Friday, July 16, 2010

Its been waaaaaaaay too long!

Would you like an update on my little Maximus??? Go to - or you can take a look and our foundation that was started in honor of Max that will continue to help other kids with cancer . . .

As for me? . . . loving life, loving family, loving summer, loving swim- bike- run, loving sisters, loving neighbors, loving Settlers, loving temples, loving watermelon, loving daylillies, loving Chancho, loving SYTYCD, loving Alex, Max, Paige, Cole, & Caleb, and definately loving my BFF!

(Petty Family photo taken Summer '08 . . . remembering the good times!)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Battling for Bubby

My sweet little nephew Max was diagnosed with Leukemia (A.L.L.) a few weeks ago. My brother has been keeping a blog about their journey . . . read it if you're in the mood to laugh AND cry! In his own simple way, Bubby gives me the desire to get up and move every day . . . even when I think I'm too tired and don't have any more to give, I remember his face and his little voice saying, "Cami, Doing?"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The joy that Money can't buy . . .

My sister Cheri and her husband Brent will be sealed to their "little angel" Alex this Saturday. Life is just better now that he's in our family! Adoption is a miracle.

Monday, October 5, 2009

the best things in life . . .

. . . are worth waiting for (and are named Alex)

my new nephew was born August 18 weighing 6lbs 4oz

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My New Green Thumb

Nature amazes me. How can a little tulip bulb only inches below the ground survive a harsh, cold, Utah winter? It has now been two winters since they were planted. The local deer got a hold of a few, and a spring snow storm covered and delayed their bloom season, but . . . they came through with shining, bright pink colors!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

LiveWell is Open for Business

A dream came true! For the last 12 months, we have been working on finishing our basement - or should I say, getting other people to finish our basement. Well, we did do some of it ourselves, like the acid stained cement floor, laying the wood in the studio, painting the walls (okay, my friend did most of it, but I painted the primer on!) and now its complete!

We had an open house on Saturday, October 18th for neighbors to come in and get info about my classes and personal training. So now I have to figure out how to accommodate them all! But I love being able to make my own schedule - and get paid to workout!

Here are a few pictures of the gym - note one of the mirrors had to be removed and replaced. Equipment is here - Bosu's, balls, free weights, mats, bands. And I'm ready to help people get healthy!

My company is called LiveWell Health & Fitness and I will be doing personal training, group classes, and team training. I don't think I'll do a website yet - too much work! But I may start a blog for all of my clients to receive info about classes and health tips.

Thanks to my Fam for being my last minute clean-up crew! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's Raining, It's Pouring!

10 years . . . and still running strong!

Cami's 10 YEAR Fan Club

On Saturday, October 4th, 2008 I completed my 10th St. George marathon! And this is my fan club! I love you guys more than you know!

This year I ran my personal best under not so great conditions. It rained for 26.2 miles and then some! The first time in 25 years that there has been rain for the marathon. For some it was a cold, dark, wet run, but for me, the rain kept me focused on the finish and on the road ahead.

We didn't get to enjoy the beautiful sunrise that attracts so many to this race, or the dramatic colors of Snow Canyon. But the rain and wind didn't keep the volunteers and local supporters from cheering everyone on to the finish. We needed you more this year than ever, and you were there!!!

(If you want to see more pics of me that were taken during the race, go to and select St. George Marathon 2008, Bingham, Bib # 4685.)

I know there were many friends and some family that ran on Saturday as well, so I'd love to get your take on the experience. I learned a lot this time about the power of mind over matter, visualization, and POSITIVE AFFIRMATION!!!

A few days before the race, I wrote down my goal of 3:40 and what I would do to get there, down to the details of how I would swing my arms, hold my head, and even when I would drink. Then I wrote down the names of 26 people who have inspired me or been an influence in my life. I folded the paper and tucked it in my pack next to my iPod.

The first 7 miles in the dark, I ran with Alan (my hubby) and a friend Liz that I saw at the start line who was going for the same pace as me. We talked and laughed and kept a great pace. As we approached Veyo, I knew that my family would be there to see me run by and give me a hug. Once I passed them, Liz and I were separated (which can happen pretty easily) and I was on my own (Alan was only running the first 7 and last 3 miles to help me pace).

That is when I started on my list. For every mile that followed I would think of someone I had written down and tell myself "This mile is for _______". Then I would just pretend that they were pushing me along, encouraging me, even making me run faster for them. Before I knew it, I was up Veyo hill, passed mile 10, 11, and 12 and was almost half way.

Unfortunately, when nature calls . . . so at mile 13, I made friends with the porta-potty and watched the seconds turn to minutes until I was finally able to get back on the road. I knew I had about 4 minutes to make up and thought that there was a chance I could do it on the downhill miles.

I gave it all I could - only because I thought of the great people in my life. It kept my mind off my body. In fact, looking back, I never once felt any pain in my knees, calves, IT band, or anywhere I've had problems before. It wasn't until the last 2 miles that I finally felt fatigue kick in and had to really fight the wall.

Soaking wet from head to toe, I crossed the finish at 3:43, just 3 minutes off my goal. A personal record and a miracle in my book. So many lessons learned, as with every marathon before. But for the first time I can honestly say, from experience, that running is a MENTAL sport.