Sunday, February 28, 2016

The journey :)

Hi all :)

Yesterday we went to Sedona, Arizona for a quick road trip and picnic at one of our favorite places -- Crescent Moon Ranch :)

When we got back I edited some photos and it hit me ... wow ... I have lost 43 pounds so far and it is FINALLY showing when I see myself!  As we all do (well, I believe we all do! LOL!) ... we see the worst in our bodies, even though when we are losing weight - we still see all the flaws :) 

So I wanted to share a little before and "So Far" after collage I made that I shared on Instagram and Facebook yesterday :)

Oh ... and Brookie is obviously TALLER now too! LOL! :)

I am FAR from done, I still have over 30 pounds to lose ... but after seeing the photo on the right yesterday, I was like WOW(!) ... that's me!! :)  I haven't seen that body in a longgggggggggg time!!  :)

A lot of people have asked me how I am doing it ... and I am not giving into any gimmicks ... this is all WALKING and watching my calories!! That's it!  I knew that if I fell for a 'gimmick' diet, that as soon as I lost my weight, I'd go back to old habits and just gain it all back :)

I didn't change WHAT I eat ... rather I limit my calories to 1200 a day .... could I lose MORE faster if I gave up my fave pizza and pastas?  Absolutely!!!! But I know ME ... and if I gave all that up, lost the weight and went BACK to my faves of pizza and pasta ... it would have ALL been for nothing! :)  So, I still eat what I LIKE ... but just LESS of it :)

Every dietitian would probably have a field day with me on that ... lol ... but I know my body and I know the ups and downs it has had over the years through having kids and going through my previous divorce ... so this time I chose what would work for me and my long term results :)

I use the "Fitness Pal" app on my phone to log my calories ... what works for me is to plan my entire day of eating at the beginning of the day -- I have my breakfast ... then add my lunch and pull out what's going to be for dinner and log it all in the morning -- so that way I KNOW that I don't have any wiggle room during the day, and I won't give in to temptation at work by saying, "Oh, I can have one piece of candy, it's no big deal" ... yes it is a big deal ... I have my 1200 calories logged for the day in my app .. and that's it ... no wiggle room, so no treats! :) 

I also have a FitBit  :)  My goal is 10,000 steps a day ... but on Sunday's I allow that to be my "lazy" day ... I am lucky if I get 7,000 steps on Sunday's! LOL! :)

And since you all probably want to see MORE than just a before and 'so far' after photo of me ... lol ... I wanted to share some photos of our day yesterday :)

 Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Travel -- featuring Fancy Pants :)

Hi everyone :)

I haven't altered anything in FOREVER! Between Brian being out of the country, the holidays and just plain old busy ... I just haven't had the time :)

So a couple of days ago, I set aside some time to alter a"Whitman's" (HUGE!) candy box that one of my co-workers brought into work after Christmas to share with everyone, and she let me have the box after it was empty ... and I didn't even eat any of the chocolates! LOL! :)

Here are some the photos of the box BEFORE I altered it -- seriously, this is the biggest box of chocolates I have ever seen! ... You can see how big it is next to my water bottle sitting on my desk :)

The size!!! 

The inside :)

The papers I bought at my LSS to decorate it with :)

And here is the final product :)

When we travel -- the family and I keep all the little mementos from our trip -- parking passes, maps, ticket stubs, bags from stores etc -- and sadly, they don't always make it onto my scrapbook pages or mini albums I make about our trips and I have them scattered all over the place in my craft room, so I decided since this box is so big, I would put all these little things from our trips in this box :)

Fancy Pants collection "Office Suite" comes with these little 'state' diecuts -- and I added to the top of the box to represent all the states Brian and I have visited over the years, either together or separate :)

And here is some of the travel paraphernalia that I have added inside the box :)

Even covered the bottom of the box :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happy Birthday! -- featuring DoubleClick Skittles :)

Hi everyone! :) 

Our latest challenge is LIVE over at DoubleClick Skittles and this time it's all about BIRTHDAYS!!! :)

Adam and Brian's birthdays are in February so I wanted to share the cards I made for them :)

And since their birthdays were this past Saturday and yesterday, I wanted to share the photo collages I made for them that I shared on Facebook and Instagram :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Life Starts Over Again -- featuring Simple Stories :)

Hi everyone :)

I wanted to share a page I made using Simple Stories "Pumpkin Spice" collection :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)