Friday, May 31, 2013


I have just 2.6 pounds to go until I reach my original goal. Most days it seems as though I can work so hard and eat just right, but the scale just simply will not move. Talk about frustrating!

I'm at the point that I realize something absolutely has to change if I want to see any more progress. I've gotten into the habit of eating healthy and I'm going to Zumba twice a week, but that's just not going to be enough for me at this point. Yes, it has worked for a while and I have made quite a bit of progress. But I'm honestly just stuck and I'm sick of being stuck.

I feel as though I'm about to go fifty kinds of crazy if I don't make that scale move soon. 

My husband has looked at me like I'm losing my mind this week. I can see that goal just right in front of my face and for the life of me I cannot seem to get there. I've got the sweetest friends checking in on me...expecting me to shout from the rooftops that I've reached my goal. And then there's just nothing. I actually threatened to binge on doughnuts (which I despise anyways) this morning. This is just getting ridiculous.
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Once I set my mind to do something, I'll do whatever it takes to reach the goal. So here I am putting everything I've got into losing less than three tiny pounds. And I just can't seem to do it. My dad's idea of starvation to lose those last couple of pounds just isn't going to work for me either....So things are going to have to change now.
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I'm going to step out on a scary limb now....I'm going to adjust my calorie intake. There's a very good chance that I'm not eating enough at this point. That is absolutely terrifying. I've spent a year and a half getting my emotional overeating under control. Now that I feel like I'm in a really good place with it, I have to eat more. The only thing running through my head at this point is the potential to gain weight instead.

I'm also going to start doing more Zumba at home. I have the game for Wii and I can shake my booty in the privacy of my own home thankyouverymuch.
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If you've never tried Zumba, it's a blast! I'm the most uncoordinated, ungraceful person with absolutely no rhythm! I promise if I can get out there and attempt it, anyone can! Want to try it out at home? 

Check out these free Zumba videos....HERE!

Anyone else just plain stuck this week?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Confidence After Weight Loss

I must have hit on a fairly tough subject here with my Love and Fat post. There are so many of us that struggle with our self esteem, worth and image. We have linked our confidence (of lack of it) with our weight and body image.

I've been on both sides of this story.

I understand the deep hurt and desperation that comes when we step on the scale just to cringe at the number that creeps higher and higher. I understand the doubt that comes along the moment we view ourselves as anything but worthy. I know the pain of being criticized and critiqued. I've felt the embarrassment of not being able to do something fun because you are too large to participate. I've cried when my smaller friends have been able to enjoy shopping for cute clothes, wear their two piece swim suits on the boat, and eat just about anything they wanted.

I have battled for every inch, every single pound lost. I have struggled to make healthy habits and completely change my life. I may not be exactly where I hope to be, but I have truly gained so very much through this journey!

I still struggle with the whole confidence thing. You can reach your weight loss goals, but that doesn't mean the internal healing comes along at the same time. It takes time to gain the confidence you've lacked for so long. I struggle with this even now that I feel so much better.

  1. I am a child of God. He does not make mistakes and He certainly didn't start with you or me! 
  2. No matter how rough you feel, cling to those "Before" pictures. You have fought a battle and those are your trophies! 
  3. Be proud of the story you have. Not everyone can win this battle. 
  4. Go out and share your story. There are more people out there that would love to cheer you on and support you along the way. You will be so surprised!
  5. Fake it 'til you make it! Some days you'll feel down about your progress, but remember it will pass. Stay positive and you'll make it through! 
  6. Learn to accept compliments. (I struggle with this. I never really know what to say when someone compliments my weight loss efforts or how I look now.) Smile and say "Thank you!" because you have earned it! 
  7. Accept that you'll never be perfect and love yourself even though you aren't! 
  8. Reward yourself when you accomplish a goal. You've worked hard and you deserve it! 
  9. Discover what really makes you happy and go after it. Don't chase the things that stress or upset you. 
  10. Take the time to appreciate what you've been through and how it has shaped you. 
  11. Fix your make up, hair and dress nicely. It does wonders for your confidence! 

Y'all, I am by no means an expert at any of this because I truly struggle with it too. These are a few things I've picked up along the way to help build back the confidence I lost. It takes time, patience and lots of practice. 

Summer Bucket List

I'm linking up with Where We Can Live Like Jack and Sally for their 2013 Summer Bucket List link up!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seat Repairs

Ryan and I have been so blessed to know some really wonderful people. We have had so much help with our Chris Craft project and the kindness continues....

The seams on our seats were coming apart! We had a quote of $100 to repair these seats. 

One of our talented friends stepped forward with the right equipment and materials and fixed them for us!

The pictures aren't fantastic because I took them super quick. 
One minute we had busted up seats. The next thing I know Ryan is ripping them off the boat and giving them to our friend to repair! 

They need a good cleaning, but I am thrilled with how beautiful they are now!!! 

We are so very thankful for everyone's help and advice along the way as we restore this beautiful boat. She needed a ton of time and money and we are slowly bringing her back to life. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

KR Creative Graphic Design

You may have noticed the facelift my blog got recently!

 I am so very excited to introduce my newest blog sponsor....

KR Creative Graphic Design outfitted my blog with a brand new, custom designed header, navigation bar, and graphics along the sidebar.

Not only does KR Creative produce gorgeous, one of a kind blog designs, you can get custom brochures, invitations, and cards. If you're looking for beautiful decals, letterhead, or flyers, look no further than KR Creative Graphic Design.

If you need a new company or blog logo, they can help you with that as well.

The blog design process with KR Creative was so easy! I dreaded trying to convey what kind of "look" I wanted the blog to have. I listed a few of my favorite colors and explained that I wanted clean, simple lines and they absolutely did it. It was everything I hoped for and more!

They were absolutely wonderful to work with and I would recommend them to any blogger, big or small. 

If you're in desperate need of a new, exciting look, check out KR Creative Graphic Design.

Weekend Wrap Up

I hope y'all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 

Caleb is at such a fun age now! He has inherited his parents' love of boating and we are so blessed to be able to spend our summer on the water. 

Caleb was all about going fast on the little boat this year! 

I actually enjoyed sitting on our bigger boat better. 

We had lunch on the Chris Craft. 
I found the cutest Mickey Mouse fruit and cheese tray for Caleb. 

Someone simply would not nap on Saturday! 
He watched a movie on the boat while I got some sun. 

It has been years since I could just relax and get a tan. 
I've been too ashamed of my body for the past six years and have kept myself covered up. 
My poor legs finally saw the light of day! 

Loved every second of it and I didn't burn! 
Always a good thing! 

Caleb hung out with Daddy all day and loved it! 
From driving the boat to hanging off the swim platform, they were stuck like glue. 

Caleb begged us for 10 minutes to jump in the water. We tried to warn him that it was going to be really cold. 

We got the "Please, Mom, I'll do anything" face. 

We took a long ride down to the dam. 

He loved every second of it! 

So, Ryan and I finally let Caleb jump in....

And he realized it was freakin' cold! It took his breath and he went nuts! 
Ryan had to pull him back in, but I think he'll listen to us a little more next time. 

After he got dried off, he was all smiles again! 

We had dinner at our favorite restaurant on the lake before going home to finally crash! 

So, how did you spend the weekend? 


Motivation Monday #3

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend! 
Stay safe out there and try not to be too harsh on your bodies you've worked so hard for! 

My tips today are completely summer holiday related!

  1. Lay off the greasy foods! Your body will thank you for it! 
  2. Don't forget to stay hydrated! Drink your water! 
  3. Be extra careful with the alcohol. Don't drink all your calories! 
  4. Snack on some healthy protein and drink a glass of water before heading out to a big cookout!
  5. Don't be afraid to bring a veggie tray and some fruit with you when you hang out with friends and family. 
  6. Have fun! Get active and play. You'll burn calories whether you play out in the yard, ski behind a boat, or dance with your friends!

This week I want to feature the lovely Laurie of Lulu and Daisy! Last week she linked up with us and I just really found her post encouraging.

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Laurie wrote:

"As humans trying to become healthy, lose weight, whatever, we never give ourselves enough credit when we do something positive.  We tend to focus on the fact that we only made it to the gym once this week, or that we ate a huge brownie for dessert last night.  Everything we do to better ourselves counts.  Every slip-up makes us human.  We forget that life happens.  Life gets in the way.  We do the very best we can to put our health and well-being first, but the fact is, life happens.  Don't beat yourself up over the small stuff.  The important thing is to keep going and not give up.  No one ever said anything worth having would be easy.

I think the reason people quit is because they beat themselves up over having a bad day or a bad week.  I think the greatest thing that I have learned THIS time is that it's okay to not be perfect.  My relationship with food has changed and so have I.  I didn't gain 60 pounds in a few took years.  I can't expect it to drop off by July 4th, and I know that it won't."
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For some reason, the whole "it's okay to not be perfect" just really got me. I think so many women do get discouraged when they have an off day. 

Let's see what everyone else does to stay motivated this week! 


Sunday, May 26, 2013

First Trophy

My sweet boy finished his first t-ball season. 

I'm telling y'all, Ryan and I deserve a trophy for making it through! 

On Saturday morning, all of the little rookies got together for a trophy ceremony. 

This was Caleb's very first trophy! 

One proud mama! 

Caleb couldn't wait to show his trophy to Nana and Daddy! 

Caleb asked me if he won the trophy for playing in the dirt. 

Um, yeah kid, that's exactly what you got a trophy for! 

My Best Friend

A very special happy birthday to the man that has loved me endlessly! 

Ryan is a wonderful husband and amazing father. We've known each other since I was the 12 year old tomboy neighbor that he honestly never looked twice at! 

 I had a crush on that little boy then and I have an even bigger crush on the man now.....

He's my best friend, biggest supporter, and greatest love of my life. We've grown up together the last six years and I adore the man he has become. 

He's the one I can cut loose and be crazy around. 

He's the person who I lean on and cry on his shoulder.

He loves me for me. He loved me when I couldn't love myself.

He's laid back while I'm all OCD....

He's my inspiration to stand up for myself and he's all the confidence that I lack.

He's given me a beautiful child who is so very much like his daddy.

He's taught me to stand on my own two feet and stand up for all the things I believe in.

He's taught me that I'm something special and that I have value.

He's given me so very much and I will spend the rest of my life loving him back for it.

I believe you get a person like this just once in your life and he's it for me.



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