Monday, April 28, 2014



So it's Monday and I'm tired. Like really really tired. As in I practically fell asleep the second half of the school day, and then got home and took a nap and now I've been laying around doing nothing and I'm still tired.


SoOoOoO I know I'm a tad late (per usual), but I wanted to squeeze in a MIMM!!!!!!! Cuz every day, even exhausted days, should be maaauuuveelous.

Thank ya Katie!!

Marvelous is....I ordered a Kavu Rope Bag! I got the Chestnut color because I thought it would go with the most things, but there are a ton of other patterns/colors that I love. I got it mostly to use when I go on hikes/long walks, but I know it will be used a lot more than that.

Marvelous is......I ordered the the Beginner Program from Do Yoga With Me. I've been wanting to incorporate more yoga into my fitness routine now that I'm taking it easier. It'll give me a goal and a commitment, which I love!

Marvelous is....things are going well on the "toning down the fitness" front. Friends, it's been over a month since I've run/done any sort of hard cardio, and I feel so good. Like, great. My body totally needed a break, and I don't see my routine (or lack thereof) changing any time soon.

Hiking and walking are totally my loves at the moment. Gah, my favorite part of the day (besides breakfast).

MArvelous is.....things are already fitting - snugger. I was a little weirded out at first, but as I've said before, you get used to it!!! Mostly in my thighs and hem hem...chest region. (Erm would it be weird to say yay? Yes? Oh well!)

Awko-taco bathroom selfie! Also, I really liked this outfit....

Marvelous (and not so marvelous).....I've been job searching (!!) for something over the summer. Reibs just got a job at a Youth Camp that is no longer hiring, so I am looking feverishly for something like that. I thought about the Y but...not hiring. And everything else you have to be 18. Pray for meeee!

Marvelous is....White Chocolate Peanut Butter. Need I say more?

Marvelous is.....big, fluffy, voluminous, bowls of oats. I love breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marvelous is...babysitting sweet kiddos. I especially love watching them in the spring/summer when we can play outside. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful, wonderful, Monday!!! See ya laaatteerrr gators. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Herrrooo my lovies!

I did have an Easter Weekend recap in mind, but alas, I have a serious lack of pictures. Basically, I was at my church from 8am-1pm setting up, hiding randomly distributing Easter eggs in the grass, worshipping, volunteering, working with preschoolers, and taking down.

But I diiiiiiid get a visit from the Easter Bunny!! :)

And the weather was gorgeous and filled my heart with happiness - I took a nice, long walk in the sunshine.


For Easter dinner, Mom made ribz (a concept that still freaks me out! Not in a fear food way, but just...ribs...igshdIjdfsjhdfsud), but you know what ribs are freaking delicious when slathered in BBQ sauce so yeah. Plus roasted veggies and whole wheat bread!

I know, where's the mac and cheese?! I did have words. :)

'Twas a wonderful, low-key Easter, and best of all, it was filled with joy, love, and appreciation for my Lord and Savior. How good He is!!!

Love ya, Jenn!

Other eats from zee week:


Oats galore!! (Oh yes, and all my mornings begin with a green smoothie :))

Vegan Banana Overnight Oats in a PB jar

Apple Spice Oats+Peanut Butter

Apple Spice Oats with almond butter..again!

Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, banana slices, and Sunbutter


Salad: spinach, black beans, red pepper, sugar snap peas, avocado

Brown rice, chickpeas, carrots/peppers/sugar snap peas, Lemon Vinaigrette, apple

Old pic, but had the exact same thing one day - whole wheat wrap with turkey, avocado, veggies, a pear, carrots, and trail mix


Mish-mosh - brown rice, green beans, bell peppers, chicken, almonds, and Greek yogurt


Trail mix+baby carrots

Quaker Oats Squares, almond milk, raspberries, and almond butter

Plain Greek yogurt, banana slices, honey, and Sunbutter

Choco-peanut butter-banana soft serve. Soooo decadent! 

I had some perty good eats this week! See you later, my friends! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIAW: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Hello, my loves! Guess what, I have good news for you. 


Because that intro was in italics, clearly it means that wasn't my real intro, just a tidbit of reading for your convenience. ;)
Gracias, Jenn!!

So, I have been going back and forth about how to bring a certain topic up for the past week or so now. As you all know, I've kind of been, on a personal level, down. I also mentioned that I decided to reach out for help to get things back on track.I admitted that I'm okay with not being perfect. And guess what? I'm feeling so much better!!! Talking things out, and reaching out for support helps so incredibly much, guys. I can't even explain how much better I feel.

However, there is one last thing. After several years focusing on my mental health (which has totally paid off and been worth it), there is still that one problem that has been lingering in my physical health. I've been dealing with amenhorrea for a few years now. I have stressed over and over again about how I know that this is no bueno, and have vowed countless times to change my ways, but the truth is, is none of my plans really panned out.

Almond milk, blueberries, spinach....

...Apple Spice Oatmeal with almond butter

Almond milk, banana, spinach.....

....pancakes, banana, chia seeds, peanut butter

Almond milk, banana, spinach....

....Cinnamon Raisin Ezekial Toast, peanut butter, chia seeds, and fresh fruit

The thing is, is I knew what to do, yet I did not know how to do it. After being plain unhappy, nonexistent motivation to exercise, a strained relationship with food, and ultimately a doctor's visit, I decided that I was fed up with trying to figure things out on my own. Because obviously it wasn't working.

Spinach+veggies, black beans, 1/2 avocado, balsamic dressing, whole wheat tortilla, clementines

Lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers with leftover brown rice+teryaki chicken w/ peanut sauce

Turkey+avocado wrap, pear, baby carrots, trail mix

 I took a leap of faith, and contacted the amazingtastical Robyn to help me out! Ya'll, she is so, so wise, and I felt so informed and a personal connection with our consultation. She and I discussed everything that's been going on she constructed a plan, finally a structured plan, to help me deal with this once and for all.

Brown rice, stir-fried veggies/chicken, Sunbutter sauce drizzled on top

Grilled chicken, homemade bun {toasted} spread w/ coconut oil, side salad w/ balsamic dressing

Thai Chicken Veggie Wraps with peanut sauce and brown rice - that's a full-sized dinner plate, friends!!

So, the plan? - well, eat more (a LOT more), and rest more. My meals and snacks are definitely changing, as well as my exercise. You won't see me running a whole lot (aka at all). I've been enjoying walking, hiking, and yoga lately! The whole point is to heal my body, metabolism, and reproductive system through good nutrition and rest.

Tall decaf, Evolution Cocoa and Nut Bar, Evolution freeze-dried fruit

Pear+almond butter

Sugar snap peas+trail mix

School snacks! Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate granola bar, clemmies, and a Larabar

I debated even mentioning this, but it's a change in my lifestyle. Yep, my lifestyle, not a quick fix, and I felt that it was important to talk about, and hopefully provide some inspiration/motivation to others in recover/dealing with amenhorrea/HA.

I understand that it's not going to be easy all the time. I understand that weight gain, is, indeed, inevitable. I will not be posting any specifics, numbers, etc. I am embracing the rest that I need, and honestly, enjoying it. If there's a day where I feel like doing nothing, then I am gonna let myself totally relax! If I want extra peanut butter (which is always), then I am gonna give myself another spoonful! If I have a hard day, then I am just gonna have to push through.

Yes, I have an apprehension for the unknown. I have "fat fears" every so often, and doubts every so often. But I need this, I need this for my health, and I am so ready and blessed. What better time to start? Why wait until later on in my life? I have my whole life ahead of me, and if lots of food and rest (and yes, even weight gain) is what I need right now, then gosh dangit, I'm gonna give myself that.

So there you go! My ch-ch-ch-changes. :) I'm so happy to be taking this next step in life and I know that awesome things are to come!!

Have a happy, blessed Wednesday!