2015 hasn’t been an easy year, to say the least. January started with a lot of strife — a dear college friend committing suicide, health problems with my fur baby, and my best friend/now business partner going through one of the hardest times of her life — all in the first month of the year. It hasn’t gotten easier along the way. Most people only convey on social media what they want the rest of the world to see, but I’m using this post to put the harder, real, “uglier” parts of my life out there. This has been a year of transition, heartache, vulnerability, and ultimately, growth. It’s been hard. It’s been a forcing function to make me grow up a little. It’s been a lot of things.
And by the way, this post will be a novel, so I’m going to dive right into the recipe for Lemon Asparagus Chicken that I’ve been holding out on for a few months (here you go, Alyssa!), then dig into the deeper stuff. If you’re looking for some nighttime reading to put you to sleep later this evening, you’re welcome to read on beyond the recipe. :o) Continue reading Lemon Asparagus Chicken // Dose(s) of Reality
Where do I even begin with this?! It’s been 110 days since my last blog post (which is ridiculous), and it feels like every single day has been a whirlwind since then. So folks, you’re in for a long, juicy read with this post. :o) Looking back on the last 3+ months, I can’t believe how much has happened. I didn’t know how spot-on these words from my last post actually were:
“Things have gotten CRAZY busy over the last 4 months in all aspects of my life (personal, professional, and recreational), and I expect it to get even busier in the next 4-6 months. Posting every single week just ain’t happening, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Instead, I’m acknowledging the fact that I’m spending my time doing other things that are really important right now, and I’ll continue to post as often as I can.”
And here’s a little snippet of two posts back:
“I know it might not be kosher to post about this when we have nothing (other than a name) finalized, but hell, I think a girl should be able to dream, dream big, and dream publicly — so I’m throwing this out there a little bit half-baked… We want to change lives. We want to help people get healthy and achieve their goals. And, obviously, we want to have fun while doing it… I know how much of an impact getting my health in check has had in ALL aspects of my life, and I want nothing more than to show the rest of the world that they can do it, too, without enduring hours on a treadmill or starving themselves on 1200 calories/day. Seriously, there’s a better way. I’m living proof, and Kristina is the methodology behind it. No, I’m not drastically changing course in any way at this specific moment. And no, I’m certainly not quitting my day job any time soon. This is a “big-picture” thing that we’re going to put a lot of time and effort into planning and building out.”
Let’s connect the dots between those two posts and the current state of things, shall we? Continue reading Healthier Beef With Broccoli + Why I Haven’t Blogged in 3 Months (HUGE NEWS)
First and foremost, I know it’s been almost 6 weeks since my last post. I’m noticing a theme in my blogging habits so far this year, and if I wanted to lie to myself, I’d say that I’m going to change these habits and post every single week. In complete honesty, though: things have gotten CRAZY busy over the last 4 months in all aspects of my life (personal, professional, and recreational), and I expect it to get even busier in the next 4-6 months. Posting every single week just ain’t happening, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Instead, I’m acknowledging the fact that I’m spending my time doing other things that are really important right now, and I’ll continue to post as often as I can. :o) Continue reading Meal Prep Lunch Recipe: Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad
This is one of those posts that I’m starting with no clue of how it’s going to turn out, and at this point, nothing feels more right. :o) Big things are happening in my little world right now, and at any given second, my mind is in what feels like 60 different places. Some days, it’s exhausting. Others, it’s completely invigorating. Today is totally the latter.
I’ve been up since 4AM and have been going nonstop. I had a two-hour workout this morning, and I’ve been way more productive at work than I feel like I’ve been in the last several days. I’ve also had a few “aha”/lightbulb moments that I’ve been waiting for, and to top it all off, I’m going to my first football practice tonight.
That’s right — football practice.
I’ve been recruited to play Ultimate Women’s Football with the Austin Inferno, and I’m going to my first outdoor practice this evening. Yes, it’s full-contact. Yes, I’ll be wearing full pads and a helmet. And, yes, I’ll probably get beaten up quite a few times this season, unless I get there tonight and decide it isn’t for me (which I don’t think will happen). This is just the first of a few new ventures that 2015 is proving to have in store for me. Continue reading Chicken Burrito Bowl + A Change in My Exercise Routine (FREE WORKOUTS!)
Waffles, or good old “pancakes with abs” as I like to refer to them, have made a delicious return to my breakfasts over the past few weeks. About two or three months ago, I noticed the new Quest protein powders popping up at my favorite HEB here in Austin. As soon as the Peanut Butter flavor caught my eye, I knew I wasn’t leaving the store without buying at least 2 canisters of it. (No shame.)
The Quest protein powders are basically manufactured to be cooked/baked with, which is one of the main reasons I absolutely love them. I’ve done a few tests over the last few months, and regardless of what I’m making — be it my banana muffins, baked oatmeal, proats, or these waffles — using the Quest powder always results in a better final product than any other protein I’ve tried in the past. (I’m still faithful to my GNC Wheybolic as a pre-/post-workout shake, though!) Continue reading 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Waffles