Just Catching Up!

I should be shunned for Blog neglect. It has been nearly 4 months since my last post. I’m feeling pretty guilty about leaving this beautiful space untouched for so long. So many things have happened since I fell out of the Blogosphere. So, let me update you a little. We’ll start where I left off…

-I did successfully finish the Lurong Paleo Challenge. I lost 6 pounds and lost a few on my measurements but not a lot. As I thought I would I went back to my carbby ways, but in the New Year I am planning to make better choices. I am also planning on staying mainly Paleo with a little looser guidelines. I’ll call it Kelleo? Sounds good right?

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– I ran my first 10k and I did rather well! I placed 69th with a pace of 9:06 and finished with a 56:31 time.

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Hard to admit but I haven’t really run and focused on running since October…

-Husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for our 2 year anniversary!

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-We went home for our Cash Family Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (BYOP(umpkin))

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…drum roll please…

-We finally bought a HOUSE on Halloween!

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-I turned the big 2-6 and threw a Gatsby party… I have always wanted a roaring 20’s party and when better to do it when you are a roaring 26 year old?

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-I had to say goodbye to my cousin from afar… RIP sweet Bryan.

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-I was blessed to go home for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

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-I celebrated the New Year with friends.

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-and I began the New Year 2014 with a traditional Southern style New Years Day dinner cooked by ME ๐Ÿ™‚

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-Oh, and tonight I did my first WOD with Toe to Bar! (Big deal, I couldn’t even hang on the bar much less pull my feet up to my hands at the beginning of last year).

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As you can see, I have been a very busy bee! And that is basically what you missed in a nut shell. For my New Years Resolution I will not abandon my Blog for more than 2 weeks. I hope I can keep ’em coming! Have a wonderful 2014 friends!

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True Life: I’m an Exercise Fanatic

It has come to my attention that I have become one of those people.

You know what I am talking about. The kind of people who talk about working out all of the time. Whose Instagram is blowing up with weight lifting, Nike+ Running screen shots, crazy photos of impossible yoga movements, and *OMG* new favorite workout gear.

…And I am starting to like it.

I have always been really excited about posting my running updates, mainly because it holds me accountable for pushing harder the next time and being a better me.These days though, I am proud of myself. Conceited right? NO. Everyone should be proud of their accomplishments. I have worked hard and I want to show it off and vainly enough, I want people to know that I am working hard. ย My point is that becoming one of thoseย people means I have just become really proud of what I am doing, how my body is changing, and why I love doing what I am doing. It makes me want to keep going, be better, work harder. So I do, and I am loving myself for it.

So, here is an update for ya…

I still haven’t signed up for our 10k but I have begun to take it more seriously. I am running more… maybe not long distances but I’m halfway there and I have a couple of months to train.

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I hurt my thigh a while ago. I was at a 115lb 3 rep max back squat before I hurt it but this is my 3 rep max post injury 98lbs! (Yes, I know I need to get back on my heels more…. I also need lifting shoes for this.)…. Soon, I will have my Crossfit shoes.

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For the GRAND FINALE!!!!!!! I have officially done a yoga Headstand and held it long enough to get pictures. Last night I was practicing the transitions into a headstand. I managed to get my core and legs in the air… after a couple of practices, I was up and I was steady and strong. I am very proud of this. I use to envy people who could do this… I never thought I could do this.

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Have you reached any fitness goals lately?

Show the world how proud you are of yourself!

Luau’s and Mexican Train

So, I am one of those people who loves to hang out with my parents. Mainly because my parents are probably the coolest people I know. When I lived back home I would choose to hang out with them on some weekends. Whether it was a family game night, a special occasion (pretty much any holiday/birthday), or just a bonfire out back, hanging out with my parents always won over any other invitation we would receive. This is what I miss most about home. Family. Swimming, sitting on the back deck, playing games, roasting marshmallows on a bonfire. We would make any excuse for my parents to host a get together. One of my favorite family traditions is BYOP that I discussed hereย from our 2011 BYOP.

I am planning on making a special trip home to attend my favorite Halloween family tradition, much like I did for our Cash Family July 4th tradition.

I could have stayed here in St. Louis for the Fourth of July but, again, family tradition won out. My parents always host a family get together filled with BBQing, peach ice cream, swimming, fireworks, and fun. This year it was Luau themed. I was not about to miss this. Unfortunately, the weather did not work in our favor. It rained the entire time we were home. So, to make the best of it, the men folk set up a pop-up tent outside and we sat under it and watched the rain come down, drinking, eating, and talking, and still enjoying every moment we had together. A couple of nights we made time to play games. Mom and Dad taught Daniel and I how to play Mexican Train and I have been dying to play ever since we made our way back to St. Louis. I do miss my family so much. I can’t wait to go back home for a visit. I wish I knew exactly when that would be.

Some photos from our trip home:

Come on in!!!

Come on in!!!

Red, White, and Blue Sangria!

Red, White, and Blue Sangria!

Glowing Balloons.

Glowing Balloons.

Mmmm Boiled Peanuts <3

Mmmm Boiled Peanuts โค

I brought some home :-)

I brought some home ๐Ÿ™‚

In our home city.

In our home city.

 

This was a game of Chicken Feet. We later learned how to play Mexican Train.

This was a game of Chicken Feet. We later learned how to play Mexican Train.