Weekly Update – 7/20/15

Monday

We were still at the beach and it was wonderful.  We were there with my mom and stepdad, stepsister and her husband, and my nephew.  I love being able to spend time with him while he’s still so young.  It goes by so fast and I enjoyed every baby snuggle I could get.

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He looks terrified, but he love his nephew!

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Ahhhh beach life!

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This was about 2.5 seconds before he threw up.

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Someone love his Aunt!

 

Tuesday

We left the beach at around 11.  We stopped at Morris Farm on the way home to stock up with some yummy fresh fruit and veggies.  Once we got home, we had to do all the laundry and all that jazz.

Wednesday

We spent the night at home catching up on all the chores we didn’t do on the weekend!

Thursday

Well, at least I made it to the gym once!  I opted for just 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Workout:

1. ReACT for 1 min facing forward, 5 pushups

2. ReACT for 1 min facing left, 5 pushups

3. ReACT for 1 min facing right, 5 pushups

4. ReACT for 1 min facing backward, 5 pushups

5. ReACT for 1 min facing forward, 5 pushups

Friday

Michael and I had a date night and went to see the movie “Trainwreck.” There were times that it was a little on the dirty/vulgar side for me, but overall I enjoyed it.  It was nice to have a true date night.

Saturday

Saturday was a crazy busy day.  We had to drive up to Richmond so I could try on bridesmaid’s dresses for my brother’s wedding next year.  It took us 2 1/2 hrs to get there (normally takes about 90 minutes).  Once we got there, I was able to try on my dresses, get a sizing done, now I just have to decide what style I want.

After that, we went to a really cool diner call the Continental.  We had SO MUCH food. Here’s a super cool shot of my super yummy cobb salad!

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We headed to Tiffany’s to get my rings cleaned, then spent another 2.5 hours on the road to get home.  We made a few stops before going to my friend Alayna’s house in VA Beach.  She was home from CA visiting family, and we got  a chance to see her.

Sunday

After church, Michael and I headed down to see his parents and have lunch.  His mom gave me a 1000 piece puzzle to do, which is now my total obsession.

Do you go on a beach vacation in the summer? Have you seen the movie “Trainwreck”?

Weekly Update – 7/13/15 – Boring Week!

Monday

I really wanted to go to yoga, but I had so many things to do after work.

Tuesday

Its really hard to workout on nights that I was normally with Danny or Nicole :(

Did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Then I jumped on the ReACT trainer and did a minute followed by 10 pushups.  I went forward, side, side and back on the ReACT, so I did a total of 4 rounds.

Wednesday

One of my co-workers has been out of the office for a few weeks.  His wife has cancer, and they have been out of town for surgeries and treatment.  Now that they are back in town, they need meals.  Michael and I signed up to bring them dinner on Wednesday night. It was great to see him and check in.

Thursday

We went to the gym.  I wasn’t feeling too creative with the workout, so I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and some good foam rolling and stretching.

Friday

Friday was a rough day at work.  I was super irritable and couldn’t wait to get out of there and get home!  After we got home, we did a lot of laundry, shopping, packing and preparing for our mini-vacation!

Saturday – Sunday

THE BEACHHH! My favorite part of summer – going to Nags Head!  The drive took forever, as always, but I was rewarded with Spanky’s for lunch and got to go to a Brew Thru.  More on that trip later!

Protein Shakes!

Since we got married, Michael and I have made a commitment to overhaul our eating habits.  That’s not to say that we do it perfectly, but we are making some concerted efforts! One of the ways we’ve been doing this is by way of a meal replacement shake in the mornings.

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This is my current favorite recipe:

1 handful of spinach

3 medium sized broccoli florets

3-4 large strawberries

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

1/3 of a peach (frozen)

1/3 of a banana

3/4 scoop of protein powder

For protein powder, we’ve been using Organic Food Bar Vegan Protein – Chocolate.  This was Michael’s choice.  I have no problem with whey proteins, but he prefers something a bit cleaner and more natural.  I will say that it has a pretty fantastic taste.  If you want to know all the information on it, you can read about it here.

I’m not a huge fan of meal replacements, but this is a great meal replacement for breakfast.  Its nice to know that I’m getting some fruits and veggies in first thing in the morning.

Do you regularly drink protein shakes? What is your favorite recipe?

 

Weekly Update – 7/6/15

So something I’ve been learning recently is that while my health and fitness is important, my mental health is just as important.  I have been choosing to spend a lot of time with my husband and with family.  Sometimes that means I skip workouts.  For this season in life, I think that’s ok.

Monday

I wanted to go to yoga again, but life got in the way.  I had to go to the pharmacy and deal with some drama there, then had to stop at the store…by the time I got home, I was going to be late to class.  I did have a much needed relaxing night though.

Tuesday

I was EXHAUSTED on Tuesday.  I decided to take a nap and relax after work. It was not worth it to try to  workout as tired as I was.  Workout fail.

Wednesday

My stepsister was in town again with my nephew, so after dinner, I went over there to hang out with them.  Weston is so precious and I love spending time with him!

Thursday

On Thursday, I wasn’t really feeling the gym, but I made myself go anyway.  I did some warm-ups and foam rolled, then just did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Friday

On Friday night, hung out with my mom and some of her extended family that was in town from Pennsylvania.

Saturday

Michael went to Dover to play blackjack with some buddies of his, so I had the house to myself.  After mowing the lawn in the morning,  I did some cleaning and organizing, and then I totally vegged out the rest of the day.

Sunday

We went to church, then we had lunch at Taste Unlimited, which is pretty much the best place ever.  I had a sandwich with turkey, bacon, avocado, Havarti, lettuce, tomato and mayo.  It was yum! Then we went grocery shopping for the week.  We decided to take my mom and stepdad out to dinner to an Italian restaurant.  I got a Stromboli and only ate a 4th of it.  It was massive!

How were your workouts this week? What do you like to do when you have the house to yourself?

June Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #7)

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I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my horrible ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

I have Michal back! I love my stylist, and I’m so glad she’s back after May’s fix!

Item Number 1 –  Urban Expressions  Adelade Woven Fold-Over Clutch ($48)

I had asked for a silver purse to use for a wedding I was attending this month, and my stylist delivered!  This purse was too cute not to keep.  It is made by Urban Expressions, same as the crossbody bag she sent in my April #2 fix.

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt ($44)

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I liked the look of this shirt, but it was not very flattering in the tummy.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 –  Sweet Rain Rochford Button Down Blouse ($48)

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This top was super cute and super feminine.  I’m not a massive fan of see through shirts that require camis or tanks underneath, but this was perfect for work.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 4 –  Level 99 Marlowe Denim Short ($98)

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I had asked for a neutral, solid color pair of shorts.  Level 99 pants have been good to me, but these were too tight.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Level 99 Patrick Cropped Chino Pant ($88)

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My stylist sent me these Level 99 pants.  I hoped that I would like them….the olive green would be a new color for me, but these were very unflattering and showed every curve….not in a good way!

Vedict: Return

 

Overall Impression

I enjoyed the style of everything I received in this fix, but the sizing and fit was a little off.  I’m not sure why things didn’t work this time.  I’m loving all the purses she is sending me, but I’m going to have a purse problem if that’s all I keep!  I’ve asked for more tops for work in my next fix – so lets see how it goes!

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Weekly Update – 6/29/15

Monday

I finally reunited with yoga and it felt so good! I have lost a lot of my flexibility and some of my strength in my supporting muscles, but I was fairly impressed with my ability to hold my own! We did a good deal of core work which had me sore for a few days.

Tuesday

Last day with Nicole ever :(  It was hot outside and definitely slowed me down!

Three Rounds:

1. 20 suitcase deadlifts

2. 10 kneeling overhead ball slams

3. 10 renegade rows

4. Sled pushes

Wednesday

Wednesday was a rest day.  Michael and I cooked up some yummy lemon pepper chicken.

Thursday

This was one of the most disorganized workouts I have done, since I was trying to show Michael a few new things at the gym.

1. 1600 meter row (Broke it up: 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 100)

2. 10 KB swings (3x)

3. 10 Goblet squats (3x)

4. 10 Bent over rows (3x)

Friday

Convinced Michael to come to a hatha yoga class with me…but then we got there, and it was a Body Flow class.  It was not what I expected – I guess all the yoga teachers were unavailable.  He did enjoy it a little, so we’ll have to go back to a true hatha yoga class and see how he likes it.

Saturday

We didn’t really do any 4th of July like things on Saturday.  We had some chill time in the morning, then went out to lunch with Michael’s brother.  After that, we ran some errands, then spent some time with my dad and stepmom.  We went to bed fairly early while people were still out celebrating with fireworks!

Sunday

We had church in the AM, then we spent some time at my mom’s house.  My uncle and cousin came to visit from Pennsylvania, and my stepdad cooked up some ribs on the grill.

What did you do for the 4th of July?  Do you workout with your significant other?

May Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #6)

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Like I say every time – I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my horrible ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

So, I had a new stylist for this box, and spoil alert: I wasn’t a huge fan.

Item Number 1 –  Bancroft Kate Stone and Pave Disc Layering Necklace($34)

I really liked this necklace, but debated if it was worth the $34.  I decided to keep it.  As of the writing of this post, I’ve gotten a ton of wear out of it!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 2 –  Daniel Rainn Tolley Crochet Panel Top ($68)

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No, no, no.  Didn’t like this at all.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 –  Level 99 Cindie Printed Short ($68)

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The shorts were really cute and fit well, but the problem was the print was not me at all, and I couldn’t find anything in my wardrobe to wear them with.  I asked for them in a different color if possible.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Fun2Fun Baker Print Split Neck Top ($44)

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So the bicycle print top I loved from my last fix? This is the same shirt but with  a different pattern.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 –  Donna Morgan Divya Dress ($128)

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For the price of this item, I thought it would be great.  Nope.  This was the most unflattering dress.  I’m quite busty, so the dress just did not work for me.

Vedict: Return

 

Overall Impression

I want Michal back.  I appreciate that this stylist took some time to find items that she thought I would like.  She incorporated some things that I liked, but missed the mark on what is flattering on me.  I asked for Michal to style my next fix.

Advice: If you like a stylist, ask for them by name to keep returning.

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*