Nothing New Here

IMG_7617I bought a few 1950’s magazines and was flipping through them. You know what? Nothing really has changed.

IMG_7622There were decorating articles.

IMG_7579Beauty tips…I’m loving the feathered hat thingy.

IMG_7586Relationship tips…Don’t brush your hair at dinner…good advice.

IMG_7607Early Pinterest ideas on hosting the perfect party.

IMG_7621Of course fashion. Sleeves are in!

IMG_7603I love the way these ladies are standing, actually showing how regular moms romp at the beach. (HELLOO ! Can you say awkward stance?!?)

IMG_762315 Gauge Stockings?! Dang.

IMG_7573I say Double Dang.

Nope things really haven’t changed in 60 years. Women are still worried about our marriages, our homes and our perceived beauty. As you know, a few weeks ago I wanted to kick start my body into losing weight. I wrote about it here, here, here.So now a week off of the detox and I think I’ve made a new turn in my life. A few things I learned from those two weeks were…

IMG_7602Pills, drinks and smooth marketing isn’t going to help me lose the weight I have gained.

IMG_7631Only a buggy full of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, lean meats and ingredients I can pronounce can lead to a healthy body. (I see the Jiffy Pnut butter, probably not very healthy. But honest to goodness, it was requested by Superman.)

IMG_7616Juicing is great, but it can’t be the only form of nutrition. God actually created everything we, as human beings, need to thrive, not just survive. I’ve gotten rid of the “All or Nothing” mentality. This isn’t a “diet” I’m on. I’m on a “Live-it”. (I just made that up.) Die-it means to take something away. Live-it opened my eyes to all of the things I’ve been missing out on- the great taste of fresh! I’ve greatly reduced sugar. I can’t honestly say it’s completely out, but it is so much gone that my taste buds have changed. I don’t have the cravings for it and I can only tolerate a small bit.

IMG_7528This creamy broccoli soup is delicious and oh so nutritious! Simple ingredients: cauliflower, broccoli, chicken stock, coconut milk, salt/pepper and a few seeds. I actually don’t miss the gooey cheese I used to put in it.

IMG_7571When I get done with a workout or a game of tennis, a smoothie like this makes it all worth while. This one is what I call my “Chocolate Covered Strawberry”: almond milk, frozen strawberries, handful of super greens, protein powder, chia seeds and cacao powder. Yummo!

IMG_7632Going out to lunch with my girlfriends isn’t hard. Look at this awesome salad I had at Panera!

IMG_7641I was so stuck on the idea that I had to be able to run a 5K or nothing. Well, my knee began to hurt. But you know what? I could walk until my knee recovered.

IMG_7642Or hit the gym for a class or two.

IMG_7644How did Marilyn have such a great figure? She worked out! If I’m serious about getting fit, then I have to be intentional about my day. I must eat foods that are good for me and move my body in such a way that I get my heart rate up and build muscle.

IMG_7633Not only did I learn more about nutrition, I lost 8 pounds that week. I have a ways to go, but I feel like my body has broken through that wall. I’ve been able to cut back on my Prilosec. My skin is not as dry. No more constipation. I have more energy and feel lighter.

We went to Charleston to meet MC’s soon-to-be in-laws and ate some amazing food. On Monday morning, I weighed myself to see that I had gained back 3 pounds. I’m not in a panic. Not living the All-or-Nothing life, I know what to do to get back on track. If I can live 80% of my life eating healthy and allowing 20% for slips and celebrations, I’m ok with that.

IMG_1011I will never look like her.

IMG_7647Or like Bonnie here, sitting on her husband, Chuck’s lap as they look at their wedding photos a year earlier. (I’m trying to imagine me sitting on Superman’s lap like this…brahaha! Poor Superman wouldn’t be able to breathe.)

IMG_5256I can be me.

IMG_7636Thanks for dropping by!

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Dollar Tree Valentine Wreathe

2015/01/img_7560.jpgThis is a SUPER EASY craft project!

2015/01/img_7555.jpgHit up the Dollar Tree for your supplies: 8 red and 8 pink carnation bunches, 1 styrofoam wreathe form, spool of ribbon and wire cutters.

2015/01/img_7556.jpgCut all of the flowers an inch down on the stem. And begin putting them in. I like my flowers placed close together for a fuller look. As you can see, I put the red on the outside and the inside of the wreathe.

2015/01/img_7557.jpgDon’t they look pretty just as they are? I put the pink carnations on the front and back of the wreathe.

2015/01/img_7558.jpgNow all it needs is some ribbon!

2015/01/img_7560-0.jpgYea! Easy Peasy. No skills required. No hot glue gun burns. No special equipment.

Make something pretty today!

Thank you for stopping by!

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