The Privacy Window

One of the things I love about our new home is all the natural light. I was beyond excited to have windows in my kitchen and a big, huge window in my master bath.

Now, when you move into a new place, you’re usually advised to get window dressing right away. There was this commercial a few years ago, I think it was for HGTV, where an elderly couple watches their new neighbors have some “quality time” because they had nothing covering their windows, and this commercial has always stuck with me. Get curtains up, I don’t want to provide a show for everyone. So when we moved in, we put blinds up right away.

But not on the big window in the master bath, because it’s “obscured,” it’s a privacy window. No one will see us get ready for the day as we parade around in our birthday suits.

Because we all want to see this...

Because we all want to see this…

Ah, but here is where it gets good. There are two sets of lights in our bathroom. One set is just above the shower and the bathtub, and the other above the sink. I like my light, so when I get cleaned up, I turn on both sets. Well…

David had told me that the bathroom lights, light up our whole yard when it’s dark. “Sometimes,” he said, “you can see your shadow on the neighbor’s house.”

I shrugged it off. So you see a big undefined shadow.

Not a big deal.

That is, not a big deal until the morning that David noticed the neighbor behind us taking out his dog for a potty break earlier than usual. Normally, they don’t bring the dog out at all while it’s dark out. And none of them stand out there with the dog as he does his business. But this one morning, our neighbor did. And David watched, because the whole backyard was ablaze with my light.

And the neighbor watched – my silhouette.

When he noticed David watching him, he went back into the house. David kept an eye out, so when the neighbor peeked out his blinds for another look, David saw.

When I came downstairs that morning, David told me about the lookie loo. I shrugged it off again because I didn’t think there was much to see. Which led David to clarify: When I’m up there getting ready, because I turn on both sets of lights, the silhouette is very crisp and you can see my every curve. So while I’m not standing out there in plain view, there is very little left to imagine.

Well… okay. So my neighbor got a bit of a show. We don’t know if he noticed before having gone out with his dog that morning or if it was coincidence, but I don’t shower with both sets of lights on anymore.

My milkshake really does bring all the boys to the yard.

Beachbody Fitness Challenge Group

Guys! I’ve decided to host my very first Beachbody Fitness Challenge Group later this month. I’ve been seeing some awesome results with this round of T25, and I’m super motivated to help some others feel as good as I do. I have more energy, I’m leaner, and I’m the strongest I have EVER been. I even have little bicep muscles. It’s exciting. Even my family is beginning to notice the changes, WHICH MOTIVATES ME EVEN MORE.

My challenge group will start on Monday, April 21st, and will run for 60 days. You can choose whichever Beachbody Challenge Pack that best suits your needs, and you get the support of a tight-knit group of people with common goals. And I’ll be your personal coach! I’ve been through it. Actually, I’m going through the “get fit” process right now, and we can all learn from each other as we go!

If you want more information, just fill out the form below or email me at littlemissnerdgirl(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Offering Variety with Nûby Feeding and Storage Bowls

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Through no fault of their own, my oldest three kids are super picky eaters. My oldest is by far the pickiest, and the other two go through phases. My hope is that I can avoid this same pitfall with Flynn.

At some point I stopped offering a variety of foods for Irelyn, Chloe and Grayson to eat, so when I try to feed them something new, they fuss. It makes dinner super fun, and it’s really hard for me not to lose my cool.

When I’m offering a variety of food to Flynn, I try to give him some veggies, fruit, carbs, and protein. He doesn’t always eat them all, but at least I’m putting the foods in front of him. One day he’ll try them (this is also what I’m doing with the big kids now – they just complain more when an “offensive” food lands on their plate).

I’ve found that the way we present the food helps as well. Some days Flynn doesn’t mind everything thrown in a mush pot on his tray, but other days he wants everything in its own place – so I oblige with the Nûby Feeding and Storage Bowls. They’re the perfect size for Flynn’s chubby, little hands. On days where we’re stuck in the car (oh, the joys of being a one-car family), the lids snap on tight and keep his food fresh until we’re able to park and get our grub on.

So, lessons learned.

You can find the Nûby Feeding and Storage Bowls at Buy Baby Direct, Diapers.com, and Amazon.

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Disclaimer: I was provided free product as a Nûby Mom Blogger in compensation for my review. However, as always, all opinions are my own.

This Guy

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Oh my gosh. This guy. I love this picture of him. Flynn looks like he wants to get away, but he actually really likes riding around on David’s shoulders.

Today is David’s 36th birthday. We we went out last night and enjoyed dinner, with no kids in tow, to celebrate. We used a coupon so half the meal was free. We’re not old or anything. We don’t do much to celebrate our birthdays, just a special dinner,  homemade cake and a little bit of family over. His best friend (they’ve known each other since they were six or seven), was born the day before him, and one year I would love for them to be able to spend their birthdays together… just doing whatever they want to do. The only problem is we live in Texas and his friend lives in Washington, so it looks like I’ll be saving up so they can celebrate their birthday weekend together in Seattle. I think it’d be fun for both of them. Maybe next year?

I just wanted to write a quick something because had the events of this day, thirty-six years ago, never taken place, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t have the love of my life by my side. So March 14th is pretty momentous in my book.

Fitness Update 01

I went through my first week of a Clean Eating Challenge last week. I didn’t stick to the plan as closely as I had originally intended, but eating about 75% clean coupled with working out 4/7 nights (my goal is 5/7 nights), I did lose some weight and inches. So there is progress, which motivates me to do even better.

I feel better too. I can only imagine how I will feel once I make sure I am getting in my five workouts and eating cleaner, healthier meals 80% of the time. I don’t actually know how to measure the percentage of how clean I’m eating, so I’m just throwing out ballpark ranges. I read that 80/20 is a good goal for clean eating, so that’s what I’m shooting for. I don’t want to give up the occasional soft pretzel with cheese forever, I just want to learn to control the portion amounts and make sure that I’m stuffing more veggies, fruits, and whole grains into my gob than processed junk.

Thankfully, the gazillion boxes of Girl Scout cookies that are stuffed in my pantry haven’t been tempting me too much lately. Wish I could say the same about fries… all I seem to think about are french fries.

My measurements were taken on Saturday, 03/08/2014. I’ve been doing T25 and replacing one meal a day with Shakeology.
Here are my stats:
Weight: 145.8 (down three pounds)
Waist: 36 inches (down one inch)
Hips: 37 inches
Bust: 42 inches (down two inches)

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The most exciting part for me is losing the inches off my bust. I’d love to have a normal-sized chest again, and be in a DD or D cup! I just want to be able to buy bras in a store instead of online.

My husband has been doing some of the workouts with me. He’s the Yearbook Chair for our kids’ PTA, and has a deadline approaching, so most nights he’s been busy with that. But he gets them in when he can. He’s lost two pounds so far. I know when he gets going he’ll start shedding the pounds quicker than me. That’s cool. I can use the competition.

What motivates you to eat healthy and exercise? Do you have a get fit success story? I’d love for you to share in the comments! You’ll help motivate me!!