Thursday, April 16, 2015

All About That Bass

I wanted to do a quick update on Whole 30. I think this may be the least I've actually thought about food and still lost weight. I like knowing that I can eat whatever and it works. There's really nothing complicated about Whole 30 once you get the hang of it. I eat lean meats, veggies, fruits, and potatoes. I do not count calories and it's working well for me. I end up not feeling restricted and I still feel satisfied. I don't know of any other eating plan or diet that allows this kind of freedom. 

I can definitely tell a difference in the way I feel when I eat well. My body functions much better and I have the energy to tackle my busy life now. I don't know how I would accomplish all that I do in a day if I wasn't eating better.

I know I cannot physically show you how much better I feel, but I can show you progress. My body is really changing! I had no idea it was so drastic until I started comparing. The picture below on the left was taken on February 17, 2015. The picture on the right was taken yesterday on April 15, 2015. So we roughly have a two month comparison. My hips and legs are really changing!

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I also compared March 31, 2015, to now and still noticed a difference!

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All of that is without counting calories. I'm just eating real food! Dinner last night was smoked turkey sausage, a baked potato, and a salad. It didn't take a whole lot of effort, but it was a great dinner. We are using our grill so much more now and the food has so much flavor! Throw meat and veggies on the grill and you've got an awesome meal. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Finds For The New Home

I've made a few home purchases lately that I am so excited about. I've got a certain look in my mind and I'm slowly working towards it. Ryan and I agree that we love the look and feel of a country home. We enjoy simple, crisp, clean details with a balance between older country and modern touches. It took us a while to figure all of that out! I love a country kitchen with modern appliances. There's a very delicate balance between the two, but I think it looks fabulous when it's pulled off properly.

Every single decision we have made for the new home has been weighed and thought out carefully. Instead of jumping at the first thing we like, we sit back and wait. We think on the details for weeks until we decide what we really want and what will function best for our family. 

I actually decided on my bedding months ago. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a simple, white quilt for our master bedroom. Nothing over the top and something that could be washed often. I wanted to be able to use bleach as needed to keep it looking nice and clean. My family is rough on just about everything, but I wanted our master bedroom to be our retreat after a long day. I want it to feel calm, clean, and simply beautiful. I am OCD and I can relax when everything is clean and in order. 

I finally found the right bedding on sale this week! I had a gift card that I used, it was on sale, I used a discount code, and received free shipping. You can't beat that! Normally, this bedding is $139.99 and I paid $34.99. You can find it {HERE}. I also bought the matching shams. I like that I can add in decorative throw pillows to match the seasons and holidays. It has so much versatility and I believe it will work well for us.  

I also purchased my white dishes. Since I post recipes for y'all and food really photographs well on white dishes, I knew that these had just enough detail without going overboard. I cannot wait to try some new recipes for y'all on these new dishes. Even if you're not a food blogger, white dishes are a must have for entertainment purposes. White serving dishes give everything a simple elegance at any meal. If you have friends or family over, showcase your food without overwhelming with patterned dishes.

With all of the money I saved, I bought new towels as well. I again wanted something that I could bleach from time to time. I have dirty guys in my house and they are really rough on lighter colored towels. I can keep these looking better longer since they are white. I can still bring in pops of color in the bathrooms with colored hand towels. But our every day items need to be something I can clean better! You can find these on sale {HERE}. They are normally $9.99 each!

I want simple neutral colors throughout our home so that I can bring in colorful accents and switch them out year round. I don't want to be tied to just one or two colors throughout the home. I want the flexibility to switch things up. 

How often do you shop for new linens and bedding? What colors work best for you and your family? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Weeks of Whole 30.... Want to know how much I've lost?

Today I turn 31! I have to admit that I definitely feel younger than when I was 26 and overweight. The healthier I live, the younger and more energetic I feel. Isn't that funny how it works? When I first started losing weight, the number one thing on my list wasn't to "feel younger". I didn't realize that I was in so much pain from weight related health problems that I felt more like a 50 year old woman. 

It wasn't until later on that I realized how much better I felt. Don't lose weight just to look great in a swimsuit. Lose weight for everything else that goes with it! Confidence, feeling better, looking younger, and enjoying life fully. All of those things are more rewarding than the swimsuit. Trust me, I know. 

This week has been very hectic and we have eaten out a lot. That's where Whole 30 really gets tricky. But.... I can help!

  • Don't just order off the menu! Ryan was really craving Hardee's breakfast and initially I thought nothing would even come close to being okay for me. I asked the lady behind the counter if I could just order scrambled eggs. Guess what? They have sides of scrambled eggs and they are way cheaper than anything else on the menu! Not only does making a healthier choice benefit my waistline, it also helps me financially! 
  • Ask how the food is prepared. If you're ordering veggies soaked in butter just so the restaurant makes them more appealing to the public, you need to know. They can still make your side of veggies without the extra junk! 
  • You are going to get really strange looks and sometimes feel like you're too picky, but it really does not matter! I asked for a salad with no croutons or cheese. I requested no salad dressing. The waitress looked at me like I'd lost my mind. But guess what? I hung in there!
  • Avoid the buffets. I made this mistake last week. I should have stuck with the salad bar, but I didn't. I paid for it and my weight climbed a little the next day. 

Want to know how Easter weekend actually went? It was rough! I thought that I did great for the entire week before, which I did. I thought I would splurge on one meal since I was so worn out. Friday night, I ordered pizza for family night. I was able to eat three pieces. About thirty minutes later, I was absolutely miserable. My lower abdomen swelled and was tight. I had severe stomach pains that lasted until the next day. I am here to tell you, it was one hundred percent not worth it! did not end there. I felt so yucky that I did not eat better until Monday morning. The whole weekend was a big train wreck. I ate everything and it was out of control. Monday morning, I weighed in five pounds heavier. I felt so bloated and miserable.

I jumped back in with my eating and within three days, I was back to where I was before the binge. I felt so much better, had energy and no more stomach pains! I was thinking this whole gluten and dairy free stuff was just bogus, but I was one hundred percent wrong. I am here to tell you, the food you are putting into your body is either hurting you or helping you. You make the decision about whether you want to live miserable to pain free. It is totally up to you, but I want to help you make the healthiest decision.

On Saturday morning, I weight in at 148.8. In two weeks, I have lost a total of FIFTEEN POUNDS!
Two weeks....fifteen pounds. And I have not felt deprived or hungry! That's the biggest part. I didn't have to starve myself or do something extreme to get there. I simply ate real food!

I love pasta. I love bread. I love cheese. But if I can do this and feel better, you can too! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter 2015, School, and Everything Else

It's catch up time! We've been super busy, but had lots of family time built in. We are going to do an update Monday on Whole 30 so far, okay?

I spent Easter weekend with my family and we had such a good time together. It was nice to slow down a little and spend time with everyone. We really enjoyed church service and lunch with my in-laws.

Caleb had fun hunting eggs and I got so tickled at him. He overlooks some of the really obvious hidden eggs!

Our Zumba® fitness classes were filled with awesome ladies this week! At my church, I get to co-teach with one of my best friends. How fabulous is that? It works pretty well because as we are both learning our own new choreography, we end up teaching each other in the process. So we learn new stuff twice as fast.

This week on Facebook I did a #transformationtuesday of Easter from 2011 to now. I still can't believe I used to be that person on the left.

We've spent a lot of time working at the new house and the trees have started to bloom. I have found one of my favorite trees so far. This is gorgeous! Anyone know what it is?

We have a large magnolia on the property and I am patiently waiting for the flowers to show up!

One evening, I slowed down long enough to really appreciate this view. I am very ready to wake up to this every day.

Our big family news for the week is this:

I registered my little one for Kindergarten! We were riding in the truck and I started talking about how I could not believe how fast he'd grown. I told him that it just seemed like yesterday that I was rocking him as a baby. He gave me the side eye and said, "Are you going to cry now?"

One thing I have worried about is if he will know anyone going into school. I didn't want him to just be alone the first few days. I totally shouldn't have worried about that. We didn't walk through the doors before he saw people he knows. Before I knew it there was a large hoard of boys that Caleb knew. Heaven help them if they make the mistake of placing all of those boys in the same room! I was so relieved that he knew baseball boys, football boys, MDO boys, and church boys. That kid will not be lonely!

Eating out has been trickier with Whole 30. You have to ask questions about how the food is prepared and I hate feel like a pest or picky. We had dinner at Beef O'Brady's this week and I asked them to leave off the croutons, cheese, and onions. You should have seen the look on the waitress' face! It was surprise and disbelief that I would leave off the things most people think are the best part of the salad. What she might not realize that after eating this way, those veggies truly taste better without all of the junk. For those of you doing this with me, how are you doing so far? 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BeDazzled by Michelle

Baseball games normally mean sugary sports drinks purchased from the concession stand. I don't know about you, but my child goes absolutely nuts on those things! Instead of spending money on those, we wanted to try some sugar free drink mixes. I didn't want Caleb to really know what we were doing to him, so a special water bottle was the perfect solution!!! No sugar and processed crap with no arguments! Parenting win, y'all! 

Michelle from BeDazzled was sweet enough to send Caleb's entire baseball team personalized water bottles! We were able to choose our team colors and she put each kid's name and number on their bottle. The Southern girl in me adores matching, personalized team gear!!! She is so sweet and the order was here super fast!

Find her on Etsy as BeDazzledByMichelle! She has just about any sport your kid plays and then some! You get to customize everything and your child will know exactly which drink is theirs. 

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Soccer - Igloo half gallon water jugs WITH cage hooks - baseball, softball, soccer, football

She also personalizes water jugs! These would be perfect for those long tournament days where you're playing three games in a row... 
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For those of you getting married and don't even have kids to play sports, these bridal party tumblers are so pretty! Spring and summer means lots and lots of weddings! 

No matter what sport you're involved in or anything else you love, contact Michelle today to order a customized tumbler, water bottle, or jug! You can stop spending money on unhealthy drinks and just mix up better options in your own cup! 


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