Fit & Fabulous February: Day Two

Last night I had a dream I was eating french fries. My dream wasn’t about french fries but that is what I remember most about the dream. And then the rest of the day I thought I could smell french fries cooking, as if they were haunting me. Also one of my husband’s clients sent us the most beautiful thank you gift in the mail today. Containing wine and cheese, olive oil crackers and chocolate covered cherries!! This is my luck people! This is my luck! I defiantly ate a couple cherries.  Anyways here is my journal entry for the day.

  • Workout: 1.5 miles on the elliptical
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with flax-seed and half a banana
  • Mid-morning snack: Protein Bar
  • Lunch: Hummus plate with grilled chicken, carrots and cucumbers
  • Afternoon snack: Hard boiled Egg and two chocolate covered cherries
  • Dinner: Taco Salad without crushed tortilla chips (So Sad)
  • Water intake: 40oz

Thoughts: The Bachelor is not as entertaining without wine. My energy levels were a smidgen better today! And I only thought about coke zero several times today as opposed to the whole day so I feel like that was progress. Before I started this challenge I knew it was going to be hard but I thought It can’t be that bad! At least I can have some carbs and cheese! No. It’s way harder then I expected. I am now keenly aware of the amount of processed junk I was eating during the day and you know what? I MISS IT. How disgusting is that? *Shakes head in shame* But it is only day two of this challenge and I am many things, but a quitter is not one of them! So here we go, on to tomorrow!

If you would like to know more about the Fit & Fabulous February Challenge, click here.

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Fit & Fabulous February: Day One

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Well today was day one of my February challenge. I would love to say it was all sunshine and roses, but it wasn’t. No literally, it wasn’t. It snowed all day. But yes as promised in my original post, see here, below is a journal of my day. Enjoy.

  • Workout: 30 min cardio with my Nike Training Club App.
  • Breakfast: Non-fat Greek yogurt with a little granola & half a banana
  • Lunch: Half a Tuna sandwich on whole wheat, a handful of almonds, cheese stick & an apple.
  • Snack: Minimally processed turkey jerky and wasabi roasted seaweed.
  • Dinner: Cauliflower, chicken fried rice. (the rice part is actually chopped cauliflower)
  • Water Intake: 48oz

Thoughts: Okay so today was my first day without a coke zero in probably 8 months (several months ago I tried to quit but fell off the wagon) AND IT WAS SO HARD. It literally was all I could think about all day! I have always told people and myself that I was only slightly addicted to Coke Zero, that I could quit anytime I wanted. I only drank one a day, maybe two.  Clearly I was delusional and I had no idea that I am, without a doubt, totally addicted to this stuff. My workout was difficult because the last time I worked out was over two weeks ago. And while my brain felt clear and awake, it was like my body felt a whole step behind all day. I had a horrible headache by 3pm and all I wanted to do was drown my sorrow in Oreo Cookies. But I managed to stay strong! I made it! And even tho it’s only the first day I feel pretty proud of myself. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a much better experience.

Weekly Writing Prompt

Here is my weekly writing prompt. Feel free to participate in the comments below.

You are the wind’s interpreter. What is it saying?

Deep Breath.

Ready?

Set.

Go.

Run.

Faster.

Do you dare? Chase me.

Go!

No, not that way. This way.

No, that way.

Hurry.

Faster.

Catch me if you can.

I hold a secret. Do you want to know?

Shall I whisper it?

Okay, I’ll tell it if you catch me.

Hurry.

Faster.

Run.

Don’t stop. Catch me.

Hurry.

Faster.

Run.

Too late, you’ve missed me. I’m gone.

Cleaning out my Pinterest Closet

Oh Pinterest how I love you. Let me count the ways….

But seriously sometimes I wonder how I ever survived this mom life without it! My biggest category on Pinterest (you guessed it) my closet wishlist. I love hunting for cute outfits and finding daily style inspiration. Before I cleaned out my closet I had over 1,000 pins in just this category alone. I decided to clean some categories out because unfortunately the Pinterest App takes up a ton of storage on my phone. So I went to work deleting pins I wasn’t drawn to or couldn’t find inspiration from anymore. As I was doing this I discovered a theme. There are certain trends I’m just not feeling anymore.

5 Trends I am deleting from my Pinterest Closet:

  1. Blue stripes and yellow.
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    I used to love this combo but I feel like it became really overdone and now it feels really predictable. I’m still a huge fan of stripes. They always feel so classic to me however now I prefer to pair them with a bit of floral or plaid. Or if I have black and white stripes I love pairing them with tan or camel (see below).

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  2. The first picture leads me to my next nixed trend: Bubble Necklaces. Again I used to love them and then they became really overdone. Plus I’m noticing my style is really evolving into something a little more simplistic and relaxed with natural tones. These necklaces just feel really loud to me now. Instead, If I’m going to incorporate a necklace, I will do something like what is pictured below. A necklace that is longer and adds just a little something extra to the outfit rather than distracting you from it.

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  3. Fedoras.  _9984396                                         I know, I was surprised by this myself. Especially because this was my summer staple last year. I still do love a good hat but right now I am totally craving a great fitting baseball cap and bonus points if it’s chambray like this one!

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  4. Bright Colored Skinnies
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    Personally I have never been a fan of these. Maybe because I have wider hips and could never really find a pair that was very flattering. I know bright colors seem to be the trend for spring and summer but for me if I am going to add some color I like to do it in the form of a fun pattern or a pretty floral motif.

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  5.  Lastly, Pencil Skirts.
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    There is a good chance I will be totally alone in this. I realize it is a very classy silhouette. But sometimes I think it can make an outfit look very boring. That is why I chose the outfit above. This outfit would totally be the exception! I love this patterned pencil skirt and I love that she pared it with a cute sweatshirt! If you are gonna do a pencil skirt this is the way to go!

So there you have it. Feel free to give me your thoughts. Or better yet, what trends are you deleting for 2016?

For more of what I’m pinning follow me on Pinterest

Fit & Fabulous February

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Well the holidays have come and gone. With all the traveling and parties let’s just say health wise I have been left feeling like blah. So I decided to create a challenge for myself for the month of February. This challenge is something I came up with on my own. It’s not a diet, more of a lifestyle change adjustment. I took a few principles from several articles I have read lately and this is what I came up with. I am actually pretty excited about it. The challenge is outlined below and I’m going to use my blog as a journal to keep me accountable. Feel free to try it with me but just know I am not a dietitian and I am not claiming in any way that this challenge will give you any results. 

Fit & Fabulous February Challenge:

Eating Program:

  • Low Sugar
  • Low Carbs
  • Minimally Processed Foods
  • Lots of protien
  • Lots of vegetables

Weekly Workout Program:

  • Two 30-45 minute workouts a week using my Nike Training Club App (NTC)
  • Two 30-45 minute sessions on my elliptical a week
  • One 15 minute yoga session a week

Specific Rules:

  • One glass of lemon water every morning 30 minutes before eating
  • No carbs after 3pm
  • Only water after 3pm
  • Drink at least 40 ounces of water a day
  • No eating after 6pm on week nights
  • No eating after 7pm on weekends
  • Complete Challenge Journal every evening but no counting calories
  • Take a Probiotic every evening
  • No soda
  • No alcohol

Specific Goals:

  • Eat more whole foods throughout my week and less processed junk
  • Eat more veggies
  • Kick my diet soda habit
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Increase my energy levels
  • More restful sleep at night
  • Increase water intake
  • Reduce bloat
  • Better my digestion
  • Tone my muscles, especially my mid-section
  • loose 4 to 5 pounds

 

So there it is! That is the challenge! Again you are more then welcome to do this with me if you would like. Here is a few things you should know.

-I will be Starting February 1st-March 1st. It is a leap year so that makes 30 days.

-My main goal in doing this is NOT to loose weight. I am expecting that I might loose a few pounds but not a ton. This for me is more about adjusting some bad habits I have developed.

-When I say no carbs after 3pm I mainly mean no grains, sweets and fruit. A lot of what we eat has carbohydrates. Some are bad and some are good. Veggies and beans have carbohydrates but they also contain a lot of good things like fiber and nutrients, so I will continue to eat those after 3pm. Fruit has fiber and nutrients as well, but contains a lot of sugar which is why I won’t be eating after 3pm.

-This will not work if you eat terrible all morning and then start eating good at 3pm. So although the only thing I am cutting out of my diet completely for the month is soda and alcohol, I will be limiting things like sweets, fast food, sugary cereals, microwavable meals and unhealthy things like that.

-Also when I do eat grains I will only be eating 100% whole grains. This means 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice and whole oats. No white flour.

-All of my workouts will be from home. If it was warmer I would include some outdoor runs and hikes but alas it’s freezing and I hate being cold. I get my workouts through a free app called Nike Training Club (NTC). It is specifically for women but I’m sure men can do it too. You can customize it and create your own program which is pretty awesome! It’s my new favorite workout app!

At the end of the month I will let you guys know how it worked!

Hello… It’s Me

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Hi. I know It’s been like over a year since I posted here… *laughs awkwardly*. Please excuse my absence. When I first started blogging I had grand dreams of thousands of readers and yada yada yada. Don’t worry I have come to my senses. I decided I want to blog because I just want to write. I love writing and a blog is a wonderful creative outlet. So to my “64” followers. Hi! I hope your still out there. I hope you will continue to read this little blog of mine, but if not, that’s okay.

As far as content it is still a lifestyle blog and I will continue to post about various things that interest me. With that said, and like I stated above, I love writing. So I have decided to add a new category to my blog; Weekly Writing Prompts. These will be varied and I will try to post one a week. Most of these are meant to be one paragraph prompts and I would love, if you’re interested, for you to join me! Feel free to post your response in the comments below. We can be inspired together! Below is the first one.

Write about your first day at your current job:

It was a perfect day in April. Some time around noon, I think? My brain was kind of fuzzy. You see the pain was extremely overwhelming. I barely had the strength to keep going. Two hours in and I wanted to quit already, but there was no going back. I could here Brandon counting to ten slowly in the background, I took one more deep breath. With everything I had, I tried one more time. There was so much pain, then finally, the sweetest relief as everything faded to black. I thought to myself, will this be worth it? But then they placed you in my arms. Perfectly round and sweet. With ten little fingers and ten little toes and the sweetest little nose. Instantly pain and struggle was forgotten and I knew. I would love this job forever.

A Pancake and Pajama 1st Birthday

My sweet little boy is turning 1 this week! I can’t believe it! This was the fastest year of my life. We celebrated this weekend with a pancake and pajama party. Everyone came over around 10am in there pj’s and had breakfast! It was one of the best birthday parties yet. It was casual and fun. The perfect setting for a first birthday!

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Ry pancake 1joel and avaRy Gifts 1Ry Kisses 2Happy Birthday Bud! We love you!

 

WIWW: Joggers are Awesome!

I’m talking about the pants but people who jog are awesome too! 😉

Ok, back to the pants. Um I love them… where have they been all my life? It’s like I am wearing pajamas but I get to wear them to work! What! I know a lot of people are posting fall pics but we still have ridiculously warm weather here :(. But that’s ok because I have joggers!

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Top- F21

Shoes- Target

Earrings- F21

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday

I’m Not 20 Anymore

Since it’s Thursday I thought it would be fun to do a little Throw Back Thursday! Below is a picture of me when I was 20.

1937067_1177272801127_3763363_n-1When I was 20 I could eat french fires like it was no big deal. My hair always looked perfect even when I didn’t style it. When I was 20 I could hang out on the beach with my friends until 2am and then get up and go to work and not even bat an eye! When I was 20 I was invincible…

I’m not 20 anymore. Last night my husband and I went to a country concert. We were so excited, we were going to relive the glory days..before kids. Who cares if its a Wednesday night and we have to work on Thursday. Who cares that the concert was an hour and a half away and we weren’t getting home til after 1am. We can hang! We used to do this all the time when we were 20! We aren’t 20 anymore.

Last night was fun but today was horrible. I quickly realized after a whole cup of coffee and two coke zeros that I was probably going to feel like crap all day. I quickly realized that I can no longer stay up till 2am and expect to function like a normal person. Then I started thinking about it. The truth is I can’t eat french fries like I used to because where as french fries and I used to be besties.. we are now in a love hate relationship.  I love them, they hate me. My beautiful hair that used to be thick and flowy has now thinned and grayed (ok that’s a bit of a stretch, I have like two gray hairs.. but still!). My boobs are at my knees. I can’t see the TV without my glasses. And if I even think about staying up past 10pm I regret it!

So I have decided I’m going to just accept my fate.  I think starting a movie at 8pm is crazy! I would rather stay at home in my pj’s then visit the latest night club. For me a hot date is if my hubby does the dishes and gives me a back a rub! I’m becoming pretty boring in my old age and I like it! Maybe when the kids have grown and left the house, I’ll spice it up a bit and become a regular at my local bingo hall. But for now it’s 7pm and I’m going to bed! Whoop Whoop!

Linking up with Casey Wiegand for On Your Heart