Sunday Mornings at Home is back! I took a couple of weeks off from these posts during wedding time, but I am honored that many requested the return.
On this day, I have created lifestyle posts called Sunday Mornings at Home as I reflect on the past week and look to the week ahead.
I often take this time for lessons learned, and for a snippet of my world.
A family member, rented this fun Mustang Convertible for wedding weekend, and I rode in it the day after the wedding last Sunday.
This was actually a nostalgic moment for me. My very first car in my teens was a 1968 jade green Mustang with a white top.
Oh, how I wish I still had that car…I loved it and many memories were made in it with my high school friends….a couple of them read the blog…hopefully they have fond memories as well.
I don’t think anyone wanted to give the white one back to the rental company…but we did and enjoyed the fun for a time.
I hope you are in a cozy spot and will join me for more Sunday Mornings at Home.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: VENTURING ON MY OWN
I made a decision this week and I so hope I do not regret it.
A little background for the audience here on Sunday Mornings at Home:
To prepare for the wedding, I hired a trainer at our gym, and made a commitment to faithfully use the Weight Watcher App and program for eating.
The results were so encouraging…I did lose 17 pounds.
Following the WW app completely changed my way of eating….logging the food was exactly what I needed.
I eat smaller portions now (and did throughout wedding events)…I eat cleaner…and I am content without having sweets in the house.
I am also content not to clean my plate!
Living without ice cream was a challenge at first, but I did it and rewarded myself about three times since January.
Last week was a test of celebrating without logging all of it and I believe I passed. I did not go wild or even desire to.
Also, during this time I made significant changes to speed up my metabolism at 69 years of age.
I have been faithful to take ProBiotics every day, and after testing three brands, I like the Endomune Advanced Multi-Strain ProBiotic by a San Antonio Doctor.
I drink green tea mid-morning every day…my favorite is a Bigelow Green Tea called REFRESH with tumeric and matcha included and I buy it at our local HEB store.
I have also been faithful with my Juice Plus veggie and fruit whole food tablets, vitamin C, vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex and extra B 12.
This has worked for me…my doctor even said after recent blood tests…whatever you are doing keep doing it.
Three days prior to the wedding I also went to the doctor and got a Vitamin B-12 shot…for additional energy.
I have been surprised at how this has lowered my hunger and taken food from being a major part of my day.
I also add cinnamon and cayenne more as spices.
So, because I am trying to cut down my spending, I have made a big decision to cancel Weight Watchers and not hire the trainer.
I am still at my gym but believe I know enough to go it alone. I also believe I know enough to not return to unhealthy eating habits.
I will be honest with you and still share how this part of the healthy lifestyle journey is going…I still need to lose weight for health reasons and hope I can continue on the same path.
Sunday Mornings at Home is a good time for me to write this and reflect on my decisions, because I will always need God’s help to go forward….all prayers welcome!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: WALKING THE DOG
Walking Tux this week has been glorious…the weather in the morning is cooler than last year…but we have to follow this lady’s rules.
She did the same thing last year when she had her babies.
She stalks us…to let Tux know she has boundaries.
I always talk sweetly to her and assure her we will obey.
At first I thought she was only protecting one, but yesterday, I saw there were twins.
So cute…and Tux knows to not even bark at them…she freaks him out a little.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: ONE LAST WEDDING MEMORY
I have loved so much learning the history of my new DIL’s family.
Her grandmother was an artist and woodcarver…she carved this amazing Noah’s Ark which hangs in the church her family helped to found.
Isn’t it incredible?
She also had a sense of humor.
This little unicorn is in a box to the side.
She would tell others that the reason we have no unicorns today is that he didn’t make the boat!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: TRY NEW THINGS
I wrote recently that a summer goal of mine is to try as many new things as possible…this is the summer I turn 70 so…if not now, when?
I have always had healthy nails and they grow well, but last week, I had about half that were very short.
For the wedding, I really wanted them to look lovely and all the same length, so my nail technician talked me into tips…which I have never done on a large scale like this.
They looked great and still look great today almost two weeks later.
However, tomorrow I will have them taken off because it is too hard to type with them on and I have cleaning out I need to start doing….so goodbye to these nails tomorrow.
I hope to share with you every Sunday a new experience this summer…will do my best!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON
I am going to talk more about lessons from my Mother-of-the-Groom journey soon, but for now….
The biggest lesson learned is the importance of CONSISTENCY.
If I am consistent with my eating and workouts, it pays off. I look at the silly picture above that was taken in January, and that is not the woman I am today.
If I am consistent to dress with my five style adjectives, then I am more confident, spend less, and look uniquely me.
Consistency makes a huge difference in our health, beauty and style journey.
I will write more later.
Also, here is the podcast link for those who still want to listen: The Midlife Project Podcast with Giselle and Serena of the Teacup Community. REDISCOVERING YOUR STYLE AND CONFIDENCE.
Thank you for joining me today on Sunday Mornings at Home. I hope you found something here that inspires and encourages you…ask any questions or make comments…and always….
By Pamela Lutrell
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