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Fit Friday : Week 3

In this week’s installment, we ask if walking for 20ish minutes a day is enough to counteract three visits to a certain coffee chain that had a certain drink as a Happy Hour item, plus a few other visits to fast food places.

Spoiler alert, the answer is no, no it’s not.

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This week’s change : +2.8 pounds (how is that even physically possible?!?)

Overall change : -2.8 pounds


The good:

  • I definitely was more active this week than usual. I went on walks daily, and my legs were sore, so I feel like that was a good indication that I wasn’t just casually strolling.

The not-so-good:

  • Everything else, yet again. I’m still reeling over that number…

I know that my eating habits are not great, but I guess this week and last week have shown me just how poorly I eat when I don’t track my food, meal plan, or, uh, grocery shop. I also definitely haven’t had enough water.

I’ve had a hard time being motivated to eat healthier and take care of myself. I don’t know if it is tiredness or what, but I just have this attitude of “I don’t care” lately. I need to sit down and figure out what my goals are and why I want to lose weight. I need to make my “whys” stronger than the desire to eat whatever sounds good at the moment and daily coffee shop visits.

Goals for next week:

  • Start from scratch. Figure out what I’m trying to accomplish, set goals – little and big, and make a plan for my meals, exercise, and health for this upcoming week.

Anyone want to share what keeps them motivated to stick with eating healthy?

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Amber Can Read : May 2017

Another linkup? Don’t mind if I do!

Amber Can Read

I’m a librarian and my job is to just sit and read all day.


I’m a librarian and people think my job is to just sit and read all day. File that under “misconceptions about my profession”. The truth is, I read a lot less than I used to. I can’t imagine what has changed in my life in the last year that has cut into my reading time…

I love to read, so I decided to join a linkup that I found recently where people share the books they’ve read in the last month. I’m starting to find that posting about things I want to achieve helps keep me more accountable, so I hope that this will help me read more books instead of scrolling through social media or other time wasters!

Alright, now that the long intro is out of the way, let’s get to it! This linkup occurs on the second Tuesday of the month, so I’ll be posting about what I’ve read from that day to the second Monday of the next month. Yep, I felt like everyone needed to know that…

Books Read This Month : 4

Books 1 and 2 : A Picnic with Monet and Dancing with Degas both by Julie Merberg – One of my co-workers gave Charlotte a set of board books called the Mini Masters Boxed Set. It included four books about famous artists, and each of those books features their art and rhyming narrative. These are such a neat way to introduce Charlotte to art (and let’s be honest, they taught me a few things too!). We read these one morning while she was eating breakfast. We need to read the other two in the set!

Book 3  : Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – I don’t really know anything about him other than the commercials he did for Chrysler (and I totally had to look up what car company it was…see how memorable those ads were for me…). I’ve never seen his whole “Hot Pockets” thing, but he referred to it approximately 3,000 times in this book. The only thing he talked about more was how many children he and his wife have. I read this book because I was going to participate in an online book club where I post my favorite quote on Instagram, but I didn’t enjoy this book at all and had a hard time finding a favorite quote. Needless to say, I won’t be joining that book club!

Book 4 : A New Hope : The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken – Oh. My. Goodness. I know everyone in my life is probably sick of me talking about this book, but I really, really liked it! It’s a novelization of Star Wars Episode IV (the first film released but not the first film in the series). It’s written more the juvenile/young adult audience, but I think that helped me understand it even better! Those of you who know me in real life know that my husband likes Star Wars just a little bit. I, on the other hand, have always been a little confused by it. This book helped me clear up some of the confusion, and I was sad when it was over. I’m also sad that she hasn’t written books about the other two films in the original trilogy. Come on, Alexandra! I highly recommend this one!

Has anyone read anything good lately? Let me know so I can add them to my Goodreads list!

Linking up with Steph and Jana

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Glossies Made Me Do It : May 2017

Back in March, I participated in a cool linkup called “Glossies Made Me Do It.” I completely missed it last month, so I’m glad to be back at it!


This month’s post is a little boring, but it’s also practical. Our car insurance company sends out a magazine, and I flipped through it at lunch today. One of the articles in it talked about discounts that the company offers. I won’t mention the name of the company, but here’s a clue…



After reading that, I wondered if there were any other discounts that we could get each month. I looked through their website and found that they offer a bundle discount if you use them for your car and home coverage. Since we do, I had to ask about it!

Sadly, it’s not offered in our state for some strange reason, but I did see the other discounts that we receive each month. I would’ve never thought about looking at this if I hadn’t read that article and wanted to find something to post about for this linkup. Maybe I should try these money saving tips more often…

Linking up with Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag and Ashley @ Happy, Pretty Sweet

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Fit Friday : Week 2

Time for another check-in!

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You know how last week was a good start for my weight loss plan? Let’s just say this week was…not great.

This week’s change : +1 pound

Overall change : -5.5 pounds

So what happened? Honestly, I just got off to a bad start this week and never got myself back on track. I ate really poorly, didn’t pack lunches, didn’t drink enough water, and didn’t get enough sleep – which caused me to want sugary coffee drinks.


The good:

  • I did go for a walk a couple of times this week. I think that helped me only gain a pound as opposed to what I thought I would gain.

  • My husband will sometimes make coffee drinks for us in the mornings (we call it Willbucks hahaha). One day this week, he made my coffee, and it was delicious and healthier than normal! I was so excited because I had been drinking very blah coffee, and Amber needs her good coffee!!

The not-so-good:

  • Basically everything else. Seriously. I fell hard this week!

Goals for next week:

  • Go to bed at a decent time – being tired makes me want to eat more junk and drink more coffee drinks. Plus, when I’m tired, I don’t have the energy or willpower to make healthy food, track what I eat, or exercise.

  • Repeat my goals from last week – hit water goals, prep lunches, and try a recipe from my clean eating Pinterest board


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Currently : May 2017


Baking: Nothing! I wanted to make banana bread a couple of weekends ago, but I couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t involve 435 ingredients.

Listening (to): Boy bands from my teenage years. All of the “It’s Gonna Be May” memes lately have made me miss N’SYNC!

Loving: All of the new things that Charlotte is discovering how to do and how her personality is really starting to develop. She’s been full of kisses lately too, which I really love!!

Planting: Ideas in my head about projects…okay, that one was a bit of a stretch! I (eventually) want to plant a garden with just watermelon…sweet, delicious, wonderful watermelon…

Remembering: To write things down in my planners and on my desk task pad at work. I can’t be trusted to rely on my brain anymore!

Linking up with Anne in Residence and NY Foodie Family

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Fit Friday : Week 1

Woo hoo, it’s time for my first Fit Friday check-in!

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This week’s change : -6.6 pounds!!

Overall change: -6.6 pounds

The first week’s loss when you start eating healthier is always so exciting!

The good:

    • I didn’t hit my water goals everyday, but I drank at least 64 oz. a day!


    • I planned out all of my lunches! I didn’t eat what I brought one day (see below), but I can live with that. I need a little more variety next week though!


    • I tracked every single bite of food or sip of drink that I consumed. MyFitnessPal can be a little judgmental (“you were supposed to stay under that amount of sugar for the day”), so it made me stop and consider what I was about to eat or drink before I partook.


  • I measured my food and serving sizes. I know you’ve probably heard this hundreds of millions of times, but what we eat and what an actual serving size is are pretty far apart. I’ll admit, there were a couple of times that I thought I’d still be hungry afterwards, but for the most part, I wasn’t.

The not-so-good:

    • My goals for the week included not going to any restaurants or coffee shops. I did go to a certain coffee chain a couple of times this week, and I had two restaurant meals – one after Charlotte’s checkup on Monday and the other was one day when I couldn’t handle eating my prepared lunch again. Both times I made better decisions than I have in the past though, so this is a half win.


  • We still ate some processed things that we had in the freezer. My eventual goal is to not have these items in our house.

Favorite meal this week:

Pizza eggs! I saw someone on Facebook talk about them, and I was intrigued. Basically, I just cut up a piece of chicken sausage and sauteed it with frozen peppers and onions. Then, I fried two eggs in coconut oil. I put the sausage, pepper, and onions on top of the eggs, then put marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella on top of everything. It was so good! The main key was that I only put a serving of sauce and cheese instead of it being a free-for-all. I also didn’t really taste the cheese, so I might leave it off next time.

Goals for next week:

    • Keep drinking enough water and aim for more days of hitting my goal (everyday would be the ultimate win!)


    • Meal prep lunches but with two different meals this time.


  • Try a recipe from my clean eating Pinterest board. I’m leaning towards a dinner or snack recipe since those are the two areas that are my biggest problems.

If you’re working on getting healthier, let me know how your week was or if you have any tips or recipes you’d like to share!