May has been such a weird month for me. It seems as its getting closer to summer, my schedule is filling up quicker. I kind of miss the days where I was in school longing for summer break! However, this month has also brought some disappointments as well. This post came to me when I lay in bed wide awake at 3am so please bear with me if I ramble.
I’m not one to feel bad for myself just for the heck of it. I try my absolute hardest to see the positive of every situation and continue forward. Yet, doesn’t it seem like life sometimes hits you back to back?
Other things have been happening in my life but instructor tryouts kind of shifted everything for me. When I didn’t advance if the tryout progress, I went numb. I honestly believed that it wouldn’t have an impact on me because I tried out on a whim. Yet, I drove home in a daze. I didn’t really know how to vocalize my feelings and I still don’t. Have you ever worked so hard for something only to have complete strangers not understand? Since then, I learned that no one made it through to the training process but that didn’t really change the way I felt
Yesterday, I began to look for another job. My company is changing very much and j believe I have outgrown my position there. I expressed these feelings to my boss only to be coddled and be given more (hopefully not empty) promises. It’s tough because working at this place was a joy at once but it’s just different now.
What do you do when life hands you blow after blow? I used to use those feelings to push myself on runs but that’s not really an option now. I worked out yesterday afternoon but left the gym feeling so defeated. Am I supposed to stay in this little feeling bubble until I feel it’s time to come out? Or should I fake it until I’m happy again?
If you made it this far, I truly thank you. I know this is a change from the typical posts but I just wanted to share a little bit of my personal side with you. The internet is a great place to see everyone’s highlight reel but I want to be completely honest with everyone. My challenge for you today is to be kind to everyone you come in contact with today because you never know what they’re dealing with!
What a week it’s been! From heading back to Crossfit and celebrating birthdays to spin instructor try outs, it’s been a wild week!
My weekend started with celebrating one of my favorite spin instructors and friends, Riley. Parties at our spin station are always a blast! However, Friday was my fifth day of working out without any breaks so my legs were definitely trashed.
My day started off with sleeping in. Although, I have to admit I was a ball of nerves. Earlier in the week, I found out that a spin studio in town was holding open auditions. After talking with my husband and a friend I decided to go for it!
I absolutely love spin class and I would truly enjoy sharing this experience with other people. All week, it’s been something that I had been looking forward to. I have never tried out for anything like this so I had no idea what to expect.
Arriving at the studio, I felt confident. I hadn’t actually taken a class at this studio but it’s the same as the one I attend on a weekly basis.
I may share more in another post but long story short, I didn’t make it to the training class. There was many phases to the audition and I didn’t make it to the last one. I wasn’t too bummed but it still doesn’t make rejection any easier. If it was my home studio, I probably would have been a mess. Moving forward, I’ll keep trying harder and hope to do better in my next audition!
My first rest day of the week! Although, my body had different ideas and I ended up waking up early. I was able to relax a bit before church and drink my tea in my favorite mug. It’s a keepsake from our wedding. My husband and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary next month!
I think my husband sensed I was still down because he agreed to take me to Lush after lunch. He’s terribly sweet y’all! After the auditions on Saturday, he spent the evening trying to cheer me up. He’s so great. While we were at Lush, he let me try out all the products while he stood in the corner playing on his phone. I couldn’t convince him to get some beard conditioner though, haha!
This week won’t be too bad as far as traveling for work. I’ve decided to do a trial month at the Crossfit gym so I’m excited to head back this week! The weather is getting nice and toasty around here so I guess summer is around the corner!
As we’re heading into the summer months, I’m reaching more for the fruits and the veggies! I like to cool off from my morning runs with a smoothie. Another great hidden gem for smoothies is beets. Beets are a GREAT veggie if you’re a runner or just want to round out your diet!
What are Beets?
Beets are the lovely red veggies that Dwight Schrute loves (any fans of The Office?). I’m sure you’re aware that a well rounded diet eats fruits and veggies of colors. Beets may not seem like the easiest veggie to prepare but it’s loaded with many vitamins and minerals, which leads me to my next point.
Why Should I Eat Them?
See that red color? It comes from the many different antioxidants in the vegetable. The antioxidants contained in beets are very helpful for eye and nerve tissue health. There’s still additional studies on how much beets enhance the health of the eyes and nerve tissue but you’ll be on the safe side with a normal dose of beets in your diet!
Beets also contain many anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to the unique phytonutrients present in beets, you get to experience the ant inflammatory effects! This along with the high fiber content of beets makes it a big candidate for those who wish to reduce the risk of certain cancer types. How we nourish our body is very important and I think beets are a big player!
How Should I Eat Them?
If you are lucky enough to have a Vitamix, beets are great in juices and smoothies! Try this recipe! A way I enjoy my beets is in a cold pressed juice from JuiceLand near my spin studio. I actually really like the taste of beets but I know that isn’t the case for everyone which is why a juice is a safe bet. When purchasing a juice, make sure it is cold pressed with no additional sugar. You’ll typically find a juice that contains beets along with other fruits to “hide” the taste.
This weekend has seriously been such a blast! Our trip to Albuquerque was a much needed break and I’m glad we booked it. It was a bit last minute for a neurotic planner like me but we did it!
Jordan and I hadn’t been on an airplane together before this trip even thought we’ve been together for seven years! Luckily I’ve been to Albuquerque before for work so I knew my way around the airports. We flew out of Houston Thursday morning and left Albuquerque on Sunday.
We had an early flight and I was EXCITED. Having Jordan with me made me virtually stress free. Going through security was a breeze even though it was on the busier side. We arrived in New Mexico at 10am so we had some time to kill before heading to our hotel room. One thing I really wanted to do for this trip was to avoid any food we had at home. We wanted to eat what the locals eat! By the time we got our luggage and our rental car, we were ready for an early lunch. We found a local Southwest restaurant. Here’s where I learned that the “Mexican” food in New Mexico is NOTHING like what’s in Texas. It was different but DELICIOUS!
After lunch, we found a trolley tour around Albuquerque. It was super touristy but the weather was so nice and we had time to kill so we did it! New Mexico weather was nice and dry in the low 60s so the open trolley felt amazing. I’m really glad we did this tour because we ended up finding some spots we would visit later in the weekend. Not only did we learn about the area but there was so much history of the city that was shared. Our tour guide Mike was awesome. If you’re in town, I would definitely recommend ABQ Trolley Tours. He pointed out where many movies and shows were filmed around the city. I thought Jordan’s eyes were going to pop out when he found out that The Avengers was filmed just a few blocks from our hotel! They also offer a tour just for Breaking Bad filming locations since it was filmed and set in the city.
After our tour, we went to the hotel to take a break and relax a bit. Naps were a major part of our trip! During our tour, Mike told us about a summer music festival held at the Pueblo Cultural Center called Party on the Patio. For only $10 you can have unlimited tacos and pizza while listening to live music. We couldn’t resist! Here’s where I got my first taste of the green chili phenomenon of New Mexico. I had some on my pizza and it was SO GOOD. It was also a fun way to see the sunset on the Sandia Mountain and watch the mountains light up bright red when the sun shone on them. Our first day was a success!
One thing my body never got used to was sleeping in. Without fail, I would always wake up around 4:30 before the alarm would go off. You win some, you lose some! We definitely rolled around and watched some TV before going out for the day.
Our morning was spent at the ABQ Bio Park. Albuquerque’s zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens are all close together and connected by train. We chose to start our day in the zoo and check out all the other parks of the park afterwards. Jordan loved the weather because even though it did get to the low 80s, there was a nice breeze and no humidity. I wore a long sleeve (dri-fit) all day and he was surprised that I didn’t complain once about being hot, haha! It’s all about layering when the weather is in the 50s in the morning.
There were so many baby animals at the zoo, I was obsessed! The twin chimps were so full of energy and jumping all over their enclosure. The baby orangutan was just as cute! They currently have three giraffes that are pregnant. After following April’s pregnancy, it was neat to see these in real life!
The Bio Park also had a Bug-arium. While I’m not the biggest fan of bugs (who is?), it was neat to see their Leaf Cutter Ants traveling throughout the building. If you’ve never seen those up close, it’s a really interesting sight!
By the afternoon, we were exhausted! After wandering all around the Bio Park, my fitbit left me know we had walked over 12,000 steps. We were off to the hotel room yet again for a nap!
Our evening was spent at the Sandia Resort and Casino. It was a beautiful resort that we got to walk around and get a beautiful view of the mountain. We tried our luck at the penny slots. Jordan really likes one type of slot machine so once he found it, he was set. We aren’t really the gambling type but it’s still fun to play the penny slots. We broke even for the night!
Yet another early wake up call thanks to my body! When we arrived, my husband was obsessed with the Sandia Mountains. They are absolutely beautiful and they just so happen to have a gift shop at the peak. Of course, my husband wanted to drive up there so off we went!
On our drive up the mountain, there were so many cyclists! I’ve heard so many awesome benefits about training in altitude but riding a bike up a mountain that step is not something I can just pick up and do. Those people are tough!
Once we reached the top, I definitely felt the different in the air. We hiked a bit and I was so winded that it was ridiculous. Two miles above sea level is hard for this girl! However, it was worth it for the view of the city below us. There were patches of snow that hadn’t melted so it was cool to see. Needless to say, it was quite a bit cooler at the peak than the city below.
After our adventure on the mountain, we were off to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. This stop was mostly for me since I recently became enthralled with The Manhattan Project and the creation of the Atomic Bomb. New Mexico played such a major role in our nation’s history and it was so cool to learn about it!
Another nap was taken before trying our luck again at the penny slots! It was such a pretty evening and I’m glad we got to see another sunset on the mountains.
We flew back home on Sunday and got ready for the week! Our trip was such a blast and we will definitely be back. It was great to learn so much about New Mexico and it’s rich cultural history.
Now Jordan and I are looking forward to our weekend getaway in June to the hill country for our anniversary!
This week, my husband and I are going on a weekend trip. We had a bunch of airline points available so we figured why not? This past year, I’ve traveled a lot for work and I picked up a few tips on keeping a healthy routine while traveling! Continue reading Traveling Healthy on a Budget!→
One of my “resolutions” this year was to eat meatless one day a week. Some weeks weren’t as easy but recently I have been bitten by the cooking bug and have been trying to many protein and meat alternatives! Tempeh and tofu have become some of my go to ingredients when cooking vegetarian meals. Even if you’re not planning to become a vegetarian soon, I would give tempeh a try! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Tempeh→
So it’s kinda of obvious but I’m sure everyone knows about cauliflower. However, this post will change the way you think about this crunchy veggie! Unless your diet is mostly veggies or you just like to expand your dietary horizons, you probably don’t know just how many ways cauliflower can add to your meals! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Cauliflower→
It’s been exactly one week after my race and I’m already getting antsy. Will this feeling ever go away? I’m definitely addicted to running.
Before my race, I had been having some issues with my hip. Ultimately, I think it’s due to weakness in my muscles and IT Band tightness. I plan to spend another week without running and plenty of rehab to see how my hip is healing up. This isn’t stopping me from researching races and new training plans though! I’m super thankful that I’m working on the Tone It Up Bikini Series at the moment because it’s giving me a good mix of strength training and cardio (speed walking for me!) to keep me busy. Continue reading Couch Potato Weekend!→
I’m back to talk about another one of my favorite foods. Well this one isn’t so much of a food but a very important ingredient for smoothies and the like. I stumbled upon Spirulina when I was trying to make a salad dressing. I had never heard of such thing and I had no idea where to find it in the grocery store. After a lot of searching, I found powdered Spirulina with the health supplements! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Spirulina→