Saturday, March 3, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 8 Destress and Connect with Yourself

So - I am a bit behind on keeping up with my fitness. I am not happy with my progress, but I am still working on it.

Here was my February Measurements:

February I was down an inch on waist and hips, but two pounds higher in weight.

March - I am very disappointed in myself.

Weight: 178
Waist 37"
Hips 43"
Chest 40"
Thighs still 22"
Arms still 13"

I lost chest, gained 6# and did not come out as good as I thought.

I did challenge 8 in my Wellness Program book - I went to a public Yoga class - I learned a lot more from that then the videos I have watched and taught myself from. It was nice to see all body types too.

So February was not a good month but I am thinking March will be better and I am working on things - this was my motto for March:

SO I am going to try not to be too hard on myself and work better.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month

The month of February 2018, I am participating in the Facebook group NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month. (very image heavy)

See group here

In January I really wasn't sure I would be able to get anything done, but I pleased to say I signed up and have completed my model.

I won this set of Earth Pigments and my model from a drawing in the Group! I was very excited! I hardly ever win anything model horse related and this was so very exciting for me!!

I also decided to do a second model just to do it. I wanted to try my sculpting skills. Here is a before and after of my sculpting - I am still struggling with my sculpting ability. 


Then it was onto Primering. Very hard to do in cold weather but I managed.

It was posted in the group to take a selfie with you and your model - Here is me with mine and then the full collage of participants with theirs. 

There was a sad moment where everyone was posting pictures of their pets with them and their models. I don't have a pet right now to post pictures with and was reminiscing. I shared an old picture of Gabby with a model I was working on in 2006 or so. 

I did a painting day on a day off from work. I also did a video - it can be seen on my facebook page here.


Then I spent yesterday and today and I completed my Official model and my secondary model. 

Official Model: with real horse I used as partial reference. 

Secondary Model: with real horse I used as partial reference. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 2 - Where do you Stand?

Challenge 2 was to obtain a wellness assessment from the Medical Clinic and get your scores.

I needed to have a blood test 24 hours prior to the assessment. I did that yesterday, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. I did it fasting because I wanted to see results without food in my system.

Today was my assessment. These were my results.

One of the first things was blood pressure - yeah that went way up because I wasn't at home and I was sitting in the doctor's office.

Second was 1 3 minute stair-step test - OK 3 minutes is a heck of a long time when doing stair steps to a metronome. This definitely showed me where I need to work on things.

Third was a stretch test. I am very limber for a short, fat girl.

Fourth was a grip strength test. I managed to pop all my fingers while doing this.

So the overall scores:

This is my blood test scores
Cholesterol - 156  (desirable is under 200)
HDL Cholesterol - 50 (desirable is under 40) - I am a little high here.
Triglycerides - 143 (desirable is under 150) - this needs work to be lower
Chol/Hdl ratio - 3  (desirable is under 4)
Calculated LDL - 77 (optimal is under 100)
VLDL Cholesterol - 29 (optimal is under 30) - want to push this number lower
Glucose - 5.2% (normal under 5.7%) - this is what they base diabetes scoring on.

This is my wellness assessment scoring
Resting Heart Rate  - 83 out of 110 (this was in the yellow range - ok but not great)
Step Test Heart Rate -  159 out of 171 (this was in the red zone and a definite need to work on area)
Flexibility Test - 40 out of 50!!!!! YEAH!! Gymnastics and Yoga and years of horseback riding flexible
Hand Grip Test - 65.6 lbs out of 100  - this is higher of the yellow range and almost into green
Total Physical Score - 7 out of 16 - Mid yellow range

Blood Pressure - high today
BMI in the yellow but close to the green side
Body Fat - yellow range but close to red side
My BMI and Body Fat are in the obese range. 

Composite Wellness Score -  66.5 out of 100
For someone my age and gender I should be at 67.7 so I am not horribly off but I would like to improve - lose weight and get myself in better shape.

This was really an eye opener and a motivation piece. I am going to so stair step exercises definitely. And work on walking, hiking, running, yoga, and so much more. I am keeping daily track of my exercise and the ultimate goal is 60-70 minutes per day.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Wellness Program

The hospital I work at does an annual Wellness Program. I joined this year's program to try to continue the weight loss that started after my surgery in September 2017. This is a blog on how I started my journey.

This is a before shot of me in 2017. This was taken in August.


I am really embarrassed by these images but to do this journey right I need to post them. 

After my hysterectomy on September 5, where I had a Softball size tumor removed along with my uterus, I lost 12 pounds and 4 inches. I was at a 42" waist and dropped to a 38" waist. 


After that weight loss, I have stayed at this plateau. So, I decided that 2018 was the year of change.

I took my measures January 1 and began a folder in my Facebook of my journey.


Then it was announced at work that they would be putting on a Wellness Program. There is a "Passport Book" that you have to get stamped/signed off on for each event in the book. 

I started mine on January 5 and I will turn it in on December 13, 2018. 


As I complete each stage - I am going to post it on my blog as a way of keeping myself accountable and to share my journey. Challenge 2 is to get a Wellness check - I will post my results when I get that done next week. 

Here is to a healthier 2018!!! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bury your poverty, Dig up your wealth 2018

Okay folks! It's New Year's Eve today!! And I stole this from my friend Chris Wallbruch years ago. I tried it in 2013 and it was an OK year - I tried it again in 2014 and while it was a rough year - this DID work for me. I did this in 2015 and while the end of the year was not what I expected - it was a very good year. 2016 has just been a bitch and while I had no great windfall I have always had the funds to pay what needed to be paid. 2017 I managed to get a little more than I needed, but again no windfall. It has been an overall good year so here's to 2018 being 1,000 times better. Or 1,000,000 times better.

It is time to bury your money!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this tradition, what you do is bury a dollar (or any amount above a dollar that you want) in the soil on New Year's Eve. This can be in a houseplant if the ground is frozen or inaccessible, but I like to go outside, dig a hole, and drop my dollar in. (I put it in a plastic bag). As you bury said dollar, say out loud, "I am burying my poverty!" TIP - if you do this outside, make sure you place some sort of marker where you bury your buck.

On New Year's Day, dig UP the dollar, and as you do so, say out loud, "I am unburying my wealth!"

You can't spend the dollar - you can either keep it or give it away to charity. Giving it away is the best so you are less likely to spend it.

This tradition is supposed to give you an unexpected windfall of money during the year.

I have had money come to me the 5 years I have done this - while not what I would call a windfall it helped me out of tough times so I am NOT complaining.

It is a tradition I plan on keeping every year and I thank Chris for pointing me to it!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Relearning to Sculpt

I have been painting models halfheartedly for several years. It's only in the last 5 years that I really began to try to be serious about learning new skills and not just going at it the same old way.

One of those skills is sculpting. I have been following the advice of Rayvin Brewer, Sara Gifford, Kristy Thiessen, Shauna McDaniel and Morgan Haberman when it comes to sculpting and recently tried my hand at it again.

I took 2 Breyer Stablemate (1:32 scale) G1 American Saddlebreds and began working.

First I sanded off their old manes and tails.

Then I added wire and using blue painter's tape made my tail "base."

Then I used my Magic Sculpt and began sculpting. 

I have now finished both models and painted them. They are not perfect but they are definitely better than things I have sculpted before. And I just need to keep working on them.