Monday, May 28, 2012

Week 33 Update

32 weeks on Medifast. For those of you that are following along, that is 33 weeks without a candy bar, ice cream, milk, fruit, fast food (aside from Jimmy John's unwich). It's crazy! But we feel better and we definitely look better. I came across a picture on my laptop last week and I didn't even recognize it as myself. Of course, when I try to find it to show you.. I can't! Anyway, here is our 32 week update.

Brad has lost a total of 111 pounds!!

I have lost a total of 97.8 pounds!! I am almost to the 100 mark. 

If you are on Medifast and you haven't tried PB2, you are missing out! It is heavenly on top of the cookie or brownie! I feel like I am eating a Reece's PB cup. Don't be put off by the powder form. It is delicious! The "chocolate" one is sweeter and not as thick. I actually like it more. 

Happy Memorial Day friends!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Doctor Update

Brad and I went back to the RE on Thursday. We were there for 2.5 hours! That's the downside of having a Dr. that only comes in town once a week. But, the visit was a good visit and we are feeling very positive. He did a soft diagnosis of PCOS a few months ago. I only have 1 out of the 3 symptoms but he is treating me as if I have it. So, I started Metformin this week, an insulin resistor. Then, I am going to take Letrozol to make my eggs mature. They have some growing up to do. ;-) I had to have a base line ultrasound on Thursday to make sure there weren't any cysts. There weren't any cysts! Yay! And, I had "a lot" of follicles. I go back in a few weeks to see if my eggs matured and if so, an injectible will force me to ovulate.

So far... staying on the diet. But, I have to cut down my work outs... a lot! Keep us in your prayers. It would be great for this to work so we can start expanding our family. I am hopeful but also trying to remain realistic.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Summer is so close! Here is one of my new shirts from my shopping trip. I am loving my new curves! :)

These sunflowers are outside a few of our portables. The headstart kids planted them. I thought they were beautiful! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

I can't keep track...

Maybe it's due to the fact that it is almost summer. 7 more alarm clock mornings. :) I'm not counting weekends. Anyways... I had a busy weekend. Well, not busy, really. I spent the weekend crafting, reading, and shopping. I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend! I have been sucked into the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and by sucked in, I mean I should have waited until summer started because I would be happy staying home and reading all day until I finish the books. Okay, I was going to post a weight loss update. So, here it is. I can't think off hand how long we have been doing this but we have hit some big mile stones lately.

Kristen: 96 pounds lost
Brad: 107.6 pounds lost

Non-scale victories:

My BMI is at 29.7. 30 and higher is considered obese. I am no longer considered obese!! I am officially down to "overweight". I will take that over obese any day, but I can't wait until my BMI is in a healthy range.

I went shopping on Saturday. I had some gift cards to spend and my bras were beginning to look like I was a pre-teen hoping for more to fill 'em in! Almost 100 pounds later, 50 pounds since I bought my last set of bras and I would say it was time for more! So, I went to Victoria's Secret crossing my fingers that I could wear their bras but being realistic. Well, after measurements I was like a giddy school girl! I can officially wear VS bras! It is the first time in my life... ever! I am sure I am over sharing but if you have ever been over weight and could only wear boring bras, you completely understand.

Brad and I recently discovered PB2. It is heavenly, especially on top of a MF brownie! YUMMY! I'm thinking it would be a good alternative to regular PB, even after the diet. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of my mommy friends! I made the cards pictured below for Mother's Day. They were pretty simple. I didn't get them out on time so our mother's will have a belated Mother's Day wish. :) 

This little girl has been my cuddle buddy this weekend. She is the closest I am to a mommy right now. She makes us smile and laugh so much. For a dog, she has such a personality. 

Mother's Day has been a little hard. My mom is in Florida. I wish I could spend the day with her. I am looking forward to her trip out here in June!! 

If you have a weak stomach...

You might not want to scroll down on this post. :)

So, surgery was successful on Thursday. I have spent the weekend resting and doing a whole lot of nothing. I woke up this morning and got a few things done, but after a few hours I am wiped! So, I am always amused by surgery, body parts, and pretty gross stuff. The doctor gave me a picture of the inside of my uterus and my polyp. The red bumps are the polyps that were removed on Thursday. It's not a great picture. He said they were little. They look pretty big to me! Either way, I'm glad they are gone! :)

I thought it was funny that they gave me this bracelet in the hospital. I need this one every day! On a side note, my tattoo is finally healed! I love it! :) 

We go back to the doctor on the 24th for our action plan. I'm anxious but I know that it is all in God's timing. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Well, I survived my first surgery and I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be. I had to have a hysteroscopy and some interuterine polyps removed from my uterus. The procedure wasn't too bad but I'm feeling pretty groggy and having some cramping. The doctor told me I could go back to normal activity tonight and I think we have difference ideas on what "normal" activity is. All I feel like doing is laying on my couch. So, that's what I am doing. All night and all day tomorrow. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I think that is why I wasn't so nervous! I am so blessed to have great friends!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A little fun... a little bored

So, I am staying distracted to keep my nerves in check. My surgery is tomorrow (to have the polyp in my uterus removed) and it's the first time I have ever had surgery. Well, here is a list of 99 things you should do in life. Bold the ones you have done. Looks like I have stuff to do! :) 

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band - does high school band count?
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower  - one of my favorite things to do!
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie - First Letters :)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business - I had a cookie business when I was little! Kristen's Kookies
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit - thanks to PhenPhen in the 90's
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reep time!!

My friend Cyndi came to Texas to help her twin Teresa move here! We were very excited to see them again. We haven't seen each other for 5 years!! Cyndi and I were college roommates and built a friendship that has gone strong ever since. 

We are so excited Eric, Emma, and Teresa are now in Texas. We are looking forward to visits to Dallas to see them (and explore Dallas!). 

Every time we are together we make a Reep sandwich. :) It has been 5 years since we did this. I love these girls! Maybe one day I will shrink and be as short as they are! ;-)

Relay for Life 2012

Relay for Life took place on Friday. Here is a picture of our SWV Superheroes! We had a great time at an unforgettable event. Here is the tshirt code: Purple= survivor, Blue= team captain (I have one of those also), Green= raised over $1,000, white= team. 

One of our fundraisers at Relay was selling beads and cookies. We made about $50 at the event. 

My favorite part of the night is the Luminaria ceremony. We start the ceremony in total darkness. As we go on, we light the luminaria, which gradually lights the track. We take a walk around the track in total silence as we remember those that have fought cancer. 

If you have never been to Relay, I encourage you to go. My goal is to stay the whole time... one of these years. I have made it until 11 the past two times.