Things that are Goal Updates For 2015

Tuesday, July 28

Another blog I follow shared her goal updates for the year. Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC not only does monthly goals but yearly goals too. I thought she had an awesome idea and thought I should do a yearly goal update for me and in the end it happens to be a way for me to stay accountable. I will probably do another year end review of my goals.

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Goals for the year:

*Having a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase - Definitely a work in progress, I mean marriage isn't "happily ever after" it's "get married and then go to work" it's always a lot of work to make a marriage work, and I think Chase and I have a great relationship. Yes we have our ups and downs, just like any relationship, but our relationship has grown stronger than ever this year!

*Being OKAY with me asking Chase for help around the house - I still struggle with this, but it has gotten better. I have learned that I have to get over my pride and ask for help, because I can't do it all on my own. 

*Running my first Marathon - I am going and planning on running the Huntsville Marathon which is the last week in September. I definitely have had a few setbacks for running this marathon, but I think in the end it will strengthen my ability to run better and farther.

*Strength training on my own and in a class at the rec center - I have been doing more than that as of lately, I have been swimming, and weight lifting and taking a barre class, as well as riding my bike. This all will help me do my first Triathlon in a few weeks.

*Eat better - eat more clean stuff - more fruits and veggies - Chase decided at the beginning of June that he wanted to lose weight, he was fed up with how he looked and felt. We talked about going on a "low carb diet" which turned into basically us watching what we ate. We took out a LOT of bread and pasta, and for the most part rarely eat that stuff any more. We are using "My Fitness Pal" app on our phones and it definitely has been helping Chase lose weight - and me to be able to see how much food I'm putting in my body. He's lost about 18 pounds so far and has lost it just by keeping track of the food he's been eating. We haven't gone out to eat hardly at all, which has helped our budget, and overall I feel a LOT better on the inside.

*Be in the here and now - not on my phone so often - I'm still working on this one. Trying to get followers for the blog as well as on Instagram has taken a lot more time than I was thinking. But when I need to be in the here and now, I am.

*Strive to be more spiritual - work on reading my scriptures and reading more General Conference talks - This is still a work in progress, I try hard to remember to read my scriptures and listen/read general conference talks, but I still am struggling with it.

I think I'm doing pretty good as far as continuing with my goals. I only have one goal to officially check off my list (running a marathon) - all other goals are for me to continue long term.

Just have to remember this quote for those days that are hard:

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Things that are Marathon Training Week 15 Recap

Sunday, July 26

I'm another week closer to running the Huntsville Marathon. It's crazy to me that I am running farther and farther each week. This month has been the most mileage than any other month in my few years of running.



Monday: Went to the gym and did some strength training, and did the exercises my chiropractor gave me.

Tuesday: Ran 3 miles (2.99 - but who's checking?!). I wasn't feeling the best (runner stomach issues) out on the run, and I was walking a lot more than I should have been. Since I was walking so much I was short on time so I cut the run short.

 One benefit of getting up early is that I get to see the beginnings of a sunrise. Which always is beautiful!

Wednesday: I rode my bike to the rec center and about died going up a huge hill. Then I swam for a half hour and then rode back home - which turned out to be pretty fun.


Thursday: I changed my schedule and opted for a rest day because I was up so late at Pet Urgent Care because Hurley had gotten bit by another dog. Hate it when my furbabies get hurt.


Friday: Chase and I had the day off (Utah Holiday) and so he went with me (to show support) so I could go swimming. I seriously need to get over my fear of swimming in open water - I had a freak out moment (I think I was tired too), and only ended up doing 1 lap when I had planned on doing 3. I'm glad I got in at least a lap.


Saturday: Chase woke up early with me so he could drop me off to go run. I started 13 miles from my house and basically ran home. I was super sluggish and my legs felt tired. I think it had something to do with me not fueling and hydrating right from the day before. I also did my exercises my chiropractor gave me to help with ITBS.


Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles for the week: 16.09 miles
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Things that are Friday Five: Favorite Summer Drinks

Friday, July 24

I'm linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia. I have a few drinks that I love, and some that I only get in the summer, but mostly the ones I have listed are ones that I would gladly drink anytime.


1. Dr. Pepper - I have seriously always loved this drink. I'm not sure why, but I'm seriously addicted to it. I know soda is not the best, but Dr. Pepper is like my coffee (except I don't drink coffee). But really, a cold DP is so nice for those hot summer days.


2. Italian Soda - If you haven't tried one of these you should. You can make them at home too, you just need flavored syrup and club soda. You can find some good recipes on pinterest.
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3. Hawaiian Shave Ice - I know this could be considered in the ice cream/slushie category, not the "drink" category. It's So good! There is definitely a difference between "shave ice" and "shaved ice"


4. Jamba Juice - I always love Jamba Juice, it doesn't matter if it's in the summer or in the winter. There is ALWAYS something good there! If you didn't know they have a secret menu, and there's one that is called White Gummy Bear, which is really good, and it seriously tastes like the white gummy bears.

5. Swig - It's not a drink, but a specialty drink stop. They are known for their "Dirty Diet Coke" or "Dirty Dr. Pepper." What makes it "dirty" is the coconut (and I like to add in lime too). It's so so good!


And add a donut too...

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Things that are Clearblue Fertility Monitor Review

Wednesday, July 22

A few years ago (2011), I joined this site called expotv that gave reward points for giving video reviews. I found out that they were giving a Clearblue Fertility Monitor to those who qualified. Since Chase and I were having trouble getting pregnant I thought I would see if I would qualify to receive one.

I was able to get one, and thank goodness too! They are pretty expensive on Amazon ($200 range). I'm sure it's because they are outdated now (when I looked a few years ago they were in the $130-150 range).

When I received the product from the company this is what they sent me:
I have seen comparable monitors from Clearblue and they are half the price ($150 range) So I'm sure this is even better than the one that I currently have.


You can watch the video review I did here:



Overall I think it does a pretty good job. The one thing that I wish I could change is that since I ovulate so late in my cycle it still has me test on day 10, after using it for several months in a row. So I don't think that it adapts to my cycle, which is a pain. When I know that I don't ovulate till later in the month I don't see a reason to waste my money on using the sticks. So I don't even start testing until after my period is over which can be as late as day 13 (yeah I know!). Other than that I really love my fertility monitor, and it does an accurate job at determining when I ovulate (I also do other methods to determine ovulation other than relying on technology).

No this product hasn't help us get us pregnant, yet... But I'm sure it has helped others succeed.

**disclaimer: Clearblue did not pay me for my time or for writing this review. I just think it will benefit those who need or have been thinking about putting in the money for one.

If you have any questions I am more than willing to answer them! I would love to hear what methods you use to determine ovulation.
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Things that are Week 14 Marathon Training Recap

Sunday, July 19


 This week has been pretty hard mentally for me. I did a workout on Monday and it led to me not running until Thursday. Which made it difficult for me to get my head back in the game when I did run again.

Monday: I wasn't able to to Barre, but I went to the gym later with Chase and we did some weight lifting (which I don't like doing alone - I feel like guys just sit and stare at me), and then Chase ran on the treadmill and I rode the bike for about 10 minutes. I did the squats and lunge exercises that my chiropractor told me to do. I was SO sore after doing them! I definitely need to do more weight lifting because I definitely like feeling sore.


Tuesday: I got up at 5:15 to get ready to go run 5 miles, I made it all the way to about putting my shoes on, and then I decided that I just wanted to go get back into bed! That extra "hour" of sleep made me tired for the rest of the day! I went on a walk later that day, but that was about all that I did. I also had an appointment with my Chiropractor and he gave me a few more things to work on to help my IT band issue.
My leg getting a heat treatment after a lovely leg massage

Wednesday: Went to Barre and then did 30 minutes of swimming. I ended up doing 600m in that time, and I actually felt like I knew what I was doing again. Hopefully I can continue to get better at swimming and not feel scared and overwhelmed like I have been - which is odd cause that's not how I used to be.
Had to get a "selfie" with Hurley

Thursday: Got up early and was able to get out the door and ran 3.19 miles! I felt so great the entire run! I was able to run the whole time with no pain! I seriously love that feeling! I also went for a 20 minute bike ride, not sure how many miles because I had the GPS turned off on my phone, so it only counted the minutes.


Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Got up at 4:50am to start a run at 5:15 and ran for roughly 2 hours, and did 11 miles. My watch lost GPS signal at mile 9.23, so I'm pretty confident that I ran 11 miles because it was a little over a mile to get back to my car - which would have equaled 11 miles. It was pretty hard run for me as far as distance goes. I'm not too sore, and I don't feel like I overdid it.



Sunday: Definite rest day!

P.S. Chase and I have been married for 8 years today! :) We were such kids when we got married!



Total Running miles: 14.19 miles

This next week calls for running 13.1 miles! I'm pretty sure I can do it! I'm feeling good and I am definitely going to take extra care of my body for that run!
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Things that are Friday Five: The Best Race Swag

Saturday, July 18

Friday Five: The Best Race Swag. I'm linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC and for the first time Mar, with Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!.

I've given you what I have gotten from some of the races that I have done. 



Here are my 5 favorite Race Swag:

1. Race Medals
 I ran in 114 degree heat to get this medal! Never again will I run in weather that hot!


This medal glows in the dark! Love it!

2. Race Shirt - Long Sleeve
This is one of the nicest tech shirts I have received from a race! It is so soft.

3. Race Shirt - Short Sleeve
4. Necklace
I did an all woman relay race, and instead of getting a medal they gave us all necklaces!

5. Race Sleeve
I thought these were the niftiest things I have gotten in my swag bag!
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Things that are Week 13 Marathon Training Recap

Sunday, July 12



Monday: I wasn't able to go to Barre class or swim, so I just did the exercises my chiropractor gave me. Still really hard to do them, but I'm improving!

Tuesday: I got up a little bit earlier than my normal "early" run time so I could fit in a 5.12 mile run! It was great and I seriously had a runner's high the rest of the day!

Wednesday: I had to debate whether I should get a massage from a friend or go to Barre Class and swim afterwards. I went with getting a massage, I figured if I took extra good care of my body, it will end up thanking me later. Good idea right? Should have thought of that last year and the year before when I was running into injuries all over the place...

Thursday: After work I went to a pond and went for an open water swim with a friend and her husband. They are putting together a triathlon next month and I'm joining them for that. It was fun. I'm not sure the distance, but I do know I was pretty tired after all that swimming.


Friday: Rest day. Didn't do a lot of resting, but enough.

Saturday: Got up early and went running (6:30am) but didn't get out the door and starting to run till about 7:30. I ended up running/walking 9.03 miles. It felt pretty good. I've been running into this problem lately that when I don't eat enough or eat the right foods before my run, I get REALLY hungry towards the end of my run even with taking gels with me. That's what happened yesterday - I had a slice of bread, peanut butter, and a banana. I normally eat oatmeal, and peanut butter mixed in (yum! you should seriously try it!).  Have you ever run into this problem before where you were really hungry by the end of your run?


Sunday: Rest day, and yes I am definitely taking advantage of this!

Total Miles for the week: 14.15 miles
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Things that are Friday Five: Health Trends I'm Not That Into

Friday, July 10

It's Friday Five here on the blog today. I'm linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC and for the first time Mar, with Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!.



1. Crossfit - I just never got around to trying this out. The prices to do crossfit are a lot more than a local gym membership and so that has always led me away from it.

2. Wraps - I've always seen this as a multi-level marketing, and to be honest I try and avoid those. I also don't believe they are the healthiest things to do to your body.

3. Spartan Races/Tough Mudder - These haven't ever appealed to me. I just think of over exhausting myself and I know how I get when I reach that point, and that kind of overwhelms me.

4. ZUMBA - The only dance I like doing is country and ballroom. Dancing and moving like how they move makes me look silly. I'm not good at that kind of dancing. *Trust me you don't want to see that*

5. Zombie Runs - I never got into the zombie phase. I don't watch The Walking Dead. Plus knowing that someone/something is running after me as there are faster "zombies" than me, just intimidates me.

To end on a positive note here are 5 things that I do love:

1. Running - that's a given, and I'm working at running a full marathon! woo hoo!
2. Swimming - I have been working at swimming more so I can eventually do a triathlon.
3. Barre - I have really liked toning and working on using those other muscles you don't use when you run. Plus strengthening my running muscles is something that I need to work on.
4. Chiropractors - My guy I go to is awesome! He has helped me SO much!
5. Acupuncture/Massage - This has helped me and a lot of other runners I know. I'm amazed at how well I feel after I get a massage and acupuncture done.

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Things that are Marathon Training Recap Week 12

Sunday, July 5

I feel like I'm almost back to my old running self again. YAY! It's been a long 4 weeks.



Monday: I ended up just doing the exercises my chiropractor gave me to strengthen my hamstrings and back of the knee and calves. I didn't have enough time to go to the gym and do Barr class.

Tuesday: Woke up extra early to get in a 3 mile run.
 The view from my backyard.

When I don't get a chance to wash my hair - I end up putting it in a bun.

Wednesday: I went to Barr class and swam 600m. I also got my free box from graze. I got a free code from a gal on Instagram and I thought I would give it a try, and so far so good. I have a coupon code that you can use and get your own first free box: TEDIP3MTE

Thursday: Didn't do any exercise aside with walking the dogs with a neighbor girl.

Friday: Rest Day.

Saturday: Before I ran on the 4th of July we decided to go watch the balloon launch. Sad note - they got the balloons blown up but they never launched due to the weather.
Me and my cute sister that stayed with us for the weekend - and photo bombed by Chase. 


I ran 6 miles. I got cool new ear buds that I got to try out, they stayed on pretty good and didn't really cause any discomfort, it was a nice change to the headphones I normally wear that constantly bounce around my neck.  It was the first time I have actually ran 6 miles since I injured my knee. Because I was running a lot more miles I asked Chase to come get me if my knee was hurting. Thankfully my knee didn't hurt, I was just overly hot due to the tank I was wearing.

In celebration of the 4th of July we had a lot of fun and we ate a lot of food! You can see the below picture:

Sunday: Rest day
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Things that are Friday Five: 4th of July Favorites

Friday, July 3

Can you believe that we are already in July!? Where did the time fly?

I'm linking up with Eat Pray Run DC this week and listing my favorites for the 4th of July:

-I'm all about the annual 4th of July race. I have done them twice in the past few years and have loved them! I won't be participating in a race this year, but I will be running.
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Freedom Run 2012
Freedom Run 2014

-We usually drive through the Alpine Loop in Utah, it's either on July 4th, Memorial day or Labor Day (and if you are wondering - I have driven a motorcycle).



-Definitely go see fireworks. I think there was one year, when we first were married that we didn't actually go see them.

-We usually meet up with family or friends and have a BBQ. Watermelon is definitely my favorite treat on this day. In the past we have love to attend the July 4th Real Salt Lake soccer game.
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-And because I couldn't come up with another favorite (which I'm sure there's more that I just can't think of) I will leave you with a pretty good quote, because I honestly try and remember why we celebrate the 4th of July.



Have a great weekend and celebrate our country.
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