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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A-Z All About Me!!!

Happy New Year's Eve Hookahs!!!

I have had a truly uneventful past few days so I have nothing to really blog about.... I managed to score a night off work so that I had 2 days to clean my house and set up all my new toys,  I have done mostly well with my eating and will be renewing my relationship with Jillian at 8am New Year's day... that's about it.  But I didn't want to leave 2012 without one last post, and I have seen this gem floating around a few of my favorite reads, so I thought I'd give it a steal.  Enjoy :)

A. Age: 25
B:  Bed size: Queen.  I'd love a king, but we just got a GREAT  hand me down bedroom suiteC. Chore you hate:  LAUNDRY!  I actually need to be folding some right now... I have the Mt.    Kilamanjaro of laundry in my closetD. Dogs: 2. Ali and Brick.  Ali is a golden retriever mix, Brick is a german shepherd.... Both are spoiled rotten
E. Essential start to your day: Immediately peeing, then coffee and brushing of the teeths
F. Favorite color: Purple and Yellow
G. Gold or Silver: White gold
H. Height: 5'7
I. Instruments you play: BAHAHAHA!!!  i wanted a guitar once, but my dad didn't want to waste his money, I failed the test to even audition for band
J. Job Title: RN, BSN if you want to get fancy with it
K. KidsJust the dogs.... and my fiance, depending on the day
L. Live: Sweet Home Alabama..... just south of Birmingham
M. Married:  I will be on November 2, 2013!!!
N. Nicknames: Jenn, Wing-a-ling (Ryan), and Bones.... I used to be really skinny so it wasn't always ironic
O. Overnight hospital stays: Only if you count working night shift
P. Pet peeve: wow.... so many.  I HATE repeating myself
Q. QuoteI don't really have one.... I'm lame
R. Righty or LeftyRighty.
S. Siblings: Sister... 15 months younger
T. Time you wake up:  depends on the day.  If I have to work 4:30PM, if I'm off around 7:30ish
U. University attended: University of Alabama Huntsville
V. Vegetables you dislike: Brussel Sprouts
W. What makes you run late: My love of being in the bed
X. X-rays you've had: foot and dental ones.... and I'm sure multiple accidental onces at work 
Y. Yummy food: MEXICAN!!!!  I could probably eat it every single day and never get sick of it
Z. Zoo animal favorite: ELEPHANTS!!!!

So there you have it.  I know... fascinating.  Coming up this week I've got my first weigh in since getting back on the wagon, and depending on how balls-y I get a post and photos dedicated to my Operation Red Bikini journey... so exciting I know :)

Have an awesome and safe New Year, my loves!!  I will be bringing it in at work with a glass of sparkling grape juice.... I'm just too out of control for my own good these days!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ugly Truths & Operation Red Bikini

Firstly, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!!  Overall, mine was amazing, aside from coming home to the 4 biggest piles of dog diarrhea that ever existed and my carpet still stinks.  I got to spend a whole week with my family.  We ran ourselves to the point of exhaustion, and then a little farther... it was a blast!  Sadly, Ryan and I did not merge our holidays this year like I had planned.  There was just so much to do in so little time, and we were both pretty selfish about giving up time.... so we just decided that instead of arguing or being grumpy we'd just go with our own families.  Ahh, the joys of living out of town and having funky work schedules. 

I got so many wonderful gifts, and I can't wait til I have more than a day off so that I can scrub my house and put them all in their place and play!  I'll spare you the less exciting stuff, but my favorites are my Chromebook, from my AMAZING husband to be, my yo-nanas machine from my parents, and my fancy smancy Kitchen Aid mixer from my grandparents.  I also got a Magic Bullet, all the seasons of Big Bang Theory and Gilmore Girls, and just lots of really great stuff!! I am a VERY blessed girl.

Now, on to the ugly truth of this post.  Short and not so sweet..... I've gained 6lbs since October.  I've made countless excuses and justifications for my laziness and poor eating, but the truth is just that.  I have been lazy and eating like shit.  NO MORE!!  I have worked too hard and have so much further to go to just give it all up.  As of yesterday, I am back!

THE PLAN:  I'm going back to where it all began, MFP and being more active in the social outlets that kept me going strong in the first 5 months of my journey.  I also will be jumping back into my running and reuniting with my best frenemy Jillian,  and am hoping to score a gym membership in the next couple months after I do some shopping around.  As far as eating goes, I plan to clean it up, once I go grocery shopping again and maybe even throw in some of those low carb challenges I am seeing so much of.  I'll be keeping accountable by posting food pics on Instagram and hopefully trying some new recipes to keep it fun.  And of course, I will be drinking water like like it is my JOB!

My biggest motivator is probably going to be the Operation Red Bikini challenge being hosted by Kassie and Leigh Ann, go HERE for details!  It is an amazing contest and there are going to be PRIZES!!  What is more fun than winning right?!?

My "red bikini" is to be a size 10 by May 31st.  I am currently wearing a 16, so it's going to be tough, but I know if I bust ass, I can make it happen!  I'll be keeping you posted on my progress here and on Instagram and maybe even on Keek.  I'll have some starting photos up next week and maybe even my before picture in case some of you have missed it.

Finally, a big HEY Y'ALL to all my new readers!!  I saw that I finally reached 50, which is about 50 more than I ever expected to have, so thank you, I am beyond flattered.  I promise to try and keep it fun for you guys.

I'm off to bed so I can partake in another night of my fun filled job!  Happy Friday, Hookers!  Since I have no pictures to entertain you, I will leave you with a video I saw over the holidays, and as a girl from the same town as Antione Dodson's Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife, I can show you this without feeling bad.  Enjoy

And if you aren't familiar with my hometown celebrity

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I survived all 3 nights of work, even though last night cut it pretty effin close... between not sleeping well all week, heightened security thanks to a recent shooting at another local hospital, an EXTREMELY anxiety riddled patient with an even more anxiety riddled family, doctors who don't want to give medications for said extreme anxiety, and shit river I had used up what tiny bit of patience I have and taken several years off my life.   I was ready to get the EFF out that place and home to my mommy so I can be a princess all week.  After waiting for the barista to finish flirting with the guy ahead of me and make my damn skinny peppermint mocha., spending $50 on a tank of gas and keeking with all my 12 hour smeared eye makeup glory (check it out, you'll feel great about yourself afterwards)  I was on my way! Just an hour and a half drive including a  40 minute conversation with my future mother in law..... she talked, I mostly listened and got cut off anytime I tried to speak, I finally made it home!!  I love coming home!  For the most part, living away from my family isn't too hard.... it isn't a bad drive and my schedule allows me to visit fairly often, but Christmas is special!  I haven't been able to part with any traditions with my family which basically means a balls all out week, but I'm going to love every second of it!!
First world problems I have and all... NOT

So, if you don't already read Kassie's blog, it's a MUST!  She, along with Elle Noel (another must) has put together Operation Red Binki. Go here and check it out, these fellow southern girls totally have there ish in order!  It's a great challenge and I am totally doing it, even though it will be December 26th before I go hardcore.... and I mean HARDCORE, there are  prizes on the line here!

The MOST important prize of all
This week I am just focusing on maintaining  and ramping up my motivation, that seems to be slipping over the month, I have no will power at the moment. Not that I plan on reverting back to complete fat girl status over the holiday week, I just know that by expecting a loss this week, I would just be setting myself up for a disappointment.  To be perfectly honest, this makes me feel terrible about myself, but I'm going to try my best not to let it get me down and take this time to re-evaluate my plan and rediscover what I've been missing since I hit the 50 lb mark.  Not to worry, it's hard to keep this control freak over acheiver girl down for long, especially after seeing my newly thin sister- who still lives at home and has my mom to buy her all healthy groceries and cook for her every night and doesn't have anything to do besides exercise- prance around in her new size 12s and plethora of new Victoria's Secret panties.... no, I'm not jealous/bitter at all.  All, kidding aside, I am so happy for my sister, she has worked hard and after seeing her be big all her life it's nice to see her actually enjoy trying on clothes and getting all prettied up.... I'm sure I'll do a post on her sometime soon, she is one special chica!   I'm going to be back on the trail getting my run on before the new year.... more on my new fitness plans to come :)
 I need to tell myself this everyday, because it's TRUE!

I'm going to do my best to check in over the week, but I will for sure be blowing up instagram and (hopefully) Keek so you can find me there if you miss me too much!  You can find me @jennlynn426 on both sites, I'd love more attention.... only oldest child syndrome anyone???  Hope everyone is having an AMAZING week!!!

I may have a slight problem with this... I just love my blog ladies SO much that I need to know every bite of food you take, outfit you try on, new move you try at the gym, and silly thing your kid does!  I can't help it :)

Yea, I have been totally lazy with the pictures lately, probably because I have been totally lazy with the make up and hair brush lately and have reverted back to my sweat pants.... hmmm any relation to my crap eating and lack of exercise perhaps?!? 
SERIOUSLY?!?!? Bitch, put the Icee down... why am I so excited?
Tutu and shirt I made for Ryan's little cousin!
Story of my life right now... if only dogs could wear tutus :-/

Monday, December 17, 2012

MIA Pity Party

It's MONDAY!!  I know ya'll are all kinds of exctied to get back to your work week.... not!  Yesterday was my Monday, so at least I have that going for me.

So I have been mostly MIA from the social media world for the past 2 weeks, and it's been kind of a downer.  I didn't realize what an attention whore I really am....  so thanks for feeding my need, folks!  So here's a run down of my life recently, because I'm sure you've all been dying to know where I've been ( just humor the attention whore here).  I'll try to keep this pity party update brief so I can get back to my usual ass kicking.

A couple weeks ago I started to feel awful... fever, aches, cough, chest pains any time I took a breath, being exhausted just from getting up to pee... all the delights.  I pounded OJ like it was my JOB thinking I could stop what was coming... I was oh so wrong.  So I was down for over a week with that junk.... even though I never missed a day of work because I didn't want to miss my overtime shift....... which got cancelled anyways, thanks hospital!  After that I was so behind on everything that I have been playing catch up ever since in between my crappy work pattern for the past 2 weeks and trying to get everything ready for my trip home for Christmas week so that I can I can go balls to the wall some more. 

I love me some Christmas time, but it is ALWAYS hectic in the prep work phase.  I have had several craft gift projects... pictures to come eventually, shopping for both families, wrapping, cleaning, laundry, and packing...  So in order to cram this all in after being sick for a week some things got tossed to the side... ie exercising and eating right.  Luckily, after days of taco bell, pizza, little debbies, soda, ICEEs (my new favorite treat),  Christmas cookies, sandwiches, and zero exercise I have managed to only pack on 3 lbs.  I would like to think that I am going to get back on track today and eat well throughout the holiday week, I know that is probably a lie.  I'll probably indulge in more than my fair share of fat kid goodness while I'm at home, but I'm going to try my best and  make sure I find the time to exercise and starting December 27th, it's back on in full force!  I honestly miss my routines and can't wait to get back into them.

I have attained official broke girl status after taking both dogs to the vet for shots and various issues.  Over the last week, Brick started crying anytime he jumped up on the bed and he hasn't been running full out... we knew something was wrong when Ali beat him to the ball so we got his leg checked out and he has a partial tear of a tendon in his knee :(  Luckily we caught it pretty early on and as long as we can keep him fairly calm for a few weeks, he may heal and we can dodge what I"m sure would be a multi-trillion dollar surgery.  So wish me luck on keeping my 2 year old German Shepherd still, he's already going nuts.  Ali is being treated for a dimidex outbreak... which is some sort of genetic skin issue, and an ear infection.  She has always been our sickly little critter, so no shock there.  An hour and a half, a small pharmacy, and $215 later I am hopefully on my way to healthy babies again.  I may have had a minor melt down..... I mean why does everything choose to happen right at Christmas time AFTER I have already spent all my money on gifts?!

In other news, I am a sheep so I followed the crowd and got me a Keek account, and after about an hour I figured out how to post a video! I'm obsessed, I love getting to see and hear people talk about random stuff!  So now you guys can catch my social awkwardness in all it's glory.  I plan to become just as addicted to that as I am to reading blogs, and posting pictures of my every activity on Instagram.  You can find me there at jennlynn426.  Let me know your user names too so that I can get into full on stalker lady mode!

Okay, that is enough moping!!  I hope y'all have a happy week before Christmas!!  I promise to be back in cool kid action ASAP!  I have missed it too much!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Motivational Mondays!

Hey Sassy ladies!!

I hope y'all had a great weekend to kick off the official best month of the year!!  I spent it at work YAY contracting some sort of death virus which seems to have planted itself in my lungs and closed up my throat so I am bundled up in the bed, germing up my fresh sheets watching Hallmark's countdown to Christmas while pouring hot liquids down my throat AND doing laundry.  Why not just run to the doc in the box down the road and get one of those magic shots in your ass so that you are better by dinner, you ask?  Because I am a nurse and we don't roll like that for some reason... I will go to the doctor just in time to not have to be put on the "breathin machine" as many like to call it.  Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow, because I have a holiday party to attend... which is a fancy way of saying that a few girlfriends are getting together to watch Elf, order pizza, and decorate cookies.  Yep, I live the wild life.

My motivation this week is that I am getting back into it!  The scale is starting to move again, I am eating better, exercising more, and feeling better!  I really wanted to jump in on the squatting thing and plankmas, but now that I am infested with the plague I will be playing some major catch up!  I have my second 5k coming up in a couple weeks and I am sooooo excited.   I don't really have any hard goals for it, other than to run it.  It is at 7am so I know it is going to be balls cold outside so maybe that will make me go faster... who knows.  Jillian has been kicking my ass most of the week, and I don't love it, but I don't hate it either.  I am feeling the effects so I guess I'll take the torture.

Don't forget to sign up for Secret Santa Swap!!  Today is the last day to email me with your info!!  Name, address, what makes Christmas special to you, and a little blurb about yourself to give your Santa a start!!  Names will be drawn tomorrow and you will have their info by the end of the week!!!

Now, here's a little bit of Sassy Pants for ya..... It really grills my bun that people feel the need to be overly PC during this time of year.  I am a big fan expressing my holiday joy to all I see, it's the south, that's what we do, but I hate being told that I shouldn't say Merry Christmas for worry of offending someone.  I mean if someone walked up to me and said Happy Hanukkah I would smile and not be the least bit offended by that.  So why is it that the word Christmas OFFENDS people, yet all the other garbage that is out in the world is okay?  I'm not saying that Christmas should be forced upon everyone, but why can't we all just express our own holiday greetings without fear of if someone will take it the wrong way.... aren't they all positive celebrations in their respective cultures  or am I underhandedly kicking somebody's dog by telling them Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays??

So, I've been seeing people's "Elf on the Shelf" schemes all on Facebook and Instagram and having mixed feelings.  One the one hand it is kinda creepy looking and I think the concept of a living doll running around the house at night would have been a little Chucky-esque for my tastes as a child on top of me having to clean up after the little hell raiser PLUS why does Santa need to send an elf to your house to keep tabs on you when he's already got that covered on his own?  On the other hand I'm in LOVE!!!  So much so that I asked Ryan if I went and bought one if he would do it for me every night and he said YES!!!!!!!  So I need to figure out if he was for reals or not, because I just may be driving my sick ass up to Target to get me my Chloe or Phil!! Yes, I've already named it.
Creepily adorable, right?!?!?

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun Friday Randoms

So I titled this post last night at work before shit hit the fan.... LITERALLY and put me in an awful mood, so awful in fact that I don't even remember the fun random things that I was going to tell y'all.  Instead, I'm going to stick with the irony and tell you about the not so fun facts.  Sorry for being a downer today, but I feel it's warranted.

Firstly, when I got to work last night I got TERRIBLE report on my patients... the nurse was just like la dee dahh 3 is a little confused. okay, have a great night!!!  Needless to say, she was not back for me to KILL this morning.   As soon as I walk in my patient's room I can tell he is batshit crazy... 20 minutes later I find a bed pan filled with liquid shit flung across the room.  Not the best start to our relationship.... I can handle most anything the nursing world throws at me... bleeding from the head... awesome!  7 gunshot wounds... I wanna play!  Impaled with a 2x4??  All over it!  Need someone to hold pressure in the carotid artery or you are going to die.... I'm your gal!  If you poop or have a nasty lougie cough.... I'm gonna vomit.  Mix that with screaming and cussing at me calling me every dirty name in the book and refusing to stay in bed despite being tied to it AND being given enough meds to kill a horse and I'm pretty much over you.  And then my poor other patient decides he's had enough at 5 am and we get to do all kinds of crazy stuff to you up until shift change... BLAH!!!  So if anyone has any new career suggestions for me, I'm all ears!!   Not really, I like my job, it is the perfect mix of challenging and getting to be lazy.... last night was just one of those nights.

Secondly, I get a text from my future mother in law saying she wants to discuss their upcoming overnight visit next week so if I could please call her.... I guess she couldn't wait til this evening.  She then proceeds to send me another text asking if she can clean my house for me while she is here.  For some reason this strikes a nerve with me.  I honestly don't think she meant for it to come out as "your house is a damn pig pen and I can't stand to be there in it's current condition.  Why can't you keep house as good as me, even though you work a full time job.... YOU SUCK at life and don't know how to be a good wife to my son "  But that is how I take it.  I didn't even know how to respond to the text.  She worded it nicely, saying that she enjoys cleaning and that Ryan and I work so hard that we deserve a maid sometimes, but I just don't know.  So what am I going to do??  Ignore it and bust my ass on my next days off to have the house effing glistening when she arrives!!  Maybe I'm over-reacting, but it really just irked me.... plus any time she has cleaned she hasn't done things "my way" and that bothers me too because I have to hunt for my things or redo what she did... Ugh, maybe I'm just being a mean bitch... thoughts?  And I'm not a mother in law basher, I really do love Ryan's mom.  She is so sweet and I know that she truly does love me as a daughter and that goes a long way, even if she does write her birthday into my calendar so big that nothing else fits, including the 2 other birthdays that fell on that day, did not use the right color, and her handwriting does not match mine perfectly, EVEN THOUGH there are post-its next to the calendar so that dates can be written down for authorized people aka ME to add in!!

 Oh look, her son does it too.... with his serial killer handwriting! and FYI, sir, I don't need "conquer the galaxy" written on my list because I get that shit done on the daily!!!  yea, I'm that tired

On a positive note, since I'm even getting tired of the grumpiness of this post.... I got back into my  meal prepping and clean eating last night after a few off days that made me feel like garbage on top of getting all bloated and gaining 4 lbs.  I prepped up all my lunches for work, smoothies for before bed, and chopped up veggies for omelets since I can't find my muffin tins to make those little baked egg muffin thingys and guzzled my water like there were unicorns in the bottom of the bottle.   I even decided that yesterday was a good day to start 30DS Level 2 again!  I won't be doing it today due to being physically and mentally exhausted from the thought of having to go back to work tonight (unless I somehow manage to wake up early)  but it feels good to be REALLY sore!  I love how working out makes me feel, and I wish I would remember that every time I chose to watch TV or binge eat instead.
Cajun baked tilapia, roasted zucchini, grapes, a cutie, triscuits with a laughing cow spreadable = YUM!

And don't forget to sign up for the Secret Santa Swap!!  It's going to be oodles of noodles of fun!!   You have until Monday, December 2 to sign up!!  Just email me (jenadams426@gmail [dot] com) your name, address, link to your blog, and a lil something something about what makes Christmas amazeballs to you!!!

Okay, well I'm off to crash.  I hope y'all have an awesome Friday and weekend!  Don't forget to watch Alabama stomp all over Georgia so that we can win back to back national championships!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SHHHH it's a VLOG! Swag Swap Show Off

Happy Wednesday ladies!!

So, I finally got my vlog post to work!!  I have so much going on today that I had to limit myself to 1 take and I had only been awake long enough to put on make up, so it's basically awkward... so it should make for a good laugh at the very least.  I've never done a vlog before so I don't know how to do all the fanciness to make it better quality or what not, so again I apologize for the crumminess.  However, I want to give another HUGE thanks to Marianne aka The Mrs. D!!  She was the best partner EVAH and is the newest addition to my BFFs!!  So, enjoy your morning laugh at my expense, don't worry, I'm laughing too :)

Also, I realized after I did the video that I left out the super cute cupcake ornament she had sent me!  I put it on the tree and forgot to take it down so here it is 
Isn't it GREAT!!  It's PINK, it's GLITTERY, and it's a CUPCAKE!!  Need I really say more?!?  It has a primo spot on my tree and every time I look at it and smile thinking about my new blog friends.

Well I hope you guys all enjoyed your swag if you participated in the swap, and if you didn't get to play, here's a chance to join in!  Keyona and I are putting together a Secret Santa.  HERE is the link to all the details, sign up by December 2 to play!!!

I am going to get in my first run in over a week today.... YIKES!  I've missed it and the scale has too.  Just a warning, don't eat Taco Bell and baby shower food and expect to see anything less than 4 lbs of water weight the next morning!  But it's okay, I'm back to eating mostly clean and getting my sweat on today!

Okay, well I'm off to attempt to cram 7582654 things into my last day off  before Ryan gets home and we have our first official Christmas movie night of the year!!  Hope everyone has a fantabulous day filled with glitter and unicorns :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You Know You Wanna Play....Secret Santa Swap!!

Hay Hayy Haayy lovies!!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and snagged lots of deals while avoiding getting trampled.  As much as I enjoyed the side dish of holidays, I am sooo excited to move on to the main course CHRISTMAS!!!   I mean what is not to love?? the lights, the decorations, Christmas movies 24/7 on the Hallmark Channel where single parents overcome the tragic loss of their spouse and find love again (seriously, there's a theme),  Christmas songs, Blake Shelton getting his own Christmas special this year (YUM), everyone can suddenly bake amazing cookies, and PRESENTS... which brings me to my next point.

Keyona and I are hosting a Secret Santa Swap!!  We thought that the Swag Swap that Kassie hosted in November was so much fun that we would carry it over into Christmas too!

I know, I know, you are all now sitting there saying to yourselves what an amazing idea this is and MUST know how to get in on it!  So here's how it works.

1. Sign up by December 2
2. You will receive an email with your buddy's info.  Keep the person you are given a secret!  The person who you are sending to is NOT sending to you, hence SECRET Santa, if you blab you will be on the naughty list!
3. Be willing to spend $30 (no more no less... unless you are an amazing couponer)
4.  Include at least 1 Christmas item
5. Packages must be shipped by December 15, to ensure that they arrive by Christmas
6.  Share your goodies on your blog! There will be a link up on December 31st
7.  Have fun and get into the spirit!  Get creative, the cornier the better!

Email me at jenadams426@gmail (dot) com by December 2 to get in on the fun!!  If you already emailed Keyona you are good to go!  It was so much fun participating last month, I mean who doesn't love getting a package, and the more people we have participating the better!!

You can send anything you think that person may like or just stuff you love that you want to share!  You can wrap everything individually, include notes, whatever!!  This is such a fun way to make a new friend. I will be vlogging about my swag swap goodies tomorrow, so stay tuned for that bundle of awkward hand talking!

And just because I know you are dying to see what kind of excitement has been going with me, here's a sneak peak at what is going on over here....
My living room!!  it's the first room I have finished decorating and has all my favorites!

Sweet Ali let me drape her in lights while I was decorating the tree and she posed for like  9852 pictures

Another diaper cake!  I think all my friends may be pregnant this year

My FAVORITE Little Debbie, and I bought NONE of them!!  because I can literally eat a whole box in one sitting so they are best left on the shelf

I was able to get my tree up while I watched the parade on Thanksgiving, and it was so fun, it may be my new tradition
I got these Express coupons in the mail and they are too good to throw away, but I can't wear Express at this point.  So, if you would like them and actually use them, leave me a comment saying so and I will mail them to you!  It is a $30 of a $75 purchase on one and $50 off a $125 purchase on the other!!!

Well I am off to get ready for a baby shower that I am now running late for!!  Don't forget to sign up for Secret Santa!!!  I promise it will be a BLASTY BLAST!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dumping Grounds

Hey y'all!

So, I had planned on doing a vlog today bragging about all the goodies I got from the swag swap.  I had the best partner EVAH, Marianne (aka The Mrs. D) over at When Does Mommy Get A Nap.  Go check her out, like right now, because she is amazing in every way and thanks to YouTube or my lack of techie knowledge, I am having difficulty uploading my video.  My file may be too big or something, YouTube is telling me that my video will be ready to view in 787 minutes, so we shall see.  If nothing else, I will get that to you guys next week!  I am sooo excited to share all my amazing swag, and can't wait to do another one of these things.  HUGE thanks to Marianne!  I love everything she picked out, and it made my day!!  I mean, who doesn't love opening a huge box of fun in front of your fiance who didn't get anything getting presents for no reason?!?!  Plus, I know y'all are just dying to actually see and hear my awkwardness brought to life!

So, yesterday was the end of my Thanksgiving week at my parents.  I had so much fun spending time with my parents and sister, but I was definitely glad to get home.  I had big plans to get my house sparkling clean and ready for Christmas.  I will say that I got the main living areas all clean and the tree is up and lighted (lit?)  but I was ready to crash by 10, so it's a work in progress.  I'll let some pictures do the talking about my week.  For those of you who follow on Instagram, just scroll down, you've already been to this party.

 We had a sisters night out, so I did my first OOTD shot

 Being Silly at Target

 The Christmas Tree lighting at the outdoor mall

 We had a Twilight marathon before seeing the final one... so that my mom could convince me that I don't hate the movies, turns out I don't, second time's a charm.  I still think Robert Pattinson looks like a heroin addict, and Kristen Stewart is .......... 

 I gave my sister a "make-over"  Lesson- don't ever let me touch your make up, but her hair looks great! AND she has lost around 75lbs and looks fantastic

 Our Fakesgiving Turkey!  sooooo yummy, and made the best Fakesgiving sandwiches!

 Even Brewster the Walrus gets to celebrate!  My mom would die if she knew her legs had hit the web

 I tried a new foundation that I LOVE and stole from my mom.  And yes, I love to part my hair as far to the side as it will allow

 So this was the evolution of my face near the end of Breaking Dawn.. I don't want to say too much if you haven't seen it, but wowsers.

And in complete randomness, today I did some grocery shopping for my attempt at clean eating and meal prepping.  I'm pretty excited to give it a try.  I did paleo for a while last year and had good results,  I just got bored with it and lazy on the cooking.  Clean eating seems to be similar, but a little less restrictive, so I think it will go great once I get all the processed crap out of my system.  I won't be going completely clean, but I do hope to go at least 50% for now.  And as far as meal prepping goes, I think it will save me some $$$ to prepare clean lunches to take to work in advance instead of spending $2 and up for lean cuisines, not to mention how much healthier it will be!  So now it's time to clean out the fridge and cabinets and take what I can to the food bank!  Plus, I always hear people say how expensive it is to eat healthy or clean, but it didn't cost near what I though it would.  I got this whole cart at Sam's for $82 and it will last over a week, not to mention the stuff I already have at home.  I'll keep ya posted on how it goes :)

This is when I got in the car this morning and realized that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I was venturing out into the GROCERY STORE of all places.

And, finally.  I just wanted to vent share with y'all a little story about a man who dips (tobacco for those of you not in the south) while reading in bed, despite his amazing fiance telling him that it is a bad idea because he is going to fall asleep with it in his mouth and choke and die in his sleep.  Unfortunately, this is not what happened.  What DID happen was that this amazing girl woke up at 3 am thinking she had somehow peed the bed, because it was wet and she was soaked and that is the only possible explanation??  Only to reach down and feel an open soda bottle not unlike the ones that she finds all over the house (NASTY).  Yep, the freshly washed, brand new sheets were soaked through with dip spit... all the way down into the $600 (retail price, not what was paid) pillow top mattress cover AND her nightshirt AND skin!  Needless to say, NOT a happy camper.  All the bedding had to be stripped off and washed and the mattress pad had to be bleach penned, oxy cleaned, and febreezed.  The upside is that Ryan is so grateful to still be alive that he was super sweet to me all day, and did not even make fun of me when I let him watch my vlog video.  I swear if I had known about the dip before getting emotionally attached that would be a deal breaker, but he did say that this was a good motivator for quitting.... fingers crossed.

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I can't wait to read about them!  I will be working and celebrating with my amazing co-workers.  I am so thankful that I have a wonderful job to go to each week and that I get to work and learn from such amazing people.  So I am not even a bit sad to be there.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Gift of Life, One Year Later

Hay hay haaay, hookahs!!

I finally made it to my parents where I will be living it up early 2000s style for 5 days!  I've mentioned before how much I love coming home to visit my family, and returning to princess status where I belong.   Plus it is officially Christmas here which automatically amps the happy up by 150%.  It makes me super excited to get my Christmas decorations out when I get home and get my house all spotless for Santa.

As I told you guys before, today is a special day in my family, and I really hope we get the chance to celebrate.  So, this may get a little long winded, sorry :)  but hang with me!

One, year ago today, my family was given the most amazing gift... the gift of life.  One year ago today,  my dad received a kidney transplant, thanks to his amazing and beautiful sister, my Aunt Tammy!  My dad was diagnosed with a rare progressive kidney disease when he was in his early 20s getting a routine physical for his new job.  When I was 10, I remember him having a biopsy and our family being told to prepare for the likelihood of dialysis and the need for a transplant... well I remember he had surgery and that everyone got really scared and I was sitting in my dad's lap and he held me and cried, which I can count on 1 hand the number of times that has happened in my life.  Luckily, the disease process was much slower than the doctors imagined and it took 15 years for my dad's health to reach the low point (one kidney was completely dead and the other had 8% function), and timing couldn't have been worse.

In January 2011, his mother was diagnosed with cancer that had spread, and being a tough lady, she decided to fight.  We were told that if effective, the treatments could give her up to 3 more years.  During her treatment, my dad was told that it was either dialysis or transplant time, and my dad had made it very clear that dialysis was not an option he was willing to consider.  My aunt immediately asked what she had to do to donate her kidney proclaiming that she was already facing the possibility of losing her mom and couldn't lose her brother as well, and the process began.  My grandmother died at the end of April, knocking the wind out of all of us, and we realized just how precious life and more importantly, family really is.  Transplant evaluation started and after testing, their kidneys were a near perfect match, which doesn't happen often.  However, both my dad and Aunt had to lose about 40lbs before the surgery could be scheduled, so they got to work.  My aunt immediately cleaned up her eating and hired a trainer and within a few months she had lost all the weight (and looked amazing).  My dad, of course, was able to stop drinking sweet tea, and watch his calories and lost 40+lbs in about a month.... sickening.

last set of lab work before the transplant!
 The night before the transplant, my parents, my aunt her husband all went out to dinner.  My parents had picked out a necklace with an angel wing pennant for my aunt  (My grandma had told my aunt that she had earned one of her angel wings by being such a great daughter and never left her side during her last months, and it had sort of become a family joke/saying during that time) so now she had earned her other wing and was an official angel. Hearing my mom tell me about it sounds like it was an amazingly beautiful moment and I would have loved to see it.

Transplant day was finally here, and we were a wreck.  Two members of our already shaken family were undergoing major surgery that had major risks to both, but we all knew that the surgery would be harder on my aunt than my dad, which also made it hard.  Luckily, my grandma was soooo tight with the big guy up in Heaven and everything went perfectly, "textbook" per the surgeons.  They both recovered well, and within 48 hours, my dad's kidney function levels were only slightly above normal.  My aunt had a lot of pain, but healed quickly and was up and about in just a few days also. It was a long road for all of us, but we made it!

Christmas!! about 1 1/2 months post transplant!

One year post transplant, my dad is doing amazing!  His kidney function is normal, and other than gaining back some weight he doesn't have side effects from his truckload of medications.  My aunt is also doing great, and our family couldn't be closer.  2011 was a tough road for my family, and through it all we learned to laugh louder, hug tighter, love harder, and that faith always gets you through.  My aunt didn't have to donate her kidney to my dad, but she did it without pause.  Even though a sibling is the best match many people aren't willing to take that risk, which was surprising to hear, and working with transplant patients, I see it all the time.  We will never be able to thank my aunt enough for what she did.  She says it was a "duh" thing to do, her brother needed a kidney, she had one, she didn't want to lose her brother, so bam!  She even tells people that donating the kidney saved her life because of the 40lbs she had to lose to get ready.

I have no words to express the feelings I have for my aunt, gratitude really isn't enough.  She gave me my daddy, how do you even begin to thank someone for that?!  Because of her, my dad will be walking me down the aisle next year, be there to see my children, and whatever else this crazy life has in store for me.... all because of the love she has for her brother.

Every year thousands of people get put on the transplant waiting list, and every year thousands of people die waiting.  My family was very lucky to have a willing donor, but not every family is, and since a kidney is the only organ that can come from a living donor, most don't have that option.  Organ transplant is an amazing thing, but it isn't possible without donors.  Every day, I work with patients and families who have just received a transplant or are in desperate need of one, and it's an amazing thing and sometimes heart breaking.  I can't imagine not making the decision to donate if something tragic were to happen to me and my organs could save someone else.  I'm not here to force you to become an organ donor, but if you do, make sure your wishes are known to your family, it can't happen without their permission.  Also, find your state's donor registry and add your name.  Organ Transplant and Donation is a passion of mine, and I know there are a ton of myths out there regarding donation.  If any of you have ANY questions regarding organ donation e-mail me at jenlynn426 dot gmail dot com, and I will be glad to give you any information you would like or I will find it for you!!

Okay, you made it!  Thanks so much for reading my story, and now you know part of why I am so thankful this year!  Have a great weekend!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Motivational Monday

It's Monday again, which means back to work, even for me.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was pretty uneventful.  I worked Friday night which means I slept all day on Saturday, only to find out that I had been placed "on call" for my overtime shift Saturday night so I got the pleasure of being attached to my phone all night just waiting for it to ring... which it never did.  Sunday was basically spent sleeping, catching up on my DVR, and PMS eating (yea, it was bad ).   Try not to be too jealous of my wild and crazy party girl ways.

On to the best part of Mondays... Motivational Mondays post!  What has got you guys working it this week?    I know that during PMS week I have to dig a little deeper to keep on track. It seems like for those few days of overwhelming crankiness all I want to do is eat and sleep my way to the end.... which I did yesterday, so it's time to move on.

Firstly, I finally hit that 50 lb mark last week and I want to keep it up.

Saturday night when I was on call, I decided to hit up Kohl's with my awesome 30% of my entire purchase coupon and some Kohl's cash.  I actually had fun looking for clothes.  I tried on lots of things, and mostly didn't feel terrible in them.  I was able to pick things because I liked them rather than just because it was all that fit, and not a single item came from the plus department (even if I was at the top end of the "regular" side).  Even more exciting... one of my tops is just a large... no extra.  I was pretty excited.   To top it all off, I got a great deal!  I got 2 pairs of skinny jeans and 4 tops for $73, which for me rocks!  I don't pride myself on being a great bargain hunter, I mean I love a good deal as much as the next person and always try to buy only when on sale, but I never seem to get those crazy amazing deals.
My sweet deals!  I can't wait to rock some of this stuff

So with my crazy nights at work recently, I haven't been hitting my workouts in the mornings before bed like I used to.  I also seem to take any reasons I can to skip a workout, and I'm not really sure why.  I enjoy my workouts, and I really love my runs so why am I passing them up so easily??  But this is a new day and a new week, and I am developing a new outlook.  So today I will start my 10k training plan again.  I know it will be hard with my work schedule, but I didn't sign on for easy.  I wanted to get a run in today, but since it's raining, I will stick to the schedule and use the shred as my strength training for the day.
I feel sorry today, and I don't like it one bit!  Tomorrow I choose sore!

Non fitness related motivation...  Thursday morning when I get off work I am headed home for about a week!  I can't wait to spend time with family and catch up with friends.  Friday is a big day for my family (read then to find out why)  so hopefully there will be some celebrating involved, and we are planning on an early Thanksgiving, so I will really have to keep my workouts in check!

Well, I guess I better get to it!  I have to workout and hit the grocery store so that I actually have some food to eat the next few days and then it's time to pack all before I hit the bed for my nap so I can get my work on tonight.  Luckily, it's a dreary and rainy day outside, so I should be able to get my sleep on!  Happy Monday, loves!!