30 October 2014

21 Day Fix // Week 3 (3 Day Quick Fix)

I'm DONE!! I love finishing a challenge.  It feels great!  Very few things make me feel better about myself than setting a goal and then accomplishing it and these challenges are a perfect set-up for doing just that.

For the last week I doubled up on my workouts, which was harder than expected.  I was tired and sore, but it was a good experience.  I'm glad to be down to one workout a day though :)

My favorite part of the challenge was the last three days when I did the 3 Day Quick Fix.  It is only to be done for three days.  You have six meals everyday with six proteins, two grains, and four vegetables.  So no fruit and no salt. It was hard, but I felt good while doing it.  I watched some videos of people reviewing the 3 Day Quick Fix and most complained that they were hungry.  I definitely wasn't hungry, but if I missed my two hour window it wasn't pretty.

I'd really recommend doing some serious prep work before you start so you aren't cooking all day.  I had actually gained a couple pounds during the challenge and I lost four pounds in three days (more than I lost during the 3 Day Refresh).

Here are my meals from the 3 Day Quick Fix:

Thursday:




Friday:




Saturday:



28 October 2014

Halloween Carnival & Trunk-or-Treat

Every year our church congregation (ward) puts on a Halloween carnival followed by a trunk-or-treat.  We bought Quentin a vampire costume, but it was too big so when I came across this construction hat I figured we could pull together a Quentin the Construction Worker (or engineer) costume.  

Quentin had a good time going around to all the carnival games and I enjoyed eating his donut and cupcake (I tried to share with everyone else, but they weren't interested for some reason).  Wyatt really liked throwing the bean bag and kept wanting to go back.  Too bad we didn't get more pictures!


After the carnival was the trunk-or-treat.  They had a trunk decorating competition but we didn't compete this year.  Just getting these really basic costumes put together was all we could manage on a Tuesday night (funny it's actually our Saturday night so we really don't have an excuse).  Albert had all sorts of ideas afterwards though so maybe next year!  

This is the one pic we got of Wyatt in his lion costume. He was actually really good at keeping the hat on and even gave me this nice smile :)  The boys got some candy, mostly dum-dums and smarties, but those are their favorites anyway.

26 October 2014

Balloon Fiesta Park

Every year Albert's work has a drawing for getting tickets to the Balloon Fiesta.  Usually you can only get them every other year, but since no one wanted to go they offered tickets to the Fiesta on October 12.  Like last year the only tickets available were for the last day of the fiesta on Sunday morning.  I'd rather not go on a Sunday, but it's really cool and it's free for us.

Unfortunately it was windy the morning we went so they didn't get to fly.  They tried to blow up the balloons, but even that didn't go so well.


They have an old firetruck to carry around the firetruck balloon.  It was something to look at while we were wandering around freezing.  We tried to dress warm, but a full coat would have been better.


As soon as one balloon started inflating there was a mass migration from all over the field to check it out.


Getting the New Mexico balloon up.


Here is a video of them blowing up the balloon:

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And another...

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This one started to go down the moment it got up.


Pictures from around the park.

24 October 2014

21 Day Fix // Week 2

Week 2 was much easier on my body :) I wasn't nearly as sore as I was during week 1. I haven't been as diligent about the diet and that's starting to become more apparent. I can see my muscles are getting bigger, especially in my arms. Albert has been great about working out and bringing healthy food to work. 

For breakfast last week we had berries and grapes and melon, but I didn't have the melon.  I like to mix my fruit with lemon juice and a little bit of stevia.  We had egg whites so I mixed in some green chiles to give it some flavor, and the roasted sweet potatoes had salt and pepper.  We also had Shakeology.



I really liked the lunch last week. By the end of the week Albert almost started to enjoy hummus!



For dinner we were supposed to have sirloin, and we did later on in the week, but Albert found some filets on sale so we upgraded for the first few days :)  The roasted Brussels sprouts weren't too bad.

 

23 October 2014

Balloon Fiesta from our Window

Albert took some shots of the balloons with his telescope from our bedroom window on October 10.  It's fun to see the special shapes :)  Everyone always says they're going to come visit us during the festival, but after three years I'm not sure if it'll ever happen.  The boys really like looking out the window in the morning and seeing the "boons" every morning for a couple of weeks.



22 October 2014

Wyatt's 18 Month Report



Wyatt had his 18 month check-up on October 17 and he's grown a lot! He now weighs 26 lbs 5 oz which is in the 50-75 percentile (up from the 5th percentile!!), and is 32 inches tall still in the 25-50th percentile.  I've noticed lately that it seems like he's filling out, which is the opposite of Quentin who was soo chubby as a baby and then thinned out when he turned a year old.  He's been eating a lot of food so it's no big surprise.  He'll eat six chicken nuggets while Quentin will only eat three.  He also likes to try our food on top of his food, he really likes meat and prefers salty to sweet.

He says a few words like mama, dada, thank you, no!, go!, ball.  He also signs eat, more, cracker, baby, pray.  He blows kisses and waves.  He likes to play with big lego blocks and cars.  Luckily he likes to clean up! He also loves to sing to the radio in the car and is a big fan of dancing!

Wyatt has been getting kind of sassy lately now that he learned how to say no.  He can be cuddly but not like Quentin. If he falls he doesn't really like to be held, he just wants to get back to whatever he was doing.  He's still a great sleeper and goes right to bed without any cuddles or anything and never wakes up in the middle of the night.  He's good at going up and down the stairs.  He also enjoys coloring.  He also understands a ton.  I can ask him to do something and he knows what I'm saying.

The doctor says he's doing great and we agree!

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 :)

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