Friday, February 1, 2013

1 Month down (update)

Wow, can you believe January is already “in the books”?  It went by so fast.

So, one month has come and gone and I’m pretty happy with my progress.  I’ve worked really hard on eating less, and moving more!  I’ve seriously done better than I thought I would.  It’s been a month of less coke and less chocolate, and lots of moving.  I started with 15 minutes a day of Walk Away The Pounds, quickly upping it to 30 minutes.  In recent weeks, I upped it again to 45 minutes.  The last few days I have done 1 hour.  Leslie Sansone basically says that the 45 minutes is 3 miles.  I think I will start doing 30 mins maybe twice a day.  Or at least 30, and then 15.  I think breaking it up will hopefully make a difference.   With that being said, are you ready for the BIG number?  I can’t believe how much weight I have NOT lost!  hahaha   I don’t have a digital scale, so it’s a little difficult to say an exact number, but it’s about 2 pounds!  :)   Yep, that’s not a typo.  TWO pounds.  To keep it real, I will tell you that I don’t eat right.  I don’t like fruits and vegetables.  I KNOW, I KNOW!  I’ve heard it all my life.  It is was it is.  Rose (Confessions of a Curbshopaholic) told me yesterday about a site. I logged on today and created a profile.  I’ve never been one to count calories, so I may be a little ignorant of how many calories I’m eating.  My downfall is sweets. I love donuts.  I eat HoneyNut Cheerios 5 days a week, and on the weekends I treat myself to my favorite donuts.  I’m not dieting, I’m trying to make life changes.  I know there is no way I’ll live the rest of my life without sweets. (OR cokes)   I’m trying to do everything in moderation.

Now, for the bad news.  I have been horrible about my cleaning schedule.  I have really backslid with that.  I’ve been very busy with Etsy orders this month, thankfully!  Currently the kitchen looks like it always has, partly because I’ve been painting the floor all week. I’ve been scrubbing, sanding, and taping about 4 large squares each day.  I’ve got a couple of days left on round one. At the moment, it is tri-colored.  I will have to see how I like that.  If I decide to paint ALL of the blue squares a dark gray, I will have to make sure the paint is cured well enough to tape.

kitchen floor update

The blue wall will also be updated someday soon. I’ll be painting it light gray.


Last but not least an update on the shoulder.  I did a little work last week helping an elderly lady put some shelves up in her garage. I took it easy and it went well. They were those white wire shelves, so they weren’t really heavy.  I faired pretty well after drilling and hanging them. She wanted to add some extra support, and went the cheaper route of using PVC pipes.  I drilled a bunch of holes in 4 pipes.  My shoulder hurt a little, but was fine the next day.  NOW, when I say fine, I mean the pain was bearable. I’ve had very few days of limited pain over the last 6-7 months.  I’m still going to the Chiropractor about every 10 days, and hopeful I can avoid surgery.   I plan to work on a couple of smaller projects in the next couple of weeks—but working only a little each day.  That’s difficult for me to do.  Usually when I jump in and start something, I want it done NOW.

Oh, one more thing!  I got my hair cut!  It was getting really long, and looking pretty gray.  So, I used a gift certificate to get a little mini makeover.


You can see how short it is in my Feb 1 “little black dress” picture.  I have this dress that still has the tags on it.  I don’t even know when I bought it.  Last summer I took some pics. (I’ll show those later this summer when I’m done)  I should have taken some on January 1, but I didn’t think about it.  I plan (there’s that word!) to take one on the first of every month. Feel free to hold me to it down the road.  :)  The picture shows a lot more than my weight….you can see the bathroom is still unpainted.  (from last FALL)  You can also see my therabands and a pulley hanging on the door (for shoulder exercises) Too bad the shoulder exercises haven’t helped those fat arms!

I hope your year is off to a great start!

see ya,



  1. Gail, you are so right about just making the lifestyle changes. Good for you! If you love your honeynut cheerios, try doing what I do with my cereal. I put a base layer of fiber cereal, then a sprinkling of a favorite, then a tbl of flax and walnuts, then a few berries. Sounds like a lot but it's not, because it's all just a little of each with the most being the fiber cereal. That way I get a taste of my sugar cereal, without overdoing the sugar.

  2. Wow, kinda scary; I'm painting my floors like that also (only two colors) and I just got my hair cut. Twilight zone, right? LOL! I'm glad your shoulder was bearable after being so nice to help install shelves. Here's hoping for even better than bearable soon. Enjoying your blog.

  3. I think you are AMAZING...wish I had your 'get up and go'! Also, I think you look marvelous...and I like that black dress too! Ü

  4. Love the hair...and you can never have too many "little black dresses"! This one is adorable!


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