Thursday, February 27, 2014

Photographer Review: The LXA

Full Disclosure: Vinny, from The LXA is the husband of a friend of mine from college. The opinions expressed as always are my very own.

When I found out I was expecting, almost immediately I mentioned to my husband that I wanted real professional photos of our baby.  I mean, what mom wouldn't want fabulous photos of their precious gift?

About 2 months before my due date I reached out to a couple photographers, and ended up going with The LXA, and I'm so glad that I did!

Things I loved about working with Vinny and LXA!
  1. Enthusiasm
    1. Vinny has a contagious enthusiastic personality. Prior to the session i'd only emailed Vinny, within 5 minutes I felt like we were besties just hanging out taking fabulous pics!
  2. Client Guided Shoot
    1. When we arrived he took the time to bond with Riley, and walk us through his ideas.
    2. The temperature was set very warm so that Riley would be comfortable during the shoot.
    3. Riley set the pace - we were not rushed (at all), if she was enjoying a set, we just kept shooting. If she didn't like it, we moved on. 
  3. Previews and Online Gallery
    1. The turn-around time to see some photos was crazy fast! (Riley's shoot)
    2. The on-line viewing made it easy for us to share the photos with friends and family
  4. Professionalism
    1. Working with Vinny is the perfect blend of working with a friend and professionalism. You get the professional and artistic images without the stuffy studio feeling (not that studios are bad) 
I was completely pleased with my entire LXA experience! Vinny treated Riley, my husband and I like family. I would without hesitation recommend him to anyone looking for pictures! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


After my 6 week postpartum check up yesterday I realized that I am only 23 pounds away from my original long-term weight loss goal.

My original goal was to lose 100 pounds.

If someone would have told me in January of 2012 that by February 24th, 2014 I would have run 2 half marathons, countless 5ks (some while pregnant), given birth to the most beautiful angel and be 23 pounds away from my original goal of 100 pounds I would most certainly NOT have believed them.

Even now, it's hard to believe...

In honor of my upcoming accomplishment, I want to purchase something to to wear that will remind me of the hard work and dedication it took to lose the weight.  I'm thinking a necklace, but I'm not sure yet.

What would you buy, or how would you celebrate losing 100 pounds?

I realize I'm still a couple months away, but I still need to plan (you know, something to keep me motivated).

Of course, I couldn't have survived this journey without the amazing support of my husband, family, and the community of fitness fanatics I often connect with online. So many people have bee a part of my journey, and will continue to be a part.

From my family to yours, THANK YOU!

Family Walk, February 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Weekly Chase!

Another week has come and gone and my baby girl is now 3 weeks old. It's time to check in on how I did with my goals from last week.

As always, I'm linking up with Mindy and Molly for the Weekly Chase.

1) Home Maintenance - Yes, I was able to clean at least 1 thing each day before lunch.

2) Watch my junk food intake - Yes, I have been able to curb some of my junk food intake. I need to get better, but I can confidently say that I have begun to change the behavior of eating junk food because of the convenience.

3) Walk Daily - We walked most of the days, but took a day or two due to weather and visitors, but we will get back out there for our walks soon.

4) Read to Baby - Yes, We've been reading to baby each day.

5) Tummy Time - Yes, baby and I have had our daily time. It's great to see how strong she's getting!

It's the last week of my husbands paternity leave. He took 1 month of leave from work, and when we were planning it all out, I honestly felt that it would be plenty of time. However, now that we are in the final days of his leave I'm getting a little anxious. He helps me so much around the house! - Like with the cooking, walking the dogs and other tasks.  I know I can do it on my own, I just need to be realistic about what will get done during the day, and what will have to wait until Papi comes home.

So, what goals am I chasing this week?

Personal Health

  • Walk 3 times
  • Monitor quality of food intake (a.k.a. continue to decrease chips, cookies or other junk food items)
Establishing a Routine
  • Begin to get into a bedtime / sleep routine - lately we have been staying up really late and sleeping in. Although it's nice to treat each day like a Saturday, we need to go to bed at a normal hour. 

Just a couple goals for the week, but I'm confident I will be able to crush these goals. 

Question: What goals are you chasing? 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

3 Tips for Making Healthy Choices during the Superbowl!

Flashback to 2013 Superbowl. 

Superbowl Sunday is here. A day when even the most unlikely of viewers find themselves at parties watching "The Game". Obviously, there will be lots of food and laughter. There will be cheers, chants and screams - but will your healthy lifestyle be maintained?

I'm not a football fan (at all). Yes, I curl up on the couch in my Miami Dolphins gear each Sunday - but mostly because my husband is a huge Dolphins fan and he buys me Miami Dolphins gear! - but, I mostly watch the game so that I can spend time with my husband.

So, it shouldn't come as a surprise when I tell you that I am usually found in the kitchen or around the food chatting (a.k.a. eating) throughout the game.

Sound familiar?

Here are 3 strategies I use when at a party or event where I know I'll be tempted to indulge.

1) Don't deny yourself. - Yes, on my weight loss journey I have had to say goodbye to a lot of food that I genuinely enjoy (candy, chicken fingers, chips). BUT - you are at an event, you are with friends enjoying yourself. If you see something that you really want (chicken wings, chips, soda) then have some! Find a small plate, or a napkin and give yourself a small portion.

Warning - I used to struggle with guilt after eating something that I shouldn't have. Don't fall into that pit - just enjoy it, and make sure you get back out there tomorrow and go for a walk, or a run. Don't let your decision to enjoy some chicken wings while watching the game derail you from your exercise!

2) Drink Water! - Before filling a plate, I try to make sure I have a glass or two of water. It hydrates you, and helps you to feel fuller - which in turn will help you put smaller portions on your plate.

I also try to drink water exclusively - it helps cut down on extra calories.

3) Bring a Healthy Snack! - If you know you are going to be at a party, offer to bring something. That way, you have a healthy option. I like to bring Hummus and Vegetables.

Question: What are your plans for Superbowl Sunday, and how do you ensure you make healthy
 choices during the game?

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