Photo Friday: Brownies

Our Girl Scout troop advanced from Daisies to Brownies on Tuesday night with a great bridging ceremony. We’ve got such a fun and unique group of girls and awesome leaders! We’re looking forward to another great year as Brownies!

Here’s a few photos I got from Tuesday’s fun. Unfortunately Garen had to stay home with the littles since they had a cold (or allergies really bad), so I had to do my best with his camera. Luckily he’s pretty talented at editing. It’s pretty obvious I need some pointers but they turned out better than I would have done with my iPhone probably.

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Sprinkler Saturday

What do you do when it’s hot outside and you need to keep the troops entertained???

Go outside and play in the sprinkler!!!

And Garen got out his fancy lenses to capture a few quick photos. I think they turned out pretty cool, don’t you?!?

Photo Friday: This Man

Yesterday marked four years of blissful marriage for Garen and I. This will sound cheesy, but I honestly feel lucky every day that I have such a wonderful man. He’s a great father. A great husband. A great friend. A great leader. The list of greats could go on and on. Instead, I’m just going to share a few photos of him that I love.

Happy Photo Friday and Happy Day-After Anniversary to us!

Wellness Wednesday: Eating Healthy on the Road

I’m on the road a lot for work. Eating healthy on the road is hard. Extra hard when you love food and you use food as a way to keep you entertained and/or you have a 3-4 hour drive.

Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to make it work:

  • Pack my lunch and snacks when I can. Keeping easy-to-grab stuff is good. Examples are:
  • Yogurt
  • Fruits such as apples, bananas, and clementines that are prepackaged and easy to take with you
  • Light popcorn
  • Bags or containers of easy to munch on veggies.  My favorites are carrots and sweet snap peas.
  • Boiled eggs.  See my post on cooking these in an instant pot.
  • Healthy muffins
  • Nuts.  I actually don’t do this because I don’t feel like the “juice is worth the squeeze” calories-wise but these are super healthy for you in moderation.
  • Pre-made salads or bistro boxes.  I’ve not done this yet but I know a lot of people that do.
  • I’m still scoping out the best places to eat out but my favorite go-to is Panera Bread.  There are so many healthy options there and I always get a fruit cup as my side.
  • When I eat at a place with customers, there are typically not all that many great options- even the salads are horrendously high in calories and fat.  I stick mostly to the vegetables- as long as they aren’t a casserole or in a sauce.  If I can’t find anything, I’ll go with a baked potato (sweet potato if they have it) with sour cream on the side and a side salad with extra tomatoes, no cheese, and dressing on the side.  It’s hard.  I’m not going to lie.
  • When they sit those chips and salsa down in front of me or that delicious smelling loaf of bread, its soooo tempting.  I try to think about my end goal and resist.  I drink a sip of water every time I want a bite of it.
  • If I have a customer that says they don’t want to choose or I know they like sushi or seafood, I’ll often times suggest this because it’s an easy one for me.
  • If I’m spending the night out of town, I try to stay in a place that has a mini fridge and microwave.  I can either pack something in my cooler to bring along or I’ll sometimes make a run to the grocery store for a frozen dinner and some fruit or yogurt for a sweet ending.
  • I pack a couple of drink mixes (either Crystal Light or Kroger’s brand) with me to satisfy my sweet cravings and help my water intake.  Win-win.
  • Sometimes when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for getting a healthy meal but know I need to have something decent, I’ll run into a convenience store and grab a banana and a Muscle Milk protein shake.  Most stores now have bananas (and if I’m lucky a few other options too).

What are you’re beat healthy eating tips for the road? I could use the recommendations!!!

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Photo Friday: Longhorn Love

Garen took these photos last week on this way through Hamilton from Marble Falls.  I’ll admit, I love longhorns.  To my fellow Aggies- sorry, not sorry.  They’re beautiful animals and I love these photos Garen caught…..

Even if they are UT’s mascot.  

Happy Photo Friday everyone!

Photo credits to Garen Graves Photography.  Check out the website at www.GarenGraves.com

Wellness Wednesday: Still Nooming Along

Yes, folks, yesterday marked one solid week of tracking everything in Noom (see my last post about starting this adventure.)  I have to say, the first few days were pretty rough.  Imagine going from eating pretty much everything in sight to eating 1,200 calories a day.  Yup, that’s right.  1,200 calories a day.  Craziness.

What’s even crazier- I only went over one day.  Can you say “miracle?”

I’m pretty sure that this program may work.  I, oddly enough, really like it.  Each day I have different “checklists” to do.  For example: each day you weigh in, there’s different lessons, you log our workout (or your Apple Watch does for you if you sync it), you take quizzes to make it interactive, and, of course, log your meals.  Everything checks off the list as you complete it.  For a to-do-list-er like me, I’m loving it.

I’ve even started working out.  What?!?

Yes, three days in a row.  I’m inspired.

I have to say that part of this happened today as I was going through my quarterly achievement and habit goals for Quarter 2, 2018.  Next week I’ll do a Mommy Review Monday on the Full Focus Journal.  One of my goals starting in January 2018 was to get down to 125 by the time we go on our Bottlinger Family Cruise in July.  That was already a pretty big goal but then I messed around and didn’t succeed with Weight Watchers in Quarter 1 like I should’ve.

So….here it is Quarter 2 and I still have the same weight to lose but now only 3 months to do it in.

Where was I?  Oh yeah, goal setting for Quarter 2 started with looking at my weight loss goal.  I have to lose a little over 2 lbs a week for this to work.  How’s that for inspiration???  No pressure.  No pressure at all….

Here’s my inspiration photo.  December 2005- prior to 3 pregnancies, 4 kids, 3 job changes, and 3 moves.  I will never look like that after carrying the twins around but at least I can get closer…and dream….or maybe have a few surgeries….Liz in bikini

But, honestly, I think I may be able to do this.  Between Noom, working out, and meal planning, I could make it happen.

3 lbs down- only 29.5 to go.  I’m rocking Wellness Wednesday.  Stay tuned for more healthy recipes and meal ideas.  Please, please share yours with me!  I can use all the help I can get on this adventure.

(Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday: Bringing Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

Today’s (Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday prompt:

Write about a childhood memory that changed your perspective.

I could probably write quite a few stories about childhood memories that changed my perspective but for now, I’m going to go back to a memory from a long, long time ago that I barely even remember.

I am not sure how old I was but I was young enough to not understand death, funerals, or visitations.  However, my great grandmother on my Grammy’s side had passed away and we were in Lincoln, NE at the visitation at the funeral home.  I remember being there and there were so many people.  And they were all crying and they were all sad but they would brighten up as soon as they saw me.  I was just glad to be with so many of my family members.  I kept going to the many tissue boxes scattered throughout the room and pulling out the tissues one at a time.  I think I emptied all of them.  I might have picked a few of the flowers too.  I found it quite odd that they were all over the room.  They smelled so good, I couldn’t help it.  And for once, no one said anything.  I was shocked I didn’t get a spanking right then and there, to be honest.

At this point, you may be asking how this changed my perspective.  It didn’t change my perspective as a young child but what I got from this and the many other visitations and funerals that I went to as a child is that death is an inevitable part of life.  It’s something all must face and it doesn’t have to necessarily be a bad thing.

The other thing is this- I sometimes feel funny taking my children, knowing that it will be awkward for them (and possibly a hassle chasing the flock around).  But then I think back to the smiles that I brought the many grieving visitors and family as a child.  I see the same smiles from those that we share our kids with in these times of sadness.  Children bring joy in the midst of sorrow and are a constant reminder that life does go on.

Deep for me, I know….

017f89537a0905d084e75ed02fa953ccc6ceef910cMost of my (Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday posts have been a bit more upbeat, positive, or funny than this but it honestly was the first childhood memory that came to mind in terms of changing my perspective.  Sorry.  Not sorry.

However, if you need a laugh after this sobering post, check out this one.  It always gives me a chuckle.

Photo credit- Garen Graves Photography