I've made it out of the tunnel...

9/5/14

What!? I know what you’re thinking, “Meg has blogged ONLY 34 times this year, and we’re more than halfway through the year, after promising us some new content, a new focus, and some consistency, and this posts starts with being in a tunnel?”

Let me explain.

The last few months have been a whirlwind and a blur. Do you ever feel like you’re running, running, running, and not getting anywhere?

That was me.

And really, it's a pattern. One that I see happening all too often.

I had many ideas, I had big plans, and I had no motivation to do any of it. When you get comfortable in a setting, you sometimes get bored. Once the boredom gets to you, you start to think of how to spice things up. When they don’t get spicy, you get frustrated. But you try and you try and you try. And then you get frustrated even more because you can’t make a change, so you settle for the norm and deal with the boredom.

Or at least that's what has been happening to me.

The month of July was a trying one. Between starting a side project that I was less excited about doing as I was about starting, major layoffs at my company and an office/boss switch for me, and a very big decision to make in regards to taking a new job, I needed either a vacation or a big change.

I got both.

Right before B & I packed up and headed to our family vacation in Lake George (NY), I was offered a position I had been in communication about for over 2 months. One that I had interviewed for on more than one occasion, dreamed about, and wouldn’t stop talking about. It was like this position was created just for me – hidden in a pile of job opportunities just waiting for me to dig hard enough to find it.

And I’m so thankful I did.

Its’ not that I was unhappy with where I was working prior to this big jump. It was that I was unhappy with what I was doing; the position that I was in. And unfortunately, there was just no opportunities for me to be doing anything else there.

August was fun since taking this new job. B & I spent a few days in Lake George, a few days throughout upstate NY to visit friends and family, and ended up in Niagara Falls (the Canadian side). It was such a fun trip (but exhausting). And we missed our dog. REALLY missed our dog.

I came home to a new position, a longer commute to work (although I’m not complaining), and a fresh outlook on where I see this position taking me.

In addition, I came home to a nearly empty checking account. I hadn't prepared myself for this new role.

I went from a 7-mile commute to work to a 40-mile commute to work; both ways! I also have to dress more professionally, something I haven't had to do since I was 40 lbs heavier; meaning an all-new wardrobe. Lastly, my planned vacation fell right in between my last paycheck at my previous job and the end of a pay period at my new job. Which left me 1/3 of the monthly income I'm used to.

Not a good scenario.

I find that a lot of the posts I write that generate the most feedback and the biggest traffic are the posts where YOU can gain something. That's where I want this blog to go back to.

The last few months have been a huge learning experience for me. Between realizing what I want for my future and seeing where my past actions have put me presently, I have a lot to share with you guys. 

Glamorous Hustle is a part of my life. Always has been and will likely always be. But, I’ve entered a different stage in my life – much different than where I was over the last 3 years of my life. And Glamorous Hustle needs to reflect that.

This blog is going to be temporarily shut down. I'm going to enjoy the rest of 2014 the way that I want to - not worrying about if I'll think of a blog post to write. Behind the scenes, I'm preparing for a face lift. One larger than I've ever done before. 

If you need me, or just want to check in, you can still find me on Twitter and Instagram though!


3-Day Refresh Recap

7/21/14

First I want to thank everyone who messaged me about last week’s announcement. I’m excited and nervous that this could be a flop, but I know it’s a step in the right direction for my personal and professional self.

Second, I apologize that this post is up so much later than I said it would be! There’s been a lot going on lately, between some changes at work, B's birthday, and planning a surprise baby shower for a former co-worker. This weekend proved to have little to no down time as well.

But alas, here we are! My recap of the 3-Day Refresh.


So let me preface this post with the fact that I didn’t really prepare for this cleanse. I figured, “3 days, how bad could it be?” I read the booklet, as instructed, and prepped my meals each previous night.

Hindsight is 20-20, and after experiencing this cleanse, I’ll prepare next time by not eating so much the week prior to starting.

I did as most people would do before starting a cleanse, had bagels for breakfast and ice cream for dessert. I ate whatever I wanted to because, “Monday I start cleansing.”

Bad idea.

I average 1800-2000 calories a day, snacking every 2-3 hours. This cleanse allows you to eat approximately 900 calories a day. And I’m sure you’ve heard me mention it before, but if I don’t eat when I NEED to, I get hangry.

Which is exactly what happened.

Day 1 (Monday): Ok, not so bad. A little complaining about being hungry but in the end it’ll be worth it. I started my day strong with a Shakeology and was excited to get my day started. My lunch box was abnormally light headed into work, but I figured I’d be fine. I started to get a little distracted towards the afternoon and was focused on a bag of nuts sitting on my desk. But, I held strong. I left work with a grumbly stomach and a bit of a headache.

Day 2 (Tuesday): The morning was a little rough. B had our normal eggs, but I just sat there and smelled them. I ended up leaving the house a little early to get to work because I was tempted to have a coffee. This is when “Hangry Meg” kicked in. Around 11 am, it hit me. I needed a piece of meat. My body was yearning for it, and the headache would not go away. I knew it was my body detoxing, but that didn’t make it any easier.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Wednesday was the worst of it all. The last day, yes, but the environment I was in for the day was not a healthy one (that’s not talking about food), and it was really difficult to focus on much of anything. That’s all I can really say about that.

My verdict? This cleanse is effective in the fact that you can drop a few pounds quickly and rather easily (if you’re determined). The ending result is a loss of 3 lbs, which is what I gained while I’ve been sitting on my bottom from this sprained ankle that won’t go away.

One positive is I'm pretty much over coffee. My stomach is just NOT interested in it anymore. Also, my meal portions are smaller now, which is another bonus, as B gets to eat my leftovers. Ha!

Would I recommend this to someone who’s looking to slim down before a big event (ie, wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, beach weekend with the girls, etc)? Absolutely. It’s quick, easy-ish, and effective.

Would I recommend this to someone who’s looking to make a change in their lifestyle and learn how to eat better overall? Absolutely not. This did quite the opposite. In that case, I’d recommend the cleanse that B & I did last year before our fitness journey began. It’s the cleanse that taught us about eating more frequently to keep our metabolism going, and what we should be eating to drop weight and increase energy.

Next time I do this 3-Day Refresh cleanse, I’ll be more prepared. I’ll decrease my calorie intake for a few days prior, most likely do it on a weekend so I don’t need to focus so much (something that I think is a result from the lack of food), and hopefully have less distractions in my environment.


Have you tried the 3-Day Refresh? What was your thoughts on it?


Happy Birthday to My Rock

7/17/14

I was planning on sharing my experience with the 3-Day Refresh today. But, it's B's birthday. And hello, he's way more important than some silly little cleanse. Am I right?

So today, I want you all to help me in celebrating the man that I love.


  • Thank you for taking care of me to the extreme over the last few days. I'm so grateful at you wanting to learn all of the things i do on a daily basis, and even more grateful at you stern instructions to rest my ankle. You are amazing and I appreciate you
  • Thank you for making the bed every morning. You have no idea how much this makes me happy
  • If you ever leave the house with, "I'm going to World Market. Is there anything specific I need to get besides the obvious?" again, I may lose it. I am ever so gracious at your desire to make our house into a home and combine our lives more than we have already. And the fact that you purchased, transported, and put together 3 pieces of furniture on your own is a quest in and of itself. High five babe
  • I've never had such a supportive partner before. Between my career aspirations and my fitness goals, you've been there to support me and help me figure things out. I can talk to you about any idea and you help me think it through before taking action. Thank you for being the more reasonable one :)
  • Your perfectionism is frustrating and adorable at the same time. I'm a "nail it on the wall and figure out how to make it straight" kinda gal, while you're a "measure every inch of the wall and the painting and figure out exactly where the nails need to go ... and 8. hours. later." kinda guy. But, it always comes out perfect
  • Elphie. My god. We were on the fence about getting a dog, and suddenly we were sharing our home with one. But during her first swim, when she was on her own in the water swimming across the kiddie pool, the concern I saw in your eyes when you she was swimming with no help was a true dad. You jumped to her aid, to make sure she was safe. I have no doubt in my mind you'll be a great dad to our human kids one day, but for now I'm thankful that you're a great dad to our fur child
On this day last year, you told me you loved me. On this day ... your birthday ... I want you to know that I appreciate you and all that you are. All that you do for me and Elphie, and all that you want our future to hold. May today be a day of celebration, and a day for you to realize just how important you are in the lives of so many people. 

Happy Birthday Babe. And here's to celebrating many more together. I love you. 


P.S. - The cleanse recap will be up by Friday afternoon. Promise!

The big announcement!

7/14/14

I asked her to look at an e-mail I was about to send. The e-mail happened to have my e-mail signature at the bottom, which led her to look at my portfolio site. Completely unprovoked, she threw out the suggestions.

“Your picture on your page is too social. You look like you’re at a party, not professional enough.”
–She was right. I was at a wedding. But hey, my hair looks good!

“You link to your Pinterest account. Do you want people to know you’d run for wine? Or that you want a 2ct engagement ring and a backyard wedding?”
–Well, it would be a great conversation starter. But I guess I wouldn’t want a possible recruiter to know that.

“This all tells me what you’ve done. Not what you do. Or what you want to do.”
–Ok ok. I get it.

And she's right. I talk a lot with my in-person/real-life friends about what I want to do "when I grow up" and what I should be doing to get there, but when it comes down to it there is no action on my part.

I’ve toyed with a few ideas, reached out to some of my Twitter/Instagram friends for some tips and suggestions on different directions, and keep finding myself getting excited about something and then stopping.

Remember this post? I wrote it right after an e-mail convo with one of said people. I was excited. I had some major life changes I was preparing for and then I fell flat. I made plans that I never executed. 

So, I’m using this blog as a way to hold myself accountable. To share something with you guys that I’m nervous about being laughed at for, but I’m determined to do for myself and for my future. It's an idea that I've been toying around with for a handful of months now, but just haven't made any strides into making it a reality.

Enter BeachBody.


BeachBody is a fitness company that allows you to commit to a challenge, not just a supplement. It's for people who are looking for someone to tell them what to do, "Eat this. Do this workout. See results." Well, there's much more to it, but without turning this blog post into a mini e-book, that's the gist.

I started the 21-Day Fix right before I injured myself and was really enjoying it. It's a combination of teaching you portion control and what to eat, showing you how many calories your body needs to maintain and how many calories it needs to drop weight, as well as provides you with a strict workout regimen to follow.

I was having a blast. 30 minute workout videos go by in a flash first thing in the morning and when Elphie is itching to join it.


The company also released a new program called PiYo, a challenge by Chalene Johnson (who is pretty much insanely gorgeous, talented, and motivational. Just check out her Instagram).

Over the next few weeks, I'll be rolling out some new content for you guys, much more health focused and various updates on my fitness routines. You may see a new Facebook page, a tabbed page, and this new logo:

Seriously guys, thoughts?

Why the sudden urge to share and be held accountable?

I'm doing it. I am officially enrolling in a class to become a certified PiYo instructor. Becoming a fitness instructor is something I’ve researched heavily for almost 2 years now. Something I have wanted to do for a while now, but was worried I'd be laughed at. After all, I'm no body builder or fitness trainer. But, I have determination and the desire to help others.

I want to combine my love for teaching (did you know I originally went to college to become a teacher?) and my passion for transforming my body and helping others do the same.

But most importantly, I want to challenge myself to do something completely out of my realm of expertise and prove that I can do it.

The next 2 months are going to be different than my usual. It’s going to be filled with strict meal planning and prepping, early mornings (and very likely, some late nights), and lots and lots of exercise. Even on our upcoming trip to Lake George. I've already started to plan how to practice my workouts.

I’ve always been a goal-oriented kinda gal. When I set my heart on something, I really try my hardest to strive for it. And now that this goal of mine is out in the open, you guys can hold me accountable.

The instructor training is on September 28th in Staten Island. A little bit of a commute, but nothing I haven't done before. So until then, and hopefully continuing after, I'll use this blog as a platform to share my progress with you guys and fill you in on what I'm doing to prepare.

There you have it folks, my big announcement. This blog finally has a focus and a vision that I hope to use to improve myself and open some doors. This upcoming goal is just the beginning.

And now, it's time to ice this sprained ankle for a few more days so I don't re-sprain it.








Weekly Meal Plan & B's Birthday!

7/13/14

Can I just say that B is pretty much amazing? I sprained my ankle recently (duh, you know that because I've been posting like crazy on Instagram) and have been completely out of commission. He has made our breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day since my injury; walked, fed, and played with Elphie; made the bed; and pressured me to stay off my feet.

Basically, he's been a total rockstar.

To take it up a notch, today he helped a friend move a dining room table (with the help of my StepDad), helped me grocery shop at the Farmer's Market (against his better wishes for me to go home and relax), and then took it upon himself to head over to World Market and purchase the dresser, jewelry armoire, and buffet that we've been coveting. He's currently building them as I type this.

Winning.

This week is B's birthday - Thursday to be exact. It's his second birthday we've been together, but his 35th overall -- HA! Like what I did there? Last year we went kinda big and threw a BBQ during a heat wave. His gift was a replacement grill for the one that was obnoxiously taken from him. It was also the first time he muttered those 3 little words - I love you. Boom!

This year? Totally one-upping it by taking him to a low-key dinner at one of his favorite Italian places close by. Ya know, because we're totally boring now that we're older and have a puppy. But, I've got some goodies on the way to our house for him.

On top of B's birthday week, I'm spending the first 3 days of my week cleansing. The 3-Day Refresh from BeachBody is just what my body needs to clean itself up and try to balance out the fact that I've been sitting on my butt for the last week (and possibly more) thanks to this silly little ankle. So, considering how restricted I'll be in my meals for the next few days, and our upcoming plans, I didn't have much meal prep to do.

But, alas, this weekly "what I'm eating" post is back, and this is what's on the agenda for the week.

Monday-Weds: I'm limited on my meals so it'll most likely just be grilled/stir-fry veggies for me, but added protein (chicken most likely) for B.

Thursday: Birthday dinner out for B at his favorite place

Friday: Steak night (my favorite!)

Saturday: Turkey spinach meatballs (although I may make them into burgers instead)

Sunday: Out - We're visiting his Aunt and Uncle in Connecticut for the day, so will most likely eat with them

What's on your meal plan for the week?

Get Naked (with Herbal Essences)

6/30/14

It’s summer time in NJ, and between the heat, the humidity, and the sun exposure, my hair really takes a beating in these summer months. Most days I’m rocking a sock bun or a braid – the last thing I want to do is whip out the blow dryer.

Thanks to Influenster,* I was able to test out a new line of hair products by Herbal Essences. Herbal Essences is my go-to for shampoo and conditioner – I find other lines are heavy and leave greasy spots towards the crown of my hair – but I’ve never really tried any of their other products.

Herbal Essences recently released their Naked line. The line has 0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes. Why I loved it? My hair is very thick and heavy shampoos and conditioners leave it lifeless and flat. This line made my hair feel clean and light, and even helped it dry faster!

The dry shampoo is probably my favorite. I’ve tried a few different brands, but have been so sensitive to the scent of each one that I barely use it. The dry shampoo from the naked line makes you think you’re in the middle of a spa sipping on cucumber water. De-lic-ious.

If you’re looking for a new shampoo/conditioner to help your hair this summer, I highly recommend picking up the Herbal Essences Naked line. And if you don’t like it, message me. I’ll GLADLY take the products of your hands.


*My Herbal Essences products were gifted by Influenster and Herbal Essences. All opinions herein are my own.





High Five for 6.27

6/27/14

Can you guys believe that July is almost here? I mean seriously, where has the summer gone? Well, technically it just started but time just flies when you’re having fun. And that’s just what life has been lately … fun. And stressful, but mostly fun.

I know I keep saying that blogging will pick up and then I go MIA for days, but I have some fun things in the works for you guys, so please just sit tight. Here’s a few highlights from Instagram of my week to hold you over. And as always, I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.


1. This little munchkin is probably my favorite person in the world. Besides my Nana of course. And B - he's kinda cool as well. Her latest things are 1) putting food on my nose and 2) Elphie. She was terrified of pups. Legit would walk from couch to chair to person, who would then carry her to the stairs so she'd be on a separate floor of the house. And now, she kisses and hugs Elphie while saying, "awww my widdle baby guuuurrrrlll." Huge steps people.


2. Speaking of Elphie. This chunk is almost 11 lbs! She's gained 5 whole pounds (or a whole hand as my niece says it) since we welcomed her into our home. Another huge win in our book since that extra 5 lbs requires her to sleep another hour. Instead of the usual 6 am wakeup, we've been staying in bed until 7:15. Ah-maz-ing.


3. I drink Yogi tea on the regular at work and each one has a motivational quote attached. This one could not have come at a better time. There are some things I'm working on behind the scenes for my professional life and it's both scary and exciting. One project in particular really took some time for me to commit to it, but I have faith that it's going to make me a better person and allow me the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing some details soon. 


4. Elphie and I had some quiet time together on our favorite chair and did some research together. We learned about the power of social media and how to show our true selves. And HINT HINT, this may or may not be part of one of the projects I'm working on.


5. You've heard it from me before. My workout routine has pretty much completely caved and I'm totally feeling the effects. I was on the top of my game a few months ago. B & I were working out together, eating right, and really in our prime. And then, we got ahead of ourselves and one cheat meal turned into a cheat season. So, I'm putting myself back to work. I'm starting with the 21-Day Fix to reset my system and get back into an exercise routine, and then will be stepping it up with PiYo. Looking for some motivation? Shoot me an e-mail at glamoroushustle@hotmail.com and I'll send you some info. Let's do this together!

Anything planned for the weekend? B & I are running the Color Vibe 5k in our town tomorrow morning and then maybe some random house projects. Hopefully a date night as well, as we are VERY overdue.