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Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

Yep, I suck again. Hey I posted for a week straight last week, and then once this week, haha! You win some, you lose some. It happens. How about some Five on Friday?!

1-Last night my Sister-In-Law and I went downtown to Cowboy's Night Club for the Girls with Guitars event. We got to see the amazing Cassadee Pope! She was incredible. And we had fun! So glad I got to go. And glad my SIL got to go with me!

2-It's 2:00 pm on Friday. My weekend starts in three hours. Need I say more?

3-I'm going dress shopping this weekend for my Brother-In-Law's wedding. I hope I can find something I like. I've come to realize that shopping is just stressful no matter what size you are. I can't ever seem to find exactly what I am looking for. 

4-This weekend is going to be busy busy!! Again! I don't think I will ever not be busy, let's just put it that way. I'm okay with that. I love feeling like I am living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every opportunity I get to do something. 

5-My puppy is becoming a monster. He is getting huge! Every time I look at him I think he has grown more. But he loves to cuddle, which I love. But that could be problematic when he is the size of a freaking horse! 

Okay, that's all I have today. I hope you guys have a great weekend and I will try to be better about posting next week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good Morning everyone! 

This weekend ended up not being as busy as I thought it was going to be. Which actually turned out to be a great thing!

Friday night started with a session with my trainer. He kicked my ass and then I went home. The Husband and I then went to Kneader's to grab something to eat. That seems to be our thing on Friday nights, a trip to Kneaders. Which is fine by me. It's delicious!

After Kneaders we went to T.J. Maxx and looked at some coats because I don't have a winter coat anymore. Mine are all way too big on me now. Yay!! It's a good problem to have. Unfortunately I didn't find one that I liked so we headed home. I spent the rest of the night watching Hocus Pocus and just relaxing. 

Saturday I was up early. That seems to be the norm for me now. I got myself some breakfast and then headed to the dealership to get my oil changed. I got there before they opened and was the third person in line. It only took them a little over an hour, thank goodness. They originally told me two hours and I didn't want to wait that long. 

After the oil change I headed down to my SIL's to meet up with them. We headed out the the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and met up with some other friends and their families. I carried my Nephew in the chest carrier for most of it, which was almost another 20 lbs! Haha! I figured it was a good workout. We had fun though walking with everyone and it was for a great cause!

After the walk we went and grabbed some lunch at Chick-Fil-A and then headed back to my SIL's to do some baking. We have been itching to try a new recipe out for these flourless brownies that we found. The secret ingredient is black beans. So we gathered all of our ingredients and went to town. My SIL and I along with my oldest Niece thought they were delicious, but my Brother and my other two Nieces would not agree with that statement, haha! Honestly I couldn't even tell that they had black beans in them. I will definitely be making them again. 

After our brownies were done and we had tasted them, I headed home. The Husband and I went and grabbed some food and then headed home where we did nothing but lounge around the rest of the night. It was perfect and I needed the little bit of rest time. 

Sunday I was up early again. I made a huge batch of whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (and froze the rest for the rest of this week) and then we took the dogs on a good 30 minute walk. After that I ran a few errands and made sure I was back to the house by 11 for the start of the Broncos game. They won which is awesome-sauce. They should have killed the Jets, but they kept it closer than I would have liked, but a win is still a win. 

We were supposed to head up to Denver to visit with the In-Laws after the game, but some things came up and so we ended up not going. So I helped my Brother and my SIL go pick up a race car frame and then spent the rest of the evening on the couch watching football. I actually started to not feel very good after dinner, so sitting on the couch and doing nothing was definitely needed. 

Like I said, the weekend ended up not being as busy as I thought. How was your weekend?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday

Good morning! And Happy Friday! I am glad it is finally Friday and am looking forward to a busy and fun weekend! I definitely need a few days away from work after the week I had. Let's get started shall we?

1-I am absolutely loving this rainy/cold weather we are having. It finally feels like fall. And all the trees are so colorful and pretty and it just makes me happy!

2-I can't wait for next Thursday! Two exciting things are happening. First, I finally made an appointment to get my hair colored! I am wanting something different and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Second, next Thursday night is the Girls with Guitars concert downtown and Miss Cassadee Pope is the headliner! I can't wait!

3-I have been kind of lost the last week because my fitbit quit charging! I was going nuts without it! Luckily mine was still within the year warranty so fitbit sent me a new one and it was waiting for me when I got home yesterday! It's pretty and new and pink again!! Fitbit's customer service was incredible by the way, so if you ever have problems with yours, don't hesitate to contact them.

4-My new iPhone 6 plus needs to hurry up and get here already. Yes I realize I just ordered it last Friday, but still! My old one keeps acting up and I am worried that it is eventually going to crap out before the new one gets here. Ugh! Why did I have to want the super popular phone?! 

5-Is it 5 yet?! Yep, my mind is already there. 

Happy Friday everyone!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Venus VoxBox Review

A few weeks ago I received a Venus Embrace Sensitive VoxBox  from Influenster in the mail! I was super excited. This was my second VoxBox and who doesn't love free goodies? The answer to that is no one!

Inside my VoxBox I found a Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor and a few replacement blades and also a few coupons for replacement blades. 

Let me start by saying that I am usually someone who doesn't spend a lot on my razors. It's always been one of those things that I thought didn't matter and it just seemed ridiculous to spend that much money on something that you use a few times and then throw away. 

But after using this Venus razor, I understand why people do spend more on a good razor. This thing made my legs so freaking soft and I didn't have to go over areas multiple times, which is a huge time saver. And I didn't end up with a bunch of cuts or razor burn. Not that I normally have that with my other razors, but occasionally if I am in a rush, it happens. But I have used this razor multiple times now and not once have I had any issues with it. 

This razor has already lasted longer than my cheap ones too. Usually after a few uses, the so called "moisturizing" strip would be completely gone and I would have to toss it, but that hasn't happened to this one. 

I did find one downside to this product, and if I had the right kind of shower it wouldn't be an issue. The razor came with a holder that has a suction cup on the back of it so that you can affix it straight to the shower wall. Well unfortunately the shower wall in my bathroom is one of those plastic insert pieces and the suction cup wouldn't stick to it. So unfortunately I couldn't use that feature. It would have been a great feature though if my shower wall wasn't being so difficult. It would help save on space, which I am sure as most of you know, is always an issue with as many damn products as we use to shower. 

Overall I am very happy with this product. So much that I am no longer opposed to spending more on a better quality razor in the future. No more cheap razors for this girl! 

*I received this product complimentary to test and review and all opinions are my own*

Not on Influenster? Well what are you waiting for?! If you want to join, send me your email address and I will send you an invite! 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tough Mudder Colorado Part 2

When I left off yesterday, we were about 5.5 miles or halfway through the course. If you didn't read part 1, you can find that here

The next obstacle that we came to was called the Funky Monkey. Peaked monkey bars across an open pit of muddy water. This was the one obstacle that I knew I would really struggle on. It has been years since I have gone across monkey bars and I was never really good at them to begin with. I figured that I would give it my best shot and if I didn't make it all the way across, then I would just have to try and make it all the way across next year. 

So I started out and I was doing pretty good. I got up the peak, which is where I thought I would struggle and as I was coming down I realized that I was almost to the end. I was about 5 or 6 bars away from the end when I lost my grip and fell in the water. I was sooooo freaking bummed. I did way better on them than I thought I would, but the farther along I got on them, the more I thought I was actually going to make it. So when I didn't, I was definitely let down a little. But it does give me something to shoot for next year. I will make it across those damn monkey bars!

My trainer
My trainer again and you can kind of see me starting out right behind him
After the Funkey Monkey we had one small obstacle where we had to crawl over and under these large irrigation tubes, but after that we were running again for a while. We didn't hit more obstacle for almost two miles. But I couldn't complain too much because this was the view that we had while we were running. It was absolutely gorgeous up there. 

Once we did start to hit the obstacles again, we hit the area of the course that had like five or six obstacles all clustered together. The first one we came to was the Underwater tunnels. You had to get in the lake and swim underneath all of these barrels. This was actually pretty easy. The water was just pretty cold is all. 

There was also the Rail Garden which was just a bunch of rails that you had to climb over or under. The Pit Fall, which started out with you having to crawl underneath a log that had live wires hanging down from it. I was lucky enough to make it underneath the log without getting shocked. My trainer on the other hand, not so lucky. Once you were underneath the log you were in a huge pit of mud and water that you had to wade across. Again, it was cold. 

There was also the Mud Mile which started off with these huge pits of mud that you had to crawl in and out of. That one wasn't all that hard, but it was crowded. And you really had to rely on others around you to help boost you up or pull you up because some of the mud walls just to get out of the pit were way taller than me. But it was pretty cool to see complete strangers helping each other out so much. And the last obstacle in this cluster was called Walk the Plank. You climb up this wall and walk out on a plank and jump about 12 feet down into a pit of water. I barely had time to think on this one and good thing because as soon as I jumped my stomach dropped out from underneath me. If I would have stopped and thought about it, I may not have jumped. But again, this one was freezing. It was getting a little bit later in the day at this point and the wind was picking up, so you can imagine how cold it was. But I'm glad I didn't hesitate and that I did it. 

Miles 8 through 10 were pretty much all uphill. We walked a lot of it. But if it flattened out or was down hill, we were running. There were a few more obstacles throughout these two miles, but they were actually just part of the terrain. One was called cliff hanger and it was just a huge hill that they watered down and was a muddy mess, but you had to try and run down it. They were things like that. 

The next real obstacle we got to was right before mile 10. It was called Pole Dancer. I wasn't sure how this one was going to go down, but let's just say that I failed epically at this one, haha! There are two poles that are parallel to each other that peak and you have to try and keep your arms straight and get yourself across them. Yeah, I fell right in. I will have to work on this for next year just in case they have this obstacle again. 

Shortly after Pole Dance we came across the 10 mile sign. We knew we were so close to being finished at this point. So we picked up our pace a bit. Everything was pretty much flat or down hill at this point, so we ran as much of it as we could. We got down the hill and towards the finish line and we could see the last few obstacles. 

Everest was one of them. Let me just start by saying that this one was probably the hardest obstacle for me all day. It is a quarter pipe that you have to run up and try to get yourself over the top. There are people at the top to help pull you up, but that doesn't guarantee that you will get over the top of that edge. Trust me, I would know. My trainer had no problems. I knew he wouldn't. He's ridiculous after all. It took me four tries to get up it. And the first three I slid straight back down and let me tell you, that didn't feel very nice. But the fourth try I was able to grab onto my trainer and one other guy and they helped pull me up and over. 

After Everest we had two more obstacles. The first one was Berlin Walls. These walls were about 9 feet tall and were straight up and down. Oddly enough I was able to get myself up and over these walls on my own. I used the joists in the middle to give myself a boost and I got up and over with no problem. The last obstacle we went through was called Devil's Beard. And for something that seemed so simple, it was a pain in the ass. Well for me anyways. It was a cargo net that was staked down to the ground and you had to crawl underneath it. Sounds easy, right?! Yeah, no! My Camelbak kept getting caught on the net along with my ponytail. Not to mention everyone and their mom lost their race bib while crawling through this all day, so there were race bibs with safety pins sticking up everywhere. I was so happy to be done with this one when I finally reached the end of it. 

We had a small distance left to run and then we crossed the finish line and got our sweet orange headbands! 11.1 miles and 23 obstacles later, we had done it. We were now Tough Mudder finishers and now part of Mudder Nation! 

I was extremely proud of both of us. It definitely wasn't an easy task by any means. It was hard! But at the same time it was an absolute blast! I had so much fun running Tough Mudder. And I am so incredibly proud that we did it and finished it. I still can't believe that I was even capable of making it through. It is so crazy to me how far I have come in the last 11 months. If you would have asked me last year around this time about doing something like this, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. But now, I feel like I have no limits and that I can achieve anything that I set out to do!

Now as fun as it was, it didn't come without a few scratches, blisters, bumps and bruises. Here is the aftermath of it. 

My legs covered in mud. 
Check out that tan line! Oh wait, that's mud lines!
These bad boys are from Funky Monkey. Ouch!
On the other hand too! And in the same spot!

My face all covered in mud

My legs two days after! Yeah, and those bruises got darker over the next week!
But even with all the bumps and bruises, it was completely worth it to get this shirt and headband that will constantly remind me of what I accomplished that day! Every time I put this shirt on I will remember how much fun I had that day and how proud I was of myself for accomplishing something so amazing. And that will keep me going! 

Worth it!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tough Mudder Colorado Part 1

Some of you may recall that there was this tiny little event on September 6th called Tough Mudder that I hadn't been very excited about at all, haha! Yeah, right! It was a huge event and something that I had been looking forward to for months. And when that day finally came and it was time to run, I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning!

We left Colorado Springs the Friday night before and made the four hour trip to Aspen, CO where our hotel was. We didn't get there until pretty late, but we got checked into our rooms and tried to get some sleep. I didn't sleep very well. I think it was the nerves and excitement of what the next day had in store. I finally fell asleep and got maybe 6 hours of sleep before I started hearing everyone and their brother running up and down the hotel stairs. It seriously sounded like a heard of elephants was roaming the place. So after many failed attempts to try and fall back asleep, I decided it was time to get up. 

We went and got some breakfast at the hotels little restaurant. Best part about the breakfast is that it was included for free with our stay. And it was bomb! Banana pancakes with scrambled eggs and bacon. I am going to have to try and find a good banana pancake recipe now. After breakfast we headed back to our rooms to start getting ready to head out.

We left the hotel at about 10 am and arrived at the event at around 10:20ish. We got checked in, got our wrist bands, our numbers and all that good stuff and then headed to the warm up area. After a brief and hilarious warm up with Coach T Mud and a hell of a pep talk from the Tough Mudder motivational speaker, it was time to head to the start line.

The before picture.
Coach T Mud
This guy was one hell of a motivational speaker
 Our wave was at 11:40 and right off the bat was a wall that we had to get over just to get to the start line. And I don't remember if I told any of you this, but the walls were the one thing that I was worried about more than anything. I knew they would be taller than me and that I would need a boost, but luckily it wasn't too tall and with a little bit of help from my trainer, I was up and over and we were ready to go. 

The first two miles of the course were all flat and down hill and went by pretty quickly. There was even a sign at one point that stated that we were at the lowest part of the course elevation wise and that it would only be going up from there. I remember when we hit the first mile sign we both looked at each other and were pretty impressed with how quickly the first mile went by.  After about another half mile, we hit our first obstacle, Glory Blades, which were walls. Walls, again! These walls were actually pretty short, but they were at an angle which made it more difficult. But again, a boost from my trainer and I was able to pull myself up and over and we were off running again.

At about two and a half miles we hit our second obstacle. This one was one that I had heard horror stories about. It's called Arctic Enema. And if you can't tell by the name of the obstacle, it is freezing cold. It's essentially a huge dumpster that is lined with plastic and filled with freezing cold water and ice. You have to jump in, swim underneath this small wall in the middle and then swim out to the other side. Here's the kicker, it is so cold that your body kind of goes into shock, so the more you think about it, the better the chance that you won't get through it. So we got to it, didn't think, just jumped and got through it as quickly as possible. They weren't lying when they said it would be cold. It was freezing. I was just glad that it was at the beginning and that we could move on from it quickly! But guess what, we did get through it and that was a feat in itself.

About another quarter mile and we hit Hold Your Wood, which was a log carry. This really wasn't that bad and got your body moving a bit more which helped warm us back up.

Mile 3 came and went and shortly before we hit mile 4 it was time to do the Warrior Carry. As we were approaching this my trainer and I were arguing about who would carry who. I told him I was absolutely fine with carrying him and that I could handle it. He then told me that there was no way in hell that he was going to let me carry him because he weighs more than me. We argued for a bit more about it, but he won and we decided he would carry me. 

These pictures above crack me up because this was about the half way point of the carry when we saw a sign that stated that we had to switch who was carrying who. I laughed. He was a bit nervous. He really was worried that I wasn't going to be able to carry him. I showed him!

And I didn't even drop him. Psshh! Can't carry you my ass! Ha!

Almost all of mile 4 and 5 were running back through these trails. It was awesome. I love trail running, so I was in my comfort zone on this part. And it was absolutely gorgeous back in there. All the trees were starting to change and it was just a really beautiful view. We flew through this part and were surprised again at how quickly we were getting through the course. 

Right after mile 5 we hit an obstacle called Balls to the Wall. This was another one that I was nervous about. 

It's hard to tell from the picture but each side of the wall has a rope hanging down and you have to use the rope and the wall to climb over and lower yourself down. They did have some foot holds which helped, but I was still nervous. But apparently I didn't need to be. I grabbed the rope and used the foot holds and pulled myself up and over the wall and lowered myself down on the other side. The funny part was that my trainer got up and over pretty quickly and was waiting for me on the other side and he was just watching me come down  because he knew that I could do it on my own. But apparently this other guy didn't think I could get down on my own, so he comes over and stands underneath me as I was lowering myself down the other side of the wall. He was trying to be nice and help me, but he kept saying things like "Don't worry sweetie, I'll catch you if you fall" all while my trainer just stood back and was probably laughing at him. Dude?! I was doing just fine. If I needed some help, I would say something. I mean I appreciate the gesture, but I could have done without your comments.

Shortly after Balls to the Wall we got our first taste of mud. Kiss of Mud was just there waiting for us. This obstacle is where you have to crawl on your stomach underneath barb wire through mud and water. And they don't call it Kiss of mud for no reason. You get mud everywhere. All over your hands, arms, legs, feet, boobs, face and lots of other places you would rather it not even be. But you get through it, and with a smile on your mud covered face! Unfortunately they didn't have any pictures of us doing this one. I was bummed because I just remember how muddy we were. It was insane. My trainers beard looked double the size because of how much mud was in it. I just remember looking over at him while we were crawling through and laughing so hard because of how it looked on his beard.

After finishing Kiss of Mud, we were about 5.5 miles in and half way done with the course. We were pretty stoked with how well we were doing at this point. But we knew that it was getting ready to get tougher. But we were ready to charge the mountain and finish strong.

To be continued...


Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here's a little bit of what went down in my neck of the woods this weekend. 

My weekend actually started on Friday. I took the day off. I had some errands and some running around that I needed to do, so it was perfect. First thing I did was take the dogs to the Vet. They were both due for a second set of shots. Bentley is growing like a weed. He is up to 28 lbs! He is going to be a monster, haha! And Louie is apparently overweight, so they are having us cut his food back. I don't think he's over weight, he's just fluffy!

After I was done at the Vet I went and paid some bills and then did our grocery shopping for the week and then went home and made these delicious Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars that I found on the Skinnytaste website. They were amazing! You can find that recipe here. After cleaning up the kitchen a bit, it was time to get ready to head out. I had a session with my trainer at 5:30 so I made my way across town to his studio. 

He absolutely killed my legs. I'm talking I could barely walk down the stairs to get to my car afterwards killed me. I thought I was going to fall over. But I always know that I worked hard when I feel that way. And to top it off, I squatted a new personal best of 185 lbs!!! Whoop whoop! I am pretty damn proud of that and pretty much telling everyone that I know, haha! 

After my session I called the Hubs to see where he was at. He was on his way to Best Buy so I met him there. We looked around for a bit and then headed to Kneader's to get some food. After we ate, we went to the AT&T store to talk to them about getting our contract upgraded and all that good stuff. After waiting for 45 minutes, we finally got to talk to someone. Hubs was able to get his phone on the spot. He got a HTC One. I unfortunately have to wait for my phone. We ordered it, but because it is in such high demand, I don't exactly know when I will get it. I'm sure you have guessed it by now, but I ordered the new iPhone 6 plus. And I CAN'T WAIT to get it! Eeekk! It only took us about two and a half hours, but we left with a new plan and new phones, well at least one of us did. 

Saturday morning I was up by 6 and out the door to the gym before 7 am. Got my workout in and then headed to Target to peruse the clothes section. I needed some new jeans and was looking for a few new tops! I was ready to scream from the mountain tops when the pair of size 6 skinny jeans fit me! Size 6!!!!!!!!! I have never ever fit into a size 6 before, well until now! And I found some great shirts in the clearance section! Score!! After finding some great stuff I headed home to get ready. 

My new jeans and one of the tops I found in the clearance section.
My High School's Homecoming Football game was this past Saturday and they asked for all Alumni to come back and watch the game. I was a little reluctant to go at first, but decided I would. I am glad that I did because one of my friends that I haven't talked to in almost five years was there and I got to see him and catch up with him. It's a long story why we haven't talked or seen each other in five years, but that is in the past and I was just happy that I got to see him. He was my best friend in High School and not having  him around the last five years has been hard. But I think we are going to start hanging out more again and hopefully we can re-build our friendship. I hope anyways. 

After the game I headed home and picked up the Hubs and we went and got dinner. We then made a stop at Kirkland's to pick up a few Halloween decorations. I was looking for a few specific things to complete my decorations on our buffet and I found them. It looks awesome now. But of course I didn't take a picture. 

After Kirklands we headed over to our friends house for game night. We played a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. And it was hilarious as usual. We even had a new expansion pack to add in this time, so it was nice to see some new cards that we hadn't seen before. It was a fun night, that is for sure. 

Sunday I got up early and took Bentley on a hike through Red Rocks Canyon Open Space. We went for about an hour. I worked with him off leash and he is doing amazing. He listens so well and doesn't wander too far away. I think he is going to be a great dog for hiking, which is good because that is why I wanted him in the first place. 

After our hike I headed home and dropped him off and then ran to Sam's and the grocery store again to pick up a few things I forgot to grab on Friday. Then I went home and got dinner going in the crock pot, this really good Pumpkin Chili, yum! You can find that recipe here.  I then proceeded to sit my butt on the couch the rest of the day and did nothing but watch Football. It was amazing. The Broncos won and that is really the only game that mattered to me, but I enjoyed watching the others. I did spend a good part of Sunday evening reading my book for class on Wednesday, but other than that it was all Football. Just the way it should be. 

How was your weekend?