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Weekly weigh-in: Week 23

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Having this weekly post has made me realize how fast 7 days fly by! It feels like just yesterday, I was posting my last weigh-in. This week was a bit crazy in the weight loss area. I have stuck with eating within an 8 hour window. Additionally, if I am not hungry around a traditional meal time, I haven’t eaten. This may sound like common sense, but my schedule is such that I eat at pretty regular intervals (3 meals a day). This change has been good for my mindset, because now I am noticing when I am truly hungry (and then I will eat something). If I am not hungry at dinner time, I don’t eat. I continued to focus on low carb selections, but also allowed myself a treat or two.

This strategy is seemingly working, because I am down 4 pounds since last week! A bigger milestone for me is that I am in a new “decade.” What’s a decade you ask? Well it’s how I think of 10 pound increments. My weight hasn’t been this low in 2015, so I am pretty pumped! In fact, I just realized that I am down 10.5 pounds since January 1! I definitely started the year out slower than I would have liked, but I am very happy with my recent progress.

Week 23 weigh-in (June 16, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 4.0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

I am headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week, so I know I will have some beautiful hikes to report about next week!

How are your goals for 2015 going?! Are there any you wish you could re-start?!

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here! 

Weekly weigh-in: Week 22

Another week, another weigh-in! This week I am pleased to document a loss! I have continued to focus on low carb choices for lunch and dinner (within an 8 hour window). I am also consistently going to the third floor for each bathroom break (those stairs really add up!), even though I didn’t get any formal workouts in last week.

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As I mentioned last week, I want to lose 20 lbs by mid-August, and my loss this week keeps me on track to accomplish that. This week I am keeping up the momentum and focusing on portion size too. I have also considered having one meal (most likely on the weekend) that is a “treat.”

Week 22 weigh-in (June 9, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 2.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here! 

Weekly weigh-in: Week 21

Hmmm… Perhaps I should start calling these “monthly weigh-in’s”… 😉 Thanks for sticking with me through this process! Have you ever heard the sayings, “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? I have heard (or read) these phrases more times than I can count, but the sentiment never really sunk in. Until last week. My boyfriend and I had worked out a couple of times, I was trying to take the stairs regularly at work and yet my weight wasn’t decreasing at all. I think far too often I use exercising as an excuse to “indulge” in edible treats. Of course when one “indulges” regularly, it stops being a treat and turns into habit (that often continues on days when there is no exercising!). Ha.

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The rock outcropping straight ahead is Tom’s Thumb!

This week I am focusing on eating low carb foods and eating within an 8 hour window of time. The time frame method was first mentioned to me by a good friend and is kind of like “intermittent fasting,” if you are curious. So far I have been doing Noon – 8:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. and it is working for me (I am surprisingly not hungry in the mornings). While at work, I am walking outside to another building and going to the 3rd floor for my bathroom breaks, with the goal of going to the 4th floor each time next week and the 5th floor the week after that. I am trying to take small steps daily (both literally and figuratively!) that will add up to the results I want.

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State Capitol Series – Phoenix, AZ

It’s hard to believe that almost two years ago we moved from Kansas to Arizona. Having lived in Topeka (the state capitol of Kansas) for almost 10 years, I was excited to move to another state capitol! We technically live in Tempe, but Phoenix (and the state capitol building) are only about 20 minutes from our house. Of course it took us almost a year to visit and tour the capitol.

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The capitol only does guided tours for groups of 10 or more, so we opted for the self-guided tour. I should clarify that the part we visited is technically the “Arizona Capitol Museum.”

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Weekly Weigh-in: Week 17

Hello, and thanks for dropping in for my weekly weigh-in! This past week went well! I did a good job of sticking with low carb selections and didn’t have any sweets (!!!). For those of you familiar with Atkins, I am not doing strict “induction,” because I have allowed myself a potato item here and there. I only had one meal that I consider “bad” and that was when I indulged in some tortilla and pita chips and dip. Otherwise, I have focused on veggies and protein. The mindset I mentioned last week of focusing on making good decisions each day is working well! I definitely need to get more exercise into my routine, so that is what I will be focusing on next.

Week 17 weigh-in (May 5, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since April 28): 3.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

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Live music and a free burrito

Happy Wednesday friend! I hinted at another concert post last week, but it has taken me some time to get this past weekend documented (my apologies!). On Friday, my boyfriend and I saw the country group Reckless Kelly at Harold’s Cave Creek Coral.

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We had missed Reckless Kelly when they came through AZ in August, so when we saw they were coming back through the area we grabbed tickets. Harold’s is a restaurant, bar and live music venue that is about an hour north of where we live. Harold’s had three ticket options: VIP reserved seating (3 rows), reserved general admission seating (3 rows) and general admission (standing). We “splurged” and got the reserved general admission seating and ended up being 4 rows from the stage!

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The crowd was a little more subdued than I expected (not much standing or dancing), so we had a great view of the stage all night long! Reckless Kelly just released their 8th album, so they have tons of materials to choose from. The show was very high energy and entertaining! I especially enjoyed the lead guitarist – he was GREAT!

The stage was set up outside of the bar and it really wasn’t crowded at all. Plus, the AZ spring time weather was perfect. I would highly recommend catching a show at Harold’s just make sure to wear your jeans and cowboys boots! 😉

The fun continues HERE!

State Capitol Series – Helena, MT

Now that I have finally started documenting our state capitol travels (see my Madison, WI post here), I can’t stop re-living all of our trips in my mind! Today I am excited to write about our trip to Helena, Montana.

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Last October (2014), we traveled to Montana because my boyfriend presented at a conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Let me start by saying that Missoula was an absolutely adorable town! We used airbnb to find a charming place to stay, enjoyed their First Friday Art walk and had the best pizza of our lives at Biga Pizza. Although this post is NOT sponsored by the Montana Visitors Bureau, I wish it was, because we would totally go back and visit!

Click here to read my full recap!

Alabama Shakes // 04.08.2015

Ever the supporter of my goals, my boyfriend got us tickets to an Alabama Shakes concert for Valentine’s Day. The group came through Arizona on their way to Coachella and played at The Marquee concert venue in Tempe. The show was last week and we had a blast!

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We had never been to The Marquee, so it was fun to see a new venue. The Allah-Las opened for them and while I generally enjoy opening acts, these guys didn’t stand out to me (I had to do quite a bit of searching to even know what group they were, because they never mentioned it when they were on stage!).

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2015 1st Quarter Goal Review

Hello friend! Can you believe that the first 3 months of 2015 have already passed? I want to take this chance to look back and see what progress I have made towards my 2015 Goals so far (and to look at what I need to focus on over the next 3 months).

A quick note before I dive in… My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing. The “successes” and “areas of improvements” sections are my recaps of the progress made towards my mini goals.

Sunflower Paperie blog 2015 goal review

2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

Successes: Product feature on Sage Grayson Coaching and participating in the Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour. I feel like both of these items helped me reach new audiences and I loved getting to work with other creative entrepreneurs. I have also been posting regularly here, so I am happy with the community that is developing in this space.

Areas of improvement: Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my “to do” list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my “weekly” newsletter.

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

Successes: Weighing in here weekly.

Areas of improvement: Well, basically everything. I have been weighing in here each week, but I haven’t made my health / wellness a priority (thus I haven’t seen any results!). I have a whole list of excuses that I could share, but the bottom line is that I need to get focused (and stop making excuses, haha). I have been thinking of some additional tracking tools that will help me focus and plan to share those with you next week.

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Weekly weigh-in: Week 10

Last week was spring break at work and I was lucky enough to spend the week in Chicago with a great group of students. While I had a great time on the trip (and was pretty active hiking around the city), I was definitely unfocused regarding my diet. This week happens to include my birthday (which I seem to be celebrating all week long!) so this week isn’t off to the best start either. I am trying to make good food decisions as much as I can, but also cutting myself a break when I enjoy a treat.

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McDowell Regional Park – Scenic Trail

Week 10 weigh-in (March 17, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 2+ 

I am counting my time in Chicago as 1+ hikes! 🙂 We also did a 4.5 mile hike on Friday after we picked Hank up from being boarded. We returned to McDowell Mountain Regional Park and hiked the “Scenic Trail.” The trail was appropriately named, because after a brief elevation change, the view was amazing! Plus, since it was a weekday, we had the trail to ourselves.

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McDowell Regional Park – Scenic Trail

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Thanks to being in Chicago, I logged lots of steps each day, resisted soda and drank lots of water.

Areas of improvement: Getting more activity in – going to the gym after work. Focusing on low carb eating, especially during the work week (make my breakfasts and lunches ahead of time).

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