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Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Health, Food, & Crafting, Updates | 4 comments

Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.  A marathon by its nature is an endurance race that tests and tries the body, eventually taking it beyond its breaking point.  Life is pretty much like that. It tests and tries us to see how much we can endure. It’s up to us what we do with it.  Do we keep going or give up?  Whether you are trying to reclaim your health, start a business, go back to school, or anything else it is trying. Personally, it is exhausting and sometimes it’s easy to want to give up. Join me today as I share where I am at with my journey to reclaiming my health.

Life is a Marathon, Not a SprintDon’t Rush Things

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you want it to happen right away?  As human beings, we  want everything NOW. We don’t want to wait; we don’t want to make sacrifices to get there.  The truth is none of these things can happen overnight. There is a process; there is a sacrifice to be made.

I remember back to my college days and wanting that diploma so bad.  I had to complete 4 years of college to get there. Furthermore, I was going part-time so 4 years turned into 6 years, but I got there.  I had to spend countless nights studying. I had to pay the cost.  I had to make sacrifices to get there.


Past the Starting Line

Since June 2013, my husband and I have been on our journey to reclaiming our health. We are well past the starting line but not at the finish line yet.  My hubby has lost 60 lbs. and I have lost 30 lbs.  Both of us still have 30 more lbs. to go.

I wish I could tell you that there was a secret magic pill that has helped us, but I would be lying. Yes, we are on a medication to help us with our health issues, but we still have had to make changes in our eating habits and exercise regimen.  I believe this combination has helped us get where we are today.


Life is a Marathon, Not a SprintOur Training Plan

We are past the starting line, but we are not at the finish line.  There are a lot of things we are having to do to get to the finish line.   Then, we have to continue making the choices we have made so far to be able to maintain the new and improved us.  

There are three things we have changed along the way.  These things have made a huge difference. The problem is when we get off track with one of these we see it on the scale immediately.   

  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Water Intake


Exercise has become second nature to me because I enjoy what I am doing.  As many of you know, I go to Zumba with my daughter. Both of us love music and dancing and so Zumba doesn’t feel like exercise.  It is fun and we enjoy spending that time together.

My husband is currently undergoing physical therapy and can’t work out yet.  He is ready to begin but has to wait to get the okay from the doctor.   He doesn’t like dancing so I know I will never get him to Zumba, but that’s ok. He needs to find something he likes so that he can make it a way of life.  If you enjoy it, you will stick to it!


Life is a Marathon, Not a SprintFood and Water

Our biggest struggle is water.  Drinking water all day seems like a chore, yet we know it is necessary for successful weight loss. It is recommended we drink half of our body weight in ounces of water.  I feel like I spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else in the house.

I am happy to report that eating healthy is easy for us.  I don’t prepare separate meals for the kids. We all eat the same thing.  I just find recipes that are healthy and taste good. The kids absolutely LOVE the food and beg for more!

This past week I prepared this Asian Grilled Chicken VIEW RECIPE HERE.  I made a bigger batch and so I doubled everything and added more Agave Honey as we like a really sweet taste.  I marinated these for about 6 hours, put them on skewers, and put these on the grill.  These were so GOOD!! 

Making these changes are helping us reach our goals while teaching our children better lifestyle habits!


What Do You Struggle With the Most?

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      I am so glad you found Add a Little Dazzle. Welcome home! We are glad to have you join us. I went online and did some research and the Big Kick and the Big Shot (what I use) are exactly the same product they just go by a different name and are a different color. Big Shot was for smaller craft stores and Big Kick was for larger chain stores (learned something new 🙂 ). First thing would be do you want to learn how to emboss with your Big Kick an use Steel Rule Dies.

      Here are some links to get you started:

      How to Emboss and Deboss:
      How to Use Steel Rule Dies:

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  2. congrats on ur weight loss! that’s fantastic! I’m having trouble staying on Nutrisystem. I mostly do good during the week, but I mostly take Sundays off. That’s when I really blow it. I do some floor exercises (what I can) M-F and I drink the required amount of water, but I am not loosing weight. it’s so frustrating!

    • Donna,

      I am sorry to hear you are struggling. Believe me I understand completely. It is so difficult. That is why I love Weight Watchers because I can eat regular food. I was craving fries last week. I went and bought them, ate them, and moved on. Got it out of my system and I was fine.Then, I make yummy food all week long so I don’t need to take a day off because I am eating regular food.

      The food I cook on WW is the same one everybody who comes to my house eats. My husband feels guilty eating my food because he says it tastes so good and he feels like he is cheating even though he knows he isn’t.

      Let me know how it goes and we can encourage each other. BTW You need to do some cardio to get your heart rate up. Find something you enjoy and can handle. Maybe Water Aerobics might be an option if you have problems with impact.

      Best Wishes and Big (or tiny) Hugs.


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