Monday, April 27, 2015

Mondays with Manny

Sometimes he acts like a normal dog and sleeps on the floor. It's not the norm, but it happens.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fit Friday!

Workouts this week:

unday - 60 min walk with Manny
onday - Jillian's 6 Weeks to a 6 Pack Level 2, Walk an hour on lunch and 30 min with Manny
Tuesday - Walk an hour on lunch
Wednesday - 
Jillian's 6 Weeks to a 6 Pack Level 1, Walk an hour on lunch and 30 min with Manny
Thursday - Clean the house and 30 min with Manny
Friday  -  Jillian's 6 Weeks to a 6 Pack Level 2
Saturday - Walk Manny

I'm so glad I switched up my workouts this week. I enjoyed doing this video so much more! The moves were completely different and it was just the change I needed to look forward to working out again.

Weigh in this week:

Pounds Lost: .2 pound
To Go: 39 to go
Total Lost: 16 pounds

A loss is a loss is a loss so I'll take it! I ate later than usual a few nights and I had some high sodium meals that may have influenced this so I'm just going to keep on keeping on.

Thoughts this week:


So lets take a look at how far I have gotten with a face transformation before and after.



My face is looking slimmer and I am getting compliments that I look good. People are noticing! Such a great sign. My pants are looser. I feel better. And to reward myself for 16 pounds lost I dyed my hair a reddish/purple and I love it! Cheers to this journey!

Eats this week:

Friday night G made spinach and artichoke dip and PF Chang egg rolls. Yum!

Saturday morning I had a poptart and black coffee. 

After walking Manny I was hungry so I had a second breakfast. A protein shake: Handful of spinach, half a banana, one scoop vanilla protein powder, half a cup of coffee, one cup ice and a splenda. So good!

For dinner Saturday night I had TJ Veggie Pad Thai. It smelled better than it tasted, but I still liked it. 

Sunday and Monday I had my typical breakfast. 2 eggs in a mug, 1/4 cup cheddar on a sandwich thin. SO GOOD. And filling.

In an effort to not tire of this old breakfast stand by the rest of the week my breakfast was a bagel thin with Onion and Chive Cream Cheese and 2 hard boiled eggs. I haven't been able to find Laughing Cow Cream Cheese anywhere, do they still make it?! I hope so. But 2T of the real thing is only 80 calories so it's not too bad.

For lunch this week I had TJ Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Or Crock Pot Italian Chicken.

My snacks this week have been an apple and a Kind bar.

Monday night G made spaghetti. He makes the best spaghetti, you guys. He adds onion and green pepper and it just MAKES it. Fun fact: He made this on our first date and since his apartment had no furniture we ate it on a blanket in his living room. Ahhh, sweet memories.

I had some Brussels on the side. We also ate this for dinner Tuesday night as well and it was just as good.

Wednesday night I had a hair appointment so I didn't get home until 10:30 so I just grabbed thai food from this place next door and it was amazing! New fave. I had it for lunch the next couple of days and it was even better.

Thursday night we spontaneously had friends over. We grabbed takeout from our fave Italian place in town and ate at the house.  I love that I'm becoming less of a perfectionist and can have people over without stressing over making something from scratch and having everything perfect. If I had I would have missed out on a great night with awesome people and real conversation.

Reads this week:

Empowering Questions That Helped Me Lose 125 Pounds and Keep It Off
11 Proven Rules for Success From a Former Navy Seal
The Calories You Burn When You Stand At Work
How You Know It's Time to Lift Heavier Weights
Ten Things That Will Hold You Back From Being Happy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Life Lately

So we joined Sam's Club. I always feel like we're spending too much at Walmart or Kroger or Meijer and always running out of everything. I saw a deal on Groupon for Sam's and bit the bullet. I hope it saves us money and maybe saves me weekly grocery trips. We'll see. Do you shop at Sam's? What are your must buys?


It was 78 degrees on Saturday and Wednesday it was 37 degrees and snowing. Typical, Michigan. Manny was just as unhappy about it as I was. After our snowy, chilly walk he ran upstairs and buried himself under all the blankets.


I wrote a post on being introverted and a comment-er said I might have social anxiety. It really got me thinking. I did a lot of self evaluation, research and had a few discussions with people I trust. Per WebMD, "Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others." Based on that definition I do not think I have a social anxiety disorder. I do not fear being closely watched, judged or criticized. I do not enjoy large crowds and finding parking in large crowds and trying to make sure I get to where I need to be and not be late. But once I'm in my seat I'm perfectly content. Able to enjoy the show. It's not about the specific people, it's about the situation. The logistics. Anyways, all that to say it was interesting to research. It was good to understand what social anxiety was so I can monitor my reactions to things and make sure they are health reactions. 

I started reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and I already love it. Her books are just so well written and I can't put them down. Love it!!


What did you think of the ACM Awards? I love Miranda Lambert so much. And Eric Church. And Little Big Town. And Taylor Swift. Okay, I just love country music PERIOD.


I walk on lunch and we walk pretty fast. We average a 16 minute mile walking pace. So my SIL and brother are running the Detroit Marathon and G was encouraging me to do it too. I protested that I hate running and he said I could walk the marathon at my pace and finish in a little over four hours. Obviously my pace would probably slow down with the longer distance, but it made me seriously think about it. Then I read an article yesterday about what you need to know before you train for a marathon. One of the first points was not to do a marathon if you already have an existing injury. And I have this stupid thigh strain that happened in T25 and flares up every once and a while if I do a lot of jumping or standing or walking. So it's probably not the best idea to do a marathon, even if I'm walking. Oh darn. I'm so heartbroken. NOT. I love to cheer on marathon runners so that's just what I'll do.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Deep Thoughts

When I love something in a book I take a picture of it. I usually will take a picture or two, but as I read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown I took a LOT of pictures. There was a lot of wisdom in this book! I thought I would share some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom she shared. I hope you get as much out of it as I did!

"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think 'No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.' It's going to bed at night thinking 'Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging."


"Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. To foreclose on our emotional life out of a fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living."


"I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. With that definition in mind, let's think about love. Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can't ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment's notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow - that's vulnerability. Love is uncertain. It's incredibly risky. And loving someone leaves us emotionally exposed. Yes, it's scary and yes, we're open to being hurt, but can you imagine your life without loving or being loved?"


"To put our art, our writing, our photography, our ideas out into the world with no assurance of acceptance or appreciation - that's also vulnerability. To let ourselves sink into the joyful moments of our lives even though we know that they are fleeting, even though the world tells us not to be too happy lest we invite disaster - that's an intense form of vulnerability."


"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly..."
- Theodore Roosevelt -


"I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness... We will practice courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room for both. We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other."


My hope for you, dear readers, is to know you are worthy. To practice compassion with yourself first, then others. To sink into the joy of each moment and savor it. Truly be present. Be vulnerable. It's scary and uncertain and risky, but it leads to the deepest connections and the greatest love. You will make mistakes. You will fall down. That just means you are in the arena. That just means you are daring greatly.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a good one. Friday night my sweet friend Jess and I went to the outlets to shop. We have a wedding next week so we were looking for a dress. I was hoping to find a Maxi dress but either they didn't have my size or they were $80. No thanks. I did get a few Bath and Body Works candles (Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut and Brazilian Waters) and a free Signature Scent body lotion. The total was $60.50 but after my coupon and 2 for $24 candle sale the price was $24.50. Score!!! G was just laughing at me because I was just laying on the couch smelling the Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut lid. It seriously smelled so good!

After we shopped until we dropped we came back to my house and G had whipped up Paula Deen's Spinach and Artichoke dip. AND had a few appetizers in the oven too for us. So sweet!! We ate dinner and talked and laughed and had a blast.

After dinner we went to the living room and Jess fell out of the chair. But she didn't spill her wine because priorities. 

Hahahaha it makes me laugh just thinking about it. So funny! I've had this chair since college and that was the first time someone fell out if like that. Love it!

I take that back. Manny has fallen out of the chair before and it was just as funny when he did it.

We made videos on the Crazy Helium App which was hilarious. We were all laughing so hard we were crying. Then we were trying to teach Manny to Stop. Drop. And Roll. But we wouldn't roll over. So that didn't work, but it would have been super cute. 

Saturday morning G and I had coffee and breakfast on the deck. It was already in the 60s when we woke up and it was incredible. 

Manny loved it too. He got a nice 3 mile walk outside and then G and I did about 4 hours of yard work. Weeded, power washed the house, raked, mowed the lawn, cleaned out the flower beds, cleaned out the rest of the wasp nest from last summer and caught up with our neighbors. It felt so good to get all of that done!

We rewarded ourselves with a beer on the deck and a book. A beer always tastes better after hours of yard work, right? I read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend!  We ended the evening with grilled steaks and watching Phantom of the Opera (the movie). I didn't even know there was a movie, but it was AWESOME.

Sunday we slept in, did church online, walked Manny and had a lazy Sunday. I binge watched Parenthood. Such a good show! I finished my book and it was just a nice lazy day to recharge my batteries. I woke up Monday ready to start a hard working week. It was the perfect balance of fun, productive, and relaxing. The best kind of weekend in my opinion. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mondays with Manny

G and I were laughing at Manny because he kinda looks human here, no?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fit Friday!

Workouts this week:

Sunday - 60 min walk with Manny
Monday - Walk an hour on lunch and 30 min with Manny
Tuesday - BR 12 and Walk an hour on lunch
Wednesday - Walk an hour on lunch and 30 min with Manny
Thursday - Walk an hour on lunch and 30 min with Manny
Friday  -  BR 11 and Walk an hour on lunch
Saturday - BR 11 and walk Manny

Weigh in this week:


Pounds Lost: 1 pound
To Go: 39 to go
Total Lost: 16 pounds

Yay! To lose after scaling back my workouts is an amazing thing. Feels so good.

Thoughts this week:


I'm trying to focus more on what I eat. I'm a bit burned out from all the intense workouts so it's a nice break to just be walking everyday and only doing videos 3 times a week (instead of the usual 6 days). I'm really watching my eating. Enjoying the journey. Doing what feels right for me at this time which is less working out and less cooking. And I'm proud of how far I've come. Onward and upward!

Eats this week:

Friday night. Sushi. My boo. A musical afterwards. Does it get any better than that?I don't think so.

Saturday morning there were pop tarts. My coworkers eat them every day and they smell so amazing so I finally caved and bought some. SO GOOD. Two was a bit much so during the week I would have one with a hard boiled egg or 1/2 cup cottage cheese.

I have a thing for Cibatta bread so I had grabbed some at TJ's last week. What I didn't realize what I bought the Half Baked version so I finished baking the bread in the oven Saturday afternoon and ate a roll with half an avocado. First of all, the smell of the bread baking was amazing. Second, the warm deliciousness could not be beat. I may never buy fully baked bread again.

Saturday night there was grilled steak, rice pilaf, cole slaw, and corn bread with family. While we were all sharing this meal I felt like we were family in Parenthood sharing dinner. Laughing. Drinking wine. Enjoying the company. It was magical.

Sunday afternoon I made TJ apps for us to share. Those pigs in a blanket are amazing!

For lunch this week I had a turkey, spinach, avocado sandwich on ciabatta. Shut the front door! It was amaze. With an apple and carrots on the side.

My snacks this week have been cottage cheese. 

Or 2 hard boiled eggs. (A new fave!)

Or a Snickers egg a sweet coworker left on my desk. Snickers are my weakness. 

Monday night we grabbed Chinese take out. Tofu lo mein for me. Can we talk about all the food you get for $8? 

I had a cup of tofu lo mein with a cup of broccoli on the side. I ate this for dinner Monday through Wednesday and for lunch Thursday. Love it!

Thursday night G and I grilled burgers and asparagus for dinner with a side of sweet potato fries. YUM. I love that it's grilling weather!

Look at those grill marks!

How are you guys doing?