Big Gains (or Mama’s Got Guns)

Well, I am officially on my 6th week of my Fast Factory Fusion Challenge. Lucky for us, there was a scheduling snafu so we are getting an extra week free before our big weigh-in and test out. This time next week I hope to have the official results that I kicked ass! Unofficially, my jeans fit better, I can see a difference, and I feel better. Not to mention that when I walked into my friend Brandy’s house on Wednesday her jaw dropped and she couldn’t stop raving about how good I looked (and it had only been 2 wks since she had last seen me).

No more double chin!!
No more double chin!!

The first two weeks were rough. I mean, sugar/carb detox + lots of exercise= tired, cranky, bitch of a mama around here! No lie.  I remember on day 3 sitting in my office so tired I could barely keep my eyes open wearing a long sleeve shirt + sweater+ wrapped in a fleece blanket+ another blanket on my lap + stocking cap and still feeling cold and utterly lethargic. And I thought that I ate pretty decently. The detox was painful, but I notice now how icky I feel after I eat something not so healthy (like pizza) and how much better that one piece of chocolate tastes not to mention that just that one piece is plenty satisfying. The workouts are still grueling, no lie. I’m pretty sure I am dying half the time and when I don’t think that I’m kind of wishing I was. But once it’s done and I’ve cooled off and am doing those stretches on the mat I feel good. Real good. Like my body can do anything and I find myself appreciating it in a way I haven’t in a long time. I see myself getting stronger- knees to chest hanging from the pull up bar is pretty attainable when a few weeks ago I could barely even hold my fat ass on the bar for more than a few seconds. I find myself excited to get up early and go sweat because I love how it makes me feel all day long.

fast factory

I haven’t gone completely crazy and I am still the same rebellious rule breaker. Don’t tell John, but I refuse to give up artificial creamer in my coffee. I did it the first 3 weeks, but then I realized that I have made sooo many healthy changes and it’s okay to have some small joys. I mean, we are talking about 70 calories at most and a whole lot of happiness.


I am excited to say that I am continuing on after the challenge in the Fusion program! Some folks have been turned off by the cost, but I’ve realized a couple things:

  1. I am by nature a relatively unmotivated person when left on my own. I NEED the accountability. If I’m paying for it and there are people who will notice when I don’t go, then I am more likely to do it.
    Ready to Play!
    Ready to Play!
  2. I am worth it. My physical health is worth it. My mental health is worth it.
  3. It makes me a better me. More energy, less depression and a healthy way to rid myself of anger and anxiety.
  4. Exercising with a team or a family is much more fun! The motivation and the encouragement and the friendships are amazing and make it so much easier to go.
  5. It’s an investment in my myself today and for myself in the future. The money and hard work I put in today I will save in the long run because I took care of myself.
  6. My body is a gift from God and it is my responsibility to be a good steward of it. Some may see it as just a shell, but it’s a shell I need to help spread His Word, praise him, raise my kids to love Him, etc.
  7. It is one of the LEAST ridiculous ways I “waste” money. It’s all about perspective. Many people wouldn’t bat an eye to spend the money on cigarettes, eating out, clothes, coffee, whatever it is their vice might be. Mine just happens to be health.
  8. I am a better wife, mom, employee when I take care of myself.
  9. I play better and enjoy life more when I am fit.
  10. I sleep better- I mean like the dead!

Next week I will proudly be sharing with you whether or not I made my goal: decrease my overall body fat by 3%.  I think I made it, but even if I don’t I feel great knowing I’ve made a big start in the right direction.

Almost bumps as the kids say
Almost bumps as the kids say

I Love You Too!

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Not much exciting has been going on. I’m gearing up for my next big embroidery project for my sister. The research has been fun *wink*  Here’s the image I will be using:




See what I mean…? I’m struggling with how I want to complete the tattoos. Simplify them as lines? Color pencil on fabric? Detailed, delicate embroidery? So many choices. I guess I’ll just be forced to look at it for hours on end until I decide. Poor me.


The Fast Factory challenge is going well. I’ve lost 7 lbs, but more importantly I can see muscle definition! It’s so great to see progress. The diet hasn’t been bad, particularly as it allows for bacon. Who can’t stick to a diet that allows bacon? Granted it’s only 2-3 slices, but over spaghetti squash with sautéed veggies and fresh basil, YUM! This might be my last meal if ever I’m allowed some- of course I’d splurge and add some crusty bread with garlic butter… drool… bread…. *SLAP*  Enough of that.


Today was a rough day at work. It’s hard to see kids that are sick and obviously struggling. It’s nerve wracking to make the call to call 911 and then inform their parents. But at the end of the day I heard “Your the best nurse ever! I wish we always had you!” and “MISS KELLY!!” as I’m hugged again and again by kids who don’t even come to get meds, and today I got my first “I love you!” from the most adorable kindergartener ever. Made my day. I really don’t think there is a better job. I keep waiting for the shininess to wear off- and when you have angry parents about fever or lice it seems it might be starting! But inevitably someone comes into my office just to say hi, to give a hug- even a couple 8th graders!


So life is good. Hectic but good. So you see, there hasn’t been much to write about. Hopefully I will get started on my project soon and can share some progress shots.

2015: A Review in Books

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1. Mastering the Art of Embroidery: Tutorials, Techniques, and Modern Applications by Sophie Long (there are some AMAZING examples in this book both modern & classic)

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  (classic #1 of 3)

4. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

5. What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms by Angie Smith (part of my MOMs group reading)


6. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tara French

7. Jesus Changes Women – (for MOMs)

8. The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

9. In the Woods– Tana French (warning- I usually don’t mind open-ended endings, but this one was SOOO frustrating! Such a great book though so I would say totally worth it.)

10.The Stitch Bible: A comprehensive guide to 225 embroidery stitches and techniques

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (only half finished before I quit- I’ll stick with the movie, thanks).


11. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revist the Bible’s View of WomenSarah Bessey

12.The Jesus I Never Knew– Phillip Yancey

13. A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy & Triumph– Sheldon Vanouken


14. Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith– Kathleen Norris

15. Life of Pi– Yan Martel


16. All the Light We Cannot See– Anthony Doerr


17. The Invention of Wings– Sue Monk Kidd

18. Mere Christianity– C.S. Lewis (Classic 2 of 3)


19. The Kitchen House– Kathleen Grissom

20.Solitary– Travis Thrasher

21. Orphan Train– Christina Baker Klein

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius– Dave Eggers (only half before I quit- NOT my thing)


22. Good Poems for Hard Times (intermittently- half finished)

23.Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology– John M. Frame

24 The Space Between– Heather Wambach


25. The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck (classic 3 of 3)

26. The Secret Life of Bees– Sue Monk Kidd


27. Reckless- Jennie Allen


28. The Pillars of the Earth– Ken Follett

29. On Writing: A Memoir– Stephen King

30. The Snow Child– Eowyn Ivey


31. Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul- Jennie Allen


That is a total of 31 books! YEAH! Above and beyond my goal of 25. This of course does not count any of the books I started and quit or the massive amount of reading I’ve been doing in my bible. For 2016 I’m shooting for 35. We’ll see. Wish me luck and as always, if you have any good recommendations I would be happy to hear them!