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33: Introverts Unite! (Quietly. In our own houses.)

I’m 33 today.

So am I technically still early 30s or have I officially moved into the dreaded “mid-30s?”

Don’t answer that.

As in years past, I wanted to take a moment today to share deep and meaningful (😉) life lessons I learned on the road from 32 to 33.

In all honesty, and as silly as it sounds, I really think I “grew up” and got to know myself better this past year.

It’s been a year of reflecting and trusting the Lord. Tossing away much of the useless nonsense that consumed my life for far too long.

It wasn’t an easy year, but it’s certainly been worth it. 💗

1. I think that maybe (??) I’ve become more of an introvert in my old age.

True story.

Growing up as an army brat that moved tons, I never had a problem making friends and being heavily involved in heaps of activities. I loved people, and I loved doing “stuff.”

Still, I’ve was always been fairly quiet and timid (unless I’m among my trusted “tribe"). I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that my preference is for more intimate, less chaotic engagements.

I still love people, and I still (occasionally) love doing “big” stuff...but in smaller doses, and with my favorite people rather than the whole farm. 😊

So yeah, kind of a big revelation I discovered this past year. Ha!

2. Triscuits are the jam.

Yes.

Go buy a box of the cracked black pepper & olive oil, or the dill ones.

Once you buy them you’ve pretty much surrendered to the fact that they have to be in your kitchen cabinet ALWAYS.

3. Social media is overrated.

I know this isn’t the consensus, especially for people my age and younger, but seriously- for me, it’s true.

I enjoy taking huge breaks from the rat race that is social media (see #1 above).

I often use Lent as an opportunity to disconnect, and find my usage continues to say very minimal afterward.

It makes me more present and aware of the moment.

Of actual life in the flesh.

Of all the little moments before my eyes I often miss when I’m buried in my phone.

No lie- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my phone and can’t remember the last 10 minutes of real life around me.

Yes, I completely agree there’s a time and place. There are so many people dear to me that I can connect with through social media when I normally wouldn’t see them except major holidays.

I also see the value in social media (um, after all this is a blog post), but I also see so much more value in investing in the life right in front of me.

All about balance.

4. Silence is golden.

(See #1 and #3)

I find I often busy myself with noise.

The radio is always on.

The TV is always on.

I’m on my phone.

I’m constantly distracted.

I can’t focus and hear the voice of God.

When I finally intentionally quiet myself and step away from the craziness of life, it feels wrong sometimes.

Because I feel as though something should be done. That I need to be acting or moving or doing.

It feels unnatural because we’re constantly faced with stimulation.

Yet, when I force myself to declutter my mind and sit in the stillness of God’s word and actually listen, I find Him. I hear His Truth and desires.

It takes focus, but He promises He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him. And it’s worth it.

5. Marie Callender’s Cherry Crunch Pie will make you hate yourself.

Seriously.

Don’t do it.

It’s so dang good, and you’re going to loathe loving it so much.

6. I enjoy at-home workouts as much as gym ones.

I suppose I always have, however given the choice, I’d always given the edge to the gym.

I love the versatility of at-home workouts in the privacy of my own living room.

Who cares if I’m sweating like a pig and don’t smell like roses!?

Boz and Lucy sure don’t mind. Haha

7. Things don’t go as planned.

Obvs.

But seriously, I’ve been extremely blessed my entire life and had been shielded from a lot of heartache.

The Lord has been doing lots of pruning on my heart in this season of trials, and it hasn’t always been easy or enjoyable.

Nonetheless, I can look back on this last year and consider all my plans and see how the Lord has steered our life in such a different direction (see Proverbs 16:9).

Not as I planned, yet I can still see His hand in it all and have peace.

8. Clean your shower every week.

Seriously. I know you probably hate it as much as I do, but DO IT already.

As we both know, the longer we wait, the worse it gets.

Need motivation?

Mix one cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of blue Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and soak your shower with it.

Let it sit a few hours and then wipe.

Game changer.

You’re welcome.

9. Truth matters.

Unpopular, but true.

We want to live in this huge gray area so as not to offend anyone, but the fact of the matter is- you’re always going to offend someone. I firmly believe there’s a way to hold the line without being a jerk, which is what the media seems to portray anytime one “side” disagrees with another.

Truth counts, so own it and stand firm in your convictions and dialogue in love, don’t yell and flail in hate.

10. I’ve become a full-blown carnivore again.

Real life.

Well… Sort of.

I still aim for more of a veggie friendly diet, but I’ve also been adding chicken and fish to my diet 1-2 times a week.

Plus I pretty much can’t turn down grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

They pretty much sent me to the edge, and it didn’t take much more to jump thereafter. Ha!

Brittny Flint-3 years old with weird chicken

11. Deep condition your hair.

And if it’s super dry like mine, do it every time you wash it. I used to think deep treatments were once a month type things until I started doing them twice a week.

Game changer. I’ll never go back now!

12. I have friends who genuinely care.

Y’all, I am so thankful for my inner circle of friends. I have been uplifted so many times this year by their love and encouragement.

13. This life isn’t mine to live.

This is the biggest lesson.

It’s something I’ve known as a Christian in theory, but have finally begun to behold.

I’m so done with trying to live my “best life now” with no consideration for standing before Jesus one day.

I want to be selfless and give more. Care more. See people more. Act more. Love more. Stand more.

Not for me or some meaningless cause, but for Jesus and Truth. Even when it’s unpopular.

I’m so done wasting my life and want 33 (and beyond) to be one of surrender and awe.

To see what God can do if I’d simply get out of the way.

So yeah.

Streams of consciousness from my heart to yours.

Here’s to 33. 💗

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32: There’s Room for Cupcakes

I’m 32 today, which is weird considering I barely remember turning 31.

WHY IS TIME PASSING SO QUICKLY!?

Like years past (and mostly because I lack creativity today), I thought I’d share some deep and meaningful life lessons from the 30s. Ha!

1. Flossing is way more important than we thought.

No seriously.

I mean, I know out dentists literally crammed this truth down our throats all.our.lives. but the truth is, they’re actually right.

Before I hit 30 I had always been a noncommittal flosser. One or two times a week. Let’s not get crazy here!

Now?

Now I’m religious.

In fact, if we’re ever out together and you have a giant piece of broccoli in your teeth (hey, it happens) not only will I gently tell you, but I’ve got you covered on the floss. It’ll be in my purse.

Real friendship, y’all.

Since we’re talking hygienic stuff…

2. Shaving my face changed my life.

Not kidding.

If you’re not doing it, start.

NOW.

3. I’m completely comfortable having no idea who Meghan Trainor or Iggy Azalea are, or what the Kardashians are up to.

I’m old. It’s ok. I’d rather do a better job keeping up with people I know in real life instead.

3. The world will not crumble if I don’t workout six days a week.

My affections used to be completely focused on health and fitness stuff.

Six days a week, rigid eating, no treats.

BOR-RING.

Don’t get me wrong, that stuff is still important to me, but I’ve found life is much more than push-ups and protein powder.

There’s room for cupcakes.

4. I’m completely fine admitting Will is my better half.

Sure, we joke about it, and I tell him I’m the better half, but seriously- Will is the best part of Will and Brittny.

No jokes, all serious.

I pray for Will daily, but multiple times throughout the week I’ll also just praise God for Will and wonder why He blessed a blonde ditzy mess like me with such a solid rock like Will.

Whew!

5. I’m never going to be ok when it’s above 85 degrees.

I’ve tried. Oh I’ve tried.

I turn into a complete sweaty mess if I have to be outside for extended periods when it’s hot.

I hate it, but it happens.

I wish I could attend your outdoor wedding at noon this July, but I can’t.

I’m doing this for you.

The focus should be on the bride. Not the weird 30- something chick that just passed out in a puddle of sweat in front of all your guests.

6.  I’m still not entirely sure what I want to do with my life.

I know, I know! I should have my life together and a little more figured out by now.

The truth is, though, I just don’t. My five year plan is a little hazy these days.

(And when did a five year plan become a thing? I have a suspicion Billy Graham, George Washington, or Mother Theresa didn’t have a mapped out five year plan or “inspiration boards,” or a “word for the year” and they turned out ok in my book)

7. I eat fish, and I’m going to keep eating fish.

In fact, I need to update my “about me” section.

I shared my post about struggling with my commitment to full blown veganism about a year ago.

While I still follow a 90% vegetarian diet, I eat fish a couple times of week these days.

8. I’ve realized how much sweeter life is in the passenger seat.

Believe me, I’ve driven my own life for a very long season, and it was miserable.

Wrong turns, flat tires, and lots of car trouble.

As I get older I find such peace in letting go and trusting Jesus. I never want to take the wheel again.

9. I love being at home.

I hate to admit this, but over the years I think I’ve become a bit more of an introvert.

Not with people I know, but more so with social media.

I don’t take a bazillion trips to amazing places or eat the most Instagram-able foods.

I honestly like being at home with Will and the dogs, or with my family or a few close friends. 

You may call me a curmudgeon, but I just call myself a little unadventurous most days. smile

10. I want to be braver.

I’ve gotten better in my old age, but I’m still quite timid! I want 32 to be a year of stepping out and taking risks.

So yeah. Lots of deep thoughts today (haha). I want to be present and enjoy 32. I want to step away from the phone and live in the moment. I want to eat pizza and not freak out, or let my house get a little dusty every now and then (um, you’re going to help me remember I just said that).

Here’s to actually living.

Here’s to 32.

Brittny Flint-2nd birthday

February Food Lately

Let’s talk about food.

And how I love it.

Like lots of people, I get in cycles of eating the same thing over and over for periods of time.

Then for some strange reason, as if I suffer a brief moment of amnesia, I completely forget about the food and go months, and sometimes even years without eating it.

Weird.

Anyway, today seemed like a good day to capture some of my recent favorites.

Who knows, maybe I won’t forget them for months on end now. smile

I have been absolutely killing my water intake. I can thank the dry winter weather.

I love tea, and always have a Celestial Seasonings multi pack in the house. 

On a whim the other day, I decided to ice their peppermint tea and add a packet of stevia.

There’s no going back.

I’ve been icing everything in their variety pack. I hung out with Layla last week, and she agrees, iced peppermint tea is delicious and refreshing.

She wanted to keep my mug!

I’m also absolutely thrilled about using my fresh herbs from the Aerogarden too!

They’re great in my big old mug.

The latest has been lime-basil.

Basil- lime deliciousness

It makes me feel fancy, like I should be in a big fluffy robe listening to ambient music and awaiting a massage.

Except I’m behind a desk and in uncomfortable heels.

At least the water is tranquil.

Lunches have been pretty cyclical, too.

I’ve been eating my favorite peanut noodle salad, sans noodles and double the slaw.

It’s great with tofu or shrimp, too.

The dressing kills me. It’s me second favorite homemade dressing.

Speaking of dressing, the other lunch I’ve been eating is centered around my most favorite homemade dressing ever.

-1 head, roasted garlic, mashed
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup vinegar (I like apple cider or rice)
-1 Tbsp grainy mustard
-Juice of half a lemon

Mix it all up and thank me later.

I keep it in my fridge and it lasts all week and sometimes longer.

Aaaand desserts.

They’ve been happening, and it’s time to confess they haven’t been vegan friendly.

I’ve been enjoying an evening treat of Greek yogurt lately.

I like adding some stevia or honey to plain Greek yogurt, and then I stick it in the freezer for an hour.

It keeps me out of Will’s ice cream, and keeps me sane.

So yeah. Just a few food favorites lately.

Tell me what you’re loving so I can add it to my food cycle. smile

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Sweet Potato Soup

Today we’re making soup.

I’m a big fan of winter soups. I like making a huge pot that lasts me all week.

It also gives me the chance to get creative.

If it’s a vegetable and in my fridge, it’s probably going into my soup.

smile

Today we’re making an easy standby I make each winter.

Sometimes other veggies get added or ratios change, but hey, that’s the beauty of soup.

This was the perfect answer when feeling under the weather last weekend.

Enough chatter. Let’s make soup!

Toss 5 chopped sweet potatoes into a huge pot that’s over medium heat.

Soup!

Add a bag of carrot chips.

Soup

Throw in a small chopped onion, and include a few chopped celery sticks.

As an aside, sometimes I’ll heat the celery and onion over a little oil to soften and flavor everything first and then add everything else, but today was all about speed!

Soup

Now slowly add a giant (28 oz) can of chopped tomatoes and 32 oz of reduced sodium vegetable stock.
Soup!

Let everything come to a boil.

Okay, now that things are heating up, let’s add some spices.

Here’s the star of my soup. Red Thai Curry.

Soup!

It has such a wonderful flavor, and adds a beautiful color.

Obviously regular curry works just fine too, and I also use a little of that in here as well!

On top of the curry, I add a little ginger, a little parika, and salt.

The soup is your empty canvas, season away!

Clamp a lid on the pot, reduce heat, and let everything simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Soup

When your timer goes off, add ladles of soup into your blender until it is about half full (if not, you’ll have a major splattery mess, I promise) and give it a good blitz until smooth. Repeat until you’ve got the desired consistency.

I like my soup full of veggies, so I’m good with only one blitz. If you like yours more soupy, blend away!

This is great with shrimp or tofu, however I didn’t add anything to today’s batch.

Bam, you’re done!

This makes 8 generous helpings of soup, at about 130 calories each.

I’m all about upfront prep that results in healthy lunches for a week!

Here’s to a healthy Tuesday. One day closer to Christmas! smile

WIOW:All About Balance

I know we just experienced a holiday devoted to pies, fowl, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes encased in butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows, but I gotta talk about food today.

Despite the Thanksgiving hiatus, I’ve made some changes to my diet over the last couple months and am compelled to share.

Earlier this year, I switched from a completely vegan diet to one allowing for more vegetarian options.

And oh man did that open up a whole new world for me. smile

While I still prefer vegan, I’ve really enjoy the vegetarian protein options available.

Prior to this switch, my diet was always heavy on carbs.

Healthy carbs, but carbs.

And I was happy.

While I was happy, my winter pants weren’t.

I was also holding onto a lot of water weight.

I love carbs and acknowledged their importance in a balanced diet, but that was the problem.

My diet wasn’t balanced.

Heck, with the job change my whole routine felt out of whack and unbalanced.

Without living on pea protein, I really had a hard time naturally achieving a completely vegan higher protein diet without also upping my carbs.

I could do it, but the truth is, I also missed B-12.

And iron.

I don’t need to tell you again. I posted all about it here.

Anyway, making the switch felt so much better.

So that’s the background.

Based on that change, I’ve recently made the decision to alter my diet a little more to be more protein focused.

In fact, I’ve reduced my calorie intake by about 300 per day by adding back more protein to my diet. I’ve felt completely satiated and don’t even notice the deficit.

I don’t think I’ll share my macro breakdown today, but I will talk about my “HEC.”

Metabolic Effect, a site I personally have found to be a great resource, talks about how much our Hunger, Energy, and Cravings (HEC) play into hormones and how we eat.

It’s not a one size fits all, that’s for sure.

When I decided to lower my carbs and increase protein, it was really important to me that I kept my HEC in check (haha).

That meant an incredibly slow process of reducing carbs and adding protein.

I didn’t go on a crash diet of slashing all carbs and eating nothing but eggs and cheese.

No way.

I cut by only a handful of grams per day to see how I felt.

The good news was that I felt just fine. Satiated and satisfied.

I still eat plenty of carbs, but I have definitely seen such a difference in my clothes by increasing my protein.

I realize this increased protein concept seems like such a “duh” moment, especially for someone like me who has done lots of my own research on the subject.

Yes, I fully acknowledge the importance of protein. I always have.

Today’s post really is about sharing my decision to harness its power in my own ability to feel satisfied and shed some holiday fluff. smile (Remember my fall football fitness goals?)

Here are just a few examples of the swaps I’ve made.

The biggest change came with my daily green monster. I LOVE my daily green monster, and I love it super fruity.

Instead of my daily green monsters with a whole banana, I’ve ditched the fruit altogether or have added low glycemic berries instead.

I also opted for a fruity greens powder to help add the flavor without the sugar.

Hands down, that’s where I started saving the most carbs. Breakfast was second.

Instead of oatmeal for breakfast, I’ve swapped for eggs with three cups of steamed greens (or something similar).

Instead of lentils or quinoa for lunch, I’ve swapped for a salad with avocado and tofu.

I’ve swapped air popped corn for organic yogurt, or my rice cakes for organic greek yogurt. This switch has been the hugest bang for my buck. We all know how much protein greek yogurt offers, and that was one was switch that catapulted my protein intake.

I’ve enjoyed my beloved mangoes once or twice a month versus once or twice weekly (money saver too!)

I’m still occasionally adding in fish once or twice a week, which also sends my protein macros soaring.

I share all this, but must also note, when I say “soaring” I really mean soaring the levels into a more balanced state.

I was easily eating 45-50% of my calories in the form of carbs many days.

Between the new job and the more hectic schedule, I stopped focusing on balance. 

Fast forward eight months and I finally woke up and realized it was time to get ahold of myself.

It started with my Fall Football Fitness goals and progressed from there.

So yeah.

Balance.

It’s a good thing.

My HEC is in check (couldn’t resist), and my winter pants are happy girls.

Thanks for tuning for this rather long ramble! Check in tomorrow!

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

At the Doc w/B-Love: A Peek at My Recent Blood Work

Alright girls, I’m getting personal today.

I’m inviting you to take a peek at my recent blood test results.

It doesn’t get much more personal than that!

I had a health screening last week.

Full disclosure- it’s been years, many years since I’ve done this.

Maybe even before we moved back? I have no idea.

As someone who claims to live a healthy lifestyle, I was embarrassingly overdue.

Probably ought to do this more than once a decade, eh?

Anyway, I was pretty pumped to see my results.

I claim to be healthy, but it was encouraging to actually see cold, hard facts.

I still have work to do (you’ll see my cholesterol is a little higher than I’d like it to be), but at least I have a baseline to compare against next year when I do this.

Notice I didn’t say next decade. Haha

Oh, and as an aside, can we please talk about the fact that Will and I got ours done on the same day?

I say I’m not competitive, but I sure did want us to whip out our papers and compare.

So sad.

But true.

Will’s results were a little sobering, but not surprising. The good news is that the reality of seeing them in black and white motivated him to make a few healthy changes.

So now let’s get to the nitty gritty. My results.

The numbers in the first column are the “desirable” numbers, the middle is “borderline risk,” and the last is “elevated risk,” with my results written on the end.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights, as well as some lovely personal commentary on how I think I can improve or stay strong.
Biometrics

With the exception of total cholesterol, I was in the “desirable” range for every single element.

I completely attribute that to exercise and my primarily vegetarian diet. I’m a firm believer both these elements were the reason I had such good results.

Blood pressure was good, but Will can attest that can fluctuate on a given day. I’m a woman after all. wink

My “good” cholesterol was through the roof, and my bad was good too, however my overall composite cholesterol was 216, with the desirable range being below 200.

I was kind of bummed to see it was a little higher than desired. I certainly don’t feel as though I’m at risk by these numbers by any stretch, however I do want to be a little more cognizant about the cholesterol I eat and where it’s coming from.

I already do a pretty good job about it, however high cholesterol runs in the family and now that I’m old over 30, it’s time to keep an eye on it.

I was surprised by my blood glucose and it answers why I have to eat before I workout these days.

I used to be able to get up and hit it hard on a completely empty stomach, but over the last year I’ve had to have just a little something or I’ll feel faint. Ha, well there we go!

As for other things, I was really disappointed in my body fat level.

Having a desk job and literally sitting for close to ten hours a day really takes a toll on a body, and getting older hasn’t helped either.

I was in the desirable range, but I really felt like it should be lower than it was. It is difficult to find ways to do more than I already do, so I may just have to find creative ways to get up during the day and move around a little more.

So yeah. We just got pretty personal. You went to the doctor with me. smile

There you have it, friends! Check in tomorrow for a goal review!

The One with Beautiful Weather & Look Ahead

Praise the Lord for the beautiful weather this weekend!

I think it’s the only thing that salvaged our Saturday.

Girls, those Sooners…

We’ll get to that soon enough. Let’s start with Friday. 

Will and I had a fancy date to Taco Mayo (they have a salad I like) and the grocery store Friday night. I hadn’t been since the week before OU-Texas, so our cupboards were pretty bare!

After our exciting night out, we came home and I made a batch of homemade granola.

Between the vegetarianism, homemade laundry soap, and now granola making I’m pretty sure any day now Will expects me to start wearing socks with sandals and living on the land. Ha!

Granola!

Anyway, the granola? It’s killing me. Recipe to come soon.

I hit the gym early Saturday. While I’ve worked out at home, I hadn’t stepped foot in the gym for 13 days! I’m pretty sure that’s my longest record.

It felt good to be back, and my legs are suffering for it (in a good way).
OU-K state18 Oct 14All smiles before the loss

The game consumed most of Saturday.

It was an 11:00 kickoff and close the whole time.

That meant we, along with 90,000 others, stayed in our seats until the last few minutes.

They break our hearts every time.

As someone that has invested lots of time, money, donations, and trips to support them, it sure is a bummer when they stink it up.

We usually take a shuttle back to our car, but we decided instead to enjoy the beautiful day and walk back.

I was thankful we walked. Not only was the weather gorgeous but the exercise was nice too.

Poor Will, he bleeds Crimson and lives for this time of year. He was super disappointed and frustrated by the loss. We walked with thousands of others, mostly in silence, and tried to enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

Afterward, we seized the beautiful day by running a couple errands and washing the car.

I also saw my mom and Layla, always a highlight.

Yesterday we got up early and went to the sunrise service, and they aren’t lying about that! The sun really was rising as we were walking in. Haha

After church I hit the gym and did some cardio and upper body work. I also watched the Colts game with Will.

I did my usual food prep, laundry, took a couple laps around the neighborhood, and even managed to sneak some time in with P and Layla and also chatted with a friend!

All in all a good weekend, full of absolutely gorgeous weather.

This is my short week, and I sure am thankful! My house desperately needs to be scoured.

I suppose I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. We haven’t even talked about the fun coming up this week!

Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:

-A dive into my recent blood test results
-Checking in on fall goals
-Thursday things
-Ezra six

Hope you had a good weekend.

Here’s to a Monday that goes fast (😊). Check in tomorrow!

The Batchelorette One & Look Ahead

Hiiiii!

We have a holiday weekend looming.

Forget that it’s only Monday, let’s get excited!

...

Okay, I realize it still feels forever away, but indulge me.

How was your weekend?!

Mine was different than most, but still good in its own right.

I was a batchelorette this weekend!

Will made a trip to Pennsylvania and back in one weekend.

20 hours one way.

Just typing that makes me exhausted.

Future disclosure to come fairly soon on why exactly Will was gone, but until then we can agree he had a whirlwind of a weekend!

And I pretty much worried the whole time. Driving that long and far is very taxing on a person. He had a friend with him, so they slept in shifts, but if was still not exactly ideal.

Anyway, with Will gone I was on my own this weekend.

If I didn’t make a game plan, I had a terrible feeling I would wake up Sunday morning in a carb stupor and find myself covered in cereal boxes, magazines, and canned frosting.

So I made a game plan. smile

Will went in early Friday, so I skipped my morning workout to help him get out the door and see him off.

The good news was that even though I skipped my usual workout, I was able to hit the gym Friday night to work back, biceps, and shoulders!

I’m not a fan of working out at night. For me, if I don’t do it in the morning, I probably won’t do that all.

However, with Will gone it gave me something to do and allowed me to “make good” on my usual Friday scheduled workout.

I got home, did some laundry, showered, and ate homemade fried rice.

Then I got to babysit!

Woo hoo.

Layla and I had a great time.

Hanging with my best gal

We played kitchen, did our hair, watched a show… I don’t know how you mamas do it.

I taught her how to hop and then march with high knees and everything in hopes it would tire her out.

Turns out I tired much faster than she. Ha!

Well played, Layla.

After she tuckered me out, I headed home with the pups.

PS- I totally hate when Will is gone, especially at night.

Saturday came early by choice.

I hit the gym and worked legs crazy hard. I’ve been going heavier lately and was pumped to bang out 5 reps of 360 on the leg press for the first time in months.

360lbs. I'm coming for you 400!

I focused on light weights and high reps for so long, and it felt good to change it up again.

As bodybuilder Dr. Jim Stoppani says, “Everything works, nothing works forever.”

I love this quote. Future blog post!

After my workout?

Well, let’s just say nothing starts your morning like a post workout slap in the face with ice cold water.

I did the ice bucket challenge. I wish I could share something witty, but all I can muster is- holy cow that water is cold!

Here’s a link to part of the video. 
Here’s my after, sopping wet.

Ice bucket challenge:After

And yes, I’m wearing the same thing as I did when I babysat Layla haha. It was well into the evening when I babysat and if I’m going to get up early the next day to workout, I sleep in my gym clothes for one less thing to do and one more reason to get up! smile

Anyway, Saturday morning we visited the Canadian County Fair in El Reno, Oklahoma!

Hanging with my best gal

We went early, before it got hot, and saw lots of animals.

The county fair!

The county fair!

I loved seeing them all. Plus seeing how friendly and playful most of them were reminds me why I enjoy animals so much and choose to follow a vegetarian friendly diet.

Layla like most of them, but was afraid of the poultry and ponies! I thought for sure she would like the horses but she was scared. Maybe next year?

The rest of the day was all about food prep and laundry. I even read part of a book, which I rarely do on weekends.

Saturday night I went back to my parent’s for pizza and hanging out.

I am so thankful for my family. I love them so much! I was bored out of my mind Saturday and am so thankful I have them so close and can spend time with them.

With Will gone, I didn’t go to service on Sunday and instead watched online. I don’t know why I’m weird about not physically going since I was on my own, and I guess I should pray about it!

I hit the gym and got a few things done, and by late morning my dear, exhausted husband was home!

He looked like a complete train wreck. From Oklahoma to Pennsylvania and back in two days. Yeah, that will do it to you.

I was so glad to have him home! I missed him so much. He slept most of the day, so we didn’t really hang out, but I was just glad to have him home.

So now we start another week. A short week with a holiday on the horizon. Woo hoo!

Let’s take a look at what’s ahead this week:

-Tuesday Things
-A gym friendly circuit
-August Ipsy Review
-A gold ring in a swine’s snout

Check in tomorrow! 

Food Lately

Hey sweets!

Let’s talk food lately.

I get on kicks and eat things for weeks on end, get bored of it, start with something new, remember the precious thing, and then the cycle restarts.

Today I wanted to share a few things that have tickled my fancy lately.

Like the fact that Morningstar finally stepped up and created a veggie burger made with nonGMO soy.

I was so excited to see these in the store, and am glad to know Morningstar listened to what so many vegetarians and vegans have been begging for.

Food lately

The burger is good, full of veggies, and doesn’t taste fake. A winner overall.

Okay, confession time.

I’m kind of anti juice.

I mean, I like juice, but so much of it is full of sugar. Plus it’s liquid calories. Calories I can use for other things like whole fruit.

Or peanut butter.

Anyway, when Will’s family visited last month I picked up this Tropicana Farmstand juice.

Food lately

I had some leftover and decided to swap out my almond milk for juice in my green monsters to use it up.

Let’s just say it was the best worse decision ever.

Or worst best decision?

I have no idea.

Let’s just leave it at being a good decision. 

It turned my green monsters into a delicious choco fruit smoothie (thanks also impart to my chocolate protein powder).

I’m not going to make buying this stuff a habit, but I definitely see myself doing this as a treat again fairly soon.

The 90s called and they want their food back.
Food lately

I had an insatiable craving for something crunchy and salty last week. All too often I succumb to digging through Will’s chip bag for the tiny pieces at the bottom just to kill the craving.

As an aside, why are those tiny pieces so darn good!?

Anyway, on a whim I tossed these guys I to my cart. Like juice, I kind of feel like rice cakes are airy nothingness and empty calories.

However, here’s the thing. Either I eat 150 calories worth of super processed greasy potato chips, or I eat two rice cakes for a total of 70 calories.

If I mix together some PB2 as a topper, I still have a crunchy and salty snack for under 100 calories.

It had to be done.

I don’t know why, but I totally think of the 90s, Billy Blanks, and neon when I think of rice cakes.

Here’s my lunch this week:

Nigella’s Beetroot Feta Pecan Salad.

I’ve said it a hundred times before, and I’ll say it again. I have a total girl crush on Nigella.

I don’t often make anything she cooks, but I find such soothing pleasure watching her cook.

These stuffed poblanos are de.lic.ious.

I made them for dinner last week and they were a hit. I substituted brown rice and even veganized my portion and omitted the sour cream and cheese, and they were still delicious. Yum.

Guysssss. You have to talk me out of making whoopie pies this weekend.

Help!

I used to make these sorts of things all the time years ago when I wasn’t into healthy eating.

And they were magnificent.

Actually they are magnificent.

They’re super easy too. You use box cake mix and can frosting, and then sort of oomph it up a bit with your own ingredients.

Anyway, I saw something on TV that made me think about them and now I.cant.stop.

I’m thinking if I impulsively decide to do it, I need a game plan…

and since I basically have decided to do it, here’s what I’m thinking:

-1/3 to my parents
-1/3 to P and Layla
-1/3 for me and Will

That’s 4 a piece, which is much more manageable.

I’d hate to find myself hiding out in our back bedroom with the entire pan, crying while watching You’ve Got Mail. #eatingyourfeelings

Good plan.

That’s all she wrote today.

Anything I need to add to my cart?

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 8.19.2014

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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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