My (Weight Loss) Journey

It’s been just 2 months, I’m still eating healthy,  actually this has been a big learning curve for me, not only knowing what to eat and when, but also having exercise in my life. Wow the changes have been huge but once they’re there and maintained they become a part of my every daily routine.

Exercise is now a big part of my life. I have a Personal Trainer and have been with him now for these 2 months, seeing him every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6.30am.  Booked in originally for 20 sessions, which went by quite quickly.  Now booked for another 20 sessions. He has helped me immensely.

I started my first session with my Trainer, Colby Huggins from Ultimate Physique, 23rd February 2017.  I weighed in at 128.1kg, wow what a number, size 22 moving on out of this size, probably closer to size 24.  Very large, very unfit, very sad, but ready to change, Yes ready for CHANGE.  I Had to be ready.

I thought I could do this before back in 2011, hired Colby back then because I was told by my doctors to lose weight and exercise. Had a few sessions with him, but was very unwell, depression. Had to quit on Colby, and myself.  Changed doctors last year and he changed my medication.  I found I have ADHD, not so much depression. As of November last year I have been on new meds, and as of last month I am no longer on antidepressants, YES!!!!

Another new change in my life is Plexus.  I started Plexus at the beginning of March.  A range of Health supplements that are probiotics and prebiotics making me healthier from the inside out. They are helping me by stopping that awful bloated feeling and stopping me craving sweet things.  Fantastic. So having the cravings gone, controlling what I eat is now much easier.

Colby has taught me to exercise and sought out my diet.  At the beginning to get food and exercise into my life the right way, was so hard.  I thought, that after years of NO EXERCISE, that now I was exercising I could still eat whatever I wanted and lose weight.  No, I didn’t put weight on, but I didn’t lose weight.  Note to self,  Execise + Good Diet = Weight Loss!!!!

Food has been another hard thing to grasp. I have lost a bit of weight right now, but I also thought that eating a good breakfast would see me through the day until tea time.  No, it makes it much harder to lose weight as your body thinks you’re starving so it produces more fat to make you feel less hungry.  If you want to keep up the weight loss, small meals and often throughout the day is what you need.  I need this as I have tried all of these things, and when I know I’m working hard with the exercise, and not losing weight due to lack of food is so disappointing.

These learning curves have been necessary for me to become successful in my Weight Loss Journey, and Colby has been there helping me to understand my body for exercise and diet, he has helped me learn the right way to a healthier me.

It has not been easy, but I am enjoying my life much more now.  Friday, tomorrow, I will be going to deep water aerobics, which I have been doing for a little while now,  I walk my dog before I go, and after my PT Sessions I walk my dog as well.  I have been trying to make exercise a part of every day.  Who would have thought that I would ever enjoy exercise.  Colby documents all my progress for weight loss, fitness and the times I take whilst exercising.  I have improved since the start and am improving with every session. Thanks Colby, you are helping me get to be the person I’m meant to be!!!

Now to let you know the figures, February 23rd 2017 weight 128.1kg size 22. May 18th 2017 116.5kg size 18. That’s a loss of 11.6kgs.  I’m planning to be much fitter and healthier and closer to my goal by December 2017.  Watch this space for more updates.

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Tips and tricks

I was in the process of cleaning up my craft room to get ready to make some  new cards and explore some of my great buys from last weekend, and previous things I haven’t yet played with. Some new stamp sets from Hero Arts, Altenew, some stickers from the Sticker Store and some dies from Creative Inspiration Live.

I found that my Stampmaster was quite grubby with Black ink from my Stazon ink pad.  So I tried to clean it with nappy wipes, no still dirty. Alcohol spray was my next try, no still there.  Eucalyptus oil, will always work when nothing else does, and it did. YES!!

Very grubby.

Yes it really works!

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Techniques

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Glittering Die Cuts

I really like using my dies for different techniques, and one that I’m enjoying at the moment is using glitter with them. The first technique I like most is the stained glass look.  I have used this in 2 of my classes at Nicky P Papercrafts.

This is the Rainbow Lorikeet from Ultimate Crafts Stained Glass Collection. I used this in my card for the Island Escape Class.

This is the Chirping in the Eaves Die from Ultimate Crafts L’aquarelle Design Collection.  I have used this in my card for the L’aquarelle Class.

Here are the steps for you to follow.

1. Use a good quality white card stock at least 180gsm.

2. Cover 1 side with double-sided adhesive, I have used Couture Creations double-sided tape roll which is  12 cm wide.  The easiest way to apply is to unroll the adhesive with the sticky side up, then lay the card on top. After doing this press the adhesive firmly onto card, go over it with a plastic scraper.

3. I have used quick release paper to help the card come out in one piece.  Place the quick release paper over the adhesive tape side of card. The die now goes over  the quick release paper, now place into your die cutting machine ( Go Cut Emboss, Cuttlebug, Sizzix etc) and roll through.

4, Carefully remove from the machine, and remove the card from the die.

5.  Die cut the same die in black card stock. Make sure all the pieces are poked out and nothing is left on the back of the die cut card.

( I found I wasn’t as careful with the white card, one piece popped out.  To avoid this you could put the double-sided adhesive on the back of the card before you die cut it.)

6. Cover the back of this piece with the double-sided adhesive tape and press firmly on the back with a plastic scraper as in step 1.

7. Carefully remove the outline part of the cover sheet from the white card. Start with one corner, try to lift the cover sheet only, treat it as if it is precious silk and remove.

8. Place the black die-cut over the adhesive area matching it perfectly to where the cover sheet was.

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9. Press firmly in place with plastic scraper.

10. Now we can remove the cover sheet of the areas you wat to glitter. Lift each piece with a pricker tool carefully, as if it’s silk.

11. Apply the glitter to the uncovered area.  Burnish with your finger, move your finger firmly over there glitter in a small circular motion. Brush off excess.

12. Apply your next colour and repeat the steps as in 11. Keep going until you have coloured your whole image.

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Have fun and Enjoy!

My Journey

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My food diary! Relax and go with the flow in the serenity of the sea!
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Flying over Brisbane!

I have let you know that I have battled with depression, so now that I’m much better I’m starting to look after myself better. With my depression I found solice in food, my biggest crutch, and unfortunately I relied on food to give me pleasure or I wanted it to give me energy, so I could just live each day as an aware person. So hard to do when you are always so tired with absolutely no energy and no motivation to get up and move. Thank goodness for a great doctor and a change in meds has brought me to where I am now. I also reconnected with my Mums family and am so grateful to have them in my life again. They were my buoy to stop me from sinking into the void while just trying to live my life last year.  They helped me to find my love of craft, which never left really, but to be able to share a love with family and friends who have a common interest is so amazing. You really helped my find my mojo! Fast forward to January,  I tried for a job in a craft store, thought I would give it my all and take some samples of cards I had made during 2016 ( with family),  in the back of my mind I thought I  had no chance, but I had nothing to lose. Thanks Nicky, she hired me to teach others how to make cards, at Nicky P Papercraft, love this job.

I had also booked a trip to Brisbane to go to a scrapbooking weekend by Artdeco called Creative Inspiration Live, showcasing the new designs being released this year and being able to play with them while being shown new techniques by some very talented tutors. All of which I can take back to Nicky P Papercraft shop and teach to the lovely ladies.  Well this weekend is CIL, and I’m here in Brisbane, feeling like a child awaiting Christmas eagerly for tomorrow to arrive. Still very nervous when I try to do new things. I get flustered, and I did so today getting ready to leave for the airport, forgetting everything, but having a very beautiful and patient husband who helped me remember tickets case keys etc, thanks Ja!

I have been so busy this past fortnight trying to focus on a new job, but also putting a lot more focus on me & my health. I’m in the middle of my life with an overweight and frumpy body with a brand new attitude on life, yes I want to live and be me! A whole new me who can go out and accomplish anything I put my mind to, without my body holding me back!

I have signed up a Personal Trainer at Ultimate Physique Fitness Studio for 10 weeks, twice weekly at 1 hour sessions, so I can’t chicken out and prove to my self that I can do it. I had 1 session on Tuesday and another on Thursday, lost 1kg and loving this life.

I will also be trying a new health system to compliment the training to help me lose weight, keep fit and not have any excuses for going back to how I am now! I Want To Be Taut, Trim and Terrific. And I Will Be. This positive thinking really does work! You dream and you will do! Most of mine have already been accomplished, new job in the field I love, a craft weekend, without anyone to help me here, but I’m loving that I’m here and by myself doesn’t matter, I like my own company now, not scared any more, another big tick for me! Things are only going to get better. And I’m loving it!

My Makes

I have been having a little play with some of the new things I have bought from my numerous craft buys lately.  Altnew has some gorgeous stamps that you can layer to get some fantastic effects. I have bought a few of these sets, and haven’t used all of them yet, but this one called Garden Hydrangea is a favourite.

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I made this card for my Aunt for her Birthday. She also told me she loves the colour blue, I thought she did, and I’m glad she does, I do too.

 

Couture creations has some fabulous embossing powders that have glitter in them as well as some vibrant colours, so I used this to colour and embossed the FOR YOU sentiment on the card.  I also embossed the middles of the flowers with a holographic embossing powder and embossed the vellum Hydrangea with white embossing powder. Great effects.

This is the stamp set I used from Altenew called Garden Hydrangea, a fantastic set of layering stamps.  Love this set.

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Another card i made this month was a Valentine Day Card for my Gorgeous Husband.

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I made this using a stamp set from Unity Stamps, the sentiment is from the Lighthouse set from Altenew, stickers from Hero Arts.  The Background was created by me using Tim Holtz distress inks, and cut with dies from MFT.  I coloured with distress inks also. I embossed with a clear embossing powder.

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This is the stamp set from Unity stamps.

I love to create and these are just a couple of items I really enjoyed this month. I hope you like them as well.  Until next time…

 

My First Class

I have been very busy over the past 2 weeks, with school going back, picking up my daughter, trying to get back into a routine after the school holidays and also getting ready for my new job.  Designing cards for Nicky P Papercrafts.  I made five cards for the Enchanted Tea Party, and 3 were used for the class.

These 2 cards I did not use, but combined these to make a new shaker card, and I used the Burnish Glitter technique for the Bird in the background and the large Top Hat. A great start to my class, forgot to take a photo of the finished product, but it is on display in Nicky’s shop.

The class started at 9.30am, on Friday 10th February, by 11.00am we stopped for morning tea, then we finished putting this card together.

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This is the 2nd card, another shaker card, with glitter and microbeads inside.  This is also a technique base card, and probably took another hour also to make, and with the class to be only 3 hours long, it took time to get this one finished.  I had a 3rd for my lovely ladies to make also.  We rushed through to get the base of it done so they could take it home, for homework.

Paper piecing card, making sure all pieces were handed out to all the ladies, and they all had instructions to finish card in own time.

I was very overwhelmed, thinking I might not be able to do this, and that I couldn’t relay the instructions properly, or they might not like what I had given them to make.   Then I was worried that there was too much for my lovely ladies to do during my class.  Well they all kept up with my instructions, and asked questions during the class for help, etc, and I think I was able to help all.  They were all very happy with the results of their makes, and would like to do my classes again.

Wow they liked the class, everyone was happy with all that they learned and they want more?  I still can’t believe it. So it must have been a success.  March will be busier, as I am planning to make more cards to teach in new classes, don’t quite know what sorts of cards they will be, but that’s what I’m doing in my spare time.

My Craft Room.

I have been in the process of tidying up my craft room for some time now, but I think I have finally reached a place where it is in a workable format.  I started this project 13th December 2016.   My Craft Room was not in use, as a craft room, for about 6 years, it had become my junk room for my craft supplies, and other things.

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  My Junk Room  13/12/16

The mess start date 13/12/16

 

 

I have been battling against depression for such a long time, that I kept a lot of stuff in this Junk Room, probably a lot of rubbish, but none of it could be thrown out, just in case. In case of what I don’t know, I never found out, but kept nonetheless.  Some chairs and boxes have already has been removed from the room so I could get in.  I had to move everything out of the room, before I could start to clean it up, and moved into the hallway near the front door, entrance to my house.

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Front Door and hallway Storage 14/12/16

The front door was blocked for a couple of days during the cleanup process.  There is also a new dining table, under all my stuff, that needs to go into our dining room.  That table has been there for 8 months or more.

 

I cleared the floor, vacuumed and mopped it as well. Moved some of the furniture around, so I could put in some more storage items.

I went to Ikea and purchased this great 5 x 5 box storage unit, yes I also had to put it together, I started it, and with the bribe of me cooking tea, my husband and son finished it for me.  Great huh!

The dining room has been my craft room for the past 6 months.  I have most of my paper crafting things in the dining room, and where did we eat our meals?  We ate in front of the TV, on the couch.  As you can see my craft stuff is all over the place in the dining room, on the chairs, table and floor, organised chaos.  Entertaining was something we did not do, shame of my home.  I took these photos just before clearing this area and with Christmas interrupting my progress, then New Year, and we had to go away at that time, so 4th  January  2017  was my restart cleaning of craft room.

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My Dining Room Craft Free 9/1/17

Over the next week I ordered a big bin from the counsel, to get rid of all the junk we did not need. The table in the dining room was one of our things we threw out, along with all the junk I had been hoarding in my room.

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I cleared most of the stuff away into my room and also into the hallway, but not blocking the door any more. I put most of the things into my new storage unit and around the place as neatly as I could.

With everything in the room, I still needed to organise things so I could move around the room to craft and also have easy access to my supplies.  January 9th 2017 and my craft room still needs some urgent TLC, but is workable at a push.

I went through all the stacks of files on my desk and threw out lots of paper. Stored my magazines in the magazine storage boxes, that were all empty, not anymore. Threw out most of the boxes I was hanging on to, just in case?   I also went through all my paper stash and reorganised the way it was stored. I went through my embossing powders and glitters, and put them into new containers.  Yesterday and today, 27th January 2017 I fixed my storage for my dies, embossing folders, embellishments, paints, pens, coloured pencils, ribbons, lettering stickers, rub-ons,  die-cuts,  etc. Still need to fix the storage for my stamps, but this is always a work in progress.

Dining room now

Dining room can be used again, even when my Husband does his paper work.  My craft room is great, I would love a bigger work space, but it’s what I have and it’s a much better area now!  I love it!

Using everything

This is where the power point is, my heat gun, laptop and music all get plugged in here.  In this space are my 2 dressmaking dummies and a nice 3 drawer trolley (from Ikea) to put my paints, crayons, markers and pencils in.

 

I have a 2 x 4 box unit which stores all the craft items that I’m not using so far;  jewellery making, sewing, dress making, knitting, crochet, fashion design course stuff ( I completed my Cert IV in 2014), and a few other bits.  My CD’s are stored in the boxes on top of the black unit as well.

Paper strorage

The 9 drawer unit I also bought from Ikea, I put my cardstock in it, it’s 28cm x 45cm, not the right size for 30cm x 30cm papers, but great for pre-cut cardstock, A4 card and scrap paper.  My Cuttlebug lives on top with my Paper Trimmer.  On the floor I have empty storage containers, in front of my filing cabinet.

Using every surface

On top of my Filing cabinet is my 30 x 30 storage unit with a couple more boxes, for 30 x 30 storage on top of that,  My Chameleon Pens are next to it as well.

Storage on desk

My Aunt found these great little jars, from the $2 shop, that all screw together, they come in 2 different sizes, small and large.  I have used the small ones for my glitter and sequins.  The large ones I’m using for my embossing powders, and flowers.  They all connect together with the screw top lid screwing into the base of the jar, and they are against the wall in the middle of my desk. There is various other bits on my desk as well, but in between the jars is an old DVD storage rack, a wire on from Ikea, I use this to keep all my 6″ x 6″ cardstock pads, and the odd papers I might be using at any one time.  My foam sticky tabs are on top of the stack of pads in a container. My desk is quite tidy at the moment, I’m not working on anything yet, until tomorrow.

This is my Craft room for now. It’s always a work in progress, if I update anything, I’ll show you.  I will show some of my storage solutions in detail at a later date, but for now this is it.