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