Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wellness Update

Well, I'm still not finding time to be creative...other than preparing projects for Erica's Girl Scout Troop (when we're done with a particular project, I'll post it...but it's a secret for now). I'm trying to stay active with the Wellness Journey, though. I'm glad that I'm at least working out and eating healthy...and Jeff is, too (yeah!). I'll be heading to the classroom to download this week's information. And who knows, maybe I'll get some of the crafty stuff done.

I do want to share some details about my successful journey so far. My goal with my trainer is to lose 1.5 pounds a week (the wellness journey wants us to throw out the scale...I just can't bring myself to do that, though). So far, so good. I've been training since Nov 10 and have lost almost 15 pounds to date. At my training session Thursday she called me the incredible shrinking woman...YEAH, me!

Jeff is also experiencing success. He has only had one official weigh in, but I can see the difference already. We have a little competition going...I think our trainer (we both use the same trainer) is on my side, though...hee, hee!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I'm here, really...

Have you given up on me? Ugh, I wouldn't blame you if you did. I'm still struggling with balance in my life...between family, work, working out, the house, and crafty time. And it's been prioritized in about that order. I am happy to say, though, that I was able to get a little craftiness done this weekend. I'm STILL working on finishing the calendars. The good news is they should be done this week (and before January is over...yeah!).

The other good news is I'm still on the wellness journey...and taking the Wellness Journey Class. I haven't gotten any scrapping done with it, but all the downloads are printed (does that count?). I hope to have more on that next weekend.

And I added a blinkie on my blog, for the other class I'm taking. It's Ali's One Little Word. I think I mentioned it, but just in case, I'll tell you again. My word is BALANCE. How perfect is that?!? I *really* need to figure out how to balance all this stuff in my life. In looking for a quote for balance (one of the exercises for class), I came across the word "no." I can't remember the exact quote or who said it, but it essentially had to do with saying no in order to achieve balance. I know one of my problems is my inability to say no. But I can't bring myself to use it in my journey to invite balance into my life...at least not yet.

So no new craftiness to share, other than to encourage you to check out Big Picture Classes. I've been having a blast with them. Can't wait to see what else they have to offer this year. But more than that, I'd love the TIME to work on the projects.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Like Father (and Grandfather), Like Daughter (and Granddaughter)

Yes, Erica is her Daddy's little Girl...and Grandpa's pride and joy. As I've posted before, Erica has her own .22 rifle and a cute little PINK camo bow. She enjoys spending time with Daddy at the shooting and archery ranges, and she's really good! She can't wait to go hunting with Daddy one day.

Well, last week Erica had her first chance to go hunting. We visited Grandma and Grandpa in Arkansas for Christmas. They live out in the middle of nowhere, on a lake, in the middle of trees, off the LONGEST dirt road ever (at least it feels like it when you drive it). Grandma and Grandpa have a deer feeder with a tent near by. It was perfect for Erica and Grandpa to sit and wait for the perfect shot. As I heard the story, she was very quiet and still (surprise, surprise...I never would've thought she could be either!!!). In fact, I heard she had to tell Grandpa to be quiet. She had the safety on Grandpa's .22, and spooked a squirrel when she took it off. But she learned from that and was slower and more quiet for the next opportunity. Soon, about a dozen doves came by. Grandpa told her to wait until they walked behind a tree and came out the other side. She slowly took off the safety, and BAM! All the doves, except one, flew off. She was soooo proud and excited...but Grandpa may have been even more proud and excited, himself. Here's a picture of the great hunter and her wonderful guide....scrapbook page to come later (of course).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Well, true to form I'm late on the Happy New Year note. I'd like to say it's because I was traveling back home yesterday, but I was home in the early evening and could've done it (I was just sooooo TIRED).

I hope you all had a wonderful start to the New Year. So far so good, for me. I'm so excited to start 2011 and am hoping to find some BALANCE in my life this year. Why did I write BALANCE in caps? It's from Ali Edwards' One Little Word. I posted last year about this and think I selected LIVE as my word for 2010. I'm taking a class by Ali from Big Picture Classes. Take a look and join me...you have until December 2011 to sign up. I've chosen BALANCE as my word because I'm struggling to find BALANCE between Erica's schedule, long work days, my scrappy desires, working out, and time for good nutrition. I really need some BALANCE to make it all work.

So how am I going to figure out how to find BALANCE? Well, to start, I signed up for another Big Picture Class called Wellness Journey. It marries exercise, nutrition, and scrapbooking together. How cool is that?!?!? The class started last Thurs, but I just signed up today...gee, another thing I did late, UGH! Anyone interested can sign up thru January 5. I hope you'll join me!!! Ahem...did the three gals who are going to Vegas with me in May hear that? OK...let me say it again: Tanya, Angela, and Sonya you should all sign up for this class with me!!!

And did you catch that subtle note in the last paragraph? I'm going to Vegas with three women in May. We've all set a weight loss goal and we're going to celebrate meeting the goal by going to Vegas for an extremely long, fun-filled weekend. Shhh...the cool thing is, tickets are already bought (OK, mine will get bought this month) before we go, so we'll be going even if we don't meet our goal. Hee, hee...don't let the cat out of the bag with our hubbies. I'm not sure they've really figured that part out yet. Of course, we had to get the tickets before we met our goal to save money...and we really are all working toward meeting our goals!