Monday, April 2, 2012

Adventures in Onderland


Today was a defining moment in my life...one I won't be sure to forget any time soon.
I've been overweight for at least the last 15 years, and while I am still not at my goal weight, I am out of the 200's as of today and that much closer to being at a healthier weight...and I whole lot happier.
I have tried many times to lose weight over the years only to see those lost pounds (plus a few more sometimes) find their way back. I'd start and stop more times that someone learning to drive a stick shift!
I really can't put a finger on what was so different January 2011 either when I decided to once again make a conscious effort to eat better and exercise more. Maybe it was the bet I had made with my brother back in Sept 2010 to see who could lose the most weight by the time my son graduated from high school in May of '11 and that I hadn't really started till January? Maybe I thought I'd see how much weight I could lose in the 3 months that Brian was going to be away from home and surprise him when he got back? Maybe it was a combination of those things or something completely subconscious. Whatever it was, I went with it! Guess it doesn't really matter what it was, as long as I was doing it right?!
I am thrilled to say, that although I had a few ups and downs in 2011 and made yet another fresh start in January of 2012, I am on a life long journey of healthy eating and exercising. It's something that I know I am going to have to work at my whole life and that's ok cause I know now I am worth it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

playing catch-up

and here I was doing so well staying on top of my blogging efforts this year and then I miss a couple of weeks. Oh well...sh!t happens right! As with other things this year, I'm not going to beat myself up over it!
I've been finding these great motivational quotes/posters on pinterest and have been including them on a weekly basis in my weight loss journal....here are the 2 weeks I missed posting
Motivational Monday Wk ~ 4

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Motivational Monday Wk ~ 5


There are a lot of things that are contributing to what I am claiming as successes already in 2012, these weekly motivational quotes are just one of them. I am including them in my weight loss journal and will share some new pages from that when I can..I'm really happy with how it's coming together and that I've made the creative time to keep up with it. My friends support when I log into myfitnesspal every day is also a huge motivator for me. I have the app on my phone, therefore always with me, so no excuses to not be staying on track food wise!! I've been doing the 30 Day Shred dvd that Jillian Michaels has and it's really working...by sticking to it every day for 21 days straight so far out of the 30 is proving to be much more beneficial than the off and on attempt of the same program last year. I am reaping the benefits and so motivated to keep at it....sleeping better, less stressed, way more energy and, maybe my favorite part...shopping for new clothes in the regular stores....it feels amazing! Oh and I'm getting a grip on the clutter/organizing too as I've been sticking pretty closely to the calendar from my simpler life
By following her one task for the day, it's freeing up time for me to play in my scrap room too...created this layout in my spare time...

It was for a challenge issued by Chelsea over at LiitD. I'm pretty happy with the way it all came together. We've met a lot of characters on both our trips to California in 2008 and Florida in 2011 and they can be hard to scrap after awhile. Oh well, it'll all get done at some point...lol!
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Scrapbook Sunday

It's been a looong time since I shared anything scrappy/crafty so I wanted to do that today...besides, I missed posting my Fab 5 Friday so this can take it's place this week...

A layout about taking the boys to see the Blue Man group while in Florida last Spring break...it was AWESOME!! Carsyn even got pulled from the audience to participate on stage...sooo cool! The boys loved the show...Brian and I knew they would as soon as he and I saw them in Vegas a couple years ago.



This layout was created with a challenge issued over at LiitD last summer during the members online summer long crop. Chelsea challenges us to use "I hope you never forget" in your title. I wanted to remind Zack of a few things as he prepared to leave home and move to University.


This was another title challenge from the online summer crop that another member had issued. The title on your layout needed to be "Happiness Is" Now there a lot of things that make me happy but these photos, and the feeling I had when I put these "fat" pants on still brings a huge smile to my face.


Now that I have my own scrap/craft room,(there was one good thing about Zack moving to University...lol) I plan to spend more time creating and will be able to share more often. My addiction to Pinterest is also helping with creative mojo. Do you Pin?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fab 5 Friday

This week has been so crazy busy...I feel like I've been rushed/on the go everyday...looking forward to the weekend that's for sure!


making the bed before leaving the house...may seem like a no brainer to most but mornings fly by in this house so making time to get this done each day was a big deal for me

managing to make decent suppers for the family despite the hectic schedule we all had this week

the number of nights I actually managed to stay awake long enough to read before falling asleep

the number of times I worked out...need to up this next week...easing myself back into it is over

making the right food choices each day to keep me within or under my calorie allotment as indicated @ myfitnesspal

Weekend plans include pizza and movie night with the family, some shopping, laundry/housework and for sure some creating!
How about you?

Monday, January 9, 2012