No sugar New Year!

I am not a new year’s resolution kind of girl.  I believe every single day is a new day….a day to right your wrongs…a day to start fresh….a day to decide to start fresh….each day is an opportunity to do anything you want, need, have to do…..each day is a day to make the best out of the short life you have.

Today is day 106 for me!  I have not eaten ANY sweets in 106 days!  In the past 106 days, I have experienced Halloween, Thanksgiving, my 18th wedding anniversary, Christmas, New Years and many gatherings that were full of sweets.  And yet I have remained steadfast.

My motto:  Don’t put anything in your mouth to satisfy your sweet tooth other than fruit.  Nothing.

I have completely 100% omitted artificial sweeteners.  Those are bad for you anyway, so why toxify your body with them? I no longer drink any sweeteners in my coffee….who knew that was even possible!!!!  I just have 2% milk and coffee.  And it’s actually good.

I have no words for how much better I feel.  I wake up more alert, I have more energy, the “fog” is gone.  I no longer have a 4pm energy surge, my head feels clearer, and my digestive system loves me.

Can you do it? Can you go without any sweets for 30 days?  The first 4 days are the hardest because you have to detoxify your body from the addictive sugar.  Sugar; more addictive than cocaine!!

I dare you.  Not because it’s New Years.  But because you want to.

Keep me posted and let me know how you do.  If you need support, message me.  It’s awesome and feels so free to no longer be addicted to something I couldn’t live without.  And…..I’ve lost 15 pounds!!!


Happy Dance


I have the best A&P I instructor ever!  He gave us our Final Grades after our exam!

I made a 100 on my Lab Final and a 96 on my Lecture Final! Overall, I made a 97 in the class!  Woohoo!  Doin a Happy Dance like it’s no ones business! Life is good!

Last day of school was Tuesday and I haven’t stopped even once.  I have been making picture frames and such.  Money is super tight with me not working and being a one income family….put Christmas on top of that and we are over the top on monthly expenses…..but God always provides and this month is no exception!

I have received a whole lot of orders for frames and wooden projects.  I’ve been painting and putting stuff together since Tuesday afternoon.  I am so excited to be able to contribute to the bank account for once in a very long time!  The highlight of my day yesterday was going to Costco and picking up a huge thing of toilet paper and paper towels…..oh the things we take for granted when we have a regular source of income.

I am freaking out just a little because I paid for and set a date for my NLN exam.  I think I will start studying for it starting Monday.  That way I won’t feel overly rushed and I can go subject by subject.  Really wish the whole thing was on Quizlet so I could study, study, study flash card style.

Last night, Reece (my 10 month old  grandson) stayed the night.  His daddy got to go to a very surprise concert to see Garth Brooks!!  Totally a win-win for me!  Hubby and I (Pops and DeeDee to Reece) got to have playtime, dinnertime and bath time with Reece.  He slept all night long (12 hours!) and woke up playful and smiling :o) I sure do love that little boy … even in spite of the 2 dirty diapers he has blessed me with today.  He is down for nap time (9am sharp) and hopefully will rest for about 2 hours.  Then his mommy will pick him up and take him to her office Christmas Party where he will be smothered with sweet kisses and big hugs!

Then its more projects for me!  Until then, I need to jump in the shower while Reece sleeps!!  He is a handful these days.  Not quite walking yet, but climbing on everything and curious about the entire huge world.

Happy Friday!  Have an awesome day!

Giant Leap

I finally got up the nerve to apply for the nursing program!!!  I paid my fee for the NLN entrance exam and scheduled my appointment for January 16, 2015!!!  All of a sudden, this “dream” became a reality.  I am really doing this!

My final for this semester is tomorrow.  I laid in the tub with a glass of wine and lecture notes for about an hour.  It was nice to unwind even if I was still studying.

Now I am making 6 loaves of banana bread.  I will take one to school tomorrow for my instructor.  He is the best instructor I have ever had.  Very chatty and conversational, yet very challenging.  He makes you laugh even though you are learning a butt ton of new information over a 3 hour class period twice a week.  I am so happy I get to take another class of his next semester.  I will also stop by the library and drop of a loaf or two to the ladies that are always there and know me by name cause I’m always there studying!  Speaking of….

Gotta get back to studying.  Just wanted to post that it’s official.  I applied to be in the nursing program!!!  Test in January.  Results in April.  And Hopefully start the program in September!!

Stay tuned 🙂

Clean, clean, clean

I am so excited that this semester is just 2 days to being over.  I have spent an enormous amount of time studying for my final Tuesday and feel pretty confident that I will pass the class with an A!

My Wednesday is going to be awesome!  I will sleep until I wake up.  I won’t crack a single book and I may just put my phone on silent! To think of not having to deal with any outside stimuli for a 24 hour period! Oh the joy!!!

I have not cleaned house much at all since school started….and we have no where to put a Christmas tree until the clutter is cleared.  I plan on cleaning….and maybe even rearranging…the house after my final! I am so excited to have a clean house again! Cleanliness makes me so happy and stress free.  It will be nice to clean clutter and put everything back in its rightful place.  I am a pretty OCD person most of the time….but when school is in, the house goes on the back burner….like the backest burner there is! LOL

I haven’t painted my nails (fingers or toes) in over 6 months.  I am going to soak in the tub for over an hour….then get out and put lotion on and paint my fingers and toes the prettiest color and get in the festive spirit.  I will blare Christmas music on Pandora and run through the house with my dogs.

I have no words for how excited I am for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this next week.  No school, no worries.  Life is good.

And come Monday, I will start studying my booty off for the NLN entrance exam. But until Monday…..Woohoo!!!

Happy Holidays ya’ll!