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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mindfulness Monday


Do you remember your dreams? 
I don't usually actively pay attention to my dreams. Like most people (out of those who do remember their dreams), I only pay attention when it was outstanding in one way or another. Like a really weird, exciting, or bad dream (a nightmare, I suppose).
Now I'm not going to go all dream analysis Freud on you. I'm just going to talk plainly here.
I had two not-so-great dreams in a row. By "not-so-great" I mean bad. Upsetting, saddening, and terrible.
The first one was a vivid aftermath experience of the death of my momma. Now let me be clear. My mom is NOT dead. However, this felt very real. One of those times where you're in a pillow of tears when you wake up. Which is exactly what happened. I do not wish to explain the details of this dream, but it had to do with me calling her phone just to hear her voice and the pain....that pain I experienced in the dream was the worst pain. The worst pain and it didn't even happen in real life. I will share that the way my mom died was in the same fashion as someone else I know that has passed on recently. In a way, the pain I felt in my dream gave me a greater empathy for those closer to that person. However, I was fortunate enough to wake up from my dream and give my mom a quick text before going back to sleep. Her response gave me a quick feeling of relief and then I was back to sleep. I couldn't imagine not being able to wake up from that horror. I feel deeply for those who have to live through that.
My pretty Momma:

Now in a different dream, the night after, I believe. I had this dream where the person I loved and that made me happy was upset and I approached them, there was some dialog that just sank my heart. "I know that I make you happy, I just wish it were the same for me." Now how unbearably saddening is that?!?! What followed were some of those typical weird dream things that don't make logical sense. But basically, he was testing me? Or maybe it was a test of himself and if he truly was unhappy with me? No clue, but it ripped me apart. I woke up to see my real lover and he assured me that whoever that jerk was in my dream didn't know what he was talking about. ;)

Me and my dood:

Until Next Time!

Fitness Lately


I like to mix things up. I don’t want my body OR mind getting bored. So I’ll try different things, take a new class, change the routine, go harder faster or slower, bring someone along or go with someone...anything to keep it interesting, fun, & effective.
So here’s what I’ve been doing recently:

I keep with the spin class - she’s amazing and it always kicks my ass.
She always talks about her pump class that happens the next morning, a few weeks back she mentioned a 6 week program she was starting in that class. So I thought that was the perfect time to jump in. The idea of that class terrified me, she terrifies me, but I knew it would be just the thing I needed. This class - I thought - is going to be amazing.

It’s a trap. She’s trying to kill you.

Actually, I was quite sore before starting in that first day because I had been doing bodyrock/dailyhiit which has been awesome as well. It always amazes me how such little time could produce such killer results.
Anyway, aside from all of that I am “starting over” with my running. I’ve been stuck for what seems like a long time now and thought of literally starting over from scratch, like a person who hasn’t run before. This works out because I can also bring in other newbies and we can all “start” together. I’m quite excited about this new approach. I’m getting most of my inspiration and information for that from runner’s world book: The complete book of running.

That Pump class I mentioned before has been super killer. We are in week 4 now. Every Friday I’m shaking in my pants about Saturday’s pump class to come. But when I’m shaking at the wheel on the drive home, I’m pretty proud of myself. This class pushes my limits and then some, it’s exactly what I needed.

Well I'm off to take a hike in beautiful Zion National Park!
What has been featured in your fitness lately?



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Until Next Time!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Dads are great people. Mine is funny, loving, logical, sensitive, and even crafty in his own manner. This Dad has been known in our family to make riddles/scavenger hunt type adventures during some holidays. For example, he sent my mom and younger brother on a riddle scavenger that took them 3 hours and over 3 miles away from home.
He really digs this stuff.
However, it is rare that he is the one scavenging. So, we decided he can't have his gift so easily this year. We put him on a small scavenger of our own. This was no where near as extravagant as the crazy chases he's sent all of us on, but it was fun to see him on the other side.
His father's day card from us "smart ass kids" had the first clue and he was off. Our riddle/clues were not general for anyone to solve. We made them very specific to his personal experiences with the places or things where the next clue would be found.
Part of the hunt required him to go out away from the house and use his phone to send an image of the place, if that were correct, I would text him the next clue. All would eventually lead him back inside where his gift would be waiting.
Needless to say, it was a fun time.

A little later we headed out to Bridal Veil Falls.
The 5 main Daltons!

Those guys are in their boxers playing in the river!


Until Next Time!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Hot List!

Summer is approaching and it's about time you start seeing all the bloggers and their "Summer Bucket Lists" well here's mine.

I called it "The Hot List" because with where I live "Summer" is pretty much Spring through Fall. So I kicked the season limiter and called it The Hot List. Who made the rules, right?
As stuff happens I'll share! 
What's on your bucket list!?! I'm linking up at the fabulous place below, check it out for ideas. 

Summer Bucket List Inspiration Link Party