10 Things You Don’t know

I decided to write a post with 10 facts you don’t know about me.  I don’t have many pictures, but I had a lot of fun coming up with this one.

  1. I am a total scaredy cat – I hate being alone.  I have always hated being alone, but it got worse when I was in college.  My senior year, I lived in a house right off of the campus with 3 of my best friends.  One night they had all gone out of town and I was going to stay there alone.  But, I had been sick so my mom wanted me to stay with her.  Thankfully, I did.  Our house was broken into that night, and the door that they came in was the door in my room.  Then, after we graduated, I lived in an apartment with my sister.  We had heard rumors of a peeping Tom in the complex, but I had never seen anyone.  One night I rolled over in my bed, and there was a face staring at me through my window!  I can honestly say that in my life, I have only stayed by myself all night less than five times.  When I’m alone, I hear every little thing, and I hate it.  This is why we got a dog and he has helped tremendously!10 facts you don't know runandlivehappy.com

  2. I am a worrier – This is something about myself that I absolutely hate! I know I inherited this, and I have tried really hard to overcome it, but I can’t completely.  I worry about little daily things, and I worry about irrational things, things that probably won’t ever happen.   I just have these worries that pop in my mind all the time, and they are totally random but they’re there.  I pray about this, and try to let it all go, and most of the time I can.  But sometimes it just seems like there’s always something that’s worrying me.  I know a lot of people who seem so care-free and they don’t worry about anything.  Sometimes I wish I could be more like that, and just go out and enjoy life without worrying about what might happen.

  3. I am not confrontational –I hate conflict, and I try to avoid it. I try to just make peace and let the situation fix itself.  However, I will not be walked on, so if it’s bad enough I will speak up.  It takes a lot to make me mad, I’m pretty laid back, but once I’m there, I will speak my mind.  I usually just try to handle conflict in a rational way.  I have learned that it doesn’t make it any better to react to someone, especially if they are upset.

  4. I hate teeth – Teeth are so gross! I can handle vomit and blood easier than I can handle teeth.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they just make my stomach turn.  I have some weird visual in my head of them being pulled out and the skin ripping from them.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard; it just makes me cringe!  I thought this was an irrational fear and I tried to get over it a few years ago.  My best friend’s son had a tooth that he wanted pulled and I tried to do it. But, that just made it worse!

  5. I love to read – I am a huge bookworm! When I get into a book, I can’t put it down until I’m done.  Then, I go into a little depression because the story is over and I don’t want to read anything else yet.  Jeremy gets mad at me when I’m reading because I’m so engrossed in my book that I don’t pay attention to anything else.  I read on my phone, so I have it with me all the time and I don’t ever put it down.  I love mysteries, romance, young adult, and some action books.  I will do a post soon about some of my favorite books. Here is my favorite book series, you can find it here.
    My Favorite Book Series
    My Favorite Book Series

  6. I am addicted to Pinterest – I can literally spend hours on Pinterest. I love just looking at everything.  I have tried a lot of recipes, workouts, and tips that I have found on there.  I love it because it gives me ideas or advice that I wouldn’t normally get.  It’s just something fun to pass the time when I’m stuck at a ballgame or in a meeting, or even just sitting at home.  You can follow me on there – pinterest.com/runandlivehappy

  7. I don’t like ice cream – I really like the toppings though! I have kind of a love/hate relationship with ice cream.  I don’t actually hate it, but it makes my stomach hurt really bad!  I think I may be a little bit lactose intolerant.  I only like skim milk or almond milk for the same reason.  But, I really do like ice cream sundaes, I think it’s just all of the toppings though.  So, I never eat ice cream, and that’s fine with me.   It’s not something that I crave, or even something that I want if it’s right in front of me.  I’m fine without it!

  8. I have been out of the United States 9 times in my life – This is probably not a whole lot, but I know a lot of people who have never left the US. After college, I went on a cruise to Mexico with some friends.  Then, a few months later I went on another cruise back to Mexico.  Then, Jeremy and I went to Mexico for our honeymoon and we have gone somewhere every year since then for our anniversary.  We have been to Puerto Morales, Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen in Mexico.  In Jamaica we have been to Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios.  And, we have been to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  We really love Jamaica, but we are looking at going to St. Lucia or Antigua in the spring. Vacations

  9. I am very OCD – I really thought I was bad, but then I met my husband. He is ten times worse than me.  So, our house is always clean.  Everything has its place, it is always picked up.  I can’t stand dirty dishes in the sick, and I NEVER leave them in there.  I do dishes as soon as I dirty them.  I’m so bad, that it bothers me if we are eating dinner and I know there are dishes in the sink.

  10. I really love the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows – I am so addicted! Each season gets even cheesier than the last, and most of the couples end up breaking up anyways.  But, for some reason, I can’t quit watching!  I really am a romantic, so I guess that’s why I like watching.10 facts you don't know

Randomness From This Week

Hi Everyone!

I have had a pretty uneventful week.  There hasn’t really been anything to interesting or exciting going on.   It’s just been a normal week, so I thought I would share with you what is normal for me.

After eating so much junk over the weekend, I was for some clean eating and detoxing.  I prepped all of my food on Sunday, so I had all of my breakfasts and lunches ready to go.  I started each day this week with a Dannon Light and Fight Greek Apple Pie Flavor Yogurt. Randomness from my week

I did mix it up a little one day this week and ate a  Greek vanilla with chocolate on top yogurt.

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While I’m eating my yogurt, I am usually browsing Pinterest.  I found this really cool race bib display one morning. I want to make one of these for my bibs!

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For lunch each day I ate a salad.  I used a Spinach, Kale, and Arugula blend and topped it with grilled veggies and chicken.  I did not like the Skinny Girl Poppyseed dressing on this salad.  It just tasted really funny with the kale and arugula.  I like it with romaine lettuce.  So, I ate the Skinny Girl Balsamic dressing the rest of the week.

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Do you ever have days where you are just hungry?  I mean like nothing fills you up, and you are starving all day?  That’s how I was on Tuesday.  I ate my breakfast, and then a couple hours later my stomach was growling!  I ate a half of a granola bar and then lunch, and a little while after that the stomach was still growling.  It was like a bottomless pit!  I hate when it’s like that.  I feel like I snack and eat more than normal, and I don’t like that.  I think get like that when I don’t eat much the day before.  On Monday, I was so upset from my doctor’s visit that I had no appetite.  I had a small bowl of cereal for dinner and I woke up hungry on Tuesday.

Tuesday night, we practiced shooting our bows until a storm blew in.  We went in, but it never actually rained.

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Jeremy wanted breakfast for dinner Tuesday night, and I won’t ever turn that down!  So, we fixed scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage, and bacon. Jake waited patiently for me to drop something!

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After this meal, I was finally full!

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On Wednesday, I got some funny texts from my best friend.  She is pregnant and has had some morning sickness.  She was telling me that if another person told her to try saltines that she was going to punch them!  That made me laugh out loud!  I feel bad for her because the sickness has been hanging on for a while now. She also told me that she was craving cookies.  So, I went to the bakery and bought her some cookies, and then delivered them to her house. Randomness from my week

She was so excited!! They were fresh out of the oven and smelled heavenly!  So, of course I got some to take home.

Randomness from my weekI did eat a cookie Wednesday night, and I don’t even feel bad about it because it was that good!  They were chocolate chip with milk chocolate chips – so decadent!  It was so rich, so I know it was full of fat, but just one won’t hurt me! I sent the rest to my father-in-law so I wouldn’t be tempted!

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Wednesday night, I fixed grilled turkey sandwiches for dinner.  I forgot to take pictures, I was REALLY tired!  I used Sara Lee 45 calorie Multigrain bread, microwave ready bacon, turkey slices, Sargento Ultra Thin 45 calorie mild cheddar, and Hidden Valley fat free ranch.  I put the bread on a cookie sheet and put in in the oven under the broiler and toasted both sides.  While I was doing that, I put the turkey in a skillet and cooked it until it was hot.  Then I spread fat free ranch on the bread, layered it with turkey, bacon, and a slice of cheese.  I put it back under the broiler to melt the cheese.  These are quick, easy, and low calorie.  I also like adding avocado to mine, but I didn’t have any.  After dinner, I went straight to bed and was asleep as soon as I laid down, and so was Jake.  He never gets in our bed, but for some reason he thought he needed to sleep with us, and he is laying on top of my legs!

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Thursday was a pretty boring day.  I had yogurt for breakfast, a salad for lunch, a granola bar for a snack, and eggs and toast for dinner.

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Then, I attempted a headstand, and I impressed myself!  I have been doing Blogilates all week since I can’t run, and I’m really enjoying it!

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Jake went to the groomer and came back smelling really good!  He loves getting cleaned! And, he loves the bandannas that he gets to wear home.  He will wear them for awhile and then pull it off and run around with it in his mouth.

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We saw an owl outside last night, I tried to get a picture of it, but this was the best I could do.

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Tonight, I’m going to dinner with my family for my sister’s birthday and tomorrow night we have plans with some friends.  So, it’s going to be a fun weekend!

Did you do anything interesting this week?  What are your plans for the weekend?

Do You Like Dogs?

If you like dogs, then keep reading!  Or you could just keep reading anyways!  This is going to be a long post, but my dog is one of the most important things in my life.  Getting him was the best decision we ever made!  So, this post is dedicated to Jake.


When we started thinking about getting a dog, we weren’t sure if we wanted one yet or not.  We lived in an apartment, and we didn’t have a fenced yard.  But, Jeremy was working a lot at night, and I didn’t like being alone so we decided to get one.  We found a breeder a few hours away from us, and contacted them.  They had their dogs set up on webcams so you could look at the puppies.  We picked one out, but we wanted to go see it in person.  So, we went for a visit when the puppies were about 3 weeks old.  At that time Jake was named “Puppy 4”.  When I first held him, I knew that he was the one.  He nuzzled into me and just slept in my arms.  It was so hard to leave him for another 3 weeks.

Puppy 4

On the day we went to pick him up, we were so excited.  We got there and they handed him to me.  We went to leave and they told us that he had never been outside before.  I took him out and set him on the grass, and it was so funny watching him sniff everything and walk around so gently.  On the ride home, he slept on my lap.

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That night that we got home, we woke up in the middle of the night and he was throwing up.  He threw up all night, and I cried and cried.  There was nothing we could do to help him, and I was so scared that something was seriously wrong with him.  The next morning, we took him to the vet’s office as soon as they opened.  They checked him out and said he was fine.  They figured it was just the stress of him leaving his mom and riding in a car for so long.  We took him home and I held him all day and he was fine.

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I have so many funny stories about Jake.  He is such a ray of sunshine in our lives.  The first one that I want to share is that when he was little, he would sleep in the bed with us and he would sleep across the tops of our pillows.  One morning, I left for work and he was lying on Jeremy’s pillow sleeping with him.  Jeremy called me later and said that when he woke up he was covered in sheet rock.  Jake had started licking the wall, and had licked and chewed a hole in it and Jeremy never woke up!  I wish we have taken a picture of it!  It was hilarious!  That was the only thing that Jake has ever chewed up.  People never believe us when we tell them that because he is a lab.

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Jake loves the water!  As a puppy, we couldn’t keep him out of it.  If I tried to take a bath, I would have to close the door or he would jump in with me.  Several times I would start the water and come back to find him in the tub turning in circles and digging in the water.  He will dig and shoot water all over the walls.

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The funniest one to me though is that when we leave and Jake gets mad that we’re gone, he will find dirty clothes or my kitchen towel and drag them out all over the house.  He won’t chew any of the up, but he will get it all out.  He does this when he stays with my father in law.  He has a doggie door there, and one day we came home and he had gotten 8 hats and a whole bunch of socks and took them outside.

Jake Socks

When we got Jake, we didn’t want to leave him in a crate all day.  Luckily, Jeremy works for himself, so he would take Jake everywhere with him.  He sits in the front seat just like a person does and just watches out the window.  People all over town loved him!  The bank, the cleaners, the gas station – they would all get excited when he came through because they thought it was so funny how he just sat in the truck.  And of course, Jake loved the attention!

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Jake also loves kids!  Anytime our cousin comes to stay, Jake wants to sleep with him and he follows him around everywhere.  I was babysitting one of my friend’s babies one time.  She was around 8 months old.  Jake sat right next to her carrier and just watched her.  If she made noises, he would cock his head to the side.  If she cried, he wanted to lick her.  The whole time she was there, he never left her side.  He will be a good big brother when we have kids.

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This summer, our local animal shelter hosted a race to raise money for the shelter.  They had a dog run, so we took Jake.  They had swimming pools set up at the finish line.  Jake was the only dog that would get in them.  The others would just drink from them, but Jake tried out all of the pools before he found the right one.  This was the third year that Jake has gone to this race.  The dog part is not a race, but Jake thinks it is.  As soon as they sound the horn to go, he takes off full speed until he crosses the finish line.  The other dogs just walk or jog, but Jake thinks he needs to win.  He must get that from me!  This summer it was way too hot for him, so we didn’t let him run because we didn’t want him to get sick. (The picture is last summer)


I love it when he gets excited and runs around with his butt tucked under.  He will run in circles until he is tired and just flops down on the floor.  We laugh so hard at him when he does that.  He is very entertaining.

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He is so full of energy and personality.  He is such a happy dog and is always wagging his tail and wanting someone’s attention.  He never meets a stranger and he is so friendly.  He is so smart.  He knows what we are saying when we talk to him.  He also knows where his treats are, and he will sit in front of the cabinet and bark at us if he wants one.  He may be a little lot spoiled!  But, I want to make sure he is happy and healthy.  I want him to be around for a long time!

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Doctor’s Orders

I finally broke down and went to the doctor to get my leg checked out.  After my run this past weekend, and my failed attempt to walk, I finally had to face the fact that my leg is not getting any better, it’s been 6 months! I am so stubborn when it comes to injury.  I don’t want to admit it, and I just want to ignore it and hope it goes away. (I know it’s dumb!)  I don’t think I’m completely ready to accept what this is going to mean, but I did make the first step.

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I called the doctor yesterday morning, and luckily they were able to get me in the same day. He looked at it, and felt around on it, and pushed on it.  (It still hurts from that!)  He even did an x-ray in the office, but nothing abnormal with my leg came up.    (It did show a small bone spur on my knee cap, which I thought was interesting.)  So now, I am scheduled for an MRI next week.  He was pretty sure that they are going to be looking for a stress fracture.  He said it was very concerning that I have taken off most of the summer and the pain has not gone away.  He was also concerned where the pain was, and how often I have it.  I left there yesterday with orders of “absolutely no running”, wear tennis shoes, and to stay off of it as much as possible.Doctor's Orders


I am really having a hard time dealing with this.  Part of me wants to know what’s wrong and get it fixed, but the other part wants to ignore it because I’m really scared about what this is going to mean.  I am nervous about how long I am going to be off from running.  It’s just so frustrating.  But, I keep telling myself that I’m not being able to run the miles like I was because of this, and I think that’s more frustrating.  I went from running 14-15 miles at a time to barely making it 6.  And, after I run I am in so much pain that I have to just sit with ice on it and take a day or two off between runs.  I used to be able to run 5-6 days a week.  In the last couple of months, I have had a few runs that were more than 3 miles, but I have mostly been struggling to make it even 2 miles before there is so much pain that I can hardly walk home.  Plus, I have only been able to try to run maybe 3 times a week.Doctor's Orders


I’m hoping that it won’t be too serious, and that I will be off for a little while and then be able to bounce right back – but that’s being way optimistic.  The doctor started talking about treatments for what he is thinking it is, and I must have glazed over and looked completely panicked because he started laughing at me and told me not to freak out until we know for sure what it is.

Wish me luck!!

Healing Body Shame

Don't Judge - #ontheblogWhy are people so judgmental of others?  Why must you make someone feel bad about their body?  What do you gain from that?  When did what’s on the inside stop mattering?

One of my friends recently lost some weight and someone asked her about it.  She said yes she did and instead of telling her good job or that she looked good, the woman said something to her about how awful her clothes fit now.  I could not believe that!  What was the point of making her more self conscious instead of building her up and giving her that motivation to keep going?  I think that is a big problem with society now.  The focus is not on being healthy it’s on being skinny.  There is a big difference!

I always thought I would get to a place in my life where I would be comfortable with my body, and be okay with what I looked like.  Or at least come to a place where I didn’t care what others thought, but I’m still not there yet.  I’m still self conscious about putting on a bathing suit, or even about the clothes I wear each day.  I want to feel comfortable, and be confident with myself but I just can’t get to that point.

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This is a hard post for me to write about, because this is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember, and I still do today.   Growing up, I wasn’t skin and bones, but I wasn’t fat either.  I went through phases where I was chubby, but I would grow out of it.  I was in dance, and was very active.  I used to think maybe being in dance was why it was so much of an issue for me, but I see body shaming everywhere.  It’s in the media constantly, and girls are taught to look a certain way or you are not pretty.  Girls can be so hard on themselves anyways; they don’t need someone pointing out their flaws.  They already know they are there, so why make them feel bad about it?

Being in dance was difficult when it came to my body.  I felt like I was always being compared to the other girls.  I wasn’t tall and slender, but I could dance just as well.  I can remember my dance teacher telling girls that they needed to lose weight.  I feel like this kind of shaming is what creates eating disorders.  The “skinny” girls always got the good parts or solos, or got to be in the front.  Everyone else was put in the back.  Whether it was done on purpose or not, it made an impression on me that I was not “skinny”.

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I think this shaming started very young for me.  I can remember wanting so badly to look like my dancer friends.  They were all bones, and I am not built like that.  It was an unrealistic goal, but it’s what I thought I needed to look like.  When I was a freshman in high school, I pretty much stopped eating.  I was in dance, and I ran track.  I would eat an apple at lunch and that was about all I would eat for the day.  I weighed less than 100 pounds at one point.  I was not healthy at all.  Then my senior year, I was diagnosed with a blood disorder and I had to take steroids for almost a year.  I gained around 80 pounds from those steroids.  I was miserable, and I hated myself.  Even though I couldn’t help it, I hated to even look at myself.  After I stopped taking the medicine, the weight started coming off.  I went to college and I wanted desperately wanted to be in dance, but I was way to self conscious.  I ended up having the dance teacher in another class, and she talked me into coming to a dance class.  I did, and I realized that everyone there was all different shapes and sizes and it was okay.  I still struggled with myself, but I felt accepted, like people saw me for me, not for what I looked like.  By dancing, I started losing the weight I had gained quicker.  The next semester, I took all of the dance classes that I could, and I started running again and working out and I quickly got down to a healthy weight.  I was so active, that I didn’t have to watch what I ate.  I could eat whatever I wanted and never gain any weight because I was dancing several hours a day and running on top of that.  I went to the gym several days a week too.  I danced all through college and I stayed healthy.

After college, I started working full time and a lot of overtime, and there wasn’t much time for working out.  I was still trying to run a few days a week, but I was still eating what I wanted, so I gained a little weight.  When Jeremy and I started dating, we ate out all the time, and always late at night.  We would order an appetizer, dinner, and dessert.  And I was so used to not having to watch my weight that I didn’t worry about it and I started gaining.  At first, it was okay because it wasn’t a lot.  But then it seemed like overnight, it became A LOT, and I couldn’t get it off.

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I would try to run, but it was miserable and I wouldn’t stick with it.  I would try to diet, but I could never be consistent.  I hated the way I looked, and I hated myself for getting to that point.  I think I just got to a place where I gave up.  I quit trying because it didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t lose any weight.  I would always tell myself, “I’ll start tomorrow, it’s okay to eat that hamburger and fries tonight.” But then tomorrow turned into the next day, and that day turned into the day after that.  Or, I would set unrealistic goals for myself and then when I wouldn’t meet them I would be so disappointed and give up.  I might set a goal of I’m going to lose 10 pounds this month, and then if I didn’t lose any the first week, I would quit trying.  I think a big part of my problem was that I had never really had to diet.  I didn’t know how or how to do it in a healthy way.  I stayed like this for several years, and I was miserable.  I hated going places and being social.  I didn’t like having to get dressed up, and I absolutely hated shopping for clothes.  It was depressing.  It was a vicious cycle.  I was constantly worried about my weight, but I would eat because I was unhappy, then I would beat myself up for eating.  It really was depressing.


I don’t know what changed, but something inside of me did.  I just finally decided that I had had enough.  I made an appointment with a nutritionist who helped design a meal plan for me.  I had monthly checkups for a few months and this helped me to have to be accountable.  She not only designed a meal plan, but also an exercise plan as well.  This was the jump start that I needed.  Once I could see results, I was able to keep going.  I felt so much better.  I have learned so much on this weight loss journey.  I have learned how to make healthy choices.  I have learned how to make meals healthier, and how to substitute healthy ingredients.  I have also learned to listen to my body.  After I eat something, I see how I feel.  If my stomach is upset or I feel bloated or sluggish, then I know it’s not something that I need to eat again. I also listen to when I’m actually hungry.  I don’t eat if I’m just bored or sad.  I eat for fuel.  I have also learned to eat in moderation.  Just because I’m craving a cookie doesn’t mean that I need to sit down and eat the whole package.


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I know that I am so much healthier than I used to be, and that should be enough.  And I know that I’m never going to be completely ripped and toned, and I have learned to not set unrealistic goals for myself.  But I still have a hard time not being self conscious, or worrying about the way I look.  I think I still view myself as I was when I weighed a lot more.  It’s not only a physical battle but a mental one as well.  Now, I make much healthier choices when it comes to food, and I exercise at least 5 days a week, but I am still hard on myself if I splurge and eat something that I know is not healthy.  I am really working on this, but I think it’s the same as it was in losing the weight.  It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.  This is something that I will overcome eventually.  I know I will because I get stronger every day.


Through dealing with this, it makes me sad to see young girls who are so worried about how they look.  I understand the battle that they are facing, and I wish they could just see how beautiful they are and not let others influence the way they view themselves.  I wish I could do that for myself too, but it is something that I am working on.

But, I wish that other people would realize that even small comments make a big impact on people who deal with this issue.  I wish people would learn to keep their comments to themselves!


Relax and Unwind

This week the weather finally cooled down, and it is absolutely beautiful!  I want to be outside as much as possible.  The sun has been out, and there is a cool breeze blowing.  I actually had to wear a jacket one night, because we took the Jeep out.  It gets a little chilly after dark with no doors or roof!

This weekend was filled with much needed rest and relaxation.  We are always go, go, go so weekends like this are very rare for us.  We didn’t leave the house much.  Friday night we hung around the house and watched TV.  It was nice to not have to get dressed up to go anywhere.  We sat around in our PJ’s.  For dinner, we fixed some ribs, but they didn’t taste very good, so we didn’t eat much of them.  My friend’s daughter was selling them for a fundraiser, and I bought a slab.  I guess from them being frozen and then recooked, they just weren’t very good.  The first couple that I put on my plate were completely black with a spice rub caked on it.  Luckily, Jeremy had picked up some hot links and polish sausage from a barbeque restaurant in town on his way home, so we ate those instead.

We slept in until around 9 on Saturday morning.  Then we went to the outdoor shop to pick up Jeremy’s bow and to shoot mine.  I haven’t shot it any since last November, so I was pretty happy with my first shot!

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After shooting our bows for a while, we left and went out to our land.  We spent the day putting up blinds, filling up feeders, and checking cameras.  We are officially ready for hunting season! There is a huge butterfly in this picture.  It distracted me for awhile!

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When we finished up at the land, we went home and got ready to watch the OU football game.  It was a pretty good game.  I have never seen overtime in a college football game before.  And, they came back and won!  BOOMER SOONER!

We had planned on going out to eat Mexican after the game, but we were both too tired.  So, we ordered a pizza and went over to my father-in-law’s to watch the rest of the OSU game.  We ordered pizza from Dominoes.  We got a pepperoni, hamburger, and bacon pizza and it was really good.   We also got some hot wings.  But, I don’t think their hot wings are all that great.  So, I just had one to try them.  I don’t eat pizza very often, so when I do I really enjoy it!  Plus, I love Dominos because their pizza doesn’t have a ton of sauce on it, and it isn’t greasy.  Anytime that I eat Mazzios, my stomach gets upset because of the grease.

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We went home around ten and went straight to bed.  I could barely keep my eyes open.  I slept all night and until 10 the next morning.  That is so unusual for.  I usually wake up at least two or three times a night, and I am always awake by 5:30 am.  I knew I was exhausted, so after that much sleep I felt great when I woke up!  When we got up we ran to the grocery store to get that out of the way for the day.

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I bought all of the Dannon Light and Fit Caramel Apple Pie Greek yogurts that I could find!  I will be hunting for more this week.  I’m going to get as many as I can before they quit making that flavor.

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After unloading groceries, I made all of my lunches for the week.  I really like planning what I’m going to eat and having it ready for the week.  This helps me to stay healthy.  If I don’t have a lunch made, I am more tempted to go out for lunch, and not eat healthy.

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I made salads with a spinach, kale, and arugula blend.  I topped my lettuce with some grilled chicken.  I have been using the Oscar Meyer Carving Board Chicken.  It’s in the deli meat section.  It’s fast, cheap, and it tastes good.  One package will make 5 salads for me.  On top of that, I added some grilled veggies.  I grilled a red bell pepper, 2 green bell peppers, and 1 zucchini.  I love the way grilled vegetables taste.  The caramelization that the grill gives them is so yummy.  I could eat a bowl of them by themselves!

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Here is my dressing for the week.  SkinnyGirl poppyseed dressing.  It is sugar free, fat free and very low calorie.  It tastes like the sweet onion sauce at Subway.
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Then I made some lemon and lime water to have this week as well.  I squeezed the juice of 4 lemons and 4 limes into a pitcher and filled it up with water.  There are tons of benefits of drinking lemon water.  I like it because it helps with digestion and because they are full of potassium and vitamin C.

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Once I had all of my food for the week prepared, we spent the rest of the day outside.  The weather was beautiful!  Jake loves being out in this weather, I can’t ever get him to come in.

Jake runandlivehappy.com

I played with him and took a walk while Jeremy mowed and worked in the yard.  After my run Friday night, my leg has hurt bad all weekend!  It keeps feeling like something needs to pop or snap, which can’t be good.  So, I just walked today.  I had planned on taking a long walk, but I only made it 12 minutes because of the pain in my leg.  This is so frustrating and I actually cried when I was walking home, partly from the pain and partly just cause I’m so mad.  I just want it to go away!

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At least the scenery was pretty.  The leaves are falling, but they aren’t colored yet.  I can’t wait until they start turning pretty colors.  Pine needles covered the ground in some yards.  I’m so glad we don’t have one of those in our yard.  I thought those trees were really cool the way they were curved.

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After I had my cry, I practiced shooting my bow.  I want to be like Katniss and be able to just pull and shoot and hit my target every time.  (LOL)  Actually it’s just something fun to do, and it’s something fun that Jeremy and I can do together.  My dad came over to practice with his new bow, and all of us shot for a while.

Bow practice runandlivehappy.commy bow runandlivehappy.com

When we finally came in, we got ready for Sunday Night Football.  I am not big on pro-football, but Jeremy likes it.  I fixed Rotel cheese dip,mini tacos, mini chicken quesadillas, and brookies (LOL cookie brownies) for the game.  This was Jeremy’s pick.  He loves cheese dip with sausage in it.  I can’t eat very much of this because it upsets my stomach.  I really think I am lactose intolerant!  But besides that, I have a hard time eating this heavy food.  It is so filling so quickly, and it doesn’t set well.  But, I liked the cookie brownies!

Jake photo bombed!
Jake photo bombed!

So basically, we ate junk all weekend!  I will eat rally good this week, and drink a ton of water!

 Overall, it was a great weekend! I love weekends like this when we have no commitments and nothing to do.  Sometimes it’s nice to just be at home and unwind and unplug!

What did you do this weekend?

Where Does Time Go?

This week has flown by so fast, I feel like it’s all been a blur!  I am completely exhausted and am in desperate need of some rest.  I have been hitting snooze all week, and have had to drag myself out of bed.  I’m usually awake before the alarm goes off.  I guess that’s probably from staying up way too late and getting up way too early.  This week it has been at least midnight every night before I have gotten to bed and then I’m up no later than 6.  Plus, I have a very hard time sleeping.  I haven’t really done anything too interesting, but there are a couple of things that I do want to share with you.

Beautiful sunrise this morning.
Beautiful sunrise this morning.

The most exciting thing that I did this week was finding a new yogurt flavor – Dannon Light & Fight Greek yogurt Caramel Apple Pie flavor. IT. IS. AWESOME!!  I can’t even begin to describe how good this yogurt is!  It was like biting into a piece of apple pie.  It seriously tasted just like apple pie, and it had tiny pieces of apples in it.  It also had a bit of a cinnamon flavor, which reminded me of a churro.  I could eat this for breakfast or dessert!  This is my new favorite flavor, I’m obsessed with it.  I’m bummed that’s it’s just a limited edition, so I’m going to go this weekend and buy every one of them that I can find.  If you like apple pie, you should try it!  It is probably the best yogurt I have ever had! ( I really wish they would come out with a pumpkin pie flavor too! )

Run and Live Happy Yogurt

On Wednesday, all of my family got together to celebrate my mom’s birthday.  My grandma made lasagna and salad.  I am not a big pasta eater, so I didn’t eat much lasagna, but I did fill up on the salad and fruit.

Run and Live Happy Family DInner

She had some gigantic black grapes and they were so juicy and sweet.  I could have eaten all of them, but I thought I should save some for everyone else.  She said she found them at ALDI.  I’m going to hunt for those this weekend as well.

Where does the time go?  Grapes


We also had cake and homemade ice cream.  My grandma bought the cake at the Wal-mart bakery and it smelled and looked really delicious, but it was disgusting.  I ate a couple of bites and threw the rest away.  It had a ton (literally) of butter cream icing on it, which I am not a fan of.  There was more icing than cake.


(As you can probably tell, we don’t have any good grocery stores where I live!)

My mom’s cat is obsessed with my hair!  She licks it and tries to eat it.  She’s so weird!

Run and Live Happy

The next interesting thing I did was on Thursday.  I downloaded the Blogilates app and subscribed to the workout calendar.  I did the upper body workout on Thursday and holy cow I was sore on Friday.  I guess that’s a good thing!  Friday was actually a rest day on the calendar, but I went back and did the lower body workout from Wednesday.  It is a challenge, but I like it!

Run and Live Happy
Before my run


In running news, I got in a 4 mile run last night.  It was hard and it was really painful.  I think I have finally decided to break down and go to the doctor about my leg.  It has been bothering me since March, and I’ve just been stubborn about it.  I figured they would only tell me to stop running, so I took off pretty much the whole summer.  I only ran one race this summer, and besides that I maybe ran a handful of times.  I started back the first of August, and was doing pretty good.  I was only going between 3-6 miles at a time but I was really taking it easy.  But, in the last couple of weeks the pain has really come back full force!  I am getting really frustrated because I can’t run very far or for very long without pain, and now it hurts all the time even when I’m not running.  It’s just depressing to not be able to go out and run the miles like I want to, and do it comfortably.  I actually cried last night because I was so mad that I couldn’t run further.  I keep pushing myself to run through it, but I know that’s dumb.  I’ve finally come to the realization that I’m not getting any better, and I’m probably just making it worse by trying to ignore it.  So, I am going to call next week to make an appointment to see what’s wrong with it.  I’m praying that it isn’t a stress fracture!

After my run :(
After my run 🙁


I’m planning on relaxing the rest of the weekend.  We don’t have any plans, but we’ll see how that goes.  It seems like something always comes up.

What are you doing this weekend?

Blogs I’m Lovin’

Inspiration #ontheblog

I thought I would write a post about a couple of blogs that I really love. I have been reading these both for awhile now, and both of them actually inspired me to start my own. I kept reading them every day and thinking that they are just normal people like me. They do a lot of the same things I do, and I thought I can write about that too. But, the reason I wanted to write about these two blogs is because they have inspired me and motivated me in tough times to make a change into a better me. They have both helped me in ways that I wouldn’t have gotten if I hadn’t been reading their blogs. That’s crazy to me because I’ve never met either of them, but because they wrote about their lives, I was able to find the strength to better mine. I really admire both of these ladies.  So, if either one of you ever read this, THANK YOU, for writing your blogs and sharing so much of yourselves with all of us.

Simply Taralynn

I came across Taralynn’s blog on Pinterest a couple of years ago. When I found her, I was overweight and was really discouraged. I had tried all kinds of diets, but I was never consistent with anything, and when I didn’t see immediate results I would quit. When I read her story, I was so inspired. I related to so many things that she said. She gave me hope and the motivation to really try hard. I started walking and then that turned into jogging and then into running. I started making healthier choices with my meals. And instead of trying to starve myself or completely deprive myself of something I just started paying attention to how I felt after I ate it, and I really tried hard not to overeat, and to only eat when I was hungry. I followed her advice about what had worked for her, and reading her blog was like a daily form of encouragement. And, I’m happy to say that it really worked for me. Reading about her struggles and her successes, helped me to realize that I wasn’t alone in this battle, and that I could do it too.
Taralynn is an inspiration. I really respect and admire her for the way that she handles things so gracefully. In my opinion, she is very brave for putting her life online for everyone to see. That’s what I respect about her. She is a normal person, she makes mistakes, and she’s not perfect. No one is, and it is nice to see someone that is willing to show the good and the bad and help others along the way.
This is probably creepy, but I don’t mean it to be, because I’m not a weirdo. But, Taralynn has really made an impact on my life, and I am very grateful. Without her blog, I don’t know that I would be where I am today. I am 55 pounds lighter and have kept it off for almost 3 years. I make healthier choices and I run! I feel so much better than I did before. I feel healthy and I have so much more energy. I worked at it to get here, but she motivated me through her blog. I know this all sounds crazy because I’ve never met her, but being able to read about her struggles gave me the support I needed when no one around me understood what I was going through.
Run Eat Repeat

This blog is written by a girl named Monica. When I found this blog, I had already lost weight, but was now starting my serious running journey. I wasn’t running anymore to lose weight, I was running because I love it. So, that’s why I liked her blog so much because she writes all about running. I found her on Instagram a little over a year ago. I started following her because she is a runner. Then I continued to follow her because she is really funny! I also felt like I related to her story as well. She used running to lose weight and then was able to learn to listen to her body about when she was really hungry and when she wasn’t.
I really enjoy reading about how much she runs and all the different races that she does. She inspires me to run more. When I need motivation to run, she gives me that. She has run races that I had never heard about, and now I want to go do them. I never thought I would travel for a race, I just thought I would run local ones. But after reading about all the fun races that she does, and seeing her pictures, I plan on doing them too! I now want to do a Rock N Roll race and a Disney race. I ran my first half marathon this year. I never had even thought about running that far, but as I read her blog and she talked about running half marathons and how fun they were, I decided I wanted to try.
Another thing that I like about Monica is how she writes reviews about lots of different foods and products that she tries. She has gotten me interested in Stitch Fix, and she also got me interested in getting eye lash extensions. (Luckily I have a cousin who does this!) I also want to try the Advocare products.
I just really like her blog because it is centered around running. But, she adds in her personality and makes me laugh. I enjoy reading her adventures every day!


These are both blogs that you should definitely check out!




Who inspires you?  What blogs are you reading?

Top 5 Favorites

My top 5 favorite things – I decided to make a list of the top 5 things in my life that I enjoy the most.  Here it is:

  • Pinterest – I am so addicted to Pinterest.  I will spend hours on here just browsing for anything that looks interesting.  I have found so many good tips for baking, cleaning, and just life.  I love all the motivational quotes.  I also have found tons of recipes, and it has made preparing healthy meals easier.  Plus, it makes meal planning easier so I can try new things.  I can just tell my husband to look at my boards and pick something out!  I also love all the workouts that I find.  It’s fun to try something new so I don’t get bored.  Pinterest helps me to be more creative.  I love doing crafty things, but I can’t come up with things on my own. My Favorite Things


  • Kindle App – I love to read! But I hate carrying a book around with me.  I really like that I can read on my phone, so I always have it with me.  When I get into a book, I will read anywhere I am.  It’s just so convenient to have on my phone.  I can read when I’m traveling, or at ballgames (I get bored), or just laying in bed.  And a bonus is that I can borrow EBooks from my public library and read them in the Kindle App.My Favorite Things


  • Fitbit – This is the greatest thing ever invented! My aunt got me a Fitbit One a couple of years ago.  I love it!  This helps keep me active.  If I look at it during the day, and I don’t have many steps then I know I need to get up and do something.  Plus, I love the challenges that you can do with friends, and I love the leader board.  I am very competitive, so if I’m not at the top of my friend list, then I will go walking or running to try and get more steps in.  Another feature that I like is that it tracks my sleep.  This helps me to see how many hours I actually get each night.  And, it connects to My Fitness Pal app, so that steps factor into my calorie count each day.  It’s also handy that it is water resistant.  My old one has actually been through the washer, and it worked just fine afterwards.  Lately, I have been seeing a lot of people with the Fitbit bracelet.  I don’t like to wear bracelets, so I really like my One so I can clip it on anywhere.  I like how this syncs with my phone, so I can always keep track of my steps and go back and look at what I did on certain days.  Fitbit also sends a weekly progress report and I like to be able to see if I had more steps or less than the week before. My favorite things - fitbit


  • Running shoes – This is a given. When I started running, I just ran in any kind of tennis shoes I had.  When I got more serious about it, I went and got fitted for good shoes.  I have been running in Brooks ever since, and I LOVE them.  They make my runs so much easier, and they are so comfortable.  I never feel like I have to break them in.  They always fit perfectly.  I wear the Brooks Ravenna.  I need the extra support and cushion that they provide.  I also like that they come in all different colors.  I have tried a couple of other brands, mainly because they were a little cheaper, or because a friend recommended them, but I have never found any that fit as good as Brooks.  I am very loyal to the brand, and I will always wear Brooks.  Run Happy!My favorite things - running shoes
  • Hair dryer – This one is probably silly, but it’s a big deal to me! I am not a morning person, so it takes me a long time to get ready anyways.  I am just very slow when I first wake up.  I used to use hair dryers from Wal-Mart and it would take me at least 30 minutes to dry my hair.  I have a ton of hair!  So I would have to get up 30-45 minutes earlier than I do now, just so I would have time to dry my hair.  Then a few years ago, Jeremy got tired of me griping about how long it took, and he had my hairdresser order me a good hair dryer.  She got me a Rusk Speed Freak hair dryer.  It dries my hair in 10 minutes or less!  This is a HUGE improvement!  Now I can sleep a little later, and I don’t dread having to dry my hair anymore.  This was one of the best gifts I ever got!My Favorite Things

What are your favorite things?

What is wrong with people??

Ok, I am on a little bit of a rant today. But before I get to that, I had a fairly good run yesterday, it was just way too hot.

Before my run
Before my run

What is wrong with people??

The last time I tried to run in the heat I got sick. But, yesterday I thought I could make it because it was a little overcast, but that didn’t last long.

What is wrong with people??

I ended up walking more than running, but that’s ok. When I first started it was overcast and there was a breeze blowing. I started out strong until the sun came back out and was beating down on me. It just gets so hot that it is really hard to breathe.

What is wrong with people??

So, I slowed to a jog and then eventually to a walk.

What is wrong with people??

I was listening to the Undisclosed podcast Episode 4. It is an hour long, and my plan was to run for the whole thing. I made it about half way through it.

What is wrong with people??
While I was running, one of my neighbors pulled out of his driveway and stopped to tell me that his car was saying it was 102 degrees in the shade and he wanted to know why I was out in this heat? He was really concerned that I would get too hot. I thought it was very nice of him to stop.

My little bit of shade!
My little bit of shade!

I noticed that the leaves are falling, but they are just dead from the ridiculous heat!  I can’t wait until they turn red and orange.

What is wrong with people??
I made it 2.75 miles, and I started feeling a little sick, so I didn’t want to push it for that last quarter mile. After I went home and iced my leg and rested for a little bit, I took Jake for a walk.  He made a new friend. 🙂

What is wrong with people??

Hopefully (fingers crossed) yesterday was the last hot day of the year. There is supposed to be a cool front coming in. The weather for the rest of the week is looking substantially cooler than it has been, and I’m excited!

What is wrong with people??
Ok, now back to my rant – What is wrong with people? When you have a dog, why would you let it roam free? I have been running the same little road for three years and have never had any trouble with dogs until this year. Back at the end of April, I got bit by a little dog. It belonged to a family that lived down the street from me, the owner is actually a sheriff deputy. It had barked at me before and it would chase me and when I yelled at it, it would stop. It was almost like a game. But this time, it came running and barking very aggressively. I yelled and it didn’t stop. It lunged at me and got the back of my knee and I kicked at it. Then it got my calf and latched on. It hurt so bad!! I kicked it off, and then of course I felt bad, but I was MAD!! I ran home and had blood running all down the back of my leg. We got it cleaned up and went down to the owner’s house. (it didn’t look that bad once it was cleaned up – but it sure hurt!)

What is wrong with people??

The woman came to the door holding it and that little monster was acting all innocent and sweet. It didn’t even bark. I showed her my leg and told her what it did, and she seriously didn’t even apologize!! She just said that she had noticed it had been a little more aggressive lately. Jeremy asked if it had had it’s shots and she said yes, but she wouldn’t let us see any proof.

We left, and Jeremy was planning on going back when her husband was home to talk to him. We went home and called the after hours clinic to find out if I needed a shot of some kind. They told me that I needed a tetanus shot, but that they couldn’t treat me. They said I would have to go to the ER. And, they told me that the ER wouldn’t treat me unless I made a report. We were going out of town for the afternoon so I didn’t have time to go to the ER.
The next day, it was really swollen, red, and bruised. So, I called the ER to find out what I needed to do. They told me the same thing that I would have to make a report. I didn’t want to make anyone mad, because I didn’t want anyone to do anything to harm my dog. That may be an irrational fear, but I still just didn’t want to make them mad. But, because it was so sore and swollen, I called the sheriff’s office to make a report. I explained that to them what had happened and they said they would send someone right out. Another deputy showed up and I told him I didn’t want to make the report, I just needed to get a shot. He said they sent him because they thought it was the deputy’s police dog that bit me. When I told him no, he said that he couldn’t make a report, that I would have to call the health department.

So, to make a long story short, this dragged out over 2 days before I finally was able to find out that the dog had had it’s rabies shots. I was advised to get a tetanus shot, but I was running a half marathon that weekend and didn’t want to have any side effects. And, thankfully, I’ve been fine!
After this happened, Jeremy bought me some pepper spray to start carrying with me. And, good thing he did because the people at the end of the road suddenly got a Doberman and it chased me one day. (They already have about 8 weenie dogs) They just let it roam free in the front yard. I don’t understand this at all! Especially when there are older women that walk up and down that road in the evenings, why would you let aggressive dogs roam free?

What is wrong with people??

My dog would never bite anyone, and has never been aggressive towards anyone or anything. He may lick you to death, but he isn’t going to hurt you. But I would still not let him roam free. I wouldn’t take that chance of him hurting someone.

What is wrong with people??

So, again, my question is what is wrong with people and why do they think it’s okay to have dogs but not keep them in fenced yards?

I get really tired of carrying pepper spray when I run. I’m afraid to clip it on me because I think if I need it, I may not have time to get it off my pants. So, I carry it and it is really annoying. What brought all of this about today is that both dogs were out roaming yesterday. That little one chased me again, but thankfully this time it stopped when I yelled at it. The Doberman was out, but it just watched me. I just don’t understand. Hopefully I will never have to use the pepper spray on them, but I won’t hesitate if they come after me. Maybe if that happens their owners will learn to put them in the back yard.

That’s enough of my rant for now.

What makes you mad?