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The Best Day Of My Life

Twenty-four years ago on January 23, at 12:05am, a 14 year old girl gave birth to a little 8lb 9oz butterball of a baby girl with a head full of soft, curly hair.
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I didn’t know then that my life was changed forever.
We grew up and learned to navigate life together.

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JaLisa (not quite 2) and her little cousin, Damani

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JaLisa and her big cousin, Jordan

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JaLisa and her Judy Grandma (my Mommy)

Times weren’t always easy but I tried to make sure she always knew she was special and loved. I always wanted to make sure she laughed more than she cried and knew more joy than pain.
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Me, JaLisa and Tomi (her Dad-Mom) at her high school graduation

Through it all, we’ve survived and thrived.
We’ve laughed together, cried together, prayed together and fought together. Your smile has gotten me through a lot of hard days.
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I’ve been blessed to see 38 years on this earth so far and the best part has been the 24 years I’ve had the privilege of being your mom.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY GIRL!

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Weighing In

Sheesh! It has been a minute since I reported on my weigh loss journey. Life happened!
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When I started this journey, I was 449lbs. At my last weigh-in, for the first time in at least 7yrs, I was under 400lbs. I was 399lbs! I know that is still a big number and I am still quite a way from my goal weight of 250lbs but I am on my way.
I’m so happy!

A Month Of Blessings – Day 16

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Aleena (standing) & MJ

I am thankful and blessed to have the some of the best friends on the face of the earth!
Tomi & I will be out of town on the actual day of our birthdays but our friends Aleena & MJ (Melissa Jayne) made sure there is cake. They just got married June 7th and should still be basking in the newlywed glow but they still took time to think of us. The best part is that it was delivered to me at work and its from my favorite bakery, Frost Me Sweet Bistro & Bakery in Richland, WA.

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Love bees on top

They made our wedding cake…the bottom tier was lemon drop and the top two caramel apple. Plus, there was gluten-free, vegan, double chocolate cupcakes.
Anyway…
This cake is red velvet; my absolute favorite. Aaaannnndddd, its 3 layers. I plan to dig into a big slice right after dinner.

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Edible flower
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Num-yummy!

A Month Of Blessings – Day 7

I love my natural hair. I stopped chemically straightening it about 15yrs ago and I have to say that it was the best decision I ever made. I have a lot of fun with coloring it, growing it out, cutting it short and accessories. I love accessories! I am thankful for the versatility that my natural hair affords me and I am blessed to have the confidence to pull it off.
Check out some of my hairstyles…

Blondie!!
Blondie!!

Brown
Brown
Short & blonde
Short & blonde
My natural color
My natural color
Currently red
Currently red
Short & dark
Short & dark

I’m Feeling High Because I’m Still Down!

After two weeks off of my eating plan, I went in for my Ideal Protein weigh-in. The bad news is that.I gained 8.8 lbs. The good news is that I am still down 15lbs! YES! I am riding high on that fact. I had been eating horribly so I fully expected to gain all the weight back.
I am feeling renewed and encouraged and ready to kick weight loss back into gear. I have a great support system and I feel renewed in my endeavor to lose this weight.

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