Downsizing – Spare Bedroom 1: Library

The summer of 2017 was officially the start of Phase 2 of our fixer-upper.  This means we had saved enough money to conquer partial bathroom renovations, master closet makeover, a cooling vent and insulation for the garage (I didn’t really get this but Jeff thought it was a priority) and doing something with the two spare bedrooms.  After a year and a half everything had found a place but it wasn’t organized in a way that felt like home.  This was especially true in these two bedrooms which were filled with a hodge podge of what we had brought with us and most of it was oversized for this house which made the rooms seem smaller than they were.

It took me a little while but with some strategic thinking I began to list what I’d like to use each of these rooms for which helped me envision what would be needed to make that happen.

Bedroom 1 which measures 11′ x 9’10” was to have 3 purposes:  a place to hold books and read (aka – the library),  exercise and to sew. 

This is how the library portion of the room came about.  I love books and often read a favorite more than once.  There is something soothing in tangible pages to flip through, being able to mark the margins and turn down the corner when something touches my heart.  Yes – I have an iPad and think it is wonderful, especially for travel, but I don’t ever want to live in a house without my favorites:  A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg, Adventures in Prayer by Catherine Marshall, Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, The 10 Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley, Live Carefully by Jerry Traylor, Beautiful in God’s Eyes by Elizabeth George and so many more.

We had brought two bookshelves with us – one was ours and the other had belonged to our daughter.  They were different woods and heights but when we first moved in they had the most important quality,  providing a place to remove books from moving boxes and store.

I began to dream about furnishing these rooms with a focus on function and price.  I didn’t need brand new and when my friend, Angie, introduced me to Facebook Marketplace, I found a resource that fit those goals.  As I found a few pieces for other parts of the house and learned how to use chalk paint, my confidence grew.  Soon I was ready to move the mismatched bookshelves out and begin my search for matching bookshelves.  Fortunately for me someone else was ready to say goodbye to two Broyhill units for $200.00. 

It is fun getting something new (well, new to me) but it also means some effort is required because the bookshelves that were there now needed to be emptied and moved to make room for the new.   In a very short time I went from organized to chaos.  This is often the point in a project where I ask myself “What was I thinking?”

One of our bookshelves we sold on Facebook Marketplace for $35.00.  The other bookshelf which was sturdy, well made and solid wood still had some life in it and soon I was placing two coats of white chalk paint and later distressing before a clear coat of wax was buffed in. As if I hadn’t created a mess already, I decide to add painting to the mix. There are times it is good that Jeff is at work.  

Here it is in its new home in the den waiting for the wax to dry before books are placed on shelves.  I am happy to say it now holds a variety of books, including my cookbooks.

I need to give a big shout out to my dad who is always available to pick me or my husband up in his truck as I procure another treasure.  My son-in-law, Josh, has also come over to move some of the heavier pieces.  It takes a village to make a house a home.

Finally, the bookshelves were picked up, dusted and vacuumed (let’s just say they came from a house with cats) and it was time to move the bookshelves in.  Not shown in this picture but new brushed nickel knobs replaced the bronze ones.  The shelves have lighting and are 19″ deep which allows for a nice display.

One of the last pieces for this room, has been the chair.  I wanted a comfortable chair for reading and hand sewing.  I found this one on Offered Up (another site to look for treasures) for $50.00.  It had recently been recovered in gray  and fit into the corner.  

I will be showing completed pictures of the room after I have shared the different sections.

What was Jeff doing while I tackled the room?  This guy is such a hard worker and is as committed to making this house our home as much as I am.  He replaced all our baseboards – so much work but what a difference this has made.

Coming up next – Spare Bedroom 1 – Exercise

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Why I Stepped Away From Beachbody Workouts

IMG_2019It’s been a year and half since I started to take care of myself on a consistent basis.  The key word being “consistent.”  Definition of consistent:  continuing to happen or develop in the same way.  I like the word “develop” because to me it means continued growth.  When I started in February 2015 I was traveling through a time of taking care of others better than taking care of myself and I knew I needed a sustainable plan.   I started with Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix and then BodyBeast.  I will forever be grateful for the people who came into my life during this time.  Encouragement was given, habits were modified, personal systems were put into place and I became healthier and more confident. I discovered what did and didn’t work for me.  I learned I liked to workout at home (time saver – no travel time), go at my own pace and didn’t try to keep up with others, could pause if I needed to, wasn’t dependent on the weather, I worked out when it was best for my schedule, and I like lifting – who knew?

This July, I decided to shake out of my comfort zone with the programs mentioned about and began a 3 1/2 month weight lifting program called STS by Cathe Friedrich.  STS stands for Shock Training System.  Each of the 36 workouts are different which helps decrease boredom but also keeps the body constantly challenged thus maximizing muscle confusion.  The workouts were a bit longer than I was used to (45-65 minutes) but were only done on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  After each 4-week meso session, there is 1 week of active rest (walk, yoga, etc.)

I liked the pace of these workouts; there is a lot of instruction on correct form. I liked that they weren’t repetitive.   I didn’t know what the instructor was going to say or what exercise was coming next.  I floundered at first lifting 5 or 8 lb weights – there were many exercises I was doing for the first time.   But by end of my fourth week, I could see progress.

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When I finished the program in October, I was lifting 12 and 15 lbs consistently. I had doubled my lifting power and this 58-year-old woman felt good about that. It is very important for women to lift.  Read more.  I know this is a program I will repeat.  

It is my goal to live the days I have to the best of my ability and I know that in order to do that, it is my responsibility to make movement and nutrition a priority.  I don’t do it perfectly but I do it much better than I used to.  I used to think I didn’t have time to exercise because I was toooooo busy or I felt too ill  – now I know that non-impact exercise helps keep me away from more visits to doctors, helps my pain level from chronic conditions (Interstitial Cystitis and Postherpetic Neuralgia, my thoughts are clearer, gives me more energy, puts me in a better mood, and so much more.  It truly is one of the best non-pill medication we can give ourselves.  Being real – I will tell you I had several weeks during this program where I struggled with consistent Interstitial Cystitis pain.  But I persevered and found back with my own consistency and didn’t miss a single workout.

Listing links of programs I’ve used and found success with.  They range in type of program length and cost:

Cathe On Demand – stream workouts to your computer, phone, iPad

Cathe Friedrich STS Program

For more information – Here

Cathe Friedrich Low Impact HITT

Cathe Friedrich Low Impact Series – Yoga Max

Beachbody 21 Day Fix and Body Beast – Angie Rivera – contact: angiegirlfitness@gmail.com

Leslie Sansone 5 Day Ultimate Walk Plan

Leslie Sansone 5-Mile Mega Walk

Some at-home exercise equipment I have found useful

Weights in Varying Sizes –  (This should be based on what you need) 3 lb, 5 lb, 8 lb, 10 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 20 lb

Weight Rack

Sliders

Exercise Bands

Peanut Ball

Step

Anke and Wrist Weights

Mat

Other

Hydroflask – This is my favorite water bottle – Read Why Here

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This post uses affiliate links that help to offset the cost of Deliciously Inspired.

 

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Determined Changes

FebMar 2015 Before and After Pics

I posted something on Facebook this last week that took me almost 20 minutes to push the post button.  The reason it was so hard is because it was so real – so personal and yet one my biggest joys is sharing with my readers when I find something that works – a recipe, a new kitchen gadget or food product.  I had a “talk to myself moment” because I knew I was having success in an area that I haven’t in a long time – I mean years. Well, the Facebook post went live (see below for content) and what I discovered is there are quite a few of us out there that want to be healthy, want to have an exercise program but we just haven’t found the right fit.

So what I want to share with you is that post because today I finished my 63rd day of consistent exercise and am nourishing my body with clean eating (Because I enjoy cooking and have a wide knowledge of ingredients and styles, my meals have been nutritious and delicious).  In fact I’m probably eating more now than I was.   Slow and steady changes are happening and I’m excited.

Facebook Post from 4/14/15

Frustrated, clothes not fitting, skin breaking out was where I was the end of January.  I was going to the gym, eating healthy food and doing what I knew to do but my weight seemed to be climbing.   My family has a history of carrying weight and I wondered if this is just what my mid-50’s were going to look like for me.  I also have a few chronic health issues – permanent nerve pain from a case of shingles and interstitial cystitis (IC).  But in February I took a chance on a at-home, portion-controlled clean eating nutrition/fitness program which included support from others that were also working on their own goals.  All I needed to do was commit to doing my best with a 30-minute daily workout and eat nutritious food for 21 days.  I decided my definition of success would be to complete the 21 days and not focus on the scale.   That meant I needed to be intentional with my time and priorities.  There were times I didn’t use weights at all, there were times I needed to stop in between exercises but I didn’t quit.  I can’t tell you how proud I was to complete the first 21 days and the feeling of inner and outer strength I gained is priceless.  After another round of the program I was down 5 lbs and had said goodbye to 12.5 inches.  I am so thankful for the tools this program provides – being able to workout from home on my schedule, modifications that don’t require any jumping, an easy to apply nutrition plan that teaches how much we need of certain foods and the group encouragement and accountability has been a huge gift.  So I’m taking a big breathe and doing something out of my comfort zone because taking pictures of myself hasn’t been high on my list and posting some Feb before pictures and end of March after pictures because I believe there may be others who are looking for a program that can move them from where they are today.  If my story has inspired you, I want to invite you to be a part of Challenge Group that will be starting on May 4th with me.   Let’s learn to together to be advocates for our health so we can live this life to the best of our ability.

 For more information on whether the program I’m using might be a good fit for you, please comment below or email me at debra.hallock@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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