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Clean Eating Weeks 2 and 3

So weeks 2 and 3 of P and I’s 6 week clean eating challenge have come and gone.  We are both alive AND I am here to tell you it is not the end of the world if you cut alcohol, sweets and other junk out of your diet.  Boy, it sure seems like the end of the world though. Ugh.

As far as the scale goes, I have lost 6 pounds and P has lost…

18 pounds!!!

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God I hate men!  Why is it so easy for them to lose weight?  Why?!?!

Let me just table my anger about the fact that life isn’t fair and focus on the positive changes I have noticed over the first few weeks.

  • Energy rising.  Like a phoenix from the ashes, I feel like a new lady when it comes to life.  Cooking more, cleaning more, and being nice to my husband…weird.  I feel like a 1950s housewife.  Just one that drops more F bombs.
  • Maybe she’s born with it.  tumblr_mf28lgwIkP1rlyreko1_500My skin feels better and looks better (thanks for noticing Channing). For the first time in I don’t know how long, I didn’t break out into my normal acne ridden face when Aunt Flo came to visit…weird.
  • Tapping into my genius.  If you read this blog even on a semi-regular basis, you know that I am a gal who LOVES mindless TV (i.e., Real Housewives of Insert Any City Here).  Over the last few weeks though, I have recently started watching documentaries and…wait for it…science shows…weird AND WTF!!watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme

Yes, P misses his beer and I miss wine and chocolate and pizza and wine (had to list it twice since I miss it so much), but we feel good.  Is this what being sober feels like?

Here is hoping the next 3 weeks run as smooth as my baby soft skin!

Thanks for reading, and have a cocktail for me tonight!

Ang

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Exercise: Better than Prozac

Today started off rough.  Was having a “poor me” day and called my mom to only break down feeling sorry for myself.  Then I went to the gym and got a TWO hour workout in.  It was the BEST way I could have ended the day!

Me before the gym:

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Me after the gym:

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Going to sleep very well tonight!

Ang

What I Want This Fall 2014

First day of November has arrived and hope you all had a scary and safe Halloween!  I was a bit of a Halloween scrooge this year and opted to stay home and get snuggles from the Hubby and furry babies and watch the first season of American Horror Story on Netflix (it’s interesting).

It occurred to me this morning that I have failed you guys over the last few months with the blatant absence of my “Three Things I Want” posts for the months of September and October.  So here is my virtual wish list for this fall of all things I would LOVE to have if I wasn’t in that pesky credit card debt. (Note to Santa:  Christmas is next month and I have been a very good goodish girl this year).

1.  Throwback Yoga Pants!  Loved “Jem and the Holograms” as a kid and these pants for any workout are indeed truly outrageous.  Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

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http://www.80stees.com/

2.  A warning cry.  I actually couldn’t find a place where this sign was available for purchase, so this could actually be a DIY project this fall.  Our cat is indeed an asshole and our wine glasses which were once an army strong of about a dozen has now depleted to just two surviving soldiers.  I love my Orville but he is one furry jerk.

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3.  A holiday decor addition with sass.  Who doesn’t love “A Christmas Story”.  I have always wanted a full sized version of the infamous leg lamp to add to my Christmas decorations.  Someday it will happen, but for now a girl can dream.

leglamp2http://www.redriderleglamps.com/

4.  Cold weather Seahawks gear.  The Hawks have not been playing up to expectations this year BUT I still love them.  I have my jersey but the weather is getting colder.  Time to bundle up and still show my support for the boys.

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http://www.nflshop.com/

5.  A quirky bookshelf.  There is no better way to spend a rainy fall day then curled up with a book.  All of my books are in boxes out in the garage so it’s time to give them room to breathe in a beautiful bookshelf.  Here are just a few ideas that are beyond clever!

Dream-Bookshelfhttp://www.incrediblethings.com/home/dream-bookshelf-is-not-just-for-fantasy-novels/

childrens-furniture-tree-bookcase-shawn-sohhttp://designartist.cafe24.com/

united-states-bookshelf-ohttp://www.timothytaylorgallery.com/

Hope you all have a fantastic first day of November!

Ang

 

Giving Up The Junk Before Thanksgiving

Today is day 3 of my newest health challenge.  No more booze or sweets until Thanksgiving.  I also joined a group online where the goal is to run 100 miles before Thanksgiving.

So to sum up:

No more of this

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Or this

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And a lot of this

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until November 27.

Should be fun…right?

Anyone else want to join me?  Anyone?

Ang

 

5 things I LOVE that are FREE!

No matter where you are at financially, there are free things aplenty in your life that bring you joy.

Here is my list of not 1, not 2…but 5 things I currently love that are FREE!

  1. Yoga cat 003Yoga.  Who knew that concentrating on something as simple as breathing could make you feel so good.
  2. Snuggles from my kitty.  He makes me feel like being a crazy cat lady isn’t that crazy after all.
  3. Candy Crush.  I am on level 167 without spending a penny.  I am always tempted to pay $0.99 and click the “play on” button but this girl has willpower (even if it means spending another couple of weeks on beating level 167).Funniest_Memes_that-moment-when-you-beat-the-candy-crush_18484
  4. Banter.  I prefer the witty, clever and racy variety, but ultimately any banter will do.
  5. Getting feedback on this blog.  Nothing makes me happier than knowing someone took time out of their day to read my lil ol’ blog.  I don’t just like it.  I LOVE IT!

So that is my list, what is yours?  Shoot me a comment below, and don’t forget to “like” my page (they have no “love” button option yet, sorry) on facebook.

Ang

Still water runs deep

Officially at my heaviest weight.  I should be more depressed, but I know that I can drop 20 pounds by the end of the year if I put my mind to it.

My first goal:  Stop drinking my calories!!!!!  I have been off of caffeine for over a week now, though I do miss my sugar/caffeine/calorie packed mochas.  This week I am back off of the booze and back on the wagon.  So, what does a girl drink besides coffee in the morning and a glass of wine with dinner at night?

bobesponja-secoI guess there is this thing called water and I hear it is free and I hear it is good for you.  Hmmm.  May have to try this out.

So how much should I drink of this “water” a day?

Well I found an article on this very subject at a website called slenderkitchen.com.

According to the post you have to take into consideration 3 things in order to find the exact amount of H2O you should be drinking on a daily basis:

  • Find out your weight.  Oh, God.  This step is the hardest part, but I weighed myself like a big girl (literally) but won’t divulge that number publicly.
  • Multiply it by 2/3.  If anything makes losing weight less fun than it already is, it is all the math involved.  Ugh.
  • Adjust the number based on your activity level.  The article states to drink an extra 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise.

My water intake is officially calculated.  Cheers to nature’s champagne (a very bland, less bubbly BUT free champagne).

Here is the link below to the article I referenced in case any of you out there want to have a hydration party for one:

http://www.slenderkitchen.com/how-to-calculate-how-much-water-you-should-drink-a-day/#

Thanks for reading, now go get a frothy glass of ice water!

Ang

 

Yogag Me

Had a rough weekend. It was fun, but rough.  Drank way more than I should have. My body feels awful so starting today I am back off the booze.

ba65dbbb742b0f6a88bd1229580967a1Decided to start my week off right with some yoga. Proud of myself for going but I had the worst (I know this is tmi) gas ever. The kind that you can’t stop from seeping out. The quiet but deadly kind. My apologies to the woman who made the unfortunate decision to place her mat behind me.

I also felt nauseous through the entire class. The “I can’t put my head down to do downward dog because I am going to not only be the girl with farting throughout the class but also the girl who loses her lunch all over this mat” kind of nausea. Ugh. It was very evident I was sweating out the weekend’s liquid mistakes.

But at least I made it to yoga.  I felt like crap, but I went.

Ang

Couch to 5K…Oy Vey

Like many people (just take a trip to your local Walmart), I have let myself go when it comes to my body.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t kick me out of bed or anything, but I definitely would LOVE to lose 10-15 pounds and have a little less cushion for the pushin.

Last year I embarked on a couch to 5k challenge to ready myself for my first 5k race.  Once the race was over, I was over running.

A year later the scale is reminding me very much of Superman and my weight is going “up up and away”.

Time for a running redo.  Yesterday I started up the couch to 5K challenge again.  There are several ways to do it, but this is the particular schedule I am following:

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 The two minute run felt like two hours but I got through it.  My calves were burning and my pride was hurting but as my Sunday quotes blog from yesterday stated “Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest”.  Amen to that!

Bonus:  Today was a rest day (though I did find time to walk during my lunch break and fit in a yoga class after work).

See you back tomorrow for an all new blog in my 93 days of blogging this summer!

Ang

Fast Food Fast: The Conclusion…Of The Beginning

In case you are new to this blog (welcome back to those that are old to it) I started the month of September with the intention of doing a fast food fast for one month.

You can read all about it here:

http://www.frugoal.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/fast-food-fast/

And here:

http://www.frugoal.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/fast-food-fast-episode-i-a-kernel-of-hope/

If you don’t want to read my awesome aforementioned posts (if you have already read them may I just write in all caps YOU ROCK), here is the gist:  No fast food, no booze, no pop and no junk food (unless I make it myself) during the month of September.  The ultimate goal for the 30 days: To save some money and maybe lose a few pounds.

Now if you have a calendar nearby you will notice it is October 2.  The 30 day challenge has left the building.  Did I cheat?  What were the results? Am I currently downing a vodka and coke as I am writing this blog post?

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  One thing at a time people.  Let’s begin with the whole cheating thing.  Yes.  Okay, I admit it.  I cheated with a coke here, some ginger ale there and I did have a few ounces of wine, some snickers may have sneaked in and can I just exclaim in a melodramatic fashion “DAMN YOU SUBWAY!  DAMN YOU AND YOUR SUBTEMBER!”  With all that being said, or rather written, I am still pretty dang proud of myself.  I could have listened to my inner voice like I had so many times before when she said to me:  “Good going Ang.  You sabotaged yourself and your diet so you might as well go crazy.  Go to McDonald’s.  Go drink a beer.  Go buy yourself a king size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s Pieces”.  This fast food fast was different.  This time I told that inner voice to “go scratch” (terminology I learned from watching Real Housewives Of New Jersey) and didn’t give in.  I stayed away from McDonald’s fries (my weakness), though I did ask to smell my friend/fellow co-worker’s McD’s fries, and she let me (thanks Sue!).  I even went out to the bar with friends a few nights and I sipped on club soda with a lime.  I didn’t let the fact that I slipped a little be an excuse to go off the rails, which was pretty empowering.

The next burning question on your minds I’m sure:  What were the results?

Even though I didn’t follow my rules to a T and had a few setbacks, there are some definite positives to doing this fast food fast.  Here is the list:

1.  I am down 6 pounds!

2.  My skin is clearer and soft as a baby’s bottom.

3.  My mind is clearer.  I’m pretty sure there are some brain cells that have started to rejuvenate themselves.

4.  The liver is living again.

5.  Saved money…a lot.  Especially by not drinking.  I haven’t crunched the actual total, but the rough estimate is close to $300.00.  No wonder mormons can afford so many kids!

Lastly, am I back to boozing and cruising the drive-thru lanes now that it is October?  The answer:  Heck  to the No.  Finally starting to feel better and who knows?  Maybe I can drop some more lbs. and save more money.

So now that I have answered all of your questions that I thought you would pose to me, I now have one question for you:  Who wants to do this with me?  If you don’t think you can do a whole month, start with just a week, or even just a weekend.  Your wallet will get fatter and your waistline will get smaller.  Anyone?

As always, thank you for stopping by and I love hearing from you so leave a comment below, or e-mail me: thefrugoal.gmail.com, or my twitter handle is @frugoal.

Thanks again!

Ang