Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was fitness and errand-filled, per-usual!

Saturday was a catch up day. Our fridge looked very, very sad. And I needed to get out and run after being cooped up in an airplane all day on Friday. I got up and ran a quick 2 miles. And then hopped in the car to make it to the 11am yoga class.


After yoga I headed straight to the Trader of the Joes. And FILLED UP MY CART. Nothing was left behind. There is really nothing worse than opening your fridge on a Saturday morning to find a dallop of almond butter left and your only option being toast. womp. womp.

I fixed that, quickly. We won’t be hungry for at least a week…


Amidst eating, unpacking and cleaning… Annie killed her lamb chop toy. She’s getting better at tearing apart her toys now that she’s getting older. I get to follow her around and pick up all the “fluff” that she tears out of her victims. One toy destroyed means one less slipper eaten! 🙂


Annie got invited to a play date at the dog park. Our friends take their dog to this park on a weekly basis. So we joined in the fun! There were so many dogs. Annie is very much the under dog. She never instigates fights, so it was really fun watching her make friends.


We didn’t hear a peep from miss Annie for the rest of the night. She plopped herself on the couch and didn’t move until the next morning. I’d say she was a bit worn out from her park play date.


Justin and I made dinner Saturday night. He took charge of the tri-tip and I took over the sweet potatoes and rice. This was my first time cooking sweet potatoes without the foil. It was very much a success. The bottom of my oven is kind of a mess, but oh well.


All I did was scrub the outside of the potatoes under water and stick them in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Oh! But don’t forget to poke the potatoes with a fork a few times or else they’ll “explode”… 🙂

I’m planning on participating in Gina’s Winter Shape Up… over at Sounds VERY fun and sweet prizes are involved! Check it out…

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

XO – Army Paisley



Army Thoughts

Today is proof that working out makes everything better in my life. Fact.

Mood. Energy. Happiness. All good stuff.

Today’s Army PT workout:

5 rounds:

  • 5 pull ups
  • 10 tricep dips
  • Run 1/3 mile

It was awesome. Except for the fact that I can barely do pull ups nowadays. But I’ll get them back in a few weeks when I start doing CrossFit regularly again. (EEEEE!!! 🙂 ) No worries over here!


My computer in class refused to allow me to access anything (powerpoint/Microsoft word) so there was a lot of hanging around for me. The techy-experts were in trying to figure it out which took roughly 3 hours. awesome. I love sitting around with nothing to do.

Frustration city.



Crock pot pork and brussels 😀 with tomatoes, goat cheese, olive mix (MommaG would be proud), arugula and goddess dressing. Couldn’t finish it. Couldn’t finish my oats this morning either. Food is uninteresting lately. (Not to mention, I’m so sick of these hideous plates/bowls. 2. more. weeks.)


Clean eats all over the place. Miss Jillian must be inspiring me. Or something? Or… Maybe that cute new bathing suit I got a few weeks ago?


Calves = tight, firey knots. Therefore, 6 miles was out of the question. Jillian took care of me. I was a sweaty mess after her little 20 minute workout. No wonder those ‘big loosers’ lose so much weight. She’s fantastic. I’m definitely a fan considering after the workout was done, I turned it off and flipped Glee on! At-home workouts may be a new thing for me. Me likey.

My Dad is cool. Like this is news to anyone. He sent me this picture:

I got those for him for Christmas. 54-years-old, does CrossFit AND stylish? Abso-freakin-lutely. Mom wears TOMS. And they wonder why I’m a shoe-addict. weird.

I want to cut my hair. Like, real bad… and be blonde again, like this:

But I don’t have the balls to do it. It’s taken me 3 years to grow out my hair. Then again… it’s super thin and damaged so why is it long, anyways?

Dancing at the wedding last weekend:

Darren and I are top left… I kinda love this picture.

Something to do/read:

Grocery lists of WHOLE FOOD and a workout you can do on a bench or chair!



Monday Link Lovin’

Happy Monday!!

Yesterday I miraculously made it through the 2 hour drive without vomiting. Motion sickness was at it’s finest. The amount of wine I drank the night before had absolutely nothing to do with it. Nothing at all.

MommaG and I planned on leaving for the airport around 3:30pm. Somehow our nails made it to the top of the priority list. And then purchasing Dramamine. And then getting a smoothie. Needless to say, this chick was RUNNING through the Sacramento airport, barefoot.

I kid you not.

I cut everyone in the security line, grabbed my big ass bag and sprinted to the gate, shoes in hand. There was not enough time to slip my shoes on. Obviously. I was horrified. I was the last to board, but I made it. Barely.

The lady at the gate said, “Oh look! Our runner is here!” Good thing I’ve been doing some speed work…

But hey, my nails are pretty, yeah?


I’m about as Army diva as I can get right now. So pushing the limits.

The flight(s) back to Tucson were considerably better than the flight to Sacramento. Maybe the Dramamine had something to do with it? Or the lack of turbulence and screaming children? Maybe.

Or the fact that I was in the “A” group? This never, ever, ever happens. I kept looking at it to check if I was hallucinating. No way. I get to PICK my seat today?


On the drive home I was thinking about all the happiness I have in my life. Sometimes while I’m here in AZ I forget about how MUCH I have waiting for me at home. The people who make all this craziness worth it. This weekend was exactly what I needed to re-charge for the next 2ish weeks. I do have friends. I do have family. And they’re freaking awesome.

I got home around 10:30 and went straight to bed. Monday started with some “Indian” runs: intermittent sprints as a group. We haven’t been running all that much lately so I was a happy camper.

My friend Caity posts a “Links You’ll Love” post every week. And I LOVE them. I get new ideas and inspiration for the things that matter in my life: health, fitness and fashion. Today I’m doing lots of links because I think there’s something to be said about all the awesome resources we have right at our fingertips (pun intended, duh).

I also had a lot of free time in class this morning, therefore fitness research was happening full force.

Fitness Plan:

Mon: 22 min elliptical & Fitnessista Ab burner

Tues: 6 miles

Wed: HIIT treadmill workout (30 mins) & Tone it up: arms

Thurs: 6 miles & Sexy Legs

Fri: Full Body Fun & Plain Jane Intervals (going to TRY, at least)

Sat: The Anywhere Workout & 10 miles

Sun: Rest aka: 24 hour duty shift. FML.

I’m really excited that MOD D is over because now, maybe, I’ll have time to get into the gym at night. Gym time = happier Hayley.

Additional reading:

For the record, I actually did read these articles. And then took the time to copy/paste the link into my own blog. Obviously they’re awesome.

Elliptical Workouts For All Levels

Hysterical parts of The Bloggess’ new book

New blog find! Awesome fitness/workout stuff!

Emotional re-cap of a girl who ran the Boston Marathon

Yesterday I was talking to my dad about CrossFit, because it’s kind of our “thing” and I was telling him about all the stuff I’ve been able to read/learn about now that I’ve graduated college (and not having to do homework). It’s fun to finally be able to and/or not feel guilty about reading the stuff that interests me. It’s amazing how much you can learn. So… take a break from reading all those scholarly novels and history books and have some “fun” reading time! It’s still learning, I promise.


I did my planned elliptical HIIT workout and it was awesome! The machine couldn’t keep up with my heart rate. It kept blinking as if to say “you’re heart is going to explode! STOP!” — yet the whole thing was only 22 minutes!!

Afterwards I did some Target “shopping”… Almost all of the fitness DVD’s were on sale! I snagged Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30” because I read a review on it… and it was only $9! I figure I could pop this in on those nights I don’t feel like driving to the gym.


Got some groceries and a package pre-made sushi. Desperate times called for it. I seriously had oatmeal for lunch today. And I’m not okay with that when it’s my only option. I need protein, as in animal — protein powder can only do so much.

Time to food prep and get to bed. Hope your Monday was great!



Why Do I?

This morning I got poked and prodded by a doctor. I still feel violated.

Quinoa, nuts, blueberry, banana mix for breakfast.

3 hours of class. Productive and learned a lot. I was extra sassy — bossing people around and such. Had to get sh*$ done!! people.

Lunch: Chicken (made in my slow cooker!!!) with cream of mushroom (98% fat free — MOM!). Cream-O-Mushroom has always seemed really gross to me. It’s still a little gross. Let’s not get into the reasons cause I have a feeling there would be a lot of “That’s what she said” references. But… When you only have about 40 minutes to shower, dry hair, make up on, eat breakfast, coffee and figure out the day… Dumping some chicken and a can of cream-o-mush into a slow cooker sounds like a pretty great idea to me. And that it was! It was easy and edible, I’m a fan. I added the chicken to left over sweet potatoes. Lunch wasn’t complete without a few bricks of MILK chocolate. Yes, you read right — milk, not dark. Oh my. My mom sent me this a few weeks ago and I finally tried it. There’s a reason I mostly eat dark chocolate. If I ate milk chocolate, I’d eat 4 bars in one sitting.

I started thinking… why do I work out and eat so healthy all the time? Obviously there are obvious reasons… (it’s healthy, makes me feel good, makes me look good in a swim suit, etc, etc) but frankly, I eat so healthy so that I can eat UNhealthy sometimes. Catchin’ my drift? So… I work out and eat like a bird so that I can eat copious amounts of chocolate. fine.

And you know what? I don’t give a damn.

After class I headed to Target. It’s pretty much my favorite errand of all time. I grabbed some green attire for this weekend’s run. No, I will not be Batman — much to my disappointment. The mutual choice was to stick to the St. Patty’s day theme: green. Total bummer – because I had my little heart set on Batman. BUT, green is fun too… right?


I ran 5 miles on the treadmill.


Why the F do I run? I’m “A mediocre, unnatural runner” (Runners World Magazine). I run because I’m a high-stress, type-A, sassy, bossy mess of a person who struggles with anxiety and lack of sleep. Okay so it’s not that bad, but it is true. I run because it releases anxiety and makes me a happier, better, nicer person. Not to mention, my brain is clearly messed up — I’m addicted to torture. I’m addicted to pushing myself, sweating and feeling really tired at the end of a workout. Am I alone on this one?

Another thing I do is read. I’ve written about this before. I often read blogs because they’re a quick read. I don’t have to invest in any characters or a story’s plot. I don’t have to spend hours on one post. Blogs are entertaining and just all around fun. I read them because they teach me new things, keep me motivated with my fitness/nutrition goals and help remind me that I’m not the only crazy-fitness-loving-healthy-eating-blog-writing girl. I have soul mates who don’t even know my name.

There are SOOOO many blogs out there — you’re bound to find a few that you like, I encourage you to explore them. Who knows, you might even be inspired to start one of your own!

Edited: After writing this I learned that one of my fellow Army Barbies from boot camp has recently started a blog! She’s been inspired by yours truly to start CrossFit, how exciting! Follow her on her journey.

Some of my favorite blogs:



Moi Contre La Vie

Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Since we’re on the subject of favorites… Some of my favorite people:


My niece, Kenzlee.


And my brother and best friend: G.I. Jane (Matching shirts? They claim it wasn’t planned…)

Even though I TOLD YOU to watch New Girl last night. I didn’t. And I’m mad at myself. I heard from a reliable source that it was funny. must. watch. tonight.

What habits or activities do YOU do? Why do you do them?

Some Paisley stuff to read:



The Army Ordered Rest

And so I took FULL advantage of it.

Last night I was so worried about missing my alarm (therefore missing the PT test), that I slept terribly. I was waking up every 2 hours — wishing (can’t believe I’m writing this) that’d the clock would read 4:30 so I could just stop sleeping.

4:30am finally hit. Yes.

PT test = success. Ran my fastest 2 mile. I don’t even know the exact time, but it was somewhere in the 13 or 14 minutes.


The rest of the day, until 3:00… I got to rest. Relax. Hang out. Do whatever the heck I felt like. It was like an extra day added onto the weekend. Totally what I needed.

I prepped a bunch of meals. Spilled them all over the floor. Cursed at the miniature size of my hotel kitchen. Took a nap. Did a yoga podcast. Read a million blog posts. And went to the gym. Bliss I tell you, sheer bliss.

So… I’m fairly certain that the cleaning ladies love cleaning my room. I’m going to toot my own horn and claim that my room is their favorite. It’s always clean. Hardly ever leave dishes in the sink. It smells good. And my crap is put away so it’s easy for them to do their job. I say this because a lot of times soldiers leave their doors open. It’s human nature… I can’t help but look inside the wide open door. Holy SMOKES!! Those rooms are FILTHY!!!

Today when I got back from the gym, housekeeping hadn’t gotten to my room yet. I needed my trash taken out and fresh towels. I was gone all weekend so the sheets weren’t really a priority. The lady was SO nice to me, “Are you SURE you don’t want me to change your sheets??” “No, it’s good — but thank you! And thank you for the towels!!”

I’m already thinking about the things that I’m going to miss about BOLC. The cleaning service: Fresh sheets all the time, clean towels, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, trash taken out, bathroom cleaning, TP supplying… you get my drift — I’m going to miss this aspect.

Additionally, I’m really going to miss Carl and Dave. We’re already planning trips to New York/Colorado/San Francisco and birthday gatherings. And occasionally we talk about how unfortunate it’s going to be when we don’t live mere steps from each other. Sadness.

Today at the gym, on top of the PT test, I did some craziness. Fitnessista has posted some really awesome elliptical workouts. They’ve been great for me given the hurt achilles and all (which is totally healed now, by the way). It gives me structure and a goal – instead of just hopping on for 40 minutes and wanting to poke my eye balls out.

Today I did this, compliments of her:

It was FAAAAAAA-bulous!!

Then I did something that I thought was going to be easy. But ended up killing me:

5 Rounds for Time:

100 Jumping Jacks

100 Mountain Climbers

Holy Tollito. Talk about a fire-breather. I was like a blob on the floor when I finally finished. I seriously thought I picked an easy, light workout – but was so wrong. That’s the thing with CrossFit. Sometimes workouts look really easy and then you find that they are the absolute, complete oposite. Never judge a workout by its’ cover.

Since class didn’t start until 3, it was very short. We did an AAR (after action review) on MOD B. We talked about the things that the instructors/people in charge can do to improve the course.

Good talk.

Since I already worked out twice today, I came home to make dinner. Carl let me use his George Foreman to grill a salmon patty. Add that to already prepped salad in a box…. waa-LA! Deeeee-lish!

Tonight will include girl talk with one of my favorites — G.I. Jane — of whom I dedicate this adorable picture/saying to:

And then I’m off to bed. Pop a benadryl and we’ll be smoooooooth sailin’ !!

Thoughts… 2012 did not include a winter for me. I pretty much went straight from Fall to Summer. I mean, I’m not complaining or anything, it’s just weird. I sport tank tops every day that I’m not in uniform. And when I’m in Tucson I’m either wearing shorts or I wish I were wearing shorts.

That explains my already (border-line-SUPER) dark tan lines. I’m tellin’ you… Me living to Tucson is becoming more and more of a goal than an idea. MamaG doesn’t support this. hehe.

Happy Monday!

If you need a good laugh, watch this:

Every. Single. Word. Is. 100%. Accurate. Oh… and hilarious.