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Style Encore Finds

I am pretty addicted to Style Encore and Chris asked if I wanted to stop by today. I wasnt going to go, but he took me by. Iwasnt planning on buying anything, but I found a few things I couldn’t pass up.

I have been wanting a pair of booties with fringe and I saw these and couldn’t pass them up. They were only $10!!

You can’t have too many flannels. I didn’t try this on until I got home and it was too small, but I will wear a shirt under it and leave it open until I get my reduction surgery.

I wasn’t going to get this, but when I went to the register, I had $10 off $50 and I was $10 short, so I got this for almost free. You can wear it as a cowl neck or kind of off the shoulder. I thought it was different.

I liked this because it was long and could be worn with leggings or jeans and a scarf. I like long sweaters that aren’t too chunky and heavy. I also liked this because it isn’t my usual black.

Not pictured: old navy skinny jeans. I am still losing weight, but I found a pair of dark wash skinny jeans that fit tightly but are comfortable. I like to wear tighter jeans with long sweaters and boots. I also love dark wash jeans. They are so versatile.

Let me see some of your fall finds!

Food

Nutrisystem Hacks

I was going to include some of my “hacks” in my other post, but I thought it would be better to make a separate post.

These are just a few things I have been doing or have found through my first few days

I have used 0 calorie hot sauce for some of the more bland meals to give it some spice. Sauces and herbs that are 10 calories or less are allowed on this program

I used to sell Beachbody and one of the programs was the 21 Day Fix, which is a portion control program. I use my veggie containers from that program for my veggies, that way I know exactly how much I can have and I can just store them in the fridge until I need them.

This is a recipe for unlimited soup for the program. I have not made it yet, but you are able to have as much as you want on the program, especially during Turbo week when you may get hungry. I may use this for the following weeks.

For those of you on Nutrisystem, what are some of your “hacks”?

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Nutrisystem Update

I am four days in to my Turbo Takeoff with Nutrisystem. I have have been hungry, had headaches, felt fine, didn’t feel hungry… it has been a rollercoaster. Let me break down a typical Turbo day.

First off, the calories are low for the week, which is hard. The intake is around 1000 or so. Also, 64 Oz of water is a MUST! There have been times where the water is what got me through hunger pangs.

Breakfast: a Nutrisystem entree. This can include a muffin, oatmeal, etc. I try to eat around the same time every day. I have been eating breakfast at around 7.

AM snack- Nutrisystem Shake. You can get chocolate or vanilla. I chose chocolate. You mix the shake with 8 Oz of water and ice. I have just been doing water and it actually tastes pretty good.

Lunch- Nutrisystem entree and veggies. You get 4 helpings of veggies a day. You can split your veggies how you want. I do two at lunch and two at dinner. Next week when I get in to the real 1200 calorie diet, I will switch up how I do the veggies.

PM snack- Curb bar. These are bars with chocolate and peanut butter. Not bad, but definitely not a “candy” bar.

Dinner- Nutrisystem entree and veggies

The plan for Turbo week has 4 servings of veggies, but you can have as many veggies as you want with the exception of starchy veggies like potatoes, corn and peas.

So far it hasn’t been too bad. Some of the food hasn’t been the best, but I have also had some meals that were pretty good. I haven’t had anything that was horrible. I weighed myself on Tuesday and I had lost 2 pounds. I weighed myself in the morning yesterday and I gained a pound back, but by evening I lost it again. From now on, I am going to try to only weigh myself every week or every few days. I dont want to psych myself out.

Beauty

Wal- Mart Haul

I have always been a name brand girl, but since becoming a parent, I have started looking for cheaper options. I am addicted to Style Encore and Clothes Mentor, but I passed a cute top at Wal Mart the other day and decided to look on the website last night. Did you know they sell high end brands on the site? I saw a Kate Spade purse and some other nicer brands, so I started looking through the clearance and found some awesome deals for fall. Hopefully the quality is good, but if not, I can just go back and return them.

Found this cute kimono for $13.99 . It also came in maroon and gray.

This was $10.99 . It came in several other colors. I plan on wearing it with leggings and boots by itself or with the mustard cardigan I found (see below).

This was the most expensive of what I bought. It was $21.99, but I had to get it. I have been wanting a mustard colored cardigan for a long time. There are so many options. I can wear it with the dress above or with serveral other options. I am short and I know longer cardigans are a fashion no-no, but fashion rules are rules I dont mind breaking 🙂

This was $10.00. I thought it would be good with the kimono or the cardigan I bought or by itself. I like to get items that will go with several things.

This was $9.58. This is one I hope is good quality. I love long, chunky sweaters with jeans and boots.

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Nutrisystem Journey

I decided to try Nutrisystem to try to lose some weight. It is expensive and I don’t have a job right now, but I am tired of Chris wanting to eat junk for dinner every night, so I am doing Nutrisystem and he can eat his fast food. I can’t stand how I look and feel right now.

My food for the first week came today and I spent some time preparing for next week.

This is what the box looks like. It came with a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, curb bars, and shakes.

After I opened the box, I wrote down what each meal came with for the week. Once I try each thing, I am going to write a smiley or sad face next to it so I know what I like and don’t like.

After I opened the box and wrote everything down, I cleared a shelf in the pantry. I put each meal in a separate box and then left the snacks, shakes and bars to the side. I can just grab what I need without having to sort through everything.

This is going to be hard because I love food and this first week of the program is supposedly the hardest, but it will be worth it if I can stay focused and keep with it . Keep following my blog to see updates.

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Marshall’s/Style Encore Haul

I am totally obsessed with Style Encore and Clothes Mentor, so I had a little shopping spree this past weekend…I also went to Marshall’s.

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Loved this pencil skirt. I have worn it with a plain black shirt and a statement necklace. It would be perfect for work.

Just a plain pink shift dress to throw on and go. It can be dressed up or worn with a jean jacket.

I dont usually wear strapless, so I wore this with a navy cardigan, but I love it when I can find maxis that aren’t too long! Only problem is this had a built in bra and those are a pain for busty girls like me, so I woll probably cut the elastic material out from the inside.

Marshall’s

This is a fun skirt it is a high- low skirt with a tie in front and a ruffle at the bottom. I will wear just a solid colored shirt with it.

Thought this was a fun skirt. It even has pockets! I love pockets.

Other new stuff

I got this from a boutique I frequent online. The girl who owns it is from my town and we went to high school together, but she lives in a different state now. This has pockets too! I love her clothes. Check her out on Facebook at Freakin’ Penny Boutique!

I bought these shoes to wear to a wedding. I don’t want to wear flip flops, but I can’t wear heels anymore, so these were perfect.

Love my dress I got to wear to the wedding. I love lace and it isn’t too dressy, which is perfect since it isn’t a formal wedding.

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Micah’s Arrival

This post doesn’t really fit under the 4 Bs of my blog, but I thought I would post about the arrival of my newest son, Micah.

On June 25, my husband, Chris left for work at 5:30am. I had been feeling pain when I slept over the past few weeks, so I didn’t think anything of it. After he left, I got up to sit in the recliner to relieve some of my pain. The pain didn’t subside when Eli got up, despite me trying to occupy him (and myself) with a movie. I finally called Chris and asked if he could come home. By the time he made the half hour drive home, I was in pretty good pain. I had our bags ready and we loaded Eli and our dog, Dolly in the car. We took Eli to my parents’ where my mom had a family friend waiting to watch Eli while she worked for the day and we took our dog to my grandma’s (my mom doesn’t like indoor animals, so we always take the dog to my grandma’s).

We arrived at the hospital at about 8am and the nurses had me checked and I was at 4cm already. They hooked me up to my iv and started getting everything ready for an epidural. By 9, my contractions were heavy and very close. I was 7cm by this time and wanted that epidural! The anesthesiologist came in with everything for the epidural. I scared the poor guy because I was LOUD! Micah was much more painful than Eli! He gave me a small dose for the epidural because I am small in stature – 5’1 and 126 (before pregnancy). I was not feeling the pain subside at all, so he was going to give me another dose, but my doctor came in and said, “nope, we are pushing now.” By this time it was about 9:30- 9:45. I was not wanting to push because I was afraid I would have to go hours with no pain relief, but I just went with it and started pushing. At 10:14 Micah was born, so I only had to go 20-30 minutes of pain. If I had known how fast the labor was going to be, I would have not had the epidural because I basically didn’t have one anyway, but oh well.

Micah is two weeks old now and he is such a joy. Eli has adjusted well to being a big brother and loves helping me with bottles and getting things for me when I ask him. He is such a help. I am so blessed to be a boymom and happy with how everything went despite having a different doctor deliver Micah. Both my doctors for both pregnancies were amazing and I love them!