Coffee Date {7/18/2014}

Coffee Date

Greetings from Orlando! Pete and I are spending a relaxing weekend at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. He has grand plans of hitting plenty of golf balls at the driving range while I am hoping to get some time lounging by the pool. We are actually here for the Food and Wine Conference so who knows how much time I will actually spend poolside. I attended the conference last year and I can't wait to see familar faces and learn tons of information. Plus, I am super excited to see what delicious creations are in store for us. Oh and thank goodness that they serve Starbucks at this hotel. Otherwise, it would have been a tragic morning!

While I am excited to have a much needed day off of work, I have spent the last four days trying to get ahead so that I am not leaving anyone in the dark today. That created the whole problem of not actually having any time to go to the gym. For some reason, Pete and I have not been able to shake the workout funk that we are currently in. I know that it is normal to have ups and downs but this low point is starting to feel like a plateau. I feel like I am actually starting to slide backwards. My average running pace isn't improving and I feel weak at the thought of lifting heavy weights. Not exactly where I was hoping to be at the start of marathon training, which is right around the corner. I am seriously freaking out …

Besides freaking out about the state of my fitness, I have actually decided that I really do need to focus on my nutrition again. I was hoping that my weight would start to regulate and go down as my fitness level improved. Unfortunately, my weight has remained constant since January. I have seen a few fluctuations but nothing drastic enough to kick start weight loss. In an effort to fix some of my digestive issues, I have removed about 90% of dairy from my diet. I love cheese so it is hard to remove all dairy. I know that trying to lose weight while training for a marathon is hard but I am going to start tracking my food intake again. I am not planning to start calorie counting again unless I absolutely have to.

Enough talking about me and my frustrations (I promise that I won't start talking about work), what are some of the frustrations you have been dealing with lately? Have you ever experienced a crazy low point in your fitness journey or weight loss journey that never seems to end? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to break it? I am starting to get desperate over here …

What are your weekend plans?

 

My First Stitch Fix Box {Review}

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

So I have a small, teeny, tiny, insignificant very huge confession to make: I absolutely hate clothes shopping. It is one of those things in life that gives me severe anxiety. It isn’t that I hate clothes. In fact, I really like the idea of fashion but I just don’t have any confidence when it comes to myself and fashion. I avoid shopping at all costs and have been known to wear the same wardrobe until all the clothes are beyond dead.

When I first started feeling a little bit better about my body, I took Pete with me to the store to help me pick out a few new outfits. That was the one and only time he has ever gone clothes shopping with me. Needless to say, he didn’t enjoy finding me in the dressing room having a breakdown because I didn’t feel comfortable in any of the clothes I tried on. It was an experience something that neither one of us intends to repeat any time soon.

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Since that shopping trip, I have done everything in my power to avoid clothes shopping. Don’t even get me started on shopping for swim suits. Talk about a self confidence crisis! The biggest problem that I have with clothes shopping is that I have absolutely no idea what actually looks good on me. When I go outside of my comfort zone, I feel very self conscious and many times I won’t buy something even if it looks good. My clothes shopping complex knows no bounds!

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When I first heard about Stitch Fix, I was hesitant to try it out because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find anything that I liked or that I felt comfortable in. I love the idea of wearing trendy clothes but I don’t felt comfortable enough in my skin to pull it off. After several months of resisting, I finally decided to schedule my very first Fix.

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Crawford Mesh Triangle Earrings by Zad ($32). While I actually liked these earrings, I knew that I wasn’t going to keep them. I am very picky about my accessories and hardly every wear any. In fact, I have worn the same set of simple white gold hoops for the last 4 years. Returned.

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Paloma Dot Print Back Cutout Knit Top by Pomelo ($54) When I first pulled this top out of the box, I was really nervous. My usual clothes selections are simple and don’t contain any patterns. I am always nervous about how certain patterns will look on my body. Plus, I wasn’t sure how the back would look on me or if it would show my under garments. As soon as I put the top on, I knew that I was going to keep it. The fabric was soft and super comfortable. Plus, I really liked how it fit on me. I honestly didn’t expect to like this top at all but I ended up loving it. Kept.

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Amie Striped Belted Maxi Dress by Gilli ($74) Maxi dresses have always made me nervous. I am very self conscious about how I look in form fitting clothes. Mostly, I want to avoid showing any awkward bumps and ripples around the mid-section. When I saw that a maxi dress was in my box, I was a little hesitant but kept an open mind. Unfortunately, this dress was not very flattering in the mid-section and I would have preferred that the pattern continue around the entire dress. Returned.

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Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean by Just Black ($78) Skinny jeans are one of those clothing items that I usually shy away from. I am not stick thin. I have a pronounced back side. Oh and my legs are quite muscular. These facts alone are enough to keep me far away from the stack of skinny jeans in the store. This item in my box was the one that I was the most hesitant about. I wasn’t even sure that I would be able to get them on. When I plucked up the courage to try them on, I was extremely surprised. Not only did they fit and feel comfortable but I also felt confident in them. Kept.

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Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($54) The last item in my box was a lovely green blouse. I actually really liked how the blouse looked in the box and hoped that it would look even better when I tried it on. Unfortunately, this blouse was not very flattering on me at all. It was a little too big and way too boxy. Also, sleeveless blouses are notorious for being too large in the arm holes. Even though the fit wasn’t quite right, I did really like the fabric and color of the blouse. I really wish that it would have fit better. Returned.

Overall, I was pleased with my very first Stitch Fix box. It gave me a better idea of what the program was all about and pushed the limits of my comfort zone. Plus, I didn’t have an emotional break down in the process. Pete was extremely relieved that I wasn’t curled in a ball after trying on the clothing items. After I returned the items I decided not to keep, I made a few changes to my style profile and scheduled my next fix.