Goals, Life, Motivation Monday, Weight loss

Motivation Monday #2

Monday. A new week begins. I hate to say it, but I feel like I’m often living life just looking forward to the weekends. So this week I’m trying to make each day count and not just dream for the weekends. Monday’s are rough and it’s made worse today following my decision to stay up late last night and watch the Oscars… we can talk about that tomorrow when we catch up on the weekend happenings. Here’s a quick preview (so much beautiful weather!):

Lake Elkhorn Columbia Bike Ride

I wanted to make sure I shared some of my inspirations this past week and give some motivation to help you through this coming week!

I’ve really been trying to focus in on especially the first statement of, “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” On days when I’m feeling drained, or like I don’t have the energy to beat out a hard work out session, I do what I feel like I can manage because if I put it off, I’m going to keep putting it off. Even though I’m only doing just a little bit, it’s helping me to keep that forward momentum and motivation. And that’s what’s the most important for me right now as I’m trying to make big changes in my health lifestyles.

 


I hope your Monday is filled with energy and excitement to achieve lots of good things this week. Share some of your motivations for the week in the comments below!

 

What’s a goal you’re working towards this week? 

What’s currently motivating you?

 

Life, Thinking Out Loud

Feeling Fat and Thursday Thoughts

It’s hard to believe it’s already Thursday but this week has been great because of the day off on Monday where I was able to catch up on some things. We’re supposed to be having mid-seventies temps today so I broke out my sandals for the first time this season and I’m really excited about this. It’s going to be so hard if we have a major drop in temperature after this gorgeous weather.

Here are a few thoughts I’ve been having lately…

Feeling Fat

I started a blog about 2 years ago with the post, “When the Clothes Don’t Fit…” and I went on to register and complete an Iron Girl that summer while losing 20 pounds in the process. I was feeling good until my back twinged up really bad and then I wasn’t working out much at all anymore. I maintained weight for over a year and then this last fall while dealing with a heavy emotional load, I gained weight again and I’m fairly close to where I was 2 years ago. This is the struggle that so many of us deal with; the gaining and the losing is exhausting, depressing, and it feels like a game that can never be won. The last 2 weeks have been good weeks with positive momentum, but it can be hard to keep going… I feel like I’m walking up a never ending mountain, but I am determined and I’m trying to keep focused on my goals.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White

They’re not retiring but not planning on returning to competition which means they do not intend to go for the Olympics in 2018 to defend their gold in ice dancing. This is kind of depressing because their rivals have returned to compete in next year’s Olympics and Meryl and Charlie aren’t going to be there to compete with them. Yesterday was a sad day.

Eggs: Organic, cage-free, free-range, pastured, farm fresh… 

They’re all labels, they’re misleading, confusing and you don’t know what’s going on. I like making batches of boiled eggs so I can have an quick and easy snack/breakfast whenever I want. I believe there is a great chance that a stressed out, mistreated hen doesn’t create as healthy an egg as a happy chicken. The USDA has pretty crappy guidelines for what certain terms mean. For example, 

“The USDA’s (and industry standard) definition for “Free Range” is that birds must have “outdoor access” or “access to the outdoors.”  In some cases, this can mean access only through a “pop hole,” with no full-body access to the outdoors and no minimum space requirement.”

You can read more about Certified Humane and the definitions of these different terms here.

If you’ve ever seen the Food Inc. Documentary you’ve seen how a lot of farm animals are treated like crap for the sake of making higher profits. 

Anyways, I picked up these eggs at Whole Foods the other day. Even though they were like $6, I really believe that it’s important to have the best I can get if I’m going to be eating eggs on a daily basis. I did check for local farms first, but couldn’t find anyone close enough.

Certified Humane Pastured Eggs

Homemade deodorant

I’ve been doing a lot of research this week on different homemade deodorant recipes because I’d really like to try it out. I definitely believe that we’re dousing our bodies with chemicals that we don’t truly know how they’re impacting our bodies. It’s hard to throw everything out at start fresh, but it’s good to take things one thing at a time. I have a few ideas on how I want to formulate my recipe and here are a few I’m taking inspiration from.

Grey’s Anatomy

This may be the most random thought and please weigh in if you thoughts on this as well! I don’t know what’s going on with the show because it’s become generally dull. The last few weeks have been an improvement on the first half of the season but they’re dragging out stories, and it just feels like they don’t have a sense of direction. I think most of the problem came when the original residents became attendings and they didn’t know how to handle it anymore. They lost Cristina, who was a driving force behind everything big that happens. They’re in a rough patch, and people are going to start hating the show if they can’t bring the passion and excitement back in. It’s like Big Bang Theory, that show died a couple seasons ago and it’s still going… 

Moana

I haven’t been eager to see this movie and I didn’t really care if I ever saw it or not, but this week I’ve been addicted to the song “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara. Now I kind of want to see it but I’m not convinced. If you saw it, rate it on a 1-10 scale with 1 being horrible and 10 being totally awesome, best movie ever!

Cat in the bathtub

2-3 weeks ago, our cat started jumping in the bathtub and doing like a crying meow. As soon as we come into the bathroom, she’ll look at us, jump out, and sprawl out on the floor in the living room. I had theorized that she was seeking attention because both of us had been out a lot so she’d been home alone more than usual and she was feeling needy. The other theory was that she actually wanted a bath. I gave her a bath and she stopped for over a week. She started doing it again the other day and I’m not sure what message she’s trying to send. Has your cat ever done this?

 

Well that’s all for today! Thanks for listening to my rambles and please comment if you have any thoughts on these rambles 😉

 

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight before, whether you succeeded or not, what’s that hardest part?

Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy? Are you for or against the whole Minnick story line?

Are you starting to get excited for the Olympics next year? What’s your favorite winter sport? Or summer sport?

 

I’m linking with Amanda from Running With Spoons for this post.

 

 

Biking, Exercise, Goals, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday! I’ve decided to start a weekly post called Motivation Monday because I’m trying to work towards a healthier me and that takes a lot of dedication and motivation. I’m working on creating my motivation wall in my office with motivational phrases, pictures, and different goals I’m working towards. This weekly post is going to focus on a few of the things I’m using to help keep me motivated on my weight loss/healthy me journey.

I’ll share my motivations after a quick weekend recap— because one of my biggest motivations right now is the weather. 

I’m pretty sure last year I wrote a post about how there’s always one day where the color of the sky changes, the smell of the earth changes, and from that day forward, no matter the weather, winter is officially over. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 was officially that day. Well I think this is the earliest it’s ever happened, but I am used to Michigan winters so that could be why. It must have been a good prediction because we’re supposed to have beautiful weather here in Maryland over the next 2 weeks.  Continue Reading

Holidays, Life

17 Valentine’s Day Relationship Questions

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Brady works late tonight so I’m alone for most of today :'( That’s a bit of a bummer because this has NOT been my week. Let me tell you a little about it… 

My windshield got smashed by a rock. We just dropped $1,000 to fix up my hubby’s car’s brakes. I smashed the BRAND NEW adorable Corningware travel ramekin/mug the day after I bought it. I lost the amazing soup I’d made and found out I didn’t need to bring a lunch because it was a half day at the school…. I sliced into my finger peeling potatoes last night and then last night while we were out on a walk, I tripped and plopped down onto the earth. One of those kinds where you’re fine, but it feels like your wrists are broken for about 2 minutes. I’ve been reminded that all of these things could have been much worse. So now that I’ve vented, I’m moving on!

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d answer a few V-day questions about our relationship that Janae from Hungry Runner Girl shared on her blog yesterday. Continue Reading

Exercise, Holidays, Meal Planning, Vegetarian, Week in Pictures

The Perfect Valentines Treat

The last week has been a mish-mash of events, emotions and goings on but I’m really excited to share my favorite Valentine’s treat with you today.

Valentine's Day Candy Treats

This Week:

But first a quick review of this week. This last weekend was my father-in-law’s birthday and we had a special party down at Maggiano’s in DC. Brady and I are used to being asked to sing for basically any parties we go to so we prepared a few special little songs to sing for the party. Continue Reading

Friday Faves, Recipes

Friday Faves #2

I’m going to start off my second edition of “Friday Faves” with a question. My husband has a short amount of time to eat lunch and likes to use that time to do paperwork so he doesn’t have as much to bring home; However, he has decided it’s too much work to heat food up or use a utensil to eat with so pretty much all he’ll eat for lunch is a PBJ or nuts, chips, snacks, etc. Not so healthy and PBJs can get dull after a while. What’s quick to make, or easy to meal prep, that fits his picky lunch needs? It’ll quickly become a fave if I can get some new options.

Without further ado, here are my Friday Faves:

The Fitness Marshall I have to start out with this video because if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to! I’ve watched this a number of times because it’s so hilarious and entertaining. I’d definitely try it out.

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