Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We Can Wednesday!!

It's We Can Wednesday!! I know I haven't posted much lately and I apologize. School is crazy lately and I'm not sure when it's going to die down. We had snow day number 11 last week........................let me let that sink in. We have 2 days scheduled to make up, but that means we still owe 5 more. (4 are built into our schedule) So as of right now it's looking like my last day will be June 23rd. WTF?!?!?

Anyway, good thing about snow days are that I get to go to the gym. So last week I actually went 3 days total, including Sunday. Sad to say one of those days SUCKED! I took sleeping pills the night before so I could sleep when Mike came home from work. And I did, but sometimes those sleeping pills don't get out of my system. So, I was draggin ass the entire workout.

Plus, Mike has started running on the eliptical again, which means I run with him. And don't get me wrong, it's only 25 minutes, but I HATE CARDIO! I don't know what's up with me but I have a breathing problem. Whenever I start running I lose my breath. Like within 2 minutes. And on this day, when I was feeling chest heavy anyway, LIFE SUCKED!!

Either way, I'm happy to go and I'm glad I got a workout in. I guess any workout is better than no workout.

Let me know how you did!! Head here or here and link up for We Can Wednesday!!

Lady Luck

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Health Hero!!

A while ago I was contacted by Judy from The American Recall Center. The American Recall Center is "a brand new site devoted to providing health and wellness news in simple, straightforward terms." This month their focus is a Who Keeps You Healthy campaign. They are highlighting Health Heroes from all over the blogosphere. And, of course I agreed!! I'd love to talk about who keeps me healthy. This month they are focusing on hip replacement awareness.

There are a TON of people who keep me in check. Most of whom read this blog and help me feel confident even in my failures. So "Thank You" to all of you!! Truthfully, there are too many people to name, so just know, your comments and faith gives me a ton of inspiration and I hope I can be the same inspiration to you throughout your fitness journey.

But, I'm going to be totally cliche' here, and focus on the one that means the most, my Goober. My husband, although totally hunky now, was not always this FITabulous. He struggled a lot with his weight when he was younger and was determined to get himself in check. When he was in high school, he joined an MMA school and got himself in the gym. Despite some skepticism from some friends, he worked his ass off and dropped the weight. He even became one of the most talented members of his MMA school. And most impressive of all, kept the weight off and kept up with his new discipline! Now he works out at least 5 days a week and is training to be in a weight lifting competition.

Mike is my Health Hero. While we may not always eat the way we should, and of course, drank the way we should, he has taught me the importance of staying healthy. He's patient and helpful, and when we work out together he pushes me and makes me work harder than I ever would alone. It's because of him that I have developed a love and connection with weight lifting, and I feel stronger and more fit than I ever have in my adult life. He's never rude or degrading, even on days when I give up or fall of the wagon. And he always there to pick me right back up and get me back on track.

Too bad he doesn't read this blog. haha. He might be impressed with himself!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We can Wednesday...and a winner!!

It's time to announce the winner of the Ruffles with love giveaway!! Congrats to Dani Workman!! If I haven't emailed you yet, I will be getting to that very shortly!! Yay!! And if you didn't win, but are still interested in a Ruffles with Love tank, just head to their website and use the coupon code BLOGLOVIN10 at checkout to get 10% off your order!!

I'm cohosting We Can Wednesday this week. I love this linkup because it holds me accountable. Even though I have done absolutely nothing lately. Opps. Lie! I worked out Monday!!! And then had a celebratory drank on the way home. You may have seen on Instagram. Oh! And I sneaked a pic on my hubby, too. haha. He wasn't impressed.

Truth is I'm totally bummed about not working out. It was GORGEOUS yesterday and I was totally going to go for a run, but I have another excuse. It's Maryland State Testing week. Which means I'm exhausted!!! And it sucks because I would love to spend my entire day outside in this weather!! However, since we're running on a 2 hour delay schedule, that means I have to proctor the test for the first 2 hours of school, and then teach 7 classes after that. It's exhausting. But hopefully today is the last day and we will be back to normal by tomorrow. 

But, here is my promise to you. As soon as school is over...yes, school...I'm getting back in that gym. I miss it so much, but I drive about 80 miles a day and the gym is probably another 15 miles away so....I just don't have enough gas money. But when I work summer school, the gym is literally a half mile down the street so I'll be going there at least 5 days a week!!

And I am making another promise. I'm going to start running again. As long as the weather is decent I'm going to try to suck it up most nights and run. Even if it's only a mile a night. That's more than nothing!! And plus, Kelsey is doing this 30 miles in 30 days and I'm totally trying to link up for that 'ish.

OK, now it's your turn. Come on and link up!!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ruffles with Love Giveaway..LAST DAY!!

Don't forget to enter the Ruffles with Love tank giveaway!! This is the last day to enter so get on it!! I have been having some trouble with my website, and I can't seem to fix it. If you have any trouble entering just head to Lady Luck's blog or Loyal Run's blog and enter from there.

Here's mine. I LOVE IT!!! And there are so many different ones to choose from!

And if you can't wait, use coupon code BLOGLOVIN10 to get 10% off your order!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Whole Lotta Lazy....

First off, don't forget to enter our Ruffles with Love giveaway going on right now!! I've been having some trouble with my blog, which I'll address in just a second, so head on over to Lady Luck or Loyal Run and enter there to be sure you get all entries.

About the blog...I don't know what in the hail is going on with this piece of 'ish. The other day only a select few could post comments, Wednesday with the giveaway the first 3 links wouldn't work. I'm so confused. I've posted on forums for blogger, I've googled for answers, I've tried to contact people...I'm at a loss. Everything is set to default for Blogger, I have it all the same as the other blog. I'm convinced it's possessed. So, I apologize for any inconvenience there has been with this bowl of crap, but....hopefully you'll stay with me. haha.

So, I'm over it. This flucking snow is getting on my last nerve. I know, I know...everyone is bitching about it and you're so over hearing about it. But I'm really over's why....our electric bill last month was $360. So....electric heat is no longer existent in our house. Our heat stays off all day. The only time we turn it on is upstairs, about 30 minutes before we go to bed, then we turn it off and turn on our little ceramic heater for the rest of the night. It's literally 46º downstairs when I get up in the morning. We open the blinds and let the sun shine all afternoon which brings it up to about 60º, but as soon as that sun goes down it starts dropping.

I get home and change into a pair of leggings under my sweatpants. Then I put on a tank top, a long sleeved shirt, and a sweatshirt. Bring out the knee high socks and the boot slippers and add a scully and BOOM! That's my evening wear.

Sexy, huh?!? Can you blame Mike for wanting to constantly jump my bones? Ha! Yeah, right.

So, on days when I don't have work, when I wake up in the morning and come downstairs, where it's 46º, I get under my down blanket and turn on the tv. Where I stay.....until it's time to eat. I make breakfast then i go back under the blanket. Where I stay until lunch. Make lunch, then back under that comfy blanket. Until get it?

So, needless to say, I'm over this frickin weather because not only am I freezing, but I'm lazy, and fat. I'm too cold to pee when I have to go, let alone get out from under those warm blankies and work out!!

So God, please hear my plea. I'm ready for this body to get in check. So, please start warming up before I end up on that "My 600 Pound Life" show.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ruffles With Love Giveaway!!

About a month ago I contacted Erica at Ruffles with Love to see about doing a review of their workout tanks. Lucky for me they were doing blog reviews and I was in!!! If you haven't checked out their collection you need to. They have tanks for every occasion and can even special order if you want. Even Tamra from RHOOC and Snooks have rocked some Ruffles with Love tanks.

My favorite thing about them is all the awesome sayings on their tanks. Choosing which tank I wanted was the hardest part. I literally narrowed it down to about 10 and then had to have Mike step in to help me decide. haha. Here are some of my favorites:

But keep in mind there are 14 pages full of awesomeness. And so many different themes, too!! Weddings, military, sports, so much to offer!!

I got the tank in a medium. I do wish I had gotten a large and size was a major debate before I got it, but taking that chance is with anything you buy on the internet. It's really just my personal preference, too. I felt like this was a little tight in the belly and boobage area. I hate things that cling to my body especially when I'm going to the gym where there are a bunch of fit, skinny bitches running around. For normal people it probably would be perfect. You can judge based on the picture.

Sorry. You know I can't just smile in pics.
My friend decided to workout with me and she loved the tank. I'm thinking about buying one for her for her birthday. I even had a few compliments on the saying from some of the guys at the gym.

Want your own Ruffles with Love tank?? Well you're in luck!! Britney @ Lady Luck, Erica @ Loyal Run, and I are giving one lucky reader a free tank of your choice!! All you have to do is enter below. And, if you just can't wait, use coupon code BLOGLOVIN10 for 10% off your purchase at Ruffles with Love
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Lady Luck

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fresh Homemade Salsa

First off, don't forget to stop by tomorrow because we have a giveaway!!!

I'm IN LOVE with this salsa. It is super easy to make and I always get a ton of compliments on it. If you like fresh chunky salsa you will love this! And it isn't hard to make at all, just a lot of chopping. And if you wanted it a little less chunky it would be even easier because all you would have to do is put the veggies in the blender and voila!

1/2 small red onion, diced
1/2 small white or yellow onion, diced
1garlic clove, chopped
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 red pepper, diced
1/4 green pepper, diced
1/4 orange pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
4 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained
salt to taste

Dice the onion and garlic. Put it in a bowl with the oil and juice and zest of the lime. Let sit while you chop the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight.

If you choose to use the blender, rough chop all the veggies (minus the corn) and throw them in the blender with the juice and zest of the lime, the oil, salt, and the cilantro. Then blend until the consistency you desire. Add corn and black beans.

Ugh, I love this stuff!! We add it to everything!! My most favorite is mixing it in an omelet. But I also love just eating it on it's own with some chips!! YUM!!

Martinis & Bikinis