Thursday, May 5, 2016

Life Lately

Last week was Admin Professional's Day so my sweet boss got all the women in the office a bouquet of flowers. So pretty!

My coworkers don't know I have a blog, but I got photo bombed taking pictures of the flowers, ha!

Last week was also World Penguin Day so I had to post this picture on instagram. This is an oldie but goodie of my brother Brad at Shed Aquarium a few years ago. Life imitating art at its finest.

My sweet friend just came back from Hawaii and brought this One Ocean Vodka with recipe book. How nice is that?! I can't wait to try one of these recipes!

We have a raccoon and he is all about the bird food on our deck. It is pretty much a nightly ritual that G has to run out on the deck and get rid of him. He runs up the tree next to our deck and stares at us. Not creepy at all.

A vendor of mine brought Panera and it is EVERYTHING. The bagels and cream cheese taste better the best. Such a nice treat!

It's spring in Michigan! How gorgeous is this tree?!

Sunday I was finally starting to feel a bit better so we met my parents for lunch at J. Alexander's. It's one of my favorite restaurants. They have this gin martini and it's magic. And also gorgeous.

J. Alexander's also has the best Club sandwich I've ever had. I don't know what makes it so good. The bread? The double cheese? The skinny, salty fries? I don't care, it's delicious! The company was pretty great too.

So that is life lately. Flowers from work. One Ocean Vodka gift from a dear friend. Raccoon creeper. Panera breakfast. Spring is blooming in Michigan. Lunch and martinis with the parents. Finally getting over this darn flu. Life is good.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Goals

I know I say this every month, but how is it May already? Time is just flying by! Spring is in full swing and I couldn't be happier. Lets see what I want to accomplish this month.

1. Make a craft. I know this is a bit random since I'm not a huge fan of crafting, but I purchased material to make a spring wreath after my wreath from last year SHATTERED. Yes, shattered. Who knew foam could shatter. So I'm determined to make another one since spring is in full swing and my front door is naked.

2. Lose five pounds this month. I need to lose five pounds a month from now until September to be at my goal weight for Myrtle Beach. I think that is doable so I'm putting it out here to keep me accountable. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing. Following my WW app, watching portions, eat four servings of veggies and three servings of fruit a day and workout three times a week. I'm also taking weekly progress pictures so I can look at those and not get discouraged those moments the scale doesn't move.

3. Plan a weekly date night with G. Since we no longer work together and get all that time in the car together and don't have the same schedule I've found we need to be more intentional about our time. We have started making every day when G gets home from work and starts dinner our "check-in time." To talk about our day and just have uninterrupted time together just the two of us. But I would also like to plan a date that is a bit more special so we can have fun and enjoy each other's company. 

4. Enjoy the outdoors. Now that the weather is getting nice I want to truly embrace it. Sit on the deck. Dinners outside.  Longer walks with Manny. Bonfires. After so many months stuck inside I want to be outside. Have the sun on my face. Enjoy the fresh air.

5. Cook one new recipe a week. I'm going to try this goal one more time since I failed last month. I just need to try one new recipe and I have so many I want to try. No bake protein bars. Spinach artichoke pizza. Mediterranean pasta. I need new recipes since we are eating the same thing so I need to just meal plan one new recipe mixed with our favorites.

What are your goals this month?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Goals Revisted

Where the heck did April go? Time needs to slow down. I'm excited for summer, but I'm not beach body ready yet. Lets see how I did this past month in accomplishing my goals.

1. Do The Shred three times a week. I did. I found it easier than I expected to bring fitness back into my life. And if I wasn't feeling The Shred I would go for a long walk or do The Biggest Loser Cardio Max. I forgot how much fun that video is and how great Bob is. Unfortunately the last week of April I got the flu and it's still holding on so I've had to take a break from working out to get better. But I miss working out and am itching to get back to it! 

2. Follow the WW app again. I am back in it to win it. Summer is coming faster than I expected so I need to really buckle down. What I love about this app is I can still eat whatever I want. It's just about choosing what I really want and watching portions. G and I are also cooking a lot more and only getting takeout on the weekends which is a huge win for us.

3. Lose five pounds this month. I lost four pounds and I'll take it. It's nice to see the scale going down again! I just gotta keep on keeping on. 

4. Host a girls' night. I missed my girls something fierce and was so happy to have them over two weeks ago. I love that even if I don't see them everyday we still pick up right where we left off. I can't wait to do it again!

5. Get in 10,000 steps a day. I have been getting my steps in. Now that I walk Manny in the evenings I'm not rushed to go to work so we can go for long walks and I try to get up and move every hour during the day and it's helping. I'm hitting 10k about 5 times a week and on the days I'm not hitting it I'm only a couple hundred steps off.

6. Cook one new recipe a week. I made the mistake of meal prepping on Sundays and planning five new recipes a week. Eek! Way too overwhelming so I wish I reminded myself about this goal and only tried to cook one new recipe. On the positive side we are cooking so it's still a win in my book. I think I just don't like cooking and as much as I try to make this goal something to embrace, I just do not enjoy cooking. I am excellent at grocery shopping, cleaning up after and keeping G company while he cooks. So it works.

7. Shop at Aldi. I am hooked on Aldi's now and I don't think I can go back to NOT shopping there. So many great deals, fun new products to try, no crowds, and everyone is just so friendly.  Even G has been loving the Aldi brand oatmeal, produce, cheese and snacks. Score!

How did you do with your goals this month?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fit Friday!

My planner's advice for the month. Wise words. Good reminder as I'm still figuring out my new routine. I haven't found the perfect balance yet. I get home 2 hours before G does and I would just start doing chores nonstop until he got home. But that led to burn out so I tried to switch it up and work out everyday. But that also led to burn out. So now I'm starting to create a balance between rest and work. Here is the balance I created that I think is working:

Monday - Blog, laundry and 45 minute walk with Manny
Tuesday - Blog, workout and 20 minute walk with Manny
Wednesday - Grocery shop and 45 minute walk with Manny
Thursday - Clean the whole house
Friday - REST / Do something fun
Saturday - Workout, walk Manny and help G with yard work
Sunday - REST

It's tricky! But I think I'm finding my groove. I started listening to Podcasts while I clean and that makes it go so much faster. I also love having the house cleaned Thursday so I have my Saturday mornings back. I'm also blogging during the week instead of the weekends and I like the new rhythm. It leaves more time on the weekend to hang out with G since I don't see him as much during the week.

How do you balance chores and work?

If you haven't noticed I'm changing this format for Fit Friday a bit. I'm sharing about mental health and healthy eats I'm obsessed with now as well. Let me know what you think!

G is obsessed with these veggie straws from Aldi and they are pretty amazing. They certainly fill the craving for something salty and crunchy.

Speaking of salty and crunchy I love these pretzels from Aldi's. They are great plain or dipped in hummus.

Another Aldi find is these Chocolate Peanut Butter protein meal bars. So good! Lots of protein and super flavorful.

Another healthy treat to satisfy the sweet craving are these Cinna-Swirl mini crisps. Anything with cinnamon in it and I'm all about it. 

Last, but certainly not least are my eats for the week. I made a spinach feta quiche (7 pp) this week so I've been eating that with a side of raspberries (0 pp) each morning.

My lunch this week has been 1/2 cup TJ's brown rice (3 pp), 1/4 avocado (3 pp), chicken (2 pp) and 1/2 TJ's black beans (2 pp).  And I usually eat an apple a couple hours later (0 pp).

My snacks have usually been one of the Aldi snacks above or a green smoothie. Dinner this week has been spaghetti, tacos and Jimmy John's. I got out of the habit of documenting my food while I was on hiatus from Fit Friday posts so I'm trying to get back into the groove. 

I lost the four pounds I gained from vacation last month, but now I'm pushing to lose the last 20 pounds because summer is coming FAST. I've stepped it up this week and I should see a good loss Sunday when I weight in. I'll keep you posted next week!

How are you guys doing? 
How do you balance chores, work and rest?
What are your favorite Aldi picks?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Life Lately

Last Thursday was rainy so it was the perfect excuse to wear my rain boots I inherited from my grandma. How cute are they?! Miss her so much!

They are building an addition on the to the building across the street from my work. It has been quite entertaining. This guy is walking over 15 feet above the ground with no harness or anything protecting him if he fell. I was so nervous for him! The next day a ball and chain (excuse my lack of construction wording) was just dangling in the air and could have hit someone. Sheesh! Crazyness.

Friday night I hosted a much needed girls night. I made a few appetizers and the girls brought appetizers and we just sat at this table and talked for hours. We had authentic, great conversation. We laughed a lot. It was perfection.

If you follow me on insta (@learningtobeawife) you already saw this, but this bottle of wine made me laugh so hard.

We moved over to the couch to talk a bit more comfortably and Manny saw it as his opportunity to snuggle up with Kate.

He was pretty smitten with Kate, ha! He sat on her lap for a good long while and it was adorable.

Then he gave a big yawn and moved to another chair of his own and slept. We stayed up talking until past midnight. That is the longest I have stayed up in a long, long time! Great memories.

Saturday G had to wake me up at 11:30. 11:30! I haven't slept that late since college! I felt like I had been hit by a bus and just could not get up. My throat hurt. My body ached. My head hurt. I felt like I hadn't slept in years. The worst. So I pretty much stayed in bed all Saturday and Sunday with the flu. The fever. The aches. Everything.  It was terrible. I cannot even remember the last time I had the flu. It's been a really long time. I'm thankful for Manny as my snuggle buddy and G for taking good care of me. I'm bummed I missed seeing family this weekend, but I guess my body was telling me to rest. So I rested all weekend. I'm still not 100% but I'm on the road to recovery. 

So that's life lately. Grandma's rain boots. Construction workers behaving dangerously. Girls night. Fighting the flu. How are you all doing?

Monday, April 25, 2016