I have really been enjoying my Thirsty Thursday Segments with all of you. Check out what I talk about this week… online shopping at Sephora and updates to my Weight loss and goals. 😉
November was an awesome month filled with all kinds of fun and the Thanksgiving Holiday. I absolutely love November because the Winter Holidays are my favorite and Thanksgiving is the beginning of it all.
This month I tried some new products and also went back to using some of my normals. Check out my video below for all the details on what made my favorites.
In May of this year – I decided it was time that I really kick it into high gear and work at being healthier. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been the easiest decision but it always makes it so much more of an accomplishment when you can see how far you have come. Let’s be honest, I’m not going on a crash diet… my goals include really just trying to eat more (since I often times do not eat during the day) and incorporate exercise or at least walking into my routine. I have been a bit behind on my walking over the last couple of weeks, but while I do enjoy my naughty foods, everything is in moderation. I do not eat bad actually – don’t get me wrong, I’m not vegan… I love my meat and fish, but I consume in moderation.
I went through some old photos on Facebook that I had from before I was pregnant with the twins and came across these (below). They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and while this is only photos of my face, that is the place I slim down first. The photos to the left were taken in 2008 (before I had the twins). While I had been fairly slim most of my life, after the birth of my eldest child (he’ll be 10 in January), I put on most of my weight after giving birth. So I look at the photos and compare to those I took the other day (right) and you can certainly see a difference in my face. My cheeks and hollows of my cheeks have definition and you can see my chin and neck separately.
In 2008 when I was working in Corporate America, I was approximately 268 lbs – 270lbs. I was not happy though I tried to be positive but working 12-16 hour days didn’t allow me to really pay attention to what I looked like let alone how I felt about myself. The photo taken just 2 days ago in 2013 – I weighed in at 245.5 lbs.
Hmmm… so some will argue that everyone loses weight in their face first so I decided I would try and find a photo of me full body taken previously in the last couple of years. The photo above on the left was taken in 2011 when we went to Washington, DC. I weighed about 258 – 260 lbs. I wasn’t very happy with myself, but after giving birth to my twins, I really didn’t have much time to give it a second thought. From postpartum depression to just being super busy – I never really took into consideration that I wasn’t really taking care of myself. The photo on the right was taken last week, I weighed in at 245.5 lbs and you can significantly tell the difference. While the scarf is covering up my belly and I do still have a belly – it is not hanging over my pants as bad as it was in 2011. In general – I am feeling much more confident in myself.
Now – it’s always a work in progress. I’m a busy mom, run my blog and YouTube channel and the house. Like I mention in my weight loss journey updates on YouTube, my biggest challenge is finding time to eat. This morning I had cereal and coconut milk, which is great – because I don’t normally find the time to eat anything but dinner. Exercise is definitely something I need to add to my list of things to do consistently. I enjoy walking with my boys and need to keep up with that as well. But, I’m still proud of myself and the accomplishments I have made thus far. My ideal is to get below 200 lbs. It’s been years in the making but it’s my goal and I can do it. It’s a journey – not a diet. Stay tuned because I’ll continue to update my progress as much as I can. Thanks for reading. 😉
Happy Wednesday Loves… Hope you are all having an awesome day. This is just a personal update to let you all know what has been going on lately since I haven’t been updating the blog the last few days. This week has been crazy so far, even if it’s on Wednesday. I can’t believe how fast the week went by, even with the Veteran’s Day Holiday… I still feel like I haven’t had the time to accomplish my laundry list of “Honey Do’s”. This past weekend was a blast though. My hubby took the kids and I to the Carnival. I’m gonna work on editing that video (a brief clip of one of the acts) and uploading to my YouTube Channel soon.
Isaiah, Luke & My Hubby watching the Circus Show
Hmmm…. Speaking of YouTube… some of you may have noticed that I have been “following” you on Google plus with a new account or subscribing to you from a different channel. It’s because I started a new one up. You can subscribe and check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/honeykahoohanohano. It is a breathe of fresh air to be able to have a YouTube channel that actually is named with a URL I want to use, but at the same time, I am starting all over again – so no subscribers, no views, no nothing. It’s a challenge, but it is definitely time for me to start making the transition. So – please please if you have been a subscriber of mine in the past, I would really appreciate you following my new journey.
Okay – so that is basically what I have been up to. It seems that “updating” and getting things in order have been the norm around here the last couple of weeks, especially after my transition to my self hosted blog from using Weebly for so long. But the changes have to happen and I’m just going to embrace them the best I can. I do sometimes feel like I have that “blond moment” and sometimes it may even be all over my face. lol
I’ll be back to posting more so you will be seeing much more of me. More fashion posts are coming as well – so stay tuned and I have some new reviews in the pipeline too. Wishing you all a wonderful week.
Halloween comes but once a year and this year the twins are just a little older to truly understand what is going on. Last year, the twins were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and while they enjoyed themselves, they were still learning how to say “Trick or Treat” and getting the concept down. This year they had an absolute blast. We took the boys to my Sister In Law’s neighborhood where tons of people come from all over the Island since it is always a nice neighborhood filled with Candy giving houses. It was lots of fun and even more so that my husband had the night off and could join us.
My eldest was not in the “dress up mood”. I think he is at that stage where he is now “too cool” to wear a costume. He did want me to do some zombie makeup on him and since I only had a couple of minutes, I through together what I could so we could be out the door quickly. He really liked how it came out and I was happy that he enjoyed it. I thought he looked super cool and so did other people we came across through the course of the night.
The twins went through my eldest’s past Halloween costumes and found some they really liked. Luke loved the Dragon costume, but it never came with a mask – so he was just going to wear it like that. However, since Isaiah would be using a costume that would have a mask (one that we lost and couldn’t find), Luke wanted one too. Since I did the face paint for Isaiah, I decided I would do one on Luke too. This was my interpretation of a dragon face. I wish I took a better pic of what it looked like without his costume covering it – but you can see the video of it here. I took a print screen capture of part of the video so you could see some of the detail.
Luke really loved how it came out and honestly, I thought it was super cool as well.
As I mentioned above, Isaiah found one of Kaeo’s Spiderman costumes but we couldn’t find the mask for it anywhere. So I promised Isaiah I would paint his spiderman face on. He was so excited and absolutely loved how it came out. Here is the Instagram video for that one, here. I actually filmed a little before I completed the mask and this video obviously was taken before he decided to play and smear it (the picture above was after playing, so I had to redo it a bit. lol)
We had a lot of fun that night and I’m always looking forward to hanging out with my boys and husband. These times are rare and it’s important to make each and every moment count. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. The boys got a lot of candy and was sad to bid the day adieu but at the same time, they also know that “Ho! Ho! Ho!” which is what they call Christmas, is going to be here soon.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and an awesome upcoming week!
Omigosh, I have been working like a nut on my new wordpress site that I honestly have been neglecting everything else. But, come on now… we can all agree that if you are going through what I am – it is not the walk in the park for us all in the beginning. I am a little at ease knowing that the site looks pretty darn good and in the next few days I can call and have my domain switched over so that this truly will be “Honeygirlsworld”. Regardless though, I figured I would add a few posts here and there since I’m still getting used to the layout of WordPress and have been so used to the “drop and drag” option that Weebly offered me the last two years. So – if you see random posts from me, do not worry – I did not go psycho overnight. lol I did want to stop in and say “Happy Halloween”. While I sit at my desk and plug away at this site, my twins are eagerly and patiently waiting for their big brother to be finished with school so that they can start dressing up.
We went super easy for our pumpkin this year, mostly because I misplaced all of our pumpkin carving tools and really didn’t want to spring for new ones since I know ours will pop up again. So – the knife and xacto knife were our tools of the trade the other day. We chose to do 3 ghosts for our 3 little boys. They absolutely loved it and were so excited. The boys also lost their masks for their costumes (one of them anyway), so I’ll be pulling out my face paints and creating spiderman on Isaiah. This will be the first time I’m doing so – so I hope that it will turn out okay. I’ll be posting photos in the next day here so you can all see how it turned out.
Alright then, I’m back to the grind and will continue working on my site here. What do you think of it so far? Simple, but still… I’m pretty much winging it – lol (story of my life).
Ugh… I can’t believe I’m venturing into self hosting again and working through WordPress for my blog. It’s so frustrating and I remember now why I decided to stop using it a few years back. I love the simplicity of things and considered going back to Blogger again, since Weebly is having some issues right now that will put me in the black. But I feel like I’m starting all over again and learning something I’m not too happy with. For example… I’m reasonably happy with my layout of my blog for the time being, but I can’t figure out for the life of me to have my “featured” photos on each of my blog posts a standard size… save it as one squared thumbnail size instead of making it take up the whole darn page. Ugh… Frustrating to say the least.
As I migrate to this blog – old posts will still be hosting on the Weebly blog till I can figure out how to import them here (if it is at all possible), I’ll be plugging posts here… Hopefully it will help me learn the ropes of this software or whatever it’s called – because right now, I’m not happy with it.
I’ll be back later 😉 xo Honey
Hi Loves… Hope you all had an awesome September. Check out my September Favorites embedded in the video below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube. 😉 Have a great October.