Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Happy Space

Do you have a room, spot, or corner of your home that is your favorite?
I didn't until this past weekend.

(this was from the day we moved in)

When we first bought our home last March there was a spot in the kitchen that would make the perfect coffee nook but the builders didn't put an outlet there so it became a "throw everything that doesn't have a place" spot.

For my birthday Eddie knew how much I wanted this spot to be my happy space so he spent 4 days working on the wiring to get everything just right so I could have my nook.
He even included a USB outlet which is too exciting and now I want to change every single one in our house to match.

You know you're old when you get excited about outlets

On Sunday, Molly and I went to Home Goods and Marshalls to find the perfect additions to my new nook and I have to say, I love it even more than I originally anticipated. Even if it's still a work in progress.

What is your favorite space in your home?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Finding myself again through BodyBack

I have been trying to find the words to write about my experience with the BodyBack program for the last two weeks but it's hard to sum up something that has changed you, inside and out, in a single blog post. 

But I am going to try.

Left: September, before session 1 Right: March, End of second session 2
I wish I had taken my shirt off this round to really see the changes.

Moving twice in less than two years, to two different states can really affect someone. Throw in birthing a child for the first time then buying your first home two months later and you realize very quickly how easily it is to lose yourself.

Finding the time to juggle being a full time mom, wife, employee, daughter, sister, friend, etc was extremely difficult for me, especially during the first six months of Molly's life. I never lost the baby weight, in fact, I was one of the lucky ones that gained even more weight during postpartum. I was working out but not giving my body the proper nutrition it needed, and having been on a similar journey before I knew what I needed to do but wasn't doing it.
 Nothing was "clicking" for me like it had in the past. 

Until I started my second BodyBack session. 
I was fortunate enough to work with the same coach and have many of the same friends with me that I had been with during my first go around, but this time was different, this time I was ready. I got out of my own way and allowed the help from my coaches, friends and the program itself to do its work. I lost over 13lbs in this last session (based on my home scale we've had for years) and 5 inches, but I gained myself back in ways I didn't think were possible. I had the drive to workout hard and consistently again, to fuel my body with clean foods and most importantly, open up. 

Left: January, before session 2 Right: March, end of session 2. 
Same pants (different color, and same tank)

I've always been one to shut down my emotions but the group of women I spent the last 8 weeks with found a way to make me feel safe enough to allow my vulnerable side show and really share my ups & downs with them. We laughed, cried, and sweat twice a week together and while we lost so much in weight and inches, we gained a lot more in knowledge and friendships.

End of session two

I have 10 lbs left before being at pre-Molly weight and 25lbs to be back where I was before leaving Long Island. BodyBack has reminded me that I am worth the work and more importantly, that I CAN and WILL do this.

With that being said, I start my third round of BodyBack on March 21st and I couldn't be more excited to see where I am in 8 weeks!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Scenes from the weekend #3

Has it really been a month since I shared my last scenes from the weekend post?
I did do my fair share of Instagram live videos throughout the course of the weekend, mostly food related but who doesn't love to see what other people are eating or buying at the grocery store?

Friday morning Molly tried to delay my workout by demanding she wear my tank top.
It didn't work but she sure is cute in it!

Post workout we cleaned ourselves up and went out for a late lunch/early dinner and shopping date with Daddy. After a 50 picture photo shoot, this is the best one I got. 
Thanks Molls.

How cute are these new Spring pieces for Molly? 
That ice cream cone! I can't handle it.
I picked up a few new pairs of jeans (mine are all too big!) and workout pants and Eddie got some new polo shirts. 
Everybody wins at Old Navy.

Saturday morning I was up and out before 7 am for an amazing workout with some of my favorite moms and the weather was so beautiful we were able to spend the entire hour OUTSIDE! This was the only pre/post workout picture I took but I am so excited to share all of my results from round 2 of BodyBack with you next week.

We had family in town over the weekend and they spent the afternoon at our house visiting so I took advantage of that to practice my 2017 resolution, to perfect the art of making a cheeseboard.

Everything on both boards was from Trader Joe's and they were a big hit!
After everyone left I was too tired to cook so we went out for burgers at the Brgr Joint which were even better than anticipated. I forgot a picture but mine had american, avocado, raw onion and was wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. 

Sunday morning I was up and out again for a workout before 8 am. 

If it weren't for snapchat I wouldn't have any photos to share, I need to get better about that.  Regardless of my lack of pictures the event was amazing, I shared my story with friends and strangers and cried because this program has changed my life.

The remainder of the day was spent in pineapple pj's meal prepping and playing with Molly. 

I finally made the red lentil pasta I picked up at Trader Joe's a few weeks ago and paired it with steamed broccoli and shaved parmesean gouda cheese, leftover from Saturday's cheeseboard creations. It was DELICIOUS!

I ended the weekend with the Oscars. Wasn't Jimmy Kimmel a great host? I laughed until I fell asleep around 11pm which is late for this momma.

How was your weekend? 
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