ice cream

Freezing Weather and Soft Serve Ice Cream

Are y’all staying warm in this freezing weather?? I can’t believe the temperatures some of y’all are having! In Texas it’s not quite as cold as it is for y’all who are in the negatives, but it’s really cold for Texas! It was 16 degrees yesterday morning when I woke up and the highest it ever got was 30. I know this is normal for some of you, but it’s not for me, and I am never prepared for weather like this! I know, I’m a baby in the cold.

Because it was so cold in the morning, and I knew I needed to get in my run before the afternoon, I switched up my marathon training schedule a bit. I was supposed to run 6 miles yesterday and do cross training today, but I ended up doing my cross training yesterday and I will run 6 miles later today.

I did this workout from Pinterest (follow me!) and then did my own short leg workout.

better add on leg workout

This is a perfect workout for you to add on to another workout you have already done for a little extra strength. I am making sure that I am keeping my legs strong since I will be running more than I am used to for marathon training. I don’t want to hurt a knee or anything else on my leg because they are too weak. I know that maintaining my strength workouts will be important for my training!

After my workout I showered and got ready to go meet Ryan at his work for lunch. I was excited to wear a new outfit that I got this weekend while shopping with my Mom.

IMG_5169I got the gray dress for $10 (regular $70) and the yellow sweater for $10 (regular $45). Perfect outfit for my  new job too!

I packed Ryan and I leftover lentil enchiladas from Sunday night for lunch with apples and bell pepper. The best part though was dessert. Ryan’s work has a soft serve ice cream machine so we thought it was the best decision to balance out our nutritious lunch with ice cream. 🙂 Obviously this makes the most sense. And yes, it was freezing outside, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this treat. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but I have always loved ice cream. 🙂


Vanilla is always the best choice, always.


I wish we could have lunch together more often; it was so nice!

After I left Ryan’s work I went to get my fingerprints taken for work, and then headed home to finish meal planning for the week. Then I went grocery shopping and came home to start cooking dinner.

We had vegetarian chili with some cornbread (both recipes from Peas and Thank you. I am seriously obsessed with this cook book!) I made the chili with tempeh, and Ryan and I both really enjoyed it!


Ryan didn’t even know there wasn’t meat in it at first. And for those of you who don’t know, he is a meat lover!


The cornbread was a perfect side for this dish, and I crumbled about half of my piece of cornbread into my chili, which made it even better!

Oh, and one more random fact for you. I wore this “S” sticker on my sweater all day without realizing. I wish I could say this doesn’t happen to me often, but I am the queen at forgetting to take tags and stickers off.


I’ll leave you with that. I’m going to spend today doing some food prep, running, a little cleaning, and hopefully a little reading! As always, if you try my leg workout let me know how you like it!


1. If you have run a marathon, how much strength training did you incorporate into your workouts?

2. Favorite ice cream flavor? 

3. Have you ever cooked with tempeh? What do you like to make with it?

4. Tell me something you are looking forward to today or this week? 



MIMM-Family Weekends Are the Best!

This past weekend was definitely marvelous, which calls for a Marvelous in my Monday!


Thanks Katie for hosting!

Saturday started with about a 7 and a half mile run, breakfast, and some house cleaning. The fun part started when my parents came over and picked me up so that we could go here.


We went to Luke’s Locker so my Dad and I could get some much needed new running shoes! The bottoms of my shoes were really worn, and I was overdue for a new pair. I have ran in Nikes for a long time now, but I finally decided I needed to get a better pair that would do better for long runs and last longer. Luke’s Locker had so many workers all there to help you find out what shoe will work best for you! My dad and I had a very helpful young lady help us, and we were so grateful for her expertise. If you follow me on Instagtram you already saw my cool new kicks, but here they are!


They are Mizuno Waveriders, and I seriously love these shoes so much! Not only do they obviously look awesome (if you can’t tell, I don’t like bright shoes that stick out 😉 ), but they feel great! It took me forever to finally choose this pair; I mean come on, running shoes is a big, important purchase, so I am going to make sure I get the absolute perfect ones. I don’t want to get home and wish I had got another pair. I tried on at least 10 pairs of shoes, and every single pair I tried on I ran all around the store to see how they felt. One of the workers told me by the end, “I think you have ran 5 miles in here”. What can I say, I take my running seriously!

I finally narrowed it down to the Mizuno Waveriders and a pair of Brooks. I determined that the Mizunos definitely felt better, but the pair I tried on were pink and black, and I’m not really one for black running shoes. (I’m not sure why; maybe it’s because my high school basketball coach told me black shoes make you look slower and I was already slow enough? I guess I”ll never know!) So I asked the lady who was helping us if they had the exact shoe in a different color. When she brought out these orange babies, my eyes lit up. I knew I had found my shoe. 🙂

And what better way to celebrate my Dad and I getting new shoes than with ice cream?


There was a blue bell seriously right next door to Luke’s Locker; that means we have to stop there right? 🙂 I had just a plain bowl of Blue Bell vanilla yogurt, and it was delicious!

When my parents and I got back to my house my Mom went grocery shopping with me while I got our groceries for the week before they headed back to their house. I loved having someone to join me on my weekly shopping trip! When Ryan got home from work we enjoyed some honey barbecue meatloaf for dinner with green beans and sweet potatoes.


This meal is one of our favorites! It is so good, and not that hard! Plus, the leftovers are just as good!

Sunday morning started out with an easy 2 mile run and then about 20 minutes of stretching and yoga poses. Sundays are my rest day, and I normally don’t run that day, but I had just got new running shoes, which meant running was a necessity. Besides, I really liked having a short, easy run. It felt good for my legs to move, and an easy short run like that might become regular for my rest days from now on. After stretching I tried a new pancake recipe.


Spinach blueberry pancakes!! I know these look gross because they are green, but I could not even taste the spinach! I topped mine with peanut butter, bananas, and strawberries.


Oh this tasted so good! Plus, it kept me full for hours and kept me from getting hungry at church. That happens pretty often to me, so that’s a bigger deal than you might think.

I got this recipe from VMFitness Instagram account. Thanks Josie!

After church Ryan and I went to my parents house for lunch, where my mom fed us a delicious Sunday lunch!


There was barbecue chicken, pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, corn, and salad. Everything was so good! For dessert my mom made brownies, and I enjoyed a small piece.

The rest of the afternoon was spent here with the Hubs and the parents.


Don’t my parents have an absolutely beautiful pool? I absolutely love swimming here in the summer time! It’s hard to beat just floating and talking with your family all day in the pool while getting a tan. I have so many fun memories in this pool!

Eventually we all got hungry so we went inside and my Mom grilled everyone some burgers. I ate mine on top of a big salad filled with spinach leaves, corn, rice, guacamole, and some Almond Thin crackers.


Sorry for the super bad picture with horrible lighting. But I eventually cut up the burger, broke the crackers, and mixed everything up into a delicious mess.


I love salads like this!

After dinner Ryan and I had to leave to go home because I needed to get to bed early because I started school again today! This is my last semester of college until I graduate in December! Yay! I seriously can’t wait! I was a student teacher last semester, but I only student taught two days a week. This semester I student teach five days a week, so it’s the real deal! (Without any paycheck obviously). I go back to my University twice a month for seminar, but besides that I will be at the elementary school. I am at a different school this semester than I was last spring since Ryan and I moved though, so everything is new to me this semester. It is exciting though, and everything went great today so I think it will be a good semester! I will have to keep y’all updated!

That was my marvelous weekend! Spending time with family is always marvelous! But I just looked back through this post and noticed that all of the pictures I took were of food and shoes. Haha, sorry! I will get better at taking picture with actual people. 🙂


1. What is your favorite type of running shoe? Mizuno Waverider now for me!

2. Favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla! Can’t beat a classic 🙂

3. Favorite summertime activity with your family?