Running, weights and some chicken

So I’m still running. I’m keeping up with my program. I haven’t quit. And I won’t! I ran 6 minutes straight today…in the pouring rain. I can’t believe it! I really wanted to quit and go home, but I didn’t! This is coming from a girl who has never been athletic or coordinated or had anything to do with sports. But I feel like I’m finding my way and it feels great! I completed week 4 day 3 of Couch to 5k today! I’ve already looked at the Bridge to 10k app to start when I complete my 5k training. It really excites me to see how far I’ve come because sometimes I forget.

I’ve learned how to set goals for myself. And what I need to do to achieve those goals! Here are some of my goals for this year:

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Start training for a half marathon
  • Run on the beach in Florida on vacation at sunrise next month
  • Do 20 push ups on my toes
  • Be able to complete the advanced moved on my Les Mill’s Combat dvd’s

I increased my weights from 5 lbs to 10 lbs a few weeks ago and I am already seeing a difference! It’s amazing what a little change can do for your workouts. Ladies, don’t be afraid to lift! It will help lean you out and will really increase your strength. I’m ignoring the scale right now knowing that I’m building muscle. Muscle is much more dense than fat, so the scale can be very deceiving during this process. I am taking pictures and measurements to keep track of my progress.

I wanted to let ya’ll know about a couple of different FREE accountability groups I have going on.

  • C25K Runers – this group is for those who are working through the Couch to 5k program – we keep each other going to make sure we get our runs in!
  • Faith & Fitness – this group is a 14 day challenge group. We’ll be going through She Reads Truth’s Women in The Bible study. The fitness part will be 30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days a week, any exercise of your choice. We’ll also talk about meal ideas, snacks and foods we should try to avoid.

Leave me your e-mail address in a comment, e-mail me at or message me on Facebook if you would like more info!

And now I leave you with one of my all-time favorite crock pot recipes. This recipe is for a bone-in turkey breast, but I use it with a whole chicken too.

Old Fashioned Turkey Breast in the crockpot


14.5 oz can chicken broth
2 cups of water
2 stalks of celery
1 small-medium onion
1/2 stick of butter
1 tsp of your favorite salt free seasoning blend such as Mrs Dash or Italian
5-6 lb bone in turkey breast (or 4-5 lb whole chicken)

Heat water and chicken broth together until hot. Rough chop the celery and onion and place in the bottom of the crockpot. Cut up butter into small cubes, add to crock pot and sprinkle in seasoning. Rinse poultry, pat dry, and place breast side down in the crockpot. Pour your water and broth mixture over the poultry. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours for turkey breast (5-5.5 hours for a whole chicken). Enjoy! The meat comes out super tender and falls right off the bone!

Happy Hump Day!



I’m so not a runner

I’ve started running again. This will be the third, yes third, time I’ve started the Couch to 5k program. But this time I will finish it! I’m determined because one of my goals this year is to run a 5k. Let’s see, the first time I was on week 4 day 3 and I tripped over a curb, sprained my ankle pretty bad and found out a month later we were pregnant with baby girl. I just never go back to it. The second time was last fall. I was trying to do C25k in the morning with Power 90 in the evening…it didn’t go well. I wasn’t in the right state of mind, I wasn’t fueling my body correctly and I just gave up. Again. So here I am again, having completed week 1 day 2 this morning. I was looking at the graphed information in my app after I ran this morning, comparing last fall to now and I was shocked at how much I have improved. Now, I still have a LONG ways to go, but sometimes I forget how far I have come. Last fall I only walked/ran 1.32 miles during my runs my first week. Today it was 2.07 miles. And my run pace has improved by 2.5 minutes! And I’ve dropped 20 lbs. It just made me feel really good in that moment. Can I run a 5k yet? Nope! But by the end of the summer I’ll be able to!

Do you want to start the C25k program and need some accountability? E-mail me at or message me on Facebook and I can plug you in to our private Facebook group.