Summer Fun List & Getting Back On Board[19/52]

Ahem. I clearly have fallen behind on blogging and every other resolution I may back in January…except one. I’ve still washed my makeup off before going to bed every single day. Time to get back to it!

If you know me, you know I love lists. Yesterday was the first day of summer. Few things make me as happy as summer officially being here. Last summer was full of working crazy hours and a whole lot of youth ministry. This is the first summer in a long time that I have this level of freedom in my schedule.  I am so excited to have a typical summer. Here’s my to do list for Summer 2017

  1. Go to fireworks for 4th of July. My birthday is the weekend before 4th of July. This means I get to see fireworks ON MY BIRTHDAY!
  2. Tie-dye. I haven’t done it in years, and everyone loves a good day of tie dying.
    1. Go to the beach. Another thing I haven’t done in years. This is a mandatory thing. I love the beach, and it is a crime and an injustice that I haven’t been there since 2013.
  3. Go to Knoebels. If you’re not from PA, you have no idea what this is. It’s an old fashioned amusement park. It’s free to just go and walk around and they just charge per ride. It is so much better for groups of people. Plus, they have an awesome variety of rides and delicious food.
  4. Do something I’ve never done. I’m a create of habit. Routine is just who I am. So, I want to do one brand new thing this summer.
  5. Go to an epic concert. Tickets AND meet and greet passed already purchased. One of my favorite bands of all time- The Rocket Summer is doing a 10 year anniversary tour of my favorite album!
  6. See a movie at the drive in. For living 20 minutes away from the drive in, I don’t go nearly as often as I should. The one closest to us has awesome theme weekends and older movies. I’m all bout the blast from the past.
  7. Go kayaking.  I first went kayaking when I was a camp counselor. I’ve loved it ever since. I ALMOST purchased my own kayak, but then my jeep broke down. We all know my neon is NOT hauling a kayak anywhere.
  8. Have as many bonfires (And by “bonfires” I mean excuse for s’mores) as possible. Nothing says summer like the summer of your clothes after being at a campfire. I also just really like roasting marshmallows.
  9. Go to a professional baseball game. We have tickets for the Phillies in July for my mom’s birthday. However,
  10. Get another tattoo. You’re supposed to keep tattoos  out of the sun; so, this may be an end of summer adventure. I have approximately 34,932 tattoos planned. I have time to prioritize them.
  11. Get a tan. Life of a pale girl I want to look like its summer. I want to get out of my office and into the sun.
  12. Swim once a week. I still harbor some resentment for my parent’s tearing down our pool around the time I got into middle school. Most of the time “swimming” translates to standing around in the pool socializing. I’m okay with that.
  13. Go to the local carnival/fair.  I have a giant container of coins that I save for carnival/fair season. I know the games are expensive and the prizes are junk. However, it’s fun and fair food is amazing. Funnel cake season is upon us, folks.
  14. Hike to the top of the trail at camp. I don’t love hiking. I would like it if someone could guarantee I wouldn’t encounter snakes or bears. I’ve helped clean the trains before,but I don’t think I’ve ever gone to the very top of the mountain. This summer, that changes!
  15. Take more photos. I used to be the girl who took too many photos. Now, I am the person who never takes photos. I need to find the healthy balance between “I miss really awesome moments because I was too busy taking photos of them” and “I really wish I had a picture with this person/of this moment.”

That’s my summer in a nutshell. Stay tuned as I get back on track from my hiatus from goals and plans.

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Day 2: Food & Fitness Challenge 18/52

Day 2 of the Food Challenge is in the books! Breakfast was greek yogurt with cinnamon and berries. I still don’t love the taste of thebb yogurt; so, I played “how much cinnamon can I put in this before it turns into the cinnamon challenge?” Lunch was veggies and hummus. I also had turkey because I hate hard boiled eggs. Lunch was more veggies. Dinner tonight was Mediterranean turkey burgers. Basically, it was turkey, spinach, and onions with a greek yogurt dill sauce. It was fantastic! One of the benefits to cooking for one is that I have tons of leftovers! It forces me to measure out portions, but it’s so worth it.

Workout today was yoga. It was nice to slow it down a bit because I was SORE from cardio the day before. Yoga made me feel much better at the fitness side of this journey than cardio did. Afterwards, shake #2. I decided to go with my strongest option- nonvegan chocolate. I  used almond milk, a banana, and peanut butter for this one. This time, I shook the powder with the liquid before blending. I took a deep breath and hoped for the best. This shake was AWESOME! It wasn’t grainy at all, and it tasted fantastic. It tasted like real chocolate, and I felt like I was getting away with something. It cured that chocolate craving. I popped it in the freezer for about 5 minutes, and it was perfect. It definitely redeemed my hope for shakeology. I have no reason to lie to you. I wouldn’t pretend to like it. I get paid nothing for saying I like it. It was worth it. I could see myself drinking it long term.Tomorrow, I choose between regular vanilla and vegan chocolate.

Day 3 is a new workout and the food from Monday. We’ll see how it goes!

 

Day 1: Fitness Challenge 17/52

As promised, here is my recap of day 1 of 5 in my Beach Body Adventure:

Monday at work, I didn’t eat much in the morning in fear of being starving later. I just equated meal planning with beindg hungry. That was NOT the case. Breakfast was two eggs, lunch was the epic quinoa turkey burrito bowl. It tasted fantastic and was super filling. It’s also very photogenic! I also had veggies and dip(made with greek yogurt and dill). I’m not a lover of greek yogurt, but it’s growing on me. I also got hummus as a substitute for cheese from dinner; so, I was happy.  After work, I had a 30 minute cardio workout. It was super convenient because they have them all online on demand. No dvds to lose, and you could easily put it on your tv instead of the laptop. I liked the cardio video I did. The instructor was clear at explaining each movement, and he was making jokes to the other demonstrators; so, you’re laughing while you work. It was challenging without being impossible.

After you’re finished your workout, you get your shakeology for the day. I started with Vegan Vanilla with coconut water and mixed berries.   It was absolutely terrible. I’m not even going to lie to you. It was awful. My mom and I tried adding almond milk to it, but that made it worse. So, I threw it in the freezer in hopes that’d help. It didn’t. It was super grainy, and the ninja did little to mix it better. I’m hoping to doctor it up and salvage it for another day. Dinner was spaghetti squash. I’m not going to lie, it intimidated me. I was afraid of the texture and the initial taste. HOWEVER, this will be one of my new favorite foods. I also will keep this sauce recipe forever. I didn’t even mind that it was turkey instead of beef. I also added a good amount of basil, but that’s just who I am as a person. I loved that one squash made enough for 5 whole portions. So, it was once and done for the week.  Again, fancy food photos! b

On to day 2!
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A Short Term Adventure: With Food&Fitness 16/52

If you know me, you know I’m always up for an adventure. What started as a simple Facebook contest has landed me a new 5 day adventure with Beach Body. My friend, Kandalyn, is a coach, and when she offered me a 5 day challenge, I really couldn’t find a good excuse to say no. 5 days can’t kill me, right? So, what you all get is a 5 day honest(and maybe a little too honest) review of the Beach Body program.

Starting tomorrow, I have some low key work outs do to, and a meal plan I’m kind of excited to eat through. The part I am not so excited for is their Shakeology. I’ve never liked the idea of throwing some mystery powder into my drink for the sake of health/weight loss. I’ve also had some texture nightmares with those kind of supplements in the past.

Here’s what I expect:
1. To lose a pound or two. Because I’m planning meals and being specific about what I eat, I expect to see a small loss on the scale.
2. To absolutely hate these shakes. (I’m not kidding when I say I’m dreading them.) 
3. To be hungry and cheat a little bit. Most likely in the late evenings.
4. To end up thinking it’s a nice idea, but it isn’t worth the calculated effort.

Here’s to the next 5 days.

bekks

The Christian Atheist: 15/52

Sometimes,  you don’t find a book. The book finds you. That’s absolutely the case for my February read. I was at a Goodwill, and the book was a dollar. I saw the title, thought it was interesting; so, I bought it. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with the author or the book itself. It was a DOLLAR. It was a justified purchase. After reading the book, dollar well spent.

Christian Atheist is an odd term for most people. Normally, these are contradicting titles. However Craig Groeschel’s book The Christian Atheist loosely framed by Titus 1:16 quickly confronted readers with their inconsistency.  Simply put by one of the people Craig encountered, a Christian Atheist is someone who would say ” I know my life doesn’t look like a Christian’s should but I do believe in God.” Christian Atheists are people who believe but they fail to turn those beliefs into outward change. “We are created to be living examples of God’s love to a hurting world. We believe in God but our lives don’t  reflect who He really is.”
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Lessons I’m Learning…Slowly.14/52

I fell off the wagon a bit. My New Years Resolutions have mostly gone out the window. As I wrote that last sentence, I realized that I need to wash the makeup off of my face before I kill that commitment, too…Anyway. I’ve taken a hiatus from those things the past month or so as I dealt with some life transitions and health situations.  Through the past few months, I’ve been using pinterest as my primary coping skill for describing my feelings. Because my brain is not in a place to get back to full content mode, welcome to life lessons through pinterest graphics.

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Things I’m Excited For 13/52

We have over a foot of snow on the ground. I’ve been sick for almost a full week. It goes without saying(but I’m going to say it anyway) I’m going absolutely insane. In order to not go completely crazy, here is a list of things I’m really excited to do when the weather is warmer!

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When it’s warm, we use pretty much any excuse to eat outdoors.  I keep at least one of these picnic blankets in the back of my car at all times. Just in case of an impromptu hang out.
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Kayaking: There are so many parks and lakes within a 30 minute drive of my house. I’m not sure how I lived here for so long before learning. I went kayaking with the staff of the summer camp where I used to work, and I have loved it ever since. A kayak will probably be my first big selfish adult purchase.
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Fishing: I get to go fishing maybe once a year. My goal is to go  a lot more this year. My little cousins really love it; so, it’ll be good bonding with them.

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Going to the beach: I haven’t been to the beach in multiple years. This is a crime and an injustice in my life, and I will NOT stand for it. I will go to the beach at least twice this year. Maybe even for my birthday. We’ll see.

5.29Mountain sunsets: I live 5 minutes away from one of my favorite view of the mountains ever. I’ll be spending a lot more time just hanging out there enjoying the view and the warm weather…and maybe even the pool.