• I'm a Quitter – Week 2 Update

    Holy sh*t you guys, I did it!

    Five solid days of exercise, and five days of whole food meals. I slipped a little over the weekend, but overall I’m feeling great.

    One of my huge roadblocks is getting the kids to eat the meals I cooked because they’d rather eat “kid food”. With a little ketchup and lies they actually ate what I made. I made mashed cauliflower for the first time and it was delicious. To get the kids to eat it, we called them mashed potatoes. A little lie never hurt anyone right? The pickiest of the two said they were the best potatoes she ever tried (minus french fires I’m sure).

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    So I originally wrote this on 8/22/16. Do you know what’s happened since then? I gained FIVE pounds. I’m not exactly sure what I can do to get my shit together, but I need to hurry up or I will be living in Lularoe and T2T leggings all winter long. Please tell me someone has the magic answer, because I need it!

    Last month I found out that my testosterone level was elevated. My endo didn’t seem to think anything of it, so I went to see a GYN who had more information on PCOS. She started me on a new medication from my PCOS, which is reeking havoc with my hormones. I’m ready to feel “normal” again. Google elevated testosterone and you can understand all of the symptoms I’m going through. I am not one to blame a disorder on weight gain, but it’s definitely a roadblock.

    In the meantime I really need to make an effort to get my shit together, put the wine down, and not eat an entire f*cking Pizza Hut pizza when I’m drinking. While I’d love to say my PCOS is making me gain weight (sound like anyone else), it’s not. My shitty choices and laziness are the reason why I’m sitting here in pants that are literally cutting off my circulation.

    So my goal for this week is to make dinner 6/7 nights this week and work out 5/7 days. It’s a lofty goal, but I need to get it together. Check out our Meatless Monday post for tonight’s meal, which is already in the crockpot!

    So for some much needed motivation we are going to check in with our Thick to Thin Athletes for the rest of the week! I’m so excited to share what these amazing women are up to!

  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS!!

    This weeks Amazeballs post brought to you by: @elia_inspired_life

    So in the spirit of providing some type of meaningful contribution to things that are Amazeballs (I’m so excited that someone other than me uses this word) Here are my top 5 favorite things of the week!

    Number 5: Being that the kids back in school (here in the UK they’ve only been in school less than month) buying schools supplies means that I get to buy myself a brand new notebook and pen or pencil to jot down all my successes and not so successes. This means that in a few months I’ll have a snapshot of where I started in the fall and more importantly, some type of measurable progress for my motivation! YAY me!!

    Number 4: Whilst PSLs a ranking at mostly everyone’s numero uno, this doesn’t quite do it for me, but I would be lying through my straw if I didn’t say that sometimes I partake in the PSL rave and enjoy it (tall, soy, iced, half pumps on the syrup, very little whip).

    Number 3: Sticking with the B2S theme, this is a great time to buy new running shoes! Since you’re shopping for the kids, why not get yourself a little something too?! Nothing gets me more motivated than brand new trainers, just asking to be taken out for run on the trails!

    Number 2: My recent discovery of Flaxseed Milk (by Good Karma, i’m not paid to say that). Where has this been all my life!?!?! Seriously! I throw a little of this with my fruit and and protein powder and OMGOODNESS! Smoothie heaven! Seriously, check it out…it’s amazeballs!

    AND THE NUMBER FAVORITE THING THIS WEEK……drumroll please…..

    My Spotify account upgrade!!! I have seriously refreshed my workout play list for a very cheap-o price (14.99 american, for the whole fam to have their accounts). This has really renewed my motivation for working out since our days are getting shorter and colder now.

    Well, there you have it folks! My favorite things this week! Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as i have loved sharing it! Sending y’all peace, love, and motivation for your workout today!

    Cheers!

     

  • BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    Your local radio station | I don’t know about you, but I listen to a lot of internet radio. I realized I’ve been missing out on a lot of local news and events. So turn off your favorite app or Sirius XM, and listen to a local radio station. You may be surprised what you learn!

    WATCH

    Ninja Warrior | This woman is amazing!! Watch this bad ass video of her completing Stage One of the American Ninja Warrior competition. First girl ever to complete Stage One in its entirety.

    READ

    Anything! | No, I’m not joking. Picking up a book is an amazing way to escape reality and ground yourself. Plus, you will expand your vocabulary and join in a global conversation. Pretty awesome!

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    PUMPKIN DRINKS | OK, so we are totally PSL obsessed here at T2T, but here are some alternatives to a Starbucks or DD run. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be in line once a week for the PSL…

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    Healthy Pumpkin Recipes | It’s September, which means it is officially PUMPKIN SEASON. Not every pumpkin recipe has to be full of calories. Here are some yummy recipes that won’t make you feel super guilty.

     

     

  • Holy Sh*T Healthy Eating is Messy – I'm a Quitter, Week One Update

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    I am incredibly open about the fact that I am one of the worst housewives on the planet. Really, I’m one of those people who will clean the heck out of my house if I know someone is coming over because I’d be embarrassed if someone saw it in its natural state. Let’s be real, I could never make it on an episode of Hoarders, but if a load of laundry sits on my bedroom floor for a week, I don’t bat an eye.

    One thing about cooking healthy is you use A LOT of dishes. I’m serious, like every damn pan I own is dirty. With a busy household, and limited time, it is a struggle to keep up with the household chores is a huge challenge of mine. Last week we did horrible on the eating front, I mean horrible. Half prices pizza 3/5 weeknights, yikes! To be fair, they were half price pizzas so that makes it better, right? Of course, the kids loved it. My energy levels and waistline, not so much. Lack of planning, and limited time really limited my ability to eat healthy. Thankfully, my workouts were awesome. Although, if a healthy lifestyle is 80% food and 20% exercise, I’m screwed.

    Last week was SUPER hard. So for this week, I again, went back to the basics. I created a meal plan. So simple, right? I looked back at the last time I created a meal plan, and it was April. I am so embarrassed to write this. How in the hell did I get so far away from where I was happy, and healthy?

    I use Skinnytaste for delicious and healthy meals. Amazingly, even my kids will eat most of Gina’s meals which is a bonus for us! I went grocery shopping with a detailed list and came home and cleared out the refrigerator. I started tonight with our first whole foods meal. It was delicious and healthy and you know what? My kitchen looked like a f*cking disaster! Seriously, I should have taken a picture because every surface in the kitchen had shit on it. I created SO many dishes, they wouldn’t all fit in the dishwasher. And, as the shitty housewife I am, I DO NOT hand wash dishes… EVER!

    Dishes aside, it felt great being back in the kitchen and creating a meal I knew was good for the family. I threw on an Audiobook and went to work. My goal is to make a homemade dinner every single day this week. It’s a lofty goal, but I think I can do it.

    This weeks funny:

    I sent my husband to the grocery store for balsamic vinegar, he came home with this.

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    For as bad of a housewife as I am, he is TERRIBLE at grocery shopping, just terrible. I rarely send him to the grocery store, and when I do I get at least 3-4 phone calls. I happened to be on the treadmill during this trip without my phone, and this is what happened.

    I am not a fan of store bought dressings because of the added ingredients. Homemade dressings are SO easy to make and taste delicious. So, I’m going to share one of my favorite and EASY dressing recipes.

     

    Ashley’s Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • 1/4c Olive Oil
    • 1/4c Garlic Flavored Olive Oil – You can swap this for EVOO and 1tbs of chopped garlic
    • 1/4c Balsamic Vinegar
    • 2tbs Honey (I use local honey)
    • 1tsp Dijon Mustard
    • Sal & Pepper to tase

    Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Store in an air tight container and enjoy!

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  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    The Band Perry – Live Forever | I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been staying up late every night watching a very popular athletic sporting event. This is the song of our national team. Love this group, and love this song!

    WATCH

    Trump Tower Climb | Did you see this? This man attempted to climb Trump Tower with SUCTION CUPS!!!! This is insane. Take a look if you missed the news coverage.

    READ

    Sexism at the “Games” | Have you noticed the hypocrisy of the coverage at the “Games”? As a generation of empowered women we want to point these out and be part of the change. #GirlPower

    SIP

    Flavored Waters | Water can be so BORING. Here are 10 different recipes to spice up your plain old water and keep yourself hydrated this summer.

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    Fresh Fruit | This one is SO simple. It is summer. Run to your nearest Farmer’s Market, grocery store, or farm stand and buy some fresh fruit. There is nothing better than fresh, cold, cut up fruit to cure a sweet tooth. I’m obsessed with pineapple.

    DOWNLOAD

    Kindle App | This app is amazing, and you don’t even have to buy books off Amazon! Head out to your local library and sign up for a library card. Most libraries now come with e-books as well as the “old school” paper books. How easy is that? You don’t even have to leave your house to rent a library book.

  • My name is Ashley and I am a QUITTER

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    And you know what? I’m ok with it. I signed up for the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to run. Thick to Thin has an awesome group of ladies who are running and I will be there cheering them on, but I have decided to quit training. See, the thing is I know that I can do it, but I don’t want to. I know a bunch of you are ready to tell me “you can do it” “don’t give up on yourself,” but you know what? I don’t feel like I’m giving up.

    Recently, I’ve been making 1000 excuses as to why I can’t get out and train and that’s not me. I did not make this decision lightly, and honestly I was a little bummed in myself about it. However, that was incredibly short lived. See, I believe that whatever form of exercise you choose you should love it, even when it’s hard. I HATE running. Actually that’s not true, I despise it! I’d rather do an entire hour of burpees than run.

    For all of you runners out there, I envy you. I wish I enjoyed it. I see you, I see your accomplishments and your medals, and I wish I could love running. But I don’t. I’ve been an athlete my whole life and even when I was playing high school sports I’d cringe when I heard the coach say “everyone on the line”.

    I have fallen out of love with fitness and living a healthy lifestyle and I need to make a positive change to get back there.

    So my first step is to throw in the towel on my half marathon training and restart my love affair with fitness MY way. For the last few days I’ve been going back to workout basics, and you know what? I have loved every second of the torture. I’m sore, I’m invigorated, and I’m excited to do it again tomorrow!

    Since I believe that running is still an important skill (zombie apocalypse anyone?) I’m shortening my goal, I will be running the 5 miler on Thanksgiving day with the intent to beat my 55 minute time from two years ago. I believe that making my goals more attainable I will aid me in meeting them.

    When I say that I have fallen out of love with a healthy lifestyle I mean in every form possible. Food, drink, and exercise. I am up 18# over my “goal weight”. More importantly, I feel like crap, and I am self sabotaging. This behavior is a recipe for disaster. I am looking for quick fixes and easy meals (aka take-out), and that is not helping myself or my family.

    So what does that mean for you? I’m going to turn my downfalls into a weekly blog series showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of loving yourself and getting back on track. I encourage you to share your stories, because with support these changes are so much easier to make. I’m not funny like Andrea, but I will try!

    Exercise, real food, and loving myself… Here we go!

     

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  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    Just Like Fire – Pink | Pink is fabulous and her song for Alice Through the Looking Glass movie is even better. #teampink all the way!

    WATCH

    Car Karaoke | Adorable video of the Swim Team that will compete in an event that happens every four years. This is fun and might just be better than the “Call Me Maybe” video from 4 years ago.

    READ

    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll | I was inspired by a FB friend who has read only titles with “girl” in the title. This book was an excellent summer read. 

    SIP

    Sunset Mimosa | Can you say yum? I’d probably swap grenadine for the raspberry syrup, but I could drink this for breakfast everyday. Simple and yummy, two of my favorite things!

    SNACK

    Protein Packed Snacks  | These are a group of amazing recipes of protein packed snacks you can take with you on-the-go. Keep them in your fridge and load up before you head out for a guilt-free snack that will keep you on track. My favorite is the protein balls.

    DOWNLOAD

    Emoji Blitz | Okay so I’m a total Disney girl and I love this app. Once you download it, you get access to Disney emojis. As you play the game you unlock more emojis. It is just like Candy Crush with an added bonus. If you love Disney as much as I do, give it a try!
  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS!

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

     

    LISTEN

    Cold Water- Major Lazer & Justin Bieber | I have no shame in admitting I’m a total Belieber! Justin has outdone himself again with this sure to be summer hit, with a great upbeat tempo for workouts!

    WATCH

    Drop the Mic w/ Cara Delevingne & Dave Franco|I don’t know about you but I find myself watching one James Corden video and then all of a sudden it’s 2 hours later and I’ve watched 20! This is one of my favorites of his from his show right now with two of my favorite actors.

    READ

    The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie May Wilson | Being in college this book is one I easily related to. It’s not only great for college students it’s great for all women with an inspiring and empowering message. 

    SIP

    Citrus Strawberry Mocktail | If this summer has been one thing, it’s been HOT. Nothing is better than a nice, cold, refreshing drink on a scorching day, and this is the drink for you!

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    Frozen Fruit | This may be the simplest snack but there are so many benefits of frozen fruit. 1. It’s simple, just but a pack of blueberries from the grocery store and pop them in the freezer. 2. You don’t even feel like you’re eating healthy! It tastes like you’re eating little hard candies or mini popsicles.

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    Find My Friends | Okay so all you iPhone users actually have this app on your phone already and most of you didn’t even know it. Find My Friends is an apple devices app that you can link up to your friends with and see where they are in the world. I especially like this app for school so I can see who of my friends are in the library, at the gym, or in the dining hall!  
  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    Summer Vibes on Amazon Radio | I’m totally bummed that summer is almost half way over. Put this playlist on and enjoy the rest of summer with this awesome mix of summer songs.

    WATCH

    FLOTUS – Carpool Karaoke | Get Your Freak on! This video is SO fun. Politics aside, we love Michelle Obama she is the epitome of #GirlPower and healthy living. If you want to smile, watch this one today!

    READ

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber | We’ve all seen this movie, who doesn’t love Ben Stiller? Read the short story that inspired the movie. A man with an imagination is a super fun read. 

    SIP

    Birthday Cake Protein Smoothie| In honor of Andrea’s upcoming birthday we are sharing this amazing cake smoothie recipe. Who doesn’t love cake? Healthy cake, even better! Guilt free birthday breakfast, yes please!

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    Protein Balls| It’s hot here in the East. Protein balls are easy to make, easy to carry, and aren’t too heavy for this summer heat. Here are 24 recipes to appeal to even the pickiest eater (I’m looking at you Andrea). Try them, you won’t be sorry!

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    Heads Up! | This game is from Ellen DeGeneres. This game appeals to both kids and adults. Download it and start the fun. The best part is it records you so you can watch the chaos again. This is one of our go-to party games. 
  • WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS

    Welcome BACK to WEEKLY THINGS WE FOUND AMAZEBALLS a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started! So BOOM, hope you enjoy, and as always, keep on being amazeballs!

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    LISTEN

    Cheap Thrills – Sia| This song is SO fun. It’s a great tune to roll down the windows and sing your heart out.

    WATCH

    Reese Witherspoon – Bend and Snap | Damn does she look good 15 years later. She’s adorable and we all know the Bend and Snap Scene from Legally Blonde. #GirlPower

    READ

    After You by Jojo Moyes | This is the sequel to Me Before You. I’ll save the details for those of you who have not read the first book, but this is an awesome read. My only complaint is it left me wanting book number 3! 

    SIP

    Watermelon Margarita Seltzer by Polar | We went to Massachusetts for the July 4th holiday and on the way we passed the Polar plant. They had a huge sign (marketing genius) advertising this new flavor. We ran to Wegman’s to find it, and man  I am in love. Hurry and get it before the summer flavors are gone.

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    Paleo Blueberry Cobbler| These are delicious! I love blueberries plain, but in a dessert they are even better. A great way to use those yummy summer blueberries. This would make a perfect dessert for a BBQ, or just a healthy dessert for the family.

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    The Game of Life| The kids and I are obsessed with this game. We play it on road trips and while camping. Bring back your childhood with the easy to use and fun app. Who else gets mad when they don’t have kids?! haha