Weight Loss is… {Plus a New Workout}

I know you must be wondering why I don’t post as much as I used to and frankly, it’s because I am so busy doing other stuff. I want to post here regularly but I am at a crossroads. I work from 9-5 at Anytime Fitness corporate and then go home and do freelance work. Not complaining, it’s a great problem to have but it doesn’t give me much time to blog! I promise I will try to update you more regularly! Okay…

So today’s topic…weight loss. About 3 years ago I lost 50 pounds. We did a weight loss challenge at work and I loved it. Accountability, challenge, and well, I needed it. But fast forward and I have gained some of it back. Honestly, I hate it. For some reason, I thought that I could just go back to eating the same way I did before losing weight. Tip: You can’t! 

So now I am back on the weight loss train trying to drop 20 pounds. I am trying to eat healthier and workout more. I have done it before but I need help! So any of you that can help me out or want to join me…let me know!

Yesterday- I ate pretty well with one little exception – I had ice cream for dessert that put me over my calories. They say the average American is now eating 300 calories more per day than necessary – bam I did yesterday. I need to make choices. I can have some ice cream later but then I can’t have X.

over budget

I did a good workout that I made up. Here it is:

home bodyweight workout 30 minutes

Warmup: Run 10 Minutes

20 Push-ups
40 Russian Twists
15 Squats
20 Uppercuts
10 Air Punches (each arm)
10 Burpees
:30 Plank
10 Front Kicks
15 Glute Kickbacks
10 Triceps Push-ups
20 Lunges
50 Arm Circles
10 Jump Squats
20 Calf Raises
15 Triceps Dips
:30 Bicycle Crunches
:45 Wall Sit

Complete 2-3 times

Cool down: Stretching + Yoga

* Note: I am not a medical or licensed fitness professional. The workout presented above is something I came up with for my personal fitness. This workout may not be appropriate for everyone thus I am not responsible for any injuries or health conditions that may result from this workout…though I doubt anything will. 

 

Our trip to London was so much fun! Other than the obvious reason, we had so much fun just hanging out in town, walking around the beautiful city, and exploring the neighborhoods. We spent our days roaming the city and nights hanging in our awesome AirBNB flat (highly recommend)! Just had a blasty blast! Here are some of my favorite photos:

westminster abbey

Westminster Abbey

shoreditch street art

Shoreditch street art

Shoreditch Street Art

More Shoreditch street art

Breon and I

Swan on the Lake in front of Kensington Palace

Swan on the Lake in front of Kensington Palace

Leaving Harrods - Such a beautiful buidling.

Leaving Harrods – Such a beautiful buidling.

At Leeds Castle

At Leeds Castle

On our drive to Dover, Fields of Gold.

On our drive to Dover, Fields of Gold.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral windows

Canterbury Cathedral windows

Me standing in the English Channel

Me standing in the English Channel

Breon being serious

Breon being serious

Near Picadilly, we went shopping

Near Picadilly, we went shopping

At Borough Market, some produce for purchase.

At Borough Market, some produce for purchase.

In Shoreditch, a pretty street

In Shoreditch, a pretty street

building

We toured this house, where The Dutchess was filmed.

We toured this house, where The Dutchess was filmed.

Covet Garden hidden gem, Neal's Yard.

Covet Garden hidden gem, Neal’s Yard.

Garden

The Guards at the Tower of London

The Guards at the Tower of London

I love doors!!

I love doors!!

Tower of London

Tower of London

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Garden Maze at Leed's Castle

Garden Maze at Leed’s Castle

Mr. Peacock thinks he is pretty!

Mr. Peacock thinks he is pretty!

A Beautiful Beach Wedding {Hopefully} on the Horizon

So, many of you may know, but some not. I am getting married! AHHH! It’s so exciting! Breon and I have been together for 3 years and I am excited to spend the rest of my life with him.

When we first got engaged, I was so excited because he captured it all on his glass. I must admit, I don’t remember the moment at all and if not for this video I would probably never really know how I reacted. I was just so shocked (also by the fact that Huff Po, Fast Company, and Mashable posted it to their websites).

Fast forward back to state side and reality, we are in planning mode. Both of us want to get the majority of the planning done soon. We both love to plan but would love to have the details solidified as soon as possible so we can just enjoy everything. We have been talking to wedding planners and looking at blogs! It’s been very fun!

I have been scouring pinterest for inspiration and keep finding myself on inspiration overload. There is just so much you can do (and so much money you can spend).

We are trying to keep this event as simple and casual as possible (and budet-friendly), as both of us realize this is about our marriage not just about a wedding.

But the wedding will be awesome, of course. ;)

Which brings me to my point. For you lovely ladies getting engaged, take a look at Style Me Pretty! It’s a fantastic website full of advice, inspiration, diy projects, and vendors. I have found it to be very helpful thus far. My favorite part: MOODBOARDS!

I won’t be doing a lot of moodboaring because I know I will just go crazy and never decide on colors, a look & feel, etc. So I have decided to just get a feel down. I love this one:

So, what do you think?

Should we do natural sea colors, like Khaki and Blue or something fun like coral and teal?

I LOVE OPINIONS!

A Day in the Life

I thought that since I haven’t posted for a while, you guys might be wondering what I have been up to. I did a day in the life of (well, me). This was a fun day, too (double bonus).

Sen-morning

Sen really really early cuddling with me. It’s very dark.

drive-to-work

Drive to work – Hastings isn’t too far!

to-do-breakfast

Craft my to-do list for the day, eat chobani, and catch up on my reader (and magazines).

photoshoot

Help with an Anytime Retail photo shoot!

Did another photo shoot, this time I photographed. Image above by Ami K.

lunch-sculpt

Take a break and do Yoga Sculpt with the famous, Lee Hersh (Fit Foodie Finds)

post-workout

Post workout “glow.” I call it red face.

meetings

Afternoon meeting to discuss branding! So much fun!

talk-to-lee

Chat with Lee again…probably about her blog!

get-ready-to-go-home

Packing up getting ready to head home.

watch-tv

Lay down…don’t feel well. Watch some TV.

design

Get enough energy to work on a project for Prescribe Nutrition!

So there you have it. That is a normal day for me. I am busy busy busy. I love it. One more shout out to my love, Breon. Happy Anniversary, dear! :)

Current Status: Hacked and Busy

hacked-busy

Hey guys.

I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything and there are two reasons: hacked and busy. I have been working my butt off trying to fix my site over the last few weeks. Someone from Anonymous hacked it. I don’t know why they would come after my little website but they did and I was very sad. I am just glad that they didn’t get my database because I didn’t want to lose all of my hard work! Alas, they did not. And now I will be backing up my website often! Special thanks to Breon for helping me out (I still don’t understand databases).

If you are a blogger or have a website, I highly recommend backing up so that you don’t have to start from scratch which is sorta what I decided to do (minus using my old database).

Little Ms. Busy Pants

And on top of all that nonsense, I have been extremely busy. I have been working full-time and doing a lot of side work with design and websites. I am currently working towards opening a boutique design co here in the cities which will start out small and then hopefully grow. I am super excited because I love doing branding, design, and really, anything creative. I hope to work with bloggers, local businesses, and entrepreneurs who need a brand that will take them to the next level.

Anyways other than that, I haven’t been doing a whole lot. We leave for london in a month which is really exciting and I have a list of fun stuff I want to do there but if you have any ideas, you should let me know. Anyways, it’s time to get back to work! I hope you have a lovely week!