And We’re Off!

I’m sitting at the airport again, this time with the whole family!

We’re headed to San Diego/Orange County for a week of family vacation fun.

See you in SoCal!

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Regroup and Reset

Okay! So, after writing about my funk yesterday, I knew that something has to change. I thought back to when I felt really in control and good about my life, and the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” came to mind. I read it back in 2008, and it really helped me focus my energy on the things that I wanted to accomplish. When I think about the years that followed, those years included some of my biggest accomplishments. I received a big promotion at work, I completed two marathons and a half Ironman, Hulk and I chased our dreams to living in San Francisco, and we started our family. But when Squish was born, I sort of tossed my “7 Habits” habits of goal-setting and planning aside to enter the crisis mode that comes from taking care of a newborn. Over the past couple of years, I’ve slipped back into my old, reactive, wait-and-see habits instead of firing it up and going for what I want to do. I’m in a funk because I’ve lost focus on what I’m working towards in life, and it’s not a good place for me to be.

After having a good talk with Hulk, he reminded me that, “when was the last time your life was perfect, and you had no problems and were completely happy all the time?” Hmm, I’ll take “Never” for $1000, Alex. I have really let myself sink into this reactive, victim-like mindset, where I am no longer in control of my life and happiness. External forces and people determine if I have a good day or a bad day. And this is really annoying, because I know I’m better than this.

So, no more! I’m putting on my big-girl pants (which are growing bigger by the day, thank you Baby v2.0!) and going back to the drawing board to identify where I am and where I want to be. Big changes coming up soon, I’m sure!

Okay, enough with the heavy stuff. Despite being all cranky-pants and mopey, it was still a good day yesterday. Sometimes, I need to pay attention to the small things that make me happy. Like having my most favorite lunch ever for Whole30 Meal #2:

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Spinach, cucumber, bell pepper, hardboiled egg, tuna, and olive oil. I do my happy dance as I eat this, it is so delicious.

Pre-lunch coffee. I am so glad I decided to walk to Starbucks instead of grab a coffee from the break room, the weather was beautiful yesterday!

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Lately my neighbor friend Phillip and I have been teaming up to make dinner about once a week. We take turns picking out the recipe, gather/buy ingredients, then we prep and cook it together. It’s been really fun, and I like having a “kitchen buddy.”

Last night we made The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever from The Clothes Make the Girl. I wanted a Whole30 complaint recipe, and Phillip had never brined chicken before, so it was a win-win. This is one of my most favorite chicken recipes! So moist and flavorful. And yes, I said “moist.” *shudder*

Anyway, I also made some mashed sweet taters and a salad. Phillip made an incredible balsamic vinaigrette for the salad as well.

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Dig in! So tasty.

Time to clock in and get the work party started! Go make it a great day, everyone. And don’t forget to refuel:

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Mmm, coffee. Can’t get enough.

 

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Writing Through the Funk

Hey gang,

I’ve been having some trouble coming up with writing lately. It’s not for lack of content or time. I’ve just been going in and out of this funk I can shake, and when I’m not in a chipper mood, I don’t like to write because I feel the depression leak out into my post, and I like to keep blogging a happy place. But if everything was always roses and ponies and freshly baked bread, it wouldn’t be real. So my cranky-pants and I are plowing through a post today.

Whole30 Day 3 today. I did off-road last night. We had friends over for dinner, and Hulk ordered our favorite Indian. I was planning on having the curry on top of a salad, but once we started dishing up I found my hand dishing a small serving of rice and naan on my plate. I was just mentally weak and didn’t make the choice I should have made. It’s done, moving on with life. The mistake I’ve made in the past is when I off-road, I give up and go back to my old habits. This time I’m just going to brush myself off and make sure my next meal is complaint. Take it one meal at a time. Otherwise I go nuts.

The weather was beautiful for our dinner party.

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I was feeling rather sick yesterday morning. I was just completely fatigued and had a horrible headache I couldn’t shake. I tried to sleep it off, but it didn’t seem to work. So I went to the gym to get some blood moving to see if that would help.

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It woke me up, but my head and stomach still feel crappy. Not sure if it’s psychosomatic symptoms from Whole30, stress, or what. I’m just not feeling 100% myself today.

I can’t end this on a downer. So here’s a goofy kid picture. Snoogle attacks are really fun.

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Weekend Shenanigans

Ahh! It’s Monday already? I totally slept through my alarm this morning, thinking it must only be Sunday. Maybe if I believed it enough, it would happen, right? Eh, well. It was worth a shot.

Today is Day 1 of Whole30 reset. I spent a ton o’ time yesterday getting all my food prepped and planned, so this morning whipping up a veggie scramble was a breeze.

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Eggs with zucchini and mushrooms, some olives, and a cup o’ blueberries, because I have no room in the fridge to fit in the blueberry carton and I’m afraid they’ll go bad really fast sitting on the counter.

I had a busy weekend. Friday night Hulk and I went out! We met some friends at John Foley’s Irish pub, where they do dueling pianos on Friday nights. If you have the opportunity to see a dueling piano show, go. They are hilarious and very entertaining. In a dueling piano show, there are two piano players on separate pianos. They play songs on request, and when you request a song you include a tip amount. The song with the highest tip amount is played next, and if a song with a higher tip comes in when your song is playing, the new song trumps your song. And if they’re playing a horrible song you don’t like, you can give them money to stop playing it. A good “tipping war” broke out when they had two $20 rap songs – “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Just a Friend.” People kept throwing money for their favorite and the pianist kept switching back and forth as soon as the scales tipped in the other song’s favor. It was crazy. Anyway, the pianists also banter and hassle each other and the bar patrons, and it’s always a pretty good show.

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Saturday I went on a quick run. I really wasn’t feeling it; maybe my time to hang up my running shoes has come (noooooooo!). But I made it a little over two miles out to the Ferry Building and back, with walk breaks peppered in between good stretches of running.

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And a chrome Aston Martin. Because if you have enough money for an Aston Martin, why not make it chrome?

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Squish and I went on a date Sunday morning. We were both up early, so we decided to hit up the playground and get some breakfast. It’s been so humid and foggy in the mornings, the playground equipment was all damp. We left with some pretty wet butts from the slides. But nothing that a trip to La Boulange can’t cure.

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Time to start a busy week. Five days and then we go to San Diego for a family vacation! Next week is going to be sooooo fun!

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Baby v2.0 Update, Week 22

Well, I’ve done sort if a crappy job with baby updates. I just never know what to say besides, “hey, I’m still pregnant! High five!” But for posterity’s sake, I want to try and remember some if these detail before they are forever forgotten between my naturally poor memory, preggo brain, and repeated late-night nursing. So, here’s a scoop on the latest baby happenings:

Week 22

Baby size: around 11 oz and 7 inches, apparently the size of a banana, but that is pretty objective depending on where you get your bananas. Conventional bananas from Safeway are ginormous and about the size of full-term babies individually. So we’ll go with a crunchy-hippie-health food section-sized organic banana.

Symptoms: Braxton-Hicks contractions started a couple weeks ago. Those are light, fake contractions the uterus uses to tone and prep for delivery. Those are fun. Also some side ligament pain as everything stretched out. That’s fun too. Surprisingly, I’m not as emotional as I was a couple months ago. Partly because some of my crazy life stuff is starting to settle, and partly because I’m just trying to consciously relax more. Planning everything is both a blessing and a curse.

Food Cravings/Aversions: none, really. Well, I crave sugar/carbs constantly, but I am fairly certain that’s just my natural state and not baby influence. I really do enjoy fresh fruit and veggies more than before, though. That might just be my resolve to try and eat healthier and also not baby, either.

Weight gain: I think around 15 lbs so far, but some of that is from my carb free-fall the first trimester. I definitely started showing food baby bump before real baby bump.

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(okay, this was from two weeks ago. But you get the idea)

Maternity Clothes: I’ve been in maternity pants for a few weeks now. They are just more comfortable when riding my bike to work. I just started breaking into my maternity tops, but most if my looser regular shirts can still handle the bump.

Baby Kicks: These started right before my 20-week ultrasound. I usually feel her stir about 2-3 times a day. Last night I was pretty sure she was having a dance party in there.

Other Thoughts:

I’m firmly in the 2nd trimester, when baby growth and weight gain are supposed to start to pick up. Fun, I’m already having a hard time putting my shoes on.

I’m modifying workouts like crazy. I just finished the Summer Shape-Up, and I pretty much had to modify all jumping and core work. I’m not comfortable doing planks and sit-ups, so I did side planks on my knees for most of it. I’m actually in pretty lousy shape so it was good to do something challenging.

I don’t know if a lot of other moms get this, I didn’t so much the first time around, but I’m battling some really frustrating body image issues. I feel so fat and out of shape. I’m sure that’s mostly because I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant with Squish, and now just carrying groceries home is winding me. I’ve went up a size in clothes, and not because of the bump. Sure, I’m all making a baby and should cut myself some slack, but I’m worried about after the baby, and what an uphill battle it’ll be to get back to a place where I feel good again. I shouldn’t worry about it, but I do. Because I’m perfect and superhuman and the things that plague and bother normal people shouldn’t affect me.

Other than that, things have been going as expected, maybe better than expected. I am definitely happy to have the 1st trimester pukey-ness behind me! Now on to having the baby, so I can drink wine again. I miss wine.

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From Pooh to Woo-Hoo

I had another awful night of sleep last night, and ended up wide awake an hour before my alarm was supposed to go off. So I dismissed the whole “pooh, another crap night of sleep” whine that was going through my head and headed to the gym early for a workout.

After a 10-minute warm-up on the elliptical, I grabbed the 12.5 lb dumbbells and went through three rounds of the following exercises, decreasing reps with each cycle from 15-12-10.

  • Overhead press
  • Squats
  • Bicep curls
  • Lunges (bodyweight only)
  • One-arm rows on the bench
  • Deadlift

I didn’t think I was sweating a whole lot when I was doing it, but now that I’m sitting at my desk I am dying. I love that afterburn effect.

Breakfast was a quick egg scramble and the last of the KIND granola. I found the bag in the back of the pantry and figured I might as well finish it off before Monday’s Whole30 re-start.

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And some hot lemon water. I used to drink it every morning, but fell out of the habit. I hear it’s a good liver detox, so what the heck.

Time to fire up the presses and get this day started. Woo hoo! Go make it a great day!

 

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Some Thursday Randoms

Ahh, another day done. This morning I threw down a banana and some microwaved eggs before blasting to the train station just in time to jump on the train right before the doors closed.  I call that a close call; Hulk calls that perfect timing. Once again I was going to eat my packed lunch when I realized most of my coworkers were headed to Specialty’s. So I jumped in the car and enjoyed my cobb salad on the sunny patio.

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When I got home, Hulk had purchased some 7-11 hot dogs for dinner (did I mention we have, like, no food in the house?). But Squish got to mine before I walked in the door and ate the bun, leaving the hot dog. That works for me. I nuked some frozen green beans and invited Squish to help me finish the rest off.

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I’m feeling a bit random this Thursday. Here’s some internet stuff that has piqued my interest this week:

15 things to give up and be happy: http://www.lifebuzz.com/give-it-up/

Kombucha for sugar cravings? I’m down. http://www.paleoforwomen.com/how-probiotics-put-an-end-to-my-sugar-cravings/

I’m obsessed with this song right now:

And this one:

I remember listing to Weird Al’s “Bad Hair Day” on repeat in high school. Well, that just dated me, you’re welcome. Anyway, Good to know he’s still around and killing it.

Okay, I’m ready for bed now. See you tomorrow!

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Blogging Fears [Thinking Out Loud #1]

Can I confess something? Lately I’ve been more and more afraid about blogging. Which is stupid, I know, but I want to have my blog express my desire to unabashedly put myself out there all “here I am” in a blaze of sass and style. But what I feel like I actually put out there pales in comparison to what I really want to do. For a lot if reasons, fear being one of them.

See, I’m trying to do a lifestyle blog. And in my head I am living my own version of healthy. But when I look back on my days, I can’t imagine anyone would believe me. I’m living this weird hybrid of paleo/”healthy” SAD/whatever the hell I want, and I just feel weird about it. On one hand, who cares. This is how I live, this is what I do. On the other hand, what message am I sending? What is my goal in all this? To show you can eat fried shrimp and still feel like a normal human? How it’s hard to work and tend kiddos and travel and eat right/exercise but you do what you can because that’s what you have to do? I could try harder. But on a deep level, I don’t wanna. I’m doing good with where I’m at, a good balance between hanging in there and not feeling stressed about being too far one way or the other.

I guess there’s a little comparison trap in there, too. I follow folks that have green on their plate every meal, awesome “OOTD” posts (outfit of the day for all of your social media misfits; don’t feel bad, that one took me a few weeks to decipher), contribute to all the fun link-ups and still have engaging, original content. And the Tweeting. Who has time to Tweet?!? That’s not me. I barely have the time for the “oh crap, I should post now,” throw it in the iPhone app with some blurry pictures and hope it reads coherently. Because that’s me.

I guess in my head I want this blog to be one thing, but in reality it’s something completely different. It’s just an extension of me. It’s my lifestyle, it’s what’s in my head, it’s a reflection of my life and how I choose to live it.

I don’t use a photo editor. 90% of my posts are written on my phone while standing on the commuter train because there are no more empty seats. I don’t post “healthy” food, and I don’t take enough pictures to properly document festive occasions such as birthdays and baby updates. I wish I could, but at the end of the day that’s not what I make time for. Instead, I sit and chat with Hulk for an hour in the evening before dinner, catching up on our day and some alone time to decompress. I sit with Squish watching “Cars” for the seventh time that day or help him race his trains across the kitchen floor. I don’t photoshop, I don’t scour the internet for interesting articles to share. I live my life, and when I can I blog about it.

At first pass, I feel “blog guilt” about it. I should be doing more, but at the end of the day I just choose to spend my time doing other things (like catching up on sleep). So in a sense, this blog is totally 100% authentically me, in a “here it is, take it or leave it,” way. Because that is who I am, and really, at the end of the day, that is what I want to be on this blog.

Thank you to Amanda at Running with Spoons for the Thinking Out Loud Thursday link-up opportunity!

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Food Truck Fantasies

Okay! Dishes are done, the kiddo is in bed (well, at least in his room with the lights off), and I finally have a moment to actually sit down and compose a post at my computer! Wow, I’m not sure how to handle this not-blogging-from-my-iPhone thing. Weird.

I was super tired today, thanks to the last couple nights in a row being late ones for various social reasons. Plus, I was at work earlier this morning because I carpooled in with Hulk, and he had to be at his office early. So I made a mid-morning Starbucks run.

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Just a coffee with some ice, to bring it down to sub-volcano temperature.

I was going to eat a lunch I packed, but then one of my coworkers said the magic words, “food trucks!” Um, yes. I will partake in the food truck assembly at the San Carlos Airport museum again.

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I had KoJo again, this time the chicken. I really wasn’t feeling into the spare ribs today.

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You know it’s legit food truck when you eat it sitting on the curb.

And a coconut juice, which I stupidly thought was coconut water. At least it had chunks of coconut in it, along with all the added sweeteners.

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After all that food truck fare, I was super in the mood to work out after I got home. I did a furious and sweaty 40 minutes on the elliptical in “hill” mode.

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Sweaty dork gym pic.

After the gym, I rummaged in the fridge for some dinner fare. Wow, we really need to go shopping. But I had a surge of inspiration and made fried zucchini with sauteed tomatos and scrambled eggs.

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That hit the spot.

Time for this night owl to go to bed, I have another early day tomorrow!

 

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Jellyfish and Gym Rats

Well, hello!

Confession: at first I put “Hi, there!” as a greeting, but I know Hulk hates the phrase “Hi there” so I changed it.

Anyway, how are you on this beautiful Wednesday? We are all doing great over here. I have to tell you about my mini adventure yesterday. I went for a walk over lunch like I usually do around the business park. This time I walked by the water, which comes in from the bay.

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I happened to look in the water, and was incredibly surprised to see jellyfish!

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They were all over the shoreline. Dozens of them. I don’t know if jellyfish (or sea creatures for that matter) are a common occurrence where you’re from, but after 8 years of living in the bay area, this was a first for me!

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So cool.

I’ve been slacking on my exercise lately. Despite my goal to hit the gym at least five times a week, last week I think I made it only 3 times. So this week I keep resolving to get my butt out of bed and hit it, but I’ve had a couple late nights in a row and 5:00 am wake-up call is just not working for me. So yesterday I resolved to head right to the gym when I got home from work. I told Hulk my plan so it was easy to whisk in and out of the apartment to trade my work wear for my workout wear.

I did a modified Summer Shape Up Week 4 workout. I used 10 lb dumbbells and completed the circuit three times.

  • Side lunge with overhead press, 10 reps each side
  • Bicep curl, 10 reps
  • Squats, 10 reps
  • Bodyweight lunges, 10 reps total
  • Lateral raises, 10 reps
  • Bent over rows, 10 reps
  • Sumo squat, 10 reps
  • Push ups, modified on knees, 10 reps
  • That thing where you’re on all fours and lift your arm and opposite leg alternatively, 10 reps each side

Then I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike in hill mode followed by a good 10 minute stretch session.

I was sooooo sweaty after the bike. Like, pools of sweat were all over the floor. I even brought a towel this time. Gross.

Anyway, Whole30 is on pause until next week. I guess being gone all last week and weekend did not set me up for success as far as planning goes. We haven’t been to the store since who knows when, and the past few nights I’ve had stuff going on so I haven’t even been able to prep food or make dinner. So I’ve worked out a meal plan for next week, and this weekend I’ll have time to get my ducks in a row and try again.

This morning’s breakfast was a little haphazard. Hulk had to drive into the office today, so we carpooled in. Awesome, I was chauffeured to work door to door! Not awesome: leaving the house at 6:30 meant no time for workout or breakfast. Okay, so I did set my alarm for 5:00, but I ended up resetting it to 6:00 for a little more sleep. I need to get better at that.

Anyway, I snacked on some little tomatoes while I filled our travel mugs with coffee.

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Then when I got to work I grabbed a sausage breakfast sandwich.

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This little puppy will nearly keep me full until dinner. But as delicious as it is, I’m looking forward to having my own food ready to go next week. Fail to plan … :)

That’s the updates for now. Go make it a great day!

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