Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Procrastination Station

I have laundry, packing and cleaning to finish, so naturally I am blogging instead. Thanks Liz @Fitness Blondie for being a beautiful enabler to my procrastination today <3 
The Hump Day Blog Hop
Last night my dear friend Sheri gave me a beautiful new haircut!
I also had some pretty fantastic almond milk ice cream and I still ended the day with unused calories! And I am also wearing a cat shirt in this photo.. So many favorite things!

This morning I ran again at 6:30. That might be my sweet spot time. It's not so early that I'm dying and not too late to where the humidity chokes me like I'm jogging through a swimming pool. Y'all, Missouri heat is awful.

I am finally drinking my coffee and trying to gear myself up to finish the 17 things left on my list. Why is it easier to motivate myself to run than to do the laundry?!

There are only 5 days left to join my ItWorks team for a chance to earn the $10,000 g.o.o.d (get out of debt) bonus. I am loving my team so far!! We are bound for great things!!! If you have been thinking about this opportunity, now is the time. Let's do this together!
I am also running low on my "crazy wrap things". I can't keep them on hand! I am ordering more today. 

All My Love,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Packing with Toddlers

Packing with toddlers should be a reality show. It would make for hilarious television. Give each person a small colorful suitcase and a stack of laundry and then release a toddler into the room. Since my life is not a reality show, it's not nearly as hilarious when Ella pulls each piece of clothing immediately out of her suitcase and throws it on the floor. It probably will be one of my fondest memories when she is grown, but here in the present it is not so adorable. 
We leave for Chicago at 8am Thursday morning!! This is our first family vacation! 
We actually are attending a wedding in Joliet on Saturday, but we are taking a mini vacay in Chicago all day Friday. We're riding the metra into town and relying on CTA, which makes me so nervous I might vomit. I am from Jefferson City, MO. We drive everywhere. I am not skilled in navigating public transportation, much less with two small children. It will be an adventure. 
Today the Littles cousin-friends are coming over to play! C and C will also be at the wedding this weekend, so Mason is doubly excited. 
Today was also my third early morning run in a row and I am challenging myself to run every day for 30 days. I don't know how I got so off track with my running, but I am back in full force now. Running in Missouri in late June is kind of like running in a swimming pool on the sun, so 5-6AM is the best option for me to not drown in my own sweat and the awful humidity. I kind of like the early hours. 

Have you ever traveled with small children? Any tips for us?!?

Do you run early in the morning?

All My Love,

Monday, June 23, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

Happy Monday!!
Ember Grey.

Thank you dear sweet Emily @  Ember Grey for hosting this happy link-up.

Today I am grateful for PBS. Daniel Tiger is a lifesaver when my house is in shambles and I need 20 minutes to power clean.

I am grateful for 5AM runs and for friends who are my "why" when my own motivation is falling short.

I am grateful for checklists. Packing for our first family vacation is stressful enough.
We leave for Chicago on Thursday!

I am grateful to have such a fabulous team to lean on as I am trying to build onto our team.

I am grateful that there are some exciting this coming to this little blog soon. I have great friends and I will be sharing them with you! 

All My Love, 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Weighted: My Struggle with Binge Eating

This was a much harder post to write than I thought it would be. Thank you to the BEAUTIFUL AND FABULOUS Liz at Fitness Blondie for being such an inspiration. 
Liz @ Fitness Blondie

I have always had the urge to binge. From a very early age, I remember the desire to binge. I remember being 6 or 7 and thinking that I wasn't even hungry, the food just made me feel better. At least until the stomach ache set in.
I was heavier in grade school. I wasn't terribly overweight, but I was chubby. My 7th grade year I tried out for cheerleading and since no one got cut, I was awarded the uniform. My dad and brother also started karate that year and since I had to attend the practices anyway, I went ahead and joined too. Being active, and away from home where there was a plethora of food, started to change my shape. I didn't have time to sit at home and binge eat anymore. 
In high school I was involved in marching band, choir, and theater. I also started working at 15 and had two jobs by the time I turned 16. Any free time I had I spent with my friends, so I only binged occasionally. 
College came and so did the terrible habit of eating candy while I did my homework. My schedule was different from my friends and from Matt. I had class from 8-12 and then had the rest of the day off to do whatever I wanted. I was so homesick that I would just watch Family Guy reruns and eat. Of course eating pizza in the cafeteria every day didn't help either. I gained 30 pounds in my first semester of College. 
At the end of my Freshman year, Matt and I transferred to Springfield and moved into our first apartment. We both worked full time and went to school full time. Matt and I had opposite schedules again, so we rarely saw each other. It was incredibly lonely. My answer to loneliness is binge eating. I managed somehow to lose a little bit of the extra weight I had gained my Freshman year though. 
In July of 2008 we bought our first house. We were planning a wedding, I was working a full time job and a part time job, and going to school full time. I was a wreck. I don't think I ate anything for a solid 4 months. I would do homework on my work breaks and when I would get home at 11PM I would crawl straight into bed. 
We got married in December of 2008. I had lost 40 pounds before the wedding, mostly due to stress and being too busy to eat, not in any kind of healthy way. 
That summer I met my friend Nicole, who was going to school to be a personal trainer. She inspired me to pay attention to my diet and I lost another 20 pounds. She stayed with us for a while and I loved having her company. Matt and I still had opposite schedules, so having another human in the house was awesome.
Matt and I continued to have opposite schedules for the next 3 years. I worked 6AM-6PM 4 days a week and took evening classes. My day off I spent doing homework and chores at home, weekends I spent by myself. Matt went to school during the day and worked nights and weekends. It was so lonely. 
When I started working at the bank, things improved. I made some friends, who I still adore to this day(high Whitney, Autumn and Amber!) They gave me something to do other than sit at home by myself every weekend. 
When I got pregnant with Mason, I used that as an excuse to eat everything. Eating for two was a challenge to me, not a joke. I gained an enormous amount of weight. I also had pre-eclampsia, so I literally ballooned. I was so swollen that I thought my ankles might burst. Matt and I were still on opposite schedules. I was still so lonely, so I ate. 
Literally one week after Mason was born, Matt took an incredible opportunity for an internship with an engineering firm. He was gone for most of the summer. I was a new mom. I was a hormonal mess. My parents lived 2 hours away and my friends couldn't come by every day. I don't think I have ever felt so alone in my life. I will never forget one evening, I was so stir crazy that I loaded Mason into his carseat(which he loathed, he would scream the entire time) and I went to McDonalds and I pulled up to the window with my screaming infant and when the nice lady asked for my order I ordered two chicken nugget meals with two different sodas. I didn't want to admit I was alone. I went home and put one of the drinks in the fridge and proceeded to eat every bit of food that I ordered. I was a wreck. 
Poor Matt probably didn't even recognize me when he returned home.
I finally snapped out of my funk when Mason was six months old and I started going to a personal trainer. After 5 months of personal training I had lost 25 pounds and gained a pregnancy. 
When I found out I was pregnant with Eleanor, I knew that this time it would be different. I only gained 20 pounds with her and I never wore maternity clothes. I ate salad every day and I really watched what I ate and how much of it I ate. I still ended up with pre-eclampsia and I was on bed rest with her for 12 weeks. This was probably the second hardest time in my life. I had an active toddler and a husband who was going to school full time while I worked full time to support us. I luckily was getting paid leave, but it was still incredibly stressful. It was also lonely. Can anyone sense a pattern here? Loneliness is a trigger for me. I thank God for my friends who came by with care packages, yarn, Sudoku books, movies, meals and even helped do a load of laundry. They have no idea what those small gestures meant to Matt and I. I also thank God for Whitney who came by almost every day to just sit with me. Those were a hard 12 weeks. 
After Ellie was born, I had had enough. I really took control of my actions, recognized my patterns that I fell into and made some significant changes in my life. I have two precious babies and a wonderful husband and I cannot be the mom and wife I want to be when I am miserable with myself. 
The last year and a half has been an amazing roller coaster. I still binge. I will forever struggle with that I am afraid, but now I recognize my behavior. I have never felt better in my entire life. Matt and I have never been better as a couple and as a parenting team. I am done with excuses. I have taken control of my life. I have found a purpose. I have learned and grown so much and while I still have my struggles, there is no way I will ever return to the person I was before. I am so much stronger now. I am Fearless.

All My Love,

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hump Day Confessions

Happy Hump Day bloggy besties! Hop on over to join the fabulous Fitness Blondie
The Hump Day Blog Hop

Today I must confess that if we don't get our internet sitch figured out pretty swiftly, I am going to lose my mind. 

I must confess that I went 4 days without washing my hair. Usually I stick with a solid two. Gross.

I must confess that I can't stand when people rub their religion in my face. I love God, Jesus is my friend, but I can't stand holier than thou people. There is a difference between sharing your religion and using it as an excuse to be snotty. Jesus doesn't appreciate your tone. People should take a lesson from my dear Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog. 

I must confess that I wouldn't have made it through this week without my Confianza. It has been one thing after another round here. 

I must confess that we have been outside the last two days and I am soaking up as much sun and doing as little laundry as possible since it is supposed to rain the next few days.

I must confess that I don't understand why people ask me questions that they don't actually want me to answer. 

I must confess that I am so close to promoting that I can taste it. I am trying to not be pushy, but I love my company and our products and I tend to overwhelm people. 

What are your Hump Day Confessions?!

All My Love,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

Ember Grey.
I have been so incredibly blessed the last few weeks and I am so, so thankful for so many things. Today I have visual aids for your enjoyment. 
I am thankful for Target clearance items.
I have been eyeing the colored mason jar glasses for a while and I found them on clearance yesterday!! 
I am thankful for my business. I literally get to make people feel FABULOUS for a living! This is my dream job.

I am thankful for my fat fighters because my mom made a huge, amazing surf and turf Fathers Day dinner last night. Complete with an ice cream sandwich cake....

I am thankful for snail mail which brought me awesome gifts all the way from Japan from my very best foo dogg.
Yes, that would be a cat fan.
Today I am most thankful for this man, for being the best husband and father. He works so hard and never misses a single moment with our Littles. I love him with my entire soul.

I hope you have had the best Monday!!!!

All My Love, 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Greek Style Tomato Salad

The sun is out for the first time in two weeks and I am feeling like a normal human being again! I can't handle so much dreary weather. 

Last night was a fantastic yoga night with Sam. I desperately needed some Namaste in my life. Taking an actual class is the way to go. I had done yoga DVDs before, but they don't hold a candle to an actual class. 

Post yoga I wanted something super light for dinner, so I whipped up this tomato salad to go with some Greek seasoned chicken.
It was absolutely delicious. I am pretty excited to eat the leftovers for lunch.

Greek Style Tomato Salad:
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 mini cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/2 lemon, juiced 
1/2 tsp Greek seasoning, I used Cavenders
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss ingredients together and enjoy! 
Next time I will add some green pepper and a handful of Kalamata olives. 

Do you practice yoga? 
What's your favorite thing about yoga?

I hope you all have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

All My Love, 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday reflections.

                       I am really starting to get confused as to what month this is..
                                                 Feels a little like October to me. 

I don't have a whole lot to say today. I switched back to including *some* carbs into my diet. I was bingeing so hard and I think that was a lot of the problem. I would rather allow myself to have a piece of whole wheat bread in the morning instead of eating a tub of ice cream later. I will still limit my carbs, but yogurt and whole grains are back in for me. My bingeing urges are already gone. I am feeling much more myself. 

I have been reflecting an awful lot lately about the way we treat others. We are an instant gratification society. We want what we want, when we want it. Does that make our relationships suffer? Absolutely. Convenience takes precedence over doing the right thing. Have you ever heard the phrase "it's easier to apologize than ask permission." ? What happens when we forget how to apologize? What happens when we forget how to listen? What happens when we forget how to really hear what a person is saying? When do we stop making excuses and just say "wow, I am really sorry." No more conditional apologies. No more "I'm sorry, BUT..." No more doing whatever we want simply because it's what we want. We need a whole lot more compassion and a whole lot less excuses. 

Kindness is so lost. Let's find it back please?

The Grits Blog
All My Love, 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Infused water

Happy Wednesday! I spent yesterday battling a fever/sore throat and chasing two toddlers. Luckily my Greens helped kick my virus and now I'm good to go. Today will be spent vacuuming cheezits out of the rug since I was too tired to do it yesterday. 

I have been on an infused water kick lately. I have a bunch of fresh mint in my planter, so I toss in a handful of mint and a sliced cucumber into a pitcher of water and let it sit. It is heaven. It also really helps when you're bored with plain water.
I also made a strawberry lime infusion too. It was fabulous! 
These infused waters are perfect for summer! 

I hope you're having a great day!
All My Love,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

Emily from Ember Grey is a sweet sweet lady. I love this Grateful Heart link-up.

Grateful Heart Monday

God shows us what we need, when we need to see it. I am so very thankful for that.

This weekend I launched my ItWorks business. 

This weekend my parents returned safely from their cruise.

This weekend I took my first yoga class{hello, where have I been?? I can't wait for my next one!}

This weekend I {finally}started watching Orange is the New Black{again, where have I been??}

This weekend Matt and I went on a nice date. Thank you Lucy and Mark for watching the Littles. They had so much fun! 

This weekend I started my dream board. The list of things to add is enormous. I have big dreams. Very big dreams. 

On this Monday morning, I am so grateful for everyone God has placed in my life, be them a lesson or a friend. I am grateful for the ability to be myself. I am grateful that I have two very amazing parents and 3 very amazing in-laws. I am grateful for the opportunity to be close to all of them. I am grateful for rough weeks, because they make the great weeks that much better. 
I am also grateful for you. Yes you, reading this blog right now. To know that you are reading this is the best feeling. Thank you for reading. Thank you for taking a moment of your time, to be a part of mine. You have no idea how amazing this is. 

All My Love, 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Soul Searching Throw Back Thursday

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I need to be totally honest. I have been binge eating all week. I don't know what the problem is, but I am so disgusted with myself. I KNOW better, but for the life of me, I just can't turn it off this week. Every time I eat something I am thinking the entire time "STOP!" Every time someone has left a comment about clean eating, the guilt is just overwhelming. I have not made good choices. I have not taken my own advice. I have not been an example to anyone on the inside. I am definitely making clean meals, but between meals has been a joke. I have been praying and praying for God to smack me in the head and this morning he did just that. Hello Throwback Thursday..

Karaoke with my girls{I am the giant one on the far left} 

My dear friends wedding in 2011

My niece's Baptism 2011

Annual Float Trip 2011

I CAN NOT go back to this. I was in an awful place and I cannot slip back into easy habits and emotions. I have worked too hard for too long. 
I started a new supplement this week to help with my anxiety. I also recognize that my fire is not out. It had dimmed, but God sure threw some gasoline on my embers today. 

I was on a conference call last night with my ItWorks team and I was listening to our Ambassador's story. She has literally been through Hell and she has not given up once. I knew in that moment that my journey is far from over. Nothing has come easy to me, I have had to work for it, and I CAN NOT give up. There will be so many more tough times. I will want to quit. Somehow I have to keep my fire lit. I know that God has placed so many people in my life to be a part of my fire. 
Whitney, Autumn, Katie and Erin, you ladies are my besties. You loved me at my worst and encouraged me to be my best and I love you all so much.
LindsayKellyAshley, and Emily, I can't even explain how much your friendships have come to mean to me. 
I also don't know where I would be without Sherri. She was my first friend when I moved home. She "recruited" me and included me into her group of friends, who are now my friends as well. Without her, I would not have met Katrina and I would not be starting my ItWorks journey either. 
I have loved the products for a while now, but I saw something in Katrina and I knew I had to be a part of her team. I want to match her fire. I want a team to match mine. I want my health and wellness to be my foundation. I want a life dedicated to helping others find their own happiness in their health. This is where I am supposed to be. 
God sure smacks hard. 

All My Love, 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Crockpot Ropa Vieja

The Hump Day Blog Hop
Today is gorgeous. It stormed last night, so there is a cool breeze, clouds lingering and the smell of rain everywhere. Mason is off to Bible School and Ellie is still snoozing{thank you middle of the night storms} so I am enjoying my coffee and not melting as I do so. Although with the windows open and the breeze blowing in, so do the smells of the little cafe next door. Hello fried potatoes and biscuits & gravy...

Mason had a rough first day of school. He had trouble listening and following directions and my Grandma said that when it was time to come together and do the group sing at the end of the morning that he just laid on the floor. That sounds just like him. I asked him about it at lunch Monday and he said "Mom, I was just so tired from playing!" Valid reason kid, but you still have to listen. He had a much better day yesterday and I am hoping it continues. Preschool will be so good for him. I don't think I am able to engage him as much as he needs and he gets frustrated. He also had a moment with another little boy who was messing with his coloring paper, so Mason crumpled his up. I asked him what happened and he told me that he was angry that the other boy touched his paper. I can't believe that at barely 3 he is recognizing and vocalizing his emotions. We did have a long talk about using words instead of hands, but still, I was impressed with him. 

Yesterday I finally figured out how to shred with my Ninja! The Cuban Cauliflower Rice I made for dinner was so super easy and wayyyyy less messy than using my box shredder. 

I am so in love with my Ninja. 

The real star of dinner though, was the Ropa Vieja. 
Crockpot Ropa Vieja:
makes a ton..but hello breakfast leftovers.

1.5-2lbs chuck roast
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 (6 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons capers, drained
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste

Toss your sliced peppers and onion into the bottom of your crockpot. Cut four deep gashes in your roast and shove your garlic into the pockets. Put your roast on top of your veggies and top with seasonings, bay leaf and capers. Pour in your tomato sauce and tomatoes and set on low for 6-8 hours. 10 minutes before you serve, shred meat with a fork and stir into juices. 

This was fantastic and I will be eating leftovers for lunch in a baked sweet potato. 

There is still time to enter the GIVEAWAY for an ItWorks Body Wrap!
Do it!! These babies are magic!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The art of leftovers + GIVEAWAY

We have been super busy lately, so I have completely mastered the art of leftovers. You can take anything and throw in some spinach and eggs and BAM breakfast of champions!
This is leftover porksteak and grilled veggies.
I ate this on a bed of spinach.

On this clean eating journey, I have had to get pretty creative and really step outside of my comfort zone. I mean, pancakes and toast = breakfast in my world. 
Making the switch to green veggies and protein for breakfast can get a little boring and time consuming. 
Having clean leftovers makes breakfast so much easier!
This morning I tossed some turkey taco filling, red onion and spinach together with some eggs and clean salsa. It was delicious! Don't let the "it's not breakfast food" thoughts get you down. Anything can be breakfast! 

Speaking of stepping outside of my comfort zone, Matt and I are working really hard to be debt free. That is our dream. 
It is not an easy dream in this world today when there is so much pressure to own things and so much value and self worth put on stuff. 
It is a big dream, but it is possible and I am so excited to work towards our goal! 

I had a meeting last night, so I wasn't home to make dinner, but tonight I have Ropa Vieja in the crockpot, so tomorrow, there will be a recipe!

There is still time to ENTER TO WIN A BODY WRAP!!

All My Love, 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday and a GIVEAWAY!

In case you missed it, hop on over and enter to WIN an ItWorks Body Application!!!!

Today was a big day in the Weber household! Mason started his week long Bible School this morning!

It might only be one week, but pre-school will be here before i can blink. He is just growing up so fast!

We also made a super fun purchase.
We will pretty much be living outside from now on. 

Grateful Heart Monday
On this Grateful Heart Monday, I am so, so thankful for my small town. I am thankful to live in a place where I feel safe. I am thankful for the schools where my Littles will learn. I am thankful to have made so many new friends.
I took my hometown for granted for so many years, but I have been seeing it from a whole new perspective and there is no place I would rather be. 

I hope you have a fantastic day!

All My Love, 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

100th blog post and ItWorks Body Application GIVEAWAY!

In honor of my Birthday, Half Marathon, 100th blog post and Paleo challenge, I thought I would round out the awesome with a giveaway!

Have you heard of the ItWorks wraps and supplements? 
They are amazing, all natural products that make me feel better and look better....except, for real, These products really work.
I have a mommy tummy, a c-section pouch, and more stretch marks than I care to count. 
With the wraps, I have lost 5 inches total in my waist and my stretch marks have gotten more faint.
It's not just water weight. It actually flushes out fat cells!
With the greens, I have cut back my elixir of life coffee and I have more energy than I have had since my children were born.

The back of my legs looked like deflated balloons, but after 30 days of defining gel, they look so much better!
This is my left leg behind my knee after 30 days of using the Defining Gel.

I am super impressed with all of the products, so I am giving away an ItWorks Body Application for you to try!! Leave it on for 45 minutes, drink your weight in water and see your results!! 
You can even cut them down and apply it to your arms, legs, or leave it whole and wrap your tummy or booty. 
These products are all natural, which I absolutely love. There are no chemicals, no surprises, just all natural results.

I am also looking for 6 product testers to try the products for 3 months at my cost and review the products on my blog! 

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