Jan 31, 2015

New Toy & New Snack

I feel like I’ve accomplished so much in the last couple of days. Thursday morning I went to the gym and got in a good cardio session before meeting with my trainer. I did sprints for thirty minutes and then I attempted the stair climber. Holy cow. I was dying. That machine gives you one heck of a workout.

I met with my trainer and he asked me if I wanted to weigh in and check my body fat. I said, “Yes. The answer is always yes. Don’t ever let me say no.” My body fat is currently at 34% which is considered obese. I’m not thrilled about that number. Two years ago I was at 33% and I actually lift weights now. I am extremely confident that that number will drop though so I’m not going to dwell on it too much.

We touched on nutrition a little bit. I told him that I’ve tried it all and he asked when I felt the best. My answer was while I was on the Whole 30 but I told him I’m not ready to give up the sweetener in my coffee yet. He told me to eat as close to the Whole 30 as possible but I can have my coffee the way I like it (with almond milk and stevia). He also suggested I eat brown rice, rice cakes and hummus on occasion. I think that sounds like a great plan! I know this photo will be a ‘Before’ in a few months.


After the gym I spent the rest of the day with my parents. We had lunch, we did some shopping and I was finally able to take them to Ryan Bros Coffee. I couldn’t believe I had never brought them to the place where Stephen and I met. I was really excited to see they make a Paleo coffee now. They make it with canned coconut milk and an extract. The flavor changes daily. I ordered it iced and it had coconut extract. It was delicious. We made it over to Hobby Lobby and we started buying stuff for the wedding. So exciting! It’s happening!!!


I mentioned the other day that I was looking for an accountability tool. I ended up getting a FitBit Flex. I’ve only had it one day and so far I am so incredibly glad I bought it. I need to get my hands on some of the new colored bracelets at Target next.


I went to the gym this morning and I kicked my own butt. I got in an amazing cardio session.


I know for a fact I have my FitBit to thank. At first I was determined to get in 5,000 steps and then once I saw how easy that was to achieve, my next goal was 10,000. I hit it before 10:30 am. I did some long sprints. A quarter mile on and a quarter mile off. I did that for forty five minutes and each time I ran I upped the speed. And then I did another thirty minutes on the elliptical.


I wish I would have discovered Plantain Chips earlier. These little babies are amazing! And the best part is they are Whole 30 approved. I like to dip them in hummus or guacamole. These are from Trader Joe’s.


I watched the series finale of Parenthood and I cried my eyes out. This show was amazing. I loved how it touched on pretty much every situation a family could possibly go through. I’m so sad it’s over.


I happened to look up my name on UrbanDictionary.com and this was the first entry. This is so me! Crazy! AND the entry was written by Heather Nichole, which is my name also. Spelled the exact same way and everything. I didn’t read any other entries because I found this one to be so perfect.


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Jan 28, 2015

The Evolution of My Hair

When I was little I had curly blonde hair. When I was in preschool my hair started to grow out dark so I had the ombré thing going on WAY before it was a trend. I like my hair darker but I prefer it with some blonde in it. My mom has always liked my hair long. I think it’s because her dad never let her grow her hair out. She rarely let me cut my hair when I was growing up. I remember in sixth grade she asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I said, “A haircut.” She let me cut it but she always let me know she preferred it long. I was three in the photo below. 


The summer before eighth grade my mom asked me if I wanted to get highlights. Of course I said yes! I’ve been dying my hair since then. Yes, that is Andrew Keegan. That was probably  the best night of my life (until I met my fiancé). And tomorrow is his birthday so Happy Birthday, Andrew!!!


Between eighth grade and college I went from long hair to short hair and from brunette to blonde and back to brunette again. My hair was completely unhealthy from all the coloring and because I blew dried it and styled it daily. I was in college here and as you can see I was on the heavier side. Those bangs did not help my face look any thinner. My mom looks gorgeous as always.


In 2010 I was at my heaviest and I’m pretty sure my hair was the longest it had ever been. Looking back, I think I was hiding behind my hair. I would love to take another photo with Miranda and do a side by side comparison. We’ve both lost quite a bit of weight. 


I started getting highlights again in 2011 and I loved it. I really do prefer myself as a blonde.


I couldn’t tell you why now but I went back to brunette again at the end of 2011. I think I may have gotten tired of roots and paying for touch ups. This was January of 2012 and I was extremely tempted to chop my hair off. I was running in the mornings and I was getting tired of spending so much time on my hair. I knew it would be easier to just cut it.


Later that same month I took the plunge.


My mom pretty much cried and she begged me to keep the hair. She was so upset.


I felt bad but I loved my new hair! I no longer felt the need to hide behind long hair. This was me at my lowest weight. My goal is to get back there.


If someone were to ask me to pick my favorite hairstyle on myself this would be it. I absolutely loved my hair in 2012. I would let it dry naturally. It was so easy and fun. I constantly think about going back to this style.


I was heavily influenced by Jennifer Nettles during that time.


This was Christmas of 2012. I was letting my hair grow out and I was back to blonde.


I had just met my fiancé and he mentioned to me in a nice way that he preferred brunettes so I dyed my hair back for him. 


Nearly two years later and my hair is officially the longest it’s ever been. My mom tells me how beautiful it is all the time. My fiancé and I compromised and I added blonde to the ends last summer. I’m growing my hair out for our wedding. I’m taking extra vitamins and I try to go three or four days without washing it to keep it healthy. I swear, dry shampoo is a gift from God. I’d like to cut my hair after the wedding but I’m pretty sure my mom and my fiancé would not allow that to happen. My fiancé says if I cut my hair he’ll shave his head…he knows how much I love his long wavy hair.


I would really like to add more blonde before the wedding. I LOVE the way this looks. (Photo from Pinterest)


My fiancé says he prefers this look but I feel like t hat’s exactly what my hair looks like now.


Maybe I’ll just head to the salon and add more blonde and see if he even notices. Hehe!

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Jan 27, 2015

Adding To My Plan

I have a few exciting things to share with ya’ll. First and foremost, I got a gym membership!!! I was very fortunate to have a small gym in our clubhouse in Palm Desert so I haven’t had a gym membership in nearly a year. When we moved we knew we needed to join a gym but it was a really difficult decision. My fiancé is still working on getting a membership but I decided to go with a gym that is near my in-law’s house and my parent’s house so I can have access wherever I’m at. For those of you that don’t know, we’re currently staying with my in-laws but I spend a lot of time at my parent’s house too.

I emailed my trainer from two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been two years!) and I asked him if he had any specials going. I met with him last week and he was able to sign me up for the gym and we scheduled my first training session for this Thursday.

My trainer actually reads my blog. (I’m always so surprised when I hear about someone reading my blog. It’s like I get star stuck by my readers.) When we met up he said, “You know what you’re doing. Are you sure you want to do training again?” I was very honest with him and I told him, “I know what to do but the problem is I don’t always do it. I need to check in with you at least once a week to ensure I’m staying on track.” Last time I trained with him I refused to weigh in weekly because I was always afraid of what the scale would say but this time I am going to weigh in every week. I told him my main focus is my wedding dress right now.

He thinks my nutrition is good but we’re going to talk about it a little more on Thursday. I asked him if he thinks I need 164 grams of protein every day and he said no. He said I’d be fine with 120 grams which was a huge relief to me. I’ll probably alter my macros after we talk more. He also suggested I fill my macros with whole foods…no more sugary snacks. Buh-bye poptarts!

He was the one that actually introduced me to the Whole 30. He said as my wedding gets closer he’ll probably have me do a couple rounds, which is totally okay with me!

As of right now we are only going to train together once a week and the rest of the time I’ll be working out by myself. I’m really looking forward to this because I know he’ll hold me accountable and I am confident I will learn a lot from him. 







I’m also on the hunt for an accountability tool. I do have a FitBit. It was the original one. I’m pretty sure it’s just called the FitBit. The only problem is I packed it so it’s in storage. I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t need it.

I want something that will keep me motivated at the gym. I want to see how many calories I’ve burned but I also want to be able to wear it all day long. I like the idea of the Polar FT4 but I think I need something more. I think I’m leaning more towards the FitBit Flex or the Polar Loop. The Flex has tons of cute interchangeable bands so it can always match what I’m wearing (big plus in my book). BUT the Polar Loop has a heart rate monitor that you wear during your workouts to get the most accurate reading of your calories burned.

If anyone has any input of these, please share with me! I’ve been going back and forth for weeks now.

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Jan 23, 2015

Washington {Part Three}

Monday was full of adventures. I must warn you, there are lots and lots of photos in today's post. Monday morning we stopped for coffee at Caffe Ladro and then headed for Seattle. We left Nashy at the apartment. Look at that little face!


We drove to downtown Seattle and we walked around.


The only thing I wanted to see was the first Starbucks so we went straight there. The street behind us in this photo is Pike Street.


I was expecting a line around the corner. It was busy but not crazy.

 

My brother and I both worked for Starbucks. I actually got him his first job at Starbucks and then a couple years later we ended up working at the same store. I still hold a special place in my heart for Starbucks. ♥
 

I didn’t even get a drink. I kind of regret that now. I did buy a special edition mug and gift card though.




That is Elliot Bay behind us.




As you know my favorite movie is Sleepless in Seattle. My sister-in-law had a great idea and she looked up photos from the movie to see if any of the scenes were filmed nearby. I knew we were close because a lot of the market looked familiar to me. She found the photo of Tom Hanks on the left and then she took the photo of me on the right. It’s been twenty-two years since Sleepless in Seattle came out…everything looks pretty much the same. The fish market is still there. I'm thinking they moved the sign above us because of the location of the columns.


One of my favorite quotes. I saw it outside of Nordstrom downtown.


We went back to Issaquah to give Nashy some attention.


We ended up taking Nash on a walk. I love how all the local shops allow him to come inside. They are very dog friendly in Issaquah.


I can not tell you how many Starbucks locations I saw on this trip.


I finally got my hands on a drink from Starbucks. My Green Tea Latte never tasted so good.


Be still my beating heart. I love this little guy so so so much!


My mom bought my brother and sister-in-law some Seahawks gear.


My dad and I climbed 140 steps to see this view.




A view I will never forget. Pictures don’t even do it justice.



We left for home the next morning. We decided to stay up all night because our flight left at 5:15 and we had to return our rental car and take a shuttle to the airport. It was a LONG night and I ended up going 39 ½ hours without sleep. I love traveling, especially to see my brother, my sister-in-law and my baby but I am so happy to be home!

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