Saturday morning ramblings

Good morning!  🙂

I like to start my mornings off on the right foot by writing a to do list – is anyone else out there a list maker like me?  It borders on compulsive, but it really helps me organize my thoughts.

(LOL I spy a dog nose in that picture!)

Yeah, looks like I have a lot to get done this weekend…but like fellow to do list lover Chalene Johnson says, I just gotta eat that frog one bite at a time!

I always try to start my day off by sitting down with a cup of coffee and writing a list of things that I need to get done.  Then I’ll re-write that stuff (yeah, I know, I already said it was compulsive) in my day planner.  I’ve tried to use my phone for my calendar / to do list instead, but there’s something about the act of writing things down that I enjoy – it also makes that list stick in my head better.

Speaking of my morning cup of coffee, can I just tell you how much I love Starbucks’ new Blonde Roast coffee?

I kinda don’t get why people love Starbucks coffee so much, other than a skinny vanilla latte, which I totally get, but can’t drink right now due to my current diet plan.  Their regular coffee is waaay too strong for my liking!

Blonde coffee, on the other hand, is just right:

I bought a bag of the Veranda Blend:

Roasting this blend of specially chosen Latin American beans for a shorter time allows the delicate nuances of soft cocoa and lightly toasted nuts to blossom. Mellow and flavorful, this coffee brews a delightfully gracious cup that’s perfect for welcoming friends.

With its calm and laid-back character, this coffee pays homage to the art of porch-sitting. Named for the serene terraces decorating towns and neighborhoods throughout the regions where these beans were grown, Veranda Blend™ is a gentle and inviting cup best served with a sunny day, a good friend and nothing in particular to do.

Doesn’t that just sound so warm and delightful?

Too bad the weather here today is not so sunny and warm.  I miss the summer temps we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago!  I’m hoping it warms back up in time for next weekend so I don’t freeze my booty off in my Easter dress.  I searched everywhere on the Express site and couldn’t find a pic of my dress, but it looks kind of like this one, except in a muted blue floral print:

I felt like it needed a little something, so I also bought this nude belt from Nordstrom:

…and I have nude shoes in the same shade.

So, yeah, this post is about the most random collection of thoughts ever, but hey, I’m still drinking my morning coffee and I’m half awake 😉

Have a happy Saturday!

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A day in the life {vlog}

Hey friends!

Thanks so much for your encouraging words on yesterday’s post.  Seriously, my heart is just so full of encouragement from you, and I thank you!

Did anyone see this week’s episode of The Biggest Loser?  I haven’t really kept up with the series this season (mostly due to that Conda chickie and her nasty ‘tude), but I did happen to catch it the other night.  Bob decided to have one of the contestants, Megan, keep a video diary so she could hold herself accountable and keep track of all her hard work.

Well, what a great idea, I thought!  So I decided to keep a video diary of my day yesterday to keep track of my nutrition and workout for the day.  This exercise helped me realize two things:

1.  My voice.is.obnoxious.  Sorry, y’all!  😉

2.  My days are pretty boring.

HA!  But if you find it interesting to see what I eat and how I work out for a day, check it out below!

Have a fabulous, healthy day 🙂

Less than 5 weeks to go!

It’s less than 5 weeks until my first competition at Ms. Bikini New England.  How am I feeling?  Well, to say that I am going through a lot of emotions is an understatement.

I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum of emotions about this – everything from self doubt to excitement to straight-up fear.  Like it or not, April 28th will be here in the blink of an eye.  Will I be ready?  Will I fall on stage?  WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?!?

The Good:

1.  I’m finally seeing results after all these weeks!  Seeing results is addictive – I want to work harder to see even more results.

2.  I feel great!  My energy is high, I’m sleeping great, and it’s doing my body good to nourish it with so many clean eats.

3.  It’s been amazing to connect with such an inspirational group of women during this process.  I am so thankful for Cathy Savage Fitness and feel lucky to be involved with such an amazing team.

The Bad:

1.  Weird food behavior – I have never had any issues with eating, other than doing too much of it 😉  But I find myself having a couple of great “on” days as far as nutrition, and then backsliding and eating WAY TOO much for a day.  Two steps forward, one step back.  What the hell??  It’s like I’m sabotaging myself.

2.  This is a lonely sport.  My  husband and I joke about my days right now:  wake up, work out, eat, work, eat, work, eat, work, eat, work out, eat, shower, sleep, repeat.  Yep, that pretty much sums it up.  Every day.  And it’s tough because I’m doing this alone…I feel like I’m spending so much time by myself, either eating or at the gym or whatever!  Strange…Plus, I love to cook and entertain and have friends over, and that’s totally stopped since I started my training.  It’s just too tough to resist temptations, so I find it easier to be alone with my chicken and broccoli than to be with others 😉

3.  The anxiety that is coming along with doing this for the first time is so hard for me to wrap my brain around.  I have NO idea what this experience is going to be like.  This is both exciting and terrifying to me.

 

So, the good news is that I don’t think I’m at all alone in my insecurities.  I guess the “5 weeks out” point is when all the self-doubt starts creeping in for others as well!  In fact, two of my Savage sisters have done an amazing job at summing up exactly what I’m feeling.

The first is the gorgeous Stephanie Keenan, who I met up with a few weeks ago for posing practice.  This post was so motivating to me – I can be ready in 5 weeks!

The second is Melissa at Curly Girl Fit Life, who wrote an amazing post about what’s motivating her for the next 5 weeks.

Both of these blogs have helped give me the motivation to put on my big girl panties and keep pushing on…I’m excited to see what the next 5 weeks will bring!

Oh, and here are my progress photos to date (argh):

Week 1

This week

Week 1

This week

Week 1

This week

So I’m definitely a little less “fluffy” and have more definition in my arms / legs.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some real magic to happen in the next few weeks 🙂

Thanks a lot Carrie Underwood…

…for the ass-whoopin’ you handed to me at the gym yesterday!

You see, Sunday is supposed to be my rest day from the gym.  But I got out of work late on Friday and decided to make Friday my rest day instead so I could spend more time at home with my man.  That meant on Sunday I needed to make up for lost time!

I recently received this month’s Self magazine in the mail with the lovely Carrie Underwood on the cover.

Inside, Carrie explains one of her favorite workouts:

“I have a game I love for when I’m working out on my own, without a trainer. I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area—say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core and clubs for cardio. I split the deck in half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half.
So, if I flip over the six of hearts, I’ll do six squats. If the next card is ace of diamonds, that’s 14 push-ups. Sometimes I’ll make spades boxing and beat the crap out of the bag for however many punches the number on the card says.
Having different exercises for each half of the deck keeps me from getting bored. I make sure there’s a joker in each half—that’s a mile run on the treadmill. Then I go through the whole deck. With a 15-minute warm-up on the elliptical, it takes about an hour and a half total, but it’s fun because you’ve designed the workout yourself.”

Naturally, I decided to give this workout a try!  😉

Here’s what I did:

Fortunately, I drew those two darn Jokers pretty early on in the workout and got the runs out of the way.

This was a great boredom busting workout and lots of fun!  Give it a try if you’re looking to change up your routine.

How did you get your sweat on last weekend?