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Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and a Snow is Glistening Sneak Peek

Mornin’, y’all!  If you’ve got the day off – hope you enjoy the down-time!  If not – get to work!  You’re going to be late! I do NOT have the day off.  And so I’ll be working and going to the dentist and packing to head to Colorado tomorrow.  Long day, indeed!

If you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video, I appreciate you taking the time!  Especially given the fact that I dropped you like…5 times?  Sheesh!  I truly don’t know what the issue was – but…the bottom line is that all but the very last 10 min or so was lost in the ether.  Maybe Al Gore has it – I don’t know.  But – there was really nothing worth posting on YouTube.  I’m so sorry! 🙁

Waaaahhhhh!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

But – it’s a GREAT card.  And a GREAT technique – so…I’ll do another one for y’all soon, I promise!

So – I’ll try to ‘splain it to you in this post, okay?

I used the soon-to-be-available Snow Is Glistening stamp set (get it on 1 Nov!) and the wonderful Winter Woods to create a fun modified Joseph’s Coat card.  Take a look-see:

Cool, huh?  I think it looks like the Northern Lights glowing on winter-bare trees, don’t you?

The color scheme is courtesy of this week’s Color Throwdown challenge.

I also decided to enter in the “tree” portion of this week’s The Paper Players theme challenge!  I’ve got a “leaves” entry for tomorrow! 🙂

I wanted the snow at the top and bottom (both courtesy of the Snow is Glistening stamp set – avail 1 Nov) to be truly white, so I stamped the images across the top and bottom of a Whisper White panel in Versamark (using the hinge-step with the Stamparatus), then heat embossed them in Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  To be clear – stamp, sprinkle and heat one end at a time. 😉

Then I used wedges of Stampin’ Sponge to color the panel – the top third-ish is in Blueberry Bushel, the center in Lemon Lime Twist and the bottom in Shaded Spruce.  I wiped the embossed images off with a paper towel – and they come back nice and white!  This is called an emboss-resist.

Once the sponged panel was good and dry – help it along with the low setting on your Heat Tool – or leave it for a while.  You want it very dry!  Once it was dry, I stamped the trees from the Winter Woods stamp set in Versamark and then heat embossed them with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

I made the “Joseph’s Coat” part by then sponging over the middle section of the panel with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I didn’t extend the black all the way up into the blue or down into the green portions – I wanted those colors to shine thru!  A final wipe with a paper towel finished it off!

I adhered the panel to a Shaded Spruce mat with Liquid Glue, then I wrapped a length of Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon around it, securing it in the back with Glue Dots.

The sentiment, also from the Snow If Glistening set, is heat embossed in Clear on a strip of Whisper White, then sponged with Tuxedo Black.  I snipped a banner end and adhered it to the ribbon with a couple of Glue Dots.

I used a Glue Dot to add a new Snowflake Trinket (coming on 1 Nov with the Snowflake Showcase goodies) and a little bow tied from the Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added the Winter Woods image onto a Whisper White panel.  I used my Stamparatus and sponged the stamp directly with Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist and Shaded Spruce.  Then I added the sentiment from the Snow Is Glistening set in Tuxedo Black.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Shaded Spruce mat and into my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

I repeated the sponged rubber stamp technique with the Winter Woods trees on the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope…

…and then I used the hinge-step again with the Stamparatus to add the Snow Is Glistening image in Blueberry Bushel across the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love how this turned out – those Winter Woods trees are one of my favorite images in the new 2018 Holiday Catalog.  And the greens just shine, don’t they??  I can’t wait for y’all to be able to snag the Snowflake Showcase goodies – be watching for a blog post all about them, okay?  Hope you like – and…SO sorry for the technical difficulties we had last night!  Thanks for your patience!

TTFN

 


HOST CODE FOR 1 OCT – 15 OCT: MC7D3KYW

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from any active catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Starting TODAY!

Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate of $5!!

How it’ll work:

  • The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5.
  • The flash promotion starts 8 Oct 2018.
  • The sale will continue until the supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on 10 October, whichever comes first.
  • If the supply runs out before 10 October, Stampin’ Up! will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features our one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).
  • Enter the code FLASH1018 before the sale ends to receive this special introductory price.

A few more details:

  • This offer is for new subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first month of a new subscription. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95.
  • New customers must enter promo code FLASH1018 at paperpumpkin.com before the sale ends to receive the introductory price of $5.

So…get ready to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin beginning early on 8 October (psst – that’s TODAY!)!  Click here to head over to my Paper Pumpkin store to subscribe and get this great deal!!


FINAL DAY!


Stamp-n-Storage is offering 15% off storewide (including NEW products from their 2019 catalog).  Stamp-n-Storage starter kits are excluded.  To receive your 15% discount, use coupon code FALL2018 The sale runs through October 8, 2018!

Click the picture or right here to get started!!  Please note that if you use the Stamp-n-Storage links above to shop, I get a small affiliate fee for sharing them with you. However, it’s pretty obvious I have a lot of Stamp-N-Storage solutions to help me organize my space.  And I love it enough to tote it along whenever possible!  I highly recommend them!


2018 Holiday Catalog Special Bundles!

I’ve put together some special money-saving bundles for you from this awesome and wonderful catalog!  You’ll get a bunch of goodies, shipped directly to you!  And you’re going to save a pretty penny, too!

When you order one bundle, you’ll get the new Swirls & Curls TIEF for…FREE!  Buy multiple bundles….and you’ll get the Swirls & Curls TIEF for free PLUS I’m going to add in a SURPRISE gift! 😉

We’ve got some Fall bundles, a few Christmas bundles, and a Halloween Bundle.  Take a look-see:

#1- Making Christmas Bright Bundle- $100 
#2 – Santa’s Workshop Bundle- $126
#3 – Joyous Noel Bundle- $77
#4 – Festive Farmhouse Bundle- $110
#5 – Country Lane Bundle- $84
#6 – Frosted Floral Bundle (6a – Wood – $129) or (6b – Clear – $123)  
#7- Toil & Trouble Bundle (7a – Wood – $113) or (7b – Clear – $106)  

Check out what goodies are in each bundle – and get signed up for yours today!  There’s a handy Order Form right here on my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Holiday Catalog Bundles


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Shaded Spruce Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 7/8″ x 2″ (sentiment)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


Finn Fan Fix

Now look.  I know you guys love my dog.

I got it.

And I don’t want what I’m going to tell you to change your opinion at all.

Ready?

Okay.  Brace yourself.

Finn.  Is.  Weird.

I’m not kidding.

That’s “Sit Pretty”.  Ears – paw up – lips (when I can get it).

And he’s offering it on his own here.

Now – you might think he’s trying to persuade me to give him a peppermint.

Or a piece of filet mignon.

Or bacon.

Nope.

He’s trying to get me to give him a piece of Honeydew melon.

Which I did.

And then he returned for more. Four more times.

Like I said.

Weird. 😉

TTFN
M

 

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Stamp-N-Storage Sale – One Week Only

Hey y’all – just wanted to let you know that my favorite craft storage solution….Stamp-N-Storage.…is having a Fall sale this week.  And this week only!

I know you’ve seen pictures of my crafting area – especially the ones I carry along with me on trips!

And, I think you know that, when I can DRIVE…

…I take my Paper Storage Crates…

Paper Crate

my Combo Holder…

…my Ribbon Shelves….

…and my magnet cards and Storage Boxes!

I usually leave my Storage Cabinet and Lockdown Punch Holders at home.

I mean – seriously.  I could actually rent a U-Haul and just take it all – but…the hotel rooms are only so big! 😉

Starting today, Stamp-n-Storage is offering 15% off storewide (including NEW products from their 2019 catalog).  Stamp-n-Storage starter kits are excluded.  To receive your 15% discount, use coupon code FALL2018 Sale runs through October 8, 2018!

Click the picture or right here to get started!!  Please note that if you use the Stamp-n-Storage links above to shop, I get a small affiliate fee for sharing them with you. However, it’s pretty obvious I have a lot of Stamp-N-Storage solutions to help me organize my space.  And I love it enough to tote it along whenever possible!  I highly recommend them!

TTFN

 

 


HOST CODE FOR 1 OCT – 15 OCT: MC7D3KYW

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from any active catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

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Stampin’ Up! Flourish Filigree in Copper and Merry Merlot

Good Saturday morning, y’all, from the Ellijay mountains in North Georgia!

As I write this, we’re doing shoebox swaps after our fine dinner prepared by Chef James!  Check out the Finn-Fan-Fix-not-featuring-Finn for more on our Retreat!

The card I have for you today is an elegant Christmas project using the new Flourish Filigree stamp set and some Joyous Noel Specialty DSP.  Take a look-see:

I played along with the Global-Design-Project challenge this week which is a CASE the Designer challenge – with guest designer Kerstin Kreis.

I started with a piece of the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP that I matted on Crumb Cake, using Liquid Glue, for the card front.

On a piece of Merry Merlot, I stamped the large-and-lovely filigree image from Flourish Filigree in Versamark – then I sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I heated it up with my Heat Tool.

When it had cooled, I cut the panel down to size and matted it on Crumb Cake.  Then I adhered the panel to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I used some Glue Dots to add a couple of new Snowflakes & Stars Wire Elements down in the corner.

I stamped the sentiment from Flourish Filigree in Merry Merlot on a piece of Crumb Cake, then punched it with the Pretty Label Punch.  I added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the punched sentiment and used them to wind several loops of Copper Metallic Thread.  Then I popped the sentiment over the Wire Snowflakes.

On the inside, I matted more of the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP on Crumb Cake.  On a Whisper White panel, I stamped the filigree image in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake in the corner.  Over that I added a second sentiment from Flourish Filigree in Merry Merlot.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Crumb Cake mat and then onto the matted DSP and into my Merry Merlot card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a full-strength Crumb Cake filigree image in the corner…

…and then I added a little more Joyous Noel DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Elegant in Copper and Merry Merlot – the Flourish Filigree stamp set shines atop Joyous Noel Specialty DSP!  Wonderful for Christmas, don’t you think?  I hope you like!

TTFN

 

 


HOST CODE FOR 16 SEP – 30 SEP:  DGB4RKC4

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from any active catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


September Paper Pumpkin Kits

Refills and Full Kits Coming on 24 Sep!

Our Frights & Delights September kit was a spectacularly spooky success! Refills (149540) will be available starting September 24 and can be found in the online store. Additionally, due to this kit’s special seasonal appeal, we’ve decided to place the FULL KIT (149671) on sale as a past kit right away (with no typical 3-month delay). Woo-HOO! Full kits will also be available on September 24 and can be found in the online store. Refills and full kits are only available while supplies last and ONLY to Paper Pumpkin subscribers, so don’t miss out!

If you’re not a subscriber, but you think you’re going to want to get these treat bags – get signed up now and then grab up the full kits on Monday! You can either sign up for a subscription where you’re billed monthly for your kit or you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my online store.  To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription, click here.  To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my online store, click here.


Clearance Rack

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store.  Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Some goodies have already sold out – but there’s plenty left to choose from –  and Fast Fuse Refills are still available! Shop now and stock up.

Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill

Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill
$7.50

2018 Holiday Catalog Special Bundles!

I’ve put together some special money-saving bundles for you from this awesome and wonderful catalog!  You’ll get a bunch of goodies, shipped directly to you!  And you’re going to save a pretty penny, too!

When you order one bundle, you’ll get the new Swirls & Curls TIEF for…FREE!  Buy multiple bundles….and you’ll get the Swirls & Curls TIEF for free PLUS I’m going to add in a SURPRISE gift! 😉

We’ve got some Fall bundles, a few Christmas bundles, and a Halloween Bundle.  Take a look-see:

#1- Making Christmas Bright Bundle- $100 
#2 – Santa’s Workshop Bundle- $126
#3 – Joyous Noel Bundle- $77
#4 – Festive Farmhouse Bundle- $110
#5 – Country Lane Bundle- $84
#6 – Frosted Floral Bundle (6a – Wood – $129) or (6b – Clear – $123)  
#7- Toil & Trouble Bundle (7a – Wood – $113) or (7b – Clear – $106)  

Check out what goodies are in each bundle – and get signed up for yours today!  There’s a handy Order Form right here on my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Holiday Catalog Bundles


Dashing Along Designer Series Paper Host Promotion!

Host a Workshop or place an order of $250 or more (total before shipping and tax) in the month of September, and get the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper FREE.  The Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards you’ll earn!

Find all the details (and how to get this pretty paper for yourself!) at my Stampin’ Up! Promotions Page!


 

It’s time to start redeeming your Bonus Days Coupons!  You’ve got until the end of the month – and then they’ll go away!

So – here’s a handy flyer to walk you thru redeeming your coupons in my Online Store – click it to make it big enough for humans! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Merry Merlot Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored at 5 1/2″); 2 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ (Copper-embossed front panel)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ x 4 1/4″ ( second mats for card front and for inner liner); Pretty Label Punch (sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ (inner liner)

Joyous Noel Specialty DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); envelope flap


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Today (Friday), Finny is keeping his Dad company in Atlanta while I’m up in Ellijay enjoying a wonderful weekend retreat with good friends, good food, and a great place!

I give you…Skyview Mountain Cottage!

This.  Place.  Is.  Gorgeous!

And – we have a most gracious host…meet James!

He’s cooking for us this weekend – and had snacks and drinks and coffee and appetizers all set out and ready for our arrival.

Heaven, y’all.

Just sayin’!

Here’s a little pictorial tour!

Upstairs is a wonderful living and dining room….

Check out that table!

Then the downstairs is the crafting area!

Love the frame on this downstairs mirror…

There’s a resident kitty.  Named Max.  He’s a real fireball!

And there are some other residents of the area checking us out!

We spent the first evening doing some Shoebox swaps and getting settled into our room!  And I did a presentation about doing Facebook Live videos!

Y’all checkout the Skyview Mountain Cottage website – and if you’re in this neck of the woods, you should try to get to one of their open-houses!  This spot was purpose-built FOR crafting!  It’s AMAZE-BALLS!

More on our weekend tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary

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Stampin’ Up! No Card For You!

Good morning, y’all!  Well – here we are.  The last day in Palmdale, CA for me.  Today I’ll be finishing up packing and getting myself down to LA for my oh-so-early flight tomorrow.  What the heck was in my head when I said “oh yes – a 7:30am flight will be lovely”!?  Sheesh.  It makes ma heid hurt doing the backwards planning to figure out when I have to get up to be there 2 hours ahead.  Might actually be less painful to just not go to bed…

I ask again – what the heck?!?

Given my early get-up, I suspect I’ll “watch a movie” on the way home – hopefully it’ll be one I only sorta care about, since I bet I watch my eyelids more than anything! 😉

So – I’ve told y’all over these past few months that I’ve lost a lot of weight in the past year.  I’ve had many requests for an account of that journey – and I thought I’d take today to go ahead and share it.  Which means – this is not a card post nor is it even card-post-adjacent!  And that means…if you’re not interested please click the little “x” in the corner – and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when the post WILL be card related!

A lot of folks have asked how I lost the weight I have – it’s 123-125 pounds, by the way (depending on the day!) – since about May 2017.  What I did was pretty no-brainer:  Put fewer calories in my mouth than I burned each day.

Duh?

Can someone tell me why such a freakin’ easy thing to type is just SO.  DARNED.  HARD.  TO.  DO?!?

THE WHY

I’ve pretty much struggled with my weight for most of my life – at least the parts I can remember.  High School.  College.  My whole time in the military – where that was a “BIG DEAL”.  A seriously big deal.

I dreaded going to the doctor cuz…they feel an unreasonable need to put every patient on the scale.  EVERY time – not matter why you go there.

“Hi – I’m here because my elbow hurts”.

“So good to see you – hop right up on the scale”.

“So – came in to see if I should take a vitamin for old people or…”

“We’ll be happy to see you – hop right up on the scale”.

It’s a bit of an obsession for them.

I dreaded cameras.  10 pounds?  Well…maybe.  Or maybe I have TWENTY cameras aimed at me.  Ever notice how few pictures you’d see of me on the blog?  Yep.  That’s why.  It put the awful truth smack in my face and all my chins.  So…I avoided it.

Yes – being fat was definitely a thing for me.  And a cause of much stress and worry.  And embarrassment.  NOTE:  If you struggle with YOUR weight, please know I’m not judging in any way, shape or form.  You should NOT be embarrassed.  That was just a ME thing, okay?? For me – it seemed like it should be easy to lose (like flying or card making or riding my horses) – so I judged MYSELF.

But – it was, apparently, never enough of a thing for me to do something serious and permanent about it.  I’d always go on a diet “one day”.  Start exercising “one of these days”.  It’s HARD to exercise when you’re fat.

Just sayin’.

Even when my Mom lost all her weight – not enough.

So…what was the tipping point?

Well – in the spring of last year – 2017 – I had a physical.  The full monty (literally) with the scale and the blood-work.

Before the labs came back, my mom asked me – as we were talking about health and such – if I knew what my A1C number was.  I had to confess I didn’t and she suggested I should find out cuz I didn’t want to get into the realm of diabetes.

About a week later – the labs returned and I went back to the doc for the follow-up.

She never said a word about it – but…at the top of the lab results sheet it said: “Pre-diabetic”.

I pretty much don’t want to be diabetic, y’all.  Really.  Seriously.

Which meant it was time to do something about it, right?

About the same time, I was getting really really close to having gathered up the points I needed to earn the Alaskan cruise.  I knew I was going to hit it – and that I’d be on a cruise this summer.

And I wanted to look good on the cruise.

Or…at least thin! 😉

So.  That was it.  I decided to get on the stick and do something!

Now – here’s where I stick in the caveat/legal-ese.  I am NOT a doctor.  Nor am I a nutritionist.  So – what worked for me may not work for you.  May not even be healthy for you.  And I’m not telling you this is what you should do.  Check with your doctor.  I am not him/her! Questions??

THE HOW

I considered Weight Watchers (decided not to pay to be told what I already suspected – and…I like to do my weigh-ins under the cover of darkness, not in front of anyone!).

I thought about Nutrisystem or some other special purchase food program – but…no.   Money again.  And also – how would I learn how to eat “regular” food if I’m eating packaged meals the whole time?  Would I have to eat that stuff forever to keep it off?  That didn’t seem right for me, either.

My mom lost her weight by going regularly to a nutritionist and keeping a daily food log/journal.

So…I figured I’d try the same idea.

Without the nutritionist part.

And I wasn’t excited about writing everything down in a little book.  So being at least quasi-technically savvy – I did what all smart phone owners do.  I headed for the Apple App Store.  My search resulted in several hits – but the one that I thought looked the best (and was free) is one called Lose It.

 

This is a digital food log.  I gave it my current weight and stats like age and height and it told me my target weight.  Which turned out to be pretty close to what the doc wanted me to weigh.  Then it asked me when I wanted to get to that weight.  I used the cruise as my goal date and backed that up a month – just in case I was less successful than I hoped.

The resulting daily calorie allotment appeared – and a place to log my food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  This app is great – it’s got a ginormous data base and that makes it pretty easy to enter what you eat.

And there’s the rub.  I entered everything I ate.  EVERYTHING.  I got brutally honest with myself. No sneaking – no “that doesn’t count cuz I ate it standing up at the counter”.  If I stuck it in my mouth – I logged it.  And I quickly started making decisions based on how many calories I had left for the day.  Which is another cool feature of the app – it logs the food – and does a running tally.  Then it also provides a “how many have you got left” number.

So.  Easy, right?

Well – it actually wasn’t awful.

Not great – but not awful.

I bought a digital scale to begin weighing myself.  I used the weight on my “old” scale as a starting point (it was pretty close to what the doctor’s office weight had been).  Then, I began my bi-weekly weigh in about a month after I started.  I was scared to do it quicker than that – what if I’d gained?  Hadn’t lost a thing after being good for a week?  Two weeks?

I finally decided to pull up my big girl panties and see what was going on.

And – I’d lost 2 or 3 pounds!!  I was amazed.

The app lets you enter your weight – which I did.  And then I did that every two weeks.  I picked Sunday morning – and always weighed myself at the same time – in the same clothes (I picked nekkid, since that was an outfit I could remember! 😉 ).

Once I started to see the weight come off – it got easier to stick to what I was doing.  As I logged lower and lower weights, the Lose It App decremented the number of calories per day I could have and still keep losing (that HAS to happen or…you don’t lose.  The less you weigh, the fewer calories it takes to sustain…so…got to eat fewer).

And a year-and-change later – here we are.

That’s it.  The secret?  Put fewer calories in than you burn.  Done.

EXERCISE

For the first 85 pounds or so, I didn’t “exercise”.  Oh – I took care of the horses and played with Finn (but not excessively and not for “exercise”).  I tried to park a little farther out at the grocery store – take the stairs as it got easier – those kinds of things.  But no “exercise”.

As I started to get lighter – and feel better – I added walking to the agenda.  I purchased an iWatch (a FitBit would do the same) and became competitive with it – I wanted those rings closed every day!  It tracks your movement (translated as calories burned), exercise (based on a number of things like heart rate, etc) – and amount of standing I do.   I even bought a portable stand-up desk thingy so that I could stand up to work at my computer.  Wanting those rings to close each day helped to motivate me to move more.  “Type A much, Mare??”

Also – as I lost weight – things started to get a little (a lot!) saggy in places that I wasn’t loving.  So I figured maybe moving would help.

I dug out my old Suzanne Sommers Thigh Master from the closet – and started using it when I sat in my recliner.  For legs AND for my arms.  No – don’t laugh – it actually does work.  I didn’t count reps – I’d just sit there and squeeze it with my legs or arms while I watched tv.  Unless the cat was in my lap and then I had to stop so I wouldn’t disturb his nap.

Priorities, people, it’s all about priorities! 😉

Do I want that Biscotti in the morning (170 calories) with my coffee or do I want to eat something more filling later?

Do I need chips/taco shells with the mexican dinner?  Or…could I have a little more meat which will fill me up better and for longer?

Do I want a bag of M&Ms – or is buying that pair of jeans two sizes smaller a good enough trade?

Making “right” choices got easier and easier.  And, the more I tracked myself and learned that “I can do this” – I realized that, if I decided to buy the new jeans AND eat the bag of M&M’s, I had the “tools in my kit bag” to get back on track the next day! 🙂

THE BENEFITS

As I started to get thinner – I had to buy new clothes.  It was a powerful motivator, not gonna lie.  I’m now in a size 12.  Which may seem big to many of you reading this – but…it’s a good size for me.  I am happy at the weight I’m at right now.  Any less – and I think maybe I wouldn’t be so pleased with the reflection in the mirror.

I LIKE going to buy clothes!  Heck – I’ve even bought leggings.  To do laundry in, sure – but…I didn’t turn to stone when I looked at myself in the mirror.  And, with the right shirt – I’ve even worn them down to get breakfast or dinner in the lobby.  Where people SEE me!

I do not cringe when I see a picture of myself.  I actually kind of like it – it’s smack in my face what I’ve managed to do!  And I’m pretty proud of that.

EVERYTHING is easier now – standing, walking, taking the stairs.  Here at the hotel I’m on the third floor.  I take the stairs pretty much every single time – even carrying my computer bag.  It adds to my calorie burn each day.  Yesterday morning, I even jogged on the treadmill.  I can’t even tell you what a feat that is for me.  I haven’t comfortably run or jogged since before I broke my leg the first time back in 2004.

And it makes me feel a tad smug! 🙂

I’m actually looking FORWARD to going to the doctor for this year’s physical.  I want to see “good” numbers on the labs.  And my nemesis (the scale) can just pound sand!

I LIKE being thin.  Can’t help it.  For me – it’s just better than the alternative.  And I hope to heaven that helps me keep doing what I need to do to stay here.

So.  That’s the Why and the How.  What follows is a list of random tips.

  • Highly recommend that you get Lose It – or an equivalent.  If you don’t have a Smart Phone – do it online (that picture up above is a handy link for you!).  If none of that appeals – pull out a notebook and a calorie counter and get to logging.  Lose It was a key factor in my weight loss and it will remain on my phone as long as I do – it’s now letting me log to maintain my weight.  If a weigh-in shows a slight gain (ala after the cruise!) – then I log that and it bounces my daily calories down to get back to my goal.  So my plan is to keep logging.  It makes me much more mindful of what (and how much!) I am eating!  Do I get hett if I go over for a day?  Nope.  But I don’t let myself do that EVERY day.  And tracking it helps me to…well…keep track!
  • Buy a food scale.  Keep it out ALWAYS.  I had an old Pampered Chef scale that I pulled out and it stays on my counter.  No more guessing.  “An ounce of cheese is the size of two dice”.  Uhm…I must have big old fuzzy dice!  Deck of cards for meat?  Nope.  Doesn’t work for me. I was dismayed to see what amount of all sorts of food is a “serving” – and how many calories that serving has.  I even bought a new digital scale when I came out to CA.  That’s it weighing my morning yoghurt (vanilla, doctored with freeze-dried coffee and unsweetened cocoa!).

  • Pull out the measuring spoons and measuring cup.  See #1 – it’s the same principal.  You can’t know WHAT food to add to your log without knowing (FOR SURE) how MUCH of it you have.  I even use a measuring spoon for my creamer in my morning coffee.
  • Get familiar with cauliflower rice.  It has become my secret weapon – along with Lean Cuisines Frozen Meals.  The cauli rice doesn’t taste like rice – hello?  It’s cauliflower! But – it ends up adding a similar texture to food as white rice.  And the calorie difference is crazy.  1 cup of cauliflower rice is about 20 calories.  Same cup of cooked white rice…206.  You can do the math.  So…a Lean Cuisine with roughly 300 calories – add 1 – 2 cups of cauliflower rice (almost every LC has more sauce than is really necessary!) – stir it up.  You’ve got a filling meal – that takes a minute to eat (and chew!) – for around 340 calories.  I buy the rice in the steamer packages in the frozen section – cook the whole bag in the microwave and refrigerate half for another meal.

  • Steamed broccoli.  Again – microwave steamer bags – I keep them in my freezer all the time.  When I was/am hungry, I’d steam and eat the whole bag.  Sprinkle some grilling spice or just salt and pepper on the broccoli.  Maybe add a teaspoon of grated parmesan…again, it takes a minute to eat a ginormous plate of broccoli and it makes, and helps to keep, you full!  Might take a Beano or two before eating it…just sayin’.
  • Don’t try to weigh every day.  At least – that didn’t work for me.  Weight fluctuates up and down.  If you have a down day and then weigh the next day and you’re up – then…probably just a normal fluctuation.  But – that had a negative effect on me.  So I did every two weeks – on the same day – at the same time – in the same clothes (or lack thereof!).
  • I ate a lot (and still do!) of shredded iceberg lettuce.  One 8 ounce bag is 35 calories – I buy the packages by the handful at the grocery.  Add some thinly sliced turkey (I get the Oscar Meyer or Hillshire Farm kind – 50 cal for 2 ounces.  Don’t forget to WEIGH the meat!!), a kosher dill pickle, maybe some pickled gardiniere and okra, and low/no calorie salad dressing.  Cut it and mix it all up and it’s a pretty good salad.  I’ll also use the salad as a base for a “taco salad” and mix one of the mexican (Fiesta Giller Chicken, Unwrapped Burrito Bowl, etc – from Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice) into it.  When it’s all stirred up, I’ll add a little salsa – green or red – for some kick.  No cheese – I didn’t need it and didn’t want to “spend” the calories!  Yum!
  • Fiber One Lemon Bars, Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Brownies are nice little 90 calorie treats.  Do NOT be fooled – not each kind of Fiber One bar is only 90 calories.  Some are 150.  Watch out for “Health” food.  It may have lots of wholesome goodness – but the calorie counts can be shockingly high.  Like…granola.  Yikes!  Remember – I was doing straight up calories.  And – that might not be for you.  But…it worked for me! 🙂
  • I like a bedtime snack.  I know – not supposed to eat after 7.  Or is it 5?  I don’t know.  What I DO know is that if I do NOT have my little bedtime snack, I wake up around 2 and I’m hungry.  Too hungry to go back to sleep.  So…I am more than tempted (I usually follow thru!) to go to the kitchen and get a snack.  And it’s likely not all that well weighed/measured/thought out.  So.  I have 6 – 9 Reduced Fat Triscuit crackers (110-165 cal) and a slice of Sharp Cheese (90 cal).  I actually put it in my Lose It in the morning so that I am planning ahead for those calories.  The crunch and slight saltiness of the crackers makes me feel like I’m getting something and the protein in the cheese helps me not wake up hungry.  Again – this is what worked for me!

So – I think that about gets it.  I hope that this helps you some if you’re looking for help in this department.  If you’re one of the lucky folks out there who never has to worry about their weight – my envy level is very high indeed!  The idea of being able to eat whatever I want whenever I want it is….intoxicating.

But, I doubt that will ever be the case.  I’ve seen the result of that sort of food plan for me – and it’s not okay.  I will always and forever have to think about what I eat.  But the things I’ve learned in the year+ that it took me to lose it will (I most fervently hope!!) help me to stay very close to my goal weight forever!

If this is your journey – I wish you luck and Happy Calorie Counting!

TTFN

 

 

 


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Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Holiday Catalog Shares Are Open!

What are catalog shares, you ask?  They’re your chance to try a little bit of everything and see what you like the best.  It’s like…your first trip thru a cruise ship buffet…you have a little taste of all the fun things you like (or have never tasted) and then you go back for seconds (or even thirds!) on the goodies you love!

I’ll place our Shares order first jump out of the box on 5 Sept 18 and use expedited shipping so I get it back fast!  Then I’ll get it all cut up, packaged and out the door quick as I can – hopefully early in the week of 10 Sept.

Shares are open to anyone – including demonstrators, so…check it…

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a free extra bonus!!).

Deadline to sign up for the shares is 3 Sep 18 at 8pm EST!!  Head over to my Holiday Catalog Shares Page for all the details on what you get with each share type, as well as a handy form to fill out.  

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!


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Stampin’ Up! is offering a limited time stamp set bundle called Blended Seasons.  It’s an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season (also available in French)!  The stamp set can be bundled with Stitched Season Framelits Dies, which is a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images

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Finn Fan Fix

 

No FFF’s for a minute – cuz…once again, I’m here and he’s home with his Dad!

Soon…

TTFN
M

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Stampin’ Up! Still Night in a Winter Wood for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! This is another installment of the Joint Blog Hop between the Happy Inkin’ Thursday and Happy Stampers Blog Hop ladies!  I hope you really enjoy all the inspiration you can get from our talented folks!

I pulled out a few new goodies from the 2018 Holiday Catalog (surprise!) for you today.  I used the new Still Night bundle and the Winter Woods stamp set, plus the gorgemous new Frosted Floral Specialty DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! The Fun Has Begun on our Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise

Good morning, my peeps!  It’s the first full day on our cruise – and this is an “at sea” day!  We’ll be doing our first SU! session this morning (and will probably get a first look at the 2018 Holiday catalog!  Which I can’t share yet – sorry!).

I figured you might like a few pictures from yesterday…

We arrived at the pier on the first bus of the morning…

And the Explorer of the Seas came into view.

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Stampin’ Up! Notes of Kindness Card Kit!

Good morning good morning good morning!!!  GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS?!?

No, silly – it’s not HAWWMP Day!  It’s OFF TO VACAY Day!!

We’re on our way to Seattle – and looking forward to a few days of sight-seeing and trying to get the idea of moving to that area out of my head!

I fear this plan may backfire…. 😉

Anywho…

Next on the agenda is the cruise.  Whoo-hoo!  And I’ve heard tell that the folks who give us all the service that cruises are known for do appreciate a hand-stamped little thank you at the end.  Stampin’ Up! has kindly paid our required gratuity (yes – being an SU! demonstrator is awesome and earning a trip is one heck of a perk…perhaps you’d like to earn a cool trip of your own?) but we can give a little extra at the end to those folks who we think go above and beyond.

Well – it turns out that SU! has ALSO come up with the perfectly perfect All Inclusive Card Kit – called…Notes of Kindness!

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Stampin’ Up! Waterfront in Every Season!

Good morning!  From Atlanta!  Whoo-hoo!  Made it home in good time – pretty easy all the way around.  Watched a movie and did a few blog posts on the ride home!

Arrived to a shocking re-introduction to humidity!  Yikes!  And a dog who can’t hold his licker! 😉

My card for you today is made with the lovely In Every Season stamp set – an image-only set with 12 wonderful flowers – one for every month!  So I used that and a couple of sentiments from the Waterfront set.  I put it all on top of some soft Tea Room Specialty DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Seize the Day for the Stamp Ink Paper #157

Happy Tuesday, y’all!  Since it’s Tuesday, that means we’ve got another Stamp Ink Paper challenge to give your creative mojo a bump!

This is a Designer’s Choice challenge so I’m betting you’ll see a lot of diverse projects from the Design Team!

I used a new stamp set called Seize the Day and some pretty new colors for my card.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! The New Stampin’ Blends Colors are Available!!

Whoo-hoo!  They’re finally here!!  The new colors of the Stampin’ Blends are in the online store!!  The full collection is now available!

Can’t wait to get my hands on all those new colors!

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