Friday, August 28, 2015

Fit Friday!

Workouts this week:

Sunday: 30 minute Paddle boat ride and 30 min walk with Manny
Monday: Run with Manny
Run with Manny 
Run with Manny and walk on lunch
Thursday: Run with Manny 
Friday: Run with and walk on lunch
Saturday: Walk Manny and 30 Day Shred

This week was a busy one and I didn't get to walk on lunch as much as I would have liked so I really focused on my food. A girlfriend and I are keeping each other accountable to stick to 1500 calories a day and the accountability is really helping me kick it into gear and stay on track.

I was gone last weekend too so I haven't weighed in. I do plan to weigh in this weekend though!

Thoughts this week:

This is just such a good reminder. I keep trying to use the 21 Day Fix app and use the containers but it sets me up for failure every time. I just don't like it. I don't like the lack of carbs and cheese. Tell me I can't have something and I want it even more. 

I just always go back to calorie counting because that is my favorite. And that's okay. There is nothing wrong with the 21 Day Fix. It works for some people and that is awesome. But it's not the program for me so I need to just realize that and move on. I will use the videos again in the future so it's not a waste of money. And I did incorporate a few key things from 21 Day Fix: I strive for 4 servings of veggies a day now and 3 servings of fruit. That really upped my fruit/veggie intake and keeps me satisfied longer.

I truly believe the best weight loss plan is the one you can stick with and calorie counting is what works for me. It's what I can stick with. I enjoy putting my food into My Fitness Pal. I enjoy being able to eat whatever I want. I've been successful with it so far. I just need to get more disciplined on the weekends. I always go over my calories on the weekends. But no more!

Eats this week:

Breakfast this week have been an egg in a cup with a spinach, almond milk, coffee and banana smoothie.

Lunches this week has been sandwiches with mustard, spinach, turkey and avocado with a side of strawberries.

Or brats since we are still eating leftovers from last Thursday. P.S. Aldi's has THE BEST brats (smoked beef brats and chicken feta spinach brats). 

Snacks this week have been cottage cheese and pineapple. Not together though!

Monday night we went out with friends and I had a bowl of the cheesy vegetable tortellini soup. Not the healthiest choice, but it was the most delicious choice. And I was still at 1500 calories for the day so WINNING.

Tuesday night we had chicken curry with a side of Brussels. A favorite in our house. This time I added chickpeas and it was a great addition. We were also out of rice so I made quinoa and G and I both decided we will eat it with quinoa from now on!

Wednesday we had small group and we brought over pizza. We had watermelon for dessert and I was still under my calories!

Thursday night we grocery shopped and grabbed Jimmy Johns sandwiches for dinner.

Good Reads:

15 Trader Joe's Grocery Staples For Busy People

How are you guys doing? 
Anyone else love calorie counting as much as I do?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Day in the Life

It's been a while since I did one of these so I thought it would be fun to document a summer Monday for you. I love reading these so I thought I'd share a pretty normal day with a few fun plans thrown in.

Monday, August 24 2015

6:30 a.m. Wake up, change into work out clothes. Take Manny for a walk/run around the neighborhood. We did my favorite route today. The hills. 2 miles. Gorgeous sunrise this morning!

7:00 a.m. Wake G up. Make an egg in a mug and pour my coffee. We sit together and drink our coffee together and talk. Manny plays with his toys like a crazy person and we usually make voices for him and what we think he would be saying. Why is talking like an animal so hilarious to me?

7:30 a.m. Make smoothies for G and I. Manny is right by my side the whole time. I get our lunches together and packed for the day and head upstairs to shower, get dressed and get ready for the day.

8:20 a.m. Commuting to work. First I call the Bank of America Claims department because somehow my debit card was hacked and someone placed five orders to a store in Paris and three of the charges went through. Then I read The Meaning of Marriage to G and we discussed it in preparation for our study on Wednesday.

9:00 a.m. The drive went fast and we are at work. I go through my calendar to see what my week looks like. Catch up on emails and voicemail. Quote a few parts. Make a few sales.

11:30 a.m. Team meeting.

12:15 p.m. Back to work. Chat with my boss about our weekends. Catch up on emails and voicemail. 

12:30 p.m. Head to my friend Gloria's house for a relaxing lunch. She made a gorgeous salad with veggies from her garden and I had a turkey and avocado sandwich with strawberries. We had good conversation and the time flew by.

1:30 p.m. Back to work! Catch up on emails and voicemail. Make a few sales. Quote, quote, quote. It's a busy afternoon and it flies by. I didn't even have time to get my snack since my afternoon was so crazy. It makes the day go fast though so I'm not complaining.

6:10 p.m. Leave work and head to our dinner reservations with friends. 

6:31 p.m. It was too cold to sit outside on the patio like we had planned which was a bummer. But it was $2 off martinis and the atmosphere inside was cozy. The drinks were delicious and the conversation was authentic and real and easy.

7:30 p.m. It was a chilly evening so we all ordered the cheesy vegetable tortellini and it was AMAZING. Super filling, creamy and delicious. I could have licked this plate clean. Seriously so good.

8:45 p.m. Left the restaurant after a fun evening of good conversation and good food.

9:00 p.m. HOME! Pulling in the garage, taking the trash out, taking Manny out and feeding him, getting my coffee ready for the morning and changing into pajamas.

9:24 p.m. Laying on the couch and reading a good book while G watches soccer. My happy place. I always look forward to unwinding at the end of a day with a good book.

10:02 p.m. Lights out! Good night!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

30 Things I've Learned From Being in my 30s

1. The days of being carded are long gone. 

2. I no longer care what other people about me (thank goodness!).

3. There is just no way I could  go to the bars at 10 p.m. anymore. And I accept that fact and embrace it.

4. Speaking of bars, I don't get the point of going to dark, dirty, loud bars anymore. I rather drink wine on my deck thankyouverymuch.

5. Brunch is the best thing ever.

6. The stereotypes are true: I love going to bed by 10 p.m. Black coffee is where its at. Eating healthy really does make me feel like a million bucks. Dinner parties are my jam. I care about refinancing my mortgage, planning for retirement and 401ks. I'm actually an adult now, I think.

7. The clothes of my 20s don't necessarily fit my lifestyle anymore. I'm all about being sensible and comfortable these days.

8. It's all about quality over quantity. I enjoy fine dining. Fine wine. High thread counts on my sheets. Clothes that last. Luxury hotels.

9. It still shocks me when people younger than me don't know who Nirvana is. Or that Friends is now on Nick at Nite. Or how old Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and John Travolta are looking. Time just flies way too fast.

10. Hangovers are NO joke. I don't usually drink too much that I get a hangover, but sometimes one glass of wine will cause it! And forget about if I have more than two. I'm out of commission the whole next day.

11. I've learned to advocate for me. For my well being. For my health. For my happiness. 

12. I get excited for weekends with no plans.

13. In fact, my idea of a great Friday night is a glass of wine and a good show on Netflix. And I'm okay with that. It's my reality now.

14. My 20s will always hold a special place in my heart because so many great, big moments happened. But I love being in my 30s. I feel more settled. More comfortable in my own skin. I have more money than in my 20s and I can travel more. I know who I am and what I stand for. I'm more confident and value authenticity. I wouldn't trade it. Life doesn't end when you turn 30. Actually, life gets better the older you get.

15. Savor every birthday. Growing older is a gift not everyone is granted. I still love birthdays. I really thought I wouldn't, but I do. I still get so excited about my birthday. G spoils me. My family spoils me. We just love to make a big deal out of birthdays and I love that and I don't think I'll ever grow out of that.

16. In fact, I love to celebrate anything and everything. Anniversaries. Birthdays. House anniversaries. And little things like our dating anniversary. Manny's birthday and adoption day. Or when I did something that scared me. I like to celebrate it all!

17. If you don't advocate for your health no one will. Sometimes you have to really push to get answers and it's frustrating but it's worth it. Advocate for your health. Take advantage of preventive doctor appointments which is hard because no one is making me do it anymore. But it's so important.

18. Never stop dreaming. Never stop making goals. Life is hard, but life is also beautiful. Savor every moment. Live in the present, but plan for your future. Dream and chase those dreams.

19. I know myself. I know I hate big crowds. The being at a big concert or sporting event will stress me out and drain me. That I thrive in small groups. Intimate dinner parties. 

20. Friendships come and go. Sometimes friendships have seasons and it's okay to let go if you are the one doing all the work. Or if the relationship becomes toxic and you feel constantly drained or frustrated.

21. Be a good friend and hold on to the ones who stick with you in the good, bad and the ugly. The friendships that energize you, bring joy and are life giving. Nurture and grow those relationships and fight for them.

22. Netflix is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I love TV and I love binge watching shows. It's one of my favorite ways to pass the time and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

23. Because it's important to rest. To unwind and not think. To relax. Everyone seems to be so busy and that is draining. I can't be go, go, go all the time. It's just not how I'm wired and personally I think no one is really wired to be so BUSY. I need downtime every night to read a book and relax. A day of the weekend to binge watch a show and chill out.

24. I'm at this crazy stage in my life where I feel I can share what I've learned and write a post about it because I actually have life experience now. People actually ask me for advice and I am realizing I have wise words to share. It's kinda crazy.

25. Dinner parties are the bomb dot com. So is porch sitting. I'll never pass up the opportunity to be outside sipping coffee or a cocktail or eating good food.

26. Live in the present. Not for the next big thing. Learn from your past. Pray about your future. Enjoy every second you got on this earth because it goes so dang fast and I don't want to miss a thing.

27. It's important to be active. To eat healthy. To take risks. Put yourself out there. Smile at a stranger. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Give compliments. Don't worry so much.

28. The rumors are true. Your metabolism slows down the older you get so you can't eat as much as you used to. Bad news bears.

29. I didn't know as much as I thought I did in my 20s.

30. Life doesn't have to look a certain way. It can look however you want it to be. Live a life true to your goals. True to yourself. No matter what that looks like. Pave your own path and own it!

**This post is dedicated to Eric and Jess who both turn 30 this year. Happy birthday Jess!!!**

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Life Lately

Thursday night we had some friends over for a barbecue. It was the perfect weather for a night outside on the deck. These pups were mesmerized by the tennis ball and Jess was quite the dog whisperer. 

Manny was tired from all the playing and wanted to cuddle with Felicia.

Friday after work we were going to our friend's lake house so we dropped Manny off with his friend Gambit. They are seriously the best of friends and it was so cute to watch them reunite and immediately start playing. Two puppy play dates in a row? He was going to cash out!

We left work a bit early to head up north. You know you're in northern Michigan when you get to listen to The Moose.

We made it to the lake house at 7:00 and unpacked and headed to the pontoon to enjoy sunset. Manny needed some time to unwind from the car ride. He got sick about an hour into the trip and was pretty uneasy the whole time. To say he was happy to be on solid ground would be an understatement. 

We ate cheese and crackers with a glass of wine while we enjoyed the show.

Yep. It was definitely worth leaving work early for this sunset!

We decided to make a fire because we never had before. Everything was wet so G had a hard time starting a fire. But if you know G you know he is obsessed with fire and this just wouldn't do.

He somehow managed to work his magic and turn that into THIS. It was getting chilly out so this fire was perfect. It was hot and gave off lots of light. We sat out here for a few hours just talking before calling it a night. 

Saturday morning I slept in until 8:00 and made coffee and headed to the pontoon to drink it and relax. G was up earlier and caught a beautiful sunrise. There was a fisherman near by that caught a huge fish, but it went under a log and snapped his line. We did see him catch a pretty big fish later in the morning. He was on a roll!

It was cloudy and cool so we came in and made breakfast and watched a little bit of Friends.

It started getting warmer so G and I kayaked for an hour and a half. I'm still sore! The water was like glass so it was relaxing though.

We read on the pontoon for a bit and then took Manny paddle boating. He didn't love it, but he didn't hate it so progress. 

We saw two eagles!!! You can't really see them, but they were so pretty. And I didn't realize how big they were until they flew into the trees.

Again, another terrible picture but we saw a loon and her baby on our paddle boat ride too.

We came back to the pontoon and read for a while.

While G was making lunch I tried to take a picture of Manny with this funny hat on. It turns out Manny really hates hats and this was harder than I expected it to be.

We ate sandwiches on the boat. 

Then the sun finally came out and it got HOT so we floated on the water the rest of the afternoon. Perfection!

We came in at 6:00, showered and warmed up leftovers from the barbecue Thursday.

We went back onto the boat after dinner for sunset. This was my favorite part of the whole weekend. G was playing good music. Manny was cuddled on my lap. The sunset was gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky. Warm weather. No bugs. Sooooo relaxing and peaceful! We came in at 8:00 and watched Friends Season 4 before calling it a night. I forgot how funny this season is!

Sunday morning we slept in and grabbed coffee and headed to the pontoon. We are nothing if not creatures of habit. :)

We spent the rest of the morning chilling on the boat. I did a lot of reading. Manny was mesmerized by all the boats going by. He could watch them all day, I think.

We took one more paddle boat ride at noon around the lake. I love looking at the houses on the lake and just being on the water. We soooo need a house on the lake!

We came in around 1:00 and cleaned the house, packed the car and were on the road at 2:00. We got home at 5:00, unpacked, did laundry and I was in bed by 9:00. I was so worn out from all the relaxing, I guess!

Another great summer weekend in the books! How was your weekend?