Thursday, January 31, 2013

New years resolutions-update!

I made 5 New Years resolutions this year, and in order to stay committed I decided to dedicate a monthly blog post to updating my progress!

Let's check it out:

1. Run 13 races in 2013

I haven't run any races yet, but ,my first one is coming up in Feb (hopefully)! I'm ready to start racing. I've been just kind of running when I feel like it, but I have a training plan set up now and I'm ready to get back to more structured training.

2. Try out crossfit

No crossfit yet, I'm still doing Tina's Best Body Bootcamp. I'm hoping to go in and check it out once bootcamp is over.

3. Be able to do 50 real pushups in a row

I started off the year being able to do 3 in a row, and now I'm up to 6. That's not many, but its progress and I'll take it!

4. Try 1 new dinner recipe per month

This month we tried 1 new dinner recipe, Cream Cheese Chicken Chili. It was definitely a winner. I will try more than 1 new one in February, I have 3 or 4 lined up to try so far.

5. Read 52 books this year

Thanks to our Mexican vacation I was able to read 9 books. Check out my post on the ones I read here.

I'm really happy with how my goals are progressing. I think reviewing them monthly really helps me to stay focused on them.

How are your goals for the year/month progressing?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January books read

I made a goal for myself of reading 52 books this year - one a week. I am a total bookworm and can read a book all at once if I really get into it. (ahem last Harry Potter book- nobody saw me for a day while I sat down and read the entire thing!)

Being on vacation for the first two weeks of this month really gave me a head start... I read 9 books this month! Here are my thoughts on the ones I read:

1.The Rescue-Nicholas Sparks
 
 
I love anything by Nicholas Sparks, this book was no exception. He is one of my very favorite authors, and I haven't read anything by him that I don't like.

2. The Fault in Our Stars- John Green

This story is narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old terminal cancer patient who was supposed to die when she was 13, but was given an experimental drug which is keeping her alive for an undetermined amount of time. She meets Augustus at cancer support, and this book follows their developing relationship.
Oh my goodness... this was one of the best books I've ever read.  It's a young adult fiction book, so it's a quick and easy read but it really gets you thinking. Warning- it's a very emotional book, if you cry easily make sure you have tissue handy!


3. In Defense of Food- Michael Pollan

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I'm eating and putting into my body, and this book was really informative. It's written in sort of a textbook style with lots of references and stats. I read it on the beach in Mexico while Will was listening to music, and I think he wished that I would have read something else. I kept poking him and making him take his headphones off so I could tell him some interesting fact that I read. A good read if you are interested in nutrition. I have a post coming up soon that was inspired by this book!

4. 13 reasons why- Jay Asher
 
Clay Jensen arrives home one day to find a mysterious package on his doorstep. When he opens it there are 13 cassette tapes inside, narrated by Hannah Baker, a girl who Clay had a crush on that recently committed suicide. on the tapes she names 13 people who had something to do with her death. This was another YA book, and it too was amazing. It's written in a different sort of style, but I really like it and would definitely recommend it!

5.The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson


A little behind on the bandwagon with this one. My mom has been trying to get me to read this forever, and I finally gave in. It was hard to get into, but once I got in I was hooked. Great storyline, made me excited to read the next one.

6.The Girl Who Played With Fire- Stieg Larsson

This one is even better than the first one. Lots of suspense and action!


7. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest-Stieg Larsson


The last book in the Dragon Tattoo series. It's amazing too!


8. If I Stay- Gayle Foreman


Interesting book- This book follows the main character Mia after her and her family are in a car accident. She is outside her body watching the aftermath. Eventually she has a big decision to make. A different type of book from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed this one.

9.Where She Went- Gayle Foreman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

The sequel to If I Stay. Also quite good! I don't want to put a summary in case someone wants to read the first one.

Best book I read this month?  The Fault in Our Stars. Hands down. I downloaded it before bed one night and started reading it- guess who was up until 1:00am finishing it?

I have a few books downloaded and ready for February, but I'm always looking for recommendations.. anyone have a must read book (or two) that I should add to my list?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cream cheese chicken chili

I just love Pinterest!

You can follow me here, but I must admit 80% of my boards are food related. And I really like to pin delicious looking desserts that make me hungry!

One of my goals for this year was to try a new dinner recipe each month.

Side note-is recipe really hard to spell for anyone else? I always spell it wrong the first time!

One new recipe I tried was this Cream Cheese Chicken Chili. It was seriously amazing, and so delicious! Just put the ingedients in the crockpot, stir, set it on low for 8 hours and you have a super yummy dinner. I popped Pillsbury biscuits (another word I can't spell- thank goodness for auto correct!) into the oven and they were the perfect accompaniment.

The recipe calls for Rotel, which I think might be an American thing, but you could easily substitute a can of Aylmer's Chili tomatoes, or the ones with peppers in it. I stocked up on Rotel last time we went to Kalispell because of all the yummy looking recipes on Pinterest that call for it.
 
It was so easy to make and so so good!

The only note that I have was that between the Rotel and the chili powder, the chili was quite spicy if you have the taste buds of a wimp (like me). Will likes spicy things and he thought it was perfect, I stirred a little bit of sour cream in to counteract the spice a little and it definitely helped! Next time I think I'll decrease the spice just a little bit.
 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three Things Thursday- Lululemon!

Today's three things Thursday is dedicated to Lululemon. I own way too much of it, but it's my absolute favorite clothing in the whole entire world. I am going to try to pick my three favorite articles of clothing from there....

1) Wunder Under pants and crops
These are my most favorite in the world!! I own 4 pairs of the black crops and one pair of the pants. I also own a pair of bright purple crops! I love that they are functional for working out, and I can also dress them up and wear them to work!
Wunder Under Pant
photo from lululemon.com



2) Still Pants

Lulu discontinued these pants and it almost broke my heart! I love them so much- comfiest pants I've ever owned.

photo from lululemon.com
3. Cool Racerback Tank tops
Oh man. I just counted up how many of these that I own and it's kind of sad. I have 7- Light blue, dark blue, green, neon pink, dark pink, purple and black. That being said 3 of them are over 4 years old and still going strong. I got 3 this year with a gift card that I got for my birthday, so we'll see if they last as well as my old ones! These are great for layering!!

Cool Racerback
photo from lululemon.com

Any more lulu addicts out there? 
What's your favorite lulu item?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cross Country

Skiing that is!

I decided to trade my 7km run for a XC ski with my friend Ali. It was awesome!! I kind of forgot how much I like it. I am lucky enough to have an amazing cross country trail  network not even 2 km from my house.
Creek along the trail- picture dosen't make it look cool, but it was!

Went out through my field, horses thought it was dinner time so they followed me for a while

My boy Bax! He loves the snow
I love cross country skiing for the cardio workout, as well as the arm workout. We pulled ourselves up some pretty steep hills, and my arms were screaming... should feel great tomorrow!

Just for fun, I'll leave you a with a picture of my fat cat Lenny that Will took last night. He loves to cuddle!

Have a great Wednesday night!!


Monday, January 07, 2013

How I've been (trying!) to stay active on vacation

I've been in Mexico for 16 days now and I'm still loving it!!

Last year Will and I went to the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks and by about the 10th day I was ready to come home. I think the difference is the food- In the Dominican we stayed at an all inclusive, so the food was really monotonous. We are staying at my parents condo in Mexico so we are making our own breakfast and lunch, and we've been going to different places for dinner every night. That being said, a tiny little part of me is excited that we get to go home soon and get back in the swing of things!

I think Willy may have trouble giving up his midday beer!


One thing that I have been trying to make a priority down here is exercise. One thing I'm absolutely LOVING is running down here! My times have been amazing, Will and I went for a quick little run the other morning, and we did 4km in 20 mins. I think all of my upcoming races should be at sea level! You can't beat the views while you run down here either.
Not too shabby!

Another way we're getting exercise in is by walking. Lots. Everyday. I can't even guess how many km we've walked since we've been here. Today Will and  accidentally got a 2 hour walk in because we took the wrong bus and I was too cheap to pay for a cab when we both had perfectly good legs to walk on :)
The family getting ready to go ziplining - we got some serious walking in that day!

 The condo has a gym thank goodness, it's small but it does the trick! I've done a few different weight training routines since we've been here, and used the treadmill when I woke up too late to run outside (I'm a baby when it comes to running in the heat!). My first day of Best Body Bootcamp was today, so I'm glad there is a gym here to use for that!

When the rest of my family was still here, we got lots of volleyball action in. Nothing like a few rounds of  beach volleyball to work up a good sweat! The rest of my family is genetically blessed with height that definitely gives them an advantage when it comes to sports like volleyball... it has nothing to do with my lack of hand eye co-ordination!

Me and my gigantic siblings. I'm obviously very funny and amusing to them!

And of course there has been lots of swimming. Tomorrow we are planning on taking the boogie boards out down the beach for a couple of hours.. I'm sure that'll be interesting!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Years Resolutions

Happy 2013 everyone!!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Years Eve.

We celebrated by going to a fabulous Mexican restaurant down the beach from our condo, then heading up to the penthouse of our condo to go on the roof and watch all the different fireworks shows that were put on in Mazatlan! It was pretty excellent.


Getting a little crazzzzzy!


Every year I try to make New Years Resolutions, but I end up forgetting about them part way through the year. I decided to make 5 resolutions and share them on the blog. I am planning on doing a monthly check-in to see where I am at with them, that way y'all can help keep me accountable.

Without further ado, here are the 5 goals I have for myself this year:

1. Run 13 races in 2013. 
Jill at jillconyers.com is hosting a 13 races in 2013 challenge. I will be posting tomorrow about the races that I have chosen... stay tuned to find out which ones!

2.Try out Crossfit.
 I am so intimidated by our local crossfit gym, but I will get up the courage to go and try it out this year!!

3. Be able to do 50 regular push ups in a row.

I have started working on my upper body strength, and right now I can only do about 5 in a row. I am going to use the 100 push ups app on my iPhone.

4. Try 1 new dinner recipe per month.

 It is so easy for me to get caught up in making easy routine dinners, I really want to try some new things this year

5.Read 52 new books. 

I'm a pretty speedy reader, and that's only a book a week- totally doable. I'm hoping this well help me start to limit my computer time and encourage going to bed earlier to read sometimes. At home I've had lots of issues sleeping over the past year and I have a sneaking suspicion that computer before bed is adding to them.

I will recap my goals and how I am progressing towards them at the end of each month. I'm looking forward to 2013 being the best year ever!!

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