Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 Days to a Better You - Day 31

Woo hoo! We made it!!!!

To end this series I want to share with you the biggest way that I personally have lost weight.... It's really no secret at all, but I'm still gonna share it! Are you ready? This is the key to my success that I have been saving this entire time:

I eat at least one big salad per day. Without fail. It's seriously that easy, my friends. I make sure that one meal per day is a big salad. No tricks, no gimmicks. Just the plain ol' truth.

The funniest part of all this? I was never a big salad eater. Now I actually crave them. I'm not talking about just lettuce with a few carrots kind of salad. Nope, I'm talking about the "Bring on the Flavor" salads that make me actually want to eat a salad kind of thing. I actually do have some favorites:


  • Zaxby's grilled chicken salad is so addicting! I could literally eat one every day....
  • Steak N Shake's Southwest grilled chicken salad is absolutely amazing! 
  • Big River Grille's Seafood Cobb Salad is out of this world good. 
  • Cracker Barrel's country chef salad is really filling. 
When I make salads at home, I like to experiment with different salad dressings. I've found a few that are really good:
  • Newman's Own Light Raspberry Walnut 
  • Kraft Mango Chipotle Vinaigrette
  • Newman's Own Light Honey Mustard Vinaigrette



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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 Days to A Better You - Day 30

Can you believe we've almost made it through this series?!? When I set out to do this, I figured I'd give up about half way in. Ha!

Today, I'm going to show you the absolute nastiest detox drink known to man, but it sure works. I only do this for three days at a time and then take a two week break. This stuff tastes horrible, but if you want to detox your body it's pretty powerful stuff.

I put three tablespoons of Organic Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon lemon juice, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne. Then I top it off with hot water, add some Splenda, and stir.

I've found that sipping this mess isn't that awesome, so I just chug it as fast as possible two times per day for three days in a row.

I'm telling you now, it is disgusting. I recommend checking with your doctor prior to drinking this mess. Be sure to keep drinking your water and stay hydrated especially while doing this.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

31 Days to A Better You - Day 29

I've got a secret.....but today I will share it with you. I love tea especially when it turns cold outside. Why not drink some teas that have added weight loss benefits?!?
I drink these once a day:




These teas are thought to aid in weight loss. Cinnamon naturally speeds up your metabolism. Dandelion root has diuretic properties and helps better eliminate waste from your body. Studies have shown that pu-erh tea  suppresses weight gain. To learn more about each tea, you can always do a quick internet search. I was able to easily find all three teas at our local health food store. 

When I'm trying to break a weight loss plateau, I drink each tea one time a day and it seems to help out.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 Days to A Better You - Days 27 & 28

I enjoy the holidays for so many reasons. Here lately, I've used them for motivational purposes! Now that I've really made some progress with my weight loss, I can make comparisons. Seriously, how is that not motivation to keep going?!?


Caleb's first Halloween was special for us. I dreaded that Halloween for myself because I realized I couldn't wear all of the cute costumes like I did before I was pregnant. I dismissed the thoughts as just something motherhood brought with it. I convinced myself that it was okay to focus on my child one hundred percent and skip taking care of me. 

Last Halloween, Caleb had hand, foot, and mouth disease. The picture below is the beginning of me truly realizing how out of hand my weight had gotten. We did take Caleb old fashioned trick-or-treating with friends through a neighborhood last year. I was so out of shape and tired from walking through that neighborhood. I remember coming home and crying to Ryan about how miserable I felt. 


A year later, I haven't reached my overall goal but I am so much happier. When I started thinking about costumes for Halloween, I wasn't afraid to actually dress up with Caleb. He loves super heroes right now and I was able to be one with him. This year I wasn't left crying on my husband's shoulder. I actually got to act silly with my boys. I'm included now because I'm not too busy being miserable with myself or too worn down to have fun. When my child ran down a gravel road setting off to save the world as Batman, I got to run with him as Batgirl. Until you've been unable to do those kind of stuff, you just can't imagine what it means to you when you can. 


This weekend I've thought a lot about this 31 Days series. I hope I've been able to help someone out there. We're almost to the end of this and I've enjoyed thinking about the things that have helped along the way. 

Day 27: If you're struggling with remembering to drink your water, try drinking a glass of water after you've used the bathroom. Since you make bathroom trips multiple times a day, this can help you get in the habit of remembering to drink your water. Plus, the more water you drink the more you'll use the bathroom resulting in more water consumption! 

Day 28: Tell your close family and friends about your weight loss goals. When times are tough, they'll be there to encourage and celebrate with you! 


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Tellico Halloween 2012

Every year we have a party in Tellico to celebrate Halloween. Every year, Ryan tries to top the previous year on extreme costumes. The best part about the evening is that no one knows what everyone else's costume will be.

We were Batgirl, Batman and Robin. Caleb had no idea what he would be this year and he was so stinkin' excited! He wanted to stay in his costume all weekend. 


Debbie was a fairy godmother. Caleb hated her outfit for some reason! He wanted her to take it off. 


You can't see it here, but Ryan has bright green tights on! It was absolutely hilarious! 


Caleb was so proud of his outfit! He really thought we were super heroes. 


I love that Ryan plays along with us! He's such a good sport about dressing up crazy with us. 



Mom was Cleopatra and Dad was a cowboy. 


Uncle David was a biker dude. We got tickled at him holding a chihuahua! 


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Night

Caleb and Zoey carved their Halloween pumpkins this week and they were just too cute!
At first Caleb wasn't too sure about touching the guts of the pumpkin. He eventually warmed up to it and smeared it all over my arms. Zoey refused to touch the stuff!


It ended up with me and Tara gutting the pumpkins...


And Mom stepped in to help...



After getting ours cleaned out, Ryan started carving the face of our pumpkin and my dad worked on Zoey's. 



The one on the left is ours. I think it looks a little confused....


The kids enjoyed eating chips together....


Zoey loved playing with her Uncle Ryan. They act so silly together! 



I just love that we have plenty of holiday traditions with the kids!


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Friday, October 26, 2012

31 Days to A Better You - Day 26


I have had a couple of people ask me more about the Sensa program this week. I originally tried it last year and blogged about it HERE.

I recently saw a commercial offering a 30 day free trial of their product. If you're interested in trying it out to see if it actually works for you, Go HERE! One of their reps contacted me last year offering a free two month trial if I would use the product and blog about my results. I had great results at the time, so it's definitely worth checking out.

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First Pictures

Guess who had his very first school pictures taken this week? 

He let us fix his hair for him and we used just a little bit of hair spray. Caleb thought he was such a big boy!

It's so hard to believe he will be three in just a few weeks. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cheerleading for Bow Rails

It's been a bit since I've had a boat update, right? We've been so super busy lately and just plain haven't had the time to work on it like we'd want. Such is life, am I right???

Ryan has done several things lately that I just can't really help with. So, I've been his cheerleader. He has rewired our engine, which was really quite the mess. We had bundles upon piles of wires lying everywhere on and around our engine. They weren't color coded properly, secured properly, or going to the right components. Ryan has patiently sorted through everything and we get to run it this weekend before installing it in the boat.

We have some amazing friends who have stepped forward to help us out on our project. It's unbelievable how many people have given us stuff for the boat or offered to help us accomplish things. Ryan and I talk about it often and still find it so hard to believe how blessed we are with such wonderful people in our life. We've got one buddy restriping and putting the name on our boat....one is putting wires in our engine compartment....another has offered to help us out with the binding on our new carpet for the boat....Dad has given us hardwood flooring to install....a friend bent our salvaged bow rails just right...another person is buffing and waxing the entire upper portion of our boat for us....and one sweet friend has even let us take anything off his beautiful boat that was completely totaled in the tornado. Anything we could salvage from it was just plain given to us for our boat. How absolutely amazing, right??? Then we've had friends along the way who have simply given advice. We have an older boat with an older engine. While Ryan is trained to deal with the latest and greatest engines out there, he's beginning to learn more and more about the older ones. When we've gotten stumped on a problem, there's always been someone right there helping us along. Without everyone's help there's absolutely no way Ryan and I could have such a nice boat. This project could easily have turned into a thirty thousand dollar restoration, but we have no where near that in her. When I think about everything that people have done to help us have our dream, I am overwhelmed. That's the only word to describe it.


Ryan has been working on the boat rail. He removed the whole thing and began polishing it. The piece on the left was our before. Every single piece was that tarnished and dirty looking. After buffing them, he got the results on the right. He said some took ten minutes while others took up to thirty. It was nasty work, but well worth the effort. Ryan mentioned that normally people think these pieces cannot be salvaged and throw them out. That can be a costly option when all it takes is some patience and compound to buff them to new condition. We saved a ton of money with this simple project and got amazing results!

The boat just didn't look right without a bow rail!



Yes, he does look at me like I'm crazy when I take pictures of him working...

These are the pieces of the bow rail that were bent for us. 

Ryan put some sealant in the screw holes prior to installing the pieces. 

This way everything was protected from water....

I told you I was just here to offer support and hand him stuff...

After the bases were installed, he added the other pieces.


I did actually get to help him feed the rail through the supports. 

Last night we just got everything dry fitted so we can figure out if we need to make any adjustments. 

After stepping back to look at it, we discovered that we do have to move the rail forward. It's going to be tricky and require both of us, but it will look great once it's done. 

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