Hello December

Hello December!  I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving!!!

Only 23 days till Christmas!!! Oh My! I am not that person who shops in October, I like to procrastinate and rush around like a mad woman…. However this year we are keeping it simple with not much to buy, thankfully. My family knows the true reason for the season.

I am looking forward to spending some time with my family and taking a break from the job!

December also means last race of the year for me!!  Walnut Creek Half Marathon… This will be my first long distance run/race POST marathon EEK!  I hope my knee doesn’t decide to give me trouble! I am excited about this race because when I ran this a year ago I was 24 lbs heavier, struggling to lose weight , frustrated and well I had to work REALLY hard for my PR.

Last year I wanted to beat a downhill course I had ran just to prove I could do it on a flat course too. Man I was so ecstatic when I came in 1 second below that goal!! YES ONE second hey a PR is  a PR!  Within that year I have gotten my half marathon time down by 6 minutes. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but when you look at mile splits and well when you are running you know how big of a deal that really is!

This years race , I will be pushing myself a bit more…… I would like my current PR of 2:12:02 to be a 2:10 or better but I make NO promises, as there is a constant uphill starting at mile 5 through mile 7. Eek But as always I will do my best and give my all!

I am still training and let me tell you it is getting colder with every run! I hate treadmill running so I avoid it at all costs… I am still adamant about beginning my weight training at the first of the year with one small change. I was hoping to join a cross fit class but financially wasn’t in out 2017 budget.. So I kept my gym membership and vow to do weight training on a regular basis.  I also would like to look into some yoga. As I am getting faster and staying consistent I know I need to treat my body well if I want to keep going!

In other news, I am coming up on completing my first year since starting Herbalife. SOOO many changes have happened and all positive. Let me list a few for you.

Healthier gut ( no more tummy issues)

Energy levels are through the roof

Lost 24 lbs

Down 2 pant sizes

Improved Athletic Performance

Smoother more clear skin

My hair feels thicker and grows faster

Overall healthy feeling from the inside-out!

I do not push my choices on anyone EVER. If they ask what I am doing I simply say Herbalife has been a game changer for me. My results and achievements are proof that a healthy active lifestyle does a body and LIFE good!  I love being a health coach, I love guiding and directing people to make a positive change in their lives. I love the fact that Herbalife offers something for everyone! I just wish I could really reach those people in need. Every now and again I randomly realize how easily it is to be unhealthy, I see tired people, people who can’t sleep right, people with digestive issues, constantly sick people and I just KNOW that they do not have to live that way but it is easy to be unhealthy…. I mean really a $5 large pizza from little Caesars is cheap and easy. A drive through Mcdonalds is convenient, a quick stop at starbucks for energy makes sense, right? NO, no it doesn’t. It makes NO sense at all.  What kills me most is seeing children who are overweight.

It’s not about being skinny it’s about being HEALTHY!  Ok ok off my soap box!!

Let’s move on….

I  have applied for a few race & product  ambassadorships so keep your fingers crossed for me !! I love representing it helps me not feel so bad for my Instagram over posts! LOL Plus I love sharing the great finds with all of my peoples!

I can’t wait to share my race weekend with you all especially if I come home with another PR! That would be a pretty sweet way to end the year!!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

Peace, Love & Running.


Last year at Walnut Creek ! 


Life after a marathon … 


So I wanted to share what I learned during my marathon training, during my marathon and after my marathon….

 These are probably things most runners might already know but being that I am not a technical runner I just figured this stuff out….


I have never been the runner who “ carb loads or fuels” on a regular basis. When I carb load I basically use it as an excuse to eat some junk food! I have used GU to fuel mid-race before but not always. I also so not drink water or electrolytes during a race. ( I drink a lot of water on a regular basis as it is). I am what I call, an empty runner. Wake up, get dressed, arrive & run. Drink, eat when I am done.


However, I KNEW for this marathon I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I was reading online and following other folks as they journeyed through their marathons. So first thing I bought was a hydration pack. I was stoked to have found it on REI.com/rei-garage on clearance plus since we have membership I paid $27 for a $60 camelback hydration pack #score! It didn’t take long to get used to either, I was actually pretty happy I finally invested in one! So I was set for hydration. Now on to fuel.


My first go to item was the GU chews since I had used them in the past, however, they upset my stomach so that was out. I did the sport beans but rally felt like they didn’t do anything for me. Well, if I am being completely honest, I don’t know if I am supposed to feel ANYTHING at all when consuming these “ fuels”. Anyhow, decided no go on the sport beans, then one day after a long training I got a little shakey and had to sit down, the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed sugar! So I ate some candy. Sour gummy worms & orange slices… felt better immediately! 

So with that I decided next long training run I would run with candy as my fuel… On top of that, since I am an Herbalifer, I ordered myself some snack defense which is to help balance blood sugar. I also started having an Herbalife shake the morning of a race! 


Water check ✔️

Fuel check ✔️


Now onto the whole carb loading, still don’t have this one down. BUT since I was training my caloric intake had increased, when I began to taper I didn’t decrease my calorie intake therefore I was fully loaded for this long distance run. ( I don’t even know if that makes sense but to me it did so I went with it) and it worked.


So you ran a marathon….. what happens next? Well first off you take like 4 days off ( at least I did) remember my knee hated me for a few days. The first few runs after my marathon hurt, they were slow and a little discouraging. I knew better though, I knew I couldn’t expect to get out the door and pull off a 10 minute mile right away. So I patiently took my time and listened to my body and allowed my knee to fully heal. This week I was able to pull off 2 – 4 mile runs with a less than 10 minute average pace. I AM BACK!


Thankfully too, because I have a half marathon in 17 days! I was selected as an ambassador for Walnut Creek half marathon taking place on December 10th! This will finish off my year of running! Then I can go back to casually running on my own schedule, until January that is…..


My next goal is to run Pony Express Half Marathon which is on April 30th, 2017 in Sacramento , CA in 2 hours! That’s a huge goal for me and 12 minute PR potential! Can I do it? NO CLUE, but I will train and I will try!  


So let me think what else did I learn……




I learned that I CAN stick to a strict schedule.

I learned how to become disciplined.

I learned that training is much better with friends.

I learned that the body can do whatever the mind tells it to.

I learned that giving up is NOT an option.

I learned that some people just don’t understand what it takes to train and run a marathon and how big of a deal it really is. ( especially for a first timer)

I learned that it’s ok to set a time goal and NOT achieve it.



I am sure there are tons of things technical and mental things that I learned but what I really took from all of this is that.. I CAN do hard things!


Don’t ever doubt yourself, if you want something it’s gonna take some work, discipline, sacrifice, maybe even some blood, sweat and tears. All of that is cake when you have the bigger picture and goal I mind.


Anyhow, I wish you all a VERY happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy the time with your family and friends and I especially hope you use this day to rally count your blessings. God bless you all!




Before I go, let me tell you about my race gear!


Shorts: Senita, Rosa shorts ( AMAZING BRAND) https://www.senitaathletics.com/

Top: Tek Gear ( kohls)

Hat: Bought from Walmart had Central Valley Sports customize it .. http://www.mycentralvalleysports.com

Earbuds: Powerbeats 2 by Dre – Link is for the updated version power beats 3 – https://www.beatsbydre.com/earphones/powerbeats3-wireless

Socks: A MUST HAVE – pro compression – http://www.procompression.com

Hydration pack: CamelBak – Charm – http://shop.camelbak.com/charm/d/1281

Knee support: Rock tape – http://www.rocktape.com

Shoes: Brooks Launch 3 – http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us

Sports Bra: Under Armour – purchased at Ross

Road ID: http://www.roadID.com


Garmin Vivoactive : http://www.buy.garmin.com

Marathon Mama 

Hey folks, I am back!!! I am ready to re-commit to sharing life with you! Sadly I had to go back to day one of this blog and re-read everything. Such a humbling thing to do, as I sit here and think of all that has changed since January 2015 ! 

As promised on my quick blurb last week , I am going to talk about the fact that I ran a marathon… yes a MARATHON. It’s still feels unreal to even say that!


After running 9 half marathons in 2015 I had a ton of friends who kept telling me I was ready for a marathon, but it was never on my radar. I thought I am still learning to run these half marathons and get to a good speed that I am satisfied with. So I kept putting it off and thinking ya’ll are crazy!


It wasn’t until October 2015 when my friend and I shared a walk and in conversation we discussed running a marathon. We said we would find a nice flat marathon to do. By the time we got home the idea was out the window and unspoken of again. Then sometime I the beginning of the year (2016) my very good friend who is also my running partner said to me…. “ if you register for a marathon I will come out of “ retirement” and run it with you” ! I laughed it off like nah I’m good….


I cannot tell you the exact moment that it hit me or that something clicked and I said you know what I am ready… but I can tell you that it was 11pm one night, I was in bed on my phone, knowing a price increase was the next day that I did it… I just did it! I hit submit on my marathon registration! I immediately took a screen shot and sent it to my running partner… her reaction…. “ Oh sh!t” ! hahahaa  


Now I didn’t announce right away I was running a marathon , to be honest I was still unsure as I knew I could change my reg to the half if I needed to. It wasn’t until training really began that I announced it!


So let’s speed it up a bit to June 11th, 2016 day one of training…. Now by this time my body is very conditioned to run a half marathon at the drop of a dime, however, marathon training isn’t about speed or increasing mileage right off the bat. Needless to say it was hard to only run 3-4 miles 4 days a week the first 6 weeks. It was also challenging to slow my pace on training runs. As the runs got longer we ran a 2:30 interval ( run for 2 minutes, walk for 30 seconds). Making these changes are crucial to avoid injury, THAT was the only thing that kept me disciplined enough to follow the plan. I have seen plenty of injuries on social media and I was just not willing to risk it! I am far too competitive with myself and I say it all the time , if I end up injured I am not sure if I will bounce back and go at it again. ( Crazy talk I know)


During training I also had the ability to run a few races and line them up with training miles….


August 13th – hell of a half marathon

October 9th – emerald bay half marathon

October 16th- Judgement Day half marathon


I was pretty excited as I even PR’d my half marathon time at Judgement Day with a finish of 2:12:02 a 3 minute PR from my best half earlier this year…. ( Big hat half 2:15:58)


Anyhow, One day I ran 14 miles alone it was brutal, I got lost, ended up actually doing 15 miles, It was HOT, my phone was dying and I was almost out of water. Thankfully my husband found me, picked me up and took me to the river to submerse my legs in the ICE cold river water.


Next distance that was challenging for me was our 16 miler…. felt great the whole way until mile 15, oh man my left knee was aching, barking, screaming at me to stop. This was the day that I thought to myself holy crap, I don’t know if I can do this! What did I do, What was I thinking.


It wasn’t until our 20 mile training run that I gained my confidence back. We took our time, we listened to our bodies and well we didn’t die! I felt like I was truly ready for the adventure I was about to embark on.


And thennnnnnnnnnnnn, I finally learned what the taper meant and was ready to put that into action. As I decreased my mileage and the day got closer I surprisingly felt nothing…. friends kept asking if I am nervous, excited, scared, anxious, READY? It wasn’t until race week that I started to feel all of those emotions.


Race morning came quickly, I was up early & I spent a short time in prayer before I hit the shower and prepared for my race. My amazing husband made us girls signs , decorated my car and was ready to cheer us on! As we arrived and approached the start line I can be 100% honest with you and say that I was nowhere near feeling nervous or scared, nor was I feeling excited. I almost felt numb to it. I told myself it was just another training run with my girls and a few extra people around. I told myself it is 5 miles 5 times.


They sang the national anthem, I said a quick prayer in my head and off we went…. started up the Garmin Vivo active and let it run me through my intervals.


The first 13 miles were cake, we were moving a little faster than we wanted to, and kept trying to slow it down without losing momentum. When we got to Mile 17 we ran into our other friend who amazingly trained alone and was well ahead of us the whole time.


Mile 18 rolled around and we took a little bit longer break than intended. Mile 19-22 were a bit of a blur but I do remember saying where the heck is the turnaround . By this time we had all kind of spread out and were stacked one in front of the other, not as close but enough to still see one another. I found some juice to sprint and catch up to my sole sister Katrina so we could be together through the last few miles.


Then mile 23ish our MASH trainer Kelly found us and was going to run us in, at this point my mind was focused, my breathing was on point everything felt great…. except my left knee. It was aching, it was uncomfortable and with that I was unable to smile and hold a conversation with the girls I was running with.


For some crazy reason, my body just said GO. Turn up the volume and move you’re a$$ . So I did just that…. I left my girls behind and honestly I just wanted to hurry up and get to the finish line and be done!


Mile 24ish – My fellow Bear, fellow runner, my friend, Crystal who was a course marshal was on her bike was riding with me. At one point I tried to talk to her and I remember her telling me “ put those head phones back in girl” so I did just that, I pushed, as my knee ached, I dug deep to keep going knowing the finish line was just around the bend.


I remember taking one last walk break, I told Crystal , LAST walk break and that was it, when that 30 seconds was up and it was go time, but my knee locked up. I stopped for a second and grabbed that knee and MADE it go by pulling up on the leg, once I was moving I did not stop again!


Coming around the corner about a ¼ of a mile from the finish I see my good friend Nate! He waited there for me , we fist pumped and by this time I could see the arch! So naturally I picked up the pace as much as I possibly could and as I am coning up I hear a loud shout of my name and then smaller shouts. My friends there waiting for me to cross with a sign held high the sky! As I am inching closer I see my family, Omar, Zeke & Eden standing there with smiles, cheering me and at that moment I felt NO pain. I pushed myself across that finish line and as I did, I stopped my watch and then it happened, the tears came! I grabbed my medal and as my family wrapped their arms around me I just thanked God I had finished!


I told my husband “that was hard” like really hard. My friends joined us in celebration as we waited for the others to cross, one by one they rolled in, each of them with a face of accomplishment!


This day November 6, 2016 was a day I never even dreamed of. I never once I my life thought I would ever run a marathon. As I said before it was not on my radar. When I signed up for it I wasn’t even sure it was ME wanting to or if it was the voice of others in my head. Never the less I committed to it, I trained for it and I finished it! I am officially a Marathoner!!



I hope that during this long holiday weekend you have time to go back and read at least my first 3 blog posts to see where I started. I haven’t been running for a long time, I am not super-fast, I am still not an educated runner, I still get lazy and lose motivation, I do not run marathon after marathon. I do however, run with quality in mind.


If I am sacrificing my time away from family, you best believe I am going to make my run time well worth it!


Now I am going to do a coupe shout outs so hang tight with me because as they say it takes a village to raise a child, well it takes a village to raise a runner!


My husband & Children: I thank you, for allowing me to train, for never once holding it against me, for waking up in the wee hours of the morning to drive me to the start line and sending me off. Thank you for your willingness to drive around the course and find me because every single time I saw your faces I knew I couldn’t give up. Thank you for meeting me at the finish line and for how much pride you had in me! I will be forever grateful for not making me feel like a selfish mother or person. I love you guys more than you know!


Katrina: You came out of retirement for me! You could have told me I was crazy and on my own! You were with me every step of the way, side by side through every training run and you didn’t cuss at me ONCE during the race! You truly have become one of my best friends. Thank you for always listening and never judging! I am so proud of you for completing your 3rd marathon! I barely made it through one and here you are showing us all up! You are a true inspiration and my forever friend!


Stephanie: Crazy smiling chipper woman in the wee hours of the morning. You never ONCE complained and you showed up every single time. You are a strong woman, a fighter and a great runner. So glad to have met you and to call you friend. So proud to have shared this accomplishment with you!


Michelle & Sean: Holy cow guys! Thank you. Thank you for supporting me, asking me, just genuinely caring. I really think you guys are the ones that made me cry when I crossed! seeing you was just so unexpected. I am grateful for our friendship, I am grateful that you trusted me enough to call me coach. I am proud of both of you, especially you Michelle for stepping so far out of your comfort zone and getting in there right along all of us other crazy runners and making it happen! Love you guys for that!


Crystal: Mannnn, I don’t think you even understand what it meant to just have you riding next to me in silence. You made me move, you made me realize I could not stop, you basically paced me till the end and I cannot thank you enough for that small gesture because it meant the world to me. Without it I can’t honestly say I would have not finished in the time that I did had you not been there! Thank you friend!!!!


I also want to say thank you to every single volunteer out there, even though you do not know us, or you look at us like we are crazy, having you cheer for a perfect stranger has a huge impact on our mental game while running. So get loud, get crazy because we LOVE it and we NEED it!


That’s it for now because my fingers hurt, ad while I wanted to share this experience with you, I can tell you that reading it on paper is nothing like experiencing it for your own self, so if you are on the fence about doing… DO IT. What have you got to lose?


Stay tuned for the next blog post ya’ll as I will be sharing what I learned and life after a marathon!


Peace, Love and Running.


It’s been a minute….

So life happened! between work, church,  being a mom and a wife I got busy BUT I never stopped running!!!!


GUESS what happened while I was away?????


I trained for 16 weeks and I ran my first marathon!!!!!!!!! This is what my next newest blog post will be on so I hope you stay tuned!!!


Here are a few photos to give you an idea of how it all went down……….

7 weeks in …. 

7 weeks into the new year …. 

Sooooo How are them new year resolutions coming along? Short lived or are you still going strong? well I can tell you so far I have had a handful of down days… that was a goal of mine and although to some it may not seem like it, I have been spending more time on the couch in the last 2 months than I think I did all of last year! LOL ( totally joking) but I have enjoyed the days of no make-up, pajamas all day and even sleeping in! Not so sure how anyone else in my house feels about it but I am taking advantage of every down minute I get! Afterall it was one of my goals for 2016.


We’re also slowly making plans to work on our house this spring so that is VERY exciting. ( another one of our 2016 goals).


One thing I am really learning and I mean REALLY understanding is that slow progress IS progress. Persistence, Consistency, Faith, Determination and Prayer are 5 MAJOR parts in truly understanding that quote. God has shown and given me patience. So with that, I have been able to focus better and stay on track! 

  I can tell you so far my Herbalife journey has been full speed ahead! When I posted 2 ½ weeks ago I was sitting 9 pounds away from goal and today I am 7 pounds away!!! 

Finishing up our 6th week & let me tell you , I feel flippin amazing!!! I feel healthy, lightweight, energized, did I mention healthy?


 My husband is down 15 lbs, and I myself have noticed his belly shrinking & his energy levels!


Things like this EXCITE me, I want to tell everyone how amazing I feel HAHAHAA So any chance I get ( only is someone asks) I am all over it!


I am also very excited that I have 4 other friends who are joining me in this journey! I think I sold then when I said looks guys we aint getting any younger. ( we go way back so I can get way with that)


Anyhow I have lost 2 inches off my waist and I finally see that I do have a shape hidden under there…. No more boxy feeling. Although I am not one to wear fitted clothing I may still look boxy to most! That’s OK. I know what’s under there or NOT under there for that matter.


Anyhow, before I move on to the next exciting subject I do want to extend an offer to my readers ( which by the way I don’t have many but I LOVE those who follow me and read my blog and give me good STATS even though no comments are left, I see it and I super appreciate it)


Herbalife has a 3 day trial for a very low price pf $25 you will get 3 days worth of shakes and some vitamin samples, this is how I started off, I wanted to see if I could hang for a 30 day program on 2 shakes a day and by far one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. Invested in my health! because YES it is MORE than just a weight loss program! it is a whole health wellness program and your body will LOVE you! So if you are interested in testing the waters PLEASE contact me.


chellygarcia@icloud.com or comment on my blog.


Moving on….


 SLO Marathon & Half Marathon weekend………… HOLY COW you guys I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS I am an ambassador for the race this year!!! My last blogpost I was already feeling disappointed and faithless that I wouldn’t be selected and to my surprise, I was chosen!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! So excited we already booked our room! My 17th wedding anniversary happens to be the same week as this race so hubby and I will make a weekend out of it and just enjoy the time together, who knows I may even get him to sign up for the race too! ( ok ok I’m pushing it now)! It is also their 5th year anniversary so hoping to do it up BIG!!!


Check it out.. http://www.slomarathon.com/the-races and HOLD TIGHT BECAUSE I WILL HAVE A RACE DISCOUNT COMING SOON!!! wahooo



In other news…. My family is running a fun Valentine’s day 5k this Sunday. Then we will pig out on heart shaped pizza to celebrate the day of love….. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


 Sunday, February 21st is the BIG HAT HALF MARATHON hubby & I are running….. getting ready for that by putting in our training miles and I just so happen to book us some massages the day before by our awesome masseuse. Nothing better than a massage in the comfort of your own home! I love that she offers these private sessions, it’s the best experience.

If you are local to the Fresno/Clovis area you can find her business on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/massagesbychristine/?fref=ts




I am once again running the California Classics Half marathon with a GREAT team called MASH. We raise funds for Medical Ministries International and this year we are adding a memorial run/ dedication to our greatly missed friend, Pastor Eddie Crain and I hope that when my teammates feel even a hint of weakness or defeat that they will remember why we are doing what we are doing. For an amazing cause and for an amazing friend!


 Since we are fundraising I am taking donations at the following website! If you’re able any amount is appreciated!!

I haven’t been out running with my bears and I miss them! Thank goodness for facebook because I can at least keep up on what everyone is up to, and what races I should expect to see them at. 💚🐻💚🐻


Spring is around the corner and my days are about to get busier but the training never ends……………..
I don’t have much more I want to share so I’ll leave you with this … 
 In the pursuit of greatness, there is no off-season. 

 Peace, Love & Running ….


My truth about meal replacements

This may come as a shock to some of you, some may even scoff at the thought or call me a liar, but truth is I don’t care what others think of me. As it should be for you too.

We all do things in life that someone else may have an opinion about whether it’s their business or not it shouldn’t effect your decisions to do what’s best for you !


With that being said 4 weeks ago I started Herbalife ! Oh yes I did & so far I’m loving it ! Wanting to finally drop this last 10 pounds (a goal I set 3 years ago ) turned into an educational experience! How so you ask ? Let me explain the long story ….

Now my sense of time may not be 100% accurate so just roll with it …. 

10 Months ago I started shakeology with one goal to lose weight in mind. It was one shake a day and in order to lose weight you needed to have 2 healthy meals, workout for 30 minutes a day & replace 1 meal with a shake. I did it for one month and I did see a 5 lb loss but I still didn’t feel all the things they told me I’d feel.  Plus I paid a pretty penny for a 30 day supply of ONLY shake mix. I just felt like it wasn’t for me.

So I went back to trying to eat better but then the holidays hit and yeah that was out the window. I ate EVERYTHING and really it was only because my weigh in at work for a competition was done & over with so I told myself I will indulge and start fresh come the new year!

Around the time I stopped shakeology  I had a friend who started Isagenix and she lost a lot of weight in her first month and I was like OMG I want that!! However it came with a heftier pricetag than Shakeology did plus I wasn’t ready or willing to do a 2 day per month liquid “cleanse” or whatever that is… Plus, I just knew there was no way we could afford it so I just continued to try my own thing. I was and AM so very happy for her & her results ! 

During that time I also had a virtual friend who I had been following since 2014, She is a runner, Disney lover and like me wasn’t feeling up to par with her weight so without going into too many details, with  some help of her friends / coaches she started Herbalife, I watched her shrink month to month and I was like OK what the heck is this Herbalife all about and what does it cost?


I also have to admit that I was NOT a fan or believer in giving up meals…that is the honest truth. My comment was… “ of course you are going to lose weight, you’re not eating” and although that may be true it is not 100% accurate.

What I failed to look into was the nutrients and vitamins that the shakes provided along with their added supplements. What the shakes provided is something that I wasn’t able to consume on my own, Mostly due to the fact that I am too lazy to look up what my body needs and try to find and fit that into every meal! With the shakes I no longer have to do that because they are already providing everything that my body needs!

See I thought that all these programs were just weight-loss programs, but  in all reality they are whole body wellness programs.

Yes they are meal replacements but I am replacing crappy unhealthy meals with something to nourish my body for life longevity!

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty how much does this program cost me well it’s a little more than shakeology  but half the price of isagenix.

What really pushed me to look into it was when my husband came to me and said he was interested in doing a program so of course I started to compare them and educate myself and create a budget for us. Herbalife has proven results and was in our budget, and affordable for the upkeep / maintenance going forward.

So here we are four weeks later,  28 days to be exact. I myself have lost 7 pounds,  1 inch off my chest 1.5 inches from my waist,  1 inch off my hips and half an inch off my arms.


 Hubby is down 10 pounds and you can totally see his stomach shrinking!

Aside from losing weight I feel so much healthier I don’t even know how to explain it it’s just something that you feel….  I feel lighter,  when I run I feel stronger,  I have more energy and I feel like I’m more focused.

The best part is that it hasn’t been hard since we are at work and busy! We usually skipped breakfast & Omar sometimes skipped lunch depending on his schedule. Therefore we both came home starving and would prepare a quick & unhealthy meal.

Now we have a breakfast shake , a high-protein snack, shake for lunch another high-protein snack and then we come home and prepare a healthy dinner for our whole family.

The amount of money we would spend on junk & fast food superseded the amount we paid for Herbalife.


Although others may have opinions on meal replacements I am totally OK with that because I am seeing slow and steady results. I do not feel deprived of anything I am still able to have the occasional slice of pizza or piece of cake or glass of wine. All in moderation still holds true.


I am finally 9 lbs away from a goal weight I set 3 years ago & I can see success this time!

As I’ve stated before in my blog I am an open book I don’t like to deceive people. Along with my running I am replacing meals with healthy vitamin packed shakes, I am fueling my body for health & life longevity!

One of the questions I always had was what happens when you hit your goal weight do you continue with the shakes? If you don’t won’t you gain the weight back ?

 The answer is simply this you can do whatever you want but I guarantee you that Herbalife will do 2 things for you.

  1. Give you results so good that you will never want to go back to old habits.

  1. Teach you moderation and portion control.

 See I am pretty good at maintaining weight once I get there my personal plan when I hit my goal weight is to continue with two shakes a day for a month and then progress to one shake a day. All while still taking my Herbalife supplements because remember this is not just a weight-loss plan this is a whole body wellness program.

I hope that you will continue to follow my journey regardless of how I get there. Who knows you might be like me and decide that you want more for yourself and you are willing to try something new!


 In other news I have my first half marathon of the year coming up on February 21st !!! Aaahhhhhh

Haven’t really been training my running hasn’t been very consistent but I can tell you that doesn’t mean I haven’t set goals for myself.

I have PR’d almost every race in 2015 I don’t plan on going backwards anytime soon. I talked to my friend who I usually run with and we are going to push the limits a little bit. My last PR was 2:18:59 he course with a really ugly two-mile incline. I felt good at that race the weather was awesome so that’s what led me to set this new goal.

Big hat half in Clovis,Ca is a flat course I am familiar with the roads and it is in my home town so I know what to expect.  We decided we are going to try to keep a 10 minute mile pace for the full 13.1 miles that would bring us in at 2:11 give or take.

 A big goal and a big PR for me. My friend who is a very strong runner is a little iffy too because her training hasn’t been as consistent either, but you know how it is adrenaline!!!  I’m depending on pure adrenaline LOL!!


Should be fun I’m totally looking forward to it my hubby is also running which always always always makes me happy and excited!!! As much as I love him being there for me when I cross the finish line I love to be there for him watching him cross that finish line as well!!

Another thing, I have been waiting and waiting for an email from the SLO marathon/half marathon weekend as I applied for an ambassador position for this April’s race !!!! If you know me you know that I hate waiting!!!


I highly doubt I will get picked but if I did I would be so ecstatic as this race has been on my wish list for a couple of years now, it is also around my wedding anniversary so that would be like two birds/one stone!! Please keep your fingers crossed for me!!! Keep y’all updated!!

I hope everybody’s year is starting off to be a great one and if not don’t worry you have 11 more months to get it right!!

 And you all the best peace, love and happy running!!



Sorry this was too funny not to use!!! 😂😂😂


Faith, Family & Fitness – 2016 goals 

A year ago today…. 

Thanks to facebook and timehop for the memories of the past that pop up everyday! It’s sometimes nice to look back to see how far you’ve come. How much you have grown, how strong it has made you, how much wiser you are and how you have overcome what was once the toughest times in life… at least for me that is what I can look back on…. I am still here standing taller than before.


One year ago today I also posted my first blog…. Eager to tell everyone what was going on in my life with family, friends, faith & fitness! 2015 was a successful year for me, although I had my fair share of heartbreaks, stressful situations and shed a good amount of tears, I survived and I have learned from every situation I faced. Call me crazy but there isn’t one thing I would wish away in 2015. It has helped shape me for the year to come.


So let’s talk about that .. 2016 … Did you make new years resolutions? I usually don’t, as I stated in my previous post I think we should continually set goals throughout the year to keep us accountable all year long not just the first couple of months….. ( yep I learned that from past experiences) So what are my goals? You know I didn’t think about this until my dad asked me , well technically he asked me what my resolutions were and I had to explain to him why I do not set “ New Years resolutions” his reply was , well then what are your goals? I didn’t have an answer for him right then and there so it got me thinkin about all sorts of possibilities.


 Running goals, health goals, spiritual goals, family goals, marriage goals.. I have a million goals so how do I even begin? So I had been pondering on this for a few weeks, thinking at one point it would come to me and I would have a plan. That had yet to come….


Last night I started a bible study with a Christ driven teacher whom I admire. She said something to us women and it was at that very moment that I found the only way to set these goals and work through them this year , she said “ go to the throne before you go to the phone” ….. yes I had heard this expression before but when it came from her at that very moment and the place I am in life right now it was like a thud on the head! What she meant was before you do anything, before you even think about how you are going to tackle something , respond / react to something, before you vent to anyone, before you post it on social media, take it to God first!


In Hebrews 4:16 it says Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


Phillipians 4:6 says Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.


Proverbs 3:6 states in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Matthew 6:25-26 also says “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26″Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?…


Do you get where I am going with this?


 Today I woke up and I put together a short list of goals for the year based on Family, Faith & Fitness. I will not go into detail on each one because well I think as the year progresses it will be added to.


1. This one is obvious…. before anything to pray about it first. To put my trust 100% in him, to give my marriage to God for better handling.

2. Learn and practice discipline. Discipline in all aspects not just my fitness.

3. Run with Grace…. and I do not mean run gracefully, I mean with God’s GRACE. ( Ephesians 2:8-10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”)

4. PR all race distances !! 5k,10k half marathon ( and pray about running a full marathon because I am not sure I am mentally ready for that kind of distance) )



Now you all know I already said I was going to slow it down in 2016, so I have only committed to a handful of races this year, we’ve committed ( I say sacrificed) to only a handful of trips this year, we are making more time for down time. We are committing to working on our home, our health habits (eating & exercising as a family ) and just focusing on our financial future. Afterall, we have a freshman in his second semester already & high school is going to FLY by! ( insert sad face here)  



Although my goals this year may be a bit awkward and maybe don’t even make sense but in my head they do and I am looking forward to a GREAT year filled with FAMILY, FRIENDS, FAITH & FITNESS!


 I hope that each of you have set attainable goals or resolutions for yourself, and just remember that although we may fail in flesh, god does not!


Here’s  to an amazing new year!


Peace, Love & Running……


2015 with a bang ! 

Is it just me or did this year fly by? What’s even scarier is when my kids told me how fast the year went, I was actually saddened! See as a kid you’re not supposed to think about how fast time flies that’s for us parents to worry about. So of course when that was said by my own kids it made me realize something. First of all that we cannot control how fast or slow time goes but we can control how we spend every minute, every hour within that time. I had set some pretty achievable goal for 2015 and those goals required a lot of my time. If you don’t remember what they were, I will remind you in just a bit. Now I know you are probably thinking that my next words are going to be something like, I regret the time I “wasted” on these silly goals or how my kids didn’t get enough of my time BUT let me tell you, you are wrong.


Although the time went by fast this year, I am BEYOND BLESSED with an amazingly supportive family. I am so honored to have such a great husband who supports me ( even if some days he doesn’t want to) The minute he gets out there he does what he does and I am pretty sure he is always proud of me and glad he is there to share the moment with me! My kids, wow just wow, and yes I am totally biased, they are amazing little beings, becoming beautifully formed into young adults who are compassionate, helpful, caring , faithful and so giving! They too may be dragging booty for an early morning race but at the end they always say good job mom! They feel proud of me, and it makes what I do WORTH every minute of it. My daughter commented on my Instagram on my birthday this year and it just had me in tears! THIS right here is confirmation of NO regrets! Time well spent!




If you follow me, know me , run with me, you will know that my little family comes first no matter what and If ANY ONE of them ever said mom/babe stay home today I would in a heartbeat and I HAVE. Luckily, I have also learned that if I wake up early enough I am never missing out on any time with them!


 However, with all that being said I have made a promise to slow it down for 2016. Not as many races and staying local as much as possible. 2015 was an AMAZING year for me, I accomplished SO much, more so than I ever thought possible. I set 4 main goals for 2015.


 1. PR my 5k

2. Run 3 half marathons

3. Meet my goal weight by my 35th birthday

4. Inspire people


I am proud to say that I not only met but I exceeded 3 of the 4 goals I set for myself this year! You bet your sweet tarts I am very proud of that!


PR’d my 5k in January 2015 at the Got Miles 5k, I have to be honest that wasn’t too difficult to do.


Run 3 half marathons… I kind of giggle at this because I ran 9 halves this year 9 !!!!!!!! HOLY cow I still can’t believe it! (Not all medals are shown) 

cal half series

Meet my goal weight – epic fail but that’s OK I am still a work in progress and again I have NO regrets because slow progress IS progress!


Inspire people…. This I thought was going to be most challenging but what I learned is, this only takes the effort you put into bettering yourself with NO other expectations from anyone else and the rest just happens! The reality of this goal is that I inspire my kids and THAT my friends is MORE THAN ENOUGH!



2015 has been a roller coaster of a year, work has been insane, my brain and body went from anxiety and worry, to faith & endurance!


Life is good, BUT my friends, GOD IS GREATER!


I cannot stress that enough, I have learned so much over that last year & a half and the most important thing is that his love for us goes above all else, he will fill your every need, he will remove anything that keeps you from seeking him and the unconditional love he has for you. He will place people in your lives to help guide you, inspire you, motivate you and LOVE you. Anything else without God present is meaningless in the end.


I love this verse because reminds me of the changes I have gone through.


Romans 12:2-3




As Christians we must not be like the people of this world but let God change the way we think. This way we will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to God. When we accept Jesus we are to change from the people we used to be and become the people God wants us to be. The things of the world that we used to like and be involved in no longer appeal to us. 
Peter puts it this way: “Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgment, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do” 1 Peter 2:12



God gave me legs that move, endurance, discipline, and most importantly a group of amazing people that share the similar love and passion as I do.


 Yes I went all Christian on you but I promise you that I am far from perfect.



So what is in store for me in 2016. I haven’t really given it 100% of my time just yet. I know I mentioned possibly doing a full and I am still toying with the idea… and the only out of town race I am currently registered for is Tinkerbell 10k …… I have to pick & choose wisely but not before I pray about it first…..


Running is now a part of my life, I do it to relieve stress, to clear my mind, to settle frustrations, for peace & quiet. I run because I LOVE to eat. I run because I can. Running helped me lose 25 lbs years ago and running helps me maintain my weight. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment. Running gives me bling. Running taught me discipline, showed me hard work, helped me cut excuses.



I don’t do it to be part of a group or ranked a certain level, or even to be called a “runner” I do it for me…….. because I love the run!




In other news…. CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That means I will be off work for 11 -1/2 days which means tons of running to be done! I have a few things planned with my kids, an afternoon of girl time with some friends and tons of down time planned! I can’t wait!!! I know it will go by fast but I plan on making the most of it!


I hope that you all have enjoyed my blog over the past year, I know I was not very consistent but my hopes is that you gained at least one small positive thing from it that you can take with you when pursuing your own goals. I pray for each and every one of you reading this that you are blessed today , tomorrow & always and that your holidays are filled with Love & Laughter ( and miles )


Merry Christmas and I will see you next year!


 Peace, Love & Running…..



2015 race list

January –  Got miles 5k
February- heart & soul virtual 5k & bay breeze 10k 

March- heavenly half marathon & California classics half marathon

April- Shinzen 5 miler

May- Ole 5 que  5 miler, Tinkerbell 10k & flex it pink virtual 10k

June- S2S summer series 5k races (2)  & mudderella

July- S2S summer series 5k (2), freedom run 4 miler & wharf to wharf 6 miler.

August- summer breeze half marathon, hell of a half marathon & sole sister virtual 7 miler

September- 135M to the house relay

October- judgement day half marathon & Lake Tahoe 5k & emerald bay half marathon

November- 2 cities half marathon & big sur half marathon

December- walnut creek half marathon 

26 races to finish my year !!! 


Renew, Refocus , Run 


Obviously I am not the best nor the most consistent blogger, between work, kids, school and running most days it is hard to find time to stop and focus on what I’ve really been up to. While I hate to glorify the word “busy” unfortunately it is what I have been. 2015 was a year full of racing, softball, golf, travel and as crazy as it may sound I don’t regret one bit of it. The only reason I can really say that is because it revealed to me that God wants me to slow down in the new year and really just take my time and focus on him. Now that doesn’t mean I will not run, race less yes, but never run is not an option. It doesn’t mean that work or my kids sports schedules will go away, it doesn’t mean that I will not make time for my friends & family, What it means is that I will base all my decisions, make all my plans in accordance to what he puts in my heart to do. Before I act I will do my VERY best to seek his guidance before responding. My goal for 2016 is to take a side step ( never a step back) and slow it down. My family & I have a few changes in the works for the new year so let’s see what the Big man has in store for us, until then let’s talk about how I plan on ending 2015!

Last post I had just finished the 135M to the house with my amazing teammates! I have to admit I hope that event gets put on my 2016 schedule but not making any plans just yet. Weekend after 135M I was running yet another half marathon, Judgement Day, this one was to finish up a 3 race series called The Soul Series and I am proud that I finished this one strong! Matter of fact I PR’d once again! Came in at 2:20:05, this race for me was all around a great race, I was running with my very good friend Katrina AKA @rojasruns the weather was perfect, it sprinkled a few times and I felt GREAT! I didn’t plan  on trying to PR but once we got to that 10 mile mark I knew If I pushed I would and I DID!


  You know the whole “ I am crazy and I will say it more than a million times in my blog and I already told you so ” well the very next weekend after judgement day, I was off to South Lake Tahoe to run in The lake Tahoe marathon weekend. 5k on Saturday & half on Sunday! This race weekend was all about having fun & enjoying the scenery, no need to push it and enjoy the time with my friends which is exactly what I did…. My husband also ran the 5k & the 10k on Sunday, I LOVE LOVE LOVE when he runs with me. We love Tahoe it is one of our favorite vacation destinations! This is a place that you go to and make big decisions with your important people… For instance I’m pretty sure my sole sister and I decided to run a Full in 2016! Say whattttt… More details to come on that as I stated before I’m going to pray about it and make sure this is “my” time. 










We thankfully got a nice little break before the next softball tournaments & race days. Plus my babygirl and I were gearing up for the Halloween Monster Mash 5k & Kids races! This fun race took place on Halloween day and luckily she only had to run for 1:42 to earn her bling, unlike me who had to run a 5k =) We had fun and got to run in costume! She was Wonder Woman, & I along with my friends/co-workers decided to dress up as insects….. bumble bee, black widow, lady buy, butterfly & caterpillar! SO MUCH FUN!


And then the very next day, I ran a half marathon………….. AND PR’d 2:19:29 – 2 cities half marathon. I ran this race with my sole sister back in 2014 and it was one of our best ran races, we trained properly, we followed our intervals and we just really enjoyed it and at that time it was a PR for me as it was my second Half marathon ever. We finished in a very proud 2:32:01. So this year I was given the opportunity to run it last minute and I shaved off approx. 13 minutes from 2014 and 35 seconds give or take off of judgment day. Again, I think when I tell myself I have no intention to PR is when I run my best races! Something about not having that pressure on you…..


Because the very next weekend I ran Big Sur Half and there was NO PR, In my head I said it, but when I got there I was like this course is FAR too beautiful to just run right past it, so instead I took photos, I took videos, I enjoyed every single step of this race! It was hilly and not what I expected and I was still able to pull in a 2:20:21 finish time. Not too shabby aye…..


Not to mention my friends ran their VERY FIRST half marathon! Once I crossed, my family & I were anxiously waiting their finish and THEY DID IT! Really excited for them and looking forward to seeing them at the next half! I always tell people your first race should not ever be about time, it should be about the experience. Running 13.1 miles is no joke and all of our bodies react differently. Save the race pace for the next one, when you know what to expect.

  Congratulations Michelle & Sean !!! #peasandcarrots 

I am resting my legs the next few weeks, taking it easy and gearing up for my last race of the season. Walnut Creek Half marathon. This race will end my season with a 7 race medal that I am very excited about, I have been chasing a downhill PR since March 2015 ( heavenly Half) trying to prove to MYSELF that I can run that on a flat course. My goal for walnut creek is to come in at 2:18 or less.


The end of the year, finishing these races is a HUGE accomplishment for me. Some people may see it as an act of attention by posting all my feed & my runs on Facebook or Instagram. All the while there may be those select few that see it as inspiration…… I am someone who is actually doing something that I thought I could never be able to do, or ever dreamed I WOULD be doing. Either way I see it as MOTIVATION, motivation to keep going. Because one day I will not be able to run, and today my friends is NOT that day.


 Don’t ever let anyone hold you down from being what God intended you to be, even the ones you love or close friends may say something hurtful whether it be intentionally OR unintentionally, They won’t always understand your journey and that’s ok because it is not for them. It doesn’t mean they do not love or care for you. So just keep doing what you are doing. Do not be discouraged. Be the light and trust the struggle.
I look forward to letting you know if I hit my PR goal, and what comes of this whole marathon crazy talk … I think I’m ready but I’m so on the fence. So keep us in prayer ! And thank God for my sole sister Cheryl who is just as crazy as I am! I love her for that ! 



Whelp, my friends I think I got you all caught up now. I hope you can take something from this read and turn it into something good. Have a great week and a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING.


All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:15-18  




Peace, Love & Running…..