Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everyone! This week has been CRAZY to say the least. We've celebrated the 100th Day of School and Valentine's Day... and today is the start of February Break! I cannot wait for a week off with my girls! Let's go ahead & call that the first favorite of my week :) 

Last Thursday night, our Varsity team competed at the county tournament & brought home another title! We were so nervous to defend our title, but they were amazing! Almost as amazing as this group of coaches that I work with every day! Love them so much. 

Now... if you've been reading for awhile, you know that Chick-Fil-A is my favorite. We're getting one here this spring, but until then I have to get my fill when I visit my parents in Virginia. Well... my brother-in-law happened to be traveling for work last week & brought me home this! He is my favorite human being. I didn't even realize they sold tubs of Chick-Fil-A sauce! I've been dipping my chicken at home & even though it isn't the same as, it's still delish! 

I saw this quote on Miss Fifth's Instagram this week & it really stuck with me. Teaching special education, I see my kids get down on themselves a lot because they know they aren't keeping up with their peers. This spoke so loudly to me. It isn't about what you have & what you can do. It's about how you treat people. #preach 

Ok, another food item to share! These Trader Joe's Churro Sticks are amazing! Totally delicious. Crunchy & sweet. I love having them as my "dessert" after lunch because a serving is only 120 calories but they leave me satisfied. 

My favorite outfit of the week was this... 

Remember when I used to share outfit pics all the time? Well... when you get dressed at school every morning they kinda fall by the wayside. (Also... I need to find a room with better lighting.) But, I got ready at home on this day & loved this outfit so I thought I'd share :) 

Getting pictures from Miss Jennie is my favorite! I love seeing what Livy & Moo are up to all day long. This is from their Valentine's Day party on Wednesday. Livy loved her hat! 

And speaking of Valentines... 

 These two were mine! Eric got me flowers, a magazine, a card & a sea salt soak for the tub. I got him steak & beer. We know each other well! 

The girls are headed off to Grandma Nancy's, so Eric & I are going out to dinner with friends tonight. The rest of my weekend will be spent at cheerleading, the gym, or cleaning without kids on top of me. I'm very much looking forward to some downtime. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend too! 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How I Take Care of Myself

This year, I've made it a huge priority to take better care of myself. I think teachers & moms get so involved taking care of other people all day long, they often forget to take care of themselves. So, a teacher/mom like myself can really let herself go. Here are a few things I do to take care of myself... 

Sleep - I need sleep. I am not a person who can get 5 hours & be ok. I'm just not. I require 8 hours a night, which means I go to bed by 10 & am up by 6. When I don't get 8 hours, I feel it & it totally affects my mood. 

Exercise - I can't believe I'm typing this, but I am a morning work out person now! I sleep in my workout clothes and roll into my school's weight room to work out by 7:15 each morning. That gives me a solid 45 minutes to work out and then another 15 to get myself ready for work. We have plenty of weights, machines, & cardio equipment to keep me happy and you can't beat the convenience! I love sitting down at my desk at 8:15 knowing that my exercise ring is already closed! 

On non-school days, I go to a local gym & will either use the machines or take a class. I am so much more consistent on school days though because I get totally distracted by life on weekends & days off! 

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Healthy(ish) Eating - So, I love things that are bad for me, but I also like to look good in a swim suit. For that reason, I track my calories daily, but don't freak out if I am going to dinner or a student brings in a treat. (Like today, when a student brought me a heart shaped donut!) I try to follow the 80/20 rule and not stress about it. I do track my macros loosely - mainly to keep my carbs in check! 

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Saying No - Ugh... this is hard for me, but I am getting better! I have started saying no to things. It's going a long way to lower my stress levels & increasing my free time. We are so overscheduled during cheerleading season that I really have to protect my time with my family, which is why we don't go to every birthday party, girls night out, or PTA event. 

Other little things... I drink a ton of water. I walk, walk, walk & track my steps. I wear my Apple Watch to monitor my activity - because some days I'm a slug & don't even know it. I turn off my phone while I make dinner & eat dinner with my kids. 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Celebrating One Month Donut Free

Hi, my name is Bri & I have a donut problem. Actually, I have a sweets problem. It's inherited. We can blame my mother for this one. 

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So going into the new year, I promised myself that I was going to dedicate the month of January to my health. I was going to focus on eating healthier, getting more sleep, drinking more water, and exercising more often. (I know, I'm an original.) Now that it's February 1st, I'm happy to report that I actually did it! 

Here are a few of my January accomplishments:

  • I didn't eat any donuts. 
  • I completed 23 workouts & it would've been more without snow days! 
  • I walked/ran 137.5 miles. 
  • Stayed within my calorie goal 28/31 days. 
  • I've lost 3 pounds.
  • My pants with zippers fit comfortably again! 
Most importantly, I feel good. Not jiggly, not sluggish, not sleepy. I just feel good. And that's why I'm so excited to keep it going! Here are my goals for February:
  • Complete 25 workouts
  • Stay within my macros 15 days of the month. (This is SO hard for me. I'm staying within my daily calories, but my macros are hard.) 
  • Keep my sugar intake down - aka still no donuts :) 
  • Be able to do 10 real push ups. 
I'll be keeping you all posted on my progress! Thanks as always for all the support you give me! 
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