I’m a 20 plus newlywed, nutrition student and aspiring writer, with a love for chocolate, oatmeal and exercise. I enjoy exercising and learning about nutrition and health, and I am currently training for my first half marathon.

Highs & Lows of the Weekend

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Hello to some of my favorite online friends!

I’m a little late to the party this morning, but I made it! Better late than never, right? At least that’s my motto these days!

I hope your weekend was a great one! Ours was BUSY. A really great, productive, fulfilling weekend, but yes, super busy, so I’m wiped. I’m thinking today will be a pretty chill day so we can all recover a bit. I’ve seen a few other bloggers structure their weekend posts as “highs and lows” to show you the great parts, but also to keep things real and show you the not-so-great parts, because well, life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, right?

Alright, let’s go!


A pumpkin painting and carving get together with friends! I got a little ambitious and invited a few of our friends and their kids over for a chili dinner and to carve and paint pumpkins. I think by the time I got everything ready and prepared for everyone to come over, I was already ready for bed, but it was all worth it and we had a really fun time. It was nice to be able to host and have people over again since we haven’t done it in awhile.



Friday night was a ROUGH night with little Reese. I could tell she was really gassy and uncomfortable, so she was grunting and groaning in her sleep or I was trying to get her to sleep for a good majority of the night. I felt like I barely slept a wink come Saturday morning. Thank goodness for Shakeology and coffee to give me some energy to get through the day.


I got some “me time” and scored some fun purchases at Old Navy! Well, technically I had Reese with me, but she just slept in the Moby Wrap the entire time so I felt like it was“me time”. I left Hunter with Cody on Saturday morning and wandered out to Old Navy to find a cute outfit for Reese since we had family pictures planned on Sunday. As I arrived at Old Navy, I discovered that it was 40% off the entire store, so I ended up meandering around for quite some time and picked up several other items for Hunter and a couple things for me too. It was seriously just what I needed, and I came home feeling refreshed and happy about my alone time and sale purchases.Read More »Highs & Lows of the Weekend

Live, Learn And Get New Shoes

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Three months ago, before I began training for my half marathon, I went to Athletic Annex to get fitted for shoes. I walked for the salesperson, I ran for the salesperson, and after trying on three pairs of shoes, and I bought one. I thought that I was all set.

Two weeks later, my shin pain appeared. It was the first time I’d ever had shin pain so severe, and I assumed it was because of overtraining — I’d be better once my body adapted, or so I thought. Though Athletic Annex does allow you to return the shoes if they’ve only been used on a treadmill, I had already run in mine outside, and I did not think that my shin pain was caused by my shoes. I continued to run.

For the first seven weeks of my training plan, I ran through some pretty severe shin pain, thinking that I could overcome it. I bought a foam roller, I bought compression sleeves (running gets expensive), I iced, and when none of that worked, I rested.

After resting for nearly two weeks, I went for a four mile run with my dad on Mackinac Island, and I felt really good. My shins were a little sore afterwards, but they were fine during my run, and fine the day after. I thought that I was healed.

I ran a couple of times after my run in Mackinac, and I felt okay, but each time I had to cut it short because of shin pain. Then Saturday’s 5k happened, and it hurt.

I chose to run the 5k without music, and it gave me a lot of time to think. I focused on my stride and the way my foot was striking the ground. I thought about how my feet felt in my shoes. I focused on where I was feeling the pain. When I got home later that night, I did my research. As it turns out, I am a little bit of a underpronator, meaning I tend to run on the outsides of my feet. I also tend to scrunch my toes, which in turn, makes my calves tighten. Of course, I was wishing that I had noticed this three months ago, when I had just started training, but sometimes you have to live and learn.Read More »Live, Learn And Get New Shoes