Journey with Friends

15 Feb

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!

Hello my friends!!  How are you doing on this fine Monday?  Did you have a great Valentine’s Day?  Did you do great last week on your journey to better living?

Last week, I didn’t lose anything on the scale.  In fact, I gained three pounds! 😦  Last week was difficult at work – we had a death in our law enforcement community so I didn’t do so well eating on my journey.  Is stress a trigger for you?  It seems to be with me.  Between work and something that is happening personal this week (no details yet – I’ve made Houdini paw swear and Bacon hoof swear secrecy – LOL), I’ve been eating my way it seems through the days.  So no.  I didn’t make great choices.

imageBut that brings me to something I want to share with you my friends. My “reinventing” myself.  Sometimes we take ourselves and put us in the back seat while we are taking care of our spouses, children, parents, in-laws and/or friends.  We come second and everything.  This needs to stop.  We need to be kind to ‘us’.

I’m sharing this picture for two reasons.

1 – I’m taking care of ME.  I’ve tossed the glasses to the side, cut and colored the hair and I’m going to take care of me for a change.  No that doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore everyone else. I’m not like that – I’m a giver.  But it does mean that I need to take care of “ME” in order to be there for others.  Do you fall into this group too?  Are you a giver that forgets yourself?  Let’s make a change.  At least once a week, do something totally for yourself.  Whether it’s a bubble bath for some alone time, take a picture by yourself, meditate, or go grab some lunch/dinner and pamper yourself.  What will you do for YOU this week?

2 – With this picture I want to document what I look like today in compared to what maybe 3 months from now?  Show a picture side by side to see if I can visually see the changes… perhaps in those double chins?  LOL 🙂  What do you think my friends?

How are YOU doing this week?


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31 responses to “Journey with Friends

  1. lapaylor

    02/15/2016 at 12:48 pm

    yea! that’s the idea! Your post coincides a bit with mine today… at not afraid of color…
    you look mahvelous and the scale goes up and down with salt and what not… it’s the daily decisions that make us, right? LeeAnna

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:42 pm

      Yes it is! Sometimes one has to live in the moment but we still need to watch out for the bigger picture. It’s definitely a hard compromise. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  2. easyweimaraner

    02/15/2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love your hair and you fantabulous look great!!! stress is the vice-versa trigger for me, I can’t eat anything when I’m nervous (like today lol). You are right we have to do something for our “inner me” too …. even a heart what beats for all peeps&pets around you needs some hugs from time to time :o) I know what I will do for me when I’m back next weekend…. think Mark will not like it LOL

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:44 pm

      LOL!! Thank you my sweet friend. We all need our time and time with friends and family. YOU be careful in your travels this week. Let us know when you are home so we can finally breathe. Love you! XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  3. Elizabeth Helmich

    02/15/2016 at 1:10 pm

    Your joy is shining through in this photo! Lovely. It’s been a hard road for me to realize how important self-care is, but now I make it a priority. Mornings work best for me, and it helps me be more patient with everyone else. This time of year is a struggle, since I’m cooped up inside, and eating more comfort foods. Trying to find the balance, as I go eat my chocolate zucchini cake (see? there are veggies in there!).

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:45 pm

      Licks my lips – someone mention chocolate? I’d be right there helping you out with that cake my friend. Thanks for the sweet compliments. We really need to find time for US so that we don’t get lost. It’s so hard to balance in life. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  4. Hailey and Zaphod

    02/15/2016 at 1:53 pm

    It was lovely to see your face! As a fairly new reader, I don’t think I have seen a picture of you before. I worked really hard last week reducing the sugar I was eating to have it all fall apart on the weekend. So I pick myself up, dust myself off and start again. Sugar is the food I am addicted to and crave (both when I am stressed and happy and just because!)

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:46 pm

      I understand completely! We celebrate with food. We cry with food. We eat to eat with food. It’s an endless battle for sure. But you know what? We can do this battle together my friend and we will win! Baby steps. Thanks for the sweet comments – I really appreciate them. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  5. katsrus

    02/15/2016 at 2:48 pm

    Taking care of yourself sounds like a good thing. I don’t do it enough myself. Love your new look.
    Sue B

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks my sweet friend. We need to change that – you need to do for yourself too. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  6. Genevieve

    02/15/2016 at 3:06 pm

    You look amazing! Love the hair! Are you wearing contacts? Tossing the glasses seems dangerous if nothing takes their place.

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:48 pm

      Yes. I have switched to contacts – still wear my glasses from time to time on the weekends and I’m being lazy 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet comments. I made little changes here and there… hopefully the weight will be a change soon – LOL. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  7. Skyler Braveheart

    02/15/2016 at 4:23 pm

    You look great to us…..sometimes those little changes snowball into big motivation to keep going! Anytime you need some encouragement, let me & Mama know!

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:50 pm

      aaww thank YOU my sweet friends. I really appreciate that. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  8. sheilaenglehart

    02/15/2016 at 4:42 pm

    Putting yourself on the list is awesome. You look Maaawwwvelous, Dawling. Stress eating? I do on occasion. I also do it when I can’t pull out of a funk to accomplish my goals. Sabotage!

    I did bake cloud bread for the first time. No flour. Just eggs, cream cheese, stevia and baking powder! Feels just like yeast bread without the carbs. Soooo happy.

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:52 pm

      aaww – thank you so much for those sweet comments my dear friend. I really appreciate them. I let myself go for awhile – didn’t mess with my hair, make-up and just threw on glasses not caring. But you wake up one day and go, “What happened to ME?” It was time to take it back and start making a little time. Next thing I need to do – get serious on this way of eating. Your bread sounds so good!! I gotta try that. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  9. Nylabluesmum

    02/15/2016 at 4:43 pm

    You look FABULOUS June!!!! I have not really been around to know what is going on in your life & only stop into FB to try to stay connected. I apologize for being absent to much.
    I wish you the best in all your endeavors….I wish I had the determination you have now. You are quite inspiring I can tell you!!!
    (((hugs))) & love, Sherri-Ellen x0x0

    • Piglove

      02/15/2016 at 4:54 pm

      aaww = thank you my sweet dear friend. I really appreciate those kind comments. Life just has a way sometimes of throwing you curbs and you wake up one day going what happened? I’m a giver – what can I say. I try to do so much for everyone and I still will. I just need to make sure I carve time for me to live in the day. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

      • Nylabluesmum

        02/15/2016 at 5:08 pm

        You are most welcome June. I KNOW how busy you are & caring & it is good but at the expense of one’s health (or sanity) it is not so good. I think we are brainwashed to believe if we ‘take time for ourselves’ w are ‘selfish’ people. I know I have certainly felt that way. It got to the point had to walk away from certain people & situations & groups. I was always giving & that was all well & good until I asked for a bit of support in return. And got nothing…..not that I did anything good to ‘get’ anything. Anyway, with all the trouble with Siddhartha Henry’s health & behavior I found out who my friends in my face 2 face are & I have blessed the others & sent them on their way. I am grateful to Mary-Ellen the original owner for her support & Sheila’s also. Without them I would have not been able to cope with or afford what Siddhartha Henry needs.
        Anyway the point is taking care of one’s self is NOT selfish at all. A better ‘you’ is good for you & Jim & the 4 leggeds & your family & friends…Well done June! I applaud you (insert clapping here)……

      • Piglove

        02/16/2016 at 11:19 am

        aaww- you brought tears to my eyes my sweet friend. You are so right about friendship. We need to learn to take care of us and those that are closest – and you can always tell in times of need. Love you my friend. XOXO – June

      • Nylabluesmum

        02/16/2016 at 5:01 pm

        I remember my beloved Nanna taking care of me; a very Hyperactive child & her 2nd hubby who was 20 years her senior & in poor health. She also had Chiquas (Chico) her Chihuahua to care for & when things went wrong she would have to take care of my Developmentally Challenged Cousin who lived across the street. That woman was a one-woman band I can tell you! She was widowed young with a 3 yr old daughter & raised her & then took me on when I was a mere 4 months old & had Colic badly! And she had Rheumatoid Arthritis….. I was in awe of her when I grew up & she told me her life story! She was a most amazing strong woman. How she made it to almost 90 was a miracle. I think if she had taken some time for herself she could have lived longer. She died of nothing in particular; went to sleep after supper one night & never awoke……
        So take time for yourself; stop & smell the roses & have a good laugh & cuddle those adorable 4 leggeds!!!! Life is to precious to be running around & stressed out!!!
        ((((hugs)))) Sherri-Ellen

      • Piglove

        02/17/2016 at 9:42 am

        This is so true my friend!! We are surrounded by strong women in our lives and sometimes us strong women need to stop and let others help us for a while. Great advice you gave. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

  10. Marty the Manx

    02/15/2016 at 9:05 pm

    AMEN! You look beautiful! I understand 1. the stress eating! 2. the putting yourself last! I am sooooo guilty of both! I have been trying to be better at controlling both but it is a daily struggle for sure. I am cheering you on from here and will stop by when I have the time to check and give support!

    • Piglove

      02/16/2016 at 11:25 am

      Thank you my sweet friend!! Every Monday we do a Journey with Friends for support and encouragement – and a good swift in the butt when needed to help each other out. I personally need to get myself in check and do better. XOXO – Bacon

  11. gentlestitches

    02/15/2016 at 11:07 pm

    This self care thing is hard if you weren’t bought up with it but we can learn it. ARE learning it. I have bought my son up to embrace “extreme self care” and the side effect is he is also considering of others needs too and VERY encouraging to anyone who is trying to make changes. I eat too much when I get tired but want to keep going. I hate giving in to needing rest. LOL! More water, more walking and more laffs! ❤ ❤ ❤

    • Piglove

      02/16/2016 at 11:27 am

      Amen Sharon!! It seems that at times I put myself last and sleep far in last – who needs sleep right? Rolling my eyes – I stay up taking time with my babies here cause we know they grow so fast. Or writing… or eating… or planning things (I’m such a planner!)… I need to stop for a while and put myself first. June

  12. pattisj

    02/15/2016 at 11:42 pm

    You look so pretty, I love your hair, and the joy that radiates through your eyes. I was disappointed when I got my Fitbit report today. I had to turn Bluetooth off on my phone because it kept connecting to the speaker for the TV! Or constantly looking for it. (battery drain) So my stats didn’t upload. I KNOW I made my step goal several times last week, but those days didn’t show up. sigh. I’ll see what the scale has to say tomorrow. There’s always next week–I think we can, I think we can…

    • Piglove

      02/16/2016 at 11:29 am

      I KNOW we can my friend – I KNOW we can!! 🙂 It has been a drastic change in the coming – I have felt it in my bones. What has been so hilarious is having the “new look” at work. I work with a bunch of guys. They look at me like they know something is different but they don’t know what. *That* is hilarious – how can they miss these things huh? I just know that you did absolutely wonderful last week and the scales will say so. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM

      • pattisj

        02/16/2016 at 12:10 pm

        LOL guys are funny like that.

  13. Nikitaland

    02/17/2016 at 9:54 am

    The first part of change is to just START! As I have mentioned, May 1, 2015 I quit smoking, and with quitting I ate everything in sight to replace my bad habit. I gained weight and now can’t fit into my jeans. When I noticed this, I was horrified. I needed a change and fast, but nothing happens fast when it comes to weight loss.

    You are correct, YOU are doing this for YOU and no one else! That is the only way you can get through this whole thing. If you do this for someone else, you will not succeed. IT HAS TO BE FOR YOU!

    What I have done is gained confidence in NOT eating things that are bad for me, like goodies, pastries, chips and salsa (these are my downfall), and I just eat those awesome Halos oranges as a snack. They are easy to eat, quick to peel, and taste good too. I have walked past goodies in the kitchen, walked past chips and do not eat them and guess what……. I am losing weight!

    Although I have not weighed myself, I know that I have lost weight. I am also doing SQUATS throughout the day, 20 at a time, and I tell ya…..I can feel the burn in my legs, thighs, and buttocks! I am making a difference in all of these little changes, but YOU MUST DO IT FOR YOURSELF!

    It is not easy that thing called “change”, but it must be for you. Write yourself notes all over the place to remind you to stay on track, and it to NOT eat goodies. Even in the beginning, I did sneak in a goodie or two and I really felt bad. I felt like I let myself down my sneaking it to eat. I don’t do that anymore!!!!!! STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF, KEEP WITH IT, AND DO IT FOR YOURSELF!

    P.S. – I am also on day 10 of Oil Pulling too! I am doing this for my health too! (if you are unsure of what Oil Pulling is, look it up on Pinterest or on my Health & Wellness Board!

    Love you!

    • Piglove

      02/17/2016 at 10:02 am

      aww you are awesome my friend. Thank YOU for these sweet ideas and comments. Little changes lead to big changes and that is the tour I’m on now with this way of eating. Baby steps will get us there! Miss you! June


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