Well…..

So, I kinda fell off the face of the Earth there for a while, eh?

Sorry about that! I really am! Things just get busy, hectic, crazy! and blogging is the first thing that goes… then my gardening board, then facebook, and when I’m too busy to watch my favorite TV shows… I know something has to give. 😉

I am still eating low carb! (Hooray!!) This past Friday, I weighed in at 184. That’s FORTY POUNDS gone! I could not be any happier right now than I am!! Okay, maybe if I had just made the final payment on our last debt, or if I just found our dream forever home and were in a position to actually buy it… OR I had just hit my target weight goal, or… okay.. you get the picture! LOL

So! A LOT of stuff has happened since I last blogged. CUH-RAY-ZEE!

First things first! NEW PICTURES! YAY! (Ignore the crazy sunburn.. yes I know I should wear sunblock. Shesh!) I’ve lost a total of 40 pounds, but I do not have any measurements to go on because I completely forgot to take them, and every time I say “Oh! I should do some measurements!” I never have anyone to assist me and forget when I DO have someone to help me. I think I should change my name to Dory.

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This was My husband, my daughter and myself on Easter morning at church. We had just finished working the 3rd and final service of the day and my feet were KILLING me! (I wear heels about as often as moon turns blue) This picture actually sparked my oldest sister to call me and tell me that she almost didn’t recognize me, and that I really looked great. I’m not sure that I want my family to not even recognize me, but I took it as a compliment anyways. I actually got a little self conscious of everyone telling me how great I looked. Made me wonder if I REALLY looked bad before! LOL

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Okay, so I don’t have that many pictures of ME to share, but, I did have SOME! Some is better than none, so quitcheryappin! 😉 And here’s a picture of an Iris from my flower garden (and one of the reasons I’m sunburnt!) for no reason.  Ain’t it purdy?!

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Okay! In other news! The biggest news first! The hubby has started Low Carbing with me! WOOHOO!! He started last Monday (21 April) and has lost 5 pounds already! I’m so proud of him! I’m glad that he’s wanting to finally make that change and lose weight!  I’m so glad that I now have a live in accountability partner! Of course, since I “graduated” to Phase 2 of Atkins, I can eat a few more things than he can. The other day we had taco salad, and you can bet that I enjoyed every bit of those refried beans! No beans for the hubby. He was okay with it though. I DID let him indulge in some Carb Smart ice cream tho.  He’s not a big ice cream guy, so I was surprised that , but he DOES like candy, so, I’m glad that he’s not getting the candy. He DID have sugar in his coffee this weekend tho. He said it was just a muscle memory thing and by the time he remembered he had drank almost a whole cup! LOL I told him it was okay, and we removed the sugar from by the coffee maker. He has agreed to sharing his before pictures, so here are his before pictures. He weighed in at 250 pounds yesterday, which is down 5 pounds less than what his “start” weight was.

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Other than that… let see!

Hubby and I went through Financial Peace University recently! Man oh MAN was it amazing! We’ve got money in the bank, we’ve got all of our bills taken care of, AND we’ve managed to pay off some debts as well! We sold my truck, which made me sad, but, by selling it, we will are on track to be debt free (other than our house) by December of 2015! That means that by the time that hubby graduates and we’re ready to start the next “chapter” we should have no debt, other than our house, and the small amount of student loans that he’s already taken, tho we’re not taking any more loans for his school.

We got some more chicks! Silkie chicks are about the cutest thing on the entire planet! We also hatched some quality Buckeye chicks as well. Not quite as many as we were HOPING to, but enough to get us re-started with these better quality birds. We’re still working on the new Silkie coop, but it will get done! Next thing would be the NEW new coop for the Buckeyes! *sigh* There is always something that needs fixed or built here! We have everything for our garden in the ground, other than our “summer spinach,” which I’m not so sure I want to plant any more. I guess I COULD plant it where we eventually want to put the garden tool shed so that way if we no longer want it we can just put it right over the top and be done with it.

Okay! I’ve got to get moving on some dinner for everyone, and get some laundry folded. A housewifes work is never done!!

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Shame or excitement?

So, I did my official weigh in today. 195.6 That’s 28.4 pounds.

I should be really happy about that, and I am! Don’t get me wrong! I’m super proud of my weight loss and I’m not trying to say that I’m ashamed of myself, but, I guess I’m just ashamed of how I look.

A big big BIG thing for me… I’m sharing a picture of myself. I’m just in my sports bra and a pair of PT shorts. It’s sort of embarrassing, but, I AM proud of my weight loss.

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I don’t really know what to say! I know that I will continue to lose weight. I know that I will not be as “plump” the farther I go in my journey.   I really am putting myself out there, which is NOT like me at all. In the past, I’ve posted pictures of my scale, but NEVER of myself!

Now that I’ve exposed all my “fluffiness” to everyone, I guess there are no more secrets, eh? 😉

My motivation

One of my bloggy buddies made a list of motivators for her weight loss. She wrote about having babies and vacations and some really great things, so, I thought that I would try and write MY motivators up here.

1 This dress (and collar bones)

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This was before I met my husband. I had a rather dorky male roommate, and he didn’t want to go to his Marine Corps Ball alone, so he asked if I would go with him. I told him sure, and I picked out a dress I already had (and still have mind you) and went to a friends house and got my hair did. I walked out of the bathroom after I got dressed and he said “Wow….” LOL I kinda miss that.

 

2 For my family

My family is one of the most important things in the WORLD to me.  I would do ANYTHING for my family, including my brothers and sisters, their offspring and significant others.  That’s just how we were raised. You looked out for your family. You took care of your family. I want to be an example to my family so that they want to take steps to be healthier as well. One of my sisters also does Atkins, and she’s lost like 70 pounds so far doing it! SHE’S the one that got ME started!! And for that, I’m eternally grateful, and extremely proud. (And yes… it was the same sister that told me that eating my Double Quarters with fries was going to make my hiney big. It took almost 15 years…. but she was right! 😉 )

3 For my wallet

I have an entire closet of clothes that I cannot wear! LITERALLY! I have STACKS of pants that are too small. I have LOADS of tops and skirts and this and that… just can’t wear them because I’m just too big! Hopefully I will get to wear the kick butt pencil skirt and silkie tops that my husband bought me as a “WOOHOO! WAY TO GO!” present the last time I was losing weight. He was so proud of me. I was proud of me too. When I fit in them (because I’ve NEVER worn them before!!!!!!) I WILL be putting a picture up here!

4 For Myself

I just am really not comfortable in the skin I’m in. I’ve always been “large” because I have a large frame (I can’t tell you how many of those guess your weight games I’ve won! LOL), but I never really felt LARGE before. I don’t remember who said it… but one time I heard a guy say “Nah… you can tell if she’s fat by her arms. If her arms are fat, then SHE’S fat!” For some reason that really struck me. It has stayed with me all this time. I’m so very self conscious of my arms for that reason. Even tho I DO have big muscles on my arms… I do have fat too… and the fat it what I want to be rid of. It’s slowly leaving, and I still have a long way to go, but I am getting there and that’s all that matters

5 For my joints

Last year I had  knee surgery. The surgeon told me that I would NEVER do high impact workouts ever again. That hurt my heart. I used to love to run! I LOVE doing Jillian Michaels (when I’m in shape), and most of all, I LOVE TurboJam! I can’t do ANY of those things?! When I went to my physical therapy, my therapist said that really, ALL movement is high impact. Including walking. He said for me to have THE LEAST amount of stress on my knee possible would be to lose weight and to get in shape by doing yoga, pilates, the elliptical machine, and swimming. The amount that I’ve lost so far is really helping my joints, I can only imagine being at 150 will do!

 

That’s really all I can think about right now… I guess it’s a bit selfish considering that all but 1 are about me…. but I guess that’s the whole reason behind the list, eh?

A little more about me & the fam

So, I was told that I need to write MORE!

*I* think I lead a rather boring life, but I guess to some it might seem interesting. *shrug*

First off, I guess I should tell you a little more about me.

This is 16 year old Nacho (aka Jacque)

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THIS is 33 year old Nacho (on the set of Sleepy Hollow, we’ll get to that later… LOL)

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HA! I still love this picture. It’s just GREAT! This was Episode 5 (or 6 if you count the pilot). LONG but really fun day!

Between the picture of me at 16 and the picture of me at 33, I had gained about 80 pounds. I am 224 pounds (or right about) in the picture with me and the hangman. Now, I’m not saying that I need to be 145 pounds again. I really don’t care WHAT my weight is, as long as I’m at a healthy weight for me. I KNOW that the lower “healthy” BMI is WAY too low for me. I NEED to be around 150-155. I have broad shoulders, big hips, and 7″ wrists. I’m not made to be a tiny size 3 (even tho I once was.. ew)

I’m married to my 2nd husband, Sam, for just over 5 years now (our anniversary is the end of December) and we have really packed on the pounds together.

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That was when Bug was inducted into National Elementary Honors Society last March. (She’s the smarty pants of the family. I preferred to  use my wit and charm to pass classes. Which totally worked! NOT!) It doesn’t really help that he takes half a Pharmacy of medication a day for all the things that happened to him while he was in the Marine Corps. It’s not optimal, but, it’s what we do to get us thru the day!

Jillian is my little 10 year old Bug. She’s smart, kind, beautiful, and she has a love of the Arts. She reads at a high school level, but is only in 5th grade. She’s a local actress, but she wants to be more. (Here’s where that Sleepy Hollow thing comes in!) She’s been an extra on Sleepy Hollow, tho they cut just about every extra for the scene out. It was a 12 hour shoot day and she didn’t even make it on screen! LOL She was SO upset, but, I told her that’s how it is sometimes.

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Yes.. that’s her with Tom Mison, AKA Ichabod Crane. He’s a very nice man. While on set Jillian got several “fist bumps” from him, which immediately left them as BFITEUF! (Best Friends In The Entire Universe Forever!) The 2nd picture is of her after her opening performance of A Christmas Carol at our local theatre. And then just a random headshot I threw in because I love it. LOL

I do have a son as well! His name is Austin, but we call him Monk, or Monkey. He’s had this nickname since he was about 6 months old, climbing out of shopping buggies and trying to walk (yes.. at 6 months). He’s currently living with my Momma in Texas. She had cancer last year, and my step dad had to relocate for work, but they didn’t want to leave Texas, so, when the kids went to visit over the summer, he just stayed to help her out. He’s always been a Grammys Boy. He would walk the solar system for her.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have as many recent pictures of him as I do Jillian. But this one was from when they were here for A Christmas Carol. He’s 15. (Ignore the calendar that says November behind him!!) He’s also a great kid. He has a heart of gold and would do anything to help someone. He also has ADHD, which really affects his social skills. He’s kinda awkward around people, but he does really try! I love this boy with all my heart! He’s the bees knees in my eyes. 🙂

We also have a “mini farm.” We raise chickens and rabbits, and we have a small orchard and a garden. Of course, now being low carb, my gardening plans have changed a bit! LOL Growing LOTS of cauliflower and broccoli, green beans, eggplant, cuckes, watermelon, and corn for the fam.

And just because I told a certain someone (I’m looking at YOU Carolina!! LOL) that I would post a picture of the fuzzy butt Silkies I hatched last week, here they are. 😉

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