ABC’s of EPT

I realized after I chose my blog name what acronym-izing it would look like. EPT. The pregnancy test thingy. Great. Juuust great.

Anywhoooo…its survey time! This one has been floating around and it looks fun and I love singing the ABC song (as well as the Greek alphabet much to the dismay of the hubs) so here goes!!

A is for age: Do I have to tell? Ok fine.

but in case you didn’t know….

so there you go

B is for breakfast today:

Protein smoothie: Vanilla protein powder/Greek yogurt/milk/banana/PB/ice= delish

C is for currently craving:

I’m pretty much always craving Dions from Alb or Sonic. or both.

pretty sure this is the one on Academy & Wyoming? I know my Dions.

D is for dinner tonight:

We have small group on Monday nights and since it’s three couples we usually alternate main dish, side dish and desert. I’m in charge of desert tonight so I have no idea what we will be having for dinner, but I know desert will be good *cough* cookies!

E is for favorite type of exercise:

Probably swimming b/c it is the only thing that I feel like I am actually pretty good at. But I do love biking and am liking running more and more…so we will just say that triathlon-ing is my fave exercise. That’s allowed right?

F is for an irrational fear:

Maybe cockroaches? I’ve had one in my shoe and in my bed before and I pretty much hate all of them  with the depths of my soul since then. They are fast and creepy and crunchy. And evil.

G is for gross food:

Coconut. Gross. And carrot cake. Disgusting.

H is for hometown:

The “Q”, ‘Bourque, Albuquerque, NM

I is for something important: There really is only one thing important and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the reason I exist and He makes life make sense. In every way.

J is for current favorite jam:
food jam: my homemade strawberry freezer jam
music jam: I’m currently digging “Glad you Came” by The Wanted

K is for kids:
Living with us: Kyle the wonder step-son, and Guinness, Chloe and Toby the wonder-pups

not living with us: Kaylee the wonder step-daughter. We miss her!

L is for current location:
 
M is for the most recent way you spent money:
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N is for something you need:

TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH PAUL’S JOB SO WE WILL KNOW WHEN/WHERE WE ARE MOVING.

yeah. i need that. just a little. sorry for yelling.

O is for occupation:

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Part time research, part time regulator, part time mommy, part time police, part time step stool, part time adviser/counselor, part time strategic business partner= full time awesome

P is for pet peeve:

when people don’t do what they say they are going to do

also when people leave open doors, cupboards,, lockers etc…

Q is for a quote:
I have a few
R is for random fact about you:
When I am working on my computer, I have to be doing something with my hands when I’m not typing. Currently I play with a slinky and I think it’s drives Paul bonkers. Thank goodness he loves me.
S is for favorite healthy snack:

maybe a tomato or bread with PB and banana

T is for favorite treat:

Fro-Yo with all the goodies on top.  Is there any other kind of treat?

U is for something that makes you unique: 
I’d say my name makes me pretty unique!
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V is for favorite vegetable:

toss up between green bell peppers and broccoli. Both are green and crunchy and delish!

W is for today’s workout:

didn’t happen on account of my hacking lungs. BOO.

X is for X-rays you’ve had:

teeth, ankle, I feel like there have been more but I can’t remember?

Y is for yesterday’s highlight:

Paul made dinner!! Wooo Hooo!!


Z is for your time zone:

New (new) Kicks and a New Race

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

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

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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!

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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

Vegas rewind

Paul and I headed to Vegas last Wednesday evening to meet up with my parents and check out the Mountain West Basketball tourney in which our beloved University of New Mexico Lobos were playing. In addition to the b-ball games, I was appointed as master tour guide of all things Vegas for Paul who hasn’t been there since he was somewhere between 13-18 (he may not have the best memory, but I love the heck out of him!)

Here is a rewind of what went down. I guess what they say isnt true, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ends up on the internet.

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We are now officially addicted to Draw Free. This happened in the airport. Nothing says I love you quite like sitting next to each other playing games with each other on your phones.

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We decided to jump on the bandwagon and become imitation hipsters.

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These are our “crazy Lobo fan” faces

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We saw a show. The acts were good, the comedy was a little raunchy for our taste. So I give it a half/half rating.

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We weren’t sure who rolled in on this bad boy, but we were sure it was someone awesome. And VIP.

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I decided I needed to upgrade to full fledged hipster.

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And Paul decided to downgrade. BOO.

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We FINALLY figured out what those little cloth straps on his shirt are for!! How did we not know this all along??? (That is a buzzer for a restaurant in case you couldn’t tell what it was.)

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I can’t relate to this problem at all given the amount of hair on my head

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Vegas Eats

Pretty sure I broke every food rule with this one. Carbs, sugar, carbs, sugar consumed at about 11pm. Bad Cinnamon!!!

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Bkfast at the buffet, not too shabs. Can you tell I like my bacon?

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Paul and I have a unhealthy love for Chilis but of course there are none in the state we live. But there was one right down the street from our hotel! FTW

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Pizza from Serendipity 3 at Cesars before the show. I’m pretty sure they cooked it on the sun it was so hot. We had to wait and blow on it forever to finally be able to eat it. I’m also pretty sure I got a third degree burn on my finger. Apparently eating on the strip, you eat at your own risk.

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Probs the most hugemongous shrimp (oxymoron whuuut!!) I have ever laid eyes on.

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I have been wanting to eat a French macaron for what seems like a million years now but was having trouble finding them. Buuuut, since I am brilliant I thought, “they will surely have them at the Paris hotel”. And they did. Now I am obsessed and am considering ordering some off of the internet b/c I need to eat more and try all the different flavors.

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Smoked shrimp risotto. Creamy. Smoky. Eaten on a outdoor patio in the sun. Ahhhhh LIG.

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You can never go wrong with CPK. Greek pizza sub avocado for chicken. I kind of wanted both, but wanted the avocado more so it won out.

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Not sure whose hand that is, I’m assuming Paul’s?…gelato at Sugar Factory at the Paris. We had salted caramel and Reeces. Isn’t the color of that raspberry crazy looking?!?

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Vegas Drinks

Can you guess whose is who’s? BTW’s, Dunkin Donuts is very impressive these days. I wish we had them here, but alas, we do not.

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At the game, they are nice and tidy with their beer. No spillage.

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We have both pretty much stopped drinking Coke/Diet Coke, but how can you go to the Coke store and not have some? It’s like going into a candy store and refusing the free sample. It’s just not right.

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This picture makes me happy.

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Vegas Basketball

Mom was accosting all of the women’s and mens players that we would run into randomly in the hotel. And by accosting I mean hugging and telling them what a great job they did.

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Everyone’s a Lobo, WOOF WOOF WOOF

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My dad likes to ham it up for the camera. Like father like daughter.

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We went to three men’s games and they won all three. The UNM/UNLV game was the most intense though b/c it was a home crowd. BUT there were like 8,000 Lobo fans there so it was pretty even when it came to the cheering.

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When they won the tourney, the fans rushed the court.

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Vegas Shopping

We spent some hours at a couple different shopping venues and it seemed like we bought so much stuff but I only got two little pics.

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These are my new kicks. I feel like people will either think they are super ugs or super cute. Please only let me know if you think they are cute. 🙂 I love them and they are super comfy. Like I dont want to take them off comfy. I have had them on since I bought them. Luckily they are waterproof. And for those of you who can’t tell that I am kidding, I am kidding.

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Vegas Sites

gotta love NY, NY

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Aria. This wasn’t here the last time I was in Vegas. It is GORG. I totes want to stay here next time around.

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They have lots of awesome artwork around and most of the hotel has a water theme which I just loved.

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This GIANT art piece was outside. It is made of canoes!

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Pretty sure I have convinced Paul that we need one of these in our next house.

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Hi Chilis! We miss you and love you and can’t wait to see you again!

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There’s a macaron in that building and I am going to find it!

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This was our hotel. South Pointe. Its waaaay down the strip and is apparently where the majority of the bball’ers and fans stay, so that’s where we stayed. It was nicer than I thought it would be.

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Can you spot the difference in the next two pics?

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I know, I’m a freak.

I only got to do this for about an hour or so and I am very excited to do it again at some point. No idea when, but it WILL HAPPEN.

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We didnt have time for much gambling, but I did get some in. This about sums it up.

Acronym guide for the non-hipsters out there:

FTW= for the win
BTW= by the way
LIG= life is good
CPK= California Pizza Kitchen

What is your fave part of Vegas?

What do you think of my new shoes? (remember I only want to hear about it if you think they are cute) 🙂

Have you ever had a French Macaron? If so, what is your favorite flavor? 

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!!!!

Rrraawwwwrrrr

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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These are my custom inserts that they made for me

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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?