Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lifestyle Change

I have been hesitant to share something very important about me on this blog, because I guess I was afraid I would mess up or fail, and then I have to tell you that it didn't work.  However, after a lot of thought, I decided to share this journey of changing our lifestyle and ultimately changing our lives. 

Several months ago, I came to a point where I was tired of feeling bad all time.  Now, please note that I am typically always in a good mood; however, my body just had no energy and I was just felt blah all the time.  I scheduled a few doctor appointments, and began researching ways to clean up our diet (for good) and get started on an exercise program.  I look at joining a gym or doing Weight Watchers, but I didn't feel right about those options.  

Then one day, I was talking to be best friend, Tiffany, and she mentioned she was doing a program called the 21 Day Fix.  I didn't think much of it, and we kept talking about everything else going on.  Then, after a few weeks went by, she mentioned it again, and said she had lost some weight.  This time when we talked about, I became intrigued and began asking her more about it.  She then referred me to her coach, and I should say the rest is (making) history.

Her coach Laura, who is simply amazing, contacted me and let em know all about the program.  After reading about it and with Laura's encouragement I decided to jump in.  I ordered the program, and Laura let me know that a 21-Day Challenge was starting the Monday I got back from vacay.  This was perfect timing.  

I spent a good amount of time on vacation, researching meal plans and food options, and by the time I got home from the beach, I hit the store and stocked up on a lot of delicious clean foods. 

And, on Monday (Oct. 26) I began.  I sat my alarm at 5:15 a.m. and when it went off I hit the ground running.  I start each day by grabbing a huge cup of ice water and heading to our media room.  Next, I spend about 30-45 minutes with the Lord studying the Word.  I believe that where the mind goes, the man will follow. So, I purposely began reading Joyce Meyer's new Mind Connection Book.  I read one chapter each morning, followed by some time in the Word and prayer. This is truly the cornerstone of my journey. 

Next, around 6:00 a.m.  I work out to one of the 21 Day Fix workouts.  These workouts take place 7 days a week, and they are 30 minute sessions.  During the first round of the 21 Day Fix, I focused on more on doing as many of the workout moves as I could and making this a habit, than I did really pushing myself to exhaustion.  The workouts are done around 6:30 a.m. and I head to the kitchen to make some breakfast.  I usually eat some carbs, lots of protein, and a piece of fruit. 

By 7:00 a.m. I am in the shower and ready to start the rest of my day. 

On the way to work I drink a health drink called Shakeology, which is delish, and by the time I arrive to work I am ready for the day. Lunch rolls around I eat a protein, veggies, protein, and healthy fat.  Snack is usually a piece of fruit or veggies.  Dinner is protein and veggies.

Here are a few pics from my first 21 days on the program.

So is this new lifestyle change working............YES!!  I've successfully lost 15lbs in 21 days, and would like to lose another 15 pounds by January 1st.  I have six (6) weeks to make that happen. and feel confident that I can make that happen. 

I feel so great, and have more energy than I have in years. I have already started Round 2 and plan to lose 8-10 lbs during this phase.

Will be back in a couple of weeks with an update. 

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Siesta Scripture #22 of 24

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Col. 3:14)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

UT vs. Alabama - Yes, we went to Tuscaloosa

A little over a week ago, on the way back from the beach, Matt and I headed to Tuscalloosa to watch the Vols take on Bama.  I had never been to an away game before that thought it would be a lot of fun.

When we arrived in Tuscaloosa,  we parked at the mall and took the shuttle to the stadium.  This was the best decision, because parking was easy and they dropped us off right in front of the stadium. 

On the way to the stadium, we had to stop for the Priide of the Southland to pass by. 

Selfie at the entrance to the stadium. 
And, I will say that the Bama fans we interacted with were so nice and helpful.

 Our seats - yes, they are high, but we were in the TN section.

 I posted this pic on SnapChat...........this was NOOOO Smoky Dog.  LOL! 

 Best part of Pre-Game.

I am so glad we were able attend an away game, and unfortunately, we were did not come home with the win.  But, I will say, that going to a place like Bama (that felt more like an NFL game in ragards to atmosphere,) it made me really appreciate Neyland Stadium and UT Football.  The rich traditions and class are more precious to me now, and I am so proud to be a #VFL. 

 Go Big Orange.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Vacay Recap- Navarre Beach

We have been home a week since our vacation to Florida.  This vacay came at the perfect time, and we loved staying right on the beach and spending some with some awesome friends.  We headed to Navarre Beach, FL (located between Pensacola Beach and Destin) for nine (9) days of relaxation and lots of fun!  The weather was amazing, and we definitely had time to rest and unwind.

Here are a few pics from our vacay.  And, thanks to my friend Marisa who took a few of these awesome pics:
 Getting to spend a week with my amazing husband was the best!! 

 This was our home for nine(9) days and it was perfect.
There were four (4) master bedrooms and four (4) baths so every couple got their own space.  

 This was the view looking from the kitchen. 

We had our own walkway to the beach!  NICE! 

Every morning, I would wake up, pull back the curtains, sit on my bed and see this...........

Most days we would get up around 9:00 a.m., eat some breakfast, and head to the beach.  Then we would grab lunch and spend more time at the beach.  We did get out and about and explore Florida a few times. 

On Sunday, we headed to the beach church.  It was an interesting service (a little Rock-n-Roll), but the pastor was awesome and we really enjoyed the message. 

After church we took a stroll on the pier. 

Pier Selfie  

 Lots of Fish'n Going On

Next we headed to LuLu's in Destin for a little lunch, and then to the outlets for a little shopping. 

We rounded out our time in Destin, by grabbing some chocolate nachos at Cheeseburger in Paradise.
My all time favorite dessert! 

 On Monday, we started the morning with a little walk around the island.
Dreaming of houses to buy.  LOL! 

 This space will do. 

 On Wednesday, we headed to Pensacola to see the Blue Angels fly.
Unfortunately, they were taking the week off. (Yes, this is the second time I've missed them. **Sigh)

Matt and I had been to this museum before, but it was nice to browse through the museum again and take a little ride on of the planes.  LOL! 

Airplane Selfies

 That afternoon, we headed to downtown Pensacola and grabbed lunch on the water.  Here is our group selfie.  We were missing MeMe and Ron. 

 That night I ate more crab legs and shrimp that I ever have in my life.
Next time Matt and I will share the individual size serving.  

 Group photo at Old Bay Steamer 

We headed to the Harbor Walk to watch the sunset. 

We finished the night with dessert.............well MeMe's dessert.  LOL! 

 During the week we spent a lot of time on the beach, which was almost like a private beach because no one was there.  This is Ron fishing.  

 And, this is the Flouder he caught. 

We also caught a few sunsets. This was by far by favorite thing to do.  Just sit on the beach at night and watch the sun disappear in the ocean. Soooo relaxing. 

Seriously a private beach!

 Fun pic of Matt at the Ice Cream Parlor. 

 Marisa had an awesome idea to write all the fun things we did each day on this chalkboard banner.  We had a lot of good times written on that banner. 

One of my favorites things we did was get up early (ONE MORNING ONLY) and watch the sun rise.  I had never done that before, and it was so beautiful. 

 I kept sing that song.........."Here comes the sun" by the Beatles. 

  Then I headed back to bed.  Ha!

 Last group selfie.  We had an incredible time with this group, and I am so thankful for each of these sweet friendships.

A special thank you to Todd and Marisa for inviting us along on this amazing vacation.  We had a great time, and thank you for getting us all together and making this trip so special.  
We love you both so very much. 

And, another thank you to Ron and MeMe for being awesome vacation-mates.  You all are so fun to be around, and thanks for your sweetness and laughter that made this trip so relaxing and fun.  

Be Blessed! 

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Siesta Scripture #21 of 24

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13 NIV) 

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