Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Work It, Work It, Work It!

fitbit flex

As of yesterday, I had gone to the gym a total of four times since last Monday (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday).
One time short of my goal because I had to go to see my man last week to take care of some relationship business. While in San Antonio, I did go on Wednesday and Saturday. On Saturday we went together. It was cute, but for some reason, I couldn't get my workout IN like I do when I am at home in Austin.

I'm totally committed this time to working out. Yesterday I purchased a FitBit to help me stay on track.
If you use FitBit, add me using the email address LMTatum77(at)gmail.com
I am also (re)signed up on MyFitnessPal, user name LMichelle1920.

Today, I started my two-a-days! I went this morning and worked out from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and then tonight Moniek and I went back. We were SUPPOSED to do BodyCombat, but about 15 minutes in, we decided that class was NOT for us!!! Instead, we did weight training. It was actually fun. I truly feel like working out with a buddy is better. Tomorrow morning, I plan to go to swim class, so hopefully my work schedule doesn't go too haywire.

1. Work out 2x/day at least 3 days a week. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
2. On Monday and Friday, at least go and do 30 minutes in the morning. (Thank God for flexible work hours!)
3. When it's time to get married (word on the street is that the engagement is coming soon), I would like for my wedding dress to be no more than a 18/20.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

**Is This Thing On**

I honestly can not believe that it's been almost a full year since I have blogged. Has life been THAT busy? Actually it has. 
However, I'm not going to be boring and talk about my year...I decided to start blogging again to keep up with my weight loss efforts.....again
After my last post regarding my personal trainer issues, I pretty much just fell off with working out and it's probably been just that long since I've steadily worked out. 
However, I decided to rejoin Gold's gym and go at it again. I joined online so that I wouldn't have to sit through the "orientation" that's geared to make you end up paying for a trainer. When I walked in, I told the guy, "I paid online...and I've already been here, so I just need a keytag." He goes, "Oh you don't want to get your free fitness assessment?" I said, "No" and gave him the "hurry up and give me my tag look." 
Today was Day #2. 
I did 15-10-10 (Elliptical - Exercise Bike - Incline Trainer), and my PLAN is to go for at least 30 minutes 
I'm committed. 
Is anyone still out there? 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Out with the Old.....

This has been an interesting year, and it absolutely FLEW by! I am excited about 2013, the newness, the freshness, the possibilities! I had many ups and a few downs, but the GOOD definitely outweighed the bad!!

January is going to be very busy for me. I have travel planned to go to Houston and Nashville and then of course, I will celebrate my 36th birthday! YIKES!!! I don't "feel" like I am about to be 36!! I guess that's a good thing!

2012 has been such a busy year for me, that I have decided that for 2013, I am going to slow down and smell the roses. I will learn how to say, "NO" more.

My relationship is still going well. We celebrated a year and a half this past Thursday. It's amazing for me to love a man and for him to love me back. There are times that we'll be together at the store or driving in the car and I exhale and truly thank GOD for my man. Then there are the other times where I want to just reach up and SHAKE him! LOL

At any rate, thanks for those of you still out there that read my sporadic posts. 2012 is almost out. Come on 2013!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Look: Sunday's Best

This has been a crazy year, and I can't believe it's gone by SO fast!
It's been a LONG time since I've posted a Sunday's Best!! I won't say that I will do better, but I do want to share that one of my personal goals for this upcoming New Year include re-finding myself style-wise.
When I changed jobs last year, I went from having to go into the office everyday, being surrounded by people, to working from home 60% of the time and going into an office where it is just me and an intern most days. Of course I dress up for client meetings, but those are rare, so honestly, I've fallen into a fashion slump!!! Jeans, top, and sandals/sneakers have become the norm. Ick!
Therefore I have decided to dress my best every day, no matter where I am going!!!
Let's see if that works. 

The Look for Sunday, December 16, 2012
Dress: Lane Bryant Iconic Collection -- This is an OLD dress (at least five (?) years), but I LOVE IT! 
Jacket: Vintage Jessica London, thrifted 
Scarf: Sam Moon 
Shoes: Gifted from one of my Sorors :)
Purse: Steve Madden -- Found on sale at K&G!
Check out my waist...that's one of those LONG pearl necklaces. I got it from K&G as well.
I LOVE that little detail :) 

How are you? What's good?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tweet to Win with Lane Bryant!!! #LB12Days #spon

Thank you Lane Bryant for sponsoring this post! Lane Bryant's 12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises is the perfect way to get your must-haves from Lane Bryant and Cacique for the holiday season. Click here for surprise offers announced daily through Dec 16.

Hey there hunnies!!!

Thanks to those of you that have pinned for the Lane Bryant giveaway!!! Keep them coming and encourage others to enter as well!! My giveaway will last a few days longer than other bloggers did, so there is still time to win!!! Also, don't forget, today is the last day of the "12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises!" So go get your last minute Christmas gifts!!!

Got time for Twitter tomorrow during the work day? If not, sneak the time because Lane Bryant will be giving away (18) $30.00 gift cards!!!!

The deets are below for when it all goes down! Make sure you RSVP to win!!! 

What: Lane Bryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party
When: Mon 12/17/12 (12:00 noon Pacific/2:00 p.m. CST/3:00 p.m. ET 
Where: On Twitter! CleverTweets: http://clvr.li/SYaCNf 
Follow: Hashtag #LBHoliday @CleverGirlsColl @LaneBryant
Prizes: (18) $30.00 Lane Bryant gift cards!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Holiday Style with Lane Bryant & GIVEAWAY!! #LB12Days #spon

Thank you Lane Bryant for sponsoring this post! Lane Bryant's 12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises is the perfect way to get your must-haves from Lane Bryant and Cacique for the holiday season. Click here for surprise offers announced daily through Dec 16.

As a fashionista that has been pleasingly plus and curvaceous all of my life, Lane Bryant stores across the nation are no stranger to me!

Whenever I am shopping for a look, I seek Lane Bryant, first....and usually I don't have to go further than one of the several stores local to the Austin, Texas metropolitan area to satisy my needs. However, if one of the many stores here in Austin don't have what I need, I can always visit Lane Bryant online to quel my shopping monster!

For the past 11 days, Lane Bryant has had a sale a day, the "12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises!" Today is the last day of the sale, so if you didn't get a chance to take advantage of the sale before today, don't fret because there is still time!  Click the ad below to check out today's surprise offer! (But don't forget to come back here for the giveaway rules!!)

Below are a few of the items (along with alternates) that I purchased during the "12 Days" sale to wear on Christmas Day, while going from house to house visiting my family.

I chose the Dolman Blouse (available online and in stores), the Snake Print Skinny Jean in Tan (available online and in stores) and the Red Patent Heel (available online and in stores).  I had to place my order online because the pants are so popular that NO stores in the Austin metro area had them in stock in my size!! I had to have them though, and since Lane Bryant ALSO offeres free shipping to the store, I still had a winning look...it's just delayed a few days! However, since I was able to take advantage of the "12 Days" deal, so I got my purchase for next to nothing! #stillwinning

Lane Bryant - 12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises! #LB12Days


Are you looking for a fun, romantic, cozy or festive outfit to wear during the 2012 holiday season? Maybe the perfect New Years' Eve dress or the sexiest lingerie to wear for Santa?
Well, here's your chance!!
Lane Bryant is so graciously giving two "Musings...." readers the opportunity to win one $30 Lane Bryant gift card!!!

How to Win:
1. Browse the LaneBryant website.
2. Pin your favorite Lane Bryant look to your Pinterest account using the #LB12Days hashtag.
3. Leave the link to your pin (and your email address) in the comments section of this post (mandatory).

This giveaway will close on December 18th at 11:59 p.m. CST. 
Quick, two day turnaround, so please enter today!
Winners will be immediately contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.
If I haven’t heard from you within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

It's that simple!!  So get to Pinin' and enterin'!!!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.