Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, November 16, 2012

end of week one

Week One of Medifast

I'm not going to say the first week is easy, because those first days were torture. Chase & Ad ate In N Out and I wanted to cry, then my parents took everyone to Cafe Rio and I wanted to cry some more.

But I did it. I finished one entire week. and it's just getting easier.

So I have to preface this by saying that today begins that wonderful time of the month. . so I think it's fair to say this weight isn't entirely accurate.

Total LBS lost - 5.5


I was expecting the food to be horrible, and although its not gourmet or anything, it is satisfying enough. I'll do a blog later this week on my favs.

medifast holiday treats.

Monday, November 12, 2012

medifasting. take one.

Recently we went to see our new little niece in Arizona, it was the first time I had seen my brother in law in 6 months or so. He looked like an entirely different person. He's lost 50+ pounds on Take Shape for Life (a medifast program). I was in awe, everyone around me is always trying to lose weight and I had never seen that big of a change. I grilled him about the program all weekend.

Then I come home and my sister had just barely seen her doctor who recommended and fully supports Medifast, and then I log into facebook and realize quite a few of my friends are "health coaches" with Take Shape for Life. I didn't want to do it, in fact I was saying a lot of bad things about it and joked about that it was something I would never ever stick to. . but of course-

Here we are on Day 4.

Oh, and I've lost 3 pounds.

I'll let you know how week one wraps up :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

must have apps

These are my absolute favorite and must have apps

Couch to 5k running for beginners, such a great program - tells you when to run & when to walk for each workout until you are running a 5k.

 Lose It!
Tracks calories. I use this all day long.

Shows you how to work every muscle & how to use the equiptment in the gym. This scary little muscle man shows you the exact motions. I love not feeling like an idiot in the gym. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Menu #1

Here is our menu for Oct 21st - October 27th


Leftovers :)

Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry

A's 2nd Birthday - Quesadilla Party @ Grandmas!

Lime & Coconut Chicken

Out to Eat

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

all you little runners!

I've been so depressing lately. I promise this blog will get more optimistic.

Orders going out today, look at all the 13.1 bracelets! 
You all inspire me :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

sock bun.

I wear my hair in a bun WAY too often. Probably 5 days a week. at least.
 Someday I'll have the energy to wear it down all the time, but for now - thank goodness for the sock bun.

oh. . and pretend our garage isn't full of trash. my mom had just dropped off a bunch of junk I've left at her house over the years. and I don't want to clean it up, and I probably won't until my husband makes me.

Friday, September 14, 2012

lines and lines.

There is something about straight lines & putting on an old (smaller size) pair of jeans and still having a straight line. :)

Anyway, Chase & I used to run. All. The. Time. We would strap that little baby into the jogger and run, every single night. I have absolutely no idea why we didn't start this summer, our jogger needs new tires and we just kept putting it off. I ran occasionally by myself, but I just couldn't be consistent, not without Chase pushing me like he used to.
Is mid september too late to start running in utah?
Probably so, but we're going to start anyway.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

pinterest - reverse french.


commander in chic - sally hansen 
silver glitter - sallys

Saturday, September 8, 2012

no flour, no sugar - 30 days

Have an hour and a half of free time? Of course not. No one does. But watch this anyway -

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

My mom and I are committed as of today to 30 days without flour & sugar, I'll let you know how it goes. Here's to hoping we make it to October 8th!

Friday, August 31, 2012

cancer free.

I did it. I had my face cut open and cancer sliced out.
I took a before picture in case I came out looking like a mess.

So Chase drove me to the hospital and we waited in the room while the nurse told me that the average patient is 72. I didn't need to know that. Then a nurse and student came in and my doctor told them exactly what was happening while it was happening, that's the point where I realized I should have said yes when they asked if I wanted anesthesia. So I closed my eyes and he stuck needles in my face, made a giant slit with a knife, sliced a nice chunk of skin out and showed it to me. Again, I didn't need to see that or know anything about it. Then they put a lovely eye patch on and sat us in this waiting room filled with treats. Chase took full advantage. I worried that we were going to have to do this several times before they got all the cancer out.

 After the second biopsy they called us back in, the cancer was deep and had quite the root, so it was back to the knife.
This time they cut more and I closed my eyes when they tried to show it to me. I could feel blood dripping down my face and felt the nurse wiping it off, which really just meant he was smearing it all over my face. ew.

Back to the waiting room, chase was being goofy to keep me distracted and it worked.
I'm pretty sure he was pretending to be one of the many 80 year old women we were surrounded by.

After 3 separate surgeries, the last biopsy came back negative, cancer free.
So they brought me back in, put a total of 14 stitches in my face, handed me a bunch of pain killers, and let me go.

I'm definitely feeling it today, and it sucks, but not as bad as the cancer did.
I hope it doesn't return until I'm 80.

and, in a few days I'll take this ridiculous looking tape off my face and cross my fingers that the scar isn't too bad.

Tomorrow I'm getting back on track. For some reason I think that whenever I have surgery or go through something traumatic I automatically get to eat every treat I see and that my body deserves it. I ate a HUGE sundae last night and I didn't even feel guilty. I'm not exactly sure why having my face cut up meant I needed 10,000 calories, but it did.

*update numero uno*
i. look. so. scary.
and I'm not happy about it :(

*update number 2*
thank goodness for plastic surgeons. it's getting there.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

monday weigh day

I love the gym, but I wish my family would hike with me everyday instead.

 my cute parents.
uncle luke & Adeline

anyway, today is a happy happy day.

i've been stuck at the same weight most of the week but I noticed I wasn't getting in the amount of water I needed so I made sure to get at least 64 oz a day these past couple days. oh, and guess what. I lost two pounds this week.

so I've lost a total of 8 pounds & I'm almost to that 10 pounds mark. it's so exciting.

and now onto some not so great news. .
my cancer surgery is on thursday and they are saying I can't work out for awhile.
"awhile" better mean a day or two. . this is not helpful at all.
screw skin cancer.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

skin cancer.

Today I found out I have skin cancer and will be having surgery on my face in 2 weeks.
how uncomfortable to answer the phone and to hear "Hi Michelle, I just wanted to call and let you know the biopsy came back, and it's worse than we originally thought. We need to schedule surgery."

I laughed at first because my whole life I've joked about getting skin cancer. I have red hair and freckles, the sun hates me and wants to kill me. 

Then I cried. I am too young for skin cancer. I never tan, I wear sunscreen everyday.

I know people go through a lot worse and this is the most mild, noninvasive cancer you can have. I definitely am not going to die and although I have to go to the dermatologist every few months now, it won't affect my life at all. . *considering the surgery doesn't destroy my face*. So I am super grateful that it's just a little thing, but I am sad nonetheless.

I didn't need this.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


you've all seen this floating around pinterest and many many blogs.

and we are lovers of yogurt and all things frozen in this household, so we had to try this.

so yum.

Monday, August 20, 2012

my playlist

can I preface this post by saying that I think I have pretty good taste in music?

my favs are - of monsters and men - the hush sound - sufjan stevens - lykke li - ellie goulding - marina and the diamonds - neon trees - bon iver

now with that out of the way,

heres my workout playlist as of lately. dont judge me.

Waka Flocka - Get Low
Marina & The Diamonds - Primadonna
Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
Flo Rida - Whistle
Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
Rihanna - Cake
Karmin - Hello

dont pretend you don't listen to it too.


I'm at the gym every single day, no fail. absolutely no cheating.
Even at 11:00 pm when the gym is beyond creepy


I climbed 70 flights at this view, making sure someone didn't come up behind me. That's how paranoid I am.