A Surprise Award

Happy Tuesday! Things are starting to return to normal (whatever that is)  here after the last weeks activities.

Is this good or bad? Lol! Is there such a thing as normal?

The sun is shining today and summer is still trying to hang on. I like the sunshine and warmth. I like that it’s warm but not oppressively hot and humid; although the humidity is higher than normal for fall. I do hope that it cools down a bit and the humidity disappears for the races, that are now less than two weeks away! My butterflies are starting to develop butterflies; by the way! I talked to my friend, Sid, this morning (he’s running the Baltimore Half with me) and he said he still gets goose bumps before each race. This is a man who has run over 200 full marathons and too many other races to count!

Today I am sharing a little something that happened last week. With the week being so crazy busy and my postings minimal, I had to wait to share.

Wednesday morning,  I woke up to an email from Feedspot Blog Reader! My blog. This blog.  Grandma2Glamma, was selected as one of the top 15 fitness over 50 blogs!!!

To say I was surprised would be putting it mildly! I am honored that my little contribution to the world of fitness and sharing my stories and journey with you has been recognized. I’m not quite sure how it happened but I’m sure your support, dear readers, was a big contributing factor. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for liking, commenting, and sharing the blog and/or the social media posts. That is what helps to get the word and the blog out to more readers. I am honored and humbled to be selected. I hope to be sharing many more stories and endeavors with you.

You can also find Feedspot on Facebook. They support blogs across many niches. Head over to their page, give it a like, and check out the blogs that are featured!

If you are enjoying the blog and haven’t already; please take a moment to sign up for the blog email. Click on the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else (that would be mean) you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me on social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, please do. You can click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. You can also “Pin” the blog or any photos to Pinterest! Feel free to “pin away”! Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, which helps it grow, and I appreciate it more than you know. It really does help!

Until the next time

Janet

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Do Not Steal Someone’s Moment To Shine

Be happy

Happy Labor Day! The last day of a the long weekend. The beginning to the end of summer. The last day of summer vacation for many school children. Has school already started back in your area? This is the first year in I don’t know how long we are starting back after Labor Day. Are your children/grandchildren ready and excited about the new school year?

Please be aware of bullying. It is such a problem with kids, for sure, but can occur at any age. It is not a new problem by any means, I have come to realize I was bullied in school. It might seem to be getting worse but maybe there wasn’t much attention on it then. So please be aware of your littles being bullied and don’t allow them to bully others.

I hope you have had a great day and a wonderful weekend. My weekend was relatively typical. It started off with the weekly meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub aka WW for my monthly weigh in (I was down from August, yay) then off to my session with my trainer, Jeff. Saturday was pretty much a “wash out” weather wise, so after I got home we headed to the store! “The Man” finally got his wish, lol! It was such a wet, gray, damp day that I made tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner! Who doesn’t love some comfort food on days like that?

I ran yesterday, not as far as the plan called for, but I did what I could. After missing last weeks 8 mile run (which was a step back week) due to Miss Quinn’s Saturday night, all-night party, this week called for 14 miles. My plan was to go for it. Early in I knew that would be pushing it. So on the fly I devised and implemented plan B, C, D; ect. I ran the 8 I supposed to run last week for time/pace, then turned off my timer and interval reminder and added two more, mainly walking the last one. I was thinking I could work more in next Sunday. What I didn’t think about until after is that I won’t be running this Sunday; it will be the first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training! That means I am going to need to log some miles during this week and keep up with my regular workouts! Heaven help me!

During my run I was thinking about this post and what I would say. I knew what I wanted to write about, but I hope I can make it make sense. I am going to try. It is quite a sore spot, and may become a bit of a ramble.

If you are a regular reader you know that I train with Jeff on Wednesday and Saturday, and that I often post pictures or videos, and write about milestones here. I also share them to my personal Facebook page, as well as instagram and such; as does Jeff. I do this in hopes of encouraging others to take steps to do what they want. To not limit themselves, especially us ladies of a “certain age”. I know that the activities I do may not be for you, but it may help you to see that you can do something you have wanted and thought impossible. Through writing the blog and posting I have found other ladies “of that certain age” who are powerlifters too. Some even older than me! There is a sisterhood and we know we are not alone. I have had some of you write and tell me my story has you thinking about running or lifting. You have realized it’s not impossible. You may not go to the levels I have and may not try to compete, but if you just turn that desire into doing more, you have won!

This past Wednesday was no different. Jeff posted a video and sent it to me to share, which I did. Here it is:

Things were pretty normal, Until a Facebook “friend” made a comment on my post. This was the comment:

“Hope you do not hurt your lower back !!!!!

 There’s so many other exercises you are able to do that will work the same muscles that doesn’t have to be this intense js”

This was finally my response.

“There are. But when you’re training to lift heavy and for a powerlifting competition. You lift and train heavy.”

It took me a while to find a way to say something nice. Trust me my first instinct was to lay into her. Why, you may ask?

This is someone who bullied me in junior high/high school (it wasn’t middle school back then).

I was not an athletic kid, I have probably mentioned that a time or two. Honestly, I still don’t consider myself athletic. Team sports were never my thing. I was terrible at them. If you notice, I don’t engage in team activity now. I run races and there are others, but I am competing against myself, to better my time, to challenge me, to test my own endurance. When I do things like run five half marathons in five weeks or a half and full marathon in the same weekend I am competing with me, I am challenging myself. This is same as when I went for that 185 lb deadlift. I had a goal to lift more than the amount I weighed when I returned to WW 3 1/2+ years ago. That was a challenge and suck a “high” for me. There are a host of others in a yoga practice, but in Yoga you work at your pace with your breath and where your body is that day. And with weightlifting I am bettering and competing against myself. Even if I want to go to a competition and maybe set a record.

My first memories of being made fun of because I couldn’t catch a ball or make the kick in kickball etc go back to fifth grade and age 10. I was always the last or next to last picked at recess. Often others actually saying they didn’t want me on the team because I wasn’t good enough.

This certainly felt like that all over again. I don’t believe this came from concern or a place of loving kindness. I found it mean-spirited. Trying to take my success away. This person has recently began attending a boot camp for weight loss. That’s great! I would do nothing but encourage someone to better themselves. Do what works for you, but just because you have jumped on a fitness bandwagon, does not make you an expert. Do not steal someone else’s thunder! Be happy for them and their accomplishment. Cheer for them. It’s ok to acknowledge that it may not be for you, but don’t discourage them. Don’t make them feel wrong. Unless you have been there, side by side training you do not know what they have done to get where they are.

She was a cheerleader back in the day, should she decide to do that again I wouldn’t tell her she shouldn’t be turning flips, doing hand stands, or such. Why must she try to steal my thunder? In all the years through my weight loss and half marathon, marathon trainings she has never responded to a post. Is she jealous? I don’t know. What I do know is that it still rankles and brought back a flood of memories.

She (in my opinion) does not/ has not followed my journey and that’s ok. If she did she would know where I started at and how far I’ve come. She would know that I have been working with a trainer since almost day on and that Jeff and I have been training together for going on three years. That we/I have worked long and hard to get to this point. Jeff knows me and what I am capable of. I did not get here over night. It has taken time. I am still a work in progress. And this isn’t where we are heading for the long run. I must get through my marathon training before we step it up much more. Jeff, also knows if we try something that I am not comfortable doing or don’t think I’m ready for I will not do it or I will stop and try again after training better for it. Yes, he will push/nudge me out of my comfort zone (as will any trainer worth their weight) but he won’t ask me to do something he doesn’t do.

So all of this was to say, if you want to do something, JUST DO IT. Do not let some one tell that you can’t or that you shouldn’t. Follow your heart and dream. If you need to make modifications until you get to where you want to be that’s ok. Just have fun doing it. And encourage those who dare to follow their dream, even if it isn’t yours.

The week of posting three happy things that happened each day has passed. How did you do with yours? I am going to continue to post mine each day on my personal Facebook page, the blog page, and twitter. I will not post them here (unless a few say you like me to, if so let me know) since it is always a day behind.

Have you signed up to receive the blog email? If not you can do so with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else (that would be mean) you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me on social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, please do. You can click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. You can also “Pin” the blog or any photos to Pinterest! Feel free to “pin away”! Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know.

I will leave you with this thought.

Have a great week; on purpose.

Until the next time

Janet

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Asymmetrical, Navy, and Fringe

What do you do when you have no plans for the day? Well you go shopping, of course, lol.

Saturday was beautiful. We had no plans but in my mind I was scheming up something to do. It didn’t pan out though. I had read about a butterfly garden down towards D.C. I thought it would be fun. “The Man” thought it would be too hot. Sometimes he seriously plucks my last nerve. We also have a sunflower garden field. Next week they are projected to be at their peak, but we won’t be here…didn’t make it there either.

“The Man” decided let’s go to the mall. Well, we hadn’t been in a bit. So off we went.

As we were approaching WHBM he said “I’m surprised you aren’t going in there” uh? I am. Well, I’m looking around, find a few things and go to the fitting room. Did I tell you they have finally started carrying some of their petite line in the store? I was sooo very excited when that happened! I tried on an outfit and came out to the larger mirrors to see it better. The manager, Mindi, came out of the back and said “hi there! I haven’t seen you in a while” 😳🤣😳 oops! Really? I don’t go there THAT often! Well, you know old eagle ears, who doesn’t hear a thing when you ask him to do something, heard that…..

Now it wasn’t really all that hot, especially in comparison to a couple of weeks ago and there a great breeze. I decided I could actually wear jeans and be comfortable even if we were outside. I recently bought this navy blue asymmetrical top with fringe detail.


This top was the Today’s Special on HSN a couple of weeks ago. It’s from the Serena Williams collection. I loved the asymmetry and fringe! It was available in several colors and I chose the navy, because I realized I had nothing in that color. I almost wish I had ordered a couple other colors. It is such a blank canvas! If you find something you like, do you tend to buy in multiple colors?

When I started going through these photos the first thing I thought was “boy we sure did this all wrong, LOL”!

These sunglasses are one of the pairs I picked up after that “oops” with my pair at the ocean. The pants are my DG2 jeggings that you’ve seen a few times from HSN. The purse is from Michael Kors and is a couple of years old. You’ve seen it here. The white cork wedge sandals are from Aerosoles. I chose the Plunder pieces to add color to a neutral outfit. The necklace is called Carmen, I chose it not only for the bright colors, but the tassels to mirror the fringe of the top. This was a piece I wasn’t sure I would like, until I received it. It was actually part of my free jewelry for hitting a milestone! That’s one of the perks with Plunder. Although, you don’t have to sell a thing or sell a particular amount, if you do reach certain goals or milestones at various points in your first 100 days you earn various bonuses; including business tools, jewelry and monetary bonuses. If you continue to work your business and move up the ladder, there are other perks along the way. The earrings and cuff type bracelet are the July Plunder Posse! It was so popular it sold out within two weeks! They matched back to the necklace perfectly. The multicolored bracelet on my left arm was the extra hostess award for a qualifying party in July and is called Sofia. Please take a minute to comment and let me know what you think of this ensemble.

Here is a bit more close up view of these pieces.

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Until the next time

Janet

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Styling An All White Outfit

TGIF! It’s the weekend! Do you have any plans? As of right now we have none! It’s “The Man’s” Saturday to work, so it will most likely be a low-key weekend. We will actually be “home alone” all weekend, there’s no telling what kind of trouble we can get into! Next weekend he wants to take the grand littles to the outlets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for back to school shopping. That should be quite an adventure! Remember our trip to Dutch Wonderland last month in Lancaster? Miss Quinn has been saying she wants to go back. Guess what we will ride right past in route to the outlets? Yep…. They are on the same street. Who thinks that will be a fun shopping trip? Wish me luck, lol!

I’m finally getting my Style Club challenges together! Better late than never, right? Lol! I showed you one of the looks I pulled together, from the challenge, last week. I’m not going in order since I didn’t participate in all of the challenges in June.

I didn’t participate at all during July! July was all about color and with the younger littles coming back, I found it to be to be too much! The great thing is you can participate as much or as little as you want! I may go back and work through some of it on my own.

Many of the ladies in the group have had their colors done. They find out if they are cool or warm, summer, fall, winter, or spring. What colors/shades/tones are better with their coloring. It sounds interesting and scary! I haven’t and would likely find I should throw out everything I like, lol! Have you ever had yours done? If so, what did you think? Would you recommend it?

The second challenge for June was to style an all white outfit! I’ve told you before I’m the person who shouldn’t wear white on any day that ends in “Y”, lol, but I do like the nice, fresh, crisp look of white, and I do wear it.

The exercise was to start with an all white outfit and add a colorful kimono, then add a belt for further interest. I still haven’t made the leap to a kimono, yet, but I had just recently bought the Black and Gray Cascading Vest from Covered Perfectly which was, well, perfect. Another piece I hemmed and hawed about. One day I may learn. Everything I have ever purchased from Covered Perfectly has been great! I was concerned it would be too long for me. I ordered it to use as a coverup when we went to the ocean in June, you can read about that here if you haven’t already. It’s very light weight and thin and I felt it would be a perfect beach/pool coverup. It didn’t disappoint, but I wasn’t able to get any pictures!

This is the day I decided to experimenting with taking my own photos! I’m sure I’ll get better at this as time goes on. If you have any tips, pass them along, please!

Here is a collage of some of the looks.

I started with my white jeggings and a white sleeveless top that I showed you here.

Then I added my Cascading Vest. It’s such a versatile piece; that can easily be styled in a few different ways. It is perfect for helping to camouflage those jiggly, wiggly bits.

In the first picture below I just left it open.

Then I loosely tied it between my waist and hip area. This is also how I wore it at the beach for a cover-up.

I decided to add my pink Dooney & Bourke cross-body bag to for a pop of color.

My belted look. The belt is and shoes are a couple of years old. The belt is from White House Black Market and the shoes are by Italian Shoemakers and came from DSW.

Still belted, but I wanted to try a different pair of shoes. I changed to these black and white sandals from Vince Camuto. I got them from, you guessed it (if you’re a regular follower) HSN! I thought the black and white shoes might work by mirroring or bookending the black and white at the top.

I wasn’t sure I liked the look of the black and white shoes, but the ladies in the style club loved it and them, and they did achieve what I set out to do. What do you think? Which shoes do you prefer?

I tried adding a bit of color with my jewelry in addition to my bag.

I chose the pieces for the red/burgundy color to play off the pink of the bag. The necklace is a Plunder piece and is called Amari.  The bracelet is a retired Plunder piece. My baroque pearl earrings (you know I have to add pearls somewhere) are several years old and part of a set, one of my kids gave me as a gift.

What do you think of this versatile Cascading Vest?  I liked it so much I went back and ordered it in the Blue and Cream (which happens to be on sale right now). I’m sure it won’t last long so if you like it you better hurry over and order yours!

Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items! Use the discount code GG20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly.
There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on
up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items store
wide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied
automatically. Only one of the discounts will work. Start shopping!

If you want to be among the first to know about my escapades, all you need to do is sign up for the blog email with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else (that would be mean) you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me on social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page AND Instagram has now reached over 600 followers! Twitter and Pinterest are catching up! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. You can also “Pin” the blog or any photos to pinterest! Feel free to “pin away”! Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know.

Until the next time

Janet

 

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My BoHo Attempt

The past couple of weeks have been crazy hot here. Maybe it was the same where you are too. Last Saturday after doing some shopping at a big box store (you should have seen the fridge before, it was like Mother Hubbard's cupboard) we came home and just vegged, hoping to stay cool. Ok "The Man" slept, I just sat around and vegged. I earned it, lol. I had a very intense workout, with Jeff that morning, which I'll be telling you about in another post.

After "The Man" woke up we decided to go out for dinner at the last-minute. Well it was that or not eat; just because we went to the store doesn't mean I was planning to cook….😂😂. I really wanted to go to Artscape (that is an annual local art festival that always seems to coincide with the hottest weekend of the year). We didn't make it there. It was "The Mans" Saturday to work and at 5:30 that morning it was 84 degrees, walking around outside was not on his list of fun things to do.

So dinner it was, but where to? That is almost always a challenge question.

"The Man" has been on a Tater Tot (of all things) kick recently, much to my dismay….they are ok now and then, but I find them extremely salty. Well, Jeff (I think he's a bad influence, after all I never knew about Duck Donuts until Jeff told me about them, and for those who may be new to the blog, Jeff is my personal trainer) recently told me about and has posted all over social media about tater tots at a Japanese restaurant in the city called Sticky Rice. Apparently they are the best things ever! Now I still haven't made the connection between tater tots and Japanese cuisine, but ok. If it works….Well, "The Man" suggested we go there. Had he finally lost it? He does not eat Japanese food, he doesn't remotely eat anything that resembles Japanese food. So what was he going to eat other than tater tots? Nothing. I looked at the menu online, it would have been a stretch to modify anything to where he would eat it. I just couldn't….maybe we can go there, just because, some day but not for a meal…..I don't see that being an enjoyable date….Do you know what I mean?

Since that didn't work out we went to The Iron Rooster. I've told you about them before. We've only been there for breakfast and they serve that all day, so we could get that or try something new. "The Man" had breakfast and I got dinner. I ordered shrimp and biscuits.

I said biscuits, but it's really only one biscuit. They are HUGE! This may not look like a lot, but I couldn't finish it all (and I ate some shrimp before I took the picture). However, there wasn't enough left to bring home either.

I decided to "experiment" with an outfit and attempt a BoHo look. It was a very casual, hangout and enjoy the evening outfit. Except for the color, I thought it would be coolish should we decide to venture to Artscape too.

No make up, except for some lip color. It has really been too hot the past few weeks. I feel like even the lightest makeup will be sliding off. I imagine you girls know what I mean.

Since the Lululemon tank was black and the pants were black with a tan print, I added a bit of color with my Plunder Jewelry. The earrings are called Judy. They are part of the filigree collection and are only $8.00! There is something for everyone in the filigree collection and they are so light weight! The short, bar necklace is called Jefra; it comes with whatever initial you would like. I like that it is gold-colored. Yellow gold has always been my go to, but I am getting out of my box there. The long necklace is called Avery. The size of the pendant and coral/orangish beads say BoHo to me. They remind me of the "love beads" from yesteryear. Who remembers those? I looked at it for a while before getting it. I was worried about the length. I could have shortened it a bit more. The bracelets are the magnetic bling bracelets; Ezra which has black stones and Kayson which is peach stones. The larger bead bracelet that is in the middle of them is from the Julius set that was a special last month.

I don't think the look or outfit was awful, but I'm not sure it was totally me or that I was over successful with my attempt either. What do you think?

I bought the pants two years ago, at Target, but have only wore them once or twice. I practically forgot about them until one of the 40 Plus Style Club challenges last month. The exercise was to style a pair of print pants with an asymmetrical top. I do like the pants, but I have yet to find a shoe I like with them. I'm still working on that, but I wore my nude sandals by Vince Camuto via HSN, this time, I've shown you them before. They were better than some I've tried and I could/would wear them again.

One of the comments from the "experts" in the style club was the pants are more of a BoHo style maybe even tribal, and I'm more of a classic style. As I write this raga muffin would be appropriate, lol. I still have a couple of ideas to work on with them, then I'll decide if they stay or go.

Here are the two looks I put together for the style challenge, along with a closeup of the print in the pants. Now remember the top idea was asymmetrical and both of these colors worked with the pants.


I'm still learning the art of self photography…..stay with me, this may be a long lesson!

I had a aha moment, that day, and decided to try heels for the challenge. I don't hate them, but I don't love them either. I think they look better with these tops than sandals or flats would. These are also much higher than I would wear if I were going to be walking a lot. I did successfully (according to the group) make my legs look long. That's something; right? Lol!

The short top is from the That Woman line by Marlo Thomas and is available from HSN. The longer top is actually the top from the Covered Perfectly Leisure Suit. The top from the leisure suit has been so popular that Pauline has brought them out as a stand alone piece now! If you haven't tried covered perfectly yet, you need to. Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items!
Use the discount code GG20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly.
There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on
up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items store
wide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied
automatically. Only one of the discounts will work.Start shopping!

Which look do you like best, from the style challenge? I think I like the longer Covered Perfectly top best, but that is within my comfort zone. I am trying to learn to go outside that zone and try new looks. The style club is helping with that. I am trying somethings I would have never thought of.

There's only a couple of days left in July. Plunder still has that great sign up incentive through the end of the month. If you are still thinking about joining me, now would be the time.

There aren't many businesses I know of that you can start for only $99. If you have any questions message or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com or just go to my website: www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and click on "become a stylist" to sign up.

Do you want to be among the first to know about my escapades? Just sign up for the blog email with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the "pop-up". I will not share your email with anyone else (that would be mean) you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page AND Instagram has now reached over 600 followers! Twitter and Pinterest are catching up! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. You can also "Pin" the blog or any photos to pinterest! Feel free to "pin away"! Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know.

Until the next time

Janet

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Not Going Down Without a Fight

I started my new skin care regimen

I hope y’all had a great weekend! Last week was crazy here! Add to that the heat. It was wicked! The weekend wasn’t any better! This is the longest stretch of incessant heat I remember in a while. We get a day or two here and there but this has been couple week stretch with no break. When I woke up Saturday morning at 5:30, to go to the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA WW, it was 84 degrees out. It was really too hot to be out, last week, if you didn’t need to be. I’m not sure what, if anything, I even accomplished last week. Do you ever those weeks? The only thing we did over the weekend was grocery shopping and went out to dinner Saturday night.

This week is still hot, but the temps are back in a “normal” range.

I did survive a FULL week with the “babies” back (the first week back they were only here for three days) AND they survived too, I guess that’s something, lol! It’s the little things!

I started my new skin care routine on Friday, July 14th. Do you have a “regular” or “specific” skin care regimen that you follow? Tell us about it. Last month I told you about my “make-over” here and that I was thinking of trying “Lash Boost” from Rodan + Fields. There was such a great special and sign on incentive that I couldn’t pass it up.

Here is a selfie I took on Friday the 14th before I used the products for the first time. No make up, just “me”! Ok, I don’t “do make up” a lot, so you might see “just me” more often than not. Sometimes it’s because I “fiddle around” too much in the morning and don’t have time to put it on, lol!

This was at night. Since the product arrived that day, I was excited to get started and used them right away! After taking the “Solutions Tool” I chose the Redefine regimen to accompany my Lash Boost. You can certainly just buy Lash Boost if that is what you want. Last month there was an extra discount for purchasing a regimen and Lash Boost together. I’m about saving as much as possible, so of course I did that!

As you can see my bottom lashes are practically non-existent.

I’m not going to win any selfie awards, for sure, lol!

Below is the morning of Friday, July 21st, the end of week 1. I want to think I see some difference in my lashes but I really think it’s too soon to really tell!

This may be a little easier for comparison.

I do believe I see some firming of my skin, which is a little surprising. I thought my skin was pretty toned/firmed. I have long tried to “take care” of my skin. I have had a habit (?) of switching out products for summer and winter. It seems my skin has different needs in different seasons. Do you find that? That’s a good thing with Rodan+Fields, there are different regimens to choose from, so it will be easy to change, if I need to, and still use the same line.

Are you a current Rodan+Fields customer? If so, please share your results. Are you new to Rodan+Fields. is this the first you’ve heard of the company and line? They are not a super new company, the skin care line has been around for a few years. Rodan+Fields was developed by the same dermatologists that developed the acne line ProActiv. I know everyone has heard of that! It has only been the past few years that R+F has become a home based business.

With the results I’ve seen from others using Lash Boost, I’m confident this will work and I’m so excited to see my “new lashes” that I’m going to share the journey with you each week. Some people see results in a few weeks, but realistically it can take a couple of months.

Have you seen or heard of Rodan+Fields, but weren’t sure how to purchase or get started? There are three ways to get started.

Are you a traveler? Just last week we released these adorable travel size, TSA approved versions of R+F regimens.

You can get them free right now by ordering your favorite full-sized regimen along with an Active Hydration Serum! To sweeten the deal, since today is July 25th. let’s have a “Christmas in July” special!!!

if you sign up as a PC from now through the end of July, I will personally reimburse you your sign-up fee of $19.95! That’s right, I’ll mail you a check for your $19.95 back. So not only  will you get a product discount of 10% off all products and free shipping; you will get your sign up fee back! The only thing better than that would be to become a consultant and save 25%!

Don’t know what regimen is right for you? Just go to my website and click “take the solutions tool”. That will take you through a series of questions and recommend the regimen you need. R+F offers a 60 day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose! If you have any questions or need help sighing up, email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. I’ll be happy to walk you through the process. Interested in becoming a consultant but aren’t sure if this is right for you? And it isn’t for everyone, there is a Zoom opportunity call every Wednesday night at 9pm EST (Zoom is a free app that you can download to your phone or computer) then hit “join a meeting” and put in 736 578 7052. There is no obligation and you can “hide” and remain anonymous. If you are even slightly interested in making a few extra bucks, maybe eventually quitting your current job to stay home with your littles, or just retire; hop on the call and see if this is right for you! Of course if you just want great skin care to help fight the signs of aging, you can still hop on the call or just order.

Do you have other friends who are in the direct sales business? You know Avon, Tupperware, Lipsense, etc? If so, do you support them and like/love their posts on Facebook and such? If not, please start. You can like, comment, and share (just like with the blog). You don’t have to buy a thing, it doesn’t cost a dime, and someone you know may be interested. I have many friends who sell various products, that may not be for me but you never know who may be looking for just that product. Who would you rather your other friends buy  from a stranger or a mutual friend? So please support your friends!

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Janet

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Setting and Reaching New Goals

Last Wednesday, during my session with Jeff (my trainer), I set a new (temporary) deadlift PR! 175 pounds for 1 rep! You may remember I tried lifting this weight earlier this year, but was not able to budge it! Jeff said he thought I could have pulled it for two or gone up to 180! I wasn’t so sure….maybe.

The significance of that weight didn’t hit me until the next day when he sent me the video.

As many of you know on March 8, 2014 I returned to Weight Watchers. When I walked into that meeting I was at my heaviest weight ever 179.4 pounds.

To get back to my goal weight, I needed to lose almost 52 pounds. I reached my goal weight in January 2015, but continued to lose more; reaching a total weight loss of 70 pounds!!!

That deadlift on Wednesday night was almost what I weighed that day. It was 1.5 times what I currently weight and is 2.5 times the amount of weight I lost!!! 180, I’m coming for you!!! If I had realized Wednesday night, where I was at, I would have tried for it! Jeff, seems to think we will reach 200 before the end of the year! With marathon training, I don’t know, but you can bet I will reach for that brass ring! Marathon training is now starting to ramp up and get in full swing! More to come on that as the weeks fly by.

​Before starting to lift I had to warm up with a series of box squats.

The most weight we used for that was 105 pounds, which increased from 55 pounds (the weight of just the bar). The bar I used for the box squats is a “SS Yoke Bar” aka “Safety Squat Bar”. The reason for using this vs a regular bar is there is less stress on your forearms while gripping the bar, as you are gripping in the front of you vs holding the bar to the side as you would do with a straight bar. This also causes less fatigue for when you will be deadlifting, among other reasons which you can read about here. I have certainly noticed a difference since using the SS Bar on days that I am going to lift.

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“The Man” is home this week. He is on “vacation” or maybe I should say “staycation”. I don’t know what, if anything, I will get accomplished. If today is any indication, it won’t be much, lol!

Until the next time

Janet


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Some Girl Time and A Make-Over

This past Saturday I grabbed my daughter and headed to Ulta for an IT cosmetics makeover. Now we are not new to IT. We have been using IT products since the end of last year. I thought it would be a fun thing to do. Have a little girl time, spend some money, etc. I needed to buy a new mascara (amazing how mine had just run out).  I started using the IT Super Hero mascara when it came with a kit I purchased around the holidays. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but came to like it. For several years I was using Dazzle Lash in Brunette from MAC. I loved it, it was the first mascara I had ever used that didn’t flake all over my face. But when I needed to buy a new one last year and headed off to MAC I discovered they no longer make it. In fact I guess it had been way too long since I last bought it, because they looked at me as if I had three heads!

I decided to show you all the results of this event and make it a blog post.

Here I am, before, with no makeup. I may not win a prize, but…..

Here is the after. All made up 😳. A bit scary in my opinion! If I was not a user of IT cosmetics, this would not have enticed me to become one!!!

I think I quite resembled “The Joker” from batman! The “old”, “real” Adam West Batman! I tend to go for a natural “no makeup” look. I’m not sure what I ended up with, but it is not me! My daughter said it’s just because I take horrible selfies, lol! I will admit I have not mastered the art of selfies yet, and I may never, but I don’t think that is it!!!

I never use eyeliner and this look is why. It certainly has not made me think I should start! I look as if I slept for three days in my make-up; after a bender! I also do not use mascara on my lower lashes.

Why? Well I have rather sparse to almost non-existent lower lashes (and the top ones are nothing to brag about)! I have been considering trying Lash Boost from Rodan & Fields. I have seen several pictures of ladies with lashes much like mine now and the results are amazing! Some are consultants for R&F and some not. A couple are people who I actually know. They have a great special going in right now, which is making it hard to not jump on the bandwagon!  I have to admit, it’s VERY expensive and that is partially what has held me back. Have any of you heard of and/or used their products? If so what are your thoughts? I will keep you posted on the decision, but if you have tried it, please let us know your thoughts.

Since this week has been crazy and I have not posted the blog much this week I have also not drawn the Plunder piece for last week. I will do two at one time and announce the winners.

Thank you to everyone that has participated! I hope the winners have or will enjoy their prize. I know one hasn’t arrived, yet, as it had quite a way to travel, but is on the way!

Today is the last to sign up with me for Plunder and have the chance to earn your kit for free and earn a free cruise in January! How lovely would that be? When it’s cold, dark, and dreary at home to be cruising the Caribbean!

You have until midnight so log onto to my website, click on Plunder Opportunity and then become a stylist or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with questions or for details. I don’t know if there will be another opportunity like this. Starting a business for $99.00 is unheard of, but to start a business for free?! WOW!

Next week I will be sharing some of the looks I pulled together for the June challenges in The Style Club. You will really get to see my “selfie” taking at work, as I took several days of looks with my phone and a “selfie button”. Hopefully, my lack of skill will not scare you away! If you have not already joined there is time to do so, or get on the waiting list for the next wave. July’s challenges will focus on color. It promises to be interesting, but not as busy! Thank goodness, lol!

If you have not signed up for the blog email, yet, you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page has now reached over 600 likes! Twitter and Instagram aren’t far behind! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

Until the next time

Janet

           

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Fashion Friday-Travel Outfit/Style Club Challenge 7

A simple shift dress, styled three ways

 

As you know I went away last week. Before going I was asked if I could  write a post about what I wear for travel. I mentioned last week that my traveling attire was nothing to write about. Or so I thought. For the most part comfort has been my only requirement. We drive mostly to our destinations and dressing up to spend hours in the car is not fun. When I was overweight I certainly didn’t care, and had adopted an attitude of I’d likely never see those same people again; so who cared?

That may not have been the best strategy.

Even after losing the weight, I didn’t really think too much about it. This is what I wore to and from Florida on vacation last year. On our way we stopped in my hometown of Jacksonville. I met up with my sister at the cemetery to “visit” those who are no longer with us.


I’m on the left, for those who don’t already know me. Now keep in mind we were traveling in the car for over twenty hours each way, so comfort was key. And it was August so heat and humidity were a big factor. All in all I guess this wasn’t too bad and definitely can qualify as an “athleisure” look, with emphasis on the “leisure”….

 

 

 

I decided it was time to up my game, and this is what I came up with for this trip.

The one thing I didn’t count on when I found this dress was how easily it would wrinkle. Other than that it was just about perfect! The only thing that could make it better would be those little snaps that some dresses have to hold your bra straps in place and pockets. I have come to like simple dresses with pockets! Why, I don’t know. It isn’t like I really put stuff in them, but I like them. The little bra strap hooks things are fabulous though. I may be able to add them myself.

See how useful those little “strap hooks” would be for this dress

I was actually able to use this for this weeks style club challenge too. I have not been as active in this months challenges as I had hoped to be. It seems the month completely got away from me, and fast! I have figured out a way to make some of it up and will have some new looks for you and the club soon!

I was hoping to be able to get some photos shot while away, but that thought went out the window quickly. I was able to photograph this dress, but that was it. It was a bonus that I could use it for the style challenge!

Our assignment last week was to style one dress three different ways; using a belt (I didn’t), a scarf, and a hat (you know the hat was up my alley)! I didn’t even realize when I photographed this that it would work, for the challenge I was just hoping to have a blog post. But I’m glad it did!

Here was my idea for taking this simple dress from day to an evening out, by adding a scarf, heels, and matching bag for a monochromatic look. Since I was traveling and knew we would be going straight to the beach, pretty much, I did not wear any make up. But this is the real me. More often than not I don’t wear makeup and in triple digits with humidity….well.

I was in such a hurry to get this done, before the littles went into melt down mode that I forgot to take my watch and FitBit off. This little dress came from Target. The scarf is from White House Black Market. I fell in love with it this past fall. The shoes you’ve seen before from Payless and the little bag is from Coach. Most of the jewelry is from Plunder. The earrings are in the new catalog and called Bowie. As large as they look they are very light and you don’t even know you are wearing them. The bracelets on the left, you’ve seen before. They are retired with the exception of the one with the turquoise beads. The bracelets on the right are my Alex and Ani bracelets along with the Plunder Lindy bracelet that has my initial. It was retired too, when the spring line came out. I decided against a necklace since there was such a bib detail already on the dress. I did try a couple and everything seemed to just get lost in the dress.

Here is my “hat look”.

Of course you know as soon as we went outside and I put a hat on the winds kicked in and I was fighting the hat the entire time! I removed my earrings before heading to the boardwalk. These sandals are the ones I wore on the ride down. They are my favorite Vince Camuto brand and came from the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The hat is from Betsy Johnson and came from HSN also, last year. The little cross body bag is by Vera Bradley and is at least eight years old and it has quite a history…..

What do you think of my somewhat “retro” sun shades? I took a lot of “ribbing” for those….and guess what I did? I put them in my little bag to get on a ride with Noah, then put my phone in next to them without thinking. See where it is in the pocket in the picture? I lost a brand new phone (as in three days old new) in Disney in 2009 out of this same purse, from that same pocket, on the Tower of Terror….so of course I knew not to leave it there….when I took my shades out to put them back on, one of the lenses was all scratched up; right in my line of sight…..my phone case has some little “blingy” jewels on it, and I must have put that side next to the lenses of the glasses. I think it’s time to not use this bag for amusement parks.

On the bright side, at least those glasses were inexpensive. I got them from BJs wholesale club. I went back this past weekend and they still had some. I bought a new pair of the same ones along with a different pair. I had not told “The Man” about my little accident until we were at the store and I saw they still had some. I went to pick them up and he said “didn’t you just buy a pair of those a couple of weeks ago”? And the rest of that story went something like this: “Why, Yes, Yes, I did…but what had happened was”…..I felt like Lucy “splainin” to Ricky, lol! Can you believe he was not amused?

What do you think about taking a simple shift dress, and styling it three different ways? Can you think of anything different to do with it?

Two of my precious littles

Remember, since it’s still June, your comments still count towards the Plunder Give Away for the rest of this week and next! So keep them coming! I’m having fun giving y’all gifts!

Plunder has also just released new sign on incentive. I know a couple of you have been on the fence about joining me with Plunder. Well, now is the time!

If you join before the end of June you could earn the $99 fee you pay for your starter kit back AND be eligible for the Plunder cruise in January!!! How awesome is that?

Where else can you start your own business for $99, earn that money back, so essentially you’ve started your business for nothing, and earn a free cruise? The jewelry pictured is what will come in your starter kit. This is your jewelry to wear, display, or sell (if you want). If you change mind about being a Plunder Stylist, at the least you’ve bought 8 gorgeous pieces of Plunder for much less than you would have paid per piece. Email me at Grandma2Glamma@gmail.com for more details or if you are ready to join. You can also just click here then click on “PLUNDER OPPORTUNITY” then “STARTER KIT” and sign up. I hope to see you on the cruise!!!

Have you signed up for the blog email, yet? If not you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page has now reached over 600 likes! Twitter and Instagram aren’t far behind! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. That’s what helps it to grow! Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest. So feel free to pin away!

Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

Until the next time

Janet

 

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You Can Do Hard Things

A rainbow, a sign

A Sign!

A rainbow. It has long been considered a sign, as far back as biblical days.

Last night when I left the gym, after yoga practice, I saw this rainbow in the sky. It was in close proximity to my house. Since I live less than a mile from the gym, I was able to make it home to snap a picture of it.

Why is this a sign? 

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been wrestling with a decision. Well, I made that decision, and last night set the wheels in motion to begin a new adventure.

I registered for Yoga Teacher Training!

Why was this a hard decision?

Well for starters it is far from inexpensive. So that was big factor. I am someone who thinks long and hard about spending major money on some thing, and this isn’t just pocket change. At least not for people I know.

Then there is the fact that I am running a marathon in October. That was actually my first concern. The classes start in September and are nine weekends long. When I first read that, the information made it sound as if it was nine weekends in a row. That would have been a problem for sure. Why? Well, you can’t miss a class unless it’s an emergency or pre arranged, and then you have to make it up. Since the classes are Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday it would have taken away my long run Sundays and that would have been when the milage was ramping up. There would have been no way to make that up.  When I was able to talk with my yoga instructor Kim, who is also the teacher for the school, I found out it was one weekend a month for nine months. That definitely put it back on the table. I can work two weeks of long runs around two weekends.

Then there is my powerlifting training, which hasn’t been as intense a training regime because of my marathon training. You cannot train hard for lifting while endurance training. My, trainer, Jeff has been completely on board with the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and said that it would not interfere with my lifting.

If running the marathon wasn’t enough, I came up with a brilliant idea on my way to the ocean last week. What was it? For my daughter and I, to run or walk the Baltimore Running Festival (BRF) Half Marathon on the Saturday 10/21, before the Marine Corp Marathon (MCM) on Sunday 10/22!!! Yes, really, I did! I haven’t even told Jeff this yet, I will do that tonight. We are back to our regular schedule.

Since I had been considering the Dopey Challenge in Disney for January and wasn’t able to get in, this is the same as the Goofy Challenge, that I thought about before getting in to the MCM. The main difference is the highest training milages will be in the summer and not the fall…..it will require running two days back to back to train, which will challenging; especially in the heat and humidity. I have figured out how to work my training runs around the YTT training and I think I have come up with a workable plan!

Why did I do this?

On Saturday 6/10 there were three soldiers killed in Afghanistan (you may have heard about it on the news). One of these young me was the brother in law of my daughters co-worker and is a local, hometown boy; Sgt. Eric Houck. I contacted my running friend Sid Busch (I’ve told you about him before), but you can read a bit about him here. This article is a couple of years old, from his 200th marathon. He ran that the day I ran my first! I asked him, if he had not already picked a soldier to run for in Baltimore, if he would consider running for Eric. He, of course, agreed. After I really got to thinking about it. Amanda and I (or maybe it was just me) decided we could add the half to our weekend and run with Sid. This race has a five hour time limit and we can walk the entire thing if we need to and still make it for the marathon. Sid gives his race medal, bib, shirt, etc to the family of the soldier he runs for. Eric had two little children, Noah and Quinn’s age, we decided by running with Sid we could give our medals to the children to have a remembrance. We will also be running MCM in his honor and have submitted his information to be added to the “blue mile” there.

It won’t be easy but…..my motto and the Plunder anthem for this year is:

Ironically when I gave Kim my application and registration fee last night I mentioned still be scared silly. Her words to me were: “It will be hard, but you can do hard things, you have done hard things, you run marathons, That is not easy, it is hard!”

Well when you look at it that way….and add the rainbow. I took it as a sign that I made the right decision.

She also told me it would challenge me to look and my light and dark side. To examine me. I knew this and I think this might scare me just a bit!

Well have I succeeded in making you think I’m ready for the “looney bin”? What are your thoughts about this news? Do you have any words of wisdom, advice, thoughts? Let me hear from you?

This Sunday I will run my first race of this year, the Baltimore Women’s Classic (BWC) 5K. This is one of the largest Women’s only races around and helps to support research for women’s cancers. This will kick off my “official” Half/Marathon training. The 5K isn’t as far a distance as I should run for this week, but I have adjusted my plan to quickly ramp up my milage (safely) over the next few weeks to get where I should be. Remember I tend to work training plans “MY WAY” anyhow…..

Thank you to everyone that has participated in my birthday month “Plunder Give Away”! I have had fun with it. I hope you have too. Remember there is still time for you to enter and win. Just comment on the blog posts to be entered in the drawing each Friday this month. There are still two more drawings for June!!

Last weeks winner for commenting is Amy Hughes! Amy, send me a private message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com and let me know where to send your Plunder.

I will be posting the winner of the June Posse on the blog tomorrow. I have to go through all the comments from the month for that one!

Have you signed up for the blog email, yet? If not you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page has now reached over 600 likes! Twitter and Instagram aren’t far behind! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. That’s what helps it to grow! Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest. So feel free to pin away!

Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

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