Dear Texas,

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

You have had your ups & downs. You have made me utter the phrase “I’m sooo bored” (a phrase I loathe by the way) one too many times. But you’ve also forced me to look inside myself & discover things that I’m glad I’m learning now; rather than 10 years down the road.

For one, you’ve taught me that I have a very addictive personality. This quality can be a good thing when applied to things that will enhance my life, but not so much when they are destructive habits that produce regret.

You’ve taught me to not be so judgmental & that judging others only reflects back on me as a person who needs to judge.

You’ve taught me the power of reading. Book after book after book…

You’ve taught me that I just might hate Political Science, and it’s ok to finish my Masters & move on to something that truly inspires me.

You’ve taught me that I’m a Runner! And I can do anything I put my mind to.

You’ve shown me how lucky I am to have such an amazing dedicated husband that will love me no matter what.

And last but not least…you’ve made me appreciate Florida in all it’s life and beauty. I am so fortunate to have grown up in such a beautiful state, Bradenton, Florida will forever be My Home.

1, 2, 3…8-minute miles!

October 20, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was cooped up in the house from 7am-3pm today while the movers were wrapping every single thing in our house in brown paper.

I'm not kidding - even the bicycles are wrapped in paper!

I promise this is the last of the moving pictures.

This is definitely a departure from our past moves where we enlisted all our friends & family to help us transport numerous car loads full of stuff from apartment to apartment. This is the most organized move, & it’s so strange to have movers come & pack all your things for you!

So – back to the 3 miles. I was getting a little stir crazy so the minute the movers left I slapped my ipod on & literally bolted out the door for a run. It was the hottest part of the day, yet I ran my fastest 5k yet!

3 miles in 24min. 16sec. which averages out to a solid 8 min mile for all 3 miles! I think I actually ran the first one in 7 something & slowed down for the last mile quite a bit, but I’m pretty darn proud of that speed! Now if I could just keep that pace on a distance run…

Almost Goodbye San Angelo

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow is the big day – the movers are coming to put ALL our possessions into a giant crate & ship it to Hawaii! I have to admit I’m a little nervous about putting everything we own in someone else’s hands to be shipped overseas. But there’s no other way for it to get there, so I’ve just got to go with it!

I ran 6 miles today in 53 min 42 sec. A couple 8 min miles, the rest were around 9-9.5. The funny thing is the whole time my headphones to my ipod were sounding really weak so I thought they must have been broken or something. I usually don’t like to run without music so I just kept it going, even though it didn’t sound right. When I was done with my run I took off my ipod arm band & realized that the headphones weren’t plugged in all the way & I was basically blasting my ipod on it’s external speaker for everyone else to hear! How I didn’t realize this I don’t know – it was early. It does explain some of the funny looks by passersby though :p

Sunday Traditions & Healthy Inspiraton

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Don & I have a Sunday morning tradition of watching Meet the Press.

Literally every Sunday morning Don & I have spent together since we met, has started with Meet the Press. Political junkies we are. I’m sure that there’s a political rant just waiting to be posted on here, but for now I’m going to try and stay neutral. Even though I have a B.A. (& soon an M.A.) in Political Science, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that politics can annoy they heck out of me. To the point where watching the news literally gives me anxiety. But I like MTP because it is an open forum where issues are discussed, most of the time in a mature straight forward way. And the host or as MTP calls it the ‘moderator’ David Gregory, doesn’t push his political agenda. This week there was a lot of talk about the upcoming elections. All I’m going to say about the elections is I turned in my absentee ballot last week. I almost didn’t want to because anymore voting feels like you are choosing the lesser of two evils, but we live in a democracy – and that means it is our responsibility to participate.


So yesterday morning after MTP I headed out to do my next distance training run.

12 miles in 1hr 58min (with hills & wind) = exhaustion.

After that I spent my last Sunday in San Angelo packing up what’s left of the household goods.

One of the last things I boxed up was my magazine collection. Yes I said collection. I’ve always been a magazine fiend. Some might even say that I hoard magazines. My top 3 favorites are

1) Domino (even though it no longer exists)

2) Lucky (I think I have every issue ever printed)

3) Women’s Health

and the newest edition

4) Runner’s World

As I was thumbing through some of my old fitness magazines, deciding which ones to recycle I started to think up a list of female celebrities who are positive role-models for health, fitness & a healthy body image. Here are a few famous ladies that inspire me.

*Note* I’m not advocating comparing one’s self with celebrities, athletes, or anyone else for that matter. There should always be a room for inspiration without being self critical!

Kristen Bell

In a recent issue of Shape magazine Kristen Bell shared her ‘30 Rules to Live By. One of my favorite things she says is, “I like to stay fit and challenge myself. But I’m not going to try to be a certain size, or weigh a specific amount. I don’t own a scale. My goal is to feel good and look healthy.” Personally, this has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I’ve been scale obsessed for most all of my adult life. Although, since I’ve started running and working out for reasons unrelated to weight loss I’ve noticed I don’t even have an urge to weigh myself. My jeans fit & so I’m happy. I’m no longer letting the number on the scale dictate how I feel about myself for the day.

Jessica Biel

If I could work-out with any celebrity for a day it would definitely be Jessica Biel. Not only is she incredibly fit but she stay’s healthy in body & spirit by taking on important global awareness campaigns like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January of 2010 to bring attention to the global water crisis.

Shakira

When most people think of Shakira, the first thing that comes to mind is her insane Belly Dancing skills. She is a great example of how staying fit and healthy can be achieved and maintained by more than traditional cardio. I took Belly Dancing classes a few years ago at Orlando Belly Dance. Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s a great confidence booster!

Hope you have an inspired day!

Reasons Why I’m SUPER Excited About Moving to Hawaii

October 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

…other than the fact that, well, it’s Hawaii.

I’ve missed Florida dearly over the past year, in particularly Winter Park. I felt like Winter Park just fit my life so well. It was close to my hometown, close enough to the beach, close to my friends and family, and it had culture. But without the suffocating city-life of downtown Orlando & the theme parks.

The picture above is me looking up at our streetside studio in downtown Winter Park the day we signed the lease. Don & I both loved this place. We could walk to the Winter Park Farmers Market, a mere block away, every Saturday morning. And we could walk a few more blocks and be surrounded by the cute boutiques, coffee shops & restaurants that Park Ave. has to offer.

Bringing it back to Hawaii…so far I think it’s going to be the best of all the charm I loved about Winter Park, plus it’s freaking gorgeous!

So, aside from the obvious reasons anyone would be excited about living in Hawaii, here are some of the city-life things I can’t wait to see!

1) Kokua Market – Hawaii’s only natural food’s co-op.

2) Down to Earth Grocery Store – All vegetarian & organic grocery.

3) Peace Cafe Hawaii – Vegan Home Cooking

4) Design Within Reach – “The Best in Modern Design”

5) SoHa Living

These of course are some of the creature comforts I’m excited about. There’s no doubt that I am awestruck that I am going to live in America’s vacation destination. I feel so fortunate, & I can’t wait to experience the next 3 years to their fullest!

Cleaning out the Pantry Cookies

October 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

So in an effort to use up of a bunch of baking goods that we can’t ship overseas with our household goods, I decided to make some experimental cookies. They were based off of a vegan recipe that my sister made with applesauce, but these are not vegan.

Cleaning out the Pantry Cookies:


1 stick unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp milk

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup organic steel cut oats

2 tbsp flax seeds

1/4 cup craisins (add more to taste)

1/4 cup raisins (add more to taste)

1. Set oven to 350

2. Melt butter & stir in brown sugar, sugar, eggs, egg white, milk & vanilla

3. In a separate bowl mix whole wheat flour, salt & baking soda

4. Slowly pour flour mixture into the butter & sugar mixture until well mixed.

5. Add oats, flax & craisin/raisins.

6. Put on cookie sheet & bake 15-18 min or until your house smells delicious 🙂

And Voila!

I did a distance training run today so I earned those cookies!

9 miles in 1hr:26min. Barely faster than a 10 min mile but my knee was giving me issues again. I’ve been running on a trail for most of my long runs & I think that the constant change in terrain is doing something funky to my knee. I’ve been wearing a brace but once I go past 6 miles it gets really uncomfortable. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a rest day. I don’t want to be injured before the St. Pete 1/2 Marathon in November!

Finding the Beauty

October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

Continuously contemplate yourself as being surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce.

I’ll be the first one to admit that I haven’t had the best attitude over the past year. Instead of looking for opportunities I focused on how limiting my surroundings seemed in comparison to living in Florida. I felt discontented with the process of finishing my thesis with little to no support from my professors, and I let those negative circumstances manifest into my every day attitude.

It would figure that a mere week before I’m departing San Angelo I’d decide to share some of it’s beauty. I’d like to think that I’ve given myself a bit of a personal overhaul over the past few months, and am beginning to look for the beauty in situations that can seem unpleasant. This quote sums up how I feel now pretty accurately:

Out of the mud the lovely lotus blossoms,

Out of trials something higher vies.

– raymond ng


I’ve been so resistant to appreciating Texas, and I wanted to change that before I leave. So today I loaded up the camera and sought to document some of the beautiful & interesting parts of San Angelo.

This morning I took a break from running & did Jillian Michaels’ ‘Yoga Body Burn’, which is anything but a zen yoga experience. If you are familiar with Jillian Michaels you’ll know she’s famous for her tough trainer style & does a lot of yelling. Well, yoga is not excluded from that. There’s a specific point in the DVD where you’re instructed to hold a moderately difficult balance pose & instead of the normal yoga video soothing background music – you get Jillian Michaels yelling “DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!”. And that’s when I fall flat on my face. She needs to stick to circuit training. Anyhow it was a pretty good workout & it feels good to take a break from the running.

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