Friday, November 6, 2015


Man, I miss me some TGIF TV shows.  Step by Step, Hang Time..... I also remember when SOMETIMES I could stay up past 10 to watch a little bit of 20/20.  Ahh.. to have a 10pm Friday night bedtime ha. 
The high of my week was completing the #mileaday challenge every day!! It really took all I had tonight to get on it after the kiddo went to bed.  I had changed into my workout clothes after dinner but we watched a movie, played dominos, legos and ate popcorn.  But I did it.  And I told myself, it's cool, just do a mile and be done, but I ended up deciding to run after walking 7 1/2 minutes and next think you know I did 31 minutes and over 2 miles!
I took this picture on Thursday morning because I knew it was probably my last pretty non snow picture of 2015... good bye warm fall.. 
The low of my week was my babe coming home from school and telling me her little buddy said she didn't want to be her best-friend anymore.  My kiddo seemed okay by it and said they were still friends and they still played but they weren't 'best' friends.  Yeah.  I kinda hate that kid now.  ;)  I did tell her that I didn' think that was very nice and I would find new friends because that's just being hurtful.  She's brought it up a couple times but really seems okay.  Thursday was also rough because it had been 6 years since my grandma passed away.  Then in other child deep thoughts she came out with.. "some people dont' have moms... why?" I didn't end up needing to get into details but it was still sad.
The book I’m reading is I'm trying to pick which book to start so that will be determined over the weekend.  Can't make up my mind if I want mystery or what.
For my workouts, I completed 
  • Sunday – 2 mile walk/run, 10 squats, 25 jumping jacks
  • Monday - 1.5 walk/run, 3 sets of crunches, 3 20 second planks
  • Tuesday – 5 min warm up, 1 min run, 90 second run for 20 total minutes, 15 squats, 30 jumping jacks
  • Wednesday – 5 min warm up, 1 min run, 90 second run for 20 total minutes, 15 squats, 30 jumping jacks, and then 3 sets of weights for arms
  • Thursday – 1 mile walk/run, 20 squats, 35 jumping jacks
  • Friday – 2.09 mile walk/run
The best money I spent was my delicious dinner at Ruby Tuesday's on Thursday.  I had the New Orleans seafood.  It had yummy fish and shrimp with a creole sauce.  Yum Yum.  They did sadly change up their salad bar and I wasn't as in love with it as normal, but still good!  And honestly besides that, Taco Tuesday, groceries and gas I didn't spend any money this week.  Oh wait.. I did make my United Way donation!  That is definitely money well spent!
My plans this weekend include I had a baby shower tomorrow and then I am hoping the weather is at least outside walkable for during nap time.  Then I plan on putting on my sweats and watching football.  Sunday I am making a meal for a friend's family as part of a meal train after a big heart surgery and meeting up with some people for donations for my work's clothes closet for clients and their kids.  I also think I am going to stop at Marshalls and Michaels.  Hoping that works out.  I do need to do a ton of laundry too.  Blech.  And clean the kitchen and bathroom.  And decide on Stitch Fix. 

What plans do you have for the weekend? What are your weekend workout plans? What book are you reading?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Indecison 2015

While in the shower after completing Day 5 of #mileaday challenge (woo woo) I was contemplating what I was going to post about today.  I knew I also had to try to decide what to do about my Stitch Fix box so I went to go look at my lovely box after my shower.  And I took pictures.

My indecision was helped as I touched and looked at them again.  I really liked my box.  I always like my box.  I've only really been disappointed once but then I got hooked up with my awesome stylist, Heather again.  My problem is always spending the money on alll the pieces.

This is the burgundy Anita skinny jean.  They fit.  They are soft and they look nice.  I'm not like these are the best pants ever.  So I'm pretty sure I will return them. Which stinks because I want colored pants but I just don't think these are the one.  Great color though.
This Lizzy Colorblock sweater is soooooooooo soft.  Like I ate itchy sweaters and this is the extreme opposite.  I really can't wear it to work though because I really only have black pants or blue pants and this is blue.  I could wear it with jeans but I'm also not sure the stripes across the middle are my friend. 
This dolman is probably what I will keep.  It's soft.  It fits and it's light enough I could layer with a cardigan or wear alone.  I have a navy problem lately and stitch fix isn't helping when they keep sending me blue shirts ha.  Then I keep the problem of what to wear them with!!!
This is a market and spruce chambray top which I AM IN LOVE WITH.  But it doesn't fit my boobs and I wish it covered over my butt better.  But I love the neckline. LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I am so sad this can't be mine.
I love this cardigan too. It's sooooo soft.  Love it.  But it's white.  I spill coffee on myself like every day.   I have a 4.5 year old.  It has pockets!!! And plus also it's kinda long on me and makes my butt look bigger.
The style cards.  I love Stitch Fix.  Yeah, it's more money and yeah, I love most of everything and then only buy one thing but my wardrobe is getting better! And my town still sucks for clothes shopping.
What should I do? Do you use Stitch Fix? I have a few more days to think before I check out and I am for sure gong to try on again tomorrow night but I was too sweaty / hot earlier.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

Nobody likes a bragger but I'm going to do it anyway.  I'm down 4 pounds since Sunday! Now while hopefully that was because I had out of control bloat and yuck from my period and I wasn't that heavy anyway, it is VERY motivating for me to see success.  A long way to go, but seeing that number going down is such a motivator for me.

This morning I tried out this new instant steel cut oatmeal I picked up last week.  I usually do a quick rolled oats in the microwave but it has not been tasting good to me and I know oatmeal keeps me full longer so I decided to try this as a shake up.  I liked it but I don't think the kiddo did.  Whoops.  She also had orange bell pepper and raspberries from our garden with a glass of water.  I drank coffee. ;)

a little gritty, but okay..
At my desk I sipped on my coffee and drank water while I wrote up a report and then I snuck into a Halloween trail mix bag a coworker made.  It was heavy on peanuts with a few goldfish crackers and even fewer pieces of candy corn.  I ate about half of the bag.
a similar bag because I didn't decide to post this until 10 minutes ago..

For lunch I had a small helping of leftover turkey spaghetti, carrots, celery, orange pepper with dill dip, yogurt, and a handful of chips with more water.
This afternoon I was driving around the country back from a home visit when I really needed to walk because my hip was throbbing and and so I stopped at a small town grocery and walked around and got an avocado to make guacamole with dinner and picked up an Honest Organic Peach Tea to drink on my way home.  It was delicious. 
For dinner since it was still like 70 degrees we grilled.  We told the kiddo that we were having sausages (she claims to hate hot dogs) but really we grilled hot dogs and made chili dogs.  I may have had two.  They were delicious.  We also had some chips and guacamole, peas, raspberries from our garden.
 After dinner we spent five minutes cleaning our bedroom where I was able to convince my husband to sell 5 pairs of pants on a local b/s/t page and donate a pair and donate a shirt.  Woot woot.
Tried on my Stitch Fix box pretties and I am in looooove.  I wish I had all the money to buy it all.  I got an AWESOME chambray top that I had an instant love for but it just doesn't fit my hips or boobs right waaaaaaaaaaah.  It's so pretty.  I love it all.  I know I will send back the cardigan for sure because it's a white color and umm I can't do that much white in an object. I spill my coffee on the daily, plus it's a bit too long.  But it is soooo soft. Major first world problems. I love my stylist, Heather.
Then I read some Pete the Cat to my kiddo, we did some stickers, watched some TMNT, read from our chapter book and she went to bed and I went to the treadmill.  Day 4 #mileaday and I did 1.31 miles.  Woot.
Now we are catching up on the CMAs.  And I am dying laughing at two of my faves Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
What yummy things did you eat today? Did you workout? Do you watch the CMAs? What are some of your favorite colored pants?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Today's wins..

1) I reallly reallly wanted a pop today but I was trying to hold out for 4 more pounds before I 'celebrated' with an afternoon pop (a bad habit I've taken up) but it was SOOOO pretty out that I didn't want to head back to my office after a visit yet so I swung by a 7-11 and got a SMALL fountain coke, a cheese stick and smart pop popcorn.  The win is the small coke (not a large) and the fact that I didn't get the snickers that I REALLY WANTED and would have usually gotten.

2) We had planned on eating leftover chicken and dumplings but my kiddo's new shirt came from zulily and it was pretty much our subliminal message all day and my husband called me on my way home for a 'last call' for Taco Tuesday.  We HAD to do it.  I mean it was meant to be. ;)

Awhile ago she was eating dinner at our friends house and they asked her what she thought her parents were eating.. she thought a moment and said, "Tacos! Cuz today's Taco Tuesday!" then she thought again and said, "Oh, bummer!" cuz she was missing out.. or so she thought hahaa. So now Tuesday basically = Taco Tuesday.  The cutest thing was when I showed her this shirt she read it to me immediately!!

So we went and had a fun family time.  The win is that I still got on the treadmill for 1.33 miles! While I don't recommend running after Taco Tuesday, I am glad I did it.  I did a 5 minute warm up walk, then did run a minute, walk 90 seconds for a 20 minute total on the treadmill.  I also did 15 squats and 30 jumping jacks.

3) I really connected today with a client who I hadn't quite made a connection with and that was a major win.

4) I got to start another chapter book with my little bookworm today.  We started, Dinosaurs Before Dark,t he first in the Magic Tree House Series.  I've always success with preschoolers with this series so I can't wait to get her hooked! We just finished, The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl and before that we read The Runaway Mouse by Beverly Cleary.  I can't wait until she's a bit older so we can read the Little House series!

What did you have for dinner on this Tuesday? What were your wins today? What chapter books did you read with your parents as a kid?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Five minutes a day keeps mama sane...

I just made a new saying that should go viral and be known for generations.... Five minutes a day keeps mama sane.. Or alternately Five minutes a day makes mama go insane.. either way could break a day I'm sure. ;)

I am so glad that tonight during dinner my HUSBAND was the one who brought up our five minutes of cleaning.  My insanity the other night may have shown through.  So we after we finished dinner we set the timer on my phone and set it work on in the kitchen.

My husband unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, my daughter took art supplies back to the office and put random toys away as well as threw things away for me.  I cleared off the table of random crap and wiped it down, took 3 folding chairs downstairs and put away the random goody bags from Halloween we amassed.  It was not clutter free at the end but it looks better and makes me feel better.

I cheated a bit and did the dishes that didn't go in the dishwasher right afterwards and wiped down all the counters again.

Tomorrow we tackle the living room.  I know it needs to be vacuumed so we will need to work fast picking up items from the floor.  We did a good job keeping it picked up over the weekend but there are Legos and old newspapers that need to be taken care of.

In #mileaday news, I completed day 2! I ran/walked 1.5 miles and then did 3 sets of 15 crunches and 3 sets of 20 second planks. 

yes, another yay I worked out selfie!

My feet were screaming at me this morning when I woke up.  I am fairly certain I have plantar fascitis and I really need to take care of it.  I was doing much better and then I go and move my body again.

I also drank a lot more water today and my head feels clearer and I am not as tired as I usually am on a Monday so I feel good about that.

And one positive of daylight savings? I was able to drive home to a beautiful sky and sunset.  I may not walk at night after work again for 4 months but maybe the sunsets will keep me through.

Do you still get the newspaper delivered? What's your least favorite chore? Did you work out today?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

#mileaday Challenge Day 1 Success!

I promise not to be too annoying this month but I am using my space to help me stay accountable.  I need it.  I knew I had gained weight this month so in typical avoider mode I did not weigh myself.  I made myself weigh in on Nov. 1st to see if I could see progress weight wise this month and I had gained 6 pounds since the last time I weighed myself at the end of September.  For someone who needs to lose, gaining that much in one month is completely not acceptable.  So here's to changes.

Day 1 - 2 miles, 10 squats, 25 jumping jacks

I did it!
I felt good at the end so I almost added in some moves from a challenge some other friends are doing but I told myself to slow my roll.  I need to not be too sore to keep on my own goal.  I have a plan through Sunday and I will add those in for next week.  It may not seem like a lot but from doing NOTHING to this, I feel like it's something. 
I did this on the treadmill and my plan for the day was just to walk but I got bored.  (Though I did finish listening to a podcast (Things You Missed in History Class) and listened to part of another (Undisclosed).  I did run a little.  Probably, 4 minutes worth. And I stopped around the 24 minute mark to do my 10 squats because my legs definitely felt like they needed to change the way they were moving. 
And I know better than to make all the changes at once but my house has been stressing me out lately so I made my husband promise me that the three of us would spend 5 minutes a night (setting a timer) in a certain room each night after dinner to help me feel better.  Monday - Kitchen, Tuesday - Living Room, Wednesday - Our bedroom, Thursday - Office, Friday - husband's office, Saturday - Kiddo's room and Sunday - Downstairs.  I left the bathrooms off for this week because I just cleaned them and told him we would adjust our schedule for the next week as necessary. ;)
Do you ever hit a personal stress level point and all the things need to be done then? I feel like this often and I need ways to not to be like this in all aspects. What workout did you do today? Any challenges you are currently undertaking?