now browsing by tag
Since May of this year, I have lost 25 pounds and 15.5 inches. Since the beginning of the 60 day challenge (august 1st to October 1st) 15 of those 25 pounds and 6.5 inches disappeared. My clothes fit so much differently. I’m nearing my size 14′s again! I’ve not worn them in 2 years. There’s been a lot of crap that’s happened to me over the last 2 years. I know that no one’s life is a cakewalk by any means, I just found the last 2 years or so of mine to be particularly challenging. A little reader’s digest of my last 2 years.
I separated from my husband – and took my 4 kids and went to live with my parents 800 miles north
we lost our house
my husband and I reconciled
he moved back in
8 people in a 2 bedroom house is hell
husband is still unemployed (almost 2 years)
my previous weight loss achievements were being flushed from stress
my weight was slowly climbing
huz took red to a monster truck rally
our marriage nearly disintegrated
I started smoking again
huz found work
we started looking for our own place
huz took a job in Maine
we found a place in Maine at the end of summer 2011
FREEDOM – we had our own place again
thanksgiving 2011 – just me and my boys
Christmas/yule 2011 – whole family (all 6 of us)
husband is fired from work
a few months pass
totaled my car – leading to a 6 month period of being house bound
huz is jumping job to job – seriously seems like a new one every couple of months
Beyond the Willows is formed and I’m getting a trickle of income
thankfully kids do well in school through all of this.
end of summer 2012 best friend moves in.
3 yo is potty trained
things are on an even keel – thank the gods
November 2012 we’re moving again – one year later
Through all this, I’m still trying to move forward. This is not the worst story out there, I am aware of this. Still, some pretty amazing things have happened as well. I’m almost back to the weight /size I was 2 years ago. I’ve helped my best friend start to get his life moving forward again – away from the toxic living situation he was in. The huz found a job for my best friend. We’re moving into a beautiful gorgeous 1800/1900′s house right in town.
My progress from this 60 day challenge? it’s just amazing. ready?
This, i achieved this even with all the other chaos in my life. Next step – i will quit smoking again.
If you want to try the vitamin supplement ACE leave me a message. I fully believe it helped my loss. I started taking ACE in June. I weighed 210lbs back in May. Now today – I weigh 183lbs. I’ve lost nearly 30 pounds!
Thank you, if you’ve been following my journey. I’ll be sure to do occasional updates. Once I get a couple more body shots, i’ll collage them and post.
If you follow my blog, and would be interested in a holiday stay fit challenge, let me know. I’d love to coordinate one.
Blessings & Gentle Breezes!
link to the fundraiser http://igg.me/p/75659?a=482351
I was clicking through links the other day and came across some interesting tips for women in business..specifically on how to get your business going. The big one- startup costs. I’d heard of kickstarter. However, upon further research into this platform, it wasn’t going to work for me..so back to the drawing board. The more recent one, while watching video clips, was called IndeGoGo. a SUPER fantastic site. There are fees up the wazoo, but you know what? It lets you fund-raise for ANY cause or reason. I was STOKED! i mean seriously!! how cool is it that i can start a campaign to subsidize or even completely help pay for my trip to Blogalicious ’12. This conference will be beneficial to me on many levels. Networking, learning better blogging tips, and also better business ideas. Plus, i get the added bonus of a great time and meeting people and making new friends. ALSO? It’s VEGAS!!! I mean who doesn’t want to go and visit at least once in their life? I if i had the funds? and the means? I’d take the whole family.. it is a family friendly event. Unfortunately – i don’t have over 10k to drop on a venture like this. I don’t even have the $2500 (a cushion to help with other business needs) Thus my fundraising campaign.
I’ve figured that if i can get at least 100 people to give $25 I’ll have reached my goal of $2500.
As of right now, any sales proceeds from the store – http://www.beyondthewillows.com HAVE to go to my house necessities such as food, rent, diapers etc. why? because my husband was fired Tuesday morning and today he received his last paycheck. Also, the way that Maine state unemployment works, you must have an interview to see if you’re even eligible! his interview? MARCH 30th!!! How I’m not covered in stress hives is beyond me. I THINK we may be able to make rent – a week late, if i figure things right. but nothing else will be paid. and no groceries for the rest of the month either. i might be able to squeeze a pack of diapers out of the other checks I get- but nothing else.
it’s seriously time to get creative..and sell my self, sell my business, and get my name out there. so, who’s gonna help me reach my goals?