Monday, August 18, 2014

The Challenge to Eat Clean Each Week

So my family and I just came back from San Diego. It was a great time, we spent time with family and then Nik and I went to a work conference. Since I have not been to a work event in years or a conference in years I forgot how much they want you to eat. Ok maybe they don't want you to pound food all day, but I sure felt that way.

Margaritas before dinner



Since all the food was free I was going to live it up the 5days I was there. I think I ate every hour and then would drink wine/cocktails with a huge dinner after the day was over. I gave myself the time off of working out and wanted to let myself enjoy this time to eat and drink. The thing is by the 5th day I just couldn't even think of food, but because I had stuffed myself I woke up starving even though the night before I was so full I had a hard time sleeping.

I haven't given myself that much time off to go crazy in the last few years because I was always trying to lose the baby weight, yet I almost always used to binge like that with food when on vacation. Yes I had so many incredible meals but inevitably I over did it.

It sort of taught me a lesson. I normally eat pretty decent during the week and allow myself to have the weekends off but I don't go nearly as crazy as I did in San Diego. Ultimately this way of living combined with working out has helped me slowly get back to a good shape.  I ate so bad in San Diego yet the second I came home and went back to my moderation policy meant that my habits stuck with me, which is great. I just cannot go crazy like that, it just didn't feel good. Maybe it's because I am older and I just notice things more, or maybe it is because I lead somewhat of a healthy lifestyle and 5 days in a row of bad habits it just too much. In any regard it made me think more about taking my healthy eating further.

I am a snacker by nature. I don't eat big meals, I graze all day, and have smaller lunches and dinners. But I also just snack too much. The snacks aren't always filling and yes I hit that chocolate bowl too much at work. There is always room for improvement.

I also want to see more definition from all the swimming and Bar Method I have been doing. I know it is incredibly hard for me to follow a strict eating plan but what if I started working in more protein during the week and less snacky carbs, loose some of that water weight and fat.

That is where I found the site www.paleoplan.com. It is pretty affordable and I do cook dinners pretty often anyways. The gist is that each week you are emailed a weekly meal plan and workout routine. Since I already like my workout schedule I am more sticking to the meal plan. I like how I have easy access to recipes, and there is no searching endlessly on Pinterest for meals for the week (which I do every Sunday). Plus the recipes look very filling, easy, and good.



I love how you can find nutrition experts (Prescribe Nutrition-which is another fabulous program), meal plans, meal delivery options (blue apron), etc online now. It makes honing in your eating habits that much more affordable and easier. I will be starting to incorporate this plan into my life over the next few weeks and I will let you know if I can keep it a habit, see results, or fall back into my snacky lifestyle.

Are there any good programs you have tried recently?

Here are some pics from Coronado where Tom was too exhausted from a fun filled day to enjoy the beach.



Friday, August 1, 2014

Great New Denim and Tee Shirt Shopping Sites and Life Lately

www.dstldjeans.com
So I was looking through my closet the other day and realized I only had about 2 pair of jeans that sort of fit me right now. It's not like I went through a huge body change, I haven't dropped a lot of weight, but the Bar Method has helped me get back to my pre Claire state. With that said I had Claire about 3 and a half years ago and most of my jeans  I purchased in 2009 when I got married. Needless to say they seem dated to me. The jeans I purchased last year are comfortable but sort of get that saggy butt syndrome after a while of wearing them. Now that I feel more like my old self I wanted to invest in some really good jeans. All of this lead me to DSTLD Jeans.

The back story that lead me to these jeans came from one of the best tee shirt websites out there, Everlane. You cannot beat these prices. I am a huge fan of basics and there is nothing more basic then tee shirts and jeans. Everlane is a company that has a factory in Los Angeles and delivers straight to your door from the factory. According to Everlane buying straight from the factory has its advantages:  "In traditional retail a designer shirt is marked up 8x by the time it reaches the customer. By being online only, we eliminate brick-and-mortar expenses and pass these savings on to you."

I have ordered 3 tee shirts and 1 tank top from Everlane and I really can attest to the quality of the fabric. $15 dollars for a tee shirt that does not stretch out, doesn't shrink after you wash it, and is soft to the touch is just ridiculous to me. I love it, I love these tee's. They do sell other products such as sweatshirts, button down shirts, as well as bags. I plan on purchasing more items in the fall when the weather cools down.  You can find all these products here: www.everlane.com.

After getting tee's at a great rate I wondered if this was a trend in the clothing industry. When I found DSTLD Jeans I was so excited because it is a very similar concept so perhaps it is a new trend! DSTLD offers designer quality jeans for only $65. Insane! Not only that you can get a free trial at home. You can order 3 different pairs of jeans, wear them for 10 days, keep the jeans you like and send back the jeans you don't like. Only then will you be charged. Seriously so amazing. I never order jeans online, I have to be in a store to try them on because all brands and sizes are different. Even the same brand I am two different sizes. The fact I can test run these is great. Hopefully they will fit and look good because they will have a client for quite some time! You can shop or try it out for yourself here: www.dsldjeans.com.


Using a step ladder for our family shoot-Our Family the latest pic


Monday, June 9, 2014

Get Togethers Pulled Together Fast and Cousin Weekend








If you know Nik and I you know that we neglected to register for serving ware when we got married to have in our home. We weren't having that many get togethers in our apartment in Chicago so there was never really a need to have all the serving ware  it never really crossed our minds. Now however that is not the case. I love hanging out with my friends but throwing a get together is not my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong I love having people over, but I am not good at the whole presentation side.

For instance for Claire's 3rd birthday I contemplated having a birthday party at our house. After looking on Pinterest for a couple of hours I became so overwhelmed on all I needed for a party that I nixed the idea and instead we went for pizza.

But the more friends I make here in town the more I want to host small parties. I had the perfect excuse to throw a party when my sister in law came into town. She sells Beautycounter and asked if I would host a social. Naturally I said yes because I absolutely LOVE their products and how they lack dangerous chemicals. To shop her store just go to Beautycounter.

Having waited until the last minute I quickly ran over to Cost Plus to buy a few items as I wanted to make the party nice but I didn't want to go out and buy a ton of stuff. At Cost Plus I bought the table runner, and a water dispenser to hold some Strawberry Lemonade, I also picked up some paper straws. The flowers and succulents are from Trader Joe's. I have been into succulents lately  because its the only plant I have been able to keep alive. Plus they come in so many pretty colors. I bought them in small pots and when I got them home I thought they looked silly sitting on the table by themselves. Thats where those fun coffee mugs came into play.  They had the same color scheme and were decorated with pictures of our family. I used those to hold the succulents in the ugly brown pots. It gave the table another colorful element that received a lot of compliments!

I used some of the paper straws I bought at Cost Plus put some labels on them from Tiny Prints. I used those as decor for the strawberry lemonade.

The party turned out great. After we mingled around the cocktail and app table we moved to the living room where we heard the Beautycounter presentation. I was so enthralled with entertaining and listening to the presentation I forgot to take pictures with my camera. But you can get the jist from my iPhone pics.

A succulent in a personalized mug

Straws from Cost Plus, Labels from Tiny Prints

Aren't Peonies the prettiest?!







After the little party we continued with our annual cousin fun weekend! The kids did crafts that aunt Aerial purchased at Michaels and Nik and I enjoyed some wine outside before the real heat set in. Overall the party was a success, the kids had fun, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
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