Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Linking up with Megan:

Sometimes: Running is torture and I want to kill myself when I get on the treadmill.

Always: I finish, and sometimes amaze myself at how I'm improving.

Sometimes: I want to experience living in a new place (Nashville, New Orleans, New York City).

Always: I remember, why would I want to leave this:

Sometimes: I think I should take a nap at lunch.

Always: I end up going for a walk.

Sometimes: I think a dog would be too much work in our little apartment.

Always: I remember how rewarding pets can be and how much I miss this guy and his momma:

Sometimes: I try to be mature and act like an adult (I am 25 after all).

Always: I remember you only live once and acting like a child can be more fun.

Sometimes: I'm embarrassed by my love for Disney, Disneyland and Disney movies.

Always: I remember, that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth and my favorite place on earth.

Go link up with Megan!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Today is the MOST Important Day of the Year

Today is my 25th Birthday.
I feel kind of old, but I had a great birthday weekend/day so far.
On Saturday Chris and I went to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. We had such a fun time, the lines weren't too long, and the weather was absolutely amazing. We went on all our favorite rides, ate yummy food, and overall had a great Saturday. Thanks to the best boyfriend ever for the best birthday gift ever.

Then today I took the day off work and did whatever I wanted to do. I went to the gym, and since it has been 4 weeks since I started my workout/eating program I'll let you in on the results.

I've lost about 8lbs. I've lost 5 inches in my waist and 4 inches in my hips. I've gone down almost a pants size, and I'm pretty happy with all my clothes fitting comfortably again. I'm starting to look pretty muscular, which is awesome. So far, my birthday has been great. Here's to being 25.

And here's 1 of 3, yes only 3, photos I took at Disneyland.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It is Official

I have no life. My days consist of this:

6:40 AM: Get up, drink coffee, watch news, get ready, pack lunch, etc.
7:20 AM: Leave for work.
7:45 AM: Arrive at work, eat breakfast.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Work.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch/Walk my heart out and then eat at my desk after 1
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Work.
5:00 PM: Leave work.
5: 30/6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Gym. Gym. Gym.
8:30 PM: Dinner.
9:00 PM: Shower, get ready for bed.
10:00 PM: Watch TV, go to bed.

My coworkers think its weird that I don't:
- Watch more TV/do more after work (like the gym isn't enough).
- That I live off water and coffee, and sometimes tea. (Giving up Diet Coke is hard, trust me.)
- Eat more than veggies, fruit, oatmeal and greek yogurt.

I know those aren't that many things that I don't do, but here's what I do that they find strange:
- Run 3.1 miles 4 - 6 times a week.
- Exercise like a mad man.
- Go to church every Sunday.
- Listen to country music.
- That I have "stranger danger" radar.

Happy Wednesday

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Conversations in Our Home

If you've ever met Chris and me, you know we are opinionated and "talkers". We both talk a lot. It works well for us as a couple because we can talk to each other all the time, about all kinds of crazy nonsense, but also about super important and difficult subjects. Yesterday we had one of those long talks about a subject that we both find immensely troubling. I have always felt this way, and although I probably have not always made it known on this blog, it is something that I have strong feelings about. My examples might not make much sense, and they might not be the best comparisons, but I assume you'll be able to get my drift.

To begin, Chris and I both feel that people lack morals and values. Of course we are all going to have different morals and values based upon how we were raised, where we were raised, and what we find most important. We refer to the fact that this lack of morals and values has created a lack of respect, compassion, consideration, and common sense.

Respect - People have truly lost respect for others. Whether this be younger people and adults who have authority or authority and those below them. The opinions and lifestyle choices of others are degraded, mocked, and most of all, treated as if the other person is always wrong. I don't think, although I could be wrong, that even as near as 30 years ago, this was prevalent. Rebellious nature was supposed to be a way to be different, not to be disrespectful of others.

Compassion - I can't walk a mile in your shoes, but if you are upset, grieving, or just having a mediocre kind of day, I should empathize with you. I know what that is like, and I should have enough respect for you to at a minimum ask if I can do anything for you. You do have the right to say no, but I should at least ask.

Consideration - This falls with respect, but be considerate of others in all aspects. If someone has lost a child or a loved one, be sensitive to how they might be feeling. It isn't right to go mocking or teasing in a scenario, when your neighbor is experiencing the same thing.

Common sense - Don't let your daughters who are 13 dress like they are 25. Don't let your children out on their own without supervision. Don't encourage playing with knives, fire, etc. Teach proper safety tips. Express the respect that woman should receive and that a man should give. Set a good example for your children, and those around them.

Our main example in this was, as everyone is talking about, Tim Tebow. Yes, I don't think he is the greatest quarterback to play the game, but does that make him a bad person? Absolutely not. If he so chooses to speak on abstinence and waiting until marriage to become sexually active, is there anything wrong with that? Is he any less of a man or a person for that choice? No, he is not. He respects his mother, and women around him. Is it so wrong to be a kind, considerate, respectful person, like him? Would you prefer your son to grow up like him or Tommy Lee?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I'm Almost 25 And...

I have an obsession with Taylor Swift.
I've read people say she looks like a drowned rat, and that she's the least attractive person they've ever seen. People say she can't sing or write music.
Obviously these people have not seen the latest issue of Vogue magazine.
She looks absolutely stunning.

All photos courtesy of Vogue

And my favorite videos:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Reading List

Even though it is getting kind of late on a Friday night, and I have to be up early to take Christopher to work and go to the gym, I have the strongest urge to make a large pot of coffee (Vanilla Nut flavored beans sweetened stevia to be exact) and curl up and read this:

I love J. D. Salinger. His short stories and of course, "The Catcher in the Rye" is only my favorite book of all time ("To Kill A Mockingbird" and the "Harry Potter" books tie for second). Iv'e even been contemplating, many years from now, when I have children, if I have girls to name them Franny and Zooey. Zooey, I love, however, with Franny I am not keen on naming a child Frances or Francine. Anyway, I probably won't be having the coffee or reading that tonight, but I suggest you go read all Mr. Salinger has to offer. Even if you read "Catcher" in high school, and didn't like it, I will choose to not degrade you or look down upon you, but suggest to try the short stories. Just pick one, you don't have to read them all. Try and enjoy it. I remember reading them in high school and loving them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

If its Not Forever, If Its Just Tonight

A long time ago, back when Chris and I first met, he told me to listen to this song by Kings of Leon: "Sex on Fire." I did and IMMEDIATELY loved it. It has remained a favorite since then. I, however, am a country girl at heart. One day, probably a year after I heard the Kings of Leon version, I picked up Sugarland's "Live on the Inside" CD. And on that CD would be a cover of "Sex on Fire" done by Sugarland, obviously. Let me tell you, it is the BEST REMAKE OF A SONG EVER. It is slightly twangy, and the piano is amazing. I'm a sucker for piano, and I just love it. Jennifer Nettles has such an amazing and raw voice for the song, that it sounds so great. So, for your listening pleasure:

Sex On Fire by Sugarland on Grooveshark

In other news, I've ran 9.3 miles this week and it feels amazing. I've been plugging along and although Monday and Tuesday were easier runs, I just keep going, and then I sprint to the finish. It feels great. All of it has been under 30 mins and 30 seconds (Monday was under 30 mins).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Peacefully Resting

I'm not sure when you consider something luck, as I've always considered it, or, if it can change and become unfortunate circumstances. I always thought it was normal to have six grandparents. I found it odd the first time I heard that most kids only have four. I was very confused by it. Then I came to realize, or maybe my mom told me, that I was so lucky and loved to have six.

I'm only 25, and I'm so jealous when I hear of my coworker who is my mother's age that still has her grandmother around. I'd give anything, and I make it know to Chris about his brother, to have my grandmother back. I was only 12 when she died, and thankfully the rest of my grandparents were able to see much more of my life.

My Grandpa Harvey died yesterday. It was rather sudden, although he had been sick. I had talked to my mom Monday and she had said that he wasn't doing better, and that he wasn't doing worse, so we were optimistic. Unfortunately, he had a heart attack, and when he was resuscitated, and put on the machines, my mom, aunt, and uncle made the tough decision of pulling the plug. He didn't last more than 15 minutes or so.

I'm sad for many reasons. I'm sad for my loss and my family's loss. I'm sad because I don't have any grandparents left. I'm sad because I'm not as close as I could have or should have been to him. I know he loved me and I know he knew I loved him, but it is still a sad thing for all of us. I'm even more sad that I can not find a single picture of me with him. I can't find one that we're both even in with other people. I'm glad when I was visiting my family at Christmas I was able to see him. I didn't envision it to be my last time.

One of my other grandparents died in June. I enjoy running, and it is a good release for me, and I have found that I do my best running when I'm first initially feeling grief.

Remember to spend time with your loved ones and always tell them you love them, no matter what.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Supposed to be...

If you didn't know, the boy got me into Chargers football. Well, almost all football. Here are some examples:

October 2008 vs. New England

September 2009 vs. Baltimore Ravens

December 2011 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Anyway, I've also become really obsessed with these two remixes by DJ Steve Porter. Take a listen, and enjoy some football.

"Tebow Magic"

"Philly Dream Team"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Day I Almost Got Hit by a Car and Ripped My New Pants

First, my sister shared this photo she took of one of our family's dogs, Ricky.

It is really hit or miss if he's really cute and adorable; really moody and smelly; or really mean, fat, and grumpy. She caught him cute and adorable. Don't mess with him in the other situations.

Second, I thought I'd share the most attractive photo of me, EVER TAKEN.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed that for a laugh while you read my story.

As part of my new, healthy habits, I've been going on long walks (okay, 40 - 50 mins) on my lunch break, instead of just sitting at my desk eating my lunch. I try to take a different route everyday, or do my routes backwards, to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer.

Today, I'm walking along, there are people around, eating their lunches and walking on their lunch breaks. Somehow, and I'm going to blame my tennis shoes and the cable company's ground line container (I hope you know what I'm talking about, the squares on the sidewalk or the pavement where the cable company's stamp is). Anyway, I tripped and fell big time. I think I was distracted by the car that was trying to make an odd, illegal u-turn.

It was embarrassing. I think people saw me. I worried that I was hurt, I was kind of far from work (probably around 1 mile away) meaning I had to go back. Anyway, all in all, I did not rip my pants and all I have to show for it is a gnarly bruise on my knee. I hope it doesn't swell up, because today was my rest day from the gym, and I have 3 more to go.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Yes, Freaking, Yes!

I lost 2 lbs. in my crazy, insane healthy eating and working out 5 times a week plan. I could have jumped an whooped in the gym, but figured that was somewhat uncalled for. I'm so excited and proud that there is no way that I won't continue with it. I feel as though I have the metabolism of a 60 year old woman, so this just feels so good to me. I've been really conscious of what I'm eating and keeping track of my food intake. It feels good.

So tonight we're having carne asada tacos, which is a slightly higher calorie food than my normal dinner. I put in work at the gym tonight for it, but Chris says to me, "only eat a little because you've don so well." He's been really good about supporting me. Two thumbs up. Anyway, I decided since we had a whole head of romaine and didn't need that much for sandwiches later in the week I'd have a giant taco salad. Well, the romaine was gross, I'm not sure what possessed me to buy it at the store. Anyway, scratch that. So what do I do instead? I cut up an entire cucumber and top it with salsa and carne asada, with a side of tortilla chips. I'd rather give up the tortillas for the tacos and have tortilla chips, any day.

So, I am one happy little girl. Smiles all around.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blessings and Resolutions

I am so blessed in so many ways. I'm sure most of us have those days where things go wrong, or at least don't go our way and we get upset. We might yell; throw things, or my personal favorite, cry. I realize that we need to take moments out of our day to know that we are blessed and that things could be much, much worse. Some of my many blessings:

1. Chris

What would I do without him? (Sorry that the photo is blurry, lack of flash, slow and inexpensive camera will do that to you). He makes me smile, he makes me happy, he believes in me and never lets me down. He tells me I'm beautiful and smart; caring and funny; and all the wonderful things that every girl loves to hear.

2. My Immediate Family

My mom, dad, and little sister all support me no matter what. They are always there for me when I need them. I always have a shoulder to lean on or cry on. My mom and sister are my best girlfriends and my dad gives the best advice. They both learned from the best (my grandparents) are now imparting their wisdom upon me and my sister so that we can bestow that upon our children.

3. My extended family

My dad's brother's two daughters and son-in-law, and my dad's sister. They might be nosy and always in our business but they are always there. Even Angel the dog too!

4. My Cousins and Sister

We're pretty close and spent a lot of time together growing up, especially after my uncle died. Just us girls. Playing Barbie and dress-up, and school and doctor. We had a lot of fun and we can thank our parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.

I don't have recent photos of my other family, but my mom's family just the same. I've already plugged this on the blog, but my cousin wrote a book, he has a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter.

Those are my blessings and now onto my resolutions.

1. Stay on track with healthy eating and exercising. I have gone to the gym 5 days this week and feel great about it. I'm confident that I can keep up the good work.
2. Believe in myself more.
3. Spend more time outside.
4. Spend more time doing fun and exciting things with Chris.
5. Smile more and cry less.
6. Read my Bible, almost, everyday.
7. Pray, honestly and earnestly.
8. Become a better blogger.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Smile and be happy.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Perfect Friday... After Work

Work does not make for a perfect Friday. In fact, if anything, it makes for an imperfect Friday. However, it was replaced with the good things in my Friday evening. I took yesterday off from the gym for a rest day, and went back tonight. I didn't even realize until it was too late that I spent almost 2 hours there. It felt so good. My body is adapting well to my workout intensity. I've just lifting some heavy weights and constantly switching up my cardio. I think it is really helping my leg muscles progress.

To continue with my happy Friday, Chris and I went to Panera. I was feeling kinda chilly and I am kinda sore, so alongside my soup and salad I ordered some hot tea. I forgot how much I enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. Especially flavored teas. Panera had Republic of Tea bags, so I was able to choose between a few different ones. I had the Mango Ceylon, which is apparently a metabolic tea. If it helps, it helps, otherwise I just really liked the flavor. The second one I had is Orange Ginger Mint, which is an after meal tea. And that's exactly when I had it, after dinner. When I put it in the cup with the water, it looked like Mountain Dew. I was afraid that it would be too unusual for my liking, but I really am enjoying it (still drinking it). I'm going to have to expand my tea cupboard.

Finally, I really like Miranda Lambert's new album: "Four the Record." I love the song that Blake Shelton wrote, "Over You." It is such a heartfelt song. I can really understand why he wouldn't want to sing it himself; getting too choked up, but her voice is perfection on it. She has the perfect angry/sad sounding voice. Take a listen; drink some tea; and relax on this wonderful Friday night.

Over You by Miranda Lambert on Grooveshark

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It Feels So Good

Normally, when I strength train my legs, I am sore for days. Last night I strength trained my legs (a little more exercises, with the same weights) and I'm not sore today. It is such an odd feeling to not feel any soreness. My arms and chest are so sore today from Tuesday's workout though. I guess I need to make sure I pay enough attention to them. I've been focusing on doing a moderate intensity cardiovascular workout followed by a more intense strength training workout to build up some muscle in hopes of toning up and losing some pounds that way. I know that muscle is the key to losing weight, being toned, and looking good. I was really hoping to have a fourth day in a row gym day today, but it would be time to do back and abs, and I'm to sore to get the most benefit out of the lifting. Friday night gym session it is. Which, I really don't mind, because Friday nights tend to be less busy.

I've also survived my portion control and only eating when I'm truly hungry lifestyle change pretty well. I've been keeping track online here: MyFitnessPal and really like that I can track food, exercise, and water. It shows me if I eat too much of one thing and not enough of another. Plus, I put all I plan on eating in there when I get to work in the AM and add throughout the day, that way I always know where I'm at, and maybe when I plan to be hungry and I'm not.

However, with all that being said, I feel as though I am becoming too obsessed. I can not stop thinking about calories in vs. calories out; did I run enough; did I lift enough; when will I workout next. I just want my head to be fully into it, and I hope that I don't become too obsessed and stressed out. So far things have been really good, and I'm only like a week in, but I'm happy with my dedication. I just hope I don't lose sight of the ultimate goal: to be healthy and happy and confident.

Anyway, Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I have a Feeling

That my triceps will be screaming at me tomorrow. But what's a workout if you don't put in 125%, right? I was in the running groove today as well, but limited my cardio so that I can focus on building some massively lean muscle. I would have expected the gym to be a total nuthouse because of everyone's 2012 resolutions, but it wasn't. There were a few newbies, but not too many, most of the same old faces.

I am at such a loss for anything to say right now. I'm tired, weird-esque dreams at night, that aren't really scary, but keep you up, will do that to you. Hopefully I'll get a great night's sleep tonight.

Monday, January 2, 2012

I Wonder

Christopher and I are not ones to go see movies very often, at the theater at least.
If I was to go see a movie this year, I think I'd pick this one (although he might disagree):

Enjoy the trailer. I love Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

Happy Monday.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Out With the Old, In With the New

I haven't posted Christmas pictures yet, because my aunt has not put them online. Since she hasn't put them up, she probably won't. So, I apologize for the lack of holiday photos. There are some family photos that we took, but those are not quite as fun as the gift opening and dinner eating ones.

2012 will be the year of fun for Chris and me. We spent 2010 worrying about money and living off one job, and now we've spent 2011, still somewhat worrying about money, but having raises and two jobs. We plan on going here:

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
Well, we plan on wanting to go to Hawaii, and I'd pick Maui, even though I've already been there. Lahaina was the only notable place I could think of to get a picture of.

And then of course, my birthday is coming up and we plan on going back here:

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth.
I'm pretty excited about going for my birthday.

So far, that's all we have planned for 2012.

Give us some ideas. I hope you all had a great 2011 and continue to have health and happiness in 2012.