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

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

 

The Catch Recap & Mom’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to the BEST MOM that I could ever have!!!! 

Don’t ask how old she is, because she may only answer out to guilt. hehe! We’ve had a great weekend so far.

I mentioned that I went fishing on Saturday with family (mom included) and friends of the family. I would considered most of my family friends to just be family. I can cut out all the drama and get to the source.

4:30 a.m. came quick. I finally awoke to my alarm blaring for at least a few minutes. I thought I was dreaming about an alarm going off. It was real time. I managed to get dressed, brush my teeth, do my hair and fill up my water bottle. I cannot do much at 4:30 a.m. My motor skills don’t work that early. My voice and grammar doesn’t work either. However, my step dad has no problem with talking whenever where-ever. It was a struggle to keep up.

Once we were on the boat, we decided that it would be best to set the crab traps and then head to the fishing spot. Everyone agreed and it was time to prepare the crab bate and throw the traps.

After some time passed and the traps were set, it was time to boat to the “spot.” The spot is a designated area that our navigator has recently had success at. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best luck.

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No luck. No fish. No practice. Only little shakers. AKA mini salmon that aren’t worth it.

After nearly 6 hours of fishing/hanging out, we decided to call it a day and head back to out crab pots.

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Proof. Mom’s holding the only Salmon

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Hauling in the crab pots.

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Up close and personal with the crabs.

We caught out limit, which made up for the lack of Salmon. No one was disappointed.

Lunch at Anthony’s was necessary after a hint and miss morning fishing/crabbing. Anthony’s never disappoints.

Following our late lunch, it was time to head back to the Eastside, change clothes, and head down to Salmon Days. Ironically, there was a whole lot of Salmon talk happening this weekend. No problem at all.

Post Salmon Days, meant it was time to cook those suckers (crabs).

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I won’t post anymore, because I know you understand what happened next.

WOW, what a long day. It’z time to celebrate Mom’s Birthday!!! :D

It’s time to get weird.

XO, Tara

I’m on a boat.

Wahoo it’s Saturday and it is early. Do you want to know what time I got up? Four freaking thirty AM. Too early for a Saturday morning.

Where am I? On a boat. It’s time to fish.

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Please tell me you’ve heard “I’m on a boat” by Lonely Island….

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I won’t be sailing on a boat today, but coasting and catching fish and crab. Yummm!

Fishing means early mornings. Heck, once you get over the idea of being up early and tired, the fun kicks in when you catch your first fishy. I’ll admit, that early morning fishin’ means early morning Rainiers. Last time, the first Rainier was cracked at 8 a.m. I was surprised, yet I understood. It’s part of the game.

Anywho, I’m off to catch lots yummy yummy goodness! I need some coffee asap!!!!

XO, Tara

Getting Those Gains!

I’ve caught the weight lifting bug.  It is very serious! Ever since I started taking weight lifting classes at  Sweat Equity, I’ve learned that I can really push myself. I love the fact that after each exercise, I am thoroughly fatigued. It makes me feel accomplished and stronger than I was when I entered the room.

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I wouldn’t be able to do the same kind of “work” while at a normal gym.

Despite a feel bruises, I’ve already noticed that I am getting stronger every single day. Encouragement from others helps me complete every set.

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Everyone wants to hear, “You got this girl. You’re a beast, get it.” I mean who wouldn’t? ;)

I’ve been informed that I need to reduce my cardio each week to just 30-45 minutes. Each cardio session should involve intervals or high intensity work. I don’t want to break down the muscle that I’ve gained. This is hard for me to hear, but if it will benefit me in the long run, then I’ll take it into consideration.

I was pumped yesterday when one of our exercises included running 6 laps around the building for time. I knew that I had this in the bag. I did pretty well overall, but I cannot wait to see how my times improve each week.

You know that I will be keeping you informed. :D

When was the last time that you pushed yourself to the max?

Do you weight lift?

What is your favorite type of exercise?

XO, Tara

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Keeping Portland Weird

Ya hurd?

I was in Portland for 36 hours and managed to do the following:

1. Visited Voodoo Donuts.

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2. Ate 1/4 of a sugar bomb donut from Voodoo.

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3. Saw some interesting writing on the side of buildings.

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4. Visited Powell books- well saw the outside…

5. Visited at least 6 breweries….Migration, Deschutes, Rogue, Basecamp, Pints, Upright and the last one is escaping my mind.

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6. Tried at least 10 new beers.

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Stout with a roasted marshmallow

7. Ate way to much food.

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8. Visited Portland State University.

9. Walked at least ten miles.

10. Walked over the Steel bridge at night.

11. Drove almost 450 miles in 36 hours.

12. Overall, drank too much beer.

It was a great experience with the family. I would definitely go again! Especially since there are many more breweries to visit. :)

What did you do over the weekend?

Have you been to Portland?

Favorite spot in Portland?

XO, Tara