NOT the Morning I Was Hoping For

Don’t let the bow tie fool you. This kitten is filled with mayhem… and an abundance of bodily fluid he decided to distribute all over my bathroom floor. 😣

This morning did not go as planned!

For starters, we got to bed late so when the 5am alarm went off, neither of us were willing to get up and workout. We promised we would do it tonight. …

Then, when I did get up, I left the lovely lavender scents of my bedroom and opened the door to smell cat urine.

The whole apartment! The entire apartment smelled like a cat box!

I clean the two litter boxes every day, so this was just baffling. Before my workout I decided I have to clean the bathroom where the cat boxes live.

I vacuumed everything, cleaned the boxes, and when I picked up the corner of the rubber mat that was placed under the boxes to catch litter, it peel back with a wet, slimy, smacking sound.

Beneath, the floor was covered in cat pee.

I. Was. Horrified.

Apparently, Mjulnir believed that the rubber mat was there to use as an ulternative to the litter boxes.

That was when I went into full sanitation mode.

I Hulked out and took that entire room apart. Swabbed deck with disinfectant. Cleaned the mat, the floor, the walls, EVERYTHING.

I then soaked the mat in Pet Fabreze so the little guy won’t smell a trace of urine.

I was ready to kill this kitten! This was a VERY disgusting job!

I then did the workout scheduled for today to kind of blow off some steam. Triometrics and Ab Ripper X3.

Then, I cleaned this house from top to bottom! Everything was scrubbed! Everything!

By the time I was finished morning was gone, but my house smells clean and I don’t feel I am living in flithe.

😑

Mjulnir is lucky he is cute.

Hope you are having a better Thursday!

 

Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

Mjulnir, this is a mewmew!

Meet Mjulnir, or as I call him, Master Mew! He is the newest addition to our little family.

We wanted to get a dog, but we are still in an apartment and Namon didn’t want to get a dog without having our own yard. Meanwhile, Yuki was very lonely.

Namon’s mom has a farm, and she always has kittens. In fact that is where Yuki came from! Well she showed us a photo and offered Yuki a friend and we took her up on it.

Yuki is not pleased! 

We are hoping this changes!

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza!

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We made homemade pizza!

We kind of cheated. We bought the crust frozen from a store. It is made by a local bakery and turned out absolutely delicious!  We DID make a video, where I roll out the dough and talk about baking gluten free.  Namon also filmed a little while we waited for the dough to rise. You can watch that video below.

I CAN share a full gluten crust recipe if you want a good one! 🙂

We DID make the sauce from scratch.  We always make our sauce ourselves.  It just tastes better.

We use:

A can of plain tomato sauce

Half a can of tomato paste

Fresh basil

Fresh oregano

Fresh thyme

Red pepper flakes

Garlic powder

Half a tsp of sugar

Salt and pepper

Below you can watch a video of how we make our pizza sauce.  It is really easy.

On the pizza we put our sauce and:

Hot Italian sausage

Mozzarella

Smoked Mozzarella

Pepperoni

We baked it for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees, and it was delicious!  Namon claims he still likes my crust the best.  I love this man!

Here is the site to the gluten free beer I mention: Unity Vibration 

Also, we used Yuki’s cat tower to film… she was displeased.

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Coming Soon…

This chicken dish was amazing!

It was a total accident, and apparently super easy.

Namon and I just had a really long week, so we weren’t going to do anything tonight with the blog. 

Once we tasted this, we realized we will need to do a video with it soon.

This is just a teaser! I promise we will post about this soon with a recipe and a video. It was really easy!

Here is Yuki to make up for no recipes!

A Day of Rest… and a Run


Getting kitty kisses as I stretch out!

Sunday is usually my rest day. Everyone needs to rest, and in my humble opinion that was why Sunday’s were invented.

Sometimes, however, a quick solo run IS part of that rest. 

My run time is when I can just zone out. I listen to pop music, bounce to the mindless sugarcoated lyrics, and focus on breating in and out. It’s kind of zen for me. Even with Britney singing in my ears that I better work.

I mentioned before that my resting heart rate was really high before exercise. It has since dropped down to a human level instead of a small woodland critter, but I know that is because I work it out a little each day. After my run I feel calm and my heart relaxes into a quiet rhythm. 

The whole point of this post is to say you have to rest, but rest has to be your own definition. My morning run was two miles in 30 minutes, so more like a slow jog, with much walking before and after. Maybe your rest is doing a home project you’ve been meaning to finish, or reading that novel that’s been sitting by your bed the last month, or even taking the kids to the park and playing frisbee. 

Whatever you think of as rest, give yourself time to DO it! Part of taking care of yourself is giving yourself time for peace!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m off for a motorcycle ride with my man!

Sometimes, You Gotta Eat Cake

Today was Coast Guard Day!

Did I mentioned my husband is in the Coast Guard?  Well, he is, and because today was Coast Guard Day we had to attend the Coast Guard picnic.

I say “had to” as if it were something forced upon us, but trust me it wasn’t.  I was excited to meet everyone I hear Namon talk about at the end of the day.  I was also excited to meet other Coastie wives, because we JUST moved up to Buffalo and I have NO friends up here.  Working from home will be great come winter, but right now it just means that I’m really bonding with my cat.  I’m like a warg!  Well, no, because I never embody my cat.  I guess she is more like my familiar… anyway, too much time at home without friends is not healthy!

The picnic was fun, and I did meet a lot of very nice people. I also may have had a very lovely strawberry cake.  Not the whole, like a piece. With copious amounts of frosting.

I love frosting.

I am confessing this because I am on this fitness journey and part of the journey is eating in a healthy way.  I believe eating healthy sometimes means you eat the cake.

What I mean is, if I never allowed myself to have a cheat day and enjoy, with moderation, foods the I enjoy, I am not going to stick to my diet.  I’ll break.  I’ll break from being so restrictive with myself that I stop enjoying the simple pleasures, like a piece of strawberry cake.  The rest of the food was absolutely delicious, and really not horrible for me. There was a shrimp boil, so I had some shrimp (not as good as in New Orleans… I miss NOLA food), a small sampling of potato salad, a veggie kabob and a small corn on the cob.  Nothing crazy, still delicious.

Then the cake arrived.

I know, because this sucker was full gluten, that I will pay for my choice.  Right now, I regret nothing.

I struggled for a minute and then realized, this is why I take care of myself. I eat right, I exercise, and I take care of myself so that when I am offered a piece of cake I can eat it guilt free because I know I will go right back to my routine afterward.

I don’t know, sometimes you just have to eat the cake.

Hang in there, guys, and be good to yourselves!

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