Sunday, June 30, 2013

Diet Update... Five Months and -40 Pounds


One of my favorite things about reading blogs is the feeling that the writers are friends.
We share our homes, garden, pets and vacations...
So I have decided to open up and share my weightloss journey.

My husband and I made a decision to start losing weight Jan 20, 2013.
Since then he has lost over 30 pounds...
and as of this week I have lost 43...
So between us almost 75 pounds... GONE.

A little over 5 months ago...  
We threw out all the pastas, anything that came in a box, cereals... ect. 
 Low salt, almost no sugar, fresh veggies, eggs, lean meats on the grill.  
You know the drill.

All winter I used my elliptical for an hour a day.  
I did not start at an hour.   
At first I was good to do 15 minutes.  
But I put my music on and just did it.  
More every day.  
And the weight started to come off.  

Now I am challenging myself.  
I am back to a size I was very comfortable in after I had the girls.  
But I want to go past that.  
I want to see what is possible.  

I never saw myself as a skinny person. 
 I was very athletic in high school, very muscular from showing horses.  
I am lucky to say I am tall and well proportioned.  
If I am big, I am big all over... 
and so far when I lose, I lose all over.  

What I can say is the longer I have been at it the easier it is getting. 
 My body wants to be active.  
I have more energy and feel a bit stir crazy not moving.  
I garden of course, but I also walk and swim.  
I make myself do something outside an hour a day.  
I think of it as medicine. 

I weigh myself every day before I eat lunch.  
And I write down my measurements on my anniversary day each month.  
I have a journal like I teenager.  
But I can look back and see what size I was in March, April..ect.  
It helps keep me focused and accountable.

One thing I have not done is get a real physical. 
 I am doing that in two weeks.  
I want to see what my blood sugar is and other levels. 
 I was overweight for most of the last 10 years.  
I guess I am just curious, but wonder if something in my hormones might have been a little off.  
I am 40 and you know how your body changes with age.

Basically I feel like a completely different person.  
I look different, feel different.... everything in my closet is new.  
Not one thing from my old life still fits.  
I know by some standards I have a long way to go, 
but for me I am beyond my wildest dreams.

I have went from an 18+ to a size 12/14 regular.  
I have lost 6" in my chest, 8" in my waist and 10" in my hips.  
I am 75% of my old me.  And I feel 1000 times better.  
As of today I have lost 43 pounds. 
 I have a big goal of 65 pounds and 
I am giving myself two years to do it.  

I start with a personal trainer on July 10th. 
 I may chicken out 10 times before then.  
But if she can help me, it will be more than worth it.  
It is free as a benefit thru my husband's job.  
So I am silly not to use it.  

I sometimes feel funny putting my weight loss out on my blog.  
But I know everyone in every walk of life, man or woman, 
deals with issues about their bodies.  
I am making a very serious decision to make huge changes.  
I know it is a constant battle. 
 I may fail.  
But I am building a support team to pick me back up it I do and help me along.  
It is a journey.  
One I think I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Here is my 90 day before and after....
and here is my 150 day before and after....
In that photo I had just came back from my walk...
This is how I look most of the time now.
I am active, I wear no makeup and my tennis shoes... 
a tanktop and comfortable shorts is my summer uniform.
As well as a swimsuit.
I am in the lake 3-4 days a week.
I love to swim and it makes exercise fun.

I am in the now...  Up for things the girls want to do...
This week we are going to start playing tennis as a family.
I am making the time to enjoy my summer, my life, my family...
And I am feeling very blessed.

I wanted to share with you.
I am inspired by reading about others, 
so I hope you can take something from my story as well.

All my love....Brooke



I am linking up to the parties found HERE.
"Take my life and let me be, a living prayer, my God to thee."

Updated....

Thanks so much to Cindy from Dwelling for featuring this post on Amaze Me Monday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Country Kitchen---It's For The Birds!

Just how many birds are in my kitchen?
Your guess is as good as mine...
A bunch... but I love them.
I have a garden theme most of the year in our country kitchen.
With lots of crusty, rusty things thrown in for fun...
And of course... I can't help it if a birdhouse or two comes too!
All is welcome, don't you agree?
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~Brooke~

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Few Pretty Things For You...

Just popping in to say hello....
All is calm after a night of horrible storms...
We've had horrible flooding and downpours...
Luckily no damage...
But soggy blooms....
Hope all is well in your areas.
Stay safe dear friends!
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~Brooke~

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Lesson In Cottage Garden Style...



Welcome dear readers to my Cottage Garden...
Today I thought I would talk about what I think makes up Cottage Garden Style...
To me it is about an abundance of color...
And Cottage Accents like fences...
And Arbors... And Found Treasures too...
Corryton Pink Daylily
It's about long lasting blooms in a multitude of colors... 
Did I say COLOR?
Lots and lots of colors!!!
Decatur Prince Daylily
Layers of plants making full displays...
from Spring until Fall... 
stager your displays with Early, Mid and Late Bloomers.
Cottage gardens grow over time...
Constantly evolving...
Always a spot for another new plant...
Many could be shared with family and friends...
Strawberry Candy Daylily
They grow with love and tender care...
For years of enjoyment and beauty...
Country and Cottage Gardening are one and the same to me.
Full, abundant... wild and lush... 
That will always be in Style for me!

Sorry for the darker pictures...
We have had soooo much rain this week!
If the sun comes out I will take more daylily pictures to share.

Thanks for stopping by and please consider becoming a follower!
~Brooke~

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