Sunday, December 30, 2012

Welcome 2013! Now, play nice!

2012 sucked. Sorry so blunt, but it truly did. I lost 2 grandparents, my dad was hospitalized 6 times, my mini-van bit the dust, I fractured my elbow... You get the idea.

But, I'm leaving 2012 behind and welcoming 2013 with wide open arms. In this new year I am returning to college to finish my RN degree, and I will become an aunt for the first time around July/August.

Also, in 2013 I have set a goal, along with Meagan (@NCCarterFamily) to lose 50 pounds. Reaching this goal would put me at the weight I was when my husband and I first met almost 10 years ago!

So, once again, I welcome you 2013. I have big plans for you!

Monday, December 10, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - Oops!

Wow! The campaign is over! If you're stumbling upon this post and wondering, "what the heck is she talking about?!" I was one of nine Mamavation Graduates who just completed a 7 week bootcamp. In those 7 weeks I lost a total of 15.2 lbs! (Interested in becoming a Mamavation Mom? Check out If you didn't already hear, the campaign shall go on! In a more lax manner, some of us Mamavation Graduates will continue posting and weighing in weekly through the next Mamavation campaign! I instantly agreed when offered this chance because, hey, who doesn't need extra accountability during Christmas?! I have lost about 25 lbs since June of this year and am not trying to gain that all back pigging out on Christmas candies! I do want to apologize for my slacking this week in getting this post up (and the lacking scale pic) it's been a crazy few days car shopping (pulling my hair out here)! Tomorrow morning bright and early I shall snap a photo of my pedicure-needing feet on my scale and paste that bad boy in the bottom of this post.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Back to the old blog...

I was thinking...

I just finished up yet another campaign with Mamavation. With my new blog name and twitter handle you may not know where to look to see my past. Here it is. This blog, once named Christ-Like Mommy, is back and running, but updated for my new persona. Feel free to browse around, there is a couple years worth of posts, good and bad.

Thanks for stopping in to check it out!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - going down!

Hi Mamavation! Hope you all had a great weekend! I have had a hard but extremely productive week. I started weight watchers on Monday and have seen lots of success this week. As of this morning I am already down SIX pounds! I'm sure I was retaining water but I am extremely happy to be under my highest weight ever. It was a big ugly number that I thought I'd never see on the scale. My official weighing day is Monday so I am trying to stay strong this weekend so I can see the results of my hard work! I am having a hard time with water, as usual, but I have made it a point to carry my water bottle around with me again.

My non-scale victory for this week was not emotional eating as I went back to work Wednesday after being off a week for my grandmothers funeral. I stayed strong through the stressful times and most days got home from work with points to spare! It was nice being able to enjoy a cup of skim milk with a squirt of chocolate syrup and not feel guilty about it!

So this coming week I focus on more water. I am excited about the time change because that allows me to utilize my company's walking track after my shift ends daily.

If all goes well I will see you all Monday evening at Mamavation TV. Have a great week!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - Not broken, but still need fixin'

Hi sistas. This past week was probably the worst of my entire life. I lost one of my best friends on Tuesday. My grandmother. It was a tragic accident that was very unexpected. She was found beneath her truck. My grandmother was 79 years old and I had expected her to live to 100. She had a light heart attack in 2010 but her health seemed to be improving, or at least holding steady as of late. My granny was a fiesty little lady, she had not been able to drive her vehicle for quite some time due to a hip replacement and in the past year had gained back quite a bit of her strength and started driving again. She was thrilled. She told us all how bad it felt to have a vehicle and not even be able to drive it. In the past few days I thought that maybe if we had kept Granny from driving she might still be alive, but she would have never allowed that to happen. I am coping with this loss as best as I can for right now. I will miss her more than anyone knows.

I received some lab work results back and it was a kick in the gut. My doctor was convinced I was having issues with my thyroid levels and that it was affecting my weight, moods, headaches, and more. But the test results say all is normal. I know that a lot of my weight gain comes from emotional eating. And I will be going back to my doctor soon to talk with him. I went for answers and hopefully solutions to a few problems I've had but instead I just got told what wasn't wrong.

I appreciate any support I receive. I am trying to get back into regularly checking in with my Mamavation crew because I know that the support you all provide will help me be successful in getting my body back to a state of good health.

Have a good week girls!

Monday, February 20, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - hard times

Hi ladies. It's been a while. Lots going on in my life right now. Moved into a new home (which I love by the way) been extra busy at work and battling some personal issues. Now that we are all settled in our new place and things aren't as hectic I am focusing on my health. Things have not been great health wise and admittedly my habits have been a little out of whack but my doctor is also a little concerned that I might have a some thyroid issues or other issues contributing to my weight gain because of the amount of weight I've gained in a short period of time. But when times are hard I definitely tend to turn to food and get the blues and feel sorry for myself.

ETA - I was having a hard time publishing this until Shelley reached out to me. It's hard for me, being a former Mamavation mom, to let you all know how I am really doing. I tend to hide and keep to myself when I'm down and I need to learn to do the opposite. I am going to try to make it to Mamavation TV tonight if all is well and in order when I get home from work. Hope to see you all there!