To my many blog followers (just kidding – I’m sure I don’t have any followers left!) I want to say sorry for being a lazy blogger. My life has had many turns and twists these past few months and my creative spirit has been on hiatus! And without creative things to post I haven’t known what to write about.

One thing that’s been happening in my life is I have been on a journey to lose some weight. It’s hard to write about this because the last thing I want to do is draw attention to myself. But I have been encouraged by other blogs written by women who have taken the same journey that I thought maybe I can be an encouragement to others as well. That would be amazing!

This is a vintage poster that my sister’s friend, Rolane, of The Vintage Barn, posted on her blog last summer. I studied it, laughed, and then printed it off and put it on my frig.


It cracked me up, but it also made me stop and think really hard.

In August 2010 I decided to try the Nutrisystem weight loss program. I had been on a path leading to this decision for quite some time. The TV show, The Biggest Loser, has made an impact on me. I would watch each season and when the makeover episode came I would just sit and cry.

Here is a picture taken of Ray and I three days before I started my weight loss program.


Well, it’s been going great. My family has been so supportive and encouraging. It’s a journey – one that isn’t over. I’ve lost weight before but always gained it back, plus more. So I do have anxiety about that. I’ve always thought that losing the weight is much easier than maintaining the weight loss. But I trust in God and have placed my life in His hands. This is something that’s been “weighing heavy” on me for a very long time and I don’t ever want to go back.

I don’t have many recent pictures, but I took this one of myself a few days ago to send to Kelsey to show her my new necklace (thank you Jewels by Park Lane and my friend Evelyn!). It’s a strange angle but kind of  shows the progress I’ve made.


I am learning a lot, but have so much more to learn.  I know I love Nutrisystem and don’t quite know how I will do this when I go off of it. That’s where the learning part comes in. My friend, Mary Anne, has been so encouraging and helpful. She lost weight a few years ago and has kept it off successfully. I will be learning from her.

I might make this blog a place to keep a sort of diary about the journey. I don’t know yet. Maybe I should have done that 7 months ago! I think it would have been a valuable thing.

One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s much easier to stay on track on the days I go to work. Today was a temporary lay-off day for state employees and I found myself struggling with the munchies.

I am hoping to get back into the creative side of my life too. I have all the tools! I love to collect the tools and supplies. 🙂

Here is a card and envelope I made for a friend at work recently. Love the company “October Afternoon” – where the paper is from.

Arlene