healthy living

I’ll Miss You, Santa Barbara

Since I’ve been sitting in the car for awhile now and we still have another 12 hours or so until we roll into New Orleans, I figured I’d dump some photos I took during my last few days in Santa Barbara. My hometown is a special place, and I am never able to stay away for too long. Growing up there, I had no idea how beautiful it was until I moved away to Georgia for college. The South has its own special charm and I love it, but California will
always pull me back. Not to mention my whole family lives there, which is obviously a huge part of it.

When I moved back to California a few years ago, I had gained a considerable amount of weight during my time
in GA (I blame macaroni and cheese and fried chicken), and within a few months of being back I had changed my eating habits and added a ton of exercise into my life, and not even really on purpose. There’s just something about being in SB and the fact that the weather is perfect year round and everyone is outside getting physical activity… It’s contagious, really.

A couple years later, Jeremy and I both found ourselves considerably lighter (I lost about 35 pounds and Jeremy lost 50), and our lives were filled with fresh produce, home-cooked meals and clean eating. It’s just so easy to live like that there.

It’s also just flat out beautiful. Pacific Ocean on one side, and mountains to hike a couple miles away.

I’m so excited for our travels and at the same time I’m excited to return to SB. We most likely won’t live there permanently again (until we’re older and rich and can buy a beach house), but we’ll at least be driving distance away. Jeremy and I spent our last few days last week enjoying sunrise at the beach, hiking our favorite trail, and I ran my favorite path two last times. I meant to take pictures of all my favorite spots around town, but alas as it often happens, we planned on doing many things we didn’t end up having time for.

Here are some pictures:














Jeremy standing in front of the house where we got married.





In Transition

Phew, Jeremy and I are all moved out of our apartment, I can use my right hand again, my knee is feeling good, and my neck is less painful. Things are definitely better than last week! I feel like I let myself feel a little too defeated, when I’m usually very optimistic. I guess moving is just always very stressful.

We are now living at my parents’ house until Friday, when we leave for San Diego. It’s really nice being back in the home I grew up in, and sleeping in my old room. There are always perks being home also, like my mom’s amazing cooking, being walking distance to my favorite beach, fine wine every night, etc. Not to mention spending time with my parents since we’re leaving so soon.

On Thursday, we rewarded ourselves with a moving break and walked down to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for breakfast.


Best breakfast.


We’ll miss this neighborhood.

After moving all day and taking many trips to our storage unit, our neighbors invited us to meet them for drinks for happy hour, and it was so needed.

On Friday, we finished moving and went out for a date night at a place in town called the Lucky Penny. After, we met up with two friends that did the same thing we are about to do, but with kids. They quit their jobs, packed up their house, and traveled the world. They came back after nine months, but are in the process of potentially doing it again. They blogged about it here, although the site is getting a revamp. They are pretty much the reason we had this idea in the first place, and we kept thinking, if they can do it with two kids, why can’t we do it, just the two of us? It was great to talk to them and hear stories, and for the first time I think ever, it hit me that we are leaving so soon and I started to get REALLY excited.

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Dinner date.


Dinner at Lucky Penny.

On Saturday, the expected storm had started, and it ended up raining all weekend. It was great. Jeremy and I went down to the beach with my parents because we heard there were huge waves hitting the wall where we usually sit to eat lunch. There were tons of people watching the waves, and they were seriously gigantic. A video has been circulating around the internet from someone who was at a restaurant on Stearns Wharf here, when a big wave crashed through the window. You can see it here.

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Stormy beach.


That evening, we headed up to Santa Ynez to have dinner with my brother and sister-in-law, their two kids, and a friend of ours. We ate at a delicious restaurant called Sides Hardware and Shoes. After dinner, Jeremy, our friend Trent, and my brother went to the casino to do a little gambling while my sister-in-law Jacqueline and I hung out at her house with my nephews. It’s hitting me hard that I won’t get to see them as much as I normally do, but we’ll just have to make up for it when we get back.

Yesterday, I helped my mom get ready for my parents’ annual Oscar party. They’ve been throwing them since I was a kid, and they are always a blast. It was more low-key this year, but my mom always goes all out with the food, and of course I overdid it at the snack table.

My mom's a pro at making cheese platters.

My mom’s a pro at making cheese platters.

Oscar party!

Oscar party!

It was a really great weekend, and since it’s sunny today, Jeremy and I are going to walk to the beach and hopefully go hiking later. Happy Monday!

Tough Morning Run

I had a feeling this was going to happen, and I’m sure that’s half the reason it did. This morning’s run was so tough. It’s weird that sometimes a shorter run can feel easy, then other days it feels like the hardest thing you’ve ever done. I have slept well the past couple nights, which is a huge deal for me. I woke up this morning looking forward to getting up to run. As soon as I started to move around, I realized just how sore my butt was. In bootcamp yesterday, we did sprints on a treadmill with an incline of 10, then we did hills on the stationary bike. I’m the kind of sore where you grunt and show pain in your face when you try to sit down. I procrastinated around the apartment for longer than normal, so I didn’t have time to drive down to the beach to run my usual route. Instead I ran from my apartment, which I’m not a fan of. I can’t go a couple blocks without encountering a hill, and there are streetlights and cars and crosswalks, which equals a lot of stopping and going. People are notoriously bad about stop signs here too, so you just have to assume people are going to try to roll through them and not let you go. You just have to be extra aware the whole time (I only almost got hit one time, that must be a record). The good thing about running this route is that it’s where I ran when I first started running. I remember exactly where I had to stop and walk, and now that I can run so much further, it makes me feel good to see it so obviously. That’s one of the best parts about running; seeing your progress is very easy.

Other things were just off too, I was super hungry when I woke up which is not the norm for me, my iPod nano was dead so I had to take my phone instead (the thought of running without music was too much to bear this morning), I couldn’t find any of my good socks so I had to wear old cotton ones, one of my hairbands broke (I have to wear three since I have so much hair) so my hair was loose the whole run, etc. These are just little things, but combining them with having really tired/sore butt/legs, it was just one of those runs that felt like no matter how fast I felt like I was going, I was actually just plugging along quite slowly. But the important part is that I did it! And I had these waiting for me when I returned:




Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when jury duty ended three days ahead of schedule, and I was released around 11:30am.


Really impressive spread in the jury room.


Outdated courthouse bathroom selfie.

It was a nice day to walk back to my car.



Don’t these plants look like they belong underwater?


These tree/bushes always look like something out of Dr. Seuss to me.

Oh yeah and for some reason I had to take a written drivers’ license test to renew my license (and get rid of my absolutely horrible picture), and I was kind of nervous to take it. But I got 100%. I patted myself on the back.


Hope everyone is having a good week so far!