Making Mistakes and Being Okay with It

I would like to start by making a couple of confessions:

  1. I am a perfectionist and really beat myself up when I make a mistake.
  2. I suffer from a rare disease called Stykuhpmyass Syndrome.
Still searching for treatment options.....

Still searching for treatment options…..

These are 2 things I’ve had to try my hardest to get over since trying to get healthy. (And not push my friends away because they were late for something…’s a problem)

Let’s take this weekend for example. I had great plans to meal prep and make my house immaculate. I did none of these things because I felt a little under the weather. And you know what? That’s okay. I don’t have to have my delicious Jamie Eason Protein Bars for snacks when I can quickly whip up some Protein Fluff in the morning.

I also skipped my workout this morning. My first thought on rolling out of bed was too profane to include on my own blog. But then I realized that there are still a lot of hours left in the day, and I just happen to be free after work. Going in the afternoon isn’t going to make me lose any progress.

It is times like these when I have to remember that being healthy isn’t about perfection, it is about persistence. I also have to look back on where I started and remember how far I’ve come.

So tonight, I will kill it at the gym, then try to show up my husbands spectacular lettuce wraps with some Greek meatballs and tahdig. Wish me luck! (I’ll need it)

PattyCakes: I'll just throw these weird ingredients together. What did I make? Only the most delicious lettuce wraps ever.

PattyCakes: I’ll just throw these weird ingredients together. What did I make? Only the most delicious lettuce wraps ever.

Until next time,

Mrs. P

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Christmas Time!

Holy guacamole, Christmas is next week. This year seemed to go by super duper fast (says everyone every year). So much has been accomplished this year, and it kind of blows my mind.

Shortly after I married my bestest friend in May, I started taking classes to prepare for nursing school while working and taking care of my family. That was hard work, but I’m pleased to say that I maintained a 4.0, kept my job, and didn’t kill any of the boys in my house due to lack of nutrition or cleanliness. Whew! I now have a month off (whatamIgonnado?!?!), so I suppose I can actually fold the laundry now. Hooray. Or something.


When PattyCakes asked me to marry him, I knew I wanted to lose weight to look great in my dress, and I was successful, as I’ve posted before. But since then, the journey has become so much more. I’m no longer “dieting,” but have changed my view of food. I eat what I want in moderation, and actually crave healthy things after I “cheat.” I don’t view working out as a chore, but something I absolutely love doing. I lift at 5 AM 4-5 times a week, I don’t weigh myself as obsessively as I used to, but I do know that I’ve lost 3 inches from my waist, 3 inches from my chest (I CAN BUY BRAS FROM TARGET! WOOT!), and 4.5 inches from my hips.Image

I went from a size 13 to a size 6! (Which is smaller than I was in high school)Image

(Don’t mind the bathroom, I’m traveling and messy)

All-in-all, this year has been more than kind to me, and now I have time to write about it. All of this extra time means more recipes and meal prepping, more workouts and logs, and waaayyyy more pictures of my little bug. Speaking of, here’s one of us and my “baby” brother…who just got accepted into grad school and isn’t really a baby anymore. Image

Later, blog readers, I shall return with more of these good reads!

Until next time,

Mrs. P

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Study Break!

Alright guys. It has happened. I fell off the blog writing wagon. I’m so ashamed.


That adorable puppy should make up for everything! Right? Right.

So…Moving on!

I am still working out my guns and other body parts four to five times per week. And I feel awesome! I actually tricked one of my friends into working out with me at 5 AM, and today marked the end of four weeks in a row. Hooray! I am so proud of that girl!

I’ve started on the Food Prep Train, and I also LOVE that!

food prep sunday

But my weeks have been so consumed lately! I started school last month with A&P I and Lifespan development. A&P was a condensed class, so I just finished it on Wednesday. What grade did I get, you ask? Why I achieved “A” status! Woot! All my hard work is paying off! So on top of 4 hours in class, and 3 hours studying, I also have a real people job, cook real people dinners, raise an amazing son, cultivate an amazing marriage, and find time to spend at least an hour at the gym. Exhausted!

Le Condescending Wonka - No time to go to the gym? Tell me again how you watch 3 hours of TV every night

In short, that’s why I haven’t blogged. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me!

Anyway, I’m going to leave you folks with that, and this weekend I’ll post my progress pictures from my workouts.

Until next time,

Mrs. P

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Balancing Things is Hard!

Alright, alright, alright. It has been a week since my last post. I know I said I would update more often since I had an online class and would need the interruption every once in a while. Well (excuse time!), my class is a composition class, and I’ve been staying up late doing nothing but researching and writing papers. Yesterday, for instance, was a seven hour study day. Seven. Hours. Holy guacamole!

The good news: I finished a paper that I will actually stand behind. It is an original take on the story, and I have many sources to back up my ideas. Winning!

The bad news: ….I’ve been slacking. I haven’t worked out since last Friday. I stuck to my diet….until a couple days ago. I just wanted to eat everything! So I had Chinese food. Smart move, slick!

And a SMALL seasoned curlies. SMALL! I'm tryin' to lose the weight.

And a SMALL seasoned curlies. SMALL! I’m tryin’ to lose the weight.

Luckily, I’m still down in poundage from last week, and my pants are still loose.

Speaking of loose pants…guess who fits into her skinny jeans! If you guessed me….well you’re just awesomely correct. Woot!

On a final note, I just want to thank my husband for being there for me. He cooked me dinner, cleaned the house, walked the dogs, took care of The Bug… papers from my printer that is literally two feet away from me when I was too buried in my homework to move. I don’t know how I would be able to balance being a mom, going to school, working, and being a wife without his help….even if he is distracting with his rock hard abs and beautiful traps.

Now that this paper is mostly done (one more draft!), and I have the week off from classes next week, I will start lifting again tonight (because, contrary to the common misconception, workouts and diets DON’T have to start on Monday’s), I will continue my healthy eating (because one or two days of cheating doesn’t mean you can’t still win), and I will update when I can.

Until next time,

Mrs. P

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Progress Report!

Short post today! I’m beat from studying and writing and writing and studying and run-on sentences and workouts and…things….

My amazing husband has been such a huge help to me this week while I’ve been working my butt off to complete assignments early and get an outline started for a research paper. He’s cooked, he’s cleaned, he’s…taught me how to fish?

PattyCakes knows I need to take my mind off of things sometimes, and what better way than to learn how to bass fish?

Caught him all by myself!

Caught him all by myself!

I caught this little guy with artificial bait on a Texas rig...not that I know what that is yet!

I caught this little guy with artificial bait on a Texas rig…not that I know what that is yet!

Needless to say, I love it, and it has kept me sane this week.

The effect on my grades? Amazing! The results for the first few assignments were posted today, and I have 100%! Woot! And an email from the teacher about how awesome my first paper was. I’ll take it!

I’m still eating clean, working out, and staying on top of the health game. I don’t know if you heard, but I did over a thousand…something…

Until next time, fellow bloggers…

Mrs. P

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Back to School!

Well, I officially (re)started my higher learning process yesterday, and it seems like I’m going to be okay. I’m in an extremely accelerated class (one semester condensed into 2 weeks), but the work seems like it will be easy as long as I stay on top of things.

My challenge: Get an A. I know I can do it. It isn’t an “if,” it’s a “when” I get an A, and when that happens, I’ll treat myself to…new clothes? a car? drinks with friends? I don’t know, but I’m treating myself to something!

One does not simply breeze through a class....

One does not simply breeze through a 2 week class….

I’m still going strong on my HASfit program. Week 2 Day 1 was challenging, and I loved it!



I’m doing well on my eating awesome foods and drinking my weight in water, but one of my Facebook friends started a clean eating challenge that I am  more than happy to be a part of. I’m still working on my bread-making ability. I made a new one last night that seems to be moist, but I will let you know the actual verdict when I have it for breakfast tomorrow.

My diet right now, by the way, consists of 5 small meals a day. Why? Because I love to eat and I love to plan. So if I plan to eat several times a day, I’m a happy camper. What’s on the docket for lunch? My world famous pretty tasty Tortzagna! Basically it’s lasagna with whole wheat tortillas instead of noodles. It doesn’t sit as heavy, and I think it’s delectable (PattyCakes says he loves it, but I think that’s because he doesn’t want to hurt my feelings). I make my sauce my own and use skim mozzarella and fat free ricotta or cottage cheese depending on how I feel. It always tastes better the next day because the seasonings have had time to do their thing. Yum! Come on 1300!

Buuuut I’d better get back to work; there are people out there who need me!

Until next time,

Mrs. P

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From Fat to Not-So-Fat

Instead of getting depressed looking at old fat pictures of myself, I’m getting happy. I really like looking at how far I’ve come! And I can’t be angry at people for not telling me how big I was; I owned mirrors! I was also good at not weighing myself, making faces in the mirror that made my jaw line pretend to exist, and sucking in like a Dyson anytime I thought I might see my reflection. Apparently I forgot to suck in when my dad took pictures which is what we see here.


The first one is about a year before I had The Bug. The second, I’m not stretching my face to create a jawline…it is just there! Woot! Ready for more??

Sucking in and trying to move my arms to make my boob fat less no avail.

Sucking in and trying to move my arms to make my boob fat less obvious…to no avail.

Tried the dress on without a bra to make my boob fat less obvious. It worked....sort of...

Tried the dress on without a bra to make my boob fat less obvious. It worked….sort of…

This is the same dress taken in 2 sizes, no bra on the day of the wedding.

This is the same dress taken in 2 sizes, no bra on the day of the wedding.

What a difference a little weight lifting does! And now for a couple of my favorites taken by one of my besties:

Pure concentration. The dress now looks pretty flattering!

Pure concentration. The dress now looks pretty flattering!

Never in my life have I allowed a picture to be kept of me at this angle. I've always had a gut or a double chin or something else nasty. But this one is awesome. This picture marks the first full body picture of myself that doesn't make me want to vomit.

Never in my life have I allowed a picture to be kept of me at this angle. I’ve always had a gut or a double chin or something else nasty. But this one is awesome. This picture marks the first full body picture of myself that doesn’t make me want to vomit.

Every bit of this journey was achieved by eating clean and exercising. I never took pills (except for vitamins), I tried fad diets for about 2 days at a time a couple times, but every big amount of progress I had was when I approached my goal from the slow-and-steady angle.

I have some awesome food pictures from last night to post, but for now, I must work out my guns.

Later taters,

Mrs. P

I do!

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