“Sweater Weather”- The Neighborhood

It’s been over a month since I last wrote in this blog.

A lot has changed in that month.

I am back in Richmond, working the same job just in a different location. A much less expensive location. A traffic-free environment.

I have a much longer fuse since I have been back. I don’t have the urge to run cars off the road.

Fall is my favorite season, it’s the time of year when everything changes. Possibility runs rampant and there is so much to look forward to.

Halloween is a month away. I spend almost as much time thinking of cool costume ideas as I do searching for an affordable place to live, that accepts my amazing dogs, and allows me to not live practically on top of another person.

I think I have settled on Lilu from The Fifth Element and Poison Ivy.

Maybe a Little less Kardashian like?

They seem easy to make. ( I hate buying costumes because Small- never fits. EVER. I have to have it taken in. Or buy the teen size. And that’s just weird.)

Plus I will only be celebrating on Wednesday and Thursday- Friday I will be joining hundreds of others, heading to Charlotte, NC to compete in the November 2nd Tough Mudder.

So far it’s a team of two. But my fraternity brother, Mike, and I will make it over Everest if it kills us.

And I can’t wait for that. It’s the last of my goals for this year completed. And I am so ready to have that checked off my list. (TRX will be in two weeks and possibly a Pound Fitness certification as well. But those weren’t on the original list!)

But my accomplishments this year so far have been great: a triathlon is firmly under my belt, my NASM certificate hangs next to my Master’s degree, I have a full-time job, and amazing work on the side.

A lot to be proud of.

And Fall to look forward to!

That’s right Aaron Murray- this is your year.

UGA has been doing very well since their loss to Clemson, so it’s fun to watch your team play for their lives and their SEC dominance every week.

Carter Mountain Apple Orchard

I am going apple picking. I have wanted to do this for years and somehow or for whatever reason- I never have. I am going to eat my weight in apple cider donuts, and bake apple pies, and have apples until I can’t eat them anymore. And I will take my two monster dogs with me for a day outdoors, in the mountains of Charlottesville.

I can’t even… Love this so much.

I’m working out more than ever.  I have been doing this plan for a few weeks now: http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/training/weight-loss-workout-plan-women

It’s not bad. I don’t necessarily do all the cardio and I have changed to eating somewhat cleaner. But I am seeing differences in my muscle growth and strength. Which is awesome.

I am trying very hard to stay motivated as it gets colder, I get busier, and life gets hectic. But I am finding having a plan has helped a lot. So does scheduling “me time” every day.

I also find if I miss a day- I feel like crap. And the bounce back ends up with sore muscles and slightly more fatigue than I want. Lesson Learned- be consistent.

I also love all things Pumpkin about the fall so I am going to throw Alina’s Cookie recipe up here for all of you to enjoy- because they are delicious and they make me happy:

Alina Cookies:
1 SUPER Ripe Banana. Like black outside kind of ripe.
1/4 cup of Pumpkin*
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. almond milk (unsweetened) or coconut milk
1 big scoop protein powder ( I used vanilla)
1 cup oats
~ I put in in 1 tbsp. PB2 powdered peanut butter
~ I also diced up 10 dark chocolate chips and added them in the batter too.

Scoop onto a cookie sheet and Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy.

The biggest thing I have learned this last month is that happy is a choice. A choice you make every day. You choose to make decisions that affect your mood, your body, your view on life.

Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, who bring out the best of you, who make you excited for the weekend, who introduce you to new things… like brussel sprouts or great new restaurants/places to travel, get up with a smile on your face because there is so much to be grateful for.

Don’t dwell in the spaces between heartbeats where memories lie. 



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