March Goals and February Wrap-Up

March Fitness Goals

I’ve missed a couple weekly reviews – the one from this week I wanted to wait and do today since I knew I was going to write a February wrap-up and set some new goals for March. I can’t even believe we are at March 1st already!

Overall, things are going okay. Not losing weight as fast as I want, but I suppose it will take some time to repair my metabolism and get things going. I have been going out to eat a little too much and despite staying within points, I know I can get better food for my PointsPlus values eating at home.

I’ve been strength training 3x a week and trying to get my steps in daily. Some days I don’t try too hard to get my steps in, so I want to go back to making that a priority. Another thing I want to incorporate into my workouts throughout the week is some HIIT.

You know how they say losing weight is as easy as calories in, calories out? Umm…losing weight is freaking HARD. There is so much that goes into every move you make, from what to eat, how often to eat it, how to properly strength train and incorporating cardio (but not too much) into your routine. I feel lost sometimes with what I need to be doing so if anyone has any resources for beginners please leave the information down in the comments below!

Fitness – This month I just want to focus on getting in my HIIT training, which I will use from Dashing Dish. I plan on continuing with my 3x a week strength training, but will be increasing weights this week since last week felt a bit lighter.

Also, I’m going to refocus on my Good Health Guidelines on Weight Watchers. Keeping it simple and just focusing on filling those requirements as much as I can each day. Between that and tracking I should be getting better with food choices.

Fashion/Beauty – I’ve done a great job this month with staying on top of hydrating my skin. My face is so hydrated and smooth now so that makes me happy. I’ve also been trying to hydrate my body especially now that I am working out so I can keep my skin as supple as possible. For my face routine, I use the L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil followed by the Garnier Ulta-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer and in the morning I wipe my skin clean with some toner, then hydrate with Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Cream Dry Skin and the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. All of this I found at Ulta.

What I’m Cooking

Later today I will be going through my Skinnytaste Cookbook and making a menu using my Erin Condren Wellness Journal. I’m excited for the weather to warm up so I can get outside and start grilling!

What I’ve Favorited

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

Advertisements

Weekly Review — February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s a special day in my house, the husband and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary — can’t believe that many years have gone by already. Hope everyone has a nice day with loved ones, pets and/or friends!

This week was much like the last few weeks — tracking on eTools and hitting my goals on Fitbit. I spent most of the week going beyond my daily step goal and continuing on with my Dashing Dish strength training plan! Seeing lots of difference in the way my body looks, which is bizarre considering I hadn’t seen much difference any change on the scale.

Fitness: I’ve been sticking to my weights three days a week following the guide I got off of Dashing Dish and actually enjoying it. I’ve started out with 15-45 pounds depending on my body part and doing about 15-20 reps in each of my three sets. I wanted to establish a baseline in order to see my progress as I go. I earned 33 APs and stuck with tracking each meal.

Yesterday there was a surprise for me on the scale.

Bikini Body Countdown

FINALLY. After going to the gym for almost 1.5 months straight (I’ve only missed five days of going to the gym since New Year’s Day — actually since my birthday on January 31st) and seeing my weight go up or stay the same, I saw a drop yesterday of -4.8 pounds. That’s awesome and I know next week could be weird since it was such a big loss, but I plan to keep going no matter what. I have goals this summer!

Fashion/Beauty: I’ve been really trying to make an effort with hydrating my skin daily, especially as I am trying to lose weight. My facial skin is really smooth and I picked up this stuff from Ulta, C. Booth Egyptian Argan Oil Body Butter — I like the subtle scent and it does not feel greasy at all, though it really seems to hydrate my body. I’ve also been making an effort to get in my daily multivitamin and skin vitamin.

What I’m Cooking

In my post about Meal Planning Tips, I mentioned trying to use themes for different nights of the week. I tried it this week and it worked okay, though I really need to go shopping and get some more groceries. I’ve been getting reacquainted with my old love Pinterest — that site was a never-ending source of good ideas when I lived in Colorado. Now I just want to make food, portion it out and track.

This week I made chicken and vegetables, spaghetti and meatballs, and some leftovers. I downloaded the newest issues of Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine on my iPad, so I have plenty of recipes to look through this weekend.

What I’ve Favorited 

Overall, it’s been a great week! Ready to keep going and hit my goals.

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

 

Weekly Review — February 7th

It’s been a pretty uneventful week, so this review might be on the shorter side! Been tracking points, trying to stay active and drinking water — it’s definitely keeping me occupied.

bikini body countdown

The scale hasn’t moved AT. ALL, but I can tell my body is looking different.

bikini body countdown progress

Fitness: I’ve had a successful week meeting my goals on Fitbit and staying on track with my Dashing Dish strength training schedule. I took a rest day on Thursday, but actually felt guilty about it…so this week I want to make it a goal to get my steps in every day. I like seeing all those green stars on my dashboard!

Speaking of Fitbit — I have currently burned enough calories to provide five meals to those in need. Hoping to earn a lot more this week with my cardio sessions. As of now, I’m earning one meal a day with my activity. Check out my post about #FitForFood and sign up!

Fashion/Beauty: Drinking water is hard! I’ve been working on getting in my 64 ounces in…something I want to continue doing this week. Also trying to remember to take my multivitamin and Hair & Skin supplement.

What I’m Cooking

It’s been a week of not cooking much in my kitchen. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to some new schedules here, but that changes this week. I’m not failing to plan — going through my Skinnytaste cookbook with my Erin Condren Wellness Journal and making a plan of action! If you use my referral link, you get $10 off your next purchase — making the planner free. I love free!

Erin Condren Wellness Journal

What I’ve Favorited 

7 Workout Mistakes That Keep You From Losing Belly Fat

Wash Your Face With … Oil?

Out-of-This-World Oatmeal Recipes

That’s it for this week, hope it’s a good one!

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

Weekly Review — January 31st

Today is the end of the month, a chance to reflect how January went. I also turn 32 today, an age I once thought was ‘old’ but now that I’m here I still feel like I am in my 20s. I suppose I’ll always feel that way.

Anywho, January was pretty awesome in terms of my goals. I not only hit my goal of walking 100 miles this month, I kept it going and officially hit my second milestone, 120 miles.

End of the month

Finishing this goal proves to me that I can do it. I can complete things I set out to do and keep going. I’m the person that never put time into dedicating myself to going to the gym. This month, I went to the gym 30 times (31 when I count going this afternoon). While the scale has not budged, I have seen a substantial difference in the way my clothes fit.

I tracked every day on Weight Watchers and earned 137 activity points. There once was a time when I would earn 1 AP a WEEK if I was really making an effort. Now that my goals for January are over, I realized how important they were in keeping me motivated! I have new goals for February, which I will share below.

Fitness: I spent a lot of time on the treadmill this month, so I want to switch up my fitness routine in February to accommodate a balance of cardio and strength training. I am liking the Health and Fitness Calendar featured on Dashing Dish — Katie provides a layout of workout options for each week and then you go and grab any number of her workouts to plug in for your strength and cardio. I love her variety because there’s something for everyone, beginners to advanced.

Dashing Dish Fitness

You need to become a member of her website to gain access to these monthly plans, membership is $5 a month. Along with the membership you get exclusive recipes, workout plans, guides and videos that aren’t available to non-members. While the workout calendar is a part of the membership benefits, you can still go onto her website and check out her other fitness workouts and put the month together on your own.

Fashion/Beauty: Now that my walking goal is over, I decided to put February’s goal on something else I struggle with: drinking water. I know my skin and body could do well with a lot more water, so I created a challenge to drink 64 ounces of water every day. I’m going to take a ‘before’ picture of my face and see if there’s a difference by the end of the month after drinking at least 64 ounces a day. Want to join in? Find me on Instagram @bikinicountdown!

Bikini Countdown Water Challenge

What I’m Cooking

Since it’s my birthday weekend/Super Bowl, there are going to be lots of (tracked!) foods I plan to indulge in — steak, eggs Benedict, nachos and pizza (don’t forget the jello shots!) are just some of the things I know I am going to be using my weeklies and activity points for this week. The rest of the week will just be about using stuff up in my pantry!

What I’ve Favorited

Lots of things I saw this week I liked and you might be interested to check them out, too.

So there’s my week — and month — wrap up, can’t wait to see how February shapes up! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so we can stay in touch.

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

 

 

Weekly Review — January 24

Another good week doing what I need to be doing! I gained .05 this week, but I am not worried — I have been tracking everything and exercising and will just keep moving forward.

I have made a good amount of progress in my #bikinicountdownchallenge and should finish it completely by tomorrow — SIX DAYS ahead of schedule. I am super proud of myself for finishing something I set out to do. There have been many days I did not feel like going to the gym, but I knew I had to get it done.

For years, I’ve not felt like monitoring my portions or getting exercise — which is exactly why I’m almost 32 years old and not happy with the way I look or feel. Countless summers, milestones and deadlines for my weight loss have come and gone with no results. I’m not putting a time frame on anything this time. I am creating goals and completing them one meal, one day and one month at a time.

Week of January 24th

Weight Watchers: I’ve been a trackstar the entire month of January and I will be continuing with this trend. I’ve been trying to pre-track some meals so I see how I can incorporate some treats into my day. With my birthday on Saturday and Super Bowl on Sunday, I know it’s going to be a big weekend of indulging. I plan on using my weeklies and watching portion sizes, then working hard all week earning back some activity points. Here’s how January has shaped up so far according to my Weight Watchers Progress Report:

Bikini Countdown Weight Watchers

 

I voiced my frustration over on Twitter about gaining a little bit this month, despite tracking and getting over 100 activity points — I feel so much better in my clothing and actually feel a bit more solid in my legs and arms, so I need to take measurements and track my progress that way. Great advice from my fellow weight watchers!

Fitness: This week has been a good one for getting in my steps. We took a trip to Disneyland, which always allows me to get in a good amount of steps. Since I am going to hit my 100 Miles in January goal tomorrow night, I am going to start the Couch to 5k training program on Monday and keep the streak going.

Bikini Countdown January Challenge

 

Fashion/Beauty: Nothing much to report on this topic — I am trying to take better care of my skin and taking my Extra Strength Hair, Skin & Nails softgels from Nature’s Bounty. I have not taken them consistently enough to notice a difference, but will definitely report back once I take them as directed. While I plan on continuing my fitness goals into February, there are going to be some additional challenges I want to give myself to take better care of my skin — such as drinking water and taking vitamins.

What I’m Cooking

This week I am keeping it simple! Here’s what’s going on in my kitchen this week so far:

What I’ve Favorited

That’s my week in review, can’t wait to see where this week takes me! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so we can stay in touch.

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

 

Weekly Review — January 17

This week was a good one in terms of staying on track with Weight Watchers and getting my daily steps in to meet my #bikinicountdownchallenge over on Instagram — I made it my goal to walk 100 miles in January and as of today, I am at 69.43 miles walked and only 30.57 to go. I’m making it a daily goal to get in at least 3.25 and every day this month I have gone a good amount over that goal so I will definitely be exceeding the 100 mile mark come January 31st. Here’s how other parts of my week went.

Week of January 17th

Weight Watchers: I was pretty faithful to tracking about 98% of what I ate. An improvement over the week before, but there is still one thing I am letting slide through the tracks: Frostbites. These Italian ices are super delicious and come with soft serve — I used to get a large, but now I am satisfied with a small. I haven’t had any luck figuring out how many points a small serving is, perhaps I will try to do a little better with estimating and then get to tracking 100%. I was down only a pound this weekend, but I’ve been sore and not drinking enough water so not going to worry too much. I’ve definitely been earning the activity to accommodate a small Italian ice, so I think it’s just my metabolism taking more time to rev up.

Fitness: In my last review I was super proud of myself for earning 31 activity points on Weight Watchers, thanks in part to my #bikinicountdownchallenge. Well, let’s just say this week was even better! Check out how many points I earned this time around.

bikini countdown challenge

I’ve NEVER earned that many points in a week and going to strive for 40 activity points this week. According to Fitbit this week I walked 30.41 miles thanks to a trip to Disneyland, Lana Del Rey on Spotify and a gorgeous walk around Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes.

By the way, since I spend a lot of time on my treadmill there’s only so much music I can listen to without zoning out. While zoning out is sometimes welcomed (hence the hour long Lana Del Rey sessions) I am always looking for new things to listen to and soak in so I make the most use of my time while exercising. Spotify has an amazing browse section — there’s a Word folder which has old radio shows (yes, I might have listened to an episode of Dragnet like a nerd), audiobooks, poetry and even language learning modules. I also listen to some podcasts — like today I tuned into Brandi Glanville Unfiltered for an hour and the time went by fairly quickly. Sometimes you just gotta listen to something fun that doesn’t require much thought.

Fashion/Beauty: As I might have mentioned before, my amazing husband is rewarding me with an awesome birthday gift/challenge prize at the end of this month. Just in case this gorgeous Fitbit band was sold out before I had a chance to get it later in the month, I went ahead and ordered the Tory Burch for Fitbit gold band and had it gift wrapped (hey, it’s free so why not?!). I’ll open it once my birthday rolls around and I can take a pretty picture of it. I seriously love my Fitbit and I can’t wait to wear it with this beautiful piece. I also found some other fitness-inspired jewelry and wrote about the designs I found.

What I’m Cooking

We went out to eat a little too much this week, but I made decent choices when ordering. In terms of cooking, I made some of the simple dishes I mentioned last week. I am currently trying to use of some of the food I have in the house now, but definitely have some new ideas I want to try:

Skinnytaste
Skinnytaste

What I’ve Favorited

I was a ‘favoriting’ machine this week all over social media — lots of goodies caught my eye! Check these things out:

That’s my week in review, can’t wait to see where this week takes me!

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift! 

 

Weekly Review – January 10th

Last year I wasn’t too successful with staying on track with my blogging. I felt lost and really bored by what my blog was all about — if I feel bored by it, I can imagine my readers felt the same way.

As a result, I decided to take some of the focus off my weight loss journey specifically and open it up to other things that interested me regarding my existence — lifestyle, health and beauty. There’s more to me than the number on a scale and I wanted to reflect those other things I loved, too. I want to look and feel my best while living the best life possible — so I began incorporating them into my blog.

With a new focus in mind, I saw some things I liked on other blogs — such as The Daily Mel. Each week, Mel has a Weekly Rewind where she goes over her week and how she’s done in relation to goals or activities she wanted to complete, in addition to sharing anything she found interesting that week.

I love this idea and want to incorporate my own version! While today is Sunday, I plan on posting my Weekly Review on Saturdays going forward — it’s my WI day on Weight Watchers and it makes sense to go over what I’ve done or seen in the previous seven days. So, here we go!

Week of January 10th

Weight Watchers: I have been doing great so far this year with tracking everything mostly everything I eat. There is still some room for improvement, but after weeks of not tracking at all I am going to count my 90% tracking as a victory! That’s not to say I am not tracking meals or things like that — at this point, the only things I have not been tracking are the random chocolates I eat or my lattes. I’ll kick up my tracking efforts this week!

Fitness: This week, I earned 31 activity points thanks in part to my #bikinicountdownchallenge over on Instagram, where I am walking 100 miles in January. After nearly three years on Weight Watchers, this is the highest number of APs I’ve ever earned and I am very proud of myself. As of last night, I had just over 39.5 miles tracked — well on my way to completing my goal.

bikini body countdown

Organizing: After purchasing my Erin Condren Life Planner for 2015, one of my goals was to get more organized. I’ve been crossing lots of things off my to-do list and even made a couple additional purchases this week on her website to make life even easier: Snap-in Meal Planner and Wellness Journal. I basically got these for free using a coupon code I got with my Life Planner — if you want to get your own $10 discount, you can use my referral code. I’ll be posting a blog about these new additions as soon as I get them and use ’em!

Fashion/Beauty: Though I have only been consistently working out for 10 days, I have felt better in my clothes and have a renewed interest in making myself look more presentable when I go out in public. After browsing the selection of NYX goodies at Target, I decided it was time to make my second ever foray into Ulta to see what kind of selection they had. I was impressed and while I still have a loyalty to Sephora, I love that Ulta has all my drugstore goodies (plus, it’s down the street). I picked up some jumbo eye pencils, nail polishes and the NYX wonder pencil — which you can see from my personal Instagram page. I also took advantage of the sale on ActiveWear and clothing at Old Navy and scored some cute tops — like this one, which just happens to be one of my favorite photographs of ALL TIME.

What I’m Cooking

This has been a fun week! I hosted a giveaway with Flatout Flatbread and created a recipe for a Greek Wrap, which was super delicious and I hope others find it as refreshing as I did. Some other things I have planned this week are:

What I’ve Favorited 

I came across plenty of interesting things this week! I spend far too much time on social media, but it’s because I am always finding new things (at least that’s what I tell myself!).

There you have it — my first weekly review! Hope everyone had a great week of meeting goals and good luck for the upcoming week. If you want to follow me throughout the week, you can do so on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Interested in joining Weight Watchers? Use my referral link for a free gift!