Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Workout Wednesday

How is it 2017 in just 4 days?! This year was a little crazy for me for workouts!

As you may recall, in June I committed to running a Half Marathon as well as the Twin Cities 10 Mile run. Now I was never a runner until I committed to running these two races. I felt so accomplished after finishing my long runs and completing that third time around the biggest block in the world. I also felt pretty accomplished after the races as well. I don't plan on doing another half marathon but wouldn't say never to another 10 mile run. The run was scenic, fun and at then end I didn't feel like I was dying (which is always a plus)!

After running my races, I really missed lifting weights. So what did I do? I jumped right back into it! I participated in the Katy Hearn Fall Challenge 2016 and got some great inspiration from some amazing girls! The challenge ended right before Christmas so for the last week or so I was just doing some exercised that I really liked from the Challenge. I also started adding in HIIT, either on the treadmill or on the stair stepper. If you have never done intervals on the stair stepper, I HIGHLY suggest it. You will be a sweaty mess by the end, be warned. I was doing this until now because....1 MONTH FROM TODAY WE ARE GOING TO MEXICO!!! AHHHH!!!


If you saw yesterday's post, I talked about how I started a new 4 week program that will finish just in time to head South. We will be leaving the last week of January and staying for 8 days. I cant wait for the sand and the sun. BUT this also means some bikini time. So DOWN TO THE WIRE TIME.

The program that I started is called Erin Stern's Elite Body 4 Week Fitness Trainer (talk about a mouth full!). It is a combination of cardio as well as lifting. I have done this program at least once before and I really liked how strong I felt afterwards as well as the definition I saw. Now as you may or may not know, the working out is the easy part for me. The nutrition is the hard part. The eating is what actually gets me. Most times I think, life's too short to skip that! But I feel like I have a new confidence inside of me to drop some weight. I would like to get down to 150 but that would mean losing 9.2 pounds in month and that is going to be hard! I have a feeling though that once I stop eating out and consuming so much sodium, it will help and I will get rid of some water weight.

So here is what I am looking at:

Starting weight: 159.2

Drinking 80+ oz of water. This is the water container that I use ( I have the blue one:)). It comes with a freezable insert that I only use sometimes. It definitely helps keep hydration up!
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Big Freeze 80oz Water Bottle

Eating whole foods with as little of processed food as possible. For example, this morning for breakfast I had a whole grain english muffin with an egg, egg white, 1 tbsp of mexican cheese and 2 oz of cajun turkey. It was really delicious honestly! For lunch I will be having some ground turkey with 1/2 cup of basmati rice and asparagus.


Not as good as the chinese place down the street but good for my waist :) Dinner is up in the air right now.

Getting 10,000 steps in. Most days, since I am no longer running long distances, I don't get past 7,000. My goals is to move more and eat less essentially. I have also started walking up and down the stairs at work to keep my blood flowing since I work at a desk.

Keep up with the Erin Stern program. This includes the cardio and abs part. On my days off, I may stay longer to put in more time as well in the form of walking or light jogging.

So there we go! I will update you on the next couple of Wednesdays with progress and how everything is going. I will also *probably* do a review-ish of the program. Talking about how it worked for me and the differences that I saw. Let me know if you want more information on it!

Linking up with AnnMarieJenNicole, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Life Update

Gooood morning everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting this month. It has been a whirlwind with all of the events and things going on. I am sure yours were/are the same! I decided to post a life update for those of you who are curious with what our household has been up to!

In the beginning of December, me and a couple of girlfriends hung out for the night. We watched some Gilmore Girls and ventured out for some dinner at the local bar. We ended up taking a bajillion pictures so these are couple of the good ones! I have had these glow-in-the-dark dinosaur pajamas for years now but this night was the last of them. I got them from Target from the little boy section (fyi). The zipper ended coming undone and ended up being secured by safety pins (although you cant really see them from these pictures).

I have also had some crazy work weeks at work this month due to having some use-or-lose vacation time. This allowed me to experience the new Cub right by our house. It opened on a Thursday (which I happened to have off) so I went there to check out the deals. One thing I have never seen before, purple and white asparagus! Have your ever seen it? They were pretty expensive so I didn't try them, but it was definitely surprising!

In the middle of the month, we had a work holiday party type of thing. I say that because it was after an all staff meeting where we had a potluck and some people participated in a gift exchange. I received this mug with a container of Starbucks Hot Chocolate. I haven't used the Hot Chocolate yet but I have definitely used the mug!

Other than that, our life has been pretty busy with weekend events. Here are some exhausted puppy photos. 

We celebrated Christmas with Bill's family the weekend before Christmas as they went to Vietnam for the 3 weeks. How awesome is that!? I can't wait to hear all about it! Then this last weekend we were planning on having my family come down from Fargo and have Bill's parents over for a little get together. Unfortunately we weren't able to make it happen as there was some nasty weather making its way through ND/MN and my parents didn't want to get caught in it. Bill's parents were still able to come over and we enjoyed some french dip sandwiches with homemade mac and cheese, salad and some homemade desserts. I will honestly say that I don't feel too bad after this weekend of eating. Probably has to do with going to the gym every day :) I am working on #deshedding for Mexico. We are heading out in almost exactly a month! If you don't remember, this is the place that we are going:

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There are 4 of us going and I think we are all ready for a little R & R. I plan on doing some progress updates on Wednesdays so make sure to check in to see how its going! I have a goal that I want to get to but don't really want to share specifically what it is yet (guess you'll have to check in tomorrow!). For New Years Eve, we are having a little shin dig at our house. We have some friends in from FL so we will all be getting together. It should be a fun evening of food, drinks and catching up!

Anyways, that is our lives. I hope that the end of your 2016 is going as smoothly as possible and if I don't see you tomorrow, I might not see you until next year!

Linking up with Erin and Katie!

Questions of the day:

Are you excited for 2016 to be over? 

What are your goals for 2017?

Any exciting New Years plans?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday

Happy December everyone! Christmas is in 24 days and 2016 will be over in 30 days! How many of you are ready to conquer the new year?? I know I sure am.

Since today is Thursday, lets go ahead and get random with Amanda and Annie today!


I found this decoration before Thanksgiving at Gordmans but I just had to have it! It hasn't found a home yet but right now it is sitting in our living room. I was able to get some Christmas decoration last weekend but am looking forward to getting some more this weekend. I think I am going to be hitting up Michaels and Hobby Lobby as I have seen some pretty good hauls from people lately! I may just share on here what I find :) I also should start on our Christmas gift shopping as well. This year we are hosting a joint family Christmas event where everyone brings a gift valued at $50 (and it should be a good gift not a box of rocks) and we will exchange. I am hoping that it is fun but I should start thinking of some good ideas!


This is what our living room looked like before the Christmas tree. We took the lamp out on the right and shifted the shelves and tv stand over to the left a little bit to make it fit. I talked a little more about our Christmas tree in Monday's blog. To update, Bruce has been *pretty good*. Has only tried to climb up a couple of times. My is usually there to save the day. 

3. Speaking of Mya, LOOK AT HER. Such puppy eyes all time. The first picture I got a couple of days ago. I think she was pouting about something. The second picture I got last night. She was just laying with me as I indulged in some tv. She can take some good pictures once in a while ha! She is starting to get her winter coat so her fur is quite fluffy now. She is panting about 90% of the time but I dont think she is too hot, just comfortable. She also still enjoys snuggling with Bill and I when we lay on the couch together. She also gets jealous when Bill gives me hugs. She likes to get right up in the middle of that situation!

4. Nothing too big planned this weekend! Run some errands tomorrow, hit the gym and probably some cleaning. I should get my makeup and our spare room organized one of these days (looks off into the distance). Then on Saturday, I believe I will be having some drinks and/or ladies night with one of my good friends, Amy. We always have a good time together!

Thats about it today! Hope you have a great weekend and I can't wait to catch up on Monday!
I will leave you with just a picture of Bruce so he doesn't feel left out of the post ;)

"guarding the tree"

Do you have plans this weekend? 

How has your Christmas decoration adventure been?

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?