Monday, March 3, 2014

Baseball season is HERE!

We are a baseball family!  Everyone in our family plays, but me.  But due to all this action I did buy my first, very own baseball glove last season!  Yah, this stuff just got REAL, well last season it got real!  
Cole, Max & Loren

I'm so excited for baseball season to start!  Max got started this weekend and is on the same team he has been on for 5-years, but at a new level, AA-Kid Pitch!  Should be interesting.  He has improved so much the last 4-years and anxious to see his team play together for another year.

 Cole will be starting his 2nd season and is moving up to coach pitch, I can't wait to him play!  He has a natural ability and it's awesome to see him improve.  It's an exciting year for him.  

Petco Park - San Diego

It's fun to watch your kids play, who knew?  Plus I love going to the Seattle Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers, such great things to do as a family.  Last year while in San Diego we got the chance to  check out the Padres at Petco Park, one of the nicest ball parks, WOW!  We are going to California this spring and I can't wait to check out a couple more. 


Friday, February 28, 2014

It's time to RIDE...

My friend just opened up her own cycling studio The Handlebar Cycling Studio and it's AWESOME!  I finally got to visit this week for two rides, Tuesday and Thursday.  I hadn't planned to do Thursday, but after an awesome ride with, Becky Tuesday I had to come back.  Becky is my friend and the owner!  She is the best spinning instructor I've been too.  Super encouraging and pushes you in such a positive way that you want to do well and push yourself.  I'm not much for stationary exercise, but Beckys class makes it fun.  She takes you on different rides so it's not the same each class.  The music is great and you have some encouraging you the entire ride.  

Becky and I

What I love:
  • The studio is beautiful, hip, fresh and relaxing!
  • It's in TACOMA
  • My friend is an amazing instructor!
  • The bikes are the best!  
  • Computers on the bikes tell you everything you ever wanted to know about your ride!
  • Bring in a Flash Drive to record all the information of your ride you ever wanted to know!
  • You a FREE water bottle on your first visit
  • They supply towels for each ride!  Less to bring for you...
  • Great class options from beginners to advanced to 50-minute all the way to a 2-hour endurance rides! (All rides are the same choose what fit's your needs)
  • Your first ride is FREE
  • You get a killer WORKOUT and burn a ton of calories!  Sweat fest!

The studio is very impressive!
We went to the grand opening last weekend and I was so impressed with it.  The studio is very cool and open.  It's downtown Tacoma and opened a few weeks ago.  The spin bikes are the best I've been on and even have computers so you can see your stat's which makes me happy.  Seeing  your calories, distance, speed, rpm's, watts helps you a lot so you know how hard your working or not working.  It's always bothered me not to know my ride information.  You can also bring a flash drive to record your own information.
Max enjoying the amazing spin bikes 

Remember your ride is FREE!  Yah, FREE so you really should come check it out.  There is also a special right now, 3 rides for $36.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's a long-term thing?

I have to change My mindset...

I'm not patient...I need to work on that!

I expect to see results right away!

I agree, this is not a realistic, it's not a good mindset when you're trying to lose weight.

What I am grateful for, is feeling good about who I am, no matter what my size is.  I can be in a swimsuit and I don't mind.  Sure, I want to be skinnier and fit into a specific size jeans and weigh a certain weight, but that has never made me feel less of myself, just uncomfortable when my muffin top is being seen by everyone.  Stupid muffin-top, I don't care if you ARE the best part of the muffin!

I wish I was a type A personality who committed and executed all my marvelous health plans, but I'm not and I fall off the wagon and get bored with routine quickly.  I lose weight and put on weight, I run and I don't run, I swim and I don't get the idea.

This last June I lost a very dear friend very unexpectedly.  Not only was she like family to me, her daughter is one of my dearest friends.  It was very difficult to watch a friend pass away and then also watch your best friend lose her mother, her best friend, her only family.  She had also lost her dad 8 months, almost to the day her mother passed.  Death is so painful, which ever way it happens.  This turned my summer around in so many ways.

Below is a picture us during a wonderful trip we had, October 2012.  Marilyn is my friend who passed.  So grateful for this trip, we had the BEST time that will forever be cherished. 

Andrea, Megs, Marilyn & Me
Previous to this I had been doing crossfit and running and gearing up for 2-races and when my friend went in the hospital on the night before the triathlon I stopped everything, which was the right thing to do.  I was able to be with my friends and say goodbye for the 2-weeks she was in the hospital.  We didn't expect to lose her and we were actually making plans to move her some where as she was out of the hospital.  Things took a turn for the worst the last couple days and she was gone.

This summer was very different than what I planned, but death changes you.  All I wanted to do after losing her, was be with my friends and family, reconnect with old friends.  I put working out on the back burner, it just wasn't important to me.

That has led to today!  Trying to get back on track.  Why had it taken so long, oh yes and we also bought a new house!  We love it, but I couldn't think of anything else for about 3-months as we prepared for moving, I have never moved a household before...I think I would rather birth a child than move...its so much work and it never ends.  I love our new house's amazing to have space and to LOVE our house.

So now that things are getting back to normal, whatever that is!  It's was time to start making healthier choices, making time to exercise and oh yah, we booked our yearly trip to San Diego and I really, really want my shorts to fit!

(why can't I ever write a short post)

2-weeks ago I started eating whole-foods!  Not letting all the garbage in, no more beer or glass a wine at night, no processed stuff.  Lots of lean protein, veggies, fruit and drinking water.  I also started doing some weights and walking!  Oh and this week I started back at master's swimming and also did a spin class.

Yah, great progress, right!

But I'm discouraged!  Weight is not FALLING off, I haven't lost 100 pounds!  Why?

I keep telling myself that this is about MY health.  This is not about getting skinny and dropping weight quickly.  It's about making healthy choices, exercising on a regular basis.  Eating healthy most of the time.  It's not about being perfect or following a food program.

I want to be healthy!  I want to feel good, strong and healthy.

I have to keep reminding myself of this!  *Good thing too because I just ate some animal cookies.  

Bringing balance to all aspects of life.  The truth is I feel better mentally and physically when I'm making good choices and have got my heart rate up for the day.  I also feel different in my clothes when I've been making healthier choices.  It doesn't mean that my clothes fit me how I want them to...but I just feel better.  So much of this is mental.  If I eat out and have dessert that doesn't mean I'm a failure, it doesn't mean to stop making healthy choices because I blew it at that meal.

Life is such a journey!  The more I learn about food and nutrition the more I can't go back to the old way I used to do things...some ignorance is bliss!  Knowledge changes you and it's hard to go back.

I'm trying to make each day count for tomorrow.  Long-term health.

 I want to be healthy, not skinny (well I would like to be, but God didn't make me naturally skinny.) just healthy for me, for my body.  Getting older is nice for this get more comfortable with you you are, and worry less about trying to be someone you are not.  Being healthy for Jill looks different than anyone else.  My size, me weight...those are numbers that will never  measure up to the worlds standards.  But if I'm healthy and my blood work is good, I feel good and continuing to make good decision, well then that is something!

There is not an end to a healthy lifestyle, I will never feel as though I have arrived and achieved this perfect healthy lifestyle. It's a constant, I have to keep telling myself that.  What a relief!

So HEALTH, it's a long-term thing!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Let's Tri, SHALL WE?

I have much to catch you up on, but really don't feel like it at the moment!  And speaking of the moment, lets talk about what's on my mind at the MOMENT!

formally Dilettante Women's Triathlon!

What Five Mile Lake Women's Triathlon is saying:
We're happy to announce the return of the Women's Triathlon for a fourth year!  Formerly known as the Dilettante Women's Triathlon, this race is the perfect season opener for the novice or experienced athlete.  An exceedingly family-friendly race, we welcome all to come join us at lovely Five Mile Lake Park on Sunday, June 15th. 
For 2014, we will continue to offer the Sprint and Olympic distances.  We're happy to offer this longer distance for those looking to step it up!  


I'm always excited to help get the word out about this race since its in my backyard, well it's not in my backyard, but pretty darn close.

I ran this race 2-years ago and planned to run it last year, but a family emergency came up and I was unable to race.  But this year I'm thrilled and READY to race, well that is after I get some TRAINING in...Swimming, Biking and RUNNING, you know the drill!


Always amazing to FINISH!

This is an all WOMEN triathlon and is great for a seasoned triathlete as well as a NEWBY!  If you have never done a triathlon, this is a perfect FIRST triathlon.  There is NOT a million people racing which makes it very friendly and fun and way less intimidating when you're swimming, plus they start the race in waves so you aren't swimming with everyone...PERFECT, right!

Tri'ing with FRIENDS is way more fun!  It's the only way I TRI!
Sunday, June 15
Sprint & Olympic Distance

My take on the course...

*Five-Mile lake is a great lake to swim in and very clean.  As well as not freezing (depending on weather)!  Winning!

*The bike-course is very pleasant with very few hills and the hill isn't even that big, THANK YOU for that!

*The run, well who likes to run after swimming and biking...oh's a triathlon so we always end with a run!  But lucky for you it's a piece of cake and an easy-FLAT route.

If you want more first hand information, please read my post from my Five Mile Lake Women's Triathlon 2-years ago.  

So see, easy-peasy!  Wait a second...don't be so quick to get your wet-suit on and your bike have to REGISTER for the race first!

And lucky for you and I have a WINNING-CODE for you to save some you GO REGISTER HERE and use this CODE: INSANEFML2014 for 10% off.

Can't wait to see you out there!  

Monday, June 10, 2013


Uh, I might be CRAZY!

Last time we chatted I was home from Palm Springs and training for my first 70.3...but things have changed since then!

After a few weeks of great training I realized this year was NOT my year.  After battling my son one morning about getting ready in time so I could get my workout in...I realized that there is no reason to rush this and I can wait ! Wait until both kids are in school FULL time.

So with that...I totally relaxed and I know that my 70.3 will come, when it's right for my family!

I had signed up to do the Dilettante Olympic Tri June 15th since that was in my training plan for the 70.3, but since I decided to hold off on my big race...I decided I would totally drop all races this summer!?!?! Even my yearly race, Rock-n-Roll Seattle!  Is that even legal in the running world?

That was all months ago...

But then something changed...

I got my confirmation sheet for RnR Seattle last week...and I saw something interesting on my confirmation sheet...

Corral: LEGACY
Bib# 435

What the What...

Now I was regretting not running RnR and was totally wishing I had trained for this race!  I mentioned my dilemma on FB and a dear friend said I should just join her and her co-worker for a fun, easy pace run!  I can even run/walk it!  Ok, ok....I can do it.  It will hurt, but I think I will be happy to get the medal I paid for...I mean I earned?!?!  Honestly I was really struggling with paying for this race and not running it or really...not getting a medal!  I have run this race every year, how could I miss it?

Then my friend was talking about training for the Dilettante Tri!  I told her I would take her on a bike ride through the course and heck...lets swim too!  Full on TRI Training!  Through some text she told me I was doing the TRI!  I have always told people anyone can do a SPRINT, even if you haven't trained for it...well....let's see if this is TRUE?  I will get back to ya!  It felt great to get on my bike and swim!  I think I can do time won't be great...but I love the sport.  Plus a great group of blogging gals will be there and I hate to miss out on a good time!

Ok so 5-months of not training!  I have been doing a little CrossFit, but not much running...and NO LONG DISTANCE runs!  And now I am doing a Tri in less than a week and half marathon on less than 2-weeks.

Have you ever done this before?  Am I crazy?  Can someone come pick me up at mile 3?  The sprint Tri will be great training for the Half, RIGHT?

*And remember, YOU can join me at the Dilettante TRI and save $10!  Code: INSANE13

Friday, January 25, 2013

Skinny & Fast in California

That title has nothing to do with me and everything to do with California.  

I am moving!  I have decided I am moving to California where I think I would be skinny because I don't eat as much in the heat!  I would be a faster runner (which would help the skinny part) because the sun and warm weather makes me want to be outside!  And when it's warm and shorts weather your legs need to be in shape!  

It's clearly a WIN-WIN, right?

As I put my swimsuit I realized me legs are white and not just white...but scary, pasty white and not in SHORT and cute summer clothes shape...I was convinced more of the MOVE!

Ok so maybe those are lame reason, but after spending a few days in Palm Springs I was convinced that I would run more and swim more and bike more...wait, that makes me a triathlete, yah...awesome!

In Washington we have had foggy, cold and soggy weather...very DIFFERENT than Palm Springs.

Lunch at the Airport..excited for sun!
I was there for my husbands company meeting.  He works at Redfin...its an awesome online real estate company!  Headquarters are in Seattle and everyone that has come back from the company meeting has been sick.  I'm sure it's because of the extreme weather change from warm to cold!  Dry to to lame...wait...maybe the last was a little extreme?

Touchdown in Palm Springs

Always happy to hang with Molly...

Our view from our room...breakfast and coffee!  Grapefruit trees all around...HEAVEN!
Pj's and flip flops...ahhh

Time for a run!

How could this ever get old?

An hour at the spa for a massage and more time at the spa pool...ok!

More of the fun spouses...WE LOVE Redfin and tagging along for these meetings!
More sun please!

We have to leave...but enjoyed the last few hours in the sun!
We came home to foggy, cold weather!  So I don't think my husband will let me move our life down to Cali yet!  But I'm totally jealous of you all who do!  I love the sun and warm weather!  Yes, I'm sure it would get old...but really probably not!  Since we've been home my oldest son has been sick and hasn't been to school all week.  Well at least I had a vacation before the week of sickness   

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday!

Last week I enjoyed this...
 And time here!

 Then I came home and this has been our life...
Living the dream isn't always easy!  LOL!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Train Less, Tri Faster?

Like any good triathlete I have my training plan put together, well my friend put it together!  How nice is she?  Very nice!  When we met up to talk about Lake Stevens and our training schedule I was looking at it (coming off a 4-month break from any kind of serious working out) thinking 6-days a week?  Uh...
What happened to the Train less, Tri Faster?
Guess they don't have that for triathlons?

I asked where the 3-5 day a week training was?  My friend laughed and said that's an Olympic distance training plan!  Oh, so this is serious stuff, serious training? 70.3 is not a joke, it's not something you just happen to go do because you feel like it.  Many people could go out and do a sprint, make it through an Olympic, but 70.3, you have to be ready for that distance.

I am happy to report that last week I did 5-days and followed it very well and even put in some extra time.

Monday: Bike 25 minutes & Ran 15 minutes (I was only supposed to bike)
Tuesday: Swim 30 minutes (didn't know I was supposed to run too, good thing I ran Monday) 2-days...who knew?  LOL
Wednesday: Bike 20 minutes 
Thursday: Swim 30 minutes & Ran 20  minutes
Friday: Bike 25 minutes
Saturday:  Failed to Swim & Run
Sunday: Same as Saturday (Seahawks were in the playoffs)

I figured 5-days was a great way to ease into it, especially coming back from so much nothing for the last few months.

The plan my friend put together builds for 8-weeks and in March we will start the official 70.3 training.  I think this is great so we can slowly work our time and distance up at a nice, doable rate.  I love that it's about time and HR and not about pace and distance right now.  It's mentally easier running for 40-minutes and not worrying about 4-miles.  That training calendar can be intimidating to look at so the TIME training eases my mind a little ok, a lot.  Not that it will be easy, but I know I can handle it.

Here is to another 3-5 6-days of training!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dilettante Triathlon 2013!

I'm slowly getting my race calendar together.  How about you? 

Here's some help!

Dilettante Women's Triathlon is on Saturday, June 15th!  This is a great race that is sponsored by Dilettante Chocolate!  If you get Chocolate!  Yah, I said Chocolate!   And a great Medal!  Even if you don't place you get chocolate...a Medal and Chocolate!

All Running To Sanity readers are getting hooked up with a $10 off registration 
with code: INSANE13

Click HERE to register & Save!

What BTO Multisport is saying:

We're happy to announce the return of the Dilettante Women's Triathlon for a second year!  Formerly known as the Five Mile Lake Women's Triathlon, this race is the perfect season opener for the novice or experienced athlete.  An exceedingly family-friendly race, we welcome all to come join us at lovely Five Mile Lake Park on Saturday, June 15th. 

For 2013, we have added an Olympic distance course (pending final approval).  We're happy to offer this longer distance for those looking to step it up!  


I'm really excited that they are doing an Olympic distance in addition to the Sprint this year!  And it happens to fall on the same weekend that my 70.3 training plan call for an Olympic!  Win-Win!

I had a really FUN time doing this Tri and am looking forward to racing it again! (Read last years report, HERE)  It's a smaller, local race and is women only!  The course is great and they have amazing volunteers out their helping out.  The lake is nice and makes for a great swim.  Whether this is your first triathlon or your an experienced triathlete...this is a great race for you!  Give it a Tri!

Check out more information HERE and register HERE to save $10.

This race is put on by BTO Multisport.  Check out their website for more races HERE.

I'm excited!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Just swim! Oh I need to run too?

After getting up at 5am this morning and working until 11:30 all I wanted to do was take a nap!  I'm a baby when it comes to sleep...I like it...A-LOT!

I'm a PRO when it comes to sleeping!
Actually to be fair to myself...I have handled getting up at 5am for the last year way better than expected.  Plus it's only 2-days a week and I roll out of bed and go...not to shabby.

I planned to swim today, but something was wrong with the air at work and it was freezing as was the showers!  Ugh...swim was delayed!  But I knew I had to get it in since that's what week 1 of 70.3 training called for.

So to train for a tri I have to work out TWICE in ONE day?

Both Tuesday & Thursday called for a swim and a run?
Woops...didn't notice the run part on Tuesday!  Had to make sure to do both today!

So this brings me to 3-things/thoughts Thursday!

There is 3-things that I wanted/had to do this afternoon while Cole was in preschool.

Want 1...Take a nap, Did it!  It was short, but perfect!

Want 2...Read more of my friend, Chrissie's know Chrissie Wellington's book, "A Life Without Limits"

Had to do 3....Go for a 20-30 minute run!

Getting out the door is usually the hardest part!
I text a couple tri-friends and told them I had to go accountability group! They told me to I listened and went! It was snow/raining...awesome! Plus I needed to keep my HR in check!  Wow, easier said than done...had to walk a couple times to make that happen.  But it was a great, easy run!  I wore my Polar HR monitor, not my garmin so I wouldn't get got up in pace or distance.

I was able to achieve all 3!  Perfect!  Boy can I manage my time...haha!  If only it were that easy!
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