Wedding Series: 11 Weeks to Go!

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No video blog today, friends. Just words. I’m having an “insecure” moment and need a break from putting myself out there in the video world. No worries, “this too shall pass.” We all get there at times and it’s okay.

I have 11 weeks to go until I say I do! I had an absolute blast this past weekend with my soul sisters and best friends, the maid and matron of honor. They are blood sisters that I have known since the age of 2. It’s super cool to have two friends that I have been through every milestone with. I only have brothers so these girls hold a special sisterly bond in my heart! Okay, enough sap…  how fun is this?! We had a slumber party Saturday night for old time’s sake.  A girl is NEVER too old for a slumber party!

A few wedding details we decided on….

  1. Bridesmaids dresses! They fit and look beautiful so I have officially ordered them. I went with the convertible dresses from The Jersey Maid in purple.  They look good on all shapes and sizes! And the best part? Each bridesmaid gets to decide which style to go with (i.e. strapless, sleeves, halter, etc.).
  2. Couple’s shower! Matt and I were not sure if we wanted a shower or not. We are really set on having our registry be for charity. In fact, we had Dog and Kitty City (a no kill shelter in Dallas) register for items they need on Amazon. That will be our main registry/charity! I did, however, agree to have a “patio” shower on a patio. We will register for a few outdoor patio items AND still give the option to donate off our charity registry. The girls said I have to wear a yellow dress for this shower so I am a little giddy about shopping for a new yellow dress. I love having someone tell me ideas on what to wear. Feels like I have a stylist!
  3. Bachelorette party! It’ll be at the end of April in Ft.Worth. I love Ft.Worth’s downtown so much more than Dallas’ downtown. I may even bust out my Cowboy boots! No penis straws or blow up dolls for this bride… we are keepin’ it classy because my mom and her two friends will be there too (at my request). They are SO fun!! And my two high school buddies are helping coordinate it with the sisters. They are going to be a part of the wedding party as well, greeting guests as they arrive at the wedding.

An update on my health goals… sugar is so stinkin’ hard to reduce! My mind is starting to think of the sugar reduction as a diet and when I diet, no good things happen. I rebel. You follow? So, I am not focusing on any health goals this week in terms of nutrition. I am still not having much caffeine and will continue this, as it is now officially a habit. I don’t miss it! My fitness goals… I went so hardcore with Insanity Max 30 that I got tired near the end of the week and was NOT UP FOR IT AT ALL. I went back to walking and yoga. This week I am looking into an Insanity Max 30 and PIYO hybrid to try out for a bit. Will also continue with yoga.  You guys…. I am falling more and more in love with yoga!!! I want to find a local yoga studio to belong to. Luckily, I have a membership to Classpass so will try out a few studios before choosing one officially. Very excited about it!!

How was your week? And honestly, friends.. is the video blog from the past 3 weeks fun or boring?!? I can take it away, keep as is, or try to improve and make it better. I am thinking they need to be under 5 minutes IF I keep them. Any constructive feedback you have, I am all ears. Like I said, having an insecure moment with the video stuff. 🙂

Wedding Series Vlog: 13 Weeks!

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 Wedding series vlog time. I have 13 weeks to go! Below is the vlog to kick off this week and then below is my summary of it for those of you who would rather read versus watch. I get you both!

 

First things first, how did I do on last week’s goals?

  1. No sugar. Wasn’t too hard for me during the week, but snack attack hit Saturday evening and I had a sweet tooth so indulged in some Dark Chocolate Truffle Hershey Kisses. Yum! I decided to revamp this goal a tad… after I hit my “sweet” spot, pun intended, I think having 1 sweet per week during this Wedding Series will be JUST FINE! More than fine, actually. You know I don’t like strict do’s and don’ts with nutrition.
  2. No caffeine. Killed it! Decaf coffee and tea is just fine for this lady. I will keep this up. Granted, I did have a withdrawal headache the first two days, but after that felt good. I love that I can now be fully aware of my energy levels. With too much caffeine, I couldn’t tell if I had artificial energy or really was tired and could use a nap. I think it is important to check in with your body and honor what it needs so I will be keeping the no caffeine kick up!
  3. Physical activity daily. This rocked. I did yoga daily and am continuing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge on the Yoga with Adriene youtube channel. I’m on Day 9! I also walked outdoors most days. I incorporated two days of Insanity Max 30. I needed the intensity to burn off some energy and stress during the week. I will up the Insanity Max 30 for this next week.

One other thing I realized this past week is that it is so easily to eat differently on the weekends. Anyone else? I stay up later on Friday and Saturday so often get hungry after dinner and before bed. During the week I don’t really like to eat anything huge before bed because it affects my sleep. But, this past Friday, I was hungry once we got home around midnight.. had a breakfast sandwich from Jack In the Box. When I woke up, I was not hungry for breakfast so skipped breakfast. Then, had a huge snack attack in the middle of the day. It’s a chain effect. I don’t mind doing this every so often, but a better strategy so that I am still hungry for breakfast is to have something small in place of that heavy sandwich after dinner. Perhaps warm milk, a decaf latte, or even a little yogurt.

New goals to kick off this week based off the above:

  1. Have 1 sweet treat per week on Saturdays.
  2. Replace caffeinated drinks with decaf coffee and tea.
  3. Daily yoga coupled with at least 3-4 days of Insanity Max 30. Other days walking outdoors (or both). #200ByWedding
  4. Replace weekend after dinner meal/snack with warm milk.

I got a request to show pictures of a few of my meals so I will be doing that this week and posting for next time. I will also share a few of my favorite toning exercises. Stay tuned! Oh and I will be throwing in some of the planning process for fun… this past weekend we met with our officate. He was AWESOME and I am so excited to have him marry us. MK really liked him too. We are looking for something unique to do in place of a unity candle. Any ideas?

If you missed last week, click here for the blog post and recap.

Much love to ya!

Something New: Kettlebell Training

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Every once in awhile, you’ve got to try something new. Am I right?! It just keeps the motivational juices flowing whether it comes to nutrition, fitness, fun, rest, crafts, or anything else you can think of. So recently I have added in a new workout to my fitness mix… kettlebell training.

Have you tried doing a workout with kettlebells? I love it! I am instantly hooked. My first kettlebell workout was from Tone It Up and has moves that I continue adding in myself. The video is below for quick viewing if you need some fresh moves…. and if not, just skip on ova…

I am looking for other workouts with kettlebells too so if you know of any, shoot those ideas my way dear friend!

So what else is new? Well, with nutrition I am trying new ways to eat less sugar. I have a sweet tooth and am really trying to reduce my sugar intake. I have a feeling the sugar has been contributing to headaches and has intensified my stress lately so I’m going N’SYNC on those sweets… BYE BYE BYE! My dessert replacement is this sunball snack that I make at home. If you click on that, you will be taken to the delicious recipe from SimpleVeda.

With blogging, I am trying to video blog more in 2015. It’s not as easy at it looks! I did my first yesterday… and of course am now having all these doubts about video blogging, but I do think if done right they can be effective, fun, and simple! Just like I like it! We’ll get there at some point…

What is new with you? Have you tried anything new lately? Join the Fit Dish link up with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers.

Stay well, friends!

14 Week Wedding Series Vlog

 

Hello, dear friends! One of my goals for 2015 was to start vlogging more. I tried doing a couple vlog sessions last year for “Quick Tip Tuesdays”, but that only lasted 2 Tuesdays. I quickly lost momentum. But, NOT THIS YEAR! I have something to keep me accountable…. my wedding in 14 weeks. 🙂

I will be doing a 14 week wedding series vlog. (The first one is up top in case you didn’t want to read any words today.) And the point of it all?! To set health goals and be kept accountable. And hopefully other peeps will be inspired to set health goals too. We are all in this together! (For some reason, I had High School Musical in my head after I wrote that last part.. is that a song title?!)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy. This is my first time really doing a vlog series so I am hoping it just gets better and better. I will check in each week and provide feedback along the way… barriers, tips, tricks, reshaping goals, etc.

For my kick-off vlog post, I created an overarching mission for the 14 weeks leading up to the wedding. It is to have a happy and healthy frame of mind throughout the planning process and for the wedding itself. When I set my 3 health goals, I kept this overarching mission in mind.

My 3 goals for this week (and until I make them habits!) are:

  1. Reduce Sugar Intake: No more cookies, cakes, and candy for me unless it is a special occasion. I have been overdoing it in the sweets department lately and I am almost certain sugar has been contributing to headaches and stress. No bueno! So bye bye sweets. The only sweeteners I will use are honey and pure maple syrup if I need them atop anything.
  2. Reduce Caffeine Intake: Lately, I have been getting a TON of caffeine in the form of regular coffee, black tea, and green tea. Too much! So, I will be switching over to decaf coffee and black teas. I will also drink more herbal teas (especially Mint.. so good for digestion!) and warm water with lemon (it is an all day fave). Too much caffeine can also contribute to stress and headaches, which I don’t want (who does?!).
  3. 200 Miles by the Wedding: This is a goal set by the Tone It Up bridal edition and I totally dig it. My main forms of activity will be yoga and walking outdoors. But, to switch it up regularly, I will also add in PIYO, Insanity Max 30, and TIU toning workouts. Yoga and walking are my two cores because they double as a stress reliever and physical activity.

Since this video blogging is new for me, please feel free to share anything you would like to see in a future vlog post! I am ALL EARS. (or eyes, technically, since I would be reading it).

Have a happy, healthy Monday!

What to Eat Wednesday: Endangered Species Chocolate

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Indulge in a cause. I love that. That is the tag line for Endangered Species Chocolate. You can enjoy the pleasure of the chocolate AND the fact that 10% of the net profits from this company go to help endangered species.

I know you all like chocolate. Who doesn’t?! Or if you REALLY don’t, you know someone who does. So next time you are purchasing chocolate for yourself or a friend, consider purchasing this specific brand. I got two bars from Kroger yesterday for $2.99 total. It was buy one get one free. And, to not “over” indulge, I usually eat about 3 squares per day so these two bars will cover me for about 12 days. I think Dave Ramsey would give me a high five for that!

Okay, and since I do talk nutrition, I will tell you my tips for finding the BEST chocolate for your waistline…

  • Avoid buying brands with sugar as the very first ingredient. Chocolate should be the first ingredient since it is what you are wanting to buy (and is where the antioxidants are).
  • Aim for 70% cacao or above (FYI, cacao and cocoa or often used interchangeably). Obviously the higher the percentage, the better. But, not everyone can stand the taste of 90% cacao.
  • If you are not good with portion control, consider brands that have squares portioned out in individual packages.
  • If you are that person who swears by milk chocolate and just can’t imagine dark chocolate, consider eating it with a few almonds. That might be the key to helping you switch over. Your taste buds may just need that little help with the transition.
  • Savor each bite. Don’t rush through it. Enjoy the rich flavor of chocolate and you may find you just need a small amount to take away any sugar craving that comes your way.

I love plain dark chocolate, but often need to switch it up. This time I bought mint and one with cranberries and almonds. What is your favorite flavor of chocolate?