How Does Our Garden Grow?

The Herron Nest is shelling out some serious cash on our favorite “have-to-eat-at-every-meal” veggies which led us down the path to build our own garden. For me, this is serious news! I can talk a good game about a lot of “stuff” but gardening is completely out of my comfort zone. What better way to learn than to hit up the local farmer’s market to ask questions, rope in the family members with green thumbs, enlist your husband and mom for some grunt work and your toddler for the encouragement and motivation to live a healthier lifestyle.

So we found the perfect spot!

Garden - beforeWe picked out all the vegetable plants that Abbey and I loved (notice I didn’t mention George here) to eat from the West Chester Farmer’s Market. This included tomatoes (brandywine, roma and cherry), peppers (sweet yellow and red), squash and zucchini. After serious grunt work (yes I literally grunted) and help from Uncle Scrooge, George and Abbey, we had these lovely plants in the ground waiting to be loved!

Garden - plantedSince the end of May we as a family have been watering the garden and it has seriously impressed me. I have been told that I picked easy first time veggies to grow but I think The Herron’s are genuinely good farmers.

Herron Garden Look at those peppers, LOVELY! And the squash/zucchini are getting close as well. I have a few blooms on the tomato plants but all in all I think we are doing pretty good. I’m talking Mr. Herron into letting me get chickens next, he’s cool with it at our “next house” if there is enough room.

Weight loss Success, FINALLY!

Just like a lot of people in this world, I “yo-yo” with my weight ALL the TIME. I was just reflecting on a few of my older weight loss blog posts and the last one that I wrote was on December 28th. At that time I weighed in at 177 pounds and I was doing pretty good. Not sure what happened after the holidays but I sort of went down hill with my Weight Watchers success and the pounds added up again. All through January and February I was sitting at 180.6 then 180.4 and on 3/8/13 I weighed in at 180.2. The lack of success is extremely deflating!

Enter my friend Amy (cue the clouds parting and bright sun shining through). Amy is the one person in my life that could literally tell me it was a good idea to jump off a bridge and I would probably do it, I’m serious! Amy has become my life coach or something. In the past two years Amy has given me so much great advice and has referred George and I to so many important ideas and/or people in our lives. With my weight loss it was no different, Amy posted on our Mom Facebook page that she had lost weight after baby #2 was born and shared her success. At first I thought it was a bit crazy that she had lost so much weight and inches in such little time. I reached out to her in a state of frustration with my weight loss and asked her to give me the scoop. I can’t help but to skip ahead to the part where I am now having the same kind of weight loss success myself!

I’ll just let the pictures and numbers speak for themselves:

4 Weeks and 14 Pounds LessI’m obviously super excited about losing 14 pounds in 4 weeks but I still have a long way to go on my journey. The program is pretty simple and I’m lucky that it fits my lifestyle as a busy and full-time working mom. I’m also lucky to be supported by so many amazing people in my life. My husband, my friends, my health coach, and my co workers. But I wouldn’t have this kind of success if it wasn’t for my girl, Amy, who introduced me to the idea that I CAN be the healthy person that I want to be for myself and my family.

I’m looking forward to losing more weight and getting to that ultimate goal of optimal health and I’m happy to share my story with anyone interested in wanting to know more. Just shoot me an email JesyHerron AT gmail DOT com so we can chit-chat!