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Hi, friends!

Just a quick note to say hello and tell you about a couple of new things!

First of all, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that things got weird. I changed my current IG account to the username @the_b_wood, then I created a NEW account and named it @quirky_britches, which was my old account’s name. So, if you’d like to continue to follow my personal shenanigans, then by all means, please continue to follow @the_b_wood (because you already all, by default); however, if you’re still interested in blog stuff on IG, then please find me @quirky_britches (again) and follow! This new IG is a marriage of my blog and my new Tumblr, which is my next order of business…

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I started Kayla Itsines’ BBG about a month ago, and it’s been great! I just follow the workout plan, not so much the nutrition plan. I’ve learned what works for me, and I’ve been doing really well at an 80/20 balance! So, I decided not to blog about it because I didn’t want QB to become totally inundated with health and fitness stuff (I like it to be a part of QB, just not the whole thing), plus I had just been writing about Blogilates, and I didn’t want to write about yet another health and fitness venture that I figured no one cared about anyway. 🙂 If you do care, however, you can find me here on Tumblr!

That’s it for now, though I shall return soon!

Do you have a Tumblr or fitness/health IG? Comment below – I’d love to check it out! 

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8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 5 Update

This update is pretty pointless, but here goes anyway…

[[The Food]]

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So yah, one photo. Cool, huh? My breakfasts are always pretty healthy because I typically eat egg white oats almost every day; a day or two I may have gotten a turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. The worst day was Thursday because we had a big rain storm that knocked our power out from 7:30am-1:30pm. Prior to 1:30, I had eaten pita chips and a banana. Perfect. I also definitely indulged over the weekend because we have a friend in town, but I tried to keep everything in moderation.

[[The Workouts]]

I actually worked out one day, Thursday, when there was no power. I literally had nothing else to do, so I begged my friend to send a screenshot of a workout I could do — since I couldn’t look it up on my computer — and I got to work. I’m honestly still a tiny bit sore TODAY (Monday), so at least that’s a plus. Working out is in the plan today, though I’m currently at Starbucks because my power is out AGAIN.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Not bad. I had a pretty excellent workout on Thursday, and yesterday we walked SO much around the city (about 5 miles in total, according to Google Maps), so I considered that my workout for the day. I felt pretty good afterwards. I also won a DietBet I signed up for in early November! I had 30 days to lose 4% of my body weight and ended up losing slightly over 5%, so that’s nice! In the end, after subtracting the money I put into the bet, I came out at only $18.99 ahead, but I’ll take it! I want to do another, but I’m going to wait until January.

[[General Thoughts]]

Even though my diet is starting to slip back into its dirty habits, I still feel pretty good. I’m not gaining any weight back, so I’m trying to hold onto that optimism. My plan is to workout every day this week to get back into that habit (because honestly, I miss it!), so that next week, when I’m living in various hotels for a week when I go back home for Christmas, I’ll be motivated to utilize the gyms that will be in our hotels. This week is going to be tough because we have so many holiday get togethers and events scheduled, but I’ll make it. 🙂

Check out my other weekly updates here. For more information about the program, see here.

How do you plan to tackle the rest of the holiday season???

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Weeks 3 & 4 Update

Well, someone’s a little behind!

[[The Food]]

Week 3

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Week 4

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One would think I’ve been slacking on my photo taking, and one would be correct; however, the main reason for the lack of food photos is that I haven’t been following the meal plan as closely as I should be. Thanksgiving week was just a bust. I was “good” up until Thanksgiving day, and then I had this…

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No, that’s not a healthy homemade meal; that’s from Mel’s Drive-in. Super cool Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂 You do what you gotta do when you live in a big city, 2200 miles away from your family. And don’t worry – I did NOT eat all that. I could barely finish half of it. I did then take the rest of that weekend to binge. Milkshakes galore!

Last week, week 4, was a little better, but again, started off strong the first half of the week and then not so well the latter half. I do make healthy(ish) choices when I stray from the meal plan though. I will say the two “bowls” pictured above were both delicious!

[[The Workouts]]

I think I worked out one time in two weeks. [hangs head in shame]

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Not bad. I felt really guilty after my Thanksgiving binge, but I have to keep things in perspective. Did it sabotage me on the whole? Nope. Was it delicious and make me happy in the moment? Yup. As far as energy goes, I keep sleeping in, and I need to stop. I stay up too late on my phone, which is obviously the culprit. This has nothing to do with eating, but when I sleep in, then I have less time to do other things, like work out.

[[General Thoughts]]

I’m still trying to follow this plan the best I can. It’s been really dreary and rainy lately, so after spending all day inside looking out at doom and gloom, all I crave by dinner time are comfort foods, so I’ve been bratty a few nights and straight up refused another baked chicken breast. I’m still continuing to lose weight, so things are progressing nicely. I’ve also noticed that despite my lack of working out, I’m still shedding some fat around my biceps, which is miraculous, as I’ve pretty much always had flabby arms, even when I did P90X and was constantly “pushing and pulling” (as Tony Horton calls it). So far, so…okay. 🙂

Check out week 1 here and week 2 here. For more information about the program, see here.

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 2 Update

Another quick update of my progress! See Week One here.

[[The Food]]

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Food is still going well; however, this weekend I took a bit more liberty with meals, subbing healthily of course. For example, instead of eating warm quinoa cereal for two of the breakfasts, I subbed my favorite egg white oats with banana and raisins instead. Same idea but easier, as I didn’t feel like making quinoa early in the morning. Additionally, on two of the days, I was supposed to have Asian lettuce wraps for lunch. It was super cold and rainy all last week, so while I was indoors shivering in layers, lettuce wraps just weren’t going to cut it. I whipped up a healthy homemade chili instead (inspired loosely by this recipe). Hot chili definitely hit the spot, so I have no regrets.

I did have a couple of “YOLO meals,” as Cassey Ho calls them (I feel silly saying that, but I’ve never really been a fan of the term “cheat meal” because “cheat” implies guilt, so I sort of say YOLO facetiously). On Saturday, I had a turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich from Starbucks because I was too lazy to cook anything. We also went out to dinner that night to Sabrosa, an upscale Mexican restaurant, so I did have some fried chips and salsa, but I had waaaaay more self control than I normally do at Mexican restaurants. I also had a couple of jalapeno margaritas, but the spiciness speeds up the metabolism, yes? 😉 Additionally, yesterday, we were going to have brunch at The Grove on Fillmore, and I was going to get a nice egg white omelette, but the power went out in the kitchen. Since we had movie tickets, we were pressed for time, so we went across the street to Glaze, where I had teriyaki steak, brown rice, and a salad with carrot-ginger dressing. Not terrible. Definitely could have been worse. And at the movie? I skipped popcorn and had coffee instead. I was freezing, so I wasn’t too sad about it.

Oh, and that quesadilla up there? MONEY. (I used brown rice flour instead of coconut flour.)

[[The Workouts]]

I only worked out on Monday. I don’t want to talk about it.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Pretty good, actually. I feel like my energy is pretty decent, and my sugar headaches are subsiding. I have been trying to lay off the coffee, as truthfully, my normal almost-daily iced coffee has started to make my stomach hate me. So I probably have one cup of coffee every other day now, and I’ve been trying to drink more tea (hot or iced). So far so good!

[[General Thoughts]]

I’m actually feeling pretty great about myself. I took my weight and measurements from week 2 this morning, and I’ve lost roughly 6 pounds and a little under 4 inches. That’s way better than I expected! Since I haven’t been working out much, this just confirms what I already know: it’s all about diet! My goal this week is to workout 4/7 days. With it being the holiday week and all, I should be working out every day, but we’ll see. Onto week 3! You can find more info here.

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 1 Update

Last week I mentioned I would be starting a meal plan to sort of “re set” and get back on track. After my Vegas trip at the end of September, I sort let of myself go. Surprisingly, I hadn’t really gained any weight, but all my healthy habits flew out the window. Honestly, I’m not that great at following guided meal plans, but with this one, I’m giving myself the freedom to make (healthy) tweaks as necessary. The meals do get a bit repetitive throughout the week (though I was fine with it for week one), so if I get tired of something, I’m fine with having the leftovers of another day, subbing something else, etc.

[[The Food]]

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For the first week, not too shabby. The old egg and banana pancakes are not new to me, but I’ve definitely perfected them (dash of cinnamon, splash of vanilla extract, pinch of baking powder, splash of almond milk), and now they’re one of my favorite breakfasts (topped with almond butter, of course). I had actually been eating egg white oats (thanks for my friend Lauryn) in the weeks leading up to this, so I was happy to see I could continue. I’ve starting making them on the stove and adding a little almond milk – soooo good! The meals have actually been pretty filling. I mean, meatballs, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower all for lunch seems like a feast to me, but it really did keep me fuller longer, so no complaints.

[[The Workouts]]

So, um, I only worked out Monday-Wednesday. Lame, I know. To be honest, I think I started to have sugar withdrawals because I just sort of felt like crap. That in turn made me very unmotivated to work out. I will say though that it’s Sunday night, and my butt is STILL somewhat sore from MONDAY’S workout! Once I actually get my butt in gear, then I’ll have more to report on this end.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

For the first few days, I followed the meal plan to a T, so like I said, I started to feel the miserable effects of sugar withdrawal and, inadvertently, caffeine withdrawal. I’m not trying to quit coffee, but I am trying to limit it. However, on Thursday, I ate a Quest Bar (straying from meal plan, but I don’t mind), and on Friday and Saturday I had a few drinks, so there’s sugar right there. As far as energy goes, it sort of comes and goes in spurts. I’ll wake up super tired (as usual), then I’ll eat and feel great and then I’ll just feel sort of “blah.” I’m taking this all as an adjustment period though.

[[General Thoughts]]

So far so good. I’ve lost a couple of pounds, which I know is just water weight. I took measurements at the start, and I’ll take my measurements again tomorrow (Monday). I know some people say not to worry about those things until “the end,” but it’s interesting for me to track from week to week. If I don’t make much progress one week, then it allows me to look back and reflect and see if I can pinpoint the problem. Just the analyst in me. 🙂 Onto week 2! You can find more info here.

Tidbits & Coming Attractions

I didn’t have a particular topic scheduled for today, so I thought I’d drop some tidbits on your as well as give you a sneak peek into what’s on the agenda this weekend.

[[Tidbits]]

1. I added quite a few new items to my Poshmark closet. Some of them I’ve worn on my blog, so if anything strikes your fancy, check out my closet, and feel free to make me an offer!

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2. Does anyone watch American Horror Story? I’ve always been a fan, but was sort of let down with last season; however, I am LOVING this new season. I just watched the newest episode last night and had to cover my eyes and ears for a good portion, but I can’t get enough!

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3. I got my 6th Fix from Stitch Fix today, and I kept two blouses, both from Collective Concepts: The Esten (mine is a gorgeous purple) and the Lydia. Can’t wait to wear them both!

 

[[Coming Attractions]]

1. We randomly decided to take a day trip to Half Moon Bay tomorrow. We don’t have much of a game plan other than maybe a winery and a brewery. Stay tuned!

2. On Sunday we have plans to drive up to Sonoma with a couple of friends. Again, we don’t have much of a plan. Typically we just pick a spot (Sonoma Country is huge) and then drive to 2-3 wineries close by. I may do a little research before we go, but the spontaneity is one of my favorite parts.

3. I was going to write a personal post about body image today, but I didn’t want to slap it together hastily, so I’ll work on that for next week.  In that post, I was going to bring up that I’m making changes come Monday. Throughout much of late summer/early fall, I was doing so well with eating right and working out hard every day in preparation for my Vegas trip. Then Vegas came and went and so did all my hard work. Now, with the holidays coming up, I just know that it’s only going to get worse, so I figured why not start NOW rather than wait til the New Year? I don’t want to give myself “free passes” to just gorge myself during the holidays. Nope.

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So, even though I feel a little silly about this, I purchased a meal plan and a fit journal from Blogilates. I’m not sure why I feel so silly; I guess it just feels like something my teen-age self would do, buying a fit journal. Ha. 😛 Though I do get obsessive over documenting things, and I LOVE handwriting things, so it may just be perfect for me! We’ll see! I’ve also decided that instead of doing straight P90X or straight T25 or even following a hybrid calendar, I’m going to write my own plan each week, incorporating the Blogilates monthly calendar as well as my favorite weight lifting exercises and moves from my favorite programs I’ve done in the past. So, what does that mean for QB? Not much. I will definitely be writing about my journey; however, I don’t want inundate everyone with food and exercise talk if that’s not what you’re interested in, so I will most likely be doing weekly update posts. I like this idea for accountability’s sake. I’ll probably post more frequently on Instagram.


So there are some random tidbits from me as well as what to expect in the coming weeks! What about you? What are you up to this weekend? Any suggestions on fun things to do in Half Moon Bay??

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In an effort to create some consistency and to make this blog a little more personal, enter Fridiary, a very unoriginal idea in which I will recap some of the more interesting aspects of my week. I don’t always have time to shoot and post outfit photos every day, and not everyone likes outfits. Win win? If nothing else, this feature will allow us all to soak up the voyeurism our society values so much. *wink wink*

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Gatlinburg

One of friends turned 30 last week, so a big group of us decided to rent a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN to celebrate her “dirty thirty.” The weekend consisted of delicious food, hot tub shenanigans, board games, and a little flip cup action (if you want a reminder of how old you’ve gotten since college, break out a game of flip cup). The best part was the weather: Saturday was around 60 degrees, and I.didn’t.have.to.wear.a.jacket. Did you read that? NO JACKET. Heaven. We spent the gorgeous day walking around downtown Gatlinburg, soaking in the sights. We did a little whiskey and moonshine tasting, bought some obligatory toursity-town fudge, and saw a bear. Here are my two favorite photos from the weekend, but if you want to see more, follow me on Instagram!

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P90x3 & DietBet

I’m still going strong with P90X3! I’ve entered Phase 3, so I only have like 28 more days left! I’ve definitely been noticing some differences and improvements, and I’ve decided that when I’m done, I’m going to do another round, but doubles instead (so, 2 workouts a day for a total of 60 minutes)! I’ve also considerably cleaned up my diet. I’ve been eating really well, and that in itself has helped me tremendously – I have way more energy now. I’m thinking about posting a few recipes on here? Oh, and I also joined a DietBet at the beginning of February! Admittedly, it’s one of those things that sounds kind of sketch when you first hear about it, but I love it! Basically, you sign up, pay whatever the bet is, and if you lose your predetermined percentage of body weight each month, you split the monthly pots with all the other “winners.” In my DietBet, each monthly pot is ~$15,000. Yes, please! It’s too late to sign up for the DietBet I’m doing, but they start a new one every month.

Here’s me taking one of my really cool “weight verification” photos*:

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Oil Pulling

I randomly found this blog post on Facebook yesterday; it sounded just weird enough to pique my interest, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve read about all the wonderful things that coconut oil can do for you, so I see no reason why this should be any different! I’m not a huge fan of coconut in things, but for some reason, I don’t mind coconut oil! If you have a texture issue, then I would recommend melting the oil first, as my least favorite part is definitely waiting for the solid oil to melt in my mouth (it’s a little weird). Additionally, the thought of swishing for 20 minutes seemed like an eternity for me, but I have found that if I keep active, the time does seem to go faster. Yesterday I swished while doing the dishes, and today I’m swishing right now as I write this post!

Bridesmaid Dress

If you recall, one of my best friends is getting married in Vegas in September, and I’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid. In an earlier blog post, I couldn’t decide which dress to get. Here were my top 2 choices from my first fitting at Alfred Angelo:

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Left: 7278S / Right: 7176

I thought I looked better in the dress on the right, but the one of the left had a more “youthful feel” to it; I was so indecisive though that I decided to go for a second fitting to try the dresses on again, plus a few others that I hadn’t seen before. Here are a few more I kind of liked, too:

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Left: 7271S / Middle: 7259 / Right: 7258

Ultimately, I decided that what I really loved was the bodice of 7278S, but I wasn’t crazy about the super flowy skirt. I’d rather simplfy the dress a bit and dress it up with bold jewelry and amazing heels. With the help of my stylist, I finally figured out that there was another dress that had the exact same bodice, but a simple skirt, and I was sold. I will be getting 7289S in the short version (the store only had the long version to try on, so you have to imagine it hitting me above the knee). Here’s my final choice! It will end up being all in the “grape” color.

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And that’s pretty much been my week! Every other day has been spent cleaning the house, working, and watching Damages.  How’s your week been? Anything exciting happen?

*I am in no way promoting weight loss as a fun “game”! I am not a doctor or medical professional, so I am NOT doling out nutrition or weight loss advice. Please talk to a professional if you’re thinking of doing any weight loss or nutrition programs. 

**I am also in no way affiliated with any of the companies or businesses mentioned in this post.

November First of Many Things

First of all, did you see what I did there with my post title?

Now, first thing numero uno: The Take One Pass It On Challenge

Sarah from Sarah’s Real Life created this lower key outfit challenge earlier this year. Instead limiting yourself to only 30 items for 30 days (a challenge I’d still like to try one day!), one has a bit more freedom in that only one item from the previous day is repeated each day. So you take ONE and you….PASS it on. Clever. I’ve decided to participate this time not only to help spark some creativity in my closet but also to spark some creativity in ME and my blog. Life has been rough lately (perhaps a later post), and blogging makes me happy, so why don’t I DO it? Great question. I’ll let you know if I ever figure that out. So…how about that first outfit?

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Popover Shirt: J Crew Factory
Jacket: Similar
Necklace: Similar
Shoes: this year’s model from Target
Purse: Vintage Coach from eBay – here’s a similar one

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What will I pass on to tomorrow? I’m thinking the jacket…but I do tend to change my mind at the drop of a hat…er, jacket?

Now for the other “first thing”: Blogilates!

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Photo Credit: Blogilates Instagram

I think I’ve mentioned that I have done or was doing P90x on here before. If not, now you know. I was doing it in September/early October and of course was getting bored when my friend told me about Blogilates. I decided to give it a whirl, and I love it. I’ve never really been into Pilates before, but I’m seeing changes, so I’m sold. I’ve been doing the beginner’s calendar since I started, but now that the November calendar has been released today, I’m going all out! I’ll try to update my progress on here as I continue. Join me, won’t you?

Happy Friday!