A beach goal in sight!

16 Nov

Happy Friday!
I can’t believe that November is already going by so fast.  I turned on the radio to Christmas music already, malls are decked out for the holiday season, and I’ve been indulging in the holiday Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks a little too often lately.  Yup, I guess it’s that time of the year.  While I do love the holiday season, it’s hard to get motivated when my wardrobe consists of bulky sweaters, stretchy leggings, and huge coats.  Gain a pound here or there?  Add a layer.  Haha, this is definitely not how I want to be approaching this!

What I think I need is a strong dose of motivation.  Annnnnddd, suddenly this week I was given some!  A huge reason to stay motivated, and that is a trip to Cabo, Mexico!  We started an annual beach vacation with a group of close friends last year and promised to do a get away like this each year.  When the planning for the trip started a couple of months ago I wasn’t sure we’d be joining.  There was a big debate about our destination, prices, dates, etc.  Also, I was being reasonable by trying to save money.  But, when the final details were figured out the price was good and I knew we might regret not spending valuable time with our friends.  So, we’re back on board, tickets booked!

Mexico 2012, the annual vacation group

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2012

We are going the first week of February, so that leaves me 12 weeks to get to my goal weight.  I always do so much better with training plans and nutrition when I have an end goal.  I know that being healthy should be an everyday routine, but there’s something about scheduling my weeks for an event that helps me out.

This week went pretty well in terms of activity.  I had a much needed intense cardio session on Monday followed by a relaxing steam room session, cardio and weights Tuesday, missed my workout on Wednesday (boo!), 4 mile run on Thursday, and I have Bodypump today.  As long as I can keep this up through the holidays and eat well then I will be ready to hit the beach in my bikini in February!

CABO Mexcio 2013!

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Sugar Detox Challenge

7 Nov

Happy Hump day!  Half way done with this work week which makes me pretty happy.  Time has been flying by lately, what do you think.  I always feel like that during this time of the year.  My goal is to slow down a bit during this holiday season to appreciate the time spent with my friends and family.

But, for now, my focus is still on getting back into shape!  I follow a ton of awesome health and fitness blogs to keep me motivated and today A Doctor in the House talks about some scary sugar facts.  It is no surprise that sugar is addicting (just ask me when I am craving some chocolate!) but there are some really shocking (and disturbing) statistics here:

via The Daily Infographic

This is enough to make me reconsider my sugar consumption.  Lately, it has been pretty pathetic.  I have some left over Halloween candy still and think that it is my “free pass” to indulge in M&Ms and Reese’s all night!  I have already been feeling pretty crummy about it and realizing that sugar not only contributes to obesity, but I personally know it leaves me tired, depressed/anxious without it, and of course the scare of type 2 diabetes!  Anyway, I like to give myself little goals and milestones to work towards, so for the next two weeks (until Thanksgiving) I am going to cut out processed sugar.

I will eat fruit and some naturally sweetened foods, but cut out all overly processed cookies, candies, ice cream, cereals, etc.  I have done this before (in college when I was doing a kick-start for weight loss) and I know that I will feel better and more clear after these two weeks.  Then I can indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie :).

In honor of WIAW here are a few recipes I’ve tried this past week:

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo (via Cooking Light)- this was a quick and easy weeknight meal that I threw together with a simple salad.  I loved it, it was almost like an indulgent shrimp scampi.  Ed didn’t dig the orzo pasta, but I would make again and sub in whole wheat penne or a different pasta.

Banana Pancakes (via Iowa Girl Eats)- a new Sunday morning favorite!  These were just as easy to whip up as my regular cakes, but the chunky bananas and fluffy batter were a hit.  I also added chia seeds.

Apple Bran Muffins (via Cooking Light)- pretty good, I like to sub apple sauce in recipes like this.  Added a lot of extra cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to enhance the fall flavors!

I am heading to Austin, TX tomorrow for a short trip so I need to get prepared (I am going to pack some healthy snacks for travel again, and found a yoga class for Friday morning!).  Any recommendations for where to go/what to see in Austin?

 

Trick or Treat, Spooky or Sweet?

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

In honor of this spooky holiday, my post is costume themed!  Gorilla costume, that is.  This past weekend Ed and I participated in a fun 5K that I have been looking forward to, the Gorilla Run.  Our company is actually a sponsor of the event and this was the 8th year that we had the “largest gorilla group”.  Imagine hundreds of gorillas wearing costumes on top of their already festive (and bulky) outfits running around Denver…it was a pretty hilarious sight.

“hipster” gorillas

Since we had such a large group participating I was not necessarily expecting to run (and with these “fun runs” is that ever really the point?) so we walked/danced the whole time while rocking out to a boombox someone graciously brought.  So fun.  After the race and a celebratory rendition of “Shout!” at the finish line we grabbed some free food from the Denver vendors who hosted the event, including Ghost Bar, Lodo’s, Gaetano’s, and Ale House.  Yum, nothing like chowing down on mac and cheese with pulled pork after doing something active.

Ginny’s “baby gorilla” cutest. thing. ever.

Do you participate in any of the popular “fun runs” and which ones have you done?  Do you think that these kinds of races promote health and activity in the community?  I personally love them because I can drag friends who aren’t normally “runners” along with me.

Saturday night we celebrated Halloween with some friends at their haunted themed housewarming party.  I am at a point in my life that I really appreciate a good house party rather than spending a ton of money to go downtown and fighting the crowds for a drink (not that I don’t get that itch every now and then)!  I dressed up as a vampire, which was a costume I had from my previous obsession with True Blood.  Our hostess Monica made a ton of cute Pinterest inspired Halloween snacks and drinks, but these were my favorite: Vodka Infused Gummy Bears…AKA Monster Bears.  Definitely a fun party idea!

gothic skeleton, 2 kitties, and a creepy vampire

What are your Halloween plans?  I think tonight I will pop some popcorn, throw on a scary movie, and pass out candy for the Trick-or-Treaters.  Have a ghoulish day, everyone!

Birthday Bliss

29 Oct

“You’re not getting older, you’re getting better”

Haha, this might sum up my past weekend’s festivities.  As you know from my workout challenge, I was preparing to celebrate my birthday weekend.  Typically I don’t like to make a huge deal out of my birthday, but Ed offered to plan a party and I don’t need an excuse to eat cake and drink wine.

We planned a “hick” themed party at my good friend Lyndsey’s house and set up a tour with Banjo Billy’s (an old school bus that drives around Denver/Boulder and allows drinking on the bus).  I have heard that it’s a blast so thought it would be a good time to try it out.  Unfortunately, we were called right before our pick up and told that the bus had broken down and needed repairs…sad…but at least we weren’t stranded on the bus!  So, at this point we decided to just continue the party outside since it was such a nice day outside and we did some backyard games and grilling.  It was probably pretty funny to see us all hanging out decked out in hick attire for no reason.  🙂

All of my girlfriends dressed up in “hick” attire!

It was so great to see all of my friends in one place, which hardly ever happens with everyone’s busy schedules.  This weekend really showed me how lucky I am to be surrounded by so many amazing people.  I also got to spend time with my family, which tops off a great birthday weekend!

Unfortunately for me (and my waistline) this weekend was somewhat of a free for all.  I didn’t make the time to exercise and I was pretty lenient with my healthy eating choices.  I know that it is all about making lifestyle changes that are easy to stick to, but honestly over indulgence does happen.  Now that the party’s over, it’s time to get back on the band wagon, so to speak.

I aim to make my 25th year the most healthy yet.  I feel like in my early 20s I have hit such highs and such lows in my health journey and now it’s time to take everything that I know and love about fitness and make sure I live the life I say I lead.  I’ve made a list of goals, which I am not going to share right now (mostly because my goals have not changed that much and there are several small steps that I plan to take to be sure I am on the right track to good health).  I aim to reach my goal weight this year and be proud of the work that I put into getting there.

A pumpkin patch adventure on my actual birthday

Thanks to all my loved ones who celebrated with me!

 

Healthy Small Steps

25 Oct

Recently a friend of mine revealed her “dramatic weight loss” ala Biggest Losers style.  She had been consistently working hard for a long time now, but the before and after pictures are always what make people say, “Whoa! How’d you do it?”.  I kind of laughed because that was my first reaction to the photos too, but then I slowed down and realized that I know how she lost the weight, and you can figure it out too.  It is never because of some fad diet or short-term unachievable regiment.  Weight loss is always the same exact method for everyone.  Here are some key tips that I know helped me along the way and have become common sense knowledge drilled into my brain:

  • Consistency is key.  Plan to do the same thing over and over and over.  Whether you are planning on weight training, running, hiking, dancing…anything, you will have to keep at it.  Sure, there will be days that it’s tough to fit in exercise, and that’s okay because if you are making an effort to workout more days than you don’t workout a week then you’re on the right track.
  • Small choices add up to big changes.  Think of all the food related decisions you make in a day.  This morning I had coffee, like I do everyday.  About a year ago I realized how many empty calories were being consumed by this daily habit before I had even finished checking my email.  Since then I have nixed creamer and any sweeteners, I prefer my coffee just black now and it has zero calories!  Now I try to apply this method to every food choice I make…if I am going to have a sandwich on bread then I can cut out the cheese, save some calories, and still enjoy my lunch.  Cut out fattening salad dressings, skip sour cream, butter, mayo…all of these small sacrifices can end up paying off big time.
  • Have some fun!  Working out doesn’t have to be a dreaded activity or else you will never do it.  Find something that you enjoy doing and run with it (literally for me 🙂 ).
  • Grab a friend, having a moral support system goes such a long way.  Find someone, whether it is your friend, significant other, or someone you meet online (of course blogging is great for this!  And when I first started reading health blogs Spark People was a great motivator for me).  Tell people you’re goals and appreciate when they hold you accountable.  My mom has been such a great cheerleader for me, she will text me when she’s on a run to say “Have you gotten in your cardio today?” and just knowing that someone else is rooting for me makes it so much harder to skip out.
  • Mix it up a bit.  This goes along with having fun.  Don’t do something that is stale to you, if you’re burnt out on running add some fun Zumba classes or a weight lifting routine that you tore out of a magazine and have been meaning to tackle…
  • Don’t beat yourself up.  This is a huge one for me because sometimes it’s easy to give up if you are not seeing results fast enough or are just plain exhausted.  As long as you are able to move forward and know that there is always a new day to improve, you will get there.

What are your stand by fitness tips?  How do you overcome the plateau when you’re tired/bored with a workout?

See ya soon, Sin City!

16 Oct

After a crazy whirlwind of a week I am glad to say that I am back in the Mile High City.  I always say that it’s nice to get away but even better coming back to the place you call home.  Why have I been MIA, you ask?  My client had a conference this past week in Las Vegas and I was invited to attend!

While I will happily jump on a plane to an all expenses paid trip, there is something about traveling that gives me anxiety.  When I am in a routine I love to stick to it, so it was a bit nerve wracking to figure out how to eat healthy meals and get some workouts in, not to mention making sure Hudson would have everything taken care of.

To prepare for my plane ride and any possible breaks during the day that might entice me to indulge in something less than healthy, I packed my carry on bag with almonds and a few Chocolate Caramel Luna bars to snack on.  I also brought my running shoes, but that was about the extent of me being able to plan ahead.  When all was said in done, the results of the trip weren’t horrible and I don’t feel guilty about bingeing or anything.  I probably could have cut out a few cocktails along the way, but hey…when in Vegas, right?

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View from my hotel at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, not too shabby!

Tuesday afternoon was spent flying and checking in, then we went down to mingle at a customer dinner held in one of the Cosmopolitan’s restaurants, China Poblano.  The restaurant is an innovative take on the chef’s personal Chinese and Mexican experiences.  Sounds like a bizarre combination of styles and flavors, but the shared plates we had blended together so seamlessly that I barely even realized I was eating 2 different cuisines.  We dined on a pre fixe menu of 8 small tapa plates to share.  We had everything from barbequed pork tacos to Dan Dan Mian handcut noodles.  My favorite part was the dessert (of course), we sampled their unique version of many sticky rice pudding (which was actually made with Rice Krispies!) and Cajeta (goat’s milk) flan.  I am not typically a fan of flan, but this was creamy and light enough for my palate.  If you’re ever here, order a “Salt Air Margarita” with a salty foam on top (think of the consistency of latte foam).  After this filling meal I spent a couple of hours at the Black Jack table, which is always a good time, but bad news for the ole’ bank account.

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Dinner with my awesome co-workers. When in Vegas we eat good!

Wednesday was packed with meetings and speakers, so unfortunately there was not a lot of time to explore or get any exercise in.  I have forgotten what it’s like to have to function while so hungover.  Oy, that’s why I’ve eased off the cocktails, huh?  The main part of the day that was keeping me moving forward was our dinner plans at Sushi Roku.  Nothing better than some delicious nigiri and sashimi while in Sin City.  I was with 2 other people so we decided to order a bunch of rolls and appetizers to share.  This is my favorite way to dine because I love to have a little taste of everything.  And everything was great.  The bartender offered a raspberry cocktail made with Voli light vodka and fresh fruit juices, so I opted for that rather than a regular sugary concoction.  In order to dance some of the calories away, we headed over to Lavo nightclub for bottle service and fun.

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yumm, sushi in my tummy

By Thursday I was already feeling the effects of over indulgence.  My body was sluggish, my face was dull, and I was plain exhausted.  It is amazing how fast our bodies let us know that they are craving better fitness and nutrition choices.  Again, another long day of meetings which only compounded the effects of late nights, salty foods, and a plethora  of boozy spirits.  I decided to sweat some of these demons out with a quick run on the treadmill.  I started at my normal pace and was feeling good, so knowing that I don’t have the high Colorado altitude working against me, I upped my pace the entire time and finished 3.5 miles far faster than I normally do.  Yay, I can be fast…if only I lived at sea level, haha.  That little sweat sesh really made me feel like a new person, just in time for our going away dinner/party.  Our client rented out the Marquee for the night and we had a delicious buffet and I stuck with drinking vodka/sodas (and I passed on the amazing tray of desserts!).  Also, like I said, dancing never hurts either!  Vegas is a great vacation spot, just not one that I can stay in for too long so I was happy to head home on Friday morning.  After all that it was definitely time to detox and get back into my healthy routine.

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Last night to “live it up” in Vegas, cheers!

What challenges do you face when you’re traveling & what are some tips that you have for combating these struggles? 

Do you have any great cocktail recipes using Voli Light vodka?  Please share!

Foodie Friday…new list!

5 Oct

Seriously, TGIF!  This week has been busy!  Who else is more than ready for the weekend?

I have been eating my way through Denver, using my 5280 list as my trusty guide.  Since I just started a couple of months ago I have barely made a dent in the top 25 list for 2011.  Lo and behold, I came home to find a shiny new copy of 5280 on my doorstep…with 2012’s 25 Best Restaurants!  So, the good thing is that I already have a head start since many of the restaurants on the list are the same as last year.  I am excited to get going on this list and try some of the new additions.  And I can promise you that this will be done before the next edition comes out :).

I have been working on a couple of posts and continuing to make my reservations (birthday dinner coming up, it’ll be a good one!), but since I don’t have a foodie Friday restaurant review today, I am going to share 5280’s list, so you can indulge a little too.

No. 1: Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-6966, frascafoodandwine.com (check!)

No.  2: Sushi Den 1487 S. Pearl St., 303-777-0826, sushiden.net (check!)

No. 3: ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake St., Suite 101, 303-353-5223, cholon.com (check!)

No. 4: Luca d’Italia 711 Grant St., 303-832-6600, lucadenver.com

No. 5: Fruition Restaurant 1313 E. Sixth Ave., 303-831-1962, fruitionrestaurant.com (check!)

No. 6: Mizuna 225 E. Seventh Ave., 303-832-4778, mizunadenver.com

No. 7: Z Cuisine 2239 W. 30th Ave., 303-477-1111, zcuisineonline.com (check!)

No. 8: Cafe Aion 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303-993-8131, cafeaion.com

No. 9: Colt & Gray 1553 Platte St., 303-477-1447, coltandgray.com (check!)

No. 10: Linger 2030 W. 30th Ave., 303-993-3120, lingerdenver.com (check!)

No. 11: Bittersweet 500 E. Alameda Ave., 303-942-0320, bittersweetdenver.com

No. 12: Il Posto 2011 E. 17th Ave., 303-394-0100, ilpostodenver.com

No. 13: Table 6 609 Corona St., 303-831-8800, table6denver.com

No. 14: TAG Raw Bar 1423 Larimer St., 303-996-2685, tagrawbar.com

No. 15: Twelve 2233 Larimer St., 303-293-0287, twelverestaurant.com

No. 16: Trillium 2134 Larimer St., 303-379-9759, trilliumdenver.com

No. 17: Pizzeria Locale 1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-3003, pizzerialocale.com (check!)

No. 18: TAG Restaurant 1441 Larimer St., 303-996-9985, tag-restaurant.com (check!)

No. 19: Potager Restaurant & Wine Bar 1109 Ogden St., 303-832-5788, potagerrestaurant.com

No. 20: Fuel Cafe 3455 Ringsby Court, 303-996-6988, fuelcafedenver.com

No. 21: Oak at Fourteenth 1400 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-3622, oakatfourteenth.com

No. 22: Duo Restaurant 2413 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-4141, duodenver.com (check!)

No. 23: Cafe Brazil 4408 Lowell Blvd., 303-480-1877, cafebrazildenver.com (check!)

No. 24: Pinche Taqueria 1514 York St., 720-475-1337, pinchetacos.com

No. 25: Barolo Grill 3030 E. Sixth Ave., 303-393-1040, barologrilldenver.com

 

Looks like I’ll be busy, there are a ton of new places to try!  Have you eaten at any of these restaurants, what are your favorites?

 

 

Appreciate what you can do…right now!

2 Oct

I have a good update to start off with: Hudson and I ran 3 miles last night and she did not try to escape from me again 🙂 No tears on this run.  Ran around the lake by my house at sunset, I love these evening runs after work!  And I got to break out my cute new moisture-wicking hoodie from Target.  Love Target.

 

Bet you weren’t expecting so many puppy pictures when you started reading a “health” blog, huh?! 🙂

There has been something on my mind a lot lately…as you know I have been working towards fitness and weight loss goals for a while now.  I have been slow and steady in my results and I am usually okay with that, but sometimes I let that pesky thing called comparison get in my way.  Yesterday I was a little discouraged in my weight lifting class when the (tiny!) girl in front of me was lifting 2x the weight that I could handle.  Then, another friend of mine was recapping her weekend for me and she completed a 1/2 marathon in 1:47 without ever preparing or training for it.  How do these things come so easily to some when I have to work my butt off for 1 extra mile, or 1 extra set, or 1 extra pound?  I start to think to myself that I can’t do those things and it almost seems silly to try.  It’s the mentality of “Screw it!”

But, then I have to take a step back and remind myself that everyone must start at the beginning.  Everyone has their own journey and this is mine.  It might take longer and I will definitely have to work hard along the way.  Rather than being bitter or worse, jealous, I need to appreciate what my body can do and how much work I am putting into my goals.  Keep reminding yourself this lesson because sometimes I need to!  Don’t let comparison take away any of the joy or credit that you deserve.

Happy October!

1 Oct

I love the start to a new month.  There’s just something about having a clean slate, a whole blank canvas of 30 (ish) days to fill however you please.  I always feel a fresh motivation for new goals and inspirations.  The best part of today is that October is my favorite month.  My mom always says I’m her fall baby.  And it’s true, I love anything spiced with pumpkin, the cool changing weather, colorful leaves, cozy scarves and boots, the excitement of holiday season right around the corner.

You never know exactly what kind of weather the days have in store for you here in Colorado…it literally could be 30 degrees different from day to day.  That being said, we took this weekend to enjoy some fresh air outside while these Indian summer days last.  Saturday and Sunday we went to Clear Creek near Coors Brewery in Golden to let Hudson test out her swimming skills.  Turns out she loves the water and got along with the other dogs at the park (yay!).

playing a little catch after a long swim

Also, this weekend was the perfect time to catch up on some running that I have been not so disciplined about. One (of the many) reasons that I was so excited to get a dog is so that I could have a running buddy.  Hudson has been pretty good on a leash, so I decided to bring her along.  We did a quick loop around a lake near my house.  My pace was good the entire time, and she kept right up with me and seemed to be enjoying it.  We were about 5 blocks from the house and in my head I started cheering “Good job, Hudson, so happy you’re a runner too!  Can’t wait to brag about you to my running friends!”  At that exact moment we did one of those twisty almost trip on your dog moves and I fumbled her leash which smacked onto the ground.  This sent her bolting down the street, leash trailing behind.  I sprinted as fast as I could at the end of my run, literally screaming her name as loud as I could.  I was seriously frantic at this point already imagining Ed and I spending the rest of the day searching the neighborhood for her.  Finally, out of breath and close to tears, I get to our house and there she is sitting on the drive way like, “Hey, Mom, what took you so long?”  Thankfully she figured out where she was (we’ve only had her at the house for 5 days!) and didn’t get hit by a car running across 5 streets.  I am anxious to take her out on a run again just to prove that this was a fluke and from now on we can have awesome runs together.

I guess that I should give an update of my progress on my working out “Project 37”.  Things have actually been a lot harder than I thought.  Between an out of town wedding and adopting a dog, there have been a few days that I missed.  I am upset, but I am not going to beat myself up over it, I’ll just have to tack those days onto the end and finish this goal in November.  I have noticed, though, that when I am too busy or making excuses to not workout, my body is seriously craving some physical activity.  Running got that out of my system this weekend, and today I was back in the gym.  Les Mills BodyPump class (which I had previously done at 24 Hour Fitness) has now moved to my gym downtown.  There was an almost identical class called Group Fitness that I had been going to, the only huge difference is the music.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with BodyPump, it is an hour long class focusing on low weights loads and high repetition movements.  This is a perfect way for me to add strength training to my routine and tone my muscles.

Even when things don’t go as planned, don’t quit. Get it done.

Alright, happy October!  Here are a few of my goals for the **new month!**

  • BodyPump class every Monday & Friday during lunch break
  • Resist as many sugary and overly processed Halloween treats as I can
  • Take advantage of cool evenings to run with Hudson
  • Try new fall recipes (anything with squash, pumpkin, apples…. any suggestions?)

 

A Doggy Wedding Weekend- Telluride

26 Sep

You know those weekends that are just so good you don’t want to move on or believe that they’re over?  That was this past weekend for me.  I am almost depressed to know that it’s over!  As you know, Ed and I have been going to weddings like crazy this season.  We had just one more to attend before we could get back to “normal pre-wedding season weekends.”  I was most excited for this wedding though, not only was it Ed’s younger sister getting married, but her and her (now) husband, Josh, picked Telluride for their celebration.  Turns out they picked the perfect weekend.  Peak weekend in Colorado to see fall foliage and the colors changing, and the weather was awesome.

Telluride view- so many colors! Another reason to love living in Colorado

I had never been to Telluride (it is about a 6 hour drive from Denver), so I was excited to do some exploring.  My only plans were a little window shopping, hiking, and hanging out with the wedding party.  Somehow, our plans changed very quickly on Friday morning.  Ed headed up the mountain for rehearsal (we stayed right at the bottom of the gondola) and I got a call saying I needed to head up there.  The reason was that there was an adoption tent set up at the Farmer’s Market with dogs from Second Chance Humane Society.  Ed had his eye on a small, female black lab mix.  I spotted her playing with a volunteer and when I came over to the tent she jumped right into my lap.  After that I knew there was no way we were going home without her.  “Ethel” was about 11 months old, the shelter had found her and her litter abandoned and malnourished.  They rescued her and got her healthy again, so by the time we met her she had gained some weight and had a healthy, shiny coat.  After a quick interview we walked off with our new baby, which we immediately started to call “Hudson” instead.

Adopting Hudson from the Second Chance tent. So happy! 🙂

The rest of the day we spent walking around the mountain trying to get her acquainted to us and her surroundings.  She is pretty timid around new people and dogs, but she seems like she gets braver everyday and will get over that.  Luckily, the entire weekend was dog friendly and Krissi even invited Hudson to her 1st wedding!

New hiking buddy!

Hudson loves weddings, like me!

 

The actual wedding was Saturday evening on top of Telluride Mountain at the wedding deck.  The views were absolutely gorgeous.  I can’t imagine a better time of the year to get married up here.  The bride looked beautiful and the ceremony was short and very sweet and heartfelt.  I am already jealous of the pictures that these guys are going to have, they will be awesome.  After a short round of pictures we went back to the mountain house for dinner and dancing.  Such a fun night!

Wedding kiss!

Amazing backdrop…doesn’t get better!

 

We got to spend a lot of time with Ed’s family, which is always a blast, I got to spend time in one of my new favorite places in Colorado, and went home with the best little souvenir!  Definitely a weekend to remember.

Hudson “the mountain dog” ready to return to Telluride already!

Perfect song for the weekend: Telluride, Tim McGraw (love my country 🙂 )