I want to thank everyone for the kind words and support yesterday as I allowed myself to be so vulnerable by posting my before and afters and the emotions that were awakened in me from seeing my journey and remembering how much pain I had been in during the weight gaining years and my mother’s illness.
I spent the day in mourning, but am now ready to begin celebrating my success….it really is funny that one event can cause such lows and swing back to such highs….
Since I took the day to deal with my sadness, I didn’t get photos… Thursday is suppose to be Pinned it and Did it…
So, going to do a Holiday Craft version of things that would be fun to make….
Love the use of golf balls…
Could do Last initials or First…
Mop and Glo and Glitter…
Dear Readers, Do you do any crafting? I love how easy these all look and hope to plan a crafting day next week…
I first began crafting when my daughter was a baby and made hairbows… I moved up to painted furniture when I had my Consignment store and a place to sell them…. Homeschooling doesn’t allow me as much free time these days. so holiday time is a great way for me to fit it in….
I am so grateful to all those who commented both on my blog and the forum, your kindness helped to soften the feeling of vulnerability that was so strong after posting my before pics..,
I am grateful to my husband for sharing in my joy of reaching Lifetime status at Weight Watchers.
I am grateful that my 18 year old son shared his feelings with me regarding a video ciruclating where a Mexican cartel leader beheaded his wife and the discussion that followed. I am grateful he didn’t try to deal with this on his own, but reached out to me…
I am grateful that God blessed with those amazing parents!
I am grateful for a day off from fashion and the fun of planning a day of crafting…
This post is the hardest one I may ever have to do… I made Lifetime Membership at Weight Watchers, today! I’ve lost a total of 50lbs, 17 by exercising at the YMCA followed by joining WW and losing the remaining 33lbs. I promised before and after pics, so here goes…
I love myself and thanks to the long walks and my loving father’s words of being kind to myself I have let that be his legacy to me . Self care , went away when my mother had a major heart attack that left her with heart damage and Congestive Heart Failure… Closing my Consignment store and caring for her really turned my world upside down, her death a few years later resulted in what I called my Weight Gaining Years.
This is me At my highest weight of 189, just as I began this journey and joined the YMCA
It took a lot out of me, to post this picture, I couldn’t even find one with a good facial expression…this was after returning from a 3 hour work out at the Y.
At least I managed a smile for this one…
This is Me after working out at the Y – 3 days a week in the pool doing a deep water aerobics, shallow aerobics and Finning. I was in the pool for about 3 hours each day… I loved it!
I lost about 17 pounds ,but I could not keep up with the 3 hour workouts as I took up homeschooling my youngest, so I maintained this for a good while before heading to Weight Watchers. I knew I needed to face my eating challlenges and once I became an emotional eater, it was set in grain and I had to change that!
I look awful after working out, but this was me after losing another 25lbs and about 4 inches each off my chest, waist and hips…this was all due to Weight Watchers and Fluidity ballet bar workouts.
Most of this was due to changing my eating habits as my workouts became very sporadic…
This was me just months after my mother’s passing in 2009, as I was trying to find something in my closet to wear for my daughter’s graduation….
A big difference this past May, at my daughter’s college Graduation.
For me these two pictures of where I was at her high school graduation and four years later at her college graduation are why this weight loss was so important to me. I want nothing more than to be healthy for my family! I didn’t want my mother’s legacy to be my weight gain and becoming unhealthy!
Dear Readers, It took a lot out of me to take a look back at myself when I was at my heaviest and the pain I was in during that time frame, as I worried and cared for my mother as she developed dementia. I cherished every moment with her during those 4years of illness , knowing that time was precious, but I ate my feelings. I thought since my father had died so young, that I would have longer with my mother, but she passed away at the age of 69. Losing my mother was a terrible experience and losing my role as a daughter added even more pain. My mother would be so happy to see my return to health as I know she worried about me a lot. As I said in my WW meeting today, I wanted to face this issue and lose this weight before I reached the age of 50 and maintain it for the rest of my life. At age 48, I met the first goal and plan to continue to work towards the second. I will continue to go to meetings and write down what I eat. I look forward to this next chapter.
I fully intended to put on workout clothes for pictures of me today, but quite frankly am emotionally exhausted and chose not to . I was not prepared for how emotiional I got while writing this post. I hope that by sharing my journey, I inspire evne just on other woman who has forgotten to take care of herself, to begin doing so immediately!
Like any Girly- Girl, I have a love of the Color Purple
So I couldn’t resist this wonderful vest at Goodwill for just $4.99
I think my love of vests is finally growing on my husband, as upon seeing this outfit, he immediately complimented the purple vest and embroidery… perhaps this slimmer version is more appealing than the puffer vests…
This white sweater is a belated birthday present from my dear friend and thrifting buddy.., It was only $4.99 at Goodwill and is a brand new with tags priced at $68.00 for this lovely Ralph Lauren cable knit.
The pants are actually Diane Gilman jeggings that I’ve had and now fit into….I actually measured my hips after seeing these photos and I lost an extra 1/2 and inch from the recent 5lb weight loss… I’ve lost 6 total inches off my hips!
Dear Readers, I am suppose to make Lifetime at my WW meeting Tuesday, but not sure if that will happen. Being sick with that cold for a week and Thanksgiving and no exercize resulted in a wegith gain. Monday morning I was one pound away from goal, so will have to wait to morning to see how I did today! Those before and after pictures are depending on my success…
I am grateful that my youngest did a great job today with meeting the homeschooling goals.
I am grateful that we took a nice break and put the star and lights on the outdoor live tree my husband brought home and put in the front yard… He came home tonight and finished it up with even more lights…(pictures below)
I am grateful for such beautiful weather today for our lighting fun…
I am grateful that despite awful fog this morning that my teenager made it to school ok and was not involved in the 6 car pile up near his school…
I am grateful that I took a short nap late this afternoon, after waking up too early this morning…
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thankgiving and Weekend!
I loved spending time with my family and that my husband has so much time off with us,
one of the best perks of his new job!
Linking up with Visible MondayThis is what I wore to brave the mall on Black Friday…
We actually completed most of our shopping online Thursday evening … My dear husband did make a run out early Friday morning to pick up a few things and I am over the moon happy that we completed all the major presents for our four children from the Black Friday sales and only have stocking stuffers left to get. In all the years, this is a first to accomplish such a feat so early in the season!
We all braved the mall mostly for fun, but my daughter and I did break away from the guys in search of jeans and pants for her. She had great success at Kohl’s buying two pairs of jeans and two pairs of twill pants to wear for work. With Kohl’s cash she earned and some from my online purchases she will be buying another pair of jeans in bootcuts online. She discovered that she really needs to buy shorts instead of regulars. She never noticed it before because she always wore 3 to 4 inch heels. We had fun discovering which looked best on her and with the weight gain from college, this was the first time she faced the jeans challenge…
You’ve seen everything here before, excpet the scarf which I purchased at Love Culture last month.
These grey Isaac Mizrahi boots and jacket I got at the Wilson’s outlet are definitely making the trip to Ireland next October , as they are so versatile and quickly becoming a favorite…
Dear Readers, Did you brave the malls on Black Friday or did you take advantage of the online sales? Can you believe that I placed an order on Thursday on Walmart.com for bedding and dishes that were high school senior requested for his college dorm and they arrived Saturday morning!!!!
I am so grateful for Holidays to give us a chance as a family to just hang out and laugh together.
I am grateful that my cold was better and I felt up to cooking on Thursday…
I am grateful that Friday my youngest spent hours alone with his dad, while the rest of us slept in…
I am grateful that my daughter and I had time alone to shop together and get that dreaded pants thing accomplished with no tears, just fun and laughter!!!!
I am grateful for my husband’s great success on his first week on the job after training ; we are so delighted with 3 days off and a holiday that he still had a good week!!!
I am grateful that my husband is happier than I’ve seen in a long while!
I love the color Navy and pairing it with both yellow and orange….
I love even more that I can make this color combo work for these crazy cold winter temps..
I wore this outfit to the bank and thoroughly enjoyed the look of approval from the cashier and the compliment she gave me.
This recently purchased scarf from F21 is fast becoming a favorite. I haven’t been big on infinity scarves before, but am now completely sold on them as long as they are this heavy sweater knit material.
I really like this combo and this is the second time I’ve worn it , although last time I wore a solid top , not the striped version and I have to say I like this one better.
Dear Readers, I hope you found this color combo inspiring and appropriate for colder seasons.
After steering clear of my husband’s cold all last week, I finally succumbed on Sunday and slept only due to good old Nyquil. I also took two naps… Monday was a little better, but feeling sore muscles and body aches and very tired. If I am not up to it tomorrow, this may be my last post for the week.
I am grateful that when my son’s car broke down on the interstate, that my husband and 18 year old son rushed to his aid.
I am grateful for the fun I had with the tow truck driver who said I didn’t look old enough to have a son who could drive and his shock when I mentioned a 27year old and my age of 48…He left saying, ” keep doing whatever you are doing because it’s obviously working for you!”
I am grateful that I have taught my kids all how to cook and on days like this I don’t have to worry and can go to bed if I feel the need.
I am grateful that my husband is looking forward to this first week after training at his new job.
I am grateful for Nyquil and how well it helps me to sleep,which I am taking right now and posting this tonight instead of the morning cause I hope to sleep in late!
I love the look of coated jeans and last year, kept dreaming of owning a pair.
The expense and being on a weight loss journey prevented me from indulging, but when I found them over the summer at a super cleaarence price I scored these leather looking skinnies!
I paired them with my thrifted purple poncho , cashmere sweater and pointed toe sueded pumps!
This look cost me a total of about $30 , not including the bracelets and necklace.
Not the best pictures since they were taken at night, but I was very happy to finally rock these coated jeans.
I was even happier at the fit, as I purchased them when I was 5lbs heavier and hadn’t tried them on since then.
Now if I can only hold onto this weight loss and not gain any this week…
This houndtooth jacket was purchased last year from Burlington Coat Factory and is a favorite, as it is heavy and warm and even has a hood, which I used last night when the winds were whipping up after our movie.
Dear Readers, I was so happy to finally wear these and really love them paired with the loose purple poncho. I wonder what else I can pair with them in the future. I don’t own a lot of looser tops that would be appropriate as my new weight loss wardrobe concentrated on showing my new body shape.
Have you tried leather looking bottoms , yet? Do you intend to or is this a trend you are steering clear of?
I am grateful for a movie night and a chance to laugh as Tom finieshed his training for the new job and the anticpation of next week when he begins the job full force.
I am grateful that my daughter came to me and discussed a struggle she is having and gave me the chance to comfort her, not something she does often as she is pretty self reliant.
I am grateful for the suppport of those who understand this shift in our lives and how important time is with our children before they spread their wings next year and go off to college and graduate schools.
I am grateful for a Sunday nap, as myhusband is getting better and I am now getting sick.
I am grateful that my dear husband made dinner