Mucus Head…

Hey y’all… coming to you from the space that is my gigantic head bucket of mucus. I caught the cruditis this week, starting with a super sore throat on Tuesday and then migrating to a super congestionified head space with a super sore throat and cough. Y’all… thanks to whomever passed that along. Best! Present! Ever! If you need me I’ll be living inside a humidifier… preferrably somewhere warm like Hawaii or the Hell fires, whichever is closest and least expensive to travel.

In other news, BoBo and Lindsay came to visit Wednesday through Saturday morning since Shayne was on a business trip out of town! Oh BoBo… you so sweet… and busy! We tried to do a daily shindig so BoBo could get his energy out, so I went to places I’d never been before… like that germ bucket that is now inhabiting the old Hastings building, a bounce house… and that other germified place called the Jump Zone. Three hails to Whitney for bringing her cruditis germs in with the other people’s cruditis germs! We taught BoBo how to say some new words like George the feral cat (or more like Ohrd) and bird as in flipping the bird to the lady who cut us off in the parking lot. JOSHING… GOSH… we kept it kid friendly. I then tried to get BoBo to do my homework for me… HTML/CSS language web site talk… laws, it’s like speaking swahili to a bunch of geeks.

As for my exercising and eating… the weekday eating went off pretty dang well. My routine was off and I was sick, so there were some days I adjusted my menu, but I stayed within my calories during the week. Saturday continues to be a struggle bug… get with the Saturday program, Whitmeister! I also only exercised Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and skipped out the rest of the week due to the aforementioned cruditis. Onto this next week. No use dwelling on the past when there’s a future to be had… countdown to March… 1 more week!

Lindsay Rae Howell did not send me her update… excuse you Lindsay Rae Howell… so maybe she will update y’all on her week in the comments. I do know that one night she made this concoction that included turkey bacon, chicken, and squash noodles. I’m sorry I had to miss that meal! I also know she is really stepping up her fashionable choices wearing around a Hello Kitty Onesie that I bought at Wal-Mart on clearance. The more you know… and no, Lindsay, I won’t post the picture of you wearing them… it’s better this way!

How was y’alls weeks? Did you have some successes? How about things to improve on? How would you rate yourself this week?


My lunch for this week was mighty tasty… that’s cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella with a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, and basil. 232 calories per serving! YUM!!


Hey errybody… I at the germy bouncy houses!


So, Auntie Whitty… if I grab this giant Lego dude and you hold the door open, we’ll get out of here real fast like.


BoBo is part ape! He was really good at swinging on this rope without anyone holding onto him… video below!


CHEEEEEESSSEEEEE!!!

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You Are More Than A Body…

Hey y’all… welcome to Valentine’s week… aka made-up Hallmark, flower, and chocolate company holiday. I mean, really! In other news because of sewer flooding issues due to warmer-than-normal temperatures melting the 85 feet of snow we got and additional rain on top of that, the people of the valley have been asked not to do laundry, shower, or flush their toilets!! A.) I totally feel for people who have their basements flooded with raw sewage because that is possibly the worst nightmare on the history of this Earth… I mean, I’d have to leave the hemisphere to recover, but 2.) If I’d wanted to sign up to turn into Davy Crocket or Ma Ingalls, I’d have killed a coon and made me a hat years ago! City, dig into that brain for the option B idea! A girl cannot take 5 second showers for much longer!

Yesterday, I was asked to sing at a regional women’s conference. It was a great experience for me and I feel like it was something I’d needed during this time of winter and job search anxiety depression. It lifted my spirits if for a few moments. After the main session where we listened to author and speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie, we broke out into mini sessions and got to pick from a handful of classes to attend. I picked one entitled, “You Are More Than A Body”. It was a good reminder that while taking care of my body and losing weight is a good thing, I need to be at peace with it as it is now so that I can love it enough to take care of it. I don’t know if that’s ever a total possibility for me because I’ve spent so many years abusing it and hating it, but it’s definitely something I need to work towards, even if it is just to say, I’m thankful that my body is allowing me to be mobile and exercise and accomplish the things I need to in a day. Thank you, body, for that.

This week was mostly good on the eating and exercising front. I had a misstep one late night and my weekend was still not as tight as I want it to be, but I exercised 5 days and purposely moved more the 6th day, and I stuck really well to my menu I’d made for the week. Pats on the back, sailor! During the above-mentioned class, the speaker put this quote up on the overhead projector, and of course, I stored it in the recesses of my puny brain to share with you all!

Dieting is easy, it’s like riding a bike… and the bike is on fire and the ground is on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell! 😛

Inspirational quote of the week y’all!

How are you all doing? What are some of your successes? What are some things you need to work on? Do you have any tips or ideas that you use that could help the rest of us?

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Happy Valentines Week crew! Through this experience it’s super important to LOVE yourself first and foremost! No matter where you are at with your weight loss goals. DOn’t let your weight or whatever it is you struggle with in life keep you from happiness! So Happy Valentines Day to you!

This week has been a bit harder for me than most. Because starting early during the week I got a sore throat. It has continued and is still haunting. I only got 5 days of workouts. But I stayed on my meal plan for all but one night. I had ice cream one night for dinner to help soothe my throat. It was fabulous 🙂

What I wanted to report most of all . . . I have wanted to go to a actual kickboxing class but I have been too embarrassed at the way I look in my workout clothes to go in a group class. But I decided it’s TIME to actually stop being so self conscious and go enjoy it. I love kickboxing classes (ones that are actual fighting classes not the girly punch classes). This was just that!!! It was killer hard. I tried a class called Fight Fit and one called HIIT Kickboxing. They kicked my trash! I LOVED every minute of it! What I loved most was the Loud music but also the other people working hard to motivate me and keep me going even when I couldn’t push anymore. That is what group fitness helps me to do. I didn’t have time to be self conscious I was working out too hard!

So This week I want to leave you with the bravery to go out and try something this week that you have put off! Put off for whatever reason it is! GO AND DO IT PEEPS don’t waste your days wishing!!!


Baby BoBo didn’t feel very good this week either, but his hair says hi errybody!


Come on guys… let’s get woggercizing!

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Super… Bowling…

 

Short and sweet this morning mostly because I’m lazy and secondly because I had this really great story about indoor birds and being attacked by a gaggle of them this past Friday, but it’s going to have to wait until I have the desire to REALLY tell the tale (aka exaggerate every ounce of that sucker)! Y’all… birds and I have a history and it isn’t a good one!

This past week was stellar for me on the eating and exercising front! I kicked the patookus out of Monday through Friday and half of Saturday… and then Saturday night came and Superbowl Sunday night came and I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped to. Grocery shopping at Lee’s on Saturday evening when they were sampling Superbowl snacking ideas means that none of those calories counted right!? I mean what’s a mini hotdog and a small creamsicle float and 15 different crackers and cheeseballs!? Oh, the humanity! Is there a thing where I can just cut my hands off in times of trouble and then reattach them when I’ve reinserted the smart part of my brain!? Who am I kidding… they invented straws and I still have a mouth. I’m going to have to rethink that hand cutting off idea.

Exaggerations aside… I didn’t do as horribly as my brain is kicking myself to think I did, so my goal is just to move on and kick rear this week. Lifestyle means you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have… the Facts of Life! EIGHTIES PEEPS!

How was your week? On a scale of 1 to 10 what would you give exercise and what would you give eating? Let’s do this!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Well first off, I should share, I am down 9 pounds. HOORAY! It’s important to celebrate! Be proud of what you have accomplished and then put your head back in the sand and keep plugging forward!

I am very motivated to lose at least 9 more pounds by April. If possible more than that. But 9 more was my original goal. That would be a huge accomplishment for me!! With a goal in site what once used to tempt me now no longer has the strength over me that it used to! I can easily turn my head because I know what I am working for. I really do believe if I didn’t have a trip/goal to go to on in April then I would give in more often to food because there isn’t a timeframe that I need to lose the weight by! I keep telling myself, April is NOT far away at all and I DO NOT want to disappoint myself! So I am laser focused.

That being said, I wanted to share this video with you all. It is short and sweet and is truly what I had to do this time around with my goal setting:

ENJOY!

Let’s hear from you guys!


BoBo just discovered the joys of spiked fruit punch!


Addiction!


… and cheesy grins.

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Striking And Balling: A Parable

You know that really annoying country song by Luke Bryan… something like, “hunting and fishing and loving every day” Blah blah blah? I’ve been thinking (y’all… get ready… glimpse into the psychotic workings of my brain space) that they really ought to do a spin-off of that annoying song but for like a mental health rehabilitation center… “eating and sleeping and drinking every day”. Instead of a video of some Luke Bryan dude in camo carrying a gun and a fishing pole, y’all get some man or woman in raggedy pajamas with blood shot eyes eating cake! Can y’all take the brilliance!? My sincerest apologies to anyone who loves that song so much they have it as their ringtone… but the apologies aren’t that sincere because really… get a new ringtone before my blood shot eyes roll out the roof of my skull!

Moving on. I’ve also been thinking this week about calorizing parables, and I somehow keep landing on softball/baseball themed ones. I loved playing softball in my younger years, and wish I could have continued playing… maybe one day on the senior citizen league. Tangent averted… the reason I was thinking about softball this week was because I made some poor eating choices. I had a menu in place, but I choose on a few occasions to forgo that menu for something less smart. In the more recent past that would have been a total derailing of all things healthy living. My attitude has been all or nothing a LOT the last few years. I’m always trying and I’m always failing, and the failing leads to a few weeks of not trying at all before I pick up the trying again. No more… that’s an extremely unhealthy lifestyle regimen because in this life of ours we’re always going to have some times where we don’t choose the wisest choice, but our life doesn’t end because of it (in most cases). I’m having to think of this week as an inning in a softball game, and more specifically a single up to bat. I get 3 strikes at the plate before I’m out or 4 balls before I walk, but even then the inning isn’t over and if that inning does end in 3 strikeouts, there is always the next inning… the game isn’t over until we leave this pretty Earth for the heavenly home.

To sum it up, this week I’m giving myself a strike for eating, but a homerun on the exercise front as I managed 4 days of purposeful exercise and 2 more days of moving more rather than sitting and drooling more. I’ve tightened up my menu for this next week… more protein (oh meat, I have a hard time with you) and more veggies, and fewer carbs. This next up to bat is going to result in a homerun or else my name isn’t Yogi the Bear!

How did you all do this week? On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your exercising and on that same scale your eating? Would love to hear any meal ideas you tried!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hi everybody, How are you guys doing? How was your past week? What was your success and failures?

I am still working hard to be super diligent in my eating. In the past I have worked out really hard and then ate horribly. Now it’s the reverse I workout less and eat right and I am loosing weight. What we eat is the key. You just can’t Out-Exercise a poor diet.

I don’t have much to report on but I do want to share a couple of recipes that are my go to for my new diet. I am focusing on protein and loving these 3 recipes:

Have a great week!

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 banana
1/4 cup pumpkin
2 tsp. baking powder
(Stevia or honey for sweetness)
Put in blender and blend til smooth
Pan fry
(I added blueberries on top while they were cooking)
Use Walden farms 0 CALORIE syrup

Banana Protein Pancakes:
1 egg
2 egg whites
banana
(you can add stevia or honey for sweetness)
Blend and pan fry I use Walden farms syrup 0 CALORIES!!!

Chocolate Cherry Shake (love this for a breakfast on the go):
1 cup frozen cherries
Handful of ice
1 TBSP of ground flaxseed
1 tsp. almond extract
1 chocolate priemer protein (from costco) ready to drink
1/2 banana
1 tsp cocoa powder
Blend in your blender and ENJOY!!!


BoBo don’t have time for this crap!


Oh, but wait… yes he does!


Look errybody, I gots a new big boy table… now I can do really important things like puzzles and my taxes!

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Week 4…

I’m feeling non-creative this morning. Like so non-creative that I just titled this blog post “week 4” like I’m writing this from the depths of some rain forest whilst competing on the newest season of Survivor… they wish! I can picture me now… insisting I save my drinking water to shower and wash my hands with and dying of thirst by day 2. That would probably be more preferrable than having to eat the flesh of a rotting snake carcass… so there you have it… my strategy if I ever get cast on Survivor… die by day 2!

Now that we have those pleasantries out of the way… week 3 last week was much better than week 2. I exercised 5 days… which is a feat for me in the winter. My exercise of choice is outdoor woggercizing and it’s impossible right now unless I suddenly grow some cajones for cold weather and icy conditions. Ain’t happening… the emergency rooms thank me! So, instead I pulled out my country heat dance DVDs that I bought back when I was employed and never did. I somehow know that I can kiss my scholarship to Dancing With The Stars University goodbye, but them’s are the ropes y’all! The cat is a great judge and critiquer… she meows loudly every time I step on her tail. The nerve!

My goal for last week was to structure my weekend eating better. I improved over last weekend for sure, but I can still definitely use some more tightening up there. One step at a time. I’m also vowing not to weigh regularly for the first little while. Weighing too much and being disappointed was my hang up the last several times I’ve attempted to reboot my health, so I’m giving it a few weeks and continuing on the path of “ignorance is bliss”!

I hope y’all are doing okay and if you’ve dropped the goal, aim for a living room dance session one time this next week! Show me up for certain!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hi Whitney’s blog readers and our accountability readers! This week proved to be the first week that I really felt a struggle. I have been on a role and haven’t felt deprived or frustrated. I have just been plugging along happy with my results. Last week I lost 2 pounds. This week I only lost one pound. So a total of 7 pounds down in 3 weeks!!! I SHOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT! That was my goal in the first place, one pound a week. Well, there were a few days where I didn’t PLAN! We were away from home longer than I planned and meals were missed and by the time I came home I was FAMISHED and I made not so great choices. It shows in the weight loss with only a pound. I have found safety in having my meals every 2.5-3 hours and I NEVER get starving to the point I make not so great choices! So this weekend was harder than others.

That being said, I have enjoyed a few meals and thought I would share them with you for this weeks Blog:

Breakfast: Whole egg, 2 egg whites with mushrooms and peppers. I also have a english muffin with 1 TBSP of peanut butter. I have also experimented with some
GREAT protein pancakes that I love! I use Walden Farms ZERO Calorie syrup! It’s great!

SNACK: I always have a spinach shake with 3 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, flaxseed, ice, water, 1 cutie orange, about 2 cups of spinach and a Strawberry crystal light energy. I look forward to this it is very sweet and YUMMY

LUNCH: Usually turkey wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with a side of guacamole and sprouts and cucumbers inside of it. Sometimes I add a light Babybel cheese.

SNACK: Questbar or Premier protein shake. Sometimes I miss this snack depending on the calories for that upcoming evenings dinner.

DINNER: I have had lots of great ones. Last night was a super yummy chicken, potato, carrot curry with lite coconut milk. Saturday night I made Jalapeño chicken
sausage over a bed of zucchini noodles with reduced fat cheese it was very satisfying. I try and use less carbs for dinner and use a vegetable instead.

These are some common things I have each week and I am enjoying them. Each week I have a cheat meal with a dessert because I don’t have dessert during the week. What are your go to meals that you look forward to and don’t feel deprived???

Thanks for reading! We love to hear your comments and suggestions so don’t be shy!

-LINDZ


Baby BoBo says, don’t let friends eat my Nutella.


Hey errybody… I gots a new Blippi garbage truck!!


Sleighing!

Happy week 4 y’all! Would love to hear your ideas for quick healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners!

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Fairy-Spittled Spinach Salad…

I will tell y’all up front right this minute, I have the taste buds of a 10 year old. I inched up from 5-year-old taste buds after I turned 30, so I guess progress? Maybe by the time I’m 50, it’ll be 15. I just have problems eating some foods… the texture, the taste, the way it feels like a squid vomited inside my mouth hole… I just can’t with some foods… and they’re usually all of the really healthy variety types of food. I can’t ever remember being like… nope, I hate the texture of Twinkie dough and that Snickers bar is hell on Earth.

This past Friday we jaunted up to visit Lindsay and BoBo, and because we’re all on this healthy living kick, we decided to pick a lunch spot that was known for its healthy food. You know the type, organic fairies water the lettuce with pots of rainbow water whilst holding hands and recycling their spittle. It’s all too much for Whitney to take in. I won’t post the name of the joint here so as to not offend anyone who may come across this blog in the future and be all like, oh, well she sucks… stupid 5-year-old taste bud chick!

So, we get there and the menu is like a walking organic garden… there is nothing on there with french before it and nothing with fries after it. They are also probably the only joint in Utah who does not carry fry sauce! THE NERVE!!!!!!!! Lindsay had the audacity to ask for a diet Coke after which the chick behind the counter about had a stroke! No, we do not have Coke, but we do have a grand variety of organic fairy spittle flavored by the roots of a rutabega. My mother ordered a cauliflower sandwich… a CAULIFLOWER SANDWICH! I ordered some sandwich with carrot aioli on it… and I’ll just tell you that carrot aioli is added to the list of foods my taste buds do not enjoy. It was a trial to eat 2 bites. You don’t get to weigh as much as I do by eating carrot aioli on the regular! Instead they dropped me off at Subway in the ghetto neighborhood where Lindsay gave money to a drug dealer on accident, and I ordered the Subway kind of “healthy” food instead.

My week 2 update started out stellarly. I did well during the actual week when I had a menu all planned out, but then the weekend came and I had no menu and I did not do as well, so my goal for week 3… make a weekend menu or at least make a breakfast and lunch menu and then see how many calories remain for my dinners, Saturdays are usually go out to eat nights and Sundays are usually family dinner nights. I always go back to that saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” I really truly know that is the truth for me.

Moving on to week 3… I hope y’all had some successes in week 2 and if not are ready to start week 3 with a new resolve. Please share what was good and not so good about your weeks! We’d love to hear them!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hello Again Whit’s readers! How are you guys enjoying your new year? What are your successes? What are you looking forward to? What goals have you been working on and what difference have you noticed in your life by sticking to them?

I weighed in last Monday and in 1 week of my dieting I lost 4 pounds. I was TOTALLY SURPRISED! That has never happened to me! EVER! But I can’t say I didn’t work for it. I was super diligent and determined to make this weight one off! I realize not to expect that every week. The second week which was last week I was on point with me eating again! This makes the most difference. I still have 1 cheat meal a week and usually save it for the weekend when it seems we eat out more.

I am feeling full each day, I don’t feel hungry which is why I choose to eat higher protein. One thing Whit and I have both talked about is being prepared. Each week I plan the meals I will be having and I do not leave it to chance, if I do I will end up eating whatever is convenient and that is not the best choice! Having my daily spiritual time MAKES ALL the difference in the world. I am grateful for you guys being a source of accountability! Thank you for going on this journey with us and let us know where you guys are at!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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Lindsay would also like to share this video of her weighing in one week last year and cussing out her scale… 😛


Baby BoBo’s like… look, I got a new horsie!


Here I am kissing a snwoman!

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Laws Almighty, It’s Accountability Day…

Hey y’all… we’re back. There were a few people who signed up to join us in our new year of healthier living. I know how things go with resolutions. You are talking to the queen of broken resolutions and usually it’s by January 3rd. Record breaking year one time was January 6th… I was pretty proud of myself that year. Went out and celebrated eating healthily by eating 17 plates of scones at Chuck-Up-Arama… Great Uncle Burl was super proud. Another time I celebrated exercising 6 days a week by taking a nap on the 2nd day instead. Naps totally are more fun than sweating… ask anyone!

Anywho… back to the task at hand. This year I told myself I was going to ease gradually into health. It’s not realistic for me to say things like… gonna exercise 8 days a week for 2 hours a day, eat green leafy food except on the 12th day when I add in a non-leafy yet still green food, and whilst watching TV I will be squatting. NOT HAPPENING! When I had my massive success before it was because I eased into things gradual like. So, each week I’m going to tack on a few new tasks to my healthier living lifestyle… smaller tasks so as to not overwhelm and make me drop everything and revert back to the dump/sewer living Whitney of yore (I use yore a lot more in the weeks after Christmas… I promise it will peter out come February!)

This week’s tasks were as follows:

1. Exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 15 minutes each time.
2. Make better snack choices, especially late night snacking.

I accomplished both things last week. I can tell you I haven’t exercised regularly for months (by regularly I mean at least 3 days a week), and it showed in my out of shapeness whilst exercising this week. We have like 3 feet of snow on the ground (no exaggeration, I wish it were) and we had temperatures as low as 30 below zero this week, so my walking outside days are over at least for now. Instead, I threw in some exercise DVDs and pretended I was coordinated enough to follow the moves (Spoiler Alert: I’m not, but it’s the thought that counts, and that’s also why I do that kind of thing in the dark basement with no one around and all of the blinds closed!)

I always make a menu, even when I wasn’t making such great choices, so I continued to do that, but my biggest eating trouble lately has been late night snacking. It’s been a challenge these last several months full of stress and uncertainty, so this past week I planned out a healthy snack for late night, moro oranges aka blood oranges. I am proud to say I stuck with that for the most part.

Onto this week… my new task this week is to continue the above 2 items and then to focus on my menu and sticking with that in the day rather than snacking randomly and bagging the healthier food I had planned on. Y’all, we totally have this in the bag. It’s January 9th, Uncle Burl is a bit upset, but that leaves more scones at the Chuck-Up-Arama for him, so… win-win!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hi Whitney’s readers! Welcome back. We are doing our weekly update WEEK #1 for you guys! I am happy to report my week went well here is a recap:

I did awesome on my eating. I can’t believe the difference that it makes in my overall mental facilities. My mind is more clear, I have more energy, I am more optimistic, I am more confident and overall I feel good that I have a plan and a purpose. If that’s not enough motivation to keep me going them hopefully checking the scale for weight loss will be! I have not yet weighed in. I will weigh in Monday morning. I don’t expect a HUGE weight difference …… as a former trainer once told me that it may take 2-3 weeks for your body to change and make a noticeable difference. Of course, it wasn’t all roses. It was hard! I threw away a bunch of tempting treats that tempted me. We have a 20 year old and a 16 year old in the house as well as a 1 year old and I have to be realistic and they will eat treats/snacks so I just put those in a upper cupboard that I will have to utilize a chair to even reach. Plus they are treats that don’t really tempt me.


Lindsay’s breakfast one day…


Lindsay’s Lunch one day…


Lindsay’s Dinner one day…

My workouts were ok. I worked out 6 days last week. Most days were only about 30 minutes. I was going to also do cardio in addition but I didn’t get both done most days because I was quite sore so I am getting my body adjusted slowly to the new change. The workouts are a bit easier than my past workouts so I will continue doing the P90X3 and see how it goes I want to give it a full 3 weeks before I switch back to what I used to be doing.

Everyday is a choice to either improve myself or fall backward. I am going for it and making good choices. I feel that the one thing that is giving me the discipline is prayer and regular scripture study. At 11 a.m. everyday I am studying the scriptures and saying a prayer. IT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Whatever your beliefs are, GOD does care about you and your goals and he will give you strength to accomplish your goals!

I look forward to hearing your successes and ideas so please share!

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Whitney’s final note:

Okay, it’s y’alls turn! What were your successes last week? What could you improve on this week? How awesome are you on a daily basis (only “really awesome” counts as an answer, okay!?)



Baby BoBo and hims rosy cheeks is here to cheer you on!!


And so is Kitty LucyFur whose new seat now that it’s 30 below zero is in front of the space heater. Quit hogging the heat, LucyFur!

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