Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring is Here and I'm Happy

March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year. My family is DIE-HARD DUKE BASKETBALL, and I even think Brian is now a big fan (although he won't admit it!).

I woke up at 1 AM last night after falling asleep during the game. When I rolled over and asked Brian who won, he told me Duke lost by 2 points. I had no reason not to believe him, so of course I was really upset. All morning I was so bummed about it, until Brian woke up and confessed he had been KIDDING!

I wanted to be mad at him, but I was just so happy Duke had won. If they get to the Final Four, I may cry tears of happiness. I really love the team this year. :)

In other news, we're only a few steps away from completing the kitchen remodel!

Brian and one of the guys are working hard this morning hooking back up the appliances and making some finishing touches. Obviously, we still don't have the bar top and bar stools, but at least the end is in sight!!!

Our next big project involves landscaping. Brian just never quits, lol. We got the whole yard mulched this week and it looks much better.

I'm off to a yoga class this morning.

Looking forward to an uneventful and relaxing weekend. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Lighting

We are still deep in the throes of a kitchen renovation. It's a slow and agonizing process. Patience is key.

Not much got accomplished last week, but Brian did install some new rope lighting. It wraps around the living room and into the kitchen, and will also be above the kitchen cabinets.

I joined a nearby gym, which is one of the reasons I've been blogging a little less lately. I originally just wanted to incorporate more yoga into my life. I took a semester of advanced yoga in college (yes, this was a legitimate class that was offered in college). The class was two hours every Tuesday and Thursday and I could really sense the improvement in my overall health.

When I told Brian that I was interested in taking regular yoga classes at a yoga studio, this was his response:

"I'm OK with you converting the back bedroom into a yoga studio."

"Um...all that would involve is me laying my yoga mat on the floor."

"Exactly. So if you want to lay your yoga mat on the floor in the back bedroom and do yoga in there, I'm OK with that."

Ugh, guys are clueless! :)

So I decided instead of paying for individual yoga classes, I'd just join a gym and have access to all sorts of classes! I did a BodyPump class that kicked my butt BIG TIME. My body was not prepared for the pump, lol.

I also got 6 free personal training sessions and have already done the first two.

I'm 23% body fat, in case you were wondering.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Project - Week Two

We've made progress!

As is typical with renovation projects, the scope of the project and the cost of the project keep growing as we go along. One way we've been able to save money is by keeping our original cabinetry. We've always liked the cabinets and we feel strongly about preserving the character of this 1968 contemporary home. We also kept the existing granite countertops and the current appliances, with the exception of the stove, since we were converting it from electric to gas.

One cost we couldn't avoid: the flooring. We realized early on was if we were to remove the dividing wall, there would be a awkward strip of flooring between the existing tile in the kitchen and the hardwood in the living room.

You can see what I mean based on this BEFORE pic:

Ultimately, we decided to re-do the entire kitchen floor and expand the tile into the living room and foyer. The previous kitchen tile had white grout between the tiles. In the high traffic areas around the fridge and stove, the grout had turned black from the dirt, and it was seemingly impossible to clean! Check out this post from Young House Love to get an idea of what I mean. If given the option, NEVER do flooring with white grout. It's a real pain in the butt.

We chose a natural stone flooring and I think it's going to look great. It also makes the kitchen look twice as big now that we've expanded it out into the living room.

Here's some pictures from the recent changes:

Yep - the fridge, stove, and dishwasher are currently sitting in the living room. We've been eating out every meal. It's already getting old. :)

Everything that was once in the kitchen is now in the dining room.

Our house is a wreck. :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Adventures in Quest Bars and Shakeology

There's nothing quite like having your kitchen demolished to make you realize how much you rely on your kitchen.

Moving on.

What do you all do for diet & fitness?

When it comes to dieting, I do nothing. When it comes to fitness, I do....nothing! I have run the occasional 5K, so maybe that counts. 

I keep thinking about eating healthier and getting in better shape.  

I recently tried Quest protein bars. I bough the sample box for about $30. They had such great reviews and are supposedly the best protein bar on the market.

The verdict?
Disgusting! I seriously could not get through one bar. I tried a few bites, then gave them all away. The little bit I did eat sat like a brick in my stomach. I was so disappointed.

I told my friend Kat about my bad Quest bar experience and told her that my goal was to add healthy calories and protein to my diet, but it needed to be convenient because I'm at work all day. Since she is a Beachbody coach, she was kind enough to let me try Shakeology for free (all four flavors).

The verdict?
I really liked it...until I saw the price tag. Oh my goodness - it is EXPENSIVE! I don't think I can justify the cost ($130/month!!!), but I have been reading a lot to research all of the Shakeology health claims and find some less-expensive alternatives. I actually did feel better after drinking it, so maybe it lives up to the hype.