I finally finished #thebigproject

I listed so much the other day I no longer have anything to talk about.

Okay, you guys know THAT’S not true.

I went to bed REALLY early the other night (11pm!) and was out the door early to go hiking with Michelle (oh the joy!) so I didn’t have blogging time. We were both feeling like we didn’t have time to go hiking  with our crazy ass schedules so hey…we should go hiking! Mostly because when you are super stressed you need to take care of yourself.

We went for a short hike and ended up doing 4.5 miles. It was crazy hot and lots of rocks and climbing. We went to Matthew/Winters which is a normal hiking place for us but we went out further than we have before so we took on more than we were expecting. Both of us foolishly left our water in our cars thinking, “we’re okay…we don’t need no silly water…”

dehydrated much?

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it was a great way to start my morning. I had the best time.
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I was straightening my closet and I came across this really gorgeous medal I got from doing a virtual race.

I would like to point out the blurry photo is not a testament to my photography skills but in fact my lack of patience. I was in motion and running back downstairs. Ha. I am always running running running.

I had a total flash. I don’t collect t-shirts because in general they just don’t fit me right. So I donate those or choose the “no-shirt” option. But I’ve always taken a medal if it’s offered. And truth be told I love the medals because they’re pretty and shiny.

I don’t need them though and when you’re walking through the store checking out all the pretty things you have to be reasonable on what you really need and what you only like because it’s pretty. I’m pretty good at drawing the line and not coming home with stuff I don’t need so here I’m faced with the medals in my closet.
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That is not really the biggest problem because I know I could donate them to medals4mettle but really I think the bigger question is should I take them to begin with? I have nowhere to display them, and displaying them is not really my style so I stick them in a box and keep them there until I randomly come across them only to question…what should I do with these?

Does anyone else ever ask themselves that question? What do you do with your medals? I think I may be done taking them. I don’t know…I need to ponder this. I am not a fan of clutter as I’m sure you all know. This is just one more thing I don’t need.
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Last night at 2am I finished #thebigproject. I KNOW> can you believe it?? Me either.

So here is a peek.


A hint…per se.
a glimpse into what I’ve been doing so many many nights.
Geez..I wish it were more illicit.

Try again? okay…how’s this…

fine. But this is your last photo.   They look much better in person. OH, it’s 2am and I multi task so yes, I’m folding laundry downstairs! ha. So now you know me for real.

These are rehearsal dinner centerpieces. The little one is for the little table. The worst part? Finding the flowers. Shoot me now. Michaels and Hobby Lobby carry like..3 flowers of each kind so yeah, I found the perfect flower, I need 7 please. Now go to every Michaels you can find.
It was not a good time. And yes, I have returns. I’m tackling that today. I have multiple receipts, multiple bags. They will not like me.
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Moving on to the next project though…gotta keep things going!

Today I’m doing the flower returns, walkin’ the dog this morning, and I haven’t decided what to do for a workout yet. I’m feeling like moving a lot. It’s a gorgeous morning here.
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Run on…

Anyone remember Honey Buns? Talk about food and the mind does wander…

  • I went with my mom to San Francisco years ago when I was  a young teenager. We got Honey Buns at the grocery store on the corner and thought we’d died and gone to heaven. I could have eaten the whole box. I can’t see a Honey Bun in the store now without thinking of that time with my mom, hangin’ in San Francisco at my grandparents house just eatin’ Honey Buns. #memories #mommemories
  • I’m going to skip right over where I’ve been this busy weekend and say I’ve slowed down from going 159 mph to going probably 90 or so which to me is better. The weather gave me a killer migraine Saturday but on the bright side…THE WEATHER! I think it was building for a few days. It happens and I recovered.
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    it’s just around the corner, Baby, I can feel it. 
    It was 50* this morning. So beautiful. 
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer did an amazing spread on the current epidemic of heroin use that has taken over the country. It’s called Seven days of Heroin. I highly recommend this  impressive piece of reporting. Calling it “in depth” would be an understatement.

    The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time~source

  • Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bar  are my newest delicious snack find. Has anyone ever had a Salted Nut Roll?  I don’t know what they did but these Honey Bunchies seriously taste just like  a Salted Nut Roll. They are so amazing I could eat ten of them. Okay, I’ll be honest, I really couldn’t. Truth be told I ate the whole thing but I should have parceled it out and eaten just half at a time. They have 8 all natural ingredients, 230 calories  a bar, gluten free, soy free, grain free and It’s like a giant caramel roll. Serious delicious. I loved it immediately. I paid $1.99 at Safeway.
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  • Who is the Enemy Here?
    A beautiful and haunting article of photographs Time magazine has gathered from various photographers who covered the Vietnam war and the photographs that moved them most. They are really quite moving. My best suggestion is to actually read about the photograph and not just skim the pictures. The photos are obviously stand alone worthy but the personal stories attached bring a light to them we haven’t seen before.
  • “mini cupcakes? As in the  mini version of regular cupcakes? Which is already a mini version of CAKE? Honestly, where does it end with you people??” ~Kevin from The Office making a really really great point. We feel your pain, Kevin.
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  • The Vietnam War– A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  on PBS
    You just have to watch it. You should be able to stream it online.
  • These 2 London museums viciously battled for supremacy on Twitter
    Twitter user asks a question…who reigns supreme? And the battle begins. It’s pretty great.
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  • I did HIIT over the weekend and as much as I love it my legs surely do feel it. The day feels so good (high of 82* so I’ll take it) but I’m going to go down to the incline this evening I think so I can climb and run at the same time. I’m definitely feeling a little off from several weeks of being too busy to incline.
    I did walk the dog, though, and he’s pretty happy now and sleepin’ away. Must be rough.
  • We lost our internet for a ridiculous amount of time so I’m hotspotting it now so I can finish this. Then I’m going to run my errands and make progress on life and if it’s not back by tonight we’ll have to burn the house down. Or go to a motel or something. Yes, I could read a book but Netflix. 
    Who knew I could make progress on life so easily?
    I’m thisclose People. Thisclose.
  • There’s a lot of information in this post. It was a reading/watching weekend while I worked. Good stuff though.
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    Keep working hard…
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    Run on…

When motivation starts taking you down.

Sometimes I think we get so   excited about the prospect of being healthy and getting in shape our adrenaline and excitement carry us right on through to Monday morning and suddenly  we are hit with…
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Monday Morning. 
If we spend any amount of time looking at Pinterest pictures or reading motivational pages that’s usually all it takes.  One good push in the right direction and we’re ready. We’re READY. We’re getting fit TODAY.
~I think that’s a song…
And then it’s that day and all the usual issues that face us every day are facing us again.
It’s not a quick fix. It’s never a quick fix.
The task set before us seems so very long.
It’s going to hurt.  Hey. I’m just being honest.
It’s going to be hard.  Remember? Honest.
You don’t really know what you’re doing. There are going to be mistakes. There are going to be setbacks. It’s going to take so.very.long. WHY IS THERE NOT  A PILL FOR THIS?
And before you know it it’s Monday Morning +10 minutes and you’re already discouraged and looking for a donut.
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Then you decide to start next Monday and spend this week doing research…looking up some great recipes, checking pinterest and grocery shopping. Possibly join the gym or finding some great workout plans.
Next Monday for sure…
It’s our own little circle of life because we all know next Monday we’ll do the same thing.
It’s the most discouraging experience, isn’t it?
I know you have grand plans and you get to. You GET to have grand plans. We get to dream big  and imagine better things.
The key is to have backup plans for those moments when you get in your own head. Or when someone else gets in your head. I typed out my routine of things I do to try and keep myself on track. We all make slip ups though and nothing is perfect. You have to do what works for you. Without a doubt, though, #1 is the most important to be successful.
1. consistency. Keep a tight routine. When you stray from routine that’s when you stray in your exercise and your diet.
2. Starting every day with hot lemon water. I LOVE THIS> ❤
Experts believe that lemon water can help reduce the amount of uric acid in joints, which is one of the underlying causes of certain types of joint pain. ~source
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3. Most of the time I start my morning with a quick ten minute yoga stretch to get kinks out. I have my own stretches but just something short and sweet. And I mean…my poor little self totally snaps, crackles and pops when I do this. Probably why I feel like it’s so important. I googled “ten minute morning yoga” and there were plenty of options. This one looks pretty good though. 

4. In a perfect world you get your workout done early. First thing in the morning gets your metabolism working and totally boosts your motivation! 
5.  Remember to have some protein right after your workout. A glass of milk or a protein shake. Something that helps heal those muscles. 
6.  Here it is…this is when you start sliding backwards. You settle into your day. Lunch rolls around. Snack time. Sitting at your desk. After work you’re tired. Dinner is in a hurry.  Insert #baddecisions
7. Plan your meals. Meals and snacks are much easier to follow through with if you have them planned out.  You can’t shortchange healthy. And you can’t cheat healthy.  The only way to do it is to do it.   I’m smack in the middle of “no plan September” and it’s working out beautifully for me. It’s totally adding to the insanity of every single day.
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8. Shop it out. You can plan all you want to but if you don’t get the groceries then you’re totally going to stop and do a “quick pick up” or you’re going to grab something that’s just totally not helpful to the grand plan. This is where mistakes are made.
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9.  We’re encouraged to get our 10,000 steps in every day. We have to keep our bodies moving.  When we’re sedentary it does our bodies damage and we have to work harder. Regularly getting up and moving around is the best way to do this and even adding a walk in at the end of the day if you have already gotten your workout in.
10.  If you haven’t gotten your workout in, this is where it gets real. Let’s face it, the serious and complete lack of motivation that takes over when we are tired (mentally and physically) is exhausting to try and move past. It’s so much easier to just tell yourself, you know…you’ll try again tomorrow. You did pretty good. I mean, you still have to feed the kids, get them to bed, straighten up the house and clean the kitchen. By that time you’re just done. You have to do it. You have to. This is when you have to ask yourself, what’s more important here…taking care of me? Or taking care of everyone else? You’ve all heard it but it’s true, if you don’t take care of you then you won’t be at your best to take care of anyone else. Step up. Get it done. You’ll feel better for it and you’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the next day. What? I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes you just have to do it. 
11. The all important number eleven. If you mess up…start again. If you have a brownie…don’t say screw it and have twelve brownies. Say…well…I had a brownie. Pretty sure I won’t gain ten pounds from one brownie. It’s important to be rational. Don’t say you’ll start again in a week. Don’t get discouraged…everybody messes up. Stay encouraging by reminding yourself of all the things you did right so far. And then shake it off.
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The important thing is to make a plan and stick as close to it as possible because most people lose their motivation and find their obstacles when they don’t have a plan or when they end up straying. Be strong…stay with the plan. It just takes a few days into the plan to feel so much stronger just from your own self motivation you. That’s how you do this. You power through a few early days and then your own damn self starts encouraging you. 
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I lost internet last night so I was forced to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Well…more reasonable anyway. So I was up even earlier today and went for my run. Yay me!
Yesterday I did not workout. HOW SAD. I was super busy. My every day this week/month is freaking insane and I have no time. My husband hasn’t seen me in I can’t tell you how long. I live in the car. I’m tired.  But I have faith that I’ll get past the insanely busy part and move on to the “busy”part because I don’t exactly love this. 
Also, did I mention I live in the car?
3.5 miles done this morning. 
Still have to finish my:
pushups
squats
planks
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Run on…

So many dogs. They’ve pushed us over the edge.

  • If communication were a love language...it would be mine.  In case you, too, were hopeful…it’s not.

They should fix that.
I’m pretty sure since all the books are out there, there’s this whole online thing going…it’s a huge industry you know… they probably don’t want to redo a language just because of my suggestion. Maybe it would be easier to just cross it out and make it the Six Love Languages.
Somehow I do not see that happening but it’s a fabulous idea because communication is an awesome love language.
My husband will not see me the entire day and if he sees me at 9pm he’s like…”Hey, wanna go see a movie?”
I think we’re dating.
Since my love language is actually affirmation I’d say it’s probably connected to communication. Just a thought. 😏
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p.s. I do see that the last line of my paragraphs are disappearing into my gifs…I’m trying to fix it.

  • I’m reading The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. I’m only about a quarter of the way into it so I don’t have any kind of a review except I am having a very difficult time walking away from it. I’ll keep you posted.
  • I had to take my computer to the church yesterday for a presentation just in case they needed it and I didn’t want my whole life of windows on display for 30 or 40 people so I closed the twelve-something windows I have up I keep a lot of stuff open on my windows. Probably not wise to let people that far into my head. I know you’re all laughing at THAT right now.  #toolittletoolate
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  • Wanna know where my head is most of the time? I keep Argan oil in my cupboard so I can grab it in the morning and at night for my skin. My face is very dry and it loves it. I keep a bottle of Vitamin D oil in my cupboard because being Celiac means my body doesn’t absorb minerals and vitamins so I take supplements besides my diet (foreshadowing!).  My doctor wants me to take liquid Vitamin D for better absorption and its just kind of gross. It’s a dropper and it’s oily and it’s just really quite unappetizing. It’s brief so I suck it up and shoot it down quick. The other night I grabbed my vitamin D…closed my eyes and shot that oil stuff straight in while simultaneously realizing it was my Argan oil…yeah.
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    I think I’ll find somewhere else to put one of those bottles. I totally expect that to happen again.
  • yesterday I worked on favor treats for my son’s rehearsal dinner. I think they came out pretty good for my first try…I made a test batch. His wedding is in a month.

    Hastily done photography…It is late. It was 96* today and I had to keep putting it in the freezer to keep it workable.
    They turned out pretty, didn’t they? Sean says they taste amazing so I think that’s a vote for them. No, they are not gluten free.  I wore gloves and was VERY careful. I used kitchen wipes a lot and there was no flour all ~flyin’ in the air~ so they were easy to work with. They’re also chocolate so I couldn’t have them anyway. But they seriously look delicious. *note~ I have never once ever been tempted to eat gluten since my diagnosis. I’ve been bummed but not tempted* I used the recipe from All Things Simple and her directions were spot on.  I love great recipe direction. Like I said before, I’m an average cook. I can follow direction and I can totally produce but there has to be good instruction and there can’t be ingredients I can only get in Zimbabwe.
    When I finished I sent the photo to a couple people because look what I did!
    I told you. Affirmation.
    I am an open book.
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  • Ford Yates is a Photographer you Should be Following
  • Seems to me a main reason people buy a house so they can freely have pets.  Yes, there are other reasons but that’s a valid one.  An honest disclosure, I love dogs and cats but am afraid of dogs so I love your dog…please keep him over there.  I do have a dog. My Shiba is more afraid of me than I am of him most of the time so we have an understanding. My neighbors all have dogs. Three or four EACH. They all bark…ALL THE TIME> Two of the neighbors are new this month. One of them bought the house and they have little dogs. The other neighbors rent I’m pretty sure and they have three HUGE dogs. Big deep barking~ SO LOUD. I’m sitting here with my headphones on and I can hear it through my headphones. Malachi keeps trying to go outside and rest on his pillow and they bark at him so he comes back inside…lookin’ all sad.
    We’re considering selling. It came up this morning. It’ll take some work. We’ve been waiting for a long time to get some stuff done on the house but kids took priority. Now I’d say we’re pretty done. Somewhere with a little land so a little space. Not too far out but we’re pretty done. We love this place. We love this neighborhood. Oh I love the neighborhood.  I’ll be sad to leave. The barking though, it’s just too much. It has to be on the table.
  • This morning I headed out to do 3.5 miles and somehow forgot to tell time. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but…my brain said I had plenty of time before church only to discover upon re-entering the house that I had to be at church in 30 minutes and there was no part of me that smelled like that should happen. Like…no.
    We made it and were only 10 minutes late…
    I hate being late.
  • What I’m doing: Today I’m going to do a HIIT and it’s supposed to be hot as hell so who knows what else I’ll do. It was WAY too hot to incline this weekend (remember the 96*?) so I’d love to do that. We’ll see.
    Also all the squats, pushups, planks and what not.
    “A good workout is a great way to clear your mind.” It’s amazing how a workout can clear your mind and make you feel so much better. No matter what goes through your mind, after that workout – you’ll feel more relaxed and focused. One of the best ways to clear your mind. Period. www.gymquotes.co for all our workout motivation quotes!

Run on…

Clearly deliciousness is on my mind today.

  • Reader Amy googled my blog today and  Google asked her, “did you mean “run less run?” LOL…Google…NO. That is NOT what we want. We want more running. #alltherunning  #runallovertheplace #getyourrunon
  • I popped onto my earlier post that included a link for donating to victims and apparently my link wasn’t there. Three tries later I did finally get it to work too little too late. Clearly I’m an expert at this. I know you guys have already figured that out, that’s why you come here.  I’m including it below. This is a great Slate article that includes a list of places that desperately need your help. Animal shelters, food banks and yes, The Texas Diaper Bank. Choose an organization and donate even $10. They’ll take anything and remember the country is counting on us because the president is in charge and what the hell is he going to do?

How to help hurricane victims

  • I went to Canada with my mom and I don’t know if I ever told you why but Amy was asking so I thought I’d type a quick reminder for anyone who might not know.  >feel free to skip this section if you already know this< My mom and I went to Vancouver, British Columbia because my grandfather was raised there by his grandparents after his mother died. My mom wanted to see if we could find the house he was raised in. Our chances were slim because it was a hundred years ago, literally. But we have a photograph from 30 years ago so we thought that was hope that we could maybe see something. Or find some hint of something. It was a very short trip (47 hours all total!) but fairly productive. We found the road the house was on which is more than we had before. And we found ideas of where it could have been. But it’s very built up with businesses so I just don’t know. We went to the cemetery and found where her great grandparents were buried. That was incredible. And then home. I do feel like I’ve told you this before. Where is my HEAD this week? Anyway, I’m going to see if I can contact the Vancouver Historical Society and also maybe look up land titles so I can try and get a better idea of where the house would have stood and then I’ll feel a little more accomplished.
  • I had a HUGE paragraph typed about Trump and the hurricane and the news and sadness and I just couldn’t keep it there. Just know I don’t live in the dark. I read. I watch. But sometimes talking about it sucks the joy right out of me.
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  • Did I tell you already that I found these awesome Gummy Bears? If I did, just chalk it up to fog brain from the last week.
    Gummy Bears. They’re organic…they’re gluten free and they’re delicious. They have two things wrong with them. Just two. It’s a short and virtually unimportant list I’m totally ignoring.
    1. There isn’t a lot of “gummy” to them so really you just eat them. Real gummies require a little work…that’s part of the fun. Not much chewing with these…the downside? I eat them a little faster than I need to. sigh. They’re really yummy.
    2. They’re a little pricey. I KNOW YOU”RE SHOCKED>Image result for i'm shocked gif

    This little pkg cost $1.99 at Target. I bought three. hahahah. Note to Black Forest– if you guys wanna team up you just give me a call, Baby..::wink:: I gotta tell you that’s not even that bad considering how desperately I love Gummy Bears and how much I have missed them. (How I’ve missed you!!) Money well spent!!
    And now you all know where my  standards are.


         I just looked on the website and besides being able to buy in bulk (they obviously know they’re audience) they have WHOLE BAGS OF JUST CHERRY!  
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t’s safe to say I’ve said enough on this subject. Go buy your gummies now and enjoy. You’re welcome. Also, remember they’re organic gummies so that’s like you’re totally eating real fruit. For real. 😉

  • Not that I haven’t had enough to say on the subject of food today but I had this for breakfast…

    Now I don’t know if I’ve talked about this before but I really feel like I have to mention it again even if I have. I’m not a fan of yogurt. Like NOPE> Ask my poor husband. I eat it when I need something in a hurry in my empty stomach but I don’t like it and I complain with a loud “yuck” as he’s saying “yum”. He loves it SO MUCH. But I have always been a fan of pumpkin LONG before it was popular. I’ve loved pumpkin my whole life. It’s the most delicious thing ever. So when someone said Noosa yogurt was amazing I kind of gave it a half glance at the grocery store…then I saw Pumpkin Noosa and I had to try it.I almost died with the deliciousness. I’m flashing that I have actually told you guys about this before. Well, I’m in it now. Noosa Aussie Yogurt is so delicious and creamy it’s like freakin’ dessert. I have never tasted yogurt like this and I love it. I will eat any flavor. When you add the pumpkin it’s unbelievable. The pumpkin looks like that pumpkin puree stuff from the can? With the spices and stuff that you make pie out of. Pumpkin pie is my favorite Thanksgiving pie so I’m all in. I give it a little stir and die from the creaminess. It has a little creamy. It has a little sweet and tangy. It has that pumpkin pie spice…and I could eat the entire container. I have learned to buy the smaller containers or I will totally eat the whole thing. It’s like eating pie. These people know what they’re doing
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  • I ran 3.5 miles last night and it was the best 40 minutes of my day for sure. Possibly of my week. I do not care how long it took me it felt delicious. Hopefully tonight I will repeat that …it’s supposed to rain and I don’t care.
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    run on..

When your perfect shoes turn on you.

  • As I was typing last night...I was also scratching scratching scratching. I took my second dose of Benadryl. I went out to run my list down and somewhere in the middle of it I had to stop at the grocery store clear across town and run inside for Benadryl. Standing in the store I did the “itching” dance. I was on fire.  I had a small rash on my arms and everything hurt. I took an Allegra in the morning like I usually do but it didn’t help. I was a mess. Thank the Lord for antihistamines. Today I am much better.

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I
 don’t look like this but I totally wiggle like this because this is my life.

  • I took our friend Damon to the airport this morning…that’s why this is so late. And when I went to his house to pick him up (I’ve never been there before) I totally cracked up laughing.  So…here is an idea of MY house…
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    NOT my house…just a random house I found on Zillow…but very similar
    Pretty average. Ordinary suburban house.
    Here is an idea of Damon’s house…
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    add a three car garage to the side and you might be there…freaking huge. The house is HUGE. I think you could put four of my houses in one of his. I laughed so hard. Turns out all of his friends have the same reaction.  We’re close friends to Damon so we’re comfortable enough to say to him, “DUDE. you’re HOUSE is HUGE”. Rather than “what  a lovely home you have” which I would say to frankly anyone else.
  • I went looking for shoes last night and about five minutes after arriving at DSW I found them. The perfect shoes. My dream shoes. The shoes I’ve been looking for all my life. They’re beautiful. They’re comfortable. They were…THE shoes. I looked at the price and they were $49. Oh my gosh they were also reasonable.  I couldn’t believe it.  I continued to walk for another few minutes just in case but I finally thought…nope. I love them. Those are the shoes. So I went back to get them I grabbed the box at the top thus revealing the ACTUAL price of the KATE SPADE shoes I was in total and absolute dreamy love with…$149. Yeah…I missed that little “1” there…
    Sadly..>I put the shoes back. I thought we were friends but no. My feelings were pretty hurt that Kate would turn on me like that but we were obviously not meant to be besties. If I win the lottery those shoes are MINE.
    Below is a picture of  a pair of her shoes that are similar. I can’t find the right ones online. They’re not suede, they’re plain black with cream straps instead and the heel is black GLITTER> Just enough glitter to be gorgeous and not too much to be ostentatious. ::swoon:: The heel wasn’t too high. They were sooo comfortable (I would expect nothing less for $150 shoes).  In my next life maybe…(on a side note I had several women friends that tried very hard to “encourage” me to buy them anyway. We are our own worst enemy! saboteurs 😏
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    #shoeporn
  • My friend in Houston is still dry and thankful.  The rain stopped for her yesterday so they took a walk around the neighborhood if for no other reason than they had to get outside…the kids were going insane. Four years old and cabin fever. Today she sent me a video of the kids with fidget spinners flyin’ around on top of their heads like the Globetrotters and their basketballs. Not only was it hilarious but it clearly showed they have talents beyond the normal four year olds. Promise of a big future. Dream big.
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  • Yesterday I did a quick HIIT and walked Malachi but was itching so bad and so freakin’ high on Benadryl I had to sleep. I crashed so hard I didn’t even move until 8:15 this morning. That’s CRAZY. I’m surprised Sean wasn’t taking my pulse…
  • I bought a dress from Thred Up. Technically I bought two. Anyone else use it? I love the concept and I think I could really use it but I’ve had two fails so far so I think I’m done with dresses.  It’s a second hand store online with nice high end clothing at a significant discount. They don’t have a GREAT return policy. It’s good. I mean, you can return things so there’s that. But you have to do it within 14 days, you have to pay shipping, take the return in credit. So, that sucks. Their measuring system doesn’t seem to be very accurate. I buy a lot of stuff online and I can usually just buy a size without issue but once you start adding in designer clothes you get vanity sizing and it’s a crap shoot. I could wear a size 10 or a size 4. So measuring is critical.  After paying the shipping several times I’ve thrown away too much money and now I’m just going to return the second dress for a refund. I have a credit from the first dress (it was really inexpensive ~yay~) so that’s not bad but the second one is a little painful. It’s just frustrating. I’m settling and I think I’ll wear something I already have. Snoopy Dance that it fits! (first time in several years ~damn fibroid~)
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    I also looked at the selling concept. I really only had one thing to go by that I could think of on the spot and that’s a gown I bought that I don’t need after all. It’s a $400 couture gown with the tags still on it. They have an “estimate what it’s worth” calculator and I had to pick another designer because I couldn’t find mine listed. I picked a comparable designer and filled the rest in and they said they’d give me $9 for it. Ha. I suspect they might give me a little more but probably not significantly more so…I think I’ll keep it😂
  • I walked Malachi this morning and it’s cooling off now so I might go for a run. I’d like to do a HIIT but we’ll see what I’m up for. I gave a little jog from the store to the car and felt such ridiculous joy at that it made me giggle. I love to run so much I can’t imagine not doing it. When I picked up Damon today his house is over where one of my favorite long routes takes me. He was asking me about it and I told him the hard part the beginning.

    Once you reach this particular sidewalk there’s this lovely downhill slope and the view is beautiful, the trees line the street and it just begs for me to run…feet flying down the hill.  I love to run it in the evening just as the sun is thinking about setting and the air is cool…my headphones are on.  It’s my favorite and I wish I was there right now. Running really is my most spiritual place.
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    Run on…

Thinking of Texas today.

The size of that headline is giving me anxiety but I can’t figure out why it’s doing it so you’re stuck with it. Try not to stress.
quote from Sean: “All the stuff I love is the stuff that doesn’t love me BACK…well..you…you love me back”
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  • I went to Kohl’s looking for shoes (nope…couldn’t find any) but I happened upon a dress shirt I thought Sean would really like. He is incredibly choosy about dress shirts (that check is too big, that check is too loud, that color is too bright, that pattern is weird) so I grabbed it and checked out. The lady that checked me out (she didn’t REALLY check me out) was shocked I made it out of Kohl’s with just one thing and only spending $34. Practice and priorities. I am very good and just not buying things I really don’t need. Also…I don’t have trouble with Kohl’s. Hell, I don’t even have one of their credit cards they try to desperately to get me to have. That’s just how good I am…
  • I know a lot of people have trouble staying in budget with Target and I’ll say this is more of a struggle than Kohl’s. Can you get out of Target without spending $100? Most of the time but it does require laser focus... I got out today under $45. Where I have real trouble is the bookstore. I go for one thing..ONE THING…a card.  I don’t need a book. I have a WALL of books. I have a library in my living room. And what do I do? I can’t resist the pull of a pretty new book oh my gosh they are so lovely… and… I know you’re shocked…I bought a new book. Bet you saw THAT coming.
  • My ridiculous dog has a skin infection on top of an infection. It was misdiagnosed (it’s just really really hard to diagnose) for like…a year. Everything we tried failed. so we saw a specialist. It’s taken 8 weeks of antibiotics and then we HOPE it doesn’t come back. Meanwhile the world’s smartest dog won’t take his medicine. He has figured out every way not to take his medicine. So far, this is what we’ve tried…(I give you the list only to demonstrate how desperate we have been…and I’m positive this list is incomplete)
    peanut butter (he hates it)
    bread
    chicken
    ice cream
    yogurt
    pill pockets (duh) and he’s taken those for years but now…nope
    tripe…yeah. we went there (got a little ptsd from that one)
    canned beef dog food
    hot dogs
    special dog tater tots made with liver and beef and whatnot
    cat treats…yeah that worked really well actually
    velveeta cheese (he loved that)
    hamburger/rice/peas mixed together. Note: he doesn’t like peas. Picks them right out and eats around them.
    His all time favorite? he loves Tostitos so Sean sandwiched the pills inside two tostitos and stuck them there with honey. Yeah, that worked the longest. He loves it. Don’t worry, it’s just enough honey to make them stick and he likes it so much. Go figure how weird that is. Even that was shortlived. We finally were down to one week and in desperation Sean just started opening his mouth and shoving the pills in. It was a little rough at first, then it got easier, now it’s back to hard.  It takes Sean six or seven tries before that second pill will get in there.
    I would do it but no. Dogs smell fear.
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    So Sean continues forward with his mission and he has four doses left. Four incredibly painful doses left. And Malachi looks at us like…so…where’s my steak?
    Dude, you coulda HAD steak. Your loss.
    All this for a dog who never in his life had people food until this infection.  It’s like giving medicine to a two year old.
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    this is Sean’s daily conversation with the dog.
    He doesn’t answer.
  • Pause typing: Must have horrible itching allergy attack for an hour. Hey, can you stop what you’re doing for an hour and itch like a maniac? It’s kind of torture. #Thankyouceliac
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  • It’s going to be 93* today. I have a hard time complaining about the heat when Houston is under so much water and so much suffering is happening. My friend is, thankfully, still doing okay though she has four year old twins so she may be losing her mind if that counts.
    Probably not.
    The devastation of Texas right now is unbelievable and heartbreaking. I force my poor husband to listen while I read the stories I just can’t help but share because, I don’t know…somehow saying it out loud makes it more real? Less surreal? Let’s someone else share my selfish grief (how is this affecting me?) and then somehow the pain doesn’t cut through as much? I don’t know but he’s amazing and even though it’s hard for him he listens. I was given an overdose of empathy when God dosed it out and that makes me cry at commercials. I can’t read an article out loud without crying. I tear up at photos as I share them with Sean. I am, clearly, a crying mess.
    For the second time since Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall, a dog named Otis has found its way into the internet's heart. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images source
    “Of all the videos and photos coming out of Tropical Storm Harvey, one heart-wrenching image of a Texas man clutching his dog in abject sadness is indicative of the tragedy befalling the Lone Star State.”~sourceAny donation would be helpful. Remember the animals, too. I can’t imagine having to leave my pets. I honestly don’t know if I could.
    Here is a GREAT list of places to donate and they all take online donations. Seriously…$10 makes a difference. If everyone donated that, can you imagine how much money they’d collect?
  • I’m off to get stuff done. I’m doing HIIT today so I can feel my ARMS again. Strength is wear it’s at Baby.
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    Run on…

what’s your favorite kind of roll?

  • My blog is still acting up. Not only is it painful to write a post but my little blog went from 17 subscribers to 42 overnight…HOLY COW I’M FAMOUS! sigh…Off to investigate why spam has taken over my blog. DAMMIT. Sean has had a sticky note on his computer that says “BLOG” for like…a month. When I see it I hear a deep voice saying “BLOG” like…”MERGE”. I don’t know what you’re talking about..he’s totally not a procrastinator…
  • How much do you love Tina Fey and her “sheetcaking”? Yeah… I could watch that over and over. Thank you Tina Fey for voicing what we’re all thinking and silently screaming while we eat cake…a lot of cake. Sorry, I couldn’t get the video to load…:(
  • I was filling out a contract for some work we’re having done for the wedding. The contract says,
    “Total number of people receiving services, name and roll”
    I told my friend I deserved an award for not correcting the contract…She said, “Gluten free, whole grain and country white?”
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I was tempted…I really was…hehe

Isn’t that a great story? What a smarty pants.
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And the bajillion really hilarious “smart” gifs?

  • I had Theboy all week long and he was a giggle to have around. I learned so many things from him.
    1. he’s pretty brave. If I get him something like…cookies the first time then the next day when I’m out of the room he’s fixing them himself like..hey. I know how to do this. Babe won’t mind. ??
    2. He talks to himself in a quiet whisper constantly while he’s drawing, video gaming, playing. Just a constant little whisper.
    3. He was playing with Michelle’s boys and really wanted to race them. He kept false starting…as I watched him playing he just seemed SO full of joy to be running I think he really didn’t care about much else. He just really loved the running part. Rules be damned, let’s run! It was ridiculously innocent and cute and reminded me of Phoebe…
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    totally…
    4. He can quietly play for hours just drawing pictures and talking to himself or he can play video games, it’s machts nichts to him. He doesn’t very easily get bored. Only child syndrome?
    5. He never forgets. It’s kind of hilarious. All week long he made the same jokes and comments.
  • My last day with him is tomorrow (we’re off to Colorado Springs for haircut day so he’ll get to meet Princess Anna!) and then he goes home to his mom and dad. He’s been VERY easy to have.  Sean has been ridiculously busy this week so I haven’t had hardly any time to work out and by the time I get to run it’s dark and late so I keep bailing. Sean tells me to go but I feel guilty leaving him with stuff so I stay and then…dark and late. It’s my own fault. I’ll probably not get a chance tomorrow, if we’re going to be honest. But I did some basic squats and planks today and I got a workout walk in with Malachi (he’s seriously pushing it now) and I’m hoping to get a HIIT in tomorrow which I can do in my own house. Saturday, though…that’s my day.  (I’m pretty excited..not gonna lie)
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What kind of a driver are you? I’m pretty patient but there are these three things…

  • Starting my day with hot water with a lemon slice is my favorite thing to do. It makes me feel amazing and I swear I feel so much better when I do this.
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  • Are you a road rager? I am not. However…these are three things that bug me about driving. First you should know…I’m a really patient driver. So it’s not like I thought…I’ve got a LIST of things that bug me about driving (RAGE)…no. That’s totally not true.  I just kind of encountered two of them on the same day and thought…yeah. these three things would probably be irritating.
          1. When you’re driving and someone drives just UNDER the speed limit. What is that about? Why? You’re allowed the speed limit and truth be told even a few more. Go the few more! Be wild! If it’s 40…do 42! Maybe 43! Do not drive 35 or 36 in a 40, it just makes us all nuts.
         2. When someone waves you to go first but they’re annoyed with you. ?? What? Why? thanks? I kind of don’t WANT your favor now. How exactly did I annoy you by just SITTING here waiting for you to go first when it was your right of way and then you get irritated because you let me go first. I got nothin’.  That really bothers me and the irritation totally negates the kind gesture. Sorry People!
         3. When you’re in the far left straight lane (now try and follow me here…) and there’s a turn lane next to you with an island next to them. The person in FRONT of you for some reason leaves like…two car spaces open without pulling forward (to what…save it for a friend?) and because they don’t pull forward, YOU can’t pull forward so all the people that need to pull into the turn lane can’t get into it. So the turn lane light turns green and then red and they all watch it and miss it…all because weird guy won’t freakin’ pull forward. You honk…you pull really close to him and stalk his bumper but nothing. Seriously Dude. What the hell?
    Do any of these things make me yell at people? No but I will occasionally talk to them and say, “why? why do you do this? I don’t understand you.”  So far, no one has answered.
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  • Taylor Swift!  Taylor Swift gets a giant ~hell yes~ from all of us for how she handled this whole situation with the groping DJ. She had absolute grace from the beginning to the end and what a great outcome that the jury came back in her favor. Although I don’t see how they could have done anything different. The evidence was so terribly against him, the pervert.
  • So I’m leaving the country next week for approximately… 47 hours (how crazy is that?) to do some family history investigating with my mom. I did a little ~do I take my running gear or don’t I~ with myself today. I ALWAYS take my running stuff. I never ever EVER don’t take it. And the chance to run in another country is pretty awesome. I love running in new places and a new country would be so cool. We lived in Germany for six years so I’m not new to the international scene but I’ve always liked the idea of adding places to the list. If I thought I could get a run in that morning before I left I’d leave it at home but not being able to is a true let down. So both days with nothing…I’m leaning towards taking the running stuff. Just so you know, as I wrote this paragraph I changed my mind twice.
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  • It poured rain with wild wind so I did not get to run. Even Sean was bummed for me. Every day…hope for tomorrow.  I always say a little rain is good, pouring rain is just inconvenient.  It’s a nice way to end the day though.  Theboy and I hung out at home except for a few small things. We’ll talk about what we did tomorrow.

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#allthestairs of Red Rocks.

Friday I volunteered for a race that was taking place on Saturday. I didn’t run it, I just did some volunteer work.

It was the most unorganized situation  and 90* so it was utter and total chaos in the hot sun. I have only volunteered a few times for racing events, as much as I love volunteering the racing events always seem to be unorganized. I’m not sure if it’s a world of people with order issues or if it’s the world of racing. The organizer in me wants the answer to this question.

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Totally worth watching.

Sandra Bullock – Go Find Your Joy

Sandra Bullock reacts to criticism in an inspiring way

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Saturday I had such a migraine I don’t even remember what I did. I just stayed drugged. I’d started it on Thursday and nursed it through Friday. By Saturday I wasn’t really able to focus on anything and was pretty sick. I crashed early so I could be up at 4:30 to head to Red Rocks for massive quantities of stair climbing with Michelle. I wanted to be there by 6 and I got there at 5:45. Then I drove around for 45 minutes trying to find her. It was a damn good time.
She got there first so she got the winning shot…

Nothing beats sunrise at Red Rocks.

I did finally find her and we started our prep for the 9/11 Memorial Climb.

The 2017 Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

We learned it’s 11 times around so we did 8 times around to start and see how we healed. Afterwards we both felt like we could have done more. I was feeling pretty hungover from migraine drugs so I struggled but I wasn’t sore at all yesterday and I’m not sore at all today so I think we’ll be fine.

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Meanwhile it was a BLISSFUL 57* this morning when I woke up at 4:30 (not sleeping great) and it stayed 57* for a while. I didn’t run because I was really really REALLY tired and I feel like I need to just chill out for a few hours and maybe even…

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take a nap.
A much much needed nap.
Before I tackle my incredibly full list.
I’m so tired.
But I felt pretty grateful for my fake fall morning… #fakefall all the way. hmm. #alternativefall?
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just look at these boots and laugh accordingly. Or shake your head shamefully…

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In fun political news…
Scaramucci is out after TEN DAYS!! I’m gonna miss that guy. He was like the Jersey Shore took over the White House. It was entertaining as hell. To everyone but his wife I guess. I really feel bad for her.
Tomi Lahren admitted to still being on her parents health insurance at 24 even though she’s totally against Obamacare Being able to stay on your parents health insurance until you are 26 is a GREAT benefit of Obamacare and  two of my kids have totally taken advantage of it and the third will be following right behind. One would think she would be highly vocal about it’s benefits as she is being so critical of it.  Apparently not. Tomi, Darling, this is why people tear you down. Well, this and your incredibly horrible belief system.  We don’t get it. Keep working on it.
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I feel pretty damn strong right now and that’s pretty sad because I have a long way to go but that just shows you how far gone I was. hahahhahaa.
Keep moving forward, right people? Keep moving forward.
Running tonight. Strength today. Pushups, lifting. Planks planks planks.
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