Friday, January 18, 2019

Low Carbin’

I started a low carb diet at, ironically, a low point in my life last year.  Damon had an injury at work, which thankfully wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  Ravey passed away, leaving a huge void.  Makayla was struggling in school.  Our church fell apart.

It seemed like everything that could go wrong, did.  Things we thought would last forever, didn’t.

It was a mess, and so was I.

I was already very overweight, but with all we endured during that very short span (probably 3 weeks) I turned to food.  And it wasn’t pretty.

I packed on an additional 20 pounds.  When I went to the doctor for my yearly visit, I cringed when I saw the numbers that looked back at me.  We had went on a little day trip 2 days prior.  The picture Damon took of me and Makayla summed it up.  I had definitely let myself go.


Makayla had a tudor during this and told me she had done the low carb (aka Adkins) diet and had lost and kept off 50 pounds.  I brushed it off when she’d mention it.  “Oh gosh give up potatoes, pasta, and  
sweets?!...I could never do that!”  

Until the day I went to the doctor and saw those numbers.  Those numbers.  Something crept up inside of me and I knew something had to give.  I have so much to live for.  Lord I don’t want to die young and leave my daughter without a mother.  

So I dove in head first.  Every time Makayla went to see her tudor I’d ask her for advice.  I scoured Pinterest and Facebook for recipes.  For support.  For motivation.  

And you know what, I found it!!  Before long I was posting before and after pictures.  Not to show everyone “hey look at me”, but honestly the first one I posted I did out of curiosity if I could see a difference.  

Before long, I had people wondering what I was doing to lose weight.  People were coming to ME for weight loss advice!  Ha!  Never did I ever think that would happen!  No, not me.  

I’m not saying I’m a pro at weight loss, or have bad days, or anything.  I’m saying, this is what’s working for me.  Some call it an unhealthy way of eating.  Everyone is going to have their opinion.  All I know is I am currently down 52 pounds since the end of April of 2018, my bloodwork is spot on perfect, and I no longer have to take anti-inflammatory medication for my foot problems.  

I have lots of low carb recipes that are my go-to’s..is anyone interested in knowing more of the way me and my family eats?  If so, I could start posting some of our favorites!  Please let me know!  And I’ll leave you with my latest picture for a boost of inspiration that you can do it too!



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Yes, it’s me!

Hello again blogger world!  I think it’s been *gasp* two years since I last did a blog post?  Blame it on burnout, being uninspired, or what have you.  But I always hung on to this little blog.  I always enjoyed the interactions with all of you and just putting my life “out there”.  I think the latter may of actually been why I stopped.

Fear.

We went through some really big stuff a while back.  Things I never thought I’d have to deal with.  But, God helps you to learn how to deal and move on.  And goodness if anyone knew half the stuff we have been through they would be first to tell you God has kept us moving on!

But enough of that.  I just wanted to do a brief fill in on the in’s and out’s of what all we’ve been up to!


  • We’ve had a couple fabulous vacations to the beach the past few years!  I thank God we are able to do things like this because I know some are not fortunate enough to do so.
  • I lost my beloved Ravey cat last year.  Definitely the hardest thing I had dealt with in a while.  She was like my first child.

  • Makayla repeated 1st grade this year.  It was the best decision we have made for her.  She was one of the youngest in her class last year and just wasn’t as mature as the other kids in her grade.  I’m happy to say she is THRIVING this year!
  • I’ve lost 50 pounds doing the low carb/Keto diet.  It has been amazing.  After losing Ravey and going through some other things I just lost control of myself.  I saw a picture of myself in late April and didn’t recognize who I had become.  If you had asked me a year ago if I could give up bread, potatoes, pasta, and sugar I would have laughed in your face.  Funny the things you don’t miss once they are out of your life.  I hope to continue the trend of this lifestyle and lose more!


  • We have grown spiritually in leaps and bounds after dealing with some church stuff.  I could go into detail, but I’m not.  I’ll just say this, people can really let you down.  I’m glad where we are now and that Makayla has a Sunday school class (first time for her!), and I’m happy to say I assist with teaching her class!  It’s been a great learning experience and I have some great mentors to learn from.
Many, many other blessings in large and small form as well!  I’m hoping blogging will be a part of my new year!  So please comment and encourage this chick to keep this thing going!  I miss all of you and hope your New Year is the best yet!  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

So much...

I feel like so much has happened since my last post.  Again, as you can tell my blogging is going to be sporadic for the near future.  I just don't think I'm ever going to be a regular blogger.  I don't think it was really meant for me.

But enough about that and more on our life lately!

Like I said above so much HAS happened since March!  Damon is working again, praise God!  It's not coal mining but it's something.  And we are very grateful for that and feel very blessed.  I think the past 9 months have been a big test and time for learning for us.  We have learned to lean on God more and not our own understanding.  In a time where we could have been like "why Lord?" we have learned to be content.

Makayla is now FIVE.  How is that possible y'all??  She had a Barbie birthday party and is ready to start Kindergarden in the fall.  And no, I'm not homeschooling her for it.  Her desire is to be with other kids, so that it shall be.

We also have gotten chickens!  And when I say I have become slightly obsessed about all things chicken, it's not an understatement!  Our girls have a swing in their coop and I'm constantly searching for new ideas for them!  What a joy!  Makayla loves them too and has held them a few times!  Oh and yes, they all are named!

Our church is growing and doing really well too!  We are so proud to be apart of a great group of people and see what God has in store for the future!  We recently had our first wedding in the church and also now have a steeple complete with a bell!

So yeah..a few things going on as of late!  Looking forward to the summer months and God's blessings!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I "might" be back!!

I had been thinking about my little blog a few times lately.  Then tonight while scrolling Facebook I read a post shared by another blogger.  It hit home.  Talked about how she was thankful for others who blog, let their feelings, their lives, be out there for whoever wants to read it ( and comment) to do just that.

I think the reason I stopped blogging last June was a few reasons.  One being I didn't really feel like anyone really cared what I wrote.  Which may be true, but when you've done something for so long, you kinda hope someone looks forward to your posts.  You know what I mean?

Anyways.  Life these past 9 months have been filled with ups and downs.  But honestly, we are in a good place.  A really good place.  You might look at our current circumstances right now (unemployment..oh yes again!), and think how can she say that?  But it's true.  We are so incredibly blessed.  Damon and I are in such an amazing place, spiritually.  We are walking close with God daily.  We have grown by leaps and bounds in the last several months and I wouldn't trade where we are now for anything.  Makayla is growing into quite the little girl as well..singing her heart out at church and learning about prayer and our almighty God.  I am thankful for the positive influences she has in her life.  She is surrounded by the right kind of God fearing people that is helping to mold her.

So yeah, I think I may give blogging another chance.  I hope you'll follow me on this journey.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Unmotivated...

I know I haven't blogged in about a month and a half.  I have been debating on whether to put "Country Roads" in retirement so to speak.  I just haven't had motivation to blog.  Don't get me wrong, life has been great!!  It's not that I don't have anything to share, I just don't have the time as of late.  I've been busy with a very active 4 year old, being a wife, being involved in church, and so many other things that when I do have a spare moment to get online I do it for fun (like check Facebook or check the weather).  Blogging has felt like work and not been fun for me for a while.

I'm not going to say goodbye and I'm not closing down the blog.  But I am taking an undetermined amount of time away from blogging.  I hope to be back sometime!  And I'm sure when I do return I'll probably be boring y'all with all kinds of stuff!  Please feel free to reach out to me via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Until then!!
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Catch-up

So yeah..been about a month since my last post..again!  Thought I'd just do a little catch up post to let y'all know what's been going on around here!

  • Got to see my grandma in Kentucky..finally!  In case you missed the info..she had a stroke and heart attack last month.  Me, my mom, and Makayla made the trip down and stayed over night.  Makayla loved the hotel and the pool..just wished I had brought bathing suits!  Oh well..at least she got a cute UK shirt!  
  • Things were moving along great..until Monday of this week.  I hurt my back. Bad.  Guys, when I say I was in pain I do mean it!  A pulled muscle is what the doctor said and gave me some muscle relaxers and an anti inflammatory shot.  I'm doing much better but scared to death to do much of anything!  Please pray for me when you pray!  I've had to rethink everything I do, especially when it comes to lifting Makayla.  I am a feared those are days in the past.  :-(
  • Speaking of Makayla, while many are signing their tots up for preschool around here for the next school year I have been receiving homeschool catalogs in the mail!  Excited to see how it works for us!  
  • We can now say that we are debt free!  We paid off our mortgage this week and it's an amazing feeling!!  Praise be to God!
  • I've had Netflix for about a month now while I cut our directv down to a smaller package.  Definitely not turning back!  I signed up for a free month of Hulu and am loving it so far!  If this continues we may cancel directv all together.  Yes, they have great service, great selection, etc.  But they also hike up your bill at least once a year too.  I think when we started with them 10 years or so ago we were paying around $70..before I downgraded our package, it was $101.  And that's after we dropped a receiver a couple years ago.  We used to have 3.  You do the math.
  • Needing to do some remodeling in our master bath.  Let's just say I already can't wait for it to be done?!  
  • I love my church family.  Like beyond words.  And I'm excited for our growth and what's to come.  :-) 
  • Don't you just love the Duggars?  From Jill's wedding, pregnancy, and new baby, to Jessa's marriage and pregnancy announcement, Josiah being in a courtship, and Anna carrying her 4th..there is never lack of something going on!  Love their values, how they raise their children.  Great role models.  


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Friday, March 27, 2015

I'm such a bad blogger!

I promise guys, I do still like to blog!! Just seems like since the beginning of 2015 it has been a nonstop roller coaster ride.  With changes in our church, to my mother-in-law passing away, snowstorms, water problems.  Not to mention the situation as of late. My dear grandma had a stroke and a heart attack just a few days ago.  ~sigh~

But life has been going and hasn't all been bad, I promise!  I've been enjoying my new bible I bought for myself a few months ago, and while I have had some set backs with everything that has gone on around us, I am in the book of 1 Samuel almost in 2 Samuel.

Makayla is and has been fully potty trained, both days and nights, for what seems like forever now.  Potty training was a total breeze with her.  I give God the credit..and waiting until not only her, but until I was ready as well.  Makes a big difference!



I picked a lovely bouquet of spring time daffodils the other day.  My dining room smells so good!

Spring cleaning has begun!!  5 rooms down y'all!!  I'm doing good so far!!

We downsized our television package.  Picked up Netflix.  Love it.  Plus $$ saved. Score!

We have been having the best Fridays ever!  Our church has been having  a fellowship and food Friday each Friday where we gather and eat and fellowship.  It's awesome!!


And tomorrow I'm getting a very long over due haircut.  I cannot wait..I've looked like a lion with a huge mane lately!!  After pictures to come!!

I need to seriously get back into using my "big" camera.  I've barely picked it up since Christmas!  Christmas!!!

So as you can see, life hasn't been all hum drum around here.  Just hard to get our of a rut when a lot hits at once.  I'm so encouraged when I get some comments on here because a lot of the time I feel like nobody reads my blog anymore!!  So please..if your reading..leave me a comment whether you do on here or on Facebook!!  And let me know if there are any topics you'd like me to discuss in the future!!!

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