Monday Update!

Afternoon!!  Just checking in to see how you are doing and for a quick update.  Things are still pretty busy at work but I took today off to have a long weekend.  I was going to go see my parents but it didn’t quite work out that way.  I am going to go see them soon! 

I feel so out of the loop when it comes to blog reading and posting.  I wish I had more time to read and surf like I did. 

Just a quick update in pictures…

 

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My first attempt a Paleo chocolate chip cookies!

 

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One of the things I am going to focus on in the coming weeks is balancing out my meals better.  I do great for breakfast and lunch but when I get home and my brain is fried, I just want to chill out and not even think about eating.  Even when I meal plan and prep!

Focus time!!

 

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True story.  Last week.  At work.

 

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This and a Friday night date made me smile… Mrs. Brenda I know you read and I just wanted to tell you that Robert and I had a wonderful time! Winking smile   He’s a kind man and was a perfect gentlemen. 

 

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This lil guy makes it very difficult to get up in the morning….

 

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So ready for fall to get here!  Made some Pumpkin bread this past weekend and took it to church!

Recipe can be found at: Two Peas & Their Pod 

It’s actually a muffin recipe but I made it into a quick bread!

So so good!!

 

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He’s growing up so fast! 

 

I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Smile

Whole 30!!!

Good Morning!! I know it’s been a long time since I have posted but I hope to get better at that.  What I want to do is at least post 3 days a week…..Like Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  With a fulltime job and trying to have a life, I find it difficult to post everyday.  Smile

 

I do have some super cool news to share with you!   I started the Whole 30 Program this past Monday!! 

 

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For months, if not the past year, I have been trying to find something that would work for me and where I am at in my life right now.  I was pretty tired of feeling like crap all of the time and having these stupid cravings that was just continuing the whole crap feeling.  I began looking for something that would make me feel better.  I looked at supplements.  I looked at diets.  I looked at all kinds of things!  Nothing helped. 

I was surfing around Instagram one night and stumbled upon Lisa Medina Fitness and noticed that she had posted a picture of her results on the Whole 30.  I had read about it before but just wasn’t interested in giving up some things that I really liked, so I past.  As I went to bed that night, I just thought about how this might be what I need.  No pill, no shakes, no starving.  That sounds good on so many levels!

I started reading about it again and how some things had changed and improved and so I read and read.

Now I am like….”I can so do this!”

I also was interested in what foods, healthy or not, affected me.  Positively and negatively. 

 

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I was pretty excited to find out that Lisa was going to be doing another challenge group in August and I couldn’t wait to sign up!  Three weeks going into the challenge I started to clean up my diet and go ahead and incorporate some of the things that I would eventually have to do.  Smartest decision ever! 

 

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I also purchased Whole 30 compliant products!

 

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Just making these small changes I feel so much better!  And I can even tell a difference in my clothes!

 

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It’s not much of a change, but I feel so much better! Even my workouts are better! 

 

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I ordered the Piyo series and I am loving it!

 

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I can’t tell you how much I love this workout! 

 

I was just ready for a change and this came at the perfect timing.  The food.  The workout.  Everything.  Mind, Body and Spirit.

 

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Love these kids!!!

 

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  • 1 cup of coffee (hot)
  • coconut milk (from the can and organic)
  • 1 tbls chocolate coconut butter

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Okay..  I have tons more to share but I don’t want to put everything in one post!!

 

What’s new in your lives??

Meal Planning/Prepping

It took me a long time to get on the meal prepping/planning train but now that I am on it, I love it!  I tried several times to get on board and lots of times just ended up not eating anything healthy. 

 

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love organization.  I love a clean work place.  I love a clean living space.  I also love to be able to just to grab my food and go!  Here are some of the things that help me with meal prepping/planning:

 

  • Take time to set down and come up with a meal.  This actually may be the hardest part but really it’s simple if you think about it.  Think about what you like and go with that.  Chicken is my meat of choice so I normally try to include that.  I also love love love the chicken patties that I make.
  • Containers.  Invest in some containers that you can just grab and go.  This makes it so much easier and keeps me motivated to keep doing the meal preps.
  • Choose some healthy snacks and pre-bag ‘em on up! 
  • Do your own thing.  I love to get ideas from others who meal prep but in the end be yourself and do it your own way.
  • Organize the meals in the fridge.  Okay this might be taking it a little too far but it actually helps me to know that I have a; snack shelf, lunch shelf, dinner shelf….etc.

 

 

Update on Life:

 

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Let’s just say that I have done some baking…  Smile

 

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Struggles:

One of the things that I have really struggled with lately is my body experiencing changes.  I think I may have eluded to this before but getting older really does affect your body and frankly sometimes just really sucks.  When I started my weight loss journey, I was barely in my 20’s and now I am about to get out of my 30’s!  I used to just pop up out of bed and get a workout in and even hit the gym when I got off work.  Holy hormones is another story.  Some days I feel so fatigued that the thought of working out just makes me want to cry.  There are also days that I could make every single meal I eat out of sugar. 

Some of the symptoms that I have started to have in the last few months have started to concern me.

  • Out of control cravings
  • not sleeping well
  • not sleeping through the night
  • extreme exhaustion
  • high anxiety

I am also apparently allergic to something….. I have continued to have some sort of reaction to….um…..something.  The last couple of reactions have been a little serious.  My entire body whelps up and my throat tightens and my eyes swell. 

 

I am having some blood work this coming week to get things checked out.  Allergies, sugar, hormones.  Ugh.

 

 

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Still growing my hair out! 

 

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His favorite spot… Smile 

 

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Went to the Little Rock Farmers Market and it was amazing!  Something I will be doing more often! 

 

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Just finished a sweaty workout and now I am off to get ready for work!

 

I hope you have an amazing day!!

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Morning everyone!  I hope that you have had a great Memorial Weekend and were able to spend it with someone that you love.  I had the best time spending it with my brother and his family! 

 

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My brother and I went to see the new X-Men movie and all that I can say is that it’s my favorite one in the entire series…..  Go see this movie!  If you like that sort of thing…. Winking smile

 

What’s on your agenda today?  My plan is to just enjoy the day relaxing and chilling out.  I will also be doing my meal-prepping today.  Due to the movie excursion, I was not able to do it yesterday.

 

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^^^ Just some of the meals I have prepped ^^^

 

It’s something that I have really enjoyed doing.  I love not having to cook anything or get anything ready during the week, especially my lunch at work.  For my lunches, I usually just have something quick but also something that I like.

 

  • Turkey burgers
  • Chicken burgers
  • chicken breast/brown rice/veggies
  • Chicken salad with Greek yogurt
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Tuna patty burgers

 

I always have an apple with my lunch and normally try to eat some fruit for my snacks. 

 

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Very random but I wanted to share a picture of my family when I was growing up.  My brothers trucker hat totally made me smile…  Smile    Good times…  We were always going somewhere!  I can remember when we would go see my mom’s family in Mississippi and my parents would make this bed in the back of the station wagon or suburban that we had and we would leave very very early in the morning so that we could miss traffic and get there early.  I miss that so much.

 

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Look how young my dad is!!  He is 19 here and I believe he was in Vietnam in this picture too.  I love my dad.  I am so thankful that God saw fit that he should be my earthly father.  That out of all the people He could put together, He put my parents together.  From two different states, they found each other. 

 

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I hope you have an amazing day! 

 

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Just A Reminder

Morning sunshine’s!  I hope you are having a great Sunday so far!  I have been up since 4:30 so I am sure a nap is in my schedule sometime today Winking smile

 

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I just wanted to remind you of how beautiful, important, wanted, amazing and good enough you are.  We get so caught up with life and lets face it, it’s hard but somewhere along the way we forget that we are important in the grand scheme of things and we have purpose

It’s something that I struggle with in my own life but when I look around and begin to be thankful for the small things, the big things, the hard times, the good times.  For it’s in all moments that we are made.  Made stronger.  Made humble.  Made weaker.  Made beautiful.

 

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To truly have hope and joy is to find them not only in the midst of good times but in the hard times. 

 

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Fun day at the park!!  Although it was hot and my niece ended up getting a bit sick we really had a great time!

 

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So many times we experience things that we can’t help but be changed by them.  There is no handbook on how to move forward and it’s always different for everyone.  I had a conversation with a good friend of mine about this toward the end of the week and it just made me think of how we can change and how we adapt to our circumstances. The important thing to remember is that we are not defined by our circumstances nor should we let that dictate how we live our life and the decisions that we make. 

But change does occur.

The one thing that stays the same?

My Savior

My King

My God

My Jesus

He doesn’t give us everything that we want but what we need and what we need to become who He wants us to be.  What we need to do the things that He wants us to do. 

Here’s the thing….

We will ALWAYS need Him.

 

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I am meeting my brother today and going to check out the new X-Men movie….  I’ll let ya know if I like it Smile 

 

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Breakfast!!!

 

I hope you have a great day!!

Go outside and play!

Hello lovely’s!    I hope that you are having a great Saturday so far! 

 

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Going through another slight merger where I work so it’s been incredibly busy and I am pretty beat when I get home.  This weekend will be no different…  I was planning a trip to see my parents where they stay during the Spring, Summer and Fall but I think that I would like to stay home.  I am doing some major cleaning today and would really like to get that all finished. 

 

  • dust
  • clean fridge (there are two!)
  • vacuum in the corners
  • laundry
  • organize pantry
  • bake a Cinnamon Apple Sauce quick bread
  • clean front porch
  • get a few groceries
  • meal plan for the coming week
  • wash car

 

What am I most excited about??   I am about to leave and go on a picnic with my SNL and my niece and nephew…

 

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Just some randomness…

 

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I want to make this! ^^^^^

 

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Finally getting my hair to a length that I really like…. Smile 

 

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WW Muffin recipe..

 

  • 1 box of dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can of organic pumpkin
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dark chocolate chips on top

Mix

Bake at 350

Cool

Eat

Moist

Yum

 

 

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Breakfast!

 

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Body Pump makes me sweat!!

 

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New friends and co-workers!!

 

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Made these amazing Snickerdoodles!!  So soft and chewy!! 

 

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Kiiinda want to check this out..

 

Okay…. I’m going to go outside and play!!

 

 

I hope you have an amazing weekend!! 

A Sense of Peace

Good morning my lovelies!   How are you this Sunday morning?  I am feeling just a bit under the weather but other than that I feel great! 

 

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This busy week came to and end and for some reason I just felt off.  I think that it was because I was off Monday and Tuesday and then only worked for three days.  It’s also the first of the month and that means in my line of work it’s super busy!  I was glad it came to an end! 

One of the things that I was reminded of this week?  God really does know what is best for us.  Sometimes we can be so blind by our own desires that we don’t really see that it might just not be what God wants for us.  It causes us to react in ways that just aren’t godly.  It causes us to compromise in ways that we just didn’t think that we would. 

What it boils down to is that He knows our future and plans and if they are not what He want, He will move us into the direction that brings us closer to Him.  If there is anything in our lives that brings us turmoil, it’s not of Him.

We really have to love ourselves enough to know that we deserve so much better.  Don’t settle for second best.  Don’t be selfish but selfless.  There really is beauty and strength in following God’s will for your life and that my friend is incredible and peaceful.

 

 

 

Gym:

AS I said that last time we talked, I joined a gym!  And guess what?  I love it!!! 

 

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I’m not fond of body shots but isn’t the locker room great!?!  It’s so nice and everyone is really nice!!

I love how close it is to my work and to my  house.  It’s just minutes and it’s on my way home from work……this give me no excuses to not making it!

 

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This is me getting ready for the Pump class……which I adore.   60 minutes of sweat!

 

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Pretty much my go to recovery snack.

 

My lunches during the week:

 

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I have also started something new this past week!  First let me address that it is not specifically to help me lose the 15-20 pounds that have crept back on.  It’s mainly because I just want to feel good!  And to help with some of the cravings that I have been having for a while now. 

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My favorite!

 

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I really think I have a problem with collecting Starbucks coffee cups…!!  Lol Winking smile 

It’s so beautiful this morning!

 

 

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I hope you have an amazing Sunday and remember that you are a unique and meticulously created person!