Fall 2013 Wishlist!

4 Oct

Hello all!

It’s been quite a while since I have updated this blog, and I have been thinking of going in a new direction for quite some time. I still plan on posting fitness and nutrition related posts, but I have been wanting to do more posts related to fashion for quite some time now! I am not sure what the future of this blog holds, but if you are one of the few readers of this blog, let me know what you think of these types of posts and if you want to see more. I am considering doing outfit posts as well.

One thing I have noticed about a lot of fashion blogs, is they are written by girls who are tall and lean. Sometimes their advice doesn’t work properly on me because I am petite (5’2 1/2) and I am on the curvy side (I weigh 137lbs). I have put my measurements out there before but they have changed a little through my fitness journey, I am a 33″ bust, 27″ waist and 38″ hips. I wear a size 4 Curvy in Gap or a 6 regular. My hope is that I can provide fashion and style advice to us smaller ladies who need to be more aware of proportions etc. Okay, now on to my Fall Wishlist!

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1. Chunky Over-sized Sweater – I am dreaming of a loose yet fitted chunky sweater to wear with leggings and boots this fall! I don’t want it to be so huge that it’s overwhelming, so it needs to be sort of fitted in the arm. This one is nice but I will be looking for more affordable options.

2. Aztec Cardigan – I have one from Express from 2 years ago, but the sleeves are not fitted. I am on the hunt for a thick warm one with regular cardigan style sleeves.

3. Sparkle Sweater – Who knew mixing jewels with a sweatshirt would be so chic but this looks amazing! You can be comfy, look stylish and skip the statement necklace!

4. Cozy Plaid – I would not pay $400 for a plaid shirt like this one, but I know there are more affordable options out there! I am on the hunt for the perfect red/navy plaid (think lumberjack!).

5. Coated Pants – Because I am curvier, I am not sure the faux leather legging trend will work for me, but these jeans give the illusion of being leather, and with the structure I think they will be much more flattering on my frame!

6. Toms Desert Wedges in Chestnut – Can you say perfection? I bought my first toms (Natural Crochet ones) for my wedding reception, and I LIVED in them all summer. I am sure I will still wear them in the fall but I can’t think of a more comfortable bootie than these. Trying to imagine all of the ways I can wear these this fall. The wedge adds a little height for my petite stature!

7. Gorgeous earrings – I can see these being worn with almost every fall outfit I can imaging. I feel like less is more this fall in the jewelry department, although a good statement necklace will be a must too.

8. Faux Leather Jacket – I have a real leather Oxblood leather jacket from last year. I would like to have a tailor shorten the sleeves on it though, and I am unsure how much that will cost and need to find a good tailor that won’t ruin my baby. I also want a faux leather moto jacket this fall for a little edge.

9. Boot Socks – YESSSS. That’s all I need to say.

Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Recap!

11 Mar

I am a few days late writing this recap of the 7 Day Slim Down from Tone it up, but I wanted to give you my full feelings on this program. Overall, my experience was amazing. It was definitely hard work, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you are not really committed to making a change, but in my opinion it was absolutely worth it.

Here is a list of the positive results of the 7 day slim down!

  • I began to sleep much deeper. Leading up to the slim down I was tossing and turning all over. After starting to “reset” my body, I found myself sleeping a lot deeper and feeling better in the morning.
  • More energy! After day 2, I no longer had and headaches and I felt very energized. I didn’t feel hungry between meals once my body adjusted to the amount of food I was eating at each meal.
  • I felt like the waistband on my pants got a bit looser.
  • I broke through my weight loss plateau! This was a big thing for me! I was stuck in the mid 140s for what felt like FOREVER, but by Day 7 of the slim down I was 139! Once I stopped the slim down, I did go back up to about 140 but for the last 2 weeks I have not weighed more than 141, which is great news for me.

Now it’s just up to me to keep going and stay active and eating lean clean and green. I have a little less than 7 weeks until the big day so I can’t wait to look great in my wedding dress!

Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Day 3 & 4

1 Mar

Welcome back friends!

I am just going to say that I caved a little on day 3 and had 15 chocolate chips. 😦 But the good news is my eating was PERFECT on Day 4!

Day 3 Recap:

Okay, now that I have that weight off my shoulders, ever all everything went really well on day 3! I did miss my morning Booty Call workout, but I took a hour long Intermediate Pilates class, and walked my dog for 30 mins at night. This diet overhaul is making me begin to feel really good and light! I didn’t have any headaches at all, and didn’t feel too hungry throughout the day. I am definitely looking forward to making some Tone It Up approved banana bread and chocolate cake next week. I will probably be baking up a storm, and enjoying it moderately of course!

Day 4 Recap:

Today was almost perfect as far as my eating and exercise goes. If you are familiar with the Tone It Up Plan you will know that during the 7 Day Slim Down they ask us to do two 30min cardio sessions each day. This was tough work for me because I am not a morning person and really don’t like to work out in the mornings. I have found though that either walking or doing yoga in the morning is perfect for me! I am sure that once I get used to AM workouts I will be able to increase the intensity. My future hubby wants to get me a bike so we can ride around the lake together in the morning. Now that I am getting used to waking up earlier, and the weather is getting nicer, I can’t wait to get out there and ride with him. This morning I did 20 mins of yoga in the morning, and then did 30 mins on the treadmill at night, plus some ab work. I feel really great about my accomplishments.

Overall, I am feeling more motivated, more energized and more vital. I have been keeping up with housework more, and somehow find extra time to get things done. I have also lost 3 lbs so far (In 4 days!) and am down to 140lbs. My goal in the beginning was to break into the 130s by the end of this, and if I can stay strong and committed this weekend, I know I will meet my goal! How awesome is that?!

Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Day 2

27 Feb

Yesterday was Day 2 for me of the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down!

I can’t believe I made it to Day 2 without giving up. I am so proud of myself. You have no idea how hard it is for me to give up sugar and starchy carbs, or maybe you do. 🙂 In the morning I took my little Luna for a walk that lasted about 20 mins and when we got back I made a delicious Slim Down Protein Pancake. This was much needed because it was sweet and savory (without added sugar) and so it helped with my sweet tooth. Plus, it makes a pretty big pancake so I didn’t feel like I was starving before my first snack!

Slim Down Protein Pancake

Throughout the day I did feel a little week and tired. I am thinking this is from cutting out any bad things that my body is used to relying on. The whole purpose of the 7 Day Slim Down is to reset your body, and help boost your metabolism. This Slim Down with help my body reset and use glyogen stores so my body will start burning fat once again.

Last night, I did another 30 mins of cardio to Brazil Butt Lift’s Cardio Axe, and then 15 mins of abs with Brazil Butt Lift Tummy Tuck. Before I started my workout I felt pretty hungry and tired, but afterwards I felt a bit recharged, and I felt much better the rest of the night. One thing I can say is that I have been sleeping more deeply these past few evenings, which is a nice change because last week I tossed and turned almost every night!

I have mentioned before, but I have been on this plateau for a few months where I am not losing any weight. I feel like I am building muscle tone, but my body is not getting rid of the fatty layer on top of my muscles. With my wedding only 66 days away, I really need to kick myself into high gear and stop making excuses for why I had those extra girl scout cookies or glass of wine.

As I am writing this, it’s about 1/2 way through Day 3, and I can’t wait to update you on everything that happens today!

Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Day 1

26 Feb

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a minute since I wrote my last post. I find that I have all these idea’s for posts, and I begin to write them and I never get around to finishing it.

This week, I am committed to blog every day of my 7 day slim down journey!

Yesterday was Day 1 for me, and let me tell you…it was quite a challenge. Being that I am a sugar and carb-aholic it was very difficult for me to cut out both of these things. Luckily I was able to have some stevia and some fruit throughout the day, which made it a little easier.grapefruit-2

In the 7 day slim down plan, you do 30mins of cardio two times a day. This was tough for me yesterday because I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. I used to work at 6:30am at my old job, but now I wake up around 8 and get to my office around 9am. So you can imagine how hard it is now for me to even get up at 7! But, I did it. I took Luna for a walk up and down some hills in my neighborhood and she LOVED it. I have been feeling so bad that I don’t walk her enough with working full time and all the wedding planning. Seeing how much she loved walking and sniffing everything, I know I need to keep up this routine.

Also, I had to put myself to bed a little early last night to prevent my late night Girl Scout cookie cravings! I did have some headaches throughout the day yesterday, and I think that was just my body going through some withdraws from carbs and sugar. I am hoping that at the end of this week, I will not have the crazy sugar cravings as much!

My starting weight for this week is 143 lbs. My goal would be to break into the 130s! I would do a happy dance for sure if I made it there. I have been stuck between 140 and 145 for at least 6 months. I am 20lbs heavier than I was in college, and even though I carry my weight well (mostly butt and thighs) I would like to get down to 125 again. I am only 5’3 and so 143 is “healthy” but at the high end.

My workouts lately have been consisting of a lot of strength training, so I believe I am losing fat and building muscle, but my muscle tone is not showing as it’s covered in a layer of fat. My hope is that this 7 Day Slim Down really helps me to break my plateau and reset my body to get in the best shape ever! My wedding is in 68 days, and I know I will not reach my goal by then, but I want to be much closer.

Has anyone else done or heard of the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down?

5 tips to help you get fit for the wedding! (Or for anything)

23 Jan

Hey Everyone!

This post is a bit of a wedding update + some tips and tricks that have been helping me get in shape for my wedding. I want to start out by saying that I have not really lost any weight at all in the last 6 months. It’s definitely been frustrating because since November in particular, I have been working out at least 4 times a week and counting my calories (with cheats here and there). One thing I want to say is that the scale is NOT YOUR FRIEND. As a woman, it’s so hard to stay away from that thing because we are so conditioned to think that our weight determines how healthy/skinny we are.

My wedding is just over 3 months away, and my first fitting is in a month and a half, so I am sure you can imagine that I have been feeling like its crunch time at the gym. Finally Brad started going to the gym with me, and we have made Friday nights a Gym/Date night. We used to go out and eat and get beer, now we sweat it out at the gym together and then wind down with a movie. Although the scale has not moved, I tried my wedding dress on last weekend when I was shopping for accessories, and I felt even more beautiful than I did when I bought it.

Here are some of the changes that I have seen in my body:

  • My arms are a bit thinner and showing a tiny bit of definition. Still have work to do though.
  • My waist and the area around my ribs are significantly leaner!
  • My hips and butt are a little narrower. My slip was a bit tight on my hips but this time it zipped up with no problem!
  • My back fat is diminishing. YAY!
  • My breast bone and collar bones are starting to show. This is the biggest thing for me because it makes my chest look more lifted and what woman doesn’t love that!

I still have some time to get even more fit, but I am so happy with the progress. Now, I want to share with you my advice for getting into wedding day shape.

  • Count calories -to an extent. I was getting a little too crazy with my calorie counting and I think that MyFitnessPal was under calculating my calories. Now I am trying just to eat right but not feel bad about having an extra tbsp of hummus.
  • Lift weights – when I stopped focusing all on cardio and started lifting weights two things happened: 1. I didn’t hate going to the gym (I hate cardio) and 2. My body started looking different!
  • Get your man in on the action – My fiancé is going to school for a BA in Kinesiology option as a Fitness Specialist. He has a passion for fitness and he kind of fell off the bandwagon with me, so I think he has been having fun “personal training” me and coming up with a fitness regimen. We weight lift together and then I add in a bit of cardio and 2 days of Pilates too.
  • Share your goals with your friends and family – This is a way to stay on track because we all know people are going to pressure you to have seconds or have another beer. If you are upfront with your friends and family about wanting to eat healthier, they will support you and make it easier. My mom has even been going to the gym with me!
  • Don’t order your dress a size or two too small! – It was recommended to me to order my dress in a 10 but I ordered an 8. This worked out okay for me because the 8 fit my body as it was when I ordered it, and now that I have toned up I have the gratification of getting it taken in! The last thing you want is to get a dress too small and not make your weight loss goal and have that stress 6 weeks before your wedding when it doesn’t fit!

I hope my tips will help you reach your goals. Most of all, don’t stress too much. Your fiancé asked you to marry him just the way you are so believe that you are beautiful no matter what!

Do you have any tips for getting in shape for the wedding?

Recipe I am Loving: Banana Pancakes!

8 Jan
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Photo courtesy of http://www.Blogilates.com

Hi All!

I don’t know about you, but now that I am eating cleaner, I find myself gravitating towards banana’s because they are a natural way of adding sweetness to relatively anything. You can make a protein smoothie with banana, add it to oatmeal, and just eat it by itself. My current favorite way of using it, is making the Banana Pancakes that Blogilates describes on her blog. If you don’t know who Blogilates is, I will get more into the details of that further into the post. But first…

Banana Pancakes!!!

Are you ready for the recipe??

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs

No really…that’s it! Mash the banana in a bowl, whip the eggs in there (including the yolk) and pour it in a pan. I find it easiest to make 6-8 smaller pancakes with this batter rather than one big one, but I shared this recipe with my mom, and she makes one big one. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I have a recipe that is so easy to make in the morning! And it’s sweet. I tried it with maple once, and it was a little strange but its sweet enough on it’s own.

Blogilates also did a food of the year round up for 2012, and these little babies won!

So, I wanted to share a little about Blogilates. The creator is Cassey Ho, and she is a fitness instructor that recently moved to LA. She started posting Pilates videos on YouTube because her students requested it, then it grew so much in popularity! Now she creates her own monthly workout calendar, shares recipes and posts new YouTube videos weekly. She has really inspired me on days that I don’t feel like going to the gym, I love working out to her videos which are fun and infections (much more entertaining than P90X!). I recommend you check her out and sign up to download her jaNEWary workout calendar!

Comment below if you have a favorite YouTube fitness guru!