1600 Calorie Salad? What the heck?

Eating right while eating out is HARD yo-  Some of the worst things you can get are SALADS—what kind of betrayal is that? Salads just scream “healthy” but you have to be careful.

Bare with me as I blabber on and on—still trying to get used to the whole idea of “vlogging”- I way over do these daily vlogs with way too much content- I even do my make up on camera– I am such a  nerd. Thansk for following along!!




Veins and Vulnerability

Jason bares it all- Day 4 of the journey—Do red heads have harder to find veins or was that just an excuse from the hematologist that had a hard time getting a draw?
No Soda!!  I have been caffeine free for a long time but still indulge in pops (and since I also avoid aspartame I always have regular) but no soda for me now! Not loving that elliptical though.



Seeing all of the motivation and encouragement Jason has been getting on his fitness vlogs- I thought I would join him. Of course I am much more long winded than he is—what he can do in 2 minutes takes me 6 times the effort—If you have read here for awhile you remember my Meal Plan posts– so in this vlog I actually show you one of our favorite recipes– Asian Meatbals! And I film in the gym for the first time!!


Dr. Visits & Social Media!!!

Day 3 of the journey- figuring out eating at home, sharing this journey on all of my social media.  I am lucky to have mentors in my life that have provided me advice to head to the doctor as I step out on this journey to make sure all of my meds are correct- Got some great news about my numbers while there- Very Encouraged!

Girls Trip 2016- Off roading in the jungle was not part of the plan

I am so blessed to be able to have women in my life that I can share all of me with. One of my dearest friends–dare I say- My BEST friend- Destiny and I have started to try and do an annual Girls Trip together each year and this time we snuck away for a long weekend on the Pacific coast.


Along the way a huge fire broke out and totally clogged up the freeways in the direction we were headed and being the adventurous little devils that we are- we took a few glimpses and Google Maps and decided to “find another way”— this other way took us deep into the mountains of wine country amongst some amazing estates, jungle scenery and all along a barely wide enough for 1 vehicle dirt road along Sandia Creek. 

It was certainly an adventure we will never forget our lovely hostess had wine and charcuteries waiting for us when we arrived so that was a great way to start off the lovely weekend.

We got to Soak up as much Vitamin Sea as we could with the famous “June Gloom” that settles in around the ocean this time of year- we toured a gorgeous Mission- ate tons of food and just enjoyed visiting and laughing and hanging out together. I truly am blessed to have her in my life.





We finally made it to our very first official COMICON!!


This was a long awaited Christmas present cash in for the boys– and one we had to get in quick before Connor had to head to the airport and jet off to Mexico on his 2nd Church Mission trip!!

We only bought the Thursday pass and to be honest for the things we enjoy- that is all we really needed.  we were able to sit in on a couple of panels, tour the Hall of Heroes, people watch and take tons of photos and walk the massive exhibit hall!!  Tyler and I even stayed late and did a Mystery Room adventure together. Comicon culture is really fabulous and I recommend it to anyone that has any interest at all in anything fantasy.

Our Story Part 3: Just like Sleepless in Seattle

Finals chaos and some heavy snow storms made me lose track of time so I am not sure of the exact timing of the next few weeks but the rest happened between dancing and going home for Christmas. I was itching to go sledding or play in the snow. Jason showed up in the lobby while I was begging everyone around to go play and agreed right away. So we both bundled up and headed out to a clearing near the DuBois center. While building a snowman and throwing snowballs Jas decided he would try to punt one and the minute his foot swung into the air his butt followed. He landed hard on the ground and I was stunned, I asked if he was ok and and he played it off well as I began to roll with laughter. It was just the kind of stress relief I had needed. He seized the moment and told me he had some gift certificates to Fazolis and Harkins and wanted to know if I would like to help him spend them. We planned to go out the next night to fill up on bread sticks and see Flubber.


The afternoon we went out we met at Jason’s car and he opened my door for me. I slid in and reached across the seat to unlock his door. When he got in, he sat there grinning from ear to ear then went on to tell me that I had just passed “the date test.” I laughed it off because I had not really considered this outing a date, but thought it was sweet of him to compliment me that way. I had a really nice time with him and we spent the next day running errands together tying off loose ends before we both had to head home for Christmas. He had the Garth Brooks “Beyond the Season” cd playing and would belt out each song as we drove around. I think I can safely say that my heart fluttered the very first time for this man when he sang The Gift.

My mom drove up from Tucson to take me back home for Christmas break.. Jason and I had exchanged home telephone numbers and addresses so we could stay in touch and I headed home for the holidays.

A few short days into break I got a call from Jason. He lived in Chandler and was talking some nonsense about coming down to Tucson just to see me. I thought that sounded ridiculous because to me that was just too far to drive to see someone for a few hours. I could tell he was really serious so I told him I would meet him at the Tucson Mall which was in “north Tucson” so he did not have to drive all the way to the east side. We had lunch together at Red Robin and I explained how I was still feeling jilted by “guys” and was done with trying to have any kind of real relationship (downer- entering friendzone quickly)After lunch we walked around the mall some and then Jason gave me a giftbag. Inside the gift bag was a stuffed Southwest Airlines TJ Luv bean bag mascot and a homemade card:




I thought it was a sweet gesture since it was an obvious play off of the note I had written with my number on it. Then he explained it was for real, his mom worked for Southwest and he and I would be flying to San Diego to walk on a beach, whenever I decided I was ready to.

I really did not know how to react, I had never had such an elaborate gesture done for me NOR had any guy ever treated me with such respect. I needed to tell me mom about this STAT but she was at work and this was pre-cell phone days. We didn’t really know what else to do but I knew I did not want him to leave and go home. I realized that for some reason I did not have a house key on my key ring so I asked him if he wanted to follow me across town to my moms work so I could pick up her key and so he could ” make sure I was able to get into my house ok” and we could then go play some basketball at the hoop in the my neighborhood. Suddenly I realized I was driving my little “poop truck” a 1982 Toyota pickup and was too embarrassed for him to see it. So I gave him verbal directions to meet me across town at Tucson Medical Center. If you know anything about TMC you know it is a several acres wide campus with multiple entrances.

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At no point had I told him where to meet me at TMC, so we both wandered around the halls looking for one another. It was like Sleepless in Seattle where we kept missing one another by a hall way. I found my mom and told her and her friends about the gift he had given me and everyone immediately said “better size up your ring finger girl.” I was swirling with emotions and a lot of fear because I was in uncharted territory, I had never been pursued and was unsure how to handle it. Suddenly over the intercom I heard the hospital operator call my name and instruct me to meet “Jason Geroux at the southeast entrance.” My heart leapt and I went running.