#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”!

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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!)

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 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

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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!

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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!

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Here’s a recap of Week 1:

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

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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!

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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:

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

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

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

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

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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

Around Town, Part 1

Update on our first half of summer in the city: We have been out and about, enjoying all kinds of activities, from running, biking, eating, going to the farmers market, attending worship, and relaxing at the Taste of Bloomington!

Here are a few photos from our #BTownSummer :

Fresh Veggies at the Farmers Market!

Fresh Veggies at the Farmers Market!

Love the Beautiful Flowers at Farmers Market!

Love the Beautiful Flowers at Farmers Market!

The Trail where we bike and run!

The Trail where we bike and run!

My new bike has been getting a workout!

My new electra bike has been getting a workout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell I like taking pictures? And it’s so easy with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. I usually carry it in an armband when I’m running or biking, making it a quick go-to for impromptu photo ops. So far, the only thing that has eluded me, was a really fast wild turkey running across the BLine (the paved trail that runs thru town) when I was biking! That’s all for this week-stay tuned. I had to save some photos for my next post, which will include the recipe for a refreshing summer cocktail!

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Running, 2014

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Living in the Midwest,  running in winter can be a challenge. Never more so than this winter!
Surprisingly, I have been up to the challenge. Neither snow, nor cold, nor icy wind, has deterred me from my goal. Well, maybe a few times.

Running, like many forms of fitness, can become addicting, and we all know that it provides a natural high due to those lovable endorphins. So my goal this winter has been to get at least one run in per week. I know, this is not a lofty goal, and I would have loved to have been running three times a week. But since we moved, there is no room in the house for my treadmill. So with all the snow and bitter cold, I was good to squeeze in one outdoor run each week. And there were a few times, much to my chagrin, that I actually paid to run on an indoor track. My wonderful husband has been running with me. He keeps me motivated throughout the runs, even though he can run faster and farther than I can. He says he’s proud of me, since before this winter, I refused to run if it was below 50 degrees. Now, I layer-up in all my winter gear, and off we go! He laughs and says I look like a Ninja! But let me tell you, that hat, neck thingy, and gloves, make a world of difference!

One of the great perks, and I’m sure I will write about this often, to where we moved, is that there is an abundance of places to run, walk, bike, shop, eat, etc… There are both paved and natural trails near our home, and we take advantage of both, as well as blaze some of our own! Here are some pictures of some of the winter sites I’ve shot while running. Keep in mind that I had to stop, snap, and run! I think this was the evening it was only 12 degrees outside, but the sun had been out earlier. That’s the coldest I’ve ever managed.

A selfie! Me and My Sidekick/Hubby!

A selfie! Me and My Sidekick/Hubby!

…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus..Hebrews 12:1-2

That’s it for this week. Just a quick update on things here in the crazy cold midwest.

Spring is coming though, and I look forward to sharing our landscaping, gardening, bicycling, farmers marketing, and all around explorations of our new digs!

The Happiness Project

Gotcha, didn’t I? What is The Happiness Project? If you don’t already know, it’s a book written by Gretchen Rubin, in which the author spends a year discovering how to live a happier life. And it seems like everyone has been talking about it! Well, that’s not exactly what this post is about. But it did get me thinking about some of the things that make me happy. And I’ve been thinking about doing a “Top Ten”. So, there you have it! My “Top Ten Happy List”!

10. Kramer. He’s a poodle. But don’t tell him. He thinks he’s a real boy. Just looking at his sweet face makes me happy!

Kramer!

Kramer!

9. Reading. I love to read. Magazines, books, The Bible. Reading makes me happy.
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8. Singing along with the radio. I loooove singing along with the radio! (And dancing)

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

7. Running. Yep, running makes me happy. Science has proven this exercise to happiness fact. Who am I to argue with science?

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6. Cooking. I love trying new recipes and cooking old family favorites. I’m especially happy when a recipe turns out well, and my family enjoys it!

My own healthy salad.

My own healthy salad.

5. Beaches. (And travel, in general!)Beaches make me so happy. I love the sand, the sun, the sound of the ocean waves. Calming and happy inducing.

Yep, that's Jamaica from our plane!

Yep, that’s Jamaica from our plane!

4. Coffee. Mmmmm…. I really enjoy my coffee. Hot or iced, black, or with sugar & creamer. Coffee makes me happy!

Cappuccino!

Cappuccino!

3. Sunrises & Sunsets. I have a beautiful view of the sunrise form my front porch and I’m always excited at God’s creation!
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2. Family. Of course family can make us crazy. But let’s face it-we love them and their smiles and hugs make life worth living. Family makes me happy.
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1. If you know me, you had to be expecting this. My relationship with God makes me happy. Actually, it provides a deep, abiding joy that cannot be replaced with anyone or anything. Only God can provide the peace and freedom that lives within my soul on a minute by minute, daily basis.
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So there you have it! A Top Ten Happiness List! Now I could go on to twenty or thirty. But let’s face it-you’d get bored! But hopefully this has inspired you to think about things both big and small, that make you happy! And of course, as always, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment to share what makes you happy today!i hope you have a happy and blessed weekend!

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!
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And I promise, very soon, I’ll be reviewing my beauty subscription service, Birchbox!
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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!
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Carrying: My iPad! Yes, it’s an obsession. And I’m okay with that!

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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)
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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!