Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Spokane Pride

On Saturday the 9th of June, my friends, daughter and myself ran off to Spokane Pride. It was an amazing day fill full of fun and community, and love of the LBGTQ community. We had so much fun supporting our friends and families. Check out below how much fun we had from the parade to the party in the park and finally waking up in the hotel and going home.

I am already looking forward to next years Spokane Pride!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Weight Loss Journey

Back in January I started talking to my old friend Adam. We hadn't talked since high school so a lot of things had changed between then and now. For instance Adam is now a very successful Physical Trainer. He founded Ultimate Edge Fitness in West Valley before selling his gym and moving to Seattle where he is now private Trainer. When you talk to him you can tell this is his passion and he truly wants to help you find the right program for you, where you see results. He makes it really easy to NOT fail. We had been talking for a while now about my weight and I decided to let him take control and come up with a plan that would hopefully work for me.   

This was at the beginning of my journey.

This was at the beginning of my journey.
Now mind you I am the biggest skeptic in the world. Especially since I have tried different "diets" and working with my doctor to help control my growing scale. You see with PCOS it is very easy to put on the weight but it is very hard to lose it. Over the years I had tried a diabetic diet and the PCOS diet because the professionals told me that it would be the best diets to follow with having PCOS. I did that in conjunction with working out and to my dismay I only gained weight.                                                                              

This was at the beginning of my journey.
This was at the beginning of my journey.

When you are trying so hard to lose weight and the only thing you keep seeing is the scale going up and your clothes getting tighter it does something to your self esteem. I know for me, personally, it crushed me. My weight has played into my depression and the way I interact with people. In the past years I have shied away from social interaction due to my size. It was easier to stay at home and hide instead of going out in public where I felt like everyone was judging me due to my size.

Look how my clothes are hanging off of me!!!!
This year I have been working on changing that mindset. Adam and his program, I decided, was my Hail Mary. If this didn't work I was fully prepared to go to my doctor and start talking to her about vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VGS) surgery.

Look how my clothes are hanging off of me!!!!
 I was desperate for a change and to actually see some progress. Something had to go the right way at some point for me. Something had to change.

I threw all my eggs into one basket and metaphorically handed said basket over to Adam. I did his 8 week course, which ended the week before I had shoulder surgery (but that will be a different blog post all together).

Week One Starting Weight 240lbs
Week Eight Ending Weight 222lbs

50lbs makes a huge difference!!! Look at how much my face has changed!
Our overall goal was a 30lb loss. Even though I only say an 18lb loss, it was more than worth it. During those 8 weeks, he gave me the tools to change my eating habits. Now I mostly follow a Keto Diet, which has my energy up so much that most days I don't even need coffee to help me cope with the day. During those eight weeks, I was able to come off of my antidepressant medication, that I had been on for almost two years (which, if you didn't know most antidepressant medication will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight - I did not know this until very recently). Which for myself personally I feel like this was a huge accomplishment.

          I got measured 3 weeks ago for this dress and it fit perfectly, in three weeks she has had to take it in another inch on both sides, the shoulders and chest area.

My head space has been amazing since cutting out sugar, starches and cutting my carbs down to about 5% of my daily intake. Changing my diet around like this also had another amazing side effect. I saw my doctor because my metformin (that I had been on for almost 7 years) was making me sick. I constantly felt like my blood sugar was low, so I had stopped taking it. On the days I did not take it I felt amazing. After telling my doctor this she ran a few blood tests and told me that I did not need to be on it anymore. We are going to test again in six months to make sure this is still true.

               I got measured 3 weeks ago for this dress and it fit perfectly, in three weeks she has had to take it in another inch on both sides, the shoulders and chest area.
 I am also in the process of replacing my clothes. All the clothes I have are now hanging off of me. I wish I would have done my measurements because I know I lost inches, but I could not tell you how many inches I lost in this 8 week period.

18lbs versus the 30lbs we were aiming for may seem like a failure to most people, but it wasn't for me. In the long run I had way more success than just weight loss. My health is amazing now. Being off my medication is a huge success. Maybe a bigger win in my books than the weight loss I am continuing to see.

I loved that Adam had me checking in every week. He pushed me to be more accountable. When I attempted weight loss prior to this, I never took progress photos. I was hiding and by making my journey public and taking photos and checking in with friends and family - not just with Adam - I kept myself accountable.

In November I was 272lbs, over the month of December when I first started talking to Adam, I started making small changes. So even though during the program I didn't meet our weight loss goal, I still feel like I did in the gran scheme of things because overall I have lost just a little over 50lbs, I am off all medication, I have an enormous amount of energy, and I am getting out of the house. I am no longer hiding. I am starting to love the person I am seeing in the mirror. That itself is an amazing feeling. Along with how mentally well I am feeling now, it has also helped my interactions with my husband and children. I feel like I have more patience, I am not getting upset over small things anymore and some of things I got easily annoyed or upset about, I have noticed that I am not as easily upset or annoyed by them any longer.

If you are ready to lose some weight, please check out my friend Adam with Ultimate Edge Fitness, and give him a try. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed in your results. And I know from personal experience he will help you find the fitness and diet program that fits your life. I am a wife, a busy mom of two, I nanny 2-4 kids, a secretary for the Eagles, a wife, an a Independent Consultant with Perfectly Posh, and a Photographer. Trust me, if Adam can fit a good fitness program and diet into my busy lifestyle, then  you can do this too.

Check out the links I provided, and give Adam with Ultimate Edge Fitness a call if you are ready to take your life back and stop living by the number on the scale. You deserve to be happy and healthy.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Braun Forehead Thermometer

I love this thermometer I received from Influenster. Probably one of the best things I have ever received to review. 

The above pic is of us testing it out, but let me tell  you it came in handy over the holidays. Turtle, Riot and then Squish all fell ill with the flu that has been running rapid. I was able to check on all three of them all through the night and did not have to worry about waking them up. Its really a lifesaver. As a mom, I can not say enough good things about this. If you don't have one already, seriously, run - don't walk - to your nearest Walgreens and get it!

I received the Braun Forehead Thermometer from Influenster for testing purposes only. All opionions are my own.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year friends and family!

2017 was an amazing year, but I got to say I am not sad to see it go. I am excited to see what 2018 brings my family and myself. Not only will I have walked this earth for 32 years, but 11 of them will have been spent with my soulmate and 6 of those years we have been blessed to be parents.

This year I have decided to forgo any resolutions. Instead I am going to work on Goals. 

My first goal is to my health. I am currently working with doctors to help me with my shoulder. For the last 12 years it has been a constant source of pain. I have learned to live with it, but on my bad days, when I have overdone it. I found myself telling my kids -- more than I even care to admit -- that I couldn't do something because "mommy hurt" would come out of my mouth. I said it often enough that I actually heard it come out of my mouth and was appalled at myself. These are the years that my children need me to be able to get down and play with them, to go outside and kick a ball, or go hiking with them. Not nursing a shoulder that swelled and can not move it what so ever. 

My second goal is to create more memories with my family. Go camping, hiking, play more board games, watch less tv, live more in the moment with them. They are only small once. Being a Capricorn, I have a hard time letting go of control.

My third goal is to let the kids learn how to do more things on their own. I always want to jump in and help the kids out or just do it for them. Instead I am going to work on being more patient and teaching them how to do things. Just the thought of it about gives me an anxiety attack!

My fourth goal, is to purge. Purge the crap out of all the stuff we are not using anymore, by giving it away to those who do. There is an awesome Facebook group that was set up here in the Tri-Cities. It basically is a group to give away your gently used stuff to people in your neighborhood/city. It is an awesome idea and I think it will open up the idea of getting to know the people you live next to better too. Also, along the lines of purging, I am going to start just letting go of those people who don't try to be in my life or my families lives. The ones who cause unnecessary drama and heartache. For my families sake and my sanity, I have decided that 2018 is the year to let go of the people who are only there to use us, the ones who only keep you on social media to see what you are up too. I want to make deeper connections with those people who are actively in my family's and my life. 

Which brings me to my word of the year:


I am planning another blog post to talk more about this soon. I am still meditating on what this is going to mean for the coming year.

This New Years we kept it low-key. My squishy girl was down with the bug that has been hitting everyone. So her and I stayed home and sipped potato soup and watched movies and cuddled. I know my kids are sick because all they want to do is stay still and cuddle on mommy. So that is exactly what we did.

It was actually kind of nice to get to do this with her. Our lives have been so busy these last few years that I feel guilty that we have not really had a lot of one on one time with each other. I think her and I need more of that this year.

While Squish and I stayed at home Riot took Turtle down to his parents home. Where they checked on the apartments and helped the tenants out with little things that he could fix. Once they were done doing that they worked on Turtle's race car for the Pine Car Derby. He really loves being a Lion Scout.

Lastly I am going to leave you with this. This has been something that I have worked on the last six  months or so. And I plan to keep working on it this year. I have started to find that Tribe, and those that have become a part of it, well I couldn't love them any harder than I already do. 

I hope you all had a Happy and Safe New Years!

Goodbye 2017!

Here's to 2018!