12 Weeks

So guys remember that big announcement I was going to tell you guys about? Well it’s here. I am pregnant.

Yes, this was quite unexpected and I had a 16 and pregnant moment of what am I going to do? Then I realized I was 28, stable in my career and could handle the responsibility. Especially if I decided to do some deeds to land me in this position. At first I was nervous, this is my first child, and now that the shock is over and I am done obsessing about the amount that daycare is, I am happy. So this is why I have talked about naps and exhaustion, the 1st trimester is rough! Now that I have some of my mojo back, I am doing all I can to be and stay active. I’ve already had some weight gain, and the majority of that is going up a few bra sizes. HA! So I shall blog about the journey of being a 1st time mother and all of it’s occurrences. Maybe I should change my blog to Life as Pregnant Sharde. HAHA Stay tuned.

What I am thankful for

It is that time of the year again,

It’s awesome to share with people what you are thankful for. Not just at Thanksgiving or the Holidays, but overall. I tend to like to reflect on my year and state what I am most thankful for and here is my list in no particular order.

Peace of Mind

This year, my life has had some trying times, I have had a lot of things that would make you ask the Lord why is this happening to me, and instead of asking that question, I always think it that there is a reason for everything, and these things are lessons I can take, good or bad. I am thankful, through all of my struggles in relationships, friendships, and life in general that I have Peace of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Family
The next thing I am grateful for is my growing family. We are at the stage in our lives where new additions are being added to the family. This year I got the opportunity to meet my beautiful niece Kayla, and share in a true family bonding moment with my Oldest Brothers first child.

I am also grateful for my family overall, we are not the closest knit group, but when we get together, it is evident it is all love and fun. Tonight we are having a fish fry and it will be good to see my siblings, as I do not get to see them on a regular basis.

Friends

Where do I start?! My friends have been absolutely important to my life, I confide in them, I take trips with them, they are my hairdressers and stylists, shop, and get into all kinds of shenanigans with them. Without them, I know I would have gotten into some trouble. You chicas keep me on the right track. I appreciate and love you all!

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Fitness

The other thing I have found this year that has been extremely important is taking control of my health and lifestyle. I lost 25lbs this year after an eye opening visit from the doctor about my health and where it was headed. I had slightly high cholesterol, I am pre diabetic, and I was slightly overweight. I went from 198lbs to 172! Which is great for someone my size (6foot giant). I would not have connected with the people I have through fitness had I not took a strong stance on my health and started a blog, and met wonderful people. The connections you make are amazing! So Let’s get lifted!!!

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What are you Thankful for? Any good foods that you are making for this Holiday?

Weekends and such

Good afternoon!

How was everyone’s Weekend?! Mine was fantabulous! (Yes that’s a made up word) I first would like to point out that She’s Losing It nominated me for a WordPress Family Award! Yay! Thanks Girl! I am honored.

This award was created for bloggers who are part of the WordPress “family” and take the time to be supportive of other bloggers by giving positive feedback, answer questions and do so in a non-competitive way.

Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.(done)
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.(done)
  3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.(doing)
  4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.(done)

My nominations for the award are(drumroll!):

1. The Dancing Runner

2. The Better Man Project

3. Fit Foodie Le

4. Our Personal Journey

5. Life Is a Damn Circus

6. Life N Thymes of food

7. Project Life to Light

8. Everyday Power Blog

9. Cherie Runs This

10. Fit is the New Black

Now, to my weekend. I went to visit my new boo, (I have a boyfriend now!) at his Military Base in Louisiana. I made the three hour trek with my pooch, and it went without a hitch.  I got there and we hung out, watched football, went to eat with his friends, and watch a movie. The next day, we went to the gym and GOT. IT. IN. Did I mention he and his friend are training for a fitness competition? I had an amazing workout with his guidance and his friend and wife. It was almost like a double gym date of sorts lol. We did barbell exercises, leg lift machine exercises, dumbbell exercises, and resistance bands. Then we went and did 30 minutes of cardio. I was HUNGRY! I tore into one of my pre prepped meals when I got back into the house. After that, he gave me a mini tour of the post, and took a test for class. we spent the rest of the time watching some football (I love Football!). I had such a great time I didn’t want to leave. 😦

Here are some vids and pics:

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Also, I have lost about 4lbs already being on my 6 small meals, low carb, meal plan as of lately! I am so excited! I hope I can see an ab soon! Anywho, that was my weekend! Stay tuned for Transformation Tuesdays!

Shine on Award

Looks like I have been nominated for an award!

 

Yay! Thanks to ProjectLightof Life, for nomination me for the Shine on Award! I am honored!

Here are the award’s rules:

1. Display the award logo on your website(Done!)

2. Link back to the person who kindly nominated you-
 Thank you again Project Light to Life!

3. Share seven things about your lovely self:

  1. I love encouraging others. It is intrinsically motivating to help someone have confidence in themselves! 
  2. I love to swim. Tell me about a pool party or gathering, and I am there bikini, and sunblock!
  3. I love to twerk. If some music comes on and I feel the groove, I’m going to do my thing! ha!
  4. I enjoy live music. Something about it really makes me happy. I cannot explain
  5. I love animals, they are lovely creatures and love you so blindly.
  6. I only buy shoes and purses on sale. I never pay full price. If I have a purse that is full price, it was most certainly a gift.
  7. I now have a watch obsession.

4. Choose fifteen bloggers to nominate for this award, and ensure you link them back to the award page:

I don’t know if I have 15 bloggers to link back but I can try.

  1. The Dancing Runner
  2. PFIT Blog
  3. Cherie Runs This
  4. She’s Losing it
  5. The Ascent blog
  6. Strong-Fit-Beautiful
  7. LifeNThymes of Food
  8. Vodka and Cupcakes
  9. The Better Man Project
  10. Everyday Power Blog
  11. A Pretty Penny
  12. Closet Confections
  13. MOON PSYCHOLOGY
  14. Haley Hobinson
  15. All Season Cyclist

 

It’s Finally Here!

So,

 

I have slaved away, worked out relentlessly,  even on days I did not want to. Yesterday, I FINALLY saw some definition! It is beginning!!!  I have wondered if this day would come. I wondered, if all the clean eating, push ups, and circuits were all in vain. Well 6 weeks into a consistent workout regimen and a better diet ( I have cheated), it’s here! I know you are supposed to be patient, and I am working on that trait, but YES!

This just goes to show you even if you don’t see it, it pays off. Hard work gets the results, and someone can tell you that until you are blue in the face, but, until you physically start to see it, it is not a reality. I know I am not the only one out there who set a goal and thought they would be there a little quicker than they anticipated. Being tall makes it that much more difficult for me to shed pounds. Seriously. I can lose inches like no tomorrow, but pounds. Pshh. My body is against it. I am convinced! lol. So I hope this motivates someone to keep going, keep striving, keep pushing. It will show. It will manifest. I am a testimony! I will post pictures of my one ab later. LOL . (Really there’s just one). Right now I have a water baby (Stomach is full o water).

Oh. Side Note. I do not recommend drinking 2 protein shakes with in a 3 hour period. You will signal that your body just ate a very large meal, and whatever you ate previously will be on it’s way. Learn from my error. O_O (TMI but seriously! I wished someone would have warned me!)

 

Weekend recap

This weekend was fun!!! My company had a BBQ cookoff that benefits a scholarship hey offer to employees and it was fun. Free liquor and food, as long as you purchased tickets. I felt like I was at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show. Yep!

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I then went back into town to celebrate a good friends party at a local club. What a blast. I changed in the car and added some lipstick and heels lol. I crashed so hard that night morning when I got home

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The next day I picked up my dog and went to spend my day in Katy by the pool until the concert. I went to see Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson. It was awesomeness. We ended the night eating at cheddars and singing all of our favorite love songs on the way home good times indeed.

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I finished the weekend out celebrating my good friends birthday at brunch and relaxing by the pool. So much fun!!