Being Organized Isn’t As Cool As I Thought It Would Be

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Do you have any idea how many posts I’ve written on this blog dedicated to getting my shit together?

A lot. 

This is because I am constantly on a mission to be better than I am. To be perfectly honest with you, sometimes I just suck at all things life related. I have this idea in my head that if only I were a bit more organized than all of my problems would magically be solved and all of my anxiety would cease to exist.

With this in mind, I woke up super early this morning, brewed myself a nice cup of coffee and settled down with all of my planning materials to plan out meals and workouts for the coming week…


Then I got bored and ended up reading this blog post that wants to help you have a more organized home in just 4 weeks. With visions of perfection dancing in my head I quickly moved on to this other blog post she wrote about creating a routine. It didn’t take me long to feel completely inadequate. You see, perfection isn’t my forte…

So, when Brent suggested I put aside my planning materials and take the girls sledding instead, I gladly ditched what I was doing in order to partake in some old fashioned family fun.

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After we got home and put Penelope down for her nap I finally settled down to plan out my meals and workouts for the next week. As I said in my previous post, I’m using this week as a dress rehearsal for the weeks ahead. For the next 16 weeks I will be completing my student teaching. This means that in order to accomplish everything I have laid out before me I have to be organized (even if I think it makes me a boring person). I’m hoping as the weeks progress this ritual of planning everything out ahead of time will become easier because it took me forever to decide what I wanted to eat and what kind of workouts I wanted to do.

So, here it goes… my attempt at being way more organized than I actually am.

Workout Schedule:

I haven’t lifted weights in nearly a month due to sickness and the holidays so I’ve decided to take it easy focusing on three movements back squat, push press and deadlift. 

Monday– (4 a.m.) 3 x 5 back squat, 15 min HIIT treadmill session, 30 min elliptical

Tuesday– yoga

Wednesday– 3 x 5 push press, 3 mile run jog

Thursday– yoga

Friday– 3 x 5 deadlift, 15 min HIIT treadmill session, 30 min elliptical

Saturday– off

Sunday– off

There’s a lot of yoga and cardio mixed in there this week because it helps me clear my mind. I’ve cried no less than 3 times today about my days as a stay-at-home mom being over. I caught myself sniffing Penelope’s head more times than I would like to admit because I’m super sad about not being able to have as much time with her as I’ve become accustomed to. (If you are a working mother and you kind of want to punch me in the face that’s okay.)

Planned Meals

I didn’t do any of the prepping that I will be required once student teaching starts because, quite frankly, I didn’t have to. 

MondayChicken Harvest Soup

Tuesday– New Year’s Eve Dinner (That means I’ll be having lobster tails if Whole Foods has them on sale like they did last year.)

WednesdayKale Fried Rice with pan seared chicken

ThursdaySpaghetti Squash Lasagna with meat sauce

Friday– rotisserie chicken with balsamic roasted butternut squash and onions with couscous (Just drizzle veggies with olive oil and balsamic vinegar add salt and pepper and roast at 400 30-40 minutes.)

Here are a few salads I want to try for lunch to see if they would be good for packing and taking to school with me later on.

Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing

Lacinato Kale Salad

Okay, I’m tired now. According to my schedule I needed to be in bed forty-five minutes ago in order to ensure I had a full seven hours of sleep before heading out to the gym. Plus, I kind of want to take a shower and wash all of this nerdiness off of me. I feel like I need to do something reckless in order to regain my street cred… I might just live on the wild side and not even edit this post. What do you think of that Type A’ers?!

I’ll check in with you later to let you know if I actually crawled out of bed on time 😉

Cleaning Up After Christmas and A New Giveaway!

I woke up early this morning to see my family load up and head back to Texas. After watching them take off down the street I turned around and walked back into my house where the holiday decorations no longer looked festive. It looked like a prom queen the morning after prom. What was once appropriately decorated now looked hung over and tacky.


My house was definitely suffering from a holiday hangover. As my head pounded from the remnants of a sugar overload I felt it was only appropriate to take down all of the decorations and clean the house. A new season is upon us… the season for starting fresh.

It’s funny how different the ritual of taking down the decorations is compared to the ritual of putting them up. Everyone had mysteriously disappeared and I found myself alone to ponder upon the ornaments as I prepared them for their journey to the shed.

As I put away my tacky ornaments I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother and her tiny artificial tree. She never bothered to take the lights off of the tree from year to year. Not even when they stopped flickering and died. She simply wrapped more lights around it. As the years wore on the tree no longer resembled a tree but had become a massive ball of lights. I thought it was amazing.


Everything about Christmas at my grandmother’s house was glittery and bright and downright gaudy. To this day when I buy decorations I opt for the most hideous, sparkly objects I can find because it makes me feel like that little kid pulling into the driveway of her grandparents house to see the majesty of lights lined with foil flowers piled in the bushes.

tackydecorationsI had never seen anything like it until I found this tacky tree topper at Target.

When I was a kid the thought of having to take all of the Christmas stuff down made me sad but now as an adult I look forward to taking the lights down. It symbolizes the changing of seasons… a fresh start.

There’s just something about my psyche that needs a clean slate every now and then. I don’t simply settle for one fresh start a year because I have a tendency to screw up… a lot. Instead of beating myself up about it I select certain times of the year that I can sort of have a “do over”. Even if things are going great and I don’t need it it’s always a good reminder that any day you wake up can be the beginning to something great.

My designated “do over” days are the first day of school, daylight Savings time (both of them), the first day of summer, and of course New Year’s Day. This year, the new year is a big deal because my life is going to change pretty drastically starting on January 6th. My time as a stay-at-home mom will be over as I complete my master’s degree in education. I will be working full time without the benefit of a pay check as I do student teaching. Penelope will be going to day care and I’m going to have to stretch my self discipline muscles in order to fit in budgeting, working out, cooking healthy meals, spending quality time with my family and writing this blog.

It’ll be a challenge but I’m looking  forward to it. I’m one of those people who thrives off of pressure (even though I kind of hate it).

This means the layout of my blog is going to change a bit. I’ll no longer do weigh-in’s on Friday but will instead weigh in on Sunday. During those posts I’ll share with you what meals I plan on making, how I plan on prepping ahead of time and the workouts that I will be doing during the week. In other words I will be a lot more organized.

I’m not waiting for the official New Year in order to get started, I’m starting today. Our diets have been horrible the past few weeks as we celebrated the holidays so we definitely need to clean up what we’re eating. While I go through this sugar detox I’ll probably have a few false starts. (I’ve learned to accept that screwing up is a part of this weight loss process.) I just kind of want to get the whole screwing up part out of the way before things get crazy. Let’s just consider this week a dress rehearsal.

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(I was going to take a fancy picture of my tea along with the tea pouch but then I started drinking it while I wrote this blog post.)

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Weighing In and Eating Cookies

Weighing yourself this time of year always seems like a bad idea. Especially when you’ve already gotten a head start on the Christmas festivities…


My friend KJ took me out to dinner to celebrate me finishing all of my graduate courses leading to student teaching. It was a much needed girls night out that included pecan crusted rainbow trout, sautéed spinach and butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce… nom nom nom.

I think we all know I’m not currently in weight loss mode, because quite frankly I don’t want to make the sacrifices it would take to lose weight right now. For me it’s all about balance. I want to eat Christmas cookies and snuggle up with a hot chocolate while we watch Christmas movies.  I don’t want to spend my time with my family, who have traveled so far to see me, obsessing over food shame. I just want to participate and enjoy.

That being said, you won’t find me binge eating cookies in my closet while nobody is looking. There no need to get all gross about it. My goal during the holidays was to not gain 20 pounds in the name of Christmas cheer. There does come a point when it gets ridiculous.

Even though I feel this way I still didn’t want to weigh myself when I woke up. I feel fluffier since I haven’t been to the gym in a while. However, when I weighed myself it said 186.6. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

My family comes into town this Sunday and I’m so excited to host Christmas this year! I’ve already loaded up on silly string with the full intentions of making my nephew gag on purpose while videoing it because it makes me laugh. So. Hard. (I really am a good aunt… I promise. Click on the gag link for the full story.)

I’m just so excited! Not only am I excited for all of the fun things I plan on doing with my family but I can’t wait to for the new year upon us. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything I had set out last year when I first started this blog. I’m healthy again, I fit in my clothes, my smile shines from deep within and I’m back to that place where I like who I am.

In other words… I would totally hang out with myself 😉

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about the end result of a weight loss program. It’s about continuing the journey for the long haul. This journey leads to self acceptance and along with that self acceptance comes the desire to better yourself, not because you feel like you aren’t good enough, but simply because you want to grow as a person and see who you are capable of becoming. It turns out… the possibilities are endless.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! I’ll probably check in with you guys again on Sunday before the madness begins.

In Order To Live Fit You Have To Schedule It

So, it seems I’m not done being sick yet. I’ve spent the past weekend trying to get rid of a sinus infection by ignoring it. (Apparently, it doesn’t work that way.) Every time I look in the mirror I always think I’m going to find this staring back at me…


However, it turns out my face isn’t as deformed as it feels.

Yesterday, in an attempt to ignore how yucky I felt I decided to go for a run with Sir Scout. The sun was out and the ice was starting to melt away for the first time in weeks. I didn’t want to waste a perfectly good day sitting around inside feeling yucky!


I thought that if I pretended like I wasn’t sick anymore than I would automatically feel better. It kind of worked! That is until, my sinus cavity started to jiggle making it feel like my teeth were about to fall out of my head. Unfortunately, there isn’t any kind of sports bra apparatus that I can wear around my face. So that’s when Scout and I decided to take it a little easier than we had originally planned.


It was kind of annoying because my legs were just itching to run. It wasn’t a wasted afternoon though, because it still felt good to get out and get some fresh air. Once the music started pumping I was feeling back to my sassy self in no time.

I haven’t worked out in weeks and I’m seriously about to go insane. Honestly, I think it’s my own little personal jam out sessions that I miss the most. It’s like I’ve been watching a movie without the sound trek. How boring is that?!

It’s hard to determine when you should push yourself and when you should let yourself rest when you are sick. If I don’t workout then I beat myself over it because I think that I’m just making up lame excuses. But then if I feel worse after working out then I beat myself up for being such an idiot by pushing it.

You just can’t win.

After my little outside jaunt I was beat. By the time 8 rolled around that night I was lying in bed trying not to spill my sleepy time tea as I dozed off while I reading Allegiant, the third book to the Divergent series. (If you haven’t read Divergent yet you should.) Bridget is pushing me to finish it so that we can finally talk about it.

I haven’t gotten very far because I’ve been too distracted lately. I’m on a huge organizational kick which is really annoying since I’m still too sick to actually get anything done. I’ve been having a lot of anxiety because my student teaching is coming up this January and I’m nervous about the transition my family is going to have to go through in order to make this happen. (Penelope is going to daycare for the first time… eek!) Everything is going to have to be planned out ahead of time… meals, workouts, schedules. I’ve woken up several times in the middle of the night worrying about it. My only arsenal against this is to plan, plan, plan so that I can be prepared.

I was doing some research to plan for my workouts for the next few months and I found this great free resource from Jaime Eason. If you’ve ever seen Oxygen magazine you’ve seen her…


It’s called Live Fit and it’s supposedly the workout routine she follows along with tips on eating clean. She focuses on having you gain muscle in the first phase and then incorporates cardio later on. I haven’t read through the whole thing yet but I thought I would share it with you guys in case any of you would be interested. (Click on this Live Fit link if you want more info.) There are three phases that last a total of 12 weeks. She totally plans everything out for you along with at-home workouts you can do just in case you aren’t able to make it to the gym for some reason.

I plan on giving this a closer look.

Do you follow a weight lifting program? If so what is it, I’ve discovered that it’s best to switch things up and try new things so I would love to hear about it.

In the meantime, I plan on making myself some pho to help clear up my sinuses. I found this step-by-step Vietnamese pho recipe from Gimmesomeoven showing you how to make it. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to try it!


Elf Balls and Autocorrects


Have you ever started out a week thinking you were just going to be the most awesome you’ve ever been…

Only to find that you didn’t end up being awesome at all?


Me either, I was just checking.

Okay fine, that is exactly what happened to me this week. All weekend I was preparing for just how awesomely organized I was going to be this week. I envisioned myself jumping out of bed at 4 in the morning to go to the gym, coming home in time to take a shower and have a latte before the girls woke up to a nutritious and delicious breakfast. My house was going to be spotless, my hair was going to be shiny, all of the tasks that I had to do would be done seamlessly.

(This was obviously a delusion.)

By the time Monday rolled around I had a hard time getting out of bed. (There was no 4 o’clock gym time.) I went to the grocery store in my pajamas and shuffled through the isles trying to focus on the items I needed to buy for the meals that I had planned out for the week. (I forgot half of them even though I had a list.) As the morning progressed by lungs started to burn, my head started to pound and I couldn’t stop shivering.

By noon I was in bed under quarantine.

The next day my refrigerator crapped out. All of the stuff I bought for meals was rotting in kitchen.


Brent and Penelope did some investigating to see what was wrong with it and quickly decided they needed to call in the professionals. We ended up throwing almost everything out. Then Bridget came home and wanted to donate canned goods for a food drive her school was having so we let her clean out the pantry while we were at it. Then we realized we didn’t have any food and I was too tired to do anything about it. I don’t even remember what we ate. I mostly focused on slurping down my sleepytime tea.

 So, when I stepped on the scale today and it said 185.6 I wasn’t really sure what to think of that. I’m telling you, the more I eat the more I lose.

Yesterday at two o’clock in the morning my body decided that it was tired of lying in bed and insisted that I stop sleeping stat. I tossed and turned for about two hours as my mental “to do” list propelled through my mind  reminding me of all of the things that hadn’t gotten done while I was sick. I couldn’t get my brain to shut off so I finally got up, made a cup of coffee and wrote everything that I needed to do down.


I knew I would be too tired to actually accomplish any of it but it felt good to get some things off of my chest.

Shortly after I decided to send my dad the message that I had made for him for his birthday because he was the only person I knew that would be up. Only things got awkward because I got autocorrected…


At first I thought it went by unnoticed and I was glad because that is a really awkward thing to say to your dad. Unfortunately, he eventually caught it. It reminded me of the time I was watching the men’s world cup with my friend and her dad when we were in Jr High. As we were watching one of the matches I wondered out loud…

“I wonder how big their balls are.”

Then I realized what I said and I tried to clarify…

“Uh… I mean, I wonder what size balls they have.”

(awkward silence)

“I mean…”

Friend’s dad- “Nina, I would give up if I were you.”

It has been confirmed. Internally, I will always be that awkward 13 year old girl.

Speaking of awkward young girls, I’ve got a Christmas sleepover to prepare for! Since I was feeling better and the house has been disinfected I told Bridget she could have a few friends over to decorate cookies, watch Christmas movies and do festive manicures. Yes, I’m insane. She was so excited this morning, she even made invitations. Even though technically they had already agreed to come.


While I was out restocking the refrigerator (and the pantry) today I stumbled upon some white cotton candy. I decided to recreate the scene in Elf where he’s sitting in the Dr.’s office for a paternity test and keeps eating the cotton balls. So, now I’ll spend my afternoon rolling up cotton candy to make it look like actual cotton so that a bunch of preteens and gobble it down while they watch the movie.


Hopefully, the only balls these girls will end up talking about will be the one’s on Elf.

Eh… I didn’t mean it like that.

Okay, seriously I give up. Hope you have a great weekend.

***As I typed this blog post I received the news of the shooting that took place at Arapahoe High School (a whopping 15 minutes away). Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Hold your dear ones close and cherish the time you get to spend with them this holiday season. ***