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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! Here's to New Beginnings!

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Our New Year's Eve started off with a bang - literally.  At 6:00 a.m., the local news warned people in my neighboring communities to take cover because of  impending tornadoes that were expected to touch down.  My oldest son - who was in nearby Rogers - awoke to to the sound of tornado sirens.  Thankfully, we are all alright, but unfortunately, several houses were leveled and three people lost their lives.  My heart goes out to those poor families who lost their loved ones and their homes to this devastating incident.



Last year at this time, I made the first New Year's resolution that I ever stuck with and was quite successful at it.  I vowed to eat healthier and lose weight.  And, when I say weight, I'm not talking just a few extra pounds.  I lost a total of 92 pounds last year and am now currently more than halfway to my weight loss goal.  I have to give credit to a program I discovered from a Facebook friend for my success.  That program is called "SparkPeople" and it's absolutely wonderful.   You can eat like a "normal" person which means you don't have to deprive yourself when going out to restaurants or eating with the family.  I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to shed a few (or a lot) of pounds.  I've dieted my entire life and I've tried every program out there, but this is the one that really WORKS.  Listen, if I can do it for an entire year, that says a lot.  :)

"Before" pic (yuck)

After losing 92 pounds - halfway to goal!


After much thought, I've decided to reduce the inventory in my EBay store and move a bulk of my handmade items to ETSY.   During the months of January and February, I will be making the transition.   Don't get me wrong - I'll still be selling on EBay, too - but on a smaller level.  In order to help reduce the inventory there, many items will be on sale in my EBay store.  ETSY customers can also save during this transition by using coupon code "WELCOME" to save 20% on their entire purchase.   In addition, in the very near future, my daughter, Brianna and I will be selling our homemade candy and cookies on ETSY.  Each year, around the holidays, we always make lots of sweets.  We've had many suggestions from people to market our sweets - so why not?  We will highlight our tried and true buttery caramels, English almond toffee and Scandinavian almond cookies (to name just a few).  All of our homemade sweets contain quality ingredients such as real cream butter.  (No margarine used here!)  Please stay tuned for details....


Buttery soft caramels

English almond toffee







I hope this New Year brings lots of love, laughter and the things that are truly important to everyone this year.





 

6 comments:

KeLLy aNN said...

Congratulations on the weight loss!
You look great.
Happy New Years, and keep up the great work.

Joji said...

Wanda so glad to hear you are all ok. I was watching this on the news, so sad. What an inspiration you are for your weight loss. I am going to go check out this program. I have too always struggled with my weight. Thanks again for the inspiration and have a wonderful New Year.

Ann said...

Wanda..glad you are safe! You may say "yuk" to your first picture, but I see a beautiful woman,eyes that sparkle with a warmth from the heart! Loosing wight to be more healthy is a good thing,but never see yourself as "yuk"..embrace the fabulouss woman inside! No matter how much weight you loose..that beautiful face and smile and sparkling eyes will always be there!
Happy 2011 !!!

Thespa said...

Congrats on loosing the weight. I made the same resolution last year and was able to lose about 50 and I know how hard it was so 90+ is absolutely fabulous! Congrats! You look great! Just dropping in to say Happy New year!
We had friends calling us the day after the storm and apparently we just slept right through it, tornado sirens and all. Glad we were safe cause we were oblivious. It's sad that others were not.

Donna said...

Wanda congratulations on your weight loss,you look great! Happy New Year!

Hugs,
Donna

Tootie said...

Your comparison photos are amazing! You must be very pleased with yourself. That's a great way to start the new year. :)