Lisa’s Weight Loss Journey: Start!

Glad your here with me on this new and exciting journey!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Dr, nutritionist, or expert of anything. This is ment to inspire you and also to motivate me. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DR BEFORE TRYING ANY KIND OF DIET OR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM. Your goal is to loss weight not cause more health problems while doing it.

So here is a little about me and why I need to loss a few pounds. Simply I have a couple of health problems I need to start controlling and the first step is to loss weight.

I am a diabetic type 2 and take medication to help control it. I also need total knee replacement and I have to loss weight before my Dr will schedule the surgery.

Full disclosure here gang!!!! I love to eat carbs and fats and sugars. I am an average woman of 45 years, married, and have 2 kids in college. I have to start concentrating on ME more so I can be there for my family and friends. I need to start actively controlling my health problems so they don’t control me anymore…. OK remind me of this from time to time will ya?????

Here is me today as I write this post and start my journey. As you can see I am not nor will I ever be a model.

I am using a free apple app called fatsecret I found to help with documenting calories and weight. Because of my knee issues I can’t walk around the block or go to the gym. So most of my exercise is going to be housework and things in small dosage.



As of this morning I weight 234.4 lbs. And of course I weight my self naked!!! Don’t  we all!!! I am 5’1″ tall. I even measured my waist at 43 inches and hips at 56 inches. See I am disclosing everything…lol

Now my normal diet is a lot of processed foods, and also junk foods. I love a good burger and fries. I love pasta and I tend to not eat regular meals at set times. I live on coffee, cereal is a weakness as well as breads and meat.

I will be sharing what I am eating and what I am doing with you. I want to inspire you and to share my successes and failers. While doing research I noticed most like to say how great they are doing but don’t share when they mess up or fall off the wagon… Not cool in my opinion as we all know it’s an uphill battle carrying 100 lbs in a snow storm while wearing 6 inch heels…..

I tried doing a juice cleanse diet and found it started to mess up my blood sugar levels even though it was mainly greens with lemon and a green apple. So I decided to add it to a healthier diet.

So here is my ideal diet plan. Of course I know I will falter a bit some days…

1 coffee with nondairy creamier: As I am a coffee aholic I plan on still drinking 1 coffee with nondairy creamier. My usual is 3-4 throughout the day.

Drinking at least 3 cups of homemade green juice: I will be changing up the ingredients because one recipe will drive me crazy.

Having a salad at lunch because I can eat all the salad I want as long as I keep the dressing under control. I can add ham, chicken, tuna to up my protein as well.

Drinking more water with propel as I am not a big straight water gal

Having a healthy dinner. This may be tough because I am the cook for everyone in my house and they are not going to be happy with salad or beans for dinner all the time. This will be by shopping around the store instead of in the isles. No more quick package dinners and snacks for me.

My husband as always is 110% behind me in this and found me a $48 juicer at a Sears discount store. I tried using a blender and it will work if you do a lot of prep on the veggies. and strain it a few times. I know me and I will not want to do it everyday.


I will not pay $300 plus for a juicer…. We are on a strict budget and its a waste of cash IMHO.

Here is my first juice recipe. I used one I found on the internet but modified it a bit for my taste. Use fresh from the store or farmstand. You can find bottles of this type of juice in the store but its overpriced and I found had more sugar than if you just did the work yourself.

3 stalk of celery

1 cucumber

handful of spinach

handful of kale

1 lemon

1 green apple

Now I wash everything, peel the lemon and cut up the apple, and cucumber to fit in my juicer. As you can see I did NOT peel the apple or cucumber. Most of the vitamins and minerals are in the skins of veggies. But if you are using a blender you will need to peel them and cut everything smaller. Also, with the blender you will need to add about 1-2 cups so your blender can blend them. You will need to use a strainer and spoon to run it through at least 2-3 times to get all the juice out. The amount will be less than I got with this cheap juicer.

Now juice it. Easy as can be.

You can add ginger but I am not a big fan and I found it left an after taste. This recipe tastes like a lemonade so not bad.


I got 3 cups of juice not bad and I also found for me I like it very cold before I drink it so I make it early in the morning and place it in the fridge. No need to get special gear for that I just used a quart canning jar I had around because I can everything in the garden I can.


So that is the basics of me and my goals.. I hope you comeback and follow me on this and help encourage me to keep going and work hard for my health and well-being.
Please Please Please… Share your ideas in the comments! I am an average gal trying to do better and sometimes others have great ideas to help… Please also like and follow me on this.

Glad you are here! Lisa


Crochet Easy Dog Sweater!

Glad your here… as it’s cold outside and our dog, a cairn terrier mix we liberated a year ago from an animal shelter, is smallish and gets cold easy. I developed an easy dog sweater that is warm, easy on and off and washable. This pattern is adaptable to any size dog as long as you measure. Three measurements are needed. Around the neck, from head to beginning of tail and around the chest or belly (which ever is larger)

Our dog Buddy is the model today so it looks real big on him.

I’m making this for a friends dog and his measurements are 16 inches around the neck, 20 inches from neck to tail, and 25 inches around the chest/ belly area.

For this sweater I am using Bernat royal blue and Red Heart white.

A size 5.5 crochet hook but use what the yarn recommends.

A button or 2 I use one that can be sewed in with yarn. Easy and looks great! They are 1.1/4 inches and are easy to sew in with yarn.  As it’s a larger dog I am doing 2 buttons.

Scissors and yarn needle

Stitches DC- double crochet (you can use any stitch you like but I used DC because then I don’t have to leave a space for the button-hole. It’s there for you.

For the sweater I chained 50 and did DC in  the 4th chain from the hook. DC to the end chain 3 turn and work your way. That’s it… yes that’s it. Well for the first part anyway.

Now I’m doing a stripped pattern so I alternated the blue and white every 2 rows. You decide if you want solid or stripped or multi-colored. I did 2 rows of blue and 2 rows of white. But again the beauty part of this easy dog sweater is you design it.

I am also, doing back loop only. After your first DC row start using the back loop only as you work the length.  It gives the sweater a great pattern design.

I also did a turtleneck so I did a few more rows so it can fold over.

After you have the length sew 3-6 inches together so it goes around your dog’s neck.

Then on one side of the sweater start don’t my D.C. Leaving an area for the front legs and back-end.

D.C. The width you need for your dog. And just eyeball the perfect position for the button or buttons.

Attach the button on the short piece b cause then you can button your pup in for the best fit.

Buddy is not happy with me because I woke him up.

See easy as can be. Just pick your color or colors and get the measurements. I add 1 inch to the numbers because the last thing your pet wants is a tight-fitting sweater.

To wash this fabulous easy sweater just wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

Let me know if you like my crochet and want to see more by liking the post and comment.

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Glad your here!


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (pilot)

Well I have a new obsession…  SHIELD… is a show that I recently saw on Netflix and I must say its wonderful. It took me almost a week to watch the 3 seasons on Netflix but it was worth it. I thought I would go through each episode and share my views and opinions.

Disclaimer: I pulled these photos of the internet only as a fan wanting to share with other fans and maybe give others that do not watch the show a good idea of the quality of the SHIELD show.

There maybe some spoilers but I will try to keep it to a minimum.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standing for strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. Lets just say I am glad to call it SHEILD….

Season 1 episode 1 (pilot)

First a bit of history of SHIELD…. If you are a fan of Marvel comics and the blow out movies that have come out like Ironman, Avengers, and  Captain America you probably know a bit about SHIELD. This TV show is a bit different but has the basic story of real people fighting evil and of course winning….


This first episode is an introduction to some pretty fabulous characters. We meet everyone’s favorite agent Coulson. Played by none other than Clark Gregg. Who is reprising his role from the movies. Yes he did die but you have to watch the show to understand who they need Coulson to come back from the dead.

We also meet very different types of characters like Malinda May played by the wonderful actor Ming-nu Wen. Her characters is dealing with a lot and as the show goes on you will find out what makes her tick. Then we have the “specialist” Grant Ward played by an adorable actor by the name of Brett Dalton. A walking killing machine. We also have the brains of the outfit who together make up FitzSimmons. Fitz is played by Ian De Caestecker and Simmons played by Elizabeth Henstridge who is the sweet Dr.


We see how Coulson find the star characters of this show Sky played by Chloe Bennet. A smart young girl who is a computer genious.

This is the main gang in SHEILD. In the pilot we see Coulson gather everyone and they come across Micheal Peterson who happens to have powers and they need to try to get him safe off the streets so they can help him be a hero.

They learn about each other as they hunt this man who is good at heart but is medically altered my forces  intent on taking over the world we know.

The show is a drama but it has surprisingly funny jokes and personalities that make it interesting. No matter how dramatic the situation is there is always a joke or funny moment to help the viewers see these are real people in unique situations. They remember the heart of it all and always try to do good even if they have no choice.

There are computer generated scenes but they don’t take away from the great acting and emotional turmoil each has to go through.

A show like SHEILD can show us all the light inside the dark of everyone.

I hope you will watch the show with me and enjoy it like I do. Please follow me as we have some fun in SHEILD….

Glad your here!