How Do You Measure a Year?

And just like that…I had my 1 year work anniversary!

1 Year Workaversary

This past year flew by! I honestly cannot believe it. I am so happy with my new job. It’s crazy and challenging, but so worth it :)

So Tuesday I was supposed to run 3 miles for my training run, but I did not. So instead I ran last night after work. We have a run club at work, but I was late. Even though I started after everyone I ALMOST caught up!

Valley Forge

We run at Valley Forge, which is gorgeous, but also very hilly. I did 3 miles at a 10:47 pace. I really need to work on getting back to a 9 minute mile. Lots of work ahead!

Make Time

Yesterday was also around 90 degrees when we were running, but no excuses haha.

Sweaty Selfie

After my run I went home and got ready for dinner with Cindy. She is moving away from me :( but I am so excited for her to start her new life adventure :)

It’s All Fun and Games

Today was day 2 of the 21 Day Fix. So far so good!

awesome
I did not wake up to exercise before work. Today was photo shoot day and I had to get to work early. I am in charge of the content for my company. We create ads for each issue of our magazine, every 8 weeks. We have to make sure everything we tell our customers to make is good. That means we make all the food and DIY projects. It’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of work.

Summer Content
Right now we are working on summer content for 2017!

I made corn on the cob 6 ways and did not eat any of it. I was proud of myself!

After work I came home and did the Upper Fix Extreme. I was supposed to run, but my feet were killing me by the end of the day.

Weights
My arms are killing me, but I am glad I did something even when I was tired.

My goal this summer is to make ice pops! I see recipes all over Pinterest, but I never make them. I really want to try a few, and of course I will blog about anything delicious.

It’s Time

What time? Time for me to get back to blogging!

backSo this week will officially be one year since I moved to Philadelphia for my new job. It is going great, but it keeps me super, crazy busy.

I decided that after a year of being pretty much MIA. I want to get back into blogging. Besides the fact that I miss just writing (even though I am a terrible writer) I also just want to have some me time.

One of the motivators is a fitness group I just started today through Facebook. My weight has been crazy fluctuating for the past year and I have been terrible with my exercising. Blogging about it I think will hold me more accountable.

I also need to start training for a marathon in October. If I don’t start soon, I am not going to make it.

runningI bought the 21 Day Fix a few months ago. I did one round of it and did pretty well. Then I started eating and drinking poorly :(

So back at it! Today I restarted the fix. It’s not easy at first. I also don’t know how anyone could do it in a family setting. I am ok with it because it’s just food for me. I also have yet to figure out recipes so most of my meals are all separate things (protein, veggie, carb) that I just mix together.

My goals this time are to keep to the fix (as much as possible) and also get over 10,000 steps per day. I have my “before” pictures, but those will not be going online anytime soon haha.

21 Day Fix MealsSo I will be blogging about my progress over the next 21 days, and life in general. Maybe I will even do some recap posts to let you know all the crazy stuff I have been up to this past year.

Happy Monday!

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Stitch Fix Updates: February and March

So not only have I been failing to write new blog posts, but the ones I need to write I threw stuff out!

So I usually do a Stitch Fix review after every box, but I forgot after my February box and then I got my March box and I was like “I forgot February!” Then I realized I tossed BOTH sheets with the item info on it. So sadly this post is a picture recap. I don’t have the names of the clothes, or the prices.

I will try to get my shit together for next time, promise.


What I can tell you is I bought my whole February box.

February Dress

Love this dress. It’s prefect for work.

February Top and Pants

These pants I wear all the time. The top I loved, but after washing it once it shrunk :(

February Striped Top and Vest

Big fan of this top. I wore it for my work head shot! This vest is also comfy, but hard to pair stuff with.


My March box was not as great, but still fun. I want to blame my weight gain on not liking a lot of the stuff.

March Top and Pants

This top was the only thing I kept. The pants had a fun pattern, but were too tight.

March Top and Necklace

This sweater was cute. It had a large stripe pattern, but you couldn’t see it with a tank under it. The necklace was just too much of a statement for me.

March Jacket

This was a jacket, but I felt it was more like a cardigan. The lace pattern was just too much for me.

I am looking forward to my next fix. They have shoes now! I also asked for more spring items.

If you don’t have Stitch Fix yet, get on it!

What’s Going On?

Oh hey!

Awkward Hello

I have been MIA for a while. I definitely have had a lot going on, it was not for lack of content. Just lack of time to write. I know, my forever excuse.

Let’s see….what to update?

I finally put my medal racks up in my apartment.

Medal Racks

Only took me 9 months….

I love my new medal/bib rack from York Sign Shop on Etsy. It makes me realize how many more states I need to run in!

Speaking of running.

Running

The weather has been nice enough to start running outside again!

Crazy Weather

But then 2 days later it will snow, so ya there is that.

My pyrex obsession has gotten so out of hand I needed a new place to put it all.

Pyrex

Luckily IKEA has some nice shelves, and Cheryl enjoys putting IKEA stuff together.

When Cheryl was down a few weeks ago I made her do the Snapchat face swap thing that everyone is doing…

Twin Face Swap

Twin face swap!

Never Looked Better

I recently went to Washington DC.

Washington DC

Hi Mr. President! More on that another day.

Obama Hello

My diet has been ok. I have been experimenting with calorie counts and new recipes. You can’t go wrong with zoodles.

Zoodles

Then today was the first day of spring and it snowed.

Spring Ritas

But Rita’s was free so everything evened itself out!

So that was a quick overview of random life lately. Chat soon? Let’s hope.

Party Like It’s Your Birthday

So this year was my 31st birthday. Gah I’m old!

old

This year we decided to rent a cabin in the poconos. Jill’s birthday is the day after ours so we all celebrated together!

Birthday

As an old lady now, it’s nice to just hang out with my friends. We had a good time.

Birthday

Where the house was there was a lake nearby. In the summer you could go there, but we wanted to see what it looked like in the winter.

Frozen Lake

I was surprised that it was frozen over. I mean it was cold, but not SUPER cold.

Frozen Lake

I braved the shores first. Once I realized it was REALLY frozen, I went further out.

Frozen Lake

Yay to still being adventurous at 31!

Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade

So there is a lot about my trip to Disneyland last year that I never got to talk about. One of them was the Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade. I am a big fan of the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disney World so I HAD to see the Disneyland version.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

This electrical parade has a ton of insane colors.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

One of the only times I got to see Tigger in California.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Each float was a different move/character.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Then it was princess time!

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Of course Ana and Elsa had their own fancy float with Olaf.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Then the parade ended when Mickey came out on this crazy, trip, spinny thing. You would have to see it to understand haha.

I really enjoyed the parade. The music was very upbeat. We sat in the freezing cold for like 2 hours, but it was worth it.

Instagram Updates for January 2016

Oh hey it’s already the middle of February and I haven’t done my January Instagram grid.

I contemplated stopping the grid, but decided that my Instagram pics are the most interesting ones I take, at least I think so, and I still want to share them.

Instagramming January 2016

January was filled with failed attempts at getting healthy, lots of snow and drinking and our birthday celebration!

Let’s hope the snow for this year is over. I need warm weather stat!

Working on my Fitness

So it’s me again. I know, I have been such a flake lately. I can get Monday and Tuesday posts done over the weekend and then BAM the week slaps me in the face and I just don’t have time.

face slap

The terrible part is that it has really been messing with my weight. I have been eating terrible aka everything. It’s winter and it’s cold and I love food…the end.

eating

I know that is no excuse :(

Anyway the past two weeks I have been attempting to get back into shape, but it hasn’t been going well. I haven been too tired to get up in the morning for the gym and when I do, running on the dreadmill is miserable.

tired

I can’t keep making excuses though! So I have committed to getting myself back into shape.

That started today. I was scheduled for 10 miles, but it was 10 degrees out. I know myself. I would have gone a mile in the cold and said screw this and came back and that would have been it. Instead I decided to go to the gym.

2016 Fitness

I made sure to wear my favorite shirt so everyone knew how I felt.

It was pretty terrible. I could barely run a mile, but it was progress nonetheless.

2016 Fitness

I did 5 miles with a run/walk strategy.

Then when I got home I made all my food for the week. One of my downfalls has been that I wake up late and run around getting food together. This usually results in me bringing random things that bore me and then I eat badly.

So I made 3 different recipes that I will eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner this week.

Breakfast = Baked Banana and Coconut Oatmeal

2016 Fitness

Lunch = Turkey Veggie Quiche

2016 Fitness

Dinner = Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

2016 Fitness

I had the pot pie for dinner tonight and it was yummy.

I usually get bored of eating the same things day after day, but I am hoping this week I can convince myself that it is better than eating like shit.

I also have a new morning regimen I am going to try this week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday = runs. I mean I have a half marathon in 25 days. Need to get it together! Tuesday and Thursday is strength training and Saturday I am going to try light yoga or rest.

One thing I do have as of right now is motivation! Let’s do this!

running

Best Day EVER!!

So one week ago today was my 31st birthday aka the BEST DAY EVER.

Now you are probably wondering why I was so excited about turning 31. Well I wasn’t so much excited about that as I was about meeting my favorite singer Andrew McMahon!

Cheryl had found tickets for the Jack’s Mannequin reunion show on our birthday, so obviously we had to go. Then 2 weeks before on Instagram they announced a meet and greet. WHAT!!

Jack's Mannequin

We got there earlier than we needed to, but I was ok with that. Luckily it was warmer out.

The meet and greet started later than we thought, but it was worth it. We got to go watch sound check first.

Jack's Mannequin

I have never had a seat so close!

Jack's Mannequin

Then after sound check we got to meet Andrew and get pictures.

Jack's Mannequin

While waiting in line I realized I have been listening to Andrew (and all this bands) for 15 years!!

Jack's Mannequin

BEST DAY EVER!!

After the meet and greet we got food and then waited for the show. We had gotten VIP tickets for the show which means we had a separate section upstairs.

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we did. The pit was PACKED!

Jack's Mannequin

They played the whole Everything in Transit album. I was rocking out to every single song :) It was an awesome show.

Andrew even crowd surfed!

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we shelled out the additional money. It was definitely worth it on my birthday. I also still cannot believe I got to meet Andrew!