Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Little Peek

at an upcoming project I created for Crafting Ireland magazine. It is either going to be in the next issue coming out on July 1st, or featured on their blog at a later date. So not too long until I can share the full project here.

Like I said in my last post, we are enjoying summer and keeping pretty busy. I placed my order for our first week of photos that are going in our Summer Project Life album. I am hopefully picking them up today so I can work on it this weekend and share completed pages next week here on the blog.

Now that it is summer, I am only planning to have new blog posts two days a week. Most likely Monday and Thursday, since those days seem to work the best with our schedule. They are also the days I do most of my blog reading. :) I may occasionally do an extra post here are there that might be non scrapbook related, but that probably won't happen too often.

As for my healthy living goals, lets just say that I am doing well with the exercise one for sure.
I have a good regiment going despite the kids being home from school, and am in fact trying to include them in exercise.
This past Monday was the second Monday in a row that Evan and I exercised together. He is wanting to go for runs/walks with me. The first Monday, we included Erin and she rode her bike. It was a little hard for her to keep up though. This Monday, my mother-in-law who lives close by, watched Erin so Evan and I could go together. It was really great to have that time with him. And Erin loves hanging out with her Mimi.
But so far this week I have also done an hour of cardio on Sunday and 30 minutes of strength training today. Tomorrow will be cardio again followed by strength training the following day. You get the idea. I am allowing one day a week off. And also throwing in yoga here and there. It feels like a good balance.

In May, I didn't do as well with fast food. After eating it twice in four months, I think I had fast food about four times just in May, and usually a Dr. Pepper to go with it. What I have learned though is that for the rest of the day after eating fast food I really don't feel so great. It's almost like my body was cleansed of it and then by reintroducing it, I could really feel the effects it had! Not good. And so here in June, I am just saying no!

My sleep goal, not so good. Up way too late every night this week so far. Most nights 12:30. And that is taking it's toll as well. I felt totally drained today despite exercising. So I think sleep needs to be a big focus for me. Sleep and less sugar!
It's kind of good to see where this journey of trying to live a healthier lifestyle is taking me. And seeing what I am capable of doing. Like push ups, man! My push ups used to be so wimpy. Now I am taking them down to the floor and back up from plank position. That feels good!

Well, I am off to get some much needed exercise, cleaning and organizing done.
Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday! :)


  1. Loving the sneak and the photo!! Sounds like you are still doing great!! Good work!!!!

  2. Fun sneak! Good luck with all of your goals. Summer is a great time to get new habits solidified. I'm the same way with fast food - I don't like how I feel after I eat it so it's just best not to eat it at all! :)

  3. Can't wait to see the rest of your page! Great job on the healthy lifestyle goals. It's not always easy but certainly worth it<---I keep telling myself!

  4. Great sneak, Mary Jo. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest. You're doing an awesome job with your goals. Good for you! It's not easy.

  5. Interesting sneak...just enough to tantalize us!!!
    I think you are doing a great job on the health front. You really are making healthy living a part of your life. And teaching and modeling it to your kids! Well done!

    This old, very overweight woman is trying again too...I gained back about 30 of the 44 pounds I had lost. Partly the lack of mobility after the surgery and partly not recognizing when I should push back from the table. I always eat smaller portions in the summer so I am ready for summer and lake time to begin.
    It is harder to overeat at the lake as the fridge is so small...I carefully plan all the meals and keep the portions just right!

    I wish eachof us the motivation to succeed!!! But I think you are doing better in that regard!!! teeehee

  6. Can't wait to see the rest of that layout. And congrats, on the great job you are doing on the healthy loving front and definitely for getting the kiddos involved!

  7. Thanks for the peek ;) I think two posts a week is a great idea! I might have to cut back for the summer too. I'm finding that we're much busier than I anticipated and blogging always seems to suffer :( Good luck with your goals, I know, as far as the getting to bed early, I stay up way later in the summer!

  8. Your sneak peek looks awesome, looking forward to seeing the completed page :)
    I blog in the evening while hubby and I watch the tube, so I blog every day..I have a degree in multi tasking, lol.
    Plus my blog is an extension of my life, like a diary to me, so I feel like I am missing something if I don't do it.
    Enjoy your summer and I will be looking forward to your posts, whenever you share them :)

  9. Lovely sneak! Sounds like you are ready to enjoy your summer, go for it! Proper exercise, rest and eating is high on my list for the summer, too.

  10. Love the sneak! IKWYM about the blog posting Im only working on 3 a week sometimes maybe 4? Summers are so busy with our children being home. Congrats on your exercising! you are doign great!! Im doing more now too and trying to keep up with it as far as to keep at it!

  11. So good you can exercise together. Emma is excited to start Zumba with me. She will do her own thing I am sure!

    Trying to balance too!!

  12. That is so awesome that you exercise together!

    You know, I've been eating tons of fruits and veggies, and when I went home - I didn't. And I'm feeling it! Its funny how your body gets so used to eating healthy and just doesn't want to go back to the not so healthy stuff (but the ice cream and pizza were just so yummy!)

    Can't wait to see the rest of your layout :)

  13. Good luck with your goals. At least you and Evan are spending time together!!