Sweatin’ It Out Physically and Mentally



Went for a short mid-morning jog today.  Hello 16 degree weather, snow and ice.  My pace was fairly slow due to numerous sidewalks being slick.  (Pet peeve when people don’t clean off their sidewalks after a good snow). 

Felt good to get out of the house.  Felt even better running in that crisp, cold air.  There is something about running in the cold and seeing your breath.  I also love the looks on peoples faces when they drive by. 

“Is she crazy? It’s freezing!”




You can tell mile 2 had the most questionable sidewalks.  My pace suffered big time!

Regardless, I was out there!


Ironically, my Grandpa called me mid-run today.  I just featured him yesterday.  We were scheduled to run the Turkey Trot together on Thanksgiving morning in Red Oak, IA.  He is coming down with a pretty bad cold and they are heading out of town next week, so understandably he is choosing to take care of himself rather then running in this weather.  While I am bummed to not be able to run with him, I am also thankful he is staying in. 

After my run I went to a few Sporting Good stores looking for some new workout capris.  Another pet peeve of mine?  That there are no loose fitting capris in the stores these days.  I DESPISE the ones that are tight all the way to your calf.  My body type looks completely ridiculous in them.  I want them to have a little flare after my knee.  Ugh.  So, needless to say, I came home empty handed.

The rest of my day has been spent finishing up filling out my Study Guide for AFAA Certification. 




The 8 hour training/certification is coming up on Saturday, December 7th at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  There is a 100 question written test in addition to practical tests.  I am getting ready nervous thinking about how much I have left to learn for the written test, not to mention the physical aspect of it. 



Quizlet has been a GIGANTIC help in filling out the Study Guide.  I have also been reading several Blogs that have given their tips and tricks for the Certification.  I am appreciating the inside look.  It is definitely helping me mentally prepare.


Thank you to the following Bloggers and your thorough recaps of the AFAA cert:

Peanut Butter Fingers

Confessions of a Former Couch Potato

Jackie’s Health and Fitness Page

Math in My Head



Any of you have your AFAA Group Exercise Certification?  Do you have any extra pointers?

The Weekend in Review

Why is it that the weekends just fly by?  Sigh…..

What a great weekend it was, though!

Friday, 4pm, Happy Hour.  Check Friday Faves for a recap.


After Happy Hour with the girls, I met up with my husband at The Anchor Inn for some dinner and beers.  The Anchor used to be located on the Missouri River and was THE place to be during the summer months.  They had a large outdoor stage right by the river where multiple bands played every weekend.  On site was the main bar and grill where you could sit inside, or you could enjoy the outdoors and visit any of the Tiki-Hut bars (number depending on the size of crowd).  It was definitely a one-of-a-kind place to hang out during the summer.

Unfortunately, the floods of 2011 put the entire place under water for months, and in the end they were prohibited from re-building.  So sad.  They have relocated to an in-town location, which is still a fun place to hang out and we always enjoy our time there, but it is definitely a completely different ambiance.  The new building doesn’t allow for the crowds and atmosphere as the Anchor Inn once had, but I have to commend Junior (owner) for re-opening and continuing on.  Business is still booming!

Clint and I were actually supposed to be married in 2011 at the Anchor.  I’ll tell that story at a later date.  We found an alternate location, but it was a bit stressful, to say the least. 🙂

Below pic is an example of the old Anchor Inn parties.  So fun!  Click here for more pics.


Saturday!  Woke up and watched my favorite Food Network TV Shows and started my BFY Chicken Tortilla Soup.   I love Crock Pot recipes!  Throw in the pot, close the lid, set the temp and walk away.  The house smelled SO good while the ingredients cooked down and melded together.  Delicious!

The end product:


My husband worked on the house replacing a few boards and painting some of the trim.  Sure is handy when he has the proper equipment to reach our rooftop.

ImageChamp and I hung out on the front stoop enjoying the beautiful weather while the hubby slaved away.

What a cute guard dog.

He’s likely to lick you to death, so a little less guard and a lot more cute is probably the reality.


ImageI took advantage of the gorgeous day and went for a nice 5 mile jog with a 1 mile walk to cool down and take in the sights.  There is a pretty nice trail (cement trail, not off-road trail) near my house, so I always like to hit it up when running more than 3 miles.  I maintained a nice and easy 9 1/2 mph pace which is right where I wanted to be since it’s been about a month since I have done any real jogging over 2 miles.  Needed a break after training for two half marathons.  My back was thankful for that break, but it was nice to be back out there again.




We capped off our Saturday evening staying in.  We were planning on attending a Halloween Party, but in the end, decided to just stay home.  Sometimes we just need that down time.

Sunday morning I was up at the crack of dawn (seriously, 6:30AM), so I went to the grocery store and bought ingredients to make the most delicious egg white, spinach, feta cheese casserole.  I will post that recipe and my full day tomorrow.

Now, it is time for BED!

Enjoy your Sunday evening whatever you do and wherever you are!