October 24, 2014

Beauty is Everywhere



Greetings friends!


I think Friday is the perfect day for a little beauty and inspiration. You can really find beautiful things anywhere you are whether it be in a city, out in the country or in nature. It's been said that when you notice or see something beautiful, then you are seeing The Divine right here on earth. I thought I would share my divine moment here with you today. 


Everyday I'm at work I see these plants. I'm not really sure what they are but they always look so beautiful, especially in the late morning when the sun is high in the sky. When I see them it's almost like they're glowing with this beautiful energy that surrounds them. Looking at them makes me  think of walking through a great big field of wildflowers and just lazing about and enjoying the day. 


Hey friends... How about we start a thing together? Let's make it an Instagram situation! I'm going to start taking pictures of the beautiful things that I see day to day and post them here on Friday's. I'll also share them on my Instagram @ASparkleThe1 using the hashtag 
#DivineFriday.


I look forward to seeing all of your pictures! Today and everyday, go forth looking for the beautiful things in your life! Have a great weekend!

Ciao!


October 22, 2014

Meal Planning



Greetings Friends!


It's weight loss Wednesday yet again and today's topic is food glorious food! I've recently started back trying to really watch what I eat. From the different things that I've read, quite a few recommend not counting calories and that there's no need to if you are eating healthy whole foods. Let's be real here... That's all great in theory, but in this food obsessed nation that's all a magical magical lie!


Losing weight is all about expending more energy than calories consumed, right? Right.
And what's that called?
Math!
What do you do with math??
You count!
Now were back to counting calories...


Now don't get me wrong, that might be the way to go once you've mastered adding those 5-6 fruits and vegetables and 8 glasses of H2O into your everyday diet. As for my beginner ass, that's not gonna work so much.. My mind says, "Oh! We're not counting calories? Okay.. Let's not count that foot-long chili cheese dog and fries, because it's okay. We're not counting anyway. Bwahaha!"


I will admit something to you. Just like an adolescent boy that thinks about sex every other minute, I too do this... but with food! The hamster wheel goes something like this:
  • 7 AM ~ I should eat breakfast, although I'm not hungry. It is the most important meal of the day after all.  
  • 8:30 AM ~ Hmm.. is it time to eat again?? They say your body goes into starvation mode after 2-3 hrs. Oh! It's not 9:30 yet? I'll wait till then.
  • 9:25 AM ~ Well, it's close enough to 9:30. I'm gonna snack now. Nom Nom Nom.
  • 11:00 AM ~ Damn! Why didn't I pack another snack??? Lunch isn't until 1 PM and I'm starving! I'll just grab one fun size Snicker bar from the candy lady. It's only 50 calories. It's fine.
  • 11:30 AM ~ Aw, man.... I ate 3 fun size Snickers. Probably shouldn't have done that.
  • 1 PM ~ Whoo Hoo! Sweet freedom it's finally lunch time! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat dooooooo IIIIIIII eaaaaaaaat!?! I can't decide on what to eat and my precious lunch hour is whittling away. I'll just grab some Wendy's since it's close by. I should get a 'healthy' sub from Subway, but I really don't want that. I want that burger I saw on tv last night! Yes... that will be really good.
  • 1:45 PM ~ WHYYYYYY? Why did I eat that big burger and fries. Now I feel sleepy and heavy and bloated. Okay. Let's just get some coffee to make it through the afternoon.
Etc, etc, etc.. on and on it goes! All day. Every day. Sounds exhausting, no? This is the plight of the emotional eater. :) So what can we do to fix this problem?

Meal Plan


It's comes down to that old saying of "Fail to plan and you plan to fail". It's so much easier for me not to obsess about food when I already know what I'm eating throughout the day. If you're like me, here are some great links to help you get started! 


Wiki-How has a very detailed process on how to meal plan.


Loved Parade's explanation of meal planning. They make it like a smooth and easy process.  


Eating Well tells you what to eat, if you don't want to have to think about it.


You can be walked through it in baby steps with Organized Home.


So do you do meal planning? I've found that I really like it, because all I have to do is follow the plan. 


Ciao! 


October 21, 2014

Weekly Wishes #24


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 Greetings Friends!
 
 
Its that time again for weekly wishes! Did you set any goals for last week? If so, how did they go? Are you just joining me? Let me explain what happens for Weekly Wishes..


The Happenings: You share your weekly, monthly, or yearly goals/wishes/achievements and you get to be a part of this big group of people that are doing the same thing. Yay! Wanna join in? Check out The Nectar Collective and add a link to your blog!
 
 
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Hello and Happy Tuesday! I don't know where you are, but I hope it's been as beautiful there as it has been here in Atlanta. Fall generally has great weather, no? It generally has weather that's not too hot and not too cold. Although I will admit that I do blast the heat in the car on the way to work..... And have the seat warmers on. :) I find it odd that plants here a still blooming. It's almost like Spring except that leaves are falling and stink bugs are out all over the place.





 So what's been going on with you? I feel like I'm going through a period of personal growth lately. I think this weeks wishes will reflect that.

 So let's talk about what happened Last Week...
 
 
Last Weeks Wishes
 
 
  • Can I be honest with you? Just between you and me... I'm a little (a lot) nervous about getting back into coding or even studying how to code. A while back, I took and advanced class to learn how to code. Initially I was geeked about learning something new. Then I got in class and felt like a complete and utter dunce. It made me a little discouraged and afraid to dive back in. What if I'm not good at it and all the negative voices in my head are right?? I let my fears convince me to not crack open one studying session this week. You know what that means.. I gotta put it back on the list for this week!
  • Now I was all over de-cluttering the living room! Done and done! I even got rid of quite a few articles of clothing and made tons of room in the closet. It felt really good. I plan on getting rid of even more at some point. Maybe I'll tackle shoes next.
  • Sometime last week I finally saw a little light in the tunnel of my darkened creative tunnel. Yay! I posted about this really kool street art mural and it among other things got my imagination moving right along.



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This Weeks Wishes


  •  Here we are again at doing some studying for coding. The Boo and I decided to have studying night some time this week. I'm thinking Wednesday. It will be a nice little mid-week break from the norm. I haven't decided if I'm going the book route or the online lesson method. We shall see.
  • So like I was saying at the top, I really feel like I'm in a state of growth. I'm been surrounding myself with positive sayings, words, and pictures. I'm excited that Deepak and Oprah will be having another free 21 day meditation series starting November 3rd. I figure I may as well get a head start and get back into meditation and journaling. I want to meditate for at least a couple minutes every day and maybe journal twice this week.
  • This morning when I came into work, one of my co-workers noticed a few people with the cup warmers I've made. When he inquired where they came from, I was delighted to inform him that I was the source of such colorful creations. Now I have an order to do one for him! Yay! My goal is to finish it by Friday. :)




Do did anything inspire you this week? What did you put on your list to scratch off? I'll be here. Tell me, I'd like to know!


Ciao!


 

October 17, 2014

She's Licking the Floor..

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Hello friends & Happy Friday! I decided that one of my goals for this weeks Weekly Wishes was to find some art to inspire me and jump start my creative juices. For me, looking at other peoples creativity seems to ignite ideas inside of my own mind. The same thing happens when I watch Project Runway... I have no idea how to make any type of garments, but my hands always seems to start itching to make something! I generally just pull out some yarn and start crocheting or drag out my sketch pad and just doodle!


I was scouring the internet for art that caught my attention and this painting totally made me laugh! I really love and appreciate street art. It always seems to have some sort of humor, deep thought, or optical illusion attached to it. This mural has a softness to it, like watercolor paints (even though they aren't watercolors) and humor. I totally dig this and kudos to whomever the artist is. I'm sure it was no easy feat! The thing that's killing me is that the tongue is so life like.... I love it!


Honorable Mention: The sky this morning was just beautiful! Half the sky was covered in the dark ominous clouds and the other half was clear with fiery red and orange colors. It was as if the sky was on fire! There was a plane flying through as well that added dramatic effect. It appeared to be dragging the 'fire' with it. :)


What has inspired you today or this week?


Ciao!

 
 


October 15, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday: What I Learned from Tim Gunn


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Greetings friends!
 

I luh-ove watching Project Runway! I’ve been watching it since Season 6 and I’m still addicted. Tim is without a doubt my favorite person on there. I even feel like he’s missing when I watch Project Runway All Stars. There just isn’t the same warm and fuzziness on there without him. Although I still love watching All Stars too! I was thinking about what Tim always says to a designer when it looks like they are in serious trouble with their outfit…. 

 
“Make It Work”



I think that these words apply not just to the designers, but to life in general especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. I’ve been trying to think of ways to stay motivated to work out and when to fit it into my daily schedule. The only answer is like Tim says, “Make it Work”. Sometimes I like working out before work, specifically when I wake up at 5 in the AM for no reason…. I figure may as well be productive! :o) At the same time though I don’t mind working out after work. My body is more flexible by then, I’m actually awake, and I feel like I get a better work out…
 
 


 I pretty much stick to aerobics, walking or yoga (which is my favorite). And speaking of which, DoYouYoga has a great website that I like to go to, to get inspired! I think yoga is my favorite, because you work on your mind and your body. Plus, I don't always feel like jumping and dancing around like a maniac trying to get a good work out in. 


So do you work out? If, so what’s your favorite time of day and activity? Share your thoughts! :)


Ciao!

 

October 14, 2014

Weekly Wishes #23

 
 

Greetings Friends!
 
 
 
Its that time again for weekly wishes! Did you set any goals for last week? If so, how did they go? Are you just joining me? Let me explain what happens for Weekly Wishes..


 
The Happenings: You share your weekly, monthly, or yearly goals/wishes/achievements and you get to be a part of this big group of people that are doing the same thing. Yay! Wanna join in? Check out The Nectar Collective and add a link to your blog!
 
 
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Welcome to a new week peeps! I for one am having a great week so far and I hope you are too! Over the weekend while I was out and about it was raining, so I finally got to wear my rain boots! I swear it rained every other day.... Up until the point that I actually got the fecking boots! It's been weeks since I've bought them and now I finally have and will get to wear them again today. Yippie! :) They're cute, right?
 
 




 So let's talk about what happened Last Week...
 
 
Last Weeks Wishes
  • I was able to work on the baby blanket pretty much every day last week and some on the weekend. It's a slow process right now, because my wrist tendons are somewhat inflamed right now. I do a little bit everyday and it's exciting to see it grow. I even went to my crochet group on Friday and hung out with the ladies at Starbucks! Crochet... Pumpkin Spice... Laughter.. Can't beat that, right?
  • Writing out a schedule for my meals really worked for me last week! It was great! I mainly focused on dinner as far as what I was going to cook and/or eat on a certain night. I stuck to it all for one day. This is still a total success in my book. The ultimate goal here is to stop eating out so much. Plus I'm just really tired of fast food. Cooking at home forces me to eat different things and maybe throw in a vegetable or two. :)
  • I wanted to exercise at least 4 times last week and I ended up doing 3 or of 4. I'm still happy with this. I was really tired last week, but I'm totally feeling the benefit of the exercise this week thus far. It always seems to take my body about a week to catch and realize that I'm exercising more or eating right. Are you like that too or do you see results right away?



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This Weeks Wishes


  •  I really want to make a concentrated effort to get some studying in this week for coding. I tried to yesterday while I was on my breaks at work, but the internet on my phone didn't want to be agreeable. I plan on studying at least two nights this week. 
  • As sad as I am to admit this, I really need to de-clutter my living room. It's one of those situations where you have a series of days where you are knackered and purse, yarn, shoes, lunch bags, and laptops, just get thrown on the couch and/or tables with promises thrown over the shoulder to put them away soon. Soon hasn't really come yet, but I want to remedy that this week!
  • I've felt a little on the non-creative side lately and so I've decided to make it my personal business to find some art that inspired me and gets some juices flowing.




What's in store for you this week? I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do! What keeps you inspired?


Ciao!


 

October 6, 2014

Weekly Wishes #22


 
 
Greetings Friends!
 
 
Its that time again for weekly wishes! Did you set any goals for last week? If so, how did they go? Are you just joining me? Let me explain what happens for Weekly Wishes..
The Happenings: You share your weekly, monthly, or yearly goals/wishes/achievements and you get to be a part of this big group of people that are doing the same thing. Yay! Wanna join in? Check out The Nectar Collective and add a link to your blog!




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I hope everyone has had a great start to their week! I've just been busy crocheting up a storm over the weekend and enjoying the crisp air and sunshine. I've gotten a request to make a pink and gray baby blanket as well as some booties and a hat to match. I've started with the blanket, because it takes the longest to do.
 
 



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It's gonna be a sweet little blanket! Probably the most favorite thing I've made. So on with the show!  Last week, I shared with you some of my goals for October as a fresh start to weekly wishes, so let's start fresh with wishes for this week as well.
 
 
This Weeks Wishes
 
 
  • With my hand willing, I really want to work on the baby blanket a little bit everyday. More than likely I'll get most of the work done while I'm on break at work. I'm totally that chick that crochets in the car. ;o) Hmm... maybe I'll pick up an audio book from the library to enhance the fun.
  • I have finally written down a schedule for meals and prepping and I'm going to try really hard to stick to it. I've been wanting to do this for a while now and have just been dragging my ass! Writing it all down and having a visual helps me stay focused, so at least half the battle is done. :)
  • I really want to exercise at least four times this week. I've come to realize that even though I don't like to exercise, my body does... It's a win-win really.. I feel good about myself and my body stops aching from inactivity. Haazaa!
 
 
Three is generally my limit.. It is only a week after all! :o)  So what have you been up to? What are your goals for this week?

Ciao!

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