Thursday, June 30, 2011

Come Find Me…

 

If you are wondering where I am at today come find me hanging out with MizFit over at her blog!

 

 

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Also If you don’t know who MizFit, Carla is you should totally follow her and also check out the super sweet podcast she does with Diet Girl, Shauna over at Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone

 

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging

M

Monday, June 27, 2011

FMM {6-27-2011}

If you've taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you're new, please take a moment to answer this week's question on your own blog then add a link at the bottom of this post so we can all see your post. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Be sure to head back to Kenz's blog - All The Weigh and check out the rest!






FMM: Yes or No?


  1. List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge. apple sauce, carrots, dukes mayo(If I am going to have mayo I want the real thing)
  2. What kind of milk do you drink? I dont drink milk but we usually have anything from soy or almond to whole in there for the kid's cereal and cooking
  3. Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables?Fresh!!!!!
  4. What do you currently have to drink in the fridge? water and koolaid squeeze drinks 
  5. How often do you clean out your refrigerator?not often enough
  6. What’s the healthiest thing in it right now? fresh fruits and veggies yumm
  7. What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now? ice cream
  8. What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now? some lettuce, ran out and I want a yummy salad for lunch 
  9. How often do you shop for groceries? usually a couple times a week 
  10. What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now? insulin 
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Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to answer the questions and come back to post a link in the comments section! Happy Monday!


Peace, Love and Happy Blogging 
M

Sunday, June 26, 2011

D Fail...excuses, I think not


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Saturday I woke up to a blood sugar of 369. Normal glucose levels range between 80 and 120. I felt like crap. No matter how much insulin I took It was not coming down, this told me that my Omnipod (insulin pump) was bad and needed changing. Simple enough, right…wrong. I went through 4 pod’s in in less than 24 hours. The first one was clearly bad, the second one wouldn’t prime, the third one gave me an error after only a few hours and finally the last one due to weird positioning and sweat from putting together my daughter’s swing set was coming off. While extremely annoying this is not normal. Needless to say I spent the majority of the day with my blood sugar between 2 and 400.

Any time I am this high I feel extremely sleepy and somewhat dizzy. My vision is blurry and my heart sometimes races. Let me tell you it is not fun. Sometimes I get so tired of dealing with diabetes and then on top of that you add all the other things I am on. Five of those eight bottles down there I take daily, three are as needed. I hate remembering to take them every night and remembering to change my pod every three days. These things are what keep me healthy, sane and alive though so I take them.

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Having a chronic health conditions like type 1 diabetes has such a profound effect on my life. Some days diabetes just sits in the background, some days it flashes like a neon sign. It’s there when I wake up, go to sleep, eat, workout, go on vacation. Diabetes never takes a vacation. I cant just decide to go for a run or hit the gym, I have to plan ahead and pregame. It’s not just as simple as turning off my insulin pump. This can be so annoying sometimes. When I first started working out I had such a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that some times I needed to eat something just so I could workout. It felt counterproductive. Let me go eat so that I can burn calories just made no sense. I had to change my thinking. This meant I needed to time my workouts so that it was around a time where I might normally have a snack or meal.

Wall have obstacles to overcome, we all have something that could be used as an excuse not to do things. Diabetes, while some days quite annoying, will not be an excuse for me…ever! Yes, I will have to plan more but it does not mean I can not do things. Don’t let anyone tell you you cant do something because you can. It may take some planning and caution but there are ways. Find what works for you. Amazing things will happen! Work hard. Keep going.

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

 

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On my daily blog stroll today I stumbled upon Monica Want’s It’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday and while I don’t have a fancy DSLR camera my little Olympus does a pretty good job. I love pictures So I was all over this and just had to do my own. Now I didn’t actually have time to go out and shoot new pictures but these are all recent ones I have taken for the most part. Enjoy Smile

 

This week’s list consisted of:

  1. Windows/Doors
  2. Eyelashes
  3. Paint
  4. Leaf Veins
  5. Faceless Portrait

 

 

1. Windows/ Doors

 

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This is a picture I took down in Savannah, Georgia of one of the oldest Catholic churches in America. Admittedly I do not remember the name of this church but it was just as amazing inside as it was out.

 

2. Eyelashes

 

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This was taken a couple weeks ago while on the river front in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is my Daughter Taylor who has recently discovered a love for photography. She has an artist soul even at the young age of 10 and produces some amazing things.

 

3. Paint

 

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This is part of a page out of my Art Journal. I love art journaling although I don’t do it often these days. It can be so therapeutic, there is no right or wrong and you can choose if you want to share it or not.

 

4. Leaf Veins

 

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This was also taken down in Wilmington at the aquarium. Originally the plant was green, but I had fun with some photo editing.

 

5. Faceless Portrait

 

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This is a picture of my Daughter in the center and 2 of my cousin’s on the pier at Carolina Beach. It’s such a treat to be able to experience a day through the eyes of a child.

 

Feel free to do your own scavenger hunt and leave me a link so I can check it out!

 

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging

M

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What a Difference a Day makes…err a year


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Ok so this was not just a day ago, It was more like just a few weeks ago and over a year and a half ago. I just had to get my license renewed and it came in the mail today. I was shocked when I looked at the two pictures. The picture on the right was taken just over a year and a half ago and the one on the left was taken on June 14th of this year. The older picture was when I started this journey and at least 25 pounds ago. I have cheek bones now!

While here lately I have been feeling like I have not made any much progress with my goals these pictures say different. Being a lot a little off track lately is not the end of the world. No, it’s not a good thing and it’s time to get back on track, but it is not the end. Im ready to get back in my groove. Meet my new partner in crime:


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Big Green is my new partner! Some of you may remember Pinky, well she ran away and has not come back home so there is a new sheriff in town. Big Green, Or you may call him Mr. Green if you prefer,  will get me back on the H2O wagon. He will help me at the gym. As long as I treat him well and fill him up at least 2 to 3 times a day he will be happy. Smile


What, you don’t come up with supper cool cheesy names for your water bottle? Well you should!


Time to get back to basics. Eat less, move more, drink lots of water!


Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Vaca recap …better late than never right


Ok so this is a little late in coming but here Is a photo recap of our vacation to Wilmington, NC  Smile

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First a little Aquarium Action

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Even made the Dive Show

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A little walk on the pier

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Love this kid!

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Time to hit the beach!

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Of course we had to bury the kid, lol (ok it was her idea)

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She wants to be a photographer now, and took some awesome pics!

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Why yes, this was taken by my 10 year old!

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She also took this of my cousin Jordan
(She has Christ on her mind here, clearly)

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The Riverfront was beautiful

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Surprise Oreo cake to celebrate my Birthday Smile



Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Friend Makin Mondays

If you've taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you're new, please take a moment to answer this week's question on your own blog then add a link at the bottom of this post so we can all see your post. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Be sure to head back to Kenz's blog - All The Weigh and check out the rest!






FMM: Yes or No?
  1. Do you use coupons?very rarely, really should use them more
  2. Do you like football?nope! not at all...give me hockey any day
  3. Are you in a relationship?again no and dont see one in my near future unless Mr. Right shows up literally  at my front door...I have no time to date right now
  4. Is your phone always within arm’s reach?always
  5. Do you like thunderstorms?yes, if they arent to bad
  6. Can you cook? Yes.  but I dont do it that often
  7. Are you – or have you – lost weight?27ish pounds SO FAR.
  8. Do you know how to read a map? Yes.
  9. Do you wear makeup?Sometimes, yes.  But not daily.
  10. Do you read regularly? Yes, I love to read
  11. Are you publicly affectionate? Yes.  I can be to a point
  12. Do you like picnics? Yes although I have not been on many
  13. Do you have a/c?Yes! I just had to replace mine good bye $500 bucks :(
  14. Have you ever been out of the country? nope but I want to
  15. Do you know how to ride a bicycle? Yes and I just got one that I need to have spruced up so I can ride 

Have fun answering these yourself on your own blog and dont forget to head back over to Kenlie's blog and link up :)

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging 

Tattered Dreams



“Shoot for the moon, Even if you fail
you will land among the stars”

As we dream, often our dreams change. Mine do anyways. I tend to have big, in the eyes of some, unattainable dreams. Often I do not reach my initial goals. Life happens, they become tattered and form into new dreams. Does this mean I have failed? I say no. Our dreams grow with us as we grow and change. What we initially thought we wanted may not have been what we needed. While I am great at refocusing my dreams and often change them (true Gemini at heart) sometimes when I focused to much on the tree to see the forest this can be discouraging.

Life is going to happen whether you want it to or not. Things will always come up, especially in my life. Some things I bring on myself, some result at no fault of my own. There is no one right path, what matters is that you keep moving. Lately I have felt stagnant at least in the physical part of my journey. I have found myself tired of trying so hard, tired of eat this not that, going to the gym, staying motivated period. This is exactly why this journey has to be a life style change, there are no quick fixes. I feel like I am waging war on my emotions, a war that I am determined to win. In working on healing myself naturally things are coming out that I have worked years to push down into that deep dark hole that lies within me. Like I said in my last post, I feel like I am at an impasse where I have to decide what is really important and how much I am willing to work for it. I do feel that I know what I want but yet I am still struggling. What does this mean? Am I being to hard on myself, not hard enough? Have I set the bar to high yet again? I’m figuring it out along the way.

Fairy godmother likes to remind me of how much I truly am handling all the time, every day. Not as a way to give me excuses; but as a way to remind me how truly strong I am. I often forget how strong I can be in the midst of daily life. Sometimes I swear if I hear that saying “God dosent give us more than we are strong enough to handle” one more time I will scream. Some days I just want to yell back at God and ask “Just how strong do I have to be"”? I really hate that saying some days.

Thankfully I have the great therapist that is Fairy Godmother. I also have some great friends and things like the #priorfatpack and a few family members to keep me going on the hardest of days. There have been lots of hard days here lately on and off the past few months, really the last year. My life has changed so much in the last year, 3 years, 10 years. I guess its hitting the big threeOH that is causing me to reflect so much on things that were and might have been. I have also been reflecting on things that can and will be. I still know the path ahead of me will not be an easy one. Nothing in my life or worth having comes easy, but I can take my tattered dreams and spin them into silver and gold.

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Big News!


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Time to add another D to the D List…Today D is for Domain! I have now moved from the Blogger domain to my own custom domain to make life easier.


Has a much better ring to it don’t you think. Don’t worry though If you have the .blogspot saved in your reader it should redirect you. I do recommend saving the new one just to be safe and make sure you don’t miss any exciting things coming up!

Welcome to the new D list
Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M
Ps..don’t you love the new redesign

Also dont forget to check out my last post Impasse here ...it kinda got lost in the transition for a bit 

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Fork and Key Necklace I got for Christmas :)


Lately I feel like I am a walking impasse, stuck at a fork in the road, not able to pick a direction. I find myself searching for the secret key that will unlock the future. Part of me is so tired of fighting so hard for everything that is this journey. Part of me knows I am fully capable of getting out there and kicking some serious ass. Sometimes I wonder if success actually scares me, I fear what will lie down that road. I desperately miss having my Parents and Grandmother to talk to and cheer me on. These past 4 weeks have been hell with this class I'm taking at school. There has been very little time to do the things that I need to do to take care of me…and its showing.

This 5 week biology class that is normally a 20 week class was not my brightest idea. The stress it has caused was not well timed with the events that come in June. The first two weeks in June for me are a bundle of emotions. Last year my father was found dead in his home on June 6th. He had fallen and hit his head but we are unsure if it was the blunt force trauma that caused his death or if he had a heart attack and that is really what caused his fall. I was the last person to see him the evening before most likely just before or within a few hours of this happening. I spent the days leading up to my birthday last year planning his funeral and burying my Father. My birthday came and went, I thankfully had an awesome friend who tried to take my mind off things and took me to see Wicked, the musical. Fathers day came and went as well. June will never be the same.

Fast forward to this year and all my emotional issues that this brought on. While I keep going and doing what I need to do, I am still struggling a great deal. At times my life feels exhausting, the stress of this class has not helped this feeling. With the time constraints it has added along with my daughter now being out of school I have almost no “me” time. I have all but quit doing what I need to do to take care of me. I haven't been to the gym or worked even a hand full of times. I have not been writing or posting. My eating  has gone to shit.   I want to quit.

I feel myself standing at a fork in the road desperately wanting to take the path where I say f*** it, who cares what I eat, who cares if I work out, who cares if I drink no water and only soda. I find myself thinking what does it matter if I gain all the weight back, who cares if I gain even more back. The problem with all this thinking is there is still (thank God) a little voice in there coming from deep down inside that says “I care”. So while im most certainly not at my best, I have not given up. I will wrangle this beast called life, and I will WIN!

I have done a lot of thinking lately about why every time I seem to start getting somewhere with my weight loss I end up finding myself at a standstill. I have come to the conclusion that there are some deep emotional things that must be reckoned with before I will see much more progress physically. The emotional side of things is for me often harder to deal with than the physical. The emotional has the power to stop me dead in my tracks if I let it. While I have been doing some serious work on this these last couple months, it too has taken a back seat to this class. I thank god I only have a week left and pray I get the grade I need. If you have never dealt with depression or anxiety it may be hard for you to understand how truly crippling it can be. Some days it takes everything you have to just do anything at all. It is a constant battle to dig yourself out and keep yourself out of that dark hole. It can be done though, I’m doing it. Shovel full by shovel full, I keep digging one day at a time, filling that hole up.

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beating the Summer Heat (A guest Post)


Hi Readers! I’m Laura from Becoming The Odd Duck and I’m writing a post today to help Misty, because she is super busy with school right now!
 
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I know we have readers from all over the world visit our blogs, but I suspect most of you are stuck in the same predicament I’m in right now – it’s really hot outside! I live in North Texas, and it’s already reaching 100° some days. In another few weeks we’ll be seeing 100°+ every day for roughly 45 days straight. With all this heat, it’s really difficult to exercise. Not only is it unpleasant, it can also be dangerous.
 
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I thought I’d share some ideas with all of you for exercising despite the awful heat this summer. Let’s break down exercising with and without a gym membership during the summer.
 
1. Gym memberships: Many of us have gym memberships – which clearly provide a safe haven for exercise in the heat. I personally belong to a gym and enjoy lifting weights there or attending group exercise classes.
 
If you belong to a gym try the following:
 
· A new group exercise class – like spinning or stepping
 
· Attend a body works/body pump class that integrates weight lifting with cardio if your motivation is lacking with strength training
 
· Take a dip in their pool by swimming laps or attending a water aerobics class
 
· Invite a friend to shoot hoops or play racquetball with you
 
· Simply walk on their treadmills or use the elliptical for a low-key workout
 
2. If you don’t belong to a gym, look for a local community rec center – either in your city or your county. You can usually join these rec centers for $30-$40 a year. Many have weights, indoor tracks, basketball courts and pools available. Most even have group exercises classes available for a small fee – often less than $5 per class. This is a very affordable option that offers great options that many people forget to consider.
 
3. If a gym or rec center isn’t in the cards for you, workout at home. Gyms aren’t for everyone and that is perfectly okay! For those of us that don’t belong to a gym, we have to get a little creative when faced with hot weather. Working out at home can get boring for some, so keep changing your routine.
 
Try these tips for exercising at home:
 
Try exercise videos on Spark People, many of which are only 10 minutes long. These also play through youtube so you can watch on your TV through your cable box, tivo or roku player
 
Purchase an indoor bike trainer and bring your biking indoors
 
Books like Smart Girls do Dumbbells or The New Rules of Lifting for Women provide easy strength training workouts that can be done at home using dumbbells
 
Pick up exercise DVDs on Amazon such as Body by Bethenny, Core Fusion or Jillian Michaels videos
A more expensive, but comprehensive option is Beachbody workout plans through DVDs that are highly successful if followed. Popular ones include Insanity and Turbo Fire
 
Don’t let the hot weather this summer ruin your exercise routine. There are a wide variety of options you can use if you live in an area where it’s unsafe to exercise outside. For a little accountability, try making a fitness challenge for yourself and make sure to include a prize if you complete the challenge.
 
If you have any other tips for exercising in the summer heat, please leave them below in the comments! Also leave any comments or questions you have for me and I’ll be sure to answer them.
 
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Don’t forget to check out Laura’s blog over at http://becomingtheoddduck.wordpress.com/
 
Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Never Give up (A guest post)


Here is a little something new for Life Off the D List….A guest post! And from another Misty at that Smile

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Keep On, Keepin’ On

To introduce myself a little, I’m the other Misty!  I live in the Twin Cities area with my husband and our three children (14, 10 and 7).  They are my true inspiration.

I’ve struggled with weight and body-image for as long as I can remember.  Looking back, I was so fit and yet so unhappy with my appearance.  I was never the skinny girl.  But I also wasn’t the fat girl.  Somehow, I still thought I was.  Then into my adult years a few things happened.  I broke my leg and ankle which laid me up for about three months (NO weight-bearing).  I gained about 20 pounds.  I got married.  I gained about 20 pounds.  I had my first baby.  I gained about 70 POUNDS!  My new maintenance weight, after losing 40 of the pregnancy pounds, was about 220.  I went through a divorce, lost a bunch of weight.  I remarried and had another baby and was back to the 220 (darn complacency).  Now, a few years later, my weight had ballooned up to 265.  I’m happy to say…that number is steadily decreasing.

What I’ve learned through all of this is to NOT GIVE UP!  I have a quote on my blog that reads, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison.  I believe those words are powerful!  Regardless of what it is you are working to achieve in your life, there will be successes and failures, smooth sailing and obstacles.  You just can’t quit!

I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers for about a year and a half.  When I calculate the dollars I’ve spent, it is horrifying!  I’ve had two reasons to make me stay.  #1, The Real Housewives of South of the River.  That is what I call my group of lady friends.  We attend Bible study together on Wednesday followed by WW and lunch on Thursdays.  I can’t imagine doing life without them.  Secondly, where would I be without WW?  I can guarantee that I would still be gaining.  I would not be holding myself accountable.  I would be able to say to myself, “I have no idea why I keep gaining weight.”  I need accountability.

Where I am now is a good place.  I’m determined!  I had an epiphany moment a few weeks ago.  My youngest daughter…not at a healthy weight.  She’s only seven.   So clearly, this is not her fault.  It is my husband’s and mine.  We made some simple, yet effective changes.  Although they’ve been subtle, they’ve made a large impact.  We are going to have the healthiest summer that we’ve ever experienced!

So where are you?  Are you able to achieve the goals that you’ve set for yourself?  Are you that determined, not only self-starter, but self-finisher?  I think community support is a BIG DEAL.  It doesn’t have to come in the form of WW.  Find an accountability partner.  Write a blog.  Join an exercise group.  Whatever it is that you need to do to be successful, do it!  And never, never, never give up!


Misty, Future Fit Mom
http://www.momsjourneytome.com/

Make sure to check out Misty’s blog and show her some love

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Monday, June 6, 2011

Glutton for punishment


Ok apparently Im a glutton for punishment because Monday threw my Vibrams on and I went back for more. I wanted to take some better pictures (or actually be able to take some). I had not really intended on doing this but had my camera with me and just could not resist when I came to the trail entrance. First though Meet Harry the turtle Smile

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Whaaat…What’s that ahead, please don’t let it be a skunk….ooOh a turtle…I shall call him Harry….Wow Harry is fast…Bye bye Harry!

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Off I go…Big Loop, 2 Miles



Ok so there were really way more pictures than that but I figured who wants to see all 40 besides me haha!

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

Short and sweet

With everything going on with school I find myself short on time these days so for today I’m doing it short and sweet.

 

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I got some Vibram Five Finger’s! I have wanted these forever and could not turn down $30 off. I’m all about a bargain. The lady at the store cautioned me to break them in, only wearing them a few hours here and there at first. She also recommended that I only do about 20 minuets the first time I worked out in them. I took this advice and have since had my first workout as well as worn them just out and about. I have since fell in love. Wearing these during my workout was the first time in a long time I did not have pain in my right foot! I now <3 Vibrams. (ok am I the only person who thinks someone who doesn't know what those are will think I'm talking about a “toy” haha!)

 

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I also had a date night with the best girl in the world and got to have my favorite Salad. CafĂ© Carolina and Bakery’s signature salad is so good that it is all I can do not to lick the bowl. Totally worth all the calories! ( a full is 900ish thanks to all the dried and fresh fruit…and the bread) Seriously it is that good, like is it legal to eat this in public, I am going to embarrass myself diving into the bowl good.

 

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No, I’m not just pointing at myself. See that little dot, yep that was my early birthday present to myself. I got my nose pierced!

 

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In case you missed it Saturday I did a Trail 5k! There were  some very skilled runners there and I finished last but…I FINISHED! This is why I do this…I want to run. I want to be able to run this with all those skilled runners next time. It is no longer so much about fitting into those little black dresses or whatever size jeans. I want to DO! I want to know my body is capable of these things. I will run a half marathon before I'm 31 and then a full marathon before I’m 35.

 

There will be a few new things coming up for Life off the D List. With all of my school stuff going on I have a few guest post lined up to keep you guys entertained. I’m also thinking about trying out doing a video post. I also could possibly have a super awesome give away in the near future.

 

I hope everyone has an awesome week, get out there and move!

 

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging

M

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