Saying Goodbye to My Biggest Fan

This Tuesday morning, along with almost 100 family members and friends, I said goodbye to my mom.

It was a beautiful day and my family was so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

Family came as far from Washington State and friends we haven’t seen in way too long were there to say goodbye to my mom and celebrate the love she had for everyone.

My mom was always my biggest fan and I know a lot of my healing will come from celebrating what a big heart she had.

She always thought I was this huge, popular blogger and loved my little corner of the internet. She had so much confidence in me and saw so much potential.

I hope to be back to regular blogging sometime next week. I’m sure as time goes on I will want to share stories and updates on how I am doing with this huge loss in my life.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with prayers, positive vibes and endless support. I truly believe one of the main reasons I have been so strong these past few weeks is because I knew I had a massive safety net to fall into.

Give Me Strength

I’ve been putting this post off for as long as I can, but I know some of you out there already know the news I’m about to share and others have asked where I am.

Last week Thursday, my mom was rushed to the hospital and early Friday morning, they had to perform emergency heart surgery on her. Before they took her in, I was able to see her, kiss her and reassure her that I’d see her in just a few hours.

Over 10 hours later, she survived the surgery, but barely. As soon as they opened her up, she had an artery rupture, causing her to lose a huge amount of blood. Once they got that under control, the surgery was performed and they closed her back up. Almost immediately, another artery ruptured. They had to open her back up and do the surgery all over.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, she also went 10 minutes without oxygen to her brain and 70 minutes without blood pressure because she was losing blood faster than they could put some back in her.

The first night post-surgery, she had 3 seizures and they had to restart her heart a few times. They also did a CT scan and her brain shows areas of stroke AND swelling. Sunday & Monday were the hardest days because her body was so swollen from her kidneys not working. It was scary seeing my mom with her head looking 3 times the size it should.

My mom is currently in the ICU fighting for her life. She seems to have “stabilized” {which I think is an ironic term for someone who is unconscious and won’t respond to anything} and the doctors keep saying something about 10-days post-surgery is when they can determine more.

My heart has never felt such horrible pain. Every night before I go to bed, I look at pictures of my mom because I cannot let what I see in the hospital be the way I think of her.

IMG_6535aI ask that you say a prayer for my mom & our family. We have a long road ahead of us and need all the strength we can get.

My blogging the next few weeks will probably be here and there. I have so many things I want to blog about, but they all seem so unimportant now that I am going through this.

Thank you all for your support.

Things I’m Loving Thursday 4

How did I go 6 weeks without a TILT post?!

So much to be happy about right now!

Lemons to Lemonade – Remember that dark cloud we’ve had above us the past few years that would only rain down lemons? Well, the clouds have opened up and we are making lemonade from all those lemons. I can’t go into much detail, but life is looking good for Gary & I right now! Thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts our way.

Frangipani – I was sent their Hormone Exfoliating Set to try for free and have used it for a few weeks now. WOW! I will be doing a full review here in a week or so, but I am already super impressed with what a high quality product this is. I have struggled with acne since I was about 12 years old and using this set has definitely helped with my acne problems.

Shut Up & Dance – This song is EVERYWHERE and if does not make you want to get up and move your groove thang, we can no longer be friends.

White Wine – After my Whole30, the first food group I reintroduced was wine {yes, seriously} and was thrilled to find out that one of my favorite winemakers created a delicious Muscat for the warmer weather. Sweet, but not too sweet.

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Organically Mo

My Whole30 Results

If you’re a regular blog reader and/or follow me on social media, you MAY have heard me mention the Whole30 about a thousand times this month.

Well, I am done and feel fabulous!

Whole30 Results via Organically Mo

Would I say that it transformed my life and was the best thing I have ever done? Not quite. BUT I have never felt better inside & out.

The way that I look at my Whole30 experience is that it reinforced my already healthy eating habits and made me realize I can do anything I put my mind to.

So, results.

I KNOW some of you are thinking “did you lose any weight?” Yup. How much? A little under 4 pounds. I rarely weigh myself, but did so right before starting and once again the day after finishing.

Like I wrote in my original Whole30 post, I never wanted to do this as a weight loss tool. So the 3.7 pounds I lost are just a bonus.

Here are the results I’m really stoked about:

  • I no longer feel bloated by the end of the day.
  • I can walk by the cheese aisle at Trader Joe’s without crying a little inside.
  • I was not tempted by donuts and other treats at work.
  • By the last week, my wine craving was down to a minimum.
  • I didn’t physically harm anyone who spoke on non-compliant food.
  • My pants are just a tiny bit loose.
  • I look at food as nourishment, rather than pleasure {mostly}

And the BIG ONE:

  • I had a period during the Whole30! ← This means 2 periods in 2 months, which has not happened naturally since high school.

My post Whole30 plan is to stick as close as I can to the Whole30 way of eating {lean protein, veggies galore, healthy fats} with small splurges here & there {aka wine}

I would definitely say that my Whole30 was a success and I cannot wait to see what daily habits I take away from this experience!

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Organically Mo

Rock Your Core April Ab Challenge {Week 5}

YOU GUYS!!  It’s the last week of the #RockYourCore challenge!Rock Your Core Challenge Graphic_brought to you by

I am so sad this challenge is almost over. I’ve learned so many new, fun moves and made new workout friends!

Here’s the calendar one last time:

Rock Your Core Challenge Calendar

As you can see, we are finishing STRONG! These last 4 moves are no joke and will definitely help you rock your core!

Thanks to all of our sponsors for this challenge….without them, you wouldn’t be able to enter to win some fabulous prizes!

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Ready to see what these moves look like?  Here’s Nicole one last time this month! Logo for Videos   I hope you have had a blast this month rocking your core with me and my blogger friends

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What has your favorite move been?

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