A Tribute to my Grandpa

It’s been a really tough time for my family and I over the past week. My grandfather passed away last Friday and today, we said our goodbyes during his funeral services. It was a beautiful ceremony and I can’t help but share about my incredible Grandpa Pegg.

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During my childhood, I was very blessed to have had both sets of my grandparents with me while growing up. They are each amazing people with their own amazing life stories; and each of them has uniquely impacted me in shaping who I am.

My Grandpa Pegg’s story, to me – has always been one of valor, hard work, and dedication. 

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He loved his country and fought bravely for it. I’ve always been so prideful in the fact that MY  Grandpa is a United States Marine.

He loved his family – but especially his sweetheart, Mercedes. My grandparents’ unique, yet classic, love story has always inspired me.

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They met in Gibraltar in 1950. My grandma was a dancer and my grandpa a MARINE. And YES — It was indeed love at first sight (I have confirmed this with my grandma).

Grandpa has always been such a devoted and loving husband to my Grandma.

One of my favorite songs is called “Old Love” by The Rocket Summer… There’s a lyric that goes… “I want to love like my grandfather loved his wife.” The song talks about my generation’s issues with love and commitment. & how some of us tend to just give up too easily these days on marriage.  I want to thank my Grandpa for his example of how it should be.

Grandpa’s devotion to his wife was mighty and they enjoyed a beautiful lifetime together. They made a beautiful family with two great sons. They traveled the world. They lived and loved life, making the most of it.

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It means the world to me that my husband, Opie, got along so well with my grandparents. Especially, the moment when Opie got Gramps’ stamp of approval so quickly — that really solidified me knowing I was getting a good man.

And WE strive everyday for that same “old love” that my grandparents shared for over 65 years together.

Now I do have to tell you all… Grandpa did have another little lady in his life during the later years, his other sweetheart that he loved very much — Tiny, my grandparents’ Chihuahua. She has been with him loyally for the last 14 years.

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Our sweet Tiny — she held on to the very end for Grandpa. She heard him calling from the other side and actually passed away the night after Grandpa. It comforts me to know that they are together again. Rest in peace, sweet girl.

I’m very lucky to have so many great memories of my Grandpa Pegg.

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But I’ll never forget this one very special moment, in particular, that Grandpa and I shared back in 2012.

I was in the Neuro ICU recovering after my brain stem surgery. Grandma and Grandpa had made the arduous drive to the medical center to see me that day.

After visiting for a while, Grandpa came up to my hospital bed and grabbed my hand and told me that I had really given everyone a big scare and he was happy that I made it through.

I remember squeezing his hand and smiling at him. I couldn’t speak at the time but I wanted to tell him, “Of course, I made it through. I’m built tough and strong just like my Grandpa Pegg.”

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I will always do my best to carry that same strength with me through out my life and instill it in my own children one day. I promise that they will learn their great-grandfather’s life story and be just as proud as I am of our Marine.

I love you, Grandpa.

Rest in peace!

In Loving Memory of Charles E. Pegg

1927 – 2015

Weight Loss Journey Progress: 80 Pounds Gone!

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

Today is a big big day for me. I woke up this morning to hitting a huge milestone on the scale… 80 pounds gone forever! 50 of these lbs have been lost in the last 20 weeks while on the Jenny Craig program since February of this year! *

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By no means is this a before and after picture!

I am no where near done with my weight loss journey but I’m happy to document this progress. The differences between these two pictures are day and night.

That poor girl on the left was depressed and so weak mentally and physically – I had completely lost myself.

My life made no sense. I had just battled brainstem surgery (and won), recovered in time to walk down the aisle with my best friend, and just finished graduate school. But for seemingly no good reason at all, I somehow landed in the darkest place of my life… and ate myself into oblivion while maxing out at my highest weight ever.

BUT NOW – meet the bad ass on the right – a woman who’s been through some tough times and getting stronger everyday.

So many lessons learned in the past few years and I am so grateful for this beautiful life. This girl will NEVER forget to love herself first ever again.

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I have 50 more lbs to lose before I reach my goal. My motivation has definitely kicked in to high gear. I crave the gym. It’s not as hard to say no to bad foods and temptations. The journey doesn’t get easier but you get stronger!

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Right now, I’m working toward my next goal of 20 lbs lost before our wedding anniversary cruise vacation on August 30th! LETS DO THIS!!!

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Wishing you guys a fantastic weekend! I will have more updates coming soon. I’m heading to my Jenny Craig Center this morning to weigh in and get my foods for the upcoming week!

Houston Beauty Spotlight: Body FX

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Body FX Houston. I received a complimentary service in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own from my personal experience.

Recently, I had the chance to visit Body FX Houston, a beauty and wellness establishment that focuses on body contouring.

When I first learned about this business, I was really intrigued. After doing some research, I was really inspired that owner, Susan Nguyen, opened this business from a personal connection and passion for helping others to feel their absolute best in their bodies and comfortable in their own skin. Susan has also struggled with her weight earlier in life and learned first hand the importance of healthy living and embracing your curves with confidence.

You might recognize Susan from the My Fox Houston segment Curvy Women and the Men Who Love Them which aired earlier this year. Work it, ladies!

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Body FX offers a number of beauty & wellness services including:

I was offered a chance to come in and try a body wrap. After seeing these all over Instagram, I was really curious to see if such a thing really could help me lose inches.

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As far as the process goes, you get wrapped (your entire body, legs to arms). They do give you the option as to whether or not you want your chest and bottom wrapped – I opted not to since I am definitely not trying to lose any additional inches in these specific areas along my weight loss journey!  Truth be told, I am trying to keep everything I’ve got in those places. 😉 Being a tall, Cuban girl.. I will always proudly rock my Latina curves, that’s for sure!

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You have to drink plenty of water (like you should be doing anyway) before, during, and after the whole process so you don’t dehydrate yourself. Your body will be detoxing for three days after. I was also told not to shower or work out for 8 hours after my wrap.

Personally, the Infrared Body Wrap experience was just a bit TOO hot for me, making it hard to relax and get comfortable. I wouldn’t do it again. Although, I really enjoyed the immediate benefits of softer skin and 8 cumulative inches lost!

I would recommend this specific service to those that are able to handle the heat and have enjoyed sauna experiences in the past.

Body FX Houston is located at 2825 Wilcrest Dr. #410. For more information, visit their website at bodyfxhouston.com or contact them at info@bodyfxhouston.com or 832-613-1654.

H-E-B Introduces New Heritage Ranch Premium Line of Dog Food & Treats

Disclosure: I was provided with free product and compensation for the purposes of this product review sponsored by H-E-B. All thoughts and opinions are my own based on my family’s personal experience with the products.

Good news for H-E-B fans and dog owners – Heritage Ranch is now available at your local H-E-B store!

H-E-B’s new line of dog food and treats, Heritage Ranch, is made with the highest quality ingredients for your pooch’s nutritional needs and balanced diet. My golden retriever, Chloe, was super excited to get the chance to try a bag of the new Grain Free Salmon Dry Dog Food.

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Made in the USA, Heritage Ranch offers a wide variety of grain-free options for dogs of all ages and stages in life.

Needless to say, Chloe loves her food and dinner time is one of her favorite parts of the day. When it comes to feeding time, I wish she’d slow down and take the time to enjoy her food but that is just not the case. When sampling her new food, she scarfed down the Salmon variety of Heritage Ranch — so I would think she definitely had no problems with the taste or texture! No complaints from Chloe… just look at that smile.

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This was the first time we’ve fed her salmon flavor food before (intentionally) and from what I can tell — she liked it.

Funny story – Chloe used to get into her sister Andie’s cat food a few years ago without us knowing. It took us some time to finally figure out she was sneaking an extra meal!

Golden Retrievers are known to REALLY love to eat… we learned this lesson the hard way when Chloe started packing on a few extra pounds, while her sister was getting a bit skinnier, but not to worry, Chloe is now back to her ideal weight and Andie is fed high above floor level in her cat tree. Unlike Chloe, she’s really good at spreading out her meal time through out the day — now that there’s no competition! 😉

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We also sampled the new H-E-B Heritage Ranch Baked Pumpkin Dog Snacks.

They are THE cutest ever, heart shaped biscuits (that smell really good) and are made with organic pumpkin! I want to feel good about what I choose to feed my girl and these baked goodies are a fantastic low calorie treat with no corn or soy. She loves them and I LOVE feeding them to her!

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I was also really happy to  learn that a donation of 1% of all Heritage Ranch sales is made to a few Texas animal shelters including the Gulf Coast Humane Society and Austin Humane Society. Super cool of H-E-B to give back to the community in this way.

Check out all of the Heritage Ranch products available online here!

We are really impressed with the new H-E-B Heritage Ranch line and will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

I’m sure Chloe is excited to try more of the different flavor varieties that are available. It will also be really nice to be able to grab Chloe’s food while we’re doing our own weekly groceries instead of having to make a special trip somewhere else. Hello, convenience!

Yet another reason why #iLOVEmyHEB.

If you’re interested in trying these new products for yourself and are looking for a deal, H-E-B has two Heritage Ranch digital coupons available now through June 21st!

My Jenny Craig Weight Loss Journey: Week 16 Results + My New Goal

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

It’s been a really CRAZY week for much of Texas with the extreme weather conditions that  have resulted in life threatening floods. My husband and I live in the heart of where the worst of the Houston flood happened on Monday night and Tuesday morning but we were very, very fortunate that our home didn’t receive any direct damage – even though our entire apartment complex was completely underwater. And it still looks like a war zone and vehicle graveyard.

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The scene from above is what we woke up to Tuesday morning. A tree fell in our complex and just BARELY managed to miss my vehicle. I feel so terrible for my neighbors who had their cars completely destroyed.

We’ve had a very stressful last few days making sure our vehicles were in order and having to do some emergency care to make sure they still run and don’t have any flood damage, etc. Needless to say, it’s not how we had hoped to spend our Memorial Day weekend at all!

In the past, I’ve been guilty of stress eating, for sure – but here’s yet another reason why I LOVE the Jenny Craig program so much.

Even though this week has been really difficult and stressful, i was able to stay on plan, eating my prepared and pre-portioned Jenny Craig foods, and working out. I felt completely satisfied with my foods. I’m really proud of myself for no longer turning to food to deal with my stress and emotions! Non-scale victory for the win!

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Instead of putting that energy into making myself feel better with food, I have made the switch to making myself feel better by WORKING OUT. My time at the gym is now sacred to me because I have made the mental change of recognizing that eating healthy, but especially, exercising are ways of loving myself, rewarding my body, giving it what it needs and deserves – not punishing it. I’ve had it SO wrong for so many years.

The program is truly helping me to make lifestyle changes, I keep proving this to myself each and every day. During this crazy week, I still managed to lose 4 pounds at my weigh in this morning putting me at a total loss of 40 pounds in 16 weeks* on the Jenny Craig weight loss program. I could not be more thrilled!

*Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

I have really exciting news and a new goal that I am working toward in these next three months.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I booked our vacation this year in celebration of our 3rd wedding anniversary!! We’ll be sailing on the same exact cruise ship that we were married on, the Carnival Magic. So as you can imagine this is going to be a really special trip for us. This cruise is now one of my biggest motivations when it comes to doing my best each and every day to reach my weight loss goals.

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As of today, I have exactly 3 months to reach my goal of another 30 pounds lost before setting sail on our anniversary cruise vacation!

I know I can definitely do it with the help of my Jenny Craig consultant, their foods, the online support group I’m a part of, My Fitness Pal, my FitBit, and a hell of a lot of sweat, hard work, and dedication on my part! I’m so excited to see where I’ll be after the next three months.

I keep telling myself just keep your eyes on the prize and stay focused – take one day at a time and you’ll get there! We got this.

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