Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


#SweatPink Fitness Friday Wrap~Up

Bible Verse

Run with Purpose {Living Outside the Stacks} #RunForGod #SweatPink #TeamLOTS

1 Corinthians 9:26

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like the boxer beating the air.

Everything in life requires some sort of planning. Athletes don’t just get out there and play ball or run a race, they practice, they learn skills that make them better, they develop strategies, etc. Our spiritual lives are the same way, we have to have a goal in mind. My goal is to finish this race and claim the prize: eternal life with Christ, my savior.


Monday, 1 September

  • Did a treadmill walk.
  • 1.47 miles

Tuesday, 2 September

  • Rest day
  • Registered for the Redhaw “Rawk” Your Body Challenge at work. This is a 10~week fitness/healthy lifestyle challenge.

Wednesday, 3 September

  • I started running with a beginner running group. They’re training for the Pretty in Pink 5K in October. I know it sounds like I’m going backwards by training with beginners, but the group is broken up into 3 different sections: beginners, walkers, and runners. Since I’m trying to build up my endurance, I hover between the beginners and the runners.
  • 1.85 miles

Thursday, 4 September

  • Rest day

What are your physical goals? How about your spiritual goals? Are you able to develop them both at the same time?

About #SweatPink

I am a #SweatPink Ambassador#SweatPink Ambassadors are a group of healthy people who support each other in reaching their fitness goals. Some are professional trainers, some are competitive athletes, some are college students, and some are every day people trying to get themselves healthy.

I’d like to thank the founders of #SweatPink and Fit Approach for the opportunity to work with them to help others get fit. I can’t wait to get my pink laces!

I invite you to follow along and get healthy with me as I focus not so much on changing the number on the scale but creating a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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What I Wore: Denim Shirt, Eyelet Skirt, and Sseko Sandals

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a great week. I am. Any short work week is a great week, am I right? How did you mark the unofficial end to summer? I slept. A lot. The past 3 weeks have been emotionally draining, so being able to veg just felt right. Ever have a day like that?

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

The eyelet skirt has been hanging in my closet since last year. It was a cute little something that I picked up at our local thrift store for $3. I thought it’d made a cute petticoat {or skirt lengthener} but I haven’t tried it that way just yet.

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m still trying to work this denim shirt into my wardrobe. I don’t know why I’m having such a difficult time with it. I keep trying to think of it as jeans but for my top half, but it’s just not working. I’ve even pinned outfits on Pinterest but I feel like the shirt just isn’t me. BUT I LOVE THE SHIRT! How would you wear it? The belt is pretty old. I can’t even remember where I found it now. But it’s all kinds of fabulous, right?

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the things I’ll miss most about summer is wearing my Sseko Sandals. These are my go~to shoes during the summer. I like that the ties are interchangeable and that they can be tied in variety of ways. When I’m in a hurry, I do a quick banded classic tie; when I have time, I love to experiment.

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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You Have Cancer {Repost}

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s my story:

You Have Cancer {Living Outside the Stack

A friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer today. I listened to her cry on the phone. Wishing I could reach across the miles and hold her hand. Hug her. Physically be there with her. Let her know that I understand. I’ve been there. She’s a wife and a mother. My heart aches for them. My heart aches for her. But her story is not mine to tell, so here’s my story:

Am I going to die? Will my kids remember me? Does Tony know how much I love him? How long do I have left? Will I go peacefully? 

Why me?

Those were just some of the thoughts that tumbled through my head as I stood there holding the phone. Did she really just tell me that I have cancer? Over the phone? To read about how I was diagnosed, click here. I couldn’t deal with that right then. At that moment, I had to start preparing for the possibility that I might die. That I’d leave my husband to raise 4 small children alone.

My husband stood there looking at me. I told him what the doctor said: “I have ‘a little bit of cancer’.” Her words: “You have a little bit of cancer…” What does that even mean? Don’t deal with that right now. You’re going to die. He grabbed me in his arms and held me tight. So tight that it hurt to breathe. But I wanted him to hold me tighter. Squeeze the tumor out of me. Smash it. Squish it. Just don’t let it kill me…

I went into “Mom Mode”. I grabbed a floppy disk {a bright orange floppy disk, the color of the sun, the color of life, something I was going to lose} and wrote letters to my kids, I made a list of songs I wanted them to hear, movies I wanted them to watch, books they needed to read. The pens they should use. The only pen they should ever use: Pilot Precise V~5. I wrote stories about my life. I wanted them to know me. To see me as more than a picture or a vague memory.

I organized their closets. I washed everything and hung them on color coded hangers so the hubs would know which clothes belonged to whom. I arranged their drawers in birth order. I didn’t think about what he’d do when their clothes got dirty and were washed. He’d have to hang them on his own.

I bought their favorite shampoos and foods in bulk. I made sure he was fully stocked with laundry detergent. I made lists of everything. I, the woman who hates lists, became obsessed with lists. All of this in less than a week’s time.

I cried.

I stared at my babies and cried.

I held my husband and cried.

The hubs saw the desperation in my eyes. “You’re going to live.” He talked to his aunt, a Surgical Head Nurse, and she was able to get me in to see an oncologist at her hospital. They calmed my nerves. They told me I was going to live. I was going to live. I had to have surgery and radiation therapy. I was going to live.

It’s been nearly 13 years since I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a total thyroidectomy {removal of the entire thyroid}. My parathyroid and lymph nodes: gone. “Diseased” tissue was removed from both breasts. Cancer gone.

In that time, I’ve watched my children grow into adults. I’ve become a grandmother, completed two Master’s degrees, run several 5Ks, and started training for a 10K.

I lived.

I continue to live.

I’m not sharing my story because I want sympathy for what I went through or praise for surviving. I’m sharing my story because I want you to understand that there is no “normal” reaction to a cancer diagnosis. Some people fall apart. Some people go into fight mode. Some go into denial. Everything that you feel is real and it’s normal. But don’t wallow. Find a reason to fight. Hold the people you love close to you.


Last week, I met with my endocrinologist and for the first time in 13 years my hormone levels are exactly where they need to be. After my next 6 month checkup {in March ~ my birth month}, if all looks well, I’ll be able to switch to once a year visits. I attribute my good report to faith in God and a change in lifestyle: HEALTHY EATING AND EXERCISING RULE!

If you’ve never received that diagnosis, be aware of your body. You know when something is “off” or doesn’t feel right. And even if nothing feels wrong, do your breast examines every month. Go to your doctor for yearly check ups. Do what you can to stay healthy.

You have to take care of you in order to be able to take care of everyone else.


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