Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly Goal Review and Setting

Hi all,

I'm proud to say that last week my goals had a 100% success rate. Yay! If you don't remember, these were my goals last week:

1. Eat breakfast everyday
2. No eating past 9pm
3. Using my Plant Nanny tracker

It doesn't seem like much.. but I feel great after resisting the urge to snack at night for 7 days straight! It makes me feel stronger knowing that when I SAY I am going to do something.. I do it. A lot of times I will want to do something.. but within a few days I either forget or it just doesn't seem to matter anymore. I don't want to be like that anymore! I want to be successful in executing my goals; all of them are just smaller goals that help me get closer to the bigger picture (AKA my goals for the year).

So now we've come to a new week and I've come up with some new (and old) goals! Here is what I will be aiming to do this week.

1. No eating past 9pm- Yes this is repetitive.. but if I don't push to do it.. I won't! This is what works for me :)

2.  Eating a serving of vegetables with every single meal- Yes, including breakfast! This one is the hardest I've done in a long time but it will guarantee me 3 servings of veggies per day! Definitely doable!

3. Do at least 50 squats per day and do yoga at least 3 times this week- Waking up and doing yoga feels .. just incredible. It really makes for a great start for your day. I purchased a yoga DVD about 2 weeks ago and have been loving it. I've also recently purchased some yoga accessories so I'm pumped to try them! Tonight will be my first night of yoga for the week :)

There you have it! Have you set any goals this week for yourself?

Thanks for reading!


Healthy Eating Tips: January

Hey all,

Hope you all have had an amazing weekend! I've decided to start something new and share with you healthy eating tips every month. Some of these I've already tried and found success with while others I am currently trying. Here are some of my healthy eating tips for January (all of which I have tried and found success with):

  • Preplan, preplan, preplan! - If you fail to plan you’re planning to fail! Being on track has never been easier for me.. especially when I’m planning ahead exactly what I’ll be eating. Out of the house for the majority of the day? Bring food with you! Plan when and what you’ll be having.  I generally will plan out a weeks worth of dinners and 2-3 days ahead what I’ll be having for breakfast and lunch. Sometimes I'll even just decide what snacks I'll have ahead of time. Have snack craving? Plan it in ahead of time and just have healthier meals that day. I usually plan my meals in a google doc where I also keep my grocery list.
  • Know your portion sizes - It’s always a good idea to measure out your portion sizes at least a few times so you can SEE exactly what 1 cup looks like. 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of potatoes and 1 cup of cereal look REALLY different. I think I may be the only person in the world who eats a 3/4 cup serving of cereal. It's easy... I just eat out of a REALLY small bowl. 
  • Found this on Lifehacker for reference
    • 1 tsp - fingertip, 1 tbsp- Tip of the thumb, ½ cup - front of knuckles when clenched into fist, 1 cup - entire clenched fist, 3 oz meat - size of palm (approx)
  • Steam or roast your veggies! - Don’t saute or deep fry as your just adding extra unwanted calories. Steamed packs the most bite anyways if you do it right ;) Yum! I've been preparing almost ALL of my vegetables steamed if I don't eat them raw. Carrots, beans and broccoli have been some of my most recent favourites.

Hope you have found these helpful. What is your most useful healthy eating tip?

Thanks for reading!


Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 Goals - Update

I hope you all are doing well, and I am happy you have taken the time to read about my updates. My new years resolutions have been somewhat successful, I'm still working on making them habits. If you forget what my resolutions were, here they are:

1. Using my treadmill.
2. Limiting fast food meals to once a month.
3. Spending less time on my phone.

So, now it's time I talk about my struggles and accomplishments.

1. Using my treadmill - I still need major improving, I have dusted it off and used it a handful of times but I have unsuccessfully used it 3x per week as planned. I could list excuses, but who wants to hear that? I just need to work harder to make changes. Being accountable on here for me is my first step.
2. Limiting fast food meals to once a month - I am proud to say I have been very successful following through with this goal! Brandin and I agreed that we would have take-out every second Sunday of the month. When that day came this month I didn't even have any cravings, but still indulged in some of my favourite fast food treats. I thought this challenge would be hard because I love the convenience and taste of it, but it was surprisingly really easy! I have also dropped a little weight as a result. :)
3. Spending less time on my phone - Some days are easier than others at keeping my phone away. It's nearly impossible not to look at my phone when a notification alert goes off. Due to that my notifications are now on silent and I am only checking it periodically. If something is an emergency or very important my friends or family can call me. Not using my phone as often makes me feel more in control and less addicted.

I should mention that since Sunday I have been hit with a terrible stomach flu, so my treadmill challenges will be set aside until I am in good health again.

Thank you for taking the time to read my strengths and weaknesses, you all are helping me to be more accountable and it makes me strive to show a good example for others to follow. It's time to set your own goals, because when goals are set you are likely to try harder.

I hope to have inspired you!
- Jenn

Monday, January 20, 2014

First set of weekly goals for the new year!

Hey all,

I hope the new year has been treating you well and you have been successful on the journey to your goals!

I truly found that I was successful at staying on track when I was making my weekly goals and basing them off of things I am currently struggling with. So here I am again.. with some goals! These are goals I have set before but I really need to get back on track with all of these... or need to make a better effort.

Here they are:

1. Eat breakfast everyday - I'm doing it way more often than I was before but now I want to start my day off with a more filling and healthy meal.

2. No eating past 9pm- No excuses anymore!

3. Using my Plant Nanny tracker- I will start and then forget by the end of the day because I'm so tired. I've killed too many real plants.. I don't want to keep killing my digital ones!

So I WILL be sticking to these goals this week. Tired of saying and not doing. TIME TO DO!!

Have a good day!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January Beauty Questions

New year.. new questions! Here are some beauty questions we've answered for you!

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't? 
S: Lorac. I want the pro palette SO badly!!!

J: La Roche-Posay, I’ve heard such wonderful things about this product.

Favorite drugstore brand?
S: Hmm.. I would probably have to say CoverGirl. I really have never had a problem with any of their products. I really love their mascara (LashBlast Fusion) and the NatureLuxe Gloss balm

J: Maybelline for sure!

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
S: Nope. If you’ve got it flaunt it!

J: Not at all, they’re uncomfortable. I would love to learn how to apply eyelashes, because I think they look so beautiful for a special event but not every day.

Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without?
S: I frequently leave the house without makeup but tend to feel off if I am not wearing foundation. It’s something I’ve been trying to do more often lately :)

J: Since I always wear makeup when I leave the house, I bring lipgloss with me and usually have it in my pocket.

What is your most cherished beauty product?
S: Probably Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume. I love that stuff so much.. and Pete bought it for me! I've been wearing this perfume for a really long time .. it's the one thing I've stuck to.

J: Fresh - Satin Luster (highlighter), I spent a good amount on this product and had to order it online. It is the same highlighter Carmindy from What not to wear uses on herself.

Thanks for reading! Have beauty questions you'd like us to answer? Comment on this post or reach out to us directly!

Steph & Jenn

Thursday, January 2, 2014

1 Year Anniversary and New Goals Set!

Today is our one year blog anniversary! 

Can you believe it’s already been a year?! Time has gone by so quickly! Throughout this year we’ve both had our ups and our downs but of course.. like usual.. we’ve gotten through it all together. That’s what best friends are for <3.

We’re so thankful to have built such a loyal and loving group of readers/followers. So many of you have been with us from the beginning and have been so supportive. Originally we had started talking about weight loss but have since incorporated beauty, fitness, reviews and have recently been working on our social presence (add us on twitter and pinterest!) We appreciate all of your comments and encouragement and are so proud that over the last year we have had 21,000 pageviews! It blows us away!

We still want to make this a journey FROM thick TO thin so we have set goals for the new year. We both want to make 2014 a year of success and one we can really be proud to look back on… here they are:

Steph: In 2013 I saw a lot of ups and downs.. mainly on the scale. It’s something I plan to improve but also something I plan to let go of and move on from. Yes, I could have done better.. but there is nothing I can do now. This is what has inspired my goals for 2014.

1. Meal prep Sundays or Mondays- I will be preparing meals 2-3 days in advance for the work week. I will also be preparing foods that are both healthy and easy to grab for snacks or to add to a meal (ex. prewashing/cutting fruits/veg.. red peppers, onions, grapes, berries, etc)  

2. Planning meals in advance- I want to preplan meals to make the most of what I’m buying (spreading it out to a few meals.. also less grocery trips). I feel this will help to keep me accountable and will help me save money if I plan to buy what is on sale that week. 

3. Choosing clean- This goes along with both of the above but should be separate. I want to keep mostly clean foods in the house and in my meals!

4. Letting things go- I found in 2013 I had a habit of holding onto things and really letting them eat at me. I want to stop doing this and practice what I preach. Time to let things go quickly, focus on the positive and really give people the benefit of the doubt.

Jenn: The goals I have set myself are ones that I have been really wanting to do for awhile, but lack of motivation has clearly gotten in the way. Now that it is the start of a new year, there is no better time than now to put these goals into action. I know I will feel so great when I follow through. 

1. Using my treadmill- I want to run three times a week as a minimum, doing a mile in 12 minutes or less each time. I feel this is a realistic goal and hope to build endurance over time. Not only will this make me feel stronger and healthier, I will feel like all the money I spent on this treadmill was not wasted.  

2. Limiting fast food meals to once a month- I have developed a bad habit of taking the easy route, and getting my hubby to bring home fast food instead of taking the time to cook. We were doing this once a week, and sometimes twice or more! It’s a terrible habit and totally unhealthy. Together Brandin and I have set a day, every second Sunday of the month we will treat ourselves to take out. 

3. Spending less time on my phone- Going to admit, I’m addicted. My "smart phone" is always on me and I am quick to pick up and respond to social media, and small chats with friends. As much as I love all of this it needs to be limited, I am spending far too much time on my phone and not doing things that matter most. 

Have you set goals? If so, we'd love to hear them! 

Thanks for reading,

Steph & Jenn
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