Thursday, July 18, 2013

Short-term Goals

When I say short term, I'm talking within 3 months. I'm trying to set short term goals for myself in 3 month intervals that way I can keep a better gauge on where I'm at. I also have super short term goals which are weekly or monthly goals. Like doing x amount of lunges or squats or walking x amount of miles in a week. I just cannot get the hang of this running thing, at least for now I'm gonna do power walks and maybe eventually work myself up to running. Who knows we'll see.

There is an outdoor gym just over 2 miles from my house. I think it is exactly 2.2 miles. My short term goal is to be able to walk to the gym, get some decent arm and leg workouts in, and walk back to the house.

Last night I had my husband drop me off at the gym (his knee is bum right now) and told him I would just walk home. There is a huge hill (huge for me, elev. is about 120 ft) shortly after I started my walk back to the house and I completely underestimated how much that would take out of me. I got halfway back to the house and had to have my husband come and pick me up. I just couldn't take it anymore.

I really need to work on pushing myself more too. I know my head is giving out way before my body is and it's making me mad. I have to find a way to make myself work through the pain. I will never see results if I keep doing things the way I'm doing them now.

I can really tell that I haven't had hardly any activity whatsoever in the past year. A couple years ago a mile or 2 wouldn't have really bothered me that much and now 1/2 a mile and I feel like I'm dying. I push through until I hit at least a mile but seriously! I can't wait to start seeing this progress!

Getting Started (Even though it's been almost 2 weeks now...)

I can't say for sure how many times before I have said I was going to lose this weight and how many times before I have given up. The difference between then and now is this time I'm determinded. I have never in my life wanted to be healthy as much as I want it right now. I need to be a better example for my children. I need to be the mom that I always envisioned I would be, instead of the mom that is always tired and never wants to do anything. I need to do this for me. I am so ready to feel better, to not hurt all the time. I have had tests done, I know that the reason I hurt so bad is because of this extra weight. (Side note: It's finally raining!! YAY)

Ok, back to business. So what is it about a 30th birthday that will make you reevaluate your life so much? I gave up smoking and other than a few light cravings have absolutely no desire to have a cigarette. I would rather have a good workout than have a cigarette. These are just my Week 1 changes and I know that there are many more to come. I'm trying my best to not get hung up on scale numbers, because I know they don't mean much in the big scheme of things. I'm trying to focus more on eating healthy and exercising. And I have to say, I'm really enjoying this new lifestyle change that has been a family. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baby closet dividers

My best friend, a girl who has been my sister since we were in 5th grade (umpteen years ago!) is having a baby!!!!! I can not tell you how excited I am for her! She's having a precious baby boy.  We had her baby shower this past weekend and I spent several nights up well past my bedtime working on fun projects to give her.  I've still got more stuff that I have to make and I need to get busy because this kiddo is gonna be here before we know it!

One of my favorite things I made was the closet organizers. They are so stinking cute! And seriously easy :) Because I try not to make things unless they are easy! I found this idea on Pinterest of all places ;) She did a little girl theme and they are beautiful!

I started with some pre-cut wood shapes (I'm pretty sure they are Christmas ornaments) that I found really cheap at JoAnn's! I used an Elmer's paint pen and painted the sides of the shapes because they wouldn't be covered by the scrapbook paper and I wanted them to have a finished look. 

Sorry for my blurry, crappy phone pictures!

The next thing was to trace my shapes onto the scrapbook paper.  I used a striped paper for my background and traced the shapes so that when I put them on they wouldn't all be going straight up and down.  I wanted a little variation.  I traced 2 shapes per piece that I had, one for the front and one for the back.

And cut those puppies out! Seriously, this was probably the longest part just because I was trying to cut these so perfectly.
For some reason, I don't have pictures of the next couple of steps, probably because it was 2 in the morning and I forgot! But seriously it's really easy.  On the original pin that I got this from she has a link to a onesie pattern that I used.  I had to make mine a little smaller because my wood shapes are smaller than the ones she used.  I found this super cute jungle print card stock that I cut the onesie shapes out of (and I lied, cutting the onesies out took FOREVER, I rough cut them and then used my X-Acto knife to get the corners sharp) and then mod podged everything on.  Then I used some scrapbook stickers and put the sizes on and tied some ribbon on.  I used about a 22" length of ribbon for each divider to make sure that there would be enough room to go around the closet rod.  And....drum's the finished product!

I just love the way these turned out! If I were to do them again though, I would get 2 packages of the stickers so I could put different sizes, such as 0-3, 3-6 etc.  That's more how the clothes are sized but these are gonna be great for now! 


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