October 3

What a busy day I had yesterday! Wednesday is typically strength day at CrossFit En Fuego, so I wore my lucky PR Spandits shorts. Overhead work is so hard for me, so I knew I'd be lucky if I PR'd. I know it's blurry but you get the jest of it. It was heavy for me and I was holding it over my head. I did not PR, but I am so close to breaking through a weight plateau so I know it's right around the corner!

After our WOD, I walked 2 miles with Karin. Carly and Rosie joined us for the first mile. I love walking after my WOD.

I came home, had a post-wod meal of romaine lettuce, feta cheese, veggies, and lean turkey. Topped with vinegar and oil and lemon. It was good!!


After lunch I drove to the library to return some books and get the next one in the Goddess Girls series for Miss Ella. She's FINALLY found a fiction chapter book series that is keeping her interest. Normally she only likes non-fiction, but this series has sucked her in!


Then it was time for my haircut!! I am so lucky that the amazing Lauren with New Identities came in to my life back in 2009 when I first started my weight loss and fitness journey! She does magic with my hair! I love the way she colors and styles it. I see her once a month to touch up any re-growth and trim. This visit we took it a little big shorter and I LOVE it!!

After my haircut, I ran home, grabbed the dog and my directions and went and picked up the kids. We were going on an adventure to pick up our first fruit and veggie co-op from Carlita's Bowl Veggie Co-op just down the road in Carrollwood. It worked out well because I had to pick up a medication for Ronin that had to be transferred to a different pharmacy because ours was all out!

Carlita's was easy to find, and easy to figure out what to do! I loved my first bin! Look at all the goodies I got! I'm going to be making stuffed bell peppers tomorrow night. I got 6 in the co-op and I had 4 at home from a shopping trip late last week.

The kids and I quickly got in to the fruit, and I think all the pears and plums are gone. We had the broccoli for dinner along with some yummy salmon.

And for my #octogram Instagram challenge, yesterday's prompt was HAY. I kept my camera close to me all day long thinking I'd run in to some hay at some point along my travels, but I didn't, and I had to resort to taking a photo of the Michael's weekly ad.

And that was my Wednesday.

Today I'll be working out, and then getting a massage. Smile

How often do you get a haircut or massage??

Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint 5K

Disclaimer: My daughters and I received race entries to the Girl Scouts of West Coast Florida Thin Mint Sprint 5K in exchange for social media exposure and my honest review.

This past Saturday the girls and i were invited to participate in the FIRST ever Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Tag-A-Long Trot 1 mile. We opted to do the 5K course. I knew we'd walk it and I was fine with that since I had Iron Girl the next day. And running has been giving me grief lately, so I was happy to walk!

The girls and I arrived around 7:45am for a 8:00am race. We cut it close! But packet pickup was a breeze and I was able to park close enough that I could take the bags back to the car and still get back to the start line in time.

I met up with Denise and her daughter, and soon we were off!  Girl Scouts was handing out boxes of cookies to the Top 50 Male and Female finishers, and I thought Denise had a pretty decent shot at winning a box, so we planned on Allana staying with me and my girls, while Denise ran for cookies!

The race was great with over 800 people! But it was so well organized that you really didn't feel the 800 people. It had the feel of a much smaller race. Maybe it's the course because I felt the same way about another race that I ran down in Safety Harbor earlier this year. Maybe Safety Harbor is the key ingredient.

I'm not exactly sure how long it took us to finish. I want to say something like 56 minutes. So we were out on a Sunday Stroll. Tongue Out

We crossed the finish line and proudly displayed our medals.

Denise did in fact end up winning a box of cookies! I never had any doubt! I'm always so proud to have such a fast mother runner friend.

The mounds of Girl Scout cookies made Ella very very  happy!

My Girls have been scouts since 2010 and they love it! Last summer they spent a week at Girl Scout sleep-away camp and had an absolute blast. I love supporting organizations that empower girls and women and the Girl Scouts does just that.

A great little race which benefits so many young women in our community.

Next year the race will be held September 27th, and at the same wonderful location!

Were you a Girl Scout?


October 2

I spent yesterday having my blackheads painfully extracted from my nose. I didn't even realize I had blackheads. She didn't notice them either until she put me under some giant light and that showed the ugly truth! She said my skin looked good, some sun damage, and a little on the dry side, but overall healthy.

I took the kids to Sam's Club with me and they totally stressed me out. They were trying to be so helpful, but they weren't. My request for walking feet, and kind words when asking for a sample seemed to go unheard. Running from sample station to sample station, my kids were on a mission for food. But at least they were healthy samples; Greek yogurt, Talapia, and apple slices (with caramel dip.) And when I asked for help locating boxes to load everything in the back of the truck they were just randomly grabbing boxes despite me telling them exactly the size we needed. It was just stressful with 3 of them. But thinking back on previous trips, it was actually pretty good overall. No one cried. Not even me. They helped me unload when we got home. They did their homework without issue and then had a little friend over. They've been having friends over with more frequency. We had a family move in right across the street. They have 3 kids; 2 boys, 1 girl 8, 6, and 4. The boys are the oldest and they've been over to play, and our gang over there. Our next door neighbor has grandchildren that visit everyday; one girl 7 and one boy 3. And the little girl one street up. She's also 7. Lot's of kids right at the same age as my gang.It's nice. I like having the kids over to our house. Sure my house gets a little more chaotic, but it's easier for me to keep an eye on Ronin.


I'm participating in the #octogram #instagram #challenge. Every day we have a different prompt. Today was Fall. As in the season. But I couldn't get that photo. Instead I got this. Ronin said to me "mama, this warm water makes me want to fall asleep." 

Today I am getting my hair trimmed up by the amazing Lauren with New Identities Salon in Tampa Palms. I love Lauren. She does a great blond!


October is also Think Pink for breast cancer. The kids and I, and hopefully my mom will be walking the 5K at the Race for the Cure in St. Pete. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Locally Advanced IBD on the same day I found out I was pregnant with Haley.  I was so scared. She made it and I love her so much.

I'm also picking up my first fruit & veggie co-op from Carlita's Bowl!! I didn't buy any produce today while at Sam's Club so I'm counting on Carlita's Bowl to fill in my fruit and veggie gaps! I won't know what I get until I pick it up. Exciting.

I've also been reading a lot more recently. I love books. I'm reading A Discovery of Witches and Drums of Autumn. I'm about 1/2 way through each book. I keep alternating. I'm also listening to Drums of Autumn on audio in my car. I like that option instead of music. 

 Whew. I think that's it.

How was your day?