weight loss

My Journey with the Sisterhood: One Year Later

It has officially one year since I began my weight loss journey with the Sisterhood. This picture from last Christmas Eve was the last straw:

Last Christmas Eve - Before

Shortly after, I signed up for my first challenge and the rest was history. It has been a tough road and many times I have wanted to throw in the towel. There have been tears, frustrations, and binges along the way but I am so glad that I stuck with it because here I am one year and six challenges later, I am at my goal weight and holding steady!!!

Can you see the difference?

after

I felt proud to take this picture! It was so nice opening a pair of pants as a gift and knowing that I would have to take them back because they were too big (whereas last year I praying that the button would stay closed). Thanks to the Sisterhood, I have lost 39.4lbs and dropped 4 dress sizes (went from busting out of a 12 to a 4/6!) but more importantly I learned to love myself! Body issues and all! I made a pledge to myself and I also exposed myself for the whole blog world to see.

All in all, it has been a total makeover. I have not only changed physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. If you are wanting to start a similar journey, I suggest you head straight over to the Sisterhood! A new challenge is starting off on Wednesday and there is still time to register! What a perfect way to start the new year! To join is free, so what do you have to lose beside pounds, bad habits, and emotional baggage that is weighing you down? The new challenge is called the Power of One and will focus on getting your mind, body and soul in the right place in the new year.

family

Saving Spoons – Cleaning Schedule

If you are anything like me, keeping a clean house with chronic illness can be completely draining. Add children on top of that and at times you feel like you may as well give up the battle. In the past, I have always waited until the weekend to do major cleaning so I ended up spending my entire Saturday morning cleaned and by the time I was done I was completely wiped and didn’t want to do anything the rest of the day. When you work during the week, you want family time on the weekends and I just didn’t feel like I was getting as much as I wanted or even needed.

Enter my cleaning scheduled. Hubs thinks I am a complete dork for having a typed up schedule on my fridge (and maybe I am!) but it has helped me tremendously! If I plan out my cleaning a little each day, I can keep a clean house with spoons to spare. Obviously it requires disciple and there are certain things that must be done everyday but it really helps to space out the big things, like scrubbing the bathroom or sanitizing kitchen. I love that it not only helps me energy-wise but also it saves my Saturday from being spent cleaning all day!

Here is my cleaning schedule (I have a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house so your schedule may be different depending on house size):

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Daily

Straighten Up
Make Beds
Dump Garbage
Clean up any spots or spills
Hang up clothes

Monday

Deep clean kitchen

Tuesday

Vacuum Carpets
Sweep floors
Mop floors

Wednesday

Deep clean living room (dust, fabric sweep furniture, etc)

Thursday

Bathrooms – clean mirror, sink, tub & toilet, dump trash

Friday

Deep clean playroom & Abby’s room (dust, etc)

Saturday

Change bedding on all beds

Deep clean bedroom & office (dust, etc)

holidays

Merry Christmas to All!

merry christmasMerry Christmas from our family to yours! May your day be filled with Peace, Hope, and Joy!

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

~Agnes M. Pharo