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2016 Goals & Resolutions

*I should have posted this weeks ago, but better late than never!

Making resolutions at the beginning of the year isn’t usually my thing. After making a lot of progress toward positive changes in my life in 2015, I decided it was worth a shot.

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Life Weight Loss

Kickoff: The 90 Day Challenge

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This week marked the start of the 90 Day Low Carb Challenge, sponsored by Lynn at Traveling Low Carb. The rules of the challenge are pretty simple. Participants are encouraged to track their food and log it into a journal. The main goal is to stay under 20 net carbs each day, throwing the body into ketosis and prompting weight loss. Even though I’ve been following the low carb/high fat way of eating for nearly six months, I thought this would be a great way to recommit to my goals.

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Family Life

For My Dad

For My Dad

My dad is, without a doubt, the best man I’ve ever known. He’s always worked so hard, no matter what sort of adversity he’s had to face. I always know that no matter what I need, I can count on him.

For My Dad

When I was a kid, my dad was away from home quite a bit, working on the railroad. I would always be excited on the nights when he’d return home for the weekend. More often than not, he returned with something for me. Maybe that just made me spoiled, but I’ve always thought it simply meant that even if Dad wasn’t home, he was thinking of us. It might have been a mermaid doll that floated on a lily pad, a beef stick that was eight feet long, or a new Barbie doll, but he always took the time to make us feel loved and special.

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In Loving Memory

On Mother’s Day, my maternal grandmother, Elector, passed away at the age of 71, surrounded by her loved ones. She was a unique woman, not just in name, but in so many wonderful ways.

The wife of a preacher, she could recite a Bible verse one minute, then turn around and tell a bawdy joke that would leave use all in stitches. She adored Elvis Presley, collected angel figurines, and would watch Jimmy Swaggart on an almost constant loop. At her birthday party a few years ago, she spent a large portion of the evening arm-wrestling with her grandchildren. She didn’t mind when she was given the nickname “Sexy Lexy.”

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Though I think she was always beautiful, in her younger years, Mamaw was absolutely gorgeous. I wish the photo on the left had survived in better condition because it’s one of my favorites. I love the gloves and the purse, the kitten heels and the bows on her dress. I think she looks like a movie star, glamorous and chic.

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For My Mom

For My Mother

When I was younger, my dad would often tell me that I was just like my mother. I’d scoff and disagree, vehemently opposing the idea that I was anything like her. This was, of course, the exact worst thing to say to a surly, irrational teen. I was sure my mother was out to ruin my life and make me miserable. Why would I want to be like her? Looking back, however, I realize how blessed I was and still am today.

For My Mother

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