Arizona is a beautiful dessert.
So many odd plants… it’s like a Dr. Seuss book.
We spent the weekend in Tucson and enjoyed so many sights. Elvis even came along! Remember him from the cross-country move?
I haven’t felt like blogging lately.
Which is why on Monday I just didn’t.
If you don’t have anything to say, I find it’s best not to force it. No that there isn’t a lot of awesome going on… I’m just busy living life!
Here’s a little bit of some things I’ve been loving…
I lost Vegas.
Not literally, thank god.
We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset. Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going. She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.
Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night. I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done. She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms. She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).
All good things must come to an end.
Until I figure out a way to live in Europe.
I’m a firm believer in balance and enjoying life. Enjoying is just what we did in Greece. There were tons of good eats, alllll the drinks, and a nice break from the gym (though we walked a LOT). Vegas and I had a blast and soaked up every moment. Coming off of that I have no regrets, but feel ready to get back to a healthier diet.
My idea of heaven is getting paid to workout.
And to eat… errrr… cook.
Several months ago I earned personal training certificates through the International Association of Fitness Sciences (IAFS) in Functional Training, Bodybuilding, and Sports Nutrition. This is 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney‘s program (he’s basically my version of a movie star).
I wasn’t sure how or if I’d use it… I ended up training a couple of friends and deciding it’s something I really did love. So I added a link on my site for training and nutrition. Between getting married and moving, I never did much to promote it. Now that we’re settled, the time has come!
I always look forward to spring.
Except the pollen. Who knew San Diego had pollen?!
Spring food is the best. Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it. The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.
Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes. Some stranger than others. All good.
In my not-so-humble opinion.
Breaking in a new oven is the best.
Not to be confused with breaking… or burning… a oven.
We’re back in business this week with a new oven installed.
No thanks to GE or Home Depot. You don’t realize how much not having an oven can cramp your style!
Our new oven is gorgeous. It’s even blue inside! Just look at the LG beauty compared to the GE POS model (♫ to the left, to the left… ♪):
We’re finally getting some normalcy post-move.
The term “normal” is used loosely for us.
The boxes are slowly disappearing. Things have places on shelves. There are curtains in the bedroom and dining room (the other rooms are another story). We joined a gym… I joined a second gym. We have groceries and are eating at home *almost* each week day. And we have
redneck Christmas lights strung up on the cabana.
WIAW is on the move again this week!
Because I haven’t had enough moving…
Here’s the deal. What I Ate Wednesday has been jumping around to give mamma Jenn a break. She’s entrusted me this week with hosting duties (which may be a sign she’s taken up a crack habit… is rehab where she’s disappeared to?!).
Since I’m sooooo known for sugar coating things, I’m going to come out and say that the link up got a bit out of control and Jenny from the block was suffering from exhaustion. WIAW was meant to just be a day of eats. Don’t be linking shit from 5 weeks ago, everything you ate for the past 3 weeks, or some unrelated giveaway you’re trying to get more traffic for. Follow the rules and don’t be greedy. In short, don’t be a dick.
I love me some protein.
I also love cookies. If you can combine protein and cookies, you have a winner. When Isopure sent over their cookies & cream zero carb powder with 50 grams of 100% pure whey protein isolate I couldn’t try it fast enough. It was perfectly timed too – after being on he road for a week I was ready to get back in the gym!