I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to look back on the year and acknowledge what they are thankful for. I know not everyone does this, but I’m sure it crosses there mind at some point during the day. Unfortunately, society has become less thankful for what they have. How about we take a moment and ponder…”What am I thankful for right now, at this very moment…” It can be anything. Your health, your puppies, friends, personality, family, the weather. Whatever it is, take a moment and embrace it. Give it the acknowledgement that it deserves. I mean, what if you didn’t have that “one” thing?

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This year has been an absolute whirlwind and I don’t know where to begin, but there are so many things that I am grateful and thankful for.

1. My health. As you know, I’ve struggled with ED for many years and even though my physically may not look like it, it is still in the back of my mind. I am thankful for having the strength to continue to battle this monster.

2. My family. If you know me personally, then you know that my family is my rock. As of late, my father’s cancer has turned for the worse so I am thankful for all the memories that we’ve shared and will continue to make.

3. Kasa and Reese! Those two can be pills, but they are family and we all have our downfalls at some point.

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4. Friends/Acquaintances/Coworkers, etc. Being around people is very important to be and it helps me stay grounded.

5. My motivation. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my self motivation.

6. Strength. Physically and mentally. This year has been very hard mentally with regards to running. I’ve been injured off and on since March and it has taken a huge amount of self will to help me get over this hump. I’m known for running, participating in races and continuing to improve. I’ve had to put all of that on the back burner for most of this year, but I’ve tried to stay positive knowing that things will change and I’ll get back into it. On another note, I’m been thinking that perhaps this was meant to happen. To help my mental and physical strength.

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7. Football. Yes, I am thankful for the sport and the Seahawks! 

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A view from our seats at the Seahawks v. Cardinals game

How are you going to spend Thanksgiving? I’ll be heading to Flywheel then the family is heading over to a family friends house to eat and watch the Seahawks play the 49ners. Go Hawks.

What are you thankful for today?

What is your favorite dish to eat?

Do you like pie?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

XO, Tara

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Four Facts Survey

Good Afternoon!

After a little hiccup this morning and finding out that my post never posted (and I didn’t save it),  I thought it would be a good idea do a fun survey that I was on Julie’s site this morning.

Four Facts Survey

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Tayray
  2. Punkin
  3. Taytay
  4. Tarze

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Paralegal
  2. Legal Assistant
  3. Sales associate in a tanning salon
  4. Front desk coordinator

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. Finding Nemo
  2. Cars
  3. Fast 5
  4. Gone in 60 seconds

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Divergent
  2. Cupcake
  3. Room
  4. If I Stay

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Washington
  2. The Pacific Northwest
  3. Suburbs of Seattle
  4. To be determined…

Four places I’ve visited:

  1. Germany
  2. Paris, France
  3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  4. Whistler, British Columbia

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Flywheel
  2. On a beach.
  3. Relaxing
  4. Traveling

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. Veggies
  2. Mangos
  3. Coconut
  4. Oysters

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Quest Bars
  2. Frozen Yogurt
  3. Seafood
  4. Turkey

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. The Following!
  2. Walking Dead
  3. Games of Thrones
  4. Sons of Anarchy

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Spending time with my family during the Holidays
  2. Snow!
  3. Holiday parties
  4. Baking sweets

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. “No worries!”
  2. “kk”
  3. “I’m on it.”
  4. “That’s gross”

Now it is your turn! Answer any of the above questions!

XO, Tara

Guest Post: 5 Running Gear Essentials for a Dog Lover

Howdy!

Remember me? Tara, the girl who loves to run, workout, bake and taste delicious beers?

I apologize for another brief hiatus! I needed a quick break from the blogging world for a few weeks to focus on life in general.

Since, I still struggling to get my head on straight, I’d love to share a guest post from Anna Crowe regarding how to protect your furry friends while out and about. I know Kasa would love some of the gear Anna talks about!

5 Running Gear Essentials for a Dog Lover

You already know that running provides great exercise for you, but guess what? It’s great for your dog too!

In the same way that people can suffer from health issues due to being too sedentary, so can our canine companions. They may not be able to handle long mileage (it depends on your dog’s age, size, body density), but many medium to large sized dogs were born to run, and they’ll love you even more for taking them along.

“Getting your dog to be more active along side you provides incredible health benefits by helping them to maintain a healthy weight, which prevents diabetes, poor liver function, heart disease, joint problems and cancer,” said Dr. Eloise Bright, a veterinarian at Love That Pet.

However, just like when you first ventured in to running, you have to do a little prep work first.

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First, you’ll want to ease your dog in to a routine and get him accustomed to running by gradually increasing time and distance. Secondly, you’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials for keeping your pup safe and thriving during your run. Here are our top 5 picks:

1.) Guardian Gear Safety Vest from Hot Dog Collars

Just like you should wear clothing that makes you visible to cars and other pedestrians when you’re out running, so should your dog. With your dog being closer to the ground and potentially blending in with your surroundings, having this safety vest will make sure your pup doesn’t get run into and that people can make room for him when your approaching each other.

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2.) Hands-Free Leash from The Buddy System

This leash makes it so easy to keep proper form while running as well as keeping your dog close and in control. With a main loop that goes around your waist and other loops that clip to the leash, keeping your dog by your side is easy. There are various leash sizes you can purchase depending on the size and weight of your dog, and if you have a dog that likes to pull ahead, this leash is much easier to control with core strength rather than pulling at your arm.

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3.) Dog Waste Bags from Earth Rated

This awesome pod keeps Buddy’s business from interfering or stinking up your run. The bag dispenser has a screw-on top and has a hook allowing for hands-free carrying, and it also comes with 15 lavender-scented bags that block odor, are tough and leak proof.

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4.) Folding Collapsible Travel Food and Water Bowl from LULU-PET

Keeping fido hydrated is probably on of the most important precautions you can take when ensuring a successful run with your dog. This collapsible bowl is waterproof, portable (with a hook for easy, hands-free carry) and can hold up to 32 oz. of water or food.

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5.) Sun Protector Spray from Epi-Pet

Yep, sunscreen isn’t just for people. Dogs with short and thin hair, white and light hair or white and pink skin are at risk for sunburn and skin/coat damage if they’re not properly protected. This spray by Epi-Pet is the only FDA compliant pet sunscreen and it acts as a skin protector and skin/coat conditioner. The other great thing is you don’t have to worry about the spray messing up your clothing or car seats as this spray is made with a non-greasy and non-oily solution.

So now that you know what you need to have a successful run with your dog, we say hit the ground running!

But we’ll warn you, dogs are very similar to people, so they might just get as addicted to running as you are!

Bio:

Meet Anna, mom to Norman Larry, the basset hound, and world sailor. When Anna and Norman aren’t exploring another adventure or eating peanut butter, they can be seen hanging out at the local dog parks. Say hello @annaleacrowe.

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I hope you enjoyed Anna’s guest post. I thought that it had a great deal of information. I’ve seen a lot of people using the hands-free leash and I know Kasa would love it. It would take some pressure off my shoulders from her all of 5 lbs of resistance when she likes to “pull.” 🙂

Do you use any of the products that Anna mentioned?

What is your favorite type of fitness activity with your pet?

How’s your November going?

XO, Tara

 

Post-Thanksgiving: What the Bake Friday!

I hope everyone had a spectacular Thanksgiving! We are all full and happy in my house!

On Wednesday, I decided to try out a new recipe since I had the day off and all. Perfect for What the Bake Friday!

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Apple Crumble Bars

Ingredients:

1.5 cup flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ + 1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 ¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ cup +  Tbsp cold butter

2 Tbsp milk

2 cups peeled, chopped apples

2 tsp cornstarch

3 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the first seven ingredients. Chop the cold butter into small pieces for easier mixing!

Pour 2/3 of the dough into a 4×7 pan and press down firmly.

In a separate bowl, mix together the apples, cornstarch, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Layer the apple mixture on top of the dough.

Add the rest of the dough mixture on top.

Bake for 45 minutes, and then let cool for 20 minutes before cutting into bars.

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Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie! Check out her marvelous blog for many other recipes!

My family definitely approved! I am sure yours will too! 🙂

Are you out shopping already? Or are you BACK from shopping? 

What was your favorite dish from Thanksgiving?

What is your favorite pie?

XO, Tara

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Be Grateful Everyday.

9 more days until Thanksgiving. Can you believe it? Do you have your turkey and all the ingredients ready? I think I can already smell all of the yummy goodness.

Yesterday was full of positives and negatives. Positives being that I got in two Flywheel classes. BOOM! The negative; that whole work shindig. Just drama, drama, drama. Have I mentioned that I hate drama?! Well, now you know.

After my sweaty double Flywheel class last night, I went home to nourish my starving body and I began reflecting on the day. I said, “Tara, stop dwelling on the negatives. They will always be there; all you can do is either deal with it or change it.” Changing it may not be so easy….but it is something to work up too. That is why I am choosing both. I will deal with it and move forward with how I will change it.

This led me to thinking about all the things that I am thankful for. I find that I think more about this in November. Hmmm, I wonder why?! 😉

Since today is November 19th, I thought I’d share 19 things that I am thankful for. Plus, I didn’t have any other quarky number or pun. Feel free to skip over some if the post gets toooooo long.

I am thankful for…

1. My family. Duhh!IMG_2944

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3. My health.

4. My LEGS. I wouldn’t be able to run like I do without them.

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5. The love and support that my family gives me.

6. Fitness and fitness!

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7. The sun. It is a rare sight in Seattle during the winter, so I try to take advantage of it when it is shining.

8. Beer. Well, because it is tasty.IMG_3035

9. Beauty on the inside and outside.

10. My courage and drive to succeed.

11. My emotions, even when they come out at the wrong time. At least I can feel and express them easily.

12. Reese; even though he is 120 pound fur ball.

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13. Flywheel. It brings me joy and the Flywheel family so supporting.

14. A roof over my head.

15. My wheels. Yes, it is materialistic, but getting to point A to point B would be much harder without it.

16. That stupid thing that I carry around everyday. The I phone.

17. My ability to go through the ED recovery process.

18. Football.

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19. My Blogging Family!

What is one interesting thing that you are thankful for?

What brings you up when you are feeling down?

XO, Tara

Check out:

6 Reasons to be Thankful for Fitness

Respect the Turkey Dude.

Respect the Turkey Dude.

November is just chucking right along, isn’t it? November 18th already? Wowza.

I hope everyone had a safe weekend. Especially those in the midwest. Damn tornadoes! I’ve never been through one and “knock on wood” I hope that I never will.

On another note. I am about to go on a tangent. [Note: I apologize now if I offend anyone. It isn’t my intention]

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I hate it when people start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. Respect the damn Turkey. Can the Turkey have its one day before Christmas takes over for an entire month? Pahhplease?

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True dat Mr. Turkey. 

I’ve already witnessed Christmas lights on houses, trees decorated, music, decor, ads, commercials, antlers, reindeer, etc. I bet you think that I just hate Christmas. No, I love it; it just needs to wait its turn. However, I despise the music.

tumblr_lqvt9mQxT91qgjty2o1_500Christmas music consists five songs that are sung by way to many different artists. I heard Christmas music playing at QFC. and Ulta this weekend. Kill me. 

I understanding the need to spread Christmas cheer, but again perhaps ca we wait until December 1st or AT least the day AFTER Thanksgiving?

 LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Deal?

Thanksgiving is a day where families, friends or even strangers get together to reflect on everything that they are thankful for. For me, I love the fact that we can have the entire family in one room.

This is a rare occurrence for my family. It typically happens twice a year. Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Again, don’t be mad at me. I just needed to get this off my chest. Please people, save the decorating, lights, trees or whatever until after Thanksgiving?!

Let’s chow down on some turkey, gravy, cranberries (yuck), veggies (yuck again) potatoes, pie, pie, pie…lol. My plate is always pretty bland and “tan.”

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Yes, I did have a piece of pumpkin pie in October. October is known for pumpkins and so is the pie. So I didn’t break the rule. 😉

Also, I hope I am not the only person who is a workout freak on Thanksgiving. Last year, I went to a fly60 class (aka, flywheel class that is an hour long). I will most likely do the same this year or go on a run or do both? I tend to get pretty nutty. Nuttier than usual. 

You know what else makes Thanksgiving even better? FOOTBALL! derrka derr. We have quite the selection of games to choose from when it comes to the NFL. Packers vs. Lions, Raiders vs. Cowboys and Steelers vs. Ravens. Any predictions? 

Ok, my rant touched quite a few topics. I am sure you get it though.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Do you start celebrating Xmas before Thanksgiving?

Any particular traditions? 

XO, Tara