First things first- look what my Mom gave me when I saw her on Saturday:
I hung it in our kitchen above the window. I LOVE it 😀
I think I’m going to make our kitchen sunflower themed, since the color of our kitchen walls kind of work perfect for it. (the color is something like “apple spice cake” I do believe) I can’t wait to hang up the picture that Lisa sent me too! It’s going to be PERFECT! Thanks again Lisa, love ya girl! 🙂
Now on to more serious stuff- I’m sure that many of you have already heard about the controversial blog article from Marie Claire magazine, but I would like to give my two cents as well. I am personally offended by this article and feel that pretty much all of it was embellished.
Honestly it really upset me because many of these ladies I look up to. I think they have the ideal balance between eating healthy, working out, BUT ALSO enjoying life & eating for fuel. They know how to achieve the balance that I still long to achieve. Of course I am getting there, but these ladies have helped me along the way.
As a person who has gone thru treatment for an eating disorder- for four long years- I found that it was helpful to see blogs like this. They showed me that I could truly ENJOY eating food, and not see it as the enemy.
The other thing that really impacted me about them is that they eat REAL food. It’s not Lean Cuisine microwave meals, or non-stop salads..but it’s delicious meals with chicken, pasta & BREAD. They do have a balance of these foods with vegetables & fruit, but they know how to indulge a little bit as well, which is SO nice to see.
Tina’s was one of the very first blogs that I ever read. Not only did I enjoy reading about her everyday life, but I also liked getting new ideas for recipes & workouts. I definitely have tried some of her recipes, and still use some of her workouts. But one of the main things that I loved (& still love) about Tina’s blog is that she ENJOYS a glass of wine, she eats dessert when she wants to- but she balances it all with exercise & lots of walks with Murphy 🙂 She doesn’t restrict herself. This is HUGE. So many women think that it is all about restricting food.
Honestly, until reading these blogs, I never really ate breakfast. OF COURSE I always heard that ‘breakfast was the most important meal of the day,’ but I really just believed that it would help me lose more weight since I was eating less calories. (Mind you, in no way, shape or form did I need to lose weight.) This is sooooooooooooo WRONG. It is the OPPOSITE. Your poor body can’t even ‘get going’ without a nice, filling breakfast. When I saw what these ladies would eat for breakfast, I was like “wow, and they still stay in such awesome shape!” Then I learned of all of the AWESOME mix-in’s you can put in oatmeal!! Pretty much oatmeal can be made into a dessert for breakfast 😀
Another thing that healthy living blogs have taught me is the importance of a rest day. Sometimes it is still hard for me to take a day off each week from working out, but I really have come to VALUE the importance of taking a rest day. Your body NEEDS it to recover & build muscle…and I also know I’m not going to suddenly gain 10lbs. in one day.
I guess this whole post is just about how WRONG this article really is. I HATE how they twisted the words of these ladies blogs to make them sound like they were actually living an unhealthy life. I also hate that they decided to bring in some MEDICAL DIRECTOR (not even a DOCTOR-seriously, what does a medical director know about any of this?!!?) to give his opinion. That is just stupid in itself. I mean, really Marie Claire…really?!
Anyways, on to this morning- today was bi’s/ tri’s day-
I did a combination of biceps & triceps exercises, and then finished up with a little over 15 minutes on the elliptical. I actually have realized that I think I really like using the elliptical after a really hard leg day, or if my legs are really sore. My legs ares STILL really sore! Seriously, if you want to FEEL IT in your legs for a few days, try this workout!!
Today at work I was SOOOOO busy all day- I actually FORGOT to even check my Google Reader all day! Usually I get a few minutes during the day to just look over it & read my favorite blogs, but today I didn’t even realize I had not checked them until I was on my drive home from work. I’m not complaining though, I love busy days- my day FLIES by 🙂
Breakfast & lunch was nothing too special, but dinner STOLE the show 😀
I came home & was kind of like ehh about making dinner. I didn’t really know what I wanted to make, but when I figured out what I wanted to make, I didn’t have one of the key ingredients. So I figured I would take Craig out to dinner…well, kind of. You see we have this delivery service that delivers a bunch of food from various restaurants around town. It is called Grub Taxi. It’s NO WHERE near just a pizza delivery service, actually they don’t even deliver typical pizza- like Pizza Hut, Dominos or Papa Johns. NO, this company delivers food like California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, Olive Garden, and various other places.
Whenever I don’t cook dinner, I like to get something that I cannot make at the house. Tonight I figured I would surprise Craig with one of his favorite meals- VEAL. He LOVES veal. I tried to think of a good place to get veal, and then it hit me- Goodfella’s! For his meal, I got veal picatta- for my meal I got a Ceasar Salad (with the dressing on the side) and I added some sliced turkey to it.
NOW for the BEST part of dinner- GARLIC KNOTS! OMG these are TO DIE FOR. WARNING though: INTENSE garlic breath after eating!!
Dinner was soooooo delicious & Craig was COMPLETELY surprised! YAY! It was a great way to end a Monday, with a yummy meal 🙂
He happened to win this trivia thing at work that they do weekly & the prize was two disney tickets! So cool!! He emailed me at work to let me know, and I was BEYOND excited for the rest of the day 😀 I felt like a little girl all over again- telling everyone that we are going to DISNEY!! lol! The EVER better part about this whole thing is that they are THREE day park hoppers!! So we are going to use them on Saturday & go to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot! I’ll definitely be bringing my camera for this event 🙂
We are going to go on Saturday- maybe start at Disney & then end up at Epcot later in the day. I can’t wait- I wish it was Friday already!
Here’s some more random things I did today- I got Craig a frame for his office- he wanted a picture of the two of us. He actually didn’t have one- and the girls at work were bugging him to get one- haha 😀
I also got a bunch of stuff for my pet fish, Flacco (yes, yes, that’s the Ravens quarterback 🙂 ). He needed a new light bulb for his tank & some water cleaning stuff. Oh, he’s a beta fish by the way 🙂
Craig & I also worked on our ‘Raven wall’ this weekend too- I’ll show you some pictures. The wall is the hallway that goes upstairs. We decided to make it strictly for all things Ravens– I know, I know, you are in TOTAL shock 😀 (jk!)
Some of the pictures include our engagements, LOTS of Ray Lewis (including his ‘doo rag’ —ooooo ya! & it really was his- he wore it at one of the games!) , and various other pictures.
Here is the start of the wall- it’s the wall closest to the bottom of the stairs:
That would be Ray Lewis on the left, and Ed Reed on the right. They are both signed & authentic. Mike & Steph got them for Craig when he was the best man at their wedding, which was ALMOST two years ago!! Their anniversary is October 10th. I cannot believe it’s almost been two years, it’s crazy to think about because that is also when Craig & I became a ‘serious’ couple. <–lol! I hate all of the couple terms- like when you go from stage to stage.
Anyways, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my night with my hunny bunny 😀
I would love to hear your opinions on that Marie Claire article- please do share.
Hope you enjoy your