“There was a dream and one day I could see it…” : The Avett Brothers

Last night, Dad and I went to The Avett Brothers‘ concert in Little Rock. The tickets were our birthday presents to each other. In all actuality, my Dad isn’t a huge fan of concerts (or any event with large crowds in general) – but I bought the tickets and pretty much told him he was going, and we’re both glad we did!

I have wanted to see them live since the first time I watched a Youtube video of them singing and they did not disappoint. The concert was AMAZING (INCREDIBLE, OUTSTANDING… I could go on, but you get the point.)

There was no opening act. The Avett Brothers came out and rocked the Verizon Arena – it was 2.5 hours of pure, unadulterated awesomeness. They blew us away with their energy. They sounded phenomenal. We left a little in awe.

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This is NOT my photo - photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo – photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo - photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo – photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo - photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo – photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo - photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers
This is NOT my photo – photo credit: http://verizonarena.com/hot-shots/album/the-avett-brothers

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This is my fav photo I got of the night.
This is my fav photo I got of the night.

Basically, it was a total blast and if I was in LOVE with The Avett Brothers before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. LOL.

If you aren’t familiar with their music – you should be, what are you waiting for? Go you their website, or Youtube and educate yourself!!!

If you are a fan, what’s your favorite TAB song?

xo
j,ft❤

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What’s Working for Me

In mid-July, my Dad had a heart attack.  It was scary and horrible, but thankfully, he’s okay.  He was only 51.  It was a life changing experience. 

My Mom, Dad and I decided that we were going to change things in our life.  That we were going to get healthy.  Starting July 28th, 2013 we drastically changed our lifestyle and none of us are looking back. 

Our plan?  Just eat real food.

So, what does that mean?  For me, it’s three things.

1) NO sugar (I use honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar to sweeten things – in moderation)
2) NO white or wheat flour (I use what I call “alternative” flours – coconut, garbanzo bean, barley, brown rice, almond, etc.)
3) NO processed foods

I don’t count calories or restrict myself in any other way.  When I’m hungry, I eat.  I just eat real, good food.  When I grocery shop, 90% of my cart is fresh vegetables and fruit. I eat a lot of veggies.  I eat fruit, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, etc).  I eat meat in moderation (mostly meat from my parent’s farm – I’m not a big fan of commercially processed meat).

It’s not always easy, but we are learning as we go and in the two months we’ve been going, we’ve all had incredible results. 

In exactly two months, I’ve lost 40.6 pounds. Mom and Dad have lost 22 and 36 respectively.

Whenever I’m craving something that doesn’t fit in within my guidelines, I think to myself – what do I want more: A) Do I want to eat X now and have a heart attack when I’m 51 or B) Do I want to skip it and be healthy.  So far, the answer has always been B.

Mom, Dad and I are determined to keep it up.  We’re determined to get healthy.  We aren’t focusing on the numbers on the scale or what foods we aren’t “allowed” to eat any more.  Instead we are focusing on how good it will feel to be healthy and happy and we’re focusing on all of the delicious food we ARE able to eat.