The Challenge is Done

Hey all!

Yesterday was my last day of the challenge! I can’t believe that it is already done! First though I want to talk about Thursday.

Thursday I cheated…I went to a girls night and we had fajitas for dinner. The problem was I decided to have a margarita like the other girls with dinner. I probably shouldn’t have but you live and you learn! I definitely enjoyed it!

For Fajita night I made homemade salsa and guacamole! They were both very good! The Salsa was a bit spicy so next time I wont be using a whole jalaepeno! You can find the recipes in the links above!

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My last day was great! I had my meal replacement shake. Forgot to eat my morning snack! For lunch I had grilled chicken and roasted zucchini!

Bea and I match!!!

Bea and I match!!!

Lunch was probably the best part of the day! As I was making lunch for me and Jacob I was talking to him while he was switching out the laundry and he asked me if I was excited to be done with the challenge. I then told him no. I went on to explain that I don’t think I am done. I am not going back to my ways before the challenge! That I want to keep eating how I have been the last 23 days! As I was rambling Jacob snuck up behind me and kissed me on the cheek and put a Fitbit Charge HR on the counter in front of me! He went on to tell me how proud he was of me and of course I started crying. Man I have a sweet husband!

Pretty good for the day when I started the day at 5:30!

Pretty good for the day when I started the day at 5:30!

After lunch I had an apple and my morning grapes!

Sleepy puppy before the gym!

Sleepy puppy before the gym!

After work I went to the gym for a class called CSI. It was kind of like a circuit workout. And man was it tough! It also didn’t help that all of the people in the class were pretty fit and here I am over here huffing and puffing but I made it through the whole thing!

For dinner we make Chicken Tacos! They are really one of my favorites!

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For my night snack I had a bowl of berries!

And with that the challenge was/is over!

Results

Drumroll please! Over the last 24 days I have had some great results!

I started this journey at 203.8 lbs. (And that was down from the 209 I got to at my highest probably a few months ago!)

I am down to 195.6! That’s a total of 8.2 lbs! Woah! I also measured inches when I started! They had me measure both arms, both thighs, both calves, chest, waists, and hips. At the start my totals of all those inches was 235.75. As of today I am at 224.5 inches! That is a 11.25 inch difference! Woo Hoo!!! I still have a way to go but I am happy with the pace I am loosing at!

Here are the picture results!

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Now What?

Well first of all I need to figure out which Advocare products I want to keep using. I know Spark is a for sure but need to do some research on what else!

I also really want a coke. Not like a whole coke…I just want a taste!

And then I am going to continue to make healthy choices like eating more veggies and drinking lots of water! I feel that after the 24 day challenge I know better how to balance my diet! I am thinking about taking my new food skills and doing a cycle of the 21 day fix workouts! I got pretty good results the first time around and the nutrition piece could have been alot better!

I am also going to continue to blog but about other things too! I am hoping to start sharing recipes for things and craft projects!

24 Challenge Update – Days 21 and 22

Ok so here is a quick update about the last couple days. We are not into major crunch time for PA training so time is precious and I am still in my office at 11pm! Not cool!

My legs are still hurting from Butt and Gut on Monday! But pain is gain!

Tuesday was a good and busy day! I was very productive at work! I had a salad with lettuce, chicken with taco seasoning, avocado, a little cheese, and some black beans for lunch!IMG_6417

My snacks for the day were grapes in the morning and almonds in the afternoon. After work I went grocery shopping and meant to bring along my apple and forgot…no good. So on my way out of Walmart I was starving and new I needed to get home sooner rather than later because I needed to let Bea out of her kennel. She had been in there alot on and off all day! So I stopped at the subway in the Walmart.

We went to see Ant-Man at 10:45 that night after Jacob got off of work! It was actually really funny! I didn’t know what to expect and I would definitely watch it again! I also resisted the urge to get popcorn! I did eat two of Jacob’s reeses pieces! I would say that is pretty impressive!

We got to bed super late which made today rather tough!

This morning we had a staff retreat for the Student Life staff on campus! It was nice to meet some of the others! They offered breakfast and I had a couple slices of Sodexo bacon and some grapes to add to my shake this morning!

We talked about societal expectations for perfection that are put on our students coming to college and how we can support them. My group talked alot about how we should talk with our students about expecting to fail and helping them embrace and celebrate the process, both the successes and the failures.

I ate some grapes for my snack mid meeting. For lunch I had a turkey burger, sweet potatoes and green peppers. I am getting a bit lazy and probably need to prep more meals over the weekend.

After lunch I was super productive at work! For my snack I had a cheese stick and an apple!

I stayed at work a little late and then ordered Jimmy Johns for me and Jacob. I got a lettuce wrap sandwich! Sandwiches in lettuce are pretty great!

After dinner I headed to the gym for Ab Lab but there was a sub today and asked if we minded doing a CX workout and no one minded so that was something fun and different!

After I was done at the gym I went straight back to my office and have been here since! But I finally feel at a better place with all the work things left to do! So now I am on my way home to make some guacamole and salsa for a girls night tomorrow and get some much need sleep.

For fun…here are some cute pictures of Bea. We have learned a few things about her. She loves attention, eating bugs, and sticks!
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24 Day Challenge – Weekend Update

This weekend was pretty eventful! I am going to break it up by days!

Saturday

Saturday morning Jacob had to work so Bea and I hung out together! We went on a walk in the morning and headed to the Farmer’s Market a little before 10am. This was her first outing where there would be alot of people around so I wasn’t sure what to expect! She did really great! She only really barked at one of those tall wiggly men that wave in the wind that stores use for advertisement. Other than that she did really good in the crowd. Lots of strangers asked to pet her and commented on how cute she was! I already had alot of fruits and veggies in the fridge so my main reasons for going to the farmers market was to get Bea a cute new collar! There is a booth that sells collars and leashes in all different sizes and patterns! I decided not to get anything else because I didn’t want what I bought to go bad before I finish what I already have in the fridge!

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Bea and I on our way home from the market! She felt she needed to be in the drivers seat! (This photo was taken not while the car was in motion!)

After the farmer’s market we rushed back to the house so I could get to Zumba. Rushing with a dog is impossible so I got to Zumba a tad late! But Saturday Zumba was extra fun as usual! The instructor told me after class that me and this other girl keep her going through the whole thing because she can tell we are enjoying ourselves and having fun!

After Zumba I rushed home to shower because the in-laws and Josh were almost to Lincoln! Again…rushing with a dog is not possible! When I got home I had to let her out and then shower so when the got here to pick me up for lunch I walked out to the car with a hair brush in hand because I hadn’t had enough time to do it before!

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Isnt she just adorable! Sporting a bandana from Gma Kreutzer!

We went to the food court at the mall for lunch and decided to eat at Runza. I ordered their Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. It was no Panera salad but it was pretty good! It came with this big container of honey mustard dressing…it was odd. I dipped my fork in it occasionally because the salad was dry without it.

After lunch we came back to the apartment and hung out until Jacob got off work! After he got home we headed to get dinner. We decided to eat at Red Robin. I got their plain grilled chicken sandwich on lettuce instead of a bun! I also got a side of steamed broccoli! It was actually really good! I did eat some of Jacob’s endless sweet potato fries. I probably shouldn’t have but sweet potato fries are my favorite food and Red Robin has some great ones!

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After dinner we did some shopping and then hung out at the apartment until they went to pick up Emma!

Sadly…we didn’t get to see Emma because her flight got delayed and she got in much later than expected! But it’s ok because we get to see her on Saturday!

Sunday

Sunday we slept in and it was super nice!

I had my shake for breakfast and an apple for my morning snack!

For lunch I made a turkey burger, sweet potatoes, and broccoli! It was yummy and super easy!

I took a nap sometime after lunch. It was rather wonderful! I hadn’t taken a nap in a really long time! I woke up an realized I hadn’t had a snack so I ate some fruit.

We decided to go over to our friend’s house for supper so the dogs could play and we could hang out! We made grilled chicken, sweet corn, and sautéed veggies (onions, green peppers, and zucchini). We had fresh fruit for dessert! Dinner was really good! The chicken turned out super good and the sweet corn and most of the other veggies were from Jenae’s mom’s garden! So wonderful!

Bea was pretty tired from playing with her fur friend Ember!

Bea was pretty tired from playing with her fur friend Ember!

I didn’t eat a snack last night because I probably ate a bit too much as dinner and did have some sweet corn.

Monday

Today was a busy day! Things at work have turned into crunch time!

Morning was a meal replacement shake.

I had peanut butter and celery as a morning snack.

Lunch was breakfast for lunch! i had egg whites, toast, turkey bacon, and some carrots. I didn’t finish all the carrots because I wasn’t hungry anymore.

My afternoon snack was a banana!

For dinner I had left over veggies from dinner last night and a turkey burger!

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At work today I got both my bulletin board and my door decs done so that was exciting!

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Tonight I went to two work out classes at Gold’s Gym! I went to “Butt and Gutt” aka lots of squats and abs! then to Zumba! Zumba tonight was a lot of squatting as well!

My legs are gonna be sore tomorrow!

Tonight after the gym I had some fruit for a snack! :]

I think I am back up to date! Only a few days left of the challenge! I can’t believe it’s almost over already!

24 Day Challenge – Day 17…I think

Today Jacob got up earlier than I did to help his friend with something so he took Bea on her morning potty walk and I got to deal with her hyperness while he got ready. Not to say that being a dog parent is as hard as a human parent because I don’t think that but I will say there are some very similar things…like not being able to sleep in anymore. I think the latest I have slept in is 8:15. And that wasn’t even really the time I actually woke up that was the time I finally dragged myself out of bed to take her out!

How can you not love this face?

How can you not love this face?

You also have to clean up messed. Whether it is an accident on the floor, their poop outside, or their toys that have ended up all over the house. You have to give them attention and play with them. They depend on your to give them food and water and you never really know what they want because they can’t just tell you that they need to go out or that they are hungry. I am happy that we decided to tackle a dog before a person!

Other than an earlier wake up time today has been good so far! Had a meal replacement shake for breakfast! On my second bottle of water and will soon be having an apple for my morning snack!

I also get to hand of the on-call duty phone today! I survived my first week of being on duty at NWU! And I get to go shopping for PA training supplies today during work! Could today get any better?!?! I also got my door decs for my staff almost done!

double flame or mustache?

double flame or mustache?

For lunch I came home and walked Bea! Today was her first time being in a kennel all day while I was at work because Jacob was gone. After our short walk I came in and made lunch! I made a turkey burger, broccoli, and sweet potatoes! Lunch was so yummy that Bea wanted to eat it! I didn’t share though! After I finished lunch Bea followed me around as I tidied up the apartment! I started the dish washer, wiped down all the counters, folded the living room blankets and threw aways some trash, I made the bed, put away laundry, and put away some other random things! It made for a very productive lunch hour! Before I went back to work I took Bea back outside before I put her back in her kennel!

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IMG_6380After lunch I met up with my awesome co-workers to go shopping for PA training! We went to dollar tree, Walmart, and Sam’s Club. We got alot of stuff! I am super excited to start putting things together for the PAs! I can’t believe they will be moving in in a week! While we were out and about I ate the grapes I brought with for a snack and got a small pack of pistachios because the grapes were not doing it for me!

When we got back to campus we unloaded everything and then we hung out outside with Bea for a bit! Jacob and Dylan showed up from their trip today and Dylan brought Bea a present! A bear of her own! She has been playing with it all night!

For dinner we made chicken tacos. I had them in lettuce and Jacob had his with Doritos! I love this dinner because it is so quick and easy!

After dinner I ate the rest of my pistachios. Jacob really wanted ice cream and wanted me to go with so we went to Mcdonalds. I did get a ice cream cone but I only ate half of it and Bea ate the other half! She really does love ice cream!

Now we are laying in bed and I am crazy exhausted!

I am super excited for tomorrow because of the following…

1. Farmer’s market

2. Zumba!

3. Jacob’s parents and Josh are coming to hang out during the day

4. Emma (my Sister-in-law) comes home from camp!

5. Emma (and Josh) get to meet Bea!

6. It’s the weekend!

That is alot of awesomeness! I can’t wait!

But I am in desperate need of a good nights sleep so I am off to bed!

Until tomorrow!

24 Challenge – Update

Hey all!

I am now finished with day 16 of the 24 day challenge! It seems to be going by much quicker than I expected! I will admit that the temptation is getting harder to resist! There are some things that sounds really good about now….like a coke, or raising cain’s chicken, and sweet potato fries….but I have not given in. I keep telling myself I need to do this the right way and stick to it but cheating has become a big temptation! Jacob did give me a little motivation….

Recently the button fell off my UP 24 fit tracker…This has happened before and the company gave me a new one which is great but I haven’t even had either a year! So I’ve really been wanting the new Fit Bit Charge HR so Jacob told me when I get to 185 I can get one! Never have I ever wanted to loose 12 lbs so bad!!!

Every morning I have been getting up and taking Bea on a longer walk! We walk all over campus! Today we walked by Old Main…It was a pretty nice view! IMG_6352

In the morning before workI have been having the meal replacement shake for breakfast and I cannot get over how yummy they are. I have tried a few different kinds of protein/meal replacement shakes and this one is by far my favorite! I also tend to play with Bea a bit! She looks so cute with her toy giraffe! IMG_6361

Life has gotten a bit more complicated. Work has really picked up! We had our first residents move in TODAY! So crazy! Having a dog has made life a bit more complicated but in a good way! We are really loving Bea! Still working on potty training but I am confident we will get there soon! Yesterday we had an accident free day….not the case today! Yesterday we added a bell to the routine in hopes that we can train her to ring the bell when she needs to go!

Yesterday I tried something new for dinner! I made pizza! The pizza crust I made from cauliflower! Here is the recipe…from Pinterest of course! It was actually really good! Didn’t come off the parchment paper too well but it tasted really great and was made of veggies! The toppings were probably not as healthy as they could of been….we had turkey pepperoni, fresh pineapple, and cheese made with low fat milk. You arn’t supposed to eat much dairy on the challenge so I tried to put less cheese on the pizza than I normally do! It turned out really good!

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Things I learned in the process: Cauliflower should NOT go in the garbage disposal. If it does it can clog your garbage disposal…needless to say garbage disposal – 1…Heather – 0.

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This was after I scooped at least a cups worth of cauliflower out of a not draining double sink.

Today at work we had a working lunch so my boss ordered us Jimmy Johns…I wasn’t sure what to get. I normally get an Italian sandwich…the #5 Vito….but I know that the meat that comes on Italian type sandwiches is not the best for you! I opted for the beach club…it was a turkey sandwich with avocado! I was going to bring my own bread to switch it to but I forgot so I ordered it on the whole wheat…not whole grain but I figured it was better than the french!

I did have some yummy bell peppers for my afternoon snack!

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For dinner I made Jacob and I grilled chicken! I ate roasted zucchini and squash with my chicken and Jacob had rice!

Tonight I went to Zumba too! It was really fun! I always enjoy Zumba! Instead of the crazy arm song tonight she did a crazy butt song! lots of squatting and holding and calf raises! Last night I went to the Abs Lab! It was only 20 mins but man do my abs hurt today!

After Zumba tonight Jacob and I took Bea out to play fetch! She had so much fun! I do wish it would have made her a bit more tired!

After we came back in I made some more mashed sweet potatoes! When they were done roasting I squeeze them out of their skin and when I cut one of the potatoes open it was white….aka NOT a sweet potato…I was a bit bummed but I at least had two other giant sweet potatoes!

Now Jacob, Bea, and I are hanging in bed! I don’t think I will wait so long to blog again! I like that blogging every day helps keep me accountable to sticking with the challenge. So I think I am going to go back to blogging daily and worse case I know my mom will at least read my blog every day! :]

Until Tomorrow!

24 Day Challenge – Day 9

Yesterday was awesome! To get the exciting part out of the way….WE ADOPTED A DOG!!!! She is so cute and wonderful! Her name is Bea (pronounced Baya). She is a shiba inu mix! Jacob named her after Beatrice from the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing! Yesterday was also eventful because going to adopt Bea didn’t mean just driving down the road….no. We drove the 5 hours it takes to get to Valentine, NE! Valentine is pretty much on the border of South Dakota so we decided to make the most out of our road trip and made a few stops along the way which turned our for sure 10 hour car ride into about 17 hours. Thankfully not all of that was in the car but unfortunately more of it was!

That morning we woke up bright and early to get on the road around 7am! I made my oatmeal, peanut butter, and banana concoction and put it in some tupperware to eat in the car and grabbed all of the other snacks and things I needed for the day! Spark was really great in the morning! It defiantly helped me wake up!

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For my morning snack I ate an apple and cheese stick in the car.

The plan was to make it to Valentine by noon to get lunch but we had to stop and get gas and put oil in the car (my car eats oil) so we left a bit later and didn’t get into Valentine until about 12:20. Around noon I was starving so I ate the green pepper I brought to eat for part of my lunch!

We finally made it to Valentine!

We finally made it to Valentine!

Valentine is a really small town so we didn’t have too many options for lunch but to plan ahead the night before Jacob let me pick where I wanted to get lunch! Believe it or not I picked McDonalds. You may be thinking oh no she fell of the wagon…but no worries I didn’t! I got their Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich without tomato or the salad dressing they put on it and no meal. Jacob got a Quarter Pounder with cheese, fries, and a Dr. Pepper. Once we got our food I pulled the chicken and lettuce of the wheat bun and put it on the piece of whole grain bread that I brought with me! When I was done I asked Jacob to eat his fries quickly because I needed to get out of there! The fries smelled SOOOOO good and I didn’t know how long I could last! (I did tell Jacob to not let me steal any of his fries before we even went inside!)

Jacob and I's lunch

Jacob and I’s lunch

my chicken sandwhich

my chicken sandwhich

After we were done it was time to go get our puppy! We met the woman in charge of the rescue organization at the vets office! We got to see her x-rays from before her surgery (she had to have hip surgery when she was just a little puppy!). And then we got to meet her! It was love at first sight! She is a super sweet and quiet little puppy! She is about 22 weeks old so she is still a puppy! After signing the papers and talking with Sherry (the rescue lady) about Bea and her microchip, food, toys, medicine, and the rest we were back in the car!

Not too sure of her new humans yet

Not too sure of her new humans yet

There is a really pretty water fall in a State Park about 20 mins from Valentine so we figured why not go see if we are right here anyway! So we headed to the State Park to Smith Falls and went on our first family outing/walk. Bea is very interesting on a leash. She likes to walk really close to you and then really far behind, and then really far in front! We will have to work on that! About 3/4 the way there she got tired so Jacob carried her the rest of the way! When we got down to the waterfall we got her to go in the water! She also did really great around all the people!

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She move in my arms to be held like that! Silly girl!

She moved in my arms to be held like that! Silly girl!

At the waterfall

At the waterfall

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On our way back to the car we finally heard her bark. It was a very deep bark and didn’t last very long! After a water break it was back in the car to Shelton to stop and see our friend Bridget who was having a bad week!

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Side note: If you have never been to Northern Nebraska I recommend going sometime. Yes it was a pretty boring drive but the scenery was very pretty and very different from the rest of Nebraska! We were driving through the sand hills! I also learned what a wall cloud is! Jacob knows alot about clouds and storms!

This is a Wall Cloud!

This is a Wall Cloud!

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My afternoon snack was peanut butter and celery! It was good but Jacob did not enjoy the smell of peanut butter!

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After spending a little time with Bridget we kept moving and headed to Grand Island! I ate some pistachios in the car because I was starting to get really hungry! We stopped to meet Sharon (Jacob’s Best Friend’s mom)! Jacob worked security for her last week and we stopped to get his pay check and introduce Bea to Sharon! Bea really loved Sharon! She kept walking around her and sitting at her feet!

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By this time it was after 8pm. We hadn’t ate dinner yet and I was STARVING! I tried to call Panera to order our food on the way so it would be ready when we got there but their answering things kept telling me about how you can order online and I just hung up because I was so annoyed. So we decided to go through the drive through but no one ever came to help us so I had to go in while Jacob and Bea hung out in the car. By the time we got to the drive through i was HANGRY…aka hungry angry so I had to turn my nice on when I went into Panera because I don’t like being mean but I was super annoyed! I order Jacob his chipolte chicken and I got a strawberry poppyseed and chicken salad! I also got unsweetend ice tea! They have the best ice tea!

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We finally made it to Jacob’s parents house and I ate so fast! I was starving! I almost forgot to take a picture! Bea enjoyed running around in the backyard and meeting her grandparents! I can already tell that Bea is going to be spoiled!

Love from Grandpa!

Love from Grandpa!

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After we ate we finally got back in the car for our last leg of the trip home to Lincoln! Once we got home Bea explored the apartment a big and we all crawled into bed!

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Overall it was a really long and exciting day but we were all super tired! I was really glad I stuck to my food plan the whole day! Even though I thought about caving when my hangry started to kick in!

Sorry in advance for all the dog pictures!

Until Tonight…since this blog post is late!