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Pics of Grandkids Helping Me Work Out

Sunday, June 30, 2013

First day of the grandkids' visit we started on their own Art Journals. They like using all my art supplies. In the afternoon my hubby watched them so I could do my Jillian dvd. So the first day I was able to spend good time with them and get a great workout in.



Second day, today, I started the morning with a workout. I had my granddaughter settled in with magazines to cut out fodder for her journal. But when I said I was going to go up and work out, she surprised me and said she wanted to work out too! She's 8 1/2, and busied herself while I got on the elliptical. I took a few pictures of her. She didn't do lots of reps or anything, she played with all the little weights, bands, weighted ball, total gym and recumbent bike. I won't let them play on the elliptical, it's too big of a machine and dangerous for them. My grandson came up to see what we were doing, and joined in. They let me take pictures of them. I wanted to share them with you! I thought of having them take a picture of me, too, but never got around to it.












I felt great after 15 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on my bike. All my worrying about getting workouts in was for nothing, I'm happy to say!

  
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KANOE10 7/1/2013 8:55AM

    Good for you getting exercise in with the kids there. I love your pictures. They are cute kids.

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KNITTY_JESS 7/1/2013 2:10AM

    What an important way to show how much working out means to you and the benefits of lifelong exercise!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 7:36PM

    Way to go, Grandma - modeling healthy behavior! That's the way to do it!!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/30/2013 6:06PM

    Kids always bring fun to any workout!! I oldest grandson is 6years old & he loves to get on the treadmill & I let him but not for long. Then he likes to try to lift weights but I keep him at 2lbs.

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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KELLIEBEAN 6/30/2013 2:19PM

    YAY! I've been thinking about you. I'm glad things are going well. You are creating great memories!

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_JODI404 6/30/2013 2:15PM

    That is AWESOME!!! LOVE it!!

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SCRAPBECCA 6/30/2013 2:10PM

    Love that they wanted to workout too! Cool that you encouraged them!

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DONNA19711 6/30/2013 2:07PM

    Those are great pics. Glad you were able to enjoy your grandkids working out with you.

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The Plan for the Next Two Weeks...Kids!

Friday, June 28, 2013

The weekend is starting off with a bang. My 9 & 10 year old grandkids are here to stay for 2 weeks. They were at the house with my hubby by the time I got home from work. I was expecting them to be here, so I mentally prepared myself for seeing them. I even wrote a list of things to do with them. One thing is that I want to take picnic and a frisbee, balls and gloves and maybe a kickball to a park. I was tickled when my grandson said he brought his own glove and a ball! I'm really excited about that.

I don't do well when I don't have my space or my quiet. I am a little anxious about them being here that long. I want time to myself for working out. I know they are old enough to occupy themselves long enough for me to get a workout in, but I won't take off and get a walk with them here. Sure, I might be able to get them to walk around the block with me, but it wouldn't be a quick pace. Anyway, a 15 minute walk won't cut it! On two or three days each week I will be going to work, and my hubby will stay home with them. On those days I could probably see if he minds for me to go out and get a long walk in the morning before work. I have my own equipment at home, and don't go to a gym, so at least I can squeeze in some workout time upstairs while the kids read. They love to read so that's a great thing.

My main worries are that 1-I won't get enough workouts in, (won't burn enough calories) and 2-I will eat too much. (I notoriously eat more when I get anxious.)

Though I certainly have begun to feel more confident around my grandkids. The anxiety comes in when I don't have time to myself. I raised 4 kids; I know how little time I had to myself, so I'm not too hopeful that I'll get that me time.

But I love them to pieces and see this as an opportunity to get to know them better. We only see each other once every month or two. We have a good foundation; my daughter and the kids lived with us for 2 years when they were preschoolers.

I also feel more confident that I won't

After I wrote that last line (I was going to end it with the words "binge while they are here"), the kids asked me for a snack. I offered different things. Then I remembered some special cheese I brought back from Wisconsin a few months ago, and offered them cheese and crackers. I've been saving it for a special occasion, seeing it in my cheese drawer often, knowing that the day I open it I'll have a hard time resisting it. I'm sharing it so I won't eat it all. I had some with them and though I went 200 calories over my limit of calories for the day, I didn't all out binge. I can feel good about that!

I feel less anxiety about binge eating since I wrote my blog about my ah ha moment. I've upped my calories a little for each day, and will see how that goes. In the long run, a few more calories each day would never amount to the extreme amount I could shovel in over 2 or 3 binge days per week. By allowing a few extra per day, I don't feel the deprivation and I am not getting that hollow hungry feeling from restricting food and exercising too much.












  
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_JODI404 6/29/2013 10:50PM

    Hi Lori,

I do know from your previous blogs that having visitors usually will cause you anxiety.

It sounds like you have thought this out really well and planned for how to handle it.
It's great that you will go to the park and do active things outdoors.

Try to focus more on this special time with the kids than on your workouts. You have every day of the rest of the year to worry about that. The foundation of Spark is getting 10 minutes every day. I'm sure you can get 10 every day. I find breaking it down into 10's can really add up for me on the busiest days. If you can fit in more, great, but don't let it cause you additional stress.

Hopefully hubby will be a great partner in this for you. If he can get you some time for yourself, and maybe help with their snacks if they are too tempting.

It's awesome that the kids love to read! That is an awesome summertime activity. I know I used to LOVE going the library. Pinterest has all kinds of cool arts and crafts ideas to do with kids. I don't have kids, but have cousins that have kids / and are teachers and they pin a lot of fun looking ideas all the time. Keeping busy will be great and memorable for all of you.

Blogging and journaling seems to help a lot too -- so use that tool if you need it.

I'm wishing you well! Hoping you get the best of it all, some me time, some awesome time with the kids, and low anxiety!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!!


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KANOE10 6/29/2013 10:23AM

    You have great steps in place to handle the visit. I totally understand your anxiety about your exercise being difficult with the kids there. I went through the same thing with my sister on our trip. She wanted to walk with me, but I walk at a much faster pace and did not feel like it was a workout.
I think getting up early and getting a walk in or later would be the way to go.

I raised 4 kids also..and did not do a good job of making time for myself when they were growing up.

Now you already have your habits in place for success. I know you will do well and find time for yourself during their visit.

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LARISSA238 6/28/2013 10:01PM

    You can do this! Increasing your calories is a good idea to stop the binges. Just try and exercise when you can... don't worry too much since this doesn't happen everyday. *hugs*

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SHERIO5 6/28/2013 9:20PM

    A challenge for sure! Maybe you could bring walking shoes when you work, and do your walk before you go home? That would cover exercise on the days you go to work. Exercise with kids counts, even if it isn't what you would do normally. Playing ball sounds like fun! Enjoy your grandkids!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/28/2013 8:53PM

    I understand your anxiety but it sounds like you have a good plan in place. Keep that in mind. Re-read this blog each day if it will help you keep the plan in place.

If you get out there with the Frisbee and the bat and ball, you will burn a few extra calories for sure!

It's two weeks, you can do this for two weeks and you will have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy!

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My AH HA! moment

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yesterday was one of my usual difficult days of my binge/restrict cycle, and I planned to write about how it went. I made it through without a binge, But lets just boil it down to my recap, (and then I'll share my Ah Ha moment.)

Since my last binge on Sunday, I have been "Purging" with excessive exercise and restriction of calories. This is leading to an empty hungry feeling, which lasts all day, and nothing satisfies, even though I'm eating healthy food. Of course I'm hungry. Duh! But this is part of my cycle. I end up hungry, and when that has gone on for a few days, I get desperate to fill myself up. I don't like that hunger hitting me as soon as I've finished eating. After a few days comes excessive eating. A binge. Then I'm full. That brings on the next part of the cycle, trying to overcompensate by excessive exercise and calorie restriction. I know I'm repeating myself here, it's just the nature of the cycle that I'm trying to record here.

Today I got my email notice that TINAJANE76 posted a blog. She's in maintenance and is always motivating and inspiring. She's lost 90 pounds or so and has kept it off for over a year.

So I read it. Here's where my Ah Ha moment came. She referred to the exact thing I go through of cycling, Binge/Restrict. Her insight was that she tweaked her calories to be a little higher so instead of having one big binge weekly, she stayed less deprived feeling and didn't feel the urge to binge! I like this. She also said in her interview for SparkRadio, playing now, that she realized that what she had been doing wasn't working anymore so she was willing to try something new. (her management with slightly higher calories) I find that I keep trying the same thing and not getting results. I've heard before quotes about this, that if you keep trying the same thing you'll keep getting the same results. Something to that effect. I was just thinking about this exact thing this morning on my walk. Thinking,"what can I change to make a difference?" This may make it slower when i want to lose a few pounds I may gain on vacation, etc, as she points out, but slow and steady wins the race!

I can see now something that I want to try! Thanks to TINAJANE76!


I've been praying for a way to break this crazy cycle!

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

  
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PACKERMANN 7/15/2013 5:28PM

    thank you for helping me realize that even after i reach my goal that i will still have challenges that i will face.
on a plateau now: 45lbs down...25lbs to go.
i think consistent exercise is called for... :)


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FOURTEEN2FOUR 7/13/2013 4:16PM

  I never thought of calorie restriction and excessive exercise as "purging." Interesting. I'm quite familiar with bingeing, though... ;-)

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-SHOREIDO- 7/12/2013 4:52PM

    "Slow and steady wins the race" love it and its Oh so true...... Good work here!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/12/2013 11:22AM

    Wow! Good luck!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/12/2013 10:34AM

    Best wished on your journey!

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KIMBERLY_Y 7/12/2013 9:05AM

    Terrific story! You are an inspiration too! Keep up the good work.

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LRSILVER 7/12/2013 6:52AM

    Good luck. Glad you are making positive changes.

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JSTETSER 7/12/2013 6:09AM

    Great info!


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MAREE1953 7/12/2013 3:39AM

    I discovered that each time you beat "The Itch" (Nell's word), you are training your brain and developing new pathways or rewiring your brain. As these pathways become stronger, it becomes easier to resist the previous response. So, each time you resist the urge to binge with some mindful alternative behavior, try thinking that you will be building a new brain "muscle" and become stronger.

Eventually I began to hate that "over full" feeling. I also learned that I couldn't "out exercise" a bad diet.

Always wish you the very best in finding your pathway in this journey to health and fitness!!

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LOGOULD 7/11/2013 11:36PM

    Wow, I've been on that same roller coaster. I am currently giving the new nutrition/fitness link a try and so far, add back SOME of the calories I burned off. It really DOES seem to keep me from getting TOO Hungry!.

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LOGOULD 7/11/2013 11:34PM

    Wow, I've been on that same roller coaster. I am currently giving the new nutrition/fitness link a try and so far, add back SOME of the calories I burned off. It really DOES seem to keep me from getting TOO Hungry!.

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GRANDMABABA 7/11/2013 10:29PM

    Great insights. Thanks for sharing.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/11/2013 5:25PM

    Great blog and great comments! I struggle at times, too, even though I've been at a healthy weight for over 4 years now. Your blog helps me think about all the things I do to combat hunger: adequate protein, plenty of water, high fiber, timing my meals wisely, enough physical activity, food tracking and analysis, super foods and smart food choices, etc. It's a lot of work, but it is worth it. And occasionally I mess up and I've learned that that is okay. Do the best I can each day and that is good enough. Take care and congratulations on being highlighted by the At Goal & Maintaining Team Plus....... -Marsha

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VTRICIA 7/11/2013 1:17PM

    Too true! When I finally internalized the wisdom of eating what I need each day and sticking to the same nutrition goals no matter the occasion, I no longer worried about whether I could maintain successfully. Give us this day our daily bread [nourishment].

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WATERMELLEN 7/11/2013 1:03PM

    Great blog -- and so many terrific comments too. This is an amazing community where we get to share our collective wisdom and tailor individual solutions that work!!

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TUBLADY 7/11/2013 11:42AM

    I used to think that what worked for one should work for another. Of course I was wrong. I had to figure out by trial and error what worked for me. If I was to eat the amount of calories I am supposed to have to maintain I would steadily gain weight. I don't try to be strict and deprive myself for surely I will give in to binges. I do my best to eat healthy but include foods that I have to limit portions but keep me feeling that I am getting and enjoying everything I used to have but a lot less and coupled with exercise, I have been able to maintain.
I also track daily, exercise daily and weigh daily. Don't let the few pounds stick around long enough to get comfortable.
I wish you the best as you journey forth in the never ending saga of controlling weight and good health.
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/11/2013 11:30AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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MANILUS 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    Great job on the weight loss and maintenance! Hope you find what works!

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MOMMY445 7/11/2013 8:12AM

    i hope the new plan works really good for you. have a wonderful day!

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MEXGAL1 7/11/2013 8:02AM

    I think slow and steady is a good thing. I beat binge eating by telling myself I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I ate something really healthy first like a salad or fruit and nuts. Most of the time I do that I then do not want the junk food. I am satisfied.
great blog. thanks for sharing.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/11/2013 7:57AM

    Very interesting insight! I really never thought of this as a pattern very similar to binging and then purging. Thanks much for sharing this.
I also like the way you posed a question (to my intuition, the Universe, to God)
and then took a walk. I like to do things like that too and find that I get answers and insights.


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CELIAMINER 7/11/2013 7:46AM

    I wonder if I might have managed not to binge last night had I read your blog AND the comments yesterday. So much of my own experience is reflected here, and I'm thinking I need to shake things up a bit. Thanks for posting!

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_LINDA 7/11/2013 7:38AM

    Have you looked closely at the nutrient ratios you are getting with your meals? I find its very important to get them right or you will feel hunger quite quickly after eating. You need enough protein, but you also need enough fat too. Fat slows down digestion and keeps you fuller longer. I am a vegetarian and had been on that kick where everything I ate had to be no fat. So I would eat my veggies or salad and no fat dairy serving and in not too long feel hungry again. So I would binge on my favorite salty snack. So I added healthy fats to my salads like walnuts (more antioxidents then blueberries!) or made my own dressing with olive oil. It works much better. Careful tracking has allowed me to maintain for over two years. I don't think I will ever give it up like some people do. It really helps if you track after each meal to see how many calories you have left in your range when you eat your last meal or snack of the day.
All the best breaking the binge/purge cycle!
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TRAVELGRRL 7/11/2013 7:15AM

    I can relate as well. I try to eat 500 calories combined, for breakfast and lunch, and "save" the rest of my calories for dinner and snacking. But after a week or so, I end up bingeing! So I'm going to try this strategy as well. I also got my own Aha! moment with NELLJONES's response, so geez, it's only 6:00 a.m. and I've learned TWO NEW THINGS for the day! Thanks for your blog.

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NELLJONES 7/11/2013 6:31AM

    I have been at goal for a very long time now. Way back when I was fat I used to compensate for overeating by overuse of laxatives, and they had some pretty powerful ones back then. (Phenolphthalein anyone?) I joined WW and the Plan was very restrictive by today's standards, but I lost the weight. But how to keep it off? Nobody told me that most people gain it all back. Today I live by calorie restriction, but I hate that clinical word. I prefer planning, and even after 40 years I plan each day to the ounce. Sometimes I am hungry, but not really. Last night I thought I was hungry, but I'd eaten a good dinner, so it wasn't hunger, it was what I call The Itch. It isn't food in my stomach that I want, but the feeling of chewing and swallowing, feeling it go down. And that desire doesn't end with fullness, but an empty bag. That's why I keep NO snack food in the house, it's too easy to grab, so I have time to go through the script: I'm not hungry, I want SOMETHING but I don't know what it is. Maybe I'll...do my nails, wash my hair, play with the cats, pull a few weeds, anything to divert my attention. I have learned that the Itch only lasts 20-30 minutes, IF I don't give in. If I give in, it lasts until I'm done, and wallowing in despair. Which in turn triggers The Itch. I just need to get through that 20 minutes, divert my attention, knowing down to the marrow of my bones that it will pass. I have over 40 years of experience that it does pass. I look at my planner and see what my next meal will be, what time I can have it, and start looking forward to it. Every meal is like Christmas to me. We all plan for Christmas, make lists, get excited. Then it's over for another year. I only have a few hours until my next meal. I get THREE MEALS EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! It's just an attitude that makes me not just get through the day, but relish each time I get to eat.

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MILLIFRED 7/11/2013 6:16AM

    I'm so glad for you. I've noticed for myself that if weight loss has stalled or I am gaining again I just needed to find a way to change things around and rethink what I was doing. It sounds like a great idea to set your calories a little higher so you aren't hungry all the time; otherwise you will be hitting these points where you just can't stand it anymore and overeating to compensate. Be of good courage and do as your quotes says, trust in God for help.

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KANOE10 7/11/2013 6:13AM

    Great blog. You are an inspiration. Hugs.

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HDHAWK 7/3/2013 11:50AM

    On a podcast I listened to one of the people who has lost a lot of weight and kept it off said she allows herself 200 cals. per day of anything she wants.

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KANOE10 6/27/2013 4:39PM

    Great ah ha moment and nice blog. I am glad you found something to help you in healthy eating. Thanks for sharing!

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NOWORNEVER1982 6/27/2013 7:51AM

    Great blog! I can personally relate to your binge/restrict cycles as I'm sure many others can too. It seems you're on to something that may help you. It's a process but it works if you work it. And I do love that quote about doing the same thing and wanting different results. "They" say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I'm definitely insane then but I think you're on to something. Thanks for sharing!

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/26/2013 7:12PM

  I just love what you had to say, thanks.

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TINAJANE76 6/26/2013 6:06PM

    Wow, I'm so glad to hear that my blog and interview were helpful to you. It hasn't been easy to beat down the binge/restrict cycle, but I think I'm getting it down and it's making maintenance, and life, so much better. Good luck in doing the same!
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_JODI404 6/26/2013 5:51PM

    emoticon Love those AH HA moments!!

Yes ~ this is a process that involves constant tweaking. I am always looking for ways to make my food choices even healthier. I find eating more protein has helped a lot to curb my snacky hunger urges between meals. I've found healthier snack choices that really satisfy me. I am trying to eat as little sugar as possible (excluding fruits -- I eat a lot of those!)

I hope that this will be the change that you need. Your current cycle is definitely not good, and I know you already know that. (especially the restriction/hunger). One could never exercise enough, it takes hours and hours to burn so many calories. I find it is so true, you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

I hope this is the answer that you have been looking for. It makes a lot of sense to me. Best wishes and keep seeking those answers from Him!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/26/2013 2:39PM

    Isn't wonderful to have those moments when you just breath a sigh of relief and start accomplishing your goals?!

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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KELLIEBEAN 6/26/2013 12:33PM

    Yay for you. Tinajajane is very inspiring for sure. Variety is the spice of life in all things I believe. I think our bodies need change to keep responding, and many times our minds too!

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SHERIO5 6/26/2013 11:49AM

    Awesome! Spark Friends can can really be a blessing!

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My Sweet Grandchildren in Hawaii

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm still trying to figure out how to put photos on my blogs. Bear with me. I'm trying it out with a photo of Ingrid and Bjørn.



  
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CHERYL_ANNE 6/26/2013 10:04AM

    Oh my gosh -- so, so cute!

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SHERIO5 6/26/2013 9:35AM

    Awww, precious!

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KANOE10 6/26/2013 8:36AM

    Cute kids. I am trying to figure out how to put photos in my blogs also.



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_JODI404 6/25/2013 10:58PM

    They are precious ~ great picture!!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/25/2013 10:35PM

    That's the bet thing I've seen all day. So precious!

Congratulations to everyone in your family!

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AALLEY2 6/25/2013 8:30PM

    Adorable! How lucky you are!

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LARISSA238 6/25/2013 8:17PM

    So cute!

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HDHAWK 6/25/2013 8:08PM

    So sweet!

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JUNEAU2010 6/25/2013 7:53PM

    Adorable!

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GINNABOOTS 6/25/2013 7:51PM

    That is precious!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/25/2013 7:30PM

    I did it! Now I have to remember how I did it!

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Affirmations Pages of My Art Journal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today I decided to take pictures of two of my art journal pages, to put them in my blog. I just can't figure out how to put pics in my blog! I think I did it one time a long time ago, but I just can't remember how to do it!

I can put them in my photos, so that's what I did. The pictures are so small, I don't think they do justice to my pages. So check out my photos.

How I made the pages: I laid down pieces of masking tape, drew lines over them with washable markers, and lifted the tape. This left a space to write on. Before writing I used water on a brush to swipe across the marker marks and created a watery effect. Then I wrote in the spaces. But before I even lifted the tape, I traced around the outer borders of the marker marks with a red gel pen.

Art was always my way of creating my own space to inhabit. As a kid I was always drawing and coloring. In school I excelled in art. I had a concentration in art in high school. Would've gone on to art college, if I hadn't gotten married at age 18. I did take two night classes before I had kids, just for fun. I always did art with my kids, who turned out to be very artistic, all four of them. But after they were on their own doing projects without my help, I rarely worked on anything other than fiber crafts. Still art in it's own way, I was still working with my hands.

My hubby always encourages me to paint. I like watercolor painting. But I rarely felt inspired, never knowing what to paint. Recently I saw a publication called Art Journaling and it caught my eye. I was getting some ideas of what to try, but didn't do it for over a year. In a book store I came across a couple of books explaining visual journaling. I was hooked and bought my first 5x7 100 page journal. I went for small pages, because large was kind of overwhelming to me. I finished it between February and May. I decided to challenge myself on my second one and bought a large journal. It's going great so far! I really love doing this. It incorporates all sorts of mediums, including writing, which I absolutely adore, and there is absolutely no right or wrong way of doing it.

Writing the affirmations in the spaces is just another way of cementing them into my brain. I tend to go back again and again over my journal pages, re-reading what I wrote.

Try it sometime!

  
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SHERIO5 6/26/2013 9:37AM

    Wow! What a great way to express yourself!

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POPSY190 6/25/2013 8:55PM

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_JODI404 6/25/2013 4:52PM

    emoticon Your art journaling sounds just perfect for you!!

I'm glad it is helping you, and your affirmations pages look really great!!

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SCOTMAMA 6/25/2013 3:05PM

    It's easier to add photo's to a blog than to add them to your page. As you are typing your blog, when you want a photo, just click on add picture and follow the path.

I will, however, go to your page and see what you've done. It sounds like a wonderful hobby and something you should not push into the background. Use your talent, there are probably lots of ways of using it -- blogging about it will help as you could get some feedback from other people with a like interest. Good Luck!

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