First of all, what the HELL is going on in this country?!?  300 million people and the best we can come up with are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?  #weneedmorechoices and that is all I will say about that.

I have a confession to make.  After I started Crossfit last year I lost about 10 lbs and got down to a new low since my wedding, about 135#.  Then I gained it all back + another 5.  Now, I continue to get stronger so I know there’s some added muscle in there but more fluff than I would like.  I attribute this to working from home and traveling.  I have 24/7 access to my fridge now when I’m at home, and to some BOMB.com restaurants when I’m on the road.  Not a great combo.  Now here we are, a mere two months away from the 4th of July when I’ll for sure want to be in a swimsuit.  Time to get serious.

Rule #1: KISS.  KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  I don’t eat the same thing every day, but I eat variations of the same things for a week or so at a time.  Get some meat, get some veggies, pick a carb, mix and match.  Repeat.

Rule #2: Eat VEGGIES.  I know this is a total no brainer, but in the past I have not been a huge eater of the vegetables.  The important thing for me about Rule #2 is that veggies add VOLUME.  Volume is important to me because after a long period of stuffing myself on a regular basis, I don’t feel like I can stop eating until I feel full.  The thing about veggies is they are tricky to prep (I think).  You have to wash them, cut them up, and if you cook them ahead of time they don’t usually reheat well.  So veggies frustrate me a little.  But I have found that I love Brussels Sprouts and they keep well, and cook quickly, and go with everything, and if I just bite the bullet and trim the whole bag at once, then the rest of the week is easy.

Rule #3: Fail to plan, plan to fail.  Now, I am not talking about meal planning.  I’m just talking about having things on hand, and minimally prepped if necessary.  I like to get a couple of rotisserie chickens from Costco and getting all the meat off and separated into light and dark.  I take something out of the freezer on Sunday so it’s not hard as a rock when I’m starving on Wednesday night.  Then, I actually LOG my food in myfitnesspal BEFORE I eat it, so if my macros don’t add up, I can adjust and not end up having to eat a spoonful of butter for dinner (AS IF I had any trouble getting my fats in).

Rule #4: Don’t give up.  Just because one meal was terrible doesn’t mean my whole day is shot, just get back on track.  And just because I ate like crap one day doesn’t mean the whole weekend goes out the window.  Just keep going!


Welcome BACK!

It’s been well over a year since I last posted and I kind of miss the attention outlet from blogging/journaling and I thought maybe I’d start back up with it.  Ha!  If anyone out there has been holding their breath, waiting all this time for me to blog again, your patience has been rewarded.  If you’re new to my blog and are DYING to hear more about me in excruciating detail, feel free to read the archives which are mostly about my pregnancy woes and the early days/months of Seth’s life.  Not so much about Lily because having a newborn and a toddler is SUPER HARD.  The archives are graphic.  You have been warned.

What have I been up to?  Well, it turns out – A LOT!  I started Crossfit back in January 2015, so you’ll be hearing a lot about that in the future because you know how us crazy Crossfitters are.  Have you heard the one about the Vegan and the Crossfitter walking into a bar?  I have.  Anyway, I love it, it’s changed my life forever.  And guess what?  Eric started too, just a couple of weeks ago, which is super exciting because now I have someone to drag with me to partner WODs on the weekends.  If you’re not in the know, WOD stands for Workout Of the Day and I’ll probably start documenting mine here for tracking purposes, bragging purposes, whining purposes, or all of the above.

Back in March (2015) I ran another half marathon, which if you’ve been keeping track, was my 6th.  It was along the Snake River so very very flat and by far my fastest.  Then in September I did the Priest River half marathon which was on the side of a mountain.  It was much more scenic but slower as well.  I haven’t done a huge amount of running since then, but over this last weekend I did a Super Spartan which was around 10 miles with 29 obstacles.

carrying a huge muddy stone, the last obstacle

That was really dirty, and fun, and took me 3 hours and 37 minutes.  Out of all the races I have done so far, I think that tops them all.

my bling

In other news, I started a new jobby job!  Since about last May, I work for a company called Health Catalyst, which has headquarters in Salt Lake City, and clients all over the country.  I’m a Senior Data Architect and I travel to Houston, TX about every 3rd week to spend time at my client site which is Texas Children’s Hospital.  Travel is fun and challenging, so you’ll be hearing a lot about that.  When I’m not traveling I get to work from home which is perfect for a huge introvert like myself.  My company specializes in Outcomes Improvement which means we try to use data to help healthcare providers save people’s lives.  It’s pretty awesome.

on a conference call in my hotel room

This year I also “closed” my Thirty One business.  In order to stay active you have to sell $200 worth of bags on a rolling 3 month basis, and that got to be too expensive since I was buying stuff for myself so much.  It was time to let it go, and give my one remaining customer’s business to someone else.  It felt really good to get something off my plate.  But never fear, I’m still a doTerra Wellness Advocate and a Team Beachbody Coach!  So if you need any Essential Oils or want to try P90X….🙂  You might be hearing more about that as well.




Number 5

No point in trying to catch up on everything that’s happened in the last year. Not in one post, anyway. Suffice to say I’ve been busy. Work is crazy, life with the kiddos is crazy.

Sunday I ran my 5th half marathon in 2:29:13. Not my best time but I attribute that to the cold, and my mental fatigue. I am not sure I will be doing 3 half marathons in 90 days ever again. That is a lot. Monday I felt like I had the flu, my body was just saying TIME OUT. I’m looking forward to a peaceful December with lots of hot yoga and buttered rum.

The kids are so much fun now. Lily is a little parrot and has picked up lots of useful phrases like “go ahead” and “so sorry, accident.” She is very opinionated and takes good care of her baby doll “Cathy” that she acquired over Thanksgiving from Gramby.

Seth is a good big brother. I think he is equally affectionate and antagonistic depending on his mood. His new love is the handmade Seahawks bear “Teddy” from grandpa and Nana Haynes. He is a very picky eater but still eats plenty of fruit and baby carrots. He can write his name and count to 100. His favorite show right now is probably the Backyardigans and he frequently comes up with silly things to say like “I’m comfy enough to put pizza on my head.”

Both kids are obsessed with the iPad and ask for it immediately when their eyes open each morning.

My little gig on the side…

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know, I recently started a new business adventure as a Thirty One Gifts Independent Consultant. Thirty One Gifts is a party plan direct selling company similar to Amway, Mary Kay, Tupperware, etc. The Thirty One product line includes signature purses, lunch bags, tote bags, luggage, accessories, and tons of storage solutions to simplify your life. I would have never imagined in a million years that I, a self proclaimed introvert, would be selling anything other than Girl Scout Cookies and yet here I am and having a blast! I have been surprised to find that I enjoy the process of meeting new people (imagine that!) and coming up with creative ways to use and personalize the products.

The marketing geniuses at Thirty One corporate have challenged their army of consultants to submit $300 in sales EACH WEEK from October 1 to November 17. If we succeed we can earn a ridiculously gorgeous collection of new products and prints, which is more than enough motivation for me! So true to form I am jumping right in with both feet and shamelessly asking for your help in reaching my goal.

Here’s how you can help.

1. Check out the fall catalog if you haven’t already. You can find it on my website or let me know if you’d like me to mail you a copy. I know you will find something fabulous for yourself or for someone you love. Christmas is right around the corner and there are endless possibilities. Traveling for the holidays?? Get 50% off one of seven different travel items for every $35 you spend in October!!

2. Host a party! You can’t go wrong with this one, there’s nothing going on in October anyway except our awesome travel special! Having a party is the best way to earn free products, discounts, and exclusive hostess perks. Besides, who doesn’t love parties?

3. Show off your Thirty One gear as MUCH as possible and tell everyone you know all about me! Give them my number or e-mail address and send them to my website.

4. LIKE my page on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the latest announcements about products, specials, and events. And maybe some bonus pictures of the kids🙂

Thank you so much for all of your support. Please let me know if there is any way I can return the favor!


Amanda Haynes



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Catching up a little

Yowsas, my poor neglected blog!  Does anyone even read this thing anymore?  Give me a shout out Smile


I have been compiling some tidbits to report about both of my kids but I need to get some pictures ready to go for those posts.  But for now I wanted to brag a little to my online journal that I am officially down below my pre-pregnancy weight as of a few weeks ago.  My low point was 142.2 last week and I haven’t checked back in a few days but all of my pants are getting a little baggy.  I have a pair of Lucky Jeans size 10 (they run pretty small) hanging in my closet that still have the tags on.  I need to give them a try this week because I think they might actually fit now.  I even bought a skirt in a size 6 on Thursday, yahoo!  I ran Bloomsday last Sunday in a personal best time of 1:28:23 which is about 8 minutes faster than my previous best time.  It’s 7.46 miles so obviously I am not a speed demon but the important thing is I am getting better.  I’ve decided at long last that I am a runner.  It used to be that when I tried to think about what my “hobbies” were I always drew a blank.  But now I think I can say golf and running would be at the top of the list.  Bloomsday was my second race of the year.  Before that I just did the 5k Race for the Cure.  Next on the calendar is the Title 9k which is the first year they have had it in Spokane.  That is June 9th and then the week after is the Color Me Rad 5k, which almost doesn’t even count because Eric and Seth are both doing it with me.  I’m also signed up for Run for Your Lives in August which is another 5k and then… drumroll please… the Scenic Half in Sandpoint, which is on my birthday.  Yikes.  13.1 miles.  I am a little nervous about it.  I used to say that Bloomsday was the farthest I ever wanted to run and anything longer was totally unnecessary.  Just goes to show, never say never.  So basically I will be running Bloomsday, and then running another 5+ miles or about another hour.  It’s a little intimidating but I have a few friends who are real runners (like Iron Man Triathletes) and they have all been really encouraging.  Piece of cake!  So right now I am thinking to myself, a  half marathon is PLENTY.  But we’ll see after I’m done.  I do think it would be pretty awesome to be able to say I ran a marathon… Smile with tongue out