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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trail Run With No Falls

That's right, we did some trail running last night! Allan and I agreed that as soon as we both got home we were going to knock out our 5K relay for Spatula Runner's Virtual Race. Earlier that day my next door neighbor told me about the Harvest Square Preserve that they had visited over the weekend so we decided to check it out.

Can you believe I didn't fall over this?!

First, it's five minutes from our house. Second, it's a different place to get in a run with a little more challenging terrain. Third, it has two lakes so we needed to scope it out as a potential place to bring the dogs for swimming now that the weather is warming up.

There's also wildlife-Allan was being one with the ducks
There are two trails that are at the preserve and both have equally gorgeous views! The first one we took is called Dry Creek Trail and it wound through the woods. The only downside to this trail as far as running is concerned is the tiny tree stumps that aren't cut all the way to the ground. You have to be extra careful about where your feet land or you could turn an ankle. Somehow I made my way through unscathed!

Field that we ran next to during part of the run on this trail
The second trail is called Beaverdam Trail and you basically run through the woods next to a creek and come out on the dam for the lake, run across the dam, and then run back. You can also just run along the dam if you don't want to run through the scary woods. Those woods seriously freaked me out and I kept waiting to run over a snake. My speed through this section was definitely faster than the rest!

Our shadows on the dam
We did a couple of loops to get in our 5K and headed back to the car anxious to get home, shower, and grill some turkey burgers to eat with our fresh fruit. As though I hadn't annoyed Allan enough stopping on the trail to take out my iPhone and take pictures I made him take a picture once we got in the car. He really does love taking pictures with me!

I look atrocious so please ignore that. Allan always looks great even sweaty (or at least I think so!)
In case you don't remember my first trail experience you can read this post. I actually just re-read it myself and now I'm ready to take the dogs to Monte Sano again!

Are you a trail runner or hiker? If so, have you had any memorable falls?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Live Fit & Healthy

Last week I had the privilege of attending an auxiliary (hospital volunteers) meeting where two guest speakers talked about heart disease in women covering everything from symptoms to risk factors to statistics. Family history alone places me in the intermediate risk group which shocked me. I came home with a determination to control what I can which is exercising, eating right, and keeping my weight within a healthy range.

While running is a huge part of my life I need to do a better job of incorporating other activities such as yoga, pilates, weight training, kettlebell workouts, ab workouts, and my workout DVD's that range from Salsa Dancing (which is really fun) to sweating it out Biggest Loser style with Bob or Jillian. I'm even planning on doing a Boot Camp and hopefully take a spin class!

Oh kettlebell, we are about to be BFF!

Besides incorporating different forms of exercise that I can do daily whether or not I'm running a big focus is going to be controlling what I'm eating and drinking. Getting my recommended daily amount of water has always been a struggle for me but I hope to change that. Starting yesterday I will be drinking three bottles of Dasani, taking my GNC Women's Active multivitamin, and eating more fruits and veggies on a daily basis.

This is my favorite type of bottled water

Today I took things a step further and cleaned out the refrigerator. I took everything out, washed the fridge, threw away things that had expired, and repacked it so it's more organized. Now I'll be honest I don't enjoy seeing a bazillion pictures of what people eat so don't worry I haven't become a food blog! However, I do want to show off some of my favorite things I eat for breakfast, a snack, or a small meal.

Fage is my favorite type of Greek yogurt and my breakfast most days

My go-to snack or small meal is Larabar!
Drinking more water, incorporating different types of exercise, and eating healthier will take care of maintaining a healthy weight. If I lose weight, I'll be pretty thrilled!

What steps have you taken to lead a more healthy and fit lifestyle?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sixty Acres and a Bride Book Review

This is one of those books that once you start reading it you honestly can't put it down until you find out what happens. For me this book touched on several emotions and at times made me want to laugh, cry, or scream. The Garner family is reunited after ten long years when Eli, Louise, and Mack left for Mexico. Unfortunately only Louise and Mack's widow Rosa made the return home to Texas and their ranch and both becoming widows nearly a year ago. Rosa meets her Aunt Mary and Uncle George and their children immediately but must wait to meet the infamous Weston that she has heard so much about. Five years prior he lost his wife Cora and continues to blame himself for her death. Rosa soon finds herself relying on Weston to teach her things she will need to know in order to operate the ranch. Back taxes are but one of the struggles that Louise and Rosa must face together as she learns how to run a ranch. Despite their hard work they come up short when the tax payment comes due. What unfolds between Rosa and Weston is something you'll have to read for yourself!

About the book:
She's Finally Found a Place to Call Home... How Far Will She Go to Save It?

With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can't help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. 

Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future. Read an excerpt:    

About Regina:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Meet Regina here.

Learn more about Regina by visiting her website,

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