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Having lived in several states we’ve experienced different levels of pride, but there’s nothing quite like what we’ve experienced in Ohio. Yes, The Ohio State Buckeyes play a part in our pride, but that’s not the whole of it.
We’re proud of our lake, we’re proud of our hometown, we’re proud of our history. We’ve experienced the highlights, we’ve weathered the recession, we’ve seen cities rebound, while others continue to take a dive.
Our pride runs deep. While some may see us as rude or pompous more often than not it’s simply that we’re proud. (That’s not to say we don’t have our fair share of douche bags, just like every state/college…..for those that have experienced this, my apologies.)
No matter where we live DH and I will always call Ohio our home.
As you know, in an effort to usher in the holiday spirit I’ve been spending time in the kitchen. This past weekend I decided to make buckeyes.
For those that don’t know a what a buckeye is, here’s a little info.
A small, shiny, dark brown nut with a light tan patch that comes from the official state tree of Ohio, the buckeye tree.
According to folklore, the Buckeye resembles the eye of a deer and carrying one brings good luck. “Buckeyes” has been the official Ohio State nickname since 1950, but it had been in common use for many years before.
The first recorded use of the term Buckeye to refer to a resident of the area was in 1788, some 15 years before Ohio became a state. Col. Ebenezer Sproat, a 6’4″ man of large girth and swashbuckling mannerisms, led the legal delegation at the first court session of the Northwest Territory in Marietta. The Indians in attendance greeted him with shouts of “Hetuck, Hetuck” (the Indian word for buckeye), it is said because they were impressed by his stature and manner. He proudly carried the Buckeye nickname for the rest of his life and it gradually spread to his companions and to other local settlers. By the 1830s, writers were commonly referring to locals as “Buckeyes.” – via OhioStateBuckeyes.com
While a buckeye is a nut, there’s also a “candy” that is made to look like a buckeye, which is obviously what I made. Whenever I make them I am sure to make extra and share them with with friends and coworkers. Since many aren’t familiar with what a buckeye is, let alone a candy buckeye, I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and they are always a hit. I’m guaranteed at least one person will request the recipe, several people will return for seconds (or thirds), and I’ve even been told they are, “just as addictive as crack.” Ha!
After posting a photo on instagram of my vegan buckeyes there were multiple requests saying, “Recipe please?!” I’m not one to hold secrets, so here is the recipe I found on AllRecipes.com many years ago that I have veganized.
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened (Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips)
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate.
Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.
Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
As you all know I’ve voiced my concern over the lack of holiday spirit I’ve had over the past few years. I heeded my advice to take this head on and I must say my holiday spirit is in full swing! Woohoo! Here’s what we’ve done so far that just so happens to be working….
We’ve got our tree - My family always had the tradition of setting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. Sadly no live trees were to be found that weekend here in Arizona. We’re not sure if things don’t get rolling around these parts that soon (Maybe due to the heat and the ability for the trees to “keep” that long?) so we had to remain patient. The Home Depot crew must have thought us crazy when we were so excited for the arrival of their first few trees. DH made the final decision on our choice. It’s pretty small. No ornaments. Quite sparse. Slightly irregular. Lots of spirit. Perfect for us. Nothing like the glow of a Christmas tree to light the room at night.
We found Christmas lights - I went on a recon mission to find the best lights in Phoenix and hit the jackpot. This past weekend we visited the Phoenix Zoo for Zoolights. While it’s still a bit weird that it’s not freezing, Phoenix has had a bit of a cold spell and we were able to bundle up for the event, making it a little more Christmas-like.
Also, thanks to AZCentral’s Holiday Lights map we’ve got a ton of addresses marked to check out this holiday season, and made sure to pass by a few on the way home from Zoolights.
St. Nick came - So, from my feeds I guess many people don’t know who St. Nick is or what St. Nick Day is. Growing up I thought everyone celebrated it. Then I thought it was a Catholic thing. Now I think it’s because I’m of German descent. Who knows! But, it was one of those things I always looked forward to growing up….coming downstairs on December 6th to find my stocking filled with knick knacks, soap, small toys, ornaments, and always gold chocolate coins and an orange. I’ve been saying for years I want to fill DH’s stocking for St. Nick Day and never got around to it. Sadly I missed it again but my work schedule allowed me to get a few things to surprise him when he came home from work. So, while St. Nick was a little late, he still came
We had the opportunity to do good and we took it - I haven’t posted what we did or the circumstances that it happened anywhere. Actually, only DH and the person that we helped knows what happened. Why? Because doing good isn’t about being boastful or showing the world what you did. Ahem, humblebrags. While this opportunity was unexpected, leading to a spur of the moment decision, DH and I have made another conscious decision to give back and help those in need this winter and look forward to putting our plan into action soon. It’s important to note that we don’t see doing good as only a holiday thing. We do our best to do good throughout the year, the holidays just give us even more reason to make it a priority.
We’re enjoying tasty treats - Surprisingly enough, over the past few weekends I could be found in the kitchen. First I made chocolate chip cookies and this past weekend I made buckeyes. I don’t see the holidays as a time to totally let myself go but it’s ok to indulge every so often in traditions. It also allows me to spread some cheer by sharing the holiday treats I’ve made.
We’ve focused on feeling close to family even though we’re far away - We can’t be together during the holidays, so sharing photos, videos, and conversation via a shared iPhoto album with my family helps me feel all warm and fuzzy. Every day I’m simply amazed by technology and I make every attempt to remind myself how grateful I am for this blessing.
Even my grandma is making her presence known - Yes, she passed 6 months ago but I think of her every day. I’ve been repeatedly blessed with random dimes and pennies over the past several weeks. As crazy as it sounds I see them as “pennies from heaven” and “signs in dimes”. I have no doubt it my mind that every time I happen across a coin it’s a sign that one of my loved ones is near me. It’s no coincidence that I’m experiencing an abundance during this season, especially when it’s been so challenging and I’m doing my best to not only welcome but spread the holiday spirit. It’s as though she’s saying, “Heidi, you’re doing good. Keep it up.”
While I’m so happy that the holiday spirit is alive and well, I must remind myself not to get wrapped up in continuing to search for it. Now that it’s here I plan to enjoy it and spread it whenever I can.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Thank you for the feedback I received from Monday’s post. It’s always great to receive awesome feedback from a post I’ve written. It’s true. You never know what will strike a cord with people. Obviously it struck a cord with many of you as it did with me.
This is going to be short and sweet post. It’s much too long for a Twitter or Facebook update, but it’s been on my mind lately…
Something I’ve recently taken note of is the amount of people that have the word “inspiring” in self-written bios on social media sites. Whether it says, “Inspirational runner…” or “Former fat body turned runner, inspiring others to get off of their butt…” What throws me off is when someone calls them self inspirational. Are they inspiring others? I’m sure they are. But in my opinion it’s not something that can be self-proclaimed.
It’s kind of like a Christian saying, “I’m a good Christian.” As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. If one is truly what they are then no further qualification is needed.
Is running your thing? Then run. Whether you run to for fun, competition, weight loss, or whatever it may be….just run. It goes back to what I’ve written about before….Whatever it is, if you do it genuinely, then there’s no need for “ulterior” motives. Just do what you do, things will fall into place, and you may just end up naturally inspiring others. But let them decide…not you.
When I first started running I had the all or nothing mentality. More often than not I was in the “all” boat. No matter what, I was out running. In other words, no excuses. The same could be said about my diet at the time. As time moves on I’ve learned more about life and more about myself. What it comes down to is that there is a time and a place for “no excuses”. But if I live my life day in and day out with that mentality I’m really setting myself up for failure.
For instance, I’ve learned to listen to my body and accept that there will be a day or 2 during the month where I will have uncontrollable female cramping issues. I recently read a post about how women should push through this and not use it as an excuse. For several years I took this advice to heart and attempted to push through, only to be met with disastrous results. Then one day I asked myself, “Why am I doing this to myself?” Call me crazy, but not being able to run because of cramps that cause me to double over and have bodily fluids coming out of both ends of my body is not an excuse. Needless to say, I’ve learned to understand when it’s appropriate to push through discomfort and when it’s time to dial back. Not only with this, but my body in general.
While “failure” may be immediate, more often than not it won’t be experienced in the short term, but in the long-term. Of course this could mean physically. For example, continually pushing your body resulting in a nagging injury. That goes back to the idea of when, how intense, and how long to push yourself. Another aspect to consider is mental pressure. A big reason I run (and why many others do too) is for “therapy”. Unfortunately at times I’ve allowed my therapy to become the cause of my anxiety. Vicious cycle, eh?
Those are both very important. But what’s even more important to me? Understanding that while I run, my life isn’t all about running. Or while I hike, my life isn’t all about hiking. And so on. I love it all but my life is so much more and I can’t let one single thing or activity consume me physically and mentally. If I choose to block out the rest of my life, relationships, needs, or obligations, then that’s the biggest failure.
As I got ready for my run this morning I saw the look in Viking’s eyes just begging to be taken for a hike. It’s been months since he’s been on the trails due to heat and rattlesnakes. He must sense the coolness in the air because any other day he wouldn’t bat an eye at me preparing to head out. After seeing him I was torn. I wanted to run but I wanted to give him the opportunity to hike. I couldn’t do both but I could do one. That’s when #wycwyc came to mind.
A couple weeks ago Carla AKA MizFit, a fellow blogger I admire, brought #wycwyc to my attention. It means: what you can, when you can. (Come to find out it was her friend Roni who came up with the concept). Dealing with my injury and changes over the past year it really struck a cord. It’s no surprise that ever since I saw the hashtag it’s been in the forefront of my mind.
There’s simply no way I could deny Viking the chance to go for a hike today simply because I wanted to fit in a run. Sad as it sounds, at the age of 11 I know Viking’s years with us are limited and who knows how much longer he’ll be able to truck through a hike. So while I didn’t get a run in I was still active and got to spend time with my boy. #wycwyc.
It also comes to mind during my lunch time runs. Due to my limited time I can’t knock out big mileage, but I can still get in 2.5 miles or so. Or when I do have time but cannot run the entire distance due to my nagging (but healing) injury. #wycwyc.
To me #wycwyc isn’t about killing yourself to fit it all in. It’s also not an excuse. It’s respecting yourself. It’s respecting your life. It’s respecting your relationships. To me that’s the most important of all.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Less than a year ago I was contacted by a company who was looking to partner with me called Swanson Health Products. I must admit that at first I thought, “Why would I want to partner with them? Sure, I use vitamins, but….” I really wanted to stay true to my promise so the email sat in my inbox for awhile as I debated what direction to take. After doing some research I saw that they had more than just vitamins. Within a month they contacted me again to follow up to see if I had a chance to think it over. Because of their variety of products, excellent communication, and genuine persistence I figured, why not? I appreciate when brands take a chance on me so I thought it was my turn to take a chance on one myself.
Fast forward to today and I am grateful to say I am happy with my decision and I genuinely love Swanson Health Products. I love the idea of mail order, their presence on social media, and the products they offer. Some may say, “Can’t you get that stuff in a store?” Sure, I can get some of the items, but not all of the items in one place. The kicker for me? All of the vegan items they carry. With over 1930 vegan labeled items I’m in heaven and every time I browse their selection it grows. While I do rely on them for my day-to-day DEVA Multivitamins and DEVA B12 supplement, I love that I have the opportunity to try new things. Every time I order it’s like receiving my own little goody box with different vegan products.
Swanson recently asked if I’d like to take part in their 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway. I was given a $100 credit to order whatever I’d like and the winner of my giveaway gets the their own $100 credit to order whatever they’d like. Each day, from November 25th to December 24th, a different healthy living blogger is hosting a chance to win a $100 Swanson Shopping spree. In other words, that’s 30 chances to win….and today is my day to host! Want to know more details, what other bloggers are included, and their dates? Visit Swanson’s blog post. I’ve ordered several boxes over time and here are some of the items that I’ve had the opportunity to try…
DEVA Multivitamin and DEVA B12 - No real explanation here other than I love knowing my supplements are 100% vegan.
Justin’s Nut Butter - After hearing such rave reviews of Justin’s I wanted to try some….but I was always too frugal. Ha! My first box I bit the bullet and ordered some. What a life-changing experience. All of those rave reviews? Right on. I may be slightly addicted to Justin’s Nut Butter now.
Beauty Without Cruelty Lavender Shampoo - While eating raw I went ‘poo-free. Now that I eat cooked food and am growing my hair out shampoo is a bit of a necessity. (This is a topic that needs and entire post in itself). My veganism extends further than what I eat. From what I eat, use, or wear, I do my best to use cruelty-free products. The scent is fresh and not “chemical” like regular ol’ shampoos. Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Fragrance Free - When I went ‘poo-free I also reduced the other products I used. After tearing my legs up shaving I realized just using water wouldn’t cut it. I kept my eye out and stumbled up this and it does the trick. This is even DH’s choice when it comes to shaving.
Kopali Organics Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas - Chocolate and Bananas = 2 of my fave things. Add them together and it’s heaven. These did not disappoint. I enjoyed them so much that I’ve ordered them more than once. I only wish the bag was bigger. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing!
Ginger People Crystallized Ginger and Gin Gins Hard Candy - I tend to have nausea issues on 8+ miles runs. While running Ragnar Trail last month a fellow team mate recommend trying dried ginger to calm my tummy and offered my a piece. It was my first time trying ginger alone. Whew! It’s got a kick. I think it will be an acquired taste and not something I’d eat regularly but I figured I’d order some and see if it works. Since there were several brands/types to choose I narrowed it down to 2 types to try and we’ll see if there’s one I prefer over the other.
Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter - Like Justin’s this is another thing that so many people love and I wanted to give a try. Once again, I’m sold. I love it! Sadly it’s a bit pricey at a store. While this hasn’t deterred me from purchasing when I saw how affordable it was from Swanson Vitamins I was thrilled.
SunWarrior Protein Powder Chocolate and PlantFusion Multi Source Plant Protein - I’m not one to get hung up on the amount of protein I need but I’ve been adding some protein shakes in the mix lately. I’m a fan of Vega but I’ve been wanting to try other options. I love not only having a ton of options but also the ability to try them without breaking the bank.
Dr. McDougall’s All Natural Asian Entree – Spicy Kung Pao and Beanitos Pinto Bean Chips – Better Cheddar - Still making my way through my items so I have yet to try these. =)
See! Swanson Vitamins has WAY more than just vitamins. I’m continuously adding to my saved wishlist. What would you order? Remember you can only enter my giveaway for 24 hours, so don’t forget to enter below!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
It seems like it’s been forever since I last went out for a hike. So long ago, I can’t even remember the last time. Crazy! Due to my injury it’s been over a month since I even hit the trails for a run. Recently there’s has been some recent rumblings on twitter between local adventurers (who also just so happen to be #omniten…yes!), so this past weekend we finally hit the trails.
One thing I was told last year was that winter in Phoenix is usually signified by a large storm system. Since we rarely have rain here in the desert when it hits you know it. Beginning on Thursday a storm system made it’s way into the valley and voila, “winter” was here. Even with the rain we weren’t going to let that hinder our plans. We’re just now heading into prime hiking season here in Arizona.
I made my way over to meet up with David of Wilderness Dave and then we hit the road to meet Adam of Hiking The Trail. I’ve hiked with David before but this was my first experience with Adam. This was also Adam’s inaugural hike since moving to Arizona. Yes, another Omniten that moved to Arizona. (See, I’m not the only one that made the move!) It’s cool seeing the Arizona Omniten family growing. Having hiked with David I knew to go in and expect the unexpected…and it happened again. Within minutes of meeting Adam he went back his vehicle and found that it had locked itself. Yep, keys locked in a running Jeep.
Thankfully, with the assistance of a friendly ranger and the guys’ MacGuyver-like skills they had it unlocked within 15 minutes time. And now Adam has a creatively shaped antenna that will always remind him of the experience.
By the time we made it to the First Water Trailhead in the Superstition Wilderness the rain had let up. While I didn’t want windy rain conditions I think we were all a bit bummed when the rain stopped. Alas we still got to play in the puddles and mud. I quickly decided to just soak my feet and trudge through the creeks that were created with rainfall runoff. There was no way I was going to avoid it so why not just leap head, er feet, first, right? I’m not an in-between type of girl. I either want to stay clean or go all out and get dirty.
After the initial creek crossing we continued to trek an additional 4 miles through varying terrain. It was amazing to see how green the desert had become with the cooler weather and rain. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so much water in the desert. Then we made it to Boulder Creek. Per David the creek rarely has much water but when we arrived it was flowing steady.
Our initial plan was to stop there and turn around, until we saw a cascading waterfall on the other side….then we just had to cross. So I hiked up my pants as far as they would go and slowly made my way across. I found the cool creek water rose well above my knees and the current was moving faster than I had anticipated. My only goal? Stay upright and not fall in. Success!
We then made our way to the beautiful cascading waterfall and settled at the bottom of the falls, taking it all in and enjoying the sun as it was trying to make an appearance. After a quick bite to eat and hot cider thanks to David and his JetBoil it was time to climb the falls.
I’ll admit, if it weren’t for David I wouldn’t have done it. I didn’t trust my strength but with his assistance and encouragement I made my way up to an amazing sight. It was the perfect opportunity to test how well my Columbia Millennium Blur Jacket kept me dry. It worked like a charm and I was very happy that I had listened to David and made the climb.
Photo Credit – Wilderness Dave
At that point it was time to traverse Boulder Creek one more time. Thankfully no one fell in and we began to make our way back to the trailhead.
What a great day. I’m continually reminded that I’m not only lucky to live in such a beautiful location filled with adventurous opportunities, but also that I have some of the raddest people to share it with.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Can it really be Thanksgiving next week?! So hard to believe.
When Halloween rolled around this year I didn’t feel in the spirit and it freaked me out a bit. Over the past several years my holiday spirit has been waning. In fact, I actually have not one, but two posts titled, “Where are you Christmas?” here on the blog. First it started with Christmas and has slowly crept earlier and earlier. This was the first year that felt indifferent toward Halloween. It’s sad because it used to be my fave holiday. DH and I used to go all out for both Halloween and Christmas. Decorations both inside and out. It’s hard for me to even fathom doing any of that now. What’s the deal?
It’s not like I’m all bah humbug. It’s just that I’m indifferent. Don’t get me wrong, I want to feel that warmth and joy that supposedly comes with the holiday season. (Does that really exist or is it really one of those things we happen to think is better than it was after the fact….know what I mean?)
Things that make the holidays hard to grasp:
Away from family - While being away from family make the holidays easier to deal with, (No running from here to there) the season just feels…empty. Not that I want to be going to a million parties but with with absolutely none slated for our calendars the season really is anti-climatic.
Warm weather - The lack of cold or snow leaves me scratching my head, asking, “What month is it even?” Since we’ve moved to Phoenix I swear the “eternal summer”, as we like to call it, has made the months fly by.
Even though we lived through eternal summers in New Orleans we always went home to Ohio for the holidays. Even though it was different we still anticipated family time/cold, and kept us on some sort of “cycle”. Last year was our first year away for the holidays. While it didn’t feel like the holidays much last year it seems like this year it’s kicked up a notch.
No decorations - I spoke about this last year but we have no holiday decorations. We either sold them prior to our move or left them in Ohio. I can’t remember the last time we even had a tree. Last year my friends Heather and Will were so kind to send us new stockings to hang so we had something.
Grownup Christmas List - We all know that the holiday season shouldn’t be about gifts, but let’s face it, gifts tend to grab much of the focus of the season. Over the past several years I’ve really focused on reducing my wants and focusing on needs, so when my mom says, “What do you want for Christmas?” nothing really comes to mind. If anything, I have a grownup Christmas list: money for bills or to put towards travel.
Sure, when I walk into a mall I still see stuff that I “want” but most often that’s a knee jerk reaction. Once I think it through I realize those wants aren’t necessarily needed or even realistic. While it may sound totally stupid, with all of these thoughts going through my head (I want that, I don’t need that, but I want a different look, but that’s not realistic, not to mention I can’t afford it….you get the idea) going to the mall is a pretty stressful event for me. In fact, just last week with all the hustle and bustle and being surrounded by crazy consumerism my anxiety went through the roof and I had a near brush with a panic attack before getting myself in check.
Lack of Holiday Meals - I’m not saying vegans can’t enjoy holidays, but let’s be honest, the standard fare at holiday parties isn’t targeted to vegans. Of course no parties/get togethers for us means no need to dodge food….But that means I have to veganize on my own or go without. Considering I’m not a huge fan of cookimg I’m opting out. Truth: we created homemade pizzas last year on Christmas. That’s about as fancy as I get. I enjoy Christmas cookies so I’ll usually make a batch but that also means we have a ton o’ cookies to eat between ourselves.
While being thankful and spreading cheer is something that should be done throughout the year (and something I attempt to do) I really want to feel that “holiday cheer” that I’ve been lacking. How am I going nip this in the bud? Well, since I have yet to do it for the past several years I have absolutely no clue….but it’s worth a shot. Here are a few things I’m going to try…..
Get a Christmas Tree - It’s so wasteful but we’re going to get a miniature real tree. I’m opting for real so we don’t have to store an artificial one. It won’t have ornaments but we can get a small strand of lights. There’s nothing light watching a movie by the light of a lit tree.
Candles - Due to Jax’ asthma and the heat of Arizona we never have or use candles. However, DH picked up 2 very lightly scented candles today. Another way to make our house more cozy…or something.
Make our own traditions - We tried last year by going out to see Christmas lights and then a hike on Christmas. Let’s see if we can keep that up and add some more.
What else do you think we should try? Would love to hear!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I think of most of my blog post ideas when I’m running or driving to work and by the time I reach my destination I often have entire blog posts formulated in my head. Sadly I forget to write them down or just lose my gusto when I sit down to write. Why is it that my topics and stories always seem so much better in my head? Yargh!
I swear I’ve had thoughts going round and round in my head for a few weeks. Now, if I could just sit down and type…..I shall do my best.
This is something sure to give my mom a laugh. Then again, it may just bring an, “I told you so.” You see, when texting came about my mom would reply without fail no matter what. We would laugh because I knew I was guaranteed a response of “K” no matter what. Her explanation? ”I just want to acknowledge you and for you to know I received your text.” It makes total sense, but it still made me giggle.
Over the past several months I’ve realized something. I’m not sure if it’s our society or generation but people just don’t respond anymore. It’s not just in personal communication but has somehow transferred into business conversations. Whether at work or in dealing with brands I’m finding that emails or communication can go unanswered for days. Not saying all emails require a response. I get that. However, if a question is posed or further feedback is required, respond darn it. Even if you don’t have the answer, at least acknowledge the message. I know that not everyone moves at Buzzbomb speed and am reminded of that often by DH. But days? It shouldn’t take days for a response.
What’s worse? When a brand/company gets what they want and then poof, they are gone. In fact, I recently wrote an article for a brand. I knew going into it that they might have me as a ghostwriter and edit the content that I provided. What I didn’t expect was that my article would be seriously edited and someone else’s name smacked on it. All of this after they asked me to write something with a 24 hour turnaround and I busted my butt to make it happen. I had already agreed to write a second article prior to my first being posted. Being a pleaser and true to my word, I followed through, even though I wasn’t pleased with the first article. In the end I submitted my 2nd article and received absolutely no response. And the compensation? Yeah, so much for that.
Sadly, in addition to the above I had a different experience with yet another brand that also left me shaking me head. While I pride myself on partnering with brands I believe in and am willing to take a chance on (Because we’ve all had someone take a chance on us at some point), I’m not immune to being burned.
In fact, I was recently scrolling through my feed and saw one of my blog images being used by a random page I just happen to follow…cropped to remove my watermark, with no credit given to me. Knowing that this type of thing happens on social media and the internet I couldn’t get mad. With that being said, I didn’t think I should let it go unaddressed. I privately contacted the host and politely explained the situation. In less than 24 hours I received a response saying that someone had sent them the image as it was posted, without the watermark, but they’d be happy to give me credit. Simple. Straight forward. Quick response. That’s how it’s done.
So, can we all agree? Just communicate. Heck, if the response is something you don’t think I’ll like and don’t want to cause waves, I don’t care. Give it to me straight and keep it real. Let’s not waste either of our time. I’m not saying we need to be insensitive but I think almost anyone will agree that we’d be much more productive if people were straight forward, to the point, and communicated.
Whoa. It’s been just a few days since I’ve say down to post a little something here. It seems as though I didn’t have much of anything to say. If I’ve learned anything while blogging it’s that I shouldn’t force writing a post when I have nothing to say or just don’t feel like writing. I know, I know, that makes me an unpredictable blogger but given so much of my actions are predictable give me a break. =)
Where to start??
This past weekend was the inaugural event for Southwest Strides and it went off without a hitch. We had a better turn out than expected and we received nothing but positive feedback. Most importantly we raised almost $8000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance! We learned a lot from the event and look forward to continue to grow by hosting other events in hopes of continuing to bring the community together.
This Saturday I’ll be volunteering at the official CCA Undy 5K event. And Sunday? Well, there’s this little thing call Ironman AZ. Heck no, I’m not racing…but I make a darn good spectator. You can bet I’ll be out there rocking the Banana suit, cheering on my racing friends. If you’re at IMAZ be on the lookout for me!
Speaking of running….after being patient for 21 days I went out for a run and felt pretty darn good. I have since gone on 2 more runs and still have no significant pain in my foot. I went ahead and switched up my shoes and busted out some Mizuno Wave Riders I stashed away to be used for a special time and have worked on a bit of a gait/cadence change. Doing so means that I feel like a newbie runner once again. Oof. Who knows if the changes I’m playing with will be long-term but I think it’s worth a look. Once again, this doesn’t mean that my problems are gone but saying I’m thrilled would be an understatement. So ready to get back to running regularly and hitting the trails.
Remember when I told you about the #Omniten #Omnigames? Well, slowly details are emerging. The funny thing is, while we have more information we also are left with more questions at what this experience will entail. Through hints we’ve determined that we’ll be heading to Park City, Utah in early January and it looks like all #Omniten seasons (including the current season) will be involved! Other than the other information provided previously, that’s all we really know. After having a blast in Park City for our mini-#Omniten Reunion last NYE I’m pretty stoked to head back. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll take another stab at skiing that mountain. Heck, I may not have an option but to ski the mountain if the #omnigames calls for it!
What else…..hmmmm. Ah yes, one more update. This past week DH ordered and submitted payment for Unlocking The Truth’s custom SJC drum kit. It will take several months to be built but seeing yet another goal met is awesome and exciting!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
So….after 14 days of rest I attempted to go for a run on Sunday. Unfortunately it ended with mostly walking and discomfort. Obviously my foot wasn’t ready for running. My mind on the other hand wanted to scream, cry, and bang my hands against the wall. Thankfully I was able to keep it at only hanging my head and walking home so I didn’t look like the town idiot. So frustrating.
Athletes deal with injuries and I know I’m not alone, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Not only am I limited in running but really with anything that involves my foot. In other words, everything. Zumba, yoga, group classes at the gym. While I can modify, once again, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
I know I could just chill, not worry, and not workout. But fear creeps in. Fear of starting over. I know I can do it. Heck, I’ve had to do it….but I don’t want to. I know I’m a broken record but while running is much a part of my life, and I do call myself a runner, I’m not a natural runner. If I go a week without running I am amazed at how much of “it” I lose.
I’m doing my best make some sort of misfit workout of anything I can do, yet I’m once again reminded of my weaknesses. (Oh hey upper body! Yeah, sorry I’ve neglected you…) I have absolutely no method to my madness….which is probably why I’ve never been able to master anything workout related. I don’t even want to get into the discussion of weight gain. I’m not one that fears weight gain from missing a workout or two, but let’s just say I’ve been dealing with weight gain over the past year or so. That’s just too much to get into right now.
Yargh! I just want to run. I just want to be active. I just want to be healthy.
Okay, enough of my pissing and moaning. Let’s talk about stuff that is making me happy.
RockTape - When I had this issue several years ago I tried out KTTape and found it seemed to help. Since it helped I figured I’d bust it out and try it again. Sadly after 3 tries the tape wouldn’t stick. I figured maybe it was because it was a couple years old so I went and purchased more, only to find that the new stuff didn’t stick either. What the heck? That’s when someone mentioned on my Instagram photo that I should try RockTape. Coincidentally enough, I just so happened to have a RockTape sample. Solid. No problems with sticking and several days later it’s still sticking with no issues. Even better? It’s providing excellent support and I’ve already ordered a roll through Amazon Prime that should arrive very soon. Who knows, maybe RockTape may be my answer. Wishful thinking?
Under Armour Undies - For some reason I think I may have written about these but I can’t seem to find the post. Either way, I like them so much that they’re worth another mention. Someone mentioned these on Facebook awhile back saying they were amazing. Well, they are right! Being thin and laser cut they boast that they are “no show” and that you can wear them under compression gear without fear of having dreaded VPL. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I attempted to go commando while running and actually found I loved it. Sadly for some reason longer runs and commando don’t tend to mix well for me. Longer runs also means the need for longer compression shorts to avoid chafing as well. So in other words I was rocking VPL and didn’t care. That was until the Under Armour undies. Are they 100% invisible? No, but pretty darn close and so light that it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything. Score!
Fitletic- Cholla Chick, Mandi, recently moved to Miami and started working with Fitletic. Just last week they were looking for someone to work the Women’s Running Half Marathon Expo and I jumped at the chance. Within seconds of trying on one of their belts I fell in love and made sure to snag one before I finished for the day. While it has plenty of room for everything I need for long runs it isn’t bulky and all. Not to mention, it’s comfortable and doesn’t ride up.
Fellow Flowers – I’ve had my eye on purchasing a Fellow Flower for awhile now. I love what they stand for and everything about them. Awesomely enough they were also at the expo so I got to meet them and finally purchase a flower and tank top. The toughest thing was making the decision of which color to go with. (I can identify with what many of the colors stand for). Ultimately I chose to go with black and can’t wait to add to my collection.
So, yes, I’m a bit frustrated, but there’s always something to be happy about, right? What’s making you happy right now?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)