Thursday, April 23, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 26

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Hi gang!

How's everyone doing this week?

I started the 21 Day Fix two weeks ago and while I'm not very good at following it religiously, I am seeing a lot of benefits from it. I'll do a recap if you're interested!

Even though I snacked a little and ate a sandwich last week, I have steered clear from alcohol, pop and desserts for more than two weeks. Also, and this is a big one, I did not participate in the endless free beer and pizza on Friday with my co-workers. It was such a beautiful day and we ate on the patio of a fun restaurant, but I had salad and soda water. That's it. I am still patting myself on the back for that one.

This morning on 21 Day Fix was leg day. I love leg day. Then I remembered that I didn't do a workout for the blog this week so I found some arm exercises. Check this out, gang! It's a doozy!

Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.

Weekly Workout:


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How I made it harder: Considering I already did my official workout of the day, I didn't add anything to this. My neck and shoulders started to really hurt during this so I only did one round (I have neck/shoulder issues, so it's just me. It's an awesome workout).
Overall impression: Difficult after another workout. Arm day was yesterday, too, so I was a little sore.
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): Only about a 3, which isn't saying much considering I did a leg workout before this.
How I felt when it was over: So exhausted!
Would I do it again? Absolutely! I will definitely plan better next time, though.

Weekly recipes:
I have three for you this week! All tried and true!


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This Mustard Herb Crusted Chicken was delicious!

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These are pretty good! I wish I had a food processor, though. The blender and immersion blender couldn't quite cut the dates and nuts. Oh well. Worth a shot!

This is THE BEST, no guilt smoothie of all time!
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Is your mouth watering yet??

Weekly Motivation: 

I personally need to remember this, so I made a cute image:


Even though I don't eat perfectly healthy 100% of the time, and even though I'm not melting away the pounds like many people with more discipline can, I am making progress. I'd say I've made great strides toward a healthier lifestyle so far in 2015, so I need to consistently remind myself that I am not a fat failure!


Weekly workout sass:

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Have a good one!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Little Bit of Class Tuesday



I'm in the mood for some classy inspiration and thought I'd share my latest finds. 

Enjoy!


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And finally, a little quote I adapted:



Have a good one!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Lot of Lilly Love: A Tale of Two Targets



 Well I sure am a dedicated fan, that's for sure.

Gang, I'm tired. I don't know how anyone does Black Friday every year. It's simply not for me. I feel so ridiculous for being part of this experience, but here I am to tell the tale.

Let me paint a picture.
A colorful picture, mind you, but I wouldn't call it art.

When the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line was announced I was SO excited. I don't own anything from the beautiful, beachy line. It's simply too expensive for me to justify and the dresses I want (and there are many) very rarely, if ever, go on sale. The chance for me to obtain these pastel prints were in sight.

Little did I know the fight I would encounter first.

I did my research and was prepared. I was stoked on Saturday night waiting for midnight CST for the line to go live. Then I got on Twitter and the #LillyForTarget for the fun conversations I was sure to encounter.

Strangely, I saw links to products on the Target mobile site from influential bloggers. One after the other. Nothing was live on the site and people kept tweeting what they bought.

It was absolute mayhem and I was so stressed.

I downloaded the Target app, I went on the mobile site, I Googled the products to have them cued up for when it went live. At this point I was certain I wouldn't get anything. All of my planning came down to this?!?! I was more than annoyed. Soon the site crashed and everyone, even Kristen Davis, had issues. Target's President tweeted and said everything would go live at 2 am CST. I appreciated that he let us know, but still. I was so miffed that a select few people got products before the rest of us.

I wrestled with staying awake. I smacked myself for getting caught up in this frenzy of materialism. But I also put in this much effort, I might as well give it another go.

And so I waited.

Over the course of the next 90 minutes I flipped between my book and the Twitter feed. Ten minutes before it was supposed to go live on the site it started to go live on the app and on the mobile site.

The race was on.

I added things to my cart. It was deleted.

I added again. Spinning wheel of death.

I added on the app. Froze my phone.

Finally, the site flood gates opened, and I jumped on my quick opportunity to score some items. I was lucky to get three that were online-only items: the gold espadrilles, the one-piece suit and its matching scarf. Was I excited? Sure! Was I satisfied. Nope. I had my eye on dresses and I had to give it a shot at the store.

I was so jazzed that I couldn't fall asleep until 3am.

The Target a couple blocks from me (I know, so dangerous) opened at 8am. I woke up around 6:45. Woof.

I met my co-worker, who arrived before me. The line wasn't too long at this point, but the area went SILENT as I went to say hello. It was awkward. I wonder what would have happened had I actually cut in line, but I didn't take that chance. I assured everyone I'd get in my place at the end of the line. I hustled to it because the crowd was growing.

Luckily everyone was friendly (especially after I didn't cut in line). I was impressed by the store: they had security, they only opened one door, they described where all of the products were on the floor, they only allowed us to use the escalator single-file up to the store and they said that if anyone ran they would be asked to leave. They knew what they were doing. Bravo, West Loop Target. You kept the peace. Ridiculous that you had to, but still. Bravo.

Before I knew it, 8am was upon us and the race was on again.

My co-worker grabbed stuff for me, we met up and walked rather swiftly to the home goods. She kept going and I paused to get a couple dresses for my niece. Within five minutes virtually everything was gone. We assessed our loot and instead of replacing the items we announced to anyone walking by that we didn't want a couple of things. Women nearby instantly took them.

We were finished and out the door by 8:10 am.

I'm happy that what I bought for myself fit and I'm pumped for my shipment to arrive. I'm hoping the two dresses will fit my niece, too. I've seen so many things on eBay already and it's pretty nuts. So many people got worked up about it and I am ashamed to say I was one of them! It's so easy to get caught up in the hype.

Oh I should probably show you what I bought, huh? ;)


Shift Dress
Maxi
Toddler Maxi
One-piece swimsuit
Gold espadrilles
Scarf
Toddler Romper
Shorts
 
Needless to say, I won't be shopping for myself anytime soon and I certainly won't be a Black Friday regular in the future. This was a little bit much for me, but I can't wait to sport these colorful, preppy prints on sunny days this spring and summer.

Accompanied with curls and pearls, too.
Duh.

What about you? Did you buy into the hype? What did you get?

Have a good one!

Joining Meg's link-up!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 25

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Hi gang!

How's everyone doing this week?

I started the 21 Day Fix last Monday and so far it's going really well! Honestly it's been tough to say "no" to the free delicious food at my office as well as the treats I encountered at a shower on Saturday, but I'm happy to say I did it! Small victories, right?

(I say that as I caved and ate some pretzels during writing this Monday night. Ugh. I'm weak!)

I did a quick little workout in addition to my 21 Day Fix workouts for you Monday night (pre-pretzels). I strangely had extra energy after work on Monday (miracles DO happen, folks!) so I did the 10-minute ab 21 Day Fix workout followed by a HIIT workout...in addition to the workout I did in the morning. Whew!

Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.

Weekly Workout:


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How I made it harder: Considering I already did my official workout of the day, I didn't add anything to this.
Overall impression: It was over before I knew it, which is always a plus. However, those mountain climbers were brutal...but when aren't they??
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): Only about a 3, which isn't saying much considering I did an ab workout before this.
How I felt when it was over: Proud I did this in addition to my daily workout.
Would I do it again? Absolutely! It's perfect for traveling or for a quick pick-me-up!

Weekly recipe:

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Super excited to make this General Tso's Chicken recipe from the beachbody site. Hard to believe this is healthy, isn't it?


Weekly Motivation: 
Please watch!!

  

I relate to this new Better For It campaign so much! I love it!

Also, here's one from my page from my Motivational Monday post:



Weekly workout sass (the newest in my collection of Teddy adaptations):


Have a good one!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Bit of Class Tuesday!



I'm in the mood for some classy fashion inspiration and thought I'd share my latest finds. 

Enjoy!


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Don't you just love Emma? She's amazing!


And finally, a little quote I adapted:



Have a good one!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 24

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Hi gang!

How's everyone doing this week?

I started the 21 Day Fix on Monday and so far, so good! I'm hoping to lose some inches and pounds because I'm working hard and want to see the results. If I don't see any I'll be so mad lol

Even though this program includes daily exercises, I still promise to do a little workout every week to share with you! This week's was great!

Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.


Weekly Workout:
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How I made it harder: No knees on the push-ups!
Overall impression: This was super quick and made me feel great when I was finished. I was happy there were only 5 Burpees, too! hehe
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): I didn't start to sweat until after the push-ups. Those always get me! I'd say about a 5 by the end. Not bad for 15 minutes!
How I felt when it was over: I wish I would have had time for more, but it was a great way to start the day.
Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Weekly recipe:


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I'm so excited this recipe has all of the color-coded portion containers listed to make it easier. I'm definitely going to make this for myself! Yum!


Weekly motivation
 I love this image so much:

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Weekly workout sass (sort of...it's the latest in my attempt to learn Photoshop):



Being sore after a workout is the best!! :)


Have a good one!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Little Bit of Class Tuesday!



I'm in the mood for some flowy, whimsical and classy looks for spring and events. 
Here are a few for your day:



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And here's a quote I adapted (I'm teaching myself Photoshop!):


Have a good one!