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Update

Monday, November 04, 2013

I haven't blogged in a long time, and although I really don't have time to do one now, I have decided to do one anyway. I need to hold myself accountable, and be honest. I lost 80 lbs- so close to my goal, and just as I have done in the past, I slipped and gained 30 of it back in a year. It's time to stop hiding behind the curtain, and own up to my mistakes. With all of this being said, I made the decision to re evaluate my goals, and re commit myself to accomplishing those goals again! My wonderful husband bought me a treadmill that I am using at least 4 X's a week, and I am backing away from sugar, and watching my portions. I WILL DO THIS! I WILL NOT GO BACK! It's do or die for me, and I am a fighter, SO here we go!!GAME ON!!!



I HAVE THE POWER!!!!

  
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BRENDY_28 11/4/2013 9:02AM

    You're doing great! It's so easy to slip back to old habits. I do admire your commitment to staying healthy.

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SAPHRAEL 11/4/2013 8:17AM

    You got this! I'm sorting out how to deal with my stress. Know that I'm cheering for you :)

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The Old and the New

Saturday, January 12, 2013

So I have been trying to write this blog for a few weeks now, and I finally feel like sitting down and discussing dreams, aspirations, successes, and failures.

For those of you who may not know, I am a full- time college student studying Music . Fall semester 2012 was no walk in the park for me! I had 10 classes with 18 hrs. and a 40 hour Internship to fill. I am the kind of person that does not give up, and I will push myself to the breaking point! Ok, so I reached it this time! I ended up dropping a class because it was simply too much, and I struggled to get through my Theory classes, BUT I MADE IT! I did not make the Deans List this year as I usually do, but that is OK. I was pushed to my limits, but I made it through!

This is totally how my brain felt all semester!!




Now, the downside..... I started out pretty strong, but by the time that productions started, and Finals hit (ALL AT ONCE), well... I wasn't so tough anymore. I ended up, getting a REALLY bad sinus infection that completely wrecked my voice jury, AND I bombed two Finals. I also TOTALLY stopped working out, and my eating was very erratic. This is the kind of stress that always messes up my healthy lifestyle.


Yea, this was pretty much me!

I shall say.. THIS IS TRUE!

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!



So my semester ended..... NOW WHAT? BREAK TIME WHOO HOO!

This was TOTALLY me!!


Ahhh......

i had a wonderful Christmas and New Year spending time with family and my hubby, and decided to sit down and plan out my New Year Goals- NOT resolutions!

So, with all of this being said, and the sheer fact that I survived and passed all my classes, with only a minor drop in my GPA, and a slight weight gain is AWESOME! GO ME!



Now without any further delay, here are my 2013 Goals!!

(1) To keep it simple,(Well that's pretty much the answer) I am toning things down A LOT!
I am taking a lot less hours (currently 8 classes and 12 credits).

(2) I will exercise at least 10 minutes a day (so far I've made 6)!!!

(3) I will track my food DAILY (another thing I stopped doing)- so far so good!

(4) I will keep a calendar. so that I do not fall behind- DONE

(5) I will spend more time with family and friends when I can.

(6) I will learn to say NO!

(7) i will stay on Sparkpeople more than Facebook (that is a hard one)- So far, I'm doing well.

Now for the biggy!
(8) I will continue my healthy lifestyle, and reach my GOAL this year!!!

Finding Balance, is normally an issue for me, but I knew I can do it. I have done some pretty amazing things this year, like publish a Music Review on a Music News website, and have that same Review published to the Artists website! Whoo Hoo! I attended a Record Label Party here in Nashville, and have been invited to more!Now more exciting things are coming down the pipe, and I am SO excited!!!!



Yes.... I totally have a thing for cats!!!!

Here are some recap pics for the year!!



Yea.. I am a BIG goof! This was my outfit that I had to wear for our concert at the War Memorial Venue here in Nashville! It was so much FUN!!!




This is me and the love of my life and husband for nearly 7 years! emoticon emoticon



And this is my lovely Niece whom I adore!!!





i Just liked this picture, it was taken after we got back from our Traditional New Years Dinner ,and that is my boy Jack trying to photo bomb the pic!! emoticon

Happy New Year to Everyone! Here's me and my baby girl looking at Ya!



What a Year!! Looking forward to 2013!!!!

  
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WENDYM29 3/9/2013 7:17PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck with all your New Year's Goals

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JENNY160 3/2/2013 7:13PM

    MY baby boy was named Jack, too! You look amazing, and I hope your 2013 goes smoothly and successfully! Congrats on passing all the classes--that was quite the load!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 2/15/2013 9:09AM

    Great blog and sounds like you HAVE been totally busy and the stress does get you ! I say kudos to you for hanging tough and realizing your limits ! Going to school and meeting all these deadlines is very EXHAUSTING ! You look adorable on New year's !!
You are so getting it DONE this year !! 2013 look out !!

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BEESPARKLE 1/20/2013 4:48PM

    Understandable blog as what you go through. It is hard for young ladies like yourself in
college or University or young men. The work you dont get. Such hard work and stress to it all.
I feel for you all.

My granddaughter is going through for a teacher. Oh my. I cannot believe what she has to read and the time she has to do it and the final exams crunch. The nights she is up half the morning. Just so much work loads. Your on your own. Know time to relax in the week with friends. Then trying to get her hobby in singing my Granddaughter. Her passion..

She has won contest for singing. Her love of her life since age two singing. Always the show girl. Never scared of stageand people. Very relaxed in that area. .

She was able to visit the other day and her parents and brother for my belated Birthday as to fit her time to come through all her studies to drive from her University home and then up to my place another two hours. .

Her baby brother is 17 and since she is at University he has been singing and playing the guitar as well and piano. So they both entertained hubby and I together for hours. Managed to tape it. I mean it was awesome.

So reading your blog here I am so thankful that you were open on your feelings. I enjoyed all I read. Now I know you all are in the same boat and paddling to get up stream and make it to shore. And you will. And you have.

Oh thanks for coming to my page to comment. You managed to get a nice catch I see your man of your life. Very handsome but your very pretty Nice couple. . He got a good catch as well..

Bless you both.
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CURVEBALL71 1/12/2013 5:38PM

  Great blog! Best of luck to you in all your endeavors.

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UMBILICAL 1/12/2013 3:51PM

  OLD HERE

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Swimsuit Model

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ok, not quite,but I decided to FINALLY pose in a bathing suit, this is something that I have NEVER done before, but I thought that it would be an appropriate way to end the summer! I did very well this summer losing 12 lbs and a combined 13 inches! I had hoped to lose more, but then I realized that it took me a whole year to gain 18 lbs, so losing 25 lbs did not seem so realistic after all. I am very proud of my success, and I know it will help boast me into the the hardest part of the year- The dreaded HOLIDAY season!!!!

This is a pic of me right before my Birthday on 5/15/2012


Now...... for the Catwalk *slight cringe* LOLZ











I would NEVER have done this before! I am actually pretty proud of pics although there is still MUCH more work to be DONE!

Here is a Summer Before and After!




I still hate that I gained the weight last year, but I have already constructed a game plan to prevent that from happening this time! I start my Sophomore fall semester on Tuesday and I have already prepared a pre-chopped all of my veggies to grab on the go.




I am also preparing a fruit salad in quick and easy portion controlled containers as well.

This time I shall NOT fall!!! I know this is going to be hard since I will on campus all day 5 days a week, but I REFUSE TO give up my myself!







We can find a way to OVERCOME and BECOME anything as long as we NEVER give up!




I am proving that I can BECOME the woman that I want to be one day at a time! I am 82 lbs DONE and so HAPPY!!!! emoticon emoticon





  
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RENEEN86 8/31/2013 7:13AM

    You look so vibrant.

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WOLFKITTY 12/14/2012 11:15AM

    Congrats! :)

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HARVESTER54 11/14/2012 11:28AM

    You look magnificent in that black bathing suit! Watch out sports Illustrated!.
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JENNY160 9/17/2012 8:13PM

    You've really accomplished something you can be proud of this summer! And is sounds as if you have a great plan in place for having to be on campus all day!

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_BABE_ 9/5/2012 1:29AM

    12 pounds = 13 inches gone...sign me up. You look great!

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JOESFARMGIRL 8/25/2012 10:13PM

    What an accomplishment! Keep it up! You look great.



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ALOHAEV1 8/25/2012 10:12PM

    Sometimes the non scale victories are more important than that danged scale! Whistle emoticon please.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 8/25/2012 7:20PM

    YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!! Keep up the work and I love the swimsuit pose :)

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XPHOENIX 8/25/2012 6:43PM

    You just amaze me! Thanks for being YOU! WOW you look amazing! Sexy girl! XOXO I believe in you. You wont fail! :)

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LASKIE2 8/25/2012 5:50PM

    emoticon Job! You look Good Girl!

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SAPHRAEL 8/25/2012 5:26PM

    *whistles* You've come a long way and are so pretty! Great job preparing produce ahead of time. I need to be better at that so I don't waste all the fresh food I buy.



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All Dressed up with Someplace to Go with FOOD!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So today was the very day that I have been looking forward to ever since I completed Spring Semester this year- The President's Dinner!

So what is the Presidents Dinner you ask? Glad you asked, I'll inform you hehee...
The President's Dinner is a tradition that has been going on at Trevecca Nazarene University for years. Every year the President hosts this really fine dinner where everyone gets all dressed up for a formal evening of dining, fellowship, and usually some sort of "surprise" happens during this party. The party is exclusive for faculty, staff, admin, and their families. Since my husband is an Admin at the University, I am invited to the party. So far, I have attended the party for the last three years, and it is different every time. Everything about the party is pretty much kept top secret until the day comes.

Ok, so now you know about the party, the first question always is "What are we eating?" Usually, its' something uber fancy that I have never heard of, and today was no exception. Man, I wish I would have taken a picture but the menu was as follows:

Beef Short Rib with Rainbow Chard -What the heck is Rainbow Chard?
So being the trusty techy that I am, I googled this ;) and it's pretty close.



But what is Rainbow Chard really? WOW, what a simply divine looking green!

So here is the "skinny" on Rainbow Chard AKA Swiss Chard.

Swiss chard is part of the beet family. It is very high in vitamin A and K. Vitamin A is very beneficial for your eyes because your body can use it to create retinoids. A very important retinoid is retinol, a chemical compound well known for increasing the effects of the visual pigment, rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is very important for night vision because it helps rod cells to absorb light better. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting, cell growth and may help with bone development. One cup of fresh swiss chard can contain over 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin K. Swiss chard is also high in vitamin C, magnesium, manganese and potassium, and is a good source of iron, vitamin E, dietary fiber and copper.

-The leaf color of swiss chard is usually green but its stem comes in many different colors. This is why some people like to call it the rainbow vegetable. The flavor of swiss chard is somewhat similar to beets and spinach. The main flavors can be described as lightly bitter and slightly salty. If you are planning to cut down on your calories, swiss chard can be your best friend. One cup of fresh swiss chard can have as low as 35 calories.

Benefits of swiss chard

Great source of antioxidants
Helps prevent inflammation
Helps with blood clotting
Excellent source of vitamin A, C and K
Great source of fiber
Great for improving night vision
Promotes lung and digestive health

Me being the foodie and nerd that I am, I had to see what this strange food was! It sure is pretty, I can tell you that!


The other stuff I get LOL.
I'm pretty good with short ribs, carrots, green beans, hashbrown casserole, and salad
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So, I was ok with most of the food but the Rainbow Chard was a bit too sweet for my taste.
Now onto dessert, Oh my my...... that DREADED word DESSERT. Ok we have two choices here either we get Turtle Cheesecake... WHOA.. wait just a minute.... did someone say.. TURTLE CHEESECAKE?? Yea, Cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert of all time, and Turtle cheesecake- REALLY? So what's the other choice, COME ON- Does it really matter?? Well yes it does.... and THAT is why we are HERE!

Ok, Ya'll are gonna hate me this, BUT I gotta make you suffer just as I did!

Choice 1- Turtle Cheesecake

Looks Amazing huh!!!
OR...
Choice 2- Fruit Torte? This is an actual pic.


The whole ordeal made me feel kinda like the Devil, and an Angel were fighting on my shoulder!



I was being pulled to the delicious TURTLE CHEESECAKE...... but the calories were bound to be better for the torte! I felt like I was being torn apart!



In reality, it was more like this...
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Ok, dramatics aside, I chose the Fruit Torte,and it was SO good, although I am sure that it was loaded with sugar! I also left out the bread completely, and keept everything small today, so that should help.

So now that the food is out of the way, and we have had some singing, and speaking, what's left? How about the announcement of a surprise Employee BONUS!!!
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So yes, this was an Amazing night, so I took a few after pics, and decided to compare them to last year. ..

These are last years pix


And now this year!



I defintely have more curves than last year!!!
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Aren't we cute??? I always have to make hubby smile,and I inadvertently crack myself up in the process!


Oh and what is dressing up without the perfect shoes?


Funny thing, I noticed that these shoes are actually really loose, I have been a size 11 shoe forever, but I'm wondering if it is possible to be going down to a 101/2. Maybe it's just the shoe, but it was still a thought, and they were so comfy too!



I sure am one happy camper today that is for sure! Wonderful night, wonderful news, wonderful food (mostly), now hopefully it will be a wonderful Fall Semester! Oh and I LOVE my Alma Mater! Good OL' TNU emoticon




  
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BEESPARKLE 1/20/2013 4:56PM

    Your hubby is a real keeper girl. He looks so much like my one Grandson.

You make a lovely couple. You guys are so young looking to even be married. Wow!.

You look in your now picture. Slimmer and those shoes and red dress. Lovely.Cute hair style and red lipstick

Your a walking talking pretty dollie. Oh and your toes all painted up. Good for you.

Your hubby looks so proud beside you.

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HAPPYKITTYNZ 8/25/2012 10:13AM

    I went down a shoe size btw, so YEP!

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HAPPYKITTYNZ 8/25/2012 10:12AM

    Oooohh love the red shiny shoes.. you look so purrrtty when dressed up :D
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GEMINIGEM6 8/24/2012 3:30PM

    Awww...you look beautiful and so glad you had a great time. You and your hubby are a great looking couple!

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SAPHRAEL 8/23/2012 11:39PM

    Wow, what a darling couple you are! I'm glad it went well. You look amazing in red!

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INGBADEN 8/22/2012 5:49AM

    Cheesecake used to be my nemesis. I honestly can't remember the last time I had any. Kinda funny that those were your options because now when I have to make a similar choice I go with the fruit tort too.

Your red dress was super cool..

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XPHOENIX 8/21/2012 11:45PM

    I'm pretty sure you did the right thing with that torte. At LEAST you got the vitamin boost from it if nothing else. LOL Shoes are SO sassy! And yes, I have gone down a full shoe size and 3 ring sizes since I started, so... everything is shrinking.

Looked like such a fun night and YAY for a bonus and all of it :) Love how happy you look, gorgeous! XOXO

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/21/2012 6:25AM

    I would not be able to choose between those desserts! They both look AMAZING!

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MELLIE1030 8/21/2012 5:34AM

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NATURALLYME126 8/21/2012 5:12AM

    It is possible that your feet are losing weight too my friend. The first time around when I lost weight my feet went from a size 8 to a size 7.5. So yes it is very much so possible. Sounds like you had a great time and made the best choices you could. Good for you!! :0)

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Two " GIRLS" Doin' A Done Girl Dance Zumba Style!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012



Allright! I finally did it, I recorded a DONE Girl Dance Whoo Hoo!! This was SO much fun! I did this in 5 parts. It's alot of the same thing, so I'm not uploading it all, but I might upload the Belly Dance portion.... maybe...



We started off with the Gun Show emoticon






And now for the DANCE!














HERE IS THE VIDEO via my Youtube account- you can view other video's here too

youtu.be/eaTrLR0iA0w

As an added extra bonus, you can see my hubby's DONE GIRL DANCE! YEA, you heard me right, Done GIRL Dance! It's pretty hilarious!

youtu.be/Te3Tg0A83bk


This is Zumba Fitness Class on Beginner for Kinect XBOX 360that i tried for the first time ever today, and my dear sweet hubby doing Dance Central! ENJOY!!

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BEESPARKLE 1/20/2013 5:04PM

    That really is a step of self convenience to tape it on You Tube.


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HAPPYKITTYNZ 8/12/2012 7:32PM

    Rofl, your hubby's video is hilarious!! how does he keep so commited and not.. just get embarrased and walk off like my man would do! .. and in that out fit too!!! haha
Loving all your vids hun!! way to go putting them online brave warrior :D
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MANDY22Q 8/12/2012 4:25PM

    I like this blog. good job I wouldn't be brave enough to post a video of myself dancing on youtube or any social networking site. lol

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GINNJEN1974 8/12/2012 6:28AM

    This was great! Way to move it too.

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MISSVOLUPTUOUS 8/3/2012 2:11AM

    I LOVE THIS!!! emoticon

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MAY1787 8/1/2012 1:40AM

    I love your husband's Marie Antoinette bouffant. As an aside, you did great with your dance, but I was totally worried you would catch your hand in the fan!

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XPHOENIX 7/31/2012 8:54PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!! You are gettin' it, girl! LOVE it! YAY!! OMGGGGGGGG TONY! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! *dying* HAHAHAHA! I wish my hubby was fun like that! LOL So hilarious! Thanks for sharing this with us! OMG! YAY!! HAHAHAHA!!! *dance*

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JENNY160 7/31/2012 7:02PM

    You are inspirational! Thanks for posting BOTH Done "Girls" dances! The second one was quite funny

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MERAINA 7/31/2012 2:48PM

    YOU ARE AN emoticonDONE GIRL! LOVE THE DONE GIRL DANCE!
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SANDERSON83 7/31/2012 12:10PM

    ROCK IT LADY!!! LOVE IT!!!

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ALOHAEV1 7/31/2012 7:35AM

    I watched you girls last night, couldn't stop laughing. Had to watch it again this morning, you two are a hoot! Keep up the good work just make sure you share with us!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/31/2012 5:53AM

    Awesome! I'm heading over to see the video now! Love the picture preview and really love your new profile picture!!

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GEMINIGEM6 7/31/2012 2:10AM

    Go girl! You are GETTIN' it!!

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KIBAISREADY 7/31/2012 1:19AM

    GET IT GIRL! emoticon

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