Friday, April 28, 2017

RunVaca

Good Friday Morning!!!

This Friday is extra, extra amazing because I am in Nashville, TN!!!



Which means I am on vacation and running this weekend at the Rock and Roll ST. Jude 1/2 Marathon!

James and I arrived yesterday morning at 8:00 am. Our flight was out of Tampa at 7:00 and got here at 8:00 and it was an 1.5 hour flight. Yup we time traveled :0)



I forgot that TN is in a Central Time Zone. It was so funny to see on our ticket that time change, it didn't dawn on me at first.

We were so excited to be here. James and I have not had time off together in a really long time, definitely not back to back time off and we haven't had vacation since October  when we went back home for the wedding. We NEED this time together, believe me. I know it is the trip to get us back to US.

Not realizing we couldn't check in early at our hotel, even though online it said you could, we decided to grab some breakfast, they let us leave our luggage and then we got a LYFT and went downtown in Nashville to check it all out.

We had no clue where we were going and we turned a corner and BAM, all of downtown Nashville right in front of us. It was amazing. There are so many bars, restaurants and Boot stores. The bars advertise live music every single night and as we were walking by, many were walking by with their guitars and ready to get there music on.



The city totally has that country music vibe right away. And it seriously is like you are transported to a whole other area in the world. We walked all over downtown, just finding different places and taking pictures. I was thrilled to have James out walking with me, as you know he is not very athletic, so to get him out and going was fantastic and boy did we get our walk on.

After walking around for over a hour we went to the Expo to pick up my bib and packet for the race. I raised 600.00 dollars for St. Jude and I am so unbelievably happy that I chose to do that for this race. It makes this race even more special.

I decided to be a St. Jude Hero because I believe in St. Jude and what they do for children who are fighting cancer and the families fighting right along with them. Plus I lost two very special people in my life to cancer, my BF's husband Tony and my Nanny. Cancer f-ing sucks and destroys so many lives and little babies and children have an even harder chance of fighting it, but St. Jude fights along with them and I wanted to help out anyway I could.



So with the help of 13 amazing people in my life who donated I am running this for them, the children, my family and friends and everyone fighting with cancer. Each person that donated I am running a mile for them.

Mile 1- My mom <3 font="">
Mile 2- Elizabeth Ruiz
Mile 3- Aunt Donna
Mile 4- Natasha Romano
Mile 5- Uncle Keith and Abby
Mile 6- Aunt Margaret
Mile 7- Sarah Lavoie
Mile 8- Susan 
Mile 9- Nanci
Mile 10- Lea Ann and Tony
Mile 11- Uncle John
Mile 12- Jen, Ben and Paige
Mile 13-13.1- Poppy

At each mile, I will think of these selfless people in my life that donated to get me to the starting and finish line.



We decided yesterday after pick up to just go back to the hotel and rest for awhile. We had been going  since 3:30 in the morning and we were exhausted. Like super exhausted, so we checked in and literally crashed in to the bed and we each took a nice lonnnngg nap and James NEVER naps so it was super nice.

We showered and then went back downtown to get dinner, listen to music and check out the scene. There was A LOT going on downtown, there were concerts, LOTS of people out and music playing everywhere. It was hard to choose where to go because there was so much great music playing. We went to somewhere that was still serving food and a little more chill. Two guys were playing some cover songs and they were amazing. Seriously everyone we have heard have been outstanding!!!





We ate, took in music and then went back home and crashed again.

Day 1 was a true success and today we are doing some of the touristy things ;0) and I am on my Quest still to meet someone, ANYONE from the Bobby Bones Show and find someone famous along the way also.

Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sustaining Energy In Your Day....

It has been a week....

Yup and it is only Tuesday AND we had a Holiday on Sunday..

Crazy right, how one day can make it seem like it has just been all over the place crazy.

When I am having a rough or bad day, a work out sometimes can be the last thing I want to do right?

You just want to curl on the couch and just veg out, your energy from the day is drained and you are feeling all kinds of crappy.

When I lack energy,  nothing, and I mean nothing seems fun to do or appealing. BUT I know I need to get out there and get a good work out in.

And I know it isn't the bad day that is making me not work out, but it is what I choose to eat earlier in the day that has just made me feel icky. Good food choices through out the day make for better work outs and allow you to handle stress much better.

So when you are having a bad day, do not go for chips, grease, fat, candy, cookies. Yes they seem sooooo good in the moment right. The sweet taste of a victory!! BUT it will not help you in the long run.

Grab for something healthier....

Cut up some veggies for that crunch rather than chips.

Grab and apple, strawberries or grapes for the sweet craving. Fruit has natural sugar, that will give you that boost that sugar does, but it won't back on the pounds, nor give you a serious crash.

Or even better for some carb options that don't include a loaf of bread. I know I have been there before, especially at Panera, gosh that smell. Grab a banana and cut in half and spread some Peanut Butter or Almond butter on top and you have some carbs, protein and GOOD fat. Even sprinkle some mini chocolate chips, its okay, you have to splurge sometime.

Grab some protein! Protein is a HUGE factor for me when my energy is feeling low. I usually keep some quick protein around me at all time to make sure I can sustain my energy through the day and night. For lunch I try to pack some chicken and tuna and cheese sticks are my jam.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!! Keep yourself hydrated, it is so very important. Some days when I am feeling dragged down, it is because I was not hydrated through out the day. I started with my coffee, which I will not give up and that was it. And realized I had not drank anything else. I grab some water and bam, color is back in my skin and I can feel my energy going back up.

Start your day with a multivitamin or a vitamin of choice.  Vitamins pack a lot of nutrients in one tiny pill or gummy, to help you sustain energy through out the day.

Try one of these Go Macro Bars to help keep your energy through out the day too. These Go Macro bars back some serious energy in a clean and healthy way. They are one of the only protein and energy bars on the market that are gluten, organic, vegan and soy free. So you don't feel that heavy after taste of a big bar, you have energy to take on the day that sustains through out your crazy day AND energy to take on a your work out.


I grabbed one of these before one of my long runs and man the energy I got from this bar was perfect. I was logging some serious miles that morning and I needed some to just keep me awake and going but before a long run, heavy foods to not sit well with my stomach, if you know what I mean... But this bar kept my energy good through out the whole run. I know stash these in my lunch bag, for my ride home commute, allowing me to feel good, awake and energized to take on some work outs when I get home.

Fueling your body with clean food makes for a better day and a better workout, which leads to a better life down the road.

What is your favorite food to help you sustain energy through out the day and workout??



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Doggie Days of Summer Treat




Recipe ALERT :0)!!!
So I have a part time job.

Well it isn't really much of a part time job, I don't get paid for it.

Except for in big wet, sloppy kisses and snuggles from this handsome guy...


This is Sherman and he is my part time job on my days off!!! I watch him during the day for one of our friends while he is at work. Sherman has become my favorite part of the week and he is an absolute treat and blast to hang out with. He seriously makes my heart full with love and joy, I couldn't even express before. He has been the stand in puppy until the day James and I get our own. 

Which seems forever away... 

But having Sherman around has opened up and entertained the idea to James more and more of us getting our own dog. It has only taken 8 years!!

One of my favorite thing to do with Sherman is going on walks and runs. He LOVES being outside and lucky for him, as do I. We go for long walks downtown and around our neighborhood, or even sometimes we find a special new place to check out. Our walks can go for a quick mile or up to 3 plus miles, depending on how many squirrels he wants to try to attack and catch and how hot it is.

Pets react different in the heat than humans, so keeping Sherman cool and hydrated is a big priority for me when we have our adventures. The minute we get back inside, it lays on the cool tile floor with his water. I wanted to give him a cool treat to enjoy after our walks for being such a good boy.

I went on to Pinterest and found a really quick and easy recipe with ingredients I had already and made these...


Excuse the coffee cup in the sink, I am still working on my great blogger photography skills. Just #keepingitreal.

Okay so these little treats are so easy

Dog Days of Summer

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
Some water to have more a consistency to it to pour into the ice trays

Mix together. Pour into ice trays and then add a like dog bone as the stick.

Pop in the freezer for 1-2 hours. 

They are a bit hard to get out of the ice trays at first, so I ran a knife down the sides and they popped right out.



Look how cute these are!!

And someone absolutely loved them...



These will be in my freezer all the time now.

And minus the dog bone, or you can if you want, these would make a nice little treat for humans too haha.

Enjoy!!




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Current Favorite Country Songs

Happy Tuesday!!!



I know I am late in the day but man was today a crazy day. It was the Mondaiest of all Tuesdays.

Yup that is a thing...

But one thing that is getting me by is the fact we are going to Nashville in 18 days!!! I am so excited, seriously like so excited. And you know what I am most excited about, besides the half marathon I am running, is all the country music all the time.

I LOVE LOVE Country music. It is practically all I listen too anymore. So in honor of my trip to Nashville, I am doing my Top Ten Tuesday on my favorite Country songs currently!!

10. Jason Alden- Any Ol' Bar Stool



9. Kelsea Ballerini-  Yeah Boy



8. Billy Currington- Do I Make You Wanna


7. Brother's Osborne- It Ain't My Fault


6. Zac Brown Band- My Old Man




Makes My Heart just swell...

5. Something' I'm Good At- Brett Eldredge




Follow him on SnapChat he is hysterical

4. Body Like A Back road- Sam Hunt




3. Hurricane- Luke Combs




















2. RaeLynn- Love Triangle

Pulls on all the heart strings for me


1.  Better Man- Little Big Town


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Autism Speaks Walk Tampa

Did you know that April is World Autism Month?

Did you know you can wear blue in support of Autism for World Autism Month?

Did you know that there is a Tampa Bay Walk to support Autism Speaks??

If you are unfamiliar with Autism, Autism is described...

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.




On April 22, The Autism Speaks Walk is being held in Tampa. 

This walk is a beautiful way to donate, raise awareness and support those with autism and families with autistic loved ones. Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization and to learn more about what they do check out their website here, Autism Speaks. 

Also if you have any questions about early Autism, how to screen your child or just some simple steps and answers to your journey of concern, Autism Speaks has all those answers and outreach for you.

You can walk as a team, or as an individual. This is a fundraiser walk, with a minimum raised amount of 20.00. You can sponsor the walk and volunteer also to the cause and the walk. Volunteers are needed for the Tampa Bay Area walk and you can check out how to register to be a volunteer here.

I highly recommend you check out the website to see all that you can do or just to provide yourself with some information on the walk and Autism. If you do not live in the Tampa Bay Area, there might be a walk happening close to you.

I am proud to be an ambassador this year for the Autism Speaks walk here in Tampa Bay and hope to see you along the way.









Monday, April 3, 2017

April Goals and Excitements



I am so excited for April to be here. I have so much fun going on this month, like so much fun!

okay lets talk excitements...

Iron Girl 5k is this coming Sunday. Iron Girl is a special race for me, it was my first race I ever signed up to do and this will be my 5th year doing it. I would have loved to do the half but I am sticking to the 5k. I always get emotional at this race and this year I am running with Nanci and Corina again and we have a blast each time.

Sherman's 2nd Birthday. This one is excitement mainly for me. Sherman is the doggie that I dog sit on my days off occasionally. He is the dog of one of my friends and I absolutely love this dog. I am going to spoil the heck out of him too. I have already started with some toys and snacks.



Easter. I love Easter not only because it is a holiday but because it is a full day off from work, the mall is closed, it is nice. Plus it is a day I can spend all day with James.

The biggest excitement of the month is NASHVILLE!!!! James and I are going to Nashville, April 27-May 1. I am running the St. Jude Rock and Roll Nashville on April 29. I am so excited to run the half marathon and mainly to be in Nashville. We have so much fun things planned, like Country Hall of Fame, touring all of Nashville, checking out some bars, I am going to find Bobby Bones and I am running which is my favorite thing to do. Seriously I love everything about Nashville and can not wait to check it out in person.

Goals for April..

My goals for April are pretty simple. I am planning to track every day. I need to increase my water intake. Running is amping up more this month and completing the Half Marathon. I am starting the half marathon and completing it no matter what. I am only going to weigh in once this month and taking pictures for progress. I am running at least 3 days during the week and doing more XT and rest too because my half marathon is this month and I really want to do well with it.

My goals are simple and everything I have been doing this month I have been. I have been feeling really great lately, not bloated and I have been noticing my clothes fitting better.

Read more and lay out at the beach and pool more. I need more sun and I really need to read more again. I have been slacking on that like crazy. Trying to do it more at night and on my days off.

What are some goals you have planned for this month?