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Passing on Presses

Hello Hipsters, It’s a NEW Day!!

I can’t begin to tell you how much BETTER today is going.

Yesterday was just the pits, and I’m just glad its gone.

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I had a good word and a good breakfast this morning.

Did I mention I ran 4 miles yesterday after cleaning, tending to sick kids,

all on the fuel of a small apple and a Spark? No Bueno. I made sure I had carbs today!

I didn’t go into lame details about all that happened, yesterday.

But, one of the tragedies that did was my dishwasher expired…just decided to die. Right after I loaded it.

So, that meant, I had to wash everything by hand yesterday today.

Lots of work, but I’m glad I waited until today, or else I’m sure I would’ve broken something.

No casualties. Good day so far.

Also, some good exercise was in the works early today…I got busy!

Here’s a little Tree Pose to spread the love..

Workout:  3 Mile Run

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It was HOT! From now on, if I don’t run before 9am, ain’t gonna happen! Now it’s..

Time for Yoga!

Confession: I skipped out on the 2nd Summer of Balance challenge. Here’s the excuse deal:

My right shoulder was overworked this weekend, I’m thinking Sunday it had too much.

My arm is totally functional, but certainly sore.

If there is anything I’ve learned from Yoga that I can apply here, it’s that

 “one must be patient with the body.”

So, until my shoulder feels 80% 100% again, I’m laying off of the headstands forearm presses.

So, that is that. being said,

Yoga Challenge: Kapotasana (King Pigeon) &

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Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana (Standing Leg Raise)

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I convinced my head to touch my knee, and we’d reward the tummy with cookie butter…

Cookie Butter Yumminess. FTW! 🙂

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Almost forgot – You know that moment when you tag your FAVORITE artist in a Tweet

(because her music is amazing) and she starts following you on Twitter?

Made my entire life YEAR! She is phenomenal. Her music is incredible.

I was also asked to contribute to something next month Fitness related, so

I’ll keep you all in the loop about that too!

Wow. Today was fantastic! Finally, can laugh at yesterday’s nonsense…

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In. Your. Face.

 Off to finish cooking dinner and and get ready for Yoga class. I’ll holla, Hip Huggers 🙂

Question: Have you ever 86’d a ‘challenge’ because your body said “No”? Or did you press on? 🙂

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Not Namaste…Its’s Okay.

Hello All! How’d your Tuesday Go?

My morning went NOTHING as I’d planned.

I wanted to get out before things heated up but

it was literally a case of one thing after another.

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Wasn’t until noon that I actually got outdoors!.

By then it was hot, humid, and I was over my run

before it ever began.

However, I managed to get a solid run in (can’t believe no walk breaks as hot as it was),

but it was very slow going. I was literally out there almost an hour

 from warm up to cool down. Not legit in this weather, but

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4 miles done!

As peeved as I was I had to wait and run when it was blistering hot,

the drag was likely because I just had not been running,

and certainly had not been running in the heat.

I’m just glad to be home and cooling off. I was beat.

Luckily for me, today’s challenges were leg stretches, so I killed 2 birds with one stone.

Day 17 Supta Samakonasana .. 

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 & Visvamitrasana

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First asana, pretty easy. Second asana hard.

I have a real tired right shoulder, so I wasn’t going to

put too much pressure on it. I also have really tight hamstrings and

I didn’t want to piss them off either.

All in all – I’m still a beginner, and I had a pretty

craptastic morning – So, today I cut myself a lot of slack.

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Interesting, todays devotional was all about laughter…glad I had that to dwell on all day.

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Going to recover and hope for bluer skies tomorrow, Hipsters 🙂

Question: How do you shake a bad day? Is a run/workout the elixir?

 

 

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Side Lines of Energy

Happy Monday! Did y’all catch the Finals last night?

 Being a Die Hard Mavs fan, it was REALLY hard to go for either team. But, I’m loyal to Texas now, so Spurs it was.

Plus, that whole “championship DNA” byte really started getting on my nerves. Glad they’re sidelined ’til next year!

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Hilarious.

And Congrats Spurs! Valid until Opening Tip October 2014

This morning, I woke up with a hankering to get outdoors! I started gearing up to drive to

 the city park and run a few miles before the kids got going.

Then I remembered my truck is getting a new compressor and I have no life car.

So, I treated myself to a Spark, and when for a short stroll instead…

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Back home and not much of an appetite. Boo. So, I drowned my sorrows in this

 half melted here Quest Bar I thought I’d eat in route but didn’t.

 

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Speaking of halfway, over the hump for June’s Yoga Challenges!!

But first, I got in about an hour of exclusive yoga stretches. Sure, the asanas are cool and

do wonders for the internal body but there is more to Yoga than just poses.

A CPT/ Yoga teacher I follow on Instagram know said (before I ever began yoga)

 “Muscles need to be intensely stretched daily”.

At the time I waved it off because it was not what I wanted to hear sounded like it involved yoga,

and I was just not feeling that.

However, it has less to do with yoga and more to do with flexibility, toning, and strengthening of the muscles.

 I’m sold now, as you can see, and have started incorporating more and more stretching before I move on

to the’ Flow of the Day’ and my daily summer challenges.

All the stretchy stuff is perfect timing because today’s challenge really stretched my limits legs…

 

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Started out with Baddha Konasana, or Cobbler’s Pose after my stretching to get my hammies ready.

They are massive and always tight.

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Challenge Poses today: Utthita Parsvakonasana  (Extended Side Angle)

& Dwi Pada Koundinyasana (Side Crow)

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Are those my LINES of Energy?

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I literally held that last asana for 4.3 seconds…or 2 breaths. Work to do, yet!

I was also in awe of a Yogi I follow on Instagram and her rendition

of Baddha Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) was so beautiful, I had to imitate.

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Now to catch up on some OITNB and H2O… as best I can

considering I ate all my cheddar popcorn here chatting it up with y’all Thursday

But, I’ll live… I guess… kind of.

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I’ll catch up with y’all Later 🙂

 

Question: Do your run/workout close to home or do you have a favorite spot a drive away?

 

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Asanas before Manana

Hello Hip Hugging Hipsters! Happy Dad’s Day!

Seeing all the beautiful homages to the world’s great dads on Facebook  and Instagram certainly had me super emotional today.

So, here’s to my amazing dad, whose sick and in hospice and whom I miss dearly in many ways,

but will always be the first love of my life!

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But today is a happy day, and we had an amazing Father’s day weekend! I almost hate for it to end!

Tons of food involved, and quiet time alone with the hubby. The weather was absolutely perfect and it was well deserved,

My hubby is the BEST! Such a great guy, in a million ways… easily my better half and hands down the best thing that has

Ever. Happened. to me.

Happy Father’s Day, Mike! We LOVE you!

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Just got home from the pool with the kiddos. A great end to a great weekend.

But hey, manic Monday isn’t here yet, so let’s talk a little weekend fitness, shall we?

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Still not much cardio, and even less lifting this week. What has happened to me?

 I don’t know if I am trying to find balance with the 2, or just spending way too much time balancing on my head.

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Either way, Yoga is the exercise special of the week,  so here’s plenty of it:


Day 14 Yoga Challenge:

I was tagged to #stopdropandyoga – I was stoked! So, I kicked off my session yesterday with Parsva Bakasana, or Side Crow.

I later flowed into Mermaid Pose, King Pigeon, and the most challenging, Firecrow.

 I spared you the long Sanskrit names THIS time, thank me later.

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Day 15 Challenge:

Virabhadrasana (Warrior I), Pincha Mayurasana (a modified forearm stand) and Sirsasana.

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The challenges have been getting pretty, eh challenging. My ultimate goal is still to perform

a nice full split like I used to do inmy heyday as well as balance for at least 1 minute on my hands.

Just to think, 4 weeks ago, I didn’t even want to stand and touch my feet because

the intense rush of blood to the head hmm, need to find that Coldplay cd and now I’m upside

at least 5 minutes,in some yoga capacity, for some part of the day.

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Haha! We shall see.

Gonna log off and spend some time outside watching the kiddos play kickball in the street,

sip some wine, and enjoy the evening.

Namaste Hip Huggers.

 I hope you all give lots of love to a good dad, or anyone’s dad, this Fathers Day.

And a huge Happy Father’s Day to my guy readers… you absolutely rock!!

Question: What did you all do for Father’s Day? Who got fitness stuff?

 

 

 

 

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New-bie Continued…

Happy Throwback Thursday! What are y’all up to?

I finally got up and got some things done today.

It’s the kid’s first official week of summer vacation

so, I’m still paying myself back for all those 5am musters all year…

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Reveille.

Just glad to be up and at ’em! This time last week, I was curled up in my bed suffering from the worst stomach cramps ever

thanks to a good ol’ tainted box of green tea. And how did I KNOW it was the green tea?

After 3 day, and finally a little relief, I had a nice brewed cup…and got sick. ALL. OVER. AGAIN.

Truly the pits. But this week, I am feeling refreshed and full of energy again.

So, I cooked up a quick breakfast for this champ.

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Also enjoyed a great conversation with my neighbor who’s on vacation.

Just kidding, we mostly watched dumb videos on Facebook.  But all in all, good times.

And now I’m snacking on processed popcorn and H20 chatting it up with all of you cool Hipsters 🙂

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Getting on with the fitness and all why we are here I started my day off with my now daily 60-ish minutes of yoga practice…

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and…….

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Day 12: Anjaneyasana & Salamba Sirsasana, also known as
Crescent Moon & Supported Headstand.

I’m such a show-off student of the practice, and am excited about my growth! 🙂

 #ThrowBackThursday when I was running with hips…

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and foolishly still ran in cotton shirts, LOL! The Days…

I’m logging off now to get some stuff done…  holla Hipsters!!!

Question: What are you a ‘newbie” in?

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Onward and Downward Dog

So, now that I have gotten that awkward conversation out of the way, and sticking with awkward things (initially)…

let me segue into what’s been happening over the last, let’s say, 30 days…

 I’m All About Yoga!

 

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I was bitten by the bug about the same week I deleted my well grieved Instagram account.

I must admit, I have never been a true yoga fan.

No desire, no yoga pals, no exposure. Here’s the why:

First, I am thick. Enough said. The thought of my body contorting into pretzel like positions

and still managing to breath reminded me of my step uncle

practicing wrestling moves on my sister and I when I was a kid… embarrassingly haunting memories.

Next, being upside down. Again, I am thick. I couldn’t see how my arms, triceps, or even neck rather could hold up

all this body .For any allotted amount of time. Without getting an aneurysm.

Lastly, and probably the weakest of them all, I didn’t think it was much of a workout did I just say that?.

 I mean, yeah, there are  different degrees no pun intended of yoga, especially the uber popular, Hot Yoga, but for all the effort

 and work, could it in anyway replace a current workout I was already doing?

Well… that’d be a Yes. Aaaand a No. Let me Explain…

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Yes, yoga IS a workout. Maybe not a fat burning workout depending on what level you start,

flow of the class, but no less, yes, a workout.

After my first yoga class, I was sore for 2 days. I was very surprised and warned something that felt so uncomfortable at first

was actually stimulating my muscles and I’d be sore. Like the novice I was, I went in with my heart rate monitor to see the calorie burn

…maybe 250 in the 60 minute class total, not much. But, the day after, I was mega sore…mega.

*Not to mention, my idea of yoga was very closed minded.

 Its benefits go far beyond just physical benefit… but that’s a later post.*

During my first  the class, I shook A LOT holding poses. I’m thinking , oh I can hold that for 5 breaths like in the yoga book I bought said…

 Try 15 breaths! You hold them muuch longer in class, and you don’t want to be the one that lets go first

(not Namaste, but you know we are all competitive little twats) so you fight to hold it,

totally relying on your mind to just make it stick and boom… you did it.

Sidenote: My surprising strengths? Balance and flexibility. Twisting, stretching, I was even surprised at how my body adapted.

 My yoga teacher said I was ‘miss Flexy’, my hubby says I’m just fit… I’ll take both!

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My biggest struggle was downward dog. Not because I can’t hold a triangular inversion,

but because I sweat like a pig and that rubbery mat was no

 match for my clam palms from the heat and newness of the class.

I’ve since learned a towel fixes that, and to be ok with having to get out of an asana to

get yourself together, it’s pretty exhilarating I must say.

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(Shoot, I just excitedly got politely off track. Ok, here’s the other side of the game)

No, because I don’t believe it’s intended to replace weight lifting or cardio, but to enhance it!

Running and lifting tighten muscles, I’ve learned and felt for years.

 Yoga allows for so much intense stretching that’s like a reparative measure for taxing the muscles.

I’ve been sore deep, deep in my glutes from yoga… more so than any

squats or deadlifts have ever done so, I must say, there is something to all this.

 As we speak, my shoulders are a bit sore from balancing upside down… I finally got off of the wall!

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So, point is, I am a fan for life. Yoga works! Physically, mentally, spiritually – it’s very restorative.

 I’ve been 2x a week for the past month and its worth every $! I have really, really opened up my home practice,

and have gotten so far out of my comfort zone, I am certain the only thing that is stiff, is my mind.

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So, from now on, yoga is in the mix with lifting and running. It all comes full circle, too!

 I had been feeling like something was missing from working out, the fun element.

Yoga fixed that. I’m becoming Namaste in all that I do 🙂

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I’m off to unplug and get a little yoga in now. See ya soon!

Question: Do you Yoga? Where does it fit in your wellness routine? Good, huh?

 

 

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Out with the Old, In with the Clone

 

Hello Hipsters!!! Hope you are having a fantastic Summer-To-Be!!

What I have for you is yet, an other awkward post after a nother disappearing act. Yours truly.

Was kinda hoping no one noticed?

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 But, there is new perspective here. So, 3 weeks ago, my Instagram was deleted.

2 years of sharing progress, runs, milestones, food, and MANY other gratuitous pictures… gone. I can’t even get my name back; I’ve tried.

 It’s suspended in uselessverse somewhere. Indefinitely – because @runswithhips just tells me some lame excuse about she’s “not found”… I miss her.

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So, that unfortunate “break” allowed me a lot of time to reconvene what my purpose and point of even sharing is, really.

I mean, was I more disappointed that all my pictures were gone, or that I lost ALL those followers?  My ducklings!

Gah, I couldn’t even deal… I was just done with stupid Instagram altogether.

Then, I (accidentally) sought peace in the most unassuming of places… my blog 🙂

In short: I went back just yesterday and started reading from my very first post. I laughed… A LOT!! The BEST therapy.  I was actually proud of the content and direction I was once going in my blog but furthermore, I was proud I had ever even started it!  Who am I?!?!

I figured this: just like IG 2 years ago, no one cared about runs or hips or how.  It was just another page on a social media site with a bajillion other people posting the same. exact. story.

So, how’d I ever end up with 1000 people even remotely interested in my journey? How’d my page become “feature worthy” or even worth the Shout Out? Or a landing for encouraging words and goal setting? I think folks were genuinely encouraged! And something about my page was…  INTERESTING!!!!!!

So, I removed the clouds out of my brain, and started a new IG page: @runswithips  – Pretty much the same, sans an “h”…
Until Instagram changes its ugly ways, I’ll forever be a clone…

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 A bit painful, because the former was my little baby and I poured into it… but no way could Instagram ever have the audience that a REAL LIVE BLOG ever can. This is real stuff!! My new launch pad.

So, do I stop doubting my blogosphere skills and start making my space here? For real, for real? For real.

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Exceptionally.

Question: Has a Shutdown on social media actually rekindled a LOVE for something else?

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Oven-Baked Fathead

Gah, I don’t even now how long its been but…Hi!!

A couple things, they’re relevant quick, I promise

First, since Christmas of 2013 I have adopted a very interesting way of eating, but first… a dance with time..

Backtracking a little to when I first started losing weight, I was cutting down on my portions; eating the same exact heavy, processed or heavily smothered foods, just maybe half of what I was eating. Next, I started cutting back on what I didn’t know at the time was “simple carbs”. Chips, cookies, bread, packaged little granola, raisin-y and syrupy bars that I thought were healthy, etc.

Le point? I was reducing my carb intake way before I really knew what good it could do for my body. I just knew that bread made me feel like I was a stuffed summer sausage, so I cut it down so I could enjoy the other colorful, vegetation and lean meats on my plate.

Present day: I am 5 months a LCHFMP eater. What that means? I have been eating a diet primarily made up of healthy fats (65% of daily food roughly), moderate protein (about 25%, or 1 gram per lb. of lean muscle mass– yes, I had that figured for me) and maybe 5-10% carbohydrates ( this includes fibrous veggies which is pretty much all the carbs I take in…with the exception of my morning creamer and my oh-so-addicting daily Quest bar a few things. I’m very flexible…

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I must say, I love this way of eating…FOR ME! I recently had my physical done and my Triglycerides and HDL had improved tremendously from 2 years ago. But greater than that, I am no longer anemic…for the first time in 10 years! That was such a relief and gave me a lot of confidence in the WOE. Couple with my running and lifting, this has been easy. ICYMI: I’m not hard on myself, nor do I set strict limits. I am not trying to lose any more than the 5 lbs I’m alwaysssss trying to lose. And nope, I’m not ketogenic nor ever desire to be! Not my goal – hell, I still can’t resist pizza! Which leads me to

Le point:  I baked a Fathead Pizza. Here’s the recipe below:

Fathead Pizza

Le Crust:
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup almond flour
2 Tbsp. cream cheese
1 egg
Garlic salt
Parchment paper
Cookie sheet

Le Toppings:
Veggies or
Pre cooked meat
Pizza Sauce

Here we go:
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees
*Line parchment paper onto cookie sheet
*Put mozzarella and cream cheese in a medium sized microwaveable bowl and nuke for 1 minute. Stir and nuke AGAIN for 30 seconds.
*Stir in egg and almond flour.
* Wet hands (or I just use a sandwich bag) and spread dough thin on the parchment paper with dough like consistency (if the dough still seems a little stringy, it has hardened too much and needs to be nuked about 20 more seconds).
*Next, poke holes in rows along the dough, this avoids that bubbling that occurs when baking pizza.
*Sprinkle with garlic salt and take pictures

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* Bake in oven for 8 minutes. Remove dough and poke holes into any bubbles that may have formed. Bake for 4 more minutes.
Once finished baking, remove pizza crust from oven and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce and cheese on top. Add any toppings you’d like or/and any precooked meat (I’d suggest browning sausage or ground beef or nuking chicken before crust is finished – I added some beef sausage we grilled up this weekend and sliced them as thin as I could)

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*Bake just long enough for cheese to melt (unless you like mega crunchy crust..which is fine.. I’m not judging)
*Slice up all fancy and photogenic and Enjoy!!

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Yum!! I’m stuuufed so I left saved my hubby a couple few slices 🙂

Question: What food would you love to see a healthy, yet tasty version of?

 

 

 

 

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Cold Legs and Hot Buys!

My legit reason for not working out, running, or blogging these past few weeks.

Its been sooo cold! And ugly! I self diagnosed myself with SAD so that has sucked up normal spice for life. I’m back now! So, lets recap…

Came, saw, and conquered the Hot Chocolate 15k! It was brutally cold! Freezing fog, and I wore running shorts because I’m a freak geek. I had a goal of sub 1:45.. My official time was 1:48 and 11 seconds. Considering the unexpected hills, trust me…I was pleased.

My playlist was awesome, the race was awesome, the whiskey shot was awesome, and I had a blast! I can’t wait until next year!

My reward for my conquest was a new pair of kicks! I now own a pair of Brooks. My dreams are coming true…

I was so excited about these guys, I ran 17 inaugural miles in them in 3 days! New shoes and still living off of the high of finishing that race! All the excitement of logging miles actually seeped into my laptop because I am registered for another race next weekend.

So! That’s enough a lot but in new food news, I also added a wonderful staple to my self-healing repertoire of eating… Bone broth!

This stuff is amazing!! I was immediately addicted! I’ve read SO much about healing benefits and just HAD to make it. I asked fellow IGer Paleo On a Dime for a great recipe because her food is awesome!! She directed me to a recipe on her blog and I went for it.

I’ll post the recipe below. I am so excited about it! Finally, something awesome I can make and bring to my sick minded ailing friends suffering from colds this season. I didn’t have am entire chicken carcass, but I had just made a batch of greens the night before so I had some big bones hanging around, so I used those.

Bone Broth
2 smoked or roasted turkey legs (my hubby smoked ours)
4 cups water
1 chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup baby carrots
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
4 sprigs of Thyme

Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot. Cover and cook for 24 hours. Strain, store, sip and enjoy!

If that recipe wasn’t enough good vibrations, my wonderful husband found a steal on me some jeans. Yes my husband buys my clothes and underwear. I have little style sense. I’m über hippie and hobochic 🙂

Well, I’m off to hit 5 miles on the road and get some arm work in… Happy Hump Day, Hip Huggers! Any natural healing remedies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear some!

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Becoming Golden

So, looks like we got a little snow today. This was just the beginning…

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Which was fun because per the weather gods, we were only supposed to get a light dusting. No. full blown white, fluffy. edible well, to my dogs at least snow!

My only complaint was it kept me inside yet another day. I am truly a weather wimp. I do NOT like being cold! Maybe its that warm California Golden Coast blood flowing through my veins, but I am so uncomfortable when its cold… like, more than you..

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Whining aside, I had to get a sweat in today. I haven’t mentioned it really since this prehistoric post, but I am running the Hot Chocolate 15k this Saturday. I was on a great training streak until my birthday…then I crashed and burned.

Not alarmed though, I have still been working out! I’ve done 30DS more times than I can count, some really awesome HIIT workouts from Fitness Blender and the Catching Fire Challenge, as well as hitting the gym and lifting heavy — before it got dumb cold.

So, am I ready to run 9.2 miles? Yes. Now, a 4:30 wake up call? A crowd of over 15,000 people? A frigid 30 degree start? Eh.

But, I am nonetheless excited out of my mind!  My dear friend Lisa is running it with me and we always have a BLAST whenever we get together, so we’ll start painting the town tomorrow when we meet up for the Expo!

So, no more workouts, or runs…just deep stretching and taking care of this body the next 24 hours. Today, I was bored crazy found some very well timed holistic remedies for inflammation. I don’t get sick a lot, which I attribute to a good, healthy diet, regular exercise, my daily acv, and the Good Lord’s grace…but I do get flare ups from time to time with foods I eat and just random body pains…especially the tummy.

I was researching the benefits of ginger, which I am pretty well rounded in, when I came across this Ayurveda remedy for inflammation called, “Golden Milk”

So, I had all the ingredients to make the paste as well as the milk. I figured why not? I had tried my hand at oven baked cheese crisps earlier and they came out golden and perfect! Luck was on my side….

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 So I made it. I drank it. I lived to write about it. I must say, I feel very kinda weird right now. My tongue is a little numb, my stomach feels warm, and my head a little heavy….so, must be what detoxification/healing feels like!

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I’d certainly research it before trying it, but its a win for me. I am going drink it nightly for 40 days and blog about it then…I hope to have a good report!!

Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup mineral water
1/4 cup turmeric

Paste:
In a small saucepan, combine the water and turmeric, stirring with a wooden spoon for a few minutes. Once it thickens, pour into glass jar (carefully because it stains) and cover tightly and store in the fridge.

Golden Milk:
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp. turmeric paste
1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. raw honey
Heat milk and paste in saucepan until combined. Add oil, honey, and cinnamon if you’d like, and stir until warmed through. Enjoy!

I’m off to wrangle kids together, and get ready for a busy day tomorrow, Hip Huggers!

Question: Ever skip out on race training? Did you still do well?