Feb 18, 2014

Balancing in Fitness

Part of my goal of being a balanced wife includes adding in some much needed fitness.  Now that my baby is a bit bigger and no longer nursing I feel I can go forward with a little bit more enthusiasm.  I've signed up for two 5K's in the next 3 months.  Because shelling out money for two events might just give me the push I need. Plus I've recruited some friends to run with me.

Now it's time to start training.  I've been using two apps to help me in my journey. The first is well known to runners everywhere. Nike + has been great for encouraging me to run more often. It gives me stats, lets me race friends to a common goal, and gives me a basic guideline to train for a 5K. But it doesn't let me adjust the schedule or give me running/walking intervals.

That's why I use C25K too. It gives you a flexible schedule, running/walking intervals, and it's also free. I start with a 5 minute warm up, run/walk for 20 min, and then cool down for 5 minutes. All it takes is a 30 minute session 3 times a week. The best part? I can run Nike + at the same time to log my speed and distance.

As I run more often, I can run longer, faster, and stronger.  I'm loving how great I feel. Do you have a favorite app?

What else do you do to stay in shape?  This weekend I went on a 20 mile bike ride. I rode up two big hills and lived!  I complained all the way up the hill, but Mr. WB kept cheering me on.  I was so proud of myself.  My efforts to exercise are paying off! Here's a picture from the top of the hill. It was a great day to ride!

Feb 13, 2014

Tracking Goals

Tracking goals can be difficult.  Especially since I'm trying to accomplish 99 goals in 999 days.  I've tried several different types of goal trackers in an attempt to manage all mine.  When I look for a goal manager I want something social, easy to use, cheap, and encouraging. That's why I love Lift - Daily Motivation. It manages to accomplish all four of my requirements. 

Lift can be used with friends or used privately. Sometime not everyone needs to know how much time I spent cleaning. ;) But I do love to get positive reinforcement on crossing things off my list. That little rush is so addicting.

Lift is a breeze to use as well. You can quickly check off your daily goals, add new ones, and delete goals you are finished with. I am a sucker for checklists. So I love being able to check off a goal as soon as I complete it for the day. 

I also love that Lift has several challenge goals with added support. This month I'm trying the 30 Day plank challenge.  It has different steps to help you through each day.

Lift is also FREE. Which is one of my favorite words. You can check it out here.

I love the daily lift when I accomplish my goals. I love to see my stats and  work hard to check into my goal 21 times so that I cross it off and move on to the next goal.

Do any of you use Lift? Do you have something else you like more?

Lift didn't ask me to blog about their app. I just really enjoy using it and thought I would share. ;) All opinions are my own.

Feb 5, 2014

Pork Chops and Applesauce

I love simple and delicious meals. They make me happy on tough days when all I want to do is eat ice-cream straight from the carton. Having a go to list of recipes you can make in a snap help me eat healthier. I'm working on building my list here.

Last week I found a pork chop recipe on allrecipes and tweaked it a little to make it my own. I loved these with a simple salad and some mashed potatoes. Next time I will try and get a picture. :)

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce
2-4 pork chops (Tenderize them to make the pork melt in your mouth.)
Dash of seasoning salt (A dash of salt makes everything taste a little better.)
1. 5 cup of applesauce (Allrecipes has a recipe to make your own applesauce. I cheated and used two cups of apple sauce from the store to save on time.)
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese

Tenderize the pork chop, add a dash of seasoning salt, and throw on a hot grill. I used my George Foreman. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your pork chop. Top with applesauce and grated cheese. Continue grilling until cheese is just melted.  Enjoy!

Feb 3, 2014

Books for Toddlers - Sandra Boynton

My little one is 15 months old. Finding a good toddler book for him is not always easy. Some books are too wordy, some too long, and others not interesting enough. So when I find a great book at the library I do a little happy dance and add it to my list of books I love.

Today I'm sharing part of this list with you, by starting with one of my favorite toddler authors.  Sandra Boynton is a well published author I grew up loving as a child. I was super excited to introduce her to Baby K. The fun illustrations, catchy rhymes and silly characters grip you from the very beginning.  I love Sandra Boynton, but not all her books are created equal. Yes I do play favorites. Baby K does as well. I can't even tell you how many times I have read these books in the last year.

Our Top Ten Sandra Boynton Books

Do you have a favorite Boynton book?

Pictures credit belongs to: http://childrensbooksguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/the-going-to-bed-book-main.jpg, http://childrensbooksguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/book_ohmyohmyohmydinosaurs.jpg, http://img2.imagesbn.com/p/2940000953495_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG, http://images.betterworldbooks.com/067/Blue-Hat-Green-Hat-Boynton-Sandra-9780671493202.jpg, http://cache1.bdcdn.net/assets/images/book/large/9780/6714/9780671449032.jpg, http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/98/17/c7/9817c72b32d8de5e47d02101fe2aa66d.jpg, http://yourbooksworld.com/images/Childrens/whats-wrong-little-pookie.jpg, http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/09/78/07/61/13/0978076113799_500X500.jpg, http://images.betterworldbooks.com/076/Pajama-Time-9780761119753.jpg, https://d3hgnfpzeohxco.cloudfront.net/images/bau/97815630/9781563054433/0/0/plain/birthday-monsters.jpg

Dec 20, 2013

Making slow progress on 999

After seeing several friends develop their own lists of 99 goals to accomplish in 999 days I decided I wanted to join them. Look for updates every now and again on this blog.  June 1, 2013 - Feb 25, 2016

Goals I have accomplished. (14/99)
Goals I am currently working on. (23/95)
Days left 797
29 Weeks down
1.     Learn to French braid (I need hair long enough to learn this.)
2.    Learn to design a simple website
3.    Learn stick shift
4.    Play 5 children's songs on the piano (0/5)
5.    Be CPR certified
6.    Identify 10 types of plant life (0/10)
7.    Attend one Japanese Class
8.    Finish intermediate typing course
9.    Memorize the Articles of Faith (2/12)
10.  Learn how to shoot
11.   Take an archery course
12.  Learn to bake bread (I'm still practicing. I made an Italian cheese bread that was pretty good.) 10/2013
13.  Identify 10 constellations (2/10)
14.  Make 3 great pies (0/3)
15.  Cook a moist chicken
16.  Spend 10 minutes a day meditating for one month
17.  Begin basic scuba certification
18.  Purchase a gun
19.  Purchase a running stroller 
20.  Purchase and use space bags  (Was told this was a bad idea. Decided to give away 4 boxes of things to charity instead.) 7/2013
21.  Purchase nice make-up and learn how to use it
22.  Purchase a va-va-voom dress
23.  Purchase a safe for important documents
24.  Avoid Facebook for one week
25.  Don’t watch TV for one week   10/2013
26.  Avoid processed foods for four weeks (0/4)
27.  Avoid negative language one week
28.  Make own fruit leather 
29.  Can spaghetti sauce
30.  Make taiyaki
31.  Letter each week (25/142)
32.  Day of service
33.  Declutter email inbox 5/2013
34.  Cook for Anna Maria 10/2013
35.  Condense teaching boxes 9/2013
36.  Menu plan for 5 months (0/5)
37.  Give blood
38.  Wear perfume everyday for a month
39.  Dress to shoes every morning for a month
40.  Save each month (6/33)
41.  Blog every week (25/142)
42.  New recipe every other week (25/71)
43.  Volunteer/serve weekly (29/142)
44.  Christmas cards
45.  Contact an extended family member every month (6/33)
46.  Index 1000 names  (0/1000)
47.  100 names in the temple (1/100)
48.  3 Family names in the temple (0/3)
49.  Write a letter of gratitude to 30 people (9/30) Watch This
50.  Read standard works (0/5)
51.  Read ten classics (3/10) (Catcher in the Rye, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Around the World in 80 days, Sense and Sensibility, Rebecca)
52.  Read 100 books a year (72/300)
53.  Read aloud to K 15 minutes 5x a week for 3 months (3/3)
54.  Share a good book with a friend four times (4/4) Oct 2013
55.  Host a themed party six times (1/6) 
56.  One social event each week (29/142)
57.  Skydiving
58.  Finish Starcraft 
59.  Date night idea jar
60.  Book of games (0/20 entries)
61.  Record ratings/reviews of games
62.  Decorate Kaden's 1st cake
63.  Win a game of Catan
64.  Concert/Show with S 
65.  Complete an eight week running challenge 
66.  Run a 9 minute mile 
67.  Run a 5K (March 1, 2014)
68.  Run a half marathon
69.  Go up 2 Nike + levels (190/621 miles)
70.  Do 50 push-ups without stopping (0/50)
71.  1 month of ab exercises daily
72.  Ride bike up hill without stopping
73.  40 mile bike ride
74.  5 new foods (5/5) (Mango, Rabbit, Parsnip, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash) 10/2013
75.  Exercise 4x a week for 30 minutes for 3 months (0/3) 
76.  Wake at 8:00 AM for one month (0/1)
77.  Spend 30 minutes outside daily for a month 
78.  Focus on improving my posture for a month
79.  Grandma's Blanket finished
80.  Quillo for S
81.  Family Tree
82.  Family Cookbook of favorite recipes (1/40)
83.  Garden with more than 5 plants (0/5)
84.  Start K’s journal 
85.  Record family experiences when we met, the proposal, K's birth, blessing, etc.
86.  Complete 72 hour kit (Started with water, duct tape, snacks, etc.)
87.  Create a jaw dropping cake 
88.  Make a big mess while making memories 
89.  Create and market 9 new resources (0/9)
90.  Start a mothers group - walking/emergency prep (We're slow to get started but it's happening. Once a week we try a new place to walk.) 10/2013
91.  Write a new 99 list 
92.  Visit Washington, DC
93.  Visit Japan with K
94.  Go on a cruise (Scheduled for next year)
95.  Visit Hawaii 3 times (0/3) 
96.  Visit 20 temples (2/20) (Sacramento, LA)
97.  Take two weekend trips without kids (0/2)
98.  Take S to Six Flags 
99.  Visit 4 national parks (0/4)

(Last edited December 20, 2013)