Struggling

What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”

March was an extremely busy month. There was the style challenge, March madness with Plunder, entering the Marine Corps Marathon lottery and getting selected (I’m still in shock over that) and trying to get things going and growing here with the blog. Trying to grow the Facebook page, and getting Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all set-up. There is so much more to learn than I ever thought. It’s fun, but crazy, and very time-consuming.

Many days I was burning the candle at both ends. In doing so I put “me” on the back burner. Oh I’m sure it sounds like I was doing plenty for “me”. But I wasn’t taking proper care of myself.  I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise right,  I didn’t always get enough sleep, it seems I just ran on auto-pilot some days. So of course, I didn’t always make good choices. I would find myself grazing instead of eating a meal, or preparing the quickest thing I could get away with. Reaching for snacks. Snacks in and of themselves aren’t always bad, but when I don’t pay attention to the amount I consume, well, that is where the problem lies, and that can set me up on a slippery slope, to slide backwards and I feel like crap, I don’t sleep well, and I’m cross!

So I’m back to pulling my head out of my backside. Or at least trying. I’ve said this more than once over the past few months, but…. After all I now have a race to get ready for, and it won’t be time to start carb loading for a while, but you can bet come race week; carb load I will, hahaha!

In the meantime though, today, I switched myself to the Weight Watchers “simply filling plan”. I have to find a way to cut out the junk and this is what usually forces me to do that. I eliminate virtually all processed foods, which is what has got me going to far off the ledge. I have had a need, want, desire, obsession, craving (?) call it what you will, but salt and sugar have been my friends, lately. I’ve been able to stay with in my goal weight range, but by the skin of my teeth, and I’m certainly not doing my body any favors. I cannot train properly if I don’t fuel properly either.

If I make through this week, with ALL the littles home all day, since it’s spring break; I might be ok.


What do you do when that happens? What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? If so, lay them on me! I need them all.

Wish me luck and send good vibes!

Until the next time.

Janet

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Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere

For this event I set myself up for success

Saturday we made our annual trek to our local chocolatiers for Easter bunnies for the grand littles baskets. Well, not just for the grand littles, the grown-up littles always get one too. We have been going there to get bunnies for many years.

It really is a bit of a “hole in the wall” place, but they make excellent chocolates. I first learned of them many years ago after receiving a box of assorted chocolates as a thank you gift, from the PTA president of my children’s high school for helping on a forum.  Every since then we have gone there for Easter confections. Although, I consider it local; it’s about twenty miles from our house, in the next county. What’s even funnier about that, is our local pharmacy (which is very reminiscent of an old apothecary), less than a mile away, actually carries their bunnies in the store for Easter.

I wish there was such a thing as “smell a picture”, lol! Just walking up to the door is pure heaven, if you are a chocoholic, haha! Once inside you are doomed!

We go to the store itself though because there is a much better variety.  They have traditional bunnies, (which all the pharmacy carries) but also other animals and “special” bunnies; i.e. a jogging bunnies, soccer playing bunnies, dogs, chickens, crosses, etc… white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate; whatever your chocolate loving heart desires!

By the time we made it there it was close to lunch time. I am happy to say; I did not get myself any chocolate. That could have been hard but I had taken food with me to eat, when I left in the morning, so I wouldn’t be tempted. I had not been home since I left at a little after 6am for my meeting at the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. I went to my regular session with my trainer, Jeff, and then left to meet “The Man”, the kids, and grand littles at church for an Easter Egg hunt. The Man and I left and went bunny shopping and grocery shopping from there. I always take some breakfast type food with me to the meeting, since I go to the gym afterward. It would not be good to try working out on an empty stomach. Since I know we were going there, I took extra food to eat after my workout, so I wouldn’t be hungry. For this event I sent myself for success, not failure. I don’t always do that.

This is going to be a crazy week. It’s spring break, so all of the grand littles will be here all day, everyday. Hopefully, I can keep my sanity and not eat my way through the week. I must say it wasn’t looking good this morning! If you don’t hear from me in a couple of days; send in the Calvary, LOL!!!

In other news; the Mother’s Day specials have just gone live on the Plunder site. There are some darling “Mommy & Me” pieces as well as some special pieces for your mom. Here is a little preview.

Go over to the website and check them out at www.plunderdesig.com/party/janete2 These are pre-sale and will be shipping on 5/1.

Wow, kind of crazy Easter and Mother’s Day all in one post! But I know these special items tend to sell out fast and I want to be able to get yours before the do.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Please continue to share the site, and send your friends. The Facebook blog page is almost up to 400 followers. Thank you for helping to get it there.

Until the next time

Janet

 

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Spring Style Challenge Week 2-Day-8

I went wild and tried some print mixing

“Hump Day”. We are coming up on the end of this style exercise. It’s been fun, interesting,  enlightening, and exhausting! I will be glad for a bit of a break. It will give me time to go over all that I’ve done, learned, and I’ll be able to sit down and digest it.

Below is the outfit inspiration for todays look. I bet you know I still have not jumped on that wide-legged pants bandwagon. I haven’t gone out to explore that option anymore either. I’m not saying I won’t, but……


Here is my LOTD-look of the day. Finally, a true cold shoulder top/blouse and flowers combined.  This is my first ever cold shoulder top. For a long time I wouldn’t even consider them, then when I got the nerve to try one; I didn’t like it. It was a sweater though and I think it may have been one reason. Sweater for winter and cold shoulder together doesn’t quite make much sense to me, especially living in the Mid-Atlantic-Maryland the most northern-southern state, lol! Maybe I still have some work to do and a way to go!

I don’t know that I feel completely comfortable in this yet, but I also haven’t been able to actually wear it out. At times I think I look like a linebacker. I’ve recently looked at pictures of others wearing this look; young and older (?) alike and think the same thing, so it’s not just me. Right now I think, I feel more comfortable in sleeveless tops. I have read that many 50+ ladies and bloggers don’t. They feel they have too much back of the arm “waddle”. I do have some, but I also think through exercise it has improved and will continue to improve somewhat. Oh wouldn’t my trainer, Jeff, love for me to want more exercise?  Unfortunately it’s one of those things that comes with maturity though.

I decided to try to dress this look up a bit and tried some different shoes. I even went wild and tried some print mixing. I think I like it! It seems I may have gotten some days assignments confused, LOL. That’s the beauty though, there is no real right or wrong. If it makes  you comfortable and you feel good when you walk out the door, that’s ok by me. I also tried the half tuck which you might be able to see in the photo at the top right. I’m starting to like that look a bit. I find it helps to camouflage some of those “lumps and bumps”.

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The cold shoulder blouse is new and the one I showed one day last week from my shopping trip to find the wide leg crops. I could have used this as yesterday’s floral top, but saved it for today since it was cold shoulder day. It would have been perfect for both. The khaki cargo type pants are the same ones from yesterday, that I chose to get instead. What do you think of this look? Is it hit or miss? Do you think this top looks better with the skinny pants over the wide leg crops?

A close up of the accessories.

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The top and pants are both from White House Black Market. The bag is the same cross-body Dooney & Bourke that I showed you last week. I shortened the strap for this look. I felt that would be better with the cold shoulder top. Do you agree? The necklace, earrings, and bracelet are all Plunder. The necklace and earrings are the March Plunder Posse and for the next couple of days you can still get the necklace and earrings here; www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1/ just look for Posse. The bracelet, called Veda, has sold out. The patterned shoes are a couple of years old and came from PayLess, the burgundy/maroon shoes are a couple of years old also and came from DSW (see I do shop somewhere other HSN, lol).

Have you had a chance to check out Sylvia’s website at www.40plusstyle.com or get on the waiting list for the course? If you’ve thought about updating your style or wondering if you have one, it’s a good place to start. She is also part of the Fierce 50 Movement and bloggers. I will tell you a bit more about that in a few days.

I have been busy this week trying to learn more about this blogging stuff. It seems the more I study, I find more and more I don’t know. I hope I’m learning something.

Please take a minute and let me hear from you. I’d like to know your thoughts on the posts from this challenge. I’m trying to grow my subscriber list on the blog so if you haven’t signed up to follow, you can do so at the bottom of your screen, just click the follow button and enter your email. Easy Peasy.

Until the next time

Janet

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