November Fitness Survey {link up}

Welcome to November’s edition of the Fitness Survey, brought to you by SSS Bloggers!

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  1. How do you stay on track during busy times? I have to make time for workouts, in case food isn’t always in check. It’s hard with all the parties to always be able to choose the best food. I can do my best and with workouts at least try to balance it. 
  2. What have you done to make your favorite holiday recipes healthy (healthier)? Besides not make them?? I’ve tried to sub some of the ingredients. Add protein powder, switch apple sauce for oil. Little things like that can make a big difference. 
  3. Will you run a Turkey Trot this year? Yes, most likely the one my Running Club puts on, it benefits Toys for Tots. 
  4. Hot chocolate or Apple cider? (Because coffee is a given) I don’t drink coffee at all. Never have. I’d prefer Apple Cider. 
  5. What is your best race time? (Share whichever distance you are proudest of) Allstate 13.1, my best time so far at 1:52:02.
  6. What is your favorite race you’ve done? That’s a hard one, since I have to pick I’d say Cowtown in Ft. Worth. 
  7. Have you ever run a race in a costume? (Submit a photo if you have one). Yes, I have! I ran as Minnie Mouse in the Healdsburg Half Marathon October 2012 in California. 
  8. If you run in cold weather, what’s the one piece of gear you can’t live without? It’s cold here but not anything lower than 30′s most of the time. There were a temps in the 20′s last winter and I have to have gloves when it’s cold. Even in the 40′s for short runs I wear them. I cannot stand my hands to be cold. 

Here I am dressed as Minnie Mouse for the Healdsburg Half in California last October.

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 Link up your Fitness Survey here!

Have you ever run a race in a costume?

Do you have a favorite race?

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I’m Thankful

I’ve been kinda quiet this week. Have a lot going on and nothing really on my mind to blog about.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am so blessed, but I don’t always see it. I have a feeling we all live that way most of the time. There are times it’s easy to see the blessings and other times you are searching for it. I have learned a lot about being content this year.

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: the state of being happy and satisfied

Day 1: Thankful for my Savior. Thankful that I am saved and forgiven.

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Day 2: Thankful for my husband. We’ve been married 17 years. I can’t imagine life without him.

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Day 3: This girl. She stole my heart from day 1. She’s silly, she’s kind. She drives me batty like any 12 year old girl can. But I love her!

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Day 4: Thankful for my job. No I don’t always want to go, but I’m glad I have one.

Day 5: Thankful for my right to vote!

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I missed Day 6 somehow. It was the day of my surgical procedure so we’ll chalk that one up to the shots and stitches. I am however thankful for my health.

Day 7: Thankful for rest days. Even ones mandated by the doctor.

Day 8: I’m thankful for best friends. Life seems to get in the way of us spending much time together, but I’m so thankful for Alisha! This was our first 5k together in 2011. We need a new picture!

How I Got Here

There’s my first week. I love that this is making me focus on my blessings. Not just recite them, but really think about it, see it in front of me. Maybe I won’t take my blessings for granted.

I’d love to see your 30 Days of Thanks! Tag me on Twitter or Instagram with @howmyworldruns, #30daysofthanks and #sssbloggers

What are you thankful for?

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? Mine is the dressing. We eat cornbread dressing in my family and I love it!

Anyone racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Halloween traditions {guest post}

Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs shares her family’s Halloween traditions. Their costumes are so cute!

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Hope everyone else had lots of Halloween fun!  We dressed up as…
The Flintstone’s!  I like to do Halloween pretty big at our house but this is the first year we’ve all dressed up together.  Seriously one of my first thoughts when I had my little girl and saw her red hair was,”We totally have to dress up as the Flintstones for Halloween one day…”  I’m blaming my vision on post csection morphine!
I was sort of upset that I didn’t fully follow my vision of turning our wagon into the Flintstone car and spraying my lab with purple and pink hair color paint so she could be Dino.  But hey, you have to draw the line somewhere right?
I made everyone’s costume except mine.  I got mine on zulily for like $20 with the wig and all so I thought that was pretty good.  I seriously got away with all of us dressing up for around $30.  I think that’s a steal for all four of us!
We went trick or treating and everyone loved the get up.  My son was so brave and even though he’s only 4, he would walk right up the the doors and knock.  I was so proud!  At 4, he’s already a master trick or treater!
Of course I had to start today November 1, with a funny prank on him…(the video wouldn’t embed, but if you click here you can see it on her blog.)
Thanks Jimmy Kimmel for the funny idea!  I must say, I have to start #30daysofThanks with saying how thankful I am that my kids are so sweet.
Happy First Day of November!  Now for the holiday festivities to begin!  I LOVE this time of year!

What did you dress up for Halloween?

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30 Days of Thanks

I love this time of year. Things don’t really slow down but it seems we spend more time together as a family. I have so much to be thankful for and it seems I take it for granted. I’m going to use November to remind myself and all of you what I have to be thankful for.

SSS Bloggers would like to invite you to join us for 30 Days of Thanks! Every day in November we will post a picture of or tell you something/someone we are thankful for. We’d love for you to participate too. Just upload a picture to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +, tell us what you are thankful for and tag us.

Ways to tag SSS Bloggers:

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We will start tomorrow, November 1 and continue the whole month. If you miss a day, it’s ok. Make sure and follow Sara and Shelly and see their 30 Days of Thanks posts.

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Have a great day.

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Holiday family traditions

This week SSS Bloggers will be sharing some of our family holiday traditions.

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Halloween is not that big in our house. Not sure why. It was never one I was that excited about. Maybe as a kid, I’ll have to ask my mom. Ally doesn’t even want to trick or treat this year. She’s going to help at my parent’s church carnival.

We do however get a pumpkin and carve it. Since I’m a procrastinator we didn’t get our pumpkin until this weekend. Ally, of course, picked out the saddest, funniest looking one she could find.

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I love Thanksgiving and the time between then and Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year. I have a big family and I always loved getting together with them. It’s been an adjustment for John, he’s an only child and from a small family. Mine is big and we are not quiet!

My best friend and I shop every year on Black Friday. I’m not a fan of stores starting on Thanksgiving Day now, it kinda ruins the whole Black Friday thing. It’s our day to shop and hang out, no kids. It’s just a fun time for us to spend together and I love it!

We don’t always eat turkey and dressing. Sometime we do Mexican or Italian cuisine, but the traditional turkey and dressing is my favorite. My Aunt Lana makes the best dressing. I’ve gotten the recipe from her and sort of come close to it, but it’s not the same. Since I have a big family there are usually several Christmas “events” during the month.

There’s usually lots of baking between now and Christmas. One year my mom and my friend and her daughter came over and we baked all day. I think I’d like to try to fit that in again this year. Don’t worry I’ll share some of those recipes too.

I always get our Christmas tree out the Friday after Thanksgiving and get it decorated that weekend. It stays up until December 27 or so. I almost always have it down by New Years Eve.

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Pinterest Pin-up Party {link up}

It’s that time again. Pinterest Pin-up Party. You can link up your Pinterest post or just a few of your favorite pins. You just submit the URL at the bottom of this post.

Let’s get this party started!

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Of course I’ve been pinning lots of Fall and lots of pumpkin. The Christmas stuff is starting to show up too.

I want to make these. They look so yummy, but looks a little time consuming too. It’ll have to be a Saturday morning for sure.

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This recipe looks good too. I’m thinking rice or salad on the side.

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I absolutely need to be doing these yoga poses!

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And this one is because we’re house shopping/dreaming so we can hopefully put ours on the market next year. I love closets and I’m totally dreaming here, but isn’t this fabulous?!?!?

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Here’s your reminder to drink your water today.

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What have you been pinning lately?

Do you have a dream closet?

Any great recipes you’ve tried recently?

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Fall for Fall, Recipes, day 3 {guest post}

Today’s recipe is from Shelly at Running Pfuhl. I think I’ll have to try her lighter version of pumpkin bread!

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Ahhhhhh the it’s here!! It’s really here!! Cooler temperatures. Falling Leaves. Football Sundays. Fall Festivals. Pumpkin Carving. Early Evenings.Transition. Life gets into this transitional place where we nestle in. We slow down a bit. Linger under the covers. Snuggle under quilts. Cheer for our favorite team. Pull out those tried and true comfort foods of Fall. Seasonal eating at it’s finest because it’s pumpkin ev.er.y.thing! And that’s just how I like it!! {Big Grin}

Keeping with Sara and Sarah’s Pumpkin Bread I’ll begin with a classic. It’s an old Weight Watcher Recipe that I’ve Spiced up!

Ingredients:

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Box of Spice Cake Mix – I’ve tried others, this one works the best.
1 Can of Pumpkin Puree – or make your own, I do this a lot and freeze it when Libby’s isn’t available anymore
1/2 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon – I use Roasted Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice – this kicks it up a notch
You can add nutmeg if you’d like, but I’ve found this mixture works well.
2 Tablespoons Vanilla.
(add nuts or chocolate chips or raisins too!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325, unless you have a convection oven (350). In a medium bowl blend cake mix and spices. Mix in the entire can of pumpkin. It will be thick and not all the cake mix will incorporate. So here’s where you add the vanilla or milk or pumpkin spice creamer or ya know Dark Rum. Whatever floats your boat! Put the pumpkin glob into a well greased loaf pan. Smooth out. Bake for 35 minutes, check for doneness. This mixture is so thick and so moist it takes it a while to bake. After 35 minutes add 5 minute increments until a toothpick is clean. Let sit in the pan for about 10 minutes. Turn it out onto a dish and let it sit until cool. Slice. Serve and Enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee. About 12-14 servings.

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If you’re me…….. that means Pumpkin Spice Latte.

So I saw this in Instagram I follow a food blogger who posted a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte. I was intrigued, as I’ve tried nearly every recipe out there. Including making my own “syrup”. I love PSL. There is a contest each year between me and my friend over who gets the first one, we call each other and gloat. Here is her Recipe. I, of course, in true Shelly Fashion (and because I just know from past experience these ingredients weren’t gonna do it for me) tweaked hers a bit.

Ingredients:

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1 Can Carnation Evaporated Milk
1/3 C Milk
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice mix
1 pinch all spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon instant coffee (I would normally use brewed coffee but I value sleep so I used Decaf granules)

Directions:
Pour Evaporated milk into a 2 cup or larger measuring cup, add approximately 1/3 cup milk or to the 2 cup fill line. Add Vanilla and spices. Mix well. Pour into a sauce pan. Add Pumpkin (I’ll be honest, I added too much, because of my love of pumpkin so maybe go with 1/2 Tablespoon). Scald The Milk. (but do not cool) Add to (double strength) coffee or espresso or use the granules. You’re not exactly using this as creamer. If using granules you want to use 1-2 teaspoons in the bottom of your cup and add the scalded milk to the granules. If using brewed coffee you’ll want to pour the coffee and the milk at the same time into the cup. I don’t know why, but I can tell you that it’s not the same as pouring one and then the other. 4 servings. (using an 8 oz. cup) I didn’t use sugar in the milk mixture but I added a bit a sweet n low in my cup.

Starbucks….I have your recipe down now, I’ll be saving my $5! Well except for that first one!

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Next is one of my favorite fall comfort food, filling yet low calorie {because I have to have pumpkin bread and lattes} one skillet meal. Serve with garlic bread and a fine wine! It’s a recipe I adapted, ya know, tweaked a bit from the original recipe from Eating Well. If you haven’t heard of this site…. run to it!! Sign up for the weekly newsletter! Tons of yummy and healthy recipes for all seasons, for all levels of skill, for even my picky eaters!

So I call this Gnocchi Goulash

Ingredients:

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1 Onion – Diced
1 Bell Pepper – Diced
1 Box Gnocchi
1/2 C Water
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Can Diced Tomatoes I use the Basil Garlic Oregano Blend
1 Can Tomato Sauce
1 Bag Spinach
Parmesan Cheese

Directions: In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add diced veggies, sauté until translucent. Add gnocchi and coat it with oil, veggies. Add water and let the gnocchi plump. Add tomatoes. Lower the heat add spinach, as much as will fit. Stir or what I call flip the spinach into the dish so that it’s evenly incorporated. Cover and wilt. Takes about 5 minutes. Plate up, add cheese and Enjoy! About 6 servings depending on how plump your gnocchi is and how much spinach you want.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s recipes. I hope you try them yourself and give me some feedback!

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Do you eat pumpkin everything in the Fall?

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Fall for Fall: week 2, Fall recipes

It’s week 2 of our Fall for Fall series. We will be sharing Fall recipes this week!

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I love Fall, I love Fall food. Warm food, crock pot meals and baking! I’m not a baker in the sense that I make my own creations. I like to cook and bake other people’s food. I have to have a recipe to follow.

One of my very, very favorite foods is Pumpkin bread. I haven’t made it since last year, so I had to use the photos from Libby’s website. (source)

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I try not to make pasta much, when I do, I really like this one. You can also use Spaghetti Squash and add spinach. And I usually use Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage. I take it out of the casing and break it up. (source)

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So, those are some of my favorites. Each day this week (except Wednesday) we will share our favorite recipes with you. Including a guest blogger on Friday. If you have any favorites we can share, email them to me: sarah@howmyworldruns.com.

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Has Fall arrived at your house? It finally got here!

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Marathon training: 9 down, 9 to go!

It’s officially the half way mark! I’m starting to feel exhausted, a lot. Wednesday I took two short naps. Thursday I fell asleep after my shower while waiting to take Ally to school. I’m totally pumped for this training, but it is a lot of work. Luckily I train at 5AM so it doesn’t interfere with our home life, other than me going to bed at 9PM. Is it bad to go to bed the same time as your 12 year old??

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Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, cardio, abs and weights

Monday: Track workout, 10 minutes of running hills and 10 minutes of walking

Tuesday: 4 miles, 9:53 pace

Wednesday: 6.5 miles, 10:08 pace

Thursday: 4 miles, Run/Walk Intervals, 9:57 pace

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 10 miles plus a 10k race for 16 miles total! Ended up with a 9:53 pace including the race.

I’m so excited that SSS Bloggers has a logo, we are official now! Have you checked out the other two “S’s” in SSS? It’s Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs and Shelly at Running Pfuhl. What do you think? We usually collaborate on 1-2 posts a week.

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 Got my first pair of Injinji socks this week.

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Ally got a PR in the 5k this morning and took 2nd in her age group. I’m so proud of how far she’s come!

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This finish line photo my friend took says it all. I’m exhausted! My friend Jennifer beside me ran the 16 too. That guy came out of nowhere at the end at sprinted in. We were trying to beat him.

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This week our mid week runs go up to 8 miles. It’s getting real. I made a few changes to my sidebar this week. Added categories and a picture that takes you to my “About Me” page.

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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