Back to the Barbell

Hello, old friend.

Yesterday I woke up and decided it was time to Lift All the Things. Squish and I headed to the garage gym for a good lift. Of course Squish came along because 1) he is now my alarm clock without fail coming in my room every morning at 6:30 and 2) to Squish, the garage is like a mystic land of enchantment with so many mysterious objects to play with and ponder.

My reentry into the world of weights is loosely based on a recent grocery shopping experience. I went to the store to grab some Whole30 grub for the weekend. Since in my head I forget that I no longer live in the city and don’t need to physically carry all of my groceries home, I just threw food into my reusable grocery bags and when they’re full, I’m done shopping. I had two very full bags when I decided to grab a couple cases of sparkling water. I figured with a bag on each shoulder and a case in each hand I can do this, right? So I squatted on the floor to pick up the cases … And I could barely stand back up. So now I know that my one rep squat max is approximately two bags of groceries and two packs of soda, and I should probably work on that.

In other news, I finally have a “real” home office! So excited to work from home without the chorus of children playing interrupting my calls.

The next step is to make it pretty. But I’m good with functional for now.

I am on Day 15 of Whole30. Halfway there, woot! I’ve actually been cooking quite a bit and not trying to go the “can’t even” route as much as I want to. Except for that day when it was a bajillion degrees and we have no AC and I took the kids to the grocery store just to cool off. Then it’s prosciutto time.

But on regular days when I feel like just throwing some chicken apple sausage on a salad, I question if that’s really all I can do, or can I roast up some veggies as well? Usually I’ll find the gumption to make some new food.

And if not, there’s always ceviche! The grocery store by my work just put in a ceviche and poke bar. I’ll be feasting on shrimp and tilapia if you need me.  

And this little gem just came in the mail for me today:

I just listened to the Calton’s interview on the Balanced Bites podcast the other day (I think it was episode 203? I’m a bit behind) and was really enjoying all of the geek-tasting info on different sources of vitamins and how they work (or don’t work) together. Plus if you order the book before August 31st you can get $200 in coupons to select whole food websites, so that alone caught my interest! If you go to the book’s website The Micronutrient Miracle there is more info there on the giveaway. Not an affiliate link, I just think it’s cool if you’re interested.

That’s all for today. Go make it a great day!

On the Brain Lately #2

Hello, and happy Friday! I have a whole smoosh of randomness to share today.

First, I posted a rant yesterday about weight loss that I’m half proud of, and half feeling a major vulnerability hangover about. If you’re curious, take a gander.

Meanwhile on the home front, Squish just started kung fu lessons. It is all kinds of adorable, I can’t even.


It’s inspiring me to dust off the old black belt and find some martial arts classes of my own.

Buttercup continues to be a bit of a fashionista. She’s outgrown most of her clothes so I had to go and load up on 12-Month sizes at Carter’s the other day. Little girls are sooooo much more fun to dress up than little boys. It’s just fact.


Stop growing up.

Does anyone still use watches for running? I found my old Garmin 405 and charged it up, but since I’ve been using mostly phone apps for my couch-to-5k, I’m not sure if it’s worth the bother. But then how else do I take those classy Garmin selfless post-run to prove it happened?


We scored an entire tray of leftover fresh veggies from a friend that worked a charity event this week. There goes my “darn, no veggies to eat” excuses. I have made it a personal goal to make sure they all get eaten and don’t go bad just sitting in the fridge. Wish me luck.


What have you got on the brain lately?

Go make it a great (Fri)day!

Other “On the Brain Lately” Posts:

On the Brain Lately #1

Friday Link Love: How to Become Gluten Intolerant

Happy Friday!


Buttercup likes Fridays. They’re good for bouncing and counting baby fat rolls.

I went on my Week 3 run for Couch to 5k this morning, stumbling through 2.17 miles of SoMa in 28 minutes, pre-coffee.

Since it’s Friday, I figure I’ll share with you a little Public Service Announcement Hulk sent me. In case you ever wanted to know how to be gluten intolerant, or just need to brush up on your gluten intolerance skills, here is a video for you. Enjoy!

Make it a great day.

A House Hunt Update & Some Link Love

Hey, kids! Hope your Wednesday is treating you well so far. It IS Wednesday, isn’t it?

Some updates on our house hunting is first on the agenda today. Last week before we left for a resort with NO WIFI OR CELL RECEPTION we placed an offer on a really beautiful house. Well, while we were away another buyer placed a better offer, so we didn’t get that one. We might have matched the offer had we been in negotiating range, but oh well. Yesterday Hulk went on the Broker tour (it’s like a sneak-peak tour for brokers and realtors of all the new properties that have just come on the market) because technically he is still a licensed realtor. He found a couple of nice houses and is working on making offers on them. I didn’t see them myself, but I trust Hulk to pick a good one. He knows what I like.


Yeah, that’s good too.

Anyway, I don’t have much else to add, so I’ll let the internet fill up the dead space. Here is some link love for stuff I found interesting lately:

When I started blogging, I because ultra-concerned with the investment aspect. How much should I spend on self-hosting? How do I know I’m getting ripped off? The Healthy Maven shares the five things worth the money if you want to get real about blogging, and I agree (except for the camera thing. But you never know, maybe someday I’ll get sick of grainy iPhone photos).


And I love food more than I love pretty pictures of food. Okay, that doesn’t really make sense, but I’ve been wanting to use that image for a while now.

From MindBodyGreen, why don’t you make healthy choices? Self love is key.

A perspective on making money from blogging from The Paleo Running Momma.

From Greatest, how to stop at just one cookie. But why would you want to? My favorite part of the article:

Listen. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what to eat. And conversely, don’t let anyone tell you what you shouldn’t eat.

Amen to that. Especially when my lunch consists of baby carrots and a cookie. Because they balance each other out, right?

That’s it for now, make it a great day!

I’m Hooooome!

I’m hoooooome!


I arrived safely at my sweet little abode last night. Then I had carrots and hummus for dinner with Squish, and went to bed. The end.

Well, I had my last hotel breakfast first,


Eggs, fruit, and sausage FTW. And pumpkin spice coffee. I was early enough to the buffet to get some this time before it was all gone!

Then snacked on the plane with a couple of roast beef sliders and chips.


Then my phone died on the plane so I took most of the night off from technology. Not a horrible thing.

In other news, I found this article about how to stay positive while injured that interested me. I’ve been totally slacking in the gym department lately because doing simple daily things like going grocery shopping and vacuuming seem to wipe me out enough as it is, and I don’t feel like compounding my fatigue with working out. I waffle between “I’m pregnant, so it’s okay to give myself some slack; there’s plenty of time later to pick it up when I feel good again,” to “OMG I am so out of shape I am never digging myself out of this Hole of Cream Puff.” The article inspired me to look on the bright side of things, still feel my feels *sniff*, and focus on what I can rather than what I can’t. Always sound advice.

Also, big plans for the weekend! I’m going to the San Francisco Women’s Expo, courtesy of Massage Envy! I’ll be tweeting and blogging about the experience, so check out Monday’s post. I haven’t been to an expo like this before, so hooray for new experiences!

That’s it for me, go make it a great day and have a fantastic weekend!

A Couple of Goodbyes

It’s my last day in Pittsburgh for a while. It’s doing its best to make me feel bad for leaving. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week. It’s nice to be in a place where there’s a Fall. The Bay Area doesn’t really get Fall-y. It just gets hot and then cool and then the rains start (at least, they’re supposted to. I’m looking at you, Biggest-California-Draught-In-History). I wish I was out here a month later, because the trees changing color will look spectacular.



I had my usual hotel breakfast before heading out. Eggs, fruit, oatmeal with the fixings, and a yogurt to change it up.


Walking to the office is always pretty.


We ordered Thai take-out for lunch. I went simple with a chicken red curry that came with the saddest side salad I have ever experienced.


There is only so much you can do with shredded carrot and four leaves of iceberg.

I was having really annoying pains all day, so I ended up cutting out a little early. I don’t know if I was dehydrated or what, but even though I’ve been getting Braxton-Hicks (“practice” contractions) for a while now, my uterus decided that yesterday was the day to dive head-first into a new “get in shape” program. There was little I could do to make myself comfortable except lay down, so I went back to the hotel and worked laying on the bed while snacking on popcorn. Yay, comfort foods!


I’m looking forward to flying back home today and being with my little family. It’s been a busy and rough week. One of my besties, Lindsay lost her sister in a tragic car accident.  According to the news story, she was walking in a parking lot with her daughter when a woman lost control of her car and was headed right for them. The mother pushed her daughter out of the way, sacrificing her own life. I had not had the opportunity to meet Colleen, but if she was anything like her sister she was a fantastic, happy, big-hearted, strong person who made this world a better place. My heart breaks for their family. There is a fund set up to help with funeral expenses and provide some support for Colleen’s daughter. If you have an opportunity and the means, please consider a donation to these good people:


Go give someone a hug, and make it a great day, kids!

WIAW #8 and a Little Link Love

Ahh! It’s Wednesday already. Travel weeks do that to me. Burning Monday all day in airports sets me a day back for some reason. Buuuuut … I’m joining the What I Ate Wednesday Link-up with Peas and Crayons! Hey, I remembered it’s Wednesday! If you want to jump in on the fun, check out Jenn and Peas and Crayons and join the party.


Nothing like a good hotel breakfast to start your day prepping for a busy week. Mine started with the usual eggs and sausage, bowl o’ fruit, and some loaded oatmeal. I don’t know why I’ve been on this oatmeal kick lately. At least it’s a delicious kick.


During the morning sessions I became ravenous, so I snaked some airplane pretzels and peanut butter.


Never mind about my watch tossed there in the background. I usually have to take my watch or bracelets off while typing on my laptop, since after a while they start digging into my wrist from resting and dragging across the keypad. Which doesn’t stop me from wearing it daily, of course. #girllogic

For lunch was a burger the size of my unborn baby.


I also opted for a side of seasonal veggies instead of fries for a change. It was a good call; that burger was enough to do me in even though I put the bun aside. Workin’ fuel!

We wandered over to one of the hotel restaurants for dinner. It ended up being a great choice, as I found out they have the best salads I’ve seen yet in the area. I completely forgot to snap a pic before I dove in, but it was full of mixed greens (NOT iceberg lettuce!) and shredded veggies.


I tricked convinced my coworker to split a pizza with me, because I knew after the salad I would only be able to eat a couple of slices. Italian sausage, mmm.


And then I went to bed. Because that’s what I do these days at 8:00 pm with no family responsibilities.

What else? What’s been on the interwebs lately:

Feeling like you need to get your act together? Check out these 27 ways to get more sh!t done. I personally like #7 – I still think the idea that multitasking gets more things done is a myth.

All #PSL’ed out (PSL = Pumpkin Spice Lattte)? Some other pumpkin spice ideas! > 9 Pumpkin Spice Recipes (that are way better than a latte)#pslforever

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this! My bestie Alexis has a couple of rad articles out there. Are you waiting for the perfect time to start doing whatever it is you know you need to do? Open up your emotional mailbox already! Emotional Mailbox: An Open Invitation

Ever had a creepy, handsy adjustment during yoga? Can’t Touch This – Without Asking

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

I Made a Recipe I Pinned on Pinterest

I forgot to mention the best “healthy” chocolate pudding recipe ever. I stumbled across the Avocado Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe from The Fitnessista last week and, realizing that my avocados were dying a slow neglected death in the fruit bowl, pinned the recipe to try out. And get this, kids: I actually made a recipe I pinned on Pinterest. I know, right? I’ll let you marvel at that wonder while I tell you about this pudding.

I loved that it only has a few ingredients: avocado, chia seeds, cocoa powder, almond milk, honey (or your favorite sweetener), cinnamon, and love. I swapped the almond milk with our disgusting antibiotic-ridden conventional cow’s milk because that’s what we buy. I made the first “test batch” Friday night when Squish and I were feeling snacky. It’s totally enough for one grownup-size serving and one Squishy-size serving. With the avocado it gets really rich, so even though it’s marketed as a “dessert for one” I would recommend finding a friend. Or a small friend if you’re greedy and want the larger portion, as I do.

Anyway, here’s Squish’s bowl. I topped it with crushed nuts and coconut because it’s fancy and I like the crunch.

Yeah, Gina’s pictures are way better than mine. When I have a late-night chocolate craving and a toddler by my side jumping around yelling, “pudding! Pudding!” I have no patience to even fake good photography. You should just go to her site and check it out.

Other news on the food front, yesterday I had a pumpkin cream cheese muffin on the train for breakfast. It got a little smooshed in my backpack. It was more like a pumpkin cream cheese muffin puck.

At work I had second breakfast of an english muffin with peanut butter and jelly, and an orange.


We’ve had those oranges in the employee kitchen for a couple of weeks now. Oranges just don’t die.

Lunch was unusual. I wasn’t particularly craving anything, so I opted for lazy and went to the deli downstairs. My new rule if I don’t crave a certain thing is to choose the healthiest option available, so I grabbed a salad. And I found out they have kombucha for sale. This, I tell you, is a life-changer and I am going to spend so much money on kombucha.


I’d never had the Mystic Mango flavor of GT’s kombucha before, and although it was tasty there was a lot of mango puree that sort of got sludgy. I probably won’t buy it again for texture alone.

Then I saw that they had loaded baked potatoes, and went for it. Potato craving satisfied.


My feet were getting rather puffy and swollen after work, and I was feeling sort of blah. So I skipped walking to the train station and took the shuttle instead. Which ended up being a fabulous idea. While I waited on the bench for the shuttle, I stuck my feet in the grass. It’s good to stay grounded when you can.


Ohh, puffy preggo legs.

Another exciting development, I made dinner! I was actually conscious and on my feet long enough when I returned home from work to make dinner. All I did was throw some Aidells chicken apple sausage, bell peppers, and onions in a pan with some butter. Then I ate it at the computer with Squish in my lap. Because that’s how we do it around here. And then I went to bed.

Have you ever successfully made a recipe or craft from Pinterest? Or is Pinterest dumb and not your thing?





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:


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!



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.


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:


Mmm, coffee. Can’t get enough.


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.


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.


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:

Kombucha for sugar cravings? I’m down.

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!