Fitness + Health

vacation weight loss challenge: week 2

vacation weight loss challenge (2)
I have been struggling here lately with a lack of motivation to do much of anything. The laundry has been waiting three days to be washed, the office is in disarray, my fridge is jam packed and totally unorganized and I have approximately 50 cookies, 4 suckers and the equivalent of one large McDonald’s french fry strewn about my vehicle (thanks, Elias).

It might have something to do with quarantine, it might have something to do with the stress we’ve been under house hunting or it might have something to do with the fact that our only full bathroom is currently housing a mommy cat and her four seven week old kittens…probably not that last one, truth be told. πŸ˜‰ But I’m trying to take it one day at a time and just roll with it.

The one thing I HAVE been motivated to do is work my butt off to lose this weight. I have been walking daily and doing either Ballet Beautiful or weights six days a week (which is nothing new) and I have really been working on getting my night eating under control. My sister is continuing on just as she has been, steadily and consistently losing weight by counting calories and walking. Mom seems to be struggling a bit – she chose to do a carb cycling way of eating and is having difficulty on her low carb days. My other sister never actually weighed in or measured (or let anyone know about it at the very least) so we’re all assuming she’s not participating.

So let’s see how we’re all doing. πŸ™‚
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Fitness + Health

vacation weight loss challenge: week 1

vacation weight loss challenge (2)

It’s time to own up to it.

I’ve gained weight.

I’m not talking a pound or two, I’m talking a chunk (no pun intended!). Now, I’m not 100% comfortable giving a number just yet, but I’m working on being more comfortable with imperfection and you can expect a post on it in the near future.

Regardless of why or how I got here, I AM here and I’m ready to turn it back around.

After weeks of self sabotage I decided I needed a way to be held accountable. So I texted my sister. I text my sister all the time when I need to be accountable for food related issues, but this time it was a different kind of accountable – I asked her to do a weight loss challenge with me. She said yes, of course. πŸ˜€
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Food · Home + Life

june meal plan

Since we’re actively house hunting, I’ve been actively trying to whittle down my stockpile. Although I do plan my meals mainly around what I have on hand, last month I drifted a bit away from that, mostly likely out of pure rebellion due to quarantine. πŸ˜› So I’m back at it again this month in hopes that I can create a rather large dent in my stockpile before we have to move it all.

I technically only meal plan for a family breakfast on Sundays – the rest of the week is leftovers or other regular breakfast food (ie: bagels, cereal, pop tarts, etc.) We do weekly meal prep for lunches on Sundays – enough for five weekday lunches for two adults. Recipes marked with an asterik are recipes that I have made before and my family has deemed delicious! πŸ™‚
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house hunting (or travel!) outfit

IMG_20200529_101855612high low tunic in white rib / high waist leggings / cardigan similar here and here / flip flops

We’ve been sooooo busy, but I wanted to share this outfit super quick because we could all use a couple more lounge outfits by now. πŸ˜‰

I LOVE the oversized sweater look and I rock it quite often. It’s comfy for travel, it’s easy for mom duties and I still feel put together. Leggings are essential and these are awesome; they’re super stretchy (but don’t stretch out!), they come in two styles (regular and high waist), lots of sizes (xxs included!) and if you wait for a sale, super affordable. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and stay tuned!

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tunic high waist leggings cardigan cardigan 2 leather sandals

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lock down lift list

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This week has hit me pretty hard – I’ve had A LOT of emotional and physical ups and downs. I’ve been struggling to get my binge eating under control again and I’ve had next to no motivation to do anything at all.

But I think I’m getting into an upswing groove. I cleaned my desk off today (wiped it down and everything!), got some of the office picked up and got next months’ meal plan all sorted out. I have even managed to work out every single day and found that I can stream Botched for free. It’s the little things, ya’ll. πŸ˜‰

As my mood about lock down has relaxed a bit, I’ve found myself counting down the immeasurable amount of days until we can get back to our lives and getting psyched to be able to do the normal things we can no longer do under the current circumstances. (Funny how much you miss the days of toddler meltdowns in the grocery store and pleading for their cooperation with the reward of french fries.) Here’s what we’re looking forward to once lock down has been lifted:
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GLAMGLOW giveaway winner + 6 day mask sale!

glamglow kit

Hey, all! Hope everyone is doing fantastic this chilly Monday afternoon!

I just wanted to pop in really quick to announce Thursdays’ giveaway winner…

Congratulations, Magaidh! Hope you enjoy your GLAMGLOW Glow Essentials Kit! πŸ™‚

As luck would have it, I also received a sales notification in my inbox today from GLAMGLOW. They are hosting a “Daily Dose of Glow” mask sale for the next six days; each day will feature a different mask for 40% off. This is an incredible deal on some fantastic products!

Today’s deal is actually the product I reviewed on Thursday that inspired the giveaway: THIRSTYMUD. Seriously, this stuff is AMAZING! If you’re on the fence, go check out my review. πŸ™‚

Congrats again!

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glamglow thirstymud review, sale AND a giveaway!


(super attractive, I know! πŸ˜‰ )
waffle knit robe / GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD

I have always had crap skin care routines. I buy products because they’re cheap and promise me things that sound good.

Quarantine has given the opportunity (and time!) to really research, find and test products that I wouldn’t normally bother with or have never heard of.

First product in line for testing: GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD.
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saying goodbye to a man we never knew


Last Monday, I awoke to a text on my phone: “doc passed away”. I can’t say that I was shocked, sad or that I felt anything other than a tight, heavy ball in my stomach for the people his passing would affect. Namely, my stepmother – she is the only immediate family member surviving. (There are other family members surviving, but they were not ever a part of our lives.)

To be clear, Doc is my stepmother’s father, so technically my stepgrandfather. To my knowledge he only has one biological grandchild (whom I don’t believe I’ve ever met); there is one other stepgrandchild besides myself and my sister, but I don’t believe we’ve ever met him, either.

Are you beginning to understand the title yet?
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