13 Things Running a Marathon Taught Me

13 Things Running a Marathon Taught Me

About sixteen years ago, back when I was in college, I got a wild idea. I heard somebody talking about their experience of running a marathon, and I was intrigued. She seemed like an average person, someone I could relate to, and yet she had done this unimaginable thing! She had run 26.2 miles! And she had lived to tell about it. Could I possibly do it too? I started to wonder… Before this, I had dabbled a bit in…

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Simple Crock Pot Greek Yogurt

Simple Crock Pot Greek Yogurt

In the past couple years, I have tried to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet. No real overhaul (because I think overhauls are stinking hard!), but just a few new foods that are simple and really make a difference. One of my favorites has been Greek yogurt. I have always liked yogurt and was aware of some of the health benefits of it, but I never ate it much, and once I realized how much added sugar is in…

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

My 2-year-old is learning to ride a bike. But not in the same way I learned to ride a bike. Have you seen balance bikes? These things are amazing! Seriously, so genius! The idea is that the kid learns the hardest part first—the balance—and then can easily transition to a real bike because the pedaling is the easy part. It’s the opposite approach to the traditional training wheels, where you pedal along, never worrying about your balance, and then you…

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5 Fitness Ideas that Need to Retire

5 Fitness Ideas that Need to Retire

I’ve been binge listening to a podcast the last couple weeks. Freakonomics. Heard of it? Basically, as they say, they “explore the hidden side of everything.” If you have any interest in human behavior, or just how this world goes ‘round, you should check it out. Anyway, an episode I listened to yesterday really struck me. It was titled, “This Idea Must Die,” and it was all about ideas in science that certain scientists and academics think need to be…

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Tips for Change

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Tips for Change

Change. We experience all kinds of emotions about change, all of which are caused by our thoughts—thoughts like: “This will be hard.” “I’m unsure about this.” “I’m excited to see what will happen.” “Why is this happening?” “How will this turn out?” “I just want things to stay the way they are.” “Why can’t things change already?” “Change is just so hard for me.” While we sometimes look forward to change (like anticipating having my baby finally be potty trained!),…

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The TRUTH About Your Body

The TRUTH About Your Body

Recently, I was looking through photos from this summer, and realizing what an amazing life my kids have! We live on a ranch with lots of opportunities to work hard, open spaces to play, and oodles of cousins that are a part of their every day. Each morning, they get up, and after breakfast and family scripture time, they head to the barn. The three older kids all have 4-H steers that they work with each day, preparing for fair….

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Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Back in February, I told my mom about this project I wanted to start–all about helping women achieve better health by learning to love their bodies. I also told her that my sister-in-law, Heidi, was starting the process of becoming a life coach, and that she wanted to help women find more confidence and joy by managing their mental and emotional health. She was excited for both of us, and then excited for herself as a light came on in…

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My Trip to Eugene and Why I Always Cry

My Trip to Eugene and Why I Always Cry

Earlier this month, I went to Eugene, Oregon, with my dad and my 13-year-old son, Connor, where we spent four days watching the NCAA Track and Field Championships. As track enthusiasts (that may be a mild term, considering my son’s OBSESSION with pole vault, my dad being a track coach and having been to the NCAA Championships for nearly 20 straight years, and myself being willing to take babies, toddlers, and young children to our state track and field championships…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Welcome back, recovering perfectionists!  Are you re-thinking failure? Are you letting go of all or nothing thinking? I hope so! It can be so freeing and empowering! I had a friend several years ago post a photo of a cookie sheet full of perfectly arranged chicken nuggets with the caption, “Who does this?”  Her husband had arranged them so beautifully, and she was wondering if he was the only person in the world to do such a thing, because she…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

“I’ll never be skinny. I just like sweets too much.” I just saw this statement from a friend on facebook not too long ago. How many of us think things like this? This is a classic perfectionist statement. And if we generalize it to include just about anything, it would sound more like this: “If I can’t do it perfectly, I might as well not do it at all.” What if we could eat sweets and still be skinny? What…

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