Can you believe it is Dec 4th already?… Seesh! Do you have most of your shopping done? I have about 75% of it done. It does become stressful, but if you have some shopping left, I suggest you go to Macy’s. There are having a “friends and family” sale and the prices are ridiculous… it’s like they are giving things away. My Dad and I made out big time yesterday. I got a winter jacket (Christmas present from my Dad) for $67 and it was originally $200! Score. Anyway, my other secret is Pinterest. It always steals my attention when it comes to DIY Christmas gifts and I wind up making things at 10:30 at night. Case in point…
Room potpourri. This was so so simple and smells delightful… warm and spicy, yet clean from the citrus. Perfect Holiday scent. What you do is pour the ingredients into a pot on your stove and turn it to a low simmer. This will scent almost your whole house. I recommend doing it during a party that has a lot of kids running around and you don’t want burning candles, but you do want a nice fragrance. Truthfully I made this one for my Grandmom. She is always complaining about the smell of her kale, broccoli or cauliflower when she cooks. I can’t blame her. I remember she use to cover up the smell with cinnamon sticks, but I think she will really enjoy the difference in this little concoction. Plus she doesn’t trust herself with candles. It was amazingly easy to put together, it took 10 minutes tops and I had everything on hand.
-1 mason jar… this was 16oz
-1 large orange
-2 nutmeg nuts
-3 cinnamon sticks
-2 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeag
-splash of vanilla extract or vanilla beans
-enough water to fill the jar after the ingredients are in
I just sliched the oranges up and then placed the ingredients in nicely so it would present itself well. Fill the jar will water after all the ingredients are in. Wala!
I will also fill you in on something fun Mike and I are doing this month to help keep our spirits bright (cheesy!)… “14 Days of Togetherness”. I read this on a couple other blogs and though it would be so stinkin’ fun! Other people are doing it for 24 days, but since we already have a couple Christmas parties, we are going to see the the Philly Pops Christmas and hopefully NY for the tree… we decided to shed some days off. What you do is think of how many days you want to commit to, write down an activity that has to do with the Holiday that you both can do together and throw it into a bowl. Each day you pick one and do what it says.
Some examples of ours are:
Take a brisk walk and look at Christmas lights
Take a Christmas shot together
Bake a batch of cookies
Call someone you miss and wish them a Happy Holiday
Watch a Christmas movie together with scented candles lit
Do an ab routine to your fav Christmas song
Etc….. I absolutely had to throw in some healthy ones!
We put them in the vase (folded up) and I let Mike pick one every morning before he goes to work. We actually look forward to it and it kind of makes you appreciate this time of year even more. I am even thinking of throwing in a couple that will make us “give back”. Buy a toy and give it to toys for tots… drop off food at a shelter, etc…. You should try it!
Are you doing the 12 Days of Christmas? I know a couple people who are and looking forward to when it gets a little lengthy! Let me know how it goes!
Someone had asked me if I am near my *healthy weight* that I was talking about a couple months ago. If you don’t remember or weren’t a reader, I had put on a little weight while getting the business together a couple years ago. Stress… it is an awful thing and can do some damage to your body if you let that stress eat you alive. I have been working (and not so much) at trying to get back to my normal weight and I am pleased to say that I am about 3-4 lbs away :) The trick is watching your portion sizes even when you are eating healthy food, to not stress, eat every couple hours and don’t be so hard on yourself. Yes, I have been exercising, but not like a lunatic. Sometimes I feel that when I workout a lot, my hunger is untamable. Moderation, as always, is key.
Have a great day my friends and do something healthy for yourself!
Happy December 2nd! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah if you are celebrating. My Thanksgiving obviously started with the “Fight the pounds you are about to put on” workout at BAWS. Phew, it was a hard one! The energy in the room was just amazing and everyone must have burned at least 700 calories!
There were 16 of us, but it sounded like 30 because everyone was cheering each other on and having a blast! Thanks for coming out and if you missed it this year, there is always next!
Afterwards, I geared up to eat at both Mike’s Dad’s house and then his Mom’s. Want to see the turkey at his Mom’s? Holy cow… it was 28lbs from Fresh Market!
Sorry the pic is a little blurry. That was one of the best Thanksgiving dinners I have ever eaten! And that is saying a lot because I absolutely love my Mom’s feast. Yes, I had two dinners and two pieces of pumpkin pie. Oye!
On Friday morning when Mike and I woke up, I exclaimed that I needed to walk in Pennypack Park. I needed some movement in my life! It was a glorious day… the sun was shining, the air was crisp and barely anyone else around. Well… except for these cute furry ones…
We stopped to try to talk to them, but they just stared at us like they didn’t have a care in the world. On our way back form the walk, we just about passed them when one let out a very short, “Bah!”… we took that as a “goodbye!”. It made us chuckle (the simple things in life). When we made it back from the woods, we went Christmas shopping and then ran home to clean for our Adult Hot Chocolate Party!
I went to the dollar store, Acme and the Spirits store to load up on Christmas mugs, marshmallows, pretzels, peppermints, various types of chocolates/cookies and finally liqueur. I basically made a whole spread on a Christmas themed table with candles and poinsettias topping it off. We made the hot chocolate out of basic whole milk and coca packets, but the real taste was in the salted caramel vodka ;) Yes, this is another reason why I made Mike go on a 3 mile walk with me and I hit the gym on Saturday. Mike was worried his male friends wouldn’t be into the hot chocolate (um… what??!) so he ran out to get his manly beer ;P It was a smaller party, but we wound up having such a great time! I really wish I snapped a picture of the table and apartment because it looked so cute, but I was feeling a little loopy and forgot. I actually only had one cup and that did the trick… besides I had work on Saturday.
Saturday after work and my workout, Mike, myself and his family headed over to Feeny’s. We had a blast checking out all the Christmas Decor. It took everything in me not to buy a single thing, but I succeeded. Sunday rolled around and we did a little more Christmas shopping. Hey, I have to say, we went into TJ Max off the fly and wound up getting a couple of really neat Christmas gifts! I was pleasantly surprised… I always forget about that store.
Today Mike and I got great news… Arcadia University is very interested in hiring Mike to rebuild apartments on the campus. I am crossing my fingers and toes this works out. We would be more than thankful. For the exciting news (and because we had a ton of browning bananas) I decided to make these cookies for him: ps- they are only 66 calories for each cookie!
Hope he likes them. And for me, clean eating has been brought back to life!
So, did you start the 12 days of Christmas?! If not, you better get on it! Have a great one ;)
I have been absent recently; I am so sorry! I have been super busy with the Holidays coming up, working out and trying to find new things to make our apartment more functional and fashionable (duh!).
I have been to a couple craft shows recently and can’t help but to think about Christmas before Thanksgiving. Ugh, bad I know. Mike’s boss has an annual craft show at his house and has a ton of artists come display their crafts. We went once and bought 10 things for $80! They were all gifts too. I made my Mom go back with me a second time because it was that great. We also stopped by Wood’s annual Holiday craft show, but just browsed. I love love love things like that!
For a treat Mike makes me hot chocolate made with almond milk and pours it into our oversized Holiday mugs. We already watched Bad Santa (not a fan) and have planned to go to NY for a day to see the tree. I have never been to NY during Christmas time and I am just ecstatic about going! I am afraid because there are so many stores and I just can’t not sing to the Christmas music they have playing for the shoppers. It forces you to buy cute things like this:
Dress up clothes for my nieces! I will go broke there! Anyway, you may be rolling your eyes at me, but no matter how hard I try to force down the bubbling excitement, the more it wants to erupt out of me. Let’s just not talk about Pinterest and searching “DIY Christmas decoration”…
I have been working out an average 4 days per week. I have been physically exhausted lately and that is about all I can get my body to do. But in all fairness, when I workout, it’s hard and intense. It usually leaves me whimpering for 3 days after from soreness. Case in point:
This workout Denise and I did on Tuesday. Holy muscle ache. This was a ridiculously hard one.
AMRAP 20 minutes
14 box jumps (we did it on a 22 inch tire)
21 kb swings (35lb bell)
Now, when you look at it, it doesn’t seem too bad. But when you dissect it… it seems horrible. But then when you actually do it… it IS the worst thing on the planet in that moment. I remember looking at the clock and it saying that we have only been doing it for 5 minutes. I look at Denise and almost started crying. By 10 minutes in, we had to take a break about every 30 seconds. Buh.
I am trying to motivate myself to do “Fran” before Pilates tonight. We shall see.
Wish me luck.
Function and Fashion:
Do you like this bed spread? I tend to migrate towards basic furniture/spreads and then spice it up with textured/printed accents (pillows, candles, blankets, etc). We recently just bought new carpets for our kitchen (we needly them so badly) and also bought 2 new “chairs” for our living room. I have quotations around chairs because they are a cross between a chair and an ottoman. The are so comfortable whatever they are and colorful. It spruces the room up. Anyway, we are trying to find new drapes next. Any suggestions on places to find ones that are fashionable, but reasonably priced?
Thanksgiving day class is at 9am $15 per head.
Groupon is now out 10 classes for $60
Keep your eyes peeled for an at-home December Challenge to keep you accountable during the month!
Do you know what you are doing for Thanksgiving yet? I have not a clue. I know I am spending it with Mike’s fam, but I don’t know what house we are going to and when… 2 houses are involved and maybe even 3 if we stop by quickly at my parent’s. I am just waiting for them to give me a dish and whatever category they give me, I will resort to this blog post to get the recipe. I am kind of hoping they want me to make the stuffing because I can taste test it as many times as I want ;) You can never have too much stuffing! I wanted to find healthy but unique recipes for stuff-yourself-day and I think I succeeded. Take a look and hopefully you can use them or they will give you ideas to be creative yourself!
Remember guys, the average American eats 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Make sure you don’t do that… splurge, but not that much and get in a good workout! BAWS Gym is holding a 9am circuit class. $15 per head! It’s going to be wild and there will be prizes to win! Burn the cals before you eat them.
Gluten Free Stuffing from the amazing Tone It Up Girls!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust from the Wonderful Oh She Glows
Roasted Stuffed Onions by the Talented Smitten Kitchen
Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Goat Cheese by Smitten Kitchen
Healthy and Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Wellness Mama
Sauteed Kale with Chorizo and Crispy Garlic from Health Magazine
Cranberry Apple Pie from Cooking Light
You know what I have learned over the years (I would say around age 24, 26 and today)… that diets don’t work and that you DO NOT have to do hours of cardio to keep your figure.
In my early twenties I would either run or do kickboxing to try to control my weight. I would eat about 2,500 calories per day and still be hungry. If I didn’t run at least for 45 minutes or do kickboxing for 1 hour, I would try to fit in an extra set of crunches before I went to bed or eat a little less at dinner. My mind was fixated on working out 6-7 days per week and to call it an obsession now, today, would be correct. Back then, no… it was my passion and I needed it to stay sane.
Why I say that certain years of my life I learned about what real health means (nutrition and exercise) is because I accidentally veered off track and found results that have proved my over trained self wrong. During the Holidays when I was 24, I had quit my personal training job and was desperate for cash. I started to work at the Body Shop in the Montgomeryville Mall (their products were organic and not tested on animals and somehow in my mind I related this job to health) and the hours were just nuts. I would work 10 hour days because they would hire young irresponsible people that didn’t know how to relate the clock, work and a schedule to one another and would either show up late or not at all. That resulted in myself working non-stop, never sitting and only eating when I had that chance to shove something in my mouth…every 3 hours. This also resulted in less workouts and a frantic mind. I finally realized that there was nothing to do about it, but try to fit in a 20 minute at-home workout while eating more veggies than not. Oh and the scale had no relation to me what-so-ever during this time… before the Holiday job… you bet. I guess you can say that I was consumed by this line of work and you had to hustle your tush to get credit for your sales in retail; I put everything else I knew on the back burner. One day, I went to put on a pair of my fav jeans and realized that they were baggy around my thighs… I zippered them up and they were baggy around my waist! Wait?! How the hell did that happen? I mean I was not running, only lifting weights about 3 days per week (20 mins at a time, but hard) and I was still eating what I wanted but in smaller portions (with a little more veggies than normal). I finally had a come to Jesus moment and realized that I was probably over trained before and was making my metabolism work overtime…. I had to eat more for enegry and to keep my growls in my stomach away. I walked in front of the mirror and noticed more muscle definition than ever before. Huh. Then it totally clicked…
Smaller portions + Weight lifting in fast short bursts + no scale + a lot of recovery = Happy body and mind.
Hours of cardio + a growling stomach that you can’t tame + scale + an insane outlook = Crazy, nutty mind and body
So, I went into the Holidays feeling great about myself, but then… once I got a new job, things started to change again. I had more time to workout, but I would have only one break in my day to eat. That meant that I would workout hard in the morning, eat breakfast, eat lunch and eat dinner. Since I was only able to eat 3 times per day and do so much cardio, my portion sizes increased as my metabolism did. Guess what this equated to…. Pissed off confused Julie. I had forgot all about my “happy body and mind” equation form earlier. I went to talk to some nutritionists about my situation and I realized that many people can tell you what to do and how to do it, but unless you put the thought and act together, nothing will change. So, when I was 26, I relived my age of 24 and put my actions and thoughts to work. I started to remember my days at the Body Shop and quickly lost 10lbs again. I ate clean, but still treated myself. The portion sizes are the most important. Plus weight lifting with short bursts of high intensity movements. I was happy with myself again. Let me preface by saying that I wasn’t happy because of my smaller size per say, but the daunting thoughts about having to workout and fighting myself to not eat an extra yogurt were not a part of me anymore.
Time slipped by and I started to open up the studio. I would be so busy/anxious that I would have a bag of almonds with me at all times because they were crunchy (that helped anxiety) and they were portable. I watched what I ate meticulously, but I was eating too much healthy foods. One serving of almonds is 14 nuts.. who eats only 14 nuts? I now do, but then I didn’t. That was my go to snack. So was other “paleo-ish” foods. I quickly put on 10 lbs because I thought I was eating the right foods so I could eat as much as I wanted (which actually wasn’t a crazy amount). Sugar was my enemy and my body actually was asking for sugar so some days I would naturally eat more than others because my body was asking for something I wasn’t giving it. 10 lbs came on again and I was left mad. I thought I was doing the right thing. Thank goodness for these lightbulb moments because I had one again and remembered that same equation. Then I said to myself, why the heck do you keep drifting from what works for your body? Stay there. And that is what I shall always do….
Smaller portions + Weight lifting in fast short bursts + no scale + a lot of recovery = Happy body and mind.
Lost more than 10lbs again. I am hoping that my little story will help you find what works… I am living proof and I am so grateful I had these moments happen to me so I can better empathize with my clients and know exactly what it takes to lose weight, struggle and finally find the “happy weight”.
This weekend was the Run For Stripes 5k at the Philadelphia Zoo. One word for that race, “Sheesh!”. The route was ridiculously hilly… steep little hills, long twisty ones… just nuts. Even though the course was a tough one, we all finished and did so with a smile on our face! These ladies signed up for the BAWS running clinic just 6 weeks prior. Some of them had never ran a race before and now have conquered a challenge they put their mind to. I want to congratulate every one of them and give them a cyber high five! This is a picture of myself and my Mom holding hands, crossing the finish line together.
We are in the blue and black. I decided to stay with my Mom during the race because of multiple reasons on my behalf (one of which, I like to push her!). I forgot my inhaler, I have not run in over a month because I was super sick and I was exhausted from the upset of losing my best fur baby (Jamison, my dog). Nonetheless, the course had some great visuals due to it being in the zoo and I felt good while I ran and let my thoughts wonder. Every person races for a different reason and has different tactics to help themselves through the finish line. For me, this race was more about reminiscing through old memories while being surrounded by wonderful people and awesome little animals. I am not sure what helped the other women get though the 3 miles, but I gotta tell you, they are tough cookies to conquer a course like that! Again, I am so so proud of them!
I want to send a special “Good Luck” to my client (and just an awesome person who has helped me through a ton) on her half marathon race coming up this weekend. You’ll rock it! Also to Katie, another client who is going to run her first marathon! Kill it girl!
The rest of the weekend I have been giving love to my 10 year old puppy (I say puppy because he looked like one everyday of his life) who I so sadly had to put down with his “daddy” on Friday afternoon. This blog is all about health, fitness and letting you guys in on how I live my life. You have been with me for 3 years and to not honor a piece of my heart on here would not feel right. I only wish he could come back, but life is a funny thing and gives you what you need when you need it. I feel that Jamison came into my life during a very hard time and has helped make me the person I am today. I say that because he was more often than not the only one who could make me smile when I was in a state of tears (he would always lick them for me), lonely or just having a miserable day. It was easy to reciprocate the love back to him and I would try to smother him in kisses, hugs, walks and snuggle time every second I could. I have never felt so special when around anyone in my life and for that, I am truly thankful. I guess life is telling me that I do not need him anymore, but to learn from all the things Jamison has taught me over the past 10 years. One of which is to love unconditionally.
A couple more things to talk about:
1. The BAWS Groupon is up. 10 classes for $60, that’s a 50% savings. Please print out your paid voucher and bring it in to validate it. Use it and spread the word!
3. Thanksgiving Day class at BAWS 9am. FightFit inspired and prizes will be given. $15 per person.
2. Happy Veteran’s Day… thank you to all who have served and is serving!
I so wish I had a video for what I’m about to tell you.
Tuesday night I informed Mike that he was going to be my partner in crime to t-p my parents house. (I had always wanted to do something on mischief night, but never had anyone who was interested. Yes, I’m still a teenager at heart.) I always know that I can count on him to do something silly, be a troublemaker or simply turn anything into a disastrous great time (saying this in the best way possible!) Of course, his reply… “Ok!”.
Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon. I had to run into Michaels Arts and Crafts for something small, but just like Target, I walked out with a bag full of stuff. They had a bunch of fun Halloween toys, crafts and learning games on clearance in their middle aisle. Great marketing. It obviously caught my eye and I decided to turn mischief night into something more geared towards my nieces. Whompy Whomps (Willow) is 2 and Whittle Bits (Whitney) is 6. They are at the perfect age to mess with. Before I proceed with the story I think you should know that I act like their 12 year old sister around them instead of their 29 year old Aunt. I poke at them, throw them around and start trouble almost every time I see them. Anyyyway, I decided to pick up some crafts, masks and little skeleton heads along with a bit of candy.
I came home and found a box to toss all of the goodies in. Over the box, I slid a black trash bag, tied it really tight and cut a slit in the top if the bag. When you looked at it, it looked like a big black box with a slit on the top… I also added, “Reach In If You Dare!… Happy Halloween!” I grabbed two rolls of toilet paper and the pumpkins we picked from the patch a couple weeks ago and threw everything into a pile.
When 9:15pm hit, Mike and I drove over to my parents house. We knew my parents would still be awake watching tv in the family room and we had to sneak around them. My family rarely uses the front door so the back was where we targeted. I found this photo of the back of my house… the only one I can find. Please look past the orange sticks, that was for a race I made up. Anyway, if you look closely, you can see the ramp and the back windows that line it. They were in that room watching tv.
We tip toed our way to the back ramp… my neighbors dog was barking up a storm and that made us nervous. I was first and got down on my hands and knees with a roll of t-p in my hand. I was trying to crawl my way to the top of the ramp to start making a mess with the t-p and work my way down. Mike was keeping a look out. Oh my gosh, guys. Several times, I stopped dead in my tracts because I was laughing so dang hard. My shoulders were bopping up and down because I was trying to “silent laugh” which is just ridiculously hard to do. Mike was shushing me now and starting to get nervous so he snuck around the grass to the top platform of the ramp and placed the box/pumpkins down. I have no idea how he did it with such finesse, but it was successfully done and that’s all I cared about. Meanwhile I’m still frozen in the same spot trying to calm myself down. Once I grew a straight face, I dangled, zig-zagged, knotted, whatever, the t-p around the wooden columns. Mike joined me and he finished the end of the ramp. We made one last glance at my parents to make sure they didn’t hear us and we were off. As soon as we were pulling out of my street a cop car went whizzing down it. I can only imagine that one of our neighbors caught Mike and I red handed with rolls of t-p and made a call. Thankfully, no one blew it for us. I was really excited to wake up this morning to hear what everyone had to say.
Around 7:45am I received a call from my sister and the two girls. Apparently it was a huge hit. The girls ran around screaming and petrified to put their hands in the box. Once whitney reached in and pulled out skittles, that sealed the deal. Many handfuls later, Willow reaches in and pulls out a large chocolate crunch bar. She exclaimed, “MINE!” and shoved it under her arm pit. She reached in again and pulled out a skull head. Oh man, that was the end of that for her… her fear totally took over and some tears shed! All in all though, they loved it! My poor Mom and Sister saw the surprise before the kids did and they kept it a secret… however, they had to ninja themselves off of the ramp by ducking under t-p and over it! My Dad had a blast snapping pictures of the girls figuring it all out. But, my Dad was upset that he didn’t hear/see us and says that he has to be more aware…. such a Dad thing to say! My Mom called themselves goofs for not hearing us get them Wednesday night!
All in all, it was a great way to kick off Halloween and to mix things up a bit. You need that once in a while!
Anyway… because I have a feeling a little candy is going to be slipping past your lips, I want to give you a workout to keep it from sticking to your hips!
Make sure to warm up and cool down!!
Sprint 30 seconds… burns 5 m&m’s
10 burpees… burns half of a fun size (tiny) twix bar
30 sit ups… burns half of a twizzler
10 pike presses… burns 5 nerds.
Repeat 5 times!
I apologize that I have been MIA for a while now. A lot has gone on in such little time, it’s blowing my mind. The new BAWS Gym is up and running! Last week was the first week I trained my clients in the new spot. Oddly, I kind of feel like I have been there for a very long time… almost like it’s home. I know that sounds strange, but I am taking that as a clue that it is “the one”. There is still more to do (electric, signage, advertising), but I am faithful that within the next month, the gym will be running like a well oiled machine!
I will post from time to time on here, but as things get busier, I can’t promise that my time will be dedicated to this. I enjoy blogging and I have missed it in ways, but I don’t know where I could have fit it in over the last month. The “brynathynworkoutstudio.com” website will now direct you to the new website “Baws1.com”, therefore, the only way you will be able to see the blog posts is if you google “bryn athyn workout studio blog” or you see it on Facebook under the company page. I am still trying to figure out how to change the company name on Facebook, so bare with me! One thing I ask from you, dedicated Baws Members, can you please help me advertise? I have noticed that at the last studio, only 5% of my clientele came from advertising/marketing. 95% came from word of mouth. Your mouths are needed… shout from the rooftops about BAWS!!! I thank you greatly in advance!
A groupon deal will be coming out very shortly. They were suppose to release the promotion two days ago, but for some reason, they are dragging their feet a little. I will be sure to share the news once it comes out on the blog and on Facebook. The deal is this: 10 classes for $60. Thats a 50% savings! Hop on that sucker!
FightFit 7:15pm (kickboxing and mauy thai circuits)
Tuesday and Thursday:
4pm Open gym (choose between 3 different workouts)
5pm Strength and Conditioing Advanced
6pm Strength and Conditioning All Levels
7pm Pilates and light stretching
As far as my personal life goes, I have been battling some type of sickness. It kicked Mike to the curb over the weekend (fever and all) and it got a hold of me, but more so just recently. My symptoms started last Friday, but have been getting progressively worse. Can’t I just have one transition of the seasons without getting sick?! Seesh! I think working morning till night trying to get the gym together did not help much. And have I been eating well? Meeeh, not amazing. I have been wanting eggs and toast, tea, chicken noodle soup, apples, you know… comfort foods. My portion sizes have decreased significantly because I have not been working out so my metabolism isn’t reeved like it normally is. Oh, and I have been staying away from alcohol. No bueno. I hope to rest and recover over the weekend!
Take care, folks! Have a healthy weekend!
Guh… I’m pooped. Yesterday was a normal work day for me and I was also in and out of MY house! That felt great. Mike got home from work around 5pm and I fed us ham with peppers, onions and a very small serving of potatoes for me. I munched on baby carrots while I was cooking because I was staaaarving at 4pm and chugged a bunch of water. I seem to be getting back on track with my normal eating habits. Horray! By 6pm, we were out the door to go work on the new gym. We worked our buns off and got a decent amount of stuff done. By 10pm, we started cleaning up and finally opened the door to our apartment at 10:30. Almost every night will be like this until everything is done… hopefully I can relax by this Sunday!
I came across an article on Fitness RX (which reminds me… Nicole Wilkins won back her title of Worlds #1 figure competitor!) based on a figure competitor who suffered from a herniated disc from trauma to her head. While recovering she had gained 30lbs. She is on her weight loss journey now and is kind enough to share it with the world. In this particular article, she writes about struggling with the number on the scale and how she mentally snaped herself out of self-doubt. I know almost all people have wanted to take a baseball bat to the scale at least once in their life, but as her story and many other’s will end up saying… it’s not about the number. Have a read:
Sorry I have been MIA. To say my life was ridiculously busy last week is an understatement. I think I wanted to throw myself on the ground and kick and scream like a little toddler having a tantrum. On top of work (I actually had to cancel a few of my client’s sessions because I knew I would lose my sanity trying to make everything happen) I had to get the new gym together and house/dog sit in Bluebell for my Godmother.
People may think I am nuts agreeing to do that during this time, but we actually didn’t know both situations were going to fall on the same week. I don’t know how I made it happen, but I did. However, it is now Monday, I have my normal schedule back and all things should be smooth sailing from here on out!
Over the week, we got a lot accomplished with the new gym. Our list looked long, but day after day things started to look up. Last week we had flooring delivered and my Dad and I beasted the mats in. All 125 of them… at 100lbs EACH! We moved, swept and placed those huge mats from 9:30 in the morning to about 5:30 at night. I still have no idea how we both muscled all of them in and arranged them as nicely as there are. High five Dad! I thank God he is in shape! We also started painting the walls and ducts, Mike is putting the fans, speakers and lights in, the new pull up rig is being delivered, the mirrors are being installed, all Verizon accounts are up and new bathroom flooring has been laid. We still have to finish all the electric, duct painting, pass the inspection codes and lug the equipment over, but I am hoping it will be 100% open by next week!!
I am not showing you what it looks like now, but I am please with how it is coming along. I want to thank Mike and all of his friends and family for coming out to help! I was in awe as to how many of his loved ones lent a helping hand.
Last night we stopped working by about 7pm and came home to shower, eat apples/cheddar cheese and plop down in front of the movie screen for Hocus Pocus! I needed a night of total relaxation and that’s exactly what I got!
My week of eats and workouts have not been so stellar. When I would run to Bluebell to let the dogs out around lunchtime, I would try to fit in a 20 minute workout. My Aunt has a gym in her house so I would either hop on the elliptical, hit the incline and resistance button up high and go hard for 20 minutes (follow up with abs) or I would do a short weight lifting circuit. I think I got in 5 days of 20 minute workouts. My eating has not been good. I was trying to live off of the food at my Aunts house, but that wasn’t really working as their stash was low. I had many slices of bread with peanut butter on it, cottage cheese and apples/cinnamon, cut veggies dipped in various dressings, pasta with chicken, honey nut cheerios and a couple donut holes from Donkin Donuts. I am not going to lie… I felt pretty gross by how much I ate for convenience and not for health. Last week I ate so many simple carbohydrates, I think I felt my blood sugar rise every time I ate. Now, my portion sizes were spot on (maybe even smaller than normal), but I still felt “off”. Here’s to hoping this week will be a lot better!!
What do you guys have planned for the month of October? Anything Halloweeny? I saw there was a groupon for Spring Mountain Adventures. You take a chairlift up to the top of the mountain and walk your way down it through a scary maze, then take a haunted hay ride back to your car. Sounds fun and like I may pee myself. Oye. I also am dragging Michael’s booty to the pumpkin patch. I have seen a lot of fun pumpkin art done with a small drill. Maybe time to try something like that?
Have a fab Monday, guys! Keep your eyes peeled for the opening of the new place!!!
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