Thursday, January 31, 2013

HELP! What's in a Name?

Okay friends, here's the deal. I seriously need YOUR help on this one. I've been toying at this idea for a few months and I can't come to a decision!

I've been blogging for 2 years now. When I started, I barely read any other blogs, didn't know about the amazing blogging community and I didn't really have a direction for my blog. I blogged because I wanted to update my family about our life in Pittsburgh - 1400 miles away. Enter, A Glimpse of the Gouglers. It made sense, I liked the whole "G" concept. It worked!

Here I am two years later and at a very different point in my "blogging life." I know what I like to right about: fitness, food, fashion, running, life and love. I know it's a still a bit all over the place, but who's life can truely focus on one realm? {Certainly not this scatterbrain.}

So here's are the real questions...

Do I consider changing the name of the blog or am I in too deep?

Will people "forget" me if I change the name?

Does it really make a difference if I make a change?

Should I stick with what I've got?


To be quite honest, if I do decide to change the name, I'm not sure what it would be! So if you think I should step forward and make the change, I'm open to ideas and suggestions!

Seriously though y'all, I NEED your input. Help me!!!


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Until next time...
With love and God bless,

My Fitness Story

Once upon a time, I was not as into health and fitness as I am today. Once upon a time, I was a tall, thin cheerleader who ate ice cream, burgers and fries like it was my day job. Once upon a time, I went to college and things changed.

Okay so the start to my story probably isn't much different from any high school athlete's to be honest. It's what happened in college that changed my view of how I treat my body. {I'm still working on treating it better, I'm doing okay, but not great!}

Like I said, in high school I was always lean. I head been in dance/gymnastic/cheerleading since I could walk. All of these sports require an incredible amount of physical ability, determination and body control. I was always active and the fact that I grew over a foot between 12 and 14 helped me maintain a strong, lean frame. Once I turned 16, I was able to use the gym at our Community Club and would go up there to run/bike/elliptical. Aside from that and cheerleading practice {which included running and a lot of core work} that was the extent of my workout plan.




Enter college. I continued cheering. Gained probably the freshman 8-10 pounds, I was lucky and I attribute this to the fact that I was still cheering {3 nights/week} and tumbling {1-2 night/week}. I started to poke my nose into A&M's fitness center {the REC}, but wasn't found in there more than 1-2 times per week. This lasted through my sophomore year.




Junior year, I quit cheering. I continued to tumble at BVGC {awesome gymnastics facility for anyone in Bryan/College Station who's interested!} and my girl Julie asked me to go to a group exercise class with her at the REC. Thank God she asked me! {Taking classes also brought Julie and I so much closer}As dramatic as it sounds, it changed my life. Julie and I started attending classes pretty often and were considered "regulars." It's honestly so cool when an instructor knows your name because you go to their class so often. We took a class that the director of Group Ex at the REC taught and started to get to know her pretty well. At the beginning of springtime, she was asking me if I wanted to sign up for the Group EX instructor classes, so I did! It was a six/eight week course that taught you how to teach! Then at the end you could decide if you wanted to audition to be an instructor. I've made quite a few good decisions in my life {choosing Texas A&M University, saying "yes" to the hubs, changing my major} and this was one of them.

I fell in love with teaching fitness. I loved watching my regular students improve weekly. I loved when people would come tell me what a great class I just taught. I loved learned how to teach different formats. I loved getting paid to work out. I loved spending time at the gym. I loved learning how to teach new formats. I loved coming up with new moves and new combos. There is so much to love about fitness as long as you find you niche.

Another thing I loved about teaching at A&M were the friendships that I made. It's important to have friends that can help you grow and work towards goals in areas that mean a lot to you. It was like having a huge group of workout buddies!




The summer before my final semester at Texas A&M {I took an extra half victory lap} is when I started running. It started as a random whim I had to run a half marathon. I finished my first 1/2 that November. It wasn't until I actually crossed that finish line when I realized I was hooked.

After college, I moved back to Houston and started working out at 24 Hour Fitness and quickly realized how much I missed teaching. Luckily I was able to jump right back in when an instructor at 24 Hour recommended me to the Group Ex director. I ended up getting my own class at the downtown location once a week and I subbed every so often when I felt like it. I taught there until I moved to Pittsburgh and of course I was still running.

In Pittsburgh I decided not to teach since I couldn't transfer to another 24 Hour since they aren't in the state! Instead I focused my year on running. The weather in Pittsburgh is much more ideal for running and I could run outside all year round. I ran 4 half marathons the year I lived in Pittsburgh...the most I've done in a year. I also took a lot of strength training classes with my friend Maria to improve my strength and to keep getting new ideas for teaching when I returned.




Over the past year back in Houston, I haven't started teaching again. I haven't even gotten a gym membership {I had one in Pittsburgh}. I did do bootcamp for several months in the winter/spring until it got too hot outside. The second half of 2012 was solely focused on running and training for my full marathon. Training for a marathon is a lifestyle change. You have to say no to happy hour on Friday night knowing you have an 16+ mile run on Saturday at 5:30am. You spend the rest of Saturday waddling and hoping you don't drink too much at the tailgate because your tolerance is WAY down. It was totally worth it to me. 100% I would and will do it again. But right now I'm stuck. I need to be back in the gym. I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to teaching though. I'll probably start with a membership and try to work teaching into my schedule soon.

Ultimately I do not want to work at a computer for the rest of my life. When the time is right, I would love to teach a few classes a week and get my personal training certificate...which I've been putting off. I don't know when the time will be right, but I know it's not now. I like what I'm doing and I like my pay check even more. One day, I will make the switch. Trust me, I want it too bad to never do it. I'm just waiting for His timing.

So there you have it. That's how I got so into fitness! Everyone has there own fitness story. How did you start getting into fitness? Are you still trying to find your niche?


Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Food, Clothes, Wine, Pinterest

So I still haven't even uploaded my Colorado pictures to my computer...blogger fail. So instead of showing you the beautiful mountains of Colorado and me having a total blast with my brother and friends, I will show you everything I think I will cook/make/visit/do/wear on Pinterest. Because who doesn't love Pinterest. Especially on a Wednesday. When I can link up with Michelle. She rocks.

Source: stylezen.net via Amy on Pinterest


This. I want this. I can't find it. The link goes somewhere else. HELP!





Anyone who really knows me, knows my obsession for all things tie-dye. I will make this. Is it summer yet?



Source: tidymom.net via Amy on Pinterest


Brownies with a cookie dough frosting center! I die.





Baked Oatmeal Casserole. I'm trying to find new breakfast recipes. I'm allergic to eggs which stinks but breakfast is my favorite!





I think I just found my new favorite food.






Need to remember this for my EuroTrip this summer!





So cute and easy!





Pizza dip! I should make this for the Super Bowl party that I'm not having :)



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Welcome to Houston, Texas.



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Is it Friday yet?


So apparently I'm hungry, I want new clothes and I wish it was Friday. Yeah, that's really all I got for y'all today. This busy lady should probably get focused...is it lunchtime yet?


Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

That time I read 3 books in 1 week...

Good morning on this very gloomy, extremely warm and humid Houston day. Despite the crazy, unwinter-like weather, I'm bound and determined to make today a good one. Here's one way I'm going to do that...talk to y'all about the 3 books I just read. All by Colleen Hoover. She has an amazing way with words.

I absolutely love to read. I love the way I feel when I get lost in a story. I love the emotions. I love that I can plant myself right there beside the characters. I guess you could say it's sort of an escape. I try to read as often as possible, but let's be honest, this over-committed, crazy girl doesn't always have time. My favorite times to read are in the bath tub, on a lazy Sunday, on car trips and on flights. Two weekends ago I had a lazy Sunday and I had 2 flights and down time at the airport this weekend. Somehow this resulted in me reading 3 books. Did I mention I read fast?

So here you go, the next books you need to read are...

Click on the links below the images to take you to the Amazon summaries!

Hopeless

This was a beautiful story about young love and finding yourself. If you like plot twists and feeling on edge about what's going to happen next, this is for you. I was literally hooked from the beginning.

Summary


Slammed

Slammed is the first of a two book series. This is another romance that takes you into the lives of two young people dealing with more trauma and sadness than most people experience. You get wrapped up in every emotion. I was crying at one point and laughing the next.

Summary


Point of Retreat

Read this after Slammed. At this point you know the characters, you know what they've been through and now it's time to see how they continue on through life. More trials, more smiles and more life lessons. It shows you that love is never easy, but it's always worth it.

Summary

Y'all, seriously read these books. If your looking for something to read on your next gloomy day, start here. I promise you won't regret it. All of these books were recommended to me by Lia Joy. Everything she's ever told me to read I have fallen in love with.

Do you love to read? What are your favorites and what should I read next?! I love suggestions!




Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Monday, January 28, 2013

Colorado Weekend Insta-Recap

You want to know the best way to start the week? Get home late from an amazing trip on Sunday night, pass out in your bed and wake up Monday morning almost an hour after your alarm was supposed to go off. Makes for an interesting start to say the least. Not the best start, but I did manage to shower, get ready and still make it into the office by 8:15am. I despise feeling like I may be late. I really despise the way your heart races and stomach drops when you realize that you overslept. I rarely oversleep. Oh well, it's Monday and I spent the weekend in Colorado. Here are a few pictures from Instagram {follow me}...




Drinks and appetizers before jumping on our getaway jet!
Hubs and I on the plane ready for Colorado
Rockin' the ping pong table with Courtney at Ace's in Denver
Love that girl!!!




Volcano!!!
Yes, Courtney and I practically finished that ourselves
Saw a legal pot shop for the first time!
LOVE




Saturday morning pancake flight at Snooze in Denver
Checking out the 2nd largest brewery in Golden, CO :)
Coors factory tour! The tour is free and you get free beer at the end...crazy
Exploring Golden




Climbing a mountain Sunday morning with the hubs and my brother
Love the scenery in this state!
Red Rock Ampiteather
Last meal in Colorado, buffalo chili nachos!!! Yummm


I took tons of pictures with my camera that I'll have to upload and share with y'all later! We had a great time exploring Denver and Golden and seeing great friends and my brother! Now this girl has got to get to work...ooops :)




Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

It's time to get PRETTY MUDDY

Some of y'all may remember from my Facts of Me post that I do not like getting dirty. I never have, but I can't say I never will. I have one exception. Mud Runs. Y'all these things are legit. You get really muddy. And they're really tough. I ran my first mud run last June with Julie and the hubs. This year I'll run my second one only it's no boys allowed. That's right, girl's only!



I'll be participating in Pretty Muddy on June 1st up in Dallas, TX! You know you wanna join in the fun! Right now they're offering a one time discount code for $20 off! This will be the lowest price you can get. Enter GIRLTIME in the promotion code to get the discount through the end of the month!

When you sign up, pick the 9:30am wave start and join Team Awesome because, well we're pretty awesome! This way we can get our muddy race on in before the heat of the day and then get to the Pretty Muddy post race party!

Remember you don't have to live in Dallas to join in the fun! I'll be travelling up there from Houston, so let me know if any of my Houston girls want to make a weekend trip out of it! Also, fellow Houston bloggers, anyone interested in joining me as part of Team Pretty Muddy? Send me an e-mail and I'll get you all the information you need!

I'll leave you with a picture of just how awesome I look covered in mud...




Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Friday, January 25, 2013

Letters to Friday {and a WINNER}

First things first, the best way to start a Friday is to make someone's day. So without further ado, I will hopefully make someone smile from ear to ear. The winner of my 'Favorite Things Blogiversary Giveaway' is......................................




Meghan ran her very first marathon at Disney World on the same exact day I ran mine in Houston. So now we're both marathoners and constantly questioning out sanity :) Congrats Meghan! Look for an e-mail from me today.


Now onto some Friday Letters...

Dear Friday, You're here! Thank goodness. Thursday was forever long so I wasn't sure if you would show your face. I'm so glad you did. Now be speedy until about 4pm when I get to leave work, then you can drag on so I can soak up every ounce of non-working Friday.

Dear Garmin watch, I'm still super bummed that you are dead. I need a new one of you stat because I feel naked when running without you!!!

Dear Colorado, I can't wait to see you this weekend! I still can't believe I've never been and my family has gone without me multiple times. Oh well, I'm pumped. Plus we gain some time on the way there so today will be even longer...Thanks Friday!

Dear Luke and Courtney, I'm so freaking pumped to see y'all this weekend. We can get googley-eyed if you want Luke :) Thanks for letting us crash at your house and take over your weekend since we didn't plan a single thing. Just being there, hanging out with y'all will make JP and I more than happy!




Dear Benny Boy, I can't wait to see you brother! I'm excited to see your school, meet your friends and get acquainted with your new town. I still can't believe that you actually live in Colorado. I think it's a good fit for you. I love you so much and have a surprise for youuuu!!!

Dear Emerald, I'm wearing a rocking emerald shirt today. I know that you're the color of the year, so I feel pretty legit and fashion forward. No pics though because we all know that a fashion blogger, I am not.

Dear Work, Please go by quickly because I want to get to Colorado! Plus let's be honest, no one really likes to work on Fridays...

Dear Self, Next week we're kicking it into high gear. Workouts weren't too bad or too great this week. Disney is in 4 weeks so a few longer runs need to be reintroduced soon :)

Dear Future Vacation, I can't stop thinking about you. All I want to do is plan, plan, plan!!! I'm super pumped and can't wait to travel and see new things. As soon as you are officially booked, I'll share with the world. Holding off until then just in case...

Dear Hubs, You are currently sleeping and you don't have to work today. I am jealous but I still love you. 





Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

SPD: Valentine's Day Wreath

Hey y'all! Remember that one time it looked like a glitter bomb went off inside my living room? No? Okay, let's rewind to Monday then shall we?

Monday evening I was minding my own business watching the Bachelor and crafting for Saw It. Pinned It. Did It. Sounds like a glorious night right? Well it was, but unfortunately my craft went awry. You see, on Sunday I was at Michael's picking up everything I needed for my next few crafts. I circle the store twice looking for tulle. Well I found some...in the Quincinera section. {I didn't know there was a section for this, but then again I live in Houston.} Of course it was beautiful and bright pink, and it was cover in glitter. Well, we all know...





Don't be fooled by the pretty sparkles y'all. It goes EVERYWHERE! Just a fair warning. On the plus side my wreath is super, sparkly, pink and awesome. It doesn't get much better than that! So let's get started!

Here was my original Pinspiration. I loved the look of the tulle, but I wanted mine to be a little bit different. Here's what I came up with!






It's incredibly easy. Doesn't require super glue. And you can play with tulle. Win - Win - Win in my book.


What you need:
Styrofoam wreath circle
Lots of pretty tulle. {Sparkle tulle is great, just prepare for a shiny house}
Scissors
Embellishment


How to make it:
Cut the tulle in strips that are roughly 4-5 inches wide and 12 inches long. This may vary depending on thickness of your Styrofoam wreath.

Fold tulle strips in half. {You will now have 2 ends. The end with both original ends and the folded end.}

Wrap the tulle around the wreath. Open the folded end of the tulle to form a small hole. Feed the original ends through the hole. Pull tightly to secure against the wreath.

Repeat over and over and over again until you cover your entire wreath. You may want to do something awesome like watch The Bachelor while doing this.

Note: Make sure you loop your tulle around the wreath in the same direction. Otherwise it will look funky.

Add your embellishments. I simply added some sparkly hearts on a stick so I just fed it through the tulle. You can also bust out your hot glue gun to glue some details on if you want!


I didn't take too many pictures because I was too focused on The Bachelor and not getting glitter everywhere. Ooops.

Now get out there and make your own Valentine's Day Wreath! Who said that themed wreaths were only meant for Christmas??? And I'll leave you with this...





Don't forget to link up with these lovely ladies and show us all of your Pinterest projects! I get such a rush from pinning something and actually going through with it! Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but I do get pretty darn excited.




Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Few Words Wednesday

I'm not feeling incredibly wordy today. So instead of my usual whit babble, I will leave y'all with some pins that I can't get out of my head.


Source: tribesports.com via Amy on Pinterest



Amen.


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Want.





Broccomole.





Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese.





Can I have it?





In my dream house.







Comfy Casual.


I'll leave y'all with this funny yet inspiring quote. It makes me giggle.


Source: lindawagner.net via Amy on Pinterest



Have a happy Wednesday my lovelies!

Link up :)





Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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