A Low 5 for Liz This Week!

January 10, 2014

Life - 1. Liz - ZERO.

I have been off of my game big time this week. The only thing I have been successful at this week is Blogging. I wrote about my weekend, being a woman in today's society, had my blog hop, and then my most brilliant piece of literature: "The 3 most effective way to gain more followers"... something like that. I would post the links for you to revert back too, but I don't feel like it. If you want to read them, just scroll down the page.

A lot of my good blog friends know, 2013 was horrid for me health wise. I gained nearly 60 pounds from medical issues, so I have been working hard since November to get my groove back. It has been going great.

The week of 11/25 - 7.8 pounds lost.
The week of 12/2 - 2.8 pounds
The week of 12/9 - 3.5 pounds
The week of 12/16 - 2.5 pounds
The week of 12/23 - 5 pounds
Total down: 21.6 pounds

My last weigh in was last Tuesday, New Years Eve. I went back yesterday and I have gained 2.4 pounds. The doctor did add that my water levels were elevated so that could contribute, but I think he said that to make me feel better. 

You know, it is what is. I can't change the number today on the scale, but when I go back next week for my vitamin injection, I can. I think my problem is the holidays being over. I lost weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I held strong. My mom came into town last week and we went out a lot, then I got sick, and being back at work this week, the first 5-day work week in almost 3 weeks, has just been hard. I am off of my game from travelling, being with family, enjoying time off, and doing fun things. I am not perfect and I never will be, so the only thing I can do it just keep pushing. I am going to make it a good weekend and just revamp myself. Next week, that scale better watch the hell out. 

Moving on. This week I decided to change up my breakfasts a little bit. I usually have 3 egg whites mixed with fat free cottage and feta cheese - cooked via stove top. It is actually delicious or maybe I am just crazy, but I enjoy it. I have been eating it every morning for over a month though. I had to switch it up. I made the most delicious smoothie. 

  • A handful of frozen strawberries/bananas - I use the bag of frozen fruits from Dole
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder. I use 100% Whey, the brand changes, it is usually whatever is cheapest.
  • 1 tablespoon of Peanut Butter. I am currently using a peanut butter that has raisins and nuts mixed into it - delicious
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Blue Diamond brand, all others are gross and higher in calories)
  • Blend like hell to perfection. I have this $20 blender from WalMart and that little sucker is a trooper. I just keep it on the liquefy setting for about a minute and I am good to go.
Monday night I watched a video on YouTube because I have been wanting to try some cute up-do's for work. My hair is getting super long and sometimes I don't feel like styling it. Plus I only try to wash it 3 times a week since it is so chemically treated. Thus, I wanted to learn how to do the head braid. It is not way hard, but it is not that easy either. It took me a good 45 minutes, but I think I did OK. It was nice sleeping in 15 extra minutes too. I woke up, sprayed leave in conditioner to eliminate frizz and I was good to go.

When my mom stayed last week, she brought her Kindle Fire for me to have. Excited was an understatement. She bought herself a Galaxy Tab for Christmas so she did not need her Kindle anymore. I finally turned it on and set out to buy my first book. You guys listed some great ideas for me, too. I bought the second book of "The Original Sinners" series. It is similar to "50 Shades of Grey" in the essence that BDSM is involved, but T.O.S is much, much better and realistic. If you're into weird stuff like me, you will love the series. If you are just into erotic novels, it may be a little much for you, because it is so real, but it is a GOOD read.

Since I live in Antarctica, I mean North Carolina, I have really had to bundle up lately. Damn it has been cold. I have a ton of scarfs from my grandmother but I never wear them because they are complicated and annoying. However, this week, I made an exception. It was cold. I like this black shiny one I was given so I decided to drape it over me. It looks a little weird over me maybe, but I liked it!

This wraps up my my Friday 5, so I would like to leave you with this amazing picture of my boo bear. He is so dang cute!

*Be sure to check out my link-up page, there is a lot going on today, you need to join in!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Don't be too hard on yourself! You were sick and it takes a while to come back from that. You got this!

    Great job on the head braid!

  2. It takes time to get back into it all. This was my first 5 day work week after 3 weeks, too. It is rough! I like the up do' braid :)

  3. It is always hard when you are sick. You got this, just re-commit and nail it! I loved the braid, saving time in the morning is so nice. I will have to check out that book series!

  4. Dang, I wish I could braid my hair like that! It looks awesome!

  5. Ahh sorry about the weigh in but if its just water, you'll lose that pretty quickly! Love the updo! It looks great! I wish I had the time or the patience to work on my hair! LOL

  6. I cannot french braid for the life of me! That cascading waterfall braid on Pinterest is like my dream hair to be able to learn how to do! So pretty!

  7. You are doing awesome, don't be done about a little gain this week. I know how hard it is when there are set backs. I had a little break down Wednesday because I have been sick and haven't been able to work out. It sucks how quickly things can be "undone" with even just a few days off! But no need to get discouraged or down! You are a rock star and you got this girl!

  8. You're doing great! Keep it up, lady! :)

  9. Don't be so hard on yourself babe, you're kicking butt! And the scarf looks great on you!

  10. Don't be too hard on yourself. We're humans. Lol

    I'm buying Whey protein next week because I want to get into this whole workout and eating healthy a lot better. Trying to get toned and stuff before bikini season.

    I seriously can't french braid for shit. I can do a braid that's about it. Lol

  11. Don't be too hard on yourself with some gains! I get it though. I'm sick and on prednisone right now. I don't even want to know what the scale is going to say at the end of this! haha. Life happens... just keep truckin' along!

  12. Don't be so hard on yourself! You are doing fantastic! Love the braid!! Looks great!

  13. Awesome job getting back into your routine and losing the weight, 21 pounds is awesome!! The braid looks great! Happy weekend girl!

  14. Wait a second you gained 2lbs...shut up you look beautiful. Don't beat up over 2 when in the grand scheme of things you have lost your fair share. Enjoy yourself my love!

  15. don't even fret about the weight gain - you're doing things to remedy that and stay healthy and that's what counts most. my knee crapped out back in october so i've had to revamp the way i workout and my endurance is now for shit but i know come spring, im going to get right back on it! how you get up from falling down is what counts most :)

    i want to go just so i can judge the jesus out of those twits! oh, and also have my own gif.

    Vodka and Soda

  16. the important part is that you got back on track! remember that. some people may have just said screw it, i'm up 40, I give up but not you! you inspire a lot of people! remember that too!

  17. girl you are being WAY too hard on yourself about that weight gain. the holidays are hard. there are too many tempting things. the point is you are going to get back on track and doing it the right way! healthy! you look great.

  18. You lost weight over the holidays. I think that deserves a small 2 pound gain! You can knock that off in a week's time! Be kind to yourself!

  19. aww what a cute lil marty !!! U are going to squash it this week girl!!!! I know you will! You are doing awesome!! The smoothie sounds really good!!!

  20. hang in there gf, you are doing amazing!!!

    that smoothie, sounds amazing.

    have a great weekend xoxo

  21. You can do it girl! This is what makes you a stronger person :)
    Don't be so hard on yourself, you are gorgeous! & many women would KILL to have that bootayy! ;)

    xoxo showeredwithdesign.blogspot.com

  22. I think I know what I can do with the cottage cheese in the fridge now :) thank you for the idea!!! I love me some egg whites with onions, bell peppers & a sprinkle of cheese but I also get bored very quickly with food so I have to change it. You breakfast smoothie sounds yummy & I agree Blue Diamond is the way to go!!! Vanilla unsweeten + coconut water for me!! Girl I am so far off from being girly its almost embarrassing.. I try really hard & it doesnt work so I think you look amazing!!! Keep up all your hard work & IT WILL pay off!! 2014 is our year to shine!!! have a fabulous weekend!

  23. "I would post the links... but I don't feel like it." Hahahah!


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