{marathon training} week 1

Oh my! It has been way too long!

Work has been chaotic over the past couple of months and as we head in to fall things should be settling down some. So it’s time to get back on track! Not that we’ve been completely off. We haven’t stopped meal planning but fitness definitely took a back seat!

Happy to say we kicked booty this week! I am officially training for a full marathon! The plan I started has me slowly conditioning for the longer training weeks. Definitely needed!! Since Monday was a holiday, I started on Tuesday and we managed to get in some extra miles throughout the week.

{week 1 recap}
Monday – Food prep + cleaning
Tuesday – 1 mile run
Wednesday – 3 mile walk
Thursday – 1 mile run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 2 mile run + 1.5 mike walk
Sunday – 1 mile walk, food prep + cleaning

My training plan for this coming week consists of 4 running days! Once I get a few solid weeks on me, I’ll start adding back in weights and core workouts. I knew if I started out doing too much something would suffer (missed running sessions).

AND my amazing husband started C25K! This is huge people. He hates running! He’s made a commitment to his health though and I am so proud of him. He’s out walking now as I type this! He’s likely logged more miles than me this week!


Bring on week 2!!

<3 Shonie

{ liebster award }

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Unexpected Runner. It is a way to support bloggers with a focus on those with 200 followers or less. I am so happy she nominated me for this award!  What a great way to help out our blogging community!


The “rules”:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award.
  4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.
  5. You must go to your nominees blogs and notify them.

Ready for my Q&A?

1. Road, trail, or mud?  Trail run, any day!! I love the scenery and being in the nature!

2. What is your preferred distance?  8 to 10 miles!  During my half marathon training, I felt like these were my best runs!  Mentally and physically!

3. What is your “dream” race?  Rocky Mountain Half Marathon!!!

4. What fitness app do you use the most?  Runkeeper if my Nike+ GPS watch is not complying (which happens a lot).

5. What do you do for cross training?  Right now, I try to get in 2-3 days of body weight training (simple rounds of push ups, leg lifts, squats, etc) and 2-3 days of running.  With summer here, I will likely only get 2 days of running.  Hoping to get a spin bike or access to a gym so I can do some more cross training!

6. What is your funniest running or race story?  Ummm, lets just say they all involve falling or almost falling!  Oh and some ice skating in Southeast Texas!  Not often we get ice here and when we did, I decided to test out the bridge covered in it!  Needless to say, my pace was pretty fast as I skated across! 😉

7.  If you have one, who is your favorite running partner? If you don’t have one, what celebrity would you most like to join you on a run?  My amazing friend Veronica!!! She was crazy enough to train for a half marathon with me!! I wouldn’t have made it through training without her!

8. How many pairs of exercise-related shoes do you own? Only 2 that are worn weekly :) I have 3 other pair of running shoes that have been retired sitting in my closet!

9. What is your favorite snack?  Fresh fruit!  or some cheeeeeessssee!! =D

10. What is one thing that you can do today that you never thought you would be able to accomplish?  RUN! I was a swimmer for 12 years and never enjoyed running.  After having my son, I had to do something.  After 2 failed attempts at running, in October of 2012 I started C25K for the 3rd time and stuck with it.  No excuses.  I ran my first 5K that December and finally fell in love with running!

Okay, here are my nominees. A few of these are blogs with a huge following already but they are blogs that I love and could not pass up the opportunity to share their amazing pages!

  1. Happy Healthy Mama
  2. Paleo Running Mom
  3. Woman Helping Women
  4. Real Fit Real Food Mom
  5. Will Run for Pizza
  6. Ashley Right Now
  7. Planks Love and Guacamole
  8. The Running Fire Wife
  9. Runner Gal 22
  10. Fit Foodie Runs

And my questions (repeating a few of the same since they are such great questions!):

1. Road, trail or treadmill?

2. What is your preferred distance?

3. What is your “dream” race?

4. What shoes are you currently running in?

5. What do you do for cross training?

6. What is your funniest running or race story?

7. What is your favorite weather (50 degrees and sunny, rainy, etc) to run in?

8. What is your favorite “cheat” meal or snack?

9. What is your go-to pre-long run meal?

10. What or who motivates you to run?

{ simply love }

Grayson will be 3 in June!! (internal panic has begun)

It’s amazing what these little guys will learn from you!  Since the weather has been nice lately, we’ve been enjoying a walk to the park most afternoons before dinner time.  This walk always includes the phrase “Grayson run, momma” which translates to “I want to run with you, momma!” Knowing that my running and healthy living is impacting his life completely over-joys me!  He’s been at all my races and always wants to run with me now!  Hoping I have a future running buddy (since Ben refuses to run with me :P).

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Lately he’s also been picking up the little 3 pound weights and will proceed to lift weights!  With a big smile he will say “work out, momma!” I snapped this picture a couple of weeks ago :)

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I’m constantly reminded that he is watching everything we do!

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His first official race!  1K for the Brave! **heart melting**

LOVE every second with this little boy!  Even if he is growing up way too fast!  This is just a daily reminder that I need to be the best momma possible for him!  Simple as that :)

{ whole30 + fitness }

Soooooo this is the last week of whole30, right?  Yeah, totally lost my days!  Work has been chaotic! Fell off the wagon this weekend and highly regretted it!  BUT today is a new day and I will finish these 30 days strong!  AND then probably start again :) Except, it will be modified a bit! Details to come at the end of the week!  Also in the market for a juicer!  Any recommendations?

Not only have I been lost on whole30, my workout motivation was gone last week!  Like literally…. couldn’t find it anywhere!  So today starts a 6 week fitness program!  I came across an introduction to crossfit endurance plan (basically uses crossfit exercises to help target your endurance training).  The work outs are simple enough for me to do at home!  Here is the article and program!


Since I didn’t start yesterday, this is what today’s workout will look like and I am super excited!  I think I found my motivation again 😉 Now if only Ben will get home on time so we can both workout!


{ whole30 – the lost week }

Ok seriously people!  Where did the week go???  Spring has been statistically my busiest time at work and I’ve been swamped with files!! So bare with me!  I promise I’m making whole30 compliant choices :)

So while I’d to go back to day 10 and remember every single thing I ate – my brain is fried!! and no, not from eating fried food 😛 It’s just been one of those days!  This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down at the blog since my day09 post!  Insane!

Any  who, I can say this weekend was much easier although after a very long and busy Sunday, we had pizza for dinner :( Oh I also enjoyed some ice cream.  But those 2 things out of an entire week, that’s literally like 5% of the week!  The biggest thing for me is control.  I feel like I have control over what I eat now.  Sure I had pizza yesterday but I don’t need bread and greasy food today (the pizza wasn’t greasy but just throwing that out there) and I don’t need sugar today.  Prior to whole30, I felt like I needed sugar and bread……. That need is completely gone now!  Do I want to indulge with my family? Absolutely.  In moderation! Do I need to?  No, but I can choose to!  And I can choose to have ice cream with them over hamburgers. Moderation :) Before, I’d have it all!  I am now in control of the food choices I make!

Activity for the lost week was not lost!!  Actually had a pretty active week.  I think I logged about 10 miles for the week along with an awesome Kenpo X workout that hard my arms sore for days!

Now on to week 3 of whole30!  It will be another crazy week at work and I will try my best to log and post! Have a few other posts I’m working on that I should be posting this week – one includes some super cute pictures!! 😉

Good night friends!

{ whole30 day09 }

Sleep: 10:00 pm to 6:00 am – 8 hours!

Activity:  Afternoon walk to the park with Grayson (half a mile walk from our house) then 2 mile sprints later in the evening!! Kept my running pace under 10 min per mile =D

Food: (week will basically be the same)

Breakfast 8:00 AM – Hard Boiled Eggs (2) + Sweet Potato Bar + Coffee

Lunch 1:00 PM – Tuna Patty + Power Greens Salad + Juice of 1 Lime

Snack 4:00 PM – Apple + Macadamia Nuts

Dinner 6:00 PM – Jalapeno Turkey Burger (meat only) + Cabbage Sauté + 1/2 Avocado + Banana

Hunger: Had more fruit today which I think helped me feel full!  I try to limit my fruit to 1 a day but Grayson wanted a banana then didn’t want a banana and well, we couldn’t waste it!

Mood:  Great day!! Seriously no complaints :)

{ whole30 day08 }

Sleep: 9:30 pm to 5:00 am – 7.5 hours!

Activity:  Why yes, this woman managed an AM workout!! Pretty proud of that =D 40 minutes of P90x Kenpo X in the AM + Walk to the park at 5 PM


Post W/O 6:00 AM – Hard Boiled Eggs (2) + Green Smoothie (spinach, coconut water and strawberries)

Breakfast 8:00 AM – Sweet Potato Bar (basically just mashed sweet potato baked with some walnuts, cinnamon and eggs to bind together) + Almond Butter + Coffee

Lunch 1:00 PM – Tuna Patty + Power Greens Salad + Juice of 1 Lime

Dinner 6:00 PM – Jalapeno Turkey Burger (meat only) + Cabbage Sauté + 1/2 Avocado

Snack 8:00 PM – Coconut Chew Larabar

Hunger: Felt great all day but was still pretty hungry after dinner.  Larabar fixed that :)

Mood:  Great day!! Except I had a lingering headache in the afternoon which I think was allergy related.  Damn tree pollen!

Day 08 Weigh In:  OK I made no promises!  Well I said I would TRY but I failed 😛 Too excited to not share that I had a 5.8 pound LOSS over the last 7 days! Down to 176.6!

and a happy picture to end the day!! :)

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{ whole30 weekend recap! }

Day 06

Sleep: 12:00 am to 8:00 am – 8 hours

Activity:  Lots and lots of cleaning and organizing!  Had planned a long run this morning but I woke up late with a minor headache so decided to get the cleaning done.  Plus it was a rainy day!


Breakfast 9 AM – Chicken Sausage + 3 Eggs + Coffee

Lunch 2 PM – Turkey Chef Salad (from Schlotzky’s so I’m sure the turkey and bacon were not exactly compliant but it was better than grabbing a sandwich – I didn’t use their dressing so I win there :))

Dinner 7 PM – Burger + Sweet Potato Fries (again, probably not completely compliant but I left out the bread and cheese, topped the burger with some jalapeños, bacon and extra mustard)

Snacks – about 4 bites of mint chocolate chip ice-cream (I know, I know – but this is really hard! and considering I had 3 bites and not a whole cup full is HUGE)

Hunger: I was hungry today and it took a lot out of me to not snack on unhealthy items but I think I made the best of my day.

Mood: Exhausted.  Long day of cleaning, no relaxing, chasing Grayson.. Ben had to work on his sister’s car all day so it was a very long day!


Day 07

Sleep: 11:00 pm to 9:00 am – 10 hours!!

Activity: Again did not get to my planned workout but was on my feet all day!


Breakfast 10 AM – Bacon + 2 Eggs + Potato Hash (this was breakfast out with Grayson at a local restaurant)

Lunch 2 PM – Clean Hot Dogs (uncured, no nitrates, etc) w/ mustard + Larabar

Dinner 6 PM – Sauteed Shrimp + Zucchini

Snack – And I failed.  Cookies and Cream Ice Cream :(

Hunger: Again pretty hungry today but I was so busy all day it kept me from snacking.

Mood: Grocery and food prep day – another exhausting day! No headache today and I ate well until the ice cream :(


{ weekend recap }

It’s hard.  My husband is not doing Whole30 with me.  I think I made the best choices I could all weekend considering my options. I know what to do next weekend!  Grab some groceries Friday to get us through the weekend without having to eat out. I have a son who loves to share his food with me and loves getting “treats” with us (like the frozen yogurt and ice cream on Sundays).  It’s hard not to enjoy those moments with him.  I have no other complaints of whole30 after a week but it’s hard when you have a husband and son not on the same plan as you.

So moving on to day08!  Worked hard in the kitchen all day so lunches and dinners are ready to go!  It’s 8:35 pm and I’m about to head up to bed.  So all in all, my eating was about 7/10, exercising was 0/10 but I have a clean house and meals prepped for the whole week for 10/10!


{ whole30 day05}

5 days!!! But the hardest test is coming – the weekend! Wish me luck! **Posting this a few days late – oops :)**

Sleep: 11:00 pm to 7:00 am – 8 hours

Activity: Rest day! I probably should have done something, but I didn’t.


Breakfast 9 AM – Smoothie + Starbucks Café Americano (smoothie included: spinach, blueberries, almond butter, coconut water and a little bit of coconut cream)

Lunch 1 PM – Baked Chicken + Roasted Bell Peppers + Raw Broccoli

Dinner 5 PM – Chicken Greek Salad + Fruit Cup (salad had no cheese and only the olive oil and vinegar as the dressing)

Snacks – 8 tortilla chips and 1/4 cup frozen yogurt with my almost 3 year old who I couldn’t say no to :( life happens!

Hunger: Breakfast was not filling enough – was starving by 11 am!

Mood: Happy it’s Friday and ready for the weekend to recharge!! No headaches and energy level is about medium today.

{ fitness friday }

Happy Friday!! Here’s my fitness plan for the next week!  I’m still trying to find the right balance to achieve my goals over the next 12 weeks!  Making progress :) IF ONLY my body would get on track with this time change!

Also, plan on MOVING more during the day!  I work full time in an office where I sit…. all day!  Need to start taking those state allowed breaks and walking around the parking lot!


{ question of the day }

-Do you plan your workouts for the week?  For me, even if I can’t get all of the “planned” workouts done, this really helps me stay accountable during the week!