Saturday, January 31, 2009

Giveaway #5

The WINNER is LISA G. !!!!!!

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More stamp pad love!

There are times when I just want to send a funny email and Hallmark just isn't hitting the mark. I found Someecards and they do a great job embracing the dry sense of humor that most of my friends enjoy. In celebration of Super Bowl Sunday here is my ecard to all of you:

Take a break from the game and leave a comment for a chance to win Giveaway #5. Winner will be posted Monday at 10 am PST.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Giveaway #4

Everyone had some great resolutions for scrapbooking - it even gave me some ideas! I had to do the random drawing early today because I am going over to a superbowl crop with a friend - so excited! So anyone that enters in for #4 before 10 am PST today I will put in for giveaway #5
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Let me know in your comments today what your scrapbooking resolution is this year - inquiring minds want to know.

My scrapbooking resolution this year is to scrapbook more everyday pages. Can't remember the last time that I did this... might have been this layout when taking Cathy's Design Your Life class

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Giveaway #3

The WINNER is Jenny K!

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I see some stamps in this one! I have to give a big thumbs up to my office helper Maddie - she comes in after school to help me out with projects like this. Remember to leave a comment and check back in the morning!

Something new to check out - I have been loving this Nivea lip balm for years. But it was never available in the states. I would buy it in bulk when I went to Canada or Europe, now I don't have to. Check out the contest that they are having, are you a Hugger or a Kisser? Can you get any more romantic than a trip to London and tickets to see Lionel Richie. Who doesn't remember: Endless Love, Say you Say me, Hello...

they even have a kissing tips section!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Giveaway #2

The WINNER is Veronica Berkey!!!!!!

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Another bag of happiness for some lucky scrapbooker! Leave a comment and a winner will be announced at 10 am PST on Friday.

Inspiration for today

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Giveaway #1

WINNER!!!! is Mel!

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Here is giveaway #1 - leave a comment and we will do a random drawing 10 am PST on Thursday. You can enter once for each giveaway. These bags are stuffed to the maximum - each bag includes new, old, very old (I promise no paper dolls - not that old), and some used product. Used, meaning it may have one or two stickers missing off the sheet.

A little tidbit for today, compliments of Real Simple magazine:

3 things that the happiest women do
  1. They cancel appointments to get more time alone
  2. They don't always answer the phone
  3. They know how to say no
UPDATE: Wednesday Weight Watcher weigh in - one pound down today! Changing some things up with my diet (lunch time) and getting on that bike every day except Sunday for 30 to 45 minutes. Today our leader talked about Winning Outcomes. You need to know exactly what you are really working towards. What do you want to get out of your hard work to lose weight? Break it down into one or two sentances...

Make sure it's a positive statement (not what you don't want)
Specific - exactly how you see yourself at your weight goal
Within your control - not about changes other people will have to make
A good fit with your life - something that requires changes you'll really be able to make

Call it your winning outcome!

I want to be healthy. I want to enjoy daily exercise which in turn will tone me up and get rid of my belly and arm fat!

Columbia River Gorge

Had the opportunity last Saturday to get away and show a friend the beautiful Gorge. I am so glad that she brought the sunshine with her!

Had to take her to the ViewPoint Inn and tell her about Twilight...

Old bridges on the old hwy...

Hiking in on short trails to find lots and lots of water...

Enjoying days like this remind me why we live in the Pacific NW

Monday, January 26, 2009

Purging and giveaways!

I have had a rough couple of days - so what I usually do is clean. Not sure what that says about me but instead of trying to scrub the finish off the linoleum counters I decided to tackle my office...AGAIN. This is going to be a major purge of scrapbooking/stamping product.

Be sure to check in this week (hopefully on Wednesday) for the giveaways of this product. Some of it's new, old, very old, and used. It will be randomly placed in baggies. If you know of anyone that needs scrapbooking supplies please tell them to 'stop by'. I know that times are getting tough out there and I hope this can help someone out. I will be covering domestic shipping costs.

These will be random drawings of comments and you can enter once for each giveaway.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Scrapbooking hits the silver screen

On Tuesday I was able to go see the screening of New In Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.  There are some pretty funny scenes that only scrapbookers will understand!  My favorite was when they were getting together to make Valentine's Day cards and you couldn't even see the table that they were working on because there was so much product on it.

It's a feel good movie, and one you can enjoy with the whole family - it's rated PG! The movie opens on Friday, January 30th.

'Blanche', shown here with 'Lucy', is sharing a scrapbook that she made for Lucy. This scene will hit home for most of us and remind us as to why we scrapbook. The PR company was nice enough to let us share this moment here.

Be sure to check out the Scrap Big blog on January 29th for a fun little giveaway we will be doing for opening day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Weight Watcher Weigh In

1.6 pounds up. UGH. Could be a multiple of factors and I am trying to not be hard on myself. Which usually gets me into trouble with bad food choices. You know when you start talking to yourself: "1.6 pounds, well I'll show you 1.6 pounds I'll just eat all these cookies, bag of chips, drink some diet coke and see what you think of that!" It's a battle isn't it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Goals revisted for 2009

This week is a good time to revisit my 2008 goals.

Get Organized - which really means that we have to purge all corners of this house. Why two people can't live comfortably in 1700 sq ft is beyond me. But it is hard when both of us work from home and we use every room in the house. I did some major purging in 2008 so I am pretty happy with what I accomplished! But there is always more to do -

Simplify - I haven't really determined the details of this yet, but I think with purging above and having the right 'tools' around it will simplify my life. think this was the overall theme for 2008. Invest in good technology that would simplify my life and not complicate it. That would have been the iPhone. I don't travel with my laptop on vacations - I just take my

Organize the Closet - Yes, this should go under the 'get organized' goal, but you haven't seen our closets. Both hubby and I LOVE clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. This warrants to be singled out as a goal. I was lucky enough to have a stylist come in last year, so my closet isn't so bad. Oh and we can't forget about the downstairs closet - you know the one that is under the
stairs, the endless pit... Kirk's closet is completed and we just need to do one more part. My closet is now organized so I only have the current season displayed. Downstairs closet - you can now walk through to the back!

Go (half) Organic - I need to take baby steps here. But I am going to start buying more organic food products this year. Dairy and meat to start with. We are totally organic on all the dairy and the meat that we buy. Still not totally there with the vegetables and such.

Recycle more - trying to get on the GO GREEN bandwagon. I am sure any thing that you can do helps. We already do our basic recycling of newspaper, glass, cans, office paper and cardboard. Sent all the accumulating not using anymore electronics around this house to
various non profit organizations that recycle them.

Learn something NEW - I am going to recycle my old goal from A Year to Remember class and learn Spanish. I also want to take a class in letterpress. Didn't do either of these. Spanish is still on my list but letterpress class is not. I want to add a new one: Kite surfing.

Get Fit - does this ever come off the list? This year it means yoga 4 to 5 times a week, running, walking and eating better. I am going to have a nutritionist come in and analyze everything. She is going to do a body assessment, kitchen inventory, etc. Hubby is not to stoked about
this one... I would say I maintained - I now have a personal trainer two days a week and I am in the process of finding a used exercise bike so I can at least get some exercise in this inclement weather!

Cook more - with the above help I am hoping that I will be motivated to cook more. I am aiming for at least 4 times a week. Totally missed the boat on this one - i think this year I am going to have a more realistic goal of cook every Sunday and one week day.

Travel locally more - this is going to be hard as I look at my travel schedule for the first 5 months. But I miss seeing the amazing Pacific NW area that I live in. Spent more time at the Oregon Coast, Eugene, but didn't do as much as I would have liked.

A picture a Day - Take a picture a day, I might even set up another blog like Lisa. I don't even want to comment on this one. I have the pictures I just need to upload them to the site. Still want to continue this!

The only thing I am going to add for 2009 is spend more time with family and friends. My niece is growing like a weed and before I know it she going to be asking me to borrow my car!

What goals do you have for 2009??

Weight Watcher Wednesday

Reality check:  you can never, ever, use weight loss to solve problems that are not related to your weight.  At your goal weight or not, you still have to live with yourself and deal with your problems.  You will still have the same husband, the same job, the same kids, and the same life.  Losing weight is not a cure for life. 

~Phillip C. McGraw, The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, 2003

One pound down!

At first I was a little disappointed but then I gave myself a pep talk and realized that it's pretty damn good. After being snowed in, holidays and then vacation in Mexico... WAY TO GO! And I am glad that I did the detox to get back on track. It was very busy at Weight Watchers this morning - full house. I was excited to see so many people making the effort to get healthy. Our leader asked a good question to start off the meeting: "Is this your first time to Weight Watchers?" Surprisingly not very many hands were raised. Then she wanted to know "why did you leave?" Of course there were some pretty good answers:
  • mine: I thought I could do it on my own after I lost all the weight- over confidence
  • disappointed with very little results
  • moved
  • loss of job - income constraints
Even with these answers it seems that we all come back to what works. Weight Watchers has worked for me and it really does teach you a new 'lifestyle'. A lifestyle that is doable. Looking forward to getting healthy in 2009!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Detox Day Seven - the END

My detox actually ended yesterday - I couldn't do it another day. Plus I had an all day meeting here with a working lunch and only bio breaks. Good meeting, but not conducive for detoxing. I did OKAY with lunch, having a wonderful Willamette salad from my favorite deli in Portland. But I did chow down on the roll and of course couldn't resist the yummy chocolate chip cookie...yes, I am off the detox today. Tomorrow I weigh in and I am sure I will be thrilled with the results either way. The goal wasn't necessarily to lose weight - it was to rid my body of all the crap I had been ingesting over the holidays. Looking forward to bringing some of the good things into my daily routine and will probably detox again after I get back from my birthday celebration this summer!

The above cartoon is by Cathy Thorn. Please go and check out her other work because it is pretty hysterical. I am sure there are a lot of us that can relate.

I hope I have given you a real look into a seven day detox. Thank you for all of your support and I LOVED receiving the encouragement. All of you are the best!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Detox Day Six

It started out as a very good day on the detox plan...then I just couldn't get enough energy to get going. Here is how it played out:
  • Morning lemon water
  • herbal tea
  • upstairs to ride the bike for 30 minutes (loved this!)
  • Mango Almond Milk smoothie
  • cocount water
  • NO ENERGY... hit a wall
  • Lunch: Steak burrito bowl at Chipotle
  • Feeling much better - lots of energy!
  • Tonight I will get back on detox plan and have some soup.

Before lunch I just didn't have anything in me - I couldn't concentrate and had no energy. So I just needed something with substance and I chose the best thing I could without having to make something, like chicken again!

I have been reading about various detox plans and it is common for your body to go into what they call 'shock' and you experience flu like symptoms. I also know now that your body at some level needs protein and not always in the liquid form.

With a big PR meeting tomorrow, I cannot experience the total shut down that I had today. So I may have to do something differently for breakfast. Kind of bummed since I have just one more day on the plan. I am planning on weighing in on Wednesday so stay tuned for that post.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Detox Day Five

Probably nothing
in the world arouses more
false hopes than the
first four hours of a diet

Well last night I had another weak moment at the movie theatre...popcorn. I shared some with my mom and aunt so thankfully I didn't eat the whole thing by myself! But I woke up this morning determined to stay on track.
  • lemon water
  • herbal tea
  • mango & almond milk smoothie
  • coconut water (found a link for Vita Coco)
  • Tuna
  • Carrots for snack and coconut water
  • Tonight is Miso soup for dinner

It also felt good to get on the bike for the first time. I rode for 30 minutes and watched my saved Real Simple shows. Gotta love the DVR function from Comcast, made the 30 minutes fly by.

I am finding myself counting down the days, hours and minutes for this detox to be over. But I am also thinking about keeping some of the foods in my regular diet. The smoothies are definitely going to be alternated into the the regular program. I also really enjoyed having a fresh salad for lunch - not the bagged lettuce but a 'real' head of butter lettuce (be sure to watch the video!) which is my favorite. It comes in this great container that keeps it longer. And as I said before the almond milk is definitely a keeper along with the rice milk and coconut water.

Here is some more inspiration from Damon - way to go!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Detox Day Four

Still going strong on day four. I slept in today so I just started my regimen later.
  • lemon water
  • herbal tea
  • Mango and almond smoothie (recipe from GOOP)
  • coconut water
  • miso soup for lunch
  • hot oatmeal for snack
  • Tonight I was going to have salmon but decided to cook the other chicken breast I have.

I finally found a used upright exercise bike on! I have been searching since I started with the trainer because I need to be doing at least 30 minutes of cardio a day. Well since I am obviously a fair weather exerciser (at least that is one of my excuses) I was not getting out in our inclement weather. And walking my dogs really doesn't get my heart rate going. So I researched and researched all the different models and prices. Then trying to find a used or floor model at a great deal is like pulling teeth! Yesterday I found the ad for a Nordic Track U300 Upright exercise bike. I picked it up today and have it upstairs ready to go.

Right now since I am working with a trainer twice a week and going to the yoga studio at least three or four time a week I really can't justify a gym membership. We used to belong to a very nice gym and we loved giving them money every month and not going! I am hoping that with the trainer that I can get back on track and start doing more things outdoors (when the weather improves) and forgo the gym membership. I will show you tomorrow what I am using at home for the resistance/weight training in the house.

Because there are so many of us trying to get healthy. Here another to check out:

My friend Cathy is back on track with WW

Friday, January 9, 2009

Detox Day Three

Not as sluggish today! Maybe because there are blue skies in the area...
Enjoyed my hot oatmeal this morning and I even put in some blueberries and that yummy cinnamon mixture from Pampered Chef. Tasty!
  • Lemon water when I woke up
  • Herbal tea (no caffeine)
  • Hot Oatmeal
  • Coconut water
  • For lunch an almond blueberry smoothie
  • snack of sunflower and pumpkin my weak moment with sampling chips
  • Tonight I am making a miso soup
Now I will have to admit that I fell off the wagon a bit today. I had to go to Whole Foods and get some more almond milk. Well if you have ever been into a Whole Foods they have samplings all over that store. I couldn't stop myself from sampling a few of the new Kettle chips. Not sure how far off that is going to throw me but it was a WEAK moment!
Looking forward to a productive weekend home!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

End of Detox Day Two

I should recap the end of day one...I was pretty sluggish by the end of the day. In fact so sluggish I almost fell asleep at my desk at 8 pm, so it was off to bed I went. Then I didn't get up until 7:45!! Which I was bummed about because I missed yoga and after my training session on Weds I really needed to go to yoga. Luckily I was able to squeeze a lunchtime session in.

Back to my recap - sluggish. I wanted to do what Selby was doing in the picture above! In talking with Kayce she made a good point that I have cut my caffeine intake to ZERO. I usually have two cups of tea with caffeine in the morning. Amazing how our bodies become so dependent on something like that. I was also starting to crave something substantial to eat. Something that you could sink your teeth into...

Today I started out the same as yesterday but for lunch I had
  • plain chicken breast that I grilled with steamed spinach. That really satisfied my craving for "substantial".
  • Then for dinner I had the leftover Broccoli and Arugula soup, but I added some spinach and arugula to it.
  • Also it wasn't on the menu but I had a small side of albacore tuna. I was really craving saltine crackers - but I resisted!
Tomorrow I am looking forward to having oatmeal for breakfast!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Detox Day one

  • Started my day with a glass of room temperature lemon water (squeezed a half a lemon into the water)
  • Hour later a cup of herbal tea
  • Two hours later Blueberry and Almond smoothie
  • Hour and half later a glass of coconut water
  • Two hours later (after my training) I had a butter lettuce salad with 1/4 of avocado with lemon squeezed on top
  • Around 4pm I will have snack of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • And 6pm I will attempt to make the broccoli and arugula soup
Now if you have the GOOP newsletter you can see that I made some substitutions. I am really not motivated to make my own salad dressing right now. But so far so good! I am feeling pretty good - not starving and no headache. I do find myself craving a few things like PIZZA and a bag of potato chips...but nothing to extreme yet.

I also wanted to show all of you my new 'chair'! I have been using it for about three weeks now and it's actually working. My posture is much better and my back doesn't ache as much. I also find myself not sitting for long periods of time. My ball is from J/Fit and is the Professional Exercise Ball. I think I bought the 45cm size because I am only 5'2". They also have a model that is actually a chair. But I wanted to try this out before investing into it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Home again, Home again

jiggity jig.

We took a much needed break to Mexico a few days after Christmas - part of our Christmas gift to each other. There is a great deal to be said to having sunshine on your skin and having the ability to sit outside in the fresh air.

This was our first time to the Sonora area of Mexico and we loved it. It was a small town and very low key. Much of my time was spent with my girlfriends at the house, reading books (4.5 books to be exact!), eating, drinking fabulous margaritas and ice cold Pacifico. Kirk spent time with the guys hunting and fishing - he has a very hard time doing 'nothing'.

But now it's time to be home and back to work, eating right and exercising! Fortunately where I live in the state of Washington I no longer have this. Poor Stacy, Kayce and Kiley have record snow fall! Right now we are experiencing rain, flooding, and high winds. Which doesn't bode to well for trees in saturated ground or homes that were built on the sides of hills.

Tomorrow I start my seven day DETOX plan - a variation from GOOP. I was turned onto GOOP from my wonderful friend Jeanette. While I haven't really cared for Gwenth Paltrow the actress I have enjoyed her newsletters. This DETOX plan seems very doable and while I am not going to make all the recipes I am going to do my variations based on what is available in my stores. I see that they don't have the Jan 1 email on the website yet - you may need to sign up or wait when it is archived next week. Bottom line is no dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar and NO alcohol, caffeine or soda. I will keep you posted because I am going to need to 'talk' to someone about how I am feeling!

Good to be back and hope all of you had safe holidays!