Rtic cups rule!

My husband loves finding deals on Amazon. I feel like we could probably retire right now if Amazon didn’t exist.

However, I occasion he does buy something that’s super useful.  Like this cool silver cup.

I think the namebrand version is Yeti.  I believe Walmart has a version as well.  The brand that he bought for me from Amazon is Rtic   (A play on the word “arctic”).

I made a smoothie last night at 7 PM. It was just fruit with a bunch of ice cubes.

This morning at 9 AM the little tiny chunks of shaved ice we’re still chunks of shaved ice.

And now it’s almost 4 PM, and the ice is still chunky.

Now let me preface these findings with the fact that this cup and smoothie has been in the fridge the entire time. However normal ice in the fridge doesn’t last almost 20 hours.

I think the cup was about 15 bucks. Totally worth it.


Hawaii diet!

So I’m still carrying around an extra 20 pounds for being pregnant two years ago.

It’s my own fault really, I haven’t been trying very hard.

Until recently, I’m really buckling down. I think at the thought of going to Hawaii as a beached whale has me really scared. 

To motivate myself I made this silly chart:

It folds up into a little book.  Every time I walk 10,000 steps per day on my fit bit, or do a wrap of 10 arm exercises I cross off a square.

As you can tell, I have a long ways to go.  

Wish me luck!

Amber’s Squat Challenge

squat challenge

I think this speaks for itself. It’s “Amber’s squat challenge … for people who reeeeeeeally don’t like squat challenges.”

We’ve all seen the cute-buns-girl squat challenge. It required a zillion squats per day. I just can’t do it. I don’t want to, and it hurts.

So here’s my wimpy squat challenge. Let’s do it!

It’s Princess 1/2 marathon time again!

Well, it’s time of year again.  It’s Princess half marathon weekend.

My least favorite thing in the world is Princesses, but I do enjoy the thrill and challenge of a ½ marathon.  And I do enjoy hanging out with my running friends.  So I’ll be out at Epcot bright and early on Sunday!

(by ‘bright and early’ I mean around 4am – ouch!)

Normally, for runDisney events, I’m trying to finish in a 14+minute per mile pace.  I  keep trying to get my ½ marathon time under 3 hours.  I came close last year with 3 hours and 3 minutes.

However, this year will be 100% different.  Being pregnant was pretty horrible, and I got 0 exercise.  I still have 30+lbs on me, and my muscles just don’t seem to be responding to anything I try.

My new goal – just to finish!  And I’d really, really, REALY like to finish with a 16 minute/mile (not 16 min 50 seconds, but 16 min and a few seconds).  Disney requires everybody to maintain a 16 min/mile pace.  However, I’ve found that they are pretty lax with this requirement sometimes (especially for the Princess ½ marathon).  Also, I’m in corral J (based on my numerous runDisney marathon and ½ marathons I assume), so that gives me about a 10 or 12 minute head start over the official timer.  So I can actually finish with about 17 min/miles and be just fine.

But for my own pride, I want to finish with in the stated rules.

Wish me luck!

DIY race belt

*diy race beltFor the past couple runDisney events I’ve borrowed my roommates spi-belt (I think that’s what it’s called).

Well, I got married, had a baby, and moved out of the apartment. So no more roommate to borrow stuff from. We’re still friends obviously, but she can’t find her 2nd belt for me to borrow!

Option 1 – go to the runDisney expo and buy one for myself
Option 2 – make one!

If you know me, the only option is always ‘make one!’

WARNING – this was not easy!  I found some directions online, but they really didn’t make any sense.  So I just fumbled my way thru this.  If you give it a try, be patient!  🙂

You’ll need:
*  fabric (I suggest cutting up an old race shirt). All I had lying around the house was an old polo shirt. Not the worlds greatest fabric, but I was too lazy to run to Joann.
*  8″ zipper
*  elastic
*  a clippy thing (I cut this one off of a suitcase!
ALL FREE! (well, I had all this stuff lying around the house)

Step 1:
Cut 2 squares of fabric. One square 8X8″ and the other 6X6″.

Step 2:
Sew the zipper on the 8″ square. My favorite zipper tutorial is from Dana Made It.

Step 3: Take that 6″ square and hem 2 of he sides.

Step 4: Put your elastic thru the 6″ square. Just a tiny tip should be sticking out of one side. Fold one side on to the elastic, then fold the other side over. You’ve made an elastic sandwich!

Step 5: Sew the side where the elastic tip is sticking out.

Step 6: Here’s the tricky part. We need to put these 2 pieces together.

Step 7: I almost want to say, “figure it out on your own!” because this wasn’t easy of obvious.  I turned everything inside out.  I put the elastic piece inside the zipper piece.

Step 8: Then I smooshed it all together! I laid the sides down, then smooshed down the bubble. You’ll see it come together in the next step (I hope!)

Step 9: Ta da! The little flappy 6″ square is connected to the 8″ square.

Step 10: Once you’re 100% sure you’ve done it right (I had to seam rip this apart 2 times before I got it right!), trip the excess.

Step 11: Deal with the other end. Here’s where I was pretty stumped.  I just made a tiny, super ghetto hem.  “Pin and pray!”  That’s always my theory.  You can see how I folded each side to make it look small, but it will expand when you put stuff inside.



Step 12: Ghetto sew on the clips you ripped off some luggage and you’re done! (normally you’d want these pieces to be expandable. However, the elastic I had just slid right out of the clips, so I measured my waist and just sewed. As I lose some baby weight, I can undo it and sew it up again).


New Years Resolution – no more soda!

I’ve got a few quality resolutions HERE, but how about 1 more?

I’m tired of being fat. Sure, I’m fat because I had a baby, but that was almost 2 months ago!

While soda is delicious (yes, I call it ‘soda’ as opposed to ‘pop’), there is 0 nutritional value.

So, how about we just stop?  Here I am drinking my last soda ever:

Side note – I already cheated, but just once. And I was sooooooo thirsty! I was out to dinner with friends, my kid was being super cranky, and I was soooooooo thirsty. Since I hadn’t had a chance to get my own dinner yet (we were at a food court), I just scarfed down my friend’s Cherry Coke. So that doesn’t really count, right?!?

365 in 365!

I’m a member of the #TeamrunDisney group on Facebook (as I’ve completed about 10 runDisney events in the past 10 years), and I saw a couple people posting about a challenge that’s making its way around the internet.

Run 2015 miles in the year 2015!

Do the math … that’s a lot of miles per day.

I don’t have time for that (well, I’m too thrifty to buy a jogging stroller, so I can just walk, and that’s time consuming), so I made up my own challenge.


Walk/run 365 miles in 365 days!

That should be doable!

Wish me luck!