Sunday, August 12, 2012

Something Worked!!!

I started writing this post on August 1st, but I'm not sure why I stopped. It's been over a month since I last posted. And I felt so down last month. I felt like a giant blob (which translated to me berating myself about how lazy and will-power-less and pathetic I was being.)  I knew that I needed to change something, so apparently I did.

I spent the weekend in San Antonio celebrating my youngest niece's first birthday and hanging out with family and friends. (P.S. When I weighed myself the following Monday, I was a buck sixty...damn...) I came back with determination that I don't know I've ever felt before.

I decided the path would be to try to simply eat clean. First, I cut out all sugar except honey and the occasional addition of flavored creamer to my coffee in the morning. I also decided to cut out all fast food or fried food and limit my processed carb and starch intake. I'm still working on the carb and starch thing, but the limited sugar/no fast food/fried food thing apparently was just what I needed to kickstart myself.

Results:





Current Measurements
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 151 (-6.5)
BMI: 27.7 (-1.2)
Waist: 28.75" (-1.25")
Hips: 40 (-.5")
 Body Fat Comp: 31 (-1%)
Dress Size: 10 (I think...)

Something worked :)

Although I think the most important part of this is that I feel infinitely better! Not just how I look. I feel energized and healthy and good about the stuff I am putting into my body. It's a great feeling.

But now here's my dilemma - I am kind of afraid to eat any sugary treats. I know that when I eat sugary treats, I have a major problem stopping. I have killed half jars of Nutella in one sitting more than once. Bad mojo dude. So now I am afraid that I will completely overdo it if I try to eat a treat, then I will go through the withdrawal that I dealt with the first week of this new life plan and I'll feel like a failure and then I'll eat some more and so on and so forth. Yes...I know...I am definitely an emotional eater... No bueno when I also love to cook.
My health goals for this month? Get into a habit of working out after work. And do some yoga...definitely need some yoga...
 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Time to Change


I've been eating much healthier since getting to Fort Leonard Wood. Having a roommate that a) is willing to try any of my crazy cooking attempts and b) will totally clean up the kitchen after has made cooking at home for dinner a pleasure. I even tend to have food leftover for lunch the next day. But it's not working.

 I have reduced hitting fast food joints to like once a week (amazing for me!) and now I'm working out everyday in the mornings for PT. But it's not working.

It's been two months and I fluctuate 2 lbs. Back and forth and back and forth. It's not working.

So it's time to try something else.

I'm not sure what yet.

I've been researching eating Paleo (but I don't know if I am ready to give up my bread, especially since I have just gotten interested in Artisan breads). I've also looked at high-protien, moderate-carb, low fat but in researching Paleo, I don't like the "low fat" part...

I need to make a change though, that's all I really know.

So here's to change.

This is me today:

 

















Current Measurements
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 157.5
BMI: 28.9
Waist: 29.5"
Hips: 40.5"
 Body Fat Comp: 32%
Dress Size: 10

I've finally gotten the guts to put these up on the webernetz. I've done the photo thing several times, but never shown the results in public. So here it is and here I am. I am now being held accountable.

This change will happen.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monthly Goals

So at the beginning of last month I decided to start posting my monthly goals each month in an attempt to have some sort of accountability. So I guess that means I have to let y'all know how I did...

I don't want to...

But I will...

February Goals:

Health/Fitness:
- Log 60 miles running: Not even close... However I did complete the half marathon! (Sorry, just trying to justify my fail...)
- Limit my soda intake to one a day (not too bad during the week, but on the weekends... this has really become a bad habit.) I honestly don't remember how I did here, so I'm going to say this was a "eh-"
- Take lunch to work three times per week: Absolutely rocked this one! I think I'm well on the way to making this a habit!

Home:
- Organize and catalog movies: Got a great start here. I'm just waiting for some more DiscSox and I'm still trying to find a cataloging program I like. I'm going to chalk this up as a success, but it's a success that is still a WIP.
- Create boxes to organize movies: This became moot when I realized my new set up would let me store all my DVDs in wooden crates I already had. WOOT!

Celebrations:
- Make cookies for Valentines: Success! I made strawberry champagne and strawberry moscato cookies and took them to work. I think they disappeared in about ten minutes!
- Decorate the mantle for Valentines: YAY! Another Success!
- Make a wreath for Valentines: And another!

Hobby:
- Finish four layouts: Nope...le sigh...
- One Little Word ("Do") canvas: Another Nope.

Major Monthly Program:
- Refinish Wally-World Bookshelves (Wood filler, Sand, Paint, maybe line the back with fun fabric) So I thought about doing this - once.

Overall - not great, but not too shabby either. I succeeded in about half and completing the half marathon gets me one step closer to checking a dream off my bucket list (half marathon before a full and all). I am not disappointed. But I do think I may have set the bar too high? Too many goals perhaps in what I knew would be a busy month. Trying to keep that in mind, here are my goals for March:

Health/Fitness:
- Log 60 miles running (*I absolutely believe I can do this! Plus I need to train for my next race!)
- Drink more water (which should help with the soda addiction)

Home:
- Declutter and descope the amount of stuff I have. (I'm moving again soon and I don't want to have to unpack all this stuff...)

Celebrations:
- Baked goods for St Patrick's Day

Hobby:
- Work on my half marathon layout (while it's still fresh. Plus this may be the perfect kick start)
- One Little Word ("Do") canvas (ironic that my OLW project is not done yet?)

Major Monthly Project:
- Refinish Wally-World Bookshelves (Still the project at the top of my list)

Good luck to me!



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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Project 365, Week 8

I started out this week...very early...like 3 in the morning on Sunday morning early...with a 6 am 13.1 mi run. My first half marathon! And they were right, I am hooked on races! I am already planning my next half marathon and my next few shorter runs. I'm also planing on completing a Disney Coast to Coast challenge next year. Good times are ahead!

So on to week 8:


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Running to the castle.


[Project 365/58]
Hogwarts behind the Jurassic Park Gates...your argument is invalid.


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From sunny Florida to gloomy Kansas City.


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Interesting light play.


[Project 365/61]
The first bug splat of the year...ew...


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Sleet, sleet, Go away...


[Project 365/63]
Sparkly, shiny, pretty Harley!


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Project 365, Week 8

So first I was sick, then I went to Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon, so I decided to do weeks 7 and 8 at the same time since I wouldn't have time at the end of week 7.

Isn't that a convenient excuse ;D

I decided to go ahead and split them up into two post to make it a faster load so here's week 7:


[Project 365/50]
Sick day spent organizing my books. The only thing organized in my apartment right now.


[Project 365/51]
Finally getting rid of the Stargate Collection boxes.


[Project 365/52]
A little bit crafty today!


[Project 365/53]
Sunrise behind me.


[Project 365/54]
Low clouds over Kansas fields.


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Giraffes off the patio at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


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Packet pick up day - getting ready for the Disney Princess Half Marathon


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Project 365, Week 7

Project 365 Week 7 iisss.... Late. Sorry peeps. I've been battling an icky since Thursday. Good thing I had a four day weekend. Great timing, right?

Anyway, here goes week 7 of Project 365!


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Ice cream with drizzly, smooth, lovely chocolate. It's healthy because it's actually "yogurt" and the chocolate syrup has calcium added to it.


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Little bit of a snow day, aka, late start at work :)


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Valentines Day and this is my newest love - Finnegan. I feel sorta bad, because I am introducing the world to my new Apple using the browser on my old Apple, Connor. But it's okay because Connor is going to live with my Sister and hopefully, we will be able to bring more of my family into the world of Apple.



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Breakfast of champions. Really it's the Fiji water that makes the meal.


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Made mocha chocolate chip brownies today in the hopes that they would make me feel better. While delicious, all they really did was make me kill a pan of brownies...by myself. (I probably shouldn't admit that...)



[Project 365/48]
Finally tried my new ballet flats with my new skinny jeans!



[Project 365/49]
Spent part of today trying to make bread. This was before I put it in the oven, because I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished project. After I did this, I decided to Google breadmaking. Turns out I did it all wrong, but the bread still came out - you know - edible :) And it made my apartment smell fantastic.



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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Project 365, Week 6

Week 6 of Project 365 - still going strong!!!



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Stupid groundhog - I thought you were lying.


[Project 365/37]
Using my favorite pot to cook some lovely seafood chowder.



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Grey day, punctuated by a (really hard to see) creepy flowing cloud "river" of black birds that lasted about two miles.



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Paid respects today to a wonderful woman. Rest in piece Mrs. Inch - you were a lovely person and I am happy that I had the opportunity to meet you.



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Motorcycle refresher training was today. I rode someone else's bike and totally tipped over on it. Lesson learned? Crotch rockets have a TOTALLY different turning radius than cruisers.



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This was the first McDonald's meal I've had since coming back. Not bad for one who loves Mickey D's fries.



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After breaking one nail down past the quick and breaking at least three others, I finally broke down and got my nails shellacked.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentines Decorating



All last year I scoured the internet searching (and of course, Pinning) ideas for mantles and wreaths and other holiday decorations. This is the first holiday I have been able to decorate for since getting back, so I definitely wanted to go all out.



Yes, I know the TV is in front of the fireplace. It's electric and doesn't work very well. And with the weather so warm I don't need it. But mostly, it didn't fit anywhere else. The photo collage heart was inspired by this heart. I like it so much, I may leave it up permanently :) *Update: I just realized how off center it is...hmmm...



These canvases were my first attempt at painting on canvas - ever. I then did the "Love" heart out of yarn (inspired by this one). The other one is plastic packaging, cut like a heart with satin ribbon wound around the edge.
The roses are wrapped in the same satin ribbon and the heart is a ring I found at Target in the dollar spot. Yay target!!!


I really, really wanted to do a topiary. So I pinned a whole bunch of paper cut hearts to a styrofoam ball. My favorite part of this was the stick. I didn't want to go buy a dowel and I couldn't find any regular pencils, so I took the sponge off one of those sponge paintbrushes you can get at craft stores for like 5 cents, wrapped in in ribbon and shoved it in to a hole in the ball.
The rest of the stuff is more dollar spot stuff and some ribbons. The frame was a larger purchase, but I know it will get used a lot.


Finally, the wreath. I have had this heart wreath probably since I moved to Kansas, and possibly before. It's been that long since I bought it. I wrapped it in ribbon I had and glued on some flowers I got at Hobby Lobby on sale - and I only burned myself once. I'm getting so much better at glue guns!

Can't wait to see what the rest of blogland does for Valentine's Day decor!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Project 365 Week 5

This was supposed to be yesterday. Totally got distracted reading Little House on the Prairie - my bad. I present Project 365, Week 5:


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Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Buttercream - cookie crack.


[Project 365/30]
BBQ Chicken Bagel Pizza


[Project 365/31]
Last day of January and it was 57 degrees at seven-o-clock at night. Really?



[Project 365/32]
My Harry Potter Cookbook - I've been wanting this since I deployed!



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Bridesmaid dress fitting.


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Stella and Dot Trunk Party - I loves me some jewelry!


[Project 365/35]
Crafty day - spent the day making Valentine's decor.
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