Thursday, December 5, 2013

Miss Megan's Favorite Things

I blogged about some of my favorite things before, but it kind wasn't a good blog and I quit after a few things, so I thought I'd do it again.  If I was rich, or had a super famous blog I'd give something away.  But I am neither rich or a famous blogger, so therefore you can just read about my favorite things and maybe purchase them for yourself.  Trust me, I think they are awesome or I wouldn't be wasting my time telling you about them.

Julep Deep Clean 

This is my newest find.  I got it in my Julep Maven box (I'll get to that in a second).  This sells for $40.00 on their website. This is an excellent face cleaner.  It cleans all the make up off your face, literally.  It smells a little bit like furniture polish, but I actually kind of like it.

Back to the Julep Maven box, if you have 19.99 laying around every month this is a good investment.  You take a short quiz, they tell you what your style profile is.  Every month they send you a box with two nail polish colors (which retail $14 each) and some other type of goodies (one month I got a foot scrub, one month I got moisturizer, I got the Deep Clean last month, and an eye shadow palette this month).  You can choose to skip months, and you can customize your box.  You just have to remember to it around the 20th of each month.

Oh and guess what....there's a FREE CODE you can use to get your first box free!  So really check out their site.

Emi Jay Hair Ties (Or like hair ties)

This are literally the best!  They are very cute, first off.  You can wear them on  your wrist like a bracelet, which for someone that has to have a ponytail holder on their arm to survive, that is important.  Plus, the DO NOT leave a crease in my hair.  Also important as I pull my hair up 1,000,000 times a day.  You can also search these on eBay and get them pretty cheap.

 Eyes Lips And Face (E.L.F.) concealer and highlighter

This is my go to beauty product.  Seriously.  The best thing ever.  Seriously.  SERIOUSLY!!!!  You can get it at Target or from their website.  He is a concealer, and a good one and it says "highlighter".  What I do is use the concealer under my eyes and on unsightly blemishes (you know I don't get those often...ha).  Then I put two dots of the highlighter under my eyes, too, to give it a "pop".  But my favorite use is using the "highlighter" (the white stuff) as an eyeshadow primer.  It gives your eyeshadow a deeper hue, and it keeps it on ALL DAY.. ALL DAY PEOPLE!  ALL DAY!  Would you like to know the best part?  The very best part?  IT ONLY COST $3.00!!!  YES $3.00!  Also, you will find other fantastic finds from ELF.  I used their mineral make-up for a while, and it is comparable to Bare Minerals. 

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has become my new BFF.  If you've never tried it, you need to.  This is the brand I have been buying lately mostly because it's what Wal-Mart has in stock.  Dry shampoo just gives your hair a clean feel with out washing it and drying it.  Thanks to a pin I found on Pinterest, I found out how to actually use it.  Spray it in your hair, rub it in like you would if you were shampooing you hair, let it dry while you apply your make up and then brush it out.  Easy, peasy!

Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

I used this every other day.  It actually works.  I use both the face one and the body.  It smells devine and since it's daily you're not all streaky.

How I Met Your Mother

Seriously, how did I never watch this show?  How did I miss it?  Seriously.  It's LEGENDARY.  So, so, so, so SO funny!  I literally laugh out loud, every single episode.  Like I cackle.  I'm so very sad that I didn't know anything about this until this fall.  If you haven't watched....WATCH IT NOW!!!

I hope that I have given you some good advice on some of my favorite things.  I hope you will at least give of them a try.  If you must pick only one...go with How I Met Your Mother!

PS.  The other day I told of the white death heading our way.  Well it has ruined my Nashville plans, but I don't have to work tomorrow, so no alarm.  Take the good with the bad, huh?


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

So Today....

I can't sum it up much better than that right up there.

Today is a bad day.

Nothing really terrible happened, just a lot of bad things.

I'm getting mighty tired of this cold.  I actually really want to go run, but I'm afraid I'll hack up a lung if I do.  And I'm pretty sure I'll need that lung later in life.

I'm also hungry.  Like really hungry.  I want Chicken Nuggets and French Fries.  Only guess what?  I said no fast food for December.  So that means I don't get Chicken Nuggets and French Fries.  Maybe I should have given up something dates.  No dating December.  Seems to be the way December will go down anyway. 

Yea I got stood up today......

And I'm still hungry.

And I still want McDonald's.
Or Starbucks.
Or anything...anything with grease, sugar, loads of calories and yummy goodness.

And can we talk about this for a minute? 
What the crap?

I have grand plans for this weekend.  I am supposed to be in Music City USA enjoy Ice at Opryland.  Not in Trumann living Ice.  This is no good.  Not at all.  No in the least little bit.  I am still crossing my fingers that everyone is dumb and it's still going to be warm this weekend.  One can hope?  Right.

Maybe tomorrow will be better.... right?

By the way,

I'm STILL hungry.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Goals

So after I got on the scale Friday and realized I gained a total of 7 pounds, I got a little upset.  So I decided to do something about it.  Well, since I'm sick there's not much I can do as far as working out, but I can start eating right and stop eating everything in sight.  I decided I would make a list of December goals.

  • No Fast Food.  Not that I eat fast food a lot, but I have been known to eat McDonald's every so often.  I am not going to be eating any fast food.
  • No Candy.  Again, I don't eat much candy, but I eat it every once in a while.
  • Make it to the gym 3 days a week
  • Take one minute of my 5k.  That might not seem like much but it will be to me.
  • Only order salads when going out to eat (or from the "light" menu).  I will be going out of town next week so I will have to eat out but I can at least make smart choices
I know that isn't much of a list of goals, but it's at least something obtainable.  I have set realistic goals before and reached them, so I'm hoping this will work as well.

Cheers to a new month!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Post

I guess since it's Thanksgiving I feel obligated to do a "thankful post" today.  I have a very blessed life and I know it.  I am lucky to have the things that I have and even though I don't seem like it all the time I am very grateful for it.  Today was a great day with family.  My parents, my brother and I went to my grandparents house for lunch.  We had a delicious fried turkey, ham, green bean casserole, hashbrown casserole, broccoli and rice, slaw, and pecan and sweet potato pies.  My grandmother and mother are excellent cooks.  After lunch we lounged around and talked. Then my mother and I went to Wal-Mart, with everyone in Trumann, to rack up on some Black Friday (even though it's really Thursday) deals.  It was a great day.

Luckily I went through old facebook photos and found one from last Thanksgiving before I ate a third piece of pie.  I will not post it here, because my mother said "Ew, don't post that on Facebook," (thanks mom).  Even thought it's already on Facebook, it was a picture she put up.  I always knew I was overweight, I just didn't realize how bad it was.  That picture, that picture shows just how bad it was.

To end this lovely Thanksgiving night I will leave a list of things I am thankful for (in no order).

A God that loves me and forgives me no matter how bad a screw up.
My mother and father who love and support me always.
My brother who torments that mess out of me but will take up for me in a heartbeat.
My family's dog Maggie.  She is the cutest and sweetest thing ever.  I never knew I could love a dog.
My cats that cuddle with me at night.
Heat in the winter, air in the summer.
My super cool car.
My education that lets me have a super cool job.
My classroom of 19 awesome second graders that make me smile. laugh and learn every day.
My best friend Katie.  I know I will talk to her every day and she's always there for me no matter what.  She listen to my same problems over and over again and never judges me.
Finger Nail Polish
My straitening iron
Make Up
How I Met Your Mother
Kiki La Rue
Fiber One Oats and Chocolate Bars
My super awesome coworkes
My Kids Kingdom friends, Amber, Summer, Natalie and Katie (yes she's on my list twice).  They are the best friends anyone could have.
My High School Friends; Laura, Britni and Brandi.  It means something to say I have known these girls since I was young and we still stay in touch.
Group messages between my friends
Broken hearts
Lessons Learned
Heated Seats
Fuzzy socks
A really good ink pen
Junie B. Jones books
Gary Allan

Happy Thanksgiving from My brother and Me to you!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Race For The Cure

Today after school, I will load up and head to Little Rock to walk in the Race for the Cure for the third year.  I hate that I haven't done this more.  I am excited though, as this is the first year I will go and actually be in shape.  We don't run it, we walk.  We walk with my mother, who is a 16 year survivor.

My mother and I don't get along all the time, in fact we were mad at each other last night and I'm pretty sure I kept telling her I wasn't going to Little Rock today.  And even though we don't get along everyday, I can't help but think how different of an occasion this walk would be.

I could have lost my mom 16 years ago.  I could have grown up without my mother.  That idea really scares the crap out of me. I could be one of those girls that has "In Memory of My Mother" instead of "In Honor of My Mother". 

Things could be completely different, I am glad it's not.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October Update

So, school started and I haven't had the time to update.  I am a slacker.  Enough about that.

Here is an update for you guys (I know you're excited).

So school started.  I am teaching second grade for the first year.  I love it!

I made a trip to Nashville, went to the Johnny Cash Museum and it is amazing.  You should go.
I have told Canesa I will do a marathon in March.  It may turn into a 10K instead of a marathon.  13.1 is a lot of miles.  

I have lost 40 pounds.

I had a root canal, that was no fun.

The Walking Dead starts next week and that excites me.

I am going to The Race For The Cure on the 19 in Little Rock.  I am so excited to get to go again and walk with my mom and our friends!

I am currently obsessed with How I Met Your Mother.

I'm also obsessed with Piko tunics, leggings, and my Champs hi/lo dress from Kiki La Rue.

I also love a good photo booth, like the 1980s one they had at Flashdance at the Orpheum.

Piko tunic top from Obsidian, Leggins from the Urban Owl

Champs hi/lo from Kiki La Rue, denim jacket from Maurices

Flash Dance photo booth

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Link Up

Finish The Sentence With Jake & Holly

Hey!  I've never done a link up before but I thought, why not.  My page sucks and I'm almost embarrassed to link up and have some really cool "professional" type bloggers look at it, but oh well.  Make fun if you want, I'm a stressed out teacher, that hasn't even had time to blog in ages.

Anyways I read these link up things all the time, always wanted to join in the fun.  This one looked here it goes.  I hope I don't suck.  BTW, I'm such I loser I don't know how to link up right, sorry I'm a failure

My happy place... Walking down Broadway in Nashville, TN.  I love all the live music you can hear from every honky tonk.  Or at a musical.... Or at a live concert... Or the beach...  Pretty much if you get my out of the house or work I'm friggin' happy.

Whatever happened to... Andrew Keegan.  I may google that later.  (and yes the Full House song popped in my head too)

So what if I.... am 27, unmarried, childless and still living with my mom.  I buy new clothes and stuff, you buy diapers and formula....I win.

E! needs a reality show about... Trumann.....

My go-to fast food meal is... McDonald's pink slime Chicken Nuggets with Sweet and Sour sauce and French Fries.  I love that crap.

You might not know that I... wear glasses.  Apparently 250 kids at East Poinsett County Elementary didn't know that today "Ms. Megan, what happened to your eyes?".

The hottest quarterback in the NFL is... football?  That's where they throw that brown ball down the field and run?  And sometimes the kick it?   Steve Young....wait....he's retired...was he even a quarterback?  Who knows. 

If I could... sing I'd try out for American Idol

My personality is awesome because... because I'm funny.......

Twerking is.... for private times.

I think it's super gross when... when someone spits their food out of their mouth into a napkin.  just hold your nose and swallow.

Someone needs to tell Miley Cyrus.... every time she twerks a kitten dies.

Friday, August 9, 2013

What I Want You To Understand

I posted the following picture on Facebook and Instagram last night.

I posted the following caption with it:  I wish I could explain how it feels to look at these pictures. I'm sure I should feel proud, but I feel disgusted. I remember being that girl. I remember how I felt.... Miserable. Look at that stomach. That isn't normal. That's not how a woman is supposed to look. I am disappointed in myself that I did that to myself. I am also disgusted that I've come so far and I've been slacking. I hate it. And I hate what I've done. Turning around again. ‪#‎progress‬ ‪#‎motivation‬ ‪#‎fightingtheinnerfatgirl‬

My Instagram friends took this post for what it was worth, leaving comments such as "We all fall down and get back up" and "I understand how you feel,I've been slacking too". 

My Facebook friends, however, just kept telling me how I was beautiful before and now and that beauty is not defined by a size and not to be to hard on myself.

I felt like Facebook thought I was fishing for compliments or that I felt I was ugly.

This is not the case.

I was going through my Facebook last night deleting some "fat" pictures.  As I was going through my mobile uploads I saw that picture in the black.  I was flooded with emotion.  I remember how I felt that.  I was at the fair with a friend.  I was tired.  I had worked all day and then standing up at the Kip Moore concert, then walking around the fair, it was hard on someone that overweight.  I don't know what I weighed, I stayed off a scale, but I'm pretty sure I was my heaviest or on my way to it.  I do know that when the suggested to go on some rides, my stomach hurt.  I started telling them that I don't like to go on rides, that it made me sick.  That was so true.  I didn't want to go on the rides because I would be smashed in the ride, or they would turn me away because of my size and since I was with my extremely small friend I didn't want that embarrassing situation.  

I don't feel bad because I was "ugly".  I didn't feel miserable because I was "fat and ugly".

I was miserable because I was unhealthy.  I was miserable because I was tired.  I was miserable because I was carrying around a lot of extra weight. 

It's not about feeling pretty, it's about feeling healthy.  

The second picture was from this weekend.  This weekend I went to St. Louis with Katie (there will be a photodump later about my trip).  We walked up 11 flights of stairs, crawled around the city museum.  I was on my feet for 4 hours.  We also rode a Ferris Wheel.  This was the only time I can remember being in a Ferris Wheel and having room between my stomach and the bar.  I didn't have to suck in to the point where it hurt.  Then, we went to a concert, where I stood up and danced for two hours.  Then, the next day we walked all over the St. Louis Zoo.  Was a tired?  Yes.  Was I miserable?  No.  I was happy and enjoyed being active.

It has been a challenge.  I don't know how to explain my relationship with food to people that don't have the same feelings.  I want to be healthy and fit, but I also want a milkshake,  I want to eat pizza.  I want French fries.  I know I can't have it and it does make me upset.  

I am hoping that being back in the routine of school will help me get back on track.  I'm sure it will.

So please now that my picture and post was not about feeling pretty.  It was about feeling good about myself and feeling healthy.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Life Happenings

I feel like I need an update.  It's going to be a mixture of things, get ready.

First off, I may have found my missing motivation.  I completed my 2nd 5K on Saturday, been to the gym twice.  It's slowly creeping back!  More on that to follow.

The last few days have been full of excitement.  Last Wednesday, Katie came over and we turned our bad day into a creative day and painted.  I am not a very talented painter, to say the least, but I had a great time. 
Finish Products
Friday, I had a friend call me and tell me to get ready they were coming to get me to take me to see Gary Allan.  I was very excited, well that may be an understatement.  I was thrilled.  Honestly, I hadn't been that happy in a while.  I got ready super quick and went to Tunica for a fun night. 
Gary Allan is seriously one of the best, I should know I go to a lot of concerts and buy a lot of music.  He literally puts on a better show every time I see him.  Now, while nothing is going to compare to when I saw him in April (you know when I met him), I will continue to see him anytime he's close enough.
Ready For Gary Allan
Gary Allan

Seriously, he's perfection

Oh look, this is when I met him  :)
Saturday, I did my second 5K.  It was "Glow In The Park" at Shelby Farms in Memphis.  If you have done or heard of a color run, the concept is the same, however it's at night and they cover you with glow paint instead.  It was a blast.  I hope they come back next year and I can do it again.  We walked and stopped to pick up stray glow jewelry and take pictures, so our time was....SLOW.  However it was great.  Here's some pictures so you can see how much fun I had.

 See great fun, right?

I did take me a while, but like I said before I did find some of my motivation.  I found it by remembering why I am doing this.  I am doing it FOR ME, for the way I feel.  I'm doing it so I can look at a picture, like this one above and think "Wow, my stomach looks kinda flat there".  I am back to focusing on ME!  And if that's wrong, oh well.

I'm going to leave you with this picture, because I love it.  Because, I had the worst week before I took this selfie, and I still manage to have a big smile on my face, and that my friends is what it is all about.

Love you all.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Motivation Mishaps

So, lately..... I have been...... what's the word......  slacking.

I have been to the gym once.

And I have eaten everything that hasn't eaten me.

I have gained 3 pounds.

I know why my motivation left, I just don't know how get it back.

Most people love me (or tolerate me) for my honesty and openness.  So I am going to be both things, open and honest.  I could say my lack of motivation came from anywhere.  But, if we are being honest, it came from a boy letting me down.  You don't need the details, and this isn't the place to air them, but let's just say it went from really good to really bad really fast.  And I was not really happy.

When bad things happen, it is so easy to  go back to old, bad habits and I have many old, bad habits.  Two of the main ones are sitting on my butt and watching TV and eating my feelings, which I have done the for the last few days.

Even thought I'm over the initial shock and embarrassment of the situation, however my motivation is still not here.

SO why I have learned some valuable lessons....

  .... my motivation is still lost.

So what do you do to find motivation again..... Really....I need help.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Miss Megan Diet And Exercise Tips

Lately, I have had several people ask my for advice on their diet.  They are asking me what I have been doing to lose weight.  I have written about how I got started and you can read that by clicking this.  I want to have a place to direct folks so I don't have to keep typing out the same thing over and over again, so I thought I'd type this out here.

The first question I get a lot is about my feelings about Weight Watchers.  My feelings about Weight Watchers are this:  I had success with the program years ago, it is an excellent program, a good way to stay motivated and it is easy to be successful with the program.  However, I'm a cheap-o and don't want to pay for it this time around.  If you are just starting out and unsure what to do, go to a Weight Watchers meeting.

Since I knew the program, I started out using the guidelines.

However that route didn't work out for me in the long run.

I began simply counting calories.  I used the Lose It App on my iPhone.  There are several apps out there for calorie tracking and dieting.  I chose Lose It, because someone recommended it to me.  I tried My Fitness Pal, because I had a few friends using it that I could add on there, however I didn't like it as much as Lose It.

You put your Current Weight (CW) and Goal Weight (GW) in the app.  You decide how much weight you want to lose a week (1 pound -2 pounds) and the app tells you how many calories to eat a day and how long it will take you to reach your goal.  You can update your CW and GW as many times as you want.  It will edit your calories needed in a day every time you update your CW and GW.

You can add foods, either by their database of foods or by scanning the bar-code with your smartphone.  It will automatically take the calories out of your daily allowance.  Also, you can add your exercise in there and it adds those calories.  It also tracks your proteins, carbs, sugars and fats. 

I highly recommend using some from of tracking when you start out.  Weight Watchers or apps, or simply writing it down.  It is the best way to keep up with what you are eating.

I hit a standstill around May.  I wasn't losing any weight.  I was going to the gym and eating my calories that I was allowed in the day.  However, I wasn't eating enough calories.  I have since stopped counting calories and I am now eating clean and natural foods, which is so much easier in the summer with my grandparents massive garden.  If you don't know about clean eating, so some research.  Here's a clean foods list link here

I also got up and got moving.  I started out walking on the treadmill because I know I could do that.  Do what you can.  You're not going to be a marathon runner the first day, or you may never be.

The most important thing I can tell you is watch what you eat!  You can run all day long, but you CANNOT outrun a bad diet.  I can't tell you how much better I feel when I am eating clean and eating right then when I am eating crap.

And my best piece of advice I have received is "Don't drink your calories".  I stopped drinking sodas over a year ago...I stick to water.  Occasionally I will splurge and have a soda or other beverage, but drinking soda with all those empty calories (you're not going to get full from a soda, or get nutrients) is foolish.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Transformation Tuesday

Good Tuesday Morning to you all!

I am up bright and early to go to a workshop today.  It was hard to get up, which is funny because I get up early every other day.

Anyways, this blog isn't about my workshop, it's about Transformation Tuesday....

I literally just read a quote on facebook while I was looking for a picture to use, that sums up transformation: 
Transformation is not easy. It starts on the inside before you see it on the outside. There are struggles. It comes with pain. It comes with a lot of hard work and effort. Without going through the tough stuff you aren't able to enjoy true transformation. Don't be discouraged but the rough days. Greater things are on the other side! ♥

That's the honest truth.  Transformation isn't easy, but it is the most enjoyable thing I have experienced.  And the thing about transforming your body, you also transform your mind.  Everything changes.
This is me.  This is me before transformation started.  This is me some 40 pounds ago, the heaviest and unhappiest I have been.  Sure I'm smiling and happy looking in this picture.  But. let's be honest, walking around Opryland Hotel to get to this spot to take a picture was exhausting, as was the walking we had done throughout the day.  See how the front of my hair is staring to get wavy, yeah that's from sweat.  Because I sweat like a pig, because let's face it, that's what I was.  That shirt is unbuttoned because, well I couldn't button it.  That undershirt is a XXL.  I have no tan, because who cares if I'm pasty, I'm fat

This is me some 40 pounds later (I"m not sure exactly because I'm not sure how much I weighed in the before picture, because I avoided scales).  Not only do I look better (40 pounds gone and a tan, yea!) but I feel so much better.  Walking around the mall doesn't cause me to sweat.  I have a confidence about myself that is unexplainable.  I smile and I mean it.  I take care of myself more than ever before (vitamins, skin care, yadda yadda yadda).  In August 2012, you could have not told me a year later I would be 40 pounds lighter, 3 pant sizes smaller, and a better person.

Point is, change is hard.  Going to the gym is hard.  Finding time to do it is hard.  Meal prep is hard.  Transformation is hard.

But when you look at the outcomes, hard is worth it.  Don't give up.  Keep going.

Happy Tuesday Friends!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Shopping Is Fun (and other things)

It is no secret that I love to shop.  I have always loved to shop.  Even when I was at my heaviest shopping was fun.  However, I mostly stuck to buying shoes.

I always bought shoes because they fit.  They fit if I gained 5 pounds or if I worked out.  The shoes would always fit.

I honestly can't tell you when the last time I bought a pair of shoes was.  Maybe May?  I don't remember.  I don't remember because now clothes shopping is as fun as shoe shopping.  I can go into stores that I haven't been able to shop at for years and buy things.

I know walking into the Gap and getting a pair of pants may not seem like a big deal to some, but to me, it's a big deal.  I am so proud of myself as well as excited. 

While I was in Florida, I did like most people do in Florida and wore flip flops and walked barefooted.  This became a problem because of my foot.  I am now having bad pain in my right foot.  I guess there's another trip to the doctor in my near future.

Hope everyone had a great fourth and a has a great week.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Really Want To Be A Runner

I want to be a runner.

I have, over the years, started the Couch to 5K program and made it through the first two weeks, then I quit.

This year I joined Women Can Run and attempted to be a runner. 

I get on the treadmill and run at the gym. 

I did a 5K. 

However, I cannot run.  I am not a runner.  It makes me super sad.

I see people running and I want to do that.  I enjoy it when I do it and it's such a release, almost like therapy.  I do ok when I'm running on the treadmill, but the most I can make it is 2.5 miles.  Which is ok for me and I take time off my 5K every time I run.

I just tried to run outside and I can't do it.  I can't run outside.  The pavement kills me.  It hurts my feet and my knee.

I feel so down on myself because I want to be able to do it so bad.  I just feel like I can't do it.  It's so discouraging and I can't stand it.    Maybe one day I'll be able to be a runner, but when I've been attempting to be one since January and I'm not one yet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How About A Little Update

Since I have updated this blog, I have had an eventful time.  I'm not going to get into all the gory details, if your my friend, you can ask and get all of them :).

My week included a lot of lounging by pools with friends and eating out and some shopping.  It did not, however, include a lot of gym time....womp womp.  I made it to the gym a total of two days last week, but that's ok.

I started the 30 day squat challenge yesterday, so I did 50 squats yesterday and 55 today.  It wasn't too terrible.  Ask me how I feel when I break 200.

I have recently developed an addiction to Pretty Little Liars and I'm already halfway through Season 2 (this addiction started last Monday, thanks Katie).

This weekend I drug my BFF Katie with me on and adventure.  We got all dressed up and went to eat on Poncho's in West Memphis.  It was just as good as I wanted it to be.  Then we went to the Cheesecake Corner for some terribly delicious calorie overload goodness.  Then we ventured off to Cordova to listen to a band play.  It was a great night with my best friend. 

Meg and Katie ready for some fun
Inspiration Outfit
My outfit
Having a fun time

Awesome band (and pretty cute too)
Plus I had a really cute outfit :)

Tonight I get to spend some quality time with some of my best friends from high school.  It should be an awesome time.

It will be really difficult to turn down the fried pickles at Skinny J's but maybe the other workout queen, Laura Beth, can help me.
Throw back to high school.  Super Summer 2003

Throwback to Laura's 17th birthday!
Have a great Tuesday friends!!

And a safe fourth of July.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Florida Vaca

If you are my friend on Facebook or follow me on Instagram (and I'm sure most of you are) You saw I was at the beach last week.  This has become a tradition for my friend Allison and I.  This is our third year to go.  We normally stay in Destin, this year we stayed in Fort Walton and it was great.  We were at the Ramada Resort on the beach.  A quarter of a mile from the hotel was a boardwalk with shops and places to eat.  It was fantastic. 

I tried extremely hard to stick with my clean eating and working out while I was in Florida.  I would love to say I succeed, but I didn't.  I didn't fail either, if that makes since.  Luckily, I love seafood and I love grilled fish so that helped me a lot.  I will not tell a lie and I did have some fried shrimp at Bubba Gump's and it was well worth it. 

I planned on getting up the four days I was there and working out.  That lasted two days.  The first day I was there I got up, went to the gym, ran a mile and did some body weight exercises.  Then for the fun of it I went to run on the beach.  I'm not sure why I did it.  It was terrible and I made it about a half a mile.  Then I swam some laps in the heated pool.  The next morning I got up and walked two miles on the beach and swam laps.  Sometimes I do dumb things and I decided to walk barefoot and that caused my arch to start hurting again.  I am still nursing that.

Ready to for a run
As bad as running on the beach was you can't beat this view
The bed of seashells I found on my morning walk.

 We did a lot of sitting on the beach and relaxing, some shopping and eating some good dinners.  I came back the same weight I left, which was an accomplishment in my book.  Now I'll share some pictures.  They are all out of whack, but it will be ok!

Before dinner one night

Best view in the world.

Goodbye Beach

Before dinner the last night, outfit from Kiki La'Rue

Celebrating my Graduation at The Crab Trap.  I'm a little burned :(

Dolphin Watching from the pier.

Before dinner Night one.  I love my beach curls.  Pants from Obsidian.

Storm rolling in

Is this not beautiful?

One year difference

Got a lot of compliments on my top...Wal Mart special guys!

 PSA.   If you are on a weight loss journey please watch Extreme Weight Loss.  It is the most inspiring show on TV.  If watching these transformations do not get your butt in gear, I do not know what will.  Tuesdays from 7-9.  And if inspiration doesn't get you to watch, Chris Powell is enough.

I love doing progress pictures.  It keeps me motivated.  What keeps you motivated?