Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year!



Well hello! I'm alive as I'm sure most of you who follow me on FB or Instacrack already knew that. If you do follow me, you've already seen all these selfies I'm about to grace this blog with.
So what's been going on for the last six months.. still crazy. still petty.
First, my little sisters graduated high school. I'm officially old. One is at VCU and the other is GMU. My little brother is excelling and still doing well at Penn State.
After returning from Jamaica in May with my momma I started a 12 week cut. I basically decided to be super strict with my eating and my workouts were structured by my trainer. High reps, moderate weight 5 days a week and then strength training a couple times a week. As for cardio, I was doing HIIT for 25 minutes twice a week and 45 minutes of steady cardio twice a week. In 12 weeks I went from 222.2lbs to 197lbs (25.2lb loss.)

Some fun things happened this summer like wearing real clothes for a few events I was invited to. I LIVE in compression capris and sports bras.  
We vacationed in Myrtle and we had so much fun! Along with beaching and pooling it for a week straight, we took the kids to TIGERS and they got to hang out with some endangered animals. My kids LOVE animals.


I got to meet one of my long time followers, Paula. Seriously we were like instant BFF's after chatting for months. She lives 20 minutes from me; why did it take us so long to meet?!?! She was awesome and I love her face. We're like sisters. Paint Nite was SO much fun.
Finally, wrapping up the summer, my best friend in the whole wide world (I've spoke of her before. She moved to Arizona against my wishes.) Anyhoo, she adopted her beautiful daughter Caroline and I got to meet her when they were in town. I already love her little face and I'm pretty sure I'm the best aunt on the planet. Oh and it was cheat meal day for me, hence the burger and fries in the pic.
After my cut ended, I had a weekend of fun and then decided to do another one. Why not. I got a new job with the postal service which was horrible. I won't even get into all that but I'm a firm believer in being happy and appreciated and in that company you won't be either of those things. It was a terrible fit for me. Now, I will be working in my gym and I think I will really enjoy it. So back to my 2nd cut. I started at 202.7lbs and ended at 181.9 (20.8lb loss.) It kinda ran into Christmas so even though I wanted to be 180lbs by New Years, I came close. I enjoyed Christmas with my family and that's what matters. Annual sibling pic. I wonder how I got stuck being the short one?
So I'm still happy and think my cut was a success. For the last couple of weeks I have been eating less strictly and my body seems to be adjusting well. I know "cutting" isn't long term but it has definitely given me the boost I needed to help me get to 160lbs. That's the weight I want to be at before I hire my competition coach. I'm getting there.
As for the family. Charles is doing well, I mean he's still putting up with me and still hates taking pictures soooooo...
Bryce is doing so well in 4th grade. Still making honor roll and being my sweet boy! He will start basketball again soon.
Sydney turned six and skipped kindergarten. She scored so high (reading on a 3rd/4th grade level and math on a 2nd grade level) so the best decision was to let her skip. She wants to take up softball in the spring. 
Here are a couple pics from our annual family pictures. I think they turned out amazing!


Well, I think that's it. 2015 wasn't too bad. Definitely some ups and downs. But after recovering from #bingefest2014, I can say that I'm in a much better place. I'm looking forward to continuing my happiness, enjoying this journey, trying to love my body, my new job, my family/friends, and being really focused on meeting my goals in 2016.

Happy New Year.

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