Thursday, April 14, 2011

~PINK ROSE BEAUTY and a ITTY BITTY MORE on WEIGHT~

 
~DAINTY and EVER SWEET~

Every year at Easter my beautiful Mother blesses me with something special.  Of all the things she has ever gifted me with the things she has created with her own two hands remain my favorite.  Yesterday I received one of these precious Cross Bookmarks in the mail from her.  Not only is my Momma crazy-talented...she has NEVER FAILED EVEN ONCE to remember me for a holiday OR to send me a Thank-You note for something I've done for her (and I don't mean an email note...I mean a real HAND-WRITTEN one!).
~TINY PINK ROSE~
Anyway~for as long as I can remember my Mom has worked her magic with a crochet needle.  She has made more gorgeous baby sweaters and baby bib and bottle-cover combos than I can tell you and except for a handful of times when I BEGGED her to make a few for me to sell on eBay (years ago!), she's always given them away for free.
 ~PRECIOUS BABY BIB~
(I Know...It's Fabulous!)

She's made them for my friends and family...her grandchildren and even her great grandchildren!  Hope you don't mind me bragging on her a bit...  If you've forgotten what she looks like here's a little picture of her when she was about 30 years old...
~HOW SHE LOOKS IN MY HEART~

Now...if you read my little bloggie very much you know I've been on Weight Watchers since late December.  The time came to truly GET SERIOUS about my health and begin to take care of my one and only heart!  I've decided that working to reduce one's size (for whatever the reason...heath, appearance, etc.) is almost always a GOOD THING!  Right?
 ~TIME TO GET SERIOUS~

Well...it's also just plain hard!  Seems to me it takes so little effort to pack on the pounds (who doesn't love great food???) and sooo much work to take them back off again!

When I visited my primary Doctor last December (you can read more about it here) I almost fainted when I read what was on the scale and my big "AHHH HAHHH" moment was when I realized I weighed only ten pounds less than I did when I was 9 months pregnant with both my children...
And so...since the 28th of December I've been on Weight Watchers and BY GOLLY was I determined to do it right this time!  As of today I've lost 32.5 pounds and that means I'm now 10.5 pounds away from my goal weight of 132.  My guy has now lost 22 big ones since mid January (and much more that that if you go a few years back!).
 ~WEIGHTING FOR CHANGE~

The two of us are feeling great and now that our eating habits have changed for the BETTAH we can't help but wonder how it was we were able to consume sooo much unhealthy food...and for sooo long!  Now...if your quick with the math you'll easily figure out that I started out weighing over 170 pounds.  I'm only 5'4" and do I even need to tell you that was WAAAAYYYYY too much!?

Don't mean to keep harping on this topic...it really isn't what my bloggie is all about.  Still...just can't help but think that so many of you out there are dealing with the same issues as my Mr. AGPMan and I (I have your emails as evidence!).  If we can do this then sooo can you!  Weight Watchers is a fabulous life-changing-program and their new Points Plus System is amazing!

"Has it been hard to lose the weight?" you ask?  Yep!  It has been!!  Change is almost always hard.  But...it IS possible!
YOU CAN DO IT!
YOU CAN!

I promise to show pics of the two of us once we hit our goal weight!  Probably will be in June or July or close to it!

Blessings to you for an awesome Thursday!

Thinking of you all with love~

25 comments:

sonya said...

Such a precious gift from your Mama. My Mom used to crochet too.

That is fabulous that you and your husband are doing so well on your diet! It IS very hard to change habit (especially bad ones, it seems)my husband and I should try doing this too.I can't wait to see what you look like! You were beautiful before!:)
Hugs and blessings,
Sonya

donna!ee said...

awesome, congrats girlie! i've been on the healthier road as well BUT my devotion is more toward exercise than eating programs. although, i have noticed that the more regular i am at exercising, the more cautious i am about what i eat. thank you for sharing :)

Deanna said...

So very proud of you!

Al said...

Your Mom is very talented. You can see where you get your influence. I love that picture of her, when she was younger. Very sweet. Have a great day.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mother is an angel. I love the baby bib, it would look so sweet on a baby in a christening gown or something special that they could drool on!! ;-D

Hooray on your weight loss. I would be thrilled to lose that much. I am trying to be more active and that is harder than watching what I eat. It has been a LONG winter!

Have a fabulous day, Rebecca!

XO,
Jane

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your mom is beautiful. Congrats again on your weight loss. I find losing the weight is hard...harder to KEEP it off!!! Enjoy some new clothes!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Becky, first of all, I love that adorable cross and the other lovely piece your mom made. Boy, she's talented! Just like YOU!

And I'm so proud of you for losing so much weight. Way to go! :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Suzann said...

Hello Rebecca,
Your mommy does wonderful work!!! It looks so dainty and sweet!!!
Congrats to you on your weight loss journey can't wait to see your pics of you and your hubby at your goal.
Thank you for sharing!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Roselle said...

Dear Rebecca:
Your Momma is beautiful AND oh so talented! Amazing hand crafted pieces!
Congrats on your weight loss :)
You are an inspiration!!!
xo
Roselle

Mari said...

WHAT AN INSPIRATION YOU ARE MY SWEET FRIEND :) CONGRATS ON YOUR WEIGHT LOST!!
YOUR DEAR SWEET MAMA IS SUPER DUPER TALENTED :)

XO~MARI

Carolyn said...

Congrats on your weight loss!! I am working on mine now... :)

Rebecca, I LOVE the cross bookmark your dear mother made for you!! It is so beautiful!! Do you think she would share her pattern (instructions)...I almost typed "recipe"!! LOL!! My daughter and I learned how to crochet this past winter together before she leaves home...that would be fun to make!!

Hugs,
Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I think you look like your Mom :)
That is so great that you and your hubby made the decision to eat better. I so want my hubby to join WW too...I haven't joined as I feel that 2 work better than 1 regarding eating better!
SO happy for you.
Warmly,
deb

Rita said...

Rebecca, you look so much like your beautiful mother. I'm so glad that you still have her. You take after her in the talented department too! And I am so proud of you for sticking with it in Weight Watchers to take off the excess. You are right, it is a very hard thing to do. I am trying to change my attitude about food, not making it such an important thing in my life. Congrats on the weight loss!

Jan M said...

The bookmark is gorgeous! She obviously instilled some of that talent and kindness in her sweet daughter.
Congratulations on the weight loss! That is awesome!

NanaDiana said...

I am so jealous that you have such a wonderful mother that is still with you! What a blessing. And she is a "giver" just like you are-sharing what is in her heart by the work of her hands. God bless your Mom and God bless you for sharing her here with all of us-especially those of us tha have lost our Moms along life's road.

Good for you on the WW program. I really need to do this again..and get serious about it. You are a wonderful inspiration! xxoo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Congrats, I am down 20 with WW, I like the new program, but find the weight comes off slower than with the old program. The new program will be easier to sustain though. The only read problem I have is that it is hard to eat out and I love to eat out, but have stayed home to keep on the path

Carol

June said...

I loved your mamma's sweet gift for you Rebecca. And those bibs are beautiful. A lucky baby to have that pretty thing around it's neck.

Way to go girl on the weight loss. I did this about six years ago. I had let 30 pounds creep up on me and when I reached about forty-seven and then decided to take it off. I was happy to lose it and have been able to keep it off so far. But I am always aware that if I'm not careful it could come back on, so I keep a food diary everyday. Yep, everyday. Butit is worth it. I'm one of the unlucky ones who can only eat about 1200 calories a day, or it starts piling back up. No fun either.
So I am thrilled for you!!!
sending big hugs...

Carol said...

Your Mother's crochet work is absolutely beautiful. I sort of remember a sweet set, a top & cap along with a bib she made for Ebay. Her calibre of work is becoming a lost art form.

Looking forward to seeing your weight loss transformation. You are just beautiful now, but with the pounds off you will be the Glam Girl of all things Shabby Chic.

Farrah said...

Beautiful crochet! What a blessed gift from your Mama! There is nothing like a handwritten letter. Congrats on the weight loss.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Rebecca, you made me laugh!, hope you got the puke cleaned off your keyboard!!

Carol

karen said...

Congrats on the diet!!! You go girl!!! And we now know where you got all your talent and good looks . From Mom. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky--

Thank you for the nice post. I was quite surprisd when I noticed the photo of the bib and bookmark. LOL Thanks to all for the nice comments. I would be happy to share the pattern with your friend for the bookmark, however, it is in my head. LOL I never wrote the instructions down. (I'll see if I can put pen to paper and come up with the instructions.)

It was great having lunch with you last week. I look forward to doing it again soon. You look Fantastic! Congrats to you and Steve on the weight loss.

Love you Dear Girl

Hugs-- Mom

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Your Mama has a beautiful and even hand in crocheting these perfect things. The cross is perfect and so is the baby bib. She's using some high quality cotton thread too.
No, you certainly don't brag about her; you're telling the FACTS!
So glad that you windows did finally come in. Remodeling always makes us run into some kind of surprise...
Did you read my comment about wanting such a business card tin? You didn't respond to it...

Lots of love,

Mariette

Barbara Jean said...

Congratulations and keep up the good work.
My sweet fella did get on it too!
(and we ate so much healthier).

I have a friend who has diligently worked on it for over a year and has lost 126 lbs!!!! You would not even recognize here!
So, you go girl (and guy!!)

big hugs and blessings
barb

PS LOVE the cross your Mom made you. My Mom crochets too. =)

Anonymous said...

WHAT A SWEET MOM YOU HAVE ... YOU ARE BLESSED... I LOST MY MOM 10 YEARS AGO. I AM THE 0NLY GIRL ,,IN OUR FAMILY WITH 5 BROTHERS... SO WHEN I LOST MY MOM I LOST MY BEST FRIEND... SHE GAVE ME A BROCH IN MAY BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE...IT SAID"SOMEONE SPECIAL ' WITH AN ANGEL''NO IT ISN'T 14KARAT.BUT IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME... THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE THIS WITH YOU... IT IS JUST HARD FOR ME AROUND MOTHHES DAY. HER B.DAY IS IN MAY ALSO... THANKS REBECCA FOR LETTING ME EXPRESS MY FEELINGS.. GOD BLESS YOU...LOHOMA

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