Friday, January 25, 2019

Adult Reward System #7- How To Reach Your Ideal Weight Easily

                        Adult Reward System #6
How to reach your ideal weight is a challenge for most of us.

Whether we want to lose weight or gain neither is an easy task.

I'd say that the majority of women are trying to lose weight.

There is an easy way and it does require exercise.  I know the dreaded word.  But, don't knock it until you've tried it.  There are so many forms of exercise that you can do to help you lose those extra pounds you put on after a baby or after going on a few too many cruise ship vacations.

True Story:

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I weighed 114 pounds.  I am 5'6" tall so the doctor informed me that I needed to gain 50 pounds.  I laughed!  I was 27 years old and 114 pounds was the most I'd weighed.  I was always getting bronchitis and tonsillitis or some other lung infection.

With ever illness I would lose 5 pounds.  But, I would put it back on in a short time period.  Anyway, back to my story.  Well as it turned out I gained 60 pounds with the pregnancy.  It didn't really show though.  It was majority water weight.  I had edema so badly that my shoe size went from a 7 1/2 to a 10.  So, I went from 114 pounds to 174 pounds in 9 months.  Yikes!

Fast forward 9 months later when my beautiful daughter arrived on November 2, 1990.  She weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces.  I was in the hospital 3 days.  On the day I left I weighed 126 pounds. I lost 48 pounds minus what my daughter weighed.

Time travel with me 8 years later to 1998.  I was pregnant again but did not know it because I didn't stop having a period this time around.  I was actually having a miscarriage and didn't know it.  Well one day I was trying on swimsuits at the mall with my sister-n-law and I went to the rack and picked out my size 8 that I wore and it didn't fit.  I could get the bottoms up much less the top on.

I had my sister-n-law bring me another size 8 and same thing happened.  LOL  Well at this point I looked at myself in the mirror and said to her....Could you come over here and tell me what's wrong with me?

She fell over laughing so hard that she could barely stand up.  She said:  "When did you gain all that weight"!  I said I don't have a clue.  ROFL

Long story short I did go to the doctor and found out I had a miscarriage.  But, now I weighed 170 pounds and could not get rid of the weight.  The thing I remember that bothered me the most was the way my shorts would ride up between my legs and I'd have to keep pulling them down.

I said to myself, "How in the world do women stand this"!

About that time a friend of mine who had been trying to lose weight came across a book through a friend called: "Eat Right For Your Blood Type" by Dr. D. Adamo.  She got me to join her as a support and motivator to try the program out for 30 days.

I found out my blood type and got a copy of the book.  It was a game changer and a life changer for me.  We bought a pair of tennis rackets and took our daughter's along with us to the courts.  We were a comedy routine in the beginning.

Chasing the ball all over the court.  Bending up and down to pick it up 50 thousand times within 2 hours. Anyone could lose weight with this sport I said.

And, about 3 months later I weighed 138 pounds.  That was my ideal weight that I needed to be after the first pregnancy.  But, it took a second one to help me to reach it.  For me it was obvious a hormone issue as to why I could not gain weight my whole life.

Metal to the Pedal........Fast forward to December 2004.  We were on a camping trip to my favorite place in Georgia.  Fresh mountain air.  Cool crisp mornings.  It was my little paradise vacation spot.

Well, it turned into a nightmare on May 30, 2005.  Little did I know that little tiny ticks called, deer ticks carry a deadly debilitating disease called, Lyme disease and I had it.  I lost 40 pounds in 6 months from my body shutting down from the illness invading my blood stream and organs.  I lost down to 98 pounds. 

On the road to recovery...

I'm not going to bog you down with the stressful details. I'm done with that part of my life.  I am past it and am happy to still be alive and getting better day by day.  I am going to tell you what has helped me regain my life and helped me get off of RX medicines and over the counter ones too.

It's been a combination of holistic, homeopathic, herbal and now functional medicine to be exact.  My newest doctor is a God send, no doubt about it.  I pray for guidance and then do the research until I find the exact kind of doctor I need.  I've found that for me the best kind of physician for Lyme disease is a medical doctor that incorporates alternative treatment through natural remedies from the best sources.

I've had various kinds of testing done too.  The best by far are the ones that use your body chemistry as a basis.  Such as urine, blood, saliva, hair and nails.

So here's the scoop...To reach your ideal weight you have to do these easy things daily. (Get my full program in a pdf format here)

#1 - Start off your morning with a protein shake that is organic and not full of refined sugar.

#2 - Get the book, Eat Right For Your Blood Type and follow it

#3 - Get some kind of exercise weekly in the fresh air if possible (consult your doctor if you have health problems)

#4 - Get plenty of sleep (before 11 p.m. if possible)

#5 - Get off sugar, caffeine, processed and refined foods

Bonus Tip:

#6 - Trade your RX drugs for natural medicine from a functional medicine doctor

Now here's the Adult Reward System part.  For every one of the things on my list that you accomplish give yourself a reward.  It can be anything that doesn't sabotage your goal of reaching your ideal weight.

Check out my list of past Adult reward system list here:

Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

What holds you back from reaching your ideal weight?  Talk to me in the comments box below.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fabric Scrap Busting Challenge - Adult Reward System #6 Zero Waste

I am finding so many fun things to add to my Adult Reward System list for my #2019OrganizingChallenge that are adding more happiness and contentment to my daily routine.

Here is my Adult Reward System #6 idea, Zero Waste.
My inspiration for this reward, Fabric scrap busting challenge, came from my friend Lynda Coker over at 
Collage Along With Lynda.   
Let me know which one of my reward ideas is your favorite so far in the comments box below. 

Project #1

If you are new to my blog you might be wondering what is this Adult reward system all about.  
It goes along with my Organizing challenge that I started for myself and my friends for 2019. 
We really needed some motivation and support to get the ball rolling to clean-up and tidyup the rooms in our home.
Project #2

Things are going along as planned thanks to my worksheet that helps you not only plan out what room you are going to clean each month.  But, it also helps you track your progress as well.
You'll love using it if you are going to follow along with the challenge. 
Plus, you'll get your copy delivered to your inbox today in two shakes of a lambs tail.
Project #3

You don't need to be a expert sewer to make these pretty gifts from your fabric scraps.
Here is a list of what you'll need.

#1 - fabric scraps

#2 - fusible web

#3 - felt

#4 - card stock
#5 - sewing machine
#6 - creativity
Now just let your imagination run wild and make your very own note cards, gift tags and bookmarks to give to your friends or family as a' thinking of you' gift and surprise them.
It's a great way to relax after a day of chores and tidying up around the house.
Be sure to join my Happy Mail: Hero Adventures to learn all my secret ways I've discovered of making money from the stuff you're going to get rid of from your cleaning up challenge.  If you are using the cash envelope system for savings that is...

 Don't forget to leave me your favorite reward idea in the comments box below.

Sending You Sunshine,


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Adult Reward System #5 - Indoor Gardening During The Winter With Plants That Purify The Air

Indoor Gardening during the winter - Adult Reward System #6

Did you ever consider that gardening was a free form of happy therapy?  It is!
Studies have been conducted by countries around the world at medical centers proving that patients that are exposed to nature several times a week heal faster and are happier than those who are not.

If you want to prove it to yourself buy a few house plants and take care of them.  Before you know it you'll give them names and even will start talking to them daily.  Why do plants make us happy?  

Well, because they are a living thing and they give us so much in return for a little water and sunlight.  This makes us happy to see the results of our tender loving care of another living thing.  Even if it's just a plant.  

Here are a few of my house plants.  I bring them indoors off my back patio during the cold spells we get on occasion here in Central Florida. 


 Christmas Cactus



Yellow Orchid



Now if you want to purify the indoor air and improve the quality of your health then you can add these five to your indoor garden.

First up is the Spider Plant.  It's easy to care for and only needs a little water once a week or so.  Set it in front of a frosted window or indirect sunlight and it will be a happy camper.

The other four on the list I don't have indoors yet.  They are Boston fern, peace lily, philodendron and english ivy.  You'll find there are more but these will get you started.  I looked up two articles that I think you will like that explains more about it at Farmer's Almanac and Earth Easy.  Enjoy!

I invite you to join my #2019OrganizingChallenge to get more great tips and free worksheets along with my fun Adult Reward System ideas list.  
Plan it all out with my favorite planner from Stampin Up!  Order yours today here.

Sign-up here today!

Sending You Sunshine

P.S.  How many plants does it take to purify the indoor air of your home?  You'll find the answer in the Farmer's Almanac article.  Come back here and tell me your answer.  Then I'll tell you mine.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Get an inside look at February’s Paper Pumpkin kit

I'd love to have you join my card making circle of friends and receive one of these fun kits in the mail for February.  Why not sign-up today and get something delivered to your door that will inspire you to do random acts of kindness to the people you love the most.

To get started head on over to my website here at Stampin Up! >>>Marsha Jaramillo <<<<

Click on the Paper Pumpkin link and fill out the form.

When you get to the demonstrator section add my name: Marsha Jaramillo (Deltona, FL)

Pick the subscription you want and pay.

It's that easy!

I hope you will give this fun kit a try.  Once, you do I know you'll love it as much as I do.



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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Adult Reward System #4 - Visit a Florida State Park

Adult Reward System #4 - Visit a Florida State Park

Do you like getting out in nature?  I sure do.  You've been stuck indoors all week so why not get outside and breath in some fresh air in the woods.  Forget about the bugs and how far it is to the next bathroom.  Giggle!

After my week of organizing for my 2019 challenge I needed to get out of the house and see the blue sky and feel the wind on my face.  For me this always calls for a road trip to a local state park.

If you are taking part in the 2019 organizing challenge then you need to get out in nature to reward yourself too.  Look up your state parks and see if they have the passport book like we do here.  It's a lot of fun to get the pages stamped.  It makes you feel like you are visiting exotic places far away.  When in reality you are still in your own state.

I love visiting my Florida State Parks as a way to unwind and relax my whole body and mind after a long week of chores and adulting.

 My daughter and I went on a family day trip to Saint Augustine, Florida.  It's about an hours drive from our house in Volusia County Florida.

Our first Florida State Park we visited was Faver Dykes.
There is no ranger station but there is a resident ranger in the park to make sure guests stay safe.  It's the honor system of paying to help support the park.
Cost is $5 per vehicle

There is a lake and pavilion as well as restrooms. You can fish off the dock if you have a license.  Nature trails are the main focus of the park.  There is also a playground for the kids.

Our second visit was to Fort Mose about 20 minutes down the road and still in Saint Augustine.  Cost is $2 per person that is paid inside the visitor center.  They have a museum inside the building with interactive videos telling about the history of the fort and pictures showing the time period.

The first picture is an old board walk down in the marsh.
The second picture is a tree with red berries on it.  
The third picture is a crab eating algae.
The fourth picture is a statue outside the park entrance of a Spanish conquistador. 
Nature trails are in several places in the park.  The boardwalk takes you to a marsh where the Fort used to be.  Now there is only underground ruins that archeologist discovered with signs explaining what they found.

What To Bring

I always bring my own food and purified water bottle from home.  Saves money on the fill ups.  
Make sure you fill up the tank with gas in your town to save money on the tourist traps off the highway.  
I usually scope out the local grocery store and stock up on any snacks or drinks we run out on for the ride home.
Lunch and snacks cost $18.  Gas $40

For more pictures of our trip check out my social media sites.

 If you want to join in the 2019 Organizing Challenge with us you can do so here.

                          Sending You Sunshine!   Marsha

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Adulting Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage Therapy

So, just what is self hand massage?  Watch the short video below and you'll soon find out what and how to perform your own hand massage.

Our hands are used daily for all kinds of tasks.  We never stop and think about how much we use them until they start to hurt us.  Since, we will be doing a lot of work with our hands to organize our home this year we need to get them in shape and ready for the organizing challenge.

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When you get up each morning I want you to massage your hands.  You can do this anytime before you start your housework or computer work.

Then, at the end of the day before you go to bed you'll want to massage your hands again.  This puts them to rest and relaxes your whole body and feels fantastic. 

Ask your partner if they'd like a hand massage too.  That way you both get the benefits of the therapy

Stay tuned for my unique and fun ways to reward yourself for a job well done.  You deserve it!  

Don't forget to send me your before photos via email by responding to the newsletter I send out each week.  The deadline to send January pictures is February 3, 2019. 

You'll get to see mine if you open your email from Markets Of Sunshine each week.

Happy Organizing!

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year Planner To Organize Your Home For 2019 From StampinUp!

It's a new year and time to start planning for organizing your home for 2019 in a hands on way.  I just so happen to know about a stylish but affordable planner from StampinUp!  Since, I joined as a demonstrator last year I have gotten to know more about the company and their products.   Join my 2019 Organizing Challenge today! <<<<

I joined the monthly card making kit called Paper Pumpkin and fell in love with the first box.  I can even skip the month's I don't want and my subscription keeps right on going and will automatically send out the next months on time without me having to do anything else.

Every year I get a new planner from a different company because I just can't seem to find the right one for me and my life.  I tried the printables for a 8.5 x 11 inch binder but that was too bulky and heavy to tote around.  So, I leave it on the kitchen table and used it for a food diary.

I also purchased a binder and planner in the 6 x 8 inch size which I love from MaryJanesFarm.
I hope I can get the refill kit this year.  I keep one at my desk for my Etsy business (MarketsOfSunshine) and personal goals.

So, I really need two planners not just one.  One is a food diary I keep in the kitchen and the other stays on my desk for business and personal to-do's.  I did try the Living Well Spending Less planner last year but it was way too heavy for me weak little arms.  I keep it on my couch and open it every now and again to jot something down.  Sadly, it does not suit my needs.  I need way more space to write my day down on.

This year I ordered a planner from one of my fellow Etsy sister's shop, (BenincasaDesign) from Canada for my personal life. 
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 That still leaves me needing one for my business and food diary.  Then I remembered that StampinUp! Makes a customizable planner so I headed to the website and bought one today.  So excited!  

If you want to buy one too you can visit my website here >>> Marsha Jaramillo <<<<<

The planner is going to come in handy for our organizing challenge too.  We need to remind ourselves to take our before and after pictures.  Make a little note to do that this week and send me your before photos to my email address found in your newsletter I sent out today.

When you get your January room finished then you'll want to take the after photos and send me those by February 3, 2019.  That way you won't miss out on getting in the giveaway drawing.  See the full details of the drawing in my first post 2019 Organizing Challenge here.

Then go to each month and make a note or put a sticker of a camera to remind you to do that each month and don't forget to send them to me, or it won't get you in the drawing.  

Now we are all set and ready to go with our 2019 Organizing Challenge.  Ready, get set, go!!!

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.