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that workout totally counts!

i am so overwhelmed! so much to do and so little time! i’ve made an executive decision and will be posting a “thank you letter update” every friday rather than every day. i may even write all the letters on friday, not sure yet. the problem is, i have 3 letters written and ready to go– i just haven’t made time to mail them. i need be more prepared next week! i will buy stationary and pre-stamp envelopes and will be ready to go next week! who knows, maybe then you’ll get a daily update 🙂

speaking of thank yous, i have yet to finish the book ‘365 thank yous.’ the book i am basing this idea off of.:( i stayed late again at work and did not pack my gym clothes. i decided i would eat, workout (i intended to do my dallas cowboy cheerleader bootcamp video since i would not be going to the gym), wash 5 loads of laundry since i am way overdo and relax & read! the only thing i did was eat and slept! 🙁 i was so angry when i woke up at midnight and realized that i had ruined my 100 day challenge. i thought, if only it were 11:30 i would totally get up and workout! then i thought, NO! this can’t be right, i’ve worked so hard these last 10 days and i will not accept this. today i made a delivery to 2 different buildings and it took me exactly 30 minutes! the rules say ‘at least 30 minutes of movement’ and that my friends, was 30 minutes of movement! please help me justify this! and an added bonus is, my pedometer read 18,605 steps! that totally counts! right? right!
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day 11 of 100: 30 minute walk!

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i met a dixie chick!

highlight of my day: meeting emily robison from the dixie chicks!
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dixie chicks are my absolute favorite and i was thrilled to be meeting her!
she was on our jury panel and sadly not selected to be a part of our jury…i’m just glad i got a picture with her! she was so down to earth and humble; very sweet! one chick down, two more to go! 🙂

day 10 of 100: 30 minutes on crossramp. i stayed late after work because of this jury trial and i was extremly exhausted. it was 31 degrees out and i did not want to go to the gym! my great friend kelley gave me motivation and thankfully i made it to the gym!

needless to say, kelley gets thank you letter no. 10!

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weekend recap/SNEAK PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

weekends are always fun, but this one i particulary was looking forward to because it was the first friday of the month which means, PUB RUN! different running groups get together and take a 3 mile run to 4 different bars in downtown san antonio. our group really goes all out, this time our theme was ‘super heroes’ (made up ones anyway)

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day 7 of 100: 3 mile run
day 8 of 100: 8 mile run! yeah go me!
day 9 of 100: 30 minute swim
day 10 of 100: 30 minute crossramp

thank you letter no. 7 & 8: i recieved the spurs tickets and flemings giftcard that i previously won, so obviously, the thank you letters went out to them!
thank you letter no. 9: i wrote it to one of my very good friends, kelley! yesterday was 30 degrees out, i stayed late after work and was very tired and did not want to go to they gym, she was a great motivator! and she’s always a great friend!
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SNEAK PREVIEW BLOG GIVEAWAY

yes! you are the lucky few who will get first dibs on these awesome giveaways/raffle. as most of you know, i am entering my 7th season with Team in Training. We train to run marathons while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This season I am raising money to run the Zooma Austin Half Marathon on April 16th (my birthday weekend)and my goal is to raise $2000!

here’s how it works, make a donation to my TNT website HERE. since this is a sneak preview, YOU chose the amount you donate! a set requirement will be made once all the prizes are announced next monday. after making a donation, leave a comment here and you are in!(this is mandatory to be elgible for the following extra entries)

EXTRA ENTRIES

1. Become a follower of my blog or already be one. Leave a comment.
2. Put a link to this giveaway on your blog. Leave a comment.
3. Have a blog post specifically mentioning/advertising this giveaway. Leave a comment.

3 Bondi Band Headbands courtesy of Bondi Band .

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Race Bib Book (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Laura Elaine Designs .

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TNT Earth Angel Necklace
(circle charm stamped with the words “TNT Earth Angel,” a wing charm, and a purple crystal (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Lift your Sole .

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A $100 Gift Card to Flemings They are Nationwide, check out the locations here. .

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You have until January 30th(midnight central time) to donate/enter and I’ll announce the winners and their prizes on the 31st. Prizes will be drawn in order. I hope you’ll enter, help me spread the word, and help me raise tons of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! 🙂

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just for the bling of it


hey! who stopped following me? i went down to 49…oh well, it gives me time to think of an awesome giveaway! 🙂

so, just joined this awesome challenge run for the bling of it.

i heard about people doing this last year and thought it would be cool to try in 2011, when i found out about this challenge i just couldn’t pass it!

my first race will be january 30th, the aramco houston half marathon! it came to my attention that i only have 3 weeks left to train! yikes! good thing i started bingham’s 100 day challenge 🙂 they gave a sneak peak of the medal today, featured above 🙂 do you love it? i do!

thank you letter no.6: i wrote this letter to a person i recently met last year running a race who was a part of another TNT running group, stacey. she constantly posts positive messages on facebook bright and early in the morning. she REALLY makes my day. some people post negative stuff and its such a breath of fresh air getting her take on the morning, puts me in a good mood. one morning i found myself asking, ‘how would stacey turn this negative situation into a positive one? 🙂

day 6 of 100: went running w/some favorite girlfriends, 3.9 miles. funny how i have a half marathon in just 3 weeks and that is the highest mileage i have reached! i don’t have a time for you because i forgot my watch
it was a fun run w/the gals! afterwards we worked on our running capes! yes, we are going to do our monthly pub run tomorrow and our theme is super heroes! stayed tuned, tomorrow i will post pics of the fab event!

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my first DNF


50 followers? yay! welcome to my blog, as i promised i will be hosting a giveaway since we reached 50! any ideas, anything you would like to see given away?

thank you letter no.5: “dear cafeteria, thank you for going up in prices by nearly 40% and having a $5.00 minimum to use my debit card resulting in making myself breakfast on a daily basis.” i don’t think this is what kralik had in mind, but i truly am grateful. my spinach & feta omelet rocked! now, i didn’t send the letter for fear that it might offend someone, but i did post on facebook so that makes it legit 🙂

day 5 of 100: 5k (DNF), yes i really did just give myself a DNF (did not finish)-my first ever! i attempted a 5k, but really did not feel the run. maybe it was the different route, maybe it was the tourist that were on the different route, maybe it was knowing i had to be at a meeting right after……maybe i was just too damn tired! whatever the case may be it just was not a good run and i use the term ‘run’ loosely. i ended up walking a whole lot! i may not have completed my race, but i did meet the requirements of bingham’s 100 day challenge of 30 minutes of movement! 🙂 so i am not a complete failure 🙂

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just another day in paradise!


what a great day! my morning would have most likely put someone in a bad mood, but not me! it started w/a GREAT zumba workout! we have a new instructor and she was really upbeat and made an effort to get my name. “muy bien, grace” she kept on saying! maybe it was the praise that she gave me, i don’t know but i enjoyed it very much! 🙂 next was a spin class, if you’ve read my posts you know that i HATE spin, but there are so many positive benefits from it and one of my resolutions this year was to try new things. i have to say i LOVED it! this instructor helped me w/the bike and checked on me during and after class. i’ve always been intimidated by this class, but not today…i really did love it! i can’t wait to go back on thursday!

needless to say, thank you letter no.4 went to the manager of spectrum thanking the employee for treating me so kind and also thanking her for changing the mood at spectrum. this is her first year there and she has undoubtedly made a difference!

day 4 of 100: 1 hour zumba & 45 minute spin….oh yes, and the bad thing that happened to me this morning. i forgot my clothes in my truck which is parked 1.1 miles away, i know this because i used my garmin as i ran there in…THE POURING RAIN! ah, what luck! i got my clothes, rode the bus back to the gym and got ready there. thought i was going to be late for work, but clocked in just in time! phew! 🙂

and the best part of the day was me getting a call from spectrum, my gym, telling me i won a $500 gift card to flemings and 2 box seats to see the san antonio spurs! how sweet is that?! i won for posting the above picture on facebook and getting the most ‘likes’ from my friends. i really do have the best friends! 🙂

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and just like that…


another one to add to the 2011 list is to cook more! last night i made chicken fettuccini w/homemade alfredo sauce! i know for most of you it isn’t a big deal, but mine is usually purchased out of a jar! anyway, for those of you who are interested, here is the recipe:

alfredo sauce:
♥ 1 pint heavy whipping cream
♥ 1 stick of of butter
♥ 1 can of parmesan cheese
mix all in a sauce pan on medium heat. garlic salt optional.
…and just like that you have your own alfredo sauce ready for eatin’!

thank you letter no.3: this person shall remain nameless for something she did anonymously. this person is such an amazing person and has done so much for me. this letter was much fun to write…hope i don’t get in too much trouble for emailing it 🙂

day 3 of 100: 5k (37:22) well, i improved by 4 minutes–not too shabby

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i will learn it if it kills me

well, i am doing no. 1 on my list to try in 2011, which is learning how to drive a stick shift. my boyfriend’s sister taught me yesterday and my boyfriend taught me again today. it’s not as hard as i thought it was, but it sure is not easy. i thought i would be able to drive home from houston but i didn’t get very far. oh well, i have all year and i am determined to learn! this will not get put on the back burner!

thank you letter no. 2: my second letter was made out to my boyfriend. we had a difficult time towards the end of the year and he didn’t give up on me or us. i have been very blessed with the most wonderful man a girl could ask for. he is always there for me when i need him, helps me see the bigger picture and would do anything on god’s green earth for me. i am so grateful that we have found each other, kept each other & keep falling more and more in love w/each other! we had a wonderful weekend in houston together and hope to try new things this year! it’s going to be a great one!

day 2 of 100: 4 mile bike ride
boy was that tough! i have not rode my bike in almost a year! i’ve cycled on a stationary bike and took a couple of spin classes…but this is definitely something i do not enjoy! but def new in 2011 so, hopefully by the end of the year i will learn to love it!Photobucket

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happy new year!


what a year 2010 has been! it got so busy i did not have time to blog anymore…but i am back and want to try a few new things this year! i ordered a book by john kralik, “365 thank yous.” it is an inspiring story about a man who was almost down to nothing and his life was completely changed by simply writing a thank you letter every day for the year of 2008. by the time he was finished he had lost weight, run a marathon, raised money for charities, turned his law firm around, reconnected with old friends and relatives, gotten back together with his girlfriend, and realized his dream of becoming a writer with his first book, 365 THANK YOUS.i haven’t read the book yet, but am already inspired to write my first and i’ll be sharing you parts of these letters.

thank you letter no. 1: my first letter was written to sarah brannon. she is the one who introduced me to the book so it was only appropriate that i write this letter to her. i met her through team in training (my running group who raises money for the leukemia & lymphoma society); she is an honored hero & cancer survivor! she has been an inspiration to me and it gave me great pleasure to write my first letter to her!

another daily feature will by posts from my 100 day challenge. john bingham is challenging anyone who is up for it to commit to “moving intentionally” for a minimum of 30 minutes per day for 100 days.

day 1 of 100: ran 5k (41:00)
one of my goals this year is to become faster, so the next few weeks i will be running plenty of 5ks in addition to my regular training as i will be running the houston half marathon january 30th!

lastly, i’ve compiled a list of all the things i want to do new in 2011:
♥ learn to drive a stick shift (my bf’s sister started teaching me today)
♥ give more
♥ be punctual
♥ a triathlon (sprint or olympic)
♥ try new things
♥ okay, so my list is small but only because i can’t think of all the things
i wanted to do. but i will update this list soon 🙂 most people also give up things and its hard for them to stick w/it. this year, i’ve decided to give up things 1 month at a time. this month i am giving up sodas. next month i will give up…something & sodas. so, hopefully by the end of the year, i will have given up 12 bad habits. wish me luck!