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A New Day

I’m just going to act like it hasn’t been months and months since I last posted.  Whatever.  I just sometimes feel like my day to day life isn’t all that interesting.  And then I realize, well then, start making your life more interesting.  Do things you want to talk about and share with the world.  So I have created a life list and am going to use this blog to update my progress on this list. My intention here is that each time I do something that is a step toward achieving one of the goals on my list, I will blog about it and keep a running journal of my progress.

Here is the list:

1.  Go to Barcelona

2.  Learn to use my camera

3.  Try out for roller derby

4.  Make a rag quilt

5. Get my second Master’s degree

6.  Foster a child

7. Have my pictures taken professionally

8. Grow my hair out to sock bun length

9. Quit Smoking

10. Take my mother on vacation

11. Follow through on a business idea I have had for a while

12.  Spend a weekend in New York City

13.  Host a fondue dinner party

14.  Spend a week alone in New Mexico

15.  Treat myself to a spa day when I lose 30 pounds

16.  Grow a lemon tree

17.  Take pictures of my niece as a gift to my sister

18.  Get out of debt

19.  Raise pygmy goats

20.  Wear a size 8

21.  Get into a yoga practice

22.  Learn to drive a standard

23.  Take horseback riding lessons

24.  Learn about wines and go to vineyards

25.  Have a small box garden

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Guess what?  I am moving again.  I found a new place that is literally across the street from work. I can walk to work.  I can come home on my lunch break and see my pups and let them out.  It is a lot more room and my kitchen and living room are no longer the same room.  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that makes me. And my bedroom?  It has a window seat, swoon!   There is a nice basement too that I already have started making plans for a yoga/meditation room.  ImageImage I

How much do you want to just curl up into that little cave of coziness in the second picture?  I think I can actually do this.  I have a futon mattress.  Just need some big ol’ pillows to make it complete.

So once again I am back to packing everything into boxes and all that fun that comes with that, but I am really looking forward to it, strange as that may sound.  I like the purging process that comes when you move and I love to set up a new space.  Moving forces you to be organized and this girl craves organization.

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Start Weight:  193

Current Weight:  179

Total Loss:  14 pounds

I am trying to get myself on a schedule and stick to it.  I have decided part of this schedule will include a weekly weigh-in and post on this weight loss progress.  Last week was vacation and while I thought it would be challenging to stick to the diet, I think I actually did better over vacation than I do during the regular work week.  I found myself eating  a lot less during the day and I was able to devote some time to exercise.  I mapped a nice 5k route to walk and did that four nights over vacation.  I also let my girlfriend convince me to try a spinning class.  Holy hell!  Spinning is some serious work.  I was walking funny for a couple of days

Can we just take a moment and reflect on that total loss?  14 pounds.  That’s a dress size.  Clothes fit and look better.  My spring coat?  I can button it again.  I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.  I am motivated.  It ain’t easy and sure, I want to eat some ice cream, but I am determined to see this through.   I know that weight shouldn’t define how you feel about yourself, but it does.  When I am healthy, I feel better, not just physically but emotionally.  I have more confidence and I know I project that when I feel good in my clothes and with my body.  I am getting there.  I will be there.  The goal is by August, I will be 165.  14 more pounds to go.  Hell, I’ve done that already.  Half-way there baby!!

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Fair and Foul

First the FAIR:

* I have officially completed two weeks of the Fat Flush diet and have lost a total of eight pounds so far.  Last week was rough with four late nights at work, I wasn’t able to fit the gym into my schedule.  I am feeling good doing this diet.  Turned down red velvet cake, whoopie pie cake, and a cupcake.  That’s right.  Go me. The diet is restricting and makes it hard to eat on the run, but I am sticking with it.  Discipline baby.   I will get back into a size 10.  I will get back into a size 10.

* I just got a part-time job for nights and weekends at one of my favorite clothing stores.  I’m not supposed to use its name on social network sites, but I will just say this-  hello 50% discount.  I am psyched about this.  I have already picked out about three paychecks worth of clothes I can’t wait to buy.  Hopefully this summer, once school is out I will pick up more shifts and can save some money.

*  I am going to look at a new place to rent on Friday.  My place is small and it is starting to drive me crazy.  The place I am going to look at has hardwood floors throughout, a gorgeous kitchen with a big butcher block island and 3, count ’em, 3 bedrooms.  I think this could be the place.

*  I have tickets to go out to California to see my sister and niece this summer.  I can’t wait to see that little girl.  God, I miss her!!

*  Going to see the Red Sox with my father on Sunday.  Looking forward to a day at Fenway with the old man.  Here’s hoping they win!

FOUL

* My tenants who are renting out my place just broke their lease without any notice and are demanding their security deposit back.  I am ripped shit about this and believe me, I will be looking into the legalities of this situation.  They just sent me the key and said our lease was null and void due to the fact I didn’t disclose that my 100 year old house may have lead paint.  I have a feeling they may be in right here, but come on, really?  About a month ago I got a letter from a bank loaner who was checking their references because I know they are planning on building.  Coincidence that a month after I get that letter they opt out of their lease?  I think not.  So, yeah, I am pissed.

I apologize for the format of this post, but I had all these random things that I wanted to put down and wasn’t sure how else to get them all out, so yeah, I took the easy way out!

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Holy Headache Folks

So, I made it through day one.  Food wise, I was okay.  Not too hungry or anything.  Evenings are hard for me- that is when I do some serious snacking.  I actually didn’t feel too hungry, I think mostly due to how much cran water I was drinking.  I did go to bed at 8:30 through because

HOLY HELL!!  I had the MOST RAGING HEADACHE OF MY LIFE.

I only drank one cup of coffee yesterday and I think my body went into some serious withdrawals.  Today I have already had two cups of coffee in an attempt to steer clear of the headache.  Screw that.  I will keep drinking coffee.  You can’t take away all my fun.

I even went to the gym yesterday.  My couch to 5k is still in the works.  I didn’t quite run the whole time that I was supposed to.  I am hoping as I lose weight the running will get a little easier.  Because right now?  Not so easy.  I am slow, it hurts ever part of me body.  I definitely am doing more “brisk walking” than running, but I am moving.  I am moving.

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You Heard it Here First

About six years ago I did the Fat Flush diet and I lost about 35 pounds.  I was wearing a size eight, I was working out and had serious muscle tone, my skin cleared up and most importantly I felt GOOD.  Now, I am a size 14 or sixteen, depending on the store, my muscles have turned to flab and I feel like utter crap.  I am self-conscious of my size, my gut, my triple chin.  I disgust myself.

So today I went to Whole Foods and loaded up on the 100% cranberry juice, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil. and psyllium husks.  I will get back there.  I will.  I live near the ocean now and I want to feel good about myself in a bathing suit.  This blog may change direction here a little as I hope to use it as a way to keep track of my progress.  The goal here is to do a Sunday evening check in and post my weight, my exercise for the week, any setbacks I may have had and my overall progress.

Starting Weight:  193 (this is by far the HEAVIEST I have ever weighed)

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March Madness

This post is not about basketball.

March 25th.  Is that date important to you?  I have it marked on my calendar.  Why?

It is the ridiculously long awaited return of Mad Men.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this show.  Here are a few reasons

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It isn’t just Don Draper though.  It is Peggy, Joan, Pete, Roger Sterling, Cooper, crazy creepy Sally, and of course bat shit insane Betty Draper.  It’s the clothes, the drinking, the smoking, the womanizing, the blatant sexism and the brilliant writing.  It’s the cleverly chosen song for the end credits.  But Don Draper doesn’t hurt.

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