Off The Beaten Path

It was our first hot weekend, we of course spent it on a patio after Madison's soccer game. Melanie flew in from PA {where there were having a snow storm!} we were supposed to run the Rock N Roll Half Marathon, but we both ended up not being able to run so we ate and drank.  I've paid for way too many races that I ended up not running so I'm not signing up for another until I can run 10 miles without pain. 

I went back to the doctor to find out the results of my MRI last week, he walked into the room with a very grave look on his face and I almost started crying without him even saying a word. I was worried something was seriously wrong and I'd have to have more surgery.  Thankfully it was exactly what I thought - a Baker's cyst - actually 2 of them of pretty large size behind my knee. He went ahead and drained them, but if they come back I'll have to have surgery to find where the fluid is leaking from. I'm finally able to walk without limping for the first time in a very long time, I'm kinda pissed that the PA didn't offer to drain it months ago when I had a sonogram on it. Now I know to ask for it! 

Sunday I felt well enough to go in and attempt 17.4. For non cross fitters - this is a 5 week deal where they put up a new workout each Thursday, no one knows the workout before hand so you have to prepare for anything pretty much. It's like the Crossfit Olympics - first the open, then the top competitors go to regionals, then to the Crossfit Games that you've probably seen on TV.  This is my first year doing it and I have to say it's kinda fun, competing with your peers, seeing how everyone else does, and not knowing what the workout will be. 

Anywho - this week the workout was: 55 Deadlifts {155 pounds} + 55 Wall balls {14 pounds} + 55 calorie row + 55 Handstand pushups. 13 minutes to complete it. I did this workout back in January and only finished up to the rowing before time ran out. This time I got in 7 handstand pushups, I happy with that improvement!

The whole family came to watch and row, I'm not a good rower, pretty sure both kids could beat me. 

We took our weekend stroll over to the new house and I was happy to see the front is almost done! When you go pick out brick and stone it's overwhelming, so many options and it's hard to imagine what it will look like when it's all together. 

They also painted the walls, trims, and cabinets! Grey and white everywhere, for sure repainting the kitchen with a light blue or turquoise once we close.  Now that our countertops are in we should be getting our 60 day letter, eek. Told Oliver to turn off My 600 Pound Life and start cleaning out the office and garage. My realtor will have someone stage the house, so I'll have to take down all my decor. 

Sunday we rounded out our weekend with brunch at The Rustic. I've heard so much about this place in Dallas and I have to say I was disappointed - the food was ok, but serving sizes were crazy small and it was supposed to be 'family sharing' style. It wasn't even enough for 1 person, poor Madison asked if it was her appetizer LOL The service was even worse, couldn't get a glass for water and when he did bring a glass it was grossly dirty. Like old lipstick stuck to it.  I hear it's better if you're just going for drinks and music. 


No Netflix and Chill

Top 5 reasons why there is no Netflix and Chill for Oliver this week.

1. My car registration has been out since November, he promised if I took it for inspection he'd drive the 45 minutes to get the registration. Still hasn't happened cause he's addicted to watching My 600 pound life every day for an hour before work. 

2. Our fridge kinda blew up when lightening struck the house a while ago - the ice maker on the door doesn't work. I adjusted to sticking my hand in the bucket every day {while ALWAYS dropping an ice cube on the floor leaving a puddle and having him yell at me.} It's like groundhog day around here. ANYWAYS the hose busted and sprayed the inside of the fridge with cold water. He legit left it for me to clean up. 

3. He's running around like a crazy person looking for his gym bag this morning. I'm like, dude I have no clue where you put your gym bag' He swears it was in his car, so for HOURS this morning he's going on and on about someone breaking into his car and stealing ONLY HIS GYM BAG. Sigh. He makes me get on amazon and order him knee and wrist braces. We get home and sure enough, it's in the back of his car. 

4. He bought Doritos at the grocery store. 

5. He let the stupid beeping go on and on for a week in a smoke detector, it was like I was the only one in the house who could hear it. I thought I was going crazy.

In case you don't follow me anywhere else but here - you must get yourself an Instant Pot!! I've made two meals out of it this week already, highly recommend. I have this one, Instant Pot 6qt. It's like the opposite of a slow cooker - it cooks items crazy fast. I love it because I can make a meal in one pot and there are less dishes, plus the metal pot inside pulls out and is not heavy - so I can put on my scale and weigh items as I add them! It cooks chicken in less than 10 minutes!!

The meal above is garlic honey chicken and carrots - Oliver raved about it! I served over jasmine rice.

You guys left me so many recipes to try, thank you! I'm planning on this for Saturday night: Carnitas. I've never cooked a pork butt soon this should be fun! I think a 4 pound roast should fit in my pot.

Ok - I'm really obsessed with these little Tropical Fields Crispy Coconut Rolls! They are like laced with crack {or the same additive they put in Doritos to make you keep eating them}, but a great snack dipped in some low cal yogurt!

They do sell one dipped in dark chocolate - DO NOT BUY THOSE. Maybe there was a snack accident, maybe someone ate them in two days.

Never Not Hungry Top

This shirt explains a lot. 


All the Pots.

The kids had Spring Breaks on different weeks, so I took the opportunity to potty train the baby. We finally talked him into underwear and the first few days were rough, but I thought I'd give him a good solid week to make improvement before quitting. You guys. He's a rockstar and after about 3 days he just decided to do it!! I knew we turned a corner when he walked right past me, took off his own pants, and pooped in his potty. 

He's staying dry for naps and nighttime like a champ, but he refuses to sit on an adult potty. We have to carry his baby potty around, but I'll give him time to transition. Adult public restrooms are gross, so it's not so bad. 

A local company, Three Twelve Co, was holding a Unicorn cake decoration class, so Mimi and Madison spent Saturday making me a cake for my {early} birthday! 

I had two big pieces, it's my birthday cake after all :) It was delicious! 

I was waiting until we moved before buying an Instant Pot, but my Mom must've heard me talking about it on Periscope or something because she gifted me one for my birthday! I'm so excited to try it - if you've used one and have a recipe I should try please leave a link! I'll let you know how I like it next week!


High Price.

I had a reader send me this side by side, holy smokes. It's been quite a ride the 3 years between these pictures! All I can say is that I'm REAL glad I'm done having babies!

I'm also very glad I have weight lifting in my life right now, the knee is just not happy when I run. I can do it, but when I limp around the rest of the day it really affects my mood and the rest of my day. I don't care for myself when I'm pissy, I don't like being that way so it makes me not want to run. Lifting and Crossfitting don't aggravate it thankfully!! It's been 6 months since my meniscus surgery, but I'm going in for anther MRI today to see what's going on - they probably just want more of my insurance money. 

Honestly right now I"m just thankful I can do any sort of exercise. 

Funny a few years ago I was obsessed with weighing myself - I'd let that number on the scale affect me. Scale weighing is a very hard obsession to break!!!! I follow lots of weight loss IG people who weigh themselves constantly, I want to help set them free hahah, but it has to be something you decide on your own. That you'll weigh 2 pounds less today and maybe 1 pound more tomorrow, but IT DOESN'T MATTER. You're still the same person. 

I've turned my obsession to lifting. I want to be stronger, week after week, I wanna know - what is my body capable of. Lifting by myself in the gym made it hard to push myself - no one was there to tell me that I DO have more in me. The high price of a crossfit membership comes with that pushing - a coach. Having that person has made all the difference in my workouts y'all. I needed that push, craved it even. I'm not the strongest girl in there, but everyday I leave feeling pretty damn proud of myself for doing better than I did the time before. I work hard for that damn little gold star.

My sister joined too and it's pretty much my favorite thing ever to workout with her.



Life Lately.

Rewinding to 2 weeks ago because I'm so far behind, I went to Vegas overnight to shop a few vendors at Market who don't come to the Dallas show. I invited my 'internet' friend Aly, we've been blog buddies for years so it pretty much felt like we knew each other. She lives in Indy though, you may remember her blog if you've been around here a while  - Whoa_Aly :) We stayed at Ceasers {loved!} and it was my first time trying a Vegas buffet - holy cow. I loved it! It definitely was not like Lubys! 

Little baby Aiden turned 3. He's such a peculiar little child, hates to be dirty, not a fan of bugs, but pretty good with a ball - baseball, basketball, or soccer ball. Potty training has not gone well, he's fine actually on the pot but absolutely hates any type of underwear. He's on Spring break this week so we are gonna push a little harder. We are also going to take him out of his crib and turn it into a toddler bed.

He hates change, pretty badly. He already cried at Church yesterday because he had to go to the 3 year old room and play on the big boy toys - tough life. I need to get the potty and bed situation done now because pretty soon we will be moving.

The installed the trim, doors, and cabinets last week and are in the process of putting up the brick. I'm just waiting for out 60 day letter before I start packing stuff up. Well more like getting rid of everything I'm not taking with me. I seriously CAN'T WAIT to purge!!! 

Died over Madison's reaction to seeing where the construction workers are using the unfinished shower as a bathroom! 


Oliver and I.

I wouldn't say Oliver and I were having marital problems, but we've had our good and bad patches. Sometimes we just bicker more, sometimes we just didn't seem to connect. 16 years is a long time to get along with the same person LOL When we started Crossfit last May I never imagined to would change our marriage the way it has, not that we don't still bicker - cause we do. We just are able to connect and bond with each other in a different way. We have a common interest to talk about that doesn't involve daily life and the kids. 

Now we tend to Crossfit differently, I'm much more competitive than he is, this is probably a good thing. I've done a few competition and he really had no desire to do one, but agreed to the Valentines Day on as a couple. We practiced a few times, he coached me more than I liked, talked during the workout more than I liked, and generally over analyzed everything to death. I was like - this may be our last couple competition!

I mean for the sheer fact we had to workout this close to each other, usually we set up on opposite sides of the gym. The tire flipping the first WOD was tough for us, I felt the exact moment he was ready to take a break, seriously I sensed the change even though he didn't say anything. He pushed through though-  I was so proud of him. We did pretty good for his first comp, but more than that we had fun. 

It was about an hour from our house so we drove down Friday afternoon, did 2 workouts, then stayed a hotel nearby. After a good strong margarita because of 6pm pre workout and I forgot to bring melatonin.  The tire flipping and burpees were our toughest event, I maybe yelled at him for doing burpees too slow, but honestly I wasn't the only wife doing it! To be fair he yelled at me when I no rep'd a stupid wall ball. 

We took the big kid with us, she was so damn cute, doing each workout after we did. I'm so glad we are able to include her in this as a family. Plus it's good for her to get a little one on one time with us every once in a while.  We finished Saturday and dropped her off at a friends for a slumber party. 

Sunday was the first game of the Spring soccer season for me, I haven't even touched a ball since last season to give my knee a break. I missed it so much, but dang I was sore today. Oliver really wants to build his muscles so he wants to do 2 WODs a day, I ended up a the gym yesterday afternoon for some upper body. Today I hurt everywhere, even my neck is sore from something hahaha. It's the perfect time to take a break, I'm leaving for Vegas for 2 days tomorrow. No gym, just good food, good shopping, and good friends! 


Things you NEED to eat!

9-11 y'all.  I hit the recipe jackpot this week and you NEED to try them both! mmmmmkay?

Greek Chicken Bowls

Sunday morning I opened up Pinterest to start my food/grocery list and came across these Greek Chicken Bowls. Y'all. Super easy to make, full of flavor, and different then the regular old sweet potato, chicken, veggies bowl I've been downing for the last month. I put mine on Jasmine rice {lower fat and higher carb, plus the taste is so much better than brown rice in my opinion}. No heating, just pulled out of the fridge, mixed up, and ate. 

I've had this Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie from Macro Experiment on my phone forever, I finally remembered to order some HERSHEY'S Sugar Free Chocolate Chips.

It was amazing, soft, gooey, and didn't have an 'protein' taste to it, but it does have 15g inside! Plus is was a huge serving!

This made me so happy while I wrap up watching the last episodes of Project Mindy.

They drywalled the house last week, it's starting to feel more real, I walked in and could visualize myself there! Another friend of mine added these coffered ceilings in her living room, they are so beautiful, even Oliver agreed.  I'm so glad we picked grey walls too!

My Mom picked up some 'easy' Valentines for Madison and brought them over to work on with her. Sigh. My idea of easy doesn't involve glue guns and have to cut a bunch of crap out. I'm like, just write names on them.

Pretty sure Madison agreed with me hahahahahaha. 


Motivated Monday

It was the day she's been waiting for, the Hot Chocolate 5k! The weather was chilly, but not windy, perfect running weather. I was so impressed with her, only 3 little walk breaks! It was more dangerous for me, she tends to weave around when she runs so I had to dodge her while keeping her out of the way of other runners. This race is one of my favorites, not just for the awesome jacket, but the chocolate at the end is legit - no Swiss Miss packets here. 

This will definitely be a yearly thing for us, so much fun with my baby girl! We grabbed some breakfast and made it back in time for Crossfit kids. I love that we can share stuff like this together, while I'm sad my babies are getting older it is nice to be able to do more things together. 

I have about 6 weeks to get myself ready for the Dallas Rock n Roll half marathon. It's my favorite race to do since it usually falls right around my birthday and this year I have so many friends running it that it's going to be a ton of fun! I haven't been running very much lately, but this week I'm going to do at least one 5 miler followed by 8-10 over the weekend. 

My knee comes and goes, mostly what is bothering me is the bakers cyst behind my knee. When I run it tends to get really tight, I'm religious about stretching my calf and hamstring every day. I foam roll and I also have been using the fascia blaster.  I've had one for almost a year, but only started using is recently on my janky knee and leg. OMG> so obsessed! I use to about 3x a week and have noticed a huge difference in the tightness of my legs, my calves were unbearably tight and I could barely touch them without pain. I've also used it on shoulder pain and neck tightness, immediately felt better. I'm on the fence on if it has helped for cellulite, but for post workout recovery - hell yeah.

Full disclosure - they talk about 'detox' symptoms when you start using it and they are real. I've felt flu-ish the day after, I've been exhausted to the point I couldn't keep my eyes open, and most recently I had a crazy itch on both my feet that lasted for 2 days. 

Oliver and I are also practicing for his first Crossfit competition February 18th. It's a Valentines Day couple workout. Lemme tell you, he's a bossy little partner! He tells me to count the reps while we are doing the WOD, but he's also trying to talk to me and tell me what to do. 

Dude, I can't conversate and count at the same time. Also he wants to talk our strategy to death, I'm like - just burpee faster and you'll be ok. Either way we should have some good quality time and fun together! 


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