No, I don’t want to buy your $5 per serving shake/meal replacement/smoothie/whatever you are selling.

Has anyone else noticed that everyone is becoming a representative of some sort of product lately? Skin care, food, kitchen supplies, make up, etc., but the most common thing I keep getting asked to buy and become a part of, is shakes. But the most common thing seems to be shakes and meal replacements, but for me, the answer is no. I get it, though. It is a REALLY tough economy right now and everyone is scrambling to find income and survive. And kudos to all the awesome people in my life that these things work for, who are on a journey of health and wellness and have created a business they love. But please understand, this is not for me. Here is why.

When I tell you I can’t afford it, I really can’t. When you say things like “you are worth the investment”, I appreciate it, and I know that that my health is important and worth a lot of effort an attention. But that doesn’t change my ability to afford it. I use my campus food bank, I budget like crazy, and there are still nights that I have gone to bed without dinner, simply because pay day was around the corner and I had no food because it all went to rent or another crucial bill. This is not the norm every night, though, so don’t worry. I still manage to eat healthy foods on a $100 or less budget per week, in Toronto, for two adult powerlifters with big appetites. We both have smoothies for breakfast that cost $1-2 per person. Mine packs about 40g protein, 10g fiber, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, lots of fat and carbs, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I even eat an orange or kiwi on the side which will up the vitamins and fiber too. These are dietary requirements that are specific to my needs, and meal replacements generally do not meet these needs. Also, I can’t have gluten, which is surprisingly in a lot of that stuff, and I choose not to eat much soy, because it is bad for, and aggravates, all of my weird bodily conditions.

When you say that if I join the business, it will help with my money problems, please understand that I am a full time university student with multiple part-time jobs that I enjoy- I barely have time to shower in a day, let alone participate in the constant social media presence involved in these things. I do enjoy social media, but not for posting every meal and workout I do in a day. And my part-time jobs are ones that are enhancing my life in some way, and I enjoy them.

When you say that I won’t have to step foot in the gym or cook dinners, because all workouts are done from home and dinners are a shake (for example), this does not sound appealing to me. I LOVE going to the gym and cooking. Mostly, I love eating home cooked meals. I do powerlifting, which requires a gym, unless you have your own gym, which would be incredible lol! When you say that I can get weights and modify the workouts to include them, the answer is no. I do powerlifting, it is not the same as getting some dumb bells and following a video.

So I ask that you understand that I have different interests than you, and that is ok. I am excited for you that have a business you love and are healthy and enjoy what you do. I also enjoy what I do, it just happens to be something different. I am so proud of you for working hard towards your health goals! I am also proud of myself. My goals are a little different, and that is also ok. I am looking to gain muscle mass and intense strength, which requires intense workouts at the gym and lots of calories consumed. Hence, low calorie shakes are not suited for me, and meals that cut calories are out of the question. My basal metabolic rate, which is just to maintain my body, muscle, organs, etc. at rest is a little over 1600 cal per day. Add in a workout that burns probably 700 cal AT LEAST, plus add in additional calories to create a surplus for muscle building…that is a lot of food.

So all in all, these shakes and meal replacements just do not suit my life, my goals, or my interests. They may suit yours, which again, is ok. Lets focus on encouraging one another to strive towards our goals, no matter what they are ūüôā

Life and Homemade Kettlecorn.

As adults, we have so much going on that days slip away in an instant, which turns into weeks and months. ¬†How easy is it to walk in the door after a long day and be so tired, you microwave something for dinner and watch TV until you fall asleep? ¬†How easy is it to waste precious time mindlessly browsing the internet? ¬†How easy is it to give your full self to your work, and be so busy with that you forget about other aspects of life? ¬†It is hard to find the energy to go to the gym, spend time in the kitchen doing home cooking, and and be “present” as a wife, mother, daughter, whatever your roles may be.

This is something I have been finding hard lately. ¬†The evenings are spent trying not to fall asleep before 8pm. ¬†So The Artist and I devised a plan. ¬†We decided to think about what we wanted, and what was important to us, and how we would incorporate that into our lives. ¬†It is like a vicious circle‚Ķ.you’re too tired to go to the gym or cook a meal, but if you exercise and eat well you will have more energy. ¬†One day, it was like “enough is enough”! ¬†This cycle of no exercise, bad eating, and crashing in front of the TV every night HAS to stop! ¬†Here is what we decided we want; more time together, a clean apartment, more home cooking and healthier eating, more sleep, more exercise. ¬†These are our goals to achieve them.

1. Go to the gym 2-3 times a week to lift weights together. ¬†Yoga etc. at home on the “off” days for me. ¬†Lots of exercise during weekdays, so weekends are reserved for “fun exercise” like a day walking around the zoo.

2. Home cooked meals every week night. ¬†Even if it is leftovers, it is healthy, balanced left overs. ¬†We like to make meals in bulk solely to have leftovers ūüôā ¬†Weekends are for extra special homemade meals that are more time consuming (we put on some music, pour some rum, and make a night of it!). ¬†Or the opposite: we have “cheat” meals like chicken strips or poutine.

3. We limit mindless internet browsing. ¬†We catch up on how each other’s days went, and then sometimes returning Facebook messages or reading the latest on blogs I follow is a good way to wind down. ¬†In the evening hours, we try to limit this to 15 minutes. The Artist uses the internet during the day when he has some free time, and I like to “browse” in the mornings when I first get up. ¬†So only 15 minutes in the evenings isn’t so bad because we have used our “non-together” time to complete emails and check out our favourites sites already.

4. We do one thing together every day. ¬†Whether it is cook a meal together, watch a movie together, play cards, etc. we do at least one thing together per day. ¬†This comes naturally, and isn’t really something we have to think about.

5. We do one fun outing or event together each weekend.  Sort of like a date night.  We might go to Forest Park, the zoo, thrifting, we might marathon a TV show until 3am all snuggled up on the couch, or even decorate for an upcoming holiday.  Recently, we went to a fundraiser for an organization I used to volunteer at and caught up with friends, and went to the zoo!  The sea lion loved The Artist.

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6. The Artist does day to day household chores like dishes and making the bed. ¬†We don’t have a dish washer, so they pile up on the counter quickly! ¬†I do the more weekly jobs during weekends like laundry, cleaning the bathroom, or dusting. ¬†That way, our place stays clean and neat and we share the chores. ¬†For both of us, a clean and tidy place makes relaxing easy. ¬†It is hard to relax your body and mind you are surrounded by a mess.

7. We do things for ourselves, at least once a week. ¬†For example, I am taking a pottery class right now. ¬†It is something I am doing just for me, and that I have been wanting to do for awhile. ¬†Or writing a blog post on here ūüėČ ¬†And as of lately, the Artist likes to browse magazines with a coffee when I am out and about.

8. Minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night.  Minimum.  No less.  Sleep is something we value and that is important to us.  Every night, we think of what time we are getting up the next day, and count 8 hours (minimum!) backwards to get and idea of when we will go to bed.  We also leave lots of time for teeth brushing, and actually falling asleep.  So if we are getting up at 8am, by 10pm the night before we will settle down and do quieter activities, usually watching TV.  By 11pm we are getting ready for bed and brushing our teeth.  And sometime between 11pm-12am, we are asleep.  So that is 8-9hrs of glorious slumber.

Now, these things sound sort of obvious, and I get that. ¬†But as we get older and our careers and families begin to blossom, these things are easily forgettable. ¬†I know lots of couples who spend very little quality time together, and lots of people who forget about their hobbies and interests because watching TV after a long is much easier and more desirable- let alone remember to eat well and exercise. ¬†And I can especially think of many busy folks who don’t get enough sleep and are tired on a daily basis. ¬†I understand there are lots of reasons as to why, and that is fine. ¬†But at this time in our lives, we don’t have many reasons as to why we can’t get more sleep, so we are taking advantage. ¬†I am sure this will change should be we lucky enough to have children one day.

And honestly, having this conversation and making this list helped 100%. ¬†We felt like the days were slipping by and we weren’t stopping to smell the roses in life- and we were not ok with that. ¬†It brought these wants and needs to our attention, and we decided on realistic goals. ¬†From thereon out, there was a difference. ¬†We no longer feel like like life is flying past us. ¬†We have healthier bodies, more energy then before, active hobbies and interests, and we are not being lost in the dust ‚̧

During one of our stay-at-home nights together, we watched a movie late at night, when the rest of the world was quiet and peaceful. ¬†We made a “nest” of blankets and pillow on the couch and I made some homemade kettle corn. ¬†It was a fabulous night. ¬†Here is my recipe ūüôā

1/3 canola oil

1/3 white sugar

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

salt to taste

In a large pot (that has a lid), heat the oil.  I like to throw in a kernel and when it pops, the oil is hot enough.  Turn of the heat and add the sugar and stir.  Add the popcorn kernels and return to medium-high heat.  Hold the lid on the pot with oven hits on your hands on each side.  Alternate shaking the pot up and down, side to side, and in circles for a few seconds.  Place on heat for a few seconds.  Repeat back and forth, shaking, and having it sit on the burner, for a few seconds each.  Do this until it is all popped, there will be several seconds in between kernels popping.  Remove from pot immediately into a serving bowl and add salt.  Stir gently.

Notes:

– leaving the popcorn solely on the burned will burn it (badly)

– solely shaking it and not alternating having it sit on the burner will take forever for everything to pop, it just doesn’t get hot enough

– I have a gas stove, all stoves will be different and temperature will vary

– the first time or two I made this, I scorched it (like the sugar went black and it was a disaster to clean lol!) so it might take practice

– it is worth it because it is delicious ūüėČ

– when you pour the popcorn into the serving bowl, it will be sticky- don’t worry, it will cool almost instantly and be very crunchy

– it may seem like there is barely any sugar or anything on the popcorn at first, but there isn’t much colour in this, when it cools, it is the texture that you will notice, and each piece should be coated (the picture below looks like plain popcorn, but it is all shiny from the sugar!)

– when I add the salt, I gently toss/stir to avoid the popcorn sticking into a bowl-shaped chunk as it cools

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Workout, Arena Fries, and Gratitude

I went to kickboxing for the first time since the spring. ¬†The drop-in group classes I go to don’t run from mid-May until September. They are on the campus of the Artist’s school, so no one is around to make it worth running the classes I guess. ¬†Wow. ¬†It was intense. ¬†But in a good way (not like that other class I posted about, haha). ¬†Normally, if I was doing weights, I would do it right before this class. ¬†I like to do weights with the Artist, it is just a fun thing to do together- and of course I like seeing him flex his muscles ūüėČ ¬†Occasionally, our schedules don’t match exactly, so I just do the weights after.

Big mistake.

I came home from kickboxing expecting to leave immediately for the gym. ¬†The Artist wasn’t home yet, and it was a little over an hour before he came home and we left. ¬†As you can imagine, waiting that long after intense kickboxing, was not a good idea. ¬†I crashed. ¬†If I used the momentum and went right away I would have been ok, but I didn’t, and was just exhausting. ¬†I thought, “I will just take it easy”. ¬†Ha! ¬†Even taking it easy made me feel like I could throw up. ¬†I have never felt so close to throwing up from exercise….ever. ¬†Actually, I very rarely feel even a hint of it.

So we lace up our shoes and head out. ¬†On the way there, I was thinking about parking…during weekdays meters are free after 6pm, and it was 6:30pm. ¬†However, there are limited spaces for that. ¬†Other parking is for permits only. ¬†We do not have a permit.

Me: Maybe all the meter spaces will be full, and we won’t be able to park, and just have to go home.

Artist: I hope that happens.

*We pull into the campus.

Artist: The spaces must be full, look at this, it is like a zoo in here.

Me: I don’t know, maybe they will all be open, with our luck.

Artist: They can’t be, I hope they’re not.

Me: (laughing)

Sure enough, there were 2 spaces open.  We park, and go in.  First stop- bench press.  By the way, the gym is packed, hot, sticky, and loud at this hour.  Ugh.

Me: (after 1 set) Soooo….home?

Artist: (laughing) Why are we here again?

Me: (laughing) I’m only half serious.

Artist: Lets just go home, and hit the drive-thru on the way.

Me: (laughing)

Artist: I will do one more set, but I may not be able to do 12 reps.

Me: Want me to spot you a little so you can do the full 12?

Artist: No, it’s not worth it. ¬†I just want to do this so I can go home and stuff my face.

Me: (laughing embarrassingly hard, people are staring)

We continue, and move through each exercise.  When we get home we have a protein shake, a shower, some dinner, and watch Arrested Development.

I am deliriously exhausted, so Buster is extra funny.

On the way home from the gym, the Artist was talking about how much he wants arena fries. ¬†For all of you from Creemore and the area, you know exactly what I am talking about. ¬†Fries from the Creemore arena are the best arena fries. ¬†Yes, other arenas have the crispy coated ones which are amazing, but all in all, I have always thought Creemore had the best fries. ¬†The Artist refers to arena fries as fries in the little box with the little wooden fork, with lots of ketchup from the big pump dispenser, and vinegar. ¬†I do not like ketchup, so for me, arena fries are with salt and vinegar, and of course the little box and wooden fork….or the skinny plastic red ones. ¬†There is also poutine. ¬†Creemore arena poutine is one of the best poutines. ¬†I love real cheese curds, but mozzarella is good too. ¬†What I am most picky about is that the gravy is “fake beef gravy”. ¬†Which means from a can or a powder, and not chicken gravy either. ¬†And of course, eaten with the little wooden fork. ¬†Now that I think of it, the Creemore arena has the best canteen ever. ¬†The best chicken fingers, fries, poutine, everything, are there. ¬†I always remember my parents working in there on Saturday mornings when I was skating, and making me a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast- and paying for it ūüėČ ¬†And making it just the way I like it- white loaf of bread, plain butter, and 2 slices of Kraft singles. ¬†This is very specific, because I try to healthify it and choose cheaper items, such as garlic butter, whole wheat bread, “real” cheese or a blend of cheeses, etc. ¬†These options are all yummy, but sometimes, the mood just calls for the original.

So to any of my Creemore readers, if you have photos of “Creemore Arena Food”, I would love to have them to add to this post ūüôā

Now onto nice things we have done for eachother……I am making us dinner tonight, and helped the Artist get all of his errands done today (he hates doing paperwork stuff, making calls, etc…..but really, who actually likes it?). ¬†I went with him, helped him, and rubbed his back afterwards. ¬†The Artist told me how much he loves going through our photos because it makes him happy looking back on our lives, and how much fun we have together. ¬†We truly have had a great life together so far. ¬†When I told him I would make dinner for when he gets home, he said he never expects a dinner to be ready, so don’t worry if I don’t get to it, because I have my own things to do. ¬†And how he always appreciates me. ¬†When I am able, I do as much as I can in terms of cooking, cleaning, etc. especially when the Artist is super busy or has late classes. The fact that I never feel expected to do any of this, and always get showered with gratitude and affection afterwards, makes me not mind it all. ¬†And when I am super busy, in school, working or whatever, the Artist does the cooking and stuff.

So men, the secret to women is not to expect them to cook and clean, especially if they are home all day, because when they feel expected to do these things, it is a whole new ball game. ¬†This is how resentment is born. ¬†And it doesn’t matter whether or not you actually expect these things, if a woman feels expected to do certain things, then verbalize and show her that you don’t. ¬†And being appreciative of dinner, clean clothes, etc. and verbalizing this to them, makes all the difference. ¬†When the Artist takes 2 minutes to cuddle me from behind while I am cleaning up or doing dishes after dinner, whispers loving words and thank you’s in my ear, and we have a little 2 minute snuggle, it is so nice. ¬†Even though I know he appreciates it, hearing it, and him showing me his thankfulness, makes a big difference. ¬†I never feel like I am being taken for granted or expected to fulfil a certain role or duties. ¬†And even though he has a long night ahead of him writing a big assignment due in the morning, taking those 2 minutes to hug me from behind while I am cleaning up and tickle me or kiss me or whatever and thank me, makes a huge difference.

So, ladies, what do you think on this? ¬†I would love to hear comments ūüôā

The little things in life.

Happiness is contagious ‚̧

Lifting Weights and Mid-day Crashes

The Artist and I hit the weights together yesterday. ¬†He is naturally really muscular and strong, and can lift quite a bit, and in order to get a good workout, he has to lift pretty heavy. ¬†Me on the other hand, I consider myself reasonably strong, and enjoy a challenge. ¬†I love it when I can increase the weight on something. ¬†But I do have the muscle definition the Artist has. ¬†So we are lifting together, and nearing the end. ¬†We are sweaty, exhausted, tired, and struggling to get a fresh breathe of air in the sticky, hot weight room. ¬†The air in there is so heavy, its gross. ¬†And earlier, I had bicycled to the Athletic Complex, it is a good distance with large hills, to attend day 2 of a self-defence course I am taking. ¬†Day 2 was a little bit of “lecture”, but mostly learning moves and practicing them, and practicing them with the instructors holding pillowy cushions while you punch. ¬†I have done kickboxing before, group fitness, drop in style, punching and kicking the air to music. ¬†This class was 3 hours but it was a slow pace as we were learning technique, but actually punching hard and having your punch have contact with something is down right exhausting. ¬†I was dozing on the Artist’s shoulder before we went to the gym. ¬†I can’t believe I even made it there let alone lifted weights.

So we are nearing the end of our workout, doing biceps.  I am quite sweaty, but the Artist is clearly sweating and is very uncomfortable.  I am deliriously exhausted and tired, and I get the giggles.  And I am a giggly person even when I am not tired.

Artist: (As he finishes a set) Do we still have triceps after this?

Me: Yep.

Artist: F@#k.

Me: (laughing) Next time we should bring a water bottle with some gatorade in it to drink while working out.

Artist: Next time, lets bring the camping chairs, so we can sit down.

Me: (laughing)

Artist: And a beer.  And a hotdog.

Me: (laughing embarrassingly hard)

Artist: (as he finishes another set) And a puke bucket.

Me: (laughing so hard there are tears)

Artist: (gasping for air) And an oxygen mask.

Me: (laughter is not uncontrollable)

We finish up and head home.  And in good timing because my muscles had had enough.  Anything further and fainting would have been a possibility haha!  The Artist makes a delicious protein shake, and we always find ourselves coming back to life with every gulp.

A bit later, I made the Artist a big sandwich. ¬†Ham, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, black pepper, mayo, mustard, and “sub sauce” on a ciabatta. ¬†There is no sub sauce here in Subways. ¬†Crazy, right? ¬†I don’t order it, but the Artist loves it, and it is like the most popular sauce. ¬†So he tries to make it at home, or buys an oil/vinegar/herbs salad dressing. ¬† He loved it. ¬†He said it as better then Subway, his mouth was tingling for another one. ¬†Heck yes. ¬†I make good, hearty sandwiches. ¬†Probably because I love sandwiches myself. ¬†But, the key here is that my sandwiches are hot. ¬†I guess I should say I love hot sandwiches. ¬†And I don’t like deli meat, I like regular meat that I cooked ahead of time. ¬†And I don’t like a normal loaf of bread, unless it is grilled cheese, I like french bread, ciabatta, baguette, buns, and it can be whole wheat, grainy, white, anything. ¬†I like “fancy” sandwiches, most importantly, hot ones. ¬†Or sometimes grilled like a panini. ¬†Mmmmm. ¬†If there wasn’t leftovers in the fridge I would be grilling one right now.

I don’t have any photos for this post, because I don’t bring a camera to the gym, and believe me, you wouldn’t want to see photos of that anyways, haha. ¬†So use your imaginations.

Today shall bring: a community BBQ down the street, some baking maybe? suggestions?, and resting to recharge the batteries for next week. ¬†Yesterday was crazy, and I was so tired I was dozing on the couch by 6pm. ¬†I attributed it to the days events causing physical exhaustion. ¬†But today, I crashed in the late afternoon and have felt very lethargic. ¬†Like I have brain fog, and feel like a zombie. ¬†But for no particular reason. ¬†I got plenty of sleep, it felt good to sleep in this morning, I had enough to eat and it was good, healthy foods, so I don’t know. ¬†Maybe I am fighting a cold, or coming down with something? ¬†Maybe I didn’t get enough water? ¬†Maybe I have low vitamin B12? ¬†But of course, the first thing that comes to mind is that my thyroid medication isn’t doing it’s job. ¬†If you read a previous post of mine:¬†https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/under-active-thyroid/ you will see why I worry. ¬†I just started a higher dosage of medication, so I worry when I get that mid-day crash of intense fatigue. ¬†However, trying to stay positive, these crashes have been happening less and less often. ¬†Even if my crazy day yesterday wasn’t caused by physical exertion, but by my thyroid, 2 days out of the week is a lots better then 7. ¬†And at least I wake up refreshed instead of exhausted. ¬†Hopefully the next while will be better, and the mid-day crashes get even less frequent. ¬†I would love to go to the doctor in December and have nice looking blood test results ūüôā ¬†Cross your fingers and think positive thoughts for me!

Nice thing I have done for the Artist: Make him a glorious-better-then-Subway sandwich, tell him how much I love his crazy long hair and beard, and how much it suits his personality.

Nice thing the Artist has done for me: Make me a protein shake when I am too weak to do so myself even though he is just as tired, helped me with dinner telling me it is always more fun when we cook together (awww!), and then served me.

Happiness is contagious.

Almost a Year With my New Lifestyle.

It has been almost a year since I made a big change in my life. ¬†About a year ago, the Artist and I were talking and we decided we wanted to get gym memberships at his school. ¬†We had been doing “home workouts” here and there, and were really excited to start working out in an actual gym again. ¬†I had been been a little displeased with my body, and found myself wondering how to maximize these workouts. ¬†The Artist is an expert in all things fitness and food, so when we were talking he was able to explain to me how the body works with regards to eating and exercise- my mind was blown. ¬†This conversation changed my life. ¬†With the incredible knowledge the Artist had, I was able to re-evaluate my lifestyle and decide what I wanted to change. ¬†We are such a good, supportive, encouraging team. ¬†The Artist was supportive of me in my goals to change my lifestyle, and I couldn’t wait to get home to tell him about my workout or how I had improved on something, and he was so happy for me every time. ¬†And I was encouraging and supportive of his workout goals too, and on the weekends we would exercise together.

So not only am I proud of my body, but I am proud of how I changed it- with a healthy lifestyle. ¬†For me, it is not about how many calories I consume or how many hours I spend exercising each day, it is about where my calories are coming from and the type and efficiency of my exercise. ¬†I eat like 5-6 times a day LOL! ¬†I treat myself about once a week, and try to do a variety of exercises including strength, cardio, core, and yoga. ¬†I also like to do fun classes like kickboxing or zumba for cardio, I am not much of a runner. ¬†Another goal I had was wanting to ride my bicycle more, so I rode it to and from each workout. ¬†Even in the winter (in St. Louis…what winter? HAHA!). ¬†It has taken a long time, weight has come off slowly, but that means it will be off forever, because I have a whole new outlook on food, exercise and being healthy. ¬†Learning about foods and exercise and how they effect my body sort of “shocked” me into change.

So all in all, I have dropped about 20 lbs. ¬†My pant size before: 14, other clothes: S-XL, weight: 170-175lbs. ¬†My pant size now: 14 (maybe a 12 if they are stretchy), other clothes: S-XL, weight: 150-155lbs. ¬†Now much change right? ¬†Well actually, there is a huge change. ¬†I have much more muscle, less fat, I am stronger, I have a lot more endurance and stamina, I am more flexible, and I have tons more energy and am often in a happy mood. ¬†My body is very different, but based on the scale and my pant size, it doesn’t look like much. ¬†Which is why I don’t pay too much attention to those, but going by how I feel- and I feel great. ¬†Yes, some of my clothes are much too big to wear now, but mostly, my clothes fit nicer, my “muffin top” has shrunk, oh it is still there for sure, but definitely smaller. and I feel more comfortable and relaxed in my clothes because I am not constantly thinking my stomach is hanging out or having my pants dig in because they are too tight.

And just to make myself a little more proud, I continue to do all this while combating a pretty hefty thyroid condition and a little genetics, none of my female relatives have small frames, we are curvy ūüėČ

I love how good I feel. ¬†I love to exercise. ¬†And I really love food. ¬†That’s right, I ate/still eat pasta, pizza, etc. on a pretty regular basis, and I did not go running/jogging every day for hours, and I still lost weight. ¬†But most of all, I love my Artist. ¬†I am so lucky to have him as a coach, and to have shown me good fitness routines and eating habits.

I feel much healthier, and have more energy. ¬†And therefore, the energy to embark on lots more fun adventures with the Artist. ¬†‚̧

I don’t have any “before” photos really, but here are some recent photos of me, down 20lbs and feeling great ūüėÄ

New Jammies :D

New Jammies ūüėÄ

Heading to the gym.

Heading to the gym.

Sewing project complete

Sewing project complete

The Zoo

The Zoo

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park