Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Recap


We started our holiday weekend off right with a bonfire. The first of the season which is surprising. But the weather has been either too hot or too cold or rainy. It was finally a great night and G made the perfect fire.


Saturdeay morning we drank our coffee on the deck. Did three loads of laundry. Cleaned the house. I made a fruit smoothie for lunch to fuel me for a hike at the park.


We met my parents at the nearby park to go walking. I don't even know the last time we were here. We used to all the time when we were dating. And fun fact: My dad proposed to my mom here. So it's been a family tradition to go hiking here every weekend growing up. G did his marathon training here. It's a gorgeous place. And it was a perfect day for a hike.


We brought Manny and he loved it. He loved all the new sites and sounds and smells. 


We walked about 5 miles. 4.8 miles to be exact. Did I mention how perfect the weather was? 


We saw lots of turtles. This little guy was right next to the path. We saw baby geese. Swans. Great Blue Herrons. It was so nice!


My parents picked up Mexican food and came over our house for dinner afterwards. We had margaritas and good food. We sat on the deck. Perfection! After my parents left I made G watch Pitch Perfect and he actually liked it. I just love the music in that movie so much.


Sunday morning I made Skinny confidential's 3 ingredient pancakes and they were so good. I took Manny for a 3 mile walk and then did my 21 Day Fix workout.


I showered and then relaxed on the deck and read all afternoon while G watched soccer finals. It was glorious. G grilled us dinner and we ate outside. Then we watched Jersey Boys and I loved it! I may have watched the ending three times. I just loved it! I didn't even know who Frankie Valli was but his story was interesting and I was surprised at how many songs I knew of his. I would love to see this on Broadway now.


Sunday morning I did a little deck sitting before it rained the rest of the day.


I did a little meal prepping for the week and then went grocery shopping. 


We ate pizza for lunch and then I cleaned out this kitchen drawer and made extra space in the pantry by putting all the tea and hot chocolate in this drawer in the coffee corner. I love it! It freed up a lot of space in the pantry so I could get that under control again as well. It's crazy that I had just reorganized the kitchen in January and it already needed to be organized again. 


It finally stopped raining after dinner so G and I sat on the front porch and checked out my pretty Irises that have bloomed.


I started watching this show on Netflix called Young and Hungry and kind of became obsessed with it and watched the whole season. Oops. G and I watched Die Hard and were both asleep by 9:30. Look at us crazy kids. It was a great long weekend. And now summer is here!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mondays with Manny


The dog days of summer have begun. Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

21 Day Fix Recap: Week 2

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Week 2 of the 21 Day Fix is in the books. You can find my review of week 1 here. Today is day 12 which means I'm more than half way. Woohoo! I didn't lose anything the first week so it's a miracle I kept going. But I did because I felt so good. I didn't expect to feel so good eating all whole foods. People who would say that annoyed me but now I am one of those people. And surprisingly it is not as difficult as I thought it would be to cut out processed food. I don't miss it. And bonus, G is loving it too. The only negative I have is I'm getting pretty tired of meat. I did some research and found some fun vegetarian options on pinterest so next week I can switch it up. Look for those recipes next week but first lets see my eats from this past week.



My breakfasts this week have been 2 eggs in a mug with a cup of spinach and Laughing Cow cheese with a side of strawberries (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 purple). It's super filling and keeps me full until lunch. I kinda missed a slice of bread with this but I forgot to buy it last time I was at the store.



I've had a Chicken Burrito Bowl for lunch and dinner a few times over the weekend. I make it with spinach, rice, chicken and Greek yogurt (1 green, 1 yellow, 1.5 red). It's a hit!



We've been grilling a ton lately. G made a bunch of chicken and I would throw it in a burrito bowl or eat it with 1/4 avocado. OMG. Chicken and avocado together is life changing. I'm obsessed and have probably eaten it five more times since. Also? Grilled Brussels are 1000 times better than steamed. So flavorful!



G also grilled flank steak on the grill for us to eat over the weekend. G likes it plain with corn on the cob and I like it with grilled Brussels and asparagus, rice and soy sauce (1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange). Corn is a carb on this program and I'm just not willing to give up one of my carbs for corn. 



Sunday and Monday night I ate tacos with Greek yogurt (1.5 red, 1 yellow and 1 green). So good! I could eat this every night except I just read eating red meat more than twice a week isn't good for you so I need to cut back on my red meat intake like yesterday.



Tuesday night G grilled a bunch of chicken and I had made a big batch of brown rice and I tossed some chicken into a portion of the rice with steamed broccoli and some soy sauce and it was amazing (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, and 1 orange).


Wednesday night I was craving sushi in the worse way so I had a roll (1 yellow, 1 red and 1 green). I've never had just one roll before but it was surprisingly enough. I was full and I felt like I truly savored it and enjoyed it. WORTH IT. I could seriously eat sushi everyday.



G grilled a bunch of chicken brats Sunday so my lunches this week have been a chicken brat with half a bun, a side of sugar snap peas and an apple (2 green, 1 yellow, 1 red and 2 purple).



Or I'd have leftover chicken stir fry for lunch. I divided up the rest of the brown rice and steamed broccoli with the leftover chicken. Meal prep, what?!



My snack this week has been cottage cheese (1 red). So good!



Or a protein shake with 1 scoop whey protein powder, half a banana, one cup coffee, 2 cups ice, and 2 cups spinach (1 red, 1 purple and 1 2 green). It tastes pretty close to a Starbucks frapp. But I'm not going to lie. I really want to try the Starbucks new S'more Frapp flavor!



A friend recommended adding fruit to La Cruix so I've been adding strawberries to my orange flavored water and it is delish! I don't miss pop at all. I don't really miss wine either. Okay that's a lie. I miss wine.

I'm still loving the workouts. Here is my full review of the workouts:

Plyo Fix Extreme - Still love it! Weighted jumping is my favorite.

Upper Fix Extreme - This is quickly becoming my favorite workout. I'm already starting to notice definition in my arms and I couldn't be happier about that.

Pilates Fix Extreme - I'm liking this one more and more. Pilates is so new to me so it's taking me a while to get the hang of it. I am getting the hang of it though and I'm starting to notice I can keep up with Autumn more now that my core strength is getting better.

Lower Fix Extreme - I usually really love leg workouts but this one is so hard that I have a love/hate relationship with it. By the end I'm just dripping in sweat. 


Cardio Fix Extreme - Last Friday was the first time doing it and that evening my upper back hurt so badly I had trouble sleeping. I think I jumped the gun on using ten pound weights with it so I stuck with 5 pounders and feel much better. Phew!

Dirty 30 Extreme - This is my coworkers favorite and I really like it too. It's a fun workout and it seems to go the fastest for me.

Yoga Extreme - I did about ten minutes and got bored. I don't know why but I really hate yoga. I really believe in a rest day so I've deemed Sunday as my rest day instead. I might try again this Sunday but it felt good to just let walking Manny and cleaning the house be my workout this day.

Overall I'm really loving the program. The first weekend was hard, but we kept active and grilled out. G is on board and eating the same way so that helps a ton.



It also doesn't require as much meal planning as I had thought. I will boil some eggs, grill some brats or chicken and make a batch of brown rice on Sundays. We usually just make extra of whatever we are cooking Sunday so we can get leftovers for lunch for the week and that has helped a bunch. I'm excited to branch out next week now that I'm getting the hang of this and try new recipes.

Do you have any questions about the program? 
Do you have any tips or tricks for being successful on the program? I would love to hear them!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weekend Recap

For some reason there was a beeping noise at work all day last Thursday. It started to drive me crazy. So when we were leaving work I told G "I can't wait to get home to peace and quiet!" But we came home to a smoke detector chirping so G changed the battery and we continued on our way. Mowed the lawn. Grilled dinner. And just as we sat down to dinner ALL of our smoke detectors started going off. Well then. It was freaking Manny out. Not to mention annoying and loud. We didn't have any more batteries and we also didn't have a ladder to reach some of the detectors on the second floor. G was so mad. It's funny now. But in the moment it was the very last thing on earth we wanted to deal with. Bless his heart he drove to Lowe's and picked up a ladder and batteries.



It was a sight to see. We were chasing daylight trying to get them all replaced so I had a flashlight in one hand and taking a photo with the other. Typical. But I knew it would be funny eventually. 

Lesson learned: Apparently you are supposed to change your detector batteries once a year and we have lived in our house for 4.5 years now. Oops. I don't think we'll be making that mistake again!


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Friday night a few girls from work and I went to see Pitch Perfect. I haven't seen a movie since Avatar so it's been awhile. The theater has changed since then! The theater had these black leather recliner seats which were amazing! So comfortable. And assigned seating! I liked the music better in the first movie, but I thought this movie was so much funnier. I laughed a lot during the sequel. Also, I heart a capella!!



Saturday morning was beautiful. Warm and sunny so G and I took Manny for a walk. It was also our sub garage sales so we brought cash just in case. We were actually out for almost 2 hours garage saling, talking to neighbors and Manny was the talk of the neighborhood. Everyone wanted to pet him and he loved all the attention. We met a couple five doors down that are just as big of fans of Manchester United as G is. Small world!



I hadn't found anything I wanted until the last house we stopped at. I bought these cute workout pants for $2 and a few cute shirts.



I also scored this Coco Chanel purse with matching wallet for $2. It's perfect because I needed a winter purse. Having the name brand is fun too. Although I kept calling it a Coach purse until a sweet friend corrected me. I clearly don't know my purse brands.



Afterwards I did my workout video and made a chicken burrito bowl. G and I ate dinner outside and then read on the deck for a few hours. I finished French Women Don't Get Fat. It was a fun read and just makes me want to go to Paris even more. G went to watch some soccer while I started Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and we met up together later that evening to watch Lucy which wasn't great but it wasn't terrible. How's that for a review? Ha!



Since G had soccer finals to watch Sunday morning I watched church online and we agreed we would start trying new churches after Memorial Day when soccer is over and the new series starts at the church we want to try. 


Later that morning we decided to take Manny to the park for a walk. It was just too beautiful not to!



It was supposed to rain all weekend, but it was hot and sunny so we took advantage. We tried to get Manny into the lake but he hated it as you can see from the picture above of G basically dragging him. This made my water loving heart so sad.



We hiked a good hour around the lake and back. Manny was beat but a happy pup. I think we are going to make this a weekend tradition this summer. The water is just good for the soul. 


Also, how pretty is mother nature? If only you could smell it! We drove home and G mowed the backyard and I cleaned the house. We ate tacos on the deck and read together out there for a few hours before G went to watch more soccer and I watched a few episodes of Parenthood. Around 8 my friend texted me that Bath and Body was having an online candle sale. $9 on usually $22.50 priced candles. Ummm I may have purchased 7. It was such a fun weekend! How was your weekend?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mondays with Manny


A cuddler to the core. When I'm not there to cuddle with him a pillow will have to do.

Friday, May 15, 2015

21 Day Fix Recap: Week 1


I bit the bullet and purchased the 21 Day Fix Extreme last week. I just needed a kick in the booty. I had been going back and forth on buying this for so long that I finally decided to just do it. It's the first Beachbody program I've ever purchased and I'm so glad I did.



Sunday I meal prepped. We made chicken fajitas so we would have lunches for the next few days (1 yellow, 1 red and 1 green).



I hard boiled eggs so I could take two peeled eggs for my afternoon snack (1 red).



I ate two eggs (1 red) with a cup of spinach (1 green) after my workout in the morning. The above picture is what I pack for a typical day of work. 2 small tortillas (1 yellow), a large apple (2 purple), peppers and spinach for the fajitas (1 green), frozen mango that thawed by mid morning (1 purple), 2 hard boiled eggs (1 red), and chicken for the fajitas (one red). It works for me since I hadn't gone grocery shopping yet. It may be too many eggs? I finally grabbed cottage cheese so I'm not eating eggs for breakfast AND snack. But it's so good! I heart eggs.



I didn't purchase Shakeology because it was really expensive and I like G's whey protein just fine. I do one scoop protein powder (1 red) or sometimes just half a scoop (1/2 red), one cup spinach (1 green), two cups ice, and half a cup of black coffee. It is delicious! 



My breakfasts have been either 2 eggs in a mug with spinach (1 red and 1 green) or 2 eggs in a mug with spinach, cheddar cheese and a slice of bread (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 yellow). It's a bit of a splurge but it's so good!



With a side of strawberries to switch it up. I bought a huge bag of frozen strawberries at Sam's and just threw them in the purple container before leaving for work and by 10 they are thawed and delicious.




Lunches and a few dinners this week have been one grilled brat (1 red) with a cup or two of Brussels or asparagus (1 to 2 green). If I have a yellow container left I'll use half a bun for one yellow.




I have also been eating chicken chili with corn, chickpeas, and black beans with a side of Brussels (1 yellow, 1 red and 1 green) for lunch or dinner. Please note: That is a lot of food! I haven't felt deprived at all. I don't love that corn and beans are a yellow container, but I'm making it work. I love chickpeas enough to make it worth it to me.



My snacks have switched up to cottage cheese. I heart cottage cheese.


I usually eat three tacos so going down to two was an adjustment but I get to really fill up my lean beef into those tacos and they become quite hardy. I didn't even miss the third taco! Also? Greek yogurt as a protein? BEST thing ever. I save half of my red for Greek yogurt and use it as my sour cream with tacos. Amazing! Super filling and it really tastes just like the low fat sour cream I used to use. Even G enjoyed the 90% lean ground beef. He isn't a fan of ground turkey so this is a great alternative. And I could not find 95% lean ground turkey anywhere by the way so I think 90% is a good compromise. 

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Lets talk about La Croix. I had no problem giving up pop. I have been trying to give it up for awhile and I don't miss it. I love water and drink a lot of it all day so this wasn't much of an adjustment. But I did like a diet coke or glass of wine after work with dinner so I had to break that habit and after drinking water all day I needed something different. Insert La Croix. I'm not going to lie. The first time I tried it I was surprised at how bitter it was. I tried the coconut. But after drinking it for a few days it really grew on me and I looked forward to it after work each day. I didn't miss wine at all. Did I just say that? Who am I?! I'm excited to try new flavors! What's your fave?


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Everyone I have talked to that has done the 21 Day Fix said how full they always were. How much food you get to eat. I just didn't buy it. Especially after I saw the sizes of the containers! But it's true. I was never hungry! I felt like I got so much food. Good food. Nutritious, unprocessed foods. I felt amazing! I still feel amazing. I have more energy. My skin is better. I haven't had a headache since I started. YAY!


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It was tough to get out of the habit of counting calories. I've counted calories for so long now that it was hard to break out of it. It was an adjustment to get used to a new way of measuring food and eating. But I love it. It really is easy to follow once you get the hang of it.  And having a well stock fridge and freezer makes everything a million times easier. I love eating real food. I love that this program helps me manage portions because portions has always been my biggest struggle. The lack of dairy and carbs is an adjustment but it hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be. My sweet friend and coworker has taught me tricks on how to split up your blue and yellow containers to really make them last and it's helped a bunch. 





The workouts! I love the workouts! Autumn is so skinny and pretty and PERFECT and I want to not like it but I just can't. I love her. She is so stinkin' kind and motivating and sweet. I adore her!

Plyo Fix Extreme - Weighted jumping. You all know how much I love to jump with weights. And I'm not even being sarcastic. I really do love it.

Upper Fix Extreme - I could barely life my arms the next day. Or even two days later for that matter. I thought my arms were going to fall off after Jillian arm workouts and this was even more intense (which I didn't think was possible). Autumn uses five and ten pound weights and I hadn't lifted ten pound weights in YEARS so it was extremely hard in a good way.

Pilates Fix Extreme - I thought this would be a nice "break" since my arms and legs were sore but it was intense. My abs were hurting and my sides were so sore after. I don't think my sides have ever been sore before. I didn't know I had muscles there. Ouch.

Lower Fix Extreme - Tough! But so much fun. She is a little goofier in this one with everyone and it just makes it more fun. The moves are hard and I was so sore after but I enjoyed the moves. I was also dripping in sweat after and that is always a sign of a great workout.

I still have to try Cardio Fix, Dirty 30 and Pilates so I'll give a review of those next week during the Week 2 Recap.This got really long, sorry.

I'm still debating if I should weigh in each week or at the end of the 21 days. I did take measurements and weighed in on Monday when I started. What do you think? 

Have you tried the program before? What were your results like? What was your favorite workout? Favorite recipe? 

I'm looking forward to another week even though I know the weekend will be hard.Getting out of the routine I established over the last 5 days will make it tough but I'm determined to do this thing. Follow it exactly at least for the 21 days and see how I feel. How I look. How it goes. Then I can decide if I want to modify the next round of 21 days.