I will be 63 in June of 2023 , and on a journey to lose over a 100 pounds, and find the person I want to be. I have many years of life ahead , I plan to be around a long time, so I want to have fun and enjoy myself now that my big job of raising kids is over. My husband and I hope to buy a motor home when he retires in about five years and see the country, so we have a lot of fun to look forward to.
We want to get our weight off for our health. My husbands spinal doc has told him to lose it or he risks another surgery in a few years. He had back surgery two years in a row July of ,2019 and November of 2020, and in October of 2021 he had a minor knee surgery, and a hernia surgery in 2022, and although the surgeries all went great and healed beautifully, he has to lose 40 pounds to avoid further back surgeries and I have to get the weight off to get rid of all the health issues I am dealing with, so we are on weight watchers to help him lose the weight and stop the inflammation . I am on the plan with him to lose weight to deal with my issues, which is metabolic syndrome and all the pre issues that come along with it. We are taking on the challenge of changing the way we eat to keep him healthy and prevent further back damage . I also need to lose the weight pretty urgently as well. With metabolic syndrome and some health issues I have so far kept at bay, I cannot hold them off much longer if I do not get the weight off. We are changing our food choices for life,with Weight watchers it is actually fun and easy and we are very determined to be healthy and feel this is the best way for us to get there. This is our health at stake, we have to lose it and keep it off. So, that is what we are doing, one day at a time !!! We love our new plan because no food is off limits, we just have to use our points wisely to have the foods we want. So many zero point foods make it so easy to eat this way.
I also am on a search for who I am now. Raising kids changed me as it does everyone, and who I was before them, might not be who I want to be. I have always been a writer and artist , photographer , and a maker. I just need to find out what to write and what kind of art I want to do. What do I want to make ? I last updated this about page a couple of years ago, and a lot of stuff has changed but my search for me has not. I am more confused than ever about what path I want to take. I have a YouTube channel and that keeps me very busy. I have this blog and one for my channel and actually another YouTube channel for this blog but never seem to be able to post on that one. But what I want to do with that channel, and my overall creative life is what I want to figure out. I started baby sitting our youngest grandaughter right after I started the channel which made it harder to really give my all to the channel and the plans I had for the channel kind of fell to the side. It was hard to do it all.
Now in 2023 I am baby sitting the same grandaughter as well as her 2 year old brother. She is now five and I am homeschooling her as her mom had to go back to work and we decided we wanted to kids to come here. We have committed to watch them full time until my husband retires and then we may only be watching them part time. But that gives her five years until she has to figure it out and there are other grandparents to help.
So, I am making big plans for 2023 . I want to get rid of the weight and the weight related health issues once and for all and start spreading my wings and doing some things that interest me , excite me, and challenge me and maybe even terrify me, although if starting a YouTube channel did not even faze me , nothing really should .
If you are interested in my channel it is
Stephie’s Beads Baubles and Treasures.
Here is a link to my link tree , it gives you links to pretty much everything I am doing online, channels, blogs, Instagram and my shops.
I do beading and jewelry tutorials and also share treasures I have found. Many I sell on Etsy and Ebay.
So, that is another part of what I am doing, . I have a blog for that channel too. It is all on the link tree link above.
I just want to finally make some changes . I am tired of every single New Years day making the same resolutions.
Pat off debt.Which is have very little of that now. A no interest car payment and also no interest Best Buy which we will get paid off as soon as possible.
Although we did put the ” pay off debt” goal to bed for the most part. . We do have a car payment and mortage payment. I do use the Best Buy card from time to time and pay it off within the no interest time frame, but that is all the debt and that is a huge accomplishment. We have a plan to have the car paid off within two years or less.
We are also on a mission to declutter and purge our home and out buildings. We want to eliminate about half our stuff and have some epic yard sales along the way !!!
So, to sum it up, this is my journey, and welcome to it !!!
here are some pictures of my studio , the place I spend a lot of my day and post these blog posts, not often this clean, but how I like it to look, lol !!! These were taken in September of 2021 so not quite accurate but not much has really changed in my studio over the last couple of years since I last did a small update.
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