friday’s four things

November 21, 2014 in ask me anything, Blog, Blogging, Fivethings Friday, Lists, Rambles, survey by lindsaymwright

Anybody else feel like this week just sucked the life right out of them?  Smile

I just never really got a good flow with life this week.  Luckily it’s the weekend and I have an extra pair of hands to help me (makes all the difference, no?).  We have a pretty chill weekend lined up so I’m excited to get a few things done around the house before next week’s holiday.  I have a feeling it’s going to be crazy at the coffee shop so I want to try and get ahead on paperwork and payroll.

So I’ve seen this quiz floating around in blogworld lately and it looked like fun so I scooped it up.  If you blog and want to play along, I’ve created a blank copy at the bottom of the post – just highlight, copy and paste right over into your own post (remember to link back so I can get a ping and go read!).  Here goes….

Friday’s Four Things

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Linds (friends)
  2. Mama (Kids)
  3. Babe, Lover (Travis)
  4. Punkinhead (my dad)

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Summer Day Camp counselor (first job)
  2. Fat Buddies waitress (during high school….flippin’ LOVED that job!)
  3. Healthcare Consultant (after college….my degree is in Health Administration & Policy.)
  4. NASM-cpt/group fitness instructor (now)

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Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. Love Actually
  2. Princess Bride
  3. Sleepless in Seattle
  4. Little Women

(Honorable mentions:  You’ve Got Mail, Royal Tenenbaums, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars (NOT the newer ones), Office Space, Casablanca and White Christmas.  Gosh I LOVE movies!!)

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  2. Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder <-actually I recommend the entire set – Clara can’t read yet but this is already on her bookshelf.
  4. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Franklin, NC
  2. Chapel Hill, NC
  3. Westminster, CO
  4. Chattanooga, TN

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Four places I’ve been:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Vail, CO
  4. Destin, FL

(sadly never out of the US.  That needs to change ASAP!)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Colorado (a piece of my heart will always be there – good thing Blend 2015 is back in BOULDER next year!)
  2. Anyplace warm!  Why is it so cold already?!?!
  3. Anywhere that lulls Porter into sleeping through the night.  He’s on a strike.
  4. I can’t think of a fourth.  I like being right where I am (which is currently standing at my kitchen table, listening to Henry read his Astronomy lesson).

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Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Fast food.  There are two exceptions and both from McDonald’s: vanilla cone and an egg mcmuffin.  Yum.
  2. Olives.
  3. Those little mini corn things that you find at the salad bar.  What ARE those?!?  Gross.  That’s what they are.
  4. Most squashes.  I just don’t.  The texture or something.

Four of my favorite foods:

(again…why do I have to narrow this?  too hard.)

  1. Eggs (in any form).
  2. Cereal.
  3. Froyo (duh – I own a froyo shop!).
  4. Grilled chicken (boring but I could pretty much eat chicken for any meal…just goes with so much.)

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Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Scandal (our current fave)
  2. Gilmore Girls.
  3. The Office.
  4. Parks & Rec.

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Continued growth in my MoveMore groups!
  2. Continued growth in my relationships (family, friends, God)
  3. The upcoming holidays!  (and our traditions…)
  4. Ringing in another year with Travis.

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Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Stop.
  2. Quiet.  (or shhhhhhhhh!)
  3. Please (we’re big on manners over here).
  4. I love you.

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QUESTION:  Pick a question and tell me YOUR four!

splendid…lindsay

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FOUR THINGS QUIZ

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

Four jobs I’ve had:

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

Four books I’d recommend:

Four places I’ve lived:

Four places I’ve been:

Four places I’d rather be right now:

Four things I don’t eat:

Four of my favorite foods:

 

Four TV shows I watch:

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

Four things I’m always saying:

my support bra

November 20, 2014 in Blog by lindsaymwright

Confession:  I HATE wearing bras.

They’re just not cool.

The padding, the wires, the straps digging in to your shoulders.  Figuring out what size you are.  That step alone has stopped me from buying any bras online and since I’m so busy and never leave this town to go shopping, I’ve been wearing the same bras from like 10 years ago.  All my nursing ones look ragged (6 years going strong) and all the ones I bought prior to having children don’t fit anymore.  You wanna know what the best feeling in the world is??  Coming home after a long day and taking off that bra.  I fling it across the room for extra dramatic effect.

Maybe it’s just me but putting on a bra is like putting myself into a torture chamber.

Anyhoo…today I’m not even talking about real bras.  I wanted to take a second and talk about my support system.

My husband.

My family.

My close friends.

My support bras.

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Let me tell you this – I couldn’t do HALF of the things I do without those people in my life.  Because of them, I was able to go away last weekend and not worry one millisecond about my children’s safety and happiness.  That means a lot!!  Living near Travis’ parents and my parents means that I don’t have to look far for someone EAGER to spend time with my kiddos.

I remember when we were living in Colorado and I thought about what parents must do when they don’t live close to family and close friends.  They hire babysitters.  They spend money to do fun adult things and then they have to pay a babysitter to make doing the fun things possible.  I’m not saying that’s the worst thing in the world (and I’m sure I’ll pay a babysitter to watch my kids at some point) but to have people close by that can help out – it makes a world of difference for this mama.  Not only do they sub in for me when an adult is needed but I also love how they ENRICH my children’s lives by offering a different approach, different ways of doing things.  I think children need that variety.

It truly takes a village to raise my kids.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

QUESTION:  Do you live close to family that help out??  Do you think it’s important?  <-we MOVED across the country for the extra support!

splendid…lindsay

refreshed

November 18, 2014 in Blog, Blogging by lindsaymwright

Happy Tuesday my friends!

As I sit down to type on Monday afternoon, I just noticed I have yellow poop underneath the nail on my right index finger.  LOL.  THIS is the type of Monday I’ve had.  After being away all weekend, my to-do list is a mile long, my kids have forgotten how to speak in normal-not yelling voices and poop…there has been a lot of poop.  And like 15 loads of laundry.  So like 15 cups of coffee.  Smile  It can only go up from here.  <-side note – I SWEAR I had a post scheduled for Monday…but nothing posted.  So yeah. #losingmymind

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This past weekend I had the GREAT pleasure of attending and speaking at the Refresh Summit.  Held in Franklin, Tennessee at Deer Run Retreat (seriously google this place – it was beautiful!), Refresh Summit is a faith and fitness conference organized by my good friend Bobbi McCormick.  While I don’t really want to sit down here and write out a full recap of the weekend, I do want to share some pictures and a few takeaways.  A couple of readers have asked me to share my workshop notes (Body Image) and I plan to do that later in the week – I need to put some prayer and more thought into all that I want to share.

A few notes about Refresh:

There were about 40 women in attendance, all different shapes and sizes, some bloggers but the majority were not.  Some blogger friends there: Ericka, Katie, Brittany, Amia, and Bobbi!

The atmosphere was COZY.  Coffee cups, leggings and fuzzy socks, thick scarves and glasses, makeup-free faces and messy buns.  I was in my element (and in my pjs a lot).

I discovered a new worship artist that I love – Krissy Nordhoff!  She led worship several times throughout the weekend and wrote “Your Great Name” – one of my favorites (she won a Dove Award for it!).  Check her out!

We were encouraged to put our phones away (talk about REFRESHING!!!!) and to only share on social media when we really felt we needed to.  I think I took five pictures the entire weekend (which for a blogging conference is UNHEARD of).

Since Porter is still nursing, I took him with me.  He did SO well throughout the weekend – he slept A LOT and was generally amused by all of the women who wanted to hold him.  I was able to be involved in most every event (except the late night ones – we went to bed at 9pm and 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights).

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A few takeaways from Refresh:

I want to go back!

I want to take you with me!

Being at Refresh and around these women made me excited for Blend Retreat next May!  I just love the fellowship of having friends all together for a few days.

After speaking on body image, I realize that I have a duty to be a mentor.  Speaking with and praying over struggling women is a blessing and I want to be an open vessel that God can use.  I want to HELP!

I feel refreshed.  I feel strong.  I am ready to encourage!

While the 2015 conference dates have yet to be announced, I really hope to make it back, especially if there is one held within driving distance.  I feel like this conference is SPECIAL and needs to gain more exposure – whether you’re a new Christian or you’ve been walking with God for years and years, there’s something at Refresh Summit for you!  A big thank you to Bobbi and the other Refresh hosts for allowing me to speak (and for giving me my own room so I could nurse topless Winking smile).

QUESTION:  Ever been to a faith retreat before?  A blogging conference?

splendid…lindsay

i sell fitness

November 14, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, MoveMore Fitness by lindsaymwright

On being accountable.  On expectations.  On wanting to help you.

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As one of my clients so eloquently put it (on her check ledger and I just had to write a post about it), I sell fitness.

Not weight loss.

Not inches lost.

Not an eating plan.

Not even a lifestyle change.

Those things are out of my control as a trainer.

Read that again.

I cannot change your eating.  I cannot force you to lose weight.  I am not a magic pill that you can take.

I sell fitness.

{And I’m quite good at it.}

I sell squats.  Lunges.  Pushups.  Burpees.

My fees cover program design and assessments.  I’m paid to track numbers, reps and weights.  I set up appointments so we can continue our little fling for as long as we need.  Occasionally and perhaps most importantly, I throw motivation, a shoulder to cry on and cheerleading in for free.

That’s what I do.  Those are the things I sell.

It’s up to YOU, the client, to make your investment to me worth it.  YOU put in the work.  YOU track your calories and you put down the brownie.  YOU show up.  YOU.

All I sell is fitness.

You have to do the rest.

(and the cheerleader and trainer in me says, “YOU CAN!!”  You can absolutely do the rest!!  Because you’re awesome and you seek change and I’m rooting for you 100 percent!)

splendid…lindsay

top ten food staples in our house

November 12, 2014 in Blog, Food, Lists, Pinterest by lindsaymwright

As I’m preparing to be away this weekend for Refresh Summit, I’ve had to think about what FOODS I need to get at the store.  Travis won’t go to the grocery store (he just won’t think to do that) and they’d be happy eating cereal or rolls all weekend long.  While cereal will suffice in a pinch, I would like to leave them with some actual meals to eat in my absence.

Here’s what I’ve pinned so far:

Friday:  Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

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Saturday:  Grilled Cheese Pull-Apart Rolls

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Sunday:  Sizzlefish Coho Salmon

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Now I just have to get to the store and actually buy all the ingredients…always easier said than done.  The salmon will be easy because it’s already in our freezer, just waiting to defrost. Winking smile

While I’m talking about the grocery store, I wanted to share some of our food staples around here.  The truth is:  The Wright family is pretty boring when it comes to elaborate meals and snacks.  We eat the same thing almost every day.  I don’t really see a reason to change that – most of what we eat is nutritious, budget-friendly and most importantly, it makes us happy.  I think food should be all three of those things!

Here are my TEN FOOD STAPLES – things that go on the grocery list every single week!

#1 – Eggs

We eat a lot of eggs!  Either in quiche or omelets or just scrambled with some shredded cheese on top.  I used to have the grand idea that we’d get chickens and have our own eggs…but I’d rather just just pay for them.  Pick and choose your battles, right?!

#2 – Liquid Egg Whites

I buy at least two cartons of liquid egg whites a week.  I use them in my morning pancakes, in smoothies and sometimes in a pinch I drink them straight up after a workout.  I know that sounds so gross to some of you but they don’t have a taste and they’re pasteurized so you can drink them liquid and not get sick.

#3 – Bananas

A pre-workout must!

#4 – Peanut butter (all-natural)

Travis eats the majority of the peanut butter around here (I’m partial to almond or sunflower butter myself).  He’ll put it on apples or ice cream (fun fact: Travis eats ice cream almost every night unless he’s trying to lose weight.  He adds at least 3 or 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to cut the glycemic index and make it “healthier.”)

#5 – Cereal

Our favorites:  Honeycomb, Bran Flakes, Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

#6 – Unsweetened almond milk & Whole Milk

To go with the cereal.

#7 – Spinach (and other greens)

For almost a year now, I’ve tried to eat a big salad for lunch every day.  We buy organic spinach or spring mix for this.  I also use spinach in smoothies or in eggs.

#8 – Trail mix

Walmart brand – I think it’s called “Mountain Man Mix.”  I usually pick out and eat all the M&M’s and then end up buying another bag of M&M’s to restock what I’ve taken out.  Not sorry.

#9 – Apples

Gala or Honeycrisp.  We have one of those apple slicer thingymajigs and it works pretty well.

#10 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

Last but certainly not least, I buy a bag of chocolate chips every week.  There’s only one store in town that still stocks the MILK CHOCOLATE ones so I make a special trip for those.  I usually eat them by the handful with some raw almonds.

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QUESTION:  What are some of YOUR grocery list staples??

splendid…lindsay

weekend scenes and i need a little refreshing

November 10, 2014 in Blog, weekend by lindsaymwright

I’m pretty certain elves are stealing our weekend hours.

And my socks.

And drinking my almond milk.  I swear I buy ten gallons a week.

I’ve never really been in a position where I was desperately WAITING for the weekend to come (mamas don’t really get true “weekends” anyway) but lately the weekends have been so precious to me.  It’s a two day chance to really reconnect and slow down.  I need more of both in my life right now.

Speaking of resting and recharging, I’m taking this next weekend and attending the Refresh Summit in Franklin, Tennessee!  <-I live in Franklin, NC …does every state have a Franklin??  I think so.  At Refresh, I’m actually hosting the Body Image Workshop on Saturday!  I need to sit down this week and get everything out on paper but I’m EXCITED!!  My friend and client Tiffany is attending with me so she, Porter and I will be heading over on Friday and won’t return until Sunday night.  Travis will be on older kid duty and they’re most assuredly looking forward to it.  Whenever I leave (even if it’s for an hour) I come back to a completely disastrous house and THE happiest children.  Travis doesn’t just put on a TV show and let them zone out – he’s very hands on (and messy).  Smile  Anybody else’s hubby like that??  I’m thankful.  And blessed.

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^^Porter had a growth spurt allllll last week which meant he was up nursing 5-7 times a night.  Which means double shots of espresso on Friday.^^

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^^I received this UE Boom through my partnership with Verizon and Fitfluential.  We receive a gadget every month (which I’m SO thankful for) but this little speaker is far and away my FAVORITE!!  I’d buy this with my own money – in fact, we’re getting one for the coffee shop!  You simply sync it with a phone with Bluetooth and it easily fills a gymnasium with loud, fantastic sound.  Love it!^^

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^^My Trackstars group just had its first week INDOORS!  Thank goodness because it was getting pretty cold out.^^

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^^It says to do this every month.  I don’t.  My clothes were starting to stink so I sucked it up and went through the process.  How often do you clean your washing machine??^^

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^^Always trying to get ahead…^^

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^^Fun fact:  I could eat pizza every single day.  I really don’t think it’s that unhealthy (if you do it right).  My favorite:  thin crust with grilled chicken, mushrooms, spinach and green pepper.^^

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^^My aunt, cousin, sister and mama helped completely redesign the coffee shop this weekend.  It looks AMAZING!!  The style is COOL RUSTIC and it compliments the coffee and frozen yogurt aspects well.  If you’re local, go check it out this week!^^

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QUESTION:  Any fun things that happened around your house?  Do you need a little getaway?  When was your last vacation?

splendid…lindsay