Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We can Wednesday #17

We Can! Wednesday is a link-up, hosted by LoyalRUN and myself, to help encourage others to make goals and achieve them. A place where you can fall and we will be there to help lift you back up. A place where, when you cross that finish line, we will be right there, cheering you on. No official rules. Just grab a button and then link up below! I can't wait to hear from you!
My post today is for ladies with PCOS and things we can do to help our Anxiety. It would help anyone with anxiety i am sure. I stole from a post i seen last week, it was perfect timing for me to read all the things I can do.

I read a lot off PCOS Diva.
She gives me a lot of advice on how to deal with my PCOS.

A Dozen PCOS Anxiety Busters

Anxiety can be one of what often seems like a myriad of PCOS symptoms.  I have shared some of my favorite ways to overcome anxiety naturally below.  But I do think regardless of PCOS, many people struggle with anxiety.  I just came across this quote by  Paulo Coehlo, the author of  The Alchemist (a great book by the way!)
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn how to live with it. Just as we have learned to live with storms.”
I believe the most powerful tool we have to weather our emotional “storms” is at the end of our forks – the food we eat.  For me going gluten-free has tremendously helped my  anxiety levels.  Eating a nutrient rich diet has helped me calm the storms of life. Isn’t this interesting? – according to a study in the Journal Pharmacological Research, berry phytonutrients turn off enzymes that fuel depression and anxiety. (1) Food really is medicine.
Here are some other ways to learn to live with anxiety:
Focus Phrase   Bring to mind a “Focus Phrase”.  My favorite is, “I chose to be grateful and enjoy this moment.”  By saying this to myself, I chose to aim my attention at enjoyment and to the immediate sensory events happening in and around me, rather than worrying about the past or future.
Omega 3′s   Keep anxiety at bay by taking Omega 3′s every day.  Poor diet results in a decrease in Omega 3 fatty acids.  They play an essential role in building and maintaining the brain.  Over 60% of your brain is built from these fatty acids and your brain cells are continually being renewed.  Without adequate Omega 3′s your brain cannot build properly. Ohio State University recently found that healthy adults who took 2.5 grams of Omega 3’s per day for 12 weeks experienced 20 percent less anxiety than those who took a placebo. (2)
Create Ritual   It is a simple but powerful way to reduce your experience of anxiety. For me it means, lowering the lights, lighting a candle and putting on some soothing music – I love George Winston‘s Piano music.
Eliminate Sugar and Caffeine   Sugars are known to increase heart rate which can cause anxious feelings. Caffeine is also known to make people feel jittery and be more likely to feel stressed. Try to stay away from foods high in sugar and caffeine, including sodas, coffee and candy.
Exercise  Exercise will improve overall health and give you a sense of well being by the release of endorphins, can lower stress and anxiety levels. Calming activities like Yoga and Tai Chi are great. Just one hour session of yoga offers the GABA boosting effects of conventional medications with no side effects.   According to a recent study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, yoga is more effective than walking for reducing anxiety. (3)
Meditation  This is a powerful mindfulness and anti-anxiety tool.  For detailed info and how to’s read my post here.
Lavender Oil – I am a big believer in a relaxing bath.  When my nerves are frazzled and am feeling very anxious I let it all float away in a bath of Dead Sea Salts, or Epsom salt which both contain relaxing magnesium and some lavender essential oil which has a sedative quality.  For my  bath recipe and more info on Essential oils read my post.
Green Tea  L-theanine in green tea is a calming agent – increases alpha brain waves, which are linked to increased relaxation. For more information on the health benefits of tea for PCOS read mypost.
B Vitamins- B vitamins are essential for stress management, enery production and neurotransmitter balance.  B6 aids in the production of serotonin which helps prevent mood swings and anxiety. For detailed info on B12 read my post.
Rescue Remedy is great for on the spot relief in anxious or stressful situations. And white chestnut is excellent for worries that wander round and round in your head.

Here’s the description of white chestnut’s uses from the Bach Flower website:
White Chestnut: This Essence helps when your mind is full of unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. These mental arguments can often keep you from sleeping at night. White Chestnut helps you clear your mind and get the thinking under control and can be put to positive use in problem-solving. Worry is replaced by trust in a positive outcome.
Acupuncture  Acupuncture works to counteract the fight or flight stress response by releasing calming feel-good neurotransmitters such as endorphins and reduce stress hormones like cortisol.    It also imporves blood circulation with oxygenates the tissues and cyscles out cortisol  which soothe’s worry.
Acupressure is another form of energy work. By pressing, tapping, or massaging key energy points on your body’s meridian system you can learn to relieve anxiety and worrying thoughts very effectively. 

One excellent DIY way to do this is with Emotional Freedom Technique or “tapping” which I explain in detail in this post.
Lady Luck
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekly Wishes #2

The Nectar Collective

I am late to Weekly Wishes. Monday was a holiday and i enjoyed staying off my laptop the last 4-5 days. Thanks to Melyssa at The Nectar Collective for starting this link-up! 
Last weeks wishes!

Drink lots of water.
My goal was 100oz a day, i would say i got close if not going over some days. I went to kmart and got a 24oz cute cup so it was super easy to do 

No fast food.
ugh, yeah lets not talk about this.

Get all my school work done
I got all my school work done last Wednesday, so i have 5 lovely days with no homework. 

Finish Delaney's/guest bathroom!

This weeks Wishes!

Still keep on the track of 64oz-100oz of water each day! I GOT THIS!

Clean Garage!
My dad came in march to help clean and organize, its coming a bit cluttered again, i need to get out there and clean it up good thing its NOTHING like it was back in march. 

I am going on our annual Louisville trip soon, so i need to work ahead and get this weeks homework done and next week, WISH ME LUCK. I CAN DO THIS!

I have found a book to get lost in, i think it'll help my anxiety a little bit, get lost in a book :) SO i am ready The Fault In Our Stars, probably about halfway through so should finish up before the week is over! 

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday! 
It's hot and humid today, i bet i'll stay inside haha. 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014


I am cheating on my blog post today, just FYI! As in, stealing an idea.
I found this on pinterest and Pinned a great post, so if you ever need any help coming up with an idea for a post     HERE YA GO!

Hayley from Water Painted Dreams is where i am stealing this from, want to make sure to give her all the credit.
1. Give something up for a month and blog about the experience. (Chocolate, fizzy drinks etc)
2. Blog about your top 5 holiday destinations.
3. Share your favorite blog posts that you've read that week/month.
4. Review the last book you read.
5. Take an item of clothing out of your wardrobe and show how you'd dress it up from day to night.
6. Share an old family recipe.
7. Write a list of tips for new bloggers.
8. Show us where you blog.
9. Take your camera out on a walk with you and share some photos.
10. Share your worst baby photos, go on, it'll be a laugh.
11. Write an about me post or update it if you've already got one.
12. Share the names you wish you had.
14. Try a DIY from Pinterest. If it turns terrible then that's even better.
15. Pick a color and show some of the things you own that are that color.
16. Do a room tour of your bedroom or office.
17. Show us your bookshelf.
18. 10 things to do to brighten your day.
19. Write a list of blog ideas for other bloggers!
20. Share your favorite blog posts that you've written over the years and why they're your favorites.
21. Do some spring cleaning and blog about what you did.
22. Blog about all the pets that you had growing up. Didn't have any pets? Blog about the ones you wish you had.
23. Host a giveaway.
24. Create a blog roll.
25. Write a list of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days.
26. Blog about some of the things that you've ticked off your 101 Things list.
27. Show us your go to hair and make up.
28. Share some old fashion disasters.
29. Share a DIY.
30. Post some tips on something you're good at(see 5 Ways To Read More Books & 5 More Ways To Read More Books).
31. Blog about a beauty product you hated.
32. Write a post about your favorite movies.
33. Share some unpopular opinions.
34. Do a tag post.
35. Blog about a beauty product you love.
36. Blog about what you do to pamper yourself.
37. Share some studying tips if you're still a student.
38. Show us your top 5 nail polishes for the season.
39. Review your camera.
40. Take a photo of you from when you were a kid and try and replicate the outfit that you were wearing in it.
41. If it's near Christmas then write a gift guide.
42. Share a wishlist.
43. Blog about your favourite blogs and share the love.
44. Give a shout out to the readers that you see cropping up time after time in the comments.
45. Share your favorite 'go get em' songs'.
46. Blog about your favorite candle scents for the season.
47. Review one of your favorite local restuarants.
48. Share some of your favourite YouTube channels and a few of their videos.
49. Post some of your favourite things that you've found on Pinterest(remember to source).
50. Blog about one of your hobbies(beside blogging).

I know this will help me, so hope it helps you!!!! Have a great Thursday Everyone!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We can Wednesday #16

Hello Friends,
Lady Luck

We Can! Wednesday is a link-up, hosted by LoyalRUN and myself, to help encourage others to make goals and achieve them.
A place where you can fall and we will be there to help lift you back up. 
A place where, when you cross that finish line, we will be right there, cheering you on.
No official rules. Just grab a button and then link up above 
I can't wait to hear from you!

Well as you read yesterday, I SAID YES TO THE DRESS,so my goal is continue to lose a little more weight but most definitely not go over board because i cant spend a million dollars on alterations and MOST definitely not gain any weight because you cant add more dress, haha. 
SO two years ago i was in a plus size 22 and 2xl in shirts and I can proudly say i bought my wedding dress in a size 16, its fits and everything, almost perfect. 

I am not someone who is working out hard core everyday and being very strict with my eating. I am simply working on my will power and portion control. I enjoy yummy foods and still am losing the weight. I started back to counting and logging my calories, that worked from me in the beginning so figured i should get back to it to help me not eat that junk food and realize what i am putting in my body.

SO I am here to tell you, don't give up, don't get down on yourself, today is a NEW DAY, make small changes and work your way up, all the weight you gained wont come off over night, just keep on going and stay positive! Make a game plan and stick to it. Get in facebook support groups, they help i know from experience. Have a friend or family help support you on your bad days! 
Another piece of advice I have is to DRINK DRINK DRINK water. 
I try to get anywhere between 64oz-100oz of water a day. 

I am going to weight myself Saturday and will update you all next week. I broke the 200 more last week so working hard to keep my number under 200. GOOD LUCK TO ALL, i am here for anyone!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I said YES to the DRESS...

Hello Friends,

So if you do not know, I AM GETTING MARRIED OCTOBER 11TH, 2014!

This past weekend i got together with a few of important people in my life and found my dream dress! I of course will not post any pictures here of it because well its a secret and a surprise to Tevis, DUH ;) 

My bestie, Tamara, who has titled herself as the unofficial Maid Of Honor stepped up her game this weekend and i worked her ass off at David's Bridal, she is lucky i only tried on 4 dresses hehe. 

Yes, bloggers & whoever else reads this only 4 dress. My VERY first dress i tried on was THE ONE.
so let just tell you all that....
I hate hate hate dresses...i have a phobia of dresses and skirts. I hate my legs i feel so uncomfortable in anything "pretty". 

So between me and the ladies i was with Saturday we hand picked some dresses for me to try out, some that are SO NOT ME but i needed to go out of my comfort zone. I made sure to buy a shaper from Kohl's to make sure it helped me feel better trying dresses on. I got into the dressing room and picked one to try on first it fit and felt amazing, zipped up with no issues, I just felt pretty already without looking in the mirror. I was so nervous to walk out to all those mirrors, so I took a deep breathe and walked out, i seen myself and immediately cried. SO IT WAS THE ONE, but i had to have fun and get other options of course, i was thinking this can't be this easy. I tried on three others and knew that first one was the one. 
I got to try on shoes with it and try tiaras and head bands, i kept getting told how pretty I was by complete strangers, it was amazing. I knew i made a great decision and I cannot wait for Tevis' Reaction when he sees me. 

After all was said and done, i got to make a wish and ring the BELL long and loud and everyone cheered! 

Hope you all have a great Tuesday! 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekly Wishes #1

I am new to Weekly Wishes. Thanks to Melyssa at The Nectar Collective for starting this link-up! I need to get back into blogging and this is a GREAT way to get started again and meet new people. 

Little background about me for new readers :) 
I am 25 years old living with my now fiance(tevis) as of last October in the Indianapolis, Indiana area
Tevis has a 8 year old daughter who is our world, we love her to death.
Our two pups keep us busy most days, especially Storm.
I am a full time online Harrison College student, getting my associates degree in Medial Reimbursement, will obtain my Coding certificate & Medical Office Assistant Certificate.
Enough about me, STICK AROUND to learn more or follow me on IG :) 

This Month Wishes

Work on the yard
We need to get a truck load of rocks and finish up a couple places where rocks need to go, even though rocks are a pain because our lovely Stormy likes to take all the rocks out into the grass. I also need to do a lot of weeding!!!

Lose 4lbs by june 1st.
I finally broke my 200 mark, i am officially 199/198 :)  I have been working on my weight since November when i was 227lbs. Can't wait to continue my weight loss journey. 

Send our Save the date cards.

Find my dream wedding dress.

My weekly wishes!

Drink lots of water.
thanks to Ricci, i won her giveaway and started the 7 day plexus slim. I need to drink about 100oz of water daily, thats tough but i am doing a pretty good damn job! 

No fast food.
I feel like when i eat like crap. So my goal for the week is not to go out to eat, especially fast food, just cook and eat at home, that is the reason for all my food in my kitchen haha. 

Get all my school work done
I start week 8 of my 11 weeks this semester, so ready for a week break. I always make a goal of getting work done before the weekend so i can enjoy my days with Tevis and or Delaney. 

Finish Delaney's/guest bathroom!
SO when we moved in last June, Delaney's bathroom that's also the guest bathroom was brown. It needed some TLC. I decided to do yellow because its Delaney's favorite color, and had a peace theme shower curtain. Yeah it didn't last long obviously. I am re-doing it AGAIN. Will show you pictures next weeks link up

The Nectar Collective

Have a great day everyone
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We Can Wednesday!

Hello out there, anyone out there!

Posts from me are few and far between, i loved blogging i still do it is just hard. Especially now being so far outta the loop and have lost most connections with other bloggers, its hard to post and no one interacts with ya, ya know? I want you all back!!!

I gotta remember to do this FOR ME, not for anyone else. Blogging is my way out, to be me and have fun and start relationships again. I miss my blog and I know it misses me!

So We can Wednesday was started a while back for me and my girl Erica @ LoyalRUN to give updates on our weight loss or give and receive advice/encouragement, it was also a place to stay accountable and tell everyone our goals for the week.

So my goal for the next 4-5 months is to lose as much as I can in order to feel my best for my BIG DAY! Getting married October 11th, 2014! Save the date cards for my guests were sent out yesterday!
Made by the lovely Sarah

I have been so bad about reading blogs, luckily i follow a lot you awesome bloggers through IG and i found a blogger who is selling plexus slim products, she was doing a giveaway and i went ahead and entered and WON the 7 day challenge. Ricci @ Imperfectly Ricci  <---- read today's post here!
Go read her blog and find out about Plexus Slim! She has had great results from it so far, i am excited to try it our for 7 days, and i pray i can get a months supply and get over this plateau of mine. So that's my We can Wednesday, is to GET FIT FOR MY WEDDING and how Plexus slim will hopefully help me get the results I want!

Lady Luck

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