Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Family....

Good Morning!!!

So today is my last day of vacation! I fly back to Florida in just a couple of hours. While I am sad to see my vacation to end, I'm happy to get back to my sunny, extremely hot and humid state and my Love. James and I always take our vacations apart and see our family at different times. It works very well for us, but this time I really, really missed him. So I'm excited to see his face at the airport today.

My family means everything to me. Even before my dad died we were all so close but after he passed, we are even closer and I respect and understand the value and importance of family. My Allerton side of the family is small but mighty and we have a lot of fun together. We are eclectic and unique. Each of us have a story and it completes our book. Our family still continues to grow and our love gets stronger and stronger. I am so blessed to be apart of this strange and beautiful life with them...




















Friday, June 26, 2015

Vacation

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Just wanted to do a quick post. I am here in VA/NC with my family on vacation! We do a mini family reunion every year and it is a great time. We eat, drink and be merry haha.

Kind of cliche but what can I say.

I make good choices for sure! But sometimes it is hard when food is around you never would buy before like fried chicken last night. Oh it was soooo delicious!

I eat in moderation and enjoy everything. Also I have been working out, every other day. Sunday I got 3 miles in, Monday I went to the gym before I left and got a walk in, Tuesday we ran for 30 minutes, Wednesday I didn't do much of a run or anything and yesterday I got in 2 miles and a .70 cool down walk.

Today might be a walk or rest day because there is nothing but hills here and it does some damage on my ankle. I don't want to mess it up more as it is finally healing.

I am drinking lots of water and Bud Light Lime haha, balance. Just kidding on the beer but this is the one time of year I just really let loose.

I am not going to weigh myself this week because well in on vacation and no scale haha. And I won't when I get back BUT come Tuesday it is back a limited track.

My time with my family means everything to me and I am sinking it all in!!!

Hope everyone is having a successful week!!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rambles of The Week

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!

Whew what a week it has been. The week started off pretty great and then kind of slowly went downhill and then back up again a bit.

Let's do a quick recap of what this week has been like...

Sunday I had to work a bridal show in Tampa. Those are always a good time, easy work, kind of long days and just standing handing out flyers and talking about our products for hours. But I have a pretty amazing boss, so to spend time with her, is more fun than work. After work, I just wanted to sit down for a bit from the whole day, so I ended up finishing Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black!

Yup, I started it Thursday night and had it done by Sunday evening. I take Binge watching to a whole new level for me lol. Seriously though, if you haven't gotten on the band wagon, Jump on, it is a pretty fantastic show.

I knew I wanted to run on Sunday and get my steps in, so I put my running shoes on and just went with it. I ended up running a full mile, without one walk break! NOT ONE! That is a HUGE accomplishment for me, especially with my bad ankle. I couldn't believe it, but I felt great and just wanted to push me a bit. I was so happy. Small moves are making a huge difference. And since I was running on a great high, James and I went over to our friends house for dinner.

We made Bloody Marys, cheesestakes and salad. I am trying to find low calorie drinks while hanging out with our friends, they are all about the beer. Beer makes me too full and wine, makes me super snacky. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE WINE. I mean, I love it. I am thinking of a glass right now haha. But I like to branch out a bit and Bloody Mary's are a great wind down or get the morning started, vacation drink. Then I got some Whipped Vodka and added it to some seltzer water. I was staying hydrated and got a buzz on. A total win win. I am not a huge Vodka fan but out of all the liquors it is the best and so many different flavors.

And I might have gotten on Pinterest and pinned a bunch of different ways to use it lol.

Monday, I woke up pretty exhausted. I have to say my activity level has taken a huge upkick then normal. If I am not running, I am out walking, the gym, just staying as active as I can. I think it is making a huge difference for me, the scale, ehh, but how I feel and such, HUGE. Monday was also my day off, so I woke up took my conferece call and then literally got right back into bed. Yup and slept until the afternoon. No shame for me. I work hard and I wanted to enjoy my day off that way.

Once I got up, shook off the guilt a little bit, I went for a 4.5 mile walk. Which, by the way is a huge deal for me. I have not put that much mileage on myself since the day before I feel back in February, the longest was a 5k in April for Iron Girl. I had an idea I was going to walk to the Dunkin Donuts and back, I figured I would test it walking first before I decide to run it again. And I did it. My ankle felt perfectly fine, my legs a little sore, come on its been a while. But I was so happy of that progress.

Tuesday, was when my week decide to decline a bit. I posted my blog about my bikini body, which BTDUbbs, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for all the reads, the sweet posts on my Instagram and here, it made me cry. I have never really felt so confident before. So that was great. Tuesday, I got word my Poppy wasn't feeling so great again, he was back in the hospital and it kind of just knocked me out. I had an overwhelming feeling of saddness and I couldn't shake it all day. Turned out everything was okay, but it just knocked me out a bit. I went home and laid down after work, because when all else fails, I take a nap!

After my nap, I knew I need to get some fruits in the house, so I walked to Winn Dixie to get some kind of actitivy in me a bit and the endorphins made me feel a 100% better.

Wednesday was another bad day. At work our phone lines went down, which is a huge stress factor for our business. Everything just seemed to be going wrong. And I knew it was going to throw all my days off. I went home, napped it out for a few minutes and then got a 2 mile run in. Again the sweat and satisfication got me better.

The last 2 days, Thursday and Friday have been all about work and catching up with things online. Since I am going on vacation on Tuesday, I don't want to bring my laptop. It will make for my room in my luggage, I don't have to worry about lugging it around or losing it. I broke my charger to it, so I would have to use James's anyway and I don't want the responsibilty of losing his. So I am trying to catch up on some things, mainly on my sites I test products and such for, before I go. Don't worry I can update my blog from my phone, might not be so frequent but I will try!

So Thursday, Friday and Today, have kind of been my rest days. I am still earning activity points through my FitBit and hitting 10,000 steps. I have been on my longest streak yet, Sunday-Friday so far hitting 10,000 every day. Yesterday I had to pace back and forth to get it but I am determined. I am planning on after work tonight to get a little bit at the gym. I wanted to this morning, but honestly, I just wanted to lay in bed for a few more minutes.

I don't sleep in on vacation because I want to spend every waking moment with my family, so I took advantage these last 3 days too, just relax in the morning. But it is on my radar tonight after work, to hit up the gym. I am determined to do so, lets just hope everything with work will fall into place for that too.

This week has been better than expected. I really do not like this week at all. Father's Day as you can imagine is not a holiday I truly like anymore and day after day, engraving sweet sentiments about dad becomes a whole lot for me, but I guess it is true what they say, it does get a little easier. I have a fun 5k I am doing tomorrow, so I will defintely post about that.

Eating wise this week has been good. I have been bringing my lunch every day, expect today. I like to just get something at work on Saturdays when I have double coverage. I have a salad at Starbucks calling my name, mainly because I get bonus points getting it and it looks good lol. The scale has been jumping up and down a lot lately. It wont budge from these few pounds. It is driving me a little nutty and I am really trying to not let it get me down at all.

So no cheats these next 3 days and then you know what I will enjoy a bit on vacation. I wont go crazy, but pick things I would normally never eat and enjoy or drink. I think I am fighting a lot of water weight, but the scale does not define me!!

Thanks for reading on my rambles of the week.

Hope you are having a good one too!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: From The Inside Out

So there is this picture that comes up a lot.. Something to the words of, if you want a bikini body, just put on a bikini!!

And I thought about it and said, yes exactly that!!! So I took a plunge and went out and bought a bikini!!

Never in my whole life have I worn a bikini. I have always been a one piece girl! I am more comfortable that way. But have secretly loved the way they looked and really, really wanted one. 





And my excited face!

I got myself a bikini body!!!!!

I put it on and instantly my mind I felt good. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn't pick apart every little thing. I first thought, wow I look pretty darn good and proud of myself.

Now sure I could saw there a lot I want to change but considering how far I have come, this is pretty darn amazing. I would never have dreamed to wear one before and now I did it! And the transformation part is how amazing I feel!!!!

Tears literally welled up in my eyes with happiness because for once I was really loving what I was seeing on the outside. I didn't feel disgusting, I felt really, really good. And it has taken me 4 years to get to this place but I am there. 

I'm loving my flaws, working on them to get better but loving where I am at right now!

My advice is go out there, step
Out of the comfort zone and just put it on. Then take a long hard look at yourself and see how beautiful you truly are and how hard you are working!!





Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stepping On Point

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Whew what a week it has been. MY TOM was kicking my butt this week for a bit on the craving side. I was in pure snack attack mood this week, but to combat that I stayed pretty active and I'm extremely happy about that.


I earned 36 activity points this week!! I haven't earned that many in a really long time. And the best part is , I worked out in some sort of activity everyday except today and yesterday!!

I can't tell you the last time I did that..




One day I forgot a picture lol! But I was active from working out in the gym, running and even going for just a long walk. I forgot how much I love just a simple walk. I felt great all week, I had energy and slept even better. 

I think what probably motivated me the most is my FitBit. With the FitBit you can set up challenges with friends to see who can have the most steps in a week..


Look at that, I won too!!!!

I did the hustle with my girls from back home and my cousins wife and some other ladies. It was so helpful and motivating. I found myself taking the stairs more, parking further away and walking around my apartment until I got all my steps in. I wanted to work out more and longer. Seriously it is an amazing thing!

We are setting up another one this week which I'm happy about because this is a long upcoming week for me. It is Father's Day peek, which means 6 days for me and it can be oh so busy!!

So this will motivate me to still want to work out and get my steps in, even if I'm tired! I used today and yesterday as a rest day just because. Almost a little reward for me for staying on track all week. It feels really good.

Decided not to enter in my weight this week because you know what the scale can suck it. I know I was up because of Aunt Flo BUT I know I did amazing being on track. So I want to ride that high for one more week!!

And when I looked in the mirror today I loved how I looked even in a striped shirt!

I celebrate my little moments!!

So that's my week In a nutshell. Stayed active and on point and looking forward to another successful week!






Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Person's Heart Bigger Than Us All...

"Let me tell you about my best friend.... :0)"




I have been best friends with LeaAnn Marie for almost 24 years now. We met when we were around the age of 6, going into 1st grade and it was a storybook meeting. I asked to sit on the school bus with her as we were going to summer camp. Yup, we are those friends. And since that day, we have been stuck at the hip. We have celebrated every HUGE journey in life together, graduations, birthday's, anniversarys, job promotions, break ups and her engagement.



Or bring me food, love and a huge and kiss while I was at Mile 20 as I was completing my marathon...





We have been there for each through all those really crappy times too. You know the ones, where life just stinks. But despite how hard it got, we were always there for each other. We live in two different states, she in PA and me in FL. But we always seem to meet back home in NY, whenever we can. WE stay connected through texts, FaceTime and sending each other motivating videos throughout the week. We are sickening with how much we know each other, even though we don't see each other every day.

We are lucky to see each other at least once a year.

The thing I love the most about Lea is her heart. This girl has the biggest heart I know. I mean she puts all her love and energy to everyone and you cant help but love her right back. She puts your needs before hers no matter. Her devotion to her loved ones, friends and her job is something you don't see anymore. Her finance has a health condition and that girl goes above and beyond to make him happy, because when he is happy and healthy, well that makes Lea happy. And she almost lost him a few years ago, but with her love, I believe it gave him a second chance at life. She got a second chance to love him more, she saved him with her just being her.



She is the one who will drop everything to cover a shift at work for you. She will hop in the car and drive miles and miles for you, when your dad passes away and you just cant handle. That is a true story. But Lea, doesn't do it because she feels she has too, or it is the right thing she does it because that is her and she wants too.

And this is why I am nominating my BFF for Chobani Flips #BreakYouMake campaign because she deserves a break!! Nothing like a delcious Chobani Key Lime Pie Flip to make you feel like you are on a vacation and my girl needs that.

Lea, deserves a break. She deseves some extra LOVING. She deserves others to tell her how amazing she is and how much she is loved and appreciated because having her in our world, makes our lives a better place. The daily grind can get a lot, work, carrying around everyones love and problems and stresses, work stress and those big and scary behind the scenes stresses, she carrys with her. She dersves a #BreakYouMake because she won't do it on her own. She wont slow down, unless we make her and tell her to just kick back a bit. 


LeaAnn Marie, kick back and relax and know I love you more than words and so does the rest of the world. You lady Rock my socks off and thank you for going above and beyond to motivate and inspire me everyday!!

 You have a heart of gold and move mountains just with a simple smile. Thank you for being you!!!

And make sure you check out Chobani Flips and all their awesome flavors and make your own #breakyoumake



Monday, June 8, 2015

Fab Food Finds

Okay so one of my favorite posts is my Fab Finds Post, so here you go, there is a lot of awesomeness going on here!!


Love these little wontons from Trader Joe's put these in a cup of chicken broth and bam wonton soup!! 4 of the wontons are 1pp or 50 calories




These are amazing!! So good, quick and easy! The flavors are perfect! I stocked up a ton of each of these flavors! I can't pick one as my favorite, they all are haha 


I love Thomas and his limited editions because if I had these year round I would eat them all the time! These are perfect topped with Yoplait Greek 100 vanilla cupcake whips!


Dangerous but oh so good! 24 pieces is the serving size for 4pp, measure out! I like them better than the vanilla cupcake goldfish 


These I found new at Walmart yesterday! They are to go and quick and had a 1.00 off so they automatically went into my cart! Trying them in my lunch tomorrow!

And these are too..


Packed with protein! I love quick snacks, because I love to snack!! And only 1pp!


Found these at CVS today and holy yum!! Taste just like a Swedish fish! New favorite


Received these for free for testing purposes through crowd tap, you just add to milk and ice! Holy easy and tasty! Beware iced coffee post coming soon


This milk is amazing! I mean amazing!!! It is so creamy and taste just like regular full fat chocolate milk, I had two glasses last night it was soo stinking good!


And lastly, these two have been my morning favorites lately! I love anything banana and this cream of white has so much banana flavor and the snicker doodle is a nice Change of pace to my. Coffee! 3pp and 1pp

Most of these fab finds were Walmart, Winn Dixie, CVS and Big Lots!

I shop a lot 😄











Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Reflections

Yay it is Sunday!!!!!

Seriously, I think Sunday is one of my favorite times of the week. I am usually off on Sunday's, I sleep in, get some laundry done, usually clean up the apartment a bit, I drink lots of coffee, take a long nap, catch up on my Netflix and read my book. Oh and my most favorite time of the day, getting a run in sometime.

My Sunday mornings for months and probably a whole year, consisted of me getting up at 4:00 am and going downtown and pounding out miles and miles. I LOVED IT. I craved it. But it made for my Saturday nights to be very simple because I had to get up so early.

 I like the transistion I have now on my Sunday mornings. They are feeling more like a day off for me again. Before, they honestly felt like another day of work. BUT I would be lying, as much as I love my lazy Sunday's, I miss those sunrise runs, the smell of morning, seeing people do the walk of shame, seeing other runners taking on the morning.

While, I love my sleepy mornings and kicking back with my coffee, I miss those runs for sure.

I will get back to those morning runs, maybe not every Sunday, because man I love the cuddle mornings, but once a week. I guess, I am just missing what it was like.

Alright, so after that totally random post on my Sunday mornings. Lets recap the week a bit, well from Wednesday on.

I have to say this week was pretty freaking great. It started off a bit rought with a bad day on Monday, but I worked out, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. That is a big deal for me.

I am finally getting consistent with my workouts and feeling really good about them. I have been incorporating running and weights and mixing them up. I am laying a little heavier on the cardio side because I it gets me sweaty quickly and I don't know I love the feeling I get from cardio, mainly just the running aspect and the elipitical. Then I have been doing some stair workouts and sprints, and then doing some weights in my arms and a full body type of work out.

I found a great one with SkinnyMeg and I did it on Thursday and still today, my arms and upper body are sore lol.

The scale and I have been battling a bit this week. One day, I am up, the next day I am down. But there is movement in the right direction, so I am happy with that. I think I am going to switch up my weigh in day, I was telling my friend Melissa yesterday, that usually on Friday nights because James's closes that night we get dinner to go, usually Chipotle. So when I weigh in on Saturday morning, the scale reflects the salt, making the scale go up. So for me to enjoy life a little bit, I am going to try to weigh in on Friday, so I can enjoy my meal and not feel so guilty.

I did weigh in yesterday, and I was down .4. Wish it was more, but hey a loss is a loss and just like a win is a win it just feels good. My clothes feel a bit different too, and I can see some change in the mirror. I am really just feeling great lately. My choices have been good, sure I have my moments when all I want is carbs, I am human, but the next meal, I try to limit as much as I can. It is all about balance right!!

And my water has been on point too and incorporating green tea in my life again. So it was a good week, after the week prior when I felt all off. Keeping this week going the same. I have my family vacation at the end of the month and I want to make sure I look my very best!!

Hope everyone had a great week also of small victories and Big accomplishments!!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

National Running Day & What Running Gave Me

Happy National Running Day to all my running friends and family!!!

Of course it being this day I had to get a little bit of a run in...

After work, I came home, put on my shoes and how the door I went. There was a point before I headed out, I almost decided not too. I was tired from work, but I put on my big girl panties and successfully talked myself out of it.

Pretty proud of that. It was soo hot out and making my breathing a bit off, but I got a mile in nicely.

I wasn't done yet, I went downtown and walked with my old Weight Watchers leader. She does a weekly walk downtown on Wednesday nights, its about 3 miles and it is along the water, my favorite place in the whole world. I love these walks and it gave me some extra steps.

The best part, I got more exercise in, I didn't give up and I felt amazing after!!!

Running has done so much for me. It has given me amazing friends, I have seen some spectaular sunrises and sunsets. It has tested my strength and comfort zone. It has give me so much feeling. It really is a gift for me, physcially, mentally and emotionally.

When I think I am having a bad day, running clears that up for me. It makes me whole again. Sure I have bad runs or tough runs, but I learn from those runs even more than my good runs. It has made my legs stronger than ever before. And it has taken me on a lot of miles.

I love running because it is something I never thought I would love and it is now everything I love.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chocolate Orange Ball

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

Holy Moly it is June 2nd!! I plan on doing a Goal month post for June and a currently update. I  love those post because I can get a lot accomplished at once and update you on all the fun and exciting things going on. But I realized I haven't posted in a few days and my fingers were itching for a quick post.

Things are pretty good right now and I am having a decent week. But I can dive in to all of that soon. I just wanted to say HI, Hope everyone is having a great start to the month and showing a new smoothie I made the other day.


This can be a great morning protein shake or like I did as a nice refreshing cool down after my work out. 8 oz of the OJ and a scoop of the chocolate protein powder. I love this FitMiss brand a lot. My CVS finally had it and I could use a coupon with it, which of course I loved.

This combination reminded me exactly of one of these...


Give it a try and you will not regret it!!