Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WW: Naps are the best.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Manic Mash Up 3/29


Link up your blog, your twitter, etsy, your Nana's myspace - whatever you want! You can link anything you want as long as it is SFW (ie: no porn or icky stuff!). The only rule is to tag your link appropriately:

Blog: Blog name
Facebook: add a (FB) at the end of your title
Twitter: @yourhandle
Etsy: Shop name (etsy)
Other business: Title (biz)

Go nuts and toss your pills! Link up anything you want!

Take it Off: Week 4

When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.
~Woody Allen

As I mentioned before, I've always been fat. Even at my lowest weight, I was still technically 'fat' by societal standards. In the past when I've lost a lot of weight, before I lost it, I contemplated what I might be like after I lost the weight. I don't know a me that isn't plus sized. What will it be like to be 'thin'? When you are seriously overweight - obese - and you think about losing weight and not being fat, about thirty seconds after the idea stops being exhilarating it just gets freaking scary. Everything you've ever known about your body will be no more. And you can't go back because if you go back you will die. Yes, that's dramatic, but its true. If you don't do something about this, it will kill you. The fat will tear your body apart, bit by bit until it takes over and you no longer exist.

But what about ME? Will changing my body kill my sense of self? Will I still like my body? Will my sense of humor change? Will people treat me differently? Will I treat people differently? Who am I when I am not the fat me? All of these questions are, in part, why I've never met a final weight loss goal. I am a self-saboteur. 

Scratch that. I WAS a self-saboteur.

Here's the thing, people have lots of subconscious reasons that they don't lose weight. For some, the positive attention that weight loss brings makes them uncomfortable. For others, they worry about failure, how people will treat them, if they like you for the right reasons, the effort it will take to maintain, the change of lifestyle.

For me, it's a fear of success. Yes, success - not failure. I've always had a hard time keeping up with myself. I'm an idea person that doesn't have a lot of follow through. I find ways to create hurdles for myself. I get overwhelmed with the prospect of succeeding at something because I'm afraid of what the results will be. If I succeed at this, will I have time for that? If I succeed at this, will it dramatically change the things in my life that I'm happy with? I'm happy with the way things are, maybe I should just forget about this and stay this way. 
Ultimately though, I'm not happy when I do that because then I just regret what could have been.

Over the past year, I've been making a lot of changes. I slowly realized my fear of success while painting a mural for my best friend's baby. She has often encouraged me to do something with my talent that I could turn into a career. I'm not quite *there* yet - but I feel like I am working towards it. I was diagnosed with ADD (something I long suspected was an issue) and began using techniques to correct/help that condition. I've eliminated a lot of unnecessary and negative activities and interactions from my life. I've made it a point to make and meet small goals. And now I am making the choice to finally be successful at losing weight and getting healthy.

I overcame a very major hurdle last week. I only lost one pound. After losing 12 pounds in 2 weeks, that was disappointing. But I did something I don't normally do. I rallied. I realized that particular week was beyond my control. I let myself have a low week, got back on the horse and continued on this weight loss journey. In the past, I would have said "F it, this is too hard, I'll just stay the way I am." I could have eaten all the snacks that were calling me from the kitchen. I could have walked right up to the corner and gotten an ice cream treat. I could have ordered that sesame chicken that I really, really, really wanted. I didn't do any of it.

I am not afraid to succeed at this. In fact, I can't wait to succeed at this so that I can show everyone how awesome this program really is. So what has changed? Why is this attempt so different from any other? A lot of it is mental, of course, but the biggest credit goes to Medifast. Medifast has made it easy for me to succeed. Everything is spelled out for me. The calories, fat, carbs and protein are all counted out and portioned. While I do recommend keeping a food journal, if that's not your style, or you don't have time, Medifast is perfect for you. There is no counting of calories or tracking of points throughout the majority of your day. You are on your own for your Lean & Green meal. But between their cookbook, the MyMedifast message boards and lots of creative bloggers, you'll never be at a loss for a recipe or someone to help you figure things out.

Everyone has to find their own way when it comes to weight loss. But when you are ready to make that difficult change, choose the tools that will make the journey easier. Choosing Medifast is the best thing I've ever done in terms of weight loss. I'm not just choosing health, I'm choosing success.

I'm no longer afraid of what I will lose when I lose weight. Rather I am looking forward to all I will gain with each loss. Success is a wonderful thing.  

Week one: -7 lbs
Week two: -5 lbs
Week three: -1 lbs
Week four: -3 lbs
Total: 16 lbs gone forever!

If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 

*FTC Disclosure:  Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free.  I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products.  All thoughts written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~
~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~
~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~
~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~
~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WW: No more wire hangers! EVER!



Monday, March 21, 2011

3/22/11: Manic Mash Up


Link up your blog, your twitter, etsy, your Nana's myspace - whatever you want! You can link anything you want as long as it is SFW (ie: no porn or icky stuff!). The only rule is to tag your link appropriately:

Blog: Blog name 
Facebook: add a (FB) at the end of your title
Twitter: @yourhandle
Etsy: Shop name (etsy)
Other business: Title (biz)

Go nuts and toss your pills! Link up anything you want!

Take it off!: Week 3, Mean Girls

Remember last week when I said I didn't miss junk food? Well, that was before my husband brought a giant ass box of Little Debbie's oatmeal pies into the house.

Then Rita's Water Ice, which is about 1/8 of a mile from my house, practically right outside my front door, was giving away free water ice yesterday.

Then there were the Herr's Sour Cream and Onion chips staring at me from the top of the fridge.

That bitch Wendy keeps showing up at my house too. She stands out on the front lawn with Little Debbie, just grinning and sucking up Frosty's.

Betty Crocker is in my basement pantry calling to me 'let's pretend it's your biiiiiiiirthdaaaaay. Make a cake! MAKE ME! I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME!'.

These bitches are mean. But I am meaner. That's right people, PMS has hit me hardcore this month and I am ready to throw down with that whore Aunt Jemima. If there was a Fight Club for food, I'd be Tyler Durden beating the cream filling out of snack cakes.

I've resisted them all. However, despite my best efforts, I have only lost one pound this week. And I am blaming the meanest girl of all: Mother Nature. She made sure there was no way I'd win this week. I'm a little disappointed because I had had so much success in my first two weeks. But I also knew it could happen. I've read many posts on the Medifast boards that there is a third week stall. In looking at everyone's numbers I was seeing losses like .4lbs, 2lbs, .5lbs. I was hard pressed to find people with losses like they experienced in the first two weeks. However I am hopeful that, like those people, my numbers will jump back up during this week and the following weeks.

So I am a little disappointed but not really. I know that it was not a failure on my part or that the diet doesn't work. It works. All you have to do is click through a few threads on the Mymedifast boards too see proof of that. If you are working it, it works.

I’ll happily take my one pound loss and be proud of it. After all, this is what I lost:
That is one pound of fat. Pretty gross. Besides, I've lost more in three weeks than some people do in months on other programs. If that's not a testament to the power of Medifast, I don't know what is.

So what is ahead of me? It’s time to start exercising again. We were told to hold off on starting an exercise regimen (unless we already had one in place). Now that I feel I have adjusted to the diet, it’s time to throw in some activity. To start, that will mean some long walks with Izzy and some sessions on the Wii Fit. Then I plan on going toe to toe with another mean girl, Jillian Michaels. I’m coming for you Jillian. You better bulk up, just look at what I did to poor Little Debbie.


Week one: -7lbs
Week two: -5lbs
Week three: -1lbs

Are you working on your health too? Link up below!

If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 

*FTC Disclosure:  Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free.  I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products.  All thoughts written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~
~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~
~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~
~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~
~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~

Friday, March 18, 2011

Y3W: Signs of Spring


This past weekend we took advantage of the sunny (though somewhat chilly) weather and took a trip to Longwood Gardens. If you've never been, Longwood is over one thousand acres of gardens, topiaries, greenhouse, meadows, and fountains in Kennett Square, PA. It's just over the Delaware state line, so I like to pretend its a Delaware thing. ;) But if you are ever in the area for a visit, you must make time to visit Longwood. Even if you think you aren't interested in flowers, trust me, you will leave this place impressed!

Even though it's technically Spring, things are just starting to turn green again. So a lot of Longwood's grounds were still brown and twiggy. But I really enjoy seeing it this way because its a little insight into how much work goes into shaping some of the plants.

Another upside to coming to Longwood in the early Spring is that its usually not too crowded.
Izzy got to run free quite a bit in the outdoor portions of the gardens. She was, of course, quite pleased with that.

Since the outdoor gardens are not yet in bloom, the go-to place is the Conservatory.
By the time we got to the conservatory (it was a long walk!) Izzy was ready for a snack by the waterfalls.
But it wasn't long before she was begging to go splashing in the 'muddles'.


The current exhibit at Longwood is the International Orchid Show and Sale. I never knew so many orchids existed! Each one was more beautiful and unique than the next.

Can you believe the blue in this orchid? I promise you, this is right out of the camera, I did not boost the colors at all.

Izzy's favorite part of our visit (and mine too) was the Children's Garden. Any opportunity she gets to splash around in water, she is happy.

It was such a lovely day and we can't wait to go back when everything is in bloom!


Home sick with Daddy

Izzy isn't feeling well today and running a high fever. I feel so bad for her. She never has fevers. Never! But this morning she was absolutely burning up. Some Tylenol helped but she is still taking a trip to the doctor. She has a wet, raspy cough and her nose is running like crazy. The poor girl is just as miserable as she can be. I think she might have a sinus infection from her accident but the cough really worries me.

We always try to find a little humor in every bad situation. This is one time it's been very hard to do so. Izzy wasn't even this miserable when she was bitten by the dog. But C did IM to tell me a funny story before they left for the doctor and I thought I'd share it with you.

Daddy Brown:
omg i lost izzy in the house [keep in mind our house is very tiny]
i found her though

Momma Brown:
LOL how did you do that?

Daddy Brown:
she was supposed to be on the potty while i looked for her socks. so i called to her from the bedroom asking if she needed help she said no. finally i couldn't wait i had to go to the bathroom so i went in and she wasn't there.
i looked in the tub. nuthin
so i looked in her room. nuthin
i looked in the living room, nuthin
searched again. nuthin.
she parked her naked ass in her bed

Momma Brown:

Daddy Brown:
just lying there with a cover over her, except her head.

So if  you have some to spare, please send Izzy some good healing vibes. She is having a super rough week. We want our healthy, smiling girl back ASAP. And send Daddy Brown some patience vibes. I think he will need them today.

UPDATE: Well, its just a really nasty cold. The doctor says her injuries from the fall are not infected and will heal just fine. She just happens to have a cold w/ a fever at the same time. We're giving her Motrin and C says that she seems to be feeling better. I guess its nothing a few 100 episodes of Dora won't fix. ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stuff I Liked

This week I have start with

The week started off okay. Nothing special, good, bad or otherwise. I kinda like it that way.
Then Wednesday came. Stupid Wednesday.

I even said on twitter that the day 'felt weird'. I couldn't put my finger on it but something felt off about the day or like something bad was going to happen. Well it totally did. The three of us went out for a walk on Wednesday evening. It was such a nice walk. The weather was nice, Izzy was in a playful mood. Then her feet got away from her and she did a face-plant onto the sidewalk. Oh man...I just couldn't move fast enough. I saw her feet tangle and I started to lunge for her and she started to go over and then BAM! Nose to the concrete.

The blood was just pouring out of ...well somewhere, I couldn't really tell. I thought for sure I'd get her home and she'd be missing teeth. Thankfully it was just a lot of really bad scrapes and some bruised gums. My poor baby, she sobbed for an hour.

You can see the carnage by clicking the band-aid below. I didn't want to post the pic out in plain view. Its really nasty looking and so sad. :(
Izzy had to spend the day with my mom because I don't have any personal time left at work until May. I felt so bad that I wasn't able to be with her today. I usually don't have many regrets about being a working mom. But at times like these, I wouldn't mind winning the Powerball so I could say goodbye to my job and just be with her all the time. Not to be all preachy-pants because I know being a stay at home mom is not an easy gig. But I hope those that have that coveted position of SAHM realize how fortunate you are to be able to stay home when your baby is sick.

To add insult to injury, I found out that my parents put down our family cat on Tuesday. Wednesday, the cat, was just a tad younger than God.
crusty ol' kitty.
We actually aren't sure how old Wednesday was but she was with us for about 20 years. In the last few years she was skin and bones but still thriving. And if you don't count the missing patches of fur and the occasional nap, face first, in her water bowl, she was still pretty spry for her age. Apparently though over the last week she went downhill quickly. She stopped eating and drinking and pretty much doing anything. So my parents decided it was time to let her go.
So she lived a good long life and of all the cats we've had over the years, she was always a favorite of mine. I'll miss you Wednesday-Kitty.

Can I tell you how much I love Erin Farrell? I've known Erin since high school but we were only ever acquaintances. But I've always known her to be a really sweet and thoughtful person so I was really happy to connect with her on Facebook a few years ago. Through that connection I found out that she  had become a professional photographer. After Izzy was born I asked her to come by and take some portraits of Izzy. 

I realize how vain this photo seems. 
"Oh theres meeeeee! (and then the baby)." 
It's the only one I could find online!
If you looked at Erin's Facebook page, time and time again you will see the words beautiful, amazing, stunning, talented, I love it. The accolades just go on and on and they are well deserved. Erin has gained a following not only because of her beautiful photos and obvious talent but thanks to her personality as well. Her gentle and kind nature shines through in every portrait. She is easy to work with and has a knack for helping even the most camera shy (me!) feel at ease in front of the lens. 

With her background in early childhood education, she is quick to charm children and get all the shots you never thought they'd sit still for.

One of the things I enjoy most about Erin's photography is her ever evolving technique. With every new session she posts on her site, I never cease to be amazed or gasp at the beauty or 'aaawwww' at the cuteness she has managed to capture. Erin will be taking our family photos for years to come and I look forward to watching her talent grow with our family.

How funny and disturbing is this picture. Love it!


The fat wonder woman blog is a collection of drawings from various cartoonists. I stumbled upon it a while back and was pleasantly surprised that I knew the owner of the blog, the incredibly talented Jamar Nichols. Jamar may or may not remember me (and if he does I suspect that it isn't fondly. ha!) but I do remember how insanely hilarious and talented he is. You should check out his other blogs too: Detective Boogaloo and The Jamar Nichols Blog to see more of his art.

Really, not much else needs to be said. Its highly addictive. You've been warned. If you sign up and get put on the wait-list, give me a shout and I can send you an invite.

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