Saturday, March 01, 2008

February '08 - Done

The GYAIG Plan is in full effect. That's the "Get Your Ass In Gear" Plan for those who may not remember my new year resolution. I've checked off a few more projects from the "To Do" list.

First, I installed a new light fixture in the kitchen to replace that gawd awful wooden fluorescent box light that used to be there. Okay... I didn't actually install it myself. But I asked a friend to. Either way....it's up now. Why did I live with that ugly fluorescent thing for 11 years? I'm really a creature of habit... or maybe just a skilled procrastinator. Unfortunately, I'm both. LOL!
I love love love my new light fixture! It adds so much character to the kitchen. It really fits in with the kinda Tuscan feel of it. And the lighting...oh the lighting! It's so warm and cozy. Not cold and stark like that damn fluorescent. And I love being able to direct the task lights to specific parts of the room. My kitchen has never looked better. But now I've added another job to my list. Cuz I gotta re-paint the ceiling. But that's okay.... it's worth it. Who knew a person could take so much pleasure in a light fixture?!
Next job off the list was to re-cover my dining room chairs. The cushions used to be white and were terribly stained. Let's just say I learned a valuable lesson about combining children, white fabric and colored icing. It doesn't all end up on the cookie. That's all I'm gonna say.

I did these myself. It was no easy feat either. But I love them! My mom is making me new curtains and this is one of the fabrics we're using. It's gonna look so cool when those curtains are finally finished. I'll be all coordinated....
And my last February project was to bead my new lampshades. This is the before look.
This is the finished deal. My mom helped me with the beading. It was definitely a two person job. One to glue and one to spin the shade and apply the trim. Let me just tell you.... hot glue is a miracle invention.My fabulous new curtains will also have this same beaded trim. It's going to tie in together beautifully. The curtains will hopefully be finished for next month's review. But mom has been having some difficulty with her sewing machine. Well, the truth is she killed it about mid-project and had to get a replacement. Plus she's only home a few days a month. And since I can't sew, they won't be finished until she can get it done.
Next on the agenda, the get healthy-diet plan. It took a little hit this month. I had two bad eating weekends with my girl's trip and my nephew's sleepover. I gained weight and re-lost both times. But all in all, still not doing bad.

At the end of the second month I'm down 19.5 lbs total!

My very optimistic goal was to average about 10 lbs a month. So I'm still pretty much on target. And I'm giving myself the whole year to get to my goal weight. That way I can take it slow and still have moments when I splurge. After all, a girl's gotta enjoy some pizza and a margarita every now and then. Or she'll go crazy.... okay, crazy-er. LOL!

I feel incredibly productive so far. I can't believe all the things I've gotten done already. For a skilled procrastinator, this is quite an accomplishment. I'm feeling like this time spent waiting in 2008 is being put to good use.

I'm actually enjoying my zen place again. Let's go March!

30 comments:

a Tonggu Momma said...

love the light fixture ... it looks like something I would have picked out!

Julie said...

Awesome on the weight loss and you still managed to have some fun.

That light fixture is super cool - congrats on all your hard work!

3D said...

Good stuff all around! Love the lights and the fabric.

Keep smilin!

Briana's Mom said...

LOVE the new light fixture and the beaded lamps. Fantastic!

cougchick said...

love the light fixture. It's gorgeous.

Michelle said...

I love that light fixture. I beaded my lampshades too. It's amazing how much it dresses them up. Congrats on the weight loss. That's awesome! I'm still working on getting started with the eating healthy plan. I have been going to the gym though.....that's a start. Goodbye February. I'm not sorry to see it go. It was kind of a tough month for me. Come to think of it, January was no picnic either. C'mon March. Bring it on!

sea star said...

You are spewing optimism for sure. Love that light! It's so sexy, I am a light ho. Gotta have good lighting!

Congrats on more weight loss. I can't believe anyone in Ga. could lose weight this month with all that food we ate, gawd was it good!

Carla said...

Love the light. The chairs and lamps are cool too, although I am getting a little annoyed at how you got all the creative genes. I mean, couldn't you have saved me some??? And what kind of bad ass kids would get icing on chair cushions???

Congrats on the weight loss. Hey, do you think Alli is safe to take during pregnancy? Cuz my prenatal vitamins sure do cork me up. LOL

JoAnn in NJ said...

Love the light fixture, the beading and the new chair covers! Yay on the weight loss and your "can-do" attitude!

p.s where did you get that fabby fixture?

M3 said...

OMG! Everything is gorgeous -- I want it all, AND you lost weight? Wow!

PIPO said...

You have definitely had your arse in gear. Loving the lightage :0)

Now, maybe I can stick my finger in one of the sockets to get a zap and get my arse back in gear!

laurie said...

Everything looks great and congratulations on the weight loss. Your attitude is contagious!!

Rhonda said...

Congrats on the weight loss, attitude and fantabulous decorating!

Abby's Mom said...

Fantastic on he 19 pounds down! As for your to do list, get it done now like you are doing. Miss Mia will not let you do it once she is here :)

Liene said...

Ooh La La! What beautiful lighting.

I need to ditch the horrible florescent lighting in my kitchen as well. It makes my kitchen look so dingy. I also need to put some recess lighting in my living room.

Keep up the good work!

krj said...

There's a house for sale 2 doors down from me.. move in, I need some inspiration to GMAIG- and YOU girl are INSPIRING.
I am soooooo procrastinating on everything right now, and I KNOW I'll be in China next year. It's like I'm frozen from fear or something. The idea of DOING things that prepare for her (which means fixing stuff around the house, getting her room ready) makes it TOO real. Makes no sense, since this is my dream, to finally be a mom!

LOVE your light fixture, your fabric, everything. And huge congrats on all that weight loss. With WW I lost EIGHT pounds in 6 weeks... ugh.

OziMum said...

Holy Crap! I can't believe what you've achieved this month!!! I absolutely adore all your home projects! Your curtains will look deeeevine!

You are a frigin legend - 19.5lbs?!! Way to go!!! You'll do great with your healthy eating plan... SUMMER IS COMING YOUR WAY!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Love the light fixture and the chairs are great.. love the colors...
Great job on the lamp shades... you are just going,going, going....
Sounds like the weight loss plan is doing really well..
Have a Great Sunday..
Hugs to you girly..

Hanne said...

Wauw, you are really getting things done! Good for you.If you keep this up, the time untill Mia will fly by.
Congratulations on your weight loss, I´m just so envious of your
willpower.

Hanne from Denmark

Joannah said...

Your house is looking great! I love the beaded trim on the lamp shades. It's beautiful, really!

You're going to have a great year.

:-)

Kate said...

Good for you!! Everything looks great! Conrats on the weight loss!

Keep it up!

Kate

Marla said...

Wow, everything looks amazing and way to go on the 19.5 lbs! That light fixture is gorgeous. Happy Sunday!!

Colleen said...

Sassy stuff there chickie!! Lovin the light fixture. Rock on with the weight loss!! :)

Old Pelican said...

Love the lighting in the kitchen and those lamps are beautiful Can't wait to see the curtains. good for you with the weight loss.

Daniella said...

Oops that was me above with the Old Pelican I logged in with my homeowners association gmail account.

wzgirl said...

Nice job, you. I love that light fixture & have never seen one like it. Nice, again.

Keep on keepin' on....xo

Donna said...

Everything looks fantastic!

Shannon said...

So proud of your accomplishments! And you've only begun! Wow, you're a creative soul. Beading, chairs, fixtures...lookin' good!

Kristy said...

Gosh that new kitchen light is just gorgeous!!!

Kristy

Kelli said...

Love the lights, LOVE LOVE LOVE the chairs! I'm very impressed!!! Nice work!