Jul 30, 2014

I'm spoiled now (Product review)

This is the face of a cynic.
 I admit it.
And I was so wrong and I'm kicking myself about it.

A couple weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue about a product review. I was skeptical because seriously it was all too good to be true.

I mean, I'm a busy mom who loathes, absolutely loathes shopping. Not only because of having a three  year old stuck to my hip, but also because of the difficulties of shopping sizes (vanity or not) when you've been every size between 16 and 4. Online shopping is intimidating as well because of the same issues. Size? Where do you start?

Eshakti is an online genius concept. Not only is it the convenience of online shopping at 2am after changing bed sheets of a potty training toddler but it has the brilliance of customization of their products.

 No really! You get to alter the sleeve type or length, length or hemline, neck plunge on some.
(the customization fee is for the whole product, not each step!)

Since I was skeptical of the offer before me, I selected a reasonably priced item and something that I would normally be drawn to in case this turned out to be a scam (new blogger issues.)

A kimono style or wrap blouse is always flattering to a waistline, but I often struggle with a long torso. I'm an respectable 5'6 but trust me it feels like 5 feet is just my torso (my sand is all in the bottom)but with the customization I was able too create this top in a hip length and add in some cap sleeves. This time next year I can dream of creating this as a sleeveless blouse!
I'm wearing a "Medium-8"

This shirt does has a snap in the V, but I needed better placement, so I have added in a cami to help me out.

The wrap is not a faux wrap. It is a true wrap with in back and securing buttons on the inside. I didn't think to get a picture of the back where the wrap shows the black trim, giving the wrap its full respect.

Thanks to eshakti.com I now own probably one of the best quality blouses in my closet. Solid construction and the fabric is awesome. I will definitely be making other purchases now that I know this is a real deal.

I was notified on a Wednesday that it was shipped via DHL, only to have me miss the delivery on Friday?!? Talk about delivery! Within one week of my customized order, I missed a delivery.  Their website quotes 14 business days for delivery of a one-of-a-kind item, that is remarkable alone, but from what I've read online and other reviewers, everyone has been far impressed with such a quick turnaround.

My regret?
Not taking advantage of this offer and getting one of their dresses or stepping out of my comfort box!

*I was contacted by eshakti.com with this product for my honest and personal opinion and experience*

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Jul 29, 2014

On The Table: RetroWW meals

Since this my version of "RetroWWweek"
 I thought I'd bust out my old favorites for the week's menu.

On Sunday I recruited Hubs to help....the man cannot let me use his smoker without his overtaking of the meat supervision (plan success!)

Sunday - Smoked chicken with sautéed zucchini and a green salad. 4pt
Monday - Breakfast tacos (omelette for me) 5pt 
Tuesday - Meatloaf with corn on the cob and salad (broccoli for me) 6pt
Wednesday - Veggie and smoked chicken frittata 5-6pt
Friday - Leftover night

Not true official WW recipes other than the official chimichangas,
but the rest are meals the family enjoy and I can easily adapt for my needs.

Jul 28, 2014

Retro-Attacking my week

It is Monday :)
Are you up and ready to roll through this new week?  I am.
Okay, maybe I'm just ready to take a break from house chores and kidlet whining.

This weekend was go-go-go. 
In fact my Polar had me hitting over 100% both days with just house and mom work going on.
Man, I miss my Roomba like hardcore.

Last week while unpacking my latest cubicle move, I found my old WW bag.  Once upon a time when you spent cash dollars and went into a real building for your meetings, you ended up with your starter kit. Legit paper books, folks. I'm talking the stone ages, right?
I opened it up and found some old quicktrack paper tracking sheets and saw what I used to eat that allowed me to lose 60lbs.  I was able to eat a variety of food that I've restricted myself from lately.  Sure I had some gastro discomfort, but overall I was fine. I was consistently losing until those last ten pounds which we all know love to mess with our minds no matter what we eat or do.

I've mentioned it before my need to return to my 'roots' to help me refocus again, especially now with my stupid plantar f-bomb thing going on.  So I'm going to give this a whirl. I know it worked for me before, if anything it will help drag me away from my peanut butter, right?

That too...cynical yes, but I'm the least self-absorbed I know. Oh wait, I'm blogging now. crap.

If you saw on Instagram earlier today, I'm sporting my old Three-Month Journal and tracking on paper.  I probably seem like an old fart not using my phone and apps, but sometimes old school paper and constant visual helps.  I am able to literally keep my journal on my desk at work staring at me so even if I snack, I have to write it down.  On my phone the app is closed or minimized so I can waste time on FB, Instagram, Pinterest, anything to avoid the real work that needs to be done.

I weighed myself last Wednesday morning after a 3mile run, so I'm sure I was swollen...but its my starting number and what I've based my original WW points daily allowance on.  Not PointsPlus, but original points.

Here's hoping to some old-school results with this retro attack on the bulge!

Jul 25, 2014

Blushing and cursing

First of all, I have to say thank you to all of the love sent my way 
from my Love Your Body Challenge summary and pictures on Instagram.
More pictures in one week of me or my body than in the last six months?
You ladies do a girl good.
Thank you.

This week has been slammed at work, so much that I have a post-it of posts that I need to write up and share, but lack the time to write them up yet.  

So last week, I mentioned my goal was to beat the prior week's daily goal average

July 7-13th
122%  and a weekly step count of 80406
I posted that my goal last week was to hit 100K steps.

July 14-20th
 156% and a weekly step count of 94289.

So close!

This week I am no where near that, so that will be my goal for next week.

Why not this week?

I ended up sitting around the doctor's office for three hours waiting for my appointment.
 Grrr....I tried to leave but then would have been charged for a 'missed appointment.'  I went because I was forced to by Hubs when he got annoyed with my wincing face every time I stood up to walk.  It honestly only hurt for the first ten steps or so, but it was pretty bad.

The doctor said its early, but I got the ugly prognosis of Plantar Fasciitis

I believe I gave him the glare of death.

So I will try to get to the running store soon to get assessed again, my recent shoe purchase likely doesn't have enough arch for me.  He did give me the green light to keep running since my strike isn't being affected, but I need to prevent it from getting worse with some inserts or better shoes.  My work shoes also need to be upgraded for arch support.

Despite that, I'm glad to be getting back on the treadmill.  I got 12miles in last week and 6 so far this week, but this week is faster already. 

Next week will no doubt be better with my work load getting better after today!

In the meantime, I will keep at the treadmill and chugging along.

If you say so Dean!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!
I have some fun stuff to share with you next week.

(forgive the language this week, it has been one hell of a week!)

Jul 22, 2014

Love your Body Challenge

This past week has been rather deep around here. 
Yeah, an odd place for me or this blog! 
I have to blame Val and Meg for last week's #loveyourbodychallenge on Instagram and their quest to get other chicks to post their body parts on the interworlds. 
Smooth move there, ladies, I see what you did here.

Anyone around these parts know I don't post my picture too much, call it lazy or paranoid, whatever the reason I just don't. I'm still very self-conscious, despite a 60lb transformation and refocus onto myself. I internally can say 'hey, I'm not fugly or anything, nobody should run away when I walk into a room'....but the modesty in me still thinks that would be shallow or pompous to even let those ideas float into my head.  Perhaps too many years of self-depreciation? 

For those who didn't notice the challenge or are under a rock without Instagram, I thought I'd share my messages:

Day 1 
"Smile or laugh lines? aka wrinkle lines.  I've had mixed feelings for these lines. I never had them before losing weight. Weightloss removes the swelling and filler in the face, result is that my age shows.  
But I have learned to love these lines as a reflection of my humor and outlook on life to just 'smile and wave.'

Day 2
"I was lucky tog row up with good skin. I always thought it was a backhanded compliment about 'pretty face' (on a fluffy body) but now I'm damn lucky. 
 Wrinkles and all."

Day 3
"What used to be called breasts, boobs, tatas are gone.  Weightloss and babies does that to some of us.  But I wouldn't change a thing. I have two healthy kids that I personally sacrificed for with their nourishment.  
This isn't about nursing, this is me loving what my body has done and why it is what it is."

Day 4
"Love and am grateful to have the health I do have.  Even if it isn't perfect, I love the fact that I have the ability to put shoes on two feet and a heart healthy enough to keep me moving everyday. 
 Love a body part? I'm being grateful for the imperfect body I have."

Day 5
"Reunion time.  Senior picture from 1994 and tonight.  It only took me 20 years to find my confidence and comfort in my skin.  
Still not big on smiling, but I'm not avoiding or running from cameras tonight"

Day 6
"I may be pale but I felt just as awesome as my skinny friends.  That and knowing that I can run circles around them being more fit.  
 I may not be as small as others, but I am strong and healthy."

Day 7
"I originally was going to post about my eyes like so many othe rgorgeous ladies in the challenge, but I got the best compliment tonight from the 10yr old:
"You are one of the pretties moms I know." so I may have to end the challenge by listening to my son
 and try and love all of me."

The  challenge may be over, but the message did get through.  
Did anyone else participate or learn something about yourself during it?

Jul 18, 2014

My groove, yeah its coming back....

I have to keep this short and sweet since work is boggin me down lately, seriously, don't they know I need some 'off' time during work hours to let me keep up with my fun job?

So I've been busy at work, and slightly anxious about this whole high school reunion thing...that's for next week, but this week? I've taken my work stress out on my treadmill.

I kicked some fitness booty this week!!

Let me break down my activity for last week to compare it since I'm falling more and more in love with my PolarLoop.

When I first received the Loop, the base setting is 10K steps for your goal to reach 100%.  However, it learns and bumps you up base on your patterns and keeps you striving for more.  Currently my 100% is right around 14K steps a day.  I have yet figured out how to manually change this! ha!  I guess this is a good thing.

Last week's "Daily GOAL completion average" = 122%
  • Monday - 187%
  • Tuesday - 71%
  • Wednesday - 90%
  • Thursday - 191%
  • Friday - 74%
  • Saturday - 125%
  • Sunday - 116%

I struggled with two BAD migraine days, can you tell which days? ha!

But this week? Mind you I'm jumping the gun and sharing this on Friday with only five days reported, but my weekends are always above 100% due to housework, errands, and mommy duties.

Daily GOAL completion average (5days) = 172%
  • Monday - 124%
  • Tuesday - 81%
  • Wednesday - 296%    YEAH BUDDY!
  • Thursday - 152%
  • Friday - 204% (as of 3pm)
Yeah, I'm feeling pretty fabulous about myself.

Jul 16, 2014

Voxbox knows me too well....

 I mentioned it last month when I finally got to pick up my first ever VoxBox from Influenster and within 2hours had to rip open the box to be the good momma and have Neosporin  ready to roll with the emergency kiddo scrape.

Awesome collage from another VoxBox reviewer, Schnelle! Check out her take on the goodies too!

But I didn't get a chance to test out the other products until recently to give to some personal input about the goodies in the purple box.

Confessional time first:
1. We don't buy gas at Shell, so I was unable to take advantage of the Fuel Rewards program.  Sucks because we use a crapload of gas and the chance to get bonuses or earn rewards for spending my money anyway on the gas? I mean its not like I can stop buying gas, I live in Texas where everything is a solid 10minute drive. In Austin, multiply that by like 4.52 to plan your trip to the corner store.

2. If you've read my rants or food posts, you would know that two of the four people in this house are lactose intolerant. 'Girls can't have cowmilk' is what the 3yr old lucky girl thinks. #sadbuttrue 

So the 'boys' got the fun of testing out the Breyers Gelato Indulgences that I selected for them.  Okay, I confess I had to try a couple bites, I mean it looked amazing. Raspberry Cheesecake with graham crackers crumbles on top? The lactose discomfort was worth it....yes, it was that good.

So the rest of the box was awesome for me, it was like Influenster went out and
 searched for me specifically:

Clumsy chick?  
Yep, she needs to try that Neosporin to Go 
which has now been successfully kept in the purse and used four times in a single month?
 yep, I'm their girl!

Allergy prone chick? 
 geesh, give that girl some classic Ivory soap that doesn't have any allergens!
**This chick was smart enough to make laundry soap with it. I'll share that later though**

Allergy and asthma riddled LittleOne? 
 Puffs Tissues baby! 
Can't go wrong, other than adding another package to the bottom of my purse or bag that gets forgotten until you change purses and find four different mini-tissue packages half full.

Clumsy, allergy prone chick who happens to be old as dirt er aging?
(I mean like fine wine of course!) 
 Yep, they even sent me the new
Long name, but so far so good! I'm always leary of new facial products due to my sensitive skin, but I haven't had any breakouts or discoloration as of yet.  Bonus is that it does feel good and light on my face.

Despite being late with my reviews, I wanted to truly give my personal take on them all. I'm still loving everything and using it! A month later and I'm still using a facial product and not fallen out of the routine yet? That alone is a win!

Anyone else receive this box? 
Did you try the Raspberry gelato?  It was hard to choose just one flavor!

Jul 14, 2014

Reality check weekend

Woah....this past weekend was a whirlwind that ended up with a slap of reality hitting me hard.

Not only was it my son's birthday. It was his 10th birthday, a double-digit child??  That means I've actually aged 10years. I finally accepted that fact that yes, I have to admit to having a 10year old kidlet.  I have to admit that despite working out and getting my walk on enough for an average of 130% of daily activity, I made the decision to treat the birthday boy to a cookie cake.

Big mistake.

But then??  This also got thrown at me this weekend.
(Yes that means I'm too old to be blogging, oh well.)

So this week has got to be spot on diet wise, right? I mean I can look awesome by Friday night right?

Call it peer pressure, guilt for becoming a busy working mom, or an anti-facebook non-oversharing person, but I succumbed to the the personal phone calls and harassing texts from the few that I actually do still care about.

And while I'm not a FB posting fool, the rest of the world is.....and I'm a voyeur.

Happy Monday everyone!!
Or to me its more like Happy 5 days left to look friggin awesome 
before revisiting all the old frenemies friends.

Jul 10, 2014

The "Pink Stuff"...not blue or yellow, PINK!

Let's just knock this out of the way.

Yes, it causes cancer in rats if you basically make their blood concentrated with aspertame/sucralose/saccharin/coffee/love/eggs/cuddles/etc.  They will likely get cancer and die if you give them enough of water or anything, so I will take the cautionary tales with a grain of salt.

Everyone dies

I am not going to spout off about the chemical makeup and breakdown of artificial sweeteners, I am not a chemist or nutritionist, but simply a reasonably intelligent woman who has survived this long.

We all know the good and bad, and have already made our decisions if we are going to use whichever brand of whatever we want or not.
The pink stuff.

Why go with the classic fake stuff?

Oh just a little thing called hives and intense swelling that took me
 a full week to connect the dots.

If you recall, for the first week of my "Mid-June ReBoot" I shrunk my carb intake down to a piddly 50-75 carbs a day to curb the sugar cravings and get back on track?  Well the brilliant woman that I am decided to save a couple carbs from my coffee creamer by changing things up abit.

Big mistake.

So I switched from my CoffeeMate Bliss Vanilla with its 5carbs and normal ingredients....

To  the old classic CoffeeMate powder with its 
single carb and less than normal ingredients....


Despite the questionable ingredients, I did this knowingly.  I said 'so be it....I'll just add in the famous sugar free coffee syrups to get my vanilla sweetness'

Its all good, right?

For me? Yeah no....

I didn't think much of it, I mean what could a little splash of syrup and tiny amount of Splenda do to me?

Painful swelling.

So much for trying to save a couple carbs, huh?

Lesson I'm sharing here is to stick with what you know your body will tolerate.  My need for coffee and vanilla creamer far outweigh my warped body's reaction to chemicals that are 'same as sugar.'

Go on with your Splenda selves, 
I'll be over here with my pink stuff and loving my coffee and all its wonderful 5carbs.

Jul 9, 2014

On The Table: Breakfast Cookies

I feel a day behind around here....I normally post recipes on Tuesdays but wanted to share this quick and dirty recipe before I lost the scrap of paper in my bottomless pit that I call my purse.

Inspired by Once A Month Meals version of a "kid friendly" breakfast cookie, 
I used what I randomly found in my barren pantry before my weekly grocery trip.  

Why am I making cookies when I am on my lowest level of carbs?
Remember those pesky kids with awesome metabolisms?
 Good thing they are cute!

"Quickie Cookies"

  • 2 cups of cereal - I happen to have HEB Oats and Honey but you can use whatever you find.
  • 1/2 cup of flour - I mixed the last of my coconut flour and wheat
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar - probably alittle too much sweetness, but this is the only sugar used.
  • 3/4 cup of fatfree vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup oil - I used coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cranberries - I used cherry flavored cranberries, we typically have cherry and blueberry on hand.
  • *flaxseed seen in picture was just a sprinkling, not measured.

In one bowl you can get a helper to crunch up the cereal.  Sure you can throw the cereal into a baggie and use a rolling pin, but if you happen to have a 3yr old you likes to get her hands dirty, then let her scrunch it up with her hands. Besides, you don't want it completely powdered, you want some crunch!

With your now crunched up cereal, add in all the dry ingredients minus the cranberries or raisins if you are one of those people (blech)

In a separate bowl, or a 2cup measuring cup, stir together your yogurt and oil of choice. If you wish to add vanilla I would do it here.

Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix until a cookie batter consistency.  This has no egg or milk, you may need to add additional yogurt or applesauce if you need more moisture depending on your cereal of choice.

Fold in your cranberries and spoon up your cookies  to your size liking! These measurements gave us exactly 12 cookies (that lasted all of one hour after the biggest kid got home!)

350* for about 15minutes or until the bottoms appear to carmelize or browned.

This is not a crunchy cookie at all, in fact the longer you let them sit up after cookie, the softer they become.  

 And if you find a yummy combination to share, let me know!
For the kids to try of course! (no, not me....#sarcasm)

Jul 8, 2014

Mid-June ReBoot Week2 Results

I was pumped and so excited to recap my Week2, I felt awesome and knew I stuck to my plans.

Let's recap the original ReBoot plan:

  • 50g carbs/daily to help break the craving cycles
  • working out at lunch, goal is 3 days this week.
  • on non workout days, hit the GOAL on my PolarLoop (which currently is about 13500 steps/day)
  • hit 80oz water 

Results for Week1 was a loss of 3.8lbs.
Call it bloat, water, whatever...I felt back in control and my stomach was happier.  

  • 50-75g carbs/daily
  • working out at lunch 4days
  • hit 100oz water
Results for Week2 was a maintenance. No loss, but no gain either.
No gain over a five day holiday from work?
Five days of kids eating schedule and vacation type settings?
Five days with an open pantry and fridge?

Yes, this was a win.

The hardest part of the last week was that Friday and Saturday involved four soccer matches to keep up with. That's a lot of game watching!! (Good thing we aren't drinkers right??ha!)

Although many Americans don't watch or understand the craziness of WorldCup, and if you missed the USA game last week, I'd like to take a minute to remark on the historic game played by Tim Howard.

Tim is our goalkeeper and he personally had a historic game in part thanks to the craptastic defense of our US team.  He single-handedly (okay, technically double-handed) prevented 16 shots at goal keeping us alive in the game until the end.  His game and recordbreaking 16blocks , likely his last WorldCup appearance will remain in the records of futbol everywhere for quite some time (prior record was 9 goal blocks.)

So to you Tim:
"Good game"

Don't worry my friends, this will likely be the last WorldCup related post.
To make all this WorldCup talk more bearable for any non-soccer fans,
I give you a parting gift again.

Messi (Argentina) and our pretty boy favorite.

Seriously the man just gets better with age.

Perhaps the IG celebration of #MCM should work its way into my Monday posts?  
any excuse to look at gorgeous men works for me.
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