Happy 4th + Workout Recaps

Hey everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend.  Ours was jam packed.  I’ll start with the good.  On Friday evening, we had our old neighbors over to our new home for dinner.  Leaving them behind was the absolute worst part about moving, so it was nice to see them again, and catch up a bit!  Also good: a lazy July 4th.  There was grilling, there was swimming, there was ice cream, and there were fireworks with friends.  I wish that everyone could have heard my youngest marveling at the fireworks!  She was in utter amazement as the sky lit up, as we have never let her stay up to watch them before.  It was pretty awesome.

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And the last good: I power washed and stained our whole deck all by myself.  My husband had his own to do list for the weekend, but the dirt and mildew all over our deck was driving me crazy (I also can’t deal with long grass, and cut it about every four days) so I watched some YouTube videos and went to work.  It was not easy, and took way longer than I had anticipated, but it looks amazing (if I do say so myself).

And now the bad.  My husband’s car finally died (the engine was no good, and it’s old enough that it’s not worth saving) but we tried to tow if back to our home by ourselves and got pulled over by a cop.  So here’s today’s lesson: you are not permitted to tow another car yourself – tow trucks are required!  Who knew?!

And more bad: our girls were up until almost 11:00 last night to enjoy the fireworks and boy did we pay for that today!  It was one of those “bed time can’t come fast enough” days!  And finally my last bad, I indulged a little too much with the yummy grilled meats and frozen treats.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all about balance.  There is definitely a time and a place to indulge, and this weekend was a great chance to do so.  I don’t regret my ice cream!  But I am also glad that The Fresh Fix is happening next week.  I am ready for those healthy smoothies!

Okay, here’s a quick recap of last week’s workouts:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – Off

W – 60 minutes zumba type workout (I’ll never say no to trying a new workout, but this was not my thing) + 4 mile run

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – 5 mile run (8:00 avg.)

S – 60 minutes strength training + 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – Off

My older daughter is going to camp at our church this week.  I’m hoping this break is good for my girls: they play so well together but they also fight so well together! Enjoy your week, all!

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Festival Run 5k +Workout Recaps

Hey friends!  A few days ago I ran a 5k, and now I owe you a recap.  It was a total last minute decision.  I usually love to jump in 5k races in the summer, especially early summer before any training for fall distance races has begun.  But it’s hard to find free Saturday mornings, which is when most 5k races are.  And so, when a Friday night option became available, I went for it!

I’ll start with what, for me, was the coolest part of the experience.  Back in the fall, I went to a banquet where the keynote speaker was a guy named Dathan Ritzenhein.  He’s a super cool, super talented, unbelievably humble professional runner.  And in fact, he was the top American finisher at the Boston marathon this spring, finishing 7th overall!  Anyway, we got to chat after that banquet, and I was very impressed by his story.  He’s overcome so much to run at the highest level.  And he’s a local guy.  He grew up and now lives in West Michigan, and he was at the 5k I ran supporting his wife who was also running.  He actually remembered meeting me, and was cheering for me as a I finished my race.  I thought about asking him for a picture to go with my story, but decided it would be a little weird, so you just get the story.

Anyway, the race was not my best.  I got there in plenty of time, ran a couple of warm up miles, and was ready at the starting line about ten minutes before the gun went off.  I felt good, but I haven’t been doing much speed work, so my ambitions of setting a PR were a little unfounded.  I felt good when we went out, clearly, because my first mile was a 6:33.  Ha!  I knew very well I was in trouble because that’s not a pace I can hold or match for three miles.

And sure enough, mile two, which was mostly on a dirt road, was much slower: 7:04.  Those two miles felt at an equal effort, but clearly were not.  At the turnaround (it was an out and back race) I could see that the overall leader was a woman though, which was really cool.  She ended up finishing third overall (passed by a couple of “young bucks”, her words), which is still really impressive.

My mouth was crazy dry by the start of mile three.  Random, right?  But I could barely swallow.  Anyway, aside from that, I got a little energy boost and found someone to try and catch by the end (I did!) and my last mile was 6:54.  I don’t know what the last .1 was, but my finish time was 21:20, about 20 seconds off of my PR time.  I did also manage to nab 2nd overall female and 1st in my age group as it was a smaller, local race.  So, I’m not complaining at all, but there’s something about the 5k distance that always beckons you to keep racing it and trying to do better.  I’ve got the 5k bug again, and want to run another soon.

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Other than that race, here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – 1 mile warm, 4 x 800, 1 mile cool down

W – Off

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – 5 k run + 2 warm up miles = 5 total miles

S – 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – 4 easy miles

I hope you’re all having a great start to the week.  Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s July already?!  I look forward to summer all year, so I need things to slow down a bit.


The Fresh Fix!

Hi friends!  I am sure many of you have noticed my recent love for Shaklee products.  And now I have a really exciting opportunity for you to see what it’s all about. Along with my friends Laura and Emma, I am co-hosting a five day reset on facebook called the Fresh Fix.  In addition to allowing you to try some Shaklee products, we are putting together a lot of really amazing smoothie recipes and healthy, seasonal meals to share with you. Also, we will have a few short but effective workouts for you to do at home if you want to incorporate exercise into your jumpstart.

The-Fresh-FixThe reset was designed to help move you toward the following goals:

  • Eliminating cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Increasing energy
  • Improving sleep
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Cleaning up your diet

It emphasizes real whole foods, healthy smoothies and some of the best natural supplements (the Vitalizer) to boost metabolism, fix nutrient imbalances and improve digestion and bloating (check out my friend Laura’s experience).  Our reset is designed to allow you to have a smoothie for breakfast and as an afternoon snack, while still being able to sit and enjoy a lunch and dinner that you can share.  As a mom, and especially a mom of girls, this part was important to me.  You can absolutely participate in this reset without having to sacrifice eating with others.

Also, it’s a five day reset, but it’s sustainable for quite a bit longer.  The products that you buy should last you for at least 30 days, so you’re getting an entire month of great nutritional supplements.  And in contrast to other things I’ve tried, it doesn’t feel like you are depriving yourself.  At least, that was my experience.  My most noticeable change with the reset the first time around was quickly my sweet tooth was curbed.

So if you’re interested, here’s what you’ll get:

  • 1-2 Canisters of a nutrient dense protein smoothie mix and recipes. You’ll enjoy 1-2 smoothies as part of a healthy meal plan to incorporate all the nutrition you need and help your body burn fat (and not muscle).
  • A supplementation pack (called the Vitalizer) full of probiotics to help reduce bloating and improve digestion, B-Complex for natural energy, antioxidants, Omega 3 for the same benefits of fish oil (but guaranteed purity- no heavy metals) and a whole lot more!
  • Healthy Snack List & Meals Recipe Guide
  • Video workouts (short and effective to maximize results)
  • Exclusive access to a Facebook accountability group with daily tips and motivation
  • There’s also an option to make this detox even more sustainable with an order of 2 canisters of smoothies

Sign Me Up – Two containers of Shaklee 180 + Vitalizer + Lifetime Membership – $162

Sign Me Up – One container of Vitalizing Protein + Vitalizer + Lifetime Membership – $125

Sign Me Up – One container of Vitalizing Protein + Lifetime Membership – $73

(FYI, the reason all these options include a lifetime membership is because it allows you to always buy products at a discounted, member price).

If you are interested in something different (just the vitalizer, for example) that’s fine too!  Contact me at runningmommusings@gmail.com and I’d be happy to chat about what might work for you.

The “Fresh Fix” repeats the second week of each month! The next reset begins Monday, July 13th- Friday July 17th.

To ensure you receive your product on time, you must order by July 2nd!


Three Things I’ve Loved This Week

Hey friends!  It’s been a fun and busy week over in my neck of the woods.  Just popping in to share three things I have really enjoyed this week! Also, I think I am jumping in to a local 5k race tonight!  I really wanted to run one, but despite the many offered in my area in the summer, I hadn’t been able to make any of them work.  This is an evening race, which would not be my first choice, but sometimes you take what you can get.  How do I fuel for an evening 5k race?!

Anyway, here are three things I’ve loved this week, in no particular order:

1) Taking my girls to the track with me for some speed work.  My seven year old ran an entire warm up mile with me, and my younger daughter alternated running and walking for two laps.  Then while I ran my 800 repeats, they set up their own “triathlon”, stopping at each number on the track to complete a different exercise.  They had so much fun, and have already asked when we can go back.  I also got a great workout in, so that’s a double win in my book.

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2) Mug Cake Recipes

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I had read about these before, but found some great versions on Pinterest and decided to make one this when I had a craving for something sweet the other night.  It was pretty tasty!

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons almond butter
1-½ tablespoons melted coconut oil
1-½ tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut milk (or almond milk)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small handful of mini chocolate chips
Mix everything together well and then microwave for about two minutes.  Let cool a bit but enjoy while still warm!  Delicious.
3) Spending time with family.  My in-laws made a last minute trip to visit us for a couple of days, and the girls always soak up time with extended family.  I also got some much needed help in my garden.
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That’s all for now.  Enjoy the weekend!

Why I Joined the Shaklee Team

Hey friends!  I’ve had such a hard time deciding how to write this post.  I’m so excited to share this news, but at the same time, I hope that my excitement doesn’t seem premature or overhyped.  Some of you know that at the beginning of the month, I participated in a five day reset with a company called Shaklee.  I decided to go for it for a few reasons: my eating was not good, my energy was low, and my sleeping patterns were a little bit off.  I know how to eat healthy, but my willpower was lacking and my heart just wasn’t in meal planning anymore.  A day or two of take out turned into several days, and I could not get back on track.  I was hopeful, but not terribly optimistic, about how I’d feel during and after the reset with Shaklee.  I was mostly wishing it would give me a little bit of a kick start to get back on track with my normal good eating habits, and I certainly didn’t expect that I’d want to make it a continual part of my life.

But what happened is that on the Shaklee 180 product (a protein powder that *can* also act as a weight loss aid) and the vitalizer (a vitamin pack with a multivitamin, a B+C complex, E+omego-3 fatty acids, and a probiotic) I felt totally amazing within about three days.  My energy came back full force, I started sleeping wonderfully again (falling asleep faster and staying asleep easier), and I stopped craving foods that I knew weren’t good for me.  I’m a total sugar-holic, and I always have been.  But when I was drinking the smoothies (I typically blended ice, frozen berries, banana, spinach, and coconut milk) and using the vitalizer on a regular basis, my sugar cravings completely and totally disappeared.  Believe me, I know that sounds too good to be true!  But that was my honest experience.

And so clearly I was intrigued.  I carefully and diligently looked at the ingredient list (it all checked out), I researched the mission and vision of the company, I read anecdotal success stories and looked at results of a twenty year longitudinal study.  The more I read, the more impressed I was.  Shaklee is a company that believes in using the best nature has to offer to deliver products that aid our health.  They prove with the most stringest of tests that what they say is in their product is actually in their product, and they will stand behind their products 100%.  If it doesn’t work for you, they will gladly reimburse you!

I am not a salesperson at all, it’s just not one of my strengths.  But I do believe in sharing something that works, and despite my somewhat limited personal experience I really and truly believe that Shaklee products work.  They have an amazing array of products from vitamins and (safe!) weight loss products to skin and hair care products to green cleaning solutions.  I myself am still learning about everything they offer, but as I do, I will continue to share.  I hope that you’ll bear with me (or you can just skip these posts, I promise I won’t be offended).  And, if you’re interested in doing something similar to what I did with the reset, a few blogging friends and I will be hosting one the second week of July.  If you’re interested, I would love to chat with you about helping you join (pressure free, I promise!).

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading about my new adventure.


Workout Recaps + Catching Up

Hey friends, I am back home in my home state of Pennsylvania for part of this week.  My husband had to work, but the girls and I made the drive to visit my parents for a few days.  Because we live so far away, it’s always treasured time when we get to visit!  I was feeling like a rock star during most of the 6+ hour drive; the girls were well behaved, we were all in good spirits, we only stopped once for a break.  And then we hit traffic.  The stop dead in your tracks, not move an inch kind of traffic.  People were tailgating out of their trunks for goodness sake!  I checked my phone and realized that a tree had fallen across the highway and they were estimating two hours to get it removed.  And my youngest had to go to the bathroom NOW! 🙂  Needless to say, the last leg of the trip was more about trying to keep my sanity, and several episodes of the Berenstein Bears were watched.  But we made it!

Here’s what my workout have looked like during the past week:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – Off

W – 4 mile run + 30 minutes boot camp

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing class

F – 4 mile run (8:00, 7:42, 7:42, 8:00)

S – Off

Su – 5 mile easy run with my sister

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It’s been a great few days with family.  We picked a LOT of strawberries this weekend and made freezer jam, have been doing lots of swimming in my parent’s pool, played several rounds of UNO, and are about to head off to my favorite thrift store this morning to find some summer play clothes for the girls.  I’ve got some exciting news related to my recent love for the Shaklee company that I hope to talk more about next time.  But until then, enjoy these first few days of summer!


My Five Day Reset Experience with Shaklee

Hey friends!  So, I’ve been a little radio silent recently.  There are so many excuses reasons for this, but the simple truth is that I just wasn’t prioritizing this blog enough to get posts done.  That was okay for a bit, but I miss writing them, so I’m aiming for a minimum of one a week through the summer.  You can hold me accountable, okay?

Also, ever since we moved, my blogging wasn’t the only thing that went downhill.  My eating had also been pretty bad.  It started when we had to order take out several nights in a row because our dishes, pots, and pans were all packed up and unable to be located.  And then my girls got sick and my to do list each day was utterly laughable.  Of the twenty items I had listed, I maybe got through two or three.  You all know how that goes, I’m sure.  We get busy, and when we do, taking the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks can be a real challenge!

So when my friend Laura, who blogs at www.mommyrunfast.com mentioned she was doing a five day smoothie reset, I asked if I could join.  I don’t usually do something drastic like eliminating meals in place of smoothies, but I really needed to get my eating habits back on track in a bad way.  The company sponsoring the reset was Shaklee, a company that I had heard of before, but didn’t know much about.  I ordered two different flavors of the Shaklee 180 protein powder and smoothie mixture and the vitalizer, a pack of vitamins to take each day as well.

Despite fully trusting Laura, I was a little skeptical at the start, so I did research the company a bit and combed through the ingredient list.  And I was pretty impressed with what I found.  Their are no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added.  And each serving has a whopping 16 grams of protein.  If you add a cup of milk to the powder, you’re at 24 grams of protein!  Now, I love a good smoothie here and there, but the problem I always had was that it only held me for an hour or two, and then I’d get snacky again (that’s a word, right?).  But not this time.  I often added milk, fruits, veggies, and greek yogurt to my smoothies, and with the Shaklee smoothie mixture, I would stay full for hours.  I’ve done clean eating resets before, and with enough willpower, I could always manage through the hunger pangs and sugar cravings that would inevitably hit me, but during these five days, those were virtually nonexistent.  And the even more impressive part is that my body quickly (within two days) began to crave real, healthy foods again.  I actually wanted carrots and hummus intsead of a bowl of ice cream.  What!?  Who am I?  But I felt really, really good.  Also, as an added bonus, I lost two pounds during that five day period, and it hasn’t come back yet.

I loved it so much that I am planning to continue to have one smoothie a day, not because I need to continue losing weight but because I feel so very good when I’m eating (drinking?) them.  Anyway, I feel like I could go on for a LONG time about my experience.  I’m not usually one to jump on a bandwagon so quickly; I’m a skeptic by nature.  But this company is amazing, has been around for a long time, and from what I can tell, has always operated with honesty and integrity.  So yeah, I’m a fan.  Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the company or the MANY products they sell.  I’m just learning myself, but I’d be happy to tell you more about my experience.  You can reach me at runningmommusings@gmail.com.

Finally, happy first days of summer!  My girls were done last week and are already both soaking up the sunshine and fighting like crazy in between loving on each other.  Just the nature of siblings I guess, huh?  I promise to update you more on our move, my running, and our summer plans next time!

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