Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 3 of What is your SUPERPOWER - My Turn....

Welcome to Day 3
of
If you have been following this 'stitching hop' then you know what's about to happen.

I'm about to reveal MY Superpower....
or at the very least...
what I THINK my Superpower  to be!

I will confess (and I know I'm not alone)....
this has been the one of the hardest, most frustrating,
most thought provoking themes
I've encountered to date.

Every time I was sure I had the perfect "power".....
I would ponder it for a couple days...
then toss it out the window.

I even went so far as to ask my Facebook friends
what they thought  my Superpower should be.
Their generous and oh so kind answers just
floored me....
Yikes....they made me blush!


But with their help I thought  I'd nailed it.....
and then a new  worry took hold....

Should I be:

 Witty?

Serious?

Seriously Witty?

*sigh*

In the end....I came up with a whole other idea...
and it stuck!

I think it's....

a little
fun

a little
serious

but really and truly...

I think it's...
(a little)
Me!

Because you see....


First some serious....

Really and truly...
this was me a few years ago....

(taking a really HUGE breath...holding it....
Maybe I'll close my eyes while you look....
denial is bliss sometimes....
I've never shown this picture before....)



I've NEVER been a little girl....
even when I WAS a little girl....

Less than two months after the above picture was taken....
I made up my mind....
There was really truly TOO MUCH of me!

Time for a lifestyle change!
Back "on program" I went...and dear Spouse along with me!
(I'm a "Lifer"...yes...somewhere buried is my "Lifetime Key"
that thing was HUGE! You wouldn't think I could lose it)

Nine months later....
40 lbs lighter.....
(and no...no baby involved...LOL)

Getting there......
Slowly but surely....
I was determined...
I had the POWER afterall!

Now it's 2014...
Here's my favorite pic from Valentines Day....


First time in a dress since...well...I can't remember when!

To quote a very wise Madame....
"....everything is possible"

Yes sirree boys and girls....
I've got the POWER!

And I even have this.....

That's right....
It's an official employee Name Tag!

Not to worry....
I'm still a Quilter & Shopkeep...first and foremost....
but now and then I'm a
WW Receptionist.
And someday I hope to become a WW Leader!

It's still one day at a time....
this isn't my first rodeo....

But for now....

My little mouse feet do their
Happy Dance
all the way to the scale....


Super Thanks to:
Pauline
Her Cheerleading Queenly Superpowers really kept me going!
and
Madame Samm....She is truly the Superpower here!

Three Cheers for DMC our sponsor!

What other Superpowers will you encounter today?
Click the links below...
You have the Power!
TUESDAY APRIL 15

Remember....
"...EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!"
                                             -Mdm Samm

PS....I hope you'll join me for "Skinny Sunday"...which happens...
well....on Sundays.
I'll be blogging about my favorite recipes...foodie tips...my WW journey....
I keep it simple, short and sweet!
(at least I try...LOL)
I'm not selling... not being paid to promote any product or plan....
just sharing some of what worked and works for me!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Skinny Sunday - My new Superpower?

Today's Skinny Sunday will be short and simple.
It's all about exercise...

Ugh...

I don't...
I should...

But let's face it...
I'd rather quilt.

In his never ending quest to get me up and moving....
Dear Spouse took me shopping today....
He bought me a new 'toy'

I'm sure I'll be the envy of all my
bloggy friends....NOT

Maybe sit-ups and such don't sound so bad now....

Perhaps I'll discover that 'raking' is my secret 'superpower'
(I seriously doubt it...lol)

But while we're on the subject...
"What is Your Superpower"
Stitching Hop
continues tomorrow!

I'll be back on Tuesday for my day...
see below for this weeks schedule...

Til then....Rakey rakey....Ugh!

What is Your Superpower?
Stitching Hop

MONDAY APRIL 14
TUESDAY APRIL 15

WEDNESDAY APRIL 16
THURSDAY APRIL 17
FRIDAY APRIL 18


Sunday, April 6, 2014

I LOVE to Skinny Dip!

Welcome to
Skinny Sunday!

I haven't really talked a lot about the fact that I'm a "Lifer"....
(aka "Lifetime" member of Weight Watchers)
The focus of my blog is afterall....
Quilting & Fun!

But I have toyed with the idea for a while now about sharing some of my favorite
"skinny recipes"
you know...the ones that actually taste GOOD!
And you have to admit it...good food IS Fun!

I don't promise to post every Sunday...
but I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

I won't go into my weight loss/gain history....
suffice it to say...
'been there....done that....many times over'

Now I'm pretty happy with 70 pounds behind me
(oh wait...they are not "Behind" me any more - Thank Goodness they are GONE!
But it's still One Day At A Time!)

Perhaps I'll share my story one of these days....
But for now....
My new favorite discovery....
The REAL reason I eat  those wonderful raw crunchy veggies is because.....


My recipe:

1 Cup no fat Greek Yogurt (yes, I admit, I'm in love with "Fage")
+
1 Tablespoon ranch dressing mix (yes, I admit...my spoon heap-eth over)

Mix well....Chill (the longer the better)... DIP!

1/2 Cup as prepared above = 2 points plus
The Whole Cup = 4 points plus 
(3 for the 'gurt + 1 for the mix when you calculate it the WW way)

"Points Plus" is WW lingo...if you are a WW...you know what it means...
if you're not....well....let's just say 2-4 pp of pure dippin' pleasure
makes this little mouse smile!


I was thrilled to find the HUGE 16oz container of Hidden Valley Ranch mix 
at our local BJ's Wholesale Club today. 
The cost was wayyyyy better than buying individual pkts. 
Nope...I'm not getting paid to promote anything here...
and yes, I've tried another 'brand that shall remain unnamed'
because it saved a few pennies...
and  left a 'get what you paid for' aftertaste...
know what I mean?

Once our jar of mix is used up 
(which shouldn't take long...major Skinny Dippin' planned in yee ole mouse house)
I think I might try to make my own ranch seasoning blend...
Just tonight I found a great recipe from "Gimme Some Oven"

Do you have some favorite skinny recipes, websites, tips???
Please share!
Let me hear from you!!!

And now....we return to our previously scheduled evening of quilting....
Have a great week everyone!











Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's an Open & Shut Case.....

Yikes!
Two posts in the same week!
Could it be?
Is my mee-oww-jo coming back?


I had so much fun creating our new shop flag for the recent
(click above if you missed it)
I decided to strike while the iron was hot


My wonderful friend and quiltin' sista' Joyce,
had the most awesome quilt shop,
first in St. Augustine, Florida....later moved to Jacksonville....
(yes - I have oooodles of Q-sista's I've adopted over the years)

In her shop "Material Things"...she had the BEST "open and closed" sign!
It's been on my "to-do" list for a very loooooong time to make up a sign like she had....
so I gathered the 'leftover letters' that were lurking about...
and here we are!


Lookie look...even the cat's eyes are OPEN
(coincidence? maybe....maybe not)

When we go home....we flip it over to see.....


I just love that....so much better than 'Closed'....
Joyce was (and still is) a Genius!

Did you notice the cat's eyes on this side?
Hmmmm?

SHUT

Am I good or what?
Truth be told....
Totally Unplanned....Totally!!!!
*wink*


PS....I almost forgot to tell ya....

Joyce closed her shop sometimes back and we really miss it!
But you can find her on Facebook....
along with two more of my 'Q-Sista's'.
Just give a click below...you can "follow" them anywhere!









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