Thursday, October 18, 2018

Good News + Diet Bet: Round 3

Hey everyone!

I am going to go straight to the good news here... I'm happy to share that I will continue writing for this blog. Now, the next step is finding the time and balance to make that happen! 

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My goal is to make myself and my health more of a priority again, and this blog is a big source of accountability for me. I hope that some of what I share here can be found helpful or inspiring for you, too. Initially, I will be checking-in here once per week. Hopefully, I'll be checking-in more often as time goes on and priorities shift back in to place.

So, what's new? Well, I joined a diet bet this week! I have 4 weeks to lose 4% of my body weight or else I lose $30. The past two times I participated in a diet bet, I met the goal and got my money back. My willpower definitely increases at the thought of losing money. I guess you can call me cheap (and I say that with a smile on my face).

Yesterday, I weighed in at 243 lbs. That is about 10 lbs. up from my lowest weight of the year. However, the year isn't over, yet. I still have time to make it back down to my lowest weight of the year and to hopefully surpass it? Okay, let me try to write that sentence again without a question mark. 

I still have time to make it back down to my lowest weight of the year and to hopefully surpass it!!!

Given the frequency of my updates are more limited now, I would love to hear if there's anything specifically you'd love to hear more about in upcoming posts. Leave a comment down below with some suggestions or send me an email! I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Reminder: "That's Okay"

Wow. I just have to say, thank you for all of your encouraging words on my last post and really, throughout this entire process. When it comes to processing certain things, I tend to take a while and, sometimes I need to remind myself, "that's okay".

Sharing my thoughts here makes me vulnerable. Sometimes being vulnerable feels like having a superpower. Other times, not so much. Today, I am choosing to put on my cape of vulnerability by sharing a few other things I need to remind myself that are okay.
Amidst great transition, I've lacked intent focus and interest in my own health and wellness goals. That happens sometimes and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
I am a sucker for certain things; silly things. A few days ago, I got really excited when I saw that October 1st was happening on a Monday. I seem to gain extra motivation and see that type of occasion as a great opportunity for a fresh start. Even though it sounds silly to get excited over such a thing, I need to remind myself, "that's okay". 
Beyond high school, I have no dedicated education in writing and yet, I write a blog. I need to remind myself, "that's okay". 
I am really quite basic in a lot of ways. I don't use big words and I'm not extensively educated. There is a lot that I do not know and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
Lately, I have been feeling insecure. I see many areas of growth for myself and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
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I know I'm not the only one walking through life with insecurities. Sometimes these insecurities linger in background as non-threatening whispers but, if we don't meet them with truth, they may grow louder.

My truth is, "that's okay". I am not like everybody or anybody else. God made me just as He needed me to be. 

Instead of focusing on the areas that I lack, I want to focus more on the gifts He's given me. The gift of courage, to be vulnerable. The gift of writing, despite any formal education in the matter. The gift of meeting somebody right where they're at, and assuring them, "you're not alone". Because, no matter your circumstance, you really aren't alone or, you don't have to be. God has given us full access to Him, any time of day or night. All we have to do is reach out and pray.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Growing Pains

Hi there! It's been over a month since you've heard from me in this forum and, a lot has happened. A lot has changed.

Tomorrow marks one month since I began my new job as the site admin for our church. It also marks one month since our baby started her first year of preschool. Looking back, I still smile when I think of the way God aligned those two major events in our lives. Who could have planned such a thing so perfectly, if not Him? I think it's safe to say that my love for planning comes from our Heavenly Father.

He is good.

In my absence from this blog, I have been experiencing a lot of growing pains. Actually, I think it's safe to say that our entire family has been experiencing growing pains of some sort. My husband, my daughter and I are all being immersed into new situations and new experiences that require much growth on our part; mentally and spiritually. While this need for growth has caused me some anxiety, it has also allowed for me to live with my palms to the sky; trusting in God to guide our way.

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The last time you heard from me, I was battling an internal debate as to whether or not my time of blogging here about "losing weight while living life" would come to an end. To be honest, the debate is still real in my heart and I've turned it over to God. I pray that He will guide me toward my next move.

Of course, I've also discussed this debate with my husband. When talking about my thoughts of ending this blog, I notice a theme of reasons why I consider calling it quits. Vanity, judgment and privacy are some of my major considerations. Which, are then debated with the great opportunities of being able to help inspire others, share, create and document moments that we do not want to forget. 

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I am still not completely at peace with a decision, which gives me the feeling that God is still working in me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Long Pause, The End or A Fresh New Beginning

Hello and happy Tuesday!

So, I'm going to be real and transparent with you guys because - that's just who I am. 

I've been having mixed thoughts about blogging lately. I even told one of my friends, Blayne, that I may consider quitting all together. I'm glad that I talked it out a bit though because, when she asked me "why?", I didn't have much of an answer for her.

It's funny how sometimes life gets so busy and is so out of sorts that I can't even think about finding the time to write a blog post and then, other times I wonder if writing is exactly what I need to get through these busy times and help sort everything out. I've been having some mixed thoughts, for sure.

Finding the time to blog, especially in the summer, can be hard as well. Maybe that's all this is though; maybe I'm just a little burnt out from this summer. Burnt out in good ways {like typical summer fun stuff} and more difficult ways {like constantly trying and failing to stay on track with healthy living}.

Then, there's this big transition coming up. You know, the one where Piper starts her first day of preschool on the same day that I start my first job outside of the house since becoming a stay-at-home mom. There's that, too.

I guess there's just a lot of stuff going on right now and, as much as I don't want to take another break from blogging, I think it would be best to take a break now, in effort to avoid giving up all-together.

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I think I still want this space to write about my journey, my life and my family. I think I still want this space for all of that and, I'm wondering if you still enjoy my use of this space, too.

Either way, I'll be back after this transition to share how it all went and, what's coming next for this space; whether it be a long pause, the end or, a fresh new beginning.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Half-Birthday Carnival Celebration

Hello and happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend. We sure did!

On Saturday, we went to a Half-Birthday Celebration at Nick's parents house. It was carnival-themed and so much fun! Nick's parents did a great job setting it all up.










All of us "kids" have winter birthdays and so, celebrating everyone's half-birthday in the summer is such a treat!


Nick's mom, Debi, set up a few different carnival games for everyone to play and gave us the opportunity to win some pretty awesome prizes! Piper especially loved playing the games {over and over and over} to try and win the little creature prizes.



This was definitely a night of indulgence. Just like at a carnival, the food was so good and, I definitely over-did it. The cupcakes were especially delicious!














We all had such a great time at our half-birthday carnival celebration! The weather was perfect, the food was great and the games were fun!


Now excuse me while I go drink a gallon of water to detox from all of the sugar and treats!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

His Plan All Along | Re-Entering the Workforce

In 2015, when I left my career as a Paralegal at 9 months pregnant to stay at home with my daughter, I had a plan of staying at home with her for at least the first year. That was my plan and it turns out, God's plan was better.

I wasn't sure if we could make it work financially for an entire year but, I wanted to stay at home with her for as long as we could afford. Fast forward to the present, three and a half years later and, I'm still at home with my daughter. I don't know how we did it financially but, we made it work - all by the grace of God.

During my time at home, I had some anxieties about re-entering the workforce. I couldn't clearly see my future beyond being a stay-at-home mom, which was hard for me considering I'm a planner by nature. I didn't know when it would come to an end or where I would go when my time at home was over. I had no plans for the first time in my life, which made it really easy to be open to God's plan.

Being open to God's plan was easy, being patient during the wait was hard. The book "Wait and See" by Wendy Pope helped me find peace in God's pauses and plans.

Finally, after many years of wondering, waiting and praying, God has allowed me to see a glimpse of what's next for this stay-at-home mama!

At the end of the month, I'm officially re-entering the workforce!

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I'm beyond blessed to share that I'll be working part-time with my church as our site's admin. I'll be working in-office a couple days each week, which will be such a blessing for our family! This new part-time position should work very well with Piper entering preschool at the end of the month.

On the two days that I work in the office, Piper will stay after preschool in a program called "Preschool Wrap". I think my little social butterfly will love the extra time with her school friends and teachers!

The timing of this transition is working out better than I could have ever planned, likely because it wasn't my plan at all; it was His plan all along.

Praise God!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Nothing Tastes as Good as Healthy Feels

This is a day late but, I want to share my meal plan with you; mostly for the sense of accountability.

Monday - Turkey Burgers + Fries

Tuesday - Picnic

Wednesday - Salmon + Broccoli + Rice

Thursday - Burrito Bowls

Friday - Chicken Parm + Zoodles

Tonight we are going to a picnic, which should be a fun way to break up the week!

Tomorrow, we are having salmon for dinner. It's kind of funny because my husband and I always joke that salmon is one of those meals that we never really look forward to until we are eating it. Do you have any meals like that? Where, you know it's good for you and you'll like it but, you don't really look forward to it until you're eating it? Maybe it's just us - maybe we are just weirdos.

On Thursday, we'll be having burrito bowls and, on Friday, I am looking forward to Chicken Parmesan and Zoodles. Replacing pasta with zoodles is kind of my jam right now.

I am really determined to stay on track with my meals this week because, I went super off-track this past weekend. I went over calories on a few occasions and, I wasn't feeling good physically because of it. I know that eating well and within calories is worth it. Feeling better is worth staying on track.

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My Tuesday reminder: Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekend Recap | Spillway + Camp Sherwin

Happy Monday, readers! How was your weekend?

My weekend was pretty good! I feel like we worked hard and played hard, too!

On Friday night, my husband and I took Piper down to the spillway to feed the fishies. She loves to toss some bread out and watch the fish gobble it up. We really enjoy the drive (down some country roads) and, the scenery out there, too. It's was a peaceful and fun way to end the week!


On Saturday, after a full day of working around the house, we grabbed some pizza and took Piper to Camp Sherwin for fun at the pool and splash pad!



On Sunday, we went to church and listened to a super convicting sermon called "Faith on Monday". If you have time, it's definitely worth watching. 

Sermon: August 12, 2018 from Grace Church on Vimeo.

After church, I went to a bridal shower for my cousin's fiance. Then, I went grocery shopping. I know, just last week I said I like to grocery shop on Saturday's but, it didn't happen this weekend! When I got home from shopping, I did some data entry for church and then, we ate dinner and took our dogs for a walk... kind of.



Max can't walk very well right now because he has a splint on his front leg. He hurt himself when he jumped off a chair a couple weeks ago and, after two trips to the vet, they determined he should have a splint in order to let the leg heal. It's been very sad for him and, I really hope it helps. We pushed him in Piper's stroller during our walk and the time out really seemed to help boost his spirits!

As for today and the week ahead, I have a few meetings, another vet appointment and a lot of fun to be had. I really want to get to the gym a couple times this week because it will be closed next week for cleaning and, the following week Piper starts preschool. 

This is bittersweet because all summer long, Piper has been coming with me to the gym a couple times a week and, that is coming to an end once preschool starts. That means one summer routine is coming to an end this week and it's triggering some serious summer-blues type emotions! 

Hang on, summer time! I'm not done with you, yet!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Meal Planning + Zoodles

Happy Friday!

Do you have any Friday routines that count toward living a healthier life? I've gotten into the routine of making my grocery list and meal plan for the following week, on Friday. It doesn't always happen that way but, for our schedule, it's most ideal. I like to start going through my kitchen stock on Friday to figure out what I can carry over to the next week for meals and, what I need to grab at the grocery store.

Back in the day, I use to love grocery shopping on Sunday. Now, I've found a better way for our family. We function best when grocery shopping is done on Saturday, for the week ahead. This way, Sunday is left open for a morning full of church followed by an afternoon/evening of family time and rest. The occasional meal prep session is done during that time, too.


I really love the produce in the stores this time of year. It's "zucchini season" and, I love to use zucchini to make zoodles! They are just about as satisfying at eating spaghetti noodles and, my 3-year-old daughter loves them! This week alone we had two zoodle-based meals.

Spaghetti Zoodles + Meatballs and Chicken Parm over Zoodles.



So, beyond making my meal plan and grocery list today, we are just going to play outside as much as possible and enjoy this summer day!

Readers, what is your ideal day to grocery shop? Do you shop for the week or make multiple trips?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Struggle is Real | Eating at Night

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. I need to start going to bed earlier. Sound familiar to anyone? Maybe you know the struggle. When I stay up late at night, I struggle with late-night eating, which at times can account for a big chunk of my calorie intake for the day. 


Whenever I stay up late, I often confuse being hungry with being tired. Well, this is a reminder for myself and maybe it will help you, too. When it comes to eating past 7 p.m., it is time to question - am I hungry or am I tired? This is a question I'll be asking myself more often, especially going into the weekend.

If I'm being completely honest with myself, night snacking wasn't the only thing holding me back from losing weight. Throughout the past month, I have not been making the best choices in the daytime, either. I've been using the excuse of "it's summer!" a lot lately. Weddings, picnics, events that only come once a year. I've been finding all of the excuses.

Sometimes I'm in the mindset to eat healthy and other times I'm not. That's just life. I feel like I was not in the right mindset to lose weight last month, especially during my summer break, but I also feel like I'm coming back around. This week especially!

Despite it all, I haven't given up on myself. I remain on this weight-loss journey, through the high's and low's. That's the key to success - no matter how long it takes. Never give up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Spoiling Quiet Moments with To-Do's and Should-Have-Done's

I've noticed a new little habit I've fallen into lately and, it's not a good one. Let me explain.

Some mornings, if I manage to wake up before my 3 year old, I grab a cup of coffee and head outside to sit in front of our pond out back. I do this in effort to soak in some quiet moments and, appreciate what is around me. Despite my intentions, more often than not, I haven't been appreciating what is all around me, as much as I should.

The other morning, I sat down in front of our pond and looked around. Instead of seeing this beautiful pond in front of me, I was looking at how much we've neglected our dear pond. We've let the plants overgrow, both inside and out. 

I take a sip of my coffee and look beyond our pond, out into the yard. Instead of seeing the beauty of nature, I see grass that hasn't been mowed in about two weeks. I look beyond that and I see a half-burned pile of branches that just won't burn down; our summer-long eyesore. Don't even get me started on the weeds that have grown so much that they are almost reaching the gutters on the other side of the garage. Then, there's the garden that is barely thriving because, we didn't ever weed it this year. We are so behind this summer and, there is so little time left.

I take a breath, realizing that I'm spoiling the moment and, I try to refocus on the good in front of me. It is August, after all. I close my eyes as I enjoy a warm breeze blowing through my hair. "Ah, August. The last month of summer", I think. Then, my mind wanders on. "Fall is coming soon. Then winter. The opportunity to sit outside like this, is almost gone. In a few weeks, it will be time to cut our plants back. This is nearly over. I didn't do enough, I didn't enjoy enough, I didn't appreciate enough." Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else?

Before I could continue down this negative spiral, the moment is gone. Piper is awake and, I spent my quiet time going through a list of to-do's and should-have-done's instead of living in the moment and appreciating what is good.



I've noticed myself doing this a lot lately. Instead of living in the few quiet moments I get throughout my days, I spend those moments thinking of what I should be doing or should have done, instead. I'm spoiling these moments with a bad mindset.

The first step to changing something is, identifying it. I've identified it and, I am ready to change but, how? I'm no expert but, the first step for myself is to share the struggle with someone else. Admitting these kinds of things is a freeing experience. 

Next, I am going to try to redirect myself any time I notice this happening. Whenever I start to think about what needs done or, where I've gone wrong - I am going to redirect my focus on what I've done right. It's probably not a bad idea to also remind myself that the world is still turning despite my to-do list not being complete. There are bigger things to worry about than overgrown weeds and grass that needs mowed.

I am done spoiling my quiet moments with to-do's and should-have-done's. The remainder of this season is going to be spent in the moment, as much as possible.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Full Day of Eats | Processing this Transition

Yesterday was another "Day One" in the books. If you missed my post from yesterday, you can go back and read it, here: Call Me Shameless | One Day or Day One.

I decided that in order to keep myself more accountable, I'd share my full day of eats with you all.

Monday, August 5, 2018

Breakfast
Egg-in-a-hole
3 pieces of bacon
Coffee with 3 tbsp. of creamer

Lunch
24 pieces of popcorn chicken

Snack
Fiber One cheesecake bar

Dinner
4 oz. Sesame Ginger Chicken 
1 c. Stir fry vegetables (mushrooms, onions, bell peppers)
1 1/2 c. cooked rice


Snack
10 pieces Hershey nuggets

Monday's total calories: 1,841 calories

There were definitely areas for improvement when it comes to my food choices yesterday but, this wasn't meant to be a perfect day of eats by any means. Honestly, what is a perfect day of eats, even? I was within my allotted calories for the day, after all. I'm happy I was able to eat things like chocolate and still stay "on track". That's why I stay away from diets.

On Monday, Piper and I went to the YMCA in the morning, followed by some shopping at Walmart and Aldi in the afternoon. We were at Walmart right during lunchtime and so, I grabbed a to-go container of popcorn chicken for the two of us to share. It's the perfect size for us and, it was only $2.50 for the container. No regrets!

Man, do I love days like yesterday. We were just going with the flow, out and about, running errands. I may or may no have cried on the phone with my husband when I realized we only have a few more weeks like this left before Piper starts preschool in the mornings, Monday - Friday.

Be prepared for me to talk about this preschool transition a lot in the coming weeks because, it's a big one for us. I have been so fortunate to have spent these past three years at home with Piper. Some days I'm really excited for this transition and, I feel super ready. Then, other days, I'm weepy and sad that this chapter of our lives is coming to an end. Bare with me as I process it all.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Call Me Shameless | One Day or Day One

Hey! I've noticed an increase of readership over the past week. For anyone who is new here, or just recently found their way back to my blog - welcome. Thanks for being here! You can find me here most days, as I try to update Monday - Friday.

For those who might not know, my name is Kalyn and I have a goal of losing 100 lbs. while living life. That means, I don't believe in putting my life on hold to lose weight. I actually wrote a re-introduction post not too long ago - you can read more about me and my journey, here: Re-Introduction Time.

Well, today is Monday, which means back to the grind for most of us. In a sense, that is also true for me, however, most of my grind wrapped up yesterday.

I own a small business, Anything Rustic. As a part of Anything Rustic, I consign at local shops and participate in a few vendor shows each year. Yesterday was one of our biggest and one of our favorite shows of the year: Light Fest. It was a long day of work and play.



Today, I am recovering from my nearly 12 hr. shift from set-up, to tear down, to putting most everything back in it's place here at home. After spending most of my weekend prepping for the show and then, wrapping it all up - I was exhausted. Today feels more like a rest day to me and, that's okay.

My participation in this most recent vendor show had a slight bitter-sweet undertone to it. If you were here last week, then you know I've been at a bit of a crossroads as far as what's coming next for my business and a potential job opportunity. Without going into too much detail, this Fall, I am either going all-in with my business or, I will be scaling way back. Bitter-sweetness all around.

With so much going on last week and this weekend, I didn't pay much attention to my new list of goals I set out for myself. I didn't track my nutrition much at all last week or, focus as much on my water-intake as I would have liked. So, today, I declare to be a fresh start. Sometimes, you just need to declare it to make it feel more real, you know?

So, here's to another Day 1.

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After years and years of being on this journey of losing 100 lbs. some might call me pretty shameless for never giving up. The truth is, being shameless is part of what it takes to reach your goals. I don't care how long it takes, or how many "Day One's" there are - I will not give up on myself and, you shouldn't either.

Comment below if today is another Day One for you! You aren't alone.

Friday, August 3, 2018

My Plans vs. His Plans | Practicing Patience + Obedience

Happy Friday! How was your week? Truth be told, I've been a little out of sorts lately. Mostly because I have a big question unanswered right now. I have two paths in front of me and, I'm just waiting on the answer as to which path I'll be taking at the end of the month.

During my summer-break, I had two interviews for what could be my first job since leaving my career as a Paralegal, right before my daughter was born three and a half years ago. 

This is kind of huge, right?

It's funny because in the interview, when they asked why I was pursuing this position, I admitted that I didn't know myself that I would be pursuing a job right now. 

The timing of this opportunity was not in my plans. If I am offered the job, I will be starting around the time that Piper enters Preschool. That seems like great timing, right? However, if we go back to when I was working in my plans alone, I would tell you that I have been looking forward to when Piper finally goes to Preschool so I could focus more on my business that I've built up from scratch, during my time as a stay at home mom.

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God's plans are always better than our plans.

The fact of the matter is that I am trying to follow God's will, which I'm finding requires much obedience and patience. This process has revealed many areas of growth for me {enter, patience} and, regardless of the outcome, I am thankful for this experience.

The truth is that I don't know what God's will for my life is but, this opportunity that I have been pulled toward, and it happening outside of my timeline, was a reminder that my plans may or may not be aligning with God's true will for my life. It was a reminder to stay in prayer, to continue asking for this alignment and to stay open and patient during the process.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Vlog Edition

I'm bringing "Throwback Thursday" back, if just for today!

Earlier this summer, I was really into vlogging and then, I got really behind on editing my vlogs. You'd be surprised how much time goes into editing a 3 minute video! So, this video I'm sharing with you today is from JUNE... hence the need for "Throwback Thursday". 


It was a really fun video to film. Nick and I took Piper to play putt-putt golf for the very first time and then, we had a last-minute picnic at the park! 

It was a great summer night that I love looking back on.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Goals 2018

Happy Wednesday and welcome to August! I've made some new goals for the month so, let's get right to it!

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Goal #1 - Enjoy the final days of summer vacation.

This is the first year of Piper's life where the end of summer will actually mean the beginning of school. My baby starts preschool in less than 4 weeks! My mama heart is both super excited and super sad. It is bittersweet. A chapter ends at the end of August; a very long but, too short chapter. A life-changing chapter, filled with setback, growth and self-discovery. I'm no longer the mother of an infant or toddler; I'm the mother of a preschooler. There is one constant I'm sure of in motherhood - the constant shift of letting go while holding on. It's the most hard and beautiful thing I've experienced and, it's still only the beginning of sorts.

Goal #2 - Keep myself at the top of the list.

My to-do lists have been growing and, some days my health and well-being gets pushed back to the end of the list. I am a firm believer that you can't draw from an empty well. I've experienced the struggle of trying to do so and, everyone suffers at that point. So, I am putting myself at the top of the list. Self care will be a bigger priority this month and it will come in the form of taking some time for myself to be active, write and pray each day.

Goal #3 - Take hydration more seriously.

I have definitely lacked in reaching any sort of water goal this summer and, I am still suffering the side effects. Bloating, sore joints, etc. Drinking enough water is one of the easiest things I can do to stay healthy and yet, I struggle. I am going to work on taking hydration more seriously this month. I am going to aim to drink 120 oz. of water each day.

Goal #4 - Track nutrition 5 days per week.

Tracking nutrition is definitely something I've slacked on, with all of the picnics, parties and weddings that summer brings - it's easier to just eat intuitively. That's great for maintaining weight but, I have plenty of weight left to lose. I am going to start out this month by tracking my nutrition 5 days per week, aiming to stay within calories during those days.

Readers, what are your goals for the month of August?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Break with Southern Breeze Sweet Tea

Well, hello there! It's been a while... twenty days to be exact!

If you're new here, welcome! You've visited my blog at a great time because, I just finished up a little summer break from the blog world. Now, I'm back!

While I was on my summer break, Southern Breeze supplied me with a couple boxes of my favorite cold brew sweet tea bags. Peach + Raspberry!

If you've been around my blog for a while then, you know I'm head over heels for Southern Breeze Sweet Tea because, it's ZERO calories! It also cold brews within 5 minutes so, taking these tea bags on-the-go is so ideal. These tea bags were a beach bag necessity during my summer break!


While on summer break, I managed to maintain my weight-loss for the most part! I'd have weeks where I was up on the scale and then, weeks when I was down. For as many events I've attended during summer break, I'd say maintaining around the same weight during summer break was a serious win! Oh yeah!

I plan to share a lot more about my time spent during summer break, as well as what's new in general with my life, soon. {spoiler alert: great things are happening!}

For everyone who has been waiting on my return - thank you so much for hanging around while I took a break from blogging these past few weeks. I am feeling super refreshed and, grateful to have your support and readership.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Volunteering + Interviewing + Summer Break

Hey you guys! I'm here today to ask you to please bare with me these next couple weeks as things are a little crazy for me right now. 

I have been volunteering a bunch of hours for my church as our Site Manager (which has been a great, exciting challenge for my brain - I love it!) and I have an interview for a part-time administrative position this week, which, if everything works out, will be starting around the same time Piper starts preschool!

I'll fill you in on all the specifics and a bunch more, soon.


I have officially put my Etsy shop into Summer Break mode and, I'm going to take some time away from blogging these next couple weeks, too. I'll see you back here on July 30th - if not sooner!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Independence Day 2018

Good morning and happy Monday!

How was your Independence Day? We had a lot of fun with family and friends! In between all of the celebrating, we took some time to talk about what freedom means with our three year old, too - which was really special for us.


When Piper was asked later on "what does freedom mean?", her response was "freedom to pray to Jesus and to play". She pretty much nailed it. We are all so grateful for all of our freedom!

The night before the 4th, we went to our local park to watch fireworks. The local fire department had a whole celebration going on, with bounce houses, rides, food vendors and a beer tent. Nick's mom happily offered to take Piper around on the rides with her friend, Ethel and Piper's little best friend, Amelia. Nick and I had a couple hours to ourselves and, ended up spending most of that time testing some home-brews at the beer tent. It was so much fun! We all reunited just in time for fireworks at the end of the night.

On the 4th, we had a picnic at my aunt's house. Surprisingly, I didn't take any pictures but, I am okay with that because we were just in the moment, enjoying our time together. We ate, played games and ended the night setting off some of Piper's "fireworks" - sparklers, smoke bombs, etc.

All in all, our Independence Day celebrating was really relaxing and fun! I ate too much, drank too much and, ended up feeling like the "marshmallow man" the following days but, I am making my way to getting back on track and I am feeling less bloated today! 

One thing I always try to remember is that "losing weight while living life" will mean ups and downs on the scale - as long as I'm enjoying life and trying to live healthier a majority of the time, that's what matters most.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Hello July + Back to the Gym

Happy Monday!

I don't know about you but, July really came quick for me this year. I can't believe we will be celebrating the 4th of July in two days! How exciting!


So, if you follow my Instagram: @GoalOfLosing100 then, you may have gotten the hint that I gained some weight during babysitting week. Like, 3 lbs. to be exact. Womp womp. Some weeks you're up and some weeks you're down. It's no big deal because I know I'll get back down as soon as I get back on track - which starts now!

This week, I am giving myself a little treat day right in the middle since that's where the 4th of July lands and we will be going to a picnic that afternoon. All of the other days this week, I will be working hard to 1) stay within my nutritional ranges 2) drink 120 oz. of water and, 3) be active!

Last week, I didn't get hit the gym at all since I was babysitting during the day and in bed by like 7 pm each night (babysitting really took a lot out of me)! So, this week, I am super excited to get back into some sort of gym routine! In fact, I am headed there this morning! Eeek!

I'll catch up with you all next week, after the holiday!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Soaking Up The Sun + Babysitting Week

If you were here earlier this week, then you know that I have my hands full right now. I am babysitting my little brother Evan (8 years old) all week!

We have been keeping very busy and we've been having so much fun! This week, having Evan with us, just truly feels like summer vacation! I have been so tired at the end of each day and each day I've felt was a day well spent. Work hard, play hard, sleep hard. That's how it goes... right?! Haha.

On Monday, we packed a lunch and went to the Edinboro Lake! The kids played at the park, ate lunch and then played in the water a bit. We met up with my friend and her kids who are all in town this week. We don't get to see them very often so, this was a real treat!


On Tuesday, we met a friend and her daughter at Conneaut Beach and the park at the beach. Are you noticing a trend here? On Monday, the park was the main attraction and so we didn't pack swimsuits or anything like that but, Tuesday was different. We were in for a full day of fun in the sun and sand with our friends!


On Wednesday, it rained most of the day and so we headed out to an arcade with indoor glowing putt-putt golf! We spent three hours in the arcade and we all had a blast! Piper actually did really well for being so young. She had way more fun "playing" the games than I thought she would!



On Thursday, we met some friends and family at the zoo! If you didn't already know, Piper and I are big fans of the zoo - we usually go at least once per week and, it was great to have Evan with us this time!



Today we are planning on meeting a friend and her daughter at the splash pad and outdoor pool at Camp Sherwin! Today is going to be a great way to end a super-fun and incredibly busy babysitting week! Today's adventure is the main event we've been waiting for all week. It's going to be fun!

Have a great weekend and see you back here on Monday!