Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ok, now Im back :)

Hello! Is anyone out there?! I have been away for a long time - it's been even longer since I blogged regularly - oye :) I dont know what happened, but when I moved - it just became harder and harder to get motivated to blog, and then everyone and their mom quit blogging, so I was like well really, do I have the energy to get going again - and then I decided, heck yes I do - see blogging is what helped me keep myself accountable...back a year ago...and now - for the first time in a long time, I have the fire again - I dont know what happened, but almost on autopilot yesterday I started logging into My Fitness Pal. I dont know that what has happened to me is that I have fallen off the wagon, it's perhaps more horrible than that...Ive lost my mojo...my drive...and it all stems to personal things that I cannot blast on the interwebs - it's not my marriage, because that is wonderful and so is my baby girl :) so, make the deductions that you want to...regardless...it's hard to be motivated when youre not that happy...but yesterday...it's almost as though my subconscious was like "dude, snap out of it!" so I did. And I feel good again...man two days of actually paying attention to what I put in my mouth has made all the difference...so here is what is going on with me. I am working full time and going to school (my semester began this past Monday) and I am having the hardest time finding the time to work out and blog. No, no, no - what I mean to say is - I am having trouble finding the time to run...awww...my first love. I make the time for CrossFit - my second love. So, I havnet been running, I cant figure out when to do it and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights I do CrossFit - if I miss one of those days, then I make it up on the weekend - Saturday or Sunday...Ill talk about that  more in a minute...so what's a girl to do? I know I could wake up early to run...but my husband and my mother would both agree, I dont make the best decisions when I am asleep...i.e. hitting snooze a million times. I think I am just going to have to suck it up and get up every morning during the week super early...the non-running days I can do school work...sounds like a good idea - now I need to implement it. Ive also been a huge failure when it comes to food prepping...again, it's hard to find the time, but again, Im just going to have to suck it up and do it. Does anyone have any good suggestions for food prep ideas? I need something new and fresh...I need to shake things up a bit. Ok, so those are my bad things going on...there are also some good things going on - family life is super good and baby girl is in pre-K. She's a November baby and has to wait another year for Kindergarten, even though all her little friends moved onto K - I thought she was going to be devastated, but so far it's been a smooth transition for her in her school. Hubby is good, still playing rugby like the maniac that he is :) and CrossFit...I absolutely love it. It hurts so good :) I started back in June - and many people have asked me if Ive lost weight - no, Ive stayed about the same...Im about 10 lbs up since I moved last December. I know that once I bring back food prep and running, it will start the motion of losing again, but here's the cool part - I know Ive lost inches, I never measured, but I put on jeans from last winter this past weekend, and they totally fit - so yes, the scale is not everything. Anyways, I started with the beginner classes, the "OnRamp" classes and then joined the big leagues and now Im doing the normal WODs. It's hard and sweaty and hot but I love it, I love seeing how strong I am and I love pushing myself every time, further-faster-stronger. Last  night, I was supposed to post but I literally was flattened by my work out. It was the hardest one yet...first one that I wanted to quit, but I didnt...here is the picture I posted on IG:

It was so hard :) And I love my box too because they have a kid area, so I can bring baby girl when my husband has rugby, like last night:
Other than all that, school just started and Im trying to track down a book I need...gosh, you would think these professors would make it easier...nope! I eventually had to rent it from Amazon...oye! So yeah, that's all I have, trying to keep the stress to a minimum, get this weight loss train moving again, trying not to die during CrossFit, and trying to be the best Mama and Wife I know how to be. Im building muscles though and that is so fun! See y'all tomorrow :)
Some more pics for fun, ok GN!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hi.

Ive given some serious though to hanging up the old blogging towel - but I think Im going to keep going - it's been two months since I posted last...there are many reasons why Im not posting - mainly Im having a hard time where we moved last December...it's not what I thought it would be, but it's getting better...slowly...and CrossFit is the main reason for that. Ill be back tomorrow to chat about life lately, this past weekend at the Renaissance Festival (so fun!) and how obsessed I am with CrossFit :) If there is anyone out there still reading, Ill be officially "back" tomorrow!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Great Weekend and A New Beginning

Hello Everyone, how was your Monday?? Mine was pretty craptastic until the end of today, Monday's are always hard on me.  I miss my daughter, I dont want to work, it's really just no fun at all.  And lately, Ive been using this poor attitude as an excuse to eat badly and skip workouts...well that's just no way to set yourself up for a successful week, so today - I stopped the cycle. 

But, before we get to all that, let's talk about this weekend :) Saturday I had a tennis match, and oh my goodness, I played my heart out - I lost the first set, won the second set and lost in a tie-breaker 9 to 11.  SO FRUSTRATING!! Plus, it took 2 and a half hours to lose...talk about disappointing...then we had to shop for our neighbors' little girl's birthday party, and then spent the rest of the day hanging out outside, very fun day!  Then on Father's Day, Daddy got breakfast in bed, then a trip to Lowe's and Home Depot, and then I grilled steaks for him :) It was great :)


But, admittedly - the weekends are my most difficult weight loss times.  For today's Motivation Monday link up with Ms. Wendy from A Daily Dose of Del Signore, her question was how do you stay on track on the weekends...well - sometimes I do and sometimes I dont, but what I do try is to stay active on the weekends by either playing tennis or running, both of which are happening this coming weekend - I have a 5K on Saturday and a tennis match on Sunday!

Next up, I am linking up with Ms. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for:

 My Monday is Marvelous because today, I took back my fitness.  I joined a CrossFit gym today and I havent felt this excited about fitness and exercise in a very long time.  I love learning new things, and I love the comraderie of the gym, I guess I should be calling it a box?  I am such a nerd ;)  Anyways, I cant wait to see where this new life is going to take me :) All I know is that tomorrow...it's going to be incredibly difficult to sit down!


And finally, my Monday is super Maaaaaahvelous Daaahhhling because I get to look at this very dreamy pirate :) Seriously yall, I cannot get enough of this show...Im so into it.  Im on Episode 13 and there are four more until my neighbor and I are going to have a wine night and watch the rest of the season.  

It is truly one of my favorite shows of all time - if you like to read and love action and romance, this is the show for you!

Ok folks, Ill see yall on Wednesday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fitness Friday!!

Hello Everyone, Blogging for the 3rd time this week, holy guacamole y'all!!  So, I made a promise to myself that I would blog more often because it holds me accountable!  So here we go, this was the worst week ever, but the ending of the week is turning out to be epic :)  I actually ran today, but Ill get to that in a moment - first, I will share who I am linking up with this Friday: Ms. Aubrey Leigh from ALG Uninterrupted for:





Fitness Friday

Today I actually ran y'all!  My daughter woke up super early this morning and I took the opportunity to take her with me for a run in the jogging stroller.  We only did a mile and quarter and I walked half of it, but damn, what a mood booster!! I loved every second of it, even if I was breathing in soup - the humidity was so awful!
So, this coming week, I start Cross Fit - I feel like Im going to puke from fear and excitement, which means Im supposed to do it :) See yall on Monday!!


 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday - or Will Be Soon!!!

Good Evening Everyone, how has your Wednesday been going so far?  My week hasn't gotten any better - I'm still without a phone, so this post is going to be without pictures, my apologies.  What a crappy week - I wish one day out of the week had 24 hours in it and you magically had the energy to clean and organize your whole house...that would be amazing!  If only...I finished the best book ever just now, seriously y'all, go get Paris Letters, you will thank me.  I am trying to post more regularly, so I couldn't miss out on Weight Loss Wednesday - since I don't have pictures, you're just going to have to take my word for it :)  Today I am going to link up with Ms. Erin and her lovely co-hostesses for:
- It has been quite some time since I linked up with this particular link up and Ive decided the time has come - weekly accountability worked for me before, and it's going to work for me now, by golly - did I just say by golly? :) Since my phone is out of commission currently (tomorrow can NOT come fast enough) you will just have to take my word for it - 163.0 - down 1.4 since Monday.  Tomorrow I plan on running, and every day is a new chance to make good decisions.  I think I'm going to slowly start cutting cheese out of my diet again, it's like my drug of choice.  So, there are the ugly details :)

Next up, I am linking up with Ms. Jenn from Peas and Crayons for:
Since, I cant take pics - again you're going to have to take my word for it:
For Breakfast, I had two Cabot cheese squares from Costco - so delish!  I'll miss these when I go cheese-free!
For Lunch, I had Panera - I love their choose two - half Greek salad and half tomato and mozzarella panini - yum!
For Dinner, Hubby made me ground turkey pasta with Trader Joe's Pasta Sauce and I had a small side salad with Greek Vinaigrette. 

- I have no idea what the calories were for today.  Here's the thing, I keep going back and forth between wanting to count and not wanting to count.  My phone is out and I cant use MFP at work, so I haven't been tracking all week.  I kind of like the freedom - but I know I'm most likely eating too many calories.  How do you reign it in without restricting?  It's like the golden tightrope we all want to walk on.  If I had the answer, I could solve all of life's secrets.  Well, I'm thinking about going completely clean again with food, we shall see.  I start Cross Fit on Monday and I know I will make better decisions with the more exercise I am doing, funny how that works, right? (Sarcasm Font)  I just don't want to get too obsessive - I think part of the reason why Ive gained ten pounds since last September is because I was WAYYY too restrictive.  I measured out my tomatoes for Gosh Sakes...It just doesn't have to be so hard, right?  So, I'm searching for balance...how can I eat healthily without overeating and without counting every single calorie.  If you have the magic answer, please share ;)

OK folks, that's all for today. See you Friday :) or tomorrow - I'm kind of a roll!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Life Lately

Hello....helllllllooooo....is anyone out there??? It's been a while since I blogged here, and I was almost ready to throw in the towel like all my old faves are doing right now - but alas, I need some accountability right now - so if anyone is still reading - I am going to start posting more regularly :) So, life lately - well, not that wonderful to be perfectly honest - Im not adapting as nicely as I would like in this new city...I havent made any friends and I am very lonely.  I am trying to tell myself that it takes some time, but man - it's really hard, especially since my husband stands on the street for 5 minutes and has made 8 friends...dudes have it so much easier.  This past weekend was super bad for reasons I am not going to share on here, well here's a hint:

 Then today...oye...let me just tell you about today:

- Rushing out of the house this morning, I couldnt find my keys - so while I am frantically digging into the black hole that is my purse - I dropped my phone into my full cup of crystal light iced tea (yes it is processed, but it is delicious) ....like straight down into a huge cup of liquid - $HIT!! 

- So, I think I cried maybe 4 times all day...just a really no good very bad day.  And it's not about the phone obviously, I have insurance and thank goodness they are super quick with getting your new ones to you these days - the phone was just the icing on the cake...there were various other bad things that happened...so Im going to snuggle up with my book in a minute and forget the world for a while.

So, that was my craptastic day.

But, that doesnt really explain why my life is crappy right now.  Ive lost my mojo.
Yep, Im way off track.  But, I know this and Im chipping my way back.  Fridge full of veggies and fruits, and alarm set to hit the gym in the morning, plus I have this sweet girl in my cheering section :)

And...the most important part...Im starting the beginner classes (On Ramp) at my local Cross Fit gym next Monday.  I was supposed to start today, but if you knew my weekend and how absolutely shit-tastic it was, you wouldnt have started today either.  Im scared and excited and know this is about to change my life.  I took an intro class last Wednesday night, and guys, my abs are still sore from a 10 minute workout, double $HIT!! :) I took the left pic above right before I went in and was so nervous I was about to vomit!  Then the right one was the high off of realizing I completed my first timed workout and completed it in the allotted time!!  It's going to be the challenge Im looking for and who knows, maybe Ill make some friends.  Im still playing tennis, but those ladies are all in their 40s and no matter how nice you are, youre never going to be in the same life phase as someone in their 40s when youre in your 30s...le sigh.

Oooo, speaking of Le Sigh - Im reading the best book right now - Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod.  I got it at my local public library - it is one of the best books Ive read in a long time, very Eat Pray Love but dare I say, BETTER?!?  Go check it out - it will feed the wanderlust of your soul.

Ok, linking up with Ms. Wendy from the Daily Dose of Del Signore, my Motivation this Monday is to remind myself to take it one minute at a time.  That's how I did it before, and that's how I will do it again.  Plus food prepping the crap out of some food :)

Finally, I will link up with Ms. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for:
 Im having a hard time finding something Marvelous today, which is why I love this link up - it makes you find something.  So today, my marvelous is my gorgeous baby girl and goodnight ear kisses that cause belly laughs <3

Ok folks, Ill be back, I pinky swear promise :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Motivation Monday!

Hello Everyone, Happy Motivation Monday :) How was your weekend, mine was marvelous :)  Im joining in with two lovely ladies today, the first one is Ms. Wendy from A Daily Dose of Del Signore for Motivation Monday.  Today she talked about her passion for zumba, and asked what our passion is...well this past weekend, my daughter and I ran a 5K:
 - It was a complete disaster.  We were running late and did not have our bibs yet.  As we were pinning them on, the runners started going by outside, oye.  So, I shrugged it off - no big deal, we could still run even if we were not at the start...so we get ready and go - baby girl is in the stroller, Mama pushing her...I should have known it was a disaster when first the my little pony falls out of the stroller, then her jacket, then her drawing...and I was so flustered that I accidentally took the one mile walking loop.  So, .7 miles go by and I am nearing the end of the course - I stopped to ask a volunteer and she told me that I was on the one mile loop...I was so mad - and for a hot minute good ole fat Taylor whispered in my ear to just finish the race and be done...but nope, I told her to pipe down and I turned the corner and made another loop - I ended up making four of those loops to make it to 3 miles.  My goal was to run 3.1 but baby girl had had enough of the boring loops.  It was slow and hard...but I did it, and I didnt quit...so running is my passion.  I cant wait to wake up and run again tomorrow.

Finally, I want to link up with Ms. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for:
The rest of my weekend was Marvelous :) baby girl and I went to a book festival a few towns over.  It was so fun and such a great experience to expose her to.  She learned who authors were and began to understand that they bring gifts in the form of books :) There were books for sale by the local public library and of course I wanted to buy a million of them, but I bargained with baby girl that she was able to choose 3 and I could choose 3 - all for $5.00 - what a bargain :) It was a great day!

As for fitness and healthy eating, I prepped a bit tonight - just some turkey tenderloin for lunches and some spice pumpkin muffins for breakfasts.  When those are gone, and they will be gone quick - seriously husband and baby girl approved - I am going to make protein bars...Ive got the itch to have healthy eats readily available...to food prep.  Food prepping has been the answer to my problems with food in the past and I am eager to get back into the habit again.  As for working out - if weather permits, I am planning on running early in the AM with baby girl - if not, I will go tomorrow night - I plan on doing some you tube videos Wednesday and Friday mornings and running again on Thursday and Saturday.  I am looking forward to getting some more fitness in my life.  It makes me a happier person, bottom line.  So, working out is what I will do.
Ok that's it, Ill see you all on Wednesday :)