Archives for June 2012

RWS Features #27


Happy weekend! I hope you are having a great one. Bobby and I are hanging with the fam this weekend, we have an event to go to tonight which i will tell you more about later. Our other plans include a long run, getting a snowball, church, and just chilling with my parental unit.


I also want to announce the winner of my Nuun Giveaway! I had 99 entries, and the winning one goes to…Lindsay from Typically Late! Lindsay, shoot an e mail to and I will get you your Nuun!

I also want to introduce you to Janene from One Run at a Time.


1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I’ve had a few different blogs over the years, but I started One Run at a Time in August of 2010 as a way to document my running experiences. It’s been great to share my experiences, learn from other bloggers, and flex my writing muscles.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences

One Run at a Time is running-obsessed, nature-lovin’ and occasionally goofy. Kinda like me.


3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?
I love writing and I love documenting my memories, so my blog began as a selfish endeavor. But I’m also an educator at heart, and over the past year+ I’ve realized that thanks to my work in outdoor recreation, I have some unique expertise to add to the healthy living world, and I’m excited to share my experiences with others.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

I don’t talk about weight on the blog, but I’ve maintained a pretty sizable weight loss since early 2011. While it’s great to be at a healthy, more comfortable weight, my biggest accomplishment has nothing to do with the numbers – it was that I discovered something I love and without “dieting.” I launched myself into a entirely new life, and I’ve never felt better. Now, it’s second nature and I can’t imagine living any other way. To me, that’s so much more important than any number on the scale.

Thanks so much for sharing! Be sure to follow One Run at a Time on Twitter: @onerunatatime

QOTD: Do you now consider healthy living second nature? Or is it difficult for you?

As Healthy Living Summit Draws Near…


About this time last year, I announced I was going to do something really fun…I was going to attend  the Healthy Living Summit in Philly! I snatched up a ticket quickly because I knew they would sell out fast. I booked a flight, and made plans to visit a new city, have fun, learn a lot, and make new friends. Let me tell you, I had a really great time getting to know people! Also, if you don’t have a blog but just love health and fitness, that’s ok, you can come!


Here are my recaps from HLS:

Philly Bound

Arriving at the HLS

Sleepy Saturday at HLS

HLS cocktail party

HLS Saturday sessions

Saturday night fun in Philly

Super Sunday at HLS

Whew! That’s a lot of recaps, but I can assure you a lot went on to warrant all those recaps!

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Holy swag is what you are thinking, and holy swag is RIGHT!

I know some people are worried about meeting other bloggers in real life, or going to a new place and not being sure if it will be fun…well I can promise you HLS is fun!! I made some many new friends and connections, and it was great to finally meet some of the people I felt like I already knew. It was also great to learn new tips and tricks to blogging and healthy living in general. So, if you are on the fence about going, let me give you a gentle nudge. You won’t regret it! If you have any questions about the summit please feel free to ask!

This years conference will be in BOSTON August 17-19. Tickets go on sale soon so be sure to like the Healthy Living Summit Facebook page to stay up to date on news and info!

Not to mention…yours truly is one of the speakers this year!!! That’s right, I will be hosting a session on social media and utilizing the latest trends to grow your blog readership. I am SO excited! I hope you will consider coming!

QOTD: Have you ever been to a blogging conference? Are you planning to go to HLS?

Cruise on the Magic Part 2

We made it over the hill and are headed down to the weekend on this Thursday morning. This week is flying by, I am still in awe that it’s June and we are starting the 7th day of it already!! I am a little behind on my vacation posts, so I thought today was as good a day as any!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our cruise before continuing on.

We woke up the next morning still sailing towards Key West. We had Palo brunch, so we didn’t eat breakfast. If you have never had the opportunity to do Palo brunch, you are missing out. It is an amazing buffet and plated adults only meal. So relaxing, and so good! It’s Bobby’s favorite part of the cruise. Please note that it is required for a guy to wear long pants for this brunch. No jeans or shorts allowed.




We arrived early and were seated immediately. We were introduced to our server who was very nice and did an excellent job.


Our waiter then brought us to the buffet and showed us all the different tables, and explained how to order the plated food, and then we were let loose.


I didn’t take photos of all the buffet food this time but you can check out my Palo post from the Dream to see lots of buffet table photos! We also ordered several plated items. I got the buttermilk pancakes


Bobby ordered FOUR eggs benedict. He says they are the best he’s ever had!



My favorite, dessert! Cheesecake in a glass, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberry


Bobby’s birthday was on the reservation as a celebration for the cruise and they brought him this plate out




This is our second cruise where we ate Palo brunch on Key west day, and we love it because you get to watch the ship pull in and dock while you eat.


We went back to our room (more like waddled!) and changed so we could head out and explore. One of the nice things about this trip was that we had no plans. No port adventures, nothing we “had” to do. We have been to Key West before and done all the touristy things, so we just planned to walk around for a bit and then hit up the hopefully deserted pool.

Key West from our room balcony:







The nice thing about docking in Key West is you can turn your cell phone back on! I was able to call my parents and check on my dogs, text and upload some photos, and check work email.



These guys are everywhere!


So, funny story. We walked to the pier and saw this guy fishing. This pelican was standing about eight feet away watching. All of the sudden, the guy gets a tug on his line and the bird starts moving in closer and closer and finally jumps in the water. The guy shoos it away enough to get the fish out of the water, but then decides for whatever reason to give it to the pelican anyway, who promptly put the whole thing in it’s mouth and then had to fight off another pelican trying to steal his fish. It was really comical!


You can see the fish in his mouth! It was huge but he was determined not to drop it. I kept thinking of Finding Nemo when he tells the fish to get in his mouth and he would save them haha




After walking in a few shops, we had our fill and decided to go back and try to get a spot at the adult pool. We lucked up, it was deserted! (The below photo is not where we sat, but still a nice view of Key West!)


Later we went back to the room to try to get some shots of the famous Key West sunset




I think I managed to get a couple good shots. Smile I shall leave you with that. My next installment will have plenty more photos!

I hope everyone got out and ran yesterday! It wasn’t a run day for me, but I couldn’t help it, I jumped on the treadmill to do a mile after my yoga class!

QOTD: Did you run for National running day? Have you ever been to Key West?

29 for the First Time


Today is a very special day. Not just because it’s national running day (more on that later) My husband, Bobby, turns 29 today!!! I told him to enjoy his last birthday in his 20’s (speaking of which…when did we get so old? Weren’t we just in college? Weren’t we just newlyweds? Sigh.) At any rate, it’s his special day! Unfortunately he will be at work all day….and then again tomorrow evening. Major bummer. Only upside is now I can go to yoga! We celebrated with my parents over the weekend, and will celebrate more I am sure. (Can you tell we really like to celebrate special occasions?)


My parents and I surprised him with a cake, hence the goofy look on his face. He went upstairs to do something, so we pulled out the cake, lit the candles, and told him to come downstairs. I’m very very sneaky. He underestimates my sneakiness.



He is a big fan of Star Wars, but was not amused when I pulled out the Star Wars plates and napkins I had bought.


So, apparently the lady at the cake shop thought my mom said the cake needed to say “Happy Birthday mommy” so they had to wipe it off and change it. I told her she should have let them leave it haha!


Last year, I was not with Bobby on his birthday, I was in California, so I am glad I get to celebrate with him this year! Happy birthday Bobby! I love you so much and am so glad I get to celebrate with you!


As I stated earlier, today is also National Running Day. I hope you will get out and run, even if it’s just a mile!


Be sure to check out the Website, there is some great info on there. One of the things on the site asks you WHY you run. So, here are my answers:

-I run to be healthy for my family so I can be around a long time

-I run as a stress relief and to be alone with my thoughts

-I run because it’s fun

-I run because I love having goals and competing with myself.

QOTD: Why do YOU run? Ok, now get out there and DO IT! Are you running today?

*Don’t forget to enter my Nuun giveaway!

Nuun Giveaway


Good morning! This heat is making me so tired I just want to sit around inside and crank up the AC! I am not looking forward to July and August if it’s already this hot. Anyway, to beat the heat and stay hydrated on runs, I like to drink Nuun. It’s so easy to just pop a tablet in some water and then you can rehydrate and get the electrolytes you need. They have so many great flavors, too…there is something for everyone! (If you aren’t familiar with Nuun go to their website and check it out!)

Nuun sent me two water bottles and some tubes of Nuun after I applied for the Hood to Coast team (which I sadly wasn’t chosen for, but that’s ok! Some great bloggers were!) and so I have decided to spread the love with you all by giving away a Nuun water bottle and two tubes of Nuun tablets.

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Aaannnddd with that, I am going for a run, with some Nuun of course!


Oh, you want to know how to win? Of course you do. It’s easy. You have until Friday night, June 8th at 8:00 PM CST to enter, and I will announce a winner Saturday. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry, there are 2 ways to enter:

1.) Leave me a comment telling me your favorite nuun flavor

2.) Tweet about this giveaway: I want to win nuun from @runningwithsass

That’s it! Easy peasy. Good luck!

*Don’t forget to enter to win a $500 Under Armour gift card and join the What’s Beautiful challenge!

Nutrex Hawaii


I have always been curious about supplements and vitamins, I think they are a great way to get extra nutrients to help your body, especially if you are a picky eater like myself. When I was given the opportunity from Nutrex Hawaii to review some of their products, I was really excited to see what they could do for me.

I was sent Spirulina in powder and pill form, as well as BioAstin. I had never heard of these before, so I did some research (and was sent some great literature) and I found out some pretty amazing stuff!


Spirulina has been called Nature’s most powerful superfood supplement. So what is it? Its a blue-green algae found in lakes in Africa and central America. Its a complete protein with super high levels of Beta-Carotene, omega 6 fatty acid, and B vitamins, among other things like antioxidants.

The brands Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica is the only spirulina cultivated in Biosecure zone free of pesticides. herbicides, and industrial pollutants, and this is all done in Kona, Hawaii.


Get this, one serving of spirulina has the same levels of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals as 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, WHOA!

Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica is good for:

Your eyes

-boosting immunity

-boosting energy

-supports blood health

-is a building block for muscle tissue

-supports cellular health and immunity


The second product I was given is BioAstin.

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This product has been called “Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory”.  It is also packed with antioxidants, and has been proven to help those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint and muscle soreness after exercise, and inflammation of the skin from UV exposure/sunburn. The last two are very interesting to me. As an athlete who is out in the sun a lot, I am excited to see some results regarding skin inflammation and post/workout muscle soreness.

Also, BioAstin is safe for people of all ages, and has has no known side effects. It also helps your immune function, cholesterol, eyes, brain, and central nervous system.  The key ingredient, Astaxanthin, is found in the highest concentration in the animal world in salmon. It has been thought that the strength and endurance for this fish to swim upstream can be attributed to Astaxathin. Sounds like a win win to me!

I just started taking these pills last week, and cannot wait to see the results, so stay tuned to see how I am feeling in a couple of weeks. A huge thanks to Nutrex Hawaii for letting me try the products out!


Guess what? There is going to be a TWITTER CHAT tonight at 8:00 pm CST. Be sure to use the #SuperNutrients and join in the fun! Not to mention, PRIZES! Two (2) chat participants will win a $50 Spafinder giftcard and Hawaiian Health Package (Hawaiian Spirulina tablets and powder, BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin, a signed book by Suzy Cohen, Astaxanthin and Spirulina books: all in a drawstring gym bag). ONE chat participant will win the Grand Prize: a $100 Spafinder giftcard and Hawaiian Health Package (same as above)


FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

QOTD: Have you ever tried a product with these benefits? Which health benefit intrigues you the most?

Weekly Recap: May week 5


I hope everyone had a good Saturday. We had an unusually low humidity day, and I went for a walk with my mom and we were able to sit in the shade on the porch without dying. It was really good to see my parents, and I think the boys had a great time at the golf tournament.

This week was pretty good in the workout department, check it out!

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Sunday: rest

Monday: 2.5 mile run, weights

Tuesday: 5 mile run, weights

Wednesday: rest, yoga/stretching

Thursday: 2 mile run, weights

Friday: weights, 20 minutes elliptical

Saturday:  20 minute walk



Running: 3 x’s, 9.5 miles total

Cross training: 2 x’s

weights: 4 x’s

yoga: a few minutes of stretching on my own

I did a good job keeping with my new half marathon training plan, so hopefully I will be able to keep it up!


Also check out Friday and Saturday’s Posts:

RWS Features #26

June Goals

and in case you missed it, I was Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the run for the week: Blogger on the Run

RWS Features #26


Morning! It’s the weekend! My parents are actually in town, Bobby and my dad are playing in a charity golf tournament for Bobby’s work, so mom and I are going to be hanging out today.


Love these two. They crack me up.

I hope you all have fun things planned for the weekend, too. I am headed out to be with my mom, but I wanted to leave you with something fun to read, so it’s time to learn about another blogger in the latest addition of RWS Features!

Meet Jess! Jess blogs at Run With Jess and you can find her on twitter @RUNwJESS. She is a runner and fellow coffee lover with a great attitude and sense of humor. be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!


1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started writing Run with Jess in Jan 2011 as my running journal, a place to collect and evaluate my own thoughts. It forced me to put more thought behind my training plans and made me accountable. I was quickly surprised at how many readers came my way, and even more delighted with the friendships I’ve made around the country via my blog.

2.) Describe your blog:

I try to keep Run with Jess about running and weight loss… overall fitness and health issues.  While my kids/family/work are super important in my life, Run with Jess is my place to talk running.

3.) What do you wish to accomplish by blogging?

Initially, I just wanted to keep myself on track.  Through the last year however, I’ve discovered some people are inspired by my stories and training.  So I try to keep things real… tell it like it is.  I incorporate as many “tips of the trade” into my writing as possible.  Hopefully readers learn about some new products through my reviews or pick up alternate methods in training.  Running has been such a powerful force in my life, that I really just feel the need to “pay it forward”…

4.) What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is still in the works.  I hope to raise my two daughters to be healthy and fit. It’s not easy in this society of packaged and convenience foods.  I hope they can avoid the depression and social judgments that come with obesity.  But most of all, I just want my girls to be happy with their bodies and never stress too much over the image in the mirror.  It’s a large task that will require my attention every single day.

QOTD: When you were a kid, did you eat healthy? Or was it a habit you formed later in life? Also, be sure to go by Run With Jess and say hello!

June Goals 2012


Greetings! I first want to extend a warm hello to any new readers who found me after my feature as Women’s Running magazine’s Blogger on the run. I took some time and read through every comment (all 750+ of them!) and some of you said some really sweet things about my blog, and I so appreciate you all!


Sassy and Bella say welcome to the blog!

Welcome to RWS, and be sure to check out some of the tabs above (some have drop down menus) and look around. Here are a few places you may want to start:

My Running Story


Free Disney Travel Quote


Ok, so today is the first day of June (wow!) and I decided it was high time I set some goals for myself. I am relatively goal oriented, (aren’t most runners?) and work well when I have something to…well…work towards. I did a little brainstorming, and this is what I came up with for June:

Drink more water: I live in coastal MS. It’s hot and humid. I know I need to start upping my water intake with this heat, and the fact that I am constantly sweating during workouts from the second I walk out the door. I mean, am I going outside or walking straight into a tank full of water? I despise humidity! We have a zero water filter that we love and use every day. I need to start keeping track with how many times I refill it a day to make sure I am getting enough liquid.


Keep up with my training plan: Two days ago, I shared with you all that I had just started a new half marathon training plan and I REALLY wanted to stick with it. Only time will tell, but this is a big goal for me! I have completed two days so far, but still have a long way to go.

Read my Bible every day: I am actually usually pretty good about this and get 5-6 days in a week, but I want to be more consistent every day of the week, not just most of the time.

Foam Roll: This needs to be a constant goal for me. With my very tight and angry IT bands and the prior issues I have had with them, I really need to remember to be proactive with this one and not wait until it starts to hurt me again to foam roll. This is just pure laziness on my part.


Take more pictures with my DSLR: Folks I have gotten lazy. With my new iPhone, I have hardly picked up my “good” camera, except for when I am on vacation or at a particular event. The result is sub-par photos on my blog. Yes, it’s easier for me, but I need to stop with the excuses and just do it!

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QOTD: Do you have any goals for June? I would love to hear them!

*Don’t forget to enter to win a $500 Under Armour gift card!