Ohhhh, Riley Ry

25 Aug


Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:34 on treadmill

Monday: 4 miles @ 8:38 on trail/ Body Pump


Our precious Riley Ry has been growing bumps on her limbs. From everything we’ve read, as long as they move, aren’t rock hard and don’t bother her, they’re fine. Most likely they are just cysts. There are a couple of smaller bumps on her legs, but then one big one. She’s been licking the big one raw and while it doesn’t hurt her to touch or move then bump, I think it’s uncomfortable for her and that’s why she licks it- a dogs go-to to fix things.


We decided it was time to take her to the vet and get them check out. She does not like the vet one. bit. She gets so anxious and whines the ENTIRE TIME. She looked for every way out, haha. She even pushed the door open and got her face out. Oh my goodness, she was a hot mess.


I kept apologizing to people. I imagine this is what it’s like to be that person with a crying baby. Good practice I guess. We finally got called back and while she was still nervous, she easily got her ears looked at, her eyes checked and her bumps looked at. The doc used a needle to get out a sample from three bumps. The big bump came back as a cyst that probably ruptured. That’s why it was bothering her. Another bump was a smaller one on her body and it came back irregular.

We are definitely getting the biggest one removed, as well as the one on her body. There is an option to send off the small one to see if it’s cancerous, but we’re not sure we want to do that. We wouldn’t want to put her through chemo or anything like that, so as long as she’s happy and not in pain, we don’t see the need to KNOW she’s going to die of cancer (possibly).

Of course, all of this comes at a cost. A pretty high one, too. We’re looking at $500-800 depending on how many bumps we want removed. Again, it’s a hard decision because the other bumps are only cysts and most likely won’t bother her… but what if they do? We have to put her under anesthesia to remove the bumps. We don’t want to do that again in a year if something happens to one of the other bumps. Ugh. Decisions decisions. I’ll keep you guys updated with our Ry girl. You all know how much we love her. She is our dogter after all :)

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2014 Spartan Race World Championship Race & Giveaway!

23 Aug


Thursday: Body Pump

Friday: 4 miles @ 9:35 pace outside

Saturday: Rest


A while back I did a Spartan Race Giveaway and I’ve got another one for you, but first, I want to tell you about some cool happenings with them. Did you know there is a Spartan World Championship Race? I didn’t. It’s being held in Killington, Vermont on September 20th and NBC Sports has partnered with Spartan Race to film 6 episodes of Spartan Races leading up to the championships. Pretty neat!

Ypu can read more about Spartan Races and the NBC Sports schedule HERE.

Spartan Race has also recently announced a Spartan Cruise and a chance to win a trip for 2 including airfare and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas with a Spartan Sprint on a private island. Now that’s what I’m talking about. You can enter your name HERE for an entry! Do it. I mean, it’s a 4 day cruise. That’s a no brainer.


I’m also doing a giveaway for a code to a free entry into any open heat (non-confirmed start time) Spartan Race in the continental US.

Enter here —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don’t win either giveaway, you can use code SPARTANBLOGGER for 10% off of any race. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday

20 Aug


Monday: Body Pump/ 30 minutes on stationary bike

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:35 pace on treadmill/ Pilates

Wednesday: 4 miles @ 9:30 pace outside


A lot of my fellow bloggers participate in a blog link up called What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) which showcase what one eats in a day. It’s not always one full day of eats and it’s usually not Wednesday’s eats, it’s just posted on Wednesday. Sometimes it’s the persons favorite snacks, or lunches from the past week , or just delicious foods they’ve been enjoying. It’s really anything the blogger wants it to be. You can read more about it HERE. Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!

Lets take a look at my Monday’s eats…

6:45 AM Wake up. I had a cup of coffee, an egg and a bowl of oatmeal (rolled oats, cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, vanilla, water) before heading to Body Pump at the Y from 8-9 AM. Fun fact: I stole that mug from my parents house when I moved out years ago. It reminds my of my childhood and that always makes me happy :)


9:15 AM After BP I always like to have a protein shake and since I was meeting Melissa at 9:30 at Starbucks (within walking distance from the Y) I made a shake the night before and left it in my car during the class to defrost a bit and ate that while waiting for Melissa. In my shake is a scoop of chocolate protein powder, spoonful of special dark cocoa powder, handful of spinach, a few drops of mint extract, ice and almond milk. Chocolate minty goodness.


9:30 AM I ordered My high maintenance Komodo Dragon cold brewed iced coffee with whole milk. Melissa had a regular iced coffee with cream. We chatted for a little over an hour. I treasure my time with her, as she is super duper busy and works odd hours, so our hangout dates aren’t very often.


After coffee, I went to Publix and grabbed some necessities. Once home, I put the groceries away and started a load of laundry.

11:30 AM I started getting hungry, so I grabbed a snack. Pistachios and a plum.


I still wanted to eat more- I’m such a grazer- so I grabbed a small handful of M&Ms (Seminole colors for Ashley) and roasted spaghetti squash seeds :)


Once my belly was content, I took Riley for a quick walk before jumping on our stationary bike for a 30 minute “ride.” Oh, I put the laundry into the dryer before biking. I know you were worried about that.


Like that set up? I’ve got the fan blowing on me, my laptop for entertainment and the Food Network on for white noise/food inspiration. After my bike, I showered and whipped together a quick lunch, which will also act as dinner for Todd on a night I’m working.

1:30 AM Yellow rice and ground beef with a side of brussel sprouts and a Justin’s Dark Chocolate PB Cup for dessert :)


Then came time to take Riley to the vet. More on this in another post


4:30 PM Get home from the vet and have a small bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats. I have a hard time keeping my cereal portions in check, so thankfully, Todd was home and able to rein in my second (and probably third) bowls I would’ve had on my own, haha. Then I put the laundry through Tumble/Press Cycle and folded it.


6:30PM Tacos and salad for dinner. Sorry. No pic of the salad, but you know what lettuce and dressing looks like.


8:30 PM And of course an almond butter shot for dessert :)


So there ya go. That was my Monday. Not too shabby if you ask me. There were a couple of unpictured eats, like the bite of the sandwich I made for Todd’s lunch the next day. Yes. I send him to work with a bite out of his sammie… I just blame it on Riley :) And then spoonfuls of peanut butter and jelly consumed while making his pb&j. Yes, again, I make Todd’s lunch the day before like he’s a school student. It’s the least I can do for him being such a wonderful husband!

How do you guys feel about WIAW? Like? Love? Hate?


Two Good Runs and Some Random Goodness

17 Aug


Friday: 4 miles @ 8:35 pace on treadmill (w/ 1 mile @ 7:30)

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:35 on trail


I had two really good runs this week. One was Friday, when I ran one of my four miles at a 7:30 pace! Woo Hoo! Now, I know not to push it, but I just had to get that feeling of my legs turning over and my lungs breathing heavy. Of course, this was done on a treadmill, so it’s a bit easier than doing it outside, but I still got the endorphin rush from the mini speed work, haha. I treated myself to some good ole, outta the blue box, Kraft mac n cheese. Well actually, it was a single serving cup, but it was just as good!


The second good run was Sunday. I ran with Marissa outside last week for my 6 miler and she was back in town this weekend. I never miss a chance to run with her because she doesn’t live here anymore. Seriously, love that girl! What made this run even better was that Christina, Brittany and Camille from work were also on the trail! Yay for running buddies :) We even shaved 2 seconds off last weeks long run.

This should be a pic of the group, but I didn’t get one :(

All of my running and Body Pumping has stayed pretty consistent the past few weeks. I’m running 4-5 days a week and trying to do at least one run outside a week (more if I have people to run with) and one long run of 6 miles. I’m still keeping the paces on the slower side, but can’t help running a little quicker when I’m with friends :) On the weight lifting side of things, I’ve only been doing Body Pump and no weights on my own. I’ve kept the weight much lower than I was doing pre-baby making. I rarely get sore from that class now, which is a good and bad thing. I SHOULDN’T be stressing my body to soreness, but I think every once in a while won’t hurt.

I was food prepping for the week and remembered that Christina roasted the seeds from a spaghetti squash, so I tried it (the spaghetti was on another pan, this was butternut squash) and they came out pretty yummy. Just like pumpkin seeds.


PRO Compression is having another awesome deal!!! Take advantage of super savings on all Trainer Low socks. Get 50% off and free shipping for all orders over $20 (to your US address only) with coupon code LOW. Hurry hurry… this deal expires August 31, 2014.

I tried the socks for the first time back in March and now that I can run again, they’ve been put to good use. I love the tight feel around my arch. And they don’t slip. Double win.

IMAG2136And in case you were wondering… this is how I’ve been eating my almond butter lately. Out of a shot glass. It’s a perfect 1 oz “pour” of deliciousness :) I’m so creative. Ha. Happy Weekend my friends!

Lay’s Chips, Mexican Trader Joe’s and Some Things to Help Get Pregnant (I Hope)

14 Aug


Monday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:35 pace on trail/ Pilates

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump


Lets get right to it… Last year, Lays held a flavor contest and I tried the three winning flavors and so this year, when they did it again, I knew I had to try them!


The Mango Salsa were really good and very mangoy. I really liked that they were the heavier, wavy chips. If you like mango, you’ll love these, as they are more on the mango side than the salsa side. As for the Cappuccino ones. SO GOOD. It’s hard to describe the taste, but it was definitely a cappuccino/coffee-ish type flavor. I was really surprised at how much I like them! Maybe because I tend to favor sweet things? Not that they were sweet per say, but they weren’t savory either. Since they weren’t gross by any means, I feel like you should try them if you like chips. Next up… the Bacon Mac N Cheese and Ginger Wasabi flavors… stay tuned.

The other day at Trader Joe’s I found these Chicken and Cheese Tamales and Beef Taquitos…



They were so easy to make! Both things were heated up in the microwave in no time.


Todd and I agree that the tamales were the better of the two, but both were yummy and make for a great last minute dinner or snack. Paired with veggies of course!

As most of us do when we have issues of any sort, I’ve turned to Google and the world wide web for some helpful suggestions on getting pregnant. It came up with a million different things (no surprise there) and I took it all with a grain of salt. A few things that stood out to me were decreasing caffeine, increasing Omega 3s and using Maca Root powder.


I love salmon, but it’s expensive to eat several times a week, so I got myself some omega 3 fatty acids from TJ’s. After reading up on the maca root powder I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t taste very good and opted to go with pills for this, too. On the caffine front… I’ve been slowly trying to cut my delicious Cafe Du Monde coffee with a medium/dark roast decaf. So instead for 4 scopps of CDM, I’ll do 2 and 2 with the decaf. That way, I still get my coffee fix, without all the caffeine. While these things obviously aren’t a cure all, I figured it can’t hurt to try them.

Any old wives tales on how to increase hormones/fertility?

Hope you’re week is going well!!!



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