Friday, September 20, 2013

Living with it.

Almost everyone has it. I say ALMOST! Because there is that lucky few that doesn't have a smidge of one. And this isn't a post of a miracle cure, because I wish it was.

This post is about loving one's body even though you may have STRETCH MARKS.

Ah yes, the lovely stretch marks. 
Oh, how I loath you.

They SAY that if you have the purple ones adding Cocoa Butter or losing weight can help them disappear. Who really knows.

But I have the dreaded white ones.
I had a few from puberty but they wasn't that noticeable. But then when I became pregnant they came out of nowhere.

Of course, on my stomach,
my spare tires, as they call them,
my hips, and thighs,
my biceps,
even back of my knees, and shoulders???
I didn't even know you could get them there!

Now I am hoping that as I lose more weight they disappear at least a little bit.
I've seen weight losers have that happen. 
But if I don't and the time comes when I hit my goal, is that going to stop me from wearing a bikini???

I will wear that two piece. I will flaunt it. Will I care if someone complains of my marks? Or as I call them my "Tiger Stripes".

No I won't care.
And they can just get over themselves.
Because I earned them!

Do you have any miracle remedies to help stretch marks? If you do please share!

How do you feel about them?

Thanks for reading!
xoxo Gina oxox

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In the Beginning.... (Post #1)

In high school I was a JROTC cadet. I didn't eat much at all and I relatively active during the day. We had a garden to tend and sometimes I even helped my parents with their car hauling business. During the summer we spent most of the time at a campground that I loved and still do because of mostly one thing. Their 9 ft swimming pool. I rode my bike or walked to and from the campsite.

Even though I weighed 130-140lbs for my then 5ft1in frame I felt like every teenage girl. 

And of course looking back I wish I could smack myself and tell myself. "No! Your perfect!"

But alas I can't do that. After I found the love of my life at the tender age of 16 I was open to a whole new world of foods. Coming from the country I mostly ate homemade southern foods. My then boyfriend wanted to take me out and spend time with me as much as we could. Being in a such a small town there is mostly restaurants and really nothing healthy to do. Not at the time anyway.

As time went by my weight started to accumulate, and it saddened me but my love said he would love me no matter what. Knowing he was the one I kept on eating whatever I wanted to.

January 2009 I graduated high school at a disappointing weight of 181 pounds. I had always been the "chubby kid" of the class, and in 6th grade my highest weight was 176lbs then the "baby fat" started to come off. Which mainly from that because at the time we thought I had Acid Reflux, when I was 16 I found out I had a bum gallbladder and had it removed. Anyways.... 181lbs I couldn't believe that after all of that I had gained so much. Seeing my graduation photos disgusted me. But we move on...

By July of that year my fiance and I wanted a place of our own. We wanted to start a life together and be together as much as we could. He worked 12 hours a day 5 (sometimes 6) days a week. Living in the country ALL my life was personally hard to deal with moving into an trailer park. I mean no offense to anyone who lives in one. It's just not for me. I wouldn't say I was going crazy but it felt like I was. No yard to enjoy or anything. I lived on a farm with the neighbors pretty nice and would leave you alone. But you couldn't do anything or you would piss someone off. So pretty much I was confined to a 2 bedroom 1 bath that was in terrible condition from the previous owner, and had to stay cooped up all week long.

 By September we had decided that him and I wanted to get married as soon as we could because we didn't want to waste any time being a married couple. So we agreed on Halloween! It was awesome! I could tell you about it but thats a whole nother story. 

Soon after we found out we were pregnant! Which was very exciting and scary because I didn't know how my family would react.

Growing more pregnant everyday so was my weight gain. By the time I had him June, 2010 my weight had reached a whopping 220 pounds! 

Then around the end of 2012 I had seen several places on TV and on the internet called MyFitnessPal. And I knew I wouldn't be able to log every day on the website because I know how I am. So I didn't make me an account. So I decided to wait. Then around the beginning of January 2013 my husband bought me an iPhone 4s. By January 11th I found out that the MyFitnessPal app was free so I downloaded it. Showed Andrew, he started the next day and its been all gravy since. 

Thank you for reading the first part of my story, 
There will be more to come.
xoxo Gina oxox

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Have Apple or Android technology? Here is a FREE App that lets you download FREE apps and acquire points for downloading them and clicking and letting them load. Then you go back to your Appnana App collect your points and then delete your downloaded app! Unless you like the app I'm guilty of liking too much!!

And when you get a point value of 15,000 points you can enter my code and receive 2,500 points!! You also can share yours for others can add and receive, plus you get points for them adding!!

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Like I said its totally FREE so start earning Amazon, iTunes , and even Paypal!!!

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo Gina oxox

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

MyFitnessPal My 240th Day! (Post #2)

I haven't made a recent before after photos

Day 1: I weighed 220 pounds. I am 5ft 3in. in height. I wore a pant size 16/18.

As my friends may know on my Facebook today is my 240th day on MyFitnessPal. I mean they should. Ever since I started this journey on January 11th, 2013 I have been posting how I wanted to change. After trying many things to get my weight down and all of them failing I had about given up until my husband bought me an iPhone 4s. 

Before I was able to acquire a smartphone I had done some research on MyFitnessPal for about 4 months, though knowing I wouldn't hold fast to logging my foods on my laptop all the time I didn't make a membership. But once I heard that my husband bought me one that was the first free app I downloaded. 

For the first day was a bad day. I mean bad. Right from the get-go I went over my calorie intake. My whole day consisted on:

  • McChicken Sandwich -360 cal.
  • McDouble Burger - 390 cal.
  • 12oz Coca Cola- 140 cal.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich - 270 cal.
  • Diet Green Tea - 0 cal.
  • 1/2 Red Barron Special Deluxe Pizza- 760 cal.

Yes my calorie intake was only 1,550 calories in the start, and I ate 1,920 calories though I was still hungry and CRAVING soda, knowing I had already screwed up Day One I told myself tomorrow was going to be better.

That night I told my husband Andrew what I was doing and he liked the idea. Which I wasn't sure if he would since we had to log everything and scan our foods. I showed him how to do it, its all pretty simple. Scan the barcode of your product and nine times out of ten it pops up. If not you can quickly add calories or make your own product code. Andrew started on his the very next day and so far he has been right there with me ever since.

I KNEW I had to get off at least regular sodas. I know diet soda is BAD but its better than drinking all those calories. Anyway drinking I know 1-2 2L of soda A DAY was terrible I knew that but being an pop drinker for as long as I could remember was going to be hard going going cold turkey. I even told my uncle I wouldn't be caught EVER drinking a Diet Coke. Dang I ate my words.
Plus I hated water. Love to swim in it. Not to drink it. Go figure. I think it was a childhood thing not going into that piss some family off for that one.
 I SWEAR The month of January was HELL for me. Everyday I would give myself a 12 oz of soda. then go down to 6 oz then 4 oz and ect. until I FINALLY quit it. I felt like a meth addict coming off crack. It wasn't fun at all.  But somehow I did it. I do drink a lot more water now. I even crave it somedays. Which is good. 

Within the first week of using MyFitnessPal I lost 5 pounds. FIVE POUNDS. Nothing else had worked. But this FOOD MODERATION worked. DANG I really wished I had listened to my teachers in health and Foods in high school she wasn't joking when to stay healthy you needed to watch how much you ate. 

Day: 240: I now weigh 180.1lbs and can wear a size 12/13 (depends on the maker) pant/shorts
So Far I've lost a total of 40 pounds!

Mr.Wii Fit can be a real buthole because everytime I go to step on him he says "Oh!" .... Butthole! 

I've done made this post WAY TOO long so I guess I'm going to stop it here. I'm going to try to back track using my memory and go by month by month, or couple months by couple of months. We will see.

You can Add me on MyFitnessPal my username is MrsGinaTaylor or you can click the link HERE

 And Let me know if you have any questions on my journey or on the MyFitnessPal App or website.
Thanks for reading!!
XoXo Gina oXoX

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was given.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Easy Vegetarian Corn Chili

I was going to make Turkey Chili for dinner tonight, but I sent this photo to the Hubs and he said leave it out! It looks delicious as it is!! LOL

Serves 4 - Calories 277 (Approx.)

It has:
1 Can Pintos
1 Can Reduced Sodium Black beans
Fresh Onion
Fresh Green Pepper
Fresh Mushroom
1 Can of Corn
I Guesstimated about 2-3 TBS Chili Seasoning
1-2 TBS Taco Seasoning
1/4 tsp Cumin powder
Salsa (or diced tomatoes I don't have any in the cabinet)

Tonight I'm going to make some Cheddar and Jalapeno Toasted (not fried) sandwiches! YUMMY I can't wait!!

I think thats it lol! It Looks and smells so good!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Disney Movie Rewards

Yay! Got Graison his first Christmas present of 2013 for free!!
It's taken me a few years to accumulate the points but this was from just free codes online alone. If I had of bought some Disney Movies (list of eligible Disney titles with Rewards codes in them) I would have gotten there in no time! But me waiting a couple years to get it completely free.

But I know he is going to love it! I see him now putting his Mater and Lightening McQueen and Hot Wheels in it. 

I know next year I won't be able to post his presents online because he is too smart for his own good!

Disney Magic is at work: you'll receive your shipment in 2-4 weeks...and maybe sooner! As our favorite mouse might say, "That's swell!"

Here is 3 Free codes I know two of them work for sure because I just used them.

U13PEKSZZD (25 points)
FPSNN83JX9 (25 points)
PLEDGE (25 points)

And if you connect your Facebook you get 25 points also.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

BS Sauce Original Mustard

I don't know how many of ya'll worry about what you're putting into your mouths and in your families mouths. But I do. I like stuff local, homemade, and handmade with love.

Well a few weeks ago my husband and I went across the Virginia state line to get some fresh produce and there was some guys set up letting people try their sauces. They had salad dressings, and an Everything Sauce, and our favorite BS Sauce Original Mustard. Man my husband fell in love with it and he whispered to me we are getting some! 

These guys are from Greensboro North Carolina and I have to say this is the BEST mustard I've ever eaten. It's fresh and flavorful and I'm not exaggerating about it I really love it! A little goes a lonnnng way because its so strong and tangy. I personally like mixing it with some Texas Pete to make a spicy mustard.

 I also love it because its No MSG, No HFCS, and No Preservatives. Plus all the ingredients you can pronouce.

Like the guy told us, "There isn't any BS in our Sauce!"

You can find all their types of Sauces and dressings and even awesome recipes HERE

BS Sauce Original Mustard
BS Sauce Original Cooking Sauce
BS Salad Dressing Vinaigrette Dressing
BS Sauce Original Marinade
BS Salad Dressing Country Ranch

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was given.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Homemade Fiber Rich Banana Bread

Yummy yummy! Even though I skipped an ingredient but you can't even tell whoopsie!! Lol

Ok ok. Well Wanting to add Flax Flour and Wheat Brand I couldn't find a recipe so I had to make one. For THIS exact bread:

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 Cup Flax Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Bran
  • 4-5 TBS water
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon for mix

  • Topping
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Brown Sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees; Grease 8-1/2 X4-1/2 inch pan; set aside.
Mix dry ingredients in bowl; 
I separate bowl smash bananas, add egg and cinnamon.
Mix in bananas; slowly incorporate; add water as needed. Do Not Over Mix.

Pour in pan; add topping (More of you like), swirl, and bake.

Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Serving size. Cut in 10 slices; Each slice 133 Calories Approx. Less if cut smaller.

Now the recipes that I was basing this from called for 1/2 a cup of butter/margarine BUT I forgot it. It's up to you if you want to add it in. I didn't and my family thought it was good without it. Hey we saved some calories not adding it. LOL

Saturday, January 5, 2013


A few of my friends and myself have found an app for people who have Apple, Google, and Verizon products!

Viggle is a new app that basically pays YOU for watching what You love!!

All you do is make an account, download the App in the App store (Everything is Completely FREE) and start checking into your favorite TV shows, or movies!

It's that simple!

This is one of my favorites!

Their Rewards are anywhere from gift cards to like Starbucks, Lowes, CVS, Barns and Noble, to iPods, or a AppleTV device!

They have more items, (or you can donate) and they change it up ever so often.

I personally am saving up for an AppleTV devices unless otherwise! 
(Wanting to surprise the husband!)

So sign up today, and start Earning!
Click here to Join!

Have Fun!!