My Weight Loss Struggle

I was chubby, chunky, over weight obese according to my Dr. :( I had gained 53 pounds over the last 12 years, putting me at 163 instead of the 110 I was 6 weeks after I had child number 5 and for the next 8 years after he was born. WHAT changed? I’m not sure! I had a partial hysterectomy that sent my hormones in a tail spin. I was in a horrible relationship, I sucked down way to much Pepsi and killed my metabolism by not eating meals. Who knows what the real issues are, the reality is I was over weight.

So I dieted, I exercised, I stressed, I changed my food intake. But nothing really helped, it would go off and come back. I tried diet pills prescribed by my Dr. Oh good Lord those were horrible, I lost 20 pounds but was a wreck and couldn’t sleep! Went off them and gained it all back. Then I found Trim Healthy Mama and bought the book (Yikes it’s 35.00) BUT I bought it, I read it I started implementing it! I lost 20 pounds, then stalled. No matter what I did I stayed right there, for months. I exercised I followed the idea of tricking my body keeping it guessing. I started gaining the weight back! I gave up!

I finally had my hormones tested and learned my environmental estrogen was way to high, my testosterone was elevated and my progesterone was way low. No wonder I was over weight and a basket case! When the progesterone bio-identical hormone was prescribed to me the pharmacist also recommended I try the HCG diet. I immediately said OK , really what did I have to loose?

Well apparently pounds and inches :) I lost 20 pounds but more impressive I lost 7.5 inches around my waist and 6 inches on my hips and my gut area! Once your done with a round of HCG you can’t eat any sugar or starch for 3 weeks. And if you think that’s bad the round of HCG was even more restrictive. It was hard, but I did it! At the end I knew I had to maintain the loss so I turned back to THM (Trim Healthy Mama). I discovered that I was still as confused and overwhelmed as I was a year and a half ago.

So I decided to re-read and really STUDY the book this time! I looked for a group on Facebook but there wasn’t one, so I started one myself! You can check it out here:

I’ve learned a lot more about the program then I did the first time I read the book (I’m not all the way through yet) Last time I read it in 2 days this time much, much slower!

I know I don’t have a traditional THM story. I LOVE THM, I think it’s sound, and I believe it works. But for me I needed to lay it down and get some of the weight off so I could come back to it a healthier me! I have been successful in maintaining my last HCG day weight! I’ve even lost almost 3 pounds since :) and my hormones are much more stable now!

Over the last few months I’ve learned that I tend to eat in the afternoon if I’m bored.  I feel better if I eat a heavier meal earlier in the day and have a lighter meal in the evening. I MUST eat breakfast! I had no idea what a serving size of anything looked like. Sometimes hunger is really thirst! And I’ve learned to eat a serving and stop, think about if I’m really still hungry or not (Often times I’m not) I’ve also learned that nothing, and I do mean NOTHING taste as good as Skinny feels! I like food! I Love potato chips, but so does my gut and my thighs so I can’t eat them. PERIOD what’s more is it’s not the end of the world not to eat them! I’ve also learned that I do much better on feeding myself and my husband healthy food IF I have a plan! So I sat down and I came up with a plan for the Next week October 26 – November 1! Here is my plan :)


Now I’m off to Plan the next week :

STUFF for sale

If your interested in anything just email me:

Great pair of Boots size 9 (I wear an 8 and these fit me) $55.00

Art Easel $15.00

15 issues of memory makers magazines! Issues 4-8, 10 & 11 of 2007, 1-3 & 5-7 of 2008 & January/February & September/October of 2009 $12.95

5 creating keepsake magazines April, May, August, October and December 2009 $5.95

If your interested email me at:

Playing with new art supplies

I bought this set a week or so ago!

It’s called Sumi Drawing and Painting Set, it includes the case, 5 brushes, a water bowl, a brush rest, a spoon, a paper weight, a mixing stone and 1 ink stick.

Since I wasn’t sure how to use it as there are no instructions I watched a YouTube video!
I collected a couple pieces of paper: an envelope, and a folder that I colored on with cheapo water color crayons activated with water. I swirled Sumi ink over the top and some circles on the envelope!


I’d have to say I’m glad the whole kit only cost 20 bucks. I’m not very impressed its real close to water colors and that makes sense since you make the ink by soaking the ink stick in the well with water. The brushes are harder then I like and then fanned out more than I like. I probably won’t use it much. But am glad I tried it :)

Welcome to 2014

Wow can you believe it, it’s a whole new year! I’m not entirely sure I was done with 2013 but what can you do! Move on I suppose!!! Like so many of you I’ve been thinking on what my goals and dreams for 2014 are. I’ve made lists, and more lists in my art journal and I’ve also started a calendar this year to hopefully keep track of to do list and such!
Some of my 2014 To Do’s are:
Write at least 1 blog post a week
Stay on my healthy track and resume exercising
Grow my Art Etsy Shop and the Etsy shop for our brick and mortar store
Work on the Web-page for our business
I have many more, some personal related and some Artsy business related and some GunShop business related. It’s a confusing mesh of things but it works for me :)
Did y’all find a word for 2014 yet? I’ve only been doing the One Word idea for….well this will be my 3rd year. The first year I choose joy. We had just received and lost a sweet little miracle our beautiful little grand-daughter Leilani and I was extremely sad and depressed over the loss and what I really thought I needed was some JOY in my life and it sounded good at the time! However it didn’t really work as I spent most of the year angry and mad and hurt and grieving and depressed! So on to 2013 when the word improve landed in my lap and I thought it would be perfect. I only wanted to improve. And improve I did in several areas :) And now it’s 2014 and I spent weeks thinking about and agonizing over what would be the perfect word for 2014….As I looked back over my paintings and Art Journals and writings over the last few months the word dream was there over and over and over again and I fought it and fought with it, and finally decided to just give in and go with it and so my word for 2014 is: DREAM!
What’s your word?
What are your plans?
I’d love it if you shared them with me, you can leave a message here:
Or email me at 
OH and on another note we have TWO (2) new grand-babies on the way…… excited :)

New Art Journaling Classes

Effy Wild has TWO (2) new classes starting soon Moonshine & Book of Days
And even better she’s giving away a spot to both! You can check out the post on how to win the classes here:
For more information about each class read on :)

Moonshine is 13 moons of art journaling, mixed media art making, and writing in a community of spiritual creatives.

Class Content:

Twenty five video + PDF lessons PLUS Moonshine Boot Camp.

Immediately upon purchase, you will have instant access to Moonshine Boot Camp – a mini workshop that focuses on faces PLUS a bonus bookbinding tutorial so you can bind your own art journal if you wish.

Beginning January 1, 2014, two video and PDF lessons will be released every new and full moon throughout the year in our private on line classroom.

Each moon, from new to full, we will engage our own inner wisdom through art journaling, painting and free-writing. While this class does not have a specific focus on healing, we will work together to foster self-awareness & self-inquiry, portrait painting, art journaling techniques, intuitive painting, and written journal keeping.

New Moons will be dedicated to intuitive art journaling with an emphasis on knowing where you’re at, and what you want to focus on during that moon cycle. Full Moons will be dedicated to composed (planned) paintings (in the art journal or on a separate substrate) with an emphasis on acknowledging our own inner wisdom, gratitude for blessings & messages received, and developing our artistry through intentional creativity. Throughout each moon, you will be encouraged to check in with yourself on paper by using the writing prompts provided.

Do a little or do it all – it’s entirely up to you.
To sign up or get more info go here:


Book Of Days Premium 2014 Session One includes start-to-finish video instruction every week for the duration of the class (12 weeks) plus optional challenges and journal prompts to keep you inspired and working in your art journal.

BONUS: Book Of Days Boot Camp: This four week intensive will be opened up to you immediately so you’ll have lots of time to bind your own journal & learn art journaling basics including background techniques, different ways of memory keeping in your art journaling, and how to keep an art grimoire (a technique based reference that you bind and fill in yourself). You’ll also do some digging into all the reasons you might NOT art journal even though you really WANT to, and get past creative blocks and excuses that stop you from having the creative practice you want.

BONUS: Sweetlings Mini Workshop – A juicy mini workshop that will have you creating your own calendars, greetings cards, and art journal spreads that include adorable paper dolls and lots of embellishments.

BONUS: There will be a January 1st Ustream in which I will decorate my cover and talk with you about choosing a word for the year and setting some intentions for the session. This show will likely be around three hours + I will record it for future viewing. Details to be announced on our class mailing list.

Every week starting January 6th, 2014 you will have access to an instructional and inspirational start-to-finish art journal spread with video content lasting anywhere between 30 mins to an hour. Each post will include an optional challenge, journal prompts (to be used in written and/or art journaling) and some musings about that week’s spread, snapshots of the spread, and supplies information (including where to buy).

To sign up or get more info go here:

I’d LOVE to win a spot in this as I just can not afford it right now :( However I wish EVERYONE good luck on their entries :)

Etsy Shop

I haven’t posted anything to my Blog in so long I almost wonder if it’s still out there?

I have several new things to share with you in my Etsy Shop:
Personal Use Mega Graphics Bundle

Commercial Use Mega Graphics Bundle

Lifetime Reflections Class 1 (Create a Book of Me)

Bible Study & Prayer Notebook

You Were Made For This Original Mixed Media Painting on Canvas

Mixed Media, Art Journaling, Collage Fodder, Ephemera

Hand Made & Bound Art Journal (Includes Geli Printed Pages inside)

Thanks for Looking :)