Sunday, October 27, 2013

I Stink at Blogging....

Well, despite all my good intentions, I just never seem to have time to keep up with blogging.  I've been working a crazy lot lately, and I've been working out with any leftover free time.

The 5k was nothing short of amazing.  I cannot begin to tell you the emotions that were running through me as I crossed that finish line.  In a word, addictive :)  It was my first race, but no way will it ever be my last.  I already have 5 on my calendar for 2014, and that's just for starters!  I told my husband I want the Monster Series for Christmas!  Great way to keep me motivated all year long.

Running has been a wonderful addition to my family, and a wonderful subtraction on the scale.  At the time of this article, I am down 57 pounds!  WOOHOO!  My husband is down about 20 and he's still running too.  My foot issues (plantar fasciitis) have kept me from pounding the pavement, but I have been biking.  Put on about 80 miles on the old pink bucket this week.

It's starting to get pretty cold here, so I've been trying to adjust ways to make it so that I can keep biking, and I can honestly hear my mother chuckling from heaven.  When we were kids, we were SUPER dirt poor.  Couldn't afford fancy moon boots (the equivalent of Uggs in the late 70's) and instead, I was that dorky kit that had to go around with Wonder bread wrappers on my feet.  Well, after having to call my husband to come get me on Thursday because my toes were frostbit, I bucked up and put plastic baggies in between my two pairs of socks and inside my mittens.  Perfect cheap fix!!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exercise Update

I've been so busy hitting the road that I just haven't had time to sit and write on my blog!  But, I thought it would be a good idea to update and let you know what I have been up to these days.

Still training for my 5k.  So well trained, in fact, that I ran three of them this week, and then biked 17 miles the next day!  I am pretty sure that I am ready for this.  Our race is just 2 weeks away.  I am as prepared as I will ever be.

I've learned many things these last few weeks as a new runner that I would like to share in the hopes that they will be helpful to someone else out there that is contemplating running.

1.  I am much stronger than I ever thought possible.  I have never been much of an exerciser.  I have always given up when I felt uncomfortable, or sore, or was breathing hard.  One little stitch in my side, and I was out!  I learned to push past that!

2.  I have learned that when you are exercising, if you can push past that uncomfortable phase, you are capable of great things.  I feel uncomfortable right away, but it doesn't last.  Well, yes it does, but, more importantly, it really doesn't get much worse.  I have found that I just have to concentrate on my end game, and everything else just fades away.

3.  By end game, I mean future.  I don't mean this ends on my first race day.  Oh heck no, that's only the beginning.  As I am running, mundane things like housework, bills, stress, worries, etc, all fade away.  All I think about when I run is continuing to run, or things that have to do with running.  Like I dream about crossing the finish line at my first race.  My husband and daughter and several friends that are much like family will be running with me.  Some of them are faster than me, and I will be counting on them to go ahead, not wait for me, and cross the finish line, then turn around, cheer for me and be waiting for me with open arms!  Then I will do the same for my friends that I am faster than, and as a team we will all cheer each other on and finish the race!

4.  I have learned that running has replaced other bad habits in my life, like eating junk food and being lazy!  LOL!  I plan for exercise, and I enjoy it very much.

5.  I have learned that spandex is a wonderful thing.  Exercise clothes are with out a doubt the most comfortable thing on the planet.  I used to love pajamas, this is socially acceptable pajamas you can wear in public.

6.  I have learned that there are WAY more races out there than I ever imagined, and even though I haven't yet run my first race, I have so many more that I want to do.  I am imagining a future filled with races and finish lines, and a wall full of medals and a drawer full of race t shirts.

A few short weeks ago, I never thought I'd make it this far.  Running for just a minute seemed impossible.  Running a 5 k seemed unattainable.  I haven't run a timed race yet, but I ran 3 different 5k's on my own this this week.  I can do this.  I am already entertaining thoughts of a 10 k next year...  Look out Monster Series here I come....  Just waiting for the 2014 registration to open!!! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Couch to 5k - Week 4

Haven't posted an update for awhile.  Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on this whole process.

1.  The correct shoes are important.
2.  Good friends to support you are even more important.
3.  Finding a good place to run is a big factor.
4.  I am much stronger mentally than thought I was.
5.  Running is a perfect hobby for a control freak.

Let me elaborate!  I have plantar fasciitis and my feet always hurt.  Finding a good running shoe that fit me well, gave me arch support and wearing orthotics are extremely important.  Walking around in flip flops for a day can undo all your progress!  I am a big fan of for finding shoes.  Free shipping both ways, return anything that doesn't fit right.  No having to go to the mall!

I have always had a big hang up about exercising around other women, especially running.  I haven't ran in front of another girl since high school, and only then because I had to do it for gym class.  I've always HATED running, but had this cool fantasy about being a runner!  In my head, I look great.  In reality, I know better.  HAHA.  I finally got brave enough this week to run with a friend and I am so glad I did it.  She pushed me harder than I ever thought I could go.  I just had this thought in my head that I couldn't stop unless she did, and she didn't.  I am so lucky to have a friend that won't judge me and will support me.

Finding a great place to run is key.  There's a big difference between running on a treadmill and staring at the wall in front of you and a lumpy gravel road that had no shade and too many hills, or a nice shady sidewalk or winding path through town.  I am blessed to live in a town that has an amazing system of trails!  I have a about a mile or so stretch that is fairly flat (I'll get to hills eventually, but right now I am just focused on building up to running a whole 5k) and nice and shady so it really is cooler!  It's also very pretty just to look at, and oh so peaceful.

On my run the other day, I realized that when things got hard in the past, I gave in way too easily because in my heart, I knew I couldn't do it, that I wasn't good enough, whatever.  I was wrong.  I am much tougher and stronger than I ever thought.  Now that I have fully committed to doing this, stopped worrying about what people think of me and just said "I am doing this" I've found that on a run, just take each second.  You can do anything for one more second.

And lastly, I am a HUGE control freak.  Anyone that knows me just snickers.  I am having some issues in my life right now that are completely out of my control.  For a control freak that is the worst feeling ever.  Stressful.  Nightmares.  Blah.  Just awful.  But running helps me feel grounded.  Makes me feel like I've accomplished something.  Makes me feel very much in control.

No matter what you do or why you choose to run, walk or any activity, just get out there and do it!  I'm a little scared for week 5, because the couch to 5k program takes a big leap up this week, but I am going into it with a positive attitude and just going to take it one second at a time!  Praying my feet don't fail me like they have in the past.  *fingers crossed*

Friday, August 9, 2013

Vegas, Baby!

Oh what a fun and crazy week I've had.  I was asked to be a speaker at a conference this last week, and I had SO much fun!  I am so tired now though.   Sitting in the airport waiting to go home.   The clock is moving so slow it's not even funny.

However, I wanted to let you know about my new favorite hotel.  We've stayed at several different hotels in Las Vegas before.  They've all been ok and had things I liked about them, but Planet Hollywood is my new favorite.

From the moment you walk in, it's a fun atmosphere.  Large crystal decorations adorn the lobby and let you know you are somewhere special!  The rooms were very inexpensive, clean and we had a gorgeous view of the Las Vegas strip.  Thanks to previous trips there, and using their players card, Total Rewards, our room was free!

The room was very clean, the bed was comfy, and it was very quiet in the hotel.  We couldn't hear our neighbors at all.  Most importantly, it smelled nice.  Some rooms we've had before in Vegas have smelled bad, or smoked in or just weird air (The Venitian smells disgusting).

The other thing that I loved was the casino.  Very hip, fun, and good music playing!  I didn't get a chance to go to the pool as I was working during the days at a conference, but I've heard it's very nice.

Also, it's located right next to The Miracle Mile shops.  There are tons of wonderful restaurants in there, so you really have a lot of food options.  My husband was in love with the Earl of Sandwich, and I ate at Lobster Me three times.  It was SO good!!!!  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm Still Alive

Asics Gel- Noosa Tri

Well, I completed week one of couch to 5k!  I am feeling on top of the world!  I decided today to take my workout outside.  I've never really been able to get into running before.  I've always wanted to, but just haven't been able to do it!  I don't know why it's so different this time, but it just is working, so I am sticking with it!  I think a lot of it stems from the fact that my friends are doing this online with me.

My problems with plantar fasciitis are really flaring up, so I decided it was time for some new running shoes.  After lots of online research, talking to friends, consulting LOTS of running sites,  I decided to order the Gel Noosa Tri from Asics.  I know, all of you real runners are groaning and going "what?  you didn't try them on??????"  I know, I know.  I hate going to the store to buy shoes because I always end up feeling so pressured by the sales person that I always end up buying the wrong thing.  So, I like to do my online research, and then buy from  They have free shipping and then if I hate them, I can send them back for free.  Been shopping there for years.  So, wish me luck that these will be my proverbial glass slipper!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Couch to 5k - Day 1

I did it. I completed day 1 of the Official Couch to 5k app.  For some reason, I really like Sarge yelling at me.  And not only did I finish, but I didn't stop and I am still alive to tell about it.  Don't tell my inner lazy diva, but I actually enjoyed it.    I decided to use the treadmill because I am not really ready to run outside yet. My neighbors are very nice people and they really don't need to be exposed to that.  I did the "walk" part about 3.6-3.8 mph and the job part 5mph. Nothing earth shattering, but I made it through the whole workout without stopping. Whoot whoot. Things I learned today.
1. I like my running shoes - they work well with my feet. I didn't hurt at all.
2. Remember to breathe. I think this is my biggest problem.
3. As soon as I start jogging, I instantly have to poop. WTH?
4. Thank you Stacey! You made a comment the other day about wearing 2 sports bras, and that was the best tip I've even gotten. That's always been my worst problem with running - it hurt because of my boobs. It really wasn't bad at all with wearing two of them!
5.  Having a large mirror right next to your treadmill is very humbling and motivating all at once.
6.  I need to get a headband or something.  I sweat like a pig!  LMAO!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Change In Plans

Well, my friend backed out on me for reasons of her own that I won't go into detail about.  I am REALLY bummed.  I hope that she finds the courage to do a 5k with or without me, though of course, the selfish part of me wishes it was with me.  She's certainly inspired me!  I am still going to start training for this and hope that she will change her mind and re join me.  I hope she knows how very much I love her and what an inspiration she is to so many people.  Love you, M.

But, with or without her, I have to do this for me now.  I have watched too much life pass me by wishing I was someone else.  It's time.  I have had health issues.  Injuries.  Emotional issues.  Guilt issues.  But, I have to get past all of that.  Step by Step.  I have had real things that have prevented me from exercise, but more than that, emotional blocks and a giant pile of excuses.  As of today, I am vowing to myself, no more excuses.   

I am starting slow as I am not very healthy.  I have walked the last three days, building up each day.  I started with 1.5 miles, then went to about 2 miles, and today about 2.5.

Tomorrow I am going to start the couch to 5k program and actually incorporate a little bit of running slowly into it.  I am very overweight so I would advise all of my neighbors to keep their blinds closed for the next few weeks.  This isn't going to be pretty.  I apologize in advance for anything you or your children might be exposed to in the coming weeks.  LOL!  Love you all!  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Couch to 5K Here We Go!!!!!

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Well, what have I done?  LOL!  I am NOT a runner.  I'd LOVE to be a runner, I just hate running, with a passion.  However, one of my best friends in the entire world lives, give or take, 1500 miles away.  I am in Minnesota, she's in Arizona.  She's been on a very amazing healthy journey the last few years, amazing me every step of the way.  Her determination and drive is VERY inspiring!  However, she's never done a 5k.  One challenge she's always wanted to do, but never done.

She told me if I train with her, online, via the Couch to 5K app we found, she will fly out here in October and we will do our very first 5k together.  How in the heck could I say no?  I always have tons of excuses NOT to exercise - finally I have a very good, very accountable reason.  Since bringing it up, my husband and daughter and several friends have said they will too!  I am so excited to know I am not doing this alone!

I went out today and walked for a mile and a half.  Not a lot, but it's a start!  Look out running, here I come!!!

Changing of the Blog ;)

Jen & Rick - Owners
Well, this blog has always been just about my never ending weight loss struggles, but there's so much more to comment on in the world, that I decided to change it up and expand the things I talk about.  I'll still talk about my never ending struggles, but will talk about other things too!  Feel free to pin anything you see, share on Facebook or whatever!  I am delighted to share with you!

My hubby and I have been married for 20 plus years and I've learned a lot about life, parenting and being a wife.  We started the ChildFun website back in 1996 when we had three little ones running around the house.  It expanded from themed craft activities for preschoolers, and expanded into articles for parents, recipes, Coloring Pages, and so much more!

Nowadays, I still own the sites, but my kids are older and I've taken a different look at life then I did back then.  Hopefully I will be able to update this blog more often than I have in the past, and get to know all of you better.  Here's to the future!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

It's Here!!!!!!!!

SO EXCITED! The new is now live. Stop by and check out our new supercharged high tech high speed site! Watch for amazing new changes, high tech fun, & TONS of new content. What do you think of the new design?  Please drop me a line and let me know!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

24 Day Challenge - Who's With Me???

So excited to see my son getting his business off the ground!  :) I am going to do the Advocare 24 day challenge in August (have a family reunion and a small Vegas trip planned, and I don't plan on living very healthy at either one...LOL.)  If you'd like to join me mid - August on the challenge (or even if you want to start sooner) let me know!   I would love to have a group of people do this with me.  I know a few people who have done the challenge, and I've heard fabulous things.  I think this is just what I need to jump start me back into a healthy lifestyle!

Here's the info :

Days 1-10 Cleanse Phase:

The first ten days are about cleansing your body of toxins and preparing for optimal nutrient absorption, and you may enjoy weight loss as well!*

Herbal Cleanse -Citrus : helps to cleanse and detoxify your body.*
OmegaPlex®:essential fatty acids for increased overall wellness.*
AdvoCare Spark®:nutritionally-advanced energy*

Days 11-24 Max Phase
Give your body the best tools you need to achieve your next weight management goal during days 11-24!*
• Herbal Cleanse-Citrus: helps to cleanse and detoxify your body.*
• OmegaPlex®:essential fatty acids for increased overall wellness.* 
• AdvoCareSpark®:nutritionally-advanced energy*
Days 11-24 Max Phase
Give your body the best tools you need to achieve your next weight management goal during days 11-24!*
• Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS®): Your choice of Max C+ (appetite control), Max E+ (energy), or Max 3 – for weight management, appetite control and overall wellness.*
• MealReplacementShake-your choice ofnchocolate mocha, chocolate, vanilla, berry or non-dairy dark chocolate : Complete nutrition in a great-tasting shake!
• AdvoCareSpark®:nutritionally advanced energy*

Visit his Advocare Website for more info on The 24 Day Challenge

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Goes Too Fast!!!!!!

Oh man - how the heck is it already July 1st???????  Where in the heck did June go?!?!?  Here's where mine went:

Cleaning garage to get ready for son graduating from high school.

Making picture boards for son graduating from high school.
Made picture video of son graduating from high school.
Shopped for groceries for party for son graduating from high school.
Cleaned house for company coming for son graduating from high school.
Watched son graduating from high school.
Had party for son graduating from high school.

Started prepping daughter for her first trip away from home.
Sent daughter to camp.
Sent daughter to California.

June has been VERY busy.  BUT, on the bright side......

The re-launch party of is almost ready to reveal.  All I can tell you is that it's easier to navigate, faster loading, and gorgeous.  Nothing special, you know. *wink*

As for me and my weight loss, it's a never ending battle.  I'm very happy in my own skin these days and try to be as healthy as I can!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Long time no blog :)

Long time no blog. :)  I am looking to revamp my sites and start working with other site/blog owners again.  I'd love to start working together like that again.  I haven't been excited about my sites in a long time, but now I am….

SO EXCITED!  I've formed a new partnership and the guys I am working with to revamp have TONS of amazing ideas and are hard at work redoing everything.  Watch for amazing new changes, high tech fun, & TONS of new content.  Please, please, please follow our new pinterest page at

I can't wait for you to see all the new things we have planned.  I know it's been awhile since our last revamp (2009 I think?) But this is going to be the best one yet.  Stay tuned for lots of exciting changes!  If you own a family or children oriented blog or website, please contact me about working together on some new projects