Posts made in February, 2012

Dukan Diet {Week 9}

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 0 comments

This past week has been a bit of a struggle for me. It’s been getting easier for me to cheat on my diet–a lot. However, I have managed not to gain any weight but I also haven’t lost any either. I think the reason it’s been so easy for me to cheat is because I haven’t gained any additional weight. When I first started the diet, I was afraid to eat anything with sugar lest it ruin all my efforts. Now that I know it’s not such a big deal, it’s hard to refrain, especially since my order of Girl Scouts cookies came in. 😀

So far today I have resisted cookies or anything else with sugar. I’ve started keeping a food diary again, which I think will help a lot. I need to have accountability in order to stay on track. It’s just how I work.

It’s also been difficult for me not to rest on my laurels and think that losing those first 20 pounds is good enough. I need to keep it going and go all the way! I’m trying to find the motivation to achieve the long term goal.

My stats are pretty much the same this week, but I am starting to lose inches around my thighs. 🙂

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Weekly Inspiration | 0 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I thought it would be appropriate since I’ve been feeling inspired this week. I got a little burnt out after all the holiday crafting, but now I’m ready for a new project. It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally determined to finish Lex’s room. For some reason when I was pregnant, I didn’t really nest a lot, and I blame that for his room not getting done before he was born. Plus we were broke. And I had a soul-sucking job which caused me to be constantly tired. And I was pregnant. Anyway, now that Lex can sort of entertain himself for short periods of time, I have hope again that I can finally get it done!

So, I’ve been dreaming up a storm and have a vision of what it’s going to look like.

First and foremost, I was dying to get some cubbies like this for Lex’s room. I don’t have a dresser for his room, but there are built-in drawers. I thought a cubbie unit would be great because it can be bookshelves or, if you add some baskets, it can also hold clothing. Thanks to Ana White, woodworking goddess, I am going to build them myself. These exact cubbies:

On Saturday I went and got my supplies and have already started cutting, with help from my talented husband. (He’s making sure I don’t cut my hands off.) I’m a little worried about how it’s going to turn out but I’m also very excited to actually be building something with real wood from scratch.

Above the cubbies I want to hang some art and photos on the wall in a sort of montage. Along those  lines, here are some things I’ve seen around and may want to replicate:



Source: via Ashley on Pinterest


I want to get some of those paper machĂȘ letters from Hobby Lobby, cover them with moss and use them to spell “LEX”


The next big thing I’ve been wanting to get for Lex’s room is a big comfy chair. At first I wanted a rocker, but Lex doesn’t need to be rocked to fall asleep. Then I wanted an oversized armchair, but then I thought of a papasan chair. I have always wanted one of these chairs but was afraid it would get torn up. When I found one on Craigslist for $30, though, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s from Pier1, and the cushion is micro suede ochre. Here’s a photo from Pier1’s website:

Papasan Chair & Frame - Brown

The reason mine was so cheap is that part of the bowl is a little broken. I’m planning on using some sugru to patch it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

When I went to visit my mom last spring, we went to the IKEA in Tampa, and I got this fabulous leaf canopy for Lex.

LÖVA Bed canopy IKEA Can be mounted on the wall above a bed, an armchair etc. Filters the light, creates an atmosphere without blacking out.

Originally I was planning on just putting it over his crib, but now I’m thinking it would be great to use as a cover for a reading nook. Then there’s this idea for a giant leaf planetarium:


Giant Leaf Planetarium

I love the idea of twinkling stars above Lex as he falls asleep. Plus his daddy has been messing around with arduino lately, and I’m sure he could make this happen.

At Lex’s daycare in each room they have something called a “cozy corner” with pillows and stuffed animals. I really want to have something like that in his room, too, where he can snuggle up and look through books. I really love these:




He’s probably too little for the little canopy just yet (in that he would probably just tear it down all the time), but eventually it would be lovely.

Here’s where I’m a little stuck. Remember these great shelves that came with the house?

What should I put on those shelves? It would need to be items that are only decorative. I’m working toward a double theme of dinosaurs/nature and astronomy/space, but I don’t want to get too matchy with everything. I got a little T-Rex 3-D puzzle and I think I’m going to copy my talented sister’s idea and do it up like this:

So he’ll go up there once finished. But what else?

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Dukan Diet {Week 8}

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 1 comment

Has it really been four weeks since I last posted about my diet? Wow. Well I’m happy to report that I’m still on my diet and still losing weight! To date I have lost 20 pounds! 🙂 I am quite proud of myself, and other people are starting to notice as well. There’s nothing like getting compliments to motivate you to keep at it.

I must confess that I haven’t been following 100% of the rules 100% of the time, maybe more like 90% of the time. The last few weeks I’ve allowed myself to indulge in treats that I found very hard resist like cookies and dark chocolate. To balance those little indiscretions I did not allow myself to have a full celebration meal. So, for example, I would allow myself to have a few cookies at work one day, then a few pieces of dark chocolate with peanut butter after dinner another but with my main meals stick (mostly) to the rules. I’ve found that as long as I don’t pig out on desserts and practice restraint elsewhere, I can still have success. It’s all about balance.

That being said, since I’ve relaxed a bit on some of the rules, I’ve realized how easy it would be to slip back into old habits. It’s easy to take an all-or-nothing approach and just switch back to the way it used to be. Luckily I have a husband who would call me out on it, so I’ve managed to keep on track. Speaking of Vincent, he’s got a sort of love-hate thing going on with his new diet. Poor guy. I can tell that he just hates not being able to eat any gluten but apparently it’s better than what happens to his digestive system when he does eat it. He cheats every now and then but immediately regrets it once he experiences the consequences. We have both been eating more starchy foods than the Paleo Diet recommends– lots of rice and sweet potatoes. We still try to avoid the worst ones like corn and potatoes, though.

A big reason that we have made some adjustments to our respective diets is the sheer cost of buying healthy, whole food. It’s really a shame how much more I have to spend on groceries just to be healthier. After spending far too much on groceries in January we decided that we would have to compromise a little. I’ve been looking at online tips to save money at the grocery store, but truthfully I kind of hate researching the price of meat at all the different stores to make sure I’m getting the best deal. Guess I just need to suck it up and do it! If you have any shopping tips for me, please share! I need all the help I can get in that arena.

To sum up, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made with the modified Dukan Diet so far. Even with compromising the rules a little I’ve been able to keep shedding pounds. The biggest down side to our diets (and probably most diets, really) is the cost of eating healthier. We’re still sticking to it, though, because it means a healthier us!

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Where I’ve Been

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

So very sorry if anyone has tried visiting in the past couple of weeks only to find that my blog had disappeared! As you may have surmised, it came time to renew my domain name, and we happened to be completely flat-on-our-asses broke at that time. Luckily we got our state income tax return last week (yay!) so we are playing catch up. It was very frustrating not being able to post anything, and I sincerely hope that by this time next year we will not be so horribly broke.

I’m not sure how much I would have really posted if my blog had been up in the last couple of weeks anyway. My maternal grandfather had been suffering with lung cancer for a while now and had been moved in hospice care once he decided to stop chemo treatments. He was still doing ok, although whenever I saw him, he looked a bit paler and weaker. Things took a turn for the worse when a few weeks ago my grandfather fell and broke his hip in the middle of the night. He had to have surgery, and the doctors were afraid he wouldn’t make it through because the advanced stage of his cancer. He actually did make it through, but then he contracted pneumonia while in the hospital. It was too much for his body to handle, and the doctors moved him into hospice. We had enough time for everyone who could to come and say their goodbyes, which was very fortunate. He passed away gently, surrounded by people who loved him, and I suppose that’s really all anyone can ask for.

His funeral was in Fayetteville, Tennessee, my grandfather’s home town. I’m very grateful that I was able to go, be with my family, and lay my grandfather to rest.  I got to spend time with my mother and almost all of my mother’s family. In that way funerals are very bittersweet, don’t you think? You are saying goodbye to a loved one, but you also get to see family that you haven’t seen in years. It was good to reconnect with everyone, and I’m sure there’s another family reunion in the works.

When I think of my grandfather, I remember a man who was always happy to see us. He could be grouchy at times, but his hugs, kisses and smiles are what I remember the most. He lived in Florida after he retired, and that’s where I remember visiting him the most, so he’s irrevocably connected to the beach and sun in my mind. He loved seeing Lex and was always impressed by how well he could get around. He was so proud of all of his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. We all loved him very much, and it’s still hard to think that he’s gone.

It was definitely a tough couple of weeks. Losing my grandfather made me appreciate the grandparents I still have even more. When I became a mother family became more important to me than before, and now I recognize the importance of family even more. I’ll admit that I’m a bit flaky at times and don’t make as much effort to show my appreciation to my family as I feel I should. I hope they still know that I love them and am so happy to have them in my life.

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