Friday, September 30, 2016

High Five For Friday 09/30/16

Is it really Friday already! This week has been a fast week for me so there was a lot crammed in and I didn’t get in any real updates this week. Here are my highlights of the week:

1. First and foremost my little buddy Sam Rosebrock who has been battling Neuroblastoma since 2012 and yesterday after a long day of scans they received the news that he is one year CANCER FREE!!!! Sam has been through so so much in his little life and my prayer for him is that he continues to live a long, healthy and happy life with no more cancer ever!

2. We joined Team Sam and ran the Isabella Santos Foundation 5K/10K for Kids Cancer. My friend Elizabeth and I ran the 10K (which was our very first 10K event) and Tess did the 5K with Sam and crew! It was such a fun, yet emotional, event.

3. My little baby girl got her first official acceptance letter for College, she is so excited! (My big Madie is doing great as well in her second year of college!)

4. I had a super fun Salad in a Jar Party at our local Food Matters Market! There were about ten of us and we all brought some goodies and made these delicious salads. I have eaten them for lunch each day this week.

5. I had a little surgery on Thursday and I was ridiculously nervous about it. I had an amazing team at the Hospital; I received exceptional care and had so many friends and family checking on me throughout the day. I feel so well taken care of and so loved! My furbabies didn't leave my side all night either. 

This weekend will be an easy relaxing weekend and I will be back to my regular schedule hopefully next week! Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Couch to 5K to Half Marathon Week 2

We are in Week #2 of our 12 Week Couch to 5K plan. We are having so much fun!!

Week one of the Run For God Program talks a lot about shoes and making sure you have the proper size and fit. The best thing to do is find a specialty shoe store somewhere nearby and go an actually get fitted for shoes. You don’t have to buy your shoe there but it is great to find out what type of shoe you should be wearing and if you are at all like me you may also find out you are wearing the wrong size. I have a narrow foot and so I was wearing a shoe an entire size too small to keep the heel from slipping. What I needed was a narrow shoe in the proper size! I was actually having some early foot pain as a result of improperly sized shoes. I am so glad I figured that out! 

Week two we talk gear. Of course running is reported to be one of the cheapest sports, all you need is an able body and a pair of shoes right? Right! Just one thing though, us runners can quickly turn in to gear junkies! Week two we talk about all the fun gear that is out there! You can check some of mine out here and I have so much more that I have yet to write about lol!

This week our training plan is as follows. 

 Workout #1, #2, & #3 
Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes. Follow that with a 5-minute cool-down walk. Total Workout = 30 Minutes

We got in workout one on Monday and will do workout two at some point this week and work out three this weekend!

Happy Running!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Country Road Take Me Home

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend this past weekend. The weather here in North Carolina is sitting on the edge of summer and fall so it’s really nice out, still warm but not ridiculous. The leaves are just starting to fall and so it’s also so pretty out!

Saturday Morning I enjoyed an early two mile run with my Run For God Runners! So much fun and the temperature was perfect!

We attended a Celebration of Life for a very dear family member on Saturday afternoon. It was held deep in the South Mountains at a little old church way back in the woods. The service was beautiful; there was a very touching military honor; perfect words and prayer spoken by another family member and fellowship, storytelling and amazing food with precious family. 

We took some time before the service to visit one of our favorite spots, the Pots. It is so peaceful there and these pots amaze me every time I see them. I wonder how long it has taken to carve out these perfect circles in the stone to create these “pots”. I imagine my Nana Smith finding this place as a young girl and swimming here. I wonder how far they walked to get here. 

Saturday evening we celebrated my uncles 60th Birthday with the other side of my family in town.

Sunday morning I met my running buddies for a fun six miler on the local greenway!

I love weekends like this. Friends + Family + Time Outside = One Happy Girl 

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 16, 2016

High Five for Friday 09/16/16

It has been another quick week! It has not been an extremely busy week but it has flown by none the less.

1. I am so excited to FINALLY have a runner girl emoji!!! I feel like a new woman!

2. This past weekend I had a fun Girls Night with my girlfriends! It is so important to nurture friendships. Tend to them and keep them strong, they are so so important in life!

3. I am so proud of my Run for God group! I have this amazing group of people who have trusted me with the next 12 weeks of their lives to take them on this wonderful journey to a super fun 5K! We ran our first group run on Monday and it was amazing!

4. This dog! He is one of my favorite things, I love coming home to him each day! 

5. I am loving being a part of the Juice Plus community! There is no better way to get 31 fruits and vegetables into my daily routine! (Message me for details!)

Here’s to the weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Couch to 5K to Half Marathon Week 1

This is Week #1 of our Couch to 5K plan. I am so super excited!!! 

As a reminder this plan will have you to your first 5K by the first week in December and if you keep running with me you can run your first half marathon in March!

I have 31 people on this journey locally. We all met and ran workout 1 together on Monday! It was so much fun! 

We plan to complete workout 2 at some point on our own this week and then we will do workout 3 together on Saturday. 

If you want to join us on this journey here are your workouts for this week. 

Workout #1, #2, & #3 this week:
Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. Follow that with a 5-minute cool-down walk.
This took us about a mile and a half during this time. 

Once you have this first workout complete you will be so proud of yourself! That feeling is the best!

Good luck on your journey and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Monday, September 12, 2016

On the run

This past week I got in 13 miles. I walked the dogs on Monday and ran Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

On Friday our city was setting up for our Historic Downtown Festival. I love running in the wee hours of the morning when the festival is setting up! I imagine how much fun all the kids will have riding the rides and having their funnel cakes once the festival comes to life.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of working for the Asheville Marathon at the Asheville Off Road Series Expo. I love race expos and so I was looking forward to working one! I, along with three other Asheville Marathon Ambassadors, worked the event and invited Off Road Participants to sign up for the Asheville Marathon, Half Marathon or the Challenge. It was so much fun.

Being there seeing all the runners coming through that were planning to run the 10K on Sunday made me a little jealous! It made me want to run the event too!!  There is just so much excitement when folks are gearing up for a race!

After talking to one of the other Ambassadors I have decided to sign up for the Asheville Royal Trifecta!!!! O.M.G. I am so excited!! 

I am already registered for the Asheville Half and will sign up for the 15K or a 5K and the 10K and will get the Trifecta Medal upon completion! One of my fellow ambassadors said the trifecta medal is absolutely gorgeous! I do love a pretty medal lol!

In addition I have just signed up for my next half marathon (more on that to come)! I am super excited! 

I have found that it is so good for me to have goals; it keeps me on track and keeps me moving in the direction I want on this health and wellness journey I am on.

“Don’t follow your dreams, chase them”

Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Friday, September 9, 2016

High Five for Friday 9/9/16

It has been a busy short week around here! I am looking forward to the weekend! Here are my top five highlights from this past week:

1. We had a great Friday Night Football Game! I am so proud of Tess; she is Senior Cheer Captain on the Varsity Team!

2. We celebrated Madie's 19th Birthday! It was nice to have her home for the weekend.

3. We had a great Labor Day weekend! We had some lazy days and I got in a few good runs. I enjoyed a walk/run with my beagles on the old farm road.


4. I am reading a new book! I love backpack camping but I can't imagine doing it for 6 months! Any suggestions on my book for October?

5. It is getting super close to pumpkin season!!! Did I mention I love my Juice Plus+!!!

I hope you have had a wonderful week and an een better weekend!!! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

An Exciting Announcement

I am so excited to announce that I am a new Juice Plus+ Distributor!!! 

Juice Plus+ is whole food nutrition encapsulated to provide a convenient way to eat your daily fruits and veggies that there is almost no way to get through meals alone.

I eat well every day! I have a spinach and banana protein shake each morning for Breakfast. I eat hard boiled eggs as a morning snack, I eat carrots, apples, and almonds for lunch and have a turkey stick or crab stick as an afternoon snack. That alone gives me two veggies and two fruits a day. Experts suggest nine fruits and vegetables. So I need five more and the only meal left is dinner. Typically for dinner I have a protein, some sort of vegetable and a grain. No way am I hungry enough to get in 9 fruits and vegetables a day!

I suffer from a gap in my nutrition!! I would imagine if I do, trying hard not do, then so many other people do too!

I know how important fruits and vegetables are and I try all sorts of creative ways to get more in. I live, as you know an active lifestyle as well but I needed a boost!

The girls and I used Juice Plus+ years ago and I just decided that I needed to get this back in my life ASAP! I am so glad that I did! Now I get all this farm fresh nutrition! 

The Trio, which is what we use, Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden Blend & Vineyard Blend has 30 FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND GRAINS!!

Juice Plus+  has soooooo many other health benefits too including but not limited to:

A Stronger immune system
Healthier skin
Healthier gums
Protection against heart disease
It Slows down the effects of aging
A Reduction of inflammation
Reduced Cholesterol
Appetite Control
Improved Circulation 
I could seriously go on and on!

In addition to the Trio Blend we have also swapped out our old Protein Powder with the Complete! When I did the side by side comparison on ingredients and nutrients I was embarrassed that I had been putting some really bad stuff into my body!

(Chocolate Covered Strawberry... Yes Please!!!) 

If you want to learn more, please visit my website or contact me! I am super excited to spread the health! If you want to join my team I would love to have you! This Business is amazing and there is incredible support!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Training Update - August Miles

It is that time again. Geez, tracking my monthly miles has made the months fly by and I can barely keep up!

I logged 66 miles in August! Minus the miles I got so far in September I am at 531 miles as of the end of August. There is no way I will make it to 1,000 miles this year but that is ok! What a fun goal to set and I will just reset it again next year and see what happens. If I didn’t have a goal I might have even run less. I have far surpassed my most miles in an entire year already! Toot toot tooting my own horn just a bit. I am super excited about this! I have been running three years now and each year I become a better runner!

What's up next?

I have started my Run for God class and we will begin training for the Night of Light 5K.

My next event will be the Isabella Santos Foundation 10K for Kids Cancer on September 24th. 

I might sign up for the Mayberry Half Marathon on November 12th. We will see.

Here is to the month of September! May we all log some great miles and have great fun doing it!


Friday, September 2, 2016

High Five for Friday 9/2/16

Happy Friday my friends!!!! I am super excited to have a long weekend! I am hopefully going to get in some rest this weekend. I feel like I have been go go go go go  for a month or two now and I need a minute to catch my breath and rest. 

This has been a pretty great week so far, I am looking forward to the weekend! Here are my high fives:

1. Madie turned 19 yesterday, I am so proud of the young lady she has become. I am so proud that I was able to figure out how to be the best possible mom at such a young age and that together we created this pretty incredible life. A life of memories I will cherish forever.

2. I am so excited about my new venture with Juice Plus+ I decided to begin sharing my love of Juice Plus with my friends and family and so decided to take on my first second job in my entire life. (Dave Ramsey approves ha ha). This actually doesn’t feel like a job at all, it feels like a passion and I am excited to share my passion with you! If you want to learn more contact me or visit my website! #wholefoodnutrition #poweredbyplants #onesimplechange

3. I am even more excited that the UPS man came to my house this week a day early!!! Woot Woot! I love when he brings me yummy goodness!!! #juiceplus #juicepluscomplete

4. I love Muscadines, these remind me of my childhood! I was stoked to find these at my local grocery store #homegrown #farmtotable

5. I was able to get in some great time outside this week, both running and just road tripping to visit family. Always be aware of your surroundings. That way you never miss the majestic beauty that surrounds us <3 #gooutside

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!! Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

19 years old, then and now.

For a couple of months now I have been thinking about my oldest daughter's 19th Birthday. I have been processing all sorts of emotions associated with this birthday. This, her 19th birthday, might just be the “big one” for me. Similar to how for a teen the 16th birthday is a “big one” or maybe it’s the 18th or 21st.

Usually I suppose someone else’s birthday is not a “big one” for you but for me Madie’s 19th birthday is a “big one”. I decided it would be best for me to journal these feelings and I have debated back and forth, over and over and over again as to whether or not I would actually post this on my blog.

I have decided to post it. 

I have decided that this just may one day become a tiny piece of history and if there is one thing in my life that I would like to be remembered for it would be this, my greatest accomplishment in life, being a mom to my amazing daughters. This story is my story of success. 

The very way I began this journey to this, my greatest accomplishment, was when the story of my oldest daughter, Madison Blake Causby, begins which was when I was 19 years old. 

19 years ago I had a daughter, Madie, and today she turns 19. 

I was a teen mom. I was 19 when Madie was born. I had turned 19 about two months and a few days before she was born on September 1, 1997.

It has been very difficult for me to acknowledge that my daughter is the same age now that I was when she was born. Not at all because it makes me feel old or anything like that but because now beyond a shadow of a doubt I can see how young I actually was when I had a baby.

I have memories of 18 and 19 where I felt very much “grown”. I was legally an adult and thus I was an adult. Right? Seeing my daughter at 19 shifts my perception of reality a bit. When I look at her, even though she is a very mature and amazing 19 year old young lady, she seems too young to me to be a mom. 

I can still recall that feeling of “adultness” I had at 19 but I accept the reality now that that was my own immaturity whispering in my ear that I was a big girl and could take on the world when really I wasn’t just yet.

I graduated high school June 1996 and was attending the local community college to get my two year degree and I had planned to transfer to a four year college upon completion. This was the most cost effective way to attend college for me. I was working pretty much full time for my dad at his video store while I was going to school. Most of my high school friends were off to college. I went to school and worked and that was pretty much it.

In December of 1996 I made a decision, a poor judgement call, that would change the course of the future I had planned. In January of 1997 my doctor confirmed that I was pregnant as I had suspected.  
When I ponder the realities of then and now my mind still spins. 

On January 28, 1997, I was still 18 years old, I had a scheduled doctor's appointment for my yearly check up and prescription refill at the doctor's office. 

I had a suspicion that I was pregnant. Actually I knew I was pregnant. Earlier in the month I had missed my period. I was a few days late when I called a friend of mine, Brandi, a high school senior at the time, who offered to pick up a pregnancy test. She and another friend brought it to me one night at work. 

This part of my memory still plays in slow motion. I went to the little tiny bathroom with it’s dark paneling on the walls and followed the instructions on the EPT. I went back out to the counter where my friends were and waited. I am pretty sure I even checked out a customer renting a VHS tape. As the world turns...

I wish I could recall the conversation I had with my friends that night as we waited. I wonder what must have been going through their minds at the time as well. I am sure they saw me as “grown” too since I had already graduated high school and all… Right?

A few minutes later Brandi went to retrieve the test from the bathroom and came out to tell me that I was pregnant. The room spun around me. I have never experienced that room spinning feeling before in my whole life. I took another test a few nights later just as a precaution incase it was a bad test and it also showed up positive. I kept this a secret until I could get to the doctor's office to confirm, I knew I had that scheduled appointment. 

I recall walking into the doctor's office that day, all alone, scared, worried and with this big secret. I was extra nervous because my aunt worked at that very office and I knew that she would be the first to find out. I whispered to the receptionist at check in that I thought I might be pregnant. I was terrified. I realize now that I would not needed to have told the receptionist. I could have waited until I was taken back and told the MOA but I was 18, frightened and completely clueless.

I was called back to see the doctor, I took another test and the doctor confirmed I was pregnant. I felt so scared and ashamed as I walked up to the front of the office to check out. My aunt was the first person I saw. She hugged me and I knew that it would all be ok. 

I went home that evening, after my doctors appointment, and crawled into bed, dreading my mom coming home. I knew I had to let my secret out now. At this point I had not even thought about the logistics of it all, like how I was going to be able to raise a child, etc. Fortunately I was already accustomed to paying some bills. I paid my own car insurance, gas, etc. but a baby??? It honestly didn't even occur to me that there was a cost associated with a baby. I was 18. The world that I lived in was not very broad. 

I told my mother, I made her tell my dad, again I felt so ashamed.

I was told that I should have an abortion by people who love my daughter so much today while others told me it would be ok. This was not a great time in my life. At 19 and pregnant you don’t get to have the exciting and happy moments that an adult having a baby would have. I will, however, never regret the best decision I ever made which was to have this baby.  

In 1996 and 1997 I only knew of a couple other teen moms, it was certainly not the norm. 

I often wonder what did my friends think when I told them the news. Some of them were probably feeling the same as me, “grown”. I actually have letters that two of my friends wrote to me when they found out.

February 2, 1997 “I am happy for you but I am sad for me, I had really been looking forward to you coming to Western next year” “I know things will change between us but we will always be friends”

February 19, 1997 “Promise me one thing Deanne. Please be strong for yourself and for your son/daughter. I wish someone would have told me be strong no matter what happens.” “Only God knows what the future has for us” “The roads we take are going to bring about change in our lives” “You’re very lucky to have your mom to help you out, she’ll be a wonderful grandmother for your precious child”

One spring day last year my daughters, Madie and Tess, and I were sitting together at Chick-fil-a having breakfast. During our conversation over breakfast one of the girls said “Oh my gosh, guess who’s pregnant”. She went on to tell of a girl from school that was now going to be a young mother. Similar to me.

I broke down into tears. I felt so sorry for what that young girl was going though. I also knew in that moment what my friends really must have said and thought about me…

In May of 1997 I found out the baby was a girl and named her Madison Blake. 

By my 19th Birthday I was scheduled for a C-Section. September 1, 1997 with my mom by my side I went in for that C-Section and came out with this beautiful baby girl. 

Somehow, a few days later, the hospital trusted me, this young 19 year old, to leave with a baby and go into the world to figure things out. 

Things were hard, I had only learned to drive a couple years earlier and now I had to learn to take care of a baby, live alone with the baby, know when to feed a baby, know how to raise her into an adult… Talk about overwhelming. 

I do, however, distinctly remembering the moment when I realized this was real. I was going to be a mom and I was going to be the best possible mom I could be. 

It has been a bumpy road, we have been through so many obstacles. Teen moms don’t always make it out. They struggle to make it through. This was nothing like the Teen Mom TV Show...

In the first two years of Madie’s life she and I moved homes 9 times. I lived most of her first two years as a single mom. At barely 21 years old I had baby girl number two, Tess and a few years later I was a single mom of these two little girls. I am reminded often of how we beat the odds. I say we because even though my girls were young I did not beat the odds alone. I had their little faces encouraging me all along the way and God with me every step I took.

I am so thankful for all of the support I have had over the last 19 years, my mother especially has been with me non stop throughout it all. My mom, dad, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends have all encouraged me along the way as I worked hard to move past the obstacles I faced. I have a wonderful career, I bought a home all by myself ten years ago and as you know from reading this blog I met the man of my dreams and am happily married. Miss Madie, the birthday girl, is in her sophomore year of college and Tess is a high school senior. Life is so so good today. 

Who I am today struggles with recognizing who I was 19 years ago, I am the same person but I am also so very different. When I think about 19 year old Deanne I want to hug her and tell her she is loved and that I am so proud of who she has become. I can not imagine my now 19 year old daughter having to go through all that we did, I pray her struggles in life are few. 

As I sit reflecting of all the things my girls and I have been through together, of all the ways we have grown up together, and I am so amazed at the outcome. Both of my girls are brilliant, beautiful, wonderful human beings with bright, bright futures. I am the proudest mother you can possible imagine times a gazillion <3 

Madie and Tess, I love you more that the ocean loves it’s waves, more than the night time sky loves her stars, more that the sunrays love to dance through the clouds. 

Madie on your 19th Birthday I wish you fine and simple pleasures. I wish you all of life’s best treasures. I wish you many years of laughter. I wish you happily ever after! I am blessed every day that I get to be your mother. "You are my special" XOXOXO

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