#ActiveLivingChallenge Accepted & Completed! (Week 3 Recap)

Woo hoo! I made it! And just in time too. This morning I went out for my morning run, got sick, and had to head back home. Yuck. No Bueno. Good thing I already completed the #ActiveLivingChallenge !  It’s been a great three weeks. I have enjoyed  Moving, Nourishing, and Believing (& tweeting) every day.  It has been good for both body and soul. I hope you are inspired to get out and move, nourish, and believe in a better you! Every positive decision, step, and healthy bite you take can lead to  another. Nobody ever said, “I wish I hadn’t worked out”. Or, “I wish I hadn’t eaten healthy today”!


Week 3: 

August 18, Day 15: How I practiced active livng today: Three mile run in the morning, followed by family biking in the evening!







August 19, Day 10: What I am excited for in the future: More walking, running, and biking in our hometown! (Though I hope it doesn’t get as cold as last winter.)









August 20, Day 17: A photo of me, getting sweaty with my favorite workout: Stopped mid-run to snap a pic of me and Hoagy! Love running on the IU campus!






August 21, Day 18: Short-Term Goal: Working to shave 30 seconds off my 5k, and running in this September 20th Hoosiers Outrun Cancer event. (As long as the grandbaby doesn’t decide to come early!)




 August 22, Day 19: Favorite Healthy Snack:  Homemade Dark Chocolate covered Strawberries!





August 23, Day 20: Favorite Lorna Jane Clothing piece from http://www.lornajane.com :  I really like the Mod Squad Sports Bra and the Ambassador Stripe Tank. So many to choose from! I love the new Paradise Active Shorts too!!!!









August 24: Day 21: My Favorite part of Active Living: See my smile in this picture? I love how #activeliving makes me feel, both inside and out! #MoveNourishBelieve !!! #sweatpink

That’s all for this week.  And that’s all for the #ActiveLivingChallenge. Moving, nourishing, and believing are now  part of my lifestyle. You can make it yours too! I would love to hear how you are doing!  Be sure to follow @LornaJaneActive and @FitApproach on twitter and facebook. Share some of your answers to your favorite Challenge Questions in the comments! Have a great week!

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13


Yay! I Made It Through Week Two of #ActiveLivingChallenge !

I’ve been Moving, Nourishing, and Believing (& tweeting) for two staright weeks now! And I’m loving every minute of it! Okay, maybe I don’t love every minute. There are a few minutes every time I run, that I ask myself why I’m doing this. And then I remember that it’s because I am nourishing my body and soul. And that finishing, and ultimitely winning, come to those who perservere. So if I want to finish this race called Life, with a strong, healthy, body and soul, I must perservere! (insert mantra “Just keep running.”)  Here’s my recap, complete with photos of course, of how I Moved my Body, Nourished my Mind & soul, and Believed in myself this week!


Week 2:

August 11, Day 8: Favorite Superfood: Blueberries & Strawberries!









August 12, Day 9: Do something New: I tried this new PowerBar brand Performance Energy Wafer Bar! Pretty Yummy. The package says to consume one before, and two during your workout. But since I only run three miles, I only ate one!


August 13, Day 10: How Do You Practice #ActiveLiving everyday? Walk, Run, & Ride my Bike!

August 14, Day 11: Post a picture of your daily motivation to #MoveNourishBelieve : Iwant to have good overall health, so I can enjoy as many years with this guy as possible!

August 15, Day 12: Share your favorite quote about staying positive & true to yourself: (See the photo!)

August 16, Day 13: Life can get very busy! What do you do to get more out of everyday? I try to spend quiet time each morning, preparing my mind, soul, and body for the day ahead. This book and study guide have helped me for years!

August 17: Day 14: Share your ultimate dream/goal. Okay, so this is on my physical dream/goal list: Dream: Run a race in every state! Realistic Goal: Run a race in a different state each year. This is a photo of me post-race in Savannah, Georgia, 2013. (I really do #sweatpink !)

And there you go. Another fun week of moving, nourishing, and believing, in the record books! I hope you’re enjoying the updates and photos.Remember, you can still join in the challenge by following @LornaJaneActive and @FitApproach on twitter and facebook.  And be sure to leave a comment here and let me know some of your answers to your favorite Challenge Questions. Have a great week!

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Move, Nourish, Believe – The Active Living Challenge!

I love a good challenge! And I love to live a healthy, active, lifestyle! So when I saw that Lorna Jane Active and Fit Approach were joining forces in a twitter/Instagram challenge, I was in! From August 4th thru the 25th, we are being challenged to Move our Bodies, Nourish our Minds (& I like to add souls), and Believe in ourselves. The great thing about challenges for me, is that they motivate me. Kind of like all those new apps on our phones and armbands that motivate you to track your activity. So thanks to Lorna Jane Active & Fit Approach for motivating me to 1: Move, Nourish, & Believe    (and)      2: Write on my Blog! As a part-time blogger, I sometimes let too much time lapse between writing sessions. So thanks for keeping me on track!




Here’s a recap of Week 1:

August 4, Day 1: Favorite summer workout move: Running! (Although biking is a close second!)











August 5, Day 2: Favorite Healthy Recipe: I love this amazing salad that I basically just made up a couple of years ago! There is no real recipe; just lots of healthy ingredients, like Romaine & Red Lettuce, Pear slices, Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Mozzarella & Feta Cheese! Topped with your favorite viniagrette!









August 6, Day 3: What Active Living Means to Me:

Move: Ride my Bike

Nourish: Rehydrate with lowfat chocolate milk!

Believe: I’m getting stronger everyday!

My MNB photo of the day:








August 7, Day 4: My Favorite Place to Relax/Have Quiet Time: My Bedroom. It’s calm, soothing, and quiet.











August 8, Day 5: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie! (Post-Run)










August 9, Day 6: Moving/Working out with Friends: Hubby is my bike-riding buddy!










August 10: Day 7: Something You’re Grateful For: I’m grateful for my sweet daughter, who is expecting our first grandchild in October!




That’s it for Week 1! It’s been a fun week. Hopefully I will be able to stay on task during the following weeks. Stay tuned for weekly updates! You can also join in the challenge by following @LornaJaneActive and @FitApproach on twitter! And be sure to leave a comment here and let me know some of your answers to the Week 1 Challenge Questions. Have a great week!


*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

It’s Currently Time!

I love this part of my week! It forces me to take time to sit and think about what I’ve been doing recently. And it give me the opportunity to share with you, and you with me!

I’m Currently

Reviewing: Lots of fantastic products and companies! My latest review is for ENERGYbits, and you can read all about how I’ve started using these little “bits of food” (algae) to energize me for my runs. I’ll be taking the last of my sample provided by ENERGYbits tomorrow before participating in a 5k. Wish me luck!

And I promise, very soon, I’ll be reviewing my beauty subscription service, Birchbox!
Wishing: My house would sell quickly! I’m so ready to move to town!

Our home

Our home

Eating: Fresh Produce! I love summer! My own square foot garden, the farmers market, and even the grocers have great tasting fresh berries!
Carrying: My iPad! Yes, it’s an obsession. And I’m okay with that!

Running: Wow, this one’s easy. I’m running a lot now, and loving it. God has sent me two beautiful women to run with for the summer at least. This has breathed new life into my attitude and motivation. We encourage one another and spur each other on to greatness. Well, our own form of greatness! I’m scheduled to run a 5k in the morning, my second of the season. At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal of participating in six timed events this year! I’m a little behind, but I’m confident I will be able get them all in! I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength! (Philippians 4:13)

Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to start running with me, consider this your invitation! Hope you enjoyed all the photos today! See you all next week!

Boost Your Energy-Naturally!

Are you looking for more mental vitality, more physical energy, or a quick way to boost your athletic performance?  ENERGYbits algae tabs are your answer. Yes, I said algae. These bits are rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for runners, athletes, or anyone who wants to be energized naturally. They have the highest concentration of protein in the world and deliver a steady stream of energy without sugar, caffeine, chemicals, or stomach distress. Now if you are like me, your first thought is, “Eeeww..gross. Algae?” And, I must admit, I am a wimp when it comes to taking pills. But these tabs are not considered to be pills; they are actually tiny bits of food. The folks at ENERGYbits were kind enough to send me a sample tin including 50 tabs to sample and review.
At first, I was skeptical. Like I said, I don’t like taking pills and I really didn’t like the idea of swallowing algae! But I had agreed to give them a try, and, after all, a deal is a deal. The recommended directions say to swallow 30 tabs 10 – 15 minutes before going for a run. Really? 30? I was in trouble. But, here goes… Now, just to make sure that they did not upset my stomach or come back up during a run, I decided for my initial trial, I would only take 10 tabs. I must say, they went down fairly easily and quickly. And so I was off and running! Surprisingly, for me, I did not get nauseated, nor did I burp up the flavor of algae. Thank goodness! They passed the initial test! Of course, I also did not notice any difference in my energy level during that run. But, as you may have noted, I had not taken the recommended amount. So to give them a fair shake, and before writing any type of review, I knew that I had to take them again. Only this time, I was determined to swallow 20 tabs for my next run!
That was this morning. I took two at a time, and again, they went down really quickly and easily. I’m now thinking, “I can do this!” And I have to admit, that I actually did seem to have more energy and was not as exhausted at the end of my run as I usually am. Now I did not set a personal record, nor am I ready to try out for the Olympics. But I am ready, and a little excited, to try the final 20 tabs that are left in my tin. As a matter of fact, I’m having a hard time deciding whether I should take them for my next run this week, or save them for a 5K that I’m running on Saturday. So there you have it. There is so much information on Energybits, that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one post. Each bit has only one ingredient-Algae. Yet, they contain 40 vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 and 64% protein. That’s 3 times more protein than in a steak! And each tab has only one calorie. It’s like carrying a mini meal in your purse or pocket. For more information, you can go to the website http://www.energybits.com. If you decide to place an order, enter the word Blog” into the coupon box and you will receive a 10% discount! Be sure to check out the website because they also offer recovery, vitality, and skinny bits. Now it’s your turn. Add more life to yours one bit at a time!

Colgate Three-In-One Giveaway!

It’s summertime and the livin is easy! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, summer may mean vacations and lazy days, but it’s definitely not a time to take a vacation from good oral hygiene!

I’m here to help make sure you have everything you need to keep your pearly whites, well, pearly white. I recently won a fantastic prize pack from Colgate, and of course, I have to share!

Colgate for a Healthy Mouth!

Colgate for a Healthy Mouth!

Click on the red Rafflecopter link below for your chance to win a free full size, 7.6 ounce tube of Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, a Colgate 360 Total Advanced Toothbrush, and 8.4 ounce Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash in Wintermint Rush!

Remember to come back once a day, July 18-31, 2013, to enter! Good luck and cheers to a healthy mouth!

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Currently…It’s a New Week!

Time is flying by so fast; we’re already into the second half of the year! Did that just conjur up Christmas anxiety anyone?

This week, I’m switching things up. It’s your turn to leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve been Loving, Craving, Missing, Listening, or Wishing. You go first! Then scroll back up to see what I’ve been up to!

I’m Currently

Loving: First and foremost, God. He is my provider, my healer, my redeemer, and my source for everything. Running. Yes, I love it. My family, of course. And summer. I love summer! It’s the opposite of winter.

Craving:Sweets, oddly. I used to only eat salty snacks. But in recent years, I have developed a sweet tooth. Good thing I’m running! Also, vacation. I’m craving a vacation. That could go under the love category too. I love vacations! Oh. And I have a friend who just made macarons and posted them on Instagram! I’m definitely craving those!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Missing:My friend who lives in another state. Great friend. And I will, Lord willing, see her in just a few weeks! Yay!

Listening:TobyMac has a new song I recently am obsessed with, Steal My Show. Love it, added it to my running playlist! You’ve got to check it out!

Wishing:I don’t wish for much. I hope, and I pray. But if given three wishes, I think I’d wish for…1)A stronger body for running. I’m pretty wimpy! 2)I’d wish for my house to be sold and to already be moved into a new home when I wake up in the morning! 3)The super power of teleportation. You know, snap my fingers and be at the beach. Snap them again and be back home. I could go for that. Especially on those long car rides home from vacation.
Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!