Friday, October 31, 2014

Hola, New York!

You can bet the happiest girl in the world. No place makes me happier than NYC. It is truly magical. Chris has other thoughts, but while he is worrying about us getting mugged and me getting kidnapped (seriously, he is convinced only crime happens in NYC), I'll be roaming the streets of New York, gazing up at the buildings, crossing streets when I'm not supposed to, stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take a picture, and soaking up the blessings of life all around me. 

I really hope you enjoy your weekend! You can follow our vacation on instagram @SarahTuckerUp

And before you go, don't forget about tomorrow's The Lovely Lookbook link up! Come back here or head to Caitlin's blog to link up your stripe inspired outfits. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with!

Last month's link up was all about the fall colors and these two woman let their fall colors show! Riva did it right with her DIY blanket scarf. Who needs Zara when you can make your own? And Robyn mixed patterns like a pro! Thank you, ladies, for linking up with us and we can't wait to see you back on Saturday.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

10 Takeaways from Whole 30

1. I can do without corn and black beans. I never once missed either of them and I think from now on I may pass on both, if given the option.

2. People told me my taste buds would change and my beloved Blue Bell would be too sweet for me. Wrong. That stuff is like heaven in a 1/2 gallon carton. Pure bliss.

3. I get really grumpy when I haven't eaten anything good for weeks. Poor Chris, he was a trooper.

4. Homemade ketchup should not even be in the same category as real ketchup. They don't even compare. And don't even get me started on homemade mayo. Anyone who tells you that stuff is good is lying to your face.

5. I'm going to start buying organic, sugarless marinara sauce because it was actually really freaking good. Prego may have to take a backseat for now.

6. Almond butter with apples is like candy to me. I could eat those two things together for snack everyday.

7. I lost six pounds and probably a couple inches off my waist and that is motivation to keep up a version of this diet. I don't want to fall back into my old ways, so I am going to have to come up with a plan to keep incorporating in some version of these Whole 30 meals.

8. Lettuce wrapped burgers are actually pretty good. I don't even miss having a bun, but the fries, that's another story. I missed those little things so much!

9. I have had more energy and been able to workout all week, compared to on the diet when I only had the energy to workout four times. Working out for me is something I've been doing my whole life due to playing sports, so to not be able to was stressing me out. I don't work out to be a fitness model, but it truly does relieve my stress and I am happy to be back in the swing of things.

10. It is doable. This ice cream eatin', chip dippin', fried food Texan girl made it 22 days, so you can too! I know the program is 30 days, but I chose to do it in October because Lord knows I am not giving up my Thanksgiving meal for no rabbit food! Nor am I giving up my Christmas meal either! It just so happens that we are going on vacation, so I am not going to beat myself up for not making it the full 30 days. I know I could have had it not been for our vacation. You get into rabbit food mode and it just becomes a habit to eat healthy, so going another eight days would have been a breeze.

A few FAQs I've got:

Do you feel better?
Honestly, yes and no. I feel skinnier and less bloated, but I had no energy. I did sleep really well, better than I ever have, but I also felt exhausted all the time. I think there is a happy medium somewhere, I just have to find it.

Would you do it again?
Probably. I always love a good challenge, so I'm not going to say no, but I'm not planning my next Whole 30 by any means! I think if I can continue some of my new eating habits then I'll be less inclined to cut everything out cold turkey like I did this time.

What was your favorite recipe?
These sausage balls. So good! I will continue to make them because they are great for breakfast and as a snack.

What did you miss most about having such a restricted diet?
Food brings people together. Not sure about your family, but everything my family does is centered around food and when that is limited, it is just no fun. I missed the ease of being able to grab a snack or a sweet treat. I also missed eating with my husband because we would eat apart because he didn't want to tempt me with his meals! There were some meals he would eat that I cooked, but he isn't a fan of such healthy food.

You have the willpower of ____. How do you do it?
My parents always have pushed me to push myself. I have a sports mindset and there is very little I am not willing to do or try. I think that is how I approached this challenge. Was it something I wanted to do? Not really. But the fact that some people said I wouldn't be able to (cough cough, husband, brother, and dad) that gave me the motivation to suck it up and do it.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIWW: Denim and Stripes + Link Up

Chris, bless him. As a blogger, I think we are all guilty of forcing our significant others to take our pictures. And, if they're like Chris, they always strive for the best. Sometimes the best isn't necessarily what you get.

Take, for instance, the bottom two pictures. Chris was trying to "get creative" and I have about a dozen pictures of half (or less!) of my face. We got a really great laugh out of it! 

Now let's talk outfit. I could sleep in this dress and wear this jacket everyday. I got the dress a couple years ago on major clearance at Target and the jacket has been a staple in my wardrobe since we went to San Francisco in June.

I also expressed to Chris that this dress could work when I am pregnant as well. That led to him asking me to model for him the different stages of pregnancy using a towel (totally realistic, right?! ha!). After every month stage I modeled he said, " aren't really going to get that big, are you?" Yes, husband, I will be growing another human. He was a little in shock, so I might have just pushed back the process of having a Tucker Jr. another year ;) 

One last thing, don't forget to come back on Saturday and link up with Caitlin and I for The Lovely Lookbook. This month's topic is stripes!

Now for the link up!

- All I ask is you link back to my blog and link to a specific post.

- Write about something fashion related!

Thanks for linking up and to see other WIWW posts, click here.

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So, Get Your Pretty On, The Pleated Poppy.
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