Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Are you there Kelli? Its me, your blog…
September 25, 2010, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Kelli

Sorry for the corny title, I just couldn’t help myself!  So yes, it has been a long while since I have posted.  As you know, Stephen and I bought a house back in May and I literally feel like I have not stopped to take a breath since then!  This summer I ran a marathon, bought a house, did lots of work on said house, became a God mother to my amazing nephew, had some down days, had some up day, visited Ohio, and did some other fun things.  While being so busy I completely neglected the blog.  Katie and I have decided that we do not want to be the “this is what I ate today…  this is what I did today…”type of healthy living blog.  While those blogs are really amazing and helped me in my healthy living transformation, I think we want to take this blog in a different direction.  We are going through, as Katie put it, a blog identity crisis.  We both have total type A personalities (hello!  I am an accountant and she is an engineer.  how could we NOT be type A?!?!?!) and want to be organized without being extreme.  I want this blog to be about what I strive for everyday, balance.  I think Katie and I both strive for balance, even though our lives are in two totally different places right now.  Here are the things I would like to focus on with my posts:

Basic, simple, delicious food (totally stole that from Katie 🙂 ): I feel the best when I am putting GOOD and SIMPLE foods into my body.  Foods that my body know what to do with and know how to process.  Whole grains, eggs, and lots and lots of greens. Lets get back to basics and let the natural flavors really stand out in the foods we eat.

Exercise: My exercise habits have changed slightly since running the marathon.  I have been trying to focus on strength and over all total body health rather than just cardio.  I am running a half marathon on October 17th, and then I might break up from running for a while.  I have found a new workout, CrossFit, at a new gym that I am really loving.  I am also loving hiking and just being OUTSIDE instead of on a treadmill.  I want to get back to why I started exercising in the first place.  I love the way it makes me feel.

Case Mountain Summit in Manchester, CT

BUDGET!: I will be completely honest with you, Stephen and I have rarely had to budget.  We have either had lots of money (like when we first got married), or no money at all (like when he had no job and we were living with his parents).  We have either been able to buy pretty much whatever we want or nothing at all.  We are in a position now where we both have amazing jobs with very good paychecks for how young we are.  We also have a house and lots of responsibilities.  For the first time in our married life we are able to buy things, but must plan it first.  Last month I analyzed out bank statement and divided every transaction into categories so I could see where we were wasting the most money.  We were spending way more than I realized on food!  I was buying groceries, AND we were getting take out probably once a week and going out to dinner on weekends, Stephen was also buying lunch out almost everyday at work.  This has got to stop!!!!  After analyzing out budget I have created a spread sheet (love excel) to keep track of every penny we spend and to budget our “categories”.  I will definitely be blogging about this!

So bear with us as we find out footing here at 2L1L!!!



Iphone!
August 21, 2010, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Kelli

I officially have the word press app for the iPhone! Woohoo for blogging on the go! I am off to do this workout!



Today.
August 15, 2010, 7:12 pm
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‎”Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow.”” -Mary Anne Radmacher



Flex Your Feelings.
August 14, 2010, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Kelli

This morning my husband packed up his fishing gear and a few pairs of shorts and headed to Canada with a group of friends for 5 days of fishing, laughing, and drinking.  To be honest,  I was really looking forward to this trip due to the fact that I would get to soak up some much needed “me” time.  Today I thoroughly enjoyed the “sweetness of doing nothing”.  I had a lot of time to think about my life; where it is going and where it has been.

I realized today that something I am lacking in my life is true passion. A passion so great that it consumes you.  I love cooking, but have not been truly passionate about it.  This is because whenever I cook I need to think about allergies, who doesn’t like what texture, who does not like things “mixed together”, who does not like veggies without cheese, etc.  I want and need to be passionate about something that is all about me.  I need to be passionate about something that I do not have to schedule around other people; and something that when performing this act I do not have to think about anyone besides myself and my needs.  You might find this incredibly selfish, and to be honest, so do I.  But I need this.  I love yoga and exercise, but I so often have to compromise my passion for these things because of the daily grind and because of schedules.  I know that is life, and life is about trying to find balance with the things you love with the things you have to do, but how am I supposed to find inner balance if 90% of my day is spent trying to please other people and compromising my own needs for theirs?

Something I have realized I am truly passionate about over these past few months is reading and writing.  This morning when I found myself with an entire day to MYSELF, all I wanted to do was curl up in my hammock with a good book and a big glass of white wine.  With writing, I find a lot of times that I have so much to say but lack the talent and ability to actually write it down or say these things I am feeling out loud.  I want to write about how I do not want my life to turn into a daily routine of work, workout, cook, sleep, repeat.  I feel so trapped by that routine, and I am only 24 years old.  Sometimes I think I lack the life experience to actually feel “trapped”.  I have not lived through very difficult times, or even stayed at the same job for more than a year.  Many times when I actually think about it though, I realize I do not WANT those life experiences.  I look around me at people who have had “life experience” and all I can see is bitterness.  Don’t get me wrong, I am often surrounded by people who seem happy and who are living their lives the best they know how.  But it seems like when it comes to the daily grind, there is nothing extraordinary anymore.  There is nothing that makes your eyes pop open every single day with excitement for life in general.

I think I will start to write all these things down that I am feeling.  This morning in yoga the instructor said something very interesting.  When she meant to say “flex your foot” she said, “flex your feelings”.  We all laughed, but then she stopped and said, “Yes!  Flex your feelings!  Move with your passion and see where it takes you!  Flex your feelings!”.  So that is what I am going to do, I will make it a point to flex my feelings everyday in between phone calls and emails and coffee breaks and crisis. Feelings; prepared to be flexed.



A Day At The Lake…
August 9, 2010, 7:07 am
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Yesterday Stephen’s family and I headed to Gardner Lake for a day of boating, eating, fishing (for the guys), and taking cute pictures of my adorable nephew!  My brother in law, Stephen, and his grandfather all headed up to the lake early in the morning to fish before pulling the boat out.  Stephen and Jon leave on Saturday for their yearly Canada fishing trip and are taking their grandfathers boat with them.  It was a nice relaxing day full of naps in the sun, holding the baby, and some good picnic food 🙂

“What is THAT, Daddy?!”

William seeing his first fish!!

Three men and a baby

Oh heyyyy seksi hubby 🙂

William putting his feet in the water for the first time.  He was very unsure, but started to kick and splash shortly after I took this picture!

I will never be able to say no to this face!!  And that might get me into trouble!!!

I hope you all had a great weekend!



New England Crab Salad
August 8, 2010, 8:26 am
Filed under: Food, Kelli, Lunch, Original Recipe

Hi all!  Yesterday was one of the greatest “weekend-y” days I have had in a long time.  I slept in, went to a fantastic Bikram yoga class, browsed Whole Foods (aka: Whole Paycheck) and came home for a lovely lunch.  I was craving something light and sweet.  I love how summer turns those heavy and creamy cravings from winter into cravings for salads, fresh fruit, and crisp veggies!

I decided to make a New England classic, crab salad!

Ingredients:

8 oz crab meat (lump or claw.  I used claw for the simple fact that is was cheaper)

1/2 chopped mango

1 and 1/2 Tbsp light mayo

“Squirt” of honey mustard

1/2 cup finely chopped green onion

1/3 cup finely chopped celery.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until they are evenly blended.  Place a generous portion on a New England style hot dog bun (ie: one without the sides!  I made one out of a loaf of delicious whole wheat bread I had just bought at Whole Paycheck).  Sit on your back porch with a large glass of white wine (it is Saturday afterall) and enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!



I have been taken hostage by home improvement projects…
August 8, 2010, 8:17 am
Filed under: Kelli

No, I have not posted in the last SEVERAL weeks.  I have been busy turning this…

Into this…

My dining room…

Into this…

This guest bedroom…

In this…

(sorry for the very dark picture!)

Annnddd (the best part) turning this over grown and crowded shrub bed…

Into this…

There are a few more projects (like my gym) that are in the “middle” stages right now.  But these were all the ones that were DONE!  I never thought I would say the word DONE!



In The Middle…
July 8, 2010, 7:37 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Green Monster, Kelli

Morning friends!  Can you believe its already Thursday?  I love 4 day weeks!  This morning I woke up for an early workout in my home gym.  Today I wanted to focus on legs, abs, and sprints.  I completed the following workout in about 45 minutes

Legs, Abs, Sprints

Warm Up

5 minutes @ 4.0 to 4.5 mph

Legs

1 minute wall sit

1 minute of lunges

30 seconds of squats

Repeat x 2

(total: 5 minutes)

Sprints

1 min @ 4.0 mph

30 secs @ 7.0 mph

1 min @ 4.0 mph

30 secs @ 7.5 mph

1 min @ 4.0 mph

(total: 4 minutes)

Abs

20 seconds crunches

20 seconds push throughs

20 seconds reverse crunch

20 seconds right oblique

20 seconds left oblique

20 seconds crunches

10 seconds bicycle

20 seconds crunches

10 seconds bycycle

20 seconds reverse crunch

(total: 3 minutes)

Repeat Cardio

Repeat Legs

Repeat Cardio

Repeat Abs

Cool Down

5 min @ 4.0 – 3.5 mph

Phew!  It was quite the workout.  My legs felt like jello afterward, but it was a gooooood feeling.  I am really loving having my own gym.  I get to create workouts that incorporate several different areas of fitness without worrying about “hogging” an area of Golds.

After my workout I sat down for a lovely Green Monster.  I made this one with 1 cup almond milk, 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup frozen mango, vanilla protein powder

Notice that mess in the background?  That brings me to the “In The Middle” aspect of this post.  In light of Caitlin’s recent post where she celebrated being in the middle of a move, I decided to celebrate being in the middle of renovations.  Instead of being stressed about the state of my house, and worrying about how on Earth we are going to get so much done, I am going to celebrate it…

This room will one day be a den.  I picture a room with no TV, over stuffed couches and chairs, books, magazines, and an all together zen feel.  But right now it is in the middle of our renovations.  It has become the “plunk place”.  Everything that is not organized or just not done yet, goes in this room.  We are in the middle of saving for new furniture, and in the middle of creating a calming atmosphere.

This is the living room.  In the middle of being painted.  In the middle of being decorated.  Just in the middle.

One room that is not in the middle of being changed is the three seasons porch.  I am happy to report that, with a recent furniture purchase, this room is very close to being done.

I really love this end table that I found at Pier 1.

Much of the house is in the middle of being turned into our home.  It is being turned into the place I look forward coming to after work, the place I will spend relaxing weekends, and the place I will want to invite friends to for long girls weekends.  This will be the home where (God willing) I will bring my first child.  This will be the home where I celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and everyday life.  So instead of being stressed out about it, I have decided to enjoy the process of turning this 4 bedroom, cape cod style, brick house into my home.



3 Years Ago Today…
July 7, 2010, 9:18 pm
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…I was living in NYC.  I took the train on a Friday afternoon to visit my “boyfriend”, Stephen, in CT.  He had just moved into a new apartment and I was super excited to see it.  He picked me up at the New Haven train station and greeted me with a big hug.  On the way home we chatted about the coming weekend and what our plans were.  When we got to Vernon (where his new apartment was located) I walked in the door to see the entire kitchen table covered in white flowers.  There was a home made scrap book in the middle of the flowers that had pictures from the night of our first kiss, fraternity formals, senior week, weekends together, and several other memories.  As I turned the last page, I knew what was coming.  My hands were shaking and my eyes were filling with tears.  The last page said in giant black letters “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”.  I turned around to face my future husband, and he was down on one knee holding out a beautiful diamond ring.  I cried, I hugged, I kissed, I said yes 🙂

3 years later we are happily married.  We have been through some rough patches, but instead of growing apart through them we have gown together.  He is my best friend, my support system, my de-stressor, and my biggest fan.

3 years ago we promised to spend our lives together.  3 years.  6 jobs. 3 apartments. 2 states. 1 house.  1 ever growing love.



HEAT WAVE!
July 7, 2010, 6:48 am
Filed under: Biking, Breakfast, Eggs, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Workout

If you live anywhere from Washington D.C. to Boston on the east coast you KNOW what I am talking about!  The Hartford area is seeing temperatures we have no seen in about 10 years!

Yes, that says 80*.  At 6:30 this morning.  Last night our bedroom got so hot the Husband actually slept in the basement since it was cooler!  Because of the extreme heat I do not think I will be cooking a lot this week.  Meals will consist of Green Monsters, sandwiches, and cool salads.

This morning, however, I did decide to cook.  I woke up STARVING and decided on an egg white omelet.

My breakfast consisted of

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

1/2 green pepper

White onion

1 cup spinach

2 Tbsp shredded cheese

Oh man, this made my kitchen HOT!  At the same time I was making some mushrooms to put in a veggie wrap for lunch

I packed up all the ingredients so I can put together the wrap at my desk:

Portobello mushrooms

Green Pepper

Artichoke Hearts

Sprouts

Avocado

Hummus

Should be a good day 🙂  I am off to work!  I am enjoying a bikram class after work today.  Although, with this heat I could probably just do some poses in my backyard and get the same effect!