Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Humpday Confessions & Hashtags


Black Heart Art Watercolor Print Charcoal Grey Black and White Art Black Valentine on Etsy, $18.00:
Woo hoo... it's Wednesday already so let's get this confessional on the road! Kathy, Nadine, Laura & Lauren have the link ups of the day so be there or... well, don't  but it'd be cooler if you did at least check them out!

It snowed for a good half of the day yesterday in Atlanta and pretty much none of it stuck. What a waste of the white stuff. I work really close to home so I don't worry too much but  remember that one time? #snowpocalypse2014 #thedevilsdandruff #newenglandclampowder #conneticutconfetti



Speaking of that particular famous scene, TWD starts on Sunday. Do I want to ruin it and go watch the first 4 minutes today or wait till Sunday night? #spoileralert #icantdecide #ifdaryldiesweriot

Watch the First 4 Minutes of the Mid-Season Premiere

My kids are off next week Mon. & Tuesday for President's Day which is nice. My 10 year old kept telling me they were off this Friday too and I kept telling her she was wrong. #guesswhowaswrong


Speaking of that I guess I am shipping them off for a few days to dear old Dad's and you know what that means. #becausenewfirestick #lotsomovies


This is actually a lot more like what will be going down. #cheerstome #itsnotdrinkingaloneifyouhaveadog



And once again I am really upset that no one invited me out for a romantic Valentine's dinner at Waffle House... it's an Atlanta tradition and far as how romantic I feel about this holiday it would be perfect for me. #betterlucknextyear #scatteredsmotheredandsingle



Happy Humpday!


More Coffee Less Talky

#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Results & 15 ish Random Things Whole30 Taught Me




Oh Hi... Thought I would stop by today and recap a little of my Whole30 results and experience. It's been a whole week... wait what??... since I finished up and got into the reintroduction phase and pretty much rocked my own socks off. So, here's how it all shook out in a nutshell:

Umm yeah, it's pretty impressive when you look at the numbers. What the numbers don't measure are the feels. It's one of the most amazing things I've done from the standpoint of just steadily feeling better, getting in tune with your body and thinking about how what you put into it really affects you. I jotted down just a few of the fun things I learned about myself, the whole30 and anything else that popped into my head. Go...


  • The hardest part is starting, committing and telling everyone you are doing it. No really, the first few days suck. Yes, it's exciting and new. Still sucks. It's like you're mourning the loss of all the crap.
  • The Dishwasher is always full and needs to be run and/or emptied. Every. Freaking. Day. I hope you have kids.
  • Sun butter looks like poop. Baby poop specifically. I don't like this. It's sunflower seed butter in case ya didn't get that.
  • You don't really realize how bad you were feeling until you start feeling differently. What you thought was normal really wasn't.
  • I am a rule follower, give me rules and parameters, black and white guidelines and I will knock it out of the park. In this instance... for the purposes of this kind of task specifically, not so much on life in general. I do what I want.
  • You will eat more eggs in the first two weeks than you thought possible and then you just can't even anymore.
  • If you're angry/bitter/frustrated/homicidal eat some protein and fat. I recommend bacon. You will feel better. Don't eat junk food.
  • I am not now nor will I ever be a naturally thin person. I will always have to work at it. And so what. I really wish I had come to grips with this 20 years ago. I like food. A lot.
  • When you don't eat/drink shitty things you don't have gas. Swear to God. 
  • Sometimes hiding in your closet after work is a good alternative to anything else. I need some time to decompress when I get home and if I can't have a glass of wine hiding is a good plan. Versus mindless eating.
  • Your friends won't invite you anywhere while you are on Whole30 because they think you can not eat or drink anything normal. Invite yourself and order a big fat steak.
  • Going to the grocery store takes a little longer because if you veer off the perimeter you have to do a lot of reaching, reading and returning things to the shelves. On the plus side... arm work.
  • Some people will disappear from your life  for various reasons during Whole30. Most notably the people who you most enjoyed doing all the bad things with. Some come back. I think some just feel uncomfortable when they see you making really big changes and maybe possibly getting left behind.
  • You will spend ridiculous amounts of time in your kitchen as compared to when you were on the grab and go food plan. Which leads me to the next one...
  • If you take the time and meal prep you will actually save yourself tons of time and headache over the course of a week. Whole30 requires thought in the beginning especially, meal prepping requires you to think less which is a good thing. If you do it right you can have some of that grab and go again.
  • Your body will start changing quickly. Water is the first to go and it was really, really obvious for me. The puffiness subsides and pants start feeling loose.

And the last thought for this post...Real food is amazing. I think your tastebuds get retrained rather quickly.  I have had a few bites of off plan foods here and there the last week and not one thing tasted as good as I thought it would. So in 30 days I think I did form a habit and in 6 months I won't even be thinking about it so much because apparently it will be automatic. How cool is that?



I am going to do a post on just food one of these days too. Because most people really seem to want to know "but what did you eat"??? My answer is always everything I could have and a lot of it. I'll get to that another day though!







Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Faves

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Hi-Oh!!! Happy Friday MF's and what a glorious week it has been! We kicked off  February, the month of love and lovers....


And I finished up my Whole30 Round 2 and the Break Up challenge with Laura. Good times! And now it is the weekend! My first post Whole30 weekend and the Super Bowl with one of my most favorite QB's like ever... Mr. Peyton Manning. So let's get to the favorites portion of this post with Miss Amanda as usual on a Friday!


CRAFTY THING

So I pretty much butcher every single t-shirt I own. I sometimes just buy cheap shirts to cut up and make cuter like this. I hate anything even remotely like a crew neck so I started cutting necks out years ago and it just spiraled from there. Here is a pin that will help if you are a novice T-Shirt butcher. It helps to have a pattern to look at! Follow the link and go look at all their links too. Happy cutting!

How to cut up a t-shirt for a whole new look! #refashion #tshirt:

FOOTBALL THING

Speaking of Peyton Manning I have to include my all time favorite SNL skit. The guy is genuinely funny. I can't even look at you... go sit in the port-o-let for 20 minutes.



INSPIRATIONAL THING

What's your biggest regret....So my sister in law shared this on her FB wall this week and I was blown away. If you have not seen it yet please watch. It took me a long time to learn but now I make a concerted effort to say yes as often as possible. My only real regrets are truly for things I have left unsaid and undone. You?


BOOK

I have not read this yet but it is really popular and I get it. You can get it here. Cleaning up even small things I think is a metaphor for bigger things and it makes life better. It just does. Decluttering, tidying up and organizing can fix a lot of things in your world!



SONG

Ok... I saw Cole Swindell a few years ago and I looooved him. His voice makes me absolutely melt and the fact that he writes brilliantly for other artists, and he's from GA and he's so freaking cute makes me love him more. And then I hear his next song... he wrote this about his Dad. I downloaded it the first day I heard it. The video ...if you have a Dad and he is proud of you and you love him you will appreciate this... get tissues.





I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!





Thursday, February 4, 2016

Currently


sending


Money... weekly and bi weekly payments toward two debts that have been hanging over my head for a little bit. I decided that it would be easier to chunk away at them in smaller more frequent payments rather than traditional larger monthly payments. And I was right, they will both be paid off by April in full and I don't really feel the pain of the smaller number going out even though it's more often.

eating


More fruit and veggies in the last month than I ate the entire 4th Q of 2015. I'm accounting today can you tell? But seriously, I forgot how much I missed it and how many choices there actually are. No reason to ever get bored with your greens!

dreaming


Of heading to the beach, lake, warmer weather  and wearing these Ray Ban Aviators in Pink. I'm getting them. Quality eyewear is important and I mean... I live in the South, I wear sunglasses 24/7 year round. Completely justifiable.


smelling

All the fabulous candles I splurged on over the holidays at my favorite shop Juls. I have been burning them nightly. Check her out... I highly recommend Hottie Tottie, Black Tie & Creekstone Fig. They will scent your entire house!

hearting

The idea of repainting a few rooms in my house inspired by the Pantone colors of the year Rose Quartz & Serenity... like this pic and the one at the very top of this post. Once I get a few bills paid off...


What are you up to currently?


Linking up a little late with Anne & Jenna.

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