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Where the fun's at ;)

Where the fun’s at ūüėČ

I have started a new Facebook community that will compliment my blog.

It will be a place to share, connect and motivate each other in the running community!¬†I’m looking forward to some great conversations about running, what inspires you and nutrition!
I’m hoping it will be a blend of people who are just thinking about running, all the way to the experienced runner.
I would love for you to join in the fun!

Just click on this link¬†and “like” the page.

Then share, and comment to your hearts content!

https://www.facebook.com/the23rdmile?ref=hl


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Let’s play a game….

I have a theory…won’t you help me test it?¬†

Let’s play a game.

My game might not be quite this much fun :)

My game might not be quite this much fun ūüôā

My theory is this, no matter what topic or item you give me…I can relate it in some way to running.

Is this a good thing?¬† I’m not sure.¬† ūüôā

For example, this is the one that started my train of thought.

“It can be difficult to find quality employees.”¬† If I were hiring someone and I saw that they were a runner, and had been for awhile….I would be more likely to hire them for the job.¬† They would have the qualities I was looking for such as…a hard worker, goal setter, able to overcome obstacles, self motivated, etc.

All last night and this morning I have been thinking of random objects and relating them to running :/

Washing  Machine:  You should wash your running clothes soon after running.  Do not use fabric softener on your dry fit items.  Air drying is best.

Iron:  One of my favorite things about running clothes is that you do not have to iron ANYTHING!

Banana:  A staple at the finish lines for most running events that I have been part of.

Couch:¬† OF COURSE…Couch to 5k!

Checkbook:¬† You might think that running is a cheap sport, but it CAN get costly.¬† Running shoes, entry fees, travel expenses, gadgets, and the list goes on.¬† I have written many checks during these last few years, but it was worth every penny.¬† Honestly…all you really NEED is a GOOD PAIR of shoes, and water.

Ceramic Tile:¬† I’ve been known to lay on the cold, ceramic tile in my air conditioned house, after running outside in the sweltering hot Alabama sun.

So won’t you join in my “FUN”?¬† Comment a topic or item and lets see if my theory¬†holds true!¬† I’m curious!


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Can you lose weight if you run? YES!

My dad and I had many conversations similar to this when I was a kid:

ME:¬† “Daddy, can I go to the park?”

DAD:¬† “You CAN…but MAY you?”

See, there’s a difference!¬† I had the ability, but not necessarily the permission.

SO…..

Can you lose weight if you run?  YES!

BUT….

WILL you lose weight if you run?  That is totally up to YOU!

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It’s simple math.

Are you eating more calories than you are burning?

Let’s say that you run/walk¬†2 miles…then you have burned approximately 200 calories.¬† Then you go to Subway and eat 2 oatmeal cookies (You’ve got oatmeal…you’ve got raisins…healthy right?¬† ūüėČ )¬† Each cookie = 200 calories.¬† So you have just eaten 200 MORE calories than all your hard work running had burned.

Like anything in life….the plan works if you work the plan.

AND TRUST ME!  We have tried most all of the diet plans out there!

MyFitnessPal¬†has been invaluable to us!¬† It’s a free app for your phone that helps you keep track of your daily caloric intake.¬† When you start counting calories, you will be shocked at how many calories you consume each day!

To me, it’s not about clothes size…it’s about being healthy.

You CAN!…but WILL you?

What’s your plan?¬† What’s working for you?


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Bouquet of Three Award

A few weeks ago “The Wannabe happy camper” from¬†On the Road to Being Happy nominated me for the Bouquet of Three Award.¬† I enjoy reading her “journey to happy” because I relate to her story.¬† I remember having some of her exact feelings, I feel that we all inspire each other along the way, and I have gleaned some good tips from her blog as well!¬† Thank you for your blog, and the award(s)!¬† It was such a nice surprise!

QuantcastBest Moment AwardThe Versatile Blogger awardSunshine Blog Award
~Here Are The Rules~1.  Display your award picture, on a blog post. 2.  Thank the person who nominated you, link them back in your post. 3.  Pass the nomination on to 15 Bloggers you have recently discovered.  4.  Contact the Bloggers, to tell them that you have nominated them.  5.  Finally share 7 things about yourself.

I have just recently started blogging, but here¬†are some of my favorite running blogs so far.¬† I’m sure there are others that I will think of later!

In random order:

1.¬† Rather Be Runnin’ ¬†http://ratherberunnin.com/

2.  Move Eat Create  http://moveeatcreate.com/

3.  Run 5k a Day  http://run5kaday.wordpress.com/

4.¬† Lisa’s 40 Days¬† http://lisas40days.wordpress.com/

5. Any Excuse to Wear Trackpants  http://anyexcusetoweartrackpants.wordpress.com/

6.  Fit for a Year  http://fitfor365.wordpress.com/

Here are a few of my other favorite blogs.¬† They have nothing to do with running, but I like ’em!

7.¬† I’ve loved learning from this leader since high school…and that’s been quite a long time ago!¬† John Maxwell on Leadership¬† http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/

8.¬† My husband introduced me to this blog last year.¬† He thought I’d enjoy it…and I do!!!¬† Jon Acuff¬† http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/

9.¬† My so very talented cousin!¬† If you’re looking for graphic design/photography in Montgomery, AL or the surrounding areas…he’s the man to call.¬† I also get a lot of ideas of event’s happening in our area from his blog.¬† Carter Photography and Design¬† http://carterphotodesign.com/

10-15.¬† AND…..last but not least…see, I gave her #’s 10-15!¬† My sister, and her cool old western town chickens!¬† Landstown Poultry¬† http://www.landstownpoultry.com/blog/blog/

7 things about myself:

1.  I enjoy writing about running, just as much as I enjoy actually running.  I think they are both important for me to do.

2.¬† I stay up late working on “stuff”, just because I like to be alone.¬† BUT…if I sit still for more than 5 minutes…I’ll fall right to sleep.

3.¬† Buddy the Elf¬†+ Mr. Fred Rogers = me.¬† (My personality anyways.)¬† ūüôā

4.¬† Never met an ice cream that I didn’t like.

5.  I have 3 daughters that most people think are my sisters instead.

6.¬† I love photography, and plan on being an amazing “second shooter” one day.¬† We already own one business…I’m not interested in the business side so much…I just want to create.

7.¬† I was adopted when I was 3 days old.¬† At the request of a friend, I wrote about this on my old blog.¬† If you’d like, you can read about it here.

Thanks again Wanna be happy camper!  And, thank you all for reading and sharing your thoughts!

~Julia


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Reasons I love to run, #2.

I LOVE RUNNING BECAUSE:

The views are spectacular!

Here are a few of my favorite sights from the last 3 years:

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July 4, 2012 ~ At the top of Oak Mountain in Pelham, AL. “Breathtaking”

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On THE track in Talladega! April 4, 2011. I thought this was one of the coolest experiences ever…I just imagine how exciting it must be for car racing fans. It gives me a different perspective every time I see the Talladega Superspeedway on TV.

…and this is my favorite “spectacular view” of all time….

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This is my view during most of our runs, my husband, Matt.
He leads…I follow.
Matt tells me a story about an elderly Uncle of his. When Matt was a boy, his Uncle would cut their grass from time to time. His wife would follow behind him, back and forth, mirroring his every step.
Sometimes, I feel like that Aunt. My favorite place to be is right by Matt’s side. But…since I can’t keep up with him YET…this will have to do. ūüôā
I love this view.

I’m sure we will have many more spectacular views to share with you in the future!

If you have a spectacular view from a run or a race that you would like to share, feel free to comment with a link to your blog!

I know there are many more beautiful places in this world.

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*Look for reason 3 next week*
Click here to see the rest of my list.
Why do you love to run? 


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I am the injury.

Healthy living¬†is a collection of winning moments.¬† Daily decisions that result in ultimate victories.¬† Victory over self, ¬†doubts, hurts, obstacles….

I REALLY ENJOY talking about those WINS!

Unfortunately…it also has moments of defeat.¬† Sometimes¬†you have¬†an injury¬†that forces your goals to¬†head in a different direction.¬† Sometimes YOU are the injury.¬† Your own poor choices.

That’s me right now.¬† In an attempt to be “real” with hopes that it will help someone feel “normal”…I will¬†share this temporary defeat.

I feel sad.

I am disappointed in myself.

I have been eating A LOT…I believe it’s because I have used food as a friend for a long time….

I have gained over half of my weight back, I look at pictures from just November…and get aggravated at myself.¬† I was almost there!¬† Almost at the weight I wanted to be at.¬† Now, when I see a picture of myself I’m back to¬†thinking again, “Oh…that’s a bad picture of me.”¬† When in reality…it¬†IS me.¬†

My clothes don’t fit right…again.

I’m a little embarrassed to run…again.¬† I know that’s just in my head.¬† NOBODY notices OR cares what I look like, or if my stomach flab(that was almost gone) jiggles when I run.

It’s not just about weight…it’s about being complete/whole. Nothing missing, nothing broken.¬† Looking to no other source, but Jesus to “complete” me.

I also hear this in my head, “You ran a marathon, and you can’t control what you put in your mouth?¬† What’s wrong with you?”

So, why come so close and then sabotage all my hard work?

I don’t know.

What I do know:

I am loved no matter what I look like, or how I have disappointed myself.

I can start again.

I like¬†the feeling of winning, better¬†than losing. ¬†But…part of me doesn’t want to.

Then again…part of me doesn’t want to run…but I do it anyway.

I ran a marathon!

I CAN beat this too ūüôā

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~Complete in Christ alone~ ‚̧


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1 reason to love it…

My own sign, made by my girls ‚̧

I’ve decided to list the reasons why I love running!

…this will¬† give me good things to think¬†about on¬†the days that I don’t love it…

I LOVE RUNNING BECAUSE:

Now I finally have my own fancy sign ‚̧

…and I love that my children know from my example¬†that they can do hard things…

Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honorable,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
If there be any virtue,
And if there be any praise,
Think on these things. 

~Phillipians 4:8

*Look for reason 2 next week*….

Why do you love to run?


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Does running make you nice?

This reminds me of my blog entry¬† “Race day…living the dream”

So again…I’m not the only one who feels this way. I really like this running¬†world!

So my answer to his question, “Does running make you nice?” I would say yes…at least that’s what my kids tell me!

They always encourage me to run…they say I’m nicer this way….

Views from the Third Wave

As¬†I was sitting on the train at London Waterloo this week waiting for it to leave, a man got on and asked if he could have the seat next to me. He didn‚Äôt ask with a ‚ÄúPlease may I‚Ķ‚Ķ‚ÄĚ, he simply threw his newspaper across me and waited for me to get up and let him in.

It was bad mannered and irritating but I thought no more of it. But then he sat down and spread himself across his seat and into half of mine! I moved slightly so that we weren’t pushing each other, whereupon he spread himself further into my seat. It was almost as if he wanted a confrontation. When it became intolerable I asked him politely if he would mind letting me have some room. His reaction was extraordinary.

He looked at me, his faced screwed up with aggression and said: ‚ÄúDo me a favour mate. Sod off!‚ÄĚ

Wherever…

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