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Track It Tuesday

5 Feb

I recently started back to Weight Watchers. (You can read about that journey here). I decided that I would start a feature called Track it Tuesdays to hold myself accountable and share my journey with you. I picked Tuesday only because this is the day of my weekly meeting so it works for me.

This week’s  stats…

Weigh-in: -0 lbs.

Total lost: 5.4

Pounds til goal weight: 38.6

The Big Nada! No gain or loss. I will gladly take it! I was less than diligent with my tracking and healthy eating this week. I feel a bit like the scale let me off the hook.

When I am not sure our 8-year-old, CB, is trying her best I will ask her, “did you do your best work?”

For example, I will tell CB to make up her bed and when I go to check on her I often see a made up although very disheveled bed.

She sees me and says, ” I made up my bed.”

I answer, “Yes, but did you do your best work?”

If someone asked me, “did you do your best work?” about my efforts this week. I would have to say “No, I did not.” Half effort gets 0’s on the scale. I can do better.

It is time to take my own advice… It is time for me to do my best work.

Morning Run:

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Two miles= done.

I have had two people this week tell me I look like I am loosing weight. After I got over the urge to kiss them I stored those compliments away to pull out later and dwell on them when I needed them. I am loosing my weight very slowly and people usually don’t really notice.  Even more motivation to do my best work.


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Tip: I make sure I measure my peanut butter because it can add up in a hurry– this is one thing I don’t eyeball. (There is a big difference between a TB and a heaping TB-like 2 points difference) I spray a tablespoon with cooking spray so it is easy to get the PB out once I have measured it. (aka I want every drop of that TB)photo (81)Two Van’s Light waffles and 1TB of Nutrition Energy Mix PB~7  points plus. 

I stacked the waffles together into a Peanut Butter Waffle Sandwich. The Planter Nutrition Energy Mix PB was good. I bought the banana and granola mix. It tasted like I was eating a PB and banana sandwich. I don’t think it will become by go to nut butter but it is nice to have a little different taste from time to time.

photo (84) photo (83)This is me and my circus at my Tuesday morning meeting. I had my breakfast, my post run water, my coffee, and my Weight Watcher’s kit. If my meeting wasn’t so full I would use two chairs!

My one small thing….

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I have been slacking on my DVD workouts. I think for a few reasons…

  1. I don’t really like Jillian. She kinda drives me crazy. Some people are really motivated by her. I am not.
  2. My hip hurts a good bit even when I am not running. I need to go get it checked out but frankly I am scared to go to the orthopedist  Every time I see one I leave needing surgery (I have had 7 knee surgeries). I know they will say you are crazy for running…really, I think running is the only thing that is keeping my slightly sane.
  3. Finding some private time to use the TV. When I do my DVD in front of my girls they point out that I don’t look like the girls on the video, that my legs aren’t high enough, that the people on TV haven’t stopped, and that weights aren’t as big. Tough crowd. I don’t think my marriage can handle Kevin watching me try to follow along to a workout DVD. There are things that you just can’t unsee.

So, my goal is to finish a full cycle of 30 day Shred and then find something else. Maybe a yoga DVD ( I can only imagine my kiddos commentary on  watching me do that one) or something less pounding for my joints.

How did you do this week? Success or struggles you would like to share? What is your one small thing you are going to focus on?


100 Thing Challenge

31 Jan

I want to share out my 100 Thing Challenge but first let’s catch up on my meals.

Yesterday’s Lunch and Dinner:

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Leftover Slow Cooker Pork Pernil on bed of spinach and my new favorite drink!~7 points plus.

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I was home all day with a sick kiddo. We didn’t even make it out for Wednesday Night Supper at church. Thankfully, after the bad storms and pouring rain I was happy to leave ZB in her pj’s and go grab a takeout box from church for dinner.

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Taco Dinner~13 point plus.

Today’s Late Breakfast

ZB is still feeling under the weather so the two of us snuggled up on the sofa and went back to sleep this morning. I like taking full advantage of her extra naps for my own sleep needs!

By the time I ate it felt more like lunch so I made a chicken salad English muffin.

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I added some flax-seed to the top of my chicken salad for a little extra punch of nutrition.~7 points plus total.

Whew, that was a lot of ground to cover. Sick kid or no it is much easier to post those meals in smaller batches.

My Hundred Thing Challenge:

For the last couple of years I have been struggling with our family’s, and mine specifically, growing amount of stuff.  If you live a lifestyle where you know moves are inevitable (click here to find out why) I think you become more aware of what you have and what it will take to move it all again one day. My faith also tells me we are to do a better job as caretakers of God’s creation and like so many other Christians I was/am not doing enough.

I want…

  • to have less but to be fulfilled.
  • to make less but do things well.
  • to waste less and reuse more.
  • to do less but be more.
  • to weigh less and have a lighter life.

Sometimes I get discouraged within the Christian community of the blind acceptance of a consumer way of life. There are voices who say otherwise but they are drowned out.

I was, and still am to some degree, a top-notch consumer. I wanted more stuff. I wanted my home to look just so. I wanted books on every shelf so people would be dazzled by our intellect.  I wanted new clothes that made me feel pretty. I wanted the kids to have the best toys. I wanted…

However, all this stuff was not making me happy. I finally figured out it was bringing so much stress into my life by trying to keep things cleaned, organized, and uncluttered. I wanted to buy more stuff to manage the stuff I already had. Sad.

So I have been on a journey to lighten our load. I have been donating like a mad woman for about two years as I tried to really look at why I have the things I do.

One blogger I often read, Be More With Less, presents projects to simply your life. The first one I started playing with is her Project 333 challenge but my focus for 2013 will be The Reverse 100 Thing Challenge. I have adapted the challenge to my goals. I plan to give away 100 items a month for the duration of 2013. Yep, that is 1,200 items by the end of the year.

On January 31, 2013 I have already donated my 100 items for this month and I have a box where I am gathering items for next months total.

The whole family is on board. I will be sharing more of this challenge as we go through the year.

Live Well,


What is the first item that comes to mind that you could give away right now? Are you ready to do it?

The Big 100

30 Jan

A Look Back To The Starting Line:


Kevin, CB, and I at Louisville Zoo in KY 2007.

I started this blog five years ago as Kevin, my husband, and I were away from our family and friends while at seminary in Kentucky. It was a way for me to process that amazing and formational experience. Those early posts I also wrote a lot about my mom and her battle with cancer.Three Coffins and No Funeral

Back then my posts were filled with self-reflection and thoughts about where I have been, hence the roots and reflections name. I posted just over 40 posts in those four plus years. I know a blazing pace. I didn’t really have any direction about what I wrote or where this blog could go. It was really just a journal–and I was never a very consistent journaler.

In January 2012 I started reading healthy living blogs as I began my path to running. I first started reading Will Run For Coffee (to see how this blog impacted me click here). I am not going to be hyperbolic saying that reading a blog changed my life but for once I related to someone. It made me feel less crazy. It made me feel like the best was not behind me physically. I started finding other blogs like Meals and Miles, Healthy Tipping Point, and Run Eat Repeat. Each one influenced and inspired me in different ways. I got good ideas for meals, good tips for running gear, and a good dose of humor. All things a rookie needs. However, they are all a lot younger than me and until recently none of them had kids so sometimes I felt like my life was just in such a different place. Sometime I felt like I missed my window to truly have the time and freedom to focus on myself and my health.

In the Race:

Finding my Footing

Each of those bloggers planted a seed in me and I as I read post after post I thought to myself I could do this. I too have a voice. My journey is so different and that is OK because I bet there are other people who are like me…trying to be a good wife, a good mother, and take good care of myself. So almost a year after reading so many other bloggers do what I really wanted to do…I got in the race for myself. I told Kevin that blogging would be an important focus for me in 2013 and I would give it three months of my attention and effort to see how I really liked writing everyday not just thinking about writing everyday. So here I am one month in and over 5o posts later I have reached a milestone, my 100th post for the blog.

Ingrid, Suzanne, and I just before my first half marathon in Kiawah Island, SC.

Ingrid, Suzanne, and I just before my first half marathon in Kiawah Island, SC.

Down the Road:

One month in and I am really enjoying blogging. I enjoy the writing. I think I am benefiting from the discipline it takes to sit down everyday and do this (several times a day). I really can’t wait to see where this path will take me. I have some decisions to make. Do I need to change the name of the blog since the name came from a different place and time in my journey? How much effort do I put into this?

100th Post

For now, I am pressing on and enjoying journey.

If you have been a part of the path to 100 posts let me know! I would love to hear from you!

Track It Tuesday

29 Jan

I recently started back to Weight Watchers. (You can read about that journey here). I decided that I would start a feature called Track it Tuesdays to hold myself accountable and share my journey with you. I picked Tuesday only because this is the day of my weekly meeting so it works for me.

This week’s  stats…

Weigh-in: -1.2 lbs.

Total lost: 5.2

Pounds til goal weight: 39.2

Booyah! And just like that I feel like I can do this again. Isn’t it amazing what one pound will do. Last week I only lost .2 pounds and felt like I was never going to be able to succeed at my goal. This week I lost 1.2 pounds and I feel like I got this. Amazing!

I confess I didn’t stay for my meeting today. Not because I didn’t want to be there I just have so much on my plate (ha, no pun intended) that I needed this morning to get myself organized.  I really like my leader, Toni. I have had several leaders in this WW journey through the years. Some I have clicked with and others I haven’t. That being said, I like my meeting and my leader which is a very important in keeping me motivated.


I call this my better than McDonald’s McMuffin…Egg McMuffin ingredients

egg muffin breakfast Two hard-boiled eggs, lite English muffin, fat-free cheese~8 points plus. Berries and spinach ~ 0 points plus.

Egg McMuffin all together

Pile the eggs and spinach on the toasted English muffin. The heat from the muffin will melt the cheese. I add salt and pepper to taste.Berries

Fresh blueberries on the side. Two minutes to prep (toasting the English muffin) which is a lot less time than it takes to hit a drive through….yummy! It is a hardy breakfast for those days you feel like you need a little more fuel.

Ready, set, go!

How about you?    Have any Track it Tuesday success or struggles to share? Do you have a homemade version of a popular fast food breakfast?

Sharing the Love

25 Jan

Right after school we headed out to get the girls’ hair cut. I love their long locks of beautiful flowing waves but I am DONE with the tears, the fights, and the overall drama my long-haired dears have brought into my life. I realized sometime last week that there was no need for all the stress dealing with long hair. This was a choice and I could make a different one. I told the girls it was time for the hair to go and scheduled an appointment for all three of us. CB was hesitant at first but I reminded her the reason she originally started growing out her hair was to donate it. She was on board and once I convinced ZB it wouldn’t hurt the whole family loaded up and drove to the studio where I always get my hair done.
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Last moments of the long hair.

CB donating her hair

CB had far more than the required eight inches to donate (she ended up donating 12 inches) in four separate pony tails! She has a ton of hair like her mama! She is sending her hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program. My mother passed away from ovarian cancer just after CB’s fourth birthday. She and CB were very close and CB wanted to donate in her honor. She remembers Grammie having ‘hat hair’ or what she called her wig. She like the idea of her hair going to help make someone else a pretty wig like her Grammie had. So sweet.

ZB not sure about hair cutZB was too young to donate her hair but she had just as much cut off. I love her “what you talking about Willis” facial expression here. I am not sure she believed me when I told her it wouldn’t hurt.

ZB short hair CB short hair dinner datesPost haircut celebration at Beef O’ Brady’s.

Beef O Brady's Grilled Chicken


Grilled Chicken Plate with rice and broccoli. I only ate one chicken breast~6 point plus. Broccoli~2 points plus. Seasoned rice~7 points for the portion I ate.

Total points-15 points plus


Greek TCBY


Coffee Espresso TCBY


I made as smart of choices as I could with the yogurt so I could have a few tasty treats in the bowl. I added strawberries, blueberries, five whoppers, and a couple of cheese cake bits~5 points plus for the lot. I am a huge cheesecake fan but these bites were not tasty. I could eat the entire bowl full of whoppers. I love malt candy. I counted out five and then put the spoon down and walked away.

So my whole night out on the town was just over 2o points plus for dinner and dessert. I tried to use as few as possible while staying satisfied so I wouldn’t binge on something later.  I definitely dipped into my weekly allowance today and I know that this week’s trip to the scale will probably be tough (to see why click here).  However, I am trying to make the best choices I can on this day and hopefully those each of these days will add up to something good.

Good Night!


Not So Long Run

19 Jan

I have decided not to run my half marathon in February.

Before I get into that I’ll catch up on last night’s dinner…



Turkey chili with beans~7 points plus and grilled cheese sandwich with fat-free cheese on homemade bread~6 points plus.

My pre-run fuel..

Pre run PB ToastNatures Own Light Bread~1 point per slice Table spoon of peanut butter~3 points plus. I added a few chai seeds for extra protein punch.

3 Mile Run


3.1 miles in 30:02.

I am not going to lie. Those two seconds killed me. I so want to break a 30 minute 5k. One day.

Speaking of 5ks. I began my running journey by wanting to run one race a month for a year. I had 5ks in mind. Once I had a few under my belt my goal changed to a half marathon. I started pounding out the long runs without really ever having built a solid base or conquering the 5k (ie under 30 minutes). Now that I have run a half marathon I thought I had to keep doing half marathons to be a real runner. But, I have started to get burned out. Tired. Not looking forward to running. Dreading my long runs. If you noticed I haven’t run all week.

This is not why I started running. I decided I am not training for a race but running for a better life and that must be my goal. If training for a particular race was turning me off from running then I don’t need to do that race. So, I have decided not to do the Run the Reagan half marathon in February.

I instead want to run for fun again. I want to do the work on my 5k times. I will see where that takes me…. maybe back to the half marathons. I am not taking my goal of running four half marathons this year off the table. I am just choosing not to focus on it right now.

Whew, I feel better just writing that down.


Salmon Egg Scramble


I made a quick scramble for lunch since I didn’t have any eggs for breakfast.  In the mix: left over salmon~2 points plus, broccoli~0 points plus, tomatoes~0 points plus, two eggs~4 points plus. Fresh strawberries~0 points plus and one slice of Natures Own Light Bread~1 points plus. Total: 7 points plus.

So now to enjoy a bit of my Saturday. My family is coming over the visit with the kiddos and to do dinner.

What are you big Saturday plans? Have you ever been burned out?


Track It Tuesday

15 Jan

I recently started back to Weight Watchers. (You can read about that journey here). I decided that I would start a feature called Track it Tuesdays to hold myself accountable and share my journey with you. I picked Tuesday only because this is the day of my weekly meeting so it works for me.

This week’s  stats…

Weigh-in: =-.6 lbs.

Total lost: 3.8

Pounds til goal weight: 40.6

One Small Thing for this week:


from this week’s handout at the meeting

  • Meet my daily healthy guideline checks (water, exercise, vitamin, and essential oils). I got this idea from another lady at the meeting= This is why I go to a meeting. If I already had all the answers I would not be where I am.
  • Count all my BLT’s (bites, licks, and tastes)- these add up. Especially if you are the one who prepares the food in your household. ZB, my three-year old, says “Mama you are our cooker”.  Out of the mouth of babes.
  • Eat within my daily points value at least 5 days this week relying on the weekly points allowance only for this Sunday(when I expect to eat out every meal that day 😉 )

I wish I had dropped off all the 1.8 pounds I had gained over the Holidays. I made a dent in it today. Some day any loss feels great. Some days I hope for more.

I never eat before my Weight Watcher (WW) meetings because frankly who wants to eat right before they get on a scale. Right? So I try to fix something portable for breakfast-something that I can carry with me and eat after I weigh in.


I fixed my usual hard-boiled egg and Arnold thin sandwich with a little added low-fat cheese~6 points plus. 

I wrapped it up and stuck it in my purse for after my weigh-in.


The meeting room

I look like I am setting up house when I go to my meetings. I have my materials, my coffee, my breakfast, my fruit, and my water bottle all for a 30 minute meeting. Is it a little too much? Not really, I pretty much do my whole morning routine while am there. I make myself at home. The WW community is a forgiving bunch.

We talked about our refrigerators today and how they help or hinder our weight loss choices.  All I could think about during the meeting what how badly my frig needs to be cleaned. Not cleaned out just cleaned.

So if I cleaned my refrigerator would that make me lose weight faster? 

How about you?  Have any Track it Tuesday success or struggles to share? Does your frig need some work?

My Three Step Plan

10 Jan

Good Morning!

This is my plan to try to get this morning off right!

Step One:

Coffee mug


Step Two:

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An Arnold thin with a tablespoon of light cream cheese, hard-boiled egg, and Cutie~6 points plus.

Step Three:



Doing my daily bible reading plan as part of my 2013 goals. I use the Youversion app. I like the flexibility having my reading plan on my device gives me. I can do it anywhere. However, I am a bit of a paper junkie so not having the actual text in  my hands is sometimes offsetting. I can’t believe that  I am already a day behind! I am catching up today.


What are the next steps for the day?

Well this what my dinning room currently looks like and we are hosting an adult volunteer dinner for those adults who serve in the youth ministry in two days.

Empty Dinning RoomNotice the window is open at 7 am on January 10th.  I was letting the fresh paint air out but it is that warm here this morning.

Our playroom, which is located just off the dinning room currently looks like this…

Playroom mess


I have a bit of work to do…

But first, I have a four mile run. Hope I beat the rain that is moving in. I am not the biggest fan of running of the rain. That is what real runner do.

What is in store for you today? Do you have any morning routines?


Track It Tuesday- First Weigh-In After Christmas

8 Jan

I recently started back to Weight Watchers. (You can read about that journey here). I decided that I would start a feature called Track it Tuesdays to hold myself accountable and share my journey with you. I picked Tuesday only because this is the day of my weekly meeting so it works for me.

This week’s  stats…

Weigh-in: =1.8 lbs.

Total lost: 3.2

Pounds til goal weight: 40.8

One Small Thing for this week:

  • track everyday everything!
  • meet my Activity goal each day!

I will not lie to you it was disappointing to be up almost two pounds this week. I knew it was coming. This is the first time I have weighed-in since Christmas (my meeting was closed because Christmas and New Year’s was one Tuesday this year).  Yes, I know I could have sought out another meeting.   Frankly, I did well to just keep breathing through this Christmas season.  It was not my best.  It was far from my worst but it had it challenges and I felt overwhelmed.  I ate those feelings. I ate like I was Mary and Joseph and I had just walked the roughly 100 miles to Bethlehem. I ate like a champion.

I can’t even imagine what that number would have been if I had not already started reigning in the crazy by blogging and tracking more faithfully.

+1.8 is not +10.  I got this.

How about you?  Have any Track it Tuesday success or struggles to share?

My Training Plan

3 Jan

I had the rare treat of having lunch with my husband.  You would think since as a pastor he has a flexible schedule and  because I am at home two days a week this would happen more. Unfortunately, no. However it was not all romance and rainbows. It began with a tantrum from our three-year old and ended with cold war like negotiations with her to eat her food.  In between we were able to squeeze in a few minutes of adult conversation.


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Left over turkey and veggies soup with the most sour Granny Smith apples ever ~5 points plus + 0 points plus. Seltzer water (yes, I drink things other than coffee) and a mini blueberry scone from Publix for dessert~4 points plus.

Kevin and I are planning on running a race together in February, Run the Reagan half marathon. It is on February 16th. Just after Valentines Day. As a couple who doesn’t really do Valentines Day this is cutting edge marriage enrichment for us. This is our first race together since the Peachtree Road Race in 1999.

That was not our best day.

My husband, Kevin, is a natural athlete. He is good at just about anything he attempts. When we started dating I was a runner. I ran almost daily. I didn’t have any training plans or racing goals. Running just let me eat more than I should and stay in relative good shape. Kevin decided he would run with me as all good boy friends should, right? Well, not if they are very competitive people. He quickly got tired of my pace and wanted to push himself further and faster. The upside of running with him was that I pushed myself further and faster than I ever before. Enter the 10k Peachtree Road Race. My new-found running abilities inspired me to try a race and not just any race but the largest 10k in the world. As a native of Atlanta  it is an honor to have run the Peachtree and I wanted a t-shirt. I went from wanting to eat more dessert and still fit in my jeans to a racer, a real runner.

Well, long story short, me and about 50,000 of my closest friends got the t-shirt.

Peachtree T-shirts


Kevin was into running fast, racing. It was a race after all. I was more into a) not getting run over by said tens of thousands of people and b) just finishing.

Needless to say Kevin got his shirt first and he got to see my medical problem up close, “finish line cryism”.  Yes, it is a real thing. I have it. We will talk more about it later.

So, here we are almost 14 years later.

We are running our second race together.

It is funny what 14 years can do. I am perfectly fine with the fact that I have been running for a little over a year now and I am still very slow. I have a schedule. I try hard.  He started running last week after a long break. He will skunk me.  As in, go have the pasta lunch and comeback and see me finish, beat me. But, that is so OK.   I love it that he is interested in doing something that means a lot to me.  He will be there at the finish to see my “finish line cryism”.  Yes, it is still a real thing. He will cheer me on…even as he passes me.

So what is my plan to be ready for my first half marathon of the year and only second of all time.

First, I have to evaluate where I am in my ability level. Although this is my second half I still don’t have any time goals. Those will come one day. I am still in just the finishing phase of my racing career.

That being said I would like to finish strong, whatever that looks like on race day.

I am doing a combination of several training plans I researched online.

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I am running M,T, Th, and long run on Sat. (As a pastor’s spouse Sundays are out for long runs or races so I use Sunday as my rest day and do my long runs on Sat.) 

I am cross training 3 days a week (T, W, Th) with two overlap days of Tuesday and Thursday as these are the days I am off from work and have the most time to train.  It was important to me to add a strength training component to my running. I have TERRIBLE core strength at this point in  my life and I think this is leading to some of the reoccurring issues I am having with my back.

Welcome Jillian…

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it seems like we will be spending a lot of time together. I am not expecting us to be friends. Please don’t be mean to me. Thanks.

Do you have any race plans? Valentines Day plans?


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