Category Archives: Jess

Our Crossfit Journey (or…Crap Jess Says)

My husband and I started working out (Crossfit) a little over a month ago. We absolutely love it. It daily kicks our butts, but we feel great afterward and we’ve seen some great results in a very short amount of time. The community aspect of it is one of our favorite parts. Our trainers are amazing, and everyone we have had the pleasure of coming into contact with because of Crossfit has been encouraging and motivating. I don’t see us stopping this anytime soon. With that said, we’ve had some pretty weird conversations because of the changes we are seeing and just the overall act of working out. I am sharing a few of these for your entertainment.

Me: “I am so sore…my skin is sore! Is that normal?”

Me: “You never said that running was a part of Crossfit!”

Me: “This is the one time I’m glad you put the tall toilet in our bathroom.” (This was after what felt like a bazillion squats.)

Hubby: “How much do you weigh?” Me: “I don’t know, I’m afraid of the scale since you weighed.” (He’s gained about 10lbs.)

At least once a week while looking at the next day’s workout… Me: “What the crap does that mean? I don’t even know what that is.” (Then googling & getting sucked into Crossfit exercise videos for 30+ minutes.) Me: “Oh yeah, that thing.”

During a discussion of different muscles being sore, being more defined/bigger, etc… Me: “What’s this?” (Pointing to my lower back.) Hubby: “Back fat?” Me: (Punching him in the arm.) “The muscle! What’s it called?!”

Okay, so most of these are me being whiny, but hey, they’re funny. The best part is I’m on this journey with my best friend. I get frustrated and he keeps me straight. He overdoes it and I scold him. Ya know…give and take. ;) Does working out make you ask/say weird things or is it just me?


I like to take pictures of everything. Not everyone appreciates photos of the dinner I’ve cooked, my kids making weird faces, messes I’ve made, but hey…it’s my blog/FB page/Twitter account/Instagram…and I can do what I want. ;) In all fairness, most of us post way too much, and we only post the good stuff. In honor of something my pastor Shannon O’Dell has repeatedly said (Don’t compare your life to other’s highlight reels.) I have decided to post 2 pictures of our breakfast today. (Yes, I know he has also said to stop posting pictures of your food, but this is relevant.)

Mmmm...golden, delicious, perfect waffles.

Mmmm…golden, delicious, perfect waffles.

The first photo is of the homemade waffles we enjoyed this morning. I woke up bright and early, did my devotional, made coffee, and whipped up these beautiful waffles for my family…uh, yeah right. I did wake up bright and early…then fell back asleep. I was then awakened by a kid asking for the waffles I promised them yesterday *punch yesterday promising self in the face*. Once I hauled myself out of bed and made coffee, I plugged in my headphones to listen to the bible while I made waffles…beginning to feel good about myself for multitasking and attempting to get back on track, I repeatedly had the earphones ripped from my ears by drawer knobs…which is infuriating. There went my feel good. Back to waffles. Kids are singing praises of how good the waffles smell, and then how good they look and taste. Back to feeling like I’m doing my job well…
And then I get sucked into the life of a homeschooling, crafting, Facebooking, blogging, mother…and get sidetracked…and then start to smell something foul…and then remember the last little waffle. The one I commented to the kids about as I poured the last bit of batter into the waffle iron. The one I said was going to be so cute. The one that was now assaulting my nose with it’s burning aroma. This one.

The cute, little, last, BURNT waffle.

The cute, little, last, BURNT waffle.

This little gem has made our house stink most of the morning…and it actually broke when I threw it in the sink. So, laying it all out there…I’ve had a rough day, and I want you to know that even though I love my life and often post about how awesome and perfect it is…I have A LOT of these types of days. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love my life and think it is perfect, it just means I am human and I don’t want to cause anyone to stumble because of my highlight reel.

Oh, and welcome to my new blog layout…courtesy of my amazing husband. Let me know what you think!

The Wonderful Sound of Silence

I don’t often get to enjoy silence/soliitariety, and when I do it’s like I don’t know what to do with myself. (And yes, I did have to look that word up because I spelled it wrong & it was driving me crazy, and now it looks even weirder. And prepare yourself, I’m going to use it a lot since I had to look it up. hehe) So what do I choose to do with my morning of soliitariety? Write a blog post about being alone…wow…inspiring. I actually get 3 mornings of soliitariety this week because of various activities the children have going on, the fact that we STILL only have one vehicle, and that I have the greatest husband on the planet who will be shuttling the kids to & from said activities. My plans to fill my soliitariety consist of exercise, reading, catching up on housework, dancing like a weirdo to some dubstep, ya know…the usual. So far, all I’ve done is wander aimlessly through the house, talk on the phone, and read. Well, I guess I accomplished one thing on my list. ;)

Oh, and just in case you were questioning my use of the word soliitariety…here’s the definition:


Sol`ii*ta*ri”e*ty\, n. The state of being solitary; solitariness.[Obs.] –Cudworth.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Busy, Busy…

Okay, so I’ve taken a really long break from blogging, but I think about it so much I figured it was just time to come back. We have been ridiculously busy the past few months with 2 birthdays, the holidays, moving, etc. One thing I can say is that I’m LOVING the new house. Not only do we have room for everyone to do more than breathe, room for all our stuff, a wonderfully sized kitchen for me, a huge yard…well, I forgot where I was going with that. Basically, I am so happy here. Also, I’ve been crafting. Alot. Here are my latest 2 creations. Hubby says I should sell them…what do you think?

‘The Diet’…dun-da-dun!!!!

Okay, so I finally decided to post about this diet journey Big Puppy and I are on. It is the HCG program (drops, not shots). After watching my Mom lose over 50lbs, we decided to give it a try. As of right now, we are on day 13, and have lost a combined total of over 17lbs. It’s fairly easy, and not near as much torture as I envisioned. I’m not particularly ‘overweight’, but I have about 10lbs or so that I could stand to lose – mainly in my belly area…2 C-sections & an appendectomy can do that to ya. Anyways, in the past I’ve had success with Pilates, Yoga, Tae-Bo, etc. but have never combined the actual diet aspect. I guess the only ‘diet’ I’ve ever been on was some sort of tuna thing I vaguely remember, and the ‘Daniel Fast’…which I bent the rules on.

Not me...just in case you were wondering. LOL

Okay, back to details about the current diet:
Day 1-3 = Loading Phase (aka stuff yourself w/ junk food until you wanna puke)
On day 1, we took photos (which we will NOT be sharing…sorry), took measurements (which we jacked up, so they don’t really count), and weighed in.

Day 4-26 = Stage 2 (Very Low Calorie Diet) 500 calories a day consisting of a total of 200 grams of protein, 2 fruits, tiny amounts of carbs, and tons of veggies.

In addition, there are homoeopathic drops that you place under your tongue 4x a day (Day 1-23)…they ‘activate’ the bad fat so your body will use it rather than the good fat (yes, there is such a thing…I questioned that too). They also help suppress hunger. Oh, and you have to drink at least a liter of water a day…and you CANNOT exercise.

Day 27-47 = Stage 3 (NO Sugar/Starch) You get to increase your calories to 1500 a day, but still avoid sugar & carbs. There’s alot more you can eat variety wise, and you can exercise.

Day 48-68 = Stage 4 (Maintenance) This is where you slowly integrate starch & sugar back into your diet.  Hopefully you’ve learned that you need to watch your calorie intake…as in don’t pound a whole sleeve of Oreos, or eat a bag of Doritos…or your hard work will be for nothing & you’ll gain it all back.
This diet can be repeated until you are at your goal weight, there is a waiting period between cycles, but since we’re only doing this once, I have no clue what that waiting period is. I’m pretty excited about being at the halfway point of stage 2…I know it sounds weird, but I can’t wait to exercise! One thing we’ve learned is that we were not eating as good as we thought, and eating healthy isn’t too bad. The amount of food we are eating fills us up, and we have not been fatigued at all. I don’t know if I’d recommend this diet to those with very little weight to lose…it’s a little disheartening to go days only losing tenths of a pound even though you are losing inches, but for those with 20+ lbs to lose I think this is a good, healthy solution.

Feel free to ask me any questions about it…my Mom’s the ‘expert’, so I’ll ask her & let you know. =) Also there are iPhone Apps that are very helpful…the one I use is: hCG Diet app

My goal is to be between 105 & 110 (I’m barely 5′ if I really stretch) before we leave for Spring Break.  (I’ll be posting about that soon…vacation for me, Big Puppy, & Froggy to Cocoa Beach/West Palm Beach…WOOT!) As of today, I have at least 9 more pounds to shed, and I can guarantee that I will be exercising hard core in about 13 more days…wish me luck! :)

Slowly, but surely…

Well, my totally awesome husband finally decided to help me with my blog.  I guess technically I could do it myself, but seeing how he’s a web programmer it would be much easier for him to do it.  Plus, I don’t really have the time to jack with settings I don’t understand anyway.  So, over the next few weeks my blog will be undergoing the rest of it’s transformation.  I plan to have stuff organized on here so it’ll be easy to find stuff if people want to, a place for ads…gotta at least attempt to make some money on this hobby, a devotional widget type thing so if someone wants to join me in my devotional it’ll be easy, and lots more features.  I also plan on hosting more contests, doing more meme’s (ie. Menu Monday/Thrifty Thursday/Wordless Wednesday), and more of my total randomness…I mean, that’s what you come here for, right? ;)  So, please excuse the broken links and occasional weirdness that you may experience over the next few weeks.  I look forward to getting back into the blogging groove…I’ve missed you guys! =)

Blog – FAIL

Okay, I admit it…I’ve become a blogging failure.  Isn’t that the first step to recovery?  What I’ve managed to do is commit my limited time to so many things that I’m not doing anything well.  My poor house is a disaster, I don’t have time to hang out with my friends, blogging (which I love) has pretty much been eliminated, and the list goes on…seemingly endless.  I am determined to get back on track.  (Hmmm…I’m pretty sure I’ve said that numerous times before.)  I mean it this time!  I think it’s just gotten to the point that I’ve had it with mediocre. I have visions of greatness in all areas of my life, and dang it, it’s going to happen!  So, even if I don’t post regularly, just know that greatness is coming.  Life@30ish will be revived!

Sporting a new do

After Grayson’s disasterous hair cut last week, I made an appointment with my friend Kim to fix his hair, and cut and color mine.  She is stinking awesome!  His hair is 1000x better, and mine rocks!  It is the kind of hair style I have been saying I dislike for quite some time, and I love it.  It is shorter in the back than in the front, just not drastically.  I think that is what I was not liking was the dramatic angle from back to front.  Anyways, my hair is DARK brown naturally, and it now has some blonde highlights…which I also love.  She actually told me I could pull off being a blonde because of my skin tone.  How cool is that?

The first pic is when she styled it, which of course seemed simple.  Blow dry forward, & straighten a bit to control any flippies.  The second is after my shower when I just blow dried – no products, no straightening, nada.  I like it both ways, but it will mainly be the 2nd way just because it’s faster.  I’m all about faster when I’m wrangling 4 kids.  Regardless of how I fix it, Greg loves the new me.  FYI, Grayson’s after-after pic will have to wait until tomorrow he conked out in his high-chair during dinner.