Monday, September 26, 2011

Nutrisystem, week 1- my experience

FYI- I am journaling this mainly for myself, but I am hoping that it may help some of you out there as well.

A week ago this past Saturday, I began the Nutrisystem program of weight loss.

I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life.  It began with depression after the birth of my son, seventeen years ago.  The weight just started piling on.  I'm not going to say that I embraced this extra weight...not at all!  Did I try to do something about it?  Mildly.

I rode the wave of weight gain for a couple of years.  I was young, and wight gain sorta came along with motherhood, right?  Remember, I was young.

In the 2-3 years following my son's birth, my family seemed to experience one tragic loss after another.  I lost my Grandfather to lung cancer when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter...11 days after she was born, my Grandmother had a massive heart attack...when my baby was 3 weeks old, my dear Grandmother passed away from what I've always beleived was a broken heart...when baby girl was 5 months old, my Uncle who was a firefighter was killed in the line of duty.  All of this combined with more depression after my daughter's birth led to more weight gain.

In the years since, I have tried just about every plan going.  Always experiencing some weight loss.  Some good some not so great.  Each time I failed at a program, I gained more weight back.

2 years ago, I was finally diagnosed with chronic depression and acute anxiety disorder and was put on medication to control it.  I have slowly started getting my life back on track.  Culminating in my decision to finally live a healthy lifestyle and get rid of this weight that has been dragging me down.

Nutrisystem seemed like a good choice for me with my crazy schedule.  I can just grab what I need an go.  No need to worry about counting points, or calories.  They've done it all for me!

In the little over a week on the program, I have lost 10 lbs.  This weight loss is not typical.

How is the food?  Well, I'm not going to lie to you...some of it is pretty gross.  Not all of it, but some of it.  I have been happy with the breakfast choices so far.  They are very tasty, and paired with yogurt and a piece of fruit, they keep my full.  The lunches leave a little to be desired.  The first lunch I tried was the chicken salad, the look and the texture of it alone was just about more than I could take.  I quickly edited my shippment for next month so that I didn't get any more of this whatever it was.  Most of the lunch selections that I chose were soups.  They aren't so bad, and paired with a protien and some veggies, they also keep me full.  Most of the dinners are pretty good, there are only a couple that I have not been happy with.  There are even desserts to end your day with.  Most of the desserts are pretty good.  They even have cheese doodles!  Just don't go expecting the bright orange loveliness that you had as a child...hee hee!

All in all, I'd say that I am happy with my experience on the program so far.  I'm looking forward to how life can be once I'm not carrying around this extra wieght!  I'm saying goodbye to each and every pound as it falls off, because I am bound and determined to never see that number again!

Wish me luck!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Do you like me???

On FACEBOOK that is!  Hee hee!

Did you know that Eventually Cottage has a FB fan page?

No???  Well stop by for a special coupon code for new fans!

Also, I'll be giving away a special gift for the top referrer to the page!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Martha Stewart Paints...{love}

Hey chickies!

Have you all heard about Martha Stewart's new line of craft paints??? No??? Oh my gosh! You have GOT to get to Michaels and check it out! I swear I hear angels singing when I enter that isle! No, really! I swear!

This awesome craft paint is good for any surface and for indoor or outdoor! 

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I knew that I wanted to do a "hot" pink canvas with a black chandelier, so I picked up Martha Stewart Goji Berry.  It's a beautiful berry pink.

While I was at Michaels, I also picked up some adorable chunky 6"x6" canvases.  I've been wanting to get some of these canvases for a while, but they are really EXPENSIVE!  But today they had a 4 pack of them for what they usually sell just one for!  SCORE!

I used a sponge brush and slapped some of my Goji Berry paint onto the canvas.  I didn't really care too much if it was a little light in some spots because I knew I was going to sand the entire piece when I was done.  Oh...don't forget to paint your chunky sides!

Once my canvas was dry, I took the chandelier stencil that I printed with my Silhouette and placed it on my canvas.  I made sure I had it down there good, I didn't want paint paint sneaking under the stencil.

Now that I had my stencil on,  I took a sponge brush and just brushed the black paint on.  Again, no need to be perfect!

Important- wait for your black paint to dry thoroughly before you remove the stencil!

With everything nice and dry, I took some sandpaper and sanded the entire piece.  I sanded it lightly in some spots and heavy in other spots like the edges.

I sprayed some clear coat on to protect my piece and then added some rhinestones for extra bling.

I love love love the way the finished piece turned out!  It almost looks like faded, worn pink jeans!


I added this piece to my Etsy shop this afternoon and I'm sure it won't last long!  If you're interested in it, email me at dawn{dot}fergusonrinaldi{at}yahoo{dot}com.  It's $14.00 plus $6.00 shipping!

Later gators!!! xoxo

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to School SALE!

The kiddos are BACK TO SCHOOL...It's MOM time!

20% off purchases from my Etsy code THEKIDSAREGONE

Also, I am now proudly "sponsoring" my girl, TheSoChickChick!  Go check her out...see her button on the side...yup...over there!

Have a great holiday weekend!