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6 Month Checkup


Yesterday was my 24 week appointment and Luke is doing great! It was one of the 15 minute ones, so no ultrasound or anything fun – just heard the heartbeat and talked with the doc. I’ve only gained 5lbs so far, so Dr. Miller wants me to work out less hard (burn 500 calories or fewer, as opposed to 650 at boot camp) and eat at least 2,000 calories per day. The working out less strenuously should be pretty easy – especially since it’s going to start getting really hot soon – but eating 2,000 calories per day will likely be quite the challenge. I’ve started logging my meals into Lose It (yes, the app I used when trying to LOSE weight), but set my daily caloric intake goal to 2,000 instead of 1,500.

Here goes nothing! And here’s a picture of my 6 month baby bump :)

6 months - Luke

A Month of Thanksgiving


Everyone seems to have done the “Month of Thanksgiving” posts on Facebook/Twitter this year – you know, where every day you say one thing you’re thankful for. Well, for half of this month, I was in Peru…and the internet is shotty AT BEST there. So here is my list of 30 things I’m thankful for :)

  1.  Jesus – Without him, I would have no life.
  2. Chad – He’s the best gift God could have given me! He’s so loving, patient and kind. He’s a truly genuine person – something that’s hard to come by these days. He’s never fake, never spiteful, never arrogant. He’s humble, a great leader, and my best friend. I could go on forever!
  3. Toilets and toilet seats – I told you I’d been in Peru for half the month! I peed in a hole and toilet seats were very hard to come by. I’m telling you, it’s the little things!
  4. Family – Between me and Chad, we seriously have some of the coolest relatives EVER. Of course, I love my own mother and sister to death, but I feel the same way about Chad’s mom, sister, brother and stepdad! And of course Payton and Lilly have special places in my heart :) Not to mention our amazing aunts, uncles and grandparents!
  5. Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card – Not that we need a credit card, but we put our monthly gas, groceries and some other expenses on this bad boy in order to earn frequent flyer miles. We went to Vegas for free in August, and we’ve earned two more round trip flights already!
  6. The gym – It always makes you feel better, even if you didn’t feel like going!
  7. Homemade meals – I love to cook, and I really love trying out new things. I’m glad Chad is open to eating what I make! And it makes me feel really good to cook delicious, healthy meals for us :)
  8. Pictures of corgis and dachshunds – We WILL be getting these dogs when we get our first home. Mark my words!
  9. Christmas decorations and music – Christmas is my favorite time of year, and seeing all the sights, hearing all the sounds, smelling all the smells and tasting all the foods of the season makes me SO HAPPY!
  10. Laughing – Chad and I are ALWAYS laughing – and if you ask me, there isn’t enough of that in the world! We’re even able to laugh when the times are tough, which is always great.
  11. Fleece-lined tights – Seriously. These things are great! They keep me warm in winter (they wouldn’t cut it in Chicago or somewhere with a REAL winter), and allow me to wear something besides pants every.single.day.
  12. Mexican food – I really don’t think this needs an explanation.
  13. Cuddle time – There is really nothing better than curling up on the couch with your husband, in your PJs or sweatpants and fuzzy socks, and watching TV. Promise.
  14. Football – How about the Texans this year?! AWESOME. And the Longhorns did better than last year…that’s about all I can say about that. But YAY TEXANS!!!
  15. Employment – In a time where so many are jobless, I’m very thankful to have a job that allows me to use my degree, talents and passion. The paycheck is nice too :)
  16. My charity/cause-loving friends – Every time I turn around, someone is raising money for a cause that is near and dear to their heart. That is so great. THANK YOU, friends, for dedicating yourselves to such worthy causes!
  17. G-chat – Because I live in another state, G-chat enables me to talk to some of my best friends almost every day. Whether they’re in Texas, New York or somewhere in between, it enables me to stay connected to their lives, despite the distance.
  18. White sand beaches with turquoise waters – Sadly, we did not make it to the beach this year. But that does not take the beach out of my list of loves! There is nothing like sitting under an umbrella with your toes in the sand, the wind  in your hair, and the waves crashing around you.
  19. All things pumpkin and gingerbread – Are there better cold weather/holiday season flavors? I think not. My first attempt at pumpkin bread went AMAZINGLY WELL, so that is going to be a new tradition. Gingerbread lattes are like Christmas in a cup, and how could you not like that??
  20. The Walking Dead – I know, a silly thing to be thankful for. But we really do look forward to it Sunday nights! Plus, it gives us cuddle time, since it’s filled with scary and cringe-worthy moments. See #13.
  21. Elf – My sister and I watch this together EVERY YEAR. We can quote the entire thing, and sometimes do so via text. Until I got married, when I’d go home for Christmas, Kourt and I would share her room/bed (because the kids are in my old room) on Christmas Eve night. We would always watch that movie and then wake up together just like when we were little kids. TMI? Get over it – this is my blog!
  22. Coffee – It’s delicious. It’s a great way to start my day. And it’s always made and given to me by my amazing husband – BONUS!
  23. Your prayers – We’ve had so many people praying for us this year, through some really tough times. I cannot tell you how much this means to us, and how much it has lifted our spirits. There aren’t enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you and your prayers!
  24. Blake Shelton – He’s hilarious. He’s attractive. He can sing. Need I say more? The bromance between him and Adam Levine is hilarious on The Voice, and I’ve been a fan of his long before he became the megastar he is today.
  25. Our church family and friends – We’ve been so blessed to meet so many great people here in Little Rock, who have really taken us in as their own. These are some really genuine, loving people with servant’s hearts – and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know them over the years! From inviting us over on a random Tuesday to letting us spend major holidays with you, we REALLY appreciate it!
  26. Immanuel Baptist Church – Our church is amazing. We unapologetically stand for what the Bible says and Jesus. My faith has been strengthened and I have spiritually grown so much, thanks to the teachings of Pastor Gary and the other leaders in the church.
  27. Loganberry Frozen Yogurt – It’s Chad’s favorite place, and I can always convince him that we need to go there for a guilt-free treat :)
  28. Old school Christmas movies – I love them all! Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty…you name it! And I’ve scheduled them ALL to record this year. JOY!
  29. Pastor Victor and Pastor Roger in Peru – These are two extremely hard working men, who face incredible hardships in their work every day. It was a pleasure to get to know them while on my mission trip, and I pray that God continues to use them to further His kingdom!
  30. YOU! – I have so many amazing friends, who fill my life with laughter, pride and joy every day. Thank you for always being there for me – whether I needed a sounding board, a shoulder to cry/freak out on, or a room to stay in while in town :)

3 Days in, 2 Pounds Down


Well, I joined a gym. 10 Fitness to be exact. I said at the beginning of the year that I was going to work out regularly, and I did pretty well – until I completed my 5K (in 37 minutes, what!), and no longer had a goal.

Since then I’ve done very little in terms of working out. Sure, I went running a few times, spent a couple of hours on the elliptical and lifted a few weights, but really it was nothing to get excited about. With our Vegas Vacation less than 100 days away, I feel it’s time to get serious about the gym – and not just until August. I need to make this a habit. A good habit. A habit that will allow me to lose 10-15 pounds before I have to stand next to my super hot mother-in-law and sister-in-law in a bikini in Vegas.

I started going to the gym and watching what I eat on Monday. I’ve since lost 2 pounds! Which is super exciting, but I”m pretty sure it’s all of the cake and booze I consumed the week before purchasing the gym membership. But hey – you have to start somewhere. I have my complimentary fitness assessment and personal training session today, so hopefully that goes well (and I can move my arms and legs thereafter).

My friend Emily asked if I’d changed my diet, and in a way, yes. First of all, no more cake and wine every night. I know, sad. I’ve also started logging my food in CalorieCount.About.com. Rather than wildly guessing how many calories I’ve consumed (which is totally inaccurate and usually off by hundreds), I enter my food into the tool and it analyzes the nutrition (calories, fat, sodium, sugar, etc.). I know it’s not 100% accurate, but it gives me a good guide to go by. (And informed me that 70% of my diet is carbs…whoops.)

I’ve also started drinking 64 ounces of water a day. I didn’t think that was really a big deal, but Y’ALL – it is! Most people eat not because they’re hungry, but because they’re thirsty. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink something, dehydration has already begun. So go get yourself some water! Right now!

So there you have it – my weight loss journey for the past 3 days. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not disillusioned into thinking I’m fat or anything. But there is definitely some weight that can healthfully be taken off, some inches I could stand to lose and some tightening/toning that needs to be done. That’s what this is about – getting healthier and feeling fabulous!

Attempt to Cheat: Thwarted


It’s been 4 days since I posted my THINspiration post and 9 days since my Resolutions post and I’ve already tried to break my resolve.

Today, I tried to coerce any coworker within earshot to go split a bowl of queso (that’s “cheese dip” for you Arkansans) for lunch, but alas – no one would go with me. One even reminded me of my resolution and encouraged me to stay strong on my healthy eating journey. That B. (LOL just kidding, S!)

So I ate my Lean Cuisine and my 2 cuties. And I’ve had two giant glasses full of water (probably 4 cups). SIGH.

I also didn’t want to get out of bed this morning to go work out (can’t work out after work, I have Junior League and apparently showing up to JL stuff in sweatpants is frowned upon), BUT I DID. I guess this whole “eat right and workout” thing is going to happen whether I like it or not.



Hello, everyone! I’m sure you could tell from the two-week hiatus that something big was up – and it was! Our wedding! After months of planning and years of dreaming, the Big Day was finally here – and it was everything we’ve ever wanted and so much more.

I could never begin to thank our friends and family for all of their love and support throughout the wedding planning and execution process – I can only hope that you walked away thinking it was all worth it! We are settling into married life well (despite my working 17 hour days the first week of living in the real world as a married woman), but of course the journey will continue on forever. Here’s a bit of what’s been going on in our lives since July 15, 2011:

1. WE GOT MARRIED. It was the most beautiful ceremony in the most beautiful church on the planet. Don’t believe me? Head on over to my Facebook page and check out the pictures I’ve been tagged in recently :) And for those of you in the Houston area looking for wedding venues – I highly recommend Woodlands Church and Belle Rose Maison. They were beyond amazing to work with!

2. WE WENT ON OUR HONEYMOON. Oh Mexico. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… I mean really you can’t say anything bad about an all-inclusive, adults-only 4-star resort. Our room was right on the beach with a balcony that overlooked the ocean, and we could leave the doors and windows open to hear the waves crashing. There were 9 restaurants, 2 swim-up bars and endless ways to entertain ourselves. Can I go back now? Oh – and did I mention we got upgraded to first class on the way there? Because we got upgraded to first class on the way there. THAT was awesome!

3. WE CAME BACK TO ARKANSAS. Where I worked 17-hour days preparing to announce the new CEO of my company. Despite the long hours, everything went off without a hitch and it was an amazing professional growth opportunity. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of it, but I am also thankful it’s over :)

I think that about sums it up! But perhaps the pictures would help better…

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Wedding Weight Loss


Like any bride, I told myself I was going to be obsessively devoted to diet and exercise from Engagement Day to Wedding Day. And like any bride, I’ve fallen off the wagon approximately 9,000 times.

My girlfriends (and of course the Weatherman) have been constantly supportive. From the “You’re beautiful as you are!” to the “Girl, you can do this! I’m with you!” comments, I’ve had the best people around me to keep me motivated and inspired. And yet…I’ve lost nothing. Seriously. Not even an ounce.

I’d be sad, but then I say to myself “Whatever. I’m pretty the way I am! Would I like to lose 10 pounds? Sure! Who wouldn’t? But you know what – at the end of the day, I am a classy, sassy, confident woman with an awesome job, great friends and the world’s best fiance – so what’s an extra 10 pounds? You can’t have it all, right?”

So to the haters – you can kiss all 150 pounds of my butt (because I’m pretty sure that’s where most of my weight is any way!) :) And by “haters,” I’m mostly talking to that inner negative voice to which we women so strongly cling.

But even though the scale really hasn’t moved, I can say I’ve noticed a difference in my body. I feel more fit/toned, and I recently bought some tiny bikinis that I never before would have felt confident enough to wear. VICTORY. Even if the only part of me that has actually gotten smaller is my ring finger (seriously, I have to get my engagement ring re-sized because it’s way too big now), I’m still happy with me just as I am.

And I think that kind of confidence is WAY prettier than a 135 pound me – it’ll look good walking down the aisle :)

New Year’s Resolutions


Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year? I typically don’t, but this year I think I will. So…here’s what I’ve come up with: 

  1. To finish reading the Bible. Yes, I’ve read a lot of it already, but I tend to skip over the not-so-thrilling books (Leviticus, Numbers…you get the idea). 2011 will be the year that I finish off all of the books I haven’t yet read – whoo hoo!
  2. To commit to a women’s Bible study. Yes, I’ve done Bible study before, but it has always been co-ed. This year, I’d like to attend a women’s group specifically – especially since I’ll become a wife in 2011. I think it will be a great benefit not only to me, but also to my husband.
  3. To study the Bible with my fiancé/husband. We talked about this one already and decided that Thursday nights (with a backup of Sunday afternoons, if for some reason Thursday falls through) to spend time in the Word together! Yay!
  4. To eliminate credit cards completely for 1 year. No, I don’t currently rely on credit cards – I may use them to front the money for things like vacations or other major purchases, but for 2011 I’d like to try and go a whole year without using a credit card. If I can’t pay for it in cash, I don’t need it!
  5. To lose 10 pounds and keep it off. Losing 10 pounds? Yeah, I can probably do that, especially with the wedding coming up. But as they say, you tend to gain weight after your wedding – “happy pounds” – so that’s what I’m trying to avoid. The gym is going to be my friend!!

Big, Fat Failure?


Yesterday, I was a big, fat failure. It was  my first day of working out with a personal trainer – my wedding gift to Chad – and I threw up. Not a lot, just a little. And not because the work was too hard, but because I hadn’t eaten since noon, and even then it was just soup. Kenny (my trainer) said that I definitely need to eat a snack around 4:30 if I’m coming to a training session at 6. Lesson learned.

However, the most upsetting part was that after I threw up, I started crying. I felt like a failure (literally, a big, fat failure), and that was really hard for me. I don’t like to fail, but I know that in my weakness I find His strength. So, I took my blubbering, sweaty self home, showered, and then busted out the Good Book. Here are some of my favorite verses about God’s strength, our weakness and our dependence on Him:

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 28:8
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Isaiah 40:28-31
 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Take THAT, “Mountain!”


Believe it or not, I have worked out THREE DAYS IN A ROW! I know, you’re probably not impressed because you do this all the time, but I’m one of those people who is highly motivated only by awesome classes and gym friends (shout out to Rachael Guia for being my 24 BFF!) – so I’ve found it hard to be motivated without those options here.

After running 2.5 miles and biking 10 miles on Monday and doing the elliptical for an hour on Tuesday, I decided to venture on my first solo trek up Pinnacle Mountain tonight. Chad and I did this once before (together), but I’ve never done it alone – until tonight. I finished the whole thing in 45 minutes (20 minutes up, 10 minute break, 15 minutes down) and my legs feel like jello now :) (Note: Pinnacle is just over 1,000 feet above sea level – hence why I called it a “mountain”)

Let’s see what tomorrow holds! As for now, it’s time to shower and get ready for Modern Family with my man – YESSSS!!!