Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where have I been?

It has been quite an eventful couple of months around our house. Halloween has passed, so has Thanksgiving and now, before I can even take a breath...IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! Wow, time goes so quickly! This, is something that I have learned all too well this year. My oldest daughter will be 18 in January and my youngest 4 in April...where did the time go? I have spent the majority of the last few months with my terminally ill Grandmother who, passed away at the beginning of this month. It has been a very difficult time in our family's life and now, as we enter the holiday season, I look to celebrate her life through the amazing memories that I will make with my children and husband. She was an amazing influence in my life and I am the woman that I am today because of the love and time that she gave to me throughout my life. I will forever be thankful for her and she will be in my heart everyday. I hope that I am able to pass on to my children the amazing lessons and love that she passed on to me.

With all of that being said, I have fallen a  bit off of my BFC plan through all of this. I have, for the most part, maintained my weight loss, but as the New Year approaches, I am looking forward to a renewed resolve to put myself and my health back on the front line. I am also looking forward to getting back on here daily and keeping myself on track!

I appreciate the tremendous support that I receive from all of my fellow BFCers and my blog friends.

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

Band Of Pictures Thank You Card
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Before and After...(up to now anyway)

Me and my mom!



and together, we keep on trekking down the path to health!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wow, where did the time go?

It has been a very busy month and a half around my neck of the woods and frankly, with the gorgeous Summer weather, I'm enjoying being outside with my family soaking it up! One holiday has come and gone and we are already halfway through these Summer months, the time is flying by so quickly! I am settling into a new house after a very hectic move and things are starting to calm down. I have been diligent with my low carb/low sugar diet even when life has been out of control. As of today, almost 5 and a half months after starting BFC, I have lost a total of 46.1 lbs. This week on weigh in day, I stayed exactly the same as last week and after having to eat out for pretty much every meal for over a week...I'll take it! My 20 year reunion is this next weekend and although I did not quite reach my 50 lb goal, I am so proud of myself and my amazing husband who has been by my side every step of the way! 

I hope everyone has an amazing rest of their Summer! 

Be kind to yourselves,

Some new photos!

The 4th of July 2012

My Birthday in June 2012

My sweet girlies, June 2012.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vacation is good for the soul and the tummy!

Happy almost Summer!

We just got back from our first family and friends Summer get away. We went to Blythe, CA, well kind of, we were about 20 miles north and right on the river! It was fantastic! We got to spend some great family time together as well as some very fun adult times with our friends. I even convinced myself that I was "cheating". We enjoyed a few treats and it felt great to just let up on ourselves a little bit. It was so rejuvenating and soul nourishing. I normally do not look forward to Summer as it means...a bathing suit! This year, even though I am not exactly where I would like to be, I am MUCH more comfortable in my own skin and I am being kinder to myself. I think these 2 things are at least half the battle. :D I am looking forward to our next trip and I am even alright with being in a bathing suit! 

As of today, I have lost a total of 42.1 pounds ( 1 of those, lost on vacation! ) and I feel about as fabulous as I can at this point. I am working out at least 3 days a week ( KettleWorx week 5 ) and feeling better all of the time.

I am so appreciative of all of the support that I am receiving daily from my awesome husband and all of my online and real life friends.  

Have a wonderful rest of your week and BE KIND TO YOURSELVES!

Shawna :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My thoughts on Mother's Day...

Every year, I get excited about Mother's Day. I always have these grand illusions of laying in bed all day and being waited on hand and foot. The reality, it's just another day. Expectations inevitably lead to disappointment as I put yet another load of laundry in the dryer and wash one more dish. My wonderful husband always tries his best to give me the day that I so yearn for but it's Mother's Day and no matter what, we can never just stop being mothers...even for one day. It's alright, my family is my life everyday and that is just the way it is. There will come a day when I look back and wonder where these years went. My gift is my beautiful family so, I need to learn to be more grateful and stop expecting so's just another day. :-)