Monday, July 6, 2015

Currently in July

Good Evening!!!!

I know I haven't been great with the blog posts lately, life just got in the way, ughh how dare it and not allow me to do just what I love and that's ramble on  here to everyone lol.

But I promise now that I have my trusty new computer I will be back to the running, chewing and Sparkling and especially the Chewing part, I have some sandwiches coming up that will make you droll. Tonight though I thought I would do a currently post, haven't done one of those since April, so I figured this would be the perfect time :0)

Currently...


Current Book:
Well I do have to say I have been back to my love of reading again. I sometimes fall out of it because of too many good shows on TV or because I can't ever seem to put my darn phone down or just other things in general, but I am really trying at least 30 minutes before I go to bed, to just read. And it is working and taking my book to the gym with me, hell kill two birds with one stone. I did just finish GREY, the fourth book of the 50 Shades series. Not the best book at all, but I had jumped on the craze years ago and read all 3, so I of course had to finish the series. It was an okay book, it literally was just like the first book all over again, but whateves it was a guilty pleasure book AND now I am on to another book, Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatnesss by Steve Jurek



It is pretty good. I am not in anyway ready to do an Ultramarathon but I thought this book is very inspiring and I love those kinds of books.

Current Music:
I love music in general but still obsessed with Fight Song, Rachel Platten, There is a video now and I go the ring tone to my phone, yup a little too obsessed...


And I am obsessed with Little Big Town with these two songs..




I just love the tone and vibe of this song


This just gives me warm fuzzy feelings haha

Current Guilty Pleasure:
Not sure if I have one at the moment, but probably online shopping or following celebrities on Instagram after I watch a show they are in, haha. The online shopping is probably my most favorite, I LOVE getting mail. Oh and shopping and searching on Groupon!!! I love me some Groupon deals.

Current Drink;
Bud Light Lime has been my go to drink of alcohol choices, especially while on vacation and OMG this..


IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!! And tastes just like a root beer, which is trouble. I mean so delicious. I got in NC and we went bananas over it and tried to find it home here in FL but it is sold out everywhere and the distribution is even sold out until July 20th, there goes my Bday drink. If you find it, do yourself a favor, if you drink and get some! Non alcoholic drinks have been my tried and true, coffee, especially iced. I got a Venti Iced Coffee wit 3 sugar free vanilla and 3 sugar free Cinnamon Dolce, 2 splenda and a splash of non fat milk, tastes just like a sugar donut!! LOVE IT

Current Food:
Watermelon, Cherries, pretzels and hummus, carrots, guca and chips, Tortilla lime chips, yogurt, you know all the same things, BUT I do have a Fab Find Post soon and lots of fun stuff I found this weekend.

Current Show:
James and I got rid of cable, well basically our DVR, we were going to get rid of all cable but he kept it for live sports of something with our Apple TV, I am lost with out my DVR so we have just Hulu and Netflix and HBOGo. Which to be quite honest as been just fine for me, but we will see when all my shows come back from Summer Break.

We just finished Entourage, which surprisingly I LOVED. It was a decent show and we will rent the movie when it comes out. And I am on Season 2 of Bates Motel, also a great show.

Current Wish:
Oh man I am not sure, I wish for things all the time, Smaller stomach, more money, less debt, but those are things I work towards, I guess my biggest wish right now is to stay always feeling this young. Oh and that a cold front would come through!!!

Current Triumphs:
I ran and walked 4 miles on July 4th in like 100 degree heat. It took me what seemed like forever, but I felt great afterwords. I got through the first 3 miles with just running and walking when needed, which seemed like a lot, then after almost falling in a ditch and Reinjuring my ankle, I decided to walk the last mile, heck I don't care really how I get it done, I am just going to get it done.

Current links:
I don't do a lot of browsing online much, I go to just my favorite blogs, with whom I follow all the time through www.bloglovin.com and then take it from there, but I do love following The Impluse Buy right now. They post new food items that are found, haha, then I make a list of ones I want to find. Crazy I know.

Current Need:
My needs are high right, new contacts and glasses, new AC in my car (its insane) and to get my tooth fixed. It is hurting so bad, but I swear I fear going to the Dentist, not because of the pain but I know my teeth aren't great, so I am scared of the billing damage, but the pain in my mouth, might make me suck it up.

Current Indulgence:
Anything new I find in the store. Seriously, if I see Limited Edition or Seasonal or New, I am all over it.

Current Outfit:
Nothing too special, same old black, white and grey with work and my new shirt I bought at Target the other day, but I did just buy the best dress for my 30th Birthday from http://fashforwardboutique.com/


From their Facebook page

Bet you can't guess which one is for me haha. I mean I saw that dress and just knew it was for me. It is animal print and pink and had some sparkle and Hello Dirty Thirty. Let's just hope it fits just as cute as it looks. I am working hard towards it.

Current Excitement:
My 30th Birthday!! Seriously, I know growing up sucks and I don't want to turn 30 but we are going downtown for the weekend, getting a hotel, a staycation and I am heading into my 30's a totally changed girl than my 20's. My 20's were awesome but I think my 30's will top it!!!

Current Mood:
Right now I am pretty relaxed, about to unwind a bit more, but overall I am happy and content!!!


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Baby Your A Firework

Man oh Man, it is July 5th. Again, where has the year gone. But I do have to say I am so happy that it is July, I love JULY. For obvious reasons, its my Birthday month ;)

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th. I had a pretty great one, which included my doing a massive grocery haul, hitting up Target, James surprising me with a new laptop (which I am using as we speak, well you read and I type), seeing Fireworks, happy hour at our pool before, front row seat to fireworks and dinner and I got a 4 mile run in, 3 miles of it was running and walking and the last mile was a walk.

I hit a ditch and it scared me and I almost rolled my ankle again. So I took the last mile, nice and slow. I ran around 4 in the afternoon, thinking the sun wouldn't be so hot, I was sadly mistaken. It was horrible. The run was tough, but I set out to get 4 miles done and I did.




Got this shirt on clearance at Target, the colors are amazing. I loved it the moment I saw it.



The start of our night, I am really trying to not pick apart my pictures lately, but I need my eyebrows done, hair dyed and it possibly cut again lol


We went to O'Maddys on the beach in Gulfport to see the fireworks, it was CRAZY busy, but we somehow got a great seat, it wasn't reserved for us at all, how we managed was great and Bubba was proud of his charming skills haha.





I Love this crazy, loving, hates taking pictures man!!!

My 4th was pretty great, probably one of the best I Have had in a long time, spent doing all those things I really love. 

Hope yours was the same!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Back From Vacation Rambles

Holy Canoli it is July!!!!

July 2nd to be exact.

Where has the time gone, seriously??!! We are now over the half way point of the year...

BUT, I like taking my time through July.

July is a fun month for me, it is the anniversary of my Blog, woohoo AND it is my 30th Birthday this month.

Okay that alone is a celebration for a whole month haha!

I can not believe I am going to be 30. 30!!!!!

I remember as a little girl, imagining what life would be like at 30, not sure but 30 always seemed like such a huge age and now that I am approaching it in 16 days, yeah it kind of is...

But that will be a post all its own.

I wanted to just shoot a quick and informal post about my lifestyle while I was on vacation and the gain I had. Yup, I had a gain. Not as big as I thought, which is a bonus, but a gain.

I wasn't going to weigh myself when I got home but I did. It disappointed me for sure, I was up 5 pounds. A lot of it had to do with traveling, I retain water when flying and a lot was the food choices while I was on vacation for sure. Now I did weigh myself but I didn't put it in my tracker with WW. Because I weigh in on Saturday and by an act of God, I am hoping to shave a bit of that off by then lol.

BUT I will weigh myself on Saturday and track it. I had an amazing time, I had pizza, fried chicken, ice cream, s'mores, lots of cheese and snacked on chips and salsa a bunch. I swam and either ran or walked every day except for Wednesday and Monday. That is pretty impressive for me on vacation, especially since my ankle injury.

And then there was the beer. I am normally not a beer drinker, I like wine and have found my way to mixing flavored water and vodka recently BUT something about being on the lake with my family and cold Bud Light Lime, man those things were going down like water. Which FYI Bud Light Lime is my favorite beer!! And the best kicker is I enjoyed myself and I knew when to stop and switch to water. I limited myself and when I felt I was getting bloated, I moved on. And that is a win.

I made good choices when I could and enjoyed the flavors and foods I don't normally eat. I am proud of that 5 pound gain, you know why because I didn't cry over it, I didn't get upset, my clothes still fit and it is just a little set back.

And starting yesterday, I got right back on my house and dusted myself off. I started tracking again, measuring and sweating. Last night after work, I ran and walked all over my neighborhood. I just wanted to sweat, not time or pace, I just wanted to be dripping. It felt great. And tonight after work I will do the same thing.

Luckly, I am off of work this weekend. I know seriously, how can I be so lucky, that I have a job that lets me come back from vacation and then have a weekend off. I am blessed and enjoying every moment of it. We have plans for the Fourth to go out downtown, which I am excited about. A little date night and indulgence with James.

And Sunday, doing nothing but sleeping in and laying around. I need a vacation from the vacation. Saturday I am packing my day with running and grocery shopping. We little have close to nothing in the house, but I am trying to make do until Saturday lol.

I did come back from vacation with two things I didn't want...a huge toothace and my TOM. I mean really, double trouble haha!

Okay, thanks for listening to me ramble, now I have to head back to reality and get ready for work!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Family....

Good Morning!!!

So today is my last day of vacation! I fly back to Florida in just a couple of hours. While I am sad to see my vacation to end, I'm happy to get back to my sunny, extremely hot and humid state and my Love. James and I always take our vacations apart and see our family at different times. It works very well for us, but this time I really, really missed him. So I'm excited to see his face at the airport today.

My family means everything to me. Even before my dad died we were all so close but after he passed, we are even closer and I respect and understand the value and importance of family. My Allerton side of the family is small but mighty and we have a lot of fun together. We are eclectic and unique. Each of us have a story and it completes our book. Our family still continues to grow and our love gets stronger and stronger. I am so blessed to be apart of this strange and beautiful life with them...




















Friday, June 26, 2015

Vacation

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Just wanted to do a quick post. I am here in VA/NC with my family on vacation! We do a mini family reunion every year and it is a great time. We eat, drink and be merry haha.

Kind of cliche but what can I say.

I make good choices for sure! But sometimes it is hard when food is around you never would buy before like fried chicken last night. Oh it was soooo delicious!

I eat in moderation and enjoy everything. Also I have been working out, every other day. Sunday I got 3 miles in, Monday I went to the gym before I left and got a walk in, Tuesday we ran for 30 minutes, Wednesday I didn't do much of a run or anything and yesterday I got in 2 miles and a .70 cool down walk.

Today might be a walk or rest day because there is nothing but hills here and it does some damage on my ankle. I don't want to mess it up more as it is finally healing.

I am drinking lots of water and Bud Light Lime haha, balance. Just kidding on the beer but this is the one time of year I just really let loose.

I am not going to weigh myself this week because well in on vacation and no scale haha. And I won't when I get back BUT come Tuesday it is back a limited track.

My time with my family means everything to me and I am sinking it all in!!!

Hope everyone is having a successful week!!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rambles of The Week

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!

Whew what a week it has been. The week started off pretty great and then kind of slowly went downhill and then back up again a bit.

Let's do a quick recap of what this week has been like...

Sunday I had to work a bridal show in Tampa. Those are always a good time, easy work, kind of long days and just standing handing out flyers and talking about our products for hours. But I have a pretty amazing boss, so to spend time with her, is more fun than work. After work, I just wanted to sit down for a bit from the whole day, so I ended up finishing Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black!

Yup, I started it Thursday night and had it done by Sunday evening. I take Binge watching to a whole new level for me lol. Seriously though, if you haven't gotten on the band wagon, Jump on, it is a pretty fantastic show.

I knew I wanted to run on Sunday and get my steps in, so I put my running shoes on and just went with it. I ended up running a full mile, without one walk break! NOT ONE! That is a HUGE accomplishment for me, especially with my bad ankle. I couldn't believe it, but I felt great and just wanted to push me a bit. I was so happy. Small moves are making a huge difference. And since I was running on a great high, James and I went over to our friends house for dinner.

We made Bloody Marys, cheesestakes and salad. I am trying to find low calorie drinks while hanging out with our friends, they are all about the beer. Beer makes me too full and wine, makes me super snacky. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE WINE. I mean, I love it. I am thinking of a glass right now haha. But I like to branch out a bit and Bloody Mary's are a great wind down or get the morning started, vacation drink. Then I got some Whipped Vodka and added it to some seltzer water. I was staying hydrated and got a buzz on. A total win win. I am not a huge Vodka fan but out of all the liquors it is the best and so many different flavors.

And I might have gotten on Pinterest and pinned a bunch of different ways to use it lol.

Monday, I woke up pretty exhausted. I have to say my activity level has taken a huge upkick then normal. If I am not running, I am out walking, the gym, just staying as active as I can. I think it is making a huge difference for me, the scale, ehh, but how I feel and such, HUGE. Monday was also my day off, so I woke up took my conferece call and then literally got right back into bed. Yup and slept until the afternoon. No shame for me. I work hard and I wanted to enjoy my day off that way.

Once I got up, shook off the guilt a little bit, I went for a 4.5 mile walk. Which, by the way is a huge deal for me. I have not put that much mileage on myself since the day before I feel back in February, the longest was a 5k in April for Iron Girl. I had an idea I was going to walk to the Dunkin Donuts and back, I figured I would test it walking first before I decide to run it again. And I did it. My ankle felt perfectly fine, my legs a little sore, come on its been a while. But I was so happy of that progress.

Tuesday, was when my week decide to decline a bit. I posted my blog about my bikini body, which BTDUbbs, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for all the reads, the sweet posts on my Instagram and here, it made me cry. I have never really felt so confident before. So that was great. Tuesday, I got word my Poppy wasn't feeling so great again, he was back in the hospital and it kind of just knocked me out. I had an overwhelming feeling of saddness and I couldn't shake it all day. Turned out everything was okay, but it just knocked me out a bit. I went home and laid down after work, because when all else fails, I take a nap!

After my nap, I knew I need to get some fruits in the house, so I walked to Winn Dixie to get some kind of actitivy in me a bit and the endorphins made me feel a 100% better.

Wednesday was another bad day. At work our phone lines went down, which is a huge stress factor for our business. Everything just seemed to be going wrong. And I knew it was going to throw all my days off. I went home, napped it out for a few minutes and then got a 2 mile run in. Again the sweat and satisfication got me better.

The last 2 days, Thursday and Friday have been all about work and catching up with things online. Since I am going on vacation on Tuesday, I don't want to bring my laptop. It will make for my room in my luggage, I don't have to worry about lugging it around or losing it. I broke my charger to it, so I would have to use James's anyway and I don't want the responsibilty of losing his. So I am trying to catch up on some things, mainly on my sites I test products and such for, before I go. Don't worry I can update my blog from my phone, might not be so frequent but I will try!

So Thursday, Friday and Today, have kind of been my rest days. I am still earning activity points through my FitBit and hitting 10,000 steps. I have been on my longest streak yet, Sunday-Friday so far hitting 10,000 every day. Yesterday I had to pace back and forth to get it but I am determined. I am planning on after work tonight to get a little bit at the gym. I wanted to this morning, but honestly, I just wanted to lay in bed for a few more minutes.

I don't sleep in on vacation because I want to spend every waking moment with my family, so I took advantage these last 3 days too, just relax in the morning. But it is on my radar tonight after work, to hit up the gym. I am determined to do so, lets just hope everything with work will fall into place for that too.

This week has been better than expected. I really do not like this week at all. Father's Day as you can imagine is not a holiday I truly like anymore and day after day, engraving sweet sentiments about dad becomes a whole lot for me, but I guess it is true what they say, it does get a little easier. I have a fun 5k I am doing tomorrow, so I will defintely post about that.

Eating wise this week has been good. I have been bringing my lunch every day, expect today. I like to just get something at work on Saturdays when I have double coverage. I have a salad at Starbucks calling my name, mainly because I get bonus points getting it and it looks good lol. The scale has been jumping up and down a lot lately. It wont budge from these few pounds. It is driving me a little nutty and I am really trying to not let it get me down at all.

So no cheats these next 3 days and then you know what I will enjoy a bit on vacation. I wont go crazy, but pick things I would normally never eat and enjoy or drink. I think I am fighting a lot of water weight, but the scale does not define me!!

Thanks for reading on my rambles of the week.

Hope you are having a good one too!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: From The Inside Out

So there is this picture that comes up a lot.. Something to the words of, if you want a bikini body, just put on a bikini!!

And I thought about it and said, yes exactly that!!! So I took a plunge and went out and bought a bikini!!

Never in my whole life have I worn a bikini. I have always been a one piece girl! I am more comfortable that way. But have secretly loved the way they looked and really, really wanted one. 





And my excited face!

I got myself a bikini body!!!!!

I put it on and instantly my mind I felt good. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn't pick apart every little thing. I first thought, wow I look pretty darn good and proud of myself.

Now sure I could saw there a lot I want to change but considering how far I have come, this is pretty darn amazing. I would never have dreamed to wear one before and now I did it! And the transformation part is how amazing I feel!!!!

Tears literally welled up in my eyes with happiness because for once I was really loving what I was seeing on the outside. I didn't feel disgusting, I felt really, really good. And it has taken me 4 years to get to this place but I am there. 

I'm loving my flaws, working on them to get better but loving where I am at right now!

My advice is go out there, step
Out of the comfort zone and just put it on. Then take a long hard look at yourself and see how beautiful you truly are and how hard you are working!!