Monthly Archives: April 2014


As I mentioned, my husband and I (along with a few friends) have an April challenge going – no sugar and 4000 pushups.  9 days in, I’m right on track.  14 push ups ahead of schedule actually :)  My hubs is doing 3 days on, 1 day off to get his total. I am just going for 134 a day.

I like challenges like this – I like the sense of working towards a goal.  Keeps me motivated.

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awkward competition

Running in the dark this morning, I came to a T intersection, and had to do an awkward side step to not run into a guy coming from the other direction.  He keeps going straight, the same way I am turning, but he is on the sidewalk and I am running on the road – on the other side of the road facing traffic.  SO we are basically running even with each other, but on opposite side of the road.  I probably picked it up a bit because I am competitive and not having raced since JUNE my competitive juices are seriously pent up inside me!  I was pulling in front of him a bit.  And then it was like he realized this GIRL was running faster than him. So he noticeable picks it up and pulls ahead.  But then he slows.  This just feels awkward!  We run even again until I need to turn right, which means crossing over the side walk where he is running even with me.  So I do an awkward stop, thankfully I need to wait on a car so it is not as awkward as it could be, and we both carry on our runs.  And I analyze our little competition the mile and a half home :)

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good eats

I’ve seen multiple meal suggestions of an egg/avocado combo – fried egg on toast topped with avocado, soft boiled egg mashes up in a bowl with avocado, etc.  I’d always thought love eggs, love avocado, not crazy about the idea of them together.

I finally decided to try it a few days ago … yep, it’s seriously good!!  I had it for lunch again yesterday, this time topped with a bit of Trader Joe’s cowboy caviare. it hit the spot!!!



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April’s challenge

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my kids and I just got back from a 2 week road trip.  We visited family and best friends.  And thankfully we call family best friends too! I know that is not always the case and it is something I treasure immensely in our lives.

Our 1st stop was at best friends’ house just up the road in lower Alabama.  While my 3 and her 2 were playing in best friend bliss after not seeing each other since early December, us Mamas were enjoying catching up.  As we talked through my no sugar February, I told her I would love to do it again with her – ya know, for accountability and support.  At this point it’s March 17 and I am on the front end of 2 weeks on the road AND 2 of my kids’ birthdays March 29 & 30.  So April 1 was a logical start date.  She did text me this morning making sure I wasn’t pulling a cruel April Fools joke!!

When I got home a few days ago, as we thoroughly enjoyed A LOT of birthday cake …
DSC_0722(my cakes may not look pretty but you CANNOT go wrong with homemade chocolate icing … you know, chocolate, butter, powdered sugar – and the blue & pink is to make the 3 year old birthday boy on March 29 and 5 year old birthday girl on March 30 both HAPPY with 1 cake! – we’ll see how many years I can get away with 1 cake!)

as I was … eating lots of cake, I asked my hubs if he wanted to do no sugar April with us.  He immediately says, “sure and we do 4000 push ups” – and he was being SERIOUS.  Being competitive and loving a challenge, I say “SURE!!!”

Our discussion was pretty comical as he realizes no sugar means no coke which really means no Jack and coke and over the course of the night he decides if he drinks a Jack & coke he takes a 50 push up penalty. And for the record, no Jack and coke is fine except for the 4 days his boss/really good friend will be staying with us.  Their “thing” is drinking Jack and coke together.

He also says maybe I should aim for 3000 pushups not 4000, which of course makes me go “Oh you watch me I’ll do 4000!!! Wanna make it 5000?!” and then I come back and realize 4000 is plenty and I really may not make it!

Then I realize he’s texting some of our other best friends in PA to get them on board.  Oh and the husband of my friend who I started this with is on board – he and my hubs really are attempting 5000 pushups.  Our PA friends are doing the push ups but not the no sugar.

Anyway, I love it! I’m crazy and I love a challenge and reaching a goal and having friends involved just makes it PERFECT!! :)

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