Mom and I made it out here to big bad Texas, with me only having one or two panic attacks on the plane. I’d say that’s a success! Not looking forward to the flight back though….I’m thinking it’s going to be a while before I take another plane trip. I just can’t handle that crap!
Thanks to Amanda for still doing the link-up even when she’s in gorgeous Hawaii!!
It had been 5 years since I had been on a plane last, and while the flight was just as terrifying as I remember, the airport food has improved a TON. I was incredibly impressed with the options available to us. I remember only having McDonalds and Starbucks available, so I was beyond ecstatic to find several little café’s with plenty of options, most of which were fairly healthy!
Scrambled eggs, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese in a tortilla with guac and sour cream
Doesn’t that tasty? I would’ve preferred a whole wheat tortilla, but beggars can’t be choosers! Mom and I split this and it was MORE than enough for the two of us.
- My nephews are beyond adorable. Talk about two distinct personalities! Obviously Linc is only a little over 1 years old so he isn’t talking yet, but he is such a little flirt! And T of course is just a spunky little kid. I can’t get enough of either of them!
Linc is a Booty lover!! We hit up Costco when we got here on Tuesday and I introduced the kiddos to the awesomeness that is Pirate’s Booty. Both of the kids are hooked, of course!
Big T is a picture lover, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot more of him up on the blog soon! I’ve got to get as many pictures of him as a can while he still enjoys them. Who knows when he will get to Little Bro’s stage of “I never want to smile for pictures,” so I’m going to keep snapping away until he begs me to stop!
This is the 1st trip I’ve taken in a long time where I actually haven’t been stressed about food. Sissy likes to eat healthy like I do, so she and I wrote up a big shopping list and got all the things needed for healthy snacks and meals. It’s such a relief when someone else likes what you do! I’m so used to being the one who has to try to fit in with other people’s lifestyle, so it is really nice to have some support.
Babybel cheese, hummus and carrots with an apple, crackers & PB, grapes & almonds, chicken fajita
This is just some random food from yesterday, but it’s all exactly what I would eat at home, so my tummy has been alright and my ED has yet to rear it’s ugly head, which is always a good thing, but especially when I’m on vacation! The last thing I need is to have a meltdown and be distracted when I’m supposed to be visiting and enjoying time with my family.
- I’ve decided that my Sissy is Super Mom and no other mom comes close. Yesterday, she not only taught her oldest child school (he’s home schooled) but then she also put her youngest down for a nap, helped make breakfast, did laundry and the dishes, then got her oldest to tennis followed by drum lessons all before packing the kids up again for church group at 7pm at night. Somehow she managed to keep them all fed and happy too. Anyone else stressed out just thinking about all that? Because I tagged along in the car, and I was sure stressing! Talk about non stop go go go!!
- Just for fun, check this little gem out….Sissy got this for her Christmas white elephant gift last year. While I’ve never had Spam before (nor ever wanted to) this little can had be squealing. I mean how hilarious is this?!
Magic in every bite!
Excellent source of sparkle!
I’m actually slightly offended when I think about the fact that they are advertising the death of a Unicorn as a joke, but hey, not everyone is as obsessed with the elusive creatures as I am I guess!
Anyone ever had Spam before?
Does everyone’s airport have such impressive food?
Confession: I’m a chocoholic.
There, I said it, so just go ahead and point and laugh at me now. Start up those rumor mills and begin passing the news around. Shun me and turn away whenever I walk past you.
Or, jump on this tasty little train with me and let’s take a ride
Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Simple to make, quick to grab and tasty to eat!
2 Cups rolled oats
1/2 Cup honey
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
1/4 Cup flaxseeds
1/4 – 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
mashed banana chips [optional]
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, melt your peanut butter and honey. Pour in the oats and flaxseeds. Stir well. Add chocolate chips and banana chips if using and stir to combine. Dump into a well oiled 8×8 baking dish and press into pan firmly. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then place in the fridge for 15 minutes to let them harden nicely. Cut into 8 large bars.
chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness
The banana chips don’t change the flavor immensely, but they do add that little “SURPISE” pop of flavor when you get to a good chunk. I made these bars with both the addition of the banana chips as well as without and thought they were great both ways. And yes, that means I have already gone through two entire batches of these bars…by myself. Chocoholic remember?
I keep these bars in the fridge as they tend to be just a tad crumbly, which isn’t a bad thing, I just like the solidarity that the fridge provides I suppose. Either way, I have been enjoying at least one of these bars a day, like the true chocoholic I am.
P.S. I’m leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to spend some time in Texas with Sissy! I’m going to do my best to blog, but when I get around those two little nuggets of mine (aka nephews) I get slightly distracted. Also, please pray that I don’t have an epic panic attack in the airport….I hate flying!!
Do you make homemade granola bars?
What’s your favorite brand name granola bar (or protein bar)?
Oh Friday how I love you.
First up, a huge thank you to all of you who took the time to not only read but also watch my vlog. I know it was kind of a mouthful of stuff, but I think I made my point pretty clear in the end
I actually wanted to piggy back on yesterday’s post just a bit, to kind of share with you guys how I went from an extreme exercise addict to just a lover of fitness. It’s quite the transition when you really think about it. And yes, it took years for me to get to this point, so if you are struggling with this area of abuse, please give yourself time. Be patient. It will come, I promise.
For my own journey, I went from Phase 1 to Phase 4 in like, a week. By this time however, I was already fully consumed by my disordered thoughts. I was cutting back food, counting calories and hating myself each and every moment of every day. Throwing in hours of exercise to what I was already doing was almost like a last ditch effort. I tried the diet pills. I tried purging. I tried to skip going out so I wouldn’t feel pressured to eat by my friends. None of that was helping me to “achieve” my goals of being someone else, so I started running myself into the ground. Literally.
How I felt on a day to day basis:
- Exhaustion. I was always tired. So much so that I can remember almost falling asleep when I was driving sometimes. It was like no matter how much time I spent in bed, I never felt rested. I moved in a constant fog.
- Broken down. I was sore all the time, and not the good kind of sore that comes from a killer workout. My shins were constantly riddled with shin splints, my knees would sometimes give out when I stood up and I was going to the chiropractor once a week to try to straighten out my back.
- Depressed. I couldn’t understand why my hours of workouts weren’t changing my body. I didn’t get why I wasn’t the best player on the field. After games or tournaments I would often sit on the floor of my shower and just cry.
Now to the turning point. Like I mentioned in my vlog, I really don’t know when it all came to a head. I think it was just a normal day in the gym and after yet another exhausting workout, I finally just realized that I needed to stop. I was just sick and tired of being sick and tired, and the source of all of that was my own doing. I kind of just took a step back from myself and looked at the reality of it all.
And that reality was ugly.
It scared the CRAP out of me when I started toning down my workouts. At first, it lead to a stricter (and more restricted) diet. I counted everything. After a year of that though, I recognized that I still wasn’t getting any better. I was still punishing myself with workouts if I went over my calorie budget. I would workout when I got home from work and then when Ninja went out for karate, I would jump back on the treadmill for round 2.
So I ditched the calorie counting app, switched to eating more intuitively, and dropped the cardio bunny act and picked up the weights. I haven’t looked back since.
I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s been all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a constant battle. But after I stopped forcing myself to workout, and instead started to look at fitness as an outlet and an enjoyable activity, I actually realized how much I was really in love with it.
There’s been some encouraging changes along the way too, that have really helped me to stay motivated.
I’m no longer a cardio bunny. I truly believe my exercise addiction is to blame for my hatred of running. That’s all I did back then. Come home from soccer practice? Go run. Finished shopping at the mall? Go for a run. Run run run run. Granted I still run twice a week to keep up my stamina for soccer practice, but it’s not for an hour. It’s for 20-40 minutes tops.
From just a flat tummy to some actual muscle….
I fell in love with lifting. Dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, medicine balls…if it’s heavy, I want to lift it. I think I just got tired of being weak. I got tired of being sick and unable to walk up a flight of stairs without getting dizzy. I’m no longer on that mission to be an itty bitty thing now. I want to be strong, and able, and fierce.
From just small arms to built shoulders…
I learned to appreciate what my body can do for me. I used to hate everything about my body. Literally, everything. Now though, I have an appreciation for all the things it can do for me. Even after all the abuse, my body still works for me, and I can’t be thankful enough for that.
I love challenging my body. The best part of this fitness journey hasn’t been the drop in pants size or the number on the scale, it’s actually been watching my body take any challenge I’ve thrown at it and overcome it. Do you have any idea how empowering it is to overcome a physical challenge? I couldn’t do 2 pull-ups and now I can almost do 5. I could only do 10 push-ups and now I can do 30. I literally just have so much fun with fitness now. It’s like a constant search…what can I take on now?!
The fact is that fitness is no longer a chore or an obligation. It’s always sad when something you love turns into something you can’t stand, and that is what my addiction did. But now? Fitness is a constant in my life for an entirely different reason.
I love it. I love getting sweaty. I love struggling for that last rep. I love increasing the weight I’m lifting. I love laying on the floor after a workout completely spent.
And none of that is part of an addition.
Give me your thoughts!
Alright peeps, we’re getting seriously here again today for Thinking Out Loud, on account of Amanda suggested it (and who doesn’t listen to the link-ups creator?) AND it’s a topic that is close to my heart.
For those of you who aren’t aware, this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. I know I don’t talk too much about my ED, but it is something that was a huge part of my life and my battle and recovery has shaped me and help make me who I am today. I think maybe I don’t talk about my ED as much because I feel like mine was such a lesser version of what most ED are. Don’t get me wrong, any eating disorder is a horrendous thing, but mine was so different to me than the usual.
My goal was never about getting super thin. It was all about my sick obsession to be something I wasn’t. It was all about my search to find myself and love myself. Sure, those years were filled with food deprivation, binging and purging as well as plenty of self-hatred, but my ED was really all about my exercise abuse. I just felt so unworthy of everything, that I would just drive my body into the ground, thinking that maybe if I was just faster, fitter, thinner, than maybe everything else would be ok. It started out with just wanting to be a better soccer player and developed into such a horrible addiction that by the end I had doctors, coaches and my mom begging me to stop.
At 25 years old, some of those thoughts and tenancies still creep in. If I’m not on constant guard, it’s easy to slip back into that old comfort zone of mine. It’s weird considering an addiction to be a comfort zone, but it really is. That’s where I had control. This new life of letting my body decide whether or not I work out or how hard I go at it is unfamiliar to me.
Which is why I’m all about celebrating the little victories and accomplishments. Any time I allow myself a rest day, or any day that I tone down my workout because my body is asking me to, is something that I celebrate. Sure in terms of recovery, it may not be that big of a deal, but to me, these little victories are ammunition. I stock pile them for the days that I need extra help. I keep them within reach for those days when I feel myself slipping and need something to fight my way out.
Little victories are reminders of the accomplishments you’ve had. ED sufferers tend to only focus on the failures and struggles. Why don’t we instead look to celebrate the victories?
I’m hoping that if I keep trying, one day I might get a bit better at this whole vlogging thing. Yikes…
Just because I don’t talk much about my disordered past, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a huge part of me. It’s why I care so much about working out now. I want to build my body instead of break it down. It’s why I care so much about proper nutrition. I want to learn to feed my body the fuel it needs to thrive.
Regardless of how my ED tried to break me and destroy me, the fact is that it didn’t. It left me beaten and broken sure, and left me with tons of scars and issues, but I’m still standing. At the end of the day, whether it be a good or bad one, that fact alone is enough to keep me fighting.
Thoughts on exercise addiction?
Do you forget sometimes to celebrate the little victories?
In honor of NEDA, or National Eating Disorders Awareness week, I thought I’d use this WIAW to reflect a little bit on all the little things that have changed in my diet since joining the recovery road. Some are more extreme than others, but regardless, each and every change deserves to be recognized and celebrated in my eyes!
7AM – Pre-Run
During my ED, one thing I would have never done was consume any calories before trying to work them off. That just seemed so….counter productive to me. Now a days however, I can’t do the whole work out on an empty stomach thing. It leaves me dizzy and flat out grumpy. Whose got time for that?!
double chocolate peanut butter granola bar – recipe coming!
I downed this bar before my morning 3 mile run. I can still remember the days of running on an empty, grumbling stomach. Talk about miserable….
Breakfast – Post Run
Two meals before 10AM? Oh no that was something that most definitely did not occur back in the ED days. I would come home from soccer practice at 6:30 at night and only eat dinner if my mom made a comment about it. If she didn’t, I just showered and went to bed on an empty stomach. Why would I put food back in my body after I just burned it all off? Well, as you can see, those days are long gone…
egg white oats with flaxseed & a mashed naner topped with bloobs & dark chocolate dreams
Oh another thing, peanut butter was something I went without for about two years. TWO. YEARS. I make up for it now though. Nut butters definitely make up a good chunk of this girl’s diet!
Diet Coke and an apple. Or half a turkey sandwich with some grapes. My excuse was that lunch was only about an hour before soccer practice and I didn’t want to get a cramp, but we all know that was a BIG FAT LIE. While lunch is still the one meal I continually struggle with (because I’d much rather snack my way through it) I do make a conscious effort to at least get some sort of meal in me by the time noon rolls around.
whole wheat bread, 2 eggs, tomatoes and cheese with grapes
Two eggs AND a piece of cheese? Wow, living it up over here. No but seriously, I cut cheese out back in the ED days also due to the high fat content. Which is amazing considering that my nickname growing up was Rat. It’s so sad to think about how many foods I gave up that were utterly my favorite things, simply because I deemed them “unhealthy”.
Another thing I skipped out on in the ED days was snacks. I stuck to three little meals and that’s it. Snack led to binges for me seeing as how I was always so hungry, so I just stayed away from them in general. Not anymore! Snacks are literally what keep me going throughout the day now. It’s like a little reprieve or reward for me for making it to 3 o’clock
plain greek yogurt, granola, bloobs and coconut
I feel the yogurt obsession coming back guys. The weather has been sunny, which only feeds into my desire for more yogurt. Although now I’m in some serious need of my favorite cereals. Is there any better topper to yogurt than cereal?
Oh and another note, if I was eating yogurt back in the ED days there were never any toppings. I couldn’t add more calories!
Dinner was pretty much the only meal I ate on a consistent basis because my mom would bring it to me in my room, which was something that I really hated. I was in my room to avoid the food, not have it brought to me. While I might not have always appreciated it then, I can appreciate it now. My mom didn’t have to come home at 5 o’clock every night and make me dinner, let alone bring it to my pathetic butt in my room, but she did anyway. The more I reflect on it, the more that small gesture means to me.
soba noodles with garlic peanut sauce and broccoli
After breakfast, dinner has now become my favorite meal simply for the fact that I get to cook it for Ninja. I enjoy providing him with a nutritious meal, especially when he’s had a long day at work. I guess maybe that has rubbed off on me from all those days that my mom brought me my dinner in my room.
Looking at all this food used to make me cringe. In fact, I can tell you exactly what I would be doing if I would have eaten all of this, and it wasn’t pretty. When I look at this food now though, I don’t feel bad at all, in fact, I feel just the opposite. I feel proud.
Are there any foods that you used to cut out from your diet completely due to them being “unhealthy” in your eyes?
Is it really Monday already? Boo to that.
Ninja and I were up at the awesome time of 5:45am in order to help my mom with the antique fair she runs a booth at once a month, so we basically only had Saturday to sleep in. Not that either of us did. I woke up early to watch the US get their butts handed to them by Finland and Ninja was off to work by 7:15. Think we can get some kind of weekend re-do or something? Cause this one was just flat out lame!
Want to see some things that aren’t lame though?
Currently loving…Nuts N More nut butters. I got these little babies as a birthday present from Sissy. She went all covert spy on me and was asking me about them the other week and then BAM! A box shows up on my door step. She’s kind of awesome.
The stats on these babies are pretty crazy. They aren’t just nut butters, but actually have protein powder and flax stirred in as well. This obviously changes the flavor a bit, but I actually really like them on toast and in my oats!
Currently loving…this smoothie. Got to keep that chocolate flowing through my veins, you know? Actually the weather out here was crazy nice this weekend so I couldn’t help but indulge in a smoothie each day. Plus, after Sunday’s game I was in need of both chocolate and a refreshing smoothie.
Two birds. One stone. Boom!
Currently loving…Jax. She may be a full grown pup now, but she hasn’t changed one bit. She still knows when mommy has had a tough game and needs some TLC.
I still can’t believe she was ever that small. I remember wanting her to hurry up and get bigger so I wouldn’t have to worry about stepping on her. Now I just slam right into her instead. I think I miss when she was small….
Currently loving…this shirt Bestie bought me for my birthday! It says “fierce” and is literally one of the softest tanks I’ve ever worn. It’s meant to be a workout tank but I almost feel bad sweating in it! As you can see from the pic, I had a nice sweat sesh in it anyway
Post leg day…hence why I’m sitting down….
I may or may not have worn this shirt 3 days in a row now. Don’t judge me. It’s not like it smells…too much.
Currently loving…song remakes. Originals are great and all, but sometimes someone just re-does the song and smashes it. Ever heard Without You by Lea Michelle? She took a fast paced Usher song and turned it into a ballad. Beautiful. This song right here makes me crave a bonfire on the beach with all of my closets friends.
I own the original of this song, but then found this beauty courtesy of Youtube. Colton Haynes and his ridiculous jaw line kills me. Actor, model and singer? That’s just not fair….
What are you currently loving?
What song remake do you like more than the original?
Is it possible to die from chocolate poisoning?
Because straight up, my chocolate consumption now takes up at least 40% of my daily intake. Yikes people…yikes. It’s a good thing I don’t eat too bad in any other areas. Well, unless you count the amount of nut butter I eat. Oh and the cheese. Ok and maybe the crackers.
But I throw a veggie in my mouth every now and again too, so that counts for something right?
I showed you guys this smoothie in my WIAW post this week, but it’s become such an obsession of mine that I just had to share the recipe with you. It’s become my new go-to post workout smoothie, and I’m probably going to be having it for breakfast tomorrow just because…well because I’m addicted to chocolate.
Super Thick Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
Packed with nutrition but tastes like a treat!
1 large handful baby spinach
1 Cup frozen strawberries
3/4 – 1 Cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 Cup plain greek yogurt
2 T cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder [optional]
1 T flaxseeds
stevia to taste
Blend blend blend! Add more milk if you find it needs a little help to get going. I started with 3/4 Cup and drizzled in 1/4 Cup more to help it along. Also, if you have a good protein powder then you most likely won’t need to add any stevia, but if you opt to omit it then you might need to add in a bit of sweetness. Totally up to you though!
This smoothie is one that will totally have your face in the blender trying to lick every last drop. Unless of course you have class, then I guess you’ll use a spoon or something, but there’s none of that happening in this house.
Those strawberries are from the bottom of the bin, can you tell? Hey, we don’t judge berries by their outer appearance over here!
I’m not exactly begging summer to come, but if it means that I get to enjoy one of these smoothies everyday without socks and a hoodie on then bring on the heat. I also need the summer months to come so the berry prices will drop a bit. Buying berries right now is sort of killing my wallet…
Favorite smoothie flavors?
Do you like to eat your smoothies with a spoon?
Only 1 more day until Friday people. While this week sure has flown by, I am beyond ready for the weekend. It’s been two weeks since my last soccer game and I can feel my kicking leg getting twitchy
1. My friend had her baby on Monday. She texted me Monday morning while I was working out that her water had broke. I happened to have a 30lb dumbbell in my hand when I looked at my phone and I nearly dropped it on my foot when I shrieked from excitement. She was 3 weeks from her due date so I was unprepared I guess you could say!
2. It’s official. Valentine’s Day ruined me. My cravings have gone berserk this week. I was sitting at work yesterday craving chocolate at 10AM. And not just like “hmm chocolate sounds tasty right now” but more of “OMG I NEED CHOCOLATE RIGHT NOW!” I had to literally fight myself to stay away from the Target that is next to my office.
3. Speaking of sugar, I’m going out for birthday cheesecake #2 tonight with Bestie! It’s our tradition to take each other to The Cheesecake Factory for our birthdays, so even though my mom took me there on Sunday, there’s NO WAY I’m passing up on our tradition. It’s cheesecake for goodness sake! I’m also thinking of breaking my unwritten rule and getting something other than plain cheesecake (scandalous!) I just think it’s time to break out of my “plain” rut and spice it up a bit…err, ok maybe sweeten it up a bit? Whatever. I want something with chocolate, go figure.
The usual plain cheesecake – which is the bomb.com by the way!
4. The cockroaches are back…Ok, I’m just kidding. When I say cockroaches I really mean dates. Ninja and Little Bro like to make fun of my food and the #1 food they pick on is my dates…not that I blame them. They are kind of nasty looking…
I get this 3lb tub from Costco for like $7. It’s such a good deal, but they haven’t had them in a while so I’ve been dateless (haha).
While I do like to blend these little beauties up to use them in granola bars and such, my favorite way to eat them is to just dunk them in nutbutter or coconut butter. They are my go to sweet fix at night when they are in my cupboard!
5. Where my Hobbits at? Ok, not going to lie, I haven’t seen the movies yet, but I have read the book as well as seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I just have no words for this man’s talent. Although I may be biased because of that whole ginger connection thing….
And with that, I’m off to get my sweat on! This body isn’t going to get ripped on it’s own you know.
Do you have a food that you eat that people make fun of you for?
I remember now why I adore Monday holidays so much. Is it really already Wednesday? Nothing like a quick week to put me in a good mood
Due to all the sugar I’ve been consuming (I assume), breakfast has been a tad bit on the larger side. Anyone else notice that when they have a lot of sugar the night before they wake up raging hungry? Or is that just me and my weirdo body?
oats with cocoa, egg whites, flax & stevia topped with berries & PB
Why yes, my oats have also contained chocolate lately. Chocolate for snack, chocolate for dessert, chocolate for breakfast…someone please save me from myself…
Well would you look at that…more chocolate!
Thick, creamy smoothie. I may or may not have been licking the Vita after making this gem. So much chocolaty goodness you’d think I was deprived of it. And I totally agree with Amanda on the consistency of smoothies. I mean, who wants a watery smoothie right? Isn’t the point to be like a milkshake just…not? That’s what I think anyway.
Leftovers to the rescue yet again! I was tempted to make a giant snack plate instead, but because of all the lifting I’ve been doing, I’m really trying to ramp up my protein. Plus, I’m out of hummus and crackers, and no good snack plate is complete without those two if you ask me.
hummus baked chicken, steamed broccoli and sweet tater sprinkled with sea salt
My sweet tater consumption is getting a tiny bit out of control. I have one almost daily now, not that it’s a bad thing…I’m just a little afraid that I’ll become bored of them one day and that thought makes my heart sad.
You know the bunnies had to make an appearance…
Sad story. This is the last of my cheddar bunnies. Curse you bunnies and your addictiveness. Good thing I got a $50 target gift card for my birthday…I plan on buying a few boxes of these little critters. Although I told my mom what I planned to do with the birthday gift she got me and she scolded me for spending the money on food. I’m pretty sure she now thinks Ninja and I are one step away from living on the streets. I tried to convince her I simply have an addiction to feed.
Winner winner chicken dinner! Man when did I become such a carnivore? And why am I eating almost a repeat of lunch? I blame Ninja…
balsamic apricot chicken (sans sauce), red potatoes and steamed broccoli
I made this chicken dinner a few weeks back and Ninja raved about it, so I’ve put it into our weekly cycle of dinners. It was requested last night, hence why I ended up having almost the same meal as lunch. I had mexican planned, but Ninja had to go and ruin it.
Late Night Snack
Because clearly I have a problem, I couldn’t tuck myself in for the evening without a big ol’ chunk of chocolate. I tried to go the safer route and opted for one of my homemade pieces though. I’m avoiding that last package of dark chocolates at all costs because once that sucker is open, consider it a goner. All of it.
mini homemade raw PB cup
Ok but seriously….save me?
Please tell me some of you are struggling with your chocolate cravings this week too.
Thank you all so so much for the wonderful birthday comments and vlog encouragement! It’s nice to know that you all didn’t think my vlog was as embarrassing as I felt it was….Maybe you will be seeing another one sometime
My birthday weekend was pretty low key (which is what I prefer) but there were a few highlights!
There was…a nice display waiting for me at work. Ninja snuck in the night before and left a bouquet of flowers (NOT roses – I’m not traditional in that way), a box of Apple Pie Quest Bars as well as a box of See’s dark chocolate candy.
Ninja knows he lacks a bit in the creative and romantic department, but he sure did ramp it up this year! Whether he’s creative or romantic (or not) he is always thoughtful, which is the best part of him if you ask me!
There was…an adorable DIY creation on my desk as well. Ninja told me Wednesday night that he had made me something for my birthday and I honestly thought it was just a homemade card. It ended up being way cuter!
I mean seriously…how freakin’ cute is this?!
Ninja got the idea off Pinterest, but I was just proud he was able to pull it off!! Neither of us are very artistically inclined, so this little gem means that much more!
There was…a fun evening with our young married’s group at church. It’s always a good time when we get together with this group, but I laughed so hard Friday night that I’m pretty sure I won’t need to work my abs for at least 2 weeks. Holy smokes those people can make me smile.
I feel like there is always coffee in my hands…not that I’m complaining or anything. It’s just that this picture was taken at 9pm…and I was drinking coffee…
There was…way too much sugar. I honestly don’t want to eat another piece of chocolate or have another slice of cake for at least…well at least until Thursday when Bestie takes me to The Cheesecake factory
cheesecake & a chocolate cupcake
I knew this weekend was going to be a tough one in terms of sugar, so I tried my best to keep all my other meals as solid as I could, and while I did a pretty good job, my body just isn’t used to all that sugar! Both Friday and Saturday night I barely slept due to the sugar in my system, so I am more than ready to get back to my smaller douses of daily chocolate. Shoot, I might even nix the daily chocolate for a few days. Ok never mind, that’s a blatant lie…
There was…an interesting photo bomb. While out with my parents yesterday, Ninja and I got photo-bombed during one of our pictures, and I literally can’t stop laughing when I look at it!
Hahaha what a funny kid.
My parents took me to a Harlem Globetrotters game, and while it was fun, I’m not sure it was meant for 25 year olds. Regardless, I think that Little Bro and Little Sissy would love it, so I might end up taking them to a game the next time they visit!
There was…a birthday surprise. Or maybe I should call it a miracle. Either way, it was perfect and literally left me shaking. My Papa, who I haven’t heard from since before Ninja and I got married, called me to wish me a happy birthday. When I heard his voice on the other end of the line, I honestly didn’t even know who it was. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve spoken to him. The reason why we don’t communicate is a bit of a long story, but basically after my grandma passed he wrote off Daddy which meant he wrote off his kids as well,which is why I haven’t heard from him is so long. It wasn’t a long conversation, maybe 3 or 4 minutes, but my Papa told me he was proud of me and that he loved me, and even if no other words were said, that was all I really needed to hear.
It never ceases to amaze me how it’s the presents you never asked for or didn’t even expect that always have the most impact. No matter what else happens this year, that phone call with my Papa will be the best moment of being 25 years old.
Anyone else eat themselves into a chocolate coma this weekend?
Ever been photo bombed?