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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Weekends

I've said it before and I'll say it again - the best weekends are the ones where I come away with hardly any pictures.

I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have had a weekend where I've been completely free to just relax and do my own thing.  It's been months!  Don't get me wrong - all of our weekend excitement in the last bajillion weeks has been fun and definitely productive, but they just weren't the same.

So this past weekend...

+ I slept in (both Saturday AND Sunday) and it was glorious!  Glanced at the clock, realized I was still tired, and rolled over.  Serious bliss.

+ My graduate work for the week was done as of Thursday, so that meant no books/papers/discussion questions, etc.  Could I have worked ahead?  Sure, but I wanted to savor my days.  I have to get used to having the course hang over my head.  I've been so darn stressed out about homework that I can't control or access until the following week and I need to calm it down.  

+ Walker and I finished all of the current episodes of Scandal and are now eagerly awaiting Thursday's premiere.

+ I took my blanket scarf out to lunch with us on Saturday.  I'm in looooove!'

+ My mom and I have been looking (just looking!!) at potential Cavalier breeders for the future, ever since we lost our precious Maggie.  That lead to some Instagram searching, and I found some absolutely adorable accounts to follow.

We've got a ton of snow coming our way (they're saying up to 2 feet!) and the schools have already called for an early dismissal today, so I guess the week's off to a good start.  Here's to hoping and praying that we don't have too many snow days.  I'm not ready for another year of going to school until June 24th...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!

Is it just me or do shorter weeks always stretch on forever?  Having off on Monday was awesome, don't get me wrong, but somehow one less day doesn't seem to make a difference when we talk about how long the week actually feels.  Maybe it's just me...

Top five moments of the week - let's do this!

1 // My best friend from high school got married!  I'm so thrilled that she's joined the newlywed club.  She and her husband were long distance for a while and I know from experience how tough that is.  I hope she's enjoying her Jamaican honeymoon.
2 // At the wedding, Walker kept telling me that I look like Mellie Grant from Scandal (played by Bellamy Young).  Something about the hair and makeup, I don't know!  What do you think?

3 // I started my graduate program two weeks ago and have already turned in three assignments and a major paper.  The good news is that I have gotten A's on all of them, so hopefully I'll be okay!

4 // Walker's not working at the moment, so he's been taking more control of food preparation.  I came home on Tuesday night and the house smelled incredible.  He had made a marinade for some chicken and then cooked it with carrots and potatoes.  It was so good!  

5 // Our school had a Chick-Fil-A fundraiser a few months back and our class had the highest participation so we won a free lunch from them.  All of the students got nuggets, a bag of the new waffle chips, ice cream, and a lemonade.  The cow came and everything!  We had a great time.

I am so excited that the weekend is here!  I need to r-e-l-a-x!  What are you up to?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Whole30 Progress, Week 3

Well, let me just start by saying that Walker and I fell off the wagon.  Wait, no, I'll rephrase.  We hopped off the wagon.  Maybe I should explain...?  As I've mentioned, my best friend from high school got married last weekend and I was a bridesmaid.  I knew going into Whole30 that I had this wedding (which would fall on day 17) and made the decision to start the program anyway, knowing that I may have food issues to deal with.  

So Walker and I did the first 15 days flawlessly.  We were rolling with it, feeling great, and generally pretty happy with how we were feeling.  Courtney (my friend, the bride) asked me to be available on Friday as well as Saturday (the wedding day) so that we could do nails and all of the rehearsal stuff.  And as I was thinking about it, I realized that I was not going to have very much control over my food choices.  

Yes, I know that It Starts with Food explicitly states that they don't care if it's your best friend's wedding - no one can make you eat anything you don't want to eat.  I wholeheartedly agree.  But for me, it was about not being rude.  For example, on Friday, we had our nails done.  Well, at the salon the bride's sister had set out a whole spread of treats, including gluten free muffins and yogurt parfaits with gluten free granola.  Those were decisions that were specially made for me, and I appreciated them.  I did NOT feel like it was the time to say, "Actually I'm on a special diet and I won't be eating any of this".  Plus, I had to eat, right?!  The same thing happened at the rehearsal dinner.  I made good decisions in terms of my entree (the salmon was amazing!) but when dessert rolled around, I was given a specially made chocolate mousse and two cupcakes from a local GF bakery that the mother of the groom had gotten for me.  Again, not the time to turn my nose up and be rude.  Plus, between you and me, it was delicious!

I feel like even though I technically "cheated", it wasn't a true cheat.  It's not like I wandered into my pantry one night and binged on all the stuff I'd been missing.  I found myself in a situation where I needed to eat, first of all, and being polite was crucial.  Did I eat the whole dessert?  Of course not!  Did I overindulge on cheese and carbs?  No!  I cheated with a Greek yogurt parfait and a sweet potato mash that contained a little bit of milk for creaminess.  And you know what?  I'm okay with that decision.

Whole30 says that you owe it to your body to keep the program for 30 days.  I am behind that statement 100%.  Walker and I hopped back into the diet when we returned from the wedding and are going to tough it out for the next week or so.  Will we do another Whole30?  Yeah, probably.  It's not as hard as we thought it would be and we realized it makes our bodies feel pretty great.  I think that we still learned some valuable lessons about fueling our bodies, even if we only went hard for 15 days, and our nutrition will have definitely changed for the better.