Gym Pet Peeve and Signs of Life

Hello!  Did all my fellow Americans have a good fourth?  And let’s not forget Canada day for my fellow Canadians!  And of course, love all around to those of you living elsewhere!

I used the extra “Saturday” to clean my house from top to bottom and get some yard work done.  Whopee!

If you don’t live in Canada or the US, what is a big holiday in your country?

Things are still busy, busy around here but it’s summer, and life is good.  Guess what!  I got 100% on my Microsoft Word exam!  Now we are moving onto Excel and then Powerpoint.  It’s amazing all the tricks I’ve learned.  I finally feel like I sort of fit in with my computer literate family.

Jax survived neutering like a champ.  I knew he would but I still missed that little guy! Here he is on the ride home:

I feel like something’s missing…

He definitely did not slow down.  But luckily, he did not need a cone of shame:

Haha, that one gets me every time!  (any UP! fans?)

In fact the last few weeks I’ve been having a problem with him pulling out my newly planted iris bulbs!  I think he’s done it at least 3 times!  Little stinker!  Luckily my iris are tough and have sprouted signs of life despite Jax’s best attempts!

There is no comparison to homegrown tomatoes and this year I finally, FINALLY got my own little tomato plant.  We’ll see how it goes:

My house is currently smelling amazing because of this little gem I came across on Pinterest:

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Just lemons, vanilla and rosemary simmering on the stove.  Apparently it’s a Williams Sonoma secret, so don’t tell!

I made this amazing buffalo pizza, recipe courtesy of Janetha.  Holy.  Yum.  I’m thinking I need to make it again this week.

You can find the recipe here.

 So let me tell you my #1 gym pet peeve.

Nope.  It’s not grunting.  I usually have my headphones on so I don’t hear much anyway.

Or dropping weights really loudly.

Nope.  It’s this:

Weights, weights everywhere. Except where they belong!

 What.  The.  Heck!

People who don’t clean up after themselves drive me nuts!  I don’t understand what is so hard about walking a couple of feet and put them on the rack!

The ones on the left were literally left right in the middle of the floor, so that everyone had to step over/around them.  I’m the one who would trip over them if I wasn’t paying attention.  They were also 80-90# which is too heavy for me to pick up by myself.

On this same venture to the gym, someone had spilled what looked like Coke (who drinks soda at the gym?) and hadn’t bothered to wipe it up.  Since it was the only open bench, I grabbed a towel and wiped it up no problem.  Arg!  Some people are so lazy!

But at least at the end of it all, I get to come home and snuggle with these guys:

That makes it a little better.

p.s. Look how big Jax is getting!

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Tuesday Things.

I think today’s post will be short and sweet!

1.  Did you know that mosquitos are most attracted to type O blood?  Lucky me, I’m O+.  I was outside for maybe an hour the other day and I got 4 bites.  On my bum.  Awkward.  😦

Do you know your blood type?

2. I did a set of fifty lunges.  Fifty.  Gaaahhh.

3.  Now THIS is an ice cream sundae, if you can foot the bill of $250.  It’s made with 60 pints of ice cream!

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4. Jax got to show off in obedience class last night!  The instructor takes turns demonstrating commands with the doggie students and tonight she picked Jax!  He was so obedient and well behaved and I was so proud of him!  She said that Jax was making the command look easy and making her look good!  I was beaming!  So glad practicing our “homework” is paying off!

I got this… no big deal.

5. On a different note, Jax went in this morning to be neutered.  I hope he is ok!  I will miss my sweet little guy.  But I will be happy I still have this big lug to keep me company.  (And I think Hunter will appreciate the peace and quiet.)

A whole day when I don’t have to share??

6.  I hadn’t had any frozen yogurt since summer begun!  So I decided to treat myself to some after a long day of school:

Totally hit the spot as my weekly treat.  This cup included watermelon, cake batter, tart and coconut.  With butterfinger, granola, coconut, fresh pineapple, bobos (those fruit tapioca thingies), butterscotch and whipped cream with a cherry on top!  Yummm.

7. Lookit!  I painted my nails super cool!  Glitter = happy.

8.  I’ve been reading a new book: Insurgent which is the next book in the Divergent series.  I’ve barely gotten into it, since I’ve had enough school reading lately to make me cross-eyed.

9.  If you knew nothing about me save it were from this post, you’d know I like frozen treats and my dogs.  Yup.  Sums it up.

10.  I also like my husband.  He’s a keeper!

It’s About To Get Busy

Shoot– I started this post almost two weeks ago and got too busy to even finish it.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I hope you’ll enjoy the updates!

Things have gotten reeeeally busy around here:

My mom came.  We had a lot of things to do in the yard and it turns out I’m clueless when it comes to things like caring for trees.  She cooked me dinner almost every night!  We also had some fun girl time.  I took exactly two pictures:

My mom trying on these ridiculous shoes. Hey mom! Good thing you shaved your legs!

She rescued some pork chops from the depths of my freezer, cooked some fresh green beans and we decided to do sweet potatoes two ways: one with parmesean cheese and onion powder and one with almond butter and cinnamon.  Can you believe my mother had never had a sweet potato with almond butter and cinnamon?!  You’d think she wasn’t a blogger or something. 😉

Pork chops, sweet potatoes and green beans. Thanks mommy!

I’ve signed up for summer school.  Which I absolutely love.  I’m a learning nerd.  Can someone please pay me to be in school forever?  Even though it’s half as long as a regular semester with all the information of a full semester, you have less time to forget things!  Plus, the people who are there are there to learn, no to just show up and zone out.

I am taking part two of A&P and it is a really fun class.  Even some of the boring cell, uh, functions? are actually pretty interesting, especially since our instructor is so passionate about it!  We have a lot of great class discussions and I am proud to be a part of such an intelligent group of people!

I am also taking a computer literacy class.  It covers computer basics, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.  I kind of rolled my eyes, thinking I knew it all, but there are a lot of little tips and tricks I am learning along the way.  There’s always something new to be learned!  My instructor is great!  She really seems to want us to succeed.

When you finish typing a sentence, do you do two spaces or one?  I was always taught two spaces.

I kind of wish every semester was more like summer school.

Jax is going to school too!  He is signed up for an obedience class once a week for 6 weeks!  If you are in the Boise area and want to take your dog to a training/agility school, check out Precision K-9.  The instructor, Paula, actually trains police dogs!  How cool is that??  Jax and I are having a lot of fun together, he is pretty eager to learn– given he doesn’t get too distracted by the other dogs!  We have homework every week in the form of practicing commands and non-verbal body language.

Night time snuggles.

Chewing bones.

Hunter says he wants to go too.  I am pretty sure that he could use an obedience brush-up.

I have been making things grow!  I planted a few herbs and my mom helped me plant a few onions so as long as I remember to water them, I should have some fun little plant babies to enjoy!

Sweet basil, Italian basil, lemon balm and oregano.

Onion sprouts!

I also want to plant some other herbs including mint and cilantro and grow a cherry tomato plant.  Fresh cherry tomatoes win hands down to flavorless store bought ones.

What’s your favorite fresh herb?

My daylilies are in full bloom.  I love these flowers!  They are so pretty and really easy to grow.   They pretty much take care of themselves, which is how I like it.

After a rather long hiatus, I randomly sat down and decided to do some art:

It was obviously not the best light when I was working on this.

I’ve been doing a lot more crafts in more recent years, but I’ve always love to paint and draw (and in that order) and I’m almost always doodling.  So I decided to brush off my barely used oil pastels and see if I still had it in me.

I remember I was so insecure in high school about my art, because it wasn’t edgy or incredibly detailed or whatever “real” artists did.  I’ve always liked to re-create pretty things.  But now it’s just a nice way for me to relax and let my right brain have a little fun.

Hopefully my next update won’t take so long!

Ummm…

Hey!  How is it already thursday night?

Thought I should pop in and say hello!

This week has been a delicious one!  You know how some days you have all this inspiration to cook and other weeks it’s just a chore?  Sometimes nothing sounds good except take-out. :/ Truth.  This week I was filled with inspiration!  Of course a trip to the grocery store always helps there.

Look at this cute little onion!  I bought a whole bag of Vidalia onions, which are a little bit sweeter than regular onions.  And they don’t burn my eyes as bad!

Cute lil’ guy!

It’s been a good balance of gym time and healthy eats.  Always a winner in my book!

I eat eggs for breakfast pretty much every morning.  The last time I didn’t have eggs was when I went out for breakfast with Jer and had Belgian waffles.  Obviously.  Belgian waffles are my very favorite!  I want to get a waffle iron one of these days, but then I might eat waffles for every meal!

4 egg whites + 1 whole egg with ham and a sprinkle of colby-jack cheese

For lunch, I’ve been doing a ton of lettuce wraps.  They are just so bright and fresh, perfect for hot days.  Delicious, I assure you.

Lettuce wrap with ham, turkey, hummus and avocado.

a quarter of a very large acorn squash, plus two lettuce wraps with hummus and avocado. One with leftover tilapia and one with grilled chicken.

And hummus, in case you haven’t noticed has appeared in almost every meal.  I kind of got sick of it for a while but lately I can’t stop eating it.  

This won’t last a week

I did something incredibly smart when I got home from the store this week.  I chopped up all my raw veggies and put them into individual bags.  Now I have easy ready to go snacks!  I’m slow, but trainable. 😉

Smarty pants!

 

This week’s dinner winner was fish tacos hands down!  I don’t know why I don’t make these more often, they are one of my favorites.

Tilapia cooked with taco seasoning, lettuce, salsa and freshly made guacamole. Yummm..

I ate three and I was stuffed.

 

But there’s always room for dessert!  Especially one that only takes about 30 seconds.

Quick peachy crumble!

Summer time always makes me think of peach cobbler, so I got the idea to make this really quickly in the microwave.

All you need is:

-cinnamon

-1/2 c. fresh or canned peaches in pear juice (I used canned since that’s what I had)

-1/2 c. granola

Layer most of the granola in the bottom of a small dish, top with peaches, the remaining granola and cinnamon.  Then microwave for 30-60 seconds. Tasty!

 

Last weekend I watched The Vow and it was one of the best chick flicks I’ve seen in a long time.  Sometimes they are too overly sticky sweet or just plain unrealistic (I was NOT a fan of Something Borrowed– why would she want to end up with such a sleezebag??)

Although the whole time I was wondering what was going on with Channing Tatum’s greasy slicked hair.  Does being trendy meaning not showering?  Not a fan, nope.  Still, if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out!

Have a good weekend!  It’s almost here!

Making habits

Have you ever noticed how tough it is to make a new habit stick, but how easy it is to break a habit??

Life is so unfair.  

I’ve been so bad about getting to the gym before noon lately.  It’s a little ridiculous.

Who are these people who naturally wake up at 6 or 7am?  Without an alarm clock?

My husband says that when I fall asleep, I fall into a coma.  That I remain motionless and in the exact same position all night.  I think that might be a little bit of an exaggeration.  But not much.

Waking up is so hard.  I can’t be the only one who thinks this?

Thank you Zooey, you get it.

So despite the fact that I’m a terrible morning person, this morning was surprisingly productive.  I cooked tons of meals for this week and portioned them out for myself.  This is a huge pain in the butt.  It really doesn’t take much time, but it’s the action of setting aside the time and actually doing it that seems to be the hard part.

I swear it is the easiest way to save myself when I just want to grab something quick.  Because let’s face it, not being in school has kept me pretty busy.

Not.

I’m bored.  When’s summer school start?  (Two weeks, if you really wanted to know.) Famous last words.

Please note: I do not think I came up with this idea.  Not in the slightest.  However, it’s still a good idea.  Try it sometime.

I’ve been reading a new book recently:  Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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It’s pretty good.  It is a dystopian novel, like Hunger Games, which is why I figured I’d be interested in it.  I have to admit, at first I reeeally wanted it to be a continuation of Hunger Games which, of course, it isn’t.

But now that I’ve stuck with it, I’m actually really enjoying it.

Wanna see what I’ve been eating lately?

Sooo many egg whites. And a double fiber English muffin with strawberry jam. How did that get in there?? 😉

Sauteed spinach, egg whites, strawberries.

Sometimes salads are a hit or miss for me.  I choose bad combinations and find myself picking stuff out.  This one was a winner though!

Chopped salmon burger, romaine, spinach, grape tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber and feta with poppyseed dressing (not pictured).

This is my “berry” favorite new snack.  Hee, hee, hee.

Strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, drizzle of honey

Green smoothies never get old for me.  However, I couldn’t ever have one for a “meal”.

Spinach, pineapple, banana, water, milk, vanilla protein and flax.

And because woman cannot survive on chicken alone:

Al Fresco roasted pepper & asiago chicken sausage. Yum!

Chicken sausage sauteed with spinach and sweet onion. Plus half a sweet potato with a smear of smart balance and plenty of cinnamon.

Look how big Jax has gotten.  He’s all legs and ears.  And quite feisty.  Though very sweet at the same time.

Hit the ground running

Hi friends!  Good news!

I feel more like myself than I have the past few weeks.  Getting back in alignment and getting over being sick does wonders for appreciating health!  It’s no surprise how different elements of our health impact each other (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional) when one is out of balance!

This week, I hit the ground running (not literally, mind you) getting back into the gym and back into phase 2 of LiveFit.  There is something to be said about a nice 2 1/2 week hiatus, because I definitely felt energized and ready to work hard.  I definitely believe in the importance of rest weeks or days to give your body a chance to heal and rest.

Except, maybe the fact that the resuming week, everything gets sore very quickly.  Whoops.

As I was doing yard work this evening, (oh it never ends!!) I found my mind wandering the way it usually does when there’s too much silence.  I started thinking a lot about karma.

I actually think karma is kind of a hokie, hippie word.  It has a lot to do with your attitude:

It just boils down to being a nice and maybe letting go of things from time to time.  After all, we only have so many hours in each day, week, lifetime.  We can spend them doing and thinking positive things or doing and thinking negative things.

There’s also something to be said about how we deal with negative life experiences.  People aren’t perfect, despite our best expectations.  They hurt our feelings, snub us, make us mad, betray us, lie to us, disappoint us and leave us feeling defensive and maybe even insecure about ourselves.

How do we deal with these experiences?

Just think what this world would be like if we all were a little kinder.  If we smiled just a little more at each other.  If we gave each other compliments instead of criticism.

If we took things a little less personally, got a little less offended and took a second to consider that everyone has much more on their plate than it may seem.

I can’t control how others act, but I do have control over how I act.

Do I want to be known as a positive person or a negative one?

I know this post is a little sentimental, but it’s what’s been on my mind.

Now, who’s with me?

Peacefully,

p.s. None of these images are mine.  I got them all from pinterest.  Now you know.

Thursday Things

Yessss… time for a list.

1.  Those who follow me on Pinterest know that I have no life.  Or an addiction to Pinterest.  Quite possibly both.  I think my favorite thing on there are the quotes.

I’m pretty sure that I could write a post every week with all the quotes I love.  What’s your favorite quote?

2. At my very first chiropractic adjustment, I got the giggles.  Which I guess is my way of coping when I’m nervous (it could be worse right?) And I’m not talking about a little tee-hee here and there.  Oh no, I had full on belly laughs.  What the heck is wrong with me?!  However, it’s been two weeks since I started seeing a chiropractor and the relief is unbelievable.  I’m not cured, but I sure feel a lot better.

3.  Just when I was feeling ready to get back into the gym, I’ve come down with this horrible sinus infection.  Yuck.

4.  I have little (if I’m being honest) to no fear of public speaking, or large spiders.

But let me tell you: preparing to apply to nursing schools is TERRIFYING.  Yup, I fear failure.  Too bad fear doesn’t burn calories.  Or does it?

Except maybe heights… and ghosts.  I hate those slightly more.

5.  You know what’s kind of great about being a woman?  You can cry, at the drop of a hat, for no apparent reason at all, and it’s perfectly acceptable.  As long as you remember to mop up all the mascara afterwards.

6.  I could never meet a celebrity.  Never.  I would totally embarrass myself and giggle the whole time.  And either talk non-stop or stare at the floor.  But if I did, I would want to meet AnnaLynne McCord.  Am I the only one who thinks she is drop dead gorgeous?

Love her.

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7.  With all this time being laid up, I’ve been painting my nails a lot more.  I’m kind of getting into the whole one nail painted different thing. Actually, I like it a lot!

 

I bought this bright coral a year ago, and never really got into it.  But now I think it’s my favorite color!

I love my wedding ring, I do.

 

8.  Eggs + spinach sauteed with smart balance and a little lemon juice has been my #1 breakfast lately.

 

9.  Has anyone had this before?  I’m curious what you thought of it.

I thought it tasted… very healthy.  And like grass.  I hope my body liked it.

10.  Strawberry season is upon us…  Which means the return of my favorite strawberry spinach salads!

Maybe I’ll have another one for lunch today.

 

Have a good one!

 

A-Z

Wow, you guys are terrific.  Thanks for all the love on my last post about whiplash. It means the world to me to have so much support!

A is for age: 26 years young!  (shhh… don’t tell anyone I’m officially in my late 20’s)  Apparently, I’m already losing my memory because I still tell people I’m 23 on occasion.  That is my favorite number after all.

B is for breakfast today: pumpkin spice protein pancakes!  I have no idea why I waited so long to get on this bandwagon.

C is for currently craving: Cheese pizza.  Lemon meringue pie.  Particularly this one.

D is for dinner tonight:  Yikes, I have no idea, and no food in the house.  Here’s what I had for dinner last night:

Rice pilaf, shrimp, broccoli

E is for favorite type of exercise: Weight training has become my number one!  I’m still a pilates lover though.

F is for an irrational fear: Car accidents.  “Face germs” on my husband’s pillows.  Ticks *ew*

G is for gross food:  I’m not very easily grossed out.  Once I saw baby octopus salad, that looked pretty gross.

H is for hometown: I guess you could say Boise, ID since I’ve lived here the longest.  My dad was in the Air Force so I was born in Cheyenne, WY and then we lived in Albuquerque, NM for a while before moving here when I was 9.

I is for something important: My husband.  My dogs. My mom.

J is for current favorite jam: Strawberry!  Or pineapple peach.

K is for kids:  Zero.  But I want a couple in a few years.

L is for current location:  My kitchen counter.  Where much blog stuff happens.

Gee, I don't know if I've ever shown you my kitchen before.

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  bodybuilding.com  They are based out of Idaho and I support local!

N is for something you need:  A (spray) tan.  A new bikini.  And a beach.

O is for occupation:  Student.  CNA.

P is for pet peeve:  People who follow too close (seeing how I’ve been rear ended twice in a year).  When you are in the grocery store and a group of three or four thinks they need to take up the ENTIRE aisle.  Grrr…  When some people think they are “above” others.

Q is for a quote:  “I love you with all my butt.  I would say my heart, but my butt is bigger.”  Hee hee!

R is for random fact about you:  I love to paint.  Sadly, it’s been years but I hope to get set up in the office sometime.

S is for favorite healthy snack:  banana or Greek yogurt

T is for favorite treat:  Chocolate.  Or fro-yo. Or cheesecake.  But not together.

U is for something that makes you unique:  My mom is from Canada.  My dad is from Alabama.  Pretty sure I’ve yet to meet anyone with that family combo.

V is for favorite vegetable: sweet potato

W is for today’s workout: a walk with the doggies

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Well!  Before this month it was just my teeth. And even those are boring.  But now I’ve had my neck x-rayed.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Cleaning out the fridge/freezer and my cabinet under the bathroom sink.  Time to purge!

Z is for your time zone: Mountain time.  Holla!

A Story of Whiplash

Here’s a little story for you:

Once upon a time, I got rear ended.  Pretty hard.

It sucked.

I felt like I got hit by a truck the next day.

But I got my car fixed eventually and went on my merry way.

I felt alright, some body and neck soreness and headaches.  But I figured it was just from working out so hard.

I figured I had whiplash, but that a little heat and ice would surely make it go away.

Fast forward to a month later.

Headaches more often, but I brushed it off as sinus allergies.

As I was leaving the gym, there was a free chiropractor screening.

I thought, “ok, let’s see how bad my neck really is”.

The first thing the woman asked after the scan was if I had been in a car accident recently.

Why yesssss….

Because, she said, I had pretty bad whiplash.

Crap.

A few vertebrae in my neck had been knocked out of place, a few more in my upper back were twisted, my neck’s curvature was practically non-existent (though that isn’t necessarily from the accident) and I had dislocated a few ribs.

Here is what the normal curve of the neck should look like.

Here is an x-ray similar to what my neck looks like. (source)

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The worst part has to be the dislocated ribs.  Anytime I sneeze or laugh or yawn or take a deep breath, there’s a sharp pain in my back.  I always forget ribs go around the back too, not just the front.

Of course the anatomy nerd that I am, I was thrilled by the anatomy lesson my chiropractor gave me about my spine and how it affects the nerves that go to all parts of the body.

Let me just say this: I was pretty skeptical of the chiropractor. I’d never been to one and kind of assumed they were a lot of bogus.  I think like any medical professional, there are a lot of misconceptions.  I really didn’t understand what they did until I visited myself.

The chiropractor I visited is actually really great, which is good because I’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Needless to say, he’s told me to take it easy for a little while so that my adjustments will stay in place while the muscles and ligaments heal.

So where does that leave LiveFit?

Let me say this: LiveFit works.  I’ve definitely seen my hard work pay off already.

However, since I lost a few days after my accident and here and there from debilitating head/neck aches, I wasn’t able to keep up with the workouts as much as I would have liked.

My plan for the last couple weeks has been to go back to phase 2 when I’m more on the mend.

And don’t worry: I am on the mend. 🙂

The final stretch

Um, hi.

I was gone the week before last.  And then I had intentions of being back.  But for some reason (cough*sucky internet* cough) it didn’t happen last week either.

Well, not gone, I was at home.  Or at the gym.  Kind of the same thing these days.

LiveFit has taken over my life.  But I’ll get to that.

 

Let me give you a quick run down:

Jax is still a cutie but is becoming a bit of a mischief.

We went to dinner and I ordered this fabulous jalapeno tilapia.  Too bad my body is much too used to my super clean eating diet and it was too rich.

I had the Cesar salad because it was my cheat day.

I made an amazing egg white salad with fat free greek yogurt, onion powder and s&p.

Jax gets a bath about once a week.  He always manages to roll in, er, the yard.

Chicken burger (with mustard and ketchup added later), sauteed spinach and acorn squash.

 

We went to Joe’s crab shack last weekend.  I heart crab.  My husband always eats faster than me.

Crab is the only exception.

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As for LiveFit.

This is the other reason I haven’t been blogging.  Week 9 was tough.  And I was sick for two of the workouts.  Yes.

As in last week was a 9 out of 10 (only because I only wanted to puke— but didn’t).

This week has been easier.  I recover quicker, cursing working set + active rest (do the first exercise, and then instead of resting, perform the active-rest movement (for example, jump rope). Immediately repeat the first exercise.  As in 2 exercises, back to back, three times in a row.)  Superset + active rest combo?  (two exercises back to back, then an active rest of mountian climbers or burpees or some other form of torture and repeated 3 times without stopping– theoretically.)

Atleast I can say I’m learning quite a lot.  And becoming a little tougher… I’d like to think.

I’d say it’s been 8 out of 10, if only because I started the carb cycling portion which is a huge pain in the butt.  Counting calories is mind numbing enough, but low carb days make me just plain stupid.

I can gladly add fitness model to a list of careers I never want.

I’m actually surprised I’ve survived 3 low carb days.  It’s probably because I have no tempting carbs (read: bread) in the house at the moment.  The apple cinnamon protein bars are actually quite good!