#4weeksfit {The Results}

At the start of March, Kristin and I set out to motivate ourselves and anyone else who was interested by doing the #4weeksfit challenge for the second year in a row. It was a great way to push myself, and I loved having other gals working toward their goals right along with me. Sorry for the annoying amount of times I used the #4weeksfit hashtag, but I loved seeing you all working on your fitness with me! Let's see how I did.

Goal #1 - Incorporate more/new healthy foods in my diet. I'm proud to say I nailed this one. I made all kinds of new variations on vegetables, tried brussels sprouts for the first time and roasted cabbage more than once as a side dish. It felt good to mix it up and I know I'll keep at this one.

Goal #2 - Lose 5-7 pounds. This morning was the moment of truth for me. And guess what?! I did it! 5 pounds lost in March. Now to keep those off and keep on shedding more weight!

Goal #3 - Get 8,000 steps a day. I know 10k is really the "recommended" goal but since I was averaging 4k in previous months, I figured I had to start somewhere. This month I averaged 9,924 steps per day. I had my half-marathon and touring of D.C. in there which helped my average, but also a couple days of driving in a car all day and a few days of not wanting to move a lot as I recovered ;) So I guess it all evens out. I definitely stepped up my game this month but hope to keep on improving.

Goal #4 - Run my entire half-marathon. I'm torn on this one. I came really close to running the whole thing. I did stop to use a bathroom once and I walked through a few water stations; then I had to stop and walk on a hill around mile 11, I think. I asked Jared how many minutes he thinks we walked, and he said only 5-10, so that felt pretty good. I'm still proud of what I was able to do!

So all in all, I did okay! All progress counts, even if it wasn't as much as you'd hoped or planned for. If nothing else, this month opened my eyes to a lot of things and motivated me to keep going strong and keep working on my fitness. You're never truly done working on yourself! I'm committed to being the best version of myself that I can be.

It's Easter Week

Happy Monday! Happy Easter week! Even though it was a chilly weekend in Ohio, I've been loving the touches of Spring throughout our house right now. Cute dish towels, egg decorations and of course breaking out the seasonal candles. Summer Scoop is not recommended for those trying to be healthy... as soon as our house smells like that? I'm tempted to go out and get all kinds of unhealthy treats.

Our weekend was pretty uneventful and that was fine by me. We stayed up way too late Friday night watching basketball so I didn't feel the least bit guilty sleeping in later than normal the next day. Saturday night we had a much overdue dinner, game and puzzle party at our house with Kayla and Caleb. I forgot to take our usual photobooth picture so this one from our last game night will have to do ;)

I love a good board game but you know what I might love even more? Puzzle races. Yes, we team up and take puzzles of the same size (Thanks, Disney!) and see who can finish theirs first. It's a ton of fun and gets pretty intense toward the end. I'm sad to report that the guys beat us this go-around, but we'll get 'em next time.

Also, I'm sure I've mentioned it before on here but Jared and I watch The Walking Dead and HOLY FINALE!!! Also, any thoughts on the spin-off show coming out? I won't spoil anything for those who haven't watched or bore the folks who don't watch- but if you're a fan? Let's talk!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today- hope everyone has a good weekend! PS!!- #4weeksfit officially ends tomorrow so don't forget to post and link-up with Kristin and I tomorrow and see how everyone did on their fitness goals for the month.

New Side Dishes {Pin to Present}

One of my goals this month was to work on trying some new healthy foods. Most of our dinners are pretty simple during the week. We eat a lot of chicken and ground turkey in a variety of forms, but the side dish is always the afterthought. Many nights it's a steam-able bag of veggies or a salad. Nothing wrong with that, but it really does get boring. So I took it upon myself to finally dig back into that "Side Dish" Pinterest board of mine and give a few things a whirl. Plus, I get to link up with my friend Anne in doing so! :)

I already mentioned that tried a new variety of our roasted cauliflower- following this recipe pretty closely, but I left out the lemon juice. I never ever get tired of cauliflower-based dishes, and this was a nice way to make it. Going on the rotation for sure. I honestly get hungry just looking at this picture.

You all might of seen me get a little adventurous and make Brussels sprouts for the first time. By the way it really is Brussels, plural, not Brussel. It drives me crazy to type that, but it's correct! I didn't use one specific pin/recipe for this, I just kept seeing versions of them popping up on Pinterest and darnit, I needed to try them! The bag they came in suggests olive oil, thyme and pepper with a sprinkle of sugar so I tried it. We have a winner, friends!

Lisa shared with me this recipe- Chili Roasted Carrots. And while I failed as a blogger and forgot to document it, I promise I made them and loved them. Jared was just so-so on these, but he's not a huge fan of carrots to begin with. Fine by me, I'll just pack them with my lunch each time I make them.

And finally- the most exciting for last. Roasted Cabbage with Lime and Sriracha. Oh my gosh... I have found something fabulous. I'd never used Sriracha before and whew! It's definitely got a kick to it- this is a sinus clearing side dish ;) Just stop reading my blog, go pin that recipe and then buy the ingredients as soon as possible. These make a delicious side "salad" for just about anything! Roasted chicken, hearty soups- whatever you're feeling!

It was fun to try some new foods over the past couple of weeks. I don't think I'm the only one who gets in a cooking rut, am I? Well the rut is gone and I have a handful of new, yummy things to make when I need a good side dish. And they all said- Hooray for Pinterest!

Anything you've made/done from those Pinterest boards lately?

Spring Bucket List

I'm not going to lie, I was typing this bucket list a couple weeks ago back when there was still snow on the ground. I needed something to look forward to and now it's finally acceptable to talk about my favorite time of year! This list was easy to make. Lots of the things on here are things we aim for every year and some are new things I hope to do as the temperatures keep rising. Spring is the BEST time of year, hands down.

Visit our local bike trail. There is an amazing bike path that Jared and I have never done together. We've been using the excuse of not having our own bikes not to go, but I'm ready to just rent them for the day and go for it!

Take a local tour. My sister got us gift certificates for Christmas to do an awesome themed tour of our city, but we've been waiting for some warmer weather to schedule it. There are 8 or so different tours to choose from and they all sound great. Looking forward to getting that on the calendar very soon.

Landscaping.  Jared and I are ready to amp up our home's curb appeal and can't wait to tackle our yard together on a weekend soon. Let's just put it this way, we have neglected our yard a lot since we've lived here. It's just never been high up on the priority list, but now we are really eager to make it an inviting space where we want to hang out on the nice evenings that are sure to come.

See a movie at the drive-in. There is a drive-in within just a few miles of our house and Jared and I have never seen a movie there together. That needs to change this Spring as soon as they open.

Celebrate my birthday. Yes, I'm selfish and it's not for another few weeks ;) But if you've been here any amount of time, you know I get really into birthdays and not just my own. I love a reason to celebrate and hope to spend my birthday with all my favorite people.
My birthday last year- man, that Punta Cana tan was nice!

Watch softball. Okay, that might not sound that fun- but watching Jared play "old man" softball really is a good time. His work always has a league and they'll be starting up soon.

Play some tennis. I really want to be more active this Spring and Summer... enjoying the outdoors in any way I can. We have tennis rackets/balls in our garage that need dusted off and used!

What's on your to-do list this Spring?

This Weekend

This weekend I... Watched too much basketball. Just kidding, there's no such thing as too much during March Madness! Who's bracket is still alive? Round one went well for me, but I think I'm going downhill from here. My final 4 teams are still hanging in there though!

... Made some delicious meals. We don't normally cook as much on the weekends- we eat out as a date night or finish off leftovers the rest of the weekend. But I was in the mood to cook and one of those meals included roasted cauliflower- my favorite version yet! Just toss the florets in a bag with olive oil and garlic then put them in a (greased) baking dish; sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and roast for 20-25 minutes on 450. After the 20-25 minutes, pull them out, sprinkle parmesan cheese on them and put back in on broil for about 3-5 minutes until they start to brown. OH, YUM!

... Got new running shoes! Jared and I had been saying that after our D.C. half we needed/deserved new shoes. I wasn't sure I needed them but after looking at the soles of mine and then trying on new ones? I could tell mine were worn down and needed to be retired. Plus, the guy at the store was really wanting to make a sale so he threw in 20% off just because. Enter, new Nikes that feel like my feet are on vacation. 

... Attended a bridal shower for one of my cousins. Every time I'm at a bridal shower I want to have mine all over again- is that selfish? ;) I'm excited for their wedding in May- it's just around the corner! Plus my other cousin's brand new baby twins made an appearance and their cuteness was just too much.
... Celebrated our friend's Matt & Cassie and their new baby girl! Funny story, we were all supposed to get together Saturday, but due to a little miscommunication we decided Friday that it wasn't going to be possible. Well it all worked out because Cassie went into labor and had little Ava Rose Saturday! I love you guys, but I might have freaked out if you went into labor while we were there ;) Can't wait to meet that little peanut!

... Realized that Jared and I are horrible at selfies. I mean, how do you guys do it, seriously?! Ours always turn out a mess even after 5-6 attempts. This is as good as it gets, I suppose ;)

... Blinked and our weekend was gone. The weekend flew, but I think that's because it was filled with so many happy moments and reasons to celebrate. I'm excited to conquer another week at work and another week of goals- don't forget about the #4weeksfit challenge! We're linking up the results next Tuesday 3/31! :) 

Freethrow Friday?

I'm just going to say it right now... even if you think you aren't a fan of basketball, you should be watching March Madness! I watched almost every game yesterday (yay for working in the world of sports- we have tv's everywhere!) and even though I don't have a team I'm tied to? I was on the edge of my seat so many times. Multiple games were decided by one point! A couple games went into overtime! These teams just play with so much passion and March Madness seriously rocks. I don't even consider myself a big college hoops fan, but this time of year? I am.

I just figured I should warn everyone that I'll be obsessing over the tournament and staying up entirely too late for the next few weeks. There is just so much great stuff to watch. Like the Georgia State Coach falling out of his chair when his son hits the winning 3-point shot. Doesn't get better than that!
Needless to say, I'll likely be posted up on the couch tonight doing the exact same thing again ;) Games, games and more games! Jared and I have a busy weekend ahead of us with lots of plans and places to be, so tonight calls for some relaxing. I still don't think I've fully recovered from our weekend away. Geez, that makes me sound old!
So who's watching the tournament? Is your alma mater hanging in there? Are you a fan of the college basketball all year 'round or just love a good bracket buster? Happy Friday and cheers to making your free-throws... I'm looking at you, Purdue.

Washington D.C. Getaway

Despite the craziness of the half-marathon, Jared and I had a great time exploring Washington D.C. for a couple of days. We both had been before, but it had been many years since our last visit. We drove almost all the way there Thursday night, so that Friday morning we'd have a short drive downtown for our first stop of the trip: The White House! Somewhere neither of us had been to before!
In order to get a tour of the White House you have to submit a request to your Member of Congress- the earlier the better! You can request one as early as six months in advance, but a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. They fill up quickly and are first-come, first-serve. You tell them your dates and then just take whatever time slot they give you. I was thrilled we were able to get in, but that 7:15am arrival time wasn't our favorite ;) Regardless of how early that wake-up call was, we were excited to get a peek inside.
Hello, super early morning!
It's a short tour, you only get to see a minimal amount of the White House, but it was totally worth it. Zero photos allowed, of course- but you all can google what the photos look like if you really want to ;) Jared got an amazing jumping photo right as we left and I got a very windy picture at the front gates later that day.

After the White House we headed over to the Supreme Court. They weren't in session while we were there, but we were able to sit in the courtroom and have a docent talk to our group about the history of the building and the judicial function of the S.C. Very interesting and informative. Then it was time for our Capitol Hill tour which lasted well over an hour but somehow went so quickly. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and we learned a lot of fun tidbits of history while viewing the Crypt, the Rotunda and the National Statuary Hall. We got to step out right by John Boehner's office onto the patio he sometimes does business on-- what a view!
The capitol is currently being renovated!
Sunday we started our day early checking out as many of the monuments as we could. We visited the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial before heading over to the museums.

It was tough to choose between museums because we wanted to see them ALL. We toured the Holocaust Museum which is incredible and so moving- we were there for about 2 hours and probably could have stayed even longer.
In the Holocaust Museum

From there we spent some time in the Air & Space Museum which was cool since Jared works in aviation! After that we'd hoped to finish our day in the National History museum- but it was wall to wall people so we only stopped in there for a short time. Seriously- this is how it was down every hallway and in every area!

There is so much to do in D.C. and we knew we wouldn't even come close to seeing it all in a short weekend there. I absolutely love exploring new areas with Jared. It's our goal to travel as much as we can in this life of ours- because nothing beats the memories we make while learning and doing new things together. And as always, as soon as we're done with one trip? We're ready for the next!

It's Bittersweet

As I sit down to try to recap the Rock N' Roll 1/2 marathon I just completed, it feels very bittersweet. A couple of years ago, I never in my life thought I'd run more than a 5k and now here I am...  someone who has done two half-marathons, both of them completely unique in every way. I have to say my overall feeling after this weekend's race? Disappointment. On many levels. This might get long, but let me try to explain.
Pre-race at 5:30am // Post-race, frozen to the bone. And yes, I rocked a runners belt aka- a fanny pack.

We knew rain was definitely going to happen for a good majority of the race, so Jared and I prepared accordingly. We had all our dri-fit gear and plenty of layers because we knew the morning would be a bit chilly but had hopes that things would warm up as D.C. was calling for temperatures in the low 60s eventually. That never happened, that's for sure. I think race day was the coldest I've ever been in my entire life. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

I'm a slooooow runner, so Jared and I were far back in the starting corrals. I felt good and warmed up when we lined up around 7:10, twenty minutes before the start time. What we didn't realize is that their would be a separate countdown for every.single.corral. A 3-2-1 and then a group was allowed. Then we waited... shuffled a little forward. Repeat. Over and over again. Staggering starts can help with crowding during the race but I felt this was excessive. It was after 8 by the time we finally started. Again, we were slow and in the back, but had I known we wouldn't have been starting until then, I definitely would have showed up later/warmed up later, etc. 

I was stiff and cold when we finally crossed the start line but I hoped my muscles would loosen up and I'd get warm soon. That never happened. I was cold from mile 1 to mile 13.1. Cold and soaked to the bone. My already chapped lips got chapped ten times over and bled through half the race. By those last few miles? My feet were so wet/heavy and I was so miserable I felt like I was practically shuffling to get to the finish line.

The weather of course could not be controlled, but I just felt like mentally I wasn't ready for it, even though I told myself I'd be wet and cold. Since it was windy and rainy I chose to leave my iPod behind, which was another mental block for me. I'm so used to running with music but I figured there would be TONS of music on the course of the Rock N' Roll race... another disappointment there. Only a few bands, super spaced out! 13.1 miles is a long time with no jams!

Post-race? Picture us crossing the finish line, thrilled out of our mind, just to find ourselves in a huge open parking lot, the rain and wind still beating down at us. We tried to huddle in the merch tent for a little bit and drink water and eat our protein bars... only to have employees tell us that if we weren't buying anything we had to get out! Did I mention all of us runners were shivering beyond belief?! There was really no place to recover, eat, stretch- nothing! Inclement weather is tough, but I felt like the RnR committee could have prepared better for it. I've heard all kinds of horror stories via the event's Facebook page in the past couple of days. It's not just me!!

I don't want to make the race sound entirely bad- because there were bright spots. The military tribute/memorial at mile 6 almost brought me to tears, it was very touching. The dance party around mile 9 made me laugh. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible gave out some awesome high-five's at mile 10. There were plenty of water stations and I loved the salted-caramel Gatorade Gu pack I was handed. But the best news? I finished. I never stopped pushing myself, despite all the things working against me. I shaved off about 20 minutes from my half-marathon last year, which still isn't enough for me, but it's something.
Military tribute was beautiful!
Each and every race will be different and I realize that now that I've done two half marathons. You'd think after an experience like this I might be done? But you're wrong. In 9 weeks I'm doing another one. I'm not satisfied with myself yet and I KNOW I can do better. 13.1, I'm coming for you. Again!

The Truth Is...

I'm currently traveling home today from one crazy weekend. You know me, never one to outright tell the world/blog when and where I'm traveling- at least not in advance of being there. But that half-marathon that happened over the weekend? Well I survived, and that post will come- but right now I'm in a car driving home from Washington D.C. Jared and I ran the Rock n' Roll half-marathon and made a long weekend trip out of it to tour the area! Both us have been to D.C. before but it has manyyyyy years for both of us.

So that might explain why I was so absent the last week or so. Preparing for a half-marathon is one thing, but preparing to travel 8 hours away and do one is another! I was so nervous about forgetting to pack something or getting lost in the city without a map and scheduling our tours that I barely had time to sleep at night. I'm an over-planner (to a fault, for sure) so until we got to D.C. I was a nervous wreck ;) Okay, and until the race was over I was still nervous.

I can't wait to share more about the trip and all about the race. See you all after a few more icepacks and a lottttt of foam rolling! 

Thursday Thoughts

This has been a slow blogging week for me since work and life have been busy, but that's how I prefer it. I'm getting lots done, prepping for the race and happily seeing the dates get closer and closer to April (best.month.ever! Birthday month and I'll take one of these for my office!! Thanks.) So as many Thursdays seem to go, you'll getting all the snippets of things that are rolling around in my head. The things that my mind bounces back and forth between while I lay in bed telling myself to shut down and go to sleep. Easier said than done, right?

I can't seem to keep my hands off my blog design. Little font changes here and there, moving things around, cleaning up certain sections... Will it ever be perfect? Probably not! I'm way better at designing for other people.

It's pretty cool when your blog friend you've never met announces something awesome. Who would have ever thought I'd be celebrating "with" internet friends all around the country?! ;)

Valvoline had an amazing coupon for once so I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg last night to get my oil changed. Every time I get an oil change I really wish I knew more about cars... just knowing how to do a few basic things would save a lot of time and money!

Jared and I joke/dream sometimes about living in Florida (And I may have been looking to see if any of the NFL teams were hiring!) but I always say I don't think I could actually live there permanently. This link that Robin shared yesterday proved my point. OMG.

Most people are not thinking a lot about football right now, but the free agency has been absolutely crazy in the past couple of days and I love it! This Bengals fan is excited to welcome AJ Hawk to the team and back to Ohio.

My cousin had her twins last night! A boy and a girl and they are tiny and adorable and healthy! :)

I keep my Facebook very small/private to begin with, because I just don't love it. I like being able to at least keep tabs with family and a few friends, but that's about it. I post maybe one status update a month. One of those was yetserday and all I got were pointless or sarcastic responses... I rest my case. Facebook is dumb.

Last random "news" of the day? Amazon's customer service is seriously some of the best out there. I had a couple small issues with exchanges in the past couple of weeks and I was truly blown away about how quickly they resolved it for me. I even got to keep something I didn't pay for simply for their mistake! Amazon Prime customer for life!

Are you still with me?! ;) Happy Friday's Eve everyone... what's on your brain today??
*Total blogger fail- a post with no photos.... gasp!

It's Race Week!

Well, it's race week. It's officially RACE WEEK. It's the week I'm going to run 13.1 miles. Hold me, please. Someone, anyone. I'm freaking out just a little bit if you can't already tell. I get serious nerves before a race. Doesn't matter if it's a 5k or a half-marathon, I totally stress leading up to the day of the event. How do you "real" runners do it all the time? I'd be a basket case if I raced regularly. Or maybe I'd just get used to it and I wouldn't be... Hm.

The point is- the race is all I can honestly think about at this point. It's crazy how much of a toll training for a half-marathon really takes on your body. The amount of miles I've run the past couple of months is pretty substantial. It's a huge time commitment to train for a race, and even though I stuck to our training plan pretty well, I still feel a bit behind. At this point I guess I just cross my fingers and hope to finish injury free.

I don't want to bore my non-runner people, but I did have someone ask me recently what my running playlist looks like so I thought that would be fun to share today. Plus, I really would LOVE a few new suggestions so I can add some variety to my playlist for this coming weekend. Running for 2.5+ hours (because yes- it will take me that long) means I need a lot of stuff to keep me company along the way.

You'll see I like a weird mix of stuff. Here are some current favorite tunes I run to:

1. Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
 A nice slow song that I like to sing along to while I get warmed up.

2. Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
 This song puts a little pep in my step and really gets me into the groove.

3. Miley Cyrus - Someone Else
 Whatever, don't judge me.

4. MKTO - Classic
 Any song that gives Michael Jackson a shout-out is a winner for me ;)

5. Katy Perry - Dark Horse
 Because Katy can do no wrong.

6. Rascal Flatts - Payback
 Not many people like to run to country but when this song comes on I can really pick up the pace.

7. DJ Snake + Lil Jon - Turn Down for What
 Most repetitive song ever, I know- but I can't help it, it's a keeper.

8. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
 At this point, there are no truer words. I could pass out and die from running OR I might actually be able 
to finish the race ;)

9. Katy Perry - Roar
 See #5

10. 4 Non Blondes - What's Up
 I'll be honest, I have no clue how this ended up on my playlist but it's never leaving!

11. Destiny's Child - Survivor
 Just throwing it back to 2001 and reminding myself that I can.do.anything.

12. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  Cincinnati Bengals. Whodey. Enough said.

 13. Kelly Clarkson - Catch my Breath
 Kelly basically gets me through those last minutes- otherwise I literally would not have any breath to catch.

So let's hear it- what should I add onto my iPod for race day??

Friday Happies

It's Friday- and that means you get 5 things. Ready, GO:

- O N E -
Life is flying by right now, and I can't say that I'm mad about it. My job has (surprisingly) been really great the past few weeks. There are a lot of changes that have taken place and while it's made for some very busy days and lots of training, I'm liking where things are heading. A work week that goes by quickly and I'm not dreading every single day!? This is uncharted territory for me but I hope it keeps up.

- T W O -
Girls night!! Tonight Lacey and I are getting together for dinner, catching up and celebrating because that awesome girl just got a new job! She has been wanting a change for a long time so I'm stoked she's found something she is really excited about. I'm staying the night at her house because Saturday she and I are checking out a couple places to possibly host our class reunion. Yes, we're in charge of those... and this summer will mark 10 years since we graduated high school. WHERE has time gone?

-  T H R E E -
Having some serious victories on a fitness level this past week. I've pushed myself on my runs, getting some of my best times yet; I've mixed it up with a little circuit training and it felt good to work out different muscles this week; and I finally saw a different (smaller) number on the scale. This #4weeksfit thing might be just what I needed to get past the plateau. 

-  F O U R -
I found out I'm going to OFFICIALLY meet my long lost friend from Minnesota this year. That meet up is still months away but you bet we're already geeking out over it. Blogging is awesome.

- F I V E -
I cannot believe I'm going to list this as number five, but I can't help it. We got a new vaccuum cleaner last weekend and it has basically changed my life. First off, I was disgusted by how much it picked up that our old vacuum was not. After I got over the initial shock I was THRILLED by how much it was picking up that the old one didn't. It's Bissell brand and the #1 seller on Amazon- now I know why!

Now that I officially sound like a nerd- I'm off to enjoy this Friday! Have a great weekend everyone :)

My Kitchen

My kitchen, despite it's teeny size, is my happy place. I love spending time there chopping, mixing, baking and cooking. Almost always I'll have Pandora blaring on my phone nearby. There is just something so therapeutic about cooking, does anyone else agree? Too often our meals are rushed and quick during the week and I don't get to fully enjoy that experience of making a meal and taking my time with it. That's why I love a good Saturday of freezer-meal prep, or a Sunday afternoon football game where our house is filled with rambunctious fans ready to gobble up all the appetizers I made that morning. I love feeding people and entertaining.
Hosting Friendsgiving in that kitchen is a CHALLENGE- I'll say that much.

Did I mention that this little kitchen of ours is microscopic? I've had to really learn to keep our kitchen gadgets and cookware to a minimal amount, simply because there is NOT enough room in the house for them all. If it were up to me I'd have every single quirky kitchen gadget there is- like avocado slicers and fondue sets and tasting plates. I mean, it's totally necessary to have all of those things you'll use twice a year, right?! ;)

I say all that to say this- we are hopefully going to be doing a few upgrades to our kitchen in the near future and I'm really stinkin' excited. Now of course we can't add square footage or more cabinets to our postage stamp kitchen, but a few updates might just make that happy places even happier. I dream of the day I have a large kitchen with plenty of room to prep and cook and serve people without us stepping on each other, but for now I'll just have to show this kitchen and it's navy blue countertops (yes.) some TLC.
There she is in all her glory, right after we moved in!

We've been doing our research and trying to determine the best and most affordable ways to give our kitchen a facelift. We are getting "new" appliances very soon from an awesome friend of ours. They are like new but they're upgrading and are going to sell us theirs at a fraction of what they should cost. I cannot wait to have a flat stovetop and a refrigerator that also has ice and water in the door! You know you're an adult when...

I've seen multiple people painting their laminate countertops to look more like marble and I've got to say- I'm tempted to do the same. It would be really scary but some of the results I've seen are fantastic. Same goes with painting cabinets. I think we could handle the project, but taking on something so permanent is nerve-wracking. Do we just invest the money to let a professional replace it? Or try our hand at it first? I'd love to know what projects you've tackled on your own! I'm excited to start updating this little space of ours :)

#4WeeksFit {The Goals}

Today is the big day!!! :) If you missed our announcement last week, Kristin and I are hosting a #4weeksfit challenge that starts today! It can be any type of fitness/weight loss/healthy eating goal you want it to be. We're just challenging you to stick to it for 4 weeks and link-up your results with us on March 31st. I am so pumped to start this month off strong and have an amazing #4weeksfit. Nothing like warm weather coming (I hope, right?!) to really make you want you want to step your game up. It took me awhile to decide on my goals for the month but I'm pretty excited about what I finally narrowed them down to.

Goal #1 - Incorporate more/new healthy foods into my diet. We eat at home most of the time, but it's easy to make the same things over and over again, which then in turn gets boring. I really want to focus on new vegetables, both as a side dish and as a main course. Any vegetarian recipes you love? Send them my way.

Goal #2 - Lose 5-7 pounds. Pretty self-explanatory here ;) Still working off those extra pounds from football season and the holidays. Again...

Goal #3 - Get 8,000+ steps a day. This is going to be a challenge for me as I sit at a desk all day long and never take a  lunch break (yes, I'm a workaholic). I use a FitBit and on days where I don't workout? I'm lucky to get 4,000 steps in a day. I know it's so so bad to sit down all day long so I'm determined to really actively track and get up and move on those days I know I won't be going for a run.

Goal #4 - Run my entire half-marathon... no walking! I have my second-ever half marathon this month and while I absolutely don't feel prepared, I'm still pushing myself as hard as I can. Last year's I was in rough shape and ended up walking a lot- so cheers to running the whole race, no matter how slow! ;)

Don't forget to link up with us and use the #4weeksfit hashtag anytime you want :) I can't wait to motivate each other all month long!

Love, Fun & football