fitness friday — July 19, 2019

fitness friday

Worked out with my neighbor today. I am proud of myself! First of all, working out is not my idea of fun. I’m not one of those people that feeds off others energy at the gym. I usually just want to get through my workout and leave as soon as possible. I really just want to fit in my pants. That’s my goal. I know there are many other benefits to working out, but I tend to lose site of them when I actually have to do it.

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So we went, we did about 20 minutes of cardio, weights and lots of talking. The talking was probably my favorite part. Lots of stuff to be grateful for today. Exercise, hubs working, swim with my tot, and it’s Friday! Enjoy your weekend my friends. It’s gonna be a good one.

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what if wednesday — July 18, 2019

what if wednesday

I tried Zumba today. To say I was uncoordinated would be an understatement. As I attempted to shake my booty to the beat and not fall down, the mind game continued…What if I couldn’t get through all the routines? What if I had to stop and therefore embarrass myself? I’m a pro at the What If game. The only thing is, nobody wins at the What If game. There are only losers.

Lesson learned: I need to let go. I need to trust. I need to stop striving. God knows I’m not perfect and yet He loves me anyway. Which means I need to practice loving myself and allowing life to unfold as He leads the way. Despite my inner dialogue, it was a blast. I went with three of my neighbors. I can’t wait to do it again.

Mangia Monday! — July 15, 2019

Mangia Monday!

Crunch Bars

One of my favs. Enjoy!

Stuff

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Steps

  • Start by lining an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt coconut oil (1/2 c) with cocoa powder (1/2 c) in small saucepan on low heat.
  • Add maple syrup (5 tbs), vanilla (1 tsp), and salt (1/2 tsp). Mix well.
  • In a bowl, mix the shredded coconut (1/3 c) and rice cereal (1 c) with melted chocolate mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour mixture into pan. Level it out.
  • Place in fridge or freezer until completely set.
  • Lift the bars from the pan using the parchment paper.
  • Cut into bars (note: they might not cut evenly – they break a bit like bark).
  • Keep leftovers in fridge or freezer.

Inspired by: https://www.servedfromscratch.com/chocolate-crunch-bars-vegan/

Fri-YAY — July 12, 2019

Fri-YAY

Friday’s aren’t always fun for me. Coming from the corporate world, I did adopt the Friday fun day mentality, but now that I’m a stay-at-home mom and freelance graphic designer, I still appreciate Friday, but for other reasons. I don’t work for the weekend anymore (sometimes I have to work on weekends now 😑). However, I am trying to set some healthy boundaries. Such as:

  • Check-in on computer, but don’t respond to emails unless necessary.
  • No looking or applying for jobs.
  • Start an inbox/to-do list for Monday vs. tackling it asap.
  • Slow down.

The last one is for every day, but I especially don’t like to feel rushed on the weekends. They are meant for rest. God gave us 6 days to get our stuff done. Time to take a breath and be.

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Wellness Wednesday — July 10, 2019

Wellness Wednesday

I started my day with a nourishing video call with a new friend. He’s a wise man that’s been on a similar path as me. We both struggled with infertility and now he’s made a business out of it. He offered me a few free sessions and man did I love it. It was powerful tapping into the past and where my anxiety was learned. I love his philosophy: “Anxiety is not how we’re wired, it’s learned.” He believes that if we work on ourselves, the fertility journey can be traveled a little easier. So true.

Continuing on my wellness track, I did some yoga this afternoon. I love this girl and her videos – this is the one I did today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKsu112bzHE&t=0s

To end the day, I’m doing this. I’m trying to get more consistent with blogging. I really enjoy it. I’m also joining my online bible study group shortly. Connecting with others really is healing. How are you practicing wellness today?

Munch Monday — July 8, 2019

Munch Monday

Trying something new folks…here’s a little recipe for you that’s one of my favs:

PROTEIN BITES

stuff:

  • 2/3 cup creamy nut butter (use whatever you have on hand – I finished up a jar of hazelnut spread, sun butter & almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used coconut)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons nut milk (I used coconut/almond)

steps:

  • Combine all the ingredients (eyeball it – no need to measure anything) in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. If it’s too crumbly, add a bit more milk, pb or honey (something wet). If it’s too wet, add a bit more oats or another dry ingredient of your choice. It should look somewhat crumbly, definitely not a batter consistency.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes (so they are easier to roll)
  • Form into bites. Rolling them didn’t work for me as they would fall apart. I used a cookie scoop, but this is not necessary. To form them, use the palm of your hand and keep rotating slightly to form ball.  I got about 16 bites out of my mixture.
  • Store them in the fridge for up to a week.

I like to eat these pre workout or when you need a quick chocolate fix (at least you’re getting some good stuff too) 😉

one year ago… — July 5, 2019

one year ago…

ONE YEAR AGO:

  • I was starting a new job. A job I took over another. I left a life of “security” and moved on to what I thought would be the next and final work chapter of my career. But it wasn’t meant to be. I was let go 9 months later.
  • My son wasn’t walking. He was cruising, but no full walking on his own yet.
  • I was celebrating 1 week in my new home with my husband and son. It was home, but not really, not yet. I love to nest, but wasn’t really able to due to starting my new job so quickly after the move.
  • I had just had an awesome 4th of July celebration with my family and in-laws up the street. A big reason we moved here when we did was them. They moved here 2 months prior. It’s so nice having family close by.
  • I was still in the honeymoon phase. Life’s changes are fun at first, but eventually you remember. You remember what you’ve moved from and what’s to come is new and uncertain. It’s scary. It took about a month before my rose colored glasses fell off my face.

TODAY:

  • I’m self-employed and a full time mom. It’s nuts. I struggle almost daily with “oh no” thoughts, but God does provide.
  • My son is now running circles around me. Lord help me!
  • I’ve been in my new home for over a year. Man how time flies. How did that happen? It took quite some time to settle in. Still settling in now, but it’s definitely feeling more like home every day.
  • We celebrated the 4th like crazy yesterday! Went to a friend’s house, ate platters of food (almost puked), swam (almost sank), slid down water slides, & watched fireworks. It was a blast. Gatherings can raise my anxiety a bit, but once it passes, it’s great to experience the joy of people and the spirit of the holiday.
  • The honeymoon phase has officially come and gone. I’ve replaced my rose colored glasses with multi-colored/focal ones. Every day brings new adventures and challenges. I see them. I’m grateful for them. God is guiding me on this faith walk…

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2 things — June 28, 2019

2 things

First – 

Tucha, our beloved cat passed away last week. It was awful. If you’ve ever lost an animal, you get it. He was 17 years old and passed naturally. It was wonderful to be with him til the end, but also torture. So so sad. But I know he’s chilling with his sister now.

A few days ago, I was journalling and reflecting on Tucha’s passing and asked God for a sign to know he was okay. I knew it wasn’t right to ask, but it’s what came out as I journaled. I was feeling so conflicted about it. That same night, as I was closing the blinds in the front room before bed, I saw a cat outside that looked exactly like Tucha! I know it sounds weird, but I have never seen a stray cat in our neighborhood and to see one right in front of our house, looking exactly like Tucha…it was my sign. We stared at each other for a good minute before he ran off. It was so cool. I was grateful for it.

Second – 

We’ve officially been living in our new house for 1 year. Craziness. This past year has been a little nuts, but I love living here. St. Augustine just feels like home. It’s quaint, coastal and historic. What’s not to love?

Although we are loving our new home, neighborhood, family, and friends, we’re currently on a faith walk. Hubs and I are currently both self-employed and it’s tough. Not knowing when the next paycheck is coming in is hard to accept. I know God has me on this journey to teach me reliance on Him and so much more that I probably can’t see right now. If you’re on a faith walk like me, how do you find that daily peace? I have my tools (devotionals, podcasts, blogs, etc.) but I’d love to know how you keep the faith. It’s such a journey.

Here’s to 1 year and many more to come!

sister signal — June 5, 2019

sister signal

A friend of mine recently lost a pet. It was sudden and so sad. Because we live 2 hours apart, I sent up the SISTER signal. You know how Batman has the bat signal? Same idea. I sent a text to all my girls, told them what happened, and that my friend needed someone to be with her. Thankfully, someone was available. She went to be with her and helped bury her precious pet.

Later that night, I received a call from that reliable, mutual friend of ours. She said that our friend needed me. That’s all I needed to hear. I drove there the next day and hugged her for a long time. We cried together.

When the SISTER signal goes up. You answer it.

which way is up? — May 24, 2019

which way is up?

I’ve been reading the Undaunted Devotional by Christine Caine and today’s question is:

When has it felt like life turned you upside down?

Good question. My first thought is, losing my job made me feel like my life was turned upside down. I’ve never lost a job before. Being laid off is not fun. But oddly enough, I also felt like my life was being turned right side up at the same time.

I would describe myself as a worker bee. I think it’s in my blood. I like to work. However, as I get older, I’m slowly realizing what a toll it can take. Not slowing down. Not taking care of myself. Not finding balance with work and life.  I’ve put a lot of my self-worth in what I do and how I do it. God is breaking this thought pattern…and I’m grateful for that.

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