Birthday Wishlist

It might be too soon to post a Birthday wishlist but I’ve wanted most of these items for more than just a spur of the moment “want.” The past few months all money has gone towards food and bills. I am ready for a therapy session (shopping to clarify) and a birthday!
Birthday Wishlist
1. Rebecca Minkoff 5 Zip. This bag is a necessity and a staple. I do not own one black purse. How crazy is that!
2. Mac Candy Yum Yum has been on my mental wishlist for so long. Too long.
3. Le Creuset set would be fantastic. Wish I would have cared about everything when I was getting married or else this would have been on my registry! A larger French oven qt, a Saucier or sauce pan for frittatas that can go from stove to oven, or a roaster would be perfect!
4. Lululemon Run Speed Short. I use to get the longer shorts but once I got a pair for my recent marathon, I will never go back. They were perfect and no need to pull them down all the time!
5.  Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror Gold/Blue 58mm. I’ve been lusting over these for so long. I have a pair already that are just the original that I bought 4 or 5 years ago that I’ve kept in great condition. They have been the only sunglasses that look good on my face. Absolutely obsessed with these!
6. Tory Burch Leopard Tote. One word: Leopard. Love this bag so much! Its hard to find classic leopard bags in my price range that don’t look cheesy.
7. Mac Fantasy of Flowers Mineralize Skinfinish. I’ve heard great things about this product and would love to try it out!
8. Vince Camuto Jilli Bootie. To Die For. Want these in a bad way! Perfect heel for the summer!
9. Nars ‘Heat Wave’ Perfect red lip. Want. Real. Bad.

Sometimes bad things happen in order to promote change

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Sitting here at the hospital creates a lot of brainstorming and reflecting but why wouldn’t it? Health and nutrition is already a big part of my life. I dove completely in while I was in college. However growing up I was always active and was fortunate to have parents who created a healthy upbringing.

The term healthy is different to everyone so please keep that in mind. All of my siblings were active and involved in sports. There was always a healthy dinner ready for us on the dinner table. The pantry was fully stocked with all types of food. Junk food was not scarce by any means but I am glad that was how it was. The fact that I was never told no to partaking in less than healthy choices made them not as appealing to me. Whenever I list the foods I do not care for I always get the craziest looks and responses. I will probably lose some readers after listing these! This list of dislikes didn’t start when I started living a healthier lifestyle I just have never cared for them.

  • Ice Cream
  • Doughnuts
  • Popcorn- – (like Kettle Corn)
  • Candy (always loved red licorice)
  • Potatoes/Fries/Mashed (I love yams though)
  • Ham
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Anything Fried
  • Cake/Cupcakes (unless its homemade carrot cake)
  • Sour Cream or cream based sauces
  • Bread/Pasta
  • Soda
  • Chips (only tortilla chips)

There are definitely a lot of foods that are hard for me to say no to. I am far from perfect. However I am grateful that I care what goes in my body and the reasoning behind it. The reason why I am addressing this topic is why I am sitting in the Hospital. I am not in the hospital for myself but here with my Husband. We always joke about how he can eat anything and never gain a pound. But it isn’t always about what can happen to the outside of your body, i.e. gaining weight. After this past week he definitely got a wake up call in regards to what he puts in his body.

To see your spouse in so much pain is horrible. Especially when there is nothing you can do to help other than be there for them. Last Saturday we went to Urgent Care first and then admitted to the ER. Blood tests, ultra sounds, and a CT scan later we were sent home with no answers. He was prescribed medicine and pain killers. After so many tests that were inconclusive my trust in this system continued to decrease.



I’ve always believed that what and how you eat can cure more than medicine. I still believe that to a certain extent.  

There is a time and place for each. 

The test that was done a few days later finally gave us an answer. The HIDA test actually shows the functioning of the gallbladder. His gallbladder was functioning at 11%. They decided the gallbladder needed to be removed.

Almost a week later he had it removed. He is in a lot of pain and will be for a few days but his mindset has changed. His diet needs to change especially since he no longer has a gallbladder. The surgeon spoke with me while BHB was in the recovery room. His gallbladder was inflamed from built up cholesterol and fatty tissue. In the picture you could see how disgusting the build up really was.

I am about to show you the picture of his gallbladder so if you have a weak stomach scroll down.









Regardless of the comments you receive due to your eating habits it is important to understand why you eat the way you do. I definitely get my share of remarks and comments which can get to me but its my body not theirs. In a lot of situations a person might feel forced into eating healthier and they dread it. But taking the time to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and finding your why is crucial to maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Not only do I eat healthy for myself and to achieve my fitness goals but I know that in the future I want to be a mom. Being able to carry a healthy baby is a priority to me. This can come off as selfish or vain but in order to be the best mom and wife I must take care of myself. My husband realizes how important his health is for himself, to me, and our future children.


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I want to keep this guy around.

Have you found your why?

What is your definition of health or living a healthy lifestyle? 

Find what makes YOU happy

Sometimes too much time passes before I write. Life gets busy for everyone and lately it’s been a little hectic but wonderful at the same time!


Trying to put together a race is a lot of hard work! Advertising for this race has been even harder. But I know it will be such a fun race!

Stoplight 5K for Valentines Day! 

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Our store is moving to a new location. The process of everything is blowing my mind. I am learning so much and am so grateful for this opportunity. Being in charge of choosing paint, carpet, and design is a little stressful but it’s fun!


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  • Meal prepping has been my favorite activity lately. I definitely go through phases but what wont change is my love for planning the meals out and especially the grocery shopping. Almost everything about it. Minus the dishes.
  • I eat a lot of salads. It is my favorite way to get my greens in!
  • Meat lately has not been my favorite. Seafood on the other hand- – keep it coming!
  • There’s to my phases theme again. I’ve loved my veggies though!
  • Sugar cookies have been getting my through my long runs. The thought of enjoying one after my run makes the 3 hour runs worth it!
  • I have finally decided (after 3 trips) which place has the best sugar cookies (between Swig & Slurp) The winner is Slurp! Both are great though!
  • I try to keep my eating to be 85-90% clean and 10-15% indulgent! It is what makes me happy!
  • I know this seems cliche but I don’t eat healthy just because. I actually enjoy the foods I am eating.
  • If I am craving something then I’ll eat it! i.e. the bagel from Einsteins.
  • Leo will not leave me alone when I am eating. It drives me nuts! I always give in and give him something and I know that won’t help him learn.
  • Having a stocked fridge makes me extremely happy!
  • I know what I can and cannot have in my fridge and pantry.

List of can NOTS:

  1. Cereal
  2. Nut Butters
  3. Frozen Yogurt
  4. The desserts I make even though they are healthy: I make them so I can have 1-2 then I give them away! It’s a win win right?


My week typically looks like this in preparation of  my marathon. I need to get back to my weekly speed training. I’ve actually missed them! Never thought I would say that.

  • M: Cycle and arm/back workout
  • T & Th: Pump class twice a week then 3 miles before class and 3 after
  • W: Cycle class and tone it up workout schedule
  • F: Yoga or Spin
  • S: Long runs

The pump classes have changed everything! I absolutely love going to them and my arms are already seeing a lot of change. I love working my back and this class really involves the back with every other body part. The classes work my legs without getting too sore for my long runs. It is a hard balance to lift and excel in long distance running. Thursdays’ pump class always kick my butt! Then I always follow the Tone It Up workouts! I joined a few years ago and I love the community. You are a life time member and it is definitely worth it to me!


I am learning so much about myself. I’m all for analyzing my behavior and actions. I try to be and do better each day. I love making goals and accomplishing them. Of course I struggle with some of the goals like every other human being. I am far from perfect and that is important to recognize. I don’t try to show myself as a perfect person. It is hard since I can be a perfectionist. I am slowly learning to love myself for who I am and focus on the things I can change and not on the things I can’t. This is still hard for me to realize and I still struggle daily. Brown haired boy helps me a lot and I can’t imagine a day without him.

The biggest thing is the fact that keeping a positive attitude goes a long way. I am the type of person who cannot hide my feelings. It shows all over my face. I’ve always distinguished myself and probably a little too proud of is being “Real” but I have now realized that it is possible to take it too far. There is a time and place for that whereas the idea of, “faking it until you make it,” is necessary sometimes. As much as I don’t like that idea its just what grown ups have to do sometimes! I am almost 25, and I know that is far from old but there are some grown up things that I do need to apply to my life.

The things you admire most about others usually are your weaknesses. I always admire how the positive attitudes of some of the people I meet. That is my weakness. I am not saying I am not positive. I just struggle, when things are hard, to keep smiling. That shows lack of gratitude and I would hate it if that was  considered a characteristic of mine.

I am grateful. For my Husband, family, my faith,  job, friends, and especially for the power of forgiveness and the ability to change.


Leopard & Gold Accents

Leopard & Gold Accents
Leopard & Gold are my favorite colors. Yes I believe leopard is a color. My dream is to have my entire house to be accented with these two colors. By the end of the year this will happen and Brown Haired Boy will love it. He really is amazing though to put up with all of my shenanigans.

My Favorite Running Gear

My Favorite Running Gear
I played sports my entire life. There wasn’t a time when I was not active. Thank you parents for that! I came to Utah from Arizona to play D1 collegiate soccer. Once my 4 years were done I got into running and racing. Ragnar was my first race and I fell in love with the sport! I get asked about my favorite running gear on a daily basis so here are some of my go-to gear:
The Sleeves are only for during exercise whereas the socks are for both during and after       (recovery). If you want sleeves for both try out Zensah since they are not medical they allow constant blood flow. I find that they have the same compression as CEP’s sleeve. Compression has helped me more than anything in terms of recovery. Definitely a necessary item for training!

Just FYI I am a neutral runner and I can wear more minimal running shoes. However I need more support and cushion for my longer runs. I always keep two in rotation to avoid injury and they serve different purposes.

Amazing headphones for women! They fit perfectly in my ears! All I need is a button to change the song, pause, and volume! Definitely worth the price tag!
4. Sketchers Go Run 2
What Sketchers?! Sketchers took a designer from both Nike and Saucony to focus on running shoes. This shoe is awesome. The upper fabric of the toe feels wonderful. This is my go to shoe for speed! Extremely light (more than the Nike Free & Saucony Kinvara) and comfortable. I suggest adding the provided sole! Less than $80!
Every time this goes on sale I snag one! I love them! So breathable and it doesn’t ride up! I wear it for spin, running, pump, and yoga! Arms look amazing and makes me look like I have a chest!
All time favorite neutral shoe! I love these for my longer runs especially outdoors. Don’t love them for the treadmill as much because they are a little bit heavier (if you are use to a minimal shoe). They offer the perfect amount of support and cushion.
The perfect watch for what I need. If you do not care about the accuracy of calories burned (it just estimates and it is pretty close) but what all the other qualities of the 210 (they have updated version now the 220 & 620 – which is pretty awesome) then it is a fantastic watch. It is the least expensive Garmin on the market.
Love this brand! They are known for their Bras but this Jacket is one of my favorites other than MPG’s Valencia (that I could not find a picture of). I live in this jacket and my MPG Valencia Hoodie (I have way too many colors in this one).
The softest capri I own! Love these for anything! They are very slimming too!
Awesome company that offers you a lifetime sock. If you ever get a hole in it you can call them and they will send you a new pair. All of their socks are great and you can’t go wrong. This is my favorite product of theirs and I never have any issues! Great sock= better running! Trust me!
I have never liked GU. I tried everything else because the texture was just too hard to fathom. However this flavor changed my world. I absolutely love it! I am not even a huge caramel fan! This was a seasonal product but since it was so popular it will become a set flavor.
I can post more about shoes if you are interested. I am a buyer for a specialty running store so I definitely have a background for running/workout gear. It is necessary for everyone to get fitted (gait analysis) for the running shoe that’s right for them. What works for me might not work for you! Especially if you need a stability shoe for over-pronating.

Lets Talk: Thoughts on Paleo

Oh the controversy of Paleo. . . I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now but it is hard put everything down in a way that you don’t offend anyone. Then I realized that no matter what I will probably offend someone in some way. Before I get into it I would like to disclaim that I am not against Paleo. It’s definitely changed how I view food and I’ve learned so much about myself.

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For 2 years now I have been on the Paleo Train. It was not 100% Paleo but more like 80/20. I did plenty of Whole 30’s and 2 Sugar Detox’s at the level 3. I almost started another one on January 6th but realized it wasn’t for me right now. I had just done one and wasn’t ready to do another. Plus I didn’t think I needed it. What I really needed is a balance. A balance that is right for me.


With the new year I definitely had some goals in mind. Regardless of a new year, I am already a goal oriented person and constantly re-evaluating how I do things. Which is why I welcome Mondays more than any other day. It has taken me a while to feel like myself again. I lost it for a while. I thought doing challenges like the 21 day sugar detox or whole 30 would get me back to where I was. But I needed was to re-evaluate that mind set. The realization that eating this way this last year hasn’t put me where I want to be goal-wise freaked me out a little bit. I thought I was content with Paleo defining me but in reality I had a lot of ups and downs mentally and wasn’t completely happy with myself or my body. When I am not happy with myself it intervenes in the other areas of my life and that is not fair to myself or my loved ones.


What I needed was a change. You can’t out run a bad diet. Trust me I’ve tried. I know you hear that all the time but it is true. I wish I could have 2+ tablespoons of nut butter a day and stay lean but that is not going to happen. Through eating Paleo I have learned that I know my body and what foods sit well and what doesn’t. I know what I can or can’t have in my fridge and pantry. The point and key is to actually listen to yourself.

I definitely do well on a eating low-carb but not high fat.  When I am running a lot I can’t preform my best on low-carb or high in healthy fats. Paleo is not designed for long distance running. There are a lot more sweet potatoes and kabocha squash involved with higher mileage and that can leave me feeling ridiculously bloated. I have learned a lot on this clean eating journey over the years and feel like I have been through it all.

Learning that what works for others might not work for you is extremely important. I do not like bacon for breakfast each morning. I like eggs and turkey bacon though. I will not eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I can eat pancakes every morning though. The thought of drinking protein shakes after every workout just makes me gag regardless of how good my protein powder is.

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My Changes

As of Late I have learned:

  • I do better with smaller meals every 2-3 hours. This isn’t really the way of Paleo eating.
  • I tend to over eat if it has been longer than 2-3 hours.
  • I don’t get hangry while eating this way nor do I think about food 24/7.
  • Keeping my workouts during the week to an hour leaves me happier and with more energy.
  • Enjoying my rest days and taking more than one a week has kept me injury-free.
  • Workouts on the weekend are usually longer and I look forward to them.
  • Interval running, body weight exercises, and pump classes keep me lean.
  • I’ve been enjoying small amounts cheese and greek yogurt, hummus, quest bars and brown rice tortillas which is definitely not Paleo.
  • I am no longer craving Paleo-desserts on a daily basis. Or over eat the desserts I do make.
  • Keeping my meals at home as simple and clean as possible works for me.
  • I am back to eating clean 85-90% of the time. The other 10-15% is reserved for chocolate.
  • I still have a Paleo-eating mindset in terms of eating real and whole foods and I always will.

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The take away is I learned a lot from eating Paleo. I think everyone should try it out for at least a week and you will learn so much. The lifestyle is not for everyone! But I will not be labeling myself as Paleo anymore. This does not mean I will not be eating Paleo meals or stop pinning Paleo Recipes. I have realized what makes me happy and that has always been my main goal. I did see a lot of results when I first starting eating Paleo; however, for the goals that I have right now I will not see the result that I want unless I change. The changes that I have implemented I am already seeing results.


What works for you? 

Have you tried eating a diet similar to Paleo? 

I’d love to hear what you guys think! The good and bad! (hope I don’t regret saying the bad)