Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Maybe you didn't know...

It's Tuesday (the worst day of the week) So I am going to leave you all with a little Random Things About "Mel". 

1. I sleep with one leg out of the covers.

2. My nicknames are MJ, Melonballerina, and M.

3. I can't fall asleep with the TV on and I sleep with a fan on - ALWAYS. I have to have white noise going.

4. I make a MEAN breakfast (biscuits and gravy, anyone?)

5. I will NOT camp - EVER.

6. I don't leave the house without lipstick on.

7. I chew gum NONSTOP.

8. I wear slippers in my house - ALWAYS.

9. My house is muted colors - because (although I love) bold colors - they freak me out.

10. I have an obsession with teeth and LOVE going to the dentist.

11. You will find bobby pins ALL over my house.

12. I adore little dogs and have to talk to them when I run, walk, see them.

13. When I get ready, I ALWAYS have music on and you know I will be breaking it down too.

14. I can't stand my kids to have dirt on the their face or snot on their nose - we wipe our faces OFTEN.

15. I tell people I know where I am going and yet, have NO clue the directions (but we get there, right?).

16. I do NOT like driving nor being a passenger in a big ole truck.

17. We pray before dinner each night.

18. I smile at EVERYONE.

19. I love a good friendly competition.

20. I am not hard to persuade.

21. Grey Goose is my friend - along with Three Olives Grape...

22. If out and need a dance partner - call me up.

23. I still have 4 baby teeth.

24. Never had wisdom teeth.

25. I fly by the seat of my pants... and wouldn't have it any other way:)

Well there you have it... Tuesday OUT...

Monday, April 29, 2013

And...so I tell the Beauty Pageant Story....

This weekend I went out to the mailbox and found a nice little gem inside - a National American Miss letter stating Elle's eligibility... yeah... that brought me back... So now I tell you my Beauty Pageant Story - there is only ONE of them... so here it goes...

In high school I was homecoming queen my senior year (it probably was for the mere fact I was dating Dave) - but whatever I was... So each homecoming queen could attend this "pageant" and of course I went...


I drug my bff's Bridget and Beth along to Kansas City with me for this "pageant". I wanted to get out of STL and have some fun... So... we went and they went along with my shenanigans. We got to the hotel and these girls were all decked out with their heels on and such... I was in my Doc Martins.. yep - deal with it...

First up - Interview session... Apparently I thought the pale as a ghost, slicked back hair, dude look was in. Oh and my suit was way too big... HOTTIE!!!!


Second - Another Interview Session... Now I must of been feeling frisky because the RED SUIT look was supposed to get me somewhere, right? It probably didn't help I told the interviewer my favorite book of all time was "Animal Farm" by George Orwell - well... because in all my 17 years that is the ONLY book I ever read. Yep... I'm Awesome.. and I like talking animals...


Third - Formal Attire... Oh yeah.. Mel looked fab in her iridescent dress and super slicked back high hair - oh that make up - tres chic.. BAH!!!!!


I was taking this whole thing so seriously... with my bottles of booze in my hotel room and the fact I ran away from everyone every chance I could get... When I was supposed to be at functions - you could find me in Beth's and Bridget's room acting a fool. I wanted OUT... from the moment I walked in...

So I can honestly tell you - I lost.. and it most certainly could not of been because I pulled this face while up on stage... Ya think?


Well there is my pageant story - it's a great one... I went, I saw, I could say I "tried" but I didn't, and I NEVER once thought about doing it again... Now.. don't get me wrong I have NOTHING against pageants at all - and I admire those who can deal with the stress, but when I was 17 I wanted to be at the next Hotel Party... NOT in a hotel with a million girls discussing the hem line of our dresses and/or what shade of lipstick we were wearing for the next session.

So..... This sweet face right here... probably will have to chill for a bit... I don't foresee her as the next Honey Boo Boo - just yet...


On another note, I tried beachy waves this weekend and LOVED THEM!!!!!! I finally can do my hair and it's not STRAIGHT... So... tutorial this week. Yes I said it - now I HAVE to do it..



Monday OUT...

In a pageant? Fan of Red suits - not on Santa? George Orwell, anyone?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fears/Tips for First Time Half Marathoners

I have officially been "running" for about 2 years now. I started consistently running after I had my son in July of 2010. I had such a horrible time losing the weight after my daughter in 2007 - you can read about that HERE - I wanted to REALLY give running a "GO". So I did....

I started out with 1 mile, 2 miles, 3, etc... and then after running and realizing how much I loved it (and wearing the cute clothes) I was hooked. It is not so much the feeling WHILE running but the satisfaction and pride in accomplishing "the run". I started running longer distances with my SIL Lauren and my BFF Laura when they were training for their 1st half marathon, in October 2011. They encouraged me to sign up and do it with them - since I had been training all along... BUT I chickened out.. I was scared, felt silly being a running poser, and honestly didn't want to pay the dolla dolla bills...

Fast Forward... they ran their half - did awesome and I quickly regretted not doing it... So... I kept running, strength training (you know that's my love), and trying to get my body back in shape. The MO Cowbell Half was coming up in October 2012 and my employer was sponsoring it - so I took the "plunge" and signed up.

I started training in June 2012 with Laura - we followed this training schedule HERE... It is a little different than the Hal Higdon - but it fit my schedule and I could keep up with my strength training.... Training in the summer months can be CRUEL... You can read some of my training experiences HERE, HERE, etc...

Read my First Half Marathon Race Re-cap HERE...


I had fears... I was scared to death - I didn't want to stop - or puke - or pass out - I wanted to finish and STRONG... I read a TON of blogs about their training, the race day experience, etc... and that was so helpful to me... So when Kate from Widgeon's Nest asked me to help her out with this LINK COLLECTION - I was all over it.... Learning from others is SUCH a great resource...


Here are some tips you MIGHT find helpful:

1. Train - follow a plan - and REALLY try to stick with it... When you can't get the run in on a Tuesday - do it on your off day - you will thank your finishing time if you really dedicate yourself. (Hence my 2nd Half Marathon time HERE).

2. If you can find a partner to run with - DO IT!!! Running with someone helps, keeps you accountable, and builds a great friendship. Running long distances and just talking... it makes the time go by quickly. Read my BFF Laura's guest post about our training together HERE. Womp.Womp.Womp

3. The week before the half - eat clean and drink a TON of water. Just trust me on this one... You all know I can't eat clean for the entire training - I like cake, crab legs, pasta, and swedish fish too much;) and of course booze and I are good friends.

4. Familiarize yourself with the course you will be running - nuff said... At least you will know that mile 11 is a straight hill for 1.3 miles - yeah... fabulous...

5. Pick up your running shirt at the Expo and put it on... for some reason that always gets me PUMPED... Check out the expo, pick up fun stuff to wear, and start to actually feel apart of the RACE.

6. Night before the race - REST and lay out your attire. HUGE time saver... You are going to be anxious, might not sleep that great, and anything to save time and decrease anxiety in the morning is KEY. You can read about the time I did NOT follow this HERE. I try to go to sleep early - take it easy the whole day before - and lay out EVERYTHING I need. Shirt, skirt, socks, shoes, bib, pins, hair accessories, gels, etc... so I just wake up and it is all there in front of my face.

7. Morning of the race - eat what you normally had while training. This morning is NOT the time to try something new - you will thank me for this one. No one needs to stop during the race for a "restroom break".

8. Morning of the race - drink a decent amount of water before and PEE PEE PEE!!!! Yes drink water in the morning even if you want to hurl and then pee every inch of pee out of you. If you haven't noticed I HATE STOPPING!!! Also pee before the race in the Johnny's - it may smell awful in there - hold your breath and just get it out.

9. Leave early - give yourself plenty of time - you don't want to be nervous and RUSHED. Not a good combo.

10. Amp yourself up - put on some Lil Troy "Wanna be a baller" while you are standing in the corral waiting to start. My last race was all about Tupac and some "Me Against the World";) - good music helps...

11. Get a cheering squad together for you - having others there to root you on is AMAZING!!! Just ask my friend Ashley how much I loved it. Having someone at the finish line to hug or high five is AWESOME... It makes it all worth while.

12. During the race: use the water and Gatorade stations along the way - KEEP HYDRATED!!!

13. During the race: HAVE FUN - feel and look at your surroundings - all the other people out there doing what you are doing, read the shirts, high five the volunteers and kids cheering you on, when you see someone struggling - say something to encourage them - give them motivation -, laugh at yourself, laugh with others, think about WHY you are doing this and for WHOM, let it all go and just GO!!!!!!

I admit your finishing time can be important - but honestly the most memorable races are the one's I actually had FUN doing. When I want to give up and LAWD knows around mile 11 I always get that feeling - I remember that NOT everyone can run 13.1 miles - I am doing something that MOST the population CAN'T - I'm in a class all their own - I AM A FREAKING HALF MARATHON RUNNER!!! BOOM!

If you want to read my race recaps - I have a little list on the left hand side of my blog... If you are scared to sign up - DO IT!!! Just DO IT!!!! Fears SUCK... and I am done letting that stop me. So... you can see I am signed up for quite a few runs in the future AND... I BELIEVE I am adding the Rock N Roll Marathon In New Orleans to that list. It's time to do a FULL - what the H.E. double hockey sticks is stopping me?

RUN IT!!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birthday & Beauty...

Well... I had originally promised a post on "My Fears When I Ran My First Half Marathon" BUT... that is going to be tomorrow now... I thought this link up was too WONDERFUL...

BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ONE AND ONLY.... KIMMY!!!!

Wes and I already sang and sent her a video this morning - it was lovely... Elle wasn't in it - she was too busy changing outfits upstairs for the umpteenth time... Happy Birthday girl - I adore you!!!

Alright... Here we go - link up time...

I am linking up with Erin, Alicia, and Jodi for "Celebrate Your True Beauty". List 3 things you think are beautiful about yourself - 2 HAVE to be outer beauty and 1 CAN be inner beauty...

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Outer Beauty....

1. I like my eyes - they are big and brown and my Mom blessed me with some good eyelashes...
2. My teeth - NEVER had braces and they might not look perfect - but they look good for me...

Inner Beauty...

1. I am a happy person. I let things roll off my back - I love life - I enjoy my friends, family, work, etc... I am on this earth for a short period of time - why not LIVE IT!!!


Alright LINK UP!!! It feels good to find beauty in ourselves - share it with the world - be happy with who you are...... BECAUSE you RULE!!!!!

Thursday OUT...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Facing Fears (the bikini story)...

So yesterday, those of you on IG know I faced one of my fears... I had been contemplating posting the suit pic on my blog - but after discussing it with a few good friends, I had mixed opinions. Why is it that we feel embarrassed or ashamed of our accomplishments? I find myself to be a pretty confident person - but when the suit pic dilemma happened - I quickly realized my insecurities.

I have been working out hard core lately, running like a champ, doing yoga, and finding time outdoors with my kids to get in physical activity - and guess what? that makes you start to feel good on the inside - as well as the out. AND... my goal this summer was to be in a bikini - that has been a determination of mine for the last SIX years and I finally feel like THIS year I put my mind to it - and tried to accomplish it.

One afternoon I hit up Nordstrom's to look for a swim suit - I leave for San Diego in less than a month and I needed to buckle down and just buy one. As I was walking around the swim section - I noticed I immediately gravitate towards the one pieces - and honestly they have some HAWT one's out there right now. I was picking up one piece after one piece, not remembering that I was here to buy a BIKINI!!! This adorable, TINY, smokin hot, little, sales lady - did I mention she was SMALL... - came over and asked if she could help me. I immediately blurted out "Ummmm... I am here to buy a bikini but I can't get myself to pick one up - it's been 6 years and 2 kids since I tried one on and I am freaked out". Yeah... I probably should of just went with "Can you help me find a bikini" BUT my anxiety got the best of me. She was so helpful - gave me about 8 bikini's to try on... from floral ones, to fringe ones, to sailor looking ones, in all colors, styles, etc... And... off I went to the dressing room with heart palpitations.

Yep the 3 way mirrors were staring at me - so I got started, with my phone in hand to have help from Michelle - the one person who won't lie to me about how clothes, shoes, etc... work on me. Tried on this floral one first - snapped a few pics and the response was "Does not fair". Fabulous.. just freaking fabulous... Can you say EGO KILL right off the bat. Ugh... Then I tried on this other pink one that I did not even send the pic - because it looked horrendous to the point of laughing hysterically. Another suit - sent the pic - and I get... "Let's try solids, maybe something in orange or red". Well they had NOTHING I would even remotely wear in red or orange unless I was 10 years younger and I am NOT! So now my anxiety is through the roof and I am all depressed. I should NOT have tried on bikini's - I just should of stuck with the one pieces.

I had two more suits left - this black adorable little Ralph Lauren number, with these cute little ruffle bottoms. Tried it on and HATED the ruffle bottoms on me - I looked R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. For real - you think this mama of 2 should be going around accentuating her hips - ummm no... Sent the pic... I get "I like the top" - BAM... you are killing me here... But... that's why you are my "go to". And... honestly at this moment I was about to quit - but I tried on the blue one - the last one. I actually kind of liked it before I even sent the pic... It was the ONLY one I wouldn't feel like I was trying to be Ashley Benson from "Spring Breakers" in. And... I sent the pic.. "I like" - FINALLY!!!!! It it didn't say "I love or HOT or Get it Mel" but it said "I like". I will freaking take it - wrap that puppy up!

So $150 bucks later (yes I know a little steep - but feeling good in a bikini to ME is priceless - plus I don't do the bills;), a few mini heart attacks, depression, etc... I have that little blue baby in my closet and I took a few pics of me in it and IG'd that sucker... Marcy, Kimmy, and Ashley may have helped me to hit "SHARE" AND I am so glad they did.

I faced a huge fear - putting my body back in a bikini and putting it out there... I was even contemplating taking the suit back - but I can't thank you all enough for the encouraging words - it meant the world to me!!! Honestly it did... I stepped up my game.. and finally started seeing results... It just takes determination and consistency (and a few cheat days) and you can feel good again... (Oh if you want to see the pic - you are going to have to go IG - I am still too chicken to post it here - BALK BALK BALK- see somethings NEVER change;)


Thank you all again and I will be keeping it!!!

Tomorrow I will be posting on the "fears" I had about running my FIRST half marathon - Kate from The Widgeon Nest - put together this GREAT link collection and I want to elaborate on it for you.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ashley, Advocare, AND a Bikini

It's Tuesday (the worst day of the week) and you know what? it is living up to it's name - thank ya very much. So that's where I am at. Today I thought I would post a little something that makes me happy and you know what does... This girl right here... Ashley...


I never posted on the awesomeness that was the "Big Surprise" during my half marathon weekend. Well the Friday night before the half - I was supposed to meet Laura and Holly to have a few cocktails and go over the festivities of the weekend - when I arrived at the restaurant Ash and her adorable husband Ross were there (they drove 6 hrs to surprise me) and I was SHOCKED.... Now you all know I am a SUPER loud person and I honestly pictured myself screaming when I met her, but.... I cried and hugged her and cried and hugged... and it was just so genuine and so real. See my friends, blogging IS amazing.... and so is Ashley.





With all that being said.... and how ADVOCARE ties into this... Ash is an Independent Distributor - AND you know my awesome results from last time - if not read about it HERE. I am starting the 10 Day Herbal Cleanse Challenge again on May 5th. Any takers with me? This girl has gotta look good in her new bikini - yes... I bought one (I am probably going to take it back... I don't like the bottoms - they hug weird and I am not that big of a fan.) I have not been in a bikini in 6 years people - SIX YEARS!!!! So this is a little (A LOT) nerve racking for me - but I have been working so hard. I took a few pics of me in it - but I am a little afraid to post them... I guess fear of judgment won over this time. Maybe I will IG it... Bah... Well see.

Alright... well... Here is the low down... I am going to be adding Ashley's buttons to my page - if you are interested in purchasing either of these - click the buttons or you can email Ashley at ashley{dot}hoppus{at}gmail{dot}com) 





ROCK ON!!!!

Are you in for the Advocare challenge? Like that sweet jacket? Any awesome blogging friendship stories - post em?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Shorty Weekend Wrap Up...

I was like "hey where is a link-up?" today - since I can't find any - I am going to wrap up my weekend, shorty style.

Friday night - Build a Bear birthday party, by MYSELF, with both kids... one word "HELL". But of course my kids went home with ANOTHER stuffed animal to add to their BAJILLION and ONE collection.

Saturday Morning -  Power Vinyasa Class - it was AWESOME... I am hooked... nuff said...


Saturday Afternoon - Family Park day - weather was gorgeous...



A 5 mile run (after Wes went down for a nap) and for the first time I wore sunglasses when I run. When I left I was like "eh"...


When I finished - I was digging actually running without squinting - YAY!!! Sunglasses will be my NEW thing - like hitting up Jack N Box at 2 AM solo and ordering enough food 5 people...


Saturday evening... I may have rapped Nelly's E.I., in curlers and a towel, to Marcy, Kimmy, and Ashley.




A little make up and hair will go a long way....



Met my girls at 3500 Winehaus after the kiddo's went down - For real, LOVED that place and when we arrived we knew half the people there - OLD SCHOOL REUNION up in there;) Then the night continued... and continued... and continued....


Sunday - The morning can be summed up in ummmm... another one worder... "HELL"... and my body ached in places I didn't know existed. Yoga KICKED my booty. For real my BACK - my aching BACK!!!! and the terrible headache didn't help either. Ugh... but I made it through with 75 Advil and I even busted out Jillian. Yeah that's right!!! Then in the evening - I turned on some soft music and you could find me HERE...


All in all GREAT weekend - family time and friend time. GREAT COMBO!!!

Week ON

Love Advil as much as me? Build A Bear hater? Get your Jillian in?

Friday, April 19, 2013

If running were easy....

It's Friday and this girl is feeling REALLY REALLY good. Last night cranked out Day 3 of the 30 Day Shred - BOOYA!!! Woke up early today, finished up Day 4 of *the beast* and ran a little 2 mile dash;) Now let's bring on the WIZZIDY WEEKEND!!!

Yesterday I was toying around with a couple of race shirts I am planning on making - I want some cute shirts with killer sayings (anyone want to suggest a great running shirt designer - Etsy, online, STL, etc... let me know... I need to find one?). So I hopped online and guess what - BOOYA.... My girl Marcy found some hysterical one's too...

- Fast girls leave you breathless
- In my dreams I am Kenyan (Dying when Marcy sent this one)
- I thought they said rum (Marcy find)
- I'm the fast girl your mother warned you about (Yes I am thinking I have to have this one)
- I belong to a drinking club with a running problem (another fabulous Marcy find)
- If running were easy, it'd be called your mom (My personal favorite)

And Finally... I sent this one to Holly - maybe HJ could use this when he runs his races:
- Hold my medal while I kiss your girlfriend



So I leave you with this - come up with a killer running quote for me or something that seems fitting for "Mel". I am going to compile a list and order a few shirts.... If I pick your quote - you will get a little "surprise". Mwah! (Oh and your booty has to be following my blog too - BOOM... not getting off that easy). I will pick the winner next week.

I also need a place to order them from - if you know a good site that makes great custom tanks - let me know - leave it in the comments with your quote.

Now get yo rump shakers out there and RUN IT!!!
WEEKEND ON!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Finish the Sentence Link Up Part 3

Well we are ALMOST to the end of the week. I did 5 miles last night and it felt wonderful. Music and Me (Mesopotamia;). It's Thursday and I have to decide on Margarita's or Running? Laura and I have chose running 2 weeks in a row, but my mouth is salivating for a big Marg. I guess we will see. I am "thinking" we are going to choose running again. It is raining though - so Margs might be in my future....

So this weekend I have a pretty full one. I have a Birthday Party Friday night I am taking BOTH the kids to - yep... Build A Bear - here we come;) Saturday I have my FIRST Yoga (Power Vinyasa) class since I was preggo with Elle. (I did yoga up until I gave birth with Elle - would highly recommend for pregnancy). Hoping to get a good 7 miles in that day... and hang with my kiddos. After the kids head to bed - I am meeting up with my BFF's Bridget, Beth, and Pinot Noir at 3500 WineHaus - yay! Haven't tried this place out yet... Then we will see where the night leads;) Sunday - it's my Dad's B-day - so I am taking the kids to go visit PawPaw for the day - and hoping to get 5 more miles in. Oh and Jillian will be in my life too this weekend. Womp.Womp.Womp. Then I will be going solo the next 2 weekends in a row. AGH!!!! Lord give me strength... hahaha

Onto better things... I am linking up with the MOST AWESOME Holly and Jake for "Finish the Sentence" Link Up Part 3.
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1. I laughed so hard I cried when... reading this post HERE yesterday, I watched Elle and Wes's Harlem Shake Keek AGAIN last night, when my IRL BFF Beth called me after her Margarita filled lunch yesterday and we discussed "Operation GO" and "Mesopotamia" for Saturday night. 

2. My high school... years were crazy... miss some things - but mostly "nah".

3. It really pisses me off... when women are catty. Get over yourself, when you smile at someone and they don't smile back - for real it takes a second, OR when I try to hug you and I get NADA.


4. In ten years... I will be 42 - is that really possible? and sans a mini van. Sorry... I am not sorry.


5. If I could erase one thing... it would be this new bump on my nose - WITHOUT getting Rhinoplasty. Dang decisions to make - ugh... 


6. In 1999... you could find me at ANY house party in the Burg - I was usually the one shaking it like a "salt shaker". 


7. Honestly... I am not in the best mood this week. Bring on California - it can't get here soon enough. 


8. To me, Sushi... is heaven - my happy place... along with a fab glass of Pinot Noir and excellent company. 


9. Someone really needs to invent... a magic pill that allows you to shove your face with candy and cake and lose 3lbs a week. Sign me up...  


10. The first time I drank alcohol... I walked 3 miles to hide the evidence in someone else's trash cans. 


11. The one question I would ask God is... Why - why all this hate?


12. Lindsay Lohan... used to be HAWT - Mean Girls anyone? Now she just looks used up.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ole School Picture Link Up

Tuesday (the worst day of the week) is OVER BAY BAY!!! Thank the LAWD (Mesopotamia;)! I finished up Day 2/Level 1 of the hated beast (Jillian) and not going to lie, my chest and arms were so sore yesterday. I could hardly do the push ups last night - but I cranked them puppies out and murdered IT!!! Today my body feels so much better. Tonight I am running 5 miles - no Jillian in my life tonight - time to switch it up - or I will be bored in 2.2 seconds. I will look at her face again tomorrow - puke...

Revelation after doing *the beast* (that sounds kind of perv...;) - my legs did not hurt one bit. I believe the running as a TON to do with that, BUT my upper body is "NOT IN SHAPE". Time to get those Jillian arms that all the girls are talking about - or fake it until I make it as Holly would say.

Speaking of Holly - I am linking up with her, Kimmy, and Jennifer for.....

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Alright - background here... My mom has a box in her basement with ALL my grade school pics - for some reason she won't allow me in it. Every time I ask - she says "oh we will make a day and go through it together" AND... now 19 years have passed. MOM... I know you read this - WTH? COME ON!!! What do you have in there - trust me it would take A LOT to shock me;)

Let's begin....

Mel 4 years old - pastels RULE...
Mel 5th grade - Slouch Socks, Uniform, and Adidas jacket - AWESOME!
My grunge years - sophomore year of High School  - Airwalks anyone?
Senior Year Picture - hello eyebrows and forehead!
Yeah College Face.... BOOM!
So as you can see I don't have that many school pictures - well actually I do... but they are in my mom's basement, in a box, that can't be revealed to me for some reason.... I am coming for that box mom - watch out....

Tomorrow I will be doing another link up with the the lovely Holly and Jake..... I am pretty much obsessed with these "Finish the Sentence" Link ups - too much fun... If you want to link up - all you do is answer the questions below and link up....

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1. I laughed so hard I cried when...
2. My high school...
3. It really pisses me off...
4. In ten years...
5. If I could erase one thing...
6. In 1999...
7. Honestly...
8. To me, Sushi...
9. Someone really needs to invent...
10. The first time I drank alcohol...
11. The one question I would ask God is...
12. Lindsay Lohan... 



HUMP DAY PEEPS!

How is JM going? Candlebox fan? How many toggles on your Adidas jacket?