Feeling Very Brave Today,
My Dear Readers!
I never imagined when I took before photos today,
that I would publish them now instead of waiting for
the weight loss and doing them together with After shots.
But what the heck , this is where I am Now
And ” It is What it Is ” is my new mantra lately!
I took these after my morning of working out,
me in all my glory, lol.
This morning I used my Simply Fit Board to twist for 15 minutes to start of my day.
After Twisting, I got to work using my
Fluidity Ballet Bar workout , which is not an easy workout at all!
I have seen great changes in my body in the past from three days a week of that
so of course going to do what works!
Menopause , I am going to Win, not you!
My least favorite picture, but hey gotta face what is!
I finished up my workout with
a beginner’s Tai Chi video of Tai Chi.
I am definitely going to do more of that!
I went for my first weight in results on Tuesday and was a bit disappointed to have
lost just 1.6 lbs , but I got over that pretty quickly.
I had spent that week walking and getting over 10,000 steps on my Fitbit daily along
with other exercises in strength training. I have made the commitment to making
my primary gauge in this journey to be the changes in my body and not the scale.
I may have to learn to adjust my previous way of doing Weight Watchers and
actually eat over my 30 daily points, going into my weekly points more.
The entire idea of eating more to lose weight is hard for me , but it seems
to be a common issue with those who are exercising daily.
I invested in this Elf Emmit to see if it could help my issues with sleep
that have gotten worse since Menopause and have to say it really has helped
me , not just with sleep , but the over active ADD nature of my brain.
I am by nature a skeptic in these type of things, but have literally been raving about this one
and how all the junk in my brain is gone when I use the Stress mode and how I get 8 hrs of
much deeper sleep!
With all the craze and addictive quality to the Lularoe brand of clothes, I had been steering clear.
Today , my son’t bowling group had a fundraiser, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about.
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who were so gracious as
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I had seen first hand how the Carly Dress works wonders for a woman’s curves,
so decided that I had to give it a try.
This is Absolutely not your basic T-shirt dress, so don’t let it fool you.
As women we all know that the smallest part of any woman is just below the chest,
which is why an Empire waist is so figure flattering.
This dress goes in just under the chest , then flares out slightly in the most flattering way.
I saw this for the first time on a plus size girl and
was floored at what it did for her body,
and knew I had to give it a try.
Apparently I was grimacing instead of smiling in all my photos, lol
Let’s count this as my before picture to look back on as I
am beginning this weight loss journey!
I specifically picked this pattern because I knew it would go with my blue and pink wedges
that I bought last year from TJ Maxx,.
I bought this Indigo Thread vest (Vests currently selling) in both Ivory and Black last season.
This is how I would wear it for an evening event more than a daytime Spring
or Summer look. An outdoor concert and I’d rock this out!
My apologies , I was dressing “Scarlett ” (my dressform) so many times
and didn’t straighten this one up correctly..
I really like how it brings out the white details in the dress and brightens up the look.
This is a Lularoe “Joy” vest I bought with it today.
I love how it brightens it up .
This is another Indigo Thread vest I bought recently for this season.
Crotchet or Lace pieces offer a great detail to outfits
as the element of texture is represented.
While the dress has pink flowers,
I like the darker burgundy and how it goes,
but doesn’t match.
How about some pattern mixing to complete the long
Boho vests I could wear with this dress?
I found this Vest via Jane.com sometime last year.
If I was a stylist dressing clients one rule I would institute is
to add a black and white print of every category in your closet.
A dress, pants, shirt , sweater, etc .
It increases your wardrobe as it can be paired with any solid color.
Vests over tank tops are my go to for Summer , so I recently added
these baby soft “Shawl Dawls“ that work as a vest or more of a Kimono .
It just so happens the rose colored Shawl Dawl one works for the dress too.
This is worn more like the Kimono style.
I buy in multiples if I like something, but have learned to keep it to
just two of any one thing.
Jean Jackets are always a great layering piece for Spring.
With a pair of leggings or tights and ankle boots this could become a cold weather
outfit and I will definitely layer it for those months and get plenty of use out of this dress.
One World Jean Jackets are my favorite , this one found HERE .
With my love of jean jackets, A few years back I invested in 3
of these cropped versions by One world (similar ones here) .
For my petite height a cropped version if wonderful and
I highly recommend if you don’t currently own one in white,
that you add one to your style for great versatility.
A lot of Duster Sweaters are lighter weight and perfect for
Spring weather fluctuations .
This brand has a lot of Spring Duster options Here.
Of course I couldn’t just show one option for
pattern mixing. This Halston sweater is definitely
thin and has an open weaved back, making it a Spring option.
Bonus: this is how I wore it to run to BJ’s to go grocery shopping .
I did the rubber band trick to gather it and shorten it a bit when wearing with
the leggings as it created a better look for my height with the leggings.
I am grateful that after 3 days of asking my sister for a sign that she knows
I have her beloved cats ,Oreo and Cupcake
and can see how happy they are and how much joy they bring us,
indeed a sign showed up!
I am grateful for a weekend with my son home from college , miss that guy!
I am grateful that we were all together and celebrated my youngest’s 17th birthday early ,
giving him hoverboards that he had actually given up on ever getting and thoroughly surprising him.
Notice I said hoverboards plural as I got two so a sibling could join him in the fun.
I am grateful for a Weight Watcher buddy in my dear friend and the way
we push each other to get fitbit steps.
I am grateful for a fun family and friends day spent at Botanical Gardens and for becoming a member ,
so we can go back throughout the year.
My breakfast this morning was the banana version of this.
I used a 3 smartpoint rice cake, but there are lower versions that are just one point, which after I use the ones
I currently have I could opt to have two each morning. .
I also used PBFit Powder Peanut butter with water
as my Jif Jar version was 6pts for 2tbs and
I get 4tbs for just 3 smartpoints
Loving this for breakfast as a break from veggie egg omelets or hard boiled eggs.
I worked out doing Pilates, Twisting for 15 minutes on my Simply Fit Board and Dancing,
Then had a snack of Plain Greek Yogurt and Strawberry smoothie
for another 5 smartpoints . When adding fruits to a drink, they are no longer zero points so
this is 3 smartpoints for the plain greek yogurt and 2 for the strawberries .
Late Lunch for the day was
Zero point greens, cucumber and tomatoes.
1/4 cup feta + 3 pts
For a 1 smart point dressing, I mixed 1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt with
Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix.
Salads are my most frequent go to for Lunches
If you have been counting I am now up to 15 smartpoints
Since due to my age and weight allows me 30 points left for the day,
you can see I have eaten well and have plenty left for dinner and if I chose a small dessert.
I love Weight Watchers and feel so happy being in control of my food choices , with complete confidence
that I will start seeing this menopausal pounds and the added ones from mourning my sister melt off.
In addition to getting the food straight, which let’s face it is 80% of the solution to losing weight,
I am addicted to my sister’s Fitbit and getting in plenty of steps.
I am also using my Simply Fit board and twisting to music in my kitchen every morning,
Doing my Pilates Machine ( which has stretch bands for strength training)
and Dancing to great music. Not to mention a few walks with my
kids who are Poke’ hunting and needing to hatch eggs, lol
In fact heading out for such a walk with them right after I finish this!
I am grateful for music and how it soothes the soul and invigorates the body.
I am grateful to be on this journey with a very dear friend and how we message each other daily in competition of how many steps we each have on our Fitbits, such fun!
I am grateful that I found a solution for sunburn pain after stupidly walking at the beach without sunscreen, and its’s very simple : Coconut Oil and Lavender Oil !
I am grateful my son away at college is coming home tomorrow for Easter weekend and early celebration of my youngest’s birthday which is April 19th… Can’t believe he is 17!
With the emotions of finishing up going through my sister’s condo,
I am failing to stay on track with eating right and exercising,
So today I decided I needed a solution!
I have 184 days until I embark on my second annual Girls Only Cruise with a few friends,
and I want to be ready and feeling vibrant and wonderful.
Two weeks prior to my cruise I am going to Walk in my first 1/2 marathon
to honor my sister , Kelley who did a few every year!
I have had success in the past with WW after the birth of my youngest and again after my mother passed on when I gained as her caregiver. It stands to reason that having had 2 successes with this program I should stick with what has worked in the past, because I certainly need the support and accountability of weighting in…
So wish me luck my Dear Readers, as I have accepted that I do not succeed with out this kind or program ,
and get real about losing this weight and getting my body back to healthy!
I have been sick for two weeks with this darn thing that began with sore throat, moved to sneezing and
then coughing. The coughing is gone, still congested but essentially getting over it finally.
This messed me up for week 2 of my 100 Days Challenge.
I lost my sense of smell and couldn’t taste anything,
so salads and vegetables were not appealing at all!
So I can’t complain at all the I lost Zero Pounds this week.
The Good News is I didn’t gain any either!
Eating much better this week, and am upping the exercize.
Tomorrow Morning I am heading with a friend to the Beach to
walk on the Boardwalk for our nice 75 degree day.
I am using my sisters Fitbit Blaze for the first time and am liking
that it reminds you to move every hour.
Stay tuned for next week’s Results.
Not happy with the blog photos I took today,
as I can’t get past seeing this darn weight gain.
So only posting this one, lol
Wearing a floral tunic I bought from Jane.com
I love dark florals for winter.
I am grateful that I am finally feeling better and getting over this sickness.
I am grateful that in just a few days my two older sons will be on Spring Break.
I am grateful to my dear friend for inviting me to walk at the Oceanfront tomorrow.
I am grateful a few days of Spring like Temperatures.
I am grateful that I didn’t gain any weight when I weighed in for day 14 of my 100 day challenge.
I am grateful that tomorrow marks 200 days until my Cruise back to Bermuda with friends.
I am grateful for plans we made today for our next Parent’s Night out to make a craft using wine glasses of my sister’s.
First of all, Today is Day 7 of my 100 Days
following Weight Watchers Simply Filling method.
My first week’s weight loss is 5lbs!
When doing the WW Points system I never lost more than 3.5 lbs in a week.
Can’t wait to see what next weeks results will bring!
Last season I bought these in Blush and Blue and wore them a lot ,
so with green being a great color for the season, I just had to have these.
Wben I saw them in red, I literally squealed with delight.
I thought having this shoe in 4 colors might be overkill , so
I went to my trusty You LOOK Fab forum to see what they thought.
One woman suggested that these weren’t on trend and I literally cringed and thought,
I have had some kind of Espadrille inspired Summer Shoe my entire adult life,
the next comment said what I was thinking,
“They are classics.”
When Stylist Angie Cox piped in that this could be my signature style shoe,
that was all the approval I needed to go back and order these.
These brand new Clarks are one of 3 pairs of brand new Summer Shoes ,
I found in my sister’s closet. It was funny to see that she probably did the same
thing I did and bought them at the end of last season on sale.
Funnier also that this style worked for me as my sister wore a half size larger shoe than myself .
This is yet another pair from Kelley’s closet,
these are by Springstep.
It was so weird to go through her clothes and shoes recently.
I have wanted a pair of these artsy kind of sandals, but found
them outside my budget when I did see them.
A huge part of this journey of going through the process of clearing out her condo has
been seeing so many of her things that show how alike we were.
Leave it to my sister to find these by Springstep and again,
most likely on end of season clearance.
Wearing her shoes will certainly keep memories strong around me and
offer emotional comfort.
If the Espadrille wedges are my signature summer shoe,
I dare say these open back slide on versions seem to have been Kelley’s.
I would say I am set for Summer shoes Now!
I hit up Ebay for a few printed maxi skirts after I watched Offsprings
and shared my love of the main character Nina Proudman’s style.
I realize I only had one print maxi skirt with the rest all solid shades.
Nina Proudman had worn a print skirt and open weaved sweater in one
epidode that I loved so much that I jumped at the chance to copy it with these two pieces also from Ebay.
When I saw these in the shade of blue more similar to the one Nina Proudman I couldn’t resist.
This will look great with the blue wedges I bought last year.
Yet another Ebay find inspired by Nina Proudman Style, as
she wore a lot of white tops or white kimono topper with embroidered or pin-tucked details.
This is very sheer and will need a white tank under it , but the good thing is that the sides tie
so it will work with me as I lose weight this season.
This Chico Ebay topper was inspired by the fact that Nina Proudman had quite a few
toppers that were shorter than the ones I currently have, and great for my Petite height.
This shorter Kimono was also inspired by wanting shorter toppers.
Nina Proudman had a red one with medallions that was fantastic, but
this will have to do for me.
I wore this floral tunic from Ebay with a long duster sweater
on Saturday and the good news it this isn’t a used piece,
so here is the link for it…
It comes in other colors too m a fun embroidered piece for my boho style.
This coral kimono , also from Ebay.
I just love the lace detail on the bottom and sleeve.
For days when I want a bit longer version with some fringe.
This one is also available and can be found Here.
I tried to stick to pieces that will work with my Weight Loss and I am
so excited to see what I can accomplish within 100 days, not that I will
quit then, I have to reach goal weight!
I have been sick for the entire 7 days I have been on this weight loss program,
a darn virus that is lingering with symptoms like scratchy throat, sneezing , watery eyes and just yesterday
turned into a cough. I should count myself lucky as my two sons who caught this have had the cough the entire time.
But I still stayed on track and even fit in a few short spurts of exercise sets a day.,..
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you are doing well!
Anyone else shopping for the warm seasons ?
Since I am sick and it ‘s a rainy day,
I thought it would be a perfect day to look at
Spring 2107 Trends.
Look out for these shades in stores , the easiest way to embrace a trend…
Black and White Retro Prints
Big Florals in both black and white and colors are also on trend
As it wearing pants under dresses.
Lots and Lots of florals from mini retro prints to larger scale prints.
Ruffles, Ruffles, Everywhere!
I’d love to find a ruffled skirt!
Bold Colored Stripes , how fun is that?
Bell sleeve tops and look for touches of crochet like this one.
Embroidery touches like in this skirt
So many options in tops for that boho 70’s look that is going strong.
So Dear Readers, Time to
Any favorites among these trends?
How about the colors of the season, any favorites there?
Day 3 of 100 Day Challenge following
Weight Watchers Simply Filling
Breakfast – plain greek yogurt & strawberry smoothie
Lunch – 2 hard boiled eggs, apple and green tea
Dinner- Turkey, Feta Salad
Snack celery and Laughing cow cheese