Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Am A Distributor

Today FedEx dropped off my starter kit.  Before I even got my kit, I had 2 people already sign up for auto shipping of Protandim.  Another person is signing up tomorrow.  Do I hope to make some money?  Of course.  Do I expect to get rich?  No.  I am doing this because I truly believe in this one pill.  I have been taking it for just under 3 weeks and have felt so much better in every way.  It takes 30 days in the body to actually start taking effect in doing what it is made to do.  I am excited for that 30th day!  Even if I don't feel any better a month from now than I do today, (although I know I will), it will still be worth it!  Let me know if you are interested.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Been So Long!!

I can't believe I last posted anything on here back in July!!!  My dad had surgery in September and the surgeon removed a tumor the size of a dinner plate!  The surgeon also needed to remove the muscle down to the bowels.  I know that sounds horrible, but it is what it is.  Mesh was put over that area to prevent a hernia.  The sad thing is my dad was told he cannot lift anything over 15 or 20 pounds for the rest of his life, or a hernia would happen.  If you know my dad, you know that news wasn't well received!  Even if he had nothing 15 or 20 pounds to lift, just the fact he was told he couldn't is enough to bother him.

All the cancer was removed, although a couple of the margins are small.  No more radiation is needed at this time and with CAT scans done periodically, if anything is found, it can be removed while still small.  Both the surgeon and the in home healthcare nurse have told my dad that it will take at least a year for his body to recover from this surgery.

I am posting this at this time because I have just recently been introduced to a product called Protandim through LifeVantage.  While I was in AZ helping my parents, a woman who used to live next door to my uncle called my parents and wanted them to see a dvd of a Primetime special.  As soon as the dvd started, I recognized it because I had seen an infomercial on LifeVantage just a few months ago.  I went online at that time to check it out, and that is where I found the Primetime video.  While at my parents, I was given a sample of Protandim and began taking it on Oct. 24th.  After a couple hours of taking the Protandim, my parents (sarcastically I am sure) asked if I felt any different.  No!  Within 2 days of taking one pill each day, my parents asked if I felt any different.  I told them I did and tried to explain how the inside of my body just felt balanced or in line.  I was trying to explain what I meant, but I honestly believe everyone knows their body and can tell when something is different...whether good or bad.  A few days after I started taking it, my sister, Carlene asked if she could have 5 of my pills.  I gave them to her and within a day or two she was feeling better and having positive results with things going on in her body and life.  I came back to San Diego, and Carlene was running out of her 5 day supply so she contacted the woman who gave us the dvd to watch.  Carlene didn't want to miss a day!  She has seen great results already.  She has had insomnia for so long, and this is helping her sleep better and at the same time gives her more energy.  Not the type of energy that you get with an energy drink, etc., but we just feel we have energy to do whatever we need to do each day.  No racing heartbeat or shakiness.  Protandim is completely natural.  I never thought I would actually sell it, but yesterday I decided this product was too good not be involved with it.

I listened in on a conference call today, and this is one more reason why I am posting today.  A woman talked for a couple minutes about her experience, and I need to get my dad started on Protandim!  This is Melissa's story:
She was diagnosed this past year with Phase 1 Stage 3 breast cancer. She had two surgeries which didn't help and she ended up having a double masectomy. She was told by the doctors and people who have had double masectomies that she would not have energy or be "normal" for a year.  (Wait...isn't that what my dad was told???)  On July 28th of this year, she went in for a follow up appointment and was told there was a 23% recurrance. Her brother in law told her about Protandim and she started taking the pill each day. Within 3 weeks she was functioning normally, she could drive by herself, go to the grocery store to shop and after a few days could go to multiple stores to shop without getting tired. She said as of today she "cleaned her house, mowed her yard and planted a garden." Three weeks ago (just over 3 months from starting Protandim) the radiology pathologist did her bloodwork and she is considered cured and cancer free.

As a side note:

Recently, findings from independent studies were sent out to Oncologists stating that...

"taking Protandim during chemo or radiation, Protandim will enhance the procedure and protect healthy cells around the cancerous cells."

As I stated in the beginning of this post, my dad was told it would take a year to "get back to normal."  After listening to what Melissa has accomplished, my dad really should be taking Protandim.  He has blood work scheduled in Dec. and one in Jan. I want his January Oncologist appointment to be nothing but great news!  I truly believe in what all the independent studies have shown.  How amazing for someone with Parkinsons Disease or something like ADD to be able to overcome or even reduce the affects of it.  How amazing would it be that when my Dad has his next appointment with the Oncologist or Radiologist, he is told he is cured and cancer free!  Watch the Primetime video and draw your own conclusions.  I have been sold!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Radiation Treatments Continue

Tomorrow my dad will complete his 14th radiation treatment.  He is scheduled to have 9 more and that sounds like the downhill slide to me.  He has been a trooper through this experience and thankfully he has not had any side affects from the radiation.  My mom's knees have been hurting quite a bit the last few weeks and she will start her series of injections on Monday.  Family members have helped out in so many ways and I am looking forward to the time when I will go back to AZ and help them again.  For now, my parents are continually in my thoughts and prayers and I know everything will be alright.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Update On My Dad

My dad had a follow-up appointment with the oncologist yesterday to get the results of the PETscan he had done this past Monday. Here is what he learned:

1- The tumor is localized and has not spread to any other part of his body.☺
2- The tumor is very big and the surgeon wants him to have radiation to try and shrink the tumor before surgery.  (My dad saw the Radiologist this morning and treatments will start sometime next week.  He will have radiation treatments 5 days a week for 5 weeks before he can have the surgery.)  I am truly hoping the radiation will start shrinking the tumor because I know it will relieve the pain and discomfort my dad is having now.
3- This type of cancer does NOT get in the bloodstream.☺

4- Once treated, this type of cancer will not come back. ☺

5- He will need to see a cardiologist to make sure his heart is strong enough for surgery.

6- Radiation treatments will most likely continue after surgery (even though he will receive treatments before).

7- He also needs to see a pulmonary specialist because a spot is showing on his lung. My dad had surgery over 30 years ago and a spot on the lung was found but it was only a spot that the surgeon felt was there from the embryo stage. We are hoping this is the same spot they are seeing now.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers in his behalf and for our family. We are still very concerned but so thankful the cancer has not spread. I do not know when I will be going to AZ since we don't know yet when he will have guess would be sometime in August but I will keep you posted.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I am so grateful for my dad!  He has always played a huge part in my life.  He has been and continues to be such a strength and has supported me in so many ways.  He has sat through countless hours of softball games, volleyball games, and Friday bowling leagues to cheer me on and give positive reinforcement.  He has ALWAYS been here for me, my siblings and my mom no matter what the circumstances.  With this cancer returning, it gives more reason to be extremely blessed to have him in my life.  I love him and would not change anything.  He is the strongest, yet gentlest man I know.  He loves his family more than anything and would do whatever he could to be there for each of us.  For any of us, family or outside of family, who know him, we know our lives have been truly touched in a great way because of him.  I hate that he is having to go through this trial in his life and I hope he knows that it is definitely my turn to be there for him.  I love you Dad!!!! ♥

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wish I Could Take The Pain Away

I talked with my mom a few minutes ago and she said both during and after my dad took a shower today, he was in a lot of pain.  It hurt him (first) just showering, then was painful while drying off and the need to bend, etc.  I really wish I could conjure up something magical to take away the pain he feels.  My mom did say that he has a "squishy" little pillow that he puts in the area when he is in bed which helps and he decided to use that today while laying on the couch.  She said it did give him some comfort.  He took medication last night to help him sleep but it didn't do the trick.  I hope he will be able to start sleeping better and if it is stress or anxiety that is causing him not to sleep, I pray he can be comforted and know that everything will be ok.  Hopefully after next week, all will go as we hope, and the tumor will be removed.  I know recovering from any surgery is painful, but each day the body feels better and better. 
Happy Father's Day (tomorrow) to all the dads out there!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Not The Way To Start Blogging Again

That is so true.  It is definitely not the way I wanted to start blogging again.  I wanted to blog about great news and fun and exciting things going on in my life.  At the same time, I know I have so, so many things to be grateful for in both mine and Bob's lives.
In May 2009, my parents came to visit for 3 weeks and it was wonderful.  While they were here, my dad noticed an area to the side of his left ribcage that itched quite a bit and as the days progressed, the area also became tender and sore.  Within just a few days of my parents returning home, my dad went to the doctor and was told it was a lipoma, which in reality is a fatty lump.  My dad does have smaller lipomas under his skin, so that was acceptable, it made sense, and we were all relieved.  Because of the diagnosis, I decided I did not need to go to AZ.  He met with a surgeon and the surgery was scheduled.  What should have taken routinely 30 minutes, turned into almost 2 hours.  I was going crazy waiting for a phone call to let me know he was out of surgery and everything was fine.  In my heart, after the first 1 1/2 hours, I knew everything was not fine.  I had tried calling my sister MaryAnn,  and got her voice mail.  I finally called my niece who said my dad was still in recovery.  Yes, I definitely knew there was a problem.  MaryAnn finally called and told me that it was not routine, that it was not a lipoma, and that in fact he had cancer.  Malignant Spindle Cell Sarcoma.  The surgeon said because of my dad's age (83 at the time), he did not want to break the ribs and cut into the muscle.  He said he wouldn't have done that to his own father.  There were 5 "feelers" extending from the tumor and everything was sent in for a biopsy.  This was an outpatient surgery and  within 24 hours I was on my way to Arizona to help my parents in any way I could.  After one week,  both my sisters and myself  went with my parents to the follow up appointment with the surgeon.  My dad had already decided that no matter what, he was not going to have any kind of follow up treatments including Chemo and Radiation.  The surgeon gave us great news that even though the tumor was positive, the biopsy on all five "feelers" came back negative.  My dad healed so well and finally felt great again.
Over the past few months, he noticed a little burning above the scar from the first surgery.  Logical thinking (we thought at the time) was nerve damage or scar tissue from the previous surgery.  My mom called me last Sunday and said they were not going to their summer home in Springerville this week as planned.  I asked why, she broke down a little bit and told me she wished I was there, and I knew something was wrong.  My dad decided he wanted to see the doctor and have surgery if necessary because the pain in that area has gotten pretty bad.  He said it is a burning feeling and every once in awhile a shooting pain will go through.  It also has been itching.  He saw the oncologist this past Monday and had blood work done yesterday.  He has a PET scan on the 21st and a follow up appointment with the oncologist on the 24th.  We are hoping the cancer is localized and surgery will be done the week of the 28th with radiation treatments following.  The oncologist said with the surgery and radiation (if the cancer is localized) my dad will be as good as new.  They will find out on the 24th if the cancer is in other areas and that point they will find out all the options.  We are praying at this time that the cancer is only in the one area and everything will go well.  As soon as I know when the surgery has been scheduled I will be flying to AZ to help out once again.  I know my parents feel bad that I have to be away from home and Bob, but they are also very appreciative of the help and support when I am there.  Both my sisters work outside the home and it is much easier for me to be there.  After all....they are my parents and I have absolutely no problem taking care of them whenever I have the opportunity.  I would do anything for them!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy 60th

Happy 60th Anniversary to my parents, Joe & Joan Barber.  I am truly grateful and indebted for their love and support for me and my family.  I am so thankful they are both still healthy and able to get around.  I wish they could have spent their anniversary here with us again this year but that didn't work out.  We love them tremendously!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Playing Catch Up!

This morning started off with me slicing my finger with a bread knife....always feels good!  Ouch!  Once that was out of the way I took Sadie for a walk, mowed and edged the front and back yard, sorted through 2 weeks of mail (and ads), did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, watered plants, watched Celebrity Apprentice from last night, took a shower, made dinner and I am looking forward to tomorrow.  Bob is working from home so I will have the car and I can run errands.

Missed A Day

I know I did not post isn't because I forgot, it is just because things were busy.  I also wanted to spend the day with Bob and not playing on the computer.  We went to church, had dinner and watched a few shows he had recorded so I could see them.  By 9:00 I was tired because I hadn't slept much the night before.  Funny how you have to get used to your own bed again after being gone a while.  I know I fell asleep around 11:30 Sat. night but I woke up at 2:30 and stayed awake for a long time.  Last night I took an Ambien and slept wonderfully!
Kimberly is feeling better.  She went to church yesterday and went to work today.  Hopefully though it will be a light load for her today so she doesn't overdo it. 
Kelli was at church yesterday and started cramping so she went home.  I hope she will heal quickly especially since she does daycare in her home.  Hopefully she will listen to the doctor's orders and NOT lift anything over 20 pounds.  I certainly offered to bring Londyn home with me!!!
Kevin and Corina returned home after their NYC trip.  They had a great time but realized when they got home they had been a victim of fraud.  Hopefully it will all be cleared up quickly. Bad people are just jerks!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I am home from AZ and it's good to be back.  Bob was at the airport to meet me and we headed to Anthonys for dinner.  Even though I totally dislike seafood, Bob loves it and the restaurant is on the water.  I missed seeing the ocean, so we were in our element.....and Anthonys has great grilled chicken!
The house looks great and I only have a kitchen floor to mop, some laundry, and general cleaning.  Good job keeping up the house, Bob!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Homeward Bound!

Going home tomorrow. :o)  Kelli had a doctor's appt today and was reprimanded.  She cannot lift over 20 pounds for the next 4 weeks....which is sad because Londyn weighs closer to 30 and her mommy can't lift her.  Good thing Londyn can climb up and snuggle with her though!!
Kimberly is feeling a little better but still taking some pain meds.  Seriously....please get well soon.  It makes me sad you and Kelli aren't feeling that great!
It was hard to say goodbye to Kelli and the kids.  I did pretty good until Londyn cried and wanted me to get back in the car and leave with them.  We'll be back for a short visit in 2 weeks!!  But, for now I am ready to go home and see Bob and Sadie.  It's so fun getting back in the routine of things.....well, most things anyway. :o)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Almost Time to Go Home

Kimberly was discharged from the ER around 3:00 this morning (CO time).  She knows it is some kind of viral infection going crazy in her body, but not sure what it is.  Hopefully she will hear from the Dr. soon.  In the meantime, she is home, taking pain pills so she is feeling a little better....still the stiffness in her neck and shoulders.  Hopefully she will be able to get plenty of rest.
Tomorrow I will go with Kelli to her Dr. appt. for her follow up from surgery.  After that, she will take me to my parents and I will spend the night there, then fly out on Saturday for San Diego.  It has been great being here in AZ but I am missing Bob and it is time to go home.
Kevin and Corina will be back on Saturday from their trip to NYC so I don't get to see them on this trip.  They were gone when I got here but Bob and I will be back the weekend of May 8th for Colton's blessing so we can see everyone then.

Get Well Kimberly

Kimberly has been sick since last week.  She has a headache that won't quit, along with a very sore neck, blisters on the roof of her mouth, throwing up, fever and chills, etc.  She has been to Urgent Care twice and as I type this, she is at the ER.  The doctor has done a cat scan which came back good, and blood cultures that have come back good.  About an hour ago they did a spinal tap and she is waiting on the results of that.  We are hoping they can rule out the idea of menengitis!  I will keep you posted on my blog.

UPDATE:  1:53am:  I talked with Kimberly until she got home from the ER.  The doctor said the spinal tap results were inconclusive.  He said he didn't want to tell her she has menengitis but he couldn't tell her she didn't. They are going to run more tests on it and also check the blood cultures to see if anything is growing.  She is feeling pretty good right now but she is pumped full of pain medicine!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Painting Is So Much Fun!

I painted the entry way into Kelli and Cory's bedroom today.  Now everything matches and it looks so good.  Very clean looking!  What a difference a coat of paint can make!!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Not really read-a-thons but Matilyn is trying to get in enough reading by April 30th so she can (in her own words)..."get to go to a bunch of parties!" 
It has been so fun reading the Junie B. Jones books with her.  As an adult, I am loving those books!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thank you Bob!!

First I will say Happy Birthday to my son, Kevin!!!  Happy 31st!!

For this blog I wanted to post and say how great Bob has been.  In June of last year I came to Arizona for 2 weeks to help my mom with my dad after his surgery.  In January of this year I went to CO for 3 1/2 weeks to help Kimberly when she had Colton.  I came back to AZ a week ago to help Kelli after she had surgery.  It seems I have been gone a lot to help out with family and Bob has been a huge support.  He has never questioned why I needed to go and has always believed family is most important.  He has been so patient each time.  I know he misses me when I am gone and I miss him so much, but we get through and know I'll be home again soon.  For now there are not any forseen reasons for me to leave in the near future.  Bob and I both are planning on being in AZ  the weekend of May 9th because Kimberly is flying in to see family and bless Colton.  She wants to bless him here so family members can be a part of it.  Bob and I will also be planning on coming back in July/August when Matilyn gets baptized.  I know!!!  It will be so hot at that time of year but Matilyn is totally worth it!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Early To Bed!!

This morning we went to Ethan's Little League game and he did very well.  He certainly knows how to stop a ball from getting past him!  In the first inning, when his team was in the outfield I was pretty much thinking it was going to be a LONG game because of how many balls were getting past the infield and outfield.  Then when Ethan's team was batting I realized it worked both ways.  I was relieved to find out they only go through the lineup once then switch sides.  In the second and third inning, Ethan's team did amazing and got the other team's players out quite frequently.  All in all, it was a good game and fun to watch. After the game I went to visit my parents and we had lunch at El Charro before a trip to WalMart.  I have had a headache all evening and I am thinking it is due to the heat today.  So....I am heading to bed at 9:07pm!!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010


I'm just sayin'!  I don't know if my muscles are sore today from using the treadmill or from the massage.  Funny how a massage that feels so good at the time can put you in pain the next day!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KELLI!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Manually Manipulated Today!! (And I liked it!)

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

Wilfred Peterson

I pulled up the definition of title states that find!  Kelli gave me an early Mother's Day gift!  A gift card to Massage Envy with enough credit for a 1 hour massage including gratuity!  Once the therapist was finished I asked, "Can I facebook you?"   She told me she wasn't on facebook and I laughed (slightly.)  With a grin on my face I replied, "I meant can I facebook the experience and not you as a friend."  She told me I could and to take one of her cards.  Her name is Courtney and she works at the Massage Envy in Queen Creek at the Ellsworth Loop and Rittenhouse Rd.  She was really good and I felt great afterwards.  Now at this point I don't want to upset anyone who works at Massage Envy or is affiliated with them  in any way, so I will apologize now. Courtney didn not say too much to me before she left the room except for answers to questions I specifically asked her.  Funny thing time I got to the front desk, Sue, the "queen of the counter" seemed to know all about what I needed and what would be best for me.  Although the  experience before the massage and having the actual massage was wonderful, it was once I walked back into the reception area that I was verbally attacked.  Honestly!  How many times would you think they could say the same thing using different words?  I was very polite in my refusal to sign up for a monthly plan, no matter how much cheaper it would be for me to do it today and in AZ compared to if I was signing up in CA.  Apparently when dealing with Massage salons and car dealers, the word "no" and any words that pertain to or sounds like "loss of income for over 10 months, finances, it would be selfish of me, mortgage payments, not a good time," these words mean nothing to them and only seem to fuel the fire. I think what they heard was "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." Seriously, 5 times of saying no and I finally made it out the door.  Massages are for shouldn't be bombarded with a sales pitch as you are leaving.  It could make you want to turn around and get another massage.  Maybe that is their ploy!  For a good massage it is totally recommended especially if you are in the mood for some confrontational sales pitching. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today Is Big With Blessings

Not only did Kelli's surgery go well and everything looked good, the doctor also saw a mass on my niece, Jenne's ovary.  She had a 3D MRI and biopsy done on Monday and today learned it is scar tissue from her c-sections.  Hopefully it can be taken care of quickly and easily and Jenne won't have the pain anymore.  Of course the good news is that it is nothing more than scar tissue.  Life has certainly thrown some curves our way these past few months but I know I can grow stronger from adversity.  Over the last few years I have looked at adversity as stepping stones...each leading to something better.  I haven't always liked the journey, but it always seems to work out.

"Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us--and those around us -- more effectively. Look for the learning."

Eric Allenbaugh

American Author of ''Wake-Up Calls''

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happiness Is.......

A few days ago I posted about  things I feel I am so blessed with.  Today I am posting about things that make me so happy....and not necessarily in order:

Bob!  He makes me smile and laugh....alot!  He would do anything for me or for our family members.   He is completely supportive in whatever I do.  I am here with Kelli for 2 weeks after just recently returning home from Colorado for more than 3 weeks to help Kimberly.  Yes, Bob is the greatest husband and best friend for me!  And Sadie!  She is a great little dog and we love her!

My family!  My parents who would do anything for me, my children who would do the same, siblings who would do the same, and a huge amount of extended family members who are willing and supportive!  Our grandchildren!!  We absolutely love each and every one of them!  We have truly been blessed with wonderful grandchildren!

Employment!  I am so happy Bob has a job he loves so much.  I am thrilled that Kevin has been successful with his Landscape company and that recently he not only got the bid for the Gila Valley Temple landscaping, but has completed it and has done an amazing job.  I am also happy that Corina is able to be at home with their children.  I am so happy that Kelli has found work from home so she can be home with Londyn and also be at home when Matilyn & Ethan leave for school and return home.  I am happy Cory has a good job but I feel bad he has to drive so far each day.  I am happy that Kimberly is able to be a dental hygienist/assistant in a pediatric dental office.  It is nice she isn't working every day and that some days she gets to take Colton to work with her.  I am glad Josh has a good job with Fed Ex and enjoys it.  Also, that Josh is almost through with his online schooling.

I am so happy to be a member of the LDS church.  I am so happy with the gospel in my life, to have a priesthood holder in our home and so amazed at how powerful prayer can be!  I am in awe many times at how prayer can make things so much better.

I am so happy with our home.  We love our home!  We have plenty of room for visitors so call if you are coming to the San Diego area!  We love living in Southern California.  Earthquakes and all!  The beach makes me SO happy!  It is so peaceful watching and listening to the waves and can relieve any kind of stress almost instantly.

I am truly happy for the friends I have!!  They are amazing!  I love meeting new people and making new friends.  Even friends I had in highschool or friends from when my children were young.  I classify them as such good friends because I know they will be there for me if I needed them and I would do the same for each one of them.

I know there are so many other things that make me happy....good shows, a good movie, rain, shopping, the day after Thanksgiving outing with "the girls"!, Christmas, birthdays, and the list can go on and on.  I have so much to be thankful for and so many things that make me happy,  I just needed to write it down!

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Better Day!

Kelli seems to be doing better today.  She has been feeling a little nauseous at times but hopefully that will end soon.  She is walking better (and quicker) which hopefully is a sign of recovery.   However it does seem like I am saying, "don't lift that Kelli" two or three times a day.
This morning I took Londyn to Water 'n Ice to fill the 5 gallon water jug and went in Frys for a couple of things.  I took her to McDonalds and she got her happy meal with chicken nuggets!  While she was taking a nap I went next door to use Brenda's treadmill...(thank you so much Brenda for letting me walk "indoors").  I picked the kids up from school when it was time and now Ethan has gone to play Little League.  I will go on Saturday when Kelli is feeling up to going to the next game.  I did take a couple of pictures of him in his uniform.  He looks so cute!!
I just talked to Bob and he said the Padres were beating the Braves in the Season Opener....bottom of the 5th inning....Padres 14....Braves 0!  I hope this is a great season for the Padres!!!
Oh!  DWTS tonight!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hopefully Better Days Are Coming

Kelli is feeling the pain today.  Hopefully each day will be better though!  The kids want to go on another walk, which is fine, but I told them we needed to go a little later.  Mid 80's here and I know to those who live here, that feels pretty good to you. is in the mid 60's in San Diego and this is a little warm to be out walking. :o)  Glad I am here though!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

So Thankful!

One of my goals of the 10 in 10 challenge was to be honest with myself.  And, in that honesty I post things that help me put it out there because I feel like I need to write it down.  With that said, I'll post this.  Last night after saying my prayers, I was lying in bed and out of nowhere, tears were filling my eyes.  Not knowing why I was crying, my mind pretty much instantly had the thought of how much I have been blessed lately.  I thought of Colton being born and how perfect and healthy he was and is.  I thought of Kimberly being so wonderful and positive during the pregnancy and while going through labor and accepting everything the nurses and doctor were telling her regarding the urgency for the c-section.  I thought of Kelli and her surgery and so thankful it went well.  Although we are still waiting for the pathology report, she is doing well and there were no complications.  I thought of Bob finding work after 10 1/2 months and how blessed we are to have income again and that he enjoys his job so much.  I also thought about how much love and support our family gives to us, especially over the last few months.  I am truly blessed and so very thankful for everything I have!
Now for today.....I took Matilyn, Ethan and Londyn for a walk.  They ran and played at the retention area that was so green with grass and plenty of shade all around the outskirts from the trees.  It was very fun.  On our walk home, we played "I Spy".  The kids and I decided it would be fun to go to Sonic to get slushes and give their mom more quiet time.  We got to Sonic and decided to sit at the tables and get some food to go with their slushes.  Twenty or thirty minutes went by and it was time to leave.  We loaded ourselves into the Escape and got Londyn buckled in her carseat.  Everyone was buckled up and ready to go and the Escape had other plans.  Yep!  It didn't want to do anything but click it's battery!  Dead battery!  Totally Dead!  I called Cory and he came to help us out.  In the meantime, I took Kelli's slush I had just bought for her and the bag of ice and asked the carhop to please keep it in the freezer until I could leave.  I'll just say it didn't matter how long Cory would have left those jumper cables on the battery, it wasn't going to budge.  He and Ethan are now out getting a battery (we're hoping it is only the battery).  Once it is operable, Cory and I will go back to Sonic and I'll drive the Escape home.  I am so very thankful this happened today while Cory is home to help and not when I would be leaving to take the kids to school or pick them up.  See.....just so much to be thankful for!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Whew! Surgery Is Over.

Kelli had surgery today to remove a tumor that was found on her ovary.  Thankfully, everything went well and looked good.  Although she also had the ovary removed, it turned out to be a routine surgery.  The tumor was smaller than what the surgeon had originally thought.  Kelli is at home now and doing good (with a little help from pain medication.)  Matilyn, Ethan and Londyn are thrilled their mom is at home and not still at the hospital.  Ethan's first question was if she was going back to the hospital.  A family friend brought over delicious pizza tonight for dinner and friends will bring dinner tomorrow night as well as Sunday.  It is nice not to worry about keeping things up around the house and thinking about what to make for dinner.  I figure by Monday I will totally be into a groove and have a routine down!  Glad you are home Kelli!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fly Away!

I'm heading to the San Diego airport in about 30 minutes to leave for AZ.  I will be posting over the next 2 weeks from Kelli's.  Her surgery is tomorrow and hopefully she will recover quickly and we'll be able to have some fun together while I am there helping her.  (You shopping!)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Busy, Busy Day!

Today I have made enough meals in advance for at least 8 dinners for Bob.  We have orange chicken, pizzas and pot pies in the freezer for other nights I am gone.  I have also mowed the lawn, dusted, did the floors, did the last load of laundry, ironed Bob's shirts, paid bills, made "birthday" phone calls, showered, and I just need to pack!  I have been busy and it feels like I have done so much more!!
I am anxious to see family while I am there and to spend 2 weeks with Kelli's kids.

Seriously! Why??

The following poll was online:
Quick Poll

Kate's 'Paparazzi' performance was...Impressive
Grounds for getting voted off the show
This poll is telling me people want Kate off DWTS!  Why then is she still dancing walking around the stage while her partner, Tony dances!?!  If 69% truly think she should be gone, people who do not vote, need to start voting for other dancers to keep their scores higher.  I am sorry but more than one person has told me that the look on Kate's face on last night's show was the look of being constipated, not mad (as it should have been in that dance)!  Honestly, I tend to agree with that!  The look alone should have gotten her voted off!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

AZ Here I Come 2 days I'll be in AZ to help Kelli for a couple weeks!  Get to spend time with grandkids! As Kimberly would say:  Makes my  (smile) ☺!!
All I want to say on today's blog is I HOPE KATE IS VOTED OFF DWTS TONIGHT!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rocking, Rolling & Dancing With The Stars!

The following article found on (in purple text below), justifies the previous post I made regarding Kate Gosselin.  Even though she will be dancing again tonight on DWTS, I will continue to watch.  I am honestly hoping she will be voted out soon!  She needs to go before Buzz!

"The worst of the reality TV mom's antics? Her out-of-control tardiness.
Kate shows up late for hair and makeup every time, a show insider says.
The staff has warned her and lectured her about being late, but Kate just gets angry and blows them off, says the source. No one wants to deal with her.
Her icy behavior also persuaded Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to pull out of talks about being on the show because he didn't want to work alongside Gosselin. A DWTS source said, Kate doesn't want anything to do with other contestants . . . While there's a lot of camaraderie among the crew and other stars including Pamela Anderson, Kate has set herself apart . . . She wants to be queen bee."

How about that?!?!  I posted the article even before mentioning the rock and rolling we had going on yesterday.  7.2!  Happy Easter to us!  I know many of you in neighboring states felt the shaking and rolling also.  We are so lucky the earthquake was deep in the ground and spread to barren helped keep the power away from us!  What a wakeup call though as to what Mother Nature can do when she decides to do it!  I was at the computer, holding the monitor so it would not fall and Bob was watching television in the family room when he needed to jump up and hold on to the flatscreen so it wouldn't fall over.  (We really do need to get a bracket to secure it to the wall.)  Eventually it will be mounted on the wall but until we are able to do the built-in shelving around it, the television will stay on the stand...(hopefully!)
It was interesting that I read the following article:  Since March 24th the faults across the Southern portion of California have been very "hot" according to the data here at Please have extra food, gas, water, and emergency kit ready over the next 2 weeks.
According to "professionals", another earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 is inevitable and will happen within the next few days.  According to the article from, there should be earthquakes happening through April 9th.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter to everyone!!  I am so thankful for everything I have been given and what Easter represents.  Although Bob and I are not with family today for the "Easter dinner and egg hunt", we are together.  I did not make the traditional ham (like I wanted to) only because pork chops sounded so good.  My mom said pork chops are a sister to ham so I'm good!  We had thin cut, boneless pork chops, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, au gratin potatoes and deviled eggs.  (I figured I should at least boil some eggs even though we wouldn't be coloring them.)  ☺ Brownies are in the oven now for us to enjoy later!
On a completely different topic (for those who have or haven't seen my facebook post), is anyone disappointed to see Kate Gosselin still on Dancing With The Stars??  She is horrible.  I mean Buzz Aldrin isn't that good either but he is 80!  She moves just like he does!  Not to mention how degrading she talks to her "professional" dance partner!  I seriously think she feels she always needs to be in control whether she is the best one to be in control of the situation or not.  But, on a much happier note, I was so thrilled that Anthony got to come back to Project Runway because of a voluntary exit by another designer!  You go Anthony!!  I hope he makes it to the finals!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Day To Relax

Even though Bob and I pulled weeds from the rock on either side of our house, it was enjoyable and relaxing for me.  The weather was wonderful and it just felt good to be outside.  Later this afternoon, we put down fertilizer in hopes of greening up our lawn.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Long Day

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
— C.S. Lewis
This day just seems to be dragging!  It has felt so long.  I looked at the clock thinking it must be close to 4 or 5:00, and it wasn't even 2:00 yet!  Just weird feeling!  But...we have the weekend to look forward to!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I played MahJong today.  Love, love, love that game!!  It is fun and it makes you think!
I also found a place just down the road from us that will start water aerobics on May 10th.  I am thinking pretty seriously about signing up for it.  There are two different sessions, so if I don't do the first, I will get in on the second one.  It is on M, W, & F from 12:00 to 12:45.  Perfect time of the day!!  Anyone around here interested in going?
It is CHILLY today with wind and clouds.  It rained this morning and it looks like more of the same on the way.  Rain in the forecast again for Sunday or Monday!!  Just when I think I have a handle on the weeds, they seem to triple in size overnight!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Steppin' It Up!

To answer Kelli's previous comment....I am not really sure what I am going to do to step up my exercising.  I am increasing my crunches and leg lifts.  I want to walk a little more since I do enjoy that!  While I am in AZ helping Kelli, I get to use her neighbor (Brenda ☺)'s treadmill.  And yes, I will do it on an incline.  (I don't have A.D.D. and I know I am talking about exercising, but while I am on the subject of being in AZ I will just say I am so looking forward to being with Matilyn, Ethan and Londyn for a couple weeks!!)  Back to the exercise....Kelli has a dvd for cardio and is basically challenging me to do that.  We'll see how that goes!  It is chilly outside and too windy to walk so my guess is today there will be a little slacking off with getting the cardio workout in.  I am not one for weigh lifting, jogging or regular aerobics.  I used to take a slimnastics class which I loved and it helped so much.  Once I have the car back during the day, I may check into that type of class at one of the places here in San Diego.  I also love water aerobics but I don't know of anywhere that offers it here.  Anyone in my area that knows of someplace that has the water aerobics, please let me know.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


All I am saying is Mahjong on Thursday!  Yes!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Although I have (over the past week) stayed almost exactly the same in weight, I decided today that I need to boost things a little.  Whether it is really watching how I eat and/or adding extra exercise to kick it up a notch.  I am still thrilled with the accomplishments I have made, but I want to do more.  I feel so much better than I did 3 months ago and I know I can feel even better with doing more for myself. So, I am going to step it up and continue to be a better me in 2010!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home Again!!

Home again!!! I am pretty sure I have said that before!  Just recently in fact!  We are back from AZ and it feels wonderful to be home.  It was such a fast weekend but the drive home today seemed to last longer than our visit!  Instead of coming straight back to San Diego from Gilbert, we took Bob's son Ryan home to Tucson.  We left at 8:00 this morning and got home at 5:16 this evening.  Long, long day!!  It was nice to walk in to a very clean house.  I am so glad I took care of the lawn, mopped, vacuumed, etc before we went to AZ.  I will be flying to AZ again on April 8th to help Kelli for a couple of weeks.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Great Weather In AZ Right Now Too!

We are in AZ and the weather today is beautiful.  Zach's baptism was very good and we are so proud of him.  There was a lunch at the Kevin and Corina's home afterwards and the food was delicious.  (Thank you Kevin and Corina).  There was shredded pork, refried beans, great flour tortillas (and all the trimmings) and awesome burritos were made!!  Great chips and salso too!!  And of course....a birthday cake for Zach!
We'll be heading back to San Diego in the morning and will be ready for a new week!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Heading for AZ

I'll be leaving in a few minutes to get Bob from the airport then we'll be on our way to AZ for Zach's baptism.  Such a quick trip but it will be worth it.  Any time we have the opportunity to see family, we try to make it work. We have someone watching our house for us and the car is packed with snacks and "real" food.  Hopefully there will only be one stop in Yuma to put gas in the car and let Sadie out to "do her duty."  (Yes, we carry little bags with us to pick up her poo.)  I am hoping to be able to post on my blog tomorrow but I know it will be a busy day.  Even though the posts aren't too interesting, I still need to do it as the follow up to the challenge....journal or write it down daily.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Favorite Song

I know this is no big deal to anyone but yesterday I was listening to the radio while I was driving.  This in itself is something because I never like to listen to anything while I am driving. (Ok...unless someone is in the car with me talking, then I do listen.)  Anyway...I heard a song I had never heard before and loved it.  When I got home I googled some of the words from the song and found out it is "Losing My Religion" by REM.  I love the music!!!  It has the greatest beat and if I was at a dance it would be a blast to dance to!!  (Dancing is also good exercise!)  I tried to copy and paste it to the blog but wasn't able to.  Go to and pull it up.  Let me know if you like it!
Perfect weather again today.  I took Sadie for a walk and  I'll be mowing the backyard in a few minutes!!  More good exercise!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Love The Yardwork!!

Once again, a beautiful day in San Diego!!  In just a few minutes I'll be headed out to mow the lawn.  We have really got to get some fertilizer though and green it up!!
Denver had quite the snow storm last night and this morning.  Bob flew into Denver early this morning and I was thrilled to know that he arrived safely and got to spend a little time with Kimberly and Colton!!  I am so glad he has now seen Colton in person and has been able to hold him!! We're heading to AZ Friday night for the weekend so I guess this is the week of travel!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More Of The Same

Today Sadie and I walked once again.  The weather is still gorgeous!  I pulled more weeds and grass and have much more to do...although less than I did!
I weighed (after breakfast) and lost another 4 ounces!! I am still very excited about my progress!!!
Have a great day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Unwanted Visitors!!

Since we have had all the rain, we have also had the pleasure of an enormous amount of weeds visiting us in the backyard.  Over the past few days, I have helped those visitors leave the premises!  This morning I was out there again pulling them by hand to "literally get to the root of the problem."  It looks so much better but I need to go through now and pull all the small weeds and strands of grass.  Eventually we will redo the surrounding area of the yard with new bark.  It was nice the house came with landscaping, but the builder was certainly cheap on the quality of things. 
The weather has been beautiful and I am still walking.  Today Bob was at work so Sadie got the pleasure of walking with me.  She loves going for walks and "checking for messages" every few feet.  She is a very good dog and because she is small, it makes for an easier walk.
Have a great week!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Walk On The Beach!!

I think a walk on the beach is just what everyone needs once in awhile!  There was an early church meeting so around 2:00 we headed to Oceanside to walk on the beach!  It was a little overcast but it was still great.  We just missed having Kelli's kids with us.  They love the beach and walking on the pier! It is so peaceful and just what we needed to recharge for the week.  And this will be a crazy week!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!!
(Now about the NCAA brackets:  Bob has 2 entries and his standing right now on one is 157,136th place and on the other he is in 200,911 place.  As for my entry (drum roll please...) I am ranked 39,421!!  Will I win?  Oh I definitely doubt it but I am in a pretty good place right now!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Special Gift

Today I received a wonderful  gift from a friend of mine.  She read how I had been doing on the 10 week challenge and the accomplishments I have made.  In today's mail I received a beautiful diamond star necklace in white gold.  She told me as she followed my progress she would comment to herself that I was a star and she felt the star necklace would be a perfect gift for me.  I absolutely  it!  I never expected any type of gift or reward from anyone and the challenge was never about that.  But, thank you, thank you for my gift.  It means so much to me.  I will continue on my "journey" and continue to accomplish what I set out to do.

Friday, March 19, 2010

It's Friday!!

I am glad today is Friday.  The weather was beautiful today and I am hoping for more of the same tomorrow.  I love that I can say "I think we may go to the beach tomorrow!"  Just looking at the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves is just so peaceful!!  Love it!
I have continued with the "no eating" after 7pm.  I am still walking, doing crunches and a couple other floor exercises.  The weight seems to be staying about the same the last few days but at the same time I am still seeing changes in how my body looks so I think I am still on the right track.
Looking forward to a great weekend.  If anyone reads this, I hope you have a great weekend also!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Madness Is Here!

I March Madness!  A few years ago I filled out a couple of the college basketball brackets to see how well I could do in the tournament.  Bob and I both signed up at 3.00 a shot along with approximately 300 others.  I did so much better than Bob and alot of the other guys.  When updates were posted in the early stages, there were positive comments made that "a girl was showing up the guys." (Seriously, it made me proud!)  I had picked a lot of the teams because I liked the sound of the school; such as Villanova, Gonzaga and Xavier.  Some teams I picked because I had been in that town or state before.  I know!  Crazy reasons for picking a winner!  I knew nothing about how the teams had played throughout the regular season.  Of course as it got farther into the tournament, my luck started running out and I did not win anything or even come close!  But....I had a lot of fun and really got into the games!  (That's what counts, right?)  This year we got in on the free entry on Fox Sports (sponsored by Hooters).  I decided not to go with the "sound" of the name but rather with my gut feeling.  You can call me crazy now but I chose W. Virginia and Ohio St. to go to the final.  I chose Ohio State to take the championship.  I kept thinking I wanted to go with Texas A&M beating W. Virginia so Texas A&M would play against Ohio State, but I just couldn't bring myself to put that on paper. March Madness!  Cheer on Ohio State....maybe my luck will be back with me this year!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Things are continuing to go well.  I didn't realize so many different people were following my blog and were inspired by it.  Thank you.  In the past couple of days, I have gotten some facebook messages and emails letting me know how I have touched others.  I had hoped I could have a positive affect on someone and this just makes me smile!  To anyone who has anything at all in their life they would like to change or improve on, take the challenge (or make your own challenge) and do something about it.  If you have already started working on something, I wish you the best of luck!  The end results will be well worth the effort you put into it.  I am amazed at the outcome from the 10 week challenge but I know I will continue to change and improve over the next few months and beyond.  Thanks to everyone for helping me reach the goals I set by your words of encouragement.  I always believed I had the best friends and I know it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Reviewing My Posts

Yesterday I spent quite a while reading over all the posts I have put on my blog so far (along with the comments that were made), starting with the first day.  Reading each one gave me more encouragement and motivation to stay focused in my day to day life.  I am not just more focused on the goals I have set for myself, but with everything.  So many things can change in our lives without notice.  Depending on what our mindset is,  it will ultimately help us in how we can handle those situations when they happen.  I realize there are many things I can never prepare myself for, but I am hoping if I continue to have a positive outlook on things, it can help me be stronger, no matter what the situation is.  The last 10 1/2 months seemed to have dragged on forever, yet at the same time it seems like the weeks and months went by so fast.  I am glad we stayed positive although some days were a little tougher than others.  I am thankful Bob and I have the kind of relationship that we can help build and inspire each other.  There is no one else I would rather go through life with.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Home Alone

So today Bob started back to work.  I did not realize how quiet the house would seem with him not here.  Not that it is noisy when he is here by any means, but I am sure most of you understand what I mean by the "quiet."  Bob was given a company vehicle with the last employer he was with.  Of course when he was let go, we had to "let go" of the vehicle, so we have had only our Equinox over the last 10 1/2 months.  This weekend Bob commented to me, "Starting Monday you get your castle back." My response was, "Yeah, but my chariot won't be here!"  Eventually he will get a vehicle and I will have my car back again.  I have gone 2 years before without a car during the day so I know I can handle this!  We are so thankful and feel so blessed that he has been given this opportunity with TEPA.  I know Bob was very excited this morning when he left for Aliso Viejo.  We did not find out until 10:00 last night he would need to drive up there today, but we know he will not have to make that 1 1/2 hour drive (each way) everyday.  It feels so good knowing that we will eventually be back into a routine again and we will continue to take nothing for granted!
Even though our 10 week challenge has ended, I have posted on my blog that I will continue on my own.  Yesterday after church, Bob and I went for our walk on the trail.  I did not eat anything after 7pm...(I made sure I had just a little bit of my Thrifty chocolate chip ice cream at 6:35).  I had been in bed last night for only a minute or two when I said out loud, "aagghh...I didn't do crunches today!"  I hopped out of bed and hit the floor to do my crunches.  (I am doing the crunches this morning so there will not be a repeat of last night.)
It is going to be a great week!!  I can feel it!
UPDATE:  This week Bob will work from home Tues, Wed, & Thur.  He will drive up to Aliso Viejo again  on Friday.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Is It!!

This is it!  (At least for the 10 week challenge.)  I lost another 11oz!  I told that to Bob and he said, "that's almost a pound!"  I am not complaining by any means.  After all...we went to Fatburger on Tuesday with a friend (and had yummy Thrifty ice cream afterwards) and yesterday it was Applebees.  I also lost another 1/4" in each thigh and 1/2" in my waist...I missed losing 14 pounds by only 2 ounces.  My goal was to lose at least 10 pounds so I am very proud of myself.   I have lost 21" overall.  Very happy!  I realize if I would have given up certain foods I could have lost even more.  I will not give up foods I like I am not dieting.  I eat what I want and have realized I just don't need to eat as much.  I do eat slower and I stop eating when I am full.  I am also conscientious of the portions.  Sometimes a little more of something sounds good, but I have built up my willpower and I can drink water to finish off the  need  "want"  for more.  Over the next few weeks and months I will continue posting my successes and defeats on my blog.  Knowing people are reading it and following my progress still continues to motivate me.  I have not lost any of my enthusiasm that I had at the beginning of the 10 week challenge.  Knowing I can accomplish the smaller goals makes it even more real to me that I can accomplish whatever I put my heart into!  This was a great challenge and from it I will take so many things that will help me to continue to better myself.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Last Day Of Our 10 Week Challenge....How Will I Reward Myself??

Today is the very last day of our 10 week challenge.  This is very sad to me for some reason.  Although I know I can continue to do these things on my own, it just is not  the same.  The topic for today's journaling challenge is to write down how we will reward ourself if we accomplish our goals.  I have copied and pasted what I wrote on my blog back on January 9th:
"I want to get a new outfit consisting of a pair of jeans (or really cute Capri pants) and a cute top to go with it. (Of course I would only do this if we have a regular paycheck again.) Totally awesome reward!"
It is funny that at the beginning of the challenge this reward sounded so good.  Now I think it is not a big deal.  I was talking to a friend of mine today and we were discussing different aspects of this challenge and what we have learned from it.  There are things that I have learned that I would never have thought I would learn or even think about.  Rewarding myself doesn't even matter to me.  Would I like a new outfit?  Sure!  But I do not want it because I have accomplished my goals.  I have totally been rewarded in so many ways over the past 10 weeks.  The way I look at myself...the way I look at others and how I think of others has changed so much.  This has been such an eye opening experience and I cannot explain it.  What I thought would just be a physical challenge for me, has turned out to be not only physical, but mental, spiritual and emotional too.  I have grown in so many ways.  I think it was in my original post that I said I hoped I could affect just one person through my blog.  I have done that and it means so much to me!  I went into this challenge with a purpose! I also stayed focused and had determination.  I stayed true to myself, which was another goal of mine.  It honestly is sad and emotional for me to write this last journal entry involving our weekly challenges.  I know tomorrow I will blog about my total weight loss and inches I have lost and I am very proud of myself for that;  but I cannot express how deep this challenge has affected me. It is all positive and I am so very glad and thankful that I accepted the challenge.  It truly has been a life changing experience for me!

Friday, March 12, 2010

How Did I Do??

Today's challenge in our "write it down this week" is how we all did in this challenge.  Did we meet our goals?  What did we accomplish?  I am extremely happy to say I exceeded my goal of losing at least 10 pounds.  It is amazing how different clothes fit and look.  It is amazing how much better I feel.  It is amazing that my stomach/abdomen is showing just a hint of definition now.  I love walking and I know between that and other minimal exercising, I have improved my life.  I like myself so much better now.  I like who I am becoming.  Even though this 10 week challenge ends tomorrow night, I have come too far to go backwards.  I think my latest goal of not eating anything after 7pm has helped tremendously also.  I have also learned I do not drink near enough water!  For anyone who watches The Biggest Loser, you will understand when I say tomorrow is my "last chance workout."  I really do not know what I will do differently, but it is my final chance to possibly lose an extra ounce or two before I do my final weight and measurement for the challenge.  I will post the results on Sunday! (PS:  As I was leaving the house today, Bob was walking behind me and told me I didn't have much of a bottom anymore....I just said, "that's good!")
On a different topic althogether and really it is the most important:  Bob got the call this morning.....he is on the payroll beginning Monday!!!! Drug testing, alochol testing, background testing....all good!  He still doesn't know for sure where he is going or what he will be doing, but the main thing is he will be on the payroll!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

1,2,3 Days Left!

On my blog today, I  only want to say that I am a true believer in some form of exercise.  I was horrible about doing anything that could even remotely be classified as exercise.  During this challenge, I realize everytime I walk, how much better I feel and how good just getting out and doing something feels!  (Especially since we found the trail....we love walking that!)  Not only has exercising made a difference in how I look but I have not felt this good in a long, long time!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What I have Learned From The 10 Week Challenge

Seriously, thinking about what I have learned over the last 9 1/2 weeks  makes me somewhat emotional.  That may sound crazy to some, but this has truly been life changing for me.  I have realized if I have the willpower and determination, I can acheive anything I want.  I know I would only want to acheive things that mean the most to me.  Kelli mentioned in her post that something she has learned is "money doesn't buy or guarantee a better quality of life."  I know she already knew that.  I already knew that.  But it is funny how this challenge "re-opened" my eyes to that way of thinking again.  What I have been given in my life, what I have earned in my life and what I will get in the future depends on who I am.  My 3 goals (as a recap) in the beginning of this challenge were:
1.  Be honest with myself
2.  Lose at least 10 pounds in this 10 week challenge
3.  Feel good about myself
I have kept these 3 goals taped under my mirror in the bathroom over the past 9 1/2 weeks.  I planned on keeping the list there until the challenge was over.  But, I see it everyday and it helps keep me focused on what I want out of life so it will stay there.  I never thought this challenge would go so deep but it has become so much more than losing weight and exercising.  It has taught me how important life itself is.  That may also have to do with losing both my aunt and uncle in the same month, but I know how important I am and how important the people I love are.  In wanting to be honest with myself and feeling good about myself, I have learned how to look at others differently.  We all have our own stories and why we do what we do.  I accept that.  Life is too short to worry about insignificant things.  Our true happiness, I believe, comes from within us.  I can make my life any way I choose to make it.  I choose happiness!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week 10...Day 3

Today I needed to write down EVERYTHING I ate and drank for today.  EVERYTHING! It would be totally boring to put it on my blog, so I emailed it all to Kelli since she is the ring-leader of this challenge.  I did push myself on drinking water today and made it to hopes of drinking at least 16oz more before going to bed.  I have noticed I have not been drinking as much water as I should.  (Note to self:  drink more H20!) 
We have 4 days left to this challenge.  I have learned so much from this challenge, but that is the journaling topic for tomorrow (per Kelli) so I will blog about that later.  It has been great fun but it is sad that a few people dropped out along the way.  I hope they reached the goals they had set for themselves because it truly has been worth the work!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Back To Basics....My Nutritional Goals

In the first week of our challenge we needed to choose 3 nutritional goals for ourselves. The following are the goals I wanted to work on. Today's challenge is to re-visit those goals and see how each of us are doing on our own individual goals. The following are the 3 I chose to work on to help me reach the overall goals I set for myself in this 10 week challenge:

1. Start reading the nutritional value on labels (without going overboard.)
2. Try to eat only the actual serving size suggested (or close to it...I don't want to set myself up for failure.)
3. To eat less junk food and eat more of what is good for me.

I am happy to report I have done quite well with the nutritional goals I set. I do not read the labels on everything but I do when it is a food I have not bought before and do not use very often. I will admit that sometimes it can help me decide if I want to buy it and sometimes if the food just looks good, I will buy it. :o) I have reduced the size of my portions in pretty much everything I eat. Honestly I have learned that when I fix a sandwich, 1/2 sandwich is enough by time I drink something with it and eat my serving or even less than one serving of the Lay's Stax.
The biggest plus is I definitely eat less junk food. I have found that I just do not want it like I used to. The cravings are no longer there. If I am hungry for something specific, I will eat it; but it will be much less than I used to eat. The other night I did want something sweet and I broke off 3 squares of dark chocolate and it was plenty. And I am pretty sure dark chocolate is good for you!
It is quite sad we only have 5 more days of this challenge to go!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On To Week 10....Our Final Week Of The Challenge

I went back to the first blog post I wrote. It was interesting to read what I had written and how focused, excited and positive I was about this challenge. I am happy to say I have remained focused, excited and positive throughout the past 9 weeks and I know I will not let up before this challenge is over. It has become a quest for me because it is something I have wanted to accomplish for so long! I have become so much better because of this challenge and have met and exceeded the goals I have set. Thanks Kelli for a great 9 weeks and thank you in advance for this last week of the challenge!
Something I did not expect to change is how I write. Journaling (or blogging in this case) has helped me in what words I choose to write and also how I read other's words. Once I post on my blog, I always go back and re-read it. It is amazing that I have gotten to the point when I see that I have written a contraction, I usually change it to the two words it should be. It sounds so much better to me. I know that is a small thing,(possibly crazy to others), but it truly was eye opening for me! I still talk using contractions and write using some, but during these past few weeks I have found the word "I've" does not sound near as good as "I have" or "it's" does not sound as good as "it is." Just now, when I re-read that sentence, I had to change "doesn't" to "does not." I did not expect to learn an English lesson in this challenge!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I am very happy with what I have done so far, but I woke up this morning and decided I was going to push myself a little. I will still continue to eat whatever I want (thank goodness I have learned portion control), but I want to at least double the amount of floor exercises I am doing....crunches, leg lifts, etc. I realize we are just about down to the last week, but I have already told Bob I am continuing with most everything from this challenge. I have come too far to let things fall apart now. For one, I realize how important exercise is. I know I have thanked Kelli before, more than once, and I am sure I will thank her again, more than once in the future, for starting this challenge....but THANK YOU, KELLI!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

I'm "Weigh" Happy With How Things Are "Measuring" Up (or down)

First I need to clarify something from my last post. I realize a size Large shirt in a different style other than the one I tried on may have fit me. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of size Large shirts that would still fit.
On my happy note for today. I weighed and measured and am posting the results. Since I started this challenge (Jan. 3rd), I have lost 13.3 pounds. I have lost 2.3/4" in each thigh, 3.1/2" in my waist, 3.1/2" in my hips, 2" in each upper arm and 3.1/2" in my bust.....(I am OK with the bust measurement because I know I am losing inches across my back). We have just over 1 week left for this 10 week challenge so I will weigh and measure one more time in 9 days. This has been so good for me and I know I am becoming healthier!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weigh In Tomorrow

Tomorrow I get to weigh and measure again. I'm very excited. Even better than that.....I was at WalMart today (Kohls is right next door but I stayed out of there for now). Just for fun I looked at some shirts that I thought were really cute. I actually (for the first time in probably years) tried on shirts from the Jr. section and they fit! And they weren't even the largest sizes! I tried on one shirt from misses and the Large was too big. I am waiting until we have a steady income before I buy anything new! I am feeling so much better! Seriously....bending over to tie my shoes is effortless now!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A New Job!

Things are going well. Bob printed out all 19 forms we needed to fill out and send back to his new employer. That sounds so good doesn't it???? New employer!!! We're thrilled to know Bob has a job again. It will be nice to (every once in a while) go out to eat somewhere besides a fast food place. We have made sure we have no debt except for the house and my car and we are truly blessed by that. I can only imagine how things could have been over the last few months had we been deeply in debt. This experience has certainly taught us a few things and we will do all we can to build up that savings account. We were also very blessed to receive a tax refund that of course went straight to the mortgage but we are glad we had the money to pay it. We know everything happens for a reason. Do we know why we were given this trial? Nope! But we do know we will keep focused and remain positive and support each other 100%.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Possible Plateau???

Could it be I have reached a plateau for a while?? I'm not complaining at all and I have revved up my exercises a bit in hopes of helping. I am weighing the same as I did a few days ago and my thoughts are if I exercise a little more, it may start changing again. I am still feeling good about myself and I'm definitely not getting frustrated.
Oh....the good news is Bob got an offer letter today!!!!
Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out....John Wooden

Monday, March 1, 2010

Keeping Up On The Challenge

We walked the trail today. I carried a rock that Bob said weighed about 6 pounds! Seriously, why does carrying a weight or weights wear you out faster!!! I just think it is ironic that I am striving to lose weight, but have to add more for my cardio. We walked for 39 minutes....Bob added some extra areas for a longer walk so "we could get a good workout!" I will be doing some floor exercises along with my crunches later today. I certainly see the differences in my body and I am liking what I see. I am also liking what I "don't see."

Sunday, February 28, 2010

7:00 is My Cutoff

Our challenge for the 9th week is to give up an addiction, craving or weakness. I have thought about a few different things I could do, but one that I know will make the biggest difference, is to not eat anything after 7pm. Usually when we watch television, there is the yearning to snack on something whether it is popcorn or my new downfall....CheezIts! I am hoping if I do get hungry, it will force me to drink more water. For some reason lately, I haven't been drinking as much water, and I need to. Two more weeks left in this challenge!!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rain, Rain, Rain

It started raining early this morning and it is continuing off and on throughout today. I was hoping for enough of a break to go walking, but I don't think it's going to happen. Besides, it is seriously chilly outside! I guess I should start with some exercising indoors to get in my cardio!!
I am looking forward to the final two weeks of the challenge beginning tomorrow. This challenge has been amazing for me both physically and mentally these past 8 weeks. I am so glad I accepted the challenge and I would strongly suggest if another 10 week challenge comes along, anyone who didn't jump on the bandwagon should hop on for the ride. It truly will change you if you stick to your goals!

Friday, February 26, 2010

I Did It!

This is a short post!! I am happy with myself for reaching the goal of losing at least 10 pounds in this 10 week challenge. I weighed and measured this morning and I have lost 11.4 lbs. and a total of 17" overall. We are coming up on the end of week 8 so I know I have at least 2 more weeks to make it even better. I also know this is something I will continue to do even when the challenge is over.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tomorrow, Tomorrow!!

Tomorrow I will be weighing again and taking measurements. I am hoping to see a difference in the numbers. I will post what the results are.
We took Sadie to the groomer today, went to WalMart, Costco and Henrys. Between the walk to the vegetable stand yesterday and Henrys today, we are stocked on fruits and vegetables for a little while.
We have another storm hitting early Saturday morning but I am hoping part of the day is clear enough to walk. We have walked since I have been home, but we haven't been on the trail again since I have gotten back from CO! I'm looking forward to it. Bob informed me that next month may be the last month we can walk the trail for a while because the baby rattlesnakes will be out!!! AAGGHH!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Weigh" To Go!

I have so many things to do now that I am home and a few errands to take care of today, so I am posting on my blog early. It is good to be home although last night before going to bed, I was so cold that it felt like I was still in CO. I am so thankful for my electric blanket!!
I am looking forward to getting back in the routine of walking on our trail and around the park...even if I need to use weights to meet Week 8's challenge. If you have been following my blog off and on, you know Kimberly didn't have a scale. So....I got to weigh this morning. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of the challenge and I am so happy to report as of this morning I have lost 9lbs 6oz!! (Hey, that's what my son weighed when he was born). Ten ounces to go to meet my goal but my intention is to beat it! I know if I really watched myself, I could lose a lot more during this challenge, but I am eating what I want. I do not want to get to a point when I crave foods and splurge or binge! I am so happy with myself for the 9.6 I have lost. I still love this challenge!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

So I Lied.........

Well....maybe not a real lie. This will be the last post from CO, at least until the next trip here. I was thinking about it this morning and I really don't want to spend time on the computer when I first get home. Out of that thinking, comes this last posting from here. I am anxious to weigh myself and I won't be disappointed in me if the numbers on the scale aren't that kind to me. I am looking forward to getting back into my routine of walking each day with no snow on the ground or wearing a ski jacket for warmth!! I will have a safe trip (thanks, Brenda) and I will get back with all of you from San Diego.

Monday, February 22, 2010

California Dreamin'

Tomorrow morning I will be on my way to the Denver airport to head back to San Diego. It has been a great 23 days with Kimberly, Josh, Josh's daughter Hailey and our newest addition, Colton! Colton is a great little baby and it has been so fun being here for the first 2 1/2 weeks of his life! This trip was the first time I got to meet Hailey.  She is adorable and has quite the sense of humor!  We are hoping to come back to CO in May (as I previously stated) and it will be exciting to see how Colton will change. I am anxious to go home to see Bob and certainly anxious for this job offer to be finalized. I am glad I will be home for that. I hate to think he would be so excited for this opportunity and me not be there for it. Everything happens for a reason. As much as I wish employment would have already started, I'll be glad to be there when it does. Kimberly and Josh have (beyond wonderful) neighbors and I know they will help out in any way they can!
Good bye from my CO postings!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Biggest Loser Workout...Not For Me

So last night I did a 12 minute Biggest Loser workout at Kimberly's neighbor's house using Wii with Bob (from the Biggest Loser) being the "trainer." We then did a 2 minute cool down, then on to an 18 minute workout and another 2 minute cool down. Let's just say by the first cool down, my heart was pumping and my thighs burned! The 12 minute was whole body and the 18 minute workout was lower body only. Why is it that the cool down exercises hurt just as much as the regular exercises??? Yeah...not so much a fan of that type of exercise. Apparently the exercises I did last night found some muscles that haven't been used enough. Also, because my knee is more painful when weight is put on it, lunges are hard to do...(ok....impossible!) My knee flat out won't allow it. I do much better choosing my own exercises and walking and that seems to be working for me. Since Week 8 is adding weights, I used 2 cans of beans tonight and worked on my arms and upper back. I found a full screen online stopwatch and used that while I exercised so I could watch the seconds and minutes. Pretty cool!! I am hurting today and it's amazing how holding one pound in each hand can make the arms hurt faster!!! (Thanks Kelli for this "let's use weights) idea. I don't think I'm going to like it but I love you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Workout, Wii Workout

I was going to borrow Kimberly's ski jacket so I could walk in the freezing temperature (did I mention this earlier as a reason I don't miss CO?), but I don't have to!! Tonight we are going to a neighbor's house and I get to do the Wii Biggest Loser workout!! That should be a good cardio booster! Kimberly gave me a pair of Lucky jeans when we were cleaning out her closet and I am wearing them today. So fun to come here and get some clothes from Kimberly!! I am leaving Tuesday and I know it will be tough to leave Colton, but our plans are to come back in May so Bob can go white water rafting!! (I said I'll stay with Colton....Kimberly and Josh can go with Bob.)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Where Did My Post Go???

I posted on my Blog early yesterday so I could make sure it was done. Now I'm online wondering why it didn't post??!! I know I did it so that is a little frustrating. Colton had his 2 week appointment yesterday and weighs 8lbs 8oz. His birth weight was 7lbs 4oz. Although the nurse did weigh him with a diaper on, I don't know how many ounces that accounts for. The main thing is Colton is a good eater and he is gaining.
Bob got word this morning that internally, he and all that comes with getting hired, was approved and he definitely has a job! The company is audited by the Federal Government and all i's and t's need to be dotted and crossed! Bob was told he should have an actual offer in the next 2 to 3 days....of course this is Friday so I am guessing by Tuesday. He was also told once the offer is in place, work would start immediately which is great news!
On another topic, I am on standby for this trip because I didn't want to be tied down to a specific date to arrive or leave CO. I have decided though, I will go home early Tuesday afternoon if the flight is not full. Right now there are 31 seats available and I am on the non-revenue list. I should be flying in to rain in San Diego. Yes, it will be hard leaving here (because of who is here) but I am excited to get back home. Bob wants to go to Fatburger on Wednesday!! Yum! I will be weighing Wednesday morning to see how I did with my weight while away from home.....notice I will weigh BEFORE Fatburger!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My First Disappointment!!!......Yet Good News Today ☺!

This morning I was upstairs getting ready so we could go to Kimberly's 2 week appointment. I was partially ready when I took over to help Colton eat, etc while Kimberly took a shower and got ready. By time I went downstairs, it was almost time to leave and I didn't have time to eat a "healthy breakfast." Knowing this challenge is based on honesty (and my priority goal for myself is to be honest with myself), I had 1/2 Granny Smith apple and a couple of bites of trail mix consisting of cashews, raisins, white chocolate chips and cranberries. I won't get the 1 point because of it. I know to so many people it is such a petty thing, but I was determined to do this challenge to the best of my ability and I let myself down....even by something that small. The only satisfaction I have though is that I was with Colton longer this morning!! Don't get me wrong....that in itself is a HUGE satisfaction!
On a HAPPY note () ....Bob got a phone call stating that it is a "done deal" for him to be hired by the company he had a conference call with on Monday. Apparently they are putting together an offer letter/package and we're waiting on that. Hopefully he will be able to start working as early as Monday! This is a HUGE blessing in our lives and I am so thankful for this opportunity of employment and income once again! Next week will mark the 10 month "anniversary" of when he was laid off. I have to say though, that although this has been stressful and most likely may still be that way for a while, Bob and I have continued to get along so well and be a strength and support for each other. I him so much!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

10 Should Be My New Lucky Number!!

This evening while doing crunches, Kimberly's cat Rory decided to enjoy my presence on the floor. Each time I would stop for a few seconds between sets, Rory would plop down next to my head or by my armpit for some extra attention. You had to be here but it was quite comical. I was also doing leg lifts and as I did my last 10 I decided I would include the cat, so I helped Rory do 10 lifts......I was getting late!!! The main thing I have to post today though, is for those who read a while back that I brought a smaller size pair of jeans with me to CO in hopes of wearing them..............I wore them today! They fit and felt great!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Another beautiful day in CO! 40 degrees and sunny....but Bob said it was a beautiful day in San Diego also, so I guess I can't lose either way!!
We worked on more de-cluttering and organizing today and things are looking good. Colton is growing and is so cute and happy!! He even held his bottle tonight while he drank it. Very cute!
I also realized today that taking 20 minutes for yourself is tough.....I did it in increments....I hope that counted!!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I ♥ Week 7

I told Kelli I did my cardio by shoveling the driveway and sidewalk this morning......well 24 minutes of it anyway! Kimberly said it was funny since there was no snow there. Of course she was joking...there was definitely snow. I should have said I shoveled snow from the driveway and sidewalk which reminded me of another reason I don't miss living in CO!!
I am excited that this week's challenge is "relaxation!" YES! What a nice break, but funny since it is something we should all be doing each day anyway. Something most of us don't do....take time for ourselves.
Here is wishing all of you a very Happy Valentines Day!!! ....and a successful Week 7!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm Liking Me These Days

The other night while lying in bed, I was trying to think of a good inspirational quote that would pertain to me and my goals. I made up one myself and it fits me perfectly.
"You can never move forward if you hold yourself back."
Being honest with myself and sticking to this 10 week challenge has been such an eye opening experience. I think the one thing that I have learned the most so far is that I am in control of myself. No more putting the blame on anything or anyone unless that blame truly lies with them. At that point I will need to make the adjustments and make things right. If I remember to look to myself and be the judge of myself, it will keep me honest and true to me! That is one of the main things I want from this 10 week challenge and I am happy to say I see a whole new person within myself and I like her a lot!