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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!!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas Season........Part One.........Traditions

Hello Friends!

It's been a nice relaxing Christmas Season for me here.  I am currently on vacation and enjoying my time off with coffee, reading, and tidying up my home.  Since it's been awhile, I have to back track just a bit so I can share with you what I've been up to.

Every year for the holidays, my mom makes Kolachis.  My grama used to make them, and then my mom carried on the tradition after she passed.  Ok, so I should clarify that my grama called them Kalachis, but after researching, most people call them Nut Horns or  Kifles.  For tradition sake, we decided to keep with Kolachi in honor of our grama.  So, a few weeks ago, my sister Connie and I decided that it was time we learned how to make the Kolachis and that my daughter Blayne should learn right along side us.  So we set aside a day to bake.  Here is our day...........


First things first......
We can't do anything without coffee :) 




Connie preparing the nuts.





Me getting the dough ready.





Connie and Blayne rolling out the dough




Blayne placing the filling and cutting.






This apron that Blayne is wearing was my Gramas :) 





Close up of the preparation.





Sprinkling with powdered sugar.




The finished product!




My "niece" Greta giving her approval.


It was really nice that Connie and I finally learned how to make these delicious cookies, and it was wonderful to be able to share the experience with Blayne.  Now she can carry on the tradition!!

We had a wonderful day full of love, laughs and memories of our Grama.

xoxo




Monday, December 12, 2016

Making Memories, A New Tradition

Happy Monday!  Only 12 days until Christmas!  Who else is loving all of the wonderful festivities that come with this Season?

My daughter Blayne and I have a new little tradition that we started last year.  In a little town about 45 minutes away, there is an old historic mansion called The Baldwin-Reynolds House.  Every year they open up this beautiful old home for an event called The Trees of Christmas.  Each room of the house is decorated and there is a Christmas tree in each room.  The theme last year was A Storybook Christmas.  This years theme was Christmas Around the World.  Here are a few pictures of our day :)

This picture is from their website.  I "borrowed" it to show you how beautiful it is in the snow with  a professional photographer taking the picture.....




This is my picture on the day that we visited.



This is a Gnome Tree from Norway
The top of the tree had a big red Hat on it
and moss bunched up under neath for his beard.



This is a Cherry Blossom Tree from Japan.
There were cherry blossom petals all over
and little origami birds hanging all around.




This tree is decorated for the Black Forest in Germany.




This is at the top of the staircase.
So cute!






This room is from Under the Sea!



Still the Under the Sea Room....




This Under the Sea Room was just so pretty!




I don't remember where this room was for,
but I remember it had note and post cards
all around the room.



Just a picture of one of the rooms.
The beds were sooo small!




This is a cute wreath that was decorating a door.
It is made with little clothespin people.




My Blayne :) 



We had such a wonderful day!

  I love celebrating the Christmas Season any way I can.  We have so many traditions and found memories associated with Christmas, but it's never to late to make new ones :) 

xoxo



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Facing A Change

Happy Monday!

I wanted give an update on my weight loss journey.  I have been watching my carbs since June.  Actually, I have been really really watching my carbs.  I've been trying to stay under 20 grams of carbs a day following the Atkins Diet.  I know, I know, these types of diets don't last.  I knew this going into it, but needed something to jump start me.  Atkins always puts me in control and gives me motivation to keep going.  I lose quickly.  I have no cravings and no binges.  It works for me.  I felt great and lost 34 pounds.   Unfortunately, it is very addicting for me and I tend to get obsessive about not eating any sugar at all.  I wouldn't even taste anything unless I was sure it was Atkins, Stage 1 friendly.  I was annoying myself and I'm sure those around me.  I didn't care tho, because I felt so good.....so in control!  That has changed.  My turning point was getting the results of my blood work.

My Cholesterol was 301......Under 200 is preferred. 
My LDL (The bad one) was 202.....Under 100 is preferred.  
My blood pressure at that visit was 200/120.  

I was put on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine, and told to stop the phase 1 Atkins.  My Dr. told me phase one should only be followed for 2 weeks.  Phase 1 is under 20 grams of carbs a day with a little protein and mostly fat.   I cried.  I cried at home when I got my results, and again in the office with the Dr.   Not because I was scared for my health.  Not because stroke and heart disease is very prevalent in my family.  No, I cried because I was afraid of going off Atkins.  I was afraid of  changing my life. changing my way of eating.  Afraid of gaining weight, and mostly afraid of going back to binging and feeling that "being out of control" feeling.   How stupid.  After it set in, I realized, how stupid.  Do I want a heart attack?  Do I want a stroke?  Is being thinner worth that?  Of course not.  I immediately went to something I knew would keep me on track while transitioning from Atkins to low fat.  I joined  Weight Watchers.  I did WW before and loved it.  I struggled before, only because I wasn't working the plan.  I decided I need something structured to keep me focused.  I need the meetings to keep me motivated.  I don't want to put the weight back on.  My first weigh in was 2 weeks after stopping Atkins.  I was up 5 pounds.  That's all!  Tears for 5 pounds.  My second weigh in I was down 5 pounds.  Thanksgiving came and went and I enjoyed eating my favorites with my family and was up 1.8 pounds from that.  I was able to get right back on plan, tracking my points, quicker than I normally would have, and I am proud of that!  So as of now, I am at 186.8.....Eating a low carb, low fat, high protein diet.  I feel more like a person now, not handcuffed to the NO SUGAR thought process.  I still watch my sugar, but if I have a mint that isn't sugar free I don't panic.  I am eating fruits and vegetables, yogurt and milk.....all the things I have missed, and feeling great about it!  

My sister came to me right after all of this happened, and encouraged me to go to an Ab Class with her.  I went.  I got up and out of the house at 7:30 on my day off and went.  It was just the thing I needed!  Now we go 3 mornings a week to a half hour class focusing on Core and Abs.  This has been a huge help for me.  Once you exercise, you don't want to ruin it by eating crappy, right?  Right!

So, here I am. Feeling healthy, stronger, still in control and hoping I can keep it up!

xoxo



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