May 13, 2016

Five Things on Friday the 13th...

Happy Friday the 13th y'all! I am super superstitious so you would think I would hate this day but I actually LOVE it and everything to do with the number 13! I mean, I even have it tattooed on my body and consider it my lucky number. Just another thing me and my bestie T-Swift have in common...

If I wasn't heading to the theatre tonight to watch 'Mothers Day' with Kennedy I would totally be watching Mrs. Vorhees' get her revenge

I don't know about the rest of you but for some reason this week just fleeeew by. Most weeks drag on, especially the week before a vacation, but not this one. On Wednesday I had a moment where I thought it was Monday - that never happens! Yesterday I had my EDO from my full time job -  I usually take them on Friday's but I did some switching around of the schedule - and then had to work in 'the city' at my part time job from 4-8 last night. I got SO much accomplished on my 'day off' and it wasn't even a full day off! I vacuumed, dusted, did TWO workouts, organized my desk (I can finally see it again!), did two loads of laundry, and even managed to get myself looking semi decent to head into work in 'the city'. I haven't been that productive in a looong time! I think getting those things (along with finally getting my car cleaned last Saturday - that was a job and a half!) knocked off my list is going to free up some time (and ease my anxiety) for some blogging! 

I know I've been terrible at showing up here but now that I'm getting some things on my to do list accomplished I finally feel like blogging can be more of a priority. For the longest time it was at the bottom of my list of priorities because I was just so behind on life. Have I mentioned that starting in June I will only be working every other Sunday instead of every single Sunday?! That is going to free up some time for blogging for sure! I'm feeling so refreshed and ready to come back on a regular basis - and I can't wait! 

Five Things 

ONE 
Last Saturday I headed to 'the city' to celebrate my good friend Mallory's 30th birthday. Her family (and super crafty friend Taunia)  went all out for the birthday - I loved everything about it from the decor, to the food, to the photobooth, and everything in between. I was a terrible blogger though and didn't get many pictures. In my defense, my phone died halfway through the night. That's what I get for cleaning my car that afternoon - it turned into a three hour (!) ordeal and then I had to rush to get ready to get to 'the city' in time and didn't have time to charge my phone. Boooo!

They had a cake smash cake for Mallory and after a few shots of Jag she was ready for her cake smash - hilarious!

TWO 

After finishing the Whole30 last week I immediately began the 21 Day Fix - and I am loving it! The workouts are great - Autumn Calabrese doesn't make me nearly as stabby as Jillian Michaels did when I did Ripped in 30 or 30 Day Shred - and I actually feel like the workouts have done something afterwards. I'm sore but its worth it! Also, I ordered the 21 Day Fix challenge pack that comes with Shakeology, completely thinking I was going to hate it and that I would just resell it on a garage sale site on FB,  but I am actually enjoying trying out a bunch of different recipes and haven't missed a day of Shakeology yet. Who am I?! 

But seriously. I've also been doing a 30 day squat challenge and after my first day of lower fix I was ready to move my bedroom upstairs so I didn't have to use the stairs anymore! 

THREE 

Speaking of the Whole30 - I am down 12.5 lbs and 6.5 inches from this last round of the Whole30! Kind of makes me want to do another one soon.... BUT I know that I wouldn't survive a Whole30 during the warm Summer months so I will just have to stick with my 21 Day Fix workouts and save the Whole30 for Winter. Wasn't I just saying I was never doing another Whole30 again?!... (haha). The results are just SO worth it, even if I have stabby feelings for 30 days straight

I have had peanut butter toast almost every single day since finishing the Whole30. And I normally don't even eat bread! 

FOUR 

I FINALLY went and got a massage on Wednesday - my first one since before Christmas. It was looong overdue and SO needed. My back is still super sore from it, it feels like I'm bruised all over - that's how bad the knots in my shoulders and upper back are!  I will definitely be making sure to keep up with once a month appointments from now on. I NEED it! And I get $500 a year for them so I need to make sure I use up all that $!

FIVE

Only 5 more sleeps and then I am off to the Twin Cities for 4 days for some bird watching - I can't wait! I've already started packing my suitcase because I have a huge dilemna - I can't overpack like I normally do!  I have never taken the train to the Twin Cities before - I've always driven so it didn't matter if I overpacked - but now I have to try and cram everything into a carry on size suitcase.  When I go up to Yorkton to visit Scooby for two days I pack that much so this is going to be a challenge! 


Have a great weekend y'all!

May 4, 2016

May Goals (2016)...

Holy eff bomb I cannot believe it is already May! April was an insanely busy month for me - there wasn't a single day on my April calendar that didn't have some sort of event/activity scheduled- crazy! May isn't quite as busy but it is only two weeks until I head to the Twin Cities over May Long for some bird watching so those 6 days are going to be a complete write off and then June will be here before I know it! Then time can slow down because I really want to enjoy this Summer! Besides a trip to Texas in August I have ZERO plans for Summer - and I love it! With my brothers wedding last Summer there was just so much going on - I'm very much looking forward to a relaxing Summer!

I did better with my April goals than I thought I would when I realized it was time to check in on my progress on my April goals considering I didn't even actually think about them once since I posted them (whooops). 

In April I wanted to

1. Survive the Whole30
Today is the LAST day of this Whole30 y'all! It fleeeew by, which usually doesn't happen with the Whole30 (for me anyways). April being an insanely busy month definitely helped! I'm happy to say I survived Round4 of the Whole30 but I realized something" two Whole30's within two months of each other is just too much. I won't be doing that again. Having my parents doing this round with me helped SO much and we decided that were going to try to incorporate Whole30 meals into our regular lives - with a few indulgences here and there. We've all been craving Blizzards from DQ and that will probably be our first post Whole30 indulgence

2. Sell enough clothes/accessories to purchase a new Blue Jays jersey
Done! I got my jersey last week and now I'm trying to decide if I want to keep it or return it. I want a customized jersey with my favourite players name (can't decide between Goins and Estrada still) but I couldn't order one when I ordered mine because they only had XL and XXL available for customized jerseys. I'll most likely just keep this jersey and then order a customized one for myself for my birthday before I head to Texas in August for some more bird watching. Now if the rest of my garage sale stuff would just sell...

3. Post at least 10 times in April 
Epic fail right here. I only posted four times in April. FOUR! In my defense it was a complete shit show of a month so I don't  know why I even thought I'd be able to accomplish it

4. Complete Helene's Quit Your Job to Blog course
Didn't even open it once. Sheesh I really need to get on this!

5. Rework my budget for the next 3 months
Done! I realized how little I was leaving myself for things like fuel and groceries and a girls gotta eat and since I work at least two times a week in a city 40 minutes away I kind of need fuel to get there. Hopefully this new reworking will work out for me! 

6. Get back on track with my fitness
I'm giving myself a half a point for this one. I got back at it but not to the point that I wanted to be. At least I was doing the Whole30 and still losing but I could have done better with my fitness over those 30 days. It finally just warm around here last week so that means more walks with Krickit which makes my heart happy!

7. Plan a girls getaway weekend with my sister
Ughhh nope. I didn't even think about it. We've been too busy thinking about our trip to Texas in August and discussing all the things we want to do there. And talking about a trip to Vegas at the end of August. So the getaway weekend is most likely scrapped in favour of those trips (which is okay by me - Vegas/Texas trumps Winnipeg any day!)

8. Cross 5 items off of my 29 Before 29 list
Not even one thing was crossed off in April...

9. Establish a nightly routine
I started a nightly routine and was being pretty consistent with it and then I worked a week of 14 hour days between both jobs and I was lucky to even make it to my bed before crashing, let alone worry about taking my makeup off and moisturizing my face. I'm so glad things are back to normal now that its May!

10. Get my taxes filed
Done! And the best part? I finally got a decent return! I thought for sure I was going to have to pay this year because of working two jobs but because of my medical expenses for my braces and my RRSP I ended up getting just over $1000 for my return. Half of that went to my new glasses because my benefits doesn't cover vision (lame) but at least I didn't have to pay!

4 1/2 out of 10 isn't so bad considering I didn't even think about them once since writing them out! 

In May I want to

1. Organize my Pinterest boards and do 5 Pinterest 'projects' 
My Pinterest boards are complete chaos. It's so frustrating. I use my account for work stuff too so everything is just so unorganized and its driving me crazy. I've made a seperate account for work so now I need to find the pins for work and transer them over to that account and then I can organize my own pins. With doing the 21 Day Fix I've seen some good recipes on Pinterest so my 5 'projects' for the month will most likely be recipes

2. Use my gift certificate for a gel manicure (from Christmas!)
I got a gift certificate for a gel manicure (to a salon that is literally across the street from my work) at Christmas time from a sweet family at the Centre and I still haven't used it. I want to get my nails done in Blue Jays colours before heading to the Twin Cities so I will use it then!

3. Post at least twice a week 
I'd actually like to get into posting three times a week but considering my recent track record I'm aiming smaller and we'll go from there!

4. Start a 'tradition' of getting monthly pedicures 
Funny story. Last week I went to the doctor for my yearly birth control renewal. I had noticed some bumps on my feet a few weeks prior and was freaking out thinking I had warts so I had my doctor take a look at them. She took one look and told me that I have insane callusses from running and that I need to take better care of my feet (I've never thought to moisturize my feet - I hate feet!). She told me to get a pedicure because the callusses were so bad, so I booked one for last Friday. Doctors orders (haha)! Can y'all believe that at almost 29 I got my first pedicure?! And I loved it! My feet feel so much better and I can't wait for my next appointment! One of my closest friends does pedicures so she's who I went to - I wouldn't have subjected those calluses to anyone else! They are already SO much better and I can already tell a difference - my feet aren't nearly as painful in my running shoes anymore. Who knew all I needed was a pedicure! Now I just need to keep up with them so my feet don't hate me anymore

5. Read at least 4 books this month
I need to get whittling down my reading pile because as soon as Summer hits its time for my annual Summer Harry Potter re-read!

6. Take Krickit for a morning walk at least three mornings a week 
The weather has finally gotten nice and it almost feels like we skipped right over Spring and went straight into Summer - tomorrow its supposed to get to +29! I'm a baby when it comes to the cold but now that its nice I can't wait to enjoy some morning walks with Krick!

7. Work on mastering a headstand (without using a wall)
I've been watching YouTube videos and trying out some yoga inversions - I've mastered getting up into a headstand using a wall but I want to be able to do it without the wall and be able to hold it for at least 5 seconds. Wish me luck! I also need to get back working on getting back into the splits. I pulled my hamstring doing the splits about a month ago and haven't been able to even attempt them again. Getting old sucks... 

8. Book a massage
I haven't had a massage since before Christmas and I desperately need one. My benefits covers up to $500 per year for massages so I need to make sure I use all of my coverage for them!

9. Visit Scooby in Yorkton
I had hoped to get up that way this weekend but I have a friends birthday supper to attend so that won't be happening now. Fingers crossed my new plans to head up there next weekend work out because otherwise I won't be able to make it up that way until June because of my Twin Cities trip and my nieces dance recital the following weekend. There's a seasonal ice cream place that I'm told is ah-mazing in Yorkton that just opened a couple weeks ago and Scooby has been torturing me with snaps of some of the delicious ice cream treats she's gotten (while I'm Whole30'ing no less) so I NEED to get some of it in my life! And have some Scooby time since we decided in January to try and get together at least once a month and I don't want to screw that up!

10. Do yoga with my yoga studio app at least 4 times per week 
I haven't been doing yoga as much as I would like so I need to make an effort to get back into it. I love the app I have so this is the first step. I'd love to do it every day but again consiering my recent track record I'm aiming smaller

Wish me luck!