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Winter, Lake Michigan

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Winter at the Beach

I felt compelled to visit Pere Marquette a couple weekends ago since other people’s pictures remind me of how pretty the beach is during the winter, and even more desolate (my favorite. Go away, people.) Read More »

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Exploring Brooklyn in 4 Hours: Where to Eat & Shop

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Favorite Spots in Williamsburg

By the time Celeste and I had our free day to explore Brooklyn, we were already sore and tired from city living. I’m so used to driving my car even for a couple blocks that walking miles and miles was physically difficult. Pathetic, I know.

Anywho, we made the trek from Midtown to Williamsburg and survived four-ish hours–and made the most of our time before we called it quits and headed to dinner in SOHO. This area is a hot bed of vintage and indie shops and we mostly stuck to Bedford Ave., an area that seems to contain most of the shopping and restaurants. Read More »

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2017 Fitness Update: Down 18 Pounds

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Last summer, I shared my summer weight loss journey and wanted to share an update since then!

Getting Back On Track

If you don’t recall where I was last year, I lost nine pounds in the first month of FLEXcity Fitness‘ month-long nutrition program. By the time I wrote my first blog post about it, I went from 144 pounds to 134 pounds.

And after that first month, I signed up for the six month continuation, which wasn’t as strict (I was allowed a couple cheat meals a week!) and I met with Jenny or Trista weekly to review my food journal. They really pushed me to cut back on pop and energy drinks and less dairy. I lost another six pounds during those six months–all by eating better and more balanced meals, more workouts and keeping a food journal.

2017!

By the start of 2017, I cut back on my workouts significantly because of my current work situation. Instead of four times a week, I was down to twice a week. Once I returned to my normal work schedule, I wanted to focus on becoming stronger and kick start my metabolism again. And so I signed up for their new program, FLEXfit Kitchen.  They partnered with Fit Mitten Kitchen to share weekly recipes and helped us understand the correct portions to eat. And this time, I increased my classes at FLEX to five times a week.

After a month of the program (think really tasty recipes, a supportive Facebook group and weekly weigh-ins to keep you motivated and held accountable), I lost three more pounds–down to 126.5 pounds. The weight doesn’t matter much to me, although I was happy with the number out of vanity. The real win was building a lot more muscle, reminding myself of healthy portion sizes and just feeling better.

Moving Forward

Thanks to FLEXcity Fitness, I have a much better understanding of what I need to eat to be balanced and have become a much more mindful eater. Instead of counting calories, I try to plan meals and make sure I have carbs, proteins and good fats and that I don’t have a snack every hour of every day.

If you live near one of the FLEX studios in Lansing, Grand Rapids or Bloomfield Hills, I highly recommend trying the program when they launch it again!

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[leggings from Lululemon, crop top from Outdoor Voices, bomber jacket from Meijer, Adidas shoes, bagy by Givenchy, Quay sunglasses from Retail Therapy]
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Lazy Bitch Guide: Entertaining at Home

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Hosting Parties and Shit

I hosted a mini housewarming party, I say mini because I don’t like planning things unless I’m getting paid for it. First tip for lazy bitches planning a party at home? Keep it small. I’m all about keeping my parties manageable in size and time required to plan it. Read More »

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