8.10.2015

Miscellany Monday

This was tax free weekend (is that a national thing or just a Texas thing?) and for the first time ever we actually did a little shopping, but not at the mall because that's just full on crazy. On Saturday Annelise got some new Nikes for school and Scott got some just for life from Academy. Sunday, after a yummy lunch at Jimmy Changa's...
where the Machete salad is my love language (along with chips, salsa and their white queso of course), we popped over to JC Penney to see if they had red Converse for Annelise.

They didn't.

But she happily settled on white Converse.

And Scott got some new workout clothes.

I got nothing.

But I carried our leftover Tex-Mex with me (in a bag), oh yes, I did, because it was too hot to leave it in the car, so there was in a smelly taco truck-y fog all around us, but oh well.

In other unexpected news, our hot water heater went on the fritz yesterday (after 15 years, so I guess it was time) and we had to get a new one today. Thankfully it's summer so cool showers are actually refreshing, my dad has helped us tremendously which saves on labor $$$ and we should be back in business, er...hot water later tonight or tomorrow.

Okay, we are currently obsessed with a show that's new to us but apparently is like, a thing. Since we switched to Direct TV last week we now have Discovery Channel and one thing led to another and we found ourselves checking out Naked and Afraid.

I know.

What in the world?!?

I had heard a few people chatter about it and then saw Chalene Johnson go on about it on one of her Periscopes last week so here we are. They blur out most of the bits, so there's that, thank goodness, but the main thing is watching them try and survive in remote jungles and such with nothing but a machete and a fire tool (each person gets to bring one survival item, it varies, no one has brought mascara or coffee yet), for 21 days.

Did I mention they're naked? And apparently afraid?

It's oddly addicting.

The moral of the story seems to be that things turn out better when you learn to work with your partner and adapt to the situations. And find water and food of course, things take a hangry turn quickly when there's a lack of water and protein.

I have NO desire to ever do anything like that. Let's just say I related to the mom that arrived with painted nails and toes and one of the first things she did was make a comb. #priorities.

In recent fitness news, I tried the Dirty 30 workout from 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme on Beachbody on Demand (I have a free 30 day trial right now) this morning and was pleasantly surprised by how sweaty it left me. I've been on the fence about ordering the 21 Day Fix Extreme because I wasn't sure it would be challenging enough to keep me coming back, although I like the fact the workouts are varied with a mix of cardio with weights, pilates and yoga too and only 30 minutes. #winning. I did think Autumn comes across a little, um... shrill. But not as angry as Jillian Michaels, so that's good. Personally, I'm just not sure she can motivate me as well as my favorite trainers (Chalene, Shaun T., Tony and Rach and Dan from Les Mills) do.

However, I saw today that there is an option to order the program without the containers, because while I think they are a clever way to get in the habit of proper portion control, I think they would annoying to use. I could be wrong, but I think you could still follow the food plan without them. Plus Shaun T's CIZE food plan is supposed to be basically the same anyway and I already have that.

So, in a nutshell, I don't know.

That's enough miscellany for now.
XOXO

6 comments:

  1. We had a tax free weekend this past weekend here in Louisiana, too. And because it was so hot, I had to carry around Alise's antibiotic that is suppose to be refrigerated in my purse for a few hours because leaving it in the car would probably give her a complete high!

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    1. Good to know it's nationwide. Yes, it's so hot--we have to do crazy things to survive. :)

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  2. Nah, the containers aren't a must. They're cute and all, and have helped me in the first week to feel "all in" with the plan. There's the language of 21 Day Fix (1 green, 1 yellow, 1 purple) so having the booklet that comes with the containers is handy when looking for recipes online. The plan is working for me, I love it. The workouts are harder than I expected.

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    1. I'm sure they are helpful especially retraining ourselves for what actual portion sizes of certain things should be. I'm SO happy you're enjoying it--I bet it's great!! Go Anna Go!

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  3. Oh yes - I have been binge watching Naked and Afraid (I just found out about it too). It is surprisingly addictive! I am with you, I have ZERO desire to do anything like that which is perhaps why it is so fascinating to me. I keep thinking how are they not fried to a crisp without any sunscreen? You could absolutely do the 21 day fix without the containers. I just use mine to measure out portions but I did see a chart somewhere online that gave the various measurements for each container (i.e. the green is one cup).

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    1. I'm so hooked but also so embarrassed to admit it, although it's not terrible, but still. I don't know how they do it either--plus there's the whole naked thing. How is that NOT awkward??

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