Roomie Reunion

Hey guys, how was your weekend?! Mine was great, filled with great friends.

Saturday, I got to meet up with two of my old college roomies for a women’s conference in Salt Lake.

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We had a blast and then Shana (on the far right) stayed the night and spent a good chunk of Sunday with me. We watched How I Met Your Mother. For probably longer than I should be admitting to right now.

I also got super domestic yesterday and made chicken tacos in my crock pot with THIS recipe. So dang easy and so delicious!! That’s a double win for me!!!

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Then later last night, best friend Deborah texted me to see if I wanted to go out to an area called Day Break to walk around the man made lakes they have. Yes I did! The temperature was perfect, the sun setting was gorgeous and it felt great to stretch my legs.

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We even got an excellent jumping picture on the 2nd try. Although I have no idea why I only have one arm.

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This place was gorgeous! Next time I want to go in my running gear so I can cover more area and see more of this cute neighborhood.

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Man, I live in a pretty place! Soooo beautiful! Love those mountains of mine!

Enjoy the last day of September!! Where did this month go?!!

How was your weekend?

Favorite meal from the weekend?

Any big plans this week?? I’m moving!

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I’m going to be published

My company sends out a newsletter every month that they Health Coaches write articles for. Since I’m not technically a full on coach, I asked if I could write one too and they said yes! I was so excited because I love writing. Obvi. Or else I wouldn’t have a blog.

I thought I would give you guys a sneak peak and share it with you today. I don’t know what title was chosen for it, because I didn’t have a good one. I think it was something like “Changing Seasons Means Changing Workouts” or something dumb like that. Titles are not my strong point, as you may have noticed.

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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, football season has started and the air has a distinct crispness to it that can only mean one thing: fall has arrived. For those of us who don’t live in moderate climates, this also means the availability of our favorite outdoor summer activities is coming to a close. Pools are closing up, morning and evening walks are getting chillier, and soon snow will cover many parts of the country, sending us all indoors.

So how are we going to keep up our activity levels and not lose the progress we’ve made over the summer? Here are a few suggestions:

  • First of all, keep up your summer outdoor activities as long as possible. There is still plenty we can do outside as fall is sneaking in, so don’t close the door on summer activities just yet. Continue going for walks, hikes, bike rides or whatever activity you’ve become fond of. By bundling up, you can still enjoy the fresh air for a little while longer.

  • Join a gym or recreation center. The great thing about these places is you can do many of your favorite activities inside! Biking, treadmills, ellipticals, indoor pools and even group exercise classes are great ways to stay up on your physical activity goals.

  • Discover winter sports. As the weather gets cold and blustery, we also receive the ability to participate in so many sports unavailable the rest of the year. Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are all fun, invigorating activities that are sure to work up a sweat!

  • Find workout DVDs to do at home. These can be purchased or are available for checkout at public libraries. A workout DVD can make fitting in your daily exercise very convenient, as you can do them right in your own living room! There’s a huge variety of activities offered, with a wide range of ability levels. Find a DVD that you enjoy and you may even discover a workout you can continue to do year round, regardless of the weather!

  • Get a workout buddy. This goes for any time of the year, but especially when the weather gets cooler and motivation may decrease, having a friend to help you along could make all the difference in the world. It not only holds each person accountable but also makes exercise that much more enjoyable!

The changing of the seasons doesn’t mean we have to regress in our exercise habits. We can still find fun, challenging, and effective ways to get some physical activity and keep us on track. With a little planning, workouts and healthy lifestyles can thrive even in the coldest of weather. Good luck!

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I did get to my work’s yoga class yesterday, put on by one of the health coaches who is also a yoga instructor (ever one else there has awesome second jobs…then there’s me haha). It was sooo great! I loved it. It was exactly the workout I needed yesterday. My body was so stiff before and it helped everything loosen up and relax but get an awesome workout at the same time. My legs were shaking during some of the poses. That means I was working super hard 😉

Today I get to see two of my old college roommates and best friends! I can’t wait!!

P.S. I feel way old saying the phrase “old college roommates” like it was forever ago haha!

And here’s a picture of the GORGEOUS flowers my coworker’s husband sent her for their anniversary. Because I feel weird not having any pictures in this post. Plus you should all get to see how pretty these are.

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What are you up to this fine Saturday?

What are your tips for staying in shape during the winter months? (unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather is nice all year round)

Friday Funnies

I’ve seen some funny stuff this week and I just wanted to share some of it with you! Because I kinda like you guys 😉 Also laughter is good for the soul and is a great stress reliever. I want you all to live happy, stress-reduced lives.

First, the video that went viral and has now made me paranoid to ever use a hashtag, even appropriately. But it’s too funny not to share, just in case you haven’t seen it. #classic

A joke for all the nerds like me. I love chemistry.

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This slide show 31 Pictures of People Freaking Out in a Haunted House: 2013 Edition. Hil.ar.ious! Also, I don’t have any real haunted house experience, but that train thing seems to be a popular way to go through this particular haunted house haha

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This Poo Pourri Commercial. Bahaha!

Inspiration for us all. Beyonce = Awesome.

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Truth!

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And finally a candid from picture taking at my grandparents’ anniversary party. Apparently we’re all laughing at my sister, but please note that I at least look somewhat sympathetic.

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I’m hoping to get in a run and then maybe go to a yoga class at work. My work has started offering yoga classes for free twice a week. Best job ever? I think so.

What are your plans this Friday?

What was your workout today?

Funniest thing you’ve seen this week?

I Dream the Future

True Story: Last night I had a dream that the first snow happened. I think it was because I’ve been worried that when I move it will snow and I don’t want to move in the snow. Well this morning I texted my dad (because he loves the snow because it means skiing) and he said it was going to snow tonight (meaning Wednesday night).  Well, what did I see yesterday as I looked out the window at work? Snow clouds. These were most definitely snow clouds. I’ve seen them all my life and I could point them out to you anywhere.

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Then as I’m driving home and getting closer to the mountains, I see the proof! The top half of the mountains have a light layer of snow on them, while the bottom half of the mountains are still trying to turn fall colors. I dreamed about the first snow and it happened. Apparently I can dream the future now.

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Don’t worry, I was stopped at a red light when I took this picture 🙂 The weather has become fall with a vengeance! I’ve already started wearing sweaters and boots. I think today I’ll wear a scarf! Oh I just love, love, love this time of year!

The cutest, most adorable little boy came to my work today to sell chocolates for a school fundraiser. I’m pretty sure it’s the same chocolates they were getting us to sell when I was his age. Well imagine the cutest, most petite little boy in a sweater vest no older than 6..maybe 7. Now you know why I couldn’t refuse to give him $2 in exchange for the yummy chocolates below. It turns out I only had those golden $1 coins (I have no idea where they came from) and it made his day!! His grandma was with him and he tried to convince her to let him hold them. “I’ll hold on to these and you hold the dollars!” Grandma didn’t think that was such a great idea. haha Too cute!

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I want to find more ways to do workouts at home, so when Danica posted this “Living Room Workout” I had to try it! Yesterday I only had time to do 2 rounds of it, but it was definitely getting harder. I was a little short on time, so I wasn’t able to do the recommended 3 rounds, but I am telling you, it would have worked me! My right shoulder and deltoid have been pretty sore since I mowed the lawn the other day. Must have tweaked it. Anyway, try Danica’s workout below:

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I love working 4 day work weeks. That makes today my Friday and tomorrow my weekend! Love it!

Happy Thursday!

What’s the weather like in your part of the country?

Favorite at home workout?? Add a link in the comments if you like!

Random Question: what’s your favorite holiday and why?

“Human” and the countdown begins

Today seemed like a Wednesday Wonderfuls kind of a day:

{1} I went on a run yesterday!! My first one since the marathon! It felt so good to get out there and move my legs. Honestly, they did still feel kind of tired. I was surprised because I didn’t do any exercise at all last week and they haven’t been sore in days. That first run back after a break is just a tough one. But it still felt great and I was high on endorphins all morning.

{2} This picture has been doodled on to protect the individual (and my position at my company) but I just had to show you the signature that came on this email I got yesterday. I think it was supposed to say “Human Resources” or something like that but instead it just said “Human”. I got quite a laugh over it! I hope someone tells her, so she can fix it but I am glad I got to enjoy it first.

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{3} The weather here is getting cooler and it definitely feels like fall now! Cool and crisp in the morning and evening and hot midday. Today it’s supposed to be only 64 and the next couple of days are supposed to be stormy. I love this weather!!

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{4} Last night I saw a house that I really liked and I got along with the girls that live there really well. I have another appointment to see a house on Thursday. I just need our landlord to tell us for sure whether or not they’re selling. So stressful. But it seems that things are coming together. Slowly, but they are. So much to be grateful for!

{5} New Girl is back on the air and I’m so very happy about it. Also I’m really happy about the return of Modern Family. Also the Mindy Project. I really don’t watch that much TV…Hulu is my friend. Except for when a show is only on Hulu Plus. Then it’s my enemy.

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{6} If you’re keeping track, today marks 3 months until Christmas and 4 months until my birthday. Yes, I begin counting down to my birthday ridiculously early. I love it soo much! Plus this next year is my Golden Birthday. Gotta make it special!

{7} Overall, I have a very blessed life. My living situation will work out, I love where I work and believe in the work we’re doing, I also get to talk nerdy health/wellness/fitness/medically talk with my coworkers, I am healthy, I am happy.

What are you Wednesday Wonderfuls?

I was so productive! also, I’m like a cow.

You guys, I was so productive yesterday. I think it’s because the night before I was in bed, lights out by 10:30 pm, I woke up at 6:30 am and did a tiny work out (and I mean tinnnyy) before heading to work. I think that’s a great way to start off a day! However, I wrote this post after 10:30 p.m., so no promises on how productive I’ll be today. Oh well. You can’t win them all!

Yesterday I….

  • Worked..duh.
  • Mowed the lawn. Which took forever because it hasn’t been mowed since the last time I mowed it. aka Labor Day. Remember?? So I had to empty the bag of grass about every other turn. I wish I was exaggerating. But now my arms are sore. Score!!
  • Cleaned the bathroom.
  • Took out the trashes.
  • Went grocery shopping. Which was PAINFULLY necessary, especially if I wanted to eat healthy.
  • Made this delicious tomato-basil pizza on thin crust. Yum!!

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So yes, I would call that a very successful day!

Let me update you a little bit on my life. It’s been a bit stressful lately because the landlord called us about a week ago to let us know that the owners of our house are thinking of selling it. And yes, there are 3 of us who just recently moved in within the last month. That, mixed with some other roommate/former roommates/$$$ drama has resulted in less than ideal circumstances. I’m considering (strongly) moving regardless of the owners’ decisions. But that means that I have to find a new place to live, move again and if they don’t sell, I also need to find someone to take my place in this house. Oy. Things are stressful! Which is why I need to get in a good run today, even if it’s not very far. Running is my ultimate stress reliever and I’ve missed it soo much as I’ve been recovering over the last week from the marathon.

Which, I’ll have you know, is going pretty well! I stopped being able to feel any soreness at all around Thursday and I’m eager to get out there again. I’ve also found myself perusing half and full marathon websites and registrations. It’s a dangerous and expensive hobby that we have here. Where’s a girl supposed to get that kind of money?! haha Plus, I also want new shoes. I mean….I NEED new shoes. NEED! Also a gym membership once I figure out where I’m living for sure. Especially with it now being noticeably  cooler in the mornings, I just know the first snow is no more than a month away. This girl needs to be able to work out inside. I’m a wuss when it comes to working out in the cold, remember?

Finally, here’s a picture Janae put on her blog yesterday and I just loved it. I told my best friend about it and she thought I was calling us cows. But not really. She understood. and that’s why we’re best friends.

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Favorite thing you’ve cooked lately?

When was the last time you were REALLY productive?

What’s your normal bedtime?

50 Down, Eternity to Go

As I mentioned in my last post, this weekend I got to go to my maternal grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration! What an amazing accomplishment, especially in today’s society! So be warned, this post will be picture overload, cause I kinda like my family.

We arrived and did we what we do best…eat.

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I found these in my grandma’s kitchen. I made them for her when I was probably somewhere between 7-9 years old. She says they’re her favorite ones.

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We then went and helped decorate the room for the family only luncheon (there was later an open house where friends came to congratulate them and visit). My aunt was the mastermind behind the decorations and I thought it was so cute! Pinterest worthy!

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The papers on the trees had notes and congratulations that we wrote on them.

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My grandma always  jokes that we’re like the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, so we got bundt cakes and put flowers in the middle. She thought it was hilarious!

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It was fun to see cousins and there was a lot of silliness that went on. Man cards may be put on suspension 😉

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My uncle put together a movie/slideshow of pictures from their life together. It was awesome to see some of the older pictures of my grandparents and my mom and her siblings, growing up. Then my grandparents and each of their children took some time to say a few words. Many tears were shed! Finally we had them cut the cake and feed it to each other. It was super cute.

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My grandpa is from Utah and my grandma is from Argentina. They met when my grandpa was down there for church service and wrote letters to each other for two years. They married, moved to the US for a short time and then moved to Argentina for a while. My mom and 4 of her siblings were born there. When my mom was 12 they moved back to the US and raised their family of 6 kids in Idaho, where they owned a local pizzeria. That pizzeria was a big part of my childhood!

My grandma gave me some marital advice this weekend that she asked me to pass on to my cousins (since I’m the oldest cousin) and I thought I’d share it with all of you. She said to never, ever use negative language toward each other, such as calling each other names or swearing at each other. She said that made all the difference in their relationship and would help us in each of our future marriages. I love it!

Finally, here is a collage my sister put on Instagram of my grandparents at the luncheon and then them on their wedding day. So sweet.

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I’m so grateful for my grandparents and the wonderful example they’ve always set for their children and grandchildren. Happy 50th Abuelita and Grandpa!

If you’re married, when is your anniversary?

Have you been to anyone’s 50th anniversary?

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you’ve received?