Month: August 2014

Weigh-in Wednesday



Discouraged doesn’t even come close to covering it.

This is my first, real plateau.  Every other time my weight hasn’t budged, I’ve been able to pinpoint the reason.  Maybe I slacked off on my workouts or had a few too many nibbles here and there.

But not this time.

This time, I’ve been on point and I have no idea what could be causing the stall.

My first instinct was to eat an entire box of Golden Grahams.  Dry.

My second instinct was to throw the scale through my kitchen window.

Luckily, I was able to restrain myself.  This time.

Instead of binging we had Cliff’s delicious oven fried tilapia and a new potato recipe that I’m in love with!

IMG_2732IMG_2729IMG_2723Looking at these pictures reminds me of the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook that I preordered.  I think I’ll try Lisa’s 10 day challenge when it comes in.

Even though it seems like I’m going nowhere, I’m trying to focus on the positive.  We’re still going strong on the no restaurant challenge.  I’ve been to the gym every day this week and have reached my step goal for three weeks in a row.  I’m still tracking every single calorie (the good, the bad, and the ugly).  Overall, even though I haven’t seen a change on the scale in over a month, I feel better than I’ve ever felt.

Currently, my plan is to go to the gym 5-6 days a week.  Continue on with C25K three times a week, cross-train twice a week, and body pump and yoga once a week.  I’m also trying to stay away from as much processed foods as possible.  Specifically, things normally found in freezer boxes.

I had an apple for a snack yesterday.  That’s when you know I’m serious.

I might not know what’s causing the plateau, but I know that giving up isn’t going to help break through it.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits, there are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” ~ Bruce Lee




Travel Tip Tuesday

On every road trip there’s that one person that keeps every ticket stub, city map, and restaurant menu.

I am that person.

So, today’s tip is geared more towards the crafty traveler that wants to keep up with their precious little treasures along the way.

I mean, everyone has the intention of making a scrapbook when they get home from a great vacation.


Moving on…

Last year we took a family vacation down the southern coast.


Since I knew we were going to constantly be on the road, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the mementos that I would, inevitably, pick up along the way.  I also knew that there would be some downtime during the trip, so I thought it would be neat to make the pages as I went.  Luckily,  I came across the perfect case that held all of my supplies and had plenty of room left over for souvenirs

8.5.14 - 2I love Smash Books!  They’re so much fun because they force me to not be so organized with my pages.  At the end of it, nothing really matches but somehow goes together perfectly.

8.5.14 - 3At the first chance I had, I sat down and started piecing together parts of our trip as we went.  Above you can see where we visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden, little notes about what happened, and tickets to the park.  Not every page is laid out this way, but you get the idea.

I will definitely take the case again on our next road trip.  I’m not sure how well it would work out on a flight, since it’s pretty good size, but it’s easy to carry with you in the car.  Hopefully we’ll have a chance to visit the beach with the fur babies this winter.  What a crazy fun album that would make!

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