Slimming down in the new year

Cliché I know, but I started 2018 with the intentions of being a healthier version of me.  Not only that, but finding myself again.  I am still nursing my youngest and an issue I’ve had while nursing is not being able to lose the last 8-10lbs of baby weight.  Not sure what it is but my body just holds on tightly to it.  I was tired of feeling tired and out of shape and wanted to make a promise to myself to give me time to focus on ME.

One day while scrolling through instagram I heard one of my favorite bloggers and insta peeps, Lynzy from Lynzy & Co., talk about Nancy Anderson’s 30 Day Slim Down.  She had just had a baby herself and struggled with the same issue I have while nursing but obviously wanted to protect her milk supply while on the plan.  Once I heard her results I knew I had to look further.  I ended up following Nancy on instagram and she was at the tail end of her second pregnancy.  It was comforting to me that this plan was made by a mama that would understand nursing mom’s needs and if there was ever a dip in supply she made herself readily available to try to fix the problem.

OK, so getting into the nitty gritty.  I started this plan at 132.2 and took my waist, hips, and thigh measurements so that I could track my progress through out the next 30 days.

WEEK 1

Unfortunately I rolled into this 30 day plan straight out of the flu or some sort of stomach bug BUT I was feeling well enough I went on ahead and started the plan but just held off on workouts for the first couple days.

Overall the first week was rough.  Not sure if I was still in recovery mode or if it was the changes being implemented but detoxing from the holidays made me feel hung over and tired.  Thankfully that feeling slowly dissipated and by the weekend I actually felt like I had more energy which was nice to put that towards harder workouts.

Finally at the beginning of week 2 I decided to check my progress.  I definitely felt less bloated and leaner but wasn’t sure what that would equate to numbers wise.  Sure enough the scale read 128, that’s down 4.2lbs in just 7 days, that’s insane!  I hadn’t seen a number below 130’s no matter how hard I tried while nursing and here I was just one week down and half way back to my pre pregnancy weight.  Not only did I lost weight though I took my measurements and lost a total of 5.5 inches, 3 of those in my waist!  To say that this plan works is an understatement.

WEEK 2

This diet is changing more than my waistline.  I have such an abundance of energy, sleeping more soundly, and my skin is GLOWING!  The sleep to me is the most surprising.  My son usually woke up about 2, maybe even 3, times a night and now he’s down to 1 wakeup/feed.  I’m not sure if maybe my milk is fattier so it’s keeping him fuller longer or if it’s a fluke but either way I’ll take it.

On this plan Nancy has given the opportunity for a “treat” meal.  You still follow certain guidelines but it’s not as strict for one dinner a week.  I have to say, 2 “treat” meals in and I’m finding out that old habits just aren’t that satisfying.  Last week my first treat meal was a bunless burger and fries which I didn’t even finish because it was just too heavy.  This week we went with tex-med and ordered fajitas.  They were good and the chips and salsa at the beginning were AH-MAZING, but the bloat was real afterwards and it just showed me again how this plan has changed my look on food.

Now I’m not going to lie, I’ve had my moments where I crave a glass of red wine and a handful of dark chocolate almonds, especially on an extra stressful day BUT I’ve been making a cup of chamomile tea and it’s been satisfying that want…..so far.

My thoughts as I enter week 3 is that my outlook on food was so wrong!  I’m learning so much and can’t wait to see what the next two weeks bring.

WEEK 3

This week was definitely one I struggled with. A lot of that is on me, being a picky eater, but I’ve had it up to here with grilled chicken at this point. Besides being slightly bored with lunch and dinner options I’m feeling pretty fantastic. Tons of energy and overall feeling good. I’m also noticing a huge difference in the way my clothing is fitting which has been amazing and may be even better then the numbers on the scale. I’ve been working out 6 days out of the week and I think that’s also been a huge factor in me feeling so much better. I’m feeling more and more like my old self and that’s been the best change so far. I do miss my wine though and plan on celebrating on day 31 with a glass!!

WEEK 4

Ya’ll this week has just been a struggle because I’m doing it alone.  Jason had to travel for work so I had to finish my last few days by myself with three kids.  To say I wanted a glass of wine would be an understatement but I held myself together and finished STRONG!!  I kept up with my workouts and meal prepped before Jason left to try and take some of the “burden” of cooking off my plate.  I continue to feel full of energy, which came in handy this week for sure.  I will say I started to feel bloated at the very end BUT that was thanks to my monthly visiter and not the diet.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Thanks to this slim down I’ve lost a total of 8.8lbs and 8.5 inches!  My clothes all fit so much better and I finally feel more like my old self.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I can not believe that it’s that time of the year AGAIN!  Sure it’s 100+ degrees outside but I’m suddenly craving a PSL and cozy knits.

If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the Nordstrom anniversary sale where they put out all brand new, never before seen, items and mark them WAY down.  Items range from clothing to transition into Fall, beauty, hair, accessories and shoes. Continue reading “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”

Daily makeup routine using just drugstore products

Daily makeup routine using just drugstore products

A few months ago I realized that my current concealer was a bit too dark to help cover those pesky dark circles, hello motherhood and lack of sleeping, so as I was in Target I quickly grabbed one to use while I was waiting for my “go to” to ship out.  To my surprise I LOVED the concealer I had brought home and thought it would be fun to do a drugstore makeup review.  Now I did a little research but mainly picked products that stuck out to me, whether it was the packaging or the resemblance to the “higher end” products I already owned and loved.   Continue reading “Daily makeup routine using just drugstore products”

Weekly Wants (Spring transition pieces)

Weekly Wants (Spring transition pieces)

So February comes and all the stores roll out all their cute Spring/warm weather clothing.  I don’t know about ya’ll but for me it makes me itch for all the delicate patterns and flouncy materials.  This Weekly Wants is dedicated to transition some Spring pieces in early while still being weather appropriate.   Continue reading “Weekly Wants (Spring transition pieces)”

January PLAY! vs Birchbox

January PLAY! vs Birchbox

Alright y’all, this is it.  I’ve officially cancelled my monthly subscriptions so these are my last ones for at least a little while.  Why cancel, you might ask?  Well, I am officially a sample size hoarder and even with giving lots away, using, or tossing I still have drawers overflowing.  I’m also at the point that with over a year and a half with each box I’m getting way too many duplicates.  Never say never, but for right now I need a pause from it.  Continue reading “January PLAY! vs Birchbox”

January Men’s Trunk Club Try-On

January Men’s Trunk Club Try-On

Warning, my husband is a kid and will do pretty much anything to make me laugh as you’ll see in the pictures, but that’s what makes me love him.  Alright so my hubby, Jason, has a work trip coming up and needed a couple additions to his wardrobe before flying out to San Fran.  I’ve had such wonderful luck lately with Trunk Club so we decided to request one for him before his trip.  Continue reading “January Men’s Trunk Club Try-On”

My review of Tula Probiotics

So I’m officially in my second month of taking TULA probiotics.  I haven’t seen a crazy difference in my skin complexion YET but I’ve noticed a huge difference in my digestion and energy levels!  I have no doubts that my skin will make a change shortly.  One of my favorite blogs actually just did a review of them and I couldn’t agree more.  Click here to read Katey’s experience.  She was actually smart enough and took notes daily and it’s amazing to see her body’s reaction to missing a dose or two.

Continue reading “My review of Tula Probiotics”

The battle of the dry shampoos

The battle of the dry shampoos

I feel as a mom of three I was meant for this post.  I mean who has time to wash their hair everyday anyways?! I’ve tried quite a few different brands but I’ve narrowed it down to these seven.

Typically my hair can make it 2 days after washing before it starts to get a little sketch.  The plan is to try a new dry shampoo on my 3 day hair and see how it feels and how long I can make it last.  I’ll write down my thoughts on each one; the good, bad and the ugly. Continue reading “The battle of the dry shampoos”

October PLAY! vs BIRCH boxes 

October PLAY! vs BIRCH boxes 

As ya’ll know, I love me a subscription box.  My two favorites, and the ones that I’ve had the longest, are the Sephora PLAY! and BIRCHBOX.  Who doesn’t love a good mail day and getting the opportunity to try new beauty products?!  These two subscriptions are always so fun and usually there’s a clear “winner” each month. Continue reading “October PLAY! vs BIRCH boxes “

Trader Joe’s haul 10/16-10/20

Trader Joe’s haul 10/16-10/20

A new week means a new meal plan. We made the trek again this week to our favorite grocery store for a few staples and some missing ingredients.

I swear every time we are in Trader Joe’s we discover something new to us. I especially love how it brings my kids out of their “food rut” and they explore new flavors.  Continue reading “Trader Joe’s haul 10/16-10/20”

September PLAY! By Sephora box 

September PLAY! By Sephora box 

Alright, finally received my SEPTEMBER PLAY! box after a little mishap with the shipping.

If you’re not familiar with Sephora’s PLAY! box, it’s their monthly subscription that includes 5-6 deluxe samples of various beauty products.  It’s $10 billed monthly and it allows me to try products before purchasing.  I love it! Continue reading “September PLAY! By Sephora box “

Trader Joe’s haul 10/9-10/13

As a family we try to eat a balanced diet.  In order for us to stick with a healthy(ish) lifestyle we meal plan weekly.  It’s always fun to get the girls involved in coming up with a menu and it pretty much guarantees that they’ll eat their food and avoid those “picky” eater moments.  A bonus to the meal planning is that it also saves money, we go to the store with a mission and a list and usually are pretty good to sticking with it.   Continue reading “Trader Joe’s haul 10/9-10/13”

Top 10 baby items you don’t always think of

Now that my third baby is almost 7 months (where has the time gone) I’ve decided to put together a list of my must have baby items.  The first few months can be tough.  You’re getting adjusted and more then likely are lacking majorly on sleep.  I’ve compiled a list of products that really are worth it. Continue reading “Top 10 baby items you don’t always think of”

Turning something old into something new

Something my husband and I love doing is finding a new project to do for the house. We’ve recently moved and are currently focusing on putting the playroom together. We happen to own a small media cabinet from Crate and Barrel but unfortunately has been destroyed over time and well, kids. Instead of getting rid of it we held on to it during the move in the hopes of giving it a new life. We decided the playroom was the right spot but still wanted it to look good since it’s the first thing you’ll see as you walk up the stairs. Continue reading “Turning something old into something new”

August Trunk Club Try-on

August Trunk Club Try-on

Perfect timing or the worst timing getting my Trunk Club at the end of my No Shop August?? I mean at this point anything I keep wouldn’t get charged till early September so would it really be cheating? I’m thinking no, lol. This box was filled with lots of fun options to transition into Fall and I can’t wait to share. Continue reading “August Trunk Club Try-on”