Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Back At It

I've been less than motivated to hit the gym the past few weeks...........but my sister (aka accountability partner) and I finally decided it was time to get back at it.  We committed to going to Body Pump on Monday night.  My sister was the smart one, she decided to lower most of her weights for the class.....but not me.  No, I wanted to push myself just a bit.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  By the end of that class, my legs were shaking and I could start to feel the pain in my shoulders - I knew I was in trouble, but I agree with this:  

Yesterday, it was a miracle that I could get up out of bed, shower and wash my hair.....all while standing on super shaky legs.  But, today - it is even worse!  I am going to try to walk as much as possible around my office buildings today so that I don't start crying when I try to stand up (or sit back down) into my office chair.  But, it was a start.  I'm planning to do something tonight (probably won't have time to hit the gym between work and my daughter's dance classes) but - something to make sure that I'm at least stretching out the super sore muscles.  

I was really excited to see Tiffany's Fit 4 Christmas Challenge.  You can find the details here.  This is just the extra push I need to get myself back in it!  You can use any food and fitness program that you want and you just need to take your measurements, weight & pictures at the start (Nov 1st - Friday) and then again at the end on Dec 20th - and send the results to Tiffany.  I'm really excited for this challenge - this is a rough time of the year with Halloween treats, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (ohhhhh, all of the yummy cookies) so it will be nice to have an incentive to keep me in check!

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Daughter, Isabelle

I posted yesterday that it was my anniversary last week.  Well, if you have kids, you know that anytime there are "presents" around - your kids open them....Not You.  And, that is exactly what happened to my hubby and I on our anniversary.  The girls both helped us open our little presents that we got each other.

When we, I mean THEY, were done opening presents, my oldest, Isabelle ran upstairs to her room.  She was acting all sly and sneaky.  She had made us an anniversary card (which we knew).....but we didn't know what she was doing when she ran to her room.  Well, she came back downstairs and handed us her hand made card.  When my hubby opened the card, out fell $15.  $15 dollars of HER OWN money.  Now, my daughter loves her money.  She counts it all of the time and can always tell us exactly how much she has (right now she has $46).  So we knew this meant A LOT!  But, of course we didn't want to take her money. 

We said "Oh, gosh, Isabelle, thank you so much, but you didn't need to give us a present".  Much to our surprise, that was probably the worst thing we could have said to her.  She burst into tears and ran up to her room.  She was devastated that we didn't want her gift.  I started to tear up at that point, because we had hurt her feelings.  We tried to calm her down, but she was too upset.  After a while, she did manage to calm down and we explained to her that it was so special and generous of her to want to give us her own money as a gift - but we loved the card so much that she had given to us - and that was enough of a gift for us!!  Eventually she did take the money back.  

The very next morning, I received an email from my daughter's teacher from last year.  It said:  

I just had to send you an email and tell you how sweet it is that Isabelle drops by my room every morning and gives me a hug!  She has given me homemade cards and other little gifts like last year, she’s so thoughtful.  Just thought you should know she brightens my day!  Hope your year with a second grader and kindergartener is going well!  Have a good day :)   

I was beaming and tearing when I read that email.  I had to call my husband right away.  That was one of the best "presents" I could have ever received.  I'm so proud of her!  

Happy 9 Years!

I'm still having computer issues, so posting has been an issue.

Last week was celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary.  It still does just feel like yesterday that we got married and started our lovely little family, I'm amazed at how quickly time flies.  

I loved our wedding day.  We decided to get married in October.  The 23rd.  We live in Minnesota, so the weather can be tricky in October.  We were hoping for a nice-warm fall day; with beautiful fall colors for our pictures.  Well, it started out a little rainy and it wasn't the warmest day that really limited our outside pictures.  We ended up only taking outside pictures at the reception site but we were still able to get some really pretty pictures from inside the church.  The weather didn't damper our day though - It was still amazing.  There isn't really much of anything that I would change about that day (except for the Deacon calling me Justin.....instead of Justine; yeah, that was fun.  I had to tell him while I was standing at the alter that my name was pronounced JustEEN, not Justin.).  But, aside from that, everything else went off without a hitch and we were surrounded by friends and family.  


Our wedding reception was at the Minnesota Zoo.  It was such a unique place to have a reception; it was in the part of the zoo called Discovery Bay - which is a huge aquarium.  The backdrop for the entire reception was a giant dolphin tank - and the dolphins swam behind us during the first part of the reception and dinner - it was so cool!  I still have people tell me that it was one of the best receptions they have been too. 

*this isn't the greatest picture ever, but  you can see the giant window into the dolphin tank:

I'm looking forward to our 10-year anniversary next year - as we are already planning a trip to Hawaii to celebrate!  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Technology Issues

Sometimes it isn't fun to live in the world driven by so much technology.  Our home computer bit the dust over the weekend.  Thankfully (I guess) it showed signs of leading to this the past few weeks so we were able to back up all of our photos and important documents before it finally died.  I'm not sure I could go back and find all of the memory cards that have my babies pictures - and I would not have been happy!

I'm left trying to figure out how to post off of my ipad, which I have not figured out I'll try to sneak in a few posts over lunch this week at work.

My randomness for the week; I was finally able to catch up on a few shows over the weekend that are taking up room on the DVR:
  • I finally watched Glee - The Tribute to Cory; bawled for the entire duration of the show.
  • I finally watched American Horror Story: Coven.  It was really good, and thankfully NOT nearly as scary as I was expecting it to be.  I haven't watched any of the other seasons.
  • I'm addicted to The Voice (and so is my daughter - we DVR it so she can keep watching it over and over again) - this may be contributing to the DVR space!
  • My favorite new show is Blacklist - seriously, James Spader is amazing!  Although, I haven't watched last night's episode yet - I was watching AHS instead.
  • I'm pretty sure I have at least 3 other shows I haven't watched yet.....and I DVR Ellen every day; and most often end up deleting those.  
The DVR is one piece of technology I'm really happy to have!

Have a great week!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Five on Friday

How do you get motivated?  I'm out of motivation right now....I don't want to work out, I don't want to stop shoving peanut m&m's in my face......I keep making "treats" for my family that I just end up eating.  I must stop the madness!!!!  I'm not sure how I lost my motivation, but I'm tired and run down; and I think it is probably very related to NOT working out and NOT eating well.  So, I'm trying to get myself pumped up to get back on the band wagon.  Back to working out and back to eating better.  I'm doing some research on carb cycling - I may try a version of that beginning next week.  It seems a little less strict than my "slow/low" carb it may be easier to stick with it.

So, here are is my 5 of Friday motivation list - I'm going to print some of these out and put them on my bathroom mirror:




Drink Water!  This is a major issue for me.  I have to make an effort to do this.  
I really need to get back into the habit of drinking at least 90 ounces of water each day.

And last but definitely NOT least.  
Stop giving up.  It is a journey and this is a life change, not a fad.  
Don't stop - just keep going.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Motivation Tuesday

I'm a day late on my favorite link-up Motivation Monday.  I am trying to get back into my routine but, I'm still having some trouble with my consistent posting (sorry about that).  This week I am trying to better plan out our dinner/meals for the week.  I decided that I needed to come up with some low-carb but filling meals. Enter, my crock pot.  I love cooking in the crockpot - especially in the fall.  It is so easy; just throw some ingredients in it - turn it onto high or low (depending on if you put everything in it at 6am) and at the end you have a delicious meal.  I love walking into my house after work and smelling the delicious meal waiting!

Do you meal plan??  What are your go-to meals?  Do you have a way to keep track or plan out each week?  I would love ideas if you have any suggestions on making this easier!

Daily Dose of Del Signore

Saturday I threw together some Turkey Chili and yesterday I made Chicken Lime Soup.  YUM!  When my husband and I were in Mexico earlier in the year, we had a delicious lime chicken soup.  Once we returned home I set out on a mission to try to recreate that soup.  Below is my crockpot version of the soup.  I've included the recipe below......let me know if you try it out!

Chicken Lime Soup
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Large Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes w/chilis (like Rotel)
  • 4-6 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Limes
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Spray your crockpot/slow cooker with some olive oil (or pour about 1 tbsp in the bottom if you don't have a spritzer for it).  
  • Add chopped onions, chicken breast, and tomatoes to the crockpot/slow cooker.
  • Add salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder (and any other seasonings you may want to add if you like it spicy).
  • Cover with at least 4 cups of chicken broth (you can add up to 6 cups if 4 isn't enough)
  • Cook for at least 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low; then take out the chicken breast and shred with 2 forks.  
  • Add the chicken back into the crockpot until you are ready to serve.
  • Prior to serving add the juice of 2 limes to the soup.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced/diced avocado (optional).

Friday, October 4, 2013

One Piece of Advice

First, I think I may still be in denial that it is already October.  Yikes!  Well, it is October - and that means Breast Cancer Awareness month.  If you watch football; you may have noticed in last night's game that many of the players and referees were wearing pink.  

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime.  In my family, that was both my grandmother (father's mother - who passed away) and my aunt (father's sister-SURVIVOR).  It is definitely part of my family.  I come from a very large family on both my mother and father's sides.  Fortunately on my mother's side of the family none of the women have been diagnosed.....and fingers crossed that it stays that way.  A few of my good friend's mothers are also survivors.  It is almost impossible to not be impacted by this terrible disease.  

My first friend (who wasn't in my family --- sister or cousin) was Nicole.  She lived a few houses down the street from us and we did everything together.  Nicole was a year older than I was and our little sisters were the same age; so the 4 of us were always together.  If we weren't at their house together - we were at our house.  We were the best of friends........then, we started to drift apart a little when Nicole started high school, because she was a year older than me, she started before me, but we were still friends.  We drifted further apart after high school and then more during college.  But, we would still send each other letters and cards (yes, this was before facebook) and we knew what things were going on in each others lives.  She attended my wedding and I attended hers - but we didn't see each other often.  Once we were both on facebook, we reconnected through that.  Nicole lived about an hour away from me so we weren't able to get together often.  In 2010, Nicole was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and she fought it with everything she had.  Unfortunately, the cancer spread and in November last year, she passed away.  We are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of her death, and it serves as another reminder to me.  She was my very first childhood friend.  This is a terrible disease and it takes away our family and friends.  

Nicole's sister recently added an old picture to facebook which made me think of her and of breast cancer awareness.  Please, if you do nothing else today, this weekend or even this month - PLEASE take a few minutes and do your monthly self-exam.