Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just keep walking, just keep walking

Over the Memorial Day weekend I made it to my second 10% of weight loss. Yay me! I was so shocked when I made it because I didn't think I would make it until a few weeks later, but hey, I'll take it!

Now, I just need to lose a little bit more weight to reach my goal to being at a healthy weight. I'm two pounds short of losing a total of 40 pounds! I can't believe that I've made it this far. Some weeks (like this one), I've overeaten, and I still struggle to find my balance of feeling full vs this food is so good I need to keep eating vs I want something sweet/salty and I'm not quite sure what food that is yet so I'll keep eating until I've found it. I haven't struggled too much with the last one, but at times it HAS been a challenge.

Other weeks it's been no problem staying on program. A few weeks I've overworked my body and I've somehow 'gained' weight, but the following week I've lost some of it. Sometimes losing weight is SUCH hard work. I'm pretty sure some days it's been easy to put it on, too.

I've been overweight most of my life and have come to the conclusion that the time is NOW to get into a healthy lifestyle. Some of the tools are simply learning what a portion is and sticking to that portion, in addition of listening to my body when it's telling me that it's full. Life's a balance.

I'm confident that I can reach my goal by September of this year. I just have to remember what my goals are and keep those in mind when I'm struggling. AND keep exercising.

I'm VERY proud of myself at the fact that I've been exercising and have stuck with it. I've stepped up my workout so much so that three weeks agi I decided to join a gym three weeks ago. Since then, I have gone four to five times a week. It also helps that I have a great husband and friends/family who have been encouraging me along the way and help keep me honest and accountable.

I think that accountability is one of the key things to losing or maintaining weight. Be honest with yourself. The only person you're cheating is yourself. And in the cases where you cheat yourself and tell others you "haven't" eaten that cookie or you tell yourself that your piece of chocolate cake doesn't have as many calories as you think it has, think again. Those little lies are the ones that are going to prevent you from being healthy. To do those things once in a while, OK, it happens, we all slip up. But to do those things often is a recipe for disaster.

Just keep walking (or in the case of Finding Nemo, just keep swimming). Just keep doing what you do that inspires you and keeps you motivated and focused. Little by little, you'll get there. Reaching goal will be one of the most amazing accomplishments. I keep telling myself it will be worth it.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Instant pancakes?

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Pancakes in a can?

Yes, it's a real product. Check out the blog at for all the info! I'd be interested to try it when I find it, just to kill my curiosity. I'm sure these would sell BIG in colleges!

The new short mini bus?

Check this out:

I thought, seriously? It's the new short mini-bus with extra doors! If you were to shrink a school bus, this is what it'd look like.

What do you think?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Not On My Watch

First comes love, then comes marriage, and then the baby in its carriage.

And to answer your question - no, I'm not pregnant.

Nor do I wish to be at this moment.

We have some college friends and know couples that have recently gotten married (or have been married just as long as we have), and BAM!, a few months later, a year later, two years later, they're pregnant. My thought is, what's the rush? I'm going on two years of marriage pretty soon, and I'm pefectly comfortable with my happy, simple, relatively uncomplicated life.

OK, if it's an accident, it happens, you should have at least been a little more careful. It happens. On the other hand, there are couples who REALLY want kids right away. For others, time's-a-ticking. Me? I'll wait a few more years until my life feels a little more stable and secure. Let's just say that when the economy gets a little better, I'll think about it some more. If not by then, then perhaps in about four years from now. Don't quote me on that.

It's not that I hate kids. I just don't want them right now. Maybe it was because of my years of being a summer camp counselor that frustrated me and stressed me out at times. Yes, a little scarred for life. It's no easy task, that's for sure. Maybe I just don't FULLY like kids yet. I like the idea of having them SOMEDAY. And it's not like when I see baby pictures or when I pass by little kids clothes, I don't have my "aww, look how cute!" moment, because trust me, I've had those moments. But then the thought just passes me by instantly as I walk past the kids section and it's as if I'd never had that thought. Maybe it's a good thing.

I don't mind kids - I don't think. I really enjoy playing with my nieces and tickling them like crazy and having a great time - for a few hours. But I think at times I'm thinking of it as a babysitter-type idea. They're OK for a few hours. But a few days (perhaps) or weeks? Thanks, but no thanks. I don't need that kind of drama quite yet.

I'm fairly certain my parents wouldn't mind having another grandchild - there's already three granddaughters in the family; two with hazel eyes, one brown. Maybe my kids will have green eyes (as my husband's family is pretty dominantly a green-eyed family); my family, more of a hazel, brown-eyed family.

And it's not like we're not being cautious, because we are. We're definitely using precautions. But getting pregnant? Not on my watch. I'll get pregnant when the time feels right, when my husband and I feel like we're ready to venture onto this new challenge, when I'm comfortable enough with being a mom and waiting to being called mommy by my child.

But when I do get pregnant, I really want a girl. :)
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