Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Back to the gym

I have a whole different schedule this Fall, and I'm really having trouble fitting the gym in.  Since getting my membership I have mainly been in the gym from 9-10 M,W,TH,F there are no classes on Tues morning so I had been going to the spin class in the evening.  Over the summer I completely got away from the gym and now I am doing MUM's on Thurs., and BSF on Wed.  So I'm having to try some new things, but last night I went to spin class for the first time in 3 months.  I'm so glad they turn the lights off during that class!  I was a mess!  But I did it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Where has the time gone?

I have been gone all summer!  I really feel like I missed it, the fact that it has been cold and rainy the past 2 days doesn't help!  I've made 4 trips to NY since I last wrote, 1 trip to Marion Indiana, 1 trip to Columbus, 1 trip to Cleveland, and 2 trips, actually 3 trips to KS!  I have had some fun!  No wonder I'm tired!  I'm looking forward to things slowing down a little!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Plan

I've been gaining weight steadily, it's the first time I've really gained since I started this whole thing a year ago.  I've been really upset about it!  I've got some things going on, stress I guess you might say, medical things and hormonal things.  I'm 45 and apparently my body is preparing to go through menopause.  My hormone levels have really dropped and I'm physically and emotionally feeling the effects.  I'm considering bio identical hormone replacement but not really sure how I feel about that yet.  Regardless what I've been doing isn't working so I've decided to try something new.  I'm joining the Burst Into Summer Challenge at the Sisterhood of The Shrinking Jeans.  I'm going to allow them to pair me up with 4 strangers to compete with other teams.  I'm hoping the accountability and not wanting to let other's down will help me.  I've also agreed to do a 5k with a friend of mine, so I guess I'd better get off this couch and get busy!  Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This week's workout's

I'm leaving for the weekend again, so today was most likely my last workout for the week.  Monday I ran 3 miles, and did some core work, very little strength training.  Tues., ran a mile and 20 min of strength training.  Wed. 30 min spin class.  Today, 1 hour bodies in motion class.  For the past year I have worked with a trainer in the fast trax program that our gym has.  During that time I took advantage of very few of the classes that are offered as part of the basic gym membership, I have also been part of the perfect balance program that allows me 1 appt. a week with a nutritional and life coach.  At the end of May my membership expires and I plan to switch to a basic gym membership.  I hope I'm doing the right thing!  It will save me $60 a month, but I hope that I can stay as committed to taking care of myself as I have with the support of my trainer and coach!  I'm going to be traveling a lot again during the next couple of months, I need to find a workout that works while I'm away.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thirty-One's First Ever Online Fashion Party

Join me for an online party with our ceo and founder Cindy Monroe and take advantage of special bundle pricing tonight only!

Customers have the opportunity to donate to tornado relief efforts in the South. Through the Salvation Army, we can help with basic needs of those hit by these devastating storms. Tax, shipping and commissions do not apply to donations.

Want to Join me, just leave me your email address and I will send you a personal invite!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Win a $250 shopping spree!

Thirty-One's First Ever Online Fashion Party

I'm inviting YOU to host our first-ever Thirty-One Online Fashion Party on Wednesday night, May 18 – and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $250 shopping spree at your favorite mall or store! Relax in your jammies while your "guests" shop from the comfort of their home computer.

Join your Thirty-One sisters coast to coast to talk summer trends, Thirty-One style and fresh fashion insights! You'll earn fantastic Hostess rewards with your qualifying party, including our special Hostess Step-Up for May!

Hosting is as easy, simply respond to this post, be sure to leave an email address Then I'll send you an E-invitation that you can forward to your friends, linking them to the Online Fashion Party. Your guests can order any of the product bundles featured at the special discounted pricing until the time Wednesday night noted on the E-invitation – plus they can take advantage of the May Customer Special and get a Mini Zipper Pouch for $2.31 for every $31 they spend!

I want you to be part of this one-night-only opportunity! The rewards are amazing – plus 20 Hostesses nationwide will win a $250 shopping spree! So e-mail me with your YES and you can start sending out invitations right away. It's a true GIRLS' NIGHT!

Can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

8pm tonight, while supplies last!

You will love these sassy nautical products!  Get 31% off today only while supplies last!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Home at last!

I think I was home just 7 days in April, looks like all I missed was a lot of rain, and it is still coming down.  Last week I was in San Diego with my Marine son, his wife and beautiful baby.  Isn't she a sweetheart!  Now I feel so out of sorts.  My body hurts in every spot a body could possibly hurt!  Too much sitting, riding in the car for hours, sitting on a plane, not enough exercise, and too much food!  I got back on track with my eating yesterday, did my devotions first thing this morning, I'm going to the chiropractor before I get back to my exercise plan.  Some sun would really help me!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Back to work

I've been away for 2 weeks.  Some planned some unplanned.  MP had a conference in KS, so we went, great time!  I got to see my grand kids, love that!  Then his grandma died, in NY.  We drove from KS to NY 17 hours!  He did the funeral and went home, I stayed for a week.  Needless to say I did not work out at all while I was there, and I ate all of my favorite NY things, many times over!  I gained 6 lbs.!  Not good!  So yesterday I went to the gym with a friend, a friend who really doesn't need to work out and doesn't really like to work out, so it was not a real productive workout.  Last night was date night, MP and I went out for pizza and wings.  Yummy! but did not help my weight gain any!  Leaving the restaurant I fell in the parking lot (embarrassing!)  now my and arm hurt!  I got up to go to take a class at the gym today only to find out that the trainer hurt her back last night, and there was no class today.  I walked/ran 2 miles, then did some weights and headed home.  Now I'm starving!!!!!!  ARGH!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring is HERE-Let's Get Organized!

It’s almost Spring! I love this time of year because there is more sunshine, the temperatures are getting warmer, and the flowers are finally blooming! Plus, this time of year always motivates me to deep clean and get more organized!
That’s why I’m personally SO excited about this month’s iBloom Membership Group Coaching Session. During the April Session, “Spring is HERE- Let’s Get Organized!” we will discover how to…

Get motivated to organize our home and life for spring!

Discover how to create organized solutions and systems that will work for YOU and your family!

Hear from everyday women who are purging, simplifying, decluttering, and getting organized for spring!

Then, our iBloom life coaches will help you create a personalized plan to get YOU organized for spring!

And, Laura Wittmann from will be our special guest! Laura is the author of “Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!” and an everyday Mom of 3. She is passionate about creating an “Inviting and peaceful household environment for her family and all that enter, that is conducive to living simply, loving deeply, and laughing abundantly!”

Plus, we’ll have a panel of everyday women who will share their practical resources and experiences as they seek to live a simple, organized life. Our panel includes:

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Faith Cracraft from

To join us for this April iBloom Membership Call, click here to become an iBloom member. When you sign-up, you’ll be able to connect with other members in our iBloom Membership Community! Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll have immediate access to our March Membership Call “Discover Easy Ways to Save BIG Money with guru Crystal Paine!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekend Project

This is what my dining room looked like when we moved in (and what I looked like 50lbs heavier, yikes).  Nothing had been done in the house since the 1980's.  We got rid of the wall paper right away, but the lovely light fixture remained with us, until this weekend.

I'm very happy with the end result!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Great Wild Cat Gear!

My friend Cynthia ordered these to use for tailgating.  I think the turned out great!  On the left is the large utility tote in black, personalized with style 17 lettering in royal blue.  The one on the right is the organizing utility tote, also in black, style 17 lettering in royal blue.  She also got a matching picnic thermal tote!  They all look so great, no more carrying wal-mart bags to the big game!  If you spend $31 this month you can also get an  all-in-one organizer for just $9, that's 1/2 off!  (Personalization is extra)
To order, simply click on the name of the item you are interested in, and you will be redirected to the catalog!

I love Saturday mornings!

Spending Saturday morning with some of my favorite things!  MP isn't often home on Saturday mornings, so when he is it's a treat and we go hang out at one of our favorite spots; Sunrise Bakery in Lexington.  Enjoy some of our favorite things; Chocolate croissants, and illy coffee . . .yum!  It's going to be a great weekend! What do you like to do on Saturday morning?

Reusable Easter Baskets

                           This months customer special has so many great uses, including Easter Baskets! 
They come in a variety of prints and can be personalized!
After Easter use them for toys, books, dvd's, all kinds of things.
  Spend $31 (get a mother's day gift!) and get the All-In-One organizer for just $9
(personalization is extra)
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Pictures are not my own.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gym Membership

My gym membership expired yesterday.  Now I have a decision to make.  It's not about leaving the gym, it's about the program.  I've been part of the Perfect Balance program for a year, and it's been great!  Life coaching, nutrition coaching, and and fitness plan that most of the time include one on one time with a trainer.  The thing is I lost 50 lbs pretty quickly, and I've kept it off, but I've been stuck since Sept.  I've been given all the tools I need, but do I have what it takes to continue on my own?  I'll save $700 a year by just going with the gym membership and letting the other things go.  I wish I know what to do!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Kentucky Basketball!  Gotta love it!!!!! GO CATS!!!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I haven't done much running since I've had a 3 year old in the house.  Funny how different things are!  She went home Tuesday, I sure do miss her.  Today I ran, it felt ok, I'm going to keep working at it!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gone Again

MP is away again.  He left for Boston yesterday and won't be home until Friday.  I miss him already!  Last year we went to Boston together.  It rained the whole time that we were there, we still had a great time.  I would love to be there with him. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thankful for friends!

This morning my neighbor friend and I got her twin boys and my grand daughter together and went to the gym.  I'm so thankful for someone to go with!  On my way home another friend called and asked me out for coffee later today.  Such a blessing!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

fooling myself

Every Tuesday I go to the gym and weigh in, acting surprised when the scale stays to same or goes up a lb. or two.  I've been in the same weight range for months now.  I'm not very motivated.  I go to the gym all the time, and my workouts have been more intense, but my eating stinks!  I love to eat!  I know that only I can control what and how much I put into my body.  So what am I doing?  When is enough going to be enough?  I've lost 50 lbs.  I want to loose another 35, I just can't get motivated!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Got MP up early on a Saturday morning to take a spin class with me.  Wish they made those seats a little bigger! 

Friday, February 25, 2011


Last year I set a goal to run a 5K in November, the Turkey Trot.  I planned to run with my husband and daughter.  I worked really hard, then found out I was having surgery and wouldn't be able to run, so I stopped.  I was really disappointed, and now I'm having a hard time getting started again.  I can't really get motivated.  I get on the treadmill at the gym and run a little, but don't really push it.  Today I realized I have a lot more in me than I have been giving.  So I ran, I ran a mile, I could have done more.  It felt good, It also felt good to push myself.  I've been going to the gym for a year now, and I do strength training with a trainer, so I'm pushed there, but I haven't really pushed myself while doing cardio.  A couple of weeks ago, I started taking some of the classes offered at the gym and quickly realized that I haven't really pushed at all.  So now I know I have more in me than I thought.  It's time to start pushing!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What was I thinking!

Yesterday my sister made homemade granola, amongst other things.  My niece and my sister get together every Wed. and bake or craft together. I had them send me the recipe for granola, I went out and got the things I didn't have on hand and made some this morning when I came back from the gym.  I have to say I'm so glad I went today even though it was rainy and gross outside.  On Thursday's I take a class with a group of other woman.  The class is always different, always challenging, but the best thing about it is being with other woman!  There is something great about getting together with the same group of woman, week after week for the same purpose.  I'm blessed by them.  I wonder if they know that?  Ok, so back to the granola.  I have been thinking about this since yesterday, thinking how wonderful it will be with the homemade yogurt MP makes.  Mmmmm mmmmm.  So I made it.  Note to self "Do not use salted sunflower seeds in your granola".  The granola is good, and I will eat it, however, the sweet nutty flavor I was looking forward to, is missing, thanks to my roasted, salted, sunflower seeds.  What was I thinking?

4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup of raisins
1/4 c of canola oil
1/2 c of honey
mix the dry ingredients together, then add honey and oil
spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 10 minutes
turn granola over and bake another 10 minutes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Where has my memory gone?  I really thought that after my surgery, when I was off all of my meds my memory would be better.  In most cases it is, but the last week or two, I have forgotten so many things that I really meant to do!  I missed iBloom's Facebook party, that makes me so sad!  I've never attended on and really wanted to see how it works!  I also missed a Thirty-One online training I wanted to attend.  So many things going through this brain of mine these days!  What do you do to keep track of things?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thirty One Party

I'm hosting my first on-line party tonight.  We'll see how it goes.  Join me at!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

what the heck

I have the "what the heck"  syndrome today.   I've been eating anything I want, and as much as I want.  Tomorrow, I will be sorry, maybe even later today, but for now, "what the heck".  I'm just going with it!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Today has been an odd day.  I've been with people I barely know, and with people I dearly love. I was part of a conversation today in which someone inserted a "hmmmm".  You know the kind of 'hmmmmm" I mean.  The kind where you know the person doesn't necessarily agree with what is being said.  Person #1 "Well, that would be exciting!"  Person #2 "That would be, hmmmm."  So I wonder, what does person #2 really mean, what does that "hmmmm" mean?  Why am I bothered by the "hmmmmm"?  Maybe because the "hmmmm" was said by a person I barely know, about a person I dearly love?  Hmmmmmm.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Did you create New Year's Resolutions or goals this year? If so, were they the same ones you made in 2008, 2009, and 2010? I don't know about you, but I can get tired of writing the same goals year after year.

I'm SO excited to tell you what my friends at iBloom are doing this year. They realized that they were creating the same goals year and after year, but decided this year would be different. They are determined to make their goals a reality in 2011, and they want us to join them on this life-changing journey.

So, they've extended a special opportunity to US!

On Tuesday, March 1st, iBloom will host the 2011 Online Event where you'll be able to "Step Out of the Chaos & Discover How to Live a Life You Love." During this 60-minute online event, iBloom Founder & President, Kelly Thorne Gore will share the key ingredients that will empower YOU to live a life you really love! Then, the iBloom life coaches will share their personal journey toward living a life of passion, balance, and purpose. They've been right where we are and are committed to making this year different. So, let's join them!

At the end of the year, wouldn't it be great to look back and realize we did it- we're really living a life we love! In fact, iBloom believes in this message so much, that they're making this life-changing opportunity available to YOU, ME, and (& all of our girlfriends) completely FREE! Yep, you read that right, it's really FREE! And, since it's online, we can be comfy! I'll be in my jammies! There's no need to fuss with hair and make-up for this event.

So, will you be my guest at the iBloom 2011 Online Event?

iBloom 2011 Online Event:

Step Out of the Chaos & Discover How to Live a Life You Love

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


Can’t attend this event live? No worries, be sure to register anyway and you'll receive the audio recording after the live event. But, try to attend LIVE because their giving away some FABULOUS giveaways!

To register for the FREE 2011 iBloom Online Event, go to

And, I know you'll want to share this life-changing opportunity with all of your girlfriends, so invite them to join you! iBloom is on a mission to inspire and empower every woman on the planet to life a live she loves- including YOU & and all of your friends. So, lets partner with them to change the world! Go for it- forward this email, share it on facebook, tweet about it - tell everyone you know!

"See" you on March 1st!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Having Fun

I've done my first 2 Thirty-One parties. It's so good to get out with a bunch of other women and just have fun!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Girl

Is she not the cutest! This is my newest grandbaby, looking at her Grandpa in this picture. I've decided I need to see her again, so I'm going to CA in April. Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Girlfriends in God

I'm missing my husband today. He's away for the week. In the past I have traveled with him as much as possible. This year we decided to tighten the budget a little which means he travels I stay home. Today the Girlfriends in God newsletter from Bible Gateway had a great devotithat talks about our about prayer and how NOTHING is impossible through prayer. At the bottom of the devotion it had a prayer to pray for your husband, praying scripture for him from head to toe. I thought it was really great, and since MP is gone right now I've been praying for him more than usual. Sign up for the Girlfriends in God newsletter (here) you'll be encouraged, then do something nice for your husband today. Pray for him!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thoughts on holiness

Last week our pastor talked with us about holiness and what that really means. I grew up in a church that is considered a "holiness church". Sometimes holiness and legalism get confused, so all week thoughts of what it means to be holy have been running through my mind. Today I stumbled across a blog post (not by mistake I'm sure) titled Striving for Holiness at Walking in His Grace here. In this post Cyndi talks of holiness, saying that it is hard, and that we don't automatically become holy because we've accepted Christ as savior, that we must be actively striving towards holiness. Then she talks about spiritual disciplines, prayer, bible study, worship, fasting. I like this. My goal this year is simply this, to grow closer to God. In doing this, I become more like Him, and more like the me He intends me to be. Thanks Cyndi! What are your thoughts on holiness?

I also like that her life verse is the same as mine, Phil. 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!

New Endevour

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Begininngs

I know it's January 8th and I haven't been on here for months, so I'm reflecting. Looking back over the meager beginnings of this blog and back over my year. 2010 has been a life chnging year for me! Not that most aren't, but this has been different, 2010 has been a year of self change. I've lost and gained so many things. I lost 50lbs, and do not want to find them, I'm still loosing and gaining the same 5 lbs. I was struggling with in Nov. I lost all of my hair, and strangely with it I have a new found confidence. I'm not sure that is really the loss of hair that the confidence springs from or from the loss of medications that has brought it about, regardless of where it has come from, I happy it's here! I traveled the country coast to coast with MP this year and loved every mile of it. I was certified to facilitate marriage retreats for the Army. The training was so much fun, and actually working the retreats has been great. I'm saving money every month now because my body no longer needs medication to be free of pain! Praise God!

So now here I am at the beginning of another year, and like last year I have decided not to make any New Year Resolutions, but I can't help but wonder what is in store for me. I want to leave behind the junk of the past and continue to celebrate the new life that I have been given. I can't wait to see what I have become by this time next year!