Happy Saturday!

19 04 2014

Happy Saturday everyone!

We had a bit of a rough night last night.  Casey (my fiancee’) and I are currently in the process of sleep training our daughter, which means that the nights are a little unpredictable right now. Amelia used to sleep through the night, but once she started going to daycare two days a week (when she turned 6 months old), having a cold became a constant in our house.  With that came a serious derailment of her good sleeping patterns, and a break in my sanity as well.  So, here we are.  Over our fourth cold (which lasted over a month), and back to trying to get Amelia to sleeping through the night.  For the first time we have been successful in establishing a bedtime routine and have been able to get her down to bed at 8:30 every night for the past week, but last night we decided it was a good time to start night weaning her in hopes that she could put herself back to sleep and then start sleeping through the night.  Well, after letting her cry for almost an hour and a half, and going in once to console her, we threw in the towel and went into rescue her.  She didn’t wake up again after that though, which was definitely a change from the waking every two hours that she’s been doing for the past month or so.  We’ll give it another go tonight and hopefully we’ll be more successful.  Any other moms out there that have experienced this?  Do you have any pointers for us?

Anyways, moving on….there’s been a 29 question survey going around the blogworld lately, and the last one I read was from this lovely lady.  I’ve love all of the ones that I’ve read so far, so I thought it would be fun to do one of my own!

1. What are you wearing?

A gray Lululemon zip up hoodie, a brown tee shirt, blue jeans, and warm fuzzy socks

2. Ever been in love?


3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yes, more like a divorce though.

4. How tall are you?


5. How much do you weigh?


6. Any tattoos?

Yes, 4

7. Any piercings?

Just my ears now but I used to have my tongue and belly button pierced as well

8. Favorite song?

It’s a tie between Jack Johnson’s Better Together, and Christina Perry’s A Thousand Years. I’m a sucker for love songs, what can I say?

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Loyalty, honesty, and humor!

10. Favorite quote?

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

~ Winnie The Pooh

11. Favorite actor?

That’s tough, I don’t think I have one actually!

12. Loud music, or soft?

Soft music for sure.  Loud noises make me anxious

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

To the waterfront for a walk or a run.  The water always calms me.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Usually an hour if I’m trying to get myself and Amelia out of the house.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

In 6th grade.  It was stupid. haha

16. Turn on?

Being polite…opening doors, pulling out chairs, being a gentleman

17. Turn off?

Nail biting!  Oh man I hate nail biting!!  Oh, and I absolutely can’t stand to hear someone chewing or eating their food.  Bleh!!

18. Fears?

Losing the ones that I love the most.

19. Last thing that made you cry?

Being about 4 weeks into a really bad cold that the three of us had, on top of being severely sleep deprived, and finding out that meds I was prescribed for my sinus infection were the same ones that my daughter (who I’m still nursing) is severely allergic to.  That kind of sent me over the edge.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

This morning

21. Meaning behind your youtube name?

I don’t have one

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

She’s my stepmom

23. Favorite food?

Oh that’s tough! Too many to choose from.

24. Place you want to visit?

San Diego, so we can see my family.

25. Do you have a crush?


26. Last time you kissed someone?

A few minutes ago when I put Amelia down for her nap.

27. Last time you were insulted?

Oh, that happens a lot….haha

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My engagement ring!

29. Who should answer these questions next?

Anybody reading this!  You can answer some of the questions in the comments, or if you have a blog answer them there and link your blog in the comments!

Okay, enough playing for me.  I’m off to go sit at the coffee shop and write a paper while my little bug sleeps.

Have a great weekend everyone!!! :)




It’s been 5 years….but I’ve decided to give it another go!

19 04 2014

Five years ago I started this blog, and for whatever reason I stopped blogging.  My business was booming, there were big changes happening in my life (that ultimately led me to where I am now), and I just couldn’t find the time or energy that I needed to dedicate to daily or weekly blogging.  Well, after a long hiatus I’m back and ready to start writing about my life again.  In the time that I’ve been gone, I got a divorce, left the home that I worked so hard to build, fell very ill and was in the hospital, met (and fell in love with) a man that is better and kinder than anyone I have ever known, became a full time student at UWT, had a beautiful baby girl (in June), lost my dad to the wretched cancer, and am now preparing to get married this summer to someone that I love more than I ever knew was possible (well besides my daughter of course…I love the hell out of that kid!).

Me and Amelia on her birthday

Me and Amelia on her birthday (June 3, 2013)


Me and Amelia (now 10 months old!)

Me and Amelia (now 10 months old!)

So yeah, a lot has happened!  I closed my personal training business so that I could go back to school full time.  I miss it a lot more than I thought I would, but that part of my life was coming to a close and it was time for me to move forward.  I don’t run as much as I used to, and I definitely don’t run marathons anymore.  The last one nearly killed me and now I just stick to smaller distances.  I have been running a little bit here and there since my daughter was born, but dang, I had NO idea how much my life would change once she was here.  All for the better of course, but “me” time has fallen by the wayside and any alone time I do have is dedicated to homework!  And research papers…..lots and lots of research papers!

This is what I now do with my "free" time

I have a lot of goals for my near future that I will be working toward…running on a regular basis so I can start feeling like myself again, eating cleaner and drinking less, journaling more so that I can get my thoughts out of my head and onto “paper”, working on being a better mom and partner, and enjoying every moment that is given to me.  My hopes are to get back to my roots, back to where I was a few years ago so that I can feel good and feel like myself again.  I’m hoping that this blog, and the writing that I’ll be doing here can help motivate me to achieve these goals.  Accountability is key, right!?

So, now you have a little update into the changes in my life since I’ve been gone.  My hopes are to use this blog as a place to reflect on my days and the things that are on my mind, and also share the awesome things that are going on in my life.  Like….planning my wedding this summer!

I get to marry this guy! I’m a pretty lucky girl.

I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post, but I’m happy to be back and to be journaling about my life again!  Be back soon!


Sick Leave

15 10 2009

Hey guys, sorry that I haven’t posted my recap yet.  I’ve been sick and have been confined to the couch with the remote and my blankey.  I woke up the night before last with this “bug” that has hit me like a ton of bricks which = no work, no running :(, no blogging, and lots of sleeping.

Hopefully I’ll have a post up in the next few days, with a video that my hubby put together last night!

I’m going back to bed.

Dayna :)

I caught a case of lazy ass.

11 10 2009

Okay, maybe not lazy ass….more like my body decided that I needed a day to lay around and recover from the week.

After I got done training this morning, the plan was to come home get changed, eat my pre-run snack, snag up the hubby and head out.

The weather sucked today.  It wasn’t raining, but it was cloudy and gloomy.

This is what it looked like minus the big yellow thing in the sky.

58* F

This is what it looked like today, minus the big yellow thing in the sky.

It was the kind of day where you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a blanket, the kitties, and some good blogs.

I was feeling super, super tired and fatigued this morning and when I got home the challenge of running 17 miles seemed almost impossible due to the way I was feeling.  So, I said “eff-it, I’m going tomorrow”,put on my sweats and decided to take a rest day.  This is what I did.

Recycled picture

Recycled picture

Took a much needed nap after chatting on FB with the cuz for a while and catching up on my blog reading.

When the hubby came home from doing whatever it was that he was out doing, I decided to go to my favorite little health foods store and get us some lunchy.

I wasn’t planning on blogging today so I didn’t take a pic of the food I got.  DOH! (note to self: start taking pics of food anyways so your posts aren’t so lame)

I got a gynormous salad from the organic salad bar as usual.  Nomnomnom!  On my plate I had:

  • Spinach
  • red and yellow peppers
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • beets (my fav!)
  • roasted tofu
  • peas
  • corn
  • kidney and black beans
  • yummy chicken curry on the side
  • pita chips
Marlene's Salad Bar (this pic does it no justice)

Marlene's Salad Bar (this pic does it no justice)

This salad was freakin delicious!!!  I ate it 4 hours ago and I’m still full!  That says a lot for me since I’m pretty much always hungry.

I got the hubby a ham and turkey sammich on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles (on the side), and swiss cheese.  He’s not a huge fan of the health food store and thinks that the food I eat has no taste, but he loved this sammich!  That made me happy.  :)  Oh, and I got him a slice of carrot cake too.  I may or may not have had a few bites, and it may or may have not been the best carrot cake I have ever had!!

After our nummy lunch I decided to get off my lazy ass up and do some chores around the house.

I am now back to my regularly scheduled lazyness and loving it!  The hubbs and I are about to watch a movie and just enjoy our Saturday night.

I have a meeting at the studio tomorrow morning, and then we’re going to head out so I can do my run and hubby can join me on his bike.  I’m so excited that he’s going with me…good times for us!  Woohoo!

The forecast for tomorrow looks a lot more promising than today, which is why I didn’t mind pushing my run back one more day. (I’m a poet and didn’t know it.)

54* F

54* F

Even though it’s supposed to be colder today than yesterday (due to the lack of cloud cover), the sunshine always gives me an extra boost of energy.  Getting to sleep in tomorrow morning isn’t a bad thing either. ;)

Well, I’m off to watch the movie with the hubs. Wish me luck on my 17 miles tomorrow….that number is really daunting.  Having him there with me will definitely keep me focused though.  I’ll be posting a recap as soon as I can peel myself off of the couch tomorrow night.

Have a great Saturday night!!

Dayna :)

A fast week and an awesome prize!

9 10 2009

Hey bloggies!  Happy Friday!!

How’s your week been?  Mine has been pretty good besides a few speed bumps here and there.  Like, stepping on my clients glasses and crushing them on Wednesday morning, and making a few scheduling errors.  No biggie though, I’ve since recovered.  :)

I’ve had some pretty fantastic runs this week.  Last week I was super fatigued and tired, and  I could really feel it in my runs.  After using the process of elimination to try and figure out why I was feeling so crappy, I looked at my marathon training plan and saw that I was coming off of two really high mileage weeks.  My body was telling me that I needed a break and really needed to slow down and rest.  Thank goodness that my long run was “only” 11 miles last Saturday.

Here’s the training plan that I’m doing, which was color coded and dated by my cousin so that I can stay on track.

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

After taking last weekend to rest, after running my 11 miles of course, I feel so much better and it really showed in my runs this week!

I set a PR on every run that I did this week and can’t believe how strong I feel and felt afterwards!  It’s such a great feeling to know that all of my hard work is paying off!!  I’ve got this marathon locked down and I’m gonna rock that shit!

Here are my stats for this weeks runs:

Tuesday: 4 miles

Mile 1: 8:26

Mile 2: 8:22

Mile 3: 8:44

Mile 3: 8:17

Total:  33:53

Wednesday: 8 miles (usually on my runs longer than 5 miles I average between a 9:15 and 9:30 pace, my average on this run was 9:08!)

Mile 1: 8:45

Mile 2: 9:05

Mile 3: 9:13

Mile 4: 8:57

Mile 5: 9:08

Mile 6: 8:56

Mile 7: 9:09

Mile 8: 8:58

Total: 1:12:19 (fastest “long” run yet!)

Wednesday: 4 miles (these are usually a pretty slow run for me because I am tired from the higher mileage of the day before, but I rocked this one and beat Tuesday’s time!)

Mile 1:  8:20

Mile 2: 8:23

Mile 3: 8:40

Mile 4: 8:09 (wholy crap!! that was a fast ass mile!)

Total: 33:39!!

I’m having a little bit of a dilemma with yesterday’s run though, and I’m not really sure if I should count it as a PR.  The reason is because I ran a route near my house and got stopped at two really long traffic lights.  Like, I had to wait for almost 5 minutes at one of them.  I feel like that was a pretty good amount of time to recover and regain my energy and maybe that’s why I was able to beat my previous time even though I was pretty tired.

So, what do you guys think?  Should it count even though I had two small breaks due to being stuck in traffic?   What do you do in these situations?

Today, I’m not running obviously since it’s a rest day.  My rest days are active though, and after I’m done with this afternoon’s clients I’m going to go to the gym for a good and intense CrossFit workout so that I can get my strength training in.

So, I mention in my title…I got an awesome prize this week!

The owner of the studio where I work has such a big heart, and treats me so well!  There are only 3 trainers there (including me), so Kristi and I spend a lot of time there working together with our clients.  She sees me like the daughter that she never had, so she is always surprising me with little gifts and treats or prizes as she calls them.  She is always wearing such cute work out clothes and has matching shoes and jewelery for every outfit, I try to do the same because there is no reason that you can’t look cute even if you’re in workout clothes all day long.

She has a client that makes jewelery, and since I wear a lot of pink and black she surprised me with these!





How freakin cute are these earrings!

She also knows that I’m training for my marathon, and how passionate I am about running.  She’s not a runner, but fully supports my efforts and is always bragging about my to her clients and asking me for advice to give her girls that run.

She was shopping the other day and happened to stumble upon this awesome Adidas running jacket and bought it for me!  Running jackets (and clothes for that matter) are NOT cheap, and when I saw this I was literally jumping up and down with excitement.  I can wear it for work and for my runs when it gets a little colder this fall and winter.

Love it!

Love it!

So Comfy!

So Comfy!

The coolest thing about this jacket…and the main reason that Kristi bought it for me, is this label on the upper left hand corner…

Boston Marathon!

Boston Marathon!

Kristi got this for me because she knows how dedicated I am to my running and knows that someday I hope to run in the Boston Marathon! How awesome is that!?

Not only is this jacket super cute, but it has a mesh lining on the inside, and pockets on the sides and the back so that I can carry my key, gu, etc.  The Adidas stripes are also bright yellow and reflective so I will be more visable to cars when running (another reason that Kristi got me this jacket).  I can’t wait to wear it on a run…it just hasn’t been cold enough yet so I’ve been wearing it to work.  AWESOME!!

Well, I’m going to go get ready to train my afternoon clients and then hit the gym for my workout.

I have my first 17 mile run tomorrow and the hubby is going to go with me and ride his bike so that I don’t get too bored and have a good supply of fuel and water.

Look for a recap of my run and our adventure, as it should be up some time this weekend.

Have an awesome weekend ladies!!!

Dayna :)

Wah, Wah, Wah (insert whining sound here)

1 10 2009

(I had originally named this post “BFL Day 2 – Complete Fail”, but after reading this, I realized that it’s a total bitch fest so I though it was only appropriate to change the name.)

So, I’m a healthy eater.  I am aware of the types of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats that I need to have in my daily diet.  I count my calories, and I also make sure that I am eating every 2.5-3 hours to make sure that my metabolism and blood sugar stays up.  But dayyummm, this Body For Life challenge certainly lives up to it’s name (well the challenge part anyways), and it’s a lot more challenging that I thought it would be.  I didn’t realize just how high my carbohydrate to protein ratio was, and just how many carbohydrates I actually eat.

Meh….I’d be lying if I said that I’m not a little discouraged with this today.

Although I have made healthy choices, and all of my foods have been BFL friendly they have just been really sporadic and heavy on the carbs.

I was scheduled to do a 7 mile run this morning, and my plan was to go around 8:30am when I finished up with my morning clients, but it was sooooo cold so I chickened out and came home.  (yeah, I was being a big baby, it was only 55*)  I ended up pushing back meal #2 (which was my pre-run fuel) and was starving by the time I got home, so I had a small bowl of Kashi Go Lean with some almond milk to get me through the next few hours until I went for my run.

When I was finally ready to get my lazy ass bootie out the door, I realized that I needed my pre-run snack or I wouldn’t make it through my 7 miles, so I had an Orowheat Sandwich Thin (sorry, I had an off day and completely forgot to take pics of my eats) with a tbsp of almond butter.  I usually have 1/2 of a banana with the AB, but ran out so I subbed it with the sandwich thin.  I think this is where I went wrong.  It didn’t give me the energy I needed, on top of that fact that I have been feeling “off” all day anyways, and when I set out on my run I could feel it.  I knew within the first mile that I wasn’t going to make it the whole distance today.  Usually I have those thoughts and I just say to myself, “Quit being a baby, after a few miles you’ll feel just fine and be happy to be out here.”  It always works, but not today.  I had to stop after 4 miles because I literally couldn’t pick up my feet anymore, my body was exhausted and begging for a break.  For some odd reason, my blood sugar also dropped about half way through my run which made it real hard to function.  I think that subbing the sandwich thin for the banana was the culprit.  **mental note: must make sure I always have bananas in the house before a run**

So, here’s where I think the problem began with my food today.  I had fueled for a 7 mile run when I only did 4, and my carbs to protein ratios were all messed up.  Because my plans had changed it threw my meal planning off and I kind of ate whatever I had available.  I won’t go into the eats for the rest of the day because I’m pretty sure you guys are tired of listening to my whining, but that incident pretty much threw off the rest of my day.  I got discouraged and just kind of called it a fail and decided to eat as healthy as possible, and get back to the BFL guidelines first thing tomorrow.

Okay….enough of my whining and complaining.  Thanks for “listening” to my rant.  I kind of went into the challenge thinking that it would be super easy.  Yeah, maybe not super easy, but easy none the less.  Hello wake up call!  I may be discouraged, but I’m not gonna quit!  Tomorrow is a new day and it will be great!  Oh, and I went grocery shopping tonight so I have lots of yummy BFL eats in the fridge and new meals planned out for the week.  I’m making pumpkin soup tomorrow, and will be sure to take pics and share the recipe with you guys!

So, here are some questions….for you you fellow BFL’ers like this chick, and this chick too (or any of you out there that have tried similar challenges).  Have you ever had a total “off” day that left you discouraged and ready to give it up?  What do you do when your protein and carb percentages are not where they need to be and you’re not sure if you can fix it?  Do you try to make up for it, or just call it a day and try to do better tomorrow?

Thanks for “listening” to my bitching and moaning.  I got it out of my system not and tomorrow is going to be a new and totally awesome day!!

Speaking of awesome….I’ll leave you with a pic of my babies.

The Hubby, Spike and Molly

The Hubby, Spike and Molly in a kitty sammich

Nighty-Night!  Dayna :)

Body For Life!

29 09 2009

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

So, I have been reading a lot of new (to me) blogs lately and there are two ladies in particular that have really inspired me to start my own 12 week Body For Life challenge.  I have read Janetha and Therese‘s blogs inside and out in regards to their body for life challenges and I really feel inspired to do this.  It’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I mean I council my clients on proper nutrition for goodness sake!  But, I am human too and I need a little push and a little motivation, and something to look forward to.  I have my marathon to look forward to of course, but I also want to become a better, faster and stronger runner.  In order to do that, I need to get super serious about my nutrition.

So, I started my 12 week challenge today, but I’m going to have to do the workout portion a little differently than the plan calls for.  Because I am training for a marathon, that consists of 4 days of running for me and some days I don’t have the time or energy to do my strength training.  On the days that I do get into the gym to work out (or stay after my clients leave and work out at the studio), I do CrossFit workouts because they focus on full body movements and building endurance which is super important for me right now.

I’m not sure if I’ll be posting every day’s eats because I’m a creature of habit and sometimes eat the same stuff every day.  I will however be keeping a food journal so I can keep track of my eats.  How boring would that be for you guys to have to look at the same meals day in, day out?  But, I do have a little bit of a dilema….I’m also wondering if I’m going to be able to follow this exactly, meaning that I really only crave or, have the desire to eat complex carbs (whole grains, oats, etc) in the morning and early afternoon.  If I eat them too late in the day, they sit like a rock in my stomach.  My dinner staples are chicken and veggies usually, and that works just fine for me.  I do log my food into a calorie counting data base, which tracks my percentages of carbs/proteins/fats so I can at least make sure I end the day somewhere around the 40/40/20 percentages.  I’m gonna give this a whirl and see how it goes!

So, I am going to have hubby take pictures of me so I can track my progress, but I’m not sure if I have the guts to put them on the blog.  To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed/shy about putting pics of myself in a bikini on my blog page for all to see.  I don’t even like to wear one in public.  What do you guys think I should do?

So, here are my meals for day 1 of the Body For Life challenge:

Meal 1:



Protein oats with about 1/4 of a banana on top.  Much better than my pumpkin oats from a few days ago!

Meal #3



This was freakin delicious!!!  Tuna with a little bit of light mayo and mustard rolled up  in put in romaine lettuce leaves with slices of carrots and celery.  This kept me full for about 3 hours too, I was really surprised!

Meal #3

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

1 apple and a table spoon of almond butter.  Almond butter is a serious weakness of mine…so.damn.delicious!

Meal #4

I had a Zone Perfect Fudge Graham bar, sorry forgot to take a pic before I ran out the door but I’m sure you have all seen one before.  It was good, but not great.  I was between clients and literally had about 2 minutes to eat, so this did the trick.

Meal #5



This is pretty much what I eat every night.  Grilled chicken breast with a crap load of steamed vegetables.  I mix it up a bit, but tonight I had yellow squash, zucchini squash, brussels sprouts, mixed peppers, carrots, and lemon pepper.  It’s so easy tastes good, so I just stick with it.  I’m also kind of lazy with cooking lately and haven’t really felt like venturing into making new things.  Trying new recipes actually intimidates me a bit but, I’m trying to get over that.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of this soon and start making new meals.

Usually I’m a bottomless pit, but I really have not been hungry today.  Like, the thought of food just wasn’t appealing, so there’s no meal #6 today.

K, there’s day one!  Woohoo!!

Question for you guys:

How many of you out there follow Body For Life?  How has it turned out for you?  Have you been in the position where you have to deviate a bit from the plan and still had results?

Have a great night!!

Dayna :)


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