Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hey Did you Guys See- My Project Life Videos!

Can you guys believe that April is just about done! May at least the 1st half of it is going to be extra special around here so lots of documenting going on. My Isaac will have his 1st offical mass as an altar server at church,Gabi's 1st communion, Mother's Day and Mother Daughter Tea OHHH I can't wait.

All of this reminded me that I never posted here about me releasing my Project Life videos I had made with my Stampin Up group. I figured I'd share them since well the group didn't turn out as I had hoped but the whole reason I started the group was to inspire others to do Project Life because to me it's SO important to document our daily lives. I actually posted a peek at week 17 and posted about that. It doesn't matter if you don't complete a week even if you just put 1 pictures it's better then having nothing.

Below is week Week 1-2 of my Project Life of 2015 just make sure you go to my You Tube Channel and you can check out the rest of the weeks that I posted.




I am working on the rest of my weeks and I'll probably will have to do more then one video to share them but glad to be catching up I'm up to the end of April now YAY!


How about you guys how are you doing? Anything new you are doing for this year? I would love to hear your ways your documenting. Just leave me a message if you blogged or have pictures posted on IG or Facebook so I could see them!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

So it seems true that Gaining is Better then Losing

When it comes to getting healthy that is. This week as I went to weigh in there it stared back....+1 SAY WHAT... hold on this HAS to be wrong let me get off this scale and do it again. NOPE Ellie you gained this week...BUT HOW can this be? I've been working off my bum and eating better then I ever have in my life.... AHHHH welcome to the your body is turning fat into muscle world...SAY what now OH so you mean in order to be proud of these little baby arm muscles that are starting to peek I have to gain. WHAT in the world?

Although in the world of Weight Watchers that's not good you get the little message of Oh you've gained this week it's OK try again next week. Guess what this is when it gets real and you have to actually be PROUD of that gained pound IF as I said you are eating correct and working out that means progress.

I love weight watchers I tell you so much but I am loving that I am getting stronger as I can see my body changing, yet it kind of made me a bit sad to see that message.



I actually had posted about this on my Support Workout group and OH man I cracked up as I read that I am not the only one who thinks the scale is evil. What I was able to reflect is that what can stop me is me giving up. As long as I put my true all into what I am doing no matter what then that's success in it's self.

I have to remember the small wins. Like going down from 10-12 to 6-8, from Size L to Size Small. To being able to hit 5K on my Fitbit almost daily and if not just about or speeding way beyond my daily goal. To watching my kids want to run or even try out some of the things I'm doing during my workouts and my Husband joining me in doing T25.


So as I step back and really see what I am achieving I shall take a deep breath and remember that Success Stops when I do.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

That one time I channeled Paige Evans

I've been totally slaking when it comes to my scrapbook pages. I have a box that I set side that I put pictures in that I pick out to scrapbook well let me tell you  it's overflowing now! I had to get in it and do something.


That's where I went to one of my favorite scrapbooker - Paige Evans! She is beyond amazing and can use a silhouette machine & thread a page like nobody's business ! 

Confession me and needles and thread are NOT even close to being friends although I Love the look but patience is SO not my name but I set out for the challenge and I used some of my Amy Tan templates as well some Elle Studio goodies. 

 I kept it simple since I did the stitching. I used my sweet little Fujifilm printer my Hubs got me to print the Polaroids. Those pictures are of my oldest and youngest when he came home from lunch one day.




I really loved the look it gave on my page and I'm looking forward to stitching more on other layouts.




My next layout came about because how many of you have school pictures of your kids still in the envelopes they came in? For me I knew this year I wanted to create a page and not just stick them into their albums. I really loved this year's pictures because they captured each of the Littles personality.  


I finally got a new blade and mat for my Silhouette and getting back into giving it mini workouts. I forgot how awesome it is!

How about you have you scrapbooked any pages lately?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Girl's got to Eat!

Since I'm still working on a Project Life video I want to share with you guys. I thought I'd share a  few favorite thing I've been enjoying while getting my healthy on, cause I don't know about you I love my food!


For Breakfast:

Eggs White ( zero points )
Sandwich Thins (usually 3 pts) *they have different kinds my favs are either wheat or honey wheat
COFFEEEEEE! I usually get a Dunkin Donuts - Large / Iced Carmel Latte (4 pts)
Banana (zero points)
Strawberries (zero points)
Oatmeal- Quaker - Banana Nut or  Maple Brown Sugar (6 pts)
Laughing Cow (1pt)
Kellogg's breakfast sandwiches (4pts)



Lunch Favorites 

-Trader Joe Hummus -Tomato & Basil (1oz -1 pt)
-Progresso Soups (the light ones) (1 -2 pts for a cup usually the whole can)
-Trader Joe Social Crackers (8 for 3 pts)
Tuna -in water ( 2 pts for a can)
-Salad - mix of Spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes (zero pts)
-Trader Joe Personal sized Pizza (6 pts)
-HealthyOnes Turkey (6 slices -1 pts)
-Trader Joe Organic Low calorie Cheese sticks (1 pt)


Dinner Favorites

Talipa (3oz 3 pts )
Sweet Potato (3pts) I bake the whole potato, or cut it up and make fries I LOOOOVE it!
Broccoli (zero pts) I either bake or broil
Veggie mix with Asian seasoning ( found in freezer section) ( 2 pts for a yummy cup)  
Baked chicken breast 4 ounces (4pt)




Snacks

PopChips BBQ flavor (13 chips for 2pts) trust me that's more then enough
Thin mints ( yup you read right!) 1pt a cookie!!! Test that will power
Sugar free chocolate pudding 1pt
weight watchers mint chocolate bars 2 pts ( with this ill chug down 20 oz of water!) 
trader Joe honey wheat pretzels sticks (5) 1pt


There you have a few of my favs of course I'm such a foodie I could write a book but for now sharing these. Next week I'll share recipes I love.


Before going I'd love to share this picture cause it's true a picture is louder then words sometimes:



Yup it's true hard work pays off. A month of working hard and focusing is feeling awesome. Evèn if you have 10 minutes move!  DO some running in place, squats or sit ups. Just get active! 

This is my T25,blogilites and weight watchers routine results so far SO excited to see more transformation happening.

How about you? What's your favorite way to be active? 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Transformation Monday

Hello peeps! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today I thought I'd share something I've been working on which actually started ( well the thought of it) back in November when I turned 39. I figured it was time to start putting focus on me again but it went on the back burner till January 1st which was when I weighed myself and it said 149 and I thought that can NOT be right.

Guess what it was most def right because I had gone to get my annual physical and that's the facts I got given. At my 5'2 that 149 looks more like 160 because I have a small frame it does NOT go to "nice places" if you can call it that.

So that is when I thought of myself and why I wanted to be. Healthy not just for myself but for my family.

So my working on me started:


Not bad see what a difference 10 pounds look on me!  I must admit my journey has been slow but I think it's actually good because I am learning so much more and love that I still am enjoying food. I am a foodie at heart and I need my yummy food. 

So this will be just something for to document and when I feel like I'm tired and just am wanting to give up I will have this to look back at. 

I'm also doing T25 and today I start Week 5! I must admit that last week it was like swallowing nails because I got to that stage where I was saying OK can this be OVER now..but I keep going because it's ONLY 25 minutes. Come on admit it, you could sit and be on the computer just looking at mindless things LONGER then 25 minutes so to give yourself 25 minutes to a healthier you well I think it's worth it. So that's what I keep saying.

 Next week I move on to the next level so I just need to get it DONE and see my hard work in action speaking of which.....

Also I'm part of an AWESOME group where we support each other put together by Jonathan Li  he totally motivates everyone in the group and I really need that little extra push and he checks in with us to see how we are doing. No hussle no oh you have to get this do this NOPE just encourgement and WHO doesn't need that! He actually already sent me a message saying Time to kick Week 5's bum and YUP I'm on it Jonathon!!!

Oh this week we are having a water challenge because how much water do you REALLY drink? I'm proud to say I actually have been drinking more water then I've ever drank BUT this week we are having a challenge and we have a daily check in to see how we are doing. I love it! I'm challenging myself to drink 75 oz a day. YUP.. you read right... but it's only 3 of my water bottles for the day so I GOT THIS!!!! ( if you want to join just let me know and I'll add you on FB for the challenge. You set your own goal and we cheer you on.)

So if you need some get your motivation and would LOVE to give T25 or any of the other Beach Body programs out I'd recommend Jonathon (no he isn't paying me to say so or anything LOL....) and I'd love to see some you join the group!!



Monday's is my weigh in at WW and today I saw this....







Yes... Let's rock this Monday shall we... But before I do I also wanted to mention look for a new Project Life video YES FINALLY! Also on Wednesdays I'm going to try to share a new recipe that my family is loving as of late and healthy for you!

Well that's enough of my rambling. What have you been up to as of late?

Monday, March 16, 2015

What's in Your Camera

So confession I actually had forgotten to upload the snaps I had captured with my DSLR. I actually hadn't really even picked up my sweet DSLR to capture anything, as I must admit I was getting the Winter blues because it seemed the only thing I would be able to capture was just the freezing blah weather or my sweet Isy bean playing.

You know what after downloading my pictures I saw they tell a store about this past Winter and I will cherish them as they tell  a story :


The start of our day while having a snow day looked like this :


A hot latte for mama and some game play for the kids


Outside looked like this :



Snow and more snow. The kids & I thought it would NEVER end.


Meanwhile in baby world :



Mickey and the other toys ruled that kingdom and mama was fine with that.


So the rest of the days we spent trying to get through it with whatever came our way and just waited for it to all finally start to melt.




with that our story of waiting was told by my camera. I am looking forward to capturing much more now that the sun is staying a little longer to play and warm weather should be following soon.


Do you have some forgotten treasures in your camera?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What one will do to enjoy some Yummy Thin Mints

 So this happened today :


                           


all because I wanted to enjoy some Thin Mints as I'm on Weight Watchers ( I have an upcoming post about it) and I did have points for it but I wanted to have left over and well you guessed it I have plenty left over now! 


I'm actually not even that tired! A shower and I'll be good. I really think that me doing T25 (this coming week will be week 4 for me and yes my upcoming post will talk about that too) is how I was able to achieve today and feel awesome about doing it!!!


So tell me do you have a Fitbit? What's your daily goal, mine was 10,500 but after my week I am going to up it 500 steps more (today is NOT a regular day but I usually have been hitting my goal) 

Now time for a shower to settle with my kids for a movie and those Thin mints!!

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