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My blog was started to help me come to terms with turning 50, to find myself as I become an empty nester, and to help me with my weight loss journey. (Update Here)
I am in an amazing place in my life so now follow me as I move forward with the good and the bad, my continued wieght loss journey and just my life!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

My Lenten Focus

Happy Monday!!

First I wanted to thank everyone who sent me support regarding my last post.  I always forget to reply to your comments, so thank you all!  I am feeling much better about everything and I am back on track mentally and physically.

Next, I wanted to let everyone know that I am taking a short break from blogging.   This is just for Lent.  No, I am not "giving up blogging for Lent"  lol  I am just adding different things in my life during Lent, and I need to take a break from other things.   I am doing 2 online Lenten studies, my sister and I are doing a Book Club/Study on The Prodigal Son,  work is crazy busy making room for all of all the snow cancellations we have had recently,  and I am really busy with Choir since we will be singing all Holy Week and learning new songs.  I just feel a little overwhelmed and need to focus in on my weight loss and Lent right now.   I am stopping a few social media things too, because I love them and I can spend 30 minute easy on them and not even know it, and still want more lol   Also,  I am  stopping the gym.   I realize that I need the gym for weight loss, but it is only stressing me out and that can't be good :)

Any ways, I will probably be reading up here and there on all the blogs that I follow, because I will miss hearing about all the food struggles, etsy shops, bike rides, dogs, kitties, runs, hikes, babies, new boyfriends and husbands...But it just wont  be every day. :)

So, I hope you all have a wonderful next couple of weeks.  I hope you continue to focus in on whatever you have going on in your life right now, but also make sure to make time for some ME time too!

I will see you soon!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016


I'm still here....just been blah lately.  Last night I took the time and got caught up on all of my blogs.  I hate being behind, because I miss whats going on and get the info after the fact.  

I don't know what's wrong with me lately.  The weather has been terrible.  Last Wednesday we woke up to about 12 new inches of snow.  The temperatures have been close to freezing, and although I have lived here all my life and am used to this, I am getting a bit tired of it.  Sigh!  I have a few rooms in my house that are in desperate need of cleaning, and that makes me feel stressed.  I haven't started organizing my photos like I wanted to.   My energy levels are nil.  I am in a slump!!  I just kind of feel like my life is spinning out of control.  I need to gather all this mess up and offer it up to God and beg for help!  

I've been off track with my food, which is probably the main reason for all the other stuff.   I hate how my eating can dictate the rest of my life.   I missed my last WW meeting and that is never good.  I missed my weigh in with my accountability group and I needed that.   My mind is playing games with me. Making me second guess everything that I've been doing diet wise. Trying to justify my over eating of the junk food.  I'm starting to doubt myself that I am worth changing for.  I hate that.  I need to refocus and get back on track.  I know what I need to do, but I just can't find the will or the  energy to do it.

Anyway, thanks for listening to my depressing rambling today.  I apologize, but I needed to share.  It helps me to move on and this is the place where I can do that and not feel ashamed for my failures.

We are in this amazing season of Lent and I am being lazy, feeling sorry for myself, and being a glutton.  This has to stop!   I need some quite time in prayer and mediation....Or better yet, I need a good slap across the face to snap me out of this!  Any takers?? :) 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Coffee and A Baby

On Monday, I met my sister Connie and my daughter Blayne out for coffee.  We have Monday's off and Blayne took off to recuperate from her Super Bowl Party :)

We met at one of our favorite Coffee Shops, the Brew Ha Ha.  I think I've mentioned it in a past post and maybe even posted some pictures, but you're going to get some more anyway :)

This is our little area :) 

My brunch, Quiche Lorraine,
a little Mandarin Orange cup,
and my coffee in this adorable mug :) 

All of the mugs in the shop are different.  You never know what you're gunna get!  If you know me, you know that I love a cute mug, so I just love that!

This little dog was just so cute!
I'm pretty sure it was for sale too!

The merchandise area!
So eclectic!

These Valentine mugs were so pretty!

I thought these mugs were just beautiful and so unique!

We had such a nice time!  Nothing is better than family and coffee :)  


If you remember, my niece Alyssa was due soon with her baby.  If you'd like to see our little surprise shower you can see it HERE    This is her second baby, and she had him Monday!

Meet little Maxton!  Shelly over at My Journey to Fit...you were right!  They did name him Max :)  It was a surprise so in case someone she knows read this, I couldn't comment on your comment that you left :)  Anyway, he weighed in at 7 lbs 5 oz. and mommy and baby are doing fine!  He joins his big brother Oliver who is 2 1/2.  

Such a little sweetie!  Welcome to our family Maxton!  We love you already!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hello February!

Happy February!  I know it's already three days into the month, but I am just getting around to getting this post up....late as usual!

My WW weigh-in was this past Friday.  I was happy with my weigh in, because as you know I've been losing and gaining repeatedly since Christmas.  I hope this will help motivate me to stick with my points and start to see the numbers go down on the scale :)

This is my start to February!  14 pounds down is not to good considering I started in October, but at least I am down something instead of up :)   No more up and down for me!!  I'm ready to really do work!  

I made my February goals to help me stay on track through Valentines Day.  Holidays are killer for me.  I let it all go and over over over indulge because of these reasons.......

1  It looks and tastes so good. 
2  It's a holiday, and you have to.  
3  I deserve it because I've been good.

Then it triggers all my cravings all over again and it's weeks before I get my control back, because if you know me and my ways of eating, I can't just have one.  I have to have lots and then add to it for days.

This year will be different.  I am going to try to approach holidays with a different mind set.  Why do I have to make food the center of every holiday...every special occasion?  There is more to life than stuffing chocolate and goodies in my mouth in the name of celebration.  This is changing!  I am beginning this Valentines day because that is the day for chocolate, and I am sooo all about chocolate!!  :)   So now, I will try to NOT let it all go and NOT over over over indulge and do this instead.........

1  We will go out to dinner at a nice restaurant and enjoy being together and alone :) 
2  I will tell Greg not to buy me any chocolate, but maybe some money for some new stickers for my  new planner, or maybe a new purse :)    
3  I will be in control and feel really good mentally and physically.  

I'm feeling good about this plan, and I hope that I can make it happen!

So, these are my goals for February

All are self explanatory except Photo Albums.  This is one area that my life that is totally out of control.  I have so many pictures that are not in photo albums yet.  So many that need to be taken out of old albums and need to be thinned out because who really needs 20 pictures of Blayne at 6 months?  Or 30 pictures of Connor at 8 months?  Or 40 of Dominic's Sr. year in baseball?  Enough!  This has been in the back of my mind for so long and I plan to start this project soon!

One more thing I forgot to tell you.  I started a Challenge.  I love challenges!  They really help keep me motivated and push me to stay focused.  This one is a "Plank Challenge".  I am doing it with some of the women in my weight loss group.  Here is the chart if you are interested in trying something like this :) 

Planks are so tough for me because I really don't have any stomach muscles or core.  Doing Pilates is really helping me in these areas, but these first 2 days were still tough! :)  

Anyway, this is my February!  I'm excited to see how I feel after eating no chocolate.  Will I still crave it?  Will I abstain?  Will I cave?  We shall see :) 

Have a great day and remember to give yourself a hug :)