Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!  

May your day be filled with blessings from the Lord!

Let us remember the real meaning of this Holiday:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!  Thank you for the GREATEST gift EVER!!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I just started a couple days ago.  I've earned these swagbucks by using their search instead of google.  I joined under my daughter to help her out.  She gets all the same swagbucks I get, how cool is that??  

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monkeys & FROGS?!?!

Yep, I'm FROGGING my Grandson's (6 months old) Christmas present 5 days before Christmas, to start over!!!    After crocheting about a foot or so along  started only 2 days ago), I discovered the width grew in size to larger than an adult sized blanket!!   I know he is a BIG boy, but, he doesn't need a blanket THAT big yet! LOL    Good thing it's double stranded AND in double crochet, I *should* be able to finish it, get it washed, dryed & wrapped in time for Christmas! :D 

The good news is that I finished his knitted Monkey!!!  It turned out WAY bigger than I thought it would, but that's ok, he will probably LOVE having a friend as big as him! LOL LOL LOL   I'm only slightly exaggerating!  I'll post pics of him next to it when he opens it for Christmas!  :D     

I have a theme in knit and crochet, it's BIG! LOL   I tend to make things HUGE, especially blankets.  Better too big, than too small  is what I think! :D

So, I better get back to my crocheting.  I decided to cut the yarns from the skeins and crochet from the "old" blanket as I go along instead of trying to wind it all up, then crochet, it should save me lots of time & tangles! Woot!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ministry Overhaul!! :)

Our Ministry: is in the process of a HUGE Overhaul!!  Some of the links are not back up yet, please be patient! They will be working ASAP

Thank you for your patience!
God Bless you,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Weight loss Before and After Pictures!!!

47.6 pounds gone for me!!!
49.8 pounds gone for my hubby!!!!

What a journey so far!!!   We are not at the finish line yet, but we can see it from here!!!  Praise Jesus!!!

Read here about how we have come this far!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Weight Loss "Secrets" for SUCCESS :)

As of today,  June 6, 2010, I have lost 41 pounds!  Praise Jesus!!!!   I have 8 to go to get to my original goal, but I'm thinking I'll want to lose 10 more after that.

Here's my story:

I have been overweight with the exception of a few years for all my adult life.  When I was a teenager I was a very skinny 105 pound feather! LOL  Then I had 2 children and had extra weight.  Then I joined the YMCA and did High Impact Aerobics and Nautilus Weight Training, and lost the weight.  Then it came back after a couple years, and I was FAT ever since!!   I have always been a junk food junkie & it's no surprise that I was so FAT!!!

In 2004, after I had ballooned up to 170 & felt MISERABLE!!!   My husband, Jerry, & I went on a crash/fad diet (a modified version of Atkins) and both lost a lot of weight, I lost 36 pounds & he lost over 30 pounds (can't remember lol).  Since it was a fad & not very healthy, we only stayed on it for about 2 months & of course the weight came back over the last few years.  We did join Weight Watchers online a couple years ago and lost 10# in a couple months.  Then our "good deal" on the membership was up & we stopped. lol  So, yep, the weight came back, I crept back up to 169 pounds. YUCK!! :(

So, sometime in December I was thinking I'm so tired of being this FAT, I want to do Weight Watchers again.  I was trying to talk my hubby into it since I knew it worked & I really liked keeping track of what I was consuming.   Well, in the meantime, he was looking online for something similar & found a few programs for keeping track of Calories & he stumbled upon and it was FREE!!!  Woot!!!  :)

MFP is a FREE online Calorie Tracking Program!  It is PHENOMENAL!!   When you join, you input your weight, age, height, gender, your normal daily activity level, etc. and it calculates how many calories you should eat to lose weight.  You can pick from: Lose 1/2 pound per week, 1 pound, 1 & 1/2 pounds, or 2 pounds per week.  (As well as gain for those that need to gain, and maintain when you reach your goal.)    You get extra calories that you can eat when you exercise & put that in. 

I started seriously on January 1, 2010.  I have lost something every single week since starting.  I have a few "secrets" on how this has worked for me, and my husband, who has lost something every single week since January 1st as well.

The "Secrets" to my Successful Weight Loss so far:

  • I set my activity level to "Sedentary".    ...  Well, I sit behind the computer a lot.  :)

  • I input everything, even if it's a 5 calorie drink, or breath mint.  :)  Sounds silly, but little things can creep up on you & put you over..
  • I measure my foods!  :)  I have a digital scale that I weigh most things on and what I can't weigh, I measure.  :)   And I don't think it's a pain, I know exactly how much I'm getting, no guessing!  (Obviously I don't take a scale and measuring cups & spoons into a restaurant! LOL   so we eat out WAY less than we used to.)  Here's the Scale I have: Scale  <-- Click for link to Amazon :)

  • I ABSOLUTELY don't go over my calories, I choose to go UNDER every day.  When they are gone, they are gone!  Too bad for me, I'll do better on "budgeting" calories tomorrow.  :)  Right now I am at 1200 calories per day + exercise calories.  Ok, so I have gone over my calories a few times, but I "borrowed" from the next day, or worked out extra, and it all works out.   It is just an exception, not a rule, I'm not perfect!   :)

  • I work out 1st thing in the morning Monday - Friday, then have a Green Smoothie <-- Click for recipe

  • I do not eat before 12 Noon, and do not eat after 9PM (only the Green Smoothie before noon and only on workout days) (Sometimes I make exceptions, such as a hotel offers a Breakfast Buffet and it ends at 9am, HELLO!  Yes, I'm eating before noon that day! LOL, or my hubby wants to treat me out to breakfast, YEP, I'm going!! ... obviously these are exceptions and not a consistent habit.) 
  • I don't input any housework calories I burn, or any extra activities, only my Exercise Routine M-F.  

I don't think it has been hard at all, but I have been called a BULLDOG before! LOL  I can be stubborn when I make up my mind on something. he he he  I just made up my mind to stick to it and get rid of the FAT and get in GREAT shape!!   I have slowly changed my eating habits to be more and more healthy & less & less junk foods.  I never thought I would do that, but it just happened.  It's pretty simple when you only have 1200 calories and the things you like are 200-400 calories each!!  You figure out  you better not like them so much! :)  I still eat junkie snacks, but just not as often or as many.  I really like fruit and it is WAY lower in calories than chips & dip and crackers & cookies & sugary soda.  I make tea and sweeten it with Stevia and Splenda (trying to switch to only Stevia, but 1/2 & 1/2 for now).  I drink diet soda instead of sugary filled, and not so much. :)  I found some GREAT tasting alternatives. Such as my current favorite:  Apples with Cinnamon  Only 110 Calories for a Large apple!! Woo Hoo!!  And it fills me up.  Not like 110 calories worth of chips (about 7 or 8 chips), where it makes you want chocolate and a soda! LOL

Oh, my username on MyFitnessPal is Shannon4J if anyone wants to "friend" me if you join!  I highly encourage anyone that needs to lose weight to do it!!  There is a lot of support and encouragement there.

My inspiration & motivation Verse is:  I can do ALL things through Christ which Strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

And a GREAT quote I heard years ago:  "Never give up what you want MOST for what you want NOW!"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Exercise Routine!

Here is my current Workout Routine:

Monday - Wednesday - Friday:

*Abs - 12 Reps of each:
1) In-Betweens
2) Bicycles 
3) Toe Touches
4) Side Reaches
5) Full Sit-ups
6) Knee Bends
7) Heel Touches
8) Scissor Kicks

*Toning with 5# Dumb Bells for Arms, back & Shoulders - 10 Reps of each:
1) Bicep Curls
2) Hammer Curls (Alternating Arms)
3) Hammer Curls (Both Arms at once)
4) Overhead Extensions
5) Cross Chest Extension (laying on back)
6) Arm Rows (Lawn Mower)
7) Push Ups (girly ones on my knees)   :D
8) Butterflies (laying on back)
9) Bent over Rows
10) Standing Chest Press
11) Seated Military Press
12) Front Raises (Both Arms)
13) Front Raises (Alternating Arms)
14) Side (lateral) Raises
15) Upright Rows (BowTies)

Walking 3 minutes on 3.5mph
Running 15 minutes on 6mph (1.5 Miles of Running)
Walking 2 minutes on 3.5mph



Tuesday - Thursday:


*Abs - 12 Reps of each:
1) In-Betweens
2) Bicycles 
3) Toe Touches
4) Side Reaches
5) Full Sit-ups
6) Knee Bends
7) Heel Touches
8) Scissor Kicks

Walking 3 minutes on 3.5mph
Running 20 minutes on 6mph (2 Miles of Running)
Walking 2 minutes on 3.5mph


No working out on the weekends, time for the body to rest & recuperate a bit.  :D

:::Edited to add:::

My hubby and I workout together in our home, I do my toning stuff while he's on the treadmill, then I get on the treadmill while he lifts weights. We have done this since Christmas & I LOVE IT!!!!!   :D

I was up to 30 minutes on the treadmill, running almost 3 miles, when my hubby suggested we try to keep it shorter.  20 minutes on weight lifting days, and 25 minutes on abs only days.   This way we can stick to it without dreading a 2 hour workout (which I could easily do if I let myself, because I really like running on the treadmill THAT much!!!).   No problem, we can increase speed for a tougher workout!!  :D   I like to push myself!!  Burn that fat off baby!!  LOL

Friday, April 9, 2010


My 2nd Granddaughter, Sarah, Turned 2 Years Old on March 28th!!! 

I crocheted her a blanket like the one I made Haylea for her 3rd Birthday in December.  Sarah's favorite color is yellow, that's why  I picked that color. :)   It has a pocket that holds a duck I knitted for her. 

Here's a picture:

Can't believe my little Baby Bear (my nickname for her) is 2!!!!

We also went to Chuck E. Cheese to play & get Birthday Tokens, and she got some other gifts, just didn't get pictures. 

Happy 2nd Birthday Sarah!!!  I Love You!!!!!