Surrounded by Grace

Hello friends! I know most of you think I have probably given up on blogging. I haven’t given up on it, but I am at a point right now where it’s not possible for me to have a set blogging schedule, so I will just blog when I can. :) I totally understand that this makes it hard to keep readers and will not help make my blog more popular, but that’s okay. Blogging isn’t my job, it’s just something I enjoy.

I have taken less pictures, shared less on social media and this blog (obviously), but our lives are pretty busy all the time now, so the little bit of time I have at home to relax with Ryan, I like to take advantage of it.

Enjoy life


When I first started this blog, I wanted to make sure that I shared about my faith because it should be the whole purpose of my life. The last few months the Lord has really been showering me with His grace, and showing me that His love truly has no limits.

Sufficient Grace


Sometimes Satan likes to really try to confuse me. He brings up the past sin in my life that I wish would go away. He reminds me of those times I messed up. He tries to make me feel like a failure as a Christian, and makes me wonder how unhappy God must be with me right now.

Then I am reminded that God’s love is greater than my sin. Then I am reminded that Jesus died for me while I was still a sinner. I am reminded that His death was enough to save me. I am reminded that he conquered death and sin and rose from the grave! I am reminded that yes I am weak and incompetent, but that is why Jesus lives with me. Because He gives me strength and power to do whatever His will is for me.

Every sin is an opportunity to turn back to Jesus, and let that sin become part of your story, and maybe, just maybe, you can help someone else who is struggling with the same sin you dealt with.

So why am I saying so much about grace?

Because I am willing to bet that a lot of you out there struggle with the same thing. Guilt and shame follow you from your past, but I am here to tell you to let it go. God has so much grace for you; just RUN to Him! But don’t just walk or jog to Him, SPRINT to Him! See what all He has in store for your life once you let your past go! Run so fast to the Lord that your heart races and you start breathing fast!! His plan is greater, much greater, than anything you could imagine!

Ephesians 3-20

So right now, I am working on speed, literally, because I am trying to get faster and lower my half marathon and marathon speed. But I am also trying to sprint to Jesus and grow closer to Him. I am really trying to spend more time reading my Bible and praying, and I am hoping to get better at memorizing scripture to have on hand at any moment.

So for my fitness lovers, sorry there is nothing about fitness in this post, but if this is what just one person needed to read, then it was worth it. Because you all know I absolutely love fitness, but I also have to remember 1 Timothy 4:8

spiritual training  Will you train with me physically and spiritually? It will be worth it, I know it. :)



1. Do you struggle with letting go of sin from your past?

2. How have you been?

3. What kind of workout would you like to see on here next?

4. Best recipe you have had lately?



Training for Godliness

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Five Recipes from my First Ten Days of the Whole 30

What Becky? You haven’t blogged in almost a month and a half, and you are just sharing that you are doing the Whole 30 and already ten days in??

Yup, that’s what I’m doing. :) I am obviously still working on making blogging a part of my regular schedule, but I’m not letting it stress me out.

So back to food and the Whole 30. In case you don’t know what the Whole 30 is, it’s a thirty day challenge of eating no processed foods, no sugars of any kind (besides fruit), no dairy, no legumes, no grains, and no alcohol. It focuses on high quality animal proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. I read the book, It Starts With Food, and I found it all very interesting. The reason I never thought I would take part in this challenge is that I love oatmeal (not allowed because it is a grain), peanut butter, and I often cook us a few meatless meals that use beans as a protein in order to save money on groceries. However, after some different stomach issues and a rash that occurs randomly that I think might be caused by peanuts, I began to think it might be interesting to see what I would learn about myself from this challenge.

I will share more about what I have noticed later, but I wanted to share some recipes I have really enjoyed so far that I think  many of you will enjoy, even if you aren’t doing the Whole 30! These are tasty, healthy meals that everyone should enjoy.

Paleo Meatballs and homemade marinara sauce 

paleo meatballs

This recipe makes a lot, so you can freeze half for later! I had never made homemade marinara sauce before this, and it was really easy! If you are doing the whole 30 or are eating paleo, then eat the meatballs over spaghetti squash, or if you prefer real noodles go for some whole wheat ones. :)

Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew

chicken, sweet potato, and kale stew


This stew was full of flavor and so delicious! You should try it.

Sweet Potato Quiche

Sweet Potato Quiche


I made this for breakfast for my first week, and I absolutely love it! I plan on making it next week or the week after. Oh but instead of bacon I used ground turkey meat because I couldn’t find good quality bacon.

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

paleo sweet potato chili

I loved the sweetness the sweet potatoes added to this chili! I’ll be honest, Ryan said this wasn’t his favorite chili recipe, but I will also add he still ate a huge bowl for dinner when I first made it, and then had leftovers two or three times after that. ;) So trust me, it’s good!

Paleo Chicken Alfredo Pasta

chicken alfredo pasta Ryan loved this meal too! However, I did double the sauce recipe because it didn’t make enough for us. This is another must try. :)

Well there you have it, some good recipes you can try! Now it’s time for me to get ready for bed! I’ll catch y’all up on me later! But for now, tell me what you have been up to? What’s going on in your life? Any good recipes? Good workouts?

Happy Tuesday friends!

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Show Your Heart Some Love With This Workout and Some of These Meals

We are half way through the week friends! I hope the beginning of your week has been wonderful, and if it hasn’t, I hope it ends better than it started!

Since February is American Heart Month, I was inspired by the American Recall Center to talk today about one of the most important and complex organs in the human body, our hearts! Sadly, heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. In order to have a healthy heart, it is extremely important to eat a healthy diet, and live an active lifestyle by participating in different forms of exercise. What better way to convince you to eat healthy and get moving then to give you a new workout to try and a meal plan for a day? Let’s get straight to the workout!’

Heart Healthy Workout Do this workout once for a 15 minute workout, twice for a 30 minute workout, or 3 times for a 45 minute workout! Feel free to youtube any of the workouts you are unfamiliar with. Oh and I had to go with the Valentine’s and heart theme since we are talking about showing your heart some love. :)

Not only will this workout get you breathing hard and challenge your heart, but it will also push and strengthen your muscles, which is just as beneficial for our heart! Most people think cardio upon cardio is what your heart needs, but interval training and strength training are just as important so it’s good to constantly change things up and challenge your body.

Now what about some heart healthy meals and snacks?!

Heart Healthy Meal and Snack Ideas

Breakfast- try some oatmeal with blueberries (really any berries) and some nut butter or just plain nuts.

Mid-morning snack- a smoothie made with almond milk, a banana, spinach, and chia seeds. Feel free to add in cinnamon or any other fruit to give the smoothie whatever taste you like.

Lunch-salad made with spinach, kale, or other leafy greens topped with chicken, avocado, bell pepper, sliced almonds, and cherry tomatoes.

Afternoon snack- An apple with almond, cashew, or walnut butter

Dinner-Baked or grilled salmon with asparagus and red potatoes or sweet potatoes.

So there you go! You are all set for a healthy day where you can show your heart some love!

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go spend some quality time with the Hubs. I had training after work and didn’t get home until 7, so now it’s time to relax. :)


Do you have any healthy meal ideas to show your love some heart? I always love new recipes!

What are your plans for today?

Favorite part of the week so far? My favorite part is coming home and hanging out with Ryan and Bauer after work :) 

What are you looking forward to? I am looking forward to the weekend and my birthday next week! 




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Winter In Texas, and That Time I Wish I Had a Jacket

Happy  Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend; I sure did, and I honestly hated to see it end. But it’s a new week, and I’m ready for it!

I know in my last post I said I would post every Wednesday, but I thought if I could post more I would like to, so let’s see if I can post on Mondays too. ;)

So in case you aren’t aware, Texas weather is bipolar so you never really know what you are going to get here when it comes to the weather. Well besides summer time, you always know it’s going to be extremely hot and humid. But as for winter, it can be freezing one day, and sunny and 75 degrees the next day. That happened this weekend.

Thursday was the day it was freezing. I went straight to the gym after work to workout, so I brought workout clothes, but I didn’t think about bringing a jacket for the walk from the gym back to my car.

jacketless in the winter

I was pretty cold when I got to the car. Shorts and a tank top are not freezing weather attire, just fyi.

That night I was starving so I made myself a huge salad topped with crockpot Mexican chicken and a big ol’ sweet potato on the side.


That sweet potato was HUGE! I was way too full after I ate all of this.

Thursday night we had small group, and then came home early because Ryan’s parents were coming to our house to stay a couple of nights. We stayed up late talking to them so I didn’t want to get up early to workout, and we had plans Friday night so I knew a workout after work wasn’t going  to happen either. So I did what any fitness lover would do, I brought a change of clothes to work and used my 45 minute conference period to get in a 32 minute workout in my classroom!

teacher working out in her classroom during her break

teacher working out in her classroom during her break


32 minutes well spent! I did THIS bootcamp workout from Julie, and it was a winner! I just had to change a few of the workouts that required a stability ball.

Once I got home I got ready for all of us to go to a surprise birthday party!


I had a pretty handsome date. ;)

Saturday morning I slept in until about 6:30, and then relaxed on the couch watching Shark Tank with Ryan and Bauer.


You know it’s a good Saturday morning when it starts off with fuzzy socks and a blanket. :) Oh and the golf clubs are in our living room because Ryan just got them the day before and had been showing them to me. They aren’t a normal living room decoration for us.

After Shark Tank I was ready for some breakfast.

breakfast of champions

breakfast of champions

Eggs, vegetables, avocado, and chicken sausage for the win. Plus a banana with some almond butter, which is unpictured.

Later in the morning I went for a 6 mile run, and it felt fabulous! It was so nice to be able to wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt outside during February! This is what I meant about bipolar Texas weather. Two days before this it was freezing, and then it was sunny and fabulous!


Sorry for the squinty eyes, the sun was right where I was looking.

I came back home and quickly made me some cauliflower chicken “fried rice” with some avocado toast for lunch.


Then I had an apple, but a little bit later I was still pretty hungry, so this bowl of oatmeal was also necessary.


1/4 cup oats, almond butter, and blueberries. By the way, I really need to work on taking better pictures…

Once my tummy was full I went grocery shopping to get our food for the week! When I got back I immediately showered and got ready because Ryan and I went on a double date with my brother, Ben, and our SIL, Kaleigh. We went to a really good restaurant called Houlihans, and then got some froyo for dessert.



I usually always like to get vanilla frozen yogurt, but they actually didn’t have vanilla. Weird, right? So I got pecans and praline and topped it with granola, almonds (my two favorite toppings), and then some kiwi and strawberries. I eat the fruit first though because I don’t really like fruit mixed with my ice cream. I love them both, just separate. :)

IMG_8713 I seriously feel so blessed that my brother and I still hang out, that we married such awesome people and that we all get along so well!

When Ryan and I got home we watched Blacklist and then called it a night.

Sunday morning we went to church, a youth meeting, and then went straight to the driving range to practice our golf game!

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In case you are wondering why I have never mentioned golf on the blog before, it’s because I don’t golf. But Ryan has really gotten into it lately, and I would like to learn how to play now so that we can do it together. We really had a fun time yesterday, and I am looking forward to learning how to play and having another fun activity Ryan and I can do together!


When we were done, we went home to change, grab Bauer, and then headed up to the tennis courts to soak up some more sun! We absolutely love the outdoors, so when it’s nice outside we try to soak up every bit of it!


When we got home, I did some food prep, we ate, and watched Walking Dead! Pretty good night to me!

Now today I am hoping to get in an early morning workout before work, and then come home to do a few chores around the house before Ryan and I head out to play tennis tonight with a friend from church. Like I said, we have to take advantage of this pretty weather while it lasts!

Enough talking from me! Your turn to tell me a few things!


What did you do this weekend?

What’s the weather like where you live?

Do you have a meal plan for this week? I do, it makes things so much easier during the week!

What kind of workout are you doing today?


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Awesome Workouts You need to Try and Blog Changes

Hi Friends!! How is your week going? It’s Wednesday so we are halfway through the week! :) My week at work has been busy, who am I kidding, my work is always busy! Today we have testing, so I always get a little nervous for my kiddos, but I really think they will do good today! If you think about it today, send some prayers their way :)

I have been able to get in some good workouts though, which makes everything better! I want to share two workouts with y’all, and also send a huge shout out to Heather for making up these workouts! :)

Monday I did this Firecracker Workout and absolutely loved it! It is a total body strength workout, plus cardio is thrown in the mix. I was sore on Tuesday! Definitely give it a try!

Saturday I did this Full Speed Ahead Workout, and again, I totally loved it! I was wanting to run and do some strength exercises, so this workout fit the bill. I didn’t do all of the exact sprints as the workout says though, because I still hadn’t added in too much speed workouts since my marathon because I want to give my body enough time to fully recover.

Sooo… try these workouts because they are awesome :)

Yesterday I went out with Bauer for a walk/run, and it was honestly more running than walking, which made me so proud of my little boy!

Bauer run

He finished two miles in 22 minutes! For someone his size and with his little legs, I thought that was pretty good! I am training this guy to be my running buddy when he is bigger. ;)

Bauer run 2

After Bauer and I ran, I went out for a run by  myself. I planned on running three miles, to get in a total of five for the day, and then do some abs, but about mile 2.2 I got really dizzy so I stopped and walked the rest of the way home. I have no idea why I got dizzy, but I came home, drank water, stretched and ate half of a banana and then a mango. I felt totally fine after that, so who knows what was going on. Maybe my body was just telling me I needed to rest. :) I have become such a huge believer in listening to your body and not pushing when you know you shouldn’t.

Okay now let’s talk about this blog. It’s no secret that I have not been posting lately, and like I have explained before, this was because of my busy schedule and some stress I had at the beginning of this school year. However, I really love this blog, and I want to make this workout. So I was thinking about how I could make a blogging schedule work with everything I have going on now, and I decided that I am going to try to post at least once a week, which will be on Wednesdays. If I can post more I will, but I want to aim for at least posting every Wednesday. Then that will at least give y’all an idea of when to expect a post from me.


Also, so much has changed in my life from when I first started my blog. When I first began blogging I was still in college and Ryan and I were only engaged. Now we are married, I have a job teaching, we bought a house, and we have the cutest puppy ever! (I’m not biased at all ;) )

Baby Bauer

Since I started this blog at the beginning of 2013, I have grown so much spiritually, and I know I still have so much to learn. Because of these changes, I have thought about changing the name of my blog to, RunningtoHisGrace. This is not a for sure change, but it’s definitely something I have thought about. I would seriously LOVE your honest opinions about this. Everything about my blog would stay the same, I just feel like I have learned that in life I am constantly messing up, changing things, and learning, which leads to me looking to His grace in every aspect of my life. I fully intend on still focusing on health and fitness, as I think this is something God wants for us all to do, I just like the idea of the constant reminder of His grace in all of our’s health, fitness, and life journeys. Because we are all imperfect, but luckily for us we serve a perfect God. :)

But I don’t know if I want to change from TheSavedRunner for a few reasons:

  1. Everyone knows me and my blog as The Saved Runner. I don’t want people to not realize who I am or what blog this is.
  2. I am afraid changing the name of my blog would be super confusing and difficult!
  3. I’m not sure how to easily change my email address, which is currently, without setting up a whole new account.

So there are my ideas about this blog. So what do you think? Leave my name as The Saved Runner or take the leap and change the name?


1. What workout have you done lately that I should try?

2. Best crockpot meal that is also healthy?

3. February goals? 


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