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WIOW: All About Thanksgiving

Today we’re talking Thanksgiving prep.

I realize it’s over a week away, but hey, I say no time like the present to make a plan.

You fail to plan, you plan to fail, yes?

My mom would be proud.

Like many of you, Thanksgiving lasts more than just a day at our house.

It’s more like an entire weekend, really.

Almost a season, if you will.

I feel like everyone has their own approach to this time of year.

Today isn’t about investigating what’s right or wrong.

Today is all about sharing my own thoughts regarding Thanksgiving and my own personal plan of attack.

The Workouts

Ah the workouts.

My philosophy is to keep to schedule.

If I scheduled an appointment with myself to workout Thursday, I workout Thursday.

Obviously if it doesn’t look like a Thanksgiving workout is going to be feasible, I plan ahead and move that workout up in the week.

However, for now I plan to workout at home Thursday. I’ll either do a workout video or one of the dozens of at-home friendly workouts I’ve created over the years.

Friday-Sunday will be gym workouts. I’ll do both resistance and cardio work all three days.

There’s a good chance all three cardio sessions will be a little longer than usual to help burn off some of that pecan pie. smile

The Food

The food.

I love Thanksgiving Day food.

I don’t even miss the turkey because I load my plate with everything else!

I know people approach this entire meal in their own way, and so.do.I.

I eat a normal breakfast that morning. Since I’m working out, I’ll drink my usual green monster followed by a high protein breakfast an hour or two later.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I eat what I want for that meal only.

I usually fill up my plate half full of veggies, and the other half with tastes of other deliciousness like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and various other yummy sides.

Oh, and I always eat a roll, too.

I drink water and eat what’s on my plate, enjoying the company of others all the while.

After I finish what was my plate, if I’m still hungry or there’s something I wanted to try and didn’t, I will.

My goal is to feel like I ate what I wanted, but not like I’m so full I need to unbutton my pants. Haha

Let’s talk dessert.

That’s pretty much just as fantastic as the actual meal.

I often make a small sampler plate of a few tastes of things I want and leave it at that.

Do I eat more at that meal compared to usual meals?

You bet.

Am I so full that I want to die after?

No.

I try to make smart choices, but there are also things I enjoy that I don’t the rest of the year.

No food guilt here.

The Leftovers

Sooo that brings up the topic of leftovers.

Will’s grandma loves to send us home with a big plate of leftovers.

I usually only take small portions those items I can’t live without, and have round two later that night long after we are home.

I don’t take more than one meal, and I don’t let them linger all weekend.

One and done.

Thanksgiving Weekend

If only Thanksgiving lasted one day.

The bad news is that the pecan pie lives on.

The good news is that I am blessed to have family in my life to enjoy...as we scoop another piece of pie onto our plates. Haha

The B-Love family has two Thanksgivings! One with Will’s family, and one with mine.

I do my family’s Thanksgiving much like with Will’s family. Only, I feel like I take more leftovers home.

Th most exciting news of all is that this year we outsourced our Thanksgiving dinner to professionals! I am so so excited about it.

It was dirt cheap and we picked the healthy menu option! Granted, we will add rolls and dessert, but hey, much better than the alternative. Plus it saves us all time in the kitchen and allows us to enjoy each other’s company!

I can’t wait to tell you how it was.
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Let’s put a bow on everything as a nice little recap:

My workouts stay the same (with the exception of increased cardio smile ).

My meals surrounding the Thanksgiving meal are pretty much the same as usual so I don’t overdo it and feel miserable after.

I load up my plate with healthy options, but I also leave room for delicious treats.

I eat dessert and don’t feel bad.

I don’t overdo it on the leftovers.

So there you go!

I love this time of year and look forward to next Thursday. I hope you do too!

Here’s to smart choices leading up to the meal, and smart choices the day after onward. smile

Ezra Nine: Brokenness

Ezra

Only one week left!

Real life.

I have some fun things up ahead and look forward to future Friday’s with you guys.

Today is all about chapter nine.

Let’s do an abbreviated recap.

Ezra learned the Israelites had intermarried among some of the locals (think Cannanites, Hitties, Jebusites...). When you read the chapter, you see he sort of lost his mind and literally pulled his hair out!

He sought the Lord in prayer and cried out to him in brokenness over their sin.

There’s a lot to cover here, but I want to only focus on two big elements.

1. Why was Ezra so distraught about these marriages?

There’s a ton of historical and biblical importance about just why exactly these intermarriages were such a big deal.

To keep it short, waaaay back in Exodus God made it very clear his people were not to marry other people of the land. 

Plain and simple.

The fact that the holy God said it should be reason enough.

However, one of the big reasons behind this command dealt with the gods these people worshipped. In merging these cultures and lives, the Israelites would turn away from the God who brought them out of Egypt and worship false idols.

If you’ve read the Old Testament, even for a few minutes, you know there was plenty of that going on.

God said it to protect his people from heartache and following after empty pagan gods.

No wonder Ezra was rocked by what was happened.

That’s great and all, but how does that apply today?

It applies in lots of ways.

We are called to guard our hearts and remain in fellowship with Christ.

It’s hard to do that if we are pursuing other “gods of this world.” Sure, maybe we aren’t saying “I dos” to Canaanites and Hittites, but maybe we are harboring bitterness, focused on work more than God, or not even acknowledging God in our lives at all.

1 John 5 tells us to “keep away from anything that might take the place of God in our hearts.”

Anything.

While it looks a little different in terms of what’s going on in chapter 9, it’s really not so different after all.

During the time I took my eyes of Jesus, I had lots of other things that took his place in my heart.

My masters program, other people that shouldn’t have, exercise, fitness, and almost anything else except Him.

It wasn’t until I woke up in the pig pods, to use a prodigal son analogy, that I realized just how far I had fallen.

I see why Ezra was so torn up. When was the last time we were torn up for sin? Broken for the way we have grieved the heart of God?

Because He feels it.

The Bible talks about how he delights in us (and even sings over us!), but Genesis is also very clear on how he feels sorrow from our rebellion, too.

I never want to hurt his feelings. I think brokenness over sin is something we (a collective “we") don’t want to take the time to deal with or take the time to ask for, but oh how we need it.

I think it’s also easy to rank our sin and not feel much brokenness over “small” sins compared to “bigger” sins.

Oh friends, it’s all sin.

I lived so long doing this very same thing. It desensitized my heart to sin until the sin became justification for more sin and more sin until I was over my head deep in sin that initially seemed so very benign.

We must ask God to break our hearts over the things that break his in order to fully obey and know him.

Whew! I sure want to keep going, but there’s another element I want to discuss from today’s chapter too.

2. I also want to touch on verse 15.

Ezra said these words thousands of years ago, but they are just as applicable today as they were then.

Verse

God is righteous and holy. Even on our best day, our very best day we still we could not stand before God.

Oh friends I’m so grateful that’s not the end of the story.

Yes, we couldn’t stand before God on our best day, but now we have a way.

Through Jesus, and through surrendering our lives to him, we can stand before God.

We can stand before him righteous, favored, adopted, and chosen. Just read the beginning of Ephesians if you don’t believe me.

Not only that, but the bible also says through Jesus we become royal priests and God’s very own possession. Ah how I love that!

We are not so different than the Israelites in this chapter, but through the grace of Jesus, we can now stand before him forgiven and as a new creation.

Oh how I long to be perfected in him, and I pray the Lord works in your heart too.

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Thanks for checking in today. I hope you’re gearing up for a good weekend! It’s going to be absolutely frigid here so I plan on baking my pumpkin protein bars as well as other healthy treats.

Catch up with you Monday!

The One with the Birthday Party & Look Ahead

Happy November, sweets!

November.

How can it already be!?

I sure hope you had a wonderful weekend full of warmth and fun. Tell me tell me!

Overall, mine was pretty delightful.

Friday was busy with Will’s mom’s birthday party prep, and Will and I didn’t get home until late. We missed all the Elsas and Lego men.

After my errands that evening, I made a salad and my favorite homemade dressing for Saturday.

Thankfully Will helped me out and picked up the pretty cake we ordered.

Only, we got home and they completely used the wrong frosting. :(

Will didn’t realize what I ordered, so he obviously didn’t say anything when he picked it up. I was kind of bummed about it, but decided to make lemonade (it was still delicious).

Saturday came early, as I decided to hit the gym before the day was underway. I did my weak in the knees workout, and also made some time to hit the elliptical.

Afterward I got ready, and it was off to grandmother’s house we went!

To grandmothers house we go!

We enjoyed the road trip and even caught some of the Sooner game on the radio before arriving. Birthday girl

The party was wonderful. It’s always nice to see Will’s family. I am very blessed to have married into such a good family.

We ate, caught up, and enjoyed a DVD Will’s dad had put together for the birthday girl. It was fun to see all her old pictures over the years.

We enjoyed birthday cake, college football, and more visiting with one another.

We headed out late that afternoon, knowing we would see them again soon with the upcoming holidays on the horizon!

Saturday evening we watched some more football and caught up on a couple shows.

Aaaand ate more cake.
The after party
Real life. 

We went to bed around 9:30, but with the time change it was really like we went to bed at 8:30. Wonderful. smile

We went to church Sunday and spent a lot of time with the Bigs the rest of the morning. It was pretty chilly yesterday, and they loved the cooler temps and we’re all energy!

Afterward, I planned to get some food prep done, only I noticed the stuff in our freezer wasn’t very cold.

Aaaand sure enough, I was right.

When it rains, it pours, right?

We kept the fridge and freezer closed for the rest of the day.

What is it about a refrigerator that’s off limits that gives you the insatiable urge to want to eat everything that’s inside!?

Everything. Even condiments seemed appealing! Haha

I got a tad stressed out, because I just bought $100 worth of groceries sitting within, and I was going to be really bummed if things spoiled.

I’m so thankful for my parents and being able to stash our stuff there. Thankfully the fridge is holding by a thread and we kept everything at home, but are having someone come out to take a look today.

Saying a prayer it’s benign and easy to fix! The fun of adulthood.

I was so blessed to get to chat with a friend yesterday, oh how I needed it! It felt good to share my heart and hear what was on hers. We prayed together, and I felt so strengthened by our talk.

So there you have it!

Now onto the week ahead.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Homemade Granola
-Candy Coma Workout
-Thursday Things
-Ezra Eight

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and start this week strong! 

Tuesday Things, 28 October 2014

Please tell me you’re watching the final season of Parenthood?

I feel like there are way too many loose ends right now and it’s going to be impossible to put a pretty bow on everything.

That’s what I want. I want Zeke to get better, I want Christina’s school to be a success, I want Amber to find her way, and most of all I want Joel and Julia to get back together.

Sadly, I feel like this is the type of show that is most definitely going to end with a little heartache (probably Zeke?) and just a continuation of life with no real definitive resolutions.

I need resolutions.

Joel. Julia. This needed to happen yesterday.

We’re getting crushed in Fantasy Football

Yes, I didn’t say we’re crushing fantasy football

I said we are getting crushed.

It’s not so fun when you’re getting crushed. Lucky for Will, he has a couple more leagues on his own that are doing better.

But that doesn’t help ours! We stink.

Although he hasn’t said it, I’m pretty sure Will thinks I’m dragging him down. smile

Don’t tell Will, but I think I’m about to bring out the Christmas music.

I’m usually not that type, but its November this week, and I think it’s totally acceptable to play it in November.

I bought cashew milk on a whim the other day

I’m an almond milk girl all the way, but when I saw this at the store, I thought I’d give it a go.

It’s good! I’m still all about almond milk, but I’m glad I gave this one a go.

What goes good with cashew milk?
Chocolate cake.

Aaaand a little stress.

Soooo Will’s mom’s 60th birthday is coming up. About two months ago, I started prodding Will and his dad to figure out what we should do for this big birthday.

We took a trip to Branson for Will’s dad’s 60th, so I at least thought it would be nice to do a party and make it a big deal.

...

Those are crickets. Week after week I would ask about it and was told they were thinking about it, look at the calendar, going to coordinate with her mom (Will’s grandma), etc.

Will told me this was his dad’s thing, and he wanted to take the lead on deciding what we should do.

As I anticipated (I should have known leaving it up to the boys!), even with my early gentle reminders, nothing got done and everything is going to be last minute.

I was a little frustrated, as now Will’s grandma, aunt, and I are trying to put a little something together and still make it a big deal.

Thankfully my mother in law has a good and gentle spirit and I’m sure she will be tickled that we thought of her regardless of how it comes together.

But seriously.

Chocolate cake.

That’s all you really need for a party, right? 

Thursday Things 23 Oct 14

1. I’m pretty sure I’m incredibly annoying at football games.

Last year I determined it was highly probable I was annoying.

This year I determined it is most definitely true.

I’m most definitely annoying at football games.

Although rarely overly boisterous, I often interject commentary and thoughts on the plays, flags, players, and well, anything else.

It’s annoying. I want to tell myself to shut up.

In fact, 99% of the time, I’m talking out loud to myself, as my dear die-hard football fan husband not only watches the game alongside me, but also listens to it on the radio (yeah I know- it makes no sense to me either).

I’m much more conscious of my commentary, and am trying to dial it down a bit. However, I make no promises.

So to those in the rows behind and ahead of me: please ignore and forgive me. What can I say, I love college football.

2. I want to live inside pumpkin spice lattes.

I know.

So typical.

The minute the clock hits October we’re all about lattes and scarves and everything harvest-y.

But seriously.

There’s a reason.

It’s because all those things are lovely.

So please let me guzzle my pumpkin flavored everything in peace. Click here for a delicious cleaned up version of our beloved latte.

You’re welcome.

3. Can we please freak out over the fact that next week is November!?

I feel like much of my recent adult life has been a whirlwind, especially after Layla was born.

But seriously.

Where the heck did October go!?

I relish these fall months and I can’t believe how quickly they are slipping through my fingers.

4. Peanuts in your coke
Soooo apparently this is a thing.

An actual thing.

Like a whole craze I missed.

Please please tell me you have no idea what this means.

Because seriously- it’s NOT a thing. At least in my book.

Long story short, my sweet country boy Will informed me putting peanuts in your coke (regular old coke NOT diet) was a thing “back in the day.”

So I called my parents and sure enough, it was a thing.

So tonight I am going to be schooled on the art of “countrified” soft drinks.

Truth.

5. I do NOT hate puppies and babies
Oy.

So about a month and a half ago, I scheduled a meeting with our friends from the north.

The meeting was set for Tuesday, the 14th. They accepted, made no comment about it, and we were good to go.

Except....

Do you know what last Monday was in Canada?

Thanksgiving.

Thanks-flipping-giving.

I had these guys travel to Oklahoma on their Thanksgiving holiday.

What a selfish American jerk!

I obviously had no idea (because Duh! Everyone knows Thanksgiving is in November) and completely forgot theirs was in October.

Aaaand Canadians are so nice that of course they didn’t even say something.

So yeah. I hate sunshine and flowers. Except not. I’m sure those guys may say otherwise though!

Can you believe I did that!?

I feel like I should send them a cornucopia as like a peace offering or something. Thoughts?

WIOW: Fall Football Fitness Goal Follow-updates

Wiow

That title is a mouthful!

Tuesday I bared my bio screenings, and today’s another dose of truth! Today we’re following up with my Fall Fitness Goals! 

You didn’t think I was going to let myself off the hook, did you? smile

About a month ago, I established a few goals I wanted to stick to during football season- the time of seven layer dip and football cupcakes.

And everything pumpkin.

I thought it’d be a good idea to check in and see how things are going now that football season is well underway.

Truth be told, the last couple weeks have been a bit of a challenge for eating and exercising, as we were in Texas for both of them, but nonetheless I did manage to still sneak some workouts in and eat as best I could.

Enough chatter- let’s look at those goals!


Stay consistent with my usual 5 workouts per week, but also add in 2-3 cardio sessions of 20-30 minutes each depending on my work schedule.

So far, this has been going daily well.

Three weeks ago we went to Dallas for the OU-TCU game, and two weeks ago we were in Dallas again for OU-Texas weekend.

That meant I had to modify my workouts.

A few years ago I would have stressed out and found a way to pound hours on the hotel gym treadmill, but now I keep things functional and realistic.
Did I log those extra cardio sessions last weekend?

Nope.

But I did workout all three days, which I consider a success.

Aside from those two weekends, I’ve been consistent with my cardio and I’m pretty proud, if I do say so myself.

I’m not a cardio girl, so this is a pretty big deal!

Keep diet, calories, & macros in check

Check, check, and check.

For the most part, I’m crushing my diet. That excites me. I feel like diet is the crux of my success or failure, so keeping on track makes me happy.

I’ve been on point with my goals, and when I don’t have healthy options (hello Texas state fair!), I either bring along something or do my best.

I’m snacking and planning ahead. Allowing indulgences helps make things so much easier, too.

Allow flex calories throughout the week.

This is most definitely one of the reasons I’ve been able to keep on point with my eating goals.

Giving myself the flexibility to have a specific set aside amount of “flex” calories allows me to indulge a little here and there without food guilt or feeling like I have blown it.

It helps my outlook and also, as counterintuitive as it may sound, keeps me on track.

Eat fair food and not feel guilty

Definitely did this.

I had a vegan Dole whip cone, French fries, peanut m&ms, a piece of fried mac and cheese, and pizza for dinner that night.

So yeah.

Definitely lived it up and didn’t feel bad at all.

Not one iota.


Incorporate at least two strolls around the block each week.

So here’s where I’ve lacked. I’ve definitely done more walking with all this beautiful weather, but have not been consistent about evening strolls like I had hoped.

This is definitely an area for improvement.

Can we talk about why the first hour after arriving home from work is always complete madness!?

My drive is a little hairy and then from the time I get home it feels a bit like chaos all the way until 30 minutes after dinner when everything is finally done, put away, and prepped for the morning ahead.

Anyway, by the time I get all my usual “night stuff” done, I’m spent. Plus we go to bed so early that walking doesn’t really appeal to Will after a long day with such a short night together at home.

I may just have to do one quick lap myself while dinner cooks, or be extra sweet so Will comes along with me. smile

That’s the update on my fall football fitness goals. I need to work on walking, and stay on track with everything else.

Did you make any goals this fall? Do you find it harder to stay on track this time of year?

posted in Food Affairs,Health & Fitness bullet permalink bullet 10.22.2014

Tuesday Things, 7 October 2014

Guys, there’s a fly in our house that I can’t catch, and it’s driving me batty.

It's a proverbial cat and mouse game, only with me as the unlucky seeker and the fly as the annoyingly speedy hider.

It consumed the better portion of my first half hour after getting home yesterday, and I still came up empty handed.

Perhaps the spider will take care of him for me? Shudder.

Well girls, Will put me to work last week.

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Our beloved Teddy, while adorable and rambunctious, is also a digger.

So, we’ve been spending time over the last couple weeks leveling the back yard.

It’s been a blast.

Except not.

I will say I’ve gotten quite an upper body workout with all the shoveling!

I’ve also been brushing up on my art skills
I was shocked Layla stayed put long enough to for me to work on this masterpiece.

I don't want to brag, but I crush coloring.

I don't want to brag, but I crush coloring.

I entitled it “Olivia paints a masterpiece.” smile

She kept taking every color I had in my hand, obviously because she was jealous of my superior coloring skills. I powered through and didn’t let her bring me down.

I wasn’t able to finish, but I’ll be back. You can count on that.

I’m so mature. 

I didn’t get a data usage warning this month!
You can usually set your clocks to the text message I get alerting me of my data usage. 

I’m pretty pumped this month because I didn’t get one!

I’ve really been trying to limit my time online. I’m tired of wasting time on nonsense that isn’t edifying myself or others.

I decided I want to be more intentional with how I peruse and post on social media. If I can’t honor God or encourage others, I’m not going to waste time with it.

Anyway, I was pretty excited not to get a data alert. Praying I will be wise with my time online this month, too.

It’s Monopoly time at McDonald’s again
Which means Will is killing me.

I don’t know what it is, but he gets sucked in every.single.year.

He’ll find any reason for me not to cook dinner so he can get fast food for himself (I just warm up frozen veggies and call it good). He’s already got a fat stack of codes (laid throughout the house) and it just started!

We also drove a little further on the way home from the game last weekend so we could go to McDonald’s instead of the other options a few miles earlier.

I even obliged his obsession by ordering something with peel offs. 

I’m dying guys.

Alright, that’s my randomness for the day. Anything you care to share?

Thursday Things, 23 Sept 14

Confession- I have not seen Frozen.

I know.

Can we still be friends?

Will’s brother is staying with us Thursday night.

Usually visitors call for fanfare and creation of the fake house, but as you may recall, I’m going a little more lax on all that craziness.

Sure I want the house to look nice, but I’m not going to kill myself to dust baseboards tomorrow night for our guest.

It’s about balance.

And hospitality.

And offering dessert never hurt either. smile

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed when I look at my upcoming calendar.

I don’t know why, but it seems to be hitting me hard. I stopped being a worrier a long time ago, yet recently it’s begun to creep up inside my heart and I hate that!

I mentioned big changes soon, and part of it is related to that, as well as other things. Praying for peace and the ability to gracefully plow through

I wash my hands about 20 times a day

This seems a little excessive, yes?

Essentially it’s like getting up every hour from whatever I’m doing and taking two minutes to wash up.

I obviously don’t methodically time all this crazy hand washing, but between constantly picking up after & handling dogs, handling food, picking up after & handling dogs, bathroom breaks, picking up after & handling dogs…

Well you get the idea.

Anyway, between all that and weightlifting I’ve given up on soft, beautiful hands.

I have this slight suspicion people are alarmed by my man hands and firm grip the first time they meet me. Ha!

Still no spider
Still freaking out.

Fantasy Football is going well

Mostly.

The team Will and I made together is kind of average so far. We had AD in our league so we had to pick up another running back when he was suspended, and the players we have that usually put up big points haven’t been as stellar.

We’re 2-1, and I’ll take it. Let’s hope the rest of the season is a winner.

Layla is killing me with her adorableness

Nothing new, but now we are buddies. Now she can say my name and ask me to come with her. She can take my hand and she can tell me she’s happy to see me.

I can have a terrible day, and her small, pure gestures of love can make me forget everything. Be still my heart.

Please tell me you still have things on last weekends to-do list that didn’t get done.

Even with the away game, and seemingly more time available, Will and I still managed to avoid a handful of things we’ve been putting off and need to get done.

Procrastination at its finest.

Sooo last week I bought French bread for a recipe we didn’t end up making.

And then proceeded to eat the entire loaf myself throughout various times the rest of the week.

I bought another loaf this week thinking I’d be able to make the recipe for which the bread would be a njce accompaniment.

But yeah… Probably not going to happen with our schedule this week.

I’m in carb coma over here guys. Help!

Anything you care to share?

Tuesday Things, 9 Sept 14

-I’m pretty pumped about this Saturday’s game.

We have a home and home scheduled with Tennessee, and they’ll be here this week to take on the Sooners. Should be a fun one!

Speaking of, I think know technology has made Will’s fantasy football football obsession worse.

Way worse.

When we first got together you’d have to go to your desktop computer and put in your lineup.

Then you’d watch the games broadcasted on the main networks.

And you’d only check your scores every so often. After all, you’d have to be near your desktop computer.

Now not only does he have Sunday Ticket and every app and mobile device known to man, but he can watch on his phone.

I’m dead.

I was lucky enough to get to sample Skintimate’s Mandarin Burst shave gel.
Confession- when it comes to shaving, I am usually a soap and water gal.

Don’t judge, I already know.

Sample

Anyway, I gotta say I loved getting to try this stuff out. It smells amazing and yes, as we already know, Skintimate is far better than plain old soap and water. Lesson learned.

Oh my goodness sake.

Have you seen this video of the tarantula dog that’s gone viral?

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have dogs or that I hate spiders, but oh my goodness guys I was cackling when I watched this video. Tears were streaming down my face, and I couldn’t catch my breath.

It’s not that funny, but I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Okay guys, do you know about the Walmart Savings Catcher?

Do it.

That’s pretty much the only place I buy groceries and I’ve used it three times and already have almost $3 accumulated on a gift card.

I realize that’s peanuts, but considering I did absolutely nothing for it and shop there all the time, I figure I might as well make some money if they’re going to do the work. Win.

Speaking of gift cards, we had a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory that was set to expire last night so we placed a to-go order to use it up.

Seriously- why is that place so great?

Or so terrible?

I suppose they’re one in the same.

I got one if their lightened up salads and skipped getting dessert.

I was so proud of myself.

Only, when I went to pick it up they took a little longer than anticipated. I was super nice about it and chatted the staff up and when I got to leave they threw in an extra piece for being so nice.

I was so proud I had the willpower not to order cheesecake. Aaaand then they took a long time and I was super nice about it and they threw in an extra piece for my kindness. Dead.

Dead.

I ate the gut bombs and am going to let Will eat my non vegan cheesecake...though I might eat the chocolatey bits?

So dead.

Since we’re talking food, the Oklahoma State Fair starts this weekend.

One of the newly debuted foods is fried gummy bears.

I’m not sure I’m down? I mean, fried anything is good I suppose. However, given the choice, if I’m going to cheat on my macros, just shut up and give me a fried Snickers. smile

Check in tomorrow to talk about why we need to change up our routine

The Sleepover One & Look Ahead

Hey sweets!

How is it already Monday?!

Seriously!

This weekend flew by, and I’m beginning today wondering just where the heck it went!

Before we get to Friday night, can we please laugh at how many beverages I have handy on any given Friday!?

Drinking problem

Camel.

I think there’s literally about 100 ounces of liquid between all these cups.

Moving on…

Friday night Will’s dad came to stay with us! He and Will went to the OU-Tulsa game Saturday, so he stayed with us so they could leave out together early the next morning.

We ate dinner and talked about his days growing up in Tulsa. He has lots of good stories.

Saturday morning started early. I hit the gym while Will and his dad headed to Tulsa.

Later that morning I went to Life Church to gather together with hundreds of other women for SISTERS! It’s a yearly event where women gather together for a time of worship and teaching.

This year Amy Groeschel spoke, and I was so blessed. She had such a gentle demeanor, yet is still able to command a crowd. I love her and I love her heart!

She spoke about standing firm in this day and time. To yield to God daily, and resist the devil.

Afterward I came home and got some stuff done and then headed to P’s for a sleepover party! Woo hoo!

We had such a fun time. We didn’t so anything exciting but it was just fun hanging out and not having anywhere to be afterward.

We are pizza, watched The Wiggles, contemplated the YouTuber “Disney Collector” (who is this chick and is anyone else creeped out?), and explored bizarre beauty rituals. Real life.

Girls night

Far different than our Chicago sleepovers, but still so fun in their own right.

Oh- and we had the most delicious pie EVER for breakfast. It was like a team of grandmas got together and created the most heavenly version of every berry pie imaginable, combined it, and tripled the butter and sugar.

Best.pie.ever

Dead.

Thankfully (?) we shared the piece so I didn’t feel as terribly afterward.

I am so glad we hung out and I can’t wait until we can again!

I came home to a house full of men. Will’s dad stayed Saturday night too, and wasn’t feeling the greatest so he ended up sleeping a little longer and having breakfast with us.

He got on the road late morning and Will and I kicked off the afternoon watching football and prepping for the week ahead.

I also managed to do Insanity. I will say pie isn’t the best pre-workout fuel. smile

Another long week ahead, but thankfully I have some fun stuff coming up!


Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-Everything Works, Nothing Works Forever
-Things I’m Loving Thursday
-An intro to Ezra

That’s all my friends! Check in tomorrow! 

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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