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 :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

My First Free Week

Hello Everyone :) How has your Monday gone so far?? Mine has been alright - I did not sleep that wonderfully last night and then had a super long day at work :/  There has been a lot going on in my life in the past months and I have been super absent from this here blog, but that is all about to change.  I am linking up with Ms. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for:

This Monday is Marvelous, and here are the reasons why:

  1. I just got home from a Physical Therapy session.  I have been experiencing lower back pain for the past month and a half and after going to my Dr., he suggested I see a physical therapist...now, I was skeptical about this and figured it was just the Army avoiding spending money on an MRI - BUT, it was amazing - truly one of the best experiences ever.  I already feel less pain and I cant wait to try out some of the exercises she showed me.  I am hoping this will be the answer to my prayers.
  2. I finally get to work out again this week.  I am going to go running tomorrow morning and I CANNOT wait :)
  3. I am also planning on researching meal ideas tonight so that I may grocery shop tomorrow and FOOD PREP :) I am soooo beyond ready to get on track with exercise and food prepping - I will definitely share tomorrow what I plan on and what I am making.
  4. Being finished with SCHOOL!!  Oh my goodness, this was the most difficult semester that I have ever had...combined with working a new job, living in a new city, trying to keep it all together, it was really tough.  I almost lost it several times...ok who are we kidding, I DID lose it several times, thank goodness my husband loves me :) I have the whole summer off and you better believe I am more then ready!!
30 page paper I turned in on Saturday night
20 page paper I turned in on Thursday night 
 (I may or may not have procrastinated just a teeny tiny bit...but regardless - it's over!!)

So, now - I can focus on the things that have been put on the back burner for the past month...working out, food prepping, RUNNING, playing with my baby girl, cooking my husband new yummy delicious clean dinners...man oh man, I cant wait :)

Wish me luck!!
And my friends, I am back - Ill see you tomorrow! (hellllo hellllo, is anyone out there) :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I am still alive :)

 Hello, I am still here - alive and kicking, it is just a super busy time for me - one more week and then I am finished with my semester of grad school.  This has been the hardest semester so far, a really tough move, and a job where I cannot even check personal email - nonetheless not blog...so, once this semester is over, I will be back = I will also be planning some big athletic events in my future - the time has come to get back in the saddle...so to speak :) So, if there are any readers out there anymore...please be patient - I will be back next Monday :)