hey guys! whew, yesterday was a whirlwind! i kicked my to-do list’s ass! 🙂
yesterday’s eats were pretty kick-ass too! 🙂 i started with a delicious smoothie!
and then had another smoothie for lunch!
both had half a frozen banana, a big handful of spinach. smoothie number 1 had frozen blueberries and number 2 had frozen mixed berries/cherries. both had almond milk and protein powder! my lunch smoothie also had a generous tablespoon of pb & co dark chocolate dreams!
dinner was the only time all day i was on theme with st. patrick’s day. i made green pasta!
otherwise known as broken up lasagna noodles (bc i didn’t have any other noodles!) with pesto and a bit of freshly grated parmesan. it hit the spot! i followed that up with a new to me chobani flavor!
the only one of the new chobani’s i had tried before now was the lemon one, which i LOVE, but i’ve got to say, i am a huge fan of the black cherry too! 🙂
i also had two packages on my doorstep yesterday. and both are super exciting!
package number 1 was from j.crew. the main item was a bridesmaid dress for my friend’s wedding this summer.. the rest i got for FREE because they were on final sale and there was a great deal last week when i ordered!
i got this striped shirt and socks! i didn’t really need them, but i had to add $17 to my order to get free shipping. incidentally, my shipping was $15 originally, so when i added the extra $15 of merchandise to get the free shipping special, i ended up paying the exact same amount to get the shirt + socks as i would have if i didn’t get them. i love good deals!!!
crazy old man!
i was so excited about this package!
i got one full-sized bag and one snack-sized bag of each of 5 flavors: kettle, butter, sea salt, cheesy jalapeno, and white cheddar! so much deliciousness! i had a really hard time choosing which to try first, but i ended up choosing cheesy jalapeno!
mmm. they were NOT what i was expecting. i was imagining them more like pop chips. instead, they were very similar to any “regular” chips! i think i’m hooked.
also, i have an announcement to make! a while ago i participated in morgan’s 7 day vegan challenge and loved it. so of course, when she announced a new challenge, i was in! allow me to introduce you to the pipes challenge!
this is how the challenge is going to work: it starts on monday (march 21) and goes for 6 weeks. the point of the challenge is to do whatever arm strength challenge you decide is best for you. morgan decided to do the 100 pushups challenge, and i think i’m going to join in!
now, i’ve got to say, i know that upper body strength is a weakness of mine. when i do the 30 day shred, i have a hard time on some of the moves with only 3 pound weights! so this is really going to be tough for me. i’m not sure that i’ll be able to do 100 pushups by the end of the 6 weeks. honestly, i will be super pumped to break 20 pushups – if i got to 50 i would be ecstatic!! 🙂
for now, i’m preparing for the challenge. i downloaded the iphone app to keep up with each day’s program.
and i took “before” photos. my plan is to give an update on how the program is going each monday for the 6 weeks. this monday i’ll let you all know my baseline pushup ability and show you my before photos! i’m so excited about the challenge. i’m looking forward to increasing my upper body strength and *hopefully* gaining some definition in my arms to get them started on getting into wedding dress shape!
30 day challenge: day 18
the task today is to post a photo of your biggest insecurity. i have to admit, i know this is not necessarily what this prompt is talking about, but my mind went straight to my body. what part is my BIGGEST insecurity? honestly, i don’t know. i am really not happy with the way my body looks right now. i’m the heaviest i’ve ever been and i don’t feel comfortable. also, i know my wedding is coming up soon (5.5 months to go) and i do NOT want to look like this on my wedding day!
so, sadly, i think i’m just going to have to say that my body is my biggest insecurity.
[this photo is from 2 summers and about 15 lbs ago…]
now, because i don’t like to leave a post off on that note, some things that i’m NOT particularly insecure about:
♥ school – i know i’m smart and a hard worker. i do get nervous about things like my preliminary exams, but in general, i’m confident in my ability to learn and do well in classes.
♥ public speaking – again, i get nervous when i have to present, but i know i can hold my own in front of an audience, speak clearly and deliberately. no um’ing every second here.
♥ my relationships with friends, family, and loved ones. i know the people i count on love me and that i’m there for them when i need to be too.
that’s enough. just wanted to end on a positive today! plus, it’s FRIDAY! 🙂
today is a furlough day, so i don’t have to go into the office. plus, brad got here late last night. he’s meeting with some chiropractors again (and i’m crossing my fingers that a contract will officially be signed!!) and then we’re going to our home town for the weekend!
we have big plans to take care of some wedding stuff, brad is going to watch lots of basketball, some hot tub sitting, lots of snuggling with my mom’s puppies, and celebrating my mom’s 50th birthday!! it’s going to be a busy weekend.
did you celebrate st. patricks day yesteday?
not me – still a little scarred from the craziness of last year’s celebration!