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Checking In From Arizona

Hi All,

I wanted to post a brief hello from Arizona where it’s spectacular. I’m here visiting my aunt. I’m here with my aunt & cousin & having a girls visit. It’s very different to without my kids. It’s lots of girl time & not worrying about those little guys. I had the greatest run yesterday. OMG- I ran a spectacular 5 miles among the beautiful mountains in 72 temp. with very minimal sun & no humidity. Can I tell you that I could have run forever, but needed to get home to begin our day. *Of course something is wrong with my pics, they’re not uploading, so I’ll have to share those later.

As you know, I’ve been on The 30 Clean for a couple weeks now & while away, I must say that it’s more challenging, but it’s still doable. I packed my own food for the airport. I’ve ordered very carefully while out & have brought some “clean” foods with me to make sure that I’ve got something & am not tempted to stray. While, I haven’t been perfect, I’ve still kept it mostly clean. You can too.

Today is a morning of kayaking. Hoping I’m able to upload my pics to be able to share with you ,as I’m sure the scenery is going to be spectacular. We’re going for a 4 hour kayak adventure on the Salt River. Wanted to do stand up paddle boarding, but they didn’t have an instructor available. That would have been amazing!

Hope youre day is fantastic as well. I’ll re-post again with more…..

The very inspiring blogger award!

I have to tell you how touched I am to be nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Annmarie @ The Fit Foodie Mama & Erica @ Erica Finds. It is so touching, as I myself am inspired by these 2 ladies! Thank you, it truly means so much to me!



Here are the guidelines:

Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them.

Here we go….
Seven random facts about me:

1. I’m 46 years old & started wearing bifocals & reading glasses with my contacts this year! I have terrible eyes ( started wearing glasses when I was 8yrs old) & I sleep with a watch so I know what time it is when I wake, as I can’t get out of bed without glasses.

2. I was never ever exercised regularly until I was 30. When we had to run the mile in school, I would walk, as I couldn’t run an entire mile. I used to roller blade a lot, but that was my only exercise that I ever found to be fun. I certainly could never do aerobics (classes) when it was popular because I’m so uncoordinated!

3. I have lived in 3 different states: Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina.

4. When I lived in North Carolina I had a second job (the first was a teacher) as a gate agent at the airport. Loved working at the airport so I could get flight benefits & go places for the day for dinner or overnight to a new city. Had a blast!

5. I like to talk about drinking a lot, but rarely follow through. If I have a bad day, I often say, “I need a drink”. However, I typically don’t. Not sure why I say it. Maybe just saying it is cathartic, weird?!?

6. I love the sound of the beach, I love the looks of the beach, I love the feeling of relaxation from being at the beach, but I despise sand! I can’t stand the mess, as it always stays with you & so hard to get out of your house.

7. If I could choose anywhere to live, I’d live in a warm climate on a farm somewhere with loads of animals & a huge organic garden (with my family of course).

Now onto my nominations:

These are blogs that I follow and are always filled with encouragement, motivation, helpful fitness tips and fun recipes! Hop on over and check them out!

1. My Whole Food Life

2. Day with KT

3. Road Runner Girl

4. Cotter Crunch

5. Nutrition Nut on the Run

6. Fit Running Mama

7. Nutrition Nut on the Run

8. Stuft Mama

9. Runaway Bridal Planner

10. The Smart Kitchen

11. Road Runner Girl

12. Middle Age Healthy Conservative Juice

13. Miss Zippy

14. 3 Cheap Runners

15. The Blender Girl

As for my nominated blogger friends, play along for fun but no worries if you don’t have the time! icon smile The very inspiring blogger award!

Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!!


I wanted to share some exciting news with you about Handful. If you’re not yet aware of this amazing company, I”m so glad to be the one to share this with you.

Handful makes the softest, most comfortable bras for women by women & have just moved their company to the U.S. I love that they get what it’s all about to wear a bra. They sent me one to test out back in January & I have to tell you that it’s definitely the most comfortable ,softest bra I own. Here’s some more information about the company!

Our bras make you happy. Happy because they fit just right and feel great whatever you’re doing, leaving you with two less things to worry about.

We’re not about engineering a bra that will shave five seconds off your PR, just like our main goal isn’t creating a lacy number for gettin’ lucky (although if you manage to do either or both in our bras, good for you, sister!). We make bras that make you happy. Happy because they fit just right and feel great no matter what you’re doing. Happy because the woman who designed them thought of all the details, leaving you with one – make that two – less things to worry about. And happy because, by buying a Handful, you bought a lifetime membership to our sisterhood of sass.

Welcome to the Girl’s Club. This brand is about more than bras, more than girls, more than the “girls” inside the bra. This brand is about Us, the bigger, plural, life-is-better-together Us. Handful recognizes that as unique and wonderful as we all are as individuals, where would we be without support, encouragement and love. As we build our brand, we build our pack. Consider yourself hugged.

Handful was started by fitness enthusiast, Jennifer Ferguson, in Portland, Oregon. Positive energy has fueled her 22 -year career as a group exercise instructor, teaching cycling, strength, dance, step, aqua, kick-boxing, rock climbing, yoga, and running. Jennifer has also competed in numerous endurance events such as the Boston Marathon.

After years spent searching in vain for a good sports bra, Jennifer decided to channel her frustration creatively. She designed and manufactured what she (and a lot of other female athletes) had been waiting for…that one sports bra that does it all! It has become much more than a sports bra for its admirers. The Handful is an everyday bra that takes you from workout to weekend, looking great by itself or fantastic as a layering piece underneath.

We are proud to be an approved mastectomy bra, supporting breast cancer survivors during treatment and their return to good health and fitness. (Personally, I may love this the most about the company!)

Here’s more information about their campaign that’s going on right now: