Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#BikiniSeries 6-week Check-in

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)

You can read my 2-week Check-in here.
And my 4-week Check-in here.

When I look in the mirror, I sure don't see the results that I'd like.

That's why pictures are so awesome!

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)
The key to a good transformation pic it to look really
unhappy in the Before pic and be sure to smile in the After.

I can definitely see some progress. Whoo hoo!

They say that numbers don't lie, but I think they kinda do.

Here are the numbers:

StartWeek 3Week 5Week 7
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs161.4 lbs161.0 lbs

I don't think they tell the whole story. I know that I feel great and that I'm getting stronger, so that's all that really matters, right?!

How am I doing on the goals I set in my Week 2 Check-in?

**Complete a Tone It Up HIIT video without any breaks**
I'm not sure about this goal. Certainly not the HIITy Bitty Bikini workout. That one still KILLS me! Maybe if I try a slightly less intense HIIT...?

**Jump rope for 1 minute without tripping**
Yeah. I haven't really been doing too many jump roping workouts. I've still got 2 weeks, though, so maybe I'll need to be sure to include some jump roping - even if it is just a little warm-up before a run or workout.

**Noticeably tone up my arms and belly**
Judging from the pic above, I think I'm well on my way to achieving this goal. I need to not be so hard on myself. :)

I've got 2 more weeks!! Let's do this!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Workout Recap + May 24 Meal Plan

I am super excited that it's Memorial Day weekend, and I don't have to work tomorrow!! :)

Today, we're going to hit up the Anniversary Sale at REI and then head to Red Rock. Can you believe in the 3 years we lived here that Jeff has never been? I'm excited to do a little exploring with him this afternoon.

Plus, we just got a GoPro, so I can't wait to play around with that a little this afternoon, too! I just want to get outside and MOVE.

Week 6 of the Bikini Series went pretty well. There was only 1 day that I didn't do anything, and I'm totally OK with that. We all need a rest day here and there. :)

Or do we... tomorrow starts the Runner's World Summer Run Streak.

I'm going to give it a whirl. Let's see if I can make it at least 1 mile for 41 days.

Workout Recap

Sunday: Sunkissed Abs. Bikini Arms. Bikini Yoga.

Monday: This is It workout. Bikini Arms. Bikini Abs.

Tuesday: Bikini Kettlebell. Bridal Babe workout. Sunkissed Abs.

Wednesday: Bikini Buns & Thighs. Island Bikini Ready.

Thursday: REST.

Friday: Sexy Sculpted ShouldersHIITy Bitty Bikini. Crop Top Workout.

Saturday: Total Body Mermaid. Bikini Body Routine 2. MaliBooty workout.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

Keeping it very easy again this week. :)

Here are a few ideas:

Coconut Banana Muffins

Tuna salad wraps

Beet and Carrot Detox Bake - didn't end up making this last week
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Pasta with red sauce

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?
Anyone else doing the Run Streak this summer?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Friday, May 22, 2015

FroYo 5k Recap

It's was a beautifully cool morning on May 9th. Perfect for a 5k.

The FroYo 5k started at 9AM, but I always worry about parking and race morning packet pick-up, so I wanted to leave early. This was a local race, but it was at a park that I'd never been to before. I'm glad I left early because I *may* have gotten a little lost on the way. And I was *so* close to the park. So close that I was on part of the course. lol.

I finally arrived and there was still plenty of parking. Whoo hoo!

And I was still early enough that packet pick-up was a breeze.

After hanging out and killing time for a bit, George and I met up with some friends.

The whole group. I only knew 2 of these peeps before race day.

An official photo of a few of us. 

As you probably know I've been kind of chasing a sub-25 minute 5k, so in the back of my mind, I was kind of hoping this would be my race.

And then I saw this the day before the race.

You see that elevation profile? Crazy, right?!

I'm sure there are hillier courses out there, and steeper hills as well, but my 5k PR was on a very flat course, so I wasn't holding my breath for a PR.

George and I started with the 9:00 min pace group. The first hill was crazy! I wanted to walk some of it. So. Bad.

But I didn't. Good thing it was at least cool out; I was wearing arm warmers, after all.

I'm kind of a flat running girl. Uphills make it hard to breathe; downhills hurt my knees (and I fear that I'll fall). But after about the first mile, and slowing down too much on the uphills for my liking, I decided that no matter what, I would try to push myself on the downhills at least. Something I rarely do.

It actually felt pretty good! And that I could give myself a tiny break on the next uphill. :-D

There were a few times when I was pretty tempted to walk, but I DIDN'T! I just kept plugging away. Easing back a tiny bit on the uphills and flying (to my mind) on the downhills.

Probably around mile 2.5 or so, I took off my arm warmers. I was cruising! And getting a little warm. lol.

I could taste the finish line ... and the FroYo ... so I kept pushing it and pushing it.

Suddenly, it was within sight.
George: Ready to really push it to the end?
Me: No yet.
Me: But you can go ahead, if you want.
A few steps later...
Me: Okay, I'm ready. Let's do this.
And we took off to finish STRONG! Shortly after, a little kid ran onto the course and almost tripped George. :/

But we kept going, and we finished HARD.

It might not look like it here, but trust me, I was booking it!
After walking around a bit, so I could catch my breath, we headed to the FREE FROYO! That was the point of the race, after all.

I got cheesecake FroYo with a couple toppings (gummy bears and ???). It was good, but maybe not the best FroYo I'd ever had.

So, do you want to know how I did? Did I beat that PR?


But I did come in 54th overall out of 782, so I was pretty pleased with that.

My time was 26:38. Which when you think about it, it's that not that far off from my PR of 26:33. And did I mention the hills?

Of course, the course was a little short, closer to 3 miles than 3.1, but I'm still very happy with how I did at this race.

As we were eating our FroYo, another woman said to me, "I tried to keep up with you at the end. You passed me, and I just couldn't keep up. Great job!"


It was a beautiful morning and a super fun race (despite the hills), and I'd probably do it again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Project: I AM ENOUGH

If you read my post Sunday, you'll know that I was in a bit of a funk.

I was beating myself up for missing a few workouts.
I was judging myself for not giving what I considered my all.
I was holding myself to some unreasonable standard.

So, when I checked The Fit Switch for this week's prompt for The Fit Dish, I knew it was the perfect topic.

Project: I AM ENOUGH

I know I am not alone in this.

There are days when we just feel fat and not beautiful.

Not good enough.

Not just with our looks, but with our family or friends. Or work. Or housework.

Some days there are just so. many. things.
To do.
To be.

But when it comes right down to it, all we can do is all we can do.

And whatever you do, it is enough.

It really is.

I know. It's difficult to believe and accept at times. I'm right there with you.

Like I said, there are definitely days when I just don't feel like I am enough. And it doesn't matter what anyone else says. My husband. My friends. Strangers on the Internet. :-)

I have to know it and feel it MYSELF.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't continue to encourage each other and compliment each other. And share our stories.

But we -- and I mean I -- need to BE OPEN to actually hearing those people. We need to be willing to accept that we truly are ENOUGH.

We need to keep doing what we're doing, take a step back, and BREATHE.

Now, repeat after me... I am enough. I AM enough! I AM ENOUGH!!

That's all I've got. No answers. No magic pills. No advice on how to get to the point where you can confidently say the above.

I struggle with it. Some days are harder than others. Some days I own it.

Ultimately, I know it's true. Deep down.  Even on those days when I simply don't accept it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Workout Recap + May 17 Meal Plan

Ugh! I'm having one of *those* days!! I ran/hiked a fun 10 miles at Red Rock yesterday, and here I am sitting down to write my weekly workout recap, and I'm kind of beating myself up. My week started out so great, and then the excuses started Thursday. I got in a couple of good runs, but my other workouts really petered out by the end of the week.

Workout Recap

Sunday: REST

Monday: 3 mile recovery run. Sunseeker Workout. KettleToning.

Tuesday: Bikini ArmsBikini Yoga Flow. 2 mile sunset run/walk with Jeff.

Wednesday: HIITy Bitty Bikini. This is it! workout.

Thursday: 5 mile run.

Friday: REST

Saturday: 10 mile run at Red Rock.

With only 3 more weeks of the Bikini Series and a LOT of work to do to meet my goals, I really need to focus on getting to bed earlier this week and not petering out towards the end of the week. And, of course, drinking more water!

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

So, yeah. My overall mood right now is preventing me from meal planning this week. That's 2 weeks in a row. :(

Here are a few ideas, though:

Beet and Carrot Detox Bake
Salads for lunch
Tuna salad wraps
Grilled cheese sandwiches
BLT sandwiches

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ride the Wind 16-Mile Recap

On May 3rd, I ran a 16-mile race. Ride the Wind.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

It's kind of an odd distance for a race, so automatic PR for me! Whoo hoo!

But wait... It gets better...

I was 4th overall and 2nd female to finish... out of 7 overall and 4 females. :-) Yeah, it was also a super small race.

Since it was so small, I really felt no pressure at this race. Which was good, since it was a last minute decision to register/run this race.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Ready to hit the trails!

I was just happy to be out there on the trails. It was so quiet and peaceful and gorgeous!

Sometimes you'd turn the bend to a view like this of Red Rock in the background.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

Absolutely breathtaking.

Around mile 2, we passed a couple of girls and a couple of guys that were running one of the Ultra distances. It then became our mission to stay ahead of those 4 for the rest of the race.

About 4-5 miles in was the first aid station.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Yes, that's a tarantula

Me: Is that a tarantula?
Volunteer: Yes. It was hanging around right over there.
Me: Oh. I thought maybe you'd brought your pet.

After fueling a bit, we took off again. We didn't want to linger, as the girls we'd passed were closing in on us.

The next 5 miles were filled with uphills...

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

 And downhills.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

And more gorgeous views.

We were rewarded with a 2nd aid station around mile 10. This station was unmanned, but fully stocked. As we were signing in on the check-in sheet, one of the girls we'd passed early on caught up with us. So much for staying ahead of both of them. We fueled up a bit. I applied a little more sunscreen to my face, just as the 2nd woman we'd passed was hitting the station. We reminded her to sign in on the check-in sheet, and we were off.

Off to face 3-4 miles of a big, relentless hill.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

They warned us about the hill at the beginning of the race, but I kind of didn't believe it until I was out there. Running walking the hill. The hill that didn't seem to ever end.

And then there was the wind...
Ride the Wind? More like Fight the Wind. While I appreciate the breeze, why does it have to be a headwind UP this relentless hill? Would definitely love a tailwind to help push me up the hill instead. :)
At the top of the hill, we had about two more miles to go. I must have looked pretty hot and tired, because George gave him his instant cooling towel that he'd been filling with ice at the aid stations.

Downhills aren't always my best friend, and I knew that George wanted to fly down the hills, so I told him that I was in no fear of not finishing. That he should just run down the hill.

I sucked down one more gel, saw the 2nd girl that had caught up to us at the unmanned aid station rounding the bend, and took off down the hill. There was just no way I was going to let her catch me. :-)

I wanted to take a couple more pictures during those last couple miles, but well, I didn't want to stop even more.

The course was very well marked throughout the race with pink ribbons and sometimes orange arrows on the ground.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

The only spot where I was a tiny bit confused, and almost went the wrong way, was at the very end. I chose the correct way. :)

The finish was a little lackluster, but I can't really complain. There were only a few runners, after all. And the finish support was awesome! They had so much food and a whole cooler of ice.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Cuz everyone should jump in an ice cooler after a 16-mile race in the desert.

Overall, I really enjoyed this race. It was small, yes, but very well supported. It was a warm morning, but not unbearable.

I would definitely run another race put on by Elemental Running.

Monday, May 11, 2015

#BikiniSeries 4-week Check-in

I can hardly believe that the Bikini Series is already halfway over!

I've been loving this series so much. It's been nice to have some direction for my weekly workouts that I don't have to come up with on my own.

You can read my 2-week Check-in here.

I hate to admit it, but things definitely tended to slide a bit during weeks 3 and 4. I skipped more workouts than I would have liked and didn't seem to give my all to all the rest.

Sure, there were some workouts and some days that were amazing.

But there were more that just weren't what they should have been.

Thankfully, I've got 4 more weeks to get my butt in gear and hit these workouts HARD! No more excuses. If I'm a little late for work, I'm a little late for work. It's not the end of the world. :) Thankfully, my boss isn't very strict about what time I get in.

I'm halfway through the #BikiniSeries!

Here are the numbers:

StartWeek 3Week 5
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs161.4 lbs

My weight fluctuates SO MUCH! Which is probably why I don't really put too much stock in that number.

Didn't I tell you that I slacked a bit during weeks 3-4? You can tell because I didn't really gain much momentum with losing inches - especially in my waist.

I've got 4 more weeks! Let's do this!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Workout Recap + May 10 Meal Plan


I did a quick Google search this morning for an image or something, since it's Mother's Day, but instead found this Ed Sheeran video.

Before I get into my workout recap, today is the last day to enter to win a free race entry to Run Laughlin in December. You can enter here.

Workout Recap

Sunday: Ride the Wind 16-mile race. Recap definitely coming this week!

Monday: Bikini Buns & Thighs.

Tuesday: Bikini Yoga Flow.

Wednesday: Mermaid Workout. Pink Flamingo Workout.

Thursday: HIITy Bitty Bikini. itty bitty BIKINI! Tone It Up AB Workout.

Friday: REST

Saturday: FroYo 5k.

I feel like my workouts were a little halfhearted last week. Time to kick it back up for the 2nd half of the Bikini Series!

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

I know the key to success with both scale and non-scale victories is to eat right, and doing that usually involves taking time to prepare a meal plan. BUT I just didn't feel like it this weekend. So, we'll be winging it this week. Hopefully, we do all right with that.

It's been a while since we've been able to get Bountiful Baskets, but we'll get one this coming Saturday. It's so much easier for me to meal plan on the weeks we get a basket full of delicious produce.

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?
Any big plans for Mother's Day?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Workout Recap + May 3 Meal Plan

I feel like I'm really falling behind on my recaps - visit to the Grand Canyon, Ragnar Trail Zion, Zion National Park and now Ride the Wind 16-mile recap.

If you watched my Ultimate Coffee Date video on Saturday, you know that I have a couple more races coming up this month as well.

So, my goal is to write at least one recap this week. :)

Workout Recap

Sunday: REST

Monday: Hiity Bitty Bikini Workout. #BikiniSeries Abs move of the week. #BikiniAbs.

Tuesday: Bikini Buns & Thighs Routine. Take Me To The Sea.

Wednesday: KettleToning. Foam Rolling.

Thursday: Mermaid workout. Sun-kissed Abs.

Friday: Jump Your Heart Out. Holiday Cocktail Dress Arm Routine.

Saturday: Bikini Yoga ☀ BIKINI SERIESBIKINI SERIES™ Sunset Workout by Tone It UpBeach Yoga with Karena - Tone It Up!

I ended up skipping 2 runs last week, because I knew I was going to be running a 16-miler on Sunday. At least I stuck to all the rest of my workouts. I do think they helped out on the trails yesterday.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

Keeping it very simple this week. I did go to the grocery store on Saturday, but I didn't really go with a great plan. I just picked up some staples and will be making dinners based of what we have on hand. :-)

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Turkey burgers

Tuesday: Crockpot Lasagna

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Pasta with red sauce



Yogurt with Hemp Hearts
Hummus with carrots

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ultimate Coffee Date - May 2015

Good morning!

It is absolutely gorgeous outside this morning as I sip on my coffee and catch up during the Ultimate Coffee Date. The wind is calm, the sky is blue, and the temperature is perfect.

If we were having coffee today... I would tell you about my winning week! I was the Week 3 winner for the #RockYourCore challenge in April, and got a huge box of goodies from Quest Nutrition - protein powder packets, protein bars, and even some protein chips. I also won entry to the Zion Half Marathon next March. Super excited for that!!

If we were having coffee today... I would tell you about all the races I have coming up - starting with a 16-miler tomorrow. A 16-miler that I decided to do last weekend (and registered for on Monday). Needless to say, I haven't really trained or prepared for it, but I'm excited about it nonetheless.

May 3 - Ride the Wind 16-miler
May 9 - FroYo 5k
May 30 - WildLand Fire Awareness Trail Half Marathon
July 31 - Once in a Blue Moon - Shoot the Moon - Three 5ks, One Night
Dec 5 - Run Laughlin Half Marathon

This will probably be it for my 2015 race schedule (unless I get a sponsor or a race sugar daddy) due to financial reasons, but I'll still try to get in as much running as possible. It's what I do. :-)

If we were having coffee today... I'd also mention that I was an ambassador for the Run Laughlin Half Marathon. You should totally join me for a fun #racecation. Use promo code EnjoyTheCourse to save $15 off the Half Marathon or $5 off the 5K. Or enter below to win a free entry!

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If we were having coffee today... I'd tell you about our trip to the Grand Canyon at the beginning of April. It was magnificent - especially the sunset. We definitely want to go back again! I need to write a full post about that trip soon!

Grand Canyon

I'd probably also mention how we spent some time at Zion National Park, coming back from Ragnar Trail Zion last week. Again, another post I need to write.

Zion National Park

Another reason to love living in Vegas. So many national and state parks within a few hours drive. Awe inspiring!!

If you really want to feel like we're having coffee together, check out my vlog from this morning. I talk about the above and more. :-)

Now that we're all caught up, hop on over to the Ultimate Coffee Date hosts (Deb, Coco, or Lynda) to have coffee with a bunch of other fun bloggers!