Guest Post: I Don’t Want To Go Shopping

While I'm enjoying this view, enjoy this post from Cynthia!

Hi everyone, I’m Cynthia from It All Changes. I love to share about all the ups – and downs – of living a healthy lifestyle on the roller coaster we call life.

Thanks to Brooke for letting me guest post while she enjoys her fabulous vacation. She needs a break after the crazy Christmas time…trust me I know.

Like Brooke I dropped a lot of weight. I lost some with calorie counting and the rest with Weight Watchers. Losing weight was great. I felt stronger, healthier and could actually live my life. There was one.little.thing I hated about losing weight….

CLOTHES SHOPPING!!

You’re probably thinking that new clothes is the BEST part of losing weight. As kids we love “school clothes shopping” and Santa always brought new clothes to wear – unless they were socks and underwear from Grandma. So why doesn’t a grown woman love clothes shopping?

It’s the in between stages.

When losing over 100 pounds you don’t want to buy expensive pieces that only fit for a few months. During the 2 years it took me to lose the weight I shopped the Salvation Army Family Stores aka Thrift Stores, sale racks, and outlets. The best was when I could shop out of friends closets. Anything could be replaced, even if I looked like a hot mess or something out of the 80’s. Thank God those pictures are missing.

Then there’s the one thing that is an absolute nightmare to replace. Boys avert your eyes… BRAS! Oh yes I said it.

Fit, cost, and comfort never work when you go from a 44DDD to something quite a bit smaller and sometimes every size in between. Oh why can’t a size be a size be a size. A size 12 jeans don’t fit the same brand to brand so why should a bra. Can’t they be as simple as men’s pants?

I spent months avoiding the lingerie section, until it was apparent I needed some new undergarments.

Where was grandma for Christmas that year?

I prayed they’d hold up – literally – until I was at GOAL and wouldn’t need to torture myself this way anymore…unless I wanted something nice and new.

Then came GOAL and maintenance brought a whole other set of challenges. The old adage that they are the “first place you lose weight and the last place you gain” works in reverse for me. While others have a stack of jeans they fit into at different weights – heck different times of the month – I have a stack of bras.

Don’t even get me started on sports bras. I don’t want to give myself a black eye so I have to wear two. Double the trouble double the fun? Heck it’s all double the cost. I think Lulu lemon and their Tata Tamer own me…or at least my first born.

Despite all my qualms about shopping of any kind I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I love the new me and just look forward to the Victoria Secret’s Semi-annual sale.

What would be the hardest thing for you to replace from your wardrobe?

Guest Post: I Believe She’s Wonder Woman

As I’m enjoying the amazing town of Breckenridge and getting used to the high altitude, here’s my amazing sister! She’s my very best friend and I love her to pieces!

Hello.

I am Tracey. I am Brooke’s AMAZING sister.

The other day Brooke asked me to type up a blog post so that she can put it as a guest post while she is away at Colorado. When she asked I instantly thought “What do you even want me to write about?” and it didn’t take long for Brooke to respond back with a very modest reply “about me of course.”

So here I go.

What Brooke means to me.

Basically my whole entire life (well for as long as I can remember) I always said that Brooke is my hero…

I actually really think that she is Wonder Woman (hence the title of this blog entry)

Now…you all know that Brooke has always struggled with her weight. I never understood why because our parents weren’t feeding her HoHos, buckets of lard, and shoving soda down her throat. She ate the same things my brother and I did (which definitely were not the items I listed above). While growing up I always struggled to understand…but I didn’t think it mattered because whenever I saw my sister I didn’t see all of her extra weight…I saw her as my gorgeous sister whom I loved to be around!

It was always hard for me when people made fun of Brooke and a lot of you probably think that the jokes were only directed towards her…but believe it or not people would actually say cruel things about her to me. This always upset me because they just assumed Brooke only ate Twinkies (which was actually what a bunch of cruel girls said to me). I never understood why people didn’t see Brooke the way I did…it never made sense to me at all.

I think Brooke is Wonder Woman because she has broken through all the barriers that she has ever been given. She has lost an incredible 125 pounds in 2 years. She has overcome people’s cruel jokes, nasty looks, and stereotypes about who she is. She grabbed ahold of her life and isn’t going to settle for anything short of her goals. She has always been my best friend and I have always been able to rely on her for anything that has ever upset me. She has a heart of pure 18k gold. I have always loved who Brooke is…but I absolutely LOVE who she is now. She is the person I always knew she was but now she can shine and show the world.

To Brooke: I love you more than you will ever know. I want to thank you for all the years you saved me from the cruel fake people who were constantly in my life. I have always been able to count on you and I am thankful for that. My life would be so lame and boring without our fun photo shoots and random drives around random towns listening to RANDOM songs. I wish only the BEST for you in everything you do. I also miss you every day (since I moved to the ‘Loo). I can’t wait til I see you again in our completely MATCHING clothes…WE CAN DO THAT NOW! 🙂

To Brooke’s Readers: I would like to share some of my favorite pictures of Brooke and I…and also NEVER STOP READING THIS BLOG! 🙂

This picture is old, but def a fave!

This is what we do on a boring Tuesday night! 🙂

"We Sure Are Cute For Two Ugly People"

No Name Soup

I cook all the time, but this month B-Fry and I are doing an eat in challenge to save money for Colorado. The rules are we cannot eat out unless someone else is buying. So far it’s working out quite well! I’ve discovered that menu planning is the key.

Wednesday I made a super yummy soup for dinner. Problems being, I don’t know the PointsPlus value and it doesn’t have a name. Oh well, it’s delicious and that’s all that matters! 🙂

Here’s the recipe!

No Name Soup

– 1 pound sausage (I used turkey)
– 32oz chicken broth
– 1 package of dry country gravy mix
– 1 big bag of O’Brien potatoes

Directions:

– Cook the sausage and mix in the gravy mix (don’t add water or anything), the add rest of ingredients. You cook it on medium/medium-low for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

See, super simple!

B-Fry enjoyed it so much he had two big bowls. So, I’d say it’s a keeper! Oh and it makes quite a bit of soup, so expect leftovers. Trust me, you’ll want them!

Got any yummy soup recipes?