{ 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?

{ 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!

{ 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 }


{ starting fresh – day 1 }


Happy Monday!  Today is the start of our new { healthy } life!  No more cheese fries and large Dr. Pepper (cough *Ben*)!  We want to be { healthy } parents for our son and for us!  So this is work in progress.  As I sit here wrapping up my work day, I thought it would be a good time to share what has worked for the day so far!  An extensive amount of planning went into planning today and the next few weeks!  planningI wanted my workouts planned so there is no thinking about it!  As my sweet husband mentioned in the very first blog post, I am training for a half marathon!! **insert extremely happy face here** We have about 8 weeks to go and we are up to 8 miles on the long runs!  Never in my life thought I would run this much!  I’ll share my inspiration behind running another day!  I will also work on linking and sharing some recipes!  Oh and another post coming soon about the bet we took out on ourselves! EEK!

Out for now!  Ready for P90X day 1!

{ shonie }