Coffee Talk: House Updates & FASTer Way to Fat Loss Progress

Good morning, friends! How is everyone??? Today’s post a long one so grab a second cup of coffee and get comfortable! I’ve got a weekend update, some house progress pictures to share with you, and my thoughts so far on FASTer Way to Fat Loss.

In family news, my son was able to come home for a visit this weekend, and my younger daughter had two band performances so we’ve been busy. It’s been good to have everyone under one roof for a couple of nights. Here’s my little mallet player in her ill-fitting band uniform, lol.

I volunteered at our Cavalcade last night, and that was actually kind of fun. For those who don’t know, a Cavalcade is basically a marching band exhibition and competition. They are hosted at various high schools throughout marching band season, and last night was ours.

It’s nice because it gives the kids a chance to perform their show in an arena other than a football game. There are concessions, and it’s a big fund raising event for the band, and they need lots of volunteers to pull it off, so I cashiered at one of the concession stands for a few hours.

That’s why my son came home this weekend — he and and a few of his high school band friends are all at WCU together, and they came home to go to the Cavalcade as well as the football game on Friday night. He was there to see his sister perform with the middle school band both times, and that was really neat for both of them.

I’ve been asked for some more house updates, but the past few weeks have been a little slow on the decorating front. I’ve been waiting for a few orders to come in, and a couple things I ordered didn’t work out, so that was disappointing, but you can’t win ’em all!

I’m dying to finish up at least one room so I can post a room reveal, but I don’t have any that are ready yet. I guess I spread myself a little thin with the decorating — I started working on too many rooms at once, so none are getting wrapped up as quickly as I’d like, but overall, the house is starting to feel more “my own” as we continue to chip away at each space.

This weekend was pretty major, though. My friend Darla is a professional organizer, and I’ve worked with her on various projects over the years. The biggest was the laundry room in my last house. Because I loved that space, I asked her to help me with this laundry room. She and her assistant came yesterday and totally made over that room, and I’m so excited about it.

It isn’t quite done yet, though… this seems to be the theme with every room in my house. She did as much as she can do, but Paul and I want to get a counter to put over the washer/dryer, and we’re also planning to replace the utility sink with a vanity. I don’t want to do a whole blog post on it until we get those pieces in place, but here’s what I posted to my Insta Story yesterday.

The walls are more beige than yellow, but for some reason, my pictures always come out with a yellow cast to them, and I even adjusted the color in my Photos app before posting them. Oh, well.

While that was going on upstairs, Paul and I hung two more light fixtures, a mirror behind my desk, and a print in the powder room.

The light for over the kitchen table is one that went in yesterday, and with that, the kitchen is pretty much ready to reveal, but it sort of goes along with the family room, and I’m still waiting for the upholstered ottoman for in there. It’s on order, but it was a custom piece so it’s taking a while. I also want to replace the family room carpet with wood floors, but I’m not sure if we’re going to do that this fall or not.

Here’s a quick peek at the new light, though. My husband isn’t 100% sold on it, but I think it’s fun and different.

I got it through my designer, so I can’t give you a link, but the rug is from Pottery Barn. Pardon the cords in the corner… my daughter always leaves her laptop charger there. I guess we could get something to set there for her to put them in.

My office is the same story… it’s getting there, but not quite finished yet. We hung this mirror behind my desk yesterday, but I want to get my curtains hung before I post a reveal for that room, and we haven’t picked those out yet. I’m also still tweaking the styling of my etagere, but I added a few new pieces to it this past week so it’s getting there. I also want to replace my desk eventually, but I’ve decided to wait on that, so I’ll post the reveal without it.

And then there’s the foyer…. We have the new chandelier and the rug, but we’re working on accessories for that space, and I’m still debating if I want a table in the middle or not. I think I’m going to get everything else placed and then make that decision.

When I’m in there, I see that the living and dining rooms need something for the walls, and the living room still needs curtains… It is never ending! I’m not even sure which room I’ll be able to share first. At this rate, I feel like I’m waiting for something in every one.

All that said, I know that we have done SO MUCH in a short time, so I’m not at all complaining. Just saying I’m not ready to do a full reveal on any one space yet.

I did manage to put together a centerpiece for the dining room table, though. I still need to fluff the magnolia garland, but it was actually my 12 year old who pulled that out of a box in the basement and put it on the dining room table, along with those two pumpkins. She’s a natural born decorator, that one. (Personally, I feel it’s a little early for the “give thanks” sentiment, but I let it go since it works with the table and she set it there.)

I got the candles and runner at Home Goods last week, and we put them all together into a fall-themed tablescape. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I’m not done with the buffet behind the table… we got a few things at Home Goods that didn’t work out, so that’s still a work in progress. Eventually we want to move that to the shorter wall on the right and get something different for this long wall, but for now, it’s staying put.

So yeah! Major progress, but lots yet to do. I’d really love to have my office, the foyer, and the family room/kitchen complete for the holidays. The dining room and living room can wait, and I’ve let my master bedroom go for now so I can focus on the first floor.

And since this post isn’t long enough… ha! I did want to give a quick update on my FASTer Way to Fat Loss progress because I’ve had a lot of questions about that.

First I have to say, since I’m not really doing their exact exercise program, it’s hard to give you an accurate assessment of the overall FWTFL program. I’ve been working out with a trainer for several years, and I wasn’t willing to give that up or take a break from it. I’m also a runner, and I’ve been working on increasing my miles lately, so I didn’t want to lose that momentum either.

I’ve been trying to do the sprint intervals on the low carb days, followed by my run, and that works pretty well, but given my training schedule (which varies week to week) I have to change up when I do low carb and regular macro and low macro days, and I’m not always with the other women in my coaching group. That makes participating in the Facebook Group a little harder. Plus I just haven’t had the time to check in every day, to be honest. This time of year is nuts, and I’m just trying to stay afloat.

That said, I’m trying to stick to the eating plan and the intermittent fasting. I still find the counting of macros a little confusing, but that’s probably because I need to plan better. I keep saying that, but I still haven’t really sat down and planned out a week or even a day of  meals, and that’s what you need to do in the beginning to make sure you get the right ratio.

People who have done the program for a while say it becomes second nature, but I haven’t gotten all that figured out yet. Again, it’s me, not the program. I hate to sound like I’m making excuses; everyone has time for what’s important to them, and I haven’t made this a high enough priority, but right now I have a lot on my plate. Maybe if I took a break from decorating my house… haha!

Tomorrow I start week 4 of the 6-week program, and I’ve been told it takes at least 4 weeks for the intermittent fasting and carb cycling to turn your body from a sugar burner to a fat burner. In fact, my coach told me that she continued to live the lifestyle after her 6 week program, and it was about 4 months until she really saw a big difference. All that to say, I think it’s still too early to tell if this is going to work for me or not.

I can say that at the beginning, I felt low on energy and even weaker than normal during my workouts, but that seems to be improving. In fact, yesterday I went out for a run, and I finally hit that 4 mile mark again! (I say “again” because I used to run much longer distances, but after a series of injuries, and just life stuff, I’ve been working on getting out of the 2 and 3 mile range for quite some time.)

Not only did I run 4, but I felt great and had energy left at the end, so that’s major progress.

What I do really like about the FWTFL program is the flexibility and the focus on progress over perfection.

You’re supposed to eat nutrient-dense whole foods, but if you go out to eat or get stuck and need to run through the Chick-fil-A drive-through (not that I know anything about that…) you can count those foods, and you aren’t cheating.

When I did the Whole30, I saw results a lot faster, but if you “cheat” you are told to start the whole program over again, and I felt a lot more deprived. With FWTFL, I don’t feel deprived, and I don’t feel like I can’t go out to eat or grab a snack on the go. So I like that about it.

I won’t know for sure if the lifestyle is for me or not until the six weeks is over and I see what the maintenance program is like, but even if I decide not to continue, I definitely feel like I can recommend it. I know so many women who have had amazing success with it and are on maintenance now. In my opinion, it’s a more sustainable program than most, and if you’re looking to make lifestyle changes, it’s a solid program for that.

Also, my coach is awesome. If you’re interested in trying it, her next bootcamp starts on October 29th, and you can sign up through my referral link.

So that’s about it for me! This might be the longest Coffee Talk ever. I need to go get ready for church.

Today is a “rest day” for FWTFL and since I did my 4 miles yesterday and lifted weights on Thursday, that works out perfectly for me. I’m hoping to go for a long walk this afternoon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a blessed Sunday!