Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Had my weekly weigh-in this morning and was up .2 of a pound. I'm not depressed at all (highly unusual for impatient me) because I know I did pretty well food wise. I'm just thinking of this morning as a clean slate and hopefully next week I'll have a good weight loss to report! One thing I'm fairly sure of is that I lose better when I do the low carb type things, concentrating on protein and veggies (things I don't like). This week I ate way too many of those Popchips, vitalicious treats, and other Weight Watcher sweet cake type snackies (things I do like). Oh well ... at least I stuck with the program and didn't gain a ton of weight like I was doing just about a month ago.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Here's my big tip for you gals that like to dabble in making your own jewelry. Well, actually, I have two great tips.
1. Always look at thrift stores for inexpensive beaded necklaces. Often times you can pick them up to use for the beads at a much less expensive cost than buying new beading materials at Michaels or some other craft store.
2. I saved my BEST tip for last. I've made jewelry for years now and can't believe that I just thought of this a few months ago - at least for personal jewelry that I will be wearing myself. Please notice in the necklace picture the larger than normal clasp and ring! What a huge timesaver and convenience this is in the morning as I get ready for work! It's so easy to fasten my own necklaces now! Why didn't I think of that earlier?
I've really found that putting on a pair of earrings and matching necklace can quickly and inexpensively "dress up" a simple outfit. I think these, for example, would look beautiful with a white blouse (I'm loving the Coldwater Creek no iron line) and pair of slacks. Now, I don't know that I would wear all three pieces above together but I think wearing the earrings and bracelet or the earrings and necklace would be a really sharp look!
Really glad that today is Friday! We're staying in town this weekend so I have tons of housework to catch up on. That's the bad news. But the good news is that I always feel so much better (and in control) when the house is all clean and neat. A special treat for my husband and I is getting up on Saturday morning and going to a local restaurant for breakfast. It's not expensive at all, and it is just a great time to chat and plan out our weekend. We've missed the past few weekends because of travel, but I have a feeling we'll go out tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I ordered some Popchips this weekend. I read a magazine article where Jennifer Hudson mentioned how she loved them for a good tasting low point (3) snack. I ordered the barbecue flavor. Can't wait to try them! I ordered them off Amazon so hopefully they will be here soon.
This morning I ordered some Vitalicious items. I had received a Hungry Girl email promoting a BOGO offer. I had been wanting to try them anyway so this seemed like a good opportunity.
I'll let you know how my new goodies taste! My problem will be controlling my consumption (hasn't that always been my problem), but maybe I can have a treat as a part of my lunch or dinner.
I'm going to experiment a little bit today with not giving in to those between meal urges for a snack and see if that will help with the hunger (or perceived hunger) issue. Lord knows, I've never actually gone hungry a day in my life!
I continue to look for and appreciate the many blessings in my life.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I'm also trying to get organized, personally and professionally, and perhaps I should add "mentally." I just have to keep telling myself "baby steps, baby steps"...
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Still doing well on Weight Watchers. I'm honestly doing my "best" other than exercising - I'm not doing ANY of THAT! :(
Not much other news. Just work, work, work.
More tomorrow ...
Monday, January 16, 2012
I even took extra pains with my hair before work this morning and am wearing a scarf for the first time today. I noticed at the continuing ed class I took on Saturday how many of the ladies were wearing scarfs. They looked super sharp and it really seemed to dress up otherwise casual clothing. So I went yesterday and picked up three very inexpensive all weather scarves to give it a try and I'm really liking the look! I've always hated things around my neck so always thought I would hate scarves but these are thin and light and I've loosened them in the neck area so they really are very comfortable. Honestly can't even tell I'm wearing one today. Think I will definitely try to pick up a few more in "my colors" to draw attention away from the black slacks I wear on an almost daily basis.
I gave myself a home manicure yesterday and applied cuticle cream last night and this morning to try to get my hands looking a little better during this cold, dry weather!
During breaks at the continuing ed class on Saturday I made a master "to be done" list, with a section for work, goals, dream vacations, and immediate "to be dones" of a personal basis. Sure feels good to start checking through some of them. I suggested to my son this morning (he's away in college and I was giving him a morning wake up call), that he try the same written "to be done list" so he could have the satisfaction of marking things off as he got them accomplished this weekend.
He went to a leadership retreat this weekend and had a fabulous time. Made me so HAPPY! Funny how when he is happy, then I am happy. Sounds like the whole retreat couldn't have gone any better and I'm hopeful that he'll make some new positive thinking, goals oriented kids to be friends with. He has friends now but I think making some new ones would be a positive step for his second semester away from home. One of the exercises thay had done was the true colors personality test. Google it and you can find a link to the web site where you can take the test for free. He wanted my husband and I to take it too. Surprise, surprise (I say jokingly) - all three of us are different. Our son was a "blue", I was "gold", and my husband was "orange". Kinda interesting and of course, fun.
Well, wish me luck as I start week two of Weight Watchers online!
Friday, January 13, 2012
This morning my pants were so tight I almost couldn't get them zipped. Don't know what's up with that. I'm thinking Weights Watchers may be a tad too carb oriented for me (or at least the fact that I have been eating too many carbs while I've been on Weight Watchers this week), so I'm thinking I need to switch it up with protein shakes and veggies; still counting points though. We'll see. I actually like some of the protein shakes if you mix them with berries or ice and make a milk shake type drink from them.
I need to learn how I can have a page on here for quick and easy healthy recipes I like. Guess there is tons I need to learn about this blogging business.
Talked to my son this morning and he seems to be doing well. That always makes me feel good. I'm happy when he is happy! Can't wait to go see him next weekend. We're going to go see the new movies "The Iron Lady" and "Joyful Noise", so both of those should be fun.
It's cold outside today, but really is a beautiful sunshiny blue sky day. Loving that after the rain we've been having.
Well, here's to a good evening and weekend! Keep smiling!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I have a hair appointment this afternoon and that will make me feel better too. These gray roots make a girl look and feel older.
Know I have a lot to do from an organization standpoint:
Then I need to start work on a daily basis on some of my long term goals.
My son seems to be feeling better about college this semester so that's a real morale booster for me. We're going to go see him weekend after next so I'm looking forward to that!
So, here's to another beautiful day of happy thoughts and taking action on those things that will be life-changing for me!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I'm getting ready to have a cup of coffee and some oatmeal. Smells great!
I know that I need to get to the grocery store to pick up things like Fat Free creamer and mayonnaise. I think having those on hand will make things a lot simpler and make me feel like I am getting more "bang for my buck" point wise.
Well, here's to a positive day! One that goes smoothly and happily and one that nourishes my body with good food.
Reminder to self - keep smiling!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Well, regardless, I signed up for Weight Watchers online yesterday. Loving it so far. I have the Weight Watchers ap on my Iphone so it is super easy to track my food choices and the number of points I have left each day. I plan to go grocery shopping after work today and pick up some healthy food choices to have on hand.
So, ho, ho, ho - here we go!
Friday, January 6, 2012
What are they? Well, pretty much the same ones I've had every year for as long as I can remember:
1. Lose weight
2. Organize my life and home
3. Etc. etc.
More in my next post.
Keep smiling and BELIEVE in yourself!