Winter Won’t Win Challenge

Today, when I was using Siri to help me “talk to text,” I said “Sparkle.Pounce.” and that no good, dirty, little snob funny lady typed in “Sparkle.Pounds.” Ummmm….not funny, Siri!! 

It’s like she has been watching me over the last few days…

Yes, puppy chow is THAT good!

Which leads me to what we’re all thinking…. I really need to make sure I start 2015 out on track!

Sparkle.Pounce. wants to help you do that! We are excited to be having our first Winter Won’t Win Challenge! For this, we are challenging you to move your body 50 or 100 miles during the month of January. You choose the mileage that works for you, and we support you along the way. These miles may be run, walked, shuffled, crawled… inside or outside, on the road, trails, track, treadmill…you name it!

If you choose to enter this challenge, you’ll get the following things:

1. A super cute and comfy Sparkle.Pounce. zip-up hoodie!

2. Access to a closed, motivational Facebook group where we will offer daily motivation and tips to keep you on track.

3. Access to a group Excel sheet to track your mileage.

We hope you join us in this Winter Won’t Win Challenge! Click here to go to our Etsy link and sign up now! ($40 plus tax)

Here’s to making 2015 the best year yet!

Sparkle.Pounce.Winter Won’t Win.

I Just Want Some Cheez-Its

Today’s blog is brought to you by…a girl who is on a mission to eat suuuuuuper healthy until Christmas…but really just wants to eat some Cheez-Its. Like, a whole box of Cheez-Its.

Is eating healthy a constant battle for anyone else? I feel like I can go a few days without having any major cravings, and then, all of a sudden, it’s like everyone is working against me and I’m being offered candy, chips, brownies, pizza, cupcakes, Little Debbies (I work at an elementary school)…EVERYTHING I’M TRYING NOT TO EAT!!! And, it becomes a battle between what I want right now and what I want in the future. 

Here’s what that looks like in pictures….

What I want now:

What I want most:

What I think that looks like:

Overall Summary:

Sometimes it works for me to redirect my thoughts and focus on my future goals. And sometimes, I just need to eat some Cheez-Its (or Goldfish crackers, or Oreos, or a whole bag of Popcorners….)

It’s okay to hop off the wagon for a minute, just make sure you hop back on and keep chasing those dreams.

Sparkle.Pounce.Keep Chasing Those Dreams.


It’s Time For a Restart

The week before Thanksgiving I was a total what’s that really mean name for a lady?  grumpisaurus. Things that normally don’t phase me were really getting under my skin. Honestly, I was getting on my own nerves. 

So, when it was time to hop on a plane and head to Wyoming for Thanksgiving, I was more than ready to hit the road. I was excited to spend time away from my job, my house (and all of the daily house work), packing lunches, homework, bills, work email….and all of the stress of my every day, normal routine.

And, this trip did not disappoint. It was full of lots and lots of family time (even some total and complete silliness), relaxation, and adventures (which just so happens to be my favorite thing!). 

This is a picture from one adventure of the trip, a day hike to the almost top of a mountain! 

Another fun moment of the trip was having my 5 year old son tag along with me for part of my run. He was such a trooper and he reminded me just how much of an influence my actions have on what he’s interested in. (Let me tell you, the run would have been MUCH easier without him along, but the fact that he wants to be like me, makes it all worth it.)

But, as the saying goes, all good things come to an end. And, here I am, back in Michigan, and back at my usual daily routine.

However, that little time-out from it all was the perfect restart for me. It left me feeling much more sparkly and ready to take on this thing called life.

AND…even though today is Monday, it’s been pretty amazing! I had three friends text me to remind me to sign up for the Bayshore Marathon this morning (which I did!!! WOOT! WOOT!). Just knowing that other people are thinking about me and my goals/dreams means so much. 

AND…someone left me this surprise on my desk before work!

AND…I got an email saying I was accepted as a pacer for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon this spring! 

So, even though every day isn’t super, duper, fantastically, sparkly, it’s good to know that we can hit the “restart” button, take a time-out, and come back ready to kick butt and spread some sunshine.