Pin It Party #3

 

 

 

I know technically it is the fourth Pin It Party, but I didn’t participate in the very first one, so this is my third. Thanks to Lindsay for hosting this wonderful round-up, I hope you find a post you love while you are here! You can check my first and second posts if you have the time.

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So what is a Pin It Party? I share five of my favorite pin worthy posts with you, and link up on Lindsay’s blog. Once you write a post make sure you pin 5 blogs posts to support your fellow bloggers! Click on the photos to get to the post.

1. Toddler Time Workout

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A quick and sweaty workout at home!

2. Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Koulourakia

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3. Stocking Stuffer Guide for the Host

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I know the holidays are over, but these are fun gifts to keep in your back pocket when you need to give a gift to someone who loves to cook, bake, host or all of the above. All of these items are under $20 so it won’t break the bank either!

4. My Favorite Books of 2013

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I made reading more of a priority in 2013 and I picked 5 books that I read that I absolutely loved.

5. Cold Weather Necessities

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I have extremely dry skin, couple that with this dry winter air and the coldness of the polar vortex? I have been employing every strategy possible to keep my skin from cracking and bleeding.

Elf 4 Health: Round One

Right now we are moving into our new house and it is hopefully going very smooth, even with the rain that is predicted.

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I’m coming for you!

I have an awesome week and a half of guest posts lined up, so I hope you come back and show some love! Before we get to those I want to show some love for the wonderful Elf 4 Health project that Lindsay and Elle started.

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I got paired up with the awesome, Leila from Spinach and Skittles. We, scarily, had a ton in common. Both teachers, she has a little one, I have B. Plus, we were able to bond over the fact that I am currently living with my in-laws and she lived with hers prior to moving into her house. It was great to talk to someone who understood exactly what I was going through.

Note: I love my in-laws, it’s just hard being in someone else’s house.

So what were the challenges?

WEEK ONE

Monday: Go meatless

I had my usual breakfast of oatmeal and peanut butter. Lunch was salad and Dinner was spinach and rice, salad and beans.

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Tuesday: Send a handwritten card or note

I wrote a letter to my sister, she has yet to receive it so I will leave it at that.

Wednesday: Try a new workout

I didn’t do terribly great with this one. I took B for a walk around the mall and did some walking lunges and squats, while it was a new workout, it wasn’t what I would quantify as a real workout.

Thursday: Get up 15 minutes early and meditate

Fail. B had been waking up a lot because of teething, I slept in as late as he did.

Friday: How many colors can you eat.

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Breakfast was the usual oatmeal.

Snack 1: was Greek yogurt with Honey.

Lunch: 1/2 slice of turkey, 1 egg, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, a smear of avocado on sourdough bread.

Snack 2: 1/2 cup of spinach and rice

Dinner: Chicken Noodle soup with carrots and celery and a small salad with grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes, eggs, cheese and peppers.

Weekend: Clean our your closets and make a donation

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Since we just moved out of our condo this wasn’t really possible, but I did donate bags of stuff during our move. Counts right?

WEEK TWO

Monday: Track your fiber

I can’t seem to find that photo, grr, but I was able to get to 27g, not as high as I was hoping, but still a good amount.

Tuesday: Make your own salad dressing

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I always make my own. Leila was also kind enough to share some of a family recipe, I can’t wait to make it once I am settled.

Wednesday: Pack a healthy snack for you and a friend

Uh, fail? I packed snacks that night, as we would be driving to Boston the next day for only a few hours then driving back to CT, for Nick, B and I.

Thusday: Lift some weights

Again, a fail. We were on the road by 7 am, in Boston for a few hours. Then we got stuck behind a bad accident on the way back to CT (2 hr drive took over 4), so we didn’t get back until dinner time. Although I did carry B around all day on Thursday, so still sorta counts ha.

Friday: Wear no makeup

This one was pretty easy, I am blessed with great skin, as long as I take care of it. As a stay-at-home-mom I usually only wear mascara and lip gloss on a daily basis, so I went without.

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Lunch with B

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Out to dinner with friends

Weekend: Plan the next weeks meals and workouts

I needed this, moving into a brand new house with a toddler I need to be very precise on what to buy and what I am making so I have enough food and don’t waste anything.

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Meal planning while catching up on Nashville

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planned workouts – tentative, but a basic breakdown.

Unpacking counts as a workout right?

I think I did pretty decent, and it was nice to have someone to chat with and to keep me on track. Leila also sent me so many recipes that are simple so once I move I am not spending a ton of time cooking elaborate meals and can unpack pretty fast! So sweet of her!

I am looking forward to the next few weeks and I am matched up with fellow Bostonite, Lindsay, from Authentic Losing.

April Photo a Day, Week One

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Sunday, April 1 – Your reflection

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Me and B

Monday, April 2 – Color

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I think I need more color with my workout wardrobe

Tuesday, April 3 – Mail

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dirty old mailbox

Wednesday, April 4 – Someone who makes you happy

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Obviously this little guy :)

Thursday, April 5 – Tiny

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Tiny little fingers

Friday, April 6 – Lunch

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The usual

Saturday, April 7 – Shadow

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B’s shadow

Sunday, April 8 – Inside your wallet

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money, cards, and a few mementos

Lifestyle Changes, 1 Month Update

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I’m cheering mom on!

I honestly felt like I had slacked this month, that maybe I hadn’t done enough, or I ate too much when we went out. Let’s be honest counting calories at restaurants is hard.

Lets just start with the stats.

Weight – down 7 pounds!

Right Arm – Same

Hips – down 1.5 inches

Waist – down 3.1 inches

Right Calf – down .6 inches

Right Thigh – down .5 inches

Clearly numbers don’t lie. This is much better than I expected, and my inch loss in the waist was definitely surprising to both my trainer and I. The hard work is paying off.

I had a chat recently with some girlfriends, about counting calories, I have come to realize that I HAVE to do it. I can eat healthy, but since I am home every day the desire to snack is definitely increased. If I don’t keep myself accountable I will snack all day long. Even if it is healthy foods, they still have caloric value.

I think in addition to this “snack” revelation it is also important to note that healthy foods should still be eaten in moderation. Before I started counting calories I would eat healthy foods and wasn’t as conscious of my portion control because it was a healthy food. Check out this article from Shape magazine, that breaks down healthy foods and why it is still important to count calories for healthy foods.

In terms of workouts I have been running and mixing in strength training. I am trying to increase my mileage and train for some races.

I am a little nervous with what the next month will bring. We have a lot of obligations out of state and I am hoping I can keep my calories in check and my workouts strong!

In addition, I am super proud of Nick who has started to weigh his portions and count calories to lose 20 pounds and he is down 5.4 pounds, yay!