photo dump

Hello my loves!

Once again I apologize for my absence, but from my last post I think you can understand that I have a lot going on. But that really does not excuse my lack of keeping you all up to speed on what’s going on. I really do love this blog and sharing my life with you all, and now that things are starting to settle I promise I will make more frequent appearances. But since it has been so long, I thought a photo dump of a post might be in order. That way I won’t waste your time with a lot of words, but fill you in with pictures.

I know Easter was a while ago, but I really have to note how incredibly amazing our new neighbors are. All of them have been so welcoming and I think the second day we moved in we came home to this welcome basket. This was the first sign that they were amazingly welcoming, but since then they have proved it even more.

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We know how incredibly lucky we are to have such kind neighbors, it’s seriously a rarity in this city. So the fact that our street is such a little tight knit community it icing to the cake on our amazing house!

So we had a lot of local spots that we knew we were going to miss when we moved. I still dream about these biscuits and gravy on Sunday’s…

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We have been having a good time finding a replacement.

And I’ll tell you what, we’ve found some pretty fancy Bloody Mary and biscuits and gravy…

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This was at a place down town, a bit of a trek to get there, but bacon with a Bloody Mary?

Yes please.

They served their biscuits and gravy with potatoes… which was kind of odd, but not bad.

It was also made with a chorizo gravy, hence the color..

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Next Sunday we found a really cute coffee shop that was more in our neighborhood.

This place had such a cool vibe and had a lot to offer. But per tradition, we stuck with Bloody Mary’s and biscuits and gravy.

When we ordered the Bloody Mary from the bartender, she informed us their recipe had 18 ingredients and it would take her a few minutes to make it.

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Totally worth the wait. This was one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have had. And I’m not even that big of a fan of Bloody Mary’s.

Matt again chose to get chorizo with his biscuits and gravy, again delicious. And their iced Americano’s where amazing as well.

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I have a feeling we will be frequenting this place often.

Even though our old spot was a bit dingy, and maybe not the most fancy set up, I will say I miss their biscuits and gravy the most. And the atmosphere. It’s nice being a regular, so it was always nice to get such a warm welcome when we walked in. Not to say we can’t establish that else where, but for the moment.. the feeling is missed.

We have been exploring for more than just biscuits and gravy.

We found good pizza.

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Good take home sushi and sashimi.

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Good tacos.

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And even beautiful rose gardens where the owner hand picks a rose for you.

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And promptly gives it to your husband to give to “his beautiful wife”.

Yes I think it’s safe to say we have been exploring our new neighborhood.

The house is slowly but surely coming along. Matt and I are both so excited to make it our own, but I can tell you…it already feels like home.

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Do you have any spots where you are a regular?

Do you like Bloody Mary’s? I prefer mimosa’s myself…

commit to stay fit [and some updates]

Hello friends. I don’t think I even need to apologize for my MIA status ( even thought I am so sorry ) but I feel like you are all use to it. I don’t even know where time is going because seriously, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Before I know it, it will be Christmas, my birthday, the New Year and then my mind will explode.

So what have I been up too? Lot’s and nothing new all at the same time. If that is even possible. Things are still busy with the new business, it’s a slow month, but I know that is just part of the business and there will be ups and downs. I actually came across this neat info graphic and even though so simple, so true. Sometimes we need little reminders like this, so we don’t freak out and just want to quit.

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Oh so true.

However, on that note, I am still loving being an online fitness coach. It seriously is just so rewarding helping others on their health journey’s and being able to be a part of it. I also know the holiday’s are a time where we all kind of struggle with maintaining a clean diet and keep up with our fitness. I myself am no exception. Especially when treats like these pop up at the clinic.

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I mean who can say no to the most adorable paw print cookies? This girl can’t. So what I am really trying to focus on is giving myself permission to enjoy these treats and not let myself feel guilty afterwards. I don’t want to say I am a believer in the 80/20 rule, but I am a believer that it is OK to have a cookie once in a while. I eat healthy the rest of the day, so 1 cookie will NOT undo all my progress and effort I have put in. It’s almost like I eat clean and keep my fitness up the rest of the time so I CAN eat these treats guilt free. I know on Thanksgiving I will not be restricting and will fully enjoy myself because I know I will get right back on track the next day. (ok so at Matt’s parents we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast the next morning, so maybe the next next day 😉 I mean I can’t break tradition…)

But before we get ahead of ourselves and pretend it’s already Thanksgiving (I want time to go as slow as possible these days) let’s take a look at what happened last week.

Again, everything and nothing all at the same time.

Meals have been super simple lately. But that doesn’t mean not delicious.

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Deli turkey, 1/2 avocado and veggies and hummus. Simple, but delicious and satisfying. And I think I’ve said this before, but sprinkling sea salt on your avocado… life changing.

Speaking of sprinkling things, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s I fell trap to the must try all the new things. I swear I walk into that place needing 1 thing and 10 things end up in my cart. Well it’s not completely my fault (at least that’s what I tell myself). For example, I had this guy in my hand and the worker informed me 1. it was good 2. it was limited time and 3. it was flying off the shelf. Ma’am you are wonderful at your job, because this landed in my cart to try.

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(if anyone is interested in trying this, the coffee flavor is very strong. not a bad thing, but just an FYI)

More random fun things:

Free Wine

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My boss gave me a bottle of wine as a thank you for doing so well when I covered for a co-worker when she was out on maternity leave. (side note: i totally know a client gave him this wine, and he didn’t try to pretend like he bought it for me or anything, but i kind of laughed.)

Puppy Sitting

I’ve posted before about this dog…goodness I love her…Matt won’t let me have her. But my co-worker let me puppy sit her again. When I was bringing her back to work with me, I didn’t have enough hands to carry her.

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Sometimes you just have to improvise and carry dogs in your sweatshirt.

She loved it, don’t let that face fool you.

And now it’s Sunday and Matt and I are doing all our traditional things. He’s being a trooper since he has been sick all week (how i haven’t gotten sick is beside me) but we have managed to make it to our biscuits and gravy breakfast

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And we’re now out watching the football game and working.  This is actually something new that we started doing (the working part, not the watching football) because for both of us we are somehow more productive when we are out of the house.

So this post probably would have taken me all day to write and finally post and now I think I will actually get it posted within the hour that I started.

Mind blowing, I know.

So loves, with that being said I am actually going to try and watch the game, even though it continues to be painful to watch the Colts play this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

On a last note I did want to say if anyone is interested, I will be holding a 30 day Wellness, Fitness and Gratitude challenge starting Nov. 30. The group will not only be a great accountability group to keep you on track with your fitnes program during the holiday’s, but I will also be providing helpful tips and recipes to stay healthy during the holiday’s. As I said so many of us stress about gaining weight, but there are so many things we can do to make sure we stay on track during this time.  Leave a comment below if you are interested or feel free to e-mail me at debbiequirkbbc@gmail.com for more information!

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 Are you ready for the holiday’s?

What do you stress over the most during this time?

Have you started Christmas shopping? I really need to get on this!

purple hair don’t care

Hello my loves!

I hope you are all having a very relaxing Sunday. I just wanted to pop in real quick to let you all know I am alive and well and share some of the weekend happenings.

It’s actually been pretty quiet around here. I am back to working Saturday’s, which I didn’t hate, but I am not going to lie, I got kind of use to having the weekend off. I’m glad Matt and I were at least able to get to the farmers market once.

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This weekend was basically spent running errands and working. Matt and I are both very happy running our side business’s, but I’m telling you, if I’m not at work, I’m at work. 😉

But Sunday was a day for fun!

I swear I can’t sleep in even if I want to. My body is on such routine that even on my days off I am up by at least 7am. Which to me is actually sleeping in! Sunday’s are no different, but I take advantage of my early mornings and get my work out done right away.

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Sunday’s are technically rest day on the 21 day fix, but I usually add a random run in the middle of my week instead of the scheduled work out and use that as my rest day. So today I did the Dirty 30 and it’s a good one.

When Matt finally stirred we went out and did our traditional Sunday breakfast of biscuits and gravy. I kid you not, these are not fancy by any means, but are seriously the best biscuits and gravy. I honestly get so excited when for them.

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We also were silly and took selfies. Matt made the comment that I never look at him when we take kissing pictures…

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This might be why. I make it pretty awkward.

Love him. Love us.

So I’m not sure if you can really tell from the above picture, but I got my hair cut and colored.

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Yup. #purplehairdontcare

I pretty much love it, I am just hoping it doesn’t fade out as quickly as I think it will.

So a little side note, I have that triangle hair line in the back and typically get it shaved off because I think it looks silly.  Well when my hair stylist was cutting my hair she made mention of a new trend. It’s kind of like when the guys were shaving lines in the sides of their heads, well I guess it’s a girl thing too.

I found these that I thought might look cool.

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 I love the bottom cut. Not quite sure that I can pull it off.

Well loves I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week.

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What do you think of the line shaving?

Do you have any weekend traditions?

catching up: challenges, puppies and date night

Hey friends!

I am so sorry it has been so long since I have checked in. I  have been so insanely busy, but in the best way possible. Sometimes I think I have everything covered, then realize there were so many things I had intentions to do, but forgot. I really need to get better organized.
Do you all have any recommendations on ways to stay organized with tasks? I try to put things in my phone, but my alerts only go off at one time and then I still forgot about them. My computer doesn’t seem to have a good task/calendar program, so honestly I am thinking of getting a dry erase board so it’s just flat out in my face.

Any recommendations would have HIGHLY appreciated.

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Anywho. What’s been going on with me?

A lot.

The most important and most time consuming.

My decision to becoming a Beachbody Coach and getting my business started.

I LOVE IT.

I am about to start my first 30 day Facebook challenge group and couldn’t be more excited.

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I recently ran a free 7 day clean eating challenge and absolutely loved it, so I am so excited to be running my first solo group. So of course let me know if you are interested and I would love to get you more information.

Other happenings?

Lot’s of cuteness and lot’s of deliciousness.

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Ugh guys. I love my job. Seriously. I work long hours, and it’s crazy and stressful, but I kid you not as soon as a puppy comes in all is well.

Speaking of work, my schedule recently changed with a co-worker going on maternity leave, so I now have the weekends off! And ironically Matt’s mom had gotten us tickets to see Wicked for the first weekend I had off so Matt and I were able to have a date night! We even got kinda fancy!

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I think we clean up nice!

Dinner was of course sushi. Big surprise I know. But it seriously is what always sounds good.

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Wicked was amazing! Our cast was just perfect and it was just overall an amazing performance.
Just really made me realize I would like to go to the theater more often and see more shows.

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The rest of the weekend has been kind of chill. Matt and I are both really busy doing side projects, so we typically spend most of our free time working. It’s still kind of together time though and we are both really enjoying what we’re doing. Sunday we did take a break to go watch the Colts game (we finally won!) but we also took our work with us!

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Yup, we were those people. But hey when you only have so much time to get things done you have to take advantage of it. And needless to say, after my beers, I was pretty worthless, so I’m glad I got some work done.

So now we are full from dinner and watching the last game. Overall, I think I like having weekends off.

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What did you do this weekend? Big plans? Or relaxing days?

If you are interested in joining my 30 day Facebook challenge please feel free to e-mail me for more information.

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