Thinking Out Loud – ABC’s

Every Thursday I make a note to myself to do Amanda’s, at Running with Spoons, Thursday “Thinking Out Loud” link up. Do I ever actually get to it? Heck no! I’m so lazy. Sometimes I just don’t even do the link ups because if you knew what I was actually thinking about that week, you would call a mental hospital and have me admitted…or something like that…But tonight as I was catching up on some of my favorite bloggers – Leslie at Life Begins at 30?, to be exact- she just posted something pretty cool yesterday – that actually came from Amanda at Running With Spoons (ironic? No more ironic than the fact that I have Amanda’s almond joy oatmeal cookies in the oven right now…as I’m typing…)

ANYway, it was a neat post so I’m carrying it forward. ;) It’s just something random and fun and if you wanna join in and do your own ABC post, have at it and link it back to me!

A is for age: 35. I have nothing to say about it except that your only as old as you feel. And I feel 22. :)

B is for breakfast today: 2 cups of coffee and a banana

C is for currently craving: Amanda’s Almond Joy Oatmeal cookies that I need to go get outta the oven in a minute! :)

D is for dinner tonight: Amy’s Southwestern burrito with Sriracha sauce!

E is for favorite type of exercise: I mean, running of course! But I really love boxing and strength classes too.

F is for irrational fear: dancing. That was the best I could come up with. Ya, it’s pretty irrational and considering there are dance jam classes at my gym, I should probably face this fear someday…

G is for gross food: sushi – I tried to like it. Twice. Yuck!

H is for hometown: Andover, OH – thank you Jesus for Columbus, OH!

I is for something important: hope. We have to have hope. And as long as we are kicking and screaming breathing, there is ALWAYS hope! Oh, and it’s also important that I share Amanda’s cookie recipe with you TONIGHT. Here is the link. 

J is for current favorite jam:think this is for ‘jam’ as in, ‘jelly’, but imma go with ‘jam’ as in ‘song’. I do what I want. My fave ‘jam/song’….for running btw! IS: Hall of Fame by The Script

K is for kids: I’m skipping this one. On purpose. :) 

L is for current location: on my couch, drinking wine, eating cookies, blogging, and listening to The Hus watch “his sci-fi show”.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: HA! Can I skip this one too?? Let’s just say, it wasn’t spent on US. OR on the vacation we were supposed to go on next week…

N is for something you need: a beach vacation? Ok ok. I guess I’ll be serious…I mean, the beach vay-cay is a serious need, but I suppose maybe some patience patience might be a more responsible answer…(catch how I tried to downplay that patience thing? I don’t wanna face it. ;) )

O is for occupation:  I am a boring cubicle worker at a financial institution. This was Leslie’s answer for this question, and I won’t lie, I didn’t even change it because there was no need to. :)

P is for pet peeve: lately, listening to people chew and snap their gum. ALL day. AAAAAAALLLLLL DAAAAAAYYYYY! :( 

Q is for a quote:  oh gosh. I’m a quote FANATIC! I mean, I have a whole board on Pinterest for quotes. And they are scattered all over our mirrors! um, ok. Just one that I love. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

R is for random fact about you: I LOVE PIZZA!!!! Oh, you wanted something random that you didn’t know?! Well you shoulda said so! Ok. Um, I had a volleyball scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh in Titusville (my family had a cabin in the Alleghany and I was gonna just live there!), but I never took it because I wanted to leave the states with all the snow! I headed to South Carolina. Where I lasted 6 months and then moved back home. BIG mistake. BIG! (I mean, in reality, everything happens for a reason right?)

S is for favorite healthy snack: strawberry’s and salsa – not together obviously.

T is for favorite treat: ice cream – and NOT the healthy kind! OR! A massage. THAT’s a treat because I don’t end up going to get massages very often…I need to though…
U is for something that makes you unique: I mean, come on now, they broke the mold with me so I’m ALL unique! haha I kid. On the real though, um, my laugh? I only say that because people always comment on it, so I’m just going with the statistics.
V is for favorite vegetable: Brussel sprouts with olive oil and Trader Joe’s 21 season salute 

W is for today’s workout: strength class @ the gym with Alexander!
X is for X-rays you’ve had: um, I remember having an X-ray done one time, but I can’t even remember what it was for! I have never broken anything, so who only knows what my deal was.

Y is for yesterday’s highlights: oh geez. It was such a boring day yesterday…um, since I didn’t workout, I guess having tacos for dinner! I love taco night :) And I loved making taco salads for us today with the leftovers! :)

Z is for your time zone: Eastern

Your turn. :)

Glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? More oldies. And…

Do you struggle with being a positive person sometimes? I know I used to! I always immediately saw the glass as 1/2 empty instead of 1/2 full. So now I post positive quotes, verses, etc, on my bathroom mirrors  (and The Hus’ mirror ;) ) so that we can be encouraged, motivated, and focused on the positives first thing in the morning as we are getting ready for the day! Here are some of mine:





So be encouraged. :) And if it will help you, post-it’s can be used ALL over the house with little encouragements and words of motivation. (And if you want to be able to actually read the one about being authentic, email me and I’ll send it to you. :) )

In case you were wondering, I have been working out this week…just not today. ;) Alexander took over the Monday strength class, which happens to be right before strike class, so I did that strength class on Monday. There was no strike because the gym is re-doing the floors in the other studio. Again. But I’m really excited about him teaching another strength class because I NEED more strength classes in my life. So one on Monday and one on Thursday is a great balance for my running. :) Tuesday I went to spinning. I didn’t even bother staying for kickboxing because my quads and calves have been D-E-A-D for days now! So with that being said, I took tonight OFF! :) Tomorrow is another strength class, and then this weekend (maybe Friday night?) is a 14 miler! Ya! Speed run and a hill run may not happen this week, but considering how my legs feel, and that my long runs are about to get real, I’m kinda ok with that adjustment to the schedule this week!

And now I interrupt this post with some more of my playlist additions. I’m still on this “oldies” kick, and Peanut Butter Fingers posted her playlist today with some songs that I just had to add! Some of her playlist I just put on mine the other day, but there were definitely some good ones to add to mine! Here’s the new additions:

Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night

Lesley Gore – It’s My Party

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll

Kenny Loggins – Footloose

Chic – Le Freak

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Tone Loc – Wild Thing

MKTO – Classic

The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine

Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart

Spice Girls – Tokyo Girl

Ace of Base – The Sign

Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me

Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are

AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Van Halen – You Really Got Me

Van Halen – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You


So now I wish it wasn’t dark outside so that I could go for a run and listen to my playlist! haha I mean I would actually go run around town in the dark, but this guy I live with won’t let me… :( Something about my safety…?

Anyway, hope your having a great week!

What positive, motivational quotes do you love? Share one with me!!

Need a belly laugh?

So my Nana sent me this email to me tonight and my stomach hurts so bad from laughing – or maybe it just hurts from all the ab exercises and the ab roller?! – that I just HAVE to share it with you! Enjoy! :)



Dear Diary,

For my birthday this year, my daughter purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started!  The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.



Started my day at 6:00 a.m.  Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me.  He is something of a Greek god– with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.  I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today.  Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around.  This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!


I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.  Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it!  My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT!  It’s a whole new life for me.

The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.  I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop.  I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members.  His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?  Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.


Butt hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late– it took me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine– which I sank.

I hate that jackass Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world.  Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobics instructor.  If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps.  I don’t have any triceps!  And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.  Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.  Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..

I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over.  I will also pray that next year my daughter will choose a gift for me that is fun– like a root canal or a hysterectomy.  I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

You never know.

Today, all I have for you is this: life is short and goes by waaaaay too fast. You never know if that last hug or kiss or “I love you”, was the last. Take advantage of those moments. I say this because, well, I’ve become “that spouse” that rushes so much, and keeps so busy, that I get annoyed when my Hus wants me to take a second to just HUG him. I know. I KNOW! Typically the wives are the ones craving this affection from their hubby’s, and here I am, one lucky wife with a hubby who loves to hug and touch, and I completely push him aside because “I’m in a hurry”. You know what, I’m ALWAYS in a hurry. But is it more important than telling my Hus that I love him, and to hug him for 5 minutes. No. How do I know that it could be the last hug we have? Clearly I’ve been convicted of this simple little act for a little while, so I’m trying to remind myself, and take the time, to “hug it out” with my Hus everyday. And if I’m running out the door to hurry up and get to work, or the gym, or bible study, or wherever, and he wants a hug, I’m forcing myself to STOP! and just embrace the moment.

So I challenge YOU – if your the one in your relationship/marriage who is always too busy to take a minute to love on your partner/spouse/kids/family/friends, TAKE THE TIME!! You DON’T know if that will be your last. Don’t for a SECOND think that it’s enough that they just KNOW you love them – they NEED to hear it and feel it.



And that’s all I have for today. After I go “hug it out” with my Hus for 5 minutes, I’m going back to adding more old school songs to my playlist – some AC/DC, Van Halen, Def Lepard, etc… This is gonna be one heck of a marathon! ;)

Workouts, food prepping, and yoga injured my hip.

Friday’s workout – speed day at the track! It was such a nice night for it too! And as soon as my mom and I got to the track, others followed. It was actually kinda nice having other people there though. It motivates me. And the one girl that showed up, was one of the girls I had met in the run club during the Tuesday night speed workouts – she’s really fast. She had her 2 girls with her and I made a mental note to remember that if I ever have kids – that is a really good idea taking them to the track, locking them in, and getting a run in without having to push a stroller! They kept running alongside her (or trying to! ;) ) every time she came around their side of the track. Future runners right there!

My speed workout was good too -

1/2 mile warmup

4 x 200’s (with 200 m recoveries in between) – 7:50 pace

2 x 400’s (with 400 m recoveries in between) – 8:00-8:20 pace

2 x 600’s (with 400 m recoveries in between) – 8:40-8:50 pace

2 x 400’s (with 400 m recoveries in between) – 8:20-8:30 pace (I was tired after those 600’s!)

4 x 200’s (with 200 m recoveries in between) – 7:50 pace (but I picked it back up for the finish!)

cool down – 2 laps

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Saturday’s workout – since I worked some OT in the morning, I went to yoga at 11:45 – AFTER I left work and got my drivers license renewed because I didn’t realize it expired on my birthday this year. Three weeks ago. Phil brought it up Friday night at about 10 pm. #epicfail

Yoga was great. And definitely not your average yoga class. I could tell that my left hip/leg was really tight and I had quite the time trying to get my left leg to get in those poses. Guess I need more workouts like that…


The rest of Saturday was spent going to a food truck festival, church, and movie night. Busy busy busy. :)

At the food truck festival, Phil decided he didn’t want to share 3 ways with us, so my mom and I shared a gyro and nachos. It was a shame I put so much stuff on the nachos, because then Philco wouldn’t eat any and there were enough nachos for about 6 people! But this food truck – Tortilla Street Food – had quite the set up, and I wanted ALL the toppings! You just go down the line and choose what all you want. You guys. There were 5 different salsas. FIVE! How do you pick just one. You don’t. We had 3 of them. And actually, as I’m looking at the picture, I think there were actually about 8 different salsas! That’s what’s up! We really didn’t even make a dent in them when we were done.


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Sunday’s workout – LONG RUN! 9 miler was scheduled. I. Was. Not. Feeling. It. I made it 7.25 miles. It was raining all the way to the park. I started running and it stopped raining, but was slightly humid. Then towards the end, it started raining just a little bit and it felt so good! But I was physically and mentally DONE! My hip was really hurting from yoga injuring it on Saturday. I had to stop about 2 or 3 times to stretch it out. At least I got something in though because this was my last “short” long run! Next weekend is 14 miles, so I knew I needed to do SOMETHING today whether I felt like it or not. Since I had added such great songs to my playlist, I at least had something to look forward to. ;)

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And now, I’m really quite proud of myself for prepping my lunches this week. If you remember correctly, one of my New Years Resolutions was to be better at meal planning. Well, not only have I completely failed at that, I have completely gotten out of my routine of making salads for lunch. Ever since November, when I changed buildings/jobs, I’ve gotten lazy because I now have access to a cafeteria that has a salad bar; so I end up just getting lunch there. Everyday pretty much. The prices just went up last week and it made me mad, so I’m attempting to get back on my routine of making us salads to take for lunches. I’ve at least got Monday’s and Tuesday’s done! :)



Do you pack your lunch everyday? Do you have the same thing?? 

Do you plan and prep your dinners too???