Monday, July 26, 2010

Training for a half Marathon

I have officially signed my husband (and myself) up for his first half marathon. I'm excited to help train him the best I can. He will do great, i just know it. The half marathon isn't till January 23, 2011 so he has plenty of time to start training. I'm putting together a training schedule for those interested in doing a half and also for my friend Christina whom will also being doing her first half marathon. You're going to do great girly, I am so excited for you!

3month Training schedule

Week #1

Mon- Day off

Tues- 3 miles

Wed- 2 miles

Thurs- 3miles

Fri- Day off

Sat- 30 min uphill training

Sun- 4 mile run

Week #2

Mon- Day off

Tues- 3 mile run

Wed- 2 miles run

Thur-3 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 30 Min uphill training

Sun- 4 mile run

Week #3

Mon- Day off

Tues- 3.5 mile run

Wed- 2 mile run

Thur- 3.5 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 40 min uphill training

Sunday- 5 mile run

Week #4

Mon- Day off

Tues- 3.5 mile run

Wed- 2 mile run

Thur- 3.5 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 40 min uphill training

Sun- 5 mile run

Week #5

Mon- Day off

Tues- 4 mile run

Wed- 2 mile run

Thur- 4 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 40 min uphill training

Sun- 6 mile run

Week #6

Mon- Day off

Tues- 4 mile run

Wed- 2 mile run

Thur- 4 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- Day off

Sun- 3.1 mile run (5k)

Week #7

Mon- Day off

Tues- 4.5 mile run

Wed- 3 mile run

Thur- 4.5 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 50 min uphill training

Sun- 7 mile run

Week #8

Mon- Day off

Tues- 4.5 mile run

Wed- 3 mile fun

Thur- 4.5 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 50 min uphill training

Sun- 8 mile run

Week #9

Mon- Day off

Tues-5

Wed- 3

Thur-5

Fri- Day off

Sat- Day off

Sun- 6.2 mile run (10k)

Week #10

Mon- Day off

Tues- 5 mile run

Wed-3 mile run

Thur-5 mile run

Fri- Day off

Sat- 60 min uphill training

Sun- 9 mile run

Week #11

Mon- Day off

Tues- 5 mile run

Wed-3 mile run

Thur-5 mile run

Fir- Day off

Sat- 60 min uphill training

Sun- 10 mile run

Week #12

Mon- Day off

Tues- 4 mile run

Wed- 3 mile run

Thur- 2 mile run (Hydrate-load up on water)

Fri- Day off (Hydrate)

Sat- Day off (Carb Load-This will energize you the day before the big run)

Sun- 1/2 Marathon Day! (Try not to drink too much coffee or water to prevent mucho bathroom use lol)


*uphill training* Run one mile first. Start the bottom of the hill after one mile run, run uphill as fast as you can and walk back down, repeat a few times and then run another full mile. I suggest using a GPS watch in which calculates your miles and time. You want your total run to equal out 30/40/50 min (depending which week you're on).

Short runs during the week are not nearly as important as your long runs. If you miss a couple short runs no need to worry, just make sure you never skip your long Sunday run!

I suggest waking up as early as possible when in training. Get your runs over with super early in the morning. I get up at 5am. You want your body to be able to adjust to how early marathons/half marathons start.

Eating right makes a HUGE difference. One day of eating bad can mess up a weeks run :P

---I will add onto this as i go-----

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mother's Day-2010

Mother's Day 2010-The first Mother's Day I did nothing for my Mom. I called, but that was it. A call and nothing more. I got her a card a week before Mother's Day and as always, I had the hardest time finding a card. It's hard to find words to describe how i feel about the Mom she is and especially the Mom she is today. The card is still sitting at home. Mother's day has come and gone and that card still remains in the same spot i placed it in after i bought it. I called her on Mother's Day as Josh and I were heading to the swap meet to pick up a gift for her. I planned on getting her a gift and possibly taking her to breakfast/lunch until she told me she had to work pretty much the whole day. Just like every year on Mother's Day, she had to work. So i told her i would call her after we were done at the swap meet and that we would probably stop by to at least drop off her card and gift. But i lied. We got her a gift, i picked out a nice purse for her that i knew she would love and then driving home i convinced myself that I was not going to go out of my way for her this year as i always do! Why should I after all she's done? Why should I when she volunteers to work on Mother's Day every year! Josh and I went home and i never called her. I've spoken to my Mom once since that day. I'm still a little angry i guess you can say......I promised myself i would forgive her for all she's done because the bible says we need to forgive in order to let go of the pain one had caused us but it's hard to forgive when the other person keeps letting you down. I don't know who or what to blame for who my Mom is today and as much as i would like to blame the drugs, i don't. She has a mind of her own and could have very well walked away a long time ago when she saw how much damage doing drugs did to not only her but her family as well.

Mother's Day 2010-I'm pretty sure it hurts me more to know for once i did nothing for her then it hurts her that she didn't have her kids there to celebrate being a Mother. She only cares about herself, one day I will completely understand that and stop worrying and caring as much as i do.

Friday, June 11, 2010

LTCE


What better companionship is there than that of a loving husband and wife working together to achieve common objectives? And who better to team up with than the one you love, the person with whom you've chosen to share your deepest hopes, your fondest dreams, your very life?

Josh and I are constantly working towards our goals, dreams and our life together. In a short amount of time we have already accomplished more than we ever thought was possible. The moment Josh and I knew we were meant to be together forever, all of our goals/dreams became each others. God designed marriage to make those two people stronger together than they ever were when they were single. As a result, you don't need to be afraid to set big goals...set goals as a couple and do not give up on any of those goals! Our goals in life are what make life worth the journey of always trying to succeed and have fun while doing so.

One of the biggest problems marriages face today is that spouses cling to their own individuality rather than fully entering into their new identity as a couple. They hold onto independence at the expense of the unity God intended, maintaining separate bank accounts, separate pursuits, separate vacations, separate friends. Oftentimes they unknowingly have different visions for their marriage and their future. It's common for people to take marriage lightly these days, as if it's just another piece of paper signed. Marriage is not about that piece of paper you signed (you sign it and never see it again) it's about uniting as one, forever. I met a girl not too long ago in which i became friends with. Same age as me, nice girl, fun, but so clueless on what love and what a relationship is all about. I don't know why but people like this just really irritate me. I feel like they have so much to learn still and that i cannot even connect with them on a "friend" level because my love and companionship with Josh is so different then the way they view love, relationships, and marriages. This girl made a comment one day about someone she was once really good friends with and how their friendship kind of vanished once her friend got married. She said "she just changed after marriage, every time I wanted to hang out she wanted to invite her husband too, we stopped talking as much as we use to etc....I don't think a person should change just because they get married". After hearing her say this I immediately knew she was someone I probably was not going to be able to connect with on a friend level. Which brings me to say this:

Part of having a happy marriage is developing similar interest and becoming the best of friends. Friendship is such an important part of romance. Having fun and enjoying life together is one of the best things about being married; it forms a wonderful relationship that can cement a marriage through years. Never neglect this important part of marriage. Whether it be traveling, working out , trying new restaurants, sitting on the couch watching a movie, having a drink when you get home from work, trying a new activity that one or both of you have never done before, do it together! Spouses should truly be best friends. Developing common activities and interests really draws you closer together to that person over time rather than slowly drifting apart. Best of all, you create this intimacy that goes far beyond any friendship. In other words, when you get married you do change and you should change. Two become one and together you create a stronger relationship, friendship, bond, loyalty, than you have ever had with ANYONE. You should want to include your husband in EVERYTHING you do and those close friendships you had with others before should not be nearly as close as the friendship you share with your husband. Your husband should become your number one and you should become his. Josh and I share our friends. We don't have separate friends and i have no room in my life for a friends that are separate from the friends Josh and I share together.

Within the past few months I have come across so many new friends. The more and more people I get to know, married or not, the more i realize how selfish and un-driven so many people are in their relationships. The married people i come across take their marriage for granted and still only care about themselves. The ones in a relationship, but not yet married, just have the wrong idea of what love and a relationship should be all about. Love is not about how much money you spend on someone or the places you take someone. Love is about the smallest of things: A special favor, a helping hand with chores, a card, a touch, a hug, a kiss, slow dance (Josh loves this), a listening ear, a REAL conversation, a shared memory, hearty laughter, a wink, a smile, a compliment, friendship, thoughtfulness.

It's always fun to get to know new people but even after all the new people i have come across or have made friends with, i have realized my old true friends will always be the people i remain close with and whom will always understand the love i share with my husband. Old friends grow with you and i am glad to say those who have grown with me have also grown to love my husband just as much as they love me : )

LTCE

Love- Selfless, patient, humble, forgiving, hopeful, kind, unfailing

Trust- Rock-Solid as long as it is cherished and protected-both are essential to your relationship

Commitment- The resolution to keep your wedding vows at all costs. It's the cornerstone that supports security-and ironically, freedom-and it stands side by side with trust.

Faith-It is the chief cornerstone, the one that unites the entire structure so it stands straight and tall.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Weekend Fun!

Last week was a bit chaotic with the people around us. Incident #1 Josh and I found out a dear friend of ours was in the beginning of a messy divorce and so we spent a few days last week trying to help her out. Incident #2 we had Josh's parents over for dinner one night and the conversation at the table was not a conversation I wanted to take part in so i left the table. I felt so rude but I refuse to partake in something I am very much against. Not sure how that went over with the In-Laws, I am hoping me leaving the table while they were visiting and having dinner did not cause unnecessary drama. Incident #3 my brother showed me a very selfish side of him over a phone call one day. I was so angry with him when I hung up the phone, if there is one thing that gets under my skin it's being selfish...especially when it's family. Josh and i never let anything weigh us down unless it's something extremely serious so we let everything go and just had a WONDERFUL FUN weekend together.



Saturday i had the whole day to take care of all my personal needs. We cleaned the house the night before so that left open a whole Saturday afternoon for me! I had a wonderful relaxing workout(yes working out is relaxing to me) ten mile run and a little weight lifting. Took a long bath and then off to get my eyebrows threaded. The rest of the afternoon i did laundry and played with the animals. Our friend who is going through divorce was having a party that night. Well, more like a get together of all her close friends to help get her mind off things. The party started at 5pm and Josh works till 6:00pm on Saturdays so my Dad came and picked me up on his Harley and we rode over together. My dad gets a new Harley every couple years and this Harley by far is his most prized possession. We took PCH all the way to her house (she lives in Palos Verdes) it was such a beautiful day! I had so much fun blasting my Tim McGraw CD while cruising with my Dad....I always love extra quality time with my Dad. The party was so much fun. She cooked amazing appetizers and made the best mojitos over. Josh came over around 7pm and brought all the dogs and Aussie with him...We had a great night just eating, relaxing and having our babies with us...Anyone who knows me knows a night including the animals is the best kinda night for me! We came home around 10pm and knocked out together ZZzZzz...



Sunday morning we woke up late. Well, late for us. Josh got up to use the restroom and we heard Aussie saying "HI" in her cage. We cover her cage at night and if she's covered too long she will say HI over and over again until we uncover it. Josh looks at his cell phone and says it's 8:30am...holy cow..we are normally up at 6 or 7. Josh made our coffee and we sat in bed watching animal planet and drinking coffee. After about an hour we got ready for the day and headed out to breakfast. We decided to try a new place on Main Street in Seal Beach...a little random diner that was pretty good! We walked around for a bit after and then headed home. Randomly I remembered i had super Nintendo up in the rafters of our garage so i climbed up and got it down when we got home...Josh and I tried hooking up to the TV for a good 15 min before we realized a part was missing : ( We REALLY wanted to play soooo we thought we would try to find the part at Game Stop. We have these skateboards (long boards) in the garage that my Dad got us last Christmas and we never use them so Josh and I decided to ride them to Game Stop. Sooooooooooo much fun!!! We had such a great time but holy cow was i sore once we arrived to our destination!!! We get there and they don't even sell parts for Super Nintendo because it's sooooooooo old : (...We also have an Xbox and PlayStation 3 so we bought a fun game "fairytale fights" for our PlayStation. We skated home and played the game for 2 hours! I don't think i have ever sat that long and played a video game but we were having so much fun teaming up and beating this game together...Josh was a naked prince and i was snow white : ) haha....after a few hours of playing we realized we had not ate since breakfast and that we were getting hungry. Josh said "Let's go to Dave & Buster's" Okkkkkk!!! We got ready and drove to the Irvine Spectrum. After parking the car i see a girl walking by with a bag of candy from the sweet factory.."Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Joshhhh i want Candy, let get candy pllllllllllease". Next thing you know we are in the candy store picking out ALL our favorite candy $29.00 and 3lbs of candy later!!! We were busting up at how much money we just spent on freakin candy LOL and then made our way over to Dave & Buster's where we had the best food ever!!! We ordered Martini's and shared two yummy appitizers together and then bought some game time : ) We played a ton of what i call "shoot em up games" and car racing games (i kicked Josh's butt on those : ) ) Then played a ton of games that you can actually win tickets on. Josh is so good at the games that you win tickets on, he freakin scores everytime! We had nearly 3,000 tickets and got all the animals toys with the tickets we won : D It was so much fun!!! Josh and I got ourselves a BOP IT with some of the remaining tickets.....remember those!?!? haha i love those things! We got home around 10pm that night and let the dogs pick out which toys they wanted..they were so happy!!! I think we ended up staying up pretty late that night, just talking, eating half our candy (Josh was shoving candy down my throat) haha and playing Bop It........The next day i got to work and thought to myself...i am so Lucky.....My husband is so much fun. No matter what it is we are doing we ALWAYS make it fun together and i love that. I could not imagine my life any other way, i am so thankful for where i am today. I am so thankful for having patience and waiting for the perfect man to come along to spend my life with because life just does not get better then this XOXOX

Friday, May 7, 2010

Everyone Calls You Amazing, I Just Call You Mine..




I remember the first time I heard this song on the radio.

I pinch myself sometimes to make sure


I'm not in a dream, that's how it seems


I close my eyes and breathe in the sweetest moments


I've ever known, it feels like home




And here I am, I wanna be your everything


There you are turning winter into spring




And everyone that sees you always wants to know you


And everyone that knows you always has a smile


You're a standing ovation after years of waiting


For a chance to fall and shine


Everyone calls you amazing yeah, I just call you mine




I fall apart and just a word from you somehow seems to fix


Whatever's wrong, oh, you reach into the weakest moments


And remind me that I'm strong, you've gotta know


I'd be a fool not to see or even worse


To forget that you're more than I deserved




'Cause everyone that sees you always wants to know you


And everyone that knows you always has a smile


You're a standing ovation after years of waiting


For a chance to fall and shine


Everyone calls you amazing, I just call you mine




Nothing makes sense when you're not here


As it my whole world disappears


Without you what's the point of anything?




'Cause everyone that sees you always wants to know you


And everyone that knows you always has a smile


You're the dream that I've been chasing after years of waiting


For a chance to fall and shineEveryone calls you amazing, I just call you mine


Everyone calls you amazing, yeah, yeah, I just call you mine



It made me smile so big. I immediately texted Josh with the lyrics, this song reminded me of how I feel about him. I hear it often and every single time I hear it I can't help but smile.

One thing I have always said about Josh and I is "not a lot of people understand how we are with one another…to know us it to know us together, because you won't ever find us apart". Josh and I have such a great respect for one another….i feel like we value and treat our marriage the traditional way and that's why we are so different together as a couple. You don’t find marriages like that anymore. We eat dinner together every night at our dining room table, I pack healthy lunches for him every single day, he makes our coffee in the morning and we sit and drink it together on the couch or in bed EVERY morning, we clean together, we grocery shop together, Josh has Monday's off work and he drives me to work every Monday, Josh always opens all my doors and when we ask anything of one another we always say please and thank you, we hang around our friends together and we complement each other, we balance each other out perfectly….i can go on and on but you get it : ) Josh and I share daily routines and I love every part of it. A lot of people ask me how I found someone so perfect, how we stay so happy all the time and how we make being married look so easy…marriage is only hard work if you make it hard. You have to enjoy every moment of one another no matter what it is your doing together and you have to serve each other and want to serve each other, which is something Josh and I have no problem doing…it's just a natural thing for us.





Last night Josh had some tests to take so he did not get home till 9:30pm. I worked out, cleaned and had a glass of champagne..but i waited for him to get home to have dinner with him : ) He thanked me for waiting but there was need to thank me....I wait because dinner is a part of OUR time together and I'd wait all night to eat if it meant sharing that moment with him : ) I love my husband and i wouldn't be half the woman i am today if weren't for him. xoxo

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My First Marathon Experience

Josh pining my bib on me
Getting ready @ 4am
Proud Husband : )
Not so happy mom because she had t wake up at 4am
On the way to Dodger Stadium @ 5am
A bit nervous and cold
Stretching
Mile 23 and still smiling
Finishing strong!
I Did it!!
Love the sign Josh made for me : ) I have the best husband


Marathon day was on a Sunday. Mon-Sat i ate extremely healthy. Josh and I went to sushi at least 3 times that week and George's the other nights for chicken salads. I don't think i cooked once that whole week. I stayed away from drinking that whole week to make sure my body was hydrated enough (i cheated a little and shared a drink with Josh one night). I knew the Friday before the marathon was an important day to load up on water and so i did. I brought my huge 54 ounce slurpee cup to work added some Emergen-C to it and made sure to drink the whole thing. I ran three times that whole week, three five mile runs and nothing more than that because i needed as much rest as possible. Saturday before the marathon i did nothing but relax! Josh and i cleaned the house together the night before to make sure I'd stay off me feet as much as possible Saturday. Saturday i tried to down a little more water then i normally would, i had oatmeal for breakfast, a turkey sandwich from subway for lunch and when Josh got home from work we went to sushi for dinner. I was planning on eating a huge pasta dinner the night before the marathon because that's what i trained eating the night before long runs, but pasta did not sound good at all so we went to sushi instead (probably should've stuck with the pasta though). Anyway, before we went to dinner i got a call from my mom. I don't talk to my mom often, maybe once every month or two she will call. She randomly called me about a dish i had of hers, wanting to know when she could come pick it up. She asked when i was running the marathon i had told her i was training for and i told her tomorrow morning was the big day and i needed to get as much rest as possible...i needed to go to bed by 8pm is what i told her. Surprisingly (in a sarcastic voice) she forgot when i was running the marathon and asked if i could come pick her up to stay the night so she could come support me the day of my run. Of course i say yes, but i also make sure she knows i have to be in bed early because 1) i need as much sleep as i can possible get and 2) I have to freakin get up at 4:00am. So after dinner Josh and I go pick her up...i'm not going to go into details about where she was or how long it took her to get herself together but i did not get to bed till 10pm!!! Two hours past the time i planned on going to bed...I was beyond irritated. My brother also stayed the night that night (thank god he did because if it weren't for him I'm pretty sure my mom would have kept me up ALL night).

Josh woke me up at 4:00am Sunday morning. I had no trouble what-so-ever waking up because i was so anxious. I got dressed (as Josh recorded my every move : ) Love that proud husband of mine) had about half a cup of coffee, a little water and a clif bar. Josh pinned my bib on me, i tied my hair back, took a few pictures, made sure i went to the bathroom one last time and we were out the door by 5am.

Dodger Stadium was packed! After all, 25,000 people were running so you can only imagine how packed it was. My mom, brother and Josh stayed there with me for about an hour. It was still dark out and a little chilly. I brought a light sweater, one i could wear during the start of my run and then throw away once i warmed up a bit. We walked around just to check everything out for a while, i went to the bathroom one last time to avoid having to make any stops along my run, took a few more pictures and made my way to the starting line. Luckily, i got in line early enough to where i did not have to fight through a bunch of people to make my way to the front. I casually made my way through and sat down to stretch. Josh climbed a nearby tree and took pictures of me waiting and stretching and then off they went to Santa Monica to wait for me at the finish line!

Waiting for 7:20am to come around was the longest wait ever!!! You start getting nervous and anxious and then all of a sudden you feel like you have to go the bathroom even though you just went.....7:20 could not come any sooner...i was more then ready to run and then our running time get's pushed back not just once, but twice!!! Our new start time was 7:40 ugh!!! Really!?!? I tried entertaining myself with thoughts and the distraction of the people around me but all i could think about was how bad i wanted to start running! Everyone had Ipods and music to listen to and I had nothing but my good ol GPS watch to keep me entertained... fun huh!?! The reason i didn't bring my Ipod/MP3 player was because i wanted to enjoy my first marathon fully, i wanted to enjoy every sound and all the people that not only are handing stuff out to you but also cheering you on the whole way.

Sitting there waiting probably had to be the worst part of the whole marathon experience. Your just overly anxious and you just have to WAIT. I people watched most of the time i was waiting there. There was a young girl next to me, probably about 21, blonde hair, really thin, dressed in super tight running clothes with her hair pulled back and she was standing next to me (mind you i was sitting at the time) she was jogging in place and then doing jumping jacks in place...she was driving me nuts with all the movement she was making. I remember thinking to myself, man this girl is gonna run out of energy before we even start running. Then i started thinking "I wonder if she's a fast runner, or if she's just an average runner, i wonder if this is her first marathon too, i didn't say a word to her..she didn't look so friendly, just overly eager to run. Sitting next to me on the pavement was a guy around my age. He was stretching too and seemed to be very calm. Eventually he got up to make a bathroom trip and i never saw him again. I must have gotten stepped on a million times. So many people were fighting to make their way up to the front and in the process of doing so everyone sitting got stepped on or stepped over. It was really annoying and frustrating. Eventually is stood up because i got so tired of it. I'm not the tallest person, in fact I'm pretty dang short and when i stood up i realized everyone around me was much taller and i could not see thing. A group of girls surrounded where i was standing...they were very young (19) and this was their first marathon, they were all running it together and hoped to finish in 5 hours. I loved hearing everyone talk about their goal time and knowing that my goal time was so much more extreme then everyone else who was doing their first. It made me that much more confident. Chef Gordon Ramsay (love him) was there running and so was some guy from the bachelor, i don't know his name cause i don't watch that show but apparently he is a really good runner!

7:40 Ready, Set, Go.....

I was kinda jogging in place for about 2 minutes. Trying to get through 25,000 people was a bit nerve racking and time consuming. I kept thinking to myself, man it's going to take forever just to get past all these people. Eventually everyone started spreading out and i was able to run normal. Men were pulling over to the side and peeing in bushes, which totally freaked me out because i was not warned of this lol. I spent the first mile trying to make up for the time i lost trying to get through all the people at the very start of my run. I started passing people left and right, i was feeling good, my adrenaline was racing and i was feeling confident in completing this run and completing it with a great time. When i got to the second mile i saw a huge hill ahead. Ahhh the one thing i did not train for and was hoping there wouldn't be a lot of. That hill took EVERYTHING out of me..or so it felt! I was so out of breath already by mile two and it took a while to get my pace and breathing back on track once i got over that hill. Then right when i was feeling good again...another hill!! This course was filled with hills, which is why i recommend anyone training for a marathon to train uphill because you just never know what you going to get! For a while i was running next to this guy who was barefoot and his toe nails were painted baby blue, he has wild curly blonde hair, no shirt on and American flag boxers on! This guy just looked crazy and like he didn't take running seriously. Wrong! He freakin out ran me and a heck of a lot of other people too.

There were a ton of people supporting us runners. It was so great to see the community come together and volunteer their time to supply us water, food and to cheer us on. I don't think i have ever heard my name being called so many times. I was trained to run along the curbside rather then directly down the middle and so i was very close to all the volunteers which made it easy for everyone to read my bib and shout out my name. The first few times i heard "Go Stephani" i would look back thinking it was someone i knew..took me a while to get use to and for every person that called my name i would smile and wave. I must have smiled and waved about 100 times that day : ) although most runners do not acknowledge their name being called or the people who cheer them on at all, i am way to considerate of a person to not acknowledge those people. To be honest, the volunteers out there were a great part of my motivation during those long hard miles. Water, Poweraid, Oranges, Banana's, Oreo Cookies, Snicker Bars, Crackers,etc...were all being passed out for us runners. I took my bosses advice and grabbed a little cup of water at nearly every water station i saw. I brought 5 Gu packets and only ended up using 3 of the 5. I didn't eat anything during my run...i did grab an orange from someone and tried eating that..BAD IDEA...ADVICE for anyone who plans on running a marathon...if you did not train with it then do not try something new the day of the marathon! My stomach felt awful after that little piece of orange....which reminds of a time during training when i ate a BLT before a 18 mile run (i normally eat oatmeal) my stomach hurt so bad the whole run and i had to stop numerous amount of times because i had such bad cramps. It wasn't even really a BLT either...it was more like a LT because i only put half a piece of bacon in it (i am not a bacon fan at all but Josh was having one and i wanted to join him : )) Anyway, after that i learned to stick with oatmeal because that's what i trained my body to run on.

One thing i was hoping i would not have done during my run was go to the bathroom! I had a goal time and i did not want anything slowing me down. By mile 10 i had to go to the bathroom but could not bring myself to stop running just to take a quick pee break. So i held it until mile 12 and then i had to go! I was so bummed i had to take a minute from running to use the rest-room (all runners know every second makes a huge difference). I got back onto the course after a quick potty break and did not have to stop again, thank god!

By mile 17 my legs were starting to ache. My right ankle was super sore, my knees felt weak and i felt like i was slowing down. No matter how achy my body was getting i kept pushing through the pain and running as fast as i could. I stopped twice for a water break (a water break i could walk and enjoy rather than just tossing on my face and hoping some makes it into my mouth) i really needed those little 30 second walks in-between the nonstop running i did for 20 miles straight (minus my bathroom break). I used my last GU packet on mile 20 and from mile 20 on running the rest became a mental thing. I had to occupy my mind and keep telling myself YOU ARE ALMOST THERE, YOU CAN DO IT AND DO IT WITH A SMILE. The last few miles were full of volunteers!! The most encouraging, loud volunteers ever and they are what made me push my hardest!

Finally i hit mile 26 and i saw a light at the end of the tunnel! Two more laps to go and i was there....i saw the finish line and the crowds of people and gave it my all....Everyone was cheering me on and i crossed the finish line with a big ol smile and feeling GREAT! 3 Hours and 47min was my finishing time. Out of 25,000 people i came in 1,668 place overall, 304 place out of all women, 55 place out of everyone in my division age 25-29 and i was ahead of 90% of men. Although i wanted to finish under 3:40 so i could qualify for Boston i was still happy with my results. I later found out your firth marathon is suppose to be your worst time, if that's the case i cannot wait for my next because I'm gonna kick some butt : )

My Wonderful husband was such a great support system for me. He not only helped me train every Sunday but he ate healthy with me and bragged about how proud of me he was to everyone : ) I am so unbelievably lucky to have such a perfect man in my life and i could not ask for more in a husband. I love you baby!

I am going to run the Long Beach Marathon October 2010. Training will start in July..I plan on finishing at an even better time and who knows, maybe next year Boston!?!? ( if i qualify that is : ))...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to Train For a Marathon:




Finally a month later i am finding time to post a blog about my La Marathon experience. I have gotten so many e-mails and messages from people asking how i trained,how i motivated myself, how i ate during training and also asking how hard it was. I promised i would post all you need to know about training, along with my own experience so here it goes....

My Dad got me a gym pass to LA Fitness in 11th grade. I went to the gym almost every night after i got my pass. I would run 3 miles, lift weights, squats, sit in the sauna and do sit-ups. I would normally spend about an 1 1/2 at the gym either with my boyfriend at the time, my best friend, my dad or alone when i needed time away from everyone. The gym was my get away and i loved going. Eventually the relationship i was in became really unhealthy and i stopped doing a lot of things for myself, including going to the gym. I got rid of my gym pass and asked my dad for a treadmill for x-mas instead of renewing my gym pass as he did every year. Sure enough i got my treadmill and running was my new focus! I put the treadmill in my room (my room at Dad's house was huge, hence the reason i lived at home for so long ). At first the treadmill did not get much use. Mainly because i had so much going on. I was working at the law firm 8-5, working at abercrombie certain nights from 6-10/weekends and going to LBCC 2 nights a week. I was busy and i was busy trying to make my relationship work too. I gained about 10 lbs in between that time : P ten gross pounds! Yuck, i would look at pictures and think to myself "how did i let myself go, i was sooooooooo into working out". I felt gross! I quit abercrombie eventually and had my nights back. I started running on my treadmill after dinner every night (3 miles)! After about two weeks i became so frustrated, i was not losing any weight! 117 every time i would get on the damn scale and it made me so angry!! I had to do something different. So, i cut sodas out of my diet and stopped eating fast food. My life was so on the go at that time, all i had time for was fast food and sodas! About 2 weeks later, the numbers on the scale started changing..115 woohoo!!! From that point on i became obsessed. 6 miles burned enough calories to where i could still afford to some of the "bad" things i craved so i ran 6 miles everyday no matter what (on the treadmill and outside). My weight dropped to 105 and had pretty much stayed there ever since. I gave up sodas almost 7years ago and still never even crave one...i became a health nut and now it's a lifestyle i have created for both Josh and I. I created a lifestyle for myself and i am very dedicated to every part of it.

So now that you know how i started running, you must know that i NEVER EVER thought of doing a marathon. It just never crossed my mind that i was an athlete and that i could accomplish such a thing as 26.2 miles. Like really, who in their right mind does that for fun? You know from a previous blog i posted that my boss ran it too and he talked me into signing up along with helping train me. Being the competitive person i am i decided to take on this challenge and give it my all. I was determined to finish and finish strong. They say most girls either do not finish a marathon or they do finish but in 5 hours or longer. I was not going to be one of those average girls and anyone who knows me, knows this about me: I will not settle for anything less then what i want! I am a strong headed girl and i have ALWAYS been a strong headed girl i will go for what i want and i wont stop till i get it.

I started training in November 2009 and marathon day was March 21, 2010. Basically 4 months of training. For anyone that wants to train for a marathon/half marathon here is an idea of how i trained:

TRAINING:
I Started running on a Sunday. Saturday or Sunday should always be the day you do a LONG RUN. Your long runs are EVERYTHING when training, short runs just prepare you for those long runs. Your first long run should start at 10 miles. Here is an idea of what your running schedule should look like while training for a marathon:

Week #1
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week#2
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-12 mile run

Week #3
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #4
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-14 mile run

Week #5
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #6
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-16 mile run

Week #7
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #8
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-18 mile run

Week #9
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #10
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-20 mile run

Week #11
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #12
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-22 mile run

Week #13
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-10 mile run

Week #14
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-15 mile run

Week #15
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-12 mile run

Week #16
Mon-Day off
Tues-6 mile run
Wed-6 mile run
Thur-6 mile run
Fri-5 mile run
Sat-Day off
Sun-MARATHON DAY


Keep in mind that I ran 5/6 miles Tues-Fri because it's routine for me. My boss (who is a faster runner then I) ran 4 mile runs throughout the week during training and that totally worked for him. Like I said, you're most important runs are your long runs so NEVER EVER skip a long run because all your doing is setting yourself back a whole lot. I did all my short runs and ten mile runs on my treadmill and my long runs down by the beach or the riverbed. I bought this awesome expensive GPS watch to track my running when i run outside. I definitely recommend this watch to anyone who runs outside. It tracks everything from your pace, calories, speed, laps, etc...it stores nearly 200 of your runs so you can always look back and see which run you did the best on. It's also fun to have marathon day because you can pace yourself perfectly to your goal time.

I was told to do a little uphill training. I did not listen and did not do any uphill training at all. I recommend everyone else to train at least some uphill because LA Marathon had a ton of hills i was unprepared for. Somehow, i don't know how..even with no training for uphill at all i made top 3% of all the women and i fin shed before 90% of the men. If i would have trained uphill too, my time would have been even better! O-well, next one for sure

EATING:
All of you already know i eat extremely healthy. It's a lifestyle for me so i did not really have to change my eating habits while training. Eating right is important if your a runner and especially if your training for something this big. Bad foods can effect your run and mess with your stomach or create cramping while running...I eat a ton of berries, bananas, oatmeal, protein such as fish and chicken, spinach and drank a ton of water because it's just as important to stay hydrated. A Typical day of eating is something like this for me:

Breakfast- Oatmeal w/ blueberries and raspberries and half a cup of coffee with soy milk

Snack-Yogurt and a banana

Lunch-Spinach leafs with a cut up apple in it and a little cheese with dressing

Snack-Fiber bar

Dinner-Sushi, chicken salad, or some sort of chicken dish (i eat my biggest meal at night since i run in the mornings)

Desert-Anything i feel like..Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, Chocolate, Chips, cookies..could be any of those : ) it's my only time to splurge!

The night before any long run (a long run is anything over ten miles)i ALWAYS make a HUGE pasta dinner with wheat pasta of course. This is pretty much the only time i eat pasta. I make pasta with garlic bread and it makes for a wonderful carb load and run the next day! You will notice eating pasta the night before a run will truly help with your run..it gives you a great amount of energy to run off.

Training Necessities:

-GU Packets (Josh bought me a box of these and they lasted my whole time training and marathon day....The box comes with a mixture of GU..some with no caffeine, some with little caffeine, some with 1x the amount of caffeine and some with 2x the amount of caffeine. I will go into the purpose of GU shortly)

-A good Pair of running shoes (I Found that Nike is does not carry a good shoe for long runs so i stopped buying Nike and i now use the Asics Gel 2150...much cheaper shoe, very light weight (which is what you want) and very comfortable)

-GPS Watch (it's hard to find a good one, i have the Garmin Forerunner 305 which is kind of big and bulky but I'm not trying to look cool during my run lol i wanted the best watch to track my performance and this one is GREAT. They run between $200-$300)

-Water (I was lucky enough to have my husband with me on all my long run so he carried my water but i know they sell a water bottle you can sorta attach to your hand which makes it easier to run with) You wont need this marathon day though, there are a million water stations.

-Comfortable running clothes...the lighter the clothing the better..and a good sports bra ( I have a few that sucked and actually cut into my skin during my runs)

GU packets:
These are great for that boost of energy you may need during a long run. I recommend only using them on anything over 6 miles. I only used them on runs over 12 but that's only because i really don't need the energy...someone just recommended i train with them and so i gave them a shot and surprisingly i liked them. Anyway, a GU pack is basically a quick source of carbs the pack contains 100 calories and 25g of carbs..you take one every 45 min or every 6 miles. They are great and if you start getting hungry during your run they curb your appetite as well. If you drink a lot of caffeine shame on you lol j/k if drink a lot of caffeine then the packs with caffeine will work best for you. I found that for someone like me who does not drink much caffeine at all could not use the one's with caffeine because it upset my stomach during my run so i stuck to the ones with no caffeine.

So now that you know the basics of training, stay tuned for another blog on my Marathon experience and tips i have to share if your considering running one yourself.

Marathon Blog

I know i have promised a ton of people I'd blog about my marathon experience and how to train for one yourself. I have gotten so many e-mails and people who want me to help them train. I have started the blog and i prrrrrrromise to try and finish it this week or weekend. It's so hard to find time to just sit and write now. Josh told me yesterday he misses my blogs..sooo I'm gonna try hard to squeeze in a little more time for writing..Anyway, i came across this blog about a girl who is trying to break the record for the youngest girl to ever complete a marathon in all 50 states and i am sooooooooo addicted to her blog! It makes me wanna push myself even harder...She is on her 28th state at this point and I'm eager to continue to follow her blog...here is her link http://50marathonchallenge.blogspot.com/search/label/Leg%20Cramps....check out her page and i promise my blog will be up soon guys!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This world needs more positive people!

I saw this and i Love it! I think the world could use more people who think positively. It really does make a huge difference in your every day. You find happiness in EVERYTHING you do and not only is it a great feeling but it rubs off on everyone around you! I do not like hearing people complain, life is too freakin short to complain...instead be thankful for all you have and know what your worth! Finding positive in all you do makes for a positive person, positive outlook on life and positive thoughts : ) My positive attitude allows me to make the best out of work when all i really wanna do is be home with my wonderful husband...It makes writing bills enjoyable because somehow i find a sense of accomplishment in writing bills...it makes working out fun and enjoyable...it makes cleaning this messy house fun......i can go on and on.....Watch this video, it makes me smile!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBYk8UL_qOg

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wish me Luck!!!




I wish i had time to blog more. Unfortunately i don't have the time anymore and once i do have a moment to sit down i simply log on the computer just to check updates on my e-mail, la marathon, facebook etc..Josh and I have been going out to dinner almost every night (sushi & George's) and it's nice to spend all our extra time enjoying each other over dinner and out of the house (even if we go broke from our expensive eating habits hahaha jk)This year has started out great for us and we deserve to spoil ourselves however we want.

Today i have time to blog because today i get to do something new for a change..... RELAX and not move from the couch : )...if you know me then you know relaxing just is not in the cards for me. I hate relaxing, i find every excuse not to relax...it's true. Yes, i know I'm strange..but i have WAY too much energy to just sit around and i cannot sit there and watch movies or TV because i get bored,there is no show or movie worth sitting on the couch for (well OK maybe, if it's Kendra's show which is only a 30 min show and I'm only interested in her because of how athletic and in shape she was before the baby) Anyway, today I'm going to relax and eat all day. Eat healthy of course and hydrate the crap out of myself but staying off my feet is a must....Reason being....I am finally running the LA MARATHON tomorrow @ 7:25am : ) I have been training since November, the day after Thanksgiving (when i ate too much and decided i needed to run 10 miles to work it all off). I cannot believe how far i have come. Never did i think training for a marathon would take so much time and so much dedication...6am 6 mile runs 4 days a week and EVERY Sunday a long run in which my biggest run was 20 miles. Many Saturday night's of staying in when we were invited out because i had to get up early he next morning for my run, having to eat right the night before so i could accomplish my big run with no problems and through it all i want to thank my wonderful husband for pushing me, sticking by my side, sacrificing late nights out, getting up early with me, eating right with me, going with me on my long runs and making them so entertaining/fun, always complimenting my hard work and dedication and for being the best damn support system EVER!!! I am blessed beyond messures to have such a wonderful selfless husband that i would do anything for!!! There are not many men out there like Josh...i dont ever have to ask anything of Josh, he just does it with a smile and never ever complains because thats just the person he is : ) I love you baby, so so much.

I also have to thank my boss (who is running the marathon as well) for pushing me to sign up and training me. If it weren't for him i would have trained all wrong..i thank him for checking in on me every week to make sure i accomplished the runs i was suppose to accomplish and for putting up with all my questions. My boss is an amazing runner who finishes in the top 800's every time he runs!

So the big day is 24 hours away. I'm gonna run like i have never ran before. I am determined to finish in the hundreds out of 25,000 people and i really want to push myself to qualify for Boston. I believe that after mile 18 running further becomes a mental thing...so my motivation to keep pushing is to occupy my mind with all the fun Josh and I have and how he is waiting for me at the finish line with a big sign he made for me that says my name and i love you, the sushi dinner we are going to have that night to celebrate with some great friends, how close summer is and how in shape training has gotten me and this big run is gonna tone me even more, all the people who have supported and have faith in me to kick some butt, my dad who is going to ride his motorcycle all the way down to Santa Monica to see me finish and our good friend Tom who is coming over at 4:30am tomorrow morning and heading out to dodger stadium with us and who will also be waiting at the finish line for me....

I am ready! Here is to a great run and a fabulous HUGE carb dinner tonight : )
For my supporters...track me on race day or watch the marathon on channel 5...you will get a text every time i hit 10k, 20k, 30k, 40k and when i cross the finish line. http://live.activeresult.com/msg/MSG-signup.tcl?event_id=24

Thank you everyone for all your support!!!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Driving home yesterday......


Yesterday I'm driving home from work (on the 710 freeway) It was drizzling outside and all of a sudden the freeway came to a stop. I pressed the breaks as quickly as possible but something about the breaks felt off. Or maybe I'm just a paranoid freak about driving (which surely could be the case) and thought the breaks felt like they did not stop fast enough. Anyhow i immediately called Josh to tell him something did not feel right about the breaks and he said not to worry drive safe and he would look at them when he got home. After i hung up the phone i couldn't help but think about my Dad......
I use to call my Dad about everything when i lived at home with him. If it was a rainy morning my Dad would always make sure to come in my room and tell me "drive the surface streets to work, the freeways are dangerous when it rains" and i would listen to him every time and drive surface streets every time. I would call him whenever i had car troubles, whenever my feelings got hurt, whenever i got a raise, bonus or promotion at work.... i would call him for EVERYTHING! No matter who i was dating or who i was with at the time i trusted NO ONE'S advice or words i only trusted my Dad. When Josh and I first got together and were living with my Dad, i found myself still calling or going to my Dad when i needed advice or help with something. I had never really opened up to a guy before in a way where i trusted him to be able to take care of me. When Josh asked my Dad's permission to Marry me, i knew i was in good hands. I was already head over heels in love and with my Dad's approval i knew this was the man who was gonna take care of me for the rest of my life!! My Dad does not just approve ANYONE (we are a lot a like in that way) and i knew everything i was feeling for Josh was so absolutely right and my dad knew i had finally found the ONE....
To sum up my story, yesterday when driving home i thought about how i call Josh for everything now! I no longer call my dad, i call Josh! It's all apart of growing up, i know. But, I wonder if my Dad misses my calls, or if he is happy i finally found someone who can take care of me just as he always did, i wonder what it feels like to be a dad and watch your oldest daughter get married and live a happy life with someone who is her world when once upon a time YOU were her world....I love my Dad so much and no matter how much i grow up and how much i am on my own now i will always make sure to make time for him and to show him how important he is and has always been to me....And when Josh doesn't answer my calls fast enough, I'll always call my Dad with my stupid little questions : )

I LOVE YOU

Just a quick note while on my lunch at work and listening to the music that reminds me of my love. I know you check my blog daily love and i just wanted to tell you I LOVE YOU, with all my heart! Thank you for all your support and motivation to help me train for this marathon. I'm looking forward to weight training with you tomorrow for the first time : ) I cannot wait to get home to you tonight xoxox MUAH!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dinner with Dad...

I had a great night out with my dad Wednesday night after work. Josh was working late so i met my Dad for drinks at the Elephant Bar. We had a great conversation about life and where we are both at in life right now. I was happy to hear that Oregon was no longer an option for my Dad and that he's keeping his house in the Country Club ( I love that house and i would hate to see him get rid of it). I gave my Dad some advice on a few other things he had on his mind and all in all im happy for him and where he is at in life right now. He's happy, he's having fun and he's healthy...and that's all that matters : )

Before dinner with my Dad, Josh and i were texting back and forth. He sent me a text saying "i think we should wait another 5 years to have kids, i have too much fun spoiling you and being able to do whatever we want" it said something like that...The funny thing is, i was thinking the same exact thing that morning after i posted a blog about our Valentines Day. Valentines Day was a huge reminder that we can just get up and do ANYTHING we want and spend as much money as we want because we don't have another human being to take care of. Our animals are our babies and we love taking them hiking on the weekends, we love spoiling them and making them feel like they are apart of everything we do! Valentines Day weekend made us both realize how much we enjoy each other and how we have so much more we want to experience together still!!

Over a few drinks with my dad, i told him how Josh and I are not anywhere near ready for kids. I was afraid i would see disappointment in him because i know he would love to have a grandchild sooner then later but instead it was the complete opposite! He said "Society makes everyone think life is all about rushing to get married and then rushing to have kids, people forget how to enjoy life and enjoy each other first" he went on to tell me the story of him and my mom...He gave me some great advice as well. I love my Dad and I love venting to him and hearing what he thinks..My Dad is a smart successful man and i strive to have all he has one day! I look up to him so much and will always listen closely and take any advice i can get from him. Now i know why i fell in love with Josh so fast, I'm a daddy's girl and I found all the great quality's my dad has in Josh. I have two of the greatest men in my life ohhh make that three, i cannot forget my little brother who will ALWAYS be there for me and always be my protector!


So it's official, Josh and I will not be thinking anything about having kids until after we are 30! After 30 we will leave it in God's hands and if we are meant to have children so be it and if not then that's ok too! I love this life we share and i want to experience everything we can together! I want to spoil these animals, give my husband my all, continue to focus on working out and working hard at work. I love my Job, i love coming home and relaxing, i love my glass of champagne every night, i love going out to nice dinners and traveling, i love hiking and spending money on whatever we want, i cant wait to get Josh a new sports car ohhhh i can go on and on...We are at a point in our lives where we have worked extremely hard for everything we have and now we get to enjoy everything we have worked so hard for! I'm so glad Josh and I are on the same page! Our life together really is soooooo much fun and i cannot wait to keep experiencing more and more with the one i love!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine Day 2010

I don't even really know where to start other then my husband is AMAZING. Life has been so busy for both of us. We work non-stop and come home and work some more, i don't think anyone understands what a messy house is unless you have as many animals as us that all live in doors! Constant shedding of hair, dog throw up on the couches when they are sick and cannot make it outside, torn up couches from being chewed on, bird crap, dirt everywhere because they like to dig and bring all the dirt in the house with them etc... oh i can go on and on. However, i don't care how much work these animals are at times. I would not change having them for the world, they are so much fun!!! Josh and I had a house cleaner for a while only for her to keep raising her prices on us because she said our house was TOO much work. Her one day a week of cleaning only lasted one day and the house was back to normal again so we decided having her was a waist of money. So we clean ourselves EVERYDAY and one big cleaning on Saturday. With that being said, Josh, and I only have Sunday's together to do whatever we want...but because I'm training for the LA Marathon most of our Sunday's consist of a long run during the day and then the night to do whatever we want. All in all there is just not enough time together, or so it feels sometimes. I just miss my husband when I'm not with him..i could spend every waking moment with him and never be bored! We have so much fun together, we are both spontaneous so you just never know where or what we are going to do next and i love that about us.



This past weekend was so WONDERFUL and as always i fell in love with Josh all over again. All it takes is an extra hour, day, moment for that to happen but this weekend was just PERFECT in every way. Valentines Day morning i was up first! Not feeling too well from the night before but i was up and had to run 10 miles (dreading my run) i ran at 10am and finished at a great time (1 hour and 10 minutes) Josh cleaned the backyard while i ran and just watching him kept my mind from not being so bored on the treadmill. After my run we went to my dad's house and Josh's Mom's house to drop off Valentine goodies for them : ) Cupcakes and Oreo Balls! Then we took Aussie to Omar's to get her nails trimmed and to pick her up a new toy and food. The whole way to Omar's i had fatigue really bad, I'm sure it was a combination of having just ran 10 miles, not eating, not enough water and the bumpy car (i get car sick easily) i just felt crappy. After getting Aussie groomed we took her to lunch with us at this little hole in the wall Mexican place. The food was so good and it was a beautiful day to sit outside and have lunch. Half way through lunch Josh decides to tell me we are going to the Geisha House (somewhere I've always wanted to go) for Valentines Day Dinner! After lunch we did some more running around and then home to relax before it was time to get ready. As I'm starting to do my hair Josh says "Dang it, i wanted to get us Champagne for tonight, let's go to the store and get some" little did he know i made him a Little Valentines Day Basket, so it was perfect timing for me to give him his gift with champagne and V-day Glasses (that i get us every year) in the basket. He told me to get some Tupperware out of the pantry (totally confused on what it was for and why he was asking me to get him Tupperware) i open the pantry and there are boxes of candy and a card from him sitting on top of all the Tupperware : ) Sneaky Boy! His meaningful cards have to be my favorite part of any holiday, he always picks the most meaningful cards and writes the sweetest words. We continue to get ready and then sit down for a glass of champagne. Josh gets a phone call (mind you he has been getting these odd calls all day and every time he would get a call he walk outside so i couldn't hear). I knew something was up, i just had no idea what it could possibly be and Josh usually cannot keep a secret haha. He gets off the phone and tells me it was the wrong number.... then proceeds to say "SIKE, LOOK OUTSIDE".......I look outside only to fund the biggest Hummer Limo i have ever seen!!!! He says "we are going to Hollywood in the biggest baddest limo tonight baby, grab the champagne and our glasses and lets go" What the heck, how the heck, when the heck did you plan all this without me knowing and your CRAZY is all i could think! We took a few pictures, jumped in and headed out for the night. Just my wonderful husband and I in a huge 30 person limo : ) What a wonderful night and wonderful surprise that i would have NEVER guessed! We had so much fun goofing off and blasting the radio, drinking champagne and just enjoying US !!! The Geisha House had great food and was packed. We had a great view from where we sat, everything Josh planned was just prefect.

Valentines Day has to be my favorite little Holiday. I hate when people say "we don't celebrate Valentines Day" it should be a day where you GO ALL OUT for the one you love. You only live once and why not take one day a year to make that one day SUPER special. Everyday feels like Valentines Day with Josh, he is so romantic and so thoughtful ALWAYS but i ALWAYS look forward to V-Day and all the thought, effort and time he puts into making it MORE special then just an average day.

Life cannot possibly get better then it is now. I am so head over heels with husband. I love this life we live of being crazy, spontaneous, passionate, loving, goofy and the way we connect in EVERYWAY is just such an amazing feeling i have never felt with anyone but Josh. It's weekends like this past weekend that make me realize how great our life is and how there is no place in the world i rather be other then with my husband, nothing makes me happier then being with my best friend and experiencing what life is all about with him! This past weekend reminded me that we only live once and that Josh and I are going to Live this life of our to the FULLEST doing everything we have ever dreamed of.

Josh, i love you and thank you for such a great weekend. Our time together is more valuable then anything. You are my world and life would be oh so boring without you in it. You make me smile, you make every day fun and so full of love..i dont have bad days because of you. I have a husband in which i have not one single complaint about (other then i wish i had more time in a day with you : ) ) and I feel so so LUCKY to have in my life. Too often people dont express their love for one another and that will never be an issue here my love xoxox





Josh waiting on a woman : )



Ready to go <3>


Champizzy with my love



Whattttttttttttttttt Hummer limo!?!?!



Yayayayayay










Bahahahah he is too much fun!

















MmMmmmmm love him!







































Saturday, January 30, 2010

Making memories...


These last 2 weeks have been so busy. Josh and I have both been working late and when i say late i mean we don't get home to each other till near 7pm. I cant complain though, i choose to work a later day, Josh, on the other hand has no choice as this year is gonna be a busy year for his company and his hours may be a little nutty.




2010 has started out so wonderfully for us. Every year we spend together and grow as a couple i think to myself "what a great year it's been, i don't think next year can top this year" and somehow it ALWAYS does...




Our first year together was so much fun! We did all sorts of crazy stuff. We went skydiving after about a month of being together, we made random trips near every weekend, we partied together, made new friends, called in sick to work countless amount of days to run off to San Diego for a day or two just to get away together, we made random Vegas trips on the weekend, ran off to the snow at midnight when we had to work the next morning at 8am, we flew to Washington so i could meet Josh's family after months of being together, etc....And then after a whole year of fun Josh took me to Alaska for our 1 year where we took a cruise for 7 days, rode in a helicopter, hiked glaciers, and where Josh asked me to marry him. Aug 2006/Sep 2007 was a great year and i did not think any year could top that year.




Our second year together was full of planning. It was time to buckle down and start saving money after spending a whole year blowing money on having fun, we now had to learn how to save for what was to come. We planned our whole wedding on our own. Everything about our day was everything Josh and I put together, all our ideas that all came together exactly how we wanted them too. On top of saving for half our wedding we paid for we also saved to buy a house. We became so unbelievably close during this time because we were accomplishing big things together, we were learning how to manage money and our lives as a team. We bought a house March of 2008, got married August of 2008 and went to Australia in August of 2008. Sept 2007/August 2008 was a WONDERFUL year of so many accomplishments and marrying the man of my dreams....This was an even better year then the last!




Our third year together was so much fun! Everything had settled down. We had our house, we got a new puppy to add to our family and we got our little Aussie! I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner for both our families and some of our friends. We spent our first Christmas in our new home and decorated everything together! We molded our house into exactly what we wanted it to be (cause lord only knows how horrible it was before all the work Josh put into making it so beautiful) We went to a lot of concerts, had endless romantic nights a home, took the dogs hiking nearly EVERY weekend, went camping, went to Vegas and celebrated our first year of being married with massages and nice dinners in San Diego! Sept 2008/Aug 2009 was full of so many memories we will cherish forever as it was year full of responsibility and learning what married life was all about..... Three great years, can it really get better because anything more then what we already have and have already experienced are just a major bonus...




Now here we are going on our 4th year. So far we have slowed down a little with going out. Aside from our normal George's and Joe's Sushi dinners we spend a lot of time at home with the animals. I am running my first marathon March 21, 2010 and have been training for it since November (the day after thanksgiving) I have to say training is like a second job and we try not to have too many late nights when i have to get up and run a 10 or 18 miler. If you have read my past blogs then you obviously know my dad is planning on moving to Oregon soon. The plan has always been to eventually follow him, rent out our Lakewood house and buy another in Oregon ,where we also thought would be a good place to start raising babies or A baby. I've always told Josh when we decide to have children i do not want to work anymore. I don't want to pay someone else to raise our baby and i want to be the most dedicated wife and mother i can possibly be without feeling like i work too much. Aside from that i wanted Josh and i to be financially stable to where we could have a baby and spoil he/she rotten, still go out to dinner often, still travel and not feel like all of a sudden we cant do anything......So the plan was we would start trying for babies when we were near 30. Little did we know what 2010 had in store for us. Because of Toyota's recall Josh is gonna be super crazy busy and work, he will be making more money this year then he has ever made. I got a huge promotion at work and along with that came a huge raise. And so plans have changed. Recently we found out my dad put an offer on a house in Oregon and although Ive always told him we would follow, my mind has changed a bit. We are making great money here, i love my job, we already own a house and put so much money into it, credit cards will be completely paid off this year etc.....This year and next year we want to travel as much as we can! Travel and fix up some more things in this house of ours, get Josh a new sports car eventually....2010 is our year to have fun all over again!! Financially we are very stable making us very able to have kids earlier then planned the only difference is i don't want to be a stay at home mom now because I LOVE my job. So Josh and i were talking about having kids after we have traveled a little more....We want to go to Costa Rica, Cancun, Jamaica and back to Alaska again....my only thoughts now are what if my dad moves away, i wont have him here to experience such a great time in my life.....I would want him here more then anything and I'm hoping him saying he wants to move to Oregon is just a phase....I guess we will see....All in all 2010 started out great, this is gonna be such a fun year and we feel blessed beyond measures for each year that just keeps getting better! Cheers to making more and more memories together, My Love.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Today!

Was a great day! I'm gonna make this short and sweet. I got a NICE promotion at work and i am so excited!!!! Im ready to learn even more! Seriously, i did not think i could move or would move to another position and so fast...I mean i just started learning this Legal Assistant stuff!! YAY ME!!!!! I am so proud of myself and my non-stop good attitude at work. Being a positive person and a person who tries so hard to make sure everything i do is perfect just really has paid off....I AM SO HAPPY!!!! Thank you my love for all your support, always!! Cheers to us!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Drama always try's to find a way....

Last night Josh and I were having a conversation about someone we no longer associate ourselves with. There is a good reason behind why we do not talk to this person anymore and it's simply because this person is just toxic for our relationship. All the things you do not want to be around when your married because they just cause too many problems. We just stopped talking to this person, never said anything bad about them (still have nothing to say bad about them) and never gave a reason as to why we no longer call or hang out, we just went about our business and left things alone. It's been close to a year since we have spaced ourselves. Last night we get a phone call about some drama that this person's family has created with our family. Really? Who has time for that? Who has that much freakin time to cause problems? Josh and I do not have drama please do not bring it our way! Josh was pretty mad and his first reaction is always to confront and my first reaction has always been to get even. However, getting even with people is not who i am anymore. I am way to happy and way to positive of a person now. Josh made me a better person and i am proud of the bad habits i have pushed aside because i want to be a better person for him and everyone in our lives.
After talking amongst one another last night (well venting to one another i guess you can say) we laughed at the whole situation and realized how stupid this person and her whole family look for stirring up such unneeded drama. It just amazes me how some people will never grow up and how ignorant one can make themselves look. Although i will not be seeking revenge or confronting this person because it's simply pointless, i will no longer recommend this person's work or talk highly of them anymore....
Driving to work this morning and thinking about how heated i got last night over such crap i turned on 107.9 and listened to God's word : ) God's word always makes for a great start of the day and an even better way of thinking...Though i hardly ever get heated i know that turning to him is the best way to calm everything and remind me that some people really need prayers!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Who I am today...


There is not a day that goes by that I'm not ever so thankful for where life has taken me thus far. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and that with patience eventually everything will turn out how you've always imagined. When you are younger, you want so badly to be older and because of that a lot of wrong choices are made along the way of growing up. For every choice i have made along the way of who i am today, i am so so thankful, even if i didn't understand it at the time, i understand now that god had much better plans for me.

My parents divorced my senior year of high school. Senior year is your BIG year full of eventful long lasting memories and while everyone else was enjoying their year, i was sad. If you knew my parents when they were together, then you would never think anything of divorce. My parents had it all, together, they had everything a perfect little family could possibly want, including the endless amount of love.

I'll never forget how hard my senior year was. Watching my dad and brother hurt and watching my mom turn into a person i no longer knew. Where does one go from there?

I was 17 and my brother was 11 when my parents started going through all this mess. We both took different routes in life and i often wonder WHY? All i wanted to do was make things better, i often found myself trying to make both my mom and dad happy when that was not my job as the teenager i was. I should have been enjoying life with friends and going out. Instead i stayed home every night i got home from school to make sure everything was ok at home. I focused harder on school then i ever have and passed my senior year with all A's and one or two B's. After graduating, i stayed home for a full year (no working, no getting my licence to drive, no going to college) I stayed home to make sure my brother stayed out of trouble and to make sure i was there for him because at this point the divorce got messy. Some of you know what i went through and how crazy it got but in the end what the heck made me so strong??

My parents divorce taught me so much. More then anything it taught me how to grow up real fast. I had to be a mom to brother and i had to be there for my dad because he could not take care of himself during this all. I did the laundry, cooked, cleaned while everyone else was out having fun. I tried to take the place of a my mom because i wanted everyone happy again. After about a year, i learned it wasn't my place to try and make everyone happy and so i moved on with my life, went to college and took on two jobs, for once i focused on me.

My brother on the other hand, he got into all the wrong things. When the divorced settled a whole new problem started taking place. I'll never forget all my brother put us through, the worrying, the phone calls we got, the endless nights of just not knowing what was gonna happen next. Thankfully this past year he has changed for the better.

In between all that was going on with my family, i had a boyfriend i was with who just was not the right person for me. 6 years i stayed in a unhealthy relationship, a constant battle. I lost myself for a long time. Forgot who i was and what i was all about because i was trying to make too many other people happy that i had no idea how to make myself happy anymore. With everything i went through during that time, i never relied on anyone other then myself to pick myself back up again and learn to live.

I am who i am today because of these events that took place during what were suppose to be some of the best years of my life. I became strong mentally, i gained confidence i never had before and i learned that in the end you need to find Yourself and learn to make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.

Although Josh and I have always had a little thing for one another, dated, were best friends, made out, slept together etc...i am EVER so thankful that none of those times were God's perfect timing for us because back then i was so lost. God knew i needed work before i was ready for my perfect man and God knew Josh needed some work before he was ready for his perfect Woman : )

The day Josh came back into my life, my whole world changed. I found a happiness i never knew existed, i was able to love him in a way i did not think was possible and with this all i was able to be ME again, finally.

Josh, you are my world. I am so thankful for EVERYTHING that has made me who i am today for you and for EVERYTHING that has made you who you are today for me. Loving you is so easy and so fun. I love every bit of who you are. You will always be my love, my best friend, the other half of my heart, my romancer, my freakin weirdo and my husband : ) We have such a strong love, such a strong connection and i know i say this over and over again but I hope everyone in this world gets to experience the kind of love we share...
I love growing everyday with you, i love waking up and going to bed with you, i love our crazy animals and how there is never a dull or clean moment in this house of ours : ) I love your notes i get every Saturday morning and your kisses before you leave to work, I love how ROMANTIC you are because i have always longed for that, I love how you have me busting up laughing almost every night over the smallest of things...I cant wait to live life for US and continue to travel more these next few years and when we are ready to settle down and expand this family of ours, i cant wait to experience that with you either! I love you so much baby : ) xoxo