Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Right Now....

Right now, I'm....

listening to: my son play with his legos and make up stories. He's building a monster truck police car.

ordering: more lavender essential oil. I love the aroma as I drift to sleep each night. 

reading: Better Homes and Gardens magazine.... from March. I just finished. I'm so behind but still enjoy!
eating: this spinach salad on repeat. With a few different tweaks each time! Today it was spinach, chick peas, goat cheese, tomato, hand boiled egg and balsamic.

creating: I'm in the midst of some selfish sewing, as it's called. I just finished a dress for me. Sadly, it's a velvet dress I started in October or November. So now it will sit waiting for fall! I have fabric and a pattern for a cold shoulder dress which I'm hoping to start soon.

smelling: the flowers my husband brought home last Friday. They still look so fresh too!

wearing: workout clothes. Each day! I'm trying hand to get a sweat on each day. I know it helps with those little aches and pains. And after taking a few days off, I'm feeling it in my hip.

painting: place cards for my friend's wedding. They are half done. And I'm loving the challenge!

anticipating: a short vacation with my husband to attend the above mentioned wedding. I can't wait to get away with his for two nights. It feels like it's been a long time since we've been able to just spend time together.

drinking: tea with honey most mornings. I haven't been a regular tea drinker ever but honestly, this small ritual makes my mornings better.

wanting: this necklace with the moon of my wedding day. I fell for it at the store the other day. Here's hoping my husband heard me offer a hint about this!! Our anniversary is coming.

cleaning: a bit of everything. We swiffered the first floor like crazy the other day. I have been trying to organize the craft room and our pantry. It must be spring! Deep cleaning the first floor bathroom is next.

hand lettering: a quote from Hope Floats - "beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too..." For some reason it popped into my head today.

celebrating: my daughter used the potty for the first time today!!

Play along! Please feel free to use this prompts for yourself. Tag me if you can so I can see you answers!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Why of My Fitness Journey

shirt by My Fitness Tribe
For the last year I’ve been working out regularly. There have been pauses but I’ve mostly been working out at least 5 times a week. It’s gained importance to me, not just because of my fitness group, but because of how it makes me feel.

If you don’t know me, there’s a key fact that influences my fitness journey. My dad had a heart attack at 44. It killed him. I’m 42. And my kids are little and I’d like to see them grow up, graduate HS and college, and get married or succeed in a career that inspires and challenges them.

I’ve always had a little extra weight on my body. But the bigger deal was my cardiac health. I wasn’t working my heart. Now my favorite thing is cardio. I’m not exactly sure how that happened. I have seen a difference in my ability to walk up multiple flights of stairs with greater ease. I can jog along side my son when he run. I’m stronger too. My push ups are better. I can tell my abs are a little more defined. I still have a little extra weight. I need to continue to fine tune my diet. But I’m better than before and I’ll keep getting stronger.

A few quick details; I use Beachbody on Demand (BOD) and work out at home in my family room. I usually work out at 6 am, before my family is awake. I have tried a few different programs with BOD. I like Core de Force, Clean Week, and A Little Obsessed the most. I also use the company’s Shakeology and Energize products on occasion. 

I hope I live a long life. I hope I get the opportunity to experience many different life milestones. And I know greater fitness will remain part of my journey.

Monday, April 16, 2018

I love....

I love.... my people. The warmth of sunshine on my skin. Stress Away oil. The crisp turning of pages in a new book.  The din of people on the train. Dogs. Always dogs. The hum of the sewing machine. Strong hugs. The way really amazing sushi kind of melts in your mouth. Clean sheets. Babies. Good chocolate. Acts of kindness. Kids laughter. Manicures. Hot stone massages. Mimosas. The feeling I get right after a cardio workout. EOS chapstick. Monograms. Watching snow coat the trees. Hydrangeas. Peonies. Long necklaces. Creating. Sand between my toes. Billy Joel. Crab cakes. Cake with lots of frosting. Buffalo. Freedom. Waking up next to my husband. Leadership. Books that make me think. The way new books smell. Baby snuggles. Sunshine. Sore muscles after a great workout. Writing. Fabric. Peppermint oil on my temples. The smell of clean laundry. How my son loves to cuddle. New shoes. Target trips sans kiddos. And that dollar section. New markers. Butter and sugar creamed together. Naps. Decorating magazines. The West Wing. Lobster rolls. Cherry pie. Apple picking. Good quotes. Hikes in the woods. Long talks with good friends. A cup of tea. Compassionate honesty. Clean laundry. Cherry blossoms. Rain boots. DIY projects. Organization. Holding hands.