100 Books of Summer

My son had the ridiculous fantastic idea that as a family we read 100 books this summer.  Honestly, he could probably read all 100 by himself!  He has found his passion and I am fueling it with many weekly library trips.  My daughter has even gotten more into reading since her little brother always has his nose in a book.


My daughter even made this bulletin board, so we can track our progress.  We decided that me and the kids would read 30 books, each, and my husband has to read 10.  Since he works and all.  🙂


Brody’s top picks so far are The Lost Hero, and the Alien in my pocket series.


He also really loved this book we just picked up randomly.  Or not so random as I like to think!  🙂



My daughter just finished this…I am sure everyone has read it and seen the movie by now.  I’m adding this one to my beach reads for next week.  Once I finish the book,  we can schedule a Mommy/Daughter date night to go see the movie.


My husband’s first book of the summer.  He loves Clive Cussler.   But more importantly, aren’t my nails the best summer pink ever?


After the smut I’ve been reading at the pool, I kicked it up a notch in the fiction department.  These are my next three reads.  I know, another Emily Giffin book, but I love her style of writing.  (I can’t wait to read her newest book!  But, I’m so cheap I will have to wait until it comes to the library!)



Ab Challenge Check Up!


I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving the results of this Ab Challenge!  I snapped this quick selfie the other day.  I know I look a little bloated.  I had one cheerio and the sodium just puffs me up.  Kidding.  But I am really feeling so strong.  Just when I want to give up, I keep pushing myself to finish!  I think it helps that so many of you are in on this too!  We have even seen a little success with our waist measurements!  My husband has lost 1.5 inches and I am down 1 inch.    Remember we were in the danger zone?!


It has been a family affair for the most part…Toby just stands guard while we work our abs everyday in the living room.  He is such an awesome dog.  We feel so lucky to have him!


We usually do our abs while dinner is cooking.  Abs on a full belly is not happening.  Since the reps are higher, we have also been splitting them up.  My husband will do half of the sit-ups, crunches, and leg raises before he takes lunch at work, and I do half during the day also.  When he gets home, we do the other half and our planks together, which helps motivate us.    I’ve been dropping down and doing planks with my yoga classes I teach…  getting it in any way I can.

My low back has been really tweaky (not to be confused with twerky) lately, so I have modified the sit-ups by using a small ball, or in this case a squishy old couch pillow.   SEE THE VIDEO HERE.  Have you felt any low back pain?


I have heard a few people mention that their hip flexors feel tight from all the leg raises.  My answer?  Stretches!  Above is a picture of a runner’s lunge (high on the back toe, knee off the floor), and below is a picture of me in lizard pose.  (I have my forearms on the mat, and my knee is on the mat, toes untucked.) Both are awesome for stretching out those tight hip flexors.


**I would like to stick a disclaimer in that these two shots were taken in the month of May when I was doing the Defy Gravity challenge.  I promise I am still wearing my same old, same old stuff for June Project 12.  (Which I will update you on soon!)

Remember to post your photos to Instagram and use the #itsapleasantlife and #30dayabchallenge hashtags!

 We are so close to the end!  Keep it up! 

Fat Fasting Part Two

I have fat fasted for 5 days straight.  It was amazing and awesome and I’m sorry it’s over.    I wish I could say I had horrible headaches, or the ketoflu, but I didn’t.    I felt energized,  clear-headed, and lost 8 pounds.  My husband is so impressed, he is doing a modified fat fast next week!  I just prepped a bunch of food for us, so we are ready for the week.

This whole fat fast was not that far off from how I normally eat.  I just switched the fat and protein ratio around.  I realized doing this how much protein I was eating.  I am not a body builder.  There is no reason I need to eat over 120 grams of protein everyday.  I also did not stay within the 1,000 calorie a day restriction.  I usually was in the 1,200 range, and even up to 1,600 some days.  (I was starving and I teach/practice a lot of hot yoga, so I modified that part a bit.)


I did not always make the healthiest choices for my mini meals, but who does?   Pork rinds dipped in sour cream.  This was fun and delicious and it was allowed on the plan, so I went for it.


Everyday I had some type of salad…which I do normally anyway.  The difference was that I eliminated some of the protein, and added fat.  This salad has a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 cup of goat cheese.  Usually, I would have added chicken or tuna,  and only half of the goat cheese and olive oil.

I posted the menu for day one and day two in an earlier post… if you want to read that click here.   (These two days, I lost 2.2 pounds, and 2.4 pounds for a total of 4.4 in two days.  Over the next 3 days I lost 2.8, 1.0, then gained .4 pounds, making my total weight loss 8 pounds.)


Day 3:

  • Coffee with 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBS Crazy Richards peanut butter (This is the BEST!  It is the only peanut butter I feed my kids…ingredients:  peanuts.  no oil, no salt, no organic cane syrup…which is sugar!)
  • I cup of romaine, 1 roma tomato, 1/4 cup goat cheese, 1 TBS olive oil, splash of red wine venegar
  • 1 ounce of macadamia nuts
  • 4 small ribs
  • 2 deviled eggs (yolks only)
  • 9 pork rinds dipped in 4 TBS of sour cream


Day 4:

  • coffee with 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 14 pieces of pepperoni with 2 TBS of whipped cream cheese
  • 1 ounce of almonds and a cucumber
  • coffee (iced) with 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • cucumber/tomato salad (with TBS olive oil)
  • Green Beans
  • 14 pieces of pepperoni with 2 TBS of whipped cream cheese (I ate this at 8:00pm.   I don’t normally eat a meal that late at night, but I taught 3 yoga classes that day, plus did a class called Arms and Abs, and my car battery died.  I needed some extra calories.
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Day 5:

  • Coffee with 2 tablespoons of butter
  • EAS AdvantEdge protein shake
  • Chick Fil’A grilled chicken breast and an avocado ( I brought it with me)
  • Coffee (iced) with 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBS Crazy Richards peanut butter.
  • 2 light beers
  • 8 buffalo wings with carrots, celery and ranch dressing
    (I am thinking the beers and breaded wings is what did me in on this day…)

So, what happens now?  Was this water weight and will it come back on?  I hope not!  My plan is to increase my calories back to 1, 500 per day and change my fat/protein/carb ratio to 70/20/10.  (This is very similar to Atkins induction.)

Wish me Luck!

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