Grateful for...

Really, you can change your mindset to enjoy the little things.. such as sunshine, ability to be able to work out (health), gyms such as the YMCA, trackers that offer different views into your work out,  and I am very grateful to other bloggers.

Yesterday was the BEST running weather - I got to run outside YAHHHH- it was so nice to be in the sunshine and running/walking on the Greenway - got my 6 miles in and it seemed everyone else had the same thing in mind. I was grateful though that the people seemed to be spaced out so there were times when I felt like I had it to myself. I am a selfish runner and do not like to share....but what a wonderful and blissful place.

I am also grateful that my body is healthy enough to be able to work out - This past week was mostly on the elliptical, got a treadmill run in on last Sunday with the weight class, and did get a Barre class in on Thursday.

 I worked out last week :

Sunday - 30-minute treadmill 1-hour weight training class,
Monday - one ho…

Warm Runner Weather - Meanwhile..

Really you can be a runner in the winter, or at least you can get fit to be strong for the best Stacey warmer runner weather...

Winter running blues - I admit I am a new runner/jogger but I really cannot fathom running in temps below 50 and especially in snow. The past week here in TN, we actually got some snow - the pics below are round two - the old wives tale was right - it was laying around a few days waiting on some friends - it's actually up to my ankles..

Not only do I not want to run in the cold but I am clumsy and I would fall and injure myself, guaranteed. So as I sat looking out the window at the snow, wearing my fuzzy housecoat, and sipping my hot tea,  I spy a runner - my eyebrows involuntarily went up and my lips formed the infamous southern saying, "Bless his heart." Then I went into admiration mode but quickly decided I did not aspire to be like them.

Not for me: 

I have been reading other blogs and some bloggers suggest to take the cold running weather …

Winter Retreat Reset

Really, you can slow down and find the reset button

The past four days have been quite peaceful and a much needed reset for my soul. My middle brother, Jeff, came for a short visit. So I took off Thursday and Friday and Monday was a scheduled holiday. He was supposed to be here Thursday and Friday but the threat of bad weather forced him to come Wednesday night and he left Thursday afternoon. It was a good visit even though it was short.

Below are my favorite pictures of us when we were little and one on his wedding day...

Snow is something that we do not get a lot of it always starts with ice unfortunately and shuts us down - the big joke in TN when there is a forecast of snow -  everyone runs out and buys up milk and bread and there is usually none left...

Friday I had the house to myself watching the snow fall, reading,  playing on the computer while I listened to meditation music on my TV. I found a Yoga TV app for my firestick and listening to Morning in the Forest -birds chirpi…

Employer Incentive Goals

Really, you can meet your fitness  goals, especially when your employer gives you incentives for lower health premiums. My company is having us use Power of Vitality and I must admit at first I wasn't happy about it. You know- something different that I don't know anything about it but thought no biggie, I work out anyways not going to really explore it...But....

I found I have really enjoyed using the system. I like the content, been introduced to meditation, challenges me to achieve 10,000 points (it's also replacing a lot of Facebook time)

The system gives your points for reading articles which are very interesting about weight loss, mind health, and etc. The first think was to do a vitality check, which said my Vitality Age as 55 (I'm going to 47 at the end of the month) that mad  me sad. The reasons were my weight and food choices.

One way to get points is to mediate and one of the compatible apps is Calm. I found Calm at the beginning of last year but quickly fo…

Wants vs Needs

Really, you can stay focused on your financial goals - even when the "I wants and I shoulds" creep in your mind...

I was sitting in a meeting admiring the other women's manicured nails and thought to myself, "I am going to start getting my nails done." Then it occurred to me that would be about $60 a month and I have a lot of other goals that are more worthy to my cause than getting my nails done. It's only the first week and my financial goals are already pushed in the back corner :)

It occurred to me that that was a want - not a need. Wants needs to be factored in AFTER reaching the goals I have already outlined:

The three goals I am focused on for the first quarter are paying on my dryer (hopefully the current will hold up until then), saving a $1000 or to put in smaller chunks at least 84 a month, planning a June wedding. I will most likely get my nails done for THAT :)

I find myself looking at what other have and wanting for myself, just recently I wa…

2018 Word

Really, You Can achieve  your goals. One way to help I found on blogger,  Crazy Running Girl,  that I follow wrote an interesting post on her 2018 goals by aligning one word as the goal. She choose balance and when reading through my goals, I summarize my word is Focus. This must be the trend for 2018, even saw on Facebook you can order a bracelet call My Intent -intent is a word that I am loving..perhaps my word should have been intention instead of focus :) (word envy)

I decided to see what my Facebook family choose: quiet, peace (a couple of people), accomplishment, happy and happiness, intention (one of my favorites), calm, faith (like this one too and a couple of people chose), serenity (ahhh), healthy,  positivity (good one even though spell check doesn't like), and exercise. 

I found it interesting to read all of them noting they were all positive. No one put anything that would be adverse to their well being whether physical or spiritual. Ever wonder why we, as God's …

Surround Yourself

Welcome back from all the holidays and time off from work. I am already focused on two of my goals for 2018, to cook more and get closer to God. While I  made this in 2017 I still wanted to share for 2018.
We went out to dinner with our friends and then were invited to go to their house to play cards and asked if I could make a finger food. 

I found this slider recipe and it was really good - as a matter of fact, I had some left over for breakfast yesterday morning. :) The only thing was I could not locate any poppy seeds so I had to omit.  

I also struggle with how to cook cheaply - a lot of the recipes I find seem costly so I am learning to find recipes that I have the majority of ingredients. The above recipe I had most of the ingredients so I was able to feel pretty good about it.
I go into panic mode when I need to bring a dish because my friends are all really good cooks. Shocking that I would surround myself with foodies, no? Do you ever think about what qualities draw you to …