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Well…I must admit. We took the last week off from our normal running routine. You know how easy it’d be to quit since we didn’t run in over a week? For me…pretty darn easy.

We took the week off for a few different reasons. 1. I didn’t feel like running with such a fresh tattoo, especially since it was on my leg and was pretty large. 2. We went out-of-town and weren’t really sure how to occupy the kids while we were on our runs. Right now, we run around the park. They play…we run. Easy enough.

I’m glad I got my lazy butt up tonight and did it. I was dreading it. I thought it was going to be a lot harder since we’d taken that time off. Any other time, I’d probably just got out of routine and quit. I’m a big quitter when it comes to diet and exercise. It’s just so much easier to be lazy and eat junk. I hate to admit that, but it’s true.

I think I’m going to set a goal. I want to do a 5k. It’s something I’ve never done before and I really wanna do it!! I’m thinking about Thanksgiving day. I think it’d be the perfect day and I’d never forget my first 5k being on Thanksgiving. Plus, it gives us plenty of time to get ready.

I’m so excited just thinking about it!

I’m off to do some 5k research.

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Today was the day!

We advanced to week 3 of running couch to 5k and we ran (drum roll please) 3 minutes straight today!! I couldn’t believe it!

Here’s a look of what we will do this week.

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I am so glad we re-ran week 2. I feel like we really benefited from the extra time to get our bodies ready for this week. It’s still amazing to me how hard it is to run for such a short amount of time. Who’d of thought it’d be hard to run for 3 minutes? That’s only 180 seconds!

I felt so good after our run today. I feel like we’ve really made some progress and we’re on the right track! I’m looking forward to our day off tomorrow, but I’m excited to get back out there Wednesday.

Are you a runner? Share your experience with me!! I want to know how you’re doing as well. It’s fun to keep each other motivated!!

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What a day.

That’s all I’ve got.

Not a bad day and not a super excellent one either.

I’ve got a headache. I blame it on the bad food we ate for dinner. We have been eating so healthy lately. Today I gave in. I ate taco bell and I truly believe that’s why I’m feeling so yucky. Was it worth it? I think not.

Maybe I will learn my lesson.

Why is eating healthy so hard? I can conquer so many other ‘hard’ things, but eating healthy is such a job. It’s just an excuse…I already know it’s not any harder to eat healthy things compared to processed foods. But why do we make such excuses for ourselves? Convenience? Taste?

This day in age we are accustomed to eating bad. I don’t want my kids growing up that way. I was never taught how to eat healthy growing up. We ate whatever, whenever, and however much we wanted. I loved it. We had soda all day everyday.

And now my body is addicted to all this crap!!

“I want to be healthy. It’s not hard. I CAN do it.”

I’ve got to keep repeating that over and over. All day long.

I need to look into healthy recipes. Become a better cook…Keep running.

There are so many things I need to do…

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

Tomorrow is a new day. Back to eating right and running!

We are going to re-run week 2 and see how that goes.

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I’m off to take a hot bath and relax. Maybe that’ll take care of this lingering headache.

Have a great Wednesday.

Steph Shock


I am so thankful tomorrow is a holiday and we have another day off. All around great weekend. So great that I need an extra day to recoup. 😉

Marley goes back home tomorrow. I love when we she comes to spend the weekends with us. She will go home tomorrow and come back Friday, so she won’t be gone to long! Next weekend we’re going to an amusement park! The kids are on a countdown! 7 more days!

Today was our running day. This week has been harder than I expected. Jeremy’s knees have been bothering him and I feel like a big sack of bricks. I think we may do week 2 again, just to make sure we are 100% ready to start week 3. Although we did make it the entire time…I barely made it. I wanted to quit so bad, but I didn’t. I guess that is a good thing!

Anyone doing couch to 5k experience the same thing? Did you move along to the next week or repeat the week? I’m kinda back and forth. I feel like we should move forward and just push through, but at the same time I want to make sure we are physically ready. I don’t know what to do!! Help!

Besides running, we just hung out around the house. Jeremy made a great dinner tonight. (I love when he cooks.) I did laundry and other boring stuff like cleaning etc. It always feels good to have a clean house. Now that I think about it…I still have a load of towels in the dryer. Ugh! That means I still have one more load to fold!!!

I better go and get that done before I forget again.

See you all tomorrow.

Have a great Labor Day!!!

Steph Shock

P.S. Am I the only one in shock that it’s already September?! Where has the year gone!!??


I have a feeling this will be a short post. Typing and yawning…I can barely keep my eyes open.

We had a ridiculously  busy evening. Once we finally got home and made dinner for the kids, it was already 8:30. Guess what today was? Oh yea…our running day!! Thankfully Marley was here, so we fixed them dinner and got them sat down to eat and Jeremy and I went for our run. We ARE dedicated people! I’m glad we went…I definitely didn’t want to miss todays run. It would have been real easy to say “Let’s just do it tomorrow…or the next day.” Who knows if we would have ever done it!!

I feel great and today I got on the scale…drum roll please…I LOST 1.5 pounds. That’s right…1.5!! It may not be much, but I’m doing it! I was so excited to see that 1 pound gone this morning. Great motivation to keep on going! Total goal I want to lose is 25 pounds. I feel like that’s very doable for me. I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes again. That’s not too much to ask!!

Here’s what we did tonight on our run!

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I downloaded this app called RunKeeper. It tracks your miles, duration, calories, etc. It’s really cool! If you have the app, add me as your friend! We can be running buddies. 🙂

As I mentioned before…I’m exhausted. I am so glad tomorrow is Saturday! Although I have lots of things to wrap up for Die Cut Crazy…I can relax and work on my computer from home. Not to mention the best part…I get to sleep in tomorrow morning. Thank you Lord! I am so behind on my sleep!

Have a great weekend!

Steph Shock


How was your Monday? Mine was super! Today we started week 2 of Couch to 5k! Twenty-nine minutes of exercise, with 5 minutes to warm up, 5 minutes of cool-down, and 9 minutes of running. We ran one and a half minutes. Between runs walked 2 minutes. The app suggested resting over the weekend. I was a little worried, not running the last two days!! How was I going to run one and a half minutes today?

To my surprise it wasn’t that bad. I guess this app knows what it’s talking about. Embarrassed to admit,  this is the most running I’ve done in the last 12 years. I’m a little proud of myself! Still hard to imagine that in only 7 weeks from now, I will be able to run for 30 minutes straight. I have NEVER been able to run for that long at once. NEVER!

Has anyone else used this app and had great success? I’ve only known a few people who have used it, and only one of them actually finished it. Everyday I get nervous about our run, but afterwards I feel like a hundred bucks. I’m so glad we decided to do this.  By October 18th we should be 5k ready!! That is so awesome!

Next running day is Wednesday. I love my rest days, but looking forward to running again.

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I thought this was cute!

On another note, I have lots of birthdays coming up in the next few days. Tomorrow I need to finish a few cards and get started on some new projects.

I will try to share some pictures tomorrow.

See you soon!

Steph Shock


Running. What can I say….We started Couch to 5k last week. We finished one day and…(silence)  Things just came up! Weather was bad, blah blah blah.

Well…I’m happy to say we started back this week! Monday was our first day back and it went really well. If you’ve never used the app before, let me just fill you in on a few details.

Couch to 5k is an app on the iPhone. (I’m sure you can probably get it on other devices…I’m just not aware of all of them.) It’s a 9 week program that slowly builds you up and teaches you to run long distances. I will admit I can barely jog one full lap around a track. I’ve never been a runner. I’ve never enjoyed it. I’ve seen plenty of people who jog and have always admired them. The first week we will jog every other day. You start with a brisk 5 minute walk and then comes the fun part…running. You will run for 1 minute. Sounds easy right? Well…the first one is. It’s a total breeze. After your 1 minute, you walk for a minute and a half. You will repeat this as you run a total of 8 times and finish with a cool down 5 minute walk.

I was tired. There were plenty of times I wished Jeremy would say “Okay…I’m done for today. Let’s just quit.” He never did. I kept telling myself “You can do this. Just keep going. You’re not going to die!” I’m happy to announce…We did it!! We did the entire thing today and by the end of it I was still alive and breathing. Not to mention I actually felt great!! I felt accomplished. I really did it. It may not be much for some, but it’s huge for me. It’s a little baby step to what is to come and I am excited to see what I can complete in the 9 weeks.

Again…It helps that Jeremy and I are doing this together. He is a great partner and motivator.

I am grateful that tomorrow is our rest day, but looking forward to another great day Friday.

See you tomorrow!

Steph Shock