30! – Gratitude List

I’m 30 today!!! You might say that I’m on the emotional side, but I strangely haven’t cared at all about leaving my 20’s. It’s not such a milestone for me compared to things like graduating college, international moves, getting married, cross-country moves, having a baby, etc. Plus the fact that Kevin has been in his thirties for a few years already doesn’t hurt. <3

For my thirtieth birthday, I heard about the idea of creating gratitude lists on one of my favorite podcasts, and I decided to give it a try.

Here are 30 (of many!!!) things I’m grateful for this year. Obviously some are serious and some are frivolous – they are just what came to me today!

1. Three years of marriage to my hot & hilarious husband. I love him so much, and I never imagined marriage could be this good. See also: online dating (it works!).

three years

2. Hearing our baby’s heartbeat yesterday. Talk about weird. And wonderful.
3. Our families. I feel so fortunate to love both sides and that we get to see them fairly regularly. Probably more now that we’re going to have a baby. I love my sibs!!!! Haha. I’m afraid that means I might have to do this pregnancy thing more than once….
4. My first piano. And my second. I always said my piano would be the first piece of furniture in my house, and it pretty much was (when I finally stopped moving what felt like every 6 months).
piano
 5. My jobI love my little studio, all of my students, and their parents. This year I’ve accepted a limited number (for obvious reasons), and my core group is just truly incredible. I am so proud of them. I’ve been known to tear up in their lessons (when they’ve been practicing… or sometimes when they haven’t).
6. The Wabasha 5 & all my college besties. Friends are friends forever….
7. My church & gospel community (church) group. Some of the girls:
girls gc group
 The only thing I would skip CrossFit for on Tuesday nights. :) The families, the food, just sharing our lives with each other and praying together. We’re all so different that nothing else that probably nothing else could have brought us together, but I love them all. And many of them have babies so we got a good preview of what we’re about to be up against.
8. My CrossFit box & coaches. And my muscles. My happy hour. You know I love it.
crossfit-girl-rope-climb
 9. My CF BFFs. Who have become so much more. Plus who else can listen to your post-wod analysis on a daily basis??? Who else can’t resist the urge to carry heavy things or jump on random rocks.
on wednesdays we wear pink
 10. BOYD & PIPPA!!! My first babies. I love them to death. This is gong to sound totally ridiculous, but I’m totally consciously savoring the last days just snuggling in bed with just Pipperdoodles before I have a human baby.
b and p
11. Living in Denver. I’m far from being a Colorado fanatic, but I love Denver. The weather! My super fun neighborhood! My favorite restaurants. The amazing performing arts complex!
13. Starbucks & Caribou. Love them both, and I’m not too hipster for chain coffee shops. Plus, just saying, the local baristas love me. Okay, and mmm…. Coffee! 
mmm-coffee-denver-happy-paleo-21dsd
 14. Books. & Libraries. And the Tattered Cover.
books!!!15. Bacon. And Sweet potatoes.
16. Cooking & eating (a lot of) Paleo
17. Freckles. A girl without freckles is like a night without stars.
my freckles corrie
 18. My pink Papillionaire.
papilionaire19. Spotify. Ingrid & Regina & Yuja
20. My Dominican son.
my-son
And Yo-Yo and my best roommate ever and all my other friends there! I miss you!!!
21. Sprouts (grocery store) & Sweet Cow (ice cream).
22. Being super healthy and my family is too.
23. Nanos, Lululemon, tall socks, and cute workout clothes.  Do you think what you wear to the gym matters?
24. Sunshine. Hello Sunshine! Aka Kristy
25. Sewing! My new hobby. Or at least pinning projects to sew one day. One or the other. :)
26. My iPhone. Technology has pretty much always been a positive thing in my life. Connecting me with people I love and helping me not have to make…. phone calls!! Haha.
27. Candles. Especially these. I got it in one on sale, and it’s amazing. Candles really have a calming effect on me.
28. Jeopardy! 
29. Scrabble & crossword puzzles.
30. Grace. All is grace.
 
My only goal for my 30th year? Growing a human and keeping it alive. :)
 What are you extra thankful for today? 

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Cookies, Books, & Ikea

Hooray for a long weekend!!! Kicked it off with a Cookie Friday:

cookie friday pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies

This recipe for Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies was amazing!! I personally think pumpkin cookies can be really hit or miss (wayyy too cakey and/or healthy-tasting), but these turned out really well. Maybe the oats helped? I think Pumpkin Gingersnaps are still my fave. Luckily, we had a birthday party to go to this weekend so we shared!

woodbury library denver BOOKS

It’s also important to stop at the library on the day before a long weekend. That’s an extra day of the library being closed, and you don’t want to run out of reading material. I totally hit the jackpot — the new Rainbow Rowell book was on the shelf! Yay! Plus some baby-type books because I’m your typical first-time mom.

little free library denver alcott

It must’ve been my lucky day because I also snagged something good from the Little Free Library!

asos maternity dress orange

Omg, my first maternity clothes. I got a few things from Asos. I love Asos!! Does anyone else shop there? Usually if you buy over $125, you get free international 2-day shipping. Works for me!!  Plus all their maternity stuff isn’t black, white, and striped (blahhhh) — loved this peach color for fall, and it was barely over $20. It’s a perfect piano teaching dress and will be great with tights/leggings. I’d probably wear it if even if I wasn’t pregnant. Most of my regular clothes fit fine except that I tend to wear very fitted dresses/skirts for teaching piano and those are becoming a little immodestly short/tight. I’m just trying to avoid the i-don’t-have-anything-to-wear meltdown.

regular clothes maternity bootsHere’s a not maternity outfit from today’s Ikea excursion. The dress is a regular, but roomy O’Neill dress I bought from Zappos earlier this year (no longer available). The Billabong cardigan is an integral part of my maternity tank top/cardigan plan for this fall/winter. It was a little expensive so I was trying to wait for it to go on sale, but when I saw they only had one small in stock, I grabbed it. The color is incredible, and it’s the perfect length. I don’t regret it one bit. The grey boots are from Modcloth — they’re even cuter if you see the whole boot. There are bows on the sides. Normally, I frown upon wearing short boots like this or things that don’t elongate my legs, but hey, I figure I look a little chubby anyways. I’ll just embrace it. It wasn’t cool enough for tights/leggings today, but that will probably look even better.

One of the reasons for today’s Ikea trip?

kevin's standing deskWell, I was reading Your Personal Paleo Code (from my library stack) and got upset again about Kevin’s work situation. He has almost an hour commute each way, and then sits at a desk for 9+ hours in a row!!!! He needs a standing desk!! So we checked out some Ikea hacks. Worked perfectly for $22. So worth it! I can’t wait for him to try it out this week and report back!!!

Do you mostly stand or sit at your job? I’m so lucky to have a good mix. I hated sitting all day when I’ve temporarily had office jobs. And standing all day can be really exhausting too!

Hope you had a great weekend, however long or short it was for you! :)

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Just Eating Some Chocolate to Make My Baby Sweeter

So we indulged a little bit extra over the weekend on some sugar & carbs!! I definitely had a junk food hangover this morning so it felt extra good to get back on track with my menu plan for the week.

stop eating crap

Saw this on HRG today and laughed. So true.

breakfast bacon and eggs

 Ate some bacon & eggs for breakfast because that’s what we do. Plus some of my favorite unsweetened Starbucks iced coffee with organic heavy whipping cream.

And then I had some make-up homework to do that I was dreading. I got lazy over the weekend and didn’t do my assigned rowing meters for the challenge. That meant double today.

Rowed a 10k — 2 entire episodes of Friends!!

rowed a 10k

 It took me 50:45. I was actually working the whole time (except a few drinks and a few times moving the rower when it scooted), but it’s still a mediocre time. I actually did a 14k on Valentine’s Day at a 2:26 (6 seconds faster) pace. Ah, well. I am pregnant after all. Going downhill on everything just sucks sometimes.

pork sweet potatoes appleLunch part 1: Leftover grilled pork, sweet potato, and apple. This was tooooo small, and I ate part 2 right away.

yogurt berries almond butter

This is a new thing I’m trying this week. That’s unsweetened organic full fat yogurt with organic berries and (plain) Justin’s almond butter. I was afraid it was going to be super sour and bland, but it grew on me. Maybe I was just starving. But I’ll be eating it all week since that’s what I have for a snack so we shall see. I went easy on the almond butter because I’m not the hugest omgnutbutterfan plus I wasn’t sure how it would mix in (it magically melted right in somehow).

chomps hopping jalapenoSo I mention these things all the time, but I love the Hoppin’ Jalapeño Chomps. I think we bought 50 last time I ordered them, and we both eat them almost every day.

larabar cherry pie

I’ve been trying to cut back on Larabars — they have a good bit of sugar, and they’re expensive. So I only got two for this week. Well, I already ate one so I’d better hoard the other.

starbucks grande skinny vanilla latte

Taking pics of my Starbucks like any good white girl would.

This is totally unusual, but I had a skinny vanilla latte during the middle of the day. Kevin came home early from work because we had a repairman coming to our house to work on the garage door so we decided it would be fun to go on a little date before CrossFit.

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 9.53.08 PMI scored 36, 43, & 44. And those reps were mostly BURPEES!!! My hips were super tight from that 10k row, and I didn’t have enough time to practice so the first round of pistol squats was pretty ugly. I did some decent reps and some sketchy reps, but I improved as I got warmer. So thankful for a shorter workout today. :)

paleo lasagna soup zoodles

 Paleo Lasagna Soup with Zoodles. Topped with fresh basil & parmesan cheese. I sort of followed that recipe, but I also used some ground turkey mixed with the hot Italian sausage and sort of doubled the recipe overall. By the way, the recipe was GREAT. Kevin really loved it too.

dark chocolate for pregnancy

And Dark Chocolate minis!! Because I’ve read in two books that eating dark chocolate makes your baby smile more after its born and have a happier disposition overall. Just kidding. I ate it because I like it.

So I ate around 1829 calories which is a little lower than what I’d probably like to see especially with all the rowing!! But I must still be a little full from the weekend.

myfitnesspal day paleo

Here’s what my percentages looked like. I’m obviously not dieting in any, way, shape or form while I’m pregnant, but I occasionally track my intake to help myself be realistic about things like sugar intake and make sure I’m eating a solid amount of protein.

I’m sure this post REALLY brightened your day. So why not check out THESE AWESOME PICS from the dogs’ swim day.

What did you eat today? What would you eat EVERY day if you could/it was a good decision for your health?  I would eat mac ‘n’ cheese and Diet Coke every day if I could. Maybe flamin’ hot cheetos and black licorice candies too. And that’s not even the pregnancy talking. :)

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The Noshery

What a fabulous week. It was my last week of teaching “summer lessons” in the studio and kind of a crazy CrossFit week

eating for 1.10 paleo pregnant

 Here’s my Friday fridge remnants lunch — spinach, bacon, eggs, Kerrygold, sweet potatoes, and avocado. And I drank tons of water with it. I was feeling super paleo & proud of myself – haha.

And then this morning happened because I’m a real human.

I decided to skip CrossFit. And from the comfort of my bed, I typed the word “bakery” into the Yelp app. Haha. That’s so dangerous.

the noshery denver

The Noshery popped up, and we decided we must try it out.

menu  the noshery denverWell, if you know me, I can’t say no to biscuits & gravy.

biscuits and gravy noshery denver

So worth it this morning!!! It was very affordable too  — just barely over $20 for breakfast for 2, including an espresso drink!!! They had a lot of space, and the whole restaurant was painted the color of my kitchen. They have great taste!!!! I’m excited to go back, although I’ll probably stick to coffee for the most part.

Side note: as a partly paleo non-perfectionist, I prefer to assess my eating choices by looking at the big picture of a week or so. Throughout the week, I stuck to my plan, so I’m mostly pleased with my choices.

Let’s talk about my workouts now because they were FUN and really hard this week. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the workouts this week (Week 17). The tough stuff just kept on coming!!!

Monday:

6x for time:
6 Power Cleans @ 105lbs
12 Pull-ups

Time – 15:00

The power cleans were cake. The pull-ups were not. 72 pull-ups is a lot for me, but I wanted to give them a try. I asked my coach what my cut-off time should be, and he said 15 minutes. DONE!!!!! Exactly. And that was with a no-rep on #72. Haha. Yes, I had to redo it with the whole rest of the class watching. I was really tempted to switch to ring rows halfway through, but I’m happy I persevered. 

Tuesday:

Nancy:

5 rounds for time of:
400 meter run
65 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps

Time – 15:55

I think Nancy is my FAVORITE girl wod so I wasn’t too thrilled to mentally scale it a bit. But I made a game plan, and I stuck to it. My pr for this benchmark wod is 14:10. Since it was an 11:45 class and very sunny, I decided a reasonable goal would be to shoot for 16:10, 2 minutes slower than my pr. All I have to say is that it felt good!!! The 65lb oh squats felt great. The running was hot, but I drank water after every single round like it was my job. I was the dead last person in the door after the first run, but I paced it almost perfectly and picked off the last person in the final round and ended up finishing just 20 seconds faster than my goal. Yes!!!

Wednesday: 

For time – Curtis P Party!

50 Curtis P’s at 75lbs

EMOM – 2 burpees

So if Curtis P’s weren’t tortuous enough, we added in burpees!!! I laughed out loud when I saw this workout on my phone on Wednesday morning. I couldn’t wait to tell poor, sweet Kevin. If there are two movements he hates, they are lunges and burpees!!! But I’m proud of him for doing it. I’ll be honest, this workout took it out of me!! At about rep #23, I started to lose heart. Not even half done!!! I could barely eke out 2 reps per minute, and at that pace it took me 21:41! If you haven’t tried Curtis P’s, you should. I love/hated this workout, deep down, it was fun.

Thursday: Rest day. Are you kidding me?! :)

Friday:

3x

4 minute AMRAP:

  • 15 thrusters @ 65lbs
  • 30 double unders

I scored 101, 94, & 90. I had some logistical issues in the first round or I probably would’ve gotten probably 8-10 reps. If only I could’ve gotten back to those doubles…. Oh well. This workout was killer because we were still sore from Curtis P’s. Plus 100+ thrusters are no joke!!! A great ending to the week!! Love Friday 6pms!

concept 2 rowing challenge

 Don’t calculate that pace. Ever. My mom can probably do it in her head. Stop it. I know it’s slow.

But I finished Week #3 of the Dog Days of Summer Concept 2 Rowing Challenge – a total of 30,000 meters in the third week of August. This week we are up to 40k! I’ve gotten 11,800 done so far this weekend, but I’m going to have to keep at it all week. It’s been a great challenge, but I can’t wait for it to be OVER!!! I have to row longer than a Friends episode every single day this week to meet my goal. Ouch!!!!!!!!

boyd bear side eye

 A little side eye from the Boykin.

Menu plans for this week!

Okay! Time to hit up Sprouts!

P.S. Check out this blog I stumbled across today: Kohler Created. She share a lot of her paleo/CrossFit/pregnancy experiences. It was pretty exciting for me to read. :)

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You Wish This Was A TBT

I’ve been dreaming about these for about a year now.

i love overalls

Now I look exactly like all of Kevin’s high school prom dates’ senior pictures!! I saw a box of them once at his parents’ house, and I was not jealous. Okay, so I had some too back in 2003!! I’ll dig up a pic sometime. But… they were a lot baggier (comfortable!), they were not “distressed”, and they covered my ankles. Of course Kevin had to ask the total dad question about why they have holes in them. Sooo hilarious.

Anyways hi! My summer teaching weeks have been super busy!!!!! I’ve condensed it into 6 weeks and only three days per week so I can’t complain. But those three days are super packed. So sadly, I’ve been missing all of the CrossFit. I have made up some at home though.

strict cindy wod

Our box was doing the benchmark wod Cindy this week, and I couldn’t make it because of my teaching schedule. So I did it at home…. with strict pull-ups.

20 minutes AMRAP:

  • 5 strict pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air squats

I finished 10 rounds just after the buzzer. I worked hard to keep the pull-ups super strict so I had to take some breaks. That and I had a little interruption from Pipperdoodles who wanted to lick my face whenever I was doing push-ups.

boyd good hair.jpg

Boyd Bear wants to show his beachy summer hair look. The fluff is all natural. :)

starbucks brewedLook at this cold brew Starbucks I found at King Sooper’s last night!!!! It’s delicious and totally unsweetened. Drinking it this morning with my heavy whipping cream.

Okay, I have to go start cleaning. I have company coming this weekend, and I’m so excited!! My best roommate ever and her husband are visiting!! Yay.

Important Question: Have you ever worn overalls???

 

More 4th

Before we left town for our little 14er trip, we went to the 10AM 4th of July CrossFit class.

For Independence Day, we did the hero wod, Nutts.

Nutts

For time:
10 Handstand push-ups
185 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
25 Box jumps, 24 inch box
50 Pull-ups
100 Wallball shots, 14 pounds, 10′
200 Double-unders
Run 400 meters with a 25lb plate

nutts hero wod

We were all a little nervous about this one going into it – 50 pull-ups! 100 wall balls! in the middle of a wod?! I was so thankful there were only 10 hspus because high volume hspus are trouble for me. And I got lucky because double unders are my jam. I decided to rep the whole thing out with a friend, and it was really fun suffering through it all together. The pull-ups ended up being fine. I can’t do huge sets, but I’m getting pretty good at doing 4 0r so and getting right back on the bar. We finished in just over 31 minutes with the main hang-up turning out to be those dang wall balls which we did in 10 sets of 10 exactly.

kevin hero wod

And we managed to beat Kevin in the door by a minute or two so that was a bonus.

After the wod, we went home and got ready to head over to Breckenridge.

kevin dogs backseat

The last one in the door has to sit in the back with both of the dogs!! Haha. This picture is SO PIPPA!!!! My little princess.

hiking in breckenridge

As soon as we got to the condo, we dropped off our stuff and headed out for a little hike.

hiking with friends

It’s always fun hanging out with people who get just as restless as me and need to move!!!

boyd after a hikeOkay, so Boyd could take or leave exercise. But he sure managed to get dirty. He loves water and managed to “slip” into the mountain stream several times.

Later that evening, we checked out the art festival in town, went to dinner at Mi Casa, and caught some fireworks. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and plotting out our 14er trip.

Back to the present, tonight we were back to our regular 7PM CrossFit class and got to do EMOM for 15 minutes: 2 squat cleans @ 105lbs and 20 double unders. For once the EMOM was paired with something I can do!!! I hate heavy lifts paired with hspus or toes to bar for EMOM workouts. In the strength portion, I was really gunning for a 140 squat clean but today wasn’t the day. It was super humid in there, and I was just feeling a little shaky. Next time!! Good night!