Thursday, June 27, 2013

June Garden and weight update....

Every time I sit down to make a blog post I wonder what I will say to you all. I feel like I am often apologizing here for my lack of posting and certainly my lack of response, and once again I will say I am sorry.  So much has been on my mind, that blogging seems like a chore or I feel like I have nothing fun to share. I do post to keep a record for myself of my family but also because I know many of you are connected to me in some small way. I hope, just maybe, you enjoy seeing my life just as much as I enjoy seeing yours. I also hope that you don't feel neglected  or upset for my lack of communication back and forth. There truly is a profound amount going on right now in my life that I tend to hermitize(I know, not a real word) my mind and not let anymore in than I can handle. Which means that I'm often just a looker in the store window but rarely go into shop and interact. Does that make sense?  Ya, I realize I'm starting to babble, I tend to do that when I'm trying to explain myself and really don't know how to get my view across, but hopefully you can understand a little bit.  I do appreciate each and every one of you who comes here to read and look at the pictures, whether you leave a comment or not, it's my way of staying connected.

Ok, enough of that.  A weight loss update.... I'm down 46 lbs now!!! Wooohoooo!! I'm feeling good and look forward to reaching my goal before the end of the year.  I've been on a plateau for the past week or so, but I think I may have broken through it today. These things happen, I know, but it still is a bit frustrating.  And for those who asked how I'm doing it, here is my answer... first and foremost, I had to be finally ready to be committed to losing it, if you aren't ready, it won't work. Not sleeping at night and my "fat skirt" getting tight are two things that finally pushed me to do it.  Second, I took baby steps in what I cut from my diet.  To begin with I cut the Dr. Pepper(or any soda) along with sweets and most processed foods. Veggies, fruits, lean meats, and small amounts of breads, pasta, rice, and dairy.  After that I finally did away with carbs all together. I'm now starting to eliminate dairy too because it doesn't agree with my stomach.  I don't drink juices or coffee, just water or green tea.  I stick with three meals a day and if I am stomach hungry in between I will eat fruit.
As for exercise, I really hate it, and I hate to sweat even more.  So I've made my own workout plan. Small amounts of exercise several times a day. It seems to be working and I know I have more muscle mass than I did 46 lbs ago. Hubby says I am getting dancer's legs :)
So that is about it. It's really not difficult once you realize what to eat and not to eat, it's really just a matter of of will power(which mine has really grown in the last 3 months).  One last tip, just shop the outside walls of a grocery store...produce, meat, dairy, avoid the processed foods in the middle that you really don't need.  And I know you all have heard this a million times from other people, but if I can do it, you can too!!!

On to my garden in June...actually these were taken about 3 weeks ago, so things are even bigger now.

Our fairy garden wheelbarrow...

 A tub turned garden planter(looks better now that the plants are bigger).
 The lilac bush was in bloom and smelled heavenly.  Look how big the hostas got from just a few posts ago.
 I moved the little bird to this rock and put another one in Nathan's garden.

 The chickadee family has since moved on from this house. They successfully raised three babies here.
 Our little blueberry bush is loving this new spot and is just loaded with blueberries. In another couple weeks we can start picking.
 Nathan's garden with a new bird and a little green bird bath(can you see it on the left there).
We've had heat and rain, so my container garden on the back deck is taking off, can't wait to start harvesting from there.

Until next time my friends,
enjoy your day,



  1. No apologies needed on your sporadic blogging. Heck, with all you have going on I don't know how you find time to blog at all! Congrats on the weight loss. That is an amazing amount in a very short period of time.
    Your flowers are gorgeous!!!
    Hugs :)

  2. Tiff I totally understand what you were trying to say...I think it hits us all but it is nice just to have a place to reconnect when we can! Congrats on your weight loss! That is great. Your garden looks beautiful! I especially love the tub!
    Be blessed,

  3. Your wheelbarrow fairy garden is precious. I like your idea of hanging your washtub and putting flowers in it that way.
    You've accomplished a lot with your weight loss. You said the truest words when you said "one has to be ready to lose the weight or it will not work". We all have to do it for ourselves and no one else.. Congratulations ! The idea of shopping around the edges of a grocery store is a great one.
    All of your flowers and gardens are lovely. I love to smell lilacs. They have such a special fragrance.
    Have a wonderful weekend and summer.
    Smiles, Charlotte in Va.

  4. You don't have to apologise for anything Tiff.I love reading your news,and catching up with you,Sometimes life gets in the way,you have to catch up with friends when you can.
    Just happy you keep coming back.You have done very well with your weight loss,we both started WW last year at the same time,and both fell by the wayside.this year wow,you have kicked it in to touch,well done.I on the other hand lol.But I have started in the last two weeks,so fingers crossed.You are right,dieting is very much a state of mind.
    Your garden looks beautiful.
    Love and hugs Laura x


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