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On October 30th 2o1o . .  Chris, Mom, Jill, Marie and myself ran in the Monster Dash 5k to support Point Pleasant EMS in NJ.

In one word, I can sum up my first 5k  . . . . FUN

The adrenaline of it all pushed me to run further without stopping for as long as I can remember.

Before I start I just want to give credit to our photographer . . . Dad.  He got some great shots through the course of the race and we will forever have these to remember this awesome time 🙂

When we got there, we went right in to receive our numbers.  I was proud to be 1-2-3!

It was kind of cold so we all hung out in the sun.

We had an hour until race time, so Jill and I decided to to a warm-up jog back and fourth to the bathroom.

And Chris . . . he warmed up in his own weird way . . .

As time ticked by, we started reviewing the map and getting excited.

We all waited patiently at the starting line.

And before we knew it, we were off!  Down the boardwalk, through the inlet and onto the streets.  We were cheered on along the way by all of the EMS workers stopping traffic for us.  We kept a really great pace only stopping to walk a couple times so Marie could rest her calfs.  But we ran most of the way!

When we made it back to the final stretch on the boardwalk, we ditched Marie and picked up the pace.  I ended up finishing in 35:38 which was WAY under my goal of 50 minutes!

Chris followed right behind me as Marie was not too far behind.  Mom came in just over 40min and Jill kicked it into high gear to make it in 42min which is impressive for someone who walked most of the way!

We stuck around for the awards ceremony which began to drag on after a while.  But, Marie did end up winning a pumpkin that she dug into shortly after.

We had such a blast and the sense of accomplishment makes things so worth it.  I have such high motivation now, and we all cant wait for the next one.


Alright my friends. Its time to say farewell for an entire week! Unfortunately, I have to work a 12 hour day today, the day before vacation and I will be swamped with last-minute errands. I feel so blessed to have a blog with amazing readers who I am building wonderful friendships with. I am going to miss blogging and reading blogs and dare I say ill miss Twitter too?

I will not be bringing any form of communication with me except my cell phone. Where we are going, wi-fi is 75 cents PER MINUTE!. I am going to take this time to fully relax and unplug so I can feel refreshed for the exciting adventures ahead of me when I start school in November in NYC!.

I forgot I never told you where we were going! Chris and I decided to take another cruise. It was just the best possible option for the money we had. This would be our 3rd one. We are trying a new cruise line and an older ship which we are nervous about, but we are making stops at Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Turks and Caicos.

How cool is that?!?


While I am away, I have some guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers so stay tuned. Feel free to show them some love, they deserve it! 😀

Tomorrow, I have a special guest post from my little sister so make sure you let her know if you enjoyed her story about how she is striving to finding balance at such a young age.

I will be back on Saturday 10/23 and will quickly check-in. I will compile my trip into a few posts during the following week will and get back to your regularly scheduled programming 🙂

Time to relax . . .

Adios Amiga!

Dont miss me too much 😉


Alright, you are probably all mega sick of me talking about anything to have to do with vacation but . . . TOO BAD SUCKA!!

I kid . . .

I do want to talk about something though, something I struggle with besides The Vacation Fat Cycle. I struggle with . . .


I know nobody is shocked, but you see . . . I have ruined almost every roadtrip, weekend trip and full vacation trips with my eating habits. This is why I was so incredibly proud of myself for turning it all around when I went to Philadelphia recently.

On every vacation we have been both cursed and blessed with the amount and variety of free food we have available to us. Our cruises offered anything anytime, while in Disney we had the luxury of a FREE dining plan in which we had dessert with breakfast . . . everyday. This of course, doesnt include the fact that we also went during the annual food and wine festival which was amaaaazing.

The problem was that we would completley stuff ourselves silly at every meal, every time. We would eat when we werent hungry for the sake of being on vacation and we would drink a fair amount on top of that. The first few days our adrenaline and excitement pushed us along until that started to wear thin. We began feeling, tired, sluggy and as jiggly as the barely covered boobs we saw walking around.

We didnt have energy, we were cranky, we were constipated, we stopped trying new things, and stopped particpating in fun events. We enjoyed ourselves of course, but I always imagine how much BETTER things would be if we werent uncomfortably stuffing ourselves.

And so every year I start coming up with ridiculous plans to avoid that sluggy feeling. 5 heavy lifting workouts, a giant bowl of fruit before breakfast, a huge salad before dinner, no sweets after 8pm, no meat . . . you name it! Of course this sets me up for an immediate backfire which is even stronger compounded with all my other body image/weight issues. Oh, its so not worth it.

This time I have no strict orders for myself. Just one goal . . .

Feel light more often then not.

Yep, thats it. When I feed my body what it wants, when it wants the result is that I feel light and airy and full of energy. When I feel light, I crave movement and fun. And Im absolutley SURE of it that there will be some times next week when I dont feel light maybe because I wanted to try something new but wasnt hungry, or a time when I found something I couldnt get enough of and ate until I was uncomfortable. And thats fine. I wont feel guilt because my goal gives me the “jiggle” room to make mistakes in the name of fun.

If I can make this goal, I have no doubt that this will be one of the best vacations ever! 🙂

Last night Ashley and I went to the Borgata in Atlantic City for a bachlorette part for her sister in law.

After a grueling ride through traffic, we finally made it to our room which was cute and had a pretty nice view of the Atlantic City skyline.

We shared . . . I mean inhaled a pizza from the cafe downstairs.

Then we started the party hosted by peach bellinis.

From there we met up with the bride and her friends. Her friends were nice and friendly which made the night so much easier since it’s not easy to jump into a group of girls you don’t know and have drama.

We went to a male ‘hunk’ show that was pretty gross. I never been to anything of that nature before, but me and Ashley sat back and made the best of it while all the other girls took part in some hunk ‘fun’. And we also didn’t hesitate to point out he bride going into the wrong bathroom!

From there, we went out dancing at mur.mur back at the casino.

As the night winded down, we got HUNGRY. Fatburger to the rescue! This was probably my favorite part of the night as some major girl talk ensued over an amazing greasy meal. It makes me so lucky to have a friend like Ashley to do things like this with 🙂

We finally winded down and went to sleep around 3am. We hit up SBUX on the way out and were off for an even MORE grueling ride of traffic on the way back. The stop and go was so nauseating which is why I so needed a nap.

Either way, we had an awesome time out together and vowed to do it more often and not wait for a reason. Every girl needs that 🙂

The unfortunate thing about the late girls nights is that Sunday is usually shot. Here it is 5pm and I’m already thinking about work, not to mention I haven’t unpacked yet and I skipped doing my laundry and cleaning today. But I deserve it right? ;).

Without stopping?


I usually run for one song on boardwalk. Then walk a bit, then continue running. Today, I ran the whole way! Of course this was in between walking and other jogging intervals, but it felt great!

It’s showing me that I’m making progress. More importantly, I actually LIKE doing it and there is no pressure on myself.

*happy dance*


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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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