A Very Full Plate

Hi everyone! Hope things are going well for all of you so far in 2012! I can’t believe it’s practically March! It seems like it was just Christmas to me!

I’m already prepping for summer! The weather has been so mild in Michigan this winter so it’s easy to think about the warm weather since it really is right around the corner. We barely had any snow this year, but we still could get some so I don’t want to speak too soon. We got about 4-5 inches last week but it didn’t stick around. Normally I enjoy some snow during the winter but with my mom being in the hospital and having to drive there every day, it’s been nice having the roads clear. Here’s a sexy bikini shot from last week’s photo set on http://maximummaggie.com!┬áMakes you want to go swimming doesn’t it? ; )

So since summer is right around the corner, I’ve kicked it up a notch in the gym and with my eating habits. I’ve always tried to eat clean, which means eating as little of processed foods as you can, no white flour, sugar or lots of foods with preservatives and man made stuff in them. But it wasn’t until recently that I really took the plunge. Quite a bit of my diet was clean but I made some tweaks and boy, have I noticed a difference! More energy and I can eat more and still lose weight. An example of what I eat: breakfast is oatmeal with almond milk, berries and flaxseeds, snack is an apple while I am at the gym, lunch is home made veggie chili or some kind of soup with salad with oil and vinegar, snack is nuts and fruit or veggies and hummus, and dinner really varies quite a bit. Maybe tofu and veggie stir fry with quinoa or brown rice, maybe a grilled chicken salad with tons of veggies.I make sure to eat every few hours. I still have treats and things that aren’t considered clean, I refuse to be obsessive, but it’s amazing how when you eat like this you don’t want junk food. I’m loving it! I also have hardly had any alcoholic beverages. I don’t seem to want them. Which is weird for me, considering the stress I have been under. I think I am turning to fitness and the gym as my outlet for stress which is great, much healthier than things I have done in the past. I’ve managed to work out an hour or two per day, 6 days a week, sometimes 7. Only 7 if one day is yoga or something light. I don’t want to over train and get sick or injured. I’ve noticed big changes in my body, the biggest being my ass! It’s rounder and sticks out more! Yay!

I titled this entry a very full plate because that’s what I have right now. It’s overloaded! Every day I wake up and take care of my dogs, make my coffee and oatmeal and do some photo shopping or video editing before I hit the gym for my 8 or 9 o’clock class. I’m at the gym anywhere for an hour to two hours. I come home, shower and eat lunch, walk the dogs and head to the hospital. I stay there as long as my schedule will allow for that day. Then I head out and do errands, like grocery shop etc. I come home and get ready to go do webcam for a bit before I break to feed the dogs and make my own dinner. I eat, take a few minutes to chill, then go back on webcam. Depending on how much I make, I stay on or I stop early to finish more photo shopping or editing. Then I can finally go to bed. That doesn’t factor in stuff like clean, laundry, any appointments, etc. It’s been crazy. I’ve been doing ok, but it’s tough sometimes and it’s getting to me. I am so ready for a vacation! And I don’t see me being able to have one for awhile. My mom is going to need tons of help and so is my dad so I really am going to need to be available quite a bit when she comes home. We are not sure when that will be, she is hopefully moving to the rehab floor tomorrow : ) I want to thank everyone for all of the support and kind words during this difficult time. It really means a lot to me!

Those two pictures are from this week’s gallery Fuzzy Sweater : ) And next week is a sexy G/G gallery and video with the amazing Taylor Vixen! Lots of hot stuff on the way guys!

Time for me to call it a night! Sweet dreams!



Happy Valentines Day!!

It’s Valentines Day, a holiday that I don’t really get into. I think it’s too commerical. But it’s nice to acknowledge it in some way. I’ve never been one of those girls who has to have candy and roses and dinner. To me, when you love someone you should take the time to show them every single day, not just on Valentines Day. Always remember to tell your loved ones that you love them! That’s the best gift of all : ) I did a sexy Valentines themed shoot with the amazing Kelly Divine…there was a lollipop and flavored massage oil involved! Talk about how to treat a girl right, LOL! You can see the rest of this photo set and the matching video on http://maximummaggie.com!

Since my last ┬áblog, I’ve still been spending lots of time with my mom at the hospital. Just a couple of days ago they transferred her out of the ICU, she spent 30 days in there! Now she’s in a normal room and isn’t hooked up to any tubes at all! I am so pleased with her progress. She’s been doing physical therapy and leaning how to stand and walk again which s really difficult for her. I can’t even imagine that and I hope it’s something I never have to experience. It’s been tough, to say the least, but I am really trying to focus on the positive and keep myself healthy. Last week I worked out really hard, which is pretty much the only thing that helps me clear my mind. Since mid November I’ve lost 10 pounds and lost 4.5% body fat which means I lost almost all fat! I’m really proud of myself and can see the results. Been doing a lot of weight training and that’s made a huge difference.

Yesterday I cut my hair! I needed a change! I like it, what do you think?

Ok, time to go feed the dogs and walk them! Have a fabulous week everyone! XOXXOXO

Today is National Wear Red Day!!

February is American Heart Month and today is Wear Red Day! Heart disease is the number one killer of women, many more women die from heart disease than they do of all cancers combined. The fact that my mom is fighting her own battle with heart disease right now is making me want to spread awareness and help others know the dangers. Women often have different heart attack symptoms than men so its important to pay attention to your body. To learn more, please visit http://goredforwomen.org/wearredday/

An update on my mom: Wednesday she had a major surgery, she had an LVAD pump installed in her chest. LVAD stands for Left Ventricle Assistance Device and it’s basically a pump that works for the left side of her heart which doesn’t function on it’s own due to damage from her massive heart attack. They showed it to us before the surgery and it really looks like a piece of plumbing for a kitchen sink!

The tube comes out of her body and connects to a control panel which she will wear attached to a fanny pack type thing. It’s basically a portable life support. The surgery had some complications and it lasted 11 hours. But she came out of it fine and the pump was functioning beautifully. Yesterday we learned that she was bleeding much more than expected and had been losing a lot of blood. About 20 oz per hour. Not good. They had to go back in and find the source of her bleeding which they informed us was not a sure thing that they could do. Luckily, they found it and stopped it! I swear, my mom is like a cat with nine lives or something…she keeps defying the odds and it’s quite something! Needless to say, this week has been exhausting and draining for me and my family. Actually, the past 23 days have been this way! Today I slept in and have been chilling out and trying to recover a bit. I am going to my Zumba class tonight and everyone has promised to wear red : )

The ultimate goal for my mom is a heart transplant. But we don’t know when and if that will ever happen. I am just focusing on getting her home with the LVAD, everyone who is close to her has to go through a special training course and learn how to work the controller and how to troubleshoot if something malfunctions. It’s a serious thing but I am SO glad to have her alive. She’ll be able to live a normal life with the LVAD, she can go places, travel on planes, jog, etc. She just can’t swim or drive or vacuum, haha I don’t think she’ll care about not being able to vacuum again : )

Thanks to all who have been offering support and prayers for my family. I truly love my fans and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!