Sunday, October 4, 2015

More Workout Room News & A Milestone

Hi everyone!

For such a tiny room, our workout area sure has taken a long time.  I am here again with some small snippets of progress.  The beginnings of the art and lighting install took place yesterday and I am over the top happy with how it is shaping up.

Here's a glimpse of part of the wall.  As you may have guessed, I am doing a faux brick treatment using a piece of brick-look paneling.  A little doctoring with joint compound and five different colors of paint - and voila! The aged brick look I was dreaming of.  

I chose clip on work lights for accent lighting.  I love the industrial look of these guys annndddd they were less than $7.00 each!

Just for grins, I scribed in the year into one of the bricks while the compound was still wet.  It is very subtle and you really have to look for it, but I love it!

 Mr. Bluebird is cut loose from his DIY duties today to get in a game of golf, but in the meantime, I am staining and finishing the cedar trimming pieces that will go around the brick. There are two more steps to the finish that I still have to complete.

And now for the milestone promised in my post title:

A while back I shared with you my weight loss journey that I began almost a year ago.  When I first 'fessed up about my weight woes here, I was wearing a size 16 - down from the 24, sometimes 26 I was wearing in October 2014..  (Again, I can't believe I am sharing this with you all!).  Since then, I have lost another 25 pounds or so and the other day I dared to try on a size 12 pair of jeans.  First, before I get all peacock puffed up about my achievements, let me tell you that they are labeled "super stretchy."  But, a twelve is a twelve in my book and I will take it!  The label also claims to make the wearer look long and lean!  I doubt I am looking particularly lean and at 5' 3" I am certain I don't look long in them either, lol! But, nonetheless, they are a size 12 and I haven't had a pair of jeans that size (that acutally fit!) in my closet since Ronald Reagan was president.  Yikes!  I have more to share with you regarding my lymphedema issues that I told you about back in May was well.  I will save that for another post, but I think some progress is being made in that department, too!

Anyway, that's it for today.  I am off to work a little more on the never ending workout room and then I will be settling in by the fire with the Mr. to watch the Packer game and sip on some Pumpkin Spice coffee.  Enjoy your Sunday!

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  1. That is turning out GREAT, Jane. I love how you have aged out those panels. They do look quite real!!!! I bet you will be glad to have it all done. Hope you got lots done today. xo Diana

  2. Jane,
    Love the panels they are looking awesome. Congrats on getting into the size 12 jeans. You and I are the same height and I was in a size 22 back in April and now am down to a 14. Feels wonderful. I hope to see a size 12 in the next few months. I have not seen these sizes since Ronald Reagan either lol! This is a journey but a good one.

  3. Love your faux brick. What a cute idea to add the date. Congrats to on your milestone. Way to go! Janice

  4. Hi Jane. First I kind of thought that was what you were doing with the wall and it turned out really well. How nice to have a workout room in your home. I think I would be much more motivated to exercise if I could just close a door and turn on the TV and do something as opposed to what I do now whenever I turn on the TV!! I guess I didn't follow you back then but I went back and looked at some of what you have shared about your weight. I am so proud of you as I can only imagine how hard a journey it must be. I had just the opposite problem my whole life. I was way too skinny. I realize the first thought from anybody is that "you have a problem"?? But, I can tell you it was just as devastating to me as your weight was too you. I saw and heard all the jokes about anorexia that I ever want to hear. I used to gorge on ice cream and cream instead of milk on my cereal and it never helped. When I turned 50 my body started to change and now I have to forego all of that but I really have to be careful. You are doing great and looking so good, but your pretty face always stayed the same..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  5. I love the look of industrial lighting, too; I even chose some when my husband I built our home.

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