Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Goals

Dear Summer, 

Never end. 

Thanks! 

Here are my goals for this month.


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1. Try the new froyo place in town. So this cute little froyo place popped up by us. The kind of place where you pay by the weight of your treat. I am not a big sweets fan, but I had this with my SIL a few years ago and have wanted it again. The place in town has been open since February and we still haven't made it there yet. I figured if I make it a goal this month I'll actually stop there and grab a sweet treat. Because summer!


2. Lose five pounds this month. We go on vacation this month so I won't get too ambitious, but I would like to still see a loss consistently... even on vacation. That will be the true test. Vacation is always my weak spot. Why do calories have to count on vacation?


3. Get a pedicure. I promised myself if I lost another ten pounds (for a total of 30 pounds) I could treat myself to a pedicure. I really hope I can accomplish that goal so I can get a pedicure and accomplish this monthly goal. I need one bad. I just don't do as good a job as the pros. 


4. Read three books this month. This one shouldn't be too hard since 7 days of this month will be spent hanging at the lake. SO EXCITE. I heard some great reviews so I have added I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery and The Martian by Andy Weir on my list.


5. Be present with family on vacation. I want to soak up every minute of my vacation with family. Unplug from social media and really live in the moment. I'm notorious for looking for the next big thing and not living in the present. Especially on vacation. I'm getting better at it so I just need to make it a priority on vacation.

6. Get ahead on blogging so I can take a break. I love writing here. It's one of my favorite hobbies, but I put a lot of pressure on myself to blog three to five times a week. I know. It doesn't make sense. But I do so I want to get ahead of it so I can really unwind and unplug on vacation. This is the year of the house so this is the only big trip we are taking this year and I am going to make it count!

What are your goals this month?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Goals Revisited

How the heck can June be over already? Summer is flying too fast and I need it to slow down. Here is how I did with my goals this month.



1. Take a day trip to Lake Michigan. Not only did we take a day trip to Lake Michigan for a day (wine tasting on the peninsula), but we went for a spontaneous weekend getaway up north. It was so much fun!





2. Clear out the flower beds in the front yard. It was much more work than I expected. I had a whole brown lawn bag full to the brim of weeds. But I felt so much better when it was over. I still need to dig out the dead rose bushes and trim down the irises, but progress!

3. Only watch TV for as many minutes as I worked out. I have cut out TV during the week completely. I like to do a few chores, eat dinner on the deck with G and then read for a few hours before bed. I don't miss TV at all. I walk an hour a day and run with Manny during the week so I'm working out about 7.5 hours a week and I pretty much save those 7.5 hours of TV for Scandal on Saturday or Sunday. Ha!

4. Read 3 books. I read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and loved it. I couldn't put it down and those are always my favorite books to read. Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke and Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson were just okay. I just couldn't get into them and I don't know why.

5. Lose eight pounds this month. I lost four so I was halfway there. GAH! I know it's because I need to get stricter on the weekends. But that just makes me sad. I am happy that I'm losing consistently. Slowly but surely I will get there and I will keep it off! 





6. Savor the season. We put up our new gazebo earlier this month and that helped us savor the season. We have had great late night conversations out there. Early morning coffee out there. Dinners out there. Reading out there. Mixed in with grilling for family out there. It's just perfect! We even went on a spontaneous lake getaway and lots of walks outside. I'm enjoying every second of this summer. 

How did you do with your goals this month?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekend Recap


Another great summer weekend in the books! We kicked off the weekend with a trip to the grocery store. How exciting, right? But Kroger has triple gas points if you shop on the weekends so that is how we roll. Look how healthy our cart is these days. Eggs, chicken, Skinny Pop, yogurt, cottage cheese and pop. 


We came home, put groceries away and G started grilling our feast. We had chicken, Brussels and pineapple all from the grill. So good!!!


Saturday morning we were both up at 7:00 a.m. That is so unlike me, but I did go to bed pretty early the night before. It was pouring rain, but I made a pop tart with a hard boiled egg and sat under the gazebo and listened to the rain come down. It was pretty relaxing! But a little chilly.



We came in and G hung my candle holders I got at the garage sales a few weeks ago for fifty cents. I love the way it looks! I cleaned the house, worked out, took Manny for a quick walk while the rain was light and then we got ready to meet friends for lunch.


We have this super cute winery in downtown that has great wine and really good pizza. 


We met friends we haven't seen in a long time. It was great to catch up. We split a pesto basil pizza and it was the bomb! I seriously loved it. This is the third pizza I've tried and I haven't had a bad one yet!


After some good pizza, wine and conversation we decided to try out this new brewery in our town. It was a little tour of our city and it was fun. As we drove there we found G's beloved Bennigan's had been torn down BUT there was a sign that Panera was coming! YAY! Anyway, so we each tried a beer at this new place. It was cool. Good atmosphere. The beer was fantastic. I had a strawberry ale and I enjoyed it very much. I love that cool little places are popping up in my sleepy little down.

We got home around 4:00 and headed to our neighbors house for a barbecue. These are the neighbors on the side of us we just wave at as we pass and we don't know them. But they invited us over to a party they were hosting and we wanted to get to know them better. They were so welcoming. We met their friends. Ate good food. We planned to only stay an hour but we got along with everyone so well we didn't leave until after 9:00! It was a really good time. It was nice just to be able to walk home too! We took Manny for a little walk and then read and called it a night.


Sunday turned out to be a gorgeous day so after we drank our coffee on the deck and did church online we packed Manny up and headed to the lake.


Seriously, such a gorgeous day. It was sunny and 70s. A little windy. But perfect for a run/hike around the lake.


I love this trail on the lake. G was surprised at how fast I was at my running and that I could keep up with him. Progress!


Manny loved all the new smells and sights. As usual, he wouldn't go near the lake. 


We came home and did some deck sitting. G and I both read on the deck and then G grilled steaks for us for lunch. Later that afternoon G went to watch soccer and I finished season 4 of Scandal. So good!!! Then I came back out and finished Station Eleven. It was a really good book. Well written.


The balloonfest was this weekend, but for the second year in a row it rained. It rained all Saturday so we didn't see any balloons. We didn't expect to see any on Sunday either because it was pretty windy all day. But that evening as we were on the deck we heard the balloon and came out to our driveway. So cool!


Such a cool site, right? I don't think I would ever want to get into a hot air balloon, but I like watching them from the ground. Glad they were able to take off this year!

It was a good weekend exploring our home town. Getting to know the neighbors. Relaxation. How was your weekend?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mondays with Manny


This is hands down one of my favorite pictures of Manny.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fit Friday!

The workouts:

I'm still walk/running with Manny every morning. I started walking a block, running/sprinting a block, repeat. It works really well for me. It makes the time go fast and I come back home super sweaty. Win win!

I should also mention I do weight lift once a week. Not every single day like I used to, but every Sunday usually after I weigh in.

The results:



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Pounds Lost: 1 lb
Total: 21 lbs

I'll take it! Ideally I want to be losing 2 to 3 pounds per week and to do that I need to get stricter on the weekends. I get a little lax. Go out to eat. Have a glass of wine or two. Which is great and helps me keep this as a lifestyle, but I need to get a bit stricter for the next month so I can feel as great as possible on vacation. Any tips or tricks are greatly appreciated!

The eats:


My breakfasts have been an oldie but a goodie. 2 eggs in a cup with a Laughing Cow cheese on a bagel thin. Or I'll just eat the eggs in a cup without the bagel thin. I really want to lose ten pounds this month so I'm trying to cut carbs where I can where I don't miss them.


My morning snack has been a cup of spinach, banana, half scoop protein powder, 2 cups ice and half a cup of coffee. It's so good and such an easy way to get in some greens and fruit for the day.


My lunches have been 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans and 1/2 an avocado. I ate this for dinner every day for a month straight a couple years ago and got tired of it. But now that I haven't had it in a while it tastes great again.


I have also been switching it up and having a sandwich on an Everything Sandwich Thin with mustard, spinach, turkey and avocado. So yummy! I really think the key to losing weight and sticking with it is enjoying the food you are eating. And I am enjoying the food I eat!


My snacks this week have been 3/4 cup cottage cheese. I know I need to switch it up so I don't get tired of it, but it's so good and such a great source of protein. Also, Kroger cottage cheese is by far THE BEST.



Monday night we had Crock Pot Chicken Curry. I hadn't made that in so long so it hit the spot!


Tuesday night we went to the movies so we grabbed a quick bite of sushi before. I only got one roll and didn't even get soup or salad to save room for movie theater popcorn but I was STILL too full. Bummer! 


Wednesday night we had our Bible study. We switched it up this time and did our study outside at a Mexican restaurant. It was just too pretty not to be outside. And Mexican food is always a good idea. G and I shared the fajitas.


Thursday night we ate leftovers. G had leftover curry chicken from Monday and I had leftover pulled pork and cornbread from the weekend. We grilled the rest of the pineapple from Sunday and it was pretty darn tasty for a thrown together meal. We ate on the deck. I didn't take a photo, but I did snap this picture from my magazine I read that evening. This time outside grilling and eating dinner was our way of savoring every moment of summer. 

How did you do this week?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jurassic World Review


G and I planned an impromptu date night Tuesday night. We tried out a new sushi restaurant. The sushi was good, but not great. The atmosphere was a bit lack luster, but the service was great. It was quick too which was great because we had plans to see Jurassic World


G and I don't go to the theater often at all. I think the last movie we saw together was Avatar. Yikes. I was a huge fan of Jurassic Park so I really wanted to see Jurassic World in theaters. I love dinosaurs. I love action movies. I love the great recliner seating at the theater so I can lay down while enjoying the movie. Also, our theater is $5 on Tuesdays. Can't beat it!

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Now. The movie! OMG. It was AMAZING. The dinosaurs were incredible. I adored the story line. I jumped out of my chair about four times and even grabbed G once when I got freaked out. Love it! G even got scared once and said "whoa" out loud in the silent theater. I looked at him and he whispered "Did I say that out loud?" HA!

It was a really fun movie. I haven't enjoyed a movie like that in a long time! Mission Impossible is coming out next month so I think we'll be going back to the theater again real soon! 

What have you seen lately and loved?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Loving Lately


I was at the book store the other day and I just loved this card so much that I had to take a picture.


Evenings on the deck relaxing. Reading a good book. Soaking up sweet summertime.



I went to the cutest deli last week. I wish it wasn't during lunch at work otherwise it would have been fun to get a bottle of wine and grab a sandwich and have a picnic.


In case you're wondering, the sandwiches were delicious. I got a club on a pretzel bun and it was AH-mazing!


Pretty latte.


This book is rocking my world. I love it so much! Highly recommend. I just love that he doesn't give his opinion and then back it up with Scripture. He gives the Scripture verse and then digs into what the Word is saying. Love it.

What are you loving lately?