Weekend Plans

John and Wallace are headed to Whitsett this weekend, but I’m staying home to have some time to myself and attempt to make a dent in the longest to do list ever. I’m really nervous for Wallace to go without me, I know he will be with his dad, but the only times Wallace has spent the night away from me, he’s been at my parents’ house. I’m going to miss my little man something fierce.

Here is my To Do List for the weekend.

  1. Finish 2 blankets I’ve been crocheting, one I just have the boarder to finish and then to block it
  2. CLEAN – everything upstairs and downstairs
  3. clean out my closet and list some stuff on Poshmark and Mercari
  4. see if my dad can take a shelf down – paint wall behind the shelf if he can
  5. paint the banister
  6. sneak off to Moe’s for lunch (I’ve been craving their vegetation nachos for weeks now)
  7. have dinner with my parents
  8. hopefully sleep in some
  9. Take Otis on a few walks.
  10. Laundry, never ever ending
  11. Buy a vase at Pottery Barn or West Elm (currently debating between two)

I’d like to sneak a run in as well. I’ve been doing “really well” losing weight, but started slacking this past week and ended gaining 0.8lbs back. BUT I have lost 22 in the last 2 years. Not as much as I’d like, but half way to my goal weight loss of 40lbs. For a while I was doing really well with getting on our POS treadmill in the evenings, but I got the flu, twice, 2-3 weeks ago, and am just now feeling better, so I haven’t been on that thing in almost a month.  I also noticed I’m snacking at work again, which is really bad! I was easily losing a pound a week when I wasn’t snacking at work, eating a sensible dinner and not eating after 8pm. After this weekend, I’m going restart that routine and hopefully I can shed these last 20lbs a lot faster than the first 20 took to lose. #fingerscrossed.

What are everyone else’s plans this weekend? With so much do to I am doubting I’ll have time to do any online shopping, but I’m going to try and squeeze some in because I’m in the process of organizing our pantry and under the bathroom sink. I have some organizational items picked out from The Container Store, but I want to try and find some more affordable options if possible. Anthropologie also got in some cute clothes and I’ve been itching to go there and do a bit of wandering in the store as well. We shall see how much I get done on my to do list. Wish me luck!

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Weight Loss

I’ve been trying to lose the baby weight plus some extra since Wallace was born. After I gave birth to my darling little boy I discovered, to my horror, I had 22 pounds to lose.  I knew this was going to be an up hill battle due to a lack of time and terrible eating habits on my end. Plus due to my c-section I had to wait a few extra weeks before I could really start doing anything. I started slow, just short walks and have steadily built up since. I really didn’t try to start losing weight until Wallace was 3 months old, which was both good and bad. It was good because, even though I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around it, I did have surgery. So taking it easy for 12 weeks gave me time to heal properly both inside and out. It was bad because I felt like I was 3 months behind on needing to lose weight.

When I was younger weight loss was super easy. I wouldn’t eat after 8pm and I’d run on the treadmill for a few weeks and shed whatever the extra pounds were in no time. Now that I’m all of 31 I’ve found it’s a lot tougher; especially when I can’t find the time to work out regularly. So far I’ve only lost 14 pounds, and I have a goal of 30. Half way there. Any weight loss is great, but I’ve always been very impatient when it comes to losing weight. I really want a treadmill and John and I have the perfect little room we plan on turning into a “gym” but the treadmill is a few months away. In the meantime I’m going to the gym when I can and my sister-in-law told me about these great videos called Tone It Up on youtube. Please try these videos. I was amazed at what a great work out they really are and how much I sweat! Most are around 15 minutes, so I usually do 3-4 videos when I work out at home. Personally, I love all their videos and feel great after each workout. The first day I worked out I felt great afterwards and work up the next morning feeling pretty sore…but I love that feeling! Why? because, for me, it makes me feel like I achieved something from my workout. That I truly worked some muscles. I’ve linked a few of my favorites below.

7 Day Slim Down

Total Body Slim Down

Lift and Tone Booty Routine

Fine Toning Arm Routine  

Inner and Outer Thigh Routine

Bikini Body Routine

A few other well known ways to shed a few pounds, no soda, drink lots and lots of water, get plenty of sleep, take the stairs instead of the elevator, eat your veggies!, and try fruit as a snack.

There is one other thing I’ve really been wanting to try, but just can’t justify spending $60 on right now. It’s the Work Out Waisted Corset from Waisted be Keke. Has anyone tried it? If so, what are your thoughts?

Scallops With Lemon and Spinach

I know I’ve been absent for a very long time; and I apologize for that. But I’m sure all the parents out there know how time consuming a baby is. That being said, I’m still working on losing weight (down 13 pounds! but I still need to loose another 9 and then after that 15 more). I have been combing the internet looking for tasty, but healthy recipes. I found this one and thought I would share because it looks amazing. I am not a huge scallops fan, so I’ll more than like substitute with a piece of Tilapia. However, my mom and sister like scallops so I’ll be sending this their way.

Scallops With Lemon and Spinach

INGREDIENTS

1 pound scallops
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced into thin slivers
Juice of 1 lemon
½ pound fresh spinach, washed, stemmed and cut into thin slivers
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Place a clean towel on the counter, arrange the scallops in a single layer on it and gently pat them dry. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for several minutes without browning. Add the scallops and sear on all sides until browned, about 4 minutes total. Add the lemon juice and spinach, toss and cook just until the spinach wilts. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4. Per serving: 150 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Weight Loss Tip: Snack It, Track It

Discovered this tip on my weight loss journey. It’s a duh, slaps forehead for sure, but it’s still a great tip. 3 years ago when I was trying to lose the weight I gained due to a side effect of a medication I was on I used this same tip and found it did work. I saw that I tended to eat more at certain times and found I’d snack when I was hungry due to boredom or because people were gathering in the kitchen at work snacking and I’d join them just to get away from my desk… I wasn’t even hungry! Once I started writing down what I was eating and when I was able to cut back on my snacking and the pounds fell right off.

For one day, track your current habits by recording what you eat and drink. It doesn’t matter whether you put pen to paper–or use a tracking site or app.People who are the most successful at losing weight typically track what they consume.

On your day of discovery, track:

  • What. List ingredients separately when you know them. For example, if you’re eating pasta with sauteed vegetables, include the oil or butter used in the pan.
  • How much. Estimate in tablespoons or cups.
  • When. No need to track to the minute, but you’ll learn a lot by seeing the difference between what you choose for lunch at noon versus 2 p.m.

The point is not to shake a finger at yourself for your choices. Instead, discover and experiment. What if you ate a little bit less–would you feel just as satisfied? What if small adjustments in the times you eat make a huge difference in your energy level, hunger or weight?

Losing the Baby Weight

Like so many other women out there who have just given birth, I’m struggling to lose that baby weight. I retained a stupid amount of fluids during my pregnancy, I started retaining excessive water around 23 weeks, and because of this I was unsure of how much weight I had actually gained during my pregnancy. I went to the doctor 1 week after having Wallace and learned I had lost 26 pounds! Obviously that was all fluids and a 8.5lb baby, but I loved knowing that my weight had decreased. Plus, I felt great having lost so much water weight and no longer having swollen feet and legs was just amazing.

Since then I have been struggling to shed those baby lbs. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I currently walk 1.5 miles every night (John and I take the dog and the baby for a walk) and a few nights a week I manage to slip over to my parents and hit the treadmill for an additional 3 miles of walking/jogging, and I try not to eat after 8pm. I know losing the weight will take time, but I’m impatient and want to get back into my per-pregnancy pants; so I started looking around for some helpful tips. My office has this great partnership with Redbrick which offers various “journeys”, a series of tips to getting healthy, losing weight, reducing stress, sleeping better etc., all for free! I signed up for the 21 Days to Lighten Up Habits and also for Weightloss. I’ll share helpful tips as I discover them. I know losing weight will primarily be a healthy diet, exercise, sleep (yea right, as a mom to a new born), and drinking water. But I’m positive I will find a few helpful tips that will help me lose stubborn pounds.

Below is the first tip I discovered on the journey. If you have any helpful tips please do share! Thanks and I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, ours was very low key 🙂

Be curious about how much you weigh. Explore how and why the number changes from day to day.People who weigh themselves regularly tend to lose weight and keep it off, with daily weigh-ins typically being more effective than weekly weigh-ins.

So for one day, weigh yourself. Here’s how:

  • Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Put the scale in a noticeable spot to help you remember.
  • Wear as few clothes as possible.
  • Yes, go to the bathroom first.
  • For extra motivation, write down the results so you can track.

Your assignment: Weigh yourself first thing on the first day of your Journey–and any other day you can.