Hoots and Hollars!

Hello friends! I hope this fine Tuesday is treating you well! I thought I’d blog out some hoots and hollars for you guys and let you in on some of the things I’m hooting and hollaring about! ūüôā


Insanity. I love to hate insanity and hate to love it. This program is the hardest but most rewarding workout I’ve ever done. I have yet to go all the way through the program but I’m so dang determined to get through it. I think I finally found my recipe for success. Insanity, I will take you down! I want to get through this program so then I can buy the T25 program. I refuse to buy a new workout program until I defeat Insanity! haha.

Slow Work Weeks. I love being busy, tired, exhausted, and drained. To me it’s showing myself that I’m working hard and doing my job. I am used to working long days/nights and sometimes working weekends for Tech. However,¬†during the summer it has a been a little slow with schools not in session. Which equals to me climbing up the walls trying to find something to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleaned our office,¬†organized and thrown away boxes,¬†and how many times I have made sure every Tech promotional item is turned correctly and centered on the shelf. I think my poor coworkers are getting tired of me cleaning their offices and trying to find busy work to do. We were given a project right before I left for 4th of July vacation, with the timeline of the whole month to complete it. I was finished in 4 days. hahaha and now I’m back to cleaning our office again. ūüôā


The Dirty Guv’nahs. I love these guys but have yet to see them live. Boooooo! I will soon though, mark my words! hahaha. They have a BRAND new album out today called “Live from Knoxville.” If you’re a good music fan then this band should be in your library. Just saying.

Paleo. I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 months researching Paleolithic dieting. It is quite interesting to¬† read about and get a grasp as to why our society is sick with so many diseases and health problems. I’ve vowed to follow the Paleo program and it has been a battle. I’m basically breaking the habits I’ve been creating since I was born. I am positive my research and new knowledge will help me fully commit and lead a healthy lifestyle. I think with all the research I’ve done on Paleo, it has given me the tools to cut out the toxins and harmful foods out from my diet. If only I could drink Lonestar¬†beer and it be Paleo friendly. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Positivity. For me, being negative and having a sarcastic attitude has always been easier than being¬† a positive and an encouraging person. Sometimes the negativity is infectious and you end up just being Miserable Molly all the time, I don’t like that side of me. I decided to actively change that and become more of a positive, encouraging, kind-hearted person. I’ve never really liked or gravitated towards people who constantly have the victim, poor me attitude. I believe everyone goes through hardships and the strongest people are the ones who take from it a positive spin instead of being¬†Victim Vikki¬†fishing for compliments because their life isn’t diamonds and roses. I have friends that have this negative attitude and it saddens me. Thank God for what you have, not what you want to have. Put your big girl panties on and deal with it. So from now on I will be a little sassy but I want to evoke more positivity and spirit in my life. It might be harder to smile sometimes but the outcome of being positive and not letting the negative effect you will be worth the extra effort!

Summer. This summer I have made a pact to myself to spend more time outdoors. I’m not a camping person, I am more of a glamping kind of girl but I really wanted to spend more time outside soaking in some Vitamin D. I take Rocker and Ryder on hikes, walks, runs, anything to get some more fresh air. I’ve also spent time laying out by the pool and reading my Paleo¬†book. It’s been nice. I’ve even have a little tan going on! Loves it. I plan on having a couple of get togethers at my pool so my friends can join me in my new pastime. ¬†I also bought a cool new toy that I get to use in the water, which I’ll explain next!

Kayaking. That’s right, your glamping girl bought a kayak! I have always wanted to try it out, but¬†my own insecurities held me back. Well that changed this summer! I rented a kayak from Rowing Dock on Town Lake and it was a euphoric experience. It is so therapeutic and relaxing. I decided I needed to go ahead and buy my own that I could take out anywhere I wanted to, so I bought one! Yay! Of course it’s red and it has a place for my “water bottle”. My coworker thinks I should bring Rocker and Ryder but I don’t think Rocky would enjoy it. Poor pup is so timid. But we can always try!



Here is my new favorite view. Love being on the water!

Rock On.

~ Jalys.

21 Day Sugar Detox

Lately, I’ve been super unhappy with my appearance and they way I feel. I’ve been cranky, lazy, unmotivated, moody, sleepy, tired, hungry, and overall a person that isn’t fun to be around. Work has me busy with traveling all over the state, helping putting on events, working late hours and on my weekends. I have been eating horribly or not eating at all, so I started doing some research that might jumpstart a change. I really researched sugar and the effects it has your body and mind. I ran across this 21 Day Sugar Detox challenge and I figured I had nothing to lose. Some of y’all that follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have seen my photos! Sorry to annoy y’all, but that was one of the suggestions to keep yourself accountable!

I started on April 1st and can say that I have actually stuck with it! It has been easy and difficult at times. I started the detox traveling to the Valley for Tech. I figured this was my biggest obstacle. I love going to dinner with friends and when you go out you want something delicious and usually my delicious isn’t healthy. Being on the road forced me to make good choices and opt for grilled veggies instead of mashed potatoes. I also had to make good choices when we stopped for snacks, I would choose whole natural almonds instead of a TWIX or Cheetos. The hard work paid off as I’ve been melting weight and belly fat off. My moods have been better, I haven’t been craving unhealthy snacks as much as I thought I would I’ve been able to have a lot of energy to keep me going throughout my 12-14 hour workdays. ¬†In doing the research, I’ve discovered a lot of belly fat was coming from what I thought was healthy, cheese. I love it and my favorite meal was to go to HEB and get one of those individual cheese and fruit trays and go to town. I really didn’t have to give up dairy on the Level 1 cycle of the Sugar Detox, but I did limit it as much as I could. Getting rid of cheese and dairy has helped a lot and I’m not craving a lot of sugary, sweet treats.

I did try to make a couple of their recommended deserts and I wasn’t too much of a fan, the sweets weren’t a necessity to me. It is a very strict diet for the 21 days, but I was able to experiment with different veggies to see if I’d like them but more so than that, I was able to really look at a nutrition label and see the crap that was put into the food I was used to eating. I’m going to continue eating this way as much as I can. I do like the Paleo style eating and plan to continue. I still have two more levels to go and I am excited to continue. I’ll be in a new house in about 4 weeks and we will be allowed to have a barbecue grill wherever we go {that’s my requirement}, so I expect a lot of fresh grilled choices over at the Mabry/Meaux Glitzy Glamour Abode. Come visit {when we actually find a place to live}!

If you’re interested in doing the detox, let me know! Have a Happy Sunday! A post isn’t a post without a photo, here is a photo that I took in Corpus earlier this month!


love it. live it. capture it.

~ Jalys.





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