A Day of Nothing

I fell asleep on my couch by 9pm last night.  Pretty sure that’s kind of sad but I guess I was just too tired and sleep was what I needed.  My body will just shut down when I need sleep, no matter how I feel about it.  Does that ever happen to you?

I woke up this morning, threw my laundry in the washer and made my way back upstairs to make breakfast.  Not just any breakfast; this breakfast:

Don’t worry, I’ll share the recipe later this week.

My morning continued by finishing up my laundry, cleaning my room, and the rest of the apartment.  Pretty exciting stuff.

Actually it was kind of nice, believe it or not.  It served as a means of stress relief.  It’s kind of nice to just focus on something other than what’s going on around me and inside my head.  So I cleaned; and then I cleaned some more.

I’ve got a crazy schedule ahead of me with work this upcoming week so I plan to do nothing but relax, rest and take it easy.  A walk to the grocery store for a couple of items will happen in a bit, but otherwise there’s nothing.  And I hope (and plan) to keep it that way.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I need to live vicariously through you!

And good news – I found a dress for Justine’s wedding!  Now to just find the shoes.  Like?

Fitness Friday // Want to join in?

I wake up early pretty much everyday.  Generally that means a trip to the gym when they open at 5am to get it over with and avoid most of the crowds.  It also pretty much means I wake up early on my days off too – I can’t help it, my body is just used to those morning hours.

What it’s not used to is waking up at 3am with a pounding headache and then being forced to skip my morning workout for additional sleep and then having to complete my workout after work – it’s just never as good.  Sadly that was the fate of yesterday’s workout – I’m just glad I was able to get back to it this morning.  And I’m pretty sure these “Full House” workouts are my favorite!

Also, any other bloggers out there who would be interested if I made Fitness Friday a “real” link up kind of thing?

More Motivation / Keep Reading

After the last motivational post was so successful, I thought I’d put together another one.  Besides, when can’t we all use a little more motivation?

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is another chance for you.  What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Human being can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple: know what you are doing, love what you are doing and believe in what you are doing.” – Will Rogers

Sometimes I let fear hold me back.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s my gut instilling fear to keep me from something I shouldn’t do or if it’s just plain old fear telling me I can’t do something.  Keeping me from something.

I guess this is just that whole quarter-life-crisis shenanigan messing with my head again.  Or maybe it’s real.  But who knows?  The good news is that quotes keep me motivated; keep me pushing towards a goal.  Even when I’m not sure what that goal is.

Sounds like I need to keep reading.

Foodie for a Day / FitMixer BootCamp style

I’ve mentioned that as part of the FitMixer bootcamp, I’ve been required / requested to track my food intake in order to monitor my calorie, protein, fat, and carb intake.  It’s definitely been a challenge but it’s also been pretty interesting and opened my eyes to what and how much I’m eating at different points throughout the day.  And for the most part, I’m eating everything I’ve always eaten and in the same amount with only slight changes.

I thought it would be interesting to show a day in the life of food while sticking to my FitMixer bootcamp guidelines.  Or at least pretty close to my guidelines.

Breakfast: I started my day with a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal with 1/2 chopped banana and 1 TBSP of peanut butter with flax.  And a cup of coffee with almond milk, of course.

Snack #1: a green smoothie made with 1/2 banana, spinach and vanilla milkshake protein powder + an iced coffee with almond milk.

Lunch: After seeing baked beans on another blog earlier in the day and knowing that I wanted to get more beans in my diet, I picked up some baked beans at the store.  I had this along side a salad with balsamic and finished off with a yummy homemade (microwavable) open-faced s’mores.

Snack #2: Nature Valley Honey ‘n Oats granola bar with tea.

Dinner: 2 Trader Joes sausage-less sausages and broccoli

Snack #3: Chocolate banana soft serve with peanut butter and chocolate chips

I think it’s clear my sweet tooth was on fire today but I was still able to stay fairly close to my allotted goals which I think is pretty good, especially since my initial calorie goal was 1800-1900 / day.

Not bad, right?

*I should note that I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my eats*

Cheers

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Did you do anything fun?

Since I was working most of the weekend, the highlight for me was Justine’s bachelorette party. I’ll be honest, this would probably be the highlight even if I wasn’t working the weekend. It was definitely some of the most fun I’ve had in quite some time.

We had a great group of ladies out to celebrate and now I really can’t wait for the wedding in July!  But with that, I need to pick out a dress.  EEK! Anyone out there see any cute (and affordable) dresses that would look good on me and be perfect for the wedding?  I repeat affordable…sorry, I’m on a budget!

Anyway, despite working most of the weekend, I do have the pleasure of having the next few days off work to relax and rejuvenate.  (And catch up on sleep!)  I honestly have no plans other than tackling my to-do list (which is fairly reasonable in length) and relaxing.  I want to do nothing else.  Sorry but I think it’s deserved.

Cheers to the next  couple days off.

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Music Monday / Born and Raised

I keep planning to share one thing with you but then things change or a new album I can’t stop listening to comes out and I have to make a sudden change of plans.  This would be one of those times.

If you know John Mayer; if you like John Mayer, then I must urge you to seek out his newest album Born and Raised.  I’ve been hearing the single “Shadow Days” on the radio but was super excited when I saw the album was released.  And then I was bummed when I had to wait a couple days before it appeared on Spotify.

Yes I was so excited for the album but wanted to make sure I liked it enough to buy first.  I’m pretty sure that means I’m part of the reason the industry has a hard time selling records these days – except that I DO plan to buy the record!  It’s just that good!

I spent my time at home with this album on repeat as I relaxed and laid around writing and relaxing.  Now because this blog is all about my honest opinion, I must tell you this album isn’t one of those albums where John shows you this whole other side of him or his musicianship.  This is the John Mayer that we all know and love.  Personally, I’m okay with that.  But to each his own.  But you won’t know until you give it a listen.  So take a listen.

And can I just quickly say that John Mayer needs to cut his hair! I mean come on…you’re not at Berklee anymore. ha!

What new music have you listened to this week?

She Said YES

Before you get all excited, it’s not me.  I’m just as single as I was yesterday. HA!

Yesterday was Justine’s bachelorette party and we had an amazing and fun time!  That night wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t say yes.  Maybe more on that later, maybe not.

Then there’s this:

She said yes too.  But before she could say yes, I was a blubbery crying mess over here.  You can’t take me anywhere.  Or show me sweet YouTube videos that have gone viral.

Note: grab a box of tissues before this one.

Balance

I’m on my way back to LA. And I’m not happy about it. In fact, I anticipate I’m pouting in the airport / on the plane while you’re reading this. I also anticipate this is making many people laugh.

But it is the truth. Please don’t make me go.

The good thing is that at least today I’m going back for something super fun, not straight to work. It’s Justine’s bachelorette party day! This also means it’s going to be a long (fun but long) day and if anyone has an in with a caffeine IV, please let me know. I anticipate loads of coffee over the next 24-48 hours.

I also anticipate this means I may be a bit cranky at work on Sunday. I mean, coming back from a few days off, with little sleep and a strong desire to leave LA (yes I’m still trying to figure out where to) but I might look a bit like this:

Consider yourselves warned.

Okay not really, I plan to go in with the best attitude I can muster because quite honestly, that’s how you make it through each day – the best attitude you can pull together is sometimes the only thing that lets you keep your balance.

I’m working on my balance. It comes with time and it comes with practice. But I’m working on it.

Happy Saturday to you all! Any fun plans for this long Memorial Day weekend?

Mine is Justine’s bachelorette party! Otherwise it’s workworkwork!

Fitness Friday

I’m getting my butt kicked!  These workouts are deceivingly difficult.  I’m loving every moment but there’s definitely been a mind over matter struggle going on.  And if I’m completing (or trying to complete) them at home, that struggle doubles.  Apparently I need the gym for the extra bit of motivation to push me through my tougher workouts.

But I’ve been doing them.  Because Nike says just do it.  And when my shoes and tank top are both Nike, well then I better just do it, right?

Anyway, like I said, these workouts have been deceivingly difficult but that’s good – they show my body there is room for improvement and they are challenging me.  That challenge was the whole reason I signed up for this thing!  (So I’m not complaining!)

One of the hardest things about this week’s workouts is that I’ve been doing them from home.  Since I travelled back to IL for a few days, I don’t have access to a gym and finding motivation when you’re surrounded by your bed and big comfy chairs and couches is extra difficult.  I guess there’s the benefit of going back to LA.

 

Were you able to stick to your fitness goals this week?

Where to go next?

I don’t really want to go back to LA.

Yes I’m going to but I don’t really want to.  I’m figuring out where my next move will take me.  That’s been going on in the back of my mind for quite some time but it’s getting more serious.  My desire to find my next “place” is constantly being pushed to the fore front and less on the back burner.  The question just keeps coming down to one thing: where.

It’s really not that easy.  My mom treated my sister and I to pedicures yesterday and while we were sitting there chatting with the ladies doing our toes my sister said “I’m the country hopper and Katie’s the state hopper.”  Yeah, sounds about right.

But that doesn’t help me figure out what my next state is.  That’s what I’m working to figure out.  And maybe it isn’t a state change, but it’s at least a city change.  LA isn’t for me and that’s okay, but I’ve definitely hit my wall there and I’m ready for something new and to move on.  In the mean time I’m trying to make the best of my time there while I figure out where to go but I’m having a hard time with that wait.

LA doesn’t let me save money.  LA doesn’t let me relax.  LA has never felt like home.

I wish it were easy enough to just allow you all to decide my next move but I think that’s a little too much pressure for you and a little too much freedom for me to give up.  Sorry.

I sit here in the room I grew up in and it feels like my heart is going to beat out of my chest.  I’m ready to finally determine the next phase of my life and I can feel the anxiety of not knowing where, when or what it will entail.  I guess this is all a part of that whole 20s thing, huh?

Any suggestions where I should move next?