Random articles/blogs for motivation

When I went to type of something, I noticed I had a few drafts still left that I never published. And I went to see what I thought was interesting a few weeks back…..

I follow several blogs, sites, and different twitter accounts and I always find some great recipes. This time I found a few, along with some great articles!



I love following other blogs, healthy twitter accounts, and seeing other workouts. This is motivation for me to eat healthy and get off my butt! Of course, I also had to share the pumpkin recipes because, well, its PUMPKIN!



Question for you:

What sites/blogs to you most enjoy?

Great Finds for motivation

The past few days, I have been pretty busy. If I haven’t been working, I have been working around the house. (isn’t that just life?!?!) I will say that picking up extra shifts at work, have really taken its toll.

On Friday (my one day off) I woke up feeling exhausted, and down on myself. I felt fat, was feeling lazy and the negative talk just kept coming and coming. So I dropped Andrew off at school, and headed straight to the gym.


I knew that if I didn’t I would head back to bed, get nothing accomplished, and the negative talk would continue.

I also feel a BILLION times better when I work out. Which has also been apart of the problem this week. I know that when I don’t get to the gym, I not only feel more “squishy” but I also feel more down. I just need to make workouts a priority, and not an option.


Caityln from Healthy Tipping Point had a great post on how to get in workouts, but more importantly how to make time for yourself without the guilt. And how to fit in workouts, when we say we don’t have time.

Other great finds:

GO TO paleo recipes from Everyday Paleo

Chicken and Apple Sausage from PaleOMG

-Robb Wolf had a great post about being consumed by food and how we can become so engrossed with what we CAN and CAN’T eat, that we don’t enjoy life.

-A few weeks ago, I also started tracking my food. I came to found I was eating WAYYYYY to many carbs (darn you paleo rolls. you taste SO good!) This article helped me with understanding why I should track (I am the emotional eater haha)

-Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers had this great 24minute boot camp workout,

(I just finished this workout after a 12 hour shift. It flew by, and I was sweating in no time!)
Question for you:

Anything new you have found recently?

Weekly Workouts and goals

This week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 6 mile Bike ride around with Andrew

Tuesday: GYM: 10 min bike, 60 min muscle works class AND a 5.5 mile bike ride with Andrew

Wednesday: Rest day ( 12 hour shift)

Thursday: Rest Day (12 hour shift)

Friday: Babies Babies Babies

Saturday: Rest Day (12 hr shift)


Well. holy moly. Another restful week it seems haha. ok, no I really kicked booty on Monday and Tuesday. But those 12 hour shifts makes it really hard to get a workout in. And then of course the twins came along as well!

luckily, I have been eating clean. I cut out not only carbs, but cheese yogurt, and milk. (only use it in my coffee) Before, I would eat “semi” clean (whatever that means) and I would wake up with extra tummy cramps. I will say not a single morning this week did that happen! Also, I weighed in on Friday and I had lost a lb and a 1/2! And considering I haven’t had any BIG workouts, I consider this a huge success!!!

This weeks goals:

  • Go to bed before 10:30
  • Eat clean
  • Exercise Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat
  • Make time for myself


Question for you:
Do you make weekly/monthly/yearly goals?
What is a goal you want to make this week?

Pins to pass along PART 2

I am hoping that by the time this post is published (Im writting this on Tuesday) that my sister in law will have had her twins!!!!!!!!! I plan on writting Friday all about twins. Can you tell I’m excited??!?!? Well I have been for about 9 months haha

Just a few things I wanted to share:

  • Wanna try this with Andrew this year

halloween pumpkin

  • Somedays I feel like this….


  • Fall Fashion (once it isn’t a billion degrees outside..)


  • Favorite quote this week


  • Going to try this workout soon!


  • Yup., I am pinning things for christmas already!


  • Going to try this pork tenderloin recipe this weekend


To end on a happy note…I hope to one day find a guy who looks at me like this haha. This really is hilarious and sweet


Question for you:

Any recent new finds for you?

Are you ready for fall? Or already missing summer?

Pins to pass along

I feel like every once and awhile I remember about pinterest

And then I get SO excited I go over board

I really need to remember to look at them more often. Does anyone else have this problem?

Well anyway, here are some new pins I just found and I thought I would pass them along!\

Can’t wait to break out the crockpot



Best advice


New workouts!


Ideas for kids lunches!


A great kid party idea


IF I ever got a puppy, I would get one of these 🙂


Future craft



Funny just for Friday


(just click the picture for the link!)

Question for you:

How is your weekend?

Favorite thing to pin on pinterest?


Last week, I talked about what was going on with my life and some trouble I have been having. I think that it is good to talk about problems or issues we are having, because others might be going through something similar. We all need support, and I appreciate all the support people had for me

Now I want to share a few posts I found that definitely helped me!

    • Debra mentions that AHA moment. The time when you finally get it, you stop waiting for Monday, for your birthday, etc to finally make a change.
    • Anne had Theodora guest post about her weight lose story and finding her love for running
    • Tina talks about getting back into the workout groove
    • I also love janetha who mentions balancing life, but more about finding time to enjoy life


It might be 2013, but it still applies haha





Question for you:
What is your inspiration right now? A quote, a person, or just you 🙂

Busy Day Workouts

I love a good workout. But man, I need help to put them together. I have found some great ones on pinterest.

And I just found another!


I needed to get a workout in, and this one happened at 7am!


You might say, Kristen, why did you workout so early!?!?! I had a billion things to do.

  • grocery store
  • sign up for Andrew’s summer camp
  • coffee
  • bank
  • church
  • order screen door
  • Andrew’s hair cut

(all before noon!)


This still is my favorite ten minute workout. It is a must try!

Others that I recently pinned:

Question for you:

Where do you get your workout inspiration?

mr flowers didn’t survive the winter

I guess its time….

I obviously can’t talk about everything that is going on in my life. A girl has to keep some secrets right?!?! 😉

So if we back up a bit… I haven’t seen Mr Flower’s since October (this  is the last time he was here) Even though there has been skype, it just wasn’t the same.

In December, I was suppose to head to Kansas to visit him and his twin girls. The night before, he canceled. There is a lot going on in his life, and I understood. Well it happened again just a week ago. After a lot of thought, prayers, and tears, I realized I wasn’t a priority in the relationship anymore. It has been going on for awhile.


I decided I deserved to be treated better.  It was extremely difficult, especially since I believed that he was “the one”


of course, family and friends have there for me.

My friend Shannon sent me this, just as a reminder that you shouldn’t wait around for the wrong one

Mandy, my sister in law, and I are going shopping this Sunday. A girl always needs to shop

 My dad has been helping me with my house. And my mom has been asking me constantly how I am doing

All my friends have been texting and calling to see how things are going. Amanda is trying to get me out there already haha


Even with all that help…..the songs, my house, food, you know everything, reminds me of Mr. Flowers. I know it will just take time, but it has been really hard. I also need to stay busy and one day I’ll be ready to get out there.

171207223303764336_5bESzeXE_cTomorrow is a new day, and hopefully with each day, I will be stronger and back to my happy self. My biggest  fear is ending up alone. (and I’ll be the old cat lady on the block haha)

I have been going to yoga and working out. Its time to focus on me (and andrew) for a little bit 🙂

Question for you:

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Time for goals (and smaller pants)

This week, I kind of had a good o’ talk to my self. It came down to.

I don’t want to be a fat mom. I want to fit in my clothes. I want…I want…I want….

Well. I AM THE ONLY one who can make this happen.

So I made some very simple goals

#1 Workout everyday that I am off work.

I work three 12 hour shifts. That is 4 days a week that I will be at the gym, running outside, or doing a workout DVD

#2 Track food.

Thats right, I am back on sparkpeople. The first day wasn’t pretty. I am krissyswim16 on there if you want to follow along!

#3 Get out of my pjs and off the computer

I love my pjs. But if I stay in them, I don’t get moving, and I feel that I have wasted my whole day. I also need to unplug.

I know that these goals might be easy for some. And I am not one that can follow monthly goals, or a big plan. I like it simple. haha.

Also, follow me on dailymile!!! Just type in livinlifeinlouie and you will find me!

Question for you:

Do you have any goals for the holiday season?

How do you workout when it is SOOOOO cold?