Focus of ’15

So we are 7 days into the new year of 2015! Have you given up your new year’s resolution yet?  This year I didn’t make any resolutions because well I suck at follow through.  I am more of a week by week goal setter- I tend to want to do big things but get caught up in the daily, weekly task of just living and boom my big goal is dead.

So as I was reading Brittney’s post about 2015 I really liked what she used to talk about 2015- focuses.  It got me thinking “What do I want to focus on in 2015?” Well here it is!

Move A LOT more

I know, I know  such a common focus for everyone!  Lately we have been awful about working out- I have gone on runs but there hasn’t been a strength workout in my week in quite some time.   I want to build working out into my life like it once was and not just a “if I have time I’ll fit it in thing” I still haven’t quite figured out actually HOW to do this but I am determined.

 

My plan for action is to plan it by week. I realize that I won’t be able to get up every morning at 4am to work out (I could but I’m lazy) and some nights are booked, others are free just plan it by week and MAKE IT happen.

 

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Cook & Document

We really do like cooking at home! I think with D working nights for so long I thought that cooking had to be this big huge thing. I would pick these crazy hard recipes that need 16 pots and the mess we would make while cooking was awful. I just didn’t want to do it, so we got into a bad habit of eating outside of the house. No good.  Lately we have been cooking at home, I make a menu of really good food and then I cook it.  Simple.

 

I have found that planning is the ONLY way we actually eat at home.  And by we planning I mean me planning by taking time to write a menu and get groceries.  Then stick to the plan . My husband will grill or help with whatever I ask but I realize I have to be the driving force behind eating at home.  We often would get caught up in the “but wings sound sooooo good” and would go out. That has stopped!

 

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While I would love my grandmothers ability to make a meal out of whatever is in the pantry that just isn’t me. I like planning and of course we have thrown together meals but they are more like soup I made earlier then froze or a really simple dish that I always keep ingredients on hand to make.  ß This is planning see I am planning to not have anything to cook : )

I am obsessed with food photography and want to really start making more wonderful dishes at home then showing them off.

Organize the Ford House (and keep it that way)

 

Our house is a DISASTER, I am not sure if it is because D and I both are somewhat messy or what. We might also be a little bit hoarder and it needs to stop.  I mean the house is clean, but I swear we have more crap in closets, drawers and random places. Our master closet looks like a 17 year old girl that can’t pick out an outfit lives there.

 

When we moved in with each other it was slowly not like a big move let’s get organized.  D had a broken leg and I was on the road ALL the time. So I would grab whatever I could find at my apartment and moved it to D’s week by week.   This does not make for ANY type of organization. ß some of my stuff is still in boxes in the garage, we are coming up on 2 years.   Yeah, I suck.

So I have a list of things we are going to do to clean out, give away and organize the house.

Plan for achievement? Well first I am currently working on a blog post about this but I guess it all goes back to planning (do we see a theme?)  Each week I want to tackle one project.  There are bigger projects that D will need to be a part of and might take two weeks– our garage is  a MESS.  Weekends D works are also prime time for me to tackle those projects that will take time. More to come on how we are doing soon!

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Work on Goal setting & Follow Through

I am excellent at ideas.  Then a marathon of Family Guy comes on and I am useless.  A focus is really going to be sitting down each month and setting a goal (maybe two small goals) for each week.

They can be something that relate to my larger focus (clean out master closet) or something small like take time to do something extra special for D this week.  I want to break down my big dreams into smaller more manageable tasks.  Then I don’t feel overwhelmed or stress when those big goals don’t happen.

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There ya have it! The year of Focus in Fifteen!

 

Always,

A

Marriage 9 months and counting!

Hey Folks!
I totally forgot to get this up last night! Anyhow here are our top 5 lessons from marriage in it 9 months!

How is life treating you after the big bang of the holiday session? We still have New Years to get through so just keep those party pants on a few more days!!!!

I looked up today and realized that today was Duane and mine 9 month anniversary! I still cannot believe we are closer to the one year mark- it really has flown by. So what have I learned in 9 months? Heeeerrrrreeeee we go!

1. Not just talking about boring life things is REALLY hard.
I’m not sure why this one has snuck up on us but I feel like it’s the classic marriage trap. I tend to take my moments with Duane as those few things we can talk about in 15 minutes.
“What do you want for dinner?” , “How much should I increase my 401k amount this next year?”, “The dogs need food” , “Did you get the dry cleaning?” “OMG why don’t we have paper towels- dear God how can you use so many paper towels!!!” “Arnold smells, again” , “What the hell did you spill on seat in the new car?” .

While I know these things are important and often funny I find our conversations are dominated by “stuff”. I guess it’s always been this way but I feel us spending less time on those dreams and goals conversations. We still have them but we are more focus on getting stuff done NOW vs having a bottle of wine and just talking in the kitchen.

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2. Just US time is getting harder and harder to get
Maybe it’s just me but lately I feel like we have to talk and then schedule a day together. Just more mutually agreeing to not plan anything with other people. Since Duane started working days, I feel like we have something EVERY weekend he is off. Often we are booked Friday night, Saturday night and then a Sunday afternoon.

I am grateful we have so many friends that we can hang out with but it’s hard to fit everyone in! Yesterday we ruled a PJ and football day. I watched TV on my iPad and he watched football but we just sat on the couch and didn’t leave the house. ß PS it was glorious!!

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3. We are going to go through hard times, and it won’t be easy.
Marriage is great but it’s also hard. I get why so many toss in the towel (no judgment to anyone that has been divorce!!). Marriage is demanding and both people literally have to be 110% committed to making it work. With losing the baby we have grown closer but we also have realize it’s not just singing birds and rainbows- not that either of us thought there would be but I guess I wasn’t expecting 7 months in to have such a huge thing to deal with. This has forced us to really talk and listen to each other.

We also have to make sure that we keep each other steady through the grieving process. We sorta have to be watch dogs for each other!

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4. There is no filter whatsoever now…
Yep, that whole thing about married people being too comfortable with each other that’s us. We talk about EVERYTHING. The gross, the weird and the even grosser. I am not sure why this has changed so much since we got married (maybe because we are super locked in?) but I swear if it is something we are having issues with you bet we text each other (“OMG babe I cannot stop farting at work today! Is this normal?”.

Be jealous of these super in-depth conversations we are having over here.

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5. Trust is easy to say, hard to do
This is actually really hard, if you would have ask me a year ago if I trusted Duane I would have said “Of course!” without even blinking. Saying and doing are two VERY different things. Maybe this is my control freak flag flying nice and high but this has really been hard lately! I trust Duane completely and always have but it is soooo hard for me to let go and actually really trust him to take care of something. Never has he let me down, but yet I still want to “just make sure”. I am still working on this on but I am learning! I am not talking big life things either, it’s like grocery shopping or doing a load of laundry. Duane is a functioning human adult that can indeed do things for us and himself!

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Always,

Allison

My First Christmas as a Police Wife

Happy Christmas from the Fords!!!

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We actually opened gifts (that we were NOT supposed to get each other) on Christmas Eve.  I scored from VS with jammies, yoga pants and other unmentionables :). D got a watch, scotch and cigars <— yeah I am sorta enabling his bad habits but it’s Christmas so whatever.

Christmas morning I sleepily kiss D and he was off to work.

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I got up had a magical cup of coffee, then headed out to meet a friend for a Christmas run. Her hubs was working so we figured running was a good way to spend the holiday!  We did a slow and enjoyable 3.5 miles and honestly it didn’t feel like Christmas at all, just more like a Saturday.

We finished our run, went home showered then met for lunch at Apple-bees which was open and really just fun to relax.

I then came home and decided I wanted to do nothing but watching Criminal Minds because all seasons are on Netflix and it’s pretty much awesome.

aaSo after watching 6 hours of TV I started on Christmas dinner.

Menu:

Steaks, mashed potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms and apple pie for dessert!

Oh and wine, we kinda like wine.

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It was a lovely little dinner for two!  Our first Christmas together was for sure a hit and I cannot wait to have 17 million more with my sweet love.

Hope you all had a magical day, the hubs just got out of bed and I am off to pack a bag for our Christmas adventure today.

 

Always,

A

Why Whole 30?! The Background

This month D and I are going to follow the Whole30 program. I am going to be honest- we have gotten lazy, and we have gained weight. Yep- the Fords need to get it together.

I bought the book It Starts with Food about a year ago read part of it and then spent a million nights on the road and I forgot about the program until I saw an Instagram post about it! Thanks NherShoes!

I knew we had been diving off the deep in of unhealthy. After the wedding I was tired, like really tired- I had hit the gym for months with the only motivation of not looking like a white fluffy marshmallow in my wedding dress. While I felt like a million bucks on my wedding day it really was a bad habit- when I didn’t have the dress to think about getting into I decided the couch was easier than my nightly gym sessions.

Now I hate to make excuses but that is what I am going to do. I started a new job on June 9, and wow a new job is HARD. Like really really hard- I gained a commute of 30-45 minutes each way, ALL new functions, co-workers and boss. I love my new job and really think it was a great move for our family and my career. BUT it still isn’t easy! I was tired, stressed and trying to ya know not suck at being a wife. ß having a house with 3 dogs to keep alive is quite difficult! OMG how do people with children survive? Ok end my whining session :)

I almost cried when I got on the scale last night- it was the final nail in the coffin. My pants don’t fit and the ones that do are uncomfortable I knew I had gain but I wasn’t sure how much whelp it was a lot… like almost 20 pound (our scale had been broken for about 2 months). HOLY CRAP. After I cried and made D promise he would love me no matter what I decided we needed a change.

I grabbed my book last night and a couple other Paleo cook books and meal planned (another post Coming!) This was starting now and I convinced my husband to get on board with me. We need to reset our bodies and really start working on healthy.

This time D and I really need to commit- part of the reason why I am doing this publicly! We have a lot going on and I don’t want to be 30 and have crazy aches and pains. I want to be the girl that runs half marathons (or dare I say full?!) and works out daily goes on more walks and less time with the TV. We want a family and I want to be healthy for our future kids. So here it goes 30 days of awesome!

-A

The Weekender

Weekends that I actually have D home and we don’t have a ton to do have been rare this summer!

This weekend we were halfway busy but it was perfect. Saturday for whatever reason my eyes opened promptly at 5:30. My body laughed as I tried to force myself back to sleep- why is it always the weekends when I actually want to get out of bed?!

Anyway after 45 minutes of Facebook, blogs and pintrest I realize I should be productive and get my workout in before the day became madness.

I tried this guy first for a run

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We made it about 2 minutes before he realized we were not getting in the car and he was going to have to work. After 3/4 of a mile I was tired of dragging him along so I went and got my little ball of energy!

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Over all I managed 3 miles before I headed home to get ready for volunteering!

I bribed D out of bed with the promise of starbucks and puppies. We headed to Opperation Kindnessa no kill animal shelter in Carrolton.

We toured the property where animals come to be adopted into a forever home. They never kill an animal for space and offer medical care to all animals in need.

I tried to get my sister this cat:

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She looked just like one we had growing up!

D and I of course said we would do whatever and were quickly given a leash and told to grab a dog and walk! We also stopped and played with the puppies we were walking and gave them a lot of love. This little girl ALMOST came home with us.

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She fell in love with Duane and it was so hard to put her back for her nap. We then proceeded to help paint a bridge on the dog walking path. It was a blast and I was so grateful my new company out this event together for us!

We grabbed a bite to eat and about 15 gallons of water- who knew 3 hours of dog walking in the Texas heat makes you THIRSTY!

Our afternoon was boring house stuff like me folding laundry and trying to wipe off things. Duane mowed the yard- it was so very suburban of us :)

Saturday night we ordered pizza and watch my AGGIES!!! ( we won) then about 17 episodes of wicked tuna

D is obsessed- I am going to take him to the Northeast just because of this show. But honestly I think he just likes the accents…

Sunday we did the grocery thing and the bath the dog thing. <---- be so jealous of my life!! Then we watched football ALL DAY. Actually there were some good games on and the Cowboys sucked it up as usual. IMG_6159.JPG

Bogey didn’t care about the game just his bone and I have a little dog that really wants beer..
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I fell asleep early and it was glorious!!!!

How was your weekend?!

Football yay or nay?

Dinner Snuggles & Things I am Loving II

We are so lazy on week nights that we have together and usually end up doing a date night on Tuesday rather than Friday. You should all try this because you never have to wait and usually restaurants have good drink specials too!  We headed to La Hacienda Ranch for fajitas and margs!

They sat us in the most ginormous booth possible- I decided the hostess just wanted us to snuggle during dinner <—– Duane did not agree and was more interested in the chips… (ok it was me that really wanted the chips- they are just SO good here!)

 

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We stuffed our faces and talked about how we should have gone to the gym before dinner.  The food was excellent as always and points for the service- the waiter was amazing.

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After dinner we did a few chores around the house (does it ever end?) and then found some random show about snakes taking over the U.S.  It was totally terrifying and I am so happy that I do not live in Florida!

I made a list of things that I am currently loving right now so here they are!

1. Maxi Dresses 

Umm hello this is basically like wearing PJ’s all day but it looks like a dress. I love whoever invented these and made them popular- I also don’t have to shave to wear them! <— just a little Thursday TMI for ya! I bought a few for our honeymoon and some long skirts I foresee this being my entire wardrobe all summer long.  They are so appropriate for any occasion and can be dress up with jewelry or a scarf.  I have a black one that gets the most wear but I am digging this one from Kohls.

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2. Flavored Water 

Since I started my garden and have lots of fresh herbs on hand I really have been trying to spice up my water so I can drink more. I love regular water but sometimes I get sided tracked and forget to guzzle the good stuff. The flavor taste better right when I make it (to me) so I end up drink it all and not forgetting!  My favorite combos right know are Strawberry & Basil (pictured) and Lime & Mint!

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3. Elk Antlers 

No I am not cooking some weird dish this week they are for the dogs!  I was talking to my MIL about how much Bogey eats everything hats, sunglasses, remotes, bras, socks- I mean EVERYTHING..  The little stinker just wants to chew however regular rawhide bones (the big ones) might last us the night.  The rawhide also doesn’t work for sensitive tummy Arnold- he gets SICK for days.

So I stopped buying rawhide bones because they don’t last, are expensive and I got really tired of cleaning up stomach continents! But Bogey still wanted to chew on everything- ugh!  She suggested getting him an Elk Horn and seeing how he does with that! D bought three of them- NOT cheap but so far he has really liked it and no tummy issues from Arnold. Now if I could only get Sophia to stop hiding them all in the couch…

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 4. Coupons 

I know, I know I would love to be one of those ladies on Extreme  Couponing but I just don’t think that will ever be us. I can see how having 47 bottles of laundry soap would be useful but the 120 packets of potatoes ugh gross.  All couponing for food isn’t bad however! I found the Kroger app and many times they have their organic brand on sale and always seem to have some type of fruit and veggies marked down.  I have really started to look at the weekly flyer and find when chicken is on sale then buy 2 or 3 packages then freeze part of them!  D really likes cereal so I buy him a ton when they are buy one get one free! I also try to seek out coupons like toilet paper and paper towels- things we will always need! I wait until they are on sale then find a coupon as well- boom instant savings!  When I do these simple little things they really seem to add up- I saved over 25 dollars on my last trip.

 

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What are you loving this week?

Tell me your Thursday workout!

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Yoga

I have mentioned a few times how obsessed I am now with a hot yoga class I have been taking so after doing it for about a week I wanted to give a few more details!

My workout buddy that convinced me to try the train wreck that was Zumba class text me and said she couldn’t make it to our usual 6:30 spin class.  I was like nooooooo but she told me she was going to an intro yoga class at Sunstone Yoga and asked if I wanted to join her- of course I was like sure! <—- I am a sucker for anything new – ya only live once right?

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I met her & her husband at the studio and quickly went through our intro session which explained classes, memberships and basics of yoga. The intro class was definitely something I enjoyed and made me feel right at home.  The instructor had a very small class (5 people) we introduced ourselves, provided our yoga knowledge background (does a Bethenny Frankel DVD count?) and express our fitness goals. After the 30 minutes of talking we actually got to try a class and they offer a week for free.

For me I am really wanting something to help me cross train that just doesn’t kill my body.  I used to spend an hour on the elliptical but now it’s just so boring I usually jump off to run or lift. This has lead to my hip hurting 24/7 and my knees feeling like that of a 97 year old woman. Also I am a drama queen I am sure I don’t hurt that bad but it feels like it…

The studio I go to offers different types of classes but I will say my favorite is the Fire class- which is the true hot yoga.  I plan on trying all of them soon! They also offer progression classes which have 2 or 3 classes that are 30 minutes and you can stay for all 3 or end with one.  It’s kinda like the best of  all worlds!

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Let’s talk the pros!

1. It makes me feel like a million dollars when I leave!  Every class I have taken I feel like I could rule the world afterwards- my back & neck don’t hurt and my hips have never felt better.  The class gives time before and after to relax in dim lighting and let stress float away. Overall just a great way to end or start the day!

2. The instructors are very hands on. I mean me personally I wouldn’t want to touch sweaty strangers but they do and help you with form in a personal way that makes even a newbie feel at home.  The poses are explained well and adjustments are made as needed and they know peoples names how cool is that?

3. It’s actually a workout! I really thought on yoga days I would do a small amount at the gym too however I wore my heart rate monitor last week and burned about 560 calories. Maybe I am just out of shape but my legs and arms all seem to get a workout during the class.

4. Yoga can help with running. I will admit it I am not a fast runner- for me it’s about running and having fun! I love that I am competing against myself ever chasing that PR. I was talking with an instructor and she told me one guy shaved 40 minutes off his marathon time- holy wow! Maybe just maybe I could get faster :)

5.  It can grow with me. While I love CrossFit, running and lifting and thing they are all VERY important I am looking for activities I can do my whole life.  Life is changing- I am getting older, my priorities are shifting  & my body isn’t bouncing back as quickly as it once did. I know my fitness goals will change in the future yoga seems to be something I could do at any stage of life!  I want something to balance the hard workouts with good for my body things and I REALLY am needing something to help with stress- right now this seems to do the trick :)

Now that I gave you why I love yoga class let’s talk about some things that have me hung up (there are only two- I really like it!)

1. It’s pricey! For my membership it is $99 a month (a special!)  which is a little much even if I go 5 times a week it’s about 5 bucks a class! It is still a little cheaper than CrossFit but that was one reason I stopped going.  I also went for the biggest membership they had since I can go to any studio in DFW (more on why I did this soon) and D or anyone else can come with me FOR FREE!!  How cool is that?

2. The classes are still group classes. I would love to have my own private yoga teacher and be Madonna it ain’t happening anytime soon.  Yesterday I really wanted to go to a Fire class & get my sweat on however the only one offered was the water class.  I might be a little bit of a diva but sometimes I just want to do the class I want sans schedule! I also have to plan my day to where I can make it to class on time (no late peeps allowed) so I have to make sure I am aware of the time not just show up and get her done like at the gym.  Ok diva rant over. Class is awesome!

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I really have loved getting to try something new and challenging to me.  I have also now developed a fantasy of being a yoga instructor- mostly because I really dig the outfits. <— read I REALLY want to wear workout clothing all day.

If you are still a little shy about trying yoga I suggest reading this post   then just try a class. One class won’t kill ya, I swear!

Thoughts on yoga? 

Love or hate group classes? 

 

The Weekender- Extended Edition

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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Our holiday weekend was perfect and I am so thankful to all the men & women who have scarified to make that happen. THANK YOU!!!!!

This weekend was busy but also nice and relaxing (which was VERY much needed).  D worked on Friday then decided since we had a wedding and lots to do around the house he would take Saturday as well- queue happy dance! We were going to have THREE DAYS together!!! I know this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to some this is a rarity for us.

Friday D worked and I met up with two sorority sisters, Courtney & Laura  for dinner and drinks! We went to an amazing restaurant called H&G Supply can I just say holy freakin’ yum! If this place wasn’t like a hour from my house I would eat there weekly- it is a Paleo themed that offers fresh, good food.

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I have become quite the food snob and honestly the cheap stuff just doesn’t do it for me anymore! I ordered the 80/20 burger with a side of fries.  I am craving another one right now just thinking about the bacon spread- yep no mayo just bacon paste?! <—– it sounds weird to but it was the best thing I have tasted in awhile.

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Saturday morning when D got home he asked me on a breakfast date! We are totally keeping the romance alive in this marriage yall :) This is something we used to do when we didn’t get a lot of time together back when we first started dating so it really was fun.  After breakfast we made our weekly trip to The Home Depot- I am pretty sure we single handily keep them in business.  We got a few more containers for my herbs (the are getting so big!) and then a pot for our lemon bush.

D decided that being up for like 20 hours was enough and finally went to bed which gave me the opportunity to hit up the gym and do a leg workout from Bobbi’s Summer Shred (you have 2 days to sign up!).  It was a killer just like all her workouts- however this one looked deceptively easy but I was burning by the end.

After D woke up we decided that since it was a holiday we needed adult beverages to celebrate with- to the new liquor store we went! I guess the county we live in is finally not ‘dry’ anymore cause the booze stores are popping up EVERYWHERE. We went to Total Wine which was ginormous  and really cool. Neither of us are big drinkers but tend to like to have a glass of wine or a beer occasionally.

This place was insane they had so much selection and we might have gone a little crazy in the mix and match section.  You can build your own six-pack which leads to wanting “just 1 to try” of basically everything. Finally D cut me off when I filled my second container- I think this will be my new spot for beer & cider.  The store also had a great selection of wine- I got two bottles based on recommendations from the very knowledgeable staff.
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The names of different beer & wine are hilarious to me! I know its just a marketing thing and I didn’t buy any of these but I was laughing reading all the different ones.

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We decided to be adults and not speed all our money on a booze fest after about an hour! We headed home to plant our newest herb additions  and played around in the garden for a bit.   Neither of us wanted to cook so we ordered a pizza and caught up on the DVR.

Sunday I was supposed to do my “long” run of 3.5 miles however my legs were killin’ when I got up after my leg day the day before <—- no I was not paying attention to my training plan!  So off to yoga I went- saving the run for Monday! I tried the “Earth” class which is a power flow yoga vs the hot yoga.  It was definitely different and I was a little sore from my hard leg day so if felt great to move but my poses were a little shaky since my muscles were so tired!

After a quick shower we headed off to a friends wedding!  The ceremony was beautiful and I am so happy for my friend and her new hubby!

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Wedding festivities complete  we got a nice little thunderstorm which led us to a 3 hour nap.  D was so off on his schedule I am not sure he really even slept that day! I was a zombie all weekend- basically anytime I sat down in a comfortable spot I was asleep in minutes. I even fell asleep in yoga during our 5 minute pre-class relaxation time.

Sunday evening we grilled fajitas and enjoyed a few of our purchases while watching Ride Along and Anchorman 2. Ride Along was funny and Anchorman was boring to me I guess because I fell asleep – D said it was stupid but not awful like we had heard!

Monday was raining and dark so I slept until 7:30 (who am I?)  I got and headed out for a nice 3.5 mile run in the semi- rain! It turned out to be a wonderful run and felt  heavenly in the misty rain.  I came home nice and sweaty my legs feeling so much better.

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We decided to go see the new X-Men movie  Days of Future Past and it was AMAZING! I should have done better but I was so hungry after my run I don’t think I let D have very much popcorn.   I did a quick weekly meal plan then we headed to the grocery store for our weekly grab. D found steaks on sale which determined what we would have for dinner with Caprese Salad, baked potatoes and stir fried okra.

The weekend was busy but also relaxing- I think I could have done about 3 more days at the house. I did get to finish laundry last night :)

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Hope you had an amazing weekend!