Archive for August, 2013
August 31, 2013
Happy Saturday! I have just a few minutes to chat before I have to head back upstairs and get ready for the day, so let’s get right down to business.
First thing’s first, I have a giveaway winner to announce! Thank you to all who entered and shared the Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 Giveaway! I loved reading which shoes each one of you would pick out.
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*Offer excludes Reebok CrossFit items (yes, that means the Nanos – sad face – sorry guys).
Dinner & A Movie Date
I can’t tell you the last time Scott and I went on a dinner and a movie date. Probably months! With an itch to get out but still stay in our casual clothes, we figured a rainy Friday night was the perfect excuse to go.
We drove around for a while before deciding on trying a new (for us) Italian place called Pasquale’s.
The place has been around since 1954 and has some crazy history. I will for sure have to share some stories with you another time…
For now, I will share that I for sure took advantage of this date night and allowed myself to “let loose” a little on the dinner front. First came a Michigan Cherry Wine Sangria.
Then Scott and I split an Anitpasto Salad.
And then dove right into the main attraction, (what we have heard people rave about), their Deep Dish Pizza!
OH. MY. YUM.
I don’t know if it was amazing because it was deep dish (which I haven’t had in ages) or if it was because it was truly that delicious. Either way, I was a fan!
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more, the waitress asked if we wanted to see the dessert tray. Whenever we try a new Italian restaurant, Scott has to try their tiramisu and I may or may not have given him the look of death when he ordered one.
My “just one bite” turned into eating at least half of it, and I must admit that it was pretty darn tasty.
After dinner, we checked out some movie times and were excited to finally go see “We’re The Millers”. I didn’t know much about it going into it, but I knew it was supposed to be funny.
We were both laughing out loud within a few minutes time. The comedy was great and I loved it!!
Three cheers for a casual rainy Friday night!
Family Trail Run
A night of indulgence usual equals a long run the next morning, just to get things movin’ and get me back in the swing of a normal routine.
This morning we wanted to bring Roadie along, so we settled on a 4 mile loop that included our favorite neighborhood trail!
The idea for a trail run on a Saturday morning is quite popular amongst our neighbors. We crossed paths with several runners, walkers, and bike riders!
We made it home without any troubles and I was so proud of Roadie for keeping up the whole time. Four miles is a new Roadie distance record!
As soon as we got home, Scott gave him a bath to help cool him down and we made sure to give him a lot of love afterwards.
I just love when he’s so fresh and so clean, clean!
Well, I’m off to get ready to work a festival in downtown Royal Oak called Arts Beats and Eats. Can’t wait to see how it is and tell you all about it.
Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
August 30, 2013
This week has been the weirdest. All I have been craving is long walks, chill music, and mellow surroundings. Maybe I’m just getting older?
Actually, this morning I read an interesting article Char posted on her Facebook page about tell-tale signs you are an introvert. I always thought of myself as an extrovert, but after reading that I might be wrong. Perhaps I am little intro and a little extro? It could just be that my introvert qualities are coming out more than usual lately.
Anyways, I want to thank you for reading and commenting on yesterday’s post! It was kind of an awkward subject for me to write about, so it is comforting to know a lot of you can relate to what I’m feeling. I enjoy writing from the heart every now and then, but I think it’s time to get back into the normal swing of things around here.
Today I wanted to share something related to the fitness world, which I am sure a group of you have been missing!
By now, most of you know I have a favorite group fitness class at my gym called Fitness Pilates. I have written about it several times, and can best describe it as an hour of upbeat, fast paced Pilates moves that focuses on toning every major muscle group of your body with an emphasis on core.
Last night’s class required both a medicine ball and dumbbell weights for majority of the exercises, and both Scott and I were dripping sweat ten minutes into it.
That’s right, I convinced Scott to join in on the Pilates fun/torture. That was his third class he has taken with me and even he admitted last night’s class to being a bit on the rough side. Victory!
25 Min. Cross-Training Elliptical Workout
I was one hundred percent tempted to walk downstairs after class, grab my stuff, and head out the door, but I pushed myself over to the cardio machines instead. (Okay, fine. Scott wanted to play basketball and I had thirty minutes to kill.)
The thought of running didn’t sound pleasant, so I turned to my other go-to machine for a guaranteed cardio sweat session: the elliptical.
When creating new workouts, I usually start with some kind of program already entered into the machine and tweak it to my liking. Usually, this means downing the time to 20-30 minutes (does anyone really do 60?) and upping the incline and resistance levels.
This workout started off easy, then gradually got harder. The exact middle section is the worst, and I made it an extra minute longer for you to truly enjoy the peak before heading back down to the easier stuff again.
*As with any elliptical or treadmill workout I post, please keep in mind that each machine is different. These are the levels I use for my personal workouts, but feel free to adjust to lower or higher when needed.
Leaving sweaty and feeling accomplished, we then proceeded downstairs to the cafe for recovery smoothies.
I know I could easily make a smoothie like this at home, but I felt like they were calling to us on the way out the door. Plus, Scott doesn’t really like smoothies based with almond milk, so I would probably have to make separate ones. Aint nobody got time fo dat.
(Yup… still using that phrase. Judge me.)
We got home on the later side around 9 p.m. and finally caught up to watch the live Big Brother shows with the rest of America.
Do any of you watch it too? I’m officially hooked, and I want to go on SO bad. Every time we watch a season, I share my strategies and tell Scott exactly how I would handle situations, challenges and people. It’s a lot of drama, but the element of having to play a game and fight for your survival fascinates me.
Well, I guess that’s it about last night. Today I am sticking around the house for a while to knock out a few projects before a weekend full of festivals in our area! Both Scott and I are working one tomorrow, but want to check out a few others while they are in town for Labor Day weekend.
August 29, 2013
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. I am not quite sure where this need for self-love and reflection is coming from, but I’m embracing it. And since I write a blog, I’m sharing it with you.
Do you know what has been the number one thing on my mind?
Growing up vs. not growing up.
28 years old is a strange age for me to grasp. I have officially entered into the “late twenties” category, and am starting to wonder what exactly that means. I woke up thinking about this and stumbling across this “30 Signs You’re Almost 30″ article did me in. That is my life!
When I think back to my college days, I would have bet high dollars that at this age I would be a mother, settled into a home, and possibly into a full-time career. I would have told you that my nights will consist of making dinner, tucking the little ones into their beds, and spending my down time catching up on laundry, cleaning up, and relaxing with the occasional glass of wine. That nights out will only be on the weekends, if we had a babysitter, and they will be something I would look forward to and have in the calendar weeks ahead of time. Friday nights will be “pizza nights” just because. Sundays will be “family day” and after lunch, I will spend the rest of the day getting ready for the busy work week ahead.
When I think back to five years ago, I would have said the same thing.
When I think back to two years ago, it makes me laugh a little.
Nothing about what I wrote above has happened. But, I couldn’t be more okay with it! Here’s why.
On one hand, I feel like I have matured greatly over the past five years. I have learned from mistakes, grown spiritually, and have found exactly what I want to get out of life. I want to be me. I want to live a happy, healthy life and inspire others to do the same. I want to dance. I want to share my stories and surround myself with positive people. I want to set goals and reach them. I want to make a difference!
Not Growing Up
On the other hand, I still feel like I am a 21-year-old who doesn’t have it all figured out. I’m not quite ready to be a mother. I’m selfish and want to be able to go out of town on a moment’s notice if the opportunity presents itself. I like to spend my extra income on things like makeup, dinners out, and little indulgences that make me happy. I’m not ready to sacrifice things I like and want to do and completely change my schedule. I like to have a good time after a game and hang out with my friends. I like to make breakfast for dinner. For now, keeping up with Roadie and the cats is enough responsibility.
I am completely content with where I am and what I am doing.
Seeing people post baby pictures and home improvement projects on their houses used to leave me feeling a little left out. I wanted to own a home and start remodeling it room by room. I wanted to create the coolest permanent home office. I wanted a game/entertainment room for adults and a play room for kids. I wanted to create a place to call my own and start traditions in one place with my family.
With every wedding anniversary comes the question from friends and family about our plans for children and our future. Now that we live far away from a lot of them, catch up calls are required and in turn, so is an update of life each time. It’s not uncommon for those close to us to wonder what our next move (figuratively not literally) in life is.
We really don’t know. Starting a family is something Scott and I go back and forth about every day. We firmly believe that everything happens for a reason at the right time, and it hasn’t happened yet for a reason.
Am I ready to grow up, and for that matter is Scott ready to grow up?
Only time will tell.
For now, I will continue to enjoy being the grandma of my dance team and hang with the best of ‘em! Doing what I love and loving what I do is all I am striving for.
Something To Think About
Embrace the present.
Stop worrying about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
Some things are in your control, but most of life isn’t.
Only you have the choice to make each day better than the last.
(Thought this little nugget from Tina was appropriate.)
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Don’t live off of silly life timelines and deadlines.
Do YOU and be HAPPY with who that is!
August 28, 2013
As promised earlier, it’s time to cover another What I Ate Wednesday!
I don’t have much time to chat before I need to hop in the shower and get ready for an appearance, followed by practice directly after (oh, hey deja vu from Monday!), so I’m going to get right to it.
If you’re like… what the heck is WIAW? Let me fill you in. Okay… ready?
(PS: huge shout out to Jenn, as always, for hosting!)
What I Ate
Yesterday’s eats involved strawberries at every opportunity. I didn’t realize it until the end of the day when I got to the bottom of my prepped container of them, and Scott goes “that’s all the strawberries we have?” Ummm…. yes. Because apparently I have a problem. My name is Heather, and I’m a strawberry-aholic. It’s fine.
I completely skipped lunch and had a series of snacks throughout the afternoon instead. Occasionally, I prefer to eat that way.
(Organic baby carrots, grape tomatoes and wheat thins dipped in Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Blackberry Non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt with Bear Naked granola and strawberries (duh), and a Double Dark Chocolate Zone Perfect protein bar!)
Scott got home about 7 p.m. and I prepped a salad to have later with him for dinner upon his return for the gym.
(Organic spring mix + baby spinach, golden tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, banana peppers, broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds.)
I didn’t join his trip to the gym because I had other plans on my mind that involved running outside with Roadie.
Then it started raining.
Instead of giving up on my plan to work out, I finally tried out a coached workout on an iPhone app called PEAR Sports!
The workout switched from cardio (running, sprints, stairs) to core exercises every few minutes and included moves like mountain climbers, bicycle crunches and corkscrews. I loved it!
It was just a little over a half hour and by the time I was done, I was one sweaty girl. Roadie even joined in the majority of the cardio blasts.
He’s crazy… but the best.
Dinner came directly after a shower and I had worked up quite the appetite. Since trying to ween myself off of soy-based products, I have kept my eye out for other kinds of meat substitutions like this Qrunch Quinoa Burger.
I topped it with salsa and a little bit of shredded cheese and really, really liked it. I love quinoa. On the side, I heated up the rest of my leftover organic lentil soup (thanks Amy’s Kitchen!) and drizzled oil and vinegar over my already prepped salad.
Both Scott and I enjoyed the rest of our strawberries for dessert aside a Fiber One brownie.
I decided to get fancy by heating the brownie up first and topping it with whipped cream. It was a yummy treat for sure!
Well, friends… I guess that just about wraps it up. Hope you all have a great rest of your Wednesday. Off to get ready. Happy WIAW!
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