Hugs and Love

Well good morning!  I don’t know where you are but the weather here in Arkansas has been amazing the last few days.  I am hoping to get out and enjoy some of this amazing weather!

I am supposed to meet up with a friend today to go see a movie, check out Whole Foods and then get some coffee. 

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My favorite place!!

If our plans don’t work out, then I will probably will go anyway!

 

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I love this picture.  Mainly because I really do hope for this.  I know that it exists.  It has to. 

I am off to work out and shower!  Have a wonderful day!

Hi, Hey and Hello

Well hello there!  Long time no post!   I am typing from my new laptop!  :)   It’s been a long time since I last posted and so much has happened since then but mainly just life.  Work is still work and is busier than ever.  I have been on vacation this past week!  Nothing really exciting going on but I did go see my parents who live somewhere else part time.  Very low key where they live, which was something I was looking forward to.  It did rain the first three days that I was there but I didn’t mind it at all.  It gave me a chance to rest. 

What I didn’t like was the fact that I didn’t work out at all.  None.  Zero.  Lol….  I am home now and excited to get back into a routine of eating healthy and working out.  Something I love!

 

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My dad and I did stand in line to go see Ricky Skaggs Saturday night!  If you are from the south, you know who he is!  Bluegrass! 

 

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Isn’t she beautiful!?!  Her name is Lizzie and she was just the cutest thing! 

 

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Coffee was a necessity :)

 

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I spent a lot of time reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued.  Such a great book!

 

Name change:

One of the things that I am thinking about doing is changing my blog name.  Not that I won’t include my faith, fitness and hopefully laughter, I just feel like a change is necessary. 

 

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This was taken on when we celebrated my nieces birthday  :)

 

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If you have been following me for a while, you’ll know when I say…. My hair is finally getting some good length on it!  :)

 

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This is at my high school reunion last July.  Short hair! 

 

Alrighty…. I am going to be playing on my new computer so I’ll see you guys later :)

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!!