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!