“A little 5k never hurt anyone”

Y’all, I have a serious hard time going to the gym when I get home from work.
Can I get an Amen?!
Nevermind that an hour in the gym delays the whole preparing, cooking and eating dinner thing.
That’s reason enough.
But during my favorite season (which has been unseasonably cool and gorgeous here in the usually sweltering Mid-South) I prefer to sit on the patio, enjoy all hours before sunset and maybe take a walk outside. Because I know winter will be coming along way too soon, and I’ll be forced indoors.
I’m not even ashamed to admit that about a month ago I stopped my gym/treadie workout 12 minutes in to go chase a gorgeous sunset. Worth it!

So, due to my love for the outdoors and my taking it easy after the wisdom extraction, June 27 was the last time I hung out in the gym.
Shame.
But last night, we turned the boat around, which was miraculous given at 6:01 p.m. I was eating Ruffles. By 6:03, I somehow motivated myself to put the chips away and find socks.
The struggle is real.

But the treadie and I got along pretty alright.
Somehow, even with three weeks off, I still managed a nice, quiet 5k.
It wasn’t fast, but it was sweaty and delicious. I think I even learned how fantastic intervals can be, because they make the clock wind down quick.
Success.

Then, we came home and inhaled all things  processed, because cutting things up and grilling them just couldn’t happen.
I’ll really be winning when I figure out how to make a real meal AND workout all in one evening.
Baby steps.

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Magical Bits

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This week blew me away. Just after my last post, life unfolded in such a beautiful way. And I love when life does that.
From sweet, surprising gifts to unexpected, delicious dinners with family or just the gorgeous, low humidity July weather, my last full week at 30 was marvelous. I’m thankful and highly unworthy.

All of this beauty doesn’t even include the birth of My Head’s Baby Lily or the magical Labyrinth night I shared with my fair Ludo by my side. Aah true, true Dancing Magic!

Ludo & Sarah

Ludo & Sarah

 

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Days like this

*Because real life also looks and feels like this*

I’m exhausted. 
Since my wisdom extraction, I’ve just been feeling less than stellar. My body is not happy with me.  
Sleep and I are clearly fighting and I’m so over it.
Give me sleep or give me death. For real.

We also haven’t hit the gym in two weeks. Good grief.
There have been random neighborhood strolls, but there’s been nothing consistent and fantastic. And that irritates me, because I have goals and running that need to happen and not moving won’t get me there any quicker.  

Emotionally and physically I’m just so worn out. 
I need a vacation from my brain. 

Even still, I really am looking forward to many things occurring within this week. 
My Head is having her third human, her first baby girl. Praying for a way easier delivery for her this go round than her last. Fingers crossed, candles lit, prayers activated, moon dances all around. 
This week marks the arrival of Baby Lily and the Return of Doveface. 
And thank God for both! 
The Return of Doveface can mean only good things. This girl is a light in my darkest times. I thank God for her. She has a way of knowing when I need encouragement the most. From our locker sharing and study hall sleeping days, to our 2008 “smiling” and drinking patio nights to now when we’re trying to climb our way into Heaven’s bed, this girl just gets me. Always has and always will. I’m beyond excited for the many coffee and running dates we are about to set. 

And of course, the week will conclude with my pre-birthday throw down, which begins Friday with a “Labyrinth” viewing on the big screen. Oh I can’t even begin to describe my happiness for this night. Wearing my Sarah shirt (that now fits – woot.), with my Ludo next to me, all the quotes will be recited as Bowie graces us in all his magnificent glory. ;) Bring. It. On! Happy Birthday to me. 

So yeah, it’s funny even with many beautiful blessings this week, I’m still feeling meh and tired. 
It happens. That’s life. Sometimes it’s hard to smile even when there’s much to smile about. True story. 
Coffee will help. Coffee always helps. And music. And Koda. Still grateful, always grateful. 

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Happy July to Me

It’s been nearly a month since my return from vacay and my last update.
I don’t even know what life has occurred over the last few weeks, except work, freelancing, coworkers’ farewell parties and preparing for my wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Currently, I’m one week post op and SO happy it’s over and I can move on with my life without my dentist tisk tisking me every time I come in for a cleaning. They’re out, we’re all happy. Yet, I’m still on a steady stream of ibuprofen. I dislike taking medicine, so I’m looking forward to not needing it. And a steak – I want to chew things properly again. Seriously. The right side of my mouth is getting all the action. (insert all naughty jokes here)
I can’t even eat salads. Too many working parts.
Um but I’m pretty excited I finally grew the cojones to get this done. With all the dental work I’ve endured, I was far beyond dreading it. So, I’m proud of me for being a big girl and DOING the damn thing. Woot!

Other than that, I’ll be 30+1 soon, so the month-long celebration has really already begun. I kicked it off with anesthesia, mashed potatoes and Percocet. Do I know how to party or what?
The remainder of the month includes a Labyrinth viewing on a big screen, the epic return of my DOVEFACE!!, our first personal training session, a night with Ray LaMontagne (swoon) and hopefully plenty of other fantastical birthday-esque things.

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Heaven on Earth

 

Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls

Y’ALL!!
I am in full recovery mode from a very fast-paced, yet fulfilling and gorgeous Colorado vacay.
There are more than 2,000 pictures to upload and sort through. And I intend to post a bunch soon, along with some trip highlights.
In the meantime, enjoy this spectacular waterfall pic from Fish Creek Falls. It is definitely one of my top 3 favorite places on the planet.

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