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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Punching People is Frowned Upon


I love trying new workouts!  Working out has been a huge part of my mental health journey in the past 2 years as I've done everything possible to prioritize myself. And when a workout feels like a sweaty therapy session - even better!!


Boxing gyms are all the rage- boxing is one of the best TOTAL-body workouts you can do.
But for some, stepping into a boxing gym can be pretty intimidating (not to mention pricey).
But now you can have a boxing gym  in your house!

What is 10 Rounds?
View a video here
Basics:
  • 6 weeks
  • 5 workouts a week
  • 3 boxing workouts and 2 lifting workouts a week
  • Boxing workouts are broken up into 10 rounds- 3 minutes each, focusing on punching combinations and footwork that progresses throughout the 6 weeks


Joel will teach you how every move actually begins at your feet, moves up through your hips,
uses your core, and explodes all the way through your fists.
With every punch you use your entire body- scorching calories and toning.
This program is built around the simple and precise movements of boxing- without the impact!
You won’t be using a sparring partner or hitting a heavy bag- instead you will train the way real
boxers do- with shadowboxing! 

The 3 boxing days are combined with conditioning drills that help build:
-Power
-Speed/agility
-Endurance
The two days of weightlifting workouts include
-Upper Body to build strength and power
-Lower Body/Legs- since every punch starts at your feet
And of course, there is amazing music in every workout to help keep you moving and give you the
energy to keep going!

I tried the sample workout yesterday and it was so much fun!
Felt like punching someone in the face without hurting your hand or getting in trouble for it.
We all have at least one person we'd like to punch.
If you want info click here and I'll be in touch!


Monday, March 9, 2020

My 21 Day Commitment


I'm not going to beat around the bush here.  I'm nervous.

And I'm going to preface this post by saying, I'm not trying to sell y'all this.  My goal here is to give you a true account of what this cleanse is, how I feel about it, and whether or not I would recommend it.  I don't believe in promoting things I wouldn't use myself.  I'm at a point in life where I need a serious detox, but that's another post in itself...

I literally talked about doing this 21 day cleanse for months before I actually put it in my shopping cart.  Then once it was in my cart it sat there for a while.  One night as I lay awake around 2 AM I went to purchase and realized I needed to update my credit card info so it sat there a bit longer.  Finally, my boyfriend and I decided we would do it together and it arrived on my doorstep Wednesday - a whole 24 hours earlier than it was supposed to.

I started Sunday.  My boyfriend is doing it with me.
I've literally read the handbook that came with it cover to cover.
I spent all day yesterday prepping our meals for the week.

The cleanse claims to help you completely detox your body of the environmental toxins we consume by breathing in air or consuming the foods we eat on a consistent basis.  For 21 days we go caffeine and alcohol free.  We start off eating lean animal protein and end completely vegan.

I don't plan to go vegan forever, but there are a few reasons why I decided to give this a go.

For starters, the time that I am away from my kids is extremely hard on me.  Some of the ways I've started coping haven't been the healthiest choices for me.  I'm really good about practicing self care and self love, but I was going out a lot, staying up late, drinking more than normal, snacking a ton, and consuming crazy amounts of fried foods.  Just saying that out loud has made me realize I need to find other ways to cope with missing them. It's natural to miss them, but not healthy to suppress those feelings with food and drink.

The fact that I can acknowledge that shows I'm able to control it.  So I'm not concerned about it, but I am going to change it.  And I've learned that in order to get different results I need to do something different.

Also, over the course of this year I've added a little more weight to the mom bod than I care to see when I step on the scale.  I'm the first to tell you the scale is the devil, BUT I also know when my body is "happy" and right now it's a little too snug in my jeans.  So, one of the great benefits of this program is weight loss.  I'm hoping to lose 10+ pounds.  I'll keep you posted!

One concern, they recommend no intense exercise.  Y'all know if you follow me on instagram that I am adamant about my workouts.  They are my therapy!  So I hate that, but I also get it.  So today is beautiful and I plan to go for a walk.  Tomorrow I'll do yoga.  We shall see how I feel!



And today is officially Day 2...

I won't lie, the fact that there are 19 more days is still pretty daunting to me, BUT I am pleasantly pleased with a few things:

  1. I got the best sleep I've had in weeks last night
  2. The amount of food is so crazy I'm having a hard time finishing each meal
  3. So far the recipes we've tried have tasted awesome
  4. I haven't had any serious cravings...yet
  5. I can still have my evening caffeine free herbal tea
I guess I can say I'm excited and glad to be doing this alongside my partner in crime.  I'm still a little nervous, but doing this with somebody definitely makes it more fun and "doable" if that makes sense.  

Let me know if you have any questions for me!  I'm happy to answer them and give you my honest opinion.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Bathroom Remodel


A few weeks ago I shared my tub transformation, but I wanted to share the entire bathroom because I can't get over what $200 (I actually stayed under budget) and a little time can do to a room.  I mean, I went from builder's grade beige bathroom to a styling bathroom I'm excited to walk into each morning.

I have a rather large bathroom off my master so this was a bigger project for my first DIY, but after stalking Pinterest and Instagram and falling in love with some new (to me) bloggers, I decided why not?!  Also, I knew if I messed up I'd be the only one to see the mistakes since I'm the only one who really uses this bathroom anyway.  Ha!

Here's what I did:
  • Paint cabinets
  • Remove builder mirror
  • Replace mirror with 2 mirrors
  • Paint walls
  • Paint tile around tub
  • Wallpaper toilet closet
  • Update light fixture
  • Update bathroom fixtures 
  • Hang shelf
  • Decorate
Wow!  That's a lot when you start to list it out.  It took me about a month to complete the project, but I didn't do it while the kids were home with me and I did it all myself minus some help removing the mirror and starting the tile project.  

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom from Zillow before I purchased the house and a few I took just before starting the project.

You can see there really was nothing wrong with the bathroom.  It was nice and it functioned well, but it was just like every other bathroom in every other house in my neighborhood I would assume.  

I took the light fixture down and spray painted it matte black.  I opted to leave the glass globes off and purchased some fun lightbulbs to give it a more industrial feel.
I actually purchased a new light fixture for $12 at Habitat for Humanity and opted not to use it because whoever installed the original light fixture had screwed into the studs in the drywall AND used wall anchors.  It would have been a lot of patching and sanding.  So I opted to take the builder grade light fixture down, give it a coat of paint, and roll with it.  Spray paint is magic!

I swore up and down I wasn't going to paint because I have a huge love/hate relationship with painting, but as I was walking through the aisles of Walmart I saw a $21 gallon of pre-mixed paint and I just knew it would give me the biggest bang for my buck in terms of transformation so I went for it.  I don't regret it.  
The view from before (this is from Zillow before I purchased the house).

And the view now:
Such a difference!




I haven't tackled the walk-in closet yet and the idea of painting it overwhelms me due to all the shelving and such that is inside.  However, it's a wreck.  The house overall was very unclean when I moved in and the closet looks like it took a beating with black marks on the walls from shoes and such.  So, I'm trying to decide between peel and stick wall paper or paint...

Speaking of peel and stick wallpaper, I decided not to paint the toilet closet and instead created an accent wall behind the toilet using this $6 roll of peel and stick wallpaper.  It made a huge impact and took about 10 minutes to do.  If you've never used this before I would compare it to contact paper, but much easier to work with.  I highly recommend trying it!



Before and after: you see the huge impact it made.  The sign is one I found for $5 at Hobby Lobby.

The first thing I did, but the last thing to show you is the update I made to the cabinets.  This was time consuming, but so simple and has really inspired me to go ahead with my kitchen cabinets!






Monday, March 2, 2020

Week 4 Weekly Menu and Budget

I have a confession...  this week's budget got a little crazy.  I went a little rogue when I had the opportunity to go to Trader Joe's and stock up on some of my favorites.  Anyone else love that place?

However, I think it's okay to do those things as long as you are intentional about it.  I didn't randomly put things in my cart just because they sounded good and I didn't get 4 jars of mixed nut butter; I scaled back and got 1.  Haha - I know that sounds crazy, but I use to be the one with a pantry full of extras because I had fear of running out of anything and everything.  Not exactly healthy when trying to stick to a budget.  

At TJ's I picked up some frozen cauliflower stir fry mix and a bottle of General Tso's stir fry sauce.  I sauteed some chicken and added the stir fry to the pan after it was cooked through.  Then once it was all cooked I poured about half the bottle of sauce on top.  It was so quick and so delish!

I also grabbed asparagus, corned beef, salad dressing, mixed nut butter, some fresh flowers, and a couple of my favorite dark chocolate bars.  What are you favorites?

I did head to my favorite place, Aldi, to do the rest of my grocery shopping because let's be real...why pay $2.99 for strawberries when you can pay $1.89?!  Stuff is just soooo much cheaper here and I can't bring myself to pay other prices.  I'm spoiled.

Here is this week's menu:
Sunday: Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry thanks to new Trader Joe's finds
Monday: Mexican Date Night
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks (I use ACV instead of balsamic)
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday:Movie/Pizza Night with friends
Saturday: Hawaiian Ham Sliders

What's on your menu this week?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Week 3: Weekly Menu and Grocery Budget

Sorry for the delay on posting this; I went to a friends' house over the weekend and they sent me home with some leftovers so I ended up moving my menu around a bit and wanted to edit before I shared.

Y'all, in case I haven't made it clear - this has been life changing!
You can find Week 1 and Week 2 here and here.

Let me say it louder for the people in the back, making a weekly menu and following a plan is life changing!  And not nearly as hard as I thought it would be...especially for you since you could just do what I'm sharing here if you wanted to!  Maybe I'm the last person to have this epiphany or make time to do this, but it's been so good for me and my family.

Last week I purchased chicken drumsticks because they were on sale for 69 cents a pound.  I had intentions of using them over the weekend and our plans changed a little so I'm using them this week and the only ingredient I needed to purchase for that recipe was dijon mustard!  Saved me big bucks in my grocery budget this week.

I wait until Monday to do my grocery shopping because that is the day my kids stay with their dad and I can go to Aldi to get the good deals on groceries.  Chicken breast and almond butter were on awesome sale this week if you need to stock up!

I also wanted to share we keep our lunches fairly simple in my house. My son alternates between PB or ham sandwiches.  That's what he likes!  Sometimes he'll request leftovers in his thermos.  If I'm not eating leftovers I generally eat Greek yogurt, fresh berries, fresh veggies, a cheese stick, and some hard boiled eggs.  What do your packed lunches look like?

Here is my weekly menu:

Monday: Leftovers - thanks friends!
Tuesday: Crockpot Orange Chicken over jasmine rice
Wednesday: Crockpot Drumsticks
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Crab Legs (steamed by our local grocer)
Saturday: Date Night with friends
Sunday: Leftovers

I threw the orange chicken in the crockpot this morning and I'm excited to see how it turns out!  My girlfriend said the drumsticks are amazing.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Bathroom Tub Project

I can't wait to showcase the entire bathroom remodel, but I feel like this tub needs a post all its own.  The transformation is WOWZA, y'all!  Like, I can't even.

Here is a little before action for ya.
I forgot to take a picture before I started taping off to paint the walls of the bathroom, but you get the point here.  The tub was great; I love a good tub.  However, it is very much a basic builder grade bathroom and I learn toward cool tones/modern farmhouse style so I was ready to give it my touch.

The problem was I was working on a budget of $200 to do the entire bathroom.  This meant doing new tile was completely out of the question.  (Pretty proud to announce that I came out below budget)

Brace yourself for the after...
How amazing is this transformation!?  I mean, it looks completely custom now.  The color on the walls was a $21 gallon of pre-mixed paint from the shelves of Walmart and the tile project was done using Rustoleum Tub & Tile.

I should probably preface this and say I've never really done a big DIY before.  I've always been inspired to try things, but I never had the courage to just do it.  2020 is my year, y'all!  I read a bunch of blog posts and obsessed over Pinterest and pretty much stalked a few ladies on Instagram, but at the end of the day I decided to go for it.  I mean, what's the worst that could happen?!


This little kit was gold; I mean the impact it had was amazing.  I have to reiterate the chemicals in this stuff are intense so definitely use all the precautions recommended.  We wore masks, goggles, and gloves to be safe.
As much as he wanted to help me this was really a one man job so I ended up doing the tub myself after Ricky went around the edges of the tile/grout for me with a brush.  

To start I taped off everything really well.  I even covered the faucet and fixtures with plastic wrap to ensure that nothing would drip or splash.  I took my time washing the tile and sanding then wiping away any dust before mixing the 2 part epoxy and rolling it on.  

The box said to do 2 coats, but I ended up doing 4 with an hour long dry time between each coat.  

The grout was really gross from my old tile and nothing was getting it clean so after I painted the tile and let it dry for 24+ hours I googled how to caulk a bathtub and went back around the tub and tile with white caulk for a clean line.  

It's not perfect.  Despite my best efforts a little epoxy did get on the tub and the painter's tape left a sticky residue on the fixtures for some reason, but overall I am soooo pleased with this project and my newfound love for all things DIY!

Here is a side by side of the difference.

 

Are you a DIYer?  What's your latest project?!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins


I have shared this recipe here before; I can't remember.  But, I've recently been making these on the regular and my son loves them for breakfast on his way to school in the morning.

 They are delicious, just sweet enough, nutritious, and quick.

When I make these I usually make a double batch because they freeze well and they are super yummy.  One can of pumpkin is enough for 2 recipes so it works out great.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter (I buy mine at Aldi because it is so much cheaper)
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine pumpkin and almond butter until smooth.
  3. Stir in eggs and honey.  Add dry spices.  Mix well.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Distribute batter evenly into 12 muffin cups
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes
  7. Allow to cool on rack before serving.
These make great gifts for coworkers, snacks for daycare, or treats for a birthday party.  Kids think they taste great while adults quietly sit back and chuckle at the gluten free, grain free goodness being consumed by sugar crazed littles.  

Enjoy!