21 October 2014

Lazy Days

Our boys sure do keep us on our toes!  We love them so much :) They make us laugh, they make us mad, but they always make us smile.  Here's Wyatt playing with Quentin's beloved fireman hat :)



Quentin is a huge TV fan.  I try to keep it to a minimum, but it's the only thing that will keep him occupied long enough to sit through his meal without bothering his brother and messing around.  So while watching TV while eating is a no-no if you're trying to lose weight, mindless eating actually works for kids trying to get through dinner :)  I'm not saying you should do the same ok!  So handsome, my little man.

18 October 2014

Fitness clothes

I went through a time where I was a little obsessed with buying new fitness clothes.  Of course I got them for good deals :)  I bought most of them from JCPenney's on sale with coupons, but I bought a couple of non-fitness tops that I wear to workout in from 579 and Groupon.  

I also got some from Fabletics.  You can get a good quality (and cute) outfit for only $25 your first time around.  If you don't want to buy in the future you can cancel your account or skip every month.  You can go through this link to get your own if you're interested.  I also made a tank out of a t-shirt and of course there's me sporting my PiYo t-shirt I got for completing the PiYo challenge :)  It's not my colors, but I'm still not sure about dying it. I need to look into it more so I don't ruin it.

16 October 2014

21 Day Fix // Week 1

I've been eating food from the special 8 Hour Abs Diet/21 Day Fix hybrid meal plan, which is eating the same thing everyday.  It's a big change for me because I love variety, but it's awesome for meal planning, which we haven't really done like this before.  

Albert is doing it with me, (workouts and all!) so it's been so easy getting his food ready to take to work and not having to worry about what to make for dinner is super nice. It's cheaper to buy a bunch of the same thing as well, but we've had to leave other food uneaten and rotting.  So plan wisely :)   I did get kind of tired of it after about five days and we switched it up for the weekend (still using the awesome meal plan and containers of course).

I really like the workouts, but boy am I SORE!   The nice thing is that they have a hard cardio workout followed by my preferable toning workouts for a few days, another hard cardio workout followed by toning and a blissful yoga workout on Sunday.  Seriously I have never been so happy to stretch out.  I am not a huge cardio fan if you couldn't tell :) I was kind of surprised just how sore I was considering I have been working out for a few months now.  My shoulders should be pretty awesome by the end of this because it feels like someone punched me in both of them.

So here's breakfast, lunch, and dinner for week 2!  



I highly recommend the dijon salad dressing in the 21 Day Fix nutritional guide.  So yummy!


We've been adding a little cedar plank to the grill and it tastes divine.  Best salmon I've had!  We had lemon pepper on it one night and it totally reminded me of growing up.  My dad is an avid fisherman and would grill salmon with lemon pepper all the time. We just used thawed freshwater frozen salmon and put them on tinfoil covered cedar planks.  Sprayed them with olive oil and sprinkled garlic herb or lemon pepper seasoning.

14 October 2014

Walkin' Wyatt

Guess who's walking?!  He's actually been walking since the beginning of the month but he's getting better and better at it all the time :) Wyatt turned 18 months on September 26 and started really walking right after that.  He is so much happier now that he can participate in all the running and dancing that goes on at our house :)  He LOVES to dance!

These pics were taken October 2:



Here are some more walking pics taken October 6:



On October 11 our neighbors had a yard sale so we walked over there and back.  Wyatt did not want to stop walking and kept walking right passed our house and threw a fit when I made him come inside.  He does this cute Frankenstein walk.  I like the middle picture of him in mid-air :)  He doesn't even look concerned.


Here's a little video of Wyatt walking if these pictures weren't enough for you :)

video

09 October 2014

Pre-school

Quentin started pre-school on August 5.  I went to see if I could sign him up on August 4, I was thinking it would start toward the end of the month, but they offered to have him start the next day every Tuesday and Thursday morning for three hours.  He was really excited to start, but the novelty wore off pretty quick and would always say he didn't want to go because he has to clean-up.  Welcome to life, kid!

He hasn't been napping at all lately and instead messes around in his room and sometimes destroys things, like a library book. I need a break during the afternoon so I decided to see if I could switch him to afternoon.  They had an opening for October so he started afternoon pre-school, which has been great for him.  He doesn't complain about going anymore and his teacher said that he helped clean instead of crying like usual :/  It's been good for him to go to school and really nice for us :)  

First day of Pre-school

07 October 2014

DYT Outfits // July - Sept

Since doing the PiYo challenge and losing 12 lbs and a pant size I've had to change up my wardrobe.  Luckily my mom gave me all her Type 4 clothes and she's small so I've had skirts to wear and don't look frumpy.  I have bought three pairs of pants (on clearance with a coupon at JCPenney's of course).  

I cut my hair shorter and it's taken awhile to get it looking the way I want.  I love the length in that I don't have to worry about it getting in my face ever, but I have a hard time wearing it two days in a row with out washing it because it sticks up like crazy after sleeping on it.  I can get it to lay down with a spray bottle, but it doesn't look as good.

I'm embracing my secondary Type 1 more with my hair since I can add more volume and it's been easier to do because I'm not fighting it to lay down.

My favorite July outfits:



My favorite August outfits:



My favorite September outfits:

06 October 2014

Playing Outside

Albert took these on August 31 and I didn't realize they were still in his camera so here they are!  Our boys playing on our playset outside.  So cute!  Wyatt has no fear when it comes to playing and I'm the one scurrying around trying to make sure he doesn't fall.


I love Quentin's face as he went down the slide :)  He still won't go down unless he's holding onto me, funny kid!

05 October 2014

Defining Myself

On September 11 I got my PiYo T-shirt in the mail for completing the Beachbody PiYo challenge. I didn't anticipate feeling emotional over a T-shirt, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment for doing something that was really hard for me and really life changing. It's like I got my diploma in the mail, but even when I graduated it wasn't this big of a deal to me  I really did "define" myself with this challenge.



It's not a Type 4, but I'm hoping someday I'll be brave enough to dye it black :)

02 October 2014

DYT Outfits // Apr-June

I'm still loving Dressing Your Truth and post regularly on my Instagram @dressingboldy with my new outfits.  I have learned so much about myself and others through energy profiling.  I just had an epiphany a week ago where I figured out that my secondary energy type is not a type 2, but a type 1.  This was a huge shift in my thinking about who I am and more importantly of what I am capable.  

It sounds weird, but I really do believe that we put limitations on ourselves that are totally mental. I was pretty nervous becoming a coach and I didn't know if I could offer my services and talk to people I don't know, but I just kept asking myself, "what's the worst that could happen?"  That's what my mom would ask me whenever I would be freaking out over a potential bad grade in school and it has helped me step outside myself and not worry about things. 

Knowing that I have a secondary 1 gives me confidence that I can talk to people and not be scared.  I can be silly and it's ok, I'm just being myself and that's who I am.  I don't have to worry about how I'm "supposed" to act, I can trust my instincts and be myself.  That's what Dressing Your Truth and energy profile is all about.  Just being free to be yourself.  Often we try to act like someone else because we think that's what people want, but really we attract more people when we are ourselves because they will sense that we are being genuine.


Here are my favorite outfits I wore in April:


Here are my favorites from May:


My faves from June:

30 September 2014

Making Dinner Fit in September

Things are coming along with my Brazil Butt Lift program and Albert often complements my behind :)  I'm also doing the 8 Hour Abs Diet, which is less of diet than just changing the time you eat.  It's by Melissa McAllister and it's free if you're interested!  I have lost another five pounds without really trying.  I've been consistent about working out for 30 minutes six days a week, eating fairly healthy, and drinking Shakeology everyday.  I feel really great with lots of energy.  I also had to buy new pants and my belts are all too big.  It's a good problem to have :)  I just feel so much more confident.

I'm also really liking being a coach.  Even more than I thought I would.  It was a little rough in the middle of the month, but it looks like my first big challenge group is going to be pretty great.  I'm excited to have my sister and sisters-in-law joining me to do the 21 Day Fix as well as some friends.  I'm also excited to try the 8 Hour Abs Diet and 21 Day Fix hybrid meal plan.  Of course I'll be posting about it.

I created a Facebook like page where I post healthy recipes.  You can like it on my blog or here.  Here are my favorite recipes of food I made in September.

One of my favorite sweet snacks is plain Greek yogurt with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips.  Yum!



I finally tried cauliflower pizza crust and it was good.  No gluten or grain and lots of veggies.  Don't forget to ring out the water.


These easy roasted sweet potatoes are surprisingly tasty for being so simple.  I like to make a batch of them and then warm them up during the week for lunch.


When you make this roasted banana make sure you use a banana you would normally eat, not an over ripe on, like I used.  You just cut it open and leave the peel on and spread peanut butter on and sprinkle mini chocolate chips.  Roast in the oven on 350 degrees until the chocolate is melted.  Yum!

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