Friday, April 26, 2013

WW weekly update

Lost/gained: +1.4
Total lost: 6.8

I was going to do this post earlier this week but my freaking computer won't download my pictures off the card because it says it can't recognize the file(?).  I don't get it so instead you get a generic picture of me.  Lame!  But real life, right?

I gained 1.4 pounds.  Oy.  I am actually okay about it now.  To say I was slightly upset a few days ago would be a humongous understatement.  Which is funny because I actually knew going into the weigh in that I probably gained.  That is what happens when you don't follow the program.  HA!  Funny thing how if you do the work, barring any health issues, you will lose weight.  It is the whole being disciplined thing that got me.  I am a rebel at heart.  Which sounds pathetic when I look at it from this point of view.  I am rebelling against my own health.  That isn't bringing down "the man".  It is just getting in the way of my goals and life.  I am not sure how to get over that little rebellion.  Tell me how!!!  Help! 

 I will say that I don't want to go in there and gain again.  Not at all.  I feel like I really let myself down.  I have the discipline to change.  I am just afraid of failing this time like I have so many other times.  It hurts to let yourself down.  It hurts to know that you are the only one to blame.  So why not fail early so it won't hurt so bad?  Does that sound ridiculous to anyone else?  I deserve better than this body I have created.  This is not who I am.  I am strong.  I am healthy!  This body is my past and I am going to start running like hell at the future!

This week is going to be all about tracking.  Tracking is basically writing down everything you eat and the points that correlate with those foods.  Weeks that I track I rock!  And I am ready to rock.  I am making a realistic goal of tracking everything for 5 days this week.  With at least one of those days to be a weekend day.  Weekends are my biggest challenge. 

What are your goals this week? 


Friday Fox

Oh my holy heckballs!  This fox sweatshirt from Supayana is perfect!  I want it for Lola.  If only it came in a 4T or 5T.  Ugh.. first world problems, eh?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Links

We are having such a nice weekend.  It has been great- well except Nick's second bout of pink eye in two weeks.  That is no fun and it looks like it is viral so it is a wait it out and see type thing.  Yuck!  Poor guy.  We celebrated National Record Store day yesterday and picked up three new records for our collection.  Now to find a record player we love and save for it.  It rained a lot yesterday and the SLC marathon was going on.  Between those two things we stayed home most of the day.  We ordered chinese take out, played with our marble run, watched shows and fixed my sisters car.  Well Nick fixed the car actually and I just kept him company.  Ha!  It has been great.  And with Nick's pink eye it looks like we are staying home from church and having a quiet Sunday.  I can't complain!  After the events of the last week in Boston and Texas I am hugging the kids and Nick tighter.  I am enjoying the sweet everyday moments we have together.  It is sad that it takes amazing tragedy for me to really look at my life and be glad for the things I have.  We don't have a lot of money, our own home or the nicest cars but we have a sweet family and great friends.  We have each other.  And in the long run that is all that matters.  I am going to try and remember these feelings of gratitude long after these events become a part of our Nation's past.

Shall we get past the heavy stuff and get into some fun?!  Links!    

Do you remember the Can't Touch This Hallmark commercial?  Well feast your eyes on its glory!

You know how cats are like the hip thing right now?  Well I am not a fan but check out these DIY cat toe shoes!   They are making me a believer. 

I have no immediate use for this fabric but I want it!  OH and this oil cloth too.  I am trying to not buy things I don't need.  Which is hard!  I feel like some things just belong in my life.

Cute messy bun tutorial.  This is my hair style everyday bit it isn't nearly this cute!

Since starting WW I have eaten a ton of eggs.  They are low in points and high in filling protein. Win win!  Which is why I want to make this egg sandwich.  Nothing ground breaking but it looks beyond delicious. 

I am stalking a lot of home decor websites lately.  And I want these fabric wraps!  Ugh they are so lovely!  I can just imagine wrapping a loaf of bread in one and giving it as a gift for a new neighbor.

Dirty brown rice with shrimp?  I say yes, please!

This post is for anyone who is trying to get a business off the ground.  Truly inspirational!

 I love this idea from A Beautiful Mess about making 4 seasonal goals.  A little more realistic than the 28 before 29 type posts.  Now to figure out my spring goals!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Fox

OH my I want this fox so bad!  It is made of paper mache.  I am going to save my pennies to get one of these bad boys!  It was created by Abigail Brown.  She is a a textile artist.  And a really good one at that!  I found out about her via A Pair of Pears.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WW weekly update

Lost: 2 pounds!
Total Lost: 8.2

Can I get a what what?!  I am down another two pounds.  I am so pumped up.  I just want to keep this momentum going.  This week I am hoping to lose 3 pounds.  That should be pretty doable.  My sister told me about Skinny Taste.  It is a site that has a lot of WW Points Plus recipes.  I am going to try a few out this week and see how they go. I am grateful for the people that came before me and figured out the points and skinny versions of my favorite foods!  Takes a lot of guessing and experimenting out of the equation.  Which in the long run can help my success.  I get frustrated really easily.  So I will take all the help I can get!  I am still trying to figure out the weekends.  They are my biggest issue.  I rock the week and then come Saturday morning I seem to lose all control.  Ugh one meal at a time right?  Any tricks that anyone knows? 

I think next week I am going to wear a tight shirt.  I want to see the progress and not hide it under a loose shirt.

The ever lovely full front shot

I decided that I need a rear view.  I want all perspectives!

I tried Skinny Cow vanilla ice cream sandwiches this week.  My mind is blown!  They are surprisingly good for a "diet" food.  The cookie was a little crisp and the ice cream was creamy.  At a 4 PP value they are going to be a regular item in our freezer.  To say I recommend them is an understatement. I want to try the other flavors soon!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pretty Pots!

Over spring break we let the kids paint up a couple of pots and pick some flowers to put in them.  The kids and I each picked a paint color.  I figured that way they could paint their hearts out and we could have some coordinating new pots.  Can you guess what color I chose?  I can't help it!  I love black.  The kids did such an amazing job.  I love the fun abstract look of each one.  I think I am going to buy one of those huge terra-cotta pot and let them have at with the same colors.  Wouldn't that be lovely?  Now to keep the flowers alive.

On a side note: Any advice on sealing them?  The paint was an outdoor paint but I am wondering (probably a little late) if I need to use a sealant on them?  They were rained and snowed on and seemed to hold up just fine but I want them to last for at least a few years.  Any advice?     

   Oh I am into spring.  I love it!  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekend Links

picture taken by my husband

This week and weekend has been great.  We spent a lot of time with family and friends. I went to the most amazing little bakery in downtown SLC.  It is called Eva's Bakery and everyone in and out of the area should check it out.  It is a french inspired bakery and the food was phenomenal!  It was also Bunco night this week.  FUN!  I really enjoy the group of ladies we have.  Lola and I got a chance to go spend some time with my sister and her daughter this week.  That is something that needs to happen a lot more!  The whole family were able to spend some time with some of our favorite friends yesterday evening.  Good food and good company.  It was great!  

Spring is a fickle time in Utah.  It is warm one second then snowing and raining the next.  Which is rough!  We start getting excited for warm spring days and then we get slapped with craptastic weather.  I can't really complain because all too soon it will be over 100 degrees and I will be wishing for a cold day.  Back to the point!  The blossoms are starting to bloom on the trees.  This is my second favorite season.  I love the feeling of excitement that I feel in spring!  I feel very creative and happy right now.  Here's to the good times ahead!  

ON to the links!   

It is sweatshirt weather here in Utah and I love the look of this DIY sweatshirt revamp.  Easy and cute. Love it!  I pretty much love anything from Cotton & Curls

I have been searching for some graphic art for my room/home.  I love this art inspired by one of my favorite songs.

The story of a guy finding an original Picasso painting in a thrift store is an old one but it still blows my mind!  I would have fainted!

I am in need of some cute flats.  I love these in the mint!  and these in the dark tan.

We have one too many naked Barbies around.  Even when they are dressed they are a little immodest- to the point of being trampy.  Not anymore!  Barbie clothes that are super cute, simple and a great scrap busting project.

Anyone have 8 hundred bucks lying around that they want to use to but me a ring?  Cause it is pretty and I want it!

Check out these wedge shoes.  Oh yes!  Love them!  Platform and ties?  Best!

The kids are moving into a new room that has a great big window and I am thinking of using these curtains as inspiration for their room.  I love that they are hand painted. And the tutorial is easy to follow.

I love beverage dispensers.  They are great for parties.  But more importantly great for the hibiscus tea I make all summer long.  The design of this one from Crate and Barrel 2 is awesome.  So modern and unique.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Fox

Todays fox comes from the Etsy shop Burrowing Home.  And it basically rocks.  It is a fox temporary tattoo!  This is not your kids dollar store temporary tattoo.  They are so cool.  Not only can you get the tattoos but they have lovely prints and oil paintings for sale as well.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Movie Project- LBN!

I like quick craft projects.  Like ones you get done while watching a movie.  Or a few episodes of your favorite program.  I love the satisfaction I get from getting something all the way finished.  The longer a project is going to take me to finish the less likely I am going to get it done.  That is a sad but very true fact.  I have a few long term projects in mind.  They are ones I am excited about so they hopefully that will motivate me to get them done!  

Back to the point though!  I am going to start doing a movie project every week.  Just some little for fun kind of project that I do while watching a movie.  The biggest challenge I will have is that it needs to be useful.  I don't need tons of little knick knacks.  I am sure some will be useless though.  I love useless! This necklace is the first of many projects.

 All I did was take some 1" wooden beads and paint them black.  I then strung it on a necklace.  Easy peasy.  I made it to go with my Easter dress.  Which I never got to wear on Easter.  That is the problem with sick kids!  Le sigh.....  But now I have a cute necklace to wear with it.    

I used Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic paint in beetle black to paint them.  I love her paints!  They are really high quality.

I can't wait to wear it with my new dress.  I may even take some pictures of me wearing it and post them.

Made while watching: General Conference of the LDS church

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

WW weekly update

This weeks lost: .2 pounds
Total lost: 6.2
My weight loss goal for this week is 2 pounds.

Ha!  .2?  Awesome.  I am actually pretty thrilled that I lost at all considering it was Easter and spring break.  I was expecting to gain.  So YAY!  Plus the leader that weighed me was so excited for my loss!  She never made me feel like it was a pathetic loss- which is what I thought.  She was supportive and kind.  Which was a perfect reaction. 

Are picture updates every week too often?  I am afraid that I won't see a difference.  I start getting frustrated when I can't see a change.  Maybe I will do a monthly round up?  I am not sure.  I am still trying to figure this all out.

Anyone have advice for the weekend?  We tend to party all weekend long.  I need to reign the food part in.  Maybe plan more actual activities?  Or maybe we will experiment with recipes on the weekend?  I have to figure that part out still.

I am grateful that this time around I am taking it one meal at a time.  I have all the time in the world to figure out the Point Plus program.  So there is no rush.  I get that sneaking feeling popping up every once in a while that I need to rush the weight loss and be down to goal in 5.6 seconds.  That is just not going to happen.  Nor do I want it that way.  My weight and eating habits are mostly emotional.  I need the time to get my angst worked out.  If I lose too fast I will gain it back and then some.  That is not healthy physically or mentally.  One meal at a time.  That is my motto.  I will say that I am mostly very calm about the process this time.  I have gotten frustrated but it isn't to the point where I want to quit.  That is crazy!  I usually throw the towel in at the first sign of difficulty.  Not this time!

Any and all advice is welcome!  Anyone out there doing the WW Points Plus program?  Or any weight loss program?  I would love to hear success and frustrations!  Lets do this together!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Fox

Ho my gosh you guys!  I love this weeks Friday Fox.  Aren't these necklaces lovely?  If I hadn't just purchased two new prints I would be ordering one of these right this second.  I am practicing restraint.  Which is something I hate.  Sea of Bees has some beautiful pieces of jewelry.  Like little pieces of art.  I could get in a lot of trouble on that website!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Weight Watchers

So I have decided to once again get serious about weight loss.  How many times have you read that here?  Oh gosh lets not even try to count.  I am hoping it will be different this time.  I actually have a plan.  I have a plan!  I joined Weight Watchers two weeks ago.  Their points plan is one that I can maintain for my life.  Not just crash dieting to lose and then turn around and gain it right back and then some.  I love the support and community that comes with being part of Weight Watchers too.  Plus it is highly recommended by every doctor that has spoken to me about weight loss.  Not too mention that I have had a lot of success in the past on the program. 

 I had my first weeks weigh in last Thursday and have lost 6 pounds.  6 pounds in one week!  Awesome.   I know that the high loss is in large part because it was my first week.  I always lose big my first week.  So I am not expecting it to be like that every weigh in.  In all actuality I will be surprised if I haven't gained this week.  Between Easter weekend and it being spring break I haven't followed the plan too close. HA!  But I am off and running! 

So I was looking through my pictures and this one from January is the only full body shot I have.  Yeah I avoid the camera.  

Should I do a weekly update?  Monthly?  Progress photos?  Recipes that have been a success?  I am not sure yet.  But update I will.