132 | fitness, faith & wellness weekly recap (and a little wedding planning)

Happy Monday everyone!  Is Spring here or what?  I am loving it and my crazy furbaby sure does too.  Thank you, Lord for the warmer temperatures, this island girl welcomes them with open arms.  This past week was very good to me and my peace of mind.  I am finally feeling like I am finding some balance in my life and I can breath easier. 


~  The half marathon training continues to go along beautifully although with the running/strength training combo I find myself really stiff and having to stretch a lot.  On Saturday I woke up feeling stiff as a stick so a little bit of flow yoga and stretches did me really good.  You know your body is stiff when you grab the yoga mat right after you get up first thing in the morning.  Please disregard the crazy leaves in the background. :-)

~  I have to share with you the funniest link this week courtesy of the Runner's World blog Remy's World.  Not sure if you heard about the blogger who ran the Georgia Half Marathon without paying for her entry.  So Remy does a satire "shame on you" basically on this POST, titled "I Stole Stuff from a Running Store".

~  The weather held up pretty good so on Saturday I took the pup hiking to nearby Weston Bend State Park where Jack had a blast exploring all that new flora.  We even had a standoff with a fearless squirrel.  Those critters are fearless here in Kansas!  The hike was awesome and a bit taxing thanks for some super inclines.  But in all it was fun.

Love Jack's face "mom, can you stop taking pictures?"


~  This weekend was one of spiritual fitness preparation too.  Many of you are familiar with the website (in)Courage and their annual (in)RL event-- an event dedicated to lifting each other up while growing as a community in Christ.  I participated two years ago (last year I couldn't because of my father's passing) and it was one of the most unique and amazing experiences of my life and made a few friends that have remained so after the event.  This year the event will take place on 26 April and I am looking forward to it.  So yesterday I spent my afternoon watching last's years event and it was such a blessing.  Love these girls and their mission.  

~ March is not Thyroid Awareness Month but myself along with a group of bloggers concerned about thyroid disease and treatment are trying to bringing more awareness anyway we can, so make sure you read my post "A Day In the Life of a Hypothyroid Health Nut".  I was trying to be a bit funny but really, this is a serious matter as thyroid disease has reached epidemic proportions around the world.

~  Came across this article about the 25 superfoods that we must incorporate into our diet.  Check it out.  Some really good information.  

Everything Else.  

It's been a while since I talked wedding plans so let me get you up to speed real quick.  I told you that the wedding planning process is overwhelming to me and I know I have to start at least in June.  But my wedding coordinator asked me for an idea of where I am going with this destination wedding.  As I mentioned the wedding will be in Puerto Rico so a whole new concept was needed.  And this is my inspiration board. 

There are many interpretations to what an island wedding is or what it looks like.  For me a few words come to mind: RELAXED.   LUSH.   STYLISH.  I really like the West Indies feel that combines old world with a relax attitude.  There are lush plants, natural materials, and things that are local like good Puerto Rican rum.  Anyhow, this is where we are going.  And my grandmas-- the reason I moved the wedding from Minnesota to Puerto Rico-- are ecstatic.  They are ready to party. I love these women!  What do you think?  How do you like my concept?

And there you have it friends, my week at a glance.
How was your weekend?  How is the weather in your neck of the woods?


  1. I love yoga first thing in the morning, I sort of crave it these days, feels so good to get all stretched out!
    You are going to be a beautiful bride. Can't wait to see how it all turns out:)

    1. Thank you, Christy! I'm pretty excited myself. And you are right about yoga, it really has improved my flexibility the few weeks I've been doing it.

  • Maria! HOLA! Now, why didn't I know you were Hispanic, like MOI! hahahahha.....I am a French speaking Mexican-American girl who loves CHRIST TOO!

    Thank you kindly for coming to visit today. I too lost my parents two weeks apart from cancer 29 years ago, and two of my maternal aunts from it. But may God give us the courage and faith to remember we are growing day by day in the spirit. May you have a peaceful April and rest of the year! And I love, absolutely LOVE your dog! My dream dog is a lab, and coming in close and second is any curly terrier, preferably a fox terrier...hahaha, gotta put on my seat belt for that one!

    Much love, Anita

    1. Thank you for your kind words Anita! Jack is something else. Let me know if you are interested in a WFT. I follow a WFT rescue group on Facebook and a beautiful girl named Sunny is coming for adoption. Just saying. ;-)

  • We did a destination wedding too, was so much easier I think and way less stressful bc the coordinator did almost everything! BTW..that dress in your collage is GORGEOUS!!

  • How fun! I just went to PR, still have to post my recap. I was there on a cruise stop so I missed out on so much. I want to go back. Your wedding is going to be amazing!!

    Thanks for linking up for MMG :)

  • LOVE you island theme wedding board, Maria. ENJOY the planning. Keep exhaling. Such a joyful time if you keep it all in perspective.

  • That dress -- I'm smitten <3 And I couldn't help but laugh at your comment about the squirrel because I've come across some that are a whole lot tougher than I'd probably be if I was that tiny. I went back to read your post about your hypothyroidism, and my goodness... I have to give you major props for managing it so well -- I can't even imagine how difficult it must be.