Saturday, June 30, 2012

New house, new life!

So, I know in my last post before we moved I said that I was extremely excited.

Boy, was that an understatement. This may be dramatic, but I feel like we're ten times better off here. I'll post up a few pictures tonight of the new house, and I'll get one tomorrow of the exterior. It's perfect, and we're getting our washer and drier tomorrow, so double yay!

Another thing I mentioned in my last blog was how excited I was about trying the Zumba class here on base. Well, last week, I went to my first one with my friend Tawney, and I LOVED IT! Probably one of the best workouts I've ever done (not to mention the AC broke so we were sweating double!) but I definitely felt it the next day, and I love that. I will definitely be going back! I think I'll add swimming to my routine as well, and once I get my home gym/office set up, I can do my Pilates and yoga at home if I can't make it to a class. I'm excited to see what results I can get from the Zumba class. Next Monday(the week after the 4th of July,after things calm down a little), I will be posting up a new before picture. Which is scary, but I really want to see how I change throughout the classes and all the other things I'll be doing! I'll keep you all posted!

Here are the promised pictures! Have a good evening!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Big Move!

So this will probably be the only post I do this week, it's going to be really busy for me. We're signing for the house on Thursday, so I have to get started on re-packing for the move. I'm so beyond excited, but man, I'm  going to be exhausted after we get moved in. Thankfully, some of his friends from his squadron are going to help us move this time, so hopefully we'll get it done in a day.

One of the things I'm looking forward to most when we move on base is the fact that I'll be able to use the gym every day. I can now, but it's a pain to deal with gate traffic and everything for a workout. Really looking forward to trying the Zumba class, and there's a lap pool as well, so I can get back into swimming, which is my all-time favorite workout. (No wonder I was a lifeguard for forever!)

It's going to be great after we get moved, and since we'll have so much room, I'll actually be able to have a home gym. Can't wait to set it up and show it to you guys!

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures after we get unpacked. Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wraps, pie crusts, Thunder, oh my!

So before I start, I have something very important that needs to be said:


Whew, glad I got that off my chest. But no, seriously. I hope y'all watch the game tonight, and you best be rooting for the Thunder!

This Sunday is Father's Day, as I'm sure you guys know, but my family is having a big get-together tomorrow at my parents' house. I could not, for the life of me, decide what to get my dad for Father's Day, and I'm a daddy's girl, so it was a big deal. I had the brilliant idea Monday to make him his favorite pie in the whole world: pecan! It just so happens to be Mark's favorite pie as well (that thing about girls marrying men just like their dads? true.), so I'm making pie today! The crust is in the fridge chilling right now, so I thought I'd share my recipe with you! I was going to use my mom's recipe, but I don't have a mixer currently, and it would have been really hard to do. So here's mine!

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 ice water

         In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, one tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill overnight, or at least 4 hours.

That's it! It's one of the easiest recipes, especially if you don't have a mixer!  You can add a little sugar, if you want a sweeter crust (I added just a pinch), or if you're making a savory pie, keep the salt the same, or add just a little more if you want to. I'm going to make the filling while dinner's cookie, so I'll post a picture Saturday of the final products!

Speaking of products..

I'm sure by now most of you have heard of It Works products, the wraps and supplements that are all natural, etc. And most, if not all of you, probably have serious doubts about the products, whether they actually work, if they're worth the money, etc.Well, here's my opinion:

Oh. My. Goodness. I did a wrap on each leg yesterday evening, left them on for about 3 hours (NCIS marathon, it was distracting), and so far, I've lost about 5 inches on each thigh. and I couldn't be more thrilled! I've used wraps before on my stomach and hate minor results, but they were still results! Their supplements are just as impressive, and since they're all natural, they're not harsh on your body like most are. They have a lot of different products, so if you're interested, I would look them up online, or check on facebook to find a distributor.

That's all I've got for now, I gotta go get dinner started so it can be done before the game tonight!


Friday, June 8, 2012

I've got a feeling.. (woohooooo)

Do you ever have those mornings where you wake up, and you just KNOW that it's going to be a good day?

That's my day today. I had a great nights sleep, my husband and I made breakfast together this morning, it's just one of those really good days.. :)

I'm about to go do a Pop Pilates video, then get ready for tonight! We're going to see a movie with a couple other people from Mark's squadron, I'm pretty excited. I'm four days back into seriously working out, and I was really sore yesterday, but it was that good sore, the kind you work for and brag about. I feel like I've been guzzling so much water lately, but I definitely feel better after upping my water intake. If you're going to a movie or out to dinner, why not skip the soda and get water instead? Your body will thank you! Even the smallest change can make a big difference, in how you look AND feel! And trust me, being and feeling healthy is so much more satisfying than just being skinny. :)

Have a great afternoon!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

On to bigger and better things!

So I'm very excited to announce that we are FINALLY getting a house on base! Yay! It's a little frustrating in regards to timing, because we literally just moved in here a few weeks ago, but.. I don't mind at all! We have to pay a fee to break our lease here, but it's not too bad, and definitely worth it. We're going to be doubling our living space, our puppy with have a yard, and my husband's commute will be about two minutes long! Yay! It's three bedrooms, so we'll have an office, and the other room will be the guest room, and I will probably use it as my home gym a lot of the time as well. I can't describe how excited I am about moving in! 

I also wanted to announce that, after we move in and I check out the gym on base, I will be able to work out a lot longer and lot more freely, as Genesis (our puppy) will be able to be outside a lot instead of in the kitchen or his crate, so there will be more fitness updates here, which I'm excited about. My new goal that I've set is to try to lose another 20 pounds by September, when my husband and I are going on a trip. He's doing a Tough Mudder in Maryland with his dad, then we're going to Ocean City for a few days, then off to Ohio for the USAF marathon! Very excited, and definitely something to push me into really kicking it back into gear. I'm doing good with drinking at least 70 oz. of water a day, which seems like a lot to some, but you'd be surprised just how much you need! If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated, so keep a water bottle with you, and when it's empty, fill it up! Cheaper than buying several throughout the day!

Something I wanted to mention, I've had a few of you share your concerns that what you're doing may not be enough to get the results you want. Here's my perspective on it.

If you don't feel like you're getting results, switch it up. If all you do is jog, add some sprinting in, run up hills, anything to change it up. If you want to try something new, if you're getting bored, go for a swim, or ride a bike! ANYTHING is better than doing nothing! In my opinion, as long as you're really, really trying and working, there's NO SUCH THING as a bad workout! Like everyone's been saying lately, it doesn't matter how slow you're going, you're still lapping everyone on the couch.

I took Genesis for a long walk earlier, and I did pilates, but I'm still feeling energetic, so I'm going back for round two! 

Have a beautiful, healthy day!