GWC Day 24 – Dance Machine

Morning Weight: 144.0
Pounds to Goal: 19

Workout: Dragged two stubborn doggies 3.2 miles…or as I like to call it “A 5K with Atlas & Rhea”…….

So funny story, and maybe some of you can relate, I totally got busted dancing in my car on the way home from work today. Like full out dancing. But the other person went from looking freaked out to smiling when we caught each other’s eyes and I realized they saw me….so what did I do? Stop? NOPE! Turned that jam up and kept going.

Sometimes you just have to live in the moment. It’s probably super embarrassing, but it made that person smile so who cares, right?

Besides, you try listening to this song and not smiling or dancing!

I love me some Perry Como! 😉

Don’t forget to leave me some feedback on last nights’ post about your ideas for the future of The Wife Life!!!

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GWC Day 23 – New Opportunities?

Morning Weight: 145.2
Pounds to Goal: 20.2

Workout: 1 hour walking around the zoo with a baby strapped to my chest + 3 mile walk with the pups after work

So I’ve been looking into many additional work opportunities to help bring in a little more “fun money” for Jeff and I to be able to travel home more often and enjoy our time to the fullest here in SoCal. I follow the Shaytards vlog on YouTube (they ROCK, by the way!) and in this video, Shay and his wife, Colette, share their success story of becoming debt free and switching work to something that they love.

Since I already know that my career passions are with teaching, but my opportunities are limited here in San Diego, and I’m enjoying nannying for now, I’m looking into monetizing my blog. I know it will make for a long process and lots of hard work and dedication, but I think it could ultimately lead to a solid (albeit small) income that can move with us while we are still within Jeff’s Navy career.

Now what I’d love from all of you, is some feedback.

What kinds of things do you love reading about on The Wife Life?

Are you enjoying the daily recounts of my health or would you like more in depth workouts to follow along with me?

Or maybe you’re all like, “Lisa, I’m happy that you’re trying to be healthy, but give me more of those Chocolate Chess Pie recipes!”

Are you a fan of the DIY and Pinterest projects that I do around here? Then shout it from the rooftops!!!

I’d love to get as much feedback as I can before I start morphing The Wife Life into something much bigger and better for you guys!!

So please, COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!!!

P.S. Today officially marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of The Wife Life!!! Eeeeeekkkk!!!! So exciting!! I love you guys, for real 🙂

Goal Weight Challenge day 8

Morning Weight: 144.9
Pound to Goal: 19.9

Workout: DOUBLE TIME!
Morning – 2 mile fun walk by the water with baby and pup that I work with
Night – 5K speed walk/jog intervals

Calories – about 500 total

I hope you had a great weekend!

I’m always on the hunt for great healthy and delicious recipes so if you have any of follow/write for any blogs with this content, let me know!!

And so it begins!

Hi guys! I’ve missed you!

Things have been crazy as usual around here but I wanted to pop in and let you all in on a few things.

1. For those of you who have requested the files for the Nanny Notebook, I will be sending them out this weekend. Also, if you could let me know why the links aren’t working on your end, I’d appreciate it so I can hopefully correct the error (unless it’s something like “I don’t have Microsoft Word”, in which case I can try posting PDF versions.)

2. Starting Monday, I am starting a workout program in the hopes to get down to my goal weight of 125 pounds by the end of the year. As motivation to stay on track, I will be posting my daily morning weight, and my workout for the day along with any great new healthy eating recipes that I make. Keep in mind that I won’t be doing any kind of crazy dieting along with it. Living with a Midwestern, Meat and Potatoes husband will not allow that 🙂

It’s going to be a Tad bit embarrassing and scary, but I think it’ll help keep me motivated to keep going! Any and all encouraging words would be greatly appreciated. Negativity will not be welcomed. Anyone who wants/needs a friendly bit of encouragement in their own health endeavors, let me know and I’ll be your cheerleader!

Side note: I’m pretty convinced that if we were all forced to work out in spandex clothing, we would push ourselves to workout longer/run farther in the hopes that the jiggly feeling will be gone sooner 😉 I might just try that….kidding, kidding…or not…

Another side note: a good friend of mine made meatless enchiladas for our dinner date last night and it was AMAZEBALLS! She’s a great cook and always comes up with creative ways to eat healthy without feeling like you’re eating healthy, you know? I’ll be posting that recipe soon.

3. We have been doing a TON around our new place and it’s turning out great! Pics and posts to come sometime in the near future, but my main focus will be on the health journey.

I’d love to hear from you all and I’m super excited to be blogging again! Keep me accountable guys! You guys ROCK!

P.S. Happy Valentines Day!! Go hug/kiss someone you love (friends, family, or cuties like these…)

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P.P.S. And speaking of my two rescue cuties….if you live in the San Diego area, the Humane Society is adopting out all adult animals to good homes for FREE through the 28th! Give a great pet a loving home! If you don’t, check with your local animal shelters. I know the one we got Atlas at in Jacksonville, FL is doing $14 adoptions for all of the pets in their care regardless of age!

Starting New Adventures

Having missed the past couple weeks, this is going to be a big post, but filled with big news and changes. Prepare yourself 🙂 it’s about to get real.

Have you ever been put in a situation that makes you appreciate everything you have and everything you want in life?

Has some event or discussion made you really realize what you want and motivate you to set new goals for your life?

Has a fire ever been lit under your butt so hot in an instant that you become overwhelmed at the thought of it all?

That’s all happening to me.

Not so much in the “someone I love is in bad health” kind of way (thank goodness and knock on wood!) but more in the “it’s time to buckle down and get serious about life” kind of way.

Jeff and I have been talking about our wants and goals for our life together lately; and let me tell you, I am so grateful to have such a strong, supportive, encouraging partner in life. I won’t get into specifics, but we have come to realize that what we do now in terms of spending, health, and planning, will directly affect how soon we can start working towards bigger goals for our lives.

Here are our top goals as a couple:
1. Pay off our debt (both cars and our college loans, totaling around $70K, give or take)
2. Build a large savings
3. Invest in our future (retirement, college funds, etc)
4. Buy a house
5. Start a family

As you can see, we kind of need to accomplish the first few before we can work on the last two. And the real conundrum is that with many things in life, we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We are looking for ways to increase our income and/or decrease our spending so that we can accomplish our goals faster. That suggests that I either get a second job to make up the difference of what I would be making if I were teaching or we can seriously cut our budget down by moving to a cheaper apartment or cutting out all unnecessary spending. Yikes! See what I mean about overwhelming?! Breathe, Lisa, Breathe.

On top of that, I have a few goals I would like to accomplish personally as well (in no particular order):
1. Reach and maintain my goal weight of 125-130 lbs.
2. Blog and reach 100+ followers
3. Get both of our pups certified to be therapy dogs

I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But on the other hand, my goals kind of coincide with our goals as a couple right? If I’m working towards better health, training the dogs, and blogging, we aren’t spending money. Win, win?

So here’s what’s going to happen. Every day on the blog will be something different. There won’t be pre-planned posts with themes. It’ll just be me, updating you on the good, the bad, and the ugly of what’s happening. Hopefully, most of it will be positive! It’ll be real pictures of us, (like this one of me napping with the pups this weekend)

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, real stories of our experiences, and real accounts of what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes I’ll throw in a fun post about our home or a product I’m totally in love with, but mostly it’ll be about life.

I would love to have you all as my accountability partners. I would love if you will keep me on my game and keep pushing me forward. I’d love to help you get motivated to reach your goals by sharing and commenting and talking about what we are doing in our household to make our dreams come true.

If you like this idea of things being unplanned and honest and scary and real, comment!(I could totally use the positive vibes right now!)

If I’ll lose you as a reader because you like the way things are going, comment! and I’ll do my best to do two posts per day. I won’t know if you don’t tell me though!

I want you guys to want to read this blog. I would love your feedback, negative and positive. You all are the reason I keep blogging and my inspiration to share my ideas.

So, yea.

There’s my current life story. It’s scary. I’m kind of, maybe, very nervous. I’m also kind of, maybe, super awesomely excited for the things to come. I hope you’re all with me during this adventure. Big things are coming, and I have a feeling they’re going to be very, very good 🙂

Introducing: Tuesday Tester!

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Alright guys, after polling my friends and family members since I didn’t get any votes for the new Tuesday Topic, I’ve decided to make every Tuesday a Tuesday Tester post!

What that means is I will be reviewing a product that I have in my home (health/beauty, fitness, fashion, grocery, home, kids products, etc.) so you will have some unbiased opinions before you buy a product.

If you would like to see a specific product reviewed, just leave me a comment. If I don’t have it, I’m always willing to try out new things!

Today’s review: the Rhonna Designs App

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Found in the Apple App Store, this inexpensive app is a great design tool for those of us who are not professional graphic designers.

Cool Features:
– Use your own photos as backgrounds
– A multitude of editing options and add ons
– Multiple sets of fonts for text editing, as well as many color choices
– User friendly, little editing experience necessary

Drawbacks:
– New update and add on packs cost $0.99 extra (although I bought it and LOVE it, so it just depends on your preference)
– Preloaded backgrounds are muted colors. I would love to see some backgrounds that have a little more pizzazz or color to them.

Examples of how I use this product:

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The masking feature lets your background shine through the graphics/text you insert! How cool is that?!

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My rating: 10/10!
I think, if you’re a design nerd like me, this is a purchase well worth the couple dollar cost.

Fitness Feature: Meet Danielle!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you an inspiring story of an amazing young woman whom I was lucky enough to meet while in college at Ohio State.

Danielle is an inspiring person. She has been on a healthy living journey for the past few years and was gracious enough to share her story with all of you today.

I hope her story inspires you as much as it does me, to continue living healthfully.550358_575369182494273_1332945567_n

Lisa: Tell us a little about yourself.
Danielle: My name is Danielle, I am 26 years old, and I am getting married in September to my high school love. I have been overweight my entire life and I strive daily to live a healthy lifestyle.

Lisa: You look amazing! What inspired you to begin your healthy lifestyle journey?
Danielle: Thanks for your kind words, I feel amazing. I began my lifestyle change almost four years ago when I graduated OSU. I was gearing up to start my master’s program in Europe and I wanted to be less than 300 pound before doing so. At this point in May of 2010 I weighed 320 pounds at 23. When I arrived to Holland, Netherlands in August of 2010 I weighed 295 and I was ecstatic, but still wanting to lose more I continued to exercise daily with a goal of burning 340 calories a day, accompanied with healthy eating. I had gave up beef and pork years ago, but I was conscience of what I ate making sure it was lean and nutritious instead of carb loaded and negative on the body. Within the first year of changing my life for the better I had lost 101 pounds and became a vegetarian. 3 years later I am 120 pounds lighter, still a vegetarian, a runner of half marathons and various races, and a healthy individual.

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Lisa: What keeps you motivated?
Danielle: By 23 I had experienced my first round of mammograms in which they found a lump in one breast, had been diabetic for 10 years and my health seemed to be declining at a rate that was alarming. At 24 years old right after completing my graduating my master’s program, I underwent a double lumpectomy due to the increasing number of lumps growing in my breasts. Although, I had turned my life around and was the healthiest and the lightest I have ever been my body was still enduring the consequences of my previous lifestyle. I woke up one morning after surgery much smaller in my breast region, sore, without the possibility to breastfeed, and begged God to allow me to live a healthy life going forward. This prayer and decree to myself is what motivates me. I love what being healthy has done for me. I no longer have to take my diabetes medicine, which I had been on for 10 years because I can now control it through diet and exercise. I love running now, something I never thought I was capable of doing. Most importantly, I am a living health story for my family. Yes, bad habits can be broken, yes, you (of course You reading this) can turn your life around for the better, and it will feel amazing! It is hard work, and trusts me, there will be moments when defeat reins your head, but remind yourself of this, you didn’t gain that weight overnight, and so it won’t fall off overnight. You’re not a failure because at least you’re trying to change and believe me, you have. Give yourself time and be patient with yourself.

Lisa: How did/do you deal with setbacks?
Danielle: I deal with setbacks by allowing myself to feel what I feel and validate it. Then I jump back on the horse and continue to work out and eat healthy. I just remind myself of how far I’ve come, and that anything worth having is worth working hard for. Sometimes, I groan about how unfair it is that some are naturally small and do not have to work out or eat well. But then, I come back to reality and out of self- pity and realize how grateful I am to be alive, and able to do the things I need to do to live an active healthy lifestyle. Lastly, I have to remind myself not to be so hard on myself, because failure is not me falling back into eating a few more fries than I should or not working out for a couple weeks. Failure is me never trying, and letting those bad thoughts and comments about me win; those that tell me I am not capable of being the very best me I can be, which is a happy healthy and active me.

Lisa: What is your favorite workout?
Danielle: My favorite workout is running. Although, we have a love hate relationship, there is nothing like running off a set of feelings, or the feeling of finishing your first race, albeit, a 5k, a half marathon, a marathon or any other distance when you never thought you could. And of course, reaching that runner’s high makes me feel like superwoman, and I feel happy and free.

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Lisa: What is your favorite healthy meal?
Danielle: My favorite meal is salad! I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Lettuce is one of my favorite foods, and I crave salads. There’s nothing better than a fresh salad with tomatoes onions and vinegar and oil based dressing to fill up the tummy!

Lisa: What advice would you give to people who want to start a healthy lifestyle journey?
Danielle: Take it one day at a time, and celebrate each milestone reached, not by eating but by a new physical activity. With each new milestone I added a new activity I wanted to do, but was too afraid to. I would take a new dance class from bachata to belly dancing. I started spinning, running, water aerobics, riding horses, and even hiking. When I was at my heaviest I thought I could never do these activities, not because I was too heavy, but the fear of others seeing my body move paralyzed me. However, I realized that I too deserve to live the life I want regardless of my size or how it may offend some. Guess what happened? I realized, I love to dance, I love to spin, I love to hike, I love to run, and I love to stay active. So, my rewards all became things I can’t see my life without now.

Lisa: What is your ultimate goal for your healthy living journey?
Danielle: Ultimately, I just want to stay healthy and active. Size and numbers will become less important and the joy of living healthy will become the most important.

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Lisa: What is the secret to being successful in healthy living?
Danielle: The secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to have FUN! If you’re having fun doing the activities you are more inclined to stay with it. I love to dance so taking dance class wasn’t to lose weight but to have fun. It just so happened that I lost weight in the process.

Lisa: Who has helped you the most in your journey?
Danielle: The most influential person throughout my journey has been my fiancé. He loved me at my heaviest and has always made me feel beautiful. He keeps me grounded and relaxes me when I feel manic about achieving a certain weight goal. He rubs my calves after each half and he’s always my number 1 cheerleader. Most importantly he loves me exactly how I am and that’s a feeling that doesn’t come with a number.

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A big THANKS goes out to Danielle, again, for sharing her story and being an inspiration for so many people out there starting and living a healthy lifestyle!

Beginning from Scratch

I feel like lately I’ve seen the scale inching upwards little by little. Never much, a quarter pound or so, but seeing an increase week after week is frustrating. In my current living situation, it’s exceedingly hard to eat clean and fit in the amount of physical activity that I would like. I’m tired of feeling like I’m making excuses, though, so I’m putting on my big girl shorts and digging deep. I will succeed if it’s the last thing I do!

Since I dropped my WW subscription a while ago (too much money for the online program that I can do for free elsewhere), I’ve decided to “start from scratch.” What does that mean exactly? Start my lifestyle plan as if I’ve never done it before.

I think many of us get into a new fitness or eating routine and blast our effort level up to 100, then tire out too quick and feel like we’ve failed. I refuse to do that. Here’s my plan:

Workout

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In addition to this, I’ll be taking Atlas on his normal walks, with the goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day using my FitBit One.

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Eating

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This awesome list brought to you by Coach Morris

I also found this great graphic to give me some more information!

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Tracking

Being a firm believer in tracking to help keep motivated, I’ll be using the Lose It! app and website. It’s Free!

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Please help keep me motivated and in check guys! I’ll be here if you need some encouragement along your journey to good health too, just leave me a comment and I’ll start following your progress!