It’s been WAY too long and I’m sorry!

Hi y’all! I’m SO sorry for the looooong absence…. Life got CRAZY! Like seriously.

After Beating cancer, having multiple surgeries in 2015 and 2016 and getting a full time job and being a single parent to a pre-teen and a teenager, it’s been pretty damn hard!

I had to take some time to myself.

Since my last update in March of 2016, I had an emotional roller coaster happen and finalizing my divorce to my now ex-husband and meeting an amazing, loving, kind hearted man that has fallen in love with me and treats me like a queen! I don’t know how I got SO lucky y’all! Seriously, this was NOT expected… I wasn’t ready to date, well at least I THOUGHT I wasn’t ready, but GOD knew I was and placed this amazing man in my life when I really needed him.

You see, I had lost connection with my best friend since high school for about a year and a half. After my separation with my ex, I felt I needed to get in touch with her… I don’t know how I was able to beat cancer and do that whole chapter of my life without her, she is also a Cancer survivor (thyroid) and she has also been through hell and back so I reconnected with my best friend and we picked up where we left off…

We caught up and filled each other in about our lives and as we started to hang out A LOT again and being inseparable,  She introduced me to her 2nd cousin. I thought he was cute, but he wasn’t my type… plus… I wasn’t ready to date… I mean, hello, I just got out of an emotionally disastrous marriage that had me SO stressed out, it literally gave me cancer….. ANY WAYS..  so as I hung out more at my besties house, her cousin would join too and I got to know him better and meet his kids and hang out all the time and for like 6 months we became good friends.. he had left little hints and tried to ask me out, but I politely said no thanks and he left it alone.

Well, at my LAST herceptin infusion on June 8 2016, my best friend coordinated a special dinner with a group of friends and he, her cousin, had been messaging me all day saying “congrats on beating cancer” and stuff… just small talk over FB messenger you know. Well we texted most of the day and after that night and eating dinner with my friends, We had decided to attend a concert for a local band the following Friday …. I didn’t want to be the 3rd wheel so I asked him out and said ” Hey, Would you like to go to the concert with me?” He said “YES!” SO, we had planned on this first date for a week! we talked every day and we couldn’t wait for that Friday night, so we met up for dinner and then met my bestie, his cousin, at the bar for a game of shuffle board and some drinks!  Well, from that point on, we have been inseparable!

He and I got pretty serious pretty quickly and after a couple of months, he moved in with me! We’ve been living together  a little over a year now and we are SO happy in love! I don’t know what the future holds for us, but all I know is that I want him to be apart of it! 🙂

I have fallen so head over heels for this guy and his adorable kiddos too! Not to mention his whole family is awesome and I’m pretty close to his sisters and of course his cousin, my bestie is more like family now! She’s always been my sister from another mister, but now it feels like we are for sure family! 🙂

My kids are healthy and amazing, my life is amazing and I wouldn’t change anything about it! The way GOD has placed people in my life whether for a short time or for my forever, HE knows what he’s doing and I trust HIM with all my heart and I know HE won’t lead me astray!

I have followed my heart and with GOD giving me a godly man to be my life partner now and for us to share this beautiful blended family, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

I’m SO happy in love and my kids are happy and his kids are happy and the 4 of them have SO much love and happiness for them all, it makes my heart swell 5 times bigger! I’m over flowing with love and happiness and I know many can notice that I am MUCH more happier now and I’m GLAD it shows! 🙂

My life is finally feeling meaningful and I’m just so happy in love.

 

OK, OK… enough with the sappy love story! 😛

 

This is why I have been MIA for over a year and a half… making memories, loving life and being the woman GOD wants me to be!

I will update again soon…. hoping to get some good family photos of the 6 of us done soon so I can post them here! 🙂

Thanks for all the love and support you guys! I appreciate it!

LOVE YOU ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nutrition Starts in the Kitchen

80-20

Going on a restrictive diet can help you lose weight, but, like many other dieters, you may regain that weight as soon as you go back to eating normally. Making more permanent dietary and lifestyle changes can help keep this from happening. Following the 80/20 rule may help you not only lose the weight, but keep it off permanently.

How the 80/20 Diet Rule Works

The principle behind the 80/20 rule is simple: Eat nutritious foods 80 percent of the time and allow yourself to indulge a little the other 20 percent of the time. Proponents of the diet disagree on how to determine the 20 percent when you eat less healthy foods, however. Nutritionist and personal trainer Teresa Cutter, the author of the book “The 80/20 Diet,” claims that the 20 percent portion of less healthy eating should occur once per week, and not consume 20 percent of what you eat each day. Another way to follow the diet principle is to cheat four meals per week, assuming you eat the typical three meals per day. A study published in Obesity Facts in 2014 found that people can still lose weight after small splurges like cheat meals on the weekend if they compensate and eat healthily overall. Even if you don’t lose weight, you’ll probably be healthier overall and may have a lower risk for conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer because of the healthy diet you’re following.

Healthy Eating Using the 80/20 Rule

Healthy eating on the 80/20 diet includes eating mainly whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole unprocessed grains, as well as plenty of water. Fruits, vegetables and other foods high in water and fiber are low in energy density, or calories per gram. This means you can eat large portions of them to help you fill up without eating too many calories at meals. It’s possible, however, to eat too many calories while still eating nutritious foods like those recommended for the 80 percent of the time you’re eating healthily. Listen to your body’s hunger cues and avoid eating when you are not truly hungry.

Importance of Moderation on the 80/20 Diet

Moderation is key during the 20 percent of the time when you relax your healthy eating standards. One serving of a treat food is good, but eating a meal containing a whole day’s worth of calories is not. An appropriate splurge may be enjoying one serving of dessert at the end of a meal or choose a serving of a comfort food like macaroni and cheese for your main dish. Avoid both indulgences in the same meal, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

Planning Is Key When Using the 80/20 Rule

If you don’t plan for those meals when you’re going to use your 20 percent of less-healthy eating, you may find yourself getting tempted and indulging way more than 20 percent of the time. Two types of planning need to be involved. First, consider your schedule each week. If you’re going to be eating out or having a special occasion, reserve your treats for those times. Second, decide which treats are those you really love and those you could do without, and only use your 20 percent for your favorite indulgences. Having your indulgences planned out ahead of time can make it easier to avoid “junk” foods on other occasions.

Don’t Forget Exercise and Relaxation

I recommend getting about an hour of moderately intense exercise at least five days a week as well as following the 80/20 diet. Add in a couple strength-training sessions each week to help build muscle and improve your metabolism. The combination of cardio and strength training makes it more likely you’ll burn fat instead of muscle as you lose weight.  Also recommended rest and relaxation, so be sure to leave time in your day to wind down and get your recommended eight hours of sleep.

get fit in the kitchen

 

Family Holiday photos for The P Family!

Last weekend I got to photograph this adorable family! this is a blended family and the Mom is a dear friend of mine! i’ve known her for at least 14 years. When she asked me to photograph her new family I was SUPER excited! these kids have such great personalities and had me giggling the WHOLE time! Seriously… I had a good ab workout from laughing so hard! HAHA!!

Check out a few of my fav pics from their session! We had gorgeous weather that day! 🙂

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Sneak Peek of Leo Alexander’s Birth! 11-22-15

I had the honor of photographing this birth for my cousin!

I missed her last birth with Anthony when I was living in Jax, FL.  So I made it a point to be there the second she went in to the hospital to be sure to capture everything!

I got there and we waited several hours for them to get her started and get her on the schedule for a C-Section. She was having contractions all day and they were inconsistent. finally they had her scheduled  for 8pm, but they didn’t take her back to well after 815pm and by the time daddy and I got back to the OR it was about 845pm. Leo was born at 8:57pm.

Welcome to the world Leo Alexander! You are SO loved!

Enjoy the sneak peek!

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