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21 Day Fix | Days 16-18

These past three days were busy. Holy hanna, I hardly had time to write.

Just kidding.

Come on, it’s ME we’re talking about.

 

Day 16

Good morning!!!!!!

That’s how I felt day 16 morning. Tired as ever because I popped out of bed at 4AM, but I felt really, really GOOD. I can’t describe it. It’s like lack of sleep just doesn’t affect me as much when I’m eating healthy foods and working out a lot.

Makes sense!

 

Also, I trounced past the mirror on my way to the shower and gasped because I think I am getting my cute little figure back!!!

 

Oh, and before my workout, I had coffee and a little bitty yellow container of Grape-nuts cereal and unsweetened almond milk (both of those count as yellows, so I counted the container as 1 yellow). I was hungry and really dragging butt, and I knew the food would fuel me for my intense workout.

 

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Plus, if you remember from my days 13-15 post, I am trying some new things to push along my weight loss, since I hit kind of a lull. One of those things is knocking out my yellows and purples early on in the day so that my body has all day to burn off those carbs.

Carbs nomnom.

 

Day 16 exercise = first thing in the morning, I did my 63-minute Firm: Hard Core Fusion video. This is my hardest workout video. I usually stay far away from this one because Allie just DOESN’T LET UP. Guess what? This video was TOTALLY doable today. Yes! I did it all the way through and only had to pause to catch my breath twice! I’m getting in shape! I’m getting in shape!

 

Then, I packed up a cute little salad.

Do you want to see how I make my salads?

 

First, I fill one green container with some dino kale (AKA lacinato kale). Did you know? They call lacinato kale DINO kale because it looks like dinosaur skin. How cute is the Kale World?

 

Since my kale leaf didn’t quite reach the top of my green container, I diced up some cucumber to top it off.

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Next, dump that into a separate salad container. Then, fill the green container AGAIN with diced mushrooms, sautéed asparagus, and orange and green bell peppers. Also, fill a red container with cubed chicken breast.

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Lastly, dump those into your salad container and sprinkle red pepper chili flakes on top. Because heat makes the taste buds dance.

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I sculpt my salads.

 

Here’s a picture of day 16’s workday fuel:

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What I ate on Day 16:

  • 1 container of Grape-nuts and almond milk = 1 yellow
  • 1/2 a banana = 1 purple
  • (salad)
    • 1 container of dino kale and cucumber + 1 container of mushrooms, asparagus, and green/orange bell pepper = 2 green
    • 1 container of cubed chicken breast = 1 red
  • 1 container of Greek yogurt = 1 red
  • 2/3 container of green grapes = 2/3 purple
  • 1 hard-boiled egg = 1/2 red
  • 1 collard taco meat wrap with sliced red bell pepper, salsa, cheese, sriracha = 1 red1 green, 1/3 purple, 1/2 blue
  • 1 pumpkin chocolate chip cookie = 1/4 yellow

 

Day 16 totals:

3.5 red (of 4)
3 green
1.25 yellow (of 2)
2 purple
1/2 blue (of 1)
0 orange (of 1)
2 teaspoons oil (precooked taco meat (here’s my homemade taco seasoning recipe) + the cookie)

 

I didn’t eat all of my foods because I’m trying to cut weight, and I am REALLY trying to stop snacking at night. Plus, I never eat the almonds. I finished my collard wrap (which I cannot recommend enough, by the way), and I wanted some chocolate. I took a bite of my banana-oat bars and wasn’t satisfied (so I spit that out). I decided to have a freezer cookie (pumpkin cookies go in the freezer, remember?), and that cookie was exactly what I needed.

 

I spent all of day 16 talking to Brittany and setting myself up to be a Coach, which made the entire day a WHIRLWIND of excitement!

 

Here’s my I’m a Beachbody Coach! announcement, in case you missed it.

 

I get buzzy, tingly, butterfly feelings in my stomach when I think about this new Coach venture. I have really, really good feelings about this.

Like this is exactly what I should be doing.

 

I wrote Husband another letter tonight telling him all about coaching and how excited I am and how I have no idea what I am doing.

 

I miss him. This new coaching venture is truly a blessing, because I haven’t had to fight the urge to cry from loneliness in, like, 48 hours!

 

I finished on call work early and went to BED.

 

Day 17

Well, sleep wasn’t the greatest. I woke up at least four times from being too hot/too cold/too excited and anxious to be a Beachbody coach and find out what it will do to my blog.

 

BUT I still had enough energy for TWO workouts.

 

After my english muffin and coffee, I did Autumn’s Total Body Cardio Fix video. This video KILLED ME the very first time I tried it. This time, it was more doable. BUT STILL REALLY, REALLY HARD. 

I really wanted to get close to an hour’s worth of exercise in on day 17 morning, so I did all of the weight-lifting portions of my Firm: Total Body Time Crunch video, which totaled to around 25 minutes of additional exercise. These two exercises together made me PERFECTLY whooped, and I felt really, really good for accomplishing an ADDITIONAL workout after that Total Body Cardio Fix.

 

SOME BODY UPDATES!

Today, the belt that is usually way too tight is now slightly baggy on my hips.

 

Also, the BEST THING EVER ABOUT THIS MORNING’S WORKOUT: during my weight-lifting segment, I was doing a move called “tricep tummy tuck,” which involves lying on the floor with your knees bent at 45° angles. With dumbbells in your hands, you extend your arms directly above your shoulders. Then, you bend your elbows, lowering the weights beside your head, and you extend your arms back up. That’s the tricep part. Then, you lower your elbows to your SIDES and you add a CRUNCH to it, which is the tummy part. Then, you lower yourself back to the ground and return your arms to the extended, above-the-shoulder position. And you just repeat those moves until Rebecca tells you to stop.

Well, there I was, weights in my hand, doing a tricep dip. Then, I lowered my elbows and did a crunch, and I saw the craziest thing!!! 

 

MY THIGHS WERE SLENDER!!!!!

 

I stared at them for a minute and lost count with Rebecca, because I was SHOCKED that THOSE were MY thighs. I lowered myself to the ground, did a tricep dip, and when I came back up, my slender thighs were still there!

I just couldn’t even believe what I was seeing!

MY thighs. They were slender this morning! I haven’t seen them look this way in so long that I forgot how great they look when they are slender!!!!!

 

This noticeable change was shocking and awesome, and I was floating high above the clouds for the rest of the workout.

I can’t BELIEVE I have slender thighs again. Who AM I?!?!?!

 

Someone who is working really hard for the body of her dreams, that’s who.

 

I LOVE THE 21 DAY FIX.

 

 

For breakfast, I had half an Ezekiel 4:9 muffin and 1/2 a teaspoon of peanut butter. Ezekiel 4:9 muffins are the BEST MUFFINS you can buy. They are made with SPROUTED grains. Which means they are even healthier and easier to digest than breads made with un-sprouted grains. Food Babe can tell you all about why you should eat Ezekiel 4:9 breads.

 

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Also, my peanut butter is no ordinary peanut butter. My peanut butter is special peanut butter.

Why?

Well, see for yourself.

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Though it’s not organic, the only ingredient in this peanut butter is peanuts.

 

YES!!!!!

By the way, you can find both of these items (the muffins and the peanut butter) at Meijer. I had to hunt for the peanut butter, but it was there. The muffins are in the organic frozen section.

 

You should keep your Ezekiel muffins in the freezer, since there are ZERO preservatives in Ezekiel 4:9 breads. Freezer keeps ’em fresh!

 

Look at this superfood breakfast! No WONDER I finished two workouts after eating it. Stirring that peanut butter was a workout in itself, though. Holy hanna.

 

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My packed lunch was VERY SIMILAR to yesterday’s lunch (and the day before), so I’ll spare you the picture.

 

It was delicious, though.

 

What I ate on Day 17:

  • 1/2 an english muffin + 1/2 t. peanut butter = 1 yellow, 1/2 teaspoon
  • (salad)
    • 1 container of dino kale + 1/2 a container of mushrooms and asparagus = 1.5 green
    • 1 container of cubed chicken breast = 1 red
  • 1/2 container of broccoli, snap pea pod, and radishes = 1/2 green
  • 1 container of Greek yogurt = 1 red
  • 1/2 container of green grapes = 1/2 purple
  • 1 hard-boiled egg = 1/2 red
  • 1 small apple = 1 purple
  • 1 collard taco meat wrap with sliced red bell pepper, salsa, cheese, sriracha = 1 green, 1/2 purple, 1/2 blue

 

Day 17 totals:

2.5 red (of 4)
3 green
1 yellow (of 2)
2 purple
1/2 blue (of 1)
0 orange (of 1)
1 teaspoon oil (precooked taco meat (here’s my homemade taco seasoning recipe))

 

I didn’t eat all my foods because I was BUSY day 17 night.

 

Man oh man that apple was delicious. It was so sweet and juicy that it immediately hit a spot I didn’t know I had.

 

I went to my sister’s house for a few hours after work to hang with her and a dear photographer friend (who is seriously SO TALENTED and who shot my wedding and memorialized it in stunning, fairy-tale-esque photographs).

It was lovely to see friendly human faces again that didn’t come from the office.

I was a little dumb in the brain because I was so tired. But I explained that I am so tired because I am trying to become a Coach and run a blog and also, I am giving EVERYTHING I HAVE IN ME to lose that blasted last ten pounds! I will NOT give up. I will NOT cheat. They are near, they are melting as the days pass, and I will continue to work my ass off every day in my living room and my kitchen until those pounds are GONE!

*deep breath*

The evening at my sister’s house was lovely. I cherish both of those girls.

 

When I got home, I sat on my living room floor and prepared to partake in my first Beachbody coach conference call ever.

 

I was very excited to join in. And the meeting was exciting! But it was also very overwhelming.

I don’t know a THING about coaching, remember? I haven’t even received my starter pack in the mail!

Which means 85% of the stuff Ashley discussed went shoop! right over my head.

Which means that I’ll probably be bombarding Brittany with a million more questions on Day 18.

Poor, gentle, patient Brittany. Where would I be without her million answers to my million questions?

 

Want to see what the group chat looked like??

 

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That’s Ashley! Right in the middle. I’m in the upper left side of the screen looking down because I was taking a picture. There were actually 15-20 people on the chat, but most of the faces were obscured.

 

The talk was very fun, and a LOT of my coaching questions were answered. Questions like how do you coach? and what is Beachbody? and what is an emerald? and how do I find the people who need my help?

 

Ashley sent a message to our group afterwards telling all of the people that she frightened with her vast knowledge and Beachbody expertise that we should NOT be frightened or intimidated by the Coach program because it’s normal to not understand anything she said.

Well, she said something along those lines.

 

Ashley thinks that, when it comes to coaching, I am a “natural.” 

*swoon*

That scares the crap out of me, because WHAT DOES COACHING EVEN MEAN?!?!?!

 

So I had a bit of trouble falling asleep because I was so nervous/excited/confused about being a Coach.

 

I am nervous about you.

I don’t want to lose you.

I don’t want to scare you off with all of this Beachbody coach talk.

 

And I lie awake at night and worry about you and what you think about all of this and if you’ll still like me after I become a Beachbody Coach. 

And I just don’t know. But my brain makes sure I don’t get a wink of sleep until I figure it out.

 

Day 18

My eyeballs popped open at 3:45AM this morning. Immediately, I started thinking about coaching, again, and you. Which meant I couldn’t fall back asleep!

Which stinks, because I didn’t fall asleep last NIGHT until well after 10PM.

 

But, guess what? I still worked out!

 

Day 18 exercise = I did my 50-minute Firm: Cardio Overdrive video. This one is always tough, and I tend to avoid it when I can. Low sleep makes it even tougher, but I did it! And I am so proud of myself for doing it, because I kept putting it off. It seemed like there were a MILLION other little things I just HAD to do around my house this morning before I finally (begrudgingly) pressed play.

 

When I posted my Sweaty Selfie to my Facebook group this morning, I commented about how surprised and proud I am of how far I’ve come in this program. Only a few weeks ago, I couldn’t FATHOM working out in the morning. I was just too tired. And now, look at me! I am working out every single morning for at least 30 minutes, and I am doing pretty strenuous workouts, at that.

I had always hoped I’d get back into the swing of exercise things, but I never imagined that I’d be doing it every single day.

 

Now, did I crave exercise this morning like I usually do? NO! I was exhausted! But you know what? I did it anyway. Why? So that I CRAVE it tomorrow when I’m fully rested!

Habits are habits, and so long as I maintain this habit of everyday exercise, it should stick.

And my increasingly svelte figure should continue melting down right along with it.

 

Seriously, my butt is looking AWESOME.

I AM JUST SO THRILLED TO BE GETTING MY BODY BACK.

 

 

On a Beachbody Coach note, remember how I get a discount because I’m a military wife?

 

Well, today I am going to fax/email all of my documents, as well as Husband’s orders (proving that he’s active duty right now) to the appropriate numbers and cross my fingers that it all works.

 

And I found out that what this military waiver SHOULD do is remove my $16 monthly coaching fee – BUT that fee will only be waived if I (or people I coach) spend enough money to earn me at least 50 points each month. A point is almost equal to a dollar.

 

Also, in order to remain an “active coach,” I need to accrue at least 50 points a month.

 

So, how do I intend to ensure I have those 50 points each month so I’m not charged the $16 fee?

 

I am going to order Shakeology every month. Shakeology earns you 90 points.

 

Until I am coaching enough people who are ordering Shakeology every month to earn me at least 50 points per month, I am going to BUY IT myself.

That will give me incentive to start finding people to coach!

 

And, if I develop a Shakeology addiction, I will find even more friends to coach and then figure out a way to make money through coaching (not sure how that works, yet) to support that habit.

 

Attention: I am switching topic gears in 3…2…1…

 

I ate another english muffin half + peanut butter for breakfast (pre-workout). NOM NOM! Ugh, I love carbs in the morning. Comfort food all the WAY.

 

Since my tummy was grumbling toward the end of my workout, and since I was too busy to cook up chicken last night, and since one of my eggs was broken in the carton, I decided to cook up one egg and eat it before I left for work. That egg was as ugly as ever!

 

If you care to see just how possible it is for one human to royally botch up every egg she cooks, simply follow me on Instagram.

 

Side note on Instagram: the Coaches in last night’s video chat recommended getting a separate Instagram account for your 21 Day Fix/Beachbody coaching updates.

 

I am NOT going to do this.

 

Why?

 

Because I started my Instagram for this blog. The two go hand-in-hand. And now that I’m a Beachbody Coach, I intend to make coaching join hands with everything else I’m doing.

I will keep sharing the tidbits and randomness of my everyday life on Instagram, as well as the foods and bakes I create. And always the ugly eggs I make. And the occasional flexing pose when I am of flexing stature.

 

And I figure that, naturally, the flux of followers will balance out, and the right people will follow me if they want to.

 

Also, I am not going to go PROMO-heavy on my Instagram. I might not go PROMO at all. At least not with sharing my turn-you-into-a-supermodel challenges and stuff.

At least not yet!

And if I decide to do that, I assure you that it WILL be kept to a minimum and it will ALWAYS be tasteful.

 

I am, however, going to create a brand new Facebook “like” page for myself as a Beachbody coach. I’ll share a lot of my recipes, tips, and motivation there.

And one of these days I am going to start a group for all of my Fixers working together to achieve dream bodies!

 

 

Anyway, here’s my adorable lunch, which I took a picture of because it has a packet of tuna in it. Spicing things up over here!

 

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That tuna is destined to crown my salad.

 

Did I mention that I’m having trouble seeing straight on day 18 because of my deep-seated tiredness? And because I poked myself in the eyeball with my eyeliner pencil this morning and then promptly filled my bathroom with loud obscenities? That’s probably why that lunch picture is so blurry.

 

I am SO EXCITED TO SLEEP IN TOMORROW – not because I love sleep (clearly, I don’t) – but because I WILL HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY TO GET SOME CRAZY WORKOUTS IN! 😀

 

What I ate on Day 18:

  • 1/2 an english muffin + 1/2 t. peanut butter = 1 yellow, 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 hideous egg cooked in a nonstick pan + pepper = 1/2 red
  • (salad)
    • 1 container of dino kale + 1/2 a container of mushrooms and asparagus = 1.5 green
    • 1 container of hulled sunflower seeds = 1 orange
    • 1 packet of low-sodium tuna = 1/2 red
  • 1/2 container of broccoli, snap pea pod, radishes, etc. = 1/2 green
  • 1 container of Greek yogurt = 1 red
  • 1 container of raspberries and blackberries = 1 purple
  • 1 hard-boiled egg = 1/2 red
  • 1 collard taco meat wrap with sliced red bell pepper, tomatoes, cheese, sriracha = 1 red1 green, 1/2 blue
  • 2 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies + 1/2 a container of granola = 1 yellow

 

Day 18 totals:

3.5 red (of 4)
3 green
2 yellow
1 purple (of 2)
1/2 blue (of 1)
0 orange (of 1)
2 teaspoons oil (precooked taco meat (here’s my homemade taco seasoning recipe) + peanut butter + cookies)

 

I didn’t eat all my food because I am doing everything I can to shed the rest of this weight.

 

That tuna did go on top of my salad. And it was DELICIOUS.

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Don’t be put off by the appearance! Tuna salad does NOT need mayo. Who would have thought?!

 

Here’s dinner’s collard taco wrap. I cannot recommend these ENOUGH!

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Due to exhaustion, I just needed those cookies and that granola after the wrap. And they were delicious.

 

 

So I found something out on Day 18. I found out that my 21 Day Fix Facebook group is hosting a new challenge starting Monday, April 18. A brand new 21 Day Fix challenge!

 

Did you know?

April 18 is day 21 of my 21 Day Fix.

 

Did you also know?

 

I JOINED THE CHALLENGE!!!

 

Yup.

I just can’t even help myself!

Except there’s one caveat: I will not be measuring with my containers for the first week.

 

BECAUSE I JUST WANT A BREAK FROM MEASURING.

 

And because my birthday is on April 23, and I don’t want to measure on my birthday.

And I want to be able to eat a cookie and not have to sacrifice an english muffin. Just for a week, I want that freedom!

 

But, I have every intention of continuing with my healthy eating and, of course, my daily exercise during that first challenge week. Then it’s back to containers come Monday, April 25.

 

I was stupidly conflicted about this decision. To join the challenge? To not join it? Did I need a break? Did I need to continue?

Truth be told, I’m still flip-flopping.

To console my conflicted and bleeding heart, I sent this message to my Facebook group:

 

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Isn’t Ashley the best? Everyone in this group is the best.

 

Four reasons I am joining the next 21 Day Fix challenge (with said caveat):

  1. My mother is starting HER very first 21 Day Fix round on Monday, April 18. GO, MOM!!!!! And I added her to all of our Fix Facebook groups so she can join in on the fun/encouragement. And I also invited her to THIS upcoming challenge because it just so happens to START on her START DAY!
  2. I am pretty sure I will not have achieved by dream body by day 21, so I am just going to keep on going!!! And I can’t wait to participate in a real group challenge from the beginning.
  3. My life, now, is working out and eating well. Telling myself that these habits are just temporary and just for this diet would be asinine (and a cop-out!). I worked really hard to establish these habits, and I am not going to just give them up because the calendar says I can. Nope.
  4. Point 3 ties into point 4: I no longer look forward to eating potato chips and chocolate brownies after my Fix is over. THE FIX CHANGED ME!!!! I am back to my old self, the self who eats healthy all the time and works out all the time. This is the life I want, so I don’t see any need to stop exercising every day and/or to start eating a bunch of junk food in crazy proportions. I feel very comfortable skipping a week’s worth of measuring.

 

SO I AM GOING TO DO A NEW CHALLENGE ON DAY 21!!! And I am smiling right now as I type this. A whole new round of 21 Day Fix! With my mom and all my new Fix friends!! 

 

I don’t intend to blog about it every three days, because I am sure you are ready for a break from these updates.

But don’t you worry – I WILL still blog about it (since it will be part of my life and it is my life that I blog about). I will just be blogging about other things, too.

 

Like…

…Beachbody coaching…

…boudoir photo shoots…

…being a military wife…

…and many other things.

 

It’s feels a little bitter-sweet, the ending of my 21 Day Fix marathon posting session. I’m sad it’s going to be over soon. But I am relieved to not have your eyeballs all over me should I eat an extra 1/2 cup of emotionally-fueled granola.

 

I have just one more 21 Day Fix update post after this one.

 

AND, for my last post, which I will post the day after my final day (so, April 19), I am NOT going to include my FINAL body progress pictures.

I am going to post those the DAY AFTER I post my final 21 Day Fix post update.

Because I just LOVE suspense and I can’t help but keep you on the edge of your seat. 😉

I am excited to see those pictures.

 

I am also excited to keep tightening and toning and slimming.

I can’t wait to put on a bikini and whisper “hot damn” at my mirror.

 

Oh, also, if you want to do this upcoming challenge with my mom and me and everyone else, you are more than welcome. Just let me know!

 

 

BACK TO THE FOOD

 

English muffin and egg kept me full for a while. Except I am severely sleep deprived today, which means I ate my yogurt and berries around 10AM.

That snack was so good I closed my eyes to enjoy it.

And then almost fell asleep so I had to pop them back open.

 

You know how sometimes, when you don’t get enough sleep, you do things like answer the phone with, “YEAH?!”

I have been doing that today.

Everything around me, the noises, the smells, my brother, everything is making me want to just get the F out of work.

 

I felt much better when I realized that, because Husband is not going to be home tonight, no one is going to yell at me for being a grandma when I go to bed at 7PM.

🙂

 

The work clock dragged by on day 18.

Oh, and we got our taxes back!

Yay!

 

NO! Not yay.

Husband runs his own company with his father and brother, and they don’t pay taxes all year.

But we sure do pay them when our taxes are filed!

 

So, I will officially be the poorest person in the world for the next few months as I chip away at the THOUSANDS of dollars we owe the IRS.

 

I had better up my coaching game so our account doesn’t shrivel up and die.

 

Just kidding. Our account will never shrivel up and die. I am WAY too frugal for that. We will have that thousands-of-dollars lump sum paid off in a jiffy.

 

Husband eats out a lot, which is very costly. So now that he is gone, we are saving quite a bit of money. Like, all of it. It’s really weird. The two most recent transactions are my $100 trip to Meijer a week ago and $10 charge from a Burger King in Georgia, which is nearly two weeks ago. That one was from Husband.

I buy groceries and that is IT. Which is why my wardrobe leaves me looking like a sack of potatoes all the time.

 

Except now I also buy Shakeology, which will surely run me into the ground.

I explained all of this to Husband in a letter, and I told him that I promised I would do everything I could to coach my heart out so I could earn that Shakeology expense back.

 

And although I am SURE you are just LOVING all this talk about my finances, I’ll shut up now.

 

When I got home from work and checked the mailbox, guess what I found?

TWO LETTERS FROM HUSBAND. ♥♥♥

 

YES!!!!

And I cannot tell you how relieved and calm those letters made me feel.

I still don’t have his address.

But! How can that be?!

 

Well, he wrote to me from processing, which he left on Wednesday to go to basic training, which is where his address will be.

 

So, I can’t write him back.

But, ugh, his letters, they were so sweet.

And they were candid, because he wrote them with very little sleep. So they were funny!

And so sweet.

 

He said the best thing at the end of letter #2. He said, “I just miss having you around.”

And THIS is exactly how I feel about him.

 

I miss being able to touch his scruffy face and his soft hair. And I miss being able to smell him and nuzzle his neck. And I miss his perfect, soft, squishy ears.

And I miss being able to hug him. I even miss being tickled by him, even though I hate it when he does that.

I miss watching him cook dinner. I miss seeing him fidget with his hands when he gets anxious.

I miss his huge, husbandly body roaming around the apartment.

I miss him.

 

So, there I was, lying in bed at 6PM because no one was there to tell me to get up and DO something with my life, when all of a sudden, my phone buzzed.

 

YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT.

 

My sister-in-law had texted me. Ooo! I thought, and slid open the message.

 

Her text said this: my friend has SIX-WEEK-OLD KITTENS, and she wants to GIVE THESE KITTENS AWAY.

 

A little background information: I had the coolest cat in the world last year (she was my cat soul mate), whom I moved to my parents’ house because Husband doesn’t like cats and I couldn’t stand leaving her alone all day while I was at work. Well, one fall evening, she trotted out of my parents’ house and never came back. I was devastated. The loss shook everyone, including my parents, and especially my mom.

A month after Kitty Love disappeared, I decided that my parents’ house NEEDED another cat. And I have been KITTEN HUNTING ever since. I hunted all winter long. But cats just don’t get busy during the winter, according to the pet shop owners, so I would just have to wait until spring.

Plus, my mother kept telling me that she “didn’t want another cat,” whatever that means.

 

So, when kittens fell upon my text message doorstep on day 18, I knew it was a sign. I immediately sent the pictures to my mother and bombarded her with reasons why we need kittens and incessant three-year-old-style pleas.

 

AND GUESS WHAT?!

SHE SAID YES!!!!!

And because I am that mouse you should never give a cookie to, I then said, “LET’S GET TWO KITTIES!!!”

And she said, “Ok.”

And I was like seriously?

And she said, “Happy birthday.”

 

Because my birthday is coming up, remember?

 

So before I could pass out from excitement/exhaustion, I hopped in my car, scooped up my mother and nephew, and we rode out to meet our new kittens.

 

Also, I really thought it was time for my Grandma to get another cat.

So, I called her and left her this voicemail on her home answering machine:

Hi Grammy, it’s Brooke! Just wanted to let you know that we are on our way to get a new baby kitten, and I am going to get one for you, too, unless you call me back before I get there. Okay, love you, bye!

*click*

 

Kitty Birthday Surprise - Perksofinterest.com #kittens

 

Kitty Birthday Surprise - Perksofinterest.com #kittens

 

So, we got TWO kittens. And they are the most marvelous little mewing fluff nuggets.

 

My grandma called me back on our way home.

“Is this is a joke?” – Grammy

“Nope! There are two kittens in this car and one is yours.” – Me

 

Then, that silly Grammy, she started to give me all these reasons why she didn’t want a cat.

So I explained to her exactly why she was wrong by saying, “Sometimes, your granddaughter knows what’s best for you.”

 

And she laughed and laughed because I am right.

 

So, now there are two sleeping kitties at my parents’ house, and we are going to pack them up and drive them to Kalamazoo to see my Grammy on day 19.

 

What do you think? Do you think she’ll keep one?

My mother is already in love with both, so this really could go either way.

 

My money is on Grammy wanting the calico more than my mother.

 

The takeaway is this: my parents have a cat again, and I can sigh my life is sweet sigh. The world is all right. Knowing that there is a kitten at my parents’  house just blasts sunshine throughout my universe.

 

My mother saying “yes” to (potentially) two kittens living in her home on my behalf is the best birthday present I could have asked for.

Which is why I kept screaming on day 18 that it was THE. BEST. DAY. EVER.

 

Now, I must go snuggle a fluff ball.

Kitty Birthday Surprise - Perksofinterest.com #kittens

 

 

See you in a few FINAL 21 DAY FIX DAYS!!!

see days 19-21 (and my final results!) >>

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