Monday, August 12, 2013

BRING IT ON....again

HELLOOOO! It has been a long time since I have visited this page.

I have dreaded opening this page. Well, I have to be honest, I bawled my eyes out after re-reading all of my past posts. I have put on more lbs than I care for. BUT...I want to do this because even though I don't get to blog as much as I'd like, I realized that I love writing. I love writing real life stories. And these blogs (Just Me & Abstraction Designs) allows me to do that:)

So here we go again.

On Mother's Day of this year, I was given a book that changed my life. (Nice cliche hey?) I weighed in at two hundred ninety five pounds...{295lbs looks awful written this way} My heart sank. How did I let this happen? When did I stop caring about a healthy me? Frustrated, sick to my stomach, and a little anxious to start this journey...again...I dove right in to Serene & Pearl's  FABULOUS book...Trim Healthy Mama!

In 3 months, (14 weeks exactly!) I have lost 20 lbs. I eat cake for breakfast. I can eat butter. Cream. Chocolate. And you know what? I don't miss potatoes, pasta, I don't even miss BREAD! {I was a BIG bread devour-er!!}

I don't like the word diet. This book is a lifestyle change! Some of the ingredients are a bit tricky to find, as I do live in Canada. But I've found Low Carb Canada to be super helpful in some areas!--> Joseph's Lavash bread in particular!<--

I've just recently added at least 15 minutes, 4 days a week on my standard exercise bike. I hope to incorporate more soon! {that old x-box and Wii are still sitting there collecting dust! ;)} new overall goal is to lose 100-130lbs by October of 2014. HOWEVER....I've learned along the way that making one HUGE goal does nothing for motivation or self-esteem. That being said, I've laid out a schedule of monthly goals to lose 8-10lbs per month. My next goal comes up on September 17th, 2013! I am paying closer attention to my E's & S's {read the book!} I'm also trying to stay away from the darn cheats that I've enjoyed at a cost over these summer months. (hot dogs, chips, pop, the occasional "cold one" and cupcakes...lots of birthdays!)

*I should add a side note here about my health concerns at this point in my life. *
Although not life threatening, I've been in quite some pain over these last few months due to my own stupidity in life (stress, "bad" food, not sure what else!} My pain started when I was 4 months pregnant with my 4th child. (February 2010) I pretty much felt like I was going to die. I went to the ER, and the doc there chocked it up to being heartburn. Fast forward to pretty much a year later...I took my then 6 month old baby girl on a Youth Group day ski trip. One of the snacks I packed for myself was strawberries. I gobbled those down and in less than 10 minutes I had the same crazy pain in my upper right rib area. Again, thought I was going to die, but brushed it off as EXTREME heartburn:( Ok, so fast forward again to May 2013. Four times in one week I had "attacks". WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? On the 4th attack I decided to call my family doc to set up an appointment. 1.5 weeks later....I'm being told it's my gall bladder. Went for an Ultrasound, saw the specialist, had a scope (Gastroscopy)....blah blah blah....It's an Ulcer. Well how did that happen? So, changing my diet has helped with some of the pain, but now I am on some super crazy expensive pills 2x /day for 2 months; and I am to have a follow up with the specialist in October...Yeesh! {By then I am hoping to be down another 12 - 15ish pounds!}

I will leave you with this for now! My goal is to write once/week, but I will be happy with once / month too! ;) Ooh, and another goal for the rest of this month is to get my meal planning off the ground again! Thank you God, Serene, Pearl, & all the lovely ladies that have headed down this journey and inspired me! Until next time....

Friday, April 8, 2011

Go Figure...

SO.....I joined a gym on Monday, April 4th! Figures for women in Yorkton! There was a HUGE special on where the sign up free was waived completely! Wahoo! This week I have gone 3 times...and it feels great!

The ladies who work there are really helpful. They took the time to show me how each machine worked and answered any (silly) questions I had. The other person I need to send a huge thank you to is a woman named Crystal T. She called me up to tell me about this fabulous VIP pass. and I am very excited to be exercising with women I know.There are atleast 9 women I know who go to the same gym!

So, THANK YOU CRYSTAL! I appreciate that phone call very much!

I weighed in @ 251.5 pounds~So again, slow process, but the inches are still coming off! PTL!

I am also back at the Made To Crave bible study, I missed the last 2 weeks of it. But back at it as of this morning! Thanks also to the ladies in this group. Blessings to all of you:)

Have a GREAT weekend all!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weigh In!

So, it has definitely been awhile since my last post! But better late then never! I have been running around getting ready for Tradeshow season. I became a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant at the end of January and I am also getting some more paintings ready for these upcoming Tradeshows! are the new and improved measurements as of about 30 seconds ago!

Bust - 49"
Bicep/Arm - 14.5"
Ribs/Waist - 41.5"
Hips - 50"
Thighs - 27"
Calves - 15.75"
Shoulders - 50"

Grand total in inches lost...9.25 INCHES OFF! WAHOO!

I realize it took 2 months to get that off but it feels good! I also started a bible study called Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst! What an awesome book! It's all about how God did make us to crave, but instead of turning to food for comfort, I turn to Him! We just wrapped up week 2, and already amazing results! Not only in the weight loss area but a closer relationship with Him!

I am continually striving to make healthier choices day by day, week by week, month by month! No one ever said that this was going to be an easy journey, but I am taking it one step at a time!

Until next time...(hopefully sooner rather than later!)


Monday, February 7, 2011

Time to get serious!

Not too much to say today, but I FINALLY GOT BACK ON THE "WAGON". It took 3 agonizing weeks to feel good enough to exercise. (read previous entry "Injuries Hurt")

I did 20 minutes of my Skinny Jeans routine, and 16 minutes of Cardio. Feel the burn baby! lol:)

But seriously, I was feeling so sluggish and quite guilty about not exercising. It didn't help that during these 3 weeks, I let my mood eating take over. I would grab for food and eat it without even thinking about what I was doing. Which is a guilt trip in itself.

I also had a doctor's appointment last week...I got weighed:( didn't gain, but didn't lose either. I was also sent for bloodwork and everything else that goes along with complete physicals...what shocked me was that my doctor also sent me for an ECG(Electrocardiogram). Now, for all who know what this is, a simple and painless procedure, but for someone who didn't have a clue....totally freaked me out when the Lab gals said I was getting one. It was done and over with in about 1 minute. But it made me realize that my weight issue is not something I should be taking lightly. I am a big girl and the last thing that I want is to die from a heart attack due to being obese.

So, once again, Hello Monday and here is to a week of getting focused and back on track.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Injuries Hurt:(

So I thought I would write on here quick. On Friday night I was heading to bed and I tripped on my dresser drawer that I so stupidly forgot to close before. Well needless to say, I tore ligaments in my shoulder and scratched up my body pretty badly. The next morning, I was so stiff that it hurt to move. (Walk, pick up kids, even exercise) So Chris told me maybe I should lay off the exercise for a bit, just until I healed a bit.

Well this is day three and I am not as stiff and sore as Friday/Saturday but, I was cleaning the van out today and my knee hit one of the holes where the seats connect, so now I have a bruised knee:( I did try exercising today and MAN did it freakin hurt! All I ended up doing was 4 minutes of cardio (37 calories burned) I shall wait another day, but I am starting to feel like a slob and I miss doing my workouts:(

Here's to hoping I can get back to routine by the end of the week...and the moral of this story is, shut the darn dresser drawers when done using!!!


Friday, January 21, 2011

End of the No Sugar week

This week I cut out sugar. Not all sugar, I cut out baking & added sugar (I drank black coffee all week, which is crazy for me because I take 2 Tablespoons of French Vanilla Coffee Mate!)...I still ate carbs & fruit. On top of that, I exercised 5 out of 7 days and lost a total of 4.6 lbs! Woohoo! Feels great! I got some flack from ppl saying I shouldn't cut out sweets entirely, because then I would binge on them in the future. But my purpose for cutting out sugar/sweets was to "cleanse/purify" my system to give it a jump start for weight loss. Don't get me wrong, I will still treat myself to something sweet once in awhile, just not as often as I was.

And on another note, I reached 1000 calories burned on the XBox Kinect! Yay! I did my 3rd Skinny Jeans workout today, and let me tell ya, it ain't easy on my thighs! But I am so excited to exercise, and I still never thought I would hear myself say that;)

Until next time...."keep fit, and have fun!" lol:)


Sunday, January 16, 2011


Well I said I wanted to post my body measurements, so here they are (finally)...

Bust - 49"
Bicep(arm) - 15 1/2"
Ribs/waist - 42 3/4"
Hips - 53"
Thighs - 28"
Calves - 16 1/4"
Shoulders - 51 1/2" (Not sure if this one is 100% accurate, had my 8 year old measure my shoulders:), but I would say it should be close because I have football shoulders, haha:)

Here's to shedding inches and dropping the pounds in the next month to come. By February 15th I would like to be down 10lbs:)