What the 21 Day Fix did for me

I’ve always had a weird relationship with food.  Eat when I’m hungry, eat when I’m bored, eat when I’m sad, eat when I’m broke, eat when I am nervous…basically eat all of the time.  Luckily, I had my metabolism on my side and stayed relatively thin throughout my years.  Then I hit 25, and my metabolism was pretty much telling me to pound sand.  I tried going to the gym and eating better at that point, but nothing stuck.  A year later, I decided to get braces.  Now, if you’ve had braces, you’ll know that ALL OF THE GOOD (BAD) FOOD YOU CAN’T EAT.  Getting through pizza, or a sub from Jimmy John’s became as difficult as walking, chewing gum, and rubbing your head at the same time.  So for two years, I was having the “best diet ever” because I was limited on what I could eat.  You can only imagine that when the braces came off, the gloves came off, and I ate EVERYTHING in sight. Burgers, pizza, subs, bread, bread, and more bread.  It was a beautiful thing until I got on the scale and realized that in 3 months I had managed to put on 15 pounds.  Ooops?

Once I realized that I needed to stop my ways, I started exercising here and there, but never really committed.  I started eating better, but that would last all of a day and I would go back to the bag of potato chips that I had picked up a CVS on my lunch break.  It was becoming a really vicious circle.  I was getting embarrassed.  So much so, that I wouldn’t even change in front of my husband.  You know it’s bad when you don’t feel good enough in your skin to let it all hang out in front of your husband.

Back in January, a girlfriend of mine started her fitness journey, and was posting about it on Facebook.  Like the creep that I am, I silently watched as she shed her pounds and became more healthy.  All the while getting kind of jealous that she was making these awesome strides at her health, and I was not able  to zip up my pants anymore.

Yeah…something HAD to change.

Finally,  I put my big girl panties on and talked to her about it.  She told me ALL about how she was doing it, and asked me what I was hoping to accomplish.  You know what we did?  We came up with a game plan! Finally, something structured that I could work at continuously, and be held accountable!  Because that’s what I needed.  I easily could give up on myself, but having other people involved meant that they wouldn’t give up on me as easily.

That plan was the 21 Day Fix.  It’s all about eating clean, and portion control.  It’s truly not a diet, but a way to change your life! The whole plan is fool proof.  Eat the meal plan, drink Shakeology once a day, work out every day for 30 minutes, and lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days.

Really? That’s it.  Why the hell didn’t I message her on day 1 of me feeling horrible about myself?

So, I did it.  I TOOK THE PLUNGE.  And I have to say, it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made.   The 21 days flew by, the eating plan was GREAT, and I was SO happy with my results.  Now, I’ve actually learned the proper foods to eat to make me feel better.  I can honestly say that I have more energy than ever, and love my body and how it’s changing.

 

21 Day Fix results

21 Day Fix results

YOU CAN LOVE YOUR BODY TOO!

If you want more information about the program, please do not hesitate to ask! You can comment below, or e-mail me at jessica.jean.evans@gmail.com.  I’ll happily talk to your ear off and tell you everything you need to know.  I feel so strongly about this program, and how it can change everyone’s life.

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That one time we went to Georgia

Back in February, we were getting pretty restless with our every day schedule.  Things were getting fairly stagnant, as I settled into my “post graduation” life.  But being on a budget limited us greatly on what we could do to take a break and get out of town for a while.  Thankfully, it occurred to me that I had racked up some Marriott points and had earned 2 free nights stay from all of our trips to Daytona Beach last year to check out Palmer College of Chiropractic.   Off to the Marriott website I went and found a beautiful resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia.   Only about 7 hours away from us, and we could hike and relax and take in the sites of a laid back town.  It was a no brainer for us!  We drove up on a Thursday morning, and stayed until Sunday morning.  We hiked in FDR park, we spent time in Warm Springs learning about FDR, we walked the trails of Callaway Gardens, we ate amazing food and most importantly – we disconnected from the world and spent much needed quality time together.  We learned something very important on that trip, and that’s the fact that we hate living in Florida. Haha.  We’re much more “at home” in climates that allow us time in nature without sand getting in every crevice and dealing with the sweltering heat.

One thing I really did enjoy about Pine Mountain was how small of a community it was.  The downtown area was incredibly charming with great antique shops, and boutiques.  Everyone seemed to know one another, which is something you don’t find in these Florida parts.  It was honestly refreshing.  We had an amazing dinner at an adorable restaurant called Bon Vivant.  Great food, even better dessert and they even made legit old school milkshakes.  It was all perfect!  And you know what else, we got to do?  Geocache!  Andrew and I love geocaching these days, especially because it’s free entertainment. :-)  It’s especially fun to find trinkets in other states.

Below are some of my favorite shots that we took during our adventures in Pine Mountain. Enjoy!

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The Joys of Armstrong Residential Ceilings – Sponsored Post

Disclaimer:  This is a paid for sponsored post by Armstrong Residential Ceilings.  However, all of the thoughts, opinions, and ideas in this post are my own.  

Did ya’ll have a Ruby Tuesday’s by you in the past?  I hope you did for the sake of this introduction. There were always two amazing things about Ruby Tuesday’s.  One was their salad bar (I CAN HAS ALL OF THE BACON), and the second best thing was their ceiling tile. True story, I would gaze at it all of the time. Does that make me weird? Sure, why not? But it doesn’t change the fact that it was a damn cool pressed metal ceiling tile, lacquered in black. From there on in, I’ve had a love for decorative ceiling tiles. It’s something I would LOVE to do in our kitchen (especially since we’ve got this cracked out ceiling texture) when the time comes. When Armstrong reached out to me to talk about their products, I was like “heck yes, because I’m a freak and dream about these things!”.

Below, we’ve got a photo of a pretty depressing ceiling in an office with a gorgeous design.  The panel detailing on the walls is drool worthy, which means the ceiling issue just needs to go.

Ceiling Tile

So, what kind of DIY ceiling repair can we do here?  Let’s face it – I’m definitely honing in on the wood detail in this room and nothing would complement it better than beadboard.  Beadboard ceilings always make my heart skip a beat a little bit, and a detail I would love to add to the house at some point.  But for now, we’ll have to stick with the beadboard paneling we have in our dining room.

Another option aside from beadboard on the ceilings, would actually just to use planks of wood.  How stunning would that be?  It would incorporate the detailing on the walls, and definitely give the room a more finished look. Wood ceilings are a great option when you are looking to think outside the box of your usual popcorn, or flat ceilings.

If this was your office, what Armstrong ceiling product would you use to fix it?

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