Monday, September 24, 2012

Our current situation + Evan's graduation pics.

Evan walked at the end of the summer semester, but won't officially get his BS in Exercise Science until this next January, after he completes his internship (which he is currently doing, along with working.)
He is interning at a PT clinic here in Rexburg, most conveniently located across the street from his place of employment! He is super busy, and doesn't get any down time all day because as soon as his shift at work ends, his internship begins, or vice versa. He's working harder than I've ever seen before, and I am so proud of him.
We will be staying in Rexburg until at LEAST next August, because a) that is when our current apartment contract ends, and, consequently b) I start my new promotion next week (Restaurant General Manager! woohoo!) and when I accepted, I promised to stay until then. Neither of us mind too much, though. Evan is actually quite ecstatic about the opportunity we have to continue working and saving money. I was a little bummed, but the new promotion made me more excited. It's strange, it seems that as far as certain routines go, I really hate change. But in this situation, I think it was the fact that this next year of work would be different than the previous is what made me not grumble about staying. It may also be that this particular change will allow me to learn and grow even more, which is something that I ALWAYS enjoy.
sidenote: I feel that most people would not think much of working at a fast food restaurant, even if it was in a managerial position, but I can honestly say that I really enjoy my job! Which may be more than a lot of people can say, so I feel really lucky. It's been so nice to work in a place where I can learn more about myself, both personally and professionally, meet new people, and have a good support system from the people above me. It's been an awesome experience, as well as a major blessing.

I spent about 2 months preparing for our families to stay with us. Mostly planning meals, because I didn't want us to have to go out as a huge group, nor expect everyone to spend money on a meal when I could easily just make the meals. They were here less than 3 days, but I have discovered that I LOVE being a hostess, and this was the largest amount of people I had ever had the opportunity to host, so I really wanted to make sure I was prepared. I love love LOVE cooking for people, and since all of us (me and Evan, his parents, my family that came) eat pretty similarly (little to no meat or dairy) it was fun showing them some of my favorite vegan recipes without them thinking I was crazy, or worse, not liking it! I even made this dessert, and everybody loved it! Even people who might have not necessarily wanted to eat it had they known what the ingredients were... :)

Evan and his parents

My niece. She may only like me because her dad and I look so much alike..
But that's okay! I'll still take it.
My  mom and sister
Our friend soul-mates,
Kurtis and Grace
Remember how Evan and I love to be so serious for pictures?

My brother, the master photographer.

might be my favorite picture of me...ever.

my mom was jealous of my bike. I love that thing!

Just received his "diploma"!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Results of the 7 Week Challenge

Today my seven weeks ended. I do have a before and after picture to share, but I will first divulge my feelings on this past seven weeks.

First of all, I technically didn't succeed. I do not have a six pack. HOWEVER, I did manage to do all of the things I had listed that I was going to do, for the whole 7 weeks. I believe that if I had been more hardcore about my workouts, I might have a solid 4 pack or something...but, I wanted to make a change that I could maintain for life, and super intense workouts is not something I would keep up on. So, I'm not bummed! I'm really proud of myself for doing all of my mini goals for the duration of the challenge.
I definitely feel like tracking my calories (!) has helped me IMMENSELY in learning how much my body needs, and what real portions look like. I think I'll still record them once in a while to make sure I'm not straying from what my body needs, but I feel confident that for the time being I can continue eating well without tracking everything. 
Eating clean wasn't too hard since vegetables are so low calorie, and in order to feel full regularly (I like that feeling...trying to learn when to stop at the 3/4 mark, but it's a work in progress) I incorporated as many as I could into my meals. I did have a "cheat" day almost each week, but I tried to keep those as a-few-extra-calories (via healthier foods) type day vs. super-crappy-food-that's-going-to-make-me-feel-awful day.
I DID stay away from dairy ice cream! and only indulged in store bought plant-based ice cream once. That makes me feel good!
I felt great with my increase of water. Drinking the liter in the morning definitely helps keep me...regular. I guess different people see different changes, I know that my sister sees a significant change in how hydrated her skin feels. Another thing that I noticed was that if I felt hungry, but drank water and waited 10-15 minutes, about half of the time I didn't feel hungry anymore! Apparently the signals your body sends for dehydration is about the same as for hunger. Interesting! 
I continue to enjoy my uphill and 6-7 mile walks. I am now listening to The Prisoner of Azkaban, and get really let down when I don't have time to go on a 2 hour walk so I can listen to it. (Seriously, those books will never get old. EVER.) I also started doing yoga this last week, and absolutely love it. I looked up poses online, followed a few sequences on youtube, and checked out a pretty basic book from the library. I've taken a few classes before, but I'm pretty sure the only ones here are at the college, and I really don't want to go to campus. I don't mind doing super basic poses at home though, because even if all I did was the breathing techniques and meditation, it would be wonderful. Yoga makes me feel so strong; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Now, for the photos. I have my official before, and official after.
Evan said in order to count, they had to be taken in the same place, same lighting, same outfit. Which completely makes sense, but it wasn't until I was taking my "after" that I realized how crappy the lighting in our bathroom is! I was kind of bummed that it wasn't looking as great as I'd hoped, so Evan told me he'd show me what I look like doing the yoga poses. That kind of cheered me up, haha. Much better lighting in our living room! So, I have some of those photos as well.



Urdhva Dhanurasana
"The Full Bridge"

"The Tree"

"Salamba Sirsasana"
I felt so awesome doing this headstand!

That is it. The post I've been thinking about every day for the last 7 weeks! It helped me stay accountable knowing that I was going to post a before/after.

More posts to come:
  • Evan's graduation, I finally got some pictures to share!