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Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

In fitness, Talk Thursday on January 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

This week the Talk Thursday series features Tara. I learned of Tara through a coworker a few months ago. I was intrigued with what I heard about her experience and knowledge. Her passion for health and fitness is exciting. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future. She provides very good advice on improving your health and living a better life. Enjoy her answers below.
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Talk Thursday…on the Weekend

In Talk Thursday on November 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM
Talk Thursday with Debbie Arnold

Photos from Creative Commons users Michael Kappel, Blue Yonder and Pen Waggener.

So, I’m posting the latest Talk Thursday interview on the weekend. It happens. Nonetheless, the series continues. This week I am happy to feature my friend and fellow Arkansas Blogger, Debbie A. I met Debbie virtually on Twitter a few years ago. Her tweets were, and still are, informative and oftentimes delicious recommendations. She tweets about food, one of my favorite subjects. I had the good fortune of meeting her in person at a blogging conference earlier this year. She is a lovely person with a sweet spirit. I’m excited to have her as part of the series. Enjoy her answers below.  Read the rest of this entry »

Talk Thursday, Week 3

In Talk Thursday, Thoughts on November 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Talk Thursday with Todd Jones

Images used with Creative Commons Licenses from users HealthAliciousNess, Ivana Di Carlo and Samantha Celera.

The Talk Thursday series continues! I am enjoying the series and the interviews each week have been great. This week features my friend, Todd J. I met Todd about three years ago at a tech group meeting in downtown Little Rock. We spent time talking about web design, blogging and sports that evening. Since then, we’ve kept in touch via social media and conferences. I admire his passion for writing and designing. I’m excited to have him as part of the series. Let’s see what he has to say! Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Talk Thursday

In Health Thoughts, Talk Thursday on October 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Talk Thursday Interview Series

“Talk Thursday” is a new series on the blog. I am starting this series as a way to highlight great information from trusted resources. Each person will answer six questions focused on food and health with a local perspective.

This week’s featured guest is Tara B. I’ve known Tara since college at the University of Arkansas, but we have become closer friends in the last couple of years, thanks to Facebook and alumni reunions. She is a lovely person with a warm spirit. It was a pleasure having her be a part of the series. Let’s get started. Her answers are below.
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My 5K Experience

In fitness, Victories on June 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM


Now that I am awake and refreshed, I can speak about my 5k experience. To say that I was nervous and anxious, is an understatement. Last Sunday, I cried just thinking about it. This story started almost two years ago when I decided to do the “Couch to 5K” app on my iPhone. That endeavor was the motivation behind starting this blog (the journey to lose weight and complete a 5K).

Today, I completed my first 5K in nine years, the second in my life. I signed up with a group from work. There were seven of us along with my seven-year old nephew who arrived to run this morning. The CASA Superhero 5K race benefitted children in the Bentonville area. My biggest fear was finishing last. I knew I wouldn’t win, but (dear Lord, please) don’t let me finish last. Next to last is way better than last.

Well, my biggest fear came true. I started in the back and by the half way water station, I had a thought that I might be the last one. When I realized the “person” behind me was a maroon Ford Taurus and not the lady from earlier, I had a full-on crying episode. In a neighborhood, no less. I cried so hard I couldn’t breathe. You know the sobbing cry where you make ugly faces and loud sounds, that was me. It was at that moment I realized the Ford Taurus was the escort car, and it was official. I was the last runner/walker. I felt horrible. I was exactly where I DIDN’T want to be…LAST.

However, I appreciate Volunteer Ken who came and walked with me. He reminded me that I was a winner. His words were “you’re doing great! Much better than the 10’s of thousands who are still asleep. You’re getting exercise and you’re helping the kids.” He kept talking and I soon stopped crying. We made it through the neighborhood and the finish line was in sight!

On my last stretch is was great that a co-worker came back to walk with me as well. My question to her, “You’re already finished?!” She smiled and kept me company. The best part of the day was having my brother and nephew join me on the final stretch. Yea, I cried again. They walked with me, and my brother joined me as I jogged to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, another great moment was seeing and hearing my co-workers waiting and cheering for me as I made it in. I couldn’t have asked for a better support group. They were awesome! Way to go, Sam’s Club Marketing Associates.

It was a humbling race. Being last was not my goal. I finished the race and that’s most important. I will continue to exercise and get better. One. Race. At. A. Time.

Another race next month? I’m thinking about it.

{Wordless Wednesday} The First Snow Fall

In Holidays, Wordless Wednesday on December 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

And, scene! I’m back on the blog. I decided to kick things off with a quick Wordless Wednesday post. Check it out! The photo was taken this morning in front of my house.

The first snow fall of Winter 2011 in Central Arkansas

In the lane, snow is glistening!

Now that the first snow fall is over and done with, I have to get prepared for the winter weather. This can only mean one thing…time go shopping! I need more sweaters, boots, scarves and a new coat.

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