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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April Ten on Ten

It's been a long while (as in back on my other blog) since I've participated in Ten on Ten, but I've been wanting too for a while and today it finally worked out.

If you don't know about Ten on Ten, check it out here.

Starting my day in the Word, because after yesterday I knew I needed it.

Coffee to get me moving.

Zucchini blossoms, can't wait to have some fresh produce.  

Little man with a busted lip.  Poor baby fell off a stool while brushing his teeth.

Playing Team GeoTrax with the little boys.  Best.toy.ever.

Smelling fresh roses when I walk out my front door.  Spring is here!

Quality alone time with elliptical machine. Alone time is so good for me.

Because everyone should have their heart completely wrecked while in Chick-fil-a.

This little man is just getting bigger everyday and he gives everything he does all that he has. I love him.

Nutella and croissants.  Enough said.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Instagram, FINALLY

I feel like I've been waiting for Instagram to come to Android forever.  Okay, not literally forever, but you know.  Well, it's finally here and I've got it!  I love it.  It's so easy to post pictures to it and make them look cool with the different settings and then it's super easy to share with facebook and twitter.
So, if you're not already on the Instagram bandwagon then jump on.  Make sure you look me up, heathereclark.  Let me know if you're on so I can follow you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quick Yummy Lunch

We've been busy round these parts. We're in full remodel mode right now trying to get our house ready to put on the market. Did I mention that we found the perfect house for our family in the perfect location for the perfect price? So, now we've got to get our little home ready to sell and get a movin'!!
That means I've been painting like a mad women, cleaning out our rooms/closets and donating all the junk we've accumulated over 9  years of living here, and trying to make some this house look like someone else's dream home.

In the busyness of it all it would be super easy to just grab lunch out while I'm making multiple runs to Home Depot or Lowe's.  I'm trying to avoid that though.  I've found a great lunch I can have here at home that's not only super quick, but also healthy.  I got some frozen salmon patties at Costco and I can cook those up in about 10 minutes.  They're great on a whole grain sandwich thin loaded with fresh spinach and smeared with some Laughing Cow Light cheese.  A side of apples is the perfect addition.  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Time Flies

Goodness gracious!  It's been so long since I've blogged.
Time flies when you're having fun and then it drags and drags when you're sicker that sick.

For a couple of weeks we were super duper busy and having lots and lots of fun.  The hubs and I went on two spectacular dates (we saw The Artist, which I highly recommend!! and we had dinner and a fabulous restaurant, Bess' Bistro, in downtown Austin).  I even curled my hair!
Yes, that's me in old school curlers.  I have 4 kids people!  I don't have time to use one of those fancy curling irons.

And I mean who wouldn't want to look their best for this guy?  He makes me weak in the knees.
We celebrated my sweet grandmother's 80 birthday.  Her favorite color is purple (she wanted to paint her entire house purple) so we all wore purple and had a wonderful surprise party for her.
I took lots of pictures of her and her eyes were closed in every single one.  BTW, all my grandparents are still living.  I am so blessed that not only do I get to enjoy spending time with them, but my kids are getting to know them too.

Then the sickness hit.  We all got a stomach bug.  It went through us one at a time, just dragging out the misery.  So we had about 12 days of being home bound and the hubs and I cleaning puke off the floor because several little ones couldn't make it to the bathroom/bucket to save their lives.

I think we're finally back to being semi-normal (you can only be a little normal in our family), so things are looking up!  I might actually get to hit the gym tomorrow.  Oh my word.  Time alone at the gym.  I can't wait.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rapunzel, Rapunzel Let Down Your Long Hair

I mentioned the other day that I've been taking Biotin on a daily basis for my hair and nails.  I just wanted to take a quick minute to show you the proof that it really works. 

This picture is from September.  I had just gotten it cut and it hit right above my chest.

This picture is from this weekend.  My hair has probably grown 4 or 5 inches in 5 or so months.
My hair is in such better shape since I started using Biotin.  It's thicker, shinier, fuller.  It's just great. I get complimented on it all the time. 

I like to keep my nails short, but they're growing like crazy.  I have to clip them at least once a week to keep them the length that I want.  I used to have huge problems with my nails peeling (you know where they'd just sort of split apart at the top).  I don't have that problem anymore.  They're hard as rocks.

I got my Biotin at Costco.  You're supposed to take 3 pills and I split it up during the day.  I take one with each meal (along with my Fish Oil and CLA).  I think if I took it all at once it might upset my stomach.

Anyway, if you're wanting to grow your hair or nails out I definitely recommend taking Biotin.  It's for sure helped me.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's Working For Me

I lost got rid of 4 pounds last week.  I haven't lost gotten rid of that much in a week since I did the detox.  I'm feeling great about it.

I wanted to share a couple of things that I've been doing that I really feel like have helped me to shed the pounds.

1.  I'm working out like a mad woman.  I'm doing an hour of cardio, plus strength training 5 times a week.  I've also thrown in several 90 minute Bikram Yoga classes on top of that.  Hello Calorie Burn!

2.  I'm being extremely mindful of every single thing I put in my mouth.  I'm trying to eat 100% clean foods (nothing processed).  The key word here is trying.  I've eaten 1/2 a whole wheat bagel thing several mornings and I ate several foods at our Super Bowl Party that weren't clean.  Overall though, it's been mostly clean.  For breakfast I usually eat 1/2 a whole wheat bagel thin topped with a couple of egg whites or steel cut oats with blueberries.  I also have some coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  For lunch I'll either have a Green Monster Smoothie or a big spinach salad.  For dinner I'll have some grilled chicken breast or salmon with brown rice and veggies.  If I get hungry during the day between meals I'll have a metabolic reset shake or an apple with some peanut butter.  It's all pretty boring food, but it's working for me right now.  I'm sure I'll get sick of it soon and have to jazz it up a little.
I'm also drinking a ton of water.  This hasn't really been an issue since I started doing Bikram.  It makes me so thirsty that I can't get enough water.

3.  I had a big talk with my hubs.  You know the one..."I'm fat.  I hate being fat.  I hate that you have a fat wife.  You deserve better.  So on and so forth."  He was so sweet and said I was beautiful and that he loved me, but he also said he doesn't want me to be unhappy and he wants me to be healthy.  So I asked him to keep me accountable for what I eat and how much I'm exercising.  He hasn't really had to say anything to me.  Just knowing he's watching has helped keep me in track.  He's awesome.

4.  I'm consistently taking a couple of supplements.  CLA, Fish Oil and Biotin.  I don't really know if these have helped me git rid of the weight, but I'm sure they're not hurting.  My body definitely needs the Omega 3 from the fish oil and the CLA is supposed to have good weight loss benefits.  Since I've been taking the Biotin my hair and nails have been growing like crazy!  My hair seems so much thicker and I know a lot less of it is falling out (it seemed like it never stopped falling out after I had my last baby).  Like I said, I don't know for a fact that these are helping, but I feel good about them.

That's about it.  There's no miracle pill or exercise, I'm just working hard to achieve the results that I want.  There you have it.