Things that are Running Safety

Tuesday, March 28

After hearing what happened to Kelly out in Seattle while she was out for her morning run, I have been thinking of ways that I can be safer while I run.

I know I'm not focusing hard core on running right now (hello! 28 weeks pregnant), but when I was training hard for marathons safety wasn't one of my main concerns. I would carry pepper spray with me, but other than that I didn't even think to look in the public trail bathroom stalls before I used them. Which is what happened to Kelly.

As the weather gets warmer it's important that we stay safe while out being active. Here are a few of my tips, and I would love to know your tips for being safe while being outdoors alone:

1. Make sure you tell your significant other/parents where you're going, and what time they should expect you back
2. Consider Carrying Pepper Spray, Mase, or some of these self defense tools
3. A few cool apps that help keep you safe:
• Road ID App - like the bracelet, but for your phone and if you stop for more than 5 minutes it will send an alert to an emergency contact letting them know
bSafe - If you are in trouble there's a guardian alert button that will immediately notify your friends/family, and it can even set off a siren.
React Mobile - This app works with a bluetooth panic button. It also has an SOS button which allows you to send an emergency alert to your contacts, and the app calls local authorities with the "Help Me" button.
Kitestring - You do not need an app, all you need to do is sign up. They will send you a text after a certain number of minutes (you decide) and when you don't respond it will send an alert to your emergency contacts.
4. Use an app like "Find Friends" or "Life360" for family/friends to be able to see where you're at
5.  Consider taking a self defense class to know how to defend yourself. That is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Ask your local police or do a search online to find some classes
6. Run with your dog. Your dog is your loyal companion they will want to protect you in anyway they can. Yes they want us to be safe, but we also want them to be safe
7. Wear a reflective vest or reflective clothing 

Something you may not know about me, I took karate when I was younger. My dad thought it would be beneficial since I was having issues with a few girls. I've never had to use it as self defense, but I have always imagined how I would take out an attacker if I were ever in that situation. I know each situation is different, but I try and visualize me succeeding.

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Things that Make Races Truly Exceptional

Tuesday, March 21

What are the reasons you sign up for and run a race - big or small. Here are some of my reasons for running a race. I personally think certain races have different qualities that make them each exceptional.

I came up with 5 things that make races truly exceptional:

1. The Scenery
Is there someplace cool you've always wanted to go? Well, sign up for a race and go there! Or if you're already going there on a trip then plan a race around that. I think that would make it more meaningful to me. Most of the races that I have done have been in Utah. I've done the Vegas Ragnar, The Dopey Challenge, and Disneyland Half Marathon. Aside from that, nothing too exciting. I have ran in other places; Leicester, England; San Diego, Ca; Las Vegas, NV; Pawley's Island, SC; Anchorage, AK; Orlando, FL; Anaheim, CA; and of course all around Utah. I think the scenery completely makes up a race and that's why I've put it in the #1 spot.
Anchorage, AK

Huntsville, UT - first Marathon
Epcot - Disneyworld

 2. The Swag
The coolest thing I have ever gotten from a race was arm sleeves (though I think I may have worn them once). I've gotten coupons with my bib for all sorts of different things. I know it depends on who sponsors the race, and what companies the race directors were able to reach. When I ran Vegas Ragnar we got playing cards and decals for our car windows. For the Haunted Half I got gloves, which was helpful since the race was in October.

3. The Shirt
Who doesn't run for the shirt? I know I have decided on whether to run a race or not based on the shirts they've given out. I've had good shirts and bad shirts. I have worn most, if not all of my race shirts to work. Because I worked in a warehouse, I liked not getting my nice shirts dirty and stained. I have had several people tell me I run a lot of races because they see me in a different race shirt every day. Wearing them makes for a good stories, and I, for the most part remember if the race was good or bad based on the shirt. I remember what race I got my first PR when I see my shirts.

4. Running for a Purpose
There are lots of reasons we run races. It could be based on the course, or if that particular race is donating to a foundation you support. I know my races have been both running for a purpose as well as the course. Or just because friends were doing it - like the Dirty Dash.

5. The Medal
The first real medal I ever got from a race was when I did The Top of Zion Relay down in Southern Utah. It was the hottest, most horrific race ever! I ran in 109 temps. I didn't train properly for this relay and when I got that finishers medal it was SO worth it! That medal is massive, and is one of the biggest medals I have in my collection. I think it was that race that I decided I liked getting finisher medals.

Those are my 5 things that make races truly exceptional.

Did I miss anything? 

What would you say makes a race truly exceptional?

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Five Reasons I'm Scared to be A Parent

Tuesday, March 14

Isn't everyone scared to be a parent at some point in time? Or is it just me? I hope I'm not alone in my thoughts and feelings. Honestly, I felt, and still sometimes feel like I am going to be a worse parent than others. I'm a firm believer that if I say or write down why I'm scared that I can study up and practice ways to better prepare myself. Knowing that these are some of my fears will help me to be a better parent.

My 5 reasons I'm scared to be a parent:

1. I'm scared that I'm going to be angry at our kids all the time

2. I'm scared I'm going to parent wrong and have them end up becoming "entitled"

3. I'm scared I'm not going to know how to take care of a baby

4. I'm scared that I'm going to not be able to do the things I enjoy

5. I'm scared that mine and Chase's relationship will get neglected and fail due to having children

Over the course of 10 years I've been scared on and off on whether I wanted to be a parent or not. I got the most scared and overwhelmed in 2015 right before we started doing our IUI's with our clinic. I'm not sure why but I felt like Chase couldn't help me, that he couldn't talk me out of my fears. So I went to an outside source - my Bishop. I sat down and told him that I was scared that I was going to be a horrible parent and that I didn't feel I was ready to be a parent. After nearly 10 years of marriage you would think I would be ready, but parenting a child was something that I didn't think about on a daily basis. He understood my concern, and knew exactly where this "fear" was coming from. He directed me to read a talk called "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ," as well as starting a daily study of the Book of Mormon. I can't say that I immediately started to feel better. But, after the course of a few weeks, I slowly learned that being scared and overwhelmed was Satan's way at getting me to doubt what God had intended for me to become, a wonderful, confident, mother.

Since that discussion with my bishop, I have learned that God never intends for us to become fearful. He intends for us to be confident and be able to overcome all. God intends for us to succeed and to overcome Satan. Remember Peter wanting to walk out to Christ on the Sea of Galilee? He was confident at first looking out towards Christ. The minute he saw the seas tossing and turning, he let his fear overcome his faith, and started to sink, and cry for help. Did you know, we only need as much faith as a grain of mustard seed? The size of a grain of mustard seed isn't that big. Yet, we still fear, and sometimes let our fears and worries consume us.

If I'm going to be the best parent I can be to this little boy that is coming to our family, then I need to have more faith in Christ. He is the rock and our redeemer. I can do that by acknowledging my fears, and then coming up with ways to have more faith. I can do that by having Christ be the center of our home. I can do that by studying the scriptures and striving to have the Spirit in our home, and I can create affirmations to overcome those fears that I have listed.

-Do you have fears associated with being a parent or becoming a parent?
-What has helped you to overcome fears?

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My Take on the Keto/Low Carb Diet

Tuesday, March 7

So here's what I know about the Keto Diet. I haven't researched a whole ton about it, but this is what I do know so far.

Back in January I went to a free seminar on "Why American's are Sick and Fat." Here are some of the key points they talked about:
• Following the Keto Diet; high fat, low carb. It will help us lose weight, and not rely on medications.
• How eating carbs can cause insulin resistance because we have too much insulin in our bodies. Some examples of our bodies being insulin resistant: diabetes, PCOS, migraines, to name a few.
• How fat doesn't cause an insulin spike, while protein causes a little spike, carbs cause a huge spike in insulin.
• Often you are more hungry when you eat carbs as opposed to fat, which fills you up. Over the past few months, I have done my own research on myself and have found that eating fat really does help me to stay full longer.

When Chase and I went on a low carb diet in 2015, I noticed that I felt better, I was a lot healthier and had more energy (I was also in the midst of marathon training).

I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to low carb meals. So that's where I pulled most of the dinner meals from. Click on the link above to go to the board.

Here's what our menus sort of looked like:

• 1/2 serving of oatmeal, brown sugar and a tablespoon of Peanut Butter. I have noticed that oatmeal actually makes me hungrier instead of keeping me full. A guy at work recommended I try adding in a teaspoon of coconut oil, and it helped for a few days, but I still was hungry 2 hours after eating breakfast.
• Egg omelet with ham, and green peppers (or any other veggie/meat we have on hand). With salsa, sour cream/lots of cheese on top.
Kodiak Cakes with sugar free syrup, and for me PB on top. This isn't really low carb, but the cakes do have a lot of protein in them.
• "Naked" Breakfast Burritos with eggs, sausage, some hash browns. Topped with sour cream, an avocado, and salsa. These are my favorite and we've been making them since we first got married. We call them naked, because we don't use a tortilla. Obviously they still have carbs in them, but I try to keep them minimal with this recipe.
• Egg White French Toast - Chase always adds a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon and you can't taste that it is without the yolk. Again, not completely low carb, but it's different.

• Leftovers are always a great option (plus it saves you money too).
• Thick deli turkey (we get ours from Costco that comes in a 3-pack), string cheese, and a pickle.
• Cottage cheese and a serving of carrots.

Dinner for a typical week:
• Monday - Polish Sausage, Bacon & Broccoli - I used butter, garlic salt.
• Tuesday - Grilled Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad - like Chicken Salad Sandwich but we wrap ours in lettuce.
• Wednesday - Kielbasa and Cabbage, or Brussel Sprouts (when my sister was living with us).
• Thursday - Skinny Mexican Pizza using low carb tortillas.
• Friday - Pizza Bites - thick ham rounds, with sauce and pepperoni.
• Saturday - Leftovers
• Sunday - Burgers and Veggies (usually zucchini and squash from our garden) on the grill.

• Pretzels - which we don't eat now.
• Celery with sour cream and ranch or PB.
• Pepperoni Chips (my new favorite).
• Fat bombs (to help curve your sweet tooth). The first ones I made were cheesecake flavored.
• String Cheese
• Carrots

We used to use My Fitness Pal for tracking our calories and entering our food, but now with us using the keto diet we don't track our calories, we just try and stay full on fat and protein. I still try hard to eat my fruit and veggies. I know that they have carbs in them, but I know how important it is to get those essential nutrients. I try and only focus on my fat, protein and fiber intake, because those are essentially what really matter for my body.

When we first started back in 2015 and getting back into it now, the first couple weeks were hard for us. I think it's an adjustment that you just have to keep with. It does get easier I promise! But we kept at it and even had "screw it days" (cheat day/suck it day), and there were a few of them. We knew if we tried to be super strict with our change, we would just fail miserably and get back into our old ways. We never felt like we were starving because we always had healthy snacks that we could munch on if we felt hungry. I really enjoy the term "Keep it Simple Stupid" when planning meals and snacks for 2 weeks.

What has helped us stay on track is meal planning. Yes, it takes about an hour every 2 weeks, but it has helped us since we were first married. We use the Envelope System, and I pull out money for groceries every 2 weeks and meal plan based on when we get paid.

If you have any questions I would love to chat - shoot me an email. I am in no wise an expert when it comes to the keto/low carb diet, and I ALWAYS try and listen to what my body needs, and focus on that.

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. Please note: This post contains affiliate links. 
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