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Currently; June

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Peonies hit their peak in May and June. Here’s how to make your lush arrangement last longer.



TRAVELING

Getting ready for a quick weekend in Asheville, NC for a lacrosse tournament. Unfortunately I doubt I will get to see too much but we are going to try to get in a tour of the Biltmore and a visit to Wicked Weed Brewing. The most exciting news is that while everyone else on the team is shelling out $279.99 a night for the Hilton Garden Inn, Ava and I will be AirBnB'ing it for $89 a night on the lower lever of someone's mountain house. I am super excited not only to be saving some money but also to have a whole apartment to ourselves for the weekend!

GRILLING

Not a damn thing because my grill has officially died. I priced out all of the parts to fix it and I could  almost buy a new grill for the same amount. It wouldn't be as nice of a grill but I just can't decide what makes more sense. Honestly my tolerance for heat and bugs is so low at this point in my life I almost don't give a shit about having a grill. If I had someone else who liked to grill different story. Me not so much! My air conditioned kitchen is fine by me.

EXPLORING

The idea of regularly scheduled Whole30's. I have really been struggling lately with the weight loss piece of the puzzle. I am doing just enough to stay exactly where I am and that is not what I want. I want to drop a pants size desperately. I am so frustrated by how hard it is at this stage of my life to lose weight at all. Once you hit your 40's it is brutal ladies. I think that just scheduling Whole30's and/or Whole15's will help me to that end. I have been a little down about this lately. It's in my head big time more so in the summer when we wear less clothing and I just feel gross.


PLANTING

All I am doing this year is my front porch and I did it before the Brunch Series. Someone told me to feed my ferns plant food and Epsom salt and oh my goodness are they growing like gangbusters! Done.


PLAYING
  • Post Malone's new album Beerbongs & Bentleys on repeat. I LOVE it
  • The Lottery... well thinking about it anyway
  • Mind games with myself... visualizing a healthier body, multiple streams of income, a meaningful relationship  
  • How many days can I go without sleeping in? What ever happened to lazy summers? Why am I setting my alarm clock for Saturday and Sunday activities? I do not like this.
  • Not much tennis because I jacked up my right knee doing... wait for it... absolutely nothing. It just hurts, because I am old most likely. 
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The Brunch Series: Atlanta

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

As you may now know Memorial Day weekend I hosted the Atlanta stop on Danika Brysha's Brunch Series Tour and to say that it was a bit of a life changing event would be totally accurate. I am so in awe of her path to transform her life into the life of her dreams but also in the way she connects with others and has chosen to try to help them do the same. Not too long ago she was 6 figures in debt and living in her parents garage but since then, one day at a time, with purpose and intention she has been steadily building a new life for herself. Her business is thriving, she met a fantastic life partner, she is totally living her passion and it radiates from every fiber of her being. And also... she is just super cool, insanely beautiful and feels like your best friend from the first moment you meet her.

I know... you may be thinking this all sounds a little hippy dippy woo woo for me. Well, I have experienced for myself how life can begin to change for the better when you just reframe the way you think about things. I really believe the control your inner dialogue has over every aspect of your life, and that you can change the direction you are going by implementing certain things into your daily routine. It is something that I have been working on for some time albeit a little half-assed, trying to silence the negative and think and act like the person with the life that I want... a lot of fake it till you make it but I know that it works when you do specific things consistently. I am just never exactly sure what the best things are to be doing. Enter Danika...

The Brunch Series event itself is about creating the life of your dreams and finding authentic happiness. These are women only events because so many of us spend our lives putting everyone else's happiness before our own. Danika talks about creating your own self-care checklist to help with daily accountability towards healthy habits and crushing all of your goals. Built into this work are the following topics:

  • Self-love
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Finding your passion
  • Creating income through doing what you love
  • Body positivity
  • Mindfulness
  • Affirmations
  • Manifestation tools and
  • Food Freedom

So here is how it all went down...Danika, Billy and Kingsley (their 200 lb. English Mastiff) came over Saturday afternoon and we had some time to hang out, get set up and discuss the schedule for the next day. She is totally one of those people that you hug and feel like you've known forever. Good, easy energy and so is he. What a sweet couple (and they met on Tinder of all places, maybe there is hope for me yet)! Getting to hang a bit with them and just be relaxed was super cool.


Sunday was amazing, a bit of a blur, so much fun and really life changing. Women came to my home from all over GA and 2 even came from Tennessee to join us. We started the day off with coffee, matcha lattes and light bites prepared by Chef Bill Haley and his sous chef for the morning, my daughter Ava. Fresh fruit, dairy free coconut yogurt parfaits and egg bites welcomed my guests to the kitchen. A few people came in pairs but I was pretty surprised by how many came solo. Considering the format that was pretty brave I thought. My great room was set up in a circle and draped in yellow and grey Mexican blankets which actually made it feel like a big meditation room and that was awesome because everyone felt comfy and relaxed.


We started off the workshop with a secret sharing exercise that was a little scary but a good ice breaker and so insightful. With eyes closed everyone sat and listened while our secrets were passed around the room and we each took a turn reading one.  I was not prepared for the emotion to ramp up so quickly. Seriously, tears were shed by a lot of us just hearing the things that other women keep secret, have shame about or just plain don't' like about themselves. Mostly because so many of us share the same secrets and I know if I was hearing myself in so many of those little pieces of paper being passed around then others must be too. It was shocking to hear how many of us feel that we are just not enough (this was the most common by far), unhappy in our relationships, dysfunctional with food, miserable in our jobs, hate our bodies. And afraid... afraid to do any number of things for any number of reasons... also a common thing. Experiencing the courage and the vulnerability it took to share and the emotions that spilled over as a result was pretty moving. Over and over women said this was so out of their comfort zones but they felt like if they were going to make the effort to come they were going to be all in.

We learned about the self care checklist that Danika swears by. This is the one thing I was really curious about. I feel like I have always sucked at it. I also feel like I waste a lot of time because I am not focused enough... squirrel. The whole idea of taking some time first thing upon waking every day to focus only on myself, goals, to-dos, gratitude, scheduling, meditate... is something I feel is much needed in my life. I want this to be a habit. I've been up at 5:30 every day this past week going through these steps and checking the little boxes and I am really loving it. It's only supposed to take about 10 minutes so it's not like some big ordeal, just an action plan to take daily steps toward your big picture, whatever it may be. At the end of the day you revisit the list, go through your night time routine and set up a new checklist for the next day. Ideally you should take one day off a week from the checklist, which doesn't mean you don't do any of those things, just a break from the actual list part. I made a template in Evernote and plan to write another post on that at some point but would be happy to share if anyone is interested.


In between the morning and afternoon parts of the workshop we of course had Brunch!!! Chef Billy is not only gorgeous, funny and charming,  but Chef can throw down in the kitchen too. We had a complete paleo/whole30 style dairy free, gluten free, grain free brunch and it was delicious. Sadly I lingered in the house a bit too long and by the time I made it out to the buffet it wasn't really picture perfect but damn was it good! The afternoon was spent talking about strategies to find your passion, set goals and crush them, improve relationships. I felt very much like as the day went on we were all becoming friends, supporting and encouraging each other all day long. Women empowering women and lifting each other up was one of THE best parts of the day.

I am so super excited to keep on this path to becoming the best version of me I can be. I highly recommend attending one of these events when they make a stop in your town. It was a very unique and worthwhile experience. I am so glad I said YES. Speaking of saying yes and being intentional does anyone remember my 18 for 2018 post from the beginning of the year? Well, one of the things I said I wanted to do was host a brunch in my home because I hadn't ever really had a real one. Well, the universe delivered me up 35 women friends, one man to do all the cooking and a big English mastiff. See... I put it out there and I got it back.


I cannot stress enough... If you have the opportunity to go to this event near you... GO!!! You will not be disappointed!
Cheers to making memories and crushing goals.


Slip N' Slide Logic: Mini Reset Time

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
So I have been thinking... summer is, for all intents and purposes, here and I've fallen a bit short on a few of the goals I set for myself this year. I have had a sort of mental/emotional setback (aka STRESS) just dealing with general life stuff and I feel like it has me slightly derailed and unfocused. I have definitely been on that slippery slope from a Whole30 food stand point and I want to get it dialed in now before this happens... or I face plant into a plate of nachos.

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Because you know, a lot of times you are on the slip n' slide of life and thinking "hey I'm sliding and I know it but I am also in total control". Wrong.

Sometimes you are sliding so gracefully that you can even fool yourself into thinking you are doing it maybe not exactly the right way but hey... it's your way. Wrong. That's not how this works.

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And then there are those other times when you are doing it the wrong way. You're not really slipping but really you are still slipping. You played yourself.
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My point in this gif story is that even when you think you screwed up so bad that you might be about to actually lose it, you can recover...


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Except maybe from this, but thankfully THIS is not THAT. 

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So.... I am doing something I have never done because I want something I've never had. More than one thing but for the sake of this post let's keep it simple. I am going to do a real Mini Reset the Whole30 way. Basically a Whole15 because I think that will be enough to get me back to where I need to be. I am just not feeling my best and I know it is because I have let dairy, sugar and alcohol creep back into my diet in quantities that are dangerous for me personally. And that doesn't mean I am having a bottle of wine, a block of cheese and a pint of sea salt carmel gelato every night. It just means that it's getting a wee bit out of control and the best way for me to check it is to lock up the brakes and stop slippin and slidin.

So with that I am starting my Mini Reset on May 29th because I personally like starting the day after a holiday. I know this is exactly what I need and there is a slim chance I may actually turn it into a Whole30 but I am not sure yet. These are my main goals for the 15 days (aside from the obvious food related ones):

  • Get back on a regular sleep schedule, I have been staying up way too late
  • Cut way back on caffeine intake, I suspect it is adversely affecting me and I want to test it
  • Finish my Whole30 Coaching test tracks. Sleep + Focus and this will fall into place.
  • Spend some time revisiting the goals I made in January, assess and re-work a bit if necessary.
  • Make time for self-care, I have been really bad at taking care of me for about the last 4 weeks. Enough of that.
Two weeks flies by and doing this reset now won't impact any of my summer plans, the 4th of July, trip to Asheville, concerts, etc. I should probably really do this more often. So... anyone care to join me? You don't have to do what I am doing but of course if you want to I can totally help and hold your hand. But you could commit to 15 days of something important to you...healthy eating, exercise, no booze,  no Starbucks, no spending, no eating out... anything. What do you need to work on? Just having a plan makes me feel better already.



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Mondays Are For Gratitude

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Monday, May 7, 2018
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Lately I am humbled by all of the good things in my life. Is everything perfect? Nope. Does it matter? Also nope. I have been trying to remind myself every day  to look at the little things and be as grateful for them as I would be for winning the lottery.

So today I am grateful for a few things in no particular order.

My oldest child returned home safe and sound from her first year away at college. Thrilled beyond words to have her home for the summer... even though I had to get her to move her car at 7:30 this morning. My house and my heart feel full again.

I had a little fender bender last week and thankfully walked away. A little sore for a few days and my car needs some repair but it just struck me how quickly life can change. And how stupid Atlanta drivers can be. Grateful that it is just a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things.

My ex and I are getting a long so well it's scary. Making the decision to just not fight with him has been a huge turning point. We just co-exist, like friends. Who knew?

The guy I have been dating is so NOT what I was looking for but turns out he's perfect for right now. Neither of us want serious but we both want someone to do stuff with. I mean, this is perfect, he's willing to go anywhere I want to go. Plus he helped me paint my kitchen, trimmed some hedges and is fixing my gas grill. Also he exceeds my height requirement and we laugh a lot. Oddly grateful for Tinder.

So grateful that I got the opportunity to coach another friend through her first Whole30. Her results were amazing and I feel that much more confident in knowing that I can achieve this goal of being a successful Whole30 Coach. Now to finish my testing!!

My own health goals for the year are still on track and we are 5 months in.This is a record for me I think. Grateful that I'm finally in a place where I can give myself a little grace and know that it's not about being perfect every day.

And then there is the beautiful spring weather, all of the flowers and trees blooming, my amazing friends and family, my good health, happy kids, cauliflower crust pizza, Perfect bars and wine. I am always grateful for wine.

Happy Monday!


Weekending & A Big Catch-Up...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I haven't been here in awhile so I am just going to write. I'm not sure why I haven't blogged in forever and a day, I guess it's harder to fit into my days these days. But I miss it so how about we catch up for just a minute here? How the hell are you guys???

I never thought I would be a blogger that only used IG but apparently that is what I have become. Aka not really a blogger that writes an actual blog. Hopefully you all follow along and see that I am alive and well. Really well actually. It is almost the end of April and I am still taking good care of myself. My Whole30 journey continues to be the best it has ever been for me. I applied and got accepted to the coaching program and am currently studying to take the first track of tests toward certification. Track 1 is a 100 question multiple choice test. You guys, I am scared. I can't remember the last time I had to take a test like this, I mean, we are talking a long ass time. And I know this stuff backwards and forwards but still, I can stump myself just by overthinking it. If I make an 80 I pass and if I don't I get one shot at a re-take. But how could I fail? See... overthinking.  It's the finer points and the science-y stuff behind Whole30 that I don't think about every day that worry me. So what do I do... just pick a day as my "test day" and commit to take it that day? A weekend, evening, first thing in the morning? Give me your best test-taking strategies people.

Aside from that I am actually kinda-sorta quietly "coaching" someone I know from the blogosphere of yore on her first Whole30 and I have to say she is freaking killing it. I don't know how much I am helping since I don't even know what I am doing but just trying to be available to her for support and Q&A, food/recipes and motivation. This has helped tremendously to see that I have to have a plan. So in addition to all the test taking going on over here I am trying to come up with ideas for running this business like coaching packages, how and when I will be available, private FB groups, meal prepping/planning and maybe some one-on-one options for locals. If you have used any type of  online coaching I would love to hear your thoughts on anything you loved, found really helpful or even didn't like at all.



Aaaand... I just had the most awesome weekend like ever. Sweetwater 420 Fest rolled into Atlanta and all of my favorite bands and music came with it. One of my besties and I stayed at my friends condo in Inman Park for free all weekend long rather than doing the hotel thing and it was sooooo much better.  I'm telling you, airbnb is the way to go y'all. This was a little different since I know the owner but I just love having a place and not just a room somewhere. We had great food, drinks, music and weather, until Sunday when it rained. But... it always rains so I was prepared with my trusty Ikea poncho. I swear to God you guys this is one of the best investments I have made. I have used this thing countless times for kids sporting events and now a festival.

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I am so proud of myself because I was uber prepared this time with all of my festival needs. You can laugh if you want to but I went to the dark side this year and wore a fanny pack all weekend long and it was glorious. Having something on your shoulder, back or cross body gets old after a day or so of sweating and rubbing on your skin soooo I went there. I opted for this super festive Sojourner Festival Fanny Pack and it was perfect. I crammed a lot of crap in it too and it worked like a charm.


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The other best idea I ever had was to purchase a super compact fold up blanket because I am old and I like to sit on my ass when I am watching concerts. I mean I'll stand a bit but mostly festivals are for popping a squat on the grass and chilling. And I don't do grass or damp ground or bugs so the Mighty Monkey blanket was worth every penny and then some. Seriously, if you go to outdoor events this thing is the bomb.

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And on that note I'll leave you with some pictures. I saw A LOT this weekend. This 420 was one of the best ever from a music standpoint and the fashion was undeniably epic. I hope you saw my stories but just in case you missed it... go back, I saved a few good ones.

The nights were magical by the fountain.


Food and drinks did not disappoint either...


But mostly the stages and the music were just out of this world. Hard to choose favorites but Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, Anders Osborne, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters probably topped my list. 


Oh and then there was this kid... Brandon "Taz" Niederauer who played his own set and killed it but the proceeded to jam on stage with all of the acts that followed him. What were you doing when you were 14?


I have so many pics I might have to do another post but that's it for now. It was a fabulous weekend and I am so glad I went. And that I took Monday off. I am still pooped so I am gonna leave this right here. Thanks for stopping by!

Time for me to go study!!


Monday Motivation - Here's What I Know

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Monday, April 2, 2018
What could be more motivation than stepping on the scale on a Monday and finding 5.5 more pounds got kicked to the curb in the month of March? Well for me that is pretty damn motivating. I think I laid out my goals here for the next few months but for a mini re-cap I basically decided to shoot for 5 lbs. a month to reach -30 lbs by June 1-ish. I say "ish"  because the key for me so far this year has been reasonable expectations. In the past I think that one of my sources of weight loss frustration has been setting really specific goals. Maybe not totally unattainable but frustrating for me when I missed the mark. I don't want to be crazy strict about every little thing I eat or drink 24/7. When that is what I need I have Whole30 to turn to and I know it works every time.

So.... I have lost 22.5 lbs so far this year. I have gained a lot too, a lot of insight that is, into a way of eating that I really think I can maintain long term. What I have learned this year is that a shift in perspective seems to be making a difference for me. I proved to myself this last month that I can eat whatever I want and I don't have to plan super far ahead, write everything down or track it in a fitness app. I just have to decide if it's worth it. This has been pretty life changing if you want to know the truth because I am a planner. It's part my personality but also, when it comes to food, part not trusting myself to make those decisions in the moment. I am not sure why exactly but as it turns out I can make those decisions in the moment and I can be satisfied with whatever I decide and not beat myself up over it. Who knew. After January Whole30 and February Re-Introduction I made March all about not planning a damn thing to see if I could do it and still stay focused.

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And what I mean by that is I didn't predetermine what I was and wasn't going to have for the month. I didn't scour menus before heading to a new restaurant,  I ate girl scout cookies 2 at a time, I drank black and tan's on St. Patty's day, I shared an order of blue cheese chips with a friend at a bar and each of these times I stopped and thought... "do I really want this and is it worth it?" I know there were other things I passed up that weren't, like pizza, chicken biscuits and donuts. On my radar but still, didn't feel like pulling the trigger in the moment. Having what I want and completely letting go of the guilt has been 1000% liberating.

Here is what else I know. On the positive side...My pants are loose, like all my favorite jeans are constantly needing to be pulled up. My tennis skirts are looser and way more comfy, also the undershorts stay put instead of constantly rolling or riding up. Shocker. I have more bras... that fit. I don't miss beer anywhere near as much as I thought as I thought I would.  On the other hand... not gonna say negative because anything you learn along the way is positive, I can clearly identify some slippery slope/no brakes foods for me and they are not changing AT ALL. Wine is a biggie, I have to be really careful to stop myself at a certain point. Gluten free crackers/chips are another one. Just as easy to eat a bag of those as it is Doritos Jacked. Maybe not exactly but still. Dairy free cream-type cheeses are also like a trigger. Is it somehow better to eat dairy free if you still eat the whole tub in 2 days? That would be a no.

In other news my application to be a Whole30 Certified Coach was officially accepted and I am really excited. I also am anxiously waiting to see who the New Primal chooses to receive the scholarship toward the certification fees and praying I win! That will be announced this Wednesday so send me all the positive winning vibes you can muster.

Hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!

















































Thursday Thoughts & News

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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This week flew by for me. Anyone else? We are having one last cold snap I guess here in the South and it feels like we are back to winter so while I am hibernating tonight I thought I would kot down a few random, totally random, thoughts.

Remember when I said I needed to reevaluate some of the ways in which I currently spend my time here? So yeah, I have been doing a heck of a lot of that and also doing some different things too. New places, new faces and all of that. God, this is great!!! Why did I not ditch some of this crap sooner? I declined summer women's tennis and handed off the baton of captaining my summer mixed team. Whew... what a relief. A couple people were like wait... what are you going to do? Who is going to captain?

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It's March 22 and I have officially dropped a pants size this year. Halle-freaking-lujah.  I have to say I am feeling pret-ty good about myself right now. Momentum is super high and not stopping anytime soon!

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I have decided that this is also a year of yes for me. So instead of waiting for the right time I am just saying yes to a lot more because who knows if the right time will ever come. Sooooo... I put in my application to be a Whole30 Certified Coach. I was thinking maybe I should wait until I have accomplished all my health goals first but then again... nah. This part I got so why not maybe help others and create a little business around it? Hopefully I will be accepted, but I should find out in a few days. Then the process is about 4-8 weeks of testing plus a 30 day mentorship. The kicker is that The New Primal is offering 2 scholarships for the certification fees right now and that was what really sealed the deal for me. I am applying for that too so everyone keep your fingers crossed. This would be so huge and  a chance for me to really do something I am so very passionate about as another aspect of my career!


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My other big news is that I applied for and was accepted to be a host for The Brunch Series Tour with Danika Brysha. This was another one of those "omg should I really do this thing" moments for me and I just said yes, doing it. And well, I'm really doing it. Danika is a curve model with IMG, Model Meals founder, wellness, body positive, selfcare coach in CA. She and her chef/boyfriend are going on the road for 8 months across the country hosting these events that focus on building the life of your dreams and finding authentic happiness. I am beyond excited to be part of this. I am sure I will be sharing more as the date approaches but if you are anywhere near Atlanta and want to come to the event at my house click here

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Happy Thursday! Peace...

Are You Done With Your Whole30 Yet?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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I am getting to the point in the year when  I usually start slipping a bit with my new year health and fitness goals. I would say in most cases, by about Easter, when the weather is warming up, patios are opening and brunch becomes a weekend requirement that I start preparing to take a flying leap off the proverbial wagon. And also people are asking me "Aren't you done with your Whole30 yet?" which is hella annoying. Umm yes I am, because it's a Whole30 but that doesn't mean I am done done ya know?!!!

The first year I did a Whole30 I actually stayed on the wagon until about May and then I met that one guy and all we did was eat and drink and go out all summer and that was that. So here we are in mid-March and I am about at the 20 lb. weight loss mark. Wooo Hoooo!!! When I say I have been here a bajillion times before I am not exaggerating. But for the sake of this post I wanted to list out some of the good things that seem to start happening to me around the magic 20 lb. mark. I don't know why, it's just magic.

Looser Clothing - All clothing is noticeably looser, to me anyway, unfortunately not to 99.9% of everyone else. This leads to increased time spent in my closet trying on things that don't fit to see how close they actually are to fitting again.  Which leads to planning to stick with it for another however much longer I think it will take for those clothes to fit again. Does anyone else play these mental closet games?  I am still annoyed that no one else can tell I've lost 20 lbs though. Jerks.

Diminished Appetite -  Don't get me wrong, I still get hungry. I definitely think that something about eating garbage food just makes you crave more garbage. To the point where you physically feel hungry when you are not, like all the time. I am sure there are psychological and chemical reasons for this  but all I know is I am less starving. I am consistently more satisfied and able to really discern hunger from craving. #HUGE

Sense of Accomplishment - I think up until I hit 20 lbs. I feel like "I'm not even sure this is working". For some reason in my mind 20 lbs is legitimate weight loss and anything less is not significant. I know, I know that's not right but this is about me so... sorry.

Renewed Commitment -Something about  losing 10 pounds twice makes me feel like hey, I can really do this like multiple times because I actually just did.  Good thing too because as I said before this is where I sometimes want to fall off the wagon.

Exercise Gets Easier - Honestly, this is when I start to notice a difference in my tennis game. Dragging 20 more pounds around on the court is a big deal. I notice that getting to tough shots where I really have to hustle is just a bit easier. Not only can I get there and execute, I feel less winded/tired and able to recover quicker for the next point. Why this always sort of surprises me I still don't know.

The other not so magic-y part about losing 20 lbs. is that here is when I start thinking about all the times I quit and gained it back instead of pushing myself to keep going. In my mind I feel like anyone can lose 20 lbs., it's not that big of a deal but we all know it is. I am just the last person to actually give myself credit for it. I am trying my best to stay off the scale except on the first of the month so I won't really be able to report for sure until then but I am sitting at 18.5 to 19 pounds last weigh in so I am confident that by Easter I will hit and surpass 20. My next goal, just putting it out there, is 30 by June 1 and/or fitting into this one particular pair of white jeans that have been hanging in my closet for 2 seasons.  White jeans.... what was I thinking? They always look so cute on other people and dammit I am going to wear them at least once, comfortably for sure.

Thanks for listening to me ramble:)


Five Things Friday - Fresh Looks For Spring

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Friday, March 9, 2018

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I  don't know about you guys but spring makes me want to buy new things. New clothes especially because you can still get away with covering up a bit before it hit 100 muther fucking degrees in GA. This year I am also a bit obsessed with new things for my house. Things that look lighter, airier, fresh and modern. Here  are 5 things currently on my spring radar.



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I live in black pants and simple tops. I am sure I have at least 25 menswear inspired denim, light blue,  French blue and/or  white shirts to go with my 99 pairs of black pants. So why wouldn't I want more? This Marinwood Stripe Poplin Shirt from  Athleta is seriously calling my name. I love the ribbon detail down the back, so different and super chic. These Stellar Crop Pants claim to be the only pants you need for spring. I'll be the judge of that but they do look mighty comfy. One thing I am diligent about is retiring the black pants the minute they start to fade. Nothing looks worse than faded black anything. Don't do it. I totally think these would be Friday friendly for work with some crisp white Adidas or a pair of fun flats.

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Enter Rothy's fun flats. Has anyone bought these yet? They are made of recycled plastic water bottles and are cute, comfy and sustainable. Oh and machine washable... whaaaat? I have not taken the plunge as they do carry a steep price tag for a ballet flat... $125 for round toe, $145 for pointy, but I hate most of the cheap flats I own. They are just not comfy at all and usually if I find a pair that is comfy they look sloppy or slipper-ish. I have my eyeballs on both the leopard because I consider that a neutral and the camo. 

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EAMES CHAIRS

You might think I am nuts but these classic Eames Chairs are currently in my Amazon shopping cart for my kitchen. I want to get rid of the wood/upholstered seat chairs I currently have and freshen up with something light, bright and modern. Ten years ago the thought of keeping these clean would have been daunting with peanut butter and jelly fingers everywhere but now I am pretty sure we can manage.


CHANDELIER

I keep going back and forth with a new light fixture over the kitchen table and I saw this Sputnik Chandelier in a magazine photo and I am kind of thinking it might be the one. Lighting can be so expensive but since I do not plan on this being my home for too many more years I don't want to break the bank. For $112.99 this might be the perfect solution, a pretty upgrade for me that I will have no heartburn over leaving behind.


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!



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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
And Then It's Spring...Hello March
Spring is definitely in the air here in Atlanta. The cherry trees and pear trees are blooming. Daffodils and tulips are everywhere. I am bracing for the impact of all the horrendous yellow pollen that is about to rain down upon us.

Time for a little catch up with Anne and Sarah for what I am up to Currently...

PLANNING - My calendar for the next two months. It's jam packed with lots of fun stuff and lots of work... I hope. Fun stuff this month including the start of spring tennis for 2 teams, mixed and ladies. I said I wasn't going to play two in one season again but ... last time I swear. I'm going out for St. Paddy's Day this year too. I have not done that in I don't know how long but it is a Saturday after all. My local bar is having a dueling pianos show. It's been at least a decade since I've been to one of those. Also there will be $2 green beers, $5 Jameson shots and $6 Irish Car Bombs. Crap.

SEEING - This really tall guy. He's 6'-4". I gotta say, no offense to the shorties out there, but as someone who has always been painfully aware of my own size in terms of feeling too big I am in hog heaven. I actually feel LITTLE when I am with him. It's glorious. He's really sweet too, I like him. Or maybe he's just tall, not sure yet.

MAKING - Brussels Sprouts like they are going out of style. I seriously can't get enough of them. My current favorites are balsamic roasted so they get that sweet crispy caramelized action and Warm Brussel Sprout Bacon Caesar Salad

PRETENDING - That I 100% have this Whole30 life in the bag forever. That I am ready to sign up to be a coach because I am a success story. That I will never go back to my old ways of eating/drinking. That I have my shit together finally... because #fakeittillyoumakeit. It really works.

WEARING - Glasses. I finally went to get my eyes checked and got a prescription for distance and driving at night because apparently I am middle aged and in need. I don't actually have said glasses yet, they are on order but they are really cute and I will share later. Why in the eff didn't someone tell me how many thousands of pairs of cute designer glasses are out there??? Prada and Tiffany had me crying over their price tags. I went Costco. It's fine.


Cheers.