Saturday, August 22, 2009

I am tired of being a Frumpy Plain Jane!!

I am not real happy with my appearance right now. It's mostly the weight I have put up over the last 2 years since I became more sedentary with digital scrapbooking and designing blogs. I've put on about 30 lbs. With being a work from home mom, I don't have many occasions to go out and look nice. I don't wear make-up much (which I am OK with...I'm more of a natural girl), but I don't really do much to take care of my looks either. I do try to take care of my skin with cleansing and sunscreen, but day in and day out I am just so plain and boring.

It's time to do something about it. My time is being freed up a little with the kids back in school and I am going to take advantage of that. I am starting a walking program that I found in the April '09 issue of Prevention magazine. This plan focuses on ab fat, which is really where I carry my weight. We do walk for 30 mins each evening with our dog, but it's usually a moderate pace. We will continue those walks, but I am going to start waking up an hour earlier to get a fast paced walk in. This program has you speed walk 3 days and basic walk 2 days a week. There are also ab sculpting moves that I will do 3 days a week. This morning I timed how quickly I can walk a mile, which determines how long I need to walk. I also just took all my body measurements and got a photo so that I can see the results. I've never been much for weighing myself and prefer just to see how my clothes fit. I got rid of a lot of my frumpy clothes earlier this year, so I don't feel the need to go out and buy more at all. (I know...I missed some frumpy clothes!)

I am also growing very tired of my plain long hair! Yes, it's looked nice at the recent weddings we attended, but I am not going to bother curling it on a daily basis. My hair is about 20" long and I've been interested in donating it. Locks of Love does not want any grey hair, so I've been trying to find an alternative. I are SHOCKED that I have any grey and just thought it was all blonde, but it's not. lol! I don't color my hair. Anyway, last month I was at a girls night out for a friend that was getting married and mentioned how I was sick of my hair but couldn't find a place to donate it. The bride's sister mentioned The Ponytail Club. I googled it when I got home and found out they accept ANY hair!! Even colored, permed, or treated! Plus they only need 6 inches of hair. I contacted them and they are looking forward to getting my hair.

Now normally people start losing weight and then have a makeover as they near their weight loss goal, but I don't want to wait. I will be getting my hair cut soon (not short!) and take a few other steps to feel pretty. I am starting the health part of it one element at a time. I think it might be overwhelming to change my eats and exercise all at once, so I am just going to start with fitness. I think this will naturally lead me to eating healthier. I really don't eat all that bad, just too much! I haven't set any specific goals, but maybe I will work my way up and be able to get up really early and run with Harriet!

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. Good luck, sounds like you got a great plan.
    Can't wait to see your new hair. I can't wait to cut mine but waiting until after I am a Mom.

  2. I can't wait to see the new look! Do post pics!! :) I recently cut my long hair.. I actually did it then my husband had to help me fix it..I cut off 3 inches from one side, and 4 from the other, lol!! I figured I wouldn't do it if I let myself think about it any longer, so chop chop it went!
    And the walking regimen sounds great, good luck with it!! :)

  3. I think we all go through a period in our lives when life takes over and we are just either too tired or uninterested in putting the effort into ourselves. Then one day we get back with the ambition because we feel better every time we make a little more effort. Go for it girl..sounds like that time has come for ya!

  4. I hear you about weight gain and the darn but you look GREAT you silly lady.

    cant wait to see the photo of the new dew.

    exercise is good for the soul, dont worry about the weight too much, just focus on walking because it just clears your mind and makes you feel good all over. Plus, a little alone time is good for everyone

  5. Good for you! Hiring a personal trainer (although expensive) has been the best thing I could have done to give myself a boost in every aspect of my life. Good luck with everything!

  6. go Diana! You can do it! Wished I lived closer to have someone to walk with.

  7. Oh how I can relate to everything you wrote! I've been walking for a few months and really love it. I recently bought a pedometer and that helps me feel good about all those steps I'm taking every day. My goal is 10,000. To make the time fly faster while I'm walking, I started downloading podcasts of my favorite talk radio programs. It really helps so try that if you notice that you're getting bored to staring too often at your watch.

    Can't wait to see the new hairdo! My hair is like yours (but brown). I'm ready for a change but it's so easy to wear a ponytail all day and not mess with having a 'style'. But I'm ready for a change!


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  8. Go Diana! I started doing the same prevention walking program this summer b/c I felt myself starting to stick to my blogging chair. It's great. But Monday ,I just started a different program I found in my new Women's Health magazine. "Running for Beginners". I have always hated running but am going to give it a try as a new goal in my 40's. Whew! I have no excuses though now that both of my kids will be in school all day. I hardly ever put on make up anymore. And when I do and dress in anything but my shorts and tanks, my family says "Where are YOU going?"

  9. You go there....Frumpy Plain Jane you are NOT! It's all about health, right? I just recently met my goal...took me 14 run, without stopping, a 5K. I could run/walk it (best time 33min) but couldn't run the whole 3.1 miles without stopping....all that to say, I think having a goal that is not body size/weight related really helps. And I'm all full of suggestions, but....remember your bones and how important weight training is! It also helps with stamina. I Hate to exercise, but a stroke/heart attack is something I'd hate more...and it runs in my now I'm running....Keep us updated!


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