This week in Kelly’s Stamp of Approval 11, it’s all about decluttering our homes, what I’m loving on tv and in theatres, why everyone needs a monogramed piece of jewelry, devastating news that has me in tears, my quest for thinner thighs and how I’m being held accountable and more.
Free at last! I finally finished un-decorating my Christmas trees! Goodbye til next year Shiny Brites. If your decorations are still up, make sure to read my Christmas Un-Decorating Tips here.
New year, new us! Who else struggles with letting go of stuff? If you saw my basement and garage, you would know that I’m one step away from starring in the next episode of Hoarders.
Let it go, let it go … it’s easier said than done and I struggle with this so much but I think we need to let go of clutter so we aren’t weighed down by all our stuff.
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What to Watch
Judy Garland was a hot mess! We watched the movie Judy on Amazon Prime the other night and loved it. This was a glimpse into the life of an icon who was used and abused in her childhood and died a tragic death.
Thumbs Up! We took the girls to see Knives Out at a new movie theatre where the heated seats fully recline! I did nod off for a bit and hope I didn’t snort but I can’t be 100% sure! I’m still trying to recuperate from Daniel Craig’s southern accent and don’t think I will ever be able to un-hear it! I want my James Bond and his shaken not stirred accent back.
I gave these initial bracelets to friends for Christmas and of course had to scoop up a K for myself! Get one for yourself while it’s on sale for less than $12! In fact, the entire sale section is an extra 40% off.
Makes Me Cry
Below is a quote from Lucy Holland, a resident of Australia.
“Today we are being told that HALF A BILLION animals have perished so far in the Australian bushfire crisis, 500 MILLION ANIMALS ARE DEAD. That’s more than the amount of humans in America. Entire species are expected to be wiped out. Farmers are shooting their scorched and burning livestock, the animals being shot are lucky in comparison to the scared animals that are being burned alive when they have nowhere to run to escape the flames. The wildlife that do survive, have burns on their paws from the hot ground they’re forced to walk on in search of water. These are dark, desperate times. People are trapped, surrounded by fire, with no way out, jumping in the ocean and lakes just so they don’t burn to death. We have lost so much and we need everyone in the world talking about it.”
I just donated to WIRES, a wildlife rescue organization, and hope my contribution can bring some relief to this horror.
On January 1, I downloaded the WW (formerly called Weight Watchers) app and am determined to lose the extra junk that has somehow accumulated in my trunk when I wasn’t looking. My back injury in April plus two surgeries in August have really put a dent in my eating right and exercise routine. This is the most I have weighed in my entire life (I have no idea what I weighed during my pregnancy because they weighed me weekly at the hospital on a metric scale and I preferred to live in denial)!
They say tracking what you eat leads to more successful weight loss so I’m giving it a go. I’m going to share my victories and set backs here every week. I started on Wednesday and by Friday morning, I was down 1.6 pounds but that’s probably from all of the salt, alcohol and excess of the holiday season desperately trying to escape my bloated body (but hey, I’ll take anything I can get)!
I’m also doing Dry January and won’t drink any alcohol this month. My liver has already sent me a thank you note.
If you have any tips, recipes, snack ideas or any other words of encouragement or would like to join me on my weight loss journey, leave me a comment.