Author: Tiff Packer

My Health Journey–Slightly Changed


July 1st, 2016, my life changed.  I found out that I am pregnant!  Yep, this 36 year old is going to have a baby! Therefore, my health journey has changed a bit.  I am putting Take Shape For Life on pause until I start feeling better.  My nausea is awful and food, other than buttered toast and chocolate milk, sounds gross.  TSFL has a great program that I may start up soon called the 3-3.  Where I eat 3 mini meals/snacks and 3 lean and green meals.  I believe this is for maintenance, but I could see me losing a little and it being really good for my body nutritionally.

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My Baby Journey

Many of you might know that when I had my second child, Paisley, 6 years ago I had a rough labor and delivery.  My uterus ruptured in 3 different places.  While getting stitched up, my doctor said I shouldn’t have any more babies, which was shocking and hard to hear.  Then at my 2 week check up, she said, well, wait 3 years for your body to heal and maybe one more.  So, three years later, my husband was unemployed for 1.5 years. I went back to teaching first grade for a year to buy him some time to find a good job.  Then he did, and that is what brought us to Texas.  After getting settled in Texas I was feeling pretty good with two children.  I often thought that two kids is so doable.  I started thinking about my career and was missing teaching.  I even started a small interior design business that still to this day I am thoroughly enjoying.  I started getting vain and “selfish” in a way, thinking (hoping) that my family was complete.  My husband on the other hand was (more) than ready to start trying again.  He got to the point where he was mad and angry with me and our relationship was really struggling.

After a lot of thought and prayer, I agreed to try again, totally trusting Heavenly Father.  I got my IUD out July 2014.  We have technically be trying for two years.  I never had a problem getting pregnant with my first two, so why now?  Like I said, I was very trusting of Heavenly Father.  Phillip, was not.  He thought that I wasn’t getting pregnant because I didn’t want to, and my body knows that.  Being in limbo for two years (which I understand in the world of fertility is not very long sadly), I needed to give it my all to get pregnant then if not, move on.  I was emotionally drained.

So we went on fertility.  We both agreed on 3 months then call it quits.  The first month was fine, but I never got a positive on my ovulation stick.  The second month my Clomid was doubled and I gave myself a shot to help me ovulate.  BINGO. It worked!  One month away from quitting and I get pregnant.  I truly believe that fertility is a personal decision.  But for us, a little science helped us, and I’m grateful for that.  I also think losing weight helped.  Now I am 11 weeks along.  I will deliver with a c-section on week 36 (February) as a safety precaution because the doctor does not want me to contract at all.  I am just fine with delivering a little early, so no complaining here.

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Now that I’m really pregnant, I look at this recent family picture and I know now that my family isn’t complete yet.  We are missing someone.  I’m so glad that I have the faith to know that I’m being cared for by a loving Heavenly Father.  I’m so excited to be on this path to having another child and adding to this family.  The girls are so happy and talk about “it” all the time.  My husband…excited is an understatement.  Let’s just say that he is happy and more helpful than ever.  There will be a 6.5 year gap between my youngest and the baby, so it will definitely be a change around here. Starting all over is a little frightening, but I’m trying to focus on all the positives.  I have already picked out my diaper bag for one.  Cute huh?  https://fawndesign.com

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Chocolate Milk

This post has absolutely nothing to do with design but I just had to share it.  I love good mommy moments and this was definitely one of them.  The other night for Family Night, our activity was to blind taste test chocolate milk.  It was so much fun!  I was the facilitator and everyone got a sample of each, not knowing what the brand was, and then rated it on a scale of 1-10, and they even wrote a few notes why.  Click on the picture below to download your printable.  For Texans they would recognize the brands, but for everyone else, I made a blank one.  Have fun everyone!  (BTW, we tied for first place.  We love Borden and Promised Land.  Our least favorite was Nestle Quick.)img 1179 img 1180 img 1182slide2
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My House- Paint and Carpet

I love my home.  It was built in 2007.  It first belonged to a neat and tidy English lady whom everyone loved on my street. Her husband passed away and she moved to California to be with family.  Meanwhile she rented it out.  For one year the renters TRASHED it, turned it into a daycare, and left it in shambles.  Summer of 2013 we stumbled across it.  At first I was disgusted, then my realtor asked me if I liked the layout.  And…I really liked the open layout.  Hmmmmm.  It had four bedrooms like I wanted, was a one story rambler, and backed up to a beautiful green space which meant privacy.  Like so many home buyers looking before me, they probably had a difficult time looking past the white-turned-brown carpets, water damaged hardwood floors, filthy walls, and bugs everywhere (someone left the back door open for a month!)…but I saw the potential. I knew it would be a smart choice because it was the worst house on the best street.  Here are some before pictures.

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Back 3 Bedrooms and Living and Dining Room Paint

So…Before moving in and replacing the carpet, my sister Lindsey and I painted all the bedroom walls and ceilings.  I wanted a warm gray, so I chose Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.  I had to decide fast and although it’s a beautiful color, I still think it’s too dark for me.  There is only one window in each of the bedrooms, so not much natural light comes in.  So we also painted the ceilings to help with add more reflective light.  It felt so good adding a fresh coat of paint on those filthy walls.  I even added a fresh coat of paint on the baseboards.  I’m glad we did this before we got new carpets because a whole gallon of paint spilled and we did nothing but laugh!  The Revere Pewter looks really good in the front Dining/Living room because there are lots of windows and natural light.  Again, I like this color, I don’t love it.  I wish I had joined the white paint train instead but almost three years later and the thought of repainting exhausts me.  Now you see my lazy side.

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My sister Lindsey aka “The work horse”. She helped me paint every inch of my house. This room has the Revere Pewter paint and white ceilings.

Master Bedroom Paint

I wanted to paint my bedroom a different color, so I went with one of my favorites, Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. I.Love.This.Color.  It’s the epitome of fresh, yet so neutral.  We painted the ceiling as well.  Remember, all of this painting happened in one week because we were getting new carpet.

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This is the master bedroom with Wickham Gray on the walls and white ceilings. Ready for new carpet!

 

Carpet!

Then, we got new carpet.  I chose a low pile with a gray-brown color.  I love the color to this day.  But I do wish I chose an even lower pile, something more interesting with a square pattern, but at the time I was being very money conscience. Lowe’s has this Stainmaster lowpile that I still think about today.

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Main Corridor Paint

My sisters and mom were in town one week, and we pulled together and painted the main corridor of my house which includes the entryway and hallway that leads to the kitchen, dining nook, and great room.  I almost went white but chickened out at the last minute.  I then chose a Sherwinn Williams color called Eider White.  It’s white with a hint of gray.  I really do love this one.  I’m glad I went with a little shade of color.  This time, I enlisted my husband to paint the ceilings white.  If you have ever painted ceilings before, you’ll probably never do it again.  It’s awful hard on your body, but totally worth it!

Just by changing the carpet, and painting almost every square inch of this house, it began to feel like me.  It went from dark terra-cotta tuscan, to fresh and modern.  I probably spent about $500 on paint and supplies.  Small price to pay for such a HUGE difference and to personalize the space.  Stay tuned for a video and pictures of the AFTER for the main corridor and all the spaces in my house.  Keep in mind I did everything myself and on a next to nothing budget.

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My Health Journey- First Month Update

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Hey Peeps! I bet you are all waiting for an update on my health journey. I know I would be. So here it is. I started May 22 and four weeks into the program on June 17, I was down 14 lbs! It’s not easy, but it’s not hard either. It’s worth it!

Now, the program doesn’t like to focus on the scale but rather have me focus on non-scale victories, so here they are. First, my asthma is already better. I was taking a preventative puff from my inhaler every morning and then an additional puff from my rescue inhaler before I go to bed because the wheezing was keeping me from falling asleep. Now, I don’t do either of those anymore. I don’t need to. Second, let me share my absolute favorite part of eating healthier now, my “gut” feels so much better. I just feel better on the inside. I can tell my body is loving all this new and balanced nutrition. Third, I haven’t had a Coke in 30 days. I thought this would be the hardest part, but considering that I am supposed to drink 100oz of water a day, why would I waste that on Coke, or any diet soda for that matter. Now I crave and love water with a little lemon. And to think of all that sugar I was consuming, makes me sick. One day I will have my occasional Coke, but as a “treat”. I am no longer a Coke-aholic. Huge Victory.

Now, the struggles. I was told that I would have more energy, and I haven’t found that yet. But I am a very tired person, always have been, so hopefully that’ll come down the road. The one main difficult thing for me is my love and craving for Mexican food. I miss chips and salsa, flour tortillas, and cheesy enchiladas. I notice that I start to crave that when I’m stressed (or not getting along with Phillip, haha). Which makes me realize I eat my emotions. When I’m happy and want to celebrate, I used to do that with baking cookies or DQ Blizzards (which I’m craving as well), but that has got to change. Instead, I’m celebrating in other ways like getting a pedicure and actually saying “yes, I’ll have a fancy flower on my big toe.” I look forward to the day where I start to notice the weight loss in my clothes. I’m not there yet. I told you that I need to lose 60 pounds and now I have 46 to go. That smaller number feels better already. One day I was feeling very weak and vulnerable. I wanted Mexican food (I live in Texas people, the Mexican is amazballs here!), I didn’t want to blow all my hard work so I picked up the phone and called my coach. She responded so fast and said exactly what I needed to hear. She’s my true cheerleader.

After 3 weeks of doing the program, I started incorporating exercise. I walk 3-4 miles everyday with my dog Daisy, or I do a DVD (right now I love 21 day fix or beach body anything). Being strong is important to me, but I will never spend more than 60 minutes exercising. I don’t love it that much.

My goal was to lose 20 pounds by July 4. I probably won’t make that goal, but I’ll be pretty dang close and that I’m proud of. I’m so glad I have a husband and family that support me in all of this. What a journey this is. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass away.  

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My Story to Better Health

I’ve been debating writing about this or not on my blog.  This is a place where I mainly write about my profession, but I believe it’s okay to remind people that I’m human too.  My life is full of ups and downs just like every person out there, and why not not share a few of those with you.

I have always struggled with my weight.  There were a few years in college where I was looking pretty good, sadly because I was too busy to eat.  My overweight problem all boils down to my love of food.  I.love.food.  Especially good tasting, fattening, caloric food.  I also love Coke.  It’s safe to say I’m addicted.  McDonald’s has the best tasting Coke out there and those golden arches call my name everyday.

Over the years I’ve been up and down, but mainly up.  I’ve tried programs like Weight Watchers (more times than I care to admit), Atkins, and My Fitness Pal.  All really great ways to get healthy but most I have ever lost on any of them is 20 pounds.  Well, I’ve let my weight creep up over the years to the point where I need to lose 60 pounds.  That number sounds intimidating.  But I know it’s possible.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite (pound) at a time.
My motivation?  Where do I start….I am sick of being a size 16.  I am sick of dealing with Asthma.  I’m sick of waking up tired.  I’m sick of being a bad example to my girls.  I am sick of being uncomfortable in my clothes. I am sick of my back hurting.  I am sick of feeling unhealthy. I am sick of not wearing my wedding ring. I’m sick of food controlling me. But most importantly, I am sick of not loving myself, which is the basis for everything!  To truly begin loving ourselves, we need to be healthy inside and out.  There are a lot of skinny unhealthy people out there.  I wrote down a list of why I need to lose weight and this is what I came up with in 10 minutes.

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Recently I took a trip with my two sisters.  We went to Disneyworld and had a great time.  As pictures of us were being taken I looked at them and in my mind all I could say was, “Oh, crap.  That is what I look like?”  I knew I had to do something.

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May 2016 with my two darling (and fit) sisters on the left and middle, I’m on the right. We are 100% blood, even though we don’t look a ton alike. This is one of the many pictures that motivated me.

So, my journey begins, but this time I want it to be different. I want it to be permanent.  I want it to last forever.  I’m so ready.

My Aunt Sallie, who I love and adore, has had major success with a program.  When I heard about it, I was intrigued.  My parents have also been on it for a few weeks and already having success.  After giving it some thought, I decided to give it a go. It’s called Take Shape for Life.  I eat 5 mini meals a day and one lean and green.  Once I reach my goal weight, there is a transition and maintenance program.  I’m on day 5 right now and loving it.  I’m also reading the book by Dr. A and understanding that this is not only a body makeover, but a mental makeover.  Just what I need.  I’m learning so much.  My Aunt is my Coach and I feel like I’m getting so much support through her and online.  I will be posting updates to help me with accountability and because don’t we all love a good journey?!  Especially a weightloss journey.

Only positive and uplifting comments please. I am not being paid or sponsered, all opinions expressed are my own.