Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is always something to be thankful for. That seems to be the theme for this Thanksgiving. At least for me. 

As the day is drawing to a close, the food has been eaten, the wine has been drank, and well let's face it, our pants are all feeling a little tighter. But that's okay because this day comes once a year and it's one that I look forward to so much. Spending an entire day with family and doing nothing but enjoying each other's company is exactly what I love doing. We don't get to stop and do this often enough with our busy lives, so I'm thankful for this day. 

Today we started the day with a Turkey Trot and then ended with a yummy meal and even better, some good ole' apple pie. After all, life is just better with pie, right? 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. One that allows you to see that on this day and every other day there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Top Secret Project

So if you follow me on Instagram then this week you saw my post about a top secret project I'm working on with Weight Watchers. And if you don't follow me on IG then you should. No really, you should because I'm SO much more fun over there....ha, ha!
A few weeks ago, Weight Watchers reached out to me about a special project. It's no secret that I love the Weight Watchers program. So, one non-disclsoure later, I was all in. Now that's about all I can say for now. I know, I know. No spoiler alerts here. But I promise you's going to be worth the wait. As soon as I can give you details and share more, I will. 

For now, make sure you're following me on Twitter and Instagram. And the same goes for Weight Watchers. You don't want to miss what's coming! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Where Have I Been?

I know, I know. I've been missing on the blog for quite some time. You're probably wondering what happened to the Pavement Princess, right? Well it's been a roller coaster of ups and downs over the last few months. Now that things have calmed down, I'm ready to get back in action on the blog. 

So I last left off having summertime fun on vacation in St. Augustine. Right before we left on vacation, we decided to list our house for sale. This was a huge risk for us but we decided to " go big or go home" and see happens. When we came back from vacation, we got an offer on our house and we closed in less than a month. This was so exciting because selling our house meant we were able to sign a contract with our builder to build our dream home. 
It's something that would've never happened had we not taken a chance with selling our house. From listing our house to getting an offer, then closing and moving, it was quite a whirlwind....all in less than six weeks!! 

Just days after getting great news on our house and coming home from vacation, I got some not so great news. My grandma, who I just visited with in St. Augustine, was in the hospital. She quickly moved into the hospice wing at the hospital and passed away a few days later. 
This was unexpected and it really rocked my world. It still seems so surreal to me that she was here one minute and gone the next. The morning we closed on our house we left to head north for my grandma's funeral. It was crazy to go from the high emotions of being excited about closing on our house to the lows of losing my grandma. 

Then the start of school came and for any teacher, it's the busiest time of the year. August was a blur and September was too. Finally with October things started to calm down, but yet stay busy. I celebrated my 1 year Weight Watchers anniversary, we had lots of celebrations within my family that month, and my son's travel baseball is keeping us busy. 

I'll be back soon to update you on some more things. But for now I wanted you to know, I'm back. Sorry for being MIA....I had to put myself and my family first, and the blog had to take a backseat. Hope all is well with you! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summertime Fun

I've been a little MIA on the blog because I've been busy having lots of summertime fun with my family. We've pretty much been beach bums lately and we're loving it. First we were out of town on a short vacay for the 4th of July. 
And now we just got back after spending a week on the beach in St. Augustine. It was so nice and relaxing to get away. 
I'll be getting back into a blogging routine soon. Who knew summer could be so much fun?!?

What have you been up to this summer?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sports Watch Giveaway

Let's #TrainWithKohls! This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was compensated for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my opinion. 

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out my latest blog post about what fitness means to me! I've partnered with Kohl's to share their line of sports watches with you. They really have an amazing line of active and wellness brands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Casio, Garmin, Nike, Asics, Pro-Form, etc. Should I keep going? 

Kohl's sent me a Casio sports watch to try out. It's the Casio Watch Illuminator Tough Solar Digital watch. The coolest thing about the watch is it's solar. To charge it, all I have to do is put it in the sun. Love it! Since I'm coming off a running injury, I've been using the watch for most of my intervals with cross training and walking with the little bit of running I've been doing. The timer is great for intervals! 
And now for the best part.....Kohl's sent a watch for you too! 
Be sure to enter today! Good luck! 
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Let's #TrainWithKohls! This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was compensated for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my opinion. 

Fitness: this word looks very different depending who you ask. For some, fitness is a way of life. For others it's a day to day battle that people face each morning when the alarm clock blares at 5am. For me, fitness is a little bit of both. Over the last several months, I've been battling a running injury so my fitness has been up and down and getting back into the groove has seemed overwhelming at times. We've all been there before, right? 

So I've been thinking about my fitness experience and what fitness means to me. Here it is: 
Fitness should be fun! The best way to have fun when working out is with friends or wearing a fun, bright outfit. Check out some of the women's activewear brands like Nike and Asics that Kohl's offers. They've got some really cute fun clothes!

Intervals are important when it comes to fitness. Think short bursts of exercise that burn lots of calories and don't take a lot of time. A sport watch from Kohl's is a great way to keep track of these intervals during your training. It gets you a lot of bang for your buck! 

Whatever fitness activity you choose, it should be tough. It's easy to get complacent with a routine, but that doesn't do a body good. Be sure to keep things a little tough. No pain, no gain. 

There are so many new things when it comes to fitness from gear and activities that it's so easy to try something new. Step outside your comfort. You'll be glad you did!

Keep your fitness exciting! You want to enjoy your workout each day. Otherwise working out can become a chore like everything in life. You want to look forward to your next workout.

Fitness should make you feel and look sexy. Yes I know you may not look sexy over night, but inside you'll feel sexy. You'll feel strong and empowered. It's an amazing feeling...enjoy it!

When in doubt, sweat it out! Get your sweat on as often as you can. Regardless of your activity, get that heart pumping and sweat. 

Remember: it's all about getting out there and being physically active. Kohl's has a variety of ways to prep yourself for leading an active lifestyle. In fact, now's the time to start. Head on over to their website and checkout their selection of Casio watches for men and women. You can also enter here for a chance to win your very own Casio Illuminator Tough Solar Digital Watch. Good luck!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Injury Update

Since January during my failed attempt during the Goofy Challenge, I've been battling an injury to my left leg. My orthopedic doctor's approach has been very, very traditional:  x-ray, some ice, lots of time off from running, and a MRI. I followed this plan exactly, did everything right, and what did it get me? Nothing. 
When I attempted to pick running back up, it was slow and steady. But I had leg pain from my knee down, could barely walk, and was back to icing. So this time I took more time off. Eight weeks to be exact! 
During this time, I went through some what of a runner's depression. I missed running. I longed for that nervous feeling I got the morning of a long run or the high that came from completing it. It got so bad that I even took the 13.1 and 26.2 magnets off my car. I started to feel like a failure. 

Fast forward to two weeks ago.....I started back with walking. Just walking. Day one I did three miles and day two I did four miles. On day three, I was limping from pain in my left leg. So back to the orthopedic doctor I went. And what did he tell me? I needed another x-ray, I started back too soon, I needed to ice more frequently during the day, and wearing flip-flops was bad for me. Say what? 
That's when I decided enough was enough. Too much time had been spent missing something that I loved. So it was time to take take a non-traditional approach. At the very beginning of this injury, several runners suggested I go to a local doctor who "works wonders" on runners. I looked him up, but he didn't take my insurance and well, I didn't go. That was probably my biggest mistake. So after my failed attempt at the orthopedic doctor, another person recommended this sports injury doctor and I decided to make an appt. 
Here we are three sessions later and so far I'm seeing progress. He's doing Active Release Technique to work on multiple issues with my left leg: the IT band, a muscle in my calf, and something with my big toe (who knew). So I got the clear to slowly start back walking with a little bit of running this weekend. I did one mile on Saturday and then two miles on Sunday. The good news is I'm not in pain. I see the doctor again this week for another session. I'm so very hopeful that this is the right track and I'll be back hitting the pavement soon. I just wish I hadn't waited so long. Live and learn I guess. 

Have you ever dealt with an injury? How did you handle recovery?