July Blogging Challenge

It’s hard to put your intentions out there when you’re not confident about them. I’ve decided to attempt to blog every day in July. Since this, July 2, is my first July post you see how well this has worked out so far. But man did July sneak up on me! Wasn’t it just, like, April? Anyway, I keep meaning to post, but whenever I sit down to do it a host of doubts get in the way. What do I talk about in the swarm of ideas in my head? Should I post in the morning or evening? Is this the right time, or should I be doing something else right now? Do I even want to continue blogging?

I get the same overwhelming reaction when I try to do another Whole30. Historically, there’s always been a big one in July and I want to jump on board. So I started yesterday. And ate a pizza today. So, you see how that’s been going for me.

  
Oh and this? Just my snack from Tuesday. I don’t need a Whole30, really. I’ve got the whole sugar thing under control.

But I can do this. I can pick myself up right now and get back on track with a solid dinner. I’m writing this post right now as I ride home on the train. I’ve got a few self-care activities I want to tackle over the weekend, including a pool date with some besties I’ve penciled in.

Time for some kombucha on the patio. Go make it a great day!

  

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Suburban Paradise

What is up? It’s just another beautiful day over here in suburban paradise.

  
I have too many updates to keep this post any sort of organized. I guess that’s what happens when you take several unplanned, non-consecutive weeks off from blogging. I guess I grossly underestimated how much time getting a puppy and moving across the bay would take on top of regular life stuff.

The good news is that life is slowly normalizing. I find that I do better with a consistent routine that takes out decision making. For some reason this is way easier to do commuting from the ‘burbs. I guess there’s just fewer distractions? 

  
Okay, now updates. Everyone is doing great. The end.

  
Olive caught a bear the other day. Security is not just a hobby, but one of her passions.

It was Hulk’s birthday this week. We managed to not burn the place down with birthday candles.

  
Squish went nuts over the whole birthday thing, especially with cake development. He “helped” me make the classic chocolate birthday cake (absolutely not paleo-fied, I have to draw the line somewhere), and when I broke out the chocolate powder he gushed, “ooh, I’m going to LOVE it!”

  
Can’t even. His chocolate love is only rivaled by mine.

Other things coming up: our garage gym is in progress. I’m commuting these days with an all-electric car, which is pretty geek-tastic. We are super close to some really nice hiking/biking trails, so I’m getting a ton of long walks in nature done these days. All in all, not bad.

That’s all I have for now. Go make it a great weekend!

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Business as Usual

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my meals and workouts. Mostly because I don’t think anyone cares. But my life is pretty boring, so without lots of chatting around pictures of bacon ‘n’ eggs and the obligatory “running shoes standing outside” to emphasize a run, I don’t have much to talk about.

 
“Lies! All lies!”

Anyway, I’d like to get back to tracking my meals and exercise again. Now that Buttercup has been here for a few months,  we’ve moved into our “forever house,” and I’m not traveling for work as much, I feel like I’m at a place now where I can get back to business as usual.

Yesterday I had to meet the carpool early and I knew I wouldn’t have time for breakfast, so I put my breakfast and lunch together the night before. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I planned ahead. I cooked a cube of ground beef with some garlic and onion and portioned it out into two containers for each meal. Then I packed some snap peas to go with breakfast and a green salad for lunch. Plus some carrots and a bag of “trail mix” (coconut flakes and macadamia nuts) for a snack. Boom. 

  
This is my Tower o’ Food.

This morning I worked from home, so instead of commuting I got a great 2.84 mile trail run in. Upgrade.

 
Slightly better than sitting on the San Mateo bridge. 
Meanwhile, the latest in the “I freaking love this house” adventures is the first of the lemons on our lemon tree have ripened!

 
I am now putting lemon juice on EVERYTHING. Can life get better? I submit that it cannot. 

That’s what I’ve got for today. Go make it a great day!

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All In

We have been super busy over here moving into our new home!

  
  
  
Olive is “helping.”

I had a “Farewell, San Francisco” post planned, but I never sat down to make it happen. I’ll probably put it together months later and never get around to posting it, similar to Buttercup’s birth story.

 
We’re six months old and think mirrors are awesome!

It’s been tricky trying to figure out a new normal as quickly as possible. I miss the gym, but we’re just 10 minutes away from a Lake Chabot Park trailhead. I’ve been finishing up my Couch-to-5k runs there.

  

I am so amped to start trail running again. Hooray, nature! 

I also started another Whole30 yesterday. Since I didn’t do a proper reintroduction period after my last one (and never got around to the wrap-up post on that, either) I thought it would be good to do another one to sort of settle into the new kitchen and establish some good habits right away. I’m a little bit nervous about adding all the food prep and planning on top of the unpacking and figuring out a new lifestyle. But the more I make Whole30 eating the rule and not the exception, I think it’ll help set good food habits up going forward. Because let’s be honest, when is life not going to be crazy?

That’s the update around here. What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

Make it a great day!

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

A lot has happened in the past few months!

  
New baby, new puppy, and now a new home!

 
(Like my obnoxious Instagram art? I texted this to Hulk and I think he threw up in his mouth a little.) 

Fortunately my family is a little crazy, and we like taking a lot on at once. Even Squish seems to roll with the punches.

 
It’s a baby cage!

We’re moving this weekend, and it’s been really hard to get everything I want to do done and balance it all out. I’m hoping once we get to the next New Normal I can make time to blog again, but until then I’ll just have to be satisfied with sporadic posts and Instagram check-ins (@emilyrocksroad of you don’t follow me yet!) to stay with it.

Above all, I’m doing my best to take care of myself first, so I’m capable of taking care of all the other creatures I’m responsible for. And if that means downing a huge plate of barbecue, well, I will do what I have to do.

  
I just like that picture and was trying to figure out a good way to stick it in this post. Oh, all the randoms.

But seriously, my last Whole30 taught me that as long as I am taking good care of myself with good food, just the right amount of exercise, and sufficient sleep, I can take on quite a bit.

So I’m off to hit up the work day, then pack All The Things for the move this weekend. While most Americans will be barbecuing and enjoying the official Memorial Day summer kick-off, I’ll be hauling furniture and anxiously awaiting the Comcast guy to hook up our internet.

And I need coffee. So go make it a great day!

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The Life-Changing Magic of Clean All the Things

This morning was another great run.

 
I have just 4 workouts left in my Couch to 5k program, and one strength workout left in my Spitfire plan. I’m hoping to knock it all off and have a few “unplanned” workouts before we move over Memorial Weekend.

  

Oh yeah, the move. The plan is to sign papers today. Then we will officially be homeowners. Ahh! We are so pumped to finally have a little breathing room. Despite how much stuff I get rid of, a two bedroom apartment is just is too small for four humans and a dog. 

Speaking of too much stuff, I did pick up “The Life-Changing Magic of Tyding Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kendo after hearing good things about it. 

 
I thought I would start reading it last Saturday night when I went to bed. Nothing like a book on organizing to put one to sleep, right? Well, I polished off the entire book by 11:30, and was so jazzed and inspired to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS that I got to work on my closet and by 2:30 am had five trash bags of clothes and accessories destined for Goodwill. I told my neighbor about the book too, and now he has a small pile of stuff gleaned from his place thats’s probably sufficient to furnish another apartment. This book is good and I would totally recommend it if you feel like your place is too cluttered but you don’t know what to do about it.

Okay, now that I’m thinking about decluttering again I want to get back to work. Go make it a great day!

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Meet Olive

In the latest of our “bad decisions make good stories” adventures, we adopted a puppy last week. Meet Olive!

  
Olive is a three month old lab mix we stumbled upon at the local shelter. Our last dog Duke was adopted when he was full grown and already trained, so this is a bit of a new world for us.

  
Whatever. Squish is just over the moon with having a puppy. He’s already declared her as “my best friend.” 

  
It is absolutely worth everything to see those two play together. Squish gets to exercise his bossy side with her, and I think Olive sees him as another giant, hairless puppy to play with.

  
Anyway, new baby, new house, and now a new dog. I hope Olive’s cool with new owners that are just a bit nuts.

  
“Nah, we’re cool. All I need is pets and noms.”

Make it a furry day!

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Le Weekend

i can’t believe it’s Monday already. That’s what happens when you actually have plans over the weekend, I suppose. It was still a blast, and I will most likely be paying for it for the next few days *cough* allthebeer.

Saturday started out innocent enough. While Hulk was out running errands, Squish and I had a lovely weekend breakfast involving Nutella.

  
Then we went to SF Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. I had way more oysters and beer than what was probably recommended for my age group.

  
Sunday morning started off with more brunch and more Nutella. Hulk’s mom was visiting, so we had a nice Mother’s Day brunch at La Boulange then took Squish to the playground so he could burn off some Nutella. When we were cold and wanted to go home we were met with only minor protests.

  
Later we went and checked out the house we’ve almost bought. Two more weeks! 

Then we went home to lay around and eat leftovers.

  
  

After all that, I still managed to get my run in this morning. 

  
Woo-hoo! I finally broke 3 miles! 

And that is all.

Well, I still need to finish putting together my Whole30 wrap up. That’s on the bucket list for this week. And we got a dog on Wednesday, so I need to give you the proper introduction to her when I get the chance. So, I guess that’s all for now.

Go make it a great Monday!

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Land of Lysol

Weeeell, this has been a fun week. Sunday night Squish started throwing up all over the place. One by one we were all taken out by the rogue Stomach Bug of 2015 (calling it this gives me hope that there will only be 1 this year). Hulk was the last to succumb to the minor inconvenience yesterday, so let’s just say I’m glad for the weekend, so I can get caught up on all the laundry. We have nary a clean towel in the place.

Squish did get really good about using The Bucket.

  
Just. Stay. There.

Before the Land of Lysol started,  I was off to a really good week. I’m so close at actually running a 5k.

 

Just about a half mile to tack on, and I’m there!

I also spent a lot of time with Squish since he was an invalid. He started getting major cabin fever last night, so I took him to the roof to ride his bike around and get some “fresh” air (as if city air is fresh, haha. I can’t wait for East Bay for that reason).

  
He hardly fits that scoot bike anymore, he’s so huge. Hmm, that might be another thing we tack on to the “Stuff for the New House” list.

And I got to enjoy the sun set while he tore around.

  
There was a blimp. Still can’t beat the view from the roof.

Buttercup also had her five month birthday anniversary! She’s getting to be such a big girl. It seems like just yesterday I was freaking out about going in for an induction, and she was just a tiny newborn.

  
Not so tiny now. Feed me.

That’s it for this camp. Go make it a great day!

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Morning Runs and a Whole30 Update

Good Morning! We have been a bit busy getting things geared up for our new home purchase,  so things have been a bit busier than usual as you can imagine. The good news is that we don’t have to go look at open houses this weekend! Yay! I have no idea what we’re going to do. Probably sit around at home and enjoy these last few weeks in our apartment.

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And chew on things. All the chewing.

I got a good gym workout in yesterday, and a beautiful Couch-to-5k run in this morning.

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I love running along the Embarcadero in South Beach. It’s super quiet in the morning, and has some beautiful views of the bay.

I’m still chugging along with the Whole30, I’m now on Day 20. Although, I should now probably call it a Whole15 and another Whole15. When we found out about our accepted offer on the house Monday, we may have celebrated with a really nice bottle of wine we had been saving for a special occasion, and I may have decided that it was a “worth it” and had a glass or two. I picked up the program again the next day, but that was certainly not with the program rules. However, how many times do you get to celebrate finding your dream home? I’m going to keep plugging away at it, because I feel so amazing eating this way. I forgot how awesome it is!

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So far on the Whole30, I’ve had a lot of health things improve. I definitely sleep better and have more energy than I did before. I’m starting to get through those 3:00 lulls in the afternoon, and just plow right through them. I can tell my digestion is better. That’s one of those things for me that I didn’t think anything was wrong and that all systems were normal, but I guess there’s always room for improvement. My clothes are fitting better too, and I’m finding myself reaching less for my baggy “mom” jeans and starting to break out my old work pants that I couldn’t even button before. Hulk said I’ve been looking like I’m losing weight, and the other day one of my coworkers complimented me on my avocado-slicing skills. So things have been good!

That’s all I have for now. Make it a great weekend!

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