Monday, December 10, 2018

End Of Year Update

The last several months my life as been a roller coaster that I havent been able to get off.

June: Hubby and I took a vacation which was great but I "injured" (I found out it was just arthritis) my knee so activies were limited. Of course, I splurged with my eating.

July: As many of you know  our A/C was out for 3 weeks so we ate take out for most of of that time. Who wants to cook when the inside temp is 85.

Aug, Sept & Oct: I was in a lot of pain. First, we thought it a back issue. I did rounds of prednisone to no avail. I received a MRI to determine it was NOT spine related so we( 2 drs and myself) assumed it was a fibro flare. I began to feel weak so back to dr. Kidney Infection. After 2 rounds of antibiotics, drs believe its gone although my right kidney still aches.  During all of this my hubby was fighting a pain battle himself. After 3 trips to the ER and then a specialist, it was determined it was his gallbladder. All the while my hubby's whole organization had pay cutbacks.

Nov: My hubby has surgery to remove his gallbladder. Two days later my mom had a total knee replacement and the next day a friend of ours was killed.  I stayed with mom about a week then went to dog sit for about 2 weeks. So most of Nov I was not even in my own home.

Dec: The medical bills are starting to come. Hubby's pay is still cut AND they have put him on night shift for a several weeks.

So to say the least my eating has not been my focus.  I have gained about 15lbs back BUT I will not stop striving to make better decisions. My goal was to lose 100lbs by my bday in April. That is not going to happen. I will be happy if I can lose 50ish by then.

I pray every one has a blessed and safe Merry Christmas!!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Thursday, September 20, 2018


I thought with the end of summer things would be better. WRONG!! The steroid injections helped my lower back although I still having problems but my mid back is still hurting. I had a MRI done and it is not spine related. So they sent me to pt. I start that in Oct. Meanwhile, I am on narcotics and strong muscle relaxers 3x daily. My gp thinks its a severe fibro flare. My ankles are even swelling so I take a diuretic every other day. I will ask my pt if gentle massge may help instead of a deep tissue massage. Im trying to do simple things bc my house looks like a tornado has come through. Its a total mess. I cant just avoid doing anything or critters will invade my home. My hubby tries to help but he works so hard that by the time he is home he eats then crashes
Then we had Florence. It was a stressful week. I hate hurricane prep. Its getting more and more stressful. I need to move to the

So to say the least Im gaining the weight back. Between the steroids and high anxiety, Ive regained 18lbs of the 42lbs I had lost. I have got to get back on track. All I want to do is EAT and not good stuff. I want junk food. Chips, cookies, pizza, burgers, brownies, etc. Plus, with all the money for medical expenses, there is less money for our food budget so that means cheaper less healthy food. Also my mind has reverted back to its old ways. Its time I take the control back. I need to reignite the fire I had back in Feb when I first time. I need my passion back. Please join me in prayer. I need your help. I feel led to fast but with the pain meds 3x daily I cant. I have to eat or it makes me ill. Thanks


Monday, August 27, 2018

Glad Summer is OVER

Where do I start? June started off good. Hubby and I went on vacation. We had fun. I gained some weight. Once home, lost the weight. In July my hubby had a health scare. One overnight stay in hospital, 3 specialists and $1000 later his symptoms were determined a fluke. Later in July our A/C went out. If you follow me on FB, you heard the grimey details and know it took THREE LONG WEEKS to fix. Now in August, my back is messed up. Im on a narcotic and muscle relaxers until I get results from MRI. To say the least this summer has been stressful and Ive been emotional eating. Between the endless eating, steroids and being in pain, I have gained close to 20lbs this summer. That makes me sick!! Sept is a brand new month and I MUST get back on the horse. Once I get my body out of pain, I will start strecthing again and gentle slow walking. I may have fallen but I am determined to get back up. I will not be stopped.

Have a great day

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Update

Good Morning,
I wish I had exciting news about my weight loss but I dont. June and July I have been off my game. In June I thought I hurt my knee but its just arthritis then we took a vacation. Then in July my hubby had a health scare. Thank God everything is fine but it was scarey for about a week and quite expensive. Then on 7/11 our a/c went out. Long complicated story but it was out for 3 LONG WEEKS. God did teach me and change me during that time. He used that situation to squeeze some ugliness out and He soften my heart even more for the less fortunate. So to say the least there has been no weight loss. I keep losing and gaining the same 5lbs. I really covet your prayers, encouragement, and support. I still have a long way to go and this summer I have lost my passion. My arthritis is flaring up and I hurt all over.

Love to all

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Good Evening,
It seems Ive hit a plateau with my weight loss. First, it was vacation. I was not surprised there. I expected to gain AND I did. However, I did manage to lose most of what I gained. Then my hubby had a health scare(he is fine) and between all the tests and drs appts, I emotionally ate. I started to get back in control and NOW the a/c is out. So, the first few days, we either ordered out or hubby grabbed take out. I mean who wants to COOK when you dont have air. Well, thats getting expensive so I WILL cook tonight. Let me say that the condo is NOT miserably hot but its not as cool as I like it. I have the ceiling fan on plus a small desk fan blowing directly on me. Im drinking plenty and wearing very little. Hopefully it will be fixed in the next day or two. I said all that to say I have not been on plan. Im up/down the same 10lbs. I was hoping to hit my goal of down 50lbs by August 1st but it doesnt look like that is going to happen. Its so hard breaking old habits. Im disappointed that I ate through my emotions. I know this will be a life long journey. Some days I suceed and some days I dont. But, I am determined to never give up. I will continue to strive to better health and better life.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

What Ive gained


Ive talked alot about what Ive lost on this health/ spiritual journey but now I want to talk about what I have gained.
Growing up and even into adulthood, I had a very low self esteem or confidance. For a long time, I had believed that my friends were just pretending to like me and were just tolerating me out of kindness/pity. I will not go into how I came to believe that. Its not important. On the physical side, I thought myself to be fat and ugly. As you can see I did not have a high opinion about myself. Although I still have more weight to lose, I now consider myself "Big but beautiful"

However, as I have been seeking God more and more and by making healthy changes, my mind, body, and heart have begun to heal. I still have a long way to go physically. I still have many more pounds to lose but I have seen some small improvements. Will I be completely healed of my conditions? Only God knows that answer but I will continue to strive for a healthier me.

Through this journey my confidance and self esteem are rising. Its not bc of what Ive done. Its all bc I am learning who I truely am. I am a daughter of The King. I am a Child of God. I have been adopted into the Royal Family. My need of approval by man is fading. I have the approval of God Almighty.  My heart and soul are being healed daily. Dont get me wrong though. I still struggle with my human emotions. I believe we all will until we see Jesus face to face. As I fill my mind/heart/soul with the truth of God's word the lies of the enemy do not have the hold on me like they once did. I understand it will be a constant battle until we see Christ. His word says we are at war and I plan to fight(with Christ, of course).

This journey will not end once I reach my "weight" goal. This is a lifetime journey of healing.  I encourage each of you to begin your own journey of health and healing. 

If you dont know God and His awesome love for you and you want to know more, please reach out to me. I would love to introduce you to the love of your life. Falling in love with God is the best thing I have ever done.

Have a great week

End Of Year Update

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