Hi everyone! I’m still alive! Life has been pretty busy between vacation, what feels like endless doctor’s appointments, decision making, and good ole' physical therapy. I'm currently working on a huge post in regards to my current physical well-being. To hold you guys over as I diligently work on the post, I'm going to do a photo dump of random pictures from my vacation to Wildwood, NJ last week.
This was one of the first pictures that I took during my trip. I have the maturity level of an 11-year-old boy. But hey now…they even sell shirts that say, “I grabbed a wiener in Wildwood!”
I’ve decided that I need one of these little guys in my life. Look at the peeper on the left!
I also really enjoyed playing around with different looks during vacation. :)
It wasn’t chilly at all during vacation. Isn’t that obvious?! I blatantly acted as though it was snowing on the beach. I swear I’m 80, not 25.
Wind was never an issue either.
But the sky was pretty cool.
And Sean totally cooperates when I ask him to smile. Squinty Magee gave me a smirk. Close enough.
Okay, okay…so maybe he does occasionally cooperate with me.
But no matter the case, I will always love him just the same. He is my best friend.12 notes
Sean and I are, of course, still getting along just wonderfully. In fact, things couldn’t be better. He is my rock, especially with all that I’m dealing with at the moment. About 1 month ago, I step into his house only to find flowers and a homemade card waiting for me on a table. He’s so sweet. :) That very same night, we went to a ‘Half Christmas’ party that was hosted by one of his friends. We literally celebrated the halfway point to the holidays, haha! We cooked on the grill, ate watermelon, and enjoyed the company of one another. There was even a festive glittery, purple tree set up in the backyard. There’s never a dull moment with Sean’s friends…that’s for sure.
I’ve been trying to enjoy the summer as much as I can, despite my constant, daily basis pain. This week begins week 2 of physical therapy - not too much relief as of now. Unfortunately, sciatica and back issues aren’t very easy to resolve, and the pain can get pretty intense.
Maybe I can go back to duck watching while I heal like I did back in the day (kidding). I looked pretty cool with my Minnie Mouse purse, because ya know…3-year-olds have important things to carry.
I’ve been to a couple of Pirates’ games this summer, both of which they won - they are having an awesome season. The last game I went to had 2 extra innings, but the boisterous New Yorkers that were sitting behind us made for a very good time!
I’ve also been spending a lot more time with my mom. For one of our recent mother/daughter dates, we went to IHOP, and I had their Simple & Fit vegetable omelette made with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It was delicious, something I absolutely recommend. After breakfast, we partook in some retail therapy. I spotted this gem in Target…
Just, why? WHY?!!!!!!???
My best friend and I went to Taylor Swift’s concert on the 6th. I’m a TS crazed fan, so I was uber excited! Phenomenal. She never ceases to amaze me with her live performances.
And, I’ve certainly been enjoying the very few days of sun that we’ve had this summer. The weather has been so insane lately. Mother Nature has a serious case of the blues.
Sweat does wonders for my hair…said no one ever. I hope everyone else is having a great summer! :)9 notes
It took me a little while to open up this magazine and relive this tragedy. I wasn’t physically present, but I was emotionally and spiritually present. Running has made me feel like I actually belong somewhere. It gave me confidence. And what I had to endure to get where I am today has made me very strong. I may be fighting an injury, but I will always be a runner. This issue will be tucked away in a safe place.
I tried these new flavors after spotting them in Target several weeks ago. I’m certain that I embarrassed my mother with my overly excited facial expression. The Carrot Cake flavor is spot on, and the Sierra Trail Mix isn’t my new favorite, but it’s tasty nonetheless!
I finally ordered prints of the pictures from when I had my guest appearance on the Today Show. I bought the above picture frame when I was in NYC at the NBC store. I can’t believe that this happened over 6 months ago already!
Since hitting another setback in my recovery, I’ve been focusing on the things I can do, like lifting weights. I’m finally noticing progress! I started with 8 lb dumbbells, and now I’m up to 12-15 lbs! I’m finding it very difficult in getting rid of my bingo wings. Unfortunately, there are some things that you truly can’t fix without surgery after losing a lot of weight. PS: You can see my running medals and my tragic caricature from NYC in the background of the left picture. I told the artist to draw me as runner. He drew me skipping along the sidewalk with a purse. Close enough.
Women’s Running Magazine recently released my magazine article on their website. I saw it on a day that I was feeling down, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise. :)
I finally got my big girl license! I absolutely couldn’t wait for this day! I no longer have to look at that bright red line ‘UNDER 21 UNTIL 07/25/2009,’ and my picture actually looks like me again. Double win!
Last year when I went to Wildwood, NJ with Sean, they came thisclose to refusing to serve me the margarita that I had ordered. The bartender wasn’t convinced that it was me, and it also doesn’t help that I look like I’m 16 years old. I pleaded and offered to show her my Facebook and a couple of my before pictures. She finally believed me after a few embarrassing back and forth moments that we shared.
Last but certainly not least, Sean’s (#44) adult league hockey team (Ice Holez) made the playoffs. Last weekend, I played it off like I wasn’t going to be able to make it to his game, and then I surprised him by showing up to cheer him on. He was super duper happy, and that made me ecstatic! I love seeing this boy smile. :)
All in all, life hasn’t been too eventful. I’m still in the painstaking process of getting everything squared away for my return to school for Early Childhood Education. There’s just so much to do, and so little time! I’m excited to get the ball rolling though. It’s never ever too late to put a dream into action.9 notes
He loves me for me.
He doesn’t care about my stretch marks.
He doesn’t care about my excess skin.
He doesn’t care about my not-so-perfect smile.
He sees a girl who has fought a tough fight.
He sees a girl who has shed her cocoon and sprouted her wings.
He sees a girl who loves him just as much as he loves her.
He is my rock.
He is my best friend.
I love him.
I’m kind of obsessed with this dress from Kohl’s.
Sean’s best friend Tim married the love of his life, Amy, on May 10th. Sean was the best man, and his speech was absolutely hilarious! At least I know that I’ll be laughing for the rest of my life. :) We also celebrated our one year anniversary the very next day by going to The National Aviary.
He also left this adorable card at my bedside for me to wake up to.
I’m having an affair with a new cross training tool, the rowing machine - sorry CrossRamp! I shied away from it for the longest time for the fear that my coordination (or lack thereof) would be clumsy and awkward in nature. I chased and embraced fear one Saturday morning and fell in love immediately. See! You have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time; you just might surprise yourself. The rowing machine is definitely a total body workout, and I highly recommend it to any athlete as a portion of their cross training regimen.
My cousin and her husband are expecting their first child come this October. It’s a baby boy! I’m so happy and excited for the two of them - just wish they still lived minutes away. But hey, that gives me an excuse to travel, right?!
I’m still working diligently at getting back into distance running full swing. Starting over is far from easy. It’s frustrating, but I’ve learned to not only appreciate every mile that I’m able to run, but every minute that I’m able to run. There are people in this world who can’t even run at all and may never be able to. I know that I’ll get there again. I just have to be patient and listen to my body - I am it’s caretaker. I am, however, currently dealing with a minor setback. I have a bit of anterior ankle tendonitis that I’m keeping a watchful eye on. I’m leaning towards the fact that there’s a strong possibility of me being an overpronator, and/or that I could be running in the wrong shoe.
Sean and I went on a Memorial Day weekend houseboat trip with a ton of other people. It was chilly, but it was definitely one of the best weekends of my life. I had a BLAST!!!!!! So many wonderful memories shared with even more wonderful people.
Last but certainly not least, I’m going back to school come spring 2014 for my dream job. Early childhood education. Just praying that finances don’t put things on a screeching halt like last time. Wish me luck!
So, I apologize for not being as active on here as I have been in the past. Work, social life, and training keep me pretty busy on most days. But I love you guys just the same! :) Keep on chasing your fears!!!!!!!
Oh wait! I have also discovered Heaven in tubular form: