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July 2016

Race, Triathlon

How to do a triathlon even if you don’t have money

This could also be called, “How to afford a triathlon when you’re in your 20s, just out of college, and weighed down by thousands of dollars in student loans.”

Triathlons are expensive and I’m not only talking about the race fees. There’s a lot of stuff you need just to be able to race.

If you know anything about triathlons, you probably know that the largest age groups tend to be the people in their 30s and 40s. From USAT: the “Majority of USA Triathlon members are ages 40-49; this sector of membership is continually more than 30 percent of the overall membership base.”

I think that a part of the reason that it’s so big for those in their 30s and 40s is because of the money! Triathlons are NOT cheap! These settled-in-life adults start doing triathlons when they’re more financially stable and not just starting out on their own.

I did my first triathlon last year and I spent a good amount of money to gear up for the race but my set up was minimal in comparison to most other bloggers and people I know. I don’t have a bike, a bike trainer, and I don’t have money for gym memberships or personal coaching.

This year isn’t going to be any different for me because I still don’t have money to invest in more/better equipment. My sister is also doing the triathlon with me for her first time but she’s a poor college student and she’s not even sure if she’ll do another tri (Hopefully she will!).

You will probably have to fork over a good amount just to sign up for the race so I’ve created list that will hopefully help other beginners that are just getting started to help save some money.

Here are my absolute bare minimum basics that you need to do a triathlon with a few add-on ideas to spend a little more on if desired. Continue Reading

Exercise, Recipes, Running, Swimming, Training

Peach Crisp, Weekend Shenanigans, and Training Update

Hey there Monday! How was your weekend? This summer is flying by way too fast for me.

Weekend Recap

Today I’m feeling really sleepy after a long day of driving sitting in the car watching my husband drive for 10 hours straight and then going to bed really late. But we’re back in Michigan and it’s only a few more days until Brady is officially done with PT school!

On Friday I finally got around to doing something with the peaches I bought last weekend. It was either crisp or pie and as my pies still have a ways to go before being Grandma status, I decided on peach crisp. I’ve made peach/apple crisps a few times but I always mess up the crumble by mixing too much so I was determined to get it right this time. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has struggled with this!

bowl of peaches for peach crisp

Peach Crisp with Ice Cream

Peach Crisp was a win! It was so warm, crumbly, flavorful and melt in your mouth delicious. I’m going to keep making this over and over until there are no more fresh peaches to buy. The pecans also added a something special to the topping. This recipe has a lot of added sugar so at some point I’d like to work on making it a little more healthy without compromising the yummy flavors. This is the recipe I followed but I used a couple less tablespoons of butter and tiny bit less sugar on the peaches. Continue Reading

Goals, Life, Weight loss

Why I broke up with the scale

So yesterday, Brady and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary! He ended up being at work late because it was his first day doing 100% of the case load and documentation but even so we got home by 5:30. We drove up to Columbia so we could go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I was really torn because I really wanted the vegan cobb salad because it’s amazing but I was REALLY in a pasta mood. I went with the pasta which was good, but I probably should have followed my instincts and gotten the salad. Brady got the eggplant parmesan which is no fun because he knows I don’t like eggplant :-p

These are the only pictures we managed to take of ourselves. In the parking lot. We’re so romantic. <3

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Anniversary, Life

2 Years Since We Said “I Do”

Another year flown by. Another wonderful year married to the love of my life. Last year we went away to Rehoboth for a few days to celebrate but this year we’re staying home since it’s the last week of work for both of us.

Brady and I got married on July 20, 2014 at our home church and then we had our reception under a tent surrounded by twinkling lights. We left for our honeymoon under an arch of sparklers lining the driveway to our getaway car. It was a special day that would have been impossible without the love and help given by so many people. Especially from my family who flew in from all over the place to help make everything a reality. I doesn’t feel like this much time has passed, but here we are, 2 years married and about to embark on a new adventure. To celebrate, I’m sharing a few highlights of our wedding day with you. All photos are taken by my talented friend and college classmate, Joshua Martin.


Happy 2 year anniversary






First Look


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Exercise, Fitbit, Running, Swimming, Training

My Fitbit is lying to me

Time for a workout update! I’ve been trying to focus on consistency, on getting out the door, and getting it done. Sometimes that’s the hardest part! So here’s my workout recap from the last 5 days. I also have a Fitbit question at the end if anyone wants to help me out!

Thursday, 7/14

I had every intention of going to the pool for a good swim but when we got there around 7:30, they were still having swim practice and the rest of the pool was really crowded. I didn’t get in until around 8 and I was pretty tired from a couple days of running so I decided to float instead. I think I swam 100m for fun. We left just after sunset and the glow on the pool water was <3

sunset over the pool in summer

This photo makes me so happy.

Friday, 7/15

I had picked up my sister on Friday morning so we could go shopping for a handful of things I’ve been looking for including a dress to wear for Brady’s graduation in a couple weeks. I still haven’t found one. We went to Centennial Park intending to run but we got there so late in the day that it was hot, humid, muggy, miserable, and all around sucky weather to workout in. We settled for walking because we probably would have suffered from dehydration and heat stroke if we had tried to run. The animals were all out enjoying themselves though, we saw geese, squirrels, chipmunks, turtles, squished frogs, and various other birds. Continue Reading

Food, Healthy eating, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta Recipe

Since summer is in full swing, farmer’s markets have popped up all over the place, and our gardens are starting to yield, I decided it was time to share one of my favorite summer recipes.

This recipe is:

  • Perfect for summer
  • Light and fresh
  • Low in calories
  • Full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants

This summer, I’m only growing a little pot of herbs because I don’t have my own space to plant a garden; However, there is a permanent little farm market close by where I was able to pick up some local peaches, zucchini and fresh tomatoes.

I didn’t like fresh tomatoes all that much growing up because the seeds and goop were a little too yucky for my picky self. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve fallen more in love with the versatile flavor that they add to many dishes.




My mom and grandma used to make a version of fresh tomato topping that I decided to make my own version of and share with you today! This is a perfect recipe for me because I’m often in search of recipes that are cheap and quick to make. This dish won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make and only uses a handful of ingredients. Continue Reading