August 1st – DigiScrap Parade Blog / FB Train is live!

Hey ho there riders! It’s time again for the DigiScrap Parade Blog/FB Train. I have mine on Facebook again, but I also wanted to get the download link up on my blog for those of you who don’t have/want/try to stay away from Facebook. :)

Here’s my part of the train:

To get back on the train – the next stop is ChrissyW, and her Facebook page is HERE.

To go back a step to the end, that would be Peppermint Creative

Thanks for stopping by :)

August 2013 News!

So, I fell off the face of the earth in July while I took time to study for my personal training certification exam (I passed!). Now that THAT is behind me, I’m ready to start moving forward over here.

I’m no longer at TDC, but have been slowly working on adding my stuff to MyMemories. I also have it at Etsy and my personal store, as always.

The big news for this month, is the debut of the Group Therapy project at DSA! I’m excited to have been chosen to be a part of this cool project, even more that this is the DEBUT month. The swatch we had to work with was great, and I just love so many things about how it is set up. All the packs are the same size, so you can pick and choose based on what you truly love, and not feel like you should just settle for the one that has the most ‘stuff’ (been there, done that!). They also all share a similar theme, which makes mixing and matching even easier! They’re also fantastically priced!

Enough of all that, here are my products for August!

Ok, maybe I got a bit carried away. Hee hee.

I even did a layout with my things!

Here’s the ad for the project. If you follow it along, there’s even a big e-zine of all the products in action. Pretty fun stuff!

Thanks for hanging with me through all of that, and my month “off” (clearly not OFF as I made all that stuff LOL). Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things here soon – 3 weeks until the kids go back to school! Hooray! Of course, I go back in 4, but we won’t focus on that part. :)

Just Be – June 13th Release

This kit seemed really different for me, color-wise. At first I almost ditched it, but I decided to push through and see what happened. When I saw the CT girls work it, I was so so glad I did! They did some amazing pages with this kit, which always gives me the warm fuzzies.

Here’s the kit:

And a few of the stunning pages from the TDC CT!

Anita (love love the blending!):

Hillary (love the B&W photos with the white background, and her super cute, and PINK, font choice):

Suzanne (love the fun way she used the polaroid frame, and all her clusters):

That’s it for this week. Next week I have some new cutting files (shhh… you heard it here first), and a couple re-released paper packs. Stay tuned!

6/6 Releases

No, I didn’t die or fall off the face of the earth. I just sometimes have a chaotic life around here with 5 kids, and being in school, and coaching running, and training for marathons and all that jazz.

I was actually working on a new kit for this week, but I didn’t quite wrap it up in time, so that’ll be here next week. In the meantime, here’s one of my fairly recent releases back from Two Peas. I love this kit. The colors and the theme! I hope you do, too.

See you next week with a brand new kit! Yay!

Week 2 Report

Week 2 went “ok”. Not as smoothly as week 1. The fast days were both fine – same story as before. I’m generally fine up until 2pm, then it starts to get a little hairy. But, it comes and goes and as long as I keep myself busy, it isn’t too bad. I’ve fallen into a good rhythm of eggs/spinach/cheese with fruit for breakfast and the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken salad from Panera for dinner.

Total loss this week, .4

Now lets talk about Thurs, Friday, Saturday.

Aye, caramba! If it existed, I ate it. Sunday ended up a mix of “omg this is my last day to eat before I fast again” and “I need to get my shit together here!”

Hoping as we go along, my desire to eat the world on ‘feast’ days will diminish. But we are talking about a 42 year food addiction here, so I guess we are operating in baby steps. And 1/2 pound lost considering what I ate – I’ll take it!

A Couple Scrappies!

I’ve still been hit or miss with my scrapping, here’s are a couple random pages I’ve done.

This first one was way different for me. Not sure why. The style seems different from my usual, but yet I really love it.

For Digi Dare #323
Credits: Paper and Elements from Chin Up by Allison Pennington. Journaling cards from Be and Get Your Craft On by Micheline Martin. Beads, background paper and stitched frame from Get Your Craft On by Micheline Martin, Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Grier. Word art from Be Your Best by CD Muckosky. Fonts Pea Stella Noodles and Stampete.

And of course I love this one with my 2 wackadoodle boys!

Credits: Happy Hipster elements by Amy Wolff, Happy Hipster papers by Amy Wolff, Feb Freebie template by Amy Martin

Week 1 Results

I survived the first week of The 5:2 Diet. Of course, my fast days were 1 and 3, so the 4 after that were pretty easy.

As I stated in my post the other day, I tried to keep my “feast” days somewhere between 2000-2400. That was pretty easy. I wouldn’t call it “eating whatever I want” because I “want to eat everything”, but it was still quite a bit of wiggle room. I was able to have lunch at Chic Fil A, make a trip to Lemonberry, etc.

My weight fluctuated during the week with the fast/feast days, obviously, so I am only counting my Monday weights as official. With that, I lost 2.6lbs the first week. Far far exceeded my expectations, especially after eating all what I did on the feast days.

Today is another fast day, and I’m actually excited about it. Onward!

Fast Day 2

My second day of fasting was a little harder than the first, but honestly, I think it’s just because I wasn’t as busy. Still the hunger came and went, so it wasn’t like a hunger was gnawing at me all day, but I was getting a little squirrely by 4pm.

The kids coming home and making toast definitely did not help. Toast smells super amazing when you haven’t eaten for 8 hours. LOL

Instead of making my salad at home, I had the Strawberry Poppyseed Whatever salad at Panera. It was actually 350 calories, so technically I was over by 50. But, I only had one cup of coffee (cream) instead of 2, and I put a little less feta in my eggs, so I think maybe I was closer to target than that. It was delicious and filling and physically satisfying. What I really wanted was that baguette, though. I took a big smell of it and threw it away. That was definitely harder than fasting the whole day. I love that bread!

I spent the rest of the evening obsessing about food and joking about whether or not I was allowed to set an alarm for 12:01am and eat a cupcake. The whole thing was silly, because I was NOT physically hungry. It is my emotional relationship with food that is the issue, for sure. I wanted to eat everything, but for no good reason other than comfort, I guess. I suppose one doesn’t get to be 100lbs overweight (only 20lbs currently) by having a healthy relationship with food. One step at a time.

I’m officially done fasting for week 1, and I will say THAT is a good feeling. Now I have to try to not eat back all the calories I cut over the next 4 days. I totally could, I know.

As of this morning, I was down 5lbs since Monday. Sadly, most of that will bounce back today. But, it was still nice to see that number, even for a fleeting moment. I will only count my Monday morning weights as “official”, but I’m still going to weigh in every morning because I’m a rebel like that.

I am sitting here typing this having been up for 90 minutes, and all I’ve had was my coffee. So even after all the dramatics last night, I didn’t hop out of bed and run straight for food. I plan on making a protein shake once the kids leave in 45 minutes. B

All in all, it’s going well I think!

Day 2

So, day 2 was an eating day. I expected to wake up ready to eat the world, but surprisingly I didn’t. It just seemed like any other day. Although I weighed a lot less (like 3.5lbs less). I knew much of it would come back the next day, but it was still encouraging. I guess from now I will just have to only count the Monday morning weight as “real”, since I’ll likely be fluctuating around quite a bit surrounding the fasting days.

I went about my business and didn’t eat breakfast until I’d been up for 2 hours, and even then I just had a Fiber One bar because I knew I was headed to the coffee shop to study. They have *the best* peanut buttery homemade granola bars, and I wanted one of those!

All told, I ate fairly ‘normally’. I didn’t go to BW3, even though I wanted to, but I did go out for Mexican with my son (I had fajitas) and Panera for dinner with my husband (my fave: Chopped Chicken Cobb with Avocado Salad). I had snacks throughout the day, and a couple pieces of chocolate covered toffee from Costco, and had no trouble staying around 2000. Yay.

I decided I’d target between 2000-2400 rather than trying to stick to one number or the other. That seemed to work well back in the day when WW gave you a range like that, so lets run with it.

I did start to wonder how wise I was to only put one eating day between my 2 fast days, but on the other hand, I like the idea of being free from Thurs-Sun, so we will see how it goes. Looking around the internet, I see that many people do Monday and Thursday, but my Friday run is too important to me to fast on Thursdays. And I WAS weakish yesterday. I tried to lift some weights but it was meh. Or maybe my heart just wasn’t in it. Could have been either.

So, today I fast again. Planning to eat the same meals I ate on Monday. Next week on Monday I’m going to replace the breakfast with a protein shake and see if that makes a difference. Seems like more protein would keep me full longer. But food is more emotionally satisfying. So, it’s hard to say.

Planning to run 3 miles this morning. Not sure how smart it is to burn off all the calories I eat, but I have to run some time. LOL