Growing up in small town has its good and bad, like most things I suppose. I was great place to be a kid, a little difficult to enjoy the conveniences of the city, but hey, we didn’t know any better. So, I decided to put together a playlist of small town things, here we go. (have I done this before??)


Someday, Steve Earle
Small Town Kid, Eli Young Band
Small Town Saturday Night, Hal Ketchum
Small Town, John Mellencamp
Famous in a Small Town, Miranda Lambert 


Enjoy!!


and the best thing in the world. I've never lived someplace where I can "just go shopping" and that is ok with me. Actually its more than ok with me. I have a Wal-Mart now and I just despise the place. I usually choose spending more on groceries just for the opportunity to forego Wal-Mart, which I lovingly refer to as Hell.

Since I turned off my tv for the summer, I browse on the interweb alot more. And the other day browsing turned into buying. damnit. but I got some pretty cute things. Etsy and Amazon....pure evil I tell you!
Long Arrow Necklace







This is my first accidental purchase of last week. I've lately become obsessed with arrows and feathers and this is just so dang cute! $20 at MDspark's Etsy shop, I just couldn't pass it up!

Antique Bronze Leaf and Arrow Key Ring with Real Feathers and Turqouise Bead, Key Chain, Purse Decoration,Handbag Accessories

And then my feather AND arrow purchase. I bought Loretta back in February and we are still sporting the cheesy plastic tab key ring. I thought to myself I could make that...I'll just run to the craft store until I realized there was no way I could make this for under $15, which is what this cost me including shipping. Yep its on its way to Wyoming and to Loretta. If you don't remember Loretta....this is Loretta.


And last but not least......

Vintage Hand Woven Colorful Place Mats Set of 4 with Fringe

did you know you could negotiate price on Etsy? I've had my eye on these vintage hand woven placemats for a few months now. I figured since they hadn't sold yet, maybe the seller would take less for them, if not I have placemats that I'm not particularly fond of, but they are placemats so no harm, no foul. Turns out she was wanting to move some inventory and I got the entire set for $20 + shipping!

And so now if you need my credit card, it will be hanging on my fridge, in time-out.
Holy buckets! what the heck happened to summer? For the first weekend in as long as I can remember I stayed home. Granted I had to cancel plans to stay at home this weekend, it was fore sure that something that I really needed. And even though it was a great recharge, I feel a "no technology" weekend coming on.....soon!

Among all the relaxing I was supposed to do this week, I of course had a list of things to accomplish so what was my biggest side track....load new pictures on my digital photo frame, which didn't go well, but it was fun to look through all my old pictures.

So between work, walking Tylie, doing laundry, mountain biking, cleaning house, sighting in my gun and taking naps...these are my favorite 5 7 pictures from going through pictures to fill my digital photo frame, in no particular order of course.


This one if from just a few weeks ago. I love it because I am so happy with my progress and all the fun things that I am able to do now. This is taken above the Green River on the Wilkins Peak Trail System, trails that I would never have dreamed of being able to ride even just last year!


This picture is from the Frostbite 5K, this past February. Little Boy and Miller Baby and I rocked this 5K. Little Boy rode the whole thing on his Strider and even got a medal. I can't believe how fast they are growing up!


This picture is from when I was a coach at Stillwater High School while I was completing my Master's degree at OSU. These 2 coaches are lifelong friends and we had a blast coaching. I credit coaching with helping to keep my sanity so that I could finish writing my thesis.


I spent all my undergraduate summers at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado. This was one of the best summers of wrangling that I had, although they were all really great. I mean getting paid to ride a horse and talk to people....does it get any better than that?


Amanda Carey Mountain Bike Camp, again was this year. I had so much fun learning new skills and riding with women. Amanda is an awesome rider, teacher and friend. I can't wait until next year to take Level 2 with her.


One of my all time favs from our trip to Europe in 2011. This was taken on top a mountain after a day of hiking and dining in Switzerland. We had a blast and Switzerland was one of my favorite stops.


They are my sisters and I love them.

It was refreshing to have a weekend at home, but I'm not sure it can be characterized as a slow weekend at all.

    Everyone has told me how beautiful Sheep Creek Geological Loop, south of Manila is. Most people would get in their vehicle and drive it to get the confirmation that they need.....me? nope. I sign up for a 10k to confirm that yes, I do need to drive the whole thing at a later date.

    Tower Rock


    We will recap that I ran a half marathon back in October and I have ran a total of about 6 times since then....including a couple 5Ks, a few mini miles with the kiddos, and a 5 mile training run with Colorado Transplant Friend. So, yeah, I signed up for the 10K instead of the 5K....for scenery purposes of course.

    At the top, ready for the start.
    Colorado Transplant Friend and I ran the 10K while Music Man ran the 5K. I finished 8th in my age group and only walked a tiny bit. These old lady hips, knees and ankles don't take the pounding of running without training too well.



    Proof of Life: Before and After

    Since September of 2013 I have lost and kept off a little over 40 lbs. I know that many people's first question will be "How did you do it?" but I really think its more important to ask "How did you (I) get to where you (I) needed to lose 40 lbs?"

    This was me as a junior/senior in high school....and I thought I was fat!




    So now that we've established the fact that I was in fact not fat in high school, back to the question at hand.....How did I get to where I needed to lose over 40 lbs? The problem is I'm not sure how I let myself get to that point. You see, I was a high school athlete, I was playing some sport at least 6 days a week. I went on to become a college athlete, my freshman 15 was solid muscle. The problem was after 2 years I didn't want to be a college athlete anymore and I quit playing basketball. With more free time than I'd ever had in my life, I had time to be a "normal college kid". My freshman 15 turned into the "normal" cafeteria food and beer and lack of exercise......fat. I was ecstatic about not having to work out...there was no one who made me go to the gym, made me run, made me lift weights. I simply ate too much, drank too much beer and exercised too little and ignored all the signs. I mean really what is going up one measly jeans size? Except 1 turned into 3. damn. I slowly got fatter and fatter, I can't even tell you when I realized I was extremely overweight, but by then I was so disappointed in myself and unable to do the things that I liked to do that I kinda gave up and accepted the fact that I was never going to be in shape again and this is just what happens...you get older and you get fatter. I had low self-esteem and I didn't really think I was worth it. After moving several times to several different states becoming less and less adventurous, I went to a wedding and even my friends wouldn't dance with me. I was, of course convinced that this was because I was the fat one at the wedding. And I woke up and decided it was time. Time for a change. Time for me. Time to get my life back. Time to be happy. Time to be confident in my abilities. Time for a change!

    And so my weight loss journey began. After many failed and half-hearted attempts up until this time, I had in fact learned something. I was not the athlete I once was. I couldn't do the physical activity the way I could when I was 17 and I was going to have to eat some veggies alot of veggies to be honest. I started out slow with very light weights on the Chalean Extreme program and I logged every single bite of food that went into my mouth, faithfully with My Fitness Pal. I think my record was 118 days in a row. Those first 4 weeks were killer. I was sore, I was hungry and the damn scale wasn't moving. BUT, I kept going. Determined that I wasn't going to fail again.


     After losing about 10 lbs, I realized that I could do this....10 lbs was more than I had ever lost in my entire life! and then I lost 15 lbs and Tylie bought me a ring with the inscription i am enough on the inside. Because I am enough, as long as I am the best me I can be that is enough.

    About halfway through the Chalean Extreme program I was invited to the evening spin class. I knew that I needed to add some high intensity cardio into my workouts to really kickstart my calorie burns. I started going to spin twice a week. When I first started going I would burn between 1150 and 1300 calories in an hour! Again it hit me just how far I had to go....that is ridiculous! These days, I work my ass off to get 600 - 700 calories in an hour.



    Once I had lost about 35 lbs, My Fitness Pal had adjusted my calories down to 1260 per day. I knew I had to try something different because I couldn't survive on that few of calories....I would be hangry....and have no friends. I got hooked up with a nutrition coach and started the 'If it fits your macros' diet, or flexible dieting. The best thing is NOTHING is off limits...but you can still make some pretty poor choices. Trust me, I've done it! It allows me to eat normal, but at the same time I have to make good choices or I'll never hit my macro goals for the day...but occasional beer is in, the occasional cheeseburger is in, but there is always a cost on another meal. As I'm getting settled into it, I now realize that while calorie counting worked well for me when I was very overweight....I need to look more at the types of foods and the combination of foods that I am fueling my body with. I no longer count calories, but instead I count grams of carbs, fats and proteins. My nutrition coach has helped me adjust my diet to something that has turned up my metabolism, plus I get to eat upwards of 1800 calories per day!

    I have finished my second Beachbody program, Les Mills Pump and started my third full program, Body Beast. I have fallen in love with lifting weights again and I still love mountain biking


    and like Spin class. I am still trying to get into the routine of abs and yoga. The biggest change for me is I don't dread working out anymore and those vacations and bucket list items are no longer out of reach because I'm not in good enough shape to do them.

    Skiing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir - July 4th

    Bucket List Checkmark: Hike a 14'er

    Rock N' Roll Half Marathon 13.1
    All day golf bonanza - Fossil Island Golf Course

    Paddleboarding in Maui

    Hiking Jardine Juniper - Logan Canyon


    My stats so far on this journey:
    Weight Lost: 42 lbs
    Inches Lost: 19 inches
    Body Fat % Lost: 14.21% (I use a scale so its not the most accurate, but I've used it the whole way so I feel like at least its on the same playing field even if the actual number isn't accurate.)

    Even with all these stats I still come back to one thought.....Losing 40 lbs has given me so much more than a smaller number on the scale, I'm happier, more confident and more adventurous than I ever really thought possible! I feel like me again!

    Girls Weekend Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway




    Its no secret that I've felt like I have nothing to say lately. I've caught grief from a few of my loyal readers, but it still hasn't dropped a list of topics on my plate. So with no shame what-so-ever, I've copied this list idea from Erin over at Love, Fun and Football. Thank you Erin!

    Currently...

    Reading: Power Thoughts Devo....winning the battle of the mind one day at a time & opening up to page one of Threads West. Not yet sure what its about...but its been compared to Lonesome Dove and said to be the Gone With the Wind of the West.....we shall see.

    Playing: Ipod shuffle....over and over again. I really need to put some new tunes on that baby....probably before my 10K on Saturday!

    Watching: Whatever is on my one TV channel that I get this summer. I "pause" my TV in the summer because why pay for something I don't really use? Lately its been Law & Order or Golden Girls.

    Trying: To keep up with my schedule and still get work done. Bonnie informed me that I would be in the office for 9 days in August.....EEEEEKKKKKK! That stresses me out!

    Cooking: as little as possible. I eat alot of egg sandwiches, when I get crazy I add Canadian bacon to them. I really need to get back to my menu planning!

    Drinking: Huckleberry vodka from Grand Teton Distillery in Driggs, Idaho. I went there to buy "local" vodka for our Moscow Mule gift basket for a fundraiser scholarship auction and had to give it a try myself. I give it 5 starts with tonic!
     
    Texting: Anyone who needed to talk to me this week. I was at Grand Targhee for Mountain Bike Camp and I had basically no service. Sometimes I could get texts to go through, sometimes not.

    Pinning: Informational reads about my next big adventure.....can you guess where Military Friend and I are going?

    Going: CRAZY if I dont' get my schedule under control soon! I think my next free weekend is sometime in September. Did I mention in the office 9 days in August? ouch.

    Thinking: All the things I need to get done tomorrow at work. I've been out of the office this week and while I've staying in touch and worked a little bit remotely.....I always feel a bit lost when I return to the office.

    Loving: Fall is coming! Although I'm super sad that summer is ending, fall is my all time favorite season....and its starting to feel like fall around here!

    Hating: Haters. the end. is that the pot calling the kettle black? I'm going to go with no....can I go with no?

    Enjoying: Mountain biking! I just got back from a super awesome skills camp. I spent 2 days with pro rider Amanda Carey and a group of women. I am so excited to improve my skills and be rad....and a badass! Rad is an official mountain biking word.....just so you don't think I'm too weird.
    Where is the summer going??? I woke up this morning to 31 degrees and frost on the windshield of my pickup, crap! We (or I) had better take advantage of what is left of the season of fun in the sun. So, let’s all go to the lake, swing the golf clubs, play in the mountains, whatever, and send summer out in style. And speaking of style, there is supposed to be music attached to this blog entry, so in honor of the last concert I was at (Almost Gypsy Soul was there tooJ), here is your playlist.

    Reckless Kelly, Every Step of the Way
    Sawyer Brown, Some Girls Do
    Reckless Kelly, Weatherbeaten Soul
    Sawyer Brown, Café on the Corner 

    And a bonus, just for our host: Eric Church, Wreckingball. 


    Enjoy!!