A birthday party and a new routine

by Lisa on Monday: Aug 17, 2015

Here we are on another Monday – as usual, full of both possibilities and sleep deprivation! The weekend was a fairly good one over here, mixed with fun and weekly prep work.  Saturday, my parents and brother came over to the house for our annual “triple” birthday party.  My mother, brother and I all have birthdays within a two week period, so over the past few years, we’ve taken to combining the celebration into one day.  The week before that, we threw my mother a huge surprise birthday party at my house that I will also blog about this week – it deserves its own post! As a result, this weekend’s festivities focused solely on my brother and myself.

There was a small cake, presents, pizza and some heated Just Dance competitions.

Sunday, we were all partied out, so D and I stayed in and played video games and marathoned Lost Girl. Today is officially his first day at a new job, so there was some pre-first day jitters over the weekend, but we made sure to prep everything for the week. Most Sundays, I spend an hour or two prepping lunches for the two of us. Yesterday I made D some teriyaki chicken and cous cous that will serve as his lunches for the next several days.

The two of us woke up this morning at 6AM sharp so D could head out early for the new job (it’s a bit of a longer commute, and earlier = less chance of traffic). I woke up with him for moral support and used the time to relax and catch up on some blog reading. This trend will probably continue for most of the week.  Starting tomorrow, I’m going to use the early wake up to get in my workout.


How did you spend the weekend?

A Low Key Weekend

by Lisa on Saturday: Jul 18, 2015

What was looking to be a super busy weekend has now evolved into a low key/relaxing weekend. A friend was supposed to be visiting from out of town, staying over Saturday into Sunday. However, due to illness, the trip was cancelled.

Even though it’s disappointing not to be able to see my friend, in a lot of ways a low key weekend was exactly what was needed. Yesterday, I was able to work from home for the day, and I spent my lunch break scrubbing down the bathrooms in the house. They needed it BADLY, but there’s nothing that motivates me to clean more than impending guests (this was before the plans were cancelled, not that I’m the least big upset to have nice clean bathrooms now though!).

We got some takeout for dinner – I got a veggie sub and a side salad and D got a steak sub – and then we drank some wine and watched season 7 of the Simpsons.


Today, D is not feeling well either, so he’s camped out in the living room marathoning a TV show, and I’m doing some blog work and reading. On the reading list today is “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and “Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard MIR” (side note: I am a space nerd).


Work and life in general have been a little stressful and crazy lately, so I’m hoping this weekend will recharge us for another busy week ahead. Tomorrow will also be full of food prep and planning, as usual on a Sunday.


What are you up to this weekend?

Time to Make Some Changes

by Lisa on Monday: Jul 13, 2015

With all the craziness of the past few years, and especially this particular year, I have to admit that I’ve been neglecting myself a little.  I haven’t been eating the greatest, I’ve been drinking just a little too much wine and I’ve been exercising very rarely.  It’s definitely time to make a change.  I’ve been down this road a lot, so I had to think up some new ways to make it interesting and to motivate me to actually MAKE the changes I ultimately want.


Recently, I decided that it was just about time to invest in a new handbag – one of my all time favorite things to shop for and splurge on!  I found one I loved that was a little pricier than I normally go, but had everything I wanted. In order for me to “earn” this treat for myself, I made a little price chart and everyday I can earn a certain amount of dollars:

  • No alcohol: $20
  • Work out: $15
  • No takeout: $5
  • Walk 11,000 steps: $5
  • There are also “bonuses” if I’m feeling ambitious in a given day, for example: I can get an extra $5 if I do 100 squat or a certain amount of pushups, etc.

    At the end of the day, I add up what I earned and put it in my planner. It helps keep me focused on the goal if nothing else!


    Perhaps an even bigger motivator would be the thought of knowing I have several big events on the horizon that will be much more pleasant and fun if I am in better shape.  There’s a big birthday event in August where I will be seeing much of my extended family.  Also, we have our upcoming annual Disney World trip in September. Oh yeah, and not to mention my upcoming WEDDING! Though that last one is just a little less than a year away, so there’s time for that one.


    The biggest thing I’m doing in order to help me reach my goals (aside from the mini daily goals mentioned above), is that I’m re-starting the 21 Day Fix. I got the system last year around this time in order to help me get in shape for our Japan trip and I really liked doing it. The workouts are pretty difficult and I like how the use of the containers forces me to do some really solid meal planning.

    So, every day my plan is to wake up at 6:30 to get my my workout and then cook myself a healthy breakfast (usually scrambled eggs) to get my day started off right.

    I’m hoping the blog will also help keep me accountable on this journey!


    Have you ever tried the 21 Day Fix? 

    What do you use to motivate yourself to achieve your goals?

    Any big events coming up in your lives??

    A Blog Hiatus Comes to An End

    by Lisa on Wednesday: Jun 24, 2015

    It wasn’t my original intention to take a blogging hiatus, let alone one this long, but sometimes life happens/motivation falters and before you know it, more than a year has gone by! I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed the blogging world while I’ve been gone! There is so much to catch up on, and I will get to all the interesting life events that have transpired lately.

    First, some administrative notes: With my return to the blog, I wanted a new look. I’ve begun the process of creating a new design, but it is by no means finalized! I’m doing everything myself, and while the look is certainly new, it is ever-evolving. Over the next few weeks/months, I will be revamping the sidebar and bringing back the different tabs including the “about” page with some new information.

    However – I didn’t want to wait until then to start writing again!

    So, what’s been happening since I left?

    Well, there’s one thing in particular that has been pretty big: I got engaged! This happened while D and I were in Tokyo this past September, which in and of itself was the trip of a lifetime.

    I’ll be posting more about all of that very soon. For now, I’m glad to be back in action!


    Have you ever taken a blog hiatus?

    What made you come back?


    Spring dreaming

    by Lisa on Saturday: Mar 29, 2014

    Technically spring has arrived, but I haven’t let my guard down about winter yet. We had another close call with a major snow storm this week, and though we lucked out and only got some hurricane-force winds (no snow), I really have a hard time believing this rough winter is finally over. Maybe I’m jaded at this point, but I think I’m being realistic.

    Regardless, we have had a handful of days where the weather has been in the 50s (today included), and I think now may be a good time to start thinking about some things I’m looking forward to about the spring.

    Going outside
    Yup, this is a big one! Last year I started going for short walks outside during my work day, which not only helped keep me moving during an otherwise sedentary day of computer work, but it helped me de-stress from whatever was happening inside the office. I’m lucky enough to work in a place that’s in a somewhat naturey area with lots of little lakes and interesting birds that roam around.

    D and I will often go out on long walks when the weather is nice too. We now live basically across the street from a reservation that’s a great place to go hiking. We’ll be making this a priority in the spring/summer for sure!

    Warmer weather = new clothes!
    I have to tell you – I can’t remember the last time I went clothes shopping! On the one hand, I haven’t wanted to because I’d love to lose a little weight first. But on the other, winter is such a blah time that it’s hard to even care about looking nice. I’m still wearing my gigantic black winter coat every day if that tells you anything. But now I’m starting to look at some new clothes and getting the itch to finally spend some gift cards I’ve acquired over the past 6 months.

    More sunshine
    Winter can get downright depressing with the crazy temps and the lack of any sunshine whatsoever if you work a 9-5 office job (pitch black at 4:30PM = unhappy Lisa). The sun makes me want to be more productive, to get out and do more fun things and just generally makes me feel happy.

    Here’s to the spring! My favorite season of all time. Now to get back on my “eating right” plan so I can wear some spring clothes without feeling self conscious.


    What are you looking forward to about spring?