tuesday thoughts: {the future}

Hey friends!

So what has been on my mind lately? The future. UGH. Graduation. JOBS. Trying to decide what I want to do with my life.

This is a really anxious time for me because I am such a planner and neeeeed to have everything planned out perfectly, the uncertainty of what I will be doing and where I will be living in May is stressing me out to the max. Can’t I just live in the Kappa house with all of my besties for forEVER??

Stress for Anne = overeating, grumpy mood, not sleeping, no motivation to work out or do anything productive for school, etc. AKA not cute.

Last night two of my best friends and I had a forever long life chat. It made me feel so much better to talk about it and know I am not the only one freaking out. Here are a few thoughts I need to continue reminding myself:

I know God has a perfect plan… I just need to be patient (which is not exactly my strong suit ;).

Have a happy stress-free Tuesday!!

Question: Do you find yourself worrying about your future?

 

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wiaw: {my weekend at home eats + p’s birthday dinner}

Hi friends!

So you guys may remember that I went home this weekend!! It was amazing 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesdayis a little different than the usual… it is a little bit of my at home eats mixed in with P’s birthday dinner. I am SO proud of the dinner that I dedicated an entire post to it.

{Thanks Jenn for hosting this!}

wiaw

A quick weekend recap (sorry for the lack of food pictures… who am I?!):

Thursday night I met this little crazy person at the airport and we got to Jackson around 11 pm. P was coming to pick us up and Rebecca came with him to surprise us 🙂 We got home and I got to hang out with my favorite person (okay animal) ever for a little while and stayed up catching up with the fam.

Friday morning P and I went with my family to watch Becca perform in the pep rally! Is she really a senior?!?! We joined my grandparents for lunch at my favorite Keifers and then went on a 2 mile run with Gumbo!

We went to dinner with his parents and then to the football game to watch Rollins crown the new queen… CONGRATULATIONS LUCY!! Lucy has been one of Rebecca’s best friends for forever and we could not have been more excited for her on this special night!

Saturday I had breakfast with my bestie at Broad Street and then mom and I went dress shopping with my cousin who is also on the homecoming court at her high school in a few months!!

I spent the rest of the day cooking and preparing for P’s birthday dinner with my family.

Let’s talk about about this dinner. What was on the menu?!

1. Grilled salmon for me, mom and dad. I marinated the salmon in a baby drop of olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it. It was amazing! P grilled (yes, he had to help with his birthday dinner haha) them for about 5-7 minutes. They turned out perfectly!

2. Filets for P, Becca and Ro. I used this recipe for the steaks and they turned out FANTASTIC. Full of flavor. I marinated them all day in some kind of special meat sauce and worchistier. They were perfect!

3. Grilled shrimp. Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper and garlic salt. Grilled for about 2 minutes on each side.

4. Asparagus with roasted pine nuts. Dizzled in olive oil and roasted at about 400 degrees with a sprink;e

5. Mushroom quinoa. I used this recipe: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto. It was fanastic! I like having a carby side with dinner and quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein and a really healthy complex carb. Healthy and delicious? I’ll take it!

4. Fresh Market french bread.

5. Salad with asiago cracked pepper dressing.

6. Chocolate fudge pie.

opening his gifts!

Modeling his new hat.

Sunday was a rainy, lazy day and I did not get out of my pjs until I was forced to go to the airport 😦

Diva HATES the rain

Did I mention we got fro yos the size of our head and I ate all of mine and all of his? It was a neat moment.

It was a perfect weekend at home. I was getting real homesick for my family and this was just what I needed! See you guys later this week!!!!

Have a YUMMY, FAB Wednesday!

Question: What are you eating today/ lately?!

wiaw: {reeling in my snacky fingers}

Hi guyyyyss!

Is it really only Wednesday? Why is this week going by SO slow?

So in yesterday’s post I talked to you about my set up for the week. My goal is to keep my fingers from hanging out in every chip bag multiple times a day. AKA the sweet potato chips, Pirates Booty popcorn, animal crackers and baked cheetos. If I could only have a handful that would be great. But once I eat a few, I end up eating like 6 servings and then am too full for a nutritious snack or meal.

The thing is, I honestly would rather have an apple and almond butter or greek yogurt with berries but grabbing some chips seems easier than cutting the apple and spooning out the nut butter. When in reality they both take about the same amount of time. You guys know I am crazy.

Sooo… yesterday was my first time attempt at switching my snacks to better options. Now if I could just make it a habit…

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

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wiawBreakfast- 7:45 am:

Oatmeal pancake loaded with banana slices + blueberries + chia and flax seeds and topped with a smidge of peanut butter and sugar free syrup.

Lunch- 11:45 am:

Gigantic salad beast.

{Grilled chicken, tomato, 1/4 avocado, shredded carrots, cucumbers, spinach with a tsp of hummus and tsp of tetraziki sauce}

Snack(s): 

You may thinks this looks like a lot of snacks… BUT I like to snack. I just need to remember to have snacks that are good for me 🙂 It gives me energy and powers me through the day especially if I do not have a big lunch or have an afternoon workout.

1:30 pm-

Still kinda hungry from lunch so I had a little baggy of almonds. Maybe like 20?!

2:30pm-

Banana (unpictured!! sorry!!)

3:30 pm-

1/2 apple with 1 tsp of almond butter

Workout- 4:30 pm:

Bikraaaammmmm!!!!!!

Dinner- 7 pm:

Salmon filet and broccolini from Central Market + a baby half of a sweet potato

Desert- 8pm:

Green tea + 2 squares of Dove chocolate 🙂

I have said this before and I will say it again… I will never give up desert. EVER. Life is entirely too short.

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And that is a full day of eats for me!! I hope you guys have a fantastic Wednesday!

Question: Do you have snacky fingers?! What are you eating today?!

I am an emotional basketcase + a HUGE surprise

Hi friends!

How are you guys?!

I had every intention of doing a MIMM post yesterday but the day went by so fast and was over before I knew it! Why are Mondays always so crazy?

Let’s talk about something. Remember on Friday when I posted that post that was just full of positivity. Yeah… well that feeling lasted for about two more hours.

I had a feeling P was coming to visit this weekend and surprise me but he did not come, and he did not come, and he did not come. I waited ALL day on Friday. Finally at 4 pm I took myself to bed and cried. cried. cried. Did I mention I cried? Like think four year old temper tantrum crying. I am SUCH a drama queen. Then he turned his phone off for like three hours and I am such a psycho I was looking up southwest flights to see if he was on one of them and sending him death threat texts.

Aren’t I am complete treat?! Please do not think this is normal behavior. If this tells you anything my best friend Baxter told me that this is the first time she has ever seen me have a breakdown about me and P in all 4 years. So I am not actually crazy haha.

Ohhh…. here comes 8 pm and I get this text!!

HE CAME!! BEST DAY EVER 🙂 I threw a pillow at him, told him I was so mad at him and then I cried more. My friends thought I had completely lost my mind.

Two of my amazing best friends made dinner reservation for us and we went to Al Beirnet’s and had the best date night ever. Finally! Steak dinner + lots of red wine = a perfect fix for a giant puffy face and swollen eyes happy anne!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to run our 1 mile together! We actually ended up going about 1.3 because someone (okay it was me) forgot to press start to track our mile. Oops! Then we went to Starbucks and got coffees and headed to meet all of my friends for brunch!!

SO happy to be up on a morning run 😉

Frozen bellini for me and mimosas for him!

We boulevarded all day on Saturday, had way too much fun, went to the Katy Trail Ice House with friends. Shared a cheeseburger and fries. And onion rings. And beer. And then hung out the rest of the day!! Saturday night we watched football and got sushi take out. It was the PERFECT date night!!

It was such an amazing weekend. I am the luckiest girl in the world! And I get to see him again in 2 short weeks!

Thanks Val! This picture makes me so happy!

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Now… Lets talk weekly goals. Remember P and I are doing our couch to 8k together so I have to be sure to get that in!!

Eats: Stop taking a bite of everything I see. No… but really! Other than that I am just going to keep normal with my eats. All about the 80/20 rule over here my friends… okay maybe more like 60/40 😉 My meals are great but I am going to try to incorporate some healthier snacks into my day rather than always reaching for animal cracker or sweet potato chips!

Workouts: You may read this and think I am addicted to Bikram. While yes that could in fact be true, you are supposed to practice Bikram a minimum of 3 times per week and more if you can. Some weeks I only have time to go twice and some weeks I have time to go more, it totally depends. So, on weeks where it works with my schedule for me to go a lot I try to fit as much in as possible! Lots of Bikram makes for a very happy me and since I am apparently the world’s greatest emotional basket case right now… I should probably just go live there.

Monday: .5 mile sprint + Bikram

Tuesday: Bikram

Wednesday: 1 mile sprint + 45 minute running intervals

Thursday: 30 min cardio + weights

Friday: Bikram

Saturday or Sunday: 1.5 mile sprint + Bikram + maybe a long walk?!

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I hope you guys have a wonderful Tuesday!! Eat something yummy and healthy for me 🙂

Question: What did you do this weekend?!!?