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40 pounds lost

Happy 40 pounds not on my body day!!

So yesterday was a big day and I wanted to blog about it, but it was a busy Friday the 13th. Yesterday was weigh-in day and with a 2.2 pound loss, it took me to a total of 41.3 pounds lost since Cruz was born 15 weeks ago.  I am now 10.7 pounds from my goal!  I was so excited to hit the 40 pound mark that I bought myself a present…

(yes they are magenta and pay no attention to the P90X bruise on my shin, or the fact that I’m wearing the shoes in bed and most likely don’t have pants on)

These are the Nike ‘Free Run+ 3′ purchased at my favorite store…Nordstrom!!  They have a million colors and a few other different styles on their Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!!  These are the best tennis shoes in the world.  They are lightweight, comfy and cushy, and super cute…what more could you ask for????

Progress Chart

My friend Heidi (you will remember from Tuesdays with Heidi) and I were able to hang out a couple times this week and talked a lot about weighing yourself, when to do it, how often, and what’s a good amount to lose each week.  First of all I think a lot of people have totally wrong ideas about what a normal, healthy amount of weight to lose each week is.  I know I did.  I always thought that I could drop a bunch of weight fast and if I was only losing 1 pound something wasn’t working.  Heidi has had concerns because she goes down, then up, then down further, then up, then down further, and she’s discouraged by the inconsistency.  So I asked her when her weigh-in day was and she said she weighed herself once a day.  I told her that was her first problem and suggested she pick one day per week to weigh-in and preferably on Friday or Saturday so she could enjoy the weekend.  Back in June I sent her a text of a quote I had read…

So 4 days later this was her response…

I think back to a year ago when I was counting my points, working out twice a day, and not losing a pound.  It was so frustrating.  I don’t know why the weight seems to literally be falling off me right now.  I mean I know I am working hard at my workouts, trying to stay within my daily food points, and drinking my Body by Vi shakes, but I honestly think the MAIN reason why it’s finally working is because I’m not stressed about it.  I’m taking my time, enjoying the process, challenging myself but also rewarding myself.  Don’t stress, be patient!

Fire Bites…

Thursday, Heidi and I took the kids to a bouncy house.  I was not prepared to be there for 4 hours!  So after only having eaten a Vi shake, 1/2 a balance bar, an apple, 4 migraine pills, and a coke zero, I was literally shaking by the time we got home.  I made myself a turkey and avocado sandwich w/carrots to eat before my 90 minute hot yoga class.  I put a picture of side crow pose because I attempted it during class…let’s just say I definitely didn’t look like that chick!

Friday the 13th we met my sister and her kids at the Utah Natural History museum.  It is seriously such a cool place and the kids love it.  Poor Grace broke her wrist when she fell off her bike last weekend, but she gets to wear a sweet orange cast!  We got lunch at Corner Bakery after.  Came back up to Park City and I took Cole and Cruz to the park.  The weather was kind of spooky, overcast and a little windy, but the temperature was perfect.  Eventually it started raining so we had to head home.  As we were about to leave to go out to dinner later that night, the power went out.  We thought maybe it was just our area, but all of Park City was out so we came back home and whipped up an old favorite Tzatziki Chicken.  We had dinner by candlelight and the boys got baths by flashlight.  I took a picture of my mom and dad on their iPad’s and iPhones because apparently we can do just fine without power!

Today was another rainy overcast day.  I tried to get my P90X2 Back and Base video done early so I could help my dad with some stuff.  He taught he how to use a socket thingy (ha I still don’t know what the tool is called) to unscrew bolts in a bed we were taking down.  It’s actually surprisingly easy, so next time you think your man is all skilled with his tools, just know it’s not that hard!  I had the best salad for lunch, it was a warm goat cheese salad that had spring mix, goat cheese, pears, tomatoes, and I added chicken.  It was super yummy!  My friend Taryn had her baby yesterday so we went to the hospital to meet him.  He still doesn’t have a name, so for now he’s Baby Lebell!  He is such a cutie.  I can’t believe how time has flown and how big Cruz is now.  The cousin boys got to have a sleepover at Aunt Sherilynn’s tonight and my mom took Cruz home with her so I could go to dinner with Heidi.  We had time to get pedicures before, which I desperately needed.  I got the shellac nail polish for the first time in hopes that it will last a long time cause I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get a pedi again.  Then Heidi and I went to Bombay House for some delicious Indian food.  We were both so hungry that I don’t remember much conversation once the food arrived 😉  She refuses to pose for pictures so I had to take a bunch to try and get a good one.

Lexy and Carman are living it up in Miami at the ViSalus conference Vitality!!  I’m so jealous I wasn’t able to join them, but am looking forward to all the fun 90-Day Challenge updates they’ll bring back.  Next Tuesday is day 30 of our 90-day challenge…how is everyone else doing on your challenges??

These are just sexy Valentino's!

Pregnant chicks wear high heels too!

Tuesday…

No workout today, not feeling it…I really wanted a yummy breakfast!

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 whites, sourdough toast with jam, and oj

Did our usual Tuesday routine, took Cole to the rec center to play, had lunch at Kneaders, went to swimming, went to taekwondo, blah blah blah

Lunch: 1/2 tuna on whole wheat…Keller ate the other half…and a few parm chips

Snack: I was craving a mint oreo chocolate chip shake from our favorite shake place in Kamas…unfortunately but fortunately they put way too many chocolate chips in it so I only ended up eating about 1/4 of it

Dinner: mom made the chicken enchilada veggie soup I posted back in january, click HERE for recipe…topped with greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro

Wednesday…

Had my usual pre-workout snack 1tsp of PB and half a banana and went to spin.  After had my usual breakfast.

Went to the hospital to volunteer for the last time.  I’m bummed cause I have really enjoyed volunteering there, but with a newborn and us moving back to Austin I have to say goodbye!  Snacked on a balance bar during my shift and then had my green smoothie (I’m really going to miss these) and half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich…and fries…again.  Needless to say, I wasn’t starving for dinner a few hours later so I just had a small plate.

Dinner: flank steak and green beans

I spent a little too much time on my feet at the hospital and started feeling it after dinner.  I curled up in the fetal position on the couch until Keller finally made me go to bed.

Thursday…

Buns and guns class today, I was all ready and raring to go when I started to have a pain on the left lower side of my belly.  Keller forbid me from going so I just got ready for the day.  The pain kind of came and went and came and went, but wasn’t too terrible.  We had a day full of errands to do in Salt Lake.  Since I’d already had my pre-workout snack, I just grabbed a Fage yogurt for breakfast on our way out.

Our first errand was to pick up my ring that was being re-dipped at the jeweler.  By the time we were done, my pain was so intense that I could barely walk back to the car.  I decided to call my dr.  She didn’t seem too concerned, but told me if I was worried to head over to the labor and delivery at the hospital to get checked out (her office is in Park City, the hospital I will deliver at is in Salt Lake, we were in Salt Lake).  I had an appointment for some beautification and decided I would wait and see how I felt after.  By the end of the appointment the pain was completely gone. I’m thinking he was sitting on a nerve or something and finally moved.

Lunch: Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicious mexican chicken lettuce wraps

Needed a treat…and I was super excited cause Cold Stone now has frozen yogurt!!  I got a Like It size chocolate yogurt with brownie.

I met up with mom when we dropped Cole off for taekwondo and we headed over to the brand new Nordstrom (my favorite store, if you didn’t know) downtown that isn’t even open yet but was having a shoe party.  And like I would ever say no to a party that involved shoes!!  Hello?!?!  Here’s a few pairs I tried on…got lots of stares walking around in the heels.  Apparently people have never seen a pregnant woman wear high heels??

Fun summer Tory Burch wedges!

Hot Pink (very in this season) Vera Wang peep toes

And my fav…super sexy, just plain freaking awesome Valentino’s!

Dinner: I wasn’t starving so I shared a beet and goat cheese salad with mom and had some of her steak with some of my potato gnocchi and green beans…after about 4 bites I was done!

Friday…

Spin again, had my pre-workout and post-workout/breakfast norm.

Keller wanted to see the movie 21 Jump Street and since Channing Tatum was in it, of course I was going!

Found this on Pinterest!

We grabbed sandwiches and I had an apple in the theater.  By the time the movie was over it was time to pick up Cole from school.  We came home and Daddy and Cole rode bikes in the driveway…we are trying really hard to teach Daddy how to ride a 2-wheeler, but we can’t get him off his strawberry shortcake tricycle!

We met up with Aunt Sasa and her friend Kim at El Chubasco for dinner.  I had 2 shrimp tacos and some chips with pico.

On the way home Sasa stopped at the store and bought some Starburst jelly beans…I swear they will be the death of me…oh well, I still have a few days left of justifying eating whatever I want 😉

 

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Girls Weekend in Vegas!

I didn’t really preface our Girls Weekend very well in my last post, so here’s the dealio.  Every year a group of us that all met freshman year in the dorms at BYU try to have a girls weekend getaway.  The girls are:

Me (obviously)

Sarah (we met in 7th grade and were roommates)

Heidi (was on our floor in the dorms…and then Sarah and my roommate for the next 2 years)

Heather (Heidi’s roomate in the dorms)

Rebecca (we called her Pocahontas, she lived on our floor freshman year)

Sarita (also on our floor freshman year…I get to see sarita a lot cause she lives in Frisco)

We look like babies!!!  pics on the top left to right (Heidi, Sarah, Me) (Me, Sarita, Heidi’s head behind Sarita, Cameron-Sarah’s husband-next to Heidi, Rebecca’s high school boyfriend-next to Sarita, and Rebecca);

pic on the bottom, top row Rebecca’s sister, Rebecca, Heather, Liz, Allison, bottom row Sarah, Heidi, Me

We started this tradition back in 2008 after we no longer all lived close to each other.  Our first trip was HERE to Vegas.  We stayed at the JW Marriott outside of the city and spent the weekend at the pool, spa, and eating.  In 2009 the girls all came to Austin, TX for some BBQ, live music, and crazy weather.  In 2010 we met up at my sister’s house in Park City, Sarah was expecting so we celebrated a baby shower with her and of course had some much needed spa time.  And now we’re back in Vegas at the Trump Hotel!

Friday…

Woke up bright and early apparently still on mountain time!  Heidi and Rebecca got ready to go the gym.  I brought all of my workout clothes but no shoes!  Awesome…luckily Heather, who lives just outside of Vegas, was coming later in the day and letting me borrow a pair of her shoes.  I took advantage of the time to go get my snowy car washed and grab some bagels and water to keep in the room.  While getting ready I decided to just watch some TV…through the mirror of the bathroom!!

Such a beautiful day in Vegas, I had to snap a pic while I was out and about.

Breakfast: bagel w/cc and oj

After breakfast we headed over to the mall that was literally across the street from our hotel (hehehe, I may or may not have planned that).  First stop, the make-up counter at Nordstrom.  Heidi suggested we have our make-up done.  I was a little skeptical cause I’m pretty picky about letting random people do my make-up.  So Heidi went to the MAC counter and Rebecca headed over to Bobbi Brown.  Rebecca’s make-up girl was awesome.  She showed Rebecca an everyday look she could easily replicate and then darkened it up for a sexy sultry look.  I had to be next!  Here are some before, during, and after pics.

Then we headed over to Neiman Marcus for some lunch at the cafe and some of their famous popovers.  So delicious!

Lunch: chicken salad, shared sweet potato fries, and popovers

We shopped until we dropped…literally we went back to the hotel and crashed for some mini naps.  At around 4 Heather was able to finally join us.  We spent some time talking and catching up before dinner and then headed out to a Thai restaurant suggested by Heidi called Lotus of Siam.

Rebecca and Heather

Heidi and Me

We were thinking of all just getting our own meals, but we didn’t want to get 4 things of Pad Thai so we decided to order 4 different dishes and share.  It was a great idea cause they were all delicious and it was fun to try new things.  We choose chicken satay, green curry chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and pad thai.

After dinner we headed to a movie theater to see This Means War.  It was hilarious walking into a movie theater on a Friday night and being the only ones there.  Apparently, no one goes to movies in Vegas unless you’re a bunch of Mormon chicks (especially with a 10-month prego chick).  Snacked on some Starburst jelly beans in the movie…who bought those?…oh wait it was me!  On the way back to the hotel we blasted our music and rolled down the windows to have a mini dance party in the car without having to go to a club.

Saturday…

Woke up early again, but it was good cause we needed to get up and go workout before our spa treatments.

Pre-workout: PB and banana

Heidi wanted to do my workout with me so we started out with a 5 min warm-up on the treadmill.  Our workout was as follows: pyramid squat with a push press (starting at 10 working way down to 1 then back up to 10 again), 7’s for bicep curls 7 half way up 7 half way down 7 full curls 7 sets, superset of alternating lunges 10 each side then 10 sumo squats holding dumbbells then 10 straight leg deadlifts, ended with Heidi doing a plank with 3 sets of 10 alternating dumbbell rows while I held plank on the bosu ball.  We were officially smoked and ready for some spa time!  Heidi, Heather, and I got facials.  Rebecca had to run 12 miles in preparation for a half marathon she’s running in a couple weeks.

Breakfast: bagel w/cc and peanut butter (weird I know, but I needed some protein!)

Heidi and Heather met up with Rebecca at the pool after their facials and I headed back to the room to finish getting ready and rest.  Heather was dying to go get her make-up done by the girl who did Rebecca’s and my make-up on Friday so we headed over to the mall again!!  Did some more shopping and Heather and I took a trip down memory lane with a Jamba Juice (we used to have one almost every day on campus during college).

I was super excited for our dinner plans.  We were going to Lawry’s, a prime rib restaurant that I grew up going to every Christmas Eve in Beverly Hills.  It was just as delicious as I remembered!

The restaurant is famous for hosting the teams of the Rose Bowl every year for what they call the Beef Bowl the night before the game.  We started out with some hot french bread and butter, then their famous spinning bowl salad (that’s the picture in the middle on the top above), and the main course consisted of prime rib, mashed potatoes, cream corn, and yorkshire pudding (which is a bread similar to a popover).  For dinner we shared a strawberry shortcake and a hot fudge sundae.

Did some more clubbing in the car on the way back to the hotel and then stayed up late talking and listening to music.  Our doorbell rang at 10pm and we thought it was someone telling us to turn our music down, but it was room service with a special treat ordered by my husband.  He won lots of points with that move!

Sunday…

It’s always sad when the fun has to end.  Heather had to take off early to get back to her kids so her husband could attend some meetings.

Another bagel breakfast!

Heidi and I forgot to get gifts for our kids so we headed back to the mall, except not the one across the street from our hotel cause it didn’t open until 11.  Instead we hopped on a shuttle that took us to the shops at Caesar’s Palace.  After walking the entire mall, we only found 1 store that had kids stuff in it.  Luckily for me they had a super hero cape because that is all Cole has been talking about for about a month.  Then it was back to the hotel to pack up and get on the road.  Goodbye Trump Hotel!

Stopped at Chipotle for lunch on our way out of town.

Rebecca tried to soak up some last minute warmth.

Spent the rest of the day in the car on the way home.  Snacked on an apple, a Twizzler pull-n-peel, and 3 peanut butter M&M’s.  I had a huge headache that I couldn’t get rid of so I wasn’t super hungry.  After dropping the girls off, I finally made it home at 8pm and Cole was waiting for me at the door (mostly because he wanted his treat).  They saved me some dinner which was so great cause I was now starving.

I love girls weekends!  They are a much needed break from everyday life.  It makes it especially nice when you have amazing friends.  Even after not seeing each other for a year, we seem to pick up right where we left off.  We are all so comfortable with each other, there’s never any drama, it’s just easy and fun.  I can’t wait until our next trip!!

Sisters

These are a few of my favorite things…

It’s December holy cow…where has the year gone???  What have I accomplished this year??  I turned 30, ran my first half-marathon, oh and made a baby…finally 😉  I’m already working on my list for next year.  It’s going to be a doozie.  So the last couple days I’ve been able to participate in a few of my favorite things so I thought I’d share them with you as I go through my daily fire bites.

THURSDAY:

I finally was able to make it to the BUNS and GUNS class at the gym.  I think it’s one of my new favorite classes.  It’s 75 minutes of dynamic exercises (total body) with a Jillian Michaels style of HIT cardio mixed in between.  We used a Bosu ball and weights. For those of you who don’t know what a Bosu ball is, it’s this:

You can do tons of exercises with it using both sides.  One of my favorite exercises we did, you’ll never guess, was BURPEES on the BOSU (so hands come down on the ball part then jump your feet out, etc).  I thought they were perfect as a modified burpee that still used strength and core (cause you had to stabilize yourself on the ball), but helped me get my few extra pounds from the horizontal to vertical position a bit more gracefully!  And as my belly gets bigger, they will be a great alternative to help me finish Courtney’s 100 day burpee challenge.

Pre-workout: 5

Cole came with me to the gym and hung out in the kids area.  When I went to pick him up he was busy cleaning a table with a Clorox wipe.  They love him!  We headed over to the rec center so he could play with his buddies.

Post-workout: 5

Lunch: Kneader’s tuna on wheat (1/2) w/fruit  9

Took Cole to Taekwondo and made the mistake of waiting too long to eat…so I ended up with these.

I have been craving them ever since Carman’s birthday post.  Dang you Carman! 😉  These were super delicious, but VERY sweet so I only had 2.

Grabbed Cafe Rio to go for Cole and Papa for dinner cause mom and I were going out.  Made #2 mistake, ordering chips and queso and still being hungry from not having had anything substantial to eat started munching on the chips.  I lost count of how many I consumed.  When we got home, I found out they had messed up the order and had given us an extra steak salad.  It turned out to be a good thing because I was able to have a couple bites of something a little good for me before mom and I left.

So every year, Nordstrom (one of my favorite things/places) has a private shopping party for people who have the Nordstrom credit card.  They serve drinks and appetizers and give bonus points to the shoppers. My grandma used to go to this, my mom goes, my sisters go, it’s just what we do.  So mom and I went and had a great time.  This was the shoe department (not sure this picture does it justice, it was packed!):

While perusing the men’s section I came across these and had to take a picture:

Spanx for men! HA!  I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  I didn’t buy any for Keller, in case you were wondering.  I did find a really cute pair of boots for me and a spiderman shirt for Cole for xmas (shhh…don’t tell him).  All in all it was a fun night and probably the best part was the people watching!  I munched on a miniature cupcake that wasn’t worth it, a piece of bruschetta, a couple bites of meatballs, and a mini quiche.

FRIDAY:

Took Cole to school early so I could make it to Yoga (another of my favs).  After a week of spin classes, burpees galore, the buns and guns class, and the strength workout I did at home, I was looking forward to a nice relaxing yoga class to focus on stretching.  Uh yeah, apparently I got the wrong class.  This was hardcore yoga.  I was almost sweating more in this yoga class then I do during spin.  It was intense, fast, and full of strength and core work.  Don’t get me wrong, it felt great, but not what I was expecting.

Breakfast: 5

The rest of the day I spent at the hospital training as a volunteer.  The first 3 hours I spent walking all around the hospital at least 3 times touring, delivering mail, etc.  I was pooped by the time I had lunch.

Lunch: turkey burger w/green beans and a handful of sweet potato fries

Snack: mint chip ice cream (no explanation…just wanted it)

Picked up Cole from school and got ready to go to my sister Michelle’s for a Christmas party/house concert. The concert was an artist named Paul Jacobsen and he was awesome!

I was in charge of making the punch. Isn’t it pretty…

We took a sister picture…well we took like 10, this was my favorite one.  Michelle, Sherilynn, Me.

There was tons of food.  Appetizers galore and then mini BBQ brisket and pork sandwiches with mac and cheese for dinner.  As you can tell I stopped taking pictures.  I can tell you I only had 1 plate of food (that is after I had snacked on a few things before anyone got there).  And I can tell you that the few snacks and the plate of food made me so full I was almost as uncomfortable as I was on Thanksgiving.  Not necessarily a good thing. I really hope it’s the baby impeding on the size of my stomach and not that I’m actually eating so much that I feel like I’m going to bust open at the seams!

So there you go…a few of my favorite things the gym classes, boss balls, Nordstrom, yoga, my sister’s, parties, and yummy food!

IN with the new N OUT with the old

After two weeks of a sinus infection and bronchitis, I finally started feeling better this week. YAY! And the weather has been gorgeous so that means I got to walk THE HILL!!!  Mom and I walked it Tuesday and then again today with our neighbor Kathy.

TUESDAY menu:

Breakfast- Nature’s Path flaxseed cereal and toast w/pb

Walked the hill with mom.

Snack- Chobani

Lunch- turkey and muenster cheese toasted on whole grain bread w/avocado slice and carrots

Had a job interview at the Montage Resort in Deer Valley for a concierge position.  It lasted 2 hours!  I’m still debating whether or not I want the job.  It’s only part-time and I was looking for something to keep me busy with Keller is gone and while Cole is in school.  I’ll keep you updated.

Dinner: drove to Provo to see friends before they moved and grabbed some BBQ chicken pizza, salad, and garlic bread from a popular Provo pizza restaurant Brick Oven.

Treat: Keller brought me home one of my favorite treats, a cinnamon scone from Great Harvest Bread…he’s the devil!

WEDNESDAY menu:

Breakfast- Keller requested french toast AND scrambled eggs…I made it with great harvest wheat bread and it was soooo good!  I make my french toast very simple, pam the pan, dip the bread in a scrambled egg, top with lite syrup, it’s delicious and depending on the type of bread you use only 4-5 points.

Cole was at school so Keller and I went to the outlets to shop for some winter clothes for Cole.

Lunch- Cafe Rio shredded chicken salad…so here’s the dealio, I used to LOVE cafe rio like LOVE LOVE and since I’ve been back I’ve been twice and honestly I don’t like it anymore.  If anyone who used to know me when I lived in Utah reads this they will be flabbergasted!  I blame Chipotle.  I think Chipotle changed my taste buds.  The dressing is too mayonnaise-y, the tortilla although still good and I used to find delicious is really thick and most likely not good for you, and I like the rice better at Chipotle.  It’s disappointing!  So I guess I’m a Chipotle convert, sorry Cafe Rio!

Went to see REAL STEEL with Keller and my dad.  Thought it was going to be a stupid movie about fighting robots, but it was actually really good!!  I laughed, cried, and everything in between.  Definitely recommend it, plus Hugh Jackman is hot!

Snack- 5 red vines

Dinner- Cole requested spaghetti for dinner.  Used ground turkey, squash, zucchini, onion, Classico tomato and basil sauce, seasoned with garlic salt, seasoned pepper and bay leaves.  Served over organic wheat pasta, with a side of sourdough garlic toast and fruit.

THURSDAY menu

Breakfast

Another walk up the hill.

Headed down to Salt Lake to pick up my 2 nephews.  Took all 3 boys to get hamburgers, fries, and shakes at In-N-Out.  I was so excited cause it had been awhile since I’ve had it.  I grew up on In-N-Out being from California, so for me it’s a nostalgia thing and I will always enjoy it!

Lunch- hamburger, fries, sips of chocolate shake

The only thing I regretted from eating this for lunch was the fact that I kept burping it up for the next 6 hours.  TMI I know!  It will be awhile before I eat there again because of the way it made me feel, but there will be special occasions.

Stopped by Nordstrom on the way to the park to return something and found the cutest diaper bag…I can’t decide which color?

Dinner- met college friends for dinner, shared some pita and humus and ordered fish tacos.  It was more like a fish burrito, I actually hated it.  The fish was dry and had no flavor.

Dessert- trying to make up for dinner we stopped by Cold Stone and I got a Like It size chocolate w/brownie.

I know I need to do much better at taking pics…I’m trying.  I have 2 more days with Keller and then I promise I’ll be better at my documenting.  The title of the post has multiple meanings…I’m trying really hard not to get into the “I’m pregnant I can eat whatever” mode, but I’m also having a hard time getting back in a routine after 2 months of craziness.