Monday, October 26, 2015

Prayers Needed! Please Share!

On Sunday, my husband and I were coming home from work early. We came upon a wreck and noticed it was my little boy's best friends and their mom. I was able to sit with the boys until the ambulance arrived. God put us in the right place at the right time. 

I see these boys almost every day and they play football with my son. Seeing them carried out of the crushed car was unimaginable. Holding their little hands while they were scared and in pain is something I never imagined I'd have to do. But I am thankful I could be someone they recognized when they needed it the most. 


I have watched a community come together to be prayer warriors for my friend and her boys. If it's on your heart to help this sweet family, they have a GoFundMe page {https://www.gofundme.com/vd77p334}. 

Please pray with me for them and their long road to recovery. Thank you so much. If you will, please share this post.

Gouda and Onion Topped Burgers

This weekend I played around in the kitchen. I had some pre-made hamburger patties, but I was craving something with a little more flavor. I don't really even have a great name for these, but they taste amazing! 


I simply cooked the patties in a pan over medium heat. Once cooked, I removed them from the pan and drained the grease. I left the little browned bits of meat in the pan and added frozen diced onions and bell peppers. I cooked them down and sprinkled a little almond flour to thicken the mixture. I added creole seasoning, oregano, and basil. Just sprinkle it in and let the mixture cook down.


I topped my hamburger patties with smoked Gouda cheese and the veggie mixture. The flavors were amazing and this meal was quick and easy. 

I've been eating amazing meals with little effort for the month. I have officially lost 12.2 pounds eating great! If you're looking for some extra support in your weight loss efforts, you can join my coaching group. For more info, click {HERE}! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Slow Weekend

This little one has felt rough this weekend. When he missed some of his football practice on Thursday, I had a feeling he was getting sick. I was really shocked to hear he had a positive strep test since he never ran a fever.


When Caleb lies around, it's a good indicator...


I stocked up his favorite comfort foods while we waited for medicine. He loves soup more than anyone I know. While a lot of kids crave junk, mine normally goes for the good stuff when he feels bad.


On Saturday we missed the first playoff game of the season, but his team still did awesome!


I was able to play around in the kitchen and I have an update for you guys tomorrow! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Plugged In

This week has been filled with music, dancing, and laughter. My Monday night Zumba® fitness class was energetic and filled with my favorite people. I forgot to turn off my Fit Bit after the workout and it's an example of how we continue to burn calories after a great workout.



On Tuesday I got to try out a new class. My sweet friend (the girl right beside me) received her license last weekend and started her own church fitness class this week. She rocked, of course! The class was fabulous and I had a blast!


I am surrounded by strong, beautiful ladies who encourage me every day. They teach me that there's always something to be excited about, that there's nothing like rocking out with your favorite people, and we are so blessed to have each other in our lives. God gave me a big family when He gave me these ladies. I have cried with them, celebrated with them, and prayed with them.

If you're lost and struggling today, please take my advice. Get plugged into a group. It can be a Bible study, a kid's play group, or a fitness class. When I stumbled into my first Zumba® class, I didn't realize how lonely and lost I was. Sure I had my family but I didn't realize how much I needed close friendships. I didn't realize that I needed to mentor and be mentored to. I needed women who tell it like it is, who became my prayer warriors, who fill my heart with joy every day.... Friends, trust me. I know many of you come here with struggles. It isn't just the weight loss. Today, do something for you. Do something that fills you with joy and get plugged into a group. Don't wait like I did. I promise you will never regret it! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hope

I am overwhelmed with feeling rough, the new tests in front of me, the not knowing what's going on. But I am so hopeful that I am on the right path.

I had an appointment with a neurologist this week. He is confident that he can help me figure out what's going on. 

I have an MRI, an EMG to check my muscles and nerves, an appointment with an endocrinologist, a 30 day heart monitor, and an at home sleep study scheduled.

So many people are praying with me and it brings me comfort on the tough days. It inspires me on the better days. 

I have surrounded myself with happiness, music, scripture, and friends. I do what I can and try not to stress over the things I can't. 



Most days I struggle with not being able to accomplish the things on my to-do list. I have so much I want to do and it drives me insane when I can't. I have all of this inspiration bubbling up in me and I cannot get it out. I have all of this hip hop choreo in my head, I have new recipes to try, and I have projects to finish around the house. I am bursting with so much and my body doesn't let it happen. My mind is going so fast and my body is going the other way. 


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Catching Up

Wow.... I left y'all for a bit. I promise I did not drop off the face of the Earth. We've just been incredibly busy. If you hate pictures in blog posts, this is probably not the day for you! If you want to catch up on everything keep reading.


We got fabulous tickets on the 50 yard line to see the Tennessee-Georgia football game. We are huge Tennessee fans and Caleb was so excited to see them play. 


We didn't plan on winning the game. Georgia was ranked and Tennessee has struggled this year. We were basically going for Caleb. 


During the first and second quarters, we were watching in dismay as the Vols dropped farther behind. Ryan told me that we'd probably leave the game early and I agreed. 


Tennessee pulled ahead and the game got intense! Caleb was so into it this year. He was cheering, chanting and singing Rocky Top. 


And chaos broke out when Tennessee won! We sat in traffic for quite a while, but it was so worth it!!! 


 If we aren't watching football, we are playing football. Even in the rain, Caleb's team is doing fantastic!


We found out this week that we are #1 in our league, #8 in the state, and #12 in the nation!!!! Caleb's team finished out the regular season undefeated and now we roll into the playoffs.


October is ADHD awareness month. Both my husband and son are ADHD and struggle with it often. Lucky for them, I am OCD and highly organized to balance out their chaos. Right before Kindergarten started, we were able to get Caleb on the right treatment plan and it has helped him so much. Our goal is to keep his awesome personality while helping him succeed in life. So far, things are right on track. I know that we may have to tweak and adjust things as we go, but I am happy that he's doing better.



 We took Caleb and my niece, Zoey, to the circus. I love spending time with my family.



I finally got a picture of all three of them together. Levi just won't stay still for very long!


We celebrated my aunt's retirement last week. We had four generations of my family there and it was great to spend time together. We all get so busy that sometimes I forget how much we enjoy hanging out.



 Caleb got football and Kindergarten pictures... I still can't believe how much he's changed.





My Zumba® Divas are fabulous! We had a Disney tutu party and I got so tickled seeing these ladies dance in frilly skirts. These ladies bring so much joy/inspiration/laughter to my life. I can't believe I am lucky enough to have them in my life.


I know they probably don't want to hear it, but things are going to have to change in class. (***If you're a Zumba® Diva, here's your warning....) I've brought back a few of my old songs in class and I have realized that they are making me so sore. That means one thing, our regular songs are not challenging us enough. We've gotten used to them because they are so much fun. It's time to switch things up a bit and work different muscles. I'm looking forward to new choreo!

I'm also really buckling down on my nutrition. I am still having health issues, but I am trying not to make things worse by eating junk. I refuse to give up any food groups, but I am making smarter choices. Instead of regular bread, I eat Ezekiel bread. I have to plan better, but it is worth it!


Ryan has also continued with our home projects. He bought me a matching light for my kitchen that ties in with the dining room lights.


I am so thankful he knows how to do this kind of stuff. Wiring makes me nervous so he's pretty handy to have around. 


Thanks to him, I now have recessed lighting in my living room and hallway as well. It's amazing how much light they bring. You don't realize how dark things are until it changes drastically. 


I'm really hoping to have the main parts of the house in order before the holidays. This is my year to cook Thanksgiving dinner and I would love to enjoy completed rooms. In all honesty, we've made some major changes in just a few months. I am really pleased with the progress.

I do have a health update. I've been through two more rounds of blood work and we have ruled out so much. I do know that I probably don't have an autoimmune issue and my thyroid seems to be functioning properly. I also know I do not have any sort of crazy infection. But, I don't really know what my health issue is at this point. I have an appointment with a neurologist tomorrow. He's one of the head doctors in our city and I am quietly hopeful. I have this gut feeling he will help me or get me connected to someone who can. I have 84 pages of medical records in my hands and I have no answers. I am praying he might.

I struggle many days. Not just with my health, but with explaining things. Mostly I look just fine. Sure I have dark circles under my eyes because I am absolutely exhausted no matter how much sleep I get. And sometimes I'm a little bit slower because I am trying not to hit the floor when I'm dizzy. I don't smile as much because I have massive headaches and the room tilts sideways. I brace for those things. It takes all of my energy to roll out of bed and just make it through the day. And it takes even more energy for me to fake normal and try to convince everyone around me (and sometimes myself) that I am okay. On the rougher days, I admit that I'm not okay. Some days it hurts to touch my skin and it's misery to wear a shirt. My hair is falling out in clumps. I cry because I am literally doing all I can and I'm not getting anywhere. I gain weight and then I feel disgusted because I don't have the energy to change things. I keep thinking if I can just figure out what it is I can find a way to conquer it. But until I know what I'm dealing with, I just keep going.

I focus on the happy things. I focus on my many blessings. I have so much to be thankful for. I do what makes me happy. Dancing and Zumba® bring me joy. Seeing Caleb play football makes me unbelievably happy. And helping Ryan around the house take my mind off things. I have a great life, but I just want to be able to enjoy it more.    

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