Break On Through To The Other Side

Hey yall! Happy Friday!! When last we chatted I had promised a healthy Easter weekend on my end. I am glad to say I delivered. On Saturday we were off for an early meet up with the fam In Roanoke.

IMG_4381 IMG_4413 IMG_4414I was excited to get in some holiday weekend shopping with my mom. And can we pause for a moment to be impressed that she managed to spend the entire day in a serious pair of heels?

IMG_4401 IMG_4426Afterward the four of us headed out for dinner. I chose a lean filet mignon and a side of fruit.

IMG_4427It was wonderful to get to spend part of the weekend with my parents.

IMG_4425On Sunday the hubs and I skipped the traditional Easter brunch and instead fueled up for a hike. We started EARLY which worked out great because we didn’t start running into other hikers until we were already halfway back down the mountain.

IMG_4435 IMG_4495 IMG_4522While mileage wise I had no issues (4 miles round trip) the hike was a bit of a challenge. There was a LOT of steep climbing and I was ill prepared. However, I am not a quitter and I made it to the top. The views definitely helped to ease the pain a little bit.

IMG_4496 IMG_4543 IMG_4544 IMG_4545After the hike we headed home for a healthy meal and some well earned vegging out!

IMG_4541In other news, I am sure you have noticed a lack of weigh in updates. Don’t worry- I have been keeping up here at home. I am currently stuck in plateau mode which is certainly not where I want to be. I am trying to shake up my routine a bit this week and see if I can get back into the loss groove! But in any case, here is an updated photo at your request!

IMG_4380Have a happy and healthy weekend!!!

Have a Happy and Healthy Easter Peeps!

Happy Friday/Long Weekend/ Easter yall! When I was growing up Easter was always a favorite in my house. I loved my Nana’s big holiday dinners, sunrise services at our church,  time with the family, and beautiful Spring days gently nudging the world toward Summer!

This Easter we are ditching the rich breakfast and traditional dinner in favor of some lighter fare in my house. And while I did make our family and friends a special treat last night I pinky swear not one peep or lick of icing made it into my mouth!!!

image image imageWishes for a Happy and Healthy Easter from my house to yours!

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning

There are few household tasks I dread more than annual spring cleaning. Ugh. Taking down curtains, washing down walls, organizing (or in our case reorganizing) drawers and closets that might have sort have somehow gotten out of control.  It is not my favorite. BUT with the long weekend ahead I started thinking what a fantastic way to start out a new month and a new season. And then who doesn’t love the decorating part that comes after?

blog3Clean Slates feel so good. I think this is why so many people get so geared up to start their “diets” on Monday or, as we all know, make New Year resolutions like they are going out of style. The truth is that mentality is a bit of a trick.

blog8When that happy shine of a new beginning starts to wear off and s**t gets real- that is when the real magic happens. When you can stick to your guns and keep your eye on the prize when what you really want is that nap, or that cocktail, or that cookie then you are getting to the real goods! Some days are beautiful triumphs where you feel strong, and amazing and other days suck. They just do. You feel weak and beaten down and ready to call it. But when you don’t call it…Another day passes and another and suddenly you barely recognize that place you started out.

So, when you are feeling yourself start to waiver just remember…You did not come this far to only come this far….. For real. Don’t let a bad day send your progress into reverse. TRUST ME. I have been down that road way too many times and it sucks. It sucks way more than battling through a hard day.

inspire15Luckily I am practicing what I preach. Even with the craziness I have been dealing with the last few weeks I have been holding steady at 47 pounds down. And as happy as I am for that I am ready to rejoin the world of losses. However, no shiny new beginnings- just good old fashioned WORK! Because the great thing is- every single day you get a clean slate!

And in shifting the tone just a bit I have been getting a lot of questions about my workouts lately so I will be more careful to include them. Today’s workout was 40ish minutes of off road rolling hills (and however many calories you burn scrubbing a house). ;)

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Happy Almost Friday!