Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Hello my dear, sweet followers.  I would like to start off by apologizing for my last blog post.  I just re-read it and laughed because I am SO melodramatic!  I would like to say that I have no earthly idea where my daughter gets that from (wink wink).  Every time she has a life-ending trauma (like me telling her she can’t go to her cousins to play because one of her cousins is sick), I can just smile at her “Wicked Witch of the West” style melt-down because I just wrote all of mine last month for the world to see.

When I last left you I was in the process of rebuilding my metaphorical wagon that I tend to climb on from time to time when I have my life “together”.  I think now, I shall refer to it as my unicorn because that seems to be a more accurate description (a fantastical, made-up being to place my hopes and dreams of weight loss).  Just kidding.  A little.

I am happy to say that I did rebuild.  The past three weeks, I have been kicking butt on my weight-loss unicorn and keeping my eating in check.  While I am happy about this, I also need to note that life has settled a bit.  The A/C and water heater have been repaired (*cue angels singing*) and I am beginning to get into my groove as a kindergarten teacher.  I have also hit the reset button on half-marathon training and have joined forces with my dear friend Leigh (shout out Leigh Leigh!!  *chest pound, peace sign).  We are both teachers and when we looked at the calendar for the half-marathon that I wanted to attend (held on Oct. 30), we both immediately said NERP because who wants to run 13 miles one day and then teach a class full of kids the next?  With the next day being Halloween.  On a Monday.  I. Can’t. Even.

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So we opted for a later half-marathon to give us more time to prepare as the weather cools.  We plan to run the Ole Man River Half in NOLA the weekend we leave school for Christmas break.  Should be fun!  We train 3 times a week, and in those runs we just vent about life and have a truly great time.  We are following the Galloway method, so it is a little easier on our bodies, cause hey, I’m not 21 here.  I’m 31.  And that makes a bit of difference when preparing for the biggest physical challenge of my life.  Especially 40 pounds heavier than I should be.

Thursday began the season of fall, and I could not be more excited.  Although we haven’t seen the cooler temps in Louisiana yet, I know they are coming and that is enough to make me smile.  Fall is my favorite season.  Pumpkin spice was my BFF before it was the basic white girl staple, but I don’t hate, because PUMPKIN SPICE!  Just the best.  I love layers.  I love Tiger football.  I love cooler weather and fall colors.  And I am (as of this year) a new pumpkin spice coffee fanatic.  Believe it or not, I have been teaching the past 5 years without the help of this magnificent brew, but with a new grade change came a new beverage of choice.  I have seen a lot of keto bloggers sing the praises of bulletproof coffee for the addition of healthy fats to their diets (coconut oil and grass-fed butter), and the ability to keep you full for hours, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I LOVE IT.  The first day was a no-go because I just am not a coffee drinker.  Like, I have always loved the smell and would sit in Starbucks to drink my hot cocoa and just sniff.  Weird, I know.  I tried to like coffee, but couldn’t get past the bitter.  But I have turned a new leaf.  The coconut oil, butter, and Truvia cut the bitter and when mixed when the Pumpkin Spice…yassss!

So here in my world, all is well at the moment.  Fall is here.  My unicorn hasn’t bucked me off for 3 weeks, and I am losing weight and inches.  Thank you for sticking with me through the good and the bad (however melodramatic it may be).

Your Friend in the Fight Against Fat,

Amanda

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