Top 10 running songs

I Red heart running right now! 

And the best part I think is blasting some awesome music and just totally rocking out in my head. (not out loud lest people think I’m completely insane, LOL!)  There’s just something about putting on a fast paced song and moving my feet to the beat that I love!

So I thought it might be super fun to share my top 10 running songs as I just finished a 4 mile run!  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

#10- Tik Tok, Ke$ha
She may not be the best singer in the world, but I love having this song on my running playlist.  It’s always the first song as I start to run because it’s not super fast, but it does get me pumped for my run!

#9- Get Sexy, Sugababes
Love love love this song!  And it’s got a great tempo to follow the first song!

#8- Fat Bottomed Girls, the GLEE version
I know, I know.  But I love this song and I’m not sure why.  The Queen version is great, but the GLEE version is better for running.

#7- Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer
I’m so not kidding, this is a great song to run to!  And it makes me remember my elementary school days fondly and how totally cool we thought we were doing the MC Hammer dances out on the playground in our parachute pants and Reeboks.  C’mon- you wore them too, admit it!!!

#6- The Time Warp (Remix), from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
First of all, if you’ve never seen this- shame on you!  Go rent it.  Now!  Second of all- the remix part is important because it keeps a steady beat the whole time and there is no stopping/starting like there is in the regular version of the song.  It’s got a great beat and it just makes me want to dance!

#5- Paris (Ooh La La)- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This is a new fav.  I’m totally obsessed with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals right now, and this is a GREAT running song!

#4- Run (Natural Disaster), Gnarls Barkley
Maybe one of the greatest running songs ever.  It’s got a great tempo, and even speeds up as the song progresses.  And if you’re like me and like to run to the tempo of a song, this song is great for making you run faster!

#3- Girlfriend, Avril Levigne
Hey, hey.  You, you.  I don’t like your girlfriend.  Love this song!

#2- What the Hell, Avril Levigne
What can I say, her songs are great to run to!

#1- Pump It, Black Eyed Peas
This is my absolute favorite pump-me-up and get-me-moving song!!!  It makes me want to pump my fists in the air (like I just don’t care?)


Honorable Mention… Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”)

This song’s not exactly on the list but should get a mention.  I don’t really care to listen to the whole song when I’m running, but if I’m running a race, as soon as I see that finish line I like to put this song on and imagine how awesome it’s going to feel crossing that finish line!


Hope you enjoyed my list- have a great day!


May fitness challenge

April’s fitness challenge was a total bust!  I had bronchitis most of the month, I tried to work out anyway.  That actually made it worse, so I went to the Dr., got some meds, was told no working out till I finished my meds.  So I said yes ma’am and followed orders!

But May is a new month, I’m done with meds, and ready to work out!!

I can’t really make myself a workout schedule like I did last month because I have NO idea what my schedule is going to look like from week to week.  I’ll probably be working full time this summer so who knows what my schedule will look like!

So instead of a structured schedule, I’ll just have to play it by ear week-to-week.  However I can make some general goals for myself!

Goal 1:
Work out 5 days/week.  This month I’d like to focus mainly on running, biking(before it gets too hot!), and yoga!!!

Goal 2:
Be able to comfortably run 5 miles by the end of the month. 

Goal 3:
To be able to do more yoga poses in yoga class without altering them

I’ve been jonesing to buy a bread machine!  I am an awesome baker, but one thing I cannot bake is bread.  I’ve tried and tried, but I’ve finally had to admit that I am just incapable of baking bread.  I used to use my mom’s bread machine all the time when I was a teenager.  I made not only breads, but also pizza dough, and dough for cinnamon rolls in that thing and they always turned out awesome.  So I did some research and read a ton of reviews and this is the one I decided I want!  Yay for fresh bread!

I’m giving myself 3 free days this month in case I get sick.  If I need them, great.  If I don’t, even better!  If I don’t use any of them I’m going to throw in an extra little reward- I haven’t decided exactly what yet, but I do need some new makeup…


Ta-da!  May fitness challenge starts…. NOW!!


April Goals

March was mostly a bust when it came to my goals.  Though I did get some running in- about 20 miles, so that’s not tooooo shabby.

But April is a new fabulous month and I’m feeling great (see yesterday’s post).  And I have some great goals for myself!

Now that I’m exercising so much I decided to push my goals a bit farther this month.  So I created a fitness challenge for myself for the month (a la Laura).  I’ll be posting that tomorrow!


This month I want to focus on nourishing my body more.  I kind of ate like crap last month.  I also had waaaay too much caffeine.  My goal is to cut my caffeine intake in half- I’m doing 1/2 decaf and 1/2 regular coffee and I’m limiting my coffee intake to only 1-2 cups in the morning.  I plan on drinking a lot more juice and getting in a lot more greens this month.


Now that I’ve dropped my super duper sucktastic class I will have more time to devote to pulling up my food microbiology grade.  I’m absolutely confident I can make an A in this class.  Right now I’m sitting on a low B, but the best thing about Dr. Gilman’s classes is the fact that she lets you drop a test grade.  And she gives extra credit opportunities.  We’ve only had two tests so far so I think I’ll be just fine.  But I still plan on rocking the tests this month!


I know it seems weird to have a goals post within a post about goals, but we all know that I’m a little weird by now, haha!  I’m going to start doing weekly goals for myself just because I make goals at the beginning of the month and they seem to fizzle out by the middle of the month.  I think making weekly goals will help keep them fresh in my mind and ultimately help me meet them!

So those are my goals for the month.  I’m sure I’ll be posting weekly goals soon!  Does anyone else make weekly or monthly goals for themselves?  I used to not do it, but I found that even if I don’t meet all of my goals it feels really good to push myself to go farther and I think it’s helping me become a better person!

Till tomorrow….


Rants, raves, and waves

Wow- what a week it’s been… and it’s only Wednesday!!  I had to make some tough decisions about school and life this week.  This semester has pretty much been a complete waste of time and it’s wrapping up probably the worst year of my life! 

This year has been terrible starting with being screwed over by financial aid so much that I had to go back to work.  I do like my job but I have to say that it’s really exhausting.  It’s all physical labor and heavy lifting and by the end of my shift I am completely drained and all I want to do is go to bed. (though lifting those huge bags of sugar, flour, and granola have my arms looking pretty rocking lately!!)  The next day I always feel like I have a hangover and am so tired I can’t focus in class and find myself fighting sleep the whole lecture.  At the end of lecture I have no idea what we went over.

I also found myself spiraling into a depression.  I never said anything about it (not even to the husband) because sometimes it feels silly to feel that way.  I feel like I have no reason to be depressed because I have it so much better than a lot of other people in this world.  However the fact is that I still felt this way and there came a point a couple of weeks ago that I knew I had to deal with it before it got out of control.


First I dropped a class.  I was failing (seriously I’ve never failed before and I think maybe that’s what started this whole spiral).  The teacher was HORRIBLE.  The labs were complete unorganized chaos- no one ever knew what was going on.  I couldn’t learn anything and I couldn’t handle the stress of it.  And she’s the ONLY person at the whole school that teaches the class.  Awesome.  So in the fall I’m going to take it at a community college and transfer it.  It fits in perfectly with my TWU schedule so I definitely think it was the right decision for me!

Then I decided that I’m going to have to quit my job at the end of the summer. I’ve gotten some great experience(that I can use to my advantage on my internship application!)  and made some great friends working at Central Market and I still love that place.  But this year being what it was I was starting to lose sight of the reason I wanted to go back to school in the first place as well as the joy I felt for the profession I was choosing to go into.

Then I started looking at all of my financial aid forms that I submitted for next year.  Without getting into financial details everything there is looking good- don’t know what happened last year, but my financial aid should be okay for next year.  Then we started looking at our budget.  We decided to switch to Dave Ramsey’s cash envelope system- it’s only been about two weeks but I’m LOVING it so far!!!!  I am so happy to cut ties with my debit and credit cards and to know that I really don’t need them!  I think it will take some time to really notice a difference with our savings and to get a few things paid off but I’m already noticing a difference in the way we spend so I’m thrilled!

So now that I knew that I was going to be leaving my job and concentrating on school full time that took a huge HUGE burden off of my shoulders.  But I still couldn’t quite pull myself out of that hole.  So I did two things that I knew would help…1) I prayed.  A lot.  2) I exercised.  A lot.

I pray when I wake up.  I pray on the drive to school.  I started praying before class for a clear and focused mind.  And soon I found focus, joy, and peace that I haven’t felt in a very long time.  God is good!

I also started exercising way more.  Which really was because of Laura– she got me thinking about a 10K, invited me to do a 5K and got me thinking about how much I really enjoyed running.  There was no way she could have known what she was doing but by getting me interested in running again she helped me in a way I couldn’t have imagined! (thanks Laura!)  Now instead of focusing on the exercise because of weight loss or getting fit I started thinking of it as medicine.  I concentrate on how it makes me feel after a good workout.  The amazing high I get at the end of a run, especially a tough one.  I focus on the lovely rush of endorphins that flood through me during and after my workout.  I’ve found that using exercise as medicine has really given me a better sense of mental balance, a much happier mood, and TONS more energy! 

I’m very happy to say that I think I’ve pulled myself out of the funk.  And all within the last two weeks.  It was a fairly immediate change and I’m proud of myself for realizing what was going on and doing something before it got worse.  I still find myself having moments but I quickly catch myself and snap out of it.

I also planned out the rest of my post-bac career.  I sat down with my degree plan and while the crappy-ness of this year has added an extra year to my plan I think it will work out okay.  My last year I will have fewer classes so I can really concentrate on doing well in them.  This also gives me more time to do stuff to put on my internship application.  I’m going to try to do some shadowing, lots of volunteer work, and maybe get involved on campus a little more.

This was a lot of sharing for me and much more mushy gushy than I usually like to be, but sometimes it’s good to just get things out there- know what I mean?

Have a lovely day!  Till tomorrow…


March Madness

Hooray for March!  The best thing about March is that spring is on its way!!  I was thinking about new year’s resolutions and whatnot and I decided that I maybe should start making monthly resolutions/goals for myself cause I kinda already forgot what my new years resolutions were, haha!

So here are my goals for March…


  • Watch my calorie count more carefully.  I’m eating really healthy stuff, just way too much of it!
  • Get more calcium.  My local HEB has kale for $.99 a bunch, look out calcium here I come!  Can you say massaged kale salad?!  YUM!
  • Get up a little earlier to make sure I have time to make some green juice!


  • Blog at least 5 times a week.
  • Take more pictures
  • Play with lighting and my new camera’s features more!


  • Start training for the 10K I’m going to do this summer!  Right now I’m at a comfortable 4 miles.  By the end of this month I’d like to be able to run a comfortable 5 miles- I think I can handle an extra mile in a months time!
  • Lift weights more often.  Now that I hit my thirties(yikes!) I worry about my bones more.  Nothing better than some weight bearing exercise to protect your bone density!

Personal life…

  • KISS (keep it simple Sarah).  I do SO much better in life when I just keep it simple!
  • stick to the budget better- I’m HORRIBLE at this!!
  • Turn negatives into positives.  For example, yes school is stressful, yes A&P sucks and the teacher isn’t so great HOWEVER I’m learning so much COOL stuff that I didn’t know before!!  Yes, I got screwed by financial aid this year and I have to work and try to balance school, HOWEVER I have a really cool job that will look great on my internship applications and I’ll owe a little less in student loans when I graduate because I didn’t get as much this year.  How’s that for you?!  I think we could ALL use a little less negativity in our lives, don’t you think?


Oh and it’s Texas Independence Day today!  Happy Birthday Texas!!!!!!!





See you tomorrow- happy snacking!