Friday, May 29, 2015

Things I Am Loving Lately

Oh what a week it has been! Since I have been trying to stay positive lately given my circumstance, I just wanted to share things that I am really loving lately. Remember it is the little things that matter the most.

1. One step closer to closing escrow. Just this morning I signed the remaining loan documents for our future house. My husband and I are over the moon excited for Monday to come, so we can finally start this next chapter in San Diego. Our realtor even has a photographer lined up to capture the moment we get our keys and celebrate! If you are ever in need of a good realtor in San Diego, let me know. Mine has been amazing!

2. Exploring San Diego neighborhoods.  There are so many places to see and explore in this fine city. Today while I waited for my husband to arrive from Atlanta, I stopped by Little Italy and took a little stroll. So many great little restaurants and cafes. I of course grabbed a small tea at a local cafe and just walked around and people watched. 

Later on in the day, my husband and I decided to stick around and went to the Gaslamp District, also known as Downtown. Somehow the electricity went out for a few blocks which affected quite a few business. We walked around and made the most of our time there.

3. Finally getting a haircut.  I had been meaning to get a quick trim prior to leaving Fresno, but just never got around to it. I went on Groupon and took a chance with a hair stylist. Her name is Tessa and she did a fabulous job. I am still trying to grow out my hair to donate, so she did a great job of still keeping the length but making it feel way healthier than it was. I'll be honest though, I felt like I was cheating on my hairstylist/friend. I know it sounds weird but she had been the only one to touch my hair for over 7 years! A good hair stylist is hard to find. Would I go back to Tessa? Probably, but I am thinking of trying out my high school friend next. 

4. My husband. Okay I love him all the time but he was away all week, so I was super excited to see him today. I guess what they say is true...distance makes the heart grow fonder. All I can tell you is that I missed him like crazy and am glad he is back!

5. Buying camera supplies.  I went on Amazon last week and found a pretty good camera tripod package deal that I just couldn't pass up. I used some of the accessories when we went camping over Memorial day and have been loving it so far. I originally bought them to possibly start making videos or vlogs. Not really sure but it is something I am considering. 

Tripod accessory Bundle Kit For Nikon Df, D5300 D3300 D5200 D3200 D3100 D5100, D7100, D600, D610, D810, D750, D7200 Digital SLR Camera Includes 57 Inch Pro Tripod + 67 Inch Monopod + Flexible Tripod+ Remote Shutter Release (REPLACES NIKON MC-DC2 REMOTE)

6. Watching YouTube videos of military surprise homecomings.  Maybe it was the holiday weekend that got me all into it, but man I couldn't stop watching them! I mean I was sobbing uncontrollably for some of them. If my husband would have been in town he would have made so much fun of me for watching these because I cry every time. On Wednesday morning I woke up with my eyes swollen from so much crying the night before. Here is just one of the many favorite videos I watched.

Hope you have a great Friday and enjoy the little things in life!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Being Sick and Tired Sucks!

Feeling great over Memorial Weekend

Honestly I am getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was just starting to feel good about myself, getting some more motivation and then...BAAM!!  We went camping over Memorial weekend and some type of virus invaded my family.  The first one to get sick was my niece. The next day my husband. Then I got this stupid virus. I was kind of surprised it didn't hit me as bad as the rest, but it still took a toll on my week.
I wasn't able to do much other than rest. I had to force myself to go to work feeling weak. Most people loose weight when they get sick, but I on the other hand gained weight! Go figure! I had no desire to read any of my usual blogs I love to read so I am out of the loop on what's going on in the blogger world. I literally just wanted to sleep and make the room stop spinning. Of course that wasn't possible with my nephew. He just loves to jump on me when he gets the chance...oh and take selfies of course.
What does have me a bit more concerned though is the fact that I actually have a race this weekend! My training obviously wasn't the greatest this time around. I was only able to get to 8 miles but I figured given how many half marathons I've done in the past, I should be okay. But this time around I am still recovering and not my full self yet. Just feeling a bit unsure on how this race will go.
I pick up my race packet tomorrow or Saturday (haven't quite decided yet). I am hoping come Sunday I will at least be back to 80%. It would be unrealistic of me to hope for a PR, but just looking to not get a DF. My husband will also be running along with me, probably for the first few miles. Even without training he is still faster than I am. Yeah...pisses me off too! So fingers crossed I cross that finish line in one piece! Celebratory drinks afterwards of course!
Hope everyone is having a better week than I am.
Anyone else have any races this weekend?
Fun trips?
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I Think About When I Run

When I run I literally go through a million thoughts. Lately since I have been struggling to get back at it, my thoughts are all over the place. This past week, I did an eight mile run in Mission Bay.  This pretty much sums up what went through my head:

Before The Run:

  • "What am I getting myself into?"
  • "Can I back out now?"
  • "Is this run REALLY necessary for my upcoming half marathon?"
  • "Oh I can't Garmin hasn't finished charging."
  • "Okay Daisy, you can do this!"
  • "Are you sure you can do this?"
  • "Ready or not here I go!"
First Mile:

  • "What the HELL!"
  • "Why are my legs in so much pain already?"
  • "OMG"
  • "No seriously...they feel like lead."
  • "Why is the first mile always the hardest for me?!?"
  • "Man I would love to be in bed right about now."
  • "Seriously why did I decide to torture myself today?"

    Miles 2-5:

    • "Is it too early to start planning what I am going to eat after this run?"
    • "Well this really isn't so bad right now."
    • "Why was I complaining again?"
    • "This is just what I needed this morning!"
    • "I am really starting to get hungry."
    • "Is that bacon and eggs I am smelling?"
    • "Is that a hill coming up?? I thought this was a flat course!"
    • "Holy crap that is a hill!"
    • "Ugh!!"
    • "Did I remember to wear deodorant?"

    Mile 6-7:

    • "Okay so I am officially over six miles."
    • "Only have two left...ugh...only!"
    • "Wow, I am really hungry!"
    • "I think my Garmin isn't working. My pace is a lot slower all of a sudden."
    • "Did i just get passed by someone twice my age? Well she probably just started."
    • "I thought I was almost done! Why is this taking so long?"
    • "OMG is that another hill?!?"
    • "I swear this is never going to end." 
    • "I'm almost positive I put deodorant...I think."

    The Last Mile:

    • "I am so glad to only have one more mile!"
    • "Maybe I could run a little bit more than eight?"
    • "This really was a beautiful run."
    • "I don't know what I was complaining about."
    • "I swear I am running faster than my Garmin is showing."
    • "Stop looking at your distance. You still have less than a mile."
    • "Why is this taking so long?"
    • "Okay never mind. Eight miles will do for today."
    • "Man I could really go for a breakfast burrito right now."

    So as you can see, my mind was all over the place. Overall, I did feel great after my run. It wasn't easy but I did it. Post run, I unfortunately did not get my bacon or my breakfast burrito.  I know I was a bit bummed, but figured I should probably not consume all my calories during breakfast. During race day, my mind focuses on certain things. I actually pray a lot...not for myself but for other people. I believe in the power of prayer so I pray quite a bit during my 13.1 miles. If you have a prayer request, let me know.

    What thoughts run through your head when you run?
    (or am I the only crazy one??)

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    Places to Run in San Diego: Mission Bay

    If you follow my Instagram account, I'm sure you've noticed I've been trying to stay active in San Diego. This city has so much to offer from hiking, beach runs, trail runs, hills, and great tracks for speed work. Honestly I could run around my parent's neighborhood and be completely fine, but it's nice to get out there and check out new locations. Lately I've been running at Mission Bay. 

    Mission Bay Park is one of the largest man-made aquatic parks in the country. It consists of 4,235 acres, approximately 46% land and 54% water.  It is also one of San Diego's most popular locations for picnics, flying kites, or to partake in water activities.  If you are visiting from out of town, not only are there great places to eat but also great hotel accommodations to choose from. Since it is right off the 5 freeway, getting here is not a problem. So if you are here and in need of a fairly flat, great running location...then I would highly recommend taking the time to visit here.

    This park has many running and biking paths to choose from. Bicyclists, skaters, walkers, and runners can enjoy a nearly continuous loop around the entirety of Mission Bay. Depending on where you start, one might enjoy a 3 mile one-way ride or a 19 mile full bay loop. Biking or running along the bay's pathways is a great way to exercise and enjoy all of it's beauty. Along the route are exercise stations, opportunities to rent boating equipment, natural preserves and several dining possibilities. 

    One of the best parts: THE VIEWS!! I am blessed to have this in my own backyard.

    The kids won't get disappointed either! Throughout the park, you'll find areas for the kids to play and entertain themselves. You'll almost always see a parent watching their child play while also getting a quick HITT workout. 

     There are also many fitness centers around the park to give you some more workout ideas.

    If you need to do some sprints, there are plenty of flat open areas to get some Tabata sprints.

    Of if you need to get some R & R, yoga, or just "me" time there are plenty of grassy areas to do so.

    So next time you are thinking of lacing up those running shoes, head on over to Mission Bay Park. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Wether you are scheduled to do a long run this weekend or just want to check out the views, this place is a perfect place to enjoy the weekend.

    Where is your favorite place to run?

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    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Lesson Learned: Believe in Yourself!

    Nothing too exciting happened to me this past weekend. I worked on Saturday and Sunday, so I really didn't have much time for anything after my 12 hour shifts. Since starting my new job though I have been in the midst of orientation, a total of seven weeks. All of my previous six years of experience have been with children and neonates. I loved it. Not many people are able to do it, but I strived doing it. Now I am only dealing with adults and it is a whole different ballpark. New things to learn and honestly just a whole new environment.

    Since I have been under a bit of stress dealing with new hospital protocols and policies, I really started to question how smart I am. If I was even capable of starting over. I started to question if I made the right decision pursuing adult care. They say change is good but at what cost? I made one of the biggest changes in my life and career by moving here to San Diego and I've been worried that I won't be able to hack it. Of course I don't let my preceptors know this. They all tell me I am doing great and don't even need an orientation but inside I feel so worthless and just straight out frightened about being released on my own. Funny how you really are your own worst critics. You don't even believe in yourself when times get a little tough. At least that happens to me. I question everything I do and just get in a rut, a little depression. It's something I deal with almost daily and am pretty sure I am not alone in this. It affects everything in my life and lately it has affected how I feel about myself.

    I really try to hold it in as much as I can, but this time around it has made me physically tired and drained. I can only imagine this is why I have had no motivation with working out and eating everything in sight. I have been very open about this and will continue to be just because this is my blog after all. All I can really be is myself and just strive to be a better more positive me. I guess that is why I enjoy blogging because I really just let it all out and just be me.

    I am happy to report though, that yesterday I had my very first assignment all myself.  Was I nervous? Of course I was, but somehow I was able to get it together and finish the day strong. The training wheels were off and I will admit that it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be. See how the mind plays tricks on you? I have to just think positive thoughts and really believe in myself. I had it all along but I just couldn't see it since I was blinded by my own cloud of negativity.  I guess that really applies to everything in life. When that negative cloud rolls in, it's hard to make it go away. You have to really try to get out of the funk and face your fears. I am slowly doing it and it feels great to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Things I Am Loving Lately

    During my time off from blogging, I really started to realize how much I take things for granted. I am truly blessed even with all the chaos and stress around me. It is really the little things that I am grateful for. For example...yes I am a bit on the heavier side right now, but I am healthy. Yes I am overwhelmed with starting a new job, but at least I have a job. Yes I am longing to move out of my parents house, but at least I still have both my parents alive and well. It kind of just places things into perspective. I hope to continue feeling this way and live each day to its fullest.

    Here are some of the things I am loving lately. Like I said it is really the little things that are making me happy these days. 

    1. My morning juice: I have to eat something for breakfast even if it is really light. Having this juice ready to go on my early mornings before work help tame the hunger.

    2. Running in the rain: I love the rain and unfortunately we haven't had much of it this year. Fortunately the last two days we have been hit by a storm. It is still raining as we speak. It was pouring hard when my husband and I went out for a run yesterday but it felt great We even tackled some hills.

    3. New workout gear: Yesterday I also tried on these great leggings from ProCompression. I literally ordered them on Tuesday and I received them on Thursday! Talk about quick shipping. These leggings were on sale for 50% off so I got two and the shipping was free. Not sure if the sale is still going on but I used the promo code LEG. So far I am loving them!

    3. Spending quality family time. The main reason I moved back home was to spend more time with my family. When I lived in Fresno, it was very hard for me to make it to any family gatherings. Honestly I am kind of sad and ashamed I didn't make a better effort. It wasn't until my abuelito passed away that I really started to realize how important it was to spend time with family. I know this sounds weird too, but my abuelito came to me in a dream two weeks after he died saying to continue coming home to visit. I took it quite seriously as you can tell. As soon as I heard my father had cancer, I started the process to move down. 
    4. A good pedicure. This always makes me happy. It is my "me" time and I love getting my feet massaged. It is probably my favorite part of all. Definitely ready to start wearing my flip flops around town. 

    5. Short hairstyles.  Yep I am making the plunge again and chopping my hair by the end of the summer. I have been patiently growing out my hair to donate for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I have been checking out Pinterest like crazy for styles to try. Ever since my niece passed away from Lymphoma, I have been doing my best to remember her in different ways. I ran a triathlon in her honor, I started running more races in her honor, and now I am planning on making a hair donation to make a wig for cancer patients. 

    6. A good reading book. I have really used reading as a way to relax after work since moving down here. The latest book I read was The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I had heard great reviews about the book, so when I saw it at my local public library I snatched it right up. It is a great read and would highly recommend. You can purchase it on amazon for as low as $13.00.

    Also currently reading: 
    *loving it so far, will review later

    Hope you have a great Friday and enjoy the little things in life!

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    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    My Current Life In A Nutshell

    I know I have been MIA for almost a month now but life was getting a bit to chaotic so I decided to take some time off. What did I do during this time off? Well I ate quite a bit of food. No, really I did and the scale shows it. I was just a bit stressed and overwhelmed with my move and my new job that it resulted in what I do best when I am I just love food and I can't seem to say no when times get a bit complicated. My husband is the complete opposite. He looses weight when he is stressed. He says he just can't eat. I wish I had that problem...hah!

    Have I been doing exercise during my hiatus? Yes and no...I mean I have been able to sneak in some runs here and there but not having a gym has been hard. I tried doing Insanity workouts, but I got sick and then it derailed me a week. I ended up getting off track and just decided to stick to running. Don't get me wrong though, the running I have been able to do here is amazing compared to where I lived. There are so many options to choose from! A few weeks ago it was a bit too hot in the afternoon, so I drove 20 minutes to run at the beach. Best feeling ever to have that option! In a few weeks hopefully I can get a bit more settled and back to my workout routine and maybe join a gym finally. When we first moved down here to San Diego, I told myself no gym until we found a permanent place to live. If all goes well in a few weeks we may have our house...fingers crossed!

    Oh yeah...we are in escrow for our new house here in San Diego! It took us a few weeks to just pin point what areas we were going to consider and then boom! Our house came up and we just jumped at the opportunity. I'll definitely blog more about our experience with home buying here. Living with my parents hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be but I am ready to move. They have been great in letting us stay here, but even my dogs are ready for their own space. My husband and I are forever grateful for their hospitality but as a married couple we need our own space to just be us.

    I kind of have a new mind set on how I want this blog to run. I really want to show how I am just an average girl that struggles with weight issues, insecurities, and really tries her hardest to live a healthy lifestyle. I want people to see that I am just like everyone else. I love to run but I don't have the best body in the world. I have my love handles and cellulite just like any other ordinary girl. I get stressed out easily and I eat to cope with it. I am fearful of my scale and wish I could throw it out the window just like many others. Oh yeah and I dread bathing suit season! I hope to make a difference in someone's life in some way, shape, or form through my blog.  I am an open book and what I write are just my own personal experiences and thoughts. Thank you for taking the time in reading my blog.

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