Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IT. IS. FINISHED!!

Well, we're officially done with this round of the 21 day fix! I thought it was Monday, but hubbins gently showed me that 21 days would end Sunday. Suh-weeeet!

I'm sure you're all chomping at the bit to get our results... Ready??



I lost 13.3 lbs, and the bearded wonder lost 27 lbs. TWENTY-SEVEN. As in an average of 9 lbs a week! I can't get over it. I mean I'm pumped about my weight loss, because 13 is still an incredible amount to lose in 3 weeks, but he literally lost twice as much! I'm also down 9 inches and he's down 14. GOOD LORD, Y'ALL.

We're endorsed by The Rock. True story. (Thanks Reaction Gifs!)

I'm so unbelievably proud of him, and of me, really. We've both worked really hard on this (though he's worked harder- I can't lie. =P ) and we have the results to show it.

So while we're saying we're officially done for this week, we're kicking up round 2 this coming Monday. We don't really have a reason not to. We're not as strict on things this week, but definitely next week will be kicked back into full on Fix mode. I've still had my shake for breakfast, I still brought fix-approved food for work today... With the food in our kitchen, we just have fix-approved food, so why not just keep on with it?

Some helpful hints from the other side that I feel no one warned me about...

Dishes. You're going to do so many freaking dishes. You'll probably do them every day. It's annoying, and tiring, and probably expensive since you're going to use your little tab thingies in the dishwasher every time. For us, there's 2 of us doing it so that's double the containers for meals at work. I had 1 small bowl for cottage cheese & pineapple, another bowl for my lunch, a small container for hummus. 3 bowls, plus the 5 Fix cups used to measure it out, times 2 (since it's for 2 people), and you suddenly have a lot of dishes from 1 day.

Walls. You're going to metaphorically run into them, unless you're amazing at cooking/prepping ALL of your food already. And working out daily on top of that. I told you all last week that I was losing steam. I loved the results (even though they slowed down greatly from week 1), but seriously- so much effort is put into this. We'd make a huge batch of brown rice once a week, cook a roasted chicken once a week, cook veggies every couple of days, etc. Before we start next week, I want to make a huge batch of turkey meatballs and turkey burgers so we'll have them to grab quickly throughout the next round and hopefully spare us some "on the fly" prep.

Support. Seriously, the support makes such a huge difference. Find someone to do it with you if you're single. We don't have a "coach" or anything, so we've just leaned heavily on each other. It's made a world of difference. We'll be your support if you need it! :D

SO. Here we are, 40 lbs lighter and 23 inches smaller between the 2 of us. In 3 weeks. It's kind of crazy, but we're really happy and generally don't feel deprived of anything. We went to the movies last night, had a "treat" meal, and we're back to normal today. I feel like a lot of my mentality towards food has changed. I don't feel the need to eat ALL THE THINGS I can find. It's kinda nice. =)

Care to join us on February 8?? Round 2 of 21 Day Fix is starting! :D

xo
A Redhead

Monday, January 25, 2016

2 weeks down, 1 week to go...

Well friends, we're 2/3 of the way through now. This time next week will be our last day, and I'll hopefully be plotting to go buy some ice cream.

I'm mostly kidding.

This week was honestly really hard for me. The 21 Day Fix is generally easy to follow, but I swear I hit a wall this past week. There's a lot of prepping of food, there's more dishes to do and more frequently (because there are 2 of us, so double the food containers/prep stuff), and you still have to work out every day and eat great food every day.

I had it this past week. I was sick of the dishes and the prep and the continued effort. I spend a lot of mental energy figuring out meals and snacks, AND prepping them. My husband is super helpful, don't get me wrong, but I do the majority of the planning (though he is fantastic with helping prep).  I swear, if he wasn't doing this with me, I definitely would've given up by now. It's just so.much.effort.

It doesn't help that the 1st week we did this, weight was pouring off my body. I lost 8.3 lbs in the first 7 days alone. That's ridonkulous. And glee inducing.


This past week though? After the weekend, where nothing changed except the schedule of eating, I gained 2 lbs. I. Was. Crushed.

http://blog.loveknitting.com/the-6-emotions-of-frogging-a-project/
How could this be?! I worked out, I ate good food, I didn't even cheat a little bit. But I gained 2 lbs. I didn't want to work out anymore (because what's the point), I didn't want to prep my food (because what's the point)... Suffice it to say, it was a rough couple of days.

Eventually I pulled my head out of... somewhere and realized that it could be any number of things. I could be retaining water. I could be learning a lesson about weighing myself every day. I don't know what happened, but somehow I managed to lose a few more pounds and now....

https://biochemneverland.wordpress.com/tag/awesomesause/page/2/
I'm down 11.5 lbs!! Wooooo! I persevered through a few crappy days and still lost weight. I felt sorry for myself a couple times, but really at the end of the day... I'd still lost 8 lbs in a week.. That's awesome. And now I've lost almost 12 lbs in 2 weeks. Wooooo!

So we're on to our last week and hopefully I'll have lost 15 lbs at the end of it all, but we'll see. 15 lbs in 21 days would be kind of insane for me. ;)

xo
A Redhead

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Working out on The Fix as a fat kid

Good. Lord. Y'all.

As you all know, the Bearded Wonder and I have been doing the 21 Day Fix (henceforth known as "The Fix").

It' a program that combines portion control, healthy eating habits, and working out. The working out part is no joke. It's only 30 minutes a day, but it's still 7 days of working out. They mix it up though, so you're not just doing pushups every.single.day. I'd probably stab my eyes out if that were the case.


We do ours Monday-Sunday in this order:

Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Pilates Fix (HOLY CRAP DID YOU GUYS KNOW PILATES IS FREAKING HARD?!)
Cardio Fix
Dirty 30
Yoga Fix (HOLY CRAP DID YOU GUYS KNOW YOGA IS ALSO FREAKING HARD?!)

There's also a 10 minute Abs Fix workout we can do to add on, or in lieu of one of the 30 minute workouts.

The workouts are all hard, but they're... doable. This whole program is making me re-evaluate the way I do things. So for working out, generally they do a workout for a minute, rest for ~15-20 seconds, another workout, rest, then repeat. They do 4 sets like that for a bunch of the workouts to keep it different and from being too repetitive. They always have 1 woman (my girl Kat) that always modifies the workouts, so I follow her a lot.

Buuuut... I can't go as fast as most of the folks in the workouts. I'd rather do it right but slow than fast and wrong (thus hurting myself!). Because of that though, I've been able to do more of the workout in it's "regular" way than modifying.

We live right in a hot zone for Blizzard Jonas, and have ~30 inches of snow right now. So you can imagine that we're not getting out of the house too much, except to walk our poor dog (who does not love the snow!). But the Fix DVD was great to give us exercise since we're spending a lot of time laying around watching movies. =P

So, my friends. If working out 7 days a week is intimidating to you, it's really not that bad. Granted I've skipped a day here and there (if I shovel the driveway, that counts as a workout. I don't care what you say!), but overall it's really good.

It's only 30 minutes. Suck it up so you don't have to suck it in. ;)

xo
A Redhead

Monday, January 18, 2016

1 week down, 2 to go

We've officially completed 1 week of the 21 day fix!! For those of you just tuning in, the Bearded Wonder and I started the 21 day fix program last week. It's gone pretty well so far! We've decided to weigh ourselves each Monday to keep ourselves motivated.

Drumroll please...

I've lost 8.3 lbs and Beardy's lost 10 lbs!! Woooo!!!


You know it's big when Ron's excited. 


Suffice it to say, we're pretty freaking excited. He said he's feeling pretty good and his stomach is feeling good (TMI, but we both have intermittent tummy issues). I'm feeling faboo! I don't feel uncomfortable in my skin, my stomach feels much more settled (amazing what happens when you stop eating crap, amiright?). Also, I've noticed that I don't feel sluggish or exhausted all the time. So good. 

That's all for now! I'll update soon on the workouts- pinky promise. =) 

xo
A Redhead

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The fat kid does The Fix

Have you heard of 21 Day Fix? I'm kind of the last to pay attention to things these days.

Like ebates. Have you guys heard of or used ebates? Because seriously, it's awesome. Go sign up with my link. MAKE ME MORE MONEY.

But I digress.

I've heard of 21 Day Fix before through various friends but never really paid attention to it. My 29th birthday showed up this past November though, and I decided that I wanted to change up my body for my 30th birthday. To look like I'm wearing Spanx when I'm not, to be frank. Know what I'm sayin'?

Naturally, I did nothing for a couple of months. Except talk about how I have "soooo much time!". January hit and I realized, "Crap. My 30th is THIS year. I should probably actually start doing something!"

Here's the long and the short of it: 21 Day Fix takes a lot of effort, but I don't have to count calories. I. DON'T. HAVE TO. COUNT. CALORIES.


There is still a lot of prep and effort that is going into this, but I don't have to actually count each stupid calorie. YASSS LORD. You have to figure out your calorie range, which dictates the amount of little cups you get per day. I like to think of them as measuring cups. 


You can eat up to X amount of each container per day. It varies based on your calorie range, so you're kiiiind of aware of the calorie situation, but it's not an overwhelming thought in my day. I eat every 2 hours or so, but it's really making me re-think the definition of "meal". Meals can be chicken & rice with hot sauce, or they can be sugar snap peas and homemade ranch. 

Since I'm eating all day and spreading it out with small "meals", it's manageable and I'm not hungry in-between meals. Plus I've barely had any dairy while on the program, just because of the stuff we've been prepping. I have an occasional... disagreement with dairy, so the last few days have been great with a minimal amount in my system. 

It's weird how I don't really miss the junky stuff I was eating. I think it was truly just time for a change. I never felt good, I felt sluggish, my energy would disappear before lunch time, and I just felt uncomfortable in my skin. It's only been 5 days, but I've already lost 7.7 lbs. 

SEVEN. POINT. SEVEN. POUNDS. 


I'll keep you all posted as this goes on (16 more days!), but suffice to say I'm feeling pretty pumped. The bearded wonder is also doing it with me and it is SO great having the support. He's doing a great job keeping up with everything and being so supportive. 

Get ready because the next post is aallll about the water and the workouts. Yowzer. 

Stay tuned friends! 

xo
A Redhead

Monday, January 11, 2016

25 Easy Steps to... Priming a Vanity.

There are 2 things I've been pretty consistent about the last few years: trying to lose weight/get fit, and decorating/redecorating my house. We redid our master bathroom, but haven't touched the vanity. We're currently redecorating the guest bathroom and I have decided that DARNIT. I'M REDOING THE VANITY. 

So off to Google I went. I didn't want to sand it. I wanted to prime and paint this puppy, then gloat forever. Several blogs recommended the primer below, swearing by it and promising beautiful results via their perfectly refinished furniture.


So I bought it. The ladies who's blogs I read all swore that I had to have a foam roller to use it. HAD TO. As in it would fail miserably if I used anything else. I found one at Michael's (exactly $4 more than their promised $.50, not that I'm mad... ahem.) and figured I was ready to conquer the world.

So behold! 25 easy steps to priming your bathroom vanity.

1. Start with way too much confidence since you've spent a ton of time on Pinterest and on the Google machine.
2. Load your foam roller with sticky primer and prepare to roll your way to greatness.
3. Start rolling only to drop the foam roller off the handle.
4. Curse as you get primer all over the floor & your hands.
5. Take a quick break to wash the primer off.
6. Realize quickly that water has no effect in washing off this primer.
7. Start squirting Dawn all over your hands and running them under scalding hot water. Spend too much time doing this.
8. 7 minutes of scrubbing later, go back upstairs. Realize you should be using a paint tray.
9. Traipse down 2 flights of stairs to garage and find paint tray.
10. Resume painting.
11. Repeats steps 3 & 4.
12. Realize that stupid foam roller has actually broken.
13. Continue to try to paint vanity even though foam roller literally falls off every 6 seconds.
14. Curse intermittently, as appropriate.
15. Drop foam roller onto foot.
16. Curse more.
17. Say "screw it" and switch to your favorite angled brush, just because it's close by.
18. Paint the rest of your vanity like a champ.
19. Realize you missed the bottom of the vanity.
20. Curse some more.
21. Stand back in the glow of your streaky but primed vanity.
22. Go to clean off favorite angled brush.
23. Realize quickly that Dawn be darned, your favorite angled brush is dead and will never be freed from its primer hell.
24. Drink a hard cider. You're a little older, a little wiser, and a lot sadder about your favorite paint brush.
25. Realize you have to actually paint the vanity later with paint. Get sad again.

Spoiler alert, the vanity turned out like this. Clear the above is a tried and true method.


xo
A Redhead

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The absurdities of retail...

I don't know if I told you all or not, but I had a brief side gig as a sales associate for a plus-size retailer. I figured the 40% discount would help me economically update my wardrobe, while also bringing in a few extra bucks a month.

Granted, I ended up spending more money once I started my brief tenure because "It's on sale and I'll never get this dress for this cheap!"

Yeah, kinda shot myself in the foot with that one. 

Anyway. If you've ever worked in retail for any length of time, you're probably aware that managers can be a little… What's a delicate way to put this… Hmmm… Crazy?

"Would you like to open a store credit card?? You'll save $20 today but earn 28% interest every month!! LOL"
The assistant manager was great- she had a normal outlook on life and recognized that a retail job is just a job and we all need to calm down. It's not like the world was going to end if the shirts weren't perfectly folded to death.

The store manager on the other hand… She's only ever had retail jobs, so she takes them waayyyy too seriously. The company would set these ridiculous credit card application goals that no mere mortal could make (yet the store manager could, only because she.did.nothing.else. But I digress…), and then the store manager would actually credit shame us if we didn't make the goals.

There was actually this absurd list she'd print out of all the credits that were gained during the last week or 2, and then she'd scribble "Zero Club" on the side, and write all the names of those who didn't get credits underneath. That would usually be followed by some "motivating" speech that went something along the lines of "If we all had gotten just ONE credit per SHIFT, we would have made our GOAL! How are YOU going to turn it around??!!!"

I wish I could say the emphasis was mine. It's not. She did that. In red sharpie.
Please note that she would not post the Zero Club list if she didn't get any credits. Because then she doesn't look perfect, and we can't have that. ;-)

One of the last straws upon my camel's back that made me realize it was time to leave was the most ridiculous.

It was the thermostat.

You know, the little device that changes the temp of an area??

Someone was changing the temperature of the thermostat, and the store manager had a bona fide hissy fit over it. She got on the walky talky and was blasting everyone in the store for changing the thermostat and how it's so hot and blah blah blah. As she was sitting in the back room, the rest of us out front looked at each other like "Uhhhh….??"

"I didn't- did you? No? Did you? No?"
Sensing way too much tension, and having the tendency to make jokes at inappropriate times, I piped up with "…I don't even know where the thermostat is soooo..." One of the other girls looked at me and started laughing, and said she didn't know where it was either.

But, here's my favorite part, because of course this didn't stop there.


She wrote angry signs around the thermostat. Signs she angrily scrawled in black sharpie and taped aaalllll around the thermostat. Don't believe me?

How to make people not like you: Step 1….

Now that you mention it, I have *lots* of questions...

                         


We're all adults, yet we're throwing a temper tantrum because of the thermostat? And we're claiming that people aren't working hard enough if they're cold…?

Yikes.

I fully commend everyone that works 2 jobs- you do what you gotta do. I decided that enough was enough, and I was probably spending enough money as-is on clothes, so I left shortly after. Granted, my day job was legitimately getting crazy, but the aforementioned events didn't make me want to stay and try to suck it up. Nooo regrets.


Solidarity to my homies still working retail and the homies working 2 jobs. Fight the good fight!

xo
A Redhead