Weigh In 1.23.2015

The days got away from me this week, and I am totally unprepared, but HELLO FRIDAY!

This week: +0.4
Current Weight: 233.6
Total loss: -1.4 pounds

A few thoughts about this week:

  • The drive-thru is still my nemesis.
  • Not having a job is more stressful than I ever thought. When I am stressed, I eat.
  • This is a journey; there will be ups, downs, and plateaus.
  • MyFitnessPal is keeping me honest and I am thankful for that.
  • Creating a Couch to Half Marathon plan is overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.
  • I don’t eat enough fruit and veggies.
  • I saw this picture on a blog I read (She Likes It Fresh) and think it’s pretty awesome.
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I hope you had a great week! Do you have something fun planned for the weekend?
My weekend will include catching up on tasks I’ve been putting off.

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Crock Pot Carne Asada {Taco}

Food blogger I am not. Half the time I don’t remember to take photos at all and the other half of the time I don’t get a good shot with decent light or whatever. Alex and I have a lot of fun cooking together and creating new recipes. In turn, I am having some fun sharing the random recipes.

Monday we were in a taco kind of mood, but we wanted something that was easy and delicious. Cue the crockpot! FullSizeRender

Into the Crock Pot went:

  • 1 can of original Rotel
  • 1 can of Mexican Lime & Cilantro Rotel
  • 1 Carne Asada from Trader Joe’s (ours was mostly defrosted)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (not pictured, but we used THIS.)
  • half an orange bell pepper cut into strips (not pictured)
  • half a yellow bell pepper cut into strips (not pictured)
  • 8oz of water

I turned the crock pot on low at 1pm. Within an hour I could smell the wonderful aroma of coming from the kitchen and it made me so excited for dinner! Low and slow for 5 hours was all it took! IMG_5983

Remove the Carne Asada from the crock pot and shred with fork. Also, try not to steal more than one bite! All that’s left is to build your taco! From the bottom up:

  • Tortilla
  • Carne Asada
  • Rotel tomatoes from crock pot (drained – you don’t want a soggy taco!)
  • Peppers from crock pot (also drained)
  • Crumbled Queso Fresco
  • Sour Cream

Dinner really hit the spot and turned out much better than I could have ever expected. ENJOY!

Note: if you are not local to Trader Joe’s to pick up their Carne Asada, you could substitute with a flank steak.  FullSizeRender_1

Un-Goals

Project Reverb is a way to reflect on the past and project into the future. It’s a way to share your stories.  It’s a way to dream. It’s a way to rehash certain events.  It’s a way to rethink, and think.  It’s also a great way to meet other bloggers and practice good writing. Will you join me in this months prompt?

Un-goals: What are you so NOT doing this year? What’s on your “I just can’t care about that” list?

This year I am not going to care about being perfect. This year I am not going to have the tunnel vision that everything must be proper and perfect all the time. This year I am not setting a lofty goal. I am not going to define the expectations of those goals.

A lot of my thought process going into this year was about un-goals. I wanted a vision, a mindset, but without all the pressures of a specific goal. For the first time in my adult life I did not want a goal; instead I decided to live and be present in 2015. I wrote about it in my New Years post, HERE.

Now, this year I am turning 30! And that is sort of a big deal. Again, I didn’t want goals because I want turning 30 to be a blissful experience. Well, as much as it can be. When I think of turning 30 I think of being confident and healthy. Last week I wrote about that and made a few promises to myself.

This may not be the ideal un-goal approach, obviously there are some goals here, but it’s a minimalist approach that I’ve never taken before.

This year I just don’t care to have a laundry list of things to do, see, or accomplish. My goals won’t get checked off by seeing a certain number on the scale, running “x” miles, or reading “y” books.

I am rather confident that this year will kick ass. The un-goal approach is kind of perfect for me. I don’t know why it took me so long to get on board with it.

Snaps From The Weekend

The weekend flew by and it was go, go, go! My niece and nephew came for a visit, and that’s always a chaotic adventure.

Friday evening after picking them up from school we headed to 4Rivers Smokehouse for an early dinner.

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We made a pit stop for donuts and hats!

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We arrived to our place and engaged in a riveting game of Disney Infinity.

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Saturday we went to the movies. The boys saw The Hobbit and us girls saw Annie!

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After the movie we ventured to my parents house for dinner and puzzles.

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Sunday we rounded things out by getting excited about gas prices! SWEET!

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And I took some secret selfies.

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And finally, we ended our fun weekend with the Cheesecake Factory!

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Have you been to the Cheesecake Factory? What’s your favorite Cheesecake? 
What did you do this weekend!?

What I’m Loving #3

Hey y’all!

Another “What I’m Loving” post for you on this Friday. It’s going to be a quick one because as soon as I hit publish we’ll be out the door for a busy weekend. We are off to Orlando to grab my nephew and niece from school and spend the long weekend together. It’s always a great time with those two kids.

Can I call them kids even though they are now taller than me? Eh. 

Tommy & Emily: I’ll kick off this weeks edition with my favorite (only) nephew and niece. I am excited to spend some quality time with them. It’s long over due.

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Pizza Night: Lazy night at home = pizza night.

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4Rivers Smokehouse: We discovered 4Rivers (a central Florida based restaurant) a few months ago and it’s all we can think of when it comes to BBQ. I haven’t found anything I don’t like, and Alex is particularly fond of their burnt ends, cheese grits, and the bread pudding. We might be heading there for dinner tonight. ;)

My Fitness Pal: This tool has kept me on track and honest for the last two weeks. If you aren’t familiar, My Fitness Pal is a tool used for logging food, tracking nutrition, and workouts. I am incredibly motivated and inspired by my friends on there. If you are on MFP, friend me HERE. If you are not, well, I can’t recommend it enough. Especially if you are on a healthiness journey.

My apartment gym: There is a small gym on the property of the apartment complex and it’s fantastic! It’s has a minimal amount of equipment, but it has everything that I need at this point in my journey. Best of all: it beats the hell out of paying for a gym membership.

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Happy Friday, friends!

Tell me, what are you loving?!?

A Jump Start On My Thirties {Weigh In}

Afternoon, friends!

I’ve been waking up feeling so hungry these last few days. So this morning started with a breakfast I have been loving lately! Egg sandwich, fruit and a much needed cup of coffee. I add diced peppers and bacon to give the eggs more flavor. Can’t go wrong in with this combination!

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My morning was a busy with household tasks and errands. On Friday I am picking up my niece and nephew so they can come spend the weekend with us. I have a lot to get done before we kick off our weekend!

Once everything was checked off I started feeling hungry again. I put together a plate with left over roasted turkey, melted cheese on top, and threw on a side of baby carrots with some ranch. It hit the spot and gave me time to work on this post.

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The Big 3-0! 

Since the start of new year I have been thinking a lot about my upcoming 30th birthday, all the changes I want to make, and the person I want to become. I didn’t really make new years resolutions, but I now deem it appropriate to get a jump start on my thirtieth birthday with a few promises to myself.

  • Be mindful of the food I am eating. 
  • Make working out a priority.
  • Explore new educational and career opportunities.
  • Take a spontaneous trip to somewhere new. 
  • Run a half marathon. Did I write that out loud? Yup, it’ll happen sometime this fall.

Surprise? A lot of what I hope for in my 30th year pertains to health and fitness. My mindset has shifted as I approach this new decade in my life. I am craving the healthy balance that has been lacking in many parts of my life.

Currently I am logging my food on MyFitnessPal and workouts on DailyMile. I have a lot of work to do so that I can be ready for a half marathon in the fall. That’s kind of a big deal, you know? I am fairly certain on which race I want to run, but still tweaking with the some possible training plans.

That being said, I had a really great, balanced, week. Jump start on my thirties is underway!

Current Weight: 233.2
Total loss: -1.8

A Day in The Life II {While Unemployed}

I haven’t done one of these in a while so I figured what the heck!

In the last month of unemployment I have sometimes felt like my days are a bit of chaos. Having a to-do list and knowing a daily purpose has kept me on track. I always fear that if I don’t have a clear purpose for the day, then I will end up as a couch potato. ek!

4:45am – Alex’s alarm goes off. grab phone and browse social media.

5:20am – leave the house to take Alex to work.

5:25am – say goodbye and head back home.

5:30am – back to bed or stay awake?

5:45am – I guess I’ll stay awake. Make a cup of coffee.

5:50am – turn on the TV and my laptop. blog or get lost in mindless things.

6:30am – maybe I am tired? Nap on our big comfy chair.

8am – awake and hungry. Make breakfast and another cup of coffee.

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8:30am – start the laundry and clean up the kitchen.

9am – watch Live with Kelly and Michael and make a to-do list.

10am to noon – finish laundry, work on to-do list, and read blogs.

Noon – Alex is home. Time for lunch!

1pm – head to the apt gym for 30-45 minutes.

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1:45pm – home, shower, and ready for the rest of the day.

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2pm – plan / prep dinner

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2:15pm – mid afternoon snack

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2:30 – 5:30pm – more to-do list / job applications / run necessary errands.

5:30pm – start dinner

6pm – dinner is served! thank goodness because I am starved!

6:30 to 10:30pm – veg out with Alex.

10:30pm – bed!