No More Excuses + Making Some Personal Changes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm sitting here trying to figure out a clever way to start this post, but instead of white picket fencing things I am just going to lay it all out there.  So here goes...

Since moving into our temporary living space within our renovation, I've gained almost 10 pounds.  And to be honest, I'm feeling pretty unhappy with myself right now, and ya know I'm allowed to feel that way. I'm 5'4" so for my body this feels like a lot of weight.  I can be honest with myself and acknowledge that I have been drinking way more wine at night than I probably should, wearing gym clothes more often then I actually go to the gym, and I have not been handling stress in the right way at all.

Since I refussseeeeee to buy bigger jeans and make more excuses (and room) for my expanding butt, starting right now I am making some changes.

Here is how I plan to get myself back on track:
  • Get back into running daily.  I love running and have almost given it up completely since moving.  And when I do go to the gym I need to turn off my phone to avoid distractions and just focus on myself for that one hour. That has definitely been one of my biggest problems.  I have the hardest time turning everything off. But people, instagram, e-mails, texts and googling for things for our house can all wait.
  • Swap out wine on weeknights with yummy decaf tea.  I'm not saying no wine at all, I just need to get back to enjoying a glass here and there and not every single night. 
  • Track my progress on Lose It!  My husband uses this app and he loves it. Not sure how I feel about counting and tracking every little single thing that I eat, but I am going to give it a shot. Has anyone else used this app? Did you like it? I would love hear. 
  • Realize it's okay to put myself first sometimes when it comes to my mental and physical health. My husband is more than understanding and I just need to talk to him more.  I know he would completely understand if I told him I just need to go outside (away from the chaos) to clear my head and get some exercise. 
And that is the extent of my personal goals at this very moment. The reason I've decided to share this is because in some way it makes me feel more accountable for the things I do.  I need to work on myself and I am sure we can all relate to feeling like that at one point or another.  I will share an update with you next week on how things are going.

So here's to a healthy and positive new day! 

My Fall To-Do List + A Little Input From All of My Boys

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall is here! Well not here here since it's still like 100 plus degrees in California, but regardless I am going to pretend like the weather is in the low 60s and put us all in plaid and get as festive as possible while we sweat our butts off because I friggin love all things fall.

For this year's fall to-do list I got all three of my boys input. So everyone has a little say this time around :)

1.  Take the boys apple picking and then bake something yummy like this with some of our pickings. Ian said he refuses to do this since he can just buy apples at Trader Joes hahah so his loss... the boys are excited ;)

2. Go on a scary movie date. Little fact about me...The last scary movie that I attempted to watch in a movie theater was Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I walked out 30 minutes in because I almost peed my pants I was so scared.  And that was back in high school!  So's been awhile. But I am ready to conquer my fear and squeeze the crap out of Ian's hand while we watch something horrifying.

3.  Have a star spotting, backyard tent campout where we eat popcorn and tell stories. -- This was 100% Max's idea and I love it.

4.  Watch a legit pig race. Well, √ we actually did this last weekend and it was literally the best thing ever!  The pigs all ran as fast as they could around this little track and it was so much fun to bet on which one we thought would win. Highlight of our pumpkin patch experience by far!

5.  Go to a pro football game with Ian.

6. Go to Oktoberfest with friends!

7. Make tons of trips to the Farmer's Market to pick up in season fruits and veggies

8. Make Paleo candy apples with the boys.

9. Make a trip to this giant corn maze and visit as many pumpkin patches as we can with jumpy slides. -- All Ronin :)

10. Go to an outdoor concert with my babe. The type where we bring a blanket, can just totally chill, and hopefully cuddle if the weather permits.

Our Real Life Fixer Upper: Picture Update!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Whewwww!! We have been beyond busy with all things house related, and so much has been happening in the last couple of weeks.  As of currently... half of the second floor has been removed, the downstairs is all framed, the reclaimed barn wood ceiling is up and painted white, and the exposed beams have been wrapped sanded stained and sealed (still need to finish bottom half obviously).  I am so thankful for the main crew that has been here daily working their asses off to get this project completed!

So here are a few pictures of what the interior of our barn (soon to be home) currently looks like...

So what do you guys think? I feel like we went from nothing going on to everything happening at once!

Also, if you want to see more day to day happenings of our barn conversion you can follow me along on Instagram.
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