Friday, January 23, 2015

Fit Friday!

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I only lost a pound last week which surprised me since I ate all home cooked meals and kept it at 1500 calories each day. Maybe the extra sodium played a part? I'm not sure. We'll see how my weigh in Sunday goes and if eating out makes me lose more. I did measure again and I lost an inch in my waist, arms and thighs so that is something!

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Walk an hour on lunch and Body Revolution (BR) Workout 3
Tuesday - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 4
Wednesday - Walk an hour on lunch and BR Cardio 1
Thursday - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 3
Friday  - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 4
Saturday - Walk Manny and BR Cardio

I got to switch out my DVDs this week and it was a nice change. I was getting tired of 1 and 2, but now I want to go back! These DVDs are so much harder! I'm so sore, especially my arms. And oddly, arm muscles I didn't know I had. Ouch! The second time I did Workout 3 I literally felt like my arms would fall off. 

Eats this week:




My breakfasts lately have been 2 eggs (cooked in a mug) with spinach on a Flat Out! wrap and Laughing Cow cheese. YUM!



Another fave breakfast lately has been the Skinny Confidential's 3 ingredient pancakes. They don't look great, but trust me. They are! I put peanut butter on them this time and they were even better!



Did I mention the killer mac and cheese I had? That made a few meals over the weekend and it tasted just as good leftover!



My girlfriend and I have been swapping leftovers to try new recipes so this was one of hers I ate for lunch over the weekend. Sausage and Chicken Soup. It was amazing! I need to get the recipe for this one.



My snacks this week have been half an avocado or an oatmeal.



Baked potatoes in the crock pot! They turned out amazing with 1/4 cup low fat cheddar cheese, 2T bacon bits and 2T light sour cream. It made a nice dinner Sunday night and lunch during the week.






I made Slow Cooker Black Bean and Sausage Soup in the crock pot Monday for dinner. But when G found out there was a brewery in our sleepy little town with a full menu he wanted to check it out so we went there instead. I just cannot eat healthy no matter how hard I try when truffle fries with garlic aioli and mac and cheese are on the menu. I have been eating leftovers for 3 days so I think that shows my portion control! I had to make a meal for a girlfriend this week that just had back surgery so I decided to just give her this soup since we didn't eat it.




This week just got busy. And next week. And February. I love it though! I don't take it for granted one bit that we have good friends and family we want to spend time with. Tuesday night we went to dinner with friends from work. This new restaurant next door to our work opened and we were so excited to try it after watching it be built for months. We tried Poutine since it was on the menu and it's on all my fave foodie shows. I don'l like gravy so I wasn't surprised I didn't like it. But I tried it! I had a gouda burger and it was incredible. So good!!! I also learned I shouldn't go to restaurants the first week they are open. I just don't have the patience. It took over an hour for our food and I was hangry. 


Wednesday we had dinner plans with our friends we hung out with on vacation. We chose most of the restaurants in South Haven we went to so we told them to pick where they wanted to eat. They chose a Korean restaurant and I was pumped because I have never had it before. It was legit because we were the only white people in the restaurant. You know the food is going to be good! You get these appetizers to start and I could barely remember what they were - spinach and feremented cabbage two different ways. OMG I was obsessed with the fermented cabbage, so good! 


I got what Andrea got, the Bee Bim Bop. It came with beef but I opted for tofu.


It cam in this hot plate so it's sizzling and the rice is still cooking. There are carrots, spinach, and zucchini and it was just amazing. I don't like spicy food so I didn't use the hot sauce that came on the side. Instead I used soy sauce. YUM. I can't believe it took me 31 years to try Korean food. I'm obsessed. So good!!

Thursday night I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. My lunches have been leftover mac and cheese, burger, and Bee Bim Bop. It's been a good eating week!

How are you all doing?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kitchen Appliances Question



I think we are finally doing it. We are painting the kitchen this weekend. We picked a color! Vintage gray. I love it! I'm excited and nervous. But mostly excited. We can't wait until the spring to tackle this project for a few reasons:

1. Our oven is broken. $400 to repair it so I rather just buy new. It's over 10 years old so it's time. I kinda miss baking quiches and baked ziti. And pizza. 

2. Per some online sources buying new appliances at the end of January (during the week) is one of the best times to buy appliances.

3. Lastly, and most importantly, while we could live without an oven for a few months we can NOT live without a fridge. Our fridge is getting very temperamental. One day it will be working great and the next day everything is warm and we have to throw out our milk and cheese. If there is one thing I hate it's wasting food. Or a warm breakfast smoothie.

So if we don't paint the kitchen before the new appliances arrive we never will. SHOPPING for appliances is a special kind of hell. I hate it. I learned I really hate spending big money. I know that is what savings is for, but I like just watching it grow. NOT watching it leave my account. But it's time. I miss having a reliable fridge. 

Here is where I need your help. 

What is the best brand for major appliances? I'm leaning toward Kenmore at the moment because Sears has the best deals. Best Buy came in second with their Samsung appliances. Which is better? Or is it worth buying the expensive LG? I want reliability but I don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles. I just want good appliances that will last a good ten to 15 years without issues. Is that too much to ask?

Side by side fridge or bottom freezer fridge? We have a side by side freezer and I hate it. You can't put a frozen pizza in there! But the bottom freezer option seems inconvenient to always have to  bend over and dive in to get something. G thinks the side by side has more room in the freezer and I just don't think so. Which do you prefer?

Thanks so much for your advice, I need it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

4


I really can't believe it has been four years since we bought our first house. Our dream house. It really seems like just yesterday we were signing all those papers. I will NEVER forget the feeling. 

I won't forget the feeling of pouring champagne in plastic cups and sitting at our (!) fireplace drinking it. Not a lick of furniture in the house. We drank that champagne and excitedly talked about how we would decorate. The parties we would have. 

I won't forget going to the local Thai restaurant in town and excitedly telling the cashier we just moved here and she looked at us like we were crazy and said "Why?" 

I won't forget how we ate Thai food on the floor by the fireplace with our champagne. We talked a mile a minute. We were so excited. It was all ours!


I won't forget G carrying me over the threshold. 

I won't forget sleeping in the house for the first time and being scared at how quiet it was. No fighting from the apartment next door. No doors slamming. No water turning on or off. SILENCE. Golden silence.

I won't forget giving my family and friends beer and pizza after they helped us move in and I declared "In 30 years this will all be ours!"


I won't forget painting the trim. The first big DIY project we did together. It made the house feel like home. Like us. I always look back on that weekend fondly.

I won't forget our housewarming party or the sangria I made for it. All the friends and family from near and far that came out to celebrate with us. The lawn games in our backyard. Sitting on the deck talking. Giving all the tours of the house.


I won't forget all the deck sitting. All the reading that done on that deck. All the chips and salsa consumed on that deck. All the margaritas/beer/wine/sangria drank on that deck. All the conversations on that deck.

I won't forget all the bonfires we have had talking late into the night with neighbors who became friends. Evenings that became morning.

I won't forget slow dancing in the kitchen with G.


I won't forget hosting our first Thanksgiving in our house.

I won't forget the window Manny slept under the first time when we brought him home.

I won't forget how crazy our neighborhood gets with over 200 trick or treaters on Halloween.

I won't forget all the small group sessions we hosted in our living room.


I won't forget all the yummy meals cooked in the kitchen.

I won't forget my SIL and brother telling us they were pregnant with Ella on our deck last Father's Day.

I won't forget all the dinner parties, scarf exchange, and family birthday celebrations I got to host.


I won't forget that winter we got ALL THE SNOW.

I won't forget all the deer and turkeys we have seen in our backyard.

I won't forget how beautiful the house looks at Christmas.

It's been a really great four years. I won't forget it and I look forward to many more memories to come!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekend Update



This weekend was a fun one. Friday night we had our company Christmas party and it was a lot of fun. The bread at this golf club was INCREDIBLE. It's a miracle I stuck to one piece. 


It was fun hanging out with my team and the wives of some of the guys here. The program was really well done. 


It was relaxing and fun to just talk, eat good food and drink wine. Good times!


Saturday we slept in, did laundry, and I read while drinking coffee. I did Jillian's Body Revolution Cardio and then showered and got ready for the day.


We met friends in Ann Arbor at Arbor Brewing Company for a late lunch. It's a really cool place with amazing food and beer. I am already a fan of their Bollywood and Jack Hammer beers per my neighbor's recommendation.


I ordered the macaroni and cheese and it was the best decision. Gouda cheese sauce, onions, peppers and bacon. Yes please!!! It was fun to catch up with good friends we haven't seen in a while. 


After lunch we walked over to Grizzly Peak Brewing Company for a drink.


I ordered the Red Ale and it was delicious. We talked more and laughed a lot and it was such a nice time. It was fun exploring a new city with friends. I felt like I was on vacation!


Cheers!


The last stop on our impromptu bar crawl was The Beer Grotto.  It had only been open for about three days so it was fun to be a part of the opening weekend. We tried a few beer samples but the first one I tried was definitely the best. The Griffin Claw El Rojo Red Ale was magic.  G loved it too so we bought a mini growler of it. 


They had this truffle popcorn that they were offering free this month so we had to get some. It was delicious!!! I heart popcorn.


We walked around downtown Ann Arbor. There are so many great little shops and so many restaurants. I definitely need to go back and try more of these fun restaurants. We headed to this adorable store called Rock Paper Scissors. Love this shirt!


I also love this dish towel!


And this card. TRUTH! It was just such a fun store. I could have stayed in there for hours. In fact, once we redo our kitchen I really want to go back and buy a few things for the kitchen to make it look really nice.


Afterwards we said good bye to our friends. We ran a few errands and then headed home and took Manny for a walk. He was excited! The rest of the evening was low key. G watched football while I read Amy Poehler's book Yes Please.


Sunday I made the 3 Ingredient pancakes again, but this time I added peanut butter and it was yummy.


I put in some potatoes for dinner later. Took Manny for a walk. We did church online. I ate my leftover mac and cheese for lunch. I read all afternoon while G watched football and didn't get out of my pajamas all day. It was amazing!


We had crock pot baked potatoes and they were amazing! Did I mention I love my crock pot?! 

It was the perfect balance of fun and good friends and relaxing at home. How was your weekend?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fit Friday!

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My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Walk an hour on lunch and Body Revolution (BR) Workout 1
Tuesday - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 2
Wednesday - Walk an hour on lunch and BR Cardio 1
Thursday - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 1
Friday  - 
Walk an hour on lunch and BR Workout 2
Saturday - Walk Manny and BR Cardio

I'm still really loving this program. I am always so sore a few hours after the video. A good sore. I love all the weight lifting and I especially love the cardio since it's only 25 minutes. It makes it easier to push harder knowing it's the shortest workout.

Eats this week:



G and I had a little cheat meal this weekend. We grabbed a glass of wine and veggino pizza from the local winery by our house. It was a tasty and fun date night. Only getting take out once last week was such big progress for us. 


I'm obsessed with Greek salads lately and this just Hit. The. Spot.


I made Skinny Confidential's 3 Ingredient Pancakes Saturday morning and they were AMAZE. G was skeptical so I made him try them and he was surprised at how good they were. The only alternation I made to her recipe is using Blood Orange olive oil because I didn't have coconut oil but they still tasted delish.


I love having a Flat Out wrap with tuna and Laughing Cow Swiss with spinach. It made an easy dinner Saturday night.


Dinner Sunday night was chicken spring rolls and they were amazing. One of my fave Lean Cuisine meals for sure!


Monday I made Curry Cabbage Soup for dinner. G and I cut everything up Sunday night and so I had to do was dump everything in Monday.


My go to snacks this week have been oatmeal or mini pretzels with Sabra hummus. I'm obsessed with pretzels and hummus right now. SO GOOD.


My breakfasts have been 2 eggs in a cup with a Laughing Cow Cheese on a Flat Out wrap. My lunches this week have been leftover cabbage soup from Monday night. My snacks this week have been oatmeal. But I did get to switch it up once and try my friend, Laura's Blueberry Oatmeal Bake. We were just talking about how we love trying a new recipe but then we have to eat it for days and get tired of it. So we did a swap and she brought in a slice of her oatmeal bake and I brought in some cabbage soup for her to try. It was fun to try something new and I think I would definitely make this bake!


Monday night we had cabbage soup and it was the perfect thing for a chilly winter night. It didn't fill me up as much as I would have liked so I did have a bit of popcorn for snack later.


Tuesday I made Italian chicken in the crock pot and ate it with a side of mashed potatoes and carrots. We had leftovers for dinner Wednesday night.


Thursday G made beef stroganoff. It's not the healthiest meal in the world, but it's also not take out so that is progress. It's all about moderation. I measured everything out so I still sayed within my calories. I also had a glass of wine. I usually only have a glass of wine or two on the weekends but yesterday was a DAY. My office fish passed away and it hit me harder than I expected. G and I had a glass of wine and toasted Chandler and had a moment of silence. May he rest in peace. 

Tonight we are going to our work Christmas party so I'm not sure what's for dinner but I'll bet it will be delicious.

I weigh in on Sundays so last Sunday I was 3 pounds away from being back to maintaining my ten pound lost from December. Once I'm back on track, which I'm hoping will show in my Sunday weigh in this week I'll start posting progress again.

I realized I wasn't feeling as good as I thought I should. I was feeling bloated. G mentioned it might be because of my sodium intake so I checked it out on My Fitness Pal and it was a wake up call. I was over my daily sodium intake each day by 200 to 500 mg. YIKES. I was over my sodium goal by 5000 for the week. EEK. No wonder I've been feeling bloated! My goal this next week will be to really watch my sodium. Unfortunately TJ's Roasted Red Pepper Soup is the main culprit with 1500 mg for 2 cups! I was eating 1500 mg of sodium for lunch each day! ARGH. 

I will tweak my eating for next week and really watch my sodium. I meal planned for next week and already grocery shopped so I can meal prep Sunday. In it to win it guys! Success is my only option this year. 

How are you guys doing?