Sunday, March 26, 2017

Charming

This is just one of the many reasons why I love my husband: 


(Mark snuck this on to my grocery list)

For us, it's always been the simple things, the little gestures - they go a long way to maintaining the love, respect, and sillyness in our marriage! 
-Linds

Friday, March 3, 2017

Goals

It seems I took a brief hiatus from blogging. I'm not sure if it was lack of motivation from being sick for so long, or just a general unwillingness to share, but it seems the writing bug is trickling back so I thought I'd jump on it while the energy is here. 

Today I would like to discuss my fitness goals for this year. 

#1: Squat 160lbs (1 rep max)
#2: 20 full push-ups consecutively 
#3: 1 complete unassisted pull-up 

I am also continuing with my no french fries (almost 2 full years, and still going strong), and have added no potato chips to the docket as well. 

In addition, in order to maintain better body positivity, I have decided that I am only allowing myself to jump on the scale to weigh myself once a month (in an attempt to avoid negative feelings when I see the scale fluctuate a pound or two), and I will be taking progress pictures on the 1st of every month. Unfortunately, I missed January 1 (remember, I was sick for two months straight) however, here are my progress pictures for February and March 2017. I can honestly barely tell a difference, yet I am approx 4lbs heavier in the March 2017 photos.  


(February 1, 2017)


(March 1, 2017) 

My fitness regime is currently following along with Fitness Blender's FBFit program. I do 5 days a week of varying lower body, upper body, cardio, abs, stretching, etc. I also walk 5 days a week approx. 20-40 mins a day with my furry trainer (up and downhill), and I play volleyball 2 to 3 times per week for approx 2 hrs a day.

I am trying to stick with relatively "clean" eating habits, but this is the area I tend to struggle most with. I am however, choosing lots of chicken, veggies, and rice for dinner times, and a lot of veggies and hummus or fruit and yogurt for snack times.

Where are you at in your fitness lifestyle?
-Linds

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Negativity

I can be a very negative person...and that's okay. 

But, I think it is finally time that I face this reality. 

It used to only be Mark that would point out the fact that I can have a very negative mind-set (usually in the middle of some sort of petty disagreement). However, lately I have had a few people "jokingly" comment on how pessimistic or defeated my attitude is. A couple times it has simply been in relation to my lack of feeling fufilled at work, or after a lousy night at volleyball, but other times it seems to just be a "vibe" I give off to people.

Everytime someone makes a comment, I can't help but feel a bit of a reality check. I used to think I was so good at keeping my internal struggles closed off from others so that I didn't seem weak or vulnerable, but it seems there are cracks in my armour.  So I am summoning up the courage to say some things aloud - who says I must hide anyway?  

I do not always feel happy, but I'm definitely not always sad.

I don't know if I'm on the right career path, but I like my job...but it just feels like a job.

Sometimes I feel worthless, yet no one has ever said those words to me.

I judge my body...and my mind.

Sometimes my highs are way to high - I hate arrogance.

I  don't make friends easily but, I wish I meant more to people.

I believe jealousy is a positive quality.

These are all tough things for me to say "out loud." I know that what I feel is okay to feel, because it's part of what makes me who I am. I am however, struggling to maintain trust and confidence in myself and others, and therefore I think it probably couldn't hurt to look for guidance/support.

-Linds

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hockey Hockey Hockey

A couple weeks ago we got spoiled with some tickets to a suite at the Canucks game with my family! Everything was already paid for for us so we literally got to eat and drink at our leisure while enjoying a great view of the game! 





It was a blast!

What have you been spoiled with lately?  
-Linds 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Is It Over Yet?

I am so completely over all this holiday/new year hoopla. I have been mildly sick since December 5, 2016, severely sick since December 24, 2016, and only just now on the mend...it's now January 3, 2017. I did not enjoy Christmas (although I don't usually), work is becoming busier and busier every night which is exhausting, and I did not make any New Year resolutions, and no, I don't feel like talking about it!

That is all....oh, and here are some puppy photos from the last couple weeks because, well, why not.






-Linds 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mexico #2

This year we had the pleasure of visiting Mexico not only once, but twice! This second time around we went away for our 3 year wedding anniversary (November 27 to December 4) and we went to the Riviera Nayarit (near Puerto Vallarta). We stayed at the Riu Vallarta and we're spoiled with a lovely vacation once again! 

Overall we had an amazing experience and are so grateful that we were able to save our money and treat ourselves! 

Here are some photos to make you all a little jealous ;) 

(Sunset the day we arrived -November 27, 2016)
(Poolside)
(Dippin' in the pool)
(Beach volleyball every single day)
(Headstand in the centre of the resort)

(Walk along the beach)
(Champagne for our 3 year wedding anniversary -November 30, 2016)
(Pool bar at night)
(Mark loooves the exotic wildlife)
(Friends we made from England: Alex and Ang-Harad Young) 
(Poolside "Crazy" game)
(Sunset our last dinner out -December 3, 2016)

All-inclusive just makes us feel so spoiled and even better, carefree! It really is an effortless getaway! 
-Linds 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bed Rest

I've been meaning to do a post-Mexico blog post (we went away for our 3 year wedding anniversary) but honestly I've been sick since we got back, and it's taken all my energy/motivation away! 

It's now past Christmas and I realize I still haven't posted but it also seems my sickness has escalated even worse compared to earlier this month. I've spent the last three days bed/couch ridden, drenched in sweat or smothered in blankets to avoid the chills, fighting off spine and leg muscle spasms, and barely keeping my eyes open from such severe headaches.  

I generally tend to catch a little cold around this time of the year (working in a hospital around flu season has its downfalls), but this year is by far the worst it's been in a while! 

That being said I am slowly starting to feel improvements in my overall state of being, so I hope to have my post mexico details up soon! 

(Captain keeping a watchful eye overy me as I suffered through sickness over this holiday season)

-Linds