Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday and Bakin' Friends

Happy Halloween!

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Today I am thankful for delicious goodies sent in the mail.  

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This month the Bakin Friends ingredient was candy corn.  Dawn from Butter and Sprinkles sent me the most beautiful candy corn bark.

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Isn't it so festive?  I sent Deb from Kneaded Creations these cookies. Thanks Dawn and thanks to Stephanie for hosting!  To find out more about Bakin Friends, click here.

I am thankful for koala bear costumes:

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I can't wait to put Ina in hers later today.  Here's hoping she lets the hat stay on.

I am thankful for my mom for watching 6 small group kids while the adults studied in the basement for an hour. I loved hearing the stories afterwards - it is hilarious and amazing what kids can do in such little time.  

I am thankful for group fitness classes.

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Tuesday I went to spin class and yesterday I went to power yoga.  I am sore from my teeth to my small toe.

I am thankful for Ina's new fridge art.

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I have to smile every time I walk in the kitchen, even if it is 4:30 AM.  Thanks to Danielle for being such a creative teacher.

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I am thankful for Puerto Rican food.  

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Oh my goodness.  A girl from our small group made these delicious creations called empanadillas (fried dough pockets with the most amazing and flavorful filling) with arroz con pollo (chicken, peas and rice). I happily broke my gluten free rule to enjoy such a special treat.  

The best thing I have eaten in a long time.  

What are you thankful for?  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Packing in the Morning Protein

Disclaimer: I was given Designer Whey and Smari products in order to write this post through FitFluential.  However, all opinions are my own.  Conveniently, Designer Whey has been my protein powder of choice for years, so  I jumped at the chance to write a review.

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I used to eat cereal for breakfast every morning.  It was delicious.  Convenient.  I loved the variety.

What I did not love was the fact that I would be a trembling, low blood sugar mess my 10:30.

The problem was that cereal didn't have enough protein to get me through until lunch.  Once I started adding protein to my breakfast I found myself not looking at the clock with hungry eyes until noon.  

Now I save cereal for dessert only and aim to get 15 to 20 g of protein in my breakfast.  Here are some ideas on how to do that: 


Protein Powder: The flavors are endless.  For years I have been a chocolate and vanilla girl, but after Designer Whey sent me the vanilla almond and luscious strawberry flavors I am never turning back.  They are delicious!  I use my protein powder for: 
Cottage Cheese with fruit - my faves are pineapple, grapes, pears, and strawberries
Yogurt - You all know I love some Greek yogurt.  However, we might be breaking up, because this Icelandic yogurt is amazing.
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Creamy, just sweet enough, and it packs 17 g of protein!  (FYI - Whole Foods is the only location in the KC area I could find it).  To find out more about Smari, click here.  
You could eat it plain, add some fruit, or use it to make some delicious over-night oats.
Protein bars - I try to stay away from these unless I don't have time for anything else, and they are a life saver.
DW also sent me their new Protein 2Go recovery drink mix, which you mix in water.  I have yet to try it, but plan to today.  I will let you know what I think.  
Any other suggestions?  How do you get protein in your breakfast?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Morning Exerciser

Now that baby girl is (mostly) sleeping through the night seems I am back in the morning exercising game.

Yesterday morning Kim and I were up and at 'em early for a 3 mile run. 

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I highly recommend you find someone to run in the dark with.  

Kim brought a flashing light, so we were extra safe.  Also, the three miles flew by so fast because of the awesome conversation.  

Ina tries to talk, (check out my Instagram for a video of her talking in her sleep) but the conversation just doesn't hold my interest in the say way.  Ha!

The rest of the day was awesome.  

Lunch with Meg at a new to me Indian restaurant.

I came home from work to a house that smelled like roast chicken (thanks to Dan the Man).

Dan's parent's came over for dinner.

I truly believe I had a good day because I started it out on the right foot, er feet, with a run.

This morning I made it to the 5:30 am spin class

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and created a pool of sweat at the bottom of the bike that Ina could swim in.  

Note to self: bring something for hydration other than a cup of coffee

I know I have talked about this before, but exercising in the morning is key for me.  As the day goes on, life gets in the way and more than likely a workout doesn't happen.

What about you?  Do you exercise in the morning, afternoon, or evening?  Why?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cuddle Day

Yesterday looked a lot like this.

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And this.

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I don't know if it was from the lack of sleep or the continued teething pain, but baby girl was so whiny, cuddly, and clingy yesterday that I was forced to stay on the couch with her.

After church, the only time my booty left the cushion was to make apple crisp for a church function we were supposed to attend, but cancelled to stay home with Ina.

After I dropped off the dessert I went into Target to grab some diapers because I accidentally cancelled my Amazon Mom order and a miracle occurred.  I left with only diapers.  Nothing else. I didn't know that was possible. 

After I put Ina to sleep for the night Dan and I were talking about how cuddling with her is the silver lining to her not feeling so well.  

Of course I would rather see her laughing, crawling, climbing, or almost walking, but I will take any chance I get for her to sit still in my lap.  

Seriously, there is nothing that has made my arms feel more powerful than comforting my daughter.  Knowing I am giving her everything she needs to feel better makes me feel pretty darn strong.  

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Food and Fitness Plan #9

Oh man, last night was a doozy.  

From midnight to 7 am (when I finally gave up on trying to go back to sleep) Ina screamed on and off, with 15 minute intervals of sleep here and there.  This almost never happens, but I did see two more teeth popping in, so I am hoping she starts to feel better soon.

Poor girl.  

Poor Ma (Dan's new name for me).

Coffee and I are going to be very good friends today.

I should have known something would happen, because other than last night's shennanigans, we have had a fantastic weekend. 

Friday night Kim and her husband Mike took us out to eat for dinner. 

Saturday morning my mom came over and watched Ina while I worked for a few hours and Dan helped my dad on his building.  

During Ina's nap I threw dinner and dessert in the crockpots.

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I did my best to "healthily" these two recipes:

Crockpot mac and cheese - used brown rice noodles and added broccoli

Crockpot apple crisp - OK, I will admit, I followed that recipe exactly (with GF flour) and it was delicious

When she woke up we went on a run / swing / walk in this beautiful fall weather.

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The three miles really put it to me.  I couldn't believe only a week before I was running 13.1 miles.  Crazy!

Last night our friends Ashely and Brady came over and we watched the season finale of The Newsroom.  

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(Having friends that love your kid is the best.)

So, I plan to just block last night out of my memory and have a rocking Sunday.  

Here is this week's plan:


  • Monday: roast chicken with potatoes, carrots, and onions
  • Tuesday: small group - someone else is making dinner
  • Wednesday: asian turkey meatballs with brown rice and broccoli
  • Thursday: our favorite marinated chicken (baked) with baked sweet potatoes and salad
  • Friday: we will likely go out to eat
  • Saturday: going to a wedding
  • Sunday: winging it


First, I have a confession to make.  For the last three weeks I have "planned" to go to spin class on Tuesday mornings but have yet to actually go.  That is changing this week.  Probably.

  • Monday: 3 mile run with Kim
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
  • Thursday: 3 mile run
  • Friday: 6 mile run
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: rest / short run or walk
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What are you up to this week?

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day.

I bounced out of bed at 4:30 (it is amazing the energy a full night's sleep can give you), wrote my blog, went on a 3 mile dark and chilly run, 

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Hey, 5 minutes is pretty good.

The meeting was great, although Ina was confused and thought she was supposed to be the leader and would not stop talking.

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(Hi Mom!  Thanks Amanda for the picture!)

She was dolling out lots of good advice.  

After WW Ina and I drove to my sister's house where I worked for the day while Ina played with her cousins.  

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Babies feeding each other grapes = too cute.  

Ina and I headed home after work.  We walked through the door just as Dan was starting dinner - pork tacos.  (I know, not on the meal plan, but when Dan is in charge of dinner I don't argue.)

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This is the second time we have had this type of tacos.  Last time it was with beef but both times they were delicious.  Corn tortilla, meat, raw onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt.  You just can't beat it. 

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These were so good that Ina inhaled 3 "servings" of pork and peas.  

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After all that eating bath time was next and we made sure to steer clear of any drains.  

We went to bed early.  LIke 7:30 early.

It was a good day.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I will see you on Sunday with next week's food and fitness plan!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday

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Good morning!

I was so completely excited about going to see Wicked last week that I forgot to write a Thankful Thursday post.  

This week, I turning my life around.  

Today I am thankful for:

- SLEEP.  Ina went from waking up to eat around 2 times per night to sleeping through the night.  In her crib.  By herself. This can be attributed to two things: 1. Me not feeding her in the middle of the night.  2. Letting her try to put herself back to sleep if she did wake up in the middle of the night.  Yesterday I woke up after sleeping 8 hours straight and thought, This is what people who don't drink coffee must feel like when they wake up in the morning.  Seriously, I feel like a brand new woman.  

- Dan's cooking.  I have been extra busy lately, so Dan has been stepping it up in the kitchen.  

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He made meatballs for our small group on Tuesday and I had leftovers for dinner last night (served on top of spaghetti squash).   I really like eating meals that Dan has made for lunch at work.   It makes me think about him during my lunch and reminds me how lucky I am to have him.  

- Our small group - we had two more people join our group this week and now our house is filled with people on Tuesday nights.  I love it.  I am also thankful for my mom and mother/father/grandmother-in-laws who helped watch all the kiddos while we read The Bible.  

-Ina's booster seat that straps to a chair and then straps to her.  

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This girl is like a bucking bronco during dinner time and her normal high chair does not keep her contained anymore.  Last night she let out a crazy scream when I wouldn't unstrap her, but at least she couldn't get loose.  

-My friend / neighbor / second mom / counselor / hair stylist / running buddy Kim

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I love the house we moved into, but the best part about it is our awesome neighbors.  

That is all the time I have for today, even though I could go on and on.

What are you thankful for?



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dermatologist Appointment


I am blogging from my phone waiting for my dermatologist to come in the room.  

Yes I am wearing one of those hospital gowns.  

Ina slept from 8 to 7:15 last night, so when I woke up and it was light out I knew I was going to have to hurry to make my appointment.  I didn't even have time to make coffee.  


Don't worry, I picked some up on the way.  

Normally I would just skip a post, but I don't want my grandma to think that we had another ER trip this morning.  

Don't worry grandma, I just forgot to set my alarm clock.

Since I have time and I need something to distract me from how cold this gown is, here are a few pics from yesterday:

I ran 3 miles in the dark:  bright clothes are required.  

The doctor is here.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Racheal's Random Thoughts

Good morning!

Before I made coffee this morning, I thought, "I probably won't blog today.  I don't have anything to write about."

Well, I accidentally made the coffee a little strong, and now I have lots to say.  

Poor you.

Half Marathon Thoughts:

  • I am not sore at all.  Yay!
  • I am super proud of my cousin for completing her first half marathon (hopefully not her last?)
  • This guy puts my 13.1 miles to shame.  Not only did he ran 26.2, but he knit a 12 foot scarf.  Wow, apparently I really need to get my life together.  
  • I really want to beat my PR at my next race

Holiday Thoughts

  • I am sending something very similar to this letter out to my family the next time I host an event.  Hilarious.  I think it would take more time to write that letter than just doing it yourself (or finding your own serving spoons).  
  • Our church is doing a trunk or treat this year, and I need to come up with a plan.  Right now I am stuck between one of two things.  1) Plan it around Ina's koala bear costume and do a "down under" theme.  2) Decorate the trunk of the Lincoln to look like a whale's mouth and have Dan be Jonah inside.  Thoughts?
  • I am seriously considering making all of our Christmas presents this year.  Seriously.  I have a secret Pinterest Board set up and have an idea for pretty much everyone, except a few men.  What do you make men that doesn't involve food?  I will also need to borrow someone's sewing machine and find someone to watch Ina every Saturday from now leading up to Christmas, but it will be worth it, right?

Family Thoughts

  • We are so blessed to live close to most of our family.  (Now you can tell the coffee is really kicking in.)  
  • On Tuesdays Dan's parents watch Ina and she absolutely loves it.  They spent the night last night and watching Ina with her grandma was so fun.  Dan's mom has already taught her to stick her tongue out, almost say mama, and throw her arms in the air when we yell, touchdown
  • My mom is coming over tonight to watch all the kids from small group in our basement.  Please pray for her.  

I think that is enough for today.  Have a good one!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Ina's First "Owe"

This post is going to be all over the place.  

First I am going to tell you a dramatic story of how I cut Ina's finger.  Then I am going to post a whole bunch of pictures of her in her Halloween costume.  

Sorry if it is confusing.  

Yesterday morning Ina and I jumped in the shower before church.  Usually while I wash my hair Ina watches the water go down the drain - one of her favorite things to do.  

Apparently yesterday she stuck her finger down the drain and couldn't get it out, which I didn't know.  I went to pick her up to wash her hair, and her poor finger was stuck in the drain.  When I picked her up the drain cut her finger.

There was a lot of blood and the water made it look like a lot more.  Suprisingly, I didn't freak out at all.  I calmly called for Dan and warned him there would be blood.  I think because I stayed calm, Ina didn't cry or act scared at all past her initial scream.  

We held a washcloth over her hand for 10 minutes, but it was still bleeding.  I considered going to the ER, but it didn't look like there was much stitches would do to help.  So, we gauzed and taped it up and hoped for the best.

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Once that stopped I started to get upset and felt very guilty.  I shouldn't have let her play with the drain.  I should have noticed that her finger was stuck before I picked her up.  Mom of the year right here.

Minutes later Ina learned another word - owe.  How appropriate.  

Dan did his best to convince me that she was fine and these things happen and by the end of the day, after 3 bandage changes, the bleeding had stopped.  

Thankfully, I have a tough daughter.  

We even made it to church on time.  

After church I did some food prep and had some friends over for the football game and food and had an early bedtime.  Good weekend.

Now for the pictures of my dad's work's Halloween party:

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Have a good week!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Food and Fitness Plan #8 and Kansas City Half Marathon Recap

 Good morning!

The CIO method has worked - Ina has slept through the night the past 3 nights.  I woke up this morning so refreshed, I felt like I could run 13.1 miles.

Oh wait,

I did that yesterday.

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Let me re-phrase that.  I woke up this morning and felt like I had run 13.1 miles.  

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Even the front of my ankles are sore.  

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Danielle and I ran the entire race right next to each other.  My goal was just to finish the race, but Danielle had other plans.

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(Danielle, Kelly, Anya, Amanda (my cousin), and moi.  This was Danielle and Amanda's FIRST half!).  

Not only did we finish, we rocked it, and I was only a minute and a half away from my half PR!  

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I felt great the whole time.

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(Right before the race started I ran into Kim who DID PR!!!)

I am calling this my AIPR (after Ina personal record).

I came home to a sleeping baby and husband, so I defrosted my bones in the shower for the next 30 minutes and then Dan made me brunch while I sat under a cover for the next two hours - it was cold out there. 

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When I finally warmed up we wrestled Ina into her Halloween costume and went to a little fall festival for my dad's work. I will share pictures tomorrow.  

Today I am going to try my hardest to get in some food prep.  We shall see how that turns out.  


On a side note, I just looked at my calendar and realized I have no plans this weekend.  Who wants to hang out?  Please, everyone, don't volunteer all at once. 


  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: Something fun - maybe a family walk?

Making this list seems very weird now that I have nothing to train for.  It looks like I will need to find something to keep me motivated and accountable over the winter.  


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What are you doing to stay motivated?  I'd love to hear about your week. 

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