2019 · Carmen · Carmen's Thoughts · Health · New Year · Resolutions · Uncategorized

Carmen’s Thoughts – New Year

There is a trend of coming up with “New Year’s resolutions”, and normally I think of a few (always lose weight), but this year, I’m doing things a little differently. Rarely do I actually stick to my resolutions, so I decided that if I modify them to be more broad and realistic, I might actually follow through.

Instead of just “losing weight” for the sake of it, I tried to get down to the root of WHY I want to lose weight. Sure, I want to fit into clothes from a few years ago, but now it’s more of a health issue. I’ve been eating (and drinking) way too much, and it shows. Walking upstairs is starting to become a workout when it hasn’t been before. So instead of “lose weight”, “get healthy” is my resolution. That means more clean eating and going out less, walking more, and being more aware of what I’m putting into my body.

The second resolution is also related to being more “green”, which is reduce my carbon footprint. I didn’t realize how much energy and resources I was using until I started paying utilities (ha). I’ve got a lot of handouts and notes from the past semester that I won’t need since I graduated (yay), so I have an incentive to recycle. I’m hand washing my dishes instead of running them all into the dish washer, since it doesn’t take too long.

What are some “resolutions” you’re making for the year? Or some changes for self-improvement?

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I bought this at TJ MAXX.  I have been doubting myself lately, and how much I am doing.  This reminds me that I am enough. I am doing enough.  It will be hanging in the office soon. 


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Office Area

One part of my New Year’s goals was to reorganize my space in our office.  
It is coming along, but it still has a long way to go, 
but I wanted to show you something I have accomplished.
Plus it is an incentive for me to get busy and finish!  

Please excuse the glare from the lamp (bad photos).
I added this wonderful measuring tape from Stampin’ Up to my desk.
It’s official name is “Finial Ruler” from their Decor Elements.
It rocks!!
I applied both lines (the bottom one is used for matching – 
but David and I liked the way it looked) plus I think it adds depth.
I applied the 1 inch to the 36 inch sections, 
and added the adjoining images for some applique bling.
I love it.
I can use it for sewing (my goal is to pick up sewing again), 
and for scrapping and stamping.
If you need a consultant for your craftiness…
 call Julie – she rocks.
I will post pictures of the before (I still can’t believe that it got that bad), 
and some of the after pictures soon.
and blessings,
Jerry Ann
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Resolutions…we all seem to make them, year after year, do we get anywhere?

I don’t.  I always say that “this is the year that I will…” add the following:

weight…this could mean, “I will work out more,” or “I will eat healthier,” or “I need to lose 20 pounds!”

organized…I don’t know anyone who thinks that they are organized in everything that they do…

life…go back to school, start a new adventure, try something new.

All sorts of options out there, and I think I will do the following:

I have lost 20 pounds in 2010, and plan to lose 30 in 2011.  Not a huge goal, but one that is obtainable, and maintainable.  I didn’t make any resolutions last year, and really didn’t begin to lose or think about losing weight until February.  I actually lost 23 pounds, but had gained some back, and then lost it again.  So, to end the year with 20.5 pounds gone was a triumph for me.

I also plan to organize my craft area.  David and I share an office space of 10×10.  He occupies the majority of it, and I keep gaining space.  I have gotten my sewing machine back out, and would like to quilt some towels, and repair some items without having to take it from the closet every time. 

I also plan to cook more.  We eat out a lot.  This serves a purpose I know, one of convenience.  Normally, when I get home, I have forgotten to take out the meat portion of the dinner we are to have that evening, and we will end up eating pizza, or oriental.  So, I am going to plan weekly menus, and focus on healthy eating for all of us.

Blessings to you and your families this new year.

Jerry Ann