10.31.2013

reflecting

I don't know why I felt the urge to write this post, but sometimes inspiration, or more so reflecting,  strikes. Ready for this mumbo jumbo? I hope it makes some sort of sense to you as it tumbles out of my brain.

Life is a funny thing. It's a blessed thing. Is it even a thing? It's time in my opinion. It's moments collected. It's something we can't hold onto physically, but sometimes find ourselves holding on for dear life. It throws the hardest of punches and gives us the sweetest joys. Both we never thought would come true. It can last for thirty seconds or it can last for one hundred years. It's always changing, and we are just part of it. I would like to say we are in control of it, but a lot of the times we aren't. We are only in control of how we feel and what we make of the circumstances it brings.

I see so many people complain about their circumstances. I am often one of them, which I'm working on. They could be the tiniest things and we let them ruin our day.
"This guy cut me off." 
"They gave me the wrong order at Starbucks." 
"That girl bugs the crap out of me."

Then there are the slightly bigger "problems."
"I have a bad roommate." 
"I want to quit my job." 
"I was dumped."

We've all heard it, we've all said it. But when you look at the bigger picture, who the hell cares? You're not going to teach that dude to drive. You'll survive with whipped cream in your coffee. That extra minute spent in line isn't making a huge dent into your time. You can move out, or you can communicate with that roommate. You can find a job that you like. You can move on from a breakup.

What you can't do is get those seconds, minutes, hours, months of your life back that you spent complaining and being down. If life is time, and time is precious, then why are you wasting it? There are people who would love to be in your shoes where your only problem is high school drama or some other bull shit. Or one shot of espresso, as opposed to two. The world must be ending.

I'm guilty of the pity party and the complaining and the bad moods. It happens. All I'm saying is feel the emotion, and get over it. Or just take a deep breath and move on. It's something I'm working on, and honestly feel like I've gotten better at.

This post stems from news I heard about a girl I know. She's one I've always known to have an unfaltering spirit. She literally radiates positive vibes. She's probably one of the most adventurous girls you'll ever meet, and truly appreciates life. It's this same girl who was diagnosed with leukemia, and is now in battle against it. She probably doesn't know (and wouldn't expect) that I keep up with her journey and think about her almost every day. Surprise, K! (Kisses for Kaleigh). Even in this difficult time, she still manages to keep her spirits soaring. That, my friends, is what an inspiration is.

It's unfortunate reminders like this that put things into perspective for all of us who think life is so hard.

Wake up, appreciate, and live.



10.30.2013

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Muscle Milk
These delicious bottles of protein were delivered to my doorstep by the generous company. Thank you!
2. Couple photo shoots
My lovely friend, Tina, took some couple shots of Boyfriend and I, along with Christmas pictures. They turned out so well. I love them!

3. Puppy snuggles
Nugget is the cutest little thing in the mornings. He is such a chubby bunny.

10.28.2013

early halloween

Since Boyfriend heads back out on tour again tomorrow, we decided to celebrate Halloween early so we could dress up and enjoy the holiday together. We were none other than Princess Leia and Han Solo...naturally. The great thing about our costumes is we didn't have to spend any money because we had everything in our own closets. Oops, we did get water guns from the dollar store and spray painted them black. So, a whopping $2.00.

On Saturday, we joined our good friends for a double date to Spooktacular, a fun night where they light up hot air balloons in a big field and the kiddos go trick-or-treating at each balloon. We didn't go trick-or-treating, but we enjoyed looking at the balloons, drinking some brewskies and good conversation.

Last night we carved our pumpkins that we had gotten from Scnhepf Farms. We thought up a few ideas, but eventually chose to carve our pups. They turned out super cute!

It's a bummer that we miss holidays together (Halloween and Thanksgiving this year. Sigh.), but we make due. I'm definitely going to miss him.






 




10.26.2013

gypsy warrior wish list

The weather is cooling down even more and my insides are just so happy. I love that fall feeling, and I love getting to wear warmer colors and more layers. I did thrown in a neon bodycon dress, just because.


10.25.2013

foodie fridays

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Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen corn kernels, thawed and divided
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded cheddar cheese

Preparation:

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove green tops from green onions. Chop green onion tops; set aside. Thinly slice white portion of each onion. Add sliced onions to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in chicken, salt, pepper, 1 package of corn, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

While mixture simmers, combine the remaining corn and milk in a blender; process until smooth. Add milk mixture to pan; simmer 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle 2 cups chowder into each of 4 soup bowls; sprinkle evenly with green onion tops. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese.


10.23.2013

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Photo shoots
My lovely and talented friend, Tina, shot some beautiful pictures of Boyfriend and I. She also shot some of us and our pups for our Christmas cards. It was so fun! I can't wait to see all of them.

2. Car rides
Charlie has so much fun riding in the car. Can't you tell by her smile?

3. Dark hair
I went back to the dark side for the Fall and Winter time. I'm really lovin' it.

10.22.2013

schnepf farms

Boyfriend and I ventured to Schnepf Farms to enjoy a fun date. We went last year and had a blast, so we definitely wanted to go back this year. The weather was perfect! We rode on some rides, ate apple pie, went in the corn maze, went on a hay ride, played with goats, and picked some pumpkins. Here are some snapshots...










10.21.2013

stairmaster hiit

This is a routine to keep your body guessing, your heart rate up, and your sweat dripping. It's a HIIT routine for the stair master. I've gotten a great response from those who have tried it, so I thought I would share it on here.




10.18.2013

foodie fridays


What you need:
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp butter extract
Dash of cinnamon

What you do:
Heat all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Stir together. Serve hot!



10.17.2013

intuitive eating

For the past three years, I've been all over the place when it comes to diets and exercise. From never caring about what I ate and being overweight to counting calories to "clean eating" to burning every calorie I ate with excessive exercise to IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). I never thought that I would be the girl who was so obsessed with body image and being "perfect" and the latest diets. I never wanted to be that girl, but I turned into that. I've had struggling relationships with food and exercise for some time now, which I have been honest about (here and here).

Do I regret turning into that girl? No. I don't regret anything I have gone through because I wouldn't be where I am today. I needed to go through these different stages, however unhealthy, in order to learn more about myself. On top of learning about myself, I learned so much about nutrition, eating disorders, workouts, and I've made some really wonderful friends/role models. On top of all that, I'm able to reach out to other young women who have these same issues with their bodies. Eating disorders are unfortunately so common these days, and so many of us don't even know we are suffering from them. I put myself out there and I'm honest, as scary as it is, because I want to help others.

I've always been candid about my experiences and the different diets/lifestyles I've tried. I know some of you probably say, "Here she goes again jumping on a new bandwagon..." And that's fine. I know I try a lot of different things, and I've enjoyed it. Maybe it seems kooky, but I like learning. I like the process of trial and error. I like finding what works for me. I share what I go through and what I know with hopes it helps others.

As you know, I've been following IIFYM for about three months now. It was honestly the exact step that I needed to take back in July. It was the step in the right direction, being that I was able to have less restrictions with food. While it was still a diet (counting grams of protein, fat, and carbs), it was one that was more suitable for me and my mentality. After being a "clean eater" for over a year, I had become way too obsessive and restrictive, which led me to have major binge days and feel guilt over food.

One thing I've learned, and the most important thing I've learned, is that guilt and food shouldn't be in a relationship. They should have absolutely nothings to do with each other. It's still something I have to remind myself of every day. I keep hoping the two of them break up, but they're in an on-and-off relationship inside my head. It's difficult to keep the two of them separate, especially when you're chowing down on an In-N-Out cheeseburger. I honestly don't know how to break that habit of thinking because I'm still learning how. I just know that there has to be a way of getting there, and that balancing healthy foods and treats is a good step in reaching that point.

Another step I am taking in the direction of guiltless eating, is quitting the counting. I'm saying goodbye to IIFYM. This diet has brought me so much mental peace and has taught me so much about food, but I don't want to place numbers or labels on food anymore. I deleted My Fitness Pal. I won't be planning my meals out days in advance. I won't be eating out of tupperware and bags from my purse. Instead, I'm becoming a normal human being. I've adapted intuitive eating as of today. You know, listening to my body and trusting what it tells me it needs. I've been mulling over this decision for awhile. Intuitive eating has always been the ultimate goal. I just needed to take baby steps to get here.

Here is a great example of what it is all about...


It's basically living life. Having goals is great, but you know what else is great too? Living. Not obsessing. Finding balance. Believe me. I have my goals. I want to be stronger than I ever have been, and I want to look damn good in a bikini when I venture to the Bahamas in a few months. I work hard towards my goals almost every day, but there are some days where maybe I eat a little more than I need to, or just want to take a break from the gym. God forbid, right? I'm just saying to find a balance because there is so much happiness when you're not so obsessive. Live a little!



10.16.2013

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. City and Colour
I picked up Boyfriend from the airport after his Europe tour, and we headed straight to see City and Colour. Dallas is a god on vocals.

2. Arizona State Fair
Boyfriend and I went to the fair during the day to enjoy this perfect October weather. We had a blast on a few scary rides and in the fun house. 
3. Patio lounging
I love eating my breakfast out on the patio after a good workout. It's nice to breathe some fresh air and refuel.

happy birthday, mama

Happy Birthday, mom!

Thank you for being such an amazing role model for me and for being one of my best friends. I'm so grateful to have you as a mom. You are irreplaceable. I love you so much. Enjoy your special day!



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