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Within the upcoming week I’ll be mailing out our Christmas cards. (Yes. I know, seems a little late. –To my standards especially.) BUT!! There’s a lot of timing to this years holiday card. In our card display’s our 2016 photoshoot in which we took early November. As my family photoshoots are usually held in the spring time early on in the year, this year ended up scheduled once we were fully “fully,” situated in Sacramento.

Our lifestyle photoshoot turned out to be amazing. Our photographer Jillian Gorman, local in Sacramento, captured my family in a way that made me so happy, she did beyond what I was expecting. With a twist of urban art, Sacramento landmarks, and a soft touch with her real film camera (not digital!) She did SUCH AN AMAZING JOB!!!

Check out Jillian’s work HERE on her blog, and follow her on IG!!

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Follow Jillian on IG and Facebook!!

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Jillian also did a blog post about our photoshoot, which you can read on her blog HERE.

 I cannot thank Jillian enough for the wonderful work she has done. I just love how she’s a creative entrepreneur enjoying what she does for a living. Please do me a favor and follow her on her social media platforms. On IG she share’s the cutest stories of her young girls, exploring Sacramento!

Hello Sacramento!

It’s official! My family and I have moved to Sacramento! It’s been a long journey for us! But we did it! It’s been about 2 months settled in, and my family and I have transitioned very smoothly to the area. Leaving the Bay Area wasn’t as hard as I thought it would’ve been. But let’s start with why we moved.

Yellow Sacramento Bridge is the Tower Bridge that sits over the Sacramento River.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve always thought this was going to be my forever home. Of course I knew there were tons of great places out there in the world to explore and discover, but knowing that your childhood friends and family are only 10-20 minutes away is quite comforting. But not until you grow your own family.

See from, 2007-2012 my high school sweetheart and I struggled to make a comfortable home. We jumped from a small loft nestled in the intersection of Hayward’s Mission Blvd. & A St. (subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area), where oriental auto mobile mechanic shops, used car dealerships, and a WIC Family Grocery store rest. From the ghetto loft (raising a 2yr old son), we then moved to Fremont, CA just 15 minutes south of Hayward and rested in a 1 bedroom corner apartment, where Middle Eastern liquor stores were walking distance and countless Pizza N Curry deliveries were always made.

Once we were expecting our second son Tristan, we needed more space and moved back up North to Castro Valley, CA (25 minutes North Fremont,) a small village town, with mainly older retired veterans, and young working professional families. That was a transitional apartment while we were expecting our second son. At age 23, we managed to make these small apartments our home, and my recently graduated boyfriend started his career in Software Development. I at the time, was working full time as a Administrative Assistant in San Ramon for an ATM company. One of my most favorite jobs ever.

After living in in Castro Valley for about 6 months, with our new 3 month old baby son, and 3 year old, my parents offered a deal to live in a 5 bedroom home, that was supposed to be an elderly care home project, that didn’t fall through. We were only paying $1,000 a month! Note, 5 bedrooms, in Union City, CA. That was a deal. 3 years in a comfortable home (which didn’t feel like home, bc we were technically paying my parents), we moved out and found a 3 bedroom cute bungalow in Fremont, and then made it our own, with cozy personality, cul-de-sac memories, and neighborhood kids friendships with my grown boys now (5 & 8yrs old.)

 

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Now, fast forward to the present. We’re now settled in Sacramento, just North of Downtown, and across the Sacramento River. What brought us further up to Northern California and settling in Sacramento??? The overcrowded Bay Area. 2015 was all about reflection and patience for myself and my boyfriend who had ruptured his left achilles tendon during a basketball game. Mid-summer, he partially torn it again. Through the rough patches of year, and many hours of talking about “when I’m 100%,” or “When I’m able too….” so many conversations were about the future. The future that may not be nestled in the Bay Area, where we will take ourselves and our children, and start fresh.

In fall 2015, we already started searching. Searching for family friendly neighborhoods. Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, San Diego. We wanted an area with culture, diversity, and where the cost of living was a lot lower than the Bay.

“The Bay Area is where you want to work, and only want to work.” 

“The Bay Area is pushing out the middle class.”

“Work life balance is non-existent in the Bay Area. There’s a reason why Tech companies have all these aminities on site such as oil change, dry-cleaning, gym, free food… They don’t want you to leave.”

A typical 3 bedroom home in Fremont could cost you about $2,700 to $3,000 a month! $2,900 for luxury condos near BART.

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For a stay-at-home mother, with a partner who works remotely from home, even us too, are sick and tired of the over-used and abused culture in the Bay Area. We haven’t taken our children to San Francisco since 2012. (Due to the extreme traffic conditions.) It just isn’t worth it in our eyes. After the careful consideration, and much research, we settled for Sacramento. See, I don’t want to talk down the Bay Area. It’s an amazing part of Northern California. But it doesn’t fit in to our family needs. We can live without it, the 1hour and 50minute drive to visit family and friends is excusable, and still not to too far.

 

During our transition of relocating my family to Sacramento, it’s brought to my attention relationship standings with family and friends. Also, how I plan to tackle and approach our new life here. It all transitions well into turning 30 this year. My goals are crystal clear, and I love the new atmosphere in our neighborhood and community. Stay tuned for more Sacramento living with my Journey to 30!

 

 

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My First Half Marathon

The holiday’s have finally passed, the new year has begun, goals have been set and 2016 has definitely been treating myself and my family very well. I’ve been building myself for success within the past year, starting with my Journey to 30. It started with getting back into shape, with my yo-yo weight, and finally stabilizing it, and putting me on a path of a healthy lifestyle. I focused much summer-winter 2015 on runs easing myself into 5Ks, 10Ks, and kicking 2015 in the butt with my very first half marathons!!

After being able to put myself on a healthy track and rhythm of fitness and running, many parts of my life such as social circles, parenting, and my relationship with my long time boyfriend improved. It’s something about that healthy start of working out, shocking your body, being discipline and giving your body the right nutrients is amazing. Sleep, rest, workout repeat….No joke, but that same commitment, and drive helped me later on naturally, and happened organically.

Setting goals with an action plan, and completing them is the biggest reward ever. You don’t have to have it figured out in the beginning. Just move forward, and I promise you things will fall into place!! As healthy goals started to settle, I was able to add more to my action-to-do list. Commitments towards health was nailed, family, and blogging, along with YouTube commitments (when I get that opportunity) got a lot easier to mange all on top of each other. I was definitely on a got path of being healthy and happy.

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I last ended my 2015 Journey To 30 HERE. With two half marathons. My first was a few days right after Thanksgiving. 13.3 miles, flat, trails, in my local neighborhood.

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Read more of my mental prep of my Thanksgiving Runs HERE.

Before my first half marathon, I literally thought what better way to top it off, with a 10K on Thanksgiving Day.

“I can handle it.” EHHHH………….Yeah, and no.

That wasn’t the case 24 hours later.

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Read more on my 10K Nitro Turkey HERE.

Photo Credit: Brazen Racing

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Sunrise at Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont, CA

November 28, 2015 was my first Half Marathon. 13.3 miles. I can do this. I think. My legs were tight, my hamstrings were shot, my IT bands were screaming no. Major soreness overload, foam rolling was needed, and a sports therapist would’ve suggested me that morning to rest. I knew I wasn’t ready, coming from a 10K just a day and half before. “Why am I here? Why did I do the 10K? I’m so much in pain!”

These were the thoughts I had in my head waiting at the Quarry Turkey corral waiting for my half marathon to begin. I woke up, got ready, gave myself ample time to warm up, hydrate, stretch (as much as I could,) and take action. Just finish. I already knew there would be no way to hit the 2 hour mark. This is just the beginning of my journey. I’m not going to nail it. I plan on running many, many, many, many, many more half marathons within my lifetime. This is only number 1.

The Quarry Turkey Half Marathon was hosted again, by my favorite group of people from Brazing Racing. A local business from Pinole, who host many great races throughout the Bay Area (particularly the East Bay, Bay Area.) I’ve devoted myself to Brazen Racing the entire year of 2015, because of their smooth event planning, cause, and great locations to host runs. The Quarry Turkey was my first half marathon. I’ve had a couple 5Ks, and 10Ks under my belt, and ambitious goal to run half marathons by the end of the year.This was the beginning of a new stepping stone for myself. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Just a good ol’ 13.3 miles right? Flat ground, no inclines. Easy yeah?

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Oh my dear fellow reader, I was wrong. I should’ve prepared myself a little bit more. Actually a lot more. I was walking my kids to school, jogging when the kids were at school, hiking with peers over the week, but I needed more……

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I’m going to type a few foot notes for myself real quick:

Tiffany Take ACTION!!!!!!!!!! Tiffany Take ACTION!!!!!!!!!! Tiffany Take ACTION!!!!!!!!!!

Half Marathon Training Program:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

2 Miles and 20 Min SS

Increase miles every 2 weeks, by a mile.

(Within a 16 week 4 month program)

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

30 Minute SS

30 Minute CT or Run 2 Miles (with continuing mile increase)

Saturday

 – REST –

SS (Strength Train & Stretch)
Do your own routine or take a yoga class.
CT (Cross Train)
Do other cardio other than running such as biking, swimming, hiking, or a cardio class.
REST:
You don’t have to skipout on exercise entirely. Take a walk, do some stretches or use a foam roller to massage your hard working legs.

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The this point, I knew I was already in danger due to my tight hamstrings, and locked up IT bands. I was already telling myself to hold back on long strides, and extended leaps avoiding other runners. I knew I had to keep it slow and steady, back off when needed when pain would spike, and keep an eye on time. I had to be at mile 9 within 2 hours!!

There was a time during my run along the Alameda Creek Trail that I was cheering myself on, giving myself positive reinforcement, and also chatting.  During long distances run, all you have is your mind, and thoughts to sort through. I never really run with earbuds in my past runs, because I do enjoy the raw sound of runners, and nature crunching at your feet (especially during trail runs). I’ve mentioned before, running is so raw, and thats what I love about it. To me it isn’t the race, but about completing the race, depending on yourself only to finish. It takes a lot of sweat, energy, and mental “can-do” attitude to complete the 13.3 miles. Only you can make it happen.

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Me crossing the finish line at 3 hours 2 minutes. (In pain) But I came in at 12th Place for FEMALE 25 (age group) HALF MARATHON POSITION!

 

The results. For a first time doing a half marathon, without crazy extensive training, I thought this was pretty good. The ultimate goal in the future is to finish at 2.5 hours. But I’ll take the 3hr mark. I do know theres plenty room of improvement. But I’d like to remind myself that this isn’t easy. A 14min mile is less than ideal. I know exactly what needs to bee done in order to improve, and I kind of had set myself for disaster as I had a 10K 2 days prior to my first half marathon.

Legs were tight, rest was needed. I was seriously crying inside.

13/1 miles at at a almost 14 min mile pace, CAN DEFINITELY IMPROVE (this is in CAPS for my future self.) Half Marathons are amazing. I’d honestly run them more than I could, AND I SHOULD. To those out there with fitness goals, weather you’re shedding the weight, finding a healthy outlet, looking for a new challenge, Half Marathons are definitely something. I’d like express to my readers, I’m really hard on myself. But if I give it my all, wake up, show up, and give a full swing at it, my job is done.  Again, this was my first Half Marathon. I can’t believe I completed it, under the pain I was in, but I finished! Who knows how well I can do at the next… (READ Upcoming post!!)

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I look forward to more Half Marathons and the training that will help me reach my time goal. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving to health and happiness!! Stay tuned, as I’ll share my next Half Marathon experience (I had to split the two posts, bc the photos are just awesome!)

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Creative Collaboration Via YouTube

YouTube is the resource for simple how-to videos, and real entertainment, made by real people with no long commercials (compared to cable television). YouTube is my main source of entertainment, from DIY crafts, thrift store hauls, furniture facelifts, just to name a few. I gravitate towards my hobbies, and watch people to share the same interest.

I’ve been in close contact with fellow Beauty YouTuber Msdebramaye for the past year… If you’re not familiar with Msdebramaye, you can check out her YouTube Channel HERE. If you like clear, understandable, coherent, open reviews, and tutorials on make-up and beauty, Msdebramaye is definitely for you! I’ve collaborated with Debramaye and have hit record.

I’m huge on signs. When I get some sort of indirect sign or signal from the universe, I capitalize on it. Something I’ve been trusting fate with as I’m getting older. Yes, it sounds crazy, but I’ve noticed signs, and at times I didn’t take advantage of it. I’ve gotten a huge sign from a fellow YouTuber I’ve met online. After purely contacting her about something so simple, now has bummeranged back to me to asking for her help in styling her wedding!!! Its something in my eyes has come with purpose, to prepare me for something challenging, as well as creative and stimulating for me to try…..So I’ve decided to hit record, and film my collaboration with Msdebramaye in preparation to her wedding day!


Check out my YouTube Channel HERE.
Please stay tuned as I plan to share a whole LOT of stuff I’m passionate about! If you like what you see on my blog, and want more of my crafts, motherhood tips,  household organization, and just celebrating life’s simple joys thumbs up, like, and subscribe!!!
My entire Journey To 30, consists of quite a few things…And I believe YouTube is a tiny part of it. I’ve done quite a ton of research and played around with iMovie, enough to understand it. I love the challenge that it brings, and love what YouTube is all about, so I plan to be apart of this golden era of online video. Since my first video, its something I can’t stop thinking about. So I plan to NOT stop working for it.
Here’s my formula that I’ve been following all year…
Find three hobbies you love:
One to make you happy,
one to keep you in shape,
and one to be creative.

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I like to follow signs, and I love how in todays age everything you want to learn about you can get for free on the internet. I’ve closely been following Video Influencers on YouTube. Created  by Benji Travis, husband and manager of ItsJudyTime and Sean Cannell (Creator of THiNK International) will help build your influence and your income with YouTube and online video. Online Video, is something I totally believe in, and currently willing to take a chance and become that “X-Facor,” as a way to provide for my family, hopefully pay off school loans (Boo SallieMae!!!), and also have a financial and stable future.

Video Influencers will help bring you Top YouTubers, Video Creators, and Entrepreneurs that are getting real results with Video. You’ll learn the secrets, mindsets, tips and best advice all from them through their experiences and other YouTube successors. I’ve been watching YouTube since day ONE!!! Back in 2006, I remember, I was in my room at my parents house, and 20 year old girl getting ready for my retail job at The Limited. I wanted to look up some make-up looks, and so I searched on YouTube. Since then, YouTube as obviously grown into something like no other. I don’t even watch cable TV anymore!! Strictly, YouTube & Netflix.

If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve mentioned about drop down hints of what I’m getting myself into. I’ve even started following Video Influencers on Twitter, and they were happy to follow me back!! (Little girl sequels!) Yes! Super crazy, but I believe I can achieve greatness in this online video community. I believe in signs. And I’m willing to take a chance in this. It’s all about consistency, the motivation, and willingness. I am no scared what I once was about YouTube, and willing to take a full swing at it!!

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I definitely feel the love Sean Cannell!! Thank you!!!

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More love on Instagram!

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Some Questions:

“But Tiffany, why now?”

I’ve been thinking about YouTubing for the longest time. I’ve watched many YouTubers who are just like me, and I build a connection with them. I actively comment, and they comment back. I create discussions, suggestions, and also an online relationship with other moms/communities. A digital support group is really what it is.

I’ve been blessed to be a stay @ home since I was 24 years old. My youngest is finally going to school, and I am now released from the obligation during the day to care for him. I now have time. Bottom line, and I want to try new things and keep busy.

“What stopped you before?”

Fear. Lack of self confidence. I wasn’t sure I was good enough to do it. I thought YouTube was always over crowded, and I didn’t think people would like my niche of interest.

“What will your YouTube Channel be about?”

Life & family. Me being ME.

I’m a hodge podge of things. I honestly like a little bit of everything. So sharing my unique eclectic style is something I believe will attract others like me.

Also, the timeline of life has always been my main uniqueness of me and my family. I’ve been with my highschool sweetheart for about 15 years, have children, moving around like gypsy’s, traveling, enjoying old fashion simplicities of life.

We’re not married. And we’re figuring out whats next in life. A new home? Moving out of California (Bay Area?) More kids? Finally plan a wedding?

Who knows?! I guess you would have to Subscribe to find out!! 

“Are you scared about the negative hate comments?”

I am. But it’s a part of the job I guess. Use that negative energy as fuel to be better.  As a joke, I always think of the hater on the otherside of the screen as a bored fat adult, unhappy with his/her life, pretending to be a lost teen online. Haha. Mean. But sorry, you made a mean nasty comment to me, so this is what I think of you. LOL.

I just hope I can just inspire people, my viewers, whoever wants to watch. I intend to bring some sort of positive love through the screen, because that obviously is what that person who made negative comments needs.

“Will you still be blogging?”

Of course! Blogging is my online diary, and it fitting to have a complimentary YouTube channel wouldn’t you agree?

 

There you have it! I’m jumping into YouTube!!!!! Totally taking a full swing at this. I now have the drive, confidence, and creative content to share with others, that I believe will attract those like me.

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Desire To Change

Everyday I make sacrifices that will align them towards my goals. I’ve made changes to my every day routines, and am willing to pour in the hard work and effort. Derrick started a new job, but works on East Coast hours; so he wakes up everyday at 5AM. I’ve now gotten in the same routine where I wake up with him. Our internal clocks our now on the same rhythm; except I don’t get paid for waking up at 5AM.

We start our mornings with taking our natural sugar-free energy drinks, morning vitamins. From there, we separate starting on our own personal routines. He goes into his office, and I head straight to the garage to workout, contribute to my blog, or get a head start to my household chores without the children as a distraction. Our morning routines have become such an ideal schedule for us. Just adding in the additional 2 hours to my day, I am capable of accomplishing many things in the morning.

Being a stay at home, weekdays are my workdays, and weekends get twice as busy. Family parties, baseball games, and other misc last minute get-togethers and meetings. The past month, I’ve schedule every other Sunday to hike or run with my good friend Ermina. We both wake up at 5AM, and meet 6AM ready to run or hike. See, I love friendships like that. Met Ermina at mutual friends’ kids bowling birthday party, and hit it off. I love her seriousness in making plans. Holding each other accountable, and staying true to our plans.

Mission Peak

Last Sunday we decided to hike Mission Peak. Mission Peak is a public park that borders and overlooks the Silicon Valley. It is very popular with local hikers, bicyclists, sightseers and tourists from beyond for its vista and strenuous climb. It’s a full six-mile (10km) round-trip. The  The “Mission Peeker” marker pole at the top is the most famous geo-tagged landmark of Fremont.

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hHere’s a picture of us at the top, with the Mission Peak marker pole. Usually, hikers stay at the top of awhile rest and have a morning snack, we literally hiked up, shared a granola bar while waiting in line for picture, and headed right back down. That’s what I call a morning! Keep it moving! Be outdoors, waking up early, and being productive for your mind, body, and soul!

Feeling balanced, healthy, and inspired always.

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Fitnessista

Like everyone I’m on Instagram and follow my friends, creative artisans, bloggers, celebrities and fitness pros. Fitness gym accounts on Instagram, are certainly a guilty pleasure of mine. I not only use them as a motivational reminder, but also as a resource of exercises I can do at home or at the gym. (I obsess over the fitness videos!)

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As I started once again with my personal trainer, we talk about fitness goals. The last time I was with my trainer, he got me into shape in preparation for a Thailand backpacking trip, and Half Dome hike. This time around, there are no future travel plans or major hikes to conquer. He suggested I register myself in local half marathon runs. He and I both believe I can do it, but I’m looking for more of greater fulfillment for myself. Not saying that the half marathons are not good enough for me, but I’m in search of something more.. FYI I did register for a local Mermaid Run.

My trainer recommended that I search up bodies, I’d like to be like and post them somewhere around the house. That evening I Googled up my favorite celebrities, but wasn’t really happy with all the red carpet photos, extravagant clothes, and beautiful photoshoots. I needed to feel more relatable to my favorite stars. Everything I was looking at was all cosmetic, and smoke and mirrors. I adjusted my search and searched up my fav celebrities in their gym outfits, and candids of them walking out of their gym. Celebrities including: Lea Michele, Jessica Simpson, Khloe Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Biel.

Fitness CelebsAfter viewing numbers of celebrities walking out of their gyms, or walking to their current work out, it occurred to me these women make it a lifestyle for themselves to stay in shape. Why can’t I? I did once before, and can do it again, but I have to find the will power to also keep it off. And that’s how my first goal transpired.

Within the first week of March, I’ve already seen my trainer 4 times. That’s just about every other day. Our goals together are to strip the weight off within half a contract. Muscle building, correctives, and also some physical therapy. The days I’m not seeing my trainer I’m at the gym doing cardio, or my homework. 30 minutes of running, sit-ups every hour, and eating every 2 hours is just the few tid bits of my healthy lifestyle.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs: AndKathleen and she had a post on why she works out. Here’s her answer…

“Why do I work out? Because I believe if I can sculpt my body into a zombie-killing machine then I will prove to myself that transformation + discipline can accomplish any vision I set my sites on. And right now, I have some pretty big vision.

So now I have my why. I like it. But I still want to look like a zombie-slaying badass in a bikini.”

– See more at: AndKathleen: Why I Work Out

I always find fitness moms so motivation. What’s something that you had to learn the hard way with health and fitness? How often do you train now? Do you fit into a certain mold (runner, swimmer, dancer, etc), or are you a little all over the place like yours truly?

As always, I’m excited to read your comments! Happy Friday!

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Monday Motivation

I woke-up this morning with the desire to register for a couple local marathon runs. Just about a year ago I entered my first 5K Run with my god sister Rez (the one that just got married this past weekend). At the time I was in wonderful shape. I traveled to Thailand, and a month later I hiked up Half Dome. In 2013 my New Years Resolution was all about health and fitness. I took that year with just dedicating all my time and energy to transfiguring my current post baby body. My body adjusts well to an active lifestyle (like it should), but unfortunately I ignored it during the time of having children. Excuses and depression, got to me so I hired a personal trainer that I met 2-3 times a week. He went grocery shopping and helped me in the kitchen prepping low glycemic meals. A total transformation and lifestyle change within 3 months.

Summer 2014, I had started to lose the fitness lifestyle. I was slipping. There were no motivators. No upcoming travel plans, or major hikes. No fitness goals whatsoever. I’ve been aware the past year of the weight gain, and have been struggling to drop the weight once again. This time, no investing in a personal trainer. I’ve hired help at desperate need, but this time, we’re saving money. With the knowledge my trainer has given me, I have to dig deep and find it within myself to achieve the same fitness goals as before.

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Climbing up the cables on Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.
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Which leads me to registering for a couple marathon runs. While going to the gym, and (kind of) dieting I feel like I have to put my fitness to the test. I registered myself to two local runs in my area. The first is in March, and the other in May. Each run, just about a month apart which gives me time to train. Both these runs are 5K, a good ol’ 3 miles. Its nothing to extreme, but a good start to the year. I plan on increasing the distance as I get more comfortable.

So here’s to the start again to a new healthy lifestyle that I plan on keeping up for the rest of my life. I’ve done it before, and I believe I can do it again. I will prove to myself that transformation + discipline can accomplish any inspiration I set my sites on.

I’m approaching 30….So consider this my journey to 30. Here we go!

Check out my past weight loss hashtag on Instgram

#iWantMyTahitianBodyBack

(Years ago, I used to be in Polynesian/Tahitian dance troop and my body was bangin’!!)

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