Monday, September 28, 2015

Heart on my sleeve? Umm no. I'm #MOTIVATED.

Well. It's been three weeks since I broke my fibula and WOW what a difference the time makes. This past weekend was kinda tough but overall, I'm seeing the bright side in all of this. 

I woke up this morning full of determination, focus and #motivation...while most people wear their heart on their sleeve, I wear my motivation on my leg. LOL. 

Here's what went down in my world today:
I started the day out at the gym with one of my besties. I'm not even playing around today...with every single rep, I'm saying "get stronger girl".

I know I have a broken bone but 99.999% of the healing is mental. That's right. I've been a mental case. I'll own that and Ill heal from that too.

The races and running will come and when they do, I'll be ready. I'll be strong! 

In the meantime, I've found a machine that I ABSOLUTELY HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH. Compound Row. Unlike a Row Machine, I'm able to add weight and not put any pressure on my right leg. I can hold the handles two different ways and work all of those back muscles, shoulders and biceps....I stayed on this machine forever today! Yeah!

After a full two hours in the gym, I was starving so I went home, chugged a protein shake and ate a salad then I did all of the adult things that suppose I have to do. Ugh! 

Next week I go back to the Orthopedic for more X-rays and hopefully will be close to coming outta this crazy boot! Until then, I'm going to workout like a BEAST this week. 

I'm starting to feel like my happy self again and I'm excited about that. :) 

Happy Running, Happy Healing and Happy Monday. :)))


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ding Ding Ding! I've got a lot of Finish Lines to Cross!

I would be totally lying if I didn't say that I was TOTALLY tired of watching another Saturday go down without getting a run in. Yep. I'm over it. 

However, I will say that as another day goes by and I just keep passing the time, I've become VERY observant to things I never noticed before. 

In a weird way, I am thankful for this little "break" in life. 

I've had a gut feeling about something and today...ding ding ding! The lightbulb went off really really early this morning and I had a major revelation. Being extremely social savvy has its way of paying off! 

I'm excited for this new chapter in my life that is just FULL of possibilities and I'm glad to ditch some of the things that I've spent waaaaayyyyyyy too much time worrying about. 

Now heal fast fibula, I need ya! My Saturday's just aren't the same....I've got a lot of finish lines to cross. :) 

Happy Running and Happy Healing! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My "Big Comeback" in the Drama Free Zone. #IGotMyRockMoves

     Yesterday was a HUGE day for me. I waited exactly one week just like the Dr. told me to and then I decided to hit the gym. Granted, I didn't take any classes, run on the treadmill or do any kind of personal training but I got on the machines and got a great arm, back and ab workout in.

     My kids saw this picture that I posted on Instagram and totally made fun of me. They told me that I was trying to have a "big comeback". LOL. Maybe they are right. Maybe not. I'm not trying to be dramatic at all. It's just where I am.

     But more than that, I've had some time to really just sit back and figure out what's important to me right now. So many things that I've thought were important to me,  Just aren't anymore. 

     I'm really tired of letting people run over me and think that my feelings don't matter. Yeah that just stopped. 

     I'm tired of being taken for granted.  That stopped too.

     I'm tired of not being a priority to those who I really love and don't love me back. That's very hurtful.  I'm not going to allow myself to be hurt anymore. 

     So yeah. Maybe I have been a bit dramatic. But so what? I'm still a Rockstar and I got my Rock Moves. #SeeWhatIDidThere

     Haha. Sometimes I crack myself up with song lyrics that constantly float around in my head.

     But seriously, back to what I was saying.......
I really have struggled lately with the things that I mentioned above. I think a "big comeback" is exactly what I have needed. 

     I needed to realize that my feelings are important. And they matter. To me.

     I have let it all go and I'm ready to climb back up to the top of the mountain....
I'm ready to take on the world!
     I said it before last week when I was just out of my mind angry...I have all new expectations from myself. That's kind of scary but it's also so exciting.

     I'm through being mad. 

     I'm ready to get my broken leg and heart all healed up. Fun times ARE ahead....and I'm ready. :)

Happy Running, Happy Healing and Happy Big Comeback. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Day 5. #WhatDoYouMean

Day 5. Bad and PAINFUL Morning and I've managed to successfully tick off most everyone that I've come in contact with today. 

I'm in a TERRIBLE frame of mind and I'm completely sensitive to every single statement that is said to me today. 

And I'm tired of crying. 


And I'm so mad with myself that on a day like today when the whole world is remembering 9/11, I'm being a punk. 

Seriously. I'm just over this AND myself already. 

I got up to put some pressure on my leg because that's what my stupid Dr. Said would be good for me. I really don't like him right now. 

I'm being a baby. And I just gotta get it all out. 

I'm sorry to those who I've been mean to today...I can't tell you to your face or I'm gonna lose it all over again. 

As GOD as my witness, I will come outta this a whole different person with new goals, new dreams and new expectations from myself. I've been a jerk and I'm making a decision to change TODAY. 

There's no happy at the end of this post. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Girl. What has happened to you?!?

I wouldn't trade this picture for anything in the world.....
A reminder of where I once was,  where I am now and just how much hard work it's going to take me to climb up to the top of the mountain again.


If I've been asked once, I've been asked a million times....

My answer: "Well. I was trail running with my running group at Oak Mountain and rolled my ankle. I heard it break and the rest is history. AND THEN I WALKED A MILE AND A HALF OFF OF THAT MOUNTAIN. #WorstMileAndAHalfOfMyLife
King's Chair at Oak Mountain with my #CoolChicksOldGuys. <3

I downplayed it at the time with my friends. I made my daughter drive me up to the Urgent Care. NO WAY that I was going to admit how hurt I was to my husband. I was more than embarrassed. And MAD.

Yep. That's my story.
Big Giant Ankle---Pre-X-Ray

Broken Fibula and unattached Ligament.

I'm still in shock. My entire life has been affected by one stupid break of a fibula bone. The ligament is just floating around in there too. Lovely.

Today, three days leg is just killing me. This hurts like a mother. I'm a little bit bitter. I logged onto Facebook and all of my Social Media only to see over 500 comments of well wishes and "get better soons". So very thankful for all of those.

However, I'm angry at a few people in my life who really have either blown me off or just don't care enough to pick up the phone and check on me. There I said it. I'm angry.

I'm worried to death about my job. I've worked really hard for the last several months to be able to teach fitness classes and I'm just devastated by all of this.

I'm not worried about running. I have strong legs. I know that. I will run again. And it will be SOON. My personal trainers at work were already giving me some good exercises and want to work with me. I'll be fine on that end. I'm actually kind of excited to be able to see how I will progress and heal. I'm a tracker so this is right up my alley.

But today, I'm a mental mess. I guess that just goes with the territory of being injured.

I don't depend on anyone to do anything for me. Never have. So this is just making me nutty. I really haven't eaten in three days. Thank goodness for protein shakes.

And for those who know my silly side....I am ever so thankful for Loratab and the fact that Justin Bieber is on the Today show this morning. I can't escape it. #WhatDoYouMean.

That's gonna be my comeback mantra. LOL. #WhatDoYouMean

My diagnosis? I have three very active kids, a husband, two dogs and a 90 year old grandmother to take care of. I'm out of my mind watching the laundry pile up. I'm out of my mind knowing that i need to make a trip to the grocery store. I'm out of my mind sitting in this house. AND IT'S ONLY BEEN 3 DAYS.

Orthopedic Dr. says that I need to be in the boot and crutches for at least 4 weeks. At 6 weeks, I can return to light running provided I'm healing properly...I'll know more about that in 2 weeks with follow up X-rays.

In the meantime, I'm not feeling sorry for myself. I'm taking this time to just get it all out and focus on healing. And. It's okay to be mad. Yep. I gave myself permission to be mad.  I won't stay mad forever. Heck, I may not even be mad 20 minutes from now. I'm usually the type that's pretty quick to get over things. But right now? I'm mad.

I just keep thinking...this time next week will be so much better. I really do believe that and I'm hanging on to that.

Thanks to all who have listened to me vent. I'll be ROCKIN' DA BOOT for a while.  I won't give up. I'm going to work really hard to be healed properly.  And by gosh, I marched myself into the Orthopedic office wearing a Dopey Challenge shirt and my Doc said..."Well I can already see that you are one of those people". He says no more major challenges. I said "I'll bring you the medals".

That's my story and THAT's what has happened to me.

Happy Running and Happy Healing! :)))

Ready to conquer the world...In my boot.

Monday, August 24, 2015

STRAIGHT OUTTA Thinking INSIDE my #TrainingRockBox! #RocknBlog

      What does one do when you have the MOST FABULOUS Box of Training Goodies show up at your doorstep from Rock n' Roll Marathon Series? This girl goes into Full Heck Yes Ninja Mode.

      Little things in life make me happy and when a little box is PACKED FULL of goodness, I gotta share it with the world.

      To recap my love relationship with Rock n' Roll Marathon Series...I am one of their Rock n' Bloggers this year and am through the roof excited to be running their Las Vegas and Savannah Races. Holla!

      I was SO hoping to be able to work Brooklyn into my schedule this year too but it's not looking promising...New York, I'm a struggle! SOS. Lol.

      Back to the #TrainingRockBox....

As soon I saw the hype on the outside of the box, I knew it was going to be a fun one.

I was 100% Correct.

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For the Love...WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!?!

      The first thing I saw was a handwritten note from our fabulous leader...Ashley. Love hand-written thoughtfulness. Seriously, I do.

Let's go through each piece....

Thanks Brooks Running!
1. Awesome #RockNBlog tech tee from Brooks.  Love this! I'm a fan of grey and gimme any shirt with a hashtag and I'm a #HappyGirl. #ForReal.

      More from Brooks Running....This awesome hat in a cool pattern. I appreciate these, pink, grey. So versatile!
Brooks Performance Hat

Yep. I'm loving it.
Side Zip Love!
       Let's talk about this side zipper....I can put my GU Energy Gel, money, credit card in my hat?!? Brooks...I love you. This brings me to the next item....GU Energy Gels!! These flavors tho.
Vanilla Bean, Blueberry Pomegranite, Tri-Berry, Strawberry Kiwi.
(Check out my awesome camera work. ;)
I've got LOTS of long training miles coming up and these will definitely be put to use!! Thanks GU!

Gatorade Endurance Formula Powder Stick
      Gatorade Endurance Formula... There were three of these packages in the box. A few things about this:
      Lemon-Lime is my fave flavor. These packages are meant to be added to 24oz. of water. PERFECT size after a long workout. I'm a fan of anything that I can take on the go with me. Thanks Gatorade!

TransAmerica Power Blank Cell Charger
      Anyone that knows me online (OR IRL), knows that I'm a Social Media bug! knew the way right to my heart. Give a girl a new battery charger and she will love you forever. ;)

Nature's Path Foods
Qi'a Cranberry Vanilla Cereal
      One of the products in our box was a bag of Nature's Path Foods Q'ia Superfood Chia, Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal. I gotta be honest and tell you that I have NO IDEA what to do with this!! But. I'm excited to try it out. So very thankful for the recipe cards that were included. 

      Per the back of the bag...." Enjoy as a breakfast cereal, hot or cold; or add to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, or salads for an added nutritional boost."

Serving size: per 2 tbsp (30g)
Servings per container: about 7

Calories: 140
Calories from Fat: 60
Total Fat: 6g.....9%
Saturated Fat 0.5g....3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg.......0%
Sodium 0mg.......0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g......5%
Dietary Fiber 4g......16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g

Ingredients: Chia Seeds, Buckwheat groats, Hemp Seeds, Dried Cranberries (cranberries, cane sugar, sunflower oil), almonds, vanilla flavor. Organic. Contains Tree Nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy, peanuts and milk.

Thanks Qia Superfood! This cereal looks AWESOME!

Sports Authority Gift Card....Yes Please!
     You know it's a good day when you receive a gift card JUST BECAUSE. Yep. It's a really good day and I have no idea what I'm going to purchase but I'm going to tuck this away in my back pocket for when I need a cute new tank for a race or something like that. I'm a sucker for cute new race clothes. 
      Thank you Sports Authority! Running Gear Retail Therapy is a girl's best friend!

Maui Jim
#MauiFilter #Mauireflection
      The Maui Jim Discount Card was really interesting to me. I currently own a pair of Maui Jim Aviators that I run in daily so I realize the value of this card but am curious as to what online training is?!? I'll do the research and if I buy a pair of these...I'll report back!!

      Thank you Maui Jim....I'm quite certain that this is a FABULOUS DEAL!

35% off Discount from Garmin.
     I have been a Nike+ Sportwatch girl for the last several years but heck, maybe it's time for a change. With this great discount card from Garmin, I could see that happening. If I don't use it for myself, I will definitely share with a friend, or two. :)

      Thank you Garmin for providing this great discount card that I can use for TWO friends will definitely be pleasantly surprised!

Let's talk Compression Socks....

     Thank you CEP for including a pair of Women's Compression Socks in my size! I received this awesome blue pair....I would have NEVER bought this color in a million years but I'm liking them a whole lot! It's great to try new products in new colors and varieties.


Look at these fabulous blue socks....
I'm going to ROCK them out with a cute skirt or pair of shorts.
#JustSayin #OwnIt
Flat #TrainingRockBox
So what is better than a TRAINING ROCK BOX??? A FLAT TRAINING ROCK BOX!!!!
Here's a look of all of the goods.....I cannot wait to put every single item in this box to work towards my race training. Training for races is hard enough and it's REALLY nice to have cool gadgets, quality gear and new things that I would not normally splurge on for myself to train with. I can't say THANK YOU enough to Run Rock N' Roll  and the great sponsors of the #TrainingRockBox!!! My overall thoughts???.......

Here is more information about each item in the box and links to all of the FABULOUS sponsors!

Brooks Running | @BrooksRunning | #runhappy 
In the box: Brooks Performance Hat

In the box: CEP Compression Socks

Garmin | @GarminFitness | #GarminRocks
In the box: 35% off coupon, redeemable online, code on the card

Gatorade Endurance |
In the box: Endurance Formula Powder Stick

Dropping knowledge: Hydration Tip: Make sure to practice your race fueling strategy in training to make sure you can tolerate fluids on race day without problems.  Learn more at

Offer: Get 20% off your choice of Gatorade Endurance products when  Enter code ENDURE20 at checkout. Valid through 9/31/15.

GU Energy Labs |@GUEnergyLabs | #GUforit
In the box: GU Energy Gels

Dropping knowledge: Train with GU, race with GU, and recycle your packets! TerraCycle and GU have partnered to create a Performance Nutrition Brigade, a free recycling program for performance nutrition packaging, and a fundraising opportunity for participants. Thanks for your help in keeping sports nutrition OFF the roads and trails by stashing your trash and OUT of the landfills by taking part in our TerraCycle recycling program!

Offer: Save your performance nutrition packaging and bring it to the GU booth at your next Rock ‘n’ Roll expo for your chance to win (2) race-day VIP passes! What are you waiting for, #GUforit!

Nature’s Path Foods | @NaturesPath | #EatWellDoGood
In the box: Qi’a Cranberry Vanilla Cereal

Dropping knowledge: Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) is our NEW Superfood Cereal made with Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat. This power trio is full of plant-based Protein, Fiber and ALA Omegas. Boost your nutrition after your run with only 2 tbsp. of cereal and feel the energy from this powerful, functional, and nutritious superfood.

Maui Jim Sunglasses | @OfficialMauiJim | #mauifilter #mauireflection
In the box: coupon for 70% Maui Jim products after taking their online training!

Sports Authority | @SportsAuthority
In the box: $25 Sports Authority Gift Card

Dropping knowledge: We know training is tough and it takes a lot of time. We hope that when the time comes during training, and you need something, we'll be able to help. We'll also be cheering you on across social media and at many of the races in the year ahead! Find your local Sports Authority: Shop online:

Transamerica  |  @Transamerica |  #Active4Tomorrow
In the box: Power bank cell charger

Dropping knowledge:  Running races, crushing your personal records, and achieving greater results takes planning. By planning ahead, you can reduce worry that something could get in the way. Transamerica is here to help with a variety of solutions from race registration protection to insurance, investments and retirement planning. Transamerica helps people plan for a better tomorrow. Explore Products.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series | @RunRocknRoll | #RocknBlog
In the box: digital hug from Ashley, 2015 Team Rock ‘n’ Blog Brooks Technical tee

Happy Training and Happy THINKING INSIDE THE BOX! #StraightOutta #TrainingRockBox


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If I can do it, YOU can too! #WorkHard

Disclaimer: This post is meant to be a celebration of being healthy and in shape. In No Way am I writing anything negatively towards anyone battling weight issues. Please know that in advance. :)

I wasn't sure if I EVER wanted to post pregnancy pics on my blog but if you are my friend on Facebook, they are why not?!?

Well. I'll tell you why not. BECAUSE THEY ARE AWFUL!!!!! Well okay. They are not awful. I was pregnant.....but still. I don't want to be THAT heavy again. I want to be Healthy. I am very THANKFUL for these pictures though. 

I weighed 204 pounds. 

Here's' the scoop.....make it a double scoop. See what I did there?! ;)

I've never thought that I had a real weight loss story before. I workout. I run. I teach group exercise classes. I personal train. I run a Bootcamp. I motivate. I encourage. 

But seriously, I like to do ALL of those things. I like to be fit. I like to be healthy. Not gonna lie....I like to wear cute jeans. ;) 

So when people ask me....."so what's your story?" I just kinda have a weird look on my face. 

I just always considered myself to fairly consistent when it came to my weight. 

HOWEVER, let me present this lovely little jewel of a pic! This pic came from the morning when I delivered  my first baby. I weighed in at a whopping 204lbs (almost 90lbs heavier than when I got pregnant). So I guess reality really needs to set in. Gaining 90lbs and eating like a maniac is NOT NORMAL. I think I ate McDonald's everyday for the first three months straight. #QuarterPounderWithCheeseIsMyWeakness. Mid-Pregnancy, My Doctor told me..."at this point, there's nothing I can do to make you quit eating, you look like you are enjoying every bite". #OUCH

Truth hurts. 

Going from a size 2 to wearing maternity clothes waaaaaaay after I delivered my babies is NOT CONSISTENT. Looking back on it. I was delusional, overweight and completely out of shape!!!

I have never beat myself up about it though. No need to do that. I gave birth to three beautiful, healthy babies and there is no amount of "skinny" would I ever trade for that. 

My goal post-pregnancy was to be skinny! Boy oh boy, did I do that!!! I drank Slim-Fast, dropped all of the weight. And then some. I also ended up in the emergency room because I had not eaten in weeks, had not slept and was completely stupid. But I was skinny. Yay me. 

Fast forward 5 years....l was turning 35. My last baby was going to kindergarten. I had not exercised one bit. I decided to run a 5k  on my 35th birthday. The rest is Bamagirlruns history! 

I've managed to keep the weight down, have made exercise a daily priority, work in the fitness industry,  kicked the sugar habit and am proud of all of the goals that I have achieved!! I'm not super skinny anymore. And don't want to be. I weigh in now around 138....140 if I eaten a few extra pieces of pizza! #NoShameInMyTruthGame

Now my main goals are to stay healthy and keep my kiddos active...I think I'm doing a pretty good job. ;)

So there ya have it...that's my story and I'm sticking to it! No quick fix, no crazy diets..just hard work, CONSISTENCY, and lots of miles logged. :))))

Happy running, happy exercising and Happy Transformation Tuesday...lIf I can do it, YOU can too! Work Hard!!