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Weight Loss Chronicles ~ TOC

24 Feb

I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been contacted by a friend from high school, a neighbor or a perfect stranger to ask for help as they decide whether or not to take the plunge and have Weight Loss Surgery.  It can be SO intimidating and stressful throughout the process and especially when thinking of maintaining a new life and a new relationship with food.  I am always SO happy to help and always direct them to this blog as well as my Instagram feed for WLS (username:  rnyftw) but I have noticed how hard it is to go back and reference each stage of my journey so I thought I’d link it all here to help anyone (and myself!) who may need to see a specific one:

WLS Chronicles – The Decision

WLS Chronicles – The Initial Visit

WLS Chronicles – Pre-Op Testing

WLS Chronicles – Pre-Op Diet

WLS Chronicles – Surgery Day!

WLS Chronicles – Post-Op Diet (Days 1 -3 Clear Liquids)

WLS Chronicles – Post-Op Diet (Days 4 -13)

WLS Chronicles – Emotions

WLS Chronicles – HELP!!! (links to apps, and support talk)

WLS Chronicles – Post-Op Diet (Days 14 – 20) ~ Semi-Solids

WLS Chronicles – Post-Op Diet (Day 21/Week 4 – Day 41/Week 6) ~ Soft Foods

WLS Chronicles – Post-Op Diet (Day 42/Week 7 – Three Months Post-Op)

WLS Chronicles ~ Week 14 Update

WLS Chronicles ~ Dining Out

WLS Chronicles ~ Maintaining

I hope that makes it easier for everyone to reference the stage they are looking for!  If you have ANY questions beyond what I’ve blogged out, please please please reach out to me!  My email is mrsjmejones@gmail.com and I truly do enjoy helping others in their journey as well!

 

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Promises, Promises

23 Feb

I am so human.  SO human.  I am also SO thankful that Jesus is much more than that.  That His promises are guarantees.  That said, I am going to promise you that I am going to update you, in due time, on all of the changes that have gone on in my life in the last year.  I will try to follow through with this but I will likely fail….but I do PROMISE you that I have good intentions!  If you have followed or known me long at all, you know that I love lists…so I will just jot down here the changes and come back here to link once I actually type it out!

In 2017 – we……..

  1. Sold our NC home.
  2. Lived with my Mom and Dad (and without my hubby!!!) for two months.
  3. Moved to Texas.
  4. Road tripped to Austin, Houston, Waco, Arlington, and Galveston.
  5. Lived in an apartment for several months.
  6. Started an amazing Bible study, through Community Bible Study.
  7. Continued weight loss.
  8. Built a house.  An amazing, beautiful, creation if I do say so myself!  (see #10 for referenced IG acct to see pics)
  9. Started backyard projects.
  10. Started a home decor Instagram page (due to that nagging fear of my friends/family growing tired of me sharing home stuff) at http://www.instagram.com/sweetcharmhouse
  11. Visited NC in July and December.
  12. Stepped up our prayer life.

SO, happy Friday and have a great weekend!  I’m going to work on my blog catch up posts!  🙂

 

Hello out there!

23 Jun

I cannot believe how long it’s been since I have blogged.  It always seems like it was “not that long ago” but then I look and cannot believe the time that has passed.

I guess when you are busy living life sometimes jotting down your thoughts, ideas and opinions just doesn’t seem so important.  I can assure you though that since I last blogged I have still had thoughts, ideas and opinions…trust me!  🙂  I just didn’t share them!  Shame on me!

I do find blogging therapeutic.  That’s why I really don’t worry about readers or stats or metrics.  I just enjoy typing things out….going back over them…remembering.

Consider yourself warned.  Blogs are coming.

My Business

15 Aug

No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!

Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad.  However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice.  Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!

Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year!  Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day.  Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space.  It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!!  It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of.  If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT.  My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray!  My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized.  My Mom has been….an angel!  She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed.  My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome.  I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there!  It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right?  ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!!  SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)

Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times.  My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that.  MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it.  The speed at which time has flown is amazing.  I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar.  She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!!  WHEW!  It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life.  (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.)  The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15.  Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!

Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY!  Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed!   Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!

TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!

Super Jamie!!!

14 Jan

So, as you all know, I’m doing this blog challenge so some of the posts are a little “out there” and ask silly questions.  I feel like I want to finish this though…soo…today’s was:  “If you were a superhero, what would be your hidden superpower?”

I have never thought about this (except on Saturday when I learned that SOME PEOPLE see words in their head instead of pictures when they are searching for content – WHAT?????) at all.  I read this on Friday though and have been thinking about it ever since.  As of now, I GOT NOTHIN.  I have no desire to see through walls or hear what people are thinking.  I don’t think I’d want to see the future or breathe fire out of my nose.  I don’t want to be able to have spidey senses that would tingle or leap tall buildings.  Currently, I am happy with reading into people’s actions, listening to their words and I wear contacts that help my deteriorating vision.  I have faith in the future since my Lord has told me to not worry about it.  Fire?  Me?  I’m way too hot-natured.  Spidey senses would probably be worse than those few times I’ve forgotten to take my thyroid medicine.  Tall buildings are pretty cool to look UP at so I’m good there.  I can wash clothes, watch Lifetime and raise children all at one time.  I can cook supper, clean dishes and have a conversation with my hubby without burning anything.  I can conference call, create spreadsheets, and handle personnel all at once.

Basically – I am a mom, wife, daughter and a manager – so CLEARLY – being SUPER?  It’s in the job description!  🙂

In the mood, dude

11 Jan

So, sometimes I am just not in the mood to blog.  Sometimes if I’ve just had a bad week or day or whatever, I just don’t feel like writing about butterflies or rainbows (I have never actually blogged about either of those, so don’t waste your time looking!).  Sometimes I prefer to spend time writing an email to someone or having a serious conversation with my sweet husband.  Sometimes I am just busy and I don’t blog on my iPhone.  On the flip side, there are times when I WANT to blog something out.  I want to type and type and type and I can’t get to my computer fast enough.  (Some of those blogs are still in draft/incognito mode because I’m not even sure where to categorize them!!  LOL)  I have many motivating factors in my blogging…but most of all…I want to remember and to use this as snapshots of my life.  I want to look back a year and think about  where I was or where my head was.  I want to have an easy place to do it.  I also love to write about my Lord.  If that were to EVER make someone want to follow Christ, that would make it alllll worth it.  Another motivation?  If I am totally honest:  boredom.  Sometimes it’s late and I just want to do something right before I fall asleep.  Whatever the motivation, when I’m done, I’m happy that I got it out no matter how heavy or light-hearted it could be.  I like to remember!

Bloggin to my noggin…

10 Jan

The funny thing about blogging is the release…the things that it makes me think of..the raw emotion that sometimes comes from it.  My memory fails me at times, but once I start to remember a time or event or a person because of a blog I’m writing I am right back there.  It is therapeutic.  It’s amazing, actually.  Some people have the most vivid memories of things…but I feel like I have to really reach for key details and visuals.  But when I’m writing about it, it comes much easier.  I start on it and I have to stop myself from writing it because I could go on and on and on.  I spend a ton of emotional energy when I am writing about the past or about my feelings.  I do it without a thought of who might read it, who won’t read it, how many people are “following” it…because that’s not the point.  The point is to remember, to look back and smile…or to have a good cry.

Either way, I remember.

And share.

So. Excited.

10 Jan

So, as I have stated more than once, my primary purpose of blogging is to remember.  To capture my feelings about something.  So, I’d be a fool to not capture the way I’m feeling about my plans on Saturday.  My weekends are usually full of sleeping in, hanging out with the family, eating out, shopping, enjoying my kids….which is great!  However, there are times when I have an actual PLAN (that is usually WEEKS in the making) and that is the case this Saturday.  I am going to meet my childhood friend and we get to hang out all day.  I am SO SO SO SO SO excited.  We see each other rarely at this point..and the funny part is that I seriously feel that we have more in common NOW than when we were TEENS.  She’s got a funny, wacky, witty sense of humor and can always make me laugh.  She can also make me want to Bible study like nobody’s business.  I don’t get to talk to her nearly enough but I feel like I can pick up the phone anytime and know that we can continue on like we’ve talked every day.  Every morning that I take my son to school, I drive by the street she grew up on and I think of times together as teenagers.  Talking about boys and teachers and the popular girls at school that we weren’t close with.  It’s amazing how we could have basically foretold our futures then!  LOL

I’m betting I have a follow up blog to this…complete with pics…in remembrance!

I like to move it, move it….

7 Jan

As a reminder, I’m doing the blog challenge that NaBloPoMo has set up and the theme is energy!

You know there are some songs that just do it for you?  Some that when you’re working out or walking or just riding in the car you just want to MOVE?  Funny how a song can get you up and moving after you’ve been perfectly content to sit on your butt for an hour!  The song that currently does it for me is Taylor Swift’s “22”.  I love the beat…and it doesn’t hurt that my daughter seems to know every word to it!  It definitely gets me going!!!  I need it now so I can finish the laundry – bye!!!  🙂

Morning, Sunshine!

4 Jan

I’m not sure if it’s age or kids or a hubby who gets up way before me…but over time, I’ve become THAT morning person!  I love going to the office early and being way productive before anyone even gets in.  I love to get up early and feel like I’m not wasting any of the day!  I have more energy in the morning and can usually tell that around 4 pm I am hitting my wall and need to slow down a bit in order to make it until bedtime.  What I still need to figure out?  Why, as exhausted as I am, I can’t go to SLEEP then?  Ohhh, insomnia, you are not my friend!!

When are YOU most productive and energized?

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