Weight Loss: Week 3

FullSizeRender-20 copy 3Happy Saturday! I was chatting with Cam on Tuesday evening, explaining to him that I had to weigh-in and write my “weight loss blog post” on Wednesday morning. He asked why I chose Wednesday… uh, Weight Loss Wednesday? I quickly realized that while the name sounded cute, weighing in on Wednesday may not give an accurate representation of a “week”… so I’ve moved these posts to Saturday. Hope you enjoy the slower pace and musings with your morning cup of caffeine.

The picture above is from this series of photos, but never made it to Instagram or the blog. I remember over analyzing it, looking at my back and my arms and not being happy with myself. I had paid money for this photo, enjoyed shooting with the amazingly talented Catherine Threlkeld, and when it came time to sharing it… my confidence and fear of judgement prevented me from hitting “share” or “publish”.

I got to thinking… how many aspects of life have my weight insecurities affected? The truth is a lot. At the end of the day, this is my primary motive. I want my confidence back… and slowly, I’m getting it. As a matter of fact, Cam and I are going to the pool today. That’s right: one piece, no cover-up, in a public setting – boom. So lets dive right in to Week 3’s highlights:

Week 3 Favorite Core Exercise: 10 Core-Strengthening Kettlebell Moves – #1 and #4 are classic kettlebell moves and my favorites.

Week 3 Favorite Meal: Snow Crab Legs and Ghee (clarified butter) – a classic Whole 30 meal for us. You can have 1/2 a pound of crab and it’s only 95 calories (not including the ghee). I try to only dip occasionally, even if it is clarified butter. This snapchat picture is from a while back since beer was definitely not served on Monday when we had this meal, although we had wine with our chicken on Thursday. ūüėČ Alcohol has never been one of my weaknesses, so it’s pretty easy for me to give it up. Unlike sweets, that’s hard.

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Week 3 Recipe I Want to Try: Vanilla Bean Matcha Popsicles 

Week 3 Athleisure Items I purchased at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale: I purchased and kept these sneakers¬†and this tank. I purchased and returned this sports bra and these leggings¬†– both great pieces, I just found the sports bra wasn’t supportive enough for my 34DD’s and the ombre details on the leggings were less than attractive on my thighs.

Week 3 Weight Loss: 0.5 (I can feel my weight loss starting to plateau, so I’m kicking up my activity levels this upcoming week!)

Total Weight Loss: 3.5 pounds

Insta and Inspo

I’ve been a bit MIA from the blog this week and for that I apologize. Between getting to work early so I can work out in ¬†the afternoon and spending more time with Cam, I’ve noticed a definite positive change in my health and my routine. My day job as a technical recruiter has me on my butt for most of the day and I’ve tried to stay off of it in the evenings aka less time at my computer writing blog posts and editing pictures… but I haven’t forgotten about my weekly Weight Loss post (stay tuned for that tomorrow).¬†I also haven’t done an Instagram Round-Up since Instagram was all “squares”, so on that note… lets get started:

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Today’s outfit is a Free People dress (similar), Chloe Crossbody, and Stubbs and Wooton Loafers (similar).

IMG_9884 (1)Sometimes weight loss makes me crabby (all puns intended given there is a crab in this picture), so Cam is awesome and buys me flowers. Shop It: similar crab, similar gold vase

IMG_9918 (1)I saved up quite a bit for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but sadly wasn’t very impressed (I’ll share the few things I did purchase in additional posts). Instead I purchased my dream bag.

Social Media has also given me some great inspiration lately. Check out these ladies:

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FullSizeRender (49)Cella Jane – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Weight Loss: Week 2

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Happy Weight Loss Wednesday friends! First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming response from last week’s post. I received so many motivational emails, texts, calls, and comments – you guys are the best! Second, I wanted to clarify that the picture from last week was an older picture, more of an aspiration shot if you will… I know some people were concerned that I wanted to lose 40 pounds from that photo, but that would make me 90 pounds, so no thanks! I wanted to share a more accurate photo (shown above) and share this week’s favorites. So lets get started!

Week 2 Favorite Warm-Up: “Medium Resistance Snapchat Ride” – I’m not sure about you guys, but the more people I add on Snapchat, the longer my “feed” is and at times it can be between 15 minutes and 30 minutes long. I’ve found that rather than waste time checking it during the day, I set aside my “Snapchat time” for my warm-up in the evening. I set my resistance to between 9 and 12 on the stationary bike and ride until my Snapchat feed finishes. I usually burn between 125 and 150 calories. I then proceed to the circuit that I shared last week, followed by 3o minutes on the treadmill.

Week 2 Favorite Snack: Watermelon Mint & Cucumber Salad РI found this needle in a haystack at Warped Tour (there were slim pickings for healthy options ) and fell in love with the refreshing flavor combination. 13626984_10153931101734139_7514262443096823683_n

Week 2 Recipe I Want to Try: Baked Eggs in Prosciutto-Hash Brown Cups РI make a similar breakfast to this every morning (1 Over Easy Egg with a McCrum Organic Potato Cake = 170 calories), but this would be a fun recipe to try on the weekends and reheat during the work week!

Week 2 Athleisure Wish List Item: Adidas Logo Leggings (similar to the ones shown above)

Week 2 Weight Loss: 1 pound

Total Weight Loss: 3 pounds

 

Grey Theory Maxi Dress

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Location: Hingham, MA

Ray Ban Aviators, Forever 21 Denim Jacket (similar here), Old Navy Bag (designer version here)

This past weekend I totally scored at Plato’s Closet in Dedham, MA. I think the best part of this treasure hunting excursion was the fact that my purchases were actually on my wish list. Sometimes you justify great deals just because of the savings, but I’ve been lusting over curve hugging maxi dresses for a while now and wanted to find the “right one”.

FullSizeRender-20 copyThis grey Theory maxi dress was only $18 and hugs my curves perfectly. The cotton is soft yet durable and I know it will hold up for years to come. A similar version retails for $200, but I may have to give in on the “dark moss” version here – this dress is just too good.

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…and as I go on and on about this fabulous dress, I’m not even sharing my best purchase with you. Stay tuned people. Stay tuned. xoxo!

Weight Loss: Week 1

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I’ve struggled with weight my entire life… literally starting when I was born. I was 8 weeks premature and until 5th grade I was too thin. My parents, a surgeon and a physical therapist, were constantly trying to get me to gain weight as I was consistently below the 5th percentile. Then, in the course of a year I became a “woman”… stocky, curves, boobs… the whole 9 yards. My body image was totally screwed up in 5th grade and I just wanted to be like all the other girls. Who wants to wear a bra before they have to?

I vividly remember switching schools in 6th grade and being the “new girl with the big butt”… which apparently was a compliment, but still.. the comments created an even more screwed up body image. From then on, I was constantly trying to lose weight – who wants to be “thunder thighs” or “big butt” even when you weigh 115 pounds and have a size 25 inch waist?

I was on a constant journey to find the secret recipe to weight loss success. During my senior year, I lost 10 pounds for prom, but gained it back immediately after prom had passed and the journey continued… I could go on and on and explain how I gained the “sophomore ten” rather than the “freshman fifteen”, lost weight for my wedding, gained it back, but you get the picture….

Then one day I sat down and thought about the REAL reason I was successful losing weight for prom. Yes, I was only eating 1200 calories a day and ran for 30 minutes (5 days a week), but if I was to pinpoint the secret to success… it was my female chorus class. In January 2010, I announced to my group of 8 sopranos and altos that I had a goal. I wanted to lose 10 pounds in 4 months and I wanted them to hold me accountable. Eat lunch with me, ask me how it’s going, suggest recipes… and they were awesome!!!

So 6 years later and I’m at a similar point in my life: I have a goal. I want to lose 40 pounds in a year and I’ve decided that PTP is the perfect platform to make this possible. My friends, family, and blogger babes will be my “chorus girls” and maybe, just maybe I can be that person for someone else.

Over the next year (aka Year 3 for PTP), I will be sharing my favorite healthy recipes, exercise tips and tricks, weigh-ins, and musings. I encourage you to offer me any advice that inspires you, works for you, and challenges you; as well as any questions you may have for me. This post is a sensitive subject for me and I promise to remain transparent and honest. I seriously can’t wait to go through this journey with you… lets dive right in!

Week 1 Favorite Workout Routine: 5-Move Arms and Abs Workout That’ll Strengthen and Tone

Week 1 Favorite Meal: Crab Cakes & Side Salad (lettuce, tomatoes, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, parmesan)FullSizeRender-20 copy

Week 1 Recipe I Want to Try: Kiwi, Chicken, and Feta Salad

Week 1 Athleisure Wish List Item: Embroidered Lobster Hat 

Week 1 Weight Loss: 2 pounds

Total Weight Loss: 2 pounds

Thank you for reading! Feedback on this post is MUCH appreciated. xoxo!