Tremendous Tuesday

Well.  Here we are again and I’m thinking in my head, how has it been 6 weeks since I checked in here? A lot of life has happened in those weeks!

My morning commute view

My morning commute view

I am continually doing well on the health front (mostly).  I have still been eating gluten-free and have been amazed at the way I feel. When something does sneak through, my body lets me know nearly instantly. I can count on one had the times that has happened.  I haven’t been exercising yet, I’ll get to that in a moment, but I am down nearly 30 lbs since this entire thing began.  That is pretty amazing, I think. I haven’t been tracking anything, just eating non-gluten, no processed as much as possible (I do love kettle chips, though!) and drinking my shakeo every morning! I need to keep track of what I eat though because I KNOW I will stop losing and need to work at it again eventually.

Salmon and Potatoes

Salmon and Potatoes

As far as exercising, it’s always some excuse, right? Well about 20 years ago, I dislocated my knee and was told I had a torn meniscus.  I never did anything to get it fixed.  It bothers me off and on and sometimes dislocates and at that point it will hurt for a couple of weeks and then go back to normal.  It has only dislocated once and didn’t spontaneously reduce.  My husband had to put it back in for me. That was a comedy routine all in itself.  After it was over with, of course, because while it was happening, I was certain I was going to die! Anyway, I tweaked it at the end of May and the pain has never gone away.  I finally went to the doctor last week and first step is an MRI, which is scheduled for next week.  I go back for the results the following Monday, so, as of August 8th, I should know what is going on and what needs to happen to make it better. Quite exciting to have this years long problem on the horizon of being over.

On our way!

On our way!

Lastly, we went camping a couple of weeks ago.  I went years ago and Kevin has gone before but this was our first trip together.  We have had our camping gear For-Ev-Er, but finally put it to use. We had the most amazing weekend and the only problem was it didn’t last long enough. It was incredibly hot but once we got into the springs, I was no longer hot.  Next time, we will get in the springs first and then come back and get the campsite set up.  That way, we will be cool! We ate some incredible food, less one meal of chili cheese fries that was apparently gluten-tainted.  Being in gluten pain in a tent is not fun, folks, not fun at all!

Camp site on fire!!

Camp site on fire!!

Our site was not on fire, I just had a lot of lights!

Hart Springs

Hart Springs

These springs were incredibly pretty.  And cold.  I have never felt anything colder in my life.  I laid on my float on a 100* day and shivered like it was winter! So cold! It was extremely relaxing until a lady told us how many snakes they had seen in the springs.  I never would have guessed snakes could live in there cause of the temperature, and I’m still not sure but after that, I was kinda freaked out and on the lookout constantly.

Just because.  Who doesn't need a picture of this handsome turd muffin??

Just because. Who doesn’t need a picture of this handsome turd muffin??

This has sorta turned into a book, yes? Just a thought, but if I was more consistent, I could write shorter posts! I still have a few things I want to say but I’ll save that for another day, hopefully much sooner than 6 weeks from now!

Until next time!

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MIMM

Good Monday morning to you! Did you have a fabulous weekend? I did.  It was half lazy, half errand-running.

Today, I am linking up with Katie to talk about the last couple of days.

Friday night, we went to my nephews piano recital.  Fortunately, I was able to hear him before having to take my toddler nephew outside. He was not happy because he wasn’t allowed to play the piano. He tried to escape and run to the front. Unfortunately, it was drizzly and 200% humidity so it wasn’t very comfortable outside, but we made the best of it.  Once KaKa finally came out where we were, Jasper was a happy little boy.  So were Nanny and I! IMG_0933

KaKa and Jasper swinging

KaKa and Jasper swinging

Before he came out, we had about 4 pennies between us and we would throw them on the ground 1 at a time and he would “find” money.  Of course he had to keep looking because he kept finding them! I bet as many times as he found those same 4 pennies he could have funded his college education! When he learns to pay attention, we are going to be in trouble!

After we finally left the church, we went on a Mexican food date.  Oh my word, I am so glad that fajitas (sans tortillas) don’t seem to bother me!

Jasper and Nanny spent the night with us and Saturday morning, we just laid around and visited.  I wanted to take it easy since we hadn’t had an easy weekend in a very long time!

Sunday, in the morning we lazed around a bit and then spontaneously decided to go get Kevin some new sneakers.  Fortunately, Jacksonville Running Company was open so we went there.  I love their customer service and I think anyone who is going to exercise should be fitted for good shoes.  You only get 1 pair of feet and they take some major abuse! Treat them right!

Kevin's new sneaks!

Kevin’s new sneaks!

We also went to Moe’s for lunch. Apparently, I’m on a Mexican kick!

Homewrecker w/tofu

Homewrecker w/tofu

We also visited 2 different guitar stores.  I then called our “date” the date that wasn’t.  It was still fun because we were together, right?

Well, that is our weekend in a nutshell. Head over to Katie’s blog to see how everyone else fared!

What did you do fun?  

Was it busy or relaxing?

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Some Things Sunday

Happy Sunday my friends! I never intend for it to be so long in between times we visit but… life. My new job is kicking my trash.  When I get home, I have exactly zero brain cells left, therefore, any blog posts done then would probably be gibberish. I wanted to do a 5 things Friday post, however, life.  So, I’m doing Some Things Sunday!

The first thing:                                                                                                                           I do want to start checking in here at least 2 or 3 times a week. I am now a BeachBody Coach and these challenges are going to make a huge difference. I plan to begin 22 Minute Hard Corps Hell Week Monday.  I may die.  If I do, just remember I love y’all. I am really looking forward to actually consuming the Shakeology.  I have become addicted to my morning protein shake and while I like the taste of Sun Warrior protein powder and I REALLY like Bob’s Red Mill, I LOVE shakeo! It is really delish!

I am so inspired by the ones I see who actually follow the BeachBody plan.  You can SEE a huge difference! Not only that, this is actually a lifestyle, not a diet! Check out Katie, Amy and Danielle, just to name a few! If they can do it, why not me?

The Second Thing:

We are silly!

We are silly!

This lady retired! We hosted a party in her honor last Saturday.  We sneaked around (we hope!) and had some friends and family over and cooked a ton of food (we are still eating leftovers!) and had the absolute best time! It feels kinda weird to have a retired mom.

Cake and Roses

Cake and Roses

Me, Mom and My sister in law, Kym

Me, Mom and My sister-in-law, Kym

Mom, Kym, Adam and Jasper

Mom, Kym, Adam and Jasper

 

 

 

Mom and Haley, my baby brother's girlfriend

Mom and Haley, my baby brother’s girlfriend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just realized I have no pictures of my baby brother! He got away! A good time was had by all, I hope!

Third thing:                                                                                                                                  The gluten-free thing is going well.  I have introduced a few things back into my diet to see if I’m truly gluten sensitive.  Well, I am! I have different symptoms for different foods, though, and that was interesting.  I was able to make most foods for the retirement party gluten-free so that worked out well! No matter the title, I know I feel like a million bucks having eliminated the foods I have, so I will continue!

Fourth thing:

Daisy, Kevin and Jasper

Daisy, Kevin and Jasper

My nephew, Jasper! He is my little buddy! He and my mom stayed with us last night and we had some entertainment! We are dog sitting this little girl this week, she is a golden doodle and she is so loving! Jasper doesn’t love animals and he was loving all over her! She was so tired at one point, she was sleeping and he laid her tug of war toy on her snout trying to get her to play. She didn’t even flinch!

Kevin and Jasper

Kevin and Jasper

This is some of his antics from a couple of weeks ago.  Jasper and I thought it was funny, Kevin, not so much!

I think that brings us up to date.  After I upload this post, I will think of a million more things I wanted to jot down!

I’m looking for some gluten-free eats.                                                                                  Do you have any recipes or ideas? 

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Changes I Can Be Proud Of

Good morning lovely friends! How are you? I am feeling super fantastic! I have had some MAJOR lifestyle changes since we last had a chit chat. I have an exciting deal for you but first I want to tell you about some goodness that has been happening in my life!

The first thing major thing that has happened is I am no longer working from home! It sort of happened quickly.  I had applied for a couple of positions within my current company that were a step up and they didn’t pan out.  I applied for another position and, honestly, because of the way the others had gone, I didn’t have high hopes. Apparently, I don’t interview well.  ha! Anyway, I went in for the interview the Thursday before Mother’s Day, I was scheduled to be off the next day for a weekend get away with my mom, my supervisor asked if I’d come into the office and work the next week to help train new people and of course I said SURE! Well, before I left work Monday, they had called to make an offer on the position and asked if I could start the next day.  They were kind of on a time crunch to get me trained as the girl whose place I was taking was moving away at the end of the next week.  Well, of course I said yes.  My supervisor was already aware of when I would need to start the new position.  It’s a relatively small company so all of the supervisors/managers know mostly everyone and certainly each other as there aren’t that many of them. That is the story of how I no longer work from home.

This has been a very good change for me apparently, as I am now somewhat of a morning person? Strange, but being on the road at 630 or before is like a balm to my soul! I love it!

Now the next big change that has come about, has been with my eating.  for the last few months, I have been having some severe stomach pain that led me to believe I had an ulcer. Yes, I do self diagnose.  I’ve also had stomach issues since the very early 90’s, so I’m usually pretty accurate. I was treating myself as I had an ulcer but I was still having pretty bad pain, along with many other symptoms that I didn’t put together until they all started going away. I am not even exaggerating when I say I have had these symptoms since my child was in utero and he will be 25 in November.

The beginning of the end: a friend and I went to lunch one Saturday and we were trying to decide where I could eat pain free.  Now please don’t think I’m jumping on a band wagon here.  I was very embarrassed when I first discovered this could very well be my issue because it has been such a band wagon.  Anyway, she mentioned that my symptoms were very close to another friend of hers who had a gluten sensitivity. We called her friend and her symptoms were nearly word for word my exact symptoms.  I called my doctor the following Monday and he suggested the blood test is not always accurate and I should just begin by eliminating gluten and see what happens.

I eliminated gluten, and let me tell you I am strict.  I will NOT willingly let anything cross my lips that has gluten in it.  If it does, my body lets me know within about 3 bites and I better stop or it is on!

Symptoms that are gone: heartburn, diarrhea, sorry if it is TMI, just being honest! Joint pain is non-existent! I haven’t had ibuprofen except for a headache I had and that is the only headache I had 1 day, so basically, headaches are gone, itchy skin is gone, stomach pain is gone, burping, indigestion, basically all digestive issues-GONE!

My son poked me in the arm one day to get my attention and I looked at him.  He asked if it hurt and he seemed shocked.  I said no.  He said that is the first time he ever poked me and I didn’t wince or say ow.  I very nearly broke down at that point because he reminded me that my skin hurt!

Now the final thing that has happened to me (and Kevin!) WE ARE GOING TO SHIFTCON!!!

Early Bird Sales!

Early Bird Sales!

What is ShiftCon you ask? Well the very lovely Leah Segedie is a food activist who has a heart for cleaning up our food sources and environment.  I have learned so much about the subject from her, and her work and passion has brought about some huge changes.  If you would like to join us in the fabulous city of New Orleans for a wonderful weekend full of Non-GMO food, you can use VALMASDAYS (affiliate code) HERE to receive a $50 discount.  Hurry because the presale ends June 1st and after that, ticket prices will increase by $100.  You do NOT want to miss this! Please even if you can’t attend (I REALLY REALLY want to see you there!) visit both the ShiftCon site and Mamavation and educate yourself. This will help you know WHY GMO’s are so harmful, WHY we need GMO labeling on our food, how you can VOTE with your dollars and with your VOTE at election time.

If you hung out with me all through this VERY lengthy post, I thank you!  Let me know if I can ride a trolley with you in The Crescent City!

Night!

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What Is in YOUR Gym Bag??

I was provided product for my review, all opinions are definitely my own.

I don’t actually go to the gym, I do my working out at home, but if I did, let me tell you the first thing that would go in there.  Zest Fruitboost Shower Gel.  This is the most amazing smelling shower gel I’ve used in a long time.  Let me tell you, I LOVE my gels and body scrubs.  These fragrances are so light and smooth, not over powering at all!

They make my skin feel like I’ve been soaking in a tub of softening agent.  OK.  Maybe I exaggerate, but you get the idea.

Zest Fruitboost Shower Gel

Zest Fruitboost Shower Gel

I am a bath girl, through and through.  I only take a shower 1 time per week and that is only because I have to wash my hair.  The whole thing is an experience for me.  I light my candles, select my flavor shower gel, turn off the lights and get my soak on.  It is necessary to note that I have very sensitive skin so anything that I use, has to not be too harsh for my delicate skin.  I will itch for days if I use anything too harsh.  I have had zero problems.  Also, I shave my legs with my shower gel as well and this has been very pleasant to shave with.  I was also gifted the body scrub.  These smell just as pleasant and I use them about once per week (the delicate skin thing and all!).  Someone else might be able to use them daily, but I would rather not take that chance.

At only $3 a pop, you can not go wrong with these!

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Friend Making… Tuesday?

This post is a link up that happens on Monday.  I spent the afternoon being lazy in my new gazebo so… I am a day late! Without further adieu, may I present:

Friend Making Monday

Friend Making Monday

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links too so everyone has the opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 Spring is Here

  1. What city do you currently live in? in the suburbs of Jacksonville, FL
  2. What’s the weather like where you are? It is so crazy wonderful! Mid 70’s during the day and upper 50’s-mid 60’s at night.  It is actually a little chilly at night to be sitting outside in shorts.  But I make it work!
  3. When you eat at a restaurant do you prefer to eat inside or outside? With weather like we are having right now, I definitely prefer to be outside.  I want to enjoy it as much as possible before the scorching summer temps get here and my makeup runs and my hair frizzes thanks to the humidity.
  4. What is your favorite season? At the beginning of whatever season we are in, I love that season, then by the time we are to the end of that season, I’m ready for the next one. Except fall and spring.  Those are perfect and the weather should stay like that forever!
  5. When you go on vacation do you prefer the beach or the mountains? I am definitely a beach person.  I am terrified of heights.  We attempted a “romantic” long weekend in the mountains and I cried the whole weekend because I was terrified I was going to fall out of the car and plunge to my death.
  6. What do you like most about Spring? I love that everything is new with spring.  The trees have leaves, there are flowers everywhere, everyone is coming outside from spending the long cold, dark winter cocooned in their homes.  Fresh.  That is the perfect work to describe it!
  7. Share one of the greatest moments of Spring from your childhood. I’m thinking… I can’t think of a single thing. I am no good with times so I could have a winter memory and think it’s spring and I’d never know the difference.
  8. Do you prefer to wear shorts, capris or dresses at this time of year? It depends on where I’m going.  If I’m casual, I like shorts.  If I need to be dressier, a dress it will be.  Capri’s are somewhere in between.
  9. What do you miss about Winter? Christmas
  10. What do you look forward to about Summer? Nothing, really. We have no big plans, that I can think of, for the summer. I am trying to really embrace and enjoy each day as it comes. We do have a big vacation in October we are planning so that is exciting!

Now your turn, if you don’t have a blog, pick a question and answer it in the comments!

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Five Things Friday

Sooo… It’s been nearly 5 months since I’ve visited this little space ‘o mine.

Let’s just pretend this is the very beginning, can we? I have done absolutely nothing of any consequence since I was here last.  I’ve worked and spent time with friends and family and that’s all! I have WANTED to visit here.  I think about it nearly daily.  I just haven’t.  No reason, just haven’t pulled out the laptop. Moving on…

So, today we are going to talk about a few things that have become my favorites over the last week.

  1. The first is a new to me cleaner.  It isn’t new, I’ve heard about it forever, I just bought it for the first time last week.  This Method in Pink Grapefruit is ahhh mazing! The spray cleaner cleans EVERYTHING.  Stainless steel, mirrors, floors, counters, you name it! If you haven’t tried it, go get some now.  Let me know your favorite fragrance if you have tried it!
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Method and Clorox Wipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The second thing we are going to talk about is this cake. I just realized I never took a photo of the cake.  It was pretty, also! I guess I’ll have to make it again. I’m sure my family will sacrifice and eat it so I can remake it JUST to get a photo. It was the Peanut Butter Buckeye cake.  There is a video of it on facebook.  Have you seen it floating around? I was a little worried because I had to start and stop the video a bajillion times in order to write the recipe.  I was afraid I was going to miss something. If I did, you couldn’t tell.  CRAZY GOOD! Here is the recipe.  It looks like it’s going to be difficult but it is one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made.  Do it quick.  You won’t be sorry.

3. I have a planner obsession.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before.  I’m sure I have.  Anyhow, I am switching from a ringed planner to a midori.  I can’t link to the one that I have ordered but it is a Foxy Fix.  Their site is down for maintenance right now.  I’ll be sure and leave a link when it is back up and running.  I’ve already received my inserts for it so I’ve been getting the ready.  It’s been fun but different.

Midori Inserts

Midori Inserts

Inside Calendar Insert

Inside Calendar Insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly view

Weekly view

The first picture is of the insert. The second picture is how I took the monthly out of my ringed binder and used washi tape to put it into the insert.  The on the next pages, I created a weekly spread. On the left page will be the days of the week where I can write in appointments, etc and on the right page, it is left blank, and it will be for lists for the week: cleaning I want to get done, budget, etc. So far, I am LOVING it! You can find the inserts on etsy. I am SO pleased with them.  The seller was awesome as well.  She has different paper preferences: lined, plain, music, dot grid or 1/4 inch graph.  You can specify or get a mix.  I wanted the mix since I’ve never used this before, I wanted to use them all so I can decide which works best.  Almost as soon as my order was placed, I received a message from the seller verifying I wanted mixed paper.  I thought that was awesome that she was checking that I didn’t mess up with my order.

4. My latest favorite snack is pretzel crisps and hummus.  I have a hard time finding things to eat that appeal to my since getting my braces.  I’m NOT a picky eater but as soon as you tell me I can’t have something, it’s all I think I can eat. This works perfectly for me.

Pretzel Crisps and Hummus

Pretzel Crisps and Hummus

This is my snack on top of my sale paper.  I was making a grocery list on my break from work.  It made me hungry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I have no pictures for this one but I’M BAAAACCKKKK! I plan to keep it up. I miss this space when I’m not here. I pay for my domain so it’s a waste of money if I don’t use it, yes?

To celebrate my big return (laughing till I’m crying right now, as I picture that football player who “retired” about 15 different times before he actually retired!) Anyway, I’m linking up with Bain this week for a coffee talk link up. Please visit Kristen and tell her I sent you.  She will appreciate a hello!

If you have anything you want me to talk about, let me know.  We are working on some pretty big things as a family and I hope to talk a little about our plans!

Until next week

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