Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Friday!

I've been in a rush all day. Why does Friday have to be so busy! Here's my 5 on Friday!

1. The deck that is taking forever is taking shape! We will officially be laying down decking this weekend! I can't wait to be able to enjoy this deck!

2. My litte brother gave us all a horrible scare on Tuesday night. He was in a motorcycle accident. It was only him and he was about a block from his house. He was going the speed limit, which I think was 30 mph, and somehow he ended up in the ICU.

1. Speaking of my brother. I want to say thank you for all your prayers. He has been relased from the hospital. He ended up with lots of road rash, a laceraed liver and kindey, and a fractured thumb. He isn't out of the woods yet though. He has to really keep an eye on things for at least another 2 months and he could still end up with surgery on his hand. Thankfully it was not as bad as it could have been. 

4. This city never stops amazing me. The view that my brother had from his hospital room was amazing. I am constantly falling in love with Chattanooga. 

5. Did I mention that today is Friday?? 4 day work weeks always seem to fly by! I am so thankful that I have the entire weekend to relax, or build a deck. 

Happy weekend y'all!! 
Linking up for 5 on Friday! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

[How To] Getting Back Into Working Out After A Minor Injury

I know I have mentioned it before, but I hurt my back at the end of March. It is what caused me to really take the blog breaks I did. But it did more than that. It stopped my workouts. After my first visit to the chiropractor, I was hoping all was going to be okay, but that wasn't the case. Instead the chiropractor told me no working out, just walking. How am I supposed to "just walk?" Needless to say, I was unhappy. So I did what anyone would do, I ordered a pizza and sat my butt on the couch. Anyone else guilty of that? Here I am almost 2 months later, and I have gotten the semi-go ahead to work out. I am meeting with a physical therapist twice a week, and I have to do the exercises at home as well. Getting back into this is a lot harder than I expected, and I have learned a few things along the way.

#1 : You do have to walk before you run : In most cases, you will need to scale your workouts way back. After all, you are recovering from an injury. Take a deep breath. It will get better. Start out slow. Go for a walk, then after a week, or so, add in some jogging if you body can handle it. If you had been working out before your injury pretty regularly, it shouldn't take long for your muscles to remember. You will be back to running in no time.

#2 : You won't be who you were before : Like I said, you will probably need to scale your workouts back. Prepare yourself for that. Nothing is worse than planning a lifting session and not being able to complete it. Mentally prepare yourself before that initial workout.

#3 : Stay Motivated : It will be difficult at first, but you will be back to where you were. The key is to stay motivated. Figure out what motivates you, and make sure to motivate yourself daily.

#4 Listen to your Doctor and your body : It is so important to make sure you listen to your doctor. Doctors go to school for years and they know what they are doing, so listen to them. If your doctor says no running for 5 weeks, don't run. Be sure to listen to your body as well. Your body will tell you if it isn't ready for that 100 lb back squat. Listen and know when to slow down. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself again.

#5 Remember You Can Do This! : Just breathe. Your recovery may take longer than expected. It may take less time. Remember you will get back to where you were. It was only a minor injury. Stay positive. Stay happy. Progress is progress no matter how slow. Slow progress is still a step in the right direction. Remember you can do this!

I'm off for a quick workout before work. Slow and steady wins the race.

Have you ever had a minor injury keep you from working out?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Year 1 (2010-2011)

Looking back on our first year of marriage has been so fun. As C and I inch closer and closer to our 4th anniversary, we realize how easy it is to forget the things that happened in previous years. When we realized that, we decided it was important to put something together so we can look back on each year. We decided on photo books, but I had the idea of a photo blog post with captions for some of my favorite moments. So I am starting today with year 1!

Obviously we got married & honeymooned, so here is our first year after that.

December 2010 : We celebrated our first married Christmas. It was a so much fun to see how we blended our traditions. C learned that I never out up just 1 Christmas tree, and it is always acceptable to sing Christmas songs.

January 2011 : We survived our first snow storm. We were lucky enough to have friends and some family over to enjoy the snow and sled down massive hills. We were also blessed no one was hurt. We built our first snowman together, and C learned that snowman building is an art form.

February 2011 : We made a quick decision to pack up and move from GA to the beautiful city of Chattanooga, TN. I had been working for my dad in Chattanooga for 4 months, so after talking it over, C came up, applied for a few jobs and got 3 offers that same day. 2 weeks later we were moving and he started his new job.We started our lives in Chattanooga, a place we both now refer to as home.

April 2011 : We watched as future family promised to love each other and cherish each other for the rest of their lives. It was an honor to attend my future step brother and step sister in laws wedding.

April 2011 : After living in Chattanooga for a month or so, I finally convinced C to explore some of the surrounding areas. We ventured to Fall Creek Falls, as well as several other places. 

April 2011 : C learned that I love any holiday and anything festive. We celebrated our first Easter buy filling each others Easter baskets full of things we knew the other would enjoy. 

April 2011 : We were in shock, and we grieved the loss of C's childhood home (and the first home we lived in together) after a tornado tore through the south.

May 2011 : We showed our love and support for my middle step brother as he graduated high school and began the next chapter in his life.

June 2011 : I introduced C to Riverbend. Turns out he loved it just as much as I thought he would!

June 2011 : Our summer wasn't spent just working. We got to spend the summer enjoying the lake. I am so thankful that we live so close to the lake. It makes the summer that much easier to handle.

July 2011 : Our first vacation as a married couple was also C's first cruise. That cruise was the cruise that really started our love of the cruising.

August 2011 : We celebrated C's birthday by going camping. I love birthdays just as much as a holiday, so I made sure to make plans that C would love. 

October 2011 : Helping C deal with being homesick meant we took spontaneous rock climbing trips. Anything to get his mind off of missing GA. 

October 2011 : We celebrated our first anniversary in Ellijay, GA where we picked apples and pumpkins. Little did we know it would start a new tradition. Every fall since, we have gone to Ellijay in honor of that first anniversary. 

Talk about taking a look back. I feel like that was ages ago! We look so young. It is hard to believe that was 3-4 years ago. Where has the time gone?

Do you remember any special moments from your first year of marriage?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide

C is not a dad yet, but hopefully some day he will be. So when I thought about Father's day, I wanted to put together a gift that was great for men of all ages. What could be more manly that grilling right? 

I tend to shop at Crate and Barrel as often as possible when it comes to gifts. I really love their flat rate shipping. But that isn't the only reason I shop there. I have never been disappointed in the products they sell. The quality is great and the grilling stuff is no exception. (And no this isn't a sponsored post by C&B, I just really love the store.)

S here is the Father's Day Gift Guide I have put together for the king on the grill in your life. 

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If your dad/husband is one that is on the go a lot, but still loves to grill, you should consider this Portable Charcoal Grill.

And as always, my dad usually says he needs socks when I ask him what he wants. This year, I am going to get him these socks and hopefully a laugh too.

I hope this helps if you are searching for a great Father's Day gift for the man in your life! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend and Lots of Deck Building

First off, I would like to say thank you to all of those who gave their life for our country. I am forever grateful for those who gave their life. And a special thank you to those families who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to you, especially today on Memorial Day. 

Photo/caption seems to be the best way to recap a weekend. Our weekend started off by continuing our ongoing deck remodeling process. I feel like this is taking forever.  We started on this project I don't even remember how long ago. It is just taking forever. Getting the old deck up was the worst part. But when we finally got it all down, we realized we had to replace some supports, and we had some issues with some areas around the house that had to be taken care of. After that was all taken care of, the task of expanding the deck came next. But not before a quick baby shower break. *More on that in a few weeks.* Obviously selfies had to happen. 

Sunday morning, we ended up running a little late for church, so we streamed a service online from North Point Church in ATL, with Andy Stanley. We have head some of his stuff before and really enjoyed it, so that was our pick on Sunday morning. After that, it was back to work on the never ending deck. But once again, selfies were involved. Funny faces are my favorite. 

While C worked on the deck, I put my new green thumb to use and planted some flowers. Last year I killed every plant I touched, but this year, I seem to be doing pretty well with keeping things alive. 

C's parents came up Sunday to stay the night, and help with the deck. The amount of work that they put into it in just a matter of hours was amazing. The deck project that seemed to be taking forever, started to move a little faster. 

This morning, we woke up, C and his dad went for a run, then it was back to working on the deck. Obviously building a deck is seriously hard work.

All was smooth sailing until we tried to figure out what we were actually planning on doing with the deck. Once we figure that out, all went well, until the sudden downpour. Luickly, we got a ton done. I am so excited that we are getting this done so much faster now. Thankfully, C's dad is going to come back and help. I am happy to say that our deck is now 700 square feet. 700 square feet of pure awesome (almost awesome) outdoor living space. I am really looking foward to having this done. 

I don't eant to go back to work tomorrow, but luckily tomorrow is Tuesday, so that means a short week for me! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday! Hello 3 day weekend!

I am so glad that it is finally Friday! The company I work for didn't decide if we were working on Monday or not until Wednesday. So when I found out, I did a little happy dance, then made the decision that even though I hate sleeping in because it wastes the day, I plan on sleeping in on Monday! Anyway, on to the 5 on Friday!

1. This is my 5th post this week. I highly doubt any of you are as excited about this as I am. I have missed this little blog, and now that I am finally feeling like myself again, I am finally posting, and even planning posts. Would you guys believe me if I told you I had some posts planned for November already?

2. I'm pretty sure that I am getting the green light for working out again from the physical therapist. I had my first session with her yesterday, and she told me I was more advance than she expected, so she is giving me harder workouts. I have to say I am really happy about that! I have really missed working out, and I have been dying to get back into it.

3. C and I went and did a little grocery shopping last night. C has been in a habit of buying me flowers anytime we are someplace that has flowers, and last night was no exception. I have gotten roses the past 2 times, but as much as I love roses, I was really glad to see him change it up a bit. These pretties are sitting on my bed side table. They make it feel like spring.

4. My kitchen may or may not have looked like this most all week. Okay, who am I kidding? My kitchen table has looked like this since Tuesday. With all the plans we have had so far this year, our spring cleaning was put on hold. Now that we finally slowed down a little, we have gotten into spring cleaning. We have been doing a little bit at a time, but the kitchen is our biggest job. Good thing we are getting rid of a bunch of stuff we don't need. 

5. I mentioned yesterday about us going Paleo, and I am still really pleased with how I am feeling. That and I am super happy about finding these fruit snacks. I'm not 100% sure if they are Paleo, but they are organic, and I can read all the ingredients, and they are yummy, so I have added them into my lunch bag. They make me feel like a little kid again.

Happy weekend everyone!! 

Linking up for 5 on Friday!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why we went Paleo

Since I hurt my back, I have been unable to work out. It sucks too because I had just started to really get back into fitness. I'll be honest, my diet was horrible. It was full of foods that I knew I shouldn't be eating, like pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. So, after some research and talking to friends and family who are currently living the paleo lifestyle, C and I decided it was something that we wanted to try out.

Now, for most people, this lifestyle might not work, but for us, it works. When we first started, we weren't sure that we would be able to stick to it. In fact, we actually tried it for a few weeks, then stopped. When we went back to our normal eating habits, we realized how horrible it made us feel. When we attempted to try Paleo again, we stuck to it. Our main concerns were milk, cheese, and pasta. Those were pretty big staples in our house. Once we got through the first week, it was a breeze. We didn't miss the milk, cheese, or pasta like we thought we would.
The benefits of this lifestyle are what has really sold us. We feel better. We are sleeping better. I feel like I am more focused. I get more work done, and I am more energized all day. Food tastes better. All in all, this lifestyle suits us. And it means I am finally eating my veggies. I'm pretty sure my mom would be happy about that.
Have you ever considered trying the Paleo lifestyle? Do you have any favorite Paleo recipes you are willing to share? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Our Honeymoon

I'm really enjoying these picture posts. I am an aspiring photographer, so pictures speak more to me than words do sometimes, especially when it comes to memories. So that is how I have decided to share our love story, wedding, and beyond.

One surprise that came was that our wedding night, we spent in the St Regis in ATL. It was a gift from my dad, and it was a great end to our wedding day.

When we got married though, I had just quit my job because they weren't going to let me off for my wedding, so we were living on 1 income at the time. We were young, and we had just a little in savings. So our honeymoon was no where near extravagant. It was simple just like we were. It suited us. We went to Gatlinburg for the week. Getting married in the fall, then honeymooning in the mountains was perfect. The colors were so beautiful. Unfortunately it rained most of the week, and I'll be darned if Aunt Flo didn't decide to visit. With all the downs, so to speak, we enjoyed Gatlinburg by being a couple of typical tourists and enjoying everything from the Ripley's attractions, to Dixie Stampede, to the Sky Life, to Obergatlinburg. And since we both had recently turned 21, we enjoyed the 3 wineries that Gatlinburg had. They have 4 now, with the new one being our favorite. It was great week, and neither of us wanted to leave, but we had to get back to reality.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


It occurred to me this morning that I am about 4 months from turning 25. How in the...? I know I shouldn't take this upcoming birthday very hard, but I am. Call it a mid-mid-life crisis if you will, though I am not suggesting I will live to be 100 either. By now, I expected to be graduated from college, married, and trying to start a family to name a few things. I had hoped to have learned a new language, traveled to far away places, picked up ballroom dancing as a hobby, and purchased a home.

Obviously, I am married, and I have traveled to the Caribbean, which for me is far enough away to count. I didn't graduate college. We aren't trying to start a family. I can only speak English and I am a horrible dancer. When it comes to a home, we basically own the home we are currently living in, but we are still renting it. Though it looks like buying it might be in the near future.

I am lucky enough to say that I have done several things I didn't think I would by this age. I have a career I love. I am living in my hometown again, which I never thought would happen. We paid cash for our vehicles. For me, those things are a pretty big deal. They are things that I never thought I would do in my entire life. I always thought I would settle on just a job. I never thought I would be in Chatty again. I certainly never thought I would have paid cash for one car, much less 2.

So since this birthday coming up is hitting me so hard, I decided that I am going to make a list of things to do by my birthday! Wish me luck!


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