Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aran Jumper aka Fisherman's Sweater

A classic fisherman's sweater is a bulky garment with up to six complex textured cable patterns.




   Some of the stitch patterns are said to represent unique symbols with a deep meaning to the wearer.

The honeycomb mimics the hard-working bee.  




The cable a wish for safety and good luck in fishing.  




The diamond for success, wealth and treasure.




The basket for a plentiful catch.



Traditionally, the sweaters are made of an undyed cream colored bainin, a yarn sometimes made with black sheep wool.  Originally made with unwashed wool still containing natural sheep lanolin, which made the garment water-repellent.  




Aran Jumpers have come a long way from the sweater of choice for fishermen to a chic favorite of chic women all over the globe.   

At the moment I am a chic woman without a fisherman's sweater.  That will be changing.  My favorite is the Ribbed Polo Neck Sweater with Criss Cross Pattern.  It's on it's way from www.aransweatermarket.com

Aran Jumper aka Fisherman's Sweater




Do you own an Aran Jumper?  Which style?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dieting's Vicious Cycle

I have struggled with weight loss for most of my life.  Dieting is an every day mantra for me.  I read a quote that resonated for me.
  
"Don't diet...Go for permanent weight loss instead..."

After much thought I realized that constantly being on a diet is a crutch for me.  A crutch in the sense that once I take off the weight I'm free to re-gain it over and over. I can always diet again and again to lose those same 10 - 30 pounds over and over.  It distresses me to think about all the time I've wasted on the roller coaster and merry-go-round.  

This is exactly what happens to me...every time.

While cleaning out my desk I came across a sheet of lined paper with several questions on it from several years ago.  I'll share the first question and my answers with you.

Why are you overweight?

1.  I love food - I don't eat to live, I live to eat.
2.  Cut back so much I have intense cravings - compounded by binge eating.
3.  I am not rewarding my body by exercising & taking care of it.
4.  I have become lazy about getting up early to exercise.
5.  I don't know when to put my fork down & say it's enough -NO- let me rephrase I DO know when to put my fork down -but I don't- I continue filling my face - even when I'm full!

After all these years this list still applies.  I've never tried for "permanent weight loss".  I've never tried to change my lifestyle.  I've never held myself accountable to the damage I'm inflicting on my body.  The damage of excess unhealthy calories and inactivity.

All this is changing for me.  About 11 weeks ago I committed to a New Healthy Lifestyle.  This means "clean" eating and exercise most days of the week.  As noted I will allow myself 1-2 cheat meals per week.  Week 10 was a bust, see The Vicious Cycle of Weight Loss above.  BUT...I didn't gain all the weight back and got right back on the wagon.  

YAY ME!


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CLEAN EATING

This week was all about getting back on the wagon.  For me eating the same foods for breakfast and lunch works, not sure why it just does.  

Breakfast - 2 whole eggs with 2 egg whites, 1 slice of fat free cheese, in an omelette, with a tangerine.  I ate this for breakfast every day this week.   

Lunch - Coleslaw mix with canned chicken breast and dressing made with low fat mayo, apple cider vinegar and Splenda.

Dinners are where I express myself. Here are 2 recipes I will be making this week.







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WORKOUTS

Much to my dissatisfaction my knee is acting up again.  The cyst is becoming larger and very painful.  Even walking is a challenge.  Off to see the Dr. again.  Unfortunately surgery to remove the cyst seems to be my only option.  We'll see how that goes.

I did manage to get in 2 upper and lower body workouts this week.  No cardio but the lower body workouts get my heart pumping.  

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Overall it was a great week for me.  How did your week turn out?  Do you have a go to recipe that helps you stay on track?  Please share.

Total weight lost ~ 8 lbs

I just couldn't resist!!! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

500+ Bloglovin' Giveaway ~ 4 Days Left to Enter ~ Winner

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Heather @ From Here to There

Congratulations Heather 

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Good Luck!!!

I began my blogging journey on March 20, 2013.  It's been 7 months of bliss.  I have met so many wonderful, caring folks along the way.  This is a small token to 

Thank You!!!

Yes, you, who have taken the time to follow me on Bloglovin'.  I appreciate this more than you know.  

To show my appreciation I am hosting a giveaway!  Yay YOU!!!

lucky person will win a fabulous prize pak of 5 items along with 3 bonus gifts! 
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monday's Motivation for a Healthy Lifestyle


I began the week with the intention to step up my healthy lifestyle.  

I had researched the recipes and shopped for the ingredients for the week.

Committing to a 5 day workout week.

What happened?

Left:  What should have happened.

Right:  What did happen.

I blew it.  An extremely stressful work week and spiraling, roller coaster hormones struck and I, 100% fell off the wagon!

That's all I'm saying about this.

Motivation for the coming week:



Clean Eating

Period...Enough said!!!

Workouts

5 days, no excuses.


My Mantra for the week


Total weight lost ~ 7 lbs  up from last week by 4lbs

Knowing a lot of this is water weight keeps me encouraged that with clean eating and 5 workouts it'll be okay

How did you do this week on your healthy lifestyle journey?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

500+ Bloglovin' Followers Giveaway!!!


I began my blogging journey on March 20, 2013.  It's been 7 months of bliss.  I have met so many wonderful, caring folks along the way.  This is a small token to 

Thank You!!!

Yes, you, who have taken the time to follow me on Bloglovin'.  I appreciate this more than you know.  

To show my appreciation I am hosting a giveaway!  Yay YOU!!!

1 lucky person will win a fabulous prize pak of 5 items along with 3 bonus gifts! 
(Over $150.00 retail value)


1.  gorgana ~ Open Circle Necklace ($65 retail value)
http://www.gorjana-griffin.com/gorjana/jewelry/necklaces/open-circle-necklace.html

2.  LULAH ~ Tamarind Ginger Body Wash ( $11.25 retail value)
http://www.lulah.com/Products/Body-Wash/Tamarind-Ginger-Body-Wash/

3.  p.s - you're invited DIY book ( $26.00 retail value)
4.  KITSH HEADBANDS 5 pack ( $15.99 retail value)
5.  May Designs Teal Chevron Weekly To-Dos Notebook ( $25.00 retail value)
Your 3 bonus gifts include:  Sharkies Energy Chews, Color Club ~ Put a Pin In It Nail Laquer (trial size), & Ruffian ~ Fox Hunt Nail Laquer (trial size)

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Winner will be picked at random.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monday's Motivation for Healthy Lifestyle



Welcome to Week 9 on my journey to a healthy lifestyle.

This weeks's quote is all about making choices.




Clean Eating

I wrote about smoothies last week and how effective they are in keeping me regular.  I have switched up the ingredients in my smoothies.  I am eliminating protein powder in my mid morning smoothies.  After much research I decided I didn't need the extra protein.  I am now using almond milk, a large handful of spinach, a small banana, and ground flax seed.  Two nights a week I am having a smoothie for dinner.  In this smoothie I am using protein powder since it is replacing the protein in my dinner.  I attached a link below that states the information quite succinctly.






This week's new meal is 




Again another simple meal to put together in 30 minutes or less.  Loaded with healthy ingredients such as ground turkey along with broccoli slaw or traditional coleslaw mix. I'll be using lower sodium soy sauce in my recipe.  We cannot wait to try this new recipe out.  Let me know if you've tried this recipe or one like it.

Workouts

For some reason or another I have been having an extremely difficult time motivating myself to get out of bed each morning.  When the alarm goes off at 6 a.m. I am usually already awake and I don't fall back asleep.  I'm just laying in bed listening to my Love get ready for work.  I have got to break out of this rut!!!


Like last week I managed two upper and lower body strength/weight workouts.  An outdoor hilly walk rounded out the week.  I have to give myself credit for completing these three workouts.  I will continue to strive for the elusive five workouts.  I know I'll get there one day at a time.  

Please share your motivating ideas on getting out of bed in the morning.  I'd love hear them.

Total pounds lost ~ 11 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Coach Ashley Signature Carryall Bag Giveaway

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monday's Motivation for Healthy Lifestyle

Welcome to Week 8 on my journey to a Healthy Lifestyle.

I love this quote and what it implies.  





Clean Eating

I have continued making clean healthy choices in my meals.  As I shared in last weeks post I am continuing to have a mid morning smoothie. Not only am I fueling my body with delicious veggies, fruits and protein that taste wonderful and fill me up.  I am also combating my chronic constipation.  Not a fun thing to talk about, but it's the truth and most women battle this at some point in their lives.  The smoothie is making my bowels very happy.  





One of the meals we shared this week is



Chicken, Tomato & Green Bean Curry

The ingredients are simple items you may already have in your home.  This is a wholesome meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes, so you have no excuse not to cook tonight.  The results are delicious and your waistline will love you for it.

My cheat meal this week was beef tacos with homemade pico de gallo and guacamole and margaritas.  


Workouts

Turns out my bum knee is not so bum after all.  Dr. says I have a cyst and since it's not bothering me (no pain or swelling) I am to do nothing about it.  Works for me.  Since receiving this good news I have begun working out again in baby steps.  I completed 2 upper and lower body strength/weight work outs along with a 30 minute outdoor hilly walk.  My goal is 5 workouts each week.  

Total pounds lost ~ 9



Saturday, October 5, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Swop Reveal

Genevieve from http://birdwristed.blogspot.com was my partner for the 

12 Days of Xmas Swop, 2013 - Personal and Creative 



A box full of envelopes with mini gifts inside.

A postcard of  the view out of Genevieve's living room window.

Never stop creating.


A foldable shopping bag, great to keep in my handbag for spur of the moment buying sprees.

Super cute little clothes pin pegs made by Genevieve.

Tube of moisturizer with sunscreen.  Great for keeping the Florida sun's rays off my face.

Handmade hair ties to add a pop of color to my day.

Adorable L"OCCITANE hand cream.

A lovely notebook to pen my thoughts.

A favorite of Genevieve's, Burt's Bees replenishing lip balm.

Perfect little bag for lipsticks or pens and pencils, with an embroidered ladybug to keep watch over everything.

2 perfume samples (Lavendar & Magnolia)  from a local perfumery in San Franciso, they smell heavenly.

essie festive red nail polish.  I had a manicure and pedicure yesterday with this color.  Now I am all set for the holidays.

It was fun getting to know Genevieve and to share a bit of Christmas joy with her.  

Thank you for my lovely gifts Genevieve.


Merry Christmas!!!