Oh man guys, has it been a long couple of weeks and it is about to get longer. Between family coming to visit, getting back to life, figuring out work stuff, skiing (yes, there was a little pleasure in the long weeks teehee), and now taking over for my other boss because she just welcomed a little one into her little family! Yay!! Life is crazy? Right? Or is it just me?
There has also been much figuring out within my marriage too. I have come to realize that marriage is a constant growing of both sides. One side can’t grow in the relationship and the other stay stagnant. People change and that in turn changes how they interact with everyone, especially the people they are closest. Sometimes the growing is in a good way! I am totally one of those people that believe that no matter what, whether you grow for good or change for not so good, I stay in a relationship. I am not getting all preachy here, just this is me. I only want to stay with one man for my lifetime. I don’t ever see divorce as an option. There are dire circumstances that it would only ever be a possibility but I don’t ever see that happening! I am head over heels for this man! Even on days when I am not, I choose to love. It may not uber romantic but it is me saying ‘I am here and here to stay.’
So that was my little relationship soapbox for the day. Haha! Wow, didn’t see that one coming out…
Right now, I am also in the midst of training for a half marathon! It is my first and I am only up to being able to run 5 miles at this point! But honestly, this is huge for me! Last year, I wasn’t even really able to run a mile! This is huge! I am so determined and it feels so good! I will keep you updated as my training continues!
Guys, the last couple days have been exhausting. I think I am gonna hit the hay!
See you tomorrow!
Well hello there! Can you believe we are already part of the way through January?! Sometimes I feel like January is the fastest month ever! I was just having trouble believing it was 2015 let alone January! Haha!
Did you guys make new years resolutions? If so, how are they going?! Is anyone having as much trouble as I am keeping up with them?!
We are only 19 days in and those having not been my best days thus far. I was going about it at a different approach than last year and I feel like it is not the best approach. You know what I mean? So, I am going to adjust that starting this week. I have high hopes for this year! I have changes I want to make and I am fairly determined to get them done!
Yes, some of them are physical, you know lose this amount of weight and so on. But some of it is also just for my own mental and spiritual health. I want to become an overall better person this year! I want to grow and become happier in 2015!
Here is to a new year for all of us! Here is to a happier and healthier new you!
In case you guys haven’t heard, I am no savant. I am no genius. I really just am not great at a pretty decent amount of things. Now before you get all, “Ashley, don’t be so hard on yourself.” I am not being a Debbie Downer here. Just being honest. I have my faults just like everyone else! There are things I am halfway decent at and there are things I am not. It happens. Welcome to life!
Things I Wish I Was Better At:
~ Eating healthy. I am terrible at eating healthy. I am currently sitting here eating Moose Munch which is caramel corn and chocolate cover caramel corn mixed together. I love me some chocolate and I love me some caramel. I have a major sweet tooth which I try to subdue with berries or other fruit as often as I can but honestly, I just love sweets! I also love salt. Lots and lots of it! I have gotten better about not eating as much but I still just love it!
~ Working out. Or even just being more active. I would much rather just sit on the couch and watch Gilmore Girls while eating Ice Cream. You feel me? Why can’t that be exercising? Why can’t you burn more calories reaching for the remote? I mean for real, I just think we should work on that.
~ Cleaning the house. I am not bad at picking things up, such as laundry to put in the hamper. But honestly, I am terrible at vacuuming and dusting and mopping. I do not enjoy it so I avoid it as long as possible. Being married has made me try a little harder but TJ doesn’t mind so oftentimes he will get to it before I do.
~ Cooking. My food doesn’t taste terrible. I mean some recipes have just not worked out, but the majority has been relatively delicious. I mean I am terrible at mustering up the energy to make food. (Remember the couch scenario from above?) I just do not want to make food sometimes! I would much rather sit on my bum than stand in the kitchen and prepare a meal after working all day.
What do you wish you were better at?
I always love Sundays. Lately, TJ has had to work all day on Sundays and so it has become my day to catch up on life from the previous week or weeks. Lol. I will admit, not nearly as easy as it sounds. I realize that I let alot of things go when I get busy throughout the week. I don’t make dinners as much. I don’t do as much laundry or the dishes. I don’t read as much. I don’t knit as much. I don’t work on projects that I have been wanting to do for awhile. It just gets pushed to the side. So, Sunday has become the day I get to focus on the things that I want or need to focus on. Not necessarily errands or anything. Those I can do on my way home from work each day. No, this is stuff that I don’t usually have time to think about during the week. It helps me start my week off on the right track.
It is a day of productivity. A day of rejuvenation. A day where I feel like me the most. I day when I can take things at my pace and get things done the way I want to get things done. I love it. I woke up with a sense of purpose this morning and it was awesome.
I feel like I’m rambling. But today, I got up and did some reading. I borrowed a whole bunch of books from my brother so I am desperately trying to read them. Lol. Then I took Faelyn and we went for a walk/jog this morning. It was a beautiful day, so I had to get outside. I did not run as much as I wanted because I slammed my right knee into a handhold yesterday while climbing in the gym. But I was able to get it moving again and that was good.
I have come to realize I am a little heavier than I would like to be. I also tried on some dresses last night and wasn’t thrilled with my current state as shown in the mirror. So, hence the reason for going out today. I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal App to work in conjunction with the RunKeeper App. That way I know my calorie intake as well as how much I am running. I will most likely really start focusing on that tomorrow. But I am determined to get back in shape. I have been looking at healthier options for food too. I have a really bad sweet tooth as well I just love food! So, I want to find a way to be healthy about it. So here goes my journey!
TJ and I have the day off together again tomorrow. I think we might go hike around the Flat Irons near Boulder and spend the day up there. Should be fun! Gotta keep both of us active! I miss date days with my man, so that should be great tomorrow!
I also really need to work on my halloween costume for work! I can’t believe it is only a couple days away.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
So sorry for not posting a whole lot lately. It has been crazy. I have been super busy with work and then on the days that I actually have off, I am either trying to work on projects or out hiking just trying to find some refreshment from the craziness of working retail. I am realizing more and more that honestly, I am not meant for corporate retail. Things have just so tiring lately.
Anyway, I can’t remember if I have posted on here about TJ and I starting to run. Did I? Well, if I haven’t, we started running about a month ago. Nothing super fast or anything. I have an app on my phone called Runkeeper and we started a training program that is beginner to 5k. We ran 2 straight miles the other day. I must say I was proud of myself for that. Haha. I have never been a runner but I am realizing more as I get older that it is a great way to stay healthy for a lifetime. A month ago, I could not run 2 straight miles even if you begged me. So, needless to say, TJ, Faelyn and I are having fun running together. Getting all of us in shape.
I went for a run this morning, and after a particularly bad weekend at work, it was nice to pound out my frustration in some intervals. It really is a great stress reliever as well as exercise. You may not be a runner, but just get out there and move. Running is seriously doing wonders for my energy levels, emotional levels, stress levels, as well as overall fitness.
Other than that, I did try a new recipe recently. Post to come on that later!
I have been still reading. I actually put down a book so that I could touch base with you guys! Will make sure my reviews are up to date and my list as well! I can tell you right now, finishing the list on time just isn’t happening lol. I am still pushing for it but honestly, I don’t think I can read that many books. I am so terrible at this whole 52 books thing. I get so distracted and it just does not work out well.
Anyway, I will most definitely start posting more. Promise!
I have found a new love for yogurt! Noosa is a local brand that is supremely delicious. I eat it plain, I put it in oatmeal. I eat it with fruit. So stinking yummy. The health benefits are also undeniable as well. It is so good for you digestive system.
It helps keep everything going regularly. It helps keep everything moving smoothly and regularly and allows the system to be healthy. So awesome!
And so delicious! I have tried the honey flavor and I have the peach and blueberry flavors in my fridge as well! I can’t wait to eat those too! Yum yum yum!
Do you like yogurt? What is your favorite flavor?
Days seem to not have enough hours in them lately. Or I am not getting enough sleep. We all need X amount of hours of sleep. Each one of us is different. I most definitely need more sleep than TJ does. I tend to be exhausted more often than TJ. We all need to get the sleep that our bodies need. There is no way we can function properly without it. So, part of living a whole life is getting the amount of sleep necessary to live that life! Don’t try and cram everything into one day. Spread things out and do not stress out. Get some sleep and that will help you tackle your next day so much better!
Also, prioritize…. Don’t try to accomplish everything every day. You can’t. Decide what really must get done today and do that! Save on the stress! It will help you feel better and sleep better. Live life and live it wholly.
p.s. btw x is really hard to write for…
I have a new addiction! Whole Foods is quite possibly the best store ever! There is one right down the street from our new house and TJ and I went in and have decided it is almost as awesome Sprouts. It can be a little pricey but sometimes they have exactly what I am looking for!
I got TJ and smoker/grill the other day and last night we got off kind of early and decided to do cheeseburgers on the grill. We thought we would stop by Whole Foods to get some ground beef and came across the awesome pre-made patties made of three different cuts of beef. It was a must little splurge. They were extremely delicious! They have also had amazing bread and strawberries and eggs.
So far there has not been anything from there that is not extremely delicious! We even tried Quinoa for the first time that we bought from there. Needless to say, I am definitely a fan!
If you have not tried whole foods, you must got and give it a shot!
I love dessert. I feel like we have had this conversation. I love sweets too. Yum yum! So when I stumbled upon this quinoa apple bite recipe, I was sold. It is really pretty healthy for you and it is super tasty! Yum!
You can find the original recipe here.
It is dairy free!
1 Cup cooked quinoa
1 Cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup chopped apples
2 eggs, lightly beaten
You mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Make sure you add them in order so that the mix well!
The you place about a tablespoon of the mixture or so in a greased mini muffin tin and you bake them for about 15-20 minutes.
Easy and delicious!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
P.S. sorry about the quality of pictures as of late. I have been taking pictures with my phone because my camera charger cannot be found and when I am out and about I forget to get a new one.
We have a second car! It was most definitely needed! TJ is starting to do more work at his other job and I am still full-time at REI so we needed a second car. Plus, his job is up more in the mountains so we needed one that was more fuel efficient. We found one! It has been so awesome!
We got a little Honda Fit. Great gas mileage!
Its like a mini mini van. It is awesome!
I also made this awesome recipe called Chicken Spaghetti but there is no red sauce in it. I found it here on pinterest.
It was a little time consuming but once it was all said and done, it was delicious!
I started with the chicken, I needed to precook it.
I did that and shredded it up while I was sautéing the veggies.
I love the smell of sautéing onions. I also had the noodles going at this point.
Once they were all done, I mixed them all together with the velveeta mixture and put it in the oven.
I let it bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden and juicy. Now, I forgot to take a picture after it came out of the oven because I was too excited to eat it. But I managed to get a picture before we finished this batch!
How yummy! So so yummy!
You really should give it a shot!