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Yes!!! It Is FRIDAY!!!

It is here!!!  FRIDAY!!!  I honestly never thought this day would get here this week!!  I’ve been looking forward to it since Monday, and I think everyone I know has felt this week dragging on too.  Of course, I now have a snow storm that might prevent our girl’s night out from happening tonight.  I’m going to hope for the best, but there is a butt load of snow coming down and more on the way.  However, I’m still on my high from my run yesterday, so the snow isn’t dragging me down.

Virtual Bacon 5K

Yesterday was an amazing running day for me!!  I haven’t had a great run in ages, and yesterday’s run is one for the books, especially since I did it on a treadmill.

I finally had some time between my spinning classes I taught to go upstairs and get on a treadmill.  I had my 5K Bacon Challenge to run and my running coach, Jen, wanted me to get in 3 miles, so I hopped on a treadmill after my first Spinning class, cranked up my Ipod (first song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen…my new fav), and started running.  For once, I had zero distractions at the gym yesterday, and I was able to relax and go into my own little world.  I started thinking about a bunch of different things, and by the time I looked down at the reading on the treadmill I had gone 4.76 miles!!!  I almost fell off the treadmill when I saw this.  I felt like I had barely worked at all, and I was holding a 10:40 pace!!  I kept going, but had to stop at 5 miles to go teach my next Spinning class, and I was really upset that I had to stop running (lately I jump off the treadmill and run as fast as I can from it).

I don’t know where this amazing run came from, but I’m so glad I had it.  As of late, I’ve been thinking about postponing my half marathon until I can really get into it.  After yesterday, I think I’m going to stick with running, and try to keep it positive.

Today I’m teaching 2 Spinning classes and working out upper body with Rita.  I haven’t been able to workout with Rita for a few weeks, so I know I’m going to get my butt handed to me today, and I’m beyond excited to get said butt kicked!

I’ve had several requests at the gym for another walking treadmill workout, so here ya go!!  Remember to stretch when you are done.
30 MInute Walking Treadmill Workout

Saturday Shares

Unbroken

I finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand!  Our book club met last Monday to discuss Unbroken, and everyone absolutely loved it!  This book has made my Must Read Before You Die list.  This story truly showed what, “The power and strength of the human body and mind and soul can handle in extreme situations.”  You will find yourself immersed in the Pacific War and unable to let go.  There is love, forgiveness, trials, and heartache.  Hillenbrand does an amazing job capturing Louis Zamparini’s life in her latest novel.

The American Heiress

For next month our book club is reading The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.  I read this novel last summer, and I found it to be a nice summer read.

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Looking for something fun to do at home with your kids? Domestic Charm has come up with a great Glow-in-the-Dark Slime recipe that will allow your kids to be creative without spending a bunch of money! All the ingredients can be found at your local craft store too!

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It is winter and freezing cold here, so one can never have enough soup.  One of my favorite food bloggers, Country Cleaver, came up with this 40 Clove Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons recipe, and it sounds divine.  It will be on our menu as soon as I get back from Florida!

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Valentine Peanut Butter Hearts and Coconut Hearts from The Sugar-Free Mom.  These special treats are dairy free, gluten free, and diabetic friendly!

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Homemade Cheez Its from Cooking a la Mel! They’re super easy and you only need four ingredients (including salt). No dyes, nothing artificial and the recipe uses whole wheat flour.  This is a recipe I make quite a bit in our home.

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Inaugural Virtual Bacon Challenge and 5K! This is a virtual run and bacon challenge from March 8, 2013 through March 17, 2013. The cost is $30.00 for adults and children and includes a fantastic FINISHER MEDAL!!!!!! This is a great chance to involve children and get them interested in something ‘outside the box’!!! Participants will complete 3.1 miles over the 10 days and eat 3 pieces of bacon while doing so (if you break up your run, you don’t need to eat bacon every time you run….although it’s bacon, why not??)  Proceeds go to the The New England Aquarium’s hands-on, traveling education programs.

Menu planners and grocery shopping lists are a great way to help you plan out your groceries and healthy/clean eating for the week. Below are some great free printable planners you can use. Just click on the planner to go to the web site to print it out!

Grocery Shopping Printable List

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Shopping List