It’s okay to grow up….

My golly (yes, I just said golly), can you believe todays the last day of August? I never noticed until my first year out of high school( 5 years ago), how life seems to move @ such a faster pace as you get older. How your life changes from time to time.

To be honest, it’s quite scary in a way. I remember as a kid I used to wish life would speed up so I’d be able to do this and that. But now that I’ve gotten my “wish”, there are times where I wish I could just pause life for minute or two. I’d love to savor certain moments & put them on repeat.

Justin & I @ Graduation (2007)

With my Sister In-Laws before moving to NC

Don’t get me wrong, becoming an adult has been a wonderful adventure on its own. From moving out of the house at 19, and starting a life with Joshua in North Carolina, we both had to grow up quick. The first few months on our own wasn’t all we thought it would be. We learned quickly that money doesn’t grow on trees, and life can in fact not just be butterflies & rainbows.

But with that being said, you learn that as long as you have the people who mean the most to you by your side, you’ll get through the tough times in life & come out stronger and more knowledgeable at the end.

The day Joshua deployed in 2009, I thought my whole world was coming to an end. Watching your best friend, love of your life & husband walk away isn’t easy. Knowing that you two won’t be reunited again for 8 months. Knowing that you can’t just call each other whenever you have something funny or important to say. Knowing that you’ll be waking up alone again, instead of too a gorgeous face. Knowing that holidays wouldn’t feel like holidays. It’s little things in life, that I wish people wouldn’t take for granite.

But, you know what.. I knew it was coming, and I was prepared. I had the greatest friend, who was thankfully going through the same thing (our husbands worked together). We had each other. We were there for one another to wipe away tears, to laugh so hard we cried, to run to the store for one another to get junk food to make us feel better. She was my rock through deployment. We grew up together from this experience. She learned how to shovel, and I learned how to cook better.

&& once deployment came to an end. Joshua & I weren’t exactly the same people. I had a growing love for running. It wasn’t just about us. We were both open to discussing children, and when & if it would happen. We discussed our future more in depth. Our love for one another grew stronger & stronger. We were never ones to fight much, but when we did we learned to control our voices (which we still work on).

We were there to teach each other new things. Rather it be from learning how to drive stick, to taking apart a gun. We viewed our life different whenever we were faced with deaths in our family.

When growing up, you realize that it’s so important to remain close with your parents, in-laws, and family in general. They will always be the ones who will be there for you no matter what. They will love you unconditionally, no matter if you don’t succeed @ something in life. You’ll realize that the things they told you when you were growing up, do in fact matter & do in fact happen. Life is full of unexpected surprises, and if you aren’t prepared… there is a good chance you’ll take a fall. My dad always told me to save 10% of my work checks when I was younger.. did I listen? No, not always. But now that i’m older & smarter, I wish I would’ve listened more. Heck, I could be a millionaire by now 🙂 okay well maybe not a millionaire, but you get what I’m saying.

Both sets of in-laws

So if your still with me, and have read it all.. just know that growing up is okay & it’s worth every fast month. Just make sure to never take certain times in life for granite. Make sure to smile more, or do something kind for someone. You can’t relive your past, but you can always move forward & learn more & more as the days come.

 

**Also, please let me know if you’d like to do a guest post on here while I’m away on vacation. I’ve gotten a few people (who are amazing!), but I need a few more since I’ll be gone for 10 days. Let me know on here, or send an e-mai jessiejoshua21@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone ❤ & don’t forget to watch some football!!! 🙂

Lets Talk About..

the fact that I just ran a new personal distance. Yes, 16 miles!! I’m on a complete runners high right now and I don’t know when I’ll come off of it. It could be later today, tomorrow, or maybe even Monday. All I know is that I can’t stop smiling

…the fact that I’m lying here on my back with my feet against the wall. I know it sounds ridiculous, but oh the stretch feels so good it hurts! Does anyone else do this, or is just me? haha

just incase y’all didn’t believe me… I got proof 🙂

…the fact that my day has been amazing since the hubs kissed me on the forehead this morning before he left for work. He always does this, but for some reason this morning.. it was adorable & perfect. It may have had to do with the fact that I wasn’t still half asleep & I was actually wide awake

…the fact that college football starts this weekend. The hubs and I are both Penn State Fans, although I am a fan of Auburn as well.

…the fact that I need some guest posts when were on vacation starting next friday. Are any of you interested? If I lived near TJ, I would so bribe you with cookie butter, but unfortunately I don’t.. but I can promise you that I’ll love you forever!! If you’re interested, just shoot me an email @ jessiejoshua21@yahoo.com

…the fact that my chocolate pumpkin protein smoothie is done. Does anyone else put theirs in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour afterwards just to make it 10x better? I wasn’t even planning on having a smoothie for lunch, instead it was going to be pumpkin protein pancakes.. but uh I was sweating like a man once I got home & knew something warm would do no good. 🙂

 

  • What do you wanna talk about…..??
  • Tomorrows Friday.. any big weekend plans?

WIAW #5

Happy Wednesday!! Another day down, another day closer to Friday, and another day closer to vacation :).

It’s also What I ate Wednesday hosted by the wonderful Jen over @ PeasandCrayons. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, head on over to her page & read all about it. (Please not that there may or may not be foods that I ate throughout the day that aren’t pictured).

Breakfast: Pumpkin Smoothie made with 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 4 almond milk ice cubes, 5 ice cubes, 2 tablespoons & chocolate pb2 of course topped with barbaras cereal.

Pre-workout: 1 waffle topped with a bit of light butter spread & cinna-honey.

Lunch: Salad made with iceberg lettuce, tuna, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, hummus & mustard. Plus a slice of bread & clementine on the side.

Snack: Apple with pb2 & whip cream
Dinner: Melon Smoothie made with 2 cups melon, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, yogurt and lots of ice. –Yes I realize a smoothie for dinner isn’t ideal, but I just had more dental work done and I was in pain 🙂

Dessert: Yogurt Bowl (Un-pictured) made with vanilla yogurt, better n peanut butter, cinnamon, 1/2 frozen banana sliced & a waffle mixed in.

Quick Question:

  • If you could choose any meal you wanted for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner what would it be?
    Breakfast: A Smoothie — Lunch: Pizza from New York City — Dinner: Chimichanga’s & chips/salsa from Casa Blanca in Madison, Alabama.

Well, there you have it :] I also wanted to say Thank You to everyone that wished me good luck @ the dentist yesterday. Y’all are too sweet!

Pictures of Kuwait

Since I don’t have much to say today, nor do I have much time since I have to head out the door within the next 20 minutes for my dentist appointment (eh, not looking forward to getting more dental work done). I thought I’d share a glimpse of what the surrounding areas around us look like. Enjoy 🙂

 

  • What did you have for dinner last night? Any new to you recipes?
  • What workout do you plan on doing today, or have already done?

Amazing Run & Webcam Date

Happy Monday Everyone!! How was your weekend? Ours(hubs & I) was filled with lots of smiles, laughter & love. We both couldn’t stop talking about our upcoming vacation. We even went as far to put a daily countdown on our phones. I’m not sure if were more excited for Greece, or just to drink (if your new to my blog, it’s illegal to drink in Kuwait).  haha.

Now onto Marvelous In My Monday hosted by Katie @ HealthyDivaEats

  • This morning my best friend & I had our first webcam “date”. I can’t even begin to tell y’all how excited and happy this has made me. We’ve only talked on the phone maybe twice since May, and hadn’t seen each other since April. Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s kind of hard with the time difference. They live in Hawaii, and are 11 hours behind us. Even though we weren’t in person, it still felt as if we were back together again. We are planning for a “subway date” this week. Yeah were both obsessed with subway, and would always eat it… so we decided we’ll eat it “together” this week. 🙂

  • My twin brother, Justin, is now a certified Personal Trainer & got a job @ a local gym near him. So proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best. He’s always been someone I’ve looked up too for so many reasons. Between his dedication and worth ethic, he truly is a wonderful guy. He tells you how it is, and even though It drives me nuts from time to time.. I gotta say it’s helped me realize certain aspects of life.

  • I had an AWESOME 9 mile run this morning. My whole body felt AMAZING. I’m going to give it credit to my new pre-run meal: a whole grain waffle with a little bit of cinna-honey.

  • The hubs & I were talking on Saturday night, and he’s absolutely okay with me visiting in the states in March to run the Rock n Roll 1/2 in D.C and visit family. So for all you ladies out there who live around the D.C. or in PA near Harrisburg/York, let me know :)… As excited as I am though, it’s going to be hard without him for those few days.

  • Speaking of races, The Kuwait Charity Half Marathon registration is now opened. The run is on November 17th. I’m really looking forward to it. I wonder how and what the expo will be like. How the course will be? Will it be ran similar to races in the U.S.

  • 27 more days until our little girl will be out here!! This weekend we bought her bones for when she gets here.. can I just tell you how happy it made us. Our little family will finally all be together again!

  • Today is the hubs & I’s 3 year & 8 month anniversary Does anyone else count months? The hubs thought I would’ve stopped counting months after our first wedding anniversary, but I haven’t & don’t think I will anytime soon haha.

Well that’s all the Marvelous things happening in my life lately.

Don’t forget today is National Bananas Day :]

  • What was the most exciting part of your weekend?
  • Do you have a sibling that you look up too?

A Failed Long Run..

Yes you read the post title correctly. My planned 15 miles just didn’t happen. The weird but good thing about it, I had a great run. A great run up until mile 10. I had to stop to use the restroom, and for whatever reason my legs begun feeling weird & I had the weirdest pain in my knee afterwards. Tried to continue the run, but had to stop within a half mile. I’ve dealt with a fair share of injuries, and yeah my legs probably would’ve returned back to normal & the knee pain would’ve went away.. but to me, it’s not worth the risk of an injury. Was I upset about the run ending early? Absolutely. Did I walk the half mile home without a smile? Yup, sure did.

It wasn’t until I opened the computer screen & saw my post from Thursday. I suddenly got mad at myself for even being upset for a second. There are so many others out there who don’t have the opportunity to run, or live there life to the fullest. Do they sit there and dwell upon it everyday?.. absolutely not. So yes my run didn’t go as planned, but there will be hundreds more to make up for it.

      “Not every race is perfect,

                 not every run is perfect.

                                      Getting out there, is perfect.”

Moving on… Other good news, well sort of. I had a dentist appointed today to get the second half of my root canal treatment done, but the dentist is sick. It’s now been pushed back until Tuesday. I would’ve loved to get it all over & done with, but that just means I get to have a pain-free weekend with the hubs. I’m thinking maybe a little dinner date tonight (partially because I’m in no mood to cook haha). :

The other day I was surfing the web in between my busy and hectic life (okay I’m lying, I don’t have a busy life whatsoever), I came across this fun survey for runners. So for all you runners out there, I’d love to hear your answers…

What is your favorite type of crossing training?                                                        As I’m sure most of you will say Strength Training. Strength training may be one of my least favorite cross-training exercises. Sure I like how my body feels afterwards, but I’ll always choose a long walk or bike ride over it instead

 
What is your favorite song to run to?
This may come as a shocker to many, but I don’t really enjoy listening to music when running. Honestly, it sort of ruins my “stride” and I always about trip over my feet.

What brand shoes do you wear when you run?
Asics Gel-Neo33’s. Love and swear by these shoes!

Do you wear a hat when you run?
Nope, well in the winter I’ll wear a beanie, or ear warmers.

What temperature is your favorite for running?
55-60 degrees + a little drizzle = perfect!

Do you have any big races coming up?
As soon as they open registration for the Kuwait Charity Run that is taking place in November.

What is your favorite distance?
Love the feeling after you finish those 13.1 miles (however I would love to run a full marathon soon). But on a day-to-day basis I’ll say 8 miles.

Are you a morning, noon or evening runner?
Before moving to Kuwait, I’d start my work out between 5-6. Since moving to Kuwait though, it’s all changed. Gym opens later on during the day, so i don’t start until 11. I’ve actually gotten used to it, and kinda like it :).

Do you run solo or with a buddy?
Solo. Love the time to myself. Don’t get me wrong though, I loved when the hubs joined in from time to time.

What’s your favorite post run snack?
Since my runs start so late in the day, once I get home it’s usually lunch time. Either a smoothie or big salad.

What did you love about your first race?
The fact that my husband and I ran it together. The best part about it was when the hubs grabbed my hand right before the finish line just so we had a picture of it. Talk about adorable!

Do you enjoy getting a medal at the end?
Absolutely. I mean isn’t that why you run it in the first place.. a medal + free food?? Kidding 🙂

Who is your running idol?
Is it bad that I don’t have one??

How long have you been a runner?
Two years +. I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time too.

(Ladies) Do you run with your engagement/wedding ring on?
I usually take my rings off before any workout.

What’s your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo?
Long Run for sure. Love the “runners high” you get afterwards.

Now I’m off to shower. Is it gross that I ran 10 miles, came home made/ate lunch, & wrote this post all before showering? If so, oh well :).

  • Have you ever had a disappointing workout? How’d you turn your mood around?
  • Tell me one favorite moment that happened to you this week

What are YOU thankful for…

I’m thankful for… Finishing a Half-Marathon: On April 1, 2012, The husband and I ran the “Atlantic City Half Marathon” in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Everything about the race was perfect. From the temperature, Aid-Stations, People cheering loud and to the moment the husband and I crossed the finish line hand in hand. The husband wasn’t originally wasn’t going to run the race, but the week of the race he decided to surprise me & sign up. It was the sweetest thing, and will forever mean the world to me.

I’m thankful for… Living in Many Places: I never thought at 23 years of age, I would’ve already lived in three other places besides Pennsylvania (North Carolina, Virginia & now Kuwait). The husband and I have met so many wonderful people throughout our journey so far in life, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. We’ve realized who our true friends were, and who weren’t. We’ve been able to see parts of the world that not many people have.

I’m thankful for… Facebook/Yahoo/Internet: I never would’ve thought for a second these three things  would’ve been on any list of things to be thankful for. Facebook has given me a chance to reconnect with old friends, and stay in contact with the ones that matter while we are overseas. Yahoo has made it so easy for my family & I to write e-mails back n fourth daily, and the Internet has made it easy to pay bills online, meet all of you wonderful bloggers, and use it for every day needs.

I’m thankful for… The hard times: Because without the hard times, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I feel as if they’ve only made me stronger & wiser.

I’m thankful for… Accomplishing Goals: I’m very thankful for everything I have accomplished in life. Sure I haven’t gotten a degree, which is on my list of things to do once our Greece vacation is over. Sure I haven’t climbed Mt. Everest, but the other things in life that I have done, I’m thankful for. I thrive on having goals, and once they are achieved, It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.

I’m thankful for… TODAY: This is the biggest thing I’m thankful for. Knowing that I have been blessed with another day to live is such a wonderful feeling. You hear more and more horrible stories these days in regards to shootings, car accidents, and suicides. It breaks my heart for the victims loved ones. I could never imagine waking up and finding out that someone so dear to me has passed away. I wish other people would realize that, and not take life for granite. I wish people would be more generous & kind to strangers. So for today, just take a quick second to think about your life, and smile. Smile because you are standing where you are, and have the friends/family/career that you do :).

 

  • What are YOU thankful for today?