Taking Stock | September

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So here’s a look into my September, another chapter down in the book called 2015.

What was YOUR favorite part of this month? Comment below! If you start your own Taking Stock – leave the URL below – would love to read all about your world 🙂

This month was kicked off by being laid off of my job, as my position was eliminated. A good and bad deal. I’ll certainly miss the money and short commute but I was unhappy there. And, it brought about a great opportunity. While job shadowing for my Health Promotion degree, I made a great contact and now have a Wellness Internship with a county office. Super excited!!!

I’ve also started another semester at school, taking Social Media Communications, Art and (still) doing Math. We’ve been on a few hikes recently and got to experience beautiful views of the fall season taking over the mountains. Not going to lie, there have been a few things that I’m struggling with recently but I’m trying to stay positive and push forward.

Making: works of art 🙂

Cooking: healthy, low-carb chicken alfredo. Yum!

Drinking: crystal lite. I’m addicted…

Reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Wanting: for this congestion to go away

Looking: for another part time opportunity

Playing: grown up 🙂

Deciding: that I’m not ready to give up shorts and tank tops!

Wishing: my body would hurry and get back to normal. That competition was rough!

Enjoying: some beautiful hikes

Waiting: for Orlando in December…

Liking: eating bigger meals, less often

Wondering: how someone gives up on life and resorts to wearing pajamas, fuzzy slippers and a ratty shirt to Walmart. And seeing nothing wrong with it.

Loving: the protein oatmeal cookies!!

Pondering: the options and my feelings

Considering: sending my symptoms to the writers of House and seeing if they can find a cure.

Buying: not much lately, just the necessary items

Watching: all 6 Star Wars, plus the Family Guy versions, plus the cartoon versions. Nerd alert!

Hoping: that I rock at this internship

Marveling: at how fast this year has gone by

Cringing: at the scale

Needing: a girls night

Questioning: how I could have liked “My Stepmother is an Alien” growing up. That movie is terrible, with a capital T!

Smelling: the fall air

Wearing: more loose fitting shirts lately

Following: some new contacts on LinkedIn

Noticing: that the mornings are darker

Knowing: how to fully work my entertainment system would be a real plus sometimes.

Thinking: about taking 6 inches off at my next haircut appointment

Admiring: my ability to not devour the M&M’s and Reese’s Pieces in my cupboard. The struggle is real…

Sorting: through life

Getting: a better insight into different health fields

Bookmarking: some new books on goodreads.com

Coveting: shirts!

Disliking: making less money. Boo!

Opening: my mind to new possibilities

Giggling: at awesome 80’s movies

Feeling: happy that I canceled my Wen hair products trial membership.

Snacking: on string cheese

Helping: Shawn after his surgery

Hearing: nothing

Taking Stock | August

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So here’s a look into my August, another chapter down in the book called 2015.

What was YOUR favorite part of this month? Comment below! If you start your own Taking Stock – leave the URL below – would love to read all about your world 🙂

This month has been progressive and busy. I’m contemplating switching my degree from Health Promotion to Human Performance Management and have been setting up meetings with people in the industry, scheduling times to shadow different fields and looking for volunteer opportunities. The hubs and I have also been doing various activities and fun stuff. Due to a slower business trend, we’ll have to take some mandatory furlough days which is a good/bad thing. I hate parting with my money but it will be nice to have some extra time off to do more fun stuff 🙂

I took a break from the blogging world for a bit and neglected some of the words below, forgiveness please! And, yes, I know it’s now September AND it’s almost over. Yet, I wanted to throw August out there because I hate “missing” part of a sequence. OCD #52 😀

Making: a new recipe – steak w/chili powder rub and brown rice w/pineapple and cilantro. Hubby loved it, it was soooo good!

Cooking: hobo dinners

Drinking: wine!

Reading: Finished the 4 Hour Work Week and the fourth Harry Potter book. Starting the fifth Harry Potter book (Order of the Phoenix) and possibly an organization book.

Wanting: to try a wild hair color but it’s too much maintenance

Looking: for new job opportunities

Playing:

Deciding: that it’s time to de-clutter my house even more.

Wishing: I could get my foot in the door at a company in the health/fitness field.

Enjoying: our new Frisbee

Waiting:

Liking: taking a step back from social media like Instagram and Facebook.

Wondering: if Wen products are really worth the money. Have used a few times so far.

Loving:

Pondering: taking some 6 week courses at the local applied tech college, just for fun but that will enhance my own life

Considering:

Buying:

Watching: Ballers (love it!) and Star Wars cartoons

Hoping: that my shirts I ordered from JoeFresh.com will fit/look right. They were on clearance and are non-returnable :O

Marveling:

Cringing: at most fashion looks in magazines. Seriously, who really wears that stuff? Or can afford to?

Needing: a mental health day. Good thing we have furlough days! LOL

Questioning: what career path I want to take

Smelling: not much lately, this smog has gotten me extra stuffy

Wearing: my new “boyfriend” shirt from Target. Really, it’s just a v neck t shirt to me.

Following: the plan devised by my wellness coach at work (trying to any way)

Noticing: that the huge heat wave we got last month has tapered off to mid-80’s – 90’s most days

Knowing:

Thinking: that these mandatory furlough days are semi-good. More time doing fun stuff? Yes please!

Admiring:

Sorting: through things at home, de-cluttering what I can

Getting: excited for our trip to Bear Lake this weekend – camping with friends!

Bookmarking: job search sites (been looking at other opportunities for a few weeks)

Coveting: a new job. Why can’t school hurry the hell up?

Disliking: stale coffee.

Opening:

Giggling: while reminiscing about 80’s movies. Classics!

Feeling: a little puffy lately

Snacking: on turkey sticks and almonds

Wishing: I could retire early and move to an exotic island like people on House Hunters

Helping:

Hearing:

Throw Loudies from the Wine Train! Choo Choo!

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This article was sent by my husband because of an inside joke (one that I will not be sharing here) about loud people. On our many travels, we have encountered groups of extremely loud people. Ones so loud that it’s disruptive to others in the surrounding area and makes it difficult to hear what your own group members are saying, let alone enjoy whatever activity you’re partaking in.

http://news.yahoo.com/black-womens-book-club-members-kicked-off-wine-071032554.html

Now, I’m not saying that you can’t make some noise but, as always, there is an acceptable level with any activity and outing. Some people exceed that. For the record, I have been part of a group of “too loud” people and have felt mortified having others stare in disgust or aggravation because it’s disrupted their good time.

This article also struck a chord with me on another level. Frankly, I’m sick of people playing the “race card”. Now don’t me wrong, I don’t live in a rose colored world where everyone is treated equal. I don’t. That’s not my point.

But, seriously… How self-absorbed are people that they think anything bad that happens to them is because of the color of their skin? How about… you got kicked off the bus because you were being super loud, extremely disrespectful to the other passengers and were repeatedly asked to keep down the noise level and refused to take the FREE tickets for your own private vehicle?? How about them apples?

Maybe next time, don’t be so damn selfish that you think everyone on that train wants to hear your cackling comments and every word out of your mouth at top decibel.

Rant over….

Taking Stock | July

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So here’s a look into my July, another chapter down in the book called 2015.

What was YOUR favorite part of this month? Comment below! If you start your own Taking Stock – leave the URL below – would love to read all about your world 🙂

This month was kicked off by a wine tasting trip to Boise, ID. Lots of fun! The rest of month has been spent on homework (boo!), getting into my volunteer work, fun outings with friends, and settling into “normal” life after the competition and our vacation to Mexico.

Making: plans with friends

Cooking: healthy favorites – yum!!

Drinking: water – it’s my go to, though I don’t drink enough.

Reading: through the Harry Potter series with a flurry! Love the movies more but the books are still great 🙂

Wanting: to narrow down my focus with blogging and start some new things

Looking: for an escape!

Playing: music at work courtesy of Jango.com (free!)

Deciding: that it’s a shame for older people to end up the way they do sometimes. Sad.

Wishing: I had a job I enjoyed more. One day!

Enjoying: switching up my workouts!

Waiting: sucks!

Liking: my new Maybelline Nudes eye shadow. Not perfect but good enough!

Wondering: what/where I should get a tattoo. This is permanent business!!

Loving: the sunshine and bright days. Love natural light in my house 😀

Pondering: why people choose the hairstyles they choose. Yikes!

Considering: getting the Wen hair care products next month since I have a special coupon. Only $20! I’ve always wondered about this product.

Buying: some new books – “4 hour workweek” and “Organizing from the Inside Out”. Looking forward to both!

Watching: some good movies lately – The Terminator and Ant Man

Hoping: for some happy changes this next year. Come on!

Marveling: at the beautiful sunset

Cringing: pajama wearing peeps out in public. Ah!!!

Needing: some space, quiet and alone time

Questioning: some relationships

Smelling: cookies baking is one of the most wonderful things in this world. So delicious….

Wearing: some things from my closet that I haven’t worn in awhile. It’s time to like them or donate them!

Following: lots of new Instagram peeps

Noticing: that I’ve been super irritable this week.

Knowing: that some tough decisions need to be made

Thinking: how nice it would to be back on the beach 😀

Admiring: how people build a thriving business

Sorting: through feelings

Getting: anxious for some change

Bookmarking: inspiring people

Coveting: some new clothes!

Disliking: feeling stuck

Opening: my mind

Giggling: at funny videos on Facebook.

Feeling: good about hanging out more with friends this month.

Snacking: on peanut M&M’s and reese’s pieces – only a few pieces at a time.

Wishing: I would make faster progress!

Helping: at the volunteer center

Hearing: thunder outside

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My Workout Schedule – Check Meowt!

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Some people are curious as to others’ workout schedules (I know I am!) and I’ve been asked about mine. So here it is… My current training schedule.

What does YOUR schedule look like? What’s your favorite/least favorite body part to work?

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WORKOUT SCHEDULE

Sunday: Hamstrings, Calves & Back (all heavy weight)

Monday: Shoulders & Chest (heavy), Bicep & Tricep (medium)

Tuesday: Quadriceps & Calves (heavy)

Wednesday: Back, Chest, Shoulders, Bicep & Tricep (medium)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Quadriceps, Hamstrings & Calves (medium-heavy)

Saturday: Shoulders (medium-heavy), Bicep & Tricep (heavy)

Healthy Homemade Pizzas – Yum!!!!

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A group of us went to a pizza cooking demonstration on Saturday, which was a blast! We got to try various types of pizza, some good and some just okay. A good night out with friends, regardless! But it left me craving more pizza. Go figure… So, we decided Sunday was a great time to make our own pizzas again. Love doing this! We decided to make chicken Alfredo pizzas for something different. Actually, the dough was pretty filling, so I could only eat half my pizza.

RECIPE BELOW!

Q: What’s YOUR favorite pizza(s)?? If you make this one, let me know what you think!

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Finished pizzas. I could hardly contain my excitement, I wanted to dig in so bad!!

Super easy and yummy! Here’s what we used but you can choose any toppings. We like to mix it up!

– Low carb dough (can’t remember the brand we bought online) or a tortilla

– Light Alfredo sauce

– Toppings: pepperoni, chopped ham, shredded pre-roasted chicken and tomatoes.

– Garlic parmesan cheese

– 2 cookie sheets

– Vegetable oil spray

To make: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough (we just use our hands) on greased cookie sheet. One pizza per cookie sheet. Add sauce and then toppings to your liking. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how crisp you like the bottoms. We like them pretty crispy. Viola! Super easy, healthy pizzas!