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OBX Vacation and More!

We got back from our big family vacation to Duck, NC in the Outer Banks a week ago.  We had such a great time!  Perfect weather the whole time which is just crazy for OBX.  No rain and temperatures in the 80’s the whole time.  Normally when we go (this is our 4th year) it storms a lot and it gets really hot for a few days – like so hot you can’t even go outside.  Very lucky this time!

Now that vacation is over it is time to buckle down and get my eating and drinking under control.  Back to MyFitnessPal and wearing my FitBit and actually getting off my butt and walking at lunch (as long as it isn’t too hot)!  I have gained a little weight over the last two years or so and I really don’t like it.  I am not over weight but I still don’t like it.  I have tried to like it but I just don’t.  Everyone around me thinks I look fine but I just think I need some work.  I don’t think I look bad but I could definitely be more toned and be a little bit smaller.  It wouldn’t be hard to do if I just watched what I ate a little and didn’t drink so much alcohol.  Seems so simple but it is just sooooo hard!  Wish me luck!  I can do this!  10 lbs is nothing!

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Little Late But Totally AWESOME Weekend and Week So Far!

A little late with this one but it took some time to get back with the reality program after we got back from our AWESOME weekend of hanging out with my BFF since high school at her house on the water!  What a great time!

First off, here is me and my BFF.  We have been friends for almost 30 years.  Saying that makes me feel so old but it is truly awesome to be able to say that you have had a friend for that length of time.  We don’t always see each other often, but we can always just pick up where we left off!

Bill caught a bunch of catfish from the dock at the house, Maggie made friends with my BFF’s dog and she got to go on her first jet ski ride (which she loved!) and we all got to hang out on the boat in the perfect weather!  Perfect weekend!

We also gave our dog Foxy her first bath since we got her 5 years ago.  She is normally very clean since she sheds constantly but she has a problem where she leaks pee when she lays down to sleep.  They did something wrong when she was spayed before we got her.  Poor dog!  For some reason lately it has been bad and she had pee all over her back area so she finally got her first bath with us.  She looked like a little drowned rat!


I also found a friend at work that will actually walk with me!  She also lives like right around the corner from me so we went walking together for the second time this afternoon and it was a lot of fun!  So much better than running!  I think we went about 2 miles and walking is so much less stressful on my feet and knees than running.  Going with a friend makes it just as therapeutic as running so win win for everything!  Hopefully this keeps up!


My co-worker that had surgery Monday is also doing well.  Surgery went great and they were able to get all the tumor out (it was small) and the cancer hadn’t spread so she doesn’t have to have any radiation or chemotherapy so that is great and I am very thankful!  So far it has been a good week!




life · Quotes

The Quote of Life


This is most definitely the quote of life I think.  At least for me.  I need to learn not to worry about the things I cannot change (such as someone’s bad mood most of the time) and to take a stand when needed to help the greater good when it might make a difference.

I can do this and I can be happy with it!  I can accept myself and do the things that make me happy as long as they are not harming anyone and not have to feel guilty about it.  I cannot make everyone like that I do (I can accept that) but I can have the courage to be happy being myself and not worrying about what others think of it!

Yeah me!

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12 Years!

My husband and I just celebrated 12 years of marriage yesterday.  I feel so old now!  We went to an awesome restaurant called Parts and Labor and had some great food and great drinks.  I should have taken some pictures to capture some of the wonderful ambiance but I am still trying to get used to this blogging thing as you can see from my 6 day hiatus between posts.  One picture of me that my husband took while we were there is all I got!


I started seeing my therapist again and she is helping me work through my body issues and my food issues.  It was much more fun going out to eat and not worrying so much about the why I should or should not eat or drink something.  Just choosing to do it and not feel guilty about it makes everything so much easier.  It still feels kind of wrong to me but I am working on it!

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Now I am trying to get into lifting weights and I am having a hard time with it.  The weird thing is that I don’t really want to run anymore either.  I am just done with it all.  But I know I should lift.  It is good for me!


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Back in the Saddle Again!

You may be asking – how many times is this crazy person going to start this blog and then disappear?  I am asking myself the same thing!  Maybe the 3rd time (or more like 5th or 6th time) is the charm!

My family and I have had a fun summer so far.  My husband got a drone so he has been having fun flying that and taking pictures.  We went camping at Assateague Island National Seashore where wild ponies invaded our camp and stole our food.




Before all this there was some not so fun stuff.  I got sick with a bacterial infection that landed me in the hospital for almost a week.  Luckily I got through it and feel fine now.  I had a nice view from my room once I got out of ICU and Maggie got to come visit.


 Now I am not allowed to run long distance for awhIle and I am kind of freaking out. Got to find something new to do with my time. Working on it!


Day 13, 14, 15 of The Wild Diet (with the stomach bug)

So…  missed a few days here due to being sick with a stomach bug.  Saturday started out well.  I got up and ate a banana, green beans with olive oil and almonds and eggs with cheese.


Then for lunch I ate the rest of the green beans.  The rest of the day was not so good.  I was starting to feel not so great anyway and we had caroling with our neighborhood that night so my dinner happened really late.  My snacks were cheese filled peppers from Aldi, lots of nuts of all kinds, and sometime of cookie thing that was brough for caroling.  It was awesome with coconut and caramel (very rich!).  I also had some homemade hot chocolate with 70% dark chocolate and whole milk.  I also had one glass of Merlot.  Only one cheat!  Miracle!

We went caroling and then went to our local lounge/bar/restaurant for dinner.  Here I had a bacon cheeseburger (no bun) with provolone cheese and peas for a side.  Also one more glass of Merlot.

After that I went home and went to bed.  I had an early morning run with my running group on Sunday morning.

Sunday morning started out alright I woke up with my stomach feeling funny but not in pain so I went and did my 5 mile run with my group and came home.  I averaged 11:11min per mile which is pretty fast for me!

Came home got a shower, chugged a green smoothie (chard, kale, coconut water and apple) and went to church.  After church my husband make brunch (eggs with vegetables and cheese and scrapple) and after that all heck broke loose in my stomach.  Cramps and all kind of nastiness.  I slept for the rest of the day and didn’t eat anything else.

Monday morning I was feeling a little better but still not good.  I knew I had to eat something  but nothing on the Wild Diet sounded good so I said forget it – I am getting a free pass day today.

Breakfast was a egg-white Delight from McDonald’s.  Lunch was a cinnamon raisin bagel with cheddar cheese.  Dinner was two 4oz burgers made of organic bison meat with the buns and cheddar cheese and onions.  All day I drank Ginger ale.  It was an awful diet day and I just don’t care.  I needed to eat and I needed to eat what sounded ok to my unhappy stomach.

Today will be better!

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Checklists: a nice alternative to tracking — Fit Is a Feminist Issue


I laughed when I read Sam’s post about her FitBit yesterday because of how funny she thought it was that I felt relieved for her when she lost it. Yes, I hate tracking. Yes, it reminds me of the panopticon. And the panopticon is a prison design. And I had a not so great experience […]

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