Back To School – Back To You

28 Aug

 

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Are they gone?  Kids out of the house?  You’ve had your mimosa, nap, trip to Target alone, a manicure and a deep breath yet?   No?  WELL, have I got something for you!  For the month of September I want to help you get back to you.  Oh, but you just got back from vacation?  Yeah, right.  Vacation is just about more exhausting than real life because you still have to be a parent, just in a new environment and being a parent is pretty darn exhausting somedays.  And if you aren’t a parent or your chicks have flown the coop, I STILL know that September is a good time to refocus on your goals, to plan for the fall.  No matte what, I know you’re happy to get back to a regular routine and even though that routine is hectic  a routine helps you get BACK 2 YOU

My girls Kimberly at Sublime Reflection, Nica at BadAss Chronicles and I have decided to do a “Back To School – Back To You Challenge” for the month of September.  This challenge will focus on taking back time for you now that the kids are back in school, or if you aren’t a parent, now that fall is coming and it’s not too dang hot to work out! Much like new years resolutions, it’s a time to refocus on goals. And I don’t know about you, but I really need a kick in the pants to refocus on my goals! Get signed-up  and we’ll send you the Challenge Calendar!

We’ve created a months worth of small daily challenges to help you declutter, recharge, clean up your meal planning, and clean up your spending, and reconnect to you.   This challenge is 100% FREE to participate, however, much like with everything in life you will get out of it what YOU put into it!  Join the Facebook Group that we created for motivation, to share your successes and tips and share to instagram, twitter and facebook using the hashtag ‪#‎B2SB2U‬.

 

Oh wait.  Did I mention we’re going to have prizes?  Nica, Kimberly and I are pulling together some prizes from some of your favorite fitness brands for those of you that are the most active online (facebook, twitter and instagram!) and we’ll be sharing those prizes soon over in the Facebook Group.

Ok, so, here’s all you need to do right now:

REGISTER and we’ll send you the Challenge Calendar


Join The Facebook Group

 

Share this image on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, google+… wherever!.. and use the hashtag #B2SB2U and recruit your friends to join us!  I’d love for you to join us The Evolution of Mrs. Aimee C and Sublime Reflection and Badass Chronicles to share more and hear our tips on how we’re trying to get Back To US.

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The Summer of ’14

26 Aug

This summer, Just us 4 Carters could have been called the Crazy Carters.  But we survived. And something amazing happened along the way.

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The two little Carters became best friends.  Yes, of course, they are each others biggest pain in the butt, but they proved this summer that they truly love one another. We watched this summer as they moved from being siblings, who would play in opposite rooms with “boy toys” “my toys” “don’t touch that” “that’s MINE” to “hey, let’s have a scooter race”, “hey, wanna come play”, “let’s show mom”, “can we go together to the playground”.

When DOC and I first started falling in love I asked him “how do you know this is love?” His response was “I stopped saying me and started saying we. I no longer say I’m going to do whatever,  I say we’re going to go do whatever.”  This summer I witnessed the kids moving from me, my, mine to us, we, we’re, together.  Like all couples, sure they fight and yes, they need their alone time – who doesn’t.  They are maturing and for once I can see that they really might actually grow up to love one another.

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We started back to school last week and now I’ll return to a more regular schedule of parenting, posting, and a return to focus on some of our families goals.  This summer was tiring, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

To misquote a popular saying:

tough

 

 

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Throw Back Thursday: The Little Green Belt

24 Jul

For my birthday in 2008 DOC got me an adorable dress, something like I hadn’t worn before, that had this adorable green belt.  I wore it to all kinds of dressy functions.  I wore it to a work function and thought I looked great.  

 

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Work Crew Summer 2008

 

See that green belt? When I look back on this picture all I see is how round I was.  I would not get pregnant with The Diva for another month!

I’ve continued to wear that belt (the dress, when it was two sizes too big, was given away). The belt has been worn with black or grey dresses, with skirts and cardigans, and I always got compliments on how trendy it looked, how fashionable, I felt cute in outfits with my little green belt.

That is until yesterday when the little green belt was worn to work, with a little grey dress that is far too big, to make that dress not look like a potato sack. Alas the little green belt was also far too big.  It came down to the last hole and the last hole had its last day ever.  

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All the holes in this belt have been well loved.  The bottom three holes were the beginning, each hole in between was used as I lost weight to cinch in a dress or to pull together a cardigan .  That top hole, well, it hung in there as long as it could. If only there was one past you to continue on in service.

 Fair well, little green belt.  

 

TBT of the little green belt

Motivation Monday

21 Jul

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Today is the start of my Evolution Group. It’s the first group I’ve led on a wellness mission.  I’m SO EXCITED!  

This group is completely diverse: young, old, wanting to lose weight, wanting to maintain weight but increase their fitness, single moms, stay at home moms, teachers off for the summer, women that work full time, and a grandmother. Most importantly these are women who are committed to each other for the next 21 days.  

TODAY is the hardest, because the hardest part is getting yourself to the starting line. It’s BRAVE to get to the starting line. It’s BRAVE to admit you need an accountability group because you’ve started and stopped a million times but this time will be different. It is an act of strength to admit you are weak and that you need help in focusing on yourself.    

I couldn’t be prouder of these twenty-five women!  

 

What’s your motivation today?  What is your biggest challenge in sticking with a workout plan or on track with healthy eating?  Any tips I can share with my group?  

 

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Friday Five: Friday Favorites

18 Jul

Oh Friday, you sweet pretty little thing!  Glad to see you!

This week’s Friday Five Link Up is all about our Friday Favorites. The Friday Five Girls (MarCourtneyCynthia), put together the Friday Five Link-up and hope you’ll head over to check them out. 

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This Friday I want to share some of my new favorites.  

1.) Earlier this week I came across an article on Huffington Post.  I instantly fell in love with the writer, her mission and the movement.  Women, you are NOT too big to run – you just have to START to run.  You have to check out the Fat Girls Guide To Running.  Fatty, Julie calls herself Fatty, took the words of a doctor who told her she was too fat to run and built a movement to get other women, ALL women to run.  Her site, facebook page and blog are beautiful testaments to the belief that all women can start to take control of their own health and life.  

 Yep, here is me at the finish of my first mud run. A soaking wet, muddy mess.  I barely ran.  But begin to run I did.  

Me at the finish of my first mud run.

2.)  “Shift the focus from weight loss to life gain.”
Oh, how I LOVE this quote in this article from one of the past contestants of The Biggest Loser, Isabeau Miller. 

3.)  THIS WEATHER and Mid Day Workouts!

Finally the humidity broke after a rough week, of course the hottest most humid days were the ones when we moved, but the past few days have been perfect chances to break out of the office mid-day and get in a quick run.  I just found my new favorite product for the summer, BeautiControl’s SUNLOGICS Refreshing Towelettes.  These body wipes are great to get the sunscreen and sweat off of your face and body, and smell great!  I love using these as a quick refresher after a mid-day run.  I don’t have access to a shower at work, so these little babies get me back to work quickly without smelling like a baby wipe. sunlogic

4.)  FRIENDS

This past few weeks I intentionally tried to reach out to friends.  I am so excited to have had lunch, coffee, mini workouts, planned get aways and sleep overs with great girlfriends.  I know I am so blessed to have these women in my lifel  

5.)  This sign right here

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It’s one week until pro-football training camp.  Seven more Saturdays until college football.  Yes! Almost the best time of the year – Fall Football! That is a little bittersweet because I’ve been liking this summer so far, but fall is my favorite, I can’t lie.  

What are some of your favorite  inspirations lately?  How about your summer favorites? 

 

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Transformation Tuesday

15 Jul

Last week one of the ladies in my 21 Day Evolution group asked a question about how to reduce sugar for a sugar addict.  I answered her question abruptly by saying I went cold turkey, it’s the only thing that works. I felt badly about that and I went back to apologize and offer tips on what I needed to do to start my transformation.

What I meant to say was that going cold turkey off of sugar was my only option because I made that MY option. I made myself focus on eating low carb and refined sugar free … and when I say low carb, I mean, removing processed foods, flour, pasta, sodas, sweet tea and sweets from my diet.  I removed ice cream and cakes because they aren’t ‘worth it’ to me.  I researched a lot of ways to eat the foods I love without eating them with sugar, breads, pastas, etc. I kept eating the foods I love and that fueled my workouts by making substitutions. I ate spaghetti squash when the rest of the family ate pasta. When they eat subs, sloppy joes or philly cheese steaks I serve mine in a pepper, on quinoa or over zucchini noodles.  I gave up soda and sweet tea and switched to soda water at home via the Soda Stream or ordering soda water with lime when we went out to eat.  I ate greek yogurt with fruit and a little honey instead of a bowl of ice cream.  Instead of a king size snickers bar, I eat one square of good dark chocolate (the dark chocolate and sea salt is my favorite!) – see, nobody is perfect, you just have to make small swaps that are worth it to you.  I  made swaps that satisfied my nutrition and my cravings.  

A great place to start to find recipes is through Paleo or Low Carb blogs. One of my favorites is Peace Love and Low Carb , Kalyn’s Kitchen and using the blog for ideas at Relay Foods. I also have a lot of success finding low carb swaps on Pinterest, as you all know I’m addicted to pinterest!

These pictures below show a change in outfit sizes from a 3X/26 to XL/16 and nearly 80 lbs of Low Carb/low sugar, portion control and working out 4+ days a week. This is over 2 years of hard work.  There is still a long way to go.

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Today, I’m wearing pants that are a little snug.  Let’s focus on the positives here, though, one thing I have also done besides MOVE more and EAT better was to  get rid of every size larger than the one I’m wearing today so I can’t creep back up the scale again.  These tight pants are a good reminder to tighten up my eating and focus on my goal of losing 50 pounds before the end of this year.

I’m so excited to try the 21 Day Fix with you and everyone who is doing 21 days of intentional eating, focusing on portion control and moving 30 minutes a day. Because the next 50 pounds still need to come off of me and I need to be more focused on my goals.  There’s still time to join the 21 Day Evolution group – sign up for the event and I’ll invite you to join the private group!

 

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The Brain Drain

14 Jul

This weekend we moved.  We survived. I meant to wear my polar heart rate monitor to see how many calories we burned, but I forgot, so I plugged in eight hours of carrying boxes up stairs into My Fitness Pal.  While I typically never trust what MFP says for calories burned (it is always a lot higher than what my polar says), I’m pretty sure this is low, so, I’m going to round-up to one billion calories burned.

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After two days of this we were beat last night.  I asked if I could go to sleep at 8:00 p.m. and the DOC told me that grown people don’t go to bed when it’s still light outside.  Well, that might be true, but I did fall asleep on the couch.  What?  Naps aren’t bed!

Our brains really hurt.  Ever get that?  When you’re so dehydrated and exhausted that your brain doesn’t really work?  Thinking of the answers to simple questions becomes SUPER HARD. Yesterday, loading in the kitchen I said to DOC, I can’t seem to figure out where pots and pans are supposed to go. This is too hard.  I really wanted to make a call to my most overly organized friends and show them what a mess I am and let their organization skills go to work.  I have a friend whose mom alphabetized her spice cabinet.  Yeah, I needed her to figure out the kitchen.

Therefore, today’s post is a cry for help.  I’d love to hear your best kitchen organization ideas, your kitchen hacks.  How do you organize a too small pantry?  Where do you keep your appliances (ice cream maker, food processor, electric skillet, kitchen aid mixer, crockpots, griddle) – do you keep them in the kitchen if you use them regularly and store them someplace else if you don’t (I’m looking at you ice cream maker)?   Comment your ideas below and I’ll post again next Monday about what progress I’ve made!

Sparkle on,

 

Aimee

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