It’s About Time

  Easter leftovers are officially gone and healthy foods fill my fridge. And I finally finally remembered to not only charge my Fitbit but to put it on and wear it too! I already tracked my breakfast and planned my meals for the day. I intend to get in a workout too so look for the proof of that later! 
In life I think anything difficult should not be done alone. Strength in numbers as they say! Below is a picture of my friend Rachel’s lunch and her killing it on the 21 Day Fix! Go Rach!! 

 

Life Happens Fast

I know that it’s been a while. And I hate that it’s been a while. So I made sure to find time today to give an update and also to take the time to check-in with myself. Do you ever feel that life happens so fast? I feel that way constantly. Maybe it’s more of an American problem or perhaps #firstworldproblem as they say. But we all do so much and over fill our lives so much. I’ll give you an example, at the end of Februrary we were planning with friends which weekend we could see each other in the summer and even if we’d have a chance to make all of our schedules line up. It was possible that not one weekend in a three month time frame four months from now that we could hang out. Work, house, family, friends, pets, appointments, weddings, moving, new school… It can all be too much sometimes. And then before you know it years have passed right by. That’s not to say that being so busy is a bad thing, heck my last post was just about how much I enjoy that! A lot of it is what life is about and yet I wish I had more time to slow down. To stop and check in with myself. I think that’s one of the reasons I miss living in Alaska. Up there we were away from all of our family and friends, we lived in rural Alaska surrounded by nature. I wasn’t working at the time. We’d get up early eat breakfast together and then he’d go to work. I had the whole day to do nothing. I’d take nice long walks, email family, read books, shop at the tiniest grocery store, make lovely home cooked meals that took time and effort to make. We didn’t have tv to binge watch Netflix besides a few movies we rented from the library. We didn’t have restaurants to order take out from. We barely had internet and we didn’t own smartphones at the time either. As beautiful and inspiring as Alaska is I think that is what I honestly miss most about it. Which is probably why it’s the cover photo on both my Facebook and my wordpress profiles. There is a deeper reason other than the beauty that I love about Alaska. 

 

Alaska
 
How do you slow down? How do you take time to check-in and decompress? How do you make time? Just like with food there has to be a balance. And just like with food I find that balance to be a bit elusive for me. 

 

I’m trying to stay on track. It’s just a lot harder than I thought.
 
Happy Easter weekend everyone! Enjoy your food and your families. I promise to write again much sooner than before! 

Life On The Road

 

My trip today going from North Dakota to Nebraska. Pandora is a must in the car when radio signals fade. Middle picture was taken as I started my drive.

 What craziness we have been up to just in the first couple of months of 2016. M and I are insanely blessed to have the jobs that we have. They allow us great flexibility and that is a worth more to me than the increase in pay we would get if we “got a real job!” 
Now don’t get me wrong, having a set schedule and limited flexibility with an established routine can make life run so much smoother. It can especially help with sleep patterns and good healthy living habits like diet and exercise. Not to mention the security that reliability can often bring. And we do really appreciate and desire for more routine. But by sacrificing that routine and that fuller paycheck we have gained so so many memorable memories. In the past twelve days alone I’ve traveled across 4 states, learned how to play poker against a professional, went camping with family and friends, visited some of my nieces and nephew, laughed and conspired with my sister-in-law, had a girls lunch with my friends, spent quality time in nature, and ate and cooked amazing food. 

 

My sister-in-law Ashley and I. Love that we’ve been able to see each other so much lately!!
 
Currently I’m back in Nebraska visiting my brother’s family because I know their new baby isn’t going to stay a baby for very long! Why wouldn’t I spend my time holding her and getting to know her? I know that we can’t sustain this lifestyle forever. At some point we may be blessed with our own family and that means a lot less traveling. Or maybe our financial situation will be different and it’s no longer feasible to do all this “fun” stuff. But until that time comes I’m going to take full advantage with this flexibility by seeing my family and friends as much as possible. They are what’s most important to me in life. I believe in savings and living within your means but I also believe in, “you can’t take it with you when you’re dead.” 

Now that I’m done ranting about my lifestyle choices I’ll get to the point of all of that. Life on the road can be rough on healthy living. The convince of drive through food and gas station snacks are my defaults. That’s how I always traveled with my family growing up and that’s what I fall back on when I’m not prepared. And some of our recent traveling has been like that. But I had some time to prep for my trip last night and over all I’d give myself a B to B-. When I get sleepy or bored on long road trips I like to snack. Used to be on things like Combos or chips or junky trail mix. Today, knowing that about myself I brought along an apple, a pear, a Kind bar, Skinny Pop, and Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop sweet and salty puffy snacks. I had a big water that I packed with too. I had coffee at the gas station and while I did use cream and Splenda (because I am not one of those people that can drink coffee black *bleh) I thought it was a huge improvement over the ice blended cappacuinos that I used to buy. 

For lunch I had Subway even though I don’t like their sandwiches but I thought it would be better than going through Wendy’s. I’m still trying to think about what would be a good on the road lunch or faster-food restaurant to eat at. I’d love it if there were more Paneras around! Do you have any ideas that you do? Let me know! 

My brother’s cat Benny sure missed me! He was no help writing the blog…

Tea Time

  Needing a lot of support today to not cave into cravings. What better helper with that than some pomegranate tea and another blog post! Anyone else watching The Bachelor and cringing at the fact that Ben just said he loves two women? #canonlyendwellforone 

The Proof is in the Pudding…er, Picture

  It was good to have a plan to rely on today! I measured and tracked everything. I almost broke down and had a piece of cake that I found hidden in the freezer but I knew that I couldn’t take a picture of that to post on here! Unfortunately the hubby is rapidly getting sick. Sore throat, headache, and stuffy nose. Ugh! I thought we were past this. Time to make him a sick bed, push the fluids, disinfect the whole house, and wash my hands! We have extended family flying in from Switzerland this week and we don’t want anyone to be sick. 
I’m happy that today went according to plan. I think I’m going to need to make another plan for tomorrow:

Eggs, toast, and fruit 

Take my vitamins 

Veggie potstickers and broccoli

Honey lime shrimp, brown rice, and a veggie

Happy leap day everyone!