Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My decision... and some news

I think I have come to a decision regarding my eating plan. Yesterday I was going back and forth on whether I should eat intuitively or track my calories. I went though the positives and the negatives of both, and looked at what was best for my situation. I didn't want to let myself become obsessed with calories and tracking again, so I decided to merge the two ideas.

I plan on eating whatever my body needs for the day, AND tracking the calories. I will track my meals and snacks AFTER I have consumed them. I will no longer be figuring out how to plan ahead to get the right amount of calories in per meal. I can listen to what my body needs, and then check each day to make sure I'm not getting out of control with my eating.

Obviously, this may change, but it's what I am going to start out trying. I also came to a decision with my running. Because of my lack of training, I am changing my half marathon to a 4 mile run at Fort4Fitness. I can do this for free, and the 4 mile run will be better for me at the time. I still have the itch to run a half marathon, but from now to september isn't enough time to train. I found a perfect half I would LOVE to do in November, but it requires fundraising $500. We'll see.

In other news- I don't think I've announced the exciting happenings around this household. Andrew started a new job last Monday! It has been a HUGE blessing. I really think this is where God intended for him to be. I'll share more of that story tomorrow. It's bed time for this chick.

Over and out.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My personal battle

Things have finally slowed down enough for me to start blogging again! I've missed it. It's therapeutic for me to write out my thoughts after a long day. I've been incredibly busy getting back into the swing of things at work, but to be honest, i've also been staying away because of a battle going on with myself.

When I began my weight loss journey, it started with a goal. My goal was to run a 5K on Thanksgiving.  This goal was sparked from me getting on my scale and seeing 215.8 staring back at me. Talk about a wake up call. A month from today will be my 1 year anniversary from when this all started.

Throughout this journey, I've learned a lot more than just HOW to lose weight. I've learned a lot about myself. I learned that I put a lot of things in front of my faith. I didn't realize how far away from God I was until I fought my way back. Here I am, closer now than I think I've ever been in my relationship with Jesus. I now can see how incredibly selfish, self centered, and fearful I was. I was focusing on all the wrong things.

In June of this year,  I finally overcame my fight with compulsive overeating. I still have days where I eat things I shouldn't, but the urge to eat as much as I can before anyone sees is gone. I no longer fear my kitchen. I no longer crave going to get fast food by myself. My binging is behind me, and I am so incredibly thankful for that.

So here's the problem. I'm back to square one with my weight and with my fitness goals. I no longer overeat, but I am not eating the RIGHT things. I'm not exactly sure exactly how I should be handling my eating/exercising now.  I am thinking and praying about what the best course is for me to take now. Do I log everything I eat again? I don't want to get to a place where I am obsessed with calories and losing weight. Yes, I want to be healthier. Yes, I would like to shed some inches so I feel better. Yes, I want to run again. I just do not want my goals to put me back where I once was. I want to be health conscious without being health obsessed.
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 Sometimes I lean toward logging what I eat, and other times I think maybe I should just eat intuitively (except sometimes almost always my body wants brownies/cookies/ice cream/junk.) Maybe log all my food but trash the scale. Sign up for another race or two to keep my running going strong.

 I'm hoping to come to a final decision soon.

Do you log calories? If so, what do you use to track? If not, are you an intuitive eater?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Oh goodness gracious


It's been weeks since I've updated! I swear I'm alive, just busy doing beginning of the school year things. I'll be back soon, I promise. :)

In the meantime.... I'm a little stuck with my routine. I'm currently getting up at 5:30 am so I have enough time for devotionals before work. I'm wondering if I should run/exercise then and do devotionals at night, since working out after getting home is almost completely unbearable.  Decisions... decisions.....

Help me out. What do YOU do? When do you wake up?




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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fysiko Lash Growth Serum- final review




I wasn't sure what to expect from this serum. I was hoping to a major difference in my brows, as I had a bare spot there. My lashes were already long before I started, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
I am blown away by the results from this serum. I've already had a few friends and family members order the serum since seeing my results. My mother was convinced that I had false eyelashes on. Once I explained what I was doing, she wanted ordering information. My lashes are not only longer, but they are fuller. My bare spots in my brows are much smaller. I had no side effects from using this serum, and I would fully recommend it to anyone.
My tips for this are simple. Use one a day, everyday.

To order Fysiko Lash Growth Serum, you can click here to find their website.

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I received this product free from Influenster. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

oooooooooooh shoot

A funny thing happened today. I was looking at my calendar to see when I could sing at church, and I realized it's almost September. Which means almost time for my half marathon. (Cue hyperventilation, nausea, hives, crying, dizziness, etc.) Oh, no worries though, I've been training.


Oh wait, no I haven't. Shoot. Might wanna get on that.



My old training plan is OUT the window. I just checked the old plan and it said I should be at 6 miles this weekend. Okay, that makes me feel a wee bit better. 6 miles is doable. I think.

What have I gotten myself into?! I can't believe I put off running for this long! What was I thinking?! AH!



I told myself I would do this, I told all of you (my amazing, incredible readers) I would do this. I am going to finish that half marathon. Run, walk, crawl, I WILL finish. That is final. Today ends my time of being too busy to train. I need to put training at the top of my list. It is going to be tough, but I know I can do it.  I found this 6 week training plan that I am going to try to stick to. I would really really appreciate prayers. This isn't going to be pretty.

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Fort 4 fitness, ready (or mostly not) here I come!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Doing God's work, not our own


I've recently had some comments by well meaning friends/colleges that I don't have to do so much in my classroom. "It doesn't HAVE to be cute!" "Wow, you are doing so much work." and, "It doesn't have to be perfect!" are coming at me all. the. time. I know they mean well, but I started to get down on myself that I was doing too much in my classroom, or that they thought I had to life. As I was reading my devotional, I read this verse.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23
What a perfect thing for me to read this morning. We are all doing God's work. Teachers, receptionists, construction workers, lawyers, admissions counselors, everyone. It's OKAY for me to work at it with all my heart! Reading on, I then came on another quote.
When we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to God, there is nothing mediocre or run-of-the-mill about us. To live for Christ is to be passionate about our Lord and about our lives. -Jim Gallery
I am passionate about my teaching. I am passionate about my life. I want others to see Christ through me. I am doing the right thing! In every single thing I do in my life, I want to do it wholeheartedly. I will be taking this with me today, and I hope this helps someone else reading this too.

I'll leave you with this picture from our wedding day. Ever since I was little, whenever I saw rays of sun shining down through the clouds, I felt like it was God reaching out for me. It's one of my favorite pictures. 
Have a wonderful Thursday!  

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What are YOU going to be focused on this year?

Every year before school starts back up again I come to the same conclusion: You cannot do it all. I can be an okay wife, an okay teacher, an okay grad school student, an an okay friend, not great heath-wise, and get very little running in. I cannot excel at them all. It's just impossible!

The first year I was married my goal was to be an amazing wife. I concentrated on cooking every night. I coupon clipped, meal planed, and tried ridiculously challenging recipes. I kept my house sparkling clean, and did whatever I could to make Drew's life easier. Did I let other things slip? Yes-sir-ree-bob.

 My first year of grad school I was also coaching, so to be honest I was literally trying to keep my head above water. I did put a LOT more time and effort into grad school than I am putting in now. Am I still getting As? Yes. But i've realized it's OK not to do ALL the readings. I can skim once in awhile. I can only do 2 discussion posts if that is all that is asked for- I don't have to go above and beyond and post 5.

Each year of teaching I have another year of experience under my belt. I begin with a renewed sense of purpose to help children learn and grow, and to foster an environment where they can thrive and become amazing people. This year, one of my goals is to give everything I have to my teaching. That means more hours at my school. That might mean slacking in the cooking department. I have about 10 meals that are my go-to's, and I may just have to use those over and over and over and over (you get it). I always give it my all to my students, but this year I don't want to look back and think "I could have done more." I want to leave my all in that classroom. I want each child to have my very best every single day. They deserve no less!

My second goal this year is to grow deeper in my relationship with God. I have started a new routine that I am loving. I wake up early, read my two devotionals, and pray before I do anything else. It starts my day in such a positive way and I am already loving it. I don't think I cracked open my Bible once last year. No joke. My thirst for growing in faith was completely pushed aside while I juggled all my other (not nearly as important) things.

Lastly, I want to focus on overall health and wellbeing. My eating has gotten much better ( as far as amounts) now I need to focus on exercising again and eating to fuel my body. I know exactly what I eat that makes me feel great, and what I eat that makes me feel awful. Now I just need to listen to my body.

You can't be great at everything. You cannot juggle 10 different things and be excellent at them all. It's impossible. So these are my three goals to focus on this year. I will try my best with other things in my life, but I want to spend most of my energy focused on the above.



I was looking for a song to include with the above, but I stumbled on this music video and couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with you. It made me laugh, which is all I can ask for. I'm not a Mumford & Sons fan, but I saw this was being shared and decided to watch. I don't regret it.



  What are YOU going to be focused on this year? 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Phone dump


School starts this week- yay! That means less time to blog, and I have a bajillian pictures on my phone that I'm dumping here. I know, exciting.  Here is a little view of what I've been up to lately.

Blue Friday- a yummy drink I tried last weekend with fresh blueberries and an orange! 


I was in my dad's old stomping grounds, and drove past his old house. I haven't been here in over 15 years, and it was a lot different than I remembered. It is SO small! Brings back just a few memories, though. I was pretty little when my grandma moved out, but I still remember a few things. 

A free sample! whoot! but... oh wait.. it's ONE paper towel? Is this real life?

All smiles 
accidental twinsies. Black shirt and khaki shorts.. oops. We added some sweet sunglasses at the store to complete our ridiculousness awesomeness. 

My husband attended Warped Tour and came home with this. His skin kept peeling in our bed. SICK. I vacuumed it every day. No lie. 

The store we went to had new mannequins that can be shaped different ways.
My husband is really mature. 

I watched my cousin's little guy overnight while they were at a wedding.
We played on the swings...
and smelled flowers. This video is so super cute but I can't get it to upload without it being a GIF. 

That night we went to watch Drew play softball for a bit, and they were able to play a little soccer. That lasted about 2 minutes before we were off to do something else. I had such a fun time watching him, but WOW he can wear you out! 

I had to buy a sympathy card for a family member a few weeks ago. I  kept tearing up reading the cards! It was so embarrassing! Anyone else cry when reading greeting cards? No? 

What is the most random picture on your phone right now?
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Dancing with no music

I feel like we haven't seen each other for awhile. We need to catch up! But we are REALLY going to catch up, not like that friend you haven't seen since high school that you actually avoid, right? Okay, cool.

Well, I guess I will start with a confession. Running.. not so much. Last week I didn't run. At all. Not one time! I have a half in September... eek! This girl needs to get training. I thought about my goals, and I decided my goal is just to finish. I have no time goals whatsoever, I just want to finish. From there, I can make time goals for my next half.

For our anniversary a couple of weeks ago, Drew had pre ordered a gameboyxboxplaystationthinger  and I decided I wanted a desk. It finally came! I had been watching the tracking info like a hawk. Once that baby was at the store, we rushed to pick it up. I had some errands to do, so I left Drew to put it together. I came home, and he told me it was finished. Yay... except he had a weird tone when he told me. I knew something was up. I walked into the spare room to check out the damage.

Didn't see much of anything..
Until I walked closer. Still didn't really see anything... 
Until you get closer and BAM there is a huge scratch. It couldn't have happened UNDER the desk. OH NO. It had to be in the WORST SPOT POSSIBLE. <--- All caps means business. 
Poor Drew had tried to cut the box open as gently and carefully as possible, and this happened. Then he tried to use scotch tape to fix it. hehe. I could tell he just felt terrible. Why in the world would a furniture company place the top part of a desk right where the seam for the box is? It just doesn't make any sense.

Luckily for me (and Drew), the company is sending me a replacement top since the desk is under warranty. Until then, I can sit and blog to my heart's content, knowing that awful scrape will soon be gone.

In other news... I have found a new friend, and she is awesome. My husband works with Alex, and he has a new girlfriend, Sam. We had dinner with them last Monday, and again this weekend. They are SO fun to be around, and Sam and I are basically twins. She is super tall, has large feet, and her face gets red and blotchy after her first drink. TWINS!
Yes, Alex has a mullet, and he is awesome. He just does NOT care, and I love that about him. He got up and had Sam dance with him. Outside. With no music. I mean, come on. It was priceless.

This weekend was my last weekend of Summer vacation. I am enjoying every last moment of staying up late and not worrying about how much sleep I get. It's going to be a rude awakening on Tuesday morning when I HAVE to get up early. I've been setting my alarm earlier and earlier each day to prepare myself, but I still took my time in the morning knowing I wasn't totally required to be anywhere at a certain time. I think what I will miss most is being able to go grocery shopping during the day. I know that sounds ridiculous, but being able to grocery shop during a weekday is a million times better than going on the weekend. Especially to walmart- my least favorite store of all time.

Anyway, my goal for this week is to drink enough water everyday, and to have a balanced dinner. Breakfast and lunch go well, but at times dinner is a tough meal for me to make smart choices. I eat less of whatever we are having, but I need to be eating more fruits and veggies and not as many carbs. My body doesn't NEED the carbs, it's just me wanting them. Oh, and I need to run this week. Those are my two goals!

So now it's your turn to share with me. What did ya'll do this weekend? Did anyone dance to no music with you? 



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Friday, August 2, 2013

Pencil Skirt Tutorial

I have an awesome guest to introduce to you today! Danielle is one of the very first blogs I started reading. I found her through Pinterest a few years ago and have followed along ever since. She has completely changed my life, no joke! Danielle and her family live on a very strict budget, and she manages to do it with total grace.  She is so incredibly sweet. She has a huge readership base, but still talks to little ol' me through email. :) I KNOW you will fall in love with her, just as much as I did. Take it away, Danielle!


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Good morning lovelies! I am so excited to be here today! My name is Danielle and my little bloggy home is Blissful and Domestic. It is my little piece of mama goodness on the web. All white, pink, and chevron. Exactly what I could never do my bedroom in. I mean I could, but then my hubby would totally go into girliness overload and since I kinda like him (wink) I keep the super girly colors and patterns to my blog and my clothes of course :)

 Speaking of clothes, I am sharing a fun tutorial with you today. I love pencil skirts. We just have to get that out in the open. On any given day I am either wearing a pencil skirt or maxi skirt. I am a curvy gal and there is nothing better than a good skirt to make you feel smokin hot right? Well maxis and pencil skirts do that for me. I also love the vintage vibe from pencil skirts.

I have been searching for some fun fabrics to use for new skirts and recently I found this pretty floral at Hobby Lobby. We just got a Hobby Lobby about 2 years ago and oh my heck do I love it! I found this fabric in the clearance section. I grabbed a yard and was out the door. Well not literally. I obviously bought some other yards of fabric. I mean you can't turn down clearance fabric. At least I can't. Not when I have it in my budget and the pattern is calling my name :)


At home I pulled out my favorite pencil skirt pattern. I found it a few years ago at a 99 cents pattern day at Joanns. That was the best 99 cents I have ever spent. I use this pattern all the time. It is a plus size pattern, ya know for us mamas with curves, but they also sell them in standard sizes as well. It is Butterick B5539 pattern.

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Sometimes I iron my fabric and sometimes I iron my pattern. It's the correct way of doing things, since it creates a smooth, flat surface to work with. You should also pre-wash your fabric to prevent shrinkage after sewing. Nothing stinks worse than making a cute skirt and having it shrink after being washed. It royally sucks!

So be a good sewer and do all of the above. Sometimes I do and sometimes I am a rebel, but when I follow the program my projects are always better and long lived:)

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Pin your pattern to your fabric and cut out all your pieces. I love this pattern, since there are only 2 pieces. Less pieces to work with means simple sewing for me. Score!

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Sew your side seams. I like to do one straight stitch and then a zig zag stitch. Double the stitches means double the reinforcement.

This pattern does call for adding a zipper. I wish I was a pro at this, but unfortunately I am not. I do have a tutorial for the zipper part over on my blog. You can find it in my Simple Pencil Skirt Tutorial or my Gathered Pencil Skirt tutorial. Take your pick.

Once you have added your zipper, you're ready to rock your skirt. Pair it with a cute top and some fun jewelry. Then your golden!

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Thank you so much Emily for having me. You are such a sweetie!

Stop by and say hi ya'll! I have an awesome giveaway going on and I would love for you all to hop on over and enter. You could win Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family. Its by New York Times Best Selling authors Steve and Annette Economides. It is one of the books that helped my family cut our grocery bill in half and learn to live on $14,000/year. Its a keeper! 

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XO Danielle


Thanks so much, Danielle! Make sure to head over to Blissful and Domestic to check out her amazing blog. I know you will love it!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Flash mob.. I mean sale

I know many of you are all over the country, and were not able to go to Flourish's Overstock sale this past weekend. Major bummer, I know. But guess what? They are having an online flash sale today only!!

You can find Flourish's Facebook page and get ready for the auction style sale. It will be live from 7pm-10pm Eastern Standard time. All items will be priced similar to the Overstock Sale pricing, and they are final sale.

As for me, I'm again headed to school to get ready for the first day next week. I'm pretty much donw, so now I get to do all the fun things like plan out what we are doing the first day, make cute new things for my room, and help my coworkers. I love this time of year!

Make sure to let me know what you score at the sale! :)

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