Finding my Motivation.

Things are looking up today, we have a roof and windows! That means no more tarp blowing in the wind all night long keeping us awake. 

The sun is out and no rain in the forecast, which is a big sigh of relief. As I speak they are putting the ceiling back in the closet and laundry rooms! My biggest request for the new space was lots of natural light - we had enough room for 5 windows - which is great, but I didn't think through to curtains. 10 panels is a lot so I'm gonna be on the hunt Black Friday for some good deals. I don't have a final plan for decor, but bright and airy is the general theme I'd like - light colored walls and floors, maybe a faux brick or paneled wall. 

The hole for the stairs has been started, it had to go in the middle of the wall so I'll have to get creative for my dining room furniture. Maybe a round table instead of rectangle, I need to tape it off and see how it sets. 

Despite a stressful week I have committed to getting my food back on track and I feel SO much better, physically and even more importantly mentally! The very first thing I did was get the crap food out of the house, I can't expect to have to fight temptation all day and win every single time. That's just crazy, you must put yourself in a winning situation to begin with to be able to stay on track. 

I made this recipe again and it's so so so good y'all!

1 Spaghetti squash {poke a few holes, put in bowl, put in microwave for 12 minutes}
Layer in a pan, a layer of tomatos, layer of cooked chicken mixed with 1/4 cup pesto, and pour on the sauce {1 cup ricotta, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, salt/pepper, Italian seasoning, 1 egg} top with cheese {mozzarella or pesto gouda} bake 400 for 25 minutes. 

I've been trying to branch out and try new recipes, boredom is also a dangerous for your weight loss plan, it's important to keep yourself interested in your foods! This is sweet potato mixed with olive oil and hot sauce and cooked until soft, mix with turkey bacon, blue cheese, and mexican cheese. I paired it will cilantro chicken I got from the deli at Kroger. 

Butternut squash has been a staple lately, so low calorie and so so good. This time I mixed it with olive oil, rosemary, and basaltic vinegar - baked at 425 for 40 minutes turning once. I paired with tortilla crusted tilapia from Costco. 

Breakfast I'm still trying to get as much protein in as I can, I prefer to get the majority of my protein in during breakfast and lunch, while saving my fats and carbs for later in the day. Just changing up a few things has really got my motivation back on track!

Plus Timehop sent a gentle reminder that I've come really far in the last year, don't lose sight of the work you've already done! 

It's really shown me how much exercise plays a role in the journey, while you can lose weight by watching your food intake I find it MUCH harder to stay on track when I'm not able to sweat. You'd think it would be the other way around - I'd be hyper focused on my intake - but no, it's a struggle. 

I still have a few weeks until I can go back to the gym, but I'm going to sign up for some yoga classes next week and I'm really excited! I haven't been able to fit yoga in my schedule before because they don't have 5am classes by me and no childcare later in the day, but I think I can squeeze a class in once or twice a week now. 


  1. House looks AWESOME!! & your side by side is AMAZING!!! you are so inspiring :) love your periscopes too :D

  2. You look amazing Meg! So glad to see the progress in everything going on.

  3. The roof looks great! And you look amazing too!!! I will have to try to the microwave version of the spaghetti squash we always roast ours and it would be nice to just have this mid day without the fuss of waiting 30-40 mins for it to roast!

  4. Just FYI in case you haven't done much yoga - It can be really upper body challenging. If you're not supposed to do push ups or any weight bearing movements for your upper body yet, I would skip yoga as well. As a long time yoga instructor and personal trainer, I would make these same recommendations to any of my clients or class participants.
    The recipe ideas you posted above look great. Thanks and good luck with your renovation and healing!

  5. What if you did barn doors to cover the entry way. For your table you did a farmhouse round top. That would be amazing!!

  6. Yoga is fantastic! But, like the above commenter, I also would caution you to hold off on yoga. The time frame to resume after augmentation is a minimum of 6 weeks and in some cases it is 6 months. Just make sure to consult your surgeon beforehand. Maybe try a stationary recumbent for the cardio in the meantime.

  7. you look fabulous! what a kind reminder that top hop is sometimes :)

  8. May I suggest you buy a bolt of fabric and politely ask mama to sew em up quick. Think I had mine done before I would have been 10 pages into amazon!

  9. May I suggest you buy a bolt of fabric and politely ask mama to sew em up quick. Think I had mine done before I would have been 10 pages into amazon!

  10. Hello, I don't know if you have thought ahead to photo shoots. I sew and follow lots of PDFs patterns makers. They tend to have a blank wall and can bring in different backdrops (think of rolls of back drops like if you got pics taken at JC Penny's). I would highly have a spot where you can have indoor photo shoots as we are coming on winter!

  11. Hi Meg listen if you go the Mom sew the curtain route I know great resources for fabric you'll love =cheap in Addison on Midway between Beltline and Trinity Mills are a tone of fabric warehouses on both sides of the street my favorite is Fabric Yard between commander and skylane also check out cutting corners on Midway between Alpha and Sigma also on Midway in the two mile track before you get to Trinity mills it is packed with office furniture and furniture stores and warehouses if you have a mac with a track pad get on Maps and enlarge that area oh also I know cutting corners has a web site and I do believe Fabric Yard does also. Hope this helps


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