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Before our trip to SoCal I blogged a list of things I wanted to do so here's what I got to (almost everything!):

*family -check

*sunshine -check

*the ocean -in Santa Barbara after a great lunch at the Chamomile Cafe in Carpinteria

*Christmas -check

*birthdays -check

*new year -check

*loads of raw restaurants!! -check

*Camarillo outlets: Betsey Johnson, AG, and more! -check

*Santa Monica promenade -twice!

*Juliano's Raw -loads more then I should admit!

*Rawvolution -oh my goodness the raw chocolate mint cheesecake! I even bought a tank top!

*Real Food Daily -tasty with some raw options!

*Disneyland -check. Way busier then we hoped but we had so much fun. Eliot keeps asking when we can go back.
                    He was so fearless! Eliot went on Tower of Terror, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. Seriously.

*Malibu- Cross Creek -nope

*gym -Yes and no… I didn't go to 24 Hour Fitness as I had planned but rather went to a yoga/pilates studio in the valley with my mother-in-law. Her instructor kicks all kinds of butt! So love her! I also had fantastic workouts running through Woodland Hills and later in Ojai. Can I tell you about the difference in air quality? Wow.

*Au Lac- nope.

*Cru -Wow. Amazing service, amazing food, beautiful atmosphere at night. I really liked this little place in Silverlake.

*Santa Monica stairs -Yes! Gorgeous foggy Santa Monica day. As those who live there know it can be sunny and bright
                                    at 14th Street but at 7th completely cold and foggy. The stairs are at the end of 4th. Pretty
                                    crowded for a chilly December day! Loved it!

*The beach -drove by it, sat in the sand, loved it.

*Tarina Tarantino -Brought in an online coupon for a discount. I bought a few hair accessories.

*Marc by Marc Jacobs -Love the cheapy stuff. I bought compacts and fingerless mittens, an umbrella with hearts all
                                      over it and more. Score.

*friends! -Tried so hard to see people and very thankful for a couple meet ups with familiar smiling faces. Hugs!

*Leaf -I only got here once when I thought it'd be my staple while staying in the valley. Just got so busy! Still great!
          Funny story: As I was ordering a very impatient LA girl was waiting so I told her to go ahead of me but
          guy had already started my stuff so she huffed and puffed shifting the weight on her feet saying, "Shit" under
          her breath. (But still audibly, hello?) Anyway, sorta typical regional behavior. When she did get her drink she
          turned into evryone's best friend with a flashy smile and big "Thank you!" Are you kidding me? ha

*Madeleine Bistro -Had a brunch here with just me and the husband which was nice and then extra extra lovely was
                              when my (not vegan) inlaws took us back for a beautiful dinner. The food was incredible!!!
                              Thank you again!!

*Montana Ave -Met a dear friend here for girl talk and people watching. One of my favorite places for people and dog
                         watching in LA.

*Ojai -So wonderful! The park, sweet Catherine and her equally groovy daughter Molly at Bhavantu, ran in the sun,
          the Sunday farmer's market, Serendipity toy store and all!!

 California by Joni Mitchell

Sitting in a park in Paris France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn't want to stay here
It's too old and cold and settled in its ways here
Oh but California

California I'm coming home
I'm going to see the folks I dig
I'll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I'm coming home

I met a redneck on a Grecian isle
Who did the goat dance very well
He gave me back my smile
But he kept my camera to sell
Oh the rogue the red red rogue
He cooked good omelettes and stews
And I might have stayed on with him there
But my heart cried out for you California

Oh California I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues
Just gives you the blues
So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone reading Vogue
They said "How long can you hang around?"
I said a week maybe two
Just until my skin turns brown
Then I'm going home to California

California I'm coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another man
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
More about the war
And the bloody changes
Oh will you take me as I am?
Will you take me as I am?
Will you?

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I'm getting up in nine hours to ready myself for the marathon. I mean, I've been getting ready for this since January of 2006. That's the month I joined Bay Area Boot Camp (now AlaVie) and changed my life.

When I started those 5:30am classes at the park I had to imagine my child, my 18 month old baby at the time, at the end of a short run around previously mentioned park in order to keep running. I was a terrible runner. And I got better. I've imagined myself with wings, I've imagined myself being a tall Ethiopian man, I've imagined myself as the wind.

I'm really excited for the big city run, 20,000 people deep through the streets of San Francisco. Thank you husband for your support. Thank you Eliot for being happy for me. Thank you dear friends and family for ears that listened to my ups and downs during training. Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement, I need it and I love it. I love you all for running with me. 

xoxo
ami

PS~ My brother knows Brendan Brazier (The Thrive Diet) and he surprised me today by asking Brendan to personally call me and wish me luck for tomorrow. I still am so excited over this! I got the call while I was in the Embarcadero BART station and I started jumping up and down. And even got a little teary afterward. What a nice guy- Brendan and my brother.

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Give myself a compliment challenge, day 3.

Today I ran 18 miles for the very first time. I ran really well and consistently. I'm so proud of myself for this work I'm putting in to the marathon.

Things I learned today: Brendan Brazier's energy pudding, very good but very hard to eat while walking and even harder to prepare in a hotel room, I'm guessing. So I must find alternate fuel sources! Second thing, always put more water in the Camelback then I think I need. I ran out today with one hour and twenty minutes still to run. I had a dark cloud on me for few minutes until I shook it off by telling myself I learned my lesson, moving on and it does not matter!
My favorite meditation while running today was picturing myself as air, as a part of all the wind and matter all around me- boundless. This thought helped me mentally let go of any aches or discomfort or grumpy thoughts over the water situation.

What nice and very true things have you told yourself today?

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Life affirming. That was my thought leaving yoga on Monday. I saw two people walking in to their power vinyasa class and their bodies appeared to radiate to me, "we are life affirming." I think that's what yoga, exercise, sunshine, and vegan food are for me- life affirming. I just can't seem to say it enough.

What is life affirming for you?

My friend Roz Savage is very life affirming and a gift of perspective each day she shares her adventurous life on her blog, rozsavage.com. The other day she posted this poem and I hope she doesn't mind my passing it along. Please visit her blog too, you'll love it.

So here's the poem. I had a bit of it going through my head as I began my run today and it got me energized. xoxo

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win, but don't think you can It's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost, For out of the world you'll find Success begins with a fellow's will. It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are. You've got to think high to rise. You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins Is the one who thinks he can. 

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I've been having a bit of poop-out here in Portland. Eliot's birthday is fast approaching, the weather is not acing like late spring/early summer and it's bumming me out. So, all I've been wanting is comfort food and sweets. Luckily, I love to run and exercise and lift weights. But, I still don't feel as great as I'd like to.

I want and need to do some work on myself. I give myself little reiki treatments often as I fall asleep at night. I also repeat positive mantras as I run which are very useful that I started to do it at night too. The first one I tried seemed to stick in my throat and make my stomach leap with baby frogs so I knew it was the right one. I could barely choke out: "I am a beautiful woman."

Damn that Barbie. I stopped growing when I was about eleven. Tiny feet and all. I shaped up like a woman just fine, just not exactly- "up". At just under five feet tall, this is just not how I pictured a "beautiful woman" looking. I wanted Barbie legs, Wonder Woman strength, and Charlie's Angels beauty. So, here I am, a grown woman, still waiting to "look" like a "beautiful woman". I'm working on it ~ not growing longer legs, but knowing I am lovely, beautiful even, just as I am.

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B: more of juliano's elixir from last night

s: scoop of raw honey and a couple bites of lydia's berry good cereal

L: salad and zucchini pasta, also from last night

s: a few not raw tiny cookies- oatmeal and chocolate chip. i think they're called laura's junk food

5 mile run, weights, abs

D: smoothie: coconut water, one banana, hemp seeds, one very large cucumber, 2 handfuls of spinach and honey with a smart dog and chips and mango papaya salsa

i need to discuss trader joe's. so, here it is: my skin crawls at the thought of this place. i went there today with eliot and explained to my little boy why i was so frustrated with this store! it is a nightmare of packaging in the produce section. things that don't need plastic boxes, cases, cardboard, and bags consume the area. it overflows with potential trash. the packaging they use is not even reusable. pathetic. makes me crazy- obviously. everyone always raves about trader joe's. i stopped going while living in santa monica because the parking lot was a tiny nightmare. sometimes i'd run in for their mango salsa, which i still love. and when i was pregnant and right after i gave birth i was addicted to the frozen french toast. i need to just beg this worthwhile company to quit it with the produce packaging. for now i won't be going back.

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3 mile run, weights

B: smoothie: msm, chia seeds, almost 2 cups water, 2 grapefruits, one banana, and mango. i dumped some vanilla in here too and it was heavenly!

L: leftovers from blossoming lotus- 1/2 collard wrap, thai red bell pepper and mango soup, 2 flax crackers

d: one piece of live fudge

s: 1/2 a beautiful ripe papaya with fresh squeezed lime. wow! the nice produce man at new seasons cut open a papaya for me and a fresh lime, gave me a slice to eat there and the rest to buy and bring home!

d: one piece of live fudge

went for a walk with andy and eliot to our local wild oats grocery store that recently switched over to become whole foods. i am consistently disappointed in whole foods selection of organic produce and nuts and seeds. new seasons markets and our local co-ops rock their socks off. take that whole foods, time to step it up!

eliot loves to pick up rocks and gets so excited when he finds them and always says things like, "i win!"

D: zucchini "pasta" and 2 flax crackers

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