May 312016

s-l300“Drink Water! Hurry up, Drink! Put your canteen over your head when you’re done. Hurry up private I don’t have all day.” I can remember having those words being screamed at me in the summer of 2003 at basic training like it was yesterday.  I was 18 and had never been away from my family for more than a week.  I did my training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri aka Fort Lost in the Woods.   Being from Southern Indiana the weather in Missouri wasn’t much different than at home.   The idea that you have to stay hydrated was drilled into me.   At the time I didn’t thinking how the Drill Sergeants were just trying to have another reason to yell at us.  They told us we don’t want to fall out and become a “heat casualty”. They would yell to drink water and we would reply Beat the Heat Drill Sergeant Beat the Heat!”  I’d never really been a fan on water and drank multiple Dr. Peppers a day.  Around five years ago I decided to cut out “cokes” as us Southern Indiana folks refer to them as.  I decided to cut out caffeine and my beloved Dr. Pepper.  It was rough at first but I’m glad I did it.  I will have the occasional coke but I generally don’t drink them.  I now drink 100 ounces or more of water a day.

I know what you’re thinking, that’s a lot of water.  It seems like a lot when I write it down but really isn’t.  I drink Ice Mountain bottled water, each bottle is 16.9oz.  If I drink a bottle with each meal, that’s 50 oz already.  Since I’ve starting doing hot yoga it’s become very important to drink plenty of water.  When I first started hot yoga I never thought I’d have enough to not feel like I’m dying of thirst.  I bought a Liquid Savvy’s 32 oz Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle that keeps my water cold through my entire class at hot yoga.  It’s pretty awesome.  I’m recently getting to the point where I can get through a class and not feel as if I were going to burst into flames and die of thirst at the same time.  If I’m doing a long class that’s 90 minutes long I’ve drank my 64 in a class when the room is full of people and hotter than usual.  I’ve been going to hot yoga just about everyday so with the class alone I drink 64 plus ounces.  I try  and hydrate throughout the day so I don’t feel bad after class.

I learned many things that summer in 2003.  How to take a 5 minute or less shower, to function without sleep, how to eat in 5 minutes or less, if you have a chance to go to the bathroom take it, how to shine boots and iron uniforms, and that people will steal anything, even your white granny panties you have to wear.  My Drill Sergeant of course was right and I need to Drink Water.  During yoga the instructors usually say to take a sip of water, which in my mind that means Drink Water!!!

Apr 292016


With summer just around the corner and I’m trying to get my “beach body” ready. This year I set a goal of running 5 races and a half marathon.  I’m doing good so far with 3 under my belt already and a race set for May. I’m really working on losing weight and get into shape.  I’m never going to be a tiny skinny girl, my body just isn’t that way.  I have big legs and that isn’t going to change.   I can work at trimming down and toning.  My friend Erin told me I should try hot yoga because she loves it.  I enjoy running and usually at least do a mile or so.  I was skeptical about it and worried how I’d do in class.  I still agreed I’d try it out.   I’ve heard horror stories about hot yoga.  I could picture myself drenched in sweat and laying there like a beached whale.   I did a year in Iraq so I figured hot yoga would be fine.

My first class was 65 minutes long class and wasn’t too hard to keep up.  I watched other people and Erin to see what I was supposed to be doing.  They told me that the goal for your first class is to stay in the room the entire class.  I was able to do that.  A few days after my first class my sister Mary asked if I wanted to go to class with her.   I’d already worked out with weights and cardio for 2 hours. I thought no worries I’ll be fine.  I was not fine.  I repeat, I was not fine! Rule #1 of Hot Yoga is to know how long your class is. Mary and I went to 6:15 class and it was packed. We almost didn’t have enough room for everyone. Little did we know the class was actually an hour and a half long.  I kept looking at my watch thinking is this class ever going to end? It finally did and I peeled myself off the floor and filled my water bottle back up.  Rule #2 if you’re going to run and do hot yoga in the same day, run after yoga.  I’ve made myself kinda miserable because I pushed too hard.

I go to classes at Yoga 101.  They told me about a challenge that would be starting in April.  The challenge is to do 40 classes in 60 days.  After the 90 minutes class trauma I took a few days off from class.  I’m not doing too bad right now.  I have learned some things since beginning hot yoga; 1. Drink water all the time.  I usually drink a good amount of water but I’d increased my water intake a lot because of yoga.  2. Bring a big bottle of water with you.  The average 16.9 bottle of water that you usually grab it’s enough for the entire class.  I’ve been filling my camel-back bottle that’s 32oz and drink all of it or close every class. 3. Bring a towel for your mat and one to wipe yourself off with.  If I don’t dry myself off multiple time during class I can’t do some of the poses because my legs become slippery noodles. 4. Let your guard down.  The instructors all say to only do what your body can do right now.  I’m very competitive and I’m trying to not get down on myself because I can’t do something.  5. Child’s pose is your friend.  6.  You will get better faster than you think.  Today I completed my 6th class in a row.  I can tell a difference already in my flexibility and balance.

I wasn’t sure if hot yoga was going to become part of my workout routine in the beginning.  I’m hooked now though.  I’m still working out some kinks like how much water I really need to drink or with eating before or after classes. I’m still trying to balance running and yoga.  It’s going to be interesting to see how things go this summer.

Feb 152016

My husband renewed my blog because I promised I’d post more often.  He said I can’t keep followers if I don’t post more than once every few months.  I’ve recently gone back to school and plan to some blog post about being my age and the kids I’m in class with.  I’ve also set goals for myself in running this year.  I ran my first race and it was 15 degrees outside, it was terrible.  So keep the faith, I’ll be back soon.

Nov 212015

blue line

I recently got married and joined the community of Law Enforcement Officer(LEO) Wives.  Being the spouse of a cop it’s always easy.  Just knowing that your spouse might not come home is hard enough. Now with the climate of hatred of police it’s even scarier. I’m not going to rant about how people should respect the boys in blue.  I’m going to share the funny side of being around LEOs. You might be a LEO spouse if:

You have more guns in your house than rooms.

You put up laundry and find a gun you didn’t know about.

Having a concealed carry permit is a way of life.

You know their co-workers by name and badge number.

You have 2 police scanners in your house.

You listen to the scanner for fun and not just when your spouse is working.

You hear a taser in the other room and don’t flinch.

Your spouse has offered to pepper spray you to help you get rid of a cold.

You hear the nightly checklist before they leave for work: Gun, Radio, Phone.

The sound of a round being chambered is reassuring.

I’m very proud of my husband and the work he does everyday.  Hopefully before too long I’ll be not only a LEO wife but a LEO myself.

Nov 212015

advocareBack in July I tried the 10 day Advocare Cleanse to drop weight leading up to my wedding.  The cleanse had a fiber drink you take in the morning and supplement pills taken in the morning and evening.  I had been warned that the fiber drink was terrible tasting so I decided to add a fruit punch pre-workout powder to it.  It made it go down ok but the consistency was still gross.  It’s thick and chalky.  Along with the Advocare products you’re supposed to eat healthy, no added sugar, and not eat red meat.  I did ok with cutting calories, and exercising but not eating red meat was hard for me.  I never realized how often eat something until you cut it out.

I was very happy with my results.  I lost 9 pounds and felt really good when I was finished.  It helped me jump start my weight loss.  I actually did the cleanse I second time before my wedding, even though it’s not recommended to do so.  I would recommend Advocare to anyone looking for my help getting started. My entire weight loss journey ended with my losing 16 pounds all together.  I’ve been slacking lately.  I’m trying to get back on track.  I’ve gained some of the weight back but I know with hard work I can meet my goal weight.

Nov 212015

student meme

2015 has been a big year for me.   I got engaged, got married, and I’m quitting my job.  I’m quitting my job to go back to school. I’m thankful to have a supportive husband who is allowing me to make this leap. I’ve had a job since I was 14 so I’m not really sure how to be unemployed.  I’m going to the University of Southern Indiana in the spring to continue my Criminal Justice degree.

I’m lucky for a couple reasons. One, I have school benefits left from serving in the Army.  Two, I qualify for a program I didn’t even know existed that will pay 50% of my tuition.  When I met with an advisor she explained the 50% program.  Since I’m a returning student I can get 50% of my tuition paid for as long as I stay in school until I finish the degree.  It’s a win-win for me because I’m a junior so I’m hoping to be finished in 4 semesters if not faster.

Returning to school is pretty scary to me because I’m 31 and haven’t been a full time student in 10 years.  I know it’s going to take a lot of work but I know in the future having a degree will benefit me.

Jul 152015

I got talked into using Advocare products. At work around 6 people have being doing a 24 day challenge. They have gotten good results so I’m going to try part of it. Today is day 1 of a 10 days Advocare cleanse. Took morning pills and drank the fiber drink. I’d heard how bad the fiber drink tasted but it didn’t repair me for it. It is terrible! 73 days till my wedding going to try and be strong.

May 152014

greenbeanWhen I was deployed to Iraq they had these coffee shops called Green Beans. One day a buddy and I went over to see if we could get a smoothie to try to help us cool down. We found the best smoothie I have ever had, Green Beans wildberry smoothie. It went down so smooth and cool me off for a bit. We went back later that week and had another. After a few weeks so or we went back to get another wildberry smoothie. I was so sad to find out they didn’t have the mix. By this time I had become used to not have many things. I was still hopefully to have this sweet treat. Every so often my buddy and I would stop in and ask if they had it. For the rest of my deployment I didn’t get anymore wildberry smoothies. I’d given up hope.

dbIt wasn’t until a few months ago that I found another wildberry smoothie that has come close to Green Beans. Donut Bank has a very good wildberry smoothie. Looking back I don’t know that Green Beans smoothie was really that good but in that moment it gave me relief. Being in 140 degrees plus weather daily takes its toll on you after a while. The search for another wildberry smoothie was something to take my mind off the daily trials of being in Iraq. My buddy and I would make up conspiracy theories on what happen to the magical wildberry smoothie. For example, the workers were secretly keeping it for themselves, the Air Force was drinking it all up because they didn’t do any real work, or because of the sand storm they had just not taken the load. It was something so small and silly but it helped keep us entertained. Today I enjoyed a wildberry smoothie with a cool breeze on my face and realized how luck I am to be home safe.

Apr 242014

seahorseThe little things really can make your day. The internet is full of silly and often childish things. I enjoy pet pictures and videos. The picture to me is a good example of the silly but funny. I found a video of a bulldog puppy wearing a sweatshirt rolling down a hill. Each time I see it I laugh. I hope you enjoy it.