Half Marathon Training | Week 7

Woohoo I felt so much better about my training this past week.  It was a nice re-boot and although I'm still sore, I feel great knowing that I'm back on track and training hard! I also made better food choices and less "treats"!  I had book club with my girls on Friday, so I did indulge in some yummy Middle Eastern food & wine, but other than that, I stayed on track with my Paleo meals :)

Here's the rundown of the week!  

Monday:  6 mile run ( 3 miles on treadmill & 3 miles on the indoor track at the gym)

Tuesday: 4 mile run (2 treadmill & 2 track) then ab work

Wednesday:  1 hr. PIT (Pure Intensity Training) Class 

Thursday: 1 hr. Strength Training Session with Personal Trainer

Friday:  - 1 hr Pilates


Sunday: 9 mile group hike/run to Fletcher Peak in Mt. Charleston with 3,300 ft. elevation gain.  It was brutal but awesome at the same time. 

Total Miles:  19 miles (YAY!!!) 

Halfway up our trail at Mt. Charleston and enjoying the view! 

Halfway up our trail at Mt. Charleston and enjoying the view! 

I was very happy when we reached the summit, can't you tell?!!? 

I was very happy when we reached the summit, can't you tell?!!? 

A group shot of the awesome folks I hiked up with! 

A group shot of the awesome folks I hiked up with! 

Here's to a great week ahead of working hard for our goals and making it to the top!



Viva Las Vegas | 5 Year of Calling Vegas Home

I cannot believe that we've been living in Vegas for 5 years already.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun.  I gotta say, I really like living here.  My husband misses trees, but I don't really.  I mean, it's always nice to see trees when we go on vacation, but I really do love the desert landscape.  Is living in Las Vegas perfect.  Of course not, but what place is?  Well, maybe Southern California is really close to perfection...But, alas, I don't live there. I live in Las Vegas and I'm making it work for me and my family. 

We made the decision to move from Central Florida to Las Vegas 5 years ago because my family had moved here and we were expecting baby #2.  Family is very important to us and I wanted my kiddos to grow up with family around them.  Being in Florida without our family just didn't feel right.  Plus, Jason and I were really ready for a change.  Florida had been good to us for 12 years, but we felt stuck and it was definitely time to move on.  So, we packed up our things and said goodbye to the sunshine state (which is such a bad nickname being that it's so humid & rainy there!)

Making the move cross country wasn't as hard as I thought I'd be.  I'm sure this was because my family was here and it helped make the transition a lot easier.  I didn't feel lonely or lost in a new environment.  I immediately took to the desert lifestyle and I find myself defending Vegas to people how ask how we could like living here or if it's a good place to raise a family.  The truth is, we don't live on the strip and outside of the strip, Vegas is just one big suburb.  We have lots of parks, nice communities, shopping centers, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.  It's like living in most cities, you don't take your kids to the "bad side of town" or with you for a night out, right? Here are a few things I like about living in Vegas and how Vegas has helped me and my family live a fun life:

*I worked really hard to establish my business here.  I grew as a business owner and my photography skills improved, as well.  I'm a wedding photographer, feel free to check out my work HERE (shameless plug, I know!) I don't think I would have such a successful business if we would have stayed in FL.  I didn't have the motivation or the drive to move forward like I felt when we moved here. 

*We get to travel more.  Florida is mostly surrounded by water and it takes about 3 hours traveling north to get out of the state from Central Florida and even then you weren't anywhere super fun.  Yes, Florida has beautiful beaches, amusement parks, and other fun places to visit, but for someone like me who loves to travel and explore new places it just wasn't enough.  Flying is expensive for a family of 4, so road trips are more our style. Living in Las Vegas has really given us the opportunity to visit some awesome cities, national parks, and landmarks in many different states.  


*Getting outside!  Yes, summers in Vegas are HOT!! But, they only last 3 months and the rest of the year the weather is pretty close to perfection.  Plus, it's not humid and it rarely rains! We love going on hikes around Red Rock Canyon (which is just 15 mins from our house), going to parks, and just exploring the great desert outdoors right in our own backyards!


*Getting healthy!  Ok, so this one didn't happen immediately.  It took me a long time to realize that there was a lot more to it than dieting or being fat versus being skinny.  In 2012, I finally realized that I had to make permanent lifestyle changes. I was tired of being overweight and feeling sluggish, so I made the right changes and now I live a much healthier and active life and my family does too! 


Like I said, l really enjoy living here and we've made some good friends and awesome memories here. I could look at this town and find a million things wrong with it and yeah, sometimes I do.  Sometimes I wish we lived in a city with more of a local vibe, with more cultural centers, museums, and nice farmers markets.  Sure Id o.  But, I choose to embrace where I am and make the best of it.  I choose to look for the good and be positive.  It's easier and makes me happy.  I look forward to lots more family road trips and days hiking along Red Rock Canyon with the kiddos.  Thanks, Vegas!

Vegas peeps, what do you like about living here? If you aren't from Vegas, what do you love about your hometown? I'd love to hear from you! xo

Enjoying the Great Outdoors | Red Rock Canyon

One of the best things about having friends and family visit us in Las Vegas, is getting to show them the parts of Las Vegas that most people don't know about.  I'm not talking about the sketchy side of town, but rather the great outdoors!  Las Vegas offers a ton of opportunities to get outside, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and hike!  One of our favorite spots is Red Rock Canyon

The day before the Rock N Roll Half Marathon, we took my cousin and her hubby to check out Red Springs at Calico Basin, which is within the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.  This is a great spot for picnics and hiking with the family.  There's a boardwalk that goes all around the area and trails that are easily accessible from there and the parking lot.  We chose to walk around the boardwalk a bit, then make our way to one of the trails that connects from the boardwalk up a hill and among the huge rocks.  It was a little chilly & windy that day, but once we started walking we all felt great.  Getting outside and taking in the fresh air is such a great for our family to connect.  It really helps that there is no cell phone reception out there too ;) 


I am so grateful to have such an amazing family that I can spend time with!  Here's to enjoying life and being with our loved ones. 


ps.  Be sure to check out my Sweaty Bands Giveaway going on right now!