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Pay it Forward


Here is a quick fun post that should bring you and some others some great joy.

There is a post going around Facebook (I think it went around in January too). I just jumped on the bandwagon.

You post this on your Facebook:

I’m participating in this Pay it Forward initiative: the first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during this calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown, homemade, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status. Once my first five have commented “I’m in” I will forward you this message to put as your status. (Don’t share it) so we can form a web connection of kindness. Let’s do more nice and loving things in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other. Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly, and love filled year LIVE HAPPY


It’s great! It makes you and other people feel great. The world could use some more kidness.

Are you going to do it too?


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I did it!!!!! I completed my first half marathon on Sunday May 18, 2014! It was soooo amazing!!!


I couldn’t resist getting a little Olympic-esque

The energy was fantastic and allowed us to push and knock some time off our projected finish time. Brandy and i finished at 2:59:16, no where near record setting but it meant the world to us to make it in less than 3 hours.


We ran the Portland Rock n Roll half marathon. I am now totally in love with the Rock n Roll series. They have some great bands playing, an awesome amount of refueling stations, a very reasonable time limit for the course, and some good swag 🙂


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Awesome finishers medal!!!

I think we were able to push because we were prepared. We followed a great program and trained right. I think I have mentioned Tom Holland before and his book, The Marathon Method, that is what we used. His book got us to the start line, and finish line, injury free and still loving to run. When I start training for a Triathlon i’ll be buying his 16-week triathlete book.

I am not going to give you all the info because it is not my info to give, but i will give you the highlights. This book gives you everything you could possibly need to know about running and doing it safely. Tom Holland is very big about under training instead of over training. Over training is how you get hurt. I will tell you that we never ran a 13 mile run before the half marathon. Our longest run was 11 miles. The majority of our runs were 3-5 miles. On his training schedule you do 2-3 short runs a week and one long run. I think it is the best training method so you don’t get hurt or burned out.

He talks about stretching, strength training, refueling, carb-loading, salt, etc.

If you have the desire to ever do distance running i highly suggest that you buy his book.


pre-race dorkiness

I can’t believe that my first half marathon is behind me now 🙂 The Portland course is pretty nice, you go all over the city, there was one semi-bad hill because it was a slow long climb but the elevation gain wasn’t too bad. There were some local cheer teams along the course at different places, that really helped when you were getting tired. They were great about making sure you had MORE THAN ENOUGH to refuel yourself.

The finisher’s festival was a little unorganized i thought but it was still great fun, though i admit i was exhausted and dazed by that point hahahaha. If over 21 you got a free Michelob Ultra beer at the festival. For $20 i got my name and finishing time engraved on my medal right then and there which i really appreciated.

They used Marathonfoto all along the course, so there were photographers everywhere and they get some great shots of you. I did order a little collage, come on its my first half marathon, i have to commemorate it. 🙂


Brandy and I about 4-5 miles in going over the bridge!!!

All in all it was a GREAT first half marathon experience and i will definitely be participating in more Rock n Roll events.

Now its just 9 days to Rugged Maniac!!!

Do you have any races planned?

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Howdy people!

How is everyone doing?

I am good, just ran my first half marathon! (which ill be writing a separate post about shortly ). It is amazing I trained for almost 4 months and did not lose anywhere near the pounds or inches I thought I would. Let’s talk about why.

In the beginning I was seeing the results, I was running 3 times a week and eating good and doing calisthenics/weight training and it was great. I started seeing definition in my stomach and arms and legs and had energy. Then sickness hit the office and Brandy and I took a week off from training to recover and keep from getting sicker. (Mistake #1, we should have toned it down, even just done mild calisthenics at home but never stopped everything for more than a day or 2 in a row.)

It is amazing when you starting “training” how you can rationalize so much to yourself, like “oh I can have that fast food…two days in a row, because I am training and burning so many more calories. “



unplanned bad splurge: you go in for one cupcake and walk out with a box

Thoughts like this got me in trouble. It didn’t take Brandy and I long to find that certain foods had a really bad effect on our workouts. A quick lunch of pizza at Costco (OMG that pizza is good and so cheap!), meant feeling like we were 10 lbs. heavier on our run the next day. we felt weighed down and so sluggish and sweat more, it was a gross feeling. Needless to say I have not had a slice of Costco pizza since that day. I found a better alternative, Albertson’s take and bake pizza still gives me the takeout food feeling and I can add or subtract from their toppings at home before I throw it in the oven and it’s still delicious and I can work out just fine the next day.

Other things are not so easy to find a better substitute for. Every day is a battle for me. I fell off the wagon A LOT!!!!!! During this training program.

There was more than one occasion where Brandy and I didn’t work out at all for a week or two. There were weeks were I actually GAINED weight (and not the good muscle-y kind) because of all the crap I was eating.

Consistency and moderation are a mental battle for me. I have struggled telling myself I don’t ever want to be one of those people who can’t go a day without working out, who doesn’t let herself have ice cream or cake or eat crappy but delicious food.  This is the WRONG mentality. The more I workout and choose this lifestyle, the more I see that it is a 90% mental battle.

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good planned splurge: for me at least, coffee is a must most days, so now and them a delicious Starbucks is the perfect splurge.

I am taking it easy for a week or two after my half marathon, though I plan on doing some small workouts, then I start training for my full marathon in October. From now on my goal is to do some kind of workout every day. I want the mentality that I cannot go a day without some kind of workout; this is how you don’t fall off the wagon.

Food wise: I am going to schedule my cheat day so I know when it is coming and make sure to give myself some kind of treat every day, whether it is a cookie or a petite vanilla bean scone from Starbucks or a Frapacchino or whatever. I know that personally I do better if I have something sweet to have at some point. Also I will increase the healthy things I eat to crowd out the bad things.

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so true…….

How do you keep yourself in check?

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Do you Juice?

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Juice with protein powder

No, I do not mean the fad juice diets or the cleanses where you do nothing but drink juice and want to jump the dude walking down the street with a burrito from taco bell because you are about to pass out from hunger. The juicing I am talking about is maybe replacing one meal a day with some juice, or instead of having a snack you have a ½ pint of juice.

I also do not mean store bought V-8 juice or cranberry juice cocktail or anything like that. I do sometimes buy the store bought smoothies, thanks to Brandy I found a company that is local that makes fresh bottled smoothies that are in some of the stores around here.

What I like to do is take a half pint jar and put some vegan protein powder in the bottom, maybe 1/6 of a scoop, fill it 1/3 full of the smoothie drink that just start juicing any and all veggies I have in the fridge.

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That all went into 1/2 pint

I have been making enough so that I have 2-3 half pint jars a day, Monday through Friday. I am either drinking a jar as soon as I get up or as my midmorning snack, 1 with lunch or as an afternoon snack and if I made a 3rd one it is either with dinner or an after dinner snack.

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Juice and an omelet

It’s great, I feel like I am eating less food but I do not feel deprived or hungry at all. I am still eating the foods that I like but I am eating smaller amounts more frequently and feel like my metabolism is jumping up 🙂

And what goes into the juice is a little different each week depending on, what was on sale at the grocery store, what I got from a CSA or what someone has given me…etc , so I always get different good things to go into my juice.

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organicstoyou box, a lot of that was juiced

I go through phases where some weeks I juice and some I don’t.

Do you like to juice?

Talk to you soon!

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I hope everyone is doing well and nowhere near as tired or sore as I have been recently. LOL. Last Wednesday for me was the run from hell.


pre-run sporting my hydration belt 🙂

Our GPS wouldn’t lock on for more than about a quarter of a mile so we couldn’t track exactly where we were at distance wise; which means our refueling gel breaks were WAY off and we even ended up skipping one. Not good on an 11 mile run that lasted 3 hours, you need all your fuel. We were using Brandy’s watch instead of her timer app so our water breaks were also way off. Normally we have used up all our water by about 8-8.5 miles, we over rationed and ended up still having a few sips of water left when we got all the way back to the car 11.2 miles later. Gee, no wonder we both cramped up.

I rolled my ankle on an unevenly paved back road before we even hit mile 2, had to walk it off a bit before we started running again. I had to pee by the time we hit about mile 3 (REALLY?!) finally found a park bathroom (SPIDERS!!!!) around mile 4.5.

Though mile 4 was really nice, we were on this forest-y section in a pretty park that was like a mulch trail, surrounded by lots of oxygen releasing trees which revitalized us.

We took a few wrong turns along the way due to our lack of GPS which was all good……in the beginning.

By mile 6 I was dying! I had a few 2nd wind moments and pulled through but I was on the verge of tears by about mile 8-9 when we got slightly lost in a beautiful development, thankfully we had pretty things to look at. I think by the end of mile 9 we were both on the verge of mild delirium between laughing and crying. I had to take a 1 minute break and sit on a bench for a minute to rest. Our average went down almost 2 minutes but we did it, supported each other and pushed through.

My ankle was pretty sore the day after,  ice was on the menu that night and I stuffed my face with food and water the next day to replenish.

Let’s take a few seconds to talk about why I think last night was so hard.

1)      We fell off the workout wagon for about 2 weeks then came back to do our longest run ever.

2)      We were not properly hydrated before or during the run. I probably only hit about 30oz during the day, and we drank less than 20 ounces on a 3 hour run….bad!

3)      I did not hit my daily needed calories even before I started the 3 hour run and we missed one gel pack…..also bad! The body can’t perform without proper nutrition.

4)      We felt off because we didn’t have our GPS or timer to track our water and distance, on a fun run day this would have been a ball and made it so much more fun, on a training day, it killed us.

5)      Because we couldn’t track our mile to mile pace, our pace was all over the place, we were pushing ourselves too fast some miles and walking way to slow for way to long on other miles.

I am sure there were other contributing factors but those are some of the major ones that come to my mind. Just confirms to me how much preparation can make or break your running experience. You can bet that from now on I will pay better attention before a long run and for about 5 days before any major race I’ll be carb and protein loading (with the correct kinds of carbs and proteins…well mostly lol) and making sure I hit my water goal every day.

What is your worst run to date?

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So being a woman, and a girly girl at times, i love clothes; But i lack that fashionista gene that most amazingly dressed women have. I am slowly discovering that i can create this fashionista gene the more i look at Pintrest and stalk other peoples blogs and look in magazines and watch certain TV shows. I am actually quite enjoying expanding my fashion horizons. However, if like me you are not super rich, we do not have the money to keep buying a bunch of different things. What i am slowly learning is that you spend your hard earned money on a few very good quality neutral pieces that will never go out of style (or that you will at least love for a very long time) and supplement it with fun and funky (but cheap in price and quality) pieces from places like Target, Walmart, Old navy, Forever 21 etc. Also SALES, shop the sales at your favorite expensive places, you may go 3 times and find nothing but that 4th time you’ll strike gold with that item that got left behind on the last sale that is now double discounted and you love it and its your perfect size!

Another great thing to do is follow those plans for travel that everyone is posting. Like beach vacation: 22 pieces that make 40 different outfits.

Here are some of my favs:

Winter outfits


European vacation


beach vacation


business spring


I found these in my wanderings and really like them. I am slowly building up these wardrobes so i am set with many outfits without using all my money to buy clothes. As i create my outfits i’ll post some follow-ups 🙂

These are just a starting point take what these women have created and tailor it to your style.

Post some pics of the outfits you create, I would LOVE to see them 🙂

Talk to you soon.


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Happy Monday!!!!

I hope everyone is having a great day! Let’s talk about one of my favorite outdoor activities….hiking. Hiking is actually one of the first things I did to start the turnaround of my life.

The community college I went to had this bunch of classes called continued education, or something like that. There was this class called Reno’s Best Urban Hikes, it was, I think, 4 hikes over a few weeks; it was all local so I didn’t have to buy much gear. I used my school backpack and just put some snacks and extra layers in it. I LOVED the hikes and had a great leader who taught us the essential things you need to carry with you .

A year or two later, with the same trainer, I took her train for half dome class, it was 10 hikes each getting longer and longer. Unfortunately I couldn’t go with them to half dome because I was in the middle of summer school but it was a great summer thanks to so many hikes.

In 2010 I hike the Andes to Machu Picchu….wow what an amazing experience! This was during the first big step in my life changing habits and boy was I sooo not in shape for that hike. I was the last person to make it to the summit but I refused to get on the horse or let my guide carry my bag (I can be quite stubborn hahaha). I got altitude sickness the first night of the hike and wasn’t drinking enough water, my guide finally gave me a Gatorade that I am pretty sure saved me from dehydration since I didn’t have a hydration bladder and wasn’t drinking from my giant water bottle enough.


Making it through that 4 days hike was one of the hardest, most grueling things I have ever done and also one of the most rewarding, life affirming things I have ever experienced. I will one day go back and do it again when not under a time constraint so I can hike the entire thing 🙂

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Bring it to the present where I went on a beautiful hike last weekend

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Beautiful Waterfall

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Definitely not my sexiest photo ever hahaha

AND I am just starting my planning for hiking the first section of the Pacific Crest Trail about this time next year.  I am splitting the PCT into my own sections; I am going to about 3 weeks next year and do a few weeks each year until I have it done 🙂

Comment and tell me about the hike that stands out the most in your memory or the a big hike on your bucket list.

Talk to you soon!!!

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Rock Climbing Date


Here is quick post about a fun date night option. I am currently single (please no crazy stalkers Lol) and have signed up on Match.com, and let me tell you, you can only go to so many movies or cocktail hours or coffee dates before you try to get creative, or start gaining weight from the theater food, alcohol and sugary coffee Lol.

So a week or two ago I have a first date with a guy and we decided to meet at an indoor rock climbing gym!

Now let me tell you I hadn’t done rock climbing in a good 5-7 years. OMG what a workout for my arms! And it was fun and different! We would sit and talk while watching other people and picking our next route up, then each go on the wall once or twice then talk some more. It was very fun and laid back; it burned some great calories and helped build some muscle. And best part…..if it’s a dud of a date you can just spend a little more time on the wall then you do actually talking to your date lol.

indoor rock climbing

Also this will show you whether you will have fun working out with the other person or if they are a little too serious and crazy about their workouts.

What is your go to first date option? What would be your perfect first date?

Talk to you soon!

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I hope everyone is well! Things are good here and training is going great! Let’s talk a little about hydration and refueling.

A few years ago, when I got the crazy idea of starting to run from watching the contestants on the biggest loser starting to complete a marathon at the end of their seasons, I got the running bug and decided I wanted to do that. I talked to a friend of mine who ran a little and had competed in a few races and she suggested the book “The Marathon Method” by Tom Holland to me. I ordered it from amazon and absorbed the first few chapters and thought, “yes! I am totally going to do this!” Fast forward 4-5 years and now I am FINALLY going to do this hahaha.

Don’t get me wrong I started slow just working up to even running a mile and now my average mile on the last 7 mile run I did was about 13:30 min/mile (not a record setting pace lol) but I feel great and love it and will continue to improve.

When I started working out more my great friend told me to make my hydration drink 1/3 of something like Gatorade or PowerAde and 2/3 water. This way you still get the benefits of the drink with the extra sugar and electrolytes when you are sweating but don’t go overboard with the sugar and salt. In Tom Holland’s book he recommends taking a drink of water every 10 minutes, this will obviously be a little different from person to person, 10 minutes usually works very well for me.


When I got passed the 4 mile mark I knew it was time to start thinking about refueling, my friend B (who is running most of these races with me) and I went to REI to get some refueling gels and whatnot. Thankfully REI has pamphlets for almost everything they have so we were able to look at all the different selections and have them broken down for us. We both bought a handful to try, I got some honey stinger gels, some GU gels, some energy Jelly beans and some PowerBar chews; At Whole Foods I grabbed a few Vega refueling gels.

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The consensus between B and I was that the Honey Stinger gels tasted the best and didn’t leave you too uncomfortable, GI wise. B is slowly gathering all the ingredients to make her own energy gels (continuing to buy them can get mighty expense at $1.50/each) I’ll let you know how it goes. Though B did not try the Vega gels, I really liked them as well, they didn’t taste as great and were a little thicker but they are vegan which makes me feel a little better about them. Vega gels are also just over an ounce and a half whereas the honey stinger is only about an ounce. I definitely did feel like I had a little more sustained energy from the Vega but the honey stinger is sooooo yummy. I will continue to go back and forth between the two until I possibly start making my own gels.

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Oh and we definitely preferred the gels over chews or jelly beans.

Now for timing on refueling; Tom Holland does every 30 minutes, B and I settled on every 2 miles. If we are going slow this could be every half hour for us or if we are running out 13:30 average it is every 27 minutes for us. If we really push ourselves it may only be 25 minutes but you get the point. Play around with it all and see what works best for you.


What is your favorite mid-workout refuel?

Talk to you soon!

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New Life


Long time no see. Since I last posted, which was FOREVER ago, I have graduated college, moved to another state and started “real” life hahaha.

Part of my “real” life, aside from getting my first apartment and my first full time, grown-up job has been to find that drive to work out again and become the athlete I was when I was younger. Last May I mentioned starting to run and running my first 5k. I accomplished that and fell in love with running.


Me after the 5k.

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I even convinced my mother to do it with me!

After graduating and moving I finally got back to running this January and have gone a little crazy  I am signed up for and training to run my first half marathon on May 18th. I am up to running 7 miles and this weekend I make the jump to 9 miles.

Along with the half marathon I am going to volunteer in the morning at a rugged maniac race then run in the afternoon….the weekend after the half marathon. Then in August I will volunteer at a tough mudder on Saturday and run it on Sunday.

My plane ticket is already booked to run a marathon in October in a different destination, then fly back home and two weeks later run a smaller marathon up here with a college from work.

After I complete the marathons in October and rest a little bit, I want to start training for a triathlon. Some new life goals of mine are to run all 29 Ironman triathlons, and run marathons all over the world, along with always exploring new fun ways to workout and be healthy.

Ready to take this training journey with me?

Tell me if you love or hate to run and why?

Talk to you soon!!

*In case you don’t know, the Rugged Maniac run is a 5k obstacle course run in the mud, and the Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle run in the mud. I didn’t know before this year hahaha.

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