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Blog Revival Week – Motivation Monday

Workout: 2 mile run, P90x- Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X

Hello, my name is Phyllis and I have a serious problem. During my last 9 month bout of depression I have subconsciously self-punishing my self through by eating copious amounts of food. Due to this, I have gained ~15 pounds. Remember a few months ago when I opened up about my battle with Myasthenia Gravis and I said “this is a really hard blog to write”. Well, this picture is a REALLY hard picture for me to show…


At my all time heaviest I weight about 135. This was because I was taking medicine that made you significantly gain weight. Here I am, nearing my heaviest weight (aka, my deepest moment of depression). I know what a lot of you are thinking, “Okay, bitch…123 is my dream weight.” Well, at a measly 5’1″, every little pound shows. I’ve found that with my bone structure and height I’m best around 110 with muscles. Right now, though, I’m more stuff and fluff than lean, mean machine.

So, since I’ve been feeling tip-top, I’m back on the exercise wagon. To help give me some motivation, I signed up for She Runs Strong’s September Miles Madness. Here’s the deal:

  • Click on the image below and read the rules (I’m lazy and don’t want to post them all).
  • Sign up for a team – Team Ashley or Team Cait. I’m team Ashley, because she’s a AZ runner and I like to support all things southwest.
  • Every week send your team captain the number of miles you have run. At the end of the month, the team with the highest number of miles wins!
  • The winning team will win some awesome swag and you will have a chance to win a Road ID, a sports bra from Handful Running Bras, and a Clean Bottle!!

Vegas Tips – Straight from Vegas (Part 1)

This coming weekend with the annual Rock ‘N Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Last year was my first half marathon (in Las Vegas) and I’m going to compete in the half again. I’ve noticed a lot of the blogging sites I read are going to be participating in it as well…so I thought I would share some Vegas insight for all those going!

You see, living in Arizona, I got to Vegas A LOT. So much so, that I have a 125 pound Bullmastiff named after the town. Although Vegas has never actually been to Las Vegas, he knows EVERYTHING about it…so here are our biggest tips and hints about Vegas.




  • I’ve stayed at almost every hotel on the strip and I’ve come to the conclusion that I LOVE MGM Properties (MGM, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, NYNY, etc) and hate those under Caesar’s Entertainment (Caesars, Planet Hollywood, Paris, etc). In general, MGM properties are more maintained and the rooms are nicer.  That’s just my opinion though.
  • For a comfy, CHEAP hotel look into MGM Grand or even Bill’s Gambling Hall.  NYNY just started renovating their rooms (much overdue) so I would recommend it once complete.
  • For a little more luxury, look into the Venetian, Wynn, or Aria.  I LOVED the Venetian – you never need to leave the hotel (plus there is an amazing bakery called Bouchon that has the BEST macaroons in the world)
  • Needing some pool action? Mandalay Bay’s wave pool kicks bootah, but it can get expensive.  I loved MGM Grand’s pool complex and Caesars (although its rooms are overpriced) has a pretty spectacular pool.  I’m staying at Mirage for the first time this weekend, and it’s pool looks pretty awesome.
  • NEVER PAY RACK ROOM RATE!!! There are a million deals to be had in Vegas…I always use this site to find/book my rooms:
  • Here’s my go-to-plan for booking rooms….I book the lowest price and the nicest hotel I can using codes on as soon as I know my travel dates. I continually look to see if the rate drops or if there are any new promo codes for another property, if so, I just call the hotel and give them my new promo code. Sometimes if you call the hotel too and give them a promo code, they might have a cheaper rate for you! Using this method, I’ve gotten rooms as low as $55 a night on Friday and Saturday at Planet Hollywood.
  • Senor Vegas is going gaga over the latest Pet Rooms at the Mandalay Bay, Flamingo, and Paris.  So, if you are one of those people that can’t even go to Target without your Lapdog, look into one of these rooms. If you are sane, you’ll just find a comfortable place for yourself during your vacation Smile


Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes:

  • I’m not much of a gambler…I typically stick to the Roulette Tables and Slot Machines. I’ll leave the true gambling to Clark Griswold.
  • Last time I was in Vegas though, they had new Hangover and Dirty Dancing Slot Machines that knocked my socks off. No one puts baby in the corner, except if there’s a hot slot near the back entrance. So, if you have mild ADD like me…these are for you!!


No Really, My Bullmastiff Ate My Shoes:

  • Shopping in Vegas is AMAZING!! Even your typical mall store like Gap has specialty clothes that you can’t find everywhere.  Here are some of my favorite places to go:
    • Betty Page Clothes – In the back of the shopping maze at Planet Hollywood. SUPER cute retro clothes and funny t-shirts.
    • Las Vegas Premium Outlets – Only a 10 minute drive from the center of the strip!
    • Zara – AZ unfortunately does not have this kick ass store, so I have to get my fix at the Fashion Show Mall across from the Wynn
    • David & Goliath Tees – SUPER hilarious t-shirts at the Venetian. Plus, it’s right next to Tao, so you can browse the store and then score some great people watching as the girls slut themselves up to get into the club.


More tips tomorrow!! What do you want to know about Vegas (either the city or the puppy!)?



Weekend In Review

Weekend Workouts: One awesome 5 mile run and one 3 miler

Mr. Romance, my boyfriend Joe, broke his toe on Thursday so most of our plans for the weekend were shot. It’s funny when you tell someone that you have broken a toe, everyone assumes it was due to some horrific accident. So, what was Joe’s horrific event?

It was a dark, not so stormy night.  Joe and Vegas were playing tug-o-war in the TV room, when suddenly Joe threw the rope into the adjoining room. Vegas jumped up and sprinted towards the kitchen…with all of the excitement, Joe started to chase Vegas. And then….it happened….the stairs.  Out of no where, the stairs between the Kitchen and the TV room jumped in front of Joe and punched his big toe as hard as it could. Joe screamed in pain “WHERE DID THAT COME FROM……ARGHHHH!!!!….HELP ME!!!”

So after a day of overdosing on Ibuprofen and icepacks, I convinced Joe to go to a balloon glow. Besides the 1.5 hour wait to get in (there was an accident at the entrance to the parking lot) it was pretty awesome. All of the kids were dressed up in the Halloween best asking for candy from the Balloon attendants (is that what you call them?? or is is ballooners?).  When the Ibuprofen wore off, we went home and watched Scream 4.





Saturday I had a totally awesome 5 mile run around my hood.


I started around 6:30AM, so I got an awesome Arizona Sunrise shot! I usually joke about being jealous of my life, but this I’m not…seriously, you have to be jealous of this view!! So freakin’ beautiful.


After watching Scream 4 the previous night, I was CERTAIN that the Scream killer was chasing me. Once I got to the local Canal Greenbelt, I was 100% positive that he would jump out from one of the bridges or culverts.  I was tuned to attack mode and had my house key between my index and middle finger and ready to scream, “ACTUALLY, I DON’T LIKE SCARY MOVIES…YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG RUNNING CHICK!!”


My run was going AWESOME!!! My mile splits were the best in months!! I ended my run at my favorite grocery store, Fry’s Marketplace (be prepared to be jealous). Just south of my house, Frys (part of the Kroger company) created the Disneyworld of grocery stores.  Here’s the details:



  • Open 24 Hours
  • Free Valet
  • Fresh sushi made in house!
  • Bread Factory
  • The most amazing floral shop in the world!!!



  • Tortilla Factory
  • Chocolate Shop
  • Ginormous salad bar and take out food buffet
  • Asian food bar
  • Kitchen for private cooking classes
  • Starbucks, of course
  • Awesome produce department


  • Juice Bar (YES!!! I go here ALL the time…Half Orange Juice, Half Carrot Juice, please!!)
  • Furniture
  • HUGE health food section
  • Hand-Wash Car Wash
  • Wine Bar!!!


  • And a super romantic lounge area. Oh yes, Mr. Romance and I have had several date nights here. Juice for me, Starbucks and a pastry for him.


The rest of Saturday and Sunday was a bunch of randomness and mostly just lounging. Felt good!


Question – Did you do anything fun this weekend?


Running Form

Workout: Another 2 miles…see a trend here?

So, I’ve been working hard on my running form. Something that these people need to work on:


According to all the sources I have found (okay, just one Good Form Running AZ) There are four basic principals to good running form:

Soooo…yesterday, photos were posted from the Moon Valley Grasshopper 5K, so I could REALLY see what how many form is.

Are you ready for the most awkward running stance ever?? Click the link below to view me during the race. *WARNING- CONTENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND UNSAFE FOR WORK*

Phyllin’ Phat’s Awkward Running Stance


Looks to me like I Steps 1, 2, and 4 down…but here’s the real question:

What exactly am I doing with my arms?