Friday, May 29, 2009

Fun Friday Finds

This Friday it's all about gorgeous weather...

With all of this great weather we have been having I can finally break out the sandals! But if you are like me flip flops and other flat sandals cause my plantar fasciitus to act up. A couple of years ago my doctor recommended Chaco flip flops. Finally I pair that I can wear all day and walk around in - these sandals are certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), I think they are the only flip flops that are!


Nice weather means bright fun colors on your toenails and fingers! A while back I had a long layover in Seattle and was able to stop in at Butter London for a mani. But before I share colors I want to tell you about their Stillehto Stick - after you put on your cute sandals above, but notice that you have dry heals...Stillehto Stick to the rescue!


Butter London has some amazing colors for summer - here are few that I picked up:





I am also using their Horse Power Nail Fertilizer (my nails have stopped 'peeling') and love the base coat for giving the nail polish a matte finish when you use it as a top coat!

Sunglasses - I have received some emails in regards to finding the right sunglasses for your face. I have a REALLY round/wide face so I need to stick to straight angular shapes. Also I don't have a bridge so I need sunglasses that have the nose piece, like these Albertas by Kate Spade:


and I have these Agatha's by Kate Spade in Tortoise/Brown that work for me without the nose piece because of the narrow frame.


In Rachel Zoe's book A to Zoe, she gives a great review on different face shapes and what kind of sunglasses you should look for:
  • Oval face shapes are the most versatile because of their balanced proportions. Virtually any frame-shape suits this face, but, according to Morgan, it is advisable to look for frames which are wider (or as wide as) the broadest part of your face.
  • Square face shapes need a slightly curved frame in contrast to the face. These need to sit high enough, to minimize the jaw line. Another alternative is a narrow frame, one that has more width than depth, to widen the eye area.
  • Oblong faces are long and narrow, with long straight cheek lines. Says Zoe, “you need to play down the length by choosing frames which cover the center of the face.” Select frames which have the effect of shorting your face– a deep frame with embellishments or decorations that will detract from your long cheeks and jaw line.
  • Round faces need a contrasting frame such as a straight or angular one. Make your face appear thinner by choosing a clear bridge over the nose, which widens the eyes. Go for a narrow frame which lengthens the face.
  • Triangular – with a broad forehead and narrow chin, contrast your shape by wearing thin-rimmed frames which don’t sit high on your face. This is one instance where oversized sunglasses can make you face appear even wider, but if you still have the confidence to carry them off, then go for it!
  • Inverted Triangle – with a narrow forehead and wide chin, you want a frame which widens the top part of your face, and narrows the chin. Brightly colored sunnies with lots of detailing can be a distraction from your lower facial area, and wide, cat-eye-styles will give the illusion of broadening your forehead and eyes.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Commit 2 Fit - after day one!


We are 50 people strong in the group!!! How is everyone doing? Are you hanging in there?

Here are more tips on drinking more water:
  • Make it a Morning Ritual. Many of us wake up dehydrated, and the first thing you should do before you do anything else is drink two glasses of water. 
  • Add Some Lemon. Back in the early stages when I couldn’t stand drinking water, I squeezed lemon juice into my water. At restaurants, ask the servers to provide lemon slices with your water.
  • Keep it In the Clear. When your urine is clear, you are properly hydrated. When your urine is a dark yellow, you are definitely dehydrated.
  • Think of How Pretty You’ll Look. I don’t know how direct the correlation is between having healthy, glowing skin and drinking a lot of water, but I’m not taking any chances. Whatever psychological trick keeps me hydrated!
  • Do It Like It’s Hot. If you’re in the mood for a hot drink, drink heated water. Sometimes we just want the psychological pleasure that comes with having a hot mug cupped in our hands than the actual drink itself. Plus, coffee and tea contain caffeine, which is a diuretic and elevates the rate of water being expelled from your body via urination.
  • Drink When You Have a Munchie Attack. Sometimes our hunger is thirst masquerading as fake hunger. Drinking a cup or two of water will make you feel “full.”
  • Cheap cheap. Water at restaurants are FREE!
  • Always have a full glass of water near you when you are working. It will give you something to mindlessly sip on when you are brainstorming or need something to do with your hands.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Commit 2 Fit - Life Habit One


Drink 12 cups of water per day and eliminate sodas and coffee



Conference call tonight!!!

Date:             Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Start Time:             5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Start Time:              8:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Dial-in Number:             1-309-946-5000
Participant Access Code              864808


 What does water do for you?
  • Lubricates your joints
  • Flushes TOXINS from your body
  • Increases your metabolism (you burn more calories)
  • Gives you the 'dewy' fresh faced look by plumping up the cells in your skin so lines are less visible
  • Gives you a sense of well-being
When we are dehydrated:
  • Weight loss slows down or totally stops
  • Digestion suffers (constipation, mal-absorption)
  • Experience the 'fake' hunger
  • Loss of energy and the motivation to exercise
  • Water retention (puffiness and weight gain)
  • Mental 'fog'
  • Irritability
  • Acne
  • Dry skin
What counts as your 12 cups?
  • Water
  • Herbal Tea (If you are craving your coffee try having a herbal tea first!)
  • Spark
  • (Have this first thing in the morning to having continued energy levels throughout your day - it should curb your need for soda or coffee!)
All other drinks DO NOT 'count', for example:
  • Sodas
  • Coffee
Recipe to try out:


We can make this happen! Here are some tips:
Point Rule


Good luck and remember you are not alone! Keep track of your weeks points on the tracker and be sure to post your final points next Wednesday or email them to me at paulamw@comcast.net Check the blog for encouragement - post your struggles, wins, etc

Here's to a good week!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fun Friday Finds

Since I have been enjoying getting back into my yoga practice some FUN yoga finds are top of mind this week.

When you can't get to a studio or just want to practice in the home check out this Yoga Practice System



I have a few of these tops and love them for yoga and working out in - Cartwheel top by Athleta


This Calyx Tank is also comfortable because of the built in support bra

Love this manifesto from Lululemon


They have the most comfortable and long lasting yoga pants (Lucy is a 2nd and Zella a 3rd) check out the Extend Crop pants and the Be Still pant.

Namaste.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weight Watcher Weigh In

A busy day that includes a stop to the Weight Watcher meeting to quickly weigh in for a +.4 gain. Not too bad - I need to get back to journaling, last week I did a poor job of doing that. I didn't have time to stay for the meeting today - can anyone tell me what the topic was?


Challenge Updates


We are 44 strong in our group and we are getting so excited!!! Brandon and I wanted to also see if there is an interest to maybe schedule a conference call on Wednesday evening for the kick off??? He can answer any questions and we can all sort of chat. We may need to do two calls to accommodate all the different times zones but we are up for it if you are - just let us know by leaving a comment.

We are a week away from the First day! :)

I have been receiving several wonderful emails in regards to doing a cleanse. I recommend a cleanse for when you are starting something new or you want to break a bad habit and/or gain a new one. Also I think it is important to clean out your system so your body can better absorb the nutrients or medication that you are taking. I guess if I ate better and exercised more, I wouldn't have to do this. But there is only so many bowls of spinach that you can eat right??!

If you remember back in January I did the cleanse that Gwyneth Paltrow did. It was hard - but way easier than most that I have tried. At least you were able to eat chicken and fish. I did notice that I really needed more protein though. What I gained out of this cleanse was the purging of diet coke. No longer was I the slave to the refreshing bubbly drink! Don't get me wrong - it wasn't easy. But I can say today, since January I have had two or three caffeine free diet cokes. The funny thing is that they tasted awful, but I wanted something fizzy and convenient.

I was ready to do another cleanse and wanted to try out the Advocare Herbal Cleanse. This is even easier - there is still a dietary guideline but easy to follow for 10 days. Tomorrow is my last day and I don't feel like that I need to run out and party at Baskin Robbins! Here are the guidelines and my notes in blue:
  • Eight to ten servings each day of vegetables and fruits. I thought this was extreme - I maybe did four to five.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water each day
  • Eat startchy foods such as breads, rice and pasta in the whole grain form. Avoid processed starches such as white bread and white rice. I found the Orowheat double fiber muffins, which I think are only 2 pts
  • Reduce your dietary fat intake to as low an amount as possible.
  • Scrupulously avoid all fried foods - I had sweet potato fries once...can't resist
  • Be sure to avoid sugar - this was hard, I had two night during the 10 days that I had some dessert
So as you can see I wasn't real strict with myself but I did do pretty good for the 10 days. The Herbal Cleanse comes with three different products in the box: Fiber drink, Herbal Cleanse caps, and ProBiotic Restore caps. It also comes in two different flavors and I tried the Peaches and Cream.  Advocare recommends every 90 days that you do a cleanse I am going to try for 120 days and see how I feel.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend to all my US friends and all my international have a good one too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dozer Days

Last weekend we had a chance to spend some time with good friends and attend Dozer Days. This was our first time and it was a little boys (and big boys) playground! I had no idea how many people would attend and apparently in years past around 15,000 are in attendance - WOW!

So what exactly IS Dozer Days? It is an event that is organized by the Nutter Foundation here in Vancouver, WA that allows young kids to run the big construction machinery, supervised of course. The money raised from the event goes to the local Parks Foundation and the children of our community.


The best way we could describe it was a small scale Disneyland but the lines were for taking your turn at driving/running the equipment! We loved seeing all the expressions on the kids faces while they were digging with these large backhoes - eyes as big as saucers and the concentration was intense.



I think the boys' favorite part was riding in these huge dump trucks - I think they stayed on for at least four rounds.


Definite kudos go to the Nutter Foundation and Cemex for organizing such a unique event for families and all the volunteers in the machinery!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Commit 2 Fit - Eight Week Challenge

I was happy to see that there are many of you that want to join the challenge Commit 2 Fit! This is an eight week program that guides you through EIGHT new healthy habits. I have received some emails as to why I am doing this challenge, here is why:
  • Gain energy
  • Lose body fat
  • Form new habits or improve the good ones
  • Improve health
These are my top four goals for a healthy life and I hope at least one of them resonates with you too. The Commit 2 Fit eight week program was developed by a dietitian and we are going to implement it in this group over the internet. We will have the guidance of Brandon Evanson, who is a personal trainer at the clinic where I train.
How it ALL is going to work
  1. We will 'meet' every week for eight weeks on Wednesdays, here on the blog. If you do not want to share your information on the blog you are more than welcome to email me privately at paulamw@mac.com. Also if you do not want your standings published on the blog please let me know I will keep them between you and I.
  2. The kick off will be on Wednesday, May 27th - this will give you time to prepare and it will be after the US holiday of Memorial Day.
  3. Each week you are going to be assigned a LIFE HABIT, it will be revealed on Wednesday. It will be your assignment to incorporate this one new habit for the following week. A new LIFE HABIT will be assigned the next week, while carrying over the previous week's habit... and so on, until all eight habits are in place!
  4. POINTS! There are rewards! Each participant will receive a 'point' for each habit they complete for each day. At the end of the eight weeks, everyone who has accumulated 80% of the total possible points will receive a secret gift! (and you know my gifts are pretty cool!)
    1. Each week you will report your points earned - again if you do not want to share your progress please email privately at paulamw@mac.com
    2. We are on the honor system here! Remember the saying "...you are only cheating yourself."
  5. Now I know that some of you have a competitive streak (myself included)  so I would like you to decide if we should have First, Second and Third prizes for the most points? I am willing to do this but also want this to be a group decision.
  6. To register for the challenge please fill out survey/profile. You will need to do this by Monday, May 26th. Most of the information is optional but this is a guide that will help Brandon answer any questions you might have.  Click Here to take survey

I know that some of you want to know what each of the eight LIFE HABITS will be and I know some of you work better on surprise. If you must know, email me privately at paulamw@comcast.net and I will send them to you.

Advocare product bundles
These bundles are totally optional, you do NOT have to buy the product to participate. I wanted to give those of you that have been wanting to try the Advocare products a try during the challenge. Brandon and I have broken them into three different bundles. One being an entry level and three being 'jumping in with both feet'. The quantities have been already inserted for the eight week period but you can adjust. Anyone that orders the bundles will receive a FUN gift from me! Click here to go to my store, you will see links to the three bundles on the home page.

The only thing that we are not including in these bundles is the Herbal Cleanse. You need 10 days to complete this before the challenge and there is just not enough time. (But this is a great product that is recommended every 90 days - I am in the process right now.)

Housekeeping items with Advocare:
  • If you plan on ordering product you will want to place your orders in the next three days to insure that you receive it by the starting date.
  • If you are going to purchase bundle three please contact me first at paulamw@mac.com.
  • If you are located internationally and want to purchase product please contact me directly at paulamw@comcast.net
Is there an eating or exercise plan?
Each LIFE HABIT will incorporate eating guidelines. However, from start to finish, use the "common sense" eating plan. Exercise is encouraged but it is your option!

Disclaimer
I am just like you and don't pose to be a health expert. I want to share my experiences with you and it's always more fun in a group right?! If you are under a doctor's care for any medically related issue, please consult with your doctor before changing diet, exercise, or supplement program. Please adhere to their directions and any product labels.

Tools to help you
Here are some PDFs to help you track your progress
Since we are not meeting face to face you can still earn 5 points every time you check in Download Commit2FitPointTracker
This is an optional measurement tracker Download Measurements
For week two Download Commit2FitFoodLog

Questions for Brandon
If you have any questions for Brandon you can post them here on the blog and he will be checking in to answer. He can also answer any questions in regards to Advocare products! If it is a personal question you can email him privately at: brandonevenson@comcast.net

I am excited to be taking this challenge with you and look forward to our EIGHT weeks together!! As always if you have any questions you can post the question here or email me at paulamw@comcast.net

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fun Friday Finds

Today I am going to share some of my latest fashion finds. I LOVE fashion and can't wait to share with you another long blog post about that part of my life! For now I am going to show you these latest discoveries...

The Letter Clutch by Moop - I stumbled across this site literally, can't even remember how I got to their site but so glad that I did. I was inspired by her story of how her business started and even got wrapped up in her blog for an hour - don't you love it when that happens???!!!  I spotted the letter clutch and was impressed by what I saw just in the pictures, the craftsmanship of being handmade by someone. Since I am 5' 2" this size will be perfect for me. I am a little nervous because I do tend to leave my clutches where I put them down, not good when your entire life is in it and the husband has to drive all the way back to the restaurant. This will be different right???!!! I will let you know in two weeks.




I have to tell you that shoes and handbags are my shopping weaknesses. I love them because I don't have to lose weight to 'wear' them and they always look good on! :)

Another blog find was Pretty Pistachio - she featured my workspace and I was turnd onto a few pieces of her handmade jewelry! The rings are fun and playful and it's hard to choose from the selction, but here are the ones that I bought...


Need to start planning for my birthday trip and find some dresses for WARM weather. I have my eye on this one at Banana Republic. What's even better is it comes in petites and I like how it covers that arm pit area where I have an extra boob! Now I just need to wait for a sale...


Speaking of sale - this is a perfect belted RED trench and it's on sale! It has become one of my favorite jackets because of the bright red color for all the dreary days we have been having. I was a little worried about the top structure because I have such wide shoulders but the width at the hips balances this out perfectly. This is a staple coat and for under $100!


I have also been coveting Tolani scarves - I have yet to make a purchase because I can't justify $85 for something that is not cashmere. But I love the colors and it's the one item that I can wear with stripes on it! Scarves are an easy way to accessorize - be sure to have a length that is appropriate for you body type and learn to tie it up in different ways.


Watches - I have been into watches since I met Kirk. He is a REAL watch collector - in a league of his own. Me, I like the ones that you can beat up and have different colors, styles, trendy, big and small. But I think you need to start with some basics - either in gold or silver. This one at Urban Outfitters is the perfect boyfriend watch. Basic but larger on the wrist so it becomes a nice accessory!


So do you have any fun finds???!! Let me know - Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Weight Watcher Weigh In

So are you up for a challenge??? I am getting ready to set up a fun eight week challenge to get fit and healthy and win some goodies in the process! There are going to be four ways to participate and everyone needs to be on their best behavior and respect the honor system. I am going to publish the details of the challenge next Wednesday (5/13) so be sure to check in. Brandon Evenson, one of the trainers where I train, is going to be along for the ride and helping us out during during the challenge. We will even have some Q&A sessions scheduled! If you know of anyone that needs a jump start before summer tell them to check in on Wednesday.

In honor of Stacy's birthday yesterday I delayed my weekly Weight Watcher update to today. It was a good day with one pound down! What worked this week:
  • Journal - and I mean everything! If I had nine M&Ms it was going into the tracker. I may not know the exact points but I still write it down.
  • Exercise - I was able to do four days and get back to my yoga practice
  • Morning smoothies and Advocare shake for lunch
  • Healthy snacks between lunch and dinner - celery with peanut butter, cucumbers and broccoli
Positive thoughts are not enough.
There have to be positive feelings
and positive actions.

I also loved this weeks topic: Positive Self-Talking. How many of us really practice this? I know that I sometimes have hard time when it comes to positive self-talking. One of the things that I am working on is when someone tells me: "you look great!" I need to respond with "thank you". Not: "omg, no I don't I still have 15 more pounds to lose..." When someone tells you that you look great accept it with a great smile and a thank you!
What positive message can you give yourself in the following circumstances?
  • I can't do this.
    • POSITIVE: I can do this because I have achieved other things in my life
  • I'll never reach my goal weight
    • POSITIVE: I may not reach my goal weight but I am going to feel better in the process
  • I can't say no to food.
    • POSITIVE: (this is my struggle - any suggestions?)
What other negative messages hold us back?

If you are practicing positive self-talking how does it affect your ability to practice healthy habits?

Lots of questions today - Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Crafty Weekend for Mother's Day gifts!

Even though it was National Scrapbook weekend I decided to sew - tried to get some people together but you know how schedules are! I haven't been into my sew stash for some time, so when I saw this pattern by Alicia Paulson I was immediately inspired to make a market grocery bag.
 

This pattern is very easy and would be great first time project for a beginner. If you ever wanted to try your hand at sewing try this pattern - you will learn a lot of basic techniques and be so pleased with yourself! TIPs: I used a plastic web sheet to stabilize the bottom. I found this at my local craft store for about 69 cents. ALSO, I used a pretty think material for the handles and the next bag won't have those - way to many layers and very hard to sew through.

What I am really excited about is the fact that I am using up some of my vintage fabrics, which have been slowly taking over that closet. It actually opened up a can of worms though (I know that most of you can relate) because when I opened up the container of vintage fabrics that 'smell' over took the house! yuck. I have about four tubs of fabric all over the house in different stages of "to clean", "to iron", etc. When Kirk came home his comment to the dogs "looks like the craft fairy took a fabric *&$@! (crap) in the house!" LOL!


So then I was set with the task of washing all the fabric, ironing and folding. Ever wonder how you should be folding your fabric for storage? Click here for a fantastic tutorial! After reading the tutorial I then wanted to refold EVERYTHING! LOL. At least I can watch TV and do this at the same time.


Once I am done folding I will be sorting again by vintage finds and new fabrics. I would really like to be able to store my fabric in a glass front cabinet because of all the colors - I just don't have the room, the next place in my dreams... Hopefully after I make a couple more of these bags I won't have very much fabric left! I plan on giving the bags for Mother's Day gifts - which means I better get on it since there are a lot of mommies in our family...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fun Friday Finds

Just so you know my 'Fun Friday Finds' are not sponsored by anyone but me! :) My criteria is that I have experience with the website and found/purchased some FUN product or great service.


When I was looking for Tribbles (I am not a Star Trek foamer - I just love the episode with the Tribbles) I came across this website ThinkGeek. Look what else I found:
Calendar Tape


Paper Email


DIY Japanese Name set
So my name would be literally written as: PA-RA .... this is sometimes how my dad would answer the phone when my sister and I were teens. Emulating Margaret Cho's mother - ugh.