Friday, August 21, 2009

Weight Loss Garden

Hello again friends,

I Thank you each and everyone who will keep my sister in your prayers, that means a lot to me!! Thank you so much!!

Well today was a good day, got plenty of rest ate well and didn't have any pop...only water for me today. Okay well I did also have coffee, me and coffee have become very close.... Pulling 12 hour shifts and staying up 20 hours at a time well water just don't do what coffee does...

Had my weigh in today and lost another 2lbs gone forever...Yeah wanted to lose more, so I could be below 200 when Sean goes below 300 but all that means is I have my work cut out for me the next two weeks...I would have to lose 9 pounds though and I might be able to if pop stays out of my mouth...So that is one of the changes I am going to make....Oh and eight 12 hour shifts in a row should help

OOHH did you know....

To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing daily activities. That sounds like a lot of calories and you certainly wouldn't want to try to burn 3500 calories in one day.

However, by taking it step-by-step, you can determine just what you need to do each day to burn or cut out those extra calories. ...which is what I will be doing by giving up the pop...and going to cut my calories to 1200 which is pretty much what Ive been eating anyway....

I have to do a little reflecting today too...Just so proud of how far we have all I am going to add some more pics...The first ones not so flattering....but to know you gotta see..


Courtney before


Courtney now


Amber before


Ambee now




Me before




me now


Sean before





By the way I may not get to post for a few days at least not long ones...I will try to post a little at a time but I will be working twelves the next three days...and then I will also catch up with comments...So if I don't leave one you know why....gotta go back to work:-(

Wanna leave you with this....

Plant Your Weight loss Garden Today
First, plant 3 rows of peas;
Politeness (to yourself)

Next, plant 3 rows of squash;
Squash self-doubt
Squash indifference
Squash criticizing yourself for making human mistakes

Then, plant 3 rows of lettuce;
Let us be caring to ourselves
Let us start making little steps toward our goals Let us be a person who tries

Finish, with 4 rows of turnip;
Turn up with positive thoughts
Turn up with a Smile
Turn up with a Vision
Turn up with Determination


Cheers to new beginnings,


  1. Wow what a difference in the pictures, congratulations!! You guys look soo cute together too. I knew about the 3500 calories, but its a great reminder. Thanks

  2. The first and only time I ever used one of those blasted carts at Wal-Mart---and you posted it!!! Why I outta.... No, it's fine, although it makes me cringe. I had severe sciatic nerve pain. Of course you can't tell with the big smile on my face!!
    Wonderful post buddy. I love the garden, very nice.
    Anything I can do to help you get through this gruelling schedule---you let me know.
    I love you---You're doing fantastic and thank you for everything you do baby!


  3. Great pictures
    Great Garden
    Got to have on of those!!!

    Well done on the 2 pounds gone forever.



  4. Congrats on the 2 pounds!
    And Wow! What an amazing difference in the before and after pics in all four of you! I've said this before on Sean's blog, but your entire family is truly an inspiration to all of us!
    Love the poem!
    And thank you so much for being so supportive and for the regular comments. I love them all!
    Also, my thoughts and prayers for your sister as well.

  5. You guys look amazing! Good luck working your stretch of long shifts, I know how difficult they can be! Be sure to get lots of rest in between them (I know it is easier said than done!). Best wishes to you and your family.

  6. Congrats on the loss!

    Love the pics. Wow, what an amazing difference in all of you! Keep up the freaking great work, girl.

  7. Way to go on the pop yesterday! I know that was very hard for you. You love pop. But you can do this. I know you can. You know you can. Hang in there myRene. You'll get below 200 in no time.

    x's & o's

  8. Your whole family is simply amazing, Irene. You need a reality show.

  9. Wow! You all look really good!
    Congrats on the 2 lbs gone forever!

    I love the garden! Thanks for sharing it!

  10. 2lbs wooo hooo! you guys are adorable :)

    hope you get to blog some but don't neglect your rest. working 12s back to back is so tiring. blogland aint goin' no wheres. :)

  11. Oh, gosh - a reality show with the Andersons and a 50s or 60s intro would be great - I would watch it!

    You look fabulous and have done so well - 2lbs is 2lbs, that is a big achievement.

    I still say you look more like the big sister, not the mom!

    Good luck with those mad working hours and with dropping the pop!

  12. Love the pics. The differences are striking. And also enjoyed your garden. Good to remember those "plantings".

  13. great pictures, we need some full length ones of you girl!

    Love that garden!

  14. Another beautiful post with gorgeous pictures! And congrats on the 2 lbs that are gone forever :)
    Love the garden!

  15. You know, the week I quit drinking diet soda/pop I lost 6.6 lbs! I was amazed! I had no clue it bloated me that much!

    Love the photos too... shares so much of how you guys have ALL changed!!!!! You guys are so amazing! You're my inspiration indeed!

  16. Ok.. I SO did not like the "password" I had to type in this time....


    as in fail fit

    as in... I DO NOT THINK SO! LOL

    Just had to share.. it made me chuckle!

  17. I just found your blogs. You guys are doing amazing!

  18. I would vote for a reality show myself. Your family's weight loss is amazing. Really inspiring.

    You sound like you are working your fannie off!

    Good luck on the no soda. I drink one can a day, but no coffee for me.

    Thanks for your thoughful comment today. It's appreciated!

  19. You have a beautiful family. I think it is just wonderful that you are all getting healthy together. That's a major accomplishment.

    Loved, loved the poem. Thanks for sharing it.

  20. What a great poem! I love reading your blog, it's so inspirational and uplifting.

    Thanks for the nice comment that you left for me as well!

  21. IRENE !!!!! *insert shock /horror*
    Look what pop does to you it turns your tongue BLUE......Heheheee
    You can so do this...both you and Sean are going to go under those numbers TOGETHER

    That poem is lovely.

    Your loss is great....keep it up...what at difference you have made to yourself and your are a amazing woman

    Love ya

  22. You are all looking so fabulous!! WTG!

    Get some rest (when you can) throughout all those long shifts.

  23. Love the pictures - it's truly awesome how far you've all come!

  24. You look so much younger and happier...that's awesome! Sounds like a grueling week for you but I'm sure you'll kick its butt :P

    Love the family cute!

  25. WOW! You guys look great. You can totally see a different. Way to go. Congrats on those 2lbs. You guys are doing such a great job. Keep up the great work. You will be below 200 soon ! ! !

  26. You have such a gorgeous family. What you all have achieved together is just amazing! I hope you all continue to put that power to good use! Just think of how dangerous it could be for all of us if the Anderson family decided to take over the world--just kidding. (That was accompanied by maniacal laughing in my head) There is no stopping ya'll! Just keep moving toward your goal I have no doubt that you will get there. Blessings--Bonnie

  27. If you don't make your goal the same time as Sean, then you just get double celebration!

  28. "The Anderson's" that would be a great show *smile*. Way to go on the lose. I love seeing the before and after pics.

  29. I love this garden idea.... Thanks for sharing!!!

  30. Congrats on the 2 lbs girlfriend!!! Awesome loss...we'll take it! So glad to hear you made the decision to give up the soda...good for you! You'll thank yourself for it very soon. :)