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As with most of the U.S.A. , I am deeply affected by the images of the devastation in Texas and would like to do something to help. 

I am in a unique position of having a ton of inventory for my Amelia James business and due to a Summer Cold and subsequent sinus infection,

I have been out of commission and need to move this inventory.  In addition to that my sister’s 17yr  old kitty was needing special medical care this last month and has sadly passed on no doubt with my sister.  

I could try to sell the inventory to  the other reps in my company and just make back my cost, but 

I would prefer to use it as a fundraiser and send the profits to aid those in Texas.  I have done some research and would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity

specifically to help rebuild the hurricane devastation.   As I sit here typing this, my hometown  is waiting to see what the next storm Irma is going to do 

and have looked into our own evacuation plans should need be.   This reality makes the Harvey situation even more personal. 

I am sporting a staple in the Amelia James clothing line, a Memphis Ruffle. 

This one is a tank top, but the top comes in short sleeves and even long sleeves 

with both prints and solids.  Not much in my stock of these now but solid long sleeve ones 

coming soon.  

A side view to show the slight high low hem.  

Tomorrow night ,Tuesday September 5th at 8:00 pm  I am going to do a Live Video Sale on my

Amelia James by K&T Stylists Facebook Page  

to benefit Texas. I would love it if my dear readers could join me!  

 In addition I have an Album Posted on the Facebook Page under photos where you can claim 

something and I will send Paypal Invoice via email and there is also a video of dresses posted there that if you 

use the item # and claim” Sold” or mine I can again invoice you.  

Dear Readers, I am back in exercise mode and doing Weight Watchers too.

I am on Day of 8 of this and have been alternating between my Pilates machine with resistance bands 

and Yoga every other day.   I am adding in walking starting tonight.   If that isn’t enough, I am trying

intermittent fasting where you fast for 16 hours by fitting all meals into an 8 hour window.  

The time between 12-16 hours is suppose to be the time when your body kicks into fat burning mode. 

So far, it’s been fairly easy and I will keep you posted on results.   

 

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I recently had a break-through that I have not at all been being myself , 

or being in Self Care, instead I got caught up in some one else’s angst  

and did not attend my Weight Watchers meetings for a month.  

This is all on me , no one else ,and so out of character that I am shocked as I always worked 

this program with great success , but this time I didn’t track food, didn’t focus on drinking water,

yet did semi keep up exercising!

I have 25 lbs to lose!   

 I went back to my meeting this morning and thoroughly enjoyed my morning walk there and the conversations I opened up to,

 as before I was going with someone and mostly talking to just her, which was unusual for me too…  

 I had great conversations with the women around me and we had a Leader come to 

speak about the new Focus program where it is truly about being mindful and they did a few exercises-

one with deep breathing and one asking us to state our name

and to describe our current state in One Word.

  I said, “Determined”  because I am going to refocus on this weight loss despite

my current situation of emptying out my sister’s condo tomorrow, 

going solo in my business and really starting this Amelia James clothing boutique business up!  

The Focus program is for members and non members and is $25 per session or you could get 3 sessions for $50.

 Each month is a new theme and I was just praying this week

for a group of like minded, conscious women and this sounds like the answer!  

The Good News is that I lost 2.6 lbs in the month I skipped meetings!  

If you are a regular of my blog you know I am not much of a shirt tucker, 

but do like the half tuck I wore it to my meeting with in the top picture, but 

 I had to play with knotting it too, lol 

This top is one I sell from my Amelia James line , unfortunately I have no link to share 

as my Facebook Group that linked to my Shop Button has completely disappeared.  

I have not heard back from Facebook as to what happened and may just have to start from scratch!  

I will get through clearing out my sister’s condo tomorrow and then work to start a new page!  

I love this shirt and instantly knew I would pair it with my blush pink shorts from

Old Navy and my white slip-ons by Sperry were the perfect walking shoe.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful for sunshine and a non-humid day perfect for walking. 

I am grateful for life experiences and the comfort of my personal growth. 

I am grateful for the love and support of family and friends 

I am grateful for weekend phone calls from my son at Marine Officer Training School and his upbeat positive nature.  

I am grateful for the support of my children and husband in the process of emptying out my sister’s condo tomorrow!  

 

 

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.


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