getting healthy, making a house a home and raising Beesly

That one time…

I started a blog… two days before preservice and a week before welcoming a class of 20 precious pre-kindergarten students into my care.

A bad choice? Perhaps. I’m hoping to find my voice on this blog and a smooth schedule for it soon. Wrangling 20 4 year olds and getting them on a routine isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but I adore my kids and they are doing awesome. So I’m now coming home with some energy 🙂

And I love home, because home is…

My two loves.

And I finally replace my old shoes with a shiny new pair of running shoes!

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12.

Totally felt like a real runner, having my feet analyzed and running on the treadmill and what not 🙂

I managed to get in 6 miles last week, and I got in 3 today. Strength training and yoga have been non-existent, but I’m hoping to change that, starting with a good weight lifting workout at the gym tomorrow!

Question: When do you find time to blog?!?!? I’m hoping to squeeze in more post around 9-10 at night. Then it’s time for bed!


My Old Friend

Last night I meet up with an old friend at the gym.

Source: via G.l. on Pinterest

I’ve been avoiding the treadmill since the beginning of May. I spent most of last fall getting ready for my 5k and most of my workouts consisted of treadmill time. When I started working out in March I had a good mix of treadmill time and cross-training. But after a terrible 5k in May (knee pain plus a week of a family emergency), I decided to give myself a break– at least until the end of May. May turned to June, with the thought that I would start training for a September 5k at the beginning of July.

(And for the record, I am not a fast runner. My goal in most races is to beat my last time (followed by a second goal of not finishing last). I have a dream of a 10 minute mile, resulting in 30 5k.)

I finally stepped on the treadmill yesterday. And honestly, it felt pretty good. It was completely different from when I started running last fall or March. I think that the 40 pound weight difference might be a big factor in that. But it was just the boost of confidence I need to get back on the running bandwagon. I’m actually looking forward to running tonight, and am actually giving some thought to my workout plan for the next week. September will soon be here, and there’s an 8k in October I have my eyes on.

I’m looking into Hal Higdon’s training programs for the 8k, along with Jeff Galloway’s plan. I’m not sure about Jeff Galloway’s plans, as once I stop running, I have a hard time continuing to run. Anyone have experience with either program?

Question: What piece of gym equipment do you dread the most?

Motivate Me

When I first got on the healthy lifestyle train, I was beyond motivated. And as the pounds slipped off the scale and my clothes fit better, I pushed myself harder and harder.

Then life happened. Family emergencies, moving and a major change in work lead to less time at the gym and losing a lot of steam. I was happy to see that most of my eating habits had (and are continuing to) stayed intact– eating fresh produce and portion control. But some of the other changes I had made, like eating less processed foods, kinda got thrown out the window.

Instead of dinners looking like this:

they started to look like this:

Sure, there was some veggies thrown in there, and those might be sweet potato fries, but this wasn’t the same as the commitment I had made at the beginning of March. So I’m going back to the basics. School starts back next Wednesday– I have conferences and work days until then– and I will have game plan. Meal planning will be key and I will be making nutrition a major priority again.

I picked up some books at the library, for some more information and some great meal ideas as well:

Question: What motivates you after a bit of slacking? New always gets me going– new exercise, new food and of course new accessories.

Also, this is definitely my dog. Obsessed with the internet.


Hi friends!

My name is Jayme Riley and welcome to my place on the inter webs. This blog will be where I keep all my thoughts about becoming healthy, working on my new home, my various passions in life and of course– my pointer/border collie mix mutt named Beesly.

I’ve been married for three years to this guy. I kinda love him a lot.

2012 has been a big year for both of us. We bought our first house and adopted Beesly. Actually, Jordan rescued her from the side of the road. I fell in love with her, named her after my favorite TV character and then promptly became wrapped around her little paw.

2012 has also been a great year for me, health-wise. I’ve created a workout routine, changed my eating habits and have lost 40 pounds. I still struggle with eating clean and working out, but I’m happy with progress and feel like I’ve made a major change in my life.

In the coming weeks I plan on showing you our home and what we plan on doing with it. I’m also be working on getting my exercise and clean eating in gear and using this blog as motivation. And pictures of my precious pup 🙂 I’d love to hear feedback and I love discovering new blogs! Leave me your link!