610 – Cheesy Motivation

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Organized Chad’s closet
We Marie Kondo’ed the bedroom a few years ago, but Chad’s side of the room had gotten pretty messy again and even he was done with it. So, we decided to go through all the clothes piles and clean up.

Baked Provolone….mmmmmmmm….

Sat at the end of the bar
It seems like whenever we go out and sit at the end of the bar, magical and deep conversations occur. We visited Story Hill BKC and ended up at the end of the bar. It was fun to see all the servers, the food, and the chefs at work. We enjoyed a bottle of single vineyard Ravenswood wine and talked about what it really means to savor our lives.

Enjoyed quite a bit of irony about our health
As we sat at the bar and ate and drank quite a bit, we talked about how we have not made any progress with our weight loss and exercise. We need to decide and commit to making changes but we can’t find the motivation to make our health a priority.

Went to a comedy show

Sandwich at the Safe House

We went to the Pabst Theatre to see Iliza Schlesinger’s Elder Millennial tour. It was really good and her opening act Hunter Hill was funny, too.  After the brief show we visited the Safe House for a later dinner.

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116 – Zima, Weight, Woz

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Wineza with Friends This week, we invited some friends over for wineza. We had some fun timesand some Zima (a malt beverage from the ’90s)! Our friends brought their beagles, Timmy and Annie. Tini let Annie play with her (favorite) toys.

Searching for Dogs
We attended Fido Fest on Saturday and chatted with a behavioral specialist about Tini and her grief. We’re not sure we’re ready or if Tini’s ready for a new dog, but we’re starting the process. We contacted BREW Beagles and another rescue group to inquire about available dogs.

Shopping and Meal Planning
Today we went grocery shopping using a digital list in the Paprika app. Turns out Chad is a digital guy; Ruth is a pen and paper gal. We’ll be prepping three make-ahead meals this Sunday. We found an easy lasagne recipe on DamnDelicious.net.

Managing Our Weight
We’re still using the LoseIt app. Ruth realized she’s consistently about 600 calories over her allotment. Chad has lost an entire quarter pound in the last month. We’re going to stick with it and add in some exercise (whaaat?!).

Inspiration This Week
Chad watched a video of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz)  where he talked about the formula for a happy life.

H =  S – F Happiness equals smiles minus frowns
H = F3 – Happiness equals food x fun x friends

Ruth had a crappy Wednesday but remembered her friend Meg’s mantra: “Look for the happiness in life’s crappiness” when she had some really great things happen.

And we were both inspired by a blog post by professional speaker Jason Kotecki – “What if you knew the numbers” which focused on how important it is to really savor every moment you have.


Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have make ahead meal recipes, tell us!

113 – Maker Faire, Margaritas, and Music

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Bay Area Maker Faire
Chad attended the “Greatest Show and Tell On Earth” in San Francisco last weekend. He was able to attend the press day on Friday and was inspired by the Maker to Market section. Chad also got to meet geeky celebrities from This Week In Tech (TWiT). Visit makerfaire.com to find the faire closest to you.

Yet Another Weight Loss Approach
While in the Bay Area, Chad visited his childhood friend Mike who was looking great and had lost a lot of weight. Turns out, Mike’s being more mindful of what he’s eating by using the LoseIt app.

New Budgeting Strategy
We’re still figuring it all out and we had the idea to check in with each other to try to talk the other person out of discretionary purchases. We’re hoping bringing more awareness to what we’re doing will stop unnecessary spending.

National Wine Day
You know we love wine. We might have failed miserably trying to celebrate. Spoiler alert: there were margaritas.

Kicking Off Summer
Here in Wisconsin, we’re in Hardiness Zone 4 meaning you don’t want to plant flowers before Memorial Day due to the possibility of frost. Ruth got everything planted this weekend and we’re ready for summer. We were listening to SomaFM and heard “I Can’t Break Away” by Big Pig from the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack.

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105 – Family Lunch, Losing Weight, and a Biopsy

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

    • Tater’s continued history of growing stuff he shouldn’t
    • Lunch with Chad’s parents at The Hale House
      • Inspiring Chad’s dad through electronics
    • Cancelling Weight Watchers
      • Past successes, bananas, and haikus
      • Visiting the doctor, the weight management handout, and putting in the effort

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