So, some of you may know, I am on a plan to change my life. A plan to be healthy. A plan to eat well. A plan to be the best that I can be. A plan to be consistent. A plan to push myself. A plan to not give up, no matter how hard things get. A plan to just do it. A plan to run for my life.
So far, the plan is working. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part, the last 9 months have been wonderful. Incredible.
I have lost a few pounds (I could lose a lot more), I have got myself into good shape - by running, spinning, boot camping, and have just started biking. I have met some wonderful people - some of who I am now calling friends, good friends. I have ran two races - one of which I ran the entire race without stopping. And I have done a mud obstacle course.
I like to remind myself from time to time - about how scared I was when I started this journey and how I was afraid that I would have to give things up. I was afraid that I would lose time for me. I was afraid that I would lose time with my husband and pups - and that he would resent me. I was afraid that my life would get out of control and would be filled with unorganized chaos. When I think back and remember those feelings - I am so gloriously grateful for what has actually happened.
Almost all of my concerns and hesitations - are only thoughts. I have had to give things up - but it's all for the good. Staying at home every night, not doing much - has been changed to only pretty much one night a week that I am home. The other nights - I am at a workout, a long dog walk, or doing errands that I can't do the other nights. The time that I thought that I would lose for me - has just been replaced with different time for me. Who would have known that I would have loved heading to a workout on any day of the week. I realized that this is time for me. The time that I would have spent with my husband and pups, is still spent with them - just in different spurts. I may be home a little later - or have to leave a little earlier. It just makes the time together, so much more worth it. I know now, and I sort of can't believe that I thought that my husband may have resented me. Instead he is my biggest fan - my hardest pusher - and he is sharing this entire journey with me. My life does have a bit of unorganized chaos - but it also has organized chaos. It has made me realize that I like being organized - and when I am organized, I do better. I am a planner - and I like to plan my week. When I am organized and I prepare - I am in my prime.
Anyways - I just wanted to share this with you. If you are scared or afraid to try something new - don't be. Welcome the thoughts - write them down - and then envision yourself taking the path that you are destined to take. Making time for you - and taking care of yourself isn't easy if you're not used to it. But you deserve it.
I feel better for sharing that.
Ok - just a quick food post. Who likes food? I do!!!
Last weekend we had our friends the Goody's over with their sweet little baby Avery. I heart her. I want to squeeze her and perhaps bite her cheek - but I won't because you aren't supposed to do that to children. She let me hold her - and let me snap quite a few pics of her - I just can't get enough of her expression.
We made this to go with dinner - if you like salad, like the barbeque - then you should try this one.
Grilled Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce - try and get the long narrow bunches - slice down the middle (lengthwise)
1/2 cup non-fat mayonnaise
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic
Dash of worcestershire sauce
For the dressing - in a food processor - whip up the ingredients - keep cool in the fridge.
I like to bake my bacon in the oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil - bake in a 400 oven for about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool - and then chop into pieces.
Lightly mist the cut side of the romaine lettuce and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Place cut side down on grill - and grill for about 5 minutes.
Remove the lettuce from the grill and place on a platter. Top with generous drizzle of the dressing. Top with the bacon and large shavings of parmesan cheese (I use my vegetable peeler).
And that's it.
Super easy. Super tasty.
Alright friends. Husband is home - barbecuing some chicken and cauliflower. And then we're going to spend an hour watching a show - and getting ready for one day before the weekend. Life is lovely.