I’m still here! I just have been trying to soak up every minute of family time until my plane heads back to California this afternoon. We have had such a great time here in Michigan. Seeing Jen, my niece and nephews, “stitch and bitch” with my step-mom, camping, sand dunes, my vacation puppies Maddie and Murphy, a run here and there….phew. I miss everyone here so terribly when I am home, that I have just been focusing on them. I’ve hardly checked my email. I look at Facebook a couple of times a day instead of every 10 minutes! And I’m very sad that 12 days has gone by so fast. I’m glad I took so many pictures which I will hopefully share here on Friday. My plane lands at 10:30 tonight and I’m hitting the ground running with work and meetings all day tomorrow. I want to move here, but my hubs says nope, not gonna happen. Wonder if he would mind it if I came out here every month? Lol….
1. My sister is on her way here! I hope you have a safe flight sissy, can’t freaking WAIT to see her! She will be here for 10 days and we are going to have a fabulous time.
2. I think I’m sick of eggs. I can’t stomach the thought of eating eggs lately. What’s happened to me?!
3. Baked oatmeal is moving up to top breakfast favorite
This morning was baked banana/blueberry oatmeal
Topped with a spoonfull of this:
4. Chocolate Shakeology. Seriously amazing. I mix this with a handful of ice cubes, cup of vanilla coconut milk and blend away. My husband takes a shake for breakfast every morning and I’ve been having a shake for lunch.
5. New Larabar flavors! I got this package in the mail the other day and I can’t wait to try all of the new flavors!!
They all look so good, I don’t know which one to try first!
This week has been crazy! I have about 19 posts floating around in my head and no time to post them. Pictures have all been taken, but no time to upload them! Uggggg. I am so super excited, because tomorrow evening Jen and I will be reunited! I can not wait to see my sister!
Since my half, I have been eating food like nobody’s business. Pizza. Burritos. Chocolate. I am just HUNGRY all of the time. SO maybe all of the food ingestion has been keeping me busy? Um, yeah. Or maybe it’s the PMS? Either way, I just can not stop stuffing my face.
I had a great Mother’s Day. Bryan (my hubs) always does such a great job of making me feel special. He got me a gift card to Road Runner, so I was able to get some new running shoes. My Asics were shot. Because I’m going to start my training for the full marathon in a few weeks, which means that I will be running some serious mileage, I decided to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Asics GT 2160. I ended up getting a pari of Brooks Trance 11. And since they were on sale, I also scored a pair of Asics GT 2170 (the new model of the 2160). And being the wonderful, kind, and diligent husband that he is, he also picked me up some See’s candy. See why I love this man? We also went to an outdoor concert (which really deserves its own post) and out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. I must not have been that hungry because I could not decide what I wanted and ended up settling for eggplant parmesan.
I have been frantically finishing up a little surprise for my step-mom this week, and just started packing last night. I have a list a mile long of things I need to pack and do before I leave. I don’t think I’ve slept well for 3 nights.
I did manage to sneak in a run on Tuesday with my new shoes, though. I just love new shoes! They took a little getting used to, and I had some calf cramps because I had a super tanker of Diet Coke on Tuesday morning. I pushed through it and cranked out 6 miles. YES. And I am definitely taking my gear with me on my trip.
Now for the big announcement. I am running on a team for the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay in November. I have never done a relay, or Ragnar, and so I am super excited. My sister in law, brother in law, and 2 of my nieces will also be on our team. It’s only 4 weeks after the full marathon so I will be in pretty good shape.
I train so much harder when I have a race that I am signed up for. What about you?
This is the current state of my mom’s backyard. Eleven years ago, my parents had a pool put in, a lot of memories were made back there. All 3 of my kids overcame their fear of water back there and most of the past few summer days have been spent in the pool or in that backyard. But, it’s time to make new memories.
The pool was my Dad’s pride and joy. He loved everything about it, down to cleaning it. It was most definitely his “thing.” Since he is gone, it’s become a source of nothing but pain and a money pit for my mom. A few weeks ago, when she was going to open it for the summer, she realized how much money it was going to be to open it because of everything new it needed this year and said enough is enough. The pool has to go.
This is how it looked on Friday and today it’s supposed to be completely filled in and grass seed layed on top. I’m not sure why, but this really doesn’t make me sad in the way I thought it would. It’s time to take my kids to new places this summer, make new memories and start moving forward with our lives. I mentioned in my last post that I have finally moved into the acceptance phase of my grief process and this pool closing is that last piece of closure I needed.
On our way home last night, we drove by a beach that almost everyone in our city spends the summer at and I got excited about spending summer days there as well.
I’m also excited about spending a majority of the summer at the sand dunes. My kids are growing up so fast and I’m excited for everything we can do this summer vacation. With my youngest being 4 years old and done with daily naps, we are no longer slaves to being home all afternoon, the days are ours to do what we want. I envision lazy days on beaches with picnic lunches, books and kids playing in the sand.
As one chapter of my life is ending, it’s time to make new memories and start writing a new chapter. I can’t even begin to tell you how free i feel lately, acceptance is a good and powerful thing.
A few years ago, when I was really into Turbo Jam, I was contacted by a Coach for Beachbody and asked if I was interested in becoming a coach as well. I jumped on that and was really excited to get things going. Unfortunately, things happened in my personal life and after losing my Dad, helping others lose weight was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. Along with everything else, I turned my back on Beachbody and drifted in a depression that I think I’m finally over coming.
I signed back up with Beachbody again today to be a coach, but I’m taking a different approach this time. I’m focusing more on my own journey before trying to help others. I want to show people that these products DO work and when you become a coach, you get out of it what you put into it.
With that being said, I’m not a sales person. I have no intentions of trying to recruit anyone or making every post about how awesome Beachbody is (even though it is…). If you have questions, feel free to ask me! I will be talking about the workouts I’m doing, because that’s what this blog is about!!!
I’ve been kind of missing the past few weeks, I’ve just been trying to get things in order with myself, my house and my family…and then I read the book that’s been changing everything for me.
This book is about a family friend who makes a mistake one night in judgement and being the one who had the least amount to drink at a party drives home and hits a tree, injuring herself and her boyfriend and killing her best friend who is also her boyfriend’s twin sister. As I read about this family grieving, mourning and trying to move forward, I saw a LOT about myself that I needed to change. I have spent the past two years mourning, grieving and essentially keeping myself pissed off and in a bad mood. I’m really surprised anyone still talks to me. I’ve decided that it’s time. It’s time to pick myself up and move forward, not move on, but move forward. Remember the good times, the happy memories and keep his smile in my heart.
This post has gone on long enough, so I’ll end for tonight!
Here are my race pictures. Good Lord. I think I have a much better mental appearance of myself than how I actually look! THUNDER THIGHS!!!
This has not been the best week for me, and after my disastrous 12 miler during training, I was really nervous about the race this morning. Yesterday was my grandpa’s funeral and I was in 6 inch heels from 8am until 2pm, and we had guests over until 11pm last night. I had not slept well on Friday night either. My left foot was really bothering me last night and this morning.
Friday afternoon was the race expo. It was a total fail. It was at the Orange County fairgrounds, and I was a little bitter because I had to pay $5 to go pick up my packet. So I was already annoyed, then I saw the huge line I had to wait in, just to get in to the expo. Can we say lame? Also, I never got an email from the timing company with my bib number and corral assignment so I had to look those up, too. Once I got inside the actual expo, it was like chaos. If I could have dropped out of the race right then and gotten my money back, I would have. The lines for the shirts were huge. The chips had the shirt size on them, and it cut off the second letter on everyone’s. I registered for a 2xl v-neck shirt, and they didn’t have ANY v-necks, AND, they refused to give me a 2x shirt. Those shirts run small! So I was already totally pissed, thinking great, I spent $75 for a crappy shirt I won’t even wear! Started going around to the booths and people in the expo were such jerks, I guess they don’t know how to wait in a line. I must’ve gotten my feet stepped on 4 times. It was so crowded, you could barely make your way in between the booths. I was kind of excited because they had Mamma Chia drinks for samples. I’d never tried them before and I need some! They’re a little funky with the chia seeds in them, but I really liked the taste of the juice. I really wanted a pace band, but no one had them . I got even more nervous about the race because it was obvious that it was going to be huge, and that it wasn’t that well organized.
So as I mentioned, yesterday was a very difficult and emotional day. We lived with my grandpa after my mom and dad got divorced, from when I was 3 until I was almost 7. My grandpa was almost like a second dad to me. The luncheon was subway 6 foot subs, yum! And the most amazing desserts from The Cheesecake Factory and Zov’s Bistro. Think tuxedo cheesecake, s’mores bars, and lemon bars. I couldn’t eat a ton because I knew I would pay for it during the race.
This morning, I had to get up at 4am, to get ready, make my breakfast, and get over to the finish line to park my car. Since this was a point to point race, the race organizers had shuttles to take the runners to the starting line. After the disorganized expo, I was scared of how that was all going to work, so I wanted to allow myself plenty of time. There was a ton of traffic around the area because all the roads were already closed. Surprisingly, the shuttles ran very smoothly and I only had to wait about 7 minutes for the shuttle.
Arriving at the starting line, I was greeted by massive port a potty lines. I got in line right away and made it to my corral with only 2 minutes to spare! Before I knew it, we were off! The course was amazing. It started in Fashion Island, then through downtown Corona del Mar
There was a lot to see! I loved seeing the ocean. Then the course went through more areas of Newport Beach, by Balboa Island, then along the “Back Bay”. Because all the roads were closed, the course never seemed too crowded. Around mile 9, my hips really started to get tight, and I was getting tired.
At this point, I knew I was not going to PR, but I was okay with that. I just focused on listening to my body and walked when I needed to. I think if I had pushed myself harder during training, I could have ran faster. I also really need to work on my focus and clearing my mind so I can “just keep running”! I was however, really proud of myself for not stopping on the side of the course for any breaks. I may have walked but I never stopped. Also, I texted Jen for some support which totally helped me to keep going. Have I mentioned, she is the best sister ever?
I finished in just over 3 hours. I definitely didn’t set any records but I actually feel good. My feet are bothering me, but I’m icing. I was stiff and I’ll definitely be using my foam roll later, but overall, I liked this race. My kids, my husband, and my mom and step dad were all there at the finish line.
Here is my picture after I came out of the race chute.
After I was done, we went to my car and sat there trying to exit the parking lot for 30 minutes. We ended up re-parking and walking a mile to my mom’s car and going out to breakfast.
It was a great day, even if I didn’t PR. Half marathon #3 is in the books!
Sorry, I have been non-existent the past couple of weeks. We’re trying to get ready for a garage sale this weekend, my sister and her family are coming to visit in a few weeks and then my period was here and knocked me on my butt for most of last week. For my book club this month, I’m hosting and picked a book that sounded pretty interesting; Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.
I started it on Sunday and finished it Monday afternoon. One of the best books I have ever read. I couldn’t put this book do
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
Still Missing is that rare debut find–a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.
This book had so many twists and turns I found myself wanting to scream and cry at the same time and I never saw the end coming!
I started another book Monday night and I’m about 100 or so pages in so far, it was kind of a slow start, but it’s really picking up now and I can’t wait to read more tonight. Night Road by Kristin Hannah.
For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go..
Which road will you take?
For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college. It has always been easy– until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.
Has anyone read either one of these books? Thoughts?