Monday, July 27, 2015

Raw By Rae Dessert Review & Giveaway

I have been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are mine and honest in nature.

You had me at dessert! You know I have a sweet tooth. And when you can add 'healthy' to dessert then for me that's a win win situation. I'm talking about Raw by Rae Dessert

I was give the opportunity to try Original Brownie, Salty Caramel, Lemon Coconut and Cinnamon Roll. When it comes to 'healthy' desserts, I'm a skeptic by nature. When I see dessert I personally don't normally think of "dates, cashews, walnuts, flax-seed, coconut oil along with some other goodies" thrown in.  I'm sorry, but to me chocolate is chocolate - you know. So when I read the ingredients list from the Original Brownie, I kindof had my mind made up that this wasn't going to taste anything like a brownie. I mean - come on.... I didn't see sugar anywhere in the list!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don't Let Fear Stop You

If you've been anywhere near me, then you know that I fell a couple of weeks ago (It Was Bound To Happen) and then this week I Faced My Fear After Falling by hiking on the trail that fell on.

But, the truth is, I was scared to run. In fact, instead of getting on the trails this weekend, I was going to stick to road running. It was the 'safer' less intimidating choice. However, deep down, I knew that at some point I needed to run again on the trails, and I just needed to push through the fear and do it.

So, Saturday, I went to the Appalachian Trail. I took it VERY slow. I was super cautious (walked where I've normally ran) but I stumbled a time or two, and I just couldn't imagine falling on the already tender knee.

It took me about a mile or so, but I finally started to relax and enjoy the views.

I was almost to table rock, when I rounded the corner and running toward me on the path was a BEAR CUB!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feeling Good About Love With Food

I have been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are mine and honest in nature.

This isn't my first time to write to you about Love With Food, but I wanted to pass along a huge savings code on their Deluxe box. Use code BLOGDELUXE and save 50% . Here is the link. Love With Food

Ever since my first experience with Love With Food (Love With Food Healthy Subscription Box), I have been a subscriber. Each month, Lil Man and squeal with joy when we see the bright red box in the mailbox. It's always fun to open it up and see what's inside.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fear After A Fall

I'm not going to lie, there was a little (ok, maybe more than a little) fear about getting back on the trail. I know that this probably won't be my last fall (It Was Bound To Happen). But just touching my knee hurts, and there are still stitches, so I couldn't imagine how bad it would hurt if I actually fell on it today.

But I also knew that I needed to face that fear. So I did.

I went out this morning and hiked the exact same route that I fell on last week. I didn't run since this was my first time climbing since my fall, and it still hurts stepping down. There was a lot of wincing, and I stumbled a time or two, but I stayed on my feet. Whew!

Friday, July 17, 2015

It Was Bound To Happen

It's the reason why a lot of people won't try trail running. Honestly, it was why I didn't try it for a very long time. I'm clumsy and stumble just walking across the floor, I couldn't see myself running trails.

But last year after a trying year and burnout, I took to the trail in a last ditch attempt before I gave up running altogether. (I Ran. I Walked. I Fell. I Bled - It Was Awesome) 

And that one run/hike changed a lot of me. I loved it. I truly did. I overcame so much by adding trail running to my routine.

So yesterday, after a trying morning, I had just enough time for a 30 minute hike. I didn't really want to run since I had ran 6 road miles on Wednesday. My legs tend to need a day's break from running; so I try not to run back to back. Instead, I took the hillier section of the Appalachian Trail and decided to hike for cross training.

I set a timer for 15 minutes as I had planned to walk 15 minutes in, and 15 minutes out. But as I got closer to my 15 minute limit, I thought just a little farther up was a slight clearing and the power lines. I wanted to make it there.

And I did.

But this also ran me late - about 6 minutes late. I try to be very respectful of Hubby's time, and if I say that I will be back at a certain time, I really try to stick to that. I do the majority of my running before he goes to work.

So I tried to pick up my pace to make up for the extra time that I took. It was a BEAUTIFUL morning. Cool temps (in the 50's and I was wearing pants), no humidity, slight breeze, and overall just a gorgeous hike. I had time to pray, settle my thoughts, get myself mentally situated for the day, and I was heading back to car thinking that this was an awesome time.

I don't remember falling. It happened that fast. One minute I was standing -  the next I was on the ground. I was aware there was a rock in my thigh, then I felt the burn on my arm and hand and the awkward angle of my shoulder, and I was aware that my head landed on my arm, then I felt an oozing on my knee. (If you are a little squeamish you might want to scroll through this part)