Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm Not The Know It All I Thought I Was

Ok, its been a little bit blogland!  I've been busy working on my girlish figure and daydreaming about the wedding dress I'm gonna wear next year.  You all know that I was on the Curves Complete program... welp, I finished my 12 week round, took a month off and JUST started another round.  I'm POSITIVE that this is the vehicle to get me to my goal and more importantly - keep me there.  Let me tell you why.  Let me share with you the greatest lesson I think I've ever learned (well, certainly, its in the top 5)!

I spent eleven weeks of the twelve week program losing weight consistently.  Some weeks were better than others losing up to 4 pounds in a week other weeks weren't as good because, well, I'm a girl!  Guys have NO IDEA what we go through every single month and it REALLY ruins an entire week ESPECIALLY if you're getting on a scale.  But even with that, I lost EVERY week for 11 weeks.  Then, at my LAST weigh in at the end of my 12th week, I gained 2 pounds!  WHAT!?!?  I worked every bit as hard as I had every week before!  In fact, I even added another Zumba class that week so that I could boost my results as I was reaching the end of the program.  Well you can imagine my surprise when my Curves Complete Coach (the totally awesome and wonderful Kim), seeing the tears well up in my eyes, puts her hand on my arm and with a big smile tells me its time for phase 3.  PHASE THREE!!!!  Was she nuts!?!?  I just gained 2 pounds in one week and she wanted to increase my calorie intake by 500 calories A DAY?!?!  That goes against everything I've ever learned about weight loss.  Realizing very quickly that I've never gotten it right in the past, often losing big amounts of weight only to gain it back with a few more, I decided to shut my brain up and trust the process that has worked PERFECTLY for 11 weeks.  I dove into phase three and my extra 3500 calories that week.  I bet you all are dying to know what happened!  This is where it gets good and that lesson that changes EVERYTHING comes into play.

Kim wanted me to come in the following week for a follow up weigh in.  Oddly, I was not afraid of the scale.  I could FEEL weight coming off during the week even though I was consuming calories like never before.  Sure enough, not only did I lose the two pounds I had gained the week before, but I also lost 1.5 pounds more!!!  AND I maintained my weight for the remaining weeks I was on phase three.  This is what I learned:

The scale is not to be feared.  It is the translator for the communication that you are having with your fat cells.  I learned that eating GOOD FOOD in the right amounts and at the right intervals is the ONLY way to communicate to your body that food is plentiful. Once your body trusts that you won't need energy storage (fat), it lets it go. Yes, it goes against EVERYTHING we think we know about weight loss to actually eat, but it works. I've experienced it!  The Curves Complete program taught me how to know WHEN those intervals occur for my body and how to actually USE the scale as the communication tool that it is.  Once my coach saw that I was putting on weight after 11 weeks of consistent weight loss, she knew that my body was telling me it thought food was scarce and it was going to hold on to fat.  It was then up to me to communicate to my fat cells that the opposite was true.  Food is plentiful and it can let go of fat.... I could ONLY communicate that by eating.  I'm just not the know it all I thought I was.  SHHHHHHH!  Don't tell my husband!  LOL!

I would say wish me luck as I begin this next round of Curves Complete, but for the first time EVER, I'm confident that luck is no longer needed.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mildred Turns 100

There are moments in life that God allows you, for no real reason that you are aware of at the time, to be a part of something MONUMENTAL.  A moment that changes you, inspires you, blesses you and truly humbles you to the core maybe just to remind you that He cares.  I had that moment last night and am having a little trouble putting the experience into words today. But, I really do want to share the experience with all of you, so I'll start with the obvious and see where that takes me.  I was invited to attend Mildred's 100th birthday party last night.


I don't know Mildred very well, but I've gotten to work out with her a couple of times at my Curves.  Yes gang, Mildred is 100 and works out at Curves!  To see this woman working out in the circuit at 100 blows my mind and fills me with inspiration beyond measure.  If you ask Mildred what the secret to living so long is, she'll tell you, "You gotta move Honey!"

I don't know what I expected exactly when I first talked to Mildred... I've never talked to someone who was approaching 100.  But when I said to her, "I can't imagine the things you've seen,"  I DID NOT EXPECT her to reply, "You can't imagine the things I've done Honey."  There's something so wonderful about her spirit.  Do I believe that her active life has gotten her to 100?  Absolutely, but I would have to say that I think her spirit is what's going to take her far beyond.  She is by far the most gracious and lovely lady I've ever had the pleasure to know.  She knows me by name after working out with her only a couple of times.  She's always excited to see me and makes me feel like she and I are long time friends.  I am truly blessed to know Mildred and was completely astounded to be invited to attend her birthday party.  It honestly meant so very much to me.

Her dear friend Lois stood and thanked all the pivotal people in Mildred's life, her doctor (of course), her therapist, friends and family.  Included in that list were the folks from my Curves.  Curves got a HUGE mention and "thank you" during Lois' speech, and I have to say that I'm among those who are so grateful for Curves.  It was such a surreal blessing to see how my Curves is REALLY touching and changing lives.  At the helm of such a life-enriching place is Kim... the owner of my Curves (Curves of Ahwatukee) shown here with Mildred at last night's party.

Two of the coolest ladies I know!  There are so many things to get from Curves.  I find that it really feeds my soul.  I get girl time, GREAT friends, cheap therapy, diet and nutrition education and an awesome workout that is quick and pretty much pain free due to the magic of hydraulic machines.  Seriously, because of hydraulics there is no ceiling to your accomplishments as the machines automatically advance as you do.... which is why this gorgeous 100 year old lady is able to stay active there at the same time I'm getting in shape to shop for a wedding dress!!!  And among all those AMAZING things God has blessed me with at my Curves, I can now add that I got to know the most INCREDIBLE 100 year old lady who has changed my life with her positivity, graciousness and longevity.  Thank you God!  I am so very grateful.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

For Donna


Ok... so it has been A LONG time since I first posted my amazing and wonderful Scrap Closet Conversion.  A lot has changed as well.  Since I first converted a tiny closet into a craft space, my family has moved and I NOW have an entire room devoted to this wonderful hobby.  Furniture has been added and I've been able to expand quite a bit (check out my new craft table... thanx Cindy).  Sometimes that serves me, sometimes it doesn't.  I find that I need to be WAY MORE DILIGENT to keep my spaces clean and organized, more than I ever did in my beloved craft closet.  Unfortunately, when you spread out, so does the mess!!!  But I'm doing well with it and still employ a lot of the storage solutions I discovered way back when.
Recently, my new friend from Idaho, Donna,  asked me about MY storage solution ideas, so I thought I would share my favorites!!!  I'll start with the one that I'm personally challenged the most with... let's check out ribbon.

I REALLY hate knotted and wrinkled ribbon.  I mean I REALLY, REALLY hate it, so my solution was to hang it.... like a curtain of ribbon.  I actually separate my ribbon by color, pin all the same color ribbons to extra large safety pins and then attach the pin to a large key ring that I then slip onto hooks that I have on the back of my door.  You can also slip the rings onto a curtain rod as shown below.  Make sure that you trim your ribbon so that it doesn't touch the floor.  That way, your ribbon will stay nice.  Here's a wonderful pic that was posted by Simply My Crafts.

For those who prefer to leave their ribbon on the spools... here's another idea utilizing pants hangers (I found some AWESOME ones at The Container Store).  I saw this idea in an article about organizing ribbon at Club Creating Keepsakes.
Isn't that just so brilliant!?!?  So next up is my all time favorite storage for punches.  This solution not only allows them to be displayed so they are easily seen, but by storing them vertically, they take up NO valuable surface area in your craft room.  Here's what Elizabeth's Craft Room posted:

Yep, that's my punch storage solution!!!  For anyone who has a large amount of punches, NOTHING beats wall storage rails from IKEA!!!  They can be found in the kitchen section of IKEA.  Can someone PLEASE tell me why IKEA doesn't have a scrapbooking section!!!  They would SOOOO clean up! 
Ok, so for today's final pearl..... PAPER!!!  I personally LOVE vertical paper storage.  I have actually condensed MASSIVE paper piles down to virtually NOTHING and where paper is often buried when its stacked or piled, with vertical storage,  the flick of a thumb means every sheet can be seen.  Here's how Dreaming In Scraps has it in her craft room:

The plastic storage containers I use for my vertical storage are from Cropper Hopper.  This single storage solution has saved me HOURS of frustration and the restricted breathing that comes with seeing mounds and mounds and piles and piles and being overwhelmed by the reality that you will have to SIFT through all of it to find the ONE thing that you are looking for.  If you are a scrapper... you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about and probably experienced the feeling just reading this. :)

So that's it.  That is BY NO MEANS all of my storage favorites, its only a few.  Hopefully my friend Donna AND YOU are inspired to organize your hobby space. 

Until next time....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Favorite Things Birthday Give Away WINNER!!!

AND THE WINNER IS......
Sarah said...
Happy Birthday! ^_^ That cake looks delicious!
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