Archives for December 2014

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Last Monday, we had to say goodbye to a family member. My sweet 13 year old toy poodle, Sasafrass, went over the rainbow bridge on December 1.

Over the summer when we first moved back to central Mississippi, we were really excited that our dogs would get to go back to our old veterinarian. We love this place, and this vet is the one who saved Sassy after she almost died being attacked by a dog a few years ago. We took them for their yearly checkup in June, and everything looked great aside from Sassy just being old and needing her teeth cleaned.

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In July, Sassy got really sick and we ended up having to board her at the vet for a few days so they could watch her. She made a full recovery, but the vet happened to notice a lump on her upper right gum. She was concerned because it was not there in June when she came for her checkup. We agreed to let her take it out surgically, and we would get her teeth cleaned while she was under, a win/win. Sassy did great, and the vet sent the growth off to be biopsied.

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Keep in mind I was 8 month pregnant, we were in the middle of selling our house and buying a new one. We were trying to pack up and move, and everything was just really crazy. It didn’t even phase me when we never heard from the vet about the biopsy. They are very busy there, and I assumed no news was good news. I had Emma Kate, and in October I took the dogs to get haircuts and meant to ask about the biopsy but totally forgot.

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We went on with life with a newborn, until mid November when one day Sassy started acting weird. She was shaking and panting and following me around the house which she never does, so I sent a video to Bobby telling him I was worried. She eventually calmed down, and that night, Bobby gave me the news. He told me that Sassy’s growth was malignant, and that she only had a short while left. The vet was actually surprised she had made it this long. I was in shock, and didn’t believe it. She was fine otherwise aside from walking a little slower, so I just didn’t understand.

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Apparently, the biopsy came back soon after the tumor was removed, and the vet, knowing I was 8 months pregnant, had the foresight to call Bobby instead of me. They decided it was a good idea to not tell me just yet, and let me have the baby and only tell me when necessary. Bobby felt like it was getting close to time when I called him in a panic, and he was right. We got some pain pills form the vet and when she was on them, she acted fine, perfect, and happy…but I knew she couldn’t live on them forever.

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The vet said the next thing to happen would be breathing difficulties, and I did not want that to happen, or Sassy to suffer one day while I wasn’t home. She was getting worse, so we asked the vet for enough pills to get us through Thanksgiving so we could have one more holiday with her, and take her to my parents house one more time. We had a great weekend, and on Monday morning, Bobby took Sassy to the vet. It was a very difficult day for me. I just wanted to crawl in the bed and cry but I had to take care of the baby, which I guess was good because it somewhat distracted me.

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cheering on runners during a local triathlon in our neighborhood

Sassy truly was a member of the family. I had her longer than I have known Bobby. I got her in September of my junior year of high school, just before the September 11th attacks. We have been through a lot, and she has lived in a lot of places (my parents, my apartment in college, and four other houses with us since). I have a hard time remembering a time when I didn’t have her.

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She loved going for walks, rolling on her back, playing under a blanket, “talking” to us, and showing us her toys (or a sock, or a scrap of paper, it didn’t matter.) She was so submissive, always wanting to please people, and was very obedient.

I am still not used to her being gone, and say things like “the girls” referring to Bella and Sassy, then I remember it’s just Bella, and it’s hard. This is a hard time of year for a loss, but I know she is not in pain anymore. She lived a good, long life where she never had to stay outside and be too hot or cold, never had to go hungry, and always had someone to pet her.

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When you get a puppy, you don’t think about years down the road when you will have to say goodbye. I felt so guilty because I knew she didn’t understand. She didn’t understand why she was in pain, or what was happening when I watched Bobby drive away with her for the last time. I miss her so much, but am trying to hold on to all the good times and the fond memories of our first baby girl.

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Sasafrass “Sassy” August 4, 2001 – December 1, 2014.

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We love and miss you. Love, mom and dad.

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Taken our last night together.

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Four Things Survey

Do you guys remember when e-mail surveys were the “it” thing? I am aware I am a total geek, but I always loved filling them out and forwarding them to my friends. Blog surveys are just as much fun and help us to learn about each other. I was tagged by Lori and Michelle from Purely Twins for this one, here goes!

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Heath (pronounced as the first syllable of “Heather”)

Sassy

Honey (only Bobby is allowed this one Smile)

In high school people called me “bird legs”

Four jobs I have had:

Old Navy sales associate

Running skirts sales rep

High School Varsity Volleyball coach

5th grade teacher

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selling skirts to running stores!

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

The Santa Clause (every year)

Father of the Bride I and II

Beauty and the Beast

Elf

Four books I’d recommend:

Redeeming Love

Maze Runner series

Purpose Driven Life

The Selection series

Four places I have lived:

Metairie, LA

Dacula, GA

Biloxi, MS

Madison, MS

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running by all the casinos near our old house in Biloxi, MS

Four places I have been:

Hawaii

Cozumel

Grand Cayman

Costa Maya

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Four places I’d rather be right now:

A Disney Cruise

Walt Disney World

A Beach

Did I mention somewhere warm that includes a beach?

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Four things I don’t eat:

Seafood

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Squash

Four of my favorite foods:

Chocolate

Cheese

Potato soup

snowballs (that’s a food, right?)

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Four TV shows that I watch:

The Walking Dead

Grey’s Anatomy

Once Upon a Time

19 Kids and Counting

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

As in 2015? Going to Disney

Running races

getting back into pre-pregnancy shape

Hanging out with my family

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Four things I’m always saying:

Y’all

I die

Oh. my. gosh.

Seriously!?!

Four People I Tag:

Karen

Mindy

Jen

Stacie

QOTD: Answer one of these four questions for yourself in the comments!

Body After Baby: Two Months

I know I am a little late, but better late than never! I can’t believe another month has come and gone and it’s time for another update. I know these updates aren’t liked by all, and that’s ok. For me though, I found body after baby posts SO helpful when I was pregnant. If I had not read what other bloggers had to say, I would have had very unrealistic expectations of what to expect from myself. I wouldn’t have known that a lot of weight comes off at first but then slows down or stops completely. I wouldn’t have known that it would take a long time for me to feel like myself again physically, and I would have felt very alone.

I take my workouts seriously, and while some people think I should spend every waking moment staring at my new baby and not worry about running, the reality of it is I NEED to workout to get out of the house and get away from her for a bit. #KeepingItReal. I have only been running 3-4 days a week, so I have plenty of time and days to spend with her, but mama needs some alone time, too. Smile

So, it is my hope that maybe talking about my progress and struggles will help someone else going through the same thing.

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Just over two months. Also the day after Thanksgiving. Not the smartest time to take a photo!

I still have a belly pooch, but I feel like last month it started up at my ribs and went down to my hips, and this month it is just above my hips. Progress, people!

Month two’s progress was a lot slower than month one. The scale says something different every day, but I think it’s safe to say I lost around two pounds this month. This puts be about 7 pounds away from my pre pregnancy weight, and about 10-12 from my happy weight. It’s a really difficult time of year to try to get back to the way I was! I have not joined a gym yet because they don’t have childcare until the babies are six months old, but I’m thinking in January I will join anyway because I really want to start firming up again.

My running has been going pretty well. I am up to six miles as my longest run, and I will bump up to seven tomorrow. I’m still behind where I wanted to be by now as far as mileage, but as long as I can complete Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, I will be happy. There won’t be any PR’s but that’s ok. I have been struggling a bit with my IT band and the neuroma in my left foot, but I am managing with foam rolling, KT tape, and ibuprofen.

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I haven’t been very strict with my eating because of the holidays, but I figure as long as I am making progress and taking baby steps then I am happy. I did the Advocare fiber cleanse, and I have been taking Omegaplex, Catalyst, and spark. (You can purchase any of these products from me here.) The spark is especially helpful in giving me energy when I REALLY don’t feel like working out.

Other post baby changes going on with my body are not so fun. My hair is falling out in HUGE CLUMPS! Luckily I have super thick hair so I’m not worried about it getting too thin, but it’s really weird and there is hair all over my house. Also, my face that was so smooth and clear during pregnancy is now breaking out like I’m 13 again. My linea nigra is still there but fading, but I am overall feeling more like myself.

Confession: I still cannot fit into any of my pre baby jeans/pants, so I pretty much wear yoga pants every day. Thank goodness it’s winter so I can wear tights and long tunics as well. Smile

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My goals for this next month are to make it through Christmas without gaining a bunch of weight, and to keep upping my running mileage. Also, injury maintenance is a must. I am doing more stretching and foam rolling to help my body recover well. I am pleased with my progress, and it’s neat to think that just two months ago my body did something really amazing and now I am out running longer distances again. I am quite proud!

QOTD: Did you have a reality check post baby as far as weight loss or workouts? How do you stay healthy during the holidays?

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

I have heard a lot about the brand Lorna Jane in the past few months, but had never owned any of their clothes myself. I can now tell you that I see what all of the buzz is about! I received a top and pair of tights/pants, and I am in love! The clothes are really well made and super comfortable.

Lorna Jane releases 70-100 new styles PER MONTH so there are always adorable new clothes to buy. Not only are there a plethora of outfits to choose from, but their outfits are very fashion forward. I would gladly wear their clothing line out and about and not just at the gym. Everything is so versatile! They have stores in CA, WA, OR, AZ, TX, NV, and are coming to the East Coast in 2015! You can Find your closest store or shop now on lornajane.com

I really think everyone should try them out, and so I thought it would be fun to share five items that I think should be on your wish list.

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane:

1.) Move Nourish Believe diary: (pictured below) Yall, this thing is awesome. I am such a planner, and for some reason I really like paper planners and have never liked having an online calendar. There is just something about writing things down on paper that helps me stay organized. Every year I am on the hunt for the perfect planner, and I think I have found one!

Not only does it have a monthly calendar and space to write in things week by week, but it has tons of motivation and inspiration like recipes, challenges to help you move, and more. I can’t wait to fill mine out!

2.) Felix hooded top: (pictured below) This top is really comfortable and keeps me warm! I especially love the hood and the pocket in front to stash my cell phone or keys. It has a waffle type patterned feel, and fits really well (I am wearing a medium). It’s great for workouts but also stylish enough to wear around town.

3.) Amy full length tights: (pictured below) Oh, how I love these, let me count the ways. These have become my favorite running tights for cold weather. These babies are so soft and really flattering. I’m still carrying around a few post pregnancy pounds but I feel confident in these tights. They are made of a great performance fabric that wicks sweat and helps keep you dry.

4.) Eccentric sports bra: Not only is this sports bra adorable, but it’s functional. It’s designed for maximum support and high impact sports. It also has removable padding and adjustable straps which is a must for me. I don’t own this product (yet haha) but it definitely belongs on my list.

5.) Dreamer Tank: I love the look of this tank top! I am all about flowy tops while I’m trying to get back into shape. It also doesn’t hurt that I love the saying on it (front and back!) It’s made from a lightweight fabric and has a very flattering neckline.

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Have you ever visited the Move Nourish Believe website? It is a great holiday resource on so many things. It has great “go to” articles to help you get through the holidays: think recipes, workout items to keep you in shape while eating all those yummy holiday meals, etc.

Some of my favorite articles are the fitness related ones, like this one about 5 ways to exercise when you are really busy, and the one that talks about misunderstood fitness secrets.

Be sure to follow Lorna Jane on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

QOTD: Do you like any of the 5 items I have picked for my holiday must have list? Is there anything you would add?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

Thanksgiving 2014

Whew! what a whirlwind holiday! We had a very fun but very busy Thanksgiving weekend. It was my first time to host my parents for a major holiday, and of course, Emma Kate’s first Thanksgiving! My parents drove up early Thursday morning, and we spent the day eating and watching the parade and football.

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Turkey? for me?

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We had a yummy lunch with all of our favorites, and EK actually slept the whole time so everyone got to eat at the same time, hooray!

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After lunch, the boys and Emma Kate did what you are supposed to do, take a nap! Meanwhile, I went for a run and completed my own little 5k since I didn’t get to participate in a Turkey Trot.

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EK’s face trips me out in the photo below. Grandpa was sticking her tongue out at her, and she wasn’t so sure about that.

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Friday morning, my parents watched EK while I packed since we would be going to their house in Louisiana that night. But first, we had Thanksgiving lunch with all of Bobby’s relatives. My parents took the dogs with them for us, and poor Sassy wanted to make sure she got to go, so she hopped in my suitcase.

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I didn’t take pictures at lunch since so many of Bobby’s relatives had cameras, but I can tell you It was a little crazy with 16 kids under the age of 16! Late that afternoon we drove to my parents, and Saturday morning I got up early and ran 6 miles in gorgeous weather. A new post pregnancy PDR!

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For lunch we had some family over for a surprise 80th birthday party for my uncle. Here is the birthday boy with the tiny human.

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That afternoon I did a little shopping at Target, and we did some relaxing and watching football.

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This is the face of a happy girl who slept from 8:30 pm until 7:30 am! YES!

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Sunday morning Bobby, EK and I went to visit our friend Jennifer. We met through local running events and blogging, and have become in real life friends. She had her little boy Alex a week before me so it was fun for the babies to meet!

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How funny that we are both in running shoes and black yoga capris? Such is life as a new mom and runner!

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After our visit we went back to my parents house to BBQ, it was so gorgeous with temps in the low 70’s, so we sat outside and hung out for a bit then watched the Saints game before making the drive back to Mississippi. Like I said, it was a whirlwind, but a lot of fun and I am glad I got to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with so many different family members.

QOTD: What did you do for Thanksgiving? Favorite part?