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Today, I was suppose to go to my Weight Watcher meeting and had this outfit all planned out.  

Getting enough sleep reigns supreme in my life, so I opted to go back to bed and get some much 

needed rest, as too many nights in a row without had taken it’s toll.  

Here is the outfit I had ready for the day. 

When I put it on and looked in the mirror , I instantly thought 

“Oh , there I am! ”  

It became glaringly obvious to me that I have not been myself 

these last 6 months and even my style choices  were exhibiting that. 

The awesome vest adds just the right wonderful element of texture to the tone on tone look. 

It is by Indigo Thread, a very boho company I adore.  

Here is the link to my vest which is limited to one color now and Here is all the vests they offer now. 

My turtle necklace was handmade by sister and is much loved and cherished. 

My saddle bag style cross-body purse is by Naturalizer and sold out. 

This will probably be last purse purchased for a while as I am pretty satisfied with what I have. 

I did recently throw away my beautiful green leather one and told my kids and husband that they should put in on my

birthday wish list as it was the first purse I bought myself after years of using diaper bags and sadly was beyond repair. 

I love how my hair color bookends the purse shade.  

One last note , if you haven’t tried block heeled shoes yet, 

I highly recommend it as these are so comfortable to walk in. 

Alas they too are Naturalizers and sold out because I always buy off season on clearance.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that I took care of me today and skipped my WW meeting because nothing replaces the need for sleep. As for my WW journey so far,

it has been a slow first month with just over 3lbs lost, but I have managed to use my Simply Fit board to lose 3 inches from the 7 I gained in my stomach from menopause!  

I am grateful that my husband too got to catch up on sleep and didn’t have to go to work until 2:30pm today!  

I am grateful that my kids are so supportive of each other and truly care deeply. 

I am grateful that our allergy laden Lhasa Apso is currently at the vet with two of my adult kids. 

I use the term Spring lightly when describing this 

balmy 88 degree Saturday in April.  

My linen blend pants are a recent purchase from Old Navy (Here)

A pair of wide legged linen pants are a must for Spring/Summer in my book.  

I think this chambray pair can be very versatile and paired with many colors. 

My vest is called Shawl Dawls and is super soft and can be worn in a few

different ways. In fact later that day I took of my sister’s glass star necklace 

and just tied the vest at my waist.  

In the morning I was in a cold bowling alley and pulled it into a kimono with sleeves to warm 

my upper arms and must say it worked beautifully.   

Our temps may have been unseasonably hot, 

but as exhibited here we were blessed with a nice breeze.  

Clothing really can have an impact on my moods as I felt 

very Zen and at ease in the soothing shade of blue and the flowy element 

of both the pants and vest.  

My Boho self was loving it!  

Dear Readers, It felt great to get dressed in a “Real Outfit” 

as these past weeks I have been in Workout mode,

twisting, jumping rope,doing Pilates, Yoga stretches,

my Fluidity Ballet Bar and even trying Tai Chi.   

I also got a membership to our local Botanical Gardens

and have gone walking there as well as the beach with 

my friend and partner in this weight loss venture.

I have lost  a total 2.6 lbs my first two weeks on Weight Watchers 

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.  

Dear Readers, 

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!  

I love this idea for a snack!:

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.  .  

Source 

I also used PBFit Powder Peanut butter with water

Betterbody Foods PBfit Peanut Butter Powder 15oz

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, 

This Simple Strawberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie is packed with protein so you'll stay full longer. What a delicious way to eat great!:

 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!    

Gratitude 

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!   

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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.  

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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.  

Gratitude

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.

Since I am sick and it ‘s a rainy day, 

I thought it would be a perfect day to look at 

Spring 2107 Trends.  

Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends Report Erika Firm:

Look out for these shades in stores , the easiest way to embrace a trend… 

View the complete Duro Olowu Spring 2017 collection from London Fashion Week.:

Black and White Retro Prints 

Camilla and Marc Spring 2017 RTW:

Big Florals in both black and white and colors are also on trend

As it wearing pants under dresses.  

Image result for florals and ruffles spring 2017 trend

Lots and Lots of florals from mini retro prints to larger scale prints.  

Top 10 Trends from NYFW Spring 2017 | Ruffle tops and dresses | Tome; Zimmermann; J.Crew | Fashion Week SS17:

Ruffles, Ruffles, Everywhere!   

I’d love to find a ruffled skirt!  

Top 10 Trends from NYFW Spring 2017 | Stripes | Proenza Schouler; Rosie Assoulin; Opening Ceremony | Fashion Week SS17:

Bold Colored Stripes , how fun is that?  

Tie Front Top With Lace Details

TJ Maxx Top

Bell sleeve tops and look for touches of crochet like this one. 

Altuzarra Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show Details:

Embroidery touches like in this skirt 

GUCCI:

Embroidered Denim 

Embroidered Detail Tassel Top

TJ Maxx top 

So many options in tops for that boho 70’s look that is going strong. 

So Dear Readers, Time to
Chime in

 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 

Today, went pretty well despite my not having done any grocery shopping or meal prep, 

which of course is vitally important to long term success.

I just didn’t want to wait one more day, so making it work with

what I had on hand, since yesterday we spent all day at the bowling alley

with our son for his travel league .  

This Skinny Peanut Butter Dip is an easy, healthy recipe! I also add cinnamon. Dip apples or veggies or crackers for breakfast, lunch, snack, or it's perfect for game day!:  

Yogurt , Peanut butter and honey dip, yumm!  

Honey and Peanut Butter are not on the Simply Filling list of foods ,

but on worries as you are allowed a small amount of points  per day of other foods.  

In reading posts on a Facebook group following this method, 

some people who gave up trying to find 1g sugar cereal just use that as

part of their 7 pts per day.   I used a banana with this dip for breakfast , along with 

two cups of green tea with Truvia.  Note today was a very unusual day as I woke up due to DH snoring at 5:30am then went back to bed at 7:30 until 11:30 , so this would definitely hold me til lunch, but not typically.  

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I hard boiled up a bunch of eggs, so day 2 I had those with mandarin oranges.

For the next few days, I will vary the fruit, with apples. peaches and pineapple .

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Lunch was a large salad with some leftover Misson BBQ turkey that my husband 

had leftover from his dinner and I had enough to use the turkey for both days. I did fat free cheese on both days, day one cheddar, day two feta, pictured here.   I may bore you, but salads are going 

to be my go to lunches, one meal to not think about it really helps me.  

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Day 1 I tried Mission White Corn tortillas as they are Simply Filling approved, 

however I didn’t like how strong the corn taste was, so just scraped and ate with a fork.

This is lettuce, steak strips, mushrooms & onions with sharp cheddar and fat free sour creme. 

I think I used too much cheese and should have used half this amount… 

Note: I intended to use lettuce wraps , but Kroger was out when i ran to get some, since I didn’t like

the strong corn flavor in the future I will use the Mission Carb balance tortillas. 

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Day 2 dinner was more of the steak strips with mushrooms and let me tell you, 

there is a alot more mushrooms on the plate than beef, cause I can’t get enough mushrooms ever!!! 

I grilled zucchini and used spray butter.  

I also had an orange on day one as a snack and a banana on day two.  

Dear Readers, It feels great to be back in control after 3 months of this mourning and 

just not caring.   I didn’t do full workouts , yet as I am sick with sore throat and sinus stuff, 

but I did jump rope for a few minutes, did twist on the Simply Fit board, planked and did 

mountain climbers (video below).  Doing bursts of exercise throughout the day is just as effective.

 

 


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