Friday, November 21, 2014

Fit Friday!

The stats this week: 

Pounds Lost: 1 pound
To Go: 46 to go
Total Lost: 9 pounds

The scale moved again, I'll celebrate that! I would like to start seeing two pound losses since we're eating almost every meal at home now. But since I've scaled back my work outs I'm still totally stoked to see the scale continue to move in the downward direction.

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - T25 Rip't Circuit and walk 30 minutes
Wednesday - T25 Speed 2.0
Thursday - Walk 30 minutes and shovel driveway (yes, I count that as a work out)
Friday  - Rest

Saturday - Rest

I'm incorporating a few more workouts and trying to tone down the T25. My leg is starting to feel back to normal so I don't want to push it. I'm slowly easing back into it, but I'm still losing even with much lower key workouts which is nice! I read this article and I think I'll take that advice and only do high intensity workouts three times a week to prevent injury again. I did a bit more resting this week than I anticipated, but with the temps in the teens it was hard to get outside to walk Manny. 

Eats this week:

Grilled veggie sandwich leftovers. A yummy weekend lunch.

TJ's broccoli and spinach quiche. I usually eat half with a Berry Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast.

TJ Sour Cream and Onion Puffs. A favorite salty snack on weekends.

Garth, the grill master, made TJ Tomato Basil Chicken Brats and grilled asparagus Monday night. I forgot how much I enjoy grilled veggies! This also made an excellent lunch the next day.

My typical afternoon snack this week has been an apple and Kind bar.  I also drink a lot of water throughout the day and hot water with lemon. Mountain Dew is usually a Friday treat, but I keep forgetting to take the can home.

Tuesday I put chicken in the crock with TJ's Italian Dressing. I also ate more grilled asparagus and ended up putting half this chicken and potatoes away for lunch the next day. My eyes were bigger than my stomach.

My coffee maker is acting up again so I grabbed a non fat Honey Cinnamon latte at Biggby. LOVE. 

Wednesday I threw together a chili in the crock with stuff I had on hand - chicken seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. I also added corn, black beans, chicken broth, salsa, and a Mexican beer. I don't mean to brag, but G said it was the best chili he ever ate. And I agree. It made excellent leftovers for lunch too!

I started mixing up my Berry Smoothie standby recipe and using TJ's Pineapple juice instead of the V8 Pomegranate and Blueberry juice and it's a fun change! I have also used the V8 and done frozen pineapple chunks instead of the berries and it is equally delicious. I can't even tell you how much we love this smoothie. I make it every single day and G and I share it for breakfast. I love the fruits and veggies first thing in the morning. It's great before a workout or paired with a sandwich at lunch. 

A sweet reader (hi misslily!) commented that I seem to really be enjoying my food, keeping it fun and varied and sustainable. That was just so nice to hear because I truly am enjoying this journey. I'm not so caught up in the end goal. I'm just taking it day by day. Enjoying the food I eat. Enjoying my workouts. Listening to my body. And I've been at it for over two months and it hasn't felt like a diet at all! I really t his is the secret to success because it's all about being able to do this consistently for the long haul. 

How are you all doing?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Style

I was never into fashion. I didn't like shopping. In every other way I was your typical girly girl. But not when it came to fashion and shopping. Until now. I think it's because growing up I just wanted to fit in. I wore what was popular. What everyone else was wearing. What's the fun in that? I was just fitting into a mold and wasn't being me. 

I always hoped when I was in my 30s I wouldn't care what people thought and it's HAPPENING. I wear what makes me happy. I wear stuff that I love. And you guys, my style is a little crazy and I love it.

I love shopping now. I love defining who I am with clothes. I love being a little adventurous and wearing things I thought I never would or could. It's fun.

I am not a fashionista by ANY means, but I always get compliments on my outfits and I'm not gonna lie. I love it. It's an added bonus, ha!

This style also runs into decorating style too. I used to decorate my house based on what others would like. It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. But I found that once I started decorating my house with what I love. With what makes me happy. I just love my house even more and I don't compare my house to other houses because I made my house distinctly us. 

The zebra chair for example. It's a little bold and a little crazy and at first I was like "but what will people think?!" But then I realized it doesn't matter what they think. They don't have to live with it. And I took the risk and it has become my favorite piece in my whole house. 

Now we are looking at paint colors to paint our kitchen and brighten it up. Bring it up to date. We painted our wood chairs bright yellow and I have a bright orange coffee maker. And you know what? I LOVE IT. It makes me extremely happy everyday single day. And I think that is all that matters.

Decorate your house with what you love. Decorate yourself with what you love. Be uniquely you. And embrace it! I'm bummed it took me 30 years to realize this, but I'm thankful that I did finally realize it. And that is all that really matters anyway.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a fun one. So our grill and oven are both broken and we ate out almost everyday last week so we needed to do something. We stopped at Lowe's Friday night and bought a grill. We did a lot of research on grills because we didn't want a cheap one again that would die in two years. It was between the Char-Boil and Weber, but ultimately we went with the Char-Boil. The reviews were just as good and it was $150 cheaper. We actually saw Home Depot had this grill $20 cheaper so we asked Lowe's to match and not only did they match, but they beat it! They went $20 cheaper! LOVE Lowe's!!! 

Saturday morning G put together the grill. It felt like Christmas morning with boxes everywhere and parts strewn around the living room. Isn't it pretty? While G worked I read and drank copious amounts of coffee. I worked out, took Manny for a walk and then got ready for the day.

I decided to do my hair since I don't do it often and I think I'm going to get rid of the ombre soon. Then we drove out to my brother and Jess'. G and my brother worked hard for a good five hours doing manual labor. They took 27 pieces of dry wall that weighed 55 pounds each to a truck and then to the basement. They worked really hard!

I hung out with SIL and this sweet bug. Isn't she the cutest? It was nice to spend some one on one time with them.

I mean seriously, how precious is she?! She is so well behaved and so animated. I just love all her sweet expressions and how she will stare right at you and babble. So cute.

She just adores her Uncle Garth, too. She just stares at him and feels his beard. The cutest thing I ever saw.

And can we talk about this pup's crazy eyes? Love him! It was a nice afternoon relaxing and spending good quality time with good quality people.

Around 5:30ish the boys were almost done and they were beat so Jess and I went to get dinner for us. We went to Crispelli's, which is my new favorite place. The bread and their house salad are delicious.

But lets talk about the star of the show. The grilled veggie sandwich. OMG. It may just be one of the best sandwiches I ever ate. So good! We had a nice relaxing dinner, the boys enjoyed a White Russian and then we headed to Trader Joe's before they closed for some groceries. We got home, watched a little bit of Dexter and then called it a night.

Sunday we slept in, shared a TJ quiche with G and did church online. G worked on the bar for a few hours.

I did lots of reading and cuddling with Manny. For lunch we tried out the grill for the first time and made steaks and asparagus. So good! The grill gets to 500 degrees in less than 5 min and our steaks even had grill marks on them! So fancy, haha!

It was a great weekend, but it went way too fast. As they always do. How was your weekend?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mondays with Manny

This pupper just loves to sleep! See also: Where's Waldo?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fit Friday!


The stats this week: 

Pounds Lost: .6 pounds
To Go: 47.4 to go
Total Lost: 8 pounds

The scale moved again, woohoo!! I know I've said this before, but I'm really enjoying the journey this time and I think that is going to be the secret to my success. I'm not just waiting to live until I get to my goal weight. I'm enjoying the process. Appreciating what my body can do NOW. Enjoying my life NOW. 

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - Walk 30 minutes
Tuesday - Walk 30 minutes
Wednesday - Walk 30 minutes and 21 Day Fix Pilates
Thursday - T25 Yoga
Friday  - T25 Beta Upper Focus

Saturday - T25 Stretch

As you can tell from my workouts I'm still taking it easy. My leg is finally starting to feel better so I might be able to incorporate more Beta workouts next week. As much as I love jumping and dripping in sweat, Pilates and Yoga have been a nice change. I can't even tell you how amazing they make my leg feel! Even when I'm fully healed I think I might still continue a day or two of Yoga or Pilates.

Eats this week:

Sunday - Breakfast was two eggs in a cup with spinach and Laughing Cow Cheese. Lunch was leftover beer cheese soup from Saturday.

 Dinner was tacos. I love Mexican food so much and G and I were both craving tacos over the weekend because we had the best Mexican food we ever had Friday night.

As I posted on Instagram, who knew the best tostado I ever ate would come from a taco cart in a liquor store? And don't even get me started on the chips and salsa! Amazing!! So making tacos Sunday was the perfect excuse to eat the rest of the chips and salsa from that memorable meal.

Monday - Breakfast was a Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast sandwich and an apple. Lunch was a falafel platter because we went out for a team lunch. Dinner was Brussels sprouts and tofu pad thai. For dessert I had a cup of peppermint tea.

Tuesday - Breakfast was another Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast sandwich with a non fat honey cinnamon latte. Lunch was a Berry Green Monster Smoothie and a Lean Cuisine spinach and artichoke pizza. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was leftover Brussels sprouts and tofu pad thai.

Wednesday - Breakfast was another breakfast sandwich and the other half of my non fat honey cinnamon latte. Lunch was a repeat of yesterday. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was slow cooker chili.

Thursday - Breakfast was a breakfast sandwich and a Berry Green Monster Smoothie. Lunch was two slices of bread with peanut butter and a side of cottage cheese. Snack was an apple and pistachios. Dinner was leftover chili. Dessert was a cup of TJ Peppermint tea. It is becoming a favorite way to end my day!

Friday - Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday and for lunch I have TJ red pepper soup and an apple. My snack hasn't been very filling so I think I'll have a Kind bar today. We might go out with friends for karaoke tonight so dinner will probably be out.

How are you all doing?

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I'm obsessed with this video. The fact that this dog has a slight resemblance to Manny makes me love it even more.



Have you heard of 2Cellos? I'm obsessed. You should watch this video and this one. They are coming to the Wharton and I think we're going to get tickets.



I'm a summer girl all the way. But the one thing I do love about winter is Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar. That is my signature smell in the winter and I love it.



Dexter!!!! I love it so much. We just finished season 3 and it was amazing. I just love the character development and the story lines are so fascinating. I love when a show can make you love and hate someone. That's good acting. I also love when a show throws surprises at you that you just don't see coming. The acting is incredible and I just don't want it to end. A lot of people have told me season 4 is their favorite so I'm really looking forward to it!


I'm now addicted to Bath and Body Works candles and had major disappointment when these two candles died. They smelled so amazing, even when they weren't burning. Tuesday was the last day of their 2 for $22 sale on candles and I may or may not have purchased a supply for the winter.


Biggby's Cinnamon Honey Latte. It's magic. Ask for about an inch of honey on the bottom, two to three shakes of cinnamon and ask the barista to make a latte on top of that and finish with one more shake of cinnamon. Deliciousness! Also, I feel like I've cheated on my beloved Starbucks Caramel Macchiato because I have a new favorite. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolche Latte. SO. GOOD.


What are you obsessed with lately?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Closet Clean-Out

The three bedroom closets upstairs were starting to make me twitchy. There was just so much STUFF in them. They were disorganized. Cluttered. I had cleaned my closets out in December, but I didn't do G's closets so his haven't been cleaned out since we moved in... almost four years ago.

This is the before. Yes, those are trash bags of clothes I put together in December that I haven't donated yet. Womp womp. This is our master closet and it's messy. There are clothes in there I haven't worn SINCE December that need to be donated. There is stuff that doesn't fit that I hope to one day fit into that I couldn't get rid of. There were scarves tossed haphazardly on the shelves and strewn around hangers. Bags on the floor. Skirts unfolded on the shelves. It all made my neat freak self a little batty.

G and I were both in those modes where we wanted the clutter gone. It was stressing both of us out. We had no sentimental ties to any of the clothes and we just wanted a cleaned out space of stuff we actually wore. It was a perfect storm, really. You have to take advantage of that feeling when it comes! So we did. Saturday morning was the day. We poured cups of coffee, turned up the music and got to work. We just started taking out clothes we hadn't worn in the last year. No excuses. We gathered trash bags and had a donate pile and a maybe pile.  

I didn't take pictures of the other two closets. But G has the closet in the guest room and I have the closet in the office. We are ridiculous, I know. Too many clothes. But it felt so good to just start taking clothes out we hadn't worn in months. Years. 

I'm not sure what is more disturbing. That we had 7 trash bags of clothes to donate or that we found $100 in a pants pocket we didn't know we were missing.

G had 4 full bags and I had 1 from this clean out (and 2 from my December clean out). The feeling was amazing! It felt SO good to purge. I don't want to be a hoarder. And don't worry, these bags won't sit here for another year. We already loaded the bags in the car to donate this week. The feeling is incredible. 

The finished product! I'm a nerd and organized by dresses, t-shirts, blouses, tanks and scarves. Oh and I color coded. LOVE.

One more just for fun, side by side comparison. So much extra space! It makes me giddy. My closet in the office is formal dresses, sweaters and sweatshirts. I still need to finish organizing the other two bedroom closets, but that I can do on my own during my time off.

I did keep three goal pairs of jeans that I plan to fit into and keep me inspired to keep losing. But that's it. I also finally pulled the trigger and donated all of my business attire and heels that I haven't worn since I was an event planner. My work attire is super casual so I just don't need the business clothes anymore.

Organizing is addicting. I can't wait to get the whole house in order! But one thing at a time. Bedroom closet. Check!