Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Just 22.5....

Sometimes I get a little down about the weight slowly coming off. I tend to forget just how much 22.5 pounds is.....

This fully cooked pig is 22.5 pounds!
Big, healthy pig...


This big ol' catfish is also a whopping 22.5 pounds...


King Tut's burial mask, made of gold and inlaid stones, is also 22.5 pounds!


Movie Night

Friday night Ryan and I surprised Caleb by taking him to the local IMAX theater in downtown Chattanooga. I thought he would really enjoy Born To Be Wild in 3D. It was a documentary about orphaned elephants and monkeys that had been raised by humans. We got there a little early and had a chance to show Caleb the beautiful Tennessee River. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful city.  

Ryan showed Caleb the water and big boats...

They are so funny together!

Caleb posed with Mommy for just a moment. 

He did great at the movie! I was so proud of him. We went all out and got popcorn and Nerds. Caleb is hilarious when he says "nerds"! He wanted to sit in his own chair until it kept folding up on him. His little butt wasn't heavy enough (we really don't say that often...)! When the theater got dark, he climbed into my lap and sat perfectly still the ENTIRE time! He loved the elephants but as soon as the monkeys came onto the screen, he said, "Monkey scare ME!!!!!!!!!!" He mentioned it maybe two hundred times this weekend. I think the monkeys scarred him for life....When we got out he had to call his Granny to tell her the monkeys scared him. It was precious. He has asked to go back and see the elephants though. 

I think we'll take him back to see an ocean movie next since he enjoyed it. I am still in shock he behaved the entire time. 

Progress - Week Five

Happy Monday, blog friends! I actually look forward to these weekly progress updates a lot more than I thought I would. At first, I was so embarrassed to talk about weight issues for all the world to see. I was beyond nervous to share all of these things with you. For some reason I hadn't come to terms with the fact that I had just let myself go. It's like if I didn't acknowledge I had gained so much weight, no one else would notice it either. But then I realized how many people really, really struggle every day with their weight like I do.

I'm not one of those women who can drop two dress sizes and forty pounds in a month. No, my body certainly does not work that way. I have literally struggled with my weight most of my life. In a twenty-four hour period, I can gain up to four pounds depending on what and how much I ate the day before. My body is super sensitive to things. I have to consistently keep track of anything I put in my body. It's's time consuming....and sometimes it's just plain not fair. But it's reality for me and for many of you reading this right now. 

I have a husband that can eat a pound and a half of hamburger, top it all off with fries for lunch, still eat a huge dinner, and not gain a pound. He does it regularly and never thinks twice about it. He doesn't have to. I have his big, juicy hamburgers in my face at any given time....

When I come here and report a loss, these are the things I'm up against. The weight is coming off slower now and I'm really having to work for it. Since I updated you last, I lost half a pound. Not a huge report, but it is rewarding for me. I didn't gain and that's a huge accomplishment. Now is usually the time I get discouraged and give up but you guys are here cheering me on, right??? I know giving up now would mean gaining everything back. I'm just not willing to do that now. I love that I have more energy. I feel sooo much better. Clothes are fitting better...I officially got rid of the "fat jeans" a week ago. If I gain everything back, I literally will not have anything to wear. So that's really not an option at this point. 

So there's the harsh reality of it all....I am struggling. Progress seems so slow right now, but I am most definitely not giving up. When I reach my goal and have all of this documented, maybe it will inspire you to do the same. You can see how long it took a slow loser to reach her goal. No matter how slow it's happening, I still have a 22.5 pound loss!!! Water Diet Party

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm Getting Published!

So I got a special email from the very talented blogger, Kristen Welch, of We are THAT Family. Each week she hosts What Works for Me Wednesdays. It's a popular link party that offers bloggers tips for every day life situations. Kristen also created Mercy House in Africa, a maternity home for young pregnant women and girls. God is doing amazing things through this woman and she is such an inspiration to me. I've never had a chance to meet her, but I read her blog quite a bit.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email one morning and had one from Kristen! Here's what she had to say:

"Congratulations! One or more of your tips from posts you submitted to a Works For Me Wednesday blog carnival (hosted at has been selected for a new e-book, called That Works for Me: 1001 Greatest Tips, which will release in Spring of 2012.

WMFW has been a popular blog carnival for years. It has not only brought the blogging community together, but it has helped women manage their daily lives with the thousands of fantastic tips shared by thousands of bloggers. 

We recognize that searching for that one tip is like looking for a needle in an online haystack. That Works for Me will be organized, categorized, and highly useful with hot links to 1,001 of the best tips." 

Wow... Just wow! I am beyond stunned. There are so many wonderful, talented and helpful bloggers out there. I am just amazed that she liked one of my posts. Little ol' me from Chattanooga, Tennessee....I feel so blessed to share a tip that the Lord put in my heart. As soon as it is released, I will share how to get your own copy! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Reached B.C.!

I simply cannot wait until Monday to update you all! Today I have made a huge accomplishment. As you may know, I've been struggling for three whole weeks to break this stinkin' plateau with my weight loss. I've struggled...I've been a little blue....but it has not been in vain!

Today marks a huge milestone:

I am officially at my pre-pregnancy weight!!!!  
I am at my B.C. (Before Caleb) weight!!!!

I have not been at this weight since I got pregnant with Caleb....for the first time since March of 2009! So it took me a little less than three years, but that's what makes today so special. It was well worth waiting three weeks for this! Normally, I would have gotten discouraged and given up. I would have regained some weight and been unhappy. 

But not this time! Not today!

My cravings for sweets, junk food, and my all time favorite (Coca Cola) have diminished greatly! I have not had a "real" Coca Cola in over two months. I never thought I'd say that! I have had a cookie here and there if I wanted it enough. I have not deprived myself and I still get to enjoy results!

I read several articles before and after having Caleb that said if you don't lose the pregnancy weight in the first year after having your child, you pretty much don't have a chance. I am here to prove that it can be done! You can be healthy at any point in your life. Don't let people discourage you and make you think you missed your chance. That is setting yourself up to fail. I did that and then decided they were wrong. You can do this too!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Progress - Week Four

It's that time again, friends! I have a small report this week, just half a pound lost since last week. Okay, it's totally better than gaining! I have seriously fought with it this week and feel like I'm getting my tail kicked. I see that you all love the progress pictures and thought I would share a little more that I have started to notice.

On Saturday, Caleb and I were playing around. He kept asking his Daddy to take a picture of us. I started noticing something while the sweetest toddler in the world was playing smoochy face with his mamma....

Did you catch it? My cheekbones are beginning to show again! 

And for the sake of comparison, I took this one...

These were taken this past summer...

And this was in November...
Big difference, right?!?

I took this one while we were working on Caleb's room Saturday...
I have not been able to wear this shirt since we got pregnant with Caleb in March of 2009! The best news? It didn't cling to me like Saran Wrap! Ha!

At this point, I believe it's time to get moving more while I continue to use my Sensa. If you think about it, Sensa has done way better than it guarantees on their site. I'm definitely ahead of the game at this point even though my losses have slowed. Again, Sensa does NOT make you drop 30 pounds in a week! Over a course of 6 months, you will lose 30.5 pounds according to their years of clinical research. While that doesn't seem overly dramatic as compared to other programs on the market, it seems completely realistic and attainable. And when you think about it, thirty pounds is a huge accomplishment! 

I'm at 22 pounds lost in a little less than 2 months. I am beyond pleased with the results I have had! I did not put this weight on overnight, so I have no right to think I should lose it in a week's time. One goal I am making at this point is getting my booty moving more. Sensa products will work so much better with a healthier lifestyle, so I am going to give it the best chance to work! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Train Room Reveal - Part 1

You may remember that Ryan and I recently painted Caleb's room. We have officially said goodbye to the nursery (sad, right???) and welcomed a big boy room into our home! It took weeks of planning and preparation, but with the help of my mom we pulled it off!
We loved the nursery, but it was time for a change!
I took these pictures not long after Caleb was born. 

We started by painting the top half of the room to lighten it up. 

Yesterday, my mom came over to decorate the walls. We started around 9:00 in the morning and didn't finish until 3:00 in the afternoon! We were exhausted!

Caleb loved it! He woke up from his nap as we put the final touches on his room! He said, "Mommy! Look!!!"

Friday, January 20, 2012

How to Eat Mexican Food and Lose Weight

If you know me in real life, you know how much I love me some Mexican food! If you are a friend on Facebook, you know some big changes came to my workplace this week. Our marina's new restaurant is the famous Chattanooga Mexican restaurant, Amigos! While I am beyond excited about having my favorite so close it does happen to pose a new problem....I'm trying to lose weight.

Amigos had their grand opening this week and I was more than eager to check it out! Oops...

For lunch yesterday I had their nachos swimming in refried beans and lots of white cheese dip. Oh, I know. Try that for 765 whopping calories. I ate the half order, but I honestly don't think that helped much...

Today I decided to play it a little smarter. While a splurge every now and then is okay, I had to get back on track! Even Sensa can't help when I eat 765 calories in a meal! 

I chose a healthier option: Fajitas. It was very satisfying and I didn't kill myself on my food intake for the day!

If you want to eat healthier, but still enjoy your Mexican food try these instead:
  • Eating regular salsa is just fine! It's the tortilla chips that get you...they're fried. While they taste amazing, it doesn't help you at all. Try grabbing a couple of soft tortillas and spreading your salsa on those. It's still satisfying and you can still have your salsa!
  • Step back from the refried beans, amigos! They can be cooked with lard or bacon grease. They're also smothering with white cheese! 
  • You've also gotta watch out for that white cheese dip. It comes on everything and makes it all taste so good. You end up really stuffing yourself on it!
  • If you have the choice between crunchy or soft tacos, go for the soft ones. Crunchy tacos have fried shells....makes them taste really amazing, but not so good for you!
  • If you decide to splurge from time to time, have the server bring a To-Go box when your meal comes. Immediately put half of it in the box for later! If you're like me, you can always give the other half to your hubby who can literally eat his weight in Mexican food and never gain a pound....Just sayin'!
  • Fill up on the veggies in fajitas or Mexican salads! They are great and help you save you from traveling down the wrong road! 
I hope this helps you still enjoy some of your favorite meals when eating Mexican food! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Remodelaholic Feature

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am today! One of my blog heroes has decided to actually feature me on their blog! Well, actually they wanted to feature Caleb's frog bathroom project that Ryan and I completed last January! I am beyond flattered!

If you are visiting from Remodelaholic today, welcome! I have plenty of other projects that may interest you as well....we seem to have plenty to tackle around our house! Hubby and I have installed a floating floor, painted our kitchen cabinets, and redecorated a small master bathroom to name a few. We are right in the middle of a huge basement renovation. We are currently installing the beadboard ceiling. So stick around...there is plenty more to come! 

I realize my original post about our frog bathroom needed a few more completed photos, so I took a few more....

We added two white shelves to hold a couple of frogs beside our mirror. 

How cute are these guys?!?

My sweet stepdaughter painted the frog picture for me this past summer. She's so talented for 10!

My stepson painted the picture over the toilet. 

He's so creative! He started with an idea and it morphed into something even better once he got started. 

This right here is a very prized possession of mine. All three of our kids left their mark on the frog bathroom. They really enjoyed doing this one! It hangs above the linen closet doors. 

Want to grab this look?

  • The frog shower curtain and frog bathroom accessories came from Sears. I don't think they sell the design anymore. 
  • The paint color is Sherwin Williams French Roast. 
  • The porcelain frogs came from Hobby Lobby, thanks to my mom. 
  • The frog on the toilet is from Scentsy.
  • The frog rug and towels all came from Sears as well. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Want Real Results?

Several people have asked me about Sensa now that I am having some pretty amazing results. I am loving their product! I admit I was very skeptical when I began using it. I thought, "How can I just simply sprinkle my food and really lose the weight if I have been trying so hard to lose the weight for two years???" Seriously, I tried everything. I watched what I ate very carefully for a while. Nothing happened so I gave up. I thought maybe since having a child the extra weight would just be my new normal.

When I got the opportunity to try Sensa, I hoped for the best but really expected nothing. I read that Sensa uses your sense of smell to shed the weight. When I sprinkled it on my food, I expected it to smell funky and deter me from eating. That didn't happen at all! I'd say 95% of the time, I don't smell anything different. My food still tastes and smells the exact same. I've noticed that I feel fuller much quicker and in turn eat a lot less. It's simple really. 

I have not been more active (which I really wish wasn't the truth right now), so I can't give any credit to an extreme workout regimen when it comes to the great results I have had. Other than using my Sensa as directed, I have been drinking a lot more water. I never noticed how little I drank before. I must have been severely dehydrated all of the time. I am the type of person who hardly gets thirsty. Now I have to be more mindful of my water consumption. I think it's been the most difficult part of this whole process....just remembering to get my water in. I can tell when I don't drink enough water, I simply do not lose weight. Period. 

If you're losing hope with your weight loss efforts, please don't give up until you give Sensa a try. It's reasonably priced and Sensa is offering a pretty awesome promotion right now on their website. Click HERE to see it. If you don't want to order it online, visit GNC since they sell it also. 


Caleb has been so sweet this week. I have definitely enjoyed every moment of it! He's just now starting to ask to have his picture taken. It's so sweet! He poses a little and loves to say "cheese"!

We took this with my iPhone, so it's a little blurry...

His hair sticks up all the time! So cute!

This weekend Ryan and I began changing some things around the house (what a shock, right???). We decided to group the pictures on the walls together a little better. Now I realize I need more picture frames...

We laid everything out on the floor in front of the couch and arranged things until we liked them. 

Then hubby got the awesome task of measuring and hanging everything. Took a while...
We've decided to paint the living room sometime this spring, so moving things around wasn't a huge deal to us right now. We thought we could try this look out and see how it grows on us. 

We also rearranged things at the front entrance. Ryan built a key rack and coat holder for me this weekend and I think it will work well for us. As soon as Caleb and Ryan step in the door, they throw their coats off. Now this takes care of the mess! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Progress - Week Three

So here we are another week into this. Last week was really tough. I would gain a couple of pounds and then lose it again. Back and forth ALL week....Very frustrating. I know the loss will come, but it's difficult to try so very hard and have nothing new to show for it.  I have been taking some before pictures and monthly progress pictures along the way. Since I was so aggravated, I decided to compare just a bit. It was pretty encouraging!

I think I'll get a little farther along in my journey before I show all of the pictures, but I want to check in this week with something to show. 

For the purpose of clarifying something for my family that reads the blog, I am wearing a sports bra. I did not just post pictures of myself on the internet in lingerie! No worse than a two piece swimsuit, people. Plus, hubby gave the okay before I shared it! 

Now that we got that out of the way, here we go....
Am I embarrassed? You bet....Is it worth it to show you all that? Only if it inspires you to take better care of yourself too. I did promise to be honest with you all. 

So, here is two months into this and 21.5 pounds lost. 
(Same sports bra, by the way)

So, there you go. Brutal honesty here, people....
Wanna join me? 


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