no order to this

Oh my gosh – when will this week be over?!  Haha, I do remember a post I wrote a few months ago about enjoying the moment and not hoping that time would go by faster – what was I thinking?!  To be honest, I am simply still tired from my travels.  I don’t bounce back from time changes well.  Okay, enough whining.

Look what arrived in the mail today!


Yay!  Our t-shirts will be here soon and they say “sweat pink ambassador” on the back.  Want your own “drink pink” glass?  Order it today!  They are super cute!  I can’t wait to use it on my wine walk this weekend :)

Tonight I did get off my duff for a bit to do some unpacking and rearranging.  My apt still resembles an episode of “Hoarders” and it’s driving me bonkers.  I’m not gifted when it comes to finding a place for everything.  In fact, I struggle.  Part of it is lack of motivation because it seems like such an endless job.  Another part of it is the crap-load of stuff with no place for it to go!  Slight exaggeration but you get the idea

progress :)

Even though I hate doing it piece by piece and want it all finished NOW I think this is the best way.  At least I am being intentional about what I am keeping and what might end up being donated.

Oh!  Here are my “goal jeans”… yes, please feel free to roll your eyes!  But when I tried them on with my sister we both decided they were super cute!  They are just a bit on the tight side – not horribly so but I would like for them to be a little looser.  Besides, since it is still massively hot here in MI, I won’t need to wear them for at least a month.  Unless an incredible cold front moves through (please oh, please!)

love the wide waste band on these bad boys!

I also got two new dresses, and about five new shirts.  I got it all ridiculously cheap (I didn’t pay over a $100).  LOVE it when that happens!


On the work out front… I’ve been lazy.  So back at it tomorrow.  It’s been a nice couple of days off but now I can feel that I’m ready to run.  Not to mention, some of the stress from coming back to work is getting all pent-up.  This is not good, haha.  It makes me slightly panic-y and really, that’s no fun!

Hmm… doesn’t seem to be a real point in today’s post.  I’ve got lots of things swimming around in my head so hopefully a better post will find it’s way on here tomorrow!


busy last couple of days

I’ve been working a lot the last couple of days so here is a recap of what I would have written had I had time…

Oh yeah, I got into this!

are you tired of seeing this picture yet? probably but I am NOT tired of posting it!!!

Yep, I am above and beyond excited to hit the streets RUNNING 26.2 miles in San Fran this October 14, 2012.  With my dear friend Danielle.  How could I NOT be excited?!  As I mentioned, this will be my first full and I am determined to train smart, run a solid race and become a marathoner.  I am also really looking forward to meeting up with other Sweat Pink Ambassadors and the women who made it possible at Fit Approach.

2.  This was a big week in my work world.  I got some good news, worked about 80 million hours, and feel like I got hit by a truck.  But it’s good – the academic year is over and I have about 12 hours of a summer break before my summer projects get up and running.  Do I mind?  Not really, at this point, I am thrilled to have the academic year done and over with and I am ready to have a good GREAT summer.

3.  MAJOR response to my give-away!  Wahoo!  Yay!  There is still time to enter!

4.  I’m running 13 miles today.  Ouch – I can feel it hurting already! ;)  But I’ve got this little 25k coming up and I need to make this happen!  I went for a run on Thursday.  I also decided one little egg sandwich wouldn’t hurt me… umm… HUGE mistake.  This equals horrifying results and a tough run.  I was able to salvage the run slightly by turning the last half into a tempo run but after 2.30 miles of running in the beginning I had to walk a half mile before being able to run home.

oh how you hurt me so lovely egg sandwich!

oh well… I guess my body has spoken, eh?

5.  I had myself a little arts ‘n crafts project.  I made presents for my staff and they turned out really well.  I was surprised  and quite pleased with myself!  I have two fairly useless talents – I am an excellent gift-giver and I make awesome foam for espresso drinks.  I’m sure both of these will get me very far in life.

I got the stripes for the men and the checked for the women
all done! I used fabric markers and stencils. they took some time but I love that they are practical and a fun gifty

6.  I’m going to get my books for the Reading and Running Long program today!  I love buying new books and am especially looking forward to buying books about running :)  I’m also going to buy the stick today.  My legs are TIGHT and have been for days.  Plus it will be nice to get out of the building.

ready to roll out these muscles

On Friday night, I was in bed and couldn’t sleep.  It was 4 am?  Later?  I had gotten to bed maybe an hour earlier (remember? I said it was a LONG work day!) and I started thinking about everything from this week/last few days.  Panic set in a bit, haha.  I had to do some major breathing exercises just to be able to fall asleep.  I’m hoping this panic will lead to energy/fuel to tackle all of the incredible experiences I have ahead of me!

happy thursday

I really have started to look forward to Happy Things Thursday.  In fact, I’ve started to pay more attention during the week to things that bring a smile to my face just so I can remember to write about them on Thursdays!  What a great side effect!  Actually being grateful!  ***Warning*** this is going to be a bit cheesy: I feel grateful for feeling grateful!  Yep, kind of lame BUT when I realize moments, people, things – whatever, I’ve missed along the way just because I wasn’t paying attention – shame on me!  Waking up to this has been an important part of my healing… so here is this week’s list!

1.  Umm… my pivot shorts/sweat pink laces give-away!  Haha, I love offering this gifty to folks!  Even better are all of the awesome comments and ways people use to motivate themselves.  It’s been fantastic.  One incredible bit of advice – be grateful for being healthy and “getting” to run everyday – I need to remember this!  Click here to leave your comment/entry to win!

1.5.  I.GOT.IN!  Seriously, I think I read the email 3 times this morning before I believed it was true.  There are also some other SPA’s (sweat pink ambassadors) running it so I will get to meet them IRL!  The cherry on top?  One of my best good buddies, Danielle, got in too so we are headed to San Fran together!  The city will never be the same… ;)

2.  Okay, so this is silly… but I can’t drink a bottle of wine on my own.  I probably should be happy this is the case but I hate dumping half bottles down the drain.  Then these caught my eye

mini bottles! so would it be wrong not to use a glass but just drink from the bottle?!

3.  Running and Reading Long – This is a fantastic program I am lucky enough to be a part of!  One of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors, Laura from Laura Lives Life, has created a program that involves reading running books and training.  What I really love about this concept is integrating the mind and body connection.  There are approximately 10 of us and we will read from the books Laura has selected and also do our long runs “together”.  All of the participants are at varying levels of running and goals – ranging from 5k’s to half marathons.  Since my confidence with long distance has been a bit faulty as of late, I am thrilled with this chance.  Not to mention, becoming a more educated runner?!  Yes please!  You can click on the button below or it will also be added to my sidebar.

the program starts May 7th! looking forward to buying my books :)

4.  Groups of women – okay, this may seem like an odd category to be grateful for but let me tell you three stories:

1.  I went to yoga a couple of weeks ago and we go around the room to introduce ourselves and talk a little bit about our day.  I had a date afterward and shared this with the class.  The class was all women this day of varying ages and they all broke out into some applause and “ooooo – fun!”  It was so great!

2.  There are a lot of Sweat Pink Ambassadors and it has been really neat meeting fellow ambassadors who are all on the path to living a more well lifestyle.  I love that I sent a tweet announcing my give-away and others retweeted to help promote it.  I love that I have “met” other women through blog comments/posts who are like me in some way, shape or form.  I love feeling like I have a community with me every time I turn on my computer or lace up my pink laces!

3.  My Ragnar Relay team, The Panty Raiders!  I have never met any of them but they have been super supportive!  Whether it was sending flowers and condolences when my mom passed, facebook messages or just their general enthusiasm for our team and soon-to-be-experience, I couldn’t have asked for better teammates!

Basically, I love being  part of groups of women who rally around each other to support and cheer each other on!  I used to believe I got along better with men but what I have realized is I didn’t fully appreciate what being part of a group of women means.  I am so lucky!

5.  This awesome cupcake? cake? pan!  Not only is it super cool BUT it was on sale – love it just a wee bit more!  I can’t wait to make these cupcakes, they are going to be HUGE!

yeah, these suckers are going to be a major mouthful!

Needless to say, it’s been a BIG Thursday for me!  I even had to take a mini- time out because I was just kind of overwhelmed with the awesome-ness of today.  I’m sure my 8 miler run tonight will be all kinds of  jaunty and hopefully it helps burn off some of this energy or I may NEVER sleep again!  Thanks for all of the support!

aspaeris pivot shorts & sweat pink laces give-away!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This week just happens to be one of the busiest for me out of the entire academic year.  While I am incredibly happy it is almost over, there is another part of me dreading the impending workload.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind working hard.  But it’s kind of like staring at a giant hill and wondering how the heck you are ever going to run up it in one piece.

You know what eases the stress/anxiety a little bit?  Offering my first ever give-away!  Great scott, am I ever excited!  Not only is it totally awesome but it’s kind of like Christmas when you know you got someone a cool gift :)

So, what do I have for you to win?  Aspaeris Pivot Shorts and Sweat Pink shoelaces!  Wahooo!!

this is a pic "borrowed" from Aspaeris site since I had some troubles getting a pic!

Yes, this picture below magically becomes the picture above… How?  I don’t know, like I said, magic

trust me, I never thought these would fit me... but they do... and again, they are magic

And what better to highlight your new Pivot shorts with than some hot pink laces?

trust me, the laces will bring you good running mojo!

By now you are probably asking yourself how you can win such good stuff – well, all you need to do is leave a comment about what motivates you when you REALLY DO NOT want to work out.  I would say  I have struggled with motivation off and on and I would love to hear some tips/secrets that you have.  In fact, I am willing to reward you for them!

Also, check out Aspaeris on facebook and “like” them – it’s a great way to find out when they are running deals.  Oh yeah, and because they are radical.

If you remember, Aspaeris are sponsoring my Ragnar team, The Panty Raiders.  But this isn’t why I am doing the give-away.  In fact, I purchased a pair a few months back and have been so happy I did.  What are the major benefits?  I love the effects of the compression without the “I can’t breathe” side effect.  They are really comfortable and I have worn them both during runs and for recovery.  In a pinch they also work great as “spanx”… not that I have ever had to do that or anything.

From the Aspaeris site:

We created Aspaeris™ to help protect female athletes from injury and enhance their performance with advanced compression apparel. As a female-centric company, we believe that the performance demands female athletes make on their bodies are unique. Our goal is to develop a deep understanding of those demands and create products that specifically elevate performance and protect her from non-impact injuries.

So, they rock basically.  I am running the give-away until next Wednesday, May 2nd at 5 pm.  Sorry, but I will only be able to ship to the U.S.  Yay give-away!  (yes, I am a big dork!)

In other news, I knocked out 6 miles yesterday.  I felt pretty good during the run but later my back was killing me.  This morning?  Same story – sore back.  I’m fairly certain I need to strengthen my core to support my running mileage – anyone ever have a similar issue?

Can’t wait to read all of your motivation tips!

happy thursday things… a day late

I meant to get this post up yesterday but got a bit distracted… probably by something sparkly… but there are things I am really grateful for and I didn’t want to let that pass so here they are!

1.  On Sunday I was having a rough day.  I was sick, feeling down and exhausted.  One of my sweetest friends sent me this text message

I love my friends and family!  After I got this message I definitely felt better.  Sometimes you just need a reminder that you are loved!  And when it’s done creatively, it’s all the better!

2.  I have The EZ Memorial Run tomorrow.  This is a somber event – Officer Eric Zapata was killed in the line of duty a year ago here in Kalamazoo.  While the cause isn’t happy people from all over Kalamazoo are signed up for this inaugural event.  Like hundreds – isn’t that amazing?!

thanks to all of the officers who put their lives on the line for us!

3.  My bio is UP on Fit Approach!  SOOOOO EXCITED!!  I can’t even believe it myself!  You can check me out by hitting up the link (then going to the About section and clicking on ambassadors) as well as meet the other Sweat Pink Ambassadors.  They are an amazing group of women that definitely inspire me.

cheesy pic I used for my bio but it's one of my favorites!!

4.  Today will be a rainy run.  I am actually kind of looking forward to it.  It’s been one of those lazy spring rains where it stops and starts but isn’t a torrential downpour.  Not to mention, it makes me feel like a BAMF to be running outside when others are inside.  Weird, that I have more motivation to run in nasty weather than in good!

5.  A big sale at RunningWarehouse! :)  Yeah, I need more running gear like I need a hole in the head but sometimes things call out to you and today I wasn’t strong enough to deny this call!  What did I get?

it was the waste band that sealed the deal!
how cute will these look under my sparkle skirt?!
I "needed" some pink arm warmers to go with my Sweat Pink tank - my race outfit is almost complete!

So those are my new treasures and yes, I am ready to rock them!

6.  Aspaeris Pivot shorts are sponsoring us for the Chicago Ragnar!  I am thrilled to be representing this awesome company and really happy my legs, bum and knees will be healthy because of their awesome design.  Check out their site

they have other colors too and are really comfy!

One aspect of these shorts I really like is unlike other compression gear I’ve worn, they aren’t so tight on my stomach that it’s hard to breathe.  I’ve had gear like this in the past where it compresses my stomach so much I can’t get a full breath while running.  This most definitely outweighs the benefits of the compression on my legs.  I recommend these shorts!

While there are other things making me very happy this week, I’ll leave you with this current list.  What is making you happy today?  Or yesterday?

weird wednesday & a great mail day!

First of all, I am not sure if those of you that post comments can see when I respond back so I wanted to give a shout out to all of you!  Thanks for comments, for reading and making me very excited to check my e-mail after I hit “publish”! :)

Oh and guess what came in the mail today?!

too cute for words, eh?!

I am so thrilled about this tank!  My big race is coming up and I plan on suffering running it in this tank, some lovely pink arm warmers and then possibly my sparkle skirt.  Oh yes, I WILL be making a statement!  I can’t wait!  I have already had questions about where people can get one so head on over to Fit Approach and place an order!

I almost didn’t post today but then ran into a few things and decided maybe I would just talk about the weird things I notice/see/hear each Wednesday.  Or not… we’ll see!

it's a shark pizza cutter... marketed towards kiddies... naturally

Now, I like festive kitchen ware as much as the next person.  In fact, I have a great Mickey Mouse ear pizza cutter that I love.  HOWEVER, I find it odd this is sold in the kid’s cooking section.  “Here kids!  Help me cut pizza (legit) and then come and get it when not supervised because it looks cool!” (not so legit?)  Nope, I don’t have kids and maybe when I do I will buy them lots of sharp toys but for now, I find this odd!

Yesterday I bit the inside of my lip – HARD.  It’s been hurting all day.  I was thinking about how if you say, “Wow, I’m really sore” everyone assumes you are working out hard and visions of athletes dance through their heads.  But if you say, “Wow, I have a really bad sore” everyone automatically assumes the worst – like freshmen year health class scare tactics worst!  It’s so strange… so I had to keep my poor bitten lip to myself to avoid unwarranted ridicule!

I have been sick all week so I have taken a couple of days off so a) my head doesn’t implode and b) I am able to actually breathe while I work out.  I am definitely looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow in the sweat-tastic dept!

living the sweat pink dream and a treat

I’m having a craptiastic day.  At first, I was going to write about how I sincerely cannot stop eating this weekend.  Blame it on hormones, blame it on emotions or blame it on me just being lame – there are a number of possibilities at this point!  However, I will lament about these on another day (most likely tomorrow, yay! something to look forward to!  A whiny post by your’s truly!)  Instead, I have decided to suck it up and write about something different.

Yesterday, one of my former staff members came by.  He is getting ready to make some big life decisions… go to grad school?  Which grad school?  Defer?  He got into a really tough and prestigious program and he said he was not sure what to do.  I asked him why not?  It’s EVERYTHING he has worked for as an undergrad.  It’s also a major stepping stone for his future.  So, in reality, I may have yelled, “WHY NOT!”  His answer?  “What if I fail?”

Alright, I am very familiar with this sentiment.  You know the dreams that live inside you, so deep that it takes you a little while to even admit them?  This is how I feel about being an author.  I have wanted to be a writer since first grade.  It is DAMN scary when aspects of your dream start coming true!  Haha, when Fit Approach asked me to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was SO excited but also incredibly nervous!  What if I failed?  What if my writing/story wasn’t good enough?!

Yesterday I told my staff member that it’s okay to be scared.  It’s okay to admit it out loud because then when you finally do jump in with both feet, you get to look back and say, “I’m brave!”  Getting to admit you are brave is so worth having to admit you are scared in the first place!  When he left, I turned around and gave myself the same pep talk.  I am awesome at giving others advice but I forget to hear it myself at times.

Well, if you have made it this far, then congrats!  I know I can get a bit wordy but I do believe it’s important to recognize our goals and dreams are not easy to achieve.  We have to sacrifice a lot, endure ups and downs and then take huge risks to make them come true.  We SHOULD be scared!

Want to meet some of the other Sweat Pink Ambassadors?!  One of the others, Lori has set up a blog hop!  Click on the laces below and you can check them out!

Beyond pep-talking my staff member and myself into believing we can take on the world, I also made an old family recipe yesterday.  Kidney Bean Salad – yum!  It always brings back so many memories of hanging out in my Grandma’s kitchen.  Kidney bean salad was kind of special occasion salad and if memory serves my mom, grandma and I were the ones who really loved it.  This always makes me smile – maybe our tastes are linked genetically?!

even made it in the same kind of bowl my grandma used to :)

Here is an oldie but goodie and a peek at my grandma’s old kitchen

we were devouring some cool whip! that kitchen was my 2nd home

Here is the recipe for Kidney Bean salad!

1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 eggs hardboiled

2 (or 3) stalks of celery, chopped

1/4 of a head of lettuce, chopped

3 sweet pickles, chopped (I just cut up a bunch of bread and butter pickles)

1/4 cup of mayo

See?  Very easy!  I usually add a little bit of pickle juice and found some mayo that has an olive oil base so it’s supposed to be healthier (?!).  I also found bread and butter pickles that are sugar-free – another bonus in the health department.

My last little tidbit to share with you?  Friday I knocked out a five miler.  Before I left, I wanted a bit of a kick but thought I was all out of shot bloks.  Then after digging through my purse, I found this

there was one lonely blok left!

Yay!  Of course, it was kind of old and there was some lint stuck to it but hey, it got the job done!  I’m a classy lady ;)

i am a sweat pink ambassador!

News sharing day came early!  WAHOOOOOO!!!

I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing this news!  I was contacted by Fit Approach a few weeks ago and I seriously thought it was a spam e-mail.  When I read it through, I still didn’t believe it and had one of my co-workers come in and read it as well.  BUT it was true!  What was the content of said e-mail?  The lovely women at Fit Approach read my blog, liked the content and liked my weight loss story.  They felt I could be a good role model for other women and inspire them to either get or stay active!  I know!  Isn’t that amazing?!  I may or may not have danced around my office a bit :)  You can go and check out their page/info by either clicking on the link above or the button the side.

What does being an ambassador entail?  I get to share my get-fit story on their page and then have other opportunities to get published on their site.  I also get to help spread the Sweat Pink love by dispersing rockin’ pink laces, wearing my Sweat Pink tank around (probably everywhere – beware friends, I may not wear anything else this summer!) and getting together with the other ambassadors to promote healthy living.  Oh yeah, and my bio will be part of their site soon.  Part of my dream of being an author is coming true – still can’t believe it’s happening!

These are the laces I’ll be giving away soon!  I first saw them on SkinnyRunner’s site and fell in love.  Fit Approach sent me two pairs for free a few months ago and I have been sporting them ever since.  I’m pretty sure they helped me knock my 6 miles out of the park at the Kal-Haven trail run.  Seriously, they totally boost my morale and I get compliments on them all the time.

This week all of the other new Sweat Pink Ambassadors have been e-mailing and let’s just say I am in the company of greatness.  We are from ALL OVER THE PLACE!  One super cool element of this?!  A place to stay for destination races! Haha, yeah, I am only partially kidding.  I can’t wait to get to know all of these women better, hopefully meet them in person but read all about them on Fit Approach and just know they are cheering me on from afar.  I plan on trying to high light at least one a week so you can get to know them too!

In other news, I decided to test out my egg allergy today since I didn’t have to go to work.  I took my friend, Emily’s advice to try some organic, cage-free eggs to see if this made any difference

I feel like my eggs are in a "glass case of emotion"

While I don’t feel AS terrible as I did last Saturday when I made myself a delicious egg sandwich feast, I also don’t feel like taking on the world.  I had some scrambled eggs earlier this week and the stomach ache didn’t last past 1 pm so that was okay.  Then yesterday I had oatmeal and I’m heartbroken to say, I didn’t feel like vomiting all over my office.  NOOOOO!  How can this be?  I am a the egg’s BIGGEST FAN!  How could they turn on me like this?!

perhaps my last egg sandwich... can we have a moment of silence?

Basically, I just need to suck it up and stock up on oats.  Eating breakfast is still an enormous part of my staying fit plan – when I skip it, I am starving all day.  I guess eggs will no longer play a major role in my diet.  I am going to try hard boiling them to see if this makes a difference but I have to face the truth, sad as it may be!

Hopefully, I didn’t lose you with my egg situation but I do think it’s important.  I have been feeling sick in the mornings for a really long time.  I have taken meds for this, suffered through it and blamed it on my own anxiety.  To realize, there most likely is an actual cause (using self-diagnosis, of course so some room for error) is important to me.  It’s nice to know I can take control over this – and it’s simple!  I mean, I started wondering if I had IBS or Crohn’s or something else terrible.  I feel pretty lucky.  It’s also making me re-examine my diet, which I haven’t done in a while.  I’m looking forward to some healthy results!