Archive for April, 2013


1. People who have a wedding board on Pinterest and don’t even have a boyfriend confuse me. How can you plan a wedding if you don’t know who you’re planning the wedding with?? Don’t you think he’ll want SOME input — at least a tiny little bit?

2. It really grosses me out when people post pictures of their peed-on stick to announce that they’re pregnant. I’m happy for you, I really am, but please don’t show me something that has your urine on it. You could simply say, “We’re having a baby!” and people will be just as excited for you. If you really feel you MUST show the two lines, just take a picture of the two lines. Save the pee-on section to share with your husband. Don’t you want to keep SOMETHING private for just the two of you?

I’m not posting a picture here because no one wants to see a peed-on stick.

3. I bought a pair of heels recently and I’ve been wearing makeup nearly every day. I feel like a sell-out but at the same time I feel empowered. Maybe there’s something to this dressing nicely thing, after all.

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From Marshall’s. Love.

4. Sometimes I look in the mirror and wish my stomach was leaner and more toned. And then I remember that I love ice cream and beergaritas (see amazingness below) and unless I give those up, I will always have a slightly flabby stomach. And then I am okay with myself again because I love ice cream way more than a flat stomach.


Why yes, that IS a Corona and a margarita.

5. Speaking of my stomach, I have successfully gained two pounds in a week. Guess who’s going to be cutting out said ice cream & beergaritas for a few weeks until she un-bloats a little?


I love ice cream.

6. I never wanted a Kindle, ever in my life. Until my mom practically forced me to ask for one for my birthday so she could buy it for me. I told everyone that I could never love a Kindle like I could love a real book. That’s a lie. I take my Kindle with me everywhere I go. I never did that with a book. I’m officially converted to an e-reader.

Reading on the back porch

Reading on the back porch

What are your confessions?


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I’m going to try to get back at it today after my unplanned sickness knocked me out last week. I haven’t really been blogging because of it, and I haven’t really been doing much of anything because of it (other than working).

So, today, I’m hoping to get back at it. My diet stayed pretty good for the last two weeks, including the brunt of my illness. . .until this weekend. Then I finally fell off the wagon hard and succumbed to all of the cravings for comfort foods you get when sick: muffins, bread, potatoes, and, of course, ice cream. I may have over-indulged a bit this weekend, and I need to get back on the wagon now because of it.

Then, there’s the exercise-side of things. Since I haven’t been feeling well, and have been really low on energy (despite laying in bed for over 9 hours every single night!), I haven’t been exercising either. In fact, I haven’t been to the gym for NINE DAYS! Yikes. Today is going to be my first day back when I go to the 7pm WOD. I’m also going to try to do some time at Open Gym afterward at 8pm. Today is going to be rough!

The first day back is always rough. But one of the funny things I noticed while being sick (I’m still not 100%, but I’m getting closer), is that I really missed going to the gym! Who am I? I honestly never thought I’d see the day when I would miss going to the gym instead of celebrating that I had an excuse not to go! I guess some things have changed about me over the last year or two.

Speaking of changes, I’ve decided to reprioritize some of my goals. My 2013 goals still hold true, but I’m going to try to focus more on strength training. I’ve noticed recently that a lof of my fitness shortcomings are directly related to just a lack of strength. My issue with pull ups was not the technique of the kip as much as it was shoulder/arm strength to just pull up my bodyweight. My issue with muscle ups are not going to be the skill/technique (although I need to learn that too), as much as it’s going to be being able to complete the dip at the top. My issue with handstand push ups are going to be shoulder/arm strength. My issue with about everything with my fitness is just a lack of pure strength.

So, starting with tonight, I’m going to try to make a more deliberate effort toward strength training. I’ve been chomping at the bit to start, but unfortunately my illness had me sidelined. Which only gave me time to dwell on it and figure out how I’m going to attack it. For now I’m going to try to go to Open Gym at least once a week to just work on strength. We’ll see where I go from there. . .

How are your goals going? Any changes or modifications you’re making now that we’re 1/3 of the way through the year?

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Sunday meal plan!

Hi friends! I’m finally putting up a meal plan on a Sunday. Which makes me happy, because that means this has been a wonderfully relaxing weekend. First ice cream of the season at our favorite place (Lugia’s), first campfire of the season, first weekend we’ve dragged the Adirondack chairs out into the lawn and sat outside. I am so excited to have warm weather.

We have a beautiful view. Ignore the pile of leaves.. we have a lot of work ahead of us this summer :)

We have a beautiful view. Ignore the pile of leaves.. we have a lot of work ahead of us this summer 🙂

Because of the warm weather, our week revolves around the grill. Easy, delicious, and ability to enjoy the sunshine while we’re cooking. Can’t go wrong!

Today: Sausage, peppers & onions on the grill, and cabbage steaks on the grill.

Monday: Salmon burgers (picked them up at BJ’s!), grilled asparagus, sweet potatoes with bacon (FAVORITE)

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, roasted broccoli & cauliflower

Wednesday: Leftover grilled chicken over salad (Bob has floor hockey)

Thursday: Burgers with guac, portabella mushrooms, and zucchini strips on the grill

Friday: Out!

Saturday: Our friend Teaghan is turning 2 and we’re going to her birthday party! If we’re still hungry afterwards we’ll eat leftovers 🙂

Hope your weekend was full of spring & summer celebration!

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Last night when Bob was at floor hockey (don’t get me started about how he should have been resting instead!) I was desperate for a new TV show to watch since I had caught up on Glee and Smash and Downton Abbey on Monday.  So I found “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” and proceeded to watch the first episode.

In this episode, Tony and his fiance Leslie break up because she wasn’t on board with his journey to lose weight and get healthy.

And it made me SO very thankful that Bob was supportive of me when I joined Weight Watchers.

I can’t imagine what I would have done if he continued to bring junk food into the house while I was trying to lose weight. I wouldn’t have been successful if he had a slice of pizza while I ate my low-in-calorie dinners. And our marriage would have fallen apart if he whined about missing out on time with me when I took off for a long run or a zumba class.

Bob with me at the starting line for the half marathon. Bob ran a 6 mile relay leg for the full marathon that day.

Bob with me at the starting line for the half marathon. Bob ran a 6 mile relay leg for the full marathon that day.

I never would have tried bootcamp at CrossFit if he hadn’t said he’d sign up with me.  I probably wouldn’t have trained for a  half marathon if he wasn’t encouraging me to put my sneakers on and go.

You can be successful at getting healthy without a support system, but I imagine it would be very difficult.

If you’re trying to lose weight, get healthy, or accomplish a specific goal — find support around you. Tell others. Let people encourage you, cheer for you, dream for you. And if you can’t find support in your immediate family, go to your friends. Your co-workers. Find someone in your life who is willing to tell you to drop the ice cream and pick up the broccoli. Find someone who is going to ask you if it’s worth it to eat that second (or third) piece of birthday cake. He or she is out there, waiting, wanting to be your support.

Do you have a support system? Who helps keep you strong?

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As Meg wrote about yesterday, we’ve both been pretty sick. Which has been really frustrating.

It’s been especially frustrating because I finally was getting back into the groove exercise-wise. At the end of last week I did two great WODs on Friday that really kicked my butt. Then on Saturday I did another one, and finally felt like I was hitting my stride again and getting back into a routine. Then we woke up Sunday morning and both felt terrible.

It didn’t get any better on Monday. We skipped the 5am, and Meg stayed home from work. I packed my gym bag in case I felt any better after work. I really wanted to do this one too, it included wall balls (which I hate), toes to bar and running. I really like doing toes to bar and I want to keep working on them so I can get better at them, and I also was looking forward to doing a little running as part of the WOD (even though I hate running, it was a sign that winter is finally over now that they are part of the programming again).

After work I was on the fence because I felt pretty terrible, but I really wanted to do this one. I drove to the parking lot at Flower City CrossFit, and after coughing so much my eyes were watering I decided that I should probably turn around and head home. I set my alarm for yesterday’s 5am, and so I could play basketball afterward at 6:30 as is my usual Tuesday routine.

After a second consecutive night of not sleeping because of my coughing and tossing and turning, that also did not happen. Yesterday’s workout looked really fun too – it was to do as many pull ups as possible in 12 minutes, but every time you let go of the bar you had to run 200 meters. I still want to work on my pull ups, but now that I know I can do them I’m even more anxious to do workouts that include them. But, alas, this was also not meant to be.

I set my alarm this morning, and again did not make it because of yet another sleepless night. I also feel like with my coughing nobody is going to want to use any of the equipment I use after I’m done with it. I’m still hoping that I can make it to my floor hockey game tonight though.

I guess the moral of the story is that I need to relax and just take care of my body. But one of my “qualities” is that I am extremely stubborn and I hate having things outside of my control change my plans. So, I’m not sure I’m actually going to learn my lesson from these last few days 😉

How do you handle being sick? Or when things outside of your control change your plans?

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Blech. Sorry for the lack of posts, but Bob and I have come down with a cold and we both feel like death. I took a sick day yesterday and mostly laid around watching TV, working remotely on a few things, and whining to myself about how terrible I felt. He went to work but was in fog all day. I went back to work today but felt like I was underwater.

I’ll blame it on the warm weather turning to cold weather turning to warm again. My body can’t handle all of these changes.

Also, I’ve missed two great WODs because of this dang cold. I probably could go in the state I am in but breathing would be an issue as well as finding a way to stop and blow my nose every 5 minutes. So never mind. Probably couldn’t have gone.

What’s frustrating about all of this is that I was just telling Bob about how excited I was to really start pushing myself at CrossFit again. I’m considering picking up the CFE workouts in a few weeks and I want to get my attendance back on a schedule before I do that.

Hopefully I’ll be back to breathing again tomorrow so I can go.

Side note: because of my cold I’ve been craving pasta like no tomorrow (comfort food at its finest). But I have indulged quite a bit lately (burger and fries Friday, ice cream on Sunday & Monday) and pasta isn’t worth it for me. So I made a quick “Paleo” ish version of my favorite pasta meal — garlic broccoli and chicken in olive oil over pasta. I just omitted the pasta.

BEST LUNCH IDEA EVER. Seriously. Try it. Take a bag of frozen broccoli and toss in the microwave. Wait until it cooks. My bag was 6 minutes. Then toss with leftover roasted chicken (or rotisserie chicken), olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Done. No need for pasta! Anyways, it’s what I’ve been craving and it totally hit the spot.

Here’s the meal plan, in case you haven’t lost all interest in what we’re eating since it’s been weeks since I’ve posted one. (It’s been weeks since I planned too — the last week I planned meals was the first week of April. Yikes.)

  • Sunday: Roast chicken & gravy, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potato fries. This chicken made a lot so we’ve been eating it at lunch which is awesome.
  • Monday: Sausages and peppers for dinner.
  • Tuesday: We’re supposed to be eating the best burgers in the world but I forgot to take out the burger. So instead we made a last minute run to Chipotle. Chipotle, coming to the Paleo rescue since fall of 2012 (for the Hartmans).
  • Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Stew. Favorite and oh-so-easy.
  • Thursday: Fend for yourself night! I’m out w/ the girls so Bob will eat leftovers.
  • Friday: Hopefully we’ll make the best burgers in the world. With sweet potatoes and zucchini.

How was your weekend? I hope you had a less sick weekend than we did!


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Confession: I have taken to flexing my (very small, still developing) muscles in the mirror in the morning while I’m getting ready for for work. It’s silly, and vain, and I feel a little ridiculous, but I start out my day feeling strong and capable.  (I also feel like a teenage boy pumping himself up for a first date)

It took me over 10 tries to capture this mediocre picture. I hate selfies.

It took me over 10 tries to capture this mediocre picture. I hate selfies.

I was telling Bob this over dinner, and I realized that what this means is that I am spending time admiring something about myself.

For the first time in my life, that I can remember, anyways, I am actually physically affirming that I like something about myself  instead of just giving my mirror reflection a quick nod and a “guess it could be worse” thought.  This is indeed proof that I prefer to be strong, not skinny. And for the first time in my life, instead of focusing on things about my body that I don’t like (still have extra fat around my stomach. still have big thighs. still have big ears. still have weird skin under my chin. I could go on for ages), I’m focusing on something that makes me really proud of myself.

I think this is because I’m admiring something about my body that is in direct correlation to what I’ve done by eating (relatively) healthy and making it to CrossFit a few times a week. I had control over making these muscles appear through a year of deliberate choices I’ve made, and I’m proud of those choices.

Also, I feel pretty bad-ass. I have muscles.  And I sort of want to show them off. And I sort of love them.

So, next time you see me, I’d be happy to flex my (small) muscles for you. 🙂

Do you have a hard time finding something about yourself you love? Or is it easy for you to accept your body?

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