Friday, April 27, 2012

Featured Friday--Sweaty Bands

I'm in the process of vamping up this little blog. I have only told a few special friends about it, because I want to make sure it is just how I like it before I go blasting it on any Fbook pages and whatnot.
In the meantime, I'll keep a'posting. Even though clicking "View Blog" doesn't make me feel quite as warm and fuzzy as I hope it will some day. :)

Today's Featured Friday is brought to you by Sweaty Bands! Now, one of my April resolutions was to spend some time away from shopping, and I have actually done a pretty great job, if I may toot my own horn.

However, tomorrow, I'm slow jogging my first 5K, so I thought this was cause to buy myself a little pre-race motivator. Ok, really I saw them when I was picking up my race packet and thought they were too great to pass up. Shelby thought so too. Though, no lie, we were both a little grossed out by the name.

What's so great about them that I just couldn't pass one up, you ask?

Two days ago, I had to fix the headband I was wearing to keep my bangs back at least six times during my 30 minute slow jog. The Sweaty Band has a velvet-like lining that keeps the band in place. Even though, at times, I though it was slipping, I'd reach up happy to find it right where I left it.

Shelby's Band:

Band I almost bought (since my cute chevron band wasn't on the website):

Seriously, what is my deal with gold these days? I just can't get enough.

You can even get them customized to have whatever they want! I'm more than happy with our picks and can't WAIT to test it out again during our slow jog extravaganze tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Read my favorite neighborhood happenings this week and tell me if this doesn't mean I live in the most precious place ever.

-Riding my bike to Central Market.
To be fair, I've only done this once. On Monday. And it was glorious. Central Market is not far at all from mi casa, so I said to myself . . . what the hay? I took advantage of an opportunity to use my new backpack. Toting back yummy snacks in the new pack just tied a pretty little bow on the whole afternoon outing.

-Seeing basketball boy play catch with his mom.
Basketball boy lives catty-corner to our apartment with his mom and grandparents. We can hear his basketball bouncing every single morning from our apartment, and every single time he sees any of us gives us a precious, "Hi! How are you?" Literally, every time he sees us. Today he gave me this greeting while he was on the phone.

-The man who feeds the birds.
Almost every time I go for a slow jog in our cute park area, I see the sweetest older man feeding a whole slew of birds. It happens when I've almost made one lap. Every time I see him he gives me the nicest smile and I just have to smile and wave. That wave makes the last few feet so much easier!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Food

Before starting my experiment with the Whole30, I considered myself to be pretty open to new foods. I have a pretty strict policy: if it's edible, there's a good chance I'll eat it. I just love food, okay? But that resonated mostly with unhealthy food. I got food poisoning a few months ago from ordering chicken, jalapenos, cheese, and bacon all squished into a ball and fried. And I wasn't even at a fair. Just a regular restaurant. Listen, it didn't go over well.

So now that I can basically only eat meat, veggies, and fruit, I'm realizing that it was the perfect time to expand my food horizons in a healthier way. Below are some of my new favorite munchies that I never would have tried three weeks ago.

I ate my last piece tonight and I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself now.

These poor guys have such a bad rap. But separate the leaves and bake 'em on a cookie sheet and you have some pretty tasty chippies, my friend.

Since I can't have peanut butter, this has been my go-to. Initially, I slathered it on my apples, but I've quickly taken to eating it straight out of the package.

Guys, seriously, you CAN'T even taste it! And I still get to count it as a vegetable serving!!

Breakfasts are the trickiest for me. It's suggested to save fruit servings for later in the day (though that rarely stops me), but with this route, I'm getting a veggie and protein serving. Plus, mix it up and bake it in a Pyrex dish and chances are, I'll be a fan.

I'm sure that a few weeks from now, you can expect a post on the effects my eats this month have had on me overall. But for now, let me just say that regardless of whether or not I experience any incredible changes between then and now, I'll say that trying so many things (good and bad) has been totally worth it in and of itself.

One Whole15 down! One Whole15 to go!
Cheers to the halfway point!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy This Week

1. Visiting our sicky-pants in the Abilene hospital.
We made a quicky day trip to see our pal Rach (in the bed) after her intensive face surgery last Thursday. Ash even joined us via Skype from Germany! What an interesting reunion it was.

2. Kayaking with Ms. Katie.

Two weeks ago, I decided that White Rock Lake is one of my very favorite Dallas places. Last weekend KT and I rented a kayak and went to town with some hardcore muscle defining rowing. I can feel my biceps growing as I type this.

3. Double feature at the drive-in.
After kayaking, KT and I rediscovered our youth by driving down to Smalltown, USA (Ennis, TX) to watch Mirror, Mirror and The Lorax on a big, BIG screen. I dozed a bit at one point, but loved it all!
The atmosphere, the snacks I packed, the cool Spring night air, and more!

4. Made this pillah.
I saw this pillah on Pinterest a while ago and decided to make one for me and one for my mama. A nice rainy Sunday was the perfect motivation to knock one out. It's on my reading chair and I love it more every time I look at it.

5. Bought this album.
Listening to classical music all week has made me feel refined, intelligent, and just all around classy. Plus, how could I pass up this album cover?

6. Whole30 approved brownies!
These brownies, or as my friend calls them, llama poop, are totally natural. Which means they're good for you. Which means I'm allowed to eat them all month long! Even though they are no bake, no grain, no dairy, no sugar, they are the yummiest things I've eaten in a while.
Ingredients: walnuts, almonds, unsweetened cocoa, and Medjool dates
Click here for the recipe (and if you want to see a super neat blog).

Overall summary: I'm a fan of llama poop. Llama poop for life.

What a great week it's been! Here's to more fun things in the days to come!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Slow Jog Jams

Need a little Tuesday morning pump up? These jams help me make it through my slow jogs, so they're guaranteed to help anyone make it through a Tuesday. Especially one after such a glorious three day weekend and another Monday.

Some make me run faster, some remind me to slow down, and some just help me to keep running period.

1. Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

2. Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + the Machine

3. The Sign by Ace of Base

4. In the Sea by Ingrid Michaelson

5. Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons

Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's A New Month!

I saved this for today, April 5th, because I didn't want anyone to think it was an April Fools joke.

I've made a few resolutions for this month. Yes, I know those typically roll around in January, but I'm not much good at keeping those kind so I decided to make a few April resolutions.

Wanna hear 'em? Okay, great!

-- Run my first 5K. You already know I've run three miles. That's mostly because my pal Katie has been spurring me on so that we can run our first 5K together. Once we landed on a 5K we want to run, pals Shelby and Emily decided they wanted to come along for the ride! I can't wait!

-- No shopping. I spend too much mula on things I don't need, especially ropa. So I've decided that for at least one month, I will not be spending any mula on clothes, shoes, etc. I did this in high school and came away very proud and fulfilled. If I can keep this up, I hope to start using the money I save for a worthy cause that tugs on my heart strings.

-- Eat well. Most of the time, I eat really good food. My mouth is watering just thinking about pizza, quesadillas, and a nice fat sandwich from Jimmy's. I eat healthy a lot too, but eating good doesn't = eating real food. Enter Whole30, a month long intense detox/cleanse. I read about the Whole30 on one of my new favorite blogs and decided I'd give it a whirl as well. I've told enough people about it now so that I'd be too embarrassed to even think about quitting. Here's to lots of meat, veggies, and fruit, and only dreaming about bread, dairy, and sweets until May 1. I've already got lots of ideas for what will be the first things I eat when that day comes!