Faith Fitness and Laughter

Enjoy Your Surroundings

Well hello there!   It’s Saturday!!  If any of you guys are running races today….. You’re Awesome!  🙂   I on the other hand am going to be hitting up so flea market stores, local vendors, and some coffee shops with my mom today!  It’s Bean Fest here in Mt View AR this weekend and so there are tons of things to do!  What’s Bean fest??  It’s where tons of people come from all around to cook beans.  Really it is.  There are other things involved too, but that’s the gist of it.  🙂  There are between 30 and 40 thousand people here for this event!!

 

Yesterday, my parents and I just enjoyed our surroundings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was such a beautiful day too!   It was super windy and super cool, but it was still a nice day.  It was nice to spend it with my parents.  🙂

 

I woke up at 4:30 this morning so I have only managed to get coffee down…..  I am thinking yogurt/egg/waffle combo.

 

Workout:

My legs are SO sore from running outside yesterday.  But it’s the good kind of sore…    When I sent Cait a text to let her know about my run, I also told her that it was outside.  She wants to incorporate some “ground” running as well and I am pretty excited about it!

I am a little nervous about my long run Sunday….I can’t get in touch with the lady that is supposed to get me the code for the gym.  I am not quite ready to do the entire long run on the ground so I am not sure what this means if I am not able to do it.  That is totally why I love working with Cait!!  She can figure that out for me!  It’s one of the great reasons I really sought out help from her.  I know that she has my best interest in mind and she knows what I can and can’t do at this point in my running stage.  Running coaches are the best!

 

I am out!  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

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Headed Home

Well, it’s time to go home.  Insert sad face.  I have had the best time though and it was really nice to go at a slow pace.

Had a quick breakfast this morning before heading out for my workout.  This morning some of the ladies in the RV park got together to do their weekly workouts.  I think they get together twice a week for some strength training and wouldn’t my luck be that they were doing it this morning!  I really did like it!    I really tried to encourage my mom to do it more often.

 

 

 

I can already feel the weight of life and responsibility creeping in.  I have even received a call about work (kind of) this morning.  And a text from a customer.

Oh well, back to life it is.  🙂

 

I did make a new best friend while I was here……I was in the market to find one anyway.  😉

Zoey 😉  Isn’t she a doll??   She has promised to write and call me all of the time.  Seriously.

 

This has been my view most afternoons.  🙂

 

 

Got to finish loading things up!  Have a great day!  See ya later!

 

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Favorite things about Fall

I just love Fall.  Really I do.  🙂  It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  Other than Christmas that is..;)   Even though it isn’t technically Fall yet, I wanted to tell you some of my favorite things about it….

 

  1. The leaves turning.  One of the prettiest things to see in Arkansas is when the leaves turn.  I hope the brutal summer that we had isn’t going to eliminate that.
  2. The smells.  Is it just me or do things smell better in the Fall??
  3. Baking!  Oh yeah baby!  I love this time of year because the baking itch starts to flare up.  I love doing this!!  I wish that I could just come up with my own tweaked recipes, but I love just searching out some great recipes and having a blast in the kitchen.  Something about baking kind of chills me out too.
  4. Long sleeves.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready to dig out my long sleeve shirts!
  5. Candles.  If you know me at all, you know that I love to burn a candle or two.  Aaaand, I love fall scented candles.  I think that my favorite would have to be pumpkin spice.
  6. Soups/stews/chili’s.  Ahhh yes, the time of year when you cook in bulk….when it comes to soups.  🙂
  7. Fellowship.  It’s also my favorite time of year when all of the gatherings start to pick up.  Just another reason to bake something.
  8. Cooler temps to run in!  This, I think, will be my favorite thing this year!

 

My mom and I took a little outing today:

We went to one of my favorite stores here!!  Yoders.  It’s got all kinds of great things in it.  Mostly organic.  Mostly healthy.

 

 

They had things like this throughout the entire store!

 

 

 

It took all that I had to not buy this!  🙂

 

Here are a couple of the Bed and Breakfast places right in the middle of town…

 

Well that’s all folks!!  Have a great rest of the afternoon and holiday!  Gonna chill out and then probably take a nap.

What about you?   What are some of your most favorite things about Fall??

 

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It’s a good Monday!

Morning Morning!  🙂   I can’t believe that my mini-vacation is almost over.  Sad face.  😦   I have really had the best time here with my parents.  I usually try to come up here at least once a year and always have the best time.  And not just with my parents, there are tons of people here that my parents have gotten really close to and it’s become this little family.

 

I got up early and  headed down to the walking park, which was a hoppin little place!  I did one lap to get warmed up and then stopped to stretch and warn my legs that they were going to attempt a run.  🙂

2.80 miles.   I can’t wait to e-mail Cait Friday with my total!!

 

 

I am now enjoying a good breakfast with my mom and then going to head out to help my dad do some yard work here in the RV park.  Yay!  I love to do yard work!!

 

 

I also wanted to share my dad’s birthday cake with you.  Can you believe that there is only a couple of pieces left??  I chose to eat a piece of the Red Velvet Brownies that I made.  🙂

Recipe take from How Sweet it Is.

 

I am out!!  Have a wonderful day!!

 

 

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September Goals

Hello!  How is your Sunday?  I hope it’s been a good one!

 

We had church here in the RV park this morning at 9:30.  It was a great service and the music was really great!  I didn’t mention it, but there are a lot of singers and musicians here.  Listening to them sing this morning was really cool.  🙂

 

After church, we headed to a very cool restaurant to eat…

The place we ate even grows their own herbs!

 

After lunch I waited for a bit and thought that I would go down to the local walking park and well, um…..walk.  🙂

It was a little dry…..:)   I walked for 30 minutes and then headed back to pick my mother up so we could got pick up my dad’s birthday cake.    Wait!!!!   Happy birthday to the coolest man that I know!!   I love you Dad.

 

Once we got things set up for a get together this afternoon, I needed a nap.  I dozed for a bit on the couch and it was nice!

 

Update on August Goals:

Let’s see, here were my goals for August:

  1. Push-up challenge.  When I started this, I wanted to start off realistically, so I started with 10.  Keep in mind I have continued to stay on my knees throughout the challenge.  I made it all the way to 35!  Aaaand, 10 on my feet!  I would say that this goal was achieved!
  2. Carb.  This goal not so much.  I really wish that I would crave so many carbs.  I eat well throughout the day, but anything extra is always seems to be a carb.
  3. Running!  I have continued to enjoy this so much!  I have even worked on building my speed and pace.  I ran 4 miles and did negative splits: 9.06, 8.58, 8.49, 8.40.  Total overall pace was 8.53 and I finished the run in 39.08 minutes!  Going to continue my journey with running.  I have even signed up to be on Caits September Miles Madness!  Go team Cait!!
  4. Yoga.  I have really loved learning new things about yoga.  I didn’t realize just how important flexibility is in your body.  Especially with age.  I am not as limber as I used to be!  I want to continue this in my normal workout routine.

 

Moving onto September Goals:

  1. I really want to find some sort of plan that helps with my craving sugar and carbs.  Well, really a plan that will help me walk away from things like that.  Here’s the deal.  I love to eat.  I love everything about food.  Texture, taste, smell.  But what I really want is more of a balanced diet.  I don’t even want to use the word “diet”.  The only reason that I do is to describe my food intake.  I want to crave more lean food than sugary ones.  But what works for me make not work for someone else….aaaand I am not going to starve myself.
  2. Running.  Still going to continue learning more about the art of running.
  3. Stick to a budget.
  4. Continue doing push-ups daily.  I really do like doing them and they really do add definition.

 

Well, that’s about it.  Short and sweet.  Nothing to off the wall and really they seem just like my August goals, but right now for my body it works for me.  I am going to keep doing this and keep listening to my body.

 

Have a great night!

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