Archive for September, 2013

I literally just posted a blog and was informed by my ever-updating blog source that I had just posted my 65th blog! You poor souls. You had no idea you’d be reading mindless material 65 posts later, did you? Ha! Well, hopefully I can provide some beneficial information…and maybe a few laughs along the way. Most importantly, I just want you to know you’re not alone in your daily challenges to find time to exercise and ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Fan

Life is meant to be enjoyed, but you can’t enjoy life to the fullest if you’re always sick, feel run down, lack energy or motivation, or are consumed by stress. Right? So let’s face it. As much as you wish it would just come naturally to make smart decisions about food, and to exercise and get enough rest (I’m guilty), it is never quite as easy as it seems. We struggle for several reasons. Maybe it’s because you don’t have a clue how to exercise or what kind of exercise you should even start doing. The important thing is to just get moving.

Start with walking. Join a gym, or try some classes. You might like some things and completely hate others. If you don’t try though, you’ll never know. Here’s another important message…ask questions! You are not the first kid on the block. Take advantage of people you know who have “been there done that”. Learn from others and take everything with a grain of salt. Fill your mental library with knowledge from multiple resources, then pull the information that is most relevant to your lifestyle, fitness level, health, and overall goals. Lastly, find your cheerleader. This could be a spouse or significant other, a child, parent, friend, or even a co-worker. Find that person who will support your goals and lifestyle, and who will cheer you on through the toughest days, but who will also tell you when to suck it up.

Most importantly, take it one day at a time. Focus on the positive changes, and set out to be an example for others.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”


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I have no idea where my children get their sweet tooth.

Literally, a kid in a candy store. My kid.

Hi. My name is Luciana, and I’m a sugar addict. I’m okay admitting it. I love sugar. I love chocolate. I love cookies and cakes and buttercream frosting…I’m killing you, aren’t I?

Hi. My name is Luciana, and I’m a runner. I’m okay admitting it. I love getting up before the sun and hearing my own heartbeat, feeling my muscles warm up, and pushing myself further each day. I love doing what others are afraid to do. I love going out thinking “Man, I could use another hour of sleep”, and coming back an hour later with one of my best runs. I love buying new running shoes and trying out the newest workouts and gadgets. I love registering for races. I love the after-race huddle with friends and family. I love getting lost on long runs, and at the same time finding new paths.

Turns out, I love running more than sugar. Huh…who knew?

The Dark Side

(a good substitute for your sweet tooth moment)

1/2 C Honey

1 C  Cacao Powder

1 T Vanilla

1/2 C Melted Coconut Oil

1/2 C Raw Coconut Flakes

1/4 C Coconut Flour

You can add ANYTHING to this your little heart desires. How about some toasted hazelnuts or pecans? Oats? Puffed Rice Cereal? Add more or less honey depending on your preference.  Roll into little balls or cut into squares.

The more organic and natural you can make it, the better it will treat your body.

On a side note, these are awesome frozen little treats too.

Happy Running – Happy Eating!

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Simple Pleasures

So, it comes down to this. The only chance to blog is when I’m waiting for my son at the dentist office. I’ve been thinking about you for a while though. It’s been too long. Life gets busy – too many distractions and “have to’s” on the list each day. As with any woman though, there’s always more than enough going on in my head to always have something to blog about (lucky you). The problem is, there’s too much going on inside of my head that I can’t decide what to write about first!

I opted to focus on what I enjoy the most (coffee and wine) – no wait, that’s not this blog. Running? I love it, but it isn’t my life. Then, I came across this picture and it sums it all up for me. Seeing my kids play in nature.

Yes I run because I love it, but I want to be an example to my children. I cook because it calms my soul and it’s my responsibility as the Mama to nourish their minds, souls, and bellies. I clean because I can shift my focus from a messy, disorganized life, to time with my children and my husband. Through all of these things I can teach them the value of teamwork, and the reward of a job well done.

We’re always looking for ways to get better at something, and it never seems that we’re quite satisfied in our lives at this exact moment. So, as I get back to blogging about the basics I challenge you to take a break, find a quiet place, and take a deep breath.

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Jude 1:2  ~ “May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.”

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