11.28.2014

I Don't....

I have seen this on a few other blogs and I decided I wanted to give it a try. While I am trying to work off the calories I ate yesterday here are a few fun facts about me.

I don't....

  • sit down after dinner with dishes in the sink - I cannot stand dishes hanging out in the sink. I will do them 2-3 times a day so it is clean.
  • leave my bed unmade. When my bed is made I feel like my bedroom looks somewhat in order. 
  • buy things at full price. I will hunt around for a deal or I will wait for something to go on sale. If I like something at Old Navy or American Eagle I will wait for a sale before buying it. 
  • pay for shipping - Yes I am one of those people that will spend the extra $5 to get the free shipping. What a waste of money when you can get something else you need for the price it would cost you to ship it.
  • like messes. I am not the mom to get out the paint and the craft supplies because I cannot stand the thought of the mess. I figure Mason does a lot of messy crafts at daycare so he doesn't really need to do it at home too. 
  • eat fish or anything from the water. I will eat tuna fish salad, but that is when I have a craving and it is a rarity. I have tried these kinds of foods, but I just do not like them. 
  • change the channel off Disney most of the time even after Mason is napping. It is usually because I am doing other things such as picking up his mess, but sometimes it is because it is an episode of Sofia I have not seen yet. 
  • watch any of my shows on the DVR unless I am on the treadmill. It is a little rule I have for myself and I have stuck to it for almost three years. It gets me moving especially when it is a show I really want to watch. 
  • have a normal 9-5 job. I work (1) 12-8a shift, (2) 8-4p shifts, and (2) 4-12a shifts per week. It may sound like a pain, but I like it and it works for us. It helps save money on daycare and it gives me a nice variety with activity levels. When I was in college I worked (5) 4-12a shifts per week and I never saw Tim, but it was my only option while in college. 
  • use my degree. Speaking of college, I went for 4.5 years for a Bachelor's in Business Management/Finance. I am a full time 911 dispatcher. Not really using my degree, but I am still proud of it. I wanted to graduate college and I did. I found a job that I enjoy and I have good benefits and that it what matters in this day and age. 
  • like early mornings. I would love to be a morning person, but I hate getting out of bed. 



Happy Black Friday! 

Are you going out shopping? or did you already? Any good deals?



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11.26.2014

Weigh In Wednesday {11-26-14}





My Advocare 24-Day Challenge is over.  I have a confession to make - the last week or so I have not been strict and I have eaten things I shouldn't have. Therefore I did not get the amazing results others have gotten. I think that I was discouraged by the 10 Day Cleanse and the fact that my numbers were not as large as other people that have done the Cleanse.

Here are my final results:

Weight:     177.8 ---> 175.4 (-2.4 lbs)
Right Arm:   12.5" ---> 12.5" (0)
Chest:  38.75" --> 37" (-1.75")
Waist: 30.5" --> 29" (-1")
Below the belly button: 39" --> 38.5" (.5")
Hips: 43" ---> 41.75 (-1.25")
Upper Right Leg: 23.5" --> 22.5"  (-1")

Total inches lost:  5.5"

Not the best results, but I feel like this challenge got my butt in gear and made me work for a goal again. I was happy to see the scale moving down. I did see the scale go up a bit in the last week with my eating habits being not so great. I think that the program makes you focus on your eating and it gets you to plan out your meals. I do have some of the meal shakes left that I actually like so I will continue to use.

I had meant to have Tim take photos last night, but it did not work out and things came up so we did not get home until late.

After writing my post on Monday I have a new found determination and motivation. I am doing this for me. My results reflect how hard I work and how much I plan. I feel like this journey is a whole bunch of starting overs. That is ok as long as you do not give up.

Don't forget to sign up for the Ash & Jess's Thanksgiving to X-Mas Challenge - lots of fun and a private Facebook group is included :)

Are you all ready for tomorrow?

Rules are pretty simple:
  • Get moving on Thanksgiving! 
  • Complete a 5k (3.1 miles) on Thanksgiving Day. You can run, walk, jog, or crawl. You can go outside to complete the mileage or do it on a treadmill. 
  • Take a selfie (or have your roommate/spouse take one) for sweaty proof. 
  • Post the photo (you can get creative with a collage if you want) to Instagram with the hashtag#wiwturkeyday5k and tag the three of us (AshHeather, and Erin)
  • Bonus: You can get a bonus entry in the giveaway if you do a 5k on Friday as well - before or after shopping :) 
The giveaway will be posted on Monday so check out Monday's post to enter! 





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11.25.2014

Influenster Review

I am sure that most of you have heard of Influenster right? It is a great site that allows you to search for products and get reviews from real people. You can also sign up to be one of those reviewers. If you keep active they will also send you products to review!

Influenster just redid their website a few months ago and I like it! They have done a great job making it user friendly and easy to use and understand.

I did a review on Gain flings at the beginning of the year. They made my laundry feel so good! 

I got some great goodies in February. Tim loved the Hershey's kisses and the spray lotion. I enjoyed the clay mask and the Frizz Ease. 

In July I was sent a few products that I had to go out and buy after these were gone. The Playtex Sport and the Nivea Skin Firming. This box was one of my favorites so far.

It is free to sign up for Influenster and to get the benefits. All you have to do is login in every so often and take surveys and answer questions about things you enjoy.

The Hub is new. The Hub is a place where bloggers blog about Infleunster and products. It is a great place to get ideas, see what is happening in the Influenster community, and just get lost in articles about products.

The Influenster App is also new. As a person that has been a member for a while this app makes it 10 times easier to post things and keep track of what tasks you have left. It also makes the reviews accessible anywhere.

I have lots of invites to send again :) Influenster gave me more and I am so ready to send them to people who want to give it a try!

Send me an email @ nutmeg0507@gmail.com and I will send you an invite!

Happy Reviewing!

**I WAS NOT COMPENSATED FOR THIS POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN AND NOT INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY.

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DietBet Time!

Don't forget to sign up with Jess and I for our Thanksgiving to Xmas Dietbet! We hosted one last year and we are back this year to keep everyone on track through the holidays. This is a great way to stay on track and stay focused and earn yourself some money! Wahoo :)

You can weigh in at any time now. It officially starts tomorrow. You can see the Bet page here & sign up. It is $20 to get in (one of the cheaper games) and Jess is offering a private Facebook page to participants for support!

Lets beat the holiday bloat together this year. If you have never done a Diet Bet they are pretty easy and fun! It helps keep you accountable because you don't want to lose your money do you?

Here is a little run down on how it works...





It is fun, it is painless, and you will feel great when you have won and those jeans still fit after Christmas!


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11.24.2014

What is the Point?

What is the Point? What is the point of losing weight? Why am I even bothering?

I had one of "those" days yesterday. For some reason I am taking everything my husband does and turning it negative. He didn't say I looked nice Saturday night when I dressed up, sooo that obviously means he does not like me right? Logical I know. What is the point of losing weight if he is not going to say I look nice ever day, five times a day? Ever have one of those times where you analyze every little thing they do and then realize it is silly?
I did feel good and he did help me pick out my outfit and find a top that fit right. All of the sweaters I was trying on to go with the skirt he kept telling me were too big (which I was happy they were too big, but not when I need something to wear).
We had a good date night. We went out to dinner with friends and then we walked around the mall window shopping and picking up items from Hallmark. We went into Dick's Sporting Goods looking for Christmas ideas and I stumbled across this bad boy in the hunting section --- sooo warm!
I was also in a very snacky mood yesterday and kept thinking "well I have been good and I fit into my jeans so why not?" I have been not so great with my eating the last few days for the 24 day challenge. I think it is because I have been seeing a weight loss and I tend to get complacent and cocky. That is a big problem I have in this process, too many times have I gotten complacent and that is when the weight creeps back on.

After feeling crappy yesterday and down on myself, I realized that there is a point to the eating healthy and exercising. The point is to be a better version of me for me. Not for anyone else. Not for Tim to love me anymore than he already does. This guy has loved me at all of my sizes...

I am not doing it for others to like me more. I am doing this for me. I am doing this so I want to play with my children and I want to go do active things with my family. I don't want to be the girl I was when I got married. I don't want to be the lazy girl that did not move much and just wanted to watch television.

You see I have a lot of days that I just want to give up on this whole weight loss thing, then I realize it is more than just weight loss. It is about me being the best version of myself that I can be.

It is about me feeling great about myself after a run or after a workout. It is about me not having to try on 10 different outfits because too many pieces are too small. It is about me being able to go into a store and buy a piece of clothing in a size I am not ashamed of. It is about me being able to take a nap with my toddler and fit into a twin bed with him even though he is a big bed hog.

It is about me. 

Can anyone relate?


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11.21.2014

Holiday Shopping - 5 Great Deals


The winner of the WIN Detergent Giveaway is... Ann W  -- she has been emailed :) Thanks for entering!

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It is not even Thanksgiving and I have to say that I am pretty much done with my Christmas shopping and my gift making. This is an amazing feeling! Amanda and I are taking a trip to go shopping in December for last minute things, but that is more for the fun of it as well.

I have found some great deals online. One thing about me that you might not know is that I never buy anything for full price. If I want something and it is not on sale I will wait for a sale. This method usually gives me time to think about it as well and not make impulse purchases.

First you want to go to Ebates and sign up. I heard about Ebates about a year ago and I love it. You can usually find good deals at your favorite places and get money back on top of those deals. I have gotten a few paychecks from them and they have been a nice little gift to myself.

{One}
I just ordered my Christmas cards from Vistaprint (through Ebates of course) and saved 50% off the cards and I will get 8% back from Ebates.

{Two}
Kohl's is having daily door busters it seems. I signed up for their Yes 2 You Rewards program and now I get points and coupons without having to have a credit card!

{Three}

Children's Place is having a Pre-Thanksgiving sale! Most of Mason's clothes are from CP. They actually have amazing sales and I can buy his clothes for next year cheap.

{Four}
Old Navy -- They have been having random daily deals the last couple weeks. Yesterday they had 40% off a bunch of clothes for everyone! Who knows what they will have for sales in the coming weeks.

Five}
I have found that next week is the best time to buy appliances. I bought a washer/dryer set a few years ago on Black Friday. It was buy one piece get another free, plus it was on sale. This is a great time to look for home appliances or home improvement items. I bought flooring one year at an amazing discount on black Friday. Check Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears for deals. You can also get cash back with Ebates.

*I was not asked to do this post, I was not compensated for it in anyway, I just like a good deal and I like being able to share them. The Ebates links are affiliate links to sign up through me.*


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11.20.2014

Don't Get Derailed This Holiday Season

It is that time of year again. The six weeks at the end of every year that usually tries to derail us from our goals (fitness & health). Everyone gets sucked in at one time or another. The amount of delicious foods and treats that we have all been brought up to love this time of year can cause weight gain.

I do not plan on letting this happen to me this year. I have already gained 10 lbs over the summer and I am working hard trying to get those pounds off. It is a lot easier to put it on, believe me. I am not going to dwell on the weight I gained, I am going to focus on keeping what I have lost off and losing more.
I couldn't help it, this seemed to fit. 

A great way to stay on track and to actually lose weight during this period is to get into a Dietbet. Jess and I hosted one this year around this time so we decided to host another one! I find that Dietbets keep me on track because I do not want to lose my money, I want to get it back and then some.  
Come join us! We look cute with Santa hats on :) Go here for more information and to earn some extra money for Christmas! Along with the Dietbet comes access to a private Facebook group for support and accountability :)

Jess gave some of her holiday tips yesterday so I decided to give you some of mine as well.

How to Survive the Holidays!

1. Don't deprive yourself - You do not want to go crazy eating ALL of the desserts, but if you are like me you only see these items once a year. If you want a slice of the pumpkin pie, then cut your own slice and make it smaller than the normal slices.

2. Wear something you feel great in - I try to do this because if I feel great I tend to want to keep feeling great. I usually feel great in clothes that I have recently fit into, usually a size that I have not been before. This helps me remember that I want to be good and eat properly.

3. Drink Water - I usually have a bottle or two of water where ever I go. I want to be prepared, I do not have to worry about what the options at the gathering will be. Plus water is filling, try to drink at least 64 oz a day.

4. Exercise - Get at least 30 minutes of exercise the day of the gathering. This is usually enough time to work up a good sweat. Days I workout I tend to eat better because I worked hard to burn calories. I also allow myself to have that small slice of pie because I have those extra calories.
A week from today you could get that workout in with a 5k! A virtual 5k that is. There are prizes up for grabs and you will get moving the morning before a big dinner.

This holiday season does not have to ruin your hard work this year and you don't have to wait until January 1st to make changes. Start Now!


What are you tips for staying healthy during the holidays?



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11.19.2014

Weigh in Wednesday {11/19}





Day 18 of the 24 Day Challenge. I have slipped up a few times with my food, but I have been having a meal replacement shake daily for one of my meals and I have been taking all of my pills daily.
I noticed that tangerines are out and on sale now in my local grocery store - I love these little orange like fruits! I need to go get a crate.

Review of the Shakes:

Vanilla: The vanilla is good. It get thick and seems to expand to more than the 8 oz. I put a tablespoon of peanut butter in it to give it a little flavor. I used to love peanut butter in my vanilla milkshakes. 
Pumpkin: This was surprisingly delicious! Not as thick as the vanilla, but I liked the flavors. It is perfect for this time of year.


One more week until WIW Turkey Day 5k! We have seen a great amount of interest in this event and we are excited. There are some great prizes up for grabs!

Don't forget to link up, :)


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11.18.2014

Christmas / Family Photos

On Veteran's Day we had a friend take some family photos for us. I was on the hunt for a perfect spot as the backdrop. I looked around Tim's parents' house because they live in the country. I really wanted to find a Christmas looking tree. Tim took me for a four wheeler ride into the woods and I couldn't find much.

I ended up finding the perfect tree and it just so happened to be in Jaime's yard. She was the one taking our photos and she lives next to Judy. It worked out perfectly.

Mason woke up was woken up from his nap about a half an hour before we had to meet Jaime to get our photos taken. I brought my new bow of red ornaments. I thought they would make a nice addition for the Christmas Card aspect.

Mason was actually in a good mood so it was not too much of a hassle to get the photos done. She took over 100 pictures and we actually had a good number of good ones. I had to edit them because it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, but I think they came out great.
Something about this photo makes me smile - I just like the fact that we are both looking in the same direction. 
This is my favorite photo - We are all smiling and it just looks fun. 
This one was a favorite of Tim's aunt and mom. 

We had some fun with Jaime's dog, Sadie. She kept trying to get into our photos, which would have been great if she was our dog. She has been sick lately so it was nice to see her so spunky and having fun.

We had some fun with with Mason too. He was such a happy boy that afternoon. He also looks so cute in his plaid shirt and boots.
Something about this photo makes me smile. It could be Mason's smile, my smile, or the fact that I do not see my flaws here. I love the way I look in the photo and I am not looking down on my body.

I think that these photos came out great and I am so happy we did not way anything for them. I will probably go get some goodies for Jaime as a thank you, but we did not spend $100's of dollars for Christmas card photos and that feels good. Plus the best part was Mason's mood no meltdowns and he was great for photos.

Do you get family photos done yearly? 


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