May 27, 2016

Week IN Review!

We have had quite the eventful week! Hudson had his very last day at preschool on Monday. We've been at this preschool since he was 2 and loved it so much that I cried every time I saw his teacher this week. These ladies that have loved on my babies feel like family to us. I am so glad to have a place to take them twice a week where they're loved just like if they were at home. So I was a tad misty-eyed all day.
His very first day of preschool to his very last day! My baby has grown up!
Hudson actually left earlier this week to go to California with G-Pa and CJ to see our twin nieces graduate from HS and he gets to do all kinds of fun still like Disneyland and Universal. We are definitely missing him. I think baby brother enjoyed a few days of being an only child but I can tell he's getting bored now and missing his brother.

Rhett had his last day on Wednesday. We have absolutely adored his teachers this year. He has grown up so much. And I joke that it's really too bad that he has absolutely no personality! ;) The older he gets, the more and more he looks like his daddy. Bryan and I talk ALL the time about how different our boys are and it's so funny because even my mom and dad have pointed out that Rhett has a hilarious sense of humor and gets jokes and sarcasm, and Hudson is SO literal. (Just like Bryan and I, respectively ;))

I couldn't be more proud to be the momma of these two boys! Hudson is ready to start Kindergarten, hopefully at the private Christian school we want him to go to, still waiting for the final word, and then I'll be homeschooling him part time too so his schedule really won't be a whole lot different than what he does now. And Rhett officially goes from Mother's Day Out to Preschool in the fall. Big changes coming to our household!
So while Rhett was at school on Wednesday I enjoyed my last day of freedom for awhile. It involved working at home, showering and working out in peace and then I stopped by my favorite little food truck downtown and got a veggie wrap and smoothie. Our babysitter will be coming one day a week this summer but she doesn't start until the end of June, so me and the boys have a lot of fun stuff planned in the meantime!

Wednesday night Rhett went to spend some quality time with Grammy and Pa so Bryan and I took full advantage of being kid-free and went on a date night! 

We went to eat at our favorite restaurant downtown, where I actually ordered shrimp fajitas, and the shrimp didn't even taste good. I've been eating some seafood, once or twice a week, but I ended up just eating the veggies and letting Bryan have the shrimp. It still blows me away how much my tastes have changed. Then we went to a little brewery and sat on the patio with drinks and played board games together. There is just something about being out together without kids thats so refreshing.

Besides that Rhett and I have been running errands and hanging out at home. It's been super rainy this week, which stinks. We really want our summer weather back!
 I finished my round of 21 day fix on Saturday and started 21 day fix extreme on Sunday. The workouts are killing me but I am already down almost 4 lbs this week so something is working!!
I also got more vegan samples in the mail yesterday. They're 7/$35 or 2/$10 shipped. I am running low on chocolate, and they're first come first serve so let me know if you want some!! 

This was my lunch yesterday. I am loving this tofu scramble. I can't believe I like tofu.
 We have barely talked to Hudson all week but last night we got to FaceTime him and they were at Disneyland and he wanted to be able to show Rhett "Woody" who they were waiting in line to meet because they both love Toy Story.  Such a sweet big brother! We are definitely missing him!

Besides that I've been working a lot this week. I have joined up with some other girls on my team and am totally redoing the way we do challenge groups. We've been doing some brainstorming calls and it's gotten me really pumped up for the direction my business is going!!! Our summer slim down group starts next week, and it's not too late to join us!!
So that's what we've been up to! My family is all en route for a week at the lake house!! Praying for no rain and a great week with family! Happy Friday! 

May 26, 2016

My Why. The Short and Selfish Version. Enjoy.

I recorded a new "why" video today. After several tries, I stuck with a short and sweet version. The selfish version. I hope you watch and if you want to know a little more about what I do, you're welcome to join our Glimpse into Coaching event tomorrow! Feel free to email me for more info.

May 24, 2016

Tasty Tuesday! The Good, The Bad... My thoughts on the process.

I've been wracking my brain for today's post. Trying to come up with a topic, and I really didn't plan ahead so what you're going to get instead is my thoughts and feelings about going to a whole food plant based diet.
I'll start with this. It's changed my life. I am still learning the ins and outs of WFPB living. I never sought out to be a vegan. I actually was 100% against it. Some days I eat some cheese, I don't always read all the labels and on the weekends I have some meat if I want it. But most of the time I don't want it, and when I eat it I feel sick afterwards. I am not a crazy animal rights activist. I am eating this way because I feel good and I have been learning and SEEING the health benefits. My skin has taken a 180 degree turn. I don't even feel like I need makeup anymore. The above pictures are in the same lighting, same time of day, no filter or makeup, just 5 weeks apart. The first right as I started and the second a few days ago. I look younger and my skin looks brighter, thats a win-win! First time in my adult life that I haven't had breakouts!

I am eating healthy and crazy beautiful foods. I like tofu and brussel sprouts, who knew?
But it's not all roses and daisies. I just finished a round of (vegan) 21 day fix, and I didn't lose any weight, I actually gained a couple of pounds BUT my body composition is changing from lifting weights. My stomach is flatter than it's ever been since having kids. I jumped right into a round of 21 day fix extreme and I am following the regular meal plan but making it vegan instead of following the vegan one because I think I was eating too many carbs, three days in and I am down over 3 lbs by cutting down my carbs. I ate pizza last week (GASP ;)) real pizza, and I was SO sick. Like sick sick. And then bbq and felt so bloated, meat just isn't good for my body anymore. It's been hard getting into the groove and learning the new way to do things. 

What does a day look like for me? 

Vegan Shakeology for breakfast most days... (with power greens and a banana blended in)
Lunch is a salad with arugula, sprouts, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, 1/4 avocado and homemade balsamic vinegrette.  Or that salad with some vegan pizza thats left over from the night before. And a La Croix.

Dinner is a variety. Dinner is the hardest because I have to actually cook something. I've been getting Blue Apron and Hello Fresh Vegetarian boxes and thats been helpful to try new things.

So I guess that's my hodge podge of thoughts about WFPB living for now. It's a learning process but I feel GOOD and that's the biggest thing for me! My workouts are better than ever and I am getting so much stronger. I'm not planning on quitting any time soon! 
My next 21 day fix group starts next Tuesday! It's not too late to join us!  We also are running a Glimpse into Coaching group on Friday if you're interested! Email me for more info!! 
Happy (tasty) Tuesday! 

May 20, 2016

All About that Lularoe!!

Ok so I am OBSESSED with Lularoe. I saw lots of people posting about it but I never knew the hype, until I got my first pair of leggings and the rest was history.

Here I am in the Pink Classic T. I love that its loose and long. This T is thinner so great for summer. And the OS black leggings, which I basically live in. I wore this out to dinner last night, and my husband was a big fan.

Here I am in the Irma (size down in this one!) SO comfy and love the fun prints. Long enough to cover my booty. And the OS leggings. Again I wear them every day. They are buttery soft!
And here I am in some crazy printed OS leggings. I didn't know if I could pull them off, and I haven't worn them out of the house yet, but they make yoga day super fun!!!
And last but not least, in the Nicole dress. I LOVE this dress. I love the pattern and the cut. So flattering. I also have an Amelia, but it's a LITTLE too tight, it's my motivation dress to be in it by the time I go to Cancun.

The thing that I love about Lularoe is that each consultant gets different stuff, and they might have prints you've never seen before and the chances of someone local having the exact same thing as you is slim to none. So... all of that to let you know that I am hosting a Lularoe pop up party on Facebook on Monday night with my friend Stacey who is a consultant. Let me know if you want to join and I'll add you, no pressure to buy, you can just come peruse.... or you can click this link to join. She's said she'll be giving away some goodies too (like FREE leggings, HOLLA) you don't want to miss out! 

Happy Friday loves! Do you have any brands that I need to know about?! This is a new favorite of mine for sure!!!

May 19, 2016

The Snake Story. First Post in the Series: Things My Dad Has Taught Me.

I spent the weekend with my parents and my dad gave me lots of good blogging and business advice... and being retired, I figured maybe he needed in on this gig. I know he gets bored from time to time (kidding, and he's really only "semi-retired"). And in that advice he offered to let me start sharing some of his stories. Stories that he randomly emails our family, that have me cracking up out loud. So I'm starting a new series... maybe weekly, maybe biweekly, entitled "Things My Dad Has Taught Me".

So here you have it, my dad's own words from an experience a few weeks ago.

"The Snake Story"

Yes, my brother, Scott gives great Christmas Presents.

I will get to the Christmas Present later in the story, but Brother Scott, Thank you very much. 

I bought a newer bass boat this week, I didn't plan on buying another boat, but have a friend that needed to sell due to health reasons. I love my current bass boat, bought it new in 2001, have an awesome remote control trolling motor on it, and have never had a single problem with it, it still runs good, doesnt leak and everything on the boat works and works well. I have also caught thousands of fish out of it in the last 15 years. But I digress, I am now the owner of a 2014 Tracker Pro Guide Combo Deep V 17.5 foot bass boat, ski boat. It is a beautiful boat, runs over 40 MPH courtesy of the 115 HP Mercury 4 Stroke it totes, so while maybe not as convenient for fishing, it is gonna be great for pulling people in a tube. 

I really like the new boat, except I liked the 24 volt remote controlled trolling motor on my old boat better than the 12 volt trolling motor on the new boat. So I decided before selling the old boat on craigs list, I would swap out the trolling motors. I also noticed the carpet on the old boat had some holes in it that the wood was showing thru, so decided it would sell better if I replaced the worn areas. So off to Lowes I go, purchase some new outdoor marine carpeting, some water proof carpet glue, and a box cutter with a lot of blades. I cut, pulled, jerked, laying on the floor cramped the whole time cutting out the old carpet, this little project took about 6 hours of laying in the floor of my old boat. I eventually got the old stuff out, cut the new stuff in and glued it down, and it looks a lot better. Really needed my buddy Lew and his Carpet experience, but think he would be proud of the job I did, except for the little one inch gap where the knife took on a mind of its own. Gives it Character is what I say. 

So now time for the trolling motor switch. I came to the realization as I started the project, removing both trolling motors seemed like an appropriate first step, that I didnt know how to convert a boat from 12 volts to 24 volts, or from 24 volts to 12 volts. So off to the internet I went. After watching several videos, and reading reams of articles on how to, I finally broke down and bought a 12 to 24 volt conversion kit, as this seemed the easiest way. And easy sounded good after laying in both boats and reaching farther than a human should have to reach in all sorts of cracks and crevices to remove both trolling motors, this was another 8 hours of laying on the floor of the boats. 

Anyway, was so happy yesterday when my conversion kit arrived via UPS. I took my prize TRAC conversion kit, bought from a company(TRAC) out of Tennessee, to the basement and opened it like it was Christmas Day. Lots of pieces, some made sense, others looked like something from NASA, but I knew the big instruction manual would help me sort it all out. I start reading the instruction manual, and it was the foreign language part, so I skipped forward looking for the English part. Well, I would still be looking, the instruction manual they sent was in French, the entire thing was in French. French, out of Tennessee, not English, not even Spanish that I could have at least mostly read.

So off to Cabela's I go this morning. Right to the trolling motor counter where the experts reside. I even took a few of the pieces with me that I had taken off the boat, as I knew I needed something different, but didnt know what. The guy behind the counter acted like I was speaking Chinese, or maybe French and had no idea what I needed. But, he said Mark was the expert, so he paged Mark to the counter. Well, Mark started to answer, I think his answer was, yeah those look like the parts you need. I said these? This is what I took off the boat, they dont work to convert from 24 to 12 and 12 to 24. He says, oh, You know what you need to do, we have a service center just down the road where they actually do this kind of stuff, why dont you go down there and talk to John. Oh boy, well at least I get to talk to someone that does this for a living. 

So me and my arm full of parts head down the road to the service center. I walk inside toting my stuff, and see a guy who has a big smile on his face. I think Mark called and warned him I was coming. I said are you John, he says yes. I then tell him my story, bought a new boat, converting it to 24 volt and moving my good trolling motor to it, moving the other trolling motor to the other boat and converting it from 24 volt to 12 volt, then selling it, and thought it would be something I could do myself but couldnt figure out what parts I needed. Well John laughed, and I mean he laughed hard. He laughed like a redneck listening to Jeff Foxworthy for the very first time, he belly laughed, his face turned red from laughing, I thought I might have to call the paramedics, and he hadnt even heard about the French instruction manual. He finally gathered himself, and said you are doing what? Except he didnt get it all out as he started laughing again. 

Well to make a long story shorter, he started telling me all the stuff I needed, and how I had to run new 8 gauge wire the whole length of the boat, I need a crimper, and needed to strip wires and connect them with splicers. I finally stopped him and asked what he would charge if I just brought the boats to him and had them do it. He laughed even harder this time, said he would love to help me, but they were 3 weeks out. I told him that was probably quicker than I was gonna get it done, and it would at least work when they did it. He laughed even harder yet, I will tell you this John guy had a sense of humor. Well, in the end I walked out with a couple hundred dollars of parts and a migraine. 

Again in the interest of time, and to get back to Scotts Christmas gift, yes that is really what the story is about, I started working on the old boat first. Figured if I messed it up, I would just push it to deep water and sink it. 6 more hours of laying in the old boat, running wires in nooks and crevices, drilling holes in my boat, which seemed like a bad idea, hoping it wouldnt sink, but secretly not caring if it did, 4 trips to Lowes to buys parts that John forgot I needed, or maybe I only needed because of my method of assembly, I completed the project on boat number 1. 

I took it for a test drive, and amazingly enough, everything worked. Proud of my amazing accomplishment, I took a bunch of pictures, and immediately came inside and listed it on Craigslist. Well not immediately, as for me listing something on Craigslist took over an hour. But I got that sucker listed, and no one has ever been more proud of a Craigslist listing than I was. 

Went and watched Huddy play soccer, and forgot my phone. When I got home, I had multiple calls from people "wanting" my boat. Thought it is amazing they all want to know if I will take less, and they havent even seen the boat in person. Maybe they talked to John? 

Well one guy was insistent, so we reached a verbal agreement for him to buy my boat tomorrow, and at only a slight discount from my list price. He said he was coming over at 9 am to pick it up after a test drive. Well there was about 10 minutes left before pitch dark, so I decided I better go out and test the navigational lights as I haven't used them in a couple of years. 

This is where the story gets interesting, this boat has a ton of storage area, and I knew I had seen the lights somewhere during the day, but I couldnt find them. Finally found the light for the back of the boat, and continued my search for the small light that goes up front. There is a storage area under the passenger seat, the whole bench lifts forward. I opened it up, no light, but did find the piece that braces up the motor when you have it on the trailer, so it was good to know where that was. I reached to pick it up, and stopped as there was a shed snake skin stuck to it. Being deathly afraid of snakes, I know that wasn't there when I put it away. But, I didn't figure the prospective buyer was going to be real excited to see it when he inspected the boat tomorrow. So I gritted my teeth and reached in and grabbed the shed and pulled on it. My intent was to jerk it out quick and toss it overboard, kind of a 5 second rule thing. Well as I jerked on it, I saw movement from the back corner of the storage area, movement as in the snake wasn't totally done shedding his skin and I had jerked it off of him/her and he/she tried to bite me. Only my quick tug and toss kept me from getting bit. 

I have mentioned I am scared of snakes, really really scared? Well now I have a huge ticked off snake, in my boat, the one I am supposed to sell and take for a test drive in 12 hours. Several things went thru my mind in about a half second, jump in the water, no the snake may come in the water too. Did I mention it was now pretty much dark? Run.....where do you run in a boat. Shut the storage bench, trap the snake and move to Canada, Well the snake got in there somehow with it shut, so I am guessing he can get out, I would rather be able to see where he goes so I can go somewhere else, and Canada is cold. My cell phone, aha, the one I almost left inside, but took in case someone else called about the boat, I can call 911. Wait, that would be an awkward conversation, and not sure of their response time, even if I could talk them into coming. Mary, yeah thats it call Mary, she is inside within 40 feet of me, probably already heard me crap my pants, I will call her. She can bring the shotgun, or the deer rifle. Wait, that won't work, she doesnt know how to load either one, probably doesnt know the difference between the two, and shooting the snake is going to sink the boat with me in it, with the snake. I get her on the phone, Tell her to immediately bring me a flashlight, the hoe, and.......wait for it........The huge Machete size knife that Scott got me for Christmas. She says, where is the knife, I say it is in the office closet with my guns, its the only place it would fit, you cant miss it. 

So here she comes, Flashlight in hand, hoe in hand, struggling under the weight of the worlds largest knife. She stops 10 feet from the boat, and says ok now what? She wanted no part of this at all. I felt like the guy that plays the drums, the harmonica and cymbals at the same time. Flashlight and hoe in one hand, worlds largest knife in the other, Only adrenaline giving me the ability to use all 3 at once. I shined the flashlight on the snake that is now coiled in the very far corner, it did not like having a flashlight in its eyes, it got real active, well it moved anyway. I couldnt get to it with the hoe, so flashlight in my mouth, hoe in the left hand and WLK (worlds largest knife) in the other, I raked (hoed) the snake from the corner, pinned it down with the hoe, and took a shot at cutting its head off with WLK. Well WLK is not WSN (Worlds Sharpest Knife) and smacking a large ticked off snake with a dull knife makes the snake much more angry. Change of tactics is called for, I stabbed the snake in the head, the point must have been very sharp as I pinned the snake to the bottom with the WLK and held it there until it bled to death, and sawed most of its head off. After making sure it was dead, no I didnt take a pulse, I then tossed it in the water. IT WAS A 4 FOOT LONG COPPERHEAD, VENEMOUS. 

So to wrap up this book. I now have a huge blood stain on the carpet in the storage area that looks like I have been transporting dead bodies and sinking them in the lake. No biggie, except I have to explain it somehow to the potential buyer tomorrow. Snakes stink, A half can of lysol and my boat still smells like a porta potty. I laid in the boat for the better part of 2 days that snake could have done bad things to me, I may not sleep for a month. Oh, and after all of that, the lights didnt work. I really don't care, as the price of the boat is very negotiable at this point. I no longer like my old boat.

So brother Scott, thanks for the Christmas Present, it saved my life. As soon as I figure out how to get the snake blood off of it, it will be sharpened in case of future need. 

Oh, and tomorrow I have to finish boat number 2. Unless I sell it as well. 

So the moral of the story is, I come by my fear of snakes naturally. And my dad has always gotten over his fear to take care of the situation when it needs to be taken care of. Thing number one my dad has taught me: never give up, be inventive and think outside the box and that a really big Machete could come in handy some day. (Oh and my mom says the story is 98% true... ish)...

Happy Thursday! 

May 18, 2016

Graduations, Working Out, And A Surprise trip! Weekend In Review!

My sweet cousin Abi graduated from High School VALEDICTORIAN of her class this last weekend. Hudson and I made the trip with my parents to go to her graduation and we were so glad to be able to celebrate her.
Made me think a lot about my own graduation and everything that's changed since then... you think you've lived so much life up until that point, but I really see that as the time my life began.
Besides that we've been doing a lot of working out. I found this old picture of myself on Bryan's computer yesterday and decided to do a comparison. I started my fitness and weight loss journey many many years ago. The picture on the left, I'd been working out for six months and the scale hadn't moved, I had no accountability and my nutrition was all over the place. I set out with a goal weight of 145 and thought I'd be there in a year or less. In May of 2014 I started working out (PiYo) with an accountability group on Facebook. I began keeping track of every bite of food that I took and now two years later I am down 42 lbs. the accountability and nutrition is key. I'm not at 145 yet- but that's ok. That number doesn't define me. I'm in the same size of clothes that I wore at 155 when I got married. My body composition has changed and I have muscle that I've never had before. I am feeling good in the skin I'm in. I'm never going back. If you need that accountability- I'm your girl. Our groups on Facebook are clutch for helping you reach your goals- I would love to share more info! 
We are gearing up for our next round of 21 day fix- SUMMER SLIMDOWN- starting the Tuesday after Memorial Day. My current group is rocking it and I cannot wait to see all of their results next week. I'd love for you to join our exclusive group that will take us right up to the very start of summer! I'll be hitting this round hard, with 21 day fix extreme...
...why am I hitting this round so hard?! Well because my husband surprised me with a trip for my 30th birthday to CANCUN for just the two of us at the end of June! You better believe I'm working hard to be able to rock swimsuit!
Also, I am hosting a glimpse into coaching group on facebook on Friday! Just a one day event, no strings attached, but if you've ever been interested in coaching this is a way you can check it out! You can email me about this group OR the Summer Slim Down group!

So that's really all thats new with us. Hope you're having a fantastic week!!

May 17, 2016

Tasty Tuesday! What IS a WFPBD?

What exactly IS a Whole Food Plant Based Diet?! 

It's a diet RICH in WHOLE foods. Unprocessed foods. Foods that come from the Earth.

NO: Meat, Fish, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Gelatin, Etc.
YES: Fruit, Veggies, Nuts, Legumes, Whole Grains

What I've noticed since going WFPB?

-Increased (natural) Energy
-Better Complexion (NO breakouts and less under-eye darkness!)
-Weight Loss
-Sleeping Better
-Stabilized Moods
-No more bloating
-Regular digestion, decreased indigestion
-NO allergy problems, no need for my usual daily meds (can I get an AMEN?!)

I've debated posting this, and honestly I need to do another picture (maybe after I get my eyebrows done tomorrow ;)) but this shows how much my skin cleared in the first month. I feel like it's even a bigger change now, I don't even need makeup or concealer. Just the diet change has brightened my skin and the whites of my eyes! 

Ok so what the heck do we eat?! Well here is some of the yummy things we've been eating this week:

(I can't share the all the recipes because they're not mine, but I'll link the cookbook 
in the comment of the picture)

 It's the recipe on the cover!
I was in a crunch and needed to eat lunch on the go so I whipped up a PB&Strawberry wrap with
carrots and grapes to take with me in the car! Easy and delish!

And this recipe I can share. It's from Hello Fresh but I revamped it and made it my own. OH also... I restarted my Hello Fresh Subscription because they have a Vegetarian option and it will give me fresh ideas and the first box comes next week! Recipe to the meal below here. I subbed in vegan burgers that I crumbled up for the ground beef and almond milk for the sour cream. And you honestly didn't miss the beef at all. We couldn't even tell! If you want to try a box of Hello Fresh (you won't regret it!) you can get $40 off your first box (WHAT WHAT!!!) with my code: 64C7H9 :) I love their recipes, I use them again and again and again! 

And my cart full of yummy goodness. If you would have told me two years ago that this is what a cart full of groceries to feed my family for a week looked like- I would have never believed you. I was eating processed "diet" foods, drinking Diet Coke, lots of meat and dairy and had minimal veggies and fruit in my cart. And I wasn't losing weight despite all the "diet food". Now it's completely shifted. My cart is 80% fresh produce. No "diet" foods and minimal processed anything. No dairy or meat for me. My kids and husband still have a little. It's been a slow lifestyle change and I am feeling better than ever and down over 40 lbs!

So that's my Tasty Tuesday Vegan Update! Hope you're enjoying these posts! I'll be back tomorrow with an update on what we've been up to! Happy Tuesday!
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