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What is our Worth?

Let me ask you – How often do you wonder if what your doing has any purpose and meaning? How often do you question what your life is worth? To many people don’t see their own worth…. My aunt as an example. She was a: kind, smart, talented, caring, and fun actress who touched so many people ones she knew and didn’t ever meet. Sadly she never grasped her worth. She was so hard on herself, She would say I wish I could do better or was better. She was a wonderful woman who brought joy to so many. she touched so many lives in such great ways… Yet she didn’t value herself much.

We all live different lives, we all are unique individuals and we all have impact on others. It could be in our: local community; an online community – games, forums,chat-rooms, Facebook, YouTube instagram twitter, work; school; church; family; etc… Anytime you talk to someone else you are effecting or affecting their lives and day in some way. Do you make people smile? Or do you tear people down.. But….. He/she treats me like…… That doesn’t matter your not measuring their worth, you are measuring ours… We have need to take responsibly and be accountable how we treat others. You want to know what your worth is? Look at how you treat others..

We may say: I am who I am? I just want to be myself why do I have to be nice… The bible say treat others as you want to be treated. (Luke6:31) Even if you don’t believe in the Bible or God, it is a good rule to live by. So let me ask you – How do you want others to treat you? Sadly others may not threat you kind and there are some who will never treat you the way you wish they would… But that doesn’t affect your Value! So what if there is one person who doesn’t appreciate you… If you see it or not there are people who you touch.

Lets talk about our appearance next. Are we what society says is: overweight, thin, sexy, tall, short, beautiful, handsome, homely, athletic, etc? What else do they say about us? Wait!!!!!!!! That’s labeling!!! We may fit into one of those categories but that does not define our worth! Those labels can act as boosters or most common as restraints. We tie ourselves down by what others say we are or what we can do. We need to stop doing that. Because let me tell you Your worth is un-measurable, your value is priceless!

It doesn’t matter what you do, how you or how you look. Only you an decide your importance, our value, our worth. We are invaluable, Priceless, irreplaceable, precious, incomparable, unequaled.

I challenge you to do as I am doing: Tell yourself you are important, you are beautiful, handsome, sexy, and awesome! Tell yourself you can succeed and that you wont give up on whatever you are reaching for. DO it as often as you need to and you will start to be happier. We all get emotional and have down days but its just a moment in time, and it will pass. Stay strong and don’t be afraid to talk to others when you need encouragement and support. You have purpose and meaning. No one can be better you, you are un-matched.

I love ya – don’t forget you are awesome!!!
╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯

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Here it is, The end of Feb and I have lost 16lbs. It was 17 but I gained some back over the holidays’ not much a all… Only about Three lbls but Not like I was.. I am happy and pleased I have keep most the weigh off. It has been hard keeping track. We had the darnedest time trying to figure out how I could weigh with the boot… Now I can take it off so its easier.. Yes I still have the boot on… I am back to eating Complete Keto.. With No cheating. When you cheat you have to re acclimated your body all over again… Well I do.. My body does not like carbs anymore.. When I eat a lot of crabs or sugar  I get bloated and feel yucky.. And when I eat sugar I have emotional crashes… I so don’t like that… I did a fat fast last weak and lost 2.5 of the 3 lbs I gained I really hope I find out this week that I lost the rest so I can say I am back down’ 17lbs.. But my mom brought home Mexican food last night and well I should have said no, but I hate to see food wasted so I ate it… I also found when I was for sure I had gained and not lost weight and was afraid to see. But I was pleasing surprised 97% of the time to find out I had lost weight.. I found that coconut milk un-sweetened (with 1 sweet in low) is a must It helps replenish your vitamins, and lots of water or tea. I am not as hungry as I used to be but I make my self eat sometimes because eating more fat = more fat burned.. I am addicted to hot wings with celery and cream cheese.. I could eat those every night!

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Anyways.. If there is a Will there is a Way… I know everyone’s body is different and I found what works for me.. Don’t give up… I am sure you will find what works for you! You are awesome no matter what your weight is, You are special and important beloved!!

╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯

I’ve turned Keto

Hello again,

It feels like forever since I last wrote you. I didn’t wanna post till I had good news. I’ve tried so many different things, especially in the past  year… My weight would drop then it would come back… I weighed more  then when I first started back in September 2014. I was angry and frustrated at myself and at God nothing I did was working. I was Exercising eating right.. I would loose a couple pounds then and gain them back over and over again…. Arg But in  September I had made up my mind I had had it. I would do whatever it took to loose weight. I  eat smaller meals cut out sugar, and I  drank more water. Just like I  had before for my sister’s wedding in November 2013.  Which worked I started loosing weight. I dropped about 3lbs in three weeks.

I discovered Keto on October thanks to my Mom.  Here is an image of the book all about it.IMG_20141001_105916

It really works! I am not trying to sell you. It really works…. I know this because… My mom was having some serious health issues.. I was scary… Her heart was irregular, her blood sugar was high among other things.  Thus she went to the Doctors where they They ran many tests and even sent hr to a heart specialist. She had to wear a heart monitor. She asked them about Keto but they told her not to change her diet…. Well he being the stubborn woman that she is decided to change her diet anyways. She was gonna eat and drink  Keto for a week . They had all the tests done, so after a week when they will run them again she will see if Keto would make a difference. If it didn’t no harm done. But it would be awesome if it did…. Well…. No lie…. After a week all her tests came back positive and her heart was acting normal again. O.o   For real I am not joking…   There was so much wrong before but now…. She had a clean bill of health.. They asked her  how could it be So she fessed up to the Keto challenge… Honestly it sounds like some sales pitch I know… But had I was with her and saw the proof with my own eyes.

She challenged me to change my diet.  I figured if it worked for her it would work for me….. So I went on the challenge with her. Its been about 4 weeks I have lost a total of 12lbs. I am almost down a size… I am so happy with the results… And you can eat just about everything. I am so excites to have something finally working and keeping it off… It is an answered prayer….

What is Eating keto? Well its cutting out carbs and Sugar… But Eating more fatty foods.. You are training your body to burn fat not carbs and sugar.. And  It works.. You can eat just about everything you would before.. Just no carbs or Sugar.. I use sweet in low instead.. Which  honestly I used anyways… The no carbs part has been the hardest for me.. And I found he more carbs I eat the more sugar and sweet things I want… When I am full Keto I don’t crave carbs and sugar, however I do crave bacon, spicy food, and cheese. I do eat vegetables and I still drink my coffee… I ca no stand black coffee I think creamer enhances the flavor… I use heavy whipping cream and Sweet and Low in my coffee now instead f those  sweet creamers I adore… And The cool thing is the more fat is in something the better it tastes… I can still eat out I am just more picky what I order… Something my family and friends would say hasn’t changed about me. lol I am happier  and sleeping better too… Honestly it took a week to get acclimated  to eating Keto but I can tell a difference. It takes will power but it is worth it! I Didn’t exercise more either… If you don’t know I broke my foot in October so I have been not walking much at all…

Here are some Images of what my meals look like:

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                                                Love ya♥

                                                                  Amy Jane

Scales, Mirrors and …

Those are forbidden words right.. They are pure evil!!! Keep them away!!!!

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(Picture is copywritten by Amy Jane Sandberg)

I know I have had real issues with them? Have you?? I hate the scale unless it brings good news.. I try and try and its so hard to get the results I want… How you do weigh yourself? Do you do it naked to get the best result or fully dressed so you think if its high you can take off a few lbs due to clothes? Honestly I often forget to weigh in… I don’t do it on purpose but I wake up the dog wants out then the cat wants to eat then I get dressed go get some coffee and and get to work. By the time I realize it the day has gone and I think… Well now its way too late to weigh in.. I’ll just do it tomorrow… But that tomorrow ends up being a week later… But I get accused of not wanting to see how I am doing? Of course I care.. I have not cut out most sweets and am not walking and not pushing myself for nothing… How many of you go through this?

Now Mirrors…. I’ve perfected putting on make up with out them, and I do so much to avoid looking in them.. I hated how I looked I didn’t want to see what people may see. I am happy with who I am inside… I didn’t care about the outside package.. If you don’t like me for me then screw you… Right!!! Anyone with me there??? Or am I the only one who has thought this..

The other day I had to got to the Dr. And guess what, he did the unimaginable… He weighed me…. Gosh darn him… LOL… But good news I’ve lost 7 lbs since October… I know not much at all… >.< I like carbs…. But I am a lot more active since I got my fit bit, since I moved, and now I’m eating better too… so I’m guessing I built up muscle and now I’m to the loosing weight part of my journey.. To my surprise too I accidentally looked in the mirror across from my shower and saw myself naked.. Of all things… EEKK GADS!!! But…. I didn’t hate the image I saw… I could see a difference, and I saw I have a lot to offer my husband one day… (That’s a topic for another day)

I am beautiful, so what if I have added baggage… I am pretty inside and out… Those people who can’t see beyond the baggage are not worth your feelings.. They dis your outward appearance because they are jealous of your beautiful inside…

I know I started this blog years ago and I haven’t kept up with it as much as I should.. I have 2 other main blogs, books in progress and a life… But I care very much about loosing weight and I am taking this full force now.. I am done being fat… (Oh No I said the forbidden F word!!!)

I read a book called “You are Amazing” By Holley Gareth published by Hallmark. It really changed my outlook on things. I don’t hate who I am, as I used to constantly struggle with.. I have embraced who I am… My good and bad.. I used my weight to keep people away, It was my shield so to speak… And Food was the the only thing I used to have full control over… Well that has now changed… I am making better choices and pushing myself more..

One more thing, Drinking water really helps…. It keeps you hydrated, keeps you energized, and helps keep you full… You know you can go days with out food but your body needs water… Don’t drain your body because you don’t like the taste.. Try bottled water. I liked Nestle, or Try flavored water drinks, Chrystel light, and teas… It really makes a difference…

Don’t be afraid to get on your scale, if you are short of time make time.. So you can see your efforts are paying off… And go buy yourself a beautiful Mirror… They come in so many designs… You are beautiful and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of seeing the same thing others see..

~All My love,
ི♥ྀ Amy Jane ི♥ྀ

I have a fit bit!

After a year of hoping to be able to get one, I finally got one.! What is a fit bit you may ask if you do not know what it is. It is a little device that acts as a pedometer. What makes this one special? Other then just recording your steps, it logs your sleep pattern, it logs your Very active minuets, among – food log, calorie counter, and water consumption. It works with Fitnesspal as well.

All you need is a computer, net, and or a app phone… There are many versions of the fit bit. I have the bracelet, in blue. http://www.fitbit.com/ My aunt had the niki version, but switched to a fitbit. What makes the fitbit better? I’m not sure. But this one gives badges and has encouraging messages as you work toward and reach your set goal.

I have had mine since last weekend. Tho I’m bad at counting my calories, I have been a lot more active because if it. I am very happy and I have fun exercising more, and I find more reasons to be on my feet. I haven’t reached the 5 mile 10000 steps a day yet, but I’m averaging lost 5000 steps and working up to it… And it encourages me seeing how many calories I am burning and how many extra active minuets I’ve had.. 😛 I highly encourage anyone who needs an extra confidence boost to get one of these… It gives me hope and encouragement for sure.. My Weight loss goal doent seem so scary when I can see and have proof of what I am doing , so I can do my best!

╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯

I wish I could afford to get some for my friends…

I am sad to to admit I keep going up and down 20-30lbs and it is driving me crazy… I can’t seem to break the cycle, be it exercise and eating right, to Vitamins… I want a personal trainer and meal planner.. I seem to be on a good track now, I am loosing again, eating more balanced and keeping active but its not enough to make me happy. I don’t feel fat. I feel like a beautiful woman stuck in a heavy suit… And all people see is the baggage around me and not who I see or how I feel about myself.. I wish so bad who I feel I am reflected in my looks..

I am not a vain person, but lets be real. We live in a world of vain people who can’t see beyond the cover…. They think what they see is who we are… Not true.. It is just a suit… Even tho I dress nice, and I take care of myself I still get stereotyped as being a fat lazy slob..

What makes it worse is most places except Walmart, only make cute exercise cloths small already thin women.. What about us us bigger laddies. We are the ones who need the confidence boost and to feel brave enough to exercise.. How do you think we get thin? Hello!!!! Don’t we get to dress pretty and cute too?

I’m so frustrated with my body I wanna get some blood tests done to see what, I need to do to loose the unwanted weight.. Surgeries are not an option, to much scar tissue and history. I wonder if my health insurance will cover it… Nutrisystem (Been there done that lost 40lbs but gained it back), is good.. Bu not good for long term…

I am getting on herbal life http://www.goherbalife.com/amelias to try.. We will see if it is any better… anything that helps I will do… I am pretty short on time and I won’t have a kitchen for a while.. So it will be easy… My main problem is knowing the proper balance, and what is best for me. The nutritionist at my drs office may be able to help… Maybe I can get the blood work done though her.

Blah blah blah…. I am not making excuses. I am very serious, and I wanna find a good place to exercise too.. I went to one gym.. OH MY! all thin pretty people, very rude staff.. Its a gym, where people go to work out, why be so cruel.. I miss Planet fitness so much. They were awesome.. The only other option will be an hour away.. No biggie.. I’m doing the application for it, It is a nice medical gym, way better then the one I looked at and it even has a pool.. Kind of like a health club… I hope I can afford it. this would be awesome….. Hey its a start. If i get in I’ll go 3 times a week..

I want to wear dresses again, shorts, I wanna feel as pretty as i do inside on the outside..

╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯


Thanks to my Sister  Amanda  and Her husband Kevin I am on my second pair  of Keens for my birthday…  http://www.zappos.com/keen-alamosa-wp-gargoyle-ceramic The 4×4 of shoes… after my last pair  was worn out  I was wary..  And at first they didn’t fit me well.. It took me a good moth to break this pair in..    It has now become the pair I ware most the time   now…  It is more durable then the tennis shoes at  Wal-Mart.  And I’m not going to spend $ 100.00 on shoes I will barely ware… Besides how long it took to break them in, I really dislike the shoe laces… They are constantly coming undone, even with furor double knots… I will not be buying another pair.  When I can buy two pairs for the price of one..

 

I am still with the Amazing boyfriend of mine… I love him more every day!! What a gift from God He is, and Such a support.. I can’t wait to spend time with him on a daily basis…   He still inspires me to reach my goal and tells me he loves me and I’m pretty as I am…     *Blush*


I started   playing  Wii Fit Plus.. And I am eating better, less portions.. I’m losing weight every week.. This week I lost 1 and half pounds!!   If I can keep this up I can totally  reach my goal of losing 30 pounds by my birthday!!! Which is April 1st..
Last week my parents came over and  I made Cabbage Soup with :  2 Cans  of Beef Broth, A small head of Cabbage, A can of sliced Carrots,  fresh chopped  Carrots,  A whole  yellow Onion, and a can of corn.. With I served    pork chops soaked overnight in Teriyaki Sauce with a touch of four cheese tortilla chips…  It was good… My dad had two helpings and there was plenty left over…   It made us bloat, but you can take tums or something, or drink 7up like I did to help relieve myself….   Anyways ~ We all dropped a pound right away!    Too bad I pigged out on sweets the next few days, but I still managed to loose and Not gain any!!
I know I can do this.. I just need to keep at it…  I won’t let life mess me up again…  I would like to look into a health club not too far from here, see how much it will cost, see if I can get my medical insurance to cover for it… It would be so awesome!  I just don’t know if I can… Please pray if this is what God wants me to do it all works out!     Till then~ Work, Chores, My family, and Lily Belle, my Soon to be 1 year old Great Dane, and 3 cats keep me very busy and a lot more active…

I think that is all for now.. Please feel free to share recipes,  what works for you, Prayers, and Bits of encouragement!!

╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy  Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯

           Ps. I am so sorry I had vanished a second time..  Now I have my place, my office set up and a somewhat set schedule – I’ll be around much more, God willing…