Christmas Spirit

Where did this weekend go? I feel like I blinked and it was over. However, Christmas is in full effect at my apartment. Here’s the final product of all our decorating the past couple of weeks.

IMG_5430 IMG_5429 IMG_5434 IMG_5431 A lot of fun things happened on my end this weekend. Starting with Christmas shopping with no money. Always fun. I did a lot of window shopping… And drooling over new lululemon yoga pants. The usual.

IMG_5399 IMG_5398We did find a huge tree in the Domain to take a picture in front of. Pretty sure this should be our Christmas card for the roomies of this apartment.

IMG_5397After Christmas shopping for a few hours, we went to Tiffany’s boyfriends house for game night! I didn’t take any pictures of that… Well become a lot of drinking was involved. And no one looks cute after a few hours of that. ;)

IMG_5396This morning, I decided to do something a little fun. On Saturday, Chris and I put together Tiffany’s keyboard that she got for her birthday.

IMG_5432I used to teach myself songs back in high school by listening to a song on repeat on my iPhone until I could figure it out. So I decided to do one of my favorites from back then to see if I still had the magic touch. Konstantine by Something Corporate is actually a pretty easy song to learn, since it’s the same chords over and over again. I am still pretty bad, but it was a lot of fun to try again!

Anyways, happy Sunday! :)

 

 

Love Actually and Straight No Chaser

Good morning, all! My morning started off with a big old cup of vanilla coconut macaroon coffee in a festive mug.

I bought the coffee at Target, not really sure what to expect, but it’s absolutely delicious!

Last night was girls night. So my roommate, Noel, and I all cuddled up on the couches and watched Love Actually. Such an amazing movie. We all talked about how every time you watch the movie your favorite love story always changes.

index15However, mine is always the same. My second favorite will always change. But I can’t help but tear up and get all sappy whenever he shows up at Kiera Knightley’s door with the posters telling her how much his wasted heart will love her. I die. It just kills me.

images15Very much like the scene in When Harry Met Sally. The one where he runs across the city to get to her at the New Year’s Eve party to confess his love for her. Those types of things just kill me.

It was good to have a nice relaxing night home with them while we stuffed face with cheese and crackers, they drank mulled wine, and we all devoured gingerbread. Perfect ending to my sickly little day.

Now I’m off to rock out to Straight No Chaser’s holiday pandora station and smell the cookies my roommate is baking for her friends and family today. At some point I’ll hit the grocery store… Maybe.

The Yolo and Cuddles Plague

TGIF, everyone! I randomly came down the plague at some point after my workout yesterday and have been working through an awesome feeling of what I imagine being dragged around by a bus would feel like.

Googling your sickness funny facebook status quoteWhen I’m sick, I can’t help but try to seek out comforting things. Like this sticky gingerbread topped with cream cheese frosting that my roommate made. It’s like sickness and semi-death bring about something known as the YOLO diet. I didn’t make it up… It’s scientifically proven.

photo 2-25Or snuggles. Lots of snuggles. Most of those snuggles have come in the form of two cats. ;) And a really awesome friend who puts up with my shenanigans. He got me sick, so he owes me, right? One thing making being sick better is this Well Fed 2 Italian Meat Sauce that is supposed to feed 12… It lasted five days… Oops.

photo 1-24On the bright side, once I am done work today I have the entire weekend off! Can I get a woop woop?! Tonight is going to involve a girls night on the couch watching Love Actually, footies, and probably more gingerbread. Don’t judge me, it’s almost Christmas and my nose and throat sounds like a tuba. Plus, I have to complete the look with my fleece sock monkey footie pajamas. I’m 23 going on 5.

IMG_5394I’m the most attractive person on the planet. Any takers? ;) The only thing missing today is a winter dream tea latte or a caramel brulee latte. So those might need to happen. Oh, and if it wasn’t obvious by the gingerbread I have officially started to reverse diet back up to above maintenance to put on some good size and strength this winter. About time. Slow and steady wins the race. I’ll try again when I’m feeling the bikini pressure. T minus 9 days till I am on a plane home for Christmas! I cannot wait to see my love bugs and family. Did I mention all of my best friends, minus Tamar, are going to be home together for the first time in over 2 years?! My game plan is tackling them all to the floor in public when I see them. I just haven’t told them yet. I hear Christmas surprises are in this season. ;) Happy Friday!

Festivities Galore

I’m back! I finally settled in to the million in one changes that have happened in my life over the past month and a half and am ready to refocus on all the things that make me happy this holiday season. I moved into a new apartment, I broke up with the boy (no sad faces! He’s with someone wonderful and I’m taking time to find my passions and build friendships), and I’ve been focusing on work and getting ready to go home for the first time in over a year.

I’m so happy to see my family this season that I’ve had a count down going since like the beginning of October when my Mom bought my plane tickets.

ChristmasThe past two months in pictures for all of you…

IMG_5076 IMG_5078 IMG_5079 IMG_5080 IMG_5081 IMG_5082 IMG_5083 IMG_5084 IMG_5085 IMG_5266 IMG_5267 IMG_5295 IMG_5296 IMG_5300 IMG_5301 IMG_5302 IMG_5303 IMG_5304 IMG_5305 IMG_5306 IMG_5307 IMG_5308 IMG_5309 IMG_5310 IMG_5318 IMG_5319 IMG_5320But fast forward to this past weekend, since no one needs a novel of my life the past two months, it was my roommate, Tiffany’s, birthday! It was quite the whirlwind of a weekend. We started on Friday, with something low key over at a bar called Sherlocks. I completely forgot to snap a picture of most of these festivities by the way. Either because I was too busy running around with a drink in my hand or stuffing food into my pie hole. What else is new? Saturday night was actually a lot of fun and I am sad I didn’t get pictures to share with all of you. A group of us went to Peche, which is an absinthe bar in downtown Austin. I actually hate licorice, so I didn’t partake in the absinthe side. But they did have amazing vodka based drinks that I was all over. I got something called the French 77 and the Lina Grey. Both made with some sort of vodka or gin. The French 77 also had St. Germaine and champagne from what I remember. They were both really delicious! I love when you can’t taste the alcohol in drinks, but suddenly after an hour you feel like you’re back in college again with the buzz. ;)

We then walked a couple of blocks, rather slowly due to us being in heels the size of the Empire State building, to a bar called the Elephant Room. The Elephant Room is a jazz bar with live music and quite a few beers on tap for your pleasure. We ended up bumping into a group with someone who we thought shared a birthday with my roommate, but later found out they were just from out of town and thought it would be fun to pretend it was their birthday. Regardless, we ended up having a huge rambunctious group in the middle of this jazz bar. I’m sure everyone loved us… And by love, I mean we may have cleared out the bar at one point.

On Sunday, yes it was all weekend festivity, we went to the annual Zilker Park Trail of Lights in downtown Austin to check out all the amazing lights. I wasn’t able to make it last year, so I was really glad I got the chance this year. It was actually really cool for someone who has never been. It was pretty chilly, so I was all bundled up, and obviously doing interpretive song and dances throughout the entire trail. My poor roommate and her boyfriend. I’m like their child. The good news, I had a wing man this time. My roommates friend Noel joined us. I think our commentary should have been recorded and played for everyone walking that trail.

IMG_5374 IMG_5375 IMG_5376 IMG_5377Anyways, it was a great weekend and I was so glad I got the chance to celebrate with her. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wender 5/3/1 and CFSB

Hey y’all!

So for the past three weeks I have been following an amazing program that I put together. Probably the best one I have ever written and potentially ever will write. Hopefully that isn’t the case. Gotta keep those creative juices flowing.

Anyways, I’ve been doing really heavy lifting to get my strength up along with really heavy metcons to keep my conditioning in tip top shape. The reason being, is next year I am weighing my options on competing in a few different competitions. The ideas have been a figure show, a power lifting show, and a Spartan Race. Will I do all three? Probably not, because I have ADD. But I am going to try to do two. At least one… I think I can commit to one. ;) But Wendler 5/3/1 is a power lifting routine created by Jim Wendler that has you lifting 4 main lifts in a week based on percentages of your one rep max along with designated reps for the week. So I do that every other day and in the middle of those big workouts I will use random Crossfit metcons and cardio to keep my conditioning as well as strength under metabolic stress up.

I’ll share with you the one from two days ago.

Warm Up: 1000 m Row

5 Rounds for Time:
5 Chin Ups (I did jumping chin ups, since I’m not strong enough yet)
5 Dips
5 Thrusters (65 lb Rx)

Time: 4:23

Then I did some random skill work to cash out the workout. I walked around the track doing a 35 lb farmer walk (holding a 35 lb plate in one hand while walking) alternating hands each lap and throwing in two sprint laps. Repeat 3 times for a total of 1.25 miles. Then I ran another 3 miles. It was a great time and now my obliques are shouting obscenities.

The one I am doing today is even more fun! ;)

5 Rounds for Time:
5 Box Jumps (24″)
5 Deadlifts @ 65% (120 for me this week)
5 Burpees
Rest 90s

Skill Work: 
5×5 Push Ups
5×5 Pull Ups

Let me know if you guys try these! Happy workouts!

Bacon! Gimme more please!

So I love bacon. Sorry, happy Friday! I love bacon. For a long time I was stuck in an oatmeal for breakfast routine. I think that routine lasted somewhere around 2 years. Insanity! I neglected bacon for breakfast for far too long. So I’m now making up for it and eating it for breakfast… Every morning. Judge me. It’s black pepper bacon! AKA. The best bacon in Texas. That’s probably a lie. But I have yet to go on a bacon adventure to prove myself wrong. So just take my word for it.

photo-3Looks like my plans of running outside this week have completely been foiled. The horror! So now I have to come up with some steady state cardio plan for inside. Every time I look at the stair master, which would probably be the quickest way to get it done I shudder. Not a normal response, well aware. It just reminds me of when I wanted to compete in a show and I spent like an hour on that thing, thinking some how it was a healthy way to lose weight. This was after 2 hours of weight training. I had a death wish.

I could bike… And fiddle with my phone. Let’s be real that will last two minutes. How do y’all make the time pass? I’m not trying to get my heart rate up too high, just a nice and steady pace. Nothing? Perfect.

index25On an exciting note, I am getting kettlebell certified on Sunday. I’ll be sure to post about those shenanigans. It’s a class being held in Houston at a CrossFit box. My manager was so convincing about how fun it would be that I took the plunge… I thought more people would too. But apparently, I am the only sucker besides him who bought a spot and now it’s just me and him… In the car to Houston… 3 hours away… Starting at 5 am. Poor guy. He doesn’t even know what he got himself into. Especially caffeinated, Meghan. Insert evil laugh here…

I’m off to go train some clients and create boulders for shoulders! :) Have a happy Friday!

My Hippie Phases

Hey guys!

I wanted to write a super random post about my hippie phases. What is a hippie phase, you ask? It’s a phase that comes around these parts every few months due to my body’s revolt of normal things. I’m a big believer in all things in moderation. However, sometimes moderation, on my end, turns into daily moderation. Usually, I’m fine for about 3-4 months and then it all catches up to me.

There’s a reason why I never say I am gluten free because of gluten intolerance’s or what not, because I eat gluten sometimes. I try not to label my diet anymore. For a long time I was “paleo,” but my version of paleo. I included foods/supplements that my body could handle and then eventually started introducing more stuff back in. Just because I enjoy cupcakes, pasta, pancakes, cereal etc. So usually, my diet errs on the 80/20 paleo side.

However, every few months my body starts to get a little unhappy with some of my less healthy food choices. Even if it’s a once a day kind of thing. *cough* the desserts you’ve been seeing as my nighttime snack lately*. Even my hair starts to revolt. What does that even mean? It’s get a sticky, frizzy, dry feeling. It’s gross. Like a weird coating sits on it.

This is around the time I usually spend a bit more money and go back to the natural organic hair care, cut out gluten again for a bit, and cut most grains out again. I can handle dairy just fine. So I don’t even bother with that nonsense. I’ve been through a Whole30 and it doesn’t affect me at all. Neither do eggs or nuts. Unless I’m eating a ton of nuts. Then I break out. But ain’t nobody got the fat macros for that these days.

So tomorrow sparks the start of my third and final hippie phase this year. I have to watch it at my nightly snacks again. I am still leaving protein powder, my multivitamin/omega/d3 supplemet, and coffee in my diet. But I am cutting out my bcaas (which are potentially giving me this weird rash on my arm), preworkouts and all that goes into it, gluten, too much sugar, and grains out. Probably just for a few weeks to see if that helps.

I’ll keep you updated on my process! I’m hoping it helps. Normally people ask why I introduce stuff back into my diet that I know bothers me after a while. The answer? I’m human. A lot of the things I enjoy are things my body doesn’t exactly agree 100% with. If I’m not deathly allergic and I know what they do to my body, then it’s my choice to make an informed decision to eat it anyways. Sometimes my body just needs and deserves a reset. Imagine the creativity that will be flowing for the next month with desserts.

Have a happy Thursday, guys! I’m working 12 hours over here at the store. So wish me luck in my boredom. I’m pretty sure I already had a drug lord stop by. Say whhaaatttt?!