Archive for May, 2013

Celebrating Two Years!

I haven’t had much to write about lately, which should explain why I’ve been away from the blog. The school year is winding down (it’s our last week!!!), my meals have been pretty average, and since I’m not training for anything in particular, my workouts haven’t really been anything special.

But today is a very special day for me and Chad. I figured it was worth writing about. 🙂

Today is our two year wedding anniversary!

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I can’t believe two years went by so fast, but at the same time, I can’t believe it’s only been two years! We’ve actually been together for over seven years, so that may explain why it seems like we’ve been married longer. I’m not a good writer, so I can’t really put into words how I feel about Chad. But I know that he understands how much I love him, and that’s all that matters. 🙂

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I just wanted take the time to wish Chad a happy anniversary here on the blog. So happy anniversary Chad!! I love you more than peanut butter and running combined! And that’s a big deal. 🙂

We have a very low-key evening planned. We’re just going out for dinner to celebrate tonight because the BIG celebration is next week, and I am SO excited! At the last minute, we decided that we’d like to try to take a vacation during the only week this summer that we don’t already have plans. So yesterday, we officially booked a cruise…. and we leave on Monday!!! We have never done something this spontaneous, and though it felt kind of crazy, I’m so glad we decided to do it! We’re still young and want to make sure we take time to do fun, crazy, and sometimes expensive things while we still can. (read: before we have kids) Just six days until we’re sailing on the Carnival Victory!

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Needless to say, I’m a little anxious to get through this last week of school. Tomorrow is my last day of teaching, Thursday is a half day for students, and Friday is a workday for teachers. I. Am. So. Close. I just hope these next 6 days go by fast!!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

May 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm 2 comments

3 Ingredient Cookies

Hello! I don’t have much to share with you from the past few days. My weekend was great but not exciting enough to talk about here. 😉 We had a fabulous Mother’s Day lunch with my family and then spent the rest of the afternoon with Chad’s family. No pictures to share because I like to get away from all of that on Sundays.

Anyway, I’m not here to tell you about my weekend, or runs, or workouts. I’m here to give you an easy cookie recipe that you can make in 5 minutes. Plus they’re HEALTHY! Whaaaa?? Yep. These cookies are so healthy, you can eat them for breakfast. 🙂

3 Ingredient Cookies

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  • 1 very ripe banana (the more ripe it is, the sweeter the cookies will be!)
  • 1/2 old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter

Mash the banana and oats together. Then, add in the almond butter and mash again. Plop the cookies onto a plate and stick them in the fridge for an hour or so. I like putting mine in the freezer!

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If you make 6 cookies, they’re about 100 calories each and full of delicious natural ingredients. No added sugar! (As long as your almond butter is natural)

These cookies are seriously yummy. Chad loves them, so you know they’re good. 😉

Enjoy the cookies! Now I’m off on a run. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

May 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm 3 comments

Five Things Friday

 

1. Chad got a new toy yesterday.

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Yep, that’s a blow gun. I tried it a few times, but I wasn’t very good. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans he’ll be getting into with that thing.

2. I ran out of protein powder a few weeks ago and haven’t gotten anymore yet, so I haven’t been able to make my protein pancakes lately. I discovered that we had a box of chocolate flavored Carnation Instant Breakfast packets in the pantry, so I used that instead this morning. It turned out really good!

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Stop being jealous of my dirty stove.

3. Chad and I didn’t go to the gym all week, so this morning we decided to do a full upper body strength workout that targeted biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, and chest. It looked like this one, minus the leg stuff.

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I found this workout on Pinterest and have NO idea where it came from. Sorry. 😦

4. Today was the last day of music for my Friday classes (next Friday is field day and the next Friday we are out!), so in 2nd grade we did a project where the students wrote their favorite thing about music. One of the most precious answers was “Mrs. Kennington because she’s nice, pretty, and funny.” Seriously made me tear up!

5. I’m so torn on whether or not I want to train for a fall/winter marathon! Part of me really wants to accomplish this goal, but another part of me wants to spend the fall running for fun and improving my 5k, 10k, and even 1/2 marathon times. I absolutely love running the half distance, and there are so many races I want to do. If I choose to run a marathon, most of my money will be going towards the entry, hotel, travel expenses, etc. and I wont have much leftover for other races. HELP!

HAPPY FRIDAY!! 🙂

May 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm 2 comments

Back to Normal

Oh man, after two days of pure craziness, we finally had a normal day yesterday. Tuesday night Chad and I got in the bed around 6:30…… 6:30 y’all. That’s how tired we were, and I know Chad was even worse than me. Thanks for all your kind words and prayers for our little situation. Everything seems to be okay now, so we’re very thankful! 🙂

Like I said, yesterday we were able to get back to our normal routine. I even squeezed in an afternoon run after not working out for 3 days.

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It felt so good to sweat and get those endorphins flowing, even though I wanted to die 5 minutes in to the run. lol

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This morning, Chad and I went on a 2 mile walk together. I love our morning walks. 🙂

For breakfast, I enjoyed a big bowl of oats with peanut butter as always.

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During my lunch break, I snacked on some red peppers and carrots to hold me over until our teacher appreciation lunch at 1:00.

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We ordered out from a local cafe, and I got the grilled chicken and strawberry salad with strawberry vinaigrette. Delicious!

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I also had a teeny slice of some kind of amazing pie that had pecans and chocolate chips in it. I think it’s called Derby Pie? I’m not sure, but it was good!

After work, I went out for a little speed work. I really want to get faster and improve my 5k time. Right now, I’m hoping to get a sub-28. Eventually (in a few years??), I will work my way to that sub-25!!

After a shower and a snack, I had to take care of some things that I’d put off all week like dishes and laundry… boo. Then I got a little time to relax before getting dinner ready.

On the menu tonight: Parmesan tilapia, roasted asparagus, and sweet glazed carrots.

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And now while Chad is off to a youth thing, I’m spending my evening on the couch with my fur-friends. 🙂 I’m so happy we’re back to normal over here.

Happy Thursday!

May 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm 1 comment

Snapshots from the Weekend

Well friends, I had every intention of writing yesterday and linking up for Marvelous in My Monday, but we’re having some family issues over here. Nothing life threatening, but definitely some serious stuff. Just keep us in your prayers if you would please. Thank you. 🙂

Instead of writing a long and wordy post on how my weekend went, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking for me.

Saturday

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Sunday – Cinco de Mayo!

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There was lots of fun family time over the weekend. 🙂

Yesterday and last night were pretty crazy though. I only got about 3 good hours of sleep, so I’m feeling it and dragging this morning. Like I said before, there are some issues right now that me and mainly Chad are dealing with right now, and we could really use your prayers.

I’ll be back again soon with the recipe for those cookies up there! 🙂 Happy Tuesday!!

May 7, 2013 at 10:03 am 7 comments

Thursday Thoughts [A Few Rambles]

Ever since the Women of Joy Conference and writing this post, I’ve been trying really hard to not let food consume my thoughts. I’ve been praying about this issue a lot more, and I feel like I’m starting to make some progress! I’m trying not to focus on the number of calories, (or even carbs/proteins/fats) and instead I’m focusing on just eating healthy meals. It’s the quality of the food that counts, not the quantity. I know a healthy meal needs to be balanced, so I do try to make sure that each meal has some kind of protein, carb, and healthy fat. But as far as counting and ratios, I’m just not thinking about them. Like I said, I don’t want food to be on my mind all the time. I want to enjoy life without worrying about how the meal I just ate has a few more calories than normal. I want to be able to go to a gathering or out to eat with friends w/o worrying about what kinds of food there will be to choose from.

One other thing about my eating is that for the past 5 years, I’ve been constantly trying to lose weight. I’ll lose a bunch, gain some back, and then try to lose it again. Now that I’m in a place where I’m trying to be comfortable with my body, I need to also try to quit thinking that I should be doing things to lose weight. Sure I’d like to tone up a little more and improve in physical activities (i.e. running), but that doesn’t require any weight-loss. I can tone by continuing to strength train and work out, and I can improve my running by working on things like speed and form. As far as eating goes, I think I just need to cut myself some slack.

Anyway, these are just some thoughts I’ve had recently about the issue. I know it’s just me rambling, but hey, if the rambles help me to work through my problems a little better, then I say ramble on!

Thanks for taking a look into my thoughts. 🙂

Happy Thursday!

May 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm 2 comments



Hello, I'm Grace! I'm a 24 year old living in a small town in Alabama. I'm married and have the most amazing job teaching music to elementary students. I blog about healthy eating, exercising, running, and the random things that happen in my life. I've recently completed my second half marathon and can't wait to pursue that 26.2!

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