Wonderfully Unattractive

Posted: May 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Sometimes things that aren’t the most attractive have a wonderful side to them as well. It’s never good to judge a book by it's cover, after all. Which is why I’m okay with the below unattractive, yet wonderful things.

Numero uno: the bloating I currently am experiencing by the end of each day. I wake up with a fairly flat stomach. Sure it doesn’t start off as lean and defined as I like because of the extra weight I had to put on for conceiving, but I still am happy with it and believe I look good enough. But by 5:00 pm that all changes when my stomach seems to explode. I look like I put on 10 lbs over the course of a day and get even more soft and poochy looking. It’s not attractive, but since it’s part of those crazy pregnancy things that happen early on I will not complain. Oh, I cannot believe I am posting these! This is pure honesty and love for showing you guys everything right here!


Numero dos: food that looks like puppy chow but tastes like heaven. I made the recipe for Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes that Katie posted on her blog the other night. Soooooo good! They taste just like sloppy joes, but have veggies, beans, and other good stuff in them. They are hearty, healthy, and tasty. I enjoyed leftovers for lunch today. Not too easy on the eyes, but very easy on the palate.


Numero tres: our kitchen. Right now it is in disarray and I am not loving it. The house came with this huge block of cabinets that just made the kitchen and dinette area feel extremely small. Peter decided enough was enough and took them down today. We have some cleaning and organizing left to do, but it already feels so much more open and I love it. Now I just have to wait for the hideous tile to leave.


Numero cuatro: begging. Begging and whining are two things I find horribly unattractive…which is why I am hoping you won’t make me do them. I will be heading out of town a lot during the month of June – to Indianapolis June 10-13 and then to Daytona Beach June 18-26. I am hoping that some of you wonderful ladies would be willing to do guest posts for me during that time. I don’t need anything long or fancy, unless you have a more thorough topic you want to discuss here on Faith, Fitness, & Fun. I was thinking guest posts with things like the following:

  • a favorite recipe
  • a favorite workout
  • a quick Q & A about you and your blog (I will send you questions if you want)
  • a favorite book
  • your music playlist
  • any topic you want to discuss (well, that I approve…I won’t have you talking about your granny’s panties on here!)

I was also thinking of putting together a few motivational pieces that just have inspiring quotes, song lyrics, pictures, etc in them. If you don’t want to do an entire post, but have a quote you love or some other inspirational picture/song/etc you want to share shoot me an email with it please! Okay…I’m going to get unattractive now. Please please please please please please please please please please!!!!!!! But see, it’s wonderful too because it is helping a blogger friend out! And I’m even giving you a few weeks to decide and get something to me. How can you say no to that kind of thoughtfulness? 😉 Sooo...drop me an email if you're interested!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the shenanigans from tonight. A wedding, engagement, heck I don’t even know but some kind of shower for my friend. She is having like 10 so I don’t know what this one is called. It should be a good enough time though. Peace!


31 Comments to “Wonderfully Unattractive”
  1. homecookedem says:

    I love your honesty because so many women can relate!! Some of us just aren’t as brave as you to admit it! 😉 I totally admire and appreciate you for it!!!!!!!

    I would love to do a guest post for you while you’re gone. I have no idea what about yet, but since I’ll be off from school soon I’ll have lots more time to blog and think up fun things to write about!! 🙂

  2. Well, for what it’s worth, your “bloat” picture really isn’t all that bad! You’re still one hot momma 😉 I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  3. Loved reading this post! So glad you enjoyed the Sloppy Joes! And while I totally understand that you feel like your stomach explodes with bloating throughout the day, I have to say, it still looks really stinkin’ good!!! 🙂

  4. katie says:

    Haaha.. well, at least your ‘bloat’ may be pregnancy related,… I get that way quite often and i’m not pregnant yet! 🙂 Too much fiber/salt I suppose!

    I would love to do a guest blog post if your intersted! 🙂 Keep me posted if you need one! 🙂

  5. Danielle says:

    Tina, that’s EXACTLY what happens to me throughout the day (and I’m not pregnant) 😕 I think you look fine in both pics! I also think “bloat weight” looks different from body fat but still…it’s uncomfortable.

    I would do a guest post but I’m not sure what I’d write about!

  6. I appreciate your honesty! And I love your numero dos.. so much of my food looks weird but tastes great 🙂

  7. Like many of the ladies who commented above, there are many days where I get the bloat (usually during “that time” once a month), and I’m not even pregnant.

  8. layout change!!!
    it looks great!

    and so do your pics….aww, thanks for posting them!

    have fun at the shower! and i happen to have shower-envy for girls who get 10 showers. I threw my own shower. Long (sad) story. But hey,it all worked out!

  9. Morgan says:

    Girl, my bloat was soo gross, you have a cute little belly! Even now, I feel a lot smaller in the morning then I do in the afternoon. I look bloated in the morning, and pregnant in the evening!
    I would LOVE to do a guest post for you! What do you think? A Q & A, something about my pregnancy? Whatever you want!

  10. Kerry says:

    i get bad bloating like that by the end of the day aswell!

  11. Vicky says:

    Gotta love the preggo bloat … embrace it, there’s nothing we can do about it, it means you’re growing a little miracle, chica! 😉

    Love the changes to the kitchen … we have an open kitchen and it’s the best!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Tina!!!!!! I don’t stop by the blog world much anymore, but something had me thinking about you this morning… I guess the little birdies knew that you would have some good news for me to read! So excited for you!!!! Yay!! I’ll send you an email soon to catch up!

    And I hear you on the bloat, I’ve been experiencing it a lot more lately.

  13. I could help you out with a guest post…let’s be honest it’ll probably be about running 🙂

  14. Bela says:

    Great post! I can so relate to teh kitchen reno….ours is in complete disaray…it is driving my crazy!

  15. Did I miss something? ARe you pregnant again?

    I think that the bloat is normal, I get more bloated as the day goes on and leanest in the morning. I can see it being more labile if pregnant though

  16. i love and embrace your honesty tina! and are you pregnant?!?! where have I been? have fun this weekend!!

  17. Hi Tina! First of all, I love the pictures you posted. Embrace it! 🙂 Secondly, I would LOVE to do a guest post for you! I am a new blogger so if you don’t want something from me, I totally understand and am not offended, but if I could help you out, I would love to!


  18. I’ll be e-mailing you soon, I’d love to help you out!!
    And thank you so much for sharing everything! I really enjoy seeing firsthand a pregnancy from start to finish (as odd as that sounds) because I really don’t know what to expect when it happens for me… years down the road, that is. But still.
    Girl, you are gorgeous bloat or no bloat! And you really don’t look bloated to me!!! My stomach looks like that by the end of the day sometimes too.. tmi?! He.
    Love you and am still SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

  19. Nicole says:

    You look WONDERFUL! Never doubt that! I would never be brave enough to post pictures of my stomach! You are beautiful, and not bloaty! Everyone looks bigger at the end of the day…PROMISE!

    I’d be happy to write a guest post!

  20. inmytummy says:

    I will write a guest post. I’d like to do the Q&A one.

  21. Krystal says:

    I totally remember that first trimester bloat! It’s amazing how much you can change in 8 hours!

    I will do a blog post for you!

    Also, I am SO EXCITED about trying that sloppy joe recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  22. I can’t relate to anything pregnancy related, but girl – you look fab in both pictures! Sorry it’s bummin’ you out though.

    I’d love to do a guest post for you:) I’ll email about it soon.

  23. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and you look amazing!! I get that bloated feeling by the end of the day and I’m not even pregnant lol.
    ps. I would LOVE to help you out and do a guest post!!

  24. You know, my stomach is *always* bloated like that by the end of the day. I always hated it but just thought it was normal…I guess not? But I can assure you that I’m not pregnant 😛

    And I’d be interested in doing a guest post, if you’ll have me!

  25. hayleycepeda says:

    I am SOOOO glad it’s not just me that has the majorly bloated pregnant belly thing going on! I wake up in the morning thinking, “Wow!! For 5 months I look pretty good!” and then before I go to bed at night I turn to the side and think, “holy hell…I look like I’m about to pop!” Honestly you really don’t look bloated though..I think a lot of it is how we feel. I know you’ve probably mentioned this already but since i have a horrible case of “placenta head” I’ll ask it anyway – how far along are you? Forgive me if you have already posted that answer numerous times! 🙂

  26. Jennifer says:

    I just love you and your honesty! Those pictures describe how my stomach is everyday. I mean really my stomach is very flat for most of the morning, but after one meal it expands. Then by the end of the night, if I’m in public and am wearing a more fitted shirt, I literally feel like I have to suck it in for fear of people asking me if I’m pregnant. Because that’s happened before! I can’t wait to see you all super pregnant. Do you have any old posts of pics of you pregnant with M? Or where you even blogging then? I’d love to see them!

  27. Mandy says:

    You are so funny and you still look awesome 🙂

    I obviously cannot post for you when you are here visiting MEEEEE hehehehe but if you are interested I could do something during the time you are at the beach. Maybe a Q/A or something. I don’t know how interesting I am, LOL!

  28. Shannon says:

    Isn’t the bloat thing odd? Until recently, I didn’t have a belly in the morning (although I sure do now!). But it would get bigger and bigger as the day went on. Now, its just round all day 🙂

    I’d be happy to do a guest post for you. A Q&A would be fun!

  29. jsutera654 says:

    For the record, I see no bloating in those pictures. You are still just as in shape as ever, I say. 🙂 And if you are still looking for guest bloggers, I’d love to!

  30. I am not pregnant and I look worse than that by 5 pm lol! so no worries. If you still need guest bloggers let me know!

  31. haha, i love reading everyone’s comment to you about bloating. so glad to know i’m not alone in it. its all the fiber and veggies us girls love!! so worth the bloat. hey, after all, that’s what loose fitting shirts are for!!! not worth sucking in 🙂

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