Sunday, February 22, 2015

Yogurt with PB2&honey, side fruit
Boiled eggs, toast, juice
Cereal and juice
Waffle and strawberries

Skillet cooked chicken & broccoli (Danielle's lunch all week)
PB graham cracker "sandwiches", cucumber, baby carrots
Salami, string cheese, berries, carrots

Italian Chicken (from last week)
Spaghetti with spiralized zucchini instead of noodles

Zucchini with hummus
Pumpkin muffins from last week

Got a little out of sync last week. Ben was working a different shift, we had watched the kids, and I was just kinda thrown off.  Back to it this week.  I've decided that I'm going to try and make my food for the week on Monday night. Let it cook while I'm cleaning up from dinner or something.  Pack it in tupperware and just let it be easy.  

Got a couple busy weekends coming up. Wine glass painting party next Saturday.  That'll be neat.  Following weekend, tentatively planning a train ride trip to Heidelberg...actually get close to the castle this time!

This past weekend was fun, although we didn't do too much.  Had a dinner out for a friend's birthday on Friday, then hung out afterwards.  Saturday was a relaxing day spent with Delilah and Ben.  It was nice to just kick back for a bit with no real plans.  Went to the gym today (of course).  The rest of the day, I cleaned, took a walk with the family, and played.  

All in all, a good weekend.  I can't complain.  I feel rested, and ready to take on the week. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, 2 days later than normal.

We have had our friends' kids since Friday, as they went to Barcelona for the long weekend.  They've been pretty good, despite being just at our house.  There wasn't a whole lot going on, and Delilah has been congested and coughing, so we've taken it easy.  Ben did get them out on a couple long hikes, so that was good for them.  They're definitely ready to go back home to their parents, and that's understandable.  I'd be ready to get back to my own house too!

I did miss my gym partner on Sunday, but I still went and did it myself. 

I can almost dead lift my weight!  
Split squats are the worst.  Jump Squats too. 

My booty and legs are looking good though, so I'm gonna keep it up.

Saw a movie and had lunch with some girls yesterday. It is always nice to be able to get out and do something with just adults, no kids, once in awhile.  

Ben is working a different schedule this week, so I'm gonna be able to get up and go to the gym early without having to have him hang out with Delilah during his workday.  That's going to be nice.

So far, nothing planned for this weekend.  Hopefully something fun.  This weekend was nice and quiet, but I definitely want to get together with friends and hang.

Now, FOOD:

Cereal and juice
Waffle and fruit
Yogurt and fruit

Annie's Spaghettios
Quinoa salad

Spaghetti and Meatballs (got skipped in favor of a Doner night.)
Chicken Fingers with veggie, maybe mashed sweet potatoes


Sunday, February 8, 2015


Had a super productive week. I feel like I'm kind of getting back in the swing of things...either that, or I'm just working through any stress by cleaning and organizing my house!  

Made it to the gym 3 times in the week and then of course TODAY, my FAVORITE day.  I made some leaps from last week and upped my weight on almost everything.  I did 110lbs with my back squats!  I'm really proud at the progress I'm making and really thankful to Amanda for being an amazing workout partner.  I also super appreciate the fact that Ben has been taking Delilah on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can make it to the gym.  He hangs with her during his lunch time, even if he can't leave the office.  Really great that he's supporting me on this.  I don't do a whole lot of stuff that is just for me, so this has been incredibly wonderful.  

We had an impromptu trip to Heidelberg on Saturday.  The sun was out, and even though it was cold, we decided to get out for a hike.  Ben found a cool trail that led to an old amphitheater that the Nazis used to recruit students from the local University.  
The trail to get there was incredibly steep and hard. I don't think anyone expected it to be as steep as it was!  Ben carried Delilah in our kid backpack the whole way up while I trailed far behind.  Gotta get my stamina back for future hikes!  I don't think the cold or my congestion helped the situation much.  
Sign for the amphitheater
In the doorway to the amphitheater
Panorama of the amphitheater
We walked around the trails some more and found some cool old buildings.

We walked back down and drove to the city center to see the river, a cool old bridge, and have some dinner.  

Panorama of the bridge and part of the river.
On the bridge

We didn't go to the castle this time, but we had an awesome view of it from the bridge!
It really was a wonderful day.

Waffle or Yogurt and fruit

Quinoa salad
Boiled eggs/crackers&cheese/veggie

Crockpot chicken and dumplings
Breakfast (eggs, sausage, English muffin)
Spaghetti (maybe meatballs too)

Mixed veggies or fruits

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Food and working out.

SUNDAY!  I love Sundays.  It's my day to wake up and relax with my sweet little family before hitting the gym for legs and butt.  Then...I get to go back home to my sweet family. It's pretty wonderful.  
Keeping track of what we are doing in the gym now as well as what we are eating.  Time to get real serious.
This was our workout today. Would have ended with a HIIT 10 minute session, but we were both fatigued, and I was a bit dehydrated.  Solution by Ben, get a nice bottle to take to the gym.  

Delilah and Ben have been spending some time together and it has been quite wonderful for their relationship.  I love it!

Ben is asleep right now, taking a nap before he has to wake up for the Superbowl.  See, as you all enjoy the game at a reasonable hour, us folks in Germany have to wait until 12:30am for kickoff.  Needless to say, I have no stakes in either team, so I will be sleeping through it.  Kinda stinks to not have a Superbowl party like we usually do, but I think living here in Europe is a fair trade most of the time.  

Nothing too exciting going on for me this week.  I am going to REALLY try and dedicate some time cleaning out the craft room downstairs.  It's become a catchall for crap we don't want to go through, and it's a big waste of space right now.  I could move Delilah's kitchen and toys to that room and make the guest room less "kiddish" if I could just get in gear and get it cleaned out.  

Weekly stuff going on:
German grocery store
Food prepping for the week
Baking with Delilah
Review A, B, C, Continue with D-H
Gym 2-3 times
Register pets
Craft room
Painting order

Possibly Star Wars monopoly this weekend!

And now...for the food:

Waffle and strawberries
Greek yogurt with PB2&honey

Quinoa salad (w/Greek yogurt, black beans, and avocado)
Breakfast quesedilla

BBQ chicken thighs (in crockpot) 

Vitamix fruit "ice cream"

That's all I have in me to write right now.  I'm exhausted.  It's been a long, tiring week.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I don't want to get off my couch ever.

Sunday is leg/butt day at the gym. It's my favorite day...but it's also exhausting.  I can see results already, and so as hard as it is, I'm keeping it up.  So we hit the gym for about an hour and a half, and then had lunch while we meal planned.  She's helping me get fit and healthy at the gym, and I'm helping her get organized and prepared with meals.  It's a win win.

Had a pretty quiet weekend.  Got to spend Friday with our friends, and I fell asleep putting Delilah to bed. Usually, I can keep myself awake, but this week has been completely exhausting.  I've worked out a bunch, Delilah's classes, I had to take the car and get the oil changed, I had my pacemaker checkup.  
About that...
In October, I had it checked, and had about 16 months left.  They put me on a 90 day check up schedule.  I went in on Thursday, and they discovered that I was now at 8 months.  I lost  months in 3 months.  So now, they've got me on a once a month check.  Worst case scenario, I will have to have the battery replaced in April.  What a pain.  My dumb heart.

Funny story about the oil change too...
Went in and it takes forever.  The guy helping me was super nice though, and told me that the hose was disconnected from my washer fluid.  Ben had thought the pump was out and was going to order a new one.  Oil change guy told me it was just the tubing and that I could easily fix it.  He told me he wasn't allowed to fix it.  I understand that.  Well, when it was time to go, he showed me that he HAD fixed it!  Germany has these pesky little weasel things that will crawl up under the hoods of cars in the winter to stay warms.  They will chew on tubing and wires and can really mess up your car.  He said he suspected that's what happened to the tubing of our car.

little bastard.

Saturday, we went to go meet Cat in the Hat on base.  Delilah was awesome and not afraid at all!

After that, we went to the pool...then to dinner...and then friends over for a quiet night at our house.  

Quiet weekend, nothing too exciting, but I'm ok with that.

And now, FOOD:

Waffle and Fruit

Vitamix Vegetable Tortilla Soup
Quinoa Salad (with black beans, tomato, avocado, and Greek yogurt)
Quesedilla with guac
Scrambled eggs with an English muffin

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas 

Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Hummus and Veggie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Care Bear Stare

Yeah, the title has nothing to do with anything other than Delilah is watching the old Care Bear movie from the 80s.  It's...interesting.

This weekend was pretty fun.  Friday, I got to spend the evening snacking on veggies and hummus and visiting with my lovely friends.  2 people that I've only known since April and June, and I feel closer to them than some of my friends from back in KC.  

Saturday, went out to Kaiserslautern with Ben, Amanda, and Delilah.  Got a pair of workout pants, and went to Globus as well.  I love that store.
That night, we went to another friends' house and had a Mario Kart championship.  I got knocked out, but I did really well on a lot of the practice rounds!  Ah well.

Yesterday, had people over to our house for a BBQ.  Ben grilled up a bunch of hot dogs, brats, and burgers...and some veggies for me.  
I haven't had any appetite lately, but I'm TRYING to be better about making myself eat.  I've been doing well at the gym with weights and stuff, but I need to be better at fueling my body.  I've upped my weights on my straight leg dead lifts, so I'm pretty proud of that.

Now, I've got to work on planning out the menu for the week:

Chia pudding
Cereal and juice
Yogurt with Juice+ powder and homemade PB
Muffin and fruit
Waffle and fruit

Cold quinoa salad
Annie's spaghettios with veg&cracker
PB&honey on English muffin w/veggie side

Vegetarian burritos-filled with quinoa, Greek yogurt, & veggies

"Pesto dip" with crackers
Muffins (the breakfast ones)
PB granola bars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life got in the way...

November/December were a bit crazy.  Along with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we also had THREE birthdays in our little group of friends to celebrate...including DELILAH'S!

Yep, Delilah turned 3!  We had a big birthday party at our house...had about 15 kids and a bunch of adults.  It was pretty incredible.  The amount of friends that we have out here just in this short amount of time really warms my heart.   Everyone really made me feel blessed and lucky to have such caring people celebrating my little lovie's birthday!

My beautiful little princess ready for her Frozen birthday!

The food set up in my living room.

Little bit about the birthday girl.

All in all, it was a very successful party.  

So then we had more birthdays and a trip to Trier for a Christmas market!

Gluwein is probably one of the most delicious drinks ever. It tastes even better out of a boot mug.

The boys got a little out of control.

Of COURSE we had to ride the merry go round. 

Before Trier, we also went to Heidelberg for my FIRST Christmas market.  Seriously, Germany is incredible with these.  Magical. 

I actually have a decoration for my house that's like what is in the background, but this one was a Gluwein house!

What a beautiful place to be during Christmastime!

Now it's the New Year, and I've made some resolutions, but I don't want to share them.  Not because I don't think I'm going to follow through, but because they are some things I seriously need to work on.
One I will share is that (whoa, this is so original) I've been going to the gym with my friend Amanda.  I've been working out with her off and on since summer last year, but I've been getting serious and have decided to not only eat healthy, but get my body into shape too.  I'm thin, but I definitely need to work on my strength and flexibility.  

That's all for now, perhaps I'll be better about keeping up with this darn thing.