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A Large Girl's Road…

…to weight-loss, life, and so much more.

A Quick Note

How is everyone else so dedicated to blogging? I seem to suck at it. So much to update. 

Since it is Midnight I will have to update tomorrow!! Goodnight my few followers lol

Homeschool or Online Public School

No matter what it is called my friends and family only see it as homeschool and anti socializing. It is so much more. 

I was not homeschooled but I made the decision awhile back to put my son in some sort of school at home once he reached that age. Well this year was Kindergarten. 

His older brother does go to a B&M which he hates but that is another story.

Tomorrow will be one week from when we started it and so far both of us love it. Now the only negative I can see so far is the lack of attention my baby girl gets. (She is a baby to me, she is four.)  

Everyone was against me doing this. I have three friends who support me but said they could not do it. Believe me I wonder all the time if I have made the wrong decision.  My wonderful 5year old is a social bug and always making friends wherever he goes. They just never stick. It’s the friend who he meets at the playground one day. So yes I worry. He is a December baby and never ever has friends visit for his birthday. 

I feel like a horrible mom sometimes and like I am keeping him away from what I had happen in school which was 80% bad in my opinion.

There are tons of trips and fun in this online public school so I cannot wait to see where it leads us. Each time he learns something new he gets so excited to share it with his Daddy when he gets home. Right now he flies thru math but we taught him that when he was three. So I am anxious to see how he deals with learning new.

So for now my son attends Connections Academy and we love it. (We being my son and myself ) I have yet to get an update on how my husband and parents feel.

Jergens Wet Moisturizer

OHHHH WOW!!!  Did I Ever mention how much I dislike lotions.  All lotions too!!!!  I hate the greasy feeling on my skin and my fingers.  I even disliked applying lotion on my children as babies and young kiddos.  It was always so nasty feeling.  I know my skin needs it to feel great.

Then thanks to Crowdtap I got the great opportunity to try Jergens Wet moisturizer.

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As you can see we are fans of Jergens brand in our home.  The love began with my mother and has been passed down.  I use it rarely but my husband uses it almost every day.  Now that I have found the Wet Moisturizer I will probably use it every time I shower.  It was so easy and moisturized and it felt great coming out of the shower feeling great and not sticky and greasy.

I cannot wait to share this awesome brand with more of my friends and family.  It’s hard to see the shine on my leg.  Yes I said leg because I wanted to test the difference.  My right leg has Jergens the left leg has nothing.  Even today the next day I can still tell a huge difference.  Don’t take my word for it though, give it a try!

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Silk Dairy Free Alternative Yogurt

Do you have a dairy problem?  No, but want to try something a bit healthier?  I suggest Silk Dairy Free Alternative Yogurt.  I went with Strawberry for a first taste because I was unsure about how the flavor would be in something that was non-dairy.

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Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt

I Used to Be…

I used to be desirable by the one that out the ring on my finger. I used to have a smaller weight to my stats. I used to have more energy. I used to be young and happy.  The only thing I used to be that was bad is childless. Nothing in the world could replace my children. 

I have always been told that if I lose weight I need to do it for me. Well I did it once. I am not sure who I did it for because I screwed that up too, much like I do everything. So let’s start there.  At one point in my life I let myself get up to 274lbs.  Yes it was after two children but lots of people lose that weight so that is no excuse. Now please keep in mind that this is 34lbs more than when I got married.  Most of my life I have been a larger woman. 

I am not sure what changed in life and what made me want to try the diet that worked better than any of them had.  At least that is what I thought. I started HMR in April and by December I was down to 160.2lbs.  10.2pbs short of my goal but I was proud of myself.  I might have even stayed there.  However all the people who begged me to try something are the same ones that ruined me at my smaller size.  I heard things like, “You are too skinny.”  “You look sick.” “Oh my you can see all your bones.”  I am 5’7 and yes my BMI states to be lower but I was happy there.  Did I want to look like a skinny Asian woman, maybe but at that point I was content.  

Now let me point out that while on this diet I had great support and knew any and all side affects if any.  I did lose a lot of hair but was always told after the diet it would come back.  Which OMG has it. I think it’s tripled. I have never had hair this long. I like it but gosh it is hot. How do you long hair ladies do it?

So let me get back on track.  During this diet I got a job on a temp assignment as a recruiter and absolutely loved it. The negative…..I started working 17 plus hrs a day and ate whatever was around therefore creeping back up.  The HMR diet went out the window as did all the money spent doing it. 

A few months later after eating what I refer to as normal food again, I began having pain.  I had horrendous acid reflux and what I refer to as bubbles.  Turns out those bubbles was my gallbladder saying get me out.  I still have them every now and then.  To me it almost feels like a baby kicking.  So out it came and weeks later I still had issues.  I was told I had Sphincter of Uddi Disorder.  I did not make that up I promise.  Uddi later I had to have a stint out in to help my digestive system.  Well I am not sure I lasted a month but I was in so much pain that they took it out. 

I still to this day have pains.  I am trying to narrow it down as to what I eat or drink to cause it.  I am pretty sure soft drinks are evil. However I am a diet drink lover. Day 1 without today baha. I have a lot of day ones.  Which is why I have a headache too.  

So the last two days I have decided this is enough.  I have been working my tail off in our home cleaning like it should be taken care of.  Unfortunately that means less attention to my beautiful children while I catch up on housework.  I know they will not be little forever but dust free helps us all breath better.  (BTW my kiddos are 10, 5 and 4.  Yes I consider my step-son mine. He just has double parents.) 

So present day.  I would say I am 300lbs. So I gained my 115lbs and 26 more back. Yes I feel it on my body.  Yes I feel it on my joints.  Yes I tire easily when working and sweating but I keep going.  YES MY BIGGEST FEAR IS PEELING OVER FROM WEIGHT AND STRAIN ON MY BODY AND LEAVING MY FAMILY.  

I know what you are saying.  Why does she not do something about it? Why is she just talking and not acting? Why does she not get off her lazy ass?

Well 1st…I have done many diets.  I NEED A LIFE STYLE CHANGE.  Second, overeating is an addiction and it’s not easy.  You give up something and see how you feel and do not tell me you did. We all have but this is HUGE.  Third, I am a person who is competitive and likes doing things with others.  Well we are poor right now so gyms are not an option. I am not a heat person so outdoors goes by too. The truth is I get excited and then something happens to ruin my happy bubble and I have to start all over. The last week I have been trying. I have been working hard around the house indoor and outdoor. I usually attempt to sit down after dinner.  To me that’s good and it’s progress.  I have a 100oz bottle that I am now making it a goal to drink the entire thing every day.  It is not half my body weight but it is again a start.  I have not drank this much water since HMR.  Also I am not lazy.  I will work my ass off for what needs to be done.  I work hard for friends, family and sometimes myself.  

My biggest issue is I always think I am not important enough to change.  I know you are probably saying that I have posted about this before so why now does it all change?  I guess you and I will just have to wait and see.  I am my biggest critic!!!!

Blueberry Tiny Toast

Yes I think it needs the word Delicious-o in the title. It is THAT GOOD!! Of course I opened it hoping to pour it into a bowl and it didn’t make it that far. Izzy also had to share with me as well. (My 4 year old.) It was so delicious. IT left a mess on the table afterwards but that is okay. The flavor is unreal in these Tiny Toast’s. I cannot wait to try the Strawberry too. I even wonder if more flavors will come out as well. I need to bring breakfast into my life a little more and this is a great way to do it!

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General Mills Blueberry Tiny Toast

So a few notes, this product is available at Walmart! Available currently in Blueberry and Strawberry Flavor and made by General Mills. If you are a healthy eater do read the label first to make sure you are okay with the percentages and ingredients. However I am going to tell you it is so delicious!! I want more now but we are out.

As you can see in the photo it is smothered and covered in sugary blueberry goodness. Also yes they are truly TINY TOAST!!! Also with BIG DELICIOUSNESS!!

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Truly Tiny Toast by General Mills (Blueberry flavors)

Thanks BzzAgent for allowing me to review this product! So worth every bite!

Love and Death

Every since I can remember I have been afraid of the D word.  Don’t ask me why or how it started because I do not know. Maybe it was the show I watched of the cat jumping on someone and suffocating them or the brain being pulled out with a bent hanger and thrown in the fruit bowl.  Maybe it was the only child syndrome. 

What I do know is any family members death does a toll on me even at 33. Last night we lost a cousin but to me she was much more than that. More like a Granny since most of her grandkids were around my age or 10 yrs younger.  

We knew it was coming but that does not make it easier.  After ten months her battle with cancer ended.  No more stress and fighting for her.  No more what if and waiting.  

The truth is I think she held the family together more than anyone will ever know.  She is what kept what little contact we had left with that side alive.  Anytime we lose a family ember no matter what side it is said that we need to get together more.  However do we? No! NEVER!  I HATE IT.  Why say it to be nice if you really are not going to. 

I try inviting family to a lot of parties and Events but rarely does anyone show.  I used to joke that it depended on what we were eating. My family likes to eat and more so when it is free.

I think we all have a lot of love but I am running out of family that would do anything for me. My parents always said I worry about me and no one else.  Maybe that’s what turned me into a worrier.  I worry about it all.  

So farewell sweet friend. I loved you more than I probably told you and I hope you know. I will always love and miss you greatly. 

Burger Boy, Louisville

Anyone who lives in Louisville should try the iconic Burger Boy!  It’s a very small place with tons of love.  While you can see everything they are doing in the kitchen you can enjoy the atmosphere.  They definitely need to be on triple D’s. 

Breakfast is served 24/7 and all food served to order so worth any wait you could have.

I will post the entire menu below.  Last night I wanted the Bison burger but they were all sold out.  Still delicious on its own…the Burger Boy. I ordered mine with bacon and the most amazing cheese sauce.  Wait let me rephrase I ordered mine with bacon, cheddar, tomato, onion, and pickle but only got bacon and cheese.  NOT the kitchens fault.  We had a very sweet server but she was horrible at her job.  She failed to tell us no Bison burger so the chef had to.  After we ate we ordered fried mushrooms to go and sat for 20 to 30 minutes before we finally got up and she said I will get that order in and the chef said we are out.  Ugggg.  It was fine because my friend and I were catching up, but damn come tell us.

Yes it was that good I ate that much before the photo.

I forgot to mention the fries, they come battered and seasoned to perfect.  I am a huge cheese fry fan but I recommend getting cheese on the side so you can savor the flavor of the fry itself.  

I have to say our server, Amy, was horrible at her job.  The food…Amazing!!  The price is for anyone, you cannot beat it!  Drop in anytime because as they say if you are up, they are open!!

Also known as Juanita’s Burger Boy!

Rapid Release Advil

I received a free sample as a member of the Fast Advil Fanatics on Crowdtap.  I received a few individual packages and some awesome coupons.  I usually always buy generic brands because of the price which I need to quit because I know they do not work as well.

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Now when they say Rapid Release Formula… they mean it.  I didn’t have to wait the typical 20 minutes for something to enter my system.  I felt it within 5 minutes.  Either that or I was in so much pain that I was numb.

Going to try some more tonight to see if it will help me sleep and I will most definitely update this post for sure!!  You guys deserve to know the best!  #sponsored #Advil

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