{ whole30 day04 }

Sleep: 11:00 pm to 6:30 am – 7.5 hours

Activity: Planned a run but time got away from me and ended up on a quick 3 mile bike ride with Grayson instead!  Then followed the bike ride with P90x Ab Ripper X =D


Breakfast 9 AM – Eggs (2 whole, 1 egg white) + Sautéed Power Greens + Coffee w/ Coconut Cream

Lunch 1 PM – Jimmy Johns Unwich!  Ok, I messed up.  Forgot to tell them no cheese :( but other than the cheese, it was whole30 compliant!

Dinner 5 PM – Clean Carnitas + Cauliflower  + Raw Cabbage + Clean Salsa to top :)

Hunger: Stuck to 3 meals again with no snacks!  Can’t believe it!

Mood: Still off schedule from the time change.  Hopefully we can all go to bed at a decent time tonight!! Great energy today and no headaches yet!!

{ things i <3 thursday }


So I thought I would share a few things that helped get me through half marathon training and marathon day!

Let’s start with fuel because well these things are just AWESOME!!! I seriously could eat these every day :)

Honey Stingers Energy Chews


My personal favorite is the pomegranate!  But I also enjoy the pink lemonade and either of the caffeinated ones!

Next thing that I love is my belt!  I can carry my honey stingers, phone, chapstick, light, ID and any other junk my heart desires!!

Fitletic iFitness Belt


I have the Ultimate Running Belt and added water bottles and an extra pouch for race day!  Worked out perfect for me!

Now onto the shoes!! I had to buy new shoes in December and was able to get enough training in them so I could wear for the marathon.  Before buying this pair, I was a Brooks girl!  Not saying that my next pair won’t be Brooks but these had the support I needed this time around!

Asics Gel Cumulus 15


I love bright and colorful shoes :)

Problems with shin splints or knee pain? This next one is for you :)

KT Tape


This stuff works wonders! I was having some medial knee pain (likely due to weak muscles) and sore shins (due to over-use).  Sunday after our long runs, I could hardly walk. Veronica started taping her knee for extra support so I had to try it out!  AMAZING!  No pain after running with my shins and knee taped!  Now on long runs, I only tape for shin pain on my left side (seems to bother me the most) and I have not had knee problems.  For the half marathon, I did tape my knees for fear of having problems (which I did not).  Highly recommend this stuff!!  You can google ways to tape for whatever pain you might be having!

And finally, these guys get a mention here!  Although, I bought the wrong size so I did not get the full effect of how they work, Veronica and Michelle swear by them!  I will have to try again in another size :)

CEP Compression Sleeves


They are tight and I could tell during my 1st run with them that they helped my shins!  But then I washed them and they were too tight and my calves would just ache wearing them. :( Not giving up on them yet though!

{ question of the day }

-What are some of your must haves for marathon training and marathon day?


{ whole30 day02&03 }

Sorry I am a few days behind!  Catching up today :)

Day 02

Sleep: 10:30 pm to 6:30 am – 8 hours

Activity:  WOD at home! 5 rounds for time – 7 burpees, 14 kb swings, 21 sit ups, 10 squats, 7 lunges


Breakfast 9 AM – Chicken & Sweet Potato Pattie + Sautéed Power Greens + Eggs (1 whole, 2 eggs whites) + Black coffee

Lunch 1 PM – Turkey Taco + Salad Mix (romaine & spinach) + Roasted Bell Peppers + Green Kombucha Tea + 1 Lemon Juiced (as dressing and added to tea)

Snack 3 PM – Almond Butter (2 tablespoons)

Dinner 5:30 PM – Clean Carnitas + Cauliflower  + Raw Cabbage + 1/2 Avocado w/ lime

Snack 7 PM – Strawberries

Hunger: Wanted to snack in the afternoon but other than that still feeling great!

Mood: Still off schedule from the time change.  I feel very energized though which is great!


Day 03

Sleep: 10:30 pm to 6:30 am – 8 hours

Activity:  Rest day – planning on a run Thursday and my thighs were still a bit sore from Monday.  Ran with Grayson around the block instead while he flew his kite :)


Breakfast 9 AM – Chicken & Sweet Potato Pattie x2 w/ salsa + Macadamia Nuts + Apple + Black coffee

Lunch 1 PM – Baked Chicken + Roasted Bell Peppers + Baked Sweet Potato

Dinner 5 PM – Clean Carnitas + Cauliflower  + Raw Cabbage + 1/2 Avocado w/ lime

Hunger: Stuck to 3 meals today and wasn’t starving!!

Mood: Still off schedule from the time change.  Must go to bed earlier!!

{ whole30 day01 }

Sleep: 10:30 pm to 6:30 am – 8 hours

Activity: WOD at home! 4 rounds of 400 m run, 15 squats, 10 push ups, 20 kb swings. Pushed myself and ran a bit more! 1.5 miles total. Total burn 387 calories.


Breakfast 9 AM – Chicken & Sweet Potato Pattie + Sautéed Power Greens + 1.5 leftover devilled eggs* + Black coffee

*eggs were all whole, clean ingredients but they did include a bit of plain greek yogurt!  so not 100% whole30 compliant but I couldn’t let them go to waste and they were a great addition to breakfast!

Lunch 1 PM – Turkey Taco + Salad Mix (romaine & spinach) + Roasted Bell Peppers + Green Kombucha Tea + 1 Lemon Juiced (as dressing and added to tea)

Note to self:  next week try on lettuce wraps and add onions!

Pre-Workout Snack – Macadamia Nuts + 1/2 deviled egg

Dinner – Leftover Baked BBQ Chicken* + Steamed Broccoli + Raw Cabbage

Snack – Chocolate Coconut Larabar

Hunger: Amazingly I feel pretty satisfied! Not wanting to eat everything I see! Yay :)

Mood: Aside from being off schedule from the time change, I was in a great mood today!! No headache and my energy level was about 6 all day.

Day 01 Weigh In:  182.4 (which I am extremely excited about!  I was at 180.2 Friday but I am normally 184.5 on Mondays after a weekend of not so strict eating.  SO this tells me I had a true 2 pound loss last week! YES! =D Also since January, I’ve lost 11.5 inches! Anxious to see where I am at the end of these 30 days :)

I WILL TRY very hard to not check my weight till the end but no promises =X

{ simply shonie goes whole30 }


And so it begins! I decided to take on the Whole30 challenge!

{ Why am I taking on this challenge? }

1) Looking for better eating habits:  mainly breaking the bad sugar and bread habits

2) I believe eating whole and clean food is very important and this will help with getting the family on track

3) Looking for better overall health:  mainly increase in energy, decrease in headaches

4) Eat more veggies

5) Hoping for some weight loss but if 1 through 4 are accomplished, I’d be ok with not seeing weight loss results


 Stay tuned for several posts in this whole30 series!  Including how I prepared for day 01, meal plans and my daily food logs!

{ fitness friday }

Planning out my workouts for the next week to help keep me on track!  I got my 2 miles in last night :) which was actually my first post-marathon run!  Kept a good pace (11:30/mile) but had to stop a few times to stretch out my calves.  They were very tight!  My goal is to incorporate more of the cardio style P90x workouts and get at least 1 run in during the week and maintain my Saturday long runs!

OH!  And WAKE UP SHONIE!!! { Reminder to myself to wake up and get my work outs done in the morning!! }




PS – planning on a big commitment over the next 30 days!  stay tuned as I work out the details and get the husband on board 😉

{ half marathon }

I am over-joyed to say that I ran a half marathon!  I’m still on that runners-high and looking for more races to fill my year!!

I cannot even begin to explain what an amazing journey this has been!  Ups and downs like any journey and moments of self-doubt, but I did it!  I could not have done it without all of the amazing friends I made through our running group and my family’s support!

Let’s start with saying we’ve had a very unusual winter here in Texas!  More cold days than normal (which I will not complain about that) but all of our long distance training runs were basically cold.  Like bundled up cold!  So to see the forecast for the marathon showing 70 degrees and 95% humidity, I was about to die!  I absolutely do not like heat and humidity.  At all……..

So our race weekend started with annoying weather and pasta!  Our running group had a pre-race dinner Thursday night.  Delicious pasta!  This is a picture of the few of us from the half marathon group that made it to the dinner:


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I took Friday off work so I had time to rest, which was needed since Grayson was up all night Thursday night!  I met Veronica Friday around 11 to pick up our race packets and check out the Expo exhibits.  Lots of awesome running gear but I did good and only bought a headband =D


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And then it hit me.  oh my goodness…….. I’m running a half marathon tomorrow!  and the mental games began!  can I do it, the heat, no I may not finish… Headed home after lunch with my aunt and sweet friend Alva and took a much needed nap! Uneventful night after that.  made tacos and took it easy!  stayed plenty hydrated! went to bed at a decent time and actually slept good (after the voices in my head shut up).

And then it was the day!  I woke up at 4:30.  plenty of time to get dressed, make sure I had all my gear and eat my pre-run meal (greek yogurt and English muffin – winning combo for me). I left my house around 5:30 and headed straight to Luke’s Locker.  we met there for a pre-race picture with the entire running group (half and full marathoners). And thanks to Luke’s, we got to use clean restrooms and not porta-potties!


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After all the good lucks at Luke’s, we walked over to the starting line (nice 10 minute walk from Luke’s).  we headed to our corral and lined up in our respective pace sections.  OH, did I mention at this point it was RAINING?  Yeah.  factor that in to the heat and humidity!  Any ways, we took some starting line photos as we waited in line with the thousands of other runners!


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And then it was 7! The elites took off and we were able to watch the marathon elites from where we were standing.  Amazing!! About 10 minutes later, we finally crossed the starting line!  AND WE WERE OFF!  And of course, not even 4 steps in and I was losing junk!  go figure :) luckily Angela was still behind me and picked up my towel for me.  And then we were off again!!  That was the last we saw the rest of our running group as we maintained pace with the 2:45 pace team.  OH hey… guess what!  it was still raining! It probably rained for the first 3 to 4 miles.  Not a hard rain but enough to make a mess everywhere!  We paced with the 2:45 group for about the first 6 miles then we both started getting goosebumps which I then learned was a sign of over-heating.  GREAT!  So we started pouring water on our heads and down our necks to cool off and we backed off the 2:45 pace team. We took the next couple of miles easier as we worked back up to a good pace.  At that point, my left foot was hurting!  Ended up with some blisters from the wet shoes.  THANKS RAIN!  Then we were in the home stretch!  Less than 2 miles to go and oh man were we done!  Around mile 12 the 3:00 pace team caught up to us so we started sprinting!  We were determined to stay in front of them!  And we did!! Although, I’m not sure I would have if I didn’t have Angela pushing me to the end!  We made it back to The Woodlands Waterway and started heading towards the finish line, passing people.  That’s right, PASSING PEOPLE!  I thought I was about to pass out!  And then I could see the end!! We were in the finish line chute!  TONS of people cheering!! Oh, what an amazing moment!  And we did it!  We crossed the finish line and of course, I’m in tears!  I wasn’t sure if Ben and Grayson made it to see me finish at that moment but I knew I finished!  We headed over to get our medals and a finishing picture!  That’s when I saw Ben and Grayson!  I ran this race for many people – I ran it for my mom and other’s who cannot run, I ran this race for me but most importantly I ran this race for them!  I want Grayson to grow up knowing he can do anything that he wants when he works hard for it even if there are times that he wants to give up. And it’s ok to have those moments – that is why he has us!  To always pick him up and reassure him that he can accomplish anything.  I wanted to give up cause of the heat, but I didn’t! It was a long 26 weeks of training with many moments of doubt but I never gave up!  I ran with my heart those last 6 miles.  I ran knowing that my husband would be proud of me (he also told me I had to finish or else he wouldn’t pick me up – thanks Ben ;)) and that Grayson will always have this moment to look back on with me even if he won’t remember it!  And I’d run it all over again :)

A couple of extra shout outs:

VERONICA ~ my sweet amazing friend who agreed to train for a half marathon with me!  I would NOT have made it through the training without you!  thank you for being half as crazy as me!! I am beyond blessed to have you in my life and I cherish every mile we run together!

ANGELA ~ I cannot thank you enough for sticking by my side every step of the way!  you are an amazing person!  and even if this was your last half marathon, i know you will be cheering us all on for many miles to come!!

MICHELLE ~ you are awesome!!! you seriously brighten every mile with your positive attitude!! i know we will have many more miles together and i am so happy this training brought all of us together!!


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{ life after half marathon training }

I’m a girl who’s gotta have goals hence the half marathon goal race!  so here are a few goals I am working on now that half marathon training is officially over!

{ personal goals }

focus on losing weight – goal to be down 15 pounds in 12 weeks (I know, I know but I gotta have a goal!)

focus on overall happiness – cause we all need a little more focus on this (not letting the negativity get to me =D)

focus on improving running pace – this will be an ongoing goal and luckily I have some 5K’s coming up that will help keep this in check

morning workouts – do them!

{ family goals }

focus on ben’s goal weight and overall health

focus on family healthy eating – need to add more family friendly recipes to my weekly prep

focus on organization – cleaning plan for the house to keep everything in rotation

focus on more family time

focus on more puppy time

{ starting fresh: highlights + goals }

Happy Monday!

30 days have already passed – where is the year going?!  Grayson will be 3 in less than 4 months! Someone pinch me please!

OK! Back to the post :) I thought it would be great for us to highlight all that we have accomplished these last 30 days and share our goals for the next 30!

{ highlights }

75% clean eating each week!

80% of workouts completed each week!

12 mile run – done!

overall health – we both feel better!  More energy!  and I feel stronger (LOVE P90x)!

my clothes fit better and I believe the hubby lost a few pounds :)

{ goals }

HALF MARATHON on March 1st :)

Continue improving clean eating habits – with a primary focus on the weekends!

Continue improving active living habits – I am working on becoming a better morning work out person!

More walks for the dogs :)

More family time on the weekends (which means more cleaning during the week) :)

More blogging!

The hubby is working on the oh so fun family budget!

 And more of this: { happiness }