Progress, recent eats and a workout

Hi friends!  How are you?

Things for me have been chugging right along.  My weeks have been pretty uneventful except for a couple of fun things that have been going on…Last weekend we went to go see Wicked (it was AMAZING) and this weekend my mom came to Chicago.  The highlight of the trip was a painting class we took yesterday:

ImageIn case it’s not obvious (which I’m sure it’s not), we were taught how to paint peacocks.  However, Bryan had his own idea of what he wanted to paint:

ImageThere may or may not have been people giggling as we were taking this photo.  I told him that the black stuff on the butt of the duck looks like poop to which he replied “NO! those are his balls”  ::sigh::

Anyway, in terms of my pregnancy, I have been making quite a bit of progress in the belly department…

ImageImageImageI still feel pretty awful which means I’m still eating pretty awful so I’m sure that accounts for a portion of the fatness protrusion in my midsection.  It doesn’t help that I typically take these photos later in the afternoon when the bloat is at an all time high but you get the point!

Here is a brief look at some of the things I’ve been eating.  As you will see, my meals are not very healthy but for the most part, they aren’t completely terrible either.

ImageFrench toast with strawberries, organic agave and a side of egg whites

ImageSteak salad with romaine, avocado, bleu cheese, tomato and homemade dressing (olive oil, juice from the steak and chipotle peppers in adobo)

ImageGrilled goat cheese with strawberries and arugula + a side of salad

ImageMy personal favorite lately: twice baked sweet potatoes with turkey bacon, fat free sour cream, tomatoes, scallions and cheese <—Heaven!

I have still been keeping up with my workouts (although they have been scaled back A LOT) and I thought I would share today’s workout since it was a goodie!  If you try this out feel free to kick this up or down a notch — however you see fit 🙂

I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by 2 rounds of this:


For the Russian twists, squat jacks and KB swings, I used a 25 pound kettleball.  Also, the rope arm exercises got me really tired, I forgot how hard those things are!!!

And just because, here are a couple of wiener dog photos:

First, I saw this lamp at World Market today and I almost bought it (maybe later!?!?!)

ImageMore importantly, my poopsies:

ImageHope you guys enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening!!!

Do you have Monday off?

I don’t 😦

Oh you fancy, huh?

Sun-daaay FUN-daaay = Miserable Monday

Happy Sunday, ‘errbody!  I hope you all are having the type of awesome Sunday that makes for a miserable Monday.  As for me, I’ve got a rough week at work ahead of me so I took it easy and rearranged/added some things around the house.  Whenever I do the decorating thing, I feel super fancy (because I’m totally not).  I thought I would share because you know, the internet.

My bar cart didn’t have any fun decorations on it so I made a quick run to Pier One to sass it up a bit


Here’s a closer look at the top & bottom shelves.  The top shelf has the frog and candle combo that I picked up from Pier One (the bottom shelf consists of items I scrounged from around the house).






I just realized that it might have been helpful to include the “before” photos…but I’m an amateur so I’m sure you forgive me.

Anyway, after tackling the bar cart, I moved onto the coffee table.  All that was there before was a little tray for the remotes and the books.  I left the books and bought a new tray plus the vase and the bird.  In case you didn’t notice, I am very festive which explains the little pumpkins in the vase.





And finally, I am going to eventually frame this picture that I took to hang up in my bedroom.  We’ve got a couple of black and white photos of Chicago already hanging up so this will fit in perfectly!



That’s all folks!!!

Any home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to tackle?

-I’ve got a ton of empty frames that I’ve been meaning to fill and hang up but ugh, that takes too much energy.


My mini-goals and a MAJOR photo dump

Happy Tuesday peeps.  I have been TERRIBLE about getting my ass to the gym.

My IT band has been bothering me along with my ankle (STILL!) so it has been a struggle to get myself to the gym knowing that I can’t run.  Today, it made me realize that I need a few mini-goals to get myself re-motivated so here they are:

1) STOP feeling sorry for myself about being injured and START doing something about it.  So my goal is to focus on low impact weight lifting, spinning, swimming and doing the elliptical.

2) Do a better job of meal planning (mainly, lunches).  Lately I have been scrounging around for food to bring to work and end up feeling unsatisfied after eating.

3) Live in the moment!  I often find myself being so consumed with my “list” that I lose sight of what life is all about.  STOP IT.

And now for the fun part!!! PHOTO DUMP (I know you guys are so excited, stop frontin’)

Last weekend (Memorial Day), the weather was nothing to write home about but we did get out on Sunday and that was nice.

ImageAnd then a SERIOUS game of Jenga commenced.



Followed by a little rooftop action and a game of Parcheesi.

Hello Michigan Avenue!



ImageThen this past weekend, it was time for some BFF action with my high school sweetheart who now lives in NYC with her husband.

Friday, we went to the Rolling Stones concert and it was AMAZING!

The stage:



Guys, Mick Jagger is SO SKINNY!Image



This is us after the concert, clearly sober.Image


The next day, we went to the bean, walked through an art festival, had brunch and went to a music festival that got rained out.  Here’s a couple pictures from Saturday.


ImageIt truly was an amazing weekend, the only thing missing was our friend Iveline who lives in Paris.  We miss you Iveline!!!!

Anyway, after my fun-filled weekend, yesterday, my husband and I decided to hit up the free concert in the park.




SEE, I told you it was a major photo dump!!!

Anyone have any unforgettable memories/weekends/nights/events of late?

Mine was definitely the Rolling Stones concert!  Thanks again Rachelle & Michael!