Real Talk

Hello, Friends!

How’s your day, your week, your month?!

I hope you enjoyed the organicgirl recipe that I posted almost TWO weeks ago! Sheesh, where has the time gone?!

I’d like to take a minute to say happy anniversary to this lovely blog. I got a notification that F2BF is now FOUR YEARS OLD. Can you believe that? So much of my life has been spilled out onto the pages of this blog and I love that I’ll forever have those memories. Also, thanks to those of you who continue to stop by and who have followed since day 1 – you’re all so wonderful. :)

My long time readers have been through a lot with me and will continue to read about my highs and lows (when I get time to check in) as the months go on. Today I wanted to catch y’all up a little bit on where I’m at in life, what’s going on and what the next steps are.

I go back and forth about how much I like to share on here, but I think a lot of you continue to read because you have enjoyed how real I am and so many of you can relate to what I have to say.

I’m sure you’ve caught on by now that I’m a single gal again. If you asked me if I thought I’d ever be single again, after meeting Dan, I would’ve told you ‘No way’! But sometimes, things aren’t as you plan and it was just best, for both of us, to end things and move on.

Long distance is HARD.

Relationships are HARD.

Breakups are really HARD

But, life goes on and I’m looking forward to the next chapters in my life.

Following the break-up, I thought I just wanted to start dating again. I enjoy sharing my days with another person and experiencing life together. So, might as well jump right back in, right?

No! I am not ready for dating. What I am ready for is focusing all of my energy on work and myself, as well as, my family and my friends.

Dating is too much work. Tinder? Yea, that’s just not happening. Blind dates? I’m going to pass for now.

I just want to do me for a while and enjoy the fun and freedom that comes with singledom. I mean, who wouldn’t?!

So, over the next couple months, I’m going to crack the whip on my workouts, since that’s one of the things that really makes me happy. Like, instant mood upgrade – every time! What’s great about that is that I’m also MOVING and my gym is super close to my new house. How perfect! And the finished basement is dying to have someone Turboing down there. :)

The one thing I care most about is being the best me that I can. I want to be confident and look and feel my best. Right now, I don’t. So, that’s where I’m going to start. In January, Ashley and I are going to do the Ultimate Reset again. We did it two years ago before my birthday and had awesome results and felt better all over. My birthday is February 3 and by then I’m hoping to be back to feeling like myself again and ready to move forward into another chapter.

Birthday. Woof. 27. Ugh.

Enough about the birthday.

In the coming months I’m going to use this blog simply as my personal diary. I’m going to let you know where things stand, how I’m feeling as the days go, if I have any funny boy or bar stories, good workouts or recipes, and how the move is going… because right now my like isn’t just focused to be fit…. but focused to be refreshed and fabulous.

Stick around. It’s just getting good….


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organicgirl balsamic glaze quinoa salad

Hello, loves!

How’s your week going? Mine has been decently quick and super busy, per usual. I did manage to make an amazing Fall salad on Monday night and I’m very excited to share it with you today!

I have been working with organicgirl for several months now and always look  forward to my delivery of greens – they’re all so good. Even better news is that stores in my area are starting to carry the organicgirl brand, which is awesome! I can pick up a clamshell any time I want. :) This months shipment included the two newest products – sweet, buttery, mache blend and super spinach! I knew right away that I wanted to make a fun, filling, Fall salad.

Here’s what I came up with: blog7It turned out pretty freaking good! Here’s what you’ll need:  blog1

  • organicgirl sweet, buttery mache
  • organicgirl super spinach
  • 1 cup, cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 balsamic glaze (add more to taste)
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 1 T balsamic vinaigrette

1.) Cook the quinoa, per package instructions. In the meantime, start preparing the rest of the ingredients. blog2   blog33.) Once the quinoa is done, remove it from the heat and add in the balsamic glaze. blog44.) Assemble the salad. I combined both the mache blend and spinach and topped it with the warm quinoa. Then added the rest of the ingredients on top. blog65.) Serve with a little extra balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!   blog5

 

I took this salad for lunch the next day and it was just as good. Definitley a keeper!

Want more organicgirl? Check out these recipes and even more on their Facebook page!

Blissful BLT Salad
Garden Vegteable Lasagna
Coconut Kale Smoothie
Vanilla Maple Power Smoothie

 

 


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Weekend.

Oh, hello there!

How are you? How was your weekend? Mine was so wonderful – from family time, to having friends over for some football and going to the apple orchard – everything was so great!

Here’s how it went down.

FRIDAY 

After work, I went over to my sister’s house to hang out, make dinner and lay low. It was just what I needed. We made Cauliflower mac n’ cheese from Vegetarian Times and it was delicious!

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I was home and in bed early. I let myself sleep in until 9:00, which was amazing! I just didn’t want to get up and since I didn’t have any commitments, I enjoyed staying under the covers!

SATURDAY

Once I got moving, I made some coffee and breakfast and relaxed for a bit before getting in a workout.

blog3Originally, I had planned to go to the gym, but I ended up just doing a ladder circuit workout at home and then going for a short jog outside. It was nice!

blog10After a shower, I started prepping food for the day since we were having people over for the Notre Dame game! We made chicken wings, lots of dips, buffalo chicken flatbread, shrimp and some desserts.

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blog5Can I have more of this right now, please?!

We watched the game and thankfully got an Irish win, so we were happy, and eventually made our way to the bars!

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SUNDAY

Woof.

I certainly didn’t wake up feeling very chipper. Ashley made us eggs and we chilled for a little while.

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Then my mom called and asked if we wanted to go to the apple orchard with her and my dad, so I got up and got ready to head out with them!

blog9It was a nice afternoon walking around the orchard and buying some apple fritters, cider and apple butter!

Afterward, we hit Nick and Jimmy’s for some lunch. I ordered a salad with chicken and snacked on some chips and salsa, too.

The rest of the day was super lazy – I watched the Tigers, blogged, and spent time on the couch – it was great!

Overall, I had a great weekend!

This week brings lots of workout, meal prep and planning and a new organicgirl recipe. :)


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