Friday, April 11, 2014

Healthy Eating Grocery List

Have you ever just felt this overwhelming feeling of "anything is possible?" I haven't felt that way in a long time and when I did have that "let's do this" attitude, it didn't last too long.

A couple days ago, I was reading old posts that I had written and I was thinking, "Where in the hell did this girl go? Can she please come back and kick my ass back in gear?" Then all of a sudden it was like the fire was lit and I got that feeling again. If you've felt it before, then you know what I mean. If you haven't, well, then I probably sound crazy.



Moving on ....



I do so much better, when I have a plan laid out for me, especially when it comes to eating better. So that same night, I wrote up recipes, meal ideas, and snack options. Following the AdvoCare 10 day cleanse, I now have a plan for the next 10 days of what I'm going to eat. When the 10 days are over, I'll find more recipes to try and keep this healthy train moving.


The best thing for me is to have a grocery list that will help me stay on track and to stay away from my beloved Starbucks. Per usual, I'll be posting before and after pictures of my progress This time though, I'll be posting new healthy (AdvoCare friendly) recipes that I'll be trying and hopefully love.

Here are my go to foods when it's time to act right and eat better.

Added to this is almonds, peanut butter, and sweet potatoes, but I don't eat them too often, since I don't need the carbs.* I also ONLY drink water, which kills me, but after a few days, it really isn't so bad and when my mind is focused, my body isn't really craving caffeine and sugar.



* I am NOT a dietitian. I did not go to school for nutrition, I just do what works for me and my body.



This list seems so obvious as to what kind of healthy foods to buy, but these are just my top choices. I have recipes that I've tried in the past that I've loved (here, here, and here) and all the veggies can be used in so many different recipes or just raw as snacks.



I'm excited to start this over. I've been fighting with the same 4 to 5 pounds this month and I'm so sick of feeling tired and uncomfortable. I'm not at a healthy weight right now and it shows in so many ways.




I've been eating healthy for the past 3 days now and I've had some side effects. You all know I love my Starbucks and since I gave it up (and soda) I've been having bad headaches. I just have to struggle through it because I know it won't last long.

So who's with me? Let's lose some weight together and feel better about ourselves!













Monday, April 7, 2014

Updates and Announcements

Since last week, I feel like I've just been going non stop and haven't had a minute to just sit down and relax. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for the prayers and thoughtful messages that were sent for my grandma. She is doing better, but things aren't the same anymore. I'd rather not get into the details, but it's going to be a long time before things will get back to some what normal.

In less than a week, Cam has lost his two bottom teeth and well, the Tooth Fairy wasn't quite ready. At least not the second time. When he lost his first tooth, the Tooth Fairy wanted to make it special, so she gave him $4.


The second time, the Tooth Fairy only had a $5 and $10. So, well, Cam got $5 for his second one. Then he caught me off guard by asking me why he got more the second time. "Um ... go ask your Daddy!"


My little monkey turned 5 years old last Wednesday and we had asked him if he wanted a birthday party with all of his friends, or if he wanted to go to Legoland. He said he wanted all his friends to go to Legoland (smart kid!) He said he wanted to go to Legoland, so we did a small family party and will be heading to Legoland soon. The family party was on Saturday and Cam (and Aiden) had so much fun. Since my Mom is in Illinois with my Grandma, we did FaceTime, so they could "be there" too.

The tradition continued of me making Cam's birthday cake. This time, it was the Captain America shield to go with the Avengers theme.



 
Now this next "announcement" I'm not too excited to talk about. I've been going back and forth about it for a couple weeks now. I've been signed up for the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, for almost a year now. I signed up for it right after I ran my first half marathon in DC. I have been looking forward to this race for a long ass time. Pink boas, tiaras, pink tutus, champagne and roses, it sounds like such a girly girl race and perfect for me.
 
 
I have decided though, with family things going on right now, it's just better not to go. It's the first race I've decided to bow out of. I'm not happy about it, especially since I've waited so long to run it, but I feel like it's what's best for me and my family right now. I'll be keeping an eye on the Diva's website though and will be running this race once they announce another one, close enough to me. Now, just isn't the best time.
 
Are you running any races soon?
Which ones?


Monday, March 31, 2014

Exciting New Things Happening

It's Monday and this past week has been a whirlwind of emotions. My Hubs left last Saturday on business and came back home late Thursday night, I was beyond excited to see him. Thursday after work though, I got some news that my Grandma was in the hospital and my Mom was flying out Friday to be with her. My grandma had had a stroke.

The weekend was a long rainy one and I needed to get my mind off of things because honestly, I was a mess. So, Saturday I went and got some things to make a wreath for our front door.


I have always loved doing craft projects. Even more than making them, I love making them for other people to enjoy. After I posted the finished wreath on Instagram I got such sweet feedback (thank you all). So I decided to open an Etsy shop and offer them to you! I want to add a little happiness from my front door to yours.

Every month I'll put a new wreath up (or two) and I'll be making them for everything. Baby showers, house warming gifts, all the seasons, and even the holidays. There will be something for everyone. So head on over to my new Etsy shop and check out this month's wreath.


Next month's wreath will go up soon, so make sure you're following Forever Blooming 4 on Instagram (here) to keep up with new wreaths and maybe even some giveaways.

Happy Monday loves!!

Xoxo



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Forgot

Last night after I put my boys to bed, I curled up with my laptop and pulled up Rich Kids of Beverly Hills on my DVR, to watch. (don't judge me) I had all the intention of not moving from that spot until it was time for work this morning and then I got a text from my girl Holly.

Holly posted yesterday morning that she was going to start running at least 35-40 miles a week. To which I replied, "Can I do this with you? I need to actually run in my running clothes, instead of sleeping in them!"

Fast forward to last night :: So as I'm shopping online, drinking Coke like I'm in a chugging contest, and watching rich kids spend a shit ton of money, I got this text. She said, get your fat, lazy ass up! You aren't getting anything accomplished by laying in bed, chugging Coke like it's your only way into heaven!

OK, so she didn't really say that, but that's pretty much how I read it. She actually said "4 miles tonight. Let's knock this shit out." Same thing, right?! So I lugged myself out of bed and it was all I needed to flip my switch into gear. I threw on a sports bra, you know, cause I already had running shorts and a tank on and I got on my treadmill.

I have my third half marathon coming up in 33 days and I haven't ran since my last half marathon in December. So I didn't know how far I wanted to run last night, I just knew I needed to. Then my head started to become clear and I started thinking about things.

 
I forgot .....

I forgot how hard it is to start over.
I forgot how my legs rub together when I run.
I forgot what it's like to actually run a mile without stopping.
I forgot that everything from my toenails to my hair hurt, when I first started running.
I forgot that 3.1 miles always sounds shorter than it feels.

I forgot how everything wiggles and bounces, when I run.
I forgot how my lungs feel like they're on fire and are going to pop.
I forgot how amazing cold water tastes, when I feel like I'm hotter than the sun.

I forgot how I looked running in shorts. (yikes)
I forgot how running made me feel.
I forgot what running did to my body.
I forgot how much I hate it.

I forgot that giving up isn't stopping to walk, giving up is never starting.
I forgot how much weight I lost when I used to run.
I forgot that I never used to have an excuse not to run.
I forgot my only excuse a year ago, was that I HAD to do it because I was training for my first half marathon.

 
I forgot the feeling of accomplishment I used to feel.
I forgot that I used to try to improve my pace, to beat my previous times.
I forgot the first time I ever tried to "run" (walk) a 5K, it took me an hour and five minutes.
I forgot the fastest mile I ever ran was in 10 minutes and 35 seconds and I felt so proud!
 
I forgot that I have an amazing support system that always has my back, even in my down falls.
I forgot how amazing running races feels and after each and every one, I was ready for the next.
I forgot how great I always felt hanging up my racing bibs and medals, even if they were for 5K's.
 
 
It might sound crazy, but really all it took was that moment to make me realize, I need to get back to what I remember, because I forgot.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you Holly!
Xoxo

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Sprung Up Berries

Shari's Berries contacted me and asked me to be apart of their Sweet Style Project and how could I say no?

I have been sick for the past two days and have been feeling absolutely horrible. So since I was stuck in bed, why not do a little shopping, to lighten my spirit?!

Today is the first day of Spring and every year the "fashion people" always predict the color of the season. This year, I personally think it's going to be berry or maybe even pink. Pink is always a color I incorporate into my every day. It is my favorite color and it just puts you in a good mood. So in my shopping, I found a few berry colored things, I just have to have in my closet, this Spring.



If you love them just as much as I do, you can click on their links below**





I think everyone needs a little pop of pink or kiss of berry in their lives. My love for berries does go a little farther than just clothes and accessories, as in chocolate covered strawberries. Delish!



Head on over to Shari's Berries and send some to a friend or even get them for yourself, they look amazing!






  **Life in Bloom did not receive compensation from any of the links on this post.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Opposites Attract : Home Remodel Tour

I told you before my Hubs and I were remodeling our foyer, living room, and dining room. The plan was to pull up all the carpet, lay hard wood floors, paint all the walls, and update our old furniture to make it more "us."

Before

I love DIY projects, I love getting things done myself (mostly because I'm OCD and have control issues) and I haven't ever had a problem getting what I envisioned, done. The only problem is when it takes longer than I expected and my "I love DIY projects" attitude turns into "OK, let me just pay somebody, cause I'm over it.

This weekend was the third weekend we have been working on the remodel. I knew in the beginning that picking out furniture was going to take a while, but I didn't realize I'd still be taping and painting the walls and baseboard in week three.

We bought the paint with the primer in it already, I thought I could get away with painting one coat, since it was a darker gray on an egg shell colored wall and moving on to the baseboard. Nope, I've now painted my foyer, dining room, living room walls and baseboard almost three times, not fun!

My Hubs was amazing and laid all the hardwood himself, he is my rock star. I was seriously no help, and I really did feel bad, but I just didn't see my fingers going anywhere near the saw and measuring things is not my strong point. So, since he busted his ass on the major part of the project, I volunteered myself to paint everything and told him he didn't have to help me, huge mistake. After every painting project I've ever done, I always think I will never paint anything again. Until I see an off white, egg shell wall in our house and then I want it colored.

Now that the walls are FINALLY done (thank you baby Jesus) it was time to start picking out furniture. This is the first time my Hubs and I have actually had to do this together. Let me tell you, it isn't what I expected. I like things more modern and my hubs likes more rustic and it's so hard to find things we both like.

If you follow me on Pinterest (here) you have seen that I've been blowing up your feed with entryway décor ideas, living room, and dining room designs. Here are a few that I fell in love with.



After looking at five different furniture stores this weekend, we finally found something we both like and it's so comfortable. It'll be delivered next week and I can't wait. Right now, the foyer is the only thing we have done and I love it. Though I think I need to add something to the empty wall, but I don't want it to look to cluttered, we'll see.

New lighting, new floors, wall color that I actually like, and some new décor, with a touch of chevron.

After