For Two Fitness Giveaway

I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing anniversary giveaway. During my pregnancy, I was honored to write a guest post for the For Two Fitness blog about running while preggers. Since giving birth  to my sweet Liz, my friends at For Two Fitness have been an amazing resource for any of my new mom questions and a place I go for fitness inspiration and motivation!

For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for their anniversary. Read the details below.

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There will be three winners of the giveaway prize packages. A grand prize winner and two other lucky ladies. Here are some details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy!

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Giveaway items:

  • Sarah Haley Fit DVDs Expecting More and Sweat Unlimited — prenatal and postpartum workout DVDs for fit mamas and mamas-to-be.
  • Kind Bars — healthy snack bars to fuel your day.
  • Maclaren Beginnings care products — oils, lotions, shampoos, and nursery/powder room products for both mama and baby.
  • GNC — a three month supply of prenatal vitamins.
  • Happy Family Brands — baby and toddler foods for your little ones.
  • For Two Fitness racerback tank and pair of pants or capris
  • Baby K’tan — stylish carrier to aid in hands-free baby-wearing.
  • Zensah — must-have compression leg sleeves. Relieve leg fatigue, increase circulation, reduce varicose veins, and get fresh legs.
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Wow, we are thrilled to have some amazing products for you to win with a grand prize worth over $600.
 
So, here’s how to enter:
 
Visit the For Two Fitness site to enter via Rafflecopter. Be sure you “Like” For Two Fitness on Facebook, and follow For Two Fitness on Instagram (@fortwofitness), to say up-to-date on giveaway announcements.

Things I’m Loving: April

Yay for the weekend!

Even though I had a pretty good week, I’m looking forward to this weekend, it should be beautiful weather here in Eastern Washington and I’m hoping to soak it all up. Oh and Lizzy has the most adorable Easter outfit…don’t worry, there will be pictures.

Along with my new plan for weight loss (I’m still planning it out, but this week has a been a great start) I’m hoping to spend more time blogging.

One thing I love seeing on other blogs are the “Things I’m Loving” posts so here’s my first official Things I’m Loving post…

1. Obviously, we have to start with this beautiful little girl!

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She looks so stinkin’ cute here! She was driving the golf cart with her Nana.

2. All Things Mexican Food. This week I’ve had shrimp tacos, Enchilada Soup (a couple of times actually), a GIANT taco salad, and steak tacos. All of it amazing-ly delicious.

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I also tried some new Blue Corn and Flaxseed artisan tortillas from Mission. And they are so yummy, they toast up perfectly. This is a big deal, because I pretty HATE all tortillas/wrap unless they are normal flour or corn ones.

3. $2 Hazelnut Macchiato. Yep only $2! And its all thanks to Safeway! They have a “just for you” coupon that’s good until April 22 and its unlimited! So you can bet I’ve been going everyday.

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Funny story….a woman saw me taking this picture and was laughing at me! Chalk that up to weird things bloggers do….whatev.

4. My house has a driveway!

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Our new house is getting close to being done, this week they poured the driveway and all the cement on the outside of the house. It has been really cool to see it being built from the ground up. We seriously, CANNOT wait to move and getting settled in to OUR home.

5. We got a jogging stroller!

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I’m planning to do a full review after we’ve used this a few more times, but so far so good! Lizzy & I have gone for one jog and one walk with this new stroller and it rocks! Its so much smoother than the other one.

6. And let’s finish it up with this guy.

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Such a great husband and daddy! He takes care of us girls! We LOVE him!!

 

Tell me what, what are you loving right now?

The Color Run

You guys!

The Color Run is coming to Spokane and guess what? I’m going! This is probably the coolest opportunity I’ve received as a blogger!

And this year The Color Run better than ever because….

Announcing the 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! We’re hitting your cities like never before… Amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag), Fresh music, and Color crazy race attractions. This is 5K Magic like only The Color Run can do.580613 574873962566653 444842236 n The Color Run

The Color Run is huge! I’m sure you’ve heard about it before around the blogosphere. This summer my friends and I are joining in the fun!

What exactly The Color Run is…?

The Color Run is “The Happiest 5K On The Planet,” you show up wearing your brightest whites and prepare to have a blast. There are color stations throughout the race where you get blasted with fun, bright colors! (The color is dyed cornstarch so its non-toxic, and completely safe.)

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 The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.

 

1239746 549350495119000 562121640 n The Color RunI’ve actually never done one these “fun runs” so I’m really looking forward to this one. The Spokane Event is on August 3! So far I’ve gathered 2 friends to go with me, but I’m planning to take a whole group of friends! The more the merrier, right!?!

I’m totally pumped! This is the PERFECT event for my friends and I because they are not super into running like me, but they still enjoy being active and having a great time! And Spokane is about 2 hours from us, so we can make it an all-day event and do a little shopping, have dinner, and relax!

If you haven’t signed up for The Color Run in your area yet, I highly suggest you do! Check here for the list of cities and find one near you today! And you better hurry because some cities have already sold out.

And to sweeten the deal, here is an awesome code for $5 off your entry!

Promo code COLOR5OFF will give $5 off a registration to ANY city. Important: code must be entered at time of registration, cannot be retro-applied. Also please type the code in, do not copy/paste. Not valid with other sales or promotions.

 

And you will get some of this sweet new Kaleidoscope Tour!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I am receiving free entry into the race in exchange for writing a couple posts about the event.

Ready to Change

Well I have to confess…

I’ve gained weight since having my baby. Yep. I can’t even believe it.

Errrr….. actually I can believe it because I’ve been eating so much junk food. I’m pretty positive I’m addicted to sugar and soda right now. Seriously, every time I go to the store I buy a Dr. Pepper and a candy bar. Its terrible. I’ve also become a frequent visitor of the drive-thru.

You see, all the sugar and soda is killing my teeth! I have super sensitive teeth and they are seriously painful right now. My knees are aching probably from the excess weight I’m carrying around. My back and tailbone hurt daily from sitting too much and poor posture. I just feel… blah.

Thankfully, I’ve been here before so I know how to fix it. I know how to lose weight, I really do.  I know that yoga and ab work will strengthen my back. And obviously, laying off the sugar will make my teeth hurt less. Its just a matter of actually doing it now.

Here’s the catch, when I lost my 50 pounds in 2012…I was working part-time and I wasn’t a mother. I was fueled by my then recent miscarriage and I was able really focus on myself. It was actually…dare I say, easy…last time.

So things will be different this time around, I’m sure it will be very challenging. This time I’m fueled by the desire to teach my beautiful daughter how to be healthy, I want to be the good example for her. I’m fueled by my desire to feel better physically. To wear the clothes I traded for maternity pants and extra long shirts. But I’m also juggling motherhood, my time with Lizzy is priceless. I only get so many hours with her each night, trading those for an hour on the treadmill is HARD. Seriously, hard.

I’m also stressed to the max.

So things are going to be tough but its worth it. I’m ready to feel better.

Next up, creating an actual plan.

 

[WIAW] Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Howdy there!

What I Ate Wednesday has easily become one of my favorite posts to write each week, if only I could remember to take pictures of my meals more regularly.


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However, I did remember to take photos yesterday and I have a really delicious recipe to share too!

I spent the morning soaking up some extra baby snuggles so I didn’t have time to cook my usual egg sandwich, but luckily I have a small stock of instant oatmeal in my desk at work.

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Cinnamon & Spice Oatmeal with apple chunks, walnuts, and extra cinnamon. Pretty stinkin’ good. Especially for someone who doesn’t really enjoy oatmeal. I have found that I prefer instant oatmeal/quick oats over rolled oats.

About 2 hours later I NEEDED a snack.

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I really like the Babybel cheese wheels. Although now that I think about it, I don’t even know what kind of cheese they are.

For lunch I reheated a leftover stuffed pepper (see below!), chopped up the outside, added some spinach and hot sauce and then stuffed it all inside two tortillas.

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Perfection! And a side of honeydew melon for something sweet.

Somehow my phone (its almost time for a new one) ate the rest of my pictures for the day. A trail mix afternoon snack, a another banana before hitting the gym, and my dinner. Dinner was shredded BBQ chicken sandwich with a sweet potato and roasted Brussels sprouts.

It was a perfect day of eats!!

Now here’s the recipe for the really delicious stuffed peppers I made last night! I was totally inspired by my co-worker who talked about making enchiladas for dinner, but I was really craving stuffed peppers. Combining the two was one of my best ideas.

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This recipe is very easy and doesn’t require tons of ingredients! And it’s meat free!

2014 04 07 18.02.05 e1397018276277 1024x1024 [WIAW] Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Peppers First chop up the mushrooms into small chunks.  Sautee them in a medium skillet with a small amount of olive oil. Just enough to keep them from sticking to the pan.

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While the mushrooms are cooking, you can prep the peppers. Chop of the tops and removed all the ribs and seeds. I also chopped up the little parts of the peppers and tossed them in with the mushrooms.

After your mushrooms are nice and soft, stir in the packet of rice, the enchilada sauce, and 1/3 cup of cheese. Mix really well.

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Stuff the mixture into your peppers and sprinkle a little more cheese on top. You can also put the cheese on top after they are done baking, or do both…like I did!

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Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees! Delish! I will be making this OVER and OVER again. Its that good.

I love the crunch of the bell peppers and the enchilada sauce added a nice spice. I loved the mushrooms too! I’m pretty much obsessed with mushrooms right now.

Don’t forget to link up your eats at Peas and Crayons!

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Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
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Serves 3
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Cook Time
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Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 6-8 button mushrooms, chopped into small pieces
  2. 3 bell peppers
  3. 1 package Seed of Change Spanish Style rice
  4. 1/2 can enchilada sauce
  5. 1/3 cup shredded cheese, plus a little extra
Instructions
  1. Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds.
  2. Saute mushrooms in medium skillet until soft.
  3. Add in the package of rice.
  4. Stir in enchilada sauce and 1/3 cup of cheese.
  5. Stuff mix into peppers, and top with a little bit of shredded cheese.
  6. Bake for at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  7. And enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: Chop up the top of the peppers and saute them with the mushrooms to use up the whole pepper!
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Two Months!

Guess who is two months old today?!

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My little girl is growing up so fast! Its so much fun to see her developing and learning new things everyday!

Elizabeth is one fun baby! She laughs and smiles all day long. She very curious and does not sit still, EVER! Once she goes mobile she will keep us on our toes, that’s for sure.

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She loves bath time! Never once has she cried during her bath. She always smiles and lays there looking around. She’s a very curious girl, always looking around for some thing new to see. She’s very good at tracking things with her eyes.

THINGS THAT ARE NEW THIS MONTH:

She always has her tongue sticking out!

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She’s very good at grabbing things. She always has a hold of a blanket, my shirt when I’m feeding her, or someone’s finger. Today she was holding on to her binky string, trying so hard to get it in her mouth.  2014 04 06 16.32.30 768x1024 Two Months!She loves to suck on her binky and on her hands. She loves to play with her hands, and hates it when I swaddle her in hands in at night.

2014 04 05 09.33.11 768x1024 Two Months!She’s very playful! And talkative… seems like she always babbling or making some kind of noise.

Sleeping. Just this week she seems to have fallen into a sleep pattern, I hope I don’t jinx it. She’s almost sleeping through the night. I put her down for bed at about 9 pm. She wakes up one to be fed anywhere from 2:30-4 am. The first time she slept from 9-4 I thought it was a miracle! One night she slept so well, I woke up before she did! I was almost worried she had stopped breathing. I’m really hoping this pattern continues for a while.

My proudest sleep accomplishment is that I lay her down in her own bed when she is still awake and she’s able to fall asleep on her own. If she does start to fuss I wait a minute or two before checking on her. Then I give her the pacifier and rub her back a little bit until she calms down then leave again.

Eating. Nursing is going pretty well. Her nursing schedule depends on what time she wakes up in the middle of the night but typically I feed her before work around 7:00 am, at lunch time (12:30 pm), after work (5:30-45 pm) and before bed at 8:30pm or so and then once in the middle of the night. She only nurses for about 10 minutes each time, although over the last few days she’s had some longer sessions.

During the day while I’m at work she gets bottles. I think she usually has about 6-8 oz of milk I’ve pumped each day. Last week we had to supplement with some formula because I couldn’t keep up with pumping, but I seem to have figured it out now. Thankfully, the formula didn’t seem to upset her tummy like it did when she was first born.

Pumping at work was extremely stressful and unproductive. I just was not getting enough milk on my short 15-minutes breaks. Finding a private place on regular basis was hard and I just felt miserable about it. I’ve changed my schedule to 3 longer pumping sessions one first thing in the morning, at lunch, and before bed. It’s made everything much easier and really seem to be doing the job. Although for whatever reason I’m unable to pump on the left side, I try and try but nothing comes out. So I just nurse on the left and pump the right.

Growth. I’m not sure how much she weighs. The home scale says 10 lbs 6 oz but I’m not sure how accurate it is because its just the difference from me weighing myself holding her and then without holding her. I feel like she should have gained more than one pound in the last month, so I’ll just wait to see at her doctor appointment on Wednesday. Where she will be getting her shots. yikes. Everyone tells me that she’s so tiny, but I just don’t agree! I saw a little boy last night who was born 10 days before Lizzy and he was much smaller than she was.

Here are some comparison pictures!

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Seriously, I love this little girl!

 

 

10 Tuesday Things

Hi there friends!

How’s your week going? Life has sure been insane around here! I’ve have so much to update you on…

1. This is my third week of  being a full-time working mom, and whew, its hard work. The first two weeks were pretty terrible actually. I felt like something popped up every single day that made me want to pull my hair out. Thankfully this week has gone much smoother so far. I really hope the terrible part is behind us.

2. We spent this weekend in Spokane with our really good friends! It was a fun family friendly weekend. Our friends have three seriously adorable girls and we had a blast taking them to the hotel pool and Sky High Jump (a trampoline place). The middle girl, Bailey, just loves Lizzy. She wanted to give her hugs and kept pointing out all the cute things I should buy for Liz. It was adorable! It makes me excited for when Lizzy gets to be a big sister…although that’s not any time soon!

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We took the scenic route! That’s Banks Lake out the window.

3. It was also a big weekend for first for Liz. She had her first hotel stay and her first time in a swimming pool! She did pretty great at both! The pool was a little bit chilly for her, she wasn’t sure what to think. She mostly like has the fish gene just like her Dad and will spend most of her childhood in the water.

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4. I jumped back into calorie counting this week. I’m not trying to restrict my calories or diet, I just want to be mindful of what I’m eating and not go overboard. Over the last few weeks I’ve gained a few pounds, I need to keep that in check. My current goal is eat 2,130 calories per day to maintain my current weight. I’m using MyFitnessPal again, so if you are on there find me! My username is ErinAliciaAlexander.

5. I also started a “couch to 5k” 8-week plan yesterday. I’m using the iPhone app called Ease Into 5K. The first day was 60 seconds of running, followed by 90 seconds of walking…repeat 9 times. It actually felt too easy at times, so I just ran through some of the walks for a total of 2:30 minutes of running a couple of time. 90% of running is mental, and mentally I’m already a runner. This app is designed for beginners so I think I will either find a different program or skip a few weeks.

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Post run sweaty face picture.

6. Oh and my run was extra special as it was the first in my new Asics. I really like these shoes so far, I’m hopeful that they are comfortable as my beloved Blurr33s. This pair of shoes officially takes the title of most expensive pair of shoes I’ve bought. EVER. I’ll write a full review after I put a few more miles on them.

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7. I’m really excited to get back to running, I have at least three races marked for this year. And I’m looking for more!

8. We are moving next month. Technically we should be closing on our house TODAY, but apparently the builders planned this great April Fool’s Day joke on us because its not done yet and we are very sad about it.

9. I’ve declared this month all about packing, cleaning, and saving money. We have a lot to do in order to be ready to move! I don’t want to be doing things at the last minute, got to buckle down.

10. I’m completely exhausted and going to bed NOW! My house is a mess and the dirty laundry is piling up but I’m going to bed.

Good night!

 

WIAW: eMeals Giveaway

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

I’m in a great mood this week thanks to some very special snail mail! Who doesn’t love opening fun mail? Plus I have an awesome giveaway for you today!

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A few months ago I started working with eMeals and its been awesome! Each week they send me a shopping list and seven delicious dinner recipes. Recently I switched my meal plan from “clean eating” to the “classic” plan.

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When I first told my friends on facebook about eMeals there seemed to be one reoccurring question.

DO YOU REALLY SAVE MONEY?

Well, I didn’t really know, so I decided to find out. The Classic meal plan allows you to pick a grocery store, to help you shop the sales. I picked Walmart. The Classic plan also had prices next to each item and grand total at the bottom.

According to my plan my groceries for the week should have cost about $78.

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I love that the plan included tons of fresh veggies! It also has me purchasing some frozen veggies which was nice, because frozen broccoli during the winter is cheaper.

Here’s a look at everything I bought.

2014 03 05 17.33.27 1024x768 WIAW: eMeals Giveaway Grand total: Right around $98 bucks. A little more than the list estimated but not too much. Blake and I easily spend $100 a week on groceries with no plan….then we end up hitting the store for a few things here and there. I’d would estimate that we spend about $150 a week on groceries, plus eating out 2-3 times a week. And the leftovers work perfectly for lunch.

$98 bucks for one week of groceries sounds like a good deal to me. The Classic plan has less “fancy” ingredients like fresh herbs and things that I don’t typically like to buy.

Now let’s talk about the meals I made….holy cow! They were delicious!

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2014 03 06 19.00.30 1024x768 WIAW: eMeals Giveaway The next day I made Shepard’s Pie! Delicious….not exactly pretty  but really good. I didn’t think I would like it with broccoli but it was yummy.

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I also made Ginger Sweet & Sour Chicken. This one wasn’t my favorite but it was still pretty good, but I wouldn’t make it.

True story, I planned to make all the meals but you know….life and the baby gets in the way of cooking. Just like now she only wants me to hold her and pat her back instead of typing this up.

So let’s get to the giveaway! My friends from eMeals want to give one of you a 3-months of FREE dinner plans.

Enter with the rafflecopter below! I’ll pick a winner on Monday 3/31 after 5 pm. Good luck!

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Don’t forget to link up at Peas and Crayons today!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. eMeals is providing a free subscription for the giveaway. All opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate links.

FMM: Would You Rather

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at LosingWeightandHavingFun.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Would you rather…

1. Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla. I love all things chocolate but not so much regular chocolate ice cream.

2. Coke or pepsi?

Neither! Dr. Pepper all the way. If I had to chose though I’d say Coke, however it would have to be vanilla or cherry never just plain coke.

3. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I like other people’s cat but I don’t want one of my own.

4. Summer or Winter?

Summer. The pool, the lake, running, warm nights, riding in the car with the windows down…all good things happen in the summer.

5. Early bird or night owl?

I’m trying to become an early bird, waking up 5:30 or 6 in the morning, but I’m really just a middle of the day kind of gal.

6. Baseball or football?

Meh, I don’t care about either very much. I do enjoy going to Mariner’s games and I loved that Seahawks won the Super Bowl, but that’s the extent of thoughts.

7. Glasses or contact lenses?

I wear contact most of the time. I have glasses and I like them but I prefer contacts.

8. Coffee or tea?

Both! I love coffee, and I love iced tea! I’m not a huge fan of hot tea unless I’m really in the mood for it.

9. Mac or PC?

Both again. At work I use a Mac and I love it for using my Adobe programs. At home I use a PC and its more confusing for me when I use Adobe but I do like it. We have an older Mac laptop that I use sometimes too. I think ideally we would get a new Mac laptop but they are expensive!

10. Roller coasters or not?

I love roller coasters but I haven’t been on one in a few years.

Sorry there is no pictures! I wrote this earlier, but  now its getting late and I’m exhausted!

Do Something Different (Week 2 Challenge)

I’m back! Three days in a row…could be a new record.

I mentioned the other day that I’m participating in an 8-week healthy living challenge hosted by Dacia, even though last week and the next several weeks are going to be VERY chaotic for me in terms of my personal life (work, baby, packing…etc.) I figured that this healthy living challenge is a good way to slowly get the ball rolling.

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The theme for week one was to do something each day that represented what healthy living means to you. To me that means eating lots of produce, getting a workout, and drinking water. Or at least those are the main bullet points to healthy living.

My Week One Goals:

  • Drink more water (64 oz per day)
  • Workout twice
  • Do yoga twice
  • No eating out

How did I do? Well I did drink more water…but not 64 oz each day. I went to the gym only once. I was pretty active today, but I wouldn’t call it a workout. I did yoga once, but only for about 20 minutes because Lizzy started crying. Lastly, I ate out….3 times….kind of 4, because my mom shared her Pizza Hut with me.

Whomp. Whomp. Big ole F for the week.

I’ll admit I let laziness and lack of will power control my week. It was an emotionally tough and stressful week, more workouts and a little bit of yoga could have really helped me to relax. Something I need to keep at the front of my mind when I’m really stressing.

The theme for week two is to do something different.

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I think I’m already off to a good start. This weekend I did my weekly grocery shopping at Costco something I never do because there is just two of us at home and we won’t eat that much produce. But we really NEED to be eating that much produce. I bought romaine lettuce, spinach, mushrooms (I’m currently obsessed with mushrooms), cherry tomatoes, little cucumbers (new to me), sweet potatoes, pears, bananas, and blackberries.

For many, many months now I’ve not been focused on cleaning up my eating habits so that’s my big challenge for the week. I’m going to eat produce with every single meal. I’m planning to have a big salad for either lunch or dinner everyday this week. I will also have fruit with breakfast everyday.  If I’m not having a salad lunch with be a veggie packed leftovers from the night before. Its going to be a challenge to make sure I eat all the stuff I bought before it goes bad, but at the same time it will be easy because I really can’t afford to eat out this week. And I REALLLLLLY hate throwing food out…money right down the drain. The worst part is I always end up tossing stuff out EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

I’m also going to drink only water (with the except of one cup of coffee in the morning.) ONLY WATER! NO DR. PEPPER! NONE. (This is me yelling at myself.)

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I will succeed this week! I WILL!

Now, my little pipsqueak is sleeping so I better get to bed too, her 2:30 am wake up call comes wayyyyy to early.