Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Playlist Love...

Hey! Hey! Hey!

I don't know if it's the fact that the weather is starting to actually look like Spring, kind of...minus the snow we had here in Kansas yesterday, or if it's just that the music industry is beat'n that beat back lately?! Whatever the reason, I've been a iTunes buy'n fool lately...and I figure, why not share what I'm listening to!? Some of these songs are just feel good, listen all day every day type songs and some are on my #beastmode workout playlist, believe you will love them ALL, or at least find a few you can't live without! 

Paramore - Ain't It Fun
Miranda Lambert - Automatic
Jake Owens - Beachin'
American Authors - Best Day of My Life
Steve Aoki - Boneless
Blake Shelton - Doin' What She Likes
Shakira - Empire
N.A.S.A - Hide (Tropkillaz Remix)
Christina Perri - Human
B.o.B - John Doe
Pitbull - Juice Box
Idina Menzel - Let It Go
Austin Mahone - Mmm Yeah
The Chainsmokers - #SELFIE
Ed Sheeran - Sing
Zedd - Spectrum
Oh Land - Sun of a Gun
Toddla T - Take It Back
Florida Georgia Line - Take It Out On Me
Cash Cash - Take Me Home
Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
Kristen Bell & Santino Fontana - Love Is an Open Door
DJ Snake & Lil' John - Turn Down For What
Ellie Goulding - Under the Sheets (Jakwob Remix)
A$AP Rocky - Wild for the Night
HAIM - The Wire
Andy Mineo - You Can't Stop Me
Florida Georgia Line - This Is How We Roll
Dan + Shay - 19 You + Me
Naughty Boy - La La La
Lana Del Rey - West Coast
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong

You're Welcome!

What's your MOST favorite tune?  Do you have any of these?  Which ones did you download?

Oh! Be sure to come back by tomorrow for a HUGE giveaway! Holla!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Event Schedule...

Yes, it's me! You're welcome! 

The other day I posted, on Instagram and Facebook, that I feel like I'm in a blog-suck rut and didn't know how to climb out...I thought about it last night and figured, why not just start simple?! So I planned to post today about what fitness events are on my schedule for the next couple months! Interesting shit, huh?!  Well... let's get to it!

April 2014
04/05/14 - The Amazing Grace 5k (Joplin, MO)
04/13/14 - Raider Spirit 5k (Frontenac, KS)
04/26/14 - Get Busy Livin' 5k (Pittsburg, KS)

May 2014
05/03/14 - Tough Mudder Kansas 2014 (Topeka, KS)
05/10/14 - Joplin Memorial Run 5k (Joplin, MO)
05/24/14 - Victory Over Violence 5k (Frontenac, KS)

June 2014
06/21/14 - Tinman Sprint Triathlon (Topeka, KS)

July 2014
07/11/14 - Get Fit TRYathlon 10k (Pittsburg, KS)
07/26/14 - Bright Futures USA 15k (Joplin, MO)

August 2014
08/09/14 - Journey Through The Jungle Sprint Triathlon (Chanute, KS)

September 2014
09/13/14 - Capitol Craze 5k Obstacle Run (Topeka, KS)
09/28/14 - Go Girl Run Half Marathon (Overland Park, KS)

I'm fully going to admit that I am the MOST nervous about the sprint triathlons! Eek! I'm dreading round numero dos of Tough Mudder the most...and I'm the most excited about getting another half on my schedule, I think! Double Eek!

What events are your schedule are you most nervous for? dreading? excited? And who wants to come run with me?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So What!? Wednesday...


Real quick, y'all! I need a favor!

I shared a link on Facebook yesterday about one of my IRL friends, Jennie Watts!
Jennie is 1 of 6  finalists to win the ProgressOh! Makeover Contest!  3 of the 6 will be named the winners and will receive a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, CA!  Prize includes 2 round trip airfares to LA, 4 days/3 nights accommodations, a total head-to-toe makeover, a shopping spree with a personal shopper to help pick out a fabulous blue dress and accessories for a photo shoot, $1,000 gift card and 2 tickets to a live taping of E! Fashion Police.

Voting is now until April 10th.  You can vote everyday at www.progresso.com/progressoh.  Just click on the link to vote and find Jennie Watts, you just have to enter your email address and submit.  It's super easy!

Thank You in advance for anyone that takes the time to go vote for Jennie! Xo

Life After I Dew

This week I'm saying So What!? if...
  • I've gained back about 5 of the 10 pounds I lost after having my Gum Tissue Grafts, oh well...
  • #beastmode is back and I will be blowing up your IG and FB feeds all day, every day...and I have a new obsession with FUN pants!
  • Juan Pablo is a total DICK...he's still hot... #sorrynotsorry
  • Tattoo Numero Cinco made an appearance this past weekend! It was totally impromptu, but I love it!

  • The Marcy Darci #dietbet is underway and the pot is up to $1,825! Holla! There's still time to join us and get signed up!

Go link up with Shannon and tell us what you are saying So What!? to this week!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

That Picture..and DietBet Info...

That Picture... I posted it last night and I'm still a little geek'd out that I actually did! I mean who wants the world to see you not looking your best, right?! But it's actually been liberating almost and let's get real, I love attention - good, bad, or FAT! Ain't no shame in my game! What I didn't expect was the reaction who are we kidding, yes I did that I got from all of you awesome ladies, it totally makes me feel like a rock star! It's even better that I motivate and inspire others, but the best part...it motivates ME! To keep going, to keep pushing, to keep chugging along on my fitness journey, and for that I say THANK YOU!

I had some comments asking questions so I thought I'd try to answer some here real quick!
The picture on the left was mid-summer 2011, Jack had just turned TWO that May. I had also JUST found out that I was pregnant with Norah, I'm talking I was maybe 8 weeks pregnant I think?!

I remember weighing in at my very first appointment with Norah (10 week mark) at 189 pounds! Eek! Did I just type that?! Wow! I gained 20 pounds during the pregnancy and tipped the scales, literally, at 209 pounds the day I delivered her. Yikes..again, why am I typing this!? 

This picture was taken at 37 weeks with Norah, I delivered her at 38w4d in January 2012, so I think it should be a relatively good visual for what me at 209 pounds looks like! Eek! Why?!

One comment I got from a relatively newer IRL friend was "never realized you were ever over weight"... so I thought I should talk about this some. If you have been a follower for long, then you probably know that my struggle with health and food and fitness isn't a new one, or even just a post-baby one...it's literally been a battle for me that started back in middle school/high school. I have some "demons" when it comes to this arena, I don't deny that...if you want to know more about that you can read that post HERE..but for today's post, let's just leave it at I have been a weight "swinger" for literally half of my life.

But here's a little background on the last say 6 or so years...

This picture is from our wedding rehearsal dinner in September 2008, I weighted right at about 140 pounds and was a comfortable size 6 or 8.  I'm 5'4" tall (almost), in case anyone is wondering.

I got pregnant with Jack on our honeymoon or...maybe it was the week of our wedding? Who knows, but I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks after we got home from our honeymoon! Yeah... The picture above is from our wedding picture "retake shoot" about 2 months after our wedding; for those of you that are new around here, you might not know that we didn't end up with ONE PROFESSIONAL photo from our actual wedding day, hence the "retake shoot"! Ugh! If you want to know the whole story you can read that post HERE...the point of the picture is to say I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Jack at this time. I remember I weighed 148 pounds the day we took these pictures because I was SO afraid that I wouldn't be able to get my dress back on! 

The picture on the L was 12 weeks and the picture on the R was 39 weeks with Jack! I gained about 60 pounds during his pregnancy, I know...I know! Wow! And actually weighed less then I did with Norah, barely, at 205 pounds the day I delivered him in May 2009.

I have to point out that after Jack's pregnancy I actually lost the majority of the baby weight at one point...around the Spring of 2011, but then gained about 35 pounds or so in a matter of 3 months! Why!? Ugh! Needless to say, that was also about the time I got pregnant with Norah!

So, back where we started...some people asked the weight difference between the pictures; which is about 30 pounds. I'm currently hovering right around 160 pounds...don't believe me?! I am...one of the gifts I received from my Dad's side, along with my thighs for days is the way the women carry our weight...we just do it well...or that's what I've been told! Ha!

Ultimately I have another 15-20 pounds I'd like to lose, but I've been kind of stuck at this same place for about a year...bouncing up and down the same 10 pounds or so! This is where DietBet comes in!

I've teamed up with Marcy for another round of DietBet! It starts this coming Monday, the 10th of March! Below is a quick explanation of how a DietBet works! I took all the images right from their website!

The buy-in for this game is $25 and I think the pot is sitting right at about $500 currently; we just finished another DietBet and the buy-in was $20 and the "winners" received $37.50 back...that's almost doubling your money! Holla!

If you want to get in on the fun and join in with us click HERE to get signed up! That link takes you directly to our DietBet's page! I do believe that if you are new to DietBet you will have to create an account, which is just your basic info - name, email, whatever!

I will say, don't be freaked by the weighing in/out process - no one sees them but DietBet staff and it's honestly easier then you probably think. Just download the app if you can, it's super easy because you can just upload the pictures right from your phone!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mi Familia...

Hey Y'all! I wanted to do a post today about Me! Me! Me! Me! and my little family!

Let's start with Me! Me! Me! Me! I am a super smart (no really, I am), confident, sassy, honest, cute, dirty thirty-one year old Momma of two. I work full-time, love to run and work out, I have a slight major shopping addiction and a passion for fashion. I live in SEK (Southeast Kansas), born and raised, with my adorable little family!

Welcome To The Spear Shack!

The Husband is a Gypsy, traveling non-stop for his career! This means I single-mom-it M through F most weeks! We have been married 5 long, long, long years; which tends to happen when you get knocked up on your Honeymoon...or maybe it was the week of the wedding, but I'll never tell! Eek!

The Son is all Boy! Jack Nolan is an out of control, rambunctious, handsome, hilarious and sweet 4 year old!  He loves all things outdoors; hunting, baseball, helping his Papa in his garden, finding flowers for his Momma, jumping on the trampoline or playing with his neighborhood friends! He is a wonderful big brother; he is patient, kind and never minds sharing his food, drink, toys or whatever else his baby sister demands.

The Daughter is a Diva! Norah Jane (Bean) is just like her Momma and she only just turned 2 years old! Some call is cute, I call it Karma! She loves brushing her hair and putting on makeup, wearing dresses every single day, taking care of her babies and always insists on having a bow in her hair! She also has a sassy side and she doesn't hesitate to tell you if things aren't going her way! The Husband calls her a Sour Patch Kid which is actually a perfect description of her, one minute she smacks the shit out of you and the next she is hugging and loving on you!

The Dog is an almost 4 year old Boxer! Oscar! We adopted Oscar in May 2013, and now, I don't think any of us could imagine life without him! He is the BEST pup! He allows the kids to maul him and he never reacts, but yet he is just playful enough when he rough-houses with Jack! He is protective, he thinks he is a lapdog, and he is the best snuggle buddy EVER!

So that's us...I hope you'll stick around and ride this roller coaster that we call life with us!  Eventually I want to do some Home Tour posts too...if I can ever get this house how I want it!