Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FOLLOWING my PASSION- week 6 and 30 lbs

It has been SIX weeks now. No sugar, no carbs and no soda for me!!!! Today I weighed in at the doctors office and I had lost 3.4 lbs this week. Holy Moly... I've lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks!!!!! I am doing the happy dance.

Okay- it has NOT been EASY.
It has been effort for every single pound that I lost. 
Dang, so much harder to LOSE it than put it on.
My cute "LOVE" diet being newly married was super fun at the time, but I can't eat like Brian. He can eat and eat and not gain weight. I realized that when I started feeling horrible physically that I should get back on track. So I was determined to FEEL like me again. 

The program I am doing is NOT easy. It's WORK and guess what? It DOES NOT WORK if I don't WORK it.
Every day I can make a choice. DO I WANT TO CHANGE MY HEALTH AND APPEARANCE? 

Yes, I am.
I am determined to not only lose all the weight I put on, but 
I have BIG GOALS ahead for me.
I will share those later. I am in CONTROL of my
life and in ME. I am the ONLY one who can do it.
I was READY. Positive mind and positive attitude is what I have going on my side. 

I won't allow myself to stop. Even if it's ONE pound. These pounds add up. Freak... 6 weeks ago I weighed 30 lbs more than I do today.
Guess what? 
I know in 6 more weeks, I will be only healthier and more determined. I am not putting off "living" life anymore.

It is day by day... one pound at a time. If you are feeling held hostage to your body and feeling you are hopeless... PLEASE know I have felt the same way. I found food as my "comfort." I realized I was in a way a "slave" to my addictions. I was drinking my diet soda non stop every single day. I was drinking so much caffeine and was still tried. I never drank water. I was celebrating life and my happiness with FOOD. 

I am changing. I feel like a new person. I am not even close to where I will be. I am taking my LIFE back. I will hike those mountains in April in Mexico. I will wear that bathing suit at the Silhouette Summit in May.  I will go on the TC Cruise and wear a bathing suit knowing I have worked my behind off. I will present at the HOME SHOW knowing I am in control of my life/my body and my health journey. I have stopped FEEDING myself with the things that don't truly FILL ME. 

TIP: first thing in morning- drink a big glass of WARM water with an entire lemon squeezed into it. Get your body going!!!!!

So I'm obsessed with beautiful designs. I love designing products that hopefully make someone else happy and MORE in love with their own home, office or surrounding. I also LOVE talking and sharing my passion. I love sharing how and what inspires me and how to grow your business. I will be at the Salt Lake Tribune Home & Garden show doing just that. I will be presenting on the BIG STAGE on Saturday May 11th at 4:00pm. I'm sharing my best tips on home decor and design and sharing lots of visuals. The topic I will be presenting is the following:

Do you need tips and tricks for how to decorate, adding style and on a budget? Do you need some fresh inspiration for ways to decorate your home? I am often asked how to decorate and find inspiration for the home at a affordable price. Join me at the Home Show as I give you my personal tips and share ideas to inspire you. 
So I hope you can join me if you are in the Utah area. I know that the HGTV super star "MAN CAVE" will be there presenting too. So many years ago, I think I was not near as confident in my choices in my home designs and choices. I became more confident with age and of course experience. I have learned to do trust my gut and use my design background as a foundation.

I haven't posted a lot of my own "home" design projects because I never wanted to come off as "look at me" "showoff" to be honest. I have always had a gift for designing and it actually began at a young age.  I have decided since I am doing the HOME SHOW that I will be sharing MORE of what I first did and love.  I will be sharing and opening my blog up to more of this aspect of my life and career. It has made it possible for me to venture beyond the craft industry. I like to think that I can help others follow their own "heart" too. 

Right now, I am redesigning my home office studio. We added shelves from IKEA and I will be putting some of my products on the shelves. I'm preparing for the professional photographer who is coming to take photos of the home next week. We have been in the house for 1.5 years and have completely redone the  entire house. It's been crazy but so rewarding! 

B Journal should be in stores within the week so I thought I would show a few images of the planners,  journals and notebook designs.

These two designs are 7.5 x 9.5 soft covers.
They are quite nice with 242 pages.

These designs are both the same size but are HARD covers. I can't pick a favorite.

I am in LOVE with the two notebook skus. You get all three designs in one package. They are larger 5x7 and perfect to keep in your purse or for notes. 

I am super in LOVE with the combination of Rose Gold with the elegant marble design.

This was a photo shoot by Rachel Parcell, celebrity lifestyle and fashion blogger who used one of the mini notebooks.

I love that you get all THREE designs in one package.  I am seriously in LOVE with this program. I am hearing that most stores will be all set with all my new products by next week.

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Braveartgirl said...

I am SO PROUD of you!! Losing weight is HARD! I am so where you were....my body anyway! My MIND is CHANGING and becoming so POSITIVE! Right now I am embracing fitness....my number one goal this year is to become a runner again. I KNOW I can do it!!! I am doing it one walk at a time and feeling SO GOOD!! I just gotta get my food under control . I LOVE what you said about you are now filling up on the good things and NOT food. That is what I am working on. You inspire me!!!!! xoxo

gela said...

Congratulations on your health journey. I hope you continue after you meet your goal. I gave up sugar 5 years ago after having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. I was 70 lbs overweight and it turns out I was pre-diabetic. Women with Polycystic Ovarian disease are pre-diabetic. It turns out giving up grains was the cause of my 20 year history of irritable bowel disease. Most of my family and friends look at what I have given up eating. I honestly don't feel deprived. I follow Maria Emmerich site (Mariamindbodyhealth.com) and have bought her cook books. She has sweet and bread alternatives. Many call the diet Low Carb but I call it normal carb. Americans are eating so much more sugar than we did 50 years ago. This has contributed to the obesity epidemic, diabetic epidemic, cancer epidemic and on and on. Again congrats on your health gain and continued successs. I want you around for a long time to continue making pretty stuff.

Anonymous said...

You need carbs to gain muscle. Without muscle you aren't doing your body any favors and you will gain all your weight back and more. 30 pounds in 6 weeks is NOT healthy. please don't mislead others and encourage them to do so much harm to their organs and metabolism.

sandra carter said...

That is not true actually if she is doing it correctly then it is not an issue. I went through a metabolic typing test and it has shown me what was right for my body. Along with that I have completely cut out all sugars other than fruit and cut all gluten. I limit my carbs and I have lost 15 lbs in one month I am increasing my muscle mass and don't need bad carbs to gain it. My body has gone in to ketosis and has been using fat for energy. I eat high fat and high protein and I never get cravings. I have no more upset stomach and my migraine have not been an issue. I have been suffering for years from them as well as excessive weight gain.
Just know you are knocking her and you don't even know her whole story. Do some research and you will find that sugars are the number one killer and thing that makes us sick. Cut it out of your diet and your body can balance out and heal itself. If you have never been in her shoes then you have no idea what she is going through. I'm very proud of her.

Anonymous said...

What is the program you are doing?

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