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Home Cookin’ Therapy

By the end of the day, I. am. done. In the 3 hours after work, I colored with the 6-Year-Old, ran with the boys, played catch, watched an episode of Goosebumps, and played a game of Exploding Kittens. All I want to do now is veg on the couch which, normally, includes some mindless snack or two. Not tonight! Tonight I decided to partake in some home cookin’ therapy. It was too dark to take photos, so I just snapped

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Consciously Ending Negative Cycles

I’m trying so hard not to let stress, anxiety, and fear of change push me back into my old, unhealthy cycles and thought processes but it’s not working. Every day starts at the gym, like normal. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, the gym is the only place I feel free. I have no responsibilities there. I pick things up, put them down and, umm, that’s about it.  Training is the one area of my life right at

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The Evolution of Self Care AKA Getting My Family to MOVE MORE!

I “work out” daily by either hitting the gym in the morning before work, taking a run around my neighborhood or hiking a local trail. Days when I don’t hit the gym or go for a run I walk at least a mile at lunch. Actually, I walk a mile almost every day at lunch regardless of what I do in the morning barring rain or a super busy schedule. I quoted “work out” above because I no longer see what I

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Breaking My Blogging Silence

I’m awful at keeping secrets — like, incredibly bad at it. I just don’t know how not to be an open book which is why I have a hard time blogging when I have things I need to keep on the down low for whatever reason. Well, it’s time to come clean. I so need to unload. A good old brain dump if you will. This ones gonna be a doozy. Ready? … OMG, I don’t even know where to

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Sunday Runday

My Sunday running habit has returned and I love it!  This week I decided to hit the trails. That photo doesn’t do the hills justice. It was killer! I decided to take a shorter loop (2 miles) that I knew had a steep incline. Next week I’m planning to increase my distance. When I was done I drove home and picked up the 6-Year-Old for a hike. (Both the 12-Year-Old and Husband were still sleeping.) We did a hilly mile

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Slow and Steady Gains – Week 3

Today I wrapped up another week of my new training routine. It’s been a challenging 3 weeks and I’m starting to notice some changes in my strength. Nothing earth shattering but just slow and steady progress. Here’s how this week shaped up. Sunday Run turned walk. Monday Back Squat – 10 Reps as Heavy As Possible (AHAP) then 2 sets with in 90% My goal was just to go a little heavier than last week’s 143 lbs and I did! I

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Thursday Thoughts: Rabbit Holes

According to Google, one definition of rabbit holes refers to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself. My co-worker jokingly hung this on the bulletin board in my office because I’m always saying everything at work leads down a rabbit hole. An email question will have me researching answers. A phone call leads to a dive into our database. Someone stops by my office and all of a sudden

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Workouts and Updates – Week 2

Happy Sunday! It’s been a pretty lazy day in these parts. I was planning on posting this yesterday but Saturday was pretty much just as lazy. Here’s this past week’s workouts in review… Monday Push Press – 10 Reps as Heavy As Possible (AHAP) then 2 sets with in 90% I tried to get 103 lbs for 10 reps but could only hit 8 so I backed down to 98 and was able to do 10 but my drop sets

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Thursday Thoughts on Friday — Memory, Travel Plans, and the Best Smoothie Ever!

Long title but bear with me. This actually kind of flows. I was totally planning to post yesterday but The Husband decided to bring out a bottle of wine with dinner and, well, that was the end of that. Plus the 6-Year-Old is smack dab in the middle of a mushy stage. ALL he wants to do is cuddle and I’m totally happy to oblige. We’ve also been working on his reading before bed, so that usually takes a big

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Bonding Over Veggie Filled Chilli Prep

I love vegetables. No, really, it’s becoming quite an obsession. Above is a photo of most of the ingredients I now use to make my chili. I realized after we started to chop that I forgot the mushrooms. Some of you may not believe it but those hands are NOT The Husband’s. That’s the 12-Year-Old! He and I bonded while cooking dinner. We chopped and talked and sang. I was playing some alternative 90s station on the Spotify and he

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