A year ago in October Ryan and I finally bought our first house together :) I love it! Its about 5 min. from my parents house and about 7 min. from my sister's house. It sits on a 6 acre lake and we have minimal neighbors - which we both love. I was so happy to get out of our 1 bedroom apartment and into something with a lot more space. To give you a comparison on how small our apartment was - our 2 bay garage that we now have is larger than our apartment LOL isn't that crazy? I mean thinking of all the crap we had jammed into that apt... I wonder where we put it all haha. But anyway that was the first distraction I had from blogging - I swear it was like 3 months being in the new house before we even got Internet - we were slackin!
The next big event in my life started last year around Thanksgiving. I decided to make a life change and get healthy. I was getting so sick and tired of looking into my closet and always searching for a shirt that I could wear that I wouldn't have to suck in or feel self-conscious in. I hated going shopping b/c I had such low self-esteem so I didn't have much to choose from. So I made the change, started counting calories, stopped eating fast food, drank more water, and started scouring the Internet for good tasting, healthy recipes. I found some really great websites that helped me in my challenge - I used Calorie Count for my food journal and Skinny Taste for a ton of recipes. I also found a great website for inspiration - Undressed Skeleton - if you are looking to get healthy or just need some inspiration - definitely check out those sites. But anyway since last year I've lost about 30lbs! :) I really lost the weight in about 4 months, but I've kept all of it off for about a year now. Which I have to say that was one of my biggest fears, losing a lot of weight and then not being able to keep it off. But I think one thing that helped me in that way was that I didn't just do some "fad" diet - I really paid attention to what I was putting into my body.
|Before: I'm on the right, next to both of my very pregnant sisters :)|
|Before: My sisters and I posing with my brother at his HS graduation|
|Before: With my softball girls - Berta and Maria :)|
|After: My friend Tomi & I just after we finished The Color Run :)|
|After: My Sisters and I at our Gma's Bday party :)|
|After: My niece Hadley & I at my house during a cookout :)|
|Forgot to mention my nail color - Hard Candy - Fabuluxe - it matched my all pink glitter shoes!|
|My parents and I with my niece and nephew|
|My sister Emily and I|
|Ryan and I|
Well for those of you that made it this far in the post - I thank you :) I know it was a long one! Now that things are finally getting back to normal in my life... I can get back to blogging :)
TALK TO YOU SOON!! :)