Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Okay... yeah, I know. It's not 'tomorrow'. When Bob is home I just don't have concept of time anymore. But I'm striving to work on that. He left yesterday and I have three weeks to set my 'working' routine.

But today, I want to talk about a new workout routine that seems to be working for me. And it's FUN!

In 2011 Bob and I purchased the Wii system. We are not big gamers but thought something like this might get us off the couch more. You get more exercise playing Tiger Woods on Wii than you do on Play station. I wanted the Wii Fit to go with it. Several of the ladies on my paper crafting group have one and love it.

I love  the Wii. Since the first of December I've been trying to work out every day. When Bob isn't home, it's easy. So far I've gotten up to a 90 minute workout.

I start by warming up... basic stretches on my own.
Then I do what amounts to 20 minutes of warm-up on the Balance Games. I do five rotations each:
Soccer Practice (using your head to hit the balls coming at you)
Slalom Skiing
Ski Jump
River Bubble ( you are in this bubble of water going down a winding stream - try to get to the end without popping your bubble on the rocks - or getting it popped by bumble bees)

From there I move to the Aerobics games. Don't let the word GAME fool you. You will get a workout if you do enough repetitions. Again, I do five of each.

Beginner Step Aerobics
Punching Bag
Advanced Step Aerobics

Then I begin a cool down to fill out the 90 minutes:
Beginner Step Aerobics

I'm going to finish out this week on this pace. Next week I'll add in either the running or the bicycling. I played with it Monday and really liked it. Because either of those are an impact sport, I'll do them in the evening when I can pull out the exercise (shock absorbing) mats.

I want to work up to a good two solid hours in the morning, the running or cycling in the evening for at least one hour. Then the weekends, I'll play Wii Sports for FUN.

What do you do for exercise? Whatever you choose...

Enjoy the Journey!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


... or two.

When I pulled the dress I had in mind from the closet, I realized I have two.

Long Sleeves
First off, they both are the same shade of black. I took them on the same door in the same light so not sure why the long sleeved one looks washed-out. It really is a very pretty dress. I purchased both of these from Undercover Wear Lingerie and Daywear when I was a representative several years ago. I really miss buying clothes from them. They hold up extremely well.

Either of these dresses would look nice with a string of pearls. The perfect little black dress for any occasion. However, I am concerned about two things.

1) Will they be long enough? Although current etiquette no longer requires a full-length gown, it is suggested the dress fall below the knee. I don't think either of these do.

2) Right now, they are snug fitting. When I drop the weight, will they hang on me? I mean, seriously, if I find curves again don't I want to show them off a little? What's the point of losing weight (from a vanity standpoint) if I'm going to wear something that fits like a gunny sack?

So for now, I'll keep thinking Little Black Dress and keep working out... which I'll talk about tomorrow. I'm making progress on that front and can't wait to share with you.

Enjoy the Journey!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A New Year... A New Beginning

Yep... it is that time of year again. Okay, so I'm about three weeks behind. Story of my life recently.

In past years I've always taken the month of December off. It's a perk of working from home. I schedule things to wind up around Thanksgiving then I'm done until the first week of January. I get to enjoy the holidays. The only thing I do pertaining to work is to clear out the present year files and set up the accounting system for the new year. It's always worked well in previous years.  This year... Not so much.  But there was a happy bonus to my very chaotic December.

I had the pleasure of spending time with The Polish Sinfonia from Krakow Poland.

I've been married to my best friend for almost thirty years. He loves me for who I am tubby middle and all. He has accepted my female issues and still wants to make love to me after all these years. A woman can't ask for more than that... or can she?

Understand, I wouldn't trade my spot here in the Ozarks for anything. I love it here. But that doesn't mean I don't want to see other places and experience other things. Those desires kicked in full force in December when I had the opportunity to interview, and spend some time getting to know, Steven Byess and the Polish Sinfonia Ensemble. I've always loved Big Band music, 1930's and 40's musicals and listening to instrumentals. When we lived in IL, I was close enough to attend some great music opportunities in Peoria but didn't have the budget.

Now we have the budget and none of those things are available within a reasonable driving distance. So I was delighted to hear the Polish Sinfonia from Krakow Poland would be visiting our small community of approx 600 people in December. I had first met some of the members in December of 2011. What an amazing experience. You can read about their 2011 visit on my Ozarks Journal blog... created specifically to share Thank You cards from grade school children with the Symphony members after they had returned to Poland. (But will begin showing regular updates in the coming weeks)

Aside from funds, one of the things that prevented me from attending a real symphony was the silly notion I wouldn't fit in with 'those' people. I was not elegant, I was not sophisticated, and I did not have a fluid bank account to dress properly

After spending time with the ensemble, their conductor Steven Byess, and new friends Dr. Dan Ross and Katie Bowden, I realized I am the only one holding myself back. I am planning to experience a full symphony in April.. Katie and Dan will be performing with the Arkansas Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Steven Byess. Having friends both in the ensemble and directing, I won't feel out of place and am looking forward to the experience.

So how does this fit in with the Journey? I do not want to attend my first symphony looking like I should be rolled down the isle. I want to look and feel confident. I have a little black dress in my closet that will work... if I lose a few pounds. I don't mind having to shop for a SMALLER size but I do not want to buy a bigger one. So my goal is 2 pounds per week. That's approximately 25 pounds in 12 weeks

Next week I'll show you a picture of my current little black dress and what I've been doing the past 8 weeks towards fitting into a new one.

Enjoy the Journey!