8/01/2015

THIS is Why I Scrapbook!!


I haven't really mentioned it unless it is to people that need to know for work purposes and so on. However, my grandmother (who we call MeeMaw) has Alzheimer's. I am not going to go into detail about how we found out, the progression, and so on. This is out of respect from my family and MeeMaw herself.
That being said, I stayed over at my parent's house last night. She is living with them now. I loaded up all my scrapbooks to take with me. I just knew that she would enjoy that. I am pretty sure I got my love of photos from her! Her boxes and boxes of photos. Frames everywhere you can imagine. Photos stuck in her tv edges. Constantly taking our photos growing up. Well, that is me now. lol.

The one difference is I take my photos and turn them into digital scrapbooking layouts. I print them out and put them in books. Really I scrapbook for myself and for my son when he is older. He could care less now. He (and his future wife) will love these books. I just know it. I never thought really about scrapping for the people here and now in my life. Usually I just think that printing out my digital scrapbooking layouts and giving them as gifts gets on their nerves. The constant posting them on FB the same.

My MeeMaw sat and looked at every single page. Not just looked. She read every bit of journaling, looked for the dates, touched every photo, laughed, and talked about each page in debt. We took about 2 hours looking at the books. I am telling you, I have never felt my digital scrapbooking more appreciated as I did last night. She was looking at them again this morning too!


This isn't a staged photo. (I probably couldn't get her to do that anyway. lol). This is about 30 minutes into us looking at the books. I just happened to snap her touching the photos. This page is titled, "The Look." It is about (and you can kind of see it) the look that my son gives when he is annoyed...it is the same exact look I give. She laughed so much at this and agreed. That is his momma's look. :-)

This meant the world to me. To sit here and share these memories with my grandmother. It meant even more because she is such a huge part of who I am today. She stepped up and helped my single momma raise my sister and me. She is also forgetting things. To share memories....really there are no words.

That being said, make sure you take photos! If you are interested in getting into digital scrapbooking, I can point you in the right directions. You don't have to scrap or digital scrap. Take photos, journal, jot notes down. You never know who will enjoy those tangible memories. Not just the future generations.

I also learned something from this. Some of the fonts I have used are not easily legible and I need to put dates and journaling on every page. These are the things she pointed out. (I already was aware of the date thing). That is good to know!! So, word of advise if you are into digital scrapbooking. Use a legible font, date those pages, and jot at least a little something down. AND PRINT THOSE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING PAGES!!



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7/27/2015

Journey of Health | Week 4


It is Monday and I couldn't be happier. I had one heck of a weekend and was just happy to get back into the normal Monday-Friday swing of things. What about you? Did you have a good weekend or are you glad it is Monday too?

That being said, I am popping by this morning to talk about how I did last week on my journey to a healthier La'Shawn. Last week I set the following goals.

Week 4 goals:

  • lbs lost: 2
  • work out: 5 days
  • nutrition: stay w/i my calories
  • food plan for week 5 
  • NO SABOTAGE WEEKEND!

So, how did I do? Let me tell you a little about my week.

Monday - Wednesday I was rocking it like a champ. I didn't meal plan the week before, but I was still doing really well on my eating. I wasn't eating terrible food and I was maintaining a healthy amount of calories. I was also kicking butt and taking names with the working out. Literally, I got a butt cramp guys. Talk about ouch!! I was glad to be at home alone (well, with my 7 year old in another room consumed with his game he was playing) because I was hopping around the house, making funny noises, and rubbing my rear end. I am sure it was a comical things to see.

So, that leaves Thursday - Sunday....How did I do? Well, I cannot seem to make it a week without sabotaging myself. Doing the yo-yo thing. Wednesday I woke up with what felt like a pre-migraine. If you get migraines you know what I am talking about. My body was telling me to get ready, it was coming. So, I did everything I could to keep it from coming. That also included not straining myself and working out. I have two rest days. I will just take this as one.

Thursday, I woke up without a headache. yay! I am a night time worker-outer (i know. not a word). I thought I would be okay. Well, as each hour past I felt more and more tired. Not just, "it is almost the weekend" tired. Like, "I cannot keep my eyes open" tired. Once I got off work, got groceries, and got home I was spent. I cancelled my swimming plans and just called a night. That meant no working out. Like I said, I had two days of rest!

I should have known. I never get that tired without a reason. That pre-migraine was just that. Friday morning I woke up with a puking and raging migraine. I dealt with that in the morning, went to work once it was just a headache, had to leave early to get the kiddo, went to dinner with friends....you guessed it. No working out.

So that means Saturday and Sunday I did right?! Wrong. 2nd job kicked my butt Saturday. I let it be my excuse to not work out. Sunday 2nd job had me in tears. I was still going to work out though! Maybe I was just feeling so bad because I hadn't worked out...Well, a family emergancy came up. No working out last night either. I also found myself eating a candy bar, fried fish, and drinking a dr. pepper.

With me letting the working out slide, I start letting that eating slide. It is a slippery slope!! I cannot slack on one thing because I just let it all go down the crapper. So, once again I sabotaged myself. I let myself be my own worse enemy. All that being said, how did I do on my week 4 goals?

Week 4 Stats:

  • lbs lost: 2 (goal met)
  • total weight lost: 5lbs 
  • worked out: 3
  • food: 50/50
  • meal planned (goal met)
So, not terrible. My body rewarded the few days of hard work with some pounds lost. I didn't weigh myself yesterday or today. So who knows what the rest of the not hard work and the terrible terrible terrible eating I did yesterday did to these states.

Week 5 goals:

  • Not focus on lbs lost this week
  • focus on staying consistently healthy
  • work out: 5 days
  • nutrition: stay w/i my calories
  • food plan for week 6
  • NO SABOTAGE WEEKEND!
So, this week I am not going to focus on the scale. With my past eating disorder, sometimes focusing on that number is just as unhealthy as eating myself into the grave. There will be no weighing at all this week. My main goal is just to stay consistent and healthy. No yo-yo dieting. No eating my feelings. No letting excuses happen. Listening to my body. Taking care and loving my body.  I will gauge this time next week if I want to step on the scale or not.



I have mentioned Jebbica's World before.She and I went to high school together, we were in the marching band together, and for a bit lived down the street from each other. She, like me, was a thin girl growing up to stuggle with being healthy. I suggest if you are looking for someone further along in their journey of health, to go over to Jessica's blog. She also has great giveaways, advise, and a fun Friday link up!!



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7/20/2015

Journey of Health | Week 3



Hello everyone! Today is Monday here in the states. This is when I will be posting my weekly Journey of Health updates. Let you know how I did last week and weekend. Holding myself accountable. If you want to check back on week's 1 & 2, please do so. I am going to start out with what I had put down as my goals for week 3.

Week 3's Goals:

  • 2lbs lost
  • work out goal: 5 days
  • food: stay at my calories

Did I meet my goals?!....well, no. I didn't. I am trying not to beat myself up too bad over it. Bad days weeks are going to happen.  I was feeling so on track and doing really well until about Thursday. I wasn't seeing any changes weight wise. I was seeing a change though. My clothes fit just the tad bit looser. My hubby asked if I had lost weight. My silly boy said I looked different. Asked if I was shrinking. lol. I'll take shrinking any day!!

What happened to change from on track to not? I really couldn't tell you. I didn't feel a change in my attitiude. Nothing bad happened to make me change moods. I didn't hurt myself. The only thing I can think of is that it was the weekend.

I am going to have to get in the mindset that I need to stick with this during the weekend. This isn't just a Monday-Friday change. This is a lifestyle change! An everyday thing. I really think that I have a routine on working out down. I don't dread doing it. I even got myself a new sports bra this weekend to hold the girls up better. That way I don't have to hold them with my hands while bouncing around. lol. It is comical! I did the jump/bounce test in the fitting room. I love it!! It is like fort knox to get my girls in this thing. Just because it closes up in the front. Once I am in it, there is not moving! Me likely!

With that being said about working out, I feel like my hurdle at this point is my nutrition. Before I went shopping Thursday I wasn't really thinking about nutrition. I got my normal stuff. This week I am going to meal plan though. Sit down and plan out all my meals for everyday. I am also going to stick with the Focus T25 meal plan. Hopefully with doing that work out and sticking with their food choices, I will see a bit more changes. Now, for the actual stats for this week.

Week 3 Stats:
  • lbs lost: gained 3 back 
  • total weight lost: 3lbs 
  • worked out: 4 days
  • food: not good!

Week 4 goals:
  • lbs lost: 2
  • work out: 5 days
  • nutrition: stay w/i my calories
  • food plan for week 5 
  • NO SABOTAGE WEEKEND!

 There you have it. This week is about not sabotaging myself over the weekend and getting things a bit more in line for Week 5. Keep me in your prayers that I keep to it. I cannot do it alone!



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7/18/2015

Chattanooga


 
I want to ask you to take a moment. Take a moment and pray for Chattanooga. I don't know if you heard or not, so I am going to explain a little of what happened. The day before yesterday, around 10:30est a gunman went to a military recruiting office, 1 minute from where I work & where I happened to be, and started shooting. He shot up the military recruiting office. Luckly, no one was killed there. Once the police came, the shooter was pursued over to another military recruiting office about 10 minutes away from where the previous one was. (close to where my sister works) and killed 4 marines, injured a police officer, and injured many more. It was a scary and sad day for Chattanooga. This isn't my "hometown". However, I come here 5 days a week to work. I have for 10 years. If we travel anywhere, instead of saying we are from some tiny town on one has ever heard of Georgia, we say we are from Chattanooga. 
They are not saying what the reason was behind this terrible act of violence. Really, to me, I don't care. I don't want to focus on what this mad-man did. Why he did what he did. I want to focus on the men and women who gave up so much for our freedom only to come home and be killed. I want to focus on the police who responded as well as they did and kept more people from being killed and hurt. I want to focus on prayer. So please, stop what you are doing and pray. Really pray. Don't just say you will and not do it. Don't just post #prayforchattanooga, and not actually pray. Please, stop what you are doing and talk to God. Pray for Chattanooga. Pray for the families that are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Pray for our country. Pray for our service men & women. Just pray! 
 
thank you



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7/17/2015

Journey of Health | Weeks 1 & 2


I know I am bombarding everyone with blog posts this week. I am trying to get caught up. There wont be everyday posts once I get caught up. So, remember Tuesday when I laid out my journey thus far in being healthy. Well, basically that I wasn't? I am currently in week 3 of lifestyle changes and I am here today to hold myself accountable for weeks 1 & 2. The good, bad, and ugly!

I got back from vacation and a week later I had my new beachbody package. Was I excited to get started...well...not really. As I have said before, I am a lazy person at heart. If I could live the rest of my life being just that, I would be happy. I wouldn't be healthy though! I opened my package, looked over everything, and started to plan my new change. Here is how it broke down.

Week(s) info:
  • starting weight: 225lb
  • how i felt: sick & tired
  • work out goal: 10 days
  • food: on target
  • goal: 2lbs lost

How did I do? Well, I didn't work out every day & I didn't push myself as hard as I could everyday. At the end of week one, I was very discouraged. I saw no changes. With the way my body is (even as heavy as I am), the weight doesn't just melt off when I start moving. You see heavier people losing 10lbs their 1st week! That isn't how it works for La'Shawn's body. There is no slacking. There is no cheating. I have to give it my all! I was ready to quit after the first week. I put in the effort, where were my bloody results? I mentioned something about my discouragement in my accountability group, and got just that.  Accountability. What did I need to tweak? Why am I weighing myself?!

So, I tweaked a little bit in the 2nd week. I stopped grabbing small snacks and not putting it in my log. I stopped putting my workout calories in my log. I pushed myself to the max. I was sweating and crying by the end of each work out. Not, "oh I hate this!" crying. It was more, "I am so proud of myself and I am a crier and I cannot help but cry" cry. :-)

Week 2, my clothes started to fit a little looser. Only loose enough for me to notice. I started feeling better! I still woke up really tired. However, during the day I didn't feel like crawling under my desk and taking a nap. I also felt, pride! I was doing it!! Then....I missed my work out Thursday. I am not a morning person and I didn't get up in time to do it that morning. That evening was a little party for my MeeMaw turning 79. Then grocery shopping. I was beat by the time I got home and gave into that excuse. Then I woke up Friday morning and could hardly walk. My knee killed me. I babied it and told myself that that weekend I would make up for it. I didn't. Here is how I ended up at the end of week 1 & 2

Completed Week(s) info:
  • lbs lost: 6!!!
  • how i felt: better! 
  • worked out: 7 days (goal not met)
  • food: no comment (goal not met)
  • goal: 2lbs lost (goal surpassed!)

Week 3's Goals:
  • 2lbs lost
  • work out goal: 5 days
  • food: stay at my calories

So there we go. Weeks 1 and 2. I am over half way done with week 3. I am excited to give you guys my update next week. If you are on a journey, any kind, I would like to know! Not only do I like to blog, I like to read blogs! It's true! Link me up!!

Remember me telling you about the other blog you should check out? There is a linky party every Friday! If you are looking for healthy inspiration or want to join in, head over there & do your thang! 






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I am La'Shawn. I am firstly a child of God. Then a wife and mommy. Wife to my college sweetheart and mommy to our nearly 7yr old boy. Outside that I am a full time working, nerdy, somewhat lazy, digi-scrapping, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, southern girl. That give you an idea of who I am? If not, ask me what you want! I love to get to know people!!

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