Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Pick This Back Up Shall We? {Weigh In Wednesday}

Hey friends! So the last time I did a weigh in post was in December and before that it was April. YIKES! It's time to get back on the bandwagon, am I right? If you are still keeping track feel free to link your progress post in the comments and I'll come visit your blog!

So back in December I excitedly told all of y'all that I had lost 17 pounds! I won't lie, I'm still sorta patting myself on the back for that one! However, in the last four months I've put back on about 5 pounds. It's only 5 pounds, but boy, it's made a difference in my attitude and the way I'm feeling about my body. 

So, I decided to do something about it. I went back to the gym this week - only once so far but I plan to go tomorrow as well. Don't worry, I've been getting my cardio in, outside of the gym! I'm also tracking my food on Myfitnesspal again. I've cut way way back on my soda and I'm eating the right stuff! I'm feeling better and happy to be back on track.

I was going through some old photos the other day from a few years back and I finally realized how heavy I had gotten. I was disgusted with myself and couldn't believe that I was that big. No wonder there are so few pictures of me. 

I'm proud of reaching my first goal of 17 pounds lost, but I am not done. My goal is to keep losing, keep toning, and get into the best shape I possibly can. 

Are you with me?
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bet You Didn't Know

I share lots of information with you on this blog, but I'm willing to bet that there is still plenty that y'all don't know about me! So...I made a little list (checked it twice, but not really) and here it goes:
Kidding, sort of. 
1) I'm addicted to Sonic ice. Nearly every day I buy a Route 44 Coke with extra extra ice! Chris says I need my "fix." Hey - at least I go during happy hour!

2) I'm clumsy as all get out. I'm talking running into walls, tripping over my own two feet & banging my head on the shower door. 

True Story
3) I'm horrible with movie quotes. We will watch a movie & immediately afterwards Chris will quote it and I'm like "huh?" Completely lost.

4) I have way to many irons in the fire. I'm a multi-tasker of multi-taskers. I come up with a new idea and I run with it until I'm out of steam. I've typically got 3-4 projects going on at once. I just can't help myself.

5) I love to explore! I am all up for being spontaneous and checking out random places. Be it a store, restaurant or a town. I'm down for whatever!

6) At any given time there is a significant possibility that I will have at least 6-10 browser windows open at once (HELLO - MULTI-TASKING!). It drives certain people crazy, but I'm used to it.

7) I tend to make BIG last minute decisions. Like just last week, I decided that I want to fly to San Jose in July for BlogHer 2014. Is that gonna happen? Probably not....unless we hit the lottery & then I'm taking my man on a vacation to sunny California! 

8) I really enjoy cooking for other people. It actually makes me happy to see other people enjoying my food. I'm always making extra food or baking cookies for Chris to take to school and/or work. He will call me and tell me how good it was and that all the guys LOVED whatever I sent. It's a good self esteem booster! 

9) I seriously HATE putting away laundry. You guys probably already know that though because I hate it so much that I'm quite certain I've mentioned it at least once or twice. I thought about showing you a picture of the mountain of clean laundry on the back of my love seat right this very minute, but that would be just too much for anyone to take. You'll just have to trust me, it's bad! 

10) In my personal opinion, there aren't many cuter things in life than baby elephants.

You can't even argue with me on this!

They just look so darn happy all the time! 

Okay, your turn! Tell me something I probably don't know about you! 
Don't be shy!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Find Your Happy

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I was dreading going to the grocery store today; I'm not really sure why because typically I really enjoy it. I don't really think it was the grocery store I was dreading but the act of simply doing anything was annoying me this morning. However, I pulled myself together enough to throw on my yoga pants, make a list, and clip some coupons.

Once I was actually out of the house I started to perk up a bit, but the weather was dampening my spirit. I'm so over this bi polar weather we have in Texas, but that is a whole other topic. Anyhow, by the time I got to the store I was ready to "do this and get it over with!"

So I'm breezing through the store, in a hurry for no particular reason, when I start to notice the people around me. I mean, really notice them. There were many couples in the store today and I can honestly tell you that not one of them had a smile on their faces. They all looked angry and miserable.

I kept pace with one couple throughout the store, not on purpose of course. You know how it is, sometimes you just keep running into the same person throughout your entire shopping trip? It was like that and man, one time on the same aisle with them would have been more than enough for me.

The man had the most sour look on his face. He was obviously irritated and impatient. Many times I heard him snap at his partner and motion her to hurry up and get on with it. He stood there as if it were an inconvenience for him to be there shopping for food that he would probably be eating later.
The woman - this poor woman - she looked so sad and defeated.

I stopped right in my tracks and I pulled out my phone. I texted Chris: "I'm at the grocery store and noticing how other couples are treating each other and how unhappy they look and I'm counting my blessings...just wanted you to know. ILY."

Y'all - the people at the store today - I don't know their stories. They all could have just been having a bad day, but chances are that isn't the case. I say this because that used to be me. I used to be the irritated, impatient, sad and defeated woman in the grocery store every week. If I hadn't been in a bit of a "blah" mood today I probably would have never noticed these other folks. I would have just been in my own little world, happy as a clam. However, I'm so glad that I did notice and reflect on them and how it relates to me.

I'm so thankful that I don't live that life anymore. I am thankful that finally, after so many years I have found happiness again. I'm thankful that I had the courage to change my situation even though it was risky. I'm thankful to have someone who brings sheer joy into my life every day. I'm thankful that I can go to the grocery store with my significant other and laugh and joke down every aisle. I'm even thankful that he stops me in the middle of the aisles and kisses me like we're alone - even if it does make my face turn beet red.

Life is way too short to be unhappy y'all. Find your happy.

I'm pouring my heart out.

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