Friday, November 23, 2012

A Day of Thanks...

Today was a great day! Getting to spend the day with Josh's family to enjoy good food and great company was nice. Throughout the day, I kept thinking about all the amazing things I am thankful for.

Many of my friends spent each day this month saying a different things that they were thankful. I don't participate, because I am thankful for EVERY day. But today, I really spent the time thinking about what I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. I am especially thankful for my mother. We didn't live the greatest life and we didn't always get along, but every day I face this world, I think about all the sacrifices she made to raise me, my brother, and my sister. This year she celebrated 12 years sober and I am  so incredibly proud of her for it! She's the strongest woman I know and I love her so much.

I'm thankful for my friends, the ones who stand by me through all the struggles I face and are willing to be honest with me. The ones who are there for the random calls. The ones who deal with all the craziness. Over the years I've weeded through all the friends I thought were "true" and left only the ones I can truly trust. Its been a rough learning experience, but now I know I have the best support system around me. I'd rather have a small handful of the best friends ever, than dozens of crummy ones!

I am thankful for my husband. At a time in my life where I had given up on relationships, felt useless and unwanted, and generally wanted to spend my life alone, I met a wonderful man. He let me be who I wanted to be. He supported me in the things I was passionate about. And he never made me feel like I was anything less than amazing! After 3 and a half wild and crazy years together, we married this summer in a small beautiful ceremony on the beach with our family and closest of friends! He makes everyday fun, regardless of the situation. He is a great husband and I know one day he will make a wonderful father!

And lastly, I'm thankful for a man who isn't here anymore. This week marks 15 years since my Grandpa passed away. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him. I am thankful for every day I got to spend with him, every holiday we spent together, and all the amazing times we celebrated as a family. I live everyday in his honor and know he's watching over us all. I think about all the things he hasn't been here to see; the birth of my baby sister, my graduation, my brothers graduation, first cars, first loves, and even my wedding. Its hard not having him here, but I remember all the great times and cherish them. Love you Grampy!

I hope everyone had an amazing day with friends and family!!

Peace and Good JuJu,

Monday, November 12, 2012

I made an awesome meal.....

and realized when I was done that I didn't track anything for the blog! I was in such a rush to make up some Breakfast wraps from a recipe I found, that I completely spaced on taking pics and documenting my process. I feel bad, but I will not let you down!

I used a recipe I found from Pinterest, that linked to a blog called Are We There Yet? Here is the recipe I followed/modified to make my breakfast wraps: Breakfast Burritos. I made a small batch of these breakfast wraps, without the sausage, and put them in my freezer for the next week+. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning and give them a try!

Next week, I promise to make sure I have my camera on hand! I picked up a new recipe book, Just the Two of Us Cookbook by Betty Crocker, and I will be trying a new recipe this week for the Caveman and I!  Stay tuned for more yummy foods!

Peace and Good JuJu,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Giving Up...

I give up - eating crummy foods.
I give up - being lazy about my exercise.
I give up - buying my lunch every day.
I give up - coming up with excuses NOT to exercise or eat healthy.
I give up - not checking in more frequently!

I am realizing that my life has gotten INCREASINGLY busy since we moved and go married. Home life is running a million miles a minute, work is running a million miles a minute, and coming up in a couple weeks I am going to start school again, which of course will be a million miles a minute. And in all the craziness, the one thing that always suffers if my fitness goals.

Taking a page from a fellow work out buddy Lesley, I've decided to plan every day with what NEEDS to be done, while still leaving open space for the spontaneous things. I need a schedule, a routine I can stick to, and one that will allow me to get everything accomplished, keep my sanity, and be easy to manage.

This weekend I will be working on my Google Calendar to plan my days with meal and snack times, exercise, travel time, work, anything and everything that I know for a fact can be planned. Additionally, I will finish the final touches on our Home Organization white board.
Our new Organization board!
This board is right outside our bedroom door, in perfect view of the kitchen, and in the most open part of the main living area of our apartment. You CANT miss it! I will have my cleaning schedule organized and my weekly planned meals listed to eliminate the "what do you want for dinner" debate. I used some scrapbooking tape to divide it up, and Caveman picked up some Days-of-the-Week magnets for me. I even included 2 pieces that require Caveman and I to update - his doodle corner and the " I love you because" section. So far, both have been very successful!

Additionally, I've decided I need to start being more active in the fitness community, like I was when I was successful last year. So, to help wtih that I've decided to start writing fitness posts for the gaming community I belong to, Popchix. And perhaps starting up the fitness challenges I used to do with my gaming girls! It could be fun!

So there you have it! Haven't blogged in forever, life is keeping me busy, but I don't want to slip too far away! Keep a look out, because I'll be posting more!

Peace and Good JuJu,