Saturday Happenings

Hi guys! It’s the last day of November, can you believe it?! Here’s what’s been going on in our lives today…

Watching the Buckeyes beat M*ch*g@n ( it’s a swear word in our home, so we bleep out a few letters…)

I painted my nails for the occasion. It turned out to be a nail biter, though, so now they don’t look as pristine 🙂

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I spammed my sisters inbox with photos of my dogs until she finally Facetimed us 🙂

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As you can see, Atlas gave her the cold shoulder towards the end since she wasn’t replying…it sounds lame, but try it some time. Add in funny captions with each picture and send them about a minute apart until the person you’re trying to contact calls you back.

I also got this adorable picture of Atlas and Rhea together. We go back to the vet on Tuesday to get her biopsy results! Keep your fingers crossed for us that they figured out why she’s so itchy!

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So yea, all in all, we spent our last day of November 2013 watching football and relaxing. What did you do this weekend that was fun?

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Fitness Feature: Meet Danielle!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you an inspiring story of an amazing young woman whom I was lucky enough to meet while in college at Ohio State.

Danielle is an inspiring person. She has been on a healthy living journey for the past few years and was gracious enough to share her story with all of you today.

I hope her story inspires you as much as it does me, to continue living healthfully.550358_575369182494273_1332945567_n

Lisa: Tell us a little about yourself.
Danielle: My name is Danielle, I am 26 years old, and I am getting married in September to my high school love. I have been overweight my entire life and I strive daily to live a healthy lifestyle.

Lisa: You look amazing! What inspired you to begin your healthy lifestyle journey?
Danielle: Thanks for your kind words, I feel amazing. I began my lifestyle change almost four years ago when I graduated OSU. I was gearing up to start my master’s program in Europe and I wanted to be less than 300 pound before doing so. At this point in May of 2010 I weighed 320 pounds at 23. When I arrived to Holland, Netherlands in August of 2010 I weighed 295 and I was ecstatic, but still wanting to lose more I continued to exercise daily with a goal of burning 340 calories a day, accompanied with healthy eating. I had gave up beef and pork years ago, but I was conscience of what I ate making sure it was lean and nutritious instead of carb loaded and negative on the body. Within the first year of changing my life for the better I had lost 101 pounds and became a vegetarian. 3 years later I am 120 pounds lighter, still a vegetarian, a runner of half marathons and various races, and a healthy individual.

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Lisa: What keeps you motivated?
Danielle: By 23 I had experienced my first round of mammograms in which they found a lump in one breast, had been diabetic for 10 years and my health seemed to be declining at a rate that was alarming. At 24 years old right after completing my graduating my master’s program, I underwent a double lumpectomy due to the increasing number of lumps growing in my breasts. Although, I had turned my life around and was the healthiest and the lightest I have ever been my body was still enduring the consequences of my previous lifestyle. I woke up one morning after surgery much smaller in my breast region, sore, without the possibility to breastfeed, and begged God to allow me to live a healthy life going forward. This prayer and decree to myself is what motivates me. I love what being healthy has done for me. I no longer have to take my diabetes medicine, which I had been on for 10 years because I can now control it through diet and exercise. I love running now, something I never thought I was capable of doing. Most importantly, I am a living health story for my family. Yes, bad habits can be broken, yes, you (of course You reading this) can turn your life around for the better, and it will feel amazing! It is hard work, and trusts me, there will be moments when defeat reins your head, but remind yourself of this, you didn’t gain that weight overnight, and so it won’t fall off overnight. You’re not a failure because at least you’re trying to change and believe me, you have. Give yourself time and be patient with yourself.

Lisa: How did/do you deal with setbacks?
Danielle: I deal with setbacks by allowing myself to feel what I feel and validate it. Then I jump back on the horse and continue to work out and eat healthy. I just remind myself of how far I’ve come, and that anything worth having is worth working hard for. Sometimes, I groan about how unfair it is that some are naturally small and do not have to work out or eat well. But then, I come back to reality and out of self- pity and realize how grateful I am to be alive, and able to do the things I need to do to live an active healthy lifestyle. Lastly, I have to remind myself not to be so hard on myself, because failure is not me falling back into eating a few more fries than I should or not working out for a couple weeks. Failure is me never trying, and letting those bad thoughts and comments about me win; those that tell me I am not capable of being the very best me I can be, which is a happy healthy and active me.

Lisa: What is your favorite workout?
Danielle: My favorite workout is running. Although, we have a love hate relationship, there is nothing like running off a set of feelings, or the feeling of finishing your first race, albeit, a 5k, a half marathon, a marathon or any other distance when you never thought you could. And of course, reaching that runner’s high makes me feel like superwoman, and I feel happy and free.

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Lisa: What is your favorite healthy meal?
Danielle: My favorite meal is salad! I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Lettuce is one of my favorite foods, and I crave salads. There’s nothing better than a fresh salad with tomatoes onions and vinegar and oil based dressing to fill up the tummy!

Lisa: What advice would you give to people who want to start a healthy lifestyle journey?
Danielle: Take it one day at a time, and celebrate each milestone reached, not by eating but by a new physical activity. With each new milestone I added a new activity I wanted to do, but was too afraid to. I would take a new dance class from bachata to belly dancing. I started spinning, running, water aerobics, riding horses, and even hiking. When I was at my heaviest I thought I could never do these activities, not because I was too heavy, but the fear of others seeing my body move paralyzed me. However, I realized that I too deserve to live the life I want regardless of my size or how it may offend some. Guess what happened? I realized, I love to dance, I love to spin, I love to hike, I love to run, and I love to stay active. So, my rewards all became things I can’t see my life without now.

Lisa: What is your ultimate goal for your healthy living journey?
Danielle: Ultimately, I just want to stay healthy and active. Size and numbers will become less important and the joy of living healthy will become the most important.

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Lisa: What is the secret to being successful in healthy living?
Danielle: The secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to have FUN! If you’re having fun doing the activities you are more inclined to stay with it. I love to dance so taking dance class wasn’t to lose weight but to have fun. It just so happened that I lost weight in the process.

Lisa: Who has helped you the most in your journey?
Danielle: The most influential person throughout my journey has been my fiancé. He loved me at my heaviest and has always made me feel beautiful. He keeps me grounded and relaxes me when I feel manic about achieving a certain weight goal. He rubs my calves after each half and he’s always my number 1 cheerleader. Most importantly he loves me exactly how I am and that’s a feeling that doesn’t come with a number.

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A big THANKS goes out to Danielle, again, for sharing her story and being an inspiration for so many people out there starting and living a healthy lifestyle!

Pinterest Post: Easy DIYs for the Spare Bedroom

Happy Thursday!! Can You believe it’ll be June in two days! Crazy how time flies!

If you read yesterday’s post about my Dream Master Suite, you’ll know that the countdown to Cali has begun! I am in full planning mode for decorating our new place, but if you need to know anything about me, it’s that I hate spending excessive amounts of money.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love quality products and am willing to pay for it, but I have paying so much for something I can easily make myself for a fraction of the cost! Cue Pinterest! I’ve been finding some great ideas for every room of the new apartment, but the office is going to be my most challenging endeavor. It is not only an office, but our guest bedroom, and all of our OSU paraphernalia is in that room (diplomas, graduation tassels, acting like big kids = office appropriate) .

My challenge is to make the design for the office/guest bedroom theme cohesive. I really don’t want to go this route

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because I want our guests to feel at home in the room when they visit, but still need to be able to incorporate all of our college decor since there’s no other place that it’ll fit.

Here’s what we’ve got currently:

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Keep in mind, Jeff just blew up our air mattress and covered it to get an idea of how big the bed will be in the room. We now have an actual bed with a headboard, I just don’t have pictures of it yet!

This room need a LOT of help, though. The entire room needs a theme or inspiration to focus it. I’m thinking the overall feel for the theme will be Rustic & Red.

The first thing to go will be the brown bedding…too dark. We’ll switch it to clean white linens with DIY scarlet and gray throw pillows like these:

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I’ll hang a huge DIY bulletin board like this one by Anne  the Adventurer on the wall next to the desk and move the small rolling organizer and bookshelf into the closet for tucked away storage!

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Some DIY graphic prints in vintage wood frames by the desk will add a little personalized and rustic flair.

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As you can tell by the photos of the room, you see that we have some beautiful real-wood furniture and decor made by family members. The wooden bench was made by one of Jeff’s uncles who has passed away and the lamp was made by my father. We also have a huge hanging bookshelf of similar color that has two buckeye leaves and a Block O carved into the surface that will hang above the desk. All of these elements will help really pull our smorgasbord room together! I’ll post pictures of the before and after as soon as I move and get everything done!

College Pride on Pinterest

How many of you went to college? A lot of you, maybe! If you did, you know all about what I’m about to post.

Your higher education wasn’t just an education. Your school was and still is a lifestyle. Through my travels, I know that this college-bond comes from all sorts of schools. I’ve got friends who went to state schools, local schools, ivy league schools, and we all have the same feelings towards our Alma Mater – it was the best experience of our lives and is now the basis to our everyday life.

So when I see a fellow Buckeye on the street and I yell out a big “O-H!” I better hear a just-as-loud “I-O!” come in return!

Now, to give you an idea of just how much I love The Ohio State University, here is a collection of my favorite wedding photos…

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Gives you an idea, right? And yes, we did get married on campus!

So my biggest challenge is to somehow incorporate our Buckeye lifestyle into our everyday lives/home without painting everything scarlet and gray (although it is tempting….)

Pinterest seems to have all of the answers these days! I’ve not only found the cutest baby items that are OSU-inspired, but home decor and more that adds the little touches of spirit without being overwhelming. Take a look!

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Home Decor

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Clothing

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Find your school’s spirit on Pinterest and leave me a comment with what you found! Happy Pinning everyone!

*All photos/credits can be found on my OSU Love board on Pinterest