3.29.2011

139.8!

It's official! I'm under 140 lbs! 
Ok only by .2lbs but I AM under. That's all that matters right? 
(Probably not the best thing to state as I am eating a brownie.)
Slight chocolate kick I had to shove to the curb. It's all better now, thanks.
Anyway between C25K, lifting weights and now I am starting to do yoga again with 
my friend Becky I am hoping to get my butt back in shape for summer. 
(Which seems to be around the corner here in Vegas).
Well I'm off to go push some weight tonight. :)

3.24.2011

Dreaming of Warm Weather



So I am working on getting back in shape currently.
I've lost a total of five pounds so far and am working hard at losing at least ten more. 
I'm trying to have the best summer beach body I've had in years. 
My biggest problem is food. In Romanian culture life revolves around food, 
mainly meat. Actually... just pork. I wish I was joking. 
Anyway, not that there is anything bad with that, but there is such thing as too much excess. 
I am determined to live a healthier lifestyle, by NOT giving up my favorite things, but 
consuming them in moderation instead. I'm reading a book called "Thin Within," it talks about 
being comfortable with the way God made you instead of the way society wants to make you be. 
Society tells us we should all be a size 2 with a C-cup, long slender legs, plump lips and perfectly manicured nails. The book also trains you how to stop eating when your full instead of stuffing yourself until you have to move your belt buckle more loose.
Well for the record I am perfectly-imperfect and I love it. I bite my nails (working on that), my long legs have cellulite in the thigh area (it's hereditary) and I am a size 6 or 8 currently. I know I need to get back in shape. I know I am not 'fat' but I have not led an active lifestyle lately like I used to. A lot of it has to do with knee surgery I had almost five years ago now. It has cause insecurity in myself not tearing my A.C.L. again and a lot of it is me simply being lazy and going to food first instead of exercise. I am trying to be better about it in order to set an example for my own children in the future. Food is a security blanket that should be thrown off, but the comfort of the lack of effort is simply bliss. Once I get past this mentality I will succeed. Help me succeed in this new endeavor please. 

If I succeed my weight goal I will buy myself a new dress (which I am sure my husband will be happy to oblige). I am going for something to show off my new curves which I haven't ever had before.

Ruche

Anthropologie
Nordstroms
I am trying to step outside of my comfort zone with slightly more form fitting dresses. I can honestly say I've never worn such clingy dresses in my life. They scare me. I feel like they are a different planet for me. Is that weird? But hopefully I will be able to wear them more often as part of this lifestyle choice I will be making. I talked to a former youth group leader of mine and have watched her get her lifestyle on track with being healthy and working out on a regular basis. After her first child her body literally dropped the weight as if it was nothing. She worked hard at it don't get me wrong, but I've seen women who didn't work out before or after their pregnancies and dropping their baby weight has been nearly impossible. I know this lifestyle change has to start now before kids get in the way or anything else crazy. 
I'll post updates and pictures for everyone with my weight and status. I'm not bashful. I promise. 
So far. One week ago- 147lbs. Current weight 143.3lbs. 
Week 2 of C25K (iPhone App on running again).

3.16.2011

Designing on a budget



Well with our new house we welcome the options to embrace our style a bit more. 
So far we've decided our style embraces these words pretty well;
  • Rustic--Vintage
  • Slightly Modern--Bold
  • Earthy--Organic
  • A little Retro
Can you explain to me how we are supposed to put together a home around these styles?
This is what I have so far that we both love. 

COLOR

 VINTAGE
From etsy: Post Road Vintage
RUSTIC
Delta from Home Depot
EARTHY
MOHAWK Laminate from Costco
That's about all we have so far.
What do you think?

3.15.2011

Why I love TJ MAXX



I have a minor issue. 
I LOVE TJ MAXX. 
It's true. I'm obsessed. 
Check out my most recent finds I'm currently obsessed with. 
I would LOVE them for our new house. 
Anyone want to get me a gift card? 
That would be great.

For all LE CREUSET fans, TJ MAXX has a pretty good variety.

How cute are these plates?

LOVE these pots.

I am in love with this stoneware.

Knobs for a future project.

:)

Anyone else in love as I am?

I would definitely put some pretty little paper whites in there.

Eco-Friendly and cute!

A garden gnome is a MUST for a new house.
Hope you all enjoy your local TJ MAXX like I do! 
Can't wait to decorate our new house! 

3.13.2011

Thoughts



This time last year I was living in the Seattle area in my parents guest room. 
Honestly it seems almost surreal it was less than a year ago. Josh has left again for training 
in Indiana and I am once again home alone with the pup. It's funny to me the emotions 
that came along with his deployment. I look back on it and think what a roller coaster 
of feelings I was. Since then I've left him for a weekend in Seattle, almost three weeks in Europe and 
now he has left me for who knows how long! Honestly, I'm not phased at all by it. 
Josh being gone has made me resilient I think. Don't get me wrong, it's still hard with out him
but I think I've gotten past the initial 'shock' of us being apart. As most of you know 
our relationship was long distance from the day we met. It's taught me to trust with out 
question. I've also learned to love unconditionally. Don't get me wrong, there is still
plenty to learn about each other, but I feel like we are already one step ahead in the process. 
As much as it's terrible to think this way, when we are apart it feels like a,
'Been there, Done that,' situation. 
Is that bad? 
I don't think so. Maybe it's a good thing. I don't know yet, only God knows. 
But I do know with out faith, trust and love our relationship would have never been possible. 
(Hope I don't ramble on too much.)

Here's a photo from our photo's this past December. 
Enjoy! 
Photo by Shadari Moon

3.07.2011

Multiple Blessings



Over the past few months I have been feeling 
'over blessed.' God has been so good to us as of late. 
From a new car in September, to being able to spend Christmas with my husband
and now buying a house. I honestly can't wait to fix it up and make it our own 
for how long we are going to live in it. It will feel like such
a great accomplishment to get it to where we want. 
It's been so amazing to feel God bless us abundantly.
Can't wait to see what else he has in store for us!

3.03.2011

Our home.



Hello Friends!
Thank you for sticking with me. I am SO sorry for not being active on my blog. 
It has been a crazy whirlwind of emotions and schedules with work and buying our home.
BUT I would be honored to introduce everyone to our home 
on Gardenia Flower Ave.
(Yes we know the name is unique and looooong...)
Welcome home us!
It definitely needs a bit of work. 
-Carpet needs to be changed
 -Tile work to be done
-Paint, Paint, Paint.
-Lighting fixtures/ceiling fans (There are NONE)
-Backyard remodel (Nothing major)
-Did I mention Paint? It needs paint. 
-Appliances.
-Bathroom fixtures. 
Like I said, nothing major. But it will definitely keep us busy. 
We are very excited about it. I am getting SO many ideas from all the 
wonderful blogging ladies I follow. :) I'm going to tell you now, thanks for 
letting me steal your ideas and remodels. It's appreciated abundantly. 

Please pray for us,
for patience, money and cooperation from the bank. 
Thank you!