Hey gang!! How was your weekend? Friday my hubby and I went on an impromptu date in downtown Tampa. We are at a place called Oak and Ola and it was amazing. I wrote about it on Yelp (Michelle D. in Tampa), but may start writing more restaurant reviews here on the blog again this year.
Saturday we did some errands and went and saw “Jumanji” and we thought it was really cute and entertaining. We also hit up my favorite consignment shop as I still had money left over on my Christmas gift card.
Sunday I slept in which I always allow myself to do when I’m not training for anything, because I have to get up early enough every day for work. I also decided to meal prep for the week, as this is where my diet/exercise regime have gone to crap over the last six months. I made some egg muffins for the week, as well as a big pot of Chicken Soup. (Click the link for the basic recipes but feel free to change up whatever protein/veggies sound good to you!!!)
Tonight after dinner I went for a nice walk with my neighbor, and did my plank. I’ve been planking since October 1st, and haven’t missed a day yet. I did this back in 2016 when my husband was deployed, and managed to plank for an entire year straight.
How was your weekend? Does cooking ahead of time help you? Any tips for burning belly fat?
Have a great week, everyone!!
Looking back on 2019, I can say it was one of the hardest years of my life to start out, but that it ended well.
I started out 2019 with a wretched case of Bronchitis that lasted over 6 weeks long. Literally, day ONE of 2019 and I was down for the count. I had a half marathon to train for, and couldn’t take a breath. Needless to say, the Gasparilla half marathon in February was one of my worst times to date…BUT, I ran it pain free and I have Novorenew to thank for it. No knee pain, no ITB pain, nada…just long…slow…miles.
In March we visited my folks in Arizona, and it was our first trip out to see their new house. We had a great time, enjoying great food and learning all about the different climate that they live in and enjoying all of the things they love about Arizona!!!
Shortly thereafter, on April 17, I lost my best friend, 4 legged companion, my therapy dog, my HEART. They say time heals all wounds, but I’ll be honest…THEY are liars. While I can say I don’t ugly cry on the daily anymore, the physical ache in my chest really hasn’t lessoned. The months that followed were tremendously hard, and my running/working out pretty much came to a halt. I drank all the drinks and ate all the food and am still paying for it to this day….
May brought a last minute visit to Chicago to see my nephew graduate, and it was SOOOOO nice to be home with family. Our one thing missing here in Florida is being close to our family and friends. We haven’t made bonds like the ones we had in Chicago yet here in Florida.
The summer is beyond hot here which is not conducive to running, but I did my best to walk in the evenings, and continued to do so thankfully to taking Novorenew on a daily basis. I continue to promote this wonderful product, not only because of the amazing benefits of the 8 all natural ingredients, but also because it’s such a game changer for all active folks. Check it out, HERE.
June came…and with it some amazing opportunities. I was selected to be the Administrative Officer of the Laboratory I work in, and to say I was elated is an understatement. This was the move (although lateral in pay) that I had been dreaming about!!!
I started said job in July, and it’s been going GREAT. Every day I am feeling more comfortable and learning new things all the time!
My sister and her family came for a week over the summer, and it was SOOO nice to share my happy place (THE BEACH) with them, along with just spending good quality time together!!!!
My daughter came to visit in August, and we made it back to Chicago for another quick visit for our best friend’s daughter’s baby shower in October. I haven’t written a whole lot this fall/winter, but I am slowing getting back in to the routine of working out AND eating better. You will no longer catch me hiding in the pantry snacking on my daughter’s snack packs of chips…I may or may not have gone through three bags in one sitting.
November my hubby and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a simple trip to Orlando to get away for an evening. It was wonderful to have time for just us. I also had a lovely weekend get away with one of my Air Force best friends that I am blessed to have living just 40 minutes away from us!! 24 hours of fun in the sun, enjoying quality time away in Orlando was perfect!!!
We had an untraditional Thanksgiving, and escaped to Disney Springs to let someone else do the cooking. It was glorious.
December has been filled with more efforts to work out more and eat better, even despite celebrating Christmas. I only cheated, a little….I’ve lost 1.5 of many lbs. left to lose…so there’s that.
I don’t do resolutions, so January will be my reset, my restart, and my continued journey to live life the very best I can. I’ve got 8-10 lbs. to lose (I blame the chips and wine, sadly) and I know with hard work I can get it off…Menopause I am sure isn’t helping, not lack of sleep, but I am determined to do what I can to feel better about myself.
How was your 2019? Any big goals or resolutions for 2020?
Happy New Year!!
Happy six year anniversary to my blog!!! Here’s to making more time for writing. Thanks for all is you who’ve been a part of this journey!!!
Happy New Year to all of my WordPress friends. I’m hoping to make more time for writing this year!!! What are your goals for 2020? I’ll elaborate more, soon!!!
Our tree may be leaning but underneath it’s full of love filled gifts.
Happy holidays to you all!!
I miss you all! I need to make more time for writing!!
I miss writing. I miss having great ideas and things to talk about. I miss running in the summer. Yup. It’s still summer in Florida. I miss cooking. I still cook…but I hate my electric stove and I’d much rather be outside.
But…I love Florida. I love that nearly every weekend feels like a vacation. Even on weekends when my garage door breaks and it costs 200 bucks to fix.
Here’s a little peek at our weekend.
Happy Monday, y’all!
This is something I shared on my personal Facebook page today, and it was on my heart to share.
Thoughts for today…
Truth be told, the last few years have been hard. Despite all the happy Disney and beach pictures we like to share, our family has endured a lot. Deployments, teenage years, moving across the country, new jobs, more new jobs, and the loss of our Sammy to say the least. And most importantly, our parents are undergoing some pretty major health issues and to say it hasn’t affected us would be a lie. My hair has literally thinned to nearly nothing due to the stressThoughts for today…
Truth be told, the last few years have been hard. Despite all the happy Disney and beach pictures we like to share, our family has endured a lot. Deployments, teenage years, moving across the country, new jobs, more new jobs, and the loss of our Sammy to say the least. And most importantly, our parents are undergoing some pretty major health issues and to say it hasn’t affected us would be a lie. My hair has literally thinned to nearly nothing due to the stress and I usually wear it in a clip to hide it because I’m embarrassed and hate when people ask me why it’s so thin…but last night Julie, my hairdresser and friend took two hours to pamper me, and I actually wore my hair down for the second time in gosh-28 years. While I’ll be forever self conscious about it, she helped me forget about my troubles for a bit.
It goes to show that life is short-be kind, make someone feel good when you can, and never pass up a moment to tell someone you love them. and I usually wear it in a clip to hide it because I’m embarrassed and hate when people ask me why it’s so thin…but last night Julie Kyle took two hours to pamper me, and I actually wore my hair down for the second time in gosh-28 years. While I’ll be forever self conscious about it, she helped me forget about my troubles for a bit.
It goes to show that life is short-be kind, make someone feel good when you can, and never pass up a moment to tell someone you love them.
I’ll never forget this day, 18 years ago today. I was active duty Air Force and part of the Blood donor center team. We were activated and collected hundred of units of blood for those in need. May we never forget the terrible loss of this day, as well as remember how our country came together and united as one.
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