Archive for April 2013

For the last month I’ve been following along with a Photo-a-Day challenge put on by Fat Mum Slim.  I’ve done a few before, but never one this organized and HUGE!!  There are tons of people from all over the world who participate in Chantelle’s challenge.

The rules are there aren’t really any, other than don’t be offensive!  It’s been really fun thinking of, and looking for, things that I’ll be posting.  It’s also really interesting to see what other’s share from all corners of our planet.

April has been completed, and the new May photo prompts are up and ready to go.  There is also a FMS Photo A Day Facebook Group where you can share your pictures.  I only used my phone and Instagram, but you can use any photo medium you’d like.

Here is what I captured during April.  I hope you’ll join in on the fun!!



Hi Friends!  Well, I’ve finished my first week of Curves Complete.  I really enjoyed the workout portion of my week, and the meal plan wasn’t too difficult to follow.  I’m not sure why, but the first few days weren’t too bad; by Thursday I was finding it more difficult to pass up on sweets and treats.  Still having buckets of Easter candy laying around didn’t help much, and I did have 5 mini Robin Eggs, but really, other than that I stuck to it.  Honestly, the most difficult thing I’ve found is finding time to eat!  On this plan I have 3 meals and 2 snacks.  The meals aren’t an issue, but fitting those snacks in can be kind of a pain.  I’ve never eaten on any kind of schedule, and it’s going to take some getting used to, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

I’ve just completed Phase 1, and if you’re unfamiliar with their plan, this is the beginning step in the “process”.  It is one week long, and the diet consists of about 1200 calories.  I didn’t feel deprived or hungry one time.  I DID crave food that I know I didn’t need, but it was totally out of want not need.  Next week I moved on to Phase 2, which has 1500 calories, and I’ll be on that for the remainder of my time on the Complete program.  Woohoo!!  I’ve eaten 1500 calories at other times when I’ve tried this whole thing on my own, so I’m really not worried or concerned about this transition.

When I got on the scale 2 weeks ago I knew what to expect.  I knew that the number was going to be closer to 200 than 100.  I knew I had a long way to go.  But, I’m just now realizing that it’s taken me 11 years to put on over 50 lbs.  It boggles my mind to think that I may actually be able to drop 55 lbs over the next 6 months.  I have high hopes, but I also know that if it took me 11 years to gain that much then it’s probably okay if it takes me more than 6 months to lose it.  And, if I’m being real with you for a minute, I’d be happy if the scale said 160 again (which is what it says on my license!).  The real goal is my lowest adult weight, 135.  I’m not really sure if that’s possible now since that weight was 3 kids and 14 years ago.  But, at least it gives me something to shoot for.  For me, the real goal is the number on the tag, not the number on the scale.  I’m working toward that cute little sundress size.  I’m working toward skinny jeans and knee high boots.  I’m working toward form fitting sweaters.  I’ll probably have to wait until next season for all of these things, but I’m okay with that, too.

I’m interested to see what happens tomorrow at my first weigh-in.  I know what my home scale says, which is a little lower than last week, but I’m still wondering what that heavy duty medical scale is going to scream in my face.

Either way, I feel like my first week was a success.  I completely kicked caffeine.  I wasn’t a huge caffeine drinker, but I did have coffee or tea often.  I haven’t added sugar to anything.  I learned that I do like hummus.  I learned that if you don’t eat processed, greasy, heavy foods for 5 days, and on the 5th day you take a bite of pizza because it is SCREAMING your name you will feel disgusting.  I learned that if you give your kids fruit salad for dinner instead of french fries they will eat it, and they will like it.

I’m excited to see what comes next.  I’m excited to see what new things I learn.  I’m excited to continue on a path that I’ve been trying to follow for too long.  I’m worth this journey, and I’m excited to see who I meet at the end ❤ 

When I started blogging in 2011 it was with the goal of getting fit.  I could do it, darn it, and all I had to do was want it bad enough.  Well, looking back almost 2 years, and knowing that I DID want it, I knew something was going to have to change.  The road to hell was paved with good intentions, and my road to the kitchen was paved with good intentions of fixing my flawed eating style.  And, to be clear, not only have all my previous attempts failed, but I weigh MORE than I did when I started blogging.

Scales don’t scare me.  I’ve never cared much about what they read, and never gave much thought to the fluctuation.  Yoga pants can be very forgiving, so as long as I was on good terms with them, the scale could say whatever it wanted.  However, shopping does scare me.  I loath clothes shopping.  I hate looking for sizes that I don’t want to be in clothes that I don’t want to wear.  Being short is bad enough, and can limit selections, but being short and wide makes shopping almost unbearable.  Since I’m a SAHM, I don’t get out much.  I also don’t shop for clothes much.  Last summer, before the beach I bought a few cute, roomy, sundresses.  Roomy is the operative word here folks.  Anything drapey and flowy was just right.  But, before that I hadn’t really been clothes shopping.  A few weeks ago I noticed my jeans (I’m not going to call them fat jeans, because I don’t own skinny jeans, but they are) were getting snug.  I had to concede that while I did not want to buy a bigger pair of jeans, there was almost no way around it.  So, I headed to Goodwill, because I am NOT paying full price for jeans I hope to be out of in a month, and found some suitable denim.  Heavy hearted by the number that stared back at me from the tag I knew it was time to do something.  What I was doing was NOT working, in fact the back and forth was probably hurting me more than anything.

The hubs and I started researching options.  We were going to sign up for that very popular point system, but I knew online dieting would not, not, not work for me and I couldn’t find a meeting close enough to fit into our weird schedule.  I was aware of a Curves location in our village.  It is very close to our house, and they’ve recently started a “Complete” program that has the benefits of that other weight loss program plus the workout.  I texted a friend who had nothing but great things to say about the program and facility.  She invited me to come to a Zumba class with her at the gym, and I was excited to go!  I scheduled a meeting with the owner of our local Curves for the following Tuesday.  It was an informal meeting where we talked about the plan and what I could expect.  Honestly though, after my jean trauma, it didn’t really matter what they said.  I was signing up because I needed to fix this STAT!

And, so friends, I come to you exhausted.  My first day on the Curves Complete program was like nothing I’ve ever done.  I was at the gym at 9:30 after I got the kiddlets to school, home by 10:45 and then I had to go grocery shopping for the specific menu I’m on now.  Not restrictive, just specific.  I’ve signed on for 6 months.  This seems like a long time, but, when I look back at the 24 months that I’ve spent wanting to change, and trying to change, and failing and failing and failing, 6 months doesn’t seem like that big of a chunk.

And, so, here we go again.  Only this time I’m paying for it.  I’ve got someone ready to hold me accountable.  I’ve got to get out of those jeans.  I’ve got to get myself and my weight under control before I’ve gone so far that there is no turning back.



Back a long time ago, when I started this blog, I didn’t really think it would be much.  I didn’t really think anyone but my mom would read it, and even then I wasn’t sure she would either!  The original plan was to use it to keep myself in check when it came to my “mom fluff” but that didn’t work…even a little bit.  However, it has become a fun place to share my crafty stuff, and starting soon it’s going to be a place to share a new adventure (Oooo, exciting!)

So, what am I getting at here?  Well, seems that people are reading me.  And, I was thrilled to see that Cricket from Crochet Cricket had nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award.  If you don’t already know, the Liebster Award is that there is not a real award, just a recognition from a fellow blogger. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It’s mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along.  I’ve decided to pass it along!

But first, my acceptance:

How it works?

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 random questions
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

11 Thing random facts about me

  1. I was the only righty in a family of 5. My parents and brothers are all lefties!
  2. I can say my alphabet backwards VERY fast.
  3. My favorite color is purple.
  4. My favorite number is 18.
  5. I love TV shows about creating things or figuring things out (ie: Project Runway, Face Off, Mythbusters, etc).
  6. I met my husband on a blind date.
  7. I never want to travel anywhere that they don’t speak English.
  8. I will always stop to look at a rainbow.
  9. I am scared to death to be on stage, but I also love to be on stage. The love usually trumps the fear.
  10. I love Phineas and Ferb more than my kids.
  11. I would be happy if I never saw another spider for the rest of my life.

11 Questions from Crochet Cricket:

  1. What craft/crafts is your blog about?  I mostly blog about crochet, but it includes other things I’m interested in too, not just crochet.
  2. What is your favorite holiday and why? I love Halloween.  There is something so fun about dressing up and pretending to be someone different.
  3. What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love nature walks.
  4. Who is your favorite person from History and why? I’m not a huge history buff, but I do enjoy reading and learning about Marie Antoinette.  I think her story is so much deeper than the surface tells.  What a life to have lived for such a young girl.
  5. What is your favorite color to use in your crafts? Tiffany Blue
  6. What Craft sites do you look at in your spare time? The Yarn Box, The Crochet Crowd, All Free Crochet, and Pinterest (does that count??  It does now!)
  7. What is your favorite kind of music? As far as genre I don’t really have a favorite.  We’ve listened to Contemporary Christian almost exclusively for about 3 years.  However, I could listen to acoustic guitar all day long.
  8. If you could be an animal, what would you be?  I would be a song bird, because they can fly and sing.
  9. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 6.  Really, only 6.  And, it was 5 before Easter, but I bought a new pair for church 🙂
  10. What is your favorite TV series? Once Upon a Time
  11. If you could have one super power, what would it be? Teleport.

 My Nominees:

1. Crafty Goul

2. Doo and the Oddistuffies

3. Crochet Makes Me Happy

4. Groovy Pumpkin

11 Questions from Unwrapping Mommy:

1. Who inspired you to learn your craft?

2. What is a food you didn’t think you’d ever try but did?

3. What is the last thing that made you laugh until you cried?

4. What is your favorite smell?

5. If you could add an unconventional tool to a Swiss Army Knife what would it be?

6. What is your earliest childhood memory?

7. What is one talent you wish you had?

8. Snow or Beach?

9. Do you have a Tattoo?  If yes, what is it? If no what would you have if you got one?

10. Sunrise or Sunset?

11.  If you could tell your 16-year-old self something, what would it be?

Thanks again to Crochet Cricket for sharing the love with me!  I’m glad you enjoy my words enough to pass on this great honor.

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