a minDay.

Whew!¬†Another night at Crossfit done! I was not nearly as sore as I thought (and as everyone told me) I would be. But I can already feel the soreness coming on from tonight’s class.

Here are a few shots from the day:

Including all 3 meals plus 1 snack. Sorry Instagram followers for hogging your news feed. I’m back! ūüėÄ

1. My favorite morning ritual: A cup of coffee+splash of milk with a side of blog reading and celebrity trash.

2. Breakfast! Buttered+jam(med?) english muffin, two¬†drippy¬†fried eggs, and a side o’ grapefruit!

3.¬†Perks of being home for the summer… I have countless kitchen toys! A crunchy apple¬†with an¬†{unpictured} tablespoon of peanut butter.

4. Mid-day bath. #necessary

5.¬†¬†Lunchy munchies: Ham, green onion cheese(!!!), & dijon on whole-wheat. Sabra’s Spicy Hummus and Stacy’s Naked pita chips. <– the best snack ever! hard to keep it at a serving size, though.

6. Dinner and pre-Crossfit fuel: Salad with warm, crumbled bacon, one roma tomato, one mini yellow bell pepper, and a handful of shredded carrots. The best part was by far the dressing! Do it now. For breakfast. for lunch. for a snack. for dinner. for dessert. Just do the dang thing! Recipe follows.

Honey-mustard-bacon salad dressing

1 serving

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

In a microwave-safe bowl, cook bacon for 3 minutes. Remove bacon and let rest on a paper towel. Add the vinegar, dijon, and honey to the bowl of bacon grease and stir well. Crumble, chop, inhale the two bacon slices. Serve the dressing atop a salad with crumbled bacon!

This dressing was soooo good. I can’t give credit where credit is due to the original recipe creator because well… the recipe is everywhere! This dressing could’ve easily served two people so if you like light dressing or you are watching calories/fat, I’m sure it is just as delicious cut in half.

See ya lata.

xo. Mindy

 

Uh oh.

Have you heard about that thing they call Crossfit?

From the first time I read about it, I wanted to know more so I watched video after video. Then one of my favorite bloggers, Tina, from Carrots n Cake joined and I found myself checking her blog daily for her Crossfit updates. Then my older brother joined and fell in love and I was even more intrigued. FINALLY, I gave it my first try tonight.

I may not be saying this tomorrow, but I AM IN LOVE. I had the biggest smile on my face walking out of those doors and I can’t wait to go back. Though it IS a bit pricey, I can go ahead and say that it is well worth it. I am so excited to start my Crossfit journey and of course I will keep you all updated throughout. I highly recommend anyone to check out their area for a Crossfit box.

On another note, these past few weeks have been hectic due to finals, audition week, and moving from Atlanta, so my eats have been all over the place from being semi-healthy to all out indulgent and I just didn’t photograph or document them. After my grocery haul tonight, I have no excuse but to get back on track. So expect to see lots of healthy meals very soon.

p.s. If you are from my hometown and need a workout partner, preferably not at a gym ;-), then don’t hesitate to comment, e-mail, Facebook message, or call me and I would love to sweat with you!

p.p.s. I have my own website now! I purchased my own domain this afternoon and thankfully no longer have that pesky (wordpress.com) behind my blog’s name. Also, expect to see somewhat of a make-over in the near future. I am working with a buddy on making my blog easier to navigate with new tabs and pages and hopefully a new layout!

xo. Mindy

 

On the road again.

My bruises have finally healed.

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I’ve started off my summer with a trip to the beach,

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celebrating the quickly approaching arrival of baby Porter,

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and making a birds nest necklace for my mama.

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I hope all of you mama’s out there have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

xo. Mindy

p.s. If it ain’t red, don’t wear it!

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cheers.

A little blood, a few buckets of sweat, and a pool of tears.

Have you ever wanted something so bad that when you don’t get it the first time, you try again?

On Sunday, April 29,2012 I auditioned for the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. I made the preliminary cut and then the semi-final cut advancing to the final auditions which took place Thursday, May 3, 2012. On Monday, I had an interview with the head director of AFC and the choreographer of AFC. On Tuesday, we 65 finalists were required to participate in a mandatory boot camp led by one of the AFC trainers. On Wednesday, we were required to attend a final practice and more dance was added on to the already learned dance. It may seem like alot, it is. Keep in mind, the time it takes to get ready, get to the different locations, buy/make appropriate outfits, and squeeze in practice and gym time.

To say this week was easy would be a lie. But it wasn’t¬†supposed to be easy. To say I worked my butt off and did my absolute best would be an understatement. You see, this isn’t the first time I have¬†gone through¬†the same exact process resulting in the same exact outcome. I auditioned when I was 17 only to be told I was too young and to please come back. At 18, I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared, so at 19 I honestly felt like I was at the right place at the right time. You know when you just know?

Aside from a minor brain fart at final auditions, I danced my heart out.

I didn’t make the team.

I cried. and cried. and cried.

Prior to final auditions, I told my family if I didn’t make it I would accept that this isn’t for me and I would move on and not be upset.

Easier said than done, huh? How do you move on for something you want so bad? The thing that has stuck with you ever since that 8th grade memory book.

This is how.

It’s not going to be easy, though. It’s not supposed to be.

I’m going to dry up my last tear, wear the same smile I had on the dance floor, remain grateful for all of the support, and have faith that God has bigger and better plans for me.

Hard work pays off and eventually I know it will. It just didn’t on May 3rd.

Let go and let God.

xo. Mindy

Hope.

A short, but sweet post. No healthy food. No recipes. No exercises. Yesterday, while I was cleaning out my bag and tears were rolling down my face, a little bracelet (what I thought was a pony-tail holder) fell out of my bag. I have never owned or seen this bracelet and as soon as I […]