New (new) Kicks and a New Race

Well even though we didn’t get to do this run due to our hacking and coughing


never fear, I made sure to find another one right away! My 2nd Virtual race!! Hosted by Jess, its the….

Jelly Bean race logo SML

I had a great time on my first virtual race, so I am very excited for this next one and am already thinking about where I want to go and run it the first week of April.

Another thing I am looking forward to using during this run…drumrolllll please…..

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My new kicks!

I returned my shin-hurting Saucony’s and went and tried on a few other pairs at Road Runner Sports and settled on these Mizuno Wave Nirvana. They feel really good on my feet and I am so pumped to take them out for a spin!



Like my fancy socks? I usually wear ankle socks, but I had to represent on St. Patty’s day with something green…

Hopefully my lungs will be open enough to at least take these out for a short run/walk tomorrow. I haven’t done any running in almost a week and I miss it!

One more pic just for fun

I got a PR and am so MAD! (and protein shake)

Wanna know why I am SO MAD!! I ran my 3.1 miles today in 41:28 and I didn’t get a picture to prove it!!!!


41:28 is a 34 second “treadmill” PR. I was all excited about being in the forty one’s and I hit stop but couldn’t tell if it actually stopped, so I hit it again and it cleared the treadmill!!! ARRRGHHHH! I was so upset. BUT not enough to ruin my moment. This was a great run. It felt GREAT. I felt rested, strong, energized and excited to run. Nothing hurt while I was running and my breathing was spot on. One of those runs that you wish they could all be like.

This was my strategy:

mile 1
alternated running 2 min and walking 1:30

mile 2
alternated running 2:30 min and walking 1:30

mile 3
alternated running 3 min and walking 1:30

sprinted last .10 of a mile

All runs were at 5.0 (12 mile pace) and walking at 3.5 with the exception of the last sprint which I did at 6.2

During mile 3 I ran a few times for 4 minutes b/c I just felt like I could run longer so I did. It felt GREAT.

One thing that I do think contributed….look who’s back…..

Shoes reebok

I was just not liking my new shoes. I think I might be kicked out of girl-dom b/c what girl says that??? I realized that I was dreading runs b/c I didn’t want to run in them. And then I woke up and realized that I don’t HAVE to run in them. I know, shocker right? I do have other shoes and can run in those. So I did. I DO think that I probably shouldn’t be running all the time in these shoes, so I’m going to take the Saucony’s back and see what I can find that is somewhere in the middle of lightweight and stability. With the amount of choices they have I am sure they will have something that feels right.


Don’t be fooled, I look all sweet and happy, but inside I was wanting to kick that stupid treadmill for resetting on me. Doesn’t it know I have a blog to write and I need pictures. Sheesh!!

Yesterday I made the yummiest protein shake. I have found that if I have one of these in the morning I stay full for a looooooong time. And the best part is I can drink it on my loooooooong commute so it saves me time. Why I have never thought of this before beats me, but its one (of the many) reason that I enjoy reading healthy living/running blogs b/c I find awesome ideas like this!

Protein shake smoothie

I get a little crazy with them. I just want to add everything. So I do.

In this one went:

1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup 0% non-fat plain Chobani
1 banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 spoonful of Adams peanut butter
1 easy spoonful of chia seeds
as much ice as I want for volume and chill

Then I top with whatever berries we have at the time. Right now we have awesome raspberries and blueberries


One day I will have awesome lighting in my house and my pics will win prizes. Until then, you get this. Sigh.

Yogurtland fail, golf win and GUACAMOLE

Weeeelllll the five miles on Friday didn’t happen. Just plain ran out of time.  BUT this happened which isn’t so bad.


Yes, that would be seventeen whole seconds less than my last run (for 5k distance). SOOO close to getting under 42 I can almost smell it. And then 40 isn’t far behind. Never thought I’d be so excited to get to 40. BOOM! Play on words, hope it made sense.

This run (although good time-wise) hurt. My hamstrings were super duper deluxe tight from Wednesday’s Bikram session and my shins were hurting every single time I ran. My ankles were kind of hurting too. I haven’t really had this problem before and I am really wondering if it has something to do with the new shoes. I’m really unsure what to do. Does it just take a while to break them in or since I don’t really feel great when I run do I just know automatically that they are wrong? What to do, what to do….#firstworldproblems

After I ran I picked up the Tobesters from the groomer.

Cin toby

The rest of the weekend included some of this:


Baby Shower


A beautiful afternoon by the lake


Some spa time (more on that later)


Look what we found!!!


I was ready to move to California b/c I thought that was the only state that this existed. Not sure how I didn’t realize there was one about 10 min from my work? Either way, I was SLIGHTLY (don’t hate me yogurtland-lovers) disappointed. They had lots of yummylicious flavors, but they had like ZERO nut options. Nuts are my #1 topping for yogurt, so I was pretty disappointed. They did have a little jar of peanuts so I added those even those are my least favorite of all the nuts. Red velvet and pistachio were underneath there. They were both top notch.


Impromptu dinner that I threw together. Yes, the yogurt happened BEFORE dinner.


Chicken and garlic sausage, green bell peppers, spaghetti sauce, pasta, stir and add a little motz to finish. Not to shabs.


Church and lunch and then….

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While it felt (read: chamois insert) a little awkward, no one seemed to care. SCORE. It was a double decker range. DOUBLE SCORE.




Reason #841 why I love this guy.

To end out the weekend, all I wanted was to eat guacamole?? So I whipped up a batch of my famous guac. If you haven’t had it yet, I’m sorry. You haven’t lived yet. And now I share this awesomeness with you. It’s pretty complicated, so get out some pen and paper.


Cinnamons famous Guacamole

  • However many avocado’s you want
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • 1 or 2 cans of diced green chilies (Hatch is from New Mexico so its hands down the best) depending on how many avocados you use

In this bowl were four small avocados. I just cut them into relatively small pieces and then mash them with a fork by hand. Saves cleaning any sort of processor.  I always add the GS and the chilies according to taste so there are no exact measurements with this one. It’s plain and simple and always gets rave reviews at parties. Try it, you won’t be disappointed (like me sans nuts at Yogurtland)

What do you think I should do about my shoes?

Is there a Yogurtland by you? Do they have nuts there?

Do you like guac?

I survived Bikram yoga

Well, I did it. I went to Bikram yoga and I lived to tell the story. Thank you for your prayers. 🙂

My besties Peggy and Marjan have been trying to convince me to go Finally, a coupon arrived right in my emailbox thanks to a site called Bloomspot. 5 sessions for $30. My time had come to give in to the peer pressure. It was time to face my fears and get sweaty!!

Luckily I was well prepared. Peggy and Marjan gave the the full run down on what it would be like: TORTURE. Pure and simple. You will sweat like you have never sweated before. You might get dizzy, you might want to leave the room, you might want to puke. You probably won’t, but you might want to. I also had some other people fill me in on their experiences, which can be good and bad, but nonetheless, I was pretty freaked out about it. I even had a nightmare a few weeks ago. I get way to worked up about these things apparently.

I wasn’t too worried about the heat factor since I tend to like/do well with hot things. Some hot things I love:

1) my husband
2) showers (much to the annoyance of my hot husband)
3) food (green chile enchiladas and three star curry…YUM)
4) tubs
5) coffee and tea
6) dogs (j/k, sorry I couldn’t resist)

So needless to say, while I was worried about the 105 degree temp in the room it wasn’t my biggest worry. My biggest worry was that I have never done any sort of yoga before and what if I couldn’t do the poses or fell over or something from my complete utter lack of balance. Who wants to fall on their face in a room full of strangers? Not me. Even though I have done it numerous times in step class, it just doesn’t seem to get any easier.

Throughout the day, I made sure to hydrate like nobody’s business. Granted I drink a LOT of water anyway on a  regular basis, but today I made sure to stay totally on top of the hydration train to ensure I didn’t run out of good sweat during the session.

Water yoga

I also studied up on the 26 poses that we would be doing. Bikram yoga consists of the same 26 poses done in a 90 minute session. And the temperature in the room is around 105. Each pose is done twice. There are a series of standing and sitting poses.

PosesI’m not sure if stuyding up on the poses made me feel better or worse, but regardless, time was a tickin’ and it was time to go!

Peggy drove with me and we made our way to the studio (it was in a large building that I doubt I would have ever found on my own) and got all signed up. The instructor gave me a run down and told me my goal tonight was to just stay in the room. Don’t run out screaming. Oh boy.

I got changed and with my mat, towel and two buckets bottles of water, in we went. BOOM! The smell hits you pretty hard. It’s basically a hot room where 20+ people sweat their brains out in all day for hours on end and it smells exactly like you would imagine.

We sat in the room for a bit to get used to the heat. It wasn’t like sitting in a room of fire, so that was encouraging. I was kind of expecting more of a dry suffocating heat and it wasn’t like that, so I considered it a win.

The class itself was not near as bad as I was expecting. I actually think it was good that I was almost over prepared for it. I wasn’t really surprised by anything. I was certainly impressed with just how much you sweat. I was also impressed with the fact that my heart could beat so fast just from basically laying on the ground. Weird.

I was able to do most of the poses and of course some of them I did like a “lower” version of the pose, not the full out thing. Some of them where you had to grab your feet were tough b/c my hands and legs/feet were so sweaty that my hands just slipped off and I couldn’t get a good grip.

These are the ones I couldn’t really do.

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I was able to do the laying down one really well. 😉
I found that on some of them where you have to sit on your legs, my toes instantly cramped up to the point where I couldn’t sit like that at all. Had to go cross legged instead.

By the end, I was pretty ready to be done. I didn’t really have any nausea but did feel a little dizzy from time to time. Nothing that freaked me out though.

Afterward we were all sweaty smiles!


Peggymemarjan yoga

Afterward, I decided I need a better system for all of my stuff

Bags yoga

Somehow I managed to carry all of that and we headed out into the pretty lobby…

Yoga inside

to find Peggy’s husband Adam. Look there he is!!

Adam lobby yoga

On my drive home, my jaw started hurting something fierce. This happened to me after my first triathlon as well. I think I do some serious clenching when I get stressed or really focused. Not sure if I can do something to stop that from happening b/c man it does hurt. Doesn’t stick around for long, but still.

Overall, I really did enjoy the experience and I am looking forward to my remaining four sessions. Thank you Peggy and Marjan for convincing me to go already and for being a great support system for me in my new yoga adventure!!

Have you ever done Bikram? What was your experience like? 

PR and Fro-Gro

Two awesome things happened this weekend.

#1- Paul and I saw this at Costco.


We decided it needs to be called Fro-Gro. We are brilliant and will be millionaires soon we just know it. So don’t you all go and try to steal our idea.

#2- I PR’ed my 5k time by 26 seconds. Granted it was on the T-Mill and not an actual race, but still it is the fastest I have run 3.1 miles since I have really been keeping track. High five.


Sorry for the blurry. I stopped Mr T as soon as I hit the time to take a pic, so I was panting and pretty much dying since I hadn’t done my cool down yet. I haven’t quite mastered this talent yet but I have high hopes for myself.

For mile #1 I alternated 1 1/2 min run/walk and then for mile #2 and #3 I pumped it up to 2 min run/ and 1 1/2 min walk. I did all running at a 12 min per mile pace. At the end I did some sprints to ensure I made the time. Felt GREAT and am very excited to be on my way to running three 12 min miles consecutively.

For the past two runs I have been using my Superfeet insoles as opposed to the custom made ones they gave me to try. I think I actually prefer them so I am going to take the other ones back. Still not totally sold 100% on the shoes yet, but I’m going to give them another week or so and see how I feel before deciding on keeping them or taking them back and trying something else.


New kicks (not pumped up, just regular)

On Monday (President’s Day), Paul and I decided to go and find a place to spend all of the leftover money that we didn’t spend at Target and see if we could find any awesome specials on some new kicks.

Paul has been running in his Nike Free’s for a while now and I have been in the Reebok version. I forget what they are called. And I am too lazy to Google it right now. But I have had the feeling that I need to be running in something a little more stable so we decided to do the whole shebang and get our feet and gait looked at and assessed and get some good shoe recommendations from someone who knew what they were talking about.

We hit up the internet and discovered this little huge gem of a store that was surprisingly only about 15 min away from our house, in a outdoor shopping mall that we frequent often but have never seen before. We are obviously oblivious to our surroundings very observant.

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They had this awesome system called Shoe Dog (I never really understood the dog tie in, but it was cute to see the colorful spotted puppies all over the place) that would size up our arches, analyze our gait and pop out awesome recommendation for fantastic new kicks that would change our lives forever. Ok, maybe not that last part but you catch my drift.

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I am a bad blogger and somehow spent about TWO HOURS in the store doing all this and didn’t manage to take ONE picture of the whole experience. I think I was too mesmerized with the number of choices, the constant back and forth on the treadmill to try everything out, and I had to pee. Thankfully they had a bathroom so that last thing was only a problem for a little while. But still.

An awesome associate named Justin took Paul and I through the whole process. I’ve been through a little bit of a similar process before back when I had some issues with plantar fasicitis but this was really extensive and pretty cool.

They even fitted us with custom inserts that we could try out for a while and bring back if we just weren’t feelin them.

We both tried on what seemed like a hundred pair of shoes. It is pretty difficult to really get a feel for the difference. I found some a little more comfortable which had less stability so it was pretty hard to figure out which ones would really make me into the running champion that I aim to be help me to stay injury free as I continue to train.

In the end, I settled on these: Saucony Hurricane 13



Paul ended up with his faves: Nike’s. That guy probably would have married Nike if I hadn’t come along. He loves them with all his soul.



These are my custom inserts that they made for me


and these are the Superfeet that I also got to try out.


I had been in the green superfeet for a few years, but Justin said that they were probably a little much for me and that the blue or berry would be better. I’m gonna give these a whirl to see how they go.

We also got a ginormous bottle of Body Glide. I have found that I can’t run with out it. Miracle stuff.


After our hours spent figuring out what shoes to get, we went to the 3rd happiest place on earth, IKEA.


We had lunch and browsed around at some containers and such for moving, but amazingly enough didn’t buy anything. I think that was mostly due to the fact that we were kind of crunched for time since we had to get home. We did however have enough time to get the $1 frozen yogurt cone. Can’t leave IKEA without one it seems.


WARNING: Don’t drive and ice cream. Dangerous stuff. Paul is a professional, don’t try this at home.

Later that day we made it to the gym for a run in our new kicks. We both did an interval workout for around 2-3 miles for 30 min. I had some pain in my left heel and my right ankle was also hurting. I haven’t had either of these issues before so I am a little confused about whether or not it was the new shoes, or the new inserts, or just an off day. I’m going to keep trying though to see if the issues continue. Also going to try the berry Superfeet to see if there is any difference.

Paul wasn’t a HUGE fan of his either, but is also gonna give them a bit just to see if it’s just an adjustment thing.

The awesome thing about RoadRunner Sports where we got them is that we can return them within 90 days for a full refund if we don’t like them. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Have you ever had your feet analyzed?

What was your last pair of new shoes? 

Do you love IKEA with all your heart and soul? 

Let the birthday week begin! (and PB Protein balls)

I consider this weekend officially the start of my birthday week. Even though it’s not until this upcoming Thursday, the festivities began on Saturday. I fully endorse an entire week month of birthday celebration.

The morning started with this…

Yummy steel cut oats with 1 packet splenda, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, chia and a dollop of sunbutter

Then Paul and I hit the gym where I got in a lovely 4 miles. The first two were pretty much awful and the second two were much better. I was tired of running slower for longer periods of time and wanted to run faster for shorter periods of time. So I did. And it was fun. It was challenging but I felt accomplished.

I’ve decided I want to start my couch to 5k program over again, but this time work on a faster speed so I can build up to that. Just have to make sure I get in three runs a week. I’ve been doing that pretty consistently so I think I should be ok.



I know you missed the tomato face.

Then we got ready for my b-day party at our house.

I cut up the veggies and fruit



Took the pic before the pineapple was done…

Paul made the sandwiches


and he made sure that I took a pic of the one that looked like a heart. All together now….awwwwww


Then he made sure to point out to me the bottle of lime juice that he bought


We had a good laugh. We are dorks.

Then all the people showed up! YAY!


There was a serious poker game going on


and some girl talk


Then the cake made it’s way out and Paul went all math-tastic on it

Cake 365

He started with putting “36!” on it, but when he messed up the !, he changed it into a 5 and then added “till 37” and thought he was incredibly creative.

Cake 365 till

THEN, since my b-day isn’t technically for another 5 days, he went all equation and added this

Cake 365 till 37 plus 5

Then we were all just tired. I was mainly worried about all the fire from the million candles. We even had to use TWO boxes. For some reason this made me very depressed laugh.



That is some serious fire goin on on that there cake


It was a great evening. Lot’s of friends made it by even though we live pretty far away from “the scene.” Even Guinness and Chloe partied hard and were exhausted. So exhausted that we tried enticing them with treats and they were having none of it.


Chloe Noisy Party

On Sunday, we hit up church and then decided since it wasn’t raining we would go for a bike ride. We layered up and headed out and about in our neighborhood. It’s been a while since we’ve been on the bikes. Pretty much since last summer, probably around the time we did the Cottage Lake Triathlon. Hadn’t even taken off the race bib  yet.




We only went around 5-ish miles, but around here any distance means hills. You can’t escape them. So we got nice and sweaty and I def did some panting and possibly even some grunting. My legs felt like noodles afterward. So logically, when your legs feel like noodles…it’s time to go to Target.

I know, that makes no sense, but forgive me I’m trying to transition here.

So we headed to the happiest place on earth, or second happiest if you have a Costco membership and stopped at the front for some iced coffees. Paul strapped them in for safety.


We needed mustard (ran out at the party), zyrtec (so I don’t sneeze) and a new pillow (or pallow according to Amanda’s video) b/c my memory foam pillow is just about donezo. So we needed THREE things. And $150 later, we left with this.


We did end up getting the three things we originally needed, so I consider this a win. I also scored this new bag which passes “the test”. I know I haven’t talked about “the test” yet, but I will, don’t worry.


I really hate the yellow lighting from indoor pics. Maybe in Colorado I will get better light? My guess is yes.

Paul made dinner and tried this trick he learned on Pinterest…..yes…he is just as addicted as I am…..


apparently if you put a wooden spoon over a boiling pot of water it won’t boil over. Who knew? Pinterest apparently….

So while he did that, I made a new batch of my peanut butter protein balls. I LOVE these things. Also got the idea off Pinterest…here is the original website where they came from.

Super simple!



PB protein balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls:
2 scoops protein powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter (you really should use creamy and 100% peanut. Adams is the only brand i can find that is actually 100% peanut.)

Then you can add in whatever else you like. Nuts, chocolate chips, oats, flax…I like to add the chocolate chips b/c it adds that little bit of chocalatey sweetness.

mix all together and roll into balls, I usually have to use my hands to really get them all blended. Keep them in the fridge.

These are so great when you feel a tinge of hunger and need something quick to stave off hunger pains, or they are also great as a little desert treat as well.

And that’s it!! Great weekend if I do say so myself (and I do.) Tomorrow we all have off for Presidents Day and then I am taking Thursday AND Friday off as well to celebrate my day of birth. Only have to work two days this week? YES PLEASE!

What did you do this weekend? Go to any awesome birthday parties?

Are you a February baby?

Ever spent more than you intended at Target or Costco? (Ok that is a dumb question, of course you have. What do you normally overspend on?)

Love’m or Leave’em Valentines Day 5k

Official time 44:14


Let me say that again.

I ran the ENTIRE time, did not stop once. I may have been running at the same pace that some people were walking, but I did NOT walk once during this race. This has been a personal goal of mine for a LONG time and I can’t believe the day has come that I accomplished it!!

Even though my time in this race was faster, I really wanted to concentrate this time on slowing it down and running the entire time instead of running/walking. I know now that  I can run the distance and so now I can work on time. I would love to get to below 40 min in the next few months and I know I can do it!

Ok let’s back up to the beginning….



English muffin with Nutella, naner and chia. I usually eat a sandwich thin, but today I felt I needed something a little, idk…more.

Had plenty of time this morning since the race didn’t start until 9:30. Lots of time for my coffee to work its magic so we don’t have a repeat of this.

Headed up to Seattle to Green Lake, one of my favorite places in all of Seattle. I remember when I first moved here a few years ago I was super impressed that I had walked around Green Lake. Now I was gonna run it. I’ve come a long way baby.

Got our shirts and hung out in the car for a bit cuz it was brrrrr. Not near as bad as the last race, but still cold.


We got our bibs on, timing chips and took some pre-race photos.



Can anyone say cheeseeeee-yyyyyy? (we can in case you couldn’t tell)


We saw a girl doing yoga poses on the treadmill at the gym the other day but weren’t able to get a pic, so Paul decided to recreate the moment. Except not on a treadmill. And not a girl. But whatev, same general idea.


Headed to the start area, hit up the port-a potties one more time, got some stretching in and then lined up according to pace.



Paul stayed up here and I headed to the back. Running at 8min pace is sooooo last year anyway.


This was where I was in relation to the start. Took a while to actually get to the start since it was so congested.

Mile 1

Felt good pretty much the whole time. Lots of people passed me but I didn’t care. I was just enjoying listening to my music and enjoying how good my body feels when I first start running. I made sure to keep my pace slower and not get to excited b/c I really wanted to run the whole time and didn’t want to jeopardize that.

Mile 2

HARD. Hard hard hard. This is when people around me started slowing down and walking and I knew that I wasn’t halfway done/still had a mile to go. I just kept telling myself that I had all the rest of the day to sit and relax and do whatever else. I just had a little bit more to go and then I would be done. This kept me going even when I wanted to stop.

Mile 3

Feeling better. Knowing I only had one mile to go, I started to really believe I could do it. I could run the whole thing. It was happening. I was around the same basic group of people and one girl by me kept walking, but then when I would pass her she would run again to be in front of me. It was amusing.

Passing girl

Paul PR’ed!!! (24:14) so he ran back to find me and run the end with me. And take lots of pics of me running. Love that guy. Seriously.

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This was it. Only .30 to go. I was gonna do it!!

Garmin time was 46:22 for 3.22 miles. This was mostly due to the fact that I started it when we started, not at the actual start line, and also b/c I forgot to turn it off when we crossed the finish. I kept telling myself not to do that, but of course I did.


Official race results read 44:14. Not faster than the Magnuson race, but I walked a bunch in that one so I consider this a total win!!

We hung around the finish for a bit and got some treats


Yes, that is red velvet cake. I know right?

Before race:


After race:


I think we had a little runners high, no?

We headed downtown to hit up Pike Place for lunch and ended up at Pike Place Brewing Co.

We weren’t fans of our waitress but the food was good.

Waitress rude



Turkey sandwich for me and a spinach salad with chicken for Paulmeister.

When I hit up the b-room, Paul got camera happy.

Paul PR


Wow those two pictures together look like one pic! That is CRAZY. Totally unplanned. But wicked cool.

After we ate we walked around Pike Place (the location of our first date….everyone together now…awwwwwww) and saw these little cuties outside one of the restaurants. I tried to convince Paul that they were obviously abandoned and that we needed to take them home with us, but he told me no. Rude.


Got some awesome fresh produce at the market, an iced coffee and then headed home for some laying around and tv watching.

Next up is the St. Patty’s Day 5k.  I’ve done this one before and if the course is the same its half uphill and half downhill. That ought to be interesting. Hopefully the time I loose going uphill, I can gain back going downhill? Either way I’m gonna shoot for at least 42:00. Any tips, tricks, helpful solutions to get a little faster are always appreciated. 😉

What was your first big “milestone” with running?

Ten things Tuesday

1) Our freezer was delivered! Isn’t she beautiful? I doubt she will ever be this empty again until we move. Or get realllly hungry.

2) Workout: 4 miles in 56 min

I had a GREAT run today. Recovered from my funk. Everything felt right. I was looking forward (what?) to it ALL day and when I finally went, I used an altered version of this plan from Ashley. Nothing got in the way. Not this or this. It was epic.

I was hoping to beat my 5K PR, but was not so lucky. I did however kill my 4 mile time by almost 4 minutes!

Tomato face has made a return.

3) I got a foam roller.

Guinness was NOT a fan of the foam roller. He thought it was attacking us or something and was barking like crazy and biting it. Crazy guy.

4) This bad boy got broken out and taken for a spin. I’m officially in love. So light, so easy to use, actually surprised by how non-difficult it is…I mean its only been like one day, but so far so good. I posted this pic on FB and when I said “my little friend” I was really talking about my slinky. See it? Peeking out from behind that beautiful new laptop? Hello little friend.

Then when I looked at the pic again, an ad for a “Gout Study” came up? Gout? Really? What are they getting from my profile that makes me a candidate for this ad????? I need to go stalk my FB to crack this case.

5) I changed the theme on the blog. Not sure how I feel about it yet…time will tell. I’m changing to self-hosted/designed in a while, but in the meantime I thought I would change things up. I always get ancy with this type of stuff and the pre-made themes are cool, but they aren’t totally “me” so I just don’t feel like there is one that  totally fits me yet. I will get there. What do you think? Like the new one or prefer the old? Or should I try something else all together? Decisions, decisions….

6) Poor Kyle had a cough and fever today so it was an at home work day again. I did NOT do any laundry or dishes, instead I did lots of “work-work” and prepped for my class tomorrow.

7) Today was the fifth consecutive day of sunshine and blue sky in Seattle. It was amazingly beautiful. I am on a vitamin D high.

8) Paul brought this home from work today. What WHAT???

9) Recipe for Taco Soup:

We have officially made Tuesday Taco Soup /Taco night. One or the other. The taco soup I make is an altered version of this girls recipe.
It is two things:
  • Amazingly tasty
  • Amazingly easy to make
2 chicken breasts (depends on how many people you are feeding, you might want to add another if more than 3 people)
1 can black beans, drained
1 can Kidney, pinto or chili beans, drained (I use whichever I have on hand)
1 can Corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, (whichever kind you like)
1 can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth or 1 light beer (I normally use the chicken broth b/c we never have beer on hand)
1 package of taco seasoning
chips, sour cream or greek yogurt and cheese for topping!
Put everything in a slow cooker (except the stuff for topping) and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Seriously, thats it.
Usually my chicken pretty much shreds apart by the time its done, but if it doesn’t you can shred it with a couple of forks.
10) In case you don’t already know, 0% plain greek yogurt pretty much tastes EXACTLY like sour cream. If you like sour cream but hate how fattening/caloric it is…use Greek yogurt. You won’t be sorry. This is probably my favorite thing I have learned so far from reading healthy living blogs.

Why I hate the term “rest day”

Let me sum up in one answer: because there is nothing “restful” about them. :/

**Sidenote…this post is going to be a little wordy, and a little more on the serious-y side. Proceed with caution

Yesterday I had a bit of a breakdown/breakthrough. Coming off of two days without having time to do any sort of workout, we decided to get up early before church and head to the gym for a run. I was actually excited about it (excited about getting up at 6am? Who am I???) b/c we don’t leave for church until about 8:15 which means we didn’t have to get up as early as we would if it was a work day.

By the time we got out the door and too the gym it was 6:30. This meant I only had about 1/2 hour to do my run/walk workout. Pretty much as soon as I started doing my warm up walk I knew I was in trouble. My bowels were acting up. I hadn’t had any food or coffee which usually gets the process started earlier, but not the case this morning. I finished my warm up walk and hit the bathroom. Back to the treadmill and started my run. Got about 5 min in and had to go AGAIN. By the time I got back to the treadmill after b-room trip #2 we only had about 10 min left. All I wanted to do was cry in frustration. I was feeling defeated.

The rest of the day was crazy busy. Church, errands, super bowl party….This precious 30 min in the morning was the ONLY time I really had to get my sweat on and it was ruined by my own body and not of my own will.


I felt so disappointed since I hadn’t been able to workout the past two days and now another day down the drain. Monday would also be a wash b/c I have work all day and then small group at my house in the evening, so again, another day without time to get a really good workout in.

We got home and started getting ready for the day and I was really in a bad place. I was frustrated, angry and feeling like giving up. I was mad that I would have to write “rest” day on my workout planner for the past two days especially since today’s workout was a bust. Then I got started thinking about how nothing about those days (and many many other days in the past) had nothing to do with “resting”. They were all affected by plain and simple lack of time. Too many priorities, responsibilities and things to “get done”. Workouts take the back burner.

A typical “rest” day includes:

  • getting up at 6am and getting ready, eating breakfast, cleaning something (kitchen, living room, dishes etc…)
  • driving 45min to an hour to work
  • working for 8 hours
  • driving 45min to an hour home
  • making dinner
  • cleaning something
  • having small group or class in the evening or
  • going to the grocery store, Costco, Target, Petsmart or somewhere else to get things we need
  • paying bills
  • helping Kyle with homework
  • spending time with hubsters
  • cleaning something
  • other things that come up such as get togethers with friends, events, work dinners, grooming appointments etc…

When I think of “rest” day, I think of a day of lounging around, watching TV and enjoying the “resting” of it all. None of that happens on my “rest” days and I don’t like it sounding like that is what is happening. I know in reality we all know that’s not what the word is really implying, but I just don’t like it. On “rest” days I am usually more exhausted from all of the “life” that is going on than I am on good workout days.

I also think “rest” days are really supposed to be planned days in which you should be recovering from something. You purposely don’t work out. Usually my “rest” days end up as rest days way b/c I just plain ran out of time or something came up that completely interrupted what I had planned to do in terms of workout.

So what I have decided is that instead of writing “rest” day on my plan I am going to jut put nothing or (—–) to be more precise. I know that was a lot of rambling for something relativley simple, but I really wrestled with this yesterday and just felt the need to talk about it. Humor me. Thanks. YTB (you’re the best)!

I am also going to make it a priority to run every Tue, Thurs and Sat. Those days seem to just work better for my schedule so I am going to make those days priority. Mon/Wed I am going to do some workouts at home either in the morning or at night and Friday will be an up in the air day. Sunday’s will be reserved for swimming if at all possible.

Part of this decision came about after our class we had at church. Our topic of discussion was the “thieves that steal our joy”. It really challenged me to take what I was feeling and turn it on its head. How could I be so upset or frustrated with myself over something so trivial? I have two legs and arms that work and a heart that beats and lungs that breathe. My life is so much more than my workouts. Even though it is a priority and something I have committed to making a part of my “regular” life, I need to focus more on what is happening now. So much time is spent worrying about the past or the future that we forget to be appreciative and thankful for today and all of the amazing gifts and blessings that are a part of my life now, TODAY.

Needless to say, my day ended MUCH better than it began. Praise God. 🙂