Brain Dump 1

What I’m thinking about today, in no particular order:

1. Being home all the time is driving me crazy. I need to get out of the house more often, but, being jobless, we are currently operating on a tight budget and should save as much gas money as possible.

2. I had a job interview today. It went well and the manager I met with said he would be calling for a second interview. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but it seems like it could be a good fit for me.

3. I’m PMS-ing. I want all the chocolate, ice cream, soda and pizza I can fit in my body.

4. Tomorrow’s GPP workout looks awesome! I’m so excited to hit it hard, which is nice considering my motivation is still a little low these days (see number 1).

5. Last night I suddenly got an intense desire to go running. It was dark and we don’t live close to any sidewalks or trails, so I wasn’t able to fulfill said desire. But it was interesting that I wanted to run so bad… I haven’t ran once this winter. I’m not sure if I’ll end up running soon or if this is a passing thing.

6. I’m working on becoming a better morning person. It isn’t easy. I’ve never been a morning person. I’ve been waking up 15 minutes early every 3-4 days. It has been a little easier than suddenly resolving to wake up at a specific early time. I’m hoping this helps, but I am skeptical at best.

7. There hasn’t been much to blog about this week, so I figured it better to stay quiet. Tonight I needed to get out of my own head, though. Thanks for listening.


Three becomes four

Last August, Jeremy and I adopted our first dog, Link.


He was 3 months old when we brought him home from the animal shelter. Raising him for the last 10 months has been a blessing for Jeremy and I. Not only is he a great dog, but he feels, to me, like a child. I know that drives some people crazy… but judge away—I’m not pushing any babies out in the near future!

Because of our success with Link, we’ve known for some time we wanted to adopt another dog (and give Link a brother or sister). We’ve been visiting the local Humane Society and checking their website daily to see what new dogs were available. After one heartache (barely missing out on a wonderful dog) and a few visits with sweet dogs that just weren’t right for our family—or small apartment—we finally found the one.

Meet Magus:

Magus the Beagador

Magus is a 1 year old Beagador (Beagle+Labrador Retriever).

We adopted Magus on Friday afternoon from the Humane Society. I saw his photo on their website Thursday and immediately left work to go over and visit with him. He was incredibly sweet, but also hyper during our visit… I wasn’t 100% sure if he would fit in with Link’s laid-back attitude. Jeremy and I took Link to the shelter on Friday morning to let the two dogs meet. The meeting was a success and Jeremy agreed that Magus was joining our family.

Magus 6.8.13

I don’t get the impression that Magus has ever had a home of his own before—Jeremy and I are currently in the house breaking phase and are attempting to teach him some basic commands. So far he can sit and is doing pretty good with “stay.” He’s also great on a leash.

I believe Magus is going to make a fine addition to our little family.

link and magus on couch 2Link Magus on couch 1

Link is mostly happy with his ‘little’ brother, with the exception of sharing his toys. They play rough together, but Link keeps coming back for more, so I think he’s a fan.

magus on couch and link in floor

Our little family is complete—for now.

Make a different choice

Heard a favorite song (that I hadn’t thought about in a while) on my drive to work this morning. Switchfoot’s “This Is Your Life” had the wheels turning in my head all day long. Eventually I felt led to post this on my Instagram account:

This Is Your Lifef

If you aren’t happy with your current life MAKE A DIFFERENT CHOICE. Change starts with being unhappy enough to MAKE A DIFFERENT CHOICE, even if that choice is scary and uncertain. Each day that we are blessed to wake up and be alive we get to choose what our priorities will be and how we will spend the time and energy we are given.

I’ve been spending a lot of time at work lately (remember, I work at a gym and workout before I start my shift) and not enough time at home. I’ve put a lot of energy into building my fitness with GPP, but haven’t really been using that fitness (and fitness for fitness’ sake is worthless). I’ve gotten too caught up in calorie counting and macros and I’ve forgotten how to just eat healthy and not worry about the numbers. I’ve been thinking about business, instead of how I can help others change their lives.

In short, this isn’t who I want to be… it’s time to make some different choices.

I started this morning with a 3 mile run—because I love running and it adds life to my life.

3 mile AM run

It’s never too late to change.

What’s in my gym bag?

I love reading posts like this, so I thought it would be fun to share with you what’s in my gym bag on a daily basis.

green gym bag 2green gym bag

First things first: I carry the Balance Gym Bag from REI. I chose this one because it has A LOT of room for all my stuff, plus has a separated area for my stinky running shoes, and can carry my yoga mat or foam roller if I want. Overall, I have been very pleased with this bag and think it is a great value for the price I paid.

Now for the stuff:


1. Toiletries bag – face wash, body soap, toner, deodorant, and a hair tie

2. Makeup bag – just my pared-down, everyday makeup… sometimes I change products out when I start getting bored with what I’m using.

3. Go Fit Cross Training Gloves – used for GPP and other lifting

4. EAS Muscle Armor – BCAA powder for mixing with water after hard workouts/runs

5. Secret body spray – so I don’t stank… bought only because it says “marathon” in the name. I’m a marketer’s dream

6. Polar F4 Heart Rate Monitor and strap – self explanatory

7. comb and brush

8. EOS lip balm – I pretty much always have one of these on me. Addicted.

9. Drink mixes – Mio Energy in black cherry and Nuun

10. Sneaker balls – use them to try to keep my gym bag from being stinky

11. Lululemon Swiftly Headband – this was a splurge, but really doesn’t move during my workouts—freaking awesome!

12. A lock to keep my stuff safe while I workout