Oct 30, 2014

New Job


I started my new job at Whole Foods today. I wore jeans and tennis shoes, ya'll! It felt very bizarre for me. I was in banking for five years so professional attire was always required. This was a whole new environment for me. I was nervous and extremely excited! I couldn’t believe how nervous I was. This was my first time starting a new job in four years.

I usually prefer to keep my work life completely separate from my blog but this job is different. I have wanted to work for Whole Foods since the first time I stepped into the Franklin, Tennessee location a couple years back. I’ve never actually lived close enough to a Whole Foods so I’ve never been able to work for the company but anytime I was near one, I would make it a point to stop in and browse.

I found out over a year ago, while visiting the Encinitas store, that the next store opening in the Inland Empire was going to be in Palm Desert. I lived in Temecula at the time so I wasn’t too excited. But then something epic happened. My fiancé was promoted to store manager and we had to move to Palm Desert! I decided back in March that I would make it my mission to work for Whole Foods. I’m not lying when I tell you that I would drive by the store often while it was being built to check on the progress. I screamed so loud when I finally saw the Whole Foods sign go up on the building.

I applied and interviewed about a month ago. I was hired on the spot. I think my Team Lead was impressed by my enthusiasm. I can't even remember how many times I told him, "I have always wanted to work for Whole Foods!" Everything was falling into place. Leaving a job without another job lined up is terrifying. Everyone close to me kept reminding me that God would provide and He would open a door for me. I prayed and prayed and He definitely came through for me. I'd say He out did Himself this time.

Fast forward to today. Day one. Orientation. I met some really awesome people and I learned so much about Whole Foods. I loved everything I learned. I have always felt so strongly about this company and everything I learned just reinforced those feelings.


For lunch we were given a ten dollar allowance and we were able to put that towards anything in the store. I chose a mango smoothie, a LaraBar and a bag of Organic Kettle Chips. Don’t worry, most of the bag is in my pantry now. 

I try to eat very healthy. You all know that. I’m not perfect but I do my best. What I love most about Whole Foods is that I don’t have to feel guilty about anything I buy from there. Whole Foods does all the dirty work for me. They don’t allow artificial ingredients, preservatives or hydrogenated oils in their stores. They only work with the finest suppliers and vendors out there. So what I buy from there won’t cause my body any harm. It may prevent me from losing weight because they have some pretty dang delicious cupcakes! But I just have to make sure I consume everything in moderation. 

Oh, and did I mention I get a 20% employee discount?!!! I hope I can restrain myself from spending my entire paycheck within those walls. 


When my fabulous day was over I went home and headed to the gym. I needed to get a three mile run in.


Photo on the left was from my first day of my last job back in September of 2010. Compared to me today, first day of my new job at Whole Foods. Probably a forty pound difference between both photos. I’ve changed so much since then. I actually care about what I put into my body, I actually work out on a regular basis and I know now that in order to be completely satisfied, I need to work for a company that I truly believe in.

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Oct 27, 2014

Bridal Expo

I’m home in bed today. I’ve felt a cold coming on the last three days so I’m resting, hoping to fight it off. I start my new job on Thursday so I have to be better by then. And yes, I did say I’m starting a new job. I’ll tell you all about that at a later time.

Yesterday I had a wonderful day. I went to a Bridal Expo with my mom and future mother-in-law. It was quite the reminder that I am, in fact, going to be a bride.



I wore my engagement present from my mom and dad. This one is known as my “special special occasion” watch. And my mom and I are twins when we wear them.


We walked around and talked to different vendors. There were really only three that I was interested in. The first one made custom shirts so my mom ordered a couple things for me. I will definitely show them off on the blog when I receive them in the mail. The second was the owner of the local wedding dress shop. She’s actually a friend of the family and I’m pretty sure I will order my dress through her. I showed her a picture of what I want and she told me to find out the designer and let her know and she can order it for me. She also suggested I come in to try on a bunch of styles. She said I won’t know what I like until I try it on. I’m sure that is very true so I will probably do just that. The third vendor I was interested in does table rentals and one of their setups grabbed my attention as soon as I walked by.
 
We also drank mimosas and watched a fashion show. The dresses were beautiful but none of them were what I’m looking for. 

After the expo we got coffee and sat and talked for a little while. I love the fact that my parents get along with my fiancé’s parents. I know that’s very rare. I’ve heard horror stories. My fiancé and I got very lucky.  We talked about Christmas and the wedding and everything in between. 


We went back to my parents’ house to drop off my mom and we hung out and talked for a little while longer. I love seeing my baby. I miss him so much when I’m in Palm Desert. My dad is very attached to him so when I moved, my dad refused to let me take him.


 

Here is all the swag I received from the expo. Lot’s of magazines and pamphlets to look through. Most of it is not what we want but it’s still fun to look.


And our first gift as an engaged couple! From my fiancé’s mom and dad. It’s an ornament for our Christmas tree but I may just keep it out all year long. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? I love the diamond! Makes me really really miss mine. I actually just received a call from the jewelers and my ring is ready to be picked up!!! I'm so excited I could burst!!! Hopefully we can run over and get it when my fiancé gets home from work. The decorative sign was also a gift from my future mother-in-law but she gave us that a couple months back. 

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Oct 26, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Coffee


My weakness is all things pumpkin spice! My favorite drink this time of year was a Venti Soy Misto with three pumps of Pumpkin Spice syrup from Starbucks. Notice how I said was? I found out this season that there isn’t even pumpkin in their famous recipe. I’ll admit, I was devastated. I wanted to do some research of my own to find out if this was true or not. What I found was pretty alarming. First of all, Starbucks will not even post the ingredients on their website. Hmmm. Second of all, There are SIXTY-TWO grams of sugar is a Venti!!! 

Because I’ve also given up Coffee-Mate and International Delight coffee creamers, I had no other choice than to make my own holiday creamer this year. So I came up with a recipe for Pumpkin Spice creamer and I added it to my bulletproof coffee. It was quite delicious and guilt free because I actually know what’s going into my body when I drink it.


I started with these five ingredients:
Pumpkin Pie Spice 
Coconut Milk
Almond Milk (about a cup)
Pure Pumpkin
Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops
I ended up only using half the can of Coconut Milk and half the can of Pure Pumpkin.
I stored the rest in air tight containers in my fridge and they will stay there until I make another batch.
I blended the five ingredients together until it was smooth.
That was it!


You don’t have to use this creamer in bulletproof coffee.
You can add it to regular coffee.
Or if you’re lucky enough to have an espresso machine at home, you can make a latte.


In order to make Pumpkin Spice bulletproof coffee I blended together:
Freshly Brewed Coffee
Melted Coconut Oil & Ghee
Pumpkin Spice Creamer
I poured it into my mug and added Pumpkin Pie Spice on top.


I'm going to work on a Mint Chocolate creamer for Christmas time.  
If you’d like to try out my other bulletproof recipe, click here.

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Oct 25, 2014

First Run

The half marathon training plan that I have chosen to follow is twelve weeks long. That would mean that I should begin training on November 17th. Well, I am not prepared to wait. I’d rather start early and when I finish my half marathon training plan I can go right into my full marathon training plan.

The fact that I’m even talking about this just astounds me, by the way.


That post run sweat always feels so good!


I began my training plan yesterday. I completed three miles and I was very proud of my time. I had Truly Daily playing on my iPad while I ran. Jess is always such a great motivator for my workouts. 

Even though I was very happy with my time, I am looking forward to getting to a place where I actually feel good when I run. Yesterday I was very light headed and my legs were in pain. Thursday was leg day. Words of wisdom for you all. Don’t start half marathon training the day after leg day. My legs are hurting even more now this morning but I guess I need to get used to that. I've heard Glutamine helps muscle recovery so I may look into adding that to my list of supplements. And about my lightheadedness, I need to figure out if I need more water, electrolytes or maybe more carbs right before I run.


I snapped the photo above because I could actually see definition in my back while I was just standing there. It’s the little things in life. My next goal is to see definition in my arms without flexing.


 

I love this time of year. I wish it felt like Fall here but unfortunately, we’re still in the 90’s in the desert. I guess that’s why they call it the desert. I ran some errands yesterday afternoon. I hobbled around and moaned every now and then because I was in so much pain. BUT it was all worth it. When I looked at these selfies I thought, “Hey, my legs actually look fit.” That’s the first time that has ever happened! #nonscalevictory

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Oct 24, 2014

The Girl Who Hated Running

I was inspired to run by my friend, Emily. I started reading her blog before I ever even met her. My mom introduced us at church and we clicked right away. She put together a group of girls from church and we trained to run a 5K. I’m pretty sure it was the first race for all of us except Emily. We’d meet once a week, run and then eat dinner together. Even though I always hated running before, I started to enjoy it then because of the girls I was surrounded by.

I ran my first 5K in July of 2012 at the San Diego Chargers stadium. It was hard but it was also exhilarating. My official time was some where around 45 minutes. I’ve said it before, I’ve never been a fast runner. Finishing has always been my main goal. 



Here I am on the morning of my first 5K. I was filled with nerves but the fact that I wasn’t doing it alone made it so much better. I loved my body then. I only did cardio and I had slimmed down a lot. If only I had known the benefits of weight lifting then.


Funny story is that my brother snapped this photo of me and my sister-in-law right before the race. They had just started dating and I had no idea how amazing she was and how great she would be for my brother. I’m so glad we share this memory.


And this is the wonderful group of ladies I ran with that day.


My next race was a 4-miler. And once again, I ran it with Emily. She was and still is a great motivator to me. When she tells me to run, I run! Especially when we’re nearing a finish line. This race started in La Jolla and ended in Pacific Beach. The scenery was gorgeous!


And then there was the big one. The half marathon. It was October of 2013 in Temecula, my hometown. I felt like I had no other choice but to register. 

My time was not the best but my main goal was to do it and to finish. I had to walk a lot. There were so many hills. My body was aching. My feet were hurting. But I did it. And I want to do it again.

I’ve taken a year off. And that was what I wanted. When I finished my race last year I made the decision to not run for a while. It’s been nice. I’ve enjoyed focusing more on lifting and learning new things about my body. But I’m ready to run again and I’m planning on registering for the Palm Springs half marathon on February 8th 2015. Last time my goal was to finish. This time around my goal will be to beat my previous time. I have no doubt in my mind that I can do that. I’m much stronger than I was a year ago and I owe that to all those heavy things I pick up and put back down four to five times a week. 

And here’s the big news. I am also considering registering for the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll FULL marathon on May 31st 2015. Yeah, I said it. I have HUGE doubts and I am scared out of my mind. The thought of constantly moving my legs through twenty-six point two miles makes me sick to my stomach. And that is exactly why I want to do it. What’s the saying? If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. That’s exactly how I feel about completing a full marathon. Since I started running in 2012, running a full marathon has been at the very bottom of my to-do list. Something I’ve wanted to do so I can say I have ran twenty-six point two miles without stopping. I’m in great shape. I’m young. I’m healthy. I have nothing standing in my way.

The pre-sale registration is currently closed but I did sign-up to receive an email when the 2015 registration opens up. I will keep you all updated.

I’m going to start by training for a half marathon again. Since I don’t currently run on a regular basis, I am going to use a training schedule for beginners. I’ll be using this plan.


I look forward to adding more bibs and medals to my collection!


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