Tag Archives: sunshine award

Sunny Saturday

Today I worked my hips with the 44 – I did an airplane move.

Start on all 4s (table top position) and extend your right leg out to the side – 

easy part
easy part

Lift your right leg and hold for a 2 count before lowering –

lift and hold
lift and hold

About the time that your hips are dying (you will feel it on both sides!!!), you should be done with however many reps you picked (44 for me) and then you get to switch sides!!!

gearing up for side 2
gearing up for side 2
lift and hold
lift and hold

This move looks easy but I always feel it after I’m done!!!

I’m fixing to head down and run – my mileage has been a little low this week so I’m hoping to get in a nice long run – 10 miles or so!!

Kimberly @ All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something nominated me for the Sunshine Award earlier this week and today seemed like a great day to share some sunshine!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 8.27.44 AM

Kimberly had some fun questions – lets hope I can answer them all!!!

1.  If Jane had 3 apples and John had 78 nails, how many layers of clothing are you wearing (how is the weather in your neck of the woods?)?
I’m just wearing shorts, sports bra and short-sleeved shirt (see above pictures) with a fleece jacket on while I type – fixing to run on my treadmill!!  It’s currently 28 degrees but we are supposed to get to 50 today!!!  Good-bye snow (I hope!!).

2.  What is keeping you sane during these long winter months?
RUNNING and looking at pictures of the beach!!!

3.  If you were on a boat with a box of chocolate and your Mother in Law, who would you throw overboard?
Well, hmmm…..my Mother-in-Law passed away almost exactly 7 years ago and I have days where I can take or leave chocolate so….If it is warm and sunny, I will just hang out and soak up the sun – otherwise I’m going in!

4.  What’s in your underwear drawer besides underwear?
Ummm…my little nightgowns – pretty boring over here!!

5.  Do you trust yourself with sharp objects near your face? (as in do you pluck your own eyebrows?  Do you have any eyebrow horror stories?)
I only pluck when it’s absolutely necessary.  For the most part I let Jennifer (my hairdresser of 13ish years) take care of my eyebrows – she can wax them but no way would I try to do that on my own!

6.  I am terrified of dead bodies, spiders and the dentist.  What are you scared of?
Snow!!!  Well, not really scared of it but I have an aversion to it that gets worse every single year!!!

7.  Does your husband cut up the back of your legs with his long toenails when you sleep?
HaHa – sorry Shawn (Kimberly’s husband) – NO!!!  And, if there are ever times that they do feel too long I just scootch over – the beauty of a king size bed!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 8.41.02 AM


According to the rules I’m supposed to nominate more people and keep this going but I suck at that.  It causes me far to much stress to pick just a few people because all y’all deserve Sunshine!!!

So instead of picking a few, I’m just going to give everyone the Sunshine Award – Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 8.42.42 AMHappy Saturday – I hope your day truly is full of sunshine!!!


Spreading Sunshine

Pilates was the theme of the 44 for the day!!  I did a standing mermaid (pilates move) with 4 knees across the body to complete each rep.

[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbVm8td_28o’]

Besides being great for the core, this was really tough for my shoulders – holding my arms out to the side for the time required to complete all 44 reps was HARD!!!  And, after I finished the first side I still had another set of 44 the other direction.  My shoulders are still burning!

I also did a pilates DVD today – Burn & Firm Pilates.  I really like the fact that even though it is pilates, the first 40 minutes or so is standing work and is a pretty  decent cardio workout!

Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 8.52.41 PMThis Sunshine Award has  been making rounds and 2 super sweet bloggers nominated me (even though I am so bad at this kind of thing!).  I’m going to answer the questions because they are fun but I am not nominating anyone – I choose all of y’all!!!

Brooke @ Wrecking Routine (check out her blog if you don’t already read – she shares some great workout challenges plus she is just super cute!!) nominated me last week so I will start with her questions.

1.  What are you too afraid to pursue right now, whether in your dreams, work or relationships?  I’m really doubting my ability to run the 50 mile race in less than 4 weeks.

2.  Why did you start your blog?  to document my daily 43s!!

3.  What is your Zodiac sign?  Virgo but don’t ask me what that says about me because I don’t have a clue!!

4.  What’s your favorite thing about blogging?  Hands down, the wonderful bloggers that I have gotten to know!!

5.  If money wasn’t an option, what country/island would you explore for a week?  Australia

6.  What do you love about your body?  I love how strong my body is!!!

7.  Tell me your favorite season and give me 2 reasons why.  Summer – sun and fun!!

8.  Do you believe in love at first sight?  YES!!  Chris and I drove to Austin, TX (from Lubbock, TX – 7 hours) for our first date (to a concert).  He told me later that he knew on the way to Austin that I was the person he was going to marry – 17.5 years of marriage later still very much in love!!

9.  If you could use only 1 beauty product for the rest of your life what would your choose?  Hmmm…..I’m fairly low maintenance with stuff like that – probably my favorite lotion from Bath & Body (white tea & ginger).

10.  Describe your perfect day from start to finish.  Wake up naturally (no alarm!!), go for a run on the beach, hang out with my family on the the beach, watch the sunset over the water – so, it needs to include my family, the beach and running – simple!!!

Kristen @ 31  Million Seconds (love her blog – sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always great) nominated me on Monday  and had another fun set of questions so here are some more random facts about me.

1.  Night owl or early bird?  Well, since I get up at 5:00 am I guess I have to say early bird.

2.  Would you rather be hot or cold?  HOT!!   Being cold makes me cranky!!

3.  If you could only eat one thing, every meal, for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Pizza – still meeting all the food groups and there are lots of different kinds!!!

4.  If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  the ability to go without sleep – I could get so much more done every day!!

5.  What did you want to be when you grew up?  I thought I would go to med school and be an orthopedic surgeon.  After Chris & I got married I took the MCAT but never really pursued it beyond that and then we had kids and that was the end of that!

6.  What do you miss most about being a kid right now?  school – I’m a nerd!!

7.  If you had one hour of free time right now what would you do with it?  probably read more blogs

8.  What’s the most played song on your iPod?  Zac Brown Band – Toes  

9.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?  HAWAII!!!

10.  If you could time travel, either into the past or into the future, where would you go?  Hmmm….not sure that I would do either!


Even though I’m super lame and not nominating other bloggers, feel free to pick a question or 10 and share your answers – I love learning random facts about all of y’all!!

Happy Wednesday!




Today I did a whole lotta’  kicking for my 43.  I started with 43 x a right side kick and went right into 43 x right front kick, left back kick.  Then I started over with 43 x a left side kick followed by 43 x left front kick, right back kick.

[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS4M3Nq_2J0′]

(side note – demo was after my workout was completely done – my legs were tired and sort of flailing!!!)

I did an old favorite today – Les Mills Combat – Combat 60, Extreme Cardio Fighter.  I love this hour long workout full of punching, kicking and lots of cardio.  The last segment (before the cool down) is some core work – always a bonus!!!

Screen shot 2013-08-16 at 3.03.17 PM


Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  We already know that I don’t always participate correctly – I’m going to answer the questions because they are fun but I’m not tagging anyone because I would pick everyone!!  Sorry, Charlotte!

1.  What is your favorite dessert?
I don’t eat desserts often but I LOVE hot brownies that are just a little gooey!

2.  If you could only go to one website for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Well, if I said BlogLovin is it cheating to clink on links from there?!  I’m not sure I can pick one website – and I NEED to go to Amazon on lots of occasions!!

3.  If you could live in any time period, when would it be?
I think I would have enjoyed a lot of things about living in the early 1900s.  I like the work ethic of so many people from long ago – the only thing I would hate is outdoor plumbing!!!

4.  What’s your favorite motivational quote(s)?
I like lots of quotes (and always pick different ones as my favorite!!) – You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great. (Zig Zagler)

5.  What’s your favorite type of food to get when you eat out?

6.  Describe yourself in 2 words.
committed  & determined

7.  How many different states have you lived in?
Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Alabama + Philippine Islands (born there) so 7

8.  Who is your favorite athlete?
Yikes, hard to pick just one!!!  Jackie Joyner-Kersee is high on my list.

9.  Would you rather read or watch TV?

10.  What type of shoes do you have on your feet right now?
Mizuno Wave Creation 13

Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 6.46.23 AM


Now, the answers to yesterday’s riddles!!

1.  Next 3 letters after o, t, t, f, f, – s, s,  e  
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

2.  Next 3 letters after d, n, o, s – a, j, j
December, November, October, September, August, July, June

3.  Lighter than a feather but strongest person can only hold for a few minutes?

4.  Wetter & wetter the more it dries?
a towel

5.  Run but not walk and thought follows close behind?
a nose

6.  Goes around the world in a corner?
a stamp

7.  Inventor doesn’t want it, buyer doesn’t need it, person who needs it doesn’t know it?
a coffin

8.  English word with 3 consecutive double letters

9.  Say my name and I disappear?

How did you do?

Happy Wednesday!!!



Sunshine Award

Today for my 43 I did a move that was inspired by the only Barre workout I’ve done – Cathe Friedrich’s Barre DVD.  I used my “bar” – 

Handy piece of work-out equipment!!
Handy piece of work-out equipment!!

I did a 2-part leg lift.  


First, I lifted my leg to the back –


I brought my leg down (without swinging it!!!) and without touching the floor I lifted it out to the side.  I continued lifting back and side in a slow controlled manner until I finished all 43 reps.

lift to the side
lift to the side

And, because I don’t want my left leg to feel left out, I had to do 43 more with the left leg.

getting ready to go again
getting ready to go again

I have been working on adding extra moves to strengthen my hips lately since I’m running more often and more miles right now – hoping to stay injury free at least for the next couple of months!!!!

I also did my 3rd round of Taylor’s challenge for the week – The Race Is On.  I’m not gonna lie – this week’s workout was tough!!!  Even though it took less than 15 minutes, it was very intense and hard-core!  My time on Monday for the entire workout was 15:46 and today I did it in 12:55!!!  No breaks, no rest – just high intensity for almost 13 minutes!!

Heather @ Run Like a G! nominated me for the Sunshine Award.

Screen shot 2013-08-16 at 3.03.17 PM Because I’m super lame, I asked her if it would be OK if I answered the questions without doing the rest of the award requirements (picking 10 other people to answer questions from me).  She said it would be fine – thanks, Heather for nominating me and letting me be a 1/2 participant!!! 

Questions from Heather:

1.  What is your favorite thing about running?
I love how strong and free I feel when I run.  Some runs are good and others not so much but I always feel alive after completing a run.  And, my calves almost always look like I’m wearing heels!!!

2. What FRIENDS character are you more like?
I’m probably the most like Monica – I am very type A and sometimes fairly obsessive!!!

3.  If money wasn’t an option, what country/island/place would you explore for a week? 
Australia – my number one place that I want to visit and haven’t yet!!!

4.  Bodybuilding – yay or nay?
Not for me just because I don’t have the discipline required (especially as far as the nutrition goes!).  But I love seeing how others can transform their bodies through hard-work and discipline.

5.  What do you LOVE about your body?
I’m happy with my body 95% of the time – mostly because I love how strong it is.  I know that I can push myself harder now than I did 5 years ago and that makes me HAPPY!!!

6.  Tell me your favorite season and give two reasons why it is your favorite season.
Summer – always!!!  I love the heat and days spent at the pool or beach with my family.  I also love the slower pace that we enjoy during the summer when we aren’t tied down with a school schedule.

7.  Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes!  My husband and I met on a Tuesday night (at a bar).  I didn’t see him again until the following Saturday when he picked me up and we drove 7 hours (each way) to go to a concert.  He told me several months later that he knew on the way to Austin (for the concert) that I was the person he was going to marry.

8.  If you could have an exotic animal as a pet, which would you choose?
I’m not a huge pet person but I would probably go with some type of snake – maybe a dwarf boa.

9.  Have you read Harry Potter?
No.  My oldest son (14 now) read all the books the summer after he finished 2nd grade!!!  I have only seen the first 4 movies – I enjoyed them but sort of lost interest.

10.  What is your favorite cereal?
Ohs – no milk!!!

I would nominate all the blogs I read for a Sunshine Award so I’m not doing that part.  Feel free to pick any (or all) of the questions and share your answer(s).

Happy Saturday!!!