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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Fitness Goals to Reset & Recharge Your Body & Mind

Hi friends!  How is your week going?  So far so good here.  I went for a run outside yesterday and it felt amazing!  I used to run several times a week, and now I can't remember the last time!  But, our weather has warmed up and it's staying lighter out later now, so I can go in the evening after dinner if the sports schedules don't interfere.

Ever since Jordan's birthday party, I've been slacking on my diet and exercise.  I think what happened is I got busy with party planning and all of James' sports and activities and trying to keep up with blogging and home chores, etc. and I started putting my food and exercise at the bottom of the list. We tend to do that as moms because everything else seems so important.  And there's so little time to do everything we want and need to do.  It's hard to stop and say, "I have to put myself back on my list.  I need to take care of me.  I'm going to make time for me."  But, truthfully, we can care for everyone else better when we've also taken care of ourselves.


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I went down to just one day a week with my trainer (sometimes two and sometimes none) and haven't been running or working out at home, so the days with him were my only exercise.  As for the meals, I know my body operates best with 5 meals a day, but I can only do that when I prep my meals in advance and I haven't been doing that.  

Instead, I usually eat just breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a big helping of ice cream for dessert.  The dinners are sometimes cereal or cheese and crackers.  It's not terrible, but for me, I can tell my body was suffering.  I was actually losing weight and muscle and that's not how I feel my best.  I want a strong, healthy, energetic body!  Not a skinny, weak one. 

So, to reset and recharge, I'm putting in place some goals I know always get me back on track and hopefully, they give you a friendly nudge too if you need one.  It only takes a couple weeks to start noticing a difference in both your body and how you feel once you're diligent about changes.


1.  WAKE UP AT 6:00 a.m.

The time change also messed me up and I reverted back to my old bartender days of staying up too late, then sleeping in.  I'm a night owl by nature, so I have to be really conscious of going to bed at a decent time.  I like to get up and get going around 6 am so I have some time to myself before everyone else wakes up.  But, I've been letting Jordan be my alarm clock lately, and that means we haven't been getting up until 7:30 and that only leaves me a few minutes in the morning with James before he goes to school.


This will be hard to do the first couple of days, but eventually I'll be tired enough at night to adjust my bedtime to earlier, usually around 10 pm because I like the whole 8 hours please!  I'm more productive with an earlier wake up time too because I can get some things done in the time before Jordan wakes up.  That helps me feel like I'm running my day instead of the other way around!


2.  MEAL PLAN & PREP

This takes some forethought and planning, but always ends up saving time in the long run.  It will help you eat healthier because you'll be eating what your "best self" planned for you to eat instead of what your "I'm so hungry and don't care how bad this is for me self" scarfs down without thinking.

This means deciding in advance what you'll be eating throughout the week and then making your grocery list, shopping for those items, and prepping them in advance so they're ready to go when it's time to eat.  I wrote a whole post about one way to prep your meals for a week here.  


Of course, it isn't necessarily exciting to eat like this but you can plan for meals that you enjoy and that are still healthy.  You can give yourself some wiggle room as far as which things you'll eat when, and it ends up being a great way to go. 

Your meals don't have to be things you are 'choking down' in the name of healthy eating.  There are so many vibrant, delicious healthy options out there.  I'll stick with something similar to my bikini meal plan throughout the day because I know how to do it easily, it helps build muscle and I like it. Then, I'll make something new or different for dinner.   This goes hand in hand with my 2017 "try one new recipe a week" goal and I give myself a B- on that one.   

3.  DO CARDIO 3 DAYS A WEEK (AT LEAST 30 MINUTES)

Notice how specific I was about this goal.  At first I started to write, "do cardio".  But that didn't give me a certain goal to reach for or a way to plan that into my day and actually schedule it in.  If I don't plan out my week ahead of time and schedule in things like my workouts, I'll never get them done. 

The easiest way for me to get cardio in is to go for a run outside my house.  I save the extra time not driving to the gym and I get a nature boost by getting outdoors.  



I rely on this sports bra and these shoes for running (along with these socks).  

The sports bra keeps you locked and loaded and it's sized like your true bra size for a perfect fit.  Before I found this bra, if I was going for a run, I'd have to double up and wear two sports bras and I hate doing that because it's so uncomfortable and makes me feel like I can't breathe. 

When I run at home, I'm jogging on the street or sidewalk, and that can be really hard on your feet, ankles, knees, back, etc.  But, when I started running in these shoes, I felt so much more cushioned. It doesn't feel like you're running barefoot or like most of my shoes that feel very protective, but more stiff, this shoe feels cushiony, but still very stable.  It's my favorite running shoe I've tried by far.  



I need to update my running playlist, but I just added three new songs yesterday and played them on repeat: Bruno Mars (That's What I Like & 24K Magic) and Ed Sheeran (Shape of You).  My husband got me wireless earbuds (yay!!!) for my birthday back in February, and yesterday was the first time I used them! But, I really liked running with them instead of having my wires flapping around. 


Oh, hi skin!!  More on that here.


4.  DRINK 75 OUNCES OF WATER A DAY

I'm totally off my game here too.  Why is something so simple such a challenge sometimes?!  I have two big tumblers I like to fill up and keep one upstairs in my office for when I'm working and one downstairs when I'm down there so I don't have to chase them down when I want a drink.  


I've noticed that my skin has been breaking out lately and I'm hoping the water helps it.  It also just makes me feel better.  Most people go by the 8, 8 oz glasses a day rule for a total of 64 ounces a day rule, but it's not necessarily what you need (and remember all fluids count toward that goal).  I chose 75 ounces because I know I need more when I'm running and exercising.  Also, one of my tumblers (pictured below) is 24 ounces, so multiplied by 3 = 72 ounces and I rounded up. 




5.  MEDITATE 10 MINUTES A DAY

I've actually been doing great on this one.  I downloaded the Headspace app and use it every morning.  Since it's just 10 minutes, it's easy to commit to.  I feel so much more aware and present during the day and able to focus on Jordan when I'm with her.  I often catch myself "in my head" and meditating daily helps remind me to bring my attention back to whatever I'm doing. 




I guess I should mention the details about these crop pants and Zella top since they're featured in all the pics.  I'm crazy for the crop leggings because they fit and feel so good on with a figure sculpting stretchy fabric. I also appreciate the wide waistband.  The perforations are cute, but they actually have a purpose- to help keep you cool while you're working out, and they come in more colors.  They fit TTS, I wear XS. 

I always wear a sports bra and tank or tee like this one to the gym.  They are utilitarian in that they let you get a great workout in without being irritated by your clothes and yet still stylish.  I always avoid boxy shirts because those just make you look bigger.  This style with a slightly tapered waist are so much more figure flattering- and I like the longer back that covers your rear too. 








Anyone else need a little fitness boost today?! 


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Cooking with Baby & Blue Apron

Good Monday morning friends!  I hope you had a great weekend and are starting the week feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Our weekend was packed with baseball and parties and even a couples' date night, which is always a good thing.

Today, I have another food post for you and this one is even better because I've got Jordan cooking in the kitchen with me with one of our Blue Apron meals.  She's been a great eater since Day 1 and it's crazy to look back and see how quickly she's transitioned from homemade baby food and purees to mostly eating what we eat, just in smaller bite sizes and portions.  She happily gobbles up everything we've given her and now is doing so well trying to use her fork.  It is one of my very favorite things to watch- her little hands and mouth at work during meal times!


If you're not familiar with it, Blue Apron it's a service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals that you make at home.  They include just enough of what you need to make the three recipes they give you. The food is delivered in a refrigerated box so that the ingredients stay fresh, even if you’re not at home when your package arrives.  I've always gotten quality ingredients and you can check out the Blue Apron mission page regarding their efforts at sustainability.


Cold Shoulder Top

They have a two-person or family plan and I always get the two-person since James is just now starting to branch out trying new foods.  I like the selection of meals we get with Blue Apron, and this Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza is probably something I would have never made on my own, without the fresh ingredients and recipe delivered by them.  The food comes to your doorstep with ice bags that keep things fresh and cool.  My favorite part about Blue Apron is the time it saves in grocery shopping! 


Jordan always loves to be in the kitchen with me while I cook, so I figured I could get her in on the action with me and start introducing her to cooking now. 


The mozzerella cheese that came with the pizza was so fresh and tasty, we couldn't help but nibble on a piece during the process. 



The pizza was super easy to make and when it was time to chop the veggies, I had my mom take Jordan for a minute.
























The pizza was surprisingly simple to make.  You just cook the cauliflower in a saucepan with garlic, tomato paste, capers, oregano, and red pepper flakes (which I omitted since Jordan would be sharing).

You add water and salt and pepper and cook for about 15-17 minutes until the sauce thickens. 



While the cauliflower cooked, we had fun rolling out the dough together.  Jordan loved this part and I always love to watch her delight in new things. 





I couldn't resist trying my hand at flipping the pizza dough up into the air, but it's not as easy as it looks! 


Actually, I don't recommend doing that because it made the dough harder to roll back out after I started playing with it. 


Once the pizza was in the often, just time to wait . . . 


See, I told you it was simple!  Every recipe I've tried from Blue Apron has always been delicious and this pizza was no exception. 



Even Jordan liked it! 




When you go to schedule your Blue Apron order, you can choose 3 out of 6 options for that week.  I appreciate that so you can still pick the meals that are most appealing to you.  But I really think you can’t go wrong, everything is so good!  Go here, to see their recipes.
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As far as pricing, I feel like it's decent at $60 a week for 3 meals or about $10 per serving.  We'd spend that much or more on takeout and at the grocery store, but are saving time/energy on the meal planning, grocery shopping and preparation.  I like that you can skip or cancel the service anytime too.

If you want to give Blue Apron a try, they are offering the first 25 readers 3 FREE meals on their first Blue Apron order.  Go here to get started!


Have you already tried Blue Apron?  What did you think?



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Friday, March 24, 2017

In the Dressing Room

Yay for Friday and it's a fun one for us today because James is off school, so we get to go on our first trip to the pool!! Last year when we went, Jordan was just a few months old, but now that she's 13 months! and walking and loves to splash around, it will be even better.  I'll share on Stories if you want to come say hi! 

In today's Dressing Room post, I'm rounding up all the shorts I've tried on in my hunt for the perfect jean shorts and the good news is I found them! I'm also sharing some great new white jeans with just the right amount of distressing, a fantastic skinny dark wash crop jean (that's actually a crop instead of going down to my ankle), a 'date night' black skinny jean, and finally super cute dresses for Spring! Let's go!

Oh, but keep in mind for size reference that I'm super petite- 5'1, 105 pounds. I put size info in purple italics for you.  If you're petite too, check out this post.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short Girl's Guide to Wearing Long Dresses


Being 5 foot and 3/4 inches, can we just agree to call it 5'1?, and ultra petite, I used to think that long dresses were made only for taller girls and that I wouldn't be able to pull them off.  But, over the years, I've learned to accept my smaller stature and play up my shape by dressing in ways that are the most flattering on a petite frame.  I've heard from many of you lately who are also short (hey, there's a lot of us!) and can relate to the dressing dilemmas - pants and jeans off the rack a mile too long, waists that bag open in the back, and tops that might as well be worn as dresses.

But, there's hope for us and today, espeically since wedding season and Spring are upon us, I'm showing you how to rock those gorgeous long Spring dresses like nobody's business! This post is geared toward my fellow shorties, but my taller friends might also find it beneficial. 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Guide to Spring Break in Galveston

We are back from our Spring Break and back to real life with school, sports and schedules.  But that's okay, a little break away always rejuvenates and energizes and now I'm feeling particularly ready for all the Spring goodness! 

For our Spring Break, we went to Galveston (a nearby beach town) and Waco (hello Fixer Upper!) and today I'm sharing scenes from our Galveston trip, along with where we stayed, good things to eat, and lots of fun things to do if you decide to vacation there.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Outfits Lately - Inspiration for Your Everyday Wardrobe

Yay for Friday and our quick trip to Magnolia Market in Waco!  I've wanted to go check it out for soooo long and since we're only about 3 hours away, it's about time we went! We'll be celebrating "Spring at the Silos", along with 10,000 of our best friends, I'm sure!  I'm a little nervous about how much we'll get to enjoy with all the crowds and Jordan in tow, but I bet everyone else feels the same way! We'll all just be happy to be there finally!  I'll be sure to keep you posted on my Stories and share a recap when we get back. 

And today is Outfits Lately, a big 'ole round up of what I've been wearing lately.  If you want more everyday outfit inspiration, I post my daily outfits on Instagram, which is what I'm rounding up for you here today.  These aren't professionally styled photos, just selfies 🙈 sharing my attempts to get out of jean shorts (it happens sometimes!) and get creative with the things in my closet.  

You can always shop my instagrams without LikeToKnowIt by clicking the picture on my blog right sidebar or the SHOP tab at the top of my blog under INSTAGRAM

Looking back, February and March have been big months with Jordan's first birthday, my birthday, Valentine's Day, James' birthday, a bachelorette party, wedding, and Spring Break!  I need to go lie down for a month! 


Ripped Jeans (24) | Top XS | Sneakers | Crossbody Bag & Here on sale| Watch on sale | Similar Wrap Bracelet | Similar Initial Necklace 
Do ripped jeans and black sneaks say, "Monster Jam"?! 🚚🚛🚍  Here we come! 👪 🙉  We took James to see all those monster trucks in action and he was in hog heaven.  I will say it was a fun time, just be sure to bring your earplugs.  This ripped jeans are a new fave, but I had to size down one size lower than my regular size.  The v-neck tee is an easy everyday fave that looks super cute with a little front tuck.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

How to Self Test for Diastasis Recti & Exercises to Repair DR

Hi friends!  How's your week going?  We got home yesterday from our quickie trip to the beach for Spring Break and it was a really good time.  James had friends there and swam all day in the pool and Jordan absolutely loved her first time at the beach.  She happily played with her bucket and shovel in the sand for hours!  It always reminds me that it's really the simple things in life that are often the best!

You can see a few pics already here and I'll be sure to share a detailed recap next week.  We are tired though!  Jordan didn't sleep well either night we were away, so we needed to get back home and to our own beds so we could all get a good night's rest!  

Today, I'm sharing a follow-up to the Body After Baby- 1 Year Later post, specifically dealing with diastasis recti (ab separation).  I have diastasis recti ("DR") and have heard from so many of you that have it too.  Some of you have been living with it for a long time and didn't even know it!  

DR is very common during pregnancy and postpartum where the right and left side of your abdominal muscles spread apart at the mid-line fascia.  If you got that dark line going down your belly during your pregnancy (I did), that's the linea alba, and that's where our abs separate.  DR isn't caused by pregnancy, but rather the abdominal pressure that often accompanies pregnancy. 

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