Sunday, March 1, 2015

My journey to better health


Another beautiful day in Central Oregon!!!  This is the Three Sisters mountains.....we have so many gorgeous mountains surrounding us.  

Since I made the decision to just share my thoughts and what's going on in my life, I have felt such a 'burden' lifted.  I actually look forward to blogging.

I still haven't picked up a stamp to make a card but I know it will happen soon!

For now, I am enjoying this new found freedom to just BE.  I know that this may not make sense to some people but I am not really concerned, anymore, about making sense to anyone else.  ;-)

As I mentioned in another post, I started a weight loss journey, in January because of a visit to the Dr.  I was having some breathing issues that I was concerned about, but after several tests, it was determined that my weight was the issue.  Also, that my numbers were up with my diabetes and blood pressure.
So, with my Dr's permission, I decided to try and get those numbers down without medication but with diet (nutrition) and exercise.

Have you ever noticed HOW many books there are about losing weight and how many ways there are to go about it?  And, on top of that, there are tons and tons of different health books on how we should eat or should not eat.....every author convinced that their way is THE way!!!  Wheat free, Atkins, Vegan, Vegetarianism, Paleo, this guy, that guy, this woman, that woman.....all giving their perspective on how we should eat for optimum health. And, to be honest, most of them all work.  I have probably tried some of them at some point in my life and to tell you the truth, I have probably lost weight on most of them.

This time, however, I have decided to do it my way with regard to the foods I eat.  To be honest, if we don't change the way we eat, then no diet will ever work, long term.

I am reading advice from nutritionists but am not following any specific plan. And, with the exception of being accountable to a friend each week, I am not joining any weight loss program, not following any specific 'diet' plan and, also for the first time, I am not putting a deadline as to when I should reach my goal! How freeing is that?

I did download an app called MyFitnessPal and have been using that tool for keeping me on track with my calories but also watching my carbs, sugars, protein (along with so many other things) and water intake.  Wow....it's so enlightening to find where all those hidden sugars and salt are!!  Some things I would have never guessed if I didn't have that app.



We recently went to the coast and I did pretty well.  I enjoyed our get away so much.....a beautiful 3 day visit to the coast with nothing but sunshine and a motel view of the ocean.  I had made up my mind, beforehand, that I would eat the best I could but also allow myself to indulge in a few things I loved, if I chose to.  I would just track the calories. I would also try harder to get in more steps.

I had purchased a Fitbit, several years ago to motivate me to get more walking into my day.  You can go to Fitbit.com and check it out.  My goal is to eventually get to 10,000 steps a day.  Haven't gotten to that point yet....but in time it will come.  Anyway, it encourages me to get in more steps every day.

Over the course of four days, I treated myself to a part of an apple dumpling (not the dumpling part) that we purchased at a road stand on the way to Tillamook, OR, a couple of small cups of clam chowder, (one at the Chowder House at Nye Beach and the other at the Sea Hag in Depoe Bay) and a small ice cream cone at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, in Tillamook, OR. I wanted to prove to myself that I could enjoy different foods now and then, but I just needed to be responsible. AND, that it's all about choices!

On the way home, David took me to the Olive Garden for lunch, in Salem, as he had a couple of gift cards and he knows I LOVE Italian food.  But, I knew that I couldn't indulge in a huge plate of noodles and countless bread sticks...like I have in the past but, I also didn't want to just sit there and have salad, either, while my slim hubby indulged in whatever he wanted.  :-)

I know, from experience, that when I only eat salads on a 'diet', I soon get very bored with it and give up.  I also wanted to prove to myself that I don't have to avoid certain places because I am on a 'diet'.  I actually welcomed it as a challenge ;-)

So, I asked the waitress if she knew of some good choices for those who are watching their calories.  She actually brought me a hand out that had the caloric and other dietary information for everything they offer.

She allowed me to order off the 'additions' portion of the menu....which you are only supposed to order from IF you are having the all you can eat salad and soup. I ended up ordering a very small bowl of Fettucinne (and savored every bite) and a plate of asparagus along with the all you can eat salad that I shared with David. I also had 1/2 of a bread stick. ;-)  Now THAT was hard just eating a half....but it was so good!!!  I learned that if you are upfront with the wait staff, they sometimes will go out of their way to accommodate you!

It felt good to know that I don't have to give up certain foods just because I was on a 'diet'!!  I really hate the word diet....I like to refer to it, better, as A Way of eating...not a diet!

I weighed in last Friday, 3 days after our trip and I lost 1.2 pounds.  YES!!!! So, that is a total, so far, of 12 pounds.  Still a long ways to go but I am in no hurry this time.  Like I said, I don't have a deadline as to what I want to lose by what date.

Now, had I chosen to NOT have those special treats, I might have lost more....but this is not a race to see how much I can lose in the fastest amount of time, this is me teaching myself that I can eat those things in moderation and stay on track.

                             Health o meter Stainless Steel Body Fat Bath Scale with Daily Caloric Intake Technology, BFM144

On the way home from the coast, we stopped at a local Wal Mart and I bought a new set of scales.  My others ones were still working fine, but they are the kind with the little needle pointer. Sometimes, you can't really figure out the 1/2's and 1/4's and I wanted to know exactly what I weigh each week, as I know down the road....there will be times that it's less than a pound.....and just knowing I lost something will motivate and encourage me.  It also gives other reports as to BMI and other things.

Enjoy your day!!!!  Do something for yourself and remember to not allow negative thoughts to deprive you of your JOY!!!

BIG HUGS,
Char

Friday, February 27, 2015

Long time no write and a change is a coming!!


Where do I start?  It's been almost two months since I last blogged anything. Well, to be totally truthful, I can't really count January's post as actually blogging because it was just a Happy New Year post.

Over the past two months, I have been sort of in limbo.

No one but my close friends know this, but I have had a condition (?) called S.A.D for quite a few years. It stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It took years and years to finally come to the realization that this is actually what it was and I have a young female Doctor to thank for finally figuring it out....as she also suffered from the exact same thing.

Anyway, I digress.  So, last year, I had a very mild case of it and I seemed to get through the winter fine.  I was able to continue to stamp, do my blog, continue my Card Buffets and get together with friends.  AND, we had some of the worst weather we'd had since we moved here.

Then this year, was different.  In January it came on like gang busters and it just continued to get worse and worse.  I lost all interest in stamping and other things I normally enjoy doing.  I quit getting together with friends and just wanted to stay in my house and be alone. But, at the same time, I didn't want to be alone.  Doesn't make sense, right??   I didn't even enjoy stamping.



We had unusually nice weather for January/February. Yes, there were some days of rain and or fog and SAD is typically brought on by (at least for me) gloomy days, no sunshine......and being stuck inside.  Well, that didn't happen, for most of this winter....and yet it still took over.  I had some people say just get out and get with people, you'll feel better...and I know that they were just trying to help and I so appreciate that.....but, getting out with other people doesn't fix it, either.

It took over my life for a couple of months....and I just kept telling myself it would pass.  Two months of no stamping, no interest in doing much of anything and I got to thinking, WHAT is the difference between last year and this year? Why was it worse this year when we have had beautiful winter weather and not last year?

Well, to tell you the truth, I am not totally sure of the WHY!  I am still trying to figure that one out.

Then, a good friend of mine,  got me involved in a long distance Bible Study with her...and each week, my friend Face Times me and I sit in on the discussion.

We are studying the book by Joyce Meyer "Battlefield of the Mind". Well, let me tell you.....what an enlightening study.  THAT is what finally broke through to me.


I won't go into detail, but the basic idea is that what we allow our minds to dwell on, has an impact on our thinking and mood.  Now, that doesn't mean that SAD is not still the root of the problem, BUT instead of just allowing it to take over my life, I needed to spend more time figuring out how to fight it.

One of the things I had decided before this Bible Study was to get back to a better way of eating. (I'll be sharing more of this journey, too)  I had an upcoming appointment with my Dr. for a check up.  I met with her after the first of the year and my A1C was not good.  She wanted to put me back on meds for my diabetes but I told her I wanted to try losing weight, first and getting on a healthier diet.  So, she agreed to let me do it my own way and see how I did by the next time I met with her which was a month later.  So, I began my journey on January 16th.

I shared my thoughts with a friend and she offered to be accountable with me and start our weight loss journey together. That has helped immensely!!!  I'll share about that another time.

I made a goal to lose 10# before I went back to the Dr. in one month. I ended up losing 11#.  She was very happy with my results and she agreed that since my numbers were looking significantly better, that maybe I didn't need to go on any meds, if I continued to eat healthy and lose weight.  She did want to put me back on BP meds, though, and I asked her to give me till the next appointment to make that decision.  I see her in two months, so I am working hard at getting that stable, too.

I was reading a chapter out of a book (by the same author of the Bible Study) one day, last week, and something the author said made me stop and think.

QUOTE from book:  "100 ways to Simplify your Life"

"Regularly reevaluate your commitments"
"We often forfeit many blessings God has stored up for us because we are not willing to reevaluate commitments.  Just because you have always done something doesn't mean you should always do it.  We can easily get into a rut and find ourselves feeling bored and bland for no reason other than we have done too much of the same thing for too long and we need a change. "

I got to thinking that maybe God is trying to have me go a different direction in my life but I think I have to keep on doing what I always did because I've always done it.  Maybe it's time to move on or to change directions.  Just because I have done something for what seems like forever, doesn't mean that this is what I should always do.  Sometimes, God changes your direction for a reason.

I thought about that for quite a few days.  Was God telling me to give up stamping? Give up Stampin' UP?, Give up my blog?  No, I didn't think so.

I am not completely sure what I was supposed to learn from that.  But, I guess I needed this 'alone' time to see that something needs changing.  One thing I do know is that I need to take better care of myself, FIRST and foremost before I worry about anything else.

Another thing that I came to realize, thought all of this is, that I enjoy sharing things with others.  I love sharing a book I have read, some place I have visited, a discovery I have made.....a new recipe I have tried and that's when, I realized that my blog had taken a turn to ONLY stamping and what was on sale and I was no longer just 'sharing' and it got harder and harder for me to commit.

So, when I wasn't stamping, I had nothing to share.  Plain and simple.

So, starting today, I will be just plain sharing! Whatever that entails.  Oh I'll still share cards and ideas....but my blog won't be solely about stamping.

I don't often put myself 'out there' with my feelings or what's going on in my life but I thought I needed to just be open and honest about why I have been not been blogging.  And, if I am the ONLY one that reads my blog, that's ok too!!! :-)

I hope you have a FANTASTIC day!!!!  Make each day count and remember to be careful what you say to yourself and avoid negative thoughts.  They can be so destructive.

HUGS,
Char

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR


It's a brand new year!!!  As my Granddaughter informed me, last night, we are half way between the year 2000 and 2030.  Hmmm, I hadn't thought of it that way ;-)
We rang in the new year watching the ball drop in NYC and then hopped in bed and were fast ASLEEP . ....till someone in the neighborhood decided to set off fireworks at midnight.  ;-(  

Oh well....it only happens twice a year so we can be a little 'forgiving' of their excitement.  :-)

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy New Year!!!


Hugs,
Char  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Isn't this a gorgeous card?  It makes me feel like I am looking out my kitchen window and seeing a Cardinal perched on a tree branch.  I received this from an online stamping friend, Penny!!

I received so many beautiful cards from friends, customers and other stampers and meant to post them but time just crept away!!

Maybe I will just share them anyway, after the holidays!!  I like to keep them up on my wall through the New Year and then take them down one by one over the next few days and pray for each sender.

This card uses the "Beauty of the Season" and "Endless Wishes" stamp sets.

Have a great day!!!

Char
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Year End Closeouts!!! Merry Christmas!!!!



I have been super busy with my Granddaughter here and have basically just taken the entire month of December off!!  But, I just had to log on, today, and let you all know about the SUPER year end Close outs that SU has on my website and that they just added MORE.

Oh my gosh, even Christmas items are on sale.  And, one really cool incentive stamp set "Good Greetings" that we, as demonstrators, had to EARN!!!

Go take a look!!!   But, if you are like me....you probably can't take advantage of it till AFTER Christmas.  It's while supplies last....so if you ARE able to take advantage of these deals.....ENJOY!!!!

Click HERE to go take a look.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!!

Char
Stampin' UP website


Friday, December 5, 2014

SU Year End Close Outs

Clearance Rack - Up to 80% Off!
I have been horrifically busy the last few weeks, so haven't been posting much.  My company left a couple of days ago after visiting for 3 weeks and I have about a week to get ready for our Granddaughter coming to visit.  

I just didn't want you to miss out on the Year End Closeouts that SU is offering from December 5th....that's TODAY through January 5th, 2015.

Just click on the sign above and it will take you to my website.  There are some AWESOME things on sale at up to 80% off!!!

We have had freezing fog and freezing rain for the past 4-5 days and a little skiff of snow.   it is supposed to warm up to at least the 40's by next weekend.  I hope they are right.

Have a fantastic day!!!

Char





Monday, November 24, 2014

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA BEGINS TODAY

Good Morning and what a day it is!!!  

Just look at what Stampin' UP! has on sale BEFORE Black Friday!!!  Grab them while you can as they are only available while supplies last!!!

Online Extravaganza

Door Busters   50% Off Online Extravaganza products  40% Off Online Extravaganza products   30% Off Online Extravaganza products  20% Off Online Extravaganza products

Just click on the boxes above to take you to each of the deals!!!  

Or print off the PDF file so you can have it on hand.


If you have never used the magnetic platform and you have a Big Shot, just know that you will absolutely LOVE it!!  I bought it when it first came out at full price and it was worth every penny, then.  It's $15 off the regular price.  So many other great deals, too!!

One Week Only

 Save More Earn More
From November 24th -December 2nd You can join my team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators for only $74.25 (plus tax) and you choose $125 in merchandise.

  • You can add Online Extravaganza Sale items to your Kit in addition to Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals and all catalog and supplement items.
  • You will also receive 30% off your first order of $150 placed in the first 45 days.
When you place your order, please remember to use the Hostess Code for this month, if you are placing it in the month of November.

It is 9VVDUBYU

If your order is over $150 please do not use the hostess code.

I will have a new hostess code on the first of each month and it will be on my blog or you can e-mail me and ask me for it.

Have a great day!!!

Char