Month: July 2011

Seven Links!

I’m SURE you’ve seen this floating around the blog world, so I was so excited to be tagged by  Theodora, Katie, and Caitlin to get to participate! I don’t normally do these kind of surveys, but I think this one is particularly fun because you get to look back over posts and highlight some of your favorites that many readers may never have seen!

Here are the deets:

THE GOAL

To unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long, but not forgotten, blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

THE RULES

    1. Blogger is nominated to take part
    2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category
    3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part
    4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate 5 more bloggers
    5. And so it goes on!

1.) Most Beautiful– I don’t know if beautiful is the right word for it, but I love the post called My Turning Point. Every time I read it and look at those before pictures, it makes me tear up. I’m so happy I took control of my life even though I had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way.

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2.) Most Popular – My step-by-step recipes are always some of my post popular posts… so besides the Top Recipes page, my Zucchini Burger recipe tends to get a lot of well-deserved traffic.

3.) Most Controversial – I tend not to be too controversial on here because I mostly stick with healthy living/weight loss topics, but one post that’s a little controversial is Fat Girl Mentality. Some of the comments helped me to realize that the mentality doesn’t really have anything to do with size – everyone feels that way at one time or another, and many women are made to feel not good enough for reasons other than their weight.

4.) Most Helpful – I really love my Whole Foods Weight Watcher Ideas series. These posts are full of some great meal and snack ideas that are good for WWers and non-WWers alike. I still go back and reference them when looking to change things up!

5.) Surprise Success – Readers like it when you’re open and honest, so I guess it shouldn’t be TOO much of a surprise, but my little series about my own debt got so much traffic and attention and continues to bring in new readers!

6.) Not Enough Attention – To be honest, I think some of my posts get WAY more attention than they deserve, rather than the other way around. 🙂 One thing that sticks out is the Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn. I still think it’s a genius idea, but it never really caught on!

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7.) My Most Proud – I’m glad to say that there are several posts I am proud of, but there are two that really stick out in my mind and tie for this one. The first is my first half marathon race recap, because crossing that finish line was a moment that made me realize I truly had changed my life and it was just such a monumental feeling. The second was the day that I hit my goal weight, because I honestly never thought the day would come! It still tears me up when I read that post even though it wasn’t THAT long ago, but it took me a long time to get there and I really feel like I earned it.

And now, my turn!!

I tag:

Are any of the posts that I pointed out ones you’ve never seen before? Do you think I missed any big ones I should have included?

Veggie Fried Brown Rice

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I once read this cute book called The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love, and there is one particular passage about fried rice that stuck with me for some reason. A little background on the book… a couple who come from very different backgrounds, one from a traditional Chinese family and the other from a traditional American family, fall in love and experience their lives together over the dinner table. I do really recommend the book, but I don’t want to go into too much detail because I just wanted to set the stage for this exchange:

“Sitting back now, he asks, “Do white people know that fried rice is made with leftover rice?”
“I don’t know,” I answer on behalf of all white people. “It’s not really something you think about until you try to make it.”
“White people order fried rice as an entrée,” he continues, explanatorily. “It’s only on the menu for them. Chinese people order white rice with their entrée – a real entrée – and then take home the leftovers and make fried rice.”

So I’m not sure which side of the fence I fall on with this one since I made brown rice specifically because I have been loving making fried rice for a quick, easy, and healthy dinner lately. But since I’m not really sure where I stand with it, let’s just get right into the recipe, shall we?

This dish comes together in less than 10 minutes if you have your rice cooked ahead of time. It’s an awesome weekday meal when you want to get dinner on the table fast and is such an easy meal to change around based on what’s in your kitchen. I use brown rice here because it’s healthier, but you can easily experiment with white rice or any other grain. You can also certainly go traditional and just use anything you have leftover in the fridge, including cooked veggies, meats, beans, tofu, etc. It is seriously delicious and filling, and is so simple it’s barely considered a recipe!

Veggie Fried Brown Rice

Entire recipe yields 12 pts+. 2 servings at 6 pts+ each.

Ingredients:
– 1 bag of mixed frozen veggies (or fresh)
– 1.5 cups of cooked brown rice
– 2 eggs
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
– 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger (or a sprinkle of ginger powder if you don’t have fresh!)

To start, heat up a pan and spray it with nonstick spray. Once it’s hot, add in your frozen veggies.

Cover and cook for about 4 minutes, until they are defrosted and warm. Next up, add in your cooked brown rice and stir into the veggies.

Now, crack your eggs directly on top of the rice and veggie mixture.

Stir with a wooden spoon constantly until eggs are cooked and spread evenly throughout the rice. Make sure you use your spoon to mix in the rice around the edge of the pan so it all gets equally delicious.

Last step – add in your soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chopped or powdered ginger. Stir to combine, and you’re done!

That’s it! This dish is so delicious that I ended up making it again last night after writing this post! It’s a great staple meal for me during the week, and also CHEAP and good for using up things in your fridge/pantry! I usually divide it into two servings immediately, saving half for lunch the next day and eating half right then and there.

Are you a fan of Chinese food? What’s your favorite thing to order off the menu?

I loooooove dumplings, egg drop soup, and sesame tofu if I’m feeling frisky. If I’m behaving myself, I usually order the steamed jumbo shrimp with veggies, which is actually completely delicious, if a little boring!

My Style History

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During some of the most of the critical years of my life, ages 10 to 25, I was very overweight and then obese. Throughout this time, I used clothes as something to hide behind, but lied to myself and others and just said fashion wasn’t really my thing. The truth was, I couldn’t shop at the same stores as my friends and they didn’t make cute, age appropriate clothes in my size, so clothes shopping was always a dreadful experience that often brought me close to tears.

I have a lot of bad memories relating to clothes from throughout my youth. I remember in 5th grade resorting to wearing my mom’s very high-waisted, tapered jeans from The Gap (size 12) so I didn’t have to deal with going to the store myself. I also remember wearing jeans with an elastic band waist that I ordered online because it was more likely they would fit. I was in school one day and bent over so you could see the elastic waist, and was made fun of by my classmates for hours and then days. Kids can be so cruel.

When my weight really started to get out of control in college, I mostly wore huge sweatpants with large t-shirts that hid my figure. I remember buying those shirts they sell along the streets of DC that are 5/$10 (or were at the time!) and using those to stock my wardrobe. The only option for me really was Lane Bryant, but many of the clothes at that store were geared towards older women and not so much someone in their young 20s, so I had so much trouble finding things to wear.

When I think back to that time in my life, it makes me really sad how much I let myself go. I never really thought about how GOOD I could feel if I wore things that flattered my body and made me feel confident. Instead, I wore clothes that worsened my flaws and made me look dumpy and feel really ashamed of myself.

Then, I started to lose weight after joining Weight Watchers in March 2009, and my body started changing. After several months on the program, I remember fitting into size 12 jeans from Express and how amazing they made me feel. I couldn’t believe I was finally at a point in my life where I could shop at (some of) the same stores as my friends and the clothes actually fit!

I think because I had missed so many years of developing my style from a lack of options, I had a really hard time figuring out what looked good on me and how to embellish otherwise plain outfits, and never really had anyone to help me break out of this rut. I learned how to wear flattering workout clothes, but I never really learned how to dress to flatter my new, fit figure, or knew what types of things would give me a sense of confidence.

And to be honest, this mentality of style being something that was beyond me and unimportant stayed in my head way beyond the time of losing the weight. I watched my friends transform their wardrobes as we adjusted to corporate life, and while I thought they looked cute, I never thought that could be me.

And as cliché as I know it sounds, this experience with The Washingtonian and specifically Kaarin, changed that completely for me, and it has affected me so much more than I thought it would. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have things in my closet that I know how to wear that make me feel amazing. I have gained so much confidence through trying on clothes and experimenting with different looks, it’s really unbelievable. I’ve learned what it feels like to be in something that makes me feel beautiful, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Wardobe Edit: Part One

Kaarin and I have gotten to spend a LOT of time together lately between the swap, shopping, the photo shoot, and then again last night!

Sarah and Melissa, both with Washingtonian Magazine, came over last night while Kaarin did a wardrobe edit of my entire closet.

Melissa, on the left, did all the video footage, while Sarah, on the right, is the writer covering this whole style story for the magazine.

We (I use the term loosely) literally took every last item out of my closet and tried it on, and then asked three questions:

Do I love it?

Is it flattering?

Does it represent me?

If the item met all three criteria, it was a keeper. If not, we divided it up into piles of “Mend” (for clothes with stains or that had a loose button etc), “Donate,” “Consign,” “Trash” and “Swap.”

Now I have done a LOT of wardrobe downsizing over the last several months/two years while I was losing weight, so I didn’t end up having to get rid of too too much, but it was really awesome to get some input from a stylist and to hear her ideas about how to wear things differently than I ever would have thought to.

After we had gone through every item in my closet, I had three bags ready to get rid of.

Donate. Swap. Consign. I never even THOUGHT to go to consignment stores with any of my clothes, but Kaarin gave me a list of all the consignments/vintage stores in the DC area, and it is TWELVE pages. Twelve!

After all the clothes were gone through, Sarah asked us each to talk a little bit to the camera. She asked me a lot of questions about the whole styling experience, what I learned, what my favorite asset of my body is now, and how this experience has changed me. It’s a lot to get into for this post, so I’ll do a separate post about everything I learned about myself and fashion once the whole process is done. Next week she’s coming over to do part two of the wardrobe edit, which involves making lots of different outfits with what I have and taking pictures of them so she can put together an album for me. I’m so excited for that part, too!

The biggest tip I got last night? If you have any two piece suits, put each piece on a separate hanger so you can start to think about wearing each piece separately to mix it up and get more with less.

The other thing I learned? Even if you think it’s a good idea to chop up some cucumber really quick before your stylist and film crew come over, it’s not.

Hopefully you can’t see the bandaid too much in the footage! =)

If you could use one or two words to describe your style, what would you say?

Before this whole experience, I would have used the words Boring and Plain, but now I’m moving towards Classic and Bold.

On A Mission

Whew what a weekend! After that super sweaty seven miles and cleaning spree on Saturday morning, I went shopping at Goodwill with some of my best girl friends and found some amazing stuff. The best find? This designer leather bag for $12 that I am absolutely obsessed with.

It even has the original genuine leather tag!

The top of the bag folds over and snaps shut like so:

And I just LOVE it. The color, the feel, the shape, the size… I have no idea why someone gave it up! The leather is also SO soft to the touch that I had a feeling I just found a hidden gem. And it shouldn’t surprise you at all that I came home and immediately googled Minelli bags to find out how much they retail for. Most of the bags, even used ones, are selling for close to $300. Score!

On A Mission

So you probably know that besides bargain shopping, another thing I am very fond of is grocery shopping. I know many people look at it as a chore, but I seriously love it. So much so, that my pantry, freezer, and refrigerator are literally packed with food pretty much all the time. Since I generally go shopping every week, there are tons of items in my pantry and freezer that I end up hiding behind my new purchases. It has to stop!

For the next few weeks, my mission is to make a dent in the things in my pantry and freezer. I’m limiting my grocery budget down to $35 per week and using that mostly/only for fresh produce. Truth be told, I was originally thinking $25, but then when I went to the store and spent $31.44 I realized that most of what I buy anyways is produce, so $25 is probably unreasonable for me.

For protein, I have tofu, tempeh (x2), eggs, beans, greek yogurt, TONS of cheese, peanut flour, and quinoa to work with. I also have so many grains, breads, beans, cereal, pasta, sauces, and other random things taking up space in my kitchen, and it’s time to start making a dent in it before adding anything else.

To kick off this process, yesterday I made a huge batch of brown rice and quinoa (separately), using up the last of each of these grains in my pantry.

Don’t worry, I still have millet (which I’ve never tried), wheat berries, couscous, israeli couscous, whole wheat pasta, soba noodles and others I’m sure.

Then, I went grocery shopping with my budget in mind to Whole Foods and managed to get a lot of good stuff.

For $31.44, I got:

  • Organic Bananas
  • Conventional Strawberries
  • Organic Sprouts
  • Baby Arugula + Mixed Greens
  • Blueberries (on sale for $3.99!)
  • Organic Plums
  • A cucumber
  • Organic Frozen Mixed Harvest Veggies
  • Shelled Edamame
  • Organic Peaches
  • Organic Zucchini
  • Chives
  • Ginger
  • A huge unpictured organic sweet potato. I couldn’t get in the oven fast enough, apparently. 😉

Not too shabby considering how much organic stuff I walked away with! Here’s what I have in mind for dinners this week:

  • Fried Brown Rice (my new favorite)
  • Tempeh Tacos
  • BBQ Tofu
  • Quinoa Veggie Pilaf
  • Flatbread Pizza

I’m actually pretty excited about this challenge. Right now, it’s easy, but I feel like it’ll get a little harder as time goes on and force me to be more creative with my budget and my supplies!

Do you tend to accumulate tons of stuff in your pantry, or are you pretty good about using up what you buy?

PS: Make sure you check out The Great Fundraising Act online auction, going on TODAY with amazing items up for bid. All proceeds will go directly to Susan of the Great Balancing Act, who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma and needs help covering her medical costs during chemo and other treatment. Let’s show her how amazing our community can be!

Super Sweaty Seven

Happy Saturday! Just popping in to say that somehow I survived a 7.4 mile run this morning in the heat. I knew it was going to be a scorcher, so my friend Vera and I decided to meet up with a running group in my area and that turned out to be an awesome decision. But let’s rewind a bit…

The morning started with a 5am wake-up call… ouch. I actually woke up just before my alarm and started getting myself together pretty quickly. For pre-run fuel, I ate a banana with 2 tbsp of reduced fat chunky peanut butter.

I also drank an entire coconut water that I hadn’t gotten for free after a race a while ago.

The flavor was good, and even though I know a lot of people drink coconut water AFTER runs to rehydrate, I wanted to make sure I was going into the run super hydrated because it was so hot out. Plus, I saw it in the fridge and I wanted it. Smile

For fuel during the run, I brought two options with me:

Watermelon Sports Bean and a Gu. I’ve never tried that flavor of sports beans, but I love most of the other flavors of them, and the vanilla bean is hands down my favorite flavor of GU. It tastes like vanilla frosting to me. Yum!

And then, with a forced smile on my face, I headed out!

It was a little surreal to be in my car before 6am, not gonna lie.

But once I got to the site where we were all going to meet, it was refreshing to see so many other runners!

The group leader first led the runners through some warm up stretches, including running in place, butt kicks, high knees, and this move to stretch out the calves:

Then he walked us through the running route and where the water stops would be in case we got separated from the group.

And then, we were off! Vera and I left with the 10+ minute crowd, and it started out OK. Even at 6am when the run began, it was already 85 degrees, hot, and humid.

Physically I actually felt pretty good for most of the run, but mentally it was extremely challenging. It was just so hot and I was sweating profusely even before we began. I kept telling myself just to focus on the mile at hand, which always helps when I break the run down into segments. I ran for almost the entire time, but then walked up the last hill of the course which was a little evil. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mile 1: 10:01
  • Mile 2: 10:11
  • Mile 3: 10:22
  • Mile 4: 10:38
  • Mile 5: 10:38 (ate the GU right after this)
  • Mile 6: 10:59
  • Mile 7: 10:48
  • Last .37: 12:03 pace (walking up the hill)

I seriously looked like I had jumped in a pool in my running clothes when we were done. I thought I would feel like I wanted to die when it was over, but I actually felt awesome and stretched a bit with the group afterwards before heading back to my car, where I promptly removed my soaked through shirt and drove home in my sports bra.

So even though waking up at 5am was not ideal, its only 9:30 and I’ve already run 7.37 miles, cleaned my whole apartment, and now blogged! It feels like it should be 3pm…

What are you doing to stay cool in the heat today?

The Big Reveal

So yesterday started out like any other day with getting my hair done first thing.

Ha I wish! It was so awesome to have someone else style my hair into something that would stand up against yesterday’s heat while I just sat there relaxing.

After hair was done, I hopped into a cab to head to the magazine’s headquarters to get my makeup done first, and then do the photo shoot. I got to wear three different outfits during the shoot, and here they are.

Outfit one:

Outfit Two:

Outfit Three:

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So what’s the backstory to all this!? I finally get to share!

Back in March, I saw something on Twitter about submitting yourself for a style makeover from the Washingtonian. I figured why not and sent in an email saying that I had lost a significant amount of weight, had very few clothes to work with, and had no idea how to dress to flatter my new figure besides in workout clothes (true, true, truer!). I didn’t hear anything back for months so figured the opportunity had been missed and kept on living…

Meanwhile, in May, as you probably know, I attended FitBloggin’ up in Baltimore. While I was there, I got to talk to one of the editors at Fitness Magazine, Karla Walsh, after she was part of a keynote panel. I spoke to her a bit about my story of losing weight and how I had really learned to cook during the time and had basically turned my life upside down and inside out. She said she loved the story and to follow up with her after I got back from the conference.

I felt hopeful, but didn’t want to be disappointed so tried to remain as neutral as possible. I followed up with her by email afterward and she sent me a questionnaire to fill out which I quickly did and sent back in to her. A couple weeks later, late one Friday evening, I got an email saying that the editors loved my story and I was going to be in Fitness Magazine!!

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I nearly burst into tears at the thought of being a success story in print! I could hardly believe it was happening and it still makes me teary eyed thinking about it… I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to see the story with my own eyes! I had a follow up phone interview with Karla where I basically poured my heart out about changing my life and talked about some of the most pivotal times during my journey, followed by several email exchanges with Karla, the photo editor, and the fashion department. I was sent a HUGE box of clothes of all different athletic clothing as well as cute fall clothing, and then this past Saturday I had my photo shoot for Fitness Magazine. Unfortunately, I had to send all the clothes back (boo) BUT it’s going to be in the October 2011 Issue as an “I Did It!” story. I cannot WAIT to see it in print!! As if that wasn’t enough…

Less than two weeks ago (very quick turnaround!!), I heard back from Washingtonian Magazine that though the story had been pushed back a bit, I was selected as one of the style makeover candidates!! I nearly freaked out with excitement before evening knowing any details, and it turned out to be way cooler and way more involved than I ever even thought!

I got paired up with a stylist, Kaarin of Closet Caucus, who is the most awesome, adorable, and wonderful stylist I could ever even dream up. If you are looking for a stylist, I honestly can’t recommend her enough.

She was actually the one who told me about that clothing swap that I went to last week! Outside of the clothing swap, she also came to my house to go through my closet to pick out the “gems” from my closet, and then we shopped for almost FOUR hours on Tuesday night, scoring some amazing deals. The Washingtonian gave me $250 to spend on new clothes to enhance my wardrobe, set me up with Kaarin, took care of my hair, makeup, and the photo shoot. The story SHOULD be going in the September issue of the magazine, and I’ll keep you guys posted as soon as that is finalized.

And we’re not done yet!! Kaarin, my stylist, and Sarah, the writer from Washingtonian, are coming over to my apartment on Monday night to do a full-out wardrobe edit. This means she’s basically going to look through all my clothes and help me get rid of things that I don’t need, help me make a bunch of different outfits out of what I do have (and take pictures!), and give me a list of basics that I need. I promise to talk a lot more about the styling advice I got next week, because a lot of the things I learned are applicable to everyone and I learned a LOT about both fashion and myself during this process.

So excuse me while I pinch myself to make sure this is really happening!! Two big magazines in two months!!! I feel so lucky and almost beside myself with excitement. I can’t believe this is really happening!!!

Guest Post: What’s In Season?

I’m off at a photo shoot all day today for magazine number two! I promise to reveal all the detail tomorrow and share pics, but in the mean time, I have a special treat for you from Stacy over at Every Little Thing! Enjoy!

Hello to all of Beth’s readers! I’m Stacy from Every Little Thing – A Beginner’s Guide to All Natural Living. I’m from St. Louis and experiment with a lot of unique and tasty recipes using as much local food as possible!

Speaking of local food, one of my favorite parts of the spring and summer are the plethora of farmer’s markets! There’s just something so fulfilling about buying produce straight from the person that grew it, and then turning it into a fabulous meal. One of the best parts of the market is the ever-rotating variety of produce you can experiment with! Want to try leeks? Radishes? Tarragon? Dried jalapenos? Buy a single serving from a farmer!

That said, I also like to meal plan (as does Beth!). Every weekend, I plan 3-4 major meals for the week using recipes I want to try. So, how can I plan meals if I’m not sure what’s going to be at the farmer’s market every week?

Well, we can gauge what we’ll likely see at the market by learning about seasonal produce. Certain fruits and vegetables only grow during certain times of year; this varies in different parts of the country. I’m in the Midwest, and Beth is in the East, and I’m sure many of you are spread around the country, so this is a general guide to help guide you through seasonal produce.

Fall (September – December): apples, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn (early fall), cucumbers, eggplant (early fall), garlic, kale, lettuce, melons (early fall), mushrooms, onions, parsnips, pears (early fall), peppers, potatoes, rutabaga, spinach, winter squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

Winter (January – February): arugula, celery root, kale, lettuce, spinach, winter squash

Spring (March – May): arugula, asparagus (late spring), beets, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, radishes, rhubarb (late spring), spinach, Swiss chard, turnips (late spring)

Summer (June – August): apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, green beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery (late summer), cherries, corn (late summer), cucumbers, eggplant, garlic (late summer), lettuce, melons (late summer), nectarines, onions, peaches, pears (late summer), peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb (early summer), summer squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes

Again, this is just a general guide. Produce can vary depending on state, weather, crop season, etc. Hopefully this gives you an idea as to what you’ll find at next week’s farmer’s market! You can find a great interactive chart that goes month-by-month and state-by-state here!

If you have any questions, please stop by my blog, Every Little Thing, or shoot me an email: everylittlethingblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Do you tend to buy produce based on what’s in season?

On Maintenance: Part Two

You guys have given some good guesses from the hints I gave yesterday! I will tell you two things. First, I am NOT going to be a Weight Watchers success story, even if technically I am I suppose. The second is, I am going to be in TWO magazines – one in September and one in October!! I promise I’ll reveal all the details on Friday after the second shoot!

On Maintenance

So I wanted to talk about maintenance again since I haven’t really touched on it in a while. My first couple weeks on maintenance were actually really easy for me. I shifted to 35 PointsPlus a day and was enjoying being able to eat more food. Having my weight stay the same for those few weeks just reinforced how I really thought I had it down and everything was going super smoothly. One time I even had to put my greek yogurt on the scale with me so that I wouldn’t be below where I was supposed to be!

Then maintaining got a little harder with the craziness that was June and if I’m being honest, it hasn’t let up since.

I’d always heard things like “Maintenance is its own beast” and “Losing weight is the easy part” and I never really believed it. I thought by now I’d have healthy living down pat and my body would be used to my new weight and new lifestyle. But, I was wrong.

Instead of having my weight stay the same, it’s been in an up-down-up-down cycle for weeks. I’ve basically been going overboard on the weekends because of being away (or at least that’s my excuse) and then my weight goes up so I spend the whole week making up for it to get back into the healthy range by going back to the 29 Pts+ a day. Then the weekend comes around and I do the same thing again.

My goal weight is 164 pounds, so I HAVE to stay below 166 to stay current with Lifetime and since I now work for Weight Watchers. The highest I’ve seen it since hitting Lifetime has been 172, so it’s not that out of control, but it’s just really annoying me that I haven’t yet figured out the balance of just staying the same.

I guess I’m getting to the point where I realize that weight maintenance is never going to be easy for me. I’m realizing that I am always going to have to try hard to keep myself at a healthy weight and probably will have to count Points+ (or calories) forever. I know I’ve touched on this before, but I really did think I would come to a point where it would just click and I wouldn’t have to fight for this every day. But I’m telling you now – I still do.

But let’s end this on a positive note. Last night’s shopping trip ended with some killer outfits, including this one with size 8 jeans (!!) and a pair of blue pumps that I LOVE.

Tell me something good about your week!

Hints

Can I just say that starting my week off with 7am outdoor yoga yesterday was the most amazing way to start the week?

Looking out over the water fountain while breathing fresh air was just unreal. Don’t worry, more people showed up.

Monday mornings are always the hardest day for me to make myself get out of bed to workout, but after yesterday, yell at me if I don’t make the time to take advantage of the free yoga just a few steps from my front door, ok?

Hints

So remember how I said I had a photo shoot on Saturday? Well, on Thursday, I have another photo shoot for a completely different reason. I’ll confirm both but thought it would be fun to make you guys guess what’s going on. Fun for me at least! =)

Photo Shoot One Hint: There were TWO scenes for this one. One involved riding my bike, and one involved grilling veggies on an outdoor grill.

Photo Shoot Two Hint: With the help of a special someone, I found a lot of gems in my closet:

And made some new-to-me outfits last night:

And tonight, I’m going shopping for some new clothes any accessories to spruce up what I have.

Any guesses??

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