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Dolce Does… the One Year Wedding Anniversary

One Year Married.  I can hardly believe it!  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary yesterday and it was such a lovely day, with nothing major on the agenda (a first for us).  I spent a lot of time reminiscing on what we were doing at that time, just one year ago, and I probably drove the Mister crazy just a little bit, but that’s nothing new.

Our wedding day really truly was such an amazing, wonderful, lovely day, that truly went by in such a flash.  Everyone tells you how fast it goes — and it really, really does.

Good thing we have the most amazing wedding photos so I can re-live the day with just a few clicks on a computer, or flipping through our album.

Our first year was a pretty good year if I do say so myself.  We were also told the first year is the toughest, which I really didn’t find to be that way.  And, if it was in fact the toughest, then I’m looking forward to the many years ahead.  I know we’ll have our ups and downs and life can just be hard at times, but I really am lucky I found someone who makes those ups and downs just a little bit better.

We stuck to the traditional theme for gifts — Paper.  And, coincidentally, we both got each other two gifts: one heartfelt/sappy, and one fun.  I got him a photo book highlighting our first married year, and incorporated the lyrics to our first dance, the reading at our wedding, our vows, and the ring exchange.

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I also got him season tickets to the 2015 Padres Season!  So excited for those games next year.

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He got our vows printed up on a canvas, and got me a Kindle Paper White since I’ve been doing a lot more reading lately.  Pretty good first anniversary!

We also spent the day lounging around — started off with some wedding cake and champagne (can’t go wrong there), enjoyed some local beer while watching the Chargers WIN (yay!) and ended with a delicious dinner at Richard Blais’ Juniper and Ivy.  Yum!

I’ll leave you now with some highlights from our first married year — like I said, it was a good one!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for year numero dos!

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Dolce Does…A 5K!

Yesterday morning we got up earlier than normal for a Sunday and headed down to the Chargers’ stadium.  We live only a mile from the stadium, but what separates us is a daunting hill, which is quite easy to walk down, but not so easy to walk back up.  We ended up leaving our car at the stadium parking lot, because we conveniently caught the trolley downtown on Saturday for a Padres game, following race packet pick up.  After imbibing in probably a few too many alcoholic beverages, we cabbed home and agreed we’d just get my car after the race.

So, we got in a good mile, mile and a half, even before the race started!  It was a nice warm up, and we got to the start line  just a couple minutes before the race began.

We had a couple groups of friends all running the race, and were able to “run” into them (no pun intended?) before the race and after!

Given the shenanigans we partook in Saturday night, and the fact I just began training this past week, I can’t say it was my best effort at running 3.1 miles, but we got a good workout, had fun, supported a charity, and even better, the finish line was at the 50 yard line on the Chargers’ field!  As a huge Chargers fan — you can’t beat that.

Some pictures from the morning…

 

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Before the race began! Someone isn’t looking so thrilled…

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A not so high quality shot of us on the jumbotron crossing the finish line!

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At the finish! We made it! On the Chargers’ field 🙂

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Someone looks a little bit happier this time. All done, selfie on the field.

 

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Found some friends after the race!

Group Shot!

Group Shot!

All in all it was a great time — but showed I have a long way to go with this running business.  Time to get serious about training for the half marathon in November.  I’ve been following the training schedule, but I gotta get my butt in shape on the off-run days.  I’m planning on signing up for a couple 5ks between now and November so I can hopefully see progress!

Dolce Does…An Update on Thirty

Image from my fabulous 30th Birthday Bash, featuring some dear friends, and a fave President of mine!

 

Hello again — every few months I tend to pop back in, and it’s about that time, again. 

I signed in and re-read my last blog, about turning 30.  Here I am, three months later, and still adjusting to 30.  Honestly, age really is just a number — except last night at dinner when our very, spunky, waitress, was a reminder that I’m no longer 22..but I digress.

When asked how old I am, I have to pause and think about it.  I’m not yet trained to say 30.  But so far, I have no complaints.

This year is turning into an exciting year of firsts.  A year of growth.  A year of challenge. While I’m still working on the weight thing — more on that later — I’ve definitely been saying yes to things.  Number 1 item, definitely being travel.

I’ve always been enamored with travel.  But I’ve never had the time, or the money, (fill in the blank excuse) etc, to really do the travel I’ve wanted.  This year that changes.

I have little trips sprinkled throughout the year (Napa for a girls’ weekend, Vegas for a BFF’s 30th Birthday, Palm Springs getaway with the Husband, a random weekend in Houston, possibly followed by a Caribbean cruise, thanks to a silent auction), and then we finally have a big trip on the docket.

In November we will be taking a round the world trip to Europe and Thailand. I. Can’t. Wait. I’m beyond stoked, and every couple days I get that giddy “is this really happening?!” realization.  And then I profusely google what to wear, what do I need to pack, how should I pack, where should we go, etc in each destination.

Let’s just say, there’s nothing I love more than planning trips, or schedules.  So I am in heaven.  And I get an amazing travel experience in the end.

So, in addition to travel, work and training for this half marathon are at the forefront of my life these days.  I’m still active with the Tone It Up plan, and I have a 5k this weekend — which I’m expecting to do terribly, but hey, I’m counting it as a “training” run. 

I also hope to get back on the home improvement train over the next year — which my husband keeps kindly reminding me that the more we travel, the longer until we have new bathrooms and a kitchen.  I personally expect that money will just magically appear, and it will all be fine and dandy.  Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket…or get a second job….Nah.

So for now, I’m certainly enjoying this little thing called life, and I really can’t complain about how 30 is treating me so far.  Cheers to a wonderful life.

Dolce Does….Turning Thirty

I’ve always believed saying yes is a good thing (within reason, and as long as it’s legal, of course ;)).  I especially believed this during my time in Washington, DC. I said yes to every opportunity that came my way– I didn’t regret it.

For the last 10 years I’ve struggled with weight.  As a former athlete, as the pounds kept coming, I struggled with my identity.  If I wasn’t an athlete anymore, then who was I?  I felt like a sham when I spoke of my past life as an athlete.  Instead of being a member of the “athlete” club, I now belonged in the “former athletes who gained a lot of weight” club.

Over the last 10-12 years I’ve done the up and down weight game.  As each year goes by, however, I find myself less and less disciplined.  I used to be able to stick with a diet/exercise routine, drop 20-30 pounds, and move on.  Even when I gained that weight back (and some) I knew if I just focused, the weight could come off.

I felt really good while in DC.  I moved out there at my highest weight, lost a good 30 pounds, and moved back feeling motivated, happy, and the best I’d felt in several years.  Settling back in with the boyfriend (now husband, of course), the weight started coming back on slowly but surely.  Then I started a new job, we got married, went on an all-inclusive honeymoon, and hit the holiday season, and in January I found myself back to the weight I was exactly 3 years earlier when I arrived in DC. I thought, oh, I put it on so quickly, I can get it off.

I started 2014 off with the Tone It Up Love Your Body series, and felt good about working out – I was moving again.  I challenged myself to 100 days of movement.  For Lent I promised I would break a sweat every day.  But, per usual, I stuck to those things for a while, but started to slack off.  And even worse…I barely lost 5 pounds.  I currently sit 20+ pounds over what I was on my wedding day 6 months ago and those pounds just won’t budge.

My mantra of always saying yes has fallen short in the active category.  I tell myself I can’t do things because of my weight.  And I put goals off until I lose the weight.  But I’ve waited 10 years — and the weight is still there.  Which mean — I continue to put goals on hold.

So.  I turn 30 in 6 short days.  As 30 has quickly approached, I’ve found myself saying yes again.  In fact, I did something absolutely crazy and signed up for a half marathon in November.  I’m saying yes to other races between now and then.  And I’m going to keep saying yes.  Hopefully in the next year or two I’ll say yes to a sprint triathlon — a goal I’ve had for many, many, many years now.

I don’t want to spend my 30’s the same way I spent my 20’s.  As I get older, I know it’s just going to keep getting harder and harder.  And now, as I get closer to starting a family, I want to be healthy for it.  I want to enjoy it.  I want to set a good example for my future children.  And I want to live a happy, fulfilled, active, healthy life with my future children.  So, I’m saying yes.  And maybe this time saying yes will help me meet my goals.

The Tone It Up 2014 Bikini Series starts conveniently on my 30th birthday, and continues for 8 weeks until the first day of summer.  The plan will enhance my half marathon training schedule (I’ve started early, since I’ve got a long way to go and don’t want to set myself up for failure), and I can’t think of a better way to start my 30’s.  This birthday doesn’t just mean a new decade, but also means a chance to start fresh.  I don’t want to wake up in 10 years wishing I’d started earlier.  Instead, I want to wake up 6 days before my 40th birthday proud of my accomplishments, and feeling the best I’ve ever felt before.  I want to think back to this moment and be proud of myself for making the commitment and following through on living a healthy, active, happy life.

30 scares me.  I’ve been in a bit of denial about how quickly it’s arrived.  But, 30 doesn’t have to be scary.  I want to make 30 my best year yet.  Here’s to the improved me, and here’s a healthy me.   I am (almost) 30 and hear me roar. 🙂