Sustainable Living and The Joy of Changing Your Ways

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This is me after making good choices and changing my lifestyle to healthier foods.while I had started homesteading after 2009 I really started changing my ways!


This is my before, before, to beat all the befores in 2009.

How many times are you at work and you don’t have a healthy lunch? How many times do you get home from work and you have NO idea what you are going to eat?  I’m just gonna say it……it will never get better UNTIL YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!  NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO DO IT!  I kept hoping it would happen that some “Healthy Living Fairy” would show up and guess what she never showed up!


So before I start my healthy breakfast and lunch preparedness blog post which is coming soon I just want to talk to you about the old days the way I used to be…….


Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s I was that person who was stopping at convenience stores buying sodas, zingers and cigarettes…..(No I don’t wonder how I got thyroid cancer I have a clue my diet and lifestyle were atrocious)


Lunch was often fast food and dinners out…..Yes if you are surprised I haven’t always been the way I am now but I can only hope that my kids will learn from my mistakes and learn to love whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies and a little organic meat….although we don’t always buy organic because I’m frugal!


Dinner was often just anything I could run in and pick up at the store and then once I stayed at home with my kids I learned that there was another way although this took time…..and many years to get things to the level I have them now.


Just know their is no point in me having this blog and not be transparent with you so lets just say we wasted hundreds and thousands of dollars.  Life has a way of teaching you about all your stupid choices whether you want to see them or not.  And I gained weight….and just kept adding to it over time.  I am also extremely grateful for the medical professionals that diagnosed and caught my thyroid cancer and for my nutritionist that I see now that helps me stay on track.  This has not been an EASY journey for me but its part of my life so I am sharing it with all of you my readers who continue to inspire me!


I don’t even know what my highest weight was but at one point I was a size 24 and now I am a size 16 and working to get that even lower.  I hope to live a long healthy life and be very involved with my grandchildren.  Sustainable living provides those avenues eating an abundance of fresh kale, tomatoes, squash and other fresh veggies we grow on our homestead.  Eating our delicious eggs layed by our beautiful chickens….they are beautiful trust me 😉  And we use our honey which is the best honey I have ever tasted in my life…..I’m not boasting it’s true!  Maybe because there is something about extracting your own honey.  There is nothing like sweat to work up your appetite…Nothing!  And I must confess I could not stop licking my fingers….no I couldn’t it was too delicious!


I was a sugar addict and completely impulsive.  My life is so different now and my next post is going to outline my healthy breakfast and lunch routine being a full-time working Mom/Wife/and Homesteader.  When I speak in terms of being prepared I am discussing being prepared in all ways….if you were to go off grid tomorrow could you live without the finer things?  It doesn’t make sense to hoard a bunch of chocolate just give it up and trust me after a while you won’t even have a taste for it.  Well for the most part 😉  I have not had a candy bar or a donut since April and I really don’t miss them…again for the most part 😉


Are you caught up in fast food addiction?  Quick fixes and impulsive decisions are they your temptation?


You are at the right blog!  I was the person looking for quick diet cures and instant gratification for years and I promise you there is a better way but you can have fun and enjoy life and hey if you get your own bees you will never have to eat sugar again!  (well not much of it anyway)


I am always so appreciative of those of you who come by my blog and say hey to me I am flattered because I realize your time is your most valuable asset and you chose to spend it reading these words.


Live, Laugh & Love!



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32 thoughts on “Sustainable Living and The Joy of Changing Your Ways

  1. Wow! What a difference in those 2 photos. You were beautiful in the before, but the after is stunning! Glowing, healthy skin, and that smile! Good for you, for making the changes you needed to for a healthy life.

  2. HURRAY KAREN 🙂 What great changes you’ve made and although your smile is beautiful in both pictures the smile on the healthier you is radiant. A dx of thyroid cancer can have a lot to do with your weight as I’m sure you know. Keep on homesteading it’s certainly doing good things for you 🙂

    1. Anna absolutely after my thyroid cancer was removed I had a new lease on life and very soon after lost 15 to 20 lbs….It’s this recent 30lbs that have been hard and really required me to be disciplined and change my ways. Thanks for your encouragement! I believe being involved in all my passions gardening, raising chickens, admiring our bees and eating the delicious honey all homesteading pursuits have been a huge part of my lifestyle change 🙂

    1. Lisa Lynn I agree! I really realized the other day I was in Walmart and saw all the processed foods people were buying how much different we really are……I just wish I had more time to make homemade crackers and such….but we keep getting better and better at it!

  3. I have realized that diet and health have a strong relationship. That said, I eat well for awhile and then in times of stress or change, I resort to fast foods and snacky things. I have at least gotten off of Coca-Cola. It was truly like an addiction to me and I dare not even drink one.

    Those two pictures are dramatic. You’re doing a great job and I know you feel better. You go, girl! You glow, girl, too! 😉

    1. Thanks so much Cristy! I can’t touch regular soda it is an addiction for me too…..and I used to just slurp it down. I drink lots of water and some coffee and kombucha mostly and thats about it. Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping in 🙂

  4. We too are on the path to live more sustainably. I think for us we have noticed far less agression and anger. My husband and I have not had one fight in almost two years, arguments, yes, but we resolve them calmly. I think that sugar and other things in such high quantities has more affect on people than most studies show.

    I am so happy for you that you have had such improvement with your health! That is incredible! 🙂

  5. I’m so glad I found your blog….I found you from the Homestead Revival Barn Hop. I love witnessing the changes in others, it gives me encouragement that I, too, can do it! You have a new follower and am excited to witness the changes as you go along.


  6. This is such an encouraging post! Right now, I am where you were in the 80’s and 90’s and am trying desperately to change..I hope to use your blog for encouragement! Thanks so much!

  7. I am trying to get the weight off too….you look so beautiful in your after pic…you can really see how stressed your body was in the first pic!!!

    1. Thank you Deborah! I believe I was very stressed ironically I felt great or at least I thought I did….it’s definitely a journey!

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