Thursday, September 15, 2011

What I've been up to....

It's almost been a full week since I last posted! So I sorta have been wanting to do a blab post about what's been going on with me lately.  I started this blog so I could have something to do while my husband was working 2nd shift. I had too much free time and oddly I found myself pulled into nail polish. Most of my nail blogging was done late at night and that was when some of my more creative nail art was done. Lately things have changed quite a bit for me and I don't have all the free time like I did so I just wanted to give you guys an update:

The biggest change for me lately is that my husband now works with me and we pretty much work the same shift. Since I got the hubs with me at home after work I'm not bored and needing to find something to do like I was. For those of you who don't know, I work for my Father in Law and we have a small company where we manufacture tools. I do everything from answer the phones , process orders, keep track of inventory, ship stuff out, drop off/pick up tools at the coaters. I do it all. My husband has joined in on the family business and he runs the machines that make the tools and since he came to officially work for us things have been running so much smoother. 
We recently have changed order systems(makes my life so much easier!!yay!!) and I've had to recount inventory and we've had to reenter it into the new system and in the process we lost almost 3 weeks worth of work so I had to manually enter those sales orders and redo the inventory for those items. So regardless i've been busy with the system transition and after messing around with that all day I didn't want to touch a computer when I get home. Lots of exciting things are happening for the business!

My Office

Trying to be Healthier
So it's been roughly a 1.5 years since I decided I didn't want to be considered overweight so I got into this super extra healthy kick and I lost a total of 30 lbs or so. I went from being 180 to 147, a size 12-14 to 6-8.  My main goal was to get a "normal BMI" which I did and the good thing is I've maintained the new weight for the (most part) but I'm not as active as I once was. I've been comfortable at  my current weight of 154 for the past year or more. The reason I'm writing this is that I recently got all my labs done and everything was good. I also got this wellness blood test done since my family has a history of heart "issues" and that came back not so great, it checks a lot of stuff normal labs don't check and it was sorta a wake up call that even though I thought I was super healthy I need to make changes and take care of my body better. My husband got this same wake up call (he had the test done too) and he's completely changed the way he eats, which is something i never thought would happen (he was a stubborn junk eater). We don't eat out several times a day like we did at one point and we're making the effort to be more active. He's lost 8 pounds already! I've lost nothing but that's fine with me because I'm happy with my weight, but I have to say I think I'm losing some inches. So trying to be healthier is another thing that's going on in my life. We've been going on bike rides a few times a week and on average we do 10-11 miles a day. So last week I did approx 30 miles. So no extreme exercising but just something to get the ol' Heart working harder than it usually has to. I want to encourage you guys to take a look at what you're eating and see what you can do in your lives to make a difference in your health!

I'm gonna share with you guys some of my worst pictures that I never thought i'd show anyone but I want you guys to see what a difference 30 lbs made for me! When I gain weight it goes straight to my face and midsection! I already have a nice round face I don't need the extra roundness! I also put a more recent full body pic up too but it's not the best since I don't really have any others.
Pic from a cruise I went on in 02/09
From the same cruise. Seeing this pic made me change

From Last Month

At the Hoover Dam Last Month, We're now working on Dave : ) ! 

My dog, Honey
So I've mentioned Honey on this blog before (Honey pics), in fact i did a Honey inspired Manicure on here. So Honey is almost 13.5 years old and she's been in my life for half of my life. Really. We got her when I was 13.5 years old! So She's been my fur baby for a long time. Well it's no secret that she's old and has heart issues. She has congestive heart failure and her little heart is enlarged and it pushes up on her other organs. I've got her on several medications which without them she'd be long gone. After I lost her son, Lucky last year to cancer I thought she's not too far behind. Well She's a tough cookie and she's been doing really well on all the medication. There have been a few bad times where I thought her time was coming and I even had my husband build me a beautiful casket for her around Christmas last year.(hah yah I'm weird like that my husband asks me what I want for christmas and I tell him to make me a casket for my dog.) So it's now September and Honey is still around! I've found that I had to stop waiting for the worst and I had to start enjoying the time I had with her. I was mourning a loss that did not even occur yet. So I'm telling you guys about honey because about 3 weeks ago honey had an episode at night and well I thought she was a goner for sure because she had what appeared like a seizure or "heart attack" (dogs don't really get heart attacks) and well it seemed all too familiar to me since it was close to what I went through when lucky passed. But she came out of it really quickly and seemed perfectly normal the next day. A few days later she just wasn't doing well at all in fact I called my mom to come see her because well I thought it was going to happen sooner than later. We've increased some of her medications since then and she's doing well again. It's tough having someone ill in you family because it's like being on this roller coaster ride all the time. For some of the ride you forget that the person/animal is sick and it's life as usual and then you have those ups and downs that happen that just throw it in your face. I bring Honey to work with me everyday and I really think that keeps her going since she loves to come to the shop and "work" with me. Okay enough sick dog sappy story. 

Honey "working"
Nail Polish
So while I've been pretty busy lately I still have been painting my nails and taking pics, I do have to say I've lost some of the inspiration when it comes to doing nail art and I think it's just because I don't have the free time like I did before but I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still here, I'm still into taking care of my nails and I hope that you won't forget about me because I haven't forgotten about all of you. I hope to get back into the groove of posting a few times a week. I enjoyed my week off so to speak but i miss you guys and i need to get back to interacting with my readers. My Birthday is this Weekend so I'm excited about it and well just another heads up that I might not get back on track until after this weekend.

Much Love! 

P.S. So whose excited about the return of it's always sunny in Philadelphia tonight? I know I am!


  1. How fun to be able to work with your hubby! I know how it feels to be on 2 completely different schedules, my fiance works at night.  Congrats on the weight loss as well! Something else I am all to familiar with and always seem to be working at! I love your blog and always look forward to your posts!

  2. Wow! You looked beautiful before and after! Brava!

    I love li'l Honey!!!

  3. First of all, you look great! That does make a huge difference (but I don't want it to sound that you aren't pretty before, does that make sense?). I think my body is similar to that, my face is the first place to gain and the last place to lose. I think it's wonderful you're making such a change too, and good for your hubby.
    My hubby and I have worked together a lot and we love it. I think it's awesome that you guys are too and sounds like it's been a big help having him on board.
    And aww, Honey. <3 Such a cutie, and what a trooper! I'm so glad you're able to bring her with you so you can spend as much time as possible with her.
    Nice to see a post from you, even if it's just news. :)

  4. hi! new follower here! you looked amazing before and after! and second, i hope your little baby is doing okay!

  5. I thought at first i'll have to boss him around more but he's doing a good job to where i don't have to. I'll leave all the bossing around for when i'm at home and i don't feel like getting up. heh I'm always having him get me stuff and do stuff for me at home : ). It's tough being on two different schedules! I've been through that several times and it was during those periods is when i always found something to be pissed at him for.
    yah it sucks that weight has such a huge effect on us! Thanks for liking the blog! I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment : ) 

  6. Thank you Paillette!  : ) 

  7. I know what you mean, I thought I looked great when I was a tad heavier, it was only till i lost some weight and saw myself looking better that the old pics of me started to look not so great. I look at them from time to time and it just makes me feel good for doing something about it and heck they're great motivation to make sure i don't go backwards! 

    oh yah it's great having the hubby here, but he's such a good working he's making me look bad, hah. I'm still technically his boss! 

    Honey is indeed a trooper! She's the guard dog here and if someone comes in she has to let them know she's in charge! 

    Thanks for stopping by Nicole! : )

  8. Aww thanks for becoming a follower Desiree! Your comment is really sweet! Honey is doing well today, She's busy sleeping, ermm I mean "working" hah she's like a professional sleeper! 

  9. Love your blog and your nails looks stellar square!  Thanks for sharing what's been going on with you.  I agree with looked great before and after but kudos for the weight loss and focus gained for exercise and healthy eating.  Thanks for sharing the pics.  I know that can be tough to do.  I highly doubt you will be 'forgotten' by your followers...I used to follow quite a few nail blogs (I do acrylic and gel nails) but I always make a point of checking in regularly with yours because I just love your nails.  Lots of love and prayers to your little "Honey".  Take care.

  10. your comment has made my day! thank you so much for taking the time to leave it. It means a lot to me that you check in regularly with the blog! I'll pass along the love to honey from you! have a great day! 

  11. Just found your blog. Your nails are great and you look amazing!! Great job!!


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