From Couch Potato To Spartan Racer: An Update

Coach Potato to Spartan Racer Update SimplifiedLife.netIt’s been 3 1/2 months since I first wrote about my decision to finally become intentional about my health.

In my initial post –  “Couch Potato To Spartan Racer”  – I talked rather candidly about where I was in my current health journey and my plan to move myself from Coach Potato to Spartan Racer.

Now, I’ll be straight up honest that I’m still not sure if I will make the Spartan Race in August that my brother initially challenged me too.  I know how important it is to be adequately prepared for such a race and as much as I would like to be ready, this body is not quite there yet.   But if not this one, then I’ll keep working away until I do get there, even if that means next year or the next.  Maybe it will be a whole different race.  For me it’s not so much about the race, but about the journey on the way there.

As I shared in my initial post, I was a high school athlete.  I loved running and being a part of a team.  But then high school ended.

Soon came marriage and four children – all incredible blessings in my life.  Age started creeping in on me, along with some health struggles and an strong addiction to Mt. Dew.

Why it took me so long to start getting healthy it’s hard to say, but I always had a reason to not get started.  I’ve spun all the excuses – Not enough time, not enough resources, it’s raining, it’s too hot, it’s windy, I’m too tired, so-n-so needs me, I can’t, frankly I just don’t want to…..the list can go on for a million miles. Read more

5 Tips for Creating Simple Dinners

5 tips for creating simple dinners

This week join me in welcoming Tasia Boland of Batavias Best Bargains to the Simplified Life.  Tasia has been a guest blogger for me in the past and has had some great tips to share about leading a simplified life.  Her post Lessons In Simplifying: When Less Becomes More really resonated with our readers as she shared her personal story of learning to live with less.  

So without further adieu, let’s hear from Tasia as she shares some great tips with us for creating Simple Dinners.

time for dinner already


Have you ever felt like your grocery shopping has started to take over your budget?  It seems that no matter how hard you try, there’s not enough cash available at the end of the list?

Or maybe your catching all the listed items on sale using your coupons but still wondering if you can spend less?

I have good news for you.  The answer is Yes! Read more

Homemade Granola Cereal Recipe

I know I keep saying it, but it’s true about this recipe too…This is one of our favorites! Two years ago we stopped buying store bought cereal but this is one cereal we make at least once a week -Our very own Homemade Granola.  We double the batch and it’s still gone in a heartbeat. We […]

Onion Pasta Recipe

Onion Pasta Dish Anna, one of our girls, discovered this recipe last week and was just dying to make it for the family.  So Wednesday night she pulled all the ingredients together and went to work. Honestly, I am so glad that I have girls that love to cook.  While I love to bake, sometimes […]