Things that are #Microblog Monday: Finding Faith

Monday, November 30

The past few weeks I have been focusing my studies and really pondering faith. I am preparing a lesson for this next Sunday in Church, and this is the topic that I have chosen: Having Faith in Christ during trials. At one point I felt my faith had left me and my hope was gone. So as a last resort I went and talked with my Bishop and he suggested reading a talk from April 2009 General Conference on Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been a great talk for me to read and reread.

The other day I was on Instagram and one of the runners that I follow who has also struggled with infertility posted this quote:

I'm hoping that my studying and pondering what faith is and how I can start applying it will help me be stronger and to trust in God more.

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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 7

Sunday, November 29


Monday: 3 miles were on the schedule and so I did a 3 mile run. Not too bad. I felt pretty good. I just need to remember to use my foam roller after each run. I haven't been doing it, and I've noticed a difference in how my runs feel.

I run with baby legs on my arms under my tech shirt. It kept my arms pretty warm through the run.

Tuesday: I had Barre and my squats and lunges on the schedule, but I ended up not having time to go to Barre, because of other church responsibilities. So it turned into being a rest day for me.

Wednesday: 1 mile was on the schedule, and I ended up running an 8:32 mile. Woo woo for me! ;) That was my fastest mile to date.



Thursday: 6 miles were on the schedule and I ended up running 5.12 miles with Chase. He wanted to eat all the food on Thanksgiving, so he ran with me.

Yes that is one of my Huntsville Marathon Shirts. The company that supplied the shirts screwed up the numbers as far as how many they were supposed to make, so this was a unisex medium instead of a women's medium. They finally sent me the right one a few weeks ago.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 14 miles were on the schedule and I ended up running 12.11 miles. I woke up to snow, and it was not a pretty sight for me. I was worried about falling and slipping on the snow, and to be honest. I have never been running in/on the snow, so I was very very nervous. I know I live in Utah, and I haven't run on the snow?! I realized during/after my run, that I haven't been taking good care of my body. I started getting the same pain that I got when I injured myself last year, and after the past few weeks I have just felt tired and worn down.

I had the worst rats nest after my run.


I told myself that this next week I would be strength training a few more times, aka going to Barre. After my run I immediately foam rolled (something I haven't been doing, shame on me), and then I did my squats and reverse lunge sets.

Sunday: Rest Day! Much needed cause I am sore from yesterdays run/workout.

Total Miles for the Week: 21.41 miles
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Things that are 5 Things I am Grateful For

Friday, November 27

If you don't know me very well, that's okay. The one thing you should know about me is that Thanksgiving is my Favorite Holiday! Seriously! Hands Down! Favorite!

I feel a lot of times Thanksgiving gets thrown under the bus when it comes to Christmas. It makes me mad seeing Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. I love giving and I love the Christmas season, but I also love remembering things we are thankful for, because being grateful is a sign that you are happy and that you have a positive outlook on life (says my gratitude journal that I own).
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1. That I am able to run. I don't know how many people tell me that they wish they could run like me, or run as much as I have been running.


2. That I have a loving husband who supports me in my running addiction, and will even help me on my long runs as being a support for me, like he did back in September for my 20 miler.

3. Living in a Country that allows me to believe what I believe, and be who I want to be.

4. For Friends and Family who love and support us.

5. For my Two little furbabies, Hurley and Pepper.


What are you Thankful for this season?

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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 6

Sunday, November 22



Monday: I did my squat and reverse lunge sets that my Chiropractor has me do to strengthen my legs.

Tuesday: I went to the gym and ran 2.03 miles on a treadmill, and I bought myself a new pair of altra's that I had to break in and try out.

Wednesday: I did my new 3.06 miles loop that I really love around my neighborhood. I also tripped and fell. It wasn't in slow motion for me, it was actually pretty quick. Thankfully I didn't get hurt, and I was able to get up pretty quick and start running again. I noticed I ripped my gloves when I got home, no scratches and bruises.



Thursday: I had an appointment with my chiropractor, I told him my calves have been pretty sore, and he thinks that its from the increase of mileage and me wearing my altra's so much. He said to wear different running shoes for some shorter runs, and to maybe do a week with just treadmill running. He did a lot of electric acupuncture on my legs with the it band, as well as my calf. I always like to count how many needles he uses, and total for that visit was 13, which was the most he's ever used.



Friday: I planned on running 6 miles, but was very tired and very emotional so I ended up not running at all. I get this way when I haven't had enough sleep and I stress myself out.

Saturday: I planned on running 12 miles, but it was about 10am when I went out, and I think it was too late in the day for me, and my brain had already woken up so my body decided to make excuses. I only ran 1.86 miles and called it quits. Not sure what is going on with my Saturday long runs, but I know what to do to change it. So hopefully next week will be much better, and not training as hard this week will help next weeks training go better.

Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles for the Week: 6.95 miles
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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 5

Sunday, November 15



Monday: Ran 11.33 miles. Chase dropped me off somewhere along one of my favorite trails, and I ran home. It was light outside and I had my reflective vest on when I started, and it was pretty dark and cold when I finished. It felt so good to get a long run in! I kept a pretty consistent pace (since I wanted to be under 12 minute mile), and finished in 2:15:46. I finished happy and injury free.


Tuesday: 2 sets of sumo squats and reverse lunges. Didn't do any other fancy workout, and I really can tell that my left leg is weaker than my right leg when it comes to doing reverse lunges.

Wednesday: Ran 2.14 miles at a 9:40 pace. It felt good to be fast, and I had to be back by a certain time, and I made it! woo woo!

Thursday: Ran 5.17 miles in and around my neighborhood. I wore my long sleeve St. George Half Marathon shirt, which was the first half marathon I ever did. Ran the 5.17 miles in 59:10:21. I would have been faster, but got a phone call that I needed to take, and ended up walking almost a mile of my run. Maybe this next week I'll try for it again?



Friday: Rest - I definitely needed my rest!

Saturday: Ran 13.1 miles in 2:43:21, and was probably the slowest I've ever run that distance. I was shooting for 14 miles, but I was not in the run mentally, and I felt exhausted and dehydrated. :S I tried to be consistent with my pace, but it ended up being all over the place (12:30, 13:34, 12:11, 12:29, 11:03, 13:11, 11:20, 15:34, 10:53, 11:33, 13:19, 11:38, 11:31). I also ran out of water mid run, and the drinking fountains are shut off for the season, so I had to wait to either find a gas station or a restaurant. 


Sunday: = Rest Day

Total Miles For the Week: 31.74 miles

How was your workouts this week?
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Things that are Five Ways to Stay Healthy during Holidays

Friday, November 13

I've been thinking about this lately. I am realizing that after posting about Chase's weight loss journey, that we are getting closer and closer to the holiday season. Where you want to eat All. The. Foods.

I know that's how I've been thinking lately. I keep thinking "How am I going to survive? when I want to eat everything yummy?" Training for the Dopey Challenge over Christmas allows me to eat more calories, but I don't want to eat like crap. I know my body doesn't like crap food. Especially sugary treats.

So here's my plan and what I think would help to try to stay on track with the holiday's:

1. Continue to Exercise. That may seem like a "no, duh" but as the time grows closer to Christmas, there are more parties, and people to visit, and things that take up a lot of time. Exercising is probably at the bottom of your to-do list, or not at all on the list. Just remember to throw in some "Me" time, or run a Turkey Trot like I love to do each year!



2. Schedule Your Time. Plan for things that you want to do/need to do during the next few weeks. Having a plan is so much easier than not having anything written down and/or overbooking dates. Plus it allows you to add in those much needed runs/exercise. I am constantly setting reminders for me on my phone, and that helps me remember those things that I like to forget.

3. Keep Moving. Walking around the mall, shopping for gifts, taking a treat to a neighbors, etc. I need to stay active instead of sitting on the couch watching TV and movies or blogging.

4. It's Not About the Food. Though I love all the holiday foods, the cheese balls, the truffles, the chocolate, the eggnog, etc. I need to keep it in check that it's okay to not feel the need to eat all. the. foods.

I need to also remember:


5. Drink up! Keeping my water intake up, and drinking water before and after a meal/snack will help me to not eat so much.

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Things that are Thinking Out Loud

Thursday, November 12

I'm linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons...


1. This is the first time that I am linking up with this particular link up party - which you should join by the way... I've been trying to come up with better content for the blog lately, and thought this would help spark some randomness and maybe future posts?!

2. I haven't eaten out in over a month! A MONTH! I am seriously dying for some french fries right now! Anyone want to bring me some? If you must ask - Cause I know you're thinking it... Chase and I are on strict budget (we're trying to pay off debt), and our eating out budget got thrown out the window. We are living off of $100 a month for food, you may think that's impossible, but let me tell you, IT'S POSSIBLE!

3. I seriously love Panera Bread. It's my favorite restaurant... But I only go there for the Pumpkin Muffin Toppers. Utah unfortunately doesn't have a Panera, so I have to find my fix elsewhere. The next best choice is Costco for pumpkin muffins. I could probably eat the whole pack in a day or two. The next best place that I have found is Kneaders, and they have pumpkin bread which is pretty darn incredible! The photo below is Costco's muffin:

4. I went for a run tonight and I about froze (See Instagram). Plus it was about 55 degrees in the warehouse I work at this morning... Not complaining, just happy I'm in warm clothes and slippers now.


5. I am looking for a good pair of running pants, and have no idea where to start looking for them at. I need cheap good running pants!

6. And I always enjoy good infertility humor:


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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 4

Sunday, November 8


Monday: The gym was closed again... A pipe had burst so they keep closing on the weekends to get it done. So I wasn't able to go to Barre, and because of that I'm not sure I did any type of workout.

Tuesday: I ran 3.03 miles at the gym, because it was late and I wasn't able to get outside before it got dark. I also did exercises my chiropractor has given me to help strengthen much needed muscles (sumo squats, and reverse lunges, and I did 25 push-ups).

Wednesday: I had scheduled a mile run, and I ended up running 1.12 miles in 8:54 It wasn't my fastest mile, but I was definitely pushing it the whole run. You know that feeling you get like you are gonna puke? That's the feeling that I had the entire run. But while I was running I used what @hungryrunnergirl would always say: I am COMFORTABLE. I don't know about you, but that helped me be more comfortable running at a faster pace.

Thursday: I was going to run 3 miles, but ended up not because I had over booked myself for the entire night. I also met with my chiropractor and he massaged my legs out, and told me to make sure I keep working on my strength exercises. P.S. He also thinks I'm crazy for running the Dopey Challenge.

Friday: Ran 3.01 miles, which felt great. I guess I just need to get used to running in the dark, cause it was a night run. I made sure I had a flasher on my wrist, and that I had a reflective vest.

Saturday: I wanted to run in the morning, but we were doing something pretty early. I thought okay I can run later in the day and I just need/want to run 11 miles. I started running the first mile, and I felt like I was going to pass out and throw up. I sat down for about 5 minutes, and felt a little better. I ended up walking to my in-laws house (they live near the trail that I love to run on) and Chase picked me up. I ended up running 2.91 miles. I think it must have been the chocolate milk I had before my run, and now I know not to drink that stuff before I go out for a run.

Lesson learned: shorter runs are best for trying new things... though I had no idea it was going to give me tummy issues.

Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles for the week: 10.0
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Things that are Blogging Anniversary! aka Blogerversary!



I can't believe it's been a year!

I've learned so much about blogging, running and infertility/fertility treatments.

I am definitely going to continue to write, because I know there are couples struggling still (including us) to get pregnant, and I feel my journey can help so many others be able to find hope.

As well as those who have wanted to start exercising but don't know where to start.


The top posts for this past year:

Things that are: About Us

Things you SHOULD Say to an Infertile Couple

Things that are dealing with Male Factor Infertility 

Things we wished we could change

Things that are Don't be Bitter be Better

Things That Are Our First Medicated IUI

Things learned from my first IUI

Things that are Running and Fertility Treatments

The majority of those posts are all infertility related. Nothing really relating to my running (aside from the last one). 


Here's to another wonderful year!
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Things that are Hubby's Weight Loss Journey

Wednesday, November 4

It started a while ago... I knew Chase needed to lose weight, I really wanted him to be fit and healthy (and run a marathon with me - but that's a whole different story), but he honestly didn't have any motivation to become fit and lose much needed weight. At the end of May/early June he was talking to a friend in his office and asked him how he was able to lose weight. He said he was on a low carb diet, and that helped him lose weight along with going to the gym and working out. Chase kept talking to him every now and then, and finally asked the specifics of how he went about doing that.

I'm not sure at what point he decided to take the plunge... Chase said had a feeling like he needed to lose the weight, and I think talking to his friend was just the motivation he needed to move forward with it. Chase talked to me about him wanting to change, and I said I was on board and would find low carb recipes to help both of us. We said we would give up bread, pasta and pizza (the 3 things that I love) but we had to have at least one indulgence for us and that would be our diet soda. 
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The few things that we did to help us:

I created menu plans for us (follow my Pinterest board if you want to see what kinds of things we ate) based on my Pinterest board. We also ate the same things for breakfast and lunch everyday. We had 1/2 a serving of oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a tablespoon of brown sugar for breakfast. Occasionally Chase would have a two egg white and cheese omelet.  For lunch we would either have leftovers or have cottage cheese and carrots, with pretzels. For breakfast on the weekends we would have eggs, and turkey bacon.

The first few weeks were difficult, BUT it got easier as we kept at it. We focused more on portion size/serving size rather than what to NOT eat. Chase and I often would share a meal if we were eating out, because the serving size and calorie amount was huge, and it cut the calories in half when we did this, AND we felt satisfied. We also would try and drink a glass of water before and after our meals. If you are really full from eating you won't be able to drink a full glass of water after a meal - that was a good determining factor.

Chase wasn't doing this for a diet, he had to create a lifestyle change. He knew he needed to change and he knew it was going to take time. It also was important that I was on board for this change.

We had a few healthy snacks - we really like pretzels, and would just eat the serving size indicated (it would say between 17-20 pretzels for a serving). We also had almonds (low carb and have protein to help keep you full) and carrots.

We had "screw it days" because there are days/times that you really just want to eat. all. the. things. That's perfectly fine to have these days... Just don't allow them to creep back into being the "norm."

We used an app called "My Fitness Pal" which determined what our calorie intake would be each day - and it would recalculate if we exercised. It based everything on our height, weight, and age to determine our calorie goal. Mine was about 1,910 calories per day, to give you an idea. If I ran say 3 miles, it would give me a few extra hundred calories for the day.

Chase did a lot of research and reading articles on eating and being healthy. He turned that lifestyle change into a passion, and now loves talking about it, and tries to help and explain to others how he has lost so much weight, and still was able to eat his beloved licorice and diet soda.

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 Now you know what he did, so you are probably wondering how much weight he lost...

As of today he has lost a total of 38 pounds. He started at 228, and is now at 190. You can clearly see a difference in the below picture. The photo to the left was March of 2014, and the photo to the right is September 2015. 



***Chase and I both have a real problem with the word "DIET". It's a horrible word. Diet is something that is short term, a change in lifestyle is long term. Does that make sense?

***It has also helped that I was on board with it all. I think it's really hard when one person in a couple wants to change, but the other has no interest in it. It makes it harder, and possibly more expensive because you are having to buy food for you and for the other person.



Disclaimer: I am not a health professional (though I have taken lots of classes on nutrition/anatomy, etc.) and would suggest talking to your doctor to first to determine the proper way to go about losing weight. 
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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 3

Sunday, November 1


Monday: Did a set of squats and lunges, and felt as though I was going to die! My legs aren't loving me, I guess that means I need to do more to get stronger. ;)

Tuesday: 3 miles were on the schedule, and Chase was gone to Miami, and I really didn't feel like running. But I told myself that I would run at least a mile and see how I felt. I started running, and felt pretty good so I kept going, and ended up running the full 3.05 miles.


Wednesday: I went to Barre at the gym. Since it was Halloween week they had black lights out. The teacher turned off the lights for the first 35 minutes, and the last few she turned them on. I wish I had taken a picture with the lights out - it was pretty cool. I wore a bright yellow shirt which made me stand out! You can see one of the black lights in the upper right corner of the picture.



Thursday: 6 miles were on the training schedule. It was raining on and off during the day, and was drizzling when I went out. I have decided that I don't like running in the cold. So this week has been mentally hard for me, and the weather was not my favorite so it seemed like it was a chore for me to get out the door. I ended up running 5.54 miles, and ran out near Utah Lake.



Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Ended up being a rest day - though I cleaned a few rooms in my house, so there was some exercise thrown in there. :)

Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles:  8.6 - not very high, but the temps changing, and sickness going around it's going to make it a bit harder... But I'm willing to take the challenge.

P.S. There are only going to be 13 weeks of training (including race week) instead of the 24 I had for marathon training...

P.P.S. From now on I am going to be wearing ear muffs/headbands due to headaches incurred from cold weather. brrr....
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