Saturday, June 28, 2008

12 Step Shredder Program

Our Good Friend Debbie has asked us to write up our own 12 Step Program for the Shreddersphere. Hope you enjoy reading mine!

1. I admit I am a Shredder addict, I am powerless over Adam Waters, and his band of merry Shredders.

2. I believe that the Powers above have guided me to the Shreddersphere

3. Having made the decision to be a Shredder, I believe I am truly insane and there is no hope for me

4. I have made a decision to become the best person I can be and will motivate others to be the same

5. I am admitting openly to the Shreddersphere that I am hooked on blogging

6 I humbly ask that this shortcoming is overlooked and by all means,please join me

7. If I have motivated, inspired, or made you laugh, (thru my blog) then I have done my job

8. I will continue on this journey to become a better Shredder

9. I will pray and meditate over the direction my life is to take

10. I pray that I have the power and ability to reach all goals set before me

11. I will keep my fitness and nutrition log current at all times,I will visualize, write affirmations, and drink plenty of water

12. Having had a Shredder Awakening as a result of these steps, I promise to carry forward the Shredder message to the world.

This was really fun to do!

Please read the post below if you missed it. Join The Push-up Challenge today!

Feeling Better

Thank you everyone for attending my pity party yesterday. It was a great party. If you missed it, you really missed out. I feel much better. So much better in fact, that I have found my Challenge for July.

I have joined the 100 Pushup Challenge. I challenge everyone reading this to sign up for the Challenge.

If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups!

Think there's no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achive this goal!

However, it really doesn't matter if you can do 50 or 6 right now. If you follow the progressive push ups training program, I know you'll soon be able to do 100 push ups!

I can do about 30 pushups on my knees as of today. It doesn't matter what style of pushup you do, just that you stick to the schedule and do the work. There is a Final Test you can take to show off your new "skills".

So.....are you up for the challenge? Go to the site and sign up...then make a comment on my blog to let me know that you are "in".

If you sign up, leave the comment, and complete the challenge, I will have a nice little prize for you! Everyone needs a little incentive, right!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Day 5, Phase 3, P90x

Well...I suck. I DID NOT GET UP THIS MORNING in time to work out!!!! I don't know what the heck my problem is. I have been feeling really great all week. I just want to say F***, F***, F***!!

I am losing grip on myself! I have just been going hot and heavy for 10 weeks and I think I'm burning out. I am writing my heart felt feelings in the hopes that I will hear from all of you out there. I need your encouragement and kicks in the butt. I know that this is a hard project--losing 50 lbs is NOT easy. There's just hard work involved and I can't do it without you. I don't want to sound like a whiner, but dang it....I AM gonna whine a little!!!! Okay!! Let's everyone gather 'round and have me a little pity party! PITY, PITY, PITY, PARTY, PARTY PARTY........

Okay, I'm done.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Day 4, Phase 3, P90X

I woke up late this morning. I was supposed to do My Shoulders/Arms routine, but it's an hour long and I didn't have time. So I did a Legs and Butt workout for 30 min. The workout is by Joey Atlas--His Hips, Butts, and Thighs DVD. I've had it for about a year and never really used it. So I pulled it out and WOW! great workout. I will be doing this one again! Especially since that is a "problem" area for me (and about a 100 million other women!)

My energy has been thru the roof this week! I hit new highs on my workout Monday...Tues was CardioX--NOT easy, but I made it thru the whole DVD, Weds. I did Yoga for about an hour, and today the butt thing. On Sunday and Monday, my days off, I took on HUGE home projects--like my laundry room and my craft room. These are basically storage rooms for the whole house. They were stacked with junk! I wish I had taken a pic to show you before and afters! I went to bed late, got up early and kept going! Tuesday evening, like a dummy, I had a diet coke on my way home from work. This little can of soda kept me up for hours!! I woke up, after a very fitful night, at about 2:30 and could not go back to sleep! So I was pretty draggy yesterday. Probably why I slept in this morning. I am back to my old self and feeling really great!

I got quite a few comments on my post yesterday. This is an issue that I think hits home with people. We all want to eat right, but just what does that mean? I think everyone knows deep down inside what needs to be done. The hard part is just doing it! Thank you to everyone that took time to comment. I think we're all on the same page. I'm finding my own way, and hope you find yours! :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 3, Phase 3 of P90X

The hardest part of this whole project has been getting the nutrition right. Everyone has his/her own opinion of what is right. I have read tons of books, done research on the net, and read blogs. I have not been very happy with my results as of late. I know for a fact that it is my nutrition--I have been slipping. My workouts have been awesome! I have missed just a couple in the 9 weeks I have been doing this. I honestly believe that nutrition is 80% of the equation! I can FEEL the muscles under the fat--I just need to get rid of the fat. I am proud that I am working out and can do the things I'm doing! BUT...I need to get my eating plan under control.

I have decided to chuck all the info I have read. One writer has me eating low carb, another high carb, one says calories are the only thing that matters, and yet another says eat more! eat more--you should be eating 2000 calories a day. Well, I have decided that they are all full of hooey. I am going to use my own God-given common sense and decide for myself what works for ME!!! I think I should be the best judge of that. I know the basics of good nutrition, I think I can do a better job for myself than a complete stranger writing in generalities.

This might be pretty radical, since a lot of these writers have lots of initials after their names, and work as trainers, etc. We are living in radical times, and I need to take radical action! LOL!!! I am taking back my life and my right to think for myself! I am currently at 36% body fat. Tune in next week for progress report!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Day 2, Phase 3, P90X

Today was Cardio X--a fun routine full of Yoga, Kenpo, Core, and Plyo moves. It's 45minutes long. I was sweatin' when I was done! LOL!!

I wanna thank everyone that leaves me nice little comments. You all mean so much to me. I was browsing blogs as I usually do and Dougal wrote this today:

"Please ask all your non-exercising friends to read my blog...and maybe we'll get another 100 people to fall in love...with health and fitness. Our lives are so precious, don't waste them watching people ride a mountain bike...Go do it yourself.....NOW."

So....I'm asking you to pass on our blogs to all your friends. Health is nothing to mess around with! When you lose it, very few actually get it back. Let's get off our butts starting today! I tell ya...if Dougal can do it, YOU and I have absolutely NO excuse.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Day 1 of Phase 3 P90X

I am in the final 4 weeks of my P90X journey. I have seen some really great progress, but not much change in my body. Changes in strength are phenomenal. I hope you can read this chart I've attached. You can see my progress from Week 1 to Week 9. Since we don't do the same thing every week==you will notice I jump from week 3 to 9, that is because weeks 3-8 I was doing a different set of exercises. The pullups scheduled in the workout, I do with a door attachment and rubber bands--which is an option in the program. It is really hard for women to do pullups, but I'm going to try in the final week to do at least one. My pushups are done on my knees, however, I have been able to do 5 of them on my toes, then I go to knees.

Well after posting...I see you can't read the exercise on the left side. I don't know how to make this pic larger, but you can see the numbers and see the progress. the very first entry is regular pushups.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

“Every day is a new battle. Every day we begin our day with specific short term goals, and every night we go to sleep having completed, or not completed that goal.” - Maria Kang

Do you have a goal? Have you even thought about it? I have. I keep a notebook with goals, thoughts, affirmations, my meal plans, measurements, etc. Along with my blog this is what keeps me going.

Which leads me to my "Powerful Reason Why". This is the major motivating factor that keeps me trying every day. I refuse to be overweight even one more year of my life. I am 50 years old and I am finished with being overweight and out of shape. I am doing this purely for myself. Yes, it's selfish, but this is my time. I have raised 4 kids by myself on a shoestring. Now that they are older and gone, I can finally do things for myself.

My secondary PRW is: I wanna look good nekkid! Who doesn't! This is a gift I want to give myself AND my husband. I want to run around the house in my little undies and not hide behind a towel or a robe or baggy t-shirt. This doesn't mean that I want to look PERFECT...I just want to look good in my own eyes. Perfection is not what I'm striving for here. Comfort in my own skin is the goal.

So Debbie...(she's on my sidebar--check out her blog) You asked us to post our PRW's today. This is mine. Since each person is unique, so will be their PRW's. I hope mine has inspired you even just a little bit! It's not hard to change...It's hard to START. Just make a decision to get up off the couch one day....take a walk, eat one less piece of junk, drink one less soda. Daily changes add up--you don't have to do it all in one day, or even one week....but please....just do it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Day55 P90X

These are pics of my Son David--The Marine! Isn't he just the cutest?! Can you tell that I'm a proud mama? I have been told that he got a tatoo of a huge spider on his shoulder. I haven't seen it yet.

I'm finishing up Recovery Week and ready to start my last phase of P90X. Pretty excited to finish this up.

I found out the details on the accident I saw on Tuesday. The little car was Northbound--he passed a truck and then lost control of his car right before the bridge. He spun counter-clockwise into the Southbound lane where he was T-boned by the Red Dodge Truck, which was heading South. He lived about 15 miles south of the accident and was 49 years old. What a huge waste.

Not much to say. I've been pretty long winded the last two days! I did have something fun happen today. You know that I have mentioned before that I sit out in a lobby and all the residents pass by me to go to the gym. Well most of the residents are retired. Some are younger, but they're mostly women. Well TODAY...this sweet young thing comes walking up to my desk and asked me if there was anything he needed to fill out to work out in the gym (he works for the company). I said no....just sign in. He was so cute, and kinda flirty. So I was flirty right back! WELL....he seemed in pretty good shape. After about 15 min. I had to run to the potty....I have to walk thru the gym to the dressing rooms. HOLEY MOLEY!!!! OMG!!!! He was doing pushups in the corner without his shirt on. I about DIED!!! I was looking at a chiseled young Greek god! Dayam!!!! Made my day! Think it's gonna make my hubbies day too! ;)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Day 54 P90X

Rodeo state of mind.... It's not hump day, but isn't he a cutie?! Rodeo's a comin'! Two more weeks! Yeehaw!

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.“ Samuel Butler

I love this quote! I have DEFINITELY found 10,000 ways that won't work in my fitness journey! I haven't given up! I just tweak as I go. Doing P90X has been eye opening. I have gained some muscle, lost a little bit of fat--not much, I have gained strength. That is the most important thing to me. Strength. Before I started the X I could do 8 pushups on my knees. That was it! Last week I did 5 regular pushups and about 10 more on my knees. I think that's pretty good! Especially for an old lady like me!

Speaking of which....We were discussing how we should act "for our age" on Dougal's blog yesterday. Dougal was hurt very badly while surfing. There have been some comments to the effect of "What were you doing surfing at your age!" Can you believe that! Look around at your family and friends that are in the 50 & up age bracket. What kind of shape are they in? How have they taken care of themselves? What kind of jobs do they have? How many of them do any kind of activity? Why in heaven's name would you want to limit yourself? I am trying to get into shape so that I can actually DO THINGS in my old age! Things like: opening a jar, walking up stairs, touching my toes, gardening, riding a bike. These are functional things that a lot of people can't do. I don't want to be a burden to my family and end up in a wheel chair--fraile and fragile. That is just plain selfish. Just because you are 50 why should you stop surfing, running, skydiving, or snorkeling?? Fit people have Fit lives. I want to live my life to the fullest. I'm sure Dougal would tell you the same. Do you think that just because he broke his neck that he's not going to surf again? He's a fit guy. No reason to sideline himself. Read his blog, you'll be inspired.

My blog buddy Lynda is learning a valuable lesson--She has learned that she needs to weight train and stop restricting her calories unrealistically. I am so proud that she's pumping iron! Women really need to do this. Osteoporosis is one reason. Functional strength is another. I'd say Lynda is my age. A lot of women in the 50 age group don't realize that they need to lift weights. There have been several studies on the effects of resistance training and aging. As young girls we (baby boomer group) were told to stay out of the weight room, "girls don't do that". Have you ever really looked at "Old Hollywood" glam photos of the 40's thru 60's? These women may have been "thin" but they were skinny fat! No muscles, kinda soft looking. Marilyn Monroe is a great example of this. I much prefer the "fitness girl" look you find in Oxygen or Fit RX. I may never look like that, but I'm going to give it a go, and be the best ME I can be.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Sad Story....

I left work at 5:00 last night. I have a very leisurely one hour drive home to the Northland. I was headed down Williamson Valley Road just in la-la land. Not sure where I was...but I wasn't driving! All of a sudden I looked in my side mirror and saw someone right on my tail! The F-er! How dare he ride my ass like that! Then I came to! It was a cop! He had his lights and siren on trying to get me to move over! DUH... My heart about beat out of my chest--he scared me so. Okay, I'm calmed down. I'm a little more than half way home. All of a sudden I see people flashing their lights at me..WTF...I'm not speeding. Then an ambulance drives by heading south. About another mile, I see a fire truck heading south. Ohhhh....I get it...they were flashing because there was an accident ahead. I'm thinking that because the ambulance and fire truck are heading south, it's all cleared up. I call my hubbie (the firefighter) to see if he's heard about an accident at Hell's Canyon. Nope, nothing. Just as I'm ready to hang up, I crest a hill and below me on the bridge is chaos! I am two cars from the accident. A head-on collision in the middle of the bridge. After about 1/2 an hour the fire chief drives by telling everyone in line that it will be at least a 3 hour wait. Holy Crap! There is nowhere to go, no other way home. I am 15 minutes from home. Pretty soon people are out of their cars walking down to see the accident. Morbid curiosity. I've seen enough of my share of accidents and have no desire to lookey-lou.

We are all sitting on the highway..talking to each other. There are many people from Ash Fork in line--we're all just trying to get home after work. As people walk by we get snippets of news--head-on collision between a Dodge truck and a small sports car. There's been a fatality. We're waiting for the Coroner, Investigators, and Tow Trucks. The area has been cordoned off and traffic is piling up both ways.

The guy in the Semi Truck behind me gets out and we begin a 3 hour conversation. He said he saw that I was alone, and wanted to be sure I was safe. Did I need any water? What a nice guy! I found out that he served in the military as an MP. He was explaining the accident protocol to me. We talked about his service, my kids, his kids. He lives in San Antonio, his daughter works at IBM, he's a published author--he is writing a series of books about a young woman who follows her father into the military... Military Romance Book! He actually got on my phone and talked to my hubbie for awhile. Another kid on the motorcycle behind me, hung out with us. He was from Ash Fork, 20 years old, coming home from work--he's a roofer. He said he was a little afraid to drive home...there were so many people and they would start passing to get around the accident and get out of slow traffic. I told him to drive in front of me, I'd watch him all the way home. I did, and when he turned off, he waved to me. It felt good to "take care" of this young man.

Finally the tow trucks made it. It took another hour for them to clear the bridge. The tow truck parked right in front of me for a minute--the big Dodge was badly wounded, but didn't look like the occupants would have been hurt very badly--I read in the paper that he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The little car that hit him...well....let's pray for the driver. The car looked like a pile of shredded fiberglass. I didn't see any seats, or a motor, or doors, or anything that remotely resembled a car. They said the driver was in pieces, they had to cut him out. The Coroner showed up with a gurney and took him away. When I saw the cars, I was shocked. I kept sad. The driver's family probably doesn't even know yet about the accident. But I knew. I prayed for them all.

I finally made it home around 10:00 pm. My hubbie was asleep on the couch. It was so good to be home.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day 52 P90X

Rodeo's Comin'!!!

Wow! Day 52! I can't believe I have stuck to this program all this time! I usually get bored about 4 weeks and then do something else. Maybe that's why I haven't hit any of my goals! DUH...

I did KenpoX today. What a fun workout! Kickin' and punchin' for about an hour. I was sweatin' like a horse!

I am having very lean ground beef, broccoli, and brown rice for lunch with a bit of salsa! Can't live without my salsa! I love hot spicy food. I had oatmeal/strawberries/protein powder for breakfast. I usually eat blueberries, but they are $4.50 a bag right now! Strawberries and raspberries are about 1/2 that.

Have you ever heard someone complain that eating right costs too much?? Compared to what??? Heart attacks, strokes, obesity?? Then there's the time issue...(excuse) Don't you always find time to do the things you WANT to do?? I exercise first soon as I'm out of bed, I exercise. I really dislike exercising in the evening. How do you feel about that? When do you exercise?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Hope all you Dads out there have a wonderful day! I remember when I was little, my Dad was my Hero! He was larger than life. Little girls love their be a great influence for there for your babies. It is so important.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day 49 P90X

Another pic of my hometown--Looking down Gurley St.

I am DONE with Week 3 of Phase 2! Monday starts Recovery Week. I will then be in the homestretch of P90X. So far, it has been a great experience. Challenging and fun--because I have been doing it along with a few friends. I joined 2 different P90X challenges. It will be fun to see everyone's progress. This is a REALLY hard program, you have GOT to be focused.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do next--after P90X. I think I have every Ebook out there on fitness/fatloss. All the programs are very good. These are the programs I have:

Red Carpet Ready
Turbulence Training
Fit Yummy Mummy
Fat Burning Furnace
How to Get Six Pack Abs
Dress Size Reduction Diet
6 Minute Circuits

SEE!!!! I'm a fitness book junkie. There are probably 10 others I've bought, but can't remember. I also have Tom Venuto's book, which has taught me a lot about nutrition.

If you have had any experience with any of these, please let me know. I would love some critical input! That way you can help me decide what I'll be doing after P90X in July.

I love to read, and I love to learn. Every ONE of these books has taught me something. Mostly that I spend too much money!! LOL!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Day 48, P90X

Picture of my town--Prescott, AZ

I've been a little social butterfly today. Been visiting all my blogger buddies. It is so inspiring to read about the lives of these people. I hold each one dear to my heart. I've "met" people from Spain, Australia, England, Wales, all over the States. It's really cool! We are all bound by a common "fitness" thread. All of us are DOING our best to become the fit people we know we are! There are no quitters out there! Every single one of the people I visit have so much "heart". I cry when I read about Dougal's trials. He's on my sidebar, you have GOT to read his story. If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is. I laugh at Lynda--cause basically she's a Texan living in Spain! There's gotta be a laugh in that somewhere! There's CeeKaye--struggling with kids, and Mike--down under--working and blogging away! Buffed Stuff, Suzette, Lilla, Jamie, Tillie--all strong wonderful women, Adam, who is everyone's inspiration! Then there is Roy and faves. They are two of the funniest people on earth. I swear...If I saw them on the street, I would go up and hug them! I feel so entangled in these people's lives and I feel I have been changed forever by "knowing" them.

As for me...I'm still doing my P90X thing. I had Legs/Back today. My meal plan for the day has been good so far! (fingers crossed)

I found this on Roy & Hazel's blog, thought it was kinda funny--sad too!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day 47 P90X

Here's a pic of where I's the golf course in the community where I work. :)

“Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.” Josh Billings

Isn't that great! Just like I've said all along! Persistance, dedication, and focus! These are the three ingredients you need for a great exercise program--that's it! Everything else will work itself out!

I finally found my bodyfat chart and figured out what my caliper reading was...35.0! Not bad! This measurement was taken on Monday--today is Thursday. Almost time for another check!

I have been feeling tired this last week. Not sure why....BUT! I'm better today. I did Chest,Shoulders, Tri's today. This workout is full of pushups! They are the hardest things for me, but I've come a long way! I actually did 5 on my toes on Tuesday. That was a real thrill for me! Then after those 5...I crashed! LOL!!!

I hope you are all doing what you KNOW you should be doing! Working out and eating right! Through this journey I have figured out that I don't have to be perfect. If I miss a workout, so what! As long as I pick up the next day, I'm good. If I cheat, I just continue on eating right as if it never happened! The important thing is that I have a plan, and I am working my plan! I still don't see huge changes, but that's okay too. I have a LOT to lose, so it's going to take longer than the average person.

I have a fabulous support group, this blog, and my wonderful husband. All of you really mean a lot to me. I just couldn't do this without ANY of you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

DAY 46 P90X

I got this pic from Jamie! There is NOTHING as sexy as a Cowboy! LOVE those Wrangler Butts! Speaking of which, our town is famous for it's July 4th Rodeo. They've been rodeo-in' in Prescott since about 1856 or so. The historic district is home to several old bars from that era--Called "Whiskey Row". They throw the doors open and it's party time for 3-4 days. There are boot races, street dances, rodeos, craft booths, food, and music! A really fun time! The kids used to drive up and down Gurley St. packed in the back of trucks throwing water balloons--then later with the big water guns--They would just shoot at each other and leave us old farts alone, but the powers that be, put an end to that, when some old lady called the cops because someone shot her little doggie with a water gun. Probably not on purpose! But oh well.

The Clothing Challenge is behind us and I just want to say--It was fun! A really good experience. Still trying to figure out what to do next. Something fun, and something summer related, I think.

I kinda crashed and burned last week. I ate fine, but I missed 3 workouts. THEN...Sunday...I slept practically ALL day! I was beat to snot! Monday morning was a tad tough also--BUT...I did my workout and I did really well! I actually did FIVE, count'em, FIVE regular pushups!!! I felt tired, but I was stronger than I was last week. By the end of the workout, I couldn't believe what I had done. I did all the reps for the lunges, I did all reps for squats, I did every exercise, except two--there are still two exercises that I CANNOT do. I modify the heck out of 'em, and do the best I can! Even those are getting easier.

This is Week 3 of Phase 2. Next week will be another "rest" week. I will be 2/3 of the way finished! I can't believe I have actually stuck to this! I'm not really seeing a lot of change, but my strength has improved dramatically. Still working on the fat loss. I did take my BF measurement on Sunday, but forgot to read the chart and find out what it was! DUH..... The calipers are still laying on my dresser exactly in the same spot where I left them. It's surprising that I can keep my head on straight.

Friday, June 6, 2008

It's been a knock down drag out!! Yeehaw!

As you know we have been running a little "Clothing Challenge" here at Fit @ Fifty. We started on May 1st and ended June 1st. I posted the before and after pics early this week and asked you all to vote.

WELL....can I have a drum roll please? We have a tie! So I am going to place the tie breaker vote and announce that our winner is Tillie! Jamie is second place--woohoo! and Suzette is third, way to go! All of our entrants did a fabulous job, and I really think that everyone "won". All three had very visible results...and just in 30 days! Not bad! It is amazing what you can do with a little motivation. I am so proud of you all!

I am planning another challenge soon. Not sure what it will be yet, but suggestions are very welcome! PLEASE!!

I am awarding Tillie with a $20 gift certificate to Cranapple Christmas. Happy Shopping Tillie! Congratulations on a job well done.

For Jamie....since it was a tie, and I feel that you did just as well as Tillie, I am awarding you with a $15 gift certificate to Cranapple Christmas. Enjoy!

Just go to the site, look around, and then email me with what you would like--I'll get it right out to you ASAP! Candles are buy 2 get one free, right now ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


C'mon all you fitness fanatics! Vote for one of my Challengers! We need your input! I need all votes in by Thurs evening--9:00 AZ time! C'mon! Support your fellow fitness buffs!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Clothing Challenge Winners

Okay...these are the runners up. I want you out there in Blog Land to tell me who you think won! Vote in the comments section. I will have prizes for the winner! Not sure what yet, but I WILL have a prize! :) I need your votes in by Thursday noon. C'mon all you Shredders and Lurkers...put your vote in, I need you!!! Suzette is in the bikini, Tillie is on the bottom in the gray pants, and Jamie is on top in the burgundy shirt.

Day 39 P90X

I got a little off track on Saturday and chocolate. I actually ate more chocolate than I did pizza! I ate one of those HUGE 1lb. bars! I ate myself sick! LOL!! I'm laughing now, but I was so sick on Sunday morning! That'll teach me, huh?

I only have one pic from my clothing challenge--Jamie. I'm going to try to get the others, but who knows....

I did my cardio this A.M. as planned. I tweaked my eating plan a bit. I think I am finally happy with it. I think I found the combination that will work for me. Haven't been craving things like I was.

I've been working on my craft website the last few days. Trying to get new projects photographed and put on the site is a full time job! Cranapple Christmas I'm going to have some new things such as soaps, dolls, and home decor. I try to sew/craft all year and then in about August I get in the Christmas mode. Gives me a break from all this fitness stuff! :)