I really did hiatus.

My mood was super funky last week at the end of the week. I kinda forgot across the board to do my hiatus blog post and note it in my instagram. I am all caught up. Thankfully, I captured the moment just was too lazy to hashtag it. 🙂


# 9 – My Birthday Girl #3 and I


# 10 – All the paper products. All the time. Mom life is real.


# 11 – Found this lucky, shiny penny on my run. I took it as a sign of good luck.


# 12 – This is where my mood started getting sad. I was intrigued by the sun through the leaves. It just caught my eye.


# 13 – Woke up early to start some road therapy and determined to prove my strength and ability to myself. I killed it. This was my first five mile run!


# 14 – I had an onslaught of followers on social media that wanted to “fix” me or get me to “better results”. I was seriously over it.


# 15 – I wanted to prove to the world I am not perfect. I may exercise a lot right now. I have time. I love it. But I also have to eat to make up for it. And sometimes it isn’t perfect. But this recipe from my mother in law is perfect. It is our favorite. I shared it earlier here.


#16 – Mood still struggling, so I pulled out the “warrior” shirt. I had confirmation of my mood. More on that soon. I have a post coming that I have been working on.


# 17 – Tennessee gets it. I teach him for just this reason. He was talking about things we need to talk about long before we were talking about it. He also figured out early on. Love wins.


Yes I eat {Summer Hiatus}

I eat too much probably.

Summer Hiatus 2.0 # 4 


Followed by what happened when I eat crap.

Summer Hiatus 2.0 # 5 


You can’t tell from the picture…but I am sporting the migraine of the year. A two pill migraine (meaning I have taken 2 of my overly priced migraine pills and still feel awful). The good news is an early night and hopefully a lesson learned (EAT CLEAN MR!!!) I am feeling much better this am.

Moving that body…{Summer Hiatus # 3}

IMG_0616“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

I have literally lived outside with my children for the last three days. Since school has been out I have been with them moving, moving myself and moving forward. What I love about this is I would have never done any of this before. I hated bugs, heat and sweating. Now if I am not sweating outside I feel lazy, unmotivated and blah.

The past three days I have been a upping my running game (time and pace) and weight lifting. My body is so stinking sore. But it feels good. It is me. It is where I have always been. I just found it. Over a year ago I could have said all of these exact same things. That isn’t a fad. That is following Plutarch’s advice. Changing my insides changed my outsides. LITERALLY.

Summer Hiatus: Day # 64

Thank goodness for Subway who lets me maintain my goals but grab food on the run when needed or better yet when I want too. My favorite go-to are their chopped salads. They are amazing and filling. Today I stopped out my usual spots and went to a new one that just so happened had a student of mine working. She took real good care of me. I get dressing on the side, no cheese, no croutons and watch the meats. I control every single bit that goes into the salad and ultimately my mouth! YUM!

Clean eating doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. And sometimes when I want more carbs I will have a sandwich and still feel little guilt. I am just grateful that it is an option!


Summer Hiatus: Day # 62


So Kpuff is on vacation this week and this could one of two ways. I am not gonna lie I lose some motivation when we don’t work out. I know this though which means I can plan for it and plan I did. I don’t even make it an option. I tell myself it is happening every day no matter what excuse I throw at it. In effort to keep me motivated and excited I researched a bit free workouts and found a few really great ones. My favorite though is Pop Sugar Fitness on YouTube. It is a great workout with multiple time variances and best of all it is free. If you are looking for a great work out try it! I also did several of willmillion’s workouts on his channel. His videos sometimes go viral because he does them to current pop songs. His are fun, hard and quick. They are nice because they work you hard, but they are so quick you don’t have time to think too much. Those are my favorite kind.

Many wonder how I don’t hate working out and and want to do it all the time. That would be why I love HIIT workouts. They are high intensity interval training workouts which means you do them in intervals and they are quick but intense. Quick and intense for me means no time to whine and complain. I just have to focus on breathing and staying with it.


Summer Hiatus: Day # 60


Today I had the extraordinary opportunity to judge a county 4-H creative writing contest. I also had the opportunity to sit down and talk about writing with quite a few of the participants. I am so honored to have this opportunity and I loved every single minute of it.

My Summer Hiatus took a Summer Hiatus: 58 & 59

Sorry I have been sporadic around here….My guy being home consistently means summer vacation finally hit for me. I have been able to do a bit more work, do a lot more family things and a relax a bit more than I have been able too.


So grateful and proud of this guy! I am one lucky momma and wife because of him.


You know that relaxing I was talking about? Well it happened yesterday. I had only a few things to day and everything in between was covered in watching True Blood. My latest marathon watching.

Summer Hiatus: Day # 56 and # 57 (This is how I got here)

So the day before was super crappy. I was so grumpy and for my family that means “watch out!” I was just adjusting to all the changes in general in my home for the last two months. Or as I like to call it I was being a baby. But thankfully I woke up yesterday determined to be in a better mood. The morning weigh in was grand and I hit a 50lb weight loss. I cannot even begin to explain how much I dreamed of that exact moment. I also cannot believe how much I have doubted myself. It was just what I needed to give me a little pep in my step. I know for a fact that it has been a long time since I weighed this and wore this size. I was looking at senior picnic pictures from high school the other day and I was shocked by how much I had even gained by then. I of course look at this picture and still see areas I desperately want to fix. But I imagine that will always be so. For now I am just trying to be comfortable wherever I am.




And then you don’t lose 50lbs by not watching what you eat. And some may hate it and say I am not counting calories or think it makes them a slave to it. I don’t really care. It keeps me accountable and I am honestly so trained at this point I know most of the calorie #’s of the things I eat. I can go all day and just physically write it down and get it spot on. A huge gigantic part of that is eating eggs for me. I eat eggs all the time. They are my go-to protein minus protein shakes and more than anything they are versatile. But I highly doubt there is a day I go without eggs since March.

And very soon my summer hiatus posts will be ticking down. I am definitely in the final countdown before school. At my building our contracts are extended and I basically return partially August 4th. 😦 But it is okay, I love, love, love my job and every beginning of the school year I am filled with that “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living” feeling.