My new adventure: Stella & Dot!

Hello blog world!  I want to tell you about my new adventure as a Stylist for Stella & Dot!  I love their jewelry, handbags, and other accessories, so I finally decided, why not sell it?  I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon, but am super excited about my new part-time opportunity!

Don’t worry, I am not going to start daily jewelry blogs, but I might post a few sales here and there!   What better way to celebrate all our hard work towards healthy diets and workouts than with stunning jewelry?

Check it out.  The summer line is truly gorgeous.  Check it out…


S&D Trunk Show


S&D Summer 2013



New Years Resolutions + Jewelry Giveaway!

Hello ladies!  Who’s ready for some New Year’s Resolutions?  Or even better, some free jewelry!?  Let’s do both…


The holidays are almost over, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to lose those Christmas cookie pounds, or just refocus on your healthy lifestyle.  I don’t know about you, but I’m in desperate need of a Cinch detox!  Starting Monday (a day early because I like starting things on Mondays), I’ll be once again starting the Cinch Fast Forward phase, and once again tracking my progress via my blog.   Yes, yes, I know that Cynthia Sass rewrote her book with the new name “SASS Yourself Slim”, but somehow that just doesn’t have the same ring as “Cinch”.

So how about a healthy competition with a prize of free Stella & Dot jewelry for whomever can lose the most weight % in 2 months?  I do much better when I’m both held accountable, and working towards a goal.  When I did Cinch successfully back in 2010, my goal was to get in great shape for a Hawaiian vacation.  It helped me get down to my goal of 130 pounds just days before our vacation.  This year, my goal is simply to get back on track.  It’s been the toughest year of my life, mostly due to my crazy stressful job with frequent travel.  2013 should be much more manageable, and that’s good because my skinny jeans are getting a little tight again!

Want to join the competition and work together to reach our healthy goals?  Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up by adding your Name, current Weight, and a few motivational words in my comments section below no later than Monday, January 7.
  • Check in weekly with your progress, including a weekly weigh-in, or link us to your own blog.
  • March 1, I will review everyone’s progress and announce a winner, based on who has lost the largest % of their body weight (for example, if a 150-lb person loses 7.5 pounds, they lost 5% of their body weight).
  • The winner can choose anything up to $50 on, and I will ship your prize!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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* Please consult your doctor before starting a new wellness program.  This is intended to be a fun, healthy competition; please do not take any drastic unhealthy measures in order to win. *

Surviving the Roller Coaster

We recently made of first trip to Cedar Point, the mecca of roller coasters on Lake Erie in northern Ohio.  I hadn’t been on a roller coaster in probably 10 years, so I sucked up my fear and decided to join my young nieces on a couple.  Oh my gosh!  I totally forgot the horrible anxiety that I feel leading up the first big drop, and that horrible feeling in my stomach.  I’m guessing not everyone feels that pain, otherwise they wouldn’t go!  We still had a great time though.  It was good seeing family and friends, and there were lots of other non-roller-coaster rides.  My diet took a bit of a back seat with so much yummy amusement park food to behold, but I did go for a nice 6-mile run around the exterior of the park and along the lake!

That’s my husband and I on the left, as if you couldn’t tell with our Tennessee hats!

For those who’ve read my blog before, you know that my husband was out of a job for a long time – 20 months to be exact.  Part of that time he spent going back to school to finish his Master’s, and I focused my blogs last Spring on how to diet on a budget!  However we had no idea that upon our move to Ohio in January to the booming Columbus economy (literally), it would still take 9 more months for him to find reasonable work.  However it was worth the wait, and he ended up with several opportunities, choosing a relatively new, woman-run, jewelry company called Stella & Dot.  They are opening a new Distribution Center in Columbus for their booming jewelry business, and he’ll be the Operations Leader.  He’s in his second week now and really loving it.  Plus, he gets free jewelry sometimes, so naturally I benefit too!  It does seem funny though that the cheeseburger lover works for a jewelry company, while the jewelry lover works for a cheeseburger company.  Hmm.

Here’s a video from a recent Stella & Dot meeting.  Very inspirational for women:

So that brings me back to roller coasters.  My life has felt like a roller coaster in the past couple of years.  Between my work struggles and transitions, my husbands lack of work, the usual family & personal drama, ongoing struggle to resist junk food, lack of motivation and overall fatigue, and generally just the struggle to accept myself, it’s been a constant up and down ride.  If there’s one constant that given me strength, it’s taking care of myself.  I worked so hard last year to clean up my diet and get more regular exercise.  Now that the weather is turning cooler and my job stress is ramping up as several project deadlines loom closer, it’s so tempting to go into hibernation mode, blow off workouts, and eat comfort food.  And Fall also brings the beginning of the Halloween candy, holiday food, and baking season.  I know people mean well with their giant baskets of homemade treats, heck, I’ve done it too, but just one of those little cookies will send me into a sugar rage and then the guilt and bloat that follows.  Below is one of the many baskets of goodies that show up around the office several times a week, always at a key intersection where they can’t be avoided, and by late morning or late afternoon, we’re usually given in despite having a healthy lunch and not being hungry.  Why, oh why, is this so difficult???