My Girlish Whims

70 Pounds Down - Weight Loss Update

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | | 14 comments
Alrighty I'm officially 11 months into this weight loss gig - 1 MONTH AWAY from a full year of being committed and after hitting (and maintaining finally) 70 pounds down I'm pretty pleased with my progress! The only thing that has gotten bigger between these two pics is my hair bun. Hah!


I'm noticing more and more changes in my body as each month passes.  I have collar bones now! My arms are no longer trunks from my hand to my shoulder, I have WRISTS and even the little bit of beginnings of biceps :)

The change in my face is still one of the most noticeable I think, as can be witnessed between these two before and after sweaty selfies :) How did I not notice earlier that I was getting the beginnings of a double chin???

The biggest hurdle for me in this past month was getting through Thanksgiving.  I'm still sticking to the plan of eating very healthy and tracking my calories throughout the work week and allowing myself to cheat some and not count calories on the weekend.  During Thanksgiving week my order just got all out of wack: we always have a pre-Thanksgiving meal with friends the day before Thanksgiving (where we dress up as pilgrims and Indians!!) so I had that on Wednesday, Thanksgiving with my family Thursday, drinks/appetizers with friends on Friday, something that Saturday as well and then Thanksgiving with my in-laws on Sunday.  Five full days full of cheat meals!!! I had gotten down to 70 pounds lost right before Thanksgiving but that all went out the window after 5 days of treats!  At least I looked way better in my Indian costume this year than I did last year!!!

The most important thing for me though is that even though I slipped up for a bit, I still kept pushing.  I'm on a diet but it does not 100% rule my life.  I wanted to eat, drink and be merry when I had extra time away from work and got to enjoy the company of friends and family celebrating the holiday. My eating was off track for a bit but I still exercised every day but Thanksgiving and come Monday I was back on track like always. Obviously it worked because I'm still down 5 pounds from where I was last month!

I have to comment again that I'm actually truly enjoying my workouts lately.  Deep down would I rather be sitting on the couch watching TV rather than busting my butt on the treadmill? Yeah, I suppose, but I don't really think like that any more. I like seeing my results every month and I know that exercising consistently is a big part of that.  The picture above was from a rainy Saturday this month when it was just kind of dreary outside and I didn't really have much planned for the day so I hit the gym and ended up staying for over two hours.  Whoops?

I burned over 1100 calories!!! That's not something I do every weekend but I was really enjoying myself so I stayed and sweated it out and acquired some pretty epic boob sweat by the end.  Sigh. Boob sweat strikes again.

Now that it's winter time my workout schedule looks something like this: Mondays I go to an hour Zumba class at the gym and lately have been getting there a little early to do an easy 20 minutes on the elliptical while reading beforehand.  Tuesdays I run on the treadmill at home. Wednesdays I do T25 doubles at home. Thursdays I go the the gym and do a mix of the elliptical, treadmill and weights. Friday mornings I do T25 before work, one or two depending on how quickly I roll out of bed at 5:15 AM ;) Either Saturday or Sunday I go for a long run outside and go to the gym on the other day.  

I've stuck with 6 mile runs for my "long run" this month, the two times I did 7 last month were really challenging!!! Also it keeps getting colder and colder around here which is making it harder and harder to go outside each weekend.  We'll see how far into winter I can keep it up!!

I'm still trying new healthy recipes each week.  I really need to do a round-up post of some favorites but until then I have most of my recipes pinned to my healthy eating board on pinterest!

I learned this month that I've been living a lonely and unfulfilled life without sweet potatoes in it.  SERIOUSLY.  Why haven't I eaten sweet potatoes in any form besides fries up into this point? WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME WHAT I WAS MISSING???? I made this sweet potato, brussel sprout, chicken sausage and Gorgonzola cheese dinner this week and just about died and went to heaven.  If you have any healthy dinner recipes that include sweet potatoes, please share with me, I'm a little obsessed at the moment. I may have fallen asleep after drinking two lemon drop martinis on Saturday night (apparently I'm getting to be a little bit of a light weight after losing 70 pounds) while searching pinterest for more sweet potato recipes only to be suddenly awoken from my drunken slumber muttering "sweeeeet potatoesssss". I am not even making this up.

 I also made this Gorganzola herb baked chicken this month with a side of roasted green beans and regular white potatoes which was really yummy!!!

So, I have one more month to go to reach my one year "fitness anniversary." I've set some firm new ultimate goals for myself, but I think I'll save that to talk about next month.  For the short term, I would really just like to see another 5 pound loss by next month to put me at a  solid 75 pounds down in my first year.  I did it this month so hopefully I can do it again! Just keep all those Christmas cookies away from me, mmh kay???

Your Whims Wednesday #193 {And Features}

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | | 4 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
Here are some of my favorites from last week:
 
Hanging Evergreen Bough Basket by It's Always Ruetten
 
Crepe Paper Christmas Tree by Summer Scraps
Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Crepe Paper Christmas Tree
Nursery Reveal by Simply Salvage
Grey Orange Neutral Nursery
 
Christmas Chalkboard Printable by The Vintage Sheet Blog
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



DIY Glitter "Merry & Bright" Sign

Monday, December 15, 2014 | | 1 comments
I haven't made many new Christmas decorations for this year but I knew I wanted to at least make another decorative sign. I made two last year: my burlap "Merry Christmas" sign and blue and gold "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" sign. They are two of my favorite DIY Christmas projects so I thought that I would add one more to my collection and made this DIY Glitter Merry & Bright Sign!


I started with a plain art canvas that I painted a shimmery gold color with craft paint. 

Next I cut out this Merry & Bright shape I found online in the Silhouette online shop onto vinyl using my Silhouette cutting machine. 

I wanted to use the vinyl as a stencil so I weeded out all of the letters and was left with all the negative space.

I transferred the vinyl onto contact paper so I could place it down on my canvas.

After the vinyl stencil was on the canvas I painted the letters and designs with red paint.

After the paint was dry I painted over it with a thin layer of mod podge and sprinkled lots of red glitter over top. 

After the mod podge had dried I carefully peeled back the vinyl stencil and was left with my beautiful and glitterful sign!

 I painted the sign in the gold and red colors to match my kitchen decor. I have a little alcove in my cabinets above my kitchen sink that this decorative sign fits perfectly in!

I just love how sparkly it is :) 

So I made this sign and my Christmas Swag Wreath this season...I think that's about all for my Christmas crafting this year. The only crafting I have left to do is an ugly Christmas sweater for my work's ugly christmas sweater party. That's right...apparently just buying an ugly sweater isn't enough, I saw pictures from last year's party and these sweater's were CREATIONS. I have a few ideas up my sleeve that will include the sewing machine and lots of faux Christmas tree garland.  I will be sure to post some picture of the finished product on my instagram if you are curious as to how it turns out!!

Your Whims Wednesday #192 {And Features}

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | | 9 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week!
  Fall White Wine Sangria by Pink Heels Pink Truck
This White Wine Sangria Recipe is pure fall in a cup! All of your favorite fall flavors all melded together in an AMAZINGLY delicious white wine sangria!
Upcycled Christmas Porch Sign by Our Secondhand House
DIY painted Believe Christmas sign
 
Pumpkin Creme Brulee By Unusually Lovely
 
Day to Night Makeup by Hello Little Home
Easy Day to Night Makeup: Before & After | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeup
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



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