NSV Linkup

I have to apologize that I don’t have time to write a full post tonight! Other life areas need to take priority and I’m exhausted and need some sleep!

But, if you have an NSV and you want to share it feel free to linkup your post below. Be sure to check out everyone else’s and congratulate each other on your NSVs! Hope everyone had a good week!


One Republic, featuring The Script and American Authors

I really enjoy attending live concerts. I usually go on ticketmaster and livenation and “favorite” the bands I would love to see if they came to my area and watch out for email alerts. Then if the price is right I love to go with my friends. This past Friday I was so excited to finally see OneRepublic again!

The last time I saw OneRepublic I was a senior in college, way back in ’08.  It was shortly after their song “Apologize” and before they really took off. I saw them in a little club called Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA. They were amazing back then and it was awesome to see them in such an intimate venue. This time around though they had a much bigger show!

Honestly it was an awesome show from start to finish. Many times I am not interested in the opening act, but American Authors really caught my attention. They were very charismatic live and I thought they sounded great live. I am definitely a new fan! I didn’t realize that I already knew one of their songs – “Best Day of My Life”

Up next was The Script. I’ve never seen them live before either, but Love the song “Breakeven”

They were actually hilarious! They talked about how their songs you definitely wouldn’t play at a wedding and then actually asked for a someone’s phone from the audience and called his ex-girlfriend and sang to her. It was really entertaining.

Finally, OneRepublic took the stage about 9:30. They played for a total of 90 minutes. About 17 songs and then a 3 song encore. Just like the last time I saw him, Ryan Tedder’s voice was amazing live! They put on a great show and I’m very happy that I was able to see them again!.

One of my favorite performances of the night was when he performed “Apologize” and then went into the Sam Smith cover “Stay With Me.” Beautiful performance! You can check it out for yourself below.

One of my favorite songs from their new album is “I Lived.” The lyrics are great and really express how important some things are in life. Just go out and live and experience things!

I enjoy being able to relive some concert moments so I hope you enjoy the videos! Audrey loves the song “Something I Need” so she recorded the song and it was a great performance.

Finally, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs, overall by any artist – “Come Home.” The Song is from their first album and I think it is beautiful. I also loved that they showed some images of Pittsburgh in the background during the song.

Enjoy the videos and you can check out more concert videos from this show and others I’ve attended on my youtube page :)

Weekly Weigh In – August 10, 2014

I had an amazing weekend! I saw OneRepublic, The Script, and American Authors over the weekend and will report on that tomorrow, but they were all great! I then spent most of the weekend relaxing and catching up on things and met some friends out on Saturday. I have no complaints! But, now tomorrow is Monday :(

Over the weekend diet wise I wasn’t perfect. I didn’t get in the workout I should have gotten, but I was active by walking a lot at the concert/standing the whole time. Still, I didn’t keep all my working out “appointments.” However, I’m not going to kick myself or anything because overall I’m doing great and definitely have my head in a much better place. The scale is speaking for itself really:

Week 3 results:

Weekly loss = 1.8 pounds

Total challenge loss = 8.2 pounds

My plan for this week is to continue to pre-plan, both food and workouts. I definitely need to hit more workouts this week than last, but I’m keeping my schedule realistic as in the past I’ve jumped in too much, gotten over my head, and burned out.

I’m ready to tackle this week! How about you?

Non-Scale Victories – August 7, 2014

This Linkup hasn’t been as active lately, my fault as I have been posting here so sporadically, but I’m going to keep it going. Reflect on any victories I’ve personally had weekly and if you want to share yours then go ahead and linkup.

This week I’ve been pretty on point. I’m doing well, feeling great about sticking to my daily plans. What has been huge for me this past week or so is pre-tracking. I find that if I track the calories I plan to eat the night before that I am much more likely to stick to it. I know what to expect from the day. Then if I do any extra activity those calories are a nice bonus for something extra, if I need it.

I’ve really stressed myself out this week. I think I tend to think too much in the future at times and overwhelm myself. Anyway, I avoided going off plan while worrying about everything so that is a major plus. One day at a time.

What’s your NSV this week?

Weekly Weigh In

Well, I guess it is better late than never to update this blog.

I haven’t been updating because life has been busy! I have so many posts I’ve written in my mind, but then when it comes to writing them I often feel unmotivated lately with regards to this space. I like that I’m tracking my progress, all my ups and downs this past year and a half, and that I can see the changes I’ve made, but I definitely have taken a step back from the blog world and this week even a break from instagram. Sometimes I think we need to put our devices aside and live.

I shared a couple of weeks ago that I was going to see a counselor to discuss some things. I’ve realized over time that my issue with food is very deeply rooted and that I have more of an issue than I originally thought. Before taking the time to really reflect I didn’t realize that I do have a lot of binge eating tendencies. I’m working now to figure out why I seek out food as comfort and how to change that.

I’ve always had an addictive personality and I guess I need to learn more how to live life in moderation. I am either all in or completely off. I don’t live in a happy medium a lot of the time. I’m super committed and then I have something like a cupcake, for example, see it as a total failure and then it derails my day and then next thing you know the entire week. That isn’t healthy. It isn’t healthy to live in such extremes and for me to constantly tell myself I failed when it is fine to have a cupcake and eat well the rest of the day. The key is to just not eat a dozen cupcakes. Obviously, the cupcake is just an example, but what I’m trying to get out there is that I’m trying.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. There are no magic fixes in this world. It is as simple as calories in and calories out. So, the key is to know how many calories I’m burning vs. consuming. I’ve tracked everything. I’m really proud of that. I’ve tracked everything I’ve eaten and I exercised 5 days last week. I’m happy with the week’s results.

Week 2 results:

Weekly loss = 4.4 pounds

Total challenge loss = 6.4 pounds

6.4 pounds in 2 weeks is great for me! I’m extremely happy that I’m seeing losses on the scale again. Have to work off that weight I gained since I’ve fluctuated since April. I’m well on my way now and feeling strong now a few days in for Week 3.

How did you do this week?