Out With The Old, In With The New

Out With The Old, In With The New

Tomorrow is the start of another new year, 2015. Will you be making any resolutions, setting goals, hoping for a fresh start? While I don’t make resolutions, I do have a few goals in mind.

1.  Spend more time being creative.

This past year, I spent a lot of time working on eBay sales. I’ve enjoyed it, certainly, and have been somewhat successful at it. But I have not had any energy left over for sewing or making crafty projects. In the year ahead, I’m going to scale back on selling and ramp up crafting.

2.  Get back into a regular workout routine.

Ever since my first baby was born nearly 24 years ago, I’ve exercised 3-5 days per week, the only exceptions being for illness or recovering from surgery or injuries. Once again, injuries have kept me from regular exercise for the past few months. I’ve managed to do some yoga and take a short walk here and there, but nothing like what I’m accustomed to doing. The injuries are not improving much, but I’m tired of waiting on them. It’s time to find something my body is able to do, and work it!

3.  Return to the Thin Within way of eating.

Several years ago, I learned about Thin Within, a faith-based weight loss approach, and led a group at my church. As long as the group stayed together, I followed the program and said farewell to 35 lbs. After the group disbanded for lack of participation, my incentive to adhere to the program also disappeared; gradually, most of those 35 lbs came back. Adopting a vegetarian diet is probably the only thing keeping me from regaining more than I lost back then. I’m really tired of feeling blob-like, and since TW was the simplest, most effective weight loss program I’ve ever followed, I want to get back on that wagon.

That’s it…those are my goals. Nothing earth shattering or terribly difficult. Just a few things for me to strive to improve.

May 2015 be a year of peace, good health and joy for us all!

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program

So I disappeared from my blog for a few weeks. I’ve been busy, y’all! This is the first time I’ve kept my eBay auctions going over the holiday season, and while it’s been fun, it’s an added time consumer in an already action-packed month. I’m getting the holiday things done (decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, etc) and the usual things, too (cooking, laundry, animal care). But other things (working out, reading, blogging) have had to go on the back burner. This Grammy doesn’t have the zip she used to have 20 years ago! How on earth did I decorate every room in the house, bake 12 different kinds of cookies/candies, clean the entire house twice a week AND chase after two kids???

Since it’s doubtful I’ll find much time for blogging until after Christmas, I’m going to use this post to “catch up” on the few outfits I’ve documented with photos to this point. Get ready…we’re gonna get zippy! Ha ha!

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Outfit details: sweater & scarf ~ Modcloth; leggings ~ Walmart; boots ~ eBay; earrings ~ adoption fundraiser; pin ~ thrifted. This outfit was worn the church the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I’d planned to wear it ON Thanksgiving, but since we hosted the meal at our house, there was no way I could wear a warm sweater while doing all that cooking.

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Outfit details: sweater ~ thrifted; leather skirt ~ thrifted; boots ~ JC Penney; earrings ~ adoption fundraiser. Another church outfit, worn the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I discovered that it’s quite challenging to kneel at the communion rail in a leather pencil skirt when you can only put weight on one knee. But I did it!

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Outfit details: sweater ~ eBay; shirt ~ thrifted; jeans ~ thrifted; shoes ~ eBay; necklace ~ gift. This is what I wore to go Christmas shopping one day early in December. It was warm enough that day, a coat was not needed, especially with that cozy cashmere sweater.

I was sure I had a couple pics of one more outfit, but I can’t find them. It’s entirely probable that I deleted them before uploading. And I apologize for the lack of brand names in the outfit details. There isn’t enough energy left in me tonight to go rifling through my closet to examine tags. Good night, folks, and in case I don’t see you again for a while…Merry Christmas!

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