Tags: family, fitness, love
This week I’m linking up with Lauren again for H54F.
Crushing my workouts and eating plan this week.
Looking out at this on a Saturday night.
Making running fun!
Loving my time with this lady. Especially because we ate fresh, delicious seafood out on that dock on a beautiful day.
Noticing how much thinner my face is looking after just 4 months.
How has your week been?
Tags: apartment, baking, cupcake, fitness, jewelry, love
This week I’m choosing to link up with Lauren for H54F. I’ve been reading hers and others posts every Friday for a while and it’s been a good week that can use some high fives. So why not?
Making Snickerdoodle cupcakes for friends.
Fun new jewelry to wear. My mom got me these and she knows me so well!
Fun surprises from my guy.
A pretty new bed set. It’s fluffy.
My trainer made me laugh by posting this on my wall after my workout this morning.
How has your week been?
Tags: motivation, pinterest
Well, isn’t this a quote to remember? Even when our lives are full of joy, we find the problems to talk about. So today, tell me about your joys.
Tags: food, recipe
Good Monday morning! I have an easy recipe for you this morning! It makes a ton and it’s versatile and flavorful.
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken
1 jar of salsa verde
4 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Place chicken in the slow cooker. Cover with salsa verde. Cook on low 6-8 hours. About 30 minutes before you serve the chicken, shred it in the slow cooker and let the juices soak back into the chicken.
Yes, that’s it. I served mine over rice with peppers and onions. I used leftovers for quesadillas. But it’s plenty flavorful for just about anything you want shredded chicken for.
Tags: fitness, music
I can’t take credit for the playlist shown below. My guy actually made this playlist for me to “Get Pumped Up” for my workouts. I removed a couple of songs he had on my playlist and shared the rest. This playlist should give you a good hour long workout with great music.
Tags: fitness, food, goal, health, motivation, training
I’ve been pretty frustrated with seeing changes in my body but not much of a change on the scale. I haven’t gained, which is good, and there are times when I manage to lose a pound here and there. But I’m hovering around the same number. Yet…I see changes in my body. I see and feel the difference in my strength and my endurance. So for May I’m going to work on not caring about the number on the scale. I stepped on the scale this morning and I don’t plan to step on again until June 1. I need to work past some mental blocks I’ve been struggling with lately. Not caring about my weight needs to happen. It’s kind of a weird thing because it’s the number every doctor cares about. Yet, it’s not good for me to focus on it because it sends me into a spiral of despair when it doesn’t move. That impacts how I workout and how I eat. Sometimes it’s for good and sometimes it backfires and I “give up.”
I took a break from strict tracking of food intake where I was tracking my calories in and out every now and then and then I took 5 days off completely. But Tuesday I started up with strict tracking again. I worked out hard with my trainer last night, I got in some intense cardio, and I ate clean all day. So May I’m working on breaking bad habits and I know for me it starts with my mental well-being. It’s time to break through that…and for good. This summer I’m working on that piece of me and instead of caring what weight I am, I’m going to work on making sure my body looks the way I want it to. I know it’ll take time but there’s no reason I can’t start seeing the progress on a daily basis.
Tags: favorites, jewelry, music
I had plans for a completely different set of favorite things this month but the last weekend in April I went to MerleFest, which is a bluegrass festival in Wilkes County, NC. I spent two days looking at jewelry, local foods, and listening/dancing to some of the best music I’ve heard in a long while. So this post is dedicated to my new finds that I don’t know how I lived without.
Let’s talk about this beautiful jewelry by Isabella Glass for a second. My aunt has worn this stuff for years and we came across her booth. I bought 3 different things. Then I found out she’s actually located in Maryland and will be at Wine in the Woods in a few weeks, which is my hometown festival that I’m planning on going to this year. I get paid…twice…before that festival. Dear Bank Account, I’m sorry.
The music! Oh my, the music.
The Black Lillies band is amazing. I heard them on one stage on Friday afternoon and immediately looked up to see when I could hear them again. Just gorgeous music!
I actually overheard Delta Rae playing while I was eating lunch on Friday. I made a point of going to see their performance on Saturday. Boy, am I glad I did. The vocals were out of this world and the way they performed was so unique and cool. I ran to the music tent after their performance to snap up their CD for sure.
I can’t say enough about this band–Scythian. My family got me into them. I listened to them perform 4 times while I was at MerleFest. But my favorite time listening to them by far was in the Dance Tent on Friday night. There was jumping, dancing, bouncing, and singing. They’re amazingly talented and you can’t help but dance (or at least bounce) when you hear them. They have great energy and get the crowd so involved. I love them!
All of these bands gave me great music to listen to on my drive home. And I have beautiful jewelry to wear for years to come.