Live Like a Dog

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During Saturday’s class, the QOD (question of the day) was “Who inspires you?”; each person’s answer was great and added a positive vibe to get class going. One of the last answers one of our athletes said was her dog; I could not agree more.

It is so easy to get caught up in everyday activities and the routine of life. Wake up early, eat, work, work out, eat, work, eat, work, shower, sleep. Day after day, you see the same people, hear the same comments about how their day is going (ever realize how many times you say you’re ‘good’?), and hear the same negative news stories. My new goal is to stop living in the past or planning too much of my future and be like my dog – stay in the moment. She is always in a happy mood and never disappointed to see me. How great is it to know that there is always someone (yes, my dog is a ‘someone’) patiently waiting for you to step foot inside the door?

She takes it one moment at a time. Always happy to go for a walk and to receive food. The biggest lesson learned from my roomie, Lizzy, is to stay present and stay grateful, even for the smallest of treats.

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I’m snowed in… snow what now?

If you haven’t heard, Illinois go snow dumped on it all day.  There’s so much snow that I could barely open my front door!  I went outside earlier and tried to play with Lizzy, but that only lasted about 10 minutes before she wanted to come inside.  With that being said, I haven’t left home all day which is not my normal Sunday.  It has been kind of nice and I am thankful I was one of the crazies who went out yesterday to get all my errands done before the snowpocalypse hit!

I was halfway successful in prepping for the week today (only between episodes of Breaking Bad – thank god for Netflix and that my internet didn’t go out!).  Here’s what I fixed:

Waiting for the egg to get to room temp to make...

Waiting for the egg to get to room temp to make…

Paleo Mayo!

Paleo Mayo!

Roasted brocc and b sprouts with pecans

Roasted brocc and b sprouts with pecans

Grass-fed chuck roast in the crock pot.  Monkey peeler approves.

Grass-fed chuck roast in the crock pot. Monkey peeler approves.

Since I still have some leftovers, I plan on eating that and some easy throw together meals (salad, tuna, raw veggies, etc.).  Being stuck inside and being lazy makes me crave food, but I held back.  And I have zero cheat food here so it was a little impossible.  I found this on Instagram and thought it was pretty spot on for those who question Whole30/Paleo!

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Julie Andrews isn’t Paleo or she would know how much there IS to eat!!

Thanks to Molly, I downloaded the Nom Nom Paleo app!  There are SO many recipes and cool tools.  I can’t wait to go to the store again and sample them!

That concludes my Sunday and day 4.  Now time to eat some meatza, salad, and watch more Breaking Bad!  Sometimes snow isn’t always a bad thing.. 🙂

Lizzy watching the snow fall

Lizzy watching the snow fall

 

 

 

 

Paleo and puppies

This week starts the Eat Well Be Well Paleo Month at CrossFit Instinct. Here is one of my new favorite recipes… Marinated peppers, onions, and chicken! Mixed with some avocado and coconut aminos, this meal is ever so tasty and cures all cravings. Not to mention the person who lived in my apartment before me left a sweet wok-like pan. Thank you for forgetting! 🙂

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Here’s a cute baby Lizzy face. I’m so thankful we adopted her! <;3

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What? I still have a blog?!

It’s been exactly 5 months since my last post and SO much has happened since then.  I haven’t been able to blog lately because, since moving back to Springpatch, I haven’t had internet.  As of this past Friday, I finally have it and will be back to posting!  I finished my internship (which was amazing), I moved out of Bloomington-Normal, said a temporary goodbye to my sister (who moved to Arizona – lucky!!!!), I am finally settled into a great new place, working as Manager at Gold’s Gym, and I’m coaching at CrossFit Instinct, aaaand I’m earning MONEY!!!!!!!!  Since way too much more has happened to write about, I’ll tell my story in pictures.

 

I dyed my hair cotton candy pink... I miss having crazy hair!

I dyed my hair cotton candy pink… I miss having crazy hair!

New deadlift PR at the State Fair... 250#

New deadlift PR at the State Fair… 250#

My team competed at the CrossFit State Fair competition

My team competed at the CrossFit State Fair competition

I got my Level 1 certification!!!!!!!

I got my Level 1 certification!!!!!!!

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Cole and I got new tattoos! (Mine's on top).

Cole and I got new tattoos! (Mine’s on top).

I went to visit Liana in Arizona! Miss her so much!

I went to visit Liana in Arizona! Miss her so much!

...and we dressed up for Halloween!

…and we dressed up for Halloween!

I got a new nephew... Li and Jonathan's new baby Jax!

I got a new nephew… Li and Jonathan’s new baby Jax!

A group of us went to O'Fallon and got 3rd place!

A group of us went to O’Fallon and got 3rd place!

Cole and I moved into a new place and got a new 2 year old pup, Lizzy!

Cole and I moved into a new place and got a new 2 year old pup, Lizzy!

...I love Christmas :)

…I love Christmas 🙂

Hope you all have a great Christmas and realize how lucky we all are.  Enjoy the holidays and feel the love all around you. 🙂