Friday Weigh In (24 Day Challenge #1)

I have been working so hard and I am so excited with my progress so far! I honestly didn’t think I would lose any weight this first week because I just started girly time and that typically brings a huge weight gain, low energy, etc. I have had none of that this week and I hope this just gets better and better!


I have managed to keep my 10K streak going strong, last night I was only at 7,000 steps and I got my 9 year old to walk up and down the street with me until I hit 10,000 steps.


I think (according to the next 10 day forecast) that Spring is arriving here in Michigan. We are set to hit near 70 today and in the high 50’s for the next 10 days. That means our walks are back!! Emma and I went on a 3 mile walk today to and from the park. It felt amazing to get out, enjoy the fresh air and stretch our legs.


My oldest daughter and I are going out with my Mom and sister in law to see Beauty and the Beast tonight, I am so excited, I have heard so many great things about this movie! Have you watched it yet?

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Vanilla Mango Shake

20 Minutes of Cardio and some ab work to start the day.



Fiber time! This stuff is not my favorite and it takes everything out of me to chug it down, but it makes things work if you know what I mean and it lives up to it’s claim of appetite suppressant. I was busy running around all day long, we were given 24 hours notice for an appraisal last night. Not selling, just re-financing, but I was stressed out anyway! I didn’t take many pictures at all, or take time out to eat much, but I did break for this shake.


Vanilla Advocare Meal Replacement Shake with Frozen Mango


1 cup of the mango chunks, 1 cup of water and the packet of vanilla shake. Blend until smooth and creamy.


I think the appraisal went well, we’ll find out in a few days! I was about 1,000 steps short of my 10K streak, so I tuned on Netflix and watched Orange is the New Black (OBSESSED!!!) until I hit my goal.


Szechuan Beef {Instant Pot Recipe}

Yesterday started bright and early with Turbo Sculpt. 40 minutes of high rep, low weight sculpting. Lots of shoulders and squats with a little bit of ab work thrown in at the end.


Pre-Breakfast Supplements:




The most epic shake – Vanilla Advocare Meal Replacement Shake blended with a cup of frozen mango and a cup of water.


We made our weekly Costco run and I picked up this Asian Salad and added some chopped rotisserie chicken.


While Emma was sleeping, I sipped on this Blue Raspberry Spark and did some blog work and caught up on some DVR shows.



I had some stew beef that I picked up from Costco last week, but it was still frozen when I went to use it. I had an idea to try the Instant Pot and it was even better than the stir fry I was planning on!

Instant Pot Szechuan Beef


In the Instant Pot, I poured in 1 cup of water, then dumped the meat in and then scooped in 1/2 the jar of the Szechuan sauce. Since it was a Costco sized package of meat, I added another 1/2 up of water on top of that, just to make sure. I set the Instant Pot to manual for 50 minutes and crossed my fingers. The result – the most flavorful, semi-spicy, tender beef! It was incredible! On the side we had brown rice and broccoli. If you’re going to make this and your meat isn’t frozen, I would set the cooking time to 35 minutes.


1-2 pounds stew beef

Szechuan sauce ( it is spicy, so if you have kids or not a fan of spice, use sparingly) A little bit goes a long way.

1 cup water


Pour 1 cup of water into instant pot, place beef in the instant pot, cover with sauce. Cook on manual for 35 minutes, 50 if meat is frozen.


I am determined to keep my 10K streak alive, it’s only been a few days, but I refuse to go to bed until I hit 10,000 steps. I’m trying to see how many days in a row I can make this happen.