Saturday, June 22, 2013

day 2 and starting stats

If you're anything like me, you're reading this post from the comfort of your bed where you haven't had to fully open both eyes yet.  At least, trolling Bloglovin from the warmth of my bed is how I like to wake up on a Saturday morning!

As promised, I've got my starting stats below but first you'll have to get through my update for Day 2.

Day 2 Updates

Well Day 2 didn't quite get off to the start that I had hoped for.  I planned on waking up early, getting a run in, studying, yada yada yada.  

Instead, I slept in until 10am, skipped my early workout, went to the DMV and then a movie.  But there was (and still is!) a lot of studying!

Okay, on to the food -

10am - egg cup and fiber drink
10:30am - banana and spark
12:30pm - deli turkey, hummus, carrots and celery
2:00pm - movie theater popcorn (very small amount), Think Thin bar
7:00pm - classic turkey club (no cheese!) and sweet potato fries

Probably have averaged around 80 oz of water... much better than Day 1, so I'll take that small victory!

And because I skipped my morning run I was going to do Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred before climbing into bed but instead read almost all the posts on yesterday's wedding link up. Oops!

Starting Stats

When I did the cleanse for the first time in March, I recorded my info on a note in my phone at the beginning and at the end.  For comparison's sake, here you go:

I must have not updated the weight loss because clearly I lost 12 lbs... oops! I think the 7 lbs was during the "cleanse phase".

In the two months since the cleanse, I've basically yo-yo'ed within a 4-lb range.  I've been stuck between 135 and 139 pretty consistently.  I blame a few things: weddings, end of school celebrations, lack of grocery shopping, fast food, inconsistent workouts.  But despite this I'm actually pretty proud that I kept a lid on my weight.  That's the longest I've been at a "healthy" weight since high school probably.  Usually I just get serious about losing, reach a goal, and then it all goes out the window!

Without further ado, here are my stats as of Thursday morning when I started:

Weight 137.4 lb
Left Arm 11
Right Arm 11
Bust 33
Waist 28
Hips 35.5
Left Thigh 23
Right Thigh 23.5
Left Calf 15
Right Calf 15

And here are the before pics:

L-O-V-E LOVE LOVE these shorts from Walmart.  And only $5.  Can't be that with a stick!

Please ignore the dirty mirror. And my sunburn. Apparently 23 minutes in the sun without sunscreen does that to me but the pictures honestly make it MUCH worse! I do NOT match that swimsuit hanging off to the left - PROMISE!!

All in all, pretty consistent from 2 months ago.  By the end of this challenge I would like to be in the 120's (even if it is just 129.9) and have lost 5 inches total.  Since I'm adding in workouts this time around, I think it's possible!

Any suggestions along the way to stay motivated?


PS - If you made it this far, you're probably reading this while I'm at my first day of clinicals.  Please consider sending me some good nurse vibes!! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

cleanse & weddings & kimye, oh my!

Let's just get something out of the way first. Reports are coming in that Kimye's baby finally has a name and that name is...

North West.

Seriously? Is that a joke? Was Kim so delirious on meds and hormones that she actually went along with Kanye's cockamamie idea? Do they think they've got the next Blue Ivy on their hands??  Hopefully this is another faulty media report (much like Kaidence) but I've got a feeling that this is the real deal.

Kim, when she comes to her senses about the name choice. I hope E! captures it all on camera for us!

Alright, on to other things!

I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge again yesterday! Feeling pretty good about Day 1 but not fabulous.  Here's the breakdown:

5:30a - chug the fiber drink while getting ready
6:15a - drink Spark and eat an egg cup while on the road to school (drive takes about 1.5 hours with traffic)
7:00a - banana
11:30a - spark and Think Thin bar on the road back to Houston
12:30p - hummus, baby carrots, celery slices
6:30p - Starbucks protein bistro box (minus the cheese) and a tall unsweetened passion tea lemonade

I drank about 60 oz of water throughout the day.  Based on my weight, I should drink closer to 70 oz.

I went to Pure Barre yesterday afternoon as well. That's one thing I'm focusing on doing differently this time around - exercise.  The first time I did the cleanse it was right after my wreck and I couldn't work out with my broken hand.  Now I'd like to actually eat more and work out.
check out my keek from PB today (caitmregan)

Today should be an easy day to stay on track because I don't have to go to school or clinicals.  But Saturday will be a different story.  It's my first day at clinicals and it will be a long one - 7a to 7p.  I'm not sure what the policy is about drinks on the floor so I'm anticipating struggling with my water intake too.

That's a lot of cleanse talk, so I'll post my starting stats later on.  I'm trying to blog everyday during the cleanse even if it's a super short post!

Wedding link up!


I've hesitated to post much about our wedding because I a) am still in the planning phases and b) sort of want things to be a surprise for our guests.  Not that we're planning anything crazy, but I'm only having one of these things so it takes the fun out of it if my guests know all the details prior to the day, right?  Of course, that's assuming that any of my friends/family actually read this little ole' blog...

But two blog ladies that I adore are doing a link up and I love a good link up!
[go visit Mel and Holly! Tell them I sent you!]

Here's my wedding problem - B and I are planning on having different numbers of people in our wedding parties.  I think it's weird but I also can't find a solution so I'm trying to accept it.  I'll have 5 people on my side and B will have 8.  I think 8 is A LOT for anyone, but especially a guy. I know, I know - stereotype. And if those people mean something to him then it matters to me. But I'm struggling with how to make it not look weird.

Do we have the guys lined up at the front from the start and the bridesmaids all walk down solo?

Do we have 3 of the 5 bridemaids walk down with 2 groomsmen each?

Do the guys all walk up together and then the girls all together?

Do 3 guys walk up alone and then the remaining guys pair up with bridesmaids for the walk?

Seriously, any advice you have for me is good advice at this point.  Except suggesting that we change our numbers.  I don't have any more close girlfriends I feel comfortable asking and B's only suggestion to cut his list down is to eliminate my 2 brothers from his side.  Um, not an option.
at least my friends can make me laugh - look at those emoji!!

Hopefully there are some good ideas floating around out there cause I'm in serious need of help!


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Finally Friday!!

Hey yall! Linking up for this belated post!

1. Sorry I've been silent the last week or so.  I know I say this a lot (probably because it's true) but nursing school is a lot of work. I'm not complaining - I'm excited to be in the program. But it's just taking the majority of my time right now and I'm okay with that.

2. If you're feeling a void in your life with my lack of posts, feel free to follow me on Instagram or Keek! Those are much easier to stay updated with and I usually post a few times a day.
(Don't hold me to that though. Now that I've said it, watch me be silent all weekend.  Juuust kidding - follow me!)

Instagram: cregan85
Keek: caitmregan

3. And speaking of instagram, I saw this video posted on facebook tonight and couldn't help but love it. If you're Insta-obsessed, you'll get it.

Pretty sure every single one of those pics shows up on my feed. Everyday.

4. I'm treating myself to some Shiner Light Blonde (if you're in Texas, go get some. Now. I'll drink while you go to the store wait.) and wrapping my nephew's birthday gift while blogging.  Talk about multitasking.  And procrastinating. Oh lawd.

5. Lastly, I'm doing the AdvoCare 24 Challenge again next week. I've been pathetic at working out/healthy food shopping the last two weeks so this is just the kick in the pants that I need. I'll be starting on Wednesday, June 20th and TRYING to post daily with my food/workouts.  If you're interested in it, there is still time to order and start with me! Just email me or click my link!

If you're not sure, stick around and see how it all works out for me. Then you can try it afterwards!


PS - showing off some super cute engagement photos next week so check back!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer is here! (just kidding)

Wait, I don't get summer? This whole accelerated-BSN-in-11-months isn't going to give me a 2 month summa break?  Dang.

Well, let's post some goals up on the ole' blog anyways...

School goals
1. A in every class. I want that 4.0 so badly I can taste it.
2. Get up by 8am every day (M-F), even when B sleeps in til noon.
3. Stop procrastinating. [This post isn't procrastination. I've already been hard at work for 2 hours, folks!]

Life Goals
1. Visit Austin with my future MIL to decide on a rehearsal dinner location.  Sidenote: wedding is in Dripping Springs. Any suggestions on fun places that aren't exclusively BBQ since our Catholic families will be attending on a Friday during Lent?
2. Sign the contract for our caterer (currently in limbo while we decide on rehearsal dinner).
3. Make a clothing donation to Goodwill/clean out closet.
4. Continue to make time for friends/family.
5. Stay on budget! I only have 5 paychecks left (EEK!) and then that's it until I finish school/pass NCLEX/get a job sooo I use to stay on track and I love it - anyone else?

sample screenshot of my June spending so far

Fitness Goals
1. Attend 4 PB classes - I miss my PB girls!
2. Run 1/week minimum.
3. Sign up for a 5K.
4. Advocare 24 Day Challenge begins again June 23rd.

So this will be my 2nd go around with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  I did it for the first time in March and LOVED it.  Eating clean has really pushed me to examine my dietary habits and make some long term changes for the better.  I've got my energy and I feel great.  Last time I couldn't work out during (read about it here) but this time I don't have anything standing in my way.  If you're interested in joining me, check out the program here and comment below or email me.  

I've got a ton of clean eating recipes I'll post in the days leading up to the challenge. I'll also share my meal plan so it will be super easy for anyone to follow along!

What are your plans for June? Any goals you'd like to accomplish?  I'd love to hear about them!


PS - Old Navy is having a 40% off sale on their active line. I bought a pair of leggings about a year ago and liked them just fine but when combined with their prices it makes them amazing! I just ordered some tanks and capris - can't wait to try them out when they get here! 

PPS - #flexbreak :)