Weekend Recap: My Favorite Exercise is Lunch

Monday kind of got away from me, y’all. It’s not Tuesday night and I’m just getting around to posting about the weekend. We’ve had a solid chunk of relaxing, lazy weekends and I’m happy to report that I’m not tired of them yet. In honor of my lazy weekend, I’m going to do some lazy blog posting. But, hey, what’s new? Sentence per picture style works for me.

My toddler is going through a serious pancake phase and no one else is complaining.

stonewal kitchen pancakes

I tried a PiYo workout this weekend, but then I couldn’t use my legs again for a few hours.

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It took all of my strength to not type out a mustache joke right now.

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We went to see a movie on Saturday, and my son was clearly not impressed.

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I could eat this salad every day for the rest of my life, as long as has two bleu cheese dressings every time.

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I want to find whoever wrote these two sentences and become that person’s new best friend.

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Speaking of lunch, Whole Foods sautéed veggie bowls are legit.

whole foods veggie bowls

I let him color on my white bedspread, because I’m reckless. 

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Sunday night Buzz Light Year gave me a black eye, and this is how it looks today.

black eye

I really have no words for that last picture. It cracks me up because it looks like I applied cheap eyeshadow while drinking too much wine. Which, come to think of it, I don’t think I drank any of that this weekend. I’ll need to put that on the to-do list for Friday. Also on my to-do list? Another workout via DVD. I would never have thought that I would like following along to a video, but it’s a lot more fun now that I’ve realized I can rope the boys into doing it with me. Watching a toddler try to do down dog just makes the whole experience a lot more awesome. I’d probably rank that in the top five weekend moments.

Now I better go scrounge up something for dinner. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Until then, I hope y’all enjoy your evening!

Question: What was your best moment over the weekend?

Life is Not a Series of Workouts

I’ve been meaning to get on here and talk about the fact that I’m back to skipping workouts and eating like a drunk college student. I cannot get it together, y’all. I’ll get on a decent kick for a few days and then, bam, something knocks me off-kilter. The most recent event was my household coming down with what I’ll kindly refer to as the plague. Let’s just go ahead and add that to the list of excuses. I’ve blamed the following things so far: the weather, changing jobs, toddler wake ups, sicknesses, and probably several other things I can’t recall now.

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Inevitably, I go through a series of emotions each time I fall back into this rut. I’ll break it down for you, so you can really understand my crazy.

First, I feel lazy because I’m choosing to skip workouts regularly. I could make time for them if I really made it a priority.

Next, I feel guilty because I’m opting out when I’m healthy enough to get up and get moving. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Then, I decide that a month or two of skipping workouts won’t change anything. I should totally relax. I’ll be fine.

Finally, I feel ridiculous for even thinking about any of this that much. It’s not the end of the world, either way.

See what I mean? I’m nuts. The one thought that keeps coming back up, though, is that there is so much more to life than making sure you drown in a pile of sweat every day. Shocking, right? Life is not a series of workouts. And yet, here I am, letting my workouts dictate how I feel about my life. Embarrassing.

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I need to start thinking of more things outside of myself. Find new things to focus on, you know? I’m not saying I don’t want to make my health come first. In fact, I’m saying the opposite. I’m putting too much emphasis on the workouts and too little on my general well being. I should eat more vegetables, move enough throughout the day, and work out when I feel like it. Aside from that, I need to chill out. I’m spending entirely too much time thinking about my fitness levels.

I’ll admit I judge other people when they are hyper-focused on some minute detail of their lives, but I am doing the exact same thing. Newsflash: no one but me cares if I wake up tomorrow completely shredded or having gained a little weight. No. one. cares. You know what people tend to care about? Your health. Your well being. Your happiness. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. As much as this pains me to say, I don’t need visible abs and a nice butt to be healthy. I just don’t. If I could truly get that into my thick, self-centered skull, I’d be a lot better off.

I apologize for this ramble-fest, but it was on my mind tonight. Hopefully, it won’t be on my mind tomorrow. I’m moving on, remember? For real this time, you guys. Don’t even go back in the ol’ blog archives to see how many times I’ve fought this battle. I’ll save you the trouble. It’s a million, give or take a few.

I’ll just leave it at this: Here’s to focusing on being healthy and happy in 2015, whatever that means for you. :)

Weekend Recap: I Cooked & Ate a Lot

We survived another Monday, y’all! I can’t really complain about mine. My toddler was sweet to me all morning, I had a good day at work, and we went out to eat for dinner. The icing on the cake? The kid ate some vegetables. Whoop! Now we’re apparently going to watch some football, which really means Ryne will be watching football. I’ll be playing trains and doing puzzles until bedtime. Works for me. Today was actually pretty similar to this weekend, because it was all about doing whatever we wanted. I’m really digging these laid-back weekends we’ve been having. Instead of boring you with all of the details, let’s just keep it short and sweet like usual. One sentence per picture works for me!

Can anyone actually shop at Whole Foods without eating there, too?

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I need to buy a double boiler, because I almost melted my hand off in this little experiment.

melted chocolate

I am not mad at a day that includes cooking with both dark and white chocolate.

no bake bars

I ran for the first time in a month, and I’m pretty sure I forgot how to do it.

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That workout was brought to you by sunshine, blind ambition, and an abnormal amount of caffeine.

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We had people over for dinner Saturday night, so I tried to be fancy and stuff.

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Well hello there, beautiful.

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Woke up this morning like this, but no one else at work was down for “pajama day”.

 

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Well, I have to go make a ridiculously awesome tiny train track now. I’m getting pretty good at it, but I’m not trying to brag or anything. Anyway, I hope y’all are having an equally rockin’ Monday night! ;)

Weekend Recap + My Plan Might Actually Work

We survived another Monday! I can’t complain when it comes to work, but it’s still hard to get out of bed that first time each week. I didn’t have coffee this morning, either, which didn’t help much. I’m 99% sure I wasn’t truly awake for a majority of the day. I’ll spare you the play-by-play, but suffice to say it’s a miracle I’m still alive. New rule: no more leaving the house without caffeinating first.

Since it is the beginning of the week, I’m due for another weekend recap. We’ve been home for two weekends in a row, with no set plans to speak of. It’s awesome, but I swear it’s like we don’t even know what to do with real free time. In other words, nothing very exciting happened. We basically just thought about how weird it was to be able to sit around and think. For that reason, we’ll keep this short and sweet. How does two words per picture sound?

Pre-scramble rainbow.

veggie scramble

Legit Fancy.

sushi

Movie Night.

movie night

“Me do.”

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Puzzle Lunch.

puzzle tradition

The Chang.

vegetarian lettuce wraps

Out Cold.

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It was a nice little low-key weekend. We completed an inordinate amount of puzzles, watched Thomas the Train more times than I want to admit, got a few more household tasks accomplished, and had a few great meals. I ate pretty freaking clean the whole time, too, with the exception of some trashed up to-go sushi and whatever goodness is in lettuce wraps. Oh, and I might have developed a raw vegan chocolate mousse problem. Apparently the kind I love has moss in it, though, so that’s probably close to eating a salad. I’ll count it as a vegetable and move right along.

The only reason I’m mentioning how I ate is to stress the fact that I know now that I was feeling so crappy lately because of the crap I’d been eating. Did I just say crap twice? Anyway, I already feel 10x better and I’m pretty excited about it. I even worked out tonight. I know. Shocking, right? I did a lower body workout and then barely made it up the stairs to bed. I missed that jello-leg feeling. My plan to eat well and start working out again might actually work. Now if I could only kick this caffeine addiction, I’d be in business. That’s never going to happen, though. Ever. Well, I better go. My afternoon tea is wearing off, which means I have about .03 seconds before I face plant into the computer. Have a great night!

First Things First: Stop Eating Crap

It’s no secret that I haven’t felt like myself lately when it comes to living a “healthy lifestyle”. I have skipped all but a couple of workouts, I’ve lost track of how many donuts I’ve consumed, and I feel like someone attached lead weights to my feet and filled my brain with jelly beans. I don’t know why I thought of jelly beans right there, but I’m assuming it’s the sugar talking. Anyway, nothing that I’ve done to snap myself out of this funk has worked. But I know what I’ve been doing wrong, y’all. I’ve been continuously trying to force myself to “fix” everything at once. I’ll try to eat clean, work out, and blog more often. At the same time. Then I get discouraged when it doesn’t all fall into place like it should. It was a failed mission from the beginning. I’ve decided to tackle one thing at a time now, and I’m pretty sure I know where all of this negativity started: my diet.

myfoodpyramidGiven the fact that I’ve treated sugar as a main food group lately, I’m not surprised that I haven’t felt like working out or, you know, thinking. I’ve been a mess, and there is no other real solution other than to monitor my junk food intake. I’m not going to nix everything forever, but I should probably limit myself to one dessert a day or something. I will work on the wine later. Remember, this isn’t an overnight fix.

Anyone have any fun (<- Using that term loosely here) low-to-no sugar challenges for January? I’ll join in! Go ahead and find a workout challenge for me for the month of February. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

PS: Happy New Year’s Eve! (I refuse to accept the fact that my wanting to overhaul my diet has anything to do with the changing digit in the calendar. This is totally something I’m doing. Couldn’t possibly be related to cheesy resolutions. Nope.)