Rambles of rambles

Morning my friends Smile  I hope you are having an amazing week so far!  Sorry I have been MIA lately, but without my posts looking like Ground Hog Day, I opted to not post.  In the last two days I have started and stopped what feels like to be 50 times! 

This summer in Arkansas has been pretty amazing…  Usually this time of the year we are seeing triple digits and very high humidity.  The humidity is still here, but the temps have actually been mild to me.  We do have  over a month to go so I am sure it’s still going to be hot.  I have enjoyed being able to get outside and it not be so unbearable.   I enjoying going outside on my lunch breaks so I hope these mild temperatures don’t change.


I get off at noon today and I am pretty excited about it.  Eeek!


I was in Wal-mart the other day with my mom and we went down one of the isle that has some candles.  Guess what??  They have fall candles out now!  This totally made me smile.  Fall is probably my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to dig my sweaters and scarves out!


My workouts are still going strong and I feel great.  I typically just run 2-3 days a week and my rest days usually fall on Sunday, which I like.  It’s funny, when I first started running and couldn’t run a long distance it used to frustrate me so much.  Now?  I just enjoy the act of running even if I don’t run a long distance.  I just run.  I actually run for time and not for distance and it’s renewed a joy for running. 


Tips for Running:


  1. Get the right shoes.  When I first started running, I just thought that you could get any shoe and run.  This is not true.  Getting sized was the best thing that I could have done. Find a good running store and they will do it for free!  Oh lord I can remember getting blisters that were just horrible when I first started running!  Agh!
  2. Walk/Run.  Don’t feel any shame if you use this method.  I do on occasion.  I think it’s all about listening to your body and building up endurance.
  3. Water is your friend.  Be sure and be properly hydrated when it comes to your runs. 
  4. Strength training can be your friend too.  I can tell a huge difference in my endurance by getting in some strength training. 
  5. Food.  When it comes to food and running, I used to think that you could just eat what you wanted and get a run in.  Wrong.  If I eat junk, my run is junk and I feel horrible.  Fueling my body correctly and then running is an amazing feeling.  Running will also make you want to eat like a cow too, so fuel the body with good foods.
  6. Don’t compare yourself.  One of the beauties of running is that you will run like no one else.  Your pace won’t be like everyone else’s and your body will react differently too.  Oh how this worked against me when I started running.  Just enjoy the act of your body running and think about that.


These aren’t the best, but they work for me.  Listen to your body and no what it can and can’t take.  Smile



I enjoy baking so so much but I have limited my baking as of late due to the fact that the ingredients are kind of expensive.


Is anyone else watching the show Under the Dome??






That’s it guys!  Hope you have a great day!


Good morning sunshine!!  Oh wait… 



The sun isn’t out yet.. Smile  


I’m in Mt View AR with my parents the next couple of days and you would think that my body would have wanted to sleep in this morning.  Um, no it didn’t.  I laid in “couch” from 5:00 to about 5:30, but then decided to go ahead and get up.  The thing about living in a camper, which is what my parents do for most of the year, is that it’s small.  Oh it’s great for them and they have a blast, but add another adult in there and it can get a bit crowded.  I don’t think they mind though…. Smile  I am their adorable daughter and all…. Winking smile  

Walking around in the camper does move it around though… 


Anyway, I’m up and it’s foggy.  But I do have this in hand…



A gift from my parents.  They know me so well!


I left work at 4:00 yesterday and just drove straight here, which is about a 2 1/2 –3 hour drive.  Not too bad, but man I was so tired when I got here.   I will be heading back home Sunday morning, so it’s going to be a short trip but that’s ok. 


I have sat here for the last two hours trying to come up with something really cool to say but……………nothing.  So I am going to run and hopefully the fog will disappear, outside and in my head.  Smile


See you guys later!! 

Choosing to Lose

Hello my friends Smile  How are you this Wednesday morning?  For some reason I tossed and turned last night and the night before.  Friday I am leaving after work to see my parents!  I am pretty excited about it because they have been gone for a while now.  They took a big trip this summer up to South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and even New Mexico.  I got a message from my mom yesterday telling me they were at home and glad to be.  Oh, and that they were tired.  Smile 





Let’s get right to the topic that I want to talk about this morning.  I realized something over the weekend and really wanted to share it with you.  I like my body.  Crazy thought, I know!  But I do! While I was hiking Saturday, I felt very thankful that I have the ability to climb and walk long distance and even run a few steps too.  I wasn’t at all self conscious about my weight or what I was even wearing at the time of my hike.  I just didn’t care.  I just felt very thankful!  I have strong legs and I am thankful for that Smile.


This got me to thinking about how and why people make the choice to lose weight.  There were many days I just wanted to drop the weight overnight knowing that that was impossible.  The weight didn’t get there overnight, so it won’t come off that way. 




I had to make the choice to lose the weight for myself and for no one else.  I don’t even actually want to be skinny.  I want to be healthy and fit and be able to climb a mountain without passing out.  You get there.  You really do, but you have to keep pushing forward.

Do I have hard days where I make poor food choices?  You bet.  In fact, the other day was horrible!  Let’s just say there was a slice of pizza, copious amounts of cookies, and chocolate lucky charms. 








I just feel good.  I enjoy working out, eating new (and sometimes strange) things, figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t.  I even enjoy lifting weights.  I am actually starting to feel and see a difference in my legs.  Especially when it comes to running.  The endurance alone! I ran before work yesterday and it felt amazing!







Small choices and changes make a huge difference.  You won’t notice them at first, but one day you will wake up and just know. 



Do it

Make good choices

Make bad choices (it reminds you that you are human)

Drink water

Eat less sugar

Avoid artificial sweeteners

Eat green food (not spoiled!)


Walk, if that’s all you can do


And sleep some more

Take time for yourself

Listen to your body

But push yourself beyond what you think you can do every once in a while

and drink more water


One of the difficult things about losing weight or making any kind of lifestyle change will be the difficult days.  There were days that when I made one bad decision I felt like my whole day was shot.  Don’t believe that!  Our days are made up of tons of small decisions, making one to get back on track will be part of it.  With food or with working out.  Don’t let the bad days dictate how you approach healthy living, even when the new wears off.  And it will, trust me. 

Be who you are and take it one day at a time. 





(crude I know, but it was too funny!)




I hope you have a great day…..  I’m off to do some cleanin and some pressin.  45 minute Pump!

Saturday in photos

Morning!   Happy Sunday to you!   How has your weekend been so far?  6:00 p.m. Friday was the end of a very long week and I couldn’t wait to get home and get ready for my hike Saturday morning.  I didn’t set my alarm for Saturday morning, mainly because I wanted to sleep in some too, but for some reason my body woke up at 4:00!  I couldn’t go back to sleep so I went ahead and just got up.  This means I was sleepy at like 8:00 last night….lol!


To get to where I was hiking was going to be about a 2 hour drive so I left sometime around 7:00 and was there just before nine…. My destination??   Petit Jean State Park
























These two shots are looking up….




I had a great time and really enjoyed being somewhere different on my hike.  There are several other trails to hike at Petit Jean so I think that I will try a different one next time.  There is a 12 mile hike that I would love to try!!  It was nice to get away and just be quiet.  No phones ringing.  No tapping on a computer.  No checking balances for customers.  No one pulling at you.  Just quiet and nature. 


I wanted to take a nap when I got home after my hike, but nothing happened.  I got up and started some laundry and then headed to Wal-mart for some toothpaste, hairspray, almond milk, kale, grapes, pineapples, watermelon, and ant spray.  Anyone else having issues with ants already!!??  Agh!


After my trip to the store, I headed over to my brothers house to eat dinner with them…. and some watermelon.  Holy cow this watermelon was SO amazing!  Cold and super sweet!




After we ate the melon, my niece wanted me to watch a movie with her.  I think it’s called Teen Beach movie??   It was cute…  and my niece just loves it!  She has watched it like 5 times now and knows all of the songs in it… Smile 






Orange Refreshers at Starbucks are stinkin’ amazing!











Welp, that’s it….. I have church and then I am coming home to get my rest on.



Have a great Sunday! 

Life in Days

Morning my friends….  I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend.  Yesterday was super long…….super long…… and I am glad that it’s Thursday.  I didn’t have anything planned this morning as posts go, but as I was making my breakfast (two eggs and one waffle), I heard these words. 


  • It’s not the number of days in your life that matter, but the life in those days that does.
  • We must enjoy life, not just endure it.






Have a great day! 

Class of….

Well hello there!   After a much needed rest day, it’s Monday and it’s time to get the week started.  I had a really great weekend…….jammed packed, but it was great.  My 20 year class reunion was this past weekend and it was also a two parter.  Friday night was at the local country club where I live and it was also family night.  It was good to see everyone having a great time.  Sadly, there were ones that couldn’t come or chose not to.  To be honest, I was not sure if I wanted to go, but I am glad that I did. 

I got up early Saturday and met a friend to go hiking and had a great time…   Headed home to get some groceries and do a bit of food organization.  Then I started getting ready for round two of the reunion.  The second half was at a one the hotels in Little Rock and went until 12:30.  I believe.  I shut it down around 10:30 and headed home. 

Overall I had the best time.  One of the things that I will take away from my class reunion is this….

We are all human.  In the last 20 years there have been great times.  There have been struggles.  There have been moments beyond reason.  There have been joys that can’t be expressed.  There have been trials but there have also been mountains that were climbed and conquered.  There have been deaths, but there has also been life.

Human is good.  Human is great.  Human is extraordinary. 






Anita and myself…




David, me, Misti, Anita, and Heather



Myself, Kelly, and Heather



Picture courtesy of the beautiful lady in yellow!








One final group shot!







I’m the fourth one from the left….







Before I go, I wanted to share a recipe that I made last night!



Enchilada Soup:


What you’ll need:


  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1  4 oz can of green chilies
  • 1 can of green enchilada sauce
  • 2 cans of chicken breast
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 8 oz container of plain Greek yogurt
  • Frito’s





What you’ll do:


  1. Mix all ingredients in a crockpot and turn it on low for a few hours and enjoy!









It turned out SO good!   I don’t really think you can mess something like this up and can add anything that you think would make it even better!


**Just a note….  I used WW’s cheese and it didn’t melt all that great.  Next time I might use Velveeta…**


Recipe adapted from:  Picky Palate 





Have a great day! 

Sunday Hope

Morning!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and have enjoyed spending time with the people that you love.    Just a quick pop-in for a little bit of encouragement Smile












I hope you have an amazing Sunday!   My plan is to head to church and then come home for some much…much…..much….needed down time.  No workouts planned, no outside work planned, no cleaning planned, no organizing of any kind….  Just a nap, a book, some coffee…or tea, some soup and that’s about it.  Smile