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Only 70 to go!!!!

I'm finally getting to the down ward slope of this journey. Today is my 3 month appt since surgery. I weigh 240 lbs! I was in college the last time I weighed this much! The weigh does seem to be slowing down but luckily, I take my measurements. So even if I don't see the pounds coming off, I see inches and my clothes fit better. My goal is 170 lbs. I think that is achievable and realistic for me right now, so I only have 70 more lbs to go. Yep, that means I've lost 84 lbs to date with 51 of them being after surgery. When I started this journey, I was wearing 30/32/4x pants and shirts. I now were 18/20/2x sizes! Can't wait to get to the 14/16s!!! I'm also exercising every other day at my mom's/ She has a Gazelle, recumbent bike and tread mill. I do 15 min on each. I'm even at .82 miles on the treadmill in 15 min. My goal is a 15 min mile! I don't feel comfortable exercising at the gym by myself yet. I feel like everyone is watching and compa

CSDiva Jan Challenges

We have a bunch of great challenges starting over at CSDivas I wanted to share with you. If you want to join a great group of Divas, now is the time. Most of the challenges include prizes. I'll keep a running list here :) Card Fold Challenge  For my challenge this month, I want you to make a Joy Fold card. They are very easy and have become my favorite card fold right now! You can find the tutorial HERE  What's Inside the Card  Your  challenge is to do something creative to the inside of your card too!! Doodle, add a flower like I did, a ribbon, a stamp. Show us your work! Cookbook Challenge Cookin' and Cookbookin' Challenge--PLAN YOUR YEAR * new group and challenges starting up! Diva Challenge January´11 Diva of the Month Challenge * one member aka diva is picked to be honorary DT Diva of the month and gets to post their own challenge! P-12 2011 JANUARY * This is a monthly challenge for the w

HOLIDAYS IN REVIEW CSDivas Blog Hop- challenges extended

Hello friends, The Creative Scrapbooking Divas "Holidays In Review" blog hop has been extended until January 31st in hopes of giving everyone time to create their projects and get them uploaded. So, if you haven't stopped on over, please come by and visit and join in on the fun! Click to get involved and have some fun!

Flamingo Challenge

Found a great new site: One by One the Flamingos are Stealing My Insanity (whew, that's a mouth full, lol) is having a Jan challenge, along with looking for new DTs. I thought I would participate and try out. Challenge: For this month, make a creation of any kind that features a Flamingo. Here is what I did...  I used Life's a Beach and Learning Curve carts. I also used pink vellum, never used the stuff before.  I have to admit, I like it better when I'm holding the card closed.  The saying shows up better.  Still I'm pretty pleased with it :) If you would, could you stop by and give a vote for my card?  Thanks!

HOLIDAYS IN REVIEW CSDivas Blog Hop- Winner (updated)

 Congrats to...   bcriminger ... on being the blog candy winner!!!!!  Please send me your address by 1-25 at Welcome to the HOLIDAYS IN REVIEW CSDivas Blog Hop!!! The holidays are gone and this year we want to help you document your holidays! The CSDivas Design Team Members created awesome challenges specially for the occasion and some of them are offering individual RAKS besides the 3 Grand Prizes we have at CSDivas! New to blog hops? Not that difficult, here is what you have to do: 1) Hop among the 7 blogs to see what each talented DT created, take note of the challenge. 2) Create your project. 3) Once finished you need to upload your entries at the CSDivas Challenges Threads. As I mentioned before, we have 3 amazing prizes for 3 CSDivas members! First Prize Second Prize Third Prize To be eligible to win any of these 3 prizes, you need to: 1) Be CSDivas Members. Register to be a CSDivas member here: 2) Upload to

Joy Card Challenge

For my challenge this month, I want you to make a Joy Fold card. They are very easy and have become my favorite card fold right now! You can find the tutorial HERE   Visit Creative Scrapbooking Divas  to post your creation under Joy Card Challenge in the events forum.  You have until midnight 1-31 to get it done :) For this card, I decided to go with a 5.25x 5.25  But you can do any size.  And if you use a Cricut cut anywhere on the card, you get a second entry for a small rak.   I used Accent Essential for my circle and scallop flower.

What are you doing?

This is a question that I get from some people. And the truth be told, not everyone know that I've had surgery. There are some in my family that are not supportive and would only ridacule and talk about me, in front and behind my back. Do I want to lie and say, "Oh, just diet and exercise." No and I have shared my process with people who care about me and who asked for help.  Here is an answer that I gave in an email to a family member who asked. This is everything that I do, the only part that I didn't add was that my stomach holds 6-8oz of food at one time. This volume will fill me up and keep me full for a couple of hrs. Also I don't have an appetite, due to not having  100% of the Ghrelin hormone that produced in the stomach.  Also, if I eat slider foods ie: ice cream, chips, dips, crakers, chocolate, etc, I can eat more than 6 oz, and I will be hungry shortly. I still fight with head hunger but thankfully that seems to be around my period. Lol, Thanks! I'

Valentines- last year rewind

I made a couple of cut files (svg/scut) last year and though I would post them again for anyone, who just got their new Sure Cuts A Lot aka SCAL this past year.  Here are a couple of them... To download these, just click on Free SVG/SCUT files .    And don't forget about the upcoming CSDivas Valentine BLOG HOP! This is open to the Design Team AND members.  If you would like to participate or want more info, just leave a comment or Email me.

Sweet Magnolia Rose Giveaway

Here is what she posted :) For my GRAND OPENING I will be offering a Cricut expression with 3 cartridges. Which are Stretch your Imagination, Celebration, and Sentimentals. I will pick my first winner February 14th. All you have to do is follow my blog and post a comment on how to improve or what you liked about my blog. Then on February 14th I will announce a winner. Would really like to win this, then I can donate my machine to the ScrapBook Blessings Club!  Fingers crossed! For followers, she is offing this wonderful machine, can you guess what it is?

BINGO V-day Card

Taking a break from blue and white Xmas cards and jumping to red and white Valentine ones, lol. Here is a card I made for Card Cupids . They are having a Valentine’s Card Blog Candy Challenge  I scraplifted this from a fellow cropper at the ScrapBook Blessings Club.  Very easy to do... I got an image of a bingo card off the computer ( you can also use a real card but I used my last one prior- great find a garage sales), Printed out I Luv You  (cut the same size as the blocks), Taped 3 circle punches is black to the words Used hot pink card stock ( 4.25 x 5.5 card), Matted in black card stock Set the pink bling with the I-Rock setter,  Glued a pre-made heart cut out, Fastened the black ribbon to the heart, And made the zig zags with my white gel pen. Very Easy, Very fast and too cute!

Next year's Xmas card

I was so behind in 2010 making my Xmas cards, I swore never again.  This challenge gave me a great excuse to start for 2011, and I am happy to say I have 5 already done this past week!!!!   Challenge #41 Snowy Delights: Create a project and incorporate snow or snowflakes. Christmas solutions- Deer, Tree, Star Zooballoo- Snow scene The inside   Here is 2010 Christmas card   I only did 10 of these cards because I ran out of time.  I'm already ahead of the game for 2011, lol.

Upcoming hop!

This is open to all CSDiva members.  If you interested just pm DT Diva Luisa on the board.  Very excited to have all the divas in on this!!!