Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weekly Check-In

Welcome back to weekly update y'all!

Bruce Update:

Bruce has seemed to go back to his old self. I can tell that he is losing weight by his little pouch. And I can tell that he is starving because all he does is meow and race to the cabinet where his old food was stored. I think hes expecting food when we go over there :( Poor guy. It has almost been a month, so we will be taking him back in soon enough to see how his bladder is doing and see how his weight is. If he has lost weight we might be able to slowly add a little bit more food and possibly switch from wet to dry food.

Another thing that he is still doing is at exactly 4:45am gracing our presence with his meowing. We even got an automatic feeder thinking that he would go to that instead of coming to us. NOPE. Now we have started to lock him in the downstairs bathroom with some toys (throwback if you've been around for awhile) for about an hour. Girl needs her beauty sleep ya know?!

Weight loss update:

I have lost almost 2 lbs since last week...YAY! Now I am down to 155.2! I have not been 100% on my diet but I have been trying to make healthier choices! I have also found that when I make a sound breakfast choice, it helps me make healthier decisions later in the day. I usually eat either egg and bacon whole wheat english muffin or over easy egg (shout-out to Amy for informing me of the delicious way to cook eggs!) with bacon.

I have also upped my cardio game. Sprints or the stair stepper with some light weight/high rep weight lifting. My goal right now is to lose 5 lbs by my birthday (Aug. 1) which is totally possible. I just have to commit to eating right and consistently working out. I also think that once I actually put 100% into meal prep, that would help tons. It also helps that every morning my motivation (my dress) stares me in the face. I WILL FIT INTO YOU!

Wedding Update:

This last weekend was actually a productive one for the wedding front. Both Bill and I went up to Brainerd to hang out with my bestie, Amy. We had planned this weekend quite a long time ago to go over some wedding things.

So what made it productive?
Well we were able to decide that instead of painting some frames that I got from a friend grey, they are staying black. We also decided on some centerpieces. With a little inspiration from a post I found on Pinterest, Amy and I got busy with creating some masterpieces. I posted a picture on Instagram but I will post it a sneak peak on here as well.

On the left side are the centerpieces. I was able to find the tall candles at Dollar Tree and we went to JoAnn fabrics for the glitter tape. Such an easier task than dipping the candles in glitter. Also each one of them will be a little bit differently which I love! They will also be dark grey, light grey and sparkle. Then the color page book that is on the right will also be part of the centerpieces. We will be cutting hearts out of the paper to put on the tables for that "pop of color". Its going to be awesome. Can't wait for all of the pictures after the wedding! So much color!

That is really all for now! See yallz later!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Motivational Monday #33

Welcome back to Motivational Monday!

Today's post is going to be all about perspective.

When thinking about this post yesterday, I saw this picture. I really clicked with me. I try to be an optimistic person. I even saw a research saying that optimistic people are usually late (and if you know me, it true). But anyway!

When coming across different obstacles and situations in life, it is all about perspective. We may find ourselves in places that we don't want to be or realize that we are simply wishing for different things in life than we have. But if we think about the perspective we have and why we have it, there might actually be a chance to change it. Like Abraham Lincoln says, why complain about something bad when it actually gives that one certain thing it's beauty. It is what it is. Plain and simple. Having a different perspective might actually give something some rejoice instead of complaints.

What is a perspective that you have found yourself changing lately?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Weekly Check-In

Welcome back! Told you I would post today :)

Here's the deal. As a way to keep myself checking in and upfront, I am going to be checking in on Wednesdays about different things. Eating health, wedding things, Bruce. Things that may go by the way side when we get busy. I also think that this will help me get back into my wedding dress (*fingers crossed*)!

Bruce Update:
About a month ago, Bill and I awoke so some weird howls and some strange squatting behavior outside of the litter box. He looked as though he was straining to go to the bathroom. It first caught me off guard since he hasn't gone outside of his litter box since potty training (and we all know how that went...). I had to rush to work but once I got there, I called a vet. She stated that his life could be in danger and that he had to be brought in right away. So I rushed back home and took him to the vet. She stated that he was NOT in danger but that she wanted to keep him and give him IV fluids to help flush whatever was going on out. We took him home and ended up following him around the house with some carpet cleaner to get the stains out. He was just not back 100%.Then we took him back the next morning and the vet said that shed like to keep him another day. 1. thing wrong with this vet, overpriced. And she charged us more than we should have been. But what can you say, I'm not a vet.

Fast forward 2 weeks. Bill calls me saying that Bruce is peeing orange. ORANGE people. I immediately start looking at other vets as I didn't have a good feeling about the first one (and boy was I right). I found one for him and Bill was able to get him in that same day. After some tests and reviewing his symptoms, it turns out that Bruce has Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. Long story short, he has a disease with his bladder and will have it the rest of his life. He also is a little overweight and that excels the disease by 100%. After the appointment, they gave us some medicine to give Bruce to help with his bladder and he is now on prescription food for the rest of his life.

For the last couple of months, Bruce wakes us up between 4-6 am by scratching the bed, the blinds and/or meowing - usually a combo of all 3 (he knows what gets on our nerves). Poor guy was probably telling us something was wrong and we didn't know it. He is still doing it to this day but maybe (hopefully) he will stop soon. Hear that Bruce, mom says PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP. He is more of himself lately and I make sure to pay more attention to him and make sure that his litter box is clean.

Weight Loss Update:
When I weighed myself on Monday it said 157 (holy shi* i know). When I tried my wedding dress on for the first time in February it fit to a T. I needed almost no alterations. I was also 147 lbs. That was because I was totally depleted of food and water for 2 days <--not a great/fun way to lose weight btw. Between the dress and that number, I am on a mission. My first dress fitting is in a little over a month away. I am determined to fit in that damn dress. My first fitting is over 2 months out from my wedding, so I have to keep that in mind. I may end up pushing it back a week if I find that in 2 weeks I am no where closer to getting into the dress.

What have I been eating? I am so glad you asked!
In the mornings, I have been making an egg and bacon english muffin sandwich. Making bacon ahead of time in the oven makes this seriously very easy. On Sunday I made a big batch of healthier chili (with black beans, kidney beans, lean ground beef, corn and tomato sauce). It was actually delicious. I have been eating that at lunch the last couple of days. Last night I prepped some chicken and ate that last night for dinner and again for lunch today with some rice, sugar snap peas, ranch and water.

Obligatory Lunch Picture

Yes, I used to hate that hashtag. But now I dont because it is exactly what I need to do. I needed to lose some weight anyway, so this is just a good launch forward!

Wedding Update:
Holy man have things been just a rolling. We have 100 days left until our wedding. I seriously can not believe it has gone this fast. Here are the things that we have done so far (besides some of the obvious things):

  • DJ booked
  • Photographer booked and engagement pictures scheduled
  • Makeup and hair person picked
  • Meeting with venue scheduled for day of things and food
  • Groomsmen tuxes picked out
  • Invites and RSVP's ordered/envelopes labeled (will be going out this week-eeeeeek!)
Here are some things that are at the forefront of our minds right now
  • Bride and Groom wedding bands
  • Centerpieces
  • Decorations
  • Flowers
  • Starting day of schedule
  • Getting coordinated with Day-Of Coordinator
  • Figuring out rehearsal dinner and Sunday brunch thing
  • Program and I Spy (cameras)
Im sure there is more but that is about it for now! 


Monday, July 13, 2015

Motivational Monday #32

Hello everyone! Man it has been a LONG time since I have blogged. Sorry about that! If you are missing my posts, well join the train and lets get going!

If you are wondering what the heck has been going on in our lives, I will be doing a post on Wednesday explaining what has been going on and why I am posting on a Wednesday!

So today's Motivational Monday comes from trying on my wedding dress for the first time since buying it in February....and IT NOT FITTING. Like at all. I knew that it wouldn't fit as when I tried it on I was majorly sick and going through some nasty things with my health. BUT I didn't think it would be THAT bad. Turns out, that situation is just what I needed to make myself realize and acknowledge the weight gain.

When I saw this picture it really made me stop and say: Yes it fit in February, No it didnt fit on Sunday but what that means now is to keep walking forward. To meet the obstacles of life head on and accomplish my goal: fitting into my wedding dress and letting it out the least possible. It is up to me to keep walking and not let this realization depress me. It WILL motivate me!

What have to come to realization lately?

What obstacles will you face in the future that you will be hitting head on?