Working on my Dreamboard

Before writing a lot of my blog posts, I research the topic I am about to write about because I don’t like making statements without having supporting information.  I am certainly thankful I decided to do a bit of research into visions boards:  what they are, how they work and why they might not work.  Not only have I found inspiration to get back to working on my own vision board but I also had an “Ah ha!” moment in seeing others vision boards online.

Creating a dreamboard has been on my to do list for quite some time now.  I purchased a few of those large pieces of stock cardboard from the dollar store closer to two years ago now.  Over a year ago, I even had images from magazines cut out, placed and ready for gluing onto the cardboard but there was still a few holes both physically and visionally.  I was so close to being ready to glue them onto the cardboard.  But I did not.

One of the things I have struggled with is what happens when one of those pieces no longer fits because my goals have changed or I want to add or replace an image?  I finally found a great answer to that while researching vision boards:  using cork board and thumb tacks.  Why didn’t I think of that!?

I am hesitant about piercing my images with tacks and spending money on a cork board but I do have an old white board I was going to throw out because the outer border was busted and I bought a bigger white board to replace it.  A few staples into the piece in the back where it was broken and its much sturdier now.  I have decided to freecycle this to use for my vision board!

After having fixed up the white board, I dug out the box I keep the images from magazines I cut out for doing art with.  I am going to have to dig even further because the file folder labeled “Dreamboard” seems to be missing a whack of the pictures I could have sworn I cut out.  In the meantime, I have gone through the ones that were in my box and pulled out appropriate pieces and placed some that I had previously pulled out back into the box.

I was going to work on my vision board (as well as our yard) last night but was hit with another wave of exhaustion yesterday which had me sleeping on the couch most of the afternoon and evening.  I did work on it enough to get through one box of images to sort through them.  I at least have enough going right now that I could start taping them onto the whiteboard as I search for more images.

While this originally started off as informational post I was going to write about vision boards, what they were, tips on creating them and why they do and don’t work, it has thankfully helped me to find the inspiration needed to get back to working on mine.

Do you have a vision board?  What types of images is on yours?  What type of materials do you use?

Weight to 215 lbs by August 19th, 2013

I will start off by saying that this is not my end goal weight but the first of many targets I will set on my weight loss journey.

I have been wanting to get back down to 215 lbs for over seven years now.  The significance of this weight, is that I weighed 215 when I met my partner and before I gained back the rest of the 65 lbs I had worked so hard to lose the 1-2 years before we met.

This is not taking into account the 5-10 lbs I no longer have on my body since having surgery last Summer.  I am not sure how much the surgeon took off and have tried to decide how to factor it in to my 215 lb marker.  I have decided to just stick with the 215 lb marker because of the significance it holds for me.

The closest I have been to 215 lbs in 8+ years was a few weeks before surgery when I hit 217 before slowing gaining back 20 lbs in the few weeks leading up to and few months post-op.  When I had lost 65 lbs over a decade ago, my lowest weight was 195 lbs which will be my next weight loss goal.

Tools:

  • Good Shoes
  • Pedometer
  • Local Parks
  • Cook books / Recipes
  • Kitchenware
  • Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

Positive Affirmations:

  • I am 215 pounds.
  • I make and eat healthy food choices.
  • I enjoy exercising.

Tasks:

  • Meal Planning
  • Food Preparation
  • Exercise
  • Food Journaling

Next Weight Loss Goal:

  • 195 pounds

This Goal meets the SMART criteria:

  • Specific:  clearly stated what I want to do, how and by when
  • Measurable:  number on my scale, measuring tape
  • Accountable:  to my followers and holistic healthcare practitioner
  • Realistic: have the tools, knowledge and time to achieve
  • Time-based:  deadline set to achieve this goal

My Positive Affirmations are positive and stated in the present and my goals meet the SMART criteria which means I have set myself up for success in achieving my weight loss goal and living a healthier lifestyle.

Detox: Exhaustion is Lifting

When I first posted about the detox I have been doing, I was feeling utterly exhausted.  I am figuring it was from the KB Herb pills I am on.  The exhaustion seems to be lifting and yesterday I felt no where near as exhausted as I did on Friday.

Last night I finally made a recipe I found a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised by how great it tasted.  Even my son did not turn his nose up at it when he’s been pretty picky about what he eats lately.

Here is my food journal for Day 3 & 4

Day 3:

  • Leftover Egg Scramble (added half a sausage)
  • 1 Rice Cake with Almond Butter
  • 3/4 Gala Apple
  • Beef Burger w/Gluten free bun, cilantro, shredded beet, roasted garlic, banana peppers (Beef is not on the list but I behaved with everything else)
  • Yam & Potato Fries
  • Baked Chick Peas
  • Roasted Carrots & Broccoli
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Peaches

Day 4:

  • Almond Milk Latte
  • Granola Bar
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Brown Rice
  • Banana
  • Quinoa Patties
  • Beets
  • Cucumber
  • Salad w/vinaigrette, red pepper, strawberries, pecans, sunflower, pumpkin seeds
  • Avocado
  • Mango

Last night for dinner I made Quinoa patties, a salad and served them both with cucumbers, beets and avocado:Quinoa Patties

On Saturday, we went down to Penticton to check out the Farmer’s Market and could not believe the size of it!  We also went to Burger 55 where I was happy to see that their episode of You Gotta Eat Here is finally airing on May 17th!  Although I am not supposed to be eating meat right now and I really struggled with what to order, I managed to only have the meat on my gluten free bun that is on my do not eat list.  No cheese.  No cheese bun full of wheat.  I did not even have ketchup because it has sugar.

Let me tell you, that evening and the next day, my stomach sure paid for the beef I ate.  Oi!

This morning I was a bit shocked to see what my weight was.  In not wanting to jinx myself, I will wait the two weeks before posting my weight loss.  Part of this is because I know how much weight I can easily lose and gain in a week and really don’t want to jinx it.  I also cannot remember if I am on a 2 or 3 week program and that program may or may not change before the two weeks is up.  The interesting thing is that my two weeks will be up the night we have the detox information session at work.

If the weight loss with this holds up, I just might have to go veggie for a while with the hopes of adding back some of the foods that I am completely off of later on.  We had already talked about only eating (organic) meat once (or twice if there’s leftovers) a week.  This would help to reduce our food costs (organic costs more but it would be once versus 7 times a week) and improve our diets.  We have already greatly cut back on the amount of meat we eat and started eating healthier non-meat protein sources such as quinoa, chick peas, avocados and kale.

Yesterday I played hockey and soccer outside with my son for about an hour.  Today I am off work and he is off school.  I might take him to Mission Creek Park to go geocaching and we could have a picnic and/or play soccer at the park there although he does have a play date at 2pm at another park.

Between the weight loss and my feeling good with the foods I have been eating since Thursday, I feel this detox is definitely serving its purposes of helping change my eating habits with the added benefit of weight loss.