I planned this week to get started on some of the pieces on my to-do list, but I have been knocked out with a bad cold/flu sort of thing. It had me bed-bound for a couple of days and has left me dragging through the week. I’m up and about now, but I just haven’t had it in me to start painting or stripping a piece of furniture and forget trying to organize the attic and guest room. That’ll have to wait until I’m back to 100%…well, maybe 80% will do…realistically. It’s tough for me to just sit, but I’ve been focusing on computer work and Jane Austen movies & BBC miniseries have kept me entertained. (Is anyone else totally bummed that they didn’t make a third season of London Hospital?)
So, I was hoping to have lots of fun stuff to share, but I’ve had to slow down a bit, so I’m just going to share a few random things and an update on my weight loss/fitness journey.
First, I wanted to show off this wonderful gift…
I was busy at the Chapel Market, signing books and taking pictures and a woman was behind me, holding this two-tiered stamp holder in her arms. The piece caught my eye and I thought, “What a cool find! How did I miss that before the market opened?” I turned my attention back to the book signing. A few minutes later, the woman, who’s name is Paula, was in front of me, still holding the two-tiered stand. She smiled and handed it to me.
“I brought this for you. I thought it would be a perfect way for you to display wood knobs painted in all of your milk paint colors or something like that.” I told her how much I had admired it in her arms and was so surprised that it was for me! I tell you what…my readers are good peeps.
It was such a thoughtful and kind gift and I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it. Thank you so much, Paula.
Now for an update on my fitness/weight loss journey. You can read about my journey in these posts…
Living with Limits – I had gained 30lbs and had to have my gallbladder removed, so something had to change.
4 steps to minimizing Miss Mustard Seed – My “get fit plan”
My P90x results – 12.5lbs lighter and a lot stronger
So, where am I now? I’ve lost over 20 lbs since starting my fitness journey and have dropped 4 pant sizes. Woohoo!
After P90x, I started Insanity and did that for a few weeks. I liked it, but I kept hurting my back…like, hardly able to straighten my back, keeping heat on it all day, not able to lift anything kind of hurt. I finally had it x-rayed to make sure it wasn’t injured. It turns out I have some arthritis going on in my lower back…goodness, at 35…and I have a sway back. The exercise is helping strengthen my back, but Insanity goes at such a fast pace (and I’m not one to be left behind) that I wasn’t focusing on proper form. I was just focusing on doing things quickly to keep my heart rate high. So, I switched back to P90x and introduced P90x2 workouts into the mix.
Well, then I traveled a lot and we went on vacation (I actually lost weight on vacation) and then I jumped back into work when the kids were back in school. I’ve been doing P90x2, which I really like, but haven’t been consistent about it. When I started P90x, I viewed it as a head-on challenge to do it for 90 days…no excuses. No, I’ve gotten lazy. I’m still eating vegetarian, I still don’t eat overly processed foods or things with MSG, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc, but I’ve stopped tracking my calories and I haven’t made exercise a must in my day. I have been going on regular hikes, though, and find that I love being outside and pushing myself (even in the rain)…
Even though I’m not tracking calories, my new eating habits are so established that I haven’t gained any weight back, thankfully, but I do need to get back to losing again. I think I’m having trouble getting motivated, mainly because I’m feeling good about where I’m at…
…but, at the same time, I still want to get in better shape, to be stronger and more toned and to lose a bit more of the pudge. So, it is time to buckle down again, workout hard every day, track my calories, monitor my activity with the Up Band and mix things up even more with my diet (I’m planning to remove wheat and sugar for a week to see what happens.) For my workouts, I’ll do a hybrid of P90x and P90x2…three days of strength, two days of cardio and one day of a hike/walk/bike ride/family activity.
If you’re working on a fitness plan, I could use some cheerleaders and accountability buddies, so just leave a comment and we’ll push each other along!
Oh! And I had a personal shopper/stylist get in touch with me a few months ago when I expressed how lost I feel when I got clothes shopping. I’ve been putting off meeting with her until I’m “where I want to be weight-wise”, but then I decided that was silly. The point of working with a stylist is learning how to dress in a way that flatters my figure no matter what size I am, so she’s coming out to take a look at my wardrobe, such as it is, on Friday. I’m a bit nervous about it, I must admit, but excited, too.
Today, I did manage a photo shoot for a special project coming up and here is a sneak peek…
…and I got a new lens in the mail, so I put it on my camera, turned it around and snapped a selfie. The lens is zoomed all the way out at 24mm, so I could shoot at arms length. Since I’m pretty close to the camera, there is a bit of distortion, but I like how nice the focus is.
I had three fixed FX lenses (meaning they don’t zoom in or out) – a 50mm, 60mm and 24mm and I found I needed something that can zoom for when I travel, attend events and for more casual shoots, so I bought a refurbished 24-85mm, which covers some of the range I was missing with my fixed lenses. I am still eyeing the 35mm to add to my collection, but that is a pricey piece of glass, so I’m going to hold off on it for a while.
So, there you go. A little bit of this and that.
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