Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Day in the Life

I haven't done one of these posts in a while so I thought it was time. I enjoy reading other day in the life posts so I thought it would be fun to write my own and look back at it years later. Here is a typical Thursday:

6:05 a.m. Alarm goes off. Turn it off and roll over for a few more minutes. I was sleeping so good. It's so hard to get up when it's chilly outside. The bed is so warm. 

6:15 a.m. Turn the coffee on. Take Manny outside.

6:20 a.m. Feed the pupper. After he eats he goes right back upstairs to snuggle with G. It has become his routine and it's adorable.

6:23 a.m. Coffee and reading. I try to do morning devotionals every other day and read when I'm into a good book. Today was a fun read day and I am really enjoying this one.

6:45 a.m. T25 time! Today was Dynamic Core. This was my least favorite for awhile, but now I find I can actually do some of the core moves without my hands on the floor so I'm enjoying it more. I'm getting core strength!!

7:05 a.m. G wakes up and makes his coffee while I pour my second (and last!) cup of coffee and get my breakfast ready. Today I had a hard boiled egg and Honey Bunches of Oats and almond milk. G and I chit chat for a bit about how we slept and what we should have for dinner and laugh that Manny didn't follow G down to hang out. He was still in bed sleeping upstairs, ha!

7:25 a.m. Wake Manny up for his walk. It is cold this morning. 28 degrees! Brrrr!

We go our usual route and we don't see any other dogs which means Manny walked really well. I had to snap of pic of this house we passed on our walk. Fun, huh?! Our sub goes all out on Halloween and we get well over 200 trick or treaters, but this is the first Haunted House I've seen. 

7:55 a.m. Manny must have been cold on our walk because he makes a beeline for the bed and burrows himself under the covers. I shower and get dressed for the day while Manny sleeps again.

8:20 a.m. On our way to work! I felt adventurous today and wore these patterned leggings. The first pair of patterned pants I have ever owned. Exciting!

8:40 a.m. Driving to work... Well, G is driving today. I read out loud the chapters we had to read for Book Club tomorrow. We discussed the chapter, then listened to some Kacey Musgraves (love her so so much!) and then arrived at work at 9:00. 

10:00 a.m. My breakfast wasn't as filling as I would have liked so I ate half a TJ Lemon Poppyseed Muffin made with Greek yogurt. So good! G loves them too so that is a bonus.

12:15 p.m. Hungry!!! Time for lunch so I warmed up leftover crock pot chicken curry from the night before. I swear it tastes better than when I made it. Warm and carby and feeds the soul. And my tummy. I was perfectly satisfied afterwards.

1:15 p.m. Fresh air! Went for a walk in the neighborhood by work with a co-worker I'm lucky enough to call a dear friend. We never run out of stuff to talk about. Recipes, work, what we did last night, etc. Typical girl stuff. It was almost 60 degrees and sunny so it was just the perfect fall day to be outside.

2:15 p.m. Back to the grind. Buying parts, writing emails, calling for pricing, talking to vendors, just doing that thing that I do. Saving the world one part at a time, ha!

6:15 p.m. Left work and headed home. I read the last chapter we needed to read for book club. If you haven't read Leadership and Self-Deception I highly recommend it! The rest of the car ride we talked about work and what's for dinner. This is a ridiculously serious conversation. Hence why I like when dinner is already made and ready for us! We are so indecisive.

7:15 p.m. Home and famished. Take Manny out, feed him, and then play with him for a little bit.

7:30 p.m. I change into comfy clothes, wash my face and pour a glass of wine. We decided to just pick up a Chicken Greek Salad on the way home and share that for dinner. It was easy and fast and we were famished.

8:15 p.m. Do the dishes and get really excited to light one of the two candles I got from Bath and Body Works the night before. I love their 2 for $22 sale and I especially love how delicious these two scents are. And how strong they are. The whole house smelled like a latte and that is just fine by me.

8:30 p.m. Settle in to relax. I laid on the couch and Manny snuggled under the blanket. He is such a burrower! G and I watched a couple episodes of Dexter. OMG. It is getting SO good. We are almost done with season 2, woohoo!

10:30 p.m. Take Manny out one last time and then head to bed. I don't take this for granted, but I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

That's a typical Thursday for us. Sometimes we go out to eat with friends after work, but that is pretty much our routine.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mondays with Manny

He is such a burrower. If he isn't under a blanket he has his head stuck in the couch or under my arm. So sweet.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fit Friday!


The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1 pound

To Go: 49 to go
Total Lost: 6 pounds

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest / Walk all over Detroit :)
Monday - T25 Beta Rip't Circuit
Tuesday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core
Wednesday - T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Thursday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core
Friday  - T25 Beta Upper Focus
Saturday - T25 Beta Speed 2.0

Week 4 complete. I took a picture the day I started Beta / my new lifestyle and another picture October 15th to document my first month. I don't think I'm ready to share these pictures here yet, but WOW. I was pretty surprised at how big of a difference I saw!

Eats this week:

Sunday - Breakfast was coffee and a Trader Joe's Spinach and Broccoli Quiche. I am serious about my quiche and this is one of the best out there, especially for a frozen meal. As hard as I try I cannot replicate the deliciousness of this quiche. Lunch was Little Cesar's pizza. I had a slice of pepperoni and a slice of pretzel pizza. YUM. Oh, and a glass of red wine.

Dinner was the best tofu pad thai. Seriously, anytime we are near my parents we have to get this. So good! I had a cup and a half with a cup of sugar snap peas and a glass of white.

Monday - Breakfast was 3/4 cup Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds with Unsweetened Almond Milk and a hard boiled egg. 

Lunch was the same sandwich from last week - TJ ciabatta bread with smoked turkey, spinach and TJ Cucumber Dill Dip and two clementines. YUM. I'm seriously obsessed with this sandwich. Snack was almonds and an apple. Dinner was leftover tofu pad thai.

Tuesday - Breakfast was a TJ Lemon Poppyseed Muffin with Greek Yogurt and a hard boiled egg. 

Lunch was the same sandwich from yesterday with 2 clementines and half a Green Monster Mocha Smoothie. I finally found the perfectly balanced lunch that kept me full until around 4:00. I had an apple and almonds for snack. 

Dinner was a Naked Burrito from Qdoba. We didn't get our Qdoba fix last week so I had a major craving for it. There is a special going on where you get extras (guac, fajita veggies, queso, etc) at no extra charge so I took advantage and got the gauc and veggies. Wow. It really made my meal! I didn't realize what I was missing. So good.

Wednesday - So instead of my usual egg in a cup with a Mocha Green Smoothie I decided to put my egg in a mug concoction on a TJ ciabatta roll. GENIUS. It was such a treat and so filling. Best decision! Lunch was another sandwich with 2 clementines and half a Green Monster Mocha Smoothie. 

I had an apple and TJ Sour Cream and Onion Puffs for snack.The TJ Puffs are so good and you get 2.5 cups for 140 calories. Yes please!

Dinner was slow cooker curry chicken on brown rice.There really is no better feeling than coming home to dinner ready and the house smelling delicious. 

Thursday - Breakfast was Honey Bunches of Oats with almond milk and since I was still hungry about 1.5 hours later I also ate half a TJ Lemon Poppyseed muffin. 

Lunch was leftover slow cooker curry chicken with brown rice. I swear this meals tastes better the next day. I heart leftovers! 

Snack was an apple and TJ's Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt with almonds. I missed this snack! Such an oldie but a goodie.

A new habit I got into was sipping hot water with lemon before bed. I like it even better than tea right now. It really hits the spot. I like to think it aids in digestion but I really have no idea. 

Dinner was a Greek Chicken Salad that G and I shared. Yum! It hit the spot.

Friday - Breakfast was two hard boiled eggs and half of a berry green smoothie. Lunch will be more slow cooker chicken curry leftovers. My snack will probably be an apple and almonds again. I have no idea what dinner will be tonight because we're going to my boss' house for a team dinner. I'm sure it will be delicious and a good time!

How are you all doing?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a good one. Friday night I went to a girls night with fun friends. We ate good food. Drank wine. Laughed a lot. It was the perfect end to the week. Saturday I slept in until ten which is so unlike me. I cleaned the house, did laundry, cooked and then enjoyed a lazy afternoon catching up on shows and starting a new book.

Sunday was the Detroit Marathon and my mom was running in it. It was a perfect day for it. A bit cool in the morning (27 degrees, brr!) but by 9:00 a.m. it was in the 50s and the sun was shining.

It was so neat seeing so many people out running... on a freeway. So cool. I love cheering strangers on. It is so much fun!

I was with my brother Eric, G and my dad. I like to give myself credit for getting them to start cheering people on. I was the only one cheering the first half hour or so. I'm sure that got annoying so I had to make them join in.

This isn't a great picture, but my mom is running towards us. We cheered super loud for her. It was so funny because my dad was trying to take a picture of her and she was trying to take a picture of us. Ha! It is becoming quite the family tradition to do marathons. G did the Chicago Marathon in 2012. Eric did the Detroit Marathon in 2013. And my mom did the half this year. So proud of my family!!

After seeing my mom at the 8 mile mark we had some time to kill before heading to the 12 mile marker to cheer them on again. We walked over to Hart Plaza and walked along the boardwalk.

Oh, hey Canada!

I didn't even mean to be artistic, but this picture came out really cool. Love Detroit!

Not to get all ranty, but I hate how Detroit has such a bad rap. It really is such an awesome city. So eclectic. So Pretty. Good food. Good people. I digress, back to the marathon!

My mom and Elaine after the race! They did awesome! I was so proud. My mom ran for World Vision and raised money for the organization and now 27 people will have clean water for life. How amazing is that?! #Prouddaughter. 

It was a fun day in the city! I'm glad we got to support my mom and hang out with family. And we just could not have asked for better weather. It was rainy and freezing the day before so we really lucked out!

After the race we went back to my parents house to celebrate. We ate pizza (LOVE the Little Cesar's Pretzel Pizza!!) and hung out.

Jess and Ella met us back at the house so it was fun to get some sweet time in with them. We grabbed our favorite thai food and got home around 3:00. I'm telling ya, cheering is exhausting because I came home and crashed for about 2.5 hours. 

I woke up around 5:30 and ate Tofu Pad Thai with G. We watched a bit of Dexter and then I read. I'm reading The Hypnostist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty because I was obsessed with her other two books and this one does NOT disappoint.

It was a pretty great weekend! The perfect balance of productive, relaxing and fun. But the thing about weekends is they just go too fast!