Who I am....

Who I am....
I have an internal problem of not boosting about who I am. It isn't because I am afraid or ashamed but more it is who I am and that is what I am (confused yet haha). 

So here it goes....
- I am a devoted wife
- I am a mom
- I am a daughter 
- I am a sister 
- I am a friend 
- I am a full time worker 
- I am on a quest for living a healthy lifestyle 
- I am a Christian (and no I don't go to church all the time nor is it a problem if you do or don't go)
- I am a Republican (pro gun, pro religion, pro  taking care of yourself - people welfare, wic, food stamps - are an aide not a lifestyle) 
- I am dedicated to a fault 
- I am a person that can let go ( what an oxymoron, right) 
- I  recycle 
- I have an amazing life partner in my husband who I grow to love more daily
- I love reading...especially "mommy porn"
- I am a home body 
- I am a neat freak...love that you walk in my house and don't notice right away that I am a house full of kiddos and dogs 
- I have a wonderful close relationship with my brother 
- I have tattoos...a lot of them. 
- I dream of inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle 
- I am stubborn but willing to listen to your opinion....even if I don't agree
- biggest pet peeve - hypocrites 
- I do not drink but have no issues with people that do
- I am proud of my body for th first time ever. 
- I have an additive personality....who knew haha 

Who I am is someone who is proud of my journey and embraces the good with the bad (obviously good is better). I try my hardest and want to be everyone's cheerleader however it is nice sometime to have my own cheerleaders. 

So here I am!!!!!! 

Transformation Tuesday

As I sit here after just eating the most amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwich (okay honest here I have NEVER had a pb&j EVER until about 1 week ago - crazy right??? I wasn't a peanut butter fan until after my daughter was born and then it was just in Reese's Peanut Butter cups) I am becoming so proud of myself and this journey.

What journey? The only way you don't know that answer is if you have never read a post, followed me on Instagram....A healthy lifestyle journey.

This journey is one that has to be worked on by the hour, day, week, a lifetime. In order to have a healthy lifestyle on TOP of getting rid of my muffin top I have to stay focused.

To live a healthy lifestyle is being active, having lower body fat, having energy, eating as close to natural as possible and working out, to not be winded when I go upstairs/play with my kiddos.

Eating: I eat on the macros ( I have mentioned this a million times) a certain amount of food - fat/carbs/protein. The macros I preplan all of my meals and I RARELY go out at all. I try to hit my goals 100% daily. I focus on natural products, not processed, dairy I stick with Greek yogurts, tons of veggies, fruit and I do love MEAT (chicken, ground turkey, pork loin and occasionally a filet mignon), brown rice, quinoa, rice cakes (no salt), protein bars and protein shakes. Eating is a good 80% of what you will do health wise and look wise.

Drinking: I drink tons of water, a spark a day (the best energy drink with vitamins and minerals - check it out here. I have almost given up Ice tea only because I am reducing my Sweet N Low (it isn't natural yes yes I know but it was what I grew up with my grandma so winging myself off). That is it! No liquor, wine, beer, juices, milk NOTHING else.

Supplements: I take them.... Catalyst from Advocare (bcaa), Omegaplex, Cgrams all from Advocare.

Exercise: I workout with a trainer. I go to his gym. I workout between 5-6x a week and I also try to fit in a session or two at the local spin studio.

So here is several of my progress pictures OR transformation Tuesday pictures. I am super proud of myself...and I have a ways to go but that doesn't take away from the progress I have made.

This lifestyle is staying and it is the only NORM my kids know. They see us make right choices. They see us workout. They see us walk them to and from school. They SEE US.

It was so cute the other day at the gym...My daughter wanted to workout so she pumped out some push-ups, sit-ups and even used the medicine ball...she told me she doesn't want to watch TV at the gym anymore she wants to work out...That's my girl.

The below pictures are all HARD work and dedication. I have NOT had a surgery for weight loss or skin reduction. Now truth be told I am turning 35 this year and I told my husband I wanted it cut off. I was going to do it because I didn't think it could be done naturally WELL guess what??? this is natural...this is NO surgery...this is no FILTER.

I have made major progress on my body and I can't wait to see more.....

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another 50 shades post

It is time for another 50 shades of grey post. My last one was right here. Go take a look (I had to because I couldn't remember what I wrote haha).

Well I went to go see the movie (one of my fears from my earlier post). I went with a bunch of girlfriends.

My thoughts on the movie is not really why I wanted to FULLY write this post.
But here they are anyway:

  1. The movie was okay. 
  2. It was worth my $12 dollars and 2.5 hours for sure. 
  3. The RED room was nothing like I imagined it.
  4. Where was the black berry????? 
  5. The sex scenes...what 3 of them...were....tame in my opinion.
  6. The MOVIE is not based or really about the sex...how long until the first sex scene??? Forever in my opinion.
  7. I am hoping that the next movie doesn't take this long to come out again.
  8. I am really curious who is going to play Mrs. Robinson???? 
But the real reason I am wanting to post this is the PURE ignorance of people.  I have a few lot of pet peeves and one of them is when people : talk, judge, comment on a subject they know nothing about. For EXAMPLE on this book/movie - if you haven't read it or watched it you can not comment on the matter. NOW with that being said if you don't want to read it or watch it I am fine with that (why you wouldn't blows my mind...or that might be the problem on your end). I would respect your wishes...and you should respect mine. RESPECT....

Also, to tell me that GOD will not love me because of my viewing options....well a$$holes the only person to make a decision between God and Me - is US not you...This also brings up the point that GOD says the Devil will try to to distract you from him...You don't think telling me that GOD will not love me is not the Devils work in trying to distract me??? hummmm think about that one before you say that line again to anyone. 

Another comment I saw....unhappy women were going to see this movie hence why such a bad movie....well people let me tell you if a women is unhappy it was well before this movie.

I also saw comments about rape....I do NOT condone that behavior or action at ALL. It is an evil evil thing and that is all I will say on that note.

For me this book now movie was just pure entertainment. It didn't have me question my faith, my love for my husband (it actually spiked it up a little), it didn't have my husband nor I stray from each other and at the end of the entire thing people (big spoiler here) they end up happily married with two children who have freaky sex sometimes....gasppppp. 

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Stop and smell the roses

Life is just full. 
Life is just busy.
We live it like that and we actually like it that way. 
Monday - Friday - work/school
Kid activities
Meals ate at home every meal or prepared at home 
Working out 5-6x a week
The list goes on....

So when I get the rare moment to walk my kids home from school 
I enjoy every second of it.

Or when I get to look at my window and see this....
It takes my breath Away.

So even though we may live a busy life I am also learning to stop and enjoy these small but very meaningful moments..

What about you???