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?