about that sprint triathlon life



Left: end of 2013. Right: April 2014

in 4 days, my husband, losi, and i will be participating in our first ever sprint triathlon. did i just say that? i did. i can’t believe this is really happening!

just 5 months ago at the close of 2013, my husband was pushing for me to join him in a sprint triathlon come april 2014.   i almost slapped him in the face when he first asked me because: 1) i couldn’t swim 2) it’s been 10+ years since my butt has been transported in anything less than four wheels 3) i just don’t do things like triathlons!  so paying money to do those things in front of other people was just… i didn’t get it.

and then i got to thinking.  i hadn’t reached any of my health or fitness goals in all of 2013.  and bottom line, i’d be damned if I let that happen for a second year in a row. a triathlon was soooo far out of what i saw possible for myself, that i figured if i could make myself do that, i could do anything else.

so we started training january 1st, on new year’s day, baby!  and guess what?  i couldn’t even swim half the pool without nearly drowning and choking on water.  losi could swim, but not efficiently, so he started watching swimming tutorials on youtube and then would teach me everything he learned.  i can now swim a hell of a lot more than half the length of a pool and losi is way better, so we’ve come a long way.  our run training has been mostly indoors because it’s still cold in utah through march, and we just never felt like braving the weather for a run. our cycle training has been purely cycle classes.  we actually still haven’t sat on actual bikes yet.  it’s crazy, but we’re doing what we can with what we have.  we couldn’t afford to buy bikes, and we don’t know anyone who has bikes, and we can only afford to rent bikes for one 24-hour period…so that’s what’s gonna happen, haha.  we’re renting bikes friday and we’ll take em for a good spin.  then saturday, ready or not, it’s goin’ down!

on top of our typical swim/bike/run training, losi and i did an online training program called ironrhinolife.com (based out of st. george, ut).  the strength training they offer did wonders for supplementing our triathlon training and is honestly the biggest reason we made it this far.  iron rhino supplied us with not only a strength training regimen, but also a customized nutrition plan, and endless mental and emotional support.

the photo above shows what I looked like at the end of 2013 before I started this journey, and what training for this triathlon has done for me physically. it’s a shame, though, that the biggest transformation of all can’t be depicted in any photo or added by way of any filter. i wish my before photo could show the negative self-talk, self-hate, depression, and fear of failure that plagued my mind at the time. i wish in my after photo you could see that i’m more resilient to negativity, much kinder to myself, more comfortable putting myself out there, and also that I’m still fearful, just not crippled by fear like i was before.

when i look back at my journey to this point, the thing i’m most proud of is the fact that i couldn’t get through most of my training sessions without almost crying–half because i couldn’t believe i was pushing myself to train for a triathlon, and half because i knew nothing was going to stop me from doing that triathlon. acknowledging a fear and using it as a reason for why i can’t quit, instead of why I should, THAT is something that didn’t happen in 2013.  oh, but it’s happening now!




one excited rookie,

live deliberately


“i wished to live deliberately… and not, when i came to die, discover that i had not lived”-henry david thoreau

well said henry!  well said.  i know nothing about photography, but i’m pretty sure the photos in this post are overexposed, which is exactly how i feel doing something so foreign to me, like using a camera…and then posing for it.  and let’s not even talk about all the things wrong with my previous photos.  but, i don’t feel like waiting until my images are “good enough” to share.  if i did that, i could wait my entire life.  and i want to LIVE!  so here are more photos, flaws and all ;)

p.s: [quick tip] how perfect is a top tied at the side with a high waist!?  i love how casual and girly it is.  and i find that it can be way more flattering too.  that’s a win/win/win so if you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

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top: h&m

skirt: downeast basics

shoes: forever21




knit meets bold


dress up your favorite knit top by pairing it with some bold slacks for an extra pep in your step this fall!
this top is my favorite and i would wear it every day if i could. it’s the perfect weight, has just the right amount of bounce, and most importantly, it’s all-you-can-eat-friendly – it’s just as comfortable as it is forgiving after you’ve eaten a meal…or four. and dessert. can I get a amen!?

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top: yarnworks

pants: express

shoes: call it spring


come what stains may

dom2photo 4winsi’ve been in a bit of a style rut lately. i’ve been living in my gym clothes and sweat pants and t-shirts. it’s so easy to get into ruts when your style efforts are constantly soiled with spots and streaks of who-knows-what from your almost-two-year-old.  (mommy still loves you molly girl). but here i go! let the style revival begin, come what stains may (cue fist pump).


pumpkin protein muffins

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today was a good day! isn’t it always a good day when baking is involved? this morning i made clean pumpkin protein muffins and they were amazing. let me tell you, if you’re having a hard time making the transition to healthier food choices, this recipe is for you. it uses all healthy ingredients and you wouldn’t even know it! i got the recipe when i joined an online training group called iron rhino (more about them another day, but if you’re curious, you can learn more on ironrhinolife.com or on their facebook page). one of the many ways the head of iron rhino, martha, helps her members live healthier lifestyles is by compiling lists of clean, healthy recipes we can have handy to implement into our daily menus easily.

my favorite thing about these muffins is that all the ingredients simply get thrown into a blender, get blended up, and you’re good to go! sooo easy. unless you’re me.

this morning i was so pumped to make these, i decided to triple the batch. yeah, i was straight beastin’ it in the kitchen. so while i’m doing the math in my head for how much triple of one of the ingredients would be, my husband quietly walks by and pulls out two full egg shell halves from atop my pile of ingredients inside my blender and says, “slowww downnn hun.” i couldn’t believe it. then i could believe it. i would do something like that! needless to say, i slowed down and all was well.

so here’s that recipe:

pumpkin protein muffins

1 c canned pumpkin
1/2 c applesauce
1/2 c plain lowfat greek yogurt
3 egg whites
1 3/4 c old fashioned oats
1/4 c protein powder
1/2 c baking stevia OR 1 c sweetener of choice that measures like sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie OR apple pie spice
optional add-ins: chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds, mini chocolate chips (i used dark chocolate chips), raisins, dried cranberries, or whatever else your heart desires.

preheat oven to 350 degrees. line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray with non-stick cooking spray (i greased the pan with extra virgin coconut oil). set aside.

in a blender or food processor, mix all of the ingredients together. blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. (i had to stop my blender to help move the mixture around a couple times).

divide mixture among muffins tins, and place into pre-heated oven. bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

*note: this batter is very moist, and a toothpick may not come out clean. so i opened the oven at 15 mins and tapped the tops of a couple of the muffins from the middle of the pan, and if it didn’t sink and held it’s shape, i took the pan out. if it sunk in, i left it in a min longer and check again. mine ended up taking around 18 min but i had only one pan in the oven at a time.



on to the next one

so i stopped doing yogalosophy folks. and no i don’t feel bad, unaccomplished, or embarrassed that i quit a goal i told the whole worldwide web about. haha, okay maybe just a little. but here’s something i learned:

learning yoga from a book is hard. very hard. at least for me, having to break my focus after every single pose just to look back at the book and see what the next pose was and to make sure i was doing it properly really started to bother me. i found it counterproductive to coming my center during a routine, which is something really encouraged during yoga. i’ve found it a lot more enjoyable to attend the yoga classes at my local gym so that’s what i’m gonna do! remember when i said it’s okay to ditch apples when what you want is pumpkins? well sometimes you gotta drop the pumpkins too and move on to your next adventure, haha. that’s all.


apples and pumpkins

i’ve been on my yogalosophy journey for almost a whole week now, and it’s been no walk in the park. of course, i came into this thing determined as ever to be healthy, fit, and yogafied (not a word, but just go with it), but things always seem rosy until you reach in to grab it and its thorns are waiting to greet you.

i knew something had to change when i noticed myself being more and more preoccupied with yogalosophy than my family. the problem with this is that if everything i had were taken away, and all i had left was yogalosophy, i’d be mortified. if everything were stripped from me, and my husband and little girl were all i had, all would be well. i was sacrificing my family, who i couldn’t live without, for something that would mean nothing without them. if at the end of any goal, i’m further away from my loved ones than when i started, then it wasn’t one worth beginning in the first place.

on day one, mandy ingber said, “…if you plant an apple seed, no matter what you do, you will not be able to turn that apple tree into a pumpkin patch.” i started the week off planting a seed that i didn’t realize wouldn’t bring me happiness. it wasn’t a seed fit for who i am so i switched it out for another. mandy said you can’t turn an apple tree into a pumpkin patch. she didn’t say you couldn’t ditch the damn apples and start over with your pumpkin seeds! it’s never too late to listen to that voice inside you that’s saying you’re meant for something different.

so i’m still eating healthy, but i’m not strictly following the yogalosophy diet anymore. i listen to my body and if it feels like it needs a smoothie chalk full of greens, or a piece of chocolate (or four) i eat it! i’m still doing the exercises, but if i miss a day, it’s still a good day. it’s all part of my journey.