Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweat & Cheese

Sounds appetizing, no? Don't worry these two things were not together, but I did enjoy both tonight.

First, the sweat....

Oh, yes. My basketball team was the Division Champs...3 years in a row! Oh, the Glory Days! 

I think I got some stares as I walked out of the gym tonight. No, I am not full of myself, I mean stares where they were thinking, "that girl needs a shower!" 

I went to Kickbox Cardio tonight for the first time here. I've been once while I was at Baylor and once when I lived in San Antonio, but this was a first in Highland Village. I could tell the instructor was intense when I walked into the class. I was actually really excited when I noticed this. I don't know about you, but I am more motivated to participate in the class and really push myself when the instructor is in great shape. It's pretty hard for me to get excited about a class or think it's going to work when the instructor isn't in the best shape. Is that bad? 

Back on track....this class was HARD!!!! The only time I've ever thought I might have to quit a class was my first time in a Spin class, but I thought I might have to stop more than once tonight. I was dripping sweat all over the place! I was one of those people that I'm sure everyone was avoiding in the class. I even caught myself spitting sweat when I was breathing hard....SICK! I will definitely be going back. 

Now for the cheese....

See that cheese coming out of the middle? 

I'm determined not to go to the grocery store until April 1st, so I've been improvising the past couple of days. We have tons of leftovers in the fridge, so I put my hatred of leftovers to the side and partook. They were just missing a little something on the side, so I made Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers. These are DELICIOUS!! 

I found a couple of recipes, but they all required chilling the dough and with the night approaching 8:00, I just did not have time for chilling. Here is the recipe I used:

Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers 
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I only had about 1/3 cup so I also used mozzarella) 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butter into pieces. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and grind until it forms dough. Then, place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out until 1/4 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares and place in the oven for about 12 minutes or until they are the texture you desire. Let cool for 2 minutes and enjoy. 

These were the perfect addition to my meal and I can't wait to enjoy the rest this week. The rest meaning what you see in the picture....I ate the other half before the picture was taken. What can I say? Kickbox cardio made me work up one heck of an appetite! 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Unfathomable Love

On March 4th, my oldest sister, Katie, had her second little girl, Charlotte. Now I have two nieces and couldn't me a prouder aunt! 

Charlotte  03.04.11 & Annie 01.23.09

Ben was invited to the MAVS game on Thursday, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to visit these sweet little girls! I could not wait for the work day to be over so I could go play. The moment I walked in the door I was blown away by how adorable they are! Agree??

I immediately headed out the back door to blow bubbles, play soccer, "mow the lawn," play hide-and-seek and play on Annie's playground. I cannot tell you the number of times I caught myself throwing my head back and laughing or standing in amazement at some of the things she said. Annie is definitely her mother's daughter. She could seriously talk your ear off and I love it!! 

After eating some yummy homemade chili, I finally got to hold Charlotte. It's hard for me to give up play time with Annie when she is so fun and so excited to play, but she was still finishing up her dinner. Ohmygoodness, how can you love someone so much that has only been on this earth for 3 weeks?!?! It is just absolutely incredible to me! Every little noise she makes just melts your heart.

I didn't get to hold her long, but every second was fabulous! I had to give her up when Annie kept coming over and asking, "Nalie, want to play play doh?" I mean how can you say no?! After playing for a little while, we headed upstairs before bath time to play soccer. I wish I would have videoed us playing. David, Annie's dad, and I mainly played keep away and Annie thought it was hilarious. The best part was when she put her soccer ball in her Easter basket and I said, "Oh my, Annie, that is one big Easter egg!" and afterwards she could not stop running around the room yelling "That's a big egg!" and falling all over the place! She was cracking herself up and I haven't laughed that hard in forever! 

Anyway, after my night spent with the most adorable nieces in the whole world, I left their house thinking, "how can you love someone that much?" It is such an unfathomable love. One that you know you would do absolutely anything for them and protect them in any way you possibly could. I began being amazed by love when Ben and I were dating and even more when we got married. I started to understand God's love and was able to begin accepting it and giving it. Loving my nieces has built on that love. It's something you just can't explain and I am so thankful for it. I will soak up every second that I get with these two cuties!! 

Katie & her sweet girls


Thursday, March 17, 2011

First Post - HELLO!!!!

Welcome to "Married Meets Healthy!" I am so excited to introduce my new blog!!

Some of you may have followed "Newscoops," a blog that I started last year as a senior at Baylor. I got really into the blog world and really really wanted to start one of my own. After graduating and starting a super busy job, I never felt like I had enough time to update and I also didn't feel like my whole heart was in it. I knew I wanted to blog about all the new things going on in my life, but I didn't feel the blog had a true purpose. Now, with "Married Meets Healthy," I feel like I have really thought about what I want to share and put my whole heart into it.

I'm excited to take you on my journey of finding MY healthy now that I'm married! Ben and I were married on July 11, 2010, and I have struggled to find a balance in my personal, professional and physical life ever since. I was so used to running and hitting the gym whenever I wanted at Baylor and would often stay active throughout the entire day. After getting married and completely enjoying myself and not worrying about a single calorie or workout on the honeymoon(s), then hitting the business world HARD, I am still trying to find what works best for me.

Anyone else have trouble finding a balance between staying healthy and having fun after they got married?

I have always been super healthy and active and am not super comfortable with the way my body has changed since I've been eating with a boy and sitting at a desk all day. Hopefully through this new blog, I can begin to find balance and maybe even help others find balance after marriage or wherever you are in life. I am striving everyday to be more and more comfortable in my own skin.

I absolute love cooking and baking and hope to share many recipes with you. I love experimenting with healthy variations of dishes and any feedback and tips are definitely welcome. I also love staying active and trying new workouts. I'm trying to change things up and try new things with my routine so that I am constantly motivated at the gym. Hopefully, through this blog, I will find even more inspiration and motivation. So excited to get started and share all the things going on in my fabulous, crazy life!!

PS - I am obviously working on the design and layout of the blog and am hoping to have it all finalized this weekend!

Ben and I dancing on our wedding day! 

Turkey Trot 2010