do it – restarting a fitness plan – fall edition

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

soooo, i used to run. like so much so, that i even surprised myself. i remember running around 10 miles with a friend, and thinking, holy cow. i just ran 10 miles! i wasn’t fast, but i was steady. i even did a couple half marathons….

yeah. i haven’t done anything i’d consider ‘active’ for about 3 years. unless you count that barre class i went to about a month ago. and i don’t, because i haven’t done anything since. pregnancy really changed my body, and… i’ve been a little whacked out about what’s going on. everything is… different.

doing nothing has also made me realize, i’m the worst about excuses. i don’t have anything to wear, i don’t know where to go, i’m so out of shape, i don’t have enough time… i’m starting to understand the ‘just do it’ slogan. that’s why my ONLY goal this week- sweating 30 minutes for 7 days in a row. it can be anything. walking the kids around greenlake, doing a yoga vid, going to a class… the only goal is 30 minutes, every day, for 7 days. just to jump start it. just to make myself work it in. and i’m not doing my usual…oh i’ll be happy with 50% success. 7 days martin! 100%!

just do it.

above: i decided to give up starbucks this week (i do have coffee at home) and invest in some cute new workout gear… the best deal out there? fabletics. your first outfit is half off! you can also choose to be vip…not sure if i’m on board with every month, but maybe every other month? 1, 3 and 6- the bra, tank and capris- $30! 2- $10 love this contigo water bottle- no gross mouth piece to get icky. 4 + 5 – got these at target, looks like they’re a little less expensive on amazon. 7- champion headbands $5 target. 8- nike free flyknit  $90 nordstrom.

make it – organization – meal planning

17 Oct
October 17, 2014


every once in a while, i get my act together and actually get something useful done. one of my favorite examples of said rad-ness, is meal planning.

back before #2 came, i had this system down where i had 6 weeks of dinners planned and 6 weeks of weekly corresponding grocery lists, and it was like CLOCKWORK. then, well, you know, things change.

but! today i can happily report that i have 3 weeks of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and SNACKS planned, with prep and shopping lists. i’ve expanded the plans to account more for dining out, leftovers and freezing. i’ve become a little more realistic about what i’m really interested in tackling (max 2 new recipes a week) and i’ve even allotted a few pre-made meals and packaged dinners. it feels DOABLE. it’s also extremely satisfying to pull out the chart and have one less thing to figure out. i’m halfway to my goal of 6 weeks planned.

i keep a binder with the color coded plans, and put all recipes for that week, behind them. i call out on each printed recipe, key ingredients in bold print at the upper right corner (makes prep and shopping lists FAST), and even have a section for things i want to try for future meals. interested in meal planning? i’ve made a pdf of 6 color coded meal planning sheets available for a little more than the cost of a latte ($5 via paypal). included: 6 color coded sheets, a sample sheet so you can see how i fill them out, and a blank shopping list as a small special bonus. want one sheet for free? here you go!

i’m always planning my next meal (no seriously, when are we eating), to that end, here’s where i virtual hoard all the things i want to eat.

do it – weekly inspiration

16 Oct
October 16, 2014

inspiration for end of week. when i need motivation, i go read a bunch of stuff here and get all jacked up on the good stuff. maybe it’s hokey, but it’s like low rent therapy. i feel like i’m having trouble with body image and self starting some sort of exercise routine. i admire friends that can tackle working new activities into what feels like a daunting schedule. or maybe i just admire the ability to have a little more backbone when it comes to want vs. need. do people want to exercise? i want to read a book. i feel pretty certain i’m going to prefer it over the pain of an exercise class. the few times i have worked up the courage, i haven’t regretted it, but… i don’t know. i’m searching for what would MAKE me go do it. pretty soon, it’s going to be that i can’t pull on my favorite jeans. then i’ll probably just freak out that i’ve let things get too out of control… YAY!

i also went through all my make-up, and threw out over half of it. i don’t even have that much, but… there’s something weird about holding onto something you think might make you look ‘pretty’ some day. bizarre. i’m done with this idea that a lipstick is going to make me feel better about myself. if i don’t want to wear it today, i probably don’t want to wear it ever. plus, the purge feels way better than knowing i have it ‘just in case’. there are so many things i seem to hoard away for a someday. i’m slowly working through finding what they are, and tossing. i don’t know why i do it, but so far, it feels pretty good to let them go.

above- leaf photo used from whimsy box. didn’t find credit for should, would, could print, but somewhere from etsy?, ‘fortune favors the brave’ print by alyssa nassner.

wear it – hair inspiration – bangs

10 Oct
October 10, 2014

soooooo… not so long ago i was putting together images thinking i was going to make some radical change with my hair. it’s the same ole story, right… seasons change, you feel rut-like. rut-ish. rut-tastic. the easiest thing to do is start hacking away.

so… i made an appointment. then i got angry at how much said appt. was going to cost (+ time). and then i cancelled the appointment. and then i freaked out over the weekend, and almost started cutting my own hair. then i went to someone I HAD NEVER MET. and, the rest, as they say, is history. so my hair looks… the same, but with bangs. i’m dissatisfied with the amount of the bangs i ended up with, the way it was thinned (i have crazy massive hair that has to be thinned out), and i’m tired of my own color. so… i’m pretty much right where i started.

also, does balayage involve a phD, and is that why it costs $200? is foil not a thing anymore? i haven’t colored my hair for… almost 4 years. i’m apparently a rube when it comes to hair dyeing in 2014. i just need to look better. better is apparently going to cost me.

buy it – wish list – fall edition

09 Oct
October 9, 2014

i seriously feel like i’ve been pregnant for 3 years, and am only now coming out of the fog. wardrobe-wise i have some re-tooling to do. things in my closet are all over the place, and i’m struggling to define my style. i want to be put together, but with minimal work. i’ve heard the easiest way to accomplish that is ‘the uniform’. that sounds like a snore. so… the summary of that is, i want to look put together, like i have style, it has to be easy, and i don’t want to look boring.

so, since i basically have nothing figured out, here’s a collage of things that i want for fall. guess i’ll keep wearing jeans and tees til i can figure out something more exciting. what’s on your wish list as the seasons change? i’ve heard friends talk about booties and coats, skirts and new tights… having had most of my coats forever, i’m most wanting an updated coat. i think red fits my ‘not boring’ requirement perfectly.

1- cuyana leather tote $150, 2- renee’s accessories nordstrom $38, 3- stripe luxe boatneck tee gap $26.95, 4- articles of society denim $49, 5-new balance 420 $69, 7- jcrew toggle coat $398

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