Saturday

Finding My Peace

I think this whole weight loss journey has been pretty crazy lately. I am up and down with eating and an injury has stopped me in my tracks for the last couple of months.

I was running every day for over a month... a runstreak! It was really cool. I was seeing weight come off and I was able to run when I had time.  I signed up for a race, and in the last half mile of my run, I felt a pop and couldn't run anymore. It was weird because I could walk, just not fast.  My knee didn't swell, so I thought I was ok.

I took a couple days off and tried running again.  I didn't even make it down my driveway.

The weird thing is, sometimes my knee feels fine, but I feel it when I try to run.  I started walking, and I would only feel it a little.  Then the swelling started.  Now I swell a bit and my knee cap feels like it's catching on something, so obviously something is wrong.

I am yet to go get x-rays because I really don't want to go through surgery.  That sounds pretty stupid as I write this, but I just keep thinking it will heal in a couple of weeks.

So I have decided that I need to focus on the positive.  I can walk. I can walk often. So, I am a walker.  I thought that was admitting I was old or something like that.  Now I realize, it's just admitting I am overweight and I need a change.

So hear I go! I am a someone who is walking to get healthy.  I think it was a stigma in my head.  I wanted to be a runner because fit girls run... Well, I think I just need to get over it.  Fit girls walk too... Girls who sit around complaining that they can't run get depressed and eat.

Decision made... gotta get up and walk... right now!

What is your "must do" item that always gets pushed down to the bottom of your to-do list?

See ya!

Oh and I love this song... Been singing it all morning so I thought I would share :)

Wednesday

May 29 is 529 College Savings Day! #Giveaway #startingisbelieving

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board. I am a Believer Blogger. All opinions are my own
This is Bryce playing baseball! 
As most of you know, there is one person in my life who gets the majority of my attention.  My main goal is to raise him to be successful, humble, and kind. In order to do those things, we have to have a plan. We plan everything. Things don't go according to plan a lot of times, but I can pretty much guarantee that without the plan, it would have gone a whole lot worse.

I have a plan for Bryce to go to college too.  But now there is something new... something I had not heard of yet, but it makes perfect sense.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program is a new scholarship program running from May 1-29. Why is it called 529? Well, that's easy! May 29th is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.  In honor of this day, the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winner a $529 Scholarship devoted into a Florida 529 Savings Plan Account. See bottom of post on how to enter. 

This plan is part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation's ongoing commitment to bringing families budget-friendly flexible college savings options through the Florida Prepaid College Board. What does that mean to you and me? It means that our kids can go to college without having to rack up huge debt in student loans and we don't have to worry about making sure that our kids get a great education.  

I have a Florida Prepaid College fund for Bryce, my son.  I have had it for many years, but we don't have a 529 Savings Plan. Unlike the Prepaid plan, there is not a set payment or a schedule of what to pay. We can pay as often and put in as much as we want and there are no application fees.  The Florida 529 Plan is subject to fluctuations in the financial markets while the Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida.

Want to win one of ten $529 Scholarships from the 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program? 
You must be a legal Florida resident over 18. You can enter at  http://www.florida529savingsplanscholarship.com/

Winners will be selected from all eligible entries via a random drawing to be conducted on June 1st, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST.

Do you have a plan for your children's college? What is it?
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Sunday

#RunStreak... Motivation

Day one of the NEW #Runstreak
On the week before Easter, I decided to start a #RunStreak.  I haven't really done a whole for myself physically recently.  I have great intentions that turn into me not doing anything.  I set a goal for myself to run/walk every day for 31 days. There was really no rhyme or reason to it other than I thought it would give me a jumpstart on my health kick.

Day 34 of my last RunStreak
I am very proud to say that I did it! I completed 31 days plus a few.  And last Tuesday I couldn't run because life took over.  I planned to run in the evening, and then got too busy.  It was 10 pm before I could get to work.  As a single mom, that just wouldn't work.  I wouldn't leave my son alone, and I am not sure I want to run alone that late at night.  So... the #runstreak ended.  

Unfortunately, without that motivation, my run/walks happened less and the duration changed too.  I am not sure why? So, today is May 1st!  I am starting a runstreak with no expiration date! I want to see how long I can do it.  Day 50 is my first goal to celebrate! I think I can do it! I take that back, I KNOW I can do it! 
 
As I listened to my pastor today, I realized that I need to live in the image of Christ and being lazy and eating everything I want, is exactly the opposite of what Jesus would do. Time to stop making excuses. I want to live! I choose to live. 

Time for Motivation!!! 

What are you doing to better yourself. Tell me below... I am sure I have a lot to learn and would love to work together towards our goals!


Tuesday

Be an Encourager! #weightloss #journey

Let me just preface this by saying that my mom is my best friend in the world and my number one encourager. Unfortunately for her, she is also the one that I am most sensitive with. She is the best!

Oh and one more thing... I know better than to do the camera vertically, but it's been so long since I have vlogged, I forgot... sorry!

Ok, here are my thoughts for today... #deepthoughts LOL


What is the best advice you can give your encouragers to help you with your journey?  Share the good and the bad! :) 

Midnight Special... GIVEAWAY!

Wow, this movie looks intense! This supernatural thriller opens March 18th.
And you can enter the giveaway for two movie tickets below!

Midnight Special is about the power of a parent’s love – How far a mother and father would go to protect their child. This movie will encourage us to reflect on the importance of family and the responsibility parents have to encourage and shield their children from society’s wrongful perception of what “normal” should look like.
Synopsis:
A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.


The film was written and directed by Jeff Nichols stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, and Jaeden Lieberher.

Want to win two tickets in Hollywood Movie money to the movie? Comment below with the movie title of your ALL Time favorite movie.

Congratulations Paula for being the winner of the tickets.  They are in the mail for you! 

Disclosure: Gracehill Media provided the giveaway for my post. All thoughts and ideas are my own. 

Friday

Florida Prepaid can be Used Nationwide! Last chance to enroll! #startingisbelieving




Did you know that Florida Prepaid isn’t just restricted to Florida schools? It's true, the amount covered by your Prepaid Plan can be used at schools nationwide. I didn't know that~ It gives me piece of mind to know that my son is not limited to Florida schools. I would love to have him close to me, but I am excited at the possibility of what he can do without limitations.

My son Bryce has a Prepaid plan.  When he was little he didn't understand why he needed one because he was OBVIOUSLY going to be recruited by UF or FSU and play football and go to school for free. I explained to him that this money will help Mommy with expenses. Let's hope that does happen someday, but I am not counting on it. I will be thrilled but right now I am planning, not hoping!

Bryce and his friend holding up the first place trophy!

Don't delay! We are at the end of the Open Enrollment period. It ends on February 29th! That is less than 2 weeks!

Prices are low and there are options for EVERY family's budget! Believe me! You can afford this, and you need to afford it!



Let me quiet your worries on 2 other myths too...
If you move out of Florida after purchasing a Prepaid Plan, your child would still be billed at in-state tuition rates when using their plan at a Florida college or state university.

If your child doesn’t go to college, you can change the beneficiary of the Prepaid Plan or get your money back.




For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com

What are you waiting for! Sign up today! Be sure to enter

code BLOG1516 to receive a gift from Florida Prepaid

Blog disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.  



Tuesday

Give the Gift Everyone Needs for Christmas! Win one for yourself! #polarusa

Giveaway Below!
Give a gift this year that is going to help others reach their health goals! It used to be that when you wanted something fitness related, you were looking at a similar style for every brand. Now the best brand of fitness gadgets has created products that are not only the best on the market, but they make you look GREAT! I have been a Polar Ambassador for many years and I am so excited to see that every year they make me drool in anticipation of the products they launch. Not only do you get a Polar product, but you also get so much more. You get a stylish product, state of the art technology and the best customer service out there.  You also have me. I will be your resource if you any questions. Check out Polar at http://www.polar.com/us-en
Polar Loop 2

The Loop 2 helps you stay active throughout the day with vibrating inactivity alerts. If you sit longer than 55 minutes, your Loop 2 will encourage you to move.

Finding time for fitness is not always easy. The Loop 2 offers motivating feedback and personalized guidance to achieve your fitness goals. The Loop 2 displays your totals steps, calories burned, daily activity goal as well as the time.  And best of all, it comes in lots of different colors... even one that sparkles!! This is the perfect gift for someone who is just starting out in fitness as well as someone who has been hard at work for many years. 



Polar A300

The A300 does it all. It tracks your daily activity and shows steps, distance as well as calories burned. It will give you a daily activity goal and guide you on how to reach it. It measures your 24/7 Activity. It will help your daily activity, training and sleep in balance for a healthier lifestyle. Yes, I said it will track your sleep too.  It does it all. You also have an array of colors to choose from with interchangeable bands. For those of us who are older like me, it kind of reminds me of the 90s :) 


Giveaway Time: 
Yes, you have a chance here to win either a Polar Loop 2 or a Polar A300. The best part is Polar is letting the winner choose which one he or she wants! So here's your chance for "Santa" to get something for you too!
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