Monday, September 26, 2011

Take it off | week 30: on the road

Hey y'all! Bear with me, I'm posting from my phone. I will come back and make this pretty and tell you more about my week later when I can post from the laptop.
We're on vacation this week and taking a little road trip. With a toddler. That alone makes me want to eat my weight in rest stop food. So far though I've resisted and even had a healthy meal at Cracker Barrel (hey I was shocked that was even possible too!).
While some of you might think it's silly for me to log my progress on vacation - cause it's vacation and I should get a pass, right? Um. No. My plan as always with every trip I take is to maintain but I'm more driven than ever to get to goal. I'm down 2lbs this week for a total of 58lbs lost. That puts me at just 42lbs from goal. Wow. I mean, right now, in comparison to where I started with Medifast that sounds easy peasy. We'll see ;)

As if you needed further proof of my dedication to this program, I present photographic evidence:
Yup. Totally brought the scale on vacation with me.


Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Week twenty nine: -1 lbs
Week thirty: -2 lbs

Total: 58 lbs gone forever!
Current weight: 182 lbs
Distance from goal: 42 lbs!!

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 Momnom*~
~*Eileen aka Bringing Up Bronwyn*~
~*Laura akaWho you are is Enough*~

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fish - the new Xanax

We got a new pet a few weeks ago, a fish. I pray this will not be the start of a collection of pocket animals. Izzy and I were at the farmer's market and came upon a woman selling beta fish. I always feel bad for these fish. They sit on shelves in tiny cups until somebody buys them and slops them into a not much larger vase. 

This particular fish though was looking especially pathetic. At the asking price of $2.50, I could not say no. So we paid our 2.50 and another $3 for a shaker of food and home we went. It was only when we got home did I realize I didn't have a larger container for him and into a vase he went. Oh cruel irony. 

I'm happy to report though he has a nice little aquarium now with a plastic coconut tree and everything.
As children do, Izzy gave the fish the most basic name she could think of. Dogs are 'Spot', cats are 'Kitty' and all fish are 'Goldy'. And as all pets do, Goldy does not like me - even though I saved his dumb fish butt from certain death in a dirty dixie cup.

Its true what they say though, fish do bring about a sense of calm - even if its a 'siamese fighting fish'. Izzy can drive me to the brink of madness and all I need to do is watch that fish take a few laps around his plastic tree and I can feel my blood pressure fade to non-emergent numbers.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I've been reading this book about rediscovering your creativity and giving yourself permission to be creative. I often find that I tell myself I don't have time to draw and paint and craft and I miss it terribly. Then when I have time, I'm too intimidated by the restrictions I've put on myself to actually create anything. So I'm taking lessons from this book and trying to untrain my brain. This begins with me taking a few minutes every day and quickly sketching something. Last night, while Izzy relaxed after bath time, I stood in the kitchen with my watercolor pencils and sketched Goldy. No erasers, no rulers, no reference photos. Just one sheet of paper, my pencils and fish.



I'm out of practice but at least he is recognizable as a fish! And that's what this is about, getting practice in, challenging myself and most importantly surrendering to the creativity instead of the self doubt. He may not be the most technically correct beta you've ever seen but I enjoyed doodling him and I am pleased with the result.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WW: Farmer Girl

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Daddy, have you finished your chores yet?
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Those stalls aren't going to muck themselves, Buster.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Take it off | Week 29: Excavating and other stuff


First, I want to thank everyone for their support last week. It's been a tough month for me and I appreciate the support so very much. I hope my comments did not come across as being ungrateful or unaware that you all are out there. It was more a mourning of being in a different place than my teammates and not a commentary on the community in general.

As these layers of fat come off, a funny thing happens. It's like I'm excavating my own body for artifacts that are better left buried. Lots of emotions get stirred up with the struggle to lose, getting used to people treating you differently and watching your peers meet their goals and move on. It's not easy but I know it will get easier...or at the very least, different. I am nowhere near to a point of giving up - not with as far as I've come! Besides, I could not live with myself if I let you all down after all the energy you've put in to cheering me on.

I'd love to report to you all that I've rallied and I'm feeling like a new woman this week. Unfortunately it's not quite the case. No worries, I am clawing my way out of this funk and I can see the light, I just need to keep pushing forward. But my tenacity is yet again being challenged by a small loss. I'm only down one pound this week thanks to TOM. Boo! And yes, I am blaming Mother Nature because I kicked ass at staying on plan this past week. I'm confident that I will have a bigger loss next week.

I do have quite a few NSV's to report though. The biggest and most important one is that I am 'overweight'! 


You might be scratching your head and wondering why I am happy about this. Well, it means that I am no longer 'obese'. My current BMI is 29.8.  Only 30lbs to a BMI that is on the high side of normal. :)
I honestly could not tell you if I have ever been 'overweight' before in my life. I am pretty sure that from birth to now that I have always been 'obese'. So I am pretty psyched about that!


Over the weekend I pulled out my box of "Shit that don't fit" (yes, that's actually the label on the box). Guess what? Everything in the box fits! Not only am I back in my pre-pregnancy jeans, all of which are a Junior's size 15 (so I guess that's probably a 14 in an adult size?) A few pairs are a little loose - but I suppose that's just a difference in cut and style. I'll take it! :)  (If you are wondering, I buy Juniors jeans because the inseam tends to be shorter and I have stumpy legs.)
I also bought myself another pair of heels because the more I lose, the more comfortable they are to walk in. I'm pretty excited to reserve my sneakers for exercise purposes! The heavier me could really only wear flip-flops, flats and sneakers without having crushed toes and back pains.

I've also decided to challenge myself in the kitchen. I am experimenting with Medifast recipes. I'm a pretty lazy cook which is why Medifast works so well for me. Most of the work is already done for me. Realistically though, I need to think about the future and what will happen when I am in maintenance. There won't be a big box of food on my doorstep just waiting to be eaten. I will actually have to take real and true responsibility for the food that comes into my home and goes in my body.

I am rolling up my sleeves and diving into the true versatility that Medifast offers. Thanks to kitchen wizards like Sandy over at Sandy's Kitchen, I can turn all of my Medifast meals into new and exciting things. This weekend I made her Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins (sans cream cheese topping). These muffins are so freaking good! And I love how they sort of puff up and get really big.
It makes it seems like I am having a big treat but really I am staying 100% on plan. If I had a birthday coming up I totally would have made a birthday 'cupcake' out of this recipe.

This week I am going to make the blueberry 'granola'. We are going on a road trip to Canada and I want to make sure I have some fun snacks for the road so that I am not tempted along the way.


And lastly, here's a pick of my in my size 15's from the weekend:
The sun was in my eyes.
I was going to get one of me standing in them - but I forgot. heh. I think this photo is even better though because it shows that I can comfortably sit in them and not burst at the seems! I love this green shirt. It conceals my bat wings so well. :)

Hope everyone has a great week with whatever challenge you are facing. I'll be rooting for you!


Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Week twenty nine: -1 lbs

Total: 56 lbs gone forever!
Current weight: 184 lbs
Distance from goal: 44 lbs!!

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 Momnom*~
~*Eileen aka Bringing Up Bronwyn*~
~*Laura akaWho you are is Enough*~

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Y3W: Pickin' wild flowers

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am overweight.

No shit, right?

Yeah but this time last week I was obese.

Today, I am overweight.



My current BMI is 29.8.  Only 30lbs to a BMI that is on the high side of normal. :)
(And I just realized this. That's why its getting it's very own special post.)

Heelys: How old people roll

When I was a kid, I was at the skating rink every Saturday night. I could skate forward, backward, in circles, couples skate, do that chain whip thingy. I was a roller skating princess.

But now... now I am old. And I look at chicks that do roller derby and man do I envy them. But like I said, I am old. If I were a dinosaur, I'd be this one:
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Even still, my inner child calls for me and when I got a chance to review Heelys, I jumped on it. And I have to tell you, I am so glad I did. Now, I won't kid you. I didn't just slip them on and zoom off down the street like I was 10 years old again. It's been many, many years since I've been on anything with wheels that wasn't a car. I was nervous but excited to get back on some wheels! That's right my friends, they make Heelys for big kids too!

I chose the Heelys in the pink and black Wave style.
These are the original Heelys that allow you to easily transition from rolling to walking just by shifting the weight of your feet. What's even better is that the wheels are removable so that the shoes can be turned into street shoes for extended periods of walking. I was super impressed with the quality and construction of the shoes. They look to be very well put together and durable. They are light weight and best of all comfortable.

Like I said, I had a little difficulty getting the hang of the shoes on my own. And that is not through any design flaw in the Heelys - I'm just not very coordinated. I mean, I trip over my own shadow sometimes. I watched several of the teaching videos on the Heelys site. I knew what I needed to do, it was just a matter of convincing my body to do it!

It was suggested that I try the Heelys out while grocery shopping and using the cart to balance myself until I got the hang of it and that's exactly what I did!

I never felt uneasy on the Heelys - and believe me, I'm a big chicken. The wide footprint of the shoe really helped me feel more secure. I would definitely get these for Izzy when she is old enough, topped off with matching helmet, knee and elbow pads of course (I know, I was totally being a bad example in my video. I am also completely aware that I am dressed like a boy in my video. Whatever. It was laundry day.) Also, these were a great work out. I was sweating my butt off by the end. So its definitely a core building activity!

I hope y'all will check out Heelys. You can find them on Twitter Facebook and of course on the official Heelys website.

All of this skating around has me totally reminiscing about all those nights at the skating rink and the great music. So I declare FREEEEE SKAAAAAAAATE!

*FTC Disclosure: Heelys were provided to me through Business2blogger  free of charge for the purpose of this review.
I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning this product. All thoughts written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Manic Mash-up! 9/13/2011

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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
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Be sure to check out my co-hosts, The Adventures of Goober Grape & Monkey Man and A Grande Life.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Take it Off | Week 28: Lost.



Maps are pretty cool. Having part or all of the world, right there in your pocket. Lines just waiting to be traveled and explored.
The call for adventure is one we all feel at some capacity. So you choose your adventure, smooth your map out on the table, chart your course and its all very exciting and new. You pack your bags and prepare to set off on a journey of monumental proportions. It will be talked about for years to come. You start walking, map in hand, memorizing the lines, confident in your stride.

So confident that you decide to put your map away.

Then there are storms along the trail and tree limbs to stumble over, in the darkness you get turned around, you've forgotten the thoughtfully mapped out trails you had traced on your map. And even when you retrieve it from your pack, it is crumpled and torn from being stored improperly.

Panic sets in.

The map is difficult to read for all its wrinkles and your panicked eyes. The lines so carefully drawn are now blurred by the rain. Just as you were about to believe that all hope was lost and you'd never make it to the end, the rain finally ceases, a thread of sun shines through the tree canopy and you hear someone calling your name. You know now that you can go on. You can make it to end with or without your map, you will find your way with some help.

I've been lost in the woods for a few weeks now and my search party has finally arrived.

I admitted to Jenni this morning that I am struggling. I'm still on plan and losing weight but I'm losing grip on my goal. The checkpoints are getting further and further apart and the way to the end becomes more treacherous with every turn. I am mentally exhausted and feeling the pull of old habits. I thought it might be the change in seasons getting me down but really its something more woeful.

I am alone.

Stephanie and Jenni have been at goal for months and weeks now. I am so happy for their success but because they have moved to another leg of their journey I feel very much alone. Honestly, I feel a little silly for feeling 'alone' because I know there are others on the same journey; I talk to them every day. There are people that read my posts every week to comment and show support. And my husband is always a source of strength and Izzy is my reminder of why I am doing this. But we started Medifast as a team. when you are part of a team and you are the last one standing it becomes a burden. One that thankfully Jenni recognizes. Even though she made it to the end of her journey, she came back for me today.

Thank you, Jenni, for helping me feel a little less lost.



Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Week twenty five: -1.5 lbs
Week twenty six: -3 lbs
Week twenty seven: -1 lbs
Week twenty eight: -2 lbs

Total: 55 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 Momnom*~
~*Eileen aka Bringing Up Bronwyn*~
~*Laura akaWho you are is Enough*~

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The little artist

Izzy has started drawing people. She whipped up this cast of characters from her life over the weekend. As you can see, the likenesses are uncanny.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Take it off, Week 27: I messed up


This was not a great week. I unintentionally went off plan - and not in the way you'd expect. Last week was a rough one at work. I'm starting to get busy again and my little Mac, she's been trudging along but finally decided to give up and head to the big iCloud in the sky. I couldn't even move my mouse without everything freezing up. So this made for a very stressful week with lots of overtime to make up for all the time I lost.

And this has what to do with Medifast? Well, it caused me to accidentally go off plan and at the time, I didn't even realize it was happening. No, I didn't eat my way through bags of chips or hit up McD's for a quicky meal. Instead I did something that was probably way worse. I forgot to eat a lot of my meals and I barely drank enough water to survive. Oops. And because the 5 and 1 Plan is calorie restrictive, skipping meals is bad, bad, bad and grounds for a serious time out. I lost 1 pound this week. I'm shocked that I lost anything. I'm pretty sure my body went into starvation mode and what made it worse was that I was still recovering from being sick. 

My point is: Don't do this!

Eating all of your meals and getting your water in is key on this diet. Honestly I'm a little scared of what it will do to my weigh-in for next Monday as my body re-adjusts. But this is where I am and all I can do is get back on track and hope for the best. In all I am down a total of 53 pounds....and wishing it were more. Sigh. 

Anyhoo, I don't want to be a total downer so check this out:

Remember these pics way back from Week 9?

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Well, I pulled the dress out again since I hit my wedding weight a few weeks ago.

Let me tell you, pregnancy changes the shape of your body. The next time someone says that to you and you look at them sideways and think "yeah right", well knock it off. Because I am telling you it's true. I weigh seven pounds less now than I did when I got married and that dress is tight. But it fits!

Here are the latest shots - I'm not wearing any makeup this time either. :P

So I know what you are thinking. You are thinking "Damn, that's one fine looking bride. I wish I could have been at that wedding. I bet that was a great party."

You bet your sweet bippy it was! Lucky you, I am now going to re-enact the reception for you.

There. Now don't we all feel better?

Oh! I also wanted to mention some new products that Medifast put out last month. They have new Medibites, which are perfect for on the go. They are like little cheese curls...but ya know, good for you. The bites come in BBQ and Cheese Pizza. I love the BBQ and the Cheese Pizza remind me of the pizza we used to get in the school cafeteria.

My favorite new product are the Spiced Pancakes. When you add a dash of the new Medifast Syrup, they taste like a hot apple cider donut. So freaking good. 

Okay, y'all, please send me some good vibes that I'll have a better week next week. Since I started writing this post I've already exceeded my water intake for the day. Woot! I'm off to a good start.

How are you doing on your health goals? Link up below and tell me all about it.

Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Week twenty five: -1.5 lbs
Week twenty six: -3 lbs
Week twenty seven: -1 lbs

Total: 53 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 Momnom*~
~*Eileen aka Bringing Up Bronwyn*~
~*Laura akaWho you are is Enough*~

Manic Mash-up! 9/6/2011

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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)
Pinterest: pinterest handle (Pinterest)

Be sure to check out my co-hosts, The Adventures of Goober Grape & Monkey Man and A Grande Life.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

I am not a photographer


I have a fancy-ish camera. But I am not a photographer.

I'm very interested in photography though, setting up shots, admiring other's work and talent, editing. But most of the time, if I get a good photo it was nothing more than pure luck and a series of about 100 photos until I got a decent one. 

I try. I really do. I never use the automatic settings on my camera (though I do use auto focus on the lens). I try to learn about shutter speeds, lighting and technique - but really I don't have the time to dedicate to really learning photography. But the one thing I do have is a good eye - not a great one - but a good one. Since I have a design background on my side, I can take a good stab at what will look good through a lens.

I feel that I need to make this disclaimer before I present you with the rest of this post lest I end up on this site. Because I know I am not a photographer. And I could totally join my photographer friends in a rant about how every schmuck with a DSLR is charging folks for photography these days. No fear my friends, I am not joining those ranks.

Apparently though, my good friend Stephanie has more faith in my (oh boy do I hesitate to call it this) talent than I do. Twice now she has asked me to assist her with weddings. Mostly I am there to help keep her sane and organized. Other times I'm there to help keep the bride, her mother or her attendants from having a meltdown. And sometimes I am just holding a bunch of stuff while Stephanie practically hangs from the ceiling to get that perfect photo.

I'm also there to get the secondary shots that would be impossible for Stephanie to photograph. As much as she would like to be, she can't be in two places at once and that is where I come in. Recently I assisted her in shooting one of the sweetest weddings I had ever had the pleasure to attend. Below are my photos of this special day.

Stephanie and Greg had been together, off and on, since middle school. Ask any of their guests and they will tell you that they were meant to be together. They will also tell you that the bride had known this from a very young age. The proof was in the drawings that her Maid of Honor thoughtfully pulled out to embarrass the bride with delight the attendees of the reception. Childish interpretations of the bride's perfect dress, her perfect car, her perfect wedding. 
 
And just as she had predicted, it was the most perfect day.
 
 
 
Greg and Stephanie, I hope that your marriage is as perfect as you can make it. Here's to many, many years of love and happiness. Thank you for letting me play a part in your special day.

(And thanks to Stephanie G for taking a chance on a 'not photographer'.)
 
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