now and ever more

each journey begins with one step . . . a baby step

week 5 . . . exercise March 19, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 2:41 PM
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hi everyone!  I will start out by saying that I still think about that steak dinner and how good it was, but even after having that I don’t feel the need to cheat on the diet, which is (more…)


week 4 . . . pizza & steak! March 13, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 10:43 AM
Tags: , , , , , ,

We made it through our 1st month!  We stuck with it and it really feels great!  Apparently recent studies show that it takes 2 months to make a new habit, but I like to think making (more…)


week 3 . . . my bear . . . March 5, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 2:15 PM
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Another week down and this was a tough one for me.  I was on my period for most of the week so I pretty much felt bloated all week and I fought a lot of cravings!  I won though.



week 2 . . .more food, parent’s visit & popcorn February 27, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 2:20 PM
Tags: , , , , ,

YUM!  It was so great being able to add in more food last week.  The Turbo Week was tough, but so worth it.  Then starting last Saturday we are on the regular plan.  This is how a typical day looks for me:

Breakfast – Nutrisystem Meal + Power Fuel

Mid-Morning Snack – Power Fuel

Lunch – Nutrisystem Meal

Afternoon Snack – Power Fuel + Smart Carb

Dinner – Nutrisystem Meal

Evening Snack – Nutrisystem Snack



we survived week 1 . . . February 18, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 2:52 PM
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I will tell you, it was not easy.  But it sure helped that hubby is doing this with me.

The first week of Nutrisystem is the Turbo Takeoff week.  They send you 7 days of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as well as Turbo shakes to have one for each mid-morning snack and a Nutri Crush bar to have as an afternoon snack.  Then add in 4 servings of (more…)


life . . . February 10, 2017

Filed under: Weightloss — nowandevermore @ 10:07 PM
Tags: , , , ,

What can I say, sometimes life gets in the way of plans.  I had every intention of keeping up with this blog, but if you are still out there you obviously know I haven’t.

Let’s see of I can update you. I think the last time I updated you on our little miracle, he was not yet 2.  Well, our guy turned 4 before Christmas.  Four!  He is in his second year of school.  We started him 2 days a week before he turned 3 and this year he is up to 3 days a week.  He loves it and is thriving.  He loves his letters and numbers and loves telling us what time it is. All. The. Time.  He LOVES Curious George and takes him everywhere we go.  He loves to run around and kick the ball. Just your typical 4 year old and we could not be happier.

Well, I guess that is not entirely true.  This is one reason why I am picking this blog back up again.  I am struggling with something that a lot of people struggle with. Weight.  I would love to say it is baby weight, but I don’t think you would buy that. 🙂  I had managed to lose most of the baby weight a couple of years ago, but life happens and I put some back on.

So tomorrow I start a new journey. One that I have started many a time these past few years.  A journey I have yet to complete.

Tomorrow I start this journey with more of an open mind and open heart than I have had during my other attempts.  I am excited and optimistic.  I love running around with my son and am tired of feeling tired. I am ready to make this happen.

I have signed up for Nutrisystem.  I have always believed that if I wanted something I could do it myself.  I did not need something like this.  I would just eat healthy and exercise. Well, that didn’t seem to work out too well.  So I bit the bullet and did it.

Tomorrow I start the 1st week.  This is called the Turbo Takeoff week.  I am not looking too forward to this week. I did not get to pick the food and you don’t get to eat as much as you would normally be eating starting in week 2.  So getting through this week will be a big hurdle, but like I said I am excited overall.  And to make things even better, hubby signed up with me.  YAY!!  It is going to be so much easier doing this with him.  I am grateful to have the love and support of him on this journey and to be able to support him as well.

So, I decided to get back to blogging to help me be accountable.  Accountable to myself and also to you dear readers, if you are still out there.  I am going to blog every week to keep track of my progress.

My goal is to lose 40 pounds.  I am not going to talk about how much I weigh.  It doesn’t really matter what the number is.  A 40 pound weight loss will get me to where I want to be.  And who knows, maybe I will even lose more.  What matters is the goal.  It is out there now and I will let you know next Friday (unless I am too tired to type because of lack of food) how I did. 🙂  I will write about the good and the bad.  Hopefully more good than bad.

So thanks for sticking with me to those of you who are still there.

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer:  I have not received anything from Nutrisystem for this blog. I have paid for the program and am blogging for me.


I am still here! September 6, 2014

Filed under: Misc Stuff — nowandevermore @ 10:13 AM
Tags: , , , , , ,

My absence has been a prime example of just how busy life can get and how fast time moves.  Where did the time go?

Let’s see if I can do some catching up.

As I mentioned in the last post, little guy has been walking full steam and just loves playing.  He has also taken to helping with our dog Buddy.  He helps us get him out of his crate in the morning.  Feeds him.  Yes he actually takes the little cup of food, carries it to his bowl and dumps it in and then returns the cup to the dog food container.  So cute!  And now he likes to tag along when we take Buddy out in the morning.  This usually turns into us walking all around the block.  The kid LOVES to walk!

His sleep is great too!  Last time we has just started doing CIO overnight and now he goes down and within about 20 minutes is asleep with no fussing.  Some mornings he is up around 6:30 which is a little tough on us, but we can let him stay in his room for a bit and he will just babble and not fuss.

And he has really taken to the one nap after lunch.  He naps on average of 1 1/2 hours.  Sometimes I can get 2 out him which of course helps me get more stuff around the house done, but even the 1 1/2 is pretty good.  For naps he is usually out in 10 minutes once I put him in his crib.

I am still technically breastfeeding, but I have him down to once a day only in the morning for about 10 minutes.  I am trying to wean him slowly down.  Yesterday he was done after 5 minutes, but today it was back to 10.  On the one hand I will miss it when it is done completely, but on the other, it has been nice to have the freedom to wear regular bras again!  LOL

We also started going to Gymboree once a week.  He really enjoys that!  The first couple of times he pretty much only played with the balls.  But now he will climb on everything and has started to participate more.  It is so fun to watch him and I might add, quite a workout for us!

With fall arriving I am really looking forward to taking him to the pumpkin patch.  We took him last year, but I think he will certainly get more out of it this year as he enjoys everything around him.

He sure has been keeping us busy.  But such a joy and we just love that little guy so much!!!


Another time consumer has been my little ornament business.  I have added some ornaments since my last post.  I have added a couple of more dogs (as a result of a special order), a cat, a cardinal, and more recently football helmets for some of the professional teams.  I have been having so much fun with this and 3 days ago I posted a reminder in one of the Facebook groups in which I am a member and got 10 more orders for the Goldendoodle ornament.  I am loving this!  Again, I have so many ideas in my head, but they will probably have to wait until after Christmas at this rate.  I also signed up for some ad space in a digital Holiday Guide that will come out October 1.  So we will see what happens with that.  If you haven’t checked it out lately, please stop by!


So there you have the update.  I know it doesn’t seem like too much, but with the little guy, the ornaments, and just taking care of the house, etc., the days seem to fly by.  I will try to stay in touch more.  Thank you for sticking around!

Thanks for reading!