Montly weight loss and healthy living style update


March 1st 2014 not a single pound down ….THIS IS SO HARD 174 just like in February

January 1 2014

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It’s  that TIME again!  Time for that once a month update I promised I would give.  Let me first focus on all the good things in regards to February 2014.  Although really great things happened in February, I did not lose a single pound.  I mean at one point I did, there were a couple of days I was down for a total of 8 pounds but it went back up and stayed there.  So no weight loss this month it remains at 6 pounds total lost, and you want to know my real honest true feelings??  I’m discouraged, I’m upset, it sucks.  Yep, those are my true feelings.  I feel like giving up.  But I WILL NOT.  Don’t worry I’m still doing this.  Back to the positive things.

I walked 21 out of 28 days in February, I exceeded my goal!!

I tried the cool salad in a jar trick I saw on Pinterest.  It’s AMAZING!!

I drank plenty of water!

I have logged my calories every day for 58 days in a row on “my fitness pal”

When I have gone out to eat I order water to drink and only eat half my meal.  Because I still order things I love.

Two different gals at Bible study told me I was looking “good”  I’ll take it!

I got a tattoo!

Girl Scout cookies arrived.  I bought 10 boxes this year to support the little troopers I know and well; the thin mints sort of get me.  The rest I can pass on.

Although I didn’t lose a single pound in February, I’m newly energized for the month of March because we just started a pool at work for weight loss.  So we are competing (for money) so that will hopefully get me to think a little harder and longer about what I choose to do each day.

Lastly I will share my goals for March with you.

I plan to walk at least 4 times a week.

Eat breakfast every single day.

I plan to stretch nearly every night because I have a goal to do the splits just like my littlest and only girl.  We have a really cool and exciting blog called “Life in the 7 Cea’s”    In this blog Abbie and I share healthy snacks, and activities we do with each other to lead a healthy lifestyle.  It’s fun because it’s a shared blog with our friends in Australia Cathie and Jess another mother daughter team with the same healthy goals.  It’s so adorable, I hope you will stop by and check it out.

grateful for the rain and legs that move me

rain walkLast night I walked in a drizzle.  It’s the best time to walk.  The smell of the wet asphalt is completely nostalgic for me, the mist on my face felt cold and I was so appreciative for the little bit of rain that fell upon our dry land.

I’m not very good at handling cold.  It was cold for me, the California native.  I wore grandpa’s hat.  I cherish his hat.  He left us too soon and his hat brings me comfort along with the roses he gave me that I watch bloom throughout the year.  His aloe vera plant that is bursting to seed right now at this very moment. I hold these things close.  I know they are just things but they are also reminders to me of a great man.  So I hold them close and I feel special when I wear his hat.  It keeps my ears warm in the California cold, drizzly night.  I walk and I remember him.

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I smell the smoky wood from a few fireplaces blazing, I smell wet grass, I see glistening sidewalks and I’m grateful that I have legs that move me.  Today it’s simple – being thankful for the sprinkles.

mint tea in a new tea cup

How many ways can I photograph my tea?  Let me count thy ways!  I took about 20 if you want to know the truth of the matter but I’m only sharing NINE.  You see today I had the pleasure of meeting my mom for lunch.  It was a perfect gray and drizzly day.  WE got just a tiny bit of rain here today which we desperately need.  I had the best lunch with mom and since it was cold we decided tomato soup and splitting a sandwich would be just right. I love talking to her, I could talk to her for hours, she is very supportive and positive and nice to be around.  I’m blessed to love my mom so much I know not all mother daughter relationships are close.   I could really go on about my mom but today I wanted to share with you the tea-cup I bought.  (she bought two really cool things too)  We saw this orange dainty saucer and tea-cup, the floral print was gorgeous but we were quite taken by the bold orange on the cup!  I mean normally these dainty pretty cups are soft and pastel and you know not so BOLD.  I fell instantly in love with it but didn’t really want to pay 12.00 for it.  So I passed it up.  My mom said “you need that cup, it’s so you”  And just as she was standing in line to pay for her things I said, “I’m going to get that cup”  walked back to get it.  She said “you need both!”  I settled for the one and decided I would for sure have my tea out of it this afternoon!   So here are the pictures of the tea-cup in many different angles and light.  I know orange isn’t for everyone but I love it.  So much so I have an orange tea kettle, orange walls and now this orange tea-cup and saucer. I read somewhere that orange promotes creativity.  So it’s all good.

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This week has been considerably busy feeling.  Filled to the brim for sure.  Tonight I actually get to stay home and rest a little.  I’m completely looking forward to that.  Below are just a few images from the last couple days.

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It really shouldn’t surprise me that my little mini me is very much like me in lots of ways but in particular the shy way.  I had the pleasure of going to her church group last night to join in on their spa night.  I couldn’t help but notice that even though I was there, Abbie sat against the wall and nobody paid any attention to her,  not even so much as a hello.  The past few weeks when she gets into the car I will say something like “so how was friends?  (that’s the name of the group) do you have any girls you hang out with?” Each week she will say “It was good but I don’t really know anyone” She is so shy she is nervous to approach a group of girls.  The largest group of girls seem to know each other very well, as if they almost grew up together, with a few tinier groups of girls who seem a little shy but have already found their comfort nitch.  I was especially surprised in a room with say at least 4 other leaders that this had not been noticed.  We sat down to eat some snacks and I got to talking to another really sweet mom and she also included Abbie in our conversation.  Abbie volunteered that she was in Sunday school with this gal’s daughter.  That lit up the sweet lady and she called her daughter over and said “Abbie is in your Sunday school class!” that was about it for a while.  After we polished our nails Abbie asked if we could leave early.  My heart ached for her.  I had no idea that week after week she was feeling so alone in a room full of people.  We stepped outside for some fresh air when the sweet lady appeared again with her daughter and another darling girl; they also wanted some fresh air and didn’t seem to care about all the spa stuff going on inside the classroom. I mentioned to the lady that Abbie was feeling a little left out all these weeks and had no friends.  She immediately introduced Abbie to her daughter again and the other little girl.  They were very sweet to Abbie and began to ask her questions and before long they seemed to be getting along really well, so well that Abbie left my side to be with the girls.  I’m very thankful we didn’t leave early, I’m very grateful for the sweet lady I met last night who solved the problem rather quickly and also explained to me that when she grew up in the Philippines that she was very tall and skinny compared to most the tiny Filipino girls in her country and because of that she was made fun of and she was extremely shy and just would sit up against the walls.  She told me she only spoke when spoken to and her questions were always short.  She understood my littlest and only girl and she didn’t want her to feel like she felt when she was a kid.  This wonderful lady made my night.  I was so glad I went and I’m so glad Abbie now has some new friends. Not only did Abbie make a few new friends I also made a new friend last night, even exchanged telephone numbers. The night ended well.  God is so good, what could have left a very bad taste in our mouth was saved by one courageous lady who was brave enough to approach the outsiders and make them feel comfortable. She listened to the tugging in her heart, she paid attention to the Holy Spirit and she was lead to us.  It’s amazing how just one person can make all the difference.   I have to be honest when I say; judgment in reverse is a problem of mine.  I “expect” that since we are in a Christian environment that all the girls will be sweet and kind and that the leaders will lead and make all the girls feel included.  I keep learning in life that expecting always leads to disappointment and judgment is for God not me.  It’s amazing to me that I keep getting lesson after lesson, I wonder how many more lessons I need to learn?  I trust God though completely and I know all these things that happen make us into the people we are meant to be.

 Meet the littlest and only girls new friends.


One might do this

When one has some free time in-between getting home from work

and picking up soccer player


the littlest and only girl

One might start by eating lunch

Then one might decide to strip their quilt off their bed and lay it out in the sun


Because a wise Eastern doctor told one it was good  thing to do

Every day if  possible

Which that’s not really the case for this particular one

So when this particular one does it

She feels good about oneself

Then one sees the animals all around her and becomes quickly distracted by all their wonder

One decides taking lots of pictures of them would be a perfect idea

Only the shy kitty is harder to photograph and she has to take her time slowly sneaking up

Until she got only just a little bit closer

And he runs away

This just meant,  one went on to the kitty that doesn’t mind

if one sticks the lens nearly straight in his face

All the while getting shadowed by a big dog and a little dog

All at once

She decides to also take their pictures

and sort of gets caught up in the animal photo session

Then one thinks trying out her timer

in between stripping off her bed sheets of course

would be a fun to do

Why not lie on top the dining table

it’s a better way to view the room

or the ceiling rather

One realizes just how old she is

because she feels motion sickness


she gets up




and up again to try different shots with her timer

Like real live motion sickness

as if she is trying to read her favorite magazine

While on the winding roads of the local mountains

Not a smart idea

That’s what one might do when one gets off work and is waiting for her children to be done with practices


to distract herself from eating tons of sweets


That’s what she really wants to do

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tulips and change and most importantly…..thank you.


First and foremost HOLY WOW and THANK YOU all for your tremendous support.  I feel as if I have the biggest support team ever for this healthy journey of mine.  Seriously I can’t let you all down and most of all I can’t let myself down.  I owe it to my kids and family to take the best possible care of myself and for too long I have let this very important facet of my life just sit at the sidelines with no real importance.  When really it’s so very important to take care of our (as my friend Vanessa best said it)  “vessels which hold our beautiful souls”  Our bodies are gifts and we should treat them as such.  So once more, thank you so very much for all your enormous support, it means so very much to me.  I may post recipes or food here or there but I will not post progress but once a month as not to overwhelm myself or anyone else watching. I’m not here to elaborate on all my past fails.  This is by far not my first attempt at good health but it is a new day and a new year and looking forward will be much healthier.

Yesterday I took my word CHANGE serious and attended a small gathering with Abbie and her new friends from her new school with new mom’s I had not met. Normally I would avoid this sort of thing at most every cause.  I don’t really want to meet new people and talk about things that are small talk.  Plus I’m really extremely shy.  But I went and my best encouragement came from my only and littlest girl, she said “Mom, you are the most creative and crazy mom I know! you will be okay” Crazy, yes.  In my own comfort zone but not among strangers.  It went better than great.  The women were really welcoming and beautiful inside and out.  I’m so happy I made the change and went.  I think this word is going to turn my life upside down.

I also took a few minutes of my day and took pictures of the graceful tulips we brought home from Trade Joes.  I decided to take them from various angles.  Just more practice you know. I love watching them bend and open.

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2013 at a glance

januaryI remember the very first day of January we spotted a hawk sitting on the fence across the street.  I was intrigued and saw two more perched in the same month, two odd spots…a tall light pole and a building top. I see them in flight lots but rarely do I spot them sitting still and grand they caught my attention for sure.  I wondered if there was meaning in the sightings?  We went on winter walks, we had a little rain we focused on our new word for the year, mine LOVE, littlest and only girl’s word was positive.

februaryFebruary always full of love!  I had my very first fancy coffee with my love and crossed one more thing off my dream list. I remember February being a month filled with walks, even with my oldest boy.  My legs I have noticed are the very best in February.  Since it will be my 5th year entering 2014, I have seen a pattern and February always gives me hope and shows promise.

marchIn March we always get giddy over the daffodils.  I fill my home with them over and over again until they stop selling them in tiny closed bunches.  This has gone on now for maybe 3 or so years.  A newer tradition.  I did a lot of reminiscing on my blog and picked up an awesome old school enlarger for only 25.00, all the trays and canisters and began dreaming of a future darkroom where I could once again develop my own film.  We played in the mud and Abbie turned another year older.

aprilIn April we began to plan for our Spring garden. The oldest became a man!  Talk about reminiscing!  We also had many of his baby videos transferred to dvd so he could finally see all the memories we had talked about.  I went on my first women’s retreat.  We paid taxes and planted a tree for each of our children.

mayMay always brings flowers! I found the most adorable shop in Fullerton and met an old friend who gave me an opportunity to show my art in her shop when the fall came.  I walked with some amazing women, survivors and brave warriors. Oh and I turned one more year older.

juneIn June our garden began to show promise. June was a very, very busy month for us.  We had our oldest graduate high school and get his very first car (the little yellow bug) our other two promoted into middle school and into high school.  We had dance recitals, school dances and  parties. Sadly my only other living grandfather passed away in this month. Yet still life goes forward and we began to get very, very excited for our summer ahead. We could taste it!

julyJuly came with lots of freedom, finding treasures, lemonade stands, mother daughter tea, a pool that literally busted at the seems, plumbing that went really wrong.  However the garden grew, hearts were spotted everywhere, we made trips to the beach and I joined a morning workout group and found some really great new friends.

augustAugust was the month we played very hard.  We took some time off and kept it local but being we are from California, keeping it local can still come with lots of fun.  We had beach trips by the handfuls, we hit up the fair, we took the kids parasailing, video arcades, ice-cream, summer hikes, sunflowers and raspberries, fancy movie theater, singing in the car and still meeting my workout buddies three times a week, very, very early in the morning. We enjoyed lots of fresh produce, we smiled a lot, our skin collected a few more freckles and sun beams.  Best of all my little sister and her two babes came back from France to live here in California once again.  Remembering August has me realizing I do love summer, lots.

septemberIn September we planted pumpkins for the fall (that didn’t fare so well) The soccer player and littlest and only girl got ready for their new schools,  I joined a book club and tried to read Jane Austen, I had my postcards made for the future art show, I experimented in wood transfers, began to watch Mad Men (basically became obsessed by it) grandpa visited me in a dream.   The soccer player turned another year older and sadly the oldest had a car crash on the very day soccer player turned one year older. Old familiar routines began to take their shape.

octoberIn October I cooked and baked a lot.  It was still relatively warm in our parts but I still yearned to make soups, cookies and pies.  Motorcycle man turned another year older, we visited Arizona for the memorial of my grandpa and saw my grandma who I had not seen in years, the boys worked on the bug, we experienced our very first Indy race courtesy of my dad who went all out on our seats, with pit passes and a meal.  Littlest and only girl tried out for her  new school cheer team and MADE IT,  Soccer player was conditioning for soccer and we were still getting comfortable with our fall routines.


November being the month of gratitude I had so much to be grateful for, my very first art show the very first Friday of November.  I high-lite of my year for sure.  God is so good the way he works, I’m grateful to be his child and to have the privilege to witness his every day miracles and even when things don’t seem to be going our way, God has a plan and time and time again I have seen these plans come into full bloom usually when I’m least expecting it. We sadly lost a friend and co-worker in the month of November.  We saw the most amazing rainbow in November, we celebrated our gratitude with our thanksgiving feasts and as I reflect back on the year I’m reminded that although it wasn’t always smooth sailing, we learned from the imperfect days and it had us really appreciating the really good ones.

decemberDecember is here and there are 2 days left until Christmas.  I can’t believe yet again how quickly the year flew by.  My word for 2013 was LOVE, I figured if I just loved, showed love and demonstrated love that things would feel perfectly right and they did for the most part.  Jesus walked this earth in LOVE and one reference I can give is found in Mark 12:28-31 it’s that simple.  I always think to myself if everyone just LOVED how beautiful life would be.  It’s an action word and love can transform and change, it’s just a beautiful thing.  Speaking of change, this year my word is CHANGE. I’m constantly learning and my life can use change, I can take better care of myself, my body is a gift and I often mistreat it.  It would be a good thing to strive to take better care of it.  I don’t want to list all the changes that can be made, I should just focus on one change a month as to not overwhelm myself.  I’m  good at overwhelming myself.  Maybe I should change that!  What are your plans for 2014?  Do you have a word for the year?  I would love to hear about it.


Oh boy.  This week has been a little crazy busy feeling.  That’s okay and stuff but it has taken me away from the good old blog.  I have somehow managed to keep up with my December challenge, I have kept my faith, I have been grateful for so many things.  I have truly found being grateful keeps me up.

handmadeYesterday was handmade, snowflake, easy but it took me four hours to make four, I was talking lots though with a good friend, that was the best part really. the talking and making snowflakes together, right Jean?

 The soccer player keeps me busy, three games a week, practice every day and two games on Saturdays.  Its border line insane this high school soccer business but he seems to be having a fun time with it.  He is the keeper but longs to be on the field.  His coaches did a drill the other day and pulled him in as a defender, they were impressed and are considering putting him in as a defender a game or two.  He calls this a promotion.  I mean Goalie has lots of pressure and it can be a hero position but it can also be sort of a curse.  Like when being scored on and your team getting all irritated and stuff.  Then there are the games when there is just no action at all at the goal and then soccer player gets bored and doesn’t enjoy the game as much.  We will see but in the meantime he keeps us busy.  So busy we have yet to Christmas shop.

the teamThey even play in the rain, pouring rain with lots of mud, I think the boys sort of like to get dirty though (team) our soccer player is the one in neon

 I suppose we can get to that next week a day or two before Christmas and hope there are some things left.  Abbie just had three things on her list, a big huge teddy bear, knee socks and a soccer ball and Dylan’s list was like this, a rip stick, soccer ball and underwear.  Seriously kids, socks and underwear?  That’s just a little strange.  But easy, really easy.

photoyesterday, we made a real yummy chicken soup which included our yams  or are they sweet potatoes? from our produce delivery

Then there is the first to be born, he is gone so much I have no idea what he wants?  We catch mere glimpses of him if we are lucky.  He is gone before we get home from work and we are asleep when he gets home and he is asleep when we leave for work.  I suppose that’s all normal for an 18-year-old.  I can bet he wishes for a new car since the poor bug was up and running after the accident but for only two weeks and then the engine seized so he is back to bumming rides and relying on others for a while.  The boys (meaning motorcycle man and Aus) really want to keep the bug though so she will just sit until we gather the money for a new engine.  It’s all good though right, more bonding time between father and son, that’s how we have to look at it.



Such a busy day yesterday.  This is late but I will just share two pictures of decoration.  My ornament from this year which is a sweet red and white trailer.  I have this vision that when the kids are grown that Rich and I will pick one of these up and be able to camp all up and down the coast.  The other ornament was painted by (oh this is bad)  One of the kids, I can’t remember which one.  I should ask them, they will know. Homemade ornaments are my most favorite and my tree is filled with them.




I’m not like a city slicker or anything, more like a suburban kind of gal….just outside the big city and far away from the country.  [Suburb:   the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town]  Today’s word was nature.  Hummmmm, what should I do?  Of course we have tree’s and grass, I have a front yard and back yard, a tiny rose garden and a shut down for the winter back garden but I always take pictures of the things in my yard.  Today I wanted to actually travel to a place I could take in some nature.  Nature the way I get to see it and so the pictures below show you what I saw today. I took the only and littlest girl with me.  She had been feeling under the weather and we both thought some fresh air would do her some good.  I took LOTS of pictures and while doing so I took in the sounds and smells around me, even the feeling around me.  I heard water rushing, wind rustling leaves and crunching leaves beneath my feet, I smelt sweet tobacco and fresh grass.  I hope you enjoy the pictures below, there are lots but it felt so incredible to really pay attention to my kind of nature.  Abbie walked ahead and behind me taking her own pictures with my iPhone.  The very last image in this collection is one she took of her shadow.  I love it.  It also shows my wide end taking pictures behind her.  Not my best side but you can get an idea of the positions I get into, by the time we left my pant legs were nice and dirty just as they should be at the end of a nature photo walk.

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