June 13, 2016

Glamping. Weekend in Review.

Confession time.

I have never been camping. Minus one night with my friend and her family as a teenager. I don't camp. I am thankful my parents never subjected me to such torture and instead took me to the beach... but I digress.

Enter my husband and having two boys. Apparently little boys NEED to go camping. So when I found out that our friends, with camping experience, were going camping last weekend, and invited us, I obliged.
We left when Bryan got off of work on Friday afternoon. Packed up the whole house, the kids, the dogs and the kitchen sink and headed out to a camp ground about 40 minutes from where we live.

... except when we got there, our friends who had gone and set up tents earlier that morning, found out that they were told incorrectly and the spots were reserved, leaving us, camping spot less, at 5 PM on Friday, the first really nice weekend of the summer.... yeah....

We drove back to the nearest gas station to come up with a plan B. Our friends happened to run into mutual friends at said gas station, told them our story, and then offered to let us stay at their 5 bedroom, recently renovated lake house like five minutes away. 

I couldn't have planned this better.

So our camping adventure turned into a weekend at a really sweet lake house with our friends. We enjoyed every minute of it! 
Lots of sunshine, good fun, yummy food and good chats around the fire pit after we finally got the gang to bed late at night! So I'd say our first camping experience was a success! ;)

Hope you had as good of a weekend as I did! Happy Monday! 

June 8, 2016

Two Months Vegan(ish)

Today marks two months since I took the leap to cut out most processed foods and animal products.

Mostly. I'm not going to lie. I have had minimal animal products in the last two months, some seafood and this week I have added back in cheese and eggs, so adopting more of a vegetarian lifestyle, because I was feeling really weak and (I think) lacking protein to make up for how much I am working out. I've felt better since adding in eggs... and I just like cheese. I believe that moderation is key.

When I have had animal products, specifically red meat, I feel horrible. I feel foggy and tired and bloated and all that comes with that. My body has truly shown me over these last two months what it feels like to feel GOOD.  I crave fruits and vegetables. I've had some dark chocolate sparingly, I drink my iced cold brew in the afternoon. I've been relying way too much on vegan shakeology for my protein and eating way more carbs than usual. And I feel like my body is still trying to figure out what's going on.

Why am I sharing all of this? It's a learning process. I've been a "meat" eater all of my life. When I started this I, under no circumstances, thought it would be a complete life change. And some days I am still not sure.  The rest of my family is still eating meat. They basically eat whatever I make for dinner but I am not being as strict with them, yet. Not to say it's not coming. My kids eat healthy, very healthy, but they also eat WAY more processed stuff than I would like.

Someone commented on my IG yesterday and asked me if I had switched over my cosmetics. It kind of made me laugh. First of all, I hardly even wear make up anymore. My skin looks better than it ever has, and second, its so overwhelming I don't even know where to begin. I have such sensitive skin that maybe that would be beneficial too. (I apologize for implying previously that the person who made that comment was a "crazy rights animal activist" she was genuinely concerned about my journey, and I made assumptions that were incorrect.) But yeah, maybe one day I'll go al natural with my cosmetics, but for now I have to come to terms with the food aspect.

I don't know. I kind of feel like I am rambling. Eating Vegan/Vegetarian really hasn't been that hard. I honestly don't miss meat. I feel good most of the time, when I get enough protein. I am very interested in the nutrition aspects of this.

One thing that has honestly been a life saver for me is that we resubscribed to Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Both of which have vegetarian options, so they're sending me boxed meals every week while I am trying to figure out this crazy change. I got really bored of the same ol' meals, and love being able to spice things up. (You can get $40 off your first box of hello fresh with the code: 64C7H9)

So I guess my point for this post was to tell you, I've made a lifestyle change. For good. I don't know what parameters I'll put on it, but right now I am just trying to listen to my body and eat what I know makes me feel my best. If you're interested in learning more, or trying it out for yourself. I am doing a free "GO VEGAN" challenge next week on facebook where I'll share recipes and the science behind why I am doing what I am doing. I'd love to have you join us. You can email me for more info!

Happy Wednesday loves!

June 6, 2016

Family "Stay-Cay" Week In Review!

We had a little week long "Stay-cation" last week. Every year my dad's side of the family gets together for a week, this year they came down to my parents' lake house. We were so glad to get to spend such good time with everyone.

My goal for the week was to NOT GAIN WEIGHT, and I managed, for the first time in my life to LOSE weight instead of gain amidst all the temptations of my favorite foods, and it really wasn't that hard. It's really thanks to 21 day fix and my handy containers. I'm doing a weekly weigh-in group again, that's one thing that I really miss about weight watchers, the accountability, and I've managed to lose in the last two weeks by just dialing in my nutrition and giving my all to my workouts! I went prepared, made my own food and took with me where ever we went. And it really wasn't hard. It was just about being prepared! (and in case you're wondering the 21 day fix IS on sale right now, I'd love to get you hooked up!!)

We got our Hello Fresh Subscription back. I love it. You can get $40 off with my code above!!

We had a suite at the baseball game, and I had salad and only half of a cookie. That's a huge win in my book saying no to all those yummy stadium foods!

Breakfast on the go!
Ok so what came from that?!  In the last two weeks I lost 4.2 lbs. I really have a goal of being in the 160s by the time we leave for Cancun in three weeks. At this pace I think I can hit it! 
If you're wanting to add something in for added accountability, let me know! I have THREE spots open for my first ever exclusive challenge group where we'll be doing weekly weigh-ins and have a points based prize system! My three spots are only available to customers with new challenge pack purchases but I think it's going to be amazing with the added accountability!!! You can email me for more info on that!

Ok so what else did we do this week? Well I wish I had more pictures but when we were out at the lake I left my phone inside and just enjoyed our time. I'll share the pictures that I did take though!

Hudson got home on Monday after being in California for a week with G-Pa and CJ. I missed him so much while he was gone!
 We spent lots of time at the lake, when it wasn't raining.
 We had a suite at the baseball game. Loved this pic of my boys.
We went tubing and swimming and shopping and saw a movie. And I don't have pictures of any of that...

Family left on Friday so we decided to spend Saturday and Sunday at home as a family. Jordan and Hank ended up staying with us some of the weekend too so it was good to have time with them also.

Saturday we took the boys bowling and they had pizza, and again I came prepare with my shake, veggies/hummus and an apple. We had a blast with them! They're finally at such a fun age to take to do things like this!

And yesterday, My favorite thing about Sundays is sitting down with the boys and doing a bible lesson. This morning in our "home Sunday school" we learned all about God's beautiful creation and we decided to incorporate a project. I've wanted a vegetable garden for forever but in something raised to keep my dog out AND the boys started building this huge crater last summer and it's become quite dangerous so today we fixed both problems. Just laid some grass seed and very happy with how it turned out.

That's all for now! I'll be back with my Vegan update and Tasty Tuesday tomorrow!! Have a Blessed Monday friends! 

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!!!

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