Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rainy Day Catch Up

Happy Thursday all! It's been a beautiful day so far for me and I hope you're having an equally splendid one, too! I've been a little slow to blog once a week...whoops.

It started up with a delicious bowl of muesli, yoga pants, and a comfy grey sweater which was perfect for this rainy morning. Honestly, I wanted to stay snuggled up in bed, but I didn't want to miss out on a Barre3 class. Best way to start the day, hands down.

I also got to knock a few things off my Birthday List! Last weekend my mom and I took a trip to Ham's Orchard in Terrell, Texas. Picked up a huge bag of peaches because we unfortunately could not pick the peaches off the trees. *Sigh* So I sort of checked off #14 (Go Pickin'), but not really...guess I'm going to have to find another orchard and try again--darn!

Fortunately I got closer to checking off #3, Try 5 New OKC Restaurants or Stores. Yesterday I tried S&B Burger joint, yum! Didn't snap a picture because I was too busy devouring the amazingness that was that burger. Sorry, kiddos, maybe next time.

Today I popped into a coffee shop to do a little work, Vintage Coffee. Pretty chill little coffee joint with a mean Chai Tea Latte. Verdict? Excellent. So that's two out of five places, but I like this "trying new places" thing. I'm a creature of habit and getting out of my comfort zone takes a little more effort.

What's your favorite coffee shop? 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Coconut Cream Smoothie Update

Hey! Liked that Coconut Cream Smoothie? Well, next time try adding spinach and some flaxseed to it for an added health bonus. Happy healthy eating, y'all!

Challenging Myself

The Barre3 Spring Challenge is finally done and the day after it ended, I started the eight week challenge. Why? Am I crazy? Nuts? No, actually. My head is completely fine and I've decided to do this because when I committed to the challenge, I felt better.

I hit the first two weeks of the challenge with total determination to see it all the way through. I didn't really count on how serious my sugar cravings would be, never took into account how hard it would get watching my husband enjoy his burger and fries. Did I feel better without the sugar and the grease and salt? Absolutely! But the temptation was there.

The workouts? No sweat. Well, okay there was a lot of sweat, but I didn't really struggle to keep to the workout regiment of four classes a week--often times I'd go five or six times. I truly love taking class, the environment of Barre3, and most importantly, the philosophy of the company. It speaks to me. In any case, sporting my spandex and doing my barre3 one inch movements were totally worth it. I can definitely see the changes in my arms, my hips, my legs.  The meal plan though? I succumbed to sugary treats once or twice...maybe more.

The last two weeks I struggled with keeping the course. Birthday fun threw me off track and I couldn't get my mind back in the right place, the place where I was focused and committed to making a good change. I need a good change, want a good change. Clearly physically moving wasn't the problem once I settled on something I liked. It had to start with my eating habits.

So there ya go. That's why I've decided to keep going and staying the course. I liked the recipes and I enjoyed experimenting with new flavors and foods. The whole experience was such a positive one and I'm looking forward to pushing myself in this next one.

For now, I've got to go play with a puppy. She keeps trying to chew the computer and dropping toys on the keyboard. It's like she's trying to tell me something... Until next time...

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