Friday, March 24, 2017

casual & on the go

Hello friends!
This week has been INSANE! Something every single night (going to our school play tonight!) and lots of little errands to be done before I leave for San Francisco next week. I feel like I haven't had a chance to sit down for five seconds. I'm so ready for spring break! Teacher perk for sure, a whole week off of school right when the weather gets beautiful. Not so much ready for the end of the school year, though. I am not ready to see [most] of my kids go...haha!
Anyway, since it's been so crazy around here, casual style is kind of how I have been rolling lately. I am loving the comfy shoe trend right now.
The only casual shoes I have are Nikes that are super old and I wear them to "work out", so I have been on the lookout for some cute casual shoes. Specifically I wanted some rose gold Adidas, but I'm a teacher and can't afford that crap! I found these pink sneakers from BooHoo and they were like $15! So I snatched em up. They definitely feel cheap (as all of BooHoo's stuff feels, TBH) but they are surprisingly comfortable, perfect for running around doing errands and stuff. They are sold out right now but I sent them a DM on Instagram and they said they are coming back in May, so keep an eye out. 
Another item I love for an errand run day is this babydoll top from Cents of Style. I was super skeptical when they sent it to me because usually babydolls make me look pregnant (very much not preggie, just so we are clear) but it was surprisingly flattering. I have worn it a ton since I got it because it helps me look a little more dressed up when I am errand running and other things.  Cents of Style also has a keyhole top that is really cute and comfy as well! As always, I only work with brands who cater to plus size ladies and these tops go up to a 3x.

It's very rare that this blog catches me with day one hair, aka straight. This is very weird for me, haha!

The trees!!!! My heart!!! My allergies!!

Side note: Last week, Mark and I booked a two week East Coast vacation for this summer and we will be going to BOSTON! If you know me, you know this is a very big deal.

You can get both of these tops for $19.95 shipped (normally $34.95) with the code TOPSTORY from Cents of Style. They will be perfect for Spring/Summer! Go forth to Cents of Style!

Thanks to Sadie Banks photography for taking these pictures on such short notice. She's a doll if you ever need anyone to work their magic! I love working with her, even if it's always raining when we do!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

five things I do once a week

Organize and clean
I am a stress cleaner. When I feel that things are out of my control and an anxiety attack is coming on, I clean and organize. It's one thing I can control and it makes me feel instantly better afterwards. It doesn't last very long but it's the act of making something better that is good for my soul

Listen to a self improvement podcast
It can be any podcast but I like it to be something that I can try that week like being more present or noticing little things, etc. It has made me more aware of myself as a human

Spend time alone
Maybe it's the introvert in me or the essentially only child in me, but if I can spend even an hour alone with nothing specific to do, it boosts my morale for the entire week. I think it's really important to spend time with yourself for a myriad of reasons but bottom line for me is that spending an hour a day with no one needing me or saying "Mrs Teacher!!" is glorious. 

Read for at least fifteen minutes
This is the hardest thing on the list for me, but I spend my days telling 13 year olds that reading is important, so it's necessary for me to practice what I preach

Spend quality time with my planner
I spend at least an hour on Sunday looking at my planner, writing things, making lists. It makes me feel like I have my life together. I hate keeping stuff in my phone, it is so much more satisfying to me to write stuff down.  It starts my week off right!

What are some things you do weekly? 
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

persist and resist

Hello friends!
You may have seen on Instagram or have been tuning in to my updates on Snapchat, but I am currently on day 7 of no sugar and no soda. 
Two weeks ago I was scrolling on Instagram as usual and saw +Fatima Stylefitfatty post about a 21 day workout group she was doing. Basically she posts the workouts to the Facebook group and we all post and support each other in the group. I was interested because that would mean that it would end right before my trip to San Francisco and it seems to be a good milestone. I have also been feeling like I have been drinking too much soda lately, I am guilty of having a Dr Pepper for lunch instead of food so I can work through my lunch. So I decided to add on no soda and also no sugar-y treats. 
So this all started last Monday. On Monday I was feeling very tired and very sick. I had a bad headache and I was very nauseous, all classic symptoms that I feel when I have gone off soda in the past. Then on Tuesday I didn't feel sick, but I was extraordinary exhausted. I had to hold my eyelids open during my night class. Same with Wednesday. It was to the point where I was taking naps in my car because I couldn't stay awake. It was pretty bad.
Thursday was the first day I felt like I turned a corner. I felt pretty energized, way more than normal, and have ever since then. I hate doing the workouts, like I loathe them entirely. It has gotten worse since I was so sore from the first three days that I couldn't even do day four. It's getting a little better now that I have had a rest day.

One week of no soda and sugar treats may not seem like a huge deal to most people, and it's really not for me either strictly speaking. I have gone off soda before and it's been fine. However, this time around feels different for some reason. While doing this little challenge, I've realized a few things....
1. Stop talking about it and things will get easier...or don't
I realized I made a mistake posting it on Instagram, because everyone was talking to me about it and it made me think about soda and treats even more. However, it was good to tell people so that others can hold me accountable. So I dunno, I'm split on this one
2. I can live without treats
The hardest part of this by far has been soda. I haven't even really cared about treats except for when someone brought Cadbury eggs to my night class. Other than that, I haven't craved or missed them. I have been eating a lot of yummy fruit, mangos are hitting the spot right now, and I also have been eating no bake energy balls and they are also helping with my cravings, especially those first few days.
3. Healthy choices lead to healthier choices
I have realized this past week I have been very aware of what I am putting into my body.  Before I go into this, I want to clarify that I haven't really made an effort to change any eating habits besides the sugar and soda. I still eat chips and other things, but I am a lot more aware of what I'm eating.  My body is craving healthy meals whereas before this little challenge it definitely did not do that. We went to a burger place for dinner and I wanted to get a salad instead. We have been making adjustments like turkey bacon and turkey burgers instead of regular beef and pork. It's been really interesting to experience how I'm not craving certain things like Taco Bell anymore. We'll see if it sticks!
4. Eating healthy doesn't have to suck
I have been on diets on and off since I was in 8th grade and there is a reason they haven't stuck. I never had the right mindset. I am not sure that I do now or if this will "stick", but it really helps that I have made the decision for myself and that I'm not doing this to lose weight, just to feel better. I have gone into this with a lot more positive of an attitude, focusing on all the yummy things I still get to eat and not focusing on the things I don't. I still get to have fruit as mentioned before, popcorn, etc. I just make sure it's healthy pop. I read labels and go with the thing that has the least amount of crap in it, but I don't feel deprived. It has helped make the whole thing a lot easier.

5. It's not really about the soda or the sugar 
It's about sticking something out. I have the worst self-discpline ever. Like, ever. So to not cave when my friends want to go to Waffle Love or to turn down a cookie from my students, this all makes me really proud of myself. A quote I heard from The Alison Show podcast has stuck with me. "Persist and resist. Persist in your efforts. Resist giving tin distraction, discouragement and disorder." That quote has been really motivating this past week. I only have two weeks left! That is literally nothing. It seems so doable, and it is! 

6.Figure out why you are eating/snacking/drinking
This was also from The Alison Show podcast. She talked about how she has lost a ton of weight recently and it all started with figuring out why she was eating. I decided to reflect upon that as well. I realized a lot of it is because of habit. I always started my day with a soda, I always ate something sweet after a meal. The other reason was emotions. When I had a hard day I felt I deserved a soda. So I've had to get past that and I'm still not there yet, but it's good to be aware of why you are eating/snacking/drinking and most of the time, it's not because you are hungry or thirsty. 

I have somewhat decided that even after the challenge ends I won't be doing sugary treats on the weekdays and having one day on the weekend that I can get something sweet if we are going out for date night or something. Again, the no sugar doesn't bother me at all. I'm not sure what I'll be doing about soda, maybe once or twice a week...or maybe not. We'll see.

Thanks for reading this whole thing! Have a good week.

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