What happens when you fall off the planet or Humpday Madness

Well hello there. Here’s the part where I say, “I can’t believe it’s been so long….AGAIN…since my last post,” so there you go…now we can move on.

It seems that life is barreling through at me at a million miles an hour and there are days that I feel like I can conquer the world and days that I feel like I’m fighting every second just to keep my head above water.

The short story is- In the middle of June I was fired from my job. Luckily I had an interview scheduled for the very next day. An interview where I was unapologetically  myself. I was real to the core and answered every question from my heart rather than what may have been the “proper” answer. And you know what? It worked. It pays to be your authentic self ALWAYS!

I spent a few weeks truly enjoying my unemployment status, taking the kids to the pool and spending time with them and enjoying being back in my role of SAHM, even though it was short lived I enjoyed every moment.

We’ve gone to the resort and played in the lake and the pool there.

We’re in the process of buying a home.

Last weekend we got a pit bull puppy. A brindle with blue eyes. He’s just precious.

I started my new job Monday and I must say I immediately felt at home. I’m in a team with a wonderful group of people that have been super welcoming, warm and have opened their arms to me as a member of their team. It’s a nerdgirl’s paradise! While I have not IT background I am picking up on the processes and have been able to help out with some service calls.

My new boss wants me to write a bio for a newletter/department announcement….ugh….I was supposed to do that tonight but it’s nearly midnight so it’s just going to have to wait!

As far as workouts, I started July with the goal of being active every single day. While that was pretty successful, I have definitely run out of time on several days. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m just going to keep doing the best I can, and recognize that I am not perfect and I can only do what I can do.

I am trying to get into a routine so hopefully that will allow a little more frequent blogging.

I hope you are all well and life is being kind to you in your life, health, and family!

Until next time….whenever that may be!

xoxoxoxo

Amanda

July check in. Yes, I fell off the planet

Hey y’all! I’ve missed you terribly. I’ve tried to stay active at least on Instagram so you’d know I hadn’t died or anything! :)
Now, normally when it’s been eons of time since my last post I try to catch you up by dumping a gazillion pictures in a post and calling it done. Not this time. If you really want to “see” what’s been going on you can always go check out my Instagram page.
It seems like I’m always telling you “there’s so much going on in my life right now” and this post is no different. I haven’t updated this crazy blog with pertinent personal information since June 4 and here it is nearly a month later. To sum it up the rest of June was pretty lackluster as far as workouts- meaning that I didn’t do much of anything since the Spartan. On June 18th I was fired from my job. And while it totally sucks from the financial standpoint, it has done amazing things for my stress level and my personal well being. Initially I thought I’d get up early every morning and run and that I’d be posting blog posts left and right. Well you know what they say about “the best laid plans!”

So for the last few weeks I stayed up way too late so I could be awake when J got home from work and that in turn made it nearly impossible to get up early to go run or workout and that of course made me start feeling bad about myself and we all know what starts to take hold then….Negative Self Talk….

Something was different this time. Rather than completely spiraling out of control, I reminded myself that I am the ONLY ONE that can control ME, so I gave myself permission to feel bad, fat, ugly, and just plain crappy, and then I STOPPED and decided it was time to recommit to myself. I’ve applied or sent my resume to at least one company every weekday since I was fired and starting Monday- June 30th- I’m determined to move every single day. Trying out the whole #HardHatChallenge

So far that looks like this:

Running 3x per week

Nerd Fitness Dumbbell Workout level 3 3x per week

rest one day

It’s not a perfect plan and life certainly isn’t perfect but I want to get to the end of July looking and feeling like the woman I know I am. Strong, confident, beautiful, intelligent, warm, caring, loving and determined to achieve her goals!

How do you get yourself back on track after a major life change?

Do you give yourself permission to feel crappy or are you always positive?

Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes

Brace yourselves for the EPIC amounts of yum about to assault your face!!!

 

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream (one pint or so-Just use the whole box)

extra-virgin olive oil to coat the bottom of the saute pan

1 med yellow onion, finely chopped

4-5  cloves garlic, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound bag chopped frozen spinach, defrosted

10-12 medium/large tomatoes

8 ounce container blue cheese crumbles

8 ounce Shredded parmesan

8 ounce Shredded mozzarella

Save some cheeses, for garnish

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350

 

Place the cream in a small pot and reduce by half by gently simmering 20 minutes so DO NOT BOIL.

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Trim the tops off tomatoes and scoop out the seeds.

Heat a medium skillet with olive oil over medium heat, add onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper and saute until translucent, 6 to 7 minutes.

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Drain the spinach by wringing dry in clean kitchen towel and add to onions and garlic.

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Season spinach with salt and pepper then stir in the reduced cream. Adjust flavor to your taste.

Stir in the entire container of blue cheese and approximately ¾-1 cup each of parmesan and mozzarella

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Stand tomatoes in high sided cake pan

Stuff tomatoes with creamed spinach cheese mixture and top each with both parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

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Put in oven at 350 for about 15 minutes then turn on broiler

Broil to brown the cheese.
wpid-20140608_195524.jpg Let them cool off and serve as a side or as the main dish. Enjoy!

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2014 Kaleidoscope Tour

First thing’s first, this is a sponsored post. I am recieving two entries in exchange for this post, but to be totally honest, I’d promote the hell out of this race even if they didn’t give me entries. Yeah, it’s that much fun!
I’ll start by letting you know that The Color Run Houston 2013 was a blast! My son and I had so much fun that we vowed to do everything we could to make THIS event a tradition! The volunteers were kind and helpful, the entertainment was absolutely stunning and the color bomb after party was an all out happy party! -All it a good way of course! We had one minor issue with one participant but one person’s ignorant behavior wasn’t nearly enough to damper the spirit of the crowd or make me feel like it wasn’t an event I could enjoy with my family for years to come.
When I was presented with the opportunity to blog for The Color Run for a second year, I couldn’t say YES fast enough!
The Happiest 5k on the Planet is more than just a catchy phrase, it’s the genuine attitude that surrounds you at The Color Run events. And I’m proud to help them announce the all new 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour. This year is all about NEW- new t-shirs, new headbands, new wristbands and these totally badass sling bags for EVERYONE that registers. C’mon, you know everybody LOVES free swag!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this gear!944807_594490120605037_1992456755_n (1)
The Color Run is the hugest, most colorful 5k around- hosting 170 events in more than 30 countries in 2013.
I’ll be running the Houston event in August and I’d be thrilled if you would join me! Use the promo code COLOR5OFF for wait for it…..$5 off your registration. And don’t worry if you’re not in Houston, this code is good for any city! Just be sure to type it in rather than copy and paste.
I can’t wait to see all the color in August!
Rester by clicking below:
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Have you done a color run? Any themed races?
Do you choose races based on swag?
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Well it was Tuesday when I Started this!

Ok, I’m way past bedtime, but I just had to type up a little ditty to say

I worked out this morning before my brain could convince me to hit the snooze one more time!

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I had a seriously productive day at work, and J got the cable fixed in our room! Yay, now he can come watch TV when he gets home from work and I can snuggle him. I always sleep so much better when he’s close or touching me!

Big S is spending an obnoxious amout of time with her bf and suprisingly I’m really ok with it- I like him and he’s a very sweet, smart and respectful boy.

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Little S is starting to be a little more social IRL and that makes me super happy! She’s even going with some friends to a video game- con this weekend.

Little J is still my momma’s boy and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love how he and Lil P get along. Even when they annoy each other they’re awesome!

So, I stopped at the store on the way home to grab some chicken for dinner. I grabbed 2 10lb bags of leg qtrs marked $6.90- a great deal, but when I got to the register they rang up $3.99 WHAT!?!?!?!?!?! Sweet!

I consulted Big J and went back and picked up another 7 bags. So yes, that means I purchased 90 freaking pounds of chicken today! Some managed to get it all to fit in our little bitty freezer!

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I baked 10 pounds of it and now we have 7 containers of ready to go chicken and rice! That takes the guesswork out of “what am I going to bring for lunch?”

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Like I said, it’s way past bedtime I just wanted to quick share the awesome chicken find and the super great day. Now hopefully I can fall asleep quickly so I can be rested enough to get up again and do it all over again tomorrow. Well, except the chicken part. I really don’t have any more room.

Have you every been super excited about a food find?

Tell me something that you can celebrate today!

Monday Ramblings

Hello June! Where the heck did you come from? It seems like just last week it was May. Hahahaha but really, this year is just flying by. It’s crazy hard to
believe that 2014 is nearly half over already!

Life as it stands-
The truth of the matter is, I’ve really slacked off since the Super Spartan in May. I’ve let my eating slide a little and I have done little to no excersise whatsoever. I understand that when you break a bone you need to let it heal, but there’s no reason I couldn’t have done something- core, upperbody, seated machine work- I just allowed myself to be lazy. I used my foot as an excuse to sleep to the very last moment and not get up and kick ass. Well, that needs to stop NOW. I have way too much that I want to do to allow myself to slack off anymore.

I saw a really great post on IG today and I’d like to try to incorporate it into a weekly blog series

*What did I do this week or today
For my mind
For my body
For my spirit
For my relationships
For my creativity
For my passion

This struck me deeply today. So often we as moms focus on how much we can do for everyone else we love (and some we don’t ie employers) that we neglect
ourselves to the point we begin to feel empty, unloved and resentful. We can’t fill the cups of others when our own is empty, and the only way to fill our
own is to take care of ourselves.
I know my writing can veer off course and get muddled and confusing, but that’s ok because even if it doesn’t come out as a perfect post, it’s the real me
talking. And that’s what this is all about. You get the real me. 100% all the time. Sometimes I’m an awesome writer and I can paint the most glorious
pictures with my words and sometimes it’s all I can do to crank out a coherant sentence that even I can barely make heads or tails of!!!

All that to say, once again, I’m going to try to get my shit together so I can keep working toward the best me that I can be!
These are the things I want to have happen-also known as Goals.
I want to move every day. Since I can’t run just yet, I need to get off my feeling sorry for myself ass and MOVE- bike, weights, bodyweight excersises,
anything. I will be figuring out a plan of attack for this
I want to carve out time daily for me to do things that I enjoy- Most likely this will be reading or blogging. There may be some knitting thrown in there.
But I need ME TIME every day so that I can decompress and re-energize.
I need to communicate with J what I need his help with. Since our time together at home is so limited now, we’ve started using a white board for ‘to do’
notes. He’s not a mind reader and I can’t just assume that he’s going to know what I need him to do to make my life easier. We’ve been using this method for
a couple weeks now and he’s done every single thing I’ve put on the board. You wouldn’t think so, but just NOT having to unload the dishwasher before dinner
is such a time saver for me and it lets me devote more time to the kids or allows me to turn my focus to other things.
I want to get myself to a point where I can either post to my blog or at least dedicate some time to writing ideas daily. This is part of the stop being
lazy plan.
Speaking of lazy, I really know that it’s less about being lazy and more about not being well rested. When J started nights I thought that I’d be able to
get little P to bed and hit the hay shortly thereafter but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. I need to learn to STOP. I know this is a simple thing (I
didn’t say EASY) and if I can implement this so many other aspects of my life will improve. Case in point. As I type this it is 10:50PM on Monday night. The
house is quiet and I’ve got peace to write. However, I know that in 3 hours J will be home from work and while I may not get up when he comes in, and he may
be just as quiet as he can be, I’ll wake up and I’ll be awake for a while before I can doze back off which will make it that much more difficult to get into
bed. So with that being said, I’m going to give this a quick proof, wish you all sweet dreams and a good night, and take my sleepy self to bed and I will
hit the ground running again in the morning. G’night friends!

 

**Insert Clever Post Title Here**

Yeah, I don’t really know what to title this post because a) my clever is dysfunctional and b) there’s so much I want to talk about that I can’t really think of a title that would accurately describe the bazillion things that I want to catch you up on and get out of my brain.

There’s so much that’s been going on since my last post I’m not really even sure where to start. That being said, I’m sorry if this post makes absolutely no sense and be warned that it may or may not be in any sort of chronological order.

I guess that’s the disclaimer of my life right now. Everything is up in the air and constant change seems to be the only constant. I am trying to keep my head above water in the ocean of life, and I’m not sure if I’m becoming a better swimmer or simply becoming a better survivalist. I don’t mean that to sound like things are bad, quite the opposite in fact. I mean, there are a few less than wonderful things I’m dealing with, but rather than looking at them as stumbling blocks I’m trying to see and use them as stepping stones. And really, how would we ever know how beautiful a the sun could be if we never got caught in a downpour???

So let me first try to catch you up on what’s already happened then I can let you have a sneak peak of what’s to come!

I did a post for my birthday run at the Esprit de She  in Katy, Texas and I was so impressed with the results I had with my Vega Sugar Free Energizer that I made sure that I had it for what would be the craziest race day of my life. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

J has moved to night shift, but I was lucky that he’d already cleared taking the weekend of my craziness off work. The best part of J working nights is that he’s now home in the morning so that I can (could) go run or workout in the morning before I go to work! SCORE!!! I had taken advantage of that and Friday the 16th I ran my fastest 5k EVER since I started running. I have been running for a little over 2 years and no matter what I’ve done or how I’ve trained I never could break the 30 minute mark. In fact, several of my earliest challenges on the Nerd Fitness forums included the goal of running a sub-30 minute 5k. I had actually just come to the conclusion that I am just not meant to be fast- to me, anything under 30 is speedy…so all you 6 or 7 minute milers…y’all are just like lightening in my book! But I digress… to say I was pleased with the time I saw on my Garmin would perhaps be the understatement of the year. I held back tears all the way up the stairs and into the shower that morning.wpid-20140516_060413.jpg

I’m going to do a more detailed post of the Impact a Hero race and the Spartan race- both of which I ran on Saturday May 17th but to squeeze them into this post wouldn’t do either event justice. I will say that I DID have a 5k Race pr in that run. The Spartan was insanely difficult and I dropped a 60 pound Atlas stone on my foot at the 5th obstacle, unbeknownst to me I broke my toe, but still managed to complete not only that obstacle but to finish the rest of the 9+ mile race and ultimately completed 20 out of 22 obstacles.

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Little P had a lovely graduation ceremony from pre-school and I would love to tell you that she was all smiles, but sadly she’s an emotional little stinker like her mom and had a meltdown in the middle of their first song because she thought she’d never see her friends again.

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Both Big S and Little S had their school pop shows and I can’t get over how immensely talented my kids are. They are such natural performers with fantastic stage presence.

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Little S and I took Little P to Comicpalooza-again that deserves a post all its own just to show off all the pictures, but both girls dressed up and had a good time.

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Work has gone from so so busy to Holy crap I can’t see straight busy. They’ve also blocked all non essential websites which means no Pandora and absolutely no social media- even on my phone it’s difficult because it’s blocked through the wifi network as well.

On the home front, today Big J and I visited with a home builder and now have a plan of action to get us into a lovely home very soon.

Today is the first day of June and I’m using this as a “Start fresh” point. While I’m not going to lay out all the details right now, I’m making a plan to do all the things without becoming stressed out.

That’s a little peek of what’s been going on and perhaps tomorrow, I’ll have a bit of time to unveil some of the exciting things that are yet to come! Until then, I hope you enjoyed this tiny glimpse into my life.

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