Snapshot Thursdays: A Story & A Few Of My Favorite Things

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

Keys

We added another licensed driver to our household this weekend. My eldest son got his driver’s license. Handing him the keys to the family SUV for his first solo drive was kind of nerve racking.

I got to say though I am already noticing that I now have more time on my hands as I have one less child to drive places, and if all 3 children are going to the same place, which they often are, I don’t have to drive them then either.  On a regular week I figure this will add at least another  hour to the time I get to be at home. Oh what I could do in an hour, laundry, blogging, reading……. tulsi teaLately I have been enjoying a mug of hot Tulsi tea in the evenings. I find it really calming. I enjoy mine with just a tad of stevia.

Have you ever tried Tulsi tea? Do you have another type of herbal tea you like? Leave the name of  it in the comments below, I love trying out new teas.

thermal socksYes they are ugly, and yes they are not the typical black or white socks this plain Jane gal wears but oh how I love my  thermal socks in winter time (link is example only I have no idea what brand mine are). Okay so they are not really mine, they are my husband’s really but he doesn’t wear them any more since he stopped forestry work to become a nurse 12 years ago.

Yep these socks are 12 years old and still going strong. I wish I knew the brand as I would love to get more of these exact brand since obviously they are worth every penny spent on them. (oh and don’t worry, I take these off and put on my plain black or white ones when I got out of the house :) )

Do you have a favorite pair of warm socks? Let me know the brand in the comments below so perhaps I can check them out, this pair is starting to show its age.

Here are a few random coupons for you today:

Don’t forget to checkout my coupon resource page for links to complete listings of printable coupons.

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/22/2014.Save 20%.

Save 55¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 5lb bag of King Arthur Signature Flour. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.55.

Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) package of Pull-Ups® Training Pants (Jumbo Pack or larger)

Snapshot Thursdays: Random Happenings

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

gingerbreadmanMy daughter and I made the first batch of Christmas cookies for the season. I don’t do all my Christmas baking at once but instead do it one kind at a time, starting at Thanksgiving and ending at Christmas. When the gingerbread are gone it will be time for sugar cookies, when those are gone peppermint fudge. I find this way it gets eaten while it is still fresh (my family is not a fan of stale bake goods) and we don’t gorge ourselves on it over the course of just one week but instead enjoy one or perhaps 2 cookies or pieces of candy every day for the month.

(oh and those white dots on his head….flour my daughter used a bit too much for rolling :) )

coke bottleI have been enjoying watching a few Christmas specials on TV with my kids in the evenings and one night my son says during a coke commercial “mom, why are they showing glass bottles Coke doesn’t even come in glass bottles does it?”. The next day I was at the grocery store and noticed that yes indeed you can still buy coke in glass bottles BUT it is expensive. I almost let the thrifty side of me win, but then I remembered “my son is 18, I don’t have much more time left with him in the house, and one thing that always seems to make his day is receiving small gifts” . So I grabbed the six pack of glass bottles and took them home to him. I am so glad I did the whole family got a kick out the the glass bottles. My son now has them displayed in his room.

Lesson learned: Sometimes little splurges add a bit of joy into our day.

pin fingerless glovesFinally after knitting these fingerless gloves up for my daughter I took the time to sew up the seams. She was thrilled and has been wearing them daily inside the house.

Do you do special baking over the Christmas season? Do you do it all at once or spread it out?

Here are a few coupons for food items that might be on your grocery list this week. Checkout my coupon resource page for more printable coupon links.


Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Green Peppers at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/15/2014.Save 20%.

Save 50¢ when you buy ONE (1) BOX Honey Nut Cheerios® OR Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch™ cereal..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.50.

Save $1.00 when you buy FOUR (4) Progresso™ products (excludes Progresso™ Pasta Bowl)..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $1.00.

Save $3.00 when you spend $10.00 on any Sargento® Tastings® Cheese. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $3.00.

Save 55¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 5lb bag of King Arthur Signature Flour. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.55.

Save $1.00 when you buy any TWO (2) Ziploc® brand containers..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $1.00.

Save $3.00 when you spend $12.00 on any BUSH’S® Baked Beans and Grillin’ Beans®. Get ready for gameday with these tailgate favorites, or simplify any weeknight meal with a side you just heat and eat..Expires 12/24/2014.Save $3.00.

Tuesday Links: Gingerbread House Ideas

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Tuesday links 30 or so link to articles on one topic for you to explore, learn, and apply to your lifeMy daughter really has her heart set on making a gingerbread house this year. It has been years since we have made one. So many years in fact I don’t even know if she remembers making the last one. At first I must admit I tried to talk her out of it, but I can see she really wants to do this and I know she won’t want to in a few years time, so in the end I bought a kit that included everything we needed to make one together.I got ours at Aldi for under $10.

First though I spent a while cruising Pinterest for ideas and I thought I would share them with you in case you want to tackle a gingerbread house this year.  Me, perhaps next year but for our first attempt after years of not doing one,  we are sticking to a kit.

1. If a graham cracker home won’t cut it and it has to be gingerbread then  you are  going to want to follow this tutorial found over at Whipperberry.

2. Not a gingerbread fan? This tutorial on how to make a gingerbread home out of  graham crackers  tutorial by happiness homemade might be better for you.

3. Want a few more ideas? Our Little House In The Country has 5 Easy To Make Gingerbread Houses you can check out. In fact she even has a entire pinterest board devoted to Gingerbread houses that you can explore to your hearts content.

More of a gingerbread cookie fan than a house? Me too and here is my favorite recipe for soft gingerbread cutout cookies. My daughter likes them with a mug of our families 3 ingredient hot cocoa.

Here are a few coupons

What I remember about gingerbread house building with children, is that although it is memorable it is also stressful so I included coupons this weeks to help. We have the “must have before we even start coffee” coupons,  the “oh my word I need chocolate” coupons, the “that gave me the biggest headache” pain reliever coupons, and the “Oh my word why did I eat all that candy” tummy medicine and exercise DVD.

I also include a few toy coupons I found in case you have some Christmas shopping left to do.

(for more coupons check out my coupon resource page)


$2.00 off TWO Starbucks Packaged Coffee products

$4.00 off any THREE (3) Starbucks Packaged Coffee

$3.00 off TWO (2) Starbucks K-Cup Packs

$1.50 off ONE Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Packs

$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags

$1.00 off OFF 2 MARS Holiday candy

$3.00 off any 2 participating Excedrin products

$0.50 off ONE Pepto-Bismol™ product

$2.00 off Anchor Bay Fitness dvds

$2.00 off one TITAN HERO SERIES figure from Hasbro

$2.00 off one (1) TRANSFORMERS 12-inch figure

$5.00 off Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven

$2.00 off any STAR WARS 12-inch figure from Hasbro

$2.00 off PLAYSKOOL HEROES TRANSFORMERS 12

$2.00 off any one SESAME STREET Mini Plush toy

$1.00 off one PLAY-DOH Compound

BOGO LITTLEST PET SHOP PET PAWSABILITIES Toy

$3.00 off two EASY-BAKE ULTIMATE OVEN refills

Snapshot Thursdays: A Fun 5K and My Favorite Christmas Decorations

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

Since I didn’t post last week due to Thanksgiving I am sharing 3 key pictures from that last two weeks.

The kids and I 5k runFor the first time  all 3 of my children ran with me in a local 5K. My two boys beat me and my daughter got 1st in her age group. It was a cold run but a great day.

31 bag I really like my new Thirty-One Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote. It fits great at my feet in the car so that I can knit while my husband drives. Don’t forget your chance to win one this week, hop over and enter.  While your there check out the great discounts Katie is offering  those who place orders through my post as well, and enter to win a $50 Thirty-One Gift Card for answering her 1 question survey.

My favorite Christmas decorationsOn Thanksgiving morning we got out our artificial tree and decorated it for the season. My daughter did it all by herself this year and I couldn’t help but notice she used my absolute favorite Christmas decorations. These hung on my family tree when I was little and my mom gave them to me before she passed away. For years I have let them sit in a box afraid to put them out because they are so fragile. I didn’t take them down though. I was about too, but I heard a voice say, “Don’t, enjoy them”.

The voice is right my mom wouldn’t want them sitting in a box year after year she would want them out even if our somewhat klutzy family breaks one or two.  I also discovered that they are now making them again, which makes me feel safer.

What is your favorite ornament on your tree? Does it have memories attached to it? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

Today Only Grocery University is just $4.97

I wanted to let you in on a great deal today. Today only Grocery University is just $4.97. That is half-price.

Grocery University is a 2 hr and 19 minute audio course that will take you through all the ins and outs of saving money at the grocery store.

It is broken into short chapters that can easily be listened to while doing chores, running errands or working out.

With the wisdom you will learn through this course you will easily be able to make back your $4.97 with just a trip or tow to the grocery store.

This deal is only good until midnight Tonight (December 4th EST). So go grab your copy here.

 

Snapshot Thursday: One Proud Mom

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily life

Welcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

aidens computerThis right here is a proud  thrifty mom moment, that happened this month. That is my middle child Aiden sitting in front of his new computer, that he built all by himself. He also saved up all the money for it. He did extra chores. He said no to candy, pop and even movies for over a year, so that he could make this computer. He watched hours of YouTube videos on how to build a gaming computer. He compared prices. He even reminded me to check to see if I could earn some cash back on his online order.

Courtney's earringsMy daughter is one creative gal. She came downstairs last week wearing these clip on style earring that she created out of a nail,some beads and magnets that she rescued out of some broken headphones.  The next day she came down wearing them with safety pins in the front.

Last Sunday I sat down and enjoyed reading “Keep The Happy In Your Holidays: 21 Ways to Save Time, Money And Your Sanity This Christmas Season” .  I really enjoyed it. Inside it’s pages my blogging friend Cherie Lowe from Queen of Free shares great tips for how to spend less this Christmas holiday season.

If you are new to the whole idea of living within your means and have no clue as to where to start trimming the fat off of your Christmas expenses, I  recommend reading Keep The Happy In Your Holidays. In it Cherie will hold you hand and show you all sorts of ways to save money on Christmas and give you a few laughs too.

What have your kids done this week that have made you beam with mommy pride?

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live but here in Indiana the temperatures have dropped significantly so I thought I would share some coupons for hot tea, coffee and soup to warm you up (and a few for candy, just because :) )


$1.00 off any ONE (1) Lipton Tea product

$1.50 off ONE Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Packs

$0.40 off one Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa product

$2.00 off one Lipton Tea K-Cup pack

$3.00 off any TWO (2) Lipton Tea products

$1.00 off 2 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea bags

$0.50 off (1) BOTTLE of Coffee-mate2Go creamer

$3.00 off TWO GEVALIA Mocha Latte or Cappuccino's

$1.00 off GEVALIA Mocha Latte or Cappuccino

$1.00 off FOUR Progresso™ products

$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags

$1.00 off TWO (2) WONKA Candy Canes

Snapshot Thursdays: Some Like It Hot

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join along  on instagram  by sharing your photos with the tag #snapst, or find the Snapshot Thursdays status update on the Snail Pace Transformations  facebook page and share a picture in the comments with me. I love getting to know my readers better.

 

early morning run with friend

When I say I don’t make time for friends it doesn’t mean that  I don’t spend time with them. In fact sometimes making time to see them face to face means getting up really early, in the cold, and the spitting rain, to run together. I never come home wishing I hadn’t gotten up that early to run with a friend before she has to go to work, in fact it is the opposite I come home wishing I could do it more often.

salamander seen on run

I almost stepped on this little Tiger Salamander during my 6 mile run this week. It is the first one I have ever seen on my years of running this particular trail. I snapped a picture to show my kids, and of course one was very disappointed that I didn’t capture it to keep as a pet. I still had a mile left to run until I made it to the car, can you imagine carrying this slippery thing for a whole mile! I am a good mom but not that good! LOL

My daughter in a heat bubble

Inside that cocoon is my daughter. Every morning when she wakes up she goes over to the thermostat and turns up the heat for the day (we turn it down at night) then she grabs this sheet, sits over the heat vent and allows the warm air to circulate around her for several minutes. If I did that I would come out  dripping in sweat from head to toe, but not my daughter she comes out warm and toasty and ready to face the day.

Which kind of makes me wonder. How hot do you keep your home in winter? We keep the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 64 at night, and I am always curious if that is average, on the cold side, or too hot for others?  I would love people to share in the comments what they set their thermostats at during the winter months.

All 3 of these photos come from Instagram: Join me there to see more of what I get up to each week.

Here are a few coupons your might like to start of you holiday shopping!
$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags
$1.00 off TWO (2) WONKA Candy Canes
$0.50 off any ONE (1) Command™ Brand Product

Snapshot Thursdays: A peak into my daily life

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I miss posting pictures that help include my readers into my daily life. I miss sharing what I am reading. I really need to post what I am tossing each week now and again as my clutter tossing is getting slack.

Welcome to Snapshot Thursdays where I hope to get my readers involved in my daily life once again. We are talking about a good old fashioned “look what I got up to” picture filled weekly post.  I plan to share 3 photos a week and keep it short (aiming for under 400 words but you all know I am wordy! :) )

The pictures  could be what I am reading, or what I am tossing, or just a picture of a pretty tree I saw on a walk.  I will also include pictures of our family from time to time, although now that I have older children they don’t like being on the blog as much as they use to.

Here a 3 photos from my week

pear tree in fallThe fall color here in Indiana this year has been amazing. Sadly it is coming to a close, but I was glad to see this one pear tree with its colorful leaves in amongst all those that had shed the last of  their leaves during the storm we had Halloween night

Do you like watching the leaves change?

national chocolate dayDid you know that October 28th is national chocolate day? Well I wasn’t going to let such a tasty holiday pass my family by. I picked up chocolate for the entire family, even dropped one in my husband’s truck for him to sneak out and get on a break at work.

What is your favorite type of chocolate? mine is usually dark but every once and a while I get a craving for some good quality milk chocolate.

running on leavesFor those of you that noticed the milk chocolate above and remembered that I am trying the THM style of eating, well I have a confession , THM eating is not going well. I have a few health problems that seem to not agree with a extremely low sugar and carb diet, and my love  of working out for 1 hour a day 6 days a week needs more carbs for fuel. I am however still reading the book and finding myself liking a lot of their suggestions and recipes. I am aiming for less sugar, and less carbs than I normally eat but just not as low as the book suggests.

All 3 of these photos come from Instagram: Join me there to see more of what I get up to each week.

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Where We Save & Splurge On Weekend Getaways

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Tuesdays I share a picture from our week that inspired me to write a post.

Where we save money on a weekend getaway and where we splurgeMy husband and I had been trying to get away for a few nights and a few days  for months. We had failed twice to get our getaway off the ground and were getting discouraged, but when we saw a 4 day weekend in my husband’s work schedule we decided to give it one more try.

One way we normally save money on getaways

Normally in good weather we like to hitch up our camping trailer to the truck and go camping just the 2 of us. We don’t rough it at all our Craiglist found trailer has air conditioning, a queen size bed, running water and a TV/DVD combo. We also camp just outside of a major center so we can go into town to enjoy a few meals out.

This saves us a considerable amount of money on accommodations and food.

I will share a few more ways to save money on a getaway for 2 in just a minute but I want to talk about where we splurge first.

Where we splurge on getaways

This time our getaway landed on a long weekend and campgrounds are just too crowded for these two introverts  on long weekends.

So we opted for our favorite winter getaway location. Now being that I said we camp to save money you are probably thinking a splurge for us is standard hotel room. Nope. What we love about the trailer is that we bring a screened in room with us so that my night owl husband has somewhere to read at night and get his introvert tank filled while my early bird self  sleeps, and I an early bird can have my introvert tank filled in the morning while my night owl husband sleeps.

An average hotel room doesn’t allow for that type of space unless you roll the office chair in the bathroom (yes we have tried, not fun). You could also send the awake person to the lobby while the other sleeps but then you have to make polite conversation with strangers, which doesn’t really create the right environment for filling the introvert tank so that you can spend the day with your spouse and not be cranky.

our favorite hotel room has a seperate bedroomOur solution; one bedroom suite hotel rooms.The last two times we have stayed at one at the  Staybridge Suites but there are others available.  These rooms do cost more than your standard hotel room but not as much as you might think. A standard room in a decent hotel in our area for instance costs around $79 a night where as these one bedroom suites usually run us $120 a night.

 

seperate living space in our hotel suiteThe extra $40 a night spent gets us a living room completely separate from the bedroom. When an early bird marries a night owl this living space is a huge marriage saver.

separate kitchen in our hotel roomThe living room might be a marriage saver but the kitchen off the living area is a money saver. It easily makes up for at least 1/2 of the extra money on the room due to the fact that we eat dinner in. We could save more money and eat lunch in but it is a getaway.

We also save money on entertainment because the room is so cozy that we don’t want to go out much, instead preferring to hang out and enjoy cable (we only have Netflix and antenna TV at home) read books, and take long afternoon naps.

The Staybridge we stayed at also had a great workout room and swimming pool for working out.

Breakfast was included and it consisted of a wide variety of foods, from fresh fruit and yogurt to make your own waffles and cold cereal.

To my husband and I these features make the $40 more we spend on the room well worth the splurge.

4 ways we do save on our weekend getaways

1. We pack our own entertainment

roller blades

On the first day of our trip my husband and I treated our renovating selves to a 1 hr walk through an historic part of town, critiquing the homes and explaining to each other what we would do to the homes if they were ours.

The second day we took a walk around a local park walking hand in hand and testing out the trail for what we wanted to try the next day.

The third day we broke out our long neglected rollerblades. For years they have sat in our attic untouched yet my husband could not bare to let me give them away. We decided we needed to take action and got them new wheels and took them on our trip. We had a blast rollerblading for 3 miles.

jack on roller blades during trip

The rest of the weekend we read side by side, watched TV together, and took a few long naps. Cost of our activities was zero, since we have needed those new rollerblade wheels for years and will now get a lot more use out of our yard sale found rollerblades.

2. We use daily deal or coupons for eating out

This trip we actually didn’t use either a single coupon or a daily deal but that is odd for us. Normally at least 1 meal is paid for by a daily deal or coupon.

food for getaway

3. We eat lunch out and dinner in

At most of the restaurants that we like to eat at as a couple lunch is several dollars cheaper per person than dinner so we go out for lunch and stay in for dinner. The foodl in the photo above we bought the first day and it lasted us 3 meals. (the picture was taken after the first one was eaten)

4. We book the hotel through a point program or a site where we can get cash back

The one bedroom suites are not always available for booking off a discounted hotel site, but if they are and Swagbucks or another point or cashback site is offering a deal for booking through that particular discount booking site, you can bet we book it through them so we can get either points towards a free gift card or cash back.

We also join the hotel point programs if they have one, although we rarely stay in hotels enough to be able to cash in the points.

These are just a few ways we saved money on our recent couples getaway and one way we splurged. Curious, in what areas  do you and your  partner splurge on your getaways and in what areas do you save money?

For more saving money tips follow my Saving Money Tips board on Pinterest.

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Why This Thrifty Gal Will Shop At Twice More Than Twice

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Tuesdays I share a picture from our week that inspired me to write a post.

I recently tried the online consignment store Twice for the first time.

Why this thrifty gal likes Twice for saving money on clothing

I heard about Twice from a reader, and after checking out the site knew I wanted to try it out to see if it could be a great source of inexpensive quality clothing that I could share with my readers.

I of course waited until I could get  great deal and that deal came Friday when they had a free shipping code available and I had $20 in credit available to spend thanks to two generous readers who had signed up through my links and enjoyed $10 off their first order in return.

I have used ThredUp several times now and love the new with tags section, so I decided to see what Twice had to offer in their NWT section. I was pleasantly surprised to see Twice also offered a large selection of new with tag clothing.

I picked up a pair of Gap dress pants for winter. I found a pair in my size for $15.95, on the Gap website currently a similar pair is selling for $41.97 on sale or $69.95 full price.

Working with those figures I saved $26.02 when compared to current sales.

I ordered the pants Friday evening and received them Wednesday. Considering mail doesn’t move on Sundays that means it took just 4 shipping days for me to receive my order.

Twice offers new with tag clothing at great prices

The pants are beautiful and fit great. I would show you a picture of me wearing them but my kids have yet figure out how to take a good picture of mom, I am usually blurry or really tiny.

This is the first time I have dared to order pants from an online site simple because my curves  and height are hard to fit sometimes. However  I know Gap pants fit me well because I own a pair of their jeans and the Twice site made it incredibly easy to figure out if the pant size matched my figure by listing all the necessary pant measurements like inseam, waist and hips right beside the picture of the pants.

I will order from Twice again, in fact I will order more than Twice (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun :) )

 Not yet a member of Twice, Sign Up at start your account with $10 using this link 

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Why I Am Not Replacing My Garmin Just Yet: Low Iron

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Tuesdays I share a picture or event from our week that inspired me to write a post.

Why I am not replacing my garmin runner's watch just yetMy Garmin Runner’s watch and I have been best buds for 7 years. I didn’t realize how long the two of us had been together until recently I went to turn it on during a Saturday morning run with my redhead runner and it wouldn’t stay on. My runner partner said “How long have you had that watch anyways?” which sparked one of those “lets see it was after…but before….” which ended in us figuring out I have had the watch 7 years that I think is a pretty good testimony to that fact that Garmin makes great running watches.

Yet, I won’t be buying another Garmin right now. I will eventually, but for now I am using an oldie but a goodie way to track my running.

Timex watchFor now I will be using my husband’s Timex iron man watch, which is on its 5th year. My son also has one of these watches that is on its 4th year. Both watches are on their original battery too. Amazing quality aside though, these Timex watches don’t do miles covered or how fast you cover them in, they just allow me to track the over all time I have been running.

Why am I going back to tracking time instead of distance? Here is why.

liquid iron

Liquid iron supplements such as those by giaa herbs are suppose to absorb better and they seem to have less of that unpleasant side effect that iron pills have. (those with iron problems know what I am talking about ). The taste isn’t great but it is doable

I have low iron levels once again. All my life I have struggled to keep my iron  up at normal levels. Usually I can detect when it is getting low,  but this time I was shocked when the nurse from my doctor office called and said that it was a 9 and that is pretty low iron reading. Not full blown anemia but inching towards it.

Then I began to think, and it hit me perhaps that is why I haven’t been able to run long this year without feeling tired all day afterwards.

I knew that my normal once a day multivitamin with Iron that I had been neglectful to take for a while was not going to be enough this time, and that running long was not going to help either.

So I switched to twice a day liquid iron supplement and geared down my weekly mileage.  For now I have switched to just running for 30 minutes at a time, at whatever speed feels good to me that day. One day a week I might head out and do 50 minutes. I know that probably sounds like a lot of running to some but I normally like to fit in at least one run of 1 hr and 30 minutes and 2 runs of 60 minutes each week and I like to try and hit a certain mileage and speed within that time frame, so for me it is cutting back.

At first the competitive side of me HATED running with just a stop watch but now I kind of love it (did I just type that). I am no longer focused on speed and distance but on purely enjoying the run. I say hi more to people I meet and I have even stopped and taken pictures along the route. One day I even slowed down to a walk while typing out a draft for a blog idea that hit me on my note pad app.

What I am learning from all this is sometimes you have to roll with life and except the limitations it gives you and when you do you might find that some of them really aren’t that bad.

I know however I can’t bury the competitive side forever so I am doing what I can to get my iron back up and when it is I am going to celebrate with a new Garmin, because how can you beat 7 years of faithful service out of one watch!

(please note I am in no way a medical professional I am just sharing what I am trying to get my iron levels back up to normal, also iron is not a supplement you should take without medical supervision)

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