House Sitting on a Farm!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your week has treated you all splendidly!

I have been house sitting this week and let me tell you it has been an eye opener, in a good way! I’ve been thinking about what kind of house I want to buy, what kind of lifestyle I want to live and of course there are several factors that go in to this. Do I want to grow my own produce, do I want to be zero-waste, do I want acreage, etc.

First let me tell you about the house that I’ve been watching for the past week, it’s a small farm. They have chickens and 3 dogs, a greenhouse, some farming land and a 4 bedroom farmhouse. It is in the middle of well, nowhere really, surrounded by cows and other farms. I absolutely loved it! It was quiet and refreshing to stay there for the week.

It solidified the direction I see myself going when considering lifestyles. I’ve been thinking about the small farm lifestyle, not being a full small farm for years down the road, but I do want a greenhouse and some chickens. I would love to be able to grow some of my own produce just for my household to cut down on grocery shopping.

I was unsure of the chicken adventure until I stayed at this house and really got into the process. It was amazing to go and collect the eggs each day and be able to eat them knowing how fresh they are, at little cost. I will say that when I first started doing it I was nervous the chickens were going to try and escape, because when you have the food bucket they follow you… like sunflowers following the sun. So every time I took their food bucket out of the coop they followed, none escaped so all was well!

One funny thing is when you walk into the coop the eggs could be anywhere! The first time I found an egg right on the coop floor, then I would continue to find them on top of their brooding boxes! Makes you wonder, why even have the brooding boxes if they ain’t even gonna use them, gave me a good laugh each time.

Another great thing about this week has been that I’ve been up before 6am all week. Partially because the commute to work is 40minutes versus my 5min usual “commute”. Waking up at 5:30 the first day was not easy, at all. I am not a morning person, I’m cranky until I’ve had my coffee…seriously. However by the end of the week my body was naturally waking up that early without the alarm.

Now that I’m back to my short commute I am going to have to come up with some ways to be productive first thing in the morning so that I can continue to utilize my day wisely! I think working out in the morning will be one of these things that I do!

What do you do in the morning to get your day going?

Mediterranean Salmon

Mediterranean Salmon
Mediterranean Salmon

With me starting to workout, I knew I should start to eat healthier as well to see the maximum results! With the 21 Day Fix you can eat Salmon and other fish, but Salmon is my favorite so it’s a go to for the house!

This week I made Mediterranean Salmon, I got the salmon from Aldi, so it came with all of the spices already! The cooking instructions for the salmon are just like if you were to cook your own salmon which I do about once a week.

Of course the wine isn’t a part of the healthy eating, but I’m a sucker for some good wine. With the 21 Day Fix you are allowed 2 glasses of wine in exchange for your yellow container (which are your starches)… obviously I did not stick to this rule and kept the starch as part of the dinner.

I love quick dinners (30 minutes max) after a long day at work, especially on a Monday!

This dinner is super simple, see the recipe below:

1 Pre-marinated Salmon from Aldi (can get any kind of marinated salmon from the store, or marinate it yourself!)

1 can Green Beans

10-15 quartered baby potatoes (I seasoned mine with Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Salt and Pepper, tossed in a tablespoon of Olive Oil.)

(Optional) 1 Avocado (diced and ate with salmon)

Clean and cut the potatoes, then toss in the olive oil and seasonings. Bake at 350° for 20-35 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Then you will want to put some butter in a pan and sear both sides of the salmon, depending on how thick your salmon is you will want to put it into the oven for another 15 minutes or until it flakes with a fork. Once both of the potatoes and salmon are in the oven put your green beans in a pot with some water, lemon juice and butter and let them cook for about 10 minutes (you can also do this in the microwave for 2 minutes).

This recipe serves 2 people.

The Struggle to Start

Alright y’all… It’s been a week and a half since I started working out again, and I’ll say this: I didn’t do so hot. First mistake was starting on a Thursday… because you know, the weekend happens. Second mistake was that I only worked out once the following week. What a shame!

So Saturday I went to Aldi (my new obsession) and got a ton of groceries and started back up again this week. I decided to start doing the workouts in the AM with my roommate which helps tremendously, having someone to do the workouts with not only pushes you to do better but holds you accountable…the waking up part, not so much fun.

When I did this before after the first week of waking up early it got a lot easier to wake up in the mornings, plus you start to go to bed earlier which has not been happening for me. This morning I woke up at 5:45a to start the workout at 6 and man was I STRUGGLING. I did not want to get up, but I told myself that I just have to get through this first week and at least todays workout wasn’t cardio based!

With working out we’ve started to eat a lot healthier as well, not as strictly as when I did it at the beginning but pretty close! The joys of this diet is that seafood is recommended because of the health benefits, and let’s face it, it’s one of my favorite foods. Easy peasy!

Last night I made this Mediterranean Salmon (also from Aldi), with green beans and roasted potatoes, I added avocado to the plate because who doesn’t like avocado!

There are always a couple obstacles that I find myself facing after the first few days of working out. 1. I get extremely sore, which is a great thing, BUT it makes it really easy to say I’m too sore to work out today…which I’ve done quite often. 2. Starting the diet alongside the cravings start and my mind wonders to sweets, which are a guilty pleasure of mine. (I was able to mitigate this with making 21 day fix approved chocolate no bake cookies, which ARE amazing… I think they beat out the regular ones! Let me know if you want me to post the recipe below!)

What do you guys find to be the first obstacle you face after the first few days of working out?

Starting my fitness journey… again.

Fitness… what a struggle! Am I right!?

Lets just get down to it… We all have a love/hate relationship with working out and eating healthy, at least I do! I mean I have an affinity for all things that involve food and good times, so I have a hard time saying no to all that deliciousness!

I love how I feel when I’m diving head first into the deep end of working out, drinking enough water, and eating healthy… but for some reason I can justify so many other reasons as to why it’s easier to not stick to it. I’ve told myself that this is not going to happen this time, I am sticking to it and dedicating myself to living a healthier life without the deprivation!

At the start of this year  I started the 21 day fix, a program through I’ve done this program before when I was in college and it worked great, and I was pleased with the results… but once it’s over I was ready for all the snacks I was depriving myself of while on the program. Cake, Cupcakes, candy, and overindulging in all the snacks!

After about two months of being on the program, (we just repeated the 21 days), I fell off the wagon. It’s really easy to come up with the excuses of being too busy, I don’t want to workout alone, I couldn’t wake up this morning to work out, etc. So I’ve been off the program for about two months or so, though I have been eating somewhat healthier since being off it, I just haven’t been depriving myself of the foods I love.

So on Thursday I was in one of those moods that you are just motivated to get your life together! Normally I like to start workout programs or plans on a Monday just to keep the schedule consistent as well as easy to remember which day I’m on and weekends are normally a lighter workout. I’m not doing that this time though because I figure if I put it off through the weekend I wouldn’t want to start it and BOOM motivation gone!

I’ve decided with this round there are a few things that I’m going to do a bit differently! The biggest thing that I’m going to be doing differently is I’m going to be posting about my fitness journey here, to bring you guys along! I feel that this will act as a level of accountability that I haven’t necessarily had before, which is going to help me drive to stick to it.

I also am going to be changing my mindset going into it, rather than thinking that I will do it for this amount of time, I’m going to think of it as a lifestyle change. I want to live an overall healthier life, but I can’t achieve that by being healthy for 21 days, or 2 months.

I’m going to be sharing with you all the workouts that I’m doing, as well as healthy recipes and motivating experiences that I have while going through this journey!

I feel like we all face challenges, I’d like to address some of these in a future post of how we can overcome those challenges, or modify what we are doing to make the challenge less of one!  What are your biggest fitness challenges that you face?

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Just do it.

Why did I start this blog? It’s just like Nike says “Just do it.” and that is exactly what I am gonna do. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for some time now and have never gotten around to it, who are we kidding… that’s not true. I should say I’ve been more hesitant and have come up with a million and one excuses as to why I shouldn’t start it, afraid of what people might think, what they might say about it and nervous that it will be a complete flop.

Recently I’ve been thinking about why I let myself push away opportunites and things that I want to do just because of what I think MIGHT happen or what people MIGHT say. But that’s not what matters, the only thing that matters is that I am doing things that align with my pursuit of happiness and my craving for an extraordinary life. That is exactly what this blog is, a way for me to express my thoughts and share my experiences with you all.

So a little bit about me!

I’ve recently (a year ago…so not too recent) moved across the country, Oregon to Virginia, BIG move huh? This was an exciting move for me. I’ve always lived on the West Coast and was excited to move to a brand new place with so much potential to meet new people, and experience new things in life! One thing I’m excited about Virginia is that I love the outdoors, and VA has those experiences. Anything to do with it. Boating, hiking, camping, you name it and I most likely am a fan!

I currently work as an IT Business Analyst. I know what you’re thinking… what is an IT Business Analyst? Basically I analyze business… HA! Actually I analyze the business processes that are currently the standard for an office and then suggest ways in which we can use technology or software to help improve the business process to make it more efficient. Alright… I know I’ve probably lost you, so I’ll move on!

Looking ahead for the blog, if you’ve read my about page you know that I want this blog to be encouraging and motivational, as well as fun as I attempt to learn new skills. You will see posts about my trips, both day and weekend, DIY projects both successful and not so successful, food related topics… cause who doesn’t love food? I will write about hot topics that I’ve seen floating around the social media as well.

Most importantly I want to engage with YOU. I want to go beyond the blog and connect with you, I want to know your opinions, what you tried, did you try something I suggested, did it work, or did it not? I not only want to encourage and motivate you all, I want to be ecouraged and motviated from you as well!

So to start off my question to you is, what do you want to see me post about? Write your suggestions in the comments below, or use the contact form to send me an email!