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Waaaahooo.  I have successfully made it to day 15 of the Whole 30.  I almost can’t believe it.  It has flown by…and has been a great experience so far.  Here are 15 things I have learned so far:

  1. It is possible to attend events with delicious food…without partaking! (Seriously…wedding cake, shower treats, Bangkok Thai, McKay’s Bakery cookies, donuts, Oreos, tortilla chips)
  2. I have more control over when and what I eat than I have ever given myself credit for.
  3. I feel much better about myself…when I treat my body with respect.
  4. I have experienced a lot fewer energy “plummets” in the late afternoons.  (I used to want to lay down on my office floor at about 3:30-4:00) Ok…I actually did a few times! 🙂
  5. The first 5 days…detoxing…sucked BAD!
  6. It is empowering to learn about my body and how to treat it properly.
  7. It is possible to not eat fast food.  (This quite possibly could fall under the “miracle” category for me.  I am was what people like to call a junk-food-junkie!
  8. Having Chase on this journey with me makes it SO MUCH EASIER!
  9. It’s fun to cook with new spices and foods.
  10. My “saving grace” foods= eggs and avocados
  11. My appetite is starting to work itself out.  I haven’t figured it out yet…but at least it’s better than having an appetite the size of Texas. (Another “miracle”)
  12. A few people think I am crazy. 🙂
  13. My friends and family have been really great support.  ESPECIALLY my CFB Coach Kristin, my lil’ bro and his GF (they started Paleo eating yesterday), and my co-workers.
  14. I am actually to a point where I am not looking forward to housing a large pepperoni pizza on day 31.
  15. I am strong enough to do this…and I’m gonna make it another 15 days without a single CHEAT!

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

I Corinthians 6:19-20



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Today is the day.  I have prepared myself in all the ways I know how to.  I am starting the Whole 30 Challenge today! Chase and I went shopping at Whole Foods in Dallas this weekend, cut up, pre-cooked, and planned meals to ready ourselves for this endeavor.  I think that obsessing over it this weekend is what caused my nightmare last night.  Here is how it went down:

Side-note: After researching and reading all weekend about the Whole 30, it is very evident that you CANNOT CHEAT.  AT ALL.

This dream is very similar to the day before the first day of school ones….you know…the one where you go to school with no pants on, or everyone else’s school supplies are better than yours.  What? You didn’t have that one? Well last night….I actually had a dream that I ate left over Chinese food from the refrigerator for lunch today and then realized what I had done.  In my dream I bawled and cried.  I remember thinking to myself, “what am I going to tell Chase?, How did I let myself do this?, What am I going to put on my blog?” Then…my alarm went off and I realized it was all just a crazy nightmare.  I ended one nightmare to start another one.  A real life nightmare….RUNNING. Ok…so I’m being dramatic, but it did SUCK!

I was the only one that showed up for today’s morning class, so Kristin gave me a workout to do that will be a good benchmark test for my eating challenge.  We are going to do the same workout in 30 days and see how I feel.  I’m hoping it is lots better than I did today!!

I’ll be logging my meals on the Whole 30 page of my blog and writing updates on how I’m doing, feeling, and OWNING this challenge.  Say a prayer for me.


On the pod.

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Hey Friends.  I know it’s been forever since I’ve shared what’s on my mind, but it’s not because there is nothing on my mind.  PROMISE! Life has been pretty busy!  I have been working hard @ Crossfit, furniture, my “real” job, and making moving plans.  And of course squeezing in time with Chase!

Right now though…I’m putting together a playlist.  I am reluctantly starting a Couch to 5k program with my sister tomorrow and I’m getting prepared.  If there is one thing that I dread to see when I show up at 5:15 AM for my Crossfit workout…it’s RUNNING! If you are having 365 to Skinny deja vu…it’s because I have visited this disdain on my blog before.  Yeah…it’s still there over a year later! I will lift weights, do pull-ups, kettle bell swings, GHD, tire flips,  jump rope, even double unders (because I can do those now! 🙂  I just hate to run.  So of course I showed up at the BOX last friday morning to see the following workout on the board:

3 Rounds:

RUN 400m

15 Pull-ups

15 Dips

15 Box jumps

After complaining, dreading, whining, and finally running…while laying on the ground….near death….I decided that in order to advance my health and fitness…I’m gonna bite the bullet.  I’m going to once again attempt to overcome my fear and disdain for running.  I decided to make a pump-up playlist to help ease the pain and pass the time.  Here is what’s on the pod.

Title: Make this Less Painful

1.  Eye of the Tiger- Survivor (duh)

2.  Beat the Clock- Sparks

3.  Circuital- My Morning Jacket

4.  Every Teardrop is a Waterfall- Coldplay

5.  Rolling in the Deep- Adele

6.  Give me Everything- Pitbull

7.  The Cave- Mumford & Sons

8.  Home- Edward and the Magnetic Zeros

9.  This is the Stuff- Francesca Battistelli

10.  More- Usher (had to)

11.  Only Girl- Rihanna

12.  The Thread- Cary Ann Hearst

13.  Ecstacy- Darude (had to have techno)

14.  Bad Romance- Lady Gaga

15.  Break Your Heart- Taio Cruz

16.  Funny the Way It Is- Dave Matthews Band

17.  Gypsy- Fleetwood Mac

18.  Three Little Birds- Bob Marley 🙂

19.  Could You Be Loved- Bob Marley

20.  Club Can’t Handle Me- Flo Rida

21. Don’t Stop Believing- Journey

I start in the AM.  Pray for me around 5:15.  Wait….sane people aren’t awake then! 🙂  I have my phone app downloaded, playlist on the iPod, clothes laid out….ready or not!


“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” 
– Bob Marley

(Let’s hope so anyway!)




Lessons Learned. Now I know.

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Hey Friends!

Today I am going to share a few things that I have learned in the past couple of weeks.  Maybe they will help you along your journey in life.  Maybe not.  Either way….

Lesson #1: If you are brave enough to buy a used couch at a consignment sale,  lint roll the thing before you buy, lest you find ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF CAT HAIR ON IT LATER!

Oh yes.  That’s right.  I was in denial that it was a “problem” for a few hours.  My first clue was the fact that Romo would not stop smelling the thing, but what doesn’t the dude sniff obsessively?  Second clue was that my allergies BLEW UP all of a sudden, but it could have been the weather.  The undeniable clue was when Chase sat on the couch in his white polo shirt and got up looking like a Calico Cat.  BLACK HAIR EVERYWHERE!

Here is some proof for you non-believers:

Please note…for dramatic purposes…that this hair was collected by a lint roller AFTER the cushion covers had been washed and dried.  Please also note…that it took almost a whole lint roller before I could roll hair-free.

This life lesson just confirms my long-lasting disdain for the feline community. (No offense cat lovers.  I love y’all…just not your pets.)

Lesson #2: It is worth the hassle to tackle a couch infested with cat hair when the outcome is a cute, eclectic little thang.  

I have great plans for this little dandy.  I’m thinking some Amy Butler upholstery fabric and a new paint job is in the works.  Eventually.

Lesson #3: It is not okay to buy a Hot & Ready Little Caesar’s Pizza and eat it for dinner and then breakfast the next day, no matter how poor you are.  

Nor is it okay to make it a CRAZY combo because it’s free with a collegiate card.  Yes.  I’m ashamed of myself.  Yes.  It was deliciously gross.

Lesson #4: When you are lazy and slack off from working out for a week, your first workout back in the saddle makes you feel like straight poo-poo.  

I may, or may not have cursed at my coach during Monday’s workout.  I also may or may not have wished for death during the midst of said workout.  I was sick at the beginning of last week and have been battling some serious self defeating thoughts and behaviors.  So…excuses, excuses, excuses…I didn’t get much working out done last week.  Come on though…be honest…if your long lost husband stayed cuddled up in bed at 4:45 AM how easy would it be for you? Hard or not though…it is much worse if you don’t.

Lesson #5:  Back to the self defeating thoughts…when you let your husband’s weight loss successes define your journey as a big fat fail…you are much more likely to give up.  

Chase and I started….well…RE-started…this little journey together a few months ago, and while I have made progress, Chase has MADE PROGRESS! Now, don’t misunderstand me, I am beyond proud of his dedication and success.  I mean…he looks freaking sexy.  Selfishly though, it is really hard to see friends and family and see them crap their pants and their jaws drop to the ground at the transformation he has made.  Why is it so easy for him? Why is this journey so freaking hard for me? Why do I want to go eat a gallon of Blue Bell in cave…alone…when this happens?
This picture might explain part of the problem….

The other part of the problem would be that I sometimes forget that my journey is about ME.  It is about learning to live a healthy life as a wife, worker, friend, sister, daughter, and all the other roles I play, without losing sight of my goals.

Lesson #6: It’s A-ok to be a junky!

Thanks to my pals Meredith and Brandy, I’m addicted to Advocare products and supplements.  It started with Spark.  Now I’m trying to get addicted to all kinds of pills and drinks.  I just started the 24 Day Challenge today.

Basically the 24 Day Challenge has 2 phases.  The first phase is a 10 day ‘detox phase’….”The purpose of cleanse is not to lose weight, though you likely will lose weight. The purpose of is to detoxify your body and remove toxins so that your body is better prepared to absorb the nutrients in phase two.” The second phase is a 14 day ‘max phase’….”this phase is designed to increase energy levels, control your appetite and provide healthy fuel for your body to burn off excess fat.”

I’ll try to keep you updated on how the challenge is going.

Lesson #7: There is really no substitute for good friends.

I feel really, really blessed to have awesome friends in my life.  I have gotten to catch up with old ones, make new ones, and hang with my good ones over the past couple of months.  Friends, I have come to realize…MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU! (Now go back and sing that last sentence like Kelly Clarkson.)

I’m looking forward to forgetting about the fact that Chase is leaving for another 7 weeks this weekend, by hanging out with my girlfriends.  We gonna soak up some sun pool-side.  Can’t wait!

These are my lessons learned…and now YOU know.  Only 7 Life Lessons for now.  I’m sure I could come up with some more…but let’s be honest…only a few of you made it this far! 🙂

Coming latest furniture projects!

Other half.

I must admit, this past month has probably been one of the worst of my life.  No seriously.  My husband, Chase left for El Paso a little over three weeks ago for a PT clinical. (one of 4 over the next 8 months) It has quite literally been harder to be without him than I could have EVER IMAGINED.  Here are some reasons I miss him so much.

1. He has been a part of my everyday life for the past 11 years, and I kinda don’t know how to function.

2. I can’t watch Law & Order or Criminal Minds at night anymore…too scary.

3. Small household tasks are not only harder to do alone, but I have little motivation to do them at all.

4. Our pups really miss their daddy.

5. I laugh A LOT LESS when he is gone.

6. It’s harder to “dream” together on the phone…and that’s one of my favorite pass-times with Chase.

7. It’s really frustrating to see him on Skype and talk on the phone…when all you really need is a hug!

8. There is nobody to talk to when I get ready in the morning, except Romo and Ruby…and they just get annoyed with me.

9. I don’t know how to pay bills by myself.

10. I’m really not looking forward to mowing the lawn! 🙂

There is a light at the end of this tunnel though and Chase had to remind me yesterday that “this too shall pass”.  There are so many more things I am happy and exited for once all of these clinicals are over, and I can have my husband back!  Here are some of my favorites things:

1. My husband will be a DOCTOR of Physical Therapy.

2. I actually get to spend evenings and weekends with Chase, and his head won’t constantly be in a book.

3. We won’t be living pay-check to pay-check. 🙂

4. A new phase of life…with an exciting move.

5. The possibilities of having hobbies and friends will be possible again for Chase. 🙂

6. We will hopefully start “growing” our family.

7. A workout partner/motivator.

8. A partner (in the flesh) for everyday activities.

9. My protector will be back!

10. This will hopefully be the last time in our lives that we are separated for so long!

I am REALLY looking forward to spending the weekend with my Boo.  We are going to Ruidoso, NM! I have always heard the old saying that “absence makes the hard grow fonder” and I can now truly, truly attest to that.  I’m just not “me” without him!


“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11




I know you can’t believe your eyes right now…but yes…this is my second blog post in ONE WEEK! WooHoo.  I am way too excited about the blessings I am experiencing on my journey not to share.

So…in the past I have mentioned Crossfit on my blog…I think.  It is an awesome strength and conditioning workout that is AMAZING!! And the cool, awesome, greatest thing is….I HAVE JOINED THE NEW CROSSFIT GYM IN ABILENE! Check it out…

I have gone to 2 of the 5:15 (yes…AM) workouts…and they kick my butt! Today after workout I was talking with Tim and Brandy (the owners) about the name of the gym and what the word benedictus translated to.  Turns out benedictus is latin for blessing.  Cool huh? All I know is I am ready to “experience the blessing of elite fitness”, so I’m going to drag my butt out of bed at 4:50 in the morning and work hard…and see how I am blessed!

I know that I can only be successful on this journey if I trust and rely on my God, and allow Him to bless my efforts! I can’t tell you how many times a day I ask for help and strength from Him…sometimes out-loud.  (Especially when my car begins to gravitate toward Sonic…my weakness.) 🙂

If you live in Abilene, I strongly recommend checking out this new gym.  It is so motivating, challenging, and uplifting!

Some blessings I have experienced on my journey over the past week:

1.   A phone call and support from an awesome friend, Leticia.

2.  Crossfit Benedictus.

3.  Processing “why I eat” with a very inspirational and brilliant person.

4.  Fat free-sugar free yogurt at Nikki’s Swirl Shop.  I’ve experienced this one a FEW times. 🙂

5.  A walk at the park with my girlfriends, Meredith and Hannah.

6.  Encouragement from my AMAZING husband, who has lost 14 lbs!

7.  My pups, Romo and Ruby, that keep me chasing them around the yard…and keep me company while Chase is gone!

8.  Spark…just discovered this one today…LOVE IT.

I’m looking forward to a weekend in Fredricksburg to celebrate my friend Molly’s upcoming nuptials!

I hope you have a good, healthy weekend!



Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.


Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Like Whoa!

So…I decided that today was the day.  The day that I step out of my comfort zone and hit the tracks.  Literally.  As I have previously mentioned, I am scheduled to run in a 5K on April 11th in Dallas.  I am running with my sister Beth and friends Hannah and Meredith.  When my sister asked if I wanted to run with her I started hitting the treadmill and working up my endurance.  There is something about seeing that digital ticker move around the digital track that gets my juices flowing.  I love seeing exactly how many minutes I have run, how many calories I have burned, and how much more torture I have to endure.  It’s the unknown about running outside that gets me.  Totally a mental thing.  Anyway…I decided today that unless I want to be bringing up the rear at the Big D…I had better get my butt outside and do some actual training.

So…I headed up to the beautiful ACU track, on a beautiful day, ready for a beautiful workout.  Turns out, however, that the beautiful ACU track has dog poo on it and of course I found a way to stomp right on it…LOVELY…. The beautiful weather was a pain in my butt, because the wind was blowing so hard I think I am wind burned…AWESOME!  AND my beautiful workout was not so beautiful, because I felt like I had been murdered after 1/2 mile.  SUPER.  What has working out everyday for the past couple of months gotten me?  1/2 miles worth of endurance.  FANTASTIC!

I feel defeated.

I ended up walk/running…heavy on the walking…for 4 miles.  Not bad.  I don’t know what it is about running outside that I hate so much.  I had my techno music blasting in my ears to pump me up and everything.  Speaking of workout music…LMFAO- LA LA LA LA.  It’s awesome.  I could have busted out a break dance.

Some random thoughts:

  • Leticia will be proud that I have done my shopping/planning for the week and have successfully counted my calories…to the T…for the past couple of days.  She had to remind me that weight loss is 80% what you eat.  I think I give myself the excuse that “I worked out” and then eat whatever I want.  I am working on the discipline with eating still.

  • I started following another blog called “A Fat Man and His Journey to Somewhere“.  I love knowing I am not alone in this.
  • My Sisters House Sale went great! I had a blast and got to make some decent money.  Everything sold except the chalk board.  I priced it a little high, because I secretly wanted it.  Pics of the window displays…I thought they were SO CUTE:

  • I finished up another piece of furniture for a friend.  I thought it turned out pretty cool.  Here are a few pics.

Before…an old stereo/record player cabinet.  It included a broken record player, a stereo that only had one channel, and some awesome speakers:


Coming soon… (my new project)…

  • My sleep study went well last night.  I tried out the CPAP…and really liked the way I felt this morning.  It is definitely going to take some getting used to though.  I took a picture of me in my get up…but it scared me…I didn’t want to do that to you.
  • Weigh in tomorrow.  I’ll let you know.

Some parting words:  I made this when I was feeling really crappy about myself.  I hung it where it will be one of the first things I see in the mornings.

Have a good week!! 🙂