Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WEiGH in Wednesdays

So if I thought the 4th week was rough.
The 5th week was a week from heck.

After last weeks weigh in I got ready for the day.
I started feeling not so great.
Nauseous and just blah.
I wanted to call in sick, but alas the mom can rarely take a sick day!

Wednesday, I went to bed only to wake up at 3am with excruciating pain in my side and in my back.
I had this before, so I was trying to get through the pain.
At about 5am I couldn't take it any longer...
Jeremy got the kids around and we headed to the ER.
I hate to throw-up.
I honestly haven't met anyone who really loves to or even likes to for that matter.
But I did SEVEN times in less than 4 hours. It was rough!!!
Once in the ER everyone acts so calm, it annoyed me! :)
My pain level was at a 10.
I was begging for drugs.
They were telling me to calm down or I would pass out from hyperventilating.
I didn't care... if I passed out I wouldn't feel the pain.
This is my logic!
The first drug they gave me... finally, barely touched the pain.
I asked how long do I have to wait before I get something stronger?
She said 20 minutes.
AHHHHH... if you've experienced any kind of never ending pain then you know that 20 minutes feels like a lifetime!
She came in after 15 minutes and asked where my pain level was now,
I said a 9. It barely touched the pain.
What she did next made me want to hug her and never let go!
I'm not quite sure what she gave me, but I don't think I will ever forget that feeling.
She inserted the drugs via my IV and in about 3 seconds I could feel it go through my body
and the pain was GONE. 3 SECONDS. It was lovely.

Blah, blah, blah a bunch of other things happened and they are pretty sure it's my gallbladder.
The funny part is our insurance doesn't start until May 1st. Which means that anything we pay will not go towards our deductible until 90 days after that. So I have to live with a gallbladder that hates me until sometime in August. I'm praying and hoping that I can do so and it doesn't get so bad that it needs to be removed before hand.

Okay since that happened I am just now starting to feel a bit 'normal'. Still a little off and some pain in my side, but better than last Wednesday through Sunday!!!! geesh. So I have not been able to work out at all and I am actually missing it. I also ate crackers, lots and lots of crackers and bread over the weekend. Oh and on Easter I snuck some chocolate :) I was also informed by my doctor that I need more protein in my diet. So I am not doing the Vegan diet anymore... I still have to be really careful though because lots of foods can give me another attack.

When I stepped on the scale though I did lose another pound :)
I am now at 143.5
That is down a total of 14 pounds.
I hope to keep losing weight, it will just be at a slower pace.
But that is okay with me as long as the weight keeps coming off!

Sorry for the super long post and with no pictures to boot!

Monday, April 25, 2011


I know such an impressive title.
Hope you all had a blessed Easter.
From Thursday til Sunday I spent most of it either,
in bed or at the ER.
To save you all from a lot of boring talk.
My gallbladder does not like me anymore!
Today I went to see the Doctor.
She says I need an ultrasound.
I says, my insurance doesn't start until May 1st.
(which really means I still have to wait 90 days before I can apply anything to my deductible!)

So I am currently waiting to hear back from the Doctor
to see what foods I should avoid and what foods may help
to try and keep these gallbladder attacks at bay!
Cause they aren't pretty people!

She also told me this morning that by Doc's orders I need more protein.
So she told me to keep eating the healthy food, but to add in some other foods that are also healthy!
There you have it in a nutshell!
My gallbladder hates me!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WEiGH in Wednesdays... (a pretty rough week)

Day 29 today!
Yesterday finished my 4th week.
Today starts week 5.
Crazy how fast this is going!

So after last weeks weigh in I was so excited.
Things were going great. I was getting 4 workout sessions in per week.
I was losing weight steadily. My jeans were getting looser.
Well my friends, last Thursday I went up a 1/2 a pound to 146.
That was heartbreaking.
And that has been my weight every day this week.
Today I stepped on the scale and I was expecting to see 146.
Instead I saw 145. So I will be happy about that, but not a whole lot of weight loss this week.
While it is only 1/2 of a pound we are talking about.
It is really discouraging every day.
I am eating so healthy it's ridiculous.
On top if it there was so much junk food in the house these past few days.
We celebrated Alaina's birthday and we had candy for the party.
I made 3 dozen cookies and 46 cupcakes.
Let me just say that frosting 46 cupcakes while on this diet is extremely hard.
And let me also say that making 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies
and really wanting to lick the beaters is like trying to pull a magnet off the fridge.
I will say that after all that, I didn't have one m&m.
I didn't eat one Hershey kiss.
I didn't lick one beater or spoon or bowl :)
I didn't eat a single cupcake.
I will tell you that I licked my finger (on accident) when it had a bit of frosting on it.
Oh well, I think I did pretty darn good with all those fabulous-o sweets right in front of my face.
I did find myself opening the bag of m&m's and just smelling them :) I'm weird.

This post is not meant to discourage you.
It's meant to keep it real.
Here's to hoping my jeans get a little loser this week :)
I hope you are doing good!
Let me know how your WEiGH in Wednesday is!
I guess I need Jillian to kick my butt a little harder this week!

Leaving you with this photo taken on Alaina's birthday.
She didn't really want her picture taken, but I insisted.
She wanted to play with her new toys. Typical kiddo :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Can You Fall in Love with Jewelry?

So recently I went to California!
Loved it.
I definitely want to go back....
Hopefully to meet some really rad blogger friends!

While I was at my photography workshop there was a lot of fun people there!
I loved meeting new people.
It was quite liberating and totally out of my comfort zone,
but it was awesome.
One of the super fun gals that was there in attendance was
the famous Crystal B.
I'll have to admit that I had never heard of her before my trip,
but I am so, so, so happy that I did.
She is my new favorite jewelry designer!
Plus, she is affordable!
On top of that she is friendly, spunky and super sweet!
'hi crystal' :)

Look what she sent me in the mail...
The cute little tin that my new jewelry came in! So fun!!!

The so stinkin' adorable necklace.
By the way I wore it last week and I got at least 3 random compliments on it!!!
So fun.

I am going to wear it for Easter sunday and I'm hoping to get a fun pic with my family!
We'll see, you know how that goes having to dress up the entire family before church and it's so crazy!!!

Oh and she has a ton of new fun designs coming into the shop! All of which I want!!!

So head on over to her Etsy shop and grab yourself a fun new necklace for the spring!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Princess Alaina Turns 7

This isn't the best picture of Alaina... but it was windy out :)

I can hardly believe my baby is 7.
She is such a joy in our lives.
She is a sweetie and wants to be friends with everyone!

This year she is excited for her princess party,
She can't wait to be a flower girl in her aunt's wedding.
She is excited to start 1st grade.
She loves when she loses a tooth.

Happy Birthday Alaina
I love you very much xoxoxo

Friday, April 15, 2011

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Blogging is fun.
It's a way for me to let out some steam from the day.
While I don't blog everyday. I ultimately wish I could.
Time does not always allow me too.
When I do blog, it's mostly about me, me, me!
Sometimes there are opportunities that come our way
and we can either choose to talk about 'me,me,me', or help one another out!
I'm choosing to help.

Matthew 17:20 
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

When something seems so impossible and the task seems so daunting... It's a beautiful thing to be able to lay your burdens at the feet of Jesus and know that He loves you. I am reminded of the song that Chris Tomlin sings:

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?

Not only can you help the Farley family bring Sergey home but with a simple donation you could be entered to win a ton of amazing prizes including an  iPad 2... say what?

Click here to go look at all the fab prizes and enter to win!

Sergey is so cute.
I can't imagine as a mom knowing where your son is
and not being able to go get him! It just breaks my heart!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WEiGH in Wednesdays

Today is the day where I expose my weight to the world wide web!
How terrifying.
But today I have some great news.
All my hard work is paying off!
3 weeks ago I started at 157.5 pounds
Today... day 22 I weighed in at...
Go me, go me!!! (said in a sing songy voice)
A total of 12 pounds
3.5 pounds from last weeks weigh in.

It's not too late for you to join me!
Just think... when my 6 weeks are up you will be half way done, just like me right now!
You can do this. Believe me if I can do this... you can too.
I also have been working out 4 days/week for 30-40 minutes hard cardio.
I don't go to a gym I just use the Wii.

I also have been thinking lately and if I steadily loose weight like I have been (an average of 4 pounds/week) then I won't quite be at my goal at the end of 6 weeks. So I'm leaning towards extending my vegan adventures until I hit my goal. With my sisters wedding coming up in 8 short weeks... I really want to reach my goal 124 pounds... I am a third of the way there!

P.S. Every Tuesday I go out with my bestie for coffee at Starbucks. The past few weeks I just ordered water. Last night, I got a coffee. *GASP* It's not technically on the diet plan, but I was still good when I ordered it. I ordered a 'Tall soy mocha (with only two pumps instead of three) no whip, decaf'. I've never ordered a soy drink before. It was pretty yummy. I felt guilty the whole time I drank it and wish I hadn't ordered it, but I wasn't going to just throw $4 away!

P.S.S. If you decide to join me please let me know so I can encourage you along the way! Plus I would like you to join me on 'WEiGH in Wednesdays'. :)

Happy Wednesday to you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Veggie Soup Recipe

Ever since I had Panera Bread's 'Garden Veggie Soup' I have been craving it!
Every time I go though they have Black Bean Soup.
Which is yummy, but I have been craving the veggies :)

So I decided to create something similar but add some more yumminess.
Here is my made up recipe. I already know a few things I would try differently...

Veggie Soup:
5 TBSP Olive oil
2 TBSP minced garlic
2 stalks of celery
2 small zucchinis
1 red pepper - chopped
2 large carrots - chopped
1 cup of frozen green beans
1 cup of frozen sweet corn
1 red onion
4 red baby potatoes - diced
14.5 oz wax beans
14.5 oz garbanzo beans (next time I will use white beans)
14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes (next time I will blend it creating more of a liquid sauce)
1 - 32 oz veggie stock
2 cups of water
lots of parsley. fresh or dried.
salt and pepper to taste

Saute minced garlic in the heated olive oil. Add in veggies as you chop them up. Saute them for 10 minutes or so. It will look like above photo! Once cooked awhile in pan, transfer into a crock pot! Add in veggie stock and water. Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours. enjoy.

I am not a chef. So if there is something that you think would be better please share that with me. I may still be editing this recipe later. Either way, I tried it before the veggies were completely done, and I thought it was very yummy.

Tomorrow is weigh in wednesdays! come back to see how much weight I have lost :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries

This is what I had for dinner tonight.
It was so yummy!!!
I'm going to try and be better about posting what I have been eating.
Just in case anyone is interested.

To make these absolutely amazing fries it is really simple!
2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut up
1-2 TBSP of olive oil
sprinkle of salt
dash of pepper
garlic powder to taste

mix all ingredients in a bowl. place on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚ for 25 minutes. mix the fries up. bake for another 20 minutes or so. these were so tasty i was sad i had to share them with levi... he gobbled them up too :)

Okay, now for some shocking news on the weight loss front.
I know it is not 'weigh in wednesday' but I guess I will call it 'Measure up Monday' :)
Today is day 20 for me... 
(I will leave you in suspense as to how much weight I have lost since last week, 
but I have lost some. Yay, me!)
But tomorrow marks 3 weeks! That means I am half way done. 
I decided to update my biggest loser girl. 
So I got out the measuring tape. 
People, I have lost 5 inches around my waist and a few more in other places.

I am so very proud of myself! 
My jeans are getting looser and when I had to pull out the summer clothes yesterday for the 85˚ weather here in Michigan... they fit!!! 

To be a healthy BMI for my height I still need to loose 22 pounds.
So here's to keep on keepin' on!

Seriously though, you must try these fries whether you are going to do this diet or not! AMAZING!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fiesta Dip

I completely forgot about this recipe.
I was going through some of my recipes and happened upon it again.
I'm in love.
This is so yummy!

Fiesta Dip

1 can (15 oz) Black Beans - drained and rinsed
1 can (15.5 oz) fiesta corn - drained
1 red onion - diced (i only used half of a large onion)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 packet (0.7 oz) Good Seasons Dry Italian dressing

3 roma tomatoes seeded and diced
2 avocados - peeled & diced
tabasco sauce or taco sauce to taste
salt & pepper to taste

Combine & mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl; cover, chill overnight.
(or make in the AM to serve in the PM) Before serving add tomatoes, avocados, Tabasco sauce, salt & pepper. Serve with tortilla chips! YUM!

*side note: I only had 1 tomato today so I cut that up and then I used left over yellow and green pepper. It still tasted very yummy!

It's basically a party in your mouth.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WEiGH in Wednesdays

Hi friends.
Today is day 15 of my diet.
Today is the day I post my weight for the entire internets to see ;)

drum roll please...


I went down two more pounds from last week.
I broke the 150 mark.
A total of 8.5 pounds lost
I was so happy the other day when I jumped on the scale to see 149.5
I do weigh myself everyday.
It's a great motivator for me :)

I feel great.
I am working out. I still don't like doing it, but I know it's good for me.
I made a black bean salsa yesterday. YUM. I will post the recipe later.

I am planning at the end to post my before and after photo of me.

Have a swell day all.

Friday, April 1, 2011

8 months...

I can't even believe that my little guy is 8 months old already.
Actually, he is now over 8 months, but I still wanted to document his growth :)

He is a getting so chubby and I just love it! All my kids were/are chubby.
Alaina and Addie have grown out of it. Now it's just little Levi, who's not so little anymore!

Last week he started to crawl. He was really slow at first taking a few 'crawls' and then plopping down.
Now he is all over the place. Why is it that he can have every toy out on the floor, but he goes straight for the cords or my purse or the shoes? 


His bottom teeth are trying to come in hardcore!
I mean seriously these are the most stubborn teeth I have delt with.
Which means a seriously cranky baby.
He hasn't been sleeping well, which means I have had fewer quiet moments.
Come on teeth.
I think you can, I think you can... you better hurry up!

I hope these baby legs aren't cutting off circulation!
Seriously how cute?!

Things you have been up to lately:
sitting. you can get into and out of sitting by yourself, yay!
babbling. you are saying things like. ma-ma-ma-ma-ma, da-da-da-da-da, ba-ba-ba-ba.
you get really excited when you see yourself in the mirror :)
squealing REALLY loud.
eating more babyfood.
you like to talk with food in your mouth, which means a lot of it ends up on me.
you started eating the baby star puffs. you mostly go crazy when you see them and wave your arms all over knocking most of them on the floor.
you chewed on your first flip flop for a good 5 minutes before i realized it!
you take two naps.
you love your binky.
you love your lovey. 
i need to hurry up and make him a new one, he's getting attached to a pink flowery one. oops.
no teeth yet, but i can see something trying to figure out what to do!
still loves to put everything in your mouth.

love ya levi :)