Tuesday, February 18, 2014

lift. run. sweat. repeat.

I started this blog as a 'not so personal' diary of sorts. A cherished time capsule, so maybe one day my family and I could look back and see what life was like way back when...

Over time the topics evolve. 
Currently my husband and I are embarking on an exciting journey together. 
Que Captain Kirk: I am going where I have never gone before. 
I swear I'm not a Trekkie! 

Two days into phase 2 of a very serious lifting and eating program. 
Phase one had me doing exercises I hadn't done since college. A little rusty on the squat machine or cable crossover. I picked it back up quickly. 

And I just shrug off that I may look silly because its my first time doing incline chest press on the smith machine. Or that I'm trading in sets with a bunch of dudes. My weight is a tiny fraction of what they do. Whatever. Tunnel vision.

I love that I have a husband who jumps on the bandwagon with me whenever I want to commit to a program. We are very busy. He is gone a lot. We try to find balance in our whirlwind of a life.
And fitness is a part of that balance. It is hard to commit and stay consistent. That's the key to it all, though.

I wanted to share a fabulous recipe we love. Three bean turkey chili. Full of unexpected flavor. Try it!

And of course I have to post a song. Where would my life be without music?

In my earbud:

Never to late to post a beautiful song. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A tale as old as time...

I laugh as I re-read my 2014 goals from my last post. I'm actually doing some of them!
Made my first fondant cake for my daughter's party. I scaled back a bit this year being a destination celebration. But, all you planners out there know it kills inside when it doesn't pan out how you thought. And, you can't really tweak it. As is. Silly thoughts. Yes, I know.

We celebrated O's birthday in royal fashion with a beauty and the beast theme.
Both grandmas came from out of town.
Everyone jumped their little hearts out.
The highlight for me was watching O's face. Full of pure joy, energy and innocence.

The camouflage four! Can you see it? haha

....aaaand this shot is about as good as we're going to get it. Great days like this one go by too fast!

Friday, December 27, 2013

slow down, you move too fast

This fall was quite the whirlwind.
We adopted a blossoming blonde girl...dog.
October found us back home for P's elective month.
All of November and December encompassed interview dinners, parties, back to back illnesses and so many other activities.
Now, I'm planning my daughter's 4th birthday party.
I have also decided to sign up for a half marathon this spring. Last fall I was a two-thirds through my training regimen when I injured my hip flexor for a good month. So, I stopped. Boo, hiss.
Ready to get back on that horse.

A bad habit I'm going to break: Going to bed late! It's still '13, so I'm in the clear right now!

A new skill I'd like to learn: Fondant cake decorating. Conveniently, I have my first opportunity in 2 weeks.

A person I hope to be more like: An Instagram favorite, https://www.facebook.com/Shonda1020

A good deed I'm going to do: Try to sign my friend up for anything thing she could win for having quadruplets! Maybe have a fundraiser? Well see.

A place I'd like to visit: San Francisco (cheating because we're going there next fall)

A book I'd like to read: The Time Traveler's Wife. I own the movie and cry like a baby every time. Love it.

A letter I'm going to write: Before my son's first birthday I'll write him a letter to open when he turns 18. I did this with my first child.

A new food I'd like to try: Zucchini noodles. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11681280256978370/

A goal I'm going to accomplish: Running a half marathon

Friday, November 15, 2013

October part 2

You guessed it. More pumpkin patch.

P even got to come over after work. 

The second time we went the weather was a little nicer to us. 

...and good day to you too, scarecrow.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


October came and went all too quickly. 
Never enough time to do everything and see everyone.
We had lots of much needed family time with grandparents and cousins.
And we tried to envision what life might be like if and when we move back.

 Selling pumpkins with Nana at her church and playing with my niece and O's bff.

C's first timing swinging.  

Always laughing. Think it tickled his tummy? 

Cold, but fun pumpkin patch day with Monny and CB.
C was bundled up and slept the whole time.   

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dig in deep. You'll find yourself.

Welcome to the end. 

Everything around you is changing 
Nothing stays the same 
This version of myself is not permanent 
Tomorrow I will be different 

This is the end.
And the beginning...

-Black Eyed Peas 

So for the past couple of weeks I have really been psyching myself out about this race! 
I think...I can't do this? How on earth am I going to run 8 miles, 10 miles, let alone 13. I should just quit now!

I put in the work. Follow the training guide week to week. And I am sure running when its 100 degrees outside won't give you the warm and fuzzies about your performance. So I freak out. I run indoors a lot when it is that hot. Last week's long run was 5 miles. It was my first legit long run to do outside. I sucked. ...So, do I hunker down in fear? 

Basically it boils down to trust. 
    Trusting this Hal guy. Like he knows what he is talking about or something. (haha)
Not comparing myself to others. 
     I'm terrible about that.
And, this is on my bucket list!!

This IS important to me. Running and training, pushing through my own barriers...makes me feel alive. 

My training always has its highs and lows. Last Sunday beat me down. (But I finished)
Today was hard, but I knew in the midst of it that my body is changing...

What do you do that makes you feel alive? 
Do you have a bucket list?

today's treadmill tune:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Life with 3 Babies

We opened our home and our hearts to a sweet and gentle dog two weeks ago. We are all getting settled into our new family dynamic. O has a new bff. P has a running buddy. And I have a shadow.
Life is pretty great. Of course, there are crazy moments, stressful moments and times that just call for a nice glass of cabernet.

Both my husband and I are training for a half marathon. I'm not as brave as him to run outside most days. I feel like I'm going to die out there!

We are ready for fall. Ready for vacation. And ready to experience life as we know it back in our great home state.