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#LiveFully Girls Night In

I can’t remember if I told you guys that I have today off.  My law firm is closed for Martin Luther King’s birthday and this girl is happy to have another day because this weekend was pretty jam packed.

Friday at lunch I treated myself to lunch at Roti across the street from my office.  I am really getting into journaling and making plans for my the weekend to make sure I am getting the most out of my time.  It isn’t set in stone, and I am okay with not crossing things off my list if they don’t get done, but I did refer to it a lot this weekend.

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I’ve seen all the pictures of bullet journaling, and let’s just say that I am no where close to how pretty those are, but I did buy a ruler over the weekend – Hannah was kind of making fun of my messy lines being the Type A person she is. Smile with tongue out


Hannah and I ran some errands on Friday night, and by the time we got home it was nearly 9:30, I hadn’t eaten dinner yet and I didn’t do my 30 minute workout, as I had put in my journal.  It was very tempting to just scratch it all together, but as my mindset is changing these last few weeks that I have fully committed to Weight Watchers, I’d been doing the same thing pretty much all of 2016 – do great Monday through Friday, then not count any points for food or wine over the weekend and basically maintain my weight, or lose and gain the same 2 pounds over and over.  So I turned my stove on, got my workout done on YouTube, and made a pita pizza and was eating dinner by 10:20.  (and I got a large Venti water when Hannah got her nightly Starbucks!)

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Another “resolution” that I told myself I wanted to do more of in 2017 is take advantage of the group classes at my YMCA.  There are a lot to choose from, but when I saw the Les Mills class, I decided to take that one.  One of my long time blog friends who doesn’t blog anymore, but I follow on Facebook (Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen) teaches these classes. 

PicMonkey Collage - workout

The class was an hour long and no joke, it was tough.  Um, just turns out I am not that coordinated and some of the kickboxing moves had me scratching my head a bit.  I was still proud that I was able to do about 85% of the workout – not bad for my first time.  And it felt good to have my workout done for the day by 10 a.m.

Hannah and I had a very eclectic group of women at our #LiveFully Girls Night In Party sponsored by Weight Watchers.  As one of the WW Ambassadors, I was provided a box full of goodies, from wine glasses to crafting supplies.  The idea was to have a Vision Board party.  A vision board is basically to display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in life.   I love the door mat they sent me too!

PicMonkey Collage - live

PicMonkey Collage - party

I had the party start at 7:00 p.m., and we spent nearly the first hour just having everyone get to know each other.   It was a nice mix of generations!  This is also the first time I haven’t obsessed over the food when having people over.  I am going to share a new ground turkey wonton appetizer I made later this week – the photos didn’t turn out too well and it deserves it’s own post.  But I had veggie chips, cheese and crackers, nuts and Hannah made her amazeball jalapeno poppers.

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Then we spent the next two hours telling stories, drinking wine, laughing – OMG, so much laughing!  But we also talked about serious stuff too, everyone has such different lives – a couple women are divorced, another one just got separated from her husband, I am a widow.  We found a ton of stickers at Hobby Lobby for 60% off – love!  And we had various magazines to draw inspiration from.

PicMonkey Collage - vision 1

PicMonkey Collage - vision 2

We placed them all on the floor so everyone could see what each had made – I loved all of them!

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Group photo!

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Hannah and I both said we’d love to have more parties like this – next time Jacky I’ll have you and your daughter make the trek to my neck of the woods!

If anyone is thinking of joining Weight Watchers, I have a coupon code – just follow that link below and it will give you the info.

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I worked yesterday and will be sharing recipes for homemade bagels and smoked salmon – holy balls, both looked amazing – I didn’t actually eat either one because our group ate literally everything, but everyone raved about them.  It’s been a while since I’ve made bagels – and Lori, you’ll see how easy they are to make at home!

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Here is your Monday motivation – make it a great day!


UPDATE:  My blog has now been posted over at my part-time job at The Chopping Block – I’ve made my copycat Starbuck’s Muesli bread even easier by letting it rise in the refrigerator while I am at work – less than 8 minutes of hands on time for this delicious bread!  Go check it out here, and if you can leave me some comment love over there, I would appreciate it!  Can’t you find 8 minutes in your day to make this?!

starbucks copycat muesli bread

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  • Jill
    January 16, 2017 at 7:48 am Used your discount, thanks so much! I almost signed up Friday, now I'm very glad that I waited!
    • Biz
      January 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm Yes! I didn't even realize until Saturday night that I had my own discount link to share - it helps to read all the words sometimes! :P
  • Jamie Hood
    January 16, 2017 at 8:09 am Hey. Sounds like you guys had a blast. I actually joined weight watchers last night and go to my first meeting Saturday :)
    • Biz
      January 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm Awesome Jamie! I am addicted to the WW app - let me know if you have any questions!
  • Lynne
    January 16, 2017 at 9:05 am That party looks like fun! And inspiring...btw, thanks for you inspiration over and over again! My first week back on WW has been up and down and eye-opening! (again) Still doing some of my old habits, but on the upswing:) I think I'm at #committed on my way to #fully committed! Have a great day off :)
    • Biz
      January 17, 2017 at 9:20 pm Rome wasn't built in a day - my only word of advice is consistency not perfection - you've got this! Love your hashtags too! :D
  • MaryBe
    January 16, 2017 at 10:02 am What a fun party! I wish I lived closer. That is a great and very tempting code offer - I've lost 50 lbs over the last year and would like to lose this last 10 but I've been pretty lazy about it :). Maybe joining WW (again!) would give me that push I need. I've been watching your progress and you're doing amazing. I love that I can follow you on Facebook and Instagram!
    • Biz
      January 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm Congrats on your 50 pounds! Thanks for being such a fan and following me on all the social media :D
  • Kym
    January 16, 2017 at 11:23 am What great timing. I've decided to give WW a try. I plan on signing up this weekend. I know I should start now and not put it off but I have too much emotional roller coaster stuff going on this week and I am an emotional eater. I don't want to start out with an extra obstacle. I was so excited to see you having a vision board night. I have been cutting things out for my board. I didn't do one last year and really missed it. I'm running a little behind with life so far this year and trying to play catch up.
    • Biz
      January 17, 2017 at 9:29 pm I have to tell you that I used to tell myself the same thing - especially in December when I had both the anniversary of Tony's death and our anniversary, I basically told myself I could eat shit and drink whatever because I had those events coming up - but you know what? There is ALWAYS going to be shit that happens. And eating food and drinking isn't going to change anything. Wish you could have come to my party to make vision board! Let me know if you have any questions! :D
  • Fran
    January 19, 2017 at 4:56 am What a fun night. How did you get in contact with these ladies? Now you got me interested in bullet journaling :) couldn't be more for me, I do everything with lists.