Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Morning Blues?

So this is where I'm at. A long way from the 205 that I started out at a few months ago but still a long way to go. In the past, I would have been mortified to post a picture of a number like that but do you know what? It is what it is. There is nobody to blame but myself. I let myself get to this point, and I have to accept the responsibility for it.

That being said, I know that I am working to do something about it and that feels so good. I haven't been in the 180's in about three years so that is definitely something to smile about. My ultimate goal is another 40lbs or so but I know that wont happen overnight. It is going to take a lot of hard work but I'm committed. Until then, Mondays are going to be my accountability days. I am going to post my scale pictures and give an update of where I am at physically and mentally. It's time to get healthy!

Saturday was a lot of fun. It was MUSC Day at Charles Towne Landing so I got the kiddos and Mom in free which was especially cool since it was her birthday. It was beautiful out there with all the Fall colors so we took advantage and shot a lot of pictures. For the most part, the kids were agreeable and we got some really cute ones of them. Pictures to follow once I finish editing them but here is a sneak peek:

Mom actually took the perfect one to use for our Christmas card this year. Originally, I had intended to use one of the kids by themselves, but the one of all of us was just too perfect not to go with it. It was kind of bittersweet with just the four of us, and I debated about it for awhile but like my weight, it is what it is. This is our new reality. We can chose to embrace it or we can wallow, and for me, I am going to embrace it and thrive.

This week is going to be hard because of Thanksgiving. The kids still don't really understand what the split means for them. They don't understand why we can't have dinner as a family like we always have. It's hard to explain it to them when sometimes I don't even understand it myself. I am just thankful that we have been able to remain friendly for their sakes. So far it has been a peaceful transition and that has definitely been a blessing and made things easier on everybody.

So for now, this is my new motto.

I know that there are bigger and better things on the horizon for all of us.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Creativity Abounds

This week was a week of creativity for me. I am not sure where the motivation came from, but it sure was fun!
With the cooler temperatures that we have been having, I decided to break out the yarn and crochet hooks and fashion some new cold weather "gear" for us to wear. Okay, more for ME to wear but I have some things in the works for the girls for Christmas. First came the hats, and then I moved on to the shrugs. The purpley-pink one was supposed to be for me and one-size-fits-all, but obviously I am just not that one size! It will be for the girls to wear if they can ever decide which one gets it.

Next on the agenda, I decided to tackle a canvas. I have a new found love for acrylic paints and this one is inspired by Donna Downey. I was trying to step out of the box a little but according to Mom, this one "looks just like me". Not sure if that is a compliment or not. One of these days maybe I won't be quite so predictable. I did get my fingers a little messy so there is still hope! lol
And finally, today was Mom's birthday and I remembered how much she liked my pendant from the Brave Girl Art School. I decided to make her one with her signature word "Grow". She loved it and thinks that I ought to make more and sell them. What do you think? Would you pay $15 for a customized version? I love the combination of metal and leather. They are definitely unique.
So, other than all of that, everything else remains pretty much status quo. Work is going well and I just can't believe that it is almost Christmas. We have had a lot of changes in 2012, but I am excited about all of the new possibilities for 2013. It is looking like it could be our best year yet. I am so blessed to have three fabulous, healthy kids, a supportive and loving family and hobbies that I love that fill me with joy. I honestly don't think I have ever been more at peace and it is a wonderful feeling.
Hope that everyone has a great week. Don't forget to leave me some love by way of comments and sign up on the right to get notified whenever I post a new blog post. I am really going to try to be better and not let 10 more days go by without writing.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Re-Adjusting My Sails

So a few weeks ago, a couple of friends of mine suggested that I start a blog. There are a couple ladies that we follow online and apparently they think that I would be just as good at this as them and have something worthwhile to say. lol

I have been thinking about it ever since and when I saw this quote today on Facebook, I knew that would be my inspiration:

"She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails." - Elizabeth Edwards

I just love that quote and it was exactly what I was looking for.  How profound! Elizabeth Edwards was an amazing lady and I only hope that I can live by her example.

So, anyway, I don't know if I can live up to my buddies' expectations but I am going to give it a go. Not sure of a direction or a subject or a set of rules for the blog at this point, so I am just going to wing it. 

If you are here and reading, welcome! I hope to chronicle everyday life as a middle-aged single mom who is struggling to raise her kids, work a full time job, keep the faith and lose some weight in the process. LOL As with the other blogs that my friends and I read, maybe somewhere and someday it will help inspire some lovely lady to either keep on doing what she's doing or to make a change for the better. 

I can't promise to always be PC. I can't promise that I won't pull any punches or tell it like it is. This is MY story and you will either like it or you won't. I hope that you read and if you like it, subscribe and/or leave a comment. I am looking forward to sharing a little piece of me with you and to hearing back from you in the process.

Thanks for stopping by.