|December 3, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
Last night, I ran my first “week six” half-marathon training run. Three easy miles were on the agenda, but according to my treadmill I definitely broke some sort of land-speed record. 14 seconds, no big deal. I believe it was really 27:14, but I’m not one to argue. The ol’ treadmill was trying to stroke my ego a little bit. Totally worked.
After our workouts, Ryne and I got ready for bed and then Maddux got ready to not be in bed. He woke up around midnight and I had to take him into the guest bedroom and sleep with him. If you’ve ever slept with a ninja-like toddler, you know that I didn’t actually get any sleep. This morning I knew I was in for a total ponytail day. Everyone has those at work, right? I’m not talking the cute, tousled ones either. I’m talking a full on greasy, stringy, lop-sided matte of hair hanging out the back of your head. It’s a shame, really.
After work today, I thoroughly enjoyed my rest day. It worked out perfectly that today was an off day because I had all the energy of a dead snail. I don’t think that’s an actual comparison that people use, but let’s start it ’cause we’re cool like that.
Well, I better go. We’re taking turns trying to get Maddux to believe it’s bed time and I’m up next. Wish us luck! (Oh, and good luck to those of you entering the giveaways I have going on! If you haven’t entered the Road ID one, go do that now!) See y’all later.
|December 2, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Giveaway, Life, Running, Tips and Tricks|
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUTRILITE®.
I can’t believe this week marks the beginning of my sixth week of half marathon training. I swear I just started. Hey, time flies when you’re having… run? It pains me to be so dorky. It really does. But for real, I am actually enjoying training, which is shocking to me considering I’ve always blown it off in the past. If I don’t end up crashing and burning, this might even end well on race day. Exciting stuff.
Part of any runner’s fear during training is health, right? The only time I’ve really screwed up in the past six weeks was because I was poisoned by some apples. No, really. I’m not sure I could have avoided that one, but I can work hard to treat myself well until race day.
I was recently asked if I wanted to test out the NUTRILITE® Supplement Recommender. It’s an easy-to-use scientifically-based tool that pretty much tells you how you are falling short from a supplement standpoint. It helps you know which ones might be beneficial to you personally, leaving all the guess work and confusion out.
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The short “quiz” is pretty simple. Y’all, I know my gender and age. This might be the best I’ve ever done on a test.
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After reading about them, I’d have to say that I agree with my results. While I try to eat my veggies everyday, I sometimes fall short on the work days. If I’m running late, all hell breaks loose when it comes to my diet. A banana might be the only fresh produce I see until dinner, ya know? As far as the protein goes, I could probably work on that, too. I don’t eat meat, and I only eat the occasional seafood. I don’t track anything in regards to macros, but I’m almost positive I err on the side of carbs. I like that they gave me all vegetarian options as well, which was also part of the quiz. I seriously feel like they covered all the bases, ya know?
Taking this quiz was pretty eye-opening for me. I mean, I knew I was falling short a little but it was easy for me to ignore it until now. I take a multivitamin already, but the three things that were recommended for me took that in to consideration. The fact that I’m running about four or five times a week plus lifting weights means that I should be on my A-game when it comes to my eats, too. I want to actually do well come race day, and I know that good overall health is extremely important to make that happen.
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|December 1, 2013||Posted by Presley under Giveaway, Life|
Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Last night we held a small Friendsgiving, which was really just an excuse to eat more holiday food. I guess it was also to hang out with our friends, but really that was just a bonus. Plus it have me an excuse to curl my hair, which obviously started falling out pretty quickly. My hair hates me.
Ryne and Jake fried a turkey in our driveway before the girls arrived. Because if anything screams class and sophistication, it’s cooking an entire bird in your front lawn.
To make ourselves feel like real adults, though, we actually set the table. With real utensils. I felt like we were dining on an expensive ocean liner. We are so fancy.
Plus we had cheese dip with some more of my tacky printables. Love decorating with those things. So cheap, so easy.
Desserts, desserts, and more desserts.
Then, at some point, we started taking extremely non-staged photos. Admiring the bird, like any real Thankgiving-ers would.
So awkward. Come to think of it, this might have really been genuine.
This is just how they casually hang out around the house.
Finally, we matured for about five minutes in order to sit down to eat. Have I mentioned how much I love cheese before on the blog? Right. Only like a million times. Oh, and for the record, Cran-brrr-ritas need to be sold year round. I had mine with a side of red wine, to keep it classy.
After dinner, the girls tore into the desserts and played some kind of game where you slap the cards. We were pretty terrible at it, which made it even more fun. We also watched all the football games, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Side note: GO COCKS! I’d call Friendsgiving a success. I ate the leftovers again today for lunch. I think it’s safe to say I’m done with this kind of food until Christmas. I can’t believe I’m saying that either, but it’s true. Today is also a rest day for me, thank goodness. I’m in a sugary, cheesy coma.
Oh, y’all! I forgot to host a little giveaway on Thursday. One of my prizes from the race was a gift card to RoadID.com. I already have a bracelet from them, so I thought one of y’all might want it. I appreciate you reading my randomness from time to time, so I like sharing the love when I can. Good luck! (The giveaway will end on December 8th at 12 am. A winner will be announced as soon as I realize the giveaway has ended. )
Enter via the Rafflecopter below:
PS: I have a few sponsored posts coming up this week. The timing is unfortunate. They all seem to be “due” at the same time. Please don’t hate me. I’ll try not to do this again in the future, but I really do apologize. I know it can get annoying, so please just skip ‘em if they aren’t of interest to you. Thank you for your patience as always.
|November 30, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
Hey, hey, hey! I almost achieved my goal of running 10 miles today. I totally achieved a new level of neck-sweat, though. Gotta be good at something in life, I guess.
Oh, and the reason I didn’t quite make it to my desired distance today was because I’m bad at math. I ran 6.3 miles on the treadmill until it kicked me off. Then I started back up and did 3.6. At the time, I seriously thought that added up to 10. I probably shouldn’t be teaching people’s children how to add. Those damn decimals get me every time. On top of being angry about my math skills, I also had to watch the end of Grown Ups 2 and then the beginning. I still vote that the gym starts the movie when I arrive, because I’m special or something.
I do have some good news, though. The world survived another Black Friday. We opted out this year, just like we do the majority of the time. Not because I think there is anything wrong with it, but because we always get tempted by more than just what we went in to buy. One year we headed out for fun and ended up coming home with a new TV. In those instances, you are not saving money. You just bought some extra crap you didn’t need. I give huge props to the people who can make a Christmas list, head out on Black Friday, and only buy those things. It’s, like, a holiday miracle or something. I’m not that strong of a person, and end up having to eat Ramen noodles for a month. It’s a problem. Oh, and the funniest thing about standing in line for a TV deal is that they depreciate in value so quickly. You’d probably be able to buy the same freaking TV a month or two later for the same “steal” of a price, without having to go at a bizarre time of day and waiting in line. That’s exactly what happened to us. Life. Gotta love it.
I do kind of hate the idea of the “Black Friday” deals starting on Thanksgiving day, but that’s because I’d rather be sitting around with my family playing games and discussing how sick we feel. I also feel slightly sorry for the people who are forced to work that day when they otherwise wouldn’t have to do that. I realize some folks choose to work on Thanksgiving for the extra money, and that’s totally respectable, too. I feel like my Facebook feed is just people arguing over this right now. PS: Some people don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving. Mind-blowing, right?
Anyway, if I end up falling into the “deal” trap it will probably happen on Cyber Monday. I’m pretty much going to force myself to stay off of the computer. I’m just not ready to shop yet. I’ve picked up a few things for Maddux here are there, but I haven’t even begun to think of the rest of the family. If you’re like me and need more time to make a budget, compile a list, and just generally prepare yourself for Christmas shopping, have no fear. Best Buy has you covered. They are known for their Black Friday deals, but they also have spectacular sales year round. Ones that you don’t have to get frost-bite in the parking lot for.
I know that we buy at least one thing at Best Buy every single Christmas. The gift of technology is the best, am I right? We head there for TVs, computers, phone accessories, and all our major techy purchases. We actually just snagged a heavily discounted printer there last week. I was shopping online for one until I realized I know nothing about them. We headed into Best Buy and 15 minutes later, we were walking out with the perfect printer for us. The Blue Shirts know their stuff. They made it simple, and spoke to me in terms I could understand. Which is a very limited list. So, yeah, we dig Best Buy.
One thing I didn’t realize is how much they have to offer for fitness fanatics and kids. I’ve never thought to buy gifts for the active folks or young children in my life there. Big mistake.
They are offering 15% off Health & Fitness products, Fisher Price & Mattel Toys. To redeem the coupon online, enter Blogger15Off at check out. I have my eyes on the Fisher Price Little People Apptivity Barnyard for Maddux. I think it’s pretty sweet. They also have a ton of great gift ideas at the Best Buy Gift Center.
In addition to that, they are offering 10% off Headphones and Portable Speakers (Excludes Beats, Bose and Sony Product). To redeem the coupon online, enter Blogger10Off at checkout. Y’all, if you follow me on Twitter, you know I need some new headphones. I keep complaining about the ones that came with my phone. I’m hoping new ones will be in my stocking. (Hey, Ryne!)
Other bonuses when it comes to shopping at Best Buy: their low price guarantee, free store pick up, more choices than practically anywhere on the planet, the ability to browse the showroom, great tech gifts in small packages, and the fact that you can purchase a gift card when all else fails. I’ve been known to panic and do the last one. No matter what people say, gift cards are awesome.
Well, folks, I gotta run. I have some things in the oven right now. I tend to forget about that kind of stuff and then almost burn the house down. I better get back to business. I’m cooking for our “Friendsgiving” tonight! So exciting. I even curled my hair for it. It’s a pretty big deal.
Hope y’all have a great Saturday night!
**Disclosure: this is a sponsored post for Best Buy, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I like them. A lot.**