1.21.2015

Weigh In Wednesday {1/21}




Morning all! I was up bright and early this morning for work. I am finding it very hard to get workouts in on work days. I work from 6a-6p then I get home, we have dinner, and relax. I should get on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes after dinner, but it is hard when I haven't seen Mason or Tim all day. I need to work on balancing a little better. There are nights that Tim has fire department stuff to do so maybe on those nights I could get a workout in while Mason plays. He has a meeting tonight at 7 so I will try to get my butt in gear and get on the treadmill. I will let you know how that turns out.

I weighed in for my Dietbet on Monday at the same weight I was last week. I really want to get these extra pounds that have crept on off! I really want my jeans to fit better than they do right now. I am determined not to buy jeans in a size 12. I was in a size 10 comfortably and I will be there again soon!


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Off topic a little, but I wanted to share a sale with you guys :)

I had to make this, it is all I think of! I have seen Frozen too many times lol.


This is one of the biggest sales that Pampered Chef has during the year. It is a great way to get discounted products without having a party. If you need something or have always wanted to try a product now is the time! Pssst.... the covered baker is on the list for less than $35! They are $88 normally.

After looking at the list I was surprised at how many items are under $10. You can get some great cookbooks for less than the cost of a greeting card. Check out my personal Pampered Chef website and stock up on some great kitchen tools for little to nothing!

**All items on sale will be in the Outlet section as of midnight tonight**


Do you have any Pampered Chef items? What is your favorite piece? 


Don't forget to link up with Heather, Erin, and I. We had a great turn out last week and I enjoyed reading everyone's posts :)







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1.19.2015

Beginning of the DietBet & Weekend Recap

Well this is new... Tim and I both have a holiday off. Now that he works for the county (like I do) he gets every holiday you could imagine off. I just happen to have it off with my new schedule.

We had a productive weekend. Mason went to my mom's Friday to spend the night. Tim and I went to the Rusty Nail in Clifton Park for drinks with some of his former coworkers. It was a fun time.
On our way home we stopped at Target (he suggested it so who am I to say no ;) ) to grab some items we needed. We were in bed by 11 and slept until almost 9! It was amazing!

Saturday started with a trip to a neighboring rescue squad to pick up some fitness equipment. We ended up getting a great deal on an elliptical and a treadmill for our new fitness room. This is my favorite room in our new section. I am working on pricing out some foam squares for the floor.
Does anyone know the best place to get those from? 
The rest of Saturday was spent doing a lot of nothing.

Sunday was a lounge day. We were going to go work on a list of stuff that needs to be done in the new part of the squad, but the weather was no good. Tim went outside to move the cars around and said the driveway was like a skating rink. Mason and I decided to stay home and watch movies. He did not have a nap so he was pretty tired when 8:30 rolled around.
This has been mostly a lounge weekend. Some times you just need a couple days of lounging.

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We have a few things on the agenda today, but nothing too stressful. It is just nice to have time off together.

Today starts the Dietbet I am hosting! There is still time to get involved. There aren't many people in it right now so the odds of winning the $50 gift card to Old Navy is really good! I am giving the gift card away to one of the participants in the Dietbet.
Here is my weigh in. I have a little over 7 lbs to lose this month

I just saw that you can be in up to 3 Dietbet games at one time! Think of the possibilities :) Come join us!

Do you ever have a lounge weekend? Like a recharge?

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1.16.2015

5 on Friday


{One}
Mason loves building forts now. The fort in the picture is one of my creations. Both the little kid and the big kid are in there (notice the feet sticking out?). We had to make a few forts the other night because he kept wanting new layouts.

{Two}
The down side to him loving forts? He cannot really say "fort" it comes out as more of a swear word... a 4 letter "f" word to be exact. Tim and I were hysterically laughing the other night as he was trying to say "Ahhh Fort" hahaha  Oh dear.

I can only imagine the calls we will get from school in the future with some of the stuff we laugh at and let go.

{Three}
Tim and I have a kid free night tonight. We are going to meet a few of his old co-workers for drinks and probably some dinner. We are going to a place we have never tried so hopefully it is delicious :) Of course we cannot go out to dinner without a few errand stops along the way. We need diapers and dog food at BJs so I am hoping we will be on our way home before they close.

We always have a list of these we need for the times we actually get out of the house without child ;)

{Four}
I got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday! I had a reminder that I had a $40 reward certificate from Old Navy that expires at the end of the month. I did not even know about it! Very exciting :) I am sure I could find something. ;)


{Five}
Speaking of Old Navy - Did you see I am giving a lucky participant in my DietBet a $50 gift card to Old Navy? Think of the possibilities.


Any fun plans for the weekend?


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1.14.2015

Weigh In Wednesday & Announcement




Good morning everyone! I had squad duty last night and we were paged out for an emergency at 11:30 (shift ends at 12) I got home around 2 this morning and Mason was up at 8:15. I think I will definitely be napping when he naps today.

I stepped on the scale this morning with my warm pajamas on and half asleep. I ended up seeing the same number I saw last week, maybe we can say I lost a few ounces because I had clothes on this time? lol I seem to be good at maintaining :/  I need to bump up my workouts and start counting calories again. I know it works, but it is so hard to get back into that habit again.


I have been doing alright with my resolutions, but not as well I would like as you can see from above, so I decided to.... Host a Dietbet! Dietbets seem to help me get in gear. The cost is $25 and you are betting against yourself.


Not only could you win the money in the pot if you lose the weight, but I am going to give away a $50 gift card to Old Navy to one of the participants! Think of all the workout clothes you could buy with that :)
If you are already in a Dietbet like Mama Laughlin's or someone else's that is fine you can be in two at once. The bet starts on Monday and will run until the middle of February.

This is a great way to push yourself to get in gear whether you have been doing well with your resolutions and goals or if you need a motivator. This is a great way to keep yourself motivated. No one wants to lose money :)


Link up below with Heather, Erin, & I. Don't forget to hop around and give others some love and support  :)




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1.13.2015

Some Fun w. Madlibs #NoExcuses

Good Morning Folks! Lots to do today on my first day off in a few days. Laundry is definitely high on the list because I need more socks! Where do they go? I am also going to run errands with Michelle and Mason around 9. Phew that is early for a day off, but she has an appointment at 1:30 so morning it is for errands.

I plan on getting my workout in after I get home and Mason is down for his afternoon nap. Fingers crossed he actually wants to take a nap today.

I decided to do a little fun activity today that I was sent from Sweat Pink #NoExcuses challenge! I had to fill in the blanks like a madlib.

·  Hey 2015, it’s me Ash Z

·  This year I would like to have another baby, move to a new house, and Get back in shape!

·  It would also be super duper awesome if I also start running again this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I am worth it!

·  The thing I am looking forward to most this year is selling my house & running again.

·  I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is my alarm to help me get up, get moving and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

·  Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is Mason and his sleeping habits and I have used it to get out of doing a workout and shaving on more than 1,000 occasions.

·  I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to sacrifice some sleep.

·  Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I'll still have my husband wake me up.

·  I will stop blaming the Mason for eating the rest of the cookies when everyone knows it was really me.

·  My husband and toddler are not the reason I make excuses. I will show them who's boss this year and get my P90X3 on!

·  I know that yoga is better than lounging.

·  I will reward myself by feeling good!

·  No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a hoodie from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and vibrant I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking crow in new tie one on leggings from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my stamina with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next 5k race with Sasquatch Racing.

·  Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my workout gear will smell in my / during my P90X3 workout after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!


Have a great Tuesday! See you back here tomorrow for Weigh in Wednesday!


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1.12.2015

Monday, Monday, Monday

It is Monday again...
I am on the last day of working my three day weekend. I have tomorrow and Wednesday off. I am really liking this schedule, but it has been hard to get workouts in. I will get used to it and figure a way to do it.
I did manage a treadmill session while watching the make over episode of the Biggest Loser. Nothing like watching people get made over to motivate a girl. I even got to listen to a singing performance by Mason while I was watching the show. He found a microphone the other day and was all about performing.

Mason was attached to the cat the other day and it was kind of cute. He kept following her around and she would do the same to him. She jumped up in the chair with him and then she even let him watch her eat treats.
He is always asking where "skibbles" is (her name is Scribbles). He will walk around looking for her in the morning to give her a hug and say goodbye before we leave for daycare. When he tries to pick her us he says "heaby." Yea she only weighs about 8 lbs less than him.  We are pretty lucky that our animals are so good with Mason. He has been scratched by the cat, but those incidents were when she was being playful.

Yea I am one of those parents.... This looks unsafe, but I had to get the photo first to show Tim what he was doing before I got him down. He is getting to be a little dare devil.

I plan on getting on the treadmill tonight when I get home to get in my workout. I am actually looking forward to it :)

What do you have planned for today?


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1.11.2015

Where Have I Been? Reading

I have been a little MIA since my weigh in post. Trying to sort stuff out in my head and reading like a crazy lady. I took a couple books out of the library last week and when I started What Alice Forgot I was hooked. I wanted to read the whole thing in one sitting, but I knew I couldn't, I had responsibilities. I ended up reading this book in 5 days. I don't usually review books on here, but I liked this book so much I wanted to tell all of you :) 


What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty
Good Reads Synopsis:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. 

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.


My Review:

I loved this book from the first chapter. It had me hooked and I wanted more. There were times I was torn between which way the story should end. This book is well written and makes you think. "Young Alice" was a breath of fresh and made you hope she would still be in "Older Alice's" mind when her memory did return. Some of the conversations and events made you feel bad she had lost her memory and was so clueless. It also made you want to know more about what she was forgetting.

After praising the book on Instagram when I was halfway through I was so nervous that the ending would be crappy, but it wasn't - it was almost perfect.

This book had me thinking what I would think if this happened to me. What if I woke up tomorrow and did not remember the last ten years? I would think I was still in high school.  I would also wonder why I am in bed next to a guy that I do not know! We will not have met for another 4 months. I would not even know who Mason was. That would be scary I would think. A lot has happened in the last ten years.

I would definitely recommend this book. I have read The Husband's Secret by Moriarty and likes it. I have her newest book Big Little Lies on my "want to read list at the library. I heard it is even better than this one.

What would freak you out if you lost the last 10 years of your life?



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