Five Things Friday {2/28/14}

Friiiddayy!!! We’ve made it! Can you believe tomorrow is March? Bring on spring!

You guys, I don’t know what the deal was this week, but it was a long one! I’m so glad the weekend is here.

I’m running super short on time today, so let’s hop right to it – today’s edition of Five Things Friday. 

5 Things making me Smile

1. This sweet note.

2. This guy

3. My mom is coming to read to my class next week for Read Across America week!

4. I have ZERO plans for the weekend. Sometimes, that’s just what I need.

5. The forecast for Sunday is a high of 72 degrees. Perfect!

5 Yummy Things I’ve Eaten this week.

1. PB stirred into my oats. Mmmm!

2. Feta on my salads. I love it!

3. I threw together somethings in a skillet and it turned out delicious! In the skillet went ground chicken, 2 diced tomatoes, diced onion, heaping handfuls of spinach, cumin, chili powered, garlic powered, and salsa. I served it over brown rice. SO good!

4. This cookie (Kashi dark chocolate and oats)

5. Leftovers from all of the above. 🙂

5 Workouts I’ve been loving this week

1. This – from Heather over at Fit N Cookies

2. This workout from Danica at It’s Progression

3. This workout from Brittany at My own balance.

4. Various Pilates videos via YouTube

5. Not really a workout, but taking the extra time the past 2 days to stretch it out. I’ve GOT to do a better job of stretching!

With that, I’ve gotta run! Happy Friday!!!

Let’s Chat..

1. What’s making you happy?

2. What are the best things you’ve eaten this week?

3. Good workouts you’ve done?

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In a Perfect World

In a perfect world, I’d get 8-9 hours of sleep a night

Reality: I get 5-6.

In a perfect world, I’d do my devotion each morning to begin my day on the right foot.

Reality: sadly, I rarely start my day this way, although I do spend my time in the shower talking with God.

In a perfect world, I would have time to do this chore chart daily.

Reality: I clean on the weekends and spend the week wrecking what I cleaned.

In a perfect world, I would always use up all my leftovers.

Reality: I throw let food chill out in the fridge and throw out more than I care to admit.

In a perfect world, I would get a great workout in 5-6 days a week and would do a great stretch before and after.

Reality: I get in a workout about 4 days a week. But, I have to confess, they’re not all stellar. And I RARELY stretch like I should. And by rarely, I mean never. Check out Heather’s post for a little stretching motivation.

In a perfect world I would own all these spring outfits.

         
           

Reality: I don’t own any of them, but maybe I will buy some new spring clothes sometime soon. I’ve got a major case of spring fever!

In a perfect world, I’d have a home cooked meal on the table each night and we’d look like this happy family, nightly.

Reality: I get a home cooked meal on the table 3-4 nights a week. But, more nights than not, sadly, we usually look like this couple.

In a perfect world, my appetite would always be on cue and dependable.

Reality: Sometimes I have zero appetite all day, and it makes it hard to eat what I need to eat to fuel my body.

In a perfect world, I’d get together with girlfriends regularly and we’d whisper, share secrets, and eat chocolate.

Reality: I don’t have a close group of girlfriends at the moment. It’s something I’m praying about and for. I think girl time is important.

In a perfect world, my mornings would be slow, relaxing, refreshing, and ready me for the day ahead.

Reality: I’m usually running around like a crazy person, throwing things together, praying I don’t forget something, and rushing out the door.

In a perfect world, I’d learn these lessons once and for all.

        
  

 

  

Reality: I seem to never learn these lessons. And seem to need re-teaching on a daily basis. Praise the Lord for his grace, understanding, and unconditional love.

I could keep going, but I’ll spare you. 😉

While all these things would be nice, I must tell you that I DO love the imperfect life that I’ve been blessed to live. I’ve been given countless blessings, and don’t want to seem ungrateful.

I’m just doing a little Thinking out Loud.

Let’s Chat…

YOUR turn!!! Tell me something you’d love in a perfect world, and something that is your reality.

Hour-By-Hour {WIAW 2/26/14}

Thank goodness we’ve reached the middle of this week. Y’all, as fast as last week flew by, I feel like this week is going by just as sssllllooowwww. Whew!

I thought today, I’d share a glimpse into my day, hour-by-hour. Some of my favorite bloggers have done similar posts recently, and I enjoyed reading them, so I thought I’d play along too.

I’m also linking up with Jenn today! A big thanks to her for hosting this little What I Ate Wednesday party each week.

5:15- Alarm goes off. I hit snooze. Finally, about 5:30-ish I roll out of the bed.

5:45 – Peruse blog-land a few minutes while washing my face, brushing teeth, etc. and finally hop in the shower.

6:45 – Exit the bathroom, prep breakfast for John and myself, gather my things

7:00– head out the door

7:20 – Arrive at school, sign in, get coffee, make copies, and enjoy breakfast while checking e-mails.

7:50 – open the door to let kids in and get the day started.

8-11:15 – Teach, Teach, Teach,

11:15-12 – Kiddos go to PE. I organize my mess of a desk, file papers, prep for my afternoon class, check and return e-mails, and try to get ahead in planning for next week.

12 – Pick up my 2nd block class (I only teach Reading/Language Arts and my pair teacher teaches Math, Science, and Social Studies).

12:11-12:34 – (How’s that for a crazy, specific, super short lunch time?!): LUNCH!!!

Sorry it’s not a legit lunchtime photo. As much as you want to see the cafeteria and the kids I eat lunch with, it’s kinda frowned upon to whip out my phone at lunch. 😦

12:45-3: Teach, Teach, Teach

3: Clean up and organize my room, and prep for the next day.

3:40 – Head out the door for home! Text John on the way home and ask him if he cares if we have leftovers/ make whatever you want from the fridge for dinner. He’s game. Score!

4: Enjoy a snack of a Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar, hot tea, and water. And epic combo that ain’t old yet!

4:45: Change clothes and kick my own butt doing this workout from Heather, over at a Fit N Cookies. It was a good one!

5:30 – Hubby gets home. I chat with my mom on the phone for a while since I haven’t talked to her in days! John gets in his own little workout.

6:30 – Begin typing this post

7– Head into the kitchen to make my lunch for tomorrow, and do the little meal prep necessary – aka pop things into the microwave.

7:30 – Answer a few texts from my sister

7:45 – Finally sit down to dinner. I had some of this leftover Cheesy Quinoa Bake, with a side salad topped with feta, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette. SO good!

We watch The Bachelor, yes- I got sucked in again, and I play on Instagram for a while.

9:20 – Get up for a snack of about 1/2 a cup of this trail mix.

10 – Get ready for bed, make sure clothes are good to go for the next day, and read for a while in bed.

10:45 ish – Lights out, and after tossing and turning, I’m out too!

A slower day than normal, but a good one nonetheless!

Let’s Chat…

1. What time do you typically get up/ go to sleep? Do you get enough sleep? I know I don’t!

2. What time do you typically eat lunch? Mine’s the same M-F…Saturdays tend to be a little later. 

3. Do you eat a nighttime snack? I do most every night! 

4. Tell me something about your day! 

Are You a List Maker?

I’m totally someone who needs a to-do list to make sure that I get everything done. If you ask me to do something, you’d better make sure I write it down, or it’s likely it will get forgotten.

For me, a to-do list serves a few different purposes:

1. I’m partly a kinesthetic learner. What that means is that I learn by doing. So, the act of writing constitutes as “doing.” I always say that the information goes through my hands and into my brain.

2. When I get into my day at work, it’s likely that I may forget to do something for another area of my life (marriage, home, church, etc.). So, writing things down helps me remember what I need to do for all areas of my life.

3. Writing a list helps me prioritize. When I see all I need to do written down in one place, I can easily see what is the most important that I get done that day/time, and what I can shift to another day/time. Usually time is shorter, rather than longer on any given day, so this one is a biggie for me!

Sunday’s list

4. Lists calm my anxieties. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I often times feel like I have to do everything, do it perfectly, and make sure it’s on time (or early!). So, writing things down helps me to:

  •  not fear that I’m going to forget something
  •  see that what I need to do for that day IS doable, and not as overwhelming as I build     it up to be in my head (I’m really good at that…are you?).
  • break things into manageable groups, again, helping calm my anxiousness.

*** I’ve had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember. This is partly due to my racing thoughts of things I need to do the next day, forgot to do today, etc. My sweet husband put a pen and piece of paper next to our bed and sweetly suggested that when I’m awake and my mind is spinning, I write it down and forget about it. It definitely helps! ***

5. I get IMMENSE joy in checking things off my list. In fact, sometimes I make a list when I really don’t need to just so I can check everything off. Best feeling in the world!

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I’m linking up with Becky again today over at Olives N Wine for Treat Yourself Tuesday. This is a fabulous link-up that encourages us to treat ourselves a little once in a while, because we definitely all deserve a treat now and then! 

 

This weekend, I found these Reebok Running Tights on sale for $19.99. SCORE! I’ve worn them everyday since I bought them. They are comfortable, breathable, and purple. So that’s a plus. 😉

I also treated myself to a super sweaty work-out Monday afternoon. It was a good one, y’all.

I’ve been craving a sweaty workout for a while. Since I’m still trying to put on a few pounds, I usually refrain from super intense workouts. And while this one wasn’t over and above, it definitely got my heart pumping and sweat flowing. Just what I wanted!

This workout from Danica… 2 reps of each circuit instead of 3.

And an arm workout that went like this:

– 20 bicep curls

– 20 tricep extensions

– 10 shoulder presses

– 10 lateral raises

***3 times through***

Let’s Chat

1. Are you a list-maker?

2. What are some other things you do that help you stay on track?

3. How did YOU treat yourself this week?!

Fewest Words Possible – Weekend Wrap-Up {2/24/14}

How in the world is it already Monday again? This weekend went way to fast for my liking. Well, they all do, but that’s beside the point. 😉

I ended up taking Friday off from blogging because I felt stressed and overwhelmed with everything else going on, and I knew I needed to take something off my plate. I’ve learned that sometimes I need to give myself permission to let something go, and Friday, sadly, it happened to be the blog.

And since I’m just hitting publish on this post Monday afternoon, I obviously didn’t quite get it together over the weekend, blog-wise, either. Ahhhh, well, you win some, you lose some. Better late than never!

We had a fabulous weekend! It was a good mix of busy, productivity, and some “active” rest. Check it out, MIMM <—— Check out all the Marvelousness going on over on Katie’s blog. 

We’re going fewest-words-possible style today. Enjoy!

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This workout hurts so good. 🙂

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BIG College Tennis tournament in town

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Father/Coach of #1 professional doubles team (in the world!)

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Alabama Women’s (#14 in the country!) Coach – they won the tournament!

(Ok, I know this is a lot of words BUT, John is really good friends with the Coach from his time working with the tennis teams. She won NCAA Coach of the Year last year!)

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Beautiful sunny day – high of 73!

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Snackage

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Yeeessss!

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Homemade Yogurt-Granola Bars (recipe coming at ya soon!)

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Meal prep for the hubs

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Half-filled Chipotle Chicken and Cheese Hoagie

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Food prep for me! (Cheesy baked quinoa with veggies)

Un-pictured fun:

1. A little shopping after the tennis tournament

2. Lesson planning – blllaaahh

3. Laundry

4. Food prep for the week

Let’s Talk…

1. What was your weather like over the weekend? Ours was fab!! But, I hear we’re back to winter again this week. I’m so over it. 

2. Did you do any meal/food prep? What did you do? I did the granola bars, and the recipes above for us eat leftovers from for the next night or 2. 

3. Best part of your weekend?!

 

Thursday Thoughts {2/20/14}

I cannot believe it’s already Thursday! Where has this week gone?! Not that I’m complaining, or anything…

I’m linking up again with Amanda over at Running with Spoons for a little Thinking out Loud. 

1. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about the future. You know, how soon will we decide to have kids? I’d better get this whole disordered eating thing straightened out and make 100% my body is functioning at full potential. Will I be blessed enough to be a stay at home mom? Gees, we need to double check and make sure finances are in order. Have I ruined my chances of getting pregnant with this eating disorder? I wonder if I should go to the doctor and get tests done.

You see, lots of worry, which is no good. Remind me not to do it, mmmkk? 

2. If I had more money than I knew what to do with, I’d have a personal masseuse. And get massages everyday. I carry stress in my shoulders and boy, are they full of knots right now! See # 1. 

3.  When we got engaged and I was planning our wedding, Pinterest wasn’t a big deal. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever gotten on Pinterest until the summer after our wedding. And honestly, I’m SO glad I didn’t have Pinterest. Waaayyy too many options.

Anyway, I absolutely loved our wedding decor, flowers, dresses, etc. but when I’m browsing Pinterest, I find such gorgeous pins and unique ideas. So…I totally have a Pinterest board entitled “When I plan my sisters’ weddings.” Here are some of my recent pins…  (Follow me if you don’t already!)

    
I love the baby’s breath bouquets!

4. We recorded Jimmy Fallon’s debut on The Tonight Show on Monday night. Y’all…the evolution of dance with Will Smith – so funny! Or maybe it was only funny because I watched it late Tuesday night when I should have been in bed. Either way, check it out!

5. Can’t believe my little sister will be graduating college in May! I love chatting with her and she is one of my besties. 😉 She’s going into education too, and I love sharing ideas with her. It would be a dream come true if she got a job at my school! In a perfect world… 

6. What mascara do you like? I’m having a hard time finding one that I just love. Maybe it’s because I’m cheap? I always tend to pick a mascara that ends up all clumpy. 

7. I’m planning to make these homemade chicken fingers from Amy tonight for dinner. I think they’re going to be delish!

8. At my appointment with my Registered Dietician yesterday, we decided that I would incorporate at least 1 “scary” dinner recipe into my evening meals each week. Pastas, cream sauces, fried foods, and things like that fall into this category. I’m telling you this so you can keep me accountable. I’ll let you know next week how it goes!

9. Does it bother anyone else that it seems that lots of Olympic athletes, who are competing for other countries, train in America? If you live and train in the US, you should totally have to represent us in the Olympics. 

10. Well, my brain is dead and I have no more thoughts, and since this is Thinking Out Loud, I guess I’m done. 😉

1. What is your favorite mascara?

2. Do you have any recipes that you are uncomfortable eating? Share with me some recipes that I can challenge myself with!

3. Have you been worrying about anything recently? Do you have a strategy for stopping the worry?

Quesadilla Casserole – WIAW {2/19/14}

Welcome to Wednesday! So glad to be half-way through the week already.

If you haven’t chimed in, I’d love to hear your thoughts on yesterday’s post about finding my own fitness style.

Seeing as most of my meals throughout the week are similar from day to day, I won’t bore you with the same ole thing you saw last week. Trust me, it’s all pretty much the same. I’m also happy to report that I’m still adding in some healthy fats, facing food fears, and taking baby steps. 

Today is going to be a long one, since I’m driving to my therapy and nutritional appointments after school, which are a little over an hour away. But, I wanted to pop in quickly to share a new-to-me recipe that I tried out last night, and I think you’ll enjoy!

Last night for dinner, I made a Quesadilla Casserole. It was delicious and something that both John and I enjoyed. It’s a meatless dish, however, you could definitely toss in some grilled chicken or steak to beef it up or if your man likes meat in his meals! 🙂

Quesadilla Casserole

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup chopped onion

1 15 oz can black beans + 1 15 oz. can canelli or kidney beans, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved

1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed

1 tsp. parsley flakes

3 10-inch whole wheat tortillas

8 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded

cumin, taco, chili powder to taste

1 cup store-bought enchilada sauce

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add black beans and mash into a chunky paste. Stir in the reserved liquid.

Grease pie plate or round cake pan. In a bowl, combine the corn, parsley, spices, and remaining beans. Place a tortilla in the skillet and spread with 1/3 cup mashed black bean mixture. Top with 2/3 cup corn-bean mixture and 1/2 cup cheese. Press to compress the layers. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, mashed black beans, corn-bean mixture and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through, about 30 minutes. Serve with the enchilada sauce.

**Adapted from this Rachel Ray recipe**

Not the prettiest photo, but it sure was delicious! (Head over to Jenn’s blog, Peas and Crayons to check out more deliciousness from other bloggers participating in WIAW!)

And with that, I’ve gotta run. I hope you all have a Happy Hump Day!