Shirt – an amazing find at ROSS
Shorts – Charlotte Russe
Purse – Chanel WOC
I searched high and low 3 years ago for a mid size SUV to buy. I originally went in wanting a Toyota Highlander, but was very unhappy with how Toyota did business. It was a lot of Yo yo games like ‘we can’t go lower than…’ but then a day later we would get a call saying ‘ok we got a great deal for you!’. Well after 2 weeks of the “Toyota Game” we were tired of it. They even brought the price down to what we wanted, but by then we weren’t interested in doing business with them anymore. We went on to look at the Durango and ended up really liking it, but they didn’t have a V6. It seemed like a lost cause until I clicked on the Nissan website to find the re-designed 2013 Pathfinder. I loved it in the pictures and later that day I went to the dealership to see it. Once I sat in it I knew it was my car. We leased a black on black 2013 Pathfinder and I have been happy with it ever since.
My lease on the Pathfinder is coming to an end so this weekend we started test driving every SUV out there. There were some good options out there, but just not what we needed. Looking at all these cars ended up reinforcing my love for the Pathfinder. After days of test drives and numbers we found ourselves at Nissan. It ended up being a big PITA because Nissan didn’t have any cars on the lot that had everything we wanted. We weren’t in a hurry so we decided to just wait until they found a car for us. Yesterday we went in to look at a car, but they sold it before we arrived! Amazingly enough they found an even better option fresh off the truck still in plastic. We looked at it for about 15 minutes and we loved it. Next was the ‘not so fun’ part of having to barter with the dealership to get the price down to where we would be comfortable. After 3 hours we were finally ready to sign all the papers for the new car. Unfortunately I didn’t even get to take it home because it was too late. I had to pick it up this afternoon. Well let’s say I was SUPPOSED to pick it up in the afternoon but true to form the dealership made me wait until after 6pm. As you can see in the pic I traded in my black one for a white one. I had wanted a white one since the beginning, but black was the only thing available at the time. So now we are done with the car buying gauntlet. Getting a new car is fun…….once you get past all the crap that goes along with it.
I am a new fan of body oil. This skincare brand was really interesting to me because they use ingredients like truffle in this skincare line. I have several other items to try from them, but this oil has quickly become a staple in my skincare so far. I find it so much easier to spray it on a cotton pad vs. applying moisturizer. I’ll be updating my progress in another 2 weeks.
Lots of people ask how I lost my baby weight and how I keep it off. I freely share the tips that worked for me, but I rarely see people who actually try them. When it comes to eating and exercise you have to do what works with YOUR body. All the numbers out there used to calculate what your body needs are just estimates. They could give you numbers so far away from reality that it could hinder your fitness. Take the Max HR for example. There are several “equations” to calculate your Max HR. You’ve probably seen this equation Max HR = 220 – age, but I find it very unlikely that EVERY 20 year old in the world has a max HR of 200 bpm. So lets start with the tip that I recommend to EVERYONE – do metabolic testing.
Most gyms and fitness spas offer metabolic testing and it’s usually $100-$200. These tests will tell you what YOUR body needs. Knowing things like your VO2 Max and resting HR are important because it will teach you how to exercise for your body In addition to those, you’ll also learn how your body burns calories and in what HR zones. The first time I did metabolic testing I was on a very strict low calorie diet only to discover after the test that I wasn’t eating enough to support my body. Once I added more calories to my routine I started seeing great progress. I like to get tested twice a year in order to stay current on my fitness levels. The numbers from this test will change with your fitness levels so you’ll have to re-test to see where you are.
My second tip AFTER metabolic testing would be WEAR A HR MONITOR. How are you supposed to exercise efficiently when you have no idea what level your body is at? I am someone who tends to exercise too hard and it has caused me to suffer from “overtraining” on more than one occasion. I admit that my idea of ‘exercise’ is quite dysfunctional so I never exercise without wearing a HRM. I can use the information from metabolic testing to keep me on track and avoid injuries and plateaus. This information is out there for everyone so why not obtain it? I recommend Timex and Polar HRM with chest straps.
Traveling with a baby is hard. We took Audrey on her first plan when she was 3 weeks old. Since then she’s probably been on 100 airplanes. I would like to say that we are experts at traveling with a … Continue reading