Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Boobs again?

Here is my all time favorite Bra. The Handful. I have five of them.

So here is your chance to save a little, too. They are fantastic for gel's and little tan lines. More on that later.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today...well, today we all made it through the day.

Today has been for some reason a hard day. Maybe because it was a rest day. Maybe because everything hit me today. Here's a short list of some of the things running in my head. I think it has to do with me having a 'rest' day that my mind decides to use that extra energy.

1. We are moving. Again. I'm so sick of moving. Really done with it. My husband likes to blame me as the reason we move so much. Not sure that's really it. We own two houses and rent the house we are in now. Crazy huh? Here's why. The big house we own (3400 sqft on 1.34 acres) has a mortgage of $2450 a month. It was fine, when we had his full income and my mother lived with us. Well, in an effort to have a relationship with my mother (we my mom and I) decided that this just was not going to work. So this one was my fault. Sure. So we tried to scrape by in that house until it sold. Housing market crashed and let's say the $100,000 we put as a down payment on the house is no more. We would be lucky to break even. I mean lucky. So I being the creative mover and shaker that I am found renters. They lasted 6 months then I found another set of renters. They lasted about 6 months. I couldn't find renters so we moved back into the house. A few months after being back in the house I found renters again and we moved into a rental house. Where we are now. So why are be moving again? Back into that house? Nope. Into our other rental. This rental we co-own with my MIL and step-FIL. We've had renters in there, but they are a month behind (for like the last year). We made enough to pay the mortgage and a little extra so we didn't care. Well, now they are moving out, which is good. However, the house is in need of a new roof and sliding and yard work and... and... and. So we thought we would move into the house to do the repairs. Because honestly there is now way I have time to do any repairs unless we live there. On top of that it's only an $800 a month mortgage. So we will save over $ 700 a month just on rent/mortgage if we move in. This all sounds like a win-win right? Well, the down side is the house is only 1100 sq ft. I know I'm spoiled. But six people in a house that small? Did I mention the one bathroom issue? My kids always decide they have to go poop at the same time. I may have gone outside to pee before. I'm just saying.

2. I'm so busy trying to fit in workouts so I don't explode. But my mom is working and I don't want to overwhelm my SIL.

3. We are broke. Hubby going to school full time and working. Me trying to feed and cloth six people. One of which is me and I eat a freaking lot of food. I eat about 2000-3500 cal a day. That adds up. Especially when it's all good for you food.

4. The kids were either trying to kill me or drive me insane today. I'm not sure which.

5. I'm trying to figure out the whole move thing and have it not affect my husband's schedule or make it stress the kids out.

6. I miss hanging out with my mom. She's working a full time job and I don't get to call her up and say 'hey, let's go to the zoo'.

7. My father (or not my father if you ask him) said a bunch of horrible and mean things to me. I know he's crazy and I shouldn't let it get to me. But you know what I'm pissed. I'm trying to take the high road, but part of me really wants to get back at him for the crap he's done for the last umm....32 years. Let's just say when I got married he showed up drunk to my wedding. When my husband and I went to go buy a house I found out he had been using my social security number to rack up debt and collections to the tune of $3,000. He stole one of my cars from me. It just goes on and on. I am at the point where I really want justice to be done.

8. Avery is having a hard time hearing again. We go to the doctor on Wednesday. She loses part of her hearing whenever she gets sick. Usually it returns quickly, but it's been two weeks and she is still having a hard time. Poort thing.

Off to bed, before I really start sharing too much. I'm going to go kiss each kid like I do every night and thank God for them and my husband.

OH, I did find this one blog that made me smile. http://enduranceisntonlyphysical.blogspot.com/
Check it out.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

For Breakfast the kids and I made Whole Wheat French Toast and pork bacon for Aric. Happy Father's Day to the most amazing father. Thank you for taking such good care of our kids. I love you!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My training for the marathon will include...

I have one whole year to get in shape for my very first marathon. I will be using the First program, for a few reasons:

1. Whenever I run more than 35 miles a week I get injured.

2. I need to cross train to keep from being injured.

3. A friend who has completed 17 marathons, who also can't run over 35 miles/week without injury, recommended I try this program.

4. I think I would get really bored with just running to get in shape. I know that sounds strange, but it's not if you know me. I'm finicky. I like to keep things interesting because I bore easily. (Hush, husband! I know, I know.)

5. I want to be agressive in my training because it fits my personality.

6. I enjoy cross training.

So I am going to try to swim twice a week, run three (quality) times a week, bike once a week, and lift weights twice a week. To keep things interesting I will throw a few races in to keep me on track, but use them as training runs.

July 4th I will be running the Foot Traffic Half with friends Christina, Lynn (She's doing the full... you Rock!), Morgan, and Laura.

July 25 I will run my first triathlon. The girlfriends and Dude's tri with my firends Jami, Amy, Andrew, and Larissa.

August 7th is SkirtChaser in Vancouver. I'm helping Fit Right and SkirtSports with this race and need lots of volunteers. Post a note if you can help.

August 27-28 is Hood to Coast. Running with hubby and a whole host of friends. This will be hubby's first time running it and my second time.

October 17 is Girlfriends Half Marathon. One of my favorite's because it was my first race half.

Nov I always do the Clark County Turkey Trot.

This is what I have for now. I know it will grow, but that only depends on my pocket book. Races are expensive. So what do you have in store for this year?

Friday, June 18, 2010

A nice friendly workout....

turkish get ups 2 each side start with 5lbs and go until failure. I made it to 30lbs

lat pulls start 30 x10 (I about smacked myself in face it was so light..kinda funny) then up to 60lbs x5 and go up 10lbs each turn until failure. I made it to 120lbs

Then 10 rounds of :

5-tri-ceps push-ups

I did all on my toes.

And so did Diana.

1 min wall sits.

myself and Diana (in white shirt) happy we were on #10 of wall sits. Erin and Laura also happy.

And as a reward 15 mins of hamstring stretching

I'm running the Vancouver USA Marathon

I present to you the Vancouver Marathon:

Here's what Energy Events has to say about the Vancouver Marathon:

Go Here to Read what they have to say.

That all sounds like fun. So much so, that I'm going to do it. I'm going to jump on the marathon bandwagon. That's right I'm going to run the Vancouver Marathon. The inaugural Vancouver Marathon. When I say this I picture myself as an 82-year-old grandma running it for the 50th time and saying, "I remember running this the first year. Why, I ... (enter daydream about me BQ on my first marathon)." Sounds way cooler when you think about telling your grandkids you ran THE inaugural Vancouver Marathon, huh.

Since I have a whole year to train for it, I'll be posting about my training journey. I hope you laugh right along with me. Let's see how my marriage and kids hold up to all the long training runs. Let's see if my running partners can stand those long training runs with me. (Heck I can barely stand myself on a run, how will they?) Please come and give me pointers, laugh with and at me, run with me, read my crazy training schedule and workouts. Watch me become a circus act and juggle all the bizare things I get myself into.

While you are out logging your miles keep a sharp eye out for runners with the shirts that say: "I am training for the Vancouver USA Marathon!"

Get in on the $69 early bird special - it kicks up to $85 on the 20th of June!

Go here to register. Or to save on-line fees, fill it out and print it here to mail in.

Laugh and run on, my friends!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Why do people feel the need to say the following?

1. We've been married for 5 years but we've been together for 10 years.
(Being married and living together are two different things. Why not just be proud that you have been married for 5 years? Because you should be, I'm proud of anyone who is married for 1, 2, 11, 16 years. Good on you!)

2. I have two kids, they live with their mom and I have them everyother weekend.
(No you are a babysitter, not a parent. A parent is there everyday. You babysit every other weekend. Sorry this one is fueled by my brother saying he's a dad. Yet never makes an effort to BE a dad or have his kids.)

3. I could never run more than 2 miles. It's too hard.
(No, you could. Everyone 'could' run 2,5,10, or 20 miles if they trained for it. Don't underestimate your self.)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Another bra review brought to you by Angela's Boobs

Up for review this week is the Uplift Max bra by Kalyx. Boy did they hit the nail on the head with the name for this bra! Talk about an uplifting experience. If you are looking for the "seat belt" bra that will hold the boobs in during a crash test, this is your bra.

I have taken this bra on numerous 10 plus mile runs and was very pleased with the security it afforded. This thing is so secure, I think I even heard an alarm set when I fastened the back strap. Initially, I thought I would hate this bra because it's tight. I envisioned calling my husband into the bedroom (now, now, keep it clean here!) to cut it off of me while I'm in a hypoxic state, cussing like a sailor trying to get it off my sweat soaked body. Happily, this was not the case.

Another nice touch to the bra was the ventilation mesh and reflective stripes.

Crazy little thing called love (by Kalyx Centered bra)

This thing called love I just can't handle it

These boobs stay put and stay with a round look to it

I ain't ready

Crazy little thing called love

This (bra) called love

(Called love)

It holds (the boobs)

In a cradle all night

No swings (Woo Woo)

No jives (Woo Woo)

No shaking all over like a jelly fish,

I kinda like it

Crazy little thing called love

This bra is one cool cat. Kalyx refers to this bra as the "take a nap bra" (I vaguely remember what naps are, but haven't experienced one since about 2004). This is hands down a comfortable bra that I continue to use for my "House of Pain" workouts (House of Pain is what I call the workouts with my coach, which are a mix of weights/polymetrics/P90X/ Tortore/Pilates/Yoga/ Evil laughter coming from my coach/Crossfit)

On top of having spectacular bras, Kalyx is into making their bras eco-friendly. Using numerous recycled fibers and fabrics, they have still managed not to compromise on functionality. How much more do you love them now? Like I said, ladies, go to their site snag one of their awesome bras... and tell them Angela sent you. No really tell them I sent you. Laugh and run on, my friends!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Skirt Chaser

Boys get ready to chase some skirt. Gals, get ready to smoke the boys and snag $500.

The SkirtChaser registration is now open for the Portland/Vancouver SkirtChaser 5K.

When: August 7, 2010

Winner Snags $500!

Regardless of gender, the first person across the line takes home the grand prize of $500 smackeroos!

Catch Me Wave

Women will kickoff the event, with all of them wearing a SkirtSports Skirt. Race Skirt included with entry.

SkirtChaser Wave

Catch us if you can! The men will eagerly watch as the women take off with a three-minute head start.

Block Party

The post-race Block Party includes happy-hour style food and drinks, dating games and a fashion show- all the way down to the skivvies!

Charity Partner

Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Arc of Clark County.


Esther Short Park

301 W. 8th St.

Vancouver, WA 98660

Map It

Now click here to go the registration page. Or here for more information. So what are you waiting for, you get a skirt, beer, fun, and you get to help a charity. It's a win-win. Laugh and run on, my friends!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I know, I know...

What's the deal? I haven't been posting squat or anything about squats. I could give you excuse after excuse but I do believe you are smart enough to not believe one of them. I've been lazy on the blog front. So here is the quick 411:

My mother had the nerve to get a job. WTF? There goes my instant babysitter. The spoiled part of me was annoyed but the awesome daughter that I am was thrilled that she found a job. That means I have to work harder to fit workouts in. My sister in law has been able to come over and watch the boys while the girls are in school and I have been able to fit in a few workouts.

House of Pain on Tuesday now include the boys. For the most part they stay out of the way but they still manage to jump on me in the middle of a push-up. For some reason Christina (my coach) just laughs and says it's just a little extra weight for the push-ups and to not stop. It was fun during the last quick workout at H of P, my little Ayden (3 years old) asked me in the middle of my third set (of which I did 14) "Mom. Mom. Mom! Aren't you tired yet?" Christina replied for me, "Nope, your mom is pretty tough." Kinda sweet, huh? All in all I do enjoy my boys coming to the workouts, they get to see mom lifting some good size weights and staying in really good shape. Having said that, I do enjoy H of P on Friday's with no kids and just my girlfriends to chat with.

Since my mom is working, it leaves Wednesday (track at night), Friday (date run with hubby), and Saturday long run day open. I wish a pool was open sooner in the am than 5:30 because I have to be home by 6:15 showered and ready to go so my hubby can get to work. (I am noticing a theme of work getting in my way here)

So here I sit, lamenting over not getting to workout as much as I want. My ideal week you ask? (oh who am I kidding I don't care if you asked I'm telling you anyway)

Monday: Swim for 2 hours short 6 mile run
Tuesday: H of P and a nice 20-30 mile bike ride would be awesome
Wednesday: Swim 2 hours and track in evening with group
Thursday: I consider my rest day. I have a martial arts class that is 2 hours long 1/2 hour of which I lead 'a workout'
Friday: H of P and 6 Hard miles with hubby
Saturday: Long run day 15-20 miles would be good
Sunday: Swim 2 hours and a 20 mile bike ride with friends.

See wouldn't that be a fun workout schedule? Ah, to dream.

What would your ideal workout week look like?