Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 6 miles

Sunday: 5 mile run + 3 mile walk home

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Shed and Shred

Wednesday: 5k + 20 minutes stretching

Thursday: Xtend Barre

Friday: 4-6 mile run (hopefully!) + Six week Six Pack

Well – as I mentioned Monday my right knee decided to stop working on my run Sunday so running this week has been almost non-existent. I’m hoping to get one in Friday before our long run on Sunday, but it doesn’t look promising. I think the problem is my hip. I woke up yesterday and it felt swollen and was popping as I walked so I may try to get to the chiropractor before the weekend. It’s been nice to get back to some pretty good strength workouts!

2014-10-21 09.41.24My ride-or-die crew came with me on my 5k.
2014-10-22 07.23.44-1In addition to my bum knee I started the week with a sore throat. I decided to try out CVS’s minute clinic and spent about an hour waiting but I brought work with me so it was just like working from a remote office for the afternoon. Travis made fun of my pen holder. 
2014-10-20 15.14.46I enjoyed seeing this husband of the year shopping for his wife.2014-10-20 15.39.32I only went in because I usually get strep throat once a year and I didn’t want to postpone getting on antibiotics if I needed any. Thankfully, the strep test came back negative so it was just lots of fluids and vitamin C for me. I feel back to normal already!

After my night class I came home to check out this new magazine I picked up and cuddle with Salem. I loved the articles in it – well worth the higher price tag ($10!)2014-10-19 21.40.40

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Gratuitous selfie I sent to Travis because I really like how it actually looks like I’m wearing make-up in this picture. Most of the time you can’t even tell, which I suppose is a good thing. 2014-10-21 10.15.19Tuesday after class I was starving so I stopped by Evermans (local health foods grocery store) for lunch. I love their hot bar, but I don’t go very often since it’s pretty expensive. This was tempeh stroganof, walnut lentil loaf, sesame noodles & peach cobbler. So Thanksgiving-ish!2014-10-21 14.21.42-1I tried my first DIY face mask this week. 1 T ground oats (I just ground them between my palms), 1 T plain greek yogurt & 1/2 T honey. Left on my face for 15 minutes. Skin felt amazing after! And it tasted delicious. I’m definitely going to start doing this weekly.2014-10-21 19.58.43I made my weekly stop into Target and picked up a new snack to try. I was finally over the trauma of the Seaweed snack incident of last week. THESE ARE SO GOOD. I ate the entire bag before I even got home. 2014-10-22 15.12.37I also picked up some of my absolute favorite soup that was on sale. I need to find a recipe to make some myself so it has less sodium, but other wise the ingredient list it all real foods and it’s so freaking good. 2014-10-22 18.42.52Now – onto my big, huge, massive, scary goal for 2015. I don’t know if I’ve talked about this much on the blog before (if at all) but I’m writing a book. I’ve been researching it for 5 years now and I’m giving myself a few more weeks of reading and researching before I go into writing mode. My goal is to have my proposal done and be shopping for agents by January 31st. I have about 10,000 words written thus far but I need to narrow down my focus a bit. My topic is SO overwhelming it covers pretty much any issue relating to women 18-50 from a psychological, scientific, and sociological context.

Since starting this blog over 2 years ago I feel like I’ve really found my voice, and being able to interact with readers has helped me discover which topics really resonate the most. I’ve always been apprehensive to tell people I’m writing a book because I ALWAYS get the same look. That “Oh, really? I wanted to write a book myself as well .. when I was 12.” It’s true. I think every other person I’ve met has said they wanted to write at some point. The only thing I have going for me is my relentless stubborn streak and the fact that I won’t be teaching anymore after I move to Alabama in December. No more excuses!
2014-10-22 16.40.43Finally, here are a few more engagement photos we received after I posted the first set Tuesday! I’m still so impressed with how well they all turned out. Noel is such a great photographer and if you are ever in need of one in the Mobile, AL/Pensacola, FL area you should definitely look her up!20140928-DSC_1328

I look full on Diva here.

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20140928-DSC_1279What are your weekend plans?
Have you ever wanted to be a writer?

Delicious Halloween Recipes

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (6 Comments)

This post is brought to you by Foodie and my obsessive love of all things Halloween!

I’ve been using Foodie for months now looking for new recipes to try. Travis and I are both stuck in the biggest food rut right now and we blame it entirely on ridiculous work schedules and traveling to see each other every weekend. Well, those days are numbered as I will be moving up there in a few weeks and we are looking forward to cooking together regularly.

Something else I’m looking forward to? Celebrating the holiday’s together! This Fall we will have all of our major ‘firsts’ together. First Halloween, first Christmas, first birthdays (which Travis totally nailed with mine last week.) Growing up cookies and treats were a staple for all of our holiday traditions. I’m so excited that Travis and I will start collecting our own favorite recipes to make year after year – one day with little one’s involved!

Check out Delicious Halloween Treats for All Ages

by Erica House at Foodie.com

What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Our Engagement Photos by Noel Nichols

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (42 Comments)

I am SO excited to be able to share with you our engagement photos! My friend and incredibly talented photographer, Noel Nichols, took them for us a few weeks ago. We started off at the Naval Aviation Museum and headed toward the Pensacola Lighthouse after for some outdoor shots. I am so happy with how beautifully they turned out. I can’t believe our grandkids will be able to see these someday!
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