Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A life update...

I've got a wicked case of writer's block, friends.  My inability to formulate any coherent thoughts might have something to do with the fact that I've spent the last three weeks pouring every shred of brilliance mediocrity I can muster into a brief for work.

But that's done now, and I'm still incapable of writing anything significant.  So how about a little life update, instead?

Gracie is still adorable (as you may have surmised). 

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She is getting the funniest little personality, too. She's this amazing combination of happy, sweet, silly, sensitive, and self-assured. She knows her own mind, but she is definitely a pleaser.  She's obsessed with shoes. She'll dance to just about anything. She's saying new words every day.

She still adores the occasional nap with Mommy.

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This age is just incredible.

Micah and I are doing great, too.

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I'm a full-fledged Paleo convert now, and I'm still really loving it. I strive to eat clean about 85% of the time and definitely still allow myself the occasional "cheats." But the amazing thing is that it doesn't feel like cheating anymore.  It's just... normal, regular, everyday life. I eat what I want, when I want. And because what I normally want to eat is clean, I feel ZERO guilt when what I want to eat are the chips and queso from my favorite Mexican restaurant or a cupcake (or three) on my birthday.

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The weight is still coming off, albeit more slowly than when I was doing the Whole30 (which is a much more strict version of the Paleo diet, and I HIGHLY recommend it as an intro to the Paleo lifestyle).  I'm down 20 pounds since June 22nd. And more than that, I'm feeling really good. Healthier than I've been in a really long time, and more energy than I know what to do with.

But I won't keep beating you guys over the head with this.  Just know that if you're looking to make a change, I'll be happy to be a cheerleader for you.  I really mean it.

Let's see... what else?

We're still hoping to make it to the Outer Banks, North Carolina sometime this fall, but my work schedule is making trip planning difficult.

We've been spending lots of time with family lately, which is my favorite.

Oh! And I'm working with a ridiculously talented blog designer on a new look for this space. I can't wait for you all to see what she's working on...

So that's what we've been up to: making the most of the end of summer and getting excited for what's to come.  What have you been up to?


Amber in South Carolina said...

Outer Banks! Are you staying up near Corolla or going south to Hatteras? Your baby girl is just adorable! :)

The Tale of Three P's said...

I agree, this is the best age! And, of course, Gracie is such a cutie! I totally applaud that you're sticking to Paleo. I have also noticed that it modifies what I want to eat!

Hayley Chandler said...

I was just thinking the other day that your blog had been awfully quiet! I was missing your posts. As for your new lifestyle, that is fabulous. Another blogger I love has been doing the Whole 30 and posting pics on IG of her daily meals and it has me quite intrigued. I am thinking once I have our second baby due in February I may need to do something like this to. Glad to see you're back!!!

Laura said...

I love the idea of paleo, but I'll be honest it scares me a little! For example, I 'big pink puffy heart' love diet coke!!! Grace is adorable and looks just like you! Even though toddlerhood comes with tantrums it is such a fun time to see their little personalities emerge. Big news on our front is we are moving!!!

Annabelle said...

You look great! I have family in NC near OBX! Super jealous! It's a great place to go! I'm going with you! JK!

Joey said...

I'm totally hijacking your vacation if that trip happens. You are looking so incredible I can't even stand it! So proud of the lifestyle changes you've made! I'm interested in the whole paleo thing (mostly for the hubs), but am hesitant. We have a strict grocery budget and worry it'll break our bank. It also doesn't help that J turns his nose up at most veggies. Sigh.

Emily said...

1st. Grace is too cute. I have said this before, but I so wish we lived closer. It would be so fun to see Grace and Lilly dancing together (see the video I posted on IG last night/this morning). 2nd. You look AMAZING!!! You are an inspiration and I will need you to be my cheerleader once Liam arrives and I can work off this baby weight-so far I'm exactly where I was weight wise with Lilly so at least that's good...or that's what I am telling myself, ha!

McElroy Family Happenings said...

You all three look perfectly happy and content!

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