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B is for Badass

In this yucky in-betweenish kind of weather my motivation to run spirals down the drain and gets all chopped up in the disposal. I can’t wait to run some races this year and really want to push myself to go farther and faster. In order to get to that point, I’ve got to put in the hard work. I don’t like hard work. But, it’s one those annoying life realities. So I dug out this old pic from Head for the Cure last year to remind myself that the work is worth it. If nothing else, the work is worth that calf muscle. BAM! 🙂 It’s the little things, right?

I think I need to post this picture on my mirror or something to remind myself what a badass I can be when I set my mind to it. This picture was taken at one of the highest points in my life. This was my second 5K and my second time proving to myself that I could do something I never thought possible. Due to a mild case of asthma and the ever-present endo pain, I never thought I could be a runner and consistently told myself that for years. This is where I proved myself wrong. And it felt AWESOME.

I hope you don’t think I sound boastful or vain, because that’s not what I’m going for. What I AM going for is some of that all-important positive self talk. If I encourage and believe in myself, I can do anything and nothing will stop me. I think that’s pretty valuable.

So here’s to motivation and goals and encouraging ourselves to be awesome. May you dream big and, more importantly, believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that your dreams can become your reality.

“Decide what to be, and go be it,”
— the Avett Brothers


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Prep Day

With all the prep work that I’m doing today for the family coming in tomorrow night (yikes!), I needed some good lunchtime fuel:

A nice big salad of romaine, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, seeds/nuts, and feta, plus half a pesto/ham/muenster sandwich on whole grain bread with a handful of Terra chips.

I actually have extra motivation for eating well, because sticking to a healthy diet seems to help prevent my pain from getting out of control. It’s amazing how a sucky health diagnosis can change one’s life and help one make better choices, especially when it comes to food.

In addition to prep work, it was time to get my big bro’s 28th birthday package in the mail. Here’s the spread he’s going to get.

Two of my favorite books that I think he’ll enjoy: Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller, The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning, Chips Ahoy cookies, Chicken in a Biskit crackers, gum, and some Fair Trade coffee (learn more about fair trade here). May seem like an odd combination but it’s some of his favorite things and I guarantee he’ll love it. 🙂

Wishing all y’all a great Tuesday.

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Setting Goals = Accomplishing Them

Seems like a pretty basic concept, right? Well, for some reason, it’s only been in the last few months that the idea of setting goals has made sense to me.

A while back I stumbled across and was inspired by her lists of monthly goals. Each month she sets new goals for herself, then recaps them at the end of the month to see how she did. I LOVE this idea. What a simple way to challenge myself and hold myself accountable. Plus, it’s WAY more fun to try to accomplish a goal, versus feeling like I have to do something. So I set a few small goals for myself for September (didn’t want to get too ambitious and burn out), and so far it’s going great! It gives me a whole new motivation for doing even mundane things – for example, doing the dishes after dinner every night, or putting my clothes away. Seems kind of ridiculous to set a goal to wash dishes, huh? But seriously, these are the kinds of things I need motivation for! And the goals are helping! I also have some fitness goals – 5 runs/week followed by push-ups and crunches (the latter of which I’m sucking at right now) – and some spiritual goals – Bible reading daily and more meditation/prayer. I think it would also be fun to set some goals to do social things, like get together with friends, have some folks over for dinner, etc. I’m learning that when I set a goal, I accomplish it. I end up getting way more done and trying/doing more things than I would otherwise (due to fears of failure/perfectionism/etc). Having a goal is the whole reason I got into running – because I wanted to finish a 5K.

What kind of goals have you set? Have you accomplished them? What holds you back from setting/following through on goals?

In other news, J and I had fun Saturday night trying to recreate some AMAAAZING guacamole we had at Boudro’s in San Antonio. They made it tableside so we got to see all the ingredients they put in. The secret? Orange juice!

Here’s what we put in: 1 avacado, the juice of 3 key limes, the juice of 1/4 an orange, about a Tbsp of fresh cilantro, about 1/8 a small white onion, and a couple Tbsp’s of premade salsa.

Mix and enjoy!

At this point it doesn’t look as appetizing so you’ll just have to take my word for it: it was incredible.

Happy Monday everyone!

Here’s what we put in: 1 avacado, the juice of 3 key limes, the juice of 1/4 an orange, about a Tbsp of fresh cilantro, about 1/8 a small white onion, and a couple Tbsp’s of premade salsa. Mix and enjoy!


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