Posts Tagged ‘before and after’

Progress Report #1

January 24, 2012

There you have it…. eight months of hard work paying off!  I’m down 65 pounds since April 2011.  It took me a LONG time to come to terms with my before picture, but I have.  I’m ready to share with the world.  I still have 35 pounds to go, but I’m not heading back to the neglected state of health on the left, thankyouverymuch.

I got a facebook message from my jr. high choir director from church (talk about a blast from the past!) who told me that she is a health coach and asked me to spread the word for her.  I said no.  I only spread the word for programs/products/people that I’ve tried and had great success with.  She asked if I wanted to try her program.  Just look at that BEFORE picture!  Does it look like I want to lose weight? (Well, I do look happy, but that’s beside the point.)  Yes!  I’ll try another weight loss program…. why not?  I’ve tried ALL the other ones.

My journey began with aching knees, a sore back and general lethargy due to carrying around 100 pounds that I didn’t need.  (I can’t even lift 100 lbs!)  I began eating five of the meals from the company each day and one meal I prepared (or ate out.)  This is the easiest plan I’ve ever seen.  And the meals are a variety of types of food, all nutritionally equal, so I could eat five of their brownies a day if I wanted to.  Some days I wanted to. But I don’t think I ever ate five brownies in one day.  But I was allowed to and that made me happy.

As with any self discipline issue, it was HARD!  And I didn’t want to follow the program when everyone around me was eating movie popcorn.  I WANTED pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  But I realized that eating what I wanted got me into the horrific shape I was in.  (That shape would be a round ball.)  I changed the input to change the outlook.

I’m still on this journey of feeling empowered with the knowledge I’ve gained.  I can go to a potluck and not freak out and fall off the wagon.  I don’t feel deprived, I feel empowered.  It’s a great feeling.  So great that I decided to be a health coach myself and guide others to optimal health and a feeling of empowerment!  Now if I had only taught jr. high choir, I could send them all a message on facebook!  Paying it forward!

Ga-nats!

August 8, 2010

Yes, it’s monsoon season in Arizona and with the unusual amount of water pooled in various low places the GNATS have swarmed here and multiplied. I cannot use the word gnats without thinking of the Veggie Tales movie where the giant pea keeps pronouncing it Ga-Nats.  And even though I’m a homeschool mom with loads of diverse information in my noggin, I do not know the life cycle or reproduction speed of gnats.  Although, from the looks of our back door collection, I would surmise the cycle is FAST!  I cleaned the bottom of the sliding doors yesterday and awoke to this:

My pesticide-company-owning-husband said, “Well, they’re dead!”  I guess that is good, but gross me out!

The other sad news in the backyard:  yesterday we awoke, went downstairs and looked out the back windows… and something was missing…. it was the gigantic gazebo!  Gone!  Poof!  Obviously there was some sort of micro-burst in our backyard to pick up a metal eight-foot gazebo that was anchored down and throw it over the six-foot block wall!  Rick looked over all the neighbors’ walls until he located it.  That house is vacant presently, so he went over, picked up the mangled metal and canvas conglomeration and threw it back into our yard.  He knew how much I loved my oasis of shade covering my patio swing… so he slowly disassembled it in hopes of rebuilding it.   No such luck.  It’s gonzo, baby.  Makes me sad.  Here are before and after pictures, which should help you to decide NOT to vacation in Phoenix in the months from May to October.

replacement canopy for walmart mika ridge gazebo