a wonderful example she sets for us!

We’ve planned on doing this running Monday through Friday each week, and taking off on the weekend.  That sounded great, but now I’m tempted to do it myself on weekends too.  I mean lets be honest, I need more work than they do, so doing the extra workouts might would help me to improve so that I can keep up with their pace and progress.  I just  am worried that I won’t be able to push myself as hard as when we all do it together.  We will see I guess.  I know my body needs rest, but I really want to be disciplined in this.  Maybe I’ll see if the hubby is willing to do some running.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.  

I’d like to just give a quick shout out to all the moms out there….I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, you deserve it.   Happy Mother’s Day!