Monday, April 14, 2014

Friend Makin' Mondays: Favorite Things

 
Hi, everyone! These days are just flying by, aren't they? I can't believe that Sunday is Easter already! Wow!
 
Anyway, here is this week's Friend Makin' Monday Post. I got these questions from Sarah over at Losing Weight and Having Fun, but they originally came from Stephanie at Athlete at Heart. So, here are my favorite things!
 
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
 
Favorite things.
 
1. Favorite color? (be specific… what shade of blue/green/red etc)
My favorite color is orange. The brighter the orange, the better!
 
2. Favorite piece of clothing you own?
My Carl Hagelin Rangers player T-shirt...hehe. Seriously, my fav NON-sports piece would have to be my Old Navy skinny jeans. They go with just about anything and I feel amazing in them!
 
3. Favorite smartphone app?
Pandora. I can listen to whatever type of music suits my mood at the time, no matter what I already have downloaded!
 
4. Favorite city?
Baltimore. It's a fun city, with a lot to do, but not as overwhelming as, say, New York. I went there for Fitbloggin' 2012 and had a blast!
 
5. Favorite strength training exercise?
Rows. There are so many variations on them that I could probably do a whole workout with just rows! My favs are the deadrows though. Holy back muscles!
6. Favorite vegetable?
Spinach, especially raw. I could eat a bowl of that and be happy.
 
7. Favorite hair product? (shampoo, styling, conditioner etc)
Tea Tree shampoo. I love how it smells, but sadly, I can't afford too much of it. Professional products are a tad bit too expensive for me. =/
8. Favorite animal?
Lions! My high school and college mascots were lions, plus I always love how pretty they look but how fierce they can be. Oh, and Alex is my favorite character in the Madagascar movies. ;-)
 
9. Favorite superhero?
Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles. Yes, I am a Disney/Pixar nut. No, I don't care.
 
10. Favorite recipe? (share the details with us)
The southern unfried chicken from The Runner's World Cookbook. Basically breaded and baked chicken with a KICK to it! Either buy the book or Google it to get the full recipe. I'm too lazy to post it here...lol. ;-)
 
That's all from me! Have a great week, everyone!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friend Makin' Mondays: Random Questions

Happy Monday, everyone! More importantly, Happy NCAA Basketball Championship Night! My beloved UConn has made it to the big game, and I'm hoping for the win! I've been a UConn fan for 14 years, and seen two championships in that time. Another would be awesome!

Anyway, before the game, here's today's Friend Makin' Monday post! =)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here as well as on Sarah's blog Losing Weight and Having Fun, so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

This week’s random questions come to you from Tyra who blogs over at Random Acts of Snark. Thanks Tyra for the awesome questions.

1. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?
I can't say I have. I have had some strange dreams (Who hasn't?), but nothing seen again.

2. What was the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I haven't really eaten anything that weird. You can call me boring. ;-)

3. Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Go to movie?
Yes. I wouldn't go to a sit-down restaurant by myself, unless just placing a to-go order, but places like Chipotle I often do. I also usually go to the movies by myself.

4. What would you leave in your will for the person you care about the most?
I don't have much to leave. Unless you want my yoga mat. Or my collection of sports T-shirts.

5. Would you rather…Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?
Fast food for sure. I don't eat it much anymore. Plus, without TV, how am I supposed to watch my sports? ;-)

6. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?
Successfully cooking dinner for myself and the family enjoyed it too. Plus both UConn basketball teams making the championship games!


7. List the food items you take at a salad bar.
Lettuce or spinach, mushrooms, carrots, cheese, bacon (sometimes), croutons, and whatever dressing is low-fat or fat-free.

8. If you were in the “Miss America” talent competition, what would your talent be? (Note: both guys & gals have to answer this question)
Uh, I don't have one? =(

9. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
My gym bag and yoga mat. Along with jumper cables and brake fluid.

10. How many rings before you answer the phone?
Way too many. If it's a familiar number, I'll answer right away. Otherwise, voicemail!

Have an awesome week, everyone! Oh, and BLEED BLUE!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Friend Makin' Mondays: Hobbies and Games

Hi, everyone! In my efforts to blog more, I decided to get back into Friend Makin' Mondays! I love doing these posts, since they get me to open up a little more, plus they're on the light side! Who doesn't love something light and happy? I know I do!

FMM was started by Kenlie of All the Weigh, but was recently taken over by Sarah at Losing Weight and Having Fun. If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section on Sarah's blog, so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links there too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


Hobbies and Games
 
1. Do you have a favorite board game?
I love Monopoly and even own a Miami Dolphins version of the game! 

2. Do you have a favorite card game?
Solitaire and Pinochle.

3. Do you play games on your phone?
I don't play games on my phone, since I have a Windows Phone (limited selection), but have Brave Temple Run and Angry Birds on my iPod touch.

4. Do you prefer the x-box, playstation or Wii?
I have a PS2 and a Wii. I still love playing Guitar Hero! I also love some Mario Kart from time to time.

5. Do you have a favorite outdoor hobby?
I like to run. I also love the beach in the summers. I am from Jersey, after all! ;-)

6. Have you ever been geocaching?
No, but now that I just read a little about it, I would love to give it a try!

7. What’s your favorite hobby?
I used to be a hard core vidder. Basically, viding is where you take clips from a TV show or movie, and set them to music. Real life got in the way, and I took a bit of hiatus from it. I plan to pick it back up in time though!

8. Is there a hobby you would love to try but are too scared too?
I would love to get back into swimming, but I think this one is more self-consciousness and lack of access to a pool over fear.

9. Do you enjoy doing puzzles?
No. I have the patience of a pea (probably less), and wouldn't last too long putting together a puzzle.

10. Have you taken any classes in anything?
No, although I would love to take a cooking class or two!

Have a great week, everyone! =)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April Goals

I haven't blogged in almost two months. Epic. Fail.

In a nutshell, life has gotten in the way. I work about 43 hours a week and have a super early shift. Plus, I can spend as long as two hours a night in the gym.

Which leaves little time for blogging. Or TV viewing. Or much else. BORING!

In the midst of this, I kind of lost focus on a few things besides blogging, like cooking and weight training (MAJOR FAIL!). So, to help myself rebound, I came up with a few goals!

Goals for April:

1) Drink a gallon of water a day-AND track it. I was kicking ass with this one back in December...then fell off the wagon. Drinking a gallon of water a day will help me from drinking more iced tea and coffee than I should. Tracking will simply help me get there!

2) Try one new recipe a week. I can cook...just in a limited capacity. Pretty much just chicken and turkey burgers on my George Foreman plus boiling water for pasta. Can we say BORING? I checked out a Hungry Girl cookbook out of the library, plus have The Runner's World Cookbook, so I have tons of options to choose from!

3) Weight train at least two days a week. This is the part of my workouts where I am seriously slacking. I do a Power class on Fridays...then don't lift again until the following class. I love Power, so I plan to keep it in my schedule, but will also add at least one 20-30 minute session on my own. Whatever it takes, I will make it happen.

4) Minimum of 15 minutes of core work three days a week. Similar to the weight training, my core work is slowly decreasing. I know most classes integrate core work into the class, but I still would like to get at least 15 minutes in three days a week. Again, at least one or two classes, but still some work on my own.

5) Blog at least once a week. When I set this as a December goal, I rocked it! Since then...not so much. I plan to write about my upcoming 5K training as well as some possible reviews. I can and will make the time to keep this tiny blog of mine going!

Well, since I have my heights set high this month, I guess I should treat myself to something awesome, right? Well, it took some thought, and I decided on a mani-pedi at the end of April for all my hard work! I haven't had one since June, and decided it would be a nice goal/seven month maintenance reward!

Here's to an AWESOME APRIL!!

Since you are all so awesome to read my little blog here, I decided to ask you guys: What would you like me to blog about? What would YOU like to see?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Friend Makin' Monday: Random Questions

Note: I am very lazily posting this in bed on my phone. I will edit and make it look pretty when I get on my computer later this week. ;-)

Just realized that I never blogged in January. Epic. Fail.

Real life got in the way. I moved at the beginning of January and got busy with work. Oh, and still rocking at that thing called maintenance! Blogging took a back seat, but I plan on making it up to you all soon!

So, I decided to make my return to the blogging world on this cold, snowy night with a lighter post: my first Friend Makin' Monday in forever!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Random Questions

1. Did you watch the Super Bowl?  If so, what was your favorite part?  I watched, but nothing stood out to me.

2. What is the weather like where you live?  Today? It's cold and snowy. Again. *sigh*

3. When is your birthday?  August 7

4. Do you prefer sparkling water or flat water? Flat water.

5. How many hours did you sleep last night? 6 and change

6. What is your favorite day of the week? Monday. Yes, it's the start of the work week, but with that also comes two of my favorite workout classes (Group Core and Group Kick)!

7. If you had to choose between riding a bike and swimming, which would you choose? Indoor bike riding. I'm a spin fanatic!

8. How often do you eat red meat?  At least once a week, but no more than twice.

9. What time did you wake up this morning? 4:15(ish). I had work at 5:30 this morning (just like every other weekday =P).

10. Do you have any goals for the week?  Drink at least 24 oz. of water before drinking any coffee. I feel better when I do, plus I want to prove that it is possible no matter how early it is!

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments.  Happy Monday!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014

Second post of the night. Hey, have to get blogging in before the year ends, right? ;-)

Anyway, 2013 was, for the most part, a good year. Here's what happened (in no particular order):

1) I ran my comeback 5K in May and another in June. I didn't PR in either of
    them, but just having the guts to run again less than a year after a nasty
    knee injury was amazing enough. 

2) I became an aunt in May to an adorable baby boy! He's now seven and a
    half months old, and getting cuter by the day!

3) I got two promotions at work in the span of a month and a half. I started       2013 as a trainer, ended it as a Zone Leader. No intentions to become a
    manager anytime soon, but we'll see what happens.

4) My mom got diagnosed with an autoimmune platelet disorder in May, and
    suffered a stroke as a result. Yes, it sucked, but our family is closer than
    ever.

5) I met my Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis on General Hospital) in November. She's
    been one of my favs since I started watching the show in 2009! So happy
    I finally got to meet her! 

6) I got out of the "overweight" category in July for the first time in about 20
    years, which led to...

7) Hitting goal and becoming an "After" in September. I'm actually still one 
    pound below my original goal, and have stayed there since. I truly believe
    I can maintain this for life.

So, yeah, that was 2013 in a nutshell. The good outweighed the bad for sure. I'm kind of sad that this year is going, but ready to see what 2014 brings!

Speaking of which, I have only two things that I want to focus on in the new year:

1) Maintain my 101 pound weight loss. The first year is always the hardest, 
    and I want to keep doing what I'm doing and stay an "After."

2) Stop comparing myself to others! This is something I have struggled with
    forever, and just want to be the best ME I can be! I realized that no two 
    stories are exactly alike, and why should I strive to be a second-rate
    version of someone else when I can be a totally kick-ass, one and only
    version of me, right? Enough said.

I seriously can't thank you guys enough for all of your love and support this year! You all rock! I love you all!

Peace, love, and happiness to you all in the new year!

December Goal Recap

This is the first of two posts tonight. I'm having such a thrilling New Year's Eve, can't you tell? ;-)

For those who see my Instagram posts in some capacity (either on Instagram itself or on Facebook and/or Twitter), you may remember me posting this in the beginning of the month:



So, how did I do in December? Well, here it goes...

1) 31 for 31 on the gallon of water drinking! It was tougher some days more
    than others, but I did it! I felt so much better too! Proof that you don't           really need all that sugar crap in your system. Plain water will do you fine.

2) Still tracking! Made it 121 straight days today! This has become a habit           now! I know I'm three months into maintenance, but I still like to see what     I've done. Plus, having friends on MyFitnessPal helps for accountability. ;-)

3) I didn't blog on December 1, but I have every week since. So I'll call this a
    mini-win.

4) I rocked this month! I did gain two pounds after a one pound loss, but I
    wound up breaking even. Huge victory for sure!

5) FAIL! I'm in the middle of a move, and haven't had time or energy to put         into soup making. Maybe in February, after we're all settled in the new           house?

Overall, I feel GREAT about everything I did in December! I wasn't perfect, but then again, nobody said I had to be. I know I accomplished more than I did if I DIDN'T set goals at all. Hey, it's all about progress, right?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Three Months After Goal: Yes, It's Still Amazing

Happy Holidays, friends! Hope you all enjoyed the season and that reality hasn't slapped you too hard in the face yet.

Speaking of the holidays, it tends to be carb overload. All sorts of sweets, potatoes and bread at every meal, and if you're like my family, bagels for Christmas breakfast. Yes, I had my share of everything, but for the most part, stayed in control throughout the festivities (minus two brownies on Wednesday).

Sure enough, it all paid off. On Saturday (my three month goal-versary), I weighed in, and I was still sitting at 145. Three months after hitting goal, and I was still there. Pretty awesome, huh?

I'd be lying if I said these last three months were easy. It has been anything but. After a few weeks, I found out that the lowest number I hit (142, three pounds lighter than I am now and four pounds below my original goal) would not be the one my body would want to maintain. I was upset with this, but relized that my body is happy where it is, plus I still look and feel great. I also have spent a good chunk of time figuring out what I needed to do to maintain instead of lose.

I also admit that there are moments where I'm still in a "I really did this?!" frame of mind. People have told me that I will have those moments for some time. It did take me four years (plus some time) to make this happen, and that something this big that took that long will have those kind of moments. I think that I will still be amazed for a long time because the process itself was amazing. I found strength that I didn't know I had, plus made so many awesome friends along this journey.

At the same time, I'm sure that I'll continue to experience hard moments throughout my maintenance journey. The losing part wasn't easy, so the maintenance won't  either. Personally, I think that this process is hard so that anyone who goes through it not only becomes stronger as a result, but is more thankful for what comes out of it. I know I am in more ways than one. I became stronger (both mentally and physically) and so happy with myself for the first time in a long time!

No matter what, I'll always be glad I went through this as well as how I did it. I went slow, but as you can tell, the weight is staying off, and I am confident that it will for a long time.

I'm still going strong after three months and life feels pretty amazing! Best. Feeling. Ever.