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Microblog Monday: Fad Diets, Crash Diets!

Microblog Mondays

 Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post on Stirrup Queens which explains the idea and how you can participate too.

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Fad diets, crash diets, veggies…oh my! Mum told me she’s going to try the infamous “Military Diet Plan” (a.k.a. the “3 day diet”) this week. I went ahead & checked it out… [granny voice] …looks to me like one of them fancy “fad diets” all the kids are doin’ nowadays…! [cough] It’s basically a calorie-counting “intermittent fasting” diet, & it’s NOT meant to be done for extended amounts of time. According to the website, it’s for “emergency situation[s]. Let’s say you have to fit into a wedding dress pronto, take a cruise, or your ex is coming to town and you want to make him drool..” Blah-blah-blah…. Sorry. I hate being sold to, especially when they aren’t even selling anything! I read a lot of reviews from folks who’ve “tried” it…seems like it’s a decent way to lose a bit but definitely not sustainable (or healthy!) for long term.

Honestly, I may have us do it for a week or two in order to help Mr. Handsome practice better portion control (he tells me he HAS to eat the whole pizza in one go or he isn’t full..! :O xD My man…) and this seems like a way to kinda kick him in to gear…plus, he loves doing fasts. (Don’t ask me, I have no idea. -shrug-)

I’ve already started cooking more at home again, & portioning out our meals, AND everything is FAR healthier than our previous “fast food diet” lol!! Hopefully this helps with our portion control (so far all the reviews I’ve read have said that was a great benefit) & I’ve never been one to stick to counting calories (maths…) so this’ll be a neat couple of weeks. Plus, you can’t beat the cost! xD

What fad diets have you done? Anything that works? I’m of the opinion that simply eating better & exercising more does the trick, but hey, where’s the fun in that? xD

Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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Freebie Friday: Chalkboard Backgrounds!

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I love working with blackboards lately, whether for real or digitally. When I work digitally, though, I don’t want any of those low-resolution clip art freebies that seem to be all over the place now, so I just made a mess of my own board & photographed it for a higher resolution background! (Hey, I may be late to the bandwagon, but I’m still gonna be high quality!)

Feel free to use these as you please; print them out for scrapbooking, make digital art, whatever! All I ask is that you do not include these as any part of package that you’re giving away or the like, so basically no giving them out as if they’re your own. Help keep the craft & blogging communities free of drama! Just point folks to this page where they can download their own.

Of course, if you use these to make anything, I would LOVE it if you shared that work with me! It’s neat seeing the resources I provide being used for so many wonderful projects!

Here are the freebies, with more details below!

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These bad boys will be around 1600×2000 pixels each or 8″x10″. I made them to fit A4 paper with a bit of wiggle room. If something isn’t showing correctly, or you’re having issues with the resolution, let me know & I’ll get it fixed ASAP. Just click the individual image to open it in a new page, & right click>save as…!

Remember, you can use these for anything, so long as you don’t give them away as-is as if they’re you’re own, & I’d LOVE to see what awesome stuff you guys make with these!! Feel free to share this page with your friends, so they, too, & make awesome stuff!!

Cheers!!

— Elise M. Gross

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Microblog Monday: 10 Year Reunion

Microblog Mondays

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Yesterday my BFF reminded me that our 10 year high school reunions would be arriving shortly; his this year & mine next. Oh, my…

I recall discussing this with him about 5 years ago. At the time, I was firmly in the “you gotta go!!” camp, while he was adamantly in the “hell no” camp. My, though, how the tables have turned…here it is, 5 years since that discussion & he’s rather excited to go, having a complete change of heart, telling me that I’ve got to go, or it will be an experience I may regret missing out on. I, on the other hand, feel apprehension at the mere thought of going. 

The people I used to consider closest alienated me or I them by the end of high school. Aw, heck: I alienated myself. In retrospect I can see it was a defense mechanism. Either way…the people I’m friends with now consist of a smattering of people from various walks of my life, & some of them ARE from high school, but not many did I actually become good friends with until *after* high school. Perhaps I’m being a wuss, but I believe anyone I want to know I know now; anyone that I’ve gone “gee I wonder what they’re up to” I’ve reached out to on Facebook or such. Most responded, some chose not to; either way, it’s comfortable. 

Granted, I know there’s definitely a few folks I’d love to catch up with, but is it worth the anxiety of going to a reunion?? Perhaps you think me a coward, & to that I say: …yes. Yes I am. Can I go home now? :(

I’m normally pretty confident in my assessment of myself, but this has got me all up in knots..! At least I still have a year to mull it over. My BFF seems to think I’ll want to go…he knows me pretty well, so he’s probably right. >_>

Did any of you readers have any apprehensions about your reunion? Did you choose to go or stay away? Why? Please tell me..! T___T

Cheers!!

– Elise M. Gross