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As I said goodbye to the year 2012, I remembered some of the wonderful memories made and shared and the many experiences I’ve had over the past year, which include:

  • My first (but not last) big sweepstakes win that came in the form of a weekend trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend a UFC fight with my husband (included in this “first” are others…my first airplane trip, first trip to the west side of our country, first UFC fight that included a private VIP party with the fighters, etc)
  •  I discovered Pinterest, which has lead me to try new things (hello wreath making!)  and develop a love for cooking. It’s my new addiction. I love experimenting with food, and my family loves it too!
  • My son started high school, my step-daughter started her last year of high school and the baby of the family started middle school.
  • I won another big prize, which we plan on using later this year.
  • My Bizarre Family passed it’s one year anniversary back in September
  • Two of my articles have been featured on the well known blog and media company, Blogher

Those are just some of the special memories and experiences we’ve had in the past year. Along with the great things that happened, we had some days there were not so great. In fact, we had a really big scare last Spring and the early part of the Summer when my husband had a couple of mini-strokes. He had to make several lifestyle changes, and more still needs to be made. He still has to undergo a few other tests, and he still has to get his blood pressure under control. While his BP has come down quite a bit, it still remains high. We discovered in the Fall that he has a problem with his potassium being too low, and he was placed on potassium medication for it. This was a really big scare for us too, because his older sister died from this just a few years ago when she was 49 years old. Folks, you do not play around with your potassium! My husband is taking potassium indefinitely.

We’ve also had alot of issues with my son, which have been ongoing for several years. Last February, when he joined the Young Marine program, I saw some positive changes in him. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. In fact, each year seems to be worse than the one before it. He was diagnosed a year ago with ADHD, combined type, and a Conduct Disorder. His psychiatrist has also said that he has some symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, but he can’t be diagnosed with that until later (I pray that he does not have Bipolar Disorder on top of everything else). I’m not really ready to publicly go in depth about the issues my son has just yet. But, I do know the time is coming soon where I feel like I shouldn’t be so silent about it anymore.

2012 definitely had its ups and downs. I am really looking forward to seeing what this new year brings us. I know it is going to be a better year for us financially, as we pay off a few big bills (hello freedom! Every time we get a bill paid off, it’s another chain being broken…and two of the biggest will be broken by Summer! Now THAT is something to be excited about!). I’m hoping it will be a better year in other areas as well. Especially health-wise, for my husband, son and myself. Three years ago, my New Years Resolution was to quit smoking. It’s a resolution I have kept (along with my hubby). However, within two months of quitting, I had gained 60lbs. Over the next year, I gained an additional 25lbs. Last year, I gave a halfhearted attempt at losing the weight I had put on by going on the 17 Day Diet. The weight I lost, I gained back (heck, I didn’t stick with it long enough to get to phase three!). While I’ve not gained any weight in a long time, I’ve not lost anything either. This year, I’m serious about losing it. I want to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m going to try the 3 Day Military Diet and see how that goes. I’ve also been looking into the Harcombe Diet. I know people who have done well on both. I’m also going to start exercising at least four or five days a week. My goal is to lose at least 60lbs by June. Hey, I need to look good for the trip we are taking! Once I lose weight, it is my hope that my blood pressure will go back down to normal (this is the first year I’ve ever had high BP….kinda scary) and some of the other issues I’ve been having will disappear all together.

If I can stop smoking, which is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (right up there with childbirth), then surely I can lose all this weight…right? What are your New Years Resolutions?

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Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

I used to counsel kids like your son. Just stay strong and let him know you are there for him no matter what.
P.S. What big prize did you win???? OOOOOhhhh exciting!


Sounds like a good year to me. Best of luck with your husbands and son’s health. And Happy New Year!!

Pamela R

OH Pinterest—among the top great things of 2012 =)

You’ve got a great list there.


I wish you the best on your resolutions. Your health is so important. This year, I plan to be on Pinterest more;)

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