Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Skinny Mind

Seven days ago today I faced reality in the face to face. I hopped on the scale, met with a nutritionist, a trainer, learned my BMI, my hydration level, my weight, and a few other things that also seemed out of wack. The two good things came of that day....I made a start, and "Roberto" (say it with an accent that you would think it should be with, oh yeah, and add a million dollar smile and buff as buff can be body) I met with him first. He told me he would be my trainer. He asked me a bunch of questions,all which I answered completely honestly. "So Kathie {cat-tea--insert accent} what do you do for physical activity?" I looked him in the eye and said..."Honestly, Roberto, I don't" Why not be honest. I was there to start, if I lied and told him I was walking three miles a day, I probably wouldn't be there. He did ask me if I knew how much I weighted because I hadn't met with Ami, my nutritionist yet so it wasn't on record. With my million dollar smile I responded, "110 lbs" :o)
Then I met with Ami, she weighed me, hooked up to a little machine, punched some numbers into the box next to the scale, it printed out a little paper, like an old adding machine, then we sat down and looked at the numbers. I had gained about 20 lbs since being back here with Chris. (approx. a year) And, for the first time in a long time, even my mind didn't feel skinny. That is why I decided to join this 13 week program. Those last 20 lbs. really put me in a different state of mind. My body fat percentage is over 50%. Gross. I am eating between 1700-1800 calories a day for the time being, and have had to do the treadmill for 20 minutes three times this week. It has all gone well and I will go weigh in tomorrow morning at 11:45. They have set a goal for me to lose 12 lbs. in the 13 weeks. 30 lbs in 6 months. Those numbers were discouraging a bit to me because really I wanted to lose all 100 lbs. in the 6 months. Oh well. Baby steps, baby steps.
I will post some more in the weeks to come about some challenges I have faced so far, including my experience with the treadmill, battles with Chris over the cooking, and my frustration with not being able to lick the peanut butter knife in the morning after making the kids sandwiches. Please feel free to comment with anything you think I could find useful.
My skinny mind is realizing its not so skinny, one calorie at a time.

Corned Beef for Easter???
Can you believe yesterday was St. Patricks Day and this Sunday is Easter?!? C-R-A-Z-Y!
I like to have forsythia and pussywillows on my table for Easter Dinner. Not sure if that will happen or not.
These two little cards are Easter Wishes for a couple of people who I like to send cards to this time of he year. They are Elzybells stamps and are now available at my local Art Store. The nestabilities are so much fun too! I wish I had more sets, but don't so I have to make do with what I have and use the colluzzle to make the middle openings. But so far---I am very impressed with how they work, how crisp they cut and how much they dress up the cards!
I think I have Spring Fever a little bit today. Been not feeling so great last couple of days and for no apparent reason. So what the heck is my problem? I don't know. I wish I could kick myself in the ass and get it out of my system. On a positive note....I have been stamping and SCRAPPING alot the last few days. That is a good thing!
I wish every one of you a very Happy Easter and may you enjoy this time of year as all the new beginnings and fresh blossoms come your way!!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Abigail Rose

I made this card for one of my childhood friends who just had a sweet little baby girl, weighing in just over 5 lbs. For all of my stamping buddies, I am sure you know of the "copic" marker rage, I have always loved water coloring best. So I didn't feel like I was missing out on something I have been collecting the markers a few at a time. And.....since playing with them more and more I realized they didn't seem all that special because I didn't really know how to use them to the best of their ability. Now that I have learned some things I think they ROCK! I am taking a technique class on Thursday to learn even more. I will share another card I did that is just spectacular later tonight. I am able to get similar effects of the watercolor shading but with the ease of a marker. Basically they are an investment and we generally don't buy anything else without learning about it...RIGHT?
I love this card, the dp, ribbons, and the way this cute little rodent is. {tee hee} For a side note, our hamster has been missing for 7 days today. I have no use for him anymore and hope that he has found a new home, preferably in the ground.

Please coment and let me know if you have lost a hampster and what the heck I should do to find him.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Living life in fast forward....

I'm tired. Overwhelemed. Frazzled...hummm what else does it feel like??? Like living life in fast forward. That best describes it. I put my head on the pillow at night and sigh. Life seemed so wonderful for awhile. Lately, it's almost too much to keep up with it. I am trying to slow it down. So much has gone on since my last post on 12-14 {hard for me to believe} that I will try to fill anyone one in who cares.
Charlotte--she is doing exceptionally well. Incase I haven't mentioned it my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, is the tender age of 87, legally blind, and quite honestly is one of the most inspiational people in my life. I can remember her dealing with the death of my grandfather Norman who battled a long battle with cancer, she moved passed that, she met Jack maybe 5 years later, then battled the breast cancer, got diagnosed as blind, then had to bury Jack suddenly. As a child I spent a lot of time with her and Norman at her house on weekends. After his death and Jack came into her life it seemed we became distant because we were both very busy with our own lives so to speak. I always had my grandmother Mary so it almost went unnoticed. Since my grandmother Mary died in 2004, I had often wished I had more time with Charlotte. And now I do. We are like girlfriends more than grandmother/grandaughter. I respect her and she respects me. She is always full of advice {which I need} and I return the favor with tell her how wonderful she is. LOL {which is what she needs} Keep her in your prayers as she continues to heal her heart of the loss of Jack.
The Girls- Amazing as usual. The picture above was taken of Feb. 1st at the father daughter dance. They looked so grown up and beautiful. This is Olivia's last father daughter dance as they do not have them in Junior High. They had fun and so did Chris.
Concerts- We have seen Carrie Underwood and my boy Toby Keith, as well as Gary Allan in the last week! They were all great, especially my boy Toby! I just love him. Gary Allan is Chris's favorite country music singer and it's always nice to see him and watch Chris's reaction. I took Olivia and Sophia to see Hannah Montana in January, it was extremely fun for them! The Jonas Brothers were with her too, and now I have their albums on my itouch. In December Chris and I went to see Jim Brickman, who is an amazing pianist. If you haven't heard of him check out his website. He is soo funny in person with is wit and he performs with Anne Cochron who is an amazing singer too. We were able to see Taylor Swift, Kelly Pickler and Trace Adkins on December 30th as well. First time seeing Taylor Swift, quite a superstar I must admit!!
My dumb move of the new year: I have owned a Blackberry phone for about a year, it took me almost 6 months to figure out the damn thing. Many refer to the phone as a "crackberry" because it is so addicting to check email etc. Well on Superbowl Sunday I found my beloved Blackberry nice and clean on the bottom of my washing machine. It was heart breaking. Dead, dead as a doornail. T-mobile won't even give me a break on the price of a new one. Oh well. And...I accidently spilt a cup of coffee {I swear it was only 3 drops} on my laptop about a week before and it had to be sent out for repair, so Chris was still upset about that when the Blackbery incident happened so he hasn't been too quick to replace my phone. For now I am using a crappy, ugly, average phone. I hate it. I guess it is humbling. The good news, is in April I am eligible to get a discount on a new phone, so concidently the IPhone comes out with T-mobile service in May. {tee hee} I think I almost have him convinced I need to have it or I will die!!! LOL. I'll keep you posted.
Lastly, Stamping: I certainly haven't done as much as I want or need too, that is going to change soon. I will be posting some new cards and layouts I have been working on next week.

For now, take care, drop a comment and say hello. I hope this finds all of you well and a bit more rested than I.