Archives for November 2011

YMCA Grand Opening


Hi guys! Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the south. It got a little too warm for November (78 degrees) but the morning was just perfect for the YMCA grand opening and the St. Jude give thanks walk. Our neighborhood was selected again this year to be the build site for the St. Jude Dream home, so we hosted a charity walk this morning in conjunction with our new gym’s grand opening. Bobby and I did not participate in the walk (I waved from the front porch) but we did walk down to the Y for the grand opening fun. (You can check out my original YMCA post, too.)

This is walking up to the building from our house.



We arrived just as they were doing the ribbon cutting.


The market and café are not open just yet but they had menus we could look at and some prize giveaways


Then, we got to go in and tour the facility. I was pretty impressed. I didn’t see how they were going to fit enough equipment in there to make it a well done gym, but it has pretty much everything we will need to workout, and all within walking distance!


Looking out from the fitness room to the pool and lake


Looking across the lake to the nature trails



There is even a child watch area so moms can come workout even if they have small children. (it’s through a door back behind the counter and there is a big window so you can see in and check on the kiddos)


Lockers and bathrooms by the door heading out to the pool


excited to attend some (hopefully) yoga classes in here!



I thought this sign was funny. Closed for construction….and water. Yes yes, the pool doesn’t have water in it yet.


They had some refreshments, and YMCA staff members to show us around. I am personally excited about the TV’s on the treadmills, say no to treadmill boredom! There is even a place to hook up your I pod to the treadmill.

After the grand opening fun, we walked back to the house and grabbed a couple things and went out for an easy 3 mile run, my foot felt alright so hopefully I am on the road to recovery! Then we hit up our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and went to Lowe’s to get some Christmas garland for outside. I can’t wait to get the outside of the house decked out for Christmas next weekend! Then it was football, football, and more football. What a great day. The Saints have a bye week so I can relax and not have a near heat attack for just one Sunday.

QOTD: When you run on the Treadmill do you listen to music, watch tv, neither? Something else?

Scream Like a Girl


It’s Twilight time! and, AND, not only am I hoping Bobby will take me to see the movie soon…but we got to see the Hunger Games trailer this week too. Two of my favorite current book series turned movies, all over the news this week, and I am ready to scream like a little girl!

I loved reading the Twilight series, (and plan to read it again soon) but I must admit…I am almost more excited about the Hunger Games coming out in March than I a about Breaking Dawn, just a LITTLE more excited…still totally psyched about my favorite vampires though.



I will admit though, I have really geeked out about all things Hunger Games as of late. Did you know I am a citizen of District 12? That’s right, I am that cool.


You can get your ID badge and find out your district at this Hunger Games Capitol website! And now 12 year olds everywhere have something in common with me. I hope they release a second trailer before the movie comes out.

There are also some pictures in Vanity Fair as well, I love this one!



How cool to be cast in a movie series that you just know is going to be huge. These kids will be forever changed, how cool is that? I love it when someone in a movie becomes a big star and came from just a regular average family, and didn’t grow up in Hollywood or New York City. Gives hope for the rest of us average Joe’s, huh?


Yesterday morning, I tried to go for my first run in two weeks. I was really excited about getting back out on the pavement. It was a beautiful day, and I have really missed running. I felt great until I hit a downhill right before 2 miles…and my foot started slightly hurting. Boo!! I finished out the two miles and called it a day, feeling slightly defeated. Hopefully just a little more time is all I need. I need to get back to training! Luckily the YMCA opens TODAY so I will be able to walk to the gym for my workouts. So even if I can’t run, I can lift and cross train my booty off. I will have pictures of the grand opening tomorrow!

QOTD: Have you seen breaking Dawn yet? If so how was it? Are you excited for the Hunger Games? What are you dying to see the most in either movie? (Breaking Dawn or Hunger Games?)

Puppy Play & Circuit Training


Good morning! I know I usually do a Friday Favorites post today, but nothing really jumped out at me to write about this week so I decided to skip it. Yesterday, I was planning on my first run in almost two weeks… but the calf of my injured foot was strangely tight and sore, so I decided to wait ONE more day. But, just to test out the foot, I put on my running shoes and decided to take the girls for a walk so I could jog a little and see how I felt. But first, this is how the afternoon transpired.

It was cold yesterday, so I put sweaters on the girls. Bella HATES her sweaters for some unknown reason. When you put it on her, she stands frozen, still as a statue until you physically move her and after awhile she forgets she is wearing said sweater. This is Bella five minutes after I put her sweater on.


Why, mommy, why, it’s like a straight jacket!

Sassy on the other hand, loves her sweaters and prances around in them. But whenever I pull out the camera, she does the goofiest stuff. Exhibit A, crazy eyes:


Please note Bella in the background standing in the same position, in a state of pure terror.

I felt bad for torturing the girls, even though it was for their own good, so I told them we were going outside. Bella lloovveesss outside. This is the look I get when I head towards the door:


It was a BEAUTIFUL day, so I sat in the sunshine while the girls played…and while they…mooned the camera.




Exhibit B of Sassy the weird-o dog:


aaaannnddd Exhibit C, I call this her gangster face.


yo yo yo I’m sass-a-frass but you can call me Big Mama

Finally, I said the magical 4 letter word, and we were off on our walk.


Did she just say W-A-L-K?

Circuit Training

My foot did fine, so I have high hopes for tomorrow. It will be a slow, short run, but a run non the less, and I am pumped! So pumped in fact, that I had to do SOMETHING active, so I decided to make up a quick circuit that I went through three times. Some harder moves with some fun old school exercise tape moves in between:

25 Jumping Jacks

25 standing crunches

25 grapevine

25 squats

25 front kicks

25 V steps

25 lunges

one minute rest, repeat circuit x 2 more times.

I was sweating at the end and my legs were like jello! Sometimes its fun to do an impromptu circuit in the middle of your living room while your dogs attack your ankles. I may be running slow tomorrow for more reasons than my ankle, I may not be able to move my legs when I wake up.

*In case you missed it yesterday, I am starting a new series called “RWS Features” where once a week I will feature a healthy living blog here on RWS. Just e mail at [email protected] with RWS Features in the subject line and I will send you a few short questions to answer about your blog!

QOTD: Do you ever do circuits? If so, what are your favorite “moves” to include for a good workout?

70 ingredients of Fun


I love eating out. It is one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Living in the south, all social gatherings revolve around food, and then we talk about the next meal or time while we are there. Growing up I ate fast food. Not a crazy amount, but we played a lot of sports, so there was a lot of “on the go” going back and forth from basketball practice to track meets to home late. We never really though twice about what was in the fast food, it was fast, it was cheap, and you didn’t have to get out of the car to get it. I loved McDonalds as much as the next kid, but when I saw the ingredients for the McRib I was a bit disturbed.

A little history (in case you have seen the McRib commercials saying it is “back” and didn’t know it had gone anywhere.) It was first introduced in the early 80’s, and was on the menu for years. Eventually it just made its appearance in select regions at select times of year as a special menu item.

Here are the nutrition facts:

490 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein, 11 g sugars.

Here are the ingredients:


McRib Pork Patty:
Pork, water, salt, dextrose, preservatives (BHA, propyl gallate, citric acid)

McRib Bun:
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, corn meal, wheat gluten, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, dextrose, sugar, malted barley flour, cultured wheat flour, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate (preservative), soy lecithin.


McRib Sauce:
Water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor (plant source), food starch-modified, salt, sugar, spices, soybean oil, xanthan gum, onion powder, garlic powder, chili pepper, sodium benzoate (preservative), caramel color, beet powder




So….about 70 ingredients and I can pronounce about eight of them.  But yet people are so obsessed with this thing there was near rioting when it got taken off the menu last time.

Did you know that the bun contains some of the same ingredients as a yoga mat? Dis you know it also contains ingredients that are banned in Europe and Australia?  I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to eat something as durable as my yoga mat and try and digest it through my system.

I am no saint. I crave McDonalds fries every now and then, or a fast food burger. Some of their stuff is really good! I try to limit my amount of processed food but it is unrealistic for me to totally get rid of everything bad for me out of my diet. The only “fast food” I will occasionally eat is Subway or Chick-Fil-A if at all possible. Even then it’s rare. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body, it can have lasting effects on your health! I DO have a problem when people eat 3-4 of these sandwiches a week, or everyday for lunch, fearing it will be taken off the menu. So think about what you are feeding your family in the name of quick eating.


I had kind of a blah day yesterday, I think it’s from not being able to run and the gloomy weather we have been having. My sweet husband came home with a dozen roses for me! It made my night. This is not normally his “thing” so it made me happy he was thinking of me!



The funniest part is after he gave them to me he told me as he was checking out he thought to himself “I guess I will be on the blog tomorrow!” Silly boy. He assures me he didn’t think of that until after he bought the roes though.


RWS Features is a new series I am launching here on RWS. Once a week, I will feature a healthy living blog(er) and their blog in the hopes of learning about each other, promoting each other, and “introducing” you to great blogs you may not have known existed! If you are interested in being featured/having your blog being featured on RWS, shoot me an email at [email protected] with “RWS Features” in the subject line. Don’t worry, it’s not too involved, you will just have to answer a few short questions about yourself and your blog, easy peasy!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on the McRib and other food products like it? How do you find a balance between healthy eating and processed foods?

The Star-less Tree


A big thanks to the sweet comments on my Blogiversary number 2 post yesterday. I still can’t believe I have been doing this for two years now. It makes my heart happy. Some of you have some great blogging goals and I hope you achieve them! As always if you have questions, would like advice or an opinion I am happy to help.

So I showed you a sneak peek of something Bobby and I did on Sunday and some of you got it right. Yes, I know it’s a little early but we have some very busy weekends coming up (weddings, visiting family, neighborhood events, etc.) so this was the best weekend for us to get it done. I am obsessed with Christmas and with decorating for it. For sure one of my favorite things to do all year. It was strange decorating this year because 1.) I was living at home last year so didn’t have a house of my own to decorate and 2.) we are in a new house so I had to figure out a “place” everything. I am not quite done so more pictures will follow but here is the main “stuff.”

We get ornaments when we visit a new place, have something neat happen, etc. This year the ornament we got was in Disneyworld after we ran the marathon. We had this made at the Christmas store in Downtown Disney:


Bella didn’t like us moving the furniture out of the area where we put the tree. She gets stressed out so easily.


Putting ornaments on the tree! I can’t believe it’s finally tttiimmeee!



I put blankets around the bottom of the tree so we wouldn’t have any broken ornament #fail. This is our first time with wood floors in the living room and I have seen my parents break too many at their house!




Our star-less tree. I told Bobby to make sure he didn’t pick up the star with the non-working lights (we have two) and he plugged it in and it worked…then, he dropped it. Gah! So now the working star is also a non-working star, so until I get a new one…it just looks so weird with nothing on top!


Not to mention, it’s a big tree and it looked HUGE in our old house but with our two story living room it looks so tiny!



sitting by the fire. Smile


Sisterly love…


It’s comical to look at these pictures taken just days ago, because the girls got haircuts yesterday and now look so different, but very pretty I might add.

So, there you have it, a few of our pictures. I am excited to decorate outside, hopefully this coming weekend. I am still on a hunt for some garland I like for the banisters.


I am hoping the YMCA is still set to open on Saturday. They still have a lot of work to do in my opinion and it’s making me nervous. I REALLY need to get back to a workout routine, I have been so lazy the past two weeks with all that has happened with being sick, then my foot, then the ER visit.  I am so excited to be just a block or so away from a gym. The pool is outdoors but will be good for warmer weather cross training (some of you were asking about it in my cross training workouts post.) I will be sure to take pictures on Saturday, and I may even attend the grand opening yoga class! This should be interesting.

QOTD: When do you usually decorate for Christmas? Any decorating traditions? Growing up we decorated the weekend of Thanksgiving, and we always ordered pizza and listened to Christmas music while we decorated.

Blogiversary Number 2


Two years ago today, I posted my first every blog post. A year ago, I celebrated my one year blogiversary. I cannot believe it has been two whole years since I first opened my life up for the world to read. What started as an accountability journal has blossomed into what I never thought or imagined.



My first half, 2010

My blog has been the starting point for so many things over the past two years. It is what ultimately helped me get my job at Running Skirts, and it has also allowed me to get to meet and network with some amazing people! I am so thankful and blessed when it comes to my little baby! (yes I treat an inanimate object like my child.)

I know I said this last year, but I have learned so much in the past two years. It is so much fun to go back and see what I was doing TWO years ago. I love having an account for my comings and goings, it’s like a grown up dear diary, but with lots of friends, encouragement, and love.

Thank you readers, for all the love and support you have shown me over the past two years. I love your comments and feedback, and your inspiration. You have helped me to become a better person, and I am so grateful I get to share my little corner of the internet with you. It has been a wild ride with many ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


still racing in 2011!

Are there things I wish had gone differently in the past two years? Of course. But I know God works in mysterious ways and has a reason for doing things the way He does. I am forever changing and growing, hopefully becoming a better writer, a better athlete, a better person. Thank you for being patient with me and for being an encouragement. I hope you stick around RWS this year and grow with me. I can’t wait to see what year three brings!


QOTD: Do you have a blog? if so, what would you like to accomplish with it this year? Post a certain number of times a week, take more pictures, get more readers, etc?

Cross Training Favorites

Good morning! Catching up from a weekend away from the blog world? Here is what you missed!

A year ago…November flashback

The One With the Emergency Room < ----- Yes, Bobby had to take me to the ER… I am SURE you went and checked out that ER post. Now that you feel sorry for me, and are glad you are NOT me, let’s move on ok? I actually feel fine now. Friday was really rough recovering from the Demerol, and Saturday I still had some bad stomach cramps (and my hand still KILLS where that awful nurse ripped out my IV!) and yesterday I just had SLIGHT cramping, so hopefully today is by “100% better” day. I am headed for a day with my mom today, dropping off the pups to get groomed. They need it badly. DSC_0822

No we don’t it’s just our winter coats!

They were pretty tucked out after that heart attack inducing Saints game.


As was their mama. I thought I was going to need a return trip to the ER. Twice in three days would not be so much fun. Let’s try and not go into overtime next game ok boys?

Alright, down to business. The sad truth I hate to admit…my foot still hurts. I will not be running a half marathon Thanksgiving weekend as planned. Since I don’t want to have an ER repeat due to inactivity, I have got to get to cross training. Luckily, the YMCA opens IN my neighborhood on SATURDAY so I am going to implement a serious routine to keep me as fit as possible without putting too much force on my foot.

So, my question for you is what is your favorite non running way to workout that I can do in a gym without putting pounding force on my foot? The gym will have your standard weights and cardio machines as well as one fitness class room where they will have Yoga, zumba, and some form of body pump maybe? Not sure yet. All I know it I have to do SOMETHING and I don’t want to lose all of my fitness, so what are your suggestions? I will get bored doing the same thing every day, so I need variety, something like the pilates in Buckhead that I saw, high energy, loads of moves and safe!

Although I DID get a little workout doing something last night, I will give you a little hint…


Any guesses? Smile Not to mention, tomorrow is a pretty special day here on RWS. You will just have to come back and see why! Have a marvelous Monday.

QOTD: Cross training. Hit me!

A Year Ago….November Flashback


Thanks for all the kind words on yesterday’s Emergency room post. It made me feel good knowing so many of you have gone to the ER for the same thing or had a family member go. I don’t feel quite so silly now! I am still experiencing slight stomach cramps, but my headache and groggy feeling are gone after many, many hours of sleep. My parents came to see my last night and that made me feel better, too.

Every so often here on RWS, I like to do a flashback of what I was doing a year ago. I think it’s important to reflect back on a year ago to appreciate things happening now, and just for fun. I didn’t blog a year ago today, so I went forward a day and oh boy do I remember this post.

16 miles of frustration


I was living with my parents, and Bobby was in for the weekend and we headed out on a 16 mile run. It was pure misery. My hip and IT band were at their absolute worst at this point and I remember almost not making it back to the car I was in so much pain. We were marathon training, and it was our longest run we had ever done. After this run I really questioned whether I would even make it to the start of the race (which of course I did.) But that day was very defeating and daunting, kind of like how I feel now. The top of my foot still hurts, and I haven’t run in 7 days. I was hoping to run a half at the end of this month but that’s not looking probable. Number ten may have to wait till 2012, which frustrates me greatly.


As far as distance goes, I am in “half marathon shape” and I feel like every day I am slipping further and further away from it. I get frustrated hearing about people signing up for all these races, I just want to run! I know God has a plan, although I am not quite sure what it is right now given my recent setbacks.

For now I am going to keep cross training, stretching, and foam rolling and hope I can get back in the game sooner rather than later. After all, the new YMCA in our neighborhood opens a week from yesterday! No excuses, right?

QOTD: What were you doing a year ago mid November?

The one with the Emergency Room


They say there is a first time for everything, but I did not anticipate my first time going to the emergency room to be Thursday night. I had gone to bed about 10:00 and Bobby was awake still in the game room. I was woken up to a stabbing pain in my stomach. It got worse and worse, so I went and told Bobby I didn’t feel well, then proceeded to get so nauseated I almost passed out on the floor.

I was sweating, hot, shaking, in pain, and scared. I didn’t know what was going on, and after about five minutes of not knowing what to do, we decided to go to the hospital. Bobby drove really fast with the flashers on but it felt like it took FOREVER to get there. The hospital is a good 20 minutes away from the house. There is a giant billboard by the hospital that tells you how many minutes you have to wait for a doctor, and it currently said four, so my hopes were up I would feel better soon.

I barely made it inside before another wave of nausea hit me and I literally had to lay down on the floor of the emergency room. Two security guards helped me into a wheelchair and they brought me back to a room, and after Bobby got me settled they had him go move his car and they didn’t let him back to be with me.

A nurse came in and took my temperature, blood pressure, etc. People kept coming in asking me questions like was I on drugs, what medicines had I been taking, was I allergic to anything. I kept asking why it was taking so long, they seemed to be taking their precious time. A nurse came in and helped me into a gown and I kept trying to throw up I was so nauseated and hot. I kept saying I felt like I was on fire, it was miserable. I kept thinking “it’s been more than 4 minutes!” I didn’t understand why people were not rushing around trying to get me out of pain as soon as possible.

The doctor finally came in and asked me more questions, felt my stomach, and ordered x rays. A nice lady came in and took them and I was shaking so bad they told me to hold my breath so they could get a clear picture. Then, a nurse came in and said I had to go pee in a cup. I gave her a strange look because I couldn’t stand up let alone walk to a bathroom down the hall. She helped me and stayed in the bathroom with me. It’s funny, normally I would have been so embarrassed to go to the bathroom in front of a stranger, but when you are in the moment you just flat out don’t care.

The doctor came back and basically told me I had the most common cause of abdominal pain, severe constipation. Huh? I felt so silly, but he assured me it was no joke, that he has had it before and it feels like 100 knives are stabbing you, and it will make you throw up from the pain (which I was trying to do.) I asked how this happened, I eat fiber, I run, I go to the bathroom regularly, and he said sometimes it just happens. The ONLY thing we could think of was that I have been running so much lately, but then I haven’t run since last Saturday since I hurt my foot…so maybe my body went from being super active to me sitting on the couch so it messed with my system.


Trying to smile…This is right after the demerol haha.

So, they gave me demerol through an IV for the pain and they finally let Bobby back in to see me. It took over an HOUR for me to get the meds, I have never in my life been in so much pain. Apparently Bobby was frustrated they wouldn’t let him back there and they kept saying as soon as the doctor was done he could see me but no one ever came in my room so he was mad they were lying to him.

I honestly thought I was going to die, it was so frightening. As soon as they gave me the meds and Bobby came back I feel asleep, and soon the doctor came back in and said the rest of the scans look clear. I went to stand up and instantly got nauseated so they gave me two of some pill that dissolves under your tongue. I had such dry mouth though it wouldn’t dissolve and it was so gross. I was finally able to stand up to walk out and nausea hit me again. I found a random wheelchair and sat down and attempted to throw up again while Bobby got the car. So, 2.5 hours after this all started, we made it home and I instantly fell asleep.

I have slept on and off all day and have a major headache from the demerol. Also my stomach feels crampy and sore I guess its just achy and tired from going through so much last night. Hopefully I feel fine tomorrow!

So, that my friends is my first trip to the ER, definitely unexpected and unwelcomed.

QOTD: Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever had to go to the ER for anything?

Friday Favorites: New Bedding


Good morning, I am so happy it’s Friday!  Not to mention it’s 11/11/11. How weird is THAT? I am dorky and want to write on something like a check or a bill just so I can write the date. I know, I know…strange.  I have a fun weekend planned with my family and am excited to see my parents tonight. My foot still hurts so I am basically doing a whole not of nothing and it is starting to drive me crazy. Bummer.

I mentioned a few days ago that I bought a new comforter set for our bed. The set that was on our bed was really for a queen bed (not the sheets, obviously) and we have had that since we were married almost 5 years ago and we have had one king bed for 1.5 years so it was definitely time for a comforter that actually fit the bed. When I got the go ahead, I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything I liked. I looked for two weeks to no avail, then I saw the perfect set at TARGET! So, my Friday favorite is my new comforter set that I am obsessed with:


Now, I think a little differently than some…when I saw how cheap it was instead of getting excited I thought “how long is this cheap crap going to hold up” but decided to take a chance so we will see how long until I am kicking myself for buying something cheap. But for now I really really love it!


Ignore the fact that one of the shams doesn’t have a King pillow in it, I have yet to buy one to swap it out with.  Target also had this set with green instead of blue for those who like the pattern but not the color. Personally I love brown and blue, they were my wedding colors!


Holy moly I can’t believe that was almost five years ago!


Now we just need some curtains on the windows and we will be all set! (I HATE when there is a full moon, it’s ssooo bright in there! I am thinking either brown or white curtains. Thoughts? I am not the interior decorator type.  Any other tips?

Ok I have to do some dusting and vacuuming before my parents get here. One thing I love about having company over, it forces me to really clean my house. Have a great day everyone!

QOTD: What color/pattern is on your comforter set? Any tips for me for my bedroom?