Monday, May 12, 2014 • Eau Claire, WI 54701
A few years back I had this magnificent idea. Each week for one year I would attempt a challenge. Once the challenge was complete I would blog about it explaining the difficulties I had doing the challenge, or stating what I learned from each one. I miss that blog sometimes. It was so refreshing to make myself do and learn new things. I am also the type of person who enjoys a good challenge both physically and mentally. I love to set goals and accomplish them. With all that being said today I really want to give this a go again. There are a million amazing health and fitness blogs out there (maybe not a million, because I did not actually count all of them). Each of these sites peak my interest to great extents. So taking part of the idea from Julie and Julia, and the other part from my own crazy curiosity I am planning on trying a new batch of recipes per week via various websites. I will try them; taste them, and then blog about them, giving each one a review. (I have my eye right now on a Vegan recipe from www.ohsheglows.com which looks amazing). I don't believe in cutting out certain foods from our diets (unless it means overly processed junk, which I am all for). I don't exactly think that it is completely beneficial to our health to completely take out things such as diary or even some meat; I am more of a “moderation is key” kind of girl. (Many people argue both ways whether diary is good or bad for you, same with meat etc.). I do however feel that the benefits of eating a more natural diet are obvious, and have the potential to be delicious. So therefore I am willing to try it, to be the guinea pig per- se, to experiment. So once a week I am looking to try at least one Vegan recipe, while the rest will be just healthy and delicious. I will post the links to the sites for you to glance over as well, and tell you all about my tasting experiences! Stay tuned I go grocery shopping tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Eau Claire, WI 54701
I have to first say that this blog post title may be a little misleading. I haven't "run" in months. Not because I don't want to. I am one of those strange breeds who enjoy the burn in my lungs and legs after a good jaunt around the neighborhood. There is hardly anything to me more satisfying then a nice sweat session. So really, it isn't that. I, in fact, am at the moment, seven months pregnant. It was a blessing to find out I was pregnant with my third child, it was unexpected sure, but still I was happy about it. This of course meant though, I would need to lay off the excessive exercise, the major butt kicking boot camp workouts, and the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement, hard. I wasn't even much of a runner to be honest. I had just gotten into it last year, and my time was improving, even though I didn't even care about speed, just that I could make it a certain distance without falling over. That to me was a win. Running to me means more than the direct action though. As a working mom of two boys there definitely is a lot of running involved in my life. Running in the morning to get them ready for the day, running to work, running home to cook super, running to get tasks done, run, run, run. Funny how I would have the time to fit in exercise in my life when most people not even half as busy as myself (nor pregnant) even take ten minutes out of their day to walk. But the thing is exercise makes me sane, it keeps my head above water, it gives me the "me" time I need. So even though I literally find myself "running" all day, running or any other form of exercise for that matter gives me a peace that literally is hard to find elsewhere in this hectic world. So 'Ready and Running' is really about being ready to make changes, to find peace within yourself, and to run (walk, dance, skip, crawl) to a healthier lifestyle.