TRIPIXIE's SparkPeople Blog TRIPIXIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Final Decision Sorta After encouraging others to Do Hard Things, equating long run training to Having a Marathon Baby and even considering whether or not I Am Ready it's almost time to make a decision about whether or not I'm cut out for the full 26.2 miles of joy or if I should stick with my Pikirmi. <BR> <BR> I have already plotted my mileage and races for 2013 (hush) and realized that none of my races were a distance that I hadn't done before. I'm fond of saying that your goals should scare you just a little... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:32:08 EST Fall Sticks Around The first day of winter isn't until December 21st. Nebraska has taken it to heart. It was 65 degrees when we came home from church. My little blue Trek couldn't stand another moment indoors. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another "thumbs up" pose! I only rode a few miles outside of the city to get these fantastic shots. I last rode this stretch of highway when it was much hotter...I like this better. :) I went very slow and st... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 23:20:49 EST Sisterhood and Running Joy My day started out so wonderfully. <BR> <BR> Well, wonderfully early anyhow. It seems after a week of basically being inert, my body decided that it didn't need any more rest! I couldn't fall asleep until about 12 and was up and at 'em before 6. :) Who needs sleep? <BR> <BR> My sweet friend, Diana's, bridal shower was today. Thanks to some hardworking ladies, I was able to go and enjoy the festivities, snap pictures and be supportive without any work. Since I have known her, Diana ha... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:51:53 EST On the Mend Phew! Baby, I think I might be coming back. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a good bout of bronchitis in a long time. Years maybe! I started coughing at the gym last week on Thursday. My swim on Saturday was full of sputtering and gagging and by Sunday I was down and out. I spent the week trying to do the barest minimum to ensure the survival of the children and relied on my husband as soon as he walked in the door from work. <BR> <BR> The up side to being so sick is that I got more rest in ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:55:07 EST What's Up Monday I'm whining today. Not to be confused with "winning." <BR> <BR> I have a bad chest cold and can't workout. <BR> <BR> So...what does a girl do when she can't train? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep. I do my nails. I even put on acrylics...haven't done that in almost 20 years. Apparently, I painted these at 2:22pm by the look of my watch. :) I did Susan's as well, and Kyler wanted his little hand in the picture too. <BR> <BR... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:51:54 EST Green Smoothie Tutorial In this video, I explain my method of making a delicious green smoothie. Here is the recipe that I use, modify it to fit your tastes. <BR> <BR> Green Smoothie <BR> 1/2c ripe banana OR other soft fruit (frozen or not) <BR> 1/2c frozen berries <BR> 2 T milled flax seed <BR> 1 T honey OR other sweetener <BR> 1 T coconut oil OR other healthy fat <BR> Kale to the top <BR> enough water to make a desirable consistency. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:09:51 EST Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! <BR> <BR> We will be hosting the big day over here again. I can't remember if it's the 3rd or 4th year...but maybe it's the 4th because I do remember having to skip out and nurse a baby at least one year maybe two. Let's see, we have lived here since 2007...but I wouldn't have hosted that year because Susan was born in June...maybe I did in 2008 or maybe not...Cameron was born in 2009, so yeah THAT was the baby I was remembering so this is the 4th year! <BR> ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:46:16 EST Lighting Solutions for Runners We talk a little about being properly illuminated for safety during the cold and dark winter months. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:53:36 EST A Day in the Life Here is a few pictures from a typical day. I failed to keep up on them after lunch... <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of the teen in his natural habitat. I drive him the scant 1.68 miles to school every day now that the weather is cooler. Aren't I nice? And yes, this is the only way I could get him in the shot. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The view when I drive out of the school parking lot is pretty neat. This is our Nebrask... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:54:01 EST