Friday, October 9, 2009

New Site

Please update your readers and blogrolls lovelies, I've moved to my own site:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fed Ex Man loves my house!

So lets back up to last night when I cam home from work after 6 days in a row and feeling exhausted. I had some Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream, so amazing, it tasted like a pina colada!
So refreshing after longs days of work and being short of workers because the flu hit NW Iowa really hard!

This morning I wanted another refreshing breakfast and still have some more apples to eat up.

Enter fruit cereal: apple, pineapple, kashi cereal and flaxs seeds. I took a picture before I put cereal, otherwise it would have got soggy to fast and I hate soggy cereal messes. This was a perfect way to start the day!

Around lunch time the Fed Ex Man came with 2 packages for me. He loves coming to my inlaws house and putting packages inside their garage because my step father-in-law restores Ford Mustangs and the Fed Ex man thinks thats really cool and loves looking at them and asking questions!
But I'm more interested in my goodies: Enter Oikos Greek Yogurt in some great flavors and wiide variety of sizes.
A big thanks to Kristina from the company who sent me some instead of coupons because I can't buy them anywhere in Iowa, I appreciate this so much and can't wait to dig in!

Also in the mail was something I've wanted for a really long time, but being expensive I waited and saved up all my coke rewards and when I reached a certain number of points I got a $50 gift certificate to Nike and bought this running skirt for $10 of my own money, what a steal!
I'm so excited to wear it, its very comfy and has a cool pocket in the back.

No work tonight but my father in law is coming up to this part of Iowa from where he lives in Northwest Arkansas for a business trip and wants to meet all three of his boys + me for dinner. Hope to get some pictures of us and of the food, can't wait to relax and enjoy!

Do you have a special workout piece you love to wear or really want to buy?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away

It's raining afain here in NW Iowa and they are already predicting snow this Sunday:(
So definetely needed some more PUMPKIN OATS this morning.
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • pumpkin
  • brown sugar
  • pumkin pie spice
  • banana on top and on side

Close up on this amazing goodness, I hope I don't ever get sick of this because it's so tasty and stays in my tummy FOREVER:)
I went for a 4 mile run at the gym and stetched my hamstrings, so sore.

Lunch was a Sweet Tango apple and a Whole Berry Blast Probar. I was still really full from the oatmeal, a good thing but hopefully not to hungry at work because never enought time to eat alot.

2 more nights of work, so tired! We were short last night because the flu hit NW Iowa like crazy. So last night I had to work extra to make up for that, which equals more knee pain since I'm on my feet all night. Hopefully I can rest them for a while and might need to ice them and start wearing my ACE bandage again. We'll see!
What breakfast foods fill you up for hours?

Monday, October 5, 2009


Yay for Fall and cool pumkins and gourds everywhere. My MIL came home with these for her kitchen from the grocery store the other day.

I think something is in the Iowa dirt!
I started this day comforting my hubby @ 6:30 who woke up REALLY sick, which isn't like him and he still went to work:(
I somewhere in between there had my first ever PUMPKIN oats but didn't take a picture because it was so good I ate it within seconds, and will definetely be making it tomorrow am and will take a picture;)
Next was running and since its a wonderful 40 degrees and raining the treadmill was calling my name. I did 75 minutes and I think that was about 9 miles, felt good.
When I came home I wanted a little snack to tide me over for a while and remembered my Heart Thrive cakes in the freezer. I tried the Lemon Poppyseed flavor first and it didn't dissapoint, very good and so great post-run with the nutrition.

I also had some Tazo Awake Tea. This was my first time trying this brand and it was really good, and perfect for this kind of day.

Perfect warmth:)

My posts have been sort of random lately and missing some meals and this is due to some ED issues, but also because Blogger sucks and I'm in the process of swithing to Wordpress with my new website. This should be up later this week depending on the hubby's health, so stay tuned and I'll let you know when to update your readers!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Planning for a Marathon

My alarm went off for the first time in a month this morning, I've really gotten used to sleeping in until 8am every morning and waking up on my own. I quickly got up and got all my cold Under Armour gear on and ate a quick simple breakfast with cereal, bananas, granola bar and peanut butter. I also fueled up with some sugar free red bull. I always frink one before a road race and in my mind it helps:

Since the race was in town we didn't leave the house until 10 minutes before it started. I ran a little to warm up because it was 42 degrees here this morning. I then got my number and t-shirt and lined up. It was a small race, lots of college kids because it was for their homecoming.

When we started I hit go on my iPod and it was the first time I ever brought my iPod to a race to help me keep my pace up to hopefull PR. The route was great and there were a lot of college wrestlers running this that were keeping a 6:30/7:00 mile pace and I tried to keep up with them as much as possible. When I realized how close we were to the end I looked down at my iPod and it said 20:30 minutes I booked it and ended up PRing the he!! out of this race. I got 21:17 and my normal is 23:30 about. I can't believe how great I did for not really training and slacking on the nutrition lately, something in the Iowa air?
Anyways I got 1st place and and won 5lbs. of gummy worms, my favorite! Also had a post-race banana and granola bar.

An older lady (maybe 30) came up to me right after the race and said good job and asked my time and I told her I shaved 2 minutes from all previous 5k's. She asked if I did marathons too and I told her I want to but haven't made it that far yet. She said I would do great at marathons given my current running PR and training I've been doing lately.
After that conversation it got me thinking about why I haven't gone after marathons yet, I mean I've been running 7 years, my moms ran at least 8 marathons, I've done about 20-30 5k's and10k's and I'm good. A lot of others around me including some other wonderful blog ladies are doing marathons and completing their goals like that. So I'm thinking about signing up for a marathon this coming June because I need to stop fearing marathons and know that I'm fully capable of this great feat. The one I'll be doing is Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN,it's a beautiful course. Sign up isn't until January and it's a first come, first serve basis and I know getting a hotel can be hard, so I'm crossing my fingers and praying to get in. Even though it's almost 9 months to go I still want to start training and preparing now because I want to make sure I'm healthy enough to do it.

If you have any tips or advice on planning I would love to hear it!

Onto after race fuel I had some Amazing Grass from the package I won from Lynn and Christy over at the Actor's Diet. It was great for some post-race energy and thanks for the win girls!

After stretching out the hammies and quads I had some Aged White Cheddar Chips, amazing flavor!

I'm off to work again for day 2 of day 6 straight!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

House Hunters

Breakfast today started out as a new creation to spice things up a bit. I was sort of in a rut with cereal, banana and PB everyday. So I decided an apple would be better since its finally OCTOBER! I also put some pineapple, kashi go lean and a couple Peanut Butter chips, so good. More late on what kind of apple it was!!

The new Cinnamon Raisin Swirl has not dissapointed. I love
chunks of raisins and the cinnaminny (sp?) taste all wit the pb!

And here is the 1st gem of the day. I got this package from my parents yesterday. It has some Luna products, oatmeal packets, salsa and the newest creation of apple from the University of Minnesota, SWEET TANGO. It's so amazing, born just like the honeycrisp we all love. The U of M has created another masterpiece. Probably only sold in Minneapolis, but keep an eye out near you for this gem!

My second package of the day was from Heart Thrive and I was really excited to finally try these.

From the company they say "Heart Thrives are a delicious, vegan and non-gmo energy bar. Made with oats, soy and dried fruits, each Heart Thrive supplies 30% daily protein, fiber and calcium. Heart Thrives aremade from ingrediants with a low glycemic indexthat metabloze slowlyproviding sustained energy for hours."

Thank you again to Mark at the Heart Thrive Company for letting me sample these amazing cakes. The flavors are awesome.

As for the title of this post my hubby and I have been looking at houses. We only looked at 4 but its very overwelming and I don't really know what I want for sure and what we can afford, even though every house in Iowa is so cheap!

Hopefully in the next 2 weeks we will have picked one out and put in an offer. We want to be in a house of our own for the Holidays.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jon reviews Pirates Booty Snacks

Hello again, this is Jon (Leianna's husband). This time I am reviewing Pirate's Booty Puffed Rice and Corn snacks. I like potato chips so this seemed to me to be a good thing. Leianna gave me choices of all different kinds of flavors like veggie, onion, and BBQ. I definitely wanted the BBQ flavor so I offered to do a review on that.

The snacks had the texture of a cheeto, which was good, I am guessing that they did that to make the snacks less heavy and more healthy. The taste was very good too. Sometimes when you get a healthy snack the flavor is awful, but they seemed to get the flavor right. It tasted like a regular Lays BBQ chip.

My overall grade for this one is an A-. The minus is in there only because there package did not have enough snacks. What is your favorite chip flavor or combination?