Happy Birthday ‘Merica!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ‰

Hope everyone enjoys their day off and remembers those who have fought so hard for our freedom.  Happy 4th of July!!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


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For those who arent’ into acronyms, that stands for Tone It Up Bikini Series Week 1.  The first week, when motivation and willpower at are at their peak, things are pleasant to report!  And since we’re still in week one, things are good. Had 2 slip ups on my nutrition plan, but nailed the workouts this week and got my daily water goal in. Had a fantastic  workout on Wed with the lover and the littlest hiking at the falls.  Since he’s on the slimdown train too, it’s a lot easier to add those cardio miles with a mutual suffering companion.  

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TIU Bikini Series Week 1

Week 1 here we go. I’ve got my meals prepped, menus planned and workouts scheduled.  Aside from my physical goals, this week I’m going to focus on

  1. Getting 100 oz of H2O a day
  2. Walk at least 2 miles/day
  3. Do 2 yoga classes
  4. No nightime snacking


#tiuteam #tiumama #liftingandlactating #tiubikiniseries 

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Tone It Up Bikini Series 2

Here it is folks, my very public declaration that I’m committing to the Tone It Up Bikini Series for the summer. It’s an 8 week program with daily workouts, weekly goals and challenges and a free 8 week meal plan included. I’ve been a member since 2012, but haven’t completed one of their challenges start to finish yet. But I’ve got major motivation and a committed buddy to finish it strong with me. I’m going to reeeeaaaallly try to post weekly progress to help keep me on track. If you’d like to join the bandwagon with us just click here!  


#tiuteam #tiumama #tiubinikiseries #liftingandlactating 

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Past the Plague

This winter is going down in the books as the WORST one we’ve had bar none!  Anything that the kids could have brought home and shared with the family they did…2 and 3 times over.  Cheers to hitting the family yearly deductible by March!  The baby has been the only one to claim immunity throughout it all.  PTL I’m glad for that, but I’m beyond ready to look at this cold/flu season in my rear view mirror with the windows open!  
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We’ve got one kid on the roster for tonsil and adenoid eviction and I’m praying that is the key to breaking our record.  She seems to be the favorite host for incubating.  
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So while we’re on round 143,475 of nursing a sicko, we’ve got our eyes on the spring break prize of sunshine and fresh air and healthy kids!094

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How bout a solid NO!

I stole this from a facebook friend and it was something I had to adopt for my own always-compelled-to-say-yes-to-everything flaw.

“If it’s not a HECK YES, then it’s a no.”

So that medium yes, that I-feel-like-should yes, that guilty yes, that coerced yes, that I-actually-hate-this-thing yes, that I-guess-so yes, that who-else-will-do-it yes, that careless yes, that default yes, that resentful yes, that I-probably-shouldn’t-but-struggle-with-boundaries yes?

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NO. Nope.

No thank you. I am unable to commit to that this year. Thank you so much for asking, but any new yes I give right now means a no to my family and my sanity. I am so flattered you asked and count on my prayers, but I am at my maximum bandwidth right now. I appreciate your work so much, but I’ve already committed my time and energy this year. 

Now, the things that make your heart race, your blood pump, the fire in your belly burn, your gifts to leap to life, and keep your family and home healthy and strong…then ABSOLUTELY Yes!!”

So sorry sting B’rs and those that didn’t make the cut.  Maybe in future years when my life circumstances change and our focus isn’t so much on keeping small children alive then maybe yes, but I’d go ahead and be prepared for a solid No.

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Happy Birthday Girls

Well, it’s just weird that the twins are 7.  I still remember when one of my NICU nurses was trying to encourage me and said, “Sarah, you’re going to blink and these two babies will be celebrating their 7th birthday, and you’ll be worrying about homework and whether or not they’ve brushed their teeth after breakfast.  You’ll survive the next few weeks just like you’ll survive that.  Everything is a season with each one tougher and better than the last.”  

And here we are, they are turning 7 and my life is filled with getting homework down and emphasizing personal hygiene.  Joe was right, the seasons have gone fast and they each get harder and better all at the same time.  

Happy birthday goofballs!


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Eye Candy

I love my kids.  And I love taking pictures of my kids.  And I love showing of how cute said kids are.  However, I’m not so organized to put said pics up for viewing. And unless you have an instagram account and following me then you’re probably a wee bit behind on the kids cuteness.

Friday night movie nights when dad's on night shift

Friday night movie nights when dad’s on night shift

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NU16 Checkin

Well, happy February and congratulations to those who haven’t caved yet to the hit it and quit by the end of January resolutioners. Way to hang in there!  You’ve waded through the salad filled trenches of misery and passed the doughnut and cake temptation road blocks. Well doneπŸ‘πŸ».

The hubs and I have been on the slim-me-down misery boat for 2 weeks now.  While he is hangrily rocking the no carb diet and by no carb that excludes milk because our marriage would most likely pay the price of his divorce from dairy.  I was suffering through the Turbo Carb Cycle.  If you’d like to delve into the deets of carb cycling then by all means click here  but the cliff notes version is 2 low-no carb days followed by 1 day with healthy carbs at every meal and 1 cheat day/meal a week.  The thing is, this worked but at the expense of my energy and milk supply.  I started noticing it tapering off the 2nd week in so I did some research and turns out milkin mommas need to have a larger portion of their intake from good carbs.  So I am still going high protein and fat, but with my apples, oatmeal and squash thrown in.

Alas, the hubs has dropped 8lbs and I’ve been able to kick 3.  Has has done nothing but nixed eating garbage carbs, I however am killing it at the gym 5 days a week and drooling over every red velvet oreo package I pass in the grocery store.  Not fair!  But I’ll take any decrease on the scale sister!  We’ve got some beach time coming up in 5 weeks and I’d rather the baby be the only evidence left of the pregnancy (insert rainbows and unicorns here).

My equally working-out-getting-trim bestie has been 85% of the reason why I’ve been faithful.  Point?  If you can find a fellow misery sweatster then do it!  We reserve rights to shame and guilt each other for wussing out of workouts while inwardly breathing a sigh of relief that we don’t have to put pants on and leave the house.  Kim is like my coffee, I can’t function daily without her.  

As far as what kind of physical torture we’re subjecting ourselves to, we’re mostly focusing on oly lifting at the gym with a lot of HIIT training and some yoga.  Occasionally we’ll throw in some lap swims, kickboxing or fit-bodied-filled workout dvds.    Our plans change every week which keeps our bodies guessing and the hurt so good soreness from workouts almost a daily thing.  

What kind of goals or regimes are you guys suffering through?


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So my intention to have public accountability was all grand until my follow up.  SO I started my slim jim regime at a solid 170# back on .  This morning I weighed in at 160.8.  Now there was A LOT of Netflix/bed/popcorn/skittles/wine happening and 4 pretty big holidays so the fact that I’m down at all is a miracle folks.  I didn’t have to bring the fat maternity pants back, which is a win.  I mean right now I’m eating my 4th “protien” muffin in bed binge watching Making a Murderer so I’d say my commitment level to being a hard core clean eater is slightly higher than my 5 year old’s commitment to flushing and washing her hands after going to the bathroom.  But alas my life coach has strongly encouraged me to get with it so I’m making a few goals.  

So here it is folks, because you want to read someone else’s goals/resolutions for the year…

Nip the after 8pm eating

Do one unassisted pull up

Handstand Walk across the room unassisted

Workout 4-5 times a week

Complete Turbo Carb Cycling until Spring Break

Work on flexibility each week


So now that it’s all out there I’ll strive to be faithful about updating how these “dreams” are going.  But for tonight, Muffins and murder mysteries are calling my name.





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