In Case You’re Interested; BlogLovin’ & WinterMiles

Happy Tuesday!

I thought I’d just fill you in on a couple of fun tidbits for today… here we go!

In case you’re interested, I recently added Noelle’s Notebook to BlogLovin. You can find it here. Not sure what BlogLovin is? Basically it’s one place to read all of your favorite blogs, a nice organized little feed if you will.You can sort them by type of blog, find new blogs based on those currently in your feed and sort new posts by individual blog or group…which is helpful if you follow a ton of different sites, like me. Anyway, I’d love if you gave a follow!

Not gonna lie, I just started using it yesterday and am already hooked! After adding a lot of my regular reads to the feed, I’m a little overwhelmed… I didn’t realize I followed that many different sites, and I have a few to add!

Also, if you follow me by email and got a post called “bloglovin’,” I’m sorry…that was a test. Not gonna lie, Noelle is not the most tech-savvy person out there.

In other news, yesterday, I started the #wintermiles challenge with Run with Jess. Find more info here (P.S. It’s not too late to join!). I’m excited to do this because I really need motivation to get out and run in the winter time. I’m aiming for 20 miles a week…which seems ambitious right now but it IS a challenge after all…

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One thing that is definitely going to help me do this? A free gym! Yes, that’s right.

Yesterday, I talked about running on a budget. So you know that paying a gym membership is not in the cards right now ($70 a month? No thanks) and…I’m always looking for a bargain.

Anyway, I recently discovered that the local high school (two miles down the road from our house) allows district residents to use the fitness center for free… how awesome is that?! The best part? An indoor track! This will make it a lot easier to run in the cold weather…especially when the temperature dips below zero.

The only drawback is that the hours are limited, but they seem to be compatible with my schedule for now. Farmer Ben and I are going to check it out tonight… I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!

That’s all for today, thanks for reading my randomness!

Let’s chat! Any Winter Challenges or running goals for the coming months? Do you use bloglovin’? Or a different feed/reader? Free gyms…yes or no?


Speaking of Challenges…

It’s Friday.  The Friday of a very long week. A long week, but a good week.

I’ve been feeling very accomplished this week, sticking to my challenges and taking on new ones as I go. For real, I could take over the world today!

  • As far as my MFP 50 day challenge goes, I have lost a little over 2 pounds so far. Not too shabby! I also got in a run with Farmer Ben last night and have been doing well at watching what I eat. I’ve been completing the mini-challenges within the group-so much motivation!
  • My clean eating challenge? I ate out last night at one of my local favorites, but it was a belated birthday dinner… other than that, I haven’t even gotten a coffee this week! So big!
  • I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and decision-making. And prayer (or circle-making). Big things on the horizon. I can feel it!
  • 30 days of gratitude is making me count my blessings. I am overflowing with joy when I realize how blessed I am.

On another note, I got a call from a friend yesterday asking me to fill in at a performance his theatre class is doing. It’s tomorrow. I got the script this afternoon. I haven’t been on stage (in a theatre production) in about 6 years. To say I am a little nervous is an understatement. EEEK!

I also made a deal with one of my MFP Buddies to attend a spin class next week. Something new. Totally new!

But I’ll be okay. I’m just looking at both of these opportunities as another little challenge…that I will win. Or learn from…or at least get a laugh out of.

So, in the spirit of spontaneity and taking on challenges, I am asking you to branch out this weekend. Do something unexpected and out of the ordinary! Big or small, just try something new!

Then, tell me about it!!! I’ll feature your obstacles, your successes and maybe failures growth opportunities in a post sometime next week. 

I want to know what you are doing and how you are taking on the world…or yourself!

You can either send me an email at noellesnotebook (@)gmail.com or leave a comment below. Please get me your stories by Tuesday, November 13.

So fill me in!

Happy weekend!