My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


The Winner Of My First Monthly Giveaway!

Drum roll please!

source: Giphy

Yeah, I don’t know what that raccoon is doing either, but it’s entertaining in an off-the-wall, WTF kind of way.

Now for the big announcement!

The winner of the first of my monthly giveaway series is…. Sherrie!

I’ll be getting that in the mail ASAP along with some surprise goodies. 😀

I’ll be announcing October’s prize in a couple of weeks.  Thanks for participating, guys!

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31 Miles to Halloween

If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.
~Philip Seymour Hoffman (Brainy Quotes)


Today is the first day of October &, as I mentioned on Sunday, I am starting a 31 Miles to Halloween challenge. In the month of October let’s walk 31 miles. That averages out to a mile a day, but you can get the miles in however you like. You don’t even have to walk it. You can run, roll, ride, skate, scoot, whatever suits your fancy.

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Weekly Review: Sept. 21-Sept. 27, 2014

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”
~Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass (Goodreads)

I have a few fun things happening on the blog in October:

Another contest! (& there’s still time to enter the current one)
A Halloween mileage challenge
Start C25K

I had a really good week.  I’ve slept well, felt well, been mildly productive, & I have walked for ~40mins every day.  I didn’t walk last Sunday, but I did work with my resistance bands.

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My New Favorite Vitamin, More Stuffs, & A Giveaway

Vitamin Wheel

Vitamin Wheel from Medical News Today

Okay, I’m going to wrap up the last three days of fish oil, inositol, & spearmint tea by reviewing various other things I’ve tried recently.

Let’s start with the basics: multivitamins.

For years I took One A Day’s Women’s multi, switching to Wal-Mart’s Equate version at some point.  They were vitamins.  Honestly, I could never tell a difference between taking them or skipping them.  However, I could tell if I took them on an empty stomach.  They have plenty of iron.  Always take iron with food.  It will tear your stomach up.  I also tried a OAD formulated for energy.  It made me sick, as most energy-touting pills do.

I looked at whole food vitamins at some point, but they cost too much to be practical for me.  However, recently I tried Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency from Nature’s Way. From their listing on Swanson’s:

Nature’s Way Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency is nutrition you can feel with more energizing nutrients from more natural sources than other multi-vitamin brands. This unique formula delivers 26 fruits and vegetables, extra B-vitamins for energy, and special nutrients for breast health, urinary health, and hair, skin and nail health. Contains no salt, sugar, yeast, wheat grain, dairy products, artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives.

I could tell a difference right away.  My mood & energy have improved.  It’s not dramatic, so not making me feel weird.  I just feel normal, more motivated.  This is my new vitamin.  I ❤ it.  At $10.99 for a two months supply, it’s pricier than what I was taking, but it’s still not bad.  Definitely worth it IMHO.  That’s a lot cheaper than similar vitamins.

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Weekly Running Update: Sept.10-16 (& A Yurbuds Giveaway!)

“Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.”
~Kevin Nelson (Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes)

A picture of me before my run on Thursday.

I had a really good run Thursday, & during the run I decided instead of posting about it when I got home I’d start doing a weekly running update for those things.  This week was a tech disaster, lol, but the times I did manage to capture were pretty good.

This week I worked on 4mi.  I have been looking for a 10K training plan, but haven’t found anything that feels right to me, so I’m just taking it a mile at a time doing intervals.  Since I’m tracking how many miles I can run towards my half marathon distance though, it’s nice to be able to move it along quicker than I could if I was training up multiple miles at a time.  So that’s a positive.  I. do think I need to find a training play for the HM.

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A Super Salad Giveaway!

There’s a new giveaway over at Danica’s Daily.  You can win a Wishbone salad kit! (Or I can… whatever.)

Wishbone Salad Giveaway kit @ Danica's Daily

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