Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year's Eve Reflection of 2013

I've been gone awhile! The holidays have been filled with so much activity that I was much too busy to find time to blog. I wish I had, because I truly feel that I lose so much better when I am keeping my blog and weight loss in the front of my mind. I will do better than I have this last little while in 2014. I hope that while I have been gone you have also had a lovely holiday season!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Closed for the Holidays.... See You in January!

Oh my goodness! What a hectic December this is turning out to be. I am sorry I have been neglecting you, and I didn't keep my word on a new blog or vlog. That being said, I will continue to be a bit quiet through Christmas because I have so much going on. I am staying on track because of all of you, but won't have time to post much. I promise to stay on track and restart posting and blogging for you soon!

All my love, and enjoy whichever holiday you celebrate, or just enjoy this part of winter if you don't celebrate at all.

I'm closed for the Holidays!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weigh in Day and Excuses, Excuses, Excuses....

That's right! It's weigh in day! Today my official weigh in weight is: 274.6 brining me to a total weight loss of.... ready?!..... 40.5lbs!! I can hardly believe that I have come this far! That is such a huge number that the concept of it just blows my mind. That is over 11% of my original weight!

Monday, November 18, 2013

I'm a Runner!

I'm a runner! Well, I'm trying to become one anyway. It has been over twenty years since I have put one foot in front of the other in the form of running, even then I hated it, and I never thought I would do that again. That being said, I came across this link one day and decided that I wanted to do this: www.runforyourlives.com. Now tell me that doesn't look like a hoot!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Day Late but Doing Great!

This past month has been amazing! I have had a happy home full of friends and laughter, exactly how I love my home! Despite the loss of our beloved dog Gunner (You can read about that here), I have managed to feel more joy and love than I could ever have imagined!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weigh in Day and a Plan for Getting Moving...

Apparently, the dancing guy I was using on weigh in day was annoying so I changed it!

Today is short, I am still recovering from being gone on vacation and, having amazing guests in town. Today I am officially down to: 279.2 bringing me to a total of 35.9lbs gone! I was down a little more before I went to Las Vegas for a few days but, I think a lot is water weight so my next weigh in might be significantly less!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Going on a trip... Be Back Soon!

My husband and I will be leaving town for a few days. Don't fret, I'll be posting again soon! Look for my next blog on 11/11/13! In the mean time, stay motivated!

You can still see some updates from me on FACEBOOK This week!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Special Edition: The World Feels a Lesser Place Today....

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,

Myth is more potent than history,

Dreams are more powerful than facts,

Hope always triumphs over experience,

Laughter is the cure for grief,

Love is stronger than death."

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Let's Talk Face to Face...And... A Challenge!

Today, we are gong to mix thing up a little bit. I'm going to give you a little face time! If you like this please let me know because I am thinking of doing one once a month. I'll keep them shorter next time, I just had a lot to cover...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weigh in Day and Non-scale Victories...

Do you know what that dancing guy means?! That's right! I'm down again! Today I am officially down another 6lbs from my last weigh in bringing to a total of -32.7lbs! There have definitely been some ups and downs but the trend is down and that it the way it needs to be.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I'll Be Happy When....

I'll be happy when I lose my weight, get that new job, pay off all my bills, get those new shoes, find the man of my dreams, buy a new car.... The list can go on and on. Why would you wait to be happy? Why not find joy in your life now? You see, I choose to be happy. I don't wait for happy to choose me because if I did, I'd be miserable!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Twelve Weeks Down and a Lifetime to Go!

What a whirlwind the last three months have been! I have made enormous changes to my eating style and have lost over 30lbs (not official so not on my slider)! I am feeling great and have so much more energy than I used to. There are still things I need to work on but I really feel I am on the right track!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Day Will Come...

I hate being sick but, the last little while I've been fighting a monster of a cold. This gave me time to do some thinking about a lot of things and I am coming out my funk with a renewed feeling of motivation and drive! I am now ready to tackle the rest of my journey!

Monday, October 14, 2013

No Blog Today... Why?!

I'm sick as a dog... and taking a few days off! Love you all and I'll be back on Thursday (I hope)!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weigh in Day and Thoughts on Exercise

Ok, this time I am down..... drum roll please..... 1.8lbs bringing me to... 288.4! That means I have had a total loss of 26.7lbs!! Even with eating out so much and being stressed with work and class, I have made a dent! A little bit of news: I am moving my weigh in day to Mondays because of a change in my days off so, the next weigh in day will be October 28th.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Go Take a Hike....

Go take a hike, learn to jog, do a video, walk the dog, dance like no one is watching, be a spaz, learn to fidget... all things I know I should be doing but lack the motivation to do. How is it that I have the eating thing down but I am lacking the motivation to move?!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Recipe Day: Mayonnaise and What can you eat?

I've been getting the question: "What can you eat?" a lot lately so, I've decided to put it here. I can't cover everything so instead I will cover what I don't eat and what I limit.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Overcoming the Overwhelming...

"I want a hamburger with fresh cut fries covered in fry sauce and, a large Pepsi." That's what I wanted to tell the waitress last night.  Actually that is all I could think about yesterday was having that meal. As we headed to the restaurant last night I KNEW I was going to have that meal. I have been good for so long, I could be bad just this once.  Right?!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Weigh in Day and 100 Reasons Why I Won't Quit...

He's back!! Yeah baby!
It has been four weeks since my last weigh in and... look at that little guy dance! That's right, I have just finished the 8th week of my new lifestyle and I am officially 290.2lbs! That means over the last four weeks I have lost 7.8lbs for a grand total of.... drum roll please.... -24.9lbs! I'm feeling wonderful and am super excited to keep moving forward.

Monday, September 23, 2013

You Want My Kidney?

One of the most amazing things about living this new lifestyle is the amazing fresh and tasty food I have been eating. And let me tell you, I love food! One of the biggest challenges is finding affordable good quality grass fed meats and organic vegetables. You see, I live 2hrs from the closest Walmart. You read that right I said Walmart not Whole Foods or Sprouts or any other type of healthy grocery chain. Our closest grocery store is City Market and they are super limited on their choices. And, I live in the desert. There are not huge farmers markets or choices to purchase free range... anything. Don't get me wrong, we have a great little health food store here and, I sometimes purchase from them but can't afford to get all my food there because I only have two kidneys and I gave them one the last time (For example, I bought a 16oz jar of walnut oil for $12.99 then, while we were in Provo, UT I stopped by a Sprouts and found the same bottle for $5.99... just a little marked up wouldn't you say?). Oh! And guess what?!  It's lay-off season in Moab (Part of a tourist economy) and I'm on the list. Long story short: Things are hard to obtain, expensive, and funds are going to get REALLY tight.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Word of Warning....

This is how I thought the world looked the first two weeks
I have received many messages over that last few days stating that I have inspired people to try to "go Primal". While this is great for so many reasons and I fully encourage them to do so, there are some not so fun things to look forward to for your first week or two and, I don't want you going into this unaware. So, I will tell you about my first two weeks so at least you have something. That being said, not everyone will have the same results. Some will have no physical stress, some will have more but, all I have to share is my own experience.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...

I don't want to do this. I can't do this. This is too hard. I have so far to go why even try. I'm not seeing changes fast enough  I'm the only one that cares. But, they lost weight faster than I am. It's too cold, wet, hot, dark, dreary, bright, to go outside for a walk  I don't have time. I'm tired. Wait, just a few more minutes on FACEBOOK. Maybe after this show. No one notices. Now I don't have any clothes that fit. I'll only have it this once. I don't feel good. My body hurts. I hate walking the dog, he's nothing but a tornado on a string. I don't want anyone to see me. I worked all day. It's my lazy day. One bite won't hurt. I'm too busy. It's too expensive. I always fail anyway. I'll do it tomorrow. It's too hard. I'm too fat. It's boring.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Recipe Day: Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana... Primal Style

Stormy Fall Evening in Moab
Fall has really been making an appearance in Moab the last few days. Just last week the temperature reached 109°F (43°C for my Canadian friends) and this week, we were as low as 58°F (14°C)!! Autumn means I can start cooking soups and stews. To me, there is nothing like a piping hot bowl of goodness to warm you up and make you feel cozy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Special Edition: Never Forget....

While I would not normally write a blog today, I feel the need to honor this day. Please bear with me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Crafty Motivation...

I am not a generally crafty person. You will not find my home filled with lovely things that I have made. I don't give out homemade gifts often, I am fairly artistically challenged and I never would have thought of this without Pinterest. That being said, I think they came out pretty fantastic and I love seeing the pieces move from one jar to another. All that being said, here is how I made my jars...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Blog for a Little Fun...

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing my husband can be! We have this thing, one week I schedule a little something to do the next week, is his turn. It can be little like a picnic or, a movie. This time my husband planned an early anniversary trip and took me up to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Friends, Fun, and Lessons Learned...

This weekend being Labor Day weekend and the unofficial "end of summer" has posed a few challenges!  Because of where I live, Labor Day brings in thousands of tourists and with that tons of our friends that we only see a couple of times a year. While I absolutely love seeing all of our friends and spending as much time with them as I can, they also love going out to eat in Moab's amazing restaurants... A LOT.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love going out to eat too but finding things that are "OK" to eat and, that meal being something that I will enjoy, has been a challenge.   So what have I learned this weekend?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weigh in Day and Thoughts on the Future...

For those that may not know... this is the happy dance!!

Today I stepped on the scale and am .8 pounds lighter than last week!! Now, you may wonder why the celebration? Get used to it! This little guy is going to be seen A LOT! See, I've been down the road of weight loss many times and would find mind self feeling down and depressed if I didn't lose a large amount of weight each week. This time however, I have made a promise to myself that I will celebrate every time that scale is lower and not berate myself over the small losses. A loss is still a loss and as long as I am headed in the right direction, I am happy!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Obligatory Who, Why, How....

Ok, so blogging is new to me and I was not entirely sure what I should write about and then, it hit me. I need to write whatever I want to. While this is surely going to be read by others at some time or another, it is mainly for me. This is my journey and my voice to the world.

I woke up this year and realized I was 37 years old and, while happy with my life and my relationships, I was miserable in my skin. I took some time and, looked through old pictures of me over the last couple of years and, I can't believe what I saw. Try it, take a few moments and objectively look at pictures of yourself. It's mind blowing! I had NO IDEA how large I had actually become!