Sunday, July 26, 2009

Walking, Walking, Walking

Please click on Memory Walk and/or Buddy Walk on the sidebar for information on how to join us, or how to donate. These two items are very important to our family. More info later... it's bedtime.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 11

Weight loss is still going okay. I have had 3 diet cokes since the beginning, but that is much better than the 10 per day I usually have. Eating less is becoming easier and easier. The challenge is on weekends and evenings. I just try to keep myself occupied. I follow up with Dr. N in a few weeks. I did have an appointment with Dr. P this week, and I HAVE lost weight. I'm waiting until my appointment with Dr. N, who is monitoring my weight, to give updates on the loss since I did my beginning weight on his scales.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vote For Jackson

I'm helping my cousin out... Go Vote For Jackson!
These are some of the most adorable cows!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Good News!

Good news! Bailey had abnormal labs recently, but we repeated them today and they're normal! Yay! And... she didn't cry. She's SO amazing! I have pics of Aubrey and Bailey swimming at Grandmas and Papas and I'll add those soon.

Weight loss is getting easier! I know it's only day 3, but I've accepted I have no choice but to do this. I think I'm actually starting to like water. We went to Panera Bread, and I made the choice to drink water. Yay me! I had a simple turkey sandwich and only ate half of it. I usually get a creamy soup with my sandwich, but I didn't tonight! I won't weigh until I go to the doc again, but I will share the results... good or bad.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Wow, I was able to log in and start this post while trying to log into Facebook, and Facebook still hasn't loaded.

Day 2 has been difficult. STILL no soda. That has been the difficult part. I ALWAYS have a Diet Coke in my hand. It's my accessory, and now it's been replaced by Zephyrhills. So sad. If I were a normal person, like Shelby (yes, I called you normal!), one wouldn't hurt. But... that is my addiction, so I guess cold turkey is the best way to go.

Still no Facebook...

So, I hung in there. Apples and grapes for breakfast with wheat bread, a healthy choice steamer (very good) with wheat bread, and chicken and squash again for dinner. Oh... and a snack of apples, grapes, and cranberries.

I survived day 2... 2 more years to go!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weight Loss

Today (Monday) I began one of my biggest challenges in life. I'm sharing it here, and will continue to post about it, because I'm hoping to have some encouragement. Plus this makes me feel more accountable, and since I have a hard time following through on things, I need that accountability.

About a month ago I was reading the newsletter from the clinic my family goes to for medical care. A doctor from this clinic wrote about his weight loss program. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. It was after the holidays and I was feeling fatter than usual, and it was after a few very stressful months with family medical issues. I mentioned the article to Dr. P, my primary care, and she had nothing but good things to say about Dr. N and told me to contact his office. So I did.

I've struggled with my weight for at least 15 years. I was fine until I graduated high school and everything went downhill. I think my motivation at times has been when I'm single and I feel I have to try to look good all the time. When I'm comfortable with someone, as I am with Keith, I feel good as I am and I don't work as hard as I should to continue to look good.

Now, my motivation is my health. Which is the reason I should be motivated. I need to be healthy. I need to be healthy for me, I need to be healthy for my husband, I need to be healthy for my children, and I need to be healthy for my parents. Each of those people depend on me, or will need to depend on me sometime in the future. I can't imagine life continuing on without me. I can't imagine not being able to watch my girls grow up, I can't imagine not being able to help my parents as they grow older, and I can't imagine Keith being alone with all our responsibilities... or even worse, I can't imagine him finding someone else. I'd find a way to make his life miserable if he did something like that!

I have tried many diets in my life. I've tried Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Pills, calorie counting, and many more. They have all been successful while I was on them, but when I ended the diet I gained more that I originally weighed.

Over the past few months I haven't been feeling well. Mostly due to sinus issues. I've had numerous tests during this time, plus Dr. N did some tests prior to the start of my weight loss program. The results haven't been great. It seems every time a test is done, I can expect a call to address the issues found. I'm only 34 and I really shouldn't be dealing with health problems at this age. I need to lost half my body weight to be at a healthy weight! That's sad!

So, today I started. For breakfast I had a fruit cup with yogurt and walnuts. For lunch I had a Kashi meal, a slice of wheat bread, and dried cranberries. For dinner I had a chicken breast and squash. For a snack I had grapes. I ONLY drank water today... which is very difficult. I'm a soda drinker day and night, and I miss my soda. So, I have survived day 1 of many.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Aubrey, 4 Years

Pictures from Aubrey's 4 Birthdays.

Aubrey's Party

Here are a few pics from Aubrey's 4th Birthday party. She had SO much fun. These pics are a few weeks old, but I'm way behind on organizing my pictures.


These are a few pics from a recent trip to the Florida Aquarium.