A journey to health and happiness.

For the Love of Run

Okay, this post was actually intended for celebration of National Running Day. However, that did not workout because instead of running on National Running Day, I ended up going to my nephew’s softball game. That said, I still wanted to celebrate running and what it means to me. So here it goes!

Running has been a passion of mine for many years. I have been running since I was in high school. Although I might have fallen off the wagon a few times, I have always went back to running and love it more than any other sport or workout.

There are many reasons I love running. Shall we list some of them? (Come on, you know the answer to that.)

  • Solitude. I usually only like to run alone. I have had a few running buddies in the past. Somehow, I always break up with them in favor of running alone. Sorry Jessica! It’s really not you, it’s me!
  • Great workout. After running I always feel as if I have actually done something. I know weight lifting and classes are awesome, but I usually leave these activities feeling like a good, sweaty run would have been a better workout.
  • The Challenge. Running can be such a mental and physical challenge. There are always ways to push myself even harder than before. Can I make it over that ginourmous moutain today? Can I run when it is only 32 degrees outside or pouring rain? Can I run 6, 7, 8 miles? All of these are personal challenges and hurdles, and when I tackle each one I feel such a great pride and accomplishment. It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing something that seems impossible, but when you show yourself that it is possible, that’s the best!

I’m sure I will tell you many other reasons why I love running as we get to know one another a little better here in Blogland, but let’s continue with the rest of the blog plans for today. Continuing with the theme, I wanted to layout my new running schedule. After being overburdoned the last couple of months with my Master’s program, I had pretty much quit taken a hiatus from running. I just started back semi-consistently a few weeks ago and so far it is great! Here is my proposed schedule:

Monday – Run 3 steady paced miles.

Tuesday – Run hills 1.5 miles. Followed by full body weight training workout.

Wednesday – Run intervals. Followed by at least 1 mile easy pace.

Thursday – Full body weight training workout, followed by at least 2 mile easy paced run.

Friday or Saturday – Run long run, easy paced at least 6 miles. Other day off day.

Sunday – Off day.

After attempting failing to do a few actual running programs, I have decided it is best for me to not have a program. Instead, I am going to try and stick to this schedule as much as possible, and for the days that other more important things pop up (i.e. movies, homework, eh em…loafing on the couch) I am simply going to follow with the next day’s schedule. I tend to have All-Or-Nothing thinking, and when I follow a strict program and miss a day it makes me feel as if I have failed, which ultimately results in me giving up on the program altogether. Even though I don’t fancy lifting weights, it is something I want to encourage myself to incorporate into my routine, hence the 2 weightlifting days. I also reserve the right to switch any of these days or blow off the entire schedule as neccessary. 🙂

Well, this post is getting a bit lengthy, so let me leave you with a few pics of my favorite running location, which is at one of the local high schools.





**Edited after posting to adjust pics. Sorry for the quality, as previously mentioned, my phone is prehistoric.




Friday Five

Hello Everyone!

Have you missed me yet? I had so many intentions this week to write a few other posts before this one. However, I have been without my own computer for some time now. Mine went kaput during the last school semester. Please forgive this pictureless post. It is an absolute pain to try and upload pics without my computer. I have a new one picked out and ready to order, but I have had difficulty placing the order online. Please bear with me on my post absense for the next couple of weeks until I get consistent computer access again.

Anyway, onto the Friday celebration, or what I like to call Friday Facts! Friday Facts is an origination of Chelsey, so please show her some blog love! Chelsey has a generous list of facts every Friday to tell you about, but I think I will keep mine a bit more limited.

 ~And so, it came to pass, the Friday Five was born!~

Friday Five

1. Yesterday, I was running at my favorite location at a nearby high school and there was another older couple also there. The man was running (he seriously lapped me like 3 times!) while the woman was walking. When the man finished running he picked flowers and placed the bouquet in the door handle on the passenger side of his vehicle for the woman to find when she finished. So sweet!

2. This week has been very wonderful for me. There has been a lot of life changing things transpiring for me lately. Something I have been working towards and waiting on for a very long time finally happened! I know this is vague right now. But all will be revealed in due time!

3. I made banana and peanut butter stuffed french toast this week. I got the idea from one my my favorite foodies, Heather. It was scrumptious!

4. Yesterday, a woman in Kentucky was murdered while she was running. This saddened me so much to hear this on the news last night. Definitely a runner’s worst fear and the fact that it happened so close to home was even more terrifying. Mr. SP was also a little frazzled by this story and has insisted I start carrying a tazer with me when I run, of which I did not argue.

5. Father’s Day is this weekend and we are having my Dad a Father’s Day Dinner this afternoon. I STILL have not bought his gift yet and have no idea what I’m going to get him. Such a slacker…

Todays Q’s:

Are you a gift slacker like me? What great Father’s Day presents did you buy? (i.e. I’m desparate! Ideas please!!)

When you get good news, do you tend to hold it in and relish in the moment quietly or do you get so excited you’re bursting at the seams and can’t wait to tell everyone you know?

Garlic Lime Shrimp Tacos

Hello Everyone,

So, I just thought I would do a weekend recap for this post, as well as share with you my new recipe! This weekend was spent being very laaazzzzyy. Mr. SP and I had BIG plans to finish up our little landscaping project and do a few other chores around Chateau Sweet Potato. At 11am Saturday morning, Mr. SP announced, “In 1 hr I have to get to work.” I spent the morning catching up on my blog reading before I decided to take a shower. Approximately 5 HRS LATER, Mr. SP was still sitting on the couch, Castlevilling (have you heard of this game on Facebook?). Oh well, some weekends are like that, and it was still pretty great.


Saturday afternoon consisted of watching Puss In Boots and Little Cesar’s. LOVE Crazy Bread!

Sunday included more entertainment. We finally watched Snowwhite and the Huntsman! I really loved it, but somehow I just can’t move past Kristen’s Twilight character. I fear I will never be able to watch any of her movies without wishing it was the 5th (and 6th, and 7th…) Twilight.

And now, what you all have been waiting for!

Remember these?

Garlic Lime Shrimp Tacos

Serves 4-6 2 hungry individuals.


  • 12 oz package of deveined, pre cooked baby shrimp with tails removed
    2 tbsp of your favorite Seafood Seasoning Blend
    1 tbsp of minced garlic (halved)
    2/3 c of chopped scallions (reserve the bulb part)
    Juice of 1 lime or about 1/4 c. (I used bottled lime juice, but fresh would be better)
    1 tsp of paprika
    2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
    1 tbsp of chopped fresh dill
    1 tsp of red pepper flakes (Optional. Add more if you want more FIRE!)
  • fresh dill (Optional)
    dash of salt and pepper to taste
    Whole Wheat Tortillas (if large variety, about 5 cut in half.)

Let’s Get Cooking!

Step 1:

Make sure your shrimp is thawed all the way. If not, follow the directions on the package for thawing. Usually this will mean putting the shrimp in a strainer under cold running water 5 – 7 minutes.

Step 2:

Pour shrimp in a large bowl to toss with ingredients. Add the lime juice, seafood seasoning, paprika, fresh dill (optional), the rest of the chopped scallions, garlic, red pepper flakes (optional), and the salt and pepper. Stir all ingredients together and allow to marinate for approximately 5 minutes.

Step 3:

While the shrimp is marinating, prepare a skillet over medium – low heat. Add the olive oil, half the garlic, and the bulb part of the scallions to the pan.

Step 4:

After the shrimp has marinated and the pan has heated, pour the shrimp into the pan. Sautee the shrimp for about 5 – 7 minutes, or until no longer pink.

Step 5:

Remove the pan from the burner. Fill the tortillas with the shrimp and any other toppings as desired. Enjoy!

These were absolutely DEEE-licious and so easy to make! I topped mine with fresh tomatoes, onion, spinach, and a little salsa. I paired it with steamed broccoli. The hubby approved!

Todays Q’s:

How do you like to spend your weekend? Jam-packed with tons of stuff to do or lazying around the house with no agenda?

What did you think of Snowwhite and the Huntsman?

Friday Facts

Hello Sweet Taters!

Let me just say, I am SO glad it’s Friday! Don’t get me wrong, it has been a pretty great week for me and it has passed by rather quickly. It seems as if there are many bloggers out there who have some type of theme for Fridays, and I really want to get in on that, too. I really liked Chelsey’s idea of Friday Fun Facts because a) I love making lists and b) I love random things.

So here it goes, 5 Random Friday Fun Facts:

1) Since Mr. SP and I have been married, we have only taken one really bragworthy trip when we spent 5 days in Savannah, George in 2009. We are really hoping to take another trip this year. I am thinking a cruise or at least a week at the beach, maybe at Hilton Head, SC. Ideas or suggestions for other budget friendly locations are greatly appreciated!

2) Yesterday we watched my little nephew play at his last T-Ball game for the season. The best part was watching ALL the little kids run for the ball at the same time, pushing and shoving one another out of the way. It looked more like midget football instead of baseball. The best part was when one little kid (probably 3 years old) marched right up to the fence in front of the bleacher crowd and very seriously stated, “I’m going to hit it over the fence!”

3) I’m thinking about getting the Iphone 4s. Right now I have the ancient very first Iphone and at times it seems so slow. I keep thinking I could take better Iphone pics with the new phone and also download a lot of the apps that require the new software upgrade (not sure what that is, my computer just tells me I need it before I can download certain apps). Also, I’m eligible for an upgrade! 🙂

4) This isn’t really a fun fact, but sometimes it is funny (at least for others, not so much for me). I really hate it when I take a big gulp of coffee, and for whatever reason, my gag reflex decides to activate and I end up choking and spit the coffee everywhere! I really hate it when this only seems to happen when I am in the commute van or the office (i.e. in front of my coworkers). I’m not sure what causes that to happen, but I think it seems to happen the most when the coffee is getting a little cold or is too strong, then my gag reflex just says Yuck!

5) And of course, I started this blog this week, so that is definitely my most fun thing of all!

And last, but not least, I definitely don’t want to leave you guys without some type of food to taunt show you. I made these Garlic Lime Shrimp Tacos yesterday, and they were AMAZING! Stay tuned for the recipe!



Questions to leave you pondering:

What has been your most embarrassing moment at work?

Where are you vacationing this summer?

Hello Sweet Potatoes!

Welcome to my blog and my very first blog post. Let me just say, I am SO excited to be here!

Say Hi to Granny Howard in the back!

Just a quick introduction…I live in Southeastern, Kentucky and presently finishing up a Master’s in Counseling Psychology degree (Class 2013! Can I get a What? What?). I have worked in many public service fields in the past including a brief stint as an In-Home Family Preservationist Counselor and a Social Worker. After what seems like a long journey, but has thankfully only been a few years, I am now working at my dream job as a Psychology Tech at a Federal Prison (yes, like with criminals). That’s the business, now for the pleasure.

In my free time, I am a complete and utter nerd. I adore reading informational articles about my field of study, OODLES of blogs, as well as brushing up on my book list. I also squeel with excitement at the little things like a new mom-and-pop restaraunt, freebie coupons, and pretty patterned coffee mugs. Running is a passion of mine (BTW Happy National Running Day) and yes, I am one of those people.


– Beef Sliders in Pita Pockets served with Fresh Cumcumber and Red Pepper Hummus. (Recipe coming soon!)

You know who I’m talking about. We like to broadcast our latest eats all over Facebook and the web for everyone to drool (or question) over. Especially some of our bizarre healthy concoctions. I love whipping up healthy (sometimes questionable) meals and posting them to taunt people! Albeit, after cruising other health foodie blogs, I think I am still in the Minor Leagues. I am hoping this blog will not only inspire me, but inspire all of you out there, as well. Anyway, let’s get started!

I thought for the first post I would just recap a few things that have taken place over the last week or so in my neck of the woods (yes, here in Southeastern, KY we still say that.) The first picture above is of me at our most recent family gathering for Memorial Day. Also, let me introduce the one and only Mr. Sweet Potato.

Easy now, ladies. He has been happily spoken for almost 4 years now!

Every year, my husband’s family gathers at their family cemetary for a short ceremony remembering family members and loved ones who have passed on. It  is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and every year I feel so blessed to be a part of it and share the moment with Mr. SP and his family.

After the ceremony, we gathered at Mr. SP’s grandparents’ house for some good food and lawnmower fun.


And this (Ugh!) was a project we started later in the afternoon…

But THAT is another post.


Toodles for now!


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