Happy New Year {2013}

I wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy New Year!

This year has been an incredibly blessed year for our family, every year we are amazed at all God does for us.  Even the opportunities we are given to bless others, something we love to do.  We made some great family memories this year, being able to take our boys to Disneyland and surprising them with the trip was my favorite.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2013, I can only imagine it will be 10x better than 2012.

I also wanted to share with you some of my goals for this next year.  One of my top goals this year {and has been before, but well I failed didn’t do it!} is to get some of this obnoxious weight off.  It’s been long enough, my kids are 8 and 4 and I have no excuses!  It’s boiled down to laziness at this point.  I hate exercising with a passion!  I also eat like it’s my last meal.  I believe strongly that I have an eating disorder, I am an emotional eater.  Doesn’t matter if I’m happy, sad, mad, bored, lonely…I eat!  I have over eaten for years.  I also have some medical issues that need to be taken care of.  I have been on blood pressure medications for almost 2 years, and that is not acceptable at the ripe old age of 33.  I want to be around for my boys for a long time, I want to play with them like they want me to…running, riding bikes, jumping up and down, boy stuff.  All of which I struggle with now.  

Don’t get me wrong I’m super confident with how I look, and can’t deny that I have “curves” or a lot of “extra junk in the trunk”…but I know in my heart how beautiful I am regardless of the extra weight.  I have days where I seriously don’t see myself being as heavy as I am, so when I finally catch of glimpse of a photo that has been taken it’s another eye opener that I need to do something.  I’ve never been super skinny, well not since puberty hit and I got size D boobs all in one day!  My goal is to not get super skinny, I need to get healthy!  Plain and simple.  I’m going to say it for all to hear, the scariest thing most women will ever say…their real weight!  Ready?  Here I go…
My current weight is 296 lbs.  Yikes!  And my boobs are probably 20 lbs. of that, no kidding!  It’s awful.  Someday they will be gone too, but one thing at a time.  So here I am today writing it in the blogisphere for all to hear, hoping this will help me to finally be accountable for this.  So I am asking that you would pray for me, pray hard that I can finally do this!  

Okay now that the most important goal is out of the way here are a few others I want to work on this year:

–  To develop a stronger relationship with my husband
–  To be the Mom God has asked me to be for my boys
–  To grow spiritually
–  To make this blog even more awesome
–  To make new friendships that are genuine
–  To paint the walls in my house & cabinets {I hate painting}
–  To not procrastinate every single project I do
–  To not have crafting ADD and focus
–  To make incredible memories this year with my family

That’s just a bit, a lot I know…but all stuff that is in my heart.  Thanks for listening!  I hope you all have an amazing day with your families or doing whatever it is your doing today!  Here’s to a healthy, happy, love filled 2013 for all of you!


  1. says

    You are so brave to say your weight for the whole world to see. I don’t think I could ever do that. I struggle with my weight too and every year I say I’m going to loose it but never do. My kids are 17 and 12 so I really don’t have any excuses! I eat food for all the same reasons as you do. I also hate to exercise.
    Unlike you I am very self-conscious of the way I look. I don’t let anyone take a picture of me and I avoid mirrors. The picture of me on my blog is from 5 years ago when I lost about 25 lbs. I’ve since gained all that back and more!
    I have a lot of health issues that would probably go away or improve if I lost weight. I’ve tried no carb diets, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers. Nothing ever works long term.
    Good luck to you with your weight loss journey. I am going to try and be more healthy this year because I’m sick of feeling this way.
    By the way, I LOVE your blog!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  2. says

    wonderful post – and it took alot of courage to type that number for all to see, so congrats to you for doing that…none of us is perfect and we all have things about us we want to change. I have always struggled with my weight as well, taking better care of others than I do myself…but that caught up to me a few years back. My health is better now and I have dropped some of the weight, but 2012 found me again putting myself last – I have vowed that 2013 has to be the year I go back to taking care of myself first…I will be cheering you on!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  3. says

    Rebecca, thank you so much for being REAL! I have to tell you that because you love yourself where you are at now, half the battle has been won, believe me! I stopped weighing myself at 275 years ago, and it took me a year and a half but I lost 125 pounds with no diet, no magic pill, and nothing crazy. I have had three kids since turning 35 so I have a little junk that needs to come off but I know I can do it. And you can too friend!

    I would love to have you link up your AMAZING projects and heartfelt articles to the twelveOeight Pretty Things party:

    Happy New Year!!

    xoxo, Tanya

  4. says

    Like all the other awesome ladies said….you are awesome and it is seriously so encouraging for the rest of us chickens, that haven’t been courageous enough to do what you did.

    So with that in mind…I have a question: how does it feel to have this post written? I am so afraid to write one. I have all these what ifs and am scared to death to admit to anything. What if all my friends I haven’t seen in awhile read that post? That kind of what ifs. Boo on me. So, would you advise me to write this kind of post on my blog?

  5. says

    Rebecca, I had a friend once tell me that skinny is a shape, don’t try to be a shape but rather try and be in shape. This motivated me more than anything because your goal shouldn’t be a shape, the truth is that a lot of women were not made to be skinny and a lot of skinny women are just plain unhealthy too.I have my dads thighs and my grandmothers somewhat large boobs. And I know I will never be the shape that I want. It was when I stopped believing in the false hope that I could someday be the shape and size of the girl on the magazine cover that I started to lose weight. I have a whole new look on what it is to be healthy!

  6. says

    I loved your post. It really resonated with me. I, too, am not uncomfortable in my overweight body, but I need to lose weight for my health. I don’t have time to exercise with two 2-year-olds, and I hate to exercise, too! My goal is to simply count calories and lose weight. Any weight. Best of luck to you! Hang in there.

  7. says

    I’m completely amazed at your bravery in saying your weight out loud to hear! I too am struggling with the whole weight issue. Having 5 kids and being a fellow emotional eater has done serious damage to my body. Thanks for your inspiration!

    I love your blog. It is so fun with some of the cutest things I’ve seen! Good luck with 2013! I hope you achieve all your goals!

  8. Jen Bontrager says

    Hi there! I just happened upon your blog this morning. Just wanted to encourage you with the weight loss. I’ve struggled with weight issues too . . . I love how you say you don’t want to be super skinny, just healthy. I feel the same way. I want my boys to see their parents making healthy choices and follow suit. God bless you!

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