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41 Rotations around the Sun…”Birthday Run”

!!!HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!
(Or as my dad might say…41 rotations around the sun.)
I was greeted with smiles and cupcakes for a 5:15am run with my “Chilton Runners” friends.
(…and yes, I did count them…each delicious mini-cupcake contains 100 calories, which takes 1 mile or in my case 9:46 minutes to burn off…)

In keeping with our “Chilton Runners” tradition, I found a parking lot and created a big “41” with my GPS.

I kept a great pace(for me), and made sure to stop my GPS at 4.1 miles!

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o top it off, my music for this run happened to disperse random cuts off of the “ROCKY” album…

“Rocky” music just makes me feel like a winner…how about you?


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Slimming down the Waffle House Fiesta Omelette

You can usually find lower calorie options on the menu of your favorite restaurant.

Here is one of our favorite low-calorie dishes to order at Waffle House.

Matt ordered the Fiesta Omelette made with egg whites instead of the whole egg.  You can also order your hashbrowns steamed, instead of fried.  That alone brings the calorie content down 100 calories.  He only ate one piece of wheat toast with no butter.  Total Calories = 432
On this particular day I only ate the omelette(without jalapenos) with 1/2 piece of plain wheat toast…omitting the hashbrowns.  No scattered, smothered, chunked, diced, capped for me today! Total Calories = 256

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Here is the typical Fiesta Omelette meal:
Fiesta Omelette w/whole eggs(440 calories) + plain hash browns(205 calories) + 2 Pieces of White toast(130 calories) + 1 TBSP Butter(100 calories) = 875 Total Calories
That one meal would typically be 3/4 of my calorie intake for the day.  Not even including your drink calories(I drink water.)
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No wonder people say they don’t eat much, but can’t seem to lose weight!

-Making wiser choices-

~Julia


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Chilton Runners: “running with friends”

My husband surprised me with a visit to tour my “dream home” the other day.  It was everything on my “list”, it even had a spectacular view AND was only 5 minutes from shopping.

(He’d always said I couldn’t have both a pretty view and live close to town too.)

I LOVED IT!

…but…

Where would I run?…and what about our running group?

We were just dream building anyway, but I told him that I couldn’t move there…I couldn’t leave my running friends. 🙂

In this town of beauty pageants, politics, baseball, hunting, sweet tea and AU/AL football(none of which mean a thing to me), I never felt like I really belonged here until I started running.

I often wonder if every running group is as great as mine…I can’t imagine so…
What a great group of people!

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We get to have all the fun…
Thanks for keeping me going  Chilton Runners!

 


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Conditions were favorable for “shining”!

Last week during an early morning run, I looked up and thought:

“Wow!  Those stars sure are shining bright today!”

Then I realized that it wasn’t that the stars were any different than usual.

The stars don’t change. 

Only their environment does. 

So, the conditions were favorable for shining that day…
 

#that’sall  #randomness  #runningthoughts


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Take LOTS of pictures of me please!

TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF ME PLEASE! 

 

Photo Credit Emily Davis http://emiedavis.wordpress.com/

Photo Credit Emily Davis http://emiedavis.wordpress.com/

 

Tomorrow will be a history making day in the Davis household!

For the first time EVER we are having “REAL” family photos taken by my friend, and fellow runner,

Julia Cantley, of  Julia Cantley Photography!

 

Besides the fact that I could fill a suitcase with “awkward” pictures taken of myself during the last 40 years….I’ve also been “losing 20 lbs” for the last 10 years or so, thinking that THEN we could have a picture made.  This year I changed my mind.  We’re having a photo session despite my own self criticisms.  I know that as my children get older & move away it will be more difficult to arrange this & I didn’t want to miss out.

This year, the value of a photo was made ever so clear to me with the passing of my sweet Mother-in-law, Mary, from this earth into Heaven.

I had the pleasure of making a movie of pictures that we all had collected of her through the years.  I’m happy to say that we had MANY.  Each one suddenly became a treasure.  Scanning through each picture was very therapeutic for me.  My favorites were the ones that showed the REAL Mary.  They were very  likely the pictures that she didn’t even like of herself.  There was the one while she was sleeping that showed her crooked toes & calloused feet, another of the sweet curve of her shoulders and even the perfect space between her front teeth that she disliked with a passion.  There were others of her at all stages of life.  With each picture, I only saw the essence of Mary:  loving & selfless, proud mother to Matt, sweet Gran to my children.  The weight, wrinkles, & as the song says “perfect imperfections” were the things that I cherished the most.

Now that she’s not here with us on this earth, there still aren’t enough pictures, or videos of her.  Those along with any handwritten notes or cards are our most sought after possessions.  When anyone shares another, it’s as if they are sharing another piece of her with us.  Priceless.

So, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF ME PLEASE!

 Sleeping, chewing, talking, laughing, 20 lbs overweight, bad hair, good hair…whatever….just snap away!

It’s a gift!  With love from me to you.

…and if you’re reading this, be sure to do the same. 

It’s not about you,

but it IS very much about special moments with those who love you.

 

 

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My lovely MIL, Mary Culpepper


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No Regrets.

I haven’t ran since Thursday.

We were on vacation & I slept in each day.

Trading in my usual alarm clock(s) & starlit skies, I instead welcomed the morning sunshine streaming through my wall of sliding glass doors.

As I looked out the window at this beautiful bay view…I never once wished that I was out there running.

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“Sunrise at St. George Island” by http://emiedavis.wordpress.com/

I don’t regret one minute of my 5 day running vacation.

A refreshing break was just what I needed.

Tomorrow’s a new day….
Time to finish our last full week of half marathon training!

~just me…my friends…and our flashlights~ ❤


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Rule breaker

I don’t run after 8am during the Summer, but yesterday I broke my own self imposed rule.

I had a hot & sweaty, 3pm, run your frustrations into the ground, especially going uphill…
…running with thoughts of my sweet friend…kind of run.

I solve world problems when I run, don’t you?

Today I surmised that most of this world’s issues would be solved  if we could take care of the issue of one’s

CHARACTER & INTEGRITY.