Thank you Department of Corrections and lady with killer calves.

The day started out like any productive day should. An obnoxious alarm going off at an ungodly hour for a Saturday morning. Regardless of this, I still managed to drag myself out of bed and force my running shoes on my feet. Ever have those days where you know you should run or go get your work out in and you try to tell yourself that you will feel so much better after you do it? Sometimes that just isn’t enough! The one trick that almost always works for me is to tell myself “I get to run. I get to go to the gym. I get to go to yoga.” Think about those days when you are too busy to go work out and you can’t even squeeze a run in. Or think about what it would be like if you suddenly became incapable of being physically active and how much more challenging it would be to do so. 99.9% of the time, this works for me. And as for the .1% when it doesn’t, I figure that means that my body really does need the day off.

Today was included in the 99.9% where once I got myself out the door, my feet hit the pavement, and I began moving in a rhythmic manner, I was good to go! Since I had the morning off, I decided to go a little farther than I typically do. Towards the halfway mark, I had a woman come up beside me and pass me. Now, I have a slightly competitive personality. Especially when a woman passes me who appeared to have spent an adequate amount of time putting up her nicely done pony tail (I hadn’t even brushed my hair yet and I could feel my hair falling all over the place as it stuck to my sweaty face), looked like she walked right out of a Lululemon catalogue, and had killer calves that could even give Kelly Ripa a run for her money. So I decided to kick it in gear and keep up with her. What started out intentionally as a good idea so I could push myself, ended up being a not so good idea as I realized this woman wasn’t only gorgeous at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning run, but she must have been a marathon runner on a mission. Bonus, I did keep up for about 11 minutes before feeling like I was going to hurl my stomach out of my nose (that’s seriously exactly how it felt) and added an extra couple miles to my run. Not such a good bonus, I felt like I was going to hurl my stomach out of my nose. Not a comfortable feeling. Just as I needed a breath of fresh air, literally, I saw the most random thing I have seen while running in a long time. An older couple passed by me on their bikes matched in black and white striped attire. As they passed I read “Department of Corrections” on the back of their outfits. It was just the laugh I needed to get me through the last few miles.

I ended up having a pretty fantastic run, despite the fact that I wanted to keel over halfway through. It also didn’t help that I had not just one, but two Charlie Horses the night before. One in each calf so my calves were incredibly sore. Best ways to prevent this from happening?

1. Hydrate! Keeping our bodies hydrated helps prevent our muscles from cramping. Especially if you are active, you should be drinking plenty of water. I try to shoot for 3-4 Nalgenes a day because I am active and live in a very dry climate as well. This is about about 96-128 ounces a day. But 64 ounces is a good starting point as well. Carry around a water bottle so it’s easier to remember and try drinking roughly 8 ounces every hour. If you can’t take just plain water, try switching it up by putting cucumbers, lemons, blueberries, or a low-sugar drink mix to make it more bearable. Eventually, you’ll grow to appreciate the natural taste of water and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a hydrated body including clearer skin, a healthy complexion that glows, a drop in your water weight, cleansing of the body, feeling fuller longer, and it helps your kidneys to function.

2. Stretch! Try using a pole or wall and place one foot in front, bending your knee with your back foot placed flat on the ground. Place your weight on your front foot and press up against the wall with your hands. Hold until the pressure starts to release or for about 20-30 seconds then switch.

3. Potassium is your friend! Potassium helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps as well. Bananas have a high source of potassium and give you extra energy. But you can also find it in avocados, yams, spinach, seeds, dried figs and apricots, and several other foods.

As far as goal progress for this week, I think I came up with a couple challenges! Now I’m just narrowing them down, but I’ll probably need some help from my Facebook friends and readers! I’ll keep you posted with my 31 day challenge I will be starting next week!

I’ve got a fun blog entry on it’s way, and I hope it brings a little inspiration your way!

Much love and hugs!


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This is a favorite quote of mine by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and was something that came quite in handy during mine and Luke’s quick trip to McCall, Idaho. It was nice to escape some of the smoke for a couple days, though on our way up we did see a few flames that were quite close to the road we were on which made for an adventurous drive up there as we kept seeing signs saying “No stopping, 35 mph”.  We made it up just in time to quickly get ready for Shannon and Jeff’s wedding at the River Ranch. Shannon looked absolutely gorgeous in a mermaid fit gown with lace straps which connected at the back to showcase a small cut out of her upper back. The best part was her orange heels she had paired with her attire to match the wild flower colors in her bouquet and ensemble. She and Jeff looked exactly the way a newly wedded couple should be as they walked down the aisle hand in hand raising their arms while cheering to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. What a perfect song to celebrate the joining of two wonderful people’s lives! We enjoyed catching up with friends and making new ones as well during the reception afterwards. One of my favorite new friends was this little girl that came up beside my friend Amanda, her sister Adrian, and me while Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA” played. She slowly started doing a little 2-step and moving her lips to mouth the words as we invited her in to dance with us. Before we knew it, she was shaking her head left to right, waving her hands up in the air, and singing at the top of her lungs. One of the best dance partners of the night!

The next morning, Luke and I were up early to get in a hike around the lake before heading back to Boise. Our goal was to find a hike that led us to some huckleberries, one of my favorite fruits probably because of how difficult it is to come across them. But unfortunately we were unable to find a trail that would take less than a day. We weren’t even able to find our trail around the lake, so after three attempts we decided to follow Emerson’s advice and make our own. We climbed up a steep rock, through some thick forest, down the other side of the rock, and finally came to overlook the lake. Since the smoke wasn’t too thick up there, it was a gorgeous view. Luke even mentioned it being Christmas card worthy, so we had to take a few pictures while up there. 

Our drive back was nothing short of entertaining as we jammed out to a little old school Aaron Carter and compared our battle wounds from the rocks and trees we were climbing through earlier that day. No mosquito bites this time, which is a rarity for even a short trip to McCall.

For today’s entry I decided to share one of my absolute favorite breakfasts to eat if I know I’m going for a run or doing something active that morning. This was perfect for today since I started out my morning with a light 4 mile jog and followed it with hot yoga a few hours later.

PBS Thinny Thin Thin!

Depending on how hungry you are, you can either have the whole bagel or split it in half and save the other half to enjoy with a protein shake or some egg whites as a recovery after your work out.

1 Thomas Bagel Thins- I prefer 100% whole wheat because of the taste and whole wheat will leave you feeling fuller for longer. At 110 calories with 5 grams of fiber, 23 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of protein, they are a great alternative to regular bagels which typically start around 300 calories and twice as many carbs.

1 Tbsp Organic Peanut Butter- Get the no salt added. I get mine in bulk at Winco and it’s 85 calories for 1 tbsp, 14 g of fat (good fat!), 1 g sugar, 6 g carbs, and  7 g protein. Peanut butter is a great natural energy enhancer, helps you feel full, also controls blood sugar levels, and can help to maintain good circulation because of it’s high source of iron.

5 medium strawberries- Strawberries build a stronger immune system, fight against cholesterol, reduce inflammation of the joints, and can help with weight loss.

1 small (roughly 6 in) banana- Bananas are a great source of potassium which prevents muscles from cramping and bananas can also increase muscle performance and recovery.

The whole bagel is 294 calories, 8 g fat, 61 g carbs, 10 g fiber, and 11 g protein. I like to have half of it before my work out and the other half with something rich in protein for muscle recovery such as a protein shake or egg whites.

Bagel thins are great for sandwiches as well! Play around and see what else you like to do with them!

As far as my goals for the week, I think I’ve come up with a couple of hobbies I’m thinking of picking up. But like I said, I have a severe case of hobby A.D.D. so I want to make sure it’s one I’m going to stick with! With my Pinterest obsession, I’ve been thinking about doing a 30 day challenge. Now I just have to decide which one to do and how to incorporate that into a hobby. Any suggestions, let me know!

Much love and hugs!