Falling off the wagon?

It’s what I was afraid of!  I put my exercise regime on paper, I committed and now I think I am falling off the wagon.  It shouldn’t be my excuse but life is SO busy lately!  Ok, my life is ALWAYS busy, so what’s changed?

I started writing this post a few days ago and that’s as far as I got.  Apparently my life really is that busy.  Regardless, it’s still an excuse and I need to push past it!  I was doing so well, going to the gym 3-5 times a week, eating right and feeling good.  The changes I started to see in my body and mood were amazing and definitely motivation to keep going.  I am still feeling ok but can feel the difference in a negative way already.  I am also missing the gym and feeling guilty for not being there.  I have only been once in 2 weeks and to top it off I think I have eaten out almost everyday this week.  Don’t get me wrong, there is no harm in giving your body time to rest and heal when working it so hard but its time to get back on track!

My schedule for the next week is jammed pack, including cramming for an exam (procrastinator, remember?), but I am planning to hit the gym 3 times next week and more importantly get my eating habits back on track.  Whose with me?!

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Quote of the day!

Just remember, its natural for your regime to be interrupted but it is up to you to fight through it and stay committed. Taking care of your body is the one thing you should not feel guilty about doing for yourself… find the time!

Good Luck to us!

Lady Champagne xo

More small things…

I have been enjoying the change in my writing but still have more accomplishments to show off so, I’m taking it back to the reno world today!

As mentioned in a previous post, its amazing how big of a difference the smallest change can make.  This before and after post is also proof of that.

Although, I noticed when we first moved in that our outdoor light looked a little mundane, it worked, so I thought, who cares?  Well after revamping the house, I started to care.  On one of our many trips to Rona, we decided that we would buy a new outdoor light to freshen up the outside a little.  I’ve never purchased anything like it before and really didn’t know the difference between one light or the other.  But once again, I just knew I was on a budget and as long as it was functional, looked the part and the price was right, I was buying it.

While Mr. Champagne and I stood in the light section, overwhelmed by the number of choices, we directed ourselves towards the lowest priced options.  The first one we opened was plastic… really?  A plastic outdoor light?  Ok, I’m not THAT cheap.  Moving on, we found one that was a little more sturdy, not made of plastic and was definitely the right price (around $20.00).

I am thankful for Mr. Champagne (in many ways) but at this point it was for his handyman skills.  Imagining myself trying to change the outdoor light was laughable, although I believe in my skills much more than before this reno, lets just say there was a good possibility I would short circuit my house and have a new hairdo to go along with it.

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Outdoor light before

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Outdoor light after

 Once again I was very pleased with the result of such a simple change.  You’ll notice the light also sits down rather than up like our previous one.  It made a world of difference and our front entrance looks much more clean-cut and modern.

Stay tuned for more changes!

Lady Champagne xo

Me… Nominated?

Being a new blogger there is always curiosity about who is reading what you post, why they are reading it and if they are enjoying it.  Do most just click in and exit out because it’s a snooze fest?  Regardless, I believe you have to appreciate every view and comment received and hope your posts are half interesting to your readers.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers, followers and even the random “likers” for taking the time to read.  It is a sense of accomplishment when someone confirms you have written something worth reading.  I hope you are enjoying this journey as much as me and I appreciate you sticking with me as I learn the ropes of being a “blogger”.

So with saying that… I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Twin a nutshell, one of my favourite blogs I follow!  Her tone and dry humor about her life as a mother of twin boys cracks me up!  Not to mention she is a fellow Canadian.  Please take the time to check out her blog, you will NOT be disappointed 😀

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Ok, I have been nominated!  Thanks, now what?  Although extremely honoured and excited about being recognized for this award as a new blogger, I have to be honest when I say, I had NO idea what it was or what it even meant.  After taking the time to read through everything, I have come to the conclusion that it’s just a really great way for new bloggers to be recognized and for those ones to pay it forward to others.  I take it as a great compliment and now that I know what it’s all about, I will follow the rules outlined for me below.

The Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to them in your post.
Done and happy to! Don’t forget to check out her blog!

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.
– This seems like a lot of “school” work… but I’ve done it!

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
– Being a new blogger I may not reach 11 but I am happy to nominate those I know and that are new!

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.
Being told to brag? Ok!

Note: (These are the “rules” but please feel free to do as you wish. If you have 5 bloggers to nominate instead of 11, and you can only think of 7 random facts about yourself – that’s perfectly fine! )

 

Questions for me from Twin a nutshell:

1.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do for the rest of your life?
– Find a beach, grab a frozen cocktail and plant a chair in the sand!  But, if I actually have to choose work I’d have to say something rewarding but honestly, I have no idea.  Good question!

2.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
– For years I always believed I would be a veterinarian until I found out you had to deal with all of the sad parts of the job too.

3.  Knowing it would be your last meal, what would you eat?
– Everything in site!  But most likely Poutine and ice cream for dessert.

4.  What are you reading right now (offline)?
– I have been really busy lately but have attempted to read ‘The Host’ by Stephenie Meyer.

5.  If you could only listen to one artist or band for the rest of your life – their existing music, and anything else they might come up with – who would it be?
– At this moment, probably Bruno Mars.  Every song is guaranteed genius.

6.  If you could live in any time period or witness any historical event firsthand, what would it be?
– Not so sure about a historical event but I have always wanted to go back and live in the 70’s.  Life seemed much more simple then!

7.  If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
– My Grandpa, I really miss him.

8.  Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
– Interesting, hmmm, I guess I have to say Cuba.  The difference between our world and their world is unreal.  Makes me very thankful for what I have and where I live.

9.  What’s your least favorite household chore and why?
– Putting laundry away.  I have always hated it and end up living out of a laundry basket because for some reason the task seems daunting.

10.  What was your favorite children’s story or TV show when you were a child?
– I loved the Berenstain Bears and Little Critters books.  I think Mr. Dressup was my favourite show.

11.  Why do you blog?
– Blogging never really interested me, although I did follow some people on their blogs, but once we started our home renovations and I began talking about it with people they always seemed so interested and asked a lot of questions.  I thought it would be helpful to others to start blogging my journey and they could follow along as they pleased.  It has evolved a little already and I find I am enjoying writing so I will continue as I see fit 🙂

 

11 Random Facts About Me

1.  I’m a procrastinating perfectionist but I am extremely impatient.
2.  I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
3.  I’m married to my highschool sweetheart.  We have been together for almost 13 years total.
4.  I have a dog named Rocky Balboa and regret not getting his sister and naming her Adrian. 😉
5.  I absolutely LOVE travelling, especially to the Caribbean.
6.  I embrace change but it scares the crap out of me.
7.  I used to play the piano.
8.  I am relied on by many people in my life for many different reasons.
9.  I DO plan on having kids, contrary to what many people think. 😉
10.  My goal is to live a happy and stress free life.
11.  It bugs me that there are 11 questions not an even number like 10.

 

Questions for MY nominees:

  1. What do you consider your biggest flaw?
  2. If you were given $1,000,000 and told you had to give it away, what would you do with it?
  3. If you could, what era would you live in and why?
  4. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
  5. What was your favourite show when you were a child?
  6. If you could be anything in this world; a different species, do a specific job, anything, what would you be/do?
  7. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
  8. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever been so far?
  9. What is your biggest goal in life?
  10. Who do you admire most and why?
  11. Why do you blog?

I think I have followed all of the rules and I look forward to seeing the response to my questions.  Thank you again for the nomination and thank you for following along. 🙂

Lady Champagne xo

Bit by the health bug…

I know I have said on more than one occasion that this blog was not started to become a “personal” outlet, but I am finding that no matter what I decide to write about, it is personal in some sense.  Although, it still won’t be a deep disclosure of my entire life, as long as my topics are miscellaneous as promised and continue to grasp my readers I will post them.  So with saying that, I am extremely reluctant to put this topic on paper but figure it may help me stay committed.

Throughout my childhood I was always very athletic.  I was on every team in school; basketball, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey, etc.  I even played football at recess with all the boys.  Outside of school I was either running, riding my bike, skipping or roller blading and although I may not have been #1 at all of them, it came naturally to me and I was never afraid to do any of it.

Once highschool hit my priorities changed.  I got a boyfriend, a part-time job, the school work was much more intense, I had more responsibilities at home and of course I got my license.  I used all of these things as an excuse not to be athletic anymore.  It was like I grew a fear or maybe just became lazy and uninterested.  Whatever it was, it set me back.

As I grew into adulthood nothing changed besides getting more busy, having more responsibilities and having more excuses to be lazy. I believe at this point it was also the thought that I just didn’t have it in me to be an “exerciser”. To be one you had to know what you were doing, be coordinated and look the part. It wasn’t me. I had better things to do like stress about paying bills, get to work on time everyday and catch my favourite shows. Sounds ridiculous right? But its the truth.  How many of you reading this now are realizing you do the same thing? Don’t worry, its natural.  But if I can encourage anyone to become even the slightest bit more conscious about their health that makes me happy.

I am “lucky” enough to have a naturally thin build and although I ate what I wanted and did no activities, I essentially stayed the same size. (Thank you metabolism!).  But just because I was thin doesn’t mean that I was healthy underneath it all and this is a huge misconception to the human eye.  If you are not taking care of your body and putting the “right” things in it, but are thin, how does that make you healthy?  Even when I was younger and active I wasn’t the best at eating on a proper schedule or making the healthiest choices (Sorry mom and dad).  Even in recent years I struggled with this.  My kryptonite? Poutine!  Crispy fries smothered in gravy and melted cheese curds… who wouldn’t become addicted to that?!

Alas, I realized I wasn’t going to have the same “luck” throughout my entire life and I needed to change some habits.  Aside from eating a little healthier before my wedding in 2010, it has only been less than a year that I have really started to think about becoming more health conscious and trying a lot harder in the way of becoming “athletic” again. I have been lucky enough throughout the years to have some very strong influences on my life, including in the fitness world. I am just sad I never took advantage of some of it sooner, when I had the chance.

I am taking from all of the knowledge now and continually improving myself in every way I can.  I am ridding myself of that fear or uninterest that set me back all those years ago.  The surprise of it all?  Its working!

Stay tuned for more detail on how I got to this point, how I continue to improve and future tips, recipes, exercises, etc.

Lady Champagne xo

Procrastinating Perfectionist…

After I posted my promise to write miscellaneously and not have a one track mind, I had an aha! moment.  I realized that even the first, almighty, breakthrough of a miscellaneous post was a sham.

It was my procrastinating perfectionist self speaking, trying to fool you all.  That wasn’t a real post, it was a mask because I really didn’t know what to write about or how to go about it.  I tend to try and hide this part of myself and only allow people to see the perfectionist side of this double-edged sword, but that’s not necessarily the way to go.  I am still learning this and have “struggled” with it for many years.

What is a procrastinating perfectionist you ask?  Well, I am sure you all know the definition of those two words separately.  A procrastinator waits until the last possible second to complete something.  A perfectionist is focused on every small detail until they believe the final product is simply perfect.  Put those two together and you get me!  As I mentioned I have struggled through this combination for years and have learnt how to overcome it (most of the time) but it is not an easy task.

Throughout my time in school when we had advanced warning that a project was due in a month, I was the kid staying up until 3:00am the night before to start and finish mine.  Of course, I would always pass with a great mark thanks to the perfectionist side of me, but this was not an easy way to achieve those marks. I would always tell myself I would start the next project as soon as I was told about it, but as usual something else was always more interesting than the project until I was forced, once again to complete it the night before it was due. Alas, I survived school using this method.

Going into the “real” world and beginning my career, there were many projects or tasks that didn’t interest me. It didn’t take me long to realize, whether I liked it or not, there was no teacher to give me a grace period for submitting or marking me just on my efforts alone. There was a boss that was waiting for the work they paid me to do.  How was I ever going to survive in this environment?  Don’t get me wrong, I work and I work hard.  But when it comes to those tedious and uninteresting tasks, my procrastinating self comes out.  It took some time, pressure and stress to learn how to cope with this “habit” but by no means have I perfected it.  The hardest thing for a procrastinator is to start something.  We think about it all the time and know we have to start somewhere, but there is something that keeps us from doing so until we run out of time.  Over the years I have taught myself that getting the task out of the way opened up time for other things I enjoyed doing more, it lessened the feeling of pressure and stress of the unfinished task hanging above my head.

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A little advice… So true!

There are still days where I can’t seem to beat the beast of procrastination (i.e. my post yesterday) but I role with it and try harder everyday.  I think there is a natural procrastinator inside all of us; who wants to take care of that pile of laundry when their favourite show is on t.v.!?  Just remember that you could truly relax and enjoy your favourite show more if that pesky pile of dirty clothes wasn’t staring you in the face.  Push pause on your PVR, shove the clothes in the washer, dump some soap in and push start.  Then sit back, enjoy your show and take pride in beating the beast!

I’ve concentrated a lot on the procrastinator in me and not the perfectionist.  I think it is fairly self-explanatory and in my case helps my procrastinating self survive, but either way I’ll save that beast for another rainy day 😉

Lady Champagne xo

A real “blog” post…

Lady Champagne blog, the miscellaneous things in life…

That was my plan, no theme, no direction, no rules. 

Lately it seems as though I do have a theme and a direction and although I want to share my renovation journey, I feel like its time to mix it up a little.  This is new ground for me and maybe a true test of my blogging abilities.  It is easy to continuing posting about a theme because it has multiple parts to write about.  How do I go about just…blogging?  How do I keep readers intrigued if its miscellaneous and they are no longer following a story?  I guess that is for me to figure out and for you to tell me how I am doing.

So, with that said, I will attempt to post miscellaneously and challenge myself.  It may include some continuation of the renovation journey to keep it interesting and to show off the final product, but I’ll make a commitment to spicing it up a little.  I welcome your suggestions, questions and/or comments and look forward to this new journey.

Wow, can I consider this my first miscellaneous post?  I think I will…

Lady Champagne xo

 

All the small things…

Throughout the process of this cosmetic renovation we have learned a lot.  Lucky for us most of the learning experiences came easy and not from gigantic mistakes made.  We started with the biggest project of all; painting the entire house.  After conquering such a large task and seeing the result of the changes made, the small things started to stand out.  Good and bad!

We knew during our discussions of the reno that some things may or may not work after we made changes to the colour scheme, but decided it was best to wait and see (save a buck wherever you can!). We did notice things like the tile in the bathrooms actually looked better and the kitchen counter was livable like we were hoping.  But then we started to notice things like the handles on the cupboards didn’t really match our new colour scheme, in fact no handles in the household matched our new colour scheme.  Wow!  It’s amazing how the smallest detail can make or break the look of a room, or in our case an entire house.

So it was decided for us and off we went for our 92nd visit to Rona! (queue my huffing and puffing, the novelty of this store was long worn off!).  We were lucky enough to find handles for the kitchen and the entire house that came in packages which meant a cheaper price. Bonus! I was so excited to make these small changes but my brain had different plans. By the time we made it home my excitement was overthrown by one of the worst migraines I have ever experienced! I said goodbye to my plans for the evening, popped 2 extra strength migraine relief advil (not recommended as per package instructions) and attempted to rid myself of the pain.

After suffering for hours I awoke and staggered my way down stairs, once again, Mr. Champagne to the rescue. He had replaced every handle on the cupboards in the kitchen and bathrooms and every door handle in the house! This was definitely a treat and I was so pleased with the difference it made. It felt complete.

I do not have my own before and after pictures but to give you an idea of the before and after I pulled some images from good old google.

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Standard builder’s grade gold handle

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Brushed nickel look to match our “grey” colour scheme

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Not exactly what we had but gives an idea of how “off” the warm colour looked.

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Again, the brushed nickel look for the kitchen and bathroom cupboards.

Stay tuned for more small things…

Lady Champagne xo