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This weekend when I asked Tim if he read my last blog, he asked me if I wrote about Pebbles, our dog. I replied with no so he wasn't inclined to read it. I wasn't surprised with his lack of interest as fashion isn't really his forte. What interested me most was his high interest and unconditional love for Pebbles. I love her too and can't imagine my life without her, but sometimes Tim gives her waaaaaaaay more attention that he does me.

Have you ever felt like your significant other loves your pet more than he loves you?  

Back Story



Two years into our relationship, we started to talk about getting a dog. Tim was set on getting a golden retriever so we started to research different breeds, where we can get them, adoption agencies with goldens etc. When things started to get real, I thought it would be wise to bring up the fact that I'm allergic to certain dogs and highly allergic to cats. My dog allergies have subsided and show up around certain dog breeds. I told Tim that it would be wise to foster a dog first and see how I react. It would also give us an opportunity to try out being dog parents. I heard about One Tail at a Time through my friends who frequently foster doggos and had a foster fail situation and adopted the cutest chihuahua names Belle. We signed up to be foster parents and found Pebbles through a newsletter that One Tail sends to all foster parents. We fell in love with her and her brother Bam Bam. We requested to foster her on September 22, 2016. Bam bam was already taken care of, but Pebbles was ready for us! She was the cutest pupper ever. When I picked her up, she started licking me as if she knew I will be her new mommy. Our lives changed for the better that day. Pebbles became part of our family and on 10/22/16 we adopted her. It was like raising a child, I assume. We had to potty train her, teach her how to walk up the stairs, and train her to listen to us. It was a bonding experience, and revealed what kind of parents we may be in the future. We started off by looking for trainings. If you have a new puppy and you live in Chicago, you might want to consider going to Anything is Pawzible.There was so much to learn.



Today, I can't imagine my life without Pebbles. Tim is absolutely obsessed with her, and I adore him for being such a good dog dad. Sometimes I hear him showering her with compliments," Oh yes you are, yes you are the most beautiful lady in the world." You're so smart. The smartest in the world." I just peek my head outside the bathroom to confirm that he isn't talking to me. He isn't.

I'm slowly acclimating to the idea that Tim and Pebbles have a special relationship and I can't compete with that. There are two ladies in his life now, and I accept that.


Dog-Parent Hacks

Play

Pebs loves to go to the dog park. She doesn't interact that much with other dogs, but prefers to play fetch with the dirty tennis balls at the park. Unfortunately, the dog park we go to doesn't have much grass, but instead a lot of asphalt. We recently went to the park with her only to realize afterwards that she completely scratched off the first layer of her paw pads. She was bleeding, but didn't seem to mind. We put on some neosporin and called the doctor. Her paws ended up healing fairly quickly, but now we try to find a grassy patch so she can run around without severely damaging her paws.


Food

This was a tough one. We wanted to make sure Pebs has the proper nutrients in her food. When she was younger, she hated kibble and only wanted human food. We started to buy this canned food from Krisers and mixed it with Royal Canin kibble, and she actually finished her meals. We also tried to do the raw diet, but unfortunately after a couple of bad tummy reactions we decided to take her off it. After the doctor told us she has been losing weight, we decided to have her try the Ziwi Peaks. air-dried dog food. She loved Ziwi Peaks, but it was a bit on the pricey side. We finally found something that works and it's affordable. Tylee's! All of  Tylee's "ingredients are human-grade and selected for their incredible health benefits, and frozen to maintain their full nutritional value so your dog can enjoy all of the health benefits and flavor they have to offer". When I pour her a meal, I can see little chunks of broccoli, carrots, melon etc. She's been eating it with delight and gained her weight back.


Dog shopping Hack : We purchase most of our food/toys on Chewy. It's like Amazon, but for dogs only. 


Socialization

To ensure socialization, Pebbles goes to daycare twice a week. There, she can interact with dogs and adapt to their different personalities. I also take her to my crossfit classes as dogs are allowed and it  exposes her to other people and dogs. Those who met Pebbles before, know that she is a bit skittish. Last night, she got so scared of our Roomba, she jumped and slid on the ground and flipped on her back. We didn't know if we should laugh or snuggle her. Poor girl, gets frightened so easily. We're still working on building her confidence. If you have any suggestions, please share!


Overall, adopting a dog has been one of the best decisions we made so far. She adds so much happiness to our life that now when she is not home, I can't handle the silence. She's been a wonderful doggo so far, and I hope that one day, she will love me like a real mom.



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This weekend when I asked Tim if he read my last blog, he asked me if I wrote about Pebbles, our dog. I replied with no so he wasn't inclined to read it. I wasn't surprised with his lack of interest as fashion isn't really his forte. What interested me most was his high interest and unconditional love for Pebbles. I love her too and can't imagine my life without her, but sometimes Tim gives her waaaaaaaay more attention that he does me.

Have you ever felt like your significant other loves your pet more than he loves you?  

Back Story



Two years into our relationship, we started to talk about getting a dog. Tim was set on getting a golden retriever so we started to research different breeds, where we can get them, adoption agencies with goldens etc. When things started to get real, I thought it would be wise to bring up the fact that I'm allergic to certain dogs and highly allergic to cats. My dog allergies have subsided and show up around certain dog breeds. I told Tim that it would be wise to foster a dog first and see how I react. It would also give us an opportunity to try out being dog parents. I heard about One Tail at a Time through my friends who frequently foster doggos and had a foster fail situation and adopted the cutest chihuahua names Belle. We signed up to be foster parents and found Pebbles through a newsletter that One Tail sends to all foster parents. We fell in love with her and her brother Bam Bam. We requested to foster her on September 22, 2016. Bam bam was already taken care of, but Pebbles was ready for us! She was the cutest pupper ever. When I picked her up, she started licking me as if she knew I will be her new mommy. Our lives changed for the better that day. Pebbles became part of our family and on 10/22/16 we adopted her. It was like raising a child, I assume. We had to potty train her, teach her how to walk up the stairs, and train her to listen to us. It was a bonding experience, and revealed what kind of parents we may be in the future. We started off by looking for trainings. If you have a new puppy and you live in Chicago, you might want to consider going to Anything is Pawzible.There was so much to learn.



Today, I can't imagine my life without Pebbles. Tim is absolutely obsessed with her, and I adore him for being such a good dog dad. Sometimes I hear him showering her with compliments," Oh yes you are, yes you are the most beautiful lady in the world." You're so smart. The smartest in the world." I just peek my head outside the bathroom to confirm that he isn't talking to me. He isn't.

I'm slowly acclimating to the idea that Tim and Pebbles have a special relationship and I can't compete with that. There are two ladies in his life now, and I accept that.


Dog-Parent Hacks

Play

Pebs loves to go to the dog park. She doesn't interact that much with other dogs, but prefers to play fetch with the dirty tennis balls at the park. Unfortunately, the dog park we go to doesn't have much grass, but instead a lot of asphalt. We recently went to the park with her only to realize afterwards that she completely scratched off the first layer of her paw pads. She was bleeding, but didn't seem to mind. We put on some neosporin and called the doctor. Her paws ended up healing fairly quickly, but now we try to find a grassy patch so she can run around without severely damaging her paws.


Food

This was a tough one. We wanted to make sure Pebs has the proper nutrients in her food. When she was younger, she hated kibble and only wanted human food. We started to buy this canned food from Krisers and mixed it with Royal Canin kibble, and she actually finished her meals. We also tried to do the raw diet, but unfortunately after a couple of bad tummy reactions we decided to take her off it. After the doctor told us she has been losing weight, we decided to have her try the Ziwi Peaks. air-dried dog food. She loved Ziwi Peaks, but it was a bit on the pricey side. We finally found something that works and it's affordable. Tylee's! All of  Tylee's "ingredients are human-grade and selected for their incredible health benefits, and frozen to maintain their full nutritional value so your dog can enjoy all of the health benefits and flavor they have to offer". When I pour her a meal, I can see little chunks of broccoli, carrots, melon etc. She's been eating it with delight and gained her weight back.


Dog shopping Hack : We purchase most of our food/toys on Chewy. It's like Amazon, but for dogs only. 


Socialization

To ensure socialization, Pebbles goes to daycare twice a week. There, she can interact with dogs and adapt to their different personalities. I also take her to my crossfit classes as dogs are allowed and it  exposes her to other people and dogs. Those who met Pebbles before, know that she is a bit skittish. Last night, she got so scared of our Roomba, she jumped and slid on the ground and flipped on her back. We didn't know if we should laugh or snuggle her. Poor girl, gets frightened so easily. We're still working on building her confidence. If you have any suggestions, please share!


Overall, adopting a dog has been one of the best decisions we made so far. She adds so much happiness to our life that now when she is not home, I can't handle the silence. She's been a wonderful doggo so far, and I hope that one day, she will love me like a real mom.






Do you love to feel like a rockstar? Do you spend hours picking out an outfit and think," I have NOTHING to wear." Are you guilty of buying clothes above your budget and not caring because you look and feel fabulous. You may be suffering from FOD (Fashion Obsessive Disorder). Not to worry, there are others like you. I self-diagnosed myself sometime after graduating from college. I became more self aware, curious, and passionate about fashion. I craved pushing the fashion boundaries, trying to represent myself as an individual and not a conformed female who meets all the current season's fashion standards. I must admit, I haven't been too adventurous lately, but don't fret, it's coming.
There were times when I felt like I was not able to meet my vision. The clothes that I saw in my mind's eye were either too expensive, nonexistent, or simply not practical. If I saw a piece of clothing I loved, the following thoughts would emerge: 

  • Will I ever wear this again?
  • Do I want to spend $200 on sequin shorts?
  • Is this just a seasonal craze?
  • Will color blocking be forever cool?
  • Will I grow bored of this hot pink turtleneck?
  • I need to purge my closet. 
  • Do I have shoes that would match this?
  • Ohh...look at those earrings, ....$150!!? 
  • Maybe it'll go on sale! 
This internal conflict would go on for days if not weeks. Sometimes I would get lucky and the item I have been eyeing finally goes on sale and I would purchase it. I still had feelings of guilt because do I really "need" those pants? 


"How do I actualize my fashion vision without the commitment, without spending my whole paycheck on an outfit I may wear once a year, and finally, get UNLIMITED options straight from the runway?"


Alexis Orchid Maris Dress $409 @ Revolve
RTR Unlimited $0



It was fate. When I first saw an ad for "Rent the Runway", I felt like it was calling my name. It was as if the clouds have cleared, and the sun was shining right down on me and my laptop, researching the policies, memberships, and process of the "Unlimited Rent the Runway" subscription. I "took the plunge" and signed up for the Unlimited closet of my dreams. It was a game changer. Now before I go on, let me preface this post by saying that, in my opinion, it is perfectly acceptable to rent clothes. There is nothing to be ashamed of and frankly, renting high quality clothing, for a set monthly price, is a smart financial move, in my opinion. ( Side note: If you ever watched "The Good Wife", I hope you catch the reference.) Yes, using this service is for women who appreciate fashion and it does not make us shallow or materialistic. It makes us self aware rockstars. I wanted to mention this because when I started this membership I doubted the monthly financial payment and the whole idea of "renting clothes". I'm renting these clothes, but I don't own them. They are used. ( Sidenote: Oftentimes, I receive new items with the tags still on)

It's a bit like owning a house or renting an apartment. I don't want to feel bad for renting an apartment and not owning a home. Times have changed. Flexibility, adaptability, and cost efficiency are the factors I consider when I make life decisions... and fashion, let's be real, is a yyuuuuuuugge influence on my quality of life so I thought :  

"Do what makes the most financial sense for YOU."

Or as my wise, fashionable, successful, super boss-friend Julie would say, " You do you, girl."

Moving on...

At the beginning, the subscription allowed 3 items on rotation. I would choose some casual blouses for work, maybe a dress for the weekend/work and a fun summer top. Starting the subscription in the summer was ideal. There were so many opportunities to play with different dresses for nights out and I finally felt like I was meeting my fashion needs. During this time, a friend of mine, who is also suffering from FOD, also signed up for RTR. Our conversations primarily revolved around our newest RTR deliveries....they still do. I'm sharing this post because "Rent the Runway" helps me manage my FOD. I no longer shop for clothes because I have an unlimited closet at my disposal.

Try it out. 

If you're interested in getting a piece of this service, you have many options. The option that most women are familiar with, are the 4 or 8 day rentals. These are one time rentals primarily used for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, bridal showers etc. You can take advantage of this service if you have an upcoming event and don't feel like spending $300-500 on a gown/dress you will wear once this year. BUT... I think it's more cost efficient to just get the monthly subscription for $89/month for 4 pieces. You also get 20% off your first month. Many dresses are rented out for about $100 a piece so consider that when signing up, 

In a nutshell...
Pay as you rent
  • 4 or 8 days
RTR Update
  • $89/month 
  • Four rentals per month
RTR Unlimited ( Cha Ching- That's the one I have)
  • 159/month
  • Unlimited rentals per month
  • Keep as long as you want
Some perks

1. Easy returns- They provide you with a prepaid shipping label so you can just drop of your items at a UPS drop off ..easy peasy lemon squeezy
2. Dry cleaning and rental insurance is provided. Got a stain on a dress? No worries, just return it hassle free. 
3. If you live in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Topanga, or D.C you can drop of your items there and IMMEDIATELY pick up something from the store. Keep in mind, the store has limited inventory so you may not find exactly what you are looking for. 
4. If you fall in love with an item you rented, you can BUY IT at a discount price!

Strategy

See By Chloe Navy Parsia Dress $420
RTR Unlimited $0

Shoes: 
Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal VINCE CAMUTO $99.95

Bow Crazy. This is one is perfect for work or play.
Drop off your items at the store and either choose items at the store or pick something online for delivery. If you drop off your clothes at UPS it may take 2 days for the item to be checked into the warehouse and another 2 days for the new items you chose to be delivered to you. To save time, drop off the clothes at the store. 



To show you some examples of the dresses I recently chose, I collaborated with my friend Justyna, who has, what I would call, creative finesse with photography. We had a great time exploring my neighborhood and laughing at my unsuccessful attempt at being a model. Who knew it would be hard to represent the clothes in an attractive manner and move naturally at the same time?


Love the details on this little number
Shoshanna Lace Vina Dress @ Anthropologie $418 RTR $0 with Unlimited
 








Chicago, IL, USA

The Ultimate Fashion Hack




Do you love to feel like a rockstar? Do you spend hours picking out an outfit and think," I have NOTHING to wear." Are you guilty of buying clothes above your budget and not caring because you look and feel fabulous. You may be suffering from FOD (Fashion Obsessive Disorder). Not to worry, there are others like you. I self-diagnosed myself sometime after graduating from college. I became more self aware, curious, and passionate about fashion. I craved pushing the fashion boundaries, trying to represent myself as an individual and not a conformed female who meets all the current season's fashion standards. I must admit, I haven't been too adventurous lately, but don't fret, it's coming.
There were times when I felt like I was not able to meet my vision. The clothes that I saw in my mind's eye were either too expensive, nonexistent, or simply not practical. If I saw a piece of clothing I loved, the following thoughts would emerge: 

  • Will I ever wear this again?
  • Do I want to spend $200 on sequin shorts?
  • Is this just a seasonal craze?
  • Will color blocking be forever cool?
  • Will I grow bored of this hot pink turtleneck?
  • I need to purge my closet. 
  • Do I have shoes that would match this?
  • Ohh...look at those earrings, ....$150!!? 
  • Maybe it'll go on sale! 
This internal conflict would go on for days if not weeks. Sometimes I would get lucky and the item I have been eyeing finally goes on sale and I would purchase it. I still had feelings of guilt because do I really "need" those pants? 


"How do I actualize my fashion vision without the commitment, without spending my whole paycheck on an outfit I may wear once a year, and finally, get UNLIMITED options straight from the runway?"


Alexis Orchid Maris Dress $409 @ Revolve
RTR Unlimited $0



It was fate. When I first saw an ad for "Rent the Runway", I felt like it was calling my name. It was as if the clouds have cleared, and the sun was shining right down on me and my laptop, researching the policies, memberships, and process of the "Unlimited Rent the Runway" subscription. I "took the plunge" and signed up for the Unlimited closet of my dreams. It was a game changer. Now before I go on, let me preface this post by saying that, in my opinion, it is perfectly acceptable to rent clothes. There is nothing to be ashamed of and frankly, renting high quality clothing, for a set monthly price, is a smart financial move, in my opinion. ( Side note: If you ever watched "The Good Wife", I hope you catch the reference.) Yes, using this service is for women who appreciate fashion and it does not make us shallow or materialistic. It makes us self aware rockstars. I wanted to mention this because when I started this membership I doubted the monthly financial payment and the whole idea of "renting clothes". I'm renting these clothes, but I don't own them. They are used. ( Sidenote: Oftentimes, I receive new items with the tags still on)

It's a bit like owning a house or renting an apartment. I don't want to feel bad for renting an apartment and not owning a home. Times have changed. Flexibility, adaptability, and cost efficiency are the factors I consider when I make life decisions... and fashion, let's be real, is a yyuuuuuuugge influence on my quality of life so I thought :  

"Do what makes the most financial sense for YOU."

Or as my wise, fashionable, successful, super boss-friend Julie would say, " You do you, girl."

Moving on...

At the beginning, the subscription allowed 3 items on rotation. I would choose some casual blouses for work, maybe a dress for the weekend/work and a fun summer top. Starting the subscription in the summer was ideal. There were so many opportunities to play with different dresses for nights out and I finally felt like I was meeting my fashion needs. During this time, a friend of mine, who is also suffering from FOD, also signed up for RTR. Our conversations primarily revolved around our newest RTR deliveries....they still do. I'm sharing this post because "Rent the Runway" helps me manage my FOD. I no longer shop for clothes because I have an unlimited closet at my disposal.

Try it out. 

If you're interested in getting a piece of this service, you have many options. The option that most women are familiar with, are the 4 or 8 day rentals. These are one time rentals primarily used for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, bridal showers etc. You can take advantage of this service if you have an upcoming event and don't feel like spending $300-500 on a gown/dress you will wear once this year. BUT... I think it's more cost efficient to just get the monthly subscription for $89/month for 4 pieces. You also get 20% off your first month. Many dresses are rented out for about $100 a piece so consider that when signing up, 

In a nutshell...
Pay as you rent
  • 4 or 8 days
RTR Update
  • $89/month 
  • Four rentals per month
RTR Unlimited ( Cha Ching- That's the one I have)
  • 159/month
  • Unlimited rentals per month
  • Keep as long as you want
Some perks

1. Easy returns- They provide you with a prepaid shipping label so you can just drop of your items at a UPS drop off ..easy peasy lemon squeezy
2. Dry cleaning and rental insurance is provided. Got a stain on a dress? No worries, just return it hassle free. 
3. If you live in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Topanga, or D.C you can drop of your items there and IMMEDIATELY pick up something from the store. Keep in mind, the store has limited inventory so you may not find exactly what you are looking for. 
4. If you fall in love with an item you rented, you can BUY IT at a discount price!

Strategy

See By Chloe Navy Parsia Dress $420
RTR Unlimited $0

Shoes: 
Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal VINCE CAMUTO $99.95

Bow Crazy. This is one is perfect for work or play.
Drop off your items at the store and either choose items at the store or pick something online for delivery. If you drop off your clothes at UPS it may take 2 days for the item to be checked into the warehouse and another 2 days for the new items you chose to be delivered to you. To save time, drop off the clothes at the store. 



To show you some examples of the dresses I recently chose, I collaborated with my friend Justyna, who has, what I would call, creative finesse with photography. We had a great time exploring my neighborhood and laughing at my unsuccessful attempt at being a model. Who knew it would be hard to represent the clothes in an attractive manner and move naturally at the same time?


Love the details on this little number
Shoshanna Lace Vina Dress @ Anthropologie $418 RTR $0 with Unlimited
 











It happened. On Tuesday, March 6th, I turned 30. It was a quite an uneventful day, other than my coworkers decorating my cubicle and making me feel super special. I spent my evening throwing on one of the face masks I bought at Ulta and sipped on my protein shake with Pebbles by my side while watching "Sex and the City'. It was perfect. The weekend before my birthday, I went to my mandatory nutrition class before I started my crossfit shenanigans on Monday. The information I received from our nutritionist was mind boggling.

1. No alcohol for 6 weeks
2. No milk with your coffee ( Thankfully I have an nespresso machine so I've been taking shots of espresso every morning instead of enjoying a regular latte or regular coffee with creamer at work  )
3. No delicious desserts
4. Balance/portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
4. Drink your protein shake, mixed with water in the morning and as a snack after lunch and before dinner
5. Crossfit classes 3 days a week

Ultimately, I can handle the bland, unpleasant meals, the crossfit classes, and the no no to desserts, but what hit me the most is the "No alcohol for 6 weeks" part. Who in their right mind would ever choose that? If I knew this not so miniscule detail before signing the "contract", I would most definitely not consider it. Fortunately for them, they don't disclose this at the orientation meeting. So there I was, sitting at the nutrition meeting, excited to learn all about healthy food, when I hear the nutritionist say the words " No...., alcohol.... for..... 6 weeks.". It was as if I was watching this moment in slow motion. Jaw drop.

via GIPHY

 Shocked, defeated, and completed unprepared to say no to alcohol, I began to google zero calorie cocktails, drinks, anything alcohol related, frantically on my phone. Everything the nutritionist was saying now was white noise while I processed this new possible lifestyle change I may have to abide by. As the nutritionist wrapped up, she asked for any final questions. I raised my hand and asked, " Is it absolutely no alcohol? What about low calorie?" She looked at me and said," No. You don't want one beer or drink impacting your progress."

via GIPHY

As I got up and left, I realized that once I'm committed, I have to commit all the way. After all, I'm not an alcoholic. I just like a drink or 3 after a long day. Is that too much to ask? Mission accepted. I can do this.

On Saturday and Sunday I had a Corona light with my dinner (I've been craving Corona's lately) and enjoyed my "Last Supper." On Monday, I had a girls night where I tested my strength and surprise surprise I did it! No drinking for me. It also helps when some of your girlfriends are also dieting, due to our 5 upcoming weddings this year, and don't drink with me. The 3 crossfit classes were doable. It reminds me of high intensity interval training, which I was already doing and enjoyed. It is now day 5 of my Crossfit, diet, and alcohol free life, and let me tell you, I FEEL GREAT! Mentally, I feel very focused, clear headed, and overall positive. Physically, I feel stronger and almost addicted to the pain. (I should also disclose now that I have an addictive personality). I also weighed myself (a requirement) and already lost 2 pounds and went from 25% body fat to 22%. Seeing THAT was motivating enough to not feel terribly sorry for myself for missing out on all the delicious food out there. I also want to get my money back. The premise of the 6 week challenge is that if you meet all the factors, one being losing 5% body fat, you get your money back. Cha Ching! Give me my money! Very motivating.

My next short term challenge is not drinking the mimosas on my 30th Birthday brunch celebration and refraining from eating the bacon and delicious brunch snacks. Maybe if I smell the bacon it will be enough? Happy Thoughts.

As I conclude, I realize that I love food and alcohol too much to give it up completely. I will commit to this insane crossfit diet and meet my goal, but after that I'll go back to enjoying my life with delicious food and drinks and in return punish myself with extra exercises. I like that strategy much better. Maybe I'll even stick to crossfit.




CrossFit and zero alcohol




It happened. On Tuesday, March 6th, I turned 30. It was a quite an uneventful day, other than my coworkers decorating my cubicle and making me feel super special. I spent my evening throwing on one of the face masks I bought at Ulta and sipped on my protein shake with Pebbles by my side while watching "Sex and the City'. It was perfect. The weekend before my birthday, I went to my mandatory nutrition class before I started my crossfit shenanigans on Monday. The information I received from our nutritionist was mind boggling.

1. No alcohol for 6 weeks
2. No milk with your coffee ( Thankfully I have an nespresso machine so I've been taking shots of espresso every morning instead of enjoying a regular latte or regular coffee with creamer at work  )
3. No delicious desserts
4. Balance/portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
4. Drink your protein shake, mixed with water in the morning and as a snack after lunch and before dinner
5. Crossfit classes 3 days a week

Ultimately, I can handle the bland, unpleasant meals, the crossfit classes, and the no no to desserts, but what hit me the most is the "No alcohol for 6 weeks" part. Who in their right mind would ever choose that? If I knew this not so miniscule detail before signing the "contract", I would most definitely not consider it. Fortunately for them, they don't disclose this at the orientation meeting. So there I was, sitting at the nutrition meeting, excited to learn all about healthy food, when I hear the nutritionist say the words " No...., alcohol.... for..... 6 weeks.". It was as if I was watching this moment in slow motion. Jaw drop.

via GIPHY

 Shocked, defeated, and completed unprepared to say no to alcohol, I began to google zero calorie cocktails, drinks, anything alcohol related, frantically on my phone. Everything the nutritionist was saying now was white noise while I processed this new possible lifestyle change I may have to abide by. As the nutritionist wrapped up, she asked for any final questions. I raised my hand and asked, " Is it absolutely no alcohol? What about low calorie?" She looked at me and said," No. You don't want one beer or drink impacting your progress."

via GIPHY

As I got up and left, I realized that once I'm committed, I have to commit all the way. After all, I'm not an alcoholic. I just like a drink or 3 after a long day. Is that too much to ask? Mission accepted. I can do this.

On Saturday and Sunday I had a Corona light with my dinner (I've been craving Corona's lately) and enjoyed my "Last Supper." On Monday, I had a girls night where I tested my strength and surprise surprise I did it! No drinking for me. It also helps when some of your girlfriends are also dieting, due to our 5 upcoming weddings this year, and don't drink with me. The 3 crossfit classes were doable. It reminds me of high intensity interval training, which I was already doing and enjoyed. It is now day 5 of my Crossfit, diet, and alcohol free life, and let me tell you, I FEEL GREAT! Mentally, I feel very focused, clear headed, and overall positive. Physically, I feel stronger and almost addicted to the pain. (I should also disclose now that I have an addictive personality). I also weighed myself (a requirement) and already lost 2 pounds and went from 25% body fat to 22%. Seeing THAT was motivating enough to not feel terribly sorry for myself for missing out on all the delicious food out there. I also want to get my money back. The premise of the 6 week challenge is that if you meet all the factors, one being losing 5% body fat, you get your money back. Cha Ching! Give me my money! Very motivating.

My next short term challenge is not drinking the mimosas on my 30th Birthday brunch celebration and refraining from eating the bacon and delicious brunch snacks. Maybe if I smell the bacon it will be enough? Happy Thoughts.

As I conclude, I realize that I love food and alcohol too much to give it up completely. I will commit to this insane crossfit diet and meet my goal, but after that I'll go back to enjoying my life with delicious food and drinks and in return punish myself with extra exercises. I like that strategy much better. Maybe I'll even stick to crossfit.






When I was growing up, I never fully appreciated or understood how complicated planning meals for the week can be. When I was younger, we would always have home cooked meals. Most often, we would have a soup and a second meal #spoiled.  I cringe at the memories of me complaining about something that I don't want to eat. How rude of me?! My mom spent a good chunk of time and money PREPARING meals for us, and I had the audacity to complain. I'm very disappointed at my younger self. Fast forward to 2014. I'm living in the city with amazing roommates. I'm feeling great. Young, wild, and free. Eating what I want, going out with the girls, getting appetizers and drinks, and not really cooking myself "real, nutritious" meals. The definition of a "home-cooked" meal was a bag of boiled ravioli, some olive oil, pesto sauce, and some shredded cheese. That was my favorite meal. Easy, quick, and warm. A year into these deeeelicious meals, I meet my future-husband Tim, an Ironman finisher (multiple times), and marathon runner who is borderline obsessive on eating healthy, exercise, and participating in any type of physical activity. Almost the exact opposite of me. There goes my favorite meal... bye bye ravioli. Although I must say, before discovering something that changed our lives forever, spoiler alert, BLUE APRON, we were on the ravioli diet for a good couple months.

Enter: Blue Apron. 

It all started on a bright, August, sunny day. Specifically, August 12, 2016. The day we received our first blue apron package. I was a bit rattled as the menus appeared complicated. The name of the menus were:

1. Curried Catfish & Coconut Rice
2. Spicy Chicken & Korean Rice Cakes
3. BBQ Pork Burgers & Corn on the Cob

These meals were restaurant quality and I was uncertain of my cooking abilities. To my disbelief,  the menu was straightforward, included pictures, and was very user friendly. If I had further doubts, I logged into the website and checked out their "Hints & Tricks" section.  Our food planning changed drastically. We had 3 meals a week, and only had to buy breakfast, snacks, and maybe some lunch supplies. What I love most is that we can switch cooking duty. On the days that I work a little later, Tim takes over cooking duty. It's so pleasant to come home to a healthy, home cooked meal. The convenience of this service makes me hope that I can keep it when I have a larger family.

Cost
  • 2 person plan for 3 recipes per week is $59.94
  • Family plan 3 recipes per week is $104.88 or 4 recipes per week is $139.84
Wine Pairing

There is also a wine pairing option for $10/per bottle or 65.99/month. The catch is the wine bottles are 500ml instead of the standard 750ml. We did this for a couple months, but then realized that we need more wine than just two glasses so we stopped the delivery.

As you will find out in future posts, I'm scheduled to get married this August. Along with that comes "Bridezilla Symptoms" like, dieting, caloric intake obsession, and exercise mania. I'm not gonna lie, getting married is VERY motivating when it comes to changing your eating and exercise habits. I even resorted to decreasing my alcohol intake to twice a week. I mention this because Blue Apron will be absent from our lives in the next 6 weeks. I signed myself up for a Crossfit 6 week challenge with a goal of losing 5% body fat. One of my girlfriends, also getting hitched this summer, is crossfitting and she has already lost 2% body fat. I start Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes.

As I conclude this post, I hope I convinced you to try Blue Apron at least once. It just MAY change your life forever.







Life Hack #1: Blue Apron



When I was growing up, I never fully appreciated or understood how complicated planning meals for the week can be. When I was younger, we would always have home cooked meals. Most often, we would have a soup and a second meal #spoiled.  I cringe at the memories of me complaining about something that I don't want to eat. How rude of me?! My mom spent a good chunk of time and money PREPARING meals for us, and I had the audacity to complain. I'm very disappointed at my younger self. Fast forward to 2014. I'm living in the city with amazing roommates. I'm feeling great. Young, wild, and free. Eating what I want, going out with the girls, getting appetizers and drinks, and not really cooking myself "real, nutritious" meals. The definition of a "home-cooked" meal was a bag of boiled ravioli, some olive oil, pesto sauce, and some shredded cheese. That was my favorite meal. Easy, quick, and warm. A year into these deeeelicious meals, I meet my future-husband Tim, an Ironman finisher (multiple times), and marathon runner who is borderline obsessive on eating healthy, exercise, and participating in any type of physical activity. Almost the exact opposite of me. There goes my favorite meal... bye bye ravioli. Although I must say, before discovering something that changed our lives forever, spoiler alert, BLUE APRON, we were on the ravioli diet for a good couple months.

Enter: Blue Apron. 

It all started on a bright, August, sunny day. Specifically, August 12, 2016. The day we received our first blue apron package. I was a bit rattled as the menus appeared complicated. The name of the menus were:

1. Curried Catfish & Coconut Rice
2. Spicy Chicken & Korean Rice Cakes
3. BBQ Pork Burgers & Corn on the Cob

These meals were restaurant quality and I was uncertain of my cooking abilities. To my disbelief,  the menu was straightforward, included pictures, and was very user friendly. If I had further doubts, I logged into the website and checked out their "Hints & Tricks" section.  Our food planning changed drastically. We had 3 meals a week, and only had to buy breakfast, snacks, and maybe some lunch supplies. What I love most is that we can switch cooking duty. On the days that I work a little later, Tim takes over cooking duty. It's so pleasant to come home to a healthy, home cooked meal. The convenience of this service makes me hope that I can keep it when I have a larger family.

Cost
  • 2 person plan for 3 recipes per week is $59.94
  • Family plan 3 recipes per week is $104.88 or 4 recipes per week is $139.84
Wine Pairing

There is also a wine pairing option for $10/per bottle or 65.99/month. The catch is the wine bottles are 500ml instead of the standard 750ml. We did this for a couple months, but then realized that we need more wine than just two glasses so we stopped the delivery.

As you will find out in future posts, I'm scheduled to get married this August. Along with that comes "Bridezilla Symptoms" like, dieting, caloric intake obsession, and exercise mania. I'm not gonna lie, getting married is VERY motivating when it comes to changing your eating and exercise habits. I even resorted to decreasing my alcohol intake to twice a week. I mention this because Blue Apron will be absent from our lives in the next 6 weeks. I signed myself up for a Crossfit 6 week challenge with a goal of losing 5% body fat. One of my girlfriends, also getting hitched this summer, is crossfitting and she has already lost 2% body fat. I start Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes.

As I conclude this post, I hope I convinced you to try Blue Apron at least once. It just MAY change your life forever.







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