Weekly Weigh-In: Week 3

by Stephany on April 23, 2014


I had a feeling about last week. The week prior had gone so well, and I was worried about carrying the momentum into another week. For some reason, the second week always seems the hardest, where you really have to dig in and remember why you started.

For the most part, though, I had another strong week of eating well and exercising. I passed up treats at work, tracked daily, and exercised every day. I could have done better. I ended up, most days, eating the majority of my exercise calories (which I know aren’t accurate anyway). I was a little too snacky-snacky. And there were a few days where I consumed too many fat and sugar grams, well over the limits MFP gives me. So I had some successes, and saw areas of my healthy eating that need work.

As for my workouts, it was another kickass week for me! I’m really proud of how I’ve fallen back into a regular exercise routine. It feels so, so, SO good. Here’s what I did:

  • Monday: Stationary bike (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Elliptical (30 minutes – I used this workout) and this full body strength workout (15 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Elliptical (30 minutes)
  • Thursday: Stationary bike (30 minutes) and this arm workout (20 minutes)
  • Friday: Couch to 5k (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: Stationary bike (30 minutes) and Ripped in 30 (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: 100 burpees (22 minutes)

I was so nervous to step on the scale. I just had a feeling I wasn’t going to be super proud of the number. And the result? I lost .4 lbs. Just about half a pound. I was really, really unhappy with that number and it actually made me angry for a while. I put in so much work! Yes, I wasn’t perfect but gosh darnit, I never went over 1600 calories, put myself through a killer workout right before weighing in, and even ordered fish and brown rice with dinner the night before. Fish. And. Brown. Rice. WHEN THERE WAS PIZZA ON THE MENU! I wanted to be rewarded!

I eventually calmed myself down because I am still happy for losing weight and I am now under 170 lbs, a feat I don’t think I accomplished once last year. And I lost four freaking pounds the week before. And I’m probably starting my girly time in the next few days. (Sorry to any boys who read this. Which is probably zero.) So. It happens. I still managed to lose weight, I still tried my best to follow my plan and eat well, and I still put in a lot of effort in my workouts. And that. That has to be more important than a number on a scale. I still did my very best, and that’s all I can ask of myself.

As for my weekly goals, I did okay. I tracked daily, I drank water with most of my meals (I could have done better), but I completely flopped getting up from my desk every two hours. Man, that’s a hard goal to accomplish!

Here are my goals for this upcoming week:

  • Stay under 1,500 calories a day and under the limits MFP gives me for fat/sugar.
  • Drink 40 ounces of water a day. (Not even close to what I should be drinking, but baby steps.)
  • Take a multivitamin and iron supplement daily.


Book Review: Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

by Stephany on April 21, 2014

Up at Butternut LakeFrom Goodreads: It’s been ten years since Allie Beckett crossed the threshold of her family cabin at Butternut Lake, Minnesota. Now, newly widowed after the death of her husband in Afghanistan, she’s returned with her five-year-old son.

There, she reconnects with the friends she had in childhood-best girlfriend Jax, now married with three kids and one on the way, and Caroline, owner of the local coffee shop. What Allie doesn’t count on is a newcomer to Butternut Lake, Walker Ford.

Up at Butternut Lake follows these four unforgettable characters across a single summer as they struggle with love, loss, and what it means to take risks, confront fears, and embrace life, in all of its excitement and unpredictability.

Allie Beckett could never have imagined, when she ran away from her old life, that she was running into a whole new life, up at the lake…

My review: This was the perfect light read, and since this past Saturday dawned chilly and overcast, with nothing pressing on my to-do list, I parked myself on the couch and dove into the world of Butternut Lake. This book had all the ingredients of a wonderful novel: likable characters who were easy to root for, a great plot that was interesting and flowed well from beginning to end, and a sweet romance that swept me off my feet.

At times, the book seemed to drag along and there seemed to be a lot happening at once. There was the intertwining of three separate stories in one, but I didn’t feel as deeply invested in the two subplots as I did for the larger plot. I am assuming, since this is a series, either the subplots will morph into their own books or more will be revealed in future books, because they seemed to be afterthoughts that didn’t seem to do much to move the story along. (I enjoyed them, but was left wanting more.)

My only other issue with the novel was the repetitiveness. This is probably due to my job, as it’s drilled into us not to repeat phrases and words too often, and there were a few words that kept popping up (imperceptibly, gentle/gently, and innocuous, to name a few) that kind of made my editor brain anxious. And the overuse of adverbs grated on me. This is a weird quirk of mine, and probably wouldn’t bother anyone who doesn’t write or edit for a living.

All in all, though, a sweet romance novel that had a suprising amount of depth and character development. A great beach or rainy day read.

My rating: 3 stars

I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions, unless otherwise stated, are my own.


Virtual Coffee Date

April 18, 2014

It’s Friday! How about we prepare for this holiday weekend with a virtual coffee date? I’m drinking a steaming hot cup of coffee, sweetened with creamer and a dash of sugar. Let’s dive right into our chat, yeah? If we were having a coffee today… I would begin by talking about the DietBet I’m currently […]

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On Being an Adult. Sorta.

April 16, 2014

I’m in a weird stage of life. I’m in the latter half of my twenties, which feels strange to say because most days, I still feel like I’m 16. I’m closer to 30 than 20. Honestly, so far, I have really enjoyed my twenties. I still have a good three-and-a-half years left to enjoy them, […]

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 2

April 14, 2014

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was equal parts relaxing and busy, which is always nice. On Friday night, I spent four hours at Starbucks working on my current fiction novel with my writing partner. On Saturday, I got in a killer workout, laid out by the pool, & my mom […]

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Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

April 11, 2014

Happy Friday! This week has felt very long to me, for some reason. (I said many curse words when I woke up on Thursday morning and realized it wasn’t Friday.) But it’s been a good week and I’ve had a great start to the first few days of my DietBet. Yay! Let’s ease into the […]

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Currently in April

April 9, 2014

Feeling… worried about my poor sick pup! Over the weekend, my mom made him homemade dog treats (coconut oil cubes & “Beggin’ Strips”) because we’ve noticed he’s been having an issue with dry skin again. Currently, he gets regular oatmeal baths every 4-6 weeks and we started feeding him a grain-free pet food that’s good for […]

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 1

April 7, 2014

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the one time I was super successful with losing weight. Way back in 2007, I lost 30 lbs and felt amazing. I had been struggling with my weight ever since I hit puberty, seeing the scale dip up and up and up with every year that passed. I was never […]

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Three Things Thursday

April 3, 2014

Happy Thursday! Is it just me or is this week taking fooooorever? It’s been a long one for me, with social plans almost every night. (But all good, fun things so I can’t complain!) Lisa posted a fun “three things Thursday” post last week that I loved so much, I wanted to do the same. Enjoy! Three […]

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March Reads

April 2, 2014

I read 7 books in March! (I know, I know – I said I read 8 books in my post on Monday. I said that thinking I would finish my current book I’m reading before today, but it didn’t happen.) I’m at 19 books read total this year, so I’m on track to meet my […]

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