Half Marathon Update

Life has been crazy here lately! A couple of weeks ago I was in New York working on a “super secret” project and this past weekend my gorgeous sister got married!


Talk about an amazing day! It was gorgeous and perfectly my sister and her man. Oh, we all looked pretty freaking flawless as well! Gotta love hair and makeup people! My speech went awesomely well as well!


I’m feeling like now that the wedding is over, life can get back to somewhat normal here in the Not On a Diet household. Well, we really don’t do “normal”, but just where things aren’t happening every single weekend of our lives. I feel like I’ve really been struggling in the healthy living aspect of my life because of all the craziness going on. Those goals I set at the beginning of the month…umm….I haven’t stuck with them hardly at all.

But let’s talk about what I have stuck with!

Half-marathon training!

My mom and I are totally on point with it! We’ve been getting our long walks in and even knocked out a 10 mile one on Monday!


I’m so proud of us for sticking with this! We have learned a lot about walking long distances and that we can do anything we put our minds to. There is one very minor change though.

We had originally planned on doing the Galena Lead Rush on November 1st, but with the expense of the wedding, we have since decided not to do it. With the $55 entry fee and the fact that we’d have to get a hotel, it’s just not reasonable at the moment.

No worries though, we’re still doing a half-marathon. It’s just on our own terms now! Thankfully virtual races exist and we found one via Jost Running to take part in.

It’s the Oktoberfest Half and helps support the Midwest Food Bank! And the medals are pretty awesome!


We will be doing our half this Saturday the 25th along the Duck Creek Path in Davenport. I’ve mapped it out already and it is going to be an absolutely gorgeous day!

No there won’t be a fancy finish line or people to cheer us along, but we’re okay with that. We know this won’t be out last half! :) We’ve actually already picked out our next!

I’m gearing up with this week by loading my phone up with podcasts to pass the time. And making sure I have some fuel to keep me going along the way! KIND Bars have been our choice so far. So I’m sure I’ll probably stick with those!

I’m excited to say that I’m a half-marathoner after this weekend! I’ll probably have to get one of those stickers for my car now! :)

Any tips for us as we embark on this adventure this weekend?

Blogging Well

There is something pretty awesome going on this weekend and I’m excited to be a part of it!

Blog Well Summit

What exactly is the Blog Well Summit?

Well, it is a virtual conference taking place from October 17th-19th. Which means there is no travel involved and you can watch in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home!

Oh, did I mention that it’s FREE?

This weekend only, you can access the videos with no cost to you!

I’m not the only person taking part in the summit. You can also check out Carla Brinberg, Emily, Roni, and lots of great other bloggers! You’ll get tips on how to make your blog better, what I learned from a viral experience, and SO MUCH MORE! There will be Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, Instagram BINGO, and even a 5k!

It is reminding me a lot of FitBloggin’ without the travel price tag!

Seriously, the wealth of information Rita, Laura, and Lance are giving you guys is amazing!

Again, it’s all yours for free this weekend ONLY!

No worries though, if you want access to all the information afterwards you can for $99 this weekend or $145 after that. You’ll have the videos to watch on your own with that purchase. Again, one heck of a deal for what they’re giving you!

All you have to do is sign up! They will send you an email to welcome you and will be sending you emails throughout the weekend to remind you of the schedule.

I won’t be able to do much attending this weekend as it is a pretty big weekend! My little sister is getting MARRIED!! Ahhhh! I cannot wait to get all dressed up and help my sister and her man celebrate their big day! Guess I better get to writing that speech I have to give! ;)

Will you be attending the Blog Well Summit?

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October Goals

Happy October all! I’m still wondering where in the world this year has gone! Yesterday was JUST the start of summer, right?

This month brings my sister’s wedding, finally. ;) Last weekend was her bachelorette party, which meant lots of shenanigans and fun! Thankfully we all survived the college bars and jello shots.


In just a few short weeks, she will be a Mrs! I’m super excited to see it all come together and to wear my gorgeous dress! Guess I better start working on that MOH speech soon!

October also brings a new set of goals to accomplish! September was by far a better month than I have been having, so I’m pretty happy with that. I didn’t cross off everything I wanted to accomplish, but I’d say I hit about 75% of them. So, go me!

This month I’m going to do even better! Because that’s all we can really do in life, right?




- Walk 6,000 Steps: I work at home during the day, so getting up and moving is a challenge. Going to be wearing my Weight Watchers Pedometer to keep track

10mins of Yoga: I enjoy yoga and never get enough in! 10 minutes a day shouldn’t be a challenge if I set myself a reminder

Write To Do List: I always have 1,000,000,000,000 things to do, but accomplish about 2 of them. Writing out what needs to happen will help me remember and who doesn’t love crossing things off a list?

- Squat & Push-Up Challenge: Just another way to get some different activity in! Here’s the one I’m following:




- Earn 20 Activity PointsPlus: Just bumping it up this month!

2 Green Smoothies: I seem to lose more weight when I consume them.

Comment on 7 Blog Posts: I love reading blogs, needing to do it more

- 3 Workout DVDs: I tried daily last month, but it was too much. This will be much more attainable!


Bake Something: I love baking and fall baking is great! Mr. B’s co-workers love it when I bake as well!

Read 2 Books: Again, I love reading, just need to do it more!


Haircut! I’m in dire need of a new ‘do! Just been putting it off to make sure I have hair to put up for the wedding!


What are you wanting to accomplish this month?