Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What is it?

Do you know what this is?

Well, you're wrong... They are dog treats... If you're anything like me you thought it was chocolate.

We took Leo to the vet a couple of weeks ago and he gave us some treats for him. Joel was giving him one yesterday and I started to freak out thinking he was giving him the wrong thing. Well, he wasn't and Leo loves these treats. (If Joel was mean he would have given me one, they don't smell bad so I probably would have fallen for it)

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Oh the things that have been going on in the Howard Household.


We went to dinner with our February dating group. Chuy's is SUPER yummy!

We got to see our best friends from Abilene this past weekend.
Breanne is coming in this weekend! And her band is going to perform for the first time.

We leave for our cruise in 10 days.

Joel has a job interview tomorrow!

The Bad

Joel did not get the promotion we were hoping he would. (But like I said before he has an interview tomorrow).


First Joel had a cold, then I had a cold... then the really ugly Joel got the flu. Joel and I have been together for almost 8 years and I have never seen him that sick. I am so glad to have my husband back.


Thursday, February 10, 2011


This is something I have wanted to blog about for awhile, but I just haven't had the confidence to. However, today I read a friend's blog about her struggle and I decided today would be the day!

My weight is something I have always struggled with. I remember going on my first diet when I was in middle school. I have never enjoyed exercising or working out (although after I do I always feel better about myself). When I was in high school I promised myself I would never let it get out of control. I promised myself that 200lbs was the cut off. I said that because I didn't think I could ever reach that weight. Well 200lbs came and went. When Joel and I got married I weighed somewhere close to 215-220. I am so embarrassed to admit that!

Most girls love going back and looking at their wedding pictures, but when I look at mine it is just a reminder of how unhealthy I was. Part of it was do to the fact that I dislocated my elbow and could do NO exercise at all, but I am tired of making excuses for myself. The fact is I am an emotional eater! I eat when I am bored, happy, sad, lonely, anxious, worried, stressed, you name it.

I stayed at that weight for a year, until one day I decided enough was enough. I woke up one Saturday and told Joel I was going to a Weight Watcher meeting. He was shocked, but happy for me. I dropped 60lbs! I was so happy and full of energy! I kept the weight off for a while, then life happened. Joel and I graduated from college and couldn't find jobs. We lived with his parents and then we lived with mine. And the weight has come back on. Not all of it THANK GOODNESS... but enough.

I was looking at this blog post I made the other day, and I was so ashamed of how big I looked! I thought about not posting the pictures because I was so ashamed of how I looked. But you know what I did it anyway. (It is just another thing to help motivate me)

I made a New Years Resolution/Goal to exercise more, well here it is February and I have already broken it. So this is me saying enough is enough!!! I can't afford to go back to Weight Watchers meetings, but I know all of the rules. So I am going to do it from home. I am also going to try and get in more exercise. And I am not waiting till tomorrow! I started today, and just got back from the gym. I did a light load, but I plan to add a little more each day.

I am telling all of you this because I need accountability. I am going to try and post weekly updates about how I am doing. All of the up and downs along the way will be here for you to read. I am also posting this because I need your support and encouragement. I know some of you struggle with your weight too so I would love to hear about your journeys, and possibly a source of encouragement as well.

Any ideas you have about staying motivated I would LOVE to hear! Thanks for letting me poor my heart out.


I don't normally post things like this, but I would really love to have family pictures taken. So here it goes

Live.Laugh.Photograph is giving away a free session. Check it out


Good luck! And make sure you tell her I sent you!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow Days!

I love SNOW!! Basically the last week has been a dream come true for me... minus the having to take time off from work. Here are some pictures from the last week.

The ice scraper was in my car, which was covered in snow, so we used a spatula to scrape off the snow.

Joel had to work every day last week, but today he and I are both off. Hoping that this day off will help me get over my cold.