Time to take care of me

Ooof…this getting in shape while battling menopause is no joke. With the help of my hubby, we’ve added weights to my workouts with a goal of 3x per week. 3 sets each (various weights from 10-40 lbs) of Shoulder press, lat raises, tricep pull downs, and weighted rows. Add in my 3.5 mile run and a short plank, and this girl is pooped. No one said this was going to be easy!! Who’s with me???



Monday Motivation

Thanks for all of the encouragement, y’all!! I felt so good in the beginning of this run that I got a little over zealous. Thankfully my husband slowed down to run with me, so between that-and all of YOUR awesome support, I finished this 5k feeling great!! Figured a five minute plank would pair perfectly. How was your day?



Just some fun…

So our power went out today. Smallish storm knocked out a transformer. Thankfully I got my run in, and I planked by candlelight. Gotta make the best of it, right?

How do you make lemonade out of lemons? Ever have to break up your runs?



Racing well wishes!

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend. It’s been a year since I’ve done a half marathon and 5 years since I’ve done a full…but this quote was always something that hit home with me so I wanted to share it! Cheers and good luck!!

What’s your favorite distance to run? Are you racing this weekend?



Thursday thoughts!!

One thing I’ll say about Florida, is that the weather here has really slowed me down. When it’s humid like it was today, I find myself taking a lot more walk breaks than I ever would. But as I found myself getting frustrated, I reminded myself that so many can’t even run a single mile anymore, and that I should be thankful for each step I take. So my new thought process is, “I no longer care about the pace I run, as long as I’m getting it done.” I’ll forever be thankful for the supplements I take, Novo Renew, that have afforded me the ability to keep moving. Click HERE for more information, and make sure to use my code Michelle25 at check out to save!!!
Good thing for you Gasparilla runners this weekend:we’ve got a cold front coming through this weekend!!! Let me know if you’re running!!! I’ll cheer you on!

Are you currently training for anything? What is your favorite distance to run? Do you notice yourself slowing down as you age (or is it just me, haha!)?





What’s so wrong with celebrating Valentines Day?

So many call this a Hallmark Holiday, and sure, I suppose it is…..but what’s so wrong with having a day set aside to show some extra appreciation for your loved ones? More times than not, my husband and I are apart on Valentines day, so when are actually together I always try and do something small. A card, some chocolates, his favorite candy bar just to name a few.

This morning I woke up to this:

And it truly made my day.


Go tell someone you love them!! It doesn’t have to be a romantic interest! Just tell those you love them how much they mean to you! Life is to short to let a day go by without doing so, and what better day than Valentine’s Day!!





Mid-life funk

I’ve been a little MIA….I don’t like to write, unless it’s something positive, but…

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately – ever since my birthday, really. While some say how wonderful aging is, how they’ve embraced their grey hair, deep wrinkles, weight gain, and sagging skin, me…well, not so much. (Thankfully I DO love the person I’ve become on the inside, so there’s that!!!!!)

I am at a place in my life now where I can say more likely than not, that my life is more than half over. On average, a healthy American lives until around the age of 77…that means I have (if I am lucky), 30 years to go…and that’s if I am lucky. Why on earth am I looking SOOO far ahead in the future? GAH, slap me now. No please, really….slap me!

Because it really isn’t that far off…and there is so much I still want to see and do in my life. But I am at the point where I wonder, WILL there be time? IS it getting to be too late? Hard to say…really. Time sure really does fly.

Everyone says, “Take that trip” or “Eat that cake” but man, I dunno…at the age of 47 I am still paying for my graduate degree, and now paying for my oldest while she’s taking classes up north. We are doing our best to pay cash for her classes/books so she won’t be in the same boat we are. Thankfully my husband paid his loans off a few years ago, but I’ve still got 2 more years to go. SOOOOO close, LOL.

And if I look at a piece of cake, I gain 5 lbs., so that’s a hard NO.


I do try to make the very best of my time here on earth, though. To make up for the lack of traveling or home improvements,  we do our best to take as many trips to the Beach and Disney as we can and make as many memories as possible. I have become more aware of how short life is, having lost my dog last year and a near death experience with my Dad last year. So I’ve decided to make more of an effort to be present and show those that I care about, how  much I love them. That could be a phone call, a text, a simple FB message…but I do it, and as often as possible.

I know, I know…such a morbid post. But it’s been festering inside of me for almost 3 weeks, and I have hope that by throwing it out there to the universe, that it will help me let go of the dread of aging so much. I suppose I am just not where I’d hoped I’d be at this stage in my life…but I know I’ll get there, eventually. I am just blessed that I have what I have, and I need to remind myself of that every day. I’ve got a great family, a couple of close friends, my health (knock on wood), a career, and we live in our dream place of sunny Florida. I am surrounded by blessings, and need to remember it!!! 🙂

So it’s out there, and now I am going to move past it and take my own advice and “Keep Movin’ Forward.”

SOOOOO…goals for this year to help get out of my funk are:

  1. Sign up for a few races
  2. Be consistent with my workouts – 2-4 times per week
  3. Be present
  4. Pick one thing each day I am thankful for and write it down
  5. Try to stop stressing over weight and wrinkles (that’s a tough one-LOL)

How do you get yourself out of a funk? Do you ever get on your own nerves, LOL? Tell me something good!!!



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Set backs

Miss y’all. Was sick all week and just a little lost inside my own head. Here’s a quote I found today that hit home.

Forward Progress

GUYS…tonight was the first run in ages where I FORGOT I WAS RUNNING…if that makes sense. All of my runs over the last several months have been an effort. An effort to breathe. An effort to move. An effort to concentrate on anything but not dying. I won’t say this run wasn’t hard-because I went into knowing I wanted to push myself both in speed and in mileage. Some may scoff at my 10+ pace being in the same sentence as speed, but for ME, it’s fast, and I’m darn proud of the negative splits. The weather was cool and overcast and the wind was strong so that was a challenge. But…I did it and I’m so happy for getting it done. Thanks for all the support as I try my hardest to get back what I’ve lost.

This was on Thursday and I just had to share.

How do you handle starting over? Setbacks?




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