Why We Moved From Virginia to Alabama

My husband and I moved from Virginia to Mississippi in April 2007, when I was about seven months pregnant. We were close to the state line so after our son was born we began looking for a home in Alabama because taxes are lower. We were able to buy half an acre of land, an older manufactured home, move said home, and set up utilities for under $15k.


We came here because I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I don’t trust many people with my children so the thought of strangers watching them made me sick. My husband made decent money in Northern Virginia, but in order to survive we were having to live with family. That puts a strain on any relationship.

We have stayed down here because there is little regulation on everything. At times that has caused trouble, but most of the time its great. My husband built our 12×12 tiny house without requiring permits, we moved both of our manufactured homes here without requiring permits, and we can add on to our homes at any time without permits.

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Another great thing is our taxes. We pay $12 per year for our home and land. That’s it. Guess what, we still have schools, roads, and everything. The local government wants you to spend money in town, so they let you keep more of it. Its a great system!

We also love how everyone helps everyone else. If you need something all you have to do is ask and be prepared to return the favor some day. It’s basically like credit, because if you don’t repay the favor they’re going to be busy next time.

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Also, there are mountains and beautiful, clean ocean. My husband and I were not beach people until we visited Orange Beach. It’s amazing! It’s also affordable and unlike some places you don’t have to stay at an ocean front hotel to gain beach access. The whole beach is public property. We still love visiting Huntsville to get our mountain fix because it’s still warmer there than Virginia most of the time. The German culture (food) is worth the visit alone.

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I could keep going, but I think you see where I’m going here. Is Alabama perfect? No. I really wish there wasn’t a monopoly on health insurance, but I’m not going to move over it. This is home and I’ll be here forever, God willing.

How to Lose Weight Simply and Cheaply

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I am not offering medical advice. I am telling you about what has worked for me. It may not work for you, I am not responsible if it does not. Or if it does, really. You are following my advice, if you choose to do so, at your own personal risk. Reading past this point is agreeing to this disclaimer.

When I gave birth to my third child I weighed 266 pounds. I’m 5’6″ and I was miserable. My blood pressure and blood sugar were both high and I was worried to death that my gestational diabetes was going to become type two diabetes.


I had a c-section with my last baby so I had to allow my body to heal before I could do anything strenuous. I could walk, but not for long. I was (and still am) breastfeeding so I started losing weight because of that.

What really helped me was getting a Fitbit Flex 2. I could see how much I was doing and challenge myself to do better. I started with a 1,500 step goal and now I’m getting at least 3,000 steps a day. It’s no where near the recommended 10,000 steps, but I’m getting up and moving. So it’s a start.

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    I also cut back on how much I eat. I’m in Alabama. I have been all over this country and I swear we have the best food, but a lot of us are obese because of it. I’m not going to give it up entirely because I feel enjoying what you eat is part of enjoying life. So I do splurge from time to time and I don’t feel guilty. The scale can and does go back down.

    You will hit plateaus where it feels like you are never going to drop below x amount of weight. I hit mine in November and I dropped for a little while earlier this year, but now I’m back to x. I remind myself that it is still better than where I started and I walk more. Every plateau forces me to add 500 steps, which is not a bad thing.

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    Another thing, I use real sugar and I drink coffee and sweet tea instead of water. I just can’t do it. It tastes like sadness to me. Yes, I’m weird. Lol

    My goal is to be around 130 pounds and fit in my size 7/8 jeans again. I can get them on now at 164 pounds, but I can hear them crying. So I happily put on my 12/14 jeans and I’m happy because it’s a long way from the 4x I was wearing in January 2017. That’s what really matters, being happy in your own skin.
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    So, live your life to the fullest. Enjoy your food. Don’t put unnecessary stress on yourself trying to stick to a strict diet. You get one life, be happy! You can achieve anything if you want it, I promise. I’ve lost over 100 pounds and, I’m not going to lie, I’m lazy. I would rather sit and read a book or play on my phone, getting up to walk is a struggle for me. I do it because I don’t have type two diabetes and my blood pressure medication was cut in half at my last doctor’s appointment. Results aren’t all about weight and dress sizes, I swear.

    Feel free to share your struggles and accomplishments in the comments!