Half Recap

My mom and I woke up Sunday morning half-marathoners. We can officially display our 13.1 stickers proudly and hang up our medals with pride.

I started toying with the idea of doing a half last year, but never got around to it because I honestly wasn’t quite sure if I could do it. When I put it out there this year, I convinced my mom to do it with me. I knew that it would be a bit easier with a partner in crime.

I announced that we would started training in August and we kept up with it pretty consistently. We’d meet every Wednesday and Sunday to get in our mileage. Then before we knew it, the big day was here!

We met Saturday at our finish line to drive to our start line in Bettendorf. We were off on our walk a little after 10:00am.


Mom and I chatted along the way and said “Good morning” to all who passed and joked that we would have to switch to “Good afternoon” before we finished. After the first 5-6 miles, we chowed down on our KIND bars we had packed and put in our earbuds to get us through the rest of the way.

Mama B’s choice was Shinedown, while mine was a new to me podcast called Serial. If you get a chance, give it a listen! On the podcast they’re telling a non-fiction story one week at a time. The story they are currently telling is one about a girl who was murdered in Baltimore back in 1999. I spent much of the time trying to figure out “whodunit.” It really made the time go by a bit easier.

Along the way there were a couple of bathroom stops, including one with these oversized lawn chairs! Of course we had to stop and take some pictures! :)


We kept trucking along and then mile 10 hit. All of the sudden the back of my knees were killing me, so I stopped and did some stretching. It was a bit better, but was still annoying. Around this time we also encountered uncharted territory on the Duck Creek Bike Path. I had planned a route that didn’t have too many hills because those are never too much fun.

Well, we didn’t know that this part of the path had a few hills. And not exactly little ones either. We continued to push through and got to the point of the path were we needed to turn around. Heading back to our finish line was probably the longest part because we knew we’d be hitting a bridge to cross soon, but never seemed soon enough.

Finally we saw the bridge and we crossed it to see Mr. B and my dad sitting on a bench waiting for us. I shouted “Hey, we’ve made it!” and they got up to greet us with our medals. Mr. B also held a lunchbox with beer and wine for Mom and I.


After, hugs, pictures, and chugging of our beverages, we very gingerly walked to our cars.


We finished in a little over 4 hours which is what we were aiming for, so that was great. We didn’t get to rest too much after our half though because we had to make our way to a vintage market that my aunt was taking part in. We wore our medals to show off and were basically shuffling through the market. Lol.

The back of my knees were still sore on Sunday and I did a lot of foam rolling and stretching to make my calves not so tight. And I didn’t do any activity the last two days. Today I’m going to get back in the workout routine!

I also asked Mama B to do a little recap of her own to share with you guys, so here’s what she had to say about it all!

What an amazing day to do a half marathon! I woke up early on Saturday morning so excited about getting to do this with my daughter! I was filled with so many emotions because just three months ago I didn’t know if I would be here to do this. When Brooke came to me about doing it I agreed but in the back of my mind I thought no way I will ever be able to accomplish this! She handed me a training schedule and said it was important to follow it!

The more miles we walked I began to realize that we could do this and it was going to be a moment we would share forever! Along our walk we talked about everything and even made sure we had a great list of music and podcast to listen to as we continued on our 13.1 mile journey! The course was a little challenging with all the hill at the end ( Brooke promised me no hills) but she pushed and encouraged me the whole way!

At the end of our journey I came to realize that if you put your heart and soul into doing something you can do it! At the finish line we were greeted by our husbands and a few little surprise gifts from Brooke! I can finally put a 13.1 sticker on my car and know yes I did that!

I can’t imagine doing this with anyone other than Brooke she has always been a big supporter of mine in my journey!

I can’t even tell you guys how proud I am of my mom! Back in the beginning of August my mom had a bit of a medical hiccup. She discovered she had a brain aneurysm and needed surgery. She went in for surgery and had no issue, but afterwards in the hospital she suffered a mini stroke and had to spend a couple of nights in ICU. It was a scary few days in our worlds. My mom at that time didn’t think that doing a half-marathon was possible, but I kept pushing her along to do it.

When you have a goal in mind (whatever it may be) it is best to remember that you need to accomplish it on your terms. For us that meant walking a virtual half-marathon.

And we did it!


Thank you all for the support along the way! It meant a lot to Mama B and I as we got our training done and crossed that finish line!

There is A LOT more that I can say on the subject, but perhaps I’ll put that in another blog post. I will end it with this quote though:

The miracle isn't that I finished. The

[Blog Takeover] Black Bean Hummus

I’m very excited to have my first Blog Takeover post this weekend! It is from Marjorie of A Pinch of Healthy! She is sharing a delicious looking recipe that I hope you guys will give a try! If you’re interested in doing a Blog Takeover of your own, please go HERE!

Hey y’all!  My name is Marjorie, and I blog over at A Pinch of Healthy.  Thanks to Brooke for allowing me to guest post today!

I am a Weight Watcher, mom, food lover, coffee drinker, YouTuber, blogger and recipe developer. I live in Birmingham, AL with my husband, two year old son and our two dogs.

Intro Collage

I have used Weight Watchers to lose the weight I gained during (and before) pregnancy.  I have lost over 30 pounds since I started Weight Watchers (over 55 total!).

My food philosophy is pretty simple – whole foods most of the time with a particular emphasis on veggies.  I am not perfect, and I do splurge from time to time.  But most of the time I try to go as unprocessed and clean as possible.  I just feel better when I eat this way.

By no means does that mean that I have to deprive myself or eat boring food.   It has to be delicious and enjoyable for me to stick with it.  In fact, the mission of my blog is to make healthy enjoyable for myself and others.

The Recipe

But enough about me!  I’ve got a recipe to share with y’all today: black bean hummus…MMMM!



Part of the fun of developing recipes is revamping old classics.  Today I take my roasted garlic hummus recipe, and I change up the flavors to give it more of a Latin flare!

Instead of chickpeas, I use black beans.  Instead of lemon juice, I use lime.  And I change up the spices to give it more of a Latin flavor.

While I am not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free, some of my recipes happen to be, like this one.  So file this one away for when you are entertaining the herbivores! ;-)


  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/8 cup tahini sesame butter
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice and zest of half a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients (except cilantro and water) to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Slowly stream in water until desired consistency (you may use more or less, according to preference).
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve with sliced veggies and/or tortilla chips.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.


This recipe makes approximately eight servings (just under 3 tablespoons) at 2 PointsPlus each on Weight Watchers. PointsPlus were calculated using the recipe builder.  Additional nutritional information was calculated using a nutrition label generator (scroll to the bottom).

If I am serving it for a crowd, I’ll drizzle a little EVOO on top…noms!  It doesn’t take much, only half a teaspoon or so.


And then I sprinkle the cilantro on top. I serve a little snack tray with veggies and tortilla chips.



So go make yourself some!


Be sure and let me know how you like it!

Thanks again to Brooke!  Y’all don’t be strangers.  Here is where you can find me:



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?