We survived the doldrums of January!
You may think I’m crazy, but aside from the longer days, which I love, I prefer winter to summer.
I mean, either way I’m working.
When I was young, summer meant no school, going on vacation, and fun!
Now it’s just hot, steamy, sweaty, and miserable. And the grass has to be mowed a million times.
Which is more annoying for Will than me, but still…
Anyway- summer is basically the long, hot stretch that gets us to football season.
Hopefully I’m making you more optimistic for February. 😊
How did I get off on this tangent? Let’s get back on track.
Are you stocking up on chalky candy hearts and Barbie valentines?
Gosh those days were fun/awful.
Spending time with my girlfriends and reading way too much into the valentines we got from boys.
You know, because a super hero valentine that said nothing but “Have a Super Valentine” signed by said boy totally meant we were going to get married.
I sure am glad those days are over! I’m not even sure Will and I got cards for each other the last few years. It’s just not our thing.
Awful chalky conversation hearts? Totally my thing.
Except not really.
I guess I like the conversation part more than the taste, you know?
They’re so darn cute!
We did, however, decide to buy delicious giant boxes of Godiva “for each other.” We braved the mall last weekend and bought ourselves a generous gift.
Will thinks we can just eat one each day and savor it most of the month.
I think he’s crazy.
Anyway, let’s talk life stuff.
Like how my poor husband almost fell apart last month.
He hurt his back in high school, and from time to time will have issues, but nothing major.
Last month, I kid you not, he sneezed an epic sneeze.
The sneeze of all sneezes.
A violent one that nearly shook the house.
And it literally brought him to his knees. The darnedest thing!
Then he couldn’t get up.
Yep, the guy threw out his back.
With a sneeze.
He took recovery super seriously, lots of nights lying on the floor and on a heating pad.
Guys, we’re getting old.
Like actually old.
My wrinkles are for real, and Will hobbled around for a good three weeks.
And I’m pretty sure this year I enter “mid-30s” and Will enters “late-30s.”
HOW IS THIS HAPPENING ALREADY?!?
If we ever did have kids, we’d have to hire teenagers to play and chase them around. We’d be too fragile.
So yeah. Happy 2017!
Speaking of oldness, one thing that hasn’t gotten stagnant are my workouts.
I took a recovery week in January, which was long overdue and wonderful.
I’m always recharged and refocused coming off a recovery week.
This year I’m working on increasing my workouts. I workout four days a week, and I’d like to increase to five days or find ways to sneak in extra workouts during the week.
Did I tell you a few of us at work are walking a mile every day? It’s wonderful! I can’t even tell you how good it’s been for me mentally and physically.
Most of us who have a desk job know we’re supposed to get up and walk around once an hour of so. The reality is, however, that it never happens.
Having accountability just to take a few minutes each day to get up and walk has been great!
Until summer for the aforementioned reasons.
Maybe we can go earlier?
Walk inside? Hmm…
Anyway, it’s been such a great bonus exercise.
Not only that, but up until Will hurt his back, he and I were walking every night before dinner. It was so so SO nice.
I’d leave work on time and just take my computer home if I had more to do that night, and I’d quickly change and we’d go before it got dark.
We’d talk about our days and everything in between. It’s a lovely time.
With the days staying a little lighter, it will be easier to do now. It was a bummer having Will hurt. I missed our walks, but things are on the up and we’ll be back to it this week (I think!).
As for actual “real” workouts (I consider the walking bonus ones), I’ve stayed fairly consistent.
One major downer is that I haven’t made it to the gym near as often as I wanted to over the holidays and football season.
Don’t be fooled, I was still working out and doing quality workouts, but I was doing far less heavier weight lifting. I missed it!
With football season over, and schedules more normalized, I’ll be hitting the actual gym twice a week to lift. My other workouts will be done at home and will be circuit training or HIIT with lighter weights.
I’d like to add in a third home workout, so hopefully I can phase that in this month!
Sooo let’s transition into fuel for workouts...
In complete transparency, I’ve loosened the reigns on my diet over the last several months.
And just been glorious.
I’m living life, y’all, and it’s a good thing.
Im not kidding, several years ago I was extreme about eating. I would venture to say it was unhealthy and made everyone around me miserable.
I never, absolutely ever, allowed myself treats no matter the circumstance.
For me personally, I determined that was a really unhealthy way to live. I just ended up binging on junk when I reached my willpower breaking point, and the cycle would start all over again. Great plan! Haha
I’ve found I do heaps better when I just live my life.
I eat healthy and and am mindful of my food and macros, but I also give myself room for indulgences and “flex” calories throughout the week.
I’m not training for a bodybuilding competition, so I shouldn’t be eating like it. Not only that, but I needed more calories, so that’s been good too.
Yay for food and yay for well-planned treats!
Where am I going with this? Basically, not much had changed with my diet in terms of healthy eating, but I’ve become less rigid (read: LESS CRAZY) on indulgences.
The best part of all? Nothing has changed with my overall appearance either. Yay for quality eating.
I’ll have to share one of my favorite old recipes I recently revamped soon.
Oh and if you’re curious about that whole philosophy, Metabolic Effect has some fantastic articles on hormones and keeping HEC (hunger, energy, and cravings) in check.
Welcome to the present
Back in 2013, after a wonderful night celebrating my sister’s 23rd birthday, I was sleepy and not paying attention when I fed the Bigs. My phone fell out of my pocket. Rocky chomped on it. It was ruined. Enter new phone.
Four years in technology feels like an eternity, so it was time to upgrade.
I feel like such a granny learning all the new stuff (read above paragraphs about my oldness). I got the new iPhone 7 and can’t wait to try the new camera! I’m waiting for my case to come in before I start using it.
After feeding my previous phone to Rocky, a case before use felt mandatory. Ha!
In my previous post, I mentioned my 2017 study on James.
Guys, it is killing me.
It took me the entire month to get through the first chapter.
The last couple of years have included their fair share of trials. Having lived it, and am still walking through it, I know in my heart these are trials the Lord has placed before us.
I have not lost heart, though I’ve certainly had my moments. I know what the Word says and that He is absolutely going to give us the wisdom to take the next step. We’re still fuzzy on it, but some things are finally starting to take shape. I pray these coming days and weeks continue to bring wisdom in upcoming decisions. We would welcome your prayers!
Other Random Things
I’ve entered the world of using retinol products.
(As if you hadn’t already gleaned from the above: I.AM.OLD)
Nothing strong, just a night creme that has some in it.
Why didn’t I make this transition earlier!?
Probably because I was afraid my face would peel off. Apparently that’s possible, but in stronger doses.
Reminder- look into stronger doses.
Our beloved Colts didn’t do so great this season, which was disappointing. I’m hoping with their GM change things are ok the up.
I was rooting for the Packers until they lost, now I don’t really have a dog in the fight.
So I’m Falcons all the way.
But mostly I’m rooting for the Super Bowl food.
Are you an Amazon Prime user? I recently entered the Prime world because I got a discount to join. Tell me all the reasons I should love it!
Ok, I think that’s enough for now. I hope you had a wonderful first month of 2017! Check in again soon. ❤