Weekend Wrap-Up

Happy Labor Day! Our weekend was extremely busy filled with plenty of time with family. We started the weekend at the USC vs. Arkansas football game. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny California day into a cool evening with an entertaining game. The game was a blow out starting with a touch down two minutes into the game. It was so fun to experience my niece and nephew’s first game! I am looking forward to the season and hopefully making it to another game.

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Our Sunday was a little more relaxing with cycling, napping and reading before celebrating my birthday with my family. We enjoyed my very favorite meal (my mother’s chicken pot pie) and BBQ. The evening was filled with the 3 Fs- fun, food and family. I was thrilled to have a day off today which was spent sleeping in (I can’t remember the last time I slept past 7am). The morning was spent on the computer and watching our latest binge show- Fresh Off The Boat. The rest of the day will be enjoyed with my husband and Emma by the pool and reading.

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The week is going to fly by with only 4 days of work before we fly out to Miami on Saturday. With some of the craziness of the past few weeks, I realized there are a few updates on situations mentioned on the blog that I wanted to follow up on.

Ragnar Relay Update

After the So Cal Ragnar Relay, I was so excited to sign up for the Nor Cal Ragnar Relay. We started to form a team and plan going up to San Francisco. After discussing the logistics of the trip, we realized the trip was just not possible for us. We already had planned Portland in August, Miami in September and Thailand in November. Throwing one more trip in the mix just was not going to happen this year. Luckily, the early registration just started for the 2016 So Cal Ragnar Relay.

Ragnar Relay So Cal Recap Part 3

Back Pain Update

As a whole, my lower back pain has improved. Unfortunately, there have been some days that my back pain has really acted up. Coincidentally, the pain started to come back after I took a few weeks off of my acupuncture and chiropractic sessions. I have gotten back to regular appointments which has really helped to take away my pain. With an increase in training, I have been trying very hard to watch my back with the exercise I have been doing lately.

Triathlon Training Update

Speaking of training, I had advised that I was looking for a triathlon plan for my race in early October. I looked at a few plans but all of the plans forced me to create my own plan. I am in the home stretch with one month left. My cycling is on par but the running and swimming need to improve over the next few weeks. I will be sure to share my plan this week.

Tell me: What are you looking forward to? 


Friday Favorites #10

What a week it has been, some of the same old stuff with a nice mix of new and exciting. I am very ready for a mixed weekend of action and relaxing. Tomorrow after teaching my cycle class, I will be taking the cycle certification through one of my gyms. Although I already have my certification, this will just be a great way to brush up on my skills as an instructor. Sunday will be a day of relaxing, hopefully catching a movie and working on those July goals with some more reading (preferably by the pool). Here are some of my favorites from this week. Linking up as always with Katie & Heather for Friday Favorites.

Friday Favorites

1) Stitch Fix but more specifically my stylist Meg (shout to Meg even though I doubt she would read this) were my favorite. As I mentioned on my last fix, I requested to have Meg as my stylist again. I felt like she nailed my style with the last fix but the sizing was wrong. I am so glad I requested her again because I received my next fix this week and it. is. amazing. Meg just nailed it! I am wearing a top from my fix as we speak. I will post my review next week but let’s just say I am fairly certain it will be a 5/5. #thankgoodnessitspayday

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2) Continuing with good service, Blue Host (and Steve from Blue Host who who helped me at 11pm) was a life saver this week. As I am in the process of switching the blog over, I totally messed up and wiped my data away with a click of a button. Of course naturally I panicked. So I got on Blue Host’s live chat and within 10 minutes, Steve had restored the last transfer they completed. That chat alone reassured me I made the right switch for self hosting.

3) My best friend. I know, I know, everyone thinks their best friend is the best. Well sorry to break the news although mine always is, this week she absolutely was. I will share more details next week but she really supported me this week and makes me even more grateful for such an amazing, caring person in my life.

4) I loved this mug my mom tagged me on this week – put Starbucks in place of coffee and you have my life in a mug.

Friday Favorites Etsy mug5) While planning our Greece trip for next year (look at my actually working on my goals) I checked out Costco Travel which is really a great site for booking travel. Although limited on destinations, they have very competitive deals and a decent amount of flexibility with creating packages. Make sure to check it out for your next trip. I will definitely be using as we start to book our trip.

Happy Friday! Tell me: Any fun plans for the weekend? What are your favorites from the week?

Check out past Friday Favorites- #1, #2, #3, #4#5, #6, #7, #8, and #9.

Change is…

Last summer, my then boyfriend, now husband and I were driving home from the beach when I asked him what he would title the summer we had been enjoying. My answer was “The Summer of Love.” Oh so cheesy but I am cheesy especially when it comes to my husband (my best friend is reading this nodding her head in agreement). Anyways, this year has been a very unique year. At this point if I had to title my year it would be “The Year of Change.”


This year has included moving apartments, starting to teach at a new gym, writing a blog and getting married mixed in with races and vacations. Needless to say, it has been a year filled with constant change. Let’s be honest here:

Change sucks. Change is hard. Change is scary. Change is inevitable.


Change= growth. Change makes you stronger. Change brings new life. Change is exciting.

I find it funny how much I let my fear of change cripple me at times when I crave a change of scenery (literally) every day of my life. Why does the change of a different country excite me when other changes frighten me? I have concluded it is all in my perception. Every change I listed from this year has been amazing and beneficial. All change including those that were stressful and emotional, were for the better. Sometimes you have to get through the growing pains to get to the beautiful result. Just like I look at traveling as an exciting change I crave, I need to learn to crave change in other aspects of my life. It is how we grow, improve and push ourselves.

With that being said, there is one big  (sometimes stressful) but exciting change coming for the blog. I am in the process of switching over to a self-hosted site. The majority of my site will be moved from WordPress to Planks and Planes. As this process happens, I appreciate your continued support of the blog as the back end stuff gets worked on. You will notice some changes in appearance but there will be minimal disruption. Same blog, same blonde girl rambling on – just a different website title at the top of your screen. I do owe a special thank you to everyone who has read my blog filled with my wordiness (my mother always said I was a talker not a listener), amateur pictures and type A personality. Again, this change has been one I never expected to be so well received and please know that every comment, like, view and subscription is noted and extremely appreciated. See, change can be good!

Today is a perfect day for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Linking with Amanda at Running with Spoons.

Fill in the blank: change is _________________________


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

I think when I was creating last night’s Bootcamp workout, I was wishing I was in Vegas. The last time I was there when in November for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon which in my book is too long! Anyways, different subject for a different day. Last night’s goal during class was plain and simple – get as many points as possible, however you can within each round. For each round, I put 10 minutes on the clock and let the students go at it. I was a very proud instructor when almost every student started with burpees! Competition definitely creeped in with my students (I can’t blame them as that’s one of my worst traits) but they all commented how much they liked tonight’s game after class. This will definitely make an appearance again soon.

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The other day I used this playlist in cycle class which resulted in many people saying “I love this song” during class. Just as I like compliments on my classes, I love compliments on my playlists. It helps me to know what goes over well in classes and what doesn’t. This one has a good mix of songs on the radio now and some hits from months, even years ago!

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Here are the songs from the playlist:

Go Big or Go Home – American Authors
Somebody – Natalie La Rose
Magic – B.O.B
Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris / Florence Welsh
Weight of Living, Pt. 11 – Bastille
Evacuate The Dancefloor – Cascada
Somebody Told Me  – The Killers
Fun – Pitbull / Chris Brown
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the moon
Sandstorm – Darude
All Night – Icona Pop
Marchin On – One Republic
Bright – Echosmith
Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Tell me: Do you like group or individual workouts?

Meeting New People in New Places

Recently, I have been trying to condense all of my pictures into one location (which is proving to be a tad bit more work than I thought). As I was organizing the pictures, I stumbled across the pictures from when my mom and I visited Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France. The gardens were absolutely beautiful with vibrant flowers and immaculate gardens. After we spent time in the gardens, we finished walking around and started to plan where we would go for lunch.

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As we headed out, I saw an older couple near the garden entrance with the wife trying to take a picture of her husband. Although my mom was with me, her voice was in my head reminding me like she always has, “Always offer to take someone’s picture.” I asked the lady if she wanted me to take a picture for them which she replied in her (adorable) British accent, that she would love that. The second the words came out of her mouth, her husband replied “I did not say I wanted to take a picture with her.” They both just laughed. I instantly loved this couple. My mom and I ended up talking to them about where they are from, their views of the US, our government, their travels and how long they have been married. They had been married over 50 years and were traveling around the world together. We enjoyed talking to them for over 20 minutes before I walked away smiling and txtng the hubby to tell him how I wanted to be like that couple when I was older.

Meeting new people in different places is one of the best things about traveling. Not only have my international travels led me to meet some amazing people but my US travels have been entertaining as well. My husband and I sat next to a world-traveling Westminster Kennel Club Show Winner who shared his life story about his divorce, raising dogs, music and travel. When in Rome (literally) I sat next to a very sweet guy on the plane who let me grab the arm rest in between our seats as we were taking off. As he saw I was very nervous, we started talking to discover that we were both from So Cal. In New Orleans, my best friends and I sat next to sweet, 4 year old Genevive on our swamp tour. She sang The Beatles to us in her adorable accent while showing us her teddy bear the entire tour.

All of these people and many more have made my experiences all the better. Traveling is amazing for so many reasons but the people I have encountered will always be a memorable part of the experience.

Tell me: Do you have memorable interactions with new people while traveling? Have you continued contact with any of them after your trip?

Sometimes You Just Need A Day Off…

…so a day off is just what I took and I enjoyed every minute of it. As I mentioned on Friday, after subbing a lot of classes last week, I was able to get Sunday off of teaching. Therefore, I made sure to utilize every second of my weekend which started on Friday night with a delicious dinner with the hubby’s family. Saturday morning kicked off with teaching a class followed by cleaning up before we hit up Chipotle for lunch and the movies to see Ant Man. I absolutely loved the movie. Although I am usually not into action or super hero flicks, this movie was extremely entertaining. The rest of the night was spent relaxing, taking a nap and working on the computer.

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I was most excited to have Sunday off of teaching to be able to sleep in, which I most absolutely did. The husband and I spent some time at Barnes and Noble finding some new books to add to the library. Taking one of the books I bought, Starbucks was our next stop to enjoy some coffee while reading. After a delicious pesto and broccoli pizza for lunch (gotta love Trader Joe’s) and a nap, we planned to get a workout in.

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We decided to go to Pedal Spin for a killer class. I left with a raging appetite so we capped the night off with sushi and True Detective. This weekend was exactly what I needed with the past week of subbing extra Cycle classes and the next upcoming week of work.

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Although I am not posting my weekly workout recap this week (almost the exact same as the last two weeks), I taught a class without participating on Tuesday and had a full rest day on Friday. My rest days have become an important part of my weekly routine. A couple years ago, one of the things I struggled with most during workouts was taking rest days. I was too consumed with staying at a certain weight and keeping my workout regime. However, I often would ended up injured resulting in needing to take day or weeks off. The worst was when I needed surgery due to too many ab exercises (yep it can actually happen) that resulted in more than a month off of working out.

In the end not taking one day off resulted in taking much more. As my goal has changed to maintaining my health and fitness, I have learned that rest days are an important part of my health. Sometimes you do just need a rest day. Rest days are necessary to allow your muscles to rebuild and allow your body to recover. Make sure that your workouts incorporate rest days which will only help your fitness improve in the long run.

Tell me: How often do you take a rest day? What is the last movie you saw in theaters?

Friday Favorites #9

“It’s the freakin’ weekend baby I’m about to have me some fun…” Ignition is that one song that always, no matter what pumps me up! It is going to be a glorious weekend because I finally got a Sunday off. With the 10 classes I subbed last week I needed a break to catch up on some things and relax. So after my usual Saturday class, hopefully seeing “Ant Man” at night, Sunday will be a fun day at the beach. I am looking forward to tackling some of my July goals by reading at the beach and *fingers crossed* taking a Soul Cycle or Orange Theory class! Without further ado let’s get to the wonderful fun post of Friday with Friday Favorites as I link up with Katie & Heather!

Friday Favorites

1) On Wednesday night I posted a picture on Instagram at Pedal Spin (one of my favorite cycle studios). It has been awhile since I have been to a cycle class as a student and I loved every minute of it. I love pushing myself and getting lost in the music. It is such a different vibe not in front of a class! Plus I LOVED getting to go with my sister for her first class and the hubby of course. It reminds me that I need to keep taking more classes as a student because I love it!

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2) As I talked about yesterday, acupuncture has been my favorite this week. Tuesday night I started to notice my back and legs were sore but luckily I had an appointment scheduled the next day. I went in during my lunch break and came out 20 minutes later feeling much better. I think that helped in pushing myself in cycle class that nighr as well!

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3) While watching this week’s episode of True Detective, a teaser for one of my very favorite shows was aired. I am counting down the days until the fall when The Leftovers comes back. Such a crazy show that ended with me asking a million questions so I am hopeful answers are coming this season.

4) “8 Quotes Only Wanderlusters Would Understand” – My favorite has always been ‘not all those who wander are lost.’

5) My mother visited my grandparents in Kentucky a few weeks ago. She asked if there was anything I wanted as they were going through some of their items. Over the past few years visiting my grandparents I would remember my nana sitting at her vanity overlooking their beautiful backyard where deer would come run past. As she sat putting on her makeup, she would tell me stories, always calling me darling. So I requested a trinket that she had off that vanity to put on my own jewelry shelf to remind me of them everyday. My mom brought me back this lemon which I absolutely love. It fits perfect in my shelves and makes me smile when I see it everyday.

Friday Favorites

Tell me in the comments some of your favorites from the week! Have you watched the Leftovers? What is one of your favorite quotes?

Missed the past Friday Favorites? Check out #1, #2, #3, #4#5, #6, #7 and #8.