Friday Fave Five

My five favorite things this Friday!

1. Thymes Frasier Fir All Purpose Cleaner – Oh. Em. Gee. This stuff smells like Christmas in a bottle! I purchased some about a month ago after reading all of the rave reviews about it online. I was skeptical about it’s pine scent since some pine scents end up smelling like Pine Sol to me. Meh. Not my favorite. Nope. THIS stuff smells like someone bottled up the Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam candle and bottled it into a surface cleaner. I lightly spritz the counters with this after I’ve cleaned and the entire house smells like a fresh cut Christmas tree. It’s very, very fragrant. It doesn’t take much.

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2. And on the whole Christmas tree note… Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam candles. They smell sooooo good. I like to burn this and one of the Twisted Peppermint candles at the same time for a Christmas explosion in the house.

fresh balsam3. Old Navy The Boyfriend Straight Jeans – I just bought a pair of these a few weeks ago and I love them so much I went back and got another pair while they were on super sale. These run big, so size down one to two sizes. They have so much stretch and are made of a thin denim which makes them super comfortable and forgiving. They’re cute rolled up like in the photo here or even down as a straight leg jean. I’m living in these right now.

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4. Thanksgiving leftovers! There is just something about making yourself a big ole plate of leftover turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes after a long, hard day of Black Friday shopping and going into a tryptophan coma while watching some football. Polish that off with a cup of coffee and piece of pie. Day after Thanksgiving is complete.

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5. Baby coos and chatter. Baby Z-peat is such a morning chatter bug. I melts my heart to watch him smile and coo at me, even if it is 5:00 a.m. Love it.

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Monday Motivation – DietBet Update

For today’s Monday Motivation post I’m posting an update on my DietBet outcome. If you remember, about four weeks ago I joined a DietBet group where I had to lose 4% of my body weight in 28 days or I would lose my $25 input.

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Well, I’m happy to report that I CRUSHED it! I not only met my diet bet goal but lost an additional 5 lbs! I am officially below my pre-baby weight!! Whoohooo!!

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And let me tell you that 99% of it was just eating the right things. I didn’t track my calories, I didn’t exercise like crazy. I have a newborn.

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In fact, I was sick for 2 weeks of it and couldn’t exercise much at all due to a nasty chest cold. The key for me was eating clean. No dairy, no alcohol, no sugar and only unprocessed wheat in small portions. And I even cheated a bit with the sugar. I am totally addicted to my Starbucks and these bad boys. A single Reese’s in the freezer is like crack to me.

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But by eating veggie heavy meals with lean protein I was able to drop the weight and then some. A sample of my day would be:

Breakfast: Coffee (with coconut milk creamer), and a protein shake using my Nutribullet. I would fill it full of berries (low sugar fruit) and spinach and a scoop of protein power and chia seeds.

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Mid-morning snack: a handful of raw almonds.

Lunch: A salad loaded with all colors of vegetables and lean ground turkey taco meat. I would season it with organic evoo and balsamic vinegar or raspberry wine vinegar.

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Mid-afternoon snack: Hummus with gluten free crackers (I really like the Nut-thins) or a Starbucks run.

Dinner: Paleo chicken soup. Basically just chicken noodle soup without all the noodles.

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Late evening snack: An apple with natural almond butter and usually a frozen Reese’s . 🙂

And lots and lots and lots of water throughout the day. Seriously. Lots.

I never felt hungry and ate as much as I wanted. The hardest part for me was the late night snacking. I would always crave sugar the worst then. The small frozen Reese’s seemed to satisfy and keep those cravings in check.

I really do feel great eating this way. I think I’ll keep up with the clean eating in moderation AFTER Thanksgiving. I plan to go a bit crazy Thanksgiving day. Sorry, but I LOVE my Thanksgiving indulgences. It only comes once a year. It’s my little reward.