WIAW + more shopping shenanigans

Long time no talk! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I just finished got home from work and now I’m watching Tosh.O. No shame, no shame. First off, WIAW.

Fitness
Nothing new on the fitness front. Same ‘ol, same ‘ol. But I did use the ab roller yesterday at the gym and now I’m soreeeee. I want an ab roller. Now. Now. Now.

Food
Peaches and chocolate mind protein powder. With my cat chillaxin’ in the back.

New flavor of kombucha. The verdict: Ehhh. I’ll stick to GT’s.

Peanut butter, banana, and caramel pain perdu. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

Gotta love the classics. Trader Joes O’s, blueberries, and almond milk.

Salad with carrots, onion, bell pepper, chicken, and a peanut vinaigrette.

Pumpkin protein pancakes with vanilla frozen yogurt on top. Yep. Frozen yogurt. It’s never too early for some fro yo (words to live by).

Fun

Last time, I showed ya’ll some clothes I got but I didn’t tell you where I got it from. How dare I. Let me redeem myself.

This white lacey tank and dress is from Irene’s Story. This is a new store at the mall and I LOVE it! So much cute clothes for not too expensive. Win win.

These shirts and bandeau are from Forever 21. I really feel like this store is hit or miss. The one near me is two stories and it takes everything I have to not fall to the floor from being so overwhelmed.

So that’s what I got last time but I went shopping once again. It was Nordstroms semi-annual sale. My mom, sister, and I hit the mall early on Saturday to get some good dealios.

Got this tank at Lamb and Flag for cheap. The store is closing so everything was 75%. Bad for them, good for me.

Black maxi skirt from Irene’s Story

Shirt from Ebay for the Toby Keith concert!

Shorts from Nordstrom. I’m normally not a shorts person but these will be perfect with my cowboy boots. Yeeeehaw.

Shirt from Nordstrom. It’s super comfy too!

  • In other fun news, I never said how the date went! Well, everyone, it was amazing. The guy was a complete gentleman and we had a lot in common. He’s actually from Texas and is in the marines. He got pre-deployed last week so we have been trying to stay in touch. After this pre-deploynment, he’ll be back for a couple of days and then I leave for Texas. Then he gets deployed. So we’ll see where things go!
  • Speaking of Texas, t-minus 22 days until I leave.
  • I got my cartilage pierced! I got it done on Friday night without my parents knowing. Turns out, they weren’t that mad.
  • In other fun news, I am loving life right now. My relationships with my friends haven’t been better and I truly feel happy. I go to bed at night happy. Happy with the decisions I made, choices I made, and the way I acted. I don’t know how long this will last, but I am loving it.

Do you use the ab roller?
Where’s your favorite store to shop at?
Have you ever done something behind your parents back? 

Shop till you drop. Or just eat french fries.

So remember when I told you I was going to show you the clothes I bought from shopping? Yeah, me either, because, you know, that was like 2 weeks ago. I’m a bit behind. Obvi. Does it bother you when people say obvi? Oh well. YOLO. Oops. I did it again.

Anywho. My sister and I went to the mall awhile ago to look for a birthday present for my mom. There wasn’t much luck for my mom but I sure hit the jackpot!

 All for under $100! That’s a good deal in my book…

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In food news, I went on a date (oh em gee) today. It’s a different guy than who I mentioned before. (I know. I’m a playa.) But anyways, we went to a Ruby’s for lunch and I had no idea what I would get. I didn’t want to get a veggie burger because I didn’t want to make it awkward. And I definitely wasn’t about to get a salad…didn’t want to be one of “those” girls. So what did I get??

A grilled cheese and french fries. Oh yeah! Truck yeah! (Bonus points to anybody who knows what Truck yeah is from.)

Let’s break this down, shall we?
Bread – It was an egg bread so there were eggs (duhh) and flour. Most likely, white flour.
Cheese – Good ‘ol fashioned American cheese. That stuff that comes in the little plastic sheet things. Yeah. That stuff.
French fries – Double whammy on this one. White potatoes AND fried. Oh snap.

But you know what, this meal was delicious. I don’t care that there wasn’t a vegetable in sight. I don’t care that it was greasy. I don’t care what chemicals could have possibly been in the food. What I did care about was having fun and enjoying the time with the person I was with. Success! #EatClean. #EatSomeDamnGoodFrenchFries
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And lastly, I just wanted to give a special shout out to Jesus for making sure the fire extinguisher at my gym works. Safety first. Amen.

What do you order on a first date?
Have you gone shopping lately? Gotten anything good??

WIAW + Boy Meets World

Happy WIAW! Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far. I was looking at the calendar and I can’t believe that summer is almost over. Less than a month! Oh where has the time gone…

Fitness
I’ve still been lifting weights and doing Insanity but I’ve also been incorporating some track work here and there. Totally depends on my mood for the day. Actually, I didn’t work out all weekend. I was super busy and it felt really nice not worry about getting a workout in. I just lived my life! Today, I headed to the gym and did some chest/tricep work and then sweat up a storm on the stairmaster. After that, I went on a walk with my friend and her dog.

 Food
Bananas topped with pb and chocolate syrup

Chocolate Mint Muscle Milk protein powder. This stuff is so dang good! Even mixed with water it tastes good. I wasn’t sure if I should buy it, but thankfully Kate helped me decide 😉
One of my favorite snacks as of recently: toast broiled with butter and sugar and topped with cinnamon. The sugar gets all bubbly and delcioussss.

Greek yogurt with chocolate Amazing Grass, strawberries, and dark chocolate chips

Crackers, tempeh bacon, and string cheese

Banzai Bowl enjoyed at the beach: berry smoothie topped with granola, strawberries, banana, goji berries, and honey

White bean and kale soup and a lemongrass ginger kombucha

Just about every flavor of frozen yogurt with almonds and dark chocolate

Food from work. I got the Rockin’ Moroccan which is quinoa, grilled veggies, tofu (but I subbed in tempeh), and a moroccan sauce.

Pre-workout snack: toast with butter.

Amazingggg pizza. Mushrooms, braised leeks, truffle oil, and some sort of cheese.

So as you can see, I’ve still been enjoying cheese and butter. I haven’t had ice cream in awhile but I think I’m getting some tonight!

Fun
I was on Pinterest the other day and randomly decided to type in Boy Meets World because I was avoiding homework feeling nostalgic. Man, that show was good!

 

Any Boy Meets World Fans??
What’s your favorite flavor of protein powder? 

My best buds, Tim and Kenny

Soooo my sister and I got the best surprise ever from our dad…

He got us Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw tickets for their Brothers of the Sun Tour!!!!!!!! This was the day before the concert so I had all day on Friday to be giddy.

The concert started at 4:30pm at Angels Stadium on Saturday so I pulled on my boots and headed out.

The first opening act was Jake Owen. I love me some Jake. My favorite part was probably the fact that he was barefoot and wearing blue jeans (and one of his songs is Barefoot Blue Jean Night). He sounded amazingggg! Of course.

Next up was Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. We took this as a time to visit my aunt and uncle who were also at the concert, just a different section. We also got some drinks!

Wait…is that a beer in my hand? Well, sort of. It’s a non-alcoholic beer and it wasn’t too bad. I know I wrote a post awhile ago about why I would never drink but to be honest, I’m reconsidering it. Heck, I’ve been reconsidering a lot of things in my life. I have let go and relaxed so much these past couple months.

But anywho, back to the concert!  When we got back to our seats, I pulled out my candy and enjoyed people watching. (P.S. Big Hunks=one of the best candies evaaa.)

After Grace Potter, it was Tim McGraw time…

Then it was time for Kenny Chesney…

Then Kenny + Tim…

And since I’ve been obsessed with Come Over by Kenny Chesney…

Overall, the concert was beyond amazing! Not only were the performers good, but so was the company. Everybody was so nice and was there to just have a good time. Definitely one of the funnest nights I’ve had. Plus, it felt good to let loose and not give a damn (excuse my language).

 What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

Because we can always use some good music.

First off, thank you all SO much for your support on my last post. Every comment I received seriously made my day. I can’t even begin to say how much you all mean to me. You are amazing!

I have been finding downloading a bunch of new songs lately and I figured, Hey! Want not share it with some of my fav peeps (you all)!

Oh, Tonight by: Josh Abbott Band

Touch by: Josh Abbott Band

Little Miss by: Sugarland

Kiss Me in the Dark by: Randy Rogers Band

Love in a College Town

Crazy One More Time by: Kip Moore

Every Time I Hear Your Name by: Keith Anderson

Goodbyes Made You Mine by: JT Hodges

Get Your Shine On by: Florida Georgia Line

You Promised by: Brantley Gilbert

Fall Into Me by: Brantley Gilbert

Come Over by: Kenny Chesney

8 Second Ride by: Jake Owen

What’s your favorite songs at the moment? 

Well, I did it…

I’ve talked about fear foods before, and most all of them contain fats. Avocados, nuts, nut butters, coconut, oil, butter, ice cream, cheese, etc.

-Avocados (Eaten on a daily basis)
-Nuts (I flippin’ love me a handful of walnuts)
-Nut Butters (Peanut butter=my life)
-Coconut (Love adding this to fro yo)
-Oil (Always roast my veggies with it)

Now onto the last three: butter, ice cream, and cheese. All dairy products with fat. They scare the s*#@ out of me, to be quite honest. But I did something I never thought I would do…I ate those foods.

Butter
We went to dinner at Whole Foods one night and of course, we did some shopping afterwards. I usually buy Earth Balance coconut spread for my butter but then I saw this Organic Valley butter. My eyes drifted to the bakery case and I saw a cranberry pecan roll. The butter went into my cart, followed by the roll. Later on, I ate that roll AND the butter. And let me tell you something, it was delicious. Delicious, as in, butter is too good not to pass up on a freshly baked roll. Delicious, as in, butter isn’t gonna kill me so bring it on.

Ice Cream
Three Twins Ice Cream was on sale at Whole Foods so my mom got the Mint Confetti flavor. When we got home, I tried a spoonful and man oh man. It was awesome. So I grabbed a bowl, and said, “Eff you ED.” Ice cream will be back, for sure.

Cheese
Ususally, when I make my egg scrambles, I add avocado for some sort of fat. But when I made it the other day, I realized part way through that there was no avocados left (which should be a crime). So I went with another plan in order to get some sort of fat: string cheese. I cut it up and added it to the scramble so it got all melty. Tasted uhhhmazing.

I don’t even know what to say to all this. To be honest, I’m speechless. If you would have asked me a year ago, heck a couple months ago, if I would eat these foods, the answer would one big NO. But everything in my life at this point is going really well. I’m happy. I didn’t feel the need to throw up or exercise those foods that I ate and that’s saying a lot for how far I’ve come.

Am I scared for the future? Heck yes I am. I have no idea what Texas holds for me. I am going into the new school year a much different person than last year. I’m more aware of who I am as a person. I don’t feel the need to make anybody happy, but myself. And looking back, I couldn’t have said that a couple of months ago. I don’t care how many roadblocks I have to run into in order to reach that happiness, but I will do it. Some day, some how. But for now, I’m good with where I’m at.

it’s WIAW ya’ll

Guess what! I haven’t had work these past 3 days. I guess I should be a bit mad because I’m missing out on making money. But not gonna lie, it feels nice to relax! So this week’s WIAW is from home 🙂

I woke up this morning and headed straight to the gym. I basically wanted to get there before all the high schoolers/hooligans woke up. And it was perfect because I was surrounded by lots of retired people. My crew right there. I did some back/bicep work then headed to the stairs outside for some cardio. Well part way through the stairs I felt  shin splints coming on so I called it a day. This followed up…

Breakfast
Protein pancakes with greek yogurt, chia seeds, blueberries, and strawberries

Lunch

Salad with tomatoes, avocado, and sesame ginger vinagrette, toasted Ezekial wrap dipped in avocado, and a peach

I had some glorious summer work to do so I spent a lot of the day at the kitchen table on Pinterest doing homework. The Abnormal Psych class isn’t bad but oh my goodness. I can’t stand the English class. English has always been my least favorite subject and it will forever be like that.

Snack

Protein shake: coffee, ice, almond milk, and chocolate Vega

It was good at first. But then it tasted like grass. Blah. So I only drank half.

Snack (let’s try this again)

Peach and walnuts. Much better 🙂

Dinner

Use your imagination for this one: chicken, roasted carrots, and quinoa salad.

Now for some exciting news….

 I’m going to a Toby Keith/Brantley Gilbery concert! I’m beyond stoked. It’s gonna be my last hurrah before heading off to Texas 🙂

Okay now onto some pins as of recently. I’m feeling a good laugh, what about you?

And on that note, I’m off to the beach!

What’s you favorite and least favorite subject?
Do you try and get to the gym before all the youngsters get there?
Who’s your favorite country artist?  

seven things sunday…errr monday?

1. I am working on doing an unassisted pull up still. So yesterday at the park, I did some negative pull ups. Holy cow. Those bad boys made me sore! I definitely recommend doing them. Fo sho.

2. I had pancakes for dinner tonight. Man, I love pancakes. I was at one of my favorite places and haven’t had pancakes in like a week…soooo it was just bound to happen. I ordered the whole wheat, already pushing my ED. A couple of minutes later, the waiter came back and told me there wasn’t any whole wheat pancake batter left. So without second guessing myself, I ordered the normal banana walnut pancakes. They were freakin delicious.

3. I’m currently watching 21 Jump Street and oh my lanta it’s funny. I’m only about 20 minutes in and I can’t stop cracking up. Go watch it! Now.

4. Speaking of funny schtuff, watch this video! Love. Love. Love. It’s called I’m Farming and I Grow It. When can I move to Kansas? My favorite part was probably “Water water water water water yeah!”

5. I sort of, kind of, not really but really maybe do have a boyfriend. Okay let me explain. Ever since we met, we’ve been hanging out a lot. He wants to be in a relationship but I’m a bit hesitant because a) I’m leaving for Texas in a month and b) he’s being deployed in September. Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a marine? Yeah. He’s a marine. So we’re going two separate ways, literally. Only time will tell.

6. I went shopping the other day and didn’t feel like poking my eyes out. I’ll post pictures of the clothes later this week but I hit the jackpot! Okay maybe not. But I haven’t gone shopping in a long time so it was nice to get some new clothes.

7. Back to 21 Jump Street. I kind of have a thing for James Franco. He is…how do I put this…very good looking. Well apparently the Franco family is one good looking family. Meet Dave. You’re welcome.

Have you seen 21 Jump Street?
Or have you seen any good movies lately? 
Have you been shopping lately? Did you get anything good??

another one of those “compliments”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Unless somebody truly need to lose weight, I hate comments regarding one’s weight! First off, check out my first post about it here. Did you read it? Okay good. Now I’ll move on.

I was at work the other day talking to one of my coworkers. We were talking about being sore and he asked, “What did you do?” So I said, “I went to the gym yesterday and did some chest and tricep work and now I feel it.” His response: “Yeah, you look smaller.”

Ummm…what? I look smaller? So was I big before? Did I need to lose weight? Oh gosh, that means I was fat before. Clearly I need to go to the gym more. Those were all the ED thoughts that raced through my head.

But after those thoughts went through my mind, I was able to think rationally. It was a guy I was talking to. They have no idea what they are saying 95% of the time. I am happy with where I am, no matter what size. I don’t feel like I have lost weight. I don’t feel like I have gained weight. I feel happy.

During the ED: I would have taken that compliment and been on cloud 9. Then I would set out on a mission to become even “smaller.”

Now: I thought about what my coworker said for less than a minute, then I moved on. A size doesn’t define me. What defines me is who I am as a person and how I act. And you know what? I think I act as a pretty darn good person.

Have you ever received a compliment like that before?
How did you respond? 

Amurica’s WIAW

Happy 4th of July to all U.S. residents out there! If you’re not from the U.S. of A, then happy WIAW. Both are good days nonetheless. My plans for this fabulous holiday? Well I worked this morning and now I plan on spending the night at home with the family. I know, I know. Party animal right here!

Let’s start with the fun, shall we?

I’ve been hitting up the pool. This was last week because weather here lately has been gloomy. What’s up with that??

I bought “Fifty Shades of Grey” the other day. I’m only one chapter in and so far it’s PG rated. That probably won’t last long though.

Pretty Little Liars wasn’t on last night…this is not fun. Like at all. I just felt like it needed to be brought to people’s attention.

Speaking of fun, I am SO doing this…

Now onto the fitness!

I’ve actually been running lately! Running has taken a serious back seat in my life because I really wasn’t having fun with it anymore. But I’ve run these past couple of days. Small distances, but runs nonetheless.

Then I went to the gym yesterday to do some tricep/chest work after not lifting for about a week. Oye. Now I’m sore.

Onto the main attraction, food!

Steamed broccoli, tempeh meatballs, tomato sauce, and nooch

My favorite breakfast at the moment: any veggie I can find in the fridge, egg whites, avocado, and sriracha

Who needs oats in a jar when you have a parfait in a jar? PIAJ. It has a nice ring to it. Greek yogurt, a peach, and some justin’s honey pb

Best. Sandwich. Ever. From Whole Foods (obvi). Daiya cheese, chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, onion, avocado, on a whole wheat roll.

Oh look! More of my favorite breakfast.

Free caesar salad at work. One of the perks of making friends with the cooks.

Overly priced iced tea at the mall: chai peach.

Breakfast for momma’s birthday! Please tell me you’ve been to Original Pancake house. Not IHOP. Don’t even compare the two. It’s one of my all time favorite places, for sure. I got the two by four: 2 eggs and pancakes. Poached eggs and pumpkin pancakes to be exact. Because, you know, nothing screams summer like pumpkin.

Eating a bell pepper like a boss.

Now I shall leave you with my favorite song at the moment: Saving Amy by Brantley Gilbert. It’s super sad but I can’t stop listening to it. What is wrong with me?! Oh yeah…a lot.

What are/were your plans for the fourth of July?
Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey?” Thoughts?

What’s your favorite song at the moment? Bonus points if it’s country.