Final Pile on the Miles Check In

Hello Everyone!  Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  Did you get your miles in?  I tried, but the weather is not cooperating! 

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This was the last week of the Pile on the Miles Challenge.  My goal this week was to walk or run for 30 minutes at least 5 days this week.  If I count all the walking I did yesterday at the OU / OSU game, I met my goal!  Here’s a brief recap of what I did this week. 

Monday – I took a rest day from running because I had so much stuff I needed to get done before Thanksgiving.  I did take Jake for a 2 mile run/walk.  We ran the trails in our pasture.  He ran for a mile with me, and then we walked for a mile.

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Tuesday – I ran 3 miles.  It was really cold and the wind was blowing really hard.  Once my body adjusted to the cold, I had a really good run!  I ran into some guineas that were friendly; they didn’t run from me.    

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Wednesday – I just went for a 2 mile walk on Wednesday.   I woke up with a headache, sore throat, and I was having trouble breathing so I didn’t want to run and make it worse.  I was planning on walking at least 3 miles, but it started misting really heavily, so I went home to get out of the wet weather.  I drank a ton of water and doubled up on my vitamin C, so Thursday I felt much better!

Thursday – I got up early to get everything ready for all of our company.  Once I was finished with all the last minute prep, I went for a 3 mile run in the rain!  It wasn’t raining when I started, but it started coming down pretty hard halfway through.  But, I have always wanted to run in the rain, and it was really fun!  Plus, I was proud of myself for running on Thanksgiving.  I could have easily found lots of excuses to stay home. 

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Friday – It was raining and sleeting all day, so I didn’t get to run.  I keep telling Jeremy that I need a treadmill!  I do some strength training and an ab workout. 

Saturday – It was still raining hard when we got up.  We left early to go to College Game Day, so I got a TON of walking in. 

Sunday – It is still raining/icy/wintry mix so I am inside trying to stay warm.  I did do some strength training and an ab workout. 

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Even though the Pile on the Miles Challenge has ended, I am still going to challenge myself to meet my goal each week.  I also am thinking hard about starting training for a marathon.  I found a plan that I like, and it has me running 4 days a week with long runs on Saturdays.  It is the Hal Higdon Marathon Training Novice 1 program.  I really think this is doable, if my leg and foot will allow me.  I got new shoes and insoles yesterday, so hopefully that will help! 

Make sure to check out my weekend recap post tomorrow when I tell all about College Game Day! 

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.

Pile on the Miles Week 2

Hello! How’s your week been? I hope it’s been awesome! 

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I want to report my pile on the miles week 2 progress to you. I did pretty good this week. I got my 30 minutes of walking/running in everyday except Monday! I ran Wednesday and had really bad pain in my foot and ankle. My leg didn’t hurt at all, it was in the arch of my foot and ankle. Wednesday night I couldn’t put any pressure on it. I stayed off of it most of the day Thursday and just went for an easy walk later in the afternoon. My foot was still a little sore yesterday, but I really needed a run. I fit in quick 2 1/2 mile run. Nothing hurt until I was done, and my foot hurt again. I’m thinking about calling the doctor again. 🙁 I’m happy that I’m getting my 30 minutes in everyday. We’ve had beautiful weather this week so I’ve gotten to be outside. 

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In other news, I promised earlier this week I would eat better/clean this week. To me that means no junk -high calorie, lots of carbs – basically just junk food. And, I can say that I made it all week and did not have any junk! And, I was really craving carbs this week. I really wanted a donut or a biscuit. But I didn’t give in. I don’t know why I crave those things sometimes?? I guess something is missing from my diet that makes me want them. 
You can read what I ate Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday here. Thursday morning I ate a Bear Naked Energy Bar. Then I had lunch with a friend. We ate Mexican so I ordered chicken fajitas and I just ate the chicken and veggies. Thursday night I had some apple cinnamon Cheerios. I did steal one of Jeremy’s tamales. It was 80 calories, so I figured one wouldn’t hurt.

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Friday morning was a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and lunch was a turkey sandwich. I made it with turkey, mustard, and Sara Lee 45 calorie bread and some baked lays. 

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I like reporting to you because it helps me to be accountable. I usually do pretty good about making healthy choices, but I have figured out that sometimes I am an emotional eater. When I get stressed or upset, I eat. I don’t think about it and I don’t care what I’m eating. I’m just eating for no reason, and then I feel worse! So, I’m really trying to work on that and also just keep healthy food in the house so I’m not tempted. 
Yesterday when I ran, I was feeling so good. It was a really fast run and I felt like I could’ve kept going for a lot longer. But, I was short on time, so I had to cut my run short.

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I ran home and had 20 minutes to shower and get ready for a basketball game. From November until March this is my life. It’s usually 3 nights a week that I go to the games, and then the other 2 or 3, Jeremy goes by himself. I do get tired sometimes with late nights and early mornings, but I love it! I think the only people that understand this are official’s wives and coaches wives. So I guess it’s a good thing that most of my friends are one or the other!

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In my rush to get ready I forgot to grab a granola bar. We were going to stop somewhere on the way but were running late so we couldn’t. I was starving during the games! The concession stand only had the normal junk food, so I just stuck with water till after the games. 

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The boys game was comical to watch! It looked like an NBA team playing a junior high team.

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I did feel bad for the little guys because they tried hard, but they had no chance. The white team had 8 guys that were at least 6 foot! This was the final score!

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At least it was over fast!  It was about 9:30 when we got home and I was so hungry.  I didn’t want to eat a heavy meal and then go to bed, so I just had some Raisin Bran.

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Today we’re planning on going hunting and maybe getting together with some friends later.

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.

What are your plans for the weekend? 

I’m Losing My Patience 

Hi everyone! How’s your week going so far? Mine has already been pretty busy!  

I am awful though! I did not complete my Pile on the Miles challenge on Monday.  I really planned on a run, but I literally had no time!  I left my house at 7:15 am. I came home at 4:15 and left again at 4:30 and didn’t get home until 10:45 pm. But, my Fitbit said I had over 13,000 steps for the day! So I guess I got some walking in!

So what was I doing all day? Well I went to work, and then when I tried to get home at 3:30, they had my road completely shut down. I was trying to come home from the south, and they had one lane dug completely up, and the other lane blocked with a bulldozer.  

  I sat for several minutes and they wouldn’t move the bulldozer, so I turned around and went all the way around the detour to come in from the north. I was so annoyed because I could see my house! 

When I got to the other side, they had the road completely blocked off with orange cones. 

 I followed a truck around the cones, but once we were past them, there were three graters going up and down the road. The truck in front of me drove down in a ditch and across two yards to get to her house. I was too far from mine, and couldn’t do that in my car. So, I turned around and went all the way back around the detour and called Jeremy. He came down on the 4 wheeler and had them let me in!    

So, I spent 45 minutes trying to get to my house. I guess I shouldn’t complain because they are at least out there working on it.    

 But, I am seriously losing my patience with this road work. It wasn’t broken, so why are they “fixing”it?

I had planned on being home by 3:30 and fitting in a short run before we left to go to the basketball game that Jeremy was refereeing.  But, the road construction really messed up that plan! 

We left at 4:30 to go to the games.  The girls game was pretty boring.  Girls basketball in our area has gotten really bad! It was 7 to 9 at half time! And, it took forever because all they do is foul! The boys game was a little more exciting. They got pretty rough, and it was a one point game almost the whole game. 

 To be honest, I wasn’t that into either of the games. I was watching the cheerleaders. They were bad, and I mean really bad! One of them looked like she was ready to punch someone the whole time she was cheering. I was cracking up at her. I wanted to take her picture so I could show you, but I didn’t want anyone to see me taking it. She looked like she was so mad, she never smiled. Then there was another, the captain I’m assuming, and she kept counting off cheers – 5, 6, 7, 8. If the other girls didn’t cheer the exact way she wanted them too, she would stop them in the middle of it, tell all of them they’re doing it wrong, and make them start all over! It was quite a show!   

Once we got home, I was so tired and it was so late, so I ate some Cheerios and went straight to bed!   

I promised (you and myself) that I would eat better this week. So far, I have! Monday morning I had Dannon Strawberry Cheesecake yogurt.   

  Then I had a couple of turkey snack sticks for a mid morning snack. 

   For lunch, I tried a new chopped salad kit that I found at Walmart. It was really good!  

On the way to the basketball game I ate a package of honey roasted peanuts, and I tried a Bai5 coconut water.    
 I liked it! Then I had apple cinnamon cheerios for dinner and got to bed around midnight! 

Tuesday morning, the alarm went off way too early! I did not want to get up and I hit snooze a couple of times, which I never do. When I got up, my body felt really achy, especially in my back. I tried to stretch, but that didn’t really help. I thought maybe I needed to drink more water.   

Once I got up, I had my green tea to wake me up. I am still soda-free! It’s been since the first of August and I am happy to say that I have not even had a single drink of a pop since then. I feel so much better! Then I ate a granola bar for breakfast.     

  Lunch was the Dole chopped salad again.    
 I really like this salad. It has bacon, sunflower seeds, kale, carrots, cabbage, green onions, and romaine lettuce.     
 It also comes with a sweet onion and citrus dressing.  

  I really like the dressing; it reminds me of the sweet onion dressing at Subway.   

And yes, I’m eating in the car because we had to go put air in my brand new tires. The road construction is tearing up my car! I even lost a cap off my wheel. We had to order another one for $70!! I never go over 10 miles an hour on my road!!

After lunch, I fit in a quick walk. I was fighting a headache and nausea all afternoon.  I was starting to think that I might be getting sick. Bummer! 

I sat down for a little while, then I got ready for another basketball game. I was really wanting to stay home, but my best friend was going to be there and I haven’t seen her in a couple of weeks.  So I figured I could hopefully tough it out. 

On the way, I tried another Bai5 water. It is peach flavor.  It was a good too!  


On the way to the game, we saw something really random.  Or at least not something that you see everyday.  There were three helicopters flying in a line above us.  I could only get 2 in the picture because they were spaced too far apart.  

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We showed up at the game and the school had accidentally double booked referees. So, Jeremy decided to just watch instead of officiate it.  We stayed for all of the girls game and half of the boys game so I could visit with my friend!  

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When we got home, I went straight to the couch to lay down.  I couldn’t figure out if I was sick or hungry, or sick because I was hungry.  My stomach would growl, and then I would have a wave of nausea.  So, I decided to try to eat something.  I fixed some toast and then I went to bed.   

 I woke up Wednesday morning feeling much better and super hungry!  I had some yogurt and green tea for breakfast.  Then, since it was Veteran’s Day, I went to a ceremony honoring veterans and my papa was honored.  I was so proud to stand next to him!  (It’s an awful pic of me, the photographer caught me off guard!)

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He served in the US Army 61st Infantry Division and the Artillery Division.  He doesn’t usually want anyone to make a big deal about his service, but I asked him to go and I’m so glad he did!  

After that I had a sandwich from Subway for lunch, which I forgot to take a picture of.  I had a turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese, lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, and Subway vinaigrette.  It was really good!  

After lunch, I ran 2 miles.  

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I started out really good, but then my foot started hurting a little, so I quit hoping the pain would stop.  Then, I took Jake with me for a walk.

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We walked for an hour until he got tired.  

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The weather was absolutely perfect, and I think it’s supposed to get really cold soon, so I want to be outside as much as possible!  

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Then I came home and iced my leg immediately.  But now, my foot is really hurting so bad that I can hardly walk on it!    🙁  

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Then, for dinner I had a Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan.  I know you’re singing “Chicken Parm you taste so good” in your mind right now.  Or at least I hope I’m not the only weirdo singing that.  Thanks Peyton Manning!  I like Lean Cuisine, but I always put it on a plate instead of eating it out of the container.  It makes me feel like I’m eating a fancy dinner instead of a frozen one.  Try it sometime, it really makes a difference!  

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Now I am sitting on my couch watching Big Bang Theory and waiting for Law and Order SVU to come on.

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What have you been doing this week?


It’s Time to Catch Up!

Happy Monday everyone! 

Fall is finally here and it’s about time since it’s November! The weather has cooled off a lot, and the leaves are finally changing.

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I have several days to catch up on! I haven’t been very busy, but I have been extremely tired, exhausted, worn out –  all of the above! I just can’t get enough sleep.  Jeremy started refereeing this week, so he’s been coming in late. Even if I go to sleep before he comes in, I’m such a light sleeper that I wake up anyways, and then I have a hard time going back to sleep.  I have been going to bed around midnight and getting up between 5:30-5:45. I’ve been living on Herbalife lift offs all week. 

This past week, I did really well eating healthy all week long. I didn’t snack mindlessly, and I didn’t overeat.  I did have a very small piece of the German chocolate cake I made, but that was it.  But, this weekend, that all went out the door! And, I really don’t feel bad about it because my “cheat” meals (yes I mean more than 1) were so good that it was so worth it! I try to eat healthy most of the time, but sometimes, I just crave unhealthy foods, and I give in.  But before I tell you about those meals,  I want to tell you about some new to me things I tried this week.  

Thursday it rained all day.  It looked like a hurricane!

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 I had to get my 30 minutes of walking in, so I walked up and down the halls at work for 30 minutes during my break.  I ran out of yogurt on Thursday, so I had to figure out something else to have for breakfast Friday. I decided to make some pumpkin overnight oats. 

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This was the first time I have ever made overnight oats, and they were delicious!! (I’m also embarrassed to say that this was the first pumpkin flavored anything that I have made this fall.)  These oats were so easy, I will definitely be making them again this week.

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All I did was take all the ingredients, put them in a jar, and stir them together.  Boom!  You’re done!  I used 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 packets of stevia, and 1 tablespoon chia seeds. (Next time, I will add a little more stevia) They were so quick and easy to make, and the flavor was amazing! 

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Early Friday morning, Jake decided that he wanted to play with all of the toys!

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And Friday morning was the first morning all week that the sun was shining!  

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Friday afternoon, I got my hair trimmed. She cut off an inch! It really needed it.  And, I got my hair curled.  It never curls, so I was pretty pumped!

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When I got home, I took Jake for a long walk. I wanted to go for a run too, but my leg was hurting pretty bad, so I decided to walk and do some blogilates instead. 

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He couldn’t see me, and he panicked!  Jake and I walked for over an hour, and finally had to come in because it was dark. 

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Jeremy had to referee, and I had planned on going with him, but I decided to stay home instead. I thought about taking a nap, but I always find other stuff to do.  I cleaned out my closet, and got all my fall/winter clothes ready. Then, I caught up on all my shows that were on the DVR, and I played with Jake. For dinner, since I had almost a whole can of pumpkin opened, I made pumpkin pancakes.  They were so good! I made some with chocolate chips, and some without.  I ate one of each! I’ll post the recipe soon.

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Then I did finally fall asleep for about 45 minutes until Jeremy got home.  I got up so I could fix him something to eat. When he gets home late, it takes him a while to wind down before he can go to sleep.  So, we ended up staying up till 2 am! And I know that isn’t helping me to catch up on any sleep! 

Saturday morning, I woke up at 8. I was planning to run.  But, my leg and foot were hurting so bad that I could hardly put any pressure on it. So I took some ibuprofen and put an ice pack on it, and decided to take a rest day! We got ready and went to an estate auction near our house.  This was the biggest auction I have ever been too.  There was easily over 500 people there!

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And they were selling everything, literally.

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It was all  going for a lot, and we couldn’t figure out why.  They sold a chain saw for $675! They also sold some old rusty shovels for $50 each!  Jeremy wanted to buy this gun safe, but he knew you could buy this one brand new for $700.   The bidding started at $2300!

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He also really wanted to buy a 4-wheeler for me.  But, they went for a TON!  We could buy a brand new one for what those sold for.  

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The auctioneer was from Colorado, and he was really funny.  He actually made the auction pretty entertaining.  

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Jeremy got to talking to a couple of the guys that were buying everything and found out that it was all their grandpa’s stuff.  They told him that they didn’t care how much money they had to spend, they were going to get all of it. I felt so bad for the family to have to watch everything being sold.  When they sold the house, all the family started crying. I just don’t understand, but I guess you never know someone’s situation.   I ended up sitting in the truck most of the time, so I could rest my throbbing leg! We stayed there longer than we had planned, so we had to rush around to get ready to go hunting. 

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As soon as we sat in the blind, I could not keep my eyes open! I fell asleep and slept the whole time we were there.  But, that was okay because all that came out was a mom and a baby. After dark, we headed home to get ready to go to dinner. We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. I was starving by the time we got there, because all I had eaten all day was a granola bar.  So, here was cheat meal number 1! We used to eat at this place once a week, and I would eat until I was miserable.  But, we hadn’t been here in over a month, so I was really excited! Of course we started with chips and salsa. 

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We ordered queso fundido for an appetizer. It’s a giant plate of melted cheese! And it is heaven! I love it on corn tortillas, chips, or even by itself!

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After that we ordered a dinner to share. Our dinner had two cheese enchiladas, one taco, and rice.  I ate most of one of the enchiladas, and I was full! 

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We rented Get Hard on the way home.  I love Will Farrell and think he is hilarious!  this movie Did not disappoint.  We laughed through the entire movie. I would highly recommend this movie if you want a good laugh.  Then we actually went to sleep somewhat early! 

Sunday morning, we slept in till 10. I needed that so much! When we got up, we took Jake for a walk. We walked for a little over an hour, and my leg didn’t hurt at all! Then we ate lunch, cheat meal number 2. I had a sliced brisket sandwich.  It came with three slices of brisket and fries. I only ate half of the bun and few fries, and it was really good!

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I promise I will eat better this week! 

After lunch we went hunting again. This time I stayed awake. When we were walking in, we walked up on a huge buck at the feeder! We hit the ground and stayed very still.  It watched us for a bit, and then went back to eating.  It ate for just a minute more and then walked back into the woods. When it left, we went in quickly and Jeremy got in the ladder stand and I got in the blind.  I had a doe walk right next to me.  I could have reached out and touched her she was so close! But, I just let her come in and eat cause I kept hoping that big buck would come back in for Jeremy. 

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We didn’t see anything else.  🙁  Oh well, it’s still fun to sit and watch, and I got most of this post written while I was watching.  

We came home, and I fixed dinner for us and my father in law.  I fixed eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, and gravy.

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 Breakfast is my favorite meal.  I could eat it three times a day!  Since I had such a big lunch, I didn’t eat very much.  We had a ton left over, so Jeremy can have sausage biscuits for breakfast this week!  

After dinner, I was in bed by 9:30!  I hope you have a great week, and you should join me in the Pile on the Miles challenge!  

What did you do this weekend?