Monday, September 30, 2013

Weigh In

This morning I weighed in at 203.4 which is a loss of -1.2 from last week. I'm actually surprised...I didn't have the best week, eating wise. I didn't really stick to our weekly meal plan and we ate out a few times. I did get in 2 runs this week, which were okay. I'm averaging about a 12 minute mile. I'm feeling OK with that. My next 5k is in 2 weeks.
We had a death in the family this week, which caused some emotional eating on my behalf. My beloved aunt lost her battle with cancer last Monday. Guys....I had ice cream three times last week. Yes, 3! One of those times I was crying and just shoveling it in. Not a good feeling! This week will be better...I really need to get my emotional eating in check.
Here are some of this week's eats (not pictured is all my ice cream ;))
Standard breakfast for me: Coffee, instant oatmeal and a banana
Sausage scramble..honestly wasn't too impressed. It was just sausage, sweet potatoes and onions roasted in the oven. It was edible, but bland...not my fave.
Low carb chicken stir-fry!! Yummmm!
I will be posting my meal plan later on this week :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bradley {eight months} (late)

Hey, sweet boy! You turned 8 months old on 8/4/13 and hit so many milestones! You are learning something new, it seems, every day. Daddy and I have even had moments where we look at eachother and say, “Did you know he could do that?!” You keep us on our toes, and always smiling. You are a very happy boy with the best smile around.
You finally got some teeth! A tooth popped through on the bottom, and within a day or so, another came up right next to it. For some reason, even with two little teeth in your mouth, it seemed to age you quite a bit! You are looking more and more like a little boy and less “baby.” You are wearing 12 month clothes, and size 3 diapers still. You are drinking about 30oz of expressed breast milk. You love to eat! You are eating baby food and some finger “softer” foods.  You have been very curious about mommy and daddy’s foods.
Sleeping has gone great, even with the transition into a new home. You’re still rocked to sleep every night and then placed in your crib. You usually fall asleep between 8:30-9pm and wake up at 8:30am on the weekends. You go to daycare at 6:30am on the week days.
We took a little family mini-vacation this month to Branson, MO with Mimi and your cousin Devin, and had a wonderful time! You were an awesome traveler. You were happy to be in your stroller, just looking around at everything. We really are lucky to have such an easy going, carefree baby! We feel like we can take you anywhere and you will be perfectly content as long as you have a dry diaper and food on hand.
A major milestone you hit this month is standing!! Standing! One night you were having a hard time falling asleep. Daddy and I were watching you on the baby monitor and noticed you were standing in your crib!! Ever since then you have been pulling yourself up to a standing position and anything; even our legs! You cruise along the couch and seem so sure of yourself. You give us that little confident smile like “I got this, Mom and Dad!”
Bradley bear, I can’t believe you’re already 8 months old. Slow down, time! We’re enjoying every minute, and we know you are too! Thank you for always keeping a smile on our faces and showing us true love and happiness. We love you so much baby bear!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weigh In + weekly meal plan

So I've decided to change my weigh ins to Mondays. First reason being that I work on Fridays and I can't blog from work. Secondly, I would weigh Friday, then splurge on the weekends. By posting on Mondays (my days off) that holds me accountable from the weekend.
So, yea. My weight. I've been fluctuating a good 5lbs since July. Today I weighed in at 204.6. Not my highest, but certainly not my lowest. Ugh. I'm really feeling the fluctuation too. Not meal planning, too much snacking, too much Dr.Pepper. All things I KNOW don't help in the weight loss department for me. I've really got to get on top of my weight loss journey..I feel like I've been in a stand still for too long now.
This photo was a real eye opener for me! I was walking and holding my son as he took his first pony ride! I look bigger than the horse!! Yikes.
So, another thing I'm going to be doing weekly is posting my meal plans. I try to stay pretty Paleo but I'm not always perfect. My husband and I also both work full time so we also need easy and convenient. Most recipes ar found on Pinterest (follow me: amarshall627) or just online. I will link to the original recipe:
Tuesday: sausage scramble (I don't use mushrooms, add sweet potatoes)
Friday: Just regular grilled chicken on the gas grill
I use leftovers from every night for lunch the following day.
I think that's about it! I'm still trying to run 3x a week to gear up for my upcoming 5k! and just trying to take it hour by hour, day by day :)
Have a happy, healthy week!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back at it

Well, I’m back in the running game. I have a hard time calling myself a “runner.” Yes, I’ve run some races and have improved with each time I get out there, but I picture a runner as a super athletic person. That’s not me. Heck, I don’t even really like running. I like the feeling of accomplishment, but the thought of getting off the couch to get out there is not appealing to me. But I’m going to do it. Why? Because I know I can, and it’s good for me. Plus, I like the whole “running community.” Cute neon shoes, talking about your PR’s and’s just a positive environment.
So I suckered my bestie into running the Prairie Fire 5k with me coming up on October 13th. We haven’t run together since 2010! But we’re making a comeback. I feel like we’re pretty in synch with eachother and good, encouraging partners. My hairdresser taught me about the importance of a good partner. I envy her relationship with her running partner! They are running a marathon together next month as well!
Marlene and I @ Race for the Cure, 2010
My dad was a great partner as well. He was an awesome support when I got back into running in March when I was only 3 months postpartum. However, I slow him down. My dad can run laps around me, and I’m sure I discourage him when I have my “not as good runs.”  He is running a half marathon next month.
Me and my Dad at the Spring Prairie Fire 5k, 2013
Right now as far as training goes, we are trying to run 3x a week, just around our neighborhood. Now that Marlene and I live super close it is very convenient. The not so convenient part? Working full time with a baby. I’m tired in the evenings!! But we’re pushing ourselves and getting it done. We have 4 weekends until race day. Yikes.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Marshalls Do Med School {submitted applications}

Read: Last update

Ok. I last updated on June 26th about what we were deciding to do after Jordan got his average MCAT score back. We decided to just wing it apply anyway.

Here is the list of schools he ended up applying to:

A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri
A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Arizona
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alabama
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Arizona
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Illinois
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Iowa
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri
Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tennessee
University of Kansas, Medical School, Kansas
Meharry Medical College, Tennessee

It cost $650.00 to apply to that many schools if anyone is interested in that info, just keeping it real here! He submitted on 8/8/13, his transcripts were received on 8/20/13 and as of today, his applications are still processing. We've been told it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks after all info is received for his file to be complete.

Obviously KU is our top choice. We did visit Kansas City University in July for an open house and were really impressed with the school. We love the Kansas City area though, and can really see ourselves living there. And of course, we loooove Tennessee after our vacation there last year and would be happy to live there as well. Actually, to be honest, we will be thrilled to go anywhere Jordan receives an acceptance.

That's all of an update as of yet, I'll touch base when/if we get any correspondence back from these schools! Thanks for the support!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Life Update

Oh my goodness, so much to update on. The last few weeks have been crazy, but I think we're finally getting settled into a good routine.
Here's a few things that's been going on:

1. This little cutie turned 9 months old! and guess what...I completely missed his 8 month post! what?! #momfail
2. I'm all signed up for the Prairie Fire Fall 5k on October 13th. The bestie and I are running it together this time, and it actually feels good to get back out there. I haven't all...since my last 5k in June. Yikes.

3. We are all moved into our new house. Loving it so far, but still need to make it "ours." Hopefully it doesn't taken me months to get things hung on the walls! Procrastination is my middle name apparently...

4. Jordan's med school applications are all submitted and "processing." Seriously, this is the longest process of my entire life!! However, he did meet with the director of admissions on Friday to go over his application. It wasn't technically an interview, just some feedback and he was feeling extra confident after speaking with him. I will do a Marshalls do med school update soon.

5. Speaking of my husband..he wrecked the car! He was making a left hand turn too soon and got hit. Luckily he wasn't hurt as it could have easily injured him. We take it in on Tuesday to have the damages assessed.
6. Two weeks ago I started another round of Whole30 and got my dad on board as well. Well, by the weekend we were moving and I fell off track. I started again this past week and did wonderfully until Saturday. What.the.heck!! So, yea. #fail but I'm not giving up. I feel like I'm living 85% Paleo. I'll do an update of what I've been eating soon. I'm still weighing anywhere from 201-199 if anyone is interested.
7. I'll end on lucky #7...follow me on instagram. I post probably way too often on there. But whatevs. Alliemarshall627
***Oh, one more thing. I need some serious blog help. I need a new layout and whatnot. and I want to be able to put one of those "pin it" buttons on my post. Apparently, I'm blogger illiterate and cannot do these types of things on my own, so can anyone help or refer me to someone to spruce this little page up? Can't believe I've been blogging for 3!! years now and I still have the same layout...***