Monday, February 9, 2015

62 Days of 30: Day 8-ish: Stupid Excitement! Plus, Blessings...

So, I realized something. It is relatively unrealistic for me to post on the weekends. I have several reasons, most notably, the computer I use at home is a little old lady, and she doesn't really like to be used anymore. Additionally, I don't have a lot of time on the weekends. So Monday's will just be a wrap up. UNLESS I do something spectacular and can simply post a lovely picture from my phone. However, there was really nothing particularly spectacular about this weekend.

And now, on to Stupid Excitement!

When you continually tell yourself you "can't" have something, or that you're "choosing not to eat it", it gets a little old. There are a lot of things I miss while participating in the Whole30(62), the most glaring, however, are: butter, ranch dressing, peanut butter and mayonnaise.

Welp, it looks like I got stupid excited when I made my very own mayonnaise, and then took some of that and made my very own ranch dressing! All of which is compliant on the Whole30(62).

Here are the links for the Mayo and the Ranch Dressing (ranch dressing is part of the mayo, the recipe is toward the bottom).

And now, blessings...

After a rough start to the new year, I've been trying to feel more. More grateful, more love, more happiness. As a result, I've been feeling really blessed. And not in the sarcastic #blessed way, but in the really, truly, blessed, way.

So, after feeling all these blessings, I started thinking... Not everyone is as blesses as I am... So I've made it a priority for the rest of month to gather donations to make Blessing Bags! Each $20 donation makes a bag full of necessary toiletries for a woman in need. I will then divide the filler bags between InnVision Shelter for Women and Children and Sacred Heart Community Service Center.

I will admit, I have a rather lofty goal... I'd like to get enough donations to make 50 bags. Please feel free to email me or comment below and pledge to donate. I will be ordering the bags on February 28th. You'll be able to mail me your pledge in the form of a check, or send the funds using PayPal. Either way, I hope you'll join me in this endeavor :)

Friday, February 6, 2015

62 Days of 30: Day 4/5: I Suck at Life...

I know this isn't Day 4, I know this is Day 5. And for that, I apologize.

Like the title says, I suck at life. But I'm wicked cool.

I have a small, brief, excuse as to why I didn't post yesterday. I was extraordinarily busy. And really, I mean it. I was so busy I was barely able to finish all my work before I had to leave for a special event.

Special event, you say? What's so more special than posting on this fantastic blog? Well, I'll freakin' tell you! Wait, no, I'll freakin' SHOW YOU!

Eric Church
Soundchecking at
SAP Center

Ain't no thang, you know. I just watched Eric Church do a soundcheck with his band yesterday afternoon. You know, just another day at the office, really...

ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?! I watched freakin' ERIC CHURCH soundcheck like, 10 feet from me! It was probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. 
Kickin' It with 2
of my favorite dudes!

And by the way, you wanna know who else is wicked cool? The two guys that escorted me to the event. Just sayin'!

If you ever get a chance to see Eric Church perform live, I highly suggest it. I've been to so many live concerts in my lifetime. Far too many to even count, but by far, Church puts on one of the best "country" shows I've seen. And I put country in quotations because he's actually a lot of rock, with just a little country. Anyway, I freakin' dig it!

So, like I said, I suck at life (and by life, I mean, posting on this blog yesterday), but I'm wicked cool! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

62 Days of 30: Day 3: Woman Crush Wednesday

Today, is Wednesday. It's also Day 3 of the Whole62, and Day 3 of 62 Days of 30. And, apparently, on forums like Instagram, it is a popular day to use the hashtags: #womancrushwednesday and #wcw.

So, for the first time in, well, ever, I'm going to participate in #WCW and actually use the hashtag appropriately, rather than mockingly.

Today's Woman Crush Wednesday is my big sister, Colleen!

Before I begin singing her praises, you need to know something. We are nothing alike. Really, truly, I mean NOTHING alike. We are polar opposites. If you met us separately, and didn't know we were related, you would never make the connection. Ever. We don't look alike, we don't have the same interests, one of us can't dance while the other can, and one of us is so uncoordinated, while the other can, in fact, walk and chew gum at the same time. But, we are sisters. And today, she is my Woman Crush.

And really, there's not a whole lot I can say about her, other than the yellow blobs and the dress shes's wearing in the photo I chose look like birds... I'm kidding! I have more to say than that. But for real, those spots look like birds...

Anyway, Colleen is driven, dedicated, smart, and so ridiculous she's often hilarious. She's been a driving force in the formation of my moral compass for quite some time, and I owe a lot to her for that.

Additionally, she's my partner in crime during the first 30 days of my Whole62, as she has decided to embark on her own Whole30 Life Challenge. Maybe I can get her to keep going to 62 days, just like me!

In any case, she's awesome. And she's my Woman Crush Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

62 Days of 30 - Day 2: The Whole(30) Enchilada

Day 2: The Whole(30) Enchilada.

Well, not really. This isn't even about Enchiladas. I'm sorry if I got your hopes up. Maybe, at some point, when I don't want to kill everything (I'll explain), I'll share Momma Lynn's recipe for her famous (in our family) Italian-Style Enchiladas.

So here it is, the Whole30. Basically, it means, I'm crazy. Haha!

In the simplest of terms, the Whole30 is a way to reset your digestive system back to, pretty much, birth. It's a fantastically ridiculous program where basically, you don't eat anything except natural meat, veggies, and fruit.

That means, for 30 days, you completely eliminate: preservatives of any kind, added sugar (real or artificial), grains, carbs, starch (some is allowed in the form of yams and white potatoes), legumes (snap peas and green beans are allowed, but did you know peanuts are legumes?!), alcohol, dairy, and soy. Which, again, pretty much leaves you with meat, veggies, and fruit. With all this talk about enchiladas, I might have to figure out a way to make some type of enchilada something-or-other that works with the Whole30. If it's good, I'll share that recipe, too!

It's a challenge. Believe me, it's a CHALLENGE, but in the end, it's pretty awesomely worth it. I completed my first Whole30 Life Challenge last March. I maintained a relatively similar eating lifestyle for about 3 months following my completion. Then, I fell off.

This time, I've got a little more resolve. Ok, maybe it's a lot more resolve, because, like the crazy, all-or-nothing, I can't do it if I'm not all-in, person that I am, 30 days isn't enough this time. That's right. I said it. It's. Not. Enough!

So, because I've lost my mind and I can't seem to find it anywhere, I'm eating clean, whole, and giving myself a good life, for 62 days. (Praise the Lord, I've already completed day 1!)

Why 62? Well, as I covered in the first post from 62 Days of 30, there are/were 62 days between February 2nd and April 4th. That being said, I WILL have cake, and champagne, and orange juice, and pancakes, and BACON!!! on my 30th birthday, which is April 5th. Which also happens to be Easter. Eff word.

So now, I'm sure you're burning with desire to know why I'm doing yet another Whole30, and why I did it in the first place.

Well, as I've shared in the past, I have a condition called PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). I've struggled with it for many years, and along with that struggle, comes a very difficult time losing weight, and/or maintaining weight loss. Completing a Whole30 was one of the best forms of treatment I've ever found. But, the kicker is, you can't fall off. Thus, 30 days isn't enough for me.

At some point in me early adult life, I read that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit. Well, if I'm spending 62 days breaking years of bad eating habits, then maybe, hopefully, I won't fall off at the completion of this challenge. I will make better food choices, and instinctively reach for a handful of almonds instead of a handful of Cheetos...

And why would I want to kill everything? Well, when you consistently tell your brain you can't have something, you pretty much just get angry, and then when you're hungry, you get hangry! And even though your coworker didn't really do anything, except walk by your office eating Doritos so loudly that you can hear them all the way down the hall, you still want to punch them in the face. And then eat their Doritos by the fist-full. But you won't. Because like they say "this too, shall pass."

Here's to another 61 days of the Whole30! Cheers! (even though I'm cheers-ing you with plain water...)

Monday, February 2, 2015

62 Days Of....

62 Days of What? Well, 62 days of clean eating, for starters. 62 days of zero preservatives, alcohol, added sugar, starch, carbs, legumes, dairy, and most of all, 62 days of life.

In the next 62 days (why 62? I'll cover that shortly), I will cover a variety of topics. It's my goal to post everyday. That's right. I said it. EVERYDAY. So what will you get in the next 62 days, dear reader? You'll get recipes, anecdotes, fun posts about things I love, hilarious posts about things I loathe, and maybe, when it's all over, you'll be inspired. Inspired to eat clean, to come up with your own recipes, to laugh at your own stupidity, to laugh at my own stupidity, to love your family unconditionally, and to celebrate everything. All the time. Everyday.

Now, Why 62? Well, as I'm sure my birthday twin can understand, there are just 62 days till April 5, 2015. And what happens on April 5, 2015? I'll turn 30. Thirty. Trenta. Treinta. Trente. Trinta. Dertig. By the way, that's 30 in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portugese, and, funny enough, Dutch.


As I've shared in my 30 For 30 explanation, I am mostly fine with this. There are still a lot of things I want to accomplish, but, for the most part, April 5, 2015 will be just another birthday for me. And let's be clear, if you've learned nothing else about me - besides that I'm freakin' hilarious - you should know, by now, that I LOVE birthdays. And not just mine - but ALL birthdays! By the way, the 30 for 30 list has been updated, as I've completed a handful of those tasks - YESSSSS!

So today is day 1 of 62 days. I'm sure you're waiting with bated breath - if you're not, you should be! - asking yourself, what's she going to cover on day 1.

62 Days of 30 - Day 1: Something I love: Getting my hair cut.

This photo was taken just now - like, within the last 5 minutes. Do you see my hair? I mean, really, do you see it? Because this is what it looks like when I don't flat iron it. This is what it looks like when I spray water on it and just leave the house because I ran out of time. This is my hair, people!

It's frizzy and curly and unruly and downright heavy. For a while I had a glorious short, A-Line bob cut that I loved. But then I wanted long hair for the wedding, and I've been letting it grow ever since. My current life-goal (in regards to me hair) is to have hair like Beyonce. I'm on my way, I think!

In any case, why do I love getting my hair cut. Well, I find it relaxing. I have a fantastic stylist, whom I brag about ALL THE TIME! No joke, I was JUST bragging about Stephanie yesterday! More than that, Stephanie knows my hair. She's seen me through various hair cuts - the stacked bob, the awkward grow-out phase, this monstrosity of natural curls, and yes, even talked me down from desperately wanting a sidecut 5 months ago.

I acknowledge that my hair isn't easy to cut. It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to give me a cut that looks good when it's natural, and when it's ironed. Stephanie does that every time. Long hair or short hair, she knows the best way to give me the cut I want. On top of all that, I love having someone else blow dry and iron my hair.

I'm lazy. There, I said it. Want to know a secret? Sure you do! When my hair is straight, there's a good chance I haven't washed in at least 5 days. I rarely wash my hair. And you'd never know it! I'm lazy because it takes at least 25 minutes to blow dry my hair. Then I have to rest, because my arms are tired and I'm a hot, sweaty mess. Even though I just got out of the shower. Then comes the flat iron. That takes at least an hour. So right there, not counting my "rest" time, it takes nearly 90 minutes to iron my hair. Now, if I can pay someone to do it, well then! I'm all in!

So, here's a little lovin', going out to the lovely Stephanie at Innovators Salon in Campbell! If you're in the market for a new stylist, she's my number one pick!