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Never a wordless Wednesday

Although I haven’t joined the 30 day Yoga challenge, I have decided to include Yoga in my weekly routine, at least 1-2 times per week.  Those of you that know me, know I am NOT flexible…But I am working towards being a leaner, stronger, more flexible runner in 2015…so here we go…

Balanced and even??  Heck no...but I sure am trying.
Balanced and even?? Heck no…but I sure am trying.

And meet my amazing yoga partner, my mini Mover.

My 8 year old held strong for 30 minutes tonight; So proud!
My 8 year old held strong for 30 minutes tonight; So proud! (notice my photobombing dog, yeah…lol)

After work, and Yoga, we decided to prepare a healthy meal.  The chicken wings I had (again) in the Caf at work were NOT healthy. Argh.  Someone please pass me a side of will power, please…lol.  I am down 2 lbs so I won’t complain-too much…8 lbs to go…

We made a yummy salad with mixed greens of baby kale, arugula, and spinach along with some chopped romaine.  I added radishes, tomatoes, green onions and a healthy yogurt dressing.

Top your salad with crab meat that has been seasoned with a little Old Bay and YUM!
Top your salad with crab meat that has been seasoned with a little Old Bay and YUM!

Tonight we hunkered down on the couch and watched American Idol.  Yup…still a junky 13 years later.  There are very few shows we can catch on our ONE channel, but I’ve been trying to gather the family more at least a few nights per week for at least an hour.  We all love music in our house, so this show is a win/win.  And it’s an hour spent with my favorite people.  What more could I ask for?

And now I sit here, with my thoughts and honestly I think I’ll go to bed soon. In my efforts to disengage from FB, I still find myself checking back far too often seeing people’s posts that just (sorry) piss me off.  Why do I bother?  As my sister says….FB sure can be a ‘Life suck’…I need to not let it suck the life out of me.  This brings #SMDH (shaking my darn head) to a whole new level….

So tomorrow I have a good ole dready run on deck, and despite work, kids, housework, etc, I’ve decided to MAKE the time.  Because guess what….I NEED it.  This…is no longer a want.

OOPS, my laundry timer is going off…Back to reality gang!!!

What are your favorite cross training work outs if you are a runner?  Have you ever tried Yoga?

❤ Keep Movin’ Forward, y’all….Michelle




Two things Tuesday-Unplugging and Social media

I have been reading several posts on “unplugging” more in the upcoming new year.  This has something that I have been thinking about for quite some time.  I started paying attention to how much time I WASTE ensuring I see everyone’s posts on Facebook, twitter, etc.  HOURS sometimes each night are spent pouring myself over newsfeeds and tweets, tumblrs and IGs.  Ugh…really?
And for what? 
Sure it’s fun to keep up with my friends and family who live all over the world.  It’s great to be able to see baby pictures and accomplishments.  I really enjoy seeing race photos and family updates. 
But wouldn’t it be better if I got a phone call or a text, telling all this very same information PERSONALLY to me?  If they really wanted me to know what’s going on in their life, wouldn’t they reach out to me vs. having to blast it on social media? And vice versa as well…Couldn’t I just shoot a text out, or make a phone call to my loved ones vs. posting on FB?
But life gets busy, I understand that all too well.  It’s hard to keep in touch, it’s hard to fit in a phone/text conversation when our lives are…so busy?  Are we really that busy?  If we have enough time to sit on social media for a length of time, couldn’t we use that time differently to communication with one friend, family member or loved once twice each week?  It’s a catch 22 of sorts, for sure…
So my goal, moving forward is to do two things…this is a two things Tuesday post, right?
1. Unplug more from social media.  I will do this by not checking fb AT ALL during the day on my breaks/lunch etc.  I will keep my IG account, because I love photography, but the same thing goes.  I will only check it after my youngest daughter goes to bed. Both my kids deserve more attention. I will also make an effort to make at least one phone call each week, to catch up with a loved one. I do realize text conversations would better for some, so that works too.  Dust off your ear pieces and thumbs my friends.  🙂
2. Continue putting more efforts into my blog/writing of my cookbook venture.  I really am proud that I actually stuck with it for the better part of 2014, so I truly hope 2015 rolls in with continued successful efforts. 
I hope with my proposed plan of unplugging somewhat will form a habit that lasts a lifetime.  Realizing we all have choices, I do know that social media CAN be a blessing so I won’t unplug completely.  I will however start living more of MY life, vs. scrolling newsfeeds about OTHER’S lives.  No offense, gang.  ❤
Happy Holidays, y’all!
❤ Michelle