03/11/2013

Monday Morning Thoughts

I meant to sit down and write yesterday, but in all honesty the day just seemed to slip away from me.  Losing even one hour to Daylight Savings was tough.  I was gone most of the day Saturday when I went to a bridal shower and then stopped to visit my parents for a few hours, so Sunday was filled with all of the typical household chores that were missed the day before.  By the time I finally sat down to write, all I wanted to do was turn off my brain and get lost in a good book, which is exactly what I ended up doing.  I have seen The Hunger Games movie, but this is my first time reading the book and I have to say it is really hard to put it down; even more so I think since I do know what’s coming next.  I struggled to fall asleep since my body isn’t yet adjusted to the time change, but about 10:30 I finally felt ready to close my eyes.

Since I usually write at night, I thought I would just take today off from posting.  However, when I woke up this morning my mind felt refreshed and the words are seeming to flow easily.  It is amazing how some days you’re on, and some days you’re just not.  Oh well, I am always learning and working on going with the flow.

The second sound I heard this morning after my 5:00 am alarm clock was the pitter-patter of rain reflecting off our bedroom window.  It may have been hard to roll out of bed and head out into the rain, but it is definitely much easier than going out into the snow.  I woke up early to head to the gym and continue with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer.  The workouts are definitely getting tougher and longer at this point and I feel pretty sore the day after.  Since I ran outside yesterday with Tebow in the absolutely gorgeous weather, I skipped today’s recommended cardio and combined two workouts:

I know it goes against the plan to combine workouts, but the truth is that I would not be able to go to the gym more than three days a week before I would start to feel overwhelmed.  That is a huge reason why modifying this program is definitely what works best for me.  I am also modifying the nutrition plan as well; sticking with healthy choices, but also leaving room for the things I love and for special indulgences.  I am aware I won’t get the type of results that those who follow the program exactly do, but that has never been my goal since the beginning.  I have just been trying to get more experience in the weight room and mix up my workouts, and so far I have really enjoyed it!

Breakfast this morning was something I haven’t had since last summer, overnight oats.  Overnight oats are just not something I typically choose during the cold winter months, but I am glad the craving is back after the beautiful 60 degree day yesterday.  I had a nearly empty peanut butter jar left, so into the jar last night went:

  • 1/4 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Milk

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This morning, I poured in another 1/4 cup milk, stirred it all up and then added another little scoop of peanut butter into the mix.  I also had a sliced orange on the side, (I am still working on a 4 pound bag I bought at the store last week!), and coffee on the side with just a touch of half-and-half.

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I am looking forward to only having a four day work week!  I am taking off Friday to spend the day with my mom and we have been looking forward to it for at least a month.  Let’s get this week started!

 

Have a great Monday!

 

Talk to Me!

  • What did you do this weekend?  Did anyone else have beautiful weather too?
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • What are you looking forward to this week?
  • What was your workout this past weekend?  What was your workout today?
03/07/2013

The Snow Day that Wasn’t

Yesterday was one of those days when I thought that maybe I should have become a teacher. While watching the morning news, I was amazed to see 200+ school cancellations and could only imagine how many young kids were waking up Wednesday morning and celebrating every child’s dream: the perfect snow day.

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I remember one snow day in particular that my brother, dad and I built a snow slope off our back deck that created a mini hill to sled down. We spent hours playing outside and sledding, not even realizing how cold we were until coming inside. At the end of the day, we celebrated with homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows galore, a roaring fireplace, and a family movie night. I mean, how much better does it get in life than an unexpected snow day? That day in particular is definitely a memory that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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There may not have been a snow day for me yesterday, but let’s choose to focus on the positives surrounding my day instead:

  • It was a great excuse for my husband to take me to work!

When my husband and I drive together, it makes for the best conversations and time together. Being stuck in a car for a 60 minute round-trip to and from work is a little less painful when your best friend is sitting next to you.

  • Our office is allowing for casual days Wednesday – Friday this week!

Usually, we can only wear jeans on Friday, but in thanks to the snow we get two extra days this week. I don’t even have to think about my outfits for three days since jeans, Uggs, and comfy sweaters will be my obvious go-to options.

  • I get a day off work next Friday!

My mom and I were planning on taking personal days yesterday and having a nice girls’ day out, but with the snow storm we decided to reschedule instead for next week. Even though I didn’t have a day off yesterday, I am now excited to look forward to next Friday instead. Hooray for a future three day weekend!

  • I got my exercise in early!

When I found myself wide awake at 4:50 am, I figured I may as well get a snowy day workout in on our elliptical. I knew the gym was out of the picture, but walking down the hall to my ‘workout’ room made getting in my exercise a little easier. It may have been early, but I figured my office would at least have a delay and I could take a little nap after I was done, except it turns out that extra hour I was hoping for was non-existent. However, on the bright side, I got my workout completed before most people even start their day and I didn’t have to worry about fitting it in the rest of the day.

Workout + Shower (all done before 6:30 am) = quite the productive morning!

  • The snow’s beauty literally takes my breath away!

Seriously, how incredibly beautiful is freshly fallen snow on the ground, in the trees, and even surrounding my pup!

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Whether the snow comes with a perk like a day off or not, the beauty it provides is truly indescribable and undeniable.

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Talk to Me!

  • What is the weather like in your area? Are you dealing with snow as well?  Who is ready for spring?!
  • What is your favorite snow day memory?
  • Tell me about something positive in your life!
03/06/2013

WIAW: A Cozy Night In

I am sitting here typing up this post on Tuesday night as we brace ourselves and prepare for the ‘snow apocalypse’ that is expected to come through tonight and tomorrow morning.  The funny thing about the weather is that you just never know what you’re going to get and it’s nearly impossible to predict exact results.  We were laughing at work yesterday about how three different weather channels had three different weather forecasts.  All we know is to expect between “1 and 10 inches of snow,” so we will just have to wait and see how the cards fall!  Let’s go ahead and dive right into today’s WIAW, as always, thanks Jenn!

WIAW GOES GREEN

 

Saturday morning, I headed home from Columbus early after having a fun girl’s night Friday filled with wine, yummy appetizers, and lots and lots of chatting.  I don’t get to see my girlfriends as often as I would like, so needless to say I was quite happy to have a few hours to just kick back, relax and catch up with some of my very best friends.

No matter how late I go to bed though, I always seem to wake up naturally early.  My eyes slowly peeked opened about 7:45 am Saturday morning, and by 8:00 am I was already all packed up and headed out the door.  Whenever I stay away from home, I always like to get moving early the next day so I can get home to catch up on some errands, and see my husband.  As corny as it sounds, I really do miss him when we are apart and getting back to see him and Tebow is the only motivation I need to start driving.  First though, I had to swing by Starbucks and get a little fuel; my usual Grande Non-Fat Latte was ordered and thoroughly enjoyed.  I used a gift card I still had from Christmas, and even added another $5 onto my card for future use.  Definitely take advantage of this offer if you are a new member; you have until March 14th!

All the way home I listened to The Message on Sirius and chatted with my mom on the phone.  Thanks to the hands free capability in my car, I absolutely love talking while driving.  It makes the miles fly by while my two hands remain safely on the wheel.  By the time I was just about home, my stomach was growling for some real breakfast and I knew talking Tim into going out with me wouldn’t be too tough.  We had a coupon to Scrambler Marie’s so as soon as I got home and unpacked my stuff, we headed back out for some yummy eats.  We don’t go out too often for breakfast since we are sticking to a budget, but sometimes it is really nice to mix-it-up a bit.  Plus, being stuck at a table together without any other distractions allows us to catch up and just spend a little time together, which is especially important to us when we have spent a night away from each other.

For breakfast, I ordered the American in Training: two egg whites, two turkey sausage patties, honey cracked wheat bread and a fresh fruit cup.  It was great and really hit the spot, especially after a night of wine and rich apps!

scrambler maries After breakfast, Tim took me to the local library to finally get my library card.  I have been meaning to sign-up ever since we moved, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it until now.  I wasted no time once the card was in my grasp though and went ahead and checked out:

  • The Hunger Games (I know I am a bit behind on this, but I have seen the movie and really liked it.  My goal is to finish the first and second book in the series before the second movie comes out in theaters this fall)!
  • Catching Fire (I went ahead and checked out the second book too for an immediate read after I finish the first).
  • Where we Belong (I love Emily Giffin’s books (Author of Something Borrowed, etc.) and have read them all except this one.  They are easy reads that I have been known to finish in two days while at the beach, so I may need to renew this book before Hilton Head and take it with me then.  I absolutely can’t wait to read it)!

When we got home, I was starting to feel a little sleepy so I read The Hunger Games for a little bit and then took a much needed nap.  Sometimes when I wake up from naps I can feel a little nauseas until I eat something so I made myself a Dashing Dish Peanut Butter Maple Protein Shake that completely hit the spot!  I love these and use a couple large scoops of peanut butter in it.  The more peanut butter the better in my eyes!

pb maple shake After I finished my shake, I figured while I was in the kitchen I may as well start working on dinner too.  I decided to make this recipe for White Bean and Turkey Pumpkin Chili in the slow cooker.  I prepped the ingredients and threw them all in the pot to cook on high for four hours.  I then cleaned up the kitchen and did my usual loads of laundry while Tim went to pick up a few more prep tools for the bathroom remodel and a movie for Saturday night. 

Since we didn’t eat until about 8 pm, the lighting in my house was nearly non-existent so I decided to scratch a picture of my dinner. However, here is my lunch that was taken Sunday, which is the same meal I ate Saturday night:

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We decided to stay in for the evening, so we wanted to put our new blue ray player we bought as a ‘family gift’ at Christmas to good use.  He chose End of Watch, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.  Just a warning, this movie was extremely violent and the language was out of control, (aka – not a movie for kids, and was even a little too much for me at times too!), but it really was a pretty great film that I ended up enjoying.  I almost cried at the end of the movie and I loved Jake Gyllenhaal’s character; he had a lot of depth and it was interesting to see him in such a different role.  If you are in the mood to see a crime/action flick and can get past some of the violence and words, I would really recommend seeing this one.

By the time the movie was over at 10 pm, I was more than ready for bed!  Quite the wild Saturday night in our house, huh? 🙂

 

Talk to Me!

  • Do you use a library card, or do you prefer to purchase your own books? 
  • Have you read any good books lately?  (I love any reading suggestions)!
  • What is your favorite drink to order at Starbucks?  (My usual is the non-fat grande latte, but if I splurge, a pumpkin spice latte in the fall or a half-pump mocha the rest of the year)!
  • What is your favorite movie genre? (I love comedies and romances, but I also love a suspense/action movie every so often too.  I am not a fan of horror movies though)!
  • What’s the best thing you’ve ate this week?