Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Giveaway!!

Hey I know I have been MIA for awhile, I have been really busy with the online shop, and I have also had a bout of the flu!  : (  I wanted to be sure and let you guys know that there is another giveaway of LIS stuff going on over at Cricket's Blog and there are many chances to win!  The giveaway is for 3 of my upcycled wine bottles with chalkboard labels. 

They are cool to put flowers in and write a sentiment, store oils, popcorn, or even M & M's!  Great for gift giving!   Not only does Cricket have this giveaway but several others from other businesses as well!  Check it out!

CONTEST ENDS 6/17/10~  Let me know if you win! 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Battle of the Bulge

I have been dreading writing about my struggle with weight for awhile now.  I think it has to be done though in order for me to organize my thoughts and get a tenuous grip on what is preventing me from getting to my ideal weight and staying there! 

I know this topic has been written about many times by many people, but it is something that a lot of us deal with everyday.  How many mornings have I woken up with the thought "today is the day I start that diet" running through my head, only to cave in minutes later and have some ice cream for breakfast?  I am so tired of the back and forth; restrict calories, go hog wild, restrict calories... you get the idea.

A bit of history, I have never been one to eat nutritiously.  As a teenager I survived on junk food.  My favorite lunch was to go "off campus" to the drug store and buy these chocolate creme cakes (hostess I think but don't recall the name) and some doritos, and a diet pop!  Got to save calories where you can right?  Anyhow, I was pretty thin then!

When I was married at 16 years of age, I weighed a mere 117 at 5' 6 1/2"  so I was pretty slender.  Gradually, after quitting smoking, having a couple kids, and gaining WAY too much with each pregnancy, as well as aging, and the dreaded slowing of metabolism, I packed on quite a bit of weight.  At one point I was up to 226 lbs~ Also, get this, somewhere along the way (weigh) I "lost" 1/2 an inch!  Weird huh? 

A few years ago I had surgery to remove my gall bladder and was told I had a "fatty liver."  Since this was at the height of my weight gain, I am sure I had a fatty everything!  I decided to lose weight so I could avoid heading down the family path of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  I took a sensible approach.  I decided that I would eat smaller amounts, and make better choices, but if I REALLY wanted something, I would have it.  I would eat real food.  The same thing my family ate.  At a party, if there was cake, and I really wanted a piece, I would have a small piece  knowing that it would slow my progress.  In other words, I made conscious choices about what I ate.  I lost 67 lbs!  I felt good.  I had energy.  I looked good.  It was great! 

I stayed at this weight for about 2 years and then gradually, as life changes set in and stress in various areas of life overcame me, I packed on 30 lbs.  So, for the last 2 years, I have been trying various diet plans, waking up with the Today is the Day thoughts, and buying all the magazines that promise I can lose 30 lbs in a month.  Recently, I have tried the latest HCG hormone diet, which does work, IF you can stand the 500 cal diet plan, but the weight comes back on FAST if you don't phase off over a two week period.  I thought it would give me a jump start but I couldn't maintain it...

So, here I am and a family reunion is right around the corner.  I have til June 25th to lose 30 lbs.  Any ideas?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...

My first giveaway was a success!   I met quite a few new followers this way~

For the drawing, everyone who entered was given up to 3 numbers and all numbers were entered into a random number generator.  The winning number is  Number 11.  And The winner is.....drumroll please.....


Congratulations Jenn!  Jenn has won the set of 4 retro cups and saucers! 

She was referred to My Life In Stages by Anna over at A Beader's Blog!  Check it out http://abeadersblog.blogspot.com/ great blog! 

Jenn listed her favorite item in the shop at LifeInStages as the chalkboard bottles since she likes to reuse, recycle and repurpose items.  Jenn, I will be contacting you for your address so I can ship this set out to you!  Congratulations!

Having giveaways is fun huh?  Maybe I should do this once a month?  Let me know what you think?  Would that be too much? 


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