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32 things that make me HAPPY

What makes YOU happy?

So often we focus on the negative – what we hate, what annoys us, what we really just can’t stand. Why focus on the not-so-good stuff when we have so much in our lives that should be celebrated?

Katie shared a post with this theme last week, so I thought I’d jump on the happiness train and remind myself what makes ME happy.

1. Mitchell. Aka: Coneman, Salty Tortilla Chip, Furman, Weaselhead, Mitchell Man, Mitch, Stinkman <– he has so many endearing names ;)

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2. This guy <3

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3. Beaches

4. Fruity drinks

5. Traveling

6. Wine

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7. Summer

8. Sunshine

9. Happy hours on a patio

10. Family

11. Blog friends turned real life friends

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12. French fries

13. Spark

14. Body Pump

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15. Running outside

16. A clean apartment

17. Chef Kyle

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18. Chocolate + Peanut Butter

19. Christmas

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20. Lululemon

21. My gym

22. Shopping at Whole Foods with wine in hand

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23. Date night

24. Freshly manicured nails

25. Target

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26. Chicago (in the summer!)

27. Visiting Ames

28. Baking

29. Disney movies, especially The Little Mermaid

30. Green juice

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31. Riding bikes along Lake Michigan

32. Starbucks

What makes YOU happy?

#33 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Happy Treat Yourself Tuesday!

Since I’m currently in Florida, this is going to be a super quick TYT post.

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

First treat of the week was my Stitch Fix arriving! Thank you for all of your input on what I should keep. I decided to keep only the tulip top. I liked the jeans and the other top, but I didn’t love them. They had a hefty price tag so I decided that if I didn’t love them, I shouldn’t keep them in my closet.

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My second treat was Body Pump on Sunday morning. I didn’t work out for a full week because I was sick so getting back into the gym felt great!

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There were some Easter Peanut M&M’s… because medicine tastes better with a bit ‘o sugar ;)

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The My Vega team treated me to some awesome Vega bars last week. I’m obsessed with the Vega Snack Bar (the dark chocolate flavor is my favorite!) and packed a variety to take with me on my trip for healthy snacks or a quick breakfast option. I also just realized how much PINK I packed to take with me on my trip… #luluprobs

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I sported lulu all day on Saturday (until our date night…) Kyle always wears nice jeans and a button down while we’re strolling around town and I’m always in lulu, LOL. I like to be comfortable, what can I say?!

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I also bought some travel packets of Spark for my trip. You know I couldn’t go without it for a full week – haha!

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Finally, for a future-looking treat, Kyle’s flying down to Florida on Thursday (our anniversary!) so we can spend the weekend together on the beach. I can’t wait to relax in the sun, warmth and humidity :)

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How did you treat yourself this week? What is one thing you cannot go without when traveling?

Kyle’s AdvoCare 24DC

I’m currently writing this post to distract myself from the fact that I’m cruising through the air at 37,000 feet… scratch that, they just announced we’ve moved up to 41,000 feet, on the most turbulent flight of my life. Although Kyle claims I say this about every flight (This may or may not hold true…), this one is in fact quite bumpy as we’re flying over a major Midwestern storm.

I’m not sure whether I’m about to be sick or have a panic attack… or both. And to add to it, I have to pee. Like I reallyyyy have to pee, but I’m fairly certain I would be jostled around the plane like a kernel of corn in a microwave if I stood up, so I’m going to cross my legs and hope for the best. #fingerscrossed

Stay calm, take deep breaths, and drink Spark.

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Phew, now that I’ve gotten my major fear of flying out in the open, let’s dive into today’s post! {Poor choice of words, Becky…}

Before I get into how I’m adapting the AdvoCare 24DC to fit Kyle’s needs, I want to say that I am a HUGE advocate and supporter of completing the 24DC as it is prescribed. By this, I mean you should make a valiant effort to eat 100% clean, avoid alcohol and coffee, skip dairy and follow the schedule fully for the 24 days. Trust me, I know it gets difficult at times, but the end result will be well worth it. You WILL feel great, look great and have a new outlook on life.

With that being said, I’m adapting the rules slightly for our challenge starting on May 5th. Mainly because I don’t want Kyle to throw in the towel on Day 2, but also because I don’t want to avoid my wine as we’re heading into patio season! I’ve already completed two 24DC’s this year and know myself well enough that I’ll avoid foods that make me feel “blah” even with these more relaxed guidelines.

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So, what’s the plan? Great question! Thanks for asking ;)

For the first 10 days (the Cleanse Phase), we will be following the challenge as-is – no ifs, ands or buts about it! I truly believe that the first 10 days of the 24DC set the tone for the remaining 14 and, after my time in Florida, it’ll feel great to get the “gunk” out of my system. Got that, Kyle Chile? ;)

The second part of the challenge (the Max Phase), we will be following more of a flexible plan. We aren’t going to crack open a cold one and eat an entire Chicago-style pizza every day after work, but if there is a gorgeous Saturday afternoon (God willing!), and we decide to head to a patio to enjoy the sunshine, we will by all means be treating ourselves to a pint of beer or a glass of vino.  We deserve a freakin’ beer and a glass of sangria in the sunshine after this never-ending winter, gosh darn it! #sorrynotsorry

We also have a couple of events planned during the 24DC including a secret dinner and cocktail party (more details to come on this!), Kyle’s grandmother’s 80th birthday party, and my friend’s 29th birthday party. These are all reasons to celebrate and celebrate we will! Plus, it’s important to remember that life happens – challenge or not, and we all need to get out there and live it while it’s happening.

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Are we going to down a bottle of tequila? No. (This thought just added to my current air sickness – blech!) Are we going to eat our weight in fried chips and queso? Absolutely not! However, a few tortilla chips, a glass of wine and a slice of cheese atop a cracker aren’t going to totally derail the clean, yet balanced, eating habits we’ll be continuing to reinforce over the entire 24 days.

Thankfully, I’ve come to realize that eating with friends and family or at restaurants does not have to be avoided if you’re trying to eat healthy. Most restaurants offer a variety of healthy options (outside of the salad section, believe it or not!) and it is easy to request a meal sans white bread and cheese.

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So, there’s the plan for our 24 days or – as I like to call it, Kyle’s Challenge. It’s going to be more about moderation and a lesson in self-control (we have the bad habits of finishing off a bag of chips in one sitting and constantly snacking at a party…) than eating clean since we already eat {fairly} clean and healthy!

I’m overly excited to have Kyle join me next week. It’ll be a fun experience to do this as a couple and I can’t wait for him to start loving AdvoCare as much as I do! Although, I’m nervous to what this is going to do to our monthly Spark budget ;)

There’s definitely still time to join us if you’re interested! I have a lovely group of ladies (and gents) riding the Advo-train in May and we’d love to have you join in on the fun. Feel free to shoot an email to becky@olivesnwine.com if you would like more information.

And like clockwork, just as I’m finishing this post, the turbulence stops. #PSL!

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your day.

What is your favorite healthy menu item to order while dining out? I love mixed green salads with grilled chicken or salmon, hummus platters served with veggies, and spicy chicken lettuce wraps. Oh, and who can forget the {healthy} sushi?!

Do you find yourself to be more social in the summer months? Heck yes. In the winter I want to crawl into a hole and die (#dramaqueen), but once summer arrives, I’m all about rooftops, sangria and patio dining!

Curry Chickpea Patties

Since I’m currently on my way to Florida, I have one of my best blends turned real-life friend here today to share a delicious recipe with y’all today. Katie does a great job at introducing our relationship (and our shared love of wine, haha!) below, so I’m going to let her steal the show. Thanks for filling in today, Katie!

I’m Katie, the blonde behind Blonde Ambition, where I share my attempts to find a healthy balance as a busy twenty-something who loves running as much as she loves wine and Nutella!

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Run a half marathon? Yeah right. Oh, you get a free beer at the end? SURE, I’m in!

You may recognize me from one of Becky’s many Blend meet ups – after months of stalking reading each other’s blogs, we finally met in Park City last year at Blend Retreat! She’s since come out to Northern California:

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(You may also recall the splitting a bottle of wine at dinner after a day of wine tasting in Napa incident. Poor Carly and Sarah had to deal with our less than stellar-feeling selves the next day! ;) )

And I made it out to Chicago!

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Needless to say, we’ve had some fun adventures together. And I have to tell you guys, Becky is 100% as fabulous in person as you’d expect her to be from her fabulous blog! I’m so glad we found each other, and I’m happy she asked me to provide a guest post while she’s away!

I decided to create a recipe for Becky and started thinking about what my dream recipe would be. As someone who works out regularly and prefers to eat clean and healthy, I decided it would be vegetarian, packed with protein, and more or less healthy.

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(Wine is always necessary while cooking, am I right??)

However, I don’t know about you guys, but the biggest requirement for most of the meals that come out of my kitchen is that they’re something I can prepare ahead of time and eat throughout the week. I am a working girl on a serious budget, so I unfortunately don’t have the money (or time!) to eat out every day for lunch.

Becky is a rockstar with her weekly meal planning, and I’ve created a recipe that not only fulfills all of my requirements, but is delicious too! It needs to be on her (and your) meal plan this week!

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Enter: curry chickpea patties!

Though I made these curry flavored (Yes Becky, I know you love curry ;) ), chickpeas are great because they take on whatever flavor you decide to add. I’m just especially lucky that my roommate stocked our kitchen with some delicious Indian spices:

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These patties are a breeze to whip up, especially if you have a food processor (and even if you don’t!), and they are perfect for a healthy lunch option throughout the week. You can even double the recipe and freeze half for emergencies…AKA those days you realize you have nothing but cheese, peanut butter, and a bag of wilted lettuce in your fridge. Or is that just me? #bachelorettelifeproblems

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Onions, garlic, ginger, and scallions = possibly the best smelling mixture to come out of my kitchen in weeks!

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Is it just me, or is mashing and mixing ingredients totally therapeutic?

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Dinner is served! But I’m most excited for leftovers for lunch. ;-)

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Curry Chickpea Patties

Makes 6 patties

1/4 cup onion
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger
2 stalks scallions/green onion (about 1/4 cup)
1 can (1 3/4 cups) chickpeas AKA garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper, to taste
1 egg
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
~2 tbsp oil for frying- I used coconut oil

In a small food processor, combine onion, garlic, ginger and scallions until coarsely chopped. See photo above. If you don’t have a food processor, use a knife to finely mince them. Heat ½-1 tsp oil in a pan, then add your delicious smelling ingredients. Cook at medium heat for about 5 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add chickpeas, 3 tablespoons of coconut milk, and all your spices and seasonings to the food processor and pulse until the chickpeas are about the same chunky consistency that your onion/garlic/ginger mixture was. Be careful not to over-process or it’ll start to become hummus! If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the beans with a fork or potato masher.

Remove from food processor and use a spatula to incorporate the onion/garlic/ginger mixture, as well as the remaining ingredients: an egg and panko breadcrumbs. The mixture will be pretty wet, but if you want it to be less so, add more breadcrumbs. Using your hands, shape the mixture into about 6 patties of equal size.

Heat more oil in your pan over medium heat. I used a little less than a tablespoon of oil for each batch of 3 patties. Carefully place patties in the pan, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Use a spatula to flatten the patties (it will help to hold them together!), then let cook for about 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown. Flip, flatten again if needed, and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate, then repeat till you’ve cooked all the patties.

Patties will keep in the fridge for several days, or you can wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them!

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Thanks again, Katie! I can’t wait to see you in Utah in a few, short weeks :)

And, for the record, these are most definitely going on my meal plan next week when I’m back in Chicago!

What is your favorite Meatless Monday meal? It’s hard for me to choose! I love vegetarian chili and stir fry, but theses patties might be going on my list next.

More importantly, do you want to join in on the wine fun with Katie and I the next time we meet up? C’mon, you know we put the wine in fun… ;)

Nachos, fondue, body pump and other weekend fun!

Happy Sunday!

How’s your weekend been so far?

My Friday night started out with the Blackhawks and nachos at a local dive bar. Nachos for me. Blackhawks for the boys ;)

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Saturday morning called for a long walk. Mitchell and I had to wait while Kyle grabbed a bagel for breakfast.

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I had plans for brunch with a friend, but the walk took it out of me and I couldn’t stop coughing so plans had to change :/

After running a few errands, Kyle and I grabbed lunch at Duran – a local, European sandwich cafe. Each was delicious!

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The rest of the day involved a 3-hour nap (it was amazing!) and then getting ready for date night.

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We received a Groupon gift for Christmas to Geja’s Cafe, a romantic fondue restaurant in Chicago, and decided it was time to use it.

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Overall, everything was delicious. We started with salads and a cheese fondue with bread for dipping, following by a meat and seafood tray with 8 dipping sauces, and then finished with a chocolate fondue complete with marshmallows, rice krispie treats and fruit for dipping! The only part we didn’t enjoy was that we had to “cook” our meat in oil at the table, so basically our steak, chicken, lobster and scallops were all deep fat fried. Blech. If we go back, we decided we’d definitely just go for the cheese and chocolate and skip the main course ;)

After a week of rest, I finally hit up the gym again for some body pump! It felt great to get back.

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I got all geared up, thanks to Kyle, for the Blackhawks game.

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Once the game started, however, Mitchell and I decided we would rather take a walk to the dog park than watch hockey.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening are going to be spent packing and getting ready for my 5am flight (not looking forward to the 2:30am wake-up call!) to Florida tomorrow. I’m heading south for a work trip so if I’m more absent than normal, you know where I am :)

What was the most exciting thing you did this weekend?

Get your good going with Blue Diamond

It’s great to feel good about yourself, right?

The feelings of self-accomplishment, pride and a little boost in the ol’ self-esteem makes a person feel pretty darn good.

One of the things that makes me feel great is a productive day at work. A day that I make my way through my long to-do list, answer a few ad-hoc requests and perfect the spreadsheet that I’ve been developing for a few weeks (#nerdalert) is a day that should be celebrated!

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However, to get me through one of these days, I always need an afternoon snack. You know what I’m talking about right? That 3pm slump, I need something in my stomach now or I’m not going to function until 5pm kinda snack.

As well all now know, I’ve become more attune with my body and a sugar-filled candy bar – however tasty it may be, just won’t do the trick any longer. Plus, we’re quickly approaching bikini season, and I’d be lying if I didn’t want to get my abs shaped up before the pool in my building opens in a few short weeks!

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Enter: Blue Diamond Almonds.

Convenient pack sizes (perfect for your purse!) Tasty flavors. Healthy fats and protein that will keep you satisfied until dinner.

These almonds are the answer to your afternoon snack monster!

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Blue Diamond so kindly sent me a wide variety of their almond flavors – from Mocha to Caramel to Salt ‘n Vinegar to Plain Roasted. All were delicious, in my opinion, but I did a little taste test with my coworkers (I had plenty to share!) and we thought the Mocha and Caramel flavors won by far!

Also, another good thing about Blue Diamond almonds? They’re husband approved! I snuck some into Kyle’s bag before he left on a business trip and was told they are the perfect snack for long days in the travel office. A healthy, man-approved snack is something I will always keep in the cupboards!

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Thanks, Blue Diamond, for getting my good going with your healthy snacks! You make my work days more productive than not and for that, I thank you!

*Disclosure: Blue Diamond provided me with a HUGE box of delicious almonds and a box of Nut Thins, also delicious in case you were wondering. All opinions in this post as well as on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages are solely my own. 

How do YOU get your good going?

What is your favorite afternoon snack?

Stitch Fix Fashionista

Earlier this week, my bajillionith* Stitch Fix shipment arrived.

*Do not worry Kyle, I haven’t actually received a bajillion of these packages… although it may look like in our closet ;) 

So, today I’m recruiting y’all to help me choose what I’m going to keep and what I’m going to return.

Unfamiliar with Stitch Fix? Here is a quick refresher: 

Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a “Fix” of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!

Ready to see what I received?

My first three items are pictured together. I always request that Stitch Fix send me outfits because – believe it or not – I am AWFUL at matching pieces. Whenever I am shopping in stores, I have to ask for help with coordinating pieces or I will get home and never wear them again. It really helps when my stylist tells me how to pair each piece!

  • Item 1: Bay to Baubles Necklace
  • My thoughts? Nay – Not a fan of the fringe!

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  • Item 2: 41Hawthorn Ivy Tulip Print Blouse
  • My thoughts? I like this one – the length and color are both great!

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  • Item 3: Kensie Ankle Biter Light Pink Jeans
  • My thoughts? I think they make my knees look lumpy, LOL. I like them otherwise though – the length is perfect and they fit like a glove.

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  • Item 4: Katherine Barclay Pencil Skirt
  • My thoughts? Meh. I’d have to wear Spanx with it and pencil skirts ALWAYS ride up on me when I walk which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Although the color is fabulous!

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  • Item 5: Evolution by Cyrus Bejeweled Top
  • My thoughts? It’s made of sweatshirt material, but it looks fancy – that’s my kind of top! Besides being a tad baggy in the waist, I love it!

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Now, it’s your turn to help!

What item(s) should I keep? I mainly need help deciding on the jeans and the tops!

I’m linking up with Katie’s Friday Favorites and Clare’s 5 on Friday because Stitch Fix is definitely one of my favorite things!

Confessions, Part VII

Do you know what day is today?

Err… Becky, it’s Thursday.

Okay, yes. You’ve got me there. It is Thursday, BUT it’s also Confessions Thursday! I’m linking up with Amanda and bringing you some secret confessions for the last Thursday this April.

Or as Kyle would say, it’s the day you’re pretending to be Usher again.

Get it?! ;)

1. I haven’t worn makeup since Friday. Yep, it’s been a full week. I try not to wear it over the weekends if I don’t go out for dinner or drinks, and since I haven’t been feeling well this week, I just decided to skip it. Kyle actually prefers that I don’t wear it. (BTW, is that weird??) I don’t think anyone’s actually noticed either… except for the people at work that have told me I don’t look so hot. #thanks I am hoping it is because I’m actually sick and not because I look sick without makeup ;)

2. Dogs on steroids are the most annoying animals in existence! I gave Mitchell his final steroid pill for his injury last night and all I have to say is HALLELUJAH! Those things make him eat and drink like a maniac and therefore, make other things happen much more often than normal. #ifyaknowwhatimean  He’s whiny and needy and all I have to say is that he is NEVER going back on those again.

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3. I’m a completely different person in the spring/summer months than I am during the winter. The winter makes me mean and resentful and crabby unlike the summer when I am happy and free-spirited and an all-around nice person. I think this means I need to move somewhere where it is summer year round. We’ll see how Winter 2015 treats me before I make any crazy decisions…

4. Don’t get me wrong, I love when Kyle is home during the week and not traveling, but I also love having the bed to myself :) I sleep diagonally, spread out, and always find a cool place to put my feet. When he’s home, I’m always telling him to scoot over… even though I’m already sleeping in the middle. I think this means it’s time for us to upgrade to a king California king, that is!

5. I really hate WordPress’ new photo sizing/editing update. I am Type A therefore all of my photos must be the same (or at the least, very similar) sizes and this does not allow for me to do that! Argh… There have been many frustrations ever since I made the latest update. I just want my 60% sized image option backkkkkk. #firstworldproblems

6. I have been awful at thanking each of you that have donated to my marathon charity – Team Paws. You will each get a personalized email and/or letter (If I’m creepy and know your address, haha!) thanking you for your donation once I get my act together!!! BUT I do want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU because I am already 80% to my goal of $1,250 and 50% to my stretch goal of $2,000!! You guys rock my socks off! I have until October 5th to continue to raise money, and can’t wait to see how much I donate to this fabulous organization. If you want to read more about Team Paws, head on over here for more information.

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Your turn, tell me a confession! 

What are your favorite and least favorite seasons? Fall and winter – although I like ALL seasons for a short amount of time, anything over a month of winter is just too much for me!

What size of bed do you sleep in? Kyle and I currently have a queen but for the sake of our marriage, we will be trading up to a king (or larger) once we move into a bigger place!

Things I’ve learned…

Today, I am wrapping up my second 24-Day Challenge.

My results are to be announced (Since I’m still sick, I refuse to step foot into my gym – where I measure myself, because it irks me when people cough and hack and sneeze all over the workout equipment! #endrant), but regardless of my inches or pounds, I can tell from my toned arms that Advo did the trick again. Although, my toned arms are not what convinced me that AdvoCare is pretty much the bomb dot com this time around.

Okay, I obviously already think it’s the bomb dot com, but stick with me here. I promise there’s a moral to this post!

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What kept me riding the Advotrain over the past 24 days was what I learned about myself throughout the past few weeks. Apparently clean eatin’ and fabulous supplements make my brain work a little better, and I realized that when I truly pay attention to my body – how it’s feeling and performing, I can easily learn what keeps it running at its best.

This is what I figured out over the past few weeks…

1. As much as I love a good glass of wine, I don’t enjoy alcohol as much as I thought I did. I don’t like how I feel after drinking more than two glasses of wine (or beer or vodka or whatever…), and I would much rather feel well-rested and refreshed in the morning than have a wild night out. Alcohol makes me bloated, slugglish, and it gives my skin a “dull” look. While I won’t be giving up my vino anytime soon, I do plan on becoming more selective about when and what I drink. I don’t plan on imbibing on weekdays (unless there is a special occasion) and I will stick to my two glass limit when out to dinner on the weekends.

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2. Sugar hangovers are much, MUCH worse than alcohol hangovers. You may think I am joking here, but I kid you not. I dare you to go without sugar for 24 days and then indulge. Once you’re able to pull yourself out of bed, lemme know how you feel… The reason we don’t typically feel this way when consuming sugar is because it is in everything we eat – from the obvious offenders like Chobani and Nutella to the less obvious like salsa and bread. While enjoying sugar in moderation is 100% fine by me – don’t think you can take my Reese’s or froyo away from me! – I plan on making sugar a treat which is how it is meant to be enjoyed.

3. If I had to give up one type of macro nutrient, it would be protein. I could never ever give up carbs. Fruit, whole grain bread, rice, pasta – the stuff is golden in my book. And with my love of peanut butter and avocados, fats aren’t going anywhere either. As much as I like sushi and fish, I would much rather eat a peanut butter sandwich every. single. day. of my life than chow down on a steak or grilled chicken breast. Obviously, I’m not cutting protein out of my diet, but my 24DC made me realize how much I really do love REAL, unprocessed carbs (and the carbs in froyo too, hehehe!).

4. My arms are the first muscle group on my body to tone up when I am actively trying to gain lean muscle. Part of it’s running (yep, it tones my arms), part of it’s Body Pump, part of it is that I carry 50 pounds of my life with me to and from work each day, and part of it is genetics (I think?). Now, if I could only get my stomach and booty to tone up as quickly… ;)

5. When I am eating well and filling my body with optimal nutrients, I have SO much energy. Like clean the entire apartment including the laundry, bathe the dog, run 5 miles, and type up 10 blog posts kind of energy. (Spark might help too, haha!) Sugar, processed foods, dairy (yep, even my beloved cheese), and alcohol all weigh me down and make me feel sluggish and ain’t nobody got time for that! As I said above, I won’t be eliminating any food groups completely from my diet, but I at least know what to expect when I consume them. My skin will dull when I eat dairy. I’ll get a headache if I drink too much vino. And if I eat too much sugar, I’ll get a tummy ache. #nobueno

Basically, what I’m trying to say with this post is that AdvoCare is SO much more than solely “physical” results. I don’t want/need to lose more weight, especially with my upcoming marathon training, so that isn’t my aim with my future 24DC’s and other AdvoCare products. My goals are to feel good, put optimal nutrients into my body, fuel my body for a marathon, and maybe get a tad more toned in the process.

And personally, I think those are pretty darn good goals to have.

What have you learned about yourself/your body recently?

Do you have any health goals for the next few months?

#32 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Happy Treat Yourself Tuesday!

I’ve come down with a spring chest cold – feverish, cough, chest pressure – fun stuff. #sarcasm

I’m hoping I’ll wake up and feel dramatically better in the morning (that would be a treat!), but since I’m lacking energy as I type this on Monday evening, this post is going to be short and sweet.

Treat Yourself Tuesday Badge

If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

First treat of the week was returning the dress I bought from Vineyard Vines. I liked it but it was most definitely not worth it’s almost $200 price tag! My bank account was happy with that treat ;)

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I found a new-to-me lip gloss by NARS that I LOVE. It’s not sticky and the color {Giza} is perfect for me. In other news, I have a Sephora problem…

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There were lots of body pump treats last week – 3 classes within 7 days!

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I’ve been loving the fruity gums lately and found an apple flavor that I had yet to try. Verdict? Good, but my favorite strawberry-banana flavor is better ;)

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Finally, I treated myself to an at-home pedicure on Sunday night. I don’t remember the last night I painted my nails myself – sometimes it’s much easier than trekking to a salon… even if I do cover my toes in polish, haha!

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Mitchell also wanted me to share that he was treated by the vet and no longer has to wear his cone! He was one happy little man :)

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How did you treat yourself this week?

Are you a gum chewer? I’m an ADDICT! I seriously go through 2 packs/week. 

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