Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blogger Girl Swag Swap

 I just wanted to share a really cool idea! This really awesome blogger Kassie who's blog I read had a great idea for a blogger girl swag swap. You should all check it out & sign up by tomorrow! Hey you may even get my gift!!  :)

Tricks & Treats!

First off... Happy Halloween!! This is one of my favorite holidays. I have always been one of those girls that liked to participate in fun events. I was even in ASB in High School for that reason. Halloween was always the time of year when I would get so excited to dress up and I would leave the house feeling amazing in my costume until I got to the party to see all of the little itty bitty girls in these cute costumes and I would be ready to turn around and go home. This was the first year I would have felt good at the party. However it was the first year we really didn’t have plans. Depressing I know! But in all actually I was okay with it this year. But I guarantee you next year I will rock a slutty little outfit Halloween costume!

 Halloween 2009 Throw-Backs (I was a cave-woman)
Last weekend we did make it to the pumpkin patch! One of my favorite things ever! The day started with R and I heading up to my BFFs house (an hour away) to pick up her and her man. Then all four of us when on a little adventure to Ft. Casey, Washington. While in Ft.Casey my BFF got engaged!! Whoo hoo!! I was soo excited when her boyfriend Chris had contacted me awhile back about helping plan out the whole thing and we did it. It all played out perfectly! And Im so happy I don't have to keep the secret from her any more!! Nicely done Chris!! And I seriously can't wait for this wedding!!
R & Me on the Ferry to Ft. Casey

My BFF said Yes!!!
They're engaged!!
 All four of us on the way back from Ft. Casey
After the engagement and celebratory drinks lunch, we all headed to the pumpkin patch like we do every year. It was so fun and after we went to Chris and Ashley’s to carve our pumpkins!

 Fun at the Pumpkin Patch!
                              The Newly Engaged!!                         
All 3 years R & I have been together!
As many of you know I live in Seattle. Yes, it rains a lot of the time so yesterday it was pouring! I mean the run to your car for one second and you’re drenched kind of rain. All day I had tried to talk myself out of running after work and kept trying to make excuses. However, after I got off work I went home and changed and made myself go!

 I soon realized I didn’t have a good running jacket so I had to use my work jacket. I was definitely not looking attractive and I hoped I wouldn’t see anyone I knew. Yet at the same time at least EVERYONE could see me and I wouldn’t get hit by a car.
 So after I finally got pounding the pavement I had such a good run! I did a full mile without stopping and for me that is the longest I have gone so far! I was so proud of myself! After that I continued to keep running for 5 minutes followed by walking for 90 seconds over and over again for the hour. I got home and was absolutely drenched so I hopped in the shower and then got caught up on our weekly DVR’d shows with R. It was such a great night but tonight I’m going to look for a new running jacket after work before going running and eating giving out candy!!. Any good suggestions on a moveable but water resistant jacket?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Breathing In {New Life} To This Blog

Hi Ya'll it’s been forever since I have sat down to blog. I'm sorry life has been so busy this year. However, I have been reading some really great blogs lately and it has encouraged me to get back to it.

So down to business, here’s what’s new with me… Sorry it’s a bit of a jumbled mess below… So sue me.

In 199 days I will have a new last name, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have been engaged to the most amazing man for about 1.5 years and in a few months we will make the biggest promise of our lives to not kill each other in front of our friends and family in Honolulu Hawaii. All of the wedding planning is pretty much done with the exception of some family members and friends still getting their tickets {no pressure, but get to it kids.}

I absolutely love my job in the construction industry. I’ve worked in Construction Project Management for almost 8 years and in May I had started with a new company. I'm currently trying to find my way to stand out in within this company. I love going to a job walk and seeing a blank canvas or an old run-down building, only to come back later to a newly completed beautiful building. There's nothing more rewarding than driving by something that you worked so hard to build, I love it. I hope to one day build my own home with the hubs {that’s where the not to kill each other vow will come to play.}

 I signed up for my first 5K {Mustache Dash} on November 17th. I have never in my life been a runner. In middle school, I would cry and fake injuries to not have to run during the weekly Friday mile. I hated running. I felt like I just wasn’t built for it, my knees would ache, my chest would hurt, and my heart would beat uncontrollably. I never in my life thought I would run for fun when I much less wouldn’t do it when required. However upon coming across a blog by Mama Laughlin I fell in love. There was this woman who spoke like I did and was real about things that I was often too real about. So I began to think one day while on my walk, “ wow, my body has changed a lot since losing my first 65lbs. It’s so lot lighter and if others love running so much maybe I will too.” Well I was wrong, I didn’t just like running I loved it. I love the feeling of accomplishment I felt when doing it and sadly, I loved the way I saw the world when doing it {that I had never experienced before.} Granted I could only run for one minute at a time in the beginning and can now only do 5 minutes at a time with short walking breaks in-between but I love how quickly I have seen changes to my body and endurance. I’ve started this journey with the C25K app. If you don’t know about it, figure it out stat! It will change your life {unless you’re already a runner}. If thats not enough of a reason to try running maybe all of the cute clothing/gear will get you hooked. Once you begin running daily you will want to invest in better workout clothes because cotton just doesn’t cut it{don’t figure that out the hard way.} So I’m going to use this blog to continue to track my running and my changes as I continue to train and prepare for the ½ marathon I plan to run next year.  Speaking of tracking I only have 2 days until weigh-in Thursday! Wish me luck! Last week I was at 172, that’s 67.5lbs down and only 17lbs from my goal!