Fitness Funk

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Lately it seems like I am only half-committed to getting myself back on that health and fitness grind.  I re-started BBG, but I get bored and it makes my knees hurt — it’s just not for me.  I’ve tried and tried to get myself on a steady running schedule, but it’s been so miserably hot that I always talk myself out of it.  The only thing I do consistently at the moment is attend my ClassPass classes, thanks to their 12-hour cancellation policy.  It’s been rough and my motivation is seriously lacking, so I’m gearing up to fully commit to the Tone It Up 31 Day Challenge in October.  Who’s with me!?

In other news, this cardigan is the best purchase I’ve made in a long time.  Before the change of season really starts to set in, you should grab one.  Also, I had this breakfast pizza for dinner last night.  Obviously, delicious food is part of my fitness problem.  And I am on a “minimize all the waste!” kick, so I’m growing some of my veggies from kitchen scraps.

Three Months Post-Whole30

It’s been three months since I completed my first Whole30.  (I wrote about it a few times.)  I have not maintained a mostly-Whole30 diet like I had planned.  Oops — discipline is difficult!  But I know have been approaching food differently since then.  For example:

  • Breakfast is non-negotiable.  And it’s big.  One of the best things that came out of my Whole30 was the realization that my day is better when it starts with substantial food.  That’s not the case for everyone, but man, it’s a game-changer for me.
  • I can decide what to eat.  When you take a voluntary break from something (or, in the Whole30 case, lots of things) for a month, you suddenly realize the kind of major power you have over your (food) choices.  I now feel empowered to decide to skip out on the dessert.
  • Not having the bad stuff in the pantry helps.  A lot.  I have made very conscious decisions to not replace things that I don’t want to be eating.  I’m a comfort pantry-stocker — I like to know that I have a bajillion options at my fingertips.  But it’s been really helpful to get those options down to (mostly) healthy ones.
  • Vegetables actually aren’t so bad.  I’m slowly, but surely, learning that perhaps veggies aren’t the enemy of delicious.  Currently, I’m loving cabbage and Brussels sprouts, along with cauliflower (rice) and asparagus.

Keeping all that in mind, here’s a peek at what will be on my menu soon:

healthy garlic herb chicken salad
pinch of yum’s healthy garlic herb chicken salad
brussels sprouts, pecans, and bacon, with lemon and egg
borrowed salt’s brussels sprouts, pecans, and bacon, with lemon and egg
marinated cherry tomatoes with burrata and toast
half-baked harvest’s marinated cherry tomatoes with burrata and toast
crispy sausages and greens
bon appetit’s crispy sausages and greens

Have you done a Whole30?  How were your eating habits looking three months afterward?

ROCKin’ Weekend

Sometimes, when a music festival invades your neighborhood and makes it almost unbearable to stay in town, the only thing to do is escape to a canyon.  So last Saturday, after a couple early morning stops for picnic supplies and breakfast, my sister, boyfriend, and I piled into the car and headed toward the Little Grand Canyon.

We called it an Adventure Day, and an adventure it was.  There are two trail options, a three-mile and a seven-mile.  We started with the three, but were disappointed with the views.    (After all, Instagram had shown us gorgeous in-canyon experiences!)  So we tried starting the seven.  Still disappointed.  And now hangry.  Then we decided to abandon the trails and instead follow the signage that was specifically for the canyons.  (Duh.  But, in our defense, we thought the trails would give us views from above and within the canyons.)

Let me tell you:  Half the time, I wasn’t really sure we were in the right place or headed in the right direction.  The signs, map, and directions given by the park ranger guy could all have been better.  But sometimes it worked out and looked like this:

Sometimes it didn’t work out and it got incredibly muddy, really rugged, and very creepy.  I don’t have pictures of that because I was trying not to fall face first into the dirt, but it looked an awful lot like the fire swamp in The Princess Bride.

But it was worth it!  We came away exhausted and a little sunburned (okay, that was only me), but also pretty impressed with this little canyon in the middle of nowhere.

Currently – The September Edition


I love September.  It’s the month that ushers in the start of fall, my favorite season and the season which houses the beginning of the holidays.  (My holiday season starts with Halloween, obviously.)  So far, it’s been a good month, but I just can’t wait for it to get chilly!

Lately I’m …

Wearing:  Athleta’s High Rise Chaturanga Capri are the best.  I’m typically a bargain workout gear kind of girl, but these are worth the splurge.  If I could wear them all day every day, I would.

Eating:  My sister has got me eating blueberry English muffins, toasted, with cream cheese.  It’s like having blueberry cheesecake for breakfast.  Mmmmmmm.

Sipping:  I’m not sure if it’s a new flavor or just new-to-me, but Peach-Pear La Croix is so good!  I’m also loving on Stok Coffee‘s Not Too Sweet cold brew.

Planning:  A vineyard vacation!  After our long weekend in the mountains, my family is planning to head back for a fall tour of the vineyards.

Enjoying:  This (slightly) cooler weather!  Can I wear scarves yet?

Reading:  I swear, I’m always a month behind on Man Repeller articles, but they speak to me!  Especially this one on small victories worth celebrating.  There is nothing like arriving right when your train does.  Plus, Meg is getting real about menstrual migraines and I love it.

What have you been digging lately?

A Weekend in the Mountains

My parents, sister, and I took full advantage of the Labor Day long weekend and headed to the mountains.  It’s been a long time since the four of us got to hang out together, especially for days in a row, and it was so much fun!  Plus, we were pretty much without Internet, cell service, and TV, so it was all us all the time.

We arrived just before dark on Friday and left after lunch on Monday, giving us two full days (and some change) to explore.
We started with a hike up to the Brasstown Bald observation tower.  Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia and you can see Atlanta and four states from the peak.  It wasn’t clear enough for us to see anything but mountains and mountains all around, but it was still pretty beautiful.

While we were in the area, we had to stop in Helen to grab a Reuben and take some ridiculous pictures.

Because we just couldn’t help ourselves, we had to make a stop at Babyland General Hospital to see all the adorable Cabbage Patch babies and witness one of Mother Cabbage’s labors and deliveries!  (When I say “we”, I’m really only talking about my mom, my sister, and me.  My dad absolutely could have helped himself, but he was a good sport.)  We had Cabbage Patch Kids when we were little and have visited Babyland General before (when it was in a teeny, tiny house), so it was a nice stroll down memory lane.

The next day, we tackled Tallulah Gorge.  I’ve visited Tallulah Gorge many times and I seem to always forget all of the stairs.  There are so many.  But I love the views and it’s a pretty easy park to navigate.

And we stopped to give Lake Burton some love — the weather was perfect and the lake was full of people.  We all agree that a lake house would suit us just fine.

The rest of the weekend was filled with porch relaxation, puzzles, games, and good food.  I think every weekend should be a three-day one.  Who’s with me!?