Friday, October 17, 2014

My Goodbye Post.....

Yes, it has been a long time since I have posted. I have come to the point where I feel like blogging may be too public for me, and I have lost the desire to do it. Since the only people that read my blog also know how to get ahold of me via email, I'll take that more personal encounter over this venue any day.
This has been quite a year--one of growing kids, and puppy trials (for a week. lol)
 and 16 year olds in plays and....turning 16!

 and my finishing school (except for one math class!)...
 and way too much separation from my best friend (for work reasons)
 and finally making it to the beach (we are such bad Floridians)

 and celebrations of all kinds

I pray that yours has been a good year, even if a hard one. If anyone does not have my email addy, just leave a comment here and we will be in touch. God bless!

Friday, January 24, 2014

And a Merry Christmas It Was...December 2013

Our oldest three kids were in a community play. It was such a neat opportunity for them.
Unfortunately, I could not take pictures during the play.
                              Our oldest played someone's wife! There's a reality check for ya!

              This month our entire family (except me--I got a mild form much later) was very sick. :(


 Radishes were the only thing I could harvest out of this winter garden due to an aphid infestation.

My sister and her husband came to visit the weekend before Christmas.

 This is the intimidating picture my relatives want our oldest to have to show boys. :)

 Our middle three got Airsoft for Christmas. They enjoy this stuff so much. They look like Charlie's Rambo Angels here.
                                                                 Christmas morning
                            This little one finally got the Merida bow she had been wanting.
                                      My parents celebrated with us, along with the in laws.

                                                            Our oldest got glasses.
                                My parents' first attempt at a "selfie". lol! They are so silly.

It has been such a cold winter here! When Florida has lows in the teens, I can only imagine how it feels in the rest of the country! I am thankful for the chill, though. Maybe that means more bugs will die, which I am totally in favor of.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year! And Weight Loss Post

Last year I made a commitment to getting healthier. I have always been a healthy eater (well, for the last 13 or so years), and have never been a big eater. Despite this, I seemed to never be able to get a handle on my weight.
July 2012--trying to hide behind my husband

I decided something different was in order.  I generally just did Atkins-style eating, though not consistently, but never stuck with it for long because I like my chocolate. :) To tell myself I could not have chocolate that was not full of artificial sweeteners for months so I could fit into skinny jeans was just not a motivator for me. So on I would go, surviving on my favorite foods--salad and chocolate.

    August 2012 with my sister and brother--not even at my biggest weight, but close. I do not have any full shots of me. That was by design, I assure you. 

In February 2013 I turned 38. Here I was staring at 2 years until I would be 40 years old, bigger than I had ever been, and just not feeling well. How could someone eat like a rabbit yet feel achy, have chronic tendonitis (achilles--something I had struggled with since a rupture 2 years before), feel bloated, have high blood pressure, and be a size 18?! At 5ft, 4 inches, a size 18 made me look like a Butterball. I made a promise to myself that I would find something to change things for the better. It took me another six weeks, but April 1st, 2013, I started on another round of healthy Atkins-style eating (protein, fats, veggies, but paying attention to the ingredients in my food). After a week of no chocolate, I had not lost even an ounce. I think my body was saying "Ha! I've got your number! I've done this before!". Desperate, I started reading my favorite health sites. One subject that I had seen Dr Mercola ( write about before but had never paid much attention to was called "intermittent fasting". I researched it and found that he advocated concentrating his eating window down to 6-8 hours a day. I then came across a story about General Stanley McChrystal and the fact that he eats just one meal a day, eating his last bite right before he goes to bed.  Hmmm....interesting. I did further research and found the site . This site had a link to read the founder's 50 page book for free, so I read it. He advocated a five hour eating window. I decided right then I needed to try it. I did not need to give up my favorite foods, just eat during a five hour window. My first window was 5-10pm. I found I was so weak by 5pm that I needed to change my window a bit. I then went to 3-8pm. My first week I lost 7 lbs. By the end of week 2, I was down 11 lbs. I lost 30 lbs in 4 months.
                                              January 2014--not the best pic, but I'm not done!

I have slowed WAY down since then, losing another 13 lbs since the end of August, bringing my total so far to 43 lbs. I am now a size 12, and my eating window starts sometime in the late morning and stops 5 hours after that. My first goal was 50 lbs, so I am close to that. I will then be back to the numbers I had when my youngest son was a baby--10 years ago. I feel young and energetic again and maybe even attractive to my husband. I honestly never thought I'd be able to ever get here again. I still have more I want to lose, maybe another 25 lbs once I reach my first goal. But we will see. It is not all about the weight, but the fact that my tendonitis is now gone, I don't feel that uncomfortable high blood pressure at night anymore, and I no longer worry about diabetes. My appetite for chocolate is also under control, and I get full pretty fast. Swelling and a constant feeling of inflammation are things of the past.

So in my new year I plan on reaching more goals, but more importantly, to honor God with my body, mind, and soul. I haven't felt like my body was God-honoring in a long time, but intermittent fasting helps me practice self-control, making me connect a little more to that fruit of the Spirit.

In February of this year I will be 39. I hope to be able to go use the last year of my 30s to implement exercise into my daily life, difficult as though that may be because time is always an issue.

I hope your new year is going well, and that you are feeling God's blessing every single day.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

 May your days be merry and bright!
God's blessings for the new year! Love, the Campbells

Thursday, December 19, 2013


 We started November celebrating our youngest's birthday.

 She is painfully shy--always has been. At least this year she didn't cry when we sang to her.
 She loved her Dora cake my mom made her!

 She got blocks for her birthday. This means everyone MUST join in. :)
 The older kids tried their hand at backyard camping.
 We watched ALOT of Auburn football. War Eagle!
 Garden was coming along with winter veggies like radishes, carrots...
 ....arugula and kale.
 Birthday portraits went ok.
 Got alot of this.
 We DID rotisserie our turkey on an open fire. Awesome taste. Very dry. The cowboys musta needed alot of some kind of sauce.
 A little color on our maple tree. It IS why I bought it, afterall.
 We had two Thanksgivings--one with my parents and one with my husband's. Our families get along fine. :) My parents were gone to my brother's house for official Thanksgiving.
The food was awesome! Look at that face!
I hope your holiday season has been going well! Merry Christmas!