About 4 years ago, after I came back from a trip, I decided I wanted to start scrapbooking. I went to Michael's and bought a bunch of supplies and a couple of books and got started. Yeah, well, it's not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I didn't get too far before I "didn't have time" (lost interest) and moved on to other things.
So, here I am 4 years later with tons of pictures and not much scrapbooking done. I do have a couple of pages I finished of my cats, one completed scrapbook of my many trips to Las Vegas, and one book of my 2005 road trip through California (well, it's 95% done).
Last night I was going through old negatives from my 35mm camera because I am going to have them transferred to a disc so that I can upload them onto my computer. Now I wish I had done it way back when I was having my film developed!! My dad found out that I can do it at Costco. He said it is $2.99 for 40 negatives and .29 cents for each additional negative. I just need to see which ones I want transferred.
While I was going through everything, I decided that I wanted to start scrapbooking again---especially my trips. I have tons of materials, I just need some creativity to start flowing through me lol!! Here are 2 pages I started last night:
The top one is, yes, one of my kitties!! I couldn't help myself. Right after I took those pictures on the right she actually walked inside the fireplace. How she didn't catch on fire....I'll never know!? Wish I would have gotten a picture of it, though, but I was too freaked out at the time. I haven't used my fireplace since......
The bottom is, of course, London, England. I have tons of pictures from my tour of England and thought I would start with the greatest city in the world (in my opinion). I am still working on both of these pages and will be excited when they are done. I just have to figure out how best to finish my cat page and what lettering and color of lettering I want to use on my London page. It's fun being creative again!!
I have been concerned lately at my lack of energy, which has made me lazy in the exercise department. Everything I've read about weight loss says ones success is a combination of counting calories, cutting out processed food, plenty of sleep, reducing sodium, drinking plenty of water, and exercise. I know I, for the most part, eat right: lot's of fruits and veggies, whole grains, no processed foods (at home), cut out a lot of sugar from my diet, no soda, I'm not a big salt fan and only add it when required in a recipe (mostly baking), I've cut down portion size and only eat off of my small (salad) plates.
I don't count calories. I've tried over the years, but I have always found it tedious. It's part of the reason I eat the same foods all of the time, because I already know the calorie and nutritional counts and don't have to look them up!! (I think that was an "aha" moment.....I never thought about that until I just wrote it now)
In the last year or so I have been drinking significantly less water then I normally have in the past. I used to drink 8-10 cups of water every single day (and more when exercising or during summer). Now, even in this heat I'm lucky to get in 6 cups and I know that I am dehydrated!! This doesn't help when I'm running or exercising. And, a few months ago I read that someone actually died from dehydration. That should have been a wake-up call (but apparently wasn't)!!
Also, for several months I haven't slept for more than 5 hours a night. Sometimes I've been waking up in the middle of that 5 hours (I've heard broken sleep isn't good for you either!). One time I got 7 hours of sleep, but it consisted of: sleeping for 4 hours, awake for 1 1/2 hours, and then sleeping another 3 hours. I told my mom today that last night I slept for 6 hours straight!! It's the first time I've woken up feeling awake instead of exhausted in a very long time.
I think maybe this lack of sleep and water have something to do with how my body has been performing (or not performing) lately. I'm hoping if I correct these two issues, I can get back on track and start dropping weight again.
So, I am back to the drawing board and will try and track my eating, drinking, exercising, sleeping and whatever else I need to do in order to find what works. I am beyond frustrated and that doesn't help the situation either. I just want my energy....and my old self.....back!!