New Year New Me

Well, 2011 is drawing to a close.  So far I’ve managed to lose 31.4 lb of my excess baggage.  Slower progress than I would like but its all going in the right direction.

The last few weeks have been frustrating – first I had the dreaded noro virus which completey threw me off my stride.  Then no time off work due to covering for a colleague and then horror of horrors, my laptop decided to blue screen.

So, no designing, no keeping in touch via FB, no blogging and no internet Christmas shopping!!

I suppose it could have been worse as the crash coincided with a price crash on PC’s and laptops and I was able to get a high spec laptop for a bargain price.  We so cannot afford it right now but then we so can’t afford for me to be without it either….

I toyed briefly with the idea of a mac rather than a pc but just couldn’t come to terms with paying more than double for the same spec.  This is what I settled on….Dell XPS 17 inch Laptop

She, and its definitely a female, arrived just before Christmas and it took best part of 2 days to transfer my file structure and data over.  She is one racy lady – sleek aluminium  cover for starters and a lit keyboard which is such a luxury for me.

Inside is just as impressive – core i7 2nd generation  processor, 8G  Ram, 1TB memory and a 3GB dedicated graphics card.  No name for her yet so suggestions are welcome.

So now she’e earning her keep and I’ve been busy making a couple of new kits – mostly inspired by my weight loss journey and the New Year New Me concept.

I know that lots of people start a health kick in the New Year and documenting things really helps t keep track and motivate – well it does for me any way.

As well as the main kit there are some tongue in cheek wordarts

The Biggest Loser

In the Zone

Ditch the Junk in the Trunk

My smashing design team have come up with some ideas of their own too.  Rachel is making great progress with her own journey – looking good Rachel!

She’s also used it to set her goals – this turned out great – perfect to pin on the fridge door!

Of course the kit is pretty versatile with over 180 individual elements including a full alpha so you can use it for all sorts – not just health & fitness or weight loss projects

Its a minor miracle for me to scrap a page myself but I managed this one for Emily with the My Memories swap crop – such a lovely picture Emily – thanks for the inspiration!

Oh, and I even made my new Facebook Timeline header with the kit – that way I’m reminded every time I log on! (you can see it at the top of this post)

and finally my own target record to help keep me on track

So, heres to a great 2012 – a year for looking after yourself and being the best you that you can be!

Happy New Year!

Minus one Pre Molar

Thanks to all of you who have been asking about my health – I really appreciate all your concern, good wishes and prayers.

I had the offending tooth removed on Monday which was a relief.  The pain is much much better but I think I will probably need another course of antibiotics as my jaw is really sore and swollen still.

My sleep pattern is totally shot so I’m walking round like something from Zombies Dawn of the Dead right now!

Been back in work since Tuesady but not really firing on all cylinders yet.

It was my weigh in day today and happy to say I’ve lost another 2.5lb this week taking me to 20lb overall so far.  I reckon 5g of that was the tooth that was removed – ha!

I’ve been asked by a couple of people whether I took any pictures of me at my fattest and the answer is no, I was always either behind the camera or postively dodging everyone else’s!

However I do have an avatar of me at my heaviest

These things never give the full picture as they don’t show all the real lumps and bumps and cellulite but hey, you get the idea!

The next is me at my weight today, still a long way to go but 20% of the way to my long term goal.  I’ve taken 3.9 points off my BMI and reduced my body fat as a % of my total weight by 12.5% since the end of July.  I am hovering around the border between morbidly obese and obese so that will be the next mini hurdle to jump.  By the time I am over it I will be the same weight I was last November when I broke my ankle – a whole year out of my life thanks to a dodgy pavement that the council even  now can’t be bothered to mend.

And finally here’s my goal weight

It will probably take me to the end of next year to get here but I am absolutely determined.  

I was hunting through some old pictures yesterday and found one of me taken in 1983 and I was as slim as that so no real reason why I can’t be again.

Everyone who sees me now is commenting on how well I’m looking which is great.  And everyone is also asking how I am doing it, I suppose in the hopes that I might have found some painless, easy way to shed the pounds.  The sad truth is that its not easy, its a hard slog and every tiny bit of progress is hard fought.

I am counting calories with the help of the Weight Loss Resources website which lists absolutely everything.  Its a simple input and output equation with me aiming to reduce my calorie intake by 1000 per day below what my body needs. In my case its 1100 calories per day that I am allowed and its up to me to make wise choices.  I try and get a good mix of whole grains, fruit veg and lean protein.  That should have me loose 2lb per week.

My larger loss this week is due to my body being messed up with Codeine painkillers which basically stop the digestive tract from functioning properly.  Now the offending tooth has gone I don’t need such strong analgesics and my body has readjusted to include some of what I actually lost last week but which was masked by my being somewhat bloated.

So, onward and downward and lets see if I can get into the obese category in the next couple of weeks.

Keep smiling

10.6 of these!

pretty gross…..

that is what 1lb of fat looks like  …..yeuck
 I’ve lost 10.6 of these since I started calorie counting in mid July!
This weeks total is 1.84lb which is a little less than my 2lb target but still moving in the right direction
Now, I may not be the biggest loser, its a slow and steady start to my weight loss journey as its very difficult for me to do cardiovascular exercise right now after my ankle surgery.
But every lb is progress and when you look at it like that little lot, its actually pretty satisfying to take in that I’m no longer carrying around all that lard
Please remind me of that when I next say I only lost 1lb this week!

Did I really start blogging 2 years ago?

Everything changes but then again everything stays the same.

So whats changed and whats stayed the same?

Well, I’m still here, still battling with my weight and still designing.  Not blogging – but you don’t have to be brain of Britain to work that one out!

And whats changed?   

Drum roll please………..

I’m signed up with My Memories now so its possible to buy my designs outside artscow or my website for the first time ever – yippee! 

I’m beyond excited and keeping really busy with uploading my existing kits and a smattering of new content – of course it’s all new to My Memories customers.

I skirted round the edges of selling my design kits direct for simply ages.   Then I had a conversation with a friend who really set me thinking and I sent my resume off to My Memories  that evening – thanks for the  inspiration David, I needed a push in the right direction.  

So, to celebrate my new design venture I am giving away a $10 coupon off the My Memories Suite V-2 software, plus a further $10 coupon for downloads once you buy the software – that’s $20 value in all.

Just hop over to My Memories, pop the software into your cart and apply the discount coupon 


at the checkout.  Then you can browse all the lovely goodies and spend your $10 on freebie content to get you started!

You can download the software to your pc straight away so no hanging around waiting for the postman

The software is really user friendly and easy to use and there are lots of tutorials available on line if you get a little stuck

I’ve got lots of goodies ready to launch and a few on the site already including my Babylove Kit

You can also watch out for Purple Heart – its going live in a couple of days.

If you’re pushed for time and want some ready made pages there are lots of templates coming soon too – just drop in your own photos and no one will know you didn’t do all the work yourself!

Happy scrapping

Cat x