Saturday, July 27, 2013

GET YOUR COLOR ON!!!! Promo Code Included!


Someone told me that I would be hooked on races after my first ever race earlier this month. Well, they were right. I am now hooked! Guess what? I am running playing, in the Color Me Rad 5k with my four kids and husband, on October 5th at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI. I don't know who is more excited, me or my kids? Why? Because the color runs are a blast!
Color Yourself Even Radder!
                                                                                 
                                              
I kept seeing all these ads for the Color Me Rad race on Facebook and decided to look at it. Dang it looks awesome! There are races all over the U.S., Canada and even internationally. It's a real color run. Everything I have read has been a great promotion. Whoever wrote their information has a good sense of humor. So obviously that helped entice me more. The race is also family friendly. If you have a 7yr old or younger, they get to run for free! What kid doesn't like to play with colors and get messy?
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Looking at their online store, I found some really "rad" merchandise you can order. They have sunglasses (totally needed. Wish I knew about them before my first race), bandanas, socks (in four different colors), totally rad eye blacks, tees and so much more. 
                                Women's Do Rad Stuff Tee-shirt2013 Socks

Let me recap for ya; you get to play in colors while exercising, wear some funky cool merchandise, hang with your family for some fun, and/or meet up with friends. What could be better then that?

How about saving money on your registration?!
If you register between Monday, July 29th - Wednesday, July 31, you can use this code: radfun to save 20% off your registration fee. Even more good news...the code is good for any race that isn't sold out yet. 

So where are the races? All over! There's oodles of locations; Fort Wayne, San Francisco, Vancouver, Tulsa, Dallas, Vegas, Tampa, Columbus...Even Korea and Taiwan. When I looked I found there's one just 45 minutes from me in Lansing, Michigan and bonus, on the Michigan State University campus. Are you asking so what?

 Well let me tell you... My son and I are huge MSU fans (even though I attend UM). My parents met at MSU and that's where my father received his degree. Even better, my other son is playing a soccer game against a Lansing team, and being team manager, I have requested the game to be played after I compete in the run. Oh yeah, and I've requested that the whole team sign up to do it! How cool would that be? The team runs at 9:40 then goes to play their soccer game all colored up. Rad, right?

Come on now, you know you want to get out there and have some fun. As someone who never competed in a race before, but did a color run as her first, I highly recommend breaking yourself in this way. Seriously, it's so much fun to get all colored and say "I did it!"

And I know a lot of you that read my blog, follow me on IG, FB, Twitter and are members of Fit Approach, Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty are into races, so why not sign up?! How can you resist especially with 20% off: radfun

                                         

Here are some links to find more information about the Color Me Rad 5k:
 
https://twitter.com/colormerad5k (you can also use just plain #colormerad)  
 
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Five on Friday

 
I am linking up with Darci, April, Natasha and Christina on some Friday fun. After all, it's the weekend y'all! You too can join in on the fun! All you have to do is...
* Write  your post about five things you're lovin' this week, or any five things you want to share!
* Share the logo above on your blog and link back at any one of their sites.

Happy weekend everyone!
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ONE: Being a mom of 4, full time student, substitute teacher (come Fall) and wanting to get back into fitness isn't enough for my schedule,  so I added a new gig. I was suckered into accepted the offer to be my son's team manager for his travel soccer team. Mainly because they know I won't say no. Last night I sent out my first official email. It took me 3 hours to assemble because I wanted it to be fun, serious and inspirational. Say it with me, OCD! I will go the extra mile because this team and the families are amazing. The boys are ranked 4th in the State of Michigan, 10th in the Region and 235th in the Nation. If all goes well, they will easily take 1st in the State this year. The team is a giant family that in my opinion has helped lead them to their success. This is the fun part of my job: taking pics, creating a "Fit Club" for them, and making videos for them as inspiration. Here's a couple I made last year... And one done on Mother's Day when the boys surprised their mom's with flowers after taking the Championship! Quick brag: my son's #23, the one with the blue shoes getting air on the first video!


TWO: Tuesday night I took a cheat night and indulged with Angry Orchard and Nachos from Buffalo Wild Wings. I did save 1/2 the plate for breakfast the next day for on my way to school. Shhh!


THREE: I have a new tank top to advertise being a Beach Body Coach - love it! Thought about wearing it for the Warrior Dash Saturday, but don't want to ruin it. These things help keep me going!
 
FOUR: I found some interesting things along one of my runs this week. I decided it was too weird to let go without making up a story as to why these items were along the road...test negative, so celebrated w/red solo cup then needed another test which was negative and then needed the pad.


FIVE: Just when you need it, someone sends you a SMILE! Thanks Kiddos, love you! 


Don't forget to send someone a smile of your own!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

5 Question Friday



Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then head over to My Little Life and LINK UP! 

1. What is your best secret cleaning tip?
2. What is your favorite food to snack on during movie night?
3. If it was up to you, what would you have named the royal baby?
4. If you could be any Disney character who would you choose?
5. What's the most important part of a healthy relationship?

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1. What is your best secret cleaning tip? To answer that would mean that I actually have to clean. My cleaning is a little lack luster. I'll use the excuse that I am spending quality with my 4 kids so "please excuse the mess, my children are making memories" and cleaning while you have kids is like "shoveling while it's snowing". But if I had to give one tip from something I do, let's see... mix a water and white vinegar together for a window and mirror cleaner. It's not the best smell, but it cleans like a champ!

2. What is your favorite food to snack on during movie night? Hmmm, either homemade nachos or kettle corn and a big glass of Coke with crushed ice.

3. If it was up to you, what would you have named the royal baby? Mine! Because that would mean I am royalty. I would love to be princess for a day. Oh who am I kidding, I'd love to be princess for longer then a day, maybe infinity! But in all seriousness, I would have went with Spencer as the first name, in honor of Diana's maiden name.

4. If you could be any Disney character who would you choose? Well to be honest, some people have called me Grumpy. Which on some days is true and I'll own it. But the character I would choose to be is Merida, the spunky heroine from Brave. She is like a breath of fresh air. She's not the typical princess. She's not a prissy, pink-wearing girly-girl who’s waiting for her knight in shining armor to charge through the castle door. She’s sporty and fierce, determined and strong, and rides on her horse through the Scottish Highlands shooting arrows. Now that sound's like me in a heartbeat.

5. What's the most important part of a healthy relationship? Communication. It can be simple like asking how the day was, what's the plans for the weekend or what to have for dinner. Or complex like resolving an argument. It is learning how to make each other laugh. It's communicating on how to deal with kids, in-laws and life. If you don't communicate, how do you learn about each other?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Searching for New Running Shoes & Socks & Fitness Tracker

I am in desperate need of new running/workout shoes. Would love any comments or suggestions that you have for what to get. I put in about 20-40 miles/wk running the roads, gravel and grass. I also workout with dvds and just getting back into lifting.

I'm also in love with my Cardio Trainer app, but my GPS keeps messing up. Do you have any suggestions for a fitness tracker that is not an app on your phone?

Finally, what kind of socks do you wear when running/working out? I've heard a lot about compression socks, what do you suggest?

Price Goes Up in 5 Days!

Get your 25 minute workout before the price goes up. Sale ends July 31st. If I can do 25 mins, so can you. Ask me how to get free gifts also!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's Okay, To (Sometimes) Not Be Okay...

Typically Tuesday's are an "It's Okay" post. Normally I'm a "glass half full girl". I believe that "you take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have the facts of life." But this Tuesday it's not okay that sometimes the facts of life suck. There are just times that life throws us down to see if we will get back up again. It's okay to have a not okay day. Today is one of those days. It's a combo of bitch session, pity party and laundry diversion.

It's NOT okay...

...that I have been busting my ass with 2 workouts 5-6 days a week and I am not loosing weight. My diet is good. I'm doing what I should be doing. I signed up as a Beach Body Coach and Advocare Distributor. I tried the 10 day cleanse and blew up like a balloon. I'm doing T25 and running and not a damn thing is going well. I've even irritated old knee injuries.

The only thing that I can attribute to the lack of weight loss (some days gain even) is being on Paxil. I know my body, have busted butt with workouts before, ate worse then I have been and lost weigh and saw amazing changes. So the only difference I can associate with this is the meds. If I'm working out like I have been, there should be some inspiration and show for it. Not just scales rising and knees hurting.

Being 4'11" and volleying between 115-117 pounds is a lot for me. My best weight is 99-102. And that's with muscle, not just skinny fat. Please don't judge because you know exactly what I mean. There is in shape/toned and skinny fat. I would gladly be even 105 if I had my muscles back. I know some people would kill for those numbers. But I am short and my weight shows up in my gut. I went to the store to buy a pair of shorts and grabbed a size 5 (which is normally big for me) and I couldn't even get them over my bootie. Right then and there I decided to quit the happy pills. I would rather battle grumpiness then the weight gain.

Hopefully my stress management and relaxation college course will pick up where the meds leave off, and I can also drop pounds & gain muscle strength back.

Any suggestions? Have you had issues with meds preventing weight loss? How to you battle grumpiness and anxiety?

It's NOT okay...

...that I don't get to do Vegas for my bday. My pity party story...

I was buying a bday gift for a friend the other day and saw all the "special" gifts for 21, 30, 40...That made me sad because I didn't have any of that. I can't begin to count the number of surprise parties I have thrown for friends and family for their special number birthdays or anniversaries. But for my birthday, it's been family dinner then home to bed. And as luck would have it, an email came through with the news that 3 of my 4 kids have a soccer tournament the weekend of my birthday. That means...
NO VEGAS for 41! 
Dammit!

Don't get me wrong, my world is my kids. Anyone who knows me knows that. I am a stay at home mom who would and does give up everything for my kids (and others). But just once I want to be selfish and celebrate MY day.

Birthdays are about the person born on that day. It's their own special day that we get to celebrate them! And I expect it's the same for my own birthday. Hell, it's the day this nut job was born. I don't have to share it with my mother-in-law like Mother's Day or any other family member like all the other holiday's. It's the only day of the year that I get to call the shots and be totally selfish, right? Or wrong? It should be my choice of breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I want gummy bears for breakfast, open that bag baby. I get 24 hours to selfishly enjoy the day and not feel bad about it.

FYI, I am not complaining about not having a party. I am NOT a person that likes to be the center of attention. So having a bday party is NOT something I want. But to have friends and family wish you a happy birthday is something you would think would occur. Shoot going out for drinks with hubby would be nice! Unfortunately that hasn't happened in my lifetime of adult birthdays!

I was born on my Grandpa's bday so I've always celebrated it with him. It was always just a family dinner - mostly at Bill Knapp's because he would get his age as the % off his bill and a free chocolate cake. Then home and bed. So when we planned Vegas for 40, I was thrilled. Then came the possible divorce & my dad's aneurysm's, so Vegas fell through. Sadly my 40th came and went the same as any other day. Bday wishes were only from my kids, husband, parents, sisters and mother in law. No friends, no one else! No special dinner. No birthday drink. Not even a glass of wine. I made spaghetti for just me, the kids and Brad and we ate in shifts because of soccer. And even the birthday wishes from my sisters were just two words, "happy birthday". Not anything more. I felt like those pictures that you see on Pinterest with the bouquet of suckers saying "Forty Sucks".

I decided that night when I went to bed at 10pm crying (feeling lousy and sorry for myself that I was such a looser with no other friends or family who remembered my 40th), that I was going to be at a bar in Vegas when the clock struck Midnight to kick off my 41st birthday.

Now enter lots of four letter words when I read the email telling me the plans are off.

What do you do when life throws you lemons & you're not in the mood for lemonade? What facts of life can you give me other then suck it up buttercup?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Five on Friday Link Up

Linking up for Five on Friday with Darci at The Good Life Blog.  All you have to do is blog about 5 things that you love, that's on your mind or anything in general. Then grab the button below and paste it onto your blog. Then join the linkup on Darci's blog. It's a great way to find other awesome blogs. Happy Friday!
 
Grab button for FIVE ON FRIDAY AT THE GOOD LIFE BLOG


 









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1) YOU CAN DO IT!
I'm on week 2 day 4 and love the workouts. Tough but not too tough. Plus it's only 25 mins.

Focus T25 Challenge Time! New challenge starts Monday, Aug. 5! Challenge packs on sale thru July. Leave a comment/post here for more info. ONLY 25 MINS A DAY, 5 DAYS A WEEK! Boom! Free gifts for joining and completing the 10 week challenge.

2) GET SPARKED!
I thought the Advocare Spark was all hype until I tried it. I have one either in the morning after breakfast or mid afternoon to help fuel my workouts. Guess what? Even my husband has been drinking it this week because he found that it gave him a little boost to get through the work day. Free gift if you purchase through my site!

3) TRUE LOVE!
My son's girlfriend and her sisters (triplets) talked him into being put up into a stunt. Now that's true love! Girlfriend is one on the left. Is he following in his mom's footsteps?!
   

4) SERIOUSLY? WAKE UP!
It must be nice to stay up all night long and then sleep all day. Tried putting lipstick on him but he woke up. Next time razor on the leg hair.

5) TOO HOT FOR A BONFIRE TONIGHT?
Love when we have bonfires. Wonder if it is too hot to enjoy some good times around the flames?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Finish the Sentence Link Up




 

Not sure what to write about on your blog today? You're in luck! Holly and Jake are hosting their Finish the Sentence Link Up that may help you come up with a topic or two... Happy Thursday!




If I had one extra hour in the day... I would still be debating on what I should do today.

I wish my name... was Jenny McCarthy or Heidi Klum. They are hot 40 year olds. I wanna be like them when I grow up. Oh wait! I am 40. Damn!

I think anything chevron is... something that reminds me of SkinnyMeg or PregMeg

My last nightmare... was having to see my in-laws.

Sometimes... I wish we lived in another state, with the ocean as our front yard and hills, woods and fields as the back yard.

My last meal on earth would be... all kinds of spicy seafood, venison heart and liver, a good coffee, Moscato (any color) and Woodchuck Amber.

I would much rather be strong and muscular than skinny fat.

Mayonnaise... NOT Miracle Whip - GAG!!! It is also my favorite part of an olive burger at Halo Burger.

10 years ago, I didn't think... I would be a year away from graduating college.

Selfishly... I wish to be a super fit mom and a fabulously inspiring teacher. Honestly, I want to be a better teacher then my sisters'.

My favorite show on TV right now... Pretty Little Liars

And, George Zimmerman... I don't know. Did he shoot the boy? Yes. But what happened? Only those two and God know.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two Truths and A Lie

 
Learning the Facts of Life

I saw this idea on Rachael Ray where she asked a guest to give two truths about herself and one lie, then Rach had to decide which were true and which was a lie.
Ding, ding, ding! What a clever idea for a link up!

To participate, copy and paste the button code found below onto your blog and tell us three facts about yourself:

 2 being TRUTHS  and 1 a LIE.

Then jump back here to link up so everyone can check out your blog and try to figure out what's true and what you are hiding. Most importantly...HAVE FUN!!!
 
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1) When at the lake, I like to make a s'more over the hot coals in the morning to go along with my coffee.

2) For my honeymoon, we went to Aruba and took the most beautiful scuba diving trip.

3) When we went to Chicago back in April, we got a free show at the Comedy Bar, free food and drinks at The Castle and free lunch and wine at the Pier the next day. 

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Learning the Facts of Life

 
 

Survivor & Hero - 1 Year Anniversary

Today marks a milestone for my family as well as one of great celebration. It is the 1 year anniversary of my father's triple brain aneurysm tragedy. Last year on this date, my father went to the ER with extreme sensitivity to light and sound and nausea that he had for over a week. The doctors found one aneurysm ruptured, one leaking and one bulging. This began the scariest year for our family. I created a Caring Bridge site so that all our friends and family could stay up to date on what was happening during his stay in the hospital. You can read the whole journey of my hero here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/allanjones

The doctors were amazed that my dad lived past the first rupture, made it through both brain surgeries and is back to work now a year later with virtually no signs of the tragedy other then a great looking scar on his head. Yes, a great looking scar. Even his scar has healed well! My dad is my hero and such a walking miracle!!
Before pic!
Before
Called himself "Frankenstein" & said it looked like a "football".
July 17th, 2012
December 31, 2012

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans

Sami's Shenanigans
Hello Monday. Glad to say we survived the hot weekend and are starting the week with yet another hot one. Have I told you how much I hate the heat? Come on Fall days, hurry my way! Today I am linking up with Sami from Sami's Shenanigans to recap what happened over the weekend, and you can too.

All you have to do is grab the button above, paste it onto your blog, link it back to Sami's site and then paste your blog info in the link up section. Then write about your exciting, adventurous, party hopping, mischievous adventures. Or if your family is like mine, sitting in the sweltering heat watching kids play ball. So how about it? Link up and let's share some stories.

Are you ready for a fabulous weekend recap filled with tons of exciting adventures and nonstop fun? Yeah me too! Who has one they want to share? Mine was so boring. Doesn't a boring weekend seem like such a waste? I am a glass half full kind of gal, but some weekends just seem like we should skip to Monday and look forward to the next weekend.

Friday: the girls stayed at a friends and the boys, Brad and I hung out at home.

Saturday: Brad had to work, so I took Mason to his baseball games at 9 and 11. Then we met back at home and went to the movies and saw Grown Ups 2. It was funny. IMO, it was not as funny as the first one. But, it was a nice family night!

Sunday: Brad had to work again and Mason had two more games at 11 and 3. Then Alec and Mason had an indoor soccer game at 6.

In between the games and movies, picking up and dropping off kids,  I was also trying to study for a history test that I took today. Not to mention sweating my ass off at the games. It was so flippin' hot outside. I took turns standing and sitting because if I sat too long, I'd get sweat marks on my bootie that looked like I peed my pants. And the boob sweat, big for a girl with little boobs.

All in all, the weekend went fast. The baseball team took 2nd place. The boys soccer team lost. The movie was okay. I think I passed my history test and I'm surviving Monday. Here's to all of us having a fabulous week and 4 days till TGIF!

Friday, July 12, 2013

4 out of 6 of Us Captured on the Color Run Videos

Two videos from the Color Me Davison 5k run me and my family did on Thursday.

This one is 2 of my 4 kids coming across the finish line at about 12 seconds my son comes through and 1:28 seconds one of my daughter's comes through:

My husband and I come through the finish line at about 5-6 seconds into video:

Fact of Life Learned: always behave, you never know who's watching! ;)

Five on Friday


THE GOOD LIFE BLOG
It's time to join Darci at The Good Life blog for another Five on Friday link up. Post 5 things (include pictures if you can) that are on your mind. It can be anything. Then go to Darci's blog and link up with all the other bloggers. Have fun, happy bloggin' and enjoy TGIF!

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My Five on Friday things are:

1) Wishin' I was fishing. Or even just back out on the pontoon. Shoot, I'd even settle for the dock!

2) Loving the T25 workout! Anyone up for the challenge along with me? Let's nail it together! Plus I'm giving away free gifts for joining me and for finishing the 10 wks.

3) Looked at videos of the Warrior Dash to see what I'm up against in 2 wks. I'm gonna die!
        

4) Family night tomorrow with pizza and a movie: Grown Ups 2 - Can't wait!

5) Looking forward to just chillin out on the porch swing tonight with a glass of wine. TGIF!
My daughter did my hair.
 She thought she'd embarrass me
 by taking my pic. Nope. I'm a dork!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fact of Life Learned: No matter how bad your week was, there should ALWAYS be at least 5 things that you can be grateful for!
 
What are your 5 things????

Jumped A Mental Hurdle

Yesterday I jumped a mental hurdle when I competed in my first ever race. Well, with the exception of high school track meets. Last night the family did the Color Me Davison 5k Color Run. This time I wasn't nauseous, but the belly butterflies were fluttering. You see, this gal is not one to workout in front of others. Nor do I enjoy running with others. Let me set my own pace and do my own thing. Many people like to run with others to have them push them along. Not me. The mental games my own mind plays with me is pushy enough. Yet, the girls wanted to do it and it was on my bucket list, so what the hell!
 
The 5 mins before the horn felt like an eternity. I hated all the people around that I swore were analyzing me. Crap kept going through my head like, "Am I going to be last? Are my shorts too short? Do I look fat? Do I have a booger? What if my knee gives out? Are the new insoles going to slip? What if I have to fart? Why are these people looking at me?"
 
Then the horn blew and we were off. Since this was my first time, I was surprised to see that many people walk these runs. I thought they were all like speedsters. The kids took off and left Brad and me in the dust. I knew Alec would fly, but the other 3, not so sure. We caught up to one of the girls, but the other stayed ahead of us with her other brother. Alec ended up finishing 5th out of all the runners. I swear the boy has wings!
 
So as we are running and people are along the trails taking pictures and cheering everyone on, this picture kept going through my head:
 
 
"Oh good Heavens, I probably do look like that. Why am I putting myself out here like this?" But then I was brought back to reality as the cloud of colored chalk caught me off guard and threw me into a slight "oh shit" moment. This dumb ass took a breath as she ran through the chalk. Yeah, not a good thing to do, especially if you're claustrophobic. Once I was out of the dust cloud, I was able to take some deep breaths to calm myself and made a mental note to hold my breath through the next color station. 
 
There were several times I wanted to stop and walk, but I didn't. NOT EVER DID I WALK WHILE ON THE 3.1 MILES! To be honest, Brad kept me going. He reminded me that if I walked, I couldn't blog or post that I ran the whole thing. He said, "Don't you dare quit! You will be mad at yourself if you walk because you won't be able to say you ran the whole thing." He was right. I would've been pissed at myself for walking. It pissed me off that I even thought about walking. It is such a mental game. During my own 2, 3, 4, 5 mi runs, I can make it without walking. So why now at this race am I wanting to walk? Thank Heaven my OCD kicked in and I didn't want to fail so my head told me, "This is a race, so race. Run Forest!" So I ran.
 
I completed my first race. Even though I wanted to stop, I didn't. I didn't die by running the whole thing. I didn't finish last. Actually we were in the front part of the pack. But the most important thing is that I jumped that mental hurdle of working out in public and cleared it!
 
Fact of Life Learned: You're never too old to jump a mental hurdle. It takes mind over matter. Just do it! You'll be glad you did!
 
Have you ever competed in a race? What do you do to stay motivated on your run?

Before
      
After
Color even went through to tank top
 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

5k Color Run Today!

Yeah! Today is my first EVER race. It's the Davison 5k Color Run. I'm doing it because my girls wanted to do it, so I figured, why not? It will get my feet wet for the Warrior Dash in 2 weeks. Am I nervous? You bettcha! But I've been running for weeks now so no biggie right? Wrong! I hate working out in front of people. So to run in front of people, oooohhhh mmmmyyyy ggggooooosssshhhh!  Oh well, biting the bullet and living a little. Wish me luck that my kiddos don't kick my ass in the run.

Fact of Life Learned: It's okay to be nervous about something new. But don't let it stop you from trying something good.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lake Relaxin

I am taking a Stress Management/Relaxation class as one of my college credits. We are learning the benefits of deep breathing. The breathing technique helped me face a couple fears this week (hold a frog/toad and go tubing) as well as calm my thoughts enough to hold my tongue with a family member. I also decided to take some time for me and sit by myself on the floating dock and read a book, "Carry On Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton. One of our assignments was to take 20 minutes and do a hobby that we like to do. So I decided that I would read. I haven't taken the time to read anything other then school books in at least a year. Honestly I think the last time I finished a book other then text book was the last of the Twilight series several years ago. Maybe that's sad that in order to take time to do a hobby that I enjoy, it had to be a school assignment. Being by myself on the rocking dock, hearing the kids play, the waves bounce off the parked boats and breathing deep while reading was so relaxing that I fell asleep. It was probably only 20 minutes, but obviously something needed. It felt good to take some time for myself. Throughout the rest of the week at the lake, I would remind myself how good it felt to do that. Although I took time for me to put in my run around the lake, I told myself that wasn't a hobby, it was a requirement. I allowed myself time to be Ellen out of the dock, not mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. It took me reminding myself to "just keep breathing, just keep breathing" as I heard conversations of needing help and planning. Those things could wait the 20 minutes I was taking for my mental and physical health.
 
Fact of Life Learned: Take time for yourself. It is beneficial to you and all those around you. Even if it's 20 minutes. Do something you enjoy, just for YOU!