• Holy Sh*T Healthy Eating is Messy – I'm a Quitter, Week One Update

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    I am incredibly open about the fact that I am one of the worst housewives on the planet. Really, I’m one of those people who will clean the heck out of my house if I know someone is coming over because I’d be embarrassed if someone saw it in its natural state. Let’s be real, I could never make it on an episode of Hoarders, but if a load of laundry sits on my bedroom floor for a week, I don’t bat an eye.

    One thing about cooking healthy is you use A LOT of dishes. I’m serious, like every damn pan I own is dirty. With a busy household, and limited time, it is a struggle to keep up with the household chores is a huge challenge of mine. Last week we did horrible on the eating front, I mean horrible. Half prices pizza 3/5 weeknights, yikes! To be fair, they were half price pizzas so that makes it better, right? Of course, the kids loved it. My energy levels and waistline, not so much. Lack of planning, and limited time really limited my ability to eat healthy. Thankfully, my workouts were awesome. Although, if a healthy lifestyle is 80% food and 20% exercise, I’m screwed.

    Last week was SUPER hard. So for this week, I again, went back to the basics. I created a meal plan. So simple, right? I looked back at the last time I created a meal plan, and it was April. I am so embarrassed to write this. How in the hell did I get so far away from where I was happy, and healthy?

    I use Skinnytaste for delicious and healthy meals. Amazingly, even my kids will eat most of Gina’s meals which is a bonus for us! I went grocery shopping with a detailed list and came home and cleared out the refrigerator. I started tonight with our first whole foods meal. It was delicious and healthy and you know what? My kitchen looked like a f*cking disaster! Seriously, I should have taken a picture because every surface in the kitchen had shit on it. I created SO many dishes, they wouldn’t all fit in the dishwasher. And, as the shitty housewife I am, I DO NOT hand wash dishes… EVER!

    Dishes aside, it felt great being back in the kitchen and creating a meal I knew was good for the family. I threw on an Audiobook and went to work. My goal is to make a homemade dinner every single day this week. It’s a lofty goal, but I think I can do it.

    This weeks funny:

    I sent my husband to the grocery store for balsamic vinegar, he came home with this.

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    For as bad of a housewife as I am, he is TERRIBLE at grocery shopping, just terrible. I rarely send him to the grocery store, and when I do I get at least 3-4 phone calls. I happened to be on the treadmill during this trip without my phone, and this is what happened.

    I am not a fan of store bought dressings because of the added ingredients. Homemade dressings are SO easy to make and taste delicious. So, I’m going to share one of my favorite and EASY dressing recipes.

     

    Ashley’s Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • 1/4c Olive Oil
    • 1/4c Garlic Flavored Olive Oil – You can swap this for EVOO and 1tbs of chopped garlic
    • 1/4c Balsamic Vinegar
    • 2tbs Honey (I use local honey)
    • 1tsp Dijon Mustard
    • Sal & Pepper to tase

    Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Store in an air tight container and enjoy!

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  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    The Band Perry – Live Forever | I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been staying up late every night watching a very popular athletic sporting event. This is the song of our national team. Love this group, and love this song!

    WATCH

    Trump Tower Climb | Did you see this? This man attempted to climb Trump Tower with SUCTION CUPS!!!! This is insane. Take a look if you missed the news coverage.

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    Sexism at the “Games” | Have you noticed the hypocrisy of the coverage at the “Games”? As a generation of empowered women we want to point these out and be part of the change. #GirlPower

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    Flavored Waters | Water can be so BORING. Here are 10 different recipes to spice up your plain old water and keep yourself hydrated this summer.

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    Fresh Fruit | This one is SO simple. It is summer. Run to your nearest Farmer’s Market, grocery store, or farm stand and buy some fresh fruit. There is nothing better than fresh, cold, cut up fruit to cure a sweet tooth. I’m obsessed with pineapple.

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    Kindle App | This app is amazing, and you don’t even have to buy books off Amazon! Head out to your local library and sign up for a library card. Most libraries now come with e-books as well as the “old school” paper books. How easy is that? You don’t even have to leave your house to rent a library book.

  • My name is Ashley and I am a QUITTER

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    And you know what? I’m ok with it. I signed up for the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to run. Thick to Thin has an awesome group of ladies who are running and I will be there cheering them on, but I have decided to quit training. See, the thing is I know that I can do it, but I don’t want to. I know a bunch of you are ready to tell me “you can do it” “don’t give up on yourself,” but you know what? I don’t feel like I’m giving up.

    Recently, I’ve been making 1000 excuses as to why I can’t get out and train and that’s not me. I did not make this decision lightly, and honestly I was a little bummed in myself about it. However, that was incredibly short lived. See, I believe that whatever form of exercise you choose you should love it, even when it’s hard. I HATE running. Actually that’s not true, I despise it! I’d rather do an entire hour of burpees than run.

    For all of you runners out there, I envy you. I wish I enjoyed it. I see you, I see your accomplishments and your medals, and I wish I could love running. But I don’t. I’ve been an athlete my whole life and even when I was playing high school sports I’d cringe when I heard the coach say “everyone on the line”.

    I have fallen out of love with fitness and living a healthy lifestyle and I need to make a positive change to get back there.

    So my first step is to throw in the towel on my half marathon training and restart my love affair with fitness MY way. For the last few days I’ve been going back to workout basics, and you know what? I have loved every second of the torture. I’m sore, I’m invigorated, and I’m excited to do it again tomorrow!

    Since I believe that running is still an important skill (zombie apocalypse anyone?) I’m shortening my goal, I will be running the 5 miler on Thanksgiving day with the intent to beat my 55 minute time from two years ago. I believe that making my goals more attainable I will aid me in meeting them.

    When I say that I have fallen out of love with a healthy lifestyle I mean in every form possible. Food, drink, and exercise. I am up 18# over my “goal weight”. More importantly, I feel like crap, and I am self sabotaging. This behavior is a recipe for disaster. I am looking for quick fixes and easy meals (aka take-out), and that is not helping myself or my family.

    So what does that mean for you? I’m going to turn my downfalls into a weekly blog series showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of loving yourself and getting back on track. I encourage you to share your stories, because with support these changes are so much easier to make. I’m not funny like Andrea, but I will try!

    Exercise, real food, and loving myself… Here we go!

     

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  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    Just Like Fire – Pink | Pink is fabulous and her song for Alice Through the Looking Glass movie is even better. #teampink all the way!

    WATCH

    Car Karaoke | Adorable video of the Swim Team that will compete in an event that happens every four years. This is fun and might just be better than the “Call Me Maybe” video from 4 years ago.

    READ

    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll | I was inspired by a FB friend who has read only titles with “girl” in the title. This book was an excellent summer read. 

    SIP

    Sunset Mimosa | Can you say yum? I’d probably swap grenadine for the raspberry syrup, but I could drink this for breakfast everyday. Simple and yummy, two of my favorite things!

    SNACK

    Protein Packed Snacks  | These are a group of amazing recipes of protein packed snacks you can take with you on-the-go. Keep them in your fridge and load up before you head out for a guilt-free snack that will keep you on track. My favorite is the protein balls.

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    Emoji Blitz | Okay so I’m a total Disney girl and I love this app. Once you download it, you get access to Disney emojis. As you play the game you unlock more emojis. It is just like Candy Crush with an added bonus. If you love Disney as much as I do, give it a try!