27 July 2014

Being Brave

Once a year we have a festival in town called Frontier Days. It's a big one - 9 days or so - and makes this city feel more country than it is already. Horses, parades, cowboy hats, boots, buckles, bulls. Oh, and did I mention a carnival? Yes! 
Now, I am not huge on rides for a couple of reasons. The first is I tend to get dizzy very easily as it is. Secondly, I've always been too large for the majority of the ride restraints. Painful to admit but it's true. I'm all about letting the light shine on the painful stuff now. Or, trying to be all about it anyway. I don't even get in lines anymore due to being turned away at the last minute or trying to stuff myself into a restraint and having to admit defeat. Note: I'm on the road to changing that part of it. Thank the Lord.
The other day we went to the carnival. Seeing the joy on Abby's face was precious. I wish I could have actually captured it. She's such a joy. Also, she was beyond brave. After riding some kiddie rides, like a small roller coaster, she looked up and said she wanted to ride the swings. You know, the swings that go up in the air spinning around and around. Those swings. I tried to tell her they might be too grown up for her. Nope. Cause the thing is...she is tall enough for any ride in that place. Honestly, she's not even quite six yet and she is at 48 inches tall. So, this happened.

I'm not sure I breathed the whole time she was up into the air. My friend and I watched her face intently. It seemed that every other time around she was smiling. The off times she looked unsure. I thought I was going to have to calm down an upset child when the ride stopped. Instead, she ran toward me and hugged me telling me 'Fun, fun, fun!" Um, wow. She is so much more than five right now. She really is almost six. She's growing up despite my desire for her to stay small. 
Later that night we went back to the carnival with my husband. He was shocked at her braveness too. In fact, she was braver that night than earlier. This child wanted to go on this.

And, she did with her Daddy. Not Mommy. No, Mommy learned  her lesson a long time ago about this ride. So, she rode it bravely and did not like it at all because it was too high. It's not the height that bothers me near as much as the sudden drop.
One of the things I have always hoped is that our daughter wouldn't act like I did as a kid. I was the shy child trying to impress everyone. The child who got picked on and left out. The child that was afraid of everything and worried all the time. So, I love that our daughter's braveness is coming through. Love it. 

25 July 2014

Thirty Pounds Lost

I have officially hit thirty pounds lost. This is more than I've ever lost. Seriously, ever. It's a great feeling. I can finally see the light. I have a way to go to where my goal weight is. However, I have never, in my adult life, been at a "normal" weight so I'm not sure how low I truly will end up going. I want to be healthy, not a certain weight. I want to be fit. Strong. 

My husband and I went on a date last night. It was impromptu. We saw Brad Paisley, thanks to his boss. This was a show I truly have been wanting to see for years. He looked amazing in his Wranglers, cowboy hat, and boots. I dug a pretty plaid shirt out of the closet that hadn't seen daylight in a long time. It was gaping at the buttons last time I tried it on. I wore it last night and it was loose. I wore a cute denim skirt that used to be stretched across my belly tightly. It too was getting loose well, while standing more than sitting. I like this feeling. The concert (and date) were so much fun!

Oh, and just a reminder, if you are losing weight you should go through your clothes (namely underwear) every so often before wearing them. Otherwise, you may be in public with your knickers falling down. Waaaay down. Don't ask me how I know. Just take it on faith. ;)

24 July 2014

Canvas HQ Custom Canvas Giveaway - ends 8/3/14

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See the full review at The Stuff of Success. And right now you can win your own Custom Canvas Print from CanvasHQ by entering the Giveaway Tool below. Must be aged 18 or older to enter and reside in the US.  
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23 July 2014

Strider Sport Balance Bike Giveaway - ends 8/6/14

Welcome to the Strider Sport Balance Bike Giveaway! 
Hosted by: Momma Lew Co-Hosted by: A Life In Balance 

Do you have a child who is struggling to learn to ride a bike? Did you know that a Strider Sport Balance Bike can help a child as young as 18 months learn to ride a two-wheeler? You can read Momma Lew's review here to find out all about this great bike to help your child gain the balance and confidence they need!

One lucky reader is going to win their own Strider Balance Bike (ARV: $119) in the color of their choice! To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form below. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+, one entry per household. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 8/6 EST. Good luck!

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22 July 2014

RIO 2 Giveaway Winner

The winner has been selected and emailed for the RIO 2 giveaway. I am just awaiting a response so check your emails! The winner is....

Kathryn S.

Please contact me asap at lovejuliebug (at) gmail.com because you have 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. Congrats!! 

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