It’s been a while since I’ve written (2 weeks) so I thought I’d do some catching up.  Did you miss me?  I missed you! ;)

The first week off from writing was time for me to do some thinking.  I’ve been struggling with my eating, my exercise routine, and my motivation.  Mostly I’ve been struggling with fear.  Fear of trying, failing, not being as good as I used to be, even fear of succeeding.  That deserves its own post and it will get one next week.  I needed the time away to work out some of those feelings.

Last week my parents came to visit from Wednesday to Monday and my sister Mindy joined us for the weekend.  It was so wonderful to have them visit and get to spend so much time together.  Not living close to my family has always been hard for me and times like this help.

We did lots of fun things.  Like go to a painting class where we painted a nighttime lake scene with acrylics.


I love that they all turned out differently and I’m actually pretty happy with the way mine turned out.  I found the painting pretty relaxing and could see myself doing more of it in the future.

We did quite a bit of baking as well.  My Dad made banana bread.  Mom and I made two recipes from my Grandma’s recipe box: cinnamon braids and poppyseed coffee cake.  We also made one of Grandma’s crock pot Italian beef recipes.  It was all delicious.  I learned about sifting flour, making dough, and using a pastry cutter.


On Sunday we did the John Deere Fall Classic 5k.  This was the first 5k where my Dad walked the entire thing!  I am SO proud of both of my parents for this accomplishment and it was awesome to share it with them.



Since they all left on Monday I’ve been feeling under the weather.  A sore throat and congestion (the kind you can feel in your ears… blech) are the biggest problems.  I’m trying to fight it but it is requiring a lot of sleep.  Hopefully I’ll kick it to the curb this weekend.

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Event Recap: 2014 Quad Cities Culinary Ride

by Stephanie September 24, 2014

Just over a week ago I did a local event called the Culinary Ride.  I had never heard of it before but it turns out it is a growing event series that started in Iowa City.  Here is part of their mission statement from their website: “The Culinary Ride’s vision is to produce intimate, community-oriented […]

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Reading Recently #2: Two Books About Chicago

by Stephanie September 23, 2014

This edition of what I’ve been reading recently is all about the great city of Chicago!  I grew up visiting this city (my Mom and her family are front there) and lived there after college.  I love it inside and out.  I love the food (Chicago-style pizza, Chicago dogs), the sports (Cubs baby!), the “L”, […]

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Monday Motivation: Happiness & Hard Work

by Stephanie September 22, 2014

Your happiness is your responsibility.  Better get to work. Have a great week!

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Weekly Workout Linkup #3

by Stephanie September 19, 2014

Hey friends!  Time for another edition of the Weekly Workout Linkup!  Post your workouts on you blog any time during the week and then come to this post and click the blue “Add A Link” button at the bottom.  Take a few minutes to visit the other blogs and support each other (they’ll do the […]

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Race Recap: Nick Teddy 5k

by Stephanie September 17, 2014

Last Saturday was yet another 5k with my sister!  She is knocking out her goal of 100 5ks and I love helping. Nicholas Theodore Strub, after whom the race is named, lost a battle with a type of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma.  There is a foundation in his name and the 5k is a […]

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Monday Motivation: Move. You Are Not A Tree.

by Stephanie September 15, 2014

You are not stuck in your job or your life or the town you live in. You are there because you choose to be. Maybe you choose it through inaction or fear but make no mistake, you are choosing it. You could network and apply for other jobs.  You could move to a new city. […]

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Weekly Workout Linkup #2

by Stephanie September 12, 2014

Hey all!  It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Workout Linkup! If you post your workouts on your blog, any day of the week, come link up at the bottom of this post.  Click through to see how other bloggers are working out, cheer them on, and get some motivation for yourself!  Visit the […]

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Because Ironman

by Stephanie September 9, 2014

By now you all know about my goal to run a half Ironman (or Ironman 70.3) triathlon next summer.  I haven’t exactly been quiet about it! In the last few weeks I’ve been making plans. Training plans.  Meal plans.  Weight loss plans.  All kinds of plans! I even made vision boards. Three of them.  So […]

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Monday Motivation: The Starting Point…

by Stephanie September 8, 2014

Not only do you need desire; it needs to be strong. Stronger than your desire to sleep in. Stronger than your cravings. Stronger than the desire to relax now rather than do the work you need to do. Your desire to achieve this thing, whatever it is, needs to be strong enough to get you […]

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