Saturday, July 12, 2014

MIA

I am going to be completely honest...I am not sure I am going to be keeping up with this space anymore.
I don't know if the inspiration hasn't been there or if I'm just not feeling the blogging community anymore, or a little bit of both. 
I feel badly that I haven't really been reading many blogs either. Nothing has changed in my life much- still working full time, still have the dog, still single, and still working on losing weight.
So, forgive me if I end up in a full-blown hiatus.

In the meantime, enjoy 2 songs that I am excited about!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Weight Loss Progress

Sadly it is more like lack-of-progress. I fell off that wagon HARD a month or so ago, and not only did I stop eating well but I stopped working out, which means I ended up gaining some weight back. Womp, womp. 

Because I was tired of feeling sorry for myself, feeling crappy, and being run-down, I decided I needed to get serious again. Not to mention the 100 days until I turn 30 and well, I'd like to ring in my 30s a little lighter. 

I have been at it for a week. I am doing T25 and so far I am glad I did that. It is NOT easy and I have been in a state of perpetual soreness but I know that I can do this for real now.

My lovely new before picture...I forgot to smile haha

It is very difficult for me to get out of a chair right now. Yesterday was leg day...my legs feel like they weigh 100lbs each. But, I already have more energy.

In addition to my working out, I am tracking every single thing I put into my mouth into My Fitness Pal app on my phone. 

One of my favorite things I made last week was Salsa Fresca...
Which was 2 chopped roma tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 2 tbsp chopped jalapenos (I have jarred ones so that is what I used), fresh cilantro, 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic, sprinkle of salt and pepper and the juice of a lime. 

I put it in/on everything...I mixed it with 1/4 mashed avocado and put it over chicken for dinner one night. YUM. That is all I can say.

I'm no saint when it comes to eating (hello whole foods cornbread), but I am doing better. I am hoping it all pays off and I find myself a few pounds lighter and a little more muscle in a few weeks. I'll keep you updated on the progress (when I have some!). 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Five on Friday: Confessions

5 days in a row of blogging!?!? Does that mean I am back or does that I mean I just used up all my creative juices in one week and now I've got nothing....I guess we shall see.

Either way though, it's FRIDAY. YAY. I hope y'all have fun things planned for the weekend.

Since I have been away from the blogging world a bit, it's Five on Friday time, and this week I am making some confessions!

ONE
If I could sit around in my underwear and a tank top all the time, I probably would. 

TWO
I like to think that I am a much better singer than I am...I tend to belt the tunes out in my car as if I was the next Carrie Underwood. My voice is very likely not even close.

THREE
Yep. I thrash my arms and legs, and I may scream as I nearly pee my pants. Be warned.

FOUR
I bought a Groupon for horseback riding lessons. I am scared, nervous, and super excited to redeem it. I haven't been on a horse since I was 13. Let's hope I don't fall off and make a fool of myself.

FIVE
I not-so-secretly want to be Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman). Her cooking, living on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, a cowboy as a husband...where do I sign up??

Have a great weekend friends and see ya next week...here's a song to listen to on your way out...


(SO DAMN GOOD...and not even the full version...)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The King: George Strait

I didn't exactly grow up on country music. My parents were more into classic rock. My father did play Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd, so I was exposed to Southern rock more than anything. 

It wasn't until my mid 20s did I really learn to fall in love with country music, and even more so, falling for some of the older musicians and older music, as I educated myself. 

One of those is George Strait, who unfortunately I will never get to see play live, as he just wrapped his farewell tour last week down in Texas. But, that doesn't mean I don't have a few favorite George Strait songs that I can share.


I'm really loving his newest single...I Got A Car

Here For A Good Time

Amarillo By Morning

Carrying Your Love With Me

Check Yes or No

Last but not least, because I can't help myself... All My Exes Live in Texas

Do you have a favorite George Strait song??

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kitchen Essentials

I've already shared with you what my dream kitchen would look like. Now, it's time to share with you what essentials my dream kitchen would contain so I could cook and bake all my little heart desires.


Cuisinart Food Processor...these things last forever and are amazing. A must have.


Cast Iron Skillets...a well seasoned skillet can be used on the stove top and in the oven. Nothing quite like it when it comes to cookware.


Vitamix Professional Blender...different use than the food processor and honestly, who wants to chew their smoothies? Not me! A good blender can help with smoothies, margaritas, adult slushies ;)


Le Creuset Dutch Oven...stews, soups, and all sorts of goodies can be made in this. Also comes in a bunch of different colors!


Kitchen Aid Mixer...my Mom still uses hers, which she received as a wedding gift 31 years ago. They are a must-have in every kitchen.


All Clad Pots & Pans...an all stainless steel pot & pan set that is durable for daily use


JA Henckels Knife Set...another one that my parents still have their set and it is 31 years old. 


Now, obviously these are all top-of-the-line...but you get the idea! And hey, a girl can dream!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dream Kitchen

I'm not going to share pictures of my micro-mini kitchen. It is too depressing for someone who likes to cook. It is small, and I can almost touch it end to end with my arms stretched out. So, while I still use the tiny space, I do dream of a better kitchen.

If I could have my dream kitchen, here is what it might look like...

(ignore the black countertops...not so much a fan of those)

Open, light, and a deep farmhouse sink.


A great island that I can use to not only prep on but people can eat at from time-to-time


And if I could really have it my way, the kitchen would open into an informal dining area which was home to a table just like this one...


or this one...


Tomorrow, I will share with you what things my dream kitchen might include so I can cook and bake my favorite dishes.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thirty

If you know me, you know that "thirty" is a dirty word for me. I have been dreading this milestone for the past 2 years. As it creeps closer and closer (107 days to be exact), I am still grappling with leaving my 20s behind. 

Part of the issue here is that I am nowhere near where I thought I would be at nearly 30.  10, even 5 years ago, I imagined life to be much different. I imagined that I would be married, either pregnant or already having had a child, not in nearly as much debt as I have, having a handle on my weight...

The picture today is very different. I am single and never married, living on my own in Nashville, no children, dealing with the financial sins of my past, still struggling to lose all the weight I gained...

How do you move on? How do you come to terms with the fact that my life is not what I expected but that there are blessings in all of what I have achieved and even those I have not?

I was looking through Instagram last week and this quote was posted by Angela, the founder of Fitbook. It stopped me in my tracks. 


What if my 30s holds everything I want in life and more? What if my 20s was more about learning to love myself and get my heart broken and my confidence shattered so I know I am capable of picking up the pieces on my own? 

I'm not going to pretend that reposting a quote has solved all my issues with turning 30, but it did get me thinking about it. Thinking that maybe, just maybe, that when I turn 30, it is more of a clean slate than ever. 

I still may not be totally on board with entering my 3rd decade of life, but I am hopeful that with time and effort, I will not dread the birthday and instead embrace it for what it is: a chance to live the life I imagine and want for myself.