Wednesday, November 26, 2014


This year is just flying by. I can't believe we've had snow and it's Thanksgiving week already. I do love this time of year so I need to savor it because it will be over before we know it. Not to be cliche, but I want to count my blessings and this is as good a week as any to do that!

A God who loves me unconditionally and promises to never leave me or forsake me. 

A husband who adores me and loves me unconditionally. Who makes me a better person everyday. Makes me laugh everyday. 

My crock pot. I seriously don't know what I would do without that thing. It is the best feeling in the world when I have prepped dinner that morning. It is also the best feeling in the world when I come house to the house smelling delicious and dinner ready!

A family that loves and supports us. Encourages us. Loves unconditionally. I don't take that for granted. 

Candles. You just do not even know how happy candles make me. It's the little things! 

Manny. He is just the sweetest, most fun dog and I can't imagine not having him. He is the best cuddler. Always a comic relief. Always sweet. It's true what they say, we didn't rescue him. He rescued us. 

A job that I love. Co workers that have become close friends. That I have the opportunity to work with Garth and see him all day long. Carpool. 

A warm home in a safe neighborhood. I have taken this for granted far too often and I need to remember how blessed I am. 

My health. I don't ever want to take this for granted. 

The fact that I read. I can read an endless supply of books from the library and get lost in another world. 

Sushi. Mac and cheese. Sourdough Bread. Food in general. I can cook it. I can pick it up. Go out to eat. Choose anything I want to eat at the grocery store. That is a luxury! 

A reliable, dependable car that can take me anywhere I want to go. 

Vacation time. To rest and rejuvenate at home. Or to explore a new city or state or country. 

Life. I'm truly learning to really LIVE. To savor every moment. To not wait for the next big thing. To just enjoy the everyday. Find the joy in the mundane. To be alive is a gift! 

Girlfriends. I have a really close knit group of girls and I haven't had that since college. It is something I don't take for granted. I'd be lost without them. 

Music. I love music. It can turn my mood around. It is a stress reliever to belt out a favorite tune. It's nostalgic. 

The ocean. Lakes. Rivers. Any body of water. It's calming to me. It's beautiful. It always reminds me how creative our God is. 

Coffee. It's my favorite time of day. The house is quiet. Drinking coffee and reading. 

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Wine. I heart wine. I saw the above picture on Pinterest and it made me laugh out loud. I'm also thankful for laughter. 

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mondays with Manny

If there is one thing Manny loves more than sleeping it's belly rubs and playtime with G.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fit Friday!

The stats this week: 

Pounds Lost: 1 pound
To Go: 46 to go
Total Lost: 9 pounds

The scale moved again, I'll celebrate that! I would like to start seeing two pound losses since we're eating almost every meal at home now. But since I've scaled back my work outs I'm still totally stoked to see the scale continue to move in the downward direction.

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - T25 Rip't Circuit and walk 30 minutes
Wednesday - T25 Speed 2.0
Thursday - Walk 30 minutes and shovel driveway (yes, I count that as a work out)
Friday  - Rest

Saturday - Rest

I'm incorporating a few more workouts and trying to tone down the T25. My leg is starting to feel back to normal so I don't want to push it. I'm slowly easing back into it, but I'm still losing even with much lower key workouts which is nice! I read this article and I think I'll take that advice and only do high intensity workouts three times a week to prevent injury again. I did a bit more resting this week than I anticipated, but with the temps in the teens it was hard to get outside to walk Manny. 

Eats this week:

Grilled veggie sandwich leftovers. A yummy weekend lunch.

TJ's broccoli and spinach quiche. I usually eat half with a Berry Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast.

TJ Sour Cream and Onion Puffs. A favorite salty snack on weekends.

Garth, the grill master, made TJ Tomato Basil Chicken Brats and grilled asparagus Monday night. I forgot how much I enjoy grilled veggies! This also made an excellent lunch the next day.

My typical afternoon snack this week has been an apple and Kind bar.  I also drink a lot of water throughout the day and hot water with lemon. Mountain Dew is usually a Friday treat, but I keep forgetting to take the can home.

Tuesday I put chicken in the crock with TJ's Italian Dressing. I also ate more grilled asparagus and ended up putting half this chicken and potatoes away for lunch the next day. My eyes were bigger than my stomach.

My coffee maker is acting up again so I grabbed a non fat Honey Cinnamon latte at Biggby. LOVE. 

Wednesday I threw together a chili in the crock with stuff I had on hand - chicken seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. I also added corn, black beans, chicken broth, salsa, and a Mexican beer. I don't mean to brag, but G said it was the best chili he ever ate. And I agree. It made excellent leftovers for lunch too!

I started mixing up my Berry Smoothie standby recipe and using TJ's Pineapple juice instead of the V8 Pomegranate and Blueberry juice and it's a fun change! I have also used the V8 and done frozen pineapple chunks instead of the berries and it is equally delicious. I can't even tell you how much we love this smoothie. I make it every single day and G and I share it for breakfast. I love the fruits and veggies first thing in the morning. It's great before a workout or paired with a sandwich at lunch. 

A sweet reader (hi misslily!) commented that I seem to really be enjoying my food, keeping it fun and varied and sustainable. That was just so nice to hear because I truly am enjoying this journey. I'm not so caught up in the end goal. I'm just taking it day by day. Enjoying the food I eat. Enjoying my workouts. Listening to my body. And I've been at it for over two months and it hasn't felt like a diet at all! I really t his is the secret to success because it's all about being able to do this consistently for the long haul. 

How are you all doing?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Style

I was never into fashion. I didn't like shopping. In every other way I was your typical girly girl. But not when it came to fashion and shopping. Until now. I think it's because growing up I just wanted to fit in. I wore what was popular. What everyone else was wearing. What's the fun in that? I was just fitting into a mold and wasn't being me. 

I always hoped when I was in my 30s I wouldn't care what people thought and it's HAPPENING. I wear what makes me happy. I wear stuff that I love. And you guys, my style is a little crazy and I love it.

I love shopping now. I love defining who I am with clothes. I love being a little adventurous and wearing things I thought I never would or could. It's fun.

I am not a fashionista by ANY means, but I always get compliments on my outfits and I'm not gonna lie. I love it. It's an added bonus, ha!

This style also runs into decorating style too. I used to decorate my house based on what others would like. It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. But I found that once I started decorating my house with what I love. With what makes me happy. I just love my house even more and I don't compare my house to other houses because I made my house distinctly us. 

The zebra chair for example. It's a little bold and a little crazy and at first I was like "but what will people think?!" But then I realized it doesn't matter what they think. They don't have to live with it. And I took the risk and it has become my favorite piece in my whole house. 

Now we are looking at paint colors to paint our kitchen and brighten it up. Bring it up to date. We painted our wood chairs bright yellow and I have a bright orange coffee maker. And you know what? I LOVE IT. It makes me extremely happy everyday single day. And I think that is all that matters.

Decorate your house with what you love. Decorate yourself with what you love. Be uniquely you. And embrace it! I'm bummed it took me 30 years to realize this, but I'm thankful that I did finally realize it. And that is all that really matters anyway.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a fun one. So our grill and oven are both broken and we ate out almost everyday last week so we needed to do something. We stopped at Lowe's Friday night and bought a grill. We did a lot of research on grills because we didn't want a cheap one again that would die in two years. It was between the Char-Boil and Weber, but ultimately we went with the Char-Boil. The reviews were just as good and it was $150 cheaper. We actually saw Home Depot had this grill $20 cheaper so we asked Lowe's to match and not only did they match, but they beat it! They went $20 cheaper! LOVE Lowe's!!! 

Saturday morning G put together the grill. It felt like Christmas morning with boxes everywhere and parts strewn around the living room. Isn't it pretty? While G worked I read and drank copious amounts of coffee. I worked out, took Manny for a walk and then got ready for the day.

I decided to do my hair since I don't do it often and I think I'm going to get rid of the ombre soon. Then we drove out to my brother and Jess'. G and my brother worked hard for a good five hours doing manual labor. They took 27 pieces of dry wall that weighed 55 pounds each to a truck and then to the basement. They worked really hard!

I hung out with SIL and this sweet bug. Isn't she the cutest? It was nice to spend some one on one time with them.

I mean seriously, how precious is she?! She is so well behaved and so animated. I just love all her sweet expressions and how she will stare right at you and babble. So cute.

She just adores her Uncle Garth, too. She just stares at him and feels his beard. The cutest thing I ever saw.

And can we talk about this pup's crazy eyes? Love him! It was a nice afternoon relaxing and spending good quality time with good quality people.

Around 5:30ish the boys were almost done and they were beat so Jess and I went to get dinner for us. We went to Crispelli's, which is my new favorite place. The bread and their house salad are delicious.

But lets talk about the star of the show. The grilled veggie sandwich. OMG. It may just be one of the best sandwiches I ever ate. So good! We had a nice relaxing dinner, the boys enjoyed a White Russian and then we headed to Trader Joe's before they closed for some groceries. We got home, watched a little bit of Dexter and then called it a night.

Sunday we slept in, shared a TJ quiche with G and did church online. G worked on the bar for a few hours.

I did lots of reading and cuddling with Manny. For lunch we tried out the grill for the first time and made steaks and asparagus. So good! The grill gets to 500 degrees in less than 5 min and our steaks even had grill marks on them! So fancy, haha!

It was a great weekend, but it went way too fast. As they always do. How was your weekend?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mondays with Manny

This pupper just loves to sleep! See also: Where's Waldo?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fit Friday!


The stats this week: 

Pounds Lost: .6 pounds
To Go: 47.4 to go
Total Lost: 8 pounds

The scale moved again, woohoo!! I know I've said this before, but I'm really enjoying the journey this time and I think that is going to be the secret to my success. I'm not just waiting to live until I get to my goal weight. I'm enjoying the process. Appreciating what my body can do NOW. Enjoying my life NOW. 

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Walk 30 minutes
Tuesday - Walk 30 minutes
Wednesday - Walk 30 minutes and 21 Day Fix Pilates
Thursday - T25 Yoga
Friday  - T25 Beta Upper Focus

Saturday - T25 Stretch

As you can tell from my workouts I'm still taking it easy. My leg is finally starting to feel better so I might be able to incorporate more Beta workouts next week. As much as I love jumping and dripping in sweat, Pilates and Yoga have been a nice change. I can't even tell you how amazing they make my leg feel! Even when I'm fully healed I think I might still continue a day or two of Yoga or Pilates.

Eats this week:

Sunday - Breakfast was two eggs in a cup with spinach and Laughing Cow Cheese. Lunch was leftover beer cheese soup from Saturday.

 Dinner was tacos. I love Mexican food so much and G and I were both craving tacos over the weekend because we had the best Mexican food we ever had Friday night.

As I posted on Instagram, who knew the best tostado I ever ate would come from a taco cart in a liquor store? And don't even get me started on the chips and salsa! Amazing!! So making tacos Sunday was the perfect excuse to eat the rest of the chips and salsa from that memorable meal.

Monday - Breakfast was a Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast sandwich and an apple. Lunch was a falafel platter because we went out for a team lunch. Dinner was Brussels sprouts and tofu pad thai. For dessert I had a cup of peppermint tea.

Tuesday - Breakfast was another Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast sandwich with a non fat honey cinnamon latte. Lunch was a Berry Green Monster Smoothie and a Lean Cuisine spinach and artichoke pizza. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was leftover Brussels sprouts and tofu pad thai.

Wednesday - Breakfast was another breakfast sandwich and the other half of my non fat honey cinnamon latte. Lunch was a repeat of yesterday. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was slow cooker chili.

Thursday - Breakfast was a breakfast sandwich and a Berry Green Monster Smoothie. Lunch was two slices of bread with peanut butter and a side of cottage cheese. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was leftover chili. Dessert was a cup of TJ Peppermint tea. It is becoming a favorite way to end my day!

Friday - Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday and for lunch I have TJ red pepper soup and an apple. My snack hasn't been very filling so I think I'll have a Kind bar today. We might go out with friends for karaoke tonight so dinner will probably be out.

How are you all doing?