fitness, goals, health


For the month of February, the Choose Your Own Adventure theme was “create.” I declared then that I would probably fail, as I usually put my creative projects on the back burner for more pertinent things. Let’s take a look at how I did.

1. Create a completely new to me recipe with something that I do not have much experience cooking. I try lots of new recipes, but they usually revolve around the same basic ingredients of chicken, beef, turkey, mexican, italian, or asian food. I want to branch out even more.

I started playing with my spiralizer this month and created three vegetable noodle dishes. That counts for something, right? I made Asian Zoodles, Sweet Potato Noodles with Sage and Turkey Meatball Zoodles. I only give myself half credit because I was trying to attempt to cook with shrimp and that didn’t happen. 

2. ?? I am in the middle of designing something that I will share at a later date. It needs to be done in the next week or two so I am putting it up here to hold myself accountable.

This was the update to the Magic City Bloggers website. It was completed and looks awesome! Chris did the work though, with me just saying I like that and don’t like that….so does this really count as a goal I accomplished. Absofuckinglutely. 

3. Work on a DIY project for my office decor. 


4. Create a DIY project piece for the gallery wall.


5. Create a work space in the office area.


Now, I did do some things that were not on the goals list. I completed the rest of my research on purposeful houseplants and have started drafting my blog post for it. It was A LOT of research and I am trying to decide if I want to break the post up or have one large one?

I also did research on nutrition and macros. That took up all of my “creative time” and I deem more important!

This month’s theme is relationships. There is one relationship that I have that is very unhealthy. I have to work on starting to correct it this month…

1. Food – My relationship with food is the worst relationship that I have. Food is comfort, food is a reward, food is something to do when you are bored, food is socializing with friends. Food should be none of those things.

This month I am going to work on retraining my brain to see food as only nourishment for my body and eat accordingly. I have broken down how much protein, carbs, fats and calories I need each day and that is that.

2. Me – I am my own worst critic. Aren’t we all? After I finish my current book, I plan to read The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. I learned about this book through Erin who said that it really resonated with her.

3. Marriage – Chris and I are pretty good about staying unplugged for the most part when we spend time with each other after work in the evenings. I plan to continue this 🙂

4. Friends– Plan a girls night for March.

Are you linking up to work on your relationship goals for the month? I plan to do much better with these than my create goals from last month! I am not off the hook though, I still need to complete those projects too!

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  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design March 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Your relationship goals are so good! Now I feel slightly more ashamed for only making 2. But I guess Luke will benefit more since he’s the only thing on there. I also like the “LOL”s. Why not, right? It looks a lot nicer than the “Fail”s on my page.

  • Reply lisacng @ March 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good job creating recipes of your own, even if one of them wasn’t your original intention. I’ve had some failed meals this week, so there’s that. I didn’t get to finish all my goals either, but the ones I did, I’m happy with. Next month is going to be a “deep” month for us all.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

    LOL @ your LOLs. I had that myself. Also the MCB page is a total pass and victory for you. Sometimes the coordination IS the work, my friend!

    Great goals for March!

  • Reply joey March 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

    My relationship with food needs work. I know we’ve chatted about this in depth some, but I’m really hoping to find a happy and healthy balance of what my body needs and what won’t make me sick. And uh, yes. Even if Chris did the work–the job still got done. TOTALLY counts!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter March 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

    You have to tell me how the body book is! I’ve been meaning to read it!

  • Reply alyssa March 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I hear you on the food relationship. Food has always been a huge part of my life, as an Italian woman with grandmothers who are the best cooks to ever life (in my opinion, of course :P) and a mom who is a magician in the kitchen. Food is comfort, consolation, and a cure for boredom. I found that this winter I did so much late-night snacking and I could totally tell the difference in my body — even with constant running and yoga. I set myself a goal for March to stop snacking after 10 p.m. (I’m usually up til about 1 a.m.) and so far I’m sticking to it but it’s so hard! I get late-night cravings just because I want something warm before bed or something. Hopefully this will be the first step to altering my relationship with food.
    Wishing you luck. You’re gonna do great this month!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As March 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I really want a spiralizer! Good luck in March! Food is definitely a social thing for me. Hanging out with someone? Where do you want to eat?

  • Reply Biana Perez March 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    You made a ton of recipes which were all amazing and looked delicious! Thanks for the book recommendation and girl I totally feel you on being your own worst critic…i am so mean to myself sometimes…not good! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says March 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love that you’re working on your relationship with food! That is such out of the box thinking and I wish I had thought of it, too, because food and I are pretty toxic around each other. Can’t wait to hear about your progress!

  • Reply Jessi March 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I enjoyed the responses that were “LOL” 🙂 I think you should plan several March girls nights, and they could be centered around all the other lovely things in your life including healthy cooking!

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New March 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    You did awesome on your goals! Loved seeing all of your zoodles recipes, I hope to get to try them soon! And yes, the website totally counts as an accomplished goal! He couldn’t have done it without your input right?? Love your relationship goals, I SO get what you’re saying about the relationship with food, UGH. I’ll be doing pretty good with healthy eating and then something stressful happens or I get tired or overwhelmed and my FIRST thought is to eat something “comforting”, and I hate that!

  • Reply kathy@real talk March 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    with food, as in all other aspects of life, there are choices to be made: good or bad. yes food is fuel but we also have to enjoy ourselves, right? i use the 90/10 rule: 90% clean; 10% whatever. the 10% can be anything – one meal that is comfort food like when you’re out. if you eat clean 90% of the time and stick with your eating plan, that 10% once a week won’t do a damn thing. when we went out to that fancy restaurant last weekend, clean eating be damned. while i did stay with my no-grain rule, i ate everything else and didn’t even care if it came in rich sauces or whatnot. i even broke my once-a-year-dessert rule and had the most delicious creme brule!

    it’s totally possible to see food as fuel most of the time yet have a little fun with it other times. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

  • Reply Kerry March 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    The LOL response was too funny! Total win on the MCB page it’s called delegating! 😉

  • Reply Lauren @ The Fledgling Journey March 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome goals! I just got a spiralizer and want to get started on some zoodle dishes. I certainly need to eat more veggies.

    • Reply Gabrielle February 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      What’s it take to become a sublime exuenpdor of prose like yourself?

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth March 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    It is so hard to stay unplugged when we get home! I think our goals are going to be to turn the tv off while eating! Baby steps….

  • Reply kristen March 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    first off I love your LOL answers. I think that everything you ended up focusing on is definitely more important than creative stuff, and pointing out what you did and didn’t like about the website absolutely counts.
    secondly, i love that you put your relationship with food on there. i really, really need to work on this as well. i need to learn how to view food as fuel, not as.. food. you know? you are really intriguing me with this macro stuff.
    but first, let me finish my cadbury creme egg 🙂

  • Reply Ashley Servis March 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I have put the body book on my summer reading list. You will have to let me know what the book is like. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I hear you on food. It’s tough! Especially when you live in a city, there’s just so many options that every event and get together involves food of some sort, and it’s never healthy!

  • Reply Kay R. March 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

    You definitely did a good job with the spiralizer and creating recipes. I love that you “LOL” the others haha I would have had a tough time with create. For relationships I agree with you on food. For the longest time I had the worst relationship with food ever!!

  • Reply C.Lem (creativeclementine) March 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I like “LOL” in response to your ditched goals. That’s good stuff.
    Supervising the website revisions TOTALLY counts as an accomplishment. It’s called Project Management, and people make millions on it. Jus’ sayin’.

    Good luck with your March goals!! Just two weeks left. 🙂

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