Preparation is Key

So what crazy person goes on hiatus for a summer, doesn’t watch her diet, doesn’t follow a routine for exercising, and still decided it is a-okay to enter a 5K??

This one!  Now let’s be clear on a few pointers.  I have known since last year that I would participate in the Saints back to football 5k.  I have known when the race was scheduled (we are registered after all) for at least a full month now.  Which means that I have spent at least a minimum of two days running per week.  But it wasn’t my best 😦

It is so hard to run in LA this time of year due to the heat and humidity.  Even on a “cool” day the humidity still makes it really difficult to breathe.  I have also been doing more intervals of run/walk instead of just plain old running.  Sadly I have gone from busting gout my four miles to barley making it two.  Darn LA conditions. 

We do have an indoor track at our gym, but sadly I hate it!  It is an 1/8 of a mile track that circles above the basketball courts.  It is suppose to imitate road conditions…’s just plain bumpy!  I hate the sharp curves to turn, and let’s face it —— it’s boring!  So I haven’t been motivated to run. 

So I am running Saturday morn.  In a 5K.  In the French quarter streets (some of you understand the “street” conditions), in August!  Yes I am crazy, and yes they lure us with beer and bands, lol!!  You know there has to be a party after—it is NOLA after all!

So I am trying to get in as much activity this week as possible.  I am really paying attention to hydration, and buying the rights foods/drinks for me for the weekend.  My go to race breakfast is toast w/ peanut butter and banana.  I also like to drink coconut water before the race for the electrolytes.  I am also hoping to possibly attend the yoga class at my gym this week.  I have always wanted to start a practice.  Usually the class is scheduled late so it is difficult for me to attend.  This semester it is for 5:30 which is great for me!  I am hoping to get started soon.  However, I work out at a university gym so the classes fill up very quickly for the first few weeks with all the newbies.  It will slowly start dwindling down, but hopefully I can get in Wednesday!!

What do you do to prepare for races??

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Inspiration Needed!!

Here are some of my favorite blogs!  They offer honesty, humor, inspiration, and food……who doesn’t love to read about those things?

Clean Eating Chelsey

 Eat, Live, Run

Espresso and Cream

Fairy Healthy Life

I ❤ Vegetables

Life As Lauren

Lawfully Wedded Wife

Oh She Glows

Peas and Crayons

Peas and Thank You

Simply Be Me

The Diva Dish

The Fitnessista

The Vegetable Life

Blueberry Smiles

Jessie Loves To Run

So where am I going with this?  Well, I have to be honest with you guys.  I have really let myself “go” this summer.  By go I mean slacked in all things; exercise, eating, healthy habits, and my spirituality. 

Of course it is very common to fall of the path you travel, the important thing is to get back on the path that keeps you happy so you can continue to thrive and grow in life.  Sadly I did this, and sometimes it takes a swift kick to get back going.  Like gaining 10 lbs, or having your baby ask to go back to church…….yeah sad I know 😦

So I am asking you guys to share some of your favorite blogs to read to help get this girl going again!!


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I’ve stayed away too long….

*bonus points for anyone who can name the song that lyric is from!

Well hello my friends!  How are all of you today?  I guess I should ask how all of you have been for the past month or so…..

Yep, my last post on here was July 9th!  I decided to take a break from the blog to spend the remaining time of our summer break with my kiddos, and spent that time focusing on my family, house projects, vacations, etc.  If you guys follow me on Instagram then you should know what I have been up to.

My intentions were to come back around the first of August, but let’s be honest, I knew that wouldn’t happen with the start of school!  I am back now, refreshed (not really school/work is exhausting), excited, and 10lbs heavier from all our summer fun, lol 🙂

Now is the time to get things back in focus.  Work, routines, diet, exercise, and of course my spiritual health all need my return to reality at this moment.  So here is to the return of the crazy adventures of my life…………I’m excited to be back!!


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Let’s talk cake

I have been a little absent from the blog lately…….for various reasons. Kids, summer fun, no net service, work, etc. The list goes on. I would like to make it up to you. In the form of cake!

Now I can't give you cake, they have made the transfer then Internet option available…….yet. However, I can give you a recipe for the tastiest, easiest summertime cake ever!


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can crime of coconut (ya know up piña colada stuff)
  • 1 container of whipped cream
  • 1-2 cups shredded coconut
  1. Mix cake according to box directions and bake……while this is going on open can of cream of coconut and mix well.
  2. When cake is baked use a fork to “punch” holes all,over the top…..I do mean all over!
  3. Pour the can of cream of coconut over the cake (or two cans if you really feel feisty).
  4. Place in fridge to cool completely.
  5. Mix cool whip and shredded coconut together, spread on top of cake and serve!

That is it! Easy, tasty, and totally addictive!!




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No Wifi :(

I have no Internet at my house currently so no WIAW post today. I am literally typing this in my 5 minute break at work. So instead I give you three things I am loving now……..

Dill havarti cheese
My homemade millet granola on top of sweet potato, topped with coconut milk!

My new sink!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook…… saw my pic of my hole


It went down a couple of weeks ago. Here is a before………


And here is after…….


I am a happy, happy girl!


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How to Appreciate Summer…

I had the absolute honor of celebrating the beautiful marriage of one of my dear friends Friday night! She was so beautiful 🙂

I appreciate the fact that I was off from work that day and could take part in the bridal party dressing.

It was a beautiful reception complete with wonderful foods and a full bar. That I must admit I visited probably one too many times that night.

Now today I am typing this out as I eat my breakfast before leaving for work. I have a full week of PRN at the nursing home this week. Complete with several 8 hour days……oh boy how I appreciate appreciate summer!

So the hubster is in charge of dinner for a few days. I finally have I'm getting onto the healthy lifestyle train with me, more on that later!

So no menu plans this week. Only work plans. But the. Again I haven't had a menu p,an for a while now with summer being in full swing. Being home daily makes throwing dinner together much easier, and well with so much fresh produce available we eat depending on what mama sends to me so it doesn't spoil, lol!

So have a wonderful Monday my friends, be thankful and appreciate the gifts that are give to you in life. Like a job, beautiful friends, a hubster that cooks, and of course SUMMER!!


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Welcome to the fam

Wow it doesn't seem like it has been a week since posting. I have been so super busy this week that time has slipped by. I am in full wedding mode preparing for my friends wedding tomorrow night!!

But I do have something special to share with you guys. If you follow me on Instagram then you know my lovely announcement. If you do not, well you should!

We have a new baby girl in the house! She is such a super spoiled sweet baby 🙂

Introducing our little Zoey!


Now the boys have been begging for a puppy for a while now. I was very skeptical to get one since we have a working household……meaning no one is a stay at home person. Dogs require attention!

Then I was thinking about all of the families that I know with animals that work. The animals are still well cared for. They are happy. They are just as spoiled.


AND well……it is really hard to say no to grandma when she wants to get her grandson what he asks for as far as birthday gifts go! Yep, that's right! He looked at grandma with those big blues of his and said “I want a puppy just like yours”.

So welcome to the family baby girl, we are delighted to have you!


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My Very First Stitch Fix Fail….

Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you my love for Stitch Fix? I am sure you do!

I have been using the service for about five months now, and I am totally in love with it.

Sadly this months fix was the first fail for me 😦

It wasn't because I didn't like the items in the box. Oh no! I was in love with the colors and patterns when I opened it. I just wasn't in love with the cut and fit of them…..,,,

Item número uno…..a very pretty skirt. I really loved the color of this skirt. What I didn't like – that it was a high waist skirt. I do not like anything with a high waist. Mainly because of my ridiculous “baby bump” that I still carry around, but also I must confess that I have a piercing which makes items with a high waist uncomfortable when sitting.

Up next was a very cute ikat print dress. It was a wrap dress, I hate wrap dresses :(. I really loved the colors/pattern, but I usually never buy anything that requires it to be tied around me. I will rock a belt with the best of them, but something that ties in a bow… thanks!

Then there was the maxi dress. Same story….awesome chevron print, beautiful colors, horrible cut. The dress was way to big for me, looked like a maternity dress (no offense to my expecting mothers), and was just really unflattering…..see for yourself!

Yep had to wear shirt under it……entire side of bra was showing!

I even tried belting it, and that didn't work either.

Now this little gem was my absolute favorite thing in the box! Until I put it on that is. While it,looks really cute the cut around the arms was just horrible, and if I raised my arms the shirt didn't fail back into place when they were lowered. I had to tug it back down and ain't nobody got time for that!!

The necklace was the only thing in the box that fit right, and in order to not lose my 20$ styling fee I kept it. Normally this little cutie would have went back due to price…..uh…..42$$. Now I do not mind spending money on jewelry, but I would have never purchased this on my own for that price. Since it was the only item in the box that worked it is what I kept.

So out of five boxes this is the first that didn't have any items to fit/keep. I say that is not too bad, but here is looking forward to a better box next time!!

p.s. if you would like to try the service for yourself I would appreciate it if you would use my referral code listed below, thanks so much!!


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How can you share just one day?

Happy Wednesday to all of you! I have been sitting here for about an hour trying to figure out what to share today for what I ate Wednesday…….


I have too much to share, lol! I was having a very difficult time tryi g to narrow it down to one day, so I decided to share a random collection of foods with you guys. After all we have been eating such wonderful foods lately it is hard not to share.

Ham, spinach, and tomato on the best chibatta bread I have ever had!

Lots of roasted garlic hummus.

Lots of melon.

Grilled pork chops with potato salad, green salad, and garlic bread.

I told you LOTS of melon, lol!!

Sweet potato and black bean enchilada casserole, cilantro-lime rice (frozen bag from target), and fresh roasted squash.

Greek salad…….should have had dressing put on side! I forgot to ask and it was swimming…….

Pizza below eaten after salad. This was the hubster's Father's Day meal of choice!


Yummy boiled shrimp!! One of my favorite foods……..

With potatoes and fresh French bread. Yes, I have really stepped out of my box with bread lately!!

And……..the best dessert!! Sautéed peaches and blueberries in a little sweet cream butter, topped with one (yes I only had one) small scoop of the new Italian cream cake ice cream from Bluebell. I purchased a small container just to try it, and oh boy am I glad I did…..purchase a small container that is. This stuff is dangerously good!!

Now back to more structured eating, lol!! It is so hard with so much fun summer stuff going on! Remember to pop in at Jenn's to check out more WIAW posts 🙂



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Yogi On The Lake – wordless post


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