4.01.2013

Resolutions Update and an April Fool!

Happy April my chickadees!

How was your Easter?

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, know I went to the country with Bryce for Easter with his grandmothers.  I always enjoy our weekend trips to the country and he has two adorable grannies so it was a nice weekend!

Being that today is April 1st and we are now a quarter of the way through 2013, I thought it would be a good to update you on my resolutions progress.

Part of the reason I shared my resolutions on the blog was to increase accountability, and so it would only be appropriate to report on my progress.

I'll quickly recap my resolutions in this post, but to read the full post on them, click here!

So here goes:


Blog More:
SUCCESS
My first resolution was to blog more in 2013.  As a part of my resolution to blog more I decided to schedule a weekly blog time on Tuesday afternoons.  I figured adding it into my schedule each week would be a good way to ensure that I found the time to blog.  This weekly time has worked pretty well, however, March was a bit hectic so I wasn't able to get my Tuesday time in each week.  My goal was to post at least once a week, though, and I have stuck to that and even posted twice many weeks!  I have definitely enjoyed being back in the blog world and have enjoyed reconnecting with all of you!

Gripe Less:
SUCCESS
This resolution was mostly for Bryce.  He is so good to me.  I honestly don't think I would ever find someone to love and care for me  more than Bryce does.  With that being said, I sometimes am hard on him about little things and decided that I would try to do a better job of picking my battles in 2013 and letting things slide.  I'm still a bit of a control freak and am far from perfect, but I will say I have noticed our relationship has reached another level in the last few months and I'd like to think it's partly due to my conscious effort to be more grateful of him each day.

Get Fit...again!
MAJOR SUCCESS!!!
I have to toot my own horn on this resolution a bit.  I have really dedicated myself to getting healthy again and have seen major results.  Since the start of the year I have lost 18 pounds and am thrilled!  My biggest goal was to be able to fit back in all my clothes and it has been wonderful to rediscover my closet again!  My goal was to lose 25 pounds total, so I have 7 more to go.  I have changed my diet a lot, mostly cutting down on portion size, carbs, and sugars and have really noticed a difference in how I feel.  I have also started cycling again and make it to class 2-3 times a week.  A part of that resolution was also a workout tip jar.  Every time I work out I add $2 to the jar and was not supposed to buy any clothes until the jar reached $100.  Well, I have to admit, that I have not stuck to this completely.  I made it almost two months before caving and buying some clothes.  I have however cut way back on my shopping because of the jar and am still planning to treat myself to something when it reaches $100.  I'm not beating myself up over this though because the whole point of the jar was to motivate myself to get fit and I've found that motivation even without the pressure of the jar!  I also have been having so much fun "shopping" in my closet...so many clothes have been off-limits because of the weight I had gained so it has been so fun wearing many old favorites again!

I recently picked up these 3 favorite sundresses from my parents' house!
My two all time favorite Lilly dresses and a favorite Trina Turk...I couldn't fit into any of these last summer and can fit in all of them again!

My Easter outfit...I bought this dress last spring for Foxfield and it was a honestly a bit snug when I wore it, this year it's actually a bit loose and looks so much better on!

Try One New Food a Month
SUCCESS
I'm not sure if this one has actually worked out to one each month (don't think I tried anything in February), however I have tried more than 3 new foods which works out to more than one each month.  While we were in Chapel Hill I tried a grapefruit and red pepper salad (yuck!).  I recently tried sushi while out to dinner with Bryce one night (yuck!).  I re-tried beans in a white chicken chili (yum!).  And I tried brussel sprouts just last week (yum!).

Did you make any resolutions?

How's it going?

And finally, for April Fool's Day, I thought it would be fun to try and play a little trick on you with the game 2 Truths and a Lie.  I'm going to list 2 truths and 1 lie, and you have to try to guess which is the lie while I try and fool you!

  1. Bryce and I met during my 4th year at UVA.
  2. I am naturally a brunette.
  3. I was a psych major in college.
Okay...now go!  Which one is the April Fools trick?!?

24 comments:

  1. Wow!! Good job on the git fit resolution! I think #1 is the april fool.

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  2. Great post!! Congrats on the weight loss...no easy feat. love your style, elegant and fresh. Looks like you have it all figured out! I am on a diet and know its hard work but getting into those smaller sizes is such a sweet reward!! Glad you had a happy Easter!

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  3. Congratulations!! It's always a good feeling to get back into your fav dresses, especially Lilly ones!

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  4. Wow hon, eighteen pounds! That is awesome. I would love to see you do a post about a typical day in your life food-wise and exercise-wise. I know you briefly mentioned it above, but I'd love to know more! Yay for being able to shop your closet again. You are looking great!

    I think #1 is the April Fools!

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  5. Congrats on your workout goal! 18 lbs is amazing!! You look wonderful! I'm going to say #1 is a lie! Happy April!

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  6. Congrats girl! Very motivating.

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  7. Way to go on all of your resolutions! 18 pounds is fabulous! I think #1. :)
    Laurie

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  8. Good for you on your resolutions!! I am trying to make msyelf try new foods too... not super fun, haha

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  9. Omg congrats on your weight loss! I def have some weight to lose (too many dinners out with the boyfriend!). I think number 1 is false! I could have sworn you met Bryce after graduation!

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  10. Congrats on the weight loss! That is fabulous! I think #1 - I want to say it was your 5th year/masters year.

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  11. Wow, I'm so impressed with how well you've been doing! I am kind of slacking on mine, especially going to the gym. Time to get going again!!

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  12. Congrats on the weight loss!!! So happy for you!!!! I think you should treat yourself with a trip to the beach after you hit the 25 pounds!

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  13. Congrats on all of your resolutions, especially the weight loss! That is awesome girl! The weather in RVA was amazing today and got me so excited to start wearing sundresses to work! Hope you have a great week!

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  14. That is amazing about the weight. You should be so proud. I know as a first year teacher how hard it is to stay on track. I gained so much weight those first months because of all the treat and birthdays. What a way to start the summer!

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  15. Wow, you're kicking butt with your resolutions! Congrats! I will second that day-in-the-life/food post. Would love to see what you're cooking up regularly. ;)

    Also, I'm going to go with #1...

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  16. Your fitness sucess is amazing, what an accomplishment! All those dresses will look wonderful on! You definetly need a big reward when you hit 25! Are you running the Monument 10k this year? I am doing a run/walk combo since I nursed an injury most of March.

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  17. Way to go with the weight loss!! I am so excited for you getting back into some of your favorite dresses.

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  18. Congrats on losing 18 lbs! That is incredible and you definitely deserve a shopping spree to celebrate. I'm also so happy that you're blogging more too :)

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  19. Okay. can we please talk about your "get fit" resolution. I need to take one of those resolution pills because I haven't exercised in 6 months and I'm eating everything in sight like food is going out of style. Congrats on the 18lbs- that is so so awesome!
    I definitely need some of your motivation!

    p.s glad I found your blog!
    thegystofthings.blog.com

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  20. I am so proud of you and your resolutions!!! Great about the weight loss you look great! Been so busy with work haven't made any resolutions but need to get back in the gym!

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  21. YOU GO GIRL!!!! Wow, I wish you lived closer by so you could motivate me to lose these extra few pounds!

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  22. Allie, I am SOOO proud of you with the weight loss. Losing weight is truly one of the hardest things to do. I find it near impossible sometimes to say no to food (especially sweets - major sweet tooth over here..) but 18 POUNDS?? That's amazing. You are an inspiration. I need to lose like 5 lbs right now, I'm gonna try the jar trick!

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  23. Congrats to you Allie! What an awesome accomplishment. I need to get back to working out, and I love the idea of the jar. I think I'll try it!

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  24. I wanna guess that you're naturally a brunette... I could totally see you with a chestnut colored 'do and that you and Bryce met your 4th year... so you weren't a psych major? Ahh, just a guess! Also, congrats on all your resolution successes!

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