A Few Snippets

Good Morning, friends! How’s the week shaping up for you?

I’ve actually been feeling a little uninspired in the writing department lately, which is why you haven’t seen a whole lot of me this week. All is going well though, I’m happy to report! Here’s just a few snippets…

Last night Jay surprised me with a delicious dinner from Chipotle. He wasn’t going to be home for dinner originally, so when his plans changed, I told him that I had nothing on the agenda for dinner (and was most likely going to eat eggs or cereal). He took action on that one and came home with my favorite chicken fajita burrito bowl with a big ol’ side of guac.

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Chipotle burrito bowl = a happy Courtney. :)

I ate about half for dinner and saved the other half for today’s lunch. Win-win, if you ask me!

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Workouts this week have been slim. A couple busy and unmotivated days equaled no desire for workouts after work. I was trying really hard to get motivated yesterday, and almost threw in the towel, but I decided to tell myself to commit to at least 15 minutes; if I wanted to stop after that, I would.

Well, turns out all I needed was a little jump start, since I wound up going for about 50 minutes with a few videos off of FitnessGlo.

I was honestly having FUN and enjoying myself, and wound up nice and sweaty by the time I was finished (due mostly to the fact that it was crazy hot in our house last night). I felt SO much better, both mentally and physically. Again, another win-win! So happy to be able to continue exercising at 33 weeks pregnant. Let’s hope that energy sticks around for juuuuust a little longer!

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Part of the reason I haven’t had all that much to chat about this week is also because my meals have basically been the same thing for the past three days…

Yogurt bowls with fresh berries and cereal for breakfast.

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And leftover couscous salad with a crumbled veggie burger mixed in (OMG so good…so sad I finished up the rest of it yesterday).

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I totally need to make another batch of this over the weekend.

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A few more random things for today…

  • I was skimming through a bunch of blogs and social media yesterday and suddenly found myself in the comparison trap. You know…the ugly, nasty route your mind takes when you start comparing yourself to everyone else. AKA, it’s ridiculousand I get so annoyed when I find it happening to me. As something that once consumed my life on a daily basis, it’s not something that I like to welcome back in, when it does decide to creep up on me. Once I realized what I was doing, I cut out social media for the day and took some time to remind myself of all the positive in my life. Unfortunately, I realize that sometimes, social media can become a bit of a trigger for me. While I’d say 90% of the time it’s for the positive, there’s still a small part of it that works against me if I’m not in the right frame of mind. Thankfully, I’ve learned to be able to identify this, so once I remove it, I feel much better. I think this just goes to show that, although someone may be in a happier place overall, it’s still possible to have those sort of days. We’re only human…we all have our hiccups. The key is to identify them and move on.

And on a little lighter note…

  • Tomorrow is June, which means when someone asks me when I’m due, I can officially say “next month!” And that is crazy.
  • I have officially found a website that can get me to laugh so hard that I’m in tears…every. single. time. I. visit. If you haven’t already, please check out this website. Even if you aren’t pregnant, I think you’ll still find it amusing. If not, you can’t be human.
  • I accidentally forgot to order a decaf iced coffee this morning (for Coffee Friday!) and I think Baby Tooth knows it. Whewwweeee is he on the move this morning…too bad the little caffeine isn’t helping his mama out at all (never has, never will).

Have a great Friday and a great weekend, everyone. :)

Comments

    • says

      oh no way!!! hhaha I’m totally trying that next time. 😀
      And Courtney, I appreciate your thoughts on social media! I agree that social media can be used for the good but due to our human-ness we can all easily fall into a trap of comparison and stuff. I think the hardest one for me would be facebook. I don’t use it for blogging purposes (just my personal account) but it’s pretty challenging sometimes if I’m not careful!
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  1. says

    I think it’s really great you’ve realized that social media can be a little bit of a trigger for you. It sucks, since it’s all around us…but I’ve found myself in the same thoughts sometimes if I use it everyday or too much which is why a little break can be really refreshing.
    I think Chipotle really needs to come to Canada, I’m dying to try it!
    And SO exciting that basically in a day you can say you’re due next month!
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  2. says

    My obsession with Chipotle has become stalker-like obsessed. I swear they put something in that guac that just keeps me coming back for more!

    On a more serious note, I find myself falling into the comparison trap too – ESPECIALLY while on social media. I just wrote a blog post about it that I think you and others will be able to relate to. Because even though sometimes look perfect from the outside looking in, it’s not.

    http://sarashoup.com/2013/05/02/the-outside-looking-in/

    Have a great weekend :)
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  3. says

    I’m with you on the social media. In fact, if I wasn’t a blogger, I don’t think I’d be on any forms of social media (pendulum swing, much? haha). While I love keeping in touch with people that I might not otherwise, it just can be so overwhelming sometimes! Too much clutter. I found myself taking a 4-day break last week, and it was so refreshing. Definitely going to unplug more often!
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  4. says

    It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one who gets stuck in the comparison trap. I like to skim through lots of blogs, and sometimes it’s just a little overwhelming. When I feel myself getting down or thinking negative thoughts about myself, I do the same thing you do – close out my browser. Not going to let silly things like that ruin my day! Have a great Friday!
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  5. says

    I just had someone write a guest post for me yesterday re: the comparison trap. It’s a good one! And yes, I have to take a step away from social media at times too when I start to realize what I’m doing to myself. I’m glad I’m able to realize it now before I get into it too deep though.
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    • Courtney says

      Hahaha, I actually finished writing my post then went to my reader and saw your guest post…and chuckled out loud. 😉

    • Courtney says

      Isn’t it great?!? I seriously cannot stop myself from full out bursts of laughter when I read some of those. The way I can relate to some of them is just too spot on!

  6. Betty says

    oh dear – the daddy site is so funny – thanks for introducing me to that ! yup, it’s June, it’s your month – oh my – have a good weekend.

  7. says

    I really need to get to Chipotle…that burrito bowl looks yummy!

    I totally didn’t feel like working out last night and was so tired, but I made myself go to Zumba, and after about 5 minutes, I got my second wind and had a blast. Isn’t it weird how that happens sometimes? I felt so much better afterwards too!
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  8. says

    While I’m a huge fan of cereal for dinner, I’ve got to admit that I’d much prefer something from Chipotle. Now if only they’d get their act together and come up to Canada! And I love your honesty when it comes to the comparison trap. I’m in a much better place with all that than I used to be as well, but there are definitely still days where not beating myself up over certain things is harder than it is on others. We just have to remember that we’re all different, and that’s what makes life interesting :)
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  9. says

    I always find myself into the comparison trap but you’re spot on when you say the most important thing is to catch yourself in the act. Then, discard it. Actually, when you said you ate half the Chipotle salad I thought, “Damn, I eat the whole thing in one sitting”. I think we just do it out of habit. Have a great day and I hope the little man gets all his energy out soon for you! 😉
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, I typically would too, but lately I just fill up soooo quickly! Baby Tooth is taking up precious stomach room in there. 😉

  10. says

    I’m right there with you on the social media/comparison trap struggle…like you said too, 90% of the time it’s positive and motivating for me to improve my life, but that 10% of the time it makes me doubt myself and be very negative about where I’m at/what I do or don’t do…
    You should be so proud of yourself for being at this point where you know when it’s a trigger for you and that you can (and do) step away from it to avoid falling completely into that trap!
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  11. Jade says

    I agree with the “hard not to compare”. I had my kid basically a year ago, I’m not where I would want to be body wise but I’m getting there just not as fast. I do really like to look at body updates of ladies who were pregnant but the last one I saw I was like “poor me” as hers was 6 weeks, what looks to be a flat, all her abs back stomach… but I had to remind myself we have different stories, different babies, different metabolisms so I can’t compare myself.

  12. says

    Ugh, the dreaded comparison trap. I’m in a better place with it than I was, but I still fall victim to it once in a while…this week has been particularly bad for it, frustratingly so. It’s great that you’re able to recognize when it’s happening and take a step back.

    I’ve still had yet to have Chipotle. And that saddens me….they need to get up to Canada!
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, well I always used to eat the whole thing. It just seems that as of late, Baby Tooth is taking up precious stomach room in there and I’m filling up much quicker than normal. 😉

  13. says

    The 15 min. workout turning into a longer workout is sooo me…sorta. Some mornings I wake up thinking I absolutely wanna skip the AM workout today and then, I’ll get up for something random (like a drink of water because I’m thirsty), and before you know it, I’m on the treadmill. Crazy how that works sometimes. I also had a bit of a writing funk this week, but methinks its because I’m still in “vacation mode.” :-p
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  14. says

    This is the first year I didn’t go to the beach with all my friends for Memorial Day Weekend and I felt the same way you did after being on social media the rest of the week. Seeing their pictures and statuses was so depressing and I had to remind myself that I love everything about my life and that even though I didn’t go to the beach, I had a wonderful weekend doing things that were more important to me. I think everyone has these “bad days” and sometimes all you need to do is step away and remind yourself why your life is so awesome!! And yours is awesome!!
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  15. says

    i was so exhausted last night, but forced myself to go to yoga, and i am SO glad i did. felt better within a few minutes. chipotle will make me feel better too, but in a different way =)
    it’s good to take a step away from social media every once in a while, even for a day! you have to do you, but it can be hard to ignore all the comparisons that are out there!
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  16. Stacey M. says

    With respect to the “comparison trap” you recently found yourself in, just remember that there are probably people out there who look at YOUR life and think the same things you do when you look at theirs. I have to remind myself all the time that most people only ever discuss the “good stuff” on social media – I mean, who wants to write about the negative thoughts they have about their body, their home, their career, or even their life? Glad to hear that you’re not afraid to step back from everything and just live your own life – I think we could all benefit from doing this more often. Life is SO much more enjoyable when you stop comparing yourself and your experiences to others. You absolutely have SO many things to be thankful for, especially now!

  17. says

    I’m so happy you realized your trigger. Us humans get so wrapped up in social media that we forget to look around and enjoy everything! I need to make some of that veggie couscous. Have a great weekend! 😀
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    • Courtney says

      Not so much about giving birth…I am nervous about afterwards though! Talk about major changes, haha! :)

  18. says

    MMMM… Chipotle. At it yesterday and it was amazing as always! :)

    It’s fun to be able to say “I’m due next month”. Wait until it’s “I’m due next week”. I’m at that stage and it’s slightly frightening!

    Social media can be a blessing and a curse. While I appreciate people’s opinions, I hate the comparisons as well. It’s not a pretty thing. Good for you for backing off and knowing your limits!

    LOVE the pregnant dad website. Totally makes me snort! :)

  19. says

    Def happens to everyone and I find myself getting worse with the little one. Everyone is always comparing kids and I just don’t like it. How exciting that you’re due next month…YAY!! Have a great weekend!
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  20. says

    Good job on being able to figure out you were doing the “comparison trap”. We all do this. And it must be a time in the year all of us are! Haha. Especially after reading Ashley’s blog yesterday!
    Lately I found myself comparing my relationship to other people’s relationships. I was feeling “off” or disappointed that my bf was not acting how my other friends’ boyfriends were. (But really, I have no reason to do this because he is AMAZING and secondly, that’s not even like me to compare!) So when I step back and look at the whole picture, I have a loving man in my life who is absolutely amazing and would do anything for me. And really….it doesn’t get much better than that.
    I think we all just start getting expectations on what things SHOULD be like…instead of enjoying what we DO have at the time. So I am trying to enjoy everything that is going on in my life :)
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  21. says

    I looooove Chipotle — and always get guac on the side! You get so much more!!

    The comparison trap is sooo easy to fall into on social media. I actually ended up deleting my Facebook because of it, because I felt like Facebook (at least in my circle of friends) became this big contest of who had the best life: who got to travel the most, who was getting engaged, who was losing weight, who is graduating early, whatever.
    I always have to remind myself that people don’t POST the bad days – you can make yourself look however you want to on social media.

    That being said, deleting my Facebook and Instagram was an awesome decision for me, and I haven’t missed it one bit since!

    • Courtney says

      Haha oh no, really? Not once?? :) Haha but you’re right, we all have different definitions of funny!

  22. says

    Props to you for opening up about the social media thing. I agree that 90% of the time it’s good. I think just having so much of our lives online makes it seem like everything we do is up for comparison, even if we don’t mean it to be. I think it’s amplified when you’re a blogger at the same time. That’s a good idea to just step away from it though.
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  23. says

    DYING laughing at that site. Hilarious..and So true!!
    I hope your week has improved, I know the ups & downs are hard, especially while pregnant. Know that I”m thinking of you!
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  24. says

    It’s interesting that you brought up your feelings re: comparing with others (blogging, lifestyle, etc). Sometimes it makes me feel awful, too. Interestingly enough, this morning I actually pinned a related quote to one of my boards:

    “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with someone else’s highlight reel.”

    It’s something that I try to remember whenever I find myself entering that frame of mind. xo
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  25. says

    I always fall into the comparison trap… and thinks it’s a great idea to cut yourself out from social media for a day and take a breather.

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