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My Life — On The Run.


Thank you guys for your amazing comments on my biscotti! It really means a lot to me! I really want to make some more of those — this time, with PEANUT BUTTER and DARK CHOCOLATE! 😀 What do you say?

Over the last few weeks, I have gone to a TON of camps (there’s one this weekend, too!) and been on quite a few Challenges.

Here’s what’s happened to me with the challenges and Girl’s Camp — My Life On The Run.

With the 28 Day Detox Challenge I really enjoyed the call-ins that we had. We talked with Paige and discussed what was going on. Throughout the challenge, we focused on 4 things (foodwise): Sugar and Caffeine, Gluten, Dairy, and Meat. The caffeine was a breeze (I don’t drink it at all). The sugar wasn’t THAT hard. Difficult, but manageable. Gluten was REALLY hard, but I think I will keep experimenting with it. Dairy: well, I don’t eat that anymore. I already know THAT bothers me. Meat: I already try to keep that to as little as possible (PLANT-FOODS ROCK!!!).  (also, p.s., Paige wanted me to let you know that they will be doing this again in July, so if you sign up now, you get the Early Bird Special. :)) Just to let you know, Paige also has a BLOG, so check it out too!! 🙂 I love it!) Through this challenge, I was able to become more in tune with my body. I found that the more I focus on a plant-based diet, the better I feel. I have more energy, eat a more variety, etc. I am so grateful that I took the chance to do this challenge.

I also went with Erin’s MeatLESS May. That was so much fun. This challenge wasn’t about going vegan — it was about eating less meat. I have learned that the more plant-based I eat, the better I feel. I have more energy. I am happier. Sorry if TMI, but more regular, too. So, therefore, I will strive to eat as much plant-based as I can now — because it make me feel so good.

I also participated in Alex’s Sugar Free Challenge. One thing in my life I strive to maintain is moderation with sugar — the white kind. I try to avoid that white stuff as much as I can. And with natural sugars, I try to keep those to a minimum. If I am going to eat sugar, I would prefer it to come in the form of fruit. With Alex’s Challenge, I’ve been able to recommit myself to eating lower-sugar. 🙂

Throughout all of these challenges, the most important thing I have learned is that one aspect in my life I need to continually focus on is listening to my body. The more I listen to myself, the more I find I am happier — more energetic — more myself. I have found to look at my body as a car that runs on fuel — fuel as in food. To make the car run its best, I have to put in the best kind of fuel. Therefore, to make my “car” run the best, I must put inside of it the best kind of food. Therefore, what I want to do is feed my body what will make it feel the best — run the best. I want to take care of my body.


In addition to the Challenges, I just came back from Girl’s Camp! (remember when I helped out with the Bake Sale for Girl’s Camp?)

For Girl’s Camp, young women go from ages 12 years old until  17 years old (6 years total). There are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. 5th and 6th year girls are YCLs. Since this was my 5th year, I got to be a YCL (Youth Camp Leader) this year!!! IT WAS SO AMAZING!!!  I had such a great time being able to get to know the girls! When they completed their certifications, I was able to sign my name! I remember being them and wishing I could be a YCL, so I could sign my name in their books!

Our cabins had AIR CONDITIONING!!!

My bunk was the one of the bottom left.

Some of the activities that we did included Archery, Crafts, Games, Swimming, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

One of my favorite activities was ARCHERY! They had both regular bows and compound bows. Since I’ve used regular bows, I thought I’d try the compound. I LOVED IT!!! It was really hard to pull back at first, but once I did get past that, it was SO easy to aim and shoot!! Bullseye all the way!! 🙂 But, while I was pulling back on my last shot, I think I twisted my arm and my tricep area on the right arm REALLY hurt. I couldn’t pull back at all anymore because of the pain. Don’t worry, the pain subsided after a little while, but it sure did hurt!

In addition to the archery, we made some crafts!!! One of the things we did was make bracelets for some Young Women in Missouri.Missouri had a perilous tornado strike and thousands of people lost everything. One of the leaders of our camp went there and asked how a group of about 150 girls could help out. And they said — you could make them some bracelets!!! That was perfect. So that’s what we did. 🙂

(Let’s play I SPY! Can you find my bracelet? hint: picture below)

It was so amazing to be able to make the girls bracelets and to write them a note of encouragement.

I made my bracelets with pink and green beads.

It took me a couple of times to get the pattern right so that it would continue on the other end while also being the correct length.

We also painted blocks!

Mine was Green, Blue, and Brown! Brown is one of my favorite colors. Not just because it is the color of Chocolate. Or, maybe that’s why. 😉

Then, we played some GAMES!!! We did the whole un-twist yourselves-out-of-a-knot activity; we even played Red Rover, Red Rover, send ______ right over! I heard more than once “Don’t run towards Kathleen!!! You’ll never get through!” What can I say? Dumbbells really work. 🙂

But, one of the best things was the Slide.

TALK ABOUT FAST!!!! This was so much fun! Not only was it fast, but very SPINNY!!! We went round and round and round. And then BOOM! we were in the water. 🙂 I may have gone on it quite a few times….. ok, maybe that’s an understatement. 😉

Oh, and we also did pranks. Yes. Lots of them. Our ward (group) got the Prankiest Ward Award.

Someone wants to meet you…..

Haha. It wasn’t just the girls!!! Our leaders did it too!!!!! Toothpaste, sunscreen, cold ice ;), water balloons, tape, candy-filled eggs, ETC!!!! Haha. We were also the roudiest. May I say we like to have fun. 🙂

FUN IN THE SUN!!! 😀 Though, it REALLY got hot. Our nurse was reminding us day and night to drink water. Chug, chug, CHUG it down!!!


We have some fathers and leaders who were THE Chefs this year! It was so sweet of them to take the week off of work and come to Girl’s Camp to cook for us! They are so cute and like to have fun! They had us laughing all day! They cooked for us for every meal — I know, we’re spoiled. 🙂 I am so grateful for them.

Food was a little hard. Fruits and Vegetables were pretty easy — the chefs were already stocked with that. I just brought my own oatmeal (and had that every morning), soy nuts for snacks in the afternoon, and a bag of cream-of-wheat just incase there was a meal I needed to have covered. One thing I learned: apparently, I am remembered as the-girl-who-brought-her-own-oatmeal-last-year, and it happened again this year! I don’t mind though.

Here are some of the eats for the week at Girl’s Camp.

Cream of Wheat with Cinnamon, Pineapple, and a Banana.

Peanut Butter on WW bread, a Pear, a couple of made-from-scratch potato wedges, a HUGE salad (that I already ate), and peppers and onions.

Oatmeal with Protein Powder, Peanut Butter, and Granny Smith Apple.

Salad, BEANS galore, another Granny Smith Apple, and Carrots!

More BEANS, a Pear, Guacamole, and Veggies!

Carrots, a Banana, a Potato, and PEANUT BUTTAH!

One word: Delicious. 🙂

I had so much fun at Girl’s Camp!!!! I can’t wait til next year when I get to be a 2nd Year YCL!!!

I want to hear from you:

Have you participated in any Challenges recently? Quite a few for me!

Have you ever used a compound bow? Yep — first time!

Are you an artsy/crafty kind of person? I love doing crafts!



27 thoughts on “My Life — On The Run.

  1. Great for you to take part in so many wonderful challenges and activites! I took part in the Meatless May, but since being vegan I meant it more as a message for the “outer” world than a challenge for me 🙂 It is really important to challenge yourself and try to find what works for you. I am happy that you feel so good about plant-based food and that you enjoy it:)
    I love doing arts – I paint a lot, play the piano and the guitar, dance, work with clay etc. Art is the best therapy for soul 🙂

          1. You are so nice! I think you would be great at working with clay – it is not that different from making and baking amazing recipes, such as you do 🙂

  2. Sounds like you had a blast! I have never really done the whole “summer camp” thing…I did girl scout camp when I was like ten, but that’s about it!

    And I had a blast with the sugar-free challenge! Thanks again for joining 😀

    1. The longest camp I’ve ever been to has only been a week long. I’ve never been to one for the whole summer — I wonder how people handle it…. I would miss blogging too much!

  3. Looks like all the stuff you’ve been involved with lately was a lot of fun! Especially the camp…..that sounds great! Glad they had some healthy options for ya!

  4. It looks like you’ve been having so much fun!! I’m so jealous. I love doing crafts, I recently rediscovered my artistic abilities after taking an art class in school this year.
    I think the challenges that you participated in are so cool! I wish I could try the detox, but it doesn’t fit into my summer. I’ll be doing a lot of traveling (and running) so it would be hard to try to eat more strict. I hope to try it one day though!

    1. It was a little hard for me to do them actually. Before I didi them, I thought I would have a pretty easy time, but little did I know that my life would become so hectic during that time period. I tried my best though, so I guess that is all that matters. 🙂 YAY for crafts! 🙂

  5. Those camps sound like fun! I participated in Alex’s challenge too, but I ended early because I was going on retreat. It was still really nice to totally eliminate sugar for a while. Listening to your body is definitely a good thing 🙂

    1. Hey girlie! Here are some of the things that have helped me. The FDA suggests to not consume over 10 tsp of added sugars a day. 10 tsp of sugar would be the amount inONE can of soda!!! When you look at the nutritional facts (like on a box of cereal, you can tell how many tsp of sugar there is in it by dividing the grams of sugar by 4. For example, if the box reads 14 grams of sugar per serving, then there is 3 1/2 tsp of sugar. And that is only inONE serving — the amount goes up as the serving goes up.Just remember that that might not be all added sugar if the cereal contains fruit. Start a little at a time, like say cutback on thesugar in a recipe a little at a time. Try to use natural sweeteners (like honey, agave, stevia)over the white sugar. You grow new taste buds every 2-3 weeks, so you can train those new taste buds to not crave as much sugar. When you want a sweet treat, go to fruit! It is one of my favorite snacks!! 🙂 If you like a little bit of sweetness in your cereal, instead of adding sugar, try topping your cereal with a cut up banana. You can also try my recipes! Many of them are NO SUGAR ADDED — naturally, so they can help you out!!! 🙂 You can also check out Alex’s Blog — she has a LOT of experience eating sugar-free, so I’m sure she could give you a few tips. 🙂

  6. It sounds like you’ve had an amazing time this past month!! So many fabulous activities and challenges! 🙂 That’s great that you challenged yourself! It sounds like you met the challenge full force and conquered it! Good for you! 😀

    I’m definitely an artsy/craft kind of person. I still love going to the craft store and picking out craft boxes. 🙂 And I LOVE beading! 🙂

    ❤ ❤


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