30 day shred

Today I started the Juliann Michaels 30 day shred. Oh sweet baby Jesus! I made it through about 90% but even on level 1 it’s pretty challenging. I can tell my pills helped get me through most of it because I’ve done it before but didn’t do nearly as good as I did today. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes, hopefully it’ll get easier.

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One week down

I’m writing this a couple of days early since I know this week is going to be hectic! My mom is coming to visit so I’m going to be going crazy getting everything ready.

So, I’m about one week into this prescription diet pill thing. I’m really liking it so far. The hardest thing has been making sure I drink enough water! I’m not a big water person to begin with so I knew that was going to be my road block. I’m very proud to say I’ve had maybe 2 sodas since I’ve started this!!! Yay! I would drink soda like it was going out of style so this is amazing for me! It’s been so easy to stick to my 1,200 calorie diet.
Another thing I’m loving about this is all the energy and focus I have. I’ve cleaned all the base boards, washed all the windows, rearranged and redecorated my daughter’s room. I was never really slack on my house chores but I did put off the big things. Some days just every day cleaning was exhausting for me to even think about. I’ve also been so happy and easy going. I’ve read the side effects of my prescription and thank god I’m only experiencing the good ones. I do have my concerns, but I’m staying positive and in close contact with my doctor. I can already feel a difference with my body. My tummy and other problem areas aren’t hard anymore, it’s kind of hard to explain but I’m sure those of you that have gone through this before know what I mean. Tomorrow I’m starting my work out routine so wish me luck!

Spaghetti casserole

The one thing my children request the most for dinner is spaghetti casserole. They go crazy for it! It’s super easy, but I’m not gonna lie…not the best thing for a diet. I’m sure you can’t play around with the ingredients and make a healthier version. I did use all low fat ingredients and wheat pasta.

Ingredients

1 pound of ground beef or turkey

1 Box of spaghetti noodles

8oz Cream cheese

8oz Sour Cream

1 Large can of spaghetti sauce

Shredded cheese for topping (I use fiesta blend)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375

Brown meat and cook spaghetti then drain

Mix together 8oz of cream cheese and 8oz Sour cream

In baking dish (I use an 8inch round) place a layer of spaghetti noodles then pour some of your sauce on top just enough to coat the bottom and noodles

Sprinkle a layer of meat

Then a layer of sour cream and cream cheese mixture

Repeat (mine usually has 2 layers of each)

You want your top layer to be your last bit of noodles then pour remaining sauce on top, you’ll want quite a bit on top to keep it moist.

Top with cheese

Bake at 375 for about 35-40 minutes

This is such an easy dish to make and I guarantee everyone in your family will love it!

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15 things I want my daughters to know

Last night I had a pretty deep conversation with my 7 year old. It started out with her asking if she could stay home from school because she doesn’t like school ( that’s the first time I’ve heard that). I told her she needs to go to school and do good so she can get a good job when she’s older. She told me ” I don’t want to work, I want to stay home like you”. Woah, I had to explain to her all the things that moms do and that made her change her mind lol. It got me thinking of all the things I want my girls to know. In this day and age it’s so hard to make sure our daughters are getting the right influences, it’s actually terrifying! Here’s a short list of 15 things I want our daughters to know.

1.) You are beautiful no matter what. No matter what you wear, what anyone tells you, or what society thinks you should look like.

2.) Always help people. Even if you have nothing to give, offer anything to help.

3.) We (your father and I) will always be there for you. Even when you are acting like a turd 🙂

4.) Listen to your elders. Not just listen as in “do what they say” but actually listen. Pull up a chair and listen to them talk about the good ole’ days.

5.) Just be you. Never change who you are for anyone!

6.) Friends and boyfriends will come and go, and that’s ok. Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise.

7.) Do good in school. So when you grow up you can get a good job and you will never need to rely on another person.

8.) Never base your happiness on another person/relationship. You will get let down, be happy on your own and you will make others happy.

9.) Never let a day go by without thanking God. Even if it’s a rough day, thank him for letting you wake up each morning.

10.) You can be anything you want to be. If you choose to have a career or be a stay at home mom, it’s ok.

11.) Always voice your opinion, it matters. But be prepared for not everyone to agree with it.

12.) Be a gracious winner and loser.

13.) Always act like a lady.

14.) Learn how to cook, not for anyone else. But learn for yourself, microwave meals can only get you so far.

15.) You are loved by so many.

Of course I could go on forever about things I want them to know! What would you add to the list?

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Today is the day :)

I got my prescription filled today! I was so nervous about it. I had to ask ten million questions but I took my first pill and so far so good. I’m extremely sensitive to medication, I was scared this was going to make me sick like so many other things do, but the pharmacist assured me as long as I eat and drink water I’ll be fine. I can already tell a difference! I have a lot more energy, and I’m not craving random things like brownies and fried chicken lol. The point of this pill is to suppress my appetite and boost my metabolism, so that it’s easier for me to stick with a 1,200 calorie diet. The only thing is I’m having a very slight pain in my gallbladder. I had horrible gallbladder attacks when I was pregnant and then later on birth control, so I’m hoping this is just something weird and it’ll go away. But other than that it’s great! I can’t wait to keep it up and see some results, I’m determined.

A $20 ring, a baby, and a deployment

With our 3rd wedding anniversary coming up I can’t stop thinking about how far we have come. It feels like yesterday we were in the magistrate’s office saying “I do” in front of about 15 people shoulder to shoulder in that tiny room. I had just given birth to Scarlett a couple of weeks before (yes I was pregnant before we got married). We had just found out his deployment was moved to 5 months earlier! It was kind of an unspoken thing, we knew we were meant to be but didn’t really talk about marriage. I was so dead set on making it clear to him that I didn’t want him to marry me because of the baby, I wanted him to do it because he loved me.
One morning I was all crusty looking feeding the baby and he comes in from working out and says “hey babe, do you wanna go to the court house tomorrow?” And there you have it, that was my romantic husband popping the question. Don’t worry he made up for it after the deployment. I called my family and friends to let them know what we were doing then I headed out to find a wedding dress.

We were soooooo broke! So naturally I go where all the classy brides go to dress shop, ROSS. We had no rings, no dress, no flowers…and a budget of nothing. I found a pretty white dress on clearance for 6 bucks! I knew there was no way we could get married with no rings. I found him a super fancy spinner ring, I know it just keeps getting worse lol! He actually still wears it to this day. Then I found a beautiful “wedding” set for about $20 bucks, and that was pricy for our budget. We were married the next day and had our “reception” at Chili’s.
I wouldn’t change a thing about that day. Even now I don’t really want to have a big wedding like we were eventually going to do. My husband did buy me a “suitable” wedding ring, but lately I can’t take off my old set. It has so much meaning to me. I would wear it 24/7 if I wasn’t allergic to it lol. It reminds me of when we had nothing but each other and our tiny little baby. I think about us that day and how we had no idea what was in store for our crazy family, it’s been amazing.

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Baby steps

I’m starting this diet thing with baby steps. I’m not the type of person that can just wake up one morning and completely change the way I’ve been. I’ll admit it, I don’t have that kind of will power. Today I went grocery shopping and I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. I bought a lot more fruits and veggies than I usually do. The biggest thing is I didn’t buy anything to fry! Being a southern girl you guys know we love our fried food. I don’t make a ton of fried things but I eat more than I probably should. Now I’m opting to bake instead of fry. I also went for low fat cheeses and milk. I know it doesn’t sound like much but like I said, baby steps. Tomorrow I’m going to fill my prescription and start my journey! I’m so excited!

Counting our blessings

For a long time now I’ve been counting my blessings. I could go on for days about the many ways god has blessed our family! I feel like this year I’ve been in the wrong frame of mind though. I’ve surrounded myself with people who aren’t grateful for all the things they’ve been blessed with. You know when you are around people like that it tends to rub off on you? I found myself in a place where I was still thankful but I wanted more. As I look around my home I can see I should “want” for nothing. My husband has provided our family with an amazing house and anything I could ask for. I think we both got the “keeping up with the jones’ ” bug. I can see what a dark cloud that put over my life.

I’m letting all of that go. Honestly it feels great. I think it all started with us cleaning out the garage. I know it’s simple, but that small thing got me started. It felt amazing to get rid of junk. Then I started in our home, with the downstairs closets, then the kids’ rooms, now I’m onto my room. I don’t “need” all of the things I have. I’m taking a vow to cut way down on my spending. Not only am I cutting down on the material things in my life but I’m cutting out the bad relationships in my life. I’m cutting out the negativity. Just like all that junk, negative people weigh you down and make you feel blah. I want to be happy, I don’t want to never be satisfied with my life. I can’t imagine how the way I was made my husband feel. So you all will see some changes in the direction of my little blog, less makeup and more home and family things. Hopefully you will love it as much as I do.

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My personal struggle

Today I’m going to share something pretty personal. Very few people know that I am extremely self conscious about my weight. I’ve been this way as far back as I can remember. I remember being in 1st grade, I was getting ready for school and my mom wanted me to wear an outfit. I threw a fit because I didn’t want to wear it because I thought it made me look fat! Yes, there is an issue with that. Fast forward, I’ve always been pretty thin and I’m extremely short (5 feet) but when I was thin I always thought I was huge. After I had my baby I went back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I was ok with, just ok not happy. I made the horrible decision to get on birth control. It ruined my body!!! I gained about 40 pounds and no matter what I can’t lose this weight, even after being off of bc for a year. I decided to seek help from a doctor. For 2 years now I have maintained this extra 40 pounds, nothing more nothing less. He tested me for everything he could think of, from hormonal issues, to thyroid. Nothing was out of balance.

Today I went back to him for some help. He prescribed me some weight loss pills. Yes I know some of you fitness gurus are cringing right now but I’m desperate! It’s suppose to help boost my metabolism and suppress my appetite. I’m excited to try this out. I’ll be under close supervision of my doctor. I’ll be documenting my journey on here. I’ll be changing my whole lifestyle and hopefully this is going to give me that little boost I need to lose this extra weight.

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Surviving the Homecoming

Hello everyone! I’ve been thinking since my first “surviving the wait” post had such good reviews here and on Pinterest, I would continue the trend! This is surviving the homecoming wait.

I don’t know which is worse, the months of waiting or those last couple of weeks. We all know they will change the homecoming date and time 1,000 times before your actual day. Don’t let this discourage you! Instead focus on these thing and take a deep breath, or glass of wine hahah!

*like I said in “surviving the wait” keep up with your home through out the deployment. I know lots of wives who let things go during the deployment and then at the last minute they are freaking out because it’s just too much to handle.

* Have your homecoming outfit picked out way in advance. If you live in a large military town like I do, you know the struggle of finding a great homecoming outfit in empty stores because the other million wives have already picked through the good stuff.  Pick your outfit out a month or 2 ahead of time. That will give you time to make any changes, and find great accessories.  I had shirts for my girls made, I did those about a week before but that was because the shirt place was right down the street from my home and it only took a day.

* Have your homecoming signs done at least a week before. I like getting things done early so I don’t have to rush at the last minute.  Through out the deployment keep an eye out for that perfect sign. Search Pinterest and other blogs for ideas. Get your supplies ready;  a white sheet, spray paint, and stencils if you need them.  PLEASE do not put up a vulgar sign!!!! IT IS NOT CUTE! Remember, your husband isn’t the only one that will be reading it.  Leave the dirty talk for the privacy of your own bedroom.

* Take some time out for you.  Go get a massage, get your hair and nails done. Take a break from running around like a mad woman and try not to stress.

* Ask you husband who he would like to have at his homecoming.  Remember homecomings are not only stressful on you but they are stressful on your man too! Some times they don’t want a huge party and everyone in the neighborhood over the night they get home.  Lets be honest, the only things they are thinking about are….1.) a home cooked meal  2.) taking a shower without having to worry about getting a toe fungus  3.) and being with their wife (in the biblical sense lol)  So if he wants it, keep it simple.

* Stock your fridge with his favorite foods and drinks. He will appreciate it.

* Make sure you book a photographer way in advance.  I chose not to have a “professional” take our pics.  A friend of mine came along with my camera and snapped pictures during the whole thing.  She knew me well enough to capture what I would think is important, and it wasn’t that awkward “hey there’s a stranger taking pics of us” thing.

* Ask a friend to come over and help you the day of homecoming.  They can be soooo helpful when it comes to remembering everything, getting the kids ready, picking up the house, and telling you everything is going to be ok.  I don’t know what I would have done without my amazing neighbor.  Lorie if you are reading this I LOVE YOUUUUU!!!

* Enjoy and remember all these feelings.  After the initial excitement of the homecoming and real life sets in again it’s easy to forget to appreciate the fact that your husband made it home safe.  Remember the feelings you had seeing him for the first time after a long deployment, that can get you through some rough days when it’s back to reality and it’s not a perfect fairy tale.

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