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OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon

I have only ever participated (because I can’t really say “ran”) in one 5K ever, and that was on a bitter cold day last November for the Ugly Sweater Run. A few Indianapolis women bloggers decided to bundle up and brave the elements (it was FREAKING COLD) and run, walk, run/walk, and meander our way through downtown Indianapolis, looking fun and festive in our ugliest of Christmas sweaters, thanks much to Emily’s “Junky Brilliance” ugly sweater store:

Ugly Sweater Run with Indianapolis women bloggers

I have not been much of the workout type. Two summers ago I participated in a team challenge with a personal trainer, and I was purposeful and diligent, and I lost about 10 lbs and one size. For me, that was pretty good! And then, the challenge was over. And like you’ve heard a million times before, I didn’t stick with it, so those 10 lbs came right back on.

May 3rd I will be participating (still not ready to say “running”) in the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K, and I have begun “training”.

It is a slow go.

I used “training” in quotes, because it’s laughable that I would even call what I’m doing “training”. As a work-from-home mom with a preschooler still at home, my time is limited. I could seriously give you even more excuses than that, but we’ll just leave it there. And really most people don’t train for a 5K. They can run 3.1 miles like it’s a warm-up. Well, not me. Maybe one day, but it can seem a long way off.

For now, I’m doing what I can.

Larry and I ended our gym membership because neither of us was going, and at $70-something a month, that’s a high price for nothing.

So then my amazing and inspiring friend Jenn became a certified personal trainer, and I hired her to create a home plan for me, with the following parameters:

  • Our sessions could only be once a month, and I am accountable for following Jenn’s plan in between sessions
  • I had to use the few tools and equipment I have (which ain’t much), without buying much more
  • I had to be able to exercise in my basement, or weather permitting outdoors, but sticking close to home because much of the time Carlie would be with me

And you know what? It’s a slow go, but it’s working for me.

I’m admittedly not exercising 3x/week as the plan calls for, but when I do, I push myself to get my heartrate up, and on some off-days when I can leave the house, I’ll go for a walk/run with my Couch to 5K app.

Be on the lookout over the next three weeks for more parts to this journey of getting fit for the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K.

You might also find interest in more recent Indiana posts., and follow my friend Michelle’s journey as she prepares for the 5K too!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Indiana. I was provided with OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K registration and McDonald’s swag in exchange for my participation in this campaign. For more info please see my disclosure policy.

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Papa Murphy's Pan Pizza

We’re fortunate to not have many after school activities going on right now, but Wednesday nights for my family mean piano lessons, a quick dinner, then basketball practice.

Last Wednesday was especially hectic with errands to run prior to my son’s 8th birthday party the next day, so when I had an opportunity to try out Papa Murphy’s new Pan Pizza, at least for that Wednesday I knew I had a plan for dinner. And sometimes that’s half the battle, right? What’s for dinner.

Pizza is one meal we eat about once a week. (Did I type ‘meal’? It’s more of an entree, but technically it could have your four basic food groups, so let’s go with ‘meal’). We have our favorite frozen brands, our favorite delivery places, and then there’s this in-between place that’s not frozen, and it’s not delivery.

It’s Papa Murphy’s.

And here’s where I’ll make you all jealous: Mine has a drive-thru.

If there were ever a time when I needed a drive-thru, it’s the 4-6pm hour. To quote a MOPS speaker, I call it the cyanide hour. You want to give a little, you want to take a little.

So yeah, I will totally hit the Papa Murphy’s drive-thru, because a) it’s 5 minutes from my house and b) we love pizza.

The particular day we tried Papa Murphy’s new Pan Pizza I shockingly had the “meal plan” of knowing at 2pm that I wanted Papa Murphy’s that night, so I ordered online on my phone while sitting in the Target parking lot, and scheduled my pick-up for 3pm.

So I pull up and sure enough, my Papa Murphy’s order was perfectly ready in time. I Instagram’d this:

Papa Murphy's Pan Pizza

Even if your Papa Murphy’s doesn’t have a drive-thru, you gotta love that you can have hot, fresh pizza when YOU want it. Pick it up early in the day if your schedule allows, keep it in the fridge, and bake it when you’re ready.

And it is SO affordable. You’ll have to check out their deals page. When I was sitting in that Target parking lot I was thrilled that there happened to be a coupon code for 25% off my entire order.

So we got an entire meal for just under $17:

Papa Murphy's pan pizza

And with the new Papa Murphy’s Pan Pizza, the crust is thick so it fills your tummy, and our family of 5 still had leftovers. The salad was big enough for Larry and I and 2/3 kids (1/3 refuses all things green). And the cheesy sticks were a-plenty too, in fact I might toss some pepperoni on the leftovers for a white pizza (no sauce) night this weekend.

So have you tried Papa Murphy’s before? Is your family a pan, handtossed or thin crust kind of family?

This post was sponsored by Papa Murphy’s and MomSelect; however all opinions including my love of everything that makes my life easier are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

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My New Venture as a Norwex Consultant

by Ann-Marie on December 29, 2013

NorwexFriends and readers that have been with me for a while know I love to keep busy. Besides blogging, I also work part-time as a virtual assistant, and as a freelance marketing manager for local clients. Oh and then there’s the laundry and other household duties, you know.

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