Tuesday, January 27, 2015

21 Day Fix *Results*

This is the wallpaper that I've been staring at on my phone for the past 3 weeks...
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The results are in! It's safe to say that my first round of the 21 Day Fix with Shakeology was a success. I lost 5 lbs, 2 inches off my waist and 1.75 inches off of my hips. I didn't really have a goal "inch-wise" but I was hoping to lose 8 pounds. Regardless of not reaching that particular goal, I'm still very proud of my results. 

Week one was tough. I was sore for the entire week until I had an active rest day with yoga on day 6. By week two I noticed my endurance was a little better and I wasn't in a constant state of soreness. I can't say it was a breeze by week three, but I definitely noticed an increase in my strength. Certain exercises came a little easier to me, I was able to complete more reps and use my heavier weights (8 lbs) in some cases where I previously opted for the lighter ones (5 lbs). I liked how I didn't have to wonder which workout I would do each day, it was already mapped out for me. Three weeks however was enough for me. I started to get a little bored of it towards the end...I'm ready for something different. 

The meal plan was much easier than I initially thought it would be. Somehow I felt a little restricted in the beginning but the more I learned about it, I realized there actually is a lot of freedom. Now I have a much better sense of which types of food to eat, how much and how to spread it out throughout the day. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit (get it), and I definitely believe this to be true. There isn't really anything I feel like I'm lacking. I'm not starving, I don't feel like I'm missing out. Snacking has never really been my thing -although I do when I'm bored and my diet is already spiraling out of control. The key is definitely planning it out and making sure you're working certain healthy foods into the day that you love. I feel confident that I could take it from here for a bit and not have to religiously count containers. We'll see how that goes for a while. I'm going to continue with Shakeology for a bit too. I'm thinking of doing a separate review - spoiler alert - it will be a good one!

I still haven't figured out exactly what my new plan is as far as exercise. I've been eyeballing PiYo, but I'm going to hold off a little longer and do some more research. In the meantime I'll still do my 21 Day Fix workouts, expand my horizons with the multitude of YouTube workouts that are available and utilize my gym on the weekends (the hours of the gym in my complex right now are terrible).

Forget the numbers on the scale! I feel fabulous because I know I'm doing something good for myself. The fact that my clothes fit MUCH better, my energy levels are up and my back no longer hurts me  24/7 is a pretty big bonus! Like I said from the beginning...I wasn't looking for a quick fix (for lack of a better word). I did this to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. I'm pretty motivated to keep at it! Being part of a challenge group truly helped me stay on track especially on those nights when the last thing I wanted to do was hit "play"! Thanks to my coach Leah, my good friends Sherina and Rachel and all of the ladies in the January group for all of the support! Let's see how the next 21 day challenge goes! 
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

What's cooking this week?

Today was technically the last day of the 21 Day Fix, however I worked way too hard over the last few weeks to just throw it all away and go back to my usual eating habits. More on my progress and my plans for my next 21 day challenge soon. The real challenge for this upcoming week is the fact that I'll be away most of the time for a work conference in Daytona Beach. I wasn't even going to share this sad little meal plan, but here it is anyway...
Tonight: I made Sunday Sauce for Hubs and a giant salad
Monday: 21 Day Fix Turkey Chili - leftovers frozen
Tuesday:  Hubs - Chili - The REAL kind
Wednesday - Hubs - BLT's
Thursday - Hubs - Brats and pirogues
Friday - Leftover Chili - burritos

This weekend was extremely low-key and relaxing. Knowing that I'm going to be away this upcoming week gave me absolutely no desire to go out and do a thing! Work has been nuts and I've been missing my peanut. We just stayed home, played with toys, colored, watched movies - it rocked!  Hubby and I got started on season 1 of Dexter and we're hooked. See, it doesn't get much more low-key than the weekend we just had. This little "life of the party" didn't seem to mind a bit. 
 
 
Have a great upcoming week!
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Our Home: A Work in Progress

I've been holding off on posting this because we're not done furnishing our new house. Then reality set in and it occurred to me that I'll probably never really be "done". The other night we ordered the clock and the bookshelves (that I've been eyeing for months now) and I realized I've reached a point that's finally worth sharing with you all! After apartment dwelling for five years, it's been such an amazing feeling to have our own space that we can make completely OURS! It's a total work in progress, we have a long way to go. Here's are some of our newest additions to "Casa de Sko"!
New Home

The table and rug (which is 5x7) fit beautifully in our entryway! In my opinion, the three blue upholstered stools were a beautiful addition to our bar height counters. And that media console took me FOREVER to decide on, but I'm glad I took my time because it's perfect. Little fingers have a way of making their way into the slats but at least they are wide enough that we don't have issues using our remotes for all of our components. The clock will take the place of the giant burlap wreath I have above our TV, hopefully it will look as good as I'm imagining it in my head. After some convincing, we ordered two shelving units for either side of our sofa - I don't handle asymmetrical well! They will be used mainly for toy storage...or an attempt at toy storage. I'm on the lookout for the perfect bins/baskets. 

I'm not just making a purchase to fill a space like I've done in the past. My mission has been to make sure we absolutely LOVE it before we buy it. It's been fun browsing the stores and scouring the internet for all of these items. Granted, most of these are from Target - but I really do check other places first. Target just has most of what I want and as a bonus...happens to be super affordable!

Bit by bit as we fill our house, it's all coming together. I have no clue what our style actually is. Is warm and cozy a thing? An interior designer I am definitely not...but I love the direction we're heading in! Next I'll focus on more of the details like artwork. Our walls are still pretty bare! We're getting there though!

I'll share photos soon, I promise!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

What's cooking this week?

I'm already prepping for week three of the 21 Day Fix. Week two also went well and I'm proud of myself for staying on track even with all of the birthday festivities. Honestly it hasn't been that difficult to stick with my nutrition plan because I've been SO busy! There's been hardly any idle time to overthink anything. Today we went to a first birthday party...besides picking from the veggie platter, I had 5 of those little crock pot sweet and sour meatballs. I'm counting it as a red container and not beating myself up over it. 

The batch of chili I made last week made WAY more than I needed so I've still got some stockpiled in the freezer that will be making an appearance again later this week. Luckily, I love chili! 

I'd be lying if I said that it's not a little boring alternating the same meals every other day. This is coming from someone who is used to something new and exciting on the menu almost every night. It's been an adjustment, but knowing it's temporary helps. Officially this is the last week of the 21 Day Fix (update coming soon). Now I have to start thinking about what my meal plan will be looking like in the future. 
Tonight: We had....Steak Kabobs from Fresh Market for us both with fingerling potatoes and steamed broccoli
Monday: Ribs for Hubs with potatoes and baked beans /  Clean Chicken Tortilla Soup for me
Tuesday:  21 Day Fix Pork Carnitas (Hubs will just have larger portions and I'll have to look away)
Wednesday - Leftover ribs with Mac n' Cheese for Hubs  / Clean Chicken Tortilla Soup for me
Thursday - Pasta with Vodka Sauce for Hubs / 21 Day Fix Pork Carnitas for me
Friday - Meatloaf for Hubs with fries / Clean Chicken Tortilla Soup for me
Saturday: Pasta with Vodka Sauce for Hubs / 21 Day Fix Turkey Chili for me

Today we celebrated our friends' daughter Chloe turning one! Total "Mommy-fail" on getting a photo of Ella playing with her bestie at her party today. I'll admit I was a little wrapped up in catching up with friends I haven't seen in a while so I wasn't my usual "snappy" self! Here are a few photos that I did manage to capture at this fun party for a very happy little beauty!
Isn't watching kids smash cake the best?!
Happy Birthday Chloe Parker!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Thirtieth

My thirtieth birthday fell on a Monday so the Sunday before, my friend and co-worker Sherina came over with her son to watch Ella while Hubs and I headed over to Epcot for the evening. We had dinner in Mexico at La Hacienda de San Angel, which is a favorite of mine. It's been a while since we've been there without the babes, so we were finally able to try out Test Track since the latest upgrade...it's SO different, very fun! 
Ella also had a blast that night playing with her Buddy Trey!
On my actual birthday, I arrived at work and was surprised with all of this! My work family is so good to me! The gifts were all attached by a ribbon that I pulled out one by one. The streamers stayed up most of the week and put a smile on the face of all who entered. (Okay, almost all....it happened to be a tough week!)
A little later in the day, these beauties arrived from my parents!
Hubby had to work really late that night. When Ella and I got home there were more beautiful flowers waiting for me, sweet cards and even a bowl of yummy fruit in the fridge instead of the usual cake or brownies. What a supportive and caring guy! I had a great evening hanging with this cutie....


She even started saying "happy" just in time!
As I'm sure you can see, my 30's are off to a great start! Thank you so much to all of you who made my day perfect!
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