Tuesday, May 31, 2011

small accomplishments

Yesterday my family came over to have a little memorial day BBQ. Later, my parents helped us with a few things around the yard. I had these plant stands for probably six months and hadn't done anything with them, so my mom helped me pick out some pot holders and plants that will make it through the summer heat (we hope). I love sitting on the sofa, looking outside and seeing these beautiful plants!

Today is my first day of clean eating. So far I've had oatmeal with flax and berries for breakfast and a salad with oil/vinegar and watermelon for lunch. For dinner I made my mom's recipe for chili – I can't wait to eat it! So far this new way of eating has been easy, but I'm a night time snacker with big cravings for salty snacks. I hope I can make it through tonight on fruit and an artichoke!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

eating clean

Lately I haven't been feeling well. Headaches, stomach aches, drowsiness and a lack of energy (not to mention other side effects that I wont mention, that would be TMI). I keep saying "I will start working out soon, that will help," but I'm starting to think those side effects are more related to what I am eating.

Before the wedding we were eating fairly healthy and I was cooking almost all of our meals. We were both working out and I lost 15 lbs and Mike lost 30 lbs. I was feeling better than normal, but I easily slipped away from that right before the wedding and immediately after (all-inclusive, all you can eat honeymoon, hello?!).

Honestly, I haven't felt 100% in a very very long time...maybe even since high school. I have always had a hard time with keeping up a workout routine after doing sports every single day in high school. Back then I never had to watch what I ate, but my mom always cooked healthy meals for us every single night so there really was no worry. I played volleyball, basketball, spirit line and track. I was fit! In college, working out and staying healthy became much more difficult and I would go through phases of being completely into it and then nothing at all...for months. During winter break of my junior year I went on a study abroad trip to India for about a month. The food is healthy there, but I got terrible food poisoning (seriously, I was out for 3 days). Since then I have been dealing with IBS (too much TMI? Sorry.) and I even went to a nutritionist per my doctor's recommendation. That's when I really got into cooking and learning about healthy, natural foods. I started to feel better and I slowly fell back into eating fast food, drinking soda and going out to eat (this happened when I was in a happy loving relationship with Mike). Together, Mike and I have gone through phases of eating healthy, losing weight and then falling out of it and gaining it all back.

But I'm ready now. Ready to take back control of what I put into my body and how I feel. I'm hoping this change will help with how I feel emotionally and physically. I have a close friend who switched to eating vegan a few weeks ago and she says she has never felt better. I have another friend who has challenged herself to eat half raw and I follow another blogger who eats completely raw and so far, has rid herself of depression. While I don't think I have the self-control (or desire) to completely rid myself of dairy, meat and especially cheese, I do think I need a change. Thoughts have gone through my head that maybe I have a gluten or dairy allergy, but I'm not ready to give up those foods until I try something less intense. I have decided to eat clean. The rules for eating this way are somewhat vague, but this is really how Mike and I used to eat when we were losing weight, so I have confidence that I can do it.

I am going to slowly work this in as we still have food in our freezer and pantry that isn't considered 'clean' (we just made a big Costco run last week!) and I don't want to go throw things away...plus there are two people living in this house. I'm still going to drink red wine and will stick to SkinnyGirl margaritas (those are clean and taste delicious...bethenny is part of the clean eating movement), and will occassionally have a malibu and diet. I can't give everything up, I need to enjoy life a bit. My biggest challenge by far will be to give up all the salty snacks that I love so much...chips and popcorn.

If you are interested, here is a list of what to eat on a clean diet and things to fill your pantry with. I'm wanting to check out this book and find great new recipes to try.

I'm confident I can get into this and stick with it, I'm just hoping it helps with some of these annoying symptoms. Have any of you ever tried a clean diet or other dietary restrictions to feel better and get healthy? I'd love to hear other suggestions!

Bad habits are easy to develop but difficult to live with. Good habits are difficult to develop, but easy to live with. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for little while, so you can press past the initial pain of change, in the long run, your life will be much better. 
(Joel Osteen from “Become a Better You” )

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

it's here!

It's finally here (yes, we only waited a week, but I am impatient!)...our new sofa sectional! Its amazing how different a space can feel by switching up one (large) piece of furniture. The room suddenly feels much more cozy and put together. As you can see, it is very comfy too. We are so excited to start decorating the rest of the room now!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

sisterhood of the traveling hat

These are my 'preschool buddies', Allison, Sarah and Lyz. I am lucky enough to have known these ladies since, well...preschool. Even though we have known eachother practically our whole lives, we went through phases where we didn't see eachother a whole lot (when I lived in New Mexico and during high school). The four of us have formed a special bond in the past seven years and I know we will be friends for life.

As a special wedding gift, they had the idea to start our own traveling hat (kind of like the pair of jeans in the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). They gave me the hat as the first one to travel with it and document about it for my honeymoon. When I saw the hat and book they made, I couldn't help but burst into tears! So I figured out a way to pack it (this hat is enormous) and took it on our honeymoon.

So who is next with the hat? I can't wait to see more pictures filled in our album!

Monday, May 23, 2011

leila turns 10!

It's hard to believe, but our niece Leila is 10 today! She is growing up so fast and just got a new shorter hair do that makes her look so mature. She is such a beautiful girl, inside and out.

We love her so much and wish her the best birthday yet!

Photo by Davis Photographers

Thursday, May 19, 2011

cupcake tower

Please someone get married or have a baby so I can recreate this for a shower. Isn't it gorgous?!

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new furniture, coming soon...

Over the past few months we have spent some time looking and thinking about a new sofa for our living room and we finally made a decision. In one short week we will have the above sofa delivered to us and ready to relax on. And trust me, this sofa is meant for relaxing on, it is incredibly comfortable (a huge reason why we bought it).

I'm so excited about the color we picked, it is so versatile and will be a good canvas for any color scheme we want to incorporate. The style that we want to go for in the house is light, airy and homey. I also want to incorporate some unique pieces to add some interest. I'm thinking maybe a fun coffee table or colorful accent pieces. One thing is for sure though, no more leather for us! Once we get this placed in our home (and maybe a new rug/carpeting), I will post pictures!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

getting out of the house

Lately I've been going a little stir crazy and I've been looking for things to do outside of the house. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE working from home, but so far this week I have only left the house once...to go to a work meeting. I've been thinking a lot about traveling lately and all the places I've seen and the feeling of traveling. I love that feeling of having no responsibilities of work or cleaning or cooking and just going out into the city (wherever that city is) and seeing beautiful things and how the people who live there go about their daily lives. And when I think about that, it makes me realize I don't get out and do things in my own city enough. So here's to changing that...starting with a girls night on Friday to see this movie, a yoga class with my mom in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and picking peaches at Schnepf Farms on Sunday with the husband.

Side notes:
I love globes and desperately want one for our house...preferably like the one on the left, so beautiful!

Talking with a friend last night who is going to Europe on her honeymoon in three short days really made me want to plan our Europe trip for next summer. Its never too early, right?

I have a new-found obsession with the site Pinterest. Follow me here!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

happy mother's day

Happy (early) Mother's Day to both of our moms! We love you both so much and are so grateful for all you have done for us.

I know we are a few days early, but I really didn't want to forget this post...these are a few of our favorite baby pictures. :)