Friday Favorites – 1.23

And just like that, its Friday again! Thanks to the Monday holiday this week flew by for me and I am so excited its almost the weekend again. SL and I are heading out for date night tonight and have a going away party planned for tomorrow night. Plans two nights in a row? Who are we?

Before I get too excited for the weekend, let me get excited about my Friday Favorites for this week!

Friday Favorites

Like my new graphic? I figured we’ll roll with a wintery theme seeing that it is winter for the next 4 months here in New England.

Ok, for real now, my Friday Favorites!

  • H&M Sportswear

H&M recently launched a new sportswear line and it is FANTASTIC! Well, if its not completely new then its mostly new and completely new-to-me. I love each and every affordable yet fitness-fashionable piece. Here are some of the pieces I will probably order immediately:

H&M Sportswear

Padded Lightweight Jacket – $49.95 // Sports Tank Top – $9.95 // Sports Bra Medium support – $19.95 // Yoga Tights – $29.95

  • Kwench Juice Cafe

kwench juice cafe

I might be a little pre-mature in adding this to my Friday Favorites as it hasn’t actually opened and I can’t find any traces of it in the Google machine. The sign seems extremely promising though…acai bowl and fresh juices right next door to my office? Please, just take my whole wallet now.

  • Cashewmilk

Cashewmilk

I finally found it!! After searching hi and low in my local grocery stores, I finally found one that carried Silk’s new Cashewmilk. So far I have only used it in smoothies/shakes and coffee (so good) but I am hoping to bake with it this weekend! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

  • Paying under $1.00/gallon for gas

gas station

Jealous? After buying my Cashewmilk at Stop & Shop I checked out my receipt to see how many gas points I had. Turns out, with that $3 purchase I eclipsed the 1,000 point mark meaning I got $1.00 of each gallon of gas. The Shop & Shop gas station (located conveniently across the street from the grocery store) had a price sticker of $1.99/gallon. After some kindergarten level mental math I realized I would be paying less than a buck per gallon! It made my night.

gas station

I have an 18-gallon tank so you can see how much I desperately needed to fill up. This has got to be the only time I’ve ever filled this tank for under $20.

What have you been loving this week?

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My DietBet

So I am trying something new right now, and I realized I should probably write about it. So here it is – my DietBet.

my DietBet

For the new year I made a few goals (resolutions…whatever) but I felt like I needed a little kick in the pants to get things started. I was on a eat-everything-workout-never binge from the holidays and knew it needed to stop. If you are anything like me, money (or losing money) will motivate to do anything to stop it from happening.

Enter DietBet. Here is how it works. You can create a game yourself or join someone else’s game. I chose to join Sarah’s game after watching her hilarious YouTube video. Each game costs $35 and to win you have to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. I know $35 doesn’t sound like a lot of money but its enough to motivate me not to lose. The winners of the game split the whole pot in the end. If you lose, your money goes to the winners.

I want to win. So enter a super clean and green “diet” and getting my ass back in gear. Want to know what I am eating? Check out this post…I haven’t been straying too far from protein over greens for lunches and dinner. Breakfasts have been Shakeology shakes. I did stray a little at a friends birthday party last Saturday but not too much and hey…YOLO.

During the last week of this bet I am going to follow the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down which is in the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. This Slim Down is pretty aggressive but basically is all about lean protein and veggies and eating the right things at the right time of day. Oh, and working out…of course.

So how am I doing so far?

Starting Weight: 140.0 lbs

Goal Weight (after 4 weeks): 134.4

First Weigh In (after 1 week): 137.2 lbs

Second Weigh In (after 2 weeks): 136.2 lbs

Total Lost: 3.8 lbs

Lbs to go: 1.8 lbs!

According to DietBet I have a 83% chance of winning my money back (+ the loser’s money!) so I am going to keep pushing. The only less the optimal struggling I am dealing with is that the PATRIOTS ARE IN THE SUPERBOWL!!! and I love Superbowl food and the big game is just a few short days before the final weigh in. Ugh…the struggle is real my friends.

Has anyone else done a DietBet? Did you win or forfeit your money??