Praise Fitness, Running, Reading

A good friend started a Praise Fitness class at our church on Mondays and Thursdays. Tonight was our 1st one, and we ROCKED it. 🙂 Danced to Toby Mac, Mandisa, Hillsong!!


I was feeling frisky (did I just really use that word??) before the class so I ran/walked a mile.

Ummm- I’m feeling it already. 🙂


Earlier today I worked on some school stuff and read. I finished SNAPPED by Laura Griffin. 5 of 5 stars.

And look y’all- she tweeted me back!!!


It was a great day out of school!!!

December Walking Challenge

Ok y’all. I have SERIOUSLY got to get some movement back in my life.

And not just from the couch to the refrigerator. I’ve got that kind down pat!!

Since my running challenges lately haven’t worked I thought maybe I would just try some walking. Anything is better than nothing!

So I figured that if I meditate enough on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that I might just feel motivated to get up and moving.

My challenge to myself is:


I’m going to try and walk a minimum of 25 miles this month.

I even created an event on my personal Facebook page to try and keep myself accountable. 🙂

I may walk .3 or .6 or 1 mile or 3 miles at a time. But I’m gonna MOVE!!!

You are welcome to join me!! The more the merrier!!

You can post your miles on my personal Facebook page or my I RUN READ TEACH Facebook page or even here on my blog. Or you don’t have to post at all if you don’t want to.

Feel free to use my challenge image if you want to!

Happy walking!

Trail walk

Yesterday I went on a trail walk at a local state park. It was 2.8 miles (I finished walking around the parking lot to make it an even 3). It was a BEAUTIFUL walk! I took pictures with my phone, but unfortunately I am technology challenged sometimes so I don’t have a clue as to how to get them on my blog! 🙂

I did not use my CardioTrainer app (don’t ask me why!), so I’m not sure what my pace was per mile or how many calories were burned. But I CAN tell you that this trail has A LOT of hills. That’s a good thing right? 🙂 The entire 3 miles took me about 54 minutes-I was not in a hurry. I think I might get addicted to this trail walking/hiking thing. AND-this park is only about 15 minutes from my house!

Anybody else out there that loves trail walks/hikes?

Total miles in 2012

I keep up with my mileage/workouts on this fantastic website called Daily Mile. You need to check it out. It’s like a social media fitness site.

Since I started walking/running on January 1st my total mileage for this year is………………………………….


Woohoo!! That’s 139 more miles than I have done in the last 15 years! I can’t wait to see my statistics at the end of this year. You better believe I’ll be posting them!

Oh yeah, the 20 minute jog

COUCH25K-Week 5-DAY 3




This was the day of the 20 minute jog (without stopping) that had butterflies in my stomach all day leading up to it! 🙂 I knew that if I couldn’t do it I would just reattempt it until I could. It’s not like the Couch25k Police were going to come and get me! But I REALLY wanted to be able to do it! AND I DID!!! I’m super pumped now and feel as if I am on top of the world! 🙂

Now I can’t wait to start week 6!

And after that 20 minute jog, I still went to a 2 hour zumba master class!!! It was a great Friday!

I am the 1st one on the back row. The one who’s head looks like  a football helmet because of the sweat! 🙂

10 pounds down and 25 to go

Woohoo!!!! I have lost 10 pounds in 25 days! Just over 3 weeks! YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m super excited and feel lots better than I have in a long time. I did eat more this weekend than I planned because I was at a conference, and well, you know how food tastes SO GOOD away from home. 🙂

But, I did 2 miles on the treadmill in the hotel fitness center Friday night after our dinner. And when I got home this evening I did 2 miles on the stationary bicycle. Tomorrow is going to be a super busy day (car/deer accident stuff after school, legislative contact meeting, and BUNCO!), so tomorrow will probably be my day off for this upcoming week.

So my official weight now is…..drumroll please…… 153 pounds!

But, that means I still have about 25 or more to go. O.M.G. Can I do it? You bet I can! 🙂

Too much to do Tuesday

Today was one of those days where the stars did not align correctly for getting in my exercise!!! I’m NOT a morning person so exercising in the morning before work is NOT an option! My planning period was consumed by me having to call the body shop about getting an estimate on my car that a deer tried to take out, a student taking a makeup test, finishing the study guides for this week, and no I didn’t have time to go to the bathroom. 🙂

Faculty meeting after school for 35 minutes (I actually don’t mind these-in fact, I’m weird I guess since I like them). Took car to the body shop to actually get the estimate-50 minutes!!!

Weekly dinner date with my best friend and our daughters. I mean come on-I do have my priorities. 🙂 Took my daughter to visit her boyfriend that broke up with her last week and they are still talking-don’t ask. 🙂

FINALLY got home at 9pm. 2 miles on the stationary bike. B.o.r.i.n.g. BUT-I did read a book while I rode. LOVE TO READ! I also did some “little” strength training things like-10 pushups, leg lift thingies, worked out arms a little with VERY light weights.

Now it’s 10:49 pm, and I’m blogging, tweeting, and reading blogs. Be back tomorrow-hopefully with a couch25k update. 🙂

Zumba Rocks!!

Who rocks the house? I say zumba rocks the house. And when zumba rocks the house-I fall all the way down. and can’t get back up. 🙂

There is FINALLY a class that is ONLY 8or 9 miles from where I live!! Hooray!!! Instead of over 20!! God has answered my prayers!

Zumba was the finale after my WEEK 3-DAY 1 training that I will have to REPEAT because I couldn’t run one of the intervals for all of 3 minutes. Ugghh! 🙂

Let me give you the scenario. I turned right out of my driveway (we live on 23 acres) to train down the paved road instead of the dirt road since my husband told me I might get shot if I go down the dirt road because of deer season. ? If someone mistakes me for a deer, then they shouldn’t have a gun in their hands to begin with. Right? 🙂 So I did the EASY 5 minute warmup walk. So easy. Insert “patting myself on the back” here. Then jog 90 seconds. Then walk 90 seconds. Then jog 3 minutes. WAIT A MINUTE. You want me to go from 90 seconds to 3 minutes? HA. And on a slight incline? HA. So after jogging for less than 3 minutes (I still had 1 minute and 25 seconds left) I had to start walking again. Bummer. But then I pictured my husband’s smiling (laughing) face when I told him I was going to run a 5k this year and you know what? That 2nd time that called for 3 minutes? I JOGGED IT THE ENTIRE TIME. Take that DH(and that still means “darling” husband at this point). :)Nothing like a “I’m gonna so prove you wrong” kind of motivation!

So I think I’ll repeat this day this week. And I’m really trying to figure out what to do about this Friday. I’m going to a conference in B’ham Friday through Sunday. I’m trying to exercise 6 days each week with 1 day of rest. That means 3 days of training, 3 days of some kind of crosstraining (for me it’s walking or zumba), and 1 day of rest. Saturday can be my day of rest since I will be in the conference all day. Which leaves me with Friday. I have to leave right after school to head to B’ham, and I am NOT a morning person. I really don’t think I can get up at 5:30 to exercise. Maybe the hotel has a swimming pool. Hmmmm…

I know this is a super looooong post, but I just feel so talkative and everyone at my house is already in the bed. 🙂

I’m feeling good so far about my calorie reduction. You just don’t know how much I LOVE TO EAT. But, I’m doing good with watching how much I eat. I’m using My Fitness Pal on my phone to track my calories, and then I put in my exercise too. It’s so neat because I can tell how many calories I’ve already had and how many I have left each day. I would link it here, but it’s down for maintenance right now, and I ‘m now getting very sleepy. 🙂

Check back with me tomorrow to see if I can hold out for both intervals of 3 minute jogging!