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Ragnar Trail Relay Race

This summer I trained with a group of friends to run in the Ragnar Trail Relay Race.  It’s been a  while since I’ve participated in a big event and this one sounded so fun!! I’m not a big “camper” and I don’t necessarily like the great outdoors… but because it involved running I was up for it! The race consisted of 127.2 miles of challenging trails with a team of 8 runners over a 2 day period of time! Coming from the flat roads of Houston, I’m not sure I could have adequately prepared myself for the crazy terrain! There were so many rocks on the narrow trails that my friend Emiley wanted to rename the race to “ROCKNAR”… lol!

I was able to complete my 3 legs of the race and I had amazing experiences along the way. I wish I could go into all of them… but I’ll share one. At a certain point, I had to run approximately 5 miles in the middle of the night practically alone. I did pass about 5 or 6 people, but for the most part it was me and nature! Leading up to this part of the race, I was very nervous. During my time out on the course, I used a headlamp to guide me along the path. I had to pay very close attention to where I was running so I wouldn’t trip on a tree root or twist an ankle on the rocks. I couldn’t help but compare the challenge of this race to the trials we have in life.

Sometimes we don’t have the power to change what we are up against… and we can’t really see too far ahead as to how it will all work out… but if we take things slow and focus on one step at a time… we will be guided through the hard times and know the direction we need to go. I believe that my Heavenly Father was with me that night. I’m grateful for this very tangible experience where I felt his love for me in a very real way.



Finally!! After 3.5 years… we got to hang out with our friend and dietSNAPS creator Tracey Suppo in the flesh!!!

We became fast friends after my sisters in law and I discovered her food journaling iPhone app. It played a huge role in documenting our weight loss journey. After years of talking on the phone, texting and facebooking…. We finally planned a weekend to meet in person. It was everything I imagined it would be!

Lots of food, laughs, discussions, tears, and even hay bales!! … in TEXAS of all places?!!!?

Thanks so much for an amazing weekend Suppo! You’re the best!

Summer of 2014

The past two years have been a blur! I have had so much fun doing so many things, but to be honest… it has all happened so fast! This summer my goal was to slow things down. Now that my boys are older, I realize I only have a few summers left with them at home. Ty is starting his junior year and Kody will be a freshman! So this summer was all about them! Continue reading

Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili

Back in January, I hosted a “Healthy Eats” Recipe Exchange at my house. I am always looking for new and healthy ideas…

I am a pretty routine person, so I have to force myself to venture out where the kitchen is concerned. My friend Pam shared this dish and I loved it! I’m not a huge meat eater… so it’s cool to know that I’m getting a protein dish minus the meat! :)

I’m not a big fan of cooking….. so it’s always an adventure….

Recipe provided by Pam ….



Gearing up for the big event… Hahaha!!!



Easy to follow steps…



And the final result was amazing!!! Definitely something I can add into my regular routine. I like to make meals ahead of time and store them in the freezer for quick options throughout the week! This definitely works for that purpose!

If you would like to share recipes or get ideas… join us on our Facebook group….  “Healthy Eats” Recipe Exchange!



I have known Tracy since we were neighbors in 1998! This was right after I had my first son TY! I love her family and they were always soooo helpful to me! As a new mom with my husband gone all the time at chiropractic school/seminars, etc… it was so cool to have GREAT neighbors! We have stayed friends over the years and I have watched her become a mother herself! This last year she has blown me away with her weight loss success! I asked her to share her story!!! Love it! :) Continue reading

Chopped Salads For All! :)

I LOVE the chopped salads at Subway… and NOW…. I can make them at home thanks to my new OXO Salad Chopper!




As soon as it arrived, I was ready to test it out! The only thing on hand was a salad kit!


It is super easy to use… and it didn’t take any time at all!



While we are on the topic of SALADS…. I wanted to share this other idea also…

I don’t know how many heads of lettuce I have thrown away in my lifetime. I was probably over thinking things in terms of how to properly store lettuce. Several years ago, I found out about the salad spinner and began using it to store lettuce for use during the week.  After washing and tearing lettuce into bite sized pieces, place it all in the spinner.

After spinning it for about 30 seconds to a minute… you are left with this…

Discard all of the juices and store your lettuce in the salad spinner.  It makes it really convenient to add lettuce to your meals throughout the week. Simple and easy! (Mine is the OXO Brand)

Click HERE to learn more about the Salad Chopper!

Click HERE for info on the Salad Spinner!