Versatile Style by Tracey

My Dear Readers, 

as many of you know I have been very frustrated with the menopausal weight gain , 

and how hard of a struggle it’s been with not losing it.  I let my headaches get in the way from

exercising and that has to stop…. I have super duper fabulous motivation to do just that!  

 

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A dear friend and I are heading to Bermuda via Royal Caribbean’s ship

Grandeur Of the Seas , pictured above.   

Neither of us have ever been on a cruise and

we both have husband’s who are fully supportive and are sharing in our enthusiasm…

I have ten weeks to see how much I can lose and I have never felt so motivated in my life. 

I have given up sugar, diet soda and carbs and could really care less…yep, not missing it at all.

I am getting use of my Pilates machine daily (yesterday twice) and

have increased my reps to 40 with hopes of going up to 100 by the time cruise day comes around…

Getting to the gym can be difficult. But with the Reformer Plus, you can pencil in an AeroPilates exercise session whenever you have free time--without leaving your home. QVC.com:

My  Pilates machine is sold out , but very similar to this one…

found HERE on QVC , which offers easy pay plans with no finance charges for 6 months. 

Dear Readers, I would like to shout from the mountain top about the key to my being able to keep up daily workouts and that is TURMERIC, yep this actually takes all the muscle strain pain away… When I first began this I was into day 3 and feeling so achy, not just normal exercise pain, I mean my entire body ached.  I was walking around saying for the first time I feel 50!  DH went to get me Turmeric as we were out and then he left with the two kids to go to see our son who is in summer classes at VCU.  He took my wonderful massager with him and I willingly let him, wondering how I was going to manage without it.  All of a sudden I was sitting here and I realized that pain was completely gone. I did my workout and when I woke the next morning mild pain, took Turmeric, gone… I have completely gone of Ibuprofen and Tylenol since beginning Turmeric and I will never let myself run out again…

Here’s an article on Tumeric and Muscle strain…

TUXEDO DRESS, STRAPPY HEEL

And my one purchase for the Cruise for Formal Night ….

Gratitude

I am so grateful to my friend for suggesting this cruise and searching out and finding this one  which leaves out of Baltimore MD , so no flight necessary. 

I am grateful to my husband for sharing in my joy and being so happy for me as this is the first vacation I’ve ever taken without him…

I am grateful that both our husbands are supportive in this and seem as happy as we are !

I am grateful for the confidence I now found to finally kick this weight gain to the curb. 

I am grateful for finally fulfilling my desire for a girl trip.

I am grateful that this has sparked the desire to do something annually and we are hoping to plan next year’s as soon as we get back, a train ride in the fall up the northern east coast to view the fall foilage.  

I am grateful for the solitary time I had Saturday night when my crew all went to VCU and Richmond for Pokemon hunting, yes my adult kids are loving playing this with my teen and the bond it creates for a 16, 20 and 25 yr old is priceless , which is another gratitude in itself….

I must say that Pokemon has gotten my kids going out and about more and riding their bikes again, something they haven’t done in years!  

Have you seen the new Accessories Trend

Choker Necklaces?   

Pinterest: Nuggwifee☽ ☼☾:

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A big take on the trend is layering it with another necklace like in this picture. 

I love this idea as we all have some finer delicate necklaces that can be paired with a 

simple black velvet or lace choker.

Jane Stone Vintage Black Lace Sunflower Tattoo Gothic Necklace Choker (Fn1767)

This lace one is from Amazon Found , Here

I am thinking about ordering this one….

Flawed Leather Wrap Bolo | Gold-tipped bolo on a natural leather cord; simply slide to adjust. American made.:

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This bolo type one in another version that is a very boho 

way to get into the choker trend.  

Although I have a strong boho tendency I think this is edgy and 

not as feminine  to my eye.  Of course that just means it’s 

something I would have to try on to see how I feel.  

Amazon.com: Long Black PU Leather Wrap Necklace Stretch, Strand Choker with Starfish Silver Pendant, Adjustable DIY Style: Jewelry:

This version from Amazon is a different take on the bolo style.  

This one might be more to my taste…

I love this necklace. Silver or gold. #anthroregistry:

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The other version is the open collar type and can be very simple as shown here. 

I love the simplicity of the open collar version.

A white, button-shaped cultured freshwater pearl caps off each end of this stunning Honora necklace, crafted of colored bronze. QVC.com:

I found this Honora Pearl version on QVC 

It’s currently on clearance for $49. 96.  

I oredered this one in gold  and I think I will layer it with 

H by Halston Cylinder Lariat Necklace:

This Halston Lariat Necklace , also from QVC, that I bought a few months ago. 

I have to say I love this so much I ordered in in silver recently…

DH notices and compliments this necklace every time I’ve worn it… 

That’s saying something as he compliments clothes and shoes all the time, but

this necklace really catches his eye as being different for me.  

Dear Readers, So, what’s the verdict?  

How do you feel about a choker Necklace? 

I still remember a pink velvet verstion that I had as a child that had a pink rose 

dangling from it and the wonderful feeling I had wearing it… Back in my teen years I love the 

victorian era and my mother spent hours watching me delight in exploring the 1928 jewelry collection 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the trends like this that recycle from my youth and give me chance to relive the memory and happiness it brings forth. 

I am grateful that my trio of kids joined in together and have been having fun with Pokemon Go, this has truly been a great bonding experience for kids who are 16,20 and 25.  .

I am grateful that Pokemon Go is getting my introverted children out the door and getting exercise as they go out at least twice every day and one time for hours….. And if that’s not enough my youngest and my daughter got their bikes out of the garage and have been riding them.  My middle son was generous and gave his bike to my oldest who lives near the beach and uses it often , so he was left with a scooter to join in the fun….

I am grateful for this past month and a half with my son , who today will be heading back to VCU for summer classes and is looking forward to more areas to go Pokemon hunting, lol…. 

I am grateful for the anticipation of a girls trip in September with some mothers who need a break from family, I know it will be reviving and just what the doctor ordered!  

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After buying tickets in December for the Journey Concert , 

on the day after I face planted on the ground tripping over my son’s

bowling bag going out to the car, 

It did not dissappoint!  

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Here is what I wore for the concert.  

It was a rainy day and evening and I was prepared with umbrellas 

and even a big blue tarp to cover our laps. 

The lightening storm came in at one point and they cleared us all back to our cars. 

It didn’t put a damper at all on our night as we had a white canopy tent

set up behind our van to sit under. 

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Everyone else in our group took photos, but at one point my phone fell out of my back pocket and into the mud,

after that we tucked it away safely from the rain….

I have to say this might just be my favorite concert to date as I kept finding myself thrilled with

every song , asking if it could get any better and each time it did!

I danced in the rain, in my bare feet and splashed in puddles ending up with

mud splattered white capris, but it was worth the fun!

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DH did manage to take one selfie of us during a break in our frantic dancing….

I swear the rain, really did change the feel of the event and make for more fun dancing…. 

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And on our way to the Ampitheater, we saw these and had to stop 

and bny a set , Steelers for me and Patriots for him…

Yes , I know Football Season is our house in quite fun- loving teasing…

Next weekend hopefully it will be dry and we can break these out for our next tailgating 

event at the same place for Tobey Keith…  

Wising all my Dear Readers a Fabulous Holiday Weekend of

laughter, love , fun family and friends!  

My Dear Readers, 

I think I finally discovered the reaason I am having such a hard time 

dealing with this recent weight gain…

It’s not so much the weight as I’ve had fluctuations before that didn’t make me crazy like this one has.  

The difference????? 

Menopause, or more specifiaclly that dreaded middle age spread….

This weight gain in my waistline has completely changed my body shape, 

which has always no matter my weight , remained hourglass…

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This was a recent Mom on the Go Look… 

My photographer took it on a wonky angle, lol.  

To make my dilema with this body more clear, I liken it to an artist always using a rectangular shaped 

canvas in different sizes for decades only to be given a circular canvas….

That’s how I am feeling because after all, I am using style as my artistic expression.  

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My t-shrit from Jane.com says: 

“Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude,  Just Breathe ” 

I wanted another crossbody purse and indulged in this one from QVC …

Enjoying my boho beach wave hair!   

_20160630_160025uschia and Navy is a favorite color combo of mine 

and quite franly wearing this outfit felt the best I’ve felt in awhile.  

I think the swingy fun of cullottes was part of it.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my niece will start coming every other week starting next Tuesday!  

I am grateful for the fun of bowling with my two sons.  

I am grateful for the bond between my two youngest as they found a new bond in playing chess, the best part is they are playing it on their phones so when my son heads back for summer classes in college, they can still do this.   

I am grateful for the fun anticipation of the long awaited Journey concert!  

I am grateful for dear friends and how they build me up with their compassion and kindness. 

Back in December Groupon offered Tickets for 

Journey/ Doobie Brothers/ Dave Mason 

and I bought them for my husband as a Christmas Present. 

Well Friday is the big night and I spent tonight on You Tube getting in the mood.

As I was about to turn 50 , my husband I began talking about bucket lists and one of the big 

things we decided was that we wanted to start seeing some of the old bands before they were gone. 

This coming concert surely meets that goal as this is 70’s Rock n Roll we all grew up on. 

 

Check out their long hair and all those mustaches, lol..

Should be a fabulous concert with this Trio, sure to bring back feelings of 

my youth and days when my father who died in 1979 was still with us.

Dear Readers, I hope you enjoy this little sampling of what I’ve been doing tonight for the past few hours checking out a lot of videos and getting myself prepared for a fun night with friends.  

Today was a pretty good day that began with a trip to the bowling alley to use our Summer Pass that gives us three games each day for the price of just $31.95.  We pulled into the parking lot and all said , “oh No!” at the same time… The first thing to greet us was the sight of 5 yellow school busses which were empty except for the lone driver in each one.  We went inside to ask when these kids in the city summer camp program were going to be leaving the premises.  The noise level was beyond what we were prepared for and we got our answer and high tailed it out of there .  

We just flipped our plans for the day and headed to BJ’s for a few groceries we needed.

It was nice and quiet when we returned at 12L30 just as the last two buses were loading up to leave.

So we learned not to use our Summer Pass on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, lol…

In the afternoon it was all about cooking as my son home from college made us his potato soup that he tried for the first time this year living in his first apartment.  I spent the time making Veggie Frittatas and the Oatmeal/Banana Power Bites to help myself and DH stay on track for the week…

Thank Goodness I have a long island in the kitchen as my daughter decided this was the time and day , that she too needed to bake Pumpkin/Nutmeg/Applesauce treats for the dog…

A silly rainy day in the kitchen with my kids was so wonderful as I realize that times like this will be disappearing as they all go their own ways.  

And you should have seen me dancing as my daughter put a music channel on cable.  I definitely burned a lot of calories during my afternoon that led to evening of baking cause I didn’t finish until 7:30.   

Just for fun, I will leave you with my stroke of Mom Genuis that happened today..I see thngs that can help my teen bowler, yet he doesn’t appreciate my wisdom and actually gives me nasty looks and gets all moody… I know what I have to say is of value, cause I am one smart woman and a great observer, but what I was doing was obviously not working… So when my daughter ran out to get a few groceries for her doggie treats, she picked me up a little notebook that I can carry in my purse.  The plan is to write down my helpful observations and discuss them with them when we aren’t at the bowling alley and he is much more receptive… Problem solved and he loved it… My saying,  “Give me a Problem and I’ll Jump at the chance to find a Solution! ”  Now I am just bragging cause my kids all know the truth I really do excel in that arena and they quite often are surprised at how creative my solutions can be… I may not like my weight right now, but no worries folks, I love myself!  

IF you got this far , Thanks for reading my musings of the day….

I didn’t blog recently because I am feeling the weight gain and seeing it in photos

and frustrated and quite frankly embarassed…

I am not being hard on myself or inflicting any blame as I know that this is truly to this 

crazy change of life period called Menopause and the lack of sleep that causes carb cravings.

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I am sticking to low carb, low sugar and for the first time ever have my husband on board. 

My dear husband works long hours and has the worst eating habits ever, but because he has an hour or so 

in the day to commit to going to the gym, he’s in the best shape of his life.  We as a family however are so concerned that 

he eats so healthy for his meals, but then after dinner (late night)  he goes crazy on desserts and I mean eating portions 

that we all find shocking.   Now that he is on board with low sugar, I knew I had to find a solution for his sweet tooth.  

So of course it’s off to PInterest, where I found this recipe

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I used what I had on hand and subbed some Muscle Milk Powder in with 

the cocoa as I’d seen other recipes that used that ingredient.  

My pack rat daughter saved three of these trays that she doesn’t remember what was originally

in them, but kept as part of her baking supplies.   

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My husband loved his new treat and kept asking me the ingredients.  

He ate five of these and I am fine with that as I know it’s better than the amounts of crap he was eating.

My other new thing is making what I call Power bites I tried this recipe as I had the items on hand

I did change it up a bit with adding in Collagen powder for more protein and 

quite a bit of cinnamon, sorry I don’t measure just go by eye.

I do think next time I will add in Vanilla protein powder for a bigger protein kick.  

Our consensus was to wipe off the peanut butter as it took away from the taste.  

I baked these at 350 for about 12 minutes in my mini muffin pan, flipping them at 6 minutes in.

My husband tried one that night when he came home and loved it,  He tried a bite cold and said the flavor was ruined. 

He took them to work and had them warm and said they were ok, but reheated in the microwave was his favorite way. 

Our plan is to make all kinds of varieties , switching them up each week for him to pack for afternoon snacks as his days are very long and can last from 9am to 10-11pm….  You can finds so many options on Pinterest if interested….

Proud to say DH has stayed on track with me this week!  

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And in more fun, I bought these prints on Jane.com for just $4.99 for the set.  

You can’t see well as my lighting is off , but they are in Sepia tones and I matted them 

with an olive mat and black frames I had on hand.  

I’ve literally been dreaming of prints like this for awhile and am thrilled with the results.  

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They are keeping my beloved lone boat picture company….

I am so grateful that my rough and tumble boys did not break this picture 

growing up, as they sure broke a lot of other things, lol   

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By, Wishing you all a Fabulous Weekend! 

Some Bloggers would consider this outfit

too matchy-matchy with orange accents everywhere…..

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I absolutely could have switched out the purse for a blue one and in fact , 

almost did, but in the end I wanted to get more use out of the butterly tote, 

which makes me feel my mother’s spirit.  

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My blue espadrilles would have paired nicely with this oufit as well. 

When you added fun orange ones for the season, one can’t help but delight in using 

that pop of color when possible.  

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This floral tank with greens and oranges is one I bought from Jane.com, 

in my continued effort to get less form fitting ones into my wardrobe.  

The orange sweater is one I thrifted a few years ago and a necessity 

for my trip to the frigid AC at the bowling alley this afternoon.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my Oberweiss Delivery of greek yogurt came before I had to leave for bowling, as they put it in the porch in a cooler,but with this kind of heat , I wouldn’t trust it for very long….

I am grateful for the funny moment when we had all rushed to get ready for the 11am bowling and were in the car when I looked at my phone and saw I had missed a Facebook chat where our group had changed it to 3:30.  

I am grateful for Netflis and my Smart tv that DH won for his sales success, I am having so much fun finding BBC shows. 

I am greatful for sunshine and summer days that are a definite slower pace with college kids home.  

I am grateful that I finished this blog post right before heading out to bowling and won’t have to try to squeeze it in after dinner. 

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