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Busy Bee-Designing a New Site

4 May

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been busy with a big transition. I am in the process of transitioning over to a self-hosted WordPress site. I am working on a new blog design that I am doing all by myself. Well, maybe my hubby is helping a bit too, but it is a long process of trial and error to get things just how I want them. It is challenging, but I am having a lot of fun with it. I am really excited to show you all the finished product and give you the new site info. I plan on finishing it up within the next week, so stay tuned!



natalee sig_site

Gettin’ Fit Update

26 Apr

A few weeks ago I told you about the 21 day bootcamp I did at work and how it has inspired me to get into the routine of working out. ~You can read more about that here.~

Well, how have I done with my fitness goals in the past 3 weeks? I’d say I’ve done a pretty good job. Could I have done better? Gone longer? Pushed harder? Of course! I think there is always room for improvement. But, I am proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far.

I have been running two to three times a week, and I have gone for two bike rides as well. In addition, I started a 30 day squat challenge yesterday and have started working on strengthening my arms now that my shoulder is feeling better again. (YAY for that!)

bike ride

I want to mention the fact that I have always HATED running with a passion. I have found, though, that it is the easiest (not physically) thing for me to do during my lunch break. I find that for me, my lunch time is the best time to get in a quick work out. I always say I’ll find time after work or I’ll get up early and work out, but that just never seems to happen. When I get home from a long day at work, I just want to spend time with my family, make dinner, and relax. And, who wants to get up earlier? My alarm already goes off at 5:45 AM, and I can barely drag my butt outta bed as it is. So, my plan has been to bring my work out clothes to work with me and run during my lunch break. I have a couple of other girls that I go with so that definitely helps. We motivate each other. We run a mile and a half loop and use a run tracker app to time ourselves. We are getting better each time. I am getting used to running, and it is becoming easier. After I complete a run, I feel so good. It helps clear my mind and relieves a lot of stress and worries. I have gotten to the point where I NEED to work out to feel good. I crave it! If I don’t do something physical at least every other day, I can feel my mood start to change. I get cranky. I have also learned that even on the days when I am so tired that I can’t imagine lifting a muscle, that physical activity is actually what I need. I actually feel more energetic afterwards, and I am ALWAYS glad I did it.


This day was my first 11 minute mile. I was shooting for 12 minutes. 4/15/13


Yesterday (4/25/13), I went for a mile run outside at the park and pushed as hard as I could. I beat my record of 11 minutes, finishing in 9.5 minutes. I felt like I was going to puke, but was so happy!

It feels good to accomplish new things that I never even had the desire to do before. I am enjoying my work outs and feeling stronger. I will post more updates in a few weeks.

Would you like to join me in my 30 day squat challenge? This picture has been floating around the web; it is not my own nor do I know who to give credit for it, but this is the challenge I am doing…

squat challenge


April Clean Eating Challenge

30 Mar

Hey Everyone! I am excited to announce that my April Clean Eating Challenge is live on Challenge Loop! Are you ready to start eating better, feeling better, and looking better? This is a great opportunity to join others with the same goals. I have done a couple of challenges on Challenge Loop so far, and I love having the motivation and accountability that it provides. Check out the challenge here for more details. You can also download the Challenge Loop app on your iphone. Be sure to spread the word and get all your friends and family to join us too. The more the merrier!



I’d love for you to join me! I will be posting more recipes throughout the month if you need some inspiration. And, feel free to email me (eat_nap_play@yahoo.com) or leave a comment if you have any questions along the way. I can’t wait to see everyone’s results at the end of the month! 🙂

Also, I have written a couple of other posts about clean eating that you may want to check out here and here.


Making Friends Through Online Social Networking

23 Mar

I want to share my most recent adventure with you. Yesterday, I went to visit the Challenge Loop headquarters.  Challenge Loop is an iPhone app. that let’s you join fun challenges and share your progress with pictures, comments, and/or videos. Challenge Loop was a creation that was incubated within the company called IDEA. IDEA is the leading resource for health and fitness professionals and is based in San Diego. To learn more about Challenge Loop, read my first post about them here.



Lucky for me, IDEA is not too far from where I live. It only took me about half an hour to get there and a little longer to get home (gotta love San Diego traffic!). I met up with Kelli, the social media/web products manager of IDEA. She showed me around the building, introduced me to a few of her co-workers, and we went out for some lunch. It was Foodtruck Friday, and it was my very 1st food truck dining experience. It was so cool! We hung out on the grass, enjoyed the sunshine, chatted about online social media, and ate our lunch. We both ordered chicken salads from the Paleo food truck. It was very tasty!

chicken salad Paleo food truck

Me and Kelli

I am so excited that I made some new friends through blogging and got to see a little “behind the scenes” action of an awesome local company. I will be hosting a challenge on Challenge Loop soon, so stay tuned!

Have you met any new friends through online networking? I’d love to hear your stories about it!


Who’s up for a challenge?

12 Feb

I recently found this neat app called Challenge Loop. It is an app that lets you browse through and join all types of challenges. You “compete” and share your status with others who have signed up for the same challenge. Some challenges even offer prizes at the end of the designated time frame. There are weekly and monthly challenges or others that are self-paced such as “The 100 Push-Up Challenge”. The types of challenges include nutrition, fitness, health and wellness, and others. This app can be a useful tool to getting started with anything you’ve been striving for. It can help with your diet, weight loss, fitness or anything you want. You can even set-up your own challenge.


I am currently doing two monthly challenges for February. One is the “Butts and Guts Fitness Challenge” (BGFC) and the other one is the “28-Day Blog Challenge” (28DBC). The BGFC focuses on working your glutes and abs by doing body weight squats and planks each day. Every day, the goal is to do more squats and hold your plank for longer than the previous day. Unfortunately, I’m on a couple day break due to my cold. Booo! But, my goal is to do 100 squats and a 1 min 30 sec plank by February 28th.


The other challenge has been helpful in getting my blog up and running. Its focus is to help you build a better blog by challenging you to fix, add, update or share something each day. Both of these challenges have helped me be accountable and focus on the objectives that are important to me. I challenge you to challenge yourself! You may be surprised at what you can achieve when you set your mind to it and get involved with a community of others striving for the same goal. What do you want to challenge yourself to achieve?

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~ Helen Keller

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