Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Farewell old, hello new!

Tomorrow is the big transfer day!!!  I'd like to thank Tanya from Blogelina for doing all the hard work for me!

Faith & Fitness: Living Healthy for Him will become...



Stay tuned for the new and improved blog!  Be sure to check out the fb page for updates!
                           

Monday, October 22, 2012

{Monday Runday} Running from Zombies

Yes, you read that blog title correctly.  On Saturday, I ran from zombies.


Zombie footprints...

Beautiful cotton, which has nothing to do with zombies.

A beautiful painted cow on the Wayland campus, which also has nothing to do with zombies.
 
A post apocalyptic breakfast prepared by my awesome husband.



Ok, so you are probably thinking 'what the heck' is with these zombies you speak of.  Well, there truly is an app for everything.  Zombies, Run is a running game app that I downloaded for my iphone.  Why?  Let me give me a brief background on my childhood.  

I grew up with a father who acted in and ran haunted houses in St Louis.  At the age of 5, I was sitting in the first entry room of the haunted house "Nightmares" where my father instructed me to sit very still until the group was all in the room.  And then to either move very slowly, or jump at them.  At 5 years old, I worked in the haunted house.  I even got to act in scenes deeper in the haunted house, where my dad's friends would carry me off over thier shoulders (while I was screaming, of course), freaking out those haunted house guests.  I loved it!  So you can imagine, that when I was 16, I definitely had a part time job on the weekends, acting in haunted houses.  It was soooo much fun!  My fav memory of working in the haunted house was working in a strobe light maze room.  I freaked out one girl so bad that I chased her clear through the rest of the haunted house, into the parking lot.  I got cheered on by those waiting to get into the haunted house! It was such a blast.  So, all that to say, I love Halloween and anything spooky.  It's in my blood ;) 

Zombies, Run is a game you play as you are actually running.  Your music plays on your playlists like you are listening to your ipod.  But in between songs, a story unfolds, and the story revolves around the runner (me) aka Runner 5. The storyline happens as if the characters are talking to you as you are running.  So fun!   Not only does the story unfold between songs, but you also intermittently get chased by zombies.  The app has GPS in it, and at any given moment it will alert you that you are being pursued: "Zombies encountered. 20 meters!" And you hear beeps.  If the beeps get faster, that means that the zombies are closing in on you!  You have to actually run faster to avoid them.  If you slow down (gps tracks your pace), then the zombies may attack you.  It's a fun way to do interval training!
4 missions completed!

My little town, safe from the zombies...for now.
 As you run, you collect supplies.  If you do not evade the zombies when they are chasing you, you will drop some of your supplies so you can get away from them.  After your run is complete, you drag and drop the supplies you collected on to different buildings to upgrade them (ie: the hospital, the armoury, the housing, food storage etc.)  As you level and upgrade your buildings, more story is unlocked.

Maybe Halloween and zombies aren't your thing, but this, my friends, is right up my alley and I had so much fun playing a game while running!


Things I learned on this run:


  1.  Running from zombies is alot of fun, and makes for a very entertaining 2 1/2 hours.
  2. My pace was slower than it has been.  That stupid scorching sun could have something to do with it.  I stayed way hydrated during this run, but when I run in the late morning in that sun, I just get hotter faster.  I am so thankful my 1/2 marathon is at night!
  3. Post apocalyptic breakfasts are awesome.
  4. My first 1/2 marathon is in 19 days!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Great Kidney Crisis

Check out this guy's blog for a photo explanation of kidney stones.  To funny!

So, my kidney is currently the devil.  At least we hope it's just my kidney. 

 The Great Kidney Crisis Continues.

So last month, I ran a 7 miler that was an epic fail.  This epic fail resulted in kidney stones on my right kidney.  Fun times.  I went on flomax (a prostate medication!) to dilate the ureters where the stones were stuck.  Ya, I take manly drugs.  I was good for about a week.  And then a week later, it hit my left side.  And a week later, it hit again.

My kidneys appear to be on some kind of schedule that looks like this.

Run long run --> 2 days of nausea and hot flashes and headaches --> followed by a day or two of flank pain + nausea. 

So stupid! And it's even stupider because I'm fine one minute, and then not the next.  It's like a super sudden onset of hot flashes, flank pain (although not as terrible as some other kidney stone survivors have experienced), and just an over all feeling of getting hit by a semi-truck.

So our family doc (and friend from church) wants me to do a CT scan.  I was talking to him last night at our couples devotion at church about the necessecity of this CT scan, and he said he is assuming its still kidney stones, but he wants to be sure of what we are dealing with, and that there are other reasons for flank pain, like an angry adrenal gland or ovary. Ahh anything but my ovaries! I'm not done making babies!  

We have insurance, but it's a high deductible insurance to protect us from something big and terrible (like a car accident or something) while the hubs is in school.  So pretty much everything within a doctor's office is covered, but outside of the doc office, the prices get unreal.  A CT scan could cost me $2000 or more at the hospital.  There is a doc in town who has a CT machine in his office, and I have been referred to him.  I am going to visit his office tomorrow, explain my situation and see if he is in my network and get an estimate of how much it would cost.

I am determined to not let my devil kidneys keep me from my half marathon.  I have a long run planned for this weekend.  12 miles.  The longest I am going to go before my 1/2 marathon, and then I will begin to taper my long runs down until race day. 

Until then, the great kidney crisis continues.  








Monday, October 15, 2012

{Monday Runday} 10 miles in the Rain


It's Monday Runday again, and while I only ran once last week (thanks kidney stones!), that one run was 10 miles!

Yes, I ran 10 miles on Friday. Can you believe it?  Me neither!!

I mean, seriously, 15 months ago, 1 minute of running equaled a near death experience.  

oh, how far I have come! (Ok, so I am bragging a bit...) But I am so excited!!

It was cloudy and threatening to rain so I stayed in town for the most part.
Also, I don't think West Texas believes in sidewalks...

I took a few minute break as I waited for it to stop down pouring.
Once it stopped dropping buckets, I took off! Running in the rain is fun!
Painful down pouring, not so much!

I ran about 2 miles south of town and did a little sightseeing at a tractor store.
Or as Eli's little best buddy would say "TRCTR!" 

I turned around at 5 miles to head back home and that bridge that you can almost, barely, not really see...  That was like a mile away from where I am standing in this pic.  About 1/2 mile away from that bridge, it started pouring buckets again!

My pace increased dramatically and I was SOAKED by the time I got to the bridge.
 Say hello to my no makeup, nasty workout face. ;)  I used to be embarrassed by nasty workout face...now I say "YES!! Go nasty workout face!
Kill those miles!"


Things I learned on this run

  1. If I keep my pace around 12:30-13:30 for the first half of my run, then I can run at a much quicker pace for the last half.  It's so hard to not run fast (well, fast for me anyway!) in the beginning.  It takes alot of concentration!
  2. Downpours of rain are positively correlated with a faster pace.  See mile 6 for proof.
  3. Running in the rain is FUN!  I felt like I was 5 years old.  So.much.fun.
  4. My first 1/2 marathon is in 4 weeks.  AHHHHHH!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

BIG NEWS!!!


BIG NEWS! And no, I am not pregnant...

I know that is disappointing to some of you.

But I do have baby fever.....

Anyway!

Big changes are coming to the blog.  I mean big.  

I mean a new facebook page, a new twitter account, a new look.

And a new name.

Don't be afraid of change!!!

That's what I keep telling myself.  I'm nervous, but excited!


I really love blogging.  It is so therapeutic for me and it keeps me accountable to this healthy lifestyle. This blog has really changed my life and brought me closer to God. It has made me a better friend, a better wife, and a better mother. It's amazing what writing words on paper (or typing them onto a computer) can reveal about yourself.  

I'm finally ready to take my blog to the next level.  I have been praying about these changes for months now, and I'm finally taking the plunge.  God has given me the "go ahead!"  I want to grow and reach out to those that have suffered with negative body image.  I want every woman to love her body and know that she is precious in His sight.  For the past 6 months, I have been taking different blogging classes online to learn what I can do to begin to grow and reach out to more people and really use this blog as a ministry. 

So here is the plan to get that ball rolling.  This month, I am beginning the process of moving to wordpress (so scary!), a much bigger platform for blogging and getting a new domain name.  But don't worry! You won't be left behind!  The lovely Tanya at Blogelina is helping me transfer to wordpress, and she will be moving the entire blog and my subscribers to the new location.  I will also make an announcement when I create the new facebook page and twitter account. 

The new name is a secret, but I will tell you, I will still be blogging about the same stuff: faith and fitness and my journey to healthy living, but I'm gonna mix it up a little too, so get ready for it.  I want my title to reflect why I started this blog and why I write.   I cannot wait to share the new name with you, but for now, its a secret!

This process may take a little bit of time, so bear with me as things start to change.  I'm going to get all moved and then I am going to get a new blog design.  So just bear with me! Changes are coming over the next few months!

I'm super excited and lotsa nervous.  

Please tell me you will stick with me!

Lots of love,
Stephanie

















Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{Made 2 Crave} A blogpost about boobs. Sorta.



The paradox of comparing ourselves to other people is that we become blind to what we already have in the face of what we don't have.  Our hearts are drawn into a place of assumption.  We assume that everything is great for those who possess what we lack. -Lysa

Admit it, you are here because that blogpost title made you go "say what?"  And you just had to see for yourself what this blogpost is about.

Admit another thing.  Girls, you have looked at another woman and wished you had her hair, her legs, her eyes or her waist line.  Perhaps even her chest.  We want what we don't have, and we assume that its so wonderful for those who have what we lack.  Funny story (sorry to my male readers.  You may just want to skip this part)- I am big chested and I have had other women, so often, tell me how much they wish they had what I am so "very blessed with."  This is how I respond --> "if you only knew how difficult it is to go clothes shopping!"  I measure 32 inches in my band size, but the cup size is a different story (DDD).  It makes it sooo difficult to find tops! And those super cute button up blouses?  Ya, forget it.  I could never wear those.  And there is something to be said about the emotional toll an unsuccessful shopping trip can have on a girl...I admit, I have cried on more than one occasion in the fitting room.

When I complain about my big busts to my flat chested friends, they say to me "if you only knew how it feels to not have anything to fill your bra with.  I'm a woman.  I'm suppose to have boobs! Where are they?"  My flat chested friends may not have the physical difficulty of finding clothes that fit (my gosh-they all wear the CUTEST clothes) and they may have more successful shopping trips than me, but they have to deal on a daily basis with the feeling that they are missing out on something.  We both assume that the other person has it better off, when in reality, we both are just unhappy with what we have.  As Lysa (author of Made to Crave) says, "The struggles are similar, just in a different size package."

As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side.

And that, my friends, is just a physical example. We tend to compare ourselves to each other in so many different areas: our looks, our marriages, our finances, our children, our stuff.   Everyone has "issues" in their lives that they have to work through, regardless of the size of their bodies. Just as those who have not reached their ideal weight struggle with various things in their lives, smaller girls struggle too.  We cannot assume that Miss Skinny Minnie's life is perfect just because she is the size of a twig.  Perhaps my super tiny skinny friends can devour everything in sight without gaining a single ounce, but I bet you a million dollars she struggles with something else in her life just like me: maybe it's to much stress, maybe it's a difficult family situation, or a medical problem.  Who knows?

Satan wants us to believe that "she has it better."  He wants us to compare ourselves to others and then drown ourselves in self-pity. He wants us to focus on what we lack and forget the blessings that God has given us.

Don't let him win.  Be confident.

Be confident in yourself.


And be confident in the Lord!



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{Monday..err Tuesday Runday} 8 miler


While my 7 miler a couple weeks ago may have been an epic fail,  my 8 miler was an epic SUCCESS!!  And I am so thankful for that because I was beginning to doubt that I could pull off this 1/2 marathon thing.  

I had to move my long runs to Friday morning for the month of October because our weekends are jam packed with all kinds of fun activities. This past weekend consisted of a craft show in Lubbock, a birthday party and a family visit.  This coming weekend, a marriage seminar called Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage- sooooo super excited about this! My husband and I enjoy a massive amount of humor in our marriage.  We love to tease each other and act stupid together.  So this is right up our alley!  The following weekend we are going to a Fun Farm Pumpkin patch with church.  Busy busy!

So anyway, I ran 8 miles last Friday and it was awesome.  I started around 8 am.  The wind was blowing at about 5-6 mph, and it was a nice cool 45 degrees!   That's way better than running into 15-20 mph winds, uphill, in the scorching sun at 85 degrees!  I have to say I like winter running about 10 million times more than summer running. ;)



We live in a small college town, in the middle of nowhere.  So I hit the outer road that runs along the interstate (please note, I was not running anywhere near the actual interstate!)  I ran 4 miles out and turned around and ran those 4 miles back in.  I thought that would be boring, but I actually rather enjoyed it!

Running along fields the entire time 


Thankfully I hit 4 miles before I had to get any closer to this building.  That is Cargill, a meat packing plant.  Cows go in, hamburgers come out.  And let me just tell you, breathing in dead cow smell while running is not pleasant.

 
Upon turning around, I tried to see my house.  Don't see it?  Me either...


Ya, I still don't see it...


When I did get home, this is what I found waiting for me. Mr. Crazy Hair thought it might be a good idea for him to go out and hit the pavement too, with backwards shoes.  Let me know how that works for you, Mr. Crazy Hair.



Things I learned on this run:

  1. Running in 45 degree temps and no winds > running in 85 degree and 15-20 mph winds
  2. Kidney stones still suck.  My kidney stones returned this weekend after this long run.  Running long distance must = kidney stones for me.  But it's not gonna stop me.  I will figure out a way to fight these stupid things.  My parents were talking to a friend who is a runner and uses drops in his water to prevent kidney stones.  I'm so looking into that.
  3. Gu Energy gel is nasty.  I've been trying different forms of nutrition for my long runs.  Gu Energy does not win. Yuck.  Let's hope this weeks Honey Stinger gummies are better.
  4. The song Hotel California, for some reason, makes me run faster.  Please see mile 5 pace (pictured above) for proof.
  5. Singing while running is fun.  I totally sang Hotel California outloud while running.  It was not pretty, but I still did it. And it was fun.
Scheduled to run 10 miles on Friday. Pray for me, please!!!


Did you run this past week? How'd it go? Share with us in the comments!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

{Made 2 Crave} The Perfect Portion


God is the perfect portion for everything we need, every longing we have, every desperate desire of our soul.  -Lysa

The Dr is a foodie.  He will be the first to admit he loves food.  When we first started dating, we loved to go out and eat...ALOT (not that we don't now, but we have alot more responsibility then we did 5 years ago-with a kid and all).  Thankfully, all that eating out was canceled out by 4-5 days of mountain biking.  Then we moved to Texas and I started nursing school.  In nursing school, you have absolutely no life.  I mean, NO life.  We lived off of hamburger helper and tuna helper. (sad).  We still occasionally ate out, but there was no exercise.  There was no time for exercise! (ok-I didn't make time) Ahem.

Anyway, we were so used to eating out still at this point that our portions were sometimes...alot of times... out of control (compared to healthy standards).  At Thanksgiving, I definately went back for a second plate.  These days, one plate will suffice.  Since I began my journey of healthy living and weight loss, I have trimmed down my portions considerably.  Everyone is always concerned that when you trim down your portions that you will feel like you are starving to death.  And yes, you do feel hungry at first.  But that eventually goes away as your body learns to relate to healthy portions.
His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."                  Lamentations 3:22-24
It's easy to grumble at those hunger pains.

But have you considered that God is the perfection portion in all things?

 God used Moses to lead His people out of Egypt.  Once there, they grumbled about food.  God rained down manna everyday, but if they took more than a day's worth (except before the Sabbath day), the manna would rot.  Every day, the Israelites were dependent on God, and only Him.  Yet they continued to grumble and for 40 years, they wandered the desert learning that lesson.

I certainly don't want to wait 40 years to learn that lesson.  We are dependent on him in every aspect of our life, whether it be weight loss, healthy living, parenting, your relationship with your spouse, your relationship with a loved one, your friendships, your education, your everything.

He is our daily and perfect portion in all things!







Friday, September 28, 2012

{Seven} Media and Possessions

I've fallen a little bit behind lately in 7 so to make up for it, last week, Dr Hubs and I did both media and possessions week at the same time. And I am just now blogging about it ;)  I have a good excuse this time though.  I've been vegging, doing not much of anything the past week.  My epic 7 mile run was not just an epic fail; it was a legendary fail.  On Monday, I started getting some super sharp pains in my lower back on the right side.  I knew it was probably kidney related.  I called my mom, informed her I might be dying, and I sent this picture to her fb wall.

Mom and I have a serious problem with self diagnosing...

So I have kidney stones.  Lucky me.

at least it got me a 3 minute cuddle with E, which is longer than any cuddle I have gotten since he learned to walk!
Anywaaaaay. Back to 7...

Let's discuss possessions first.  I hate possessions.  Ok, maybe not all possessions.  But I hate having so much stuff.  I really didn't realize it until I had read 7.  I can't stand clutter.  I can't stand messes.  So my house is pretty organized and clean.  But if you look in a drawer, in a closet and heaven forbid you venture into our garage, there is ALOT of stuff.  It might be organized, but there is alot of it.  And it makes me crazy.

It makes me crazy because there is no need to have this much stuff.  There is no need for it to sit somewhere unused when other people really need it.  Do I really need to hold on to 7 different coats for just me?  Do I really need 3 sets of dishes when I only really use one?  Do I need these shoes that I never wear when someone else out there has nothing to cover their feet?  I have tried every brand of sippy cups for my child. Why am I holding on to the ones that he just flat out won't use?  Why do I hold on to these bags that I haven't used in years?

Why do I have all this stuff?!?!

Since I read 7 at the beginning of the summer, having all this stuff has really been bothering me.  When I got back home, I started going through closets, drawers, cabinets etc.  I am still not finished.


I plan to continue possessions week over the next few months.  I want to donate more, but this is phase 1.  Pictured is a collection of over 100 items.  The stuff on and around the coffee table, mostly household items and clothes/shoes, were donated to the Crisis Center, the same place I took those 3 humongous bags of clothes during clothes week.  The items on the couch, mainly books and stuffed animals, were taken to Goodwill.


Cali, snoozing with her Grandpa on the couch.  
Cali, my husky, was recently diagnosed with chronic low grade pancreatitis.  So she has to go on prescription food, which means that her dog food cost just doubled. Yikes! So I donated her old dog food plus some pet supplies to the local humane society.

I also donated a stack of books to the church library, and intend to donate even more as I read them.  I gave away a bag of boys clothes to a friend.  I gave a few clothing items of mine to a friend.  And I have a huge stack of magazines that I am going to take up to the hospital for the Pink Ladies to give out to folks in the hospital.

And ahhhhhhhhhh.  It sure feels good to get rid of all this stuff.  1) Because it just feels good to not have so much. It feels less chaotic.  And 2) because it's going to benefit someone else.

And because getting rid of stuff gives me that ahhhhhh feeling, I intend to continue going through our stuff and donating even more.  I told the girl at the Crisis Center to remember my face.  I will be back soon.  One week for possessions just wasn't enough.  Plus it will be awfully nice when we do move (whenever that is) to not have as much to take with us.

Now on to media week...

We did not do a complete media fast.  We gave up tv and facebook for a full week.  I did "share" my blogposts to my fb page via the share button, but I did not log on to facebook.  Those are the two medias that we both find we waste alot of time on.

Thank goodness for the dvr so that we can waste our time on our own time...

We don't normally have the tv on during the day.  I will occasionally turn CNN on while I am cooking and listen to it from the kitchen.  Our tv use happens at night.  Our evenings usually consist of feeding E, getting him ready for bed, cooking dinner, putting him to bed, then eating our dinner in front of the tv.  Every.single.evening. that we are home.  That has gotten old so no tv was actually very refreshing.

We actually ate dinner as a family at the kitchen table.  That was nice!  E was very happy to be eating right along side us. The trouble is that the Dr gets home so late on many evenings that its been nearly impossible for us to eat dinner as a family because by 6 pm, E is starving to death and vocalizing that he would really like to eat.  That or he is scooting the high chair across the house to wherever I am.  He's not very subtle.  So he normally eats before we do, and we eat around 8.  We have been stuck in that routine for a long time now.  But it was really nice to eat together at the dinner table on the nights that the hubs got home at a decent time.  He is working from home on Wednesdays and Fridays so we are going to try to eat earlier in the evening as a family on those days, as well as the weekends.  Mixing up the routine! We are crazy like that!  I want my children to grow up eating at the table as a family, but our schedules just haven't allowed it while the Dr is in school.  Maybe after graduation that will change.

Guess what.  No tv equals more conversation.  Imagine that!!  Cory always teases me that its when we are getting into bed that I turn on my motormouth and want to talk about everything.  He says to me "why didn't we talk about this earlier!?" I say "Cuz I just had to watch Glee!!"  Ahem.  So anyway, we had more conversation earlier in the evening.  These conversations and time spent together makes for a happier and healthier marriage.  And a happier and healthier husband who gets more than 6 hours of sleep.  We intend to have a few tv free nights per week so that I can get all my talking done earlier in the evening, much to my husbands happiness.

Also please note, we also had several fierce Skip-bo competitions, in which I am convinced Cory cheats...

What about facebook?  I didn't really miss it, but at the same time I did.  I missed not putting pictures of E on there for my family and friends, but at the same time, it was very liberating not getting on there.  I know I waste time on there.  I really don't think facebook is a bad thing.  It has been a great interactive way for me to stay in touch with all my friends who have gone all over the country and the world, and my my family who are all 900 miles away.  Without facebook, ipad facetime, and windows live messenger webcamming, this 900 miles would feel like the other end of the world.  But it doesn't.  All the technology makes being so far away so much more bearable.  So while I didn't miss the distraction of facebook, I did miss the communication it gives me with my friends and family.

I have set myself some facebook limits.  When I am working on a project on the computer, (ie: finances, blogging, email), I must complete my project before I can log onto facebook.  I don't sit and play on facebook for hours at a time, but I do check it frequently.  My ipad may ding with a comment, or my email gets a msg from someone emailing me via facebook, so I check that and then the next thing I know, I just spent 3-5 minutes on fb.  This happens multiple times per day. It's a distraction.  Without fb as a distraction last week, I was so productive!  So rather than respond immediately to those comments/emails/notifications, I am going to limit the distractions by getting on less frequently and by limiting my time on there as well.  I have been doing that this week and it has been as equally liberating.

That's media week and possessions week.

Thank you 7 for helping me figure out how messed up I am. ;)























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