I Gave Up Coffee for Lent – Day 6

Happy Monday friends!  I’m on Day 6 of no coffee, plus it’s a Monday so I thought I would be like this. . .


but I’m really like this . . .

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I still haven’t had any detox headaches which is surprising and I’m not cranky either.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather



Happy Tuesday y’all!

A few weeks ago I participated in a fun monthly link up to discuss what is going. One of the questions was “What are you listening to?”, my answer was Podcasts. I can’t get enough of them and I figured I would share with you which podcasts I listen to and a few that I recently added to my list but have yet to listen to.

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I started listening to podcasts when Serial first came out on a road trip to Baton Rouge. I was hooked on the story and it made my drive go by so much faster. However, after that I didn’t listen to podcasts for a while because I couldn’t find any that I loved or were as interesting until my friend Casey, from Analogy of Reality, sent me home with a list of podcasts I had to listen to. After listening to a few different ones I subscribed to the following:

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown
The Popcast with Knox & Jaime
#Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
Ladies Who Lunch
The Big Boo Cast
The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast
The Bitch Bible
Adderall & Compliments
Straight Up With Stassi

They are all lighthearted, funny, and sometimes inspiring such as #Girlboss radio. After listening to one of Sophia’s podcasts about building a smart financial future, I knew I had to make some changes now so my future can be lucrative. (Wanderlust Goals).

Now that I have my favorite podcasts, I added a few more to my list:

Ronna & Beverly
Gilmore Guys
Reality Life with Kate Casey
Dear Sugar
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

After I get a few episodes in on each, I’ll let y’all know if any of them have moved up to the favorites list.

Do you listen to listen to podcasts? If you do, I would love to know what you are listening to. I’ve heard good  things about “This American Life” and other true crimes ones to change it up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

21 Day Fix – Week 3 Recap

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Happy Monday! Why do the weekends go by so quickly?? Brandon and I were in Scottsdale, AZ over the weekend to cheer on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and enjoy a weekend away.I’ll have a recap for you next Monday so be on the look out.

The beginning of the week was ok, I enjoyed a few salads, simple meals at home, greek yogurt and green juice. The rest of the week went downhill when we were in Arizona with donuts, In-and-Out Burger, Italian food and too many french fries. Thank goodness we were super active over the weekend with walking over 15 miles so I didn’t feel too guilty as I indulged.

I’m going to start Round 2 of the 21 Day Fix  today since this will be the longest stretch of time without any traveling. Let’s hope Round 2 is better!

Overall Pounds Lost

1 pound per week

21 Day Fix
Tone It Up

What are some of your favorite go to workouts?? Tonight I’m going to run/walk 2 miles and complete Tone It Up Bikini arms. If you haven’t tried their bikini arms, you need to it is a killer but so effective.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

NY Roots Travel: Louisiana

Happy Tuesday! There won’t be a 21 Day Fix recap this week but there will be one on Monday! Last week’s traveling to Louisiana made following the 21 Day Fix program a lot harder. However, I did try to get in as many greens as possible while staying away from extra carbs. . . minus the egg white mcmuffin I got from McDonald’s which I will NEVER get again.

Last week I had the opportunity with my company to travel to Louisiana to help those affected by the recent flooding. As a group we worked so hard to help others, it was such a rewarding, humbling and amazing experience that I hope I can do again soon. As I was filling totes with cleaning supplies in a hot warehouse on an even hotter day I kept thinking I can’t wait to take a shower and relax but I quickly reminded myself that there are others who are unable to have that luxury right now so I kept on working. One of the best parts of my experience was meeting some New York firefighters who are part of a disaster relief program. It felt like I had a little bit of home with me all the way in Louisiana.

We were so fortunate to stay at the Houmas House (also known as Burnside Plantation) in Darrow, LA which is south of Baton Rouge. The Houmas House used to be a sugar cane plantation in 1803 but now you can stay in the cottages on the property and go on a tour of grounds and main house. We weren’t able to go on a tour but on our way to dinner we were able to walk around. The property is BEAUTIFUL! It is so lush with all of the greenery. I could have spent hours just walking around but we had a dinner reservation to get to.


Now I just need to convince Brandon to take me back here so we can do the tour and take in more of this beautiful scenery!

Louisiana still needs our help, you can donate goods through Amazon which will ship directly to the warehouse where I volunteered or you can donate through the Red Cross website.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

21 Day Fix – Week 1 Recap

Well it’s Monday again and I’m happy to report I survived the first week of 21 Day Fix. When I tried it before, I didn’t give it all of my effort because I was afraid it would be too hard, I wouldn’t be able to find anything to eat, and I would have to constantly cook (which isn’t so bad unless your dishwasher decides to go on the fritz the day before you meal prep). To be honest, I used way too many excuses on why I didn’t try it in the past because after this week I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

Yes, there is some planning that has to be done. Yes, it might be a little bit more expensive that your normal grocery shopping. Yes, there is cooking involved but I was able to get by with minimal cooking thanks to my good friend Trader Joe’s. I love Trader Joe’s for the sense that I can buy healthy products without breaking the bank (I’m looking at you Whole Foods). I was able to stock up on already made caesar salads, spicy california rolls, non-fat greek yogurt, freeze dried blueberries and already cooked chicken to make my meals 100 times easier. I was able to pack up my breakfast, two snacks and a lunch the night before so all I had to do was grab my lunch back and head to work. Brandon and I went to dinner on Wednesday night for Houston Restaurant Week, but since I knew I would want pasta I saved my carbs for dinner.

Here are a few things I ate this week

Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet

This was by far the best meal I cooked all week. My fiancee asked when I was going to make it again as he went for his second helping. The only modifications I made was I used spicy mustard instead of dijion and added some red pepper flakes.

Workouts for the Week
Total Body Cardio (21 Day Fix Plan)
TRX – Holy Soreness
Arms workout at home
Spin – In hopes of sweating out wine and sushi

The weekend kind of threw my 21 Day Fix plan for a loop with a sushi dinner, popcorn at the movies and not getting enough greens in. I didn’t beat myself up about it,  I chose to move on and make better decisions for the upcoming week. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or tweet me @BalsamoHeather. I would love to hear from you.

Pounds Lost

I’m heading to Louisiana tomorrow with my company to volunteer with the Red Cross to help those affected by the recent flooding. I’m really looking forward to helping those in need.

There won’t be a Beauty Haul this week, but I’m going to participate in a fun month end linkup called “What’s Up Wednesday!?!” so be sure to check back.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather