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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
  • 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:
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?