Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tone it up!

A couple weeks ago I felt super lucky to live in Las Vegas because the gorgeous, inspiring and forever fabulous girls behind the brand Tone it up came to the Fashion Show to launch their line of Oakley sunnies! And it was AWESOME. I cannot tell you enough about the wonderfulness of the TIU community. I've only met most of these girls once and yet when we get together we can't stop talking and laughing and I feel like I've got a whole bunch of girlfriends instead of the zero I have most of the time lol. And Karena and Katrina themselves?! They're just as approachable, sweet and funny as they seem in all their pics, videos and their show.

I am continuously grateful for the community that they've built of confident, happy, healthy girls. I have made friends on IG that I genuinely think about on a day to day basis. I'm always excited to hear about Erin's next race, I love to see Niki's updates because she always looks adorable and happy and Ashley is about as friendly and inspiring as they come.

If you have been looking for inspiration to start training for a race, put more effort into what you're eating or just want to increase your fitness, look up the TIU girls. They're amazing. I am a forever fan.

P.S. If you're on IG, my personal account is @jennys_88 and my TIU account (where I post all my workouts to keep me accountable) is @jennys_tiu

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Girls Weekend 2014

 Hooray for another successful sister/mama trip to California! We haven't been on one for a few years now and it was long overdue. We drove down to Newport Beach last Friday and spent all of Saturday shopping, relaxing, eating and enjoying time with one another. The one downfall was that because Shelly lives in Colorado and doesn't have much flexibility to travel she couldn't join us =(. But we have a camping trip coming up in a few weeks and that should be a blast!

Me and the mama

Matching sisters. Stupid beach with no sun =(

Sneaky sunlight.

Tide pools!

She's too cute.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


San Diego has my heart. We got to sneak in a long weekend away in that oh-so-gorgeous town and it was 100% what I needed. The days were long, the weather was gorgeous AND I got a new bike =). We ate at our favorite places (twice at our breakfast place), biked around Coronado, played on the beach and slept in. I didn't worry about work, bills or my hair and it was awesome. Here are some pictures!

25+ miles and we didn't even notice.


golden hour + handstands

Richard Walkers. If you are ever in SD, THIS is where you should go.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stress and some happies

So I have this job that involves lots and lots of travel. I am usually gone 3 out of the 4 weeks in every month and it is starting to seriously wear on me. When I graduated in December of last year I knew that my schedule would pick up. I knew that I would be busy and gone frequently and yet I was ready for it. I thought it would be no big deal. However, now that Chris and I live together and I am gone so much all I can think about is that I'd rather be at home. I'd rather be training at home, eating healthfully with the food I make and having more than two days to relax and run errands. But as of now, I can't really think of a way to change the amount of travel I'm doing. Summer is our busiest time and my only idea is to make sure my weekends are full of fun things and that I try and find the joy and happiness in my job.
Lauren frequently makes a list of all the happy things going on in her life to help refocus on the good things instead of the things that are not so fun and I LOVE this idea. It totally helps. What are the things happening in your life that are making you happy and keeping you smiling =)? Here are a few of mine:

*a new bikini for a long weekend in San Diego

*long days where the sun is up early in the morning and it stays out for hours in the evening

*REI's anniversary sale

*finding out that one of my best friends is continuing on in school to get her PhD. I can't wait to call her a doctor!

*rocking the Bikini Series and feeling every muscle in my body getting tighter and more toned

*Bavarian cream turnovers from the Panderia in Blythe

*Expecting to fight off mosquitos all night surveying bats and not getting bit ONCE (its the little things people)

*fantastic self-tanner

*long swims in the sun

*a week at home.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


 Guys. Jolyn makes the BEST swimsuits ever for swimming laps and also for looking gorgeous laying by the pool. I have their triangle top and scoop bottoms in watermelon and highlighter yellow, respectively, and out of all the two pieces I've swam in over the years this one is my favorite. The tie straps allow for a perfect fit and the bottoms have a built-in drawstring so they don't budge while you're swimming. I've been lusting over their vent tops and misfit tops and gah, its killing me not to buy another set. But, alas, bills. Bills always win. Maybe if I actually complete Tone it Up's entire bikini series a new suit will be my reward.

Where do you get most of your suits? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a serious swimsuit addiction ;)

photo credit: Jolyn Swimwear

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Happies

When you have a rough week I think one of the easiest ways to turn your attitude around is to make a quick list of all the simple (or not so simple) things that make you happy. Here is my list for the week:

-Setting up an appointment for a couple new tattoos next week(!)

-Coming home to a clean and organized house (because I have the world's best boyfriend)

-beef flautas from a tiny Mexican place on the river 

-summery nails

-a fresh hair trim

-sleeping wonderfully in hotel beds

-getting my tan back

-a happy, better adjusted cat

-finishing a good book and immediately starting on the next one

-warm, spring weather

-Easter dresses

-gopher snakes on the trail

-getting to watch one of the world triathlon championship races

What are your happies?? I know Lauren got a new job and I have a good friend racing in her first olympic tri this weekend! Good Luck Erin!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Done and done. You know, that Olympic distance triathlon thing I have been worried and stressed out about for the past 3 months. On April 12 I showed up at Boulder Beach in Boulder City at approximately 6am and was mostly ready for it. Actually, I was stressed and just plain excited about the fact that in a few short hours I'd be able to cross 'Olympic tri' off my list and be able to eat lots of delicious food. Sadly, it didn't really go as planned and now that I've had a solid week to think about it and talk about it and get over it I'm more than happy to discuss it. 

I swam 2 days before the race in the lake hoping to get a feel for how cold it would be. I thought that although it was cold, it was nothing I couldn't handle and that it wouldn't be too big of a deal. HA. Not so. The swim portion was cold. So very cold. I am a good swimmer, I've considered myself very comfortable in the water forever and yet in the last 10 or so minutes of my swim I was DONE. I was sick of being cold and my hands and toes had gone completely numb. All I could think about was being warm and being excited to move onto the bike portion so that I could be in the sun.

As I made it out of the water and up the hill to my transition spot, my family was there to cheer me on and while it helped, I was also a bit of a mess. I made it to my spot and was shaking so badly I could barely get my socks on. I had trouble standing and I just wanted to stop. I was having trouble taking deep breaths and although I knew I needed to hurry and keep going I was a little over it. But I made it through my transition, up the never-ending transition hill and thought to myself, 'enjoy this.' HA. This marked the second time that the universe decided that this tri was not going to be my best. Within a couple of minutes of being on my bike I developed a side stitch that ran the entire length of my right oblique. I swear to you I could not take a deep breath to save my life. No breathing means that the portion I look forward to the most was going down the drain. I will tell you now, more tears were shed on this tri that I have ever shed on any workout. It was hard, it sucked and while it eventually got manageable, it was the worst ride I've ever had. 

Now that I had a 1500m swim out of the way, and a 24.8mi bike ride done I only had one portion left: the 10k run. You should know, while I have made the most improvements on my running since I began training, the run has always been the hardest. I'm just not the best runner. I came to terms with it a loonngg time ago and now it's just the way things are. I knew that it would be a difficult run but that I'd be fine. And let me tell you, the run portion was rough. It was HOT and the first 3 miles were completely uphill. Thankfully, I had a girl doing the exact same pace as me in front of me and I simply focused on keeping her close. If I could keep her in my sights, I was doing fine. After an hour and a half (again, worst time I've had) I finished and you get that picture up top there as the result. After seeing that picture I thought, oh it was obviously better than I remember it, look how happy you are! But really, I'm smiling because I'm done. Because I don't ever have to do that again if I don't want to, because Chris was at the end with 4 tylenol and because I was going to get a medal saying that I finished instead of giving up (which, I did not get). 

This was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, hands down. It was painful; emotionally, mentally and physically. And yet, I'm grateful for it. This race taught me that no matter how bad it gets, I can do it. I am strong enough to not give up and no matter how many tears are shed during that race, it's all good. It's nothing I can't fix at the next one ;-).