Is this thing on?



I am, once again, a terrible blogger. A lot of things have happened since I last blogged.

  • I quit my job and got a new one
  • I started back to school. My first semester back ends next Friday (!!!)

My days are typically planned out to the minute to balance work/family/school/personal time. I need to work blogging back into the personal time.  I have lots to say and plenty to share.


Look forward to sharing with you.






Ten Things Tuesday

  1. I have all the windows in the house open today. It is so beautiful and airy. The lowest high in the next week it today at 61. Bliss.
  2. We bought C a power wheel during the holiday season at a really good price with coupons and discounts. We got it out last night since the weather is warm and built it inside thanks to a downpour last night. He is in heaven. He ate breakfast in the car this morning. His smile warms my heart.
  3. Tomorrow is my day off and I cannot wait to spend the day outside, in the sunshine, with my family.
  4. I hope we can move into a house this fall. Not only do we need the space, but I think one of our cats needs to be indoor/outdoor. He is always begging at the door to go outside and explore. I know that is frowned upon by many, but he is fixed and he seems to have a strong hunting urge.
  5. We made some decisions recently that will impact our family in a positive way. I am excited to be moving forward with these plans.
  6. I am wearing capris. Seriously. This weather is AMAZING.
  7. I am addicted to the iPhone/Android game “draw something”. Find me and play (themommymonster)
  8. I am on my last bit of coffee and creamer. I am going to give it up. This is a big step for me. I did it once before and ended up only lasting 9 months. I need to last a lot longer, with only the occasional cup of DECAF.
  9. I think I am going to challenge mommies2be over at Our growing family. You in E? 🙂
  10. Happy spring friends! I know it is not “officially” spring yet, but the time is coming.
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Losing It! (Fail)

It has been 30 days since I last updated Losing It! Honestly, there is nothing good to report.


I have gained about a pound. I have fallen back into bad habits.


I was sick the week of my sons 3rd birthday with a raging head cold that would not end. I fell off the wagon then, taking comfort in food while I was sick.


It also it not helpful that the weather is a roller coaster. One day it is 26 and the next day it is a sunny 60. As soon as the weather stabilizes and it warm enough to enjoy the outdoors on a regular basis I feel like I will be on a better path.


Until then, here I sit, feeling fat and gross.


I know the change should be easy. I should want to eat better and lose weight. I truly want to. The idea of losing 80+ pounds is scary. If I lost 1 pound a week it will take me almost over 18 months to reach my goal. 18 months is a long time.


I understand that the progress may be slow, but it is also hard to watch at the same time. Watching a pound or half a pound is a step in the right direction, but it is also disheartening.


I will get there. It will just take time.

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Losing It! (Week 3)

This week was pretty decent. I feel like I am gaining control over portions. I have been working really hard to slow down when I am eating and let myself get to that full feeling before I overeat. I keep 100 calorie packs of almonds on my desk that I snack on when I have the urge.

I really need to start tracking points in some form. I have old WW materials I could use, but I like the idea of fruits and veggies being free and they are not on the old plan. I am making progress either way and that makes me happy. I just know I could be making greater progress if I tracked points and/or foods.

Starting Weight: 250.2 lbs
Current Weight: 249.1 lbs
Weight Lost: 1.1 lbs
Percentage Lost: 0.44%
Goal Weight: 165
Pounds left to lose: 84.1
Percentage to Goal: 3.56%

My goals for this week:

  • Continue working on portion control
  • Have a light snack at 8:00 PM and eat nothing after
  • Increase my water intake
  • Decrease and/or eliminate coffee
  • Start a food journal



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Losing It! (Week 2)

Week 2 is less than stellar. I lost half a pound. I wish the number were bigger, but I am half a pound lighter than I was last week.

Starting Weight: 250.7 lbs
Current Weight: 250.2 lbs
Weight Lost: 0.5 lbs
Percentage Lost: 0.20%
Goal Weight: 165
Pounds left to lose: 85.2
Percentage to Goal: 2.29 %

I made some poor eating choices last week in the form of a DQ Blizzard, some fast food, etc. A loss is a loss. I am happy that I lost weight. Thrilled! Do I wish it was more? Yes. I also have to remind myself that I started my period today, so the bloat and water weight are likely not helping.

I am well on my way to a skinny me. One pound at a time.

LilySlim Weight charts

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Losing It! (Week 1)

Last week I made a decision I’ve made 100 times before: lose weight. Since C was born, I have slowly been packing on the pounds. I recently saw photos of myself for 8 years ago and cannot believe how small I was. I remember thinking how fat I was back in those days. Hindsight truly is 20/20.

I started loosely following Weight Watchers last week. The plan has worked for me in the past, but I lamely do not want to fork over money to do Points Plus until I can get a smartphone that will allow me easy access to the app. My mom and sister both use it and it is amazing. You can scan the UPC code on most boxes and it will tell you how many points per serving for that food. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway. I started following it loosely. My biggest changes last week were giving up coffee and trying not to snack. Both of these things were hard, but manageable.

Saturday I hit rock bottom. My dad invited us over for burgers. I am a sucker for a juicy burger. I ate more than my fair share. I got discouraged. There was no way I was losing weight my first week.

I weighed myself this afternoon and was very surprised to see a loss.

Starting Weight: 252.2 lbs
Current Weight: 250.7 lbs.
Weight Lost: 1.5lbs
Percentage Lost: 0.59%
Goal Weight: 165
Pounds left to lose: 85.7
Percentage to Goal: 1.72%

I have a long way to go. I am proud of myself for putting myself out there. I hope that this time next year I am close to my goal. I want to be a success story. I want to pose for the cover of a magazine and boldly claim I lost half my weight. I know my goal is not half my weight. My goal is in the healthy range for my height.

I can do this.

LilySlim Weight charts


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15 Things Friday

I have not blogged lately and I know I owe everyone an update. There are many blogs I love to follow that I check obsessively each day and I am always disappointed when there is not a new post. I figured it was time to get on it and let you all know what has been happening here.

A group of friends and I normally due “Ten Things Tuesday”  and write 10 things that are on our minds. I bring to you today 15 Things Friday:

  1. C’s birthday is less than 30 days away. I will have a 3 year old in a few short weeks.
  2. C started tumbling classes this week as a gift from his Grammie and Grandpa for his birthday.  We had a lot of fun in our first class. I will blog about that next week and hopefully have some pictures to share.
  3. I think I finally have the inspiration I need to make J and I a bed quilt. I hope to begin that soon.
  4. Work has been busy and time consuming lately. The woes of a work at home mom.
  5. We have finally entered winter here. Snow has been falling almost daily and it is beautiful
  6. Speaking of snow, we took C sledding for the first time last weekend. He had a good time walking up and down the hill,but was not really into going down the hill on a sled.
  7. J is making potato soup for dinner and I could not be more excited. It sound delicious right now. I wish it was time for dinner.
  8. I am addicted to the Animal Planet show, Pit Boss. I really want a Pit Bull when we get a house with some land.
  9. I gave up coffee this week and it has gone pretty well. I miss the taste of coffee, but I know it is better for my health and well being if I stop drinking it.
  10. I have loosely started following the Weight Watchers program. I plan to fully start following it in April when I can upgrade my cell phone to one that supports apps.
  11. I started a reading challenge for 2012 through My goal is 100 books. I have read 4 so far. I hope I can make it to 100. I did not realize how much I missed reading until I started this challenge.
  12. I would love to write a book someday, but I am unsure what I would want to write about. I used to keep drafts of stories I started in a folder, but I never got past the first few chapters.
  13. I would like to go to school to be a nurse, but I am truly unsure of how to balance work/home/school. It may be on hold for sometime.
  14.  My living room constantly looks like a toy store exploded. I want a bigger house with more space. For now I will proudly hang our “Please pardon our mess. We are making memories.”
  15. I am happier than I have been in a long time. I feel like I am finally getting control of my life and my emotions/feelings. I will post more about that soon.

Happy Friday!