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If The Jeans Fit!

IMG_2001[1]I bought this amazing pair of jeans about a month ago and I couldn’t get them over my hips…huge disappointment, cause they are amazing and I love them.  So I was feeling kinda blue about it cause I was going to wear them to go out with my husband.  So I did what any girl would do, I cried to my big sister and ate some pudding (my total weakness).  She of course was amazing and gave me a pair of jeans that were some of her favorites.  So I cheered up and threw the pudding out, and got back on my routine.  I did so good that I thought I would weigh after the second week.  The #@!$##! thing said I had gained FIVE pounds!!! I nearly died!   No way I gained five pounds. So I cried, and was about to give up.  I skipped the extra popcorn.  I stayed away from the pudding, which is totally not good for losing weight, and made myself a fresh fruit and unsweetened Almond milk smoothie.  I ate Avocado Sunrise for breakfast.  If I had to have a salty snack I had a handful of my favorite student food ( mixed nuts and raisins) from Jeans HealthWay.  If I had to have chocolate I had it in student food with raisins and cranberries.  Today I woke up and my husband said “I read on Facebook today that for Purim the Jews eat chocolate.”  So I was going to eat pudding.  I decided to go make my favorite cook and serve chocolate pudding, because I was sure I hadn’t lost any weight.  Depressed I headed for the stove and my husband said “The scales were wrong, you have lost weight, I just know it!”  He knew I was committing weight loss suicide. So I made a deal with myself, that if the jeans fit, I would not eat the pudding,  instead I would exercise.  So being the good husband Jason is, he agreed to stir the pudding while I went to try them on.  I put my first leg in and to my surprise it went in easily!  Ok, so I put the other leg in and pulled them all the way up and past my hips!!!!  I was so excited…eat that stupid scales!  There is nothing more motivating for me that a really nice pair of jeans one size too small.  I will fit in them!  I have new determination.  I started this Crazy Curvy Journey at a size 28 during springtime two years ago.  I will start this spring respectively in an 18.  By winter I hope to be in a 14.  My goal of getting back in my wedding dress is coming into view.  Soon I will be half the woman I was.  I have lost 12 inches off my waist.  I wish I had measured everywhere else.

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This is not about seeing how thin I can get though.  I want to keep up with my family when we go hiking.  I want to go do things with them I couldn’t do before.  I want to be healthy.  I want it for me.  I have went from bed ridden and depressed with no hope to being excited about my life.  I know God helped me.  My husband Jason studied and helped me too.  We did it together.  You can do it too.  Come with us on this Crazy Curvy Journey.  We can do it.

The “Udder” Fat

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Not all fats are the enemy.  It is my daily choice of fats and oils that I leaned my focus towards.  So, I tried the experiment, (after reading a lot)and it works!  We started out by replacing any foods in our home that contained hydrogenated fats and polyunsaturated fats.  We didn’t throw them away, because we are a money conscious  family.  Instead we replaced them as we used them up.  Why did we do it?  Before I can answer that question I need you to understand a few things, like what are these big words she is talking about…at least that’s what I thought…and why are they bad?

Polyunsaturated fats can cause many health problems because they tend to become rancid when exposed to heat, oxygen or moisture.  So that made me wonder if they are rotten when you start cooking with them?  From what I have studied in various online articles and books, the answer is yes!  And when they become rancid, they also become “free radicals”.  As we all know “free radicals” attack cells and cause mutations in them!  Wrinkles, cancer, cysts….from minor mutations to deadly ones.  So I decided these had to go.  Our bodies however need saturated fats.  These fats occur in nature.  A few examples would be tropical oils and animal fats.  Our bodies convert carbs into saturated fats.  I know what you are thinking, I just wont eat carbs!  Wrong…I eat carbs(but that’s another post:) !  Saturated fats in our bodies play very important roles in improving out immune system function.  They calcify our bones to keep them from being brittle.  They help prevent heart disease & also help digest our food.  Saturated fats make up about 50% of all our cell membranes!  We need them!  Before the industrialization period most of the fats consumes were unprocessed and natural.  Real butter, lard, olive oil & coconut oil are a few examples that come to mind.  These are saturated fats.  Unhealthy weight gain was a rare occurrence, along with many well known diseases we have today.  People ate food in the closest form to how it was created as possible.  They processed it in their own kitchens. They stored in in a root cellar & fermented it.  Now I didn’t run out and buy a farm or anything like that, but I might have if I could have!

The next thing I learnt about was hydrogenation. This is a process that takes a polyunsaturated fat that would normally be liquid at room temperature, and turns it into a solid at that same temperature.  The process starts with an oil, like Canola Oil, and mixes it with a metal, like Nickel Oxide.  Then they expose this mixture to hydrogen gas in a high pressure-high temp environment.  Emulsifiers and starches are added to give this mixture a smoother texture.  Now they heat it again to clean it.  This is to remove the stink, because it is now rancid.  Yuck!  It is also now grey in color-ewww.  So, they bleach it!  Then they add dyes and flavoring, so we can stand to eat it, or even be in the same room with it .  After that they  try to sell it to us as a healthy substitute for butter.  I have personally made butter in my own kitchen, and let me tell you , butter is the better choice .  Butter is simply made from the cream skimmed off the top of fresh milk, placed into a mixer to churn.  It then coagulates into a solid with a watery milk left over, buttermilk.  You add salt if you want to …that’s butter. No heat…no dyes…no bleach…no added anything!  The flavor cannot be imitated.  You can buy it from the store.  IT is that simple.  Try the cultured butter…you will love it.  It has added enzymes!  They are so good for your health…(more on those later)

I hope I did not overwhelm you, I know it’s a lot of info for one post .  These are some of the basic steps my family have taken towards better health…and they work for us!  I’m not a doctor, I’m just like you, sharing my experiences on this CRAZY CURVY  JOURNEY!  I hope you will join me, and find better  health for  your family too<3

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Traveling Back in Time

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Sixteen years ago this was me!  I had already went from a size 7 to what I thought was a 10 just to find out my dress had to be a 12 :/ That hit like a ton of bricks.  My knee surgery was only three and a half months ago in this picture.  I knew this was going to be my wedding dress the moment I saw it.  I have it hanging in my closet for later in this Crazy Curvy Journey.  I open my closet door and look at it sometimes while I work out.  Someday I will be back in this dress. This blog has already helped me in so many ways.  If it can help even one more person, it will all be worth it.  I don’t know who you are, but your story is happening right now too.  We can do this!  It all starts with a thought.  A small spark of an idea.  The voice that says “well maybe I could get up and do _____.”  Listen to it!  Start small, and work your way up.  I have a bad habit of jumping into the deep end before I learn to swim…lol.  That’s just part of who I am.  It’s how I learn best.  So I had a hard time starting small.

heaviestThis is me in 2013, fourteen years later.  I clocked in a t 325 pounds.  Just prior to this  picture I spent a lot of time in bed, sick.  I remember it being hard for me to do anything.  My poor husband tried to understand, but it was hard for all of us .  I couldn’t keep up with my kids.  I finally had to go see the  doctor…a lot.  I found out I needed blood pressure medicine, and was pre-diabetic.  My doctor then look at me in the most caring way he could muster and said these words.  “You really need to lose weight, or your health problems are just going to get worse from here.”  I wore a size 28, and was severely depressed.  I decided I had to do something.  So…I went for a walk, to the mail box.  That is how it all started.  My Crazy Curvy Journey!

Hello World!

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I didn’t plan on being “plus sized”. My life didn’t start this way, but somehow I find myself here.  I grew up in a small town. I rode my bike after school, played softball, basketball, volleyball, track, swim team, and went horseback riding. My  French class picked me to compete in the Miss Merry Christmas pageant. Other than partying a little too much, my life was on track.  In the blink of an eye, a split second, all that changed.  My life changed, seemingly never to be the same again.  My softball team was supposed to play in a town about an hour from my house.  My mom begged me not to go.  (Mother’s intuition I guess.)  The game never started.  Canceled on account of rain.  So my friend and I loaded up in the car and headed back home.  We were hit by a drunk driver.  I do not remember the accident, but I do remember the pain.  In fact my memory after the accident was not all that great for a while.  I would forget what class to go to.  I didn’t recognize people I knew.  After re-evaluating my life I decided I needed a change.  I asked my parents to let me attend a small private school where I could try to figure things out.  The doctor said I needed surgery on my knees.  The dash of the car had caved in on both my them.  I went ahead with the surgery on my left knee, but opted not to have the surgery on my right one.  Despite the efforts of rehabilitation I was having a difficult time recovering.  My activity levels changed, but my eating habits did not.  I was still on crutches when I went on my first official date with my wonderful husband Jason. We were married in March of 1999. In a little over a year I gained a hundred pounds.  I didn’t even realize it had happened.  It was like I just woke up one day and was fat.  The extra weight on my knees did not help with the problem.  This is my story.  This is my life.  There have been ups and downs.  Struggles and triumphs.  I want to take you with me on this trip to find healthy.  Let’s go together! So buckle up and hang on, cause its a crazy ride!  Welcome to my Crazy Curvy Journey! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-Curvy-Journey/576013275868661

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