5 Questions About My Weight Loss Answered

5 Questions About My Weight Loss Answered

I haven’t mentioned my health journey for a while.  I’m doing great.  I am down 81 pounds since last summer.  Believe me, no one is more surprised about that than I am.

James and I went shopping on Wednesday and since I am on a search for warm weather clothes, I tried on a few things while we were out.  He asked me, “Did you think at this point last year that you would be able to wear these sizes today?”

I surely didn’t!  In fact, I felt hopeless about it.  Then one day last summer I just stopped feeling hopeless and took charge.  Now I’m running (still a shocker to me every single time) and losing weight and not eating junk…craziness.  You can do it too; I know that for sure.

I get a lot of questions about my weight loss, so I thought I’d answer a few here.

After losing 80 pounds, I'm answering the top 5 questions I get -- The Pennington Point

1. How far do you walk/run every day?
I go between 4 and 5 miles.  I take about an hour so if I go faster I can go further.  I listen to inspirational music and pray and breathe in the outside and the time to myself.  I really look forward to it every day.  For the month of April my Facebook group is challenging each other to push ourselves for 15 minutes, so I am running for at least that long.  It’s unbelievable to me.  I share a picture every day from my morning walk on Instagram….come see!

2. What do you eat?
I eat basically protein and veggies.  I don’t eat any grains, dairy (except yogurt) or sugar (including artificial).  I wrote a post about what I eat for breakfast and lunch.

3. How do you find time for exercise with all of those kids?!Well, it can be a challenge!  In my life now I can leave my kids so it’s easy to get in some morning exercises.  But even so, I still try to get it done extra early so I can be home by the time they are up and going.  If I couldn’t leave them I would find things to do at home, like DVDs, and I would sometimes take them with me and I would just have to figure it out.  You can always try to do half an hour after the hubs gets home.

4. Can you tell me more about the Lift Caps that you take?I still am crazy about my Lift Caps!  I get a lot of questions about the caffeine in them.  I am very sensitive to caffeine and I don’t drink coffee or black tea at all.  But the Lift Caps don’t bother me.  The people that sell them explained to me that the caffeine in it is different than what’s in coffee, more purely processed.  I do have one friend that is so sensitive to caffeine that she did notice it, but she loved them so much that she makes them into half pills (by pulling them open and pouring half into an empty capsule) and takes one half pill every day with success.  I take 2 every morning and they help me so much with my energy.  But if you ever have questions the great people at Life Priority are happy to answer them for you!

5. What essential oils have you used to help you lose weight?
I have enjoyed one called Slique.  It’s for adding to your water and not only does it give great flavor, but it helps your metabolism and curbs cravings.  I also love Citrus Fresh or Lemon in my water.  They balance my acidity and taste great!  Overall though, I think the oils have helped me maintain my own emotional balance which has helped me stick to the diet and exercise routine.

I also shared a bit of my health journey HERE at Hip Homeschool Moms.  I’ll be writing there once a month about various subjects.  It’s a great site if you’re looking for some homeschool encouragement!

And if you would like to join my Facebook group for women trying to get healthy, leave me a comment here or message me on Facebook and I would love to add you!  We pray for one another, share ideas and encourage each other to stay the course.

Have a great weekend!

If Teasing Your Husband is Wrong I Don’t Wanna be Right

If Teasing Your Husband is Wrong I Don’t Wanna be Right

Today I have the burden of trying to think of ways to make a boring weekend sound interesting.  Because I doubt you really want to hear about my double nap on Saturday or the way we had to spend an hour trying to find a matching pair of shoes for Elijah before church.

I did get spend a couple of hours with Noah in his room on Friday afternoon discussing and planning the general Lego situation.  He has apparently caught the vision because on Saturday afternoon when I couldn’t locate three of the boys, I called up to their loft and they called down, “Yes ma’am, we are up here organizing Legos.”

Never underestimate the power of mom with a trash bag in her hand.

On Saturday I worked toward getting the house ready for spring/summer.  I like to change it up with the warming of the weather which means out with the piles of blankets and in with the vintage fans.  Even if the fans don’t work, it makes me feel cool just having them in the room.

James does not understand this concept.  But then, he also doesn’t understand why I like to just look around in a store where I am not planning to buy anything.  When we were first married he would panic when I would suggest that, just for fun, we would go look around in a furniture store.  He’d start to hyperventilate and say things like, “Um…we can’t buy any furniture Lisa.  We don’t have money for that!” to which I’d just keep walking toward the door and say, “I know that!  I just want to look at it.”  He never has completely adapted to this ritual.

I still like to play with him sometimes by telling him I want to pick up some vacation brochures or peruse the local car lots.  He never knows if I am serious and it keeps him on his toes.

I’ve been laying off the teasing for the past couple of weeks to be nice, since he’s in the throes of tax season.  But three more days baby, and I will be back to my normal behavior.  I can’t keep up that kind of niceness for much longer.

Now that we are days away from the end of another tax season AND the Legos are getting cleaned up, I may have to do some mock shopping to celebrate.  It’s the only reasonable thing to do.

1L, 4Ds and 5K

1L, 4Ds and 5K

It’s been a girl themed week.

Last Thursday my 4 daughters and I went big city shopping.  It was a birthday shopping trip for my oldest daughter Grace since I was going to be gone over the weekend of her birthday.  We spent the whole day hitting everything from anthropologie to thrift stores.  The girls are now set for clothes for the rest of the warm weather season, which is a relief to me since shopping with them is a test in endurance.  Of me and my wallet.

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For myself, I am on the search for t-shirts with sleeves.  Not long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.  Just plain old short sleeves that are long enough to cover my arm flaps.  It’s a sad day when you nearly slap someone with your extra arm skin and I am trying to avoid that with sleeves and prayer.

Saturday and Sunday I went to Austin.  I ran my first 5K this weekend.  I did it with my sister….she gave it to me for my birthday and it was a double treat to get to spend the time with her.

I have never had any interest in doing any kind of running or, really, moving at all.  But after walking every morning since last July it was pretty easy.  And on a cool spring morning….almost heaven.

My first 5k

To keep the girl theme going I will be going on a photoshoot for my daughter’s 17th birthday this week.  Shopping is not her thing.  She asked for a photoshoot in the city and as an added bonus she wants to be there when the sun rises to get the best lighting.  Leave the house at 6AM….oh sure.  Because giving birth to you wasn’t enough of a sacrifice.

Next week I need to have a boy themed week.  Those are much easier.  Just dump some Legos in the living room and throw food into the middle every few hours.

Have a great April!

My Modest Workout Clothes

My Modest Workout Clothes

Weight loss is great, but it has its bad side, like my britches falling down every time I go for my morning walk.  And I’m not going to even mention the underwear situation.

So I went on a hunt for something new to wear when I exercise.  I had a specific vision and I searched high and low.  I found exactly what I wanted, putting things together from several different stores.  I must warm you, these things weren’t cheap.  In fact, it may be the most expensive everyday outfit I’ve ever had if you put it all together.

But I felt like since I will wear it constantly plus when I travel, I decided to just get what I needed and not worry about the price.

I apologize in advance for the pictures….we took them right after I did my morning workout.  Sweat, bad hair and no make-up.

Modest Workout Clothes

Even though I bought them in all kinds of different places, I found them for you on Amazon.  I am all about making it easy for you.

Pants -Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Stay Warm Relay Capri Running Pants (I wanted capris to cover my legs but still be pretty cool in summer)
Shirt – Nike Women’s Legend V-Neck Night Factor (this isn’t the same shirt, but similar)
Skirt – prAna Daphne Skirt (this was my find of the season.  It’s very light and I love it.  I even got one in taupe for just summer wearing because it’s so comfy!)
Bra – Natori Womens Power Yogi Bra (I would normally not talk about undergarments but this has been a great thing and it holds everything right where it should. It’s not cheap, but check every color because the price varies a LOT)

Modest workout clothes

My shoes are New Balance and the socks are also made for running (I don’t remember the brand).

Great ideas for modest workout clothes -- including where to buy them! -- The Pennington Point

I really want to say thanks so, so much for all of your support through my health journey!  Your emails and messages have been a huge encouragement to me.

What I’m Wearing for February

What I’m Wearing for February

I may be down to just a few articles of clothing, but I am still enjoying putting together fun outfits and accessorizing.  I have some new things and I am cinching up some old things and playing with mixing patterns.

Some fun modest outfits for February! -- The Pennington Point

Since it’s the month of love, here’s a cute sweater I found on clearance at Macy’s and a striped skirt that I took in to fit me.  Black tights finish it with a kick.

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On a quiet day at home I throw on my old sport shirt and simple skirt.  I love the gray striped t-shirt.  I shall miss it when it doesn’t fit me anymore.

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I wore the same t-shirt again to church one week under a navy shirt (which I tied at the waist to make it fit) and flowy skirt I got at Versona.

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But my favorite new top is the one I bought with my birthday discount at anthropologie.  And my favorite vintage style necklace….be still my heart.

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I wore that same necklace again with this brown and black combo.  You can mix brown and black by the way.  I belted this blazer because it’s way too big.  But that made it fun.  Then I put it all over a little brown calico style skirt.  Weird, but I like the unexpected.

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My last outfit to show you is from a couple of days ago.  I dug around and put this cuteness together.  The polka dot scarf was different for me, but I liked it.

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Thanks for stopping by!  As the weather warms up I can’t wait to play around with some new combos!

Come Join Me for a Pinterest Party!

Come Join Me for a Pinterest Party!

I’ve been in a crafty mood lately.  It must be the cold weather mixed with my lack of time for getting whole rooms remodeled.  But I felt a need to get my craft on.

So I made a few things, just simple stuff really.  And the fun part is I am going to be at a local Michael’s this Sunday from 1-3 to show how I made them.  And to hang out with those of you who stop by!  I am joining Hometalk and Michael’s for a party all over the country.  If you can’t come to mine, I’ll bet there’s one near you!

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Juts look at the cuteness hanging over my couch!  It was so easy to make I am almost embarrassed to be doing it at the party.

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I may have to redecorate my whole living room around these lovelies!

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It just makes me happy.

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And because I can’t stop with just one thing, I also made this little bunting.

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I love the combination of decorating and inspiring.

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And if you follow Michael’s on Hometalk  you could win one of five $100 gift cards!  Go, Go!  I will wait while you go do it.

Follow to win!!!

Thanks for coming by and letting me show you my crafts.  And if you want you can follow me on Hometalk too.  (but I won’t give you a gift card for it)

Michaels

See you there!

Moonwalking in Macy’s

Moonwalking in Macy’s

What do you get when you put 4 young women and a mom together with a mall and half a day of nothing to do?

Right.  That’s exactly what I got last Friday.

My girls got wind of some sales going on and asked me if we could go into the city and do some shopping.  I couldn’t say no since they worked their tails off for me the 2 previous weekends for the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit.  So off we went into the world of retail and elevator music.

Speaking of music, in Macy’s they were playing 80′s rock and that can only mean one thing.  Momma’s gonna dance.  I can’t help it.  One bar of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” makes me start moon walking and grabbing my pretend fedora.  I got moves and I can’t hold them in.

My girls have mixed feelings about me trying to break dance in public.  It’s not pretty.

While I was there I picked up a couple of things on the clearance racks.  Oh, and I must tell you that if you’re looking for pretty, long skirts now is the time!  They are everywhere.  The key to having a good wardrobe that’s modest is to buy it when you see it and you will find plenty out there right now.  Rush to the mall and pick up yourself something nice.  Tell your husband I told you to.

On Saturday we filled shop orders and generally poked around at cleaning the house and putting away piles of random things that had accumulated since we recovered from the Great Flu of 2013.  There was a mound in a corner of the living room containing donation clothes, a can of paint, some playing cards and a CD that I have been looking for.  How does this happen?  I haven’t even bought paint recently or painted anything.  Where did the can come from?  And where are the rest of the playing cards?

I’m a thinker.  A thinker and a pile maker.  And a break dancer.

Sunday was looking to be a normal go-to-church-come-home kind of day until our big van wouldn’t work.  In order to get all 11 of us where we need to be, we have to have all vehicles in full running order.  So I skipped my morning walk and drove Jacob to his church (he attends a different church…long story) and then came back to pick up the home crew and we took 2 cars to church, then afterward swung back through town to pick up Jacob.  What did I learn from all of this carting people around you ask?  I learned to take the big van to the mechanic first thing Monday morning, that’s what.

Besides my extreme driving experience it was an uneventful day.  Mostly filled with naps and some afternoon cold temps (which is getting old….this is Texas….home of warm weather).

Have a great week.

What I’m Wearin’ for January

What I’m Wearin’ for January

Even though I’m finished with my modesty series, I will still be sharing what I wear from time to time.  Since I’m losing weight, it’s fun to try to put together something to wear with what I can find in my very sparse closet.  Most of what I have is way too big for me.  I took in a bunch of skirts so they fit better, but they’re still a little large so I have to work to find ways to wear them.

This first look is my no make-up, no hair fix, hanging out at home but I put on a necklace anyway look.

I got the skirt and sweater at Target and the long sleeved tshirt at JCPenney.

This next little number is something I found in a thrift store.  It a vintage style dress which got me so excited!  Especially since it’s a little longer than usual.  It’s sleeveless, so I put a sweater from Target over it (the same one as above but in a different color) and some of my fave colored tights.  I felt so dolled up.

Here’s a cute skirt I got on clearance at Dillard’s.  It’s kind of blankety and it hangs nicely.  The sweater is the same one from above (I wear that thing to death) and the tshirt is JCPenney.  My daughter made me the fabulous necklace.

And here’s a day when I was shopping and having lunch with a friend.  It’s the same black tshirt from above.  The lace vest is 100 years old, like I have no idea where I got it.  The lace overskirt is from Forever 21 a couple of years ago.  I also wear it under things sometimes.  Under that I have on a pair of really full black pants.  They are very skirt looking, but I stood for this picture with my leg bent so you can see that it’s actually pants.  Just something different.

That’s it for my January fashion show.  Thanks for stopping by!

Embracing Modesty, No. 51

Embracing Modesty, No. 51

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this series.  I intended to simply share what we wore each week, but it turned into so much more than that.  You all showed up and started leaving comments that blessed us and we got excited to share.  The girls would say, “Hey Mom, let’s be sure to take a picture of Grace today….she looks so cute!” or I would grab a shot of myself on my way out the door and think of sharing it with you each Friday.  Your daughters emailed me to say how much they look forward to seeing what we are wearing and then….unexpectedly, I started on an amazing weight loss journey.

I really never thought I would be able to lose the weight and I am still only about halfway to my goal.  But that naturally became part of this series as I started to look different and had to get new clothes.  Here’s a picture of me in the first post of 2013 next to the last one I shared….

Our summer swimsuit modesty edition was our most popular post in the series.

And when we shared what we wear for exercise

We have all of the posts from the whole series here in our gallery.

I will be starting a new series next year, but I will keep posting modesty pictures once or twice a month.  Y’all said you still want to see them, plus I will have all new clothes this year, so there will still be something new to show you occasionally.

Thanks so much for blessing us with your comments and encouragement this past year.  We have enjoyed spending this time with you.  See ya in 2014!

 

Embracing Modesty, No. 50

Embracing Modesty, No. 50

This week I have been doing a lot of running around.  I have a limited wardrobe right now, but that’s OK….I love to mix and match. I really buy things with that in mind since I like to play with my clothes.

This first outfit is a mix of old and new.  The red shirt is from JCPenney, silver tank from Target, but the skirt is old as the hills.  And of course, my new obsession with tights shall be a running theme this week.

This next picture is the same silver tank with a gray and white striped top (also from JCPenney) and a red skirt from Versona.  I’m feeling very festive these days.  And don’t you love the trash can in the background?  It’s all about style around here.

This next outfit is, again, old and new.  The black cardigan is from Target, but everything else is old.  I had them in the back of my closet waiting for if I ever lost weight and now they are almost too big for me, so I am wearing them before they go in the pile.  The lace skirt I sometimes also wear under other skirts….it just depends on my mood.

On this day the sun came out so we got a little bit of rays in the photo.  All of these clothes are old except for the purple tshirt (another JCPenney Black Friday purchase).  The shirt is so big on me that I probably won’t be able to wear it again, so I had to give it one last moment.

Lastly, we make it back to the front porch. Al of this is new.  The silver shirt and skirt are both from target.  And the tights….oh yeah baby.

I am enjoying playing with my clothes and putting together outfits.  You never know what I will be wearing when I come out of my room each morning.

Thanks for stopping by and have a very, very Merry Christmas!!!!

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