Friday, August 29, 2014

Fit Friday!

Week 4 of T25 complete!

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1 pound

To Go: 49.5 to go

My workout schedule this week:


Monday - T25 Cardio

Tuesday - T25 Total Body Circuit 
Wednesday - T25 Lower Body
Thursday - T25 Cardio
Friday - T25 Total Body Circuit
Saturday - T25 Abs 
Sunday - Rest 

Everyone keeps telling me I'm going to love Beta, but I just cannot even imagine loving it more than Alpha. I really, really love Alpha! It is so fun and goes so quick and I feel great afterwards. 


Highs of this week:


  • This post 5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight. A really good read. A good reminder that it is really hard work and such a slow process with so many factors. Eating too little. Eating too much. Too much stress in your life. Lack of sleep. Too much exercise. Not enough exercise. Ahhhhhhh!


  • We are finally getting hot weather here in Michigan. It feels like summer, finally. YAY!


  • I stopped calorie counting. It was quite the addiction and it takes up so much time and it wasn't even working. I deleted MyFitness Pal off my phone after I read this post. It just clicked for me. Calorie counting was working against me. I wasn't losing, but I was obsessing over every single thing I ate which took out all the fun. I was over analyzing. I would have a panic attack if we were out and I had no idea how many calories I was consuming. Not healthy. It is time to stop counting for good. To not obsess over every food I eat. To enjoy food. Learn that my body knows what it needs. Eat for pleasure, but also eat for energy. Focus on whole foods that don't have nutrition labels anyway. To feel free and start really seeing results.


  • I'm sleeping so gosh darn well at night. I usually always sleep pretty great, but lately it's just been even better. I think this may be the best perk of them all for eating healthy and watching portions.


Lows of this week:

  • It really is scary crazy how addicted I was to MyFitness Pal. It's not a bad tool, it's just not for me. I can't maintain that forever and it's astonishing how much extra time I have to live in the moment when I'm not on my phone adding everything. But it's also just sad how hard it is for me to STOP counting. Aye!
How are you guys doing?
Have you struggled with stopping calorie counting?
Do you agree Beta is better than Alpha?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekend Update

This past weekend was a good one. It was jam packed a fun and good friends just the way I like it. 



Friday night we went to a co-workers fourth annual summer bash. There was a band. Karaoke. Trampoline. Dance party. Bonfire. Fireworks (queued up right when Katy Perry belted out "Baby you're a firework!").



Even a zip line. Yes, a zip line. I told G I felt like we were at a Gatsby party.



Their house was so beautiful. This picture doesn't do it justice, but this dining room table is made out of the Breslin Center floor! How cool is that?!



A few coworkers joined us and we sat and watched the band play. Talked. Drank wine. It was so relaxing and so much fun. The night ended with a great duet from the hosts. We got home around midnight and we were beat.



Saturday morning we slept in and did some reading while I drank my coffee. I took Manny for a 3 mile walk while G mowed. Then we got ready to watch our good friends get married! I posted the above picture on FB and Instagram with the caption "It's a nice day for a white wedding" and proceeded to have that song stuck in my head all. Day. Long. 



The wedding was outside overlooking this gorgeous golf course. The weather was perfect too with a nice breeze so it wasn't too hot. 



Kim looked so pretty. I was obsessed with her dress. Such a stunning bride!



The ceremony was so sweet. They wrote their own vows and they were the sweetest.



They. Are. Married!!! 



After the ceremony we went to the patio and enjoyed appetizers and cocktail hour. It was fun catching up with friends we haven't seen in a long time. The bridal party all came in on golf carts which was so cute!



Lets talk about the food. Ohhhhemmmgeeee. The steak was out of this world good. Cooked to perfection and so flavorful. I'm a huge potato fan, but I ate the steak first and that is SO not like me. Oh, and the dinner rolls. I loved them so much. I could have eaten ten. 



I had to take the obligatory cake picture for my mom



Girlfriends! Fun fact: I've known these girls for over 7 years. I met them through Garth when we started dating. And Kim, the bride, was an integral part of Garth and I meeting.



Time to dance! I loveeeeee to dance so much. Especially the cheesy dances like the Hustle and Cupid Shuffle. I love the slow dances with G too. It was a fun night!



We got home close to 1 a.m. so Sunday was a slow morning. We slept in, took Manny for a walk, drank our coffee leisurely and I did a bit of reading. Then we went to my parents house to celebrate my SIL, Jess', birthday. It was good to see everyone and get in a few Ella cuddles. My mom made lasagna and we enjoyed a nice afternoon on the deck catching up.



At 4 we headed over to our friends' house for a BBQ. Eric smoked ribs for 7 hours and they were so dang good. It was nice seeing everyone and hearing about their summers and sitting outside enjoying a nice Michigan day. The boys played G's corn hole game for a while. 



We feasted. How amazing does those ribs look? They were so good. We got home around 8:30 and I did some reading while G watched soccer. It was the perfect end to the perfect weekend. It was busy, but it was filled with so many good people and good memories. Perfection.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mondays with Manny


That's how I feel about Mondays too, Manny.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fit Friday!

Week 3 of T25 complete!

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1 pound
To Go: 50.5 to go

My workout schedule this week:

Monday - T25 Total Body Circuit
Tuesday - T25 Speed 1.0
Wednesday - T25 Lower Body
Thursday - T25 Cardio
Friday - T25 Total Body Circuit
Saturday - T25 Abs 
Sunday - Rest 

This was my second week doing the ab video and it so so hard. It hurt to laugh for DAYS. Ouch. But a good ouch.

Highs of this week:




  • I tried chia seeds for the first time! My sweet friend saw my blog from last week and left some on my desk. I tried them out in my smoothies this week and you couldn't really taste them. They tasted like a strawberry seed, but they are good for you. Score! If you haven't tried this smoothie recipe, I highly recommend it!
  • I picked up a few new books at the library and I'm already into The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and cannot put it down. I love getting lost in a good story, it really distracts me from obsessing/eating out of boredom.





  • Qdoba Naked Burrito. So good! It's packed with protein and it is so tasty. It's also quite large and only 525 calories for dinner. Bonus, it's only $4.99 with a drink on Wednesdays so it has become a fun tradition. G and I even say to each other "Happy Qdoba Day!" on Wednesday mornings. We are so weird.
  • Still sticking with T25 and loving it. I'm still walking on lunch and with Manny as well. I'm still sticking to 1700 calories a day and not feeling deprived or starved all the time. My dream...er...my goal is to look at food like Robyn does. She has such a healthy perspective and that is where I strive to be.

Lows of this week:


  • It rained a lot this week therefore Manny did not get as many walks as he (or I!) would have liked. 



  • We have a wedding this weekend and I tried on my yellow dress. I figured it wouldn't fit, but wanted to see. It didn't fit. Sucks. It was a little discouraging. I wish losing wasn't so hard, but I need to focus on the fact that it doesn't happen overnight. It's a slow process and I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and I will eventually wear this dress again.
  • I ate a bit too much Tuesday night and it was quite the mental game to not get discouraged about it. I had to put it in the past and keep on keeping on. Push forward because part of the journey is failing, but success is found when you move past it and keep going. Whew, so hard sometimes. Per Jillian Michaels "Mistakes mean you’re trying. Do not be afraid to fail. Failure means you’re learning. Have the strength to take responsibility, re-approach and grow."
How are you guys doing?
Give me your highs and lows this week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Garage Cleanout


We finally cleaned out our garage this past weekend. We went to one car a couple months ago and it was shocking how much crap piled up in that extra space. G wanted to turn it into his wood working shop so we did a lot of purging and organizing. It felt ridiculously good.



Check out G's new wood working area and check out all that wood he has to work with! I love that he has this new hobby and I love that he now has the proper space to work.



Ohhhh the possibilities of things he can make in this space. I'm dreaming of a beautiful  farm table for the dining room.



I joked that G must be on Pinterest because he re-purposed this spice rack for his nuts and screws. Clever, right?!



He also bought this board and his boss brought in hooks so he could start hanging his tools. I know he loves it and I just love the organization of it all. One room down. Many, many more to go. But it's a start! A very good start.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mondays with Manny


I posted this already on Instagram (follow me @ learningtobeawife!), but I just love this picture. This was not even staged. Snug as a bug.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fit Friday!

Second week was a success. I was actually pretty darn good over the weekend which is always the hardest for me. Baked chips and 55 calorie beer thankyouverymuch. 

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1.5 pounds
To Go: 51.5 to go


My workout schedule this week:

Monday - T25 Cardio
Tuesday - T25 Speed 1.0
Wednesday - T25 Total Body Circuit
Thursday - T25 Cardio
Friday - T25 Lower Body
Saturday - T25 Abs 
Sunday - Rest 

Speed 1.0 is definitely my favorite, but I really don't ever dread any of these workouts. I like that they are fast and I am dripping in sweat at the end. It is a great start to the day in my opinion. See also: I love Shawn T.

Highs of this week:

    • Did I mention the baked sour cream and onion chips? Seriously, so good. 




      • I used my new blender! I love it so much! I made the Pomegranate Blueberry Powerhouse Smoothie and it was delicious. I subbed in fresh strawberries instead of the frozen berries because I didn't want the strawberries to go bad. The second time I made it I used the frozen berries and I loved the flavor even more. I just love that I get my greens in without even tasting them. Winning!



      • I could NOT find chia seeds anywhere in the grocery store so I made it without them and just had a hard boiled egg for extra protein and it was a nice breakfast. Filling and a nice change.


      • Greek Salad from this diner by work. It's my new obsession. It is my dinner and lunch for a few days. I love a meal that lasts and lasts.

      • I feel good. I sleep better. I'm making changes and feeling good about it and not even an ounce deprived. It's funny how a new workout regimen can help me stay so focused and motivated.

      • I'm so proud of myself for really sticking to eating clean over the weekend. Weekends are seriously so hard for me so this was a real victory. I got this. I'm DOING this.


      • This Sabra dill yogurt dip is off the chain good. Ohhhhemmmmgeeeeee. You must try it! I love it on chicken or pita bread.

      Lows of the week:
      • I still need to find a good weigh in day that works for me. I can't keep weighing in everyday because it's too emotionally draining when the number is higher or the same. Right now I weigh in on Fridays but I may change it to Sunday because I've noticed that is when I notice the biggest difference (i.e. lowest number). 

      • I'm still mad about this. I bought chicken at Meijer with a sell by date of August 15th and went to make it Wednesday (the 13th) and the chicken smelled so funky I had to throw all $13 worth of chicken away. There is nothing I hate more than wasting food. So that threw off my whole week of meal planning and slightly turned me off of chicken for a bit. 
      • I need to be a bit more active this weekend. I ate better last weekend, but I wasn't active. So this weekend I would like to eat well AND be active. We plan to take Manny to the park tomorrow for a walk/run so I'm excited for that.
      There you have it. A pretty good week, over all. 100% committed and feeling good. Now, give me your feedback!

      What is your favorite smoothie?
      What is your weigh in day?
      Where are chia seeds in the grocery store?
      How do you like the new format?