Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Carpet and Running

2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards: First of all, I figured I owe it to Jenn to give her the spotlight on this post. Yeah, I was kinda 'mean girl' about her after the Golden Globes. My bad...sorry Jenn. She looks amazing here and actually, once I snapped out of my 'mood' I realized she looked pretty flawless on the last red carpet too. Let's face it...she looks incredible for a twenty-something year old let alone a forty-five year old. I love the dress, color, hair, highlights, and necklace. Thumbs up!

Emma is always beautiful but I've never been a fan of tuxedo style anything on a woman. Sofia is gorgeous as always, perfect everything I just don't like that her dress blends into the carpet. It would really pop if the bottom had some sort of black detail. Oprah looks FABULOUS! Love the hair, purple dress, color, style...all of it. She's lost weight too!! Viola is stunning in this white halter top gown. I like her jewelry too. YES!!

I'm a fan of the midnight blue sparkles on Amy Poehler, Camila's purple gown is kinda breath taking. She never gets it wrong. Ever. Julianne Moore is rocking this emerald green like nobodies business. It just goes so well with her pail skin and red hair. OK, I'm already eating my words here with Julia Roberts, but I do like this look on her! I love the hair, jewelry and jacket, but the pants need to be shorter and I'm not a fan of the shoes. 

Reese Witherspoon got it right once again, so I thought she too deserved the spotlight. You I couldn't find any photos of the detailing on her dress, but there is actually a sparkly band around the neck and sleeve. SO pretty! I also found a less flattering pic of her 'baby pooch' which also made me secretly happy. :) Hey! They're just like us. Kinda.sorta.

I can hardly wait for the Oscars and I'm already sad the awards season is almost over. :)


Weekly Workout Wrap Up:

Sunday - Rock 'n' Roll Phoenix 10K
Monday & Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 9 miles run/walk
Thursday - 3 mile walk
Friday & Saturday - Rest 

I had some serious back pain again last week, so I took several rest days and then finally went in on Saturday to have it worked on. Much better now. For a second anyway. :) Things I need to work on...stretching & running hills.

Wednesday I was sure to hit the hills during my 9 miles. It was cold and I was whiny about it...but then this sunrise happened and I remembered why getting out of bed in the dark, wee hours of the morning is worth it. 

I have to laugh at what happened when I was out running. The park was empty (which isn't normal), I ran the mile loop 9 times, each time passing my car and stopping for a quick drink and stripping a layer off. Well, the only problem with this was the only other three cars in the parking lot were all right next to mine and consisted of three utility workers and a cab driver. 

Because I was dressed in layers, as I got hotter the strip tease began. At mile two my hoodie  came off, then mile three the gloves and finally mile four the zip up jacket. To make it worse, I refueled with a half a banana. I can't embarrassing!! But hey, I'm the first person to laugh at myself and it was dang funny. 
Keep it moving boys. Clearly, they were just milking the time clock...and watching me, wondering what was coming off next. 
Too funny.

I'm off to get my miles in.

Have a fab Monday!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekly Workouts Wrap Up, Races & Date Night

Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll 10K
My week ended (or is it started?) with a bang. Sunday I ran the P.F. Chang's Rock n' Roll 10K. It was such a beautiful day, I couldn't help but take a million pictures. A good reason to never take your phone/camera with you if you want to get a good time. I guess I didn't care considering I also forgot to eat, or even lay out my Garmin the night before. Yeah...none of that dawned on me until I'd been sitting in my car for a good hour before the race. :) Duh!! Oh well, I got 1:08 and some great shots of the sunbeams and blue skies. I could go on about how sick I got the rest of the in couldn't leave the bathroom or couch. SO freaking weird. It was only 6.2 miles and yet I got just a sick as I did with my first half marathon?!? I may just bag the whole race day thing. I've read people who have anxiety shouldn't run because their adrenaline has a hard time coming back down. Yep that's me! I'm always just running for fun, but with these races, you feel the "racing" start on the freeway...or when everyone's speed walking to the packet pick up line. LOL.
The struggle is real. :) I may just need to be a volunteer and then do virtual races from here on out. Or at least...after the Phoenix Half.

Hangover Half Marathon:
I ran this last weekend. I had a fabulous experience considering in the past I've gotten really sick to my stomach. I had no issues, a little trouble with my Achilles but not as much as I thought I would have. The foam roller works wonders is all I can say. My time was 2:25 and I'm happy with that. I think the treadmill helped my knees from getting sore. They didn't even hurt until mile 12. #happydance I got this cute medal out of it and would definitely do it again. Less nerves involved (for me anyway) in a virtual half.

January Miles Challenge Update:
I'm loving this challenge. I pledged to run/walk 93 miles this month, I'm not sure where they got that number. It's a virtual challenge with a medal in the end. This averages out to approximately 3 miles per day. I don't run every single day, do shorter runs like 3, 6 and 12 or 13 miles. It's been very enjoyable and helped me deal with stress and stay motivated. It probably helps that I have three or four peeps on IG playing along. We give each other updates to kinda stay accountable and cheer each other along. Gotta love social media for that! I'm definitely on track and will exceed the goal. Woo Hoo!!

A few pictures from our recent trip to Utah. My dad got married. I'll share more pics later. I just wanted to show you how cute Sophia was playing in the snow. She was obsessed with it, especially since it was her first experience. #ArizonaGirl

This is my cute niece Lexi. It was so great reuniting with her after her two year church mission. I just love her...isn't she pretty...and single. :)

Weekly Workouts: Back to the workouts...

Mon - Rest Day

Tues - 3 mile run/walk
Wed - 3 mile run/walk
Thur - 6 mile run/walk
Fri - rest
Sat - rest
Sun - 6.2 miles Rock n' Roll 10K

American Sniper
We saw this for date night on was INCREDIBLE. Sad, yes, stressful...absolutely! But I love the bravery and dedication the servicemen and women possess. If only I could be half that brave in life. You walk away feeling immense gratitude for their sacrifice and for the safety and freedom they provide us.

Have a fabulous week. Keep up the endorphin highs and the healthy eating. Hopefully I won't be such a stress eater this week. What's the point of all this fitness if I'm going to eat second dinner right before bed time. Every.Single.Night?


Friday, January 16, 2015


That pretty much sums up this week.

The boys and I have been long faced all week at the idea of staying in Arizona. It just seems kind of crazy the way the stars aligned and we were on our way to Maine. Ugh. Kind of makes me sick to think about passing it up. Not kind of..full on sick. Sometimes you have to be "all in" with a decision to really know how you feel about it, according to Dr. Phil anyway. Yeah, that's pretty much how I roll. I'm not feeling good about it and the scholarship aren't what Kimball originally thought, so...we could go to UNE and get the scholarship the last two years and be good. The coast is calling us. Hmm....???

Anyway, moving on to a lighter subject....

The Golden Globes were pretty fab. I'll give you my two cents on the fashion hits and misses.


Love everything but the silly snake necklace.This dress is perfection on her and the color as well. Naomi Watts nailed it.

Julia Louis-Dryfus looks gorgeous and the dress is a fabulous fit on her thin figure. I love the hair, makeup and earrings. Boom Elaine. 

John Legend and his wife look stunning. I LOVE this dress in a big way, and she is SO beautiful. 

Reese Witherspoon = Gorgeous. I have nothing bad to, love, love.


Gone Girl star (what's her name), just had a baby like five weeks prior so while she looks pretty good considering, the dress is all wrong. It scares me that somethings going to come falling out. Plus she looks way square. Not flattering in my opinion. Her hair and make up look pretty though. 

I can't help but think of Elvis when I look at this turquoise accordion frock. Such a 'miss'. 

Again, another BIG miss. Speaking of big, this double backed, thick fabric with no shape is just screaming to be burned in a fireplace somewhere. I heard this is her best red carpet look to date...I'm afraid to Google her past dresses. But I will. :)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were HILARIOUS however, I'm not a fan of their choice for the red carpet. Tina...seriously? Hillary, I mean Amy's isn't terrible, the color is pretty but I picture this dress on Hillary Clinton. I can't help it. 

Salma Hayek has a killer body as usual, and the dress isn't the problem, it's the seven year old, Mexican, Punky Brewster factor. I can't even. Why? The head piece is the worst, I should find a better pic of it. Quinceanera much?


While I love Emily Blunt's hair, jewelry, and even this angelic color on her, the criss-cross just bugs me. Like it's an ace bandage or something. Or one of those dresses you make with toilet paper at bridal showers. :) AmIright? Also, her eye shadow and eyebrows are too dark.

As always Jennifer Lopez is rocking a beautiful glow. I love the coloring of it all hair, makeup and dress, I like the design of the dress minus the flowy cape. It's just way too much fabric, and while I'm at it...I think she should ditch the hair clip ins, and go with an 'up-do'. There's just too much of a lion factor going on here. 

Amal is beautiful. I think her hair, makeup and dress are great, but the gloves are such a buzz kill for me. Yes, the two  of them have the Hollywood glam happening but I'd much rather see some stacked diamonds on her wrist than baggy white gloves. I'm sure the designer of her dress gasped when she showed up on the red carpet with those things on her hands. Last minute thought as she was running out the door...obvy. :)  George looks hunky, and I was so giddy when he gave his speech and professed his love for Amal, and the pride he has in being HER husband. The best!!!

This look isn't horrible, but I'm just not feelin' it. Like maybe her face is finally catching up with her age and the dress just seems kind of boxy. I'm honestly not sure what it is, but I'm leaning toward 'miss'. I'm just underwhelmed I guess. Sorry Jenn.

Yeah, I get that I'm probably too hard on some of them, but I love award show season and take it very seriously. While sitting in my old Walmart sweat pants of course. Lol.

Well, hopefully I'll be more positive and less "Debbie Downer" in my next post. I'm running the P.F. Chang's RnR 10K this weekend, so that should be fun. 

Have a fab weekend!! 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

News Flash {the move saga continues}

Change of plans??? We may decide rather than moving to Maine, stay in Arizona for dental school. Of course I'm really sad to pass up a chance to live in such a beautiful and awesome location (our goal since day 1), and live near my niece and her cute family. I'm SO torn and our boys are COMPLETELY bummed. Jaxon doesn't even want to talk about it...neither do I really.  However, we have some scholarship possibilities if we stay that could save us a lot of money, and still allow us to move back east....just after Kimball graduates. If that really ends up happening. The guaranteed scholarship will work at either school, not as much money but he doesn't have to compete for it. 

Trying to be positive: We have been very blessed to have met such helpful contacts at the dental school here. Kimball continues to get offers for interviews (including Utah where my family is), but we may just stay put for the next four years. Then take the leap of moving to the east coast. Part of the deal is that we will make a trip back east each year. I need a chance to wear boots and scarves...while hitting all the historical sites. 

I guess it's up in the air until school starts really. It's such a tough decision, we will see what happens I guess.

grin emoticon Peace out. 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Elastic Heart Video {mental health}

As sad as this video of the song "Elastic Heart" is, I think it's absolutely brilliant!!! The message brings awareness to mental illness and the damage caused by unhealthy relationships. Maddie Ziegler plays the same character from "Chandelier". She portrays the singer Sia as a child, and Shia LaBeouf plays her mentally ill father. Both seem to struggle with mental health issues, in the end she escapes where her father does not. Here are the lyrics...

Verse 1: Sia]
And another one bites the dust
But why can I not conquer love?
And I might've thought that we were one
Why not to fight this war without weapons
And I wanted it and I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
And let's be clear, I trust no one

[Pre-Chorus: Sia]
You did not break me
I'm still fighting for peace

[Chorus: Sia]
I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me fall apart
Cause I've got an elastic heart
I've got an elastic heart
Yeah, I've got an elastic heart

[Verse 2: The Weeknd]
And I will stay up through the night
Let's be clear, I won't close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I walked through fire to save my life
And I want it, I want my life so bad
And I'm doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It's hard to lose a chosen one

[Pre-Chorus: Sia & The Weeknd]
You did not break me 
(You did not break me, no, no)
I'm still fighting for peace

[Chorus: Sia]
I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me fall apart
Cause I've got an elastic heart
I've got an elastic heart


[Chorus: Sia]
I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me fall apart
Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me fall apart
Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got an elastic heart


Hopefully you won't see this as sexual or inappropriate (because of the nude clothing), it clearly is to keep the focus on the issue at hand and not the wardrobe they are wearing. Something often done in interpretive dance. I LOVE the choreography and think Shia did and incredible job. They both did. 

As someone who's had people very close to me who've struggled with mental illness, this really hits home. I wish I could elaborate, but feel it best to keep it at that. Being that this blog focuses on health (both physical and mental), I thought it was fitting. 

I hope the world keeps moving forward in helping those who have illnesses of every kind. That we will reach out to our loved ones who have struggles, showing them compassion and not just dismiss them as crazy. Thankfully there are many tools available now days to help those in such a rut. I should also mention, there's also no shame in seeking help if you've been affected from an unhealthy relationship. Everyone should have a great counselor in their pocket.