December 23, 2011

2011 in a Glance for the McGee's

Dear 2011,

You started out as the hardest year for me as I was still in grief over our lost baby. We decided to Take a trip to the Caribbean  but after looking at prices decided to go to Europe on our Dream Cruise the  Mediterranean Cruise!! we booked it in January!  and then got to add our family with Lance's Brother getting married in March Lance decided he wanted to be A Chiropractor and in turn started our applications to schools... April 27 we flew across the country to Venice Italy! spent 3 days there and then shipped off our amazing cruise where we got to see Italy in its finest! Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Taramina where we had the BEST GELATO EVER! oh how i miss Gelato!!  We fell in Love with Italy!! May came and we celebrated 4 years! and heard back form both schools that Lance got accepted! June Lance picked Texas. Parker University! July brought much happiness as we found out we were pregnant again. August found us heart broken that yet again we lost our baby. August  also found us MOVING! the 19th found us in Addison Texas in a cute 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment. September Lance started school and Brittany started working out!  September was a pretty emotional month for Brittany. October came and Brittany finally got a job at Dollar Tree. November came and Lance was passing all his classes and doing great in school. Brittany won a weight loss competition and got a second job at Wells Fargo.
December is here and its been a way better one than last year!. December marks the end of Lance's first Trimester in which he Passed  with 3 A's and 3 B's! which is AMAZING!! He did amazing! We get to spend Christmas in the Lonestar state this year :) just the two of us and we are excited for that but we do miss our family's sooo much!  So 2011 thank you for all the laughs they amazing Gelato and the heartbreak it has been a good tough great year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love ,
The McGee's

p.s.
2012 we would really like to have a baby. please let it be our baby year.

December 11, 2011

Reamping the Training

Well my training for Wells Fargo is over so Now I will be working just over 40 hours instead of like 60...so Training for my marathon BEGINS!!!

I have a 10K for January 14th! super excited for that! I haven't been able to work out as much and some days have been next to none but I stay busy at DT with all the running around in that store I got a few work outs in after thanksgiving and a 11 mile bike ride. But this week I am going all out! I weighed in today and to my suprise I am still at 187!!! so this week i'm doing cardio and eltipcal and weights! I really wanna beat my Dad in the marathon so I gotta start pushing myself and watching what I eat and making ever workout count! I still have over 40 pounds to lose so ....No more playing around now. I got new shoes! so my feet don't hurt and I am so ready to get this going on! I got get back in motion and on the right path! because by the marathon I will be at my Goal weight 140! :)woot woot!!!

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving

My last pie is in the oven as I am typing this and I am so ready for bed! I am Sooo excited for tomorrow! Thanksgiving! My Favorite Holiday! Its the best! :)

 I am so grateful for family traditions! every thanksgiving my Family runs in the Mesa Turkey Trot! :) Tomorrow morning I am waking up and even though I am 1000 miles away I am running my own Turkey Trot! :) I'm pretty excited but wish I could be there with my family!! :( but Its all good.

Thanksgiving always makes me think of the things I am grateful for. which in turn make me think of the things and people I love!! I am so grateful to have been raised by my parents! They are such amazing people and wonderful examples! I am so grateful for all the triathlons I got to run with my Dad growing up and looking back now I wish I would have made a bigger deal out of it and actually trained with my Dad ect... but I loved that he would sign me up with him before asking me if I wanted to :) especially cause I probably would have sad no lol But I am grateful for the time my Mom gave us kids growing up and her hardwork to keep our house functioning and our home a place where I felt peace and Love. and for her yummy meals! ( I Miss her dinners! lol)

My Sisters! I have such Great Sisters including in-laws! I consider all my Sister " In Laws" My own sisters! They seriously are the Greatest! I miss them A LOT!! I miss talking To Alli all the time about anything and everything and living just down the street from her. That was so much FUN! I have come to realize that I really want to live within walking distance to a family members house. My Sisters are the best lol! I was the youngest and they always included me in Everything even when I was the bratty younger sister who got on everyone's nerve.

My Brother and Brother In Law's for growing up with only one brother ( 11 years difference) I am sooo grateful that we are as close as we are! Maybe its the California Blood but We just get eachother. I love him tons and am soo honored to be his Sister. My sisters have married such wonderful men as well and I am so glad they are apart of my family! I also married into wonderful brothers! they are the best! so much fun to be around! I miss them all soo much!! Who Dat!! ;)

My wonderful Mom and Dad McGee who I don't consider my in laws because they have truely made me feel like one of their own. When I talk about them I forget to clearify that they are my in law's so people get confused lol It was sooo easy to call them Mom and Dad and I am soooooooo grateful to them for the people they are and the man they raised. They have raised such great kids! They are so sweet and kind! My Mom can make anything! she has such a wonderful talent and someday when we live closer to them I am gonna learn how to do some of her amaziness stuff! lol . My Dad is so fun and so funny to be around. He makes everything better and I am so grateful for the great example he has been to his son. especially since they are like twins! lol  I just love them so much!

My Dear friends who I have no idea what I would do if I didn't have them in my life! Moores, Ellis, Coopers, Fanny, Hallows, Ashlee, Martins, Wendi, Kiara, Deborah, Las, Cha Chi, Lindsays, Bowmans, Stefanie, Hummers.... For all of you who have kept us in your prayers during our infertility issues and hard times I appreciate it soo much! and Have felt your prayers especially during the last hard time in Aug.  You kind words and support mean more than you will ever know. I feel so blessed to have brushed shoulders with you.

saving the best for last....

Lance  My sweet amazing handsome kind considerate funny happy smart hott wonderful caring loving (this list can literly go on forever) Husband! I can't even put into words how to describe just how grateful I am know him let alone be his companion forever. In our hardest times he has never lost the faith and and has always remained so strong and hopeful! So accepting and thoughtful of me and all my woman issues. He is such a great man and I am so blessed to have him in my life and I am so grateful I went to EAC a semester early and so grateful he Elbowed my roommate in the head playing volleyball. I am so grateful that he didn't take his full ride to U of A and instead listened to the spirt and went to EA one more year! Marrying Lance was the smartest most wonderful greatest decisions  I have ever made in my life. I love him so much.

Happy Thanksgiving y'all :)

November 20, 2011

7 Weeks and 19 pounds later

Win Lose or Blog  is over. Today was the Final weigh in! Next tuesday the results and then Thursday or Friday we find out the prizes and rankings or something not sure.... but I Have truely Enjoyed every part of this experience and Would encourage anyone who needs a little more/ extra motitvation to look at being a contestant for any future seasons! The Team over  there is AWESOME! just reading their blog post's help motivate me to be better! I still got more to lose but I am soo excited! Lance and I are doing a 5k in January called the Hot Chocolate 5K here in Addison! :) and April I am running a Marathon here in Dallas with My Dad!! :) Lance and my mom are running the half marathon! :) I am excited! I have always wanted to run a marathon and I am so happy I get to run my first Marathon with my Dad! :) He and I have ran many triathlons together out of all his kids him and I have ran the most together! :) I loved doing these races with my Dad and am so grateful I have a Dad that is 57 and still healthy and inshape that he can Run many triathlons,An Ironman, the AZ Ironman ( today) and marathons! I am really grateful to have WLB be able to help add motivation on my journey to get back to my Healthy size and hopefully have a healthy pregnancy in the future. :) So here is my Before and After Picture of when I first started WLB.
I got this Dallas Texas shirt in 2006 in El Paso when we flew out to Kristy and Adams ( my sister and her hubby) Open House in Oklahoma. I haven't been able to Fit into it since 2008. I have kept it because I love it I like Texas and I love shirts that have a story. So I packed this because I knew I wanted to be able to wear it Here in Dallas at some point. Well I wore it Friday night for mine and Lance's Date night :) so excited that it fit! :)  I'm a woman with PCOS and I've lost 11.16% of my body weight since September. and 9.05% while a contestant on  Win Lose or Blog....My goal is to get back dow nto 140! that would be 34.88% lose of body weight..I got a long ways to go but It's totally worth it!!

November 17, 2011

A Lot Happens ...

 In A Year.

A year ago I never pictured ourselves where we are now. A lot has happened. I got my first positive pregnancy test, I got to wear my "Baby" shirt finally, I got to be pregnant at the same time with one of my best friends, I got the worse ER visit ever, and had my heart shattered and my world turned upside down with my first pregnancy loss, I got to go to Italy and visit Venice! Lance applied to Chiro School, Lance got accepted into Chiro School, I got my second positive pregnancy test and got to be pregnant at the same time as my sister and a few of my close friends, and yet again got my heart broken by the fact that I miscarried again, We moved to Texas, started Chiro School, and got a job at Dollar Tree, I also got accepted to be on season 6 Win Lose or Blog, lost over 22 pounds, and  I am Still madly in Love with my Husband...
  A lot happens in a year. A lot has happened that I wish didn't happen but because it did Lance and I have grown so much more closer and I have a deeper respect for him that words can never describe. I am grateful I have a Father In Heaven who knows me and who has not forgotten me. I know there are good things to come... even when the road may be extremly painful and hard. There is Beauty that can still be found.  Thank Goodness I have an amazing spouse to walk hand and hand with on that road even though a lot of the times I feel like he is carrying me.  So like I have many times before Mothers please hold your littles ones just a little longer tonight. Kiss them one more time before they go to bed and Hugg them just a little tighter for Me and for all the Mothers who have yet to hold their little ones. Thank You.

November 16, 2011

39 days till.......

 CHRISTMAS!!! I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan and Proud of it! :) Enjoy a little Swift Christmas  Cheer!






November 12, 2011

5K= Success!

So today was the 5k! 2:00pm came and I got my number and shirt and I was super nervous!! I drank over a half of a Gallon of water before the 5k I wanted to be hydrated for the Race! so after a couple of stops in the ladies room and talking with Lance and I knew I wanted to do it under 40 mintues! so 3:15 came and we all started getting in line and then 3:30pm the horn went off and I was off! I started warming up by speed walking for about 2 or 3 minutes and then I started jogging! It was sooooo windy and more hills then I was expecting! and the hills were going against the wind! it was pretty tough! but I kept moving! I had no idea how far I had gone there was no signs so i started getting worried that I still hadn't hit mile 1 and I was feeling like I was when I hit 2 miles...low and behold a few feet away the 2 mile marker!! another hill and wind to fight against and I just ran up the hill...bad choice don't do that just keep with the pace you are going cause after that my legs were ON FIRE! I started to speed walk for the first time since the warm up! but only for a minute max and then back to my pace and then I saw it! The most beautiful thing to see in a Race...The Finish line balloons!!! and I was off! I started picking up my pace I was getting to close to the 40 min marker so I started to run! and then I Saw My sweet Hubby! and I looked at the clock 36 min and I ran through the finish line! Lance then told me it was 36:12 to be exact!! I was soooo HAPPY!!! I did it! and I finished under the time I wanted!! It felt AMAZING!!! I am very proud of myself! I really wish my friend Amber could have ran it with me since this was her idea but I am sooo glad I did it and that on Sept 27th I started the C25K!! Lance said he would do a 5K with me in January too!! I need to keep these things going to keep me active and focus on a goal! I want to do a 5k a 10K and a Triathlon and maybe even a half marathon next year! 2012 here I COME!! I feel very grateful too WLB too because I know I wouldn't be this far in my weight loss journey had it not been for this competion either! I AM SOOO HAPPY right now!! :) thank you also to all of you who have left comments of encouragement to me too! It helps and helped a lot today!! gosh I LOVE RUNNING!!


Before the Race I was feeling very nervous!

After I finished!! So happy it was under 40 min!!! YAY!!!



November 9, 2011

PCOS and Weight Loss

So I found an article From LIVE STRONG about weight loss and PCOS here


 This is from the Article

" Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, causes women to have an increased level of insulin, which may lead to difficulty in losing weight. According to Women's Health, 50 to 60 percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are considered obese. Being overweight with PCOS can cause several medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Although weight loss may be difficult for women with this condition, it is not impossible.



What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is caused by an over-secretion of the luteinizing hormone, which in turn causes an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. This causes abnormal menstrual cycles, hair thinning, hirsutism and a lack of ovulation. The imbalance in these sex hormones also causes the ovaries to produce multiple cysts, giving them a pearl necklace appearance.



 Benefits of Losing Weight


Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can have a significant effect on the amount of symptoms you experience with this condition, according to Women's Health. Losing weight can help regulate your menstrual cycle, restore ovulation, reduce facial and body hair, balance hormone levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. "

so Since September 27th I've lost 10.23% of my body weight. I still have a lot to lose as you can see by my ticker on the right >

I feel super proud about how far I have come! I have 2 weeks left of WLB This Saturday is my 5k! I'm thinking I need to get another 5k or 10k set up for January so that I have that extra motivation to keep focus and working out regularly. I  think having a Goal where I have get fit or stay fit helps me and I think its because I'm a little competitive :) So with a race It will help me. Plus I'm hoping I can get Lance on Board to do a 5k with me next year! :) cross your fingers he says yes!! :) He better after all he did sign up for an Ironman last year so a 5k is a piece of cake compared to that! :)

PCOS is frustrating to have and I often used it as an excuse as to why I was not losing weight but in reality looking back I never really exercised on a regulary basis. I thought I would see results after 1 or 2 work outs...yeah thats not the case!  Be consistant :) So to all of you who are trying to get on the Healthy Train or Work Out Train or what ever it is that you want to do. Start today! because a year from now you'd wish you had.







Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/360650-weight-loss-with-pcos/#ixzz1dFpvMKea

November 6, 2011

Baby Fix

Today I am super grateful for all the mothers who allow women like me the chanve to hold their little ones at Church:)

Today I got to watch a little girl (bishopric's baby) I think she is like 4 months old ..she is soooo super cute and was sleeping when I got her. Her mom is in nursery so I got her all to myself in Relief Society and I loved it! I got my baby fix! :) Lance and I sit on the same bench with a family who has 6 kiddos and daddy's in the bishopric so we help out with the kids and I love it!!  Their kids are great and sooo cute! We love it! It makes me feel like we have family in the ward cause we have our own bench that we sit at every week! I love it! :) So thank you to all the mothers who have let me hold their little ones I love it and I also love that it gives you a break cause lets face it...being a Mom 24/7 is  A VERY TOUGH JOB! and I love being the person who gets to watch these little ones while their parents can breath and enjoy the lesson or just not have to worry about their little ones for a little bit.  I really needed a baby fix today too! to those who are wondering what the heck a baby fix is...well let me explain for me a baby fix is when I ( a woman who doens't have her little ones to hold yet) yearn to hold a little one in my arms and look at their tiny hands and feet and look into their eyes and think wow they were just with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in Heaven! I also wonder what they are thinking when they see me make silly faces and what not. I've got Baby Fever thats for sure! lol

I am grateful for Babies and Children and parents who let me watch and/or hold their's. :)

November 4, 2011

Raw Food Update

as you can see by the clicker on the right..I have 2 weeks and 4 days left of the raw food Challenge :) So far I am loving this whole raw foods thing and I know already that I will make raw crackers A LOT MORE even after the 30days is up :) even Lance says they taste good. hardest part of this challenge is that Lance isn't doing it with me so making two meals and having to smell the goodness of his yummy turkey burger or chicken or mashed potatoes and hot dogs ( he made those) I am so wishing I had the veggie super links! they are so yummy! no they aren't raw but my goodness they are yummy vegetarian hot dogs..they don't taste anything like a meat hot dog but so yummy!

Yesterday Lance said he over heard some students in his tri talking about how they are eating raw foods too and how they are starving...okay first off I already know they aren't eating enough fruits and veggies. Why I say this is because I have not once felt starving on raw foods...I also snack during meals with nuts and fruits or an avocado cause I love those :) or i eat some raw crackers plus when i make a salad its not just lettuce its spinach, tomatoes cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, avocado, sprouts....so I think those people who are starving need to increase veggies and fruits and get some raw nuts in there too! :) here is a picture of a snack I like to eat so yummy!



those are my raw crackers with avocado, cayanne peper, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and broth, with alfalfa sprouts( i love!!) and Spinach! sooo yummy!!!

Now being on Raw foods it changes your taste buds for sure!  I have noticed I can really taste the spinach flavor and lettuce and the veggies taste different in a really good way its hard to explain but stuff taste different so i'm not sure if all the stuff i've made really does taste good or if its just me ;)  i love food but i'm not very picky with my taste buds... but these are yummy! I am so happy for Thanksgiving and glad the 30 day challenge is over before that wonderful magical holiday! :)  its sooo cold here and feels like fall and I can't wait to eat some stuffing and pumpkin pie! :) yum! my house smells like fall today too with my yummy candles!

November 3, 2011

Mr. McGee...

I'm extremly grateful for this wonderful Man!!! I have no idea what I would do with out him or who I would be! He is my Best Friend! We tell eachother everything and I feel like kids again everytime we end up talking/laughing our heads off  till the early morn! This guy is seriously so funny! and so cute and so thoughtful! I got so lucky and sooo blessed to have him in my life and as my husband! He makes my life so much more enjoyable! so he has this amazing personality and a very very nice body! I get the best of both worlds! :) yes i'm cheesy but so is mr mcgee! and thats the  way we like it :)

November 1, 2011

My Hallmark Theory

  I know in most cases people don't like to talk about their m/c and I think that its probably because people don't know what to say and so most of the time they say something terrible..so I can see why people don't talk about it. Thats why I have this Theory. its called the Hallmark Theory...

What cards can you not find at the store..cards on ..divorce, suicide, infertility, and miscarriages and i think birthmothers/adoption..... these are all things that hallmark doesn't have a card too I haven't seen any at least and it seems like these are the topics that people tend to not know what to say and end up saying something..STUPID. like for an example " At least you know you can get pregnant. I know someone who adopted a child and 3 months later was pregnant. Maybe its not your time. or Maybe its God's way of saying your not ready to be a mom. (ps i didn't just make these up these are all things i've been told nurerous times by people and many more other things that just make me want to scream...)
Now stop and think about putting that in a hallmark card...would you give your friend a card that says " At least you know you can get pregnant" after they lost a child? NO! of course not so Here is some advice if you don't know what to say think about putting what you are about to say in a hallmark card and see if it sounds good or if you buy a card that says that. if you wouldn't buy the card or if it sounds terrible in a hallmark card and you would never find a hallmark card that says that DON'T SAY IT!  simple as that. so next time you are in a sticky situation and your not sure what to say Hallmark it first! if it doens't pass the Hallmark test keep your mouth shut....often times we don't tell friends these things so that you can find the silver lining or make it better cause you can't so don't try too... just cry with us. I still remember my co-worker who found out i had miscarried the first time and she just cried and gave me a hug and said she was so sorry to hear that i felt like she understood some amount of the pain i was going through and I appreciate her compassion towards me.  So there you have it My Hallmark Theory.

October 27, 2011

picture over load!


 Woke Up on the 24th to this beautiful fog! ( I LOVE FOG)
It was like this until 11 ish in the morning! crazy!

Raw Crackers! so Yummy! Onion and Flax!

seriously sooo yummy! I am making these crackers even after the 30 day challenge they are that good!

We have been getting rain so our back yard is lookin green! :)

Todays Beautiful Fall Weather! cloudy and cold all day!!

Daisy Likes to hang out with me in the backyard when its a beautiful day :)

For the past week me and her sit on the porch and soak up the beautiful weather today was a little chilly! (55 high)

I just think she is such a pretty dog.

Pumpkin Smoothie!! Abby gave me the recipe! so yummy! its raw and i love it!

that was my dinner :) and it was soo yummy! :)


and then there is that! left was taken in Aug of this year right before we left az I was around 218-217 pounds and then there is me on the right from today (197) so thats a good 20  pound difference...I never saw it much in my face until i put these pictures together! holy cow! I will never be that person on the left agian! good bye super chubby face!

Raw Living

I have had a lot of people contact me with questions about how my Raw Food Challenge is going and so forth and I've been meaning to write about how I am feeling and doing so far. First off I am so glad my Mom and Dad are doing it with me!! Even though they are in Az it helps to know they are just a phone call away and nice to get ideas from them.

So Saturday Oct 22 was the first day! So this is day 6 and I am feeling awesome! My taste buds are already changing I know this because I tried to cheat and I attempted to eat a candy corn and ended up spitting it out cause it was soo sweet and gross! I honestly thought this was going to be really hard and that I was going to be hungry and want "normal" foods but really I have not been hungry often I have to remind myself that its about time to eat something. I can't eat as much all at one time either. My Salad portions have had to be smaller than I usally make them because I can't finish them I am so stuffed!  So you might think what do I use for dressing then?..well I have put a roma tomatoe in a food processor thing and lime juice and spices for one dressing, guacamole for another one I  just put an avocado, lemon or lime juice, salt and veggie broth ( dr jensens) blend it up and put it on my salad. or I use lemon juice that was yummy i had avocado's on my salad and it was good with the lemon juice. i have put a roma tomatoe and avocado and blended them together also and it's yummy dressing :)

In the morning I drink at least 2 Boise State cups of water ( I don't know the oz on them lol ) before I eat something in the AM. Then I either have a green smoothie or a fruit smoothie or just eat fruit the other day I was really wanting a salad so I ate that for breakfast :)

Snacks I have had:

Pear, cashews, almonds, pineapple, half an avocado( and the other half i make into dressing), I made some "peanut butter cookies" aka almond butter, honey and ground almonds and freeze them. very yummy, raw onion flax crackers, raspberries and almond pulp from my nut  milk..so yummy!

Lunch: salads romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, parsley, calantro, tomotoes , bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery, sunflower seeds... get creative and change it up I usally don't put all of this in one but I combined and mix between these :)

Dinner- fruit salad, or a lettuce salad, I haven't made them yet but carrot cashew sandwhich are yummy! use romaine lettuce as the "bread" and a slice of tomatoe and onion with the carrot cashew mix ( carrots and cashew are blended up in the vita mix or champion juicer) i've had raw califlower "mashed potatoes"  but used it as a veggie dip and that was gross but i knew it was healthy.


I love fruits and Veggies! all different kinds so eating so much of these in a day doens't bother me at all! I love avocados and tomatoes and pears and apples and nuts! raw cashews are so much better tasting to me than roasted ones. growing up we always had raw cashews and almonds and I would rather eat those raw than have the roasted I like them better that way.

I'll put some pictures up of my Crackers I made last night with the dehydrater. you can use a dehydrater as long as you never heat over 105.

October 25, 2011

Good Bye So long Farewell 200's

Well week 3 weigh-ins were Sunday and I was SOOOO happy!! I am no longer in the 200's!! HELLO 100's!! I never want to see the 200's ever again! I refuse to ever let myself get back there. 18 pounds gone since I decided to change my habits and get off my tooshy and Work out! I've been eating Raw Food's since Saturday and Feel great! I thought I was going to be hungry all the time and so forth not even close! I'm rarely hungry and eat because I know its been awhile or because its "lunch Time" or "dinner time" so I've been happy on it. not cracky or moody or have dealth wishes you can even ask Lance! :) I am feeling good and so much better! Saturday I Biked 15 miles and it felt Awesome! Last thursday or Friday I did 3 miles on the Eliptical and 5k on the tredmill. My first 5k I did on the tredmill was like 55 min and I felt like death! This last one was in 40:17 sec and I felt great! tired yes but death..no! :) I love seeing that difference! I think my body loves Consistancy and will work with me when I am being consistant. I work out 6/7 days and if I don't get over to the GYM I run outside or I do Strength training and pilates in my living room. when I'm watching tv I will do little exercises between comercials too even if i have done my work out for the day. I feel better. just with this little progress I feel healthier and happier with myself and about life in general. I am so glad I came across Amy's Blog because it was her that really inspired me to make a change in my life. I've got a long way to go still and am so excited to get there! :) I keep seeing the quote " A year from now you would have wished you started." Its so true! I am already glad I started :)

October 23, 2011

Awesome Give away!!

So There are some pretty awesome Give Aways Going on right now!

One is JACS from Miss Opps they are these super cute t shirt extenders that help to hide that plummer crack with your low rise jeans! they look like you have a lave cami under your shirt! check them out here.   To enter into the Give Away Visit    Lindsey  Fittness for the Rest of us. you can also learn more about Miss Opps from her Blog too.


SO if you want to something for FREE :) Go now! the Giveaway ends soon!!

October 22, 2011

Raw Food Day 1

I Made some Yummy Nut Milk/ Almond Milk today! it was fun I blogged about it Here  and the recipe is there as well.

My snacks today were

A Pear, Raw Cashew nuts, Raw Almonds, Cucumber, and Nut Milk :)

Dinner was this -


Everything is Raw  and it was pretty good. I would make it again.

Salad-
romaine lettuce, cucumber diced, green bell peppers diced, Raw Peanuts and Sunflower seeds, Cut up Kale(no stem just leaves) and Cilantro

Dressing-

1 roma tomatoe, a little bit of kale and cilantro ( no stems on the kale just leaves)
a little bit of Lime juice
and a bunch of different herbs - sage, rosemary, chives, garlic powder, salt! must add salt or else this has no flavor and just taste like tomatoes lol I think somethign was missing from it as well but I can't figure it out. it was yummy though and i put it all in food processor i think is what its called....lol

Today I was never starving  I was a little hungry for dinner but after that I worked out ( i usally go in the AM) and when i got home i ate some cashews and drank tons of water but never was I hungry really today! :) I was tired but i think that is because I didn't sleep very well last night. So 1 day down 29 to go! :)

October 21, 2011

Before and After Pictures Thus Far

Okay I wasn't going to post hese but I thought I should and after Aunt Mel told me how to figure out how to create photos like this I figured I would. Now these aren't the most beautiful pictures of me one i have no make up on and 2 i'm not trying to look good in them as you can tell but after i uploaded the last pictures yesterday i thought wow i can see a difference not a whole lot  but hey thats 15 pounds  gone Iwas thinking  of  changing  my shirt now since this one is a little  baggy  what do you think should i change it or keep wearing it?




I still got a long way to go and 4 more weeks of Win,Lose, or Blog competion which has helped me a lot to stay motivated! I'm in a habit now that i'm working out  about  5 to 6 days a week and i really don't want to break that habit! Tomorrow starts Raw Foods for the next 30 days! i am super excited for that too!! I will be posting pictures of what i'm eating and where I got the recipes and if they were yummy or not lol .

October 15, 2011

You are what you Eat...

We have all heard that saying at time or another.  Most of you who have followed my Blog and have read my post I tend to go the Natural route on things. Growing up in my house was a very unique expierence. My Dad was raised on Raw Foods he served a mission for the LDS church in Japan with no vaccines and eating Raw Foods many people told him he was going to get sick and harm his body by doing so. However those 2 years he served in Japan not one day was he ever sick. He can't say the same about his companions. He came home in April of 1975 and my Parents were married in July 1975. It wasn't until then that he ate meat and started to eat less raw foods. He became a Chiropactor in May of 1989 and raised all of us kids very healthy minded. growing up we never had cows milk from the store in our home, sugary cereal, candy, chocolate, soda pop, or junk food ( donuts, cookies, potato chips ect..) We were raised on raw almond milk made fresh by my Brother that was his chore and it wasn't until maybe I was 7 or 8 that we started getting Soy milk and Rice milk instead of almond milk. We always had fruits and veggies in our house. We had only Whole Wheat breads with no HFCS (High frutose corn sryup) If we were eating a chip it was a Corn chip and wasn't till I was in High School that we had Potato chips but those were baked all natural chips...we had pita chips humus carob and the cookies we had were homemade sweetend with Honey or turbinado sugar. mostly Honey though. used with whole wheat flour that my mom would usally gound up. We ate Carob candy bars for treats and had soy ice cream or rice ice cream in the house. If we got Ice Cream for our birthday with cake sometimes we could get Bryers vanilla ice cream which is all natural. that wasn't very often most of the times it was carob cake homemade and soy or rice ice cream. I loved it! to this day I love Carob Cake more than Chocolate cake. My Senior year in high school my Dad had us watch a video (I don't remember the name of it ) for FHE and it was one of his documentaries ones and when you're a teenager you think "are you kidding me dad..such a waste of time" even though everytime you watched them you ended up likeing them ( super size me...that was one he made us watch) well this video was about the Meat industry in America and after watching it I was a Vegetarian. cold turkey I think my parents thought I was kidding cause I remember my Mom made chicken for dinner and asked why I didn't get some on my plate and I said Mom I'm a Vegetarian! I'm not eating that chicken..the look on my parents faces! classic!  So the reason I say all of this is because my background in healthy eating goes way back. Well college came and my heatlhy eating habits suffered greatly. I was eating less veggies and fruit and not paying much attention to what I was eating after a year of eating starchy foods, carbs and grains and less veggies and fruit I started gaining weight and Aunt Flow was no where to be found. Summer of 2007 to 2009 I was dealing with cyst on my ovaries and bursting and was diagnosed with PCOS May of 2009. When I was talking with the doctors they asked me if I was always irregular with AF and Never ever was I not until summer of 2007. Most people I have talked to have said they weren't suprised when they got their diagnosis because of that fact. I however was SUPER SUPRISED! I didn't take BC or Metformin to regulate me I went to my Dad for natural suppliments and Fall of 2009 went to Dr Brimhall for Acupuncture where he has a lot of knowledge about PCOS after a month of Acupuncture and watching what I was eating and bringing more veggies and fruits into my diet AF returned and I have been Regular ever since. Never missing a month ( except when I was preggers) When asked about my PCOS by my OBGYN she was very suprised that I was regular and not in so much pain. In my U/S I have had when they have looked at my ovaries they have been very impressed by how they are looking they are still enlarged but Not as many cysts on them....

Well I've been watching lots of documentaries and reading a lot on Health and Raw Foods, Cancer and natural remedies. I don't like that to hear that there is no cure for PCOS and that for the rest of my life have to deal with PCOS. I have to much belief and faith that our bodies can do amazing things to heal itself. So I'm putting myself to a test. I want to try to clear PCOS naturally. No metformin, no Birth control blah blah blah. I'm putting my body to the test. I'm becoming a Vegetarian again and I'm going back to my childhood in a sense. Because I never felt better in my life like I did when I was a vegetarian and eating healthy like my parents raised me. Lance said he was fine with going on a Raw Food diet for 30days. I'm not wanting it to be a diet for me as much as a lifestyle change. I would rather eat more raw foods, veggies, fruits ect. 

This is the way I see it. I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE! If it doesn't work fine I'm no worse off than I am now. I'm sure by now with how long this post is no one is going to read this and thats fine and if someone is they are probably thinking " Brittany you are crazy, or on crack or a whacky.." but I don't care it's not like I haven't heard those words before my Dads a Chiropractor, I was a Vegetarian before, i've never been vaccinated,  I have done multiple cleanses and Lance is in Chiropractic school. yeah I have heard my fair share of people telling me i'm crazy or stupid or that i'm going to die or that that is sooooo unhealthy!!....yeah I was raised to go against the grain to challenge the "norm" and to always have an open mind and respect peoples own belief and opinions. But just cause I respect them in now way means I agree with them. With that being said if you are still reading this and thinking I'm off my rocker or crazy ect.. do some research see what benefits there are to eating raw foods , being vegan or vegetarian and so forth and research doesn't always just mean internet ask friends and family members if they have or have known anyone who has lived this lifestyle...raw foods, vegetarian, vegan..ect... ask people who have done it or are currently doing it.
Nothing wrong with educating yourself.

October 11, 2011

Weekend via Pictures


Fried Bubblegum....yuck!

The Texas and Oklahoma Game was that morning so much RED and ORANGE at the Fair!



Fried Buffalo chicken in a FlapJack YUMMY!

Swan Lake

Those kept falling from the tree and one hit Dusty and thought we threw it at him and so we were all watching him when one of those Hit him right on the top of the head! soo FUNNY!


While Lance was trying to see the bird that was causing the falling one hit him in the chest! we were dying it was soo funny!

Silly Sisters!

Brotherly Love! lol or what we say Bro Love!

Texas State Fair 125 years!

Cotton Bowl! Where Sooners won! and the longhorns forgot to show up!

Where the Mavericks play..except not this season

 Waiting for the light rail..Lance was super tired!

The Light Rail Ride me and Monica Will never forget!


Texas Land and Cattle company YUMMY

They are soo cute!


excited to have some steak!! but Lance is still tired! lol

October 10, 2011

Suprise from The Grand Canyon State!

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My Brother Duston and sister in law Monica suprised me this weekend! Lance picked them up after school on Friday and dropped them off at Dickies BBQ and came home and told me he wanted to go ou and eat today! so we left and I had no clue about Dusty and Monica being here in Texas! Monica video taped it! it was so funny! We had loads of fun went to the Fair ate fried bubblegum = GROSS, Fried buffalo chicken in a flapjack = YUMMY and Fried pineapple up side down cake = Yummy!  It was so much fun talking and playing games and laughing and talking till 4 am and 8 am with dusty and Monica! we watched Strange Brew! oh my goodness so dumb but we kept quoting it all weekend eh! lol we ate some yummy food and had A BLAST!! I am sooo happy and sooo glad they came!!! IT ROCKED!! I love my family and miss them tons!

October 6, 2011

Just like the Movies, That's How it should be...

 So a family member wrote this to me after I showed them a youtube video of this song and I was very taken back by it ... 

"ya I watched it, not impressed. Could see how you like it though, it just has a very unhealthy message for those looking for the right one. Kinda like Twilight and the very unhealthy relationships that our wonderful youth are so into."

I'm a hopeless romantic and I always have been. I love that head over heels feeling you get when you fall in love. I love when scene's from your life make you feel like you're in a movie. First thing that comes to mind is kissing in the rain! Seriously total movie scene and when it happens in real life It's perfect "just like the movies".  and yes I do like Twilight I am not ashamed that for my birthday 2 years in a row we went applesbees and to the movies to watch Twilight and New Moon. but I wouln't say that the relationships are unhealthy.. and how is this song an unhealthy message for those looking for the right one? When you see your sweetheart from a distance and they smile at you and walk over and with out a word plants a soft kiss on your lips and you think that could and probably is a scene from a Movie!

I know life isn't always like the movies but I don't think this song has an unhealthy message. here are the lyrics its from Katy Perry "not like the movies"


He put it on me, I put it on,Like there was nothing wrong. It didn't fit, It wasn't right.
 Wasn't just the size. They say you know, When you know. I don't know. I didn't feel
the fairytale feeling, no. Am I a stupid girl For even dreaming that I could.


If it's not like the movies,That's how it should be, yeah.When he's the one,I'll come undone, And my world will stop spinning And that's just the beginning, yeah.

Snow white said when I was young, "One day my prince will come." So I wait for that date. They say its hard to meet your match, Find my better half. So we make perfect shapes. If stars don't align, If it doesn't stop time, If you cant see the sign, Wait for it.
One hundred percent, With every penny spent. He'll be the one that, Finishes your sentences.

If it's not like the movies,That's how it should be. when he's the one, He'll come undone, And my world will stop spinning, And that's just the beginning.


'Cause I know you're out there, And you're, you're looking for me. It's a crazy idea that you were made, Perfectly for me you'll see.

Just like the movies. That's how it will be. Cinematic and dramatic with the perfect ending. It's not like the movies, But that's how it will be. When he's the one,
You'll come undone, And your world will stop spinning, And it's just the beginning.

I know life ain't always a Fairytale but I guess I think thats how it should be. I feel like I got my Fairytale. I found my better half and I think we were made for eachother. I felt like I was in a movie. My own love story. So why can't others have that feeling?

October 4, 2011

Workout Anthem



So I love Leona Lewis and this song comes on almost everyday i'm working out and always on the tredmill! I love it I Feel like right now with everything that has happen within this last year I'm finally at a place where I'm just trying to be Happy and working on me It isn't always easy some days but I am   Happy with where I am at in life and Happy to be where i am here in Texas with Lance and  getting him thru school and  growing together. Life is good. Its October and I love October!! The weather is nice and the holidays are just around the corner!  Already wanting to bring out the holiday candles!  I am very blessed to have the life I have and I wouldn't want to trade it with anyone for anything.

"So what if it hurts me? So what if I break down? So what if this world just throws me off the edge My feet run out of ground I gotta find my place I wanna hear my sound
Don't care about all the pain in front of me Cause i'm just trying to be happy, yeah
Just wanna be happy, "

October 3, 2011

Day 1

Well today is the start of WLB!! Check out my WLB blog Here for the next 7 weeks I'll be posting a lot on there :) so Excited for today! gonna go get my Fitness on!

October 2, 2011

And then He Kissed Me.....



5 Years ago I went to General Conference In Utah with a bunch of friends from EAC I say friends now but when we left on that trip I only knew 2 people really Troy and Whitney. Troy had invited me to go after hearing I had never been to Conference before and so we Left I rode with an amazing woman named Kiara and that was the weekend our friendship began. Nieca and Andrienne were among the amazing ladies I also would become friends with on this trip. This to me was a trip of a lifetime for it was on this trip That Kiara said exactly what I needed to hear! I was debating with myself what to do about..Lance McGee this cute guy who kept asking me out and coming over and asking why we couldn't be offical and say we were dating! After leaving conference and on the drive home I knew what I needed to do I needed to see Lance and talk to him! we came home Sunday night and go into thatcher around midnight and my amazing friend Kiara was texting him what I was saying since I was driving hahaha and I asked if I could come by since he was still awake. He said yes. I drove over to his Trailer and was so excited to see him! we cuddled on the couch and I knew he was propably thinking this girl is such a roller coaster! He asked me out on a date for the next evening and I of course said yes! It was October 2 2006 we doubled with his roommate Stratton and Misty ( his wife now), we went potato gun shooting and it was so much fun! I was a little extra cuddly with Lance hoping he would get the clue that I was ready to date him :) That night we talked and I asked him if he was still wanting to date me and he said yeah! and I told him I wanted to date him too! He dropped me off and walked me to my door like a gentleman of course and gave me a look that told me he was going to kiss me! He smiled and Then...He Kissed me :) and we have been together ever since! He is The most amazing,handsome, loving, funny sweet man ever! I am so blessed to be his wife and call him my Husband. He has forever changed my life for the better and I am so happy to have him by my side for all Eternity!

September 30, 2011

59 Years of Marriage!

My Dear Sweet Amazing Grandparents are Celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary today!!  I posted pictures of them here! They are sooo cute! and SOO IN LOVE!!

These two people are such a great example to Me always have been and always will be! They are both so strong in the Gospel and so committed to one another. Its beautiful to see them together and how they still hold hands and my Gramps still opens the door for Grams. Yeah thats what its all about.. Love and taking care of eachother and supporting eachother. Any one who has ever met these two know that They have a lot of Love in them not only for eachother but they just know how to Love people. You can't help but feel it when you are around them! I love these two people soooo much! They gave me my Mom and I will forever cherish them for that alone! They are amazing people and I am very lucky  Blessed to have them in my life and honored to call them Grandpa and Grandma!

When Lance and I were figuring out what song we wanted to be our Wedding Song ya know the Song you have your First Dance to We heard this song and it didn't take us long to know it was perfect!  I posted the song below but have no idea who it is thats in this viedo




But its the only one that had the best audio haha anyways as you can see Lance whos grand parents have been married for 50 years and 70 years  my Dads parents were married for  49 years before my grandpa passed away or they would be celerbrating  61 years this october.  My Parents have been married for 36 years and Lance's Parents celebrated 30 years this last June!  So you See we really do come from a Long Line Of LOVE :)

Congrats Grandpa and Grandma Coleman on 59 Beautiful years of Marriage! Love you both sooo much! and can't wait to party harty for your 60th! :)

September 29, 2011

"You're So Hypnotizing.."

I heart Katy Perry! Her music gives me energy on the Tredmill! I have a lot of her songs on my Ipod because Her songs give me that extra energy and motivation to keep going!! Today I thought I would get on the tredmill and not get off till I hit 5k I did this on Tuesday doing hte couch to 5k and just stayed on longer and did it in 55 minutes today I did it in 43 minutes not letting my speed go less than 4...so speed walking..running speed walking running...ect...and the only thing that kept me going was 2 things one Amber my couch to 5k companion who wasn't there but I kept thinking about her and how I needed to do this and Second Katy Perry MUSIC!!!! now I have a huge blister on my heel and the ball of my foot? weird one on each foot how does that happen? I'm starting to think I don't run right or something lol But it was awesome and such a great feeling finishing but I wanted to die! I have a lot of work ahead of me for this 5k in November!!