How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

1-Year Wedding Anniversary

Yep, the year has officially flown by. At this point of the day last year, I was leaving the hotel, dressing in my wedding dress and meeting Jake at our church to do First Look pictures. And the rest of the day was amazing and wonderful and a blur.

I cannot believe that it has been a year since Jake and I officially became husband and wife but I am so glad that I have had the most amazing man and husband by my side through everything. He's been my rock and biggest support through it all and has held me together. I am incredibly lucky to have such an amazing man by my side to go through life with and I thank God each and every day for such an amazing hubby.

Here are some of my favorite wedding photos from our wedding day. Wedding Photography by Sarah Tunstall Photography.

I had mine and my sister's bouquets wrapped with lace from our mom's wedding dress. It was a complete surprise for my sister <3
First Look - Sooooo glad we did this. It eased the nerves for the rest of the day :)






I'm fine, really.

If you have talked to me in the last couple weeks, I have lied to you. Don't worry, it's nothing serious. I've just lied about how I've been feeling.

At my last endocrinologist appointment, more blood was drawn (of course!) and it was found out that my thyroid levels are dipping into the low side of the spectrum. Joy. I had 4 months of normal thyroid levels after surgery, so I am thankful for that. The thing is, my thyroid levels are just out of the normal levels but my doc put me on Synthroid anyway. It has helped with my energy levels, but it has also caused my heart palpitations to come back as well as almost constant nausea. Not fun. When I called to report what was going on, they simply told me that it takes awhile for my body to adjust to the Synthroid and that it takes 6-8 weeks for the levels to even out and that I will need to come in then to get more blood drawn to see what is going on. The thing is, I'm feeling pretty miserable. I manage, but I am back to thinking about escape routes just in case I really do have to throw up (it hasn't happened yet, now or last summer). Seriously, I make sure that I know where all the restrooms are and that I can pull over if I am driving. It's a pretty miserable existence (and I pray every single day that when I am pregnant I do not have to deal with this...).

So today I decided to try a little experiment. I skipped my morning dose of Synthroid. Guess what!? My heart palpitations are calmer today and I do not feel nauseous. Hmmmmmmm... I do feel pretty tired and went back to bed today after Jake left for work. BUT, I don't feel miserable or like I am going to throw up everywhere. I'm going to update my doc with the results of my little "experiment" and tell him that I am going to try a half a dose of what he prescribed me for a little while and see what happens. Energy-wise, the Synthroid helps. BUT, if it's making me suffer from hyperthyroidism symptoms again, I won't stay on it.

Other than that, we're good. Jake's mom's surgery went well and she is home now. The mass they removed from her abdomen was pretty large and we are still waiting on the biopsy reports. Jake and I have been discussed all sorts of plans related to moving into our townhouse at the beginning of July and are super excited for what that will bring for us. Oh, and today is mine and Jake's 1-year Wedding Anniversary, but that deserves it's own post!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Oh, so I haven't updated in awhile?

I know, I know. I haven't updated in awhile.

I've been busy.

Let's see, what have Jake and I been up to?

Well, I quit my job and started a new one. And I've been so much happier!! I loved what I was doing, but it was very stressful and spilling into my personal life (how could it not have when my office was my home) and Jake and I talked about it and decided that it wasn't healthy for me or us. So, I've gone back to started a nanny job with a family that I have known since about 2007/2008. Super sweet family and I am excited to be a part of their life other than date nights.

Jake and I were approved to lease-to-own a town home. We'll be moving on out of apartment living (thank goodness!!) and into our very first home together. SUPER EXCITED. Seriously, I'll finally have somewhere to decorate and make into a home. I feel like apartments are so temporary that they just never feel like home. The townhome is about 5-7 miles north of us, has 3-bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and a small fenced in yard for Diesel and a one-car garage for Jake. Essentially we'll lease it for 3 years and then purchase it. It has room to grow and we know that we can make it work, even if we have more than one kid. We'll be moving at the beginning of July!!

Weightloss is going okay. I really need to increase my working out time as well as really logging my foods so that I can get the ultimate most out of my weightloss. Now that I know what is going on with my body (PCOS), I should be more focused to eat less carbs and junk. But, it's hard. The 2-weeks of The South Beach Diet were easy for me but keeping the carbs and junk out now (especially sweets) is super hard for me now that I know that I can eat them. I shouldn't, but I do. It's a hard addiction. I did go to see my endocrinologist last week and the scale said that I lose 5lbs since the last time I was there--which I always think is a huge feat because the scale at the docs is always so fickle and usually adds weight. It was super nice to see.

This week I was placed on Synthroid. Actually, this morning was my first morning taking it. Apparently after 4-months after surgery my thyroid has decided to start going from "normal" ranges to "low" ranges. Hopefully it will help with my energy level and everything else. I have had an increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, hair loss, and more tiredness/less energy lately.

Other than that, everything is just moving along.

For all of my followers, friends and family out there that read this, please keep Jake's mom in your prayers. She has a mass in her abdomen and sees a surgeon tomorrow to determine a surgery date to get it removed. So far it does not seem to be cancerous and we are praying that it is not.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday - 03.22.12

Whoa! Is it Thursday already??

Things I am thankful for this week:

1. Allergy medication. Seriously. Two record setting days this week of pollen count!!
2. That it's Thursday. Where has the week gone!? All I know, is I'm glad tomorrow is Friday.
3. The Hunger Games movie comes out tomorrow. If you haven't read the books, do it!! You won't be disappointed. We are going on Saturday to see it -- we both read the books and loved them!!!
4. Iced Skinny Vanilla Lattes from Starbucks.
5. And, Pinterest for helping me to find a recipe that I can make at home to save money. Follow me here.
6. A supporting, loving, sweet hubby that doesn't freak out at me when I freak out about how angry my job makes me sometimes. He just listens.
7. Weightloss.
8. My new iPad. Seriously, it makes me much more productive in my work and I am better able to take notes for work and put them into the system faster and easier because they are already done.
9. The possibility of rain today which will wash away the pollen--both off everything and out of the air.
10. Starting a devotional on the YouVersion Bible, both on my iPhone and iPad. I'm doing The Confident Woman Devotional which is a Joyce Meyer Ministries bible study. So far, it's amazing!! I love what God does in my life when I let Him in more. <3

What are you thankful for this week? Link up with Curious Georgi!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

South Beach Diet: Phase 1 Complete

I am happy to announce that I completed Phase 1 of the SBD. Successfully. I wanted to experience more drastic results like a lot of people report, but I lost 5lbs - 3 the first week and 2 the second week. After 2-3 years of losing no weight even though I was trying, this is a huge success.

I am still craving sweets but Splenda and sugar free JELLO have been life savers during these times. I haven't been using a lot of Splenda, just in my hot tea and in place of anything that calls for sugar (like sweet tea). I know, I know, research indicates that artificial sugars don't help with weight loss and can encourage more sweet cravings, but since my body also naturally craves sugar because of insulin problems it's a "healthier" option for me. And it helps me to stay away from the bad stuff (like cookies, cake, etc.). I also need to start taking my Metformin... Still soooo afraid of the side effects.

Last night I wanted to go to our favorite fro-yo (frozen yogurt, for those of you that aren't familiar) place because I am out of Phase 1, but I decided against it and am going for 3 weeks of no sugars except fruits. It was wonderful to add fruit back into my diet this week. I missed it!! I am nervous to see the weightloss results this week because of adding carbs back in, but we'll see what happens. I'm still trying to stay away from flour, rice, bread, etc so I may see at least a pound or two. Or at least I am hoping. I haven't started working out yet (yea, yea, yea, I'll get there) so I may not see the scale budge much this week.

I'm still feeling great and like I can do this. If I continue to lose weight (gotta start working out!!), I should be at my UGW (ultimate goal weight) by mid-September. That's not far off at all. I can and will do this.

Things I've learned:

  • I do not need sweets to survive. I do not need chocolate, a cookie or cake. 
  • Eating the sweets does not make me feel better. It does not take away my sadness, frustration, boredom, etc. 
  • Without all the crap/processed foods, I have less belly bloat. AND, feel great.
  • I am not adventurous with my veggies. I tried collard greens and did not like them... I'll stick to celery, cucumbers, broccoli and carrots for snacking.
  • It doesn't take that much time to prepare foods. Yes, processed foods are more convenient and quick to grab on the go, but I don't think people realize how much they are weighing them down.
  • I'm taking care of myself, AND I'm taking care of my hubby because he's eating healthier as well. I'm insuring a better future for us.
  • My body can lose weight.
  • I may have to work harder than "normal" people to lose weight.
  • With each pound lost, I gain that much more of my confidence back.
  • Whoever said that skinny doesn't equal happiness is lying. At least for me. Call me vain, but I truly am happier as I get thinner.
  • My hubby is my best cheerleader and support. Seriously. When I feel like falling, he is there beside me to tell me to keep going. God, I am so lucky. I love him so much.
There is probably a lot more, but I can't think right now.

Here is my before picture when I started the SBD. I'll try to get an update this week to see if there is any difference. I'm not sure 5lbs will show up since I am not working out, but we'll see.


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