Friday, September 16, 2011

"Mama, I'm Coming Home"

I've had an EXCELLENT week this week and I'm so excited for the weekend too! Yesterday was my weigh in and guess what?!?!.....I love 3 POUNDS!! :-) :-) It's such a good feeling to know that work can pay off sometimes and it's especially helped that I have someone else to motivate me to actually go to the gym and workout. With my little win, a new haircut, and the weather getting to my favorite temperature, I feel great!! Don't you with it could be like this all the time?

Anyway, so this weekend I am going home for the first time in almost 2 months to see my family and celebrate my niece's 3rd birthday party. She is the CUTEST niece out there but it's probably because I'm a little biased! Here's a recent picture of her!

I'm so happy to just spend a lazy weekend with my family and see my DOG! haha...The weather is supposed to stay around a perfect fall 60 degrees and sunny so it should be a really nice weekend. Hope it doesn't fly by! Have a great one!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Whole New Woman!

After an awesome visit from my boyfriend, it was back to the daily grind at work. I'm in a special training class at work so it's been a change from the normal routine, but it kind of feels like I'm back in college all over again. This has been the first week of my new weight loss challenge at work and I'm feeling the pressure. As I get closer and closer to this Thursday (weigh in day), I'm getting more and more nervous that my number last week was a fluke and it will look like I gained weight.

To try and get my mind off of the weight issue, I've tried to revamp myself a little bit in other ways. I went to the mall with a friend yesterday and finally got a little makeup consultation at Bare Minerals and ended up buying their starter kit. I have very little experience with foundation and makeup in general so I was happy that they were so helpful in showing me how to apply my makeup so that I could do it myself. On the plus side, it looks really good!

 Today I decided to get a haircut! I was a little hesitant to get it done somewhere else different than where I was used to at home, but I got referred by someone else so I took a chance. At first my bangs were a little shorter than I'm used to, but the more I'm looking at it the more I'm getting used to it- I'm sure I'll post pictures soon!

If anyone out there has tips on how to keep that motivation going without starvinggggg, please share your thoughts- I'm open to all suggestions! :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good...

So yesterday was one of my best days in the recent weeks (see previous posts) because I went to see WICKED! For those of you who live under a rock and have never heard or seen Wicked, it's the story before the Wizard of Oz. You get a whole new glimpse into the lives of characters like Glinda, Wicked Witch of the West/East, the Scarecrow, and much more! Even more important than the story line is the MUSIC!

From upbeat musical numbers to slow, meaningful songs, this musical does not disappoint! No matter who you are or where you come from you can relate to these characters. In fact there is one song called "For Good" towards the end of the musical that hits me in the heart everytime. The main message of the song is friendship and how in the end a great friend has changed you "for good." There have been so many moments in my life where this song has been a backdrop that hearing it always makes me tear up in a good way! Here's a clip of the song from the original broadway cast.

I have a really exciting weekend coming up! Right after work today I will be picking up my college roommate and we're heading back to my place to make dinner. By tonight my boyfriend will be here for a weekend visit and I'm so pumped because I haven't seen him in over a month! On Saturday we are taking my neice to the zoo for her birthday and then headed to a friends for a party. Sunday will be a relaxed football day, but those are always my favorite. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Rant: Getting up in the morning. No matter what my bed is always more comfortable than getting up and going to work!
Rave: MUSICALS! I need to start seeing one a month to life my spirits!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows"

So let's just say I haven't had the best couple of days and I've learned irony follows me and shows it's face more often than usual. After spending a small fortune to fix my car and locking my keys in my car the next day, I was wondering if I should just buy a bus pass and get rid of my car! No worries because it wasn't over yet! My old roommate sent me a text yesterday to stop by the flower shop she works at to get something. She gave me a plant that I've wanted for my cube because she said "You've had such a bad week so I wanted to give you this." Little did she know that bad week was slowly turning itself into a bad month because literally 10 minutes after this, I got into my first car accident.

Before I explain any more, I wasn't hurt and neither was the guy I hit which is the most important thing, but it didn't help the fact that I was completely shook up and scared to death. I'm not going to go into details about the accident, but accidents happen and I've been fortunate enough not to get in one yet. I instantly gave up all my insurance information to the guy for him to be kind of a jerk to me the whole time. Oh well-you live you learn.

Anyways after yesterday I was completely distraught and upset. I came into work today as a coworker and I were starting a little weight loss race and today was the day we would weigh in. The last thing I wanted to do was step on a scale and see my weight, but someone amazing happened- I didn't weigh as much as I thought I would! It was one of the only times I've seen a number I wanted to see on the scale so maybe this means my luck is turning around! I'll share my starting weight with you guys (204.8). My goal for next week is to lose a pound down to 203.8. I'm starting slow. Long term goal- I want to lose 20lbs by the end of the year. Keep reading on and see if I can actually do it!

Rant: Not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep, exercise, and fun!
Rave: I found an awesome quote from Rocky yesterday when I was feeling all emo and whiny-

                             "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

You Spin Me Right Round, Baby Right Round

The title of this post was inspired by the fact that I went spinning last night and in the middle of class I had the biggest charlie horse in my calf and had to stumble out of the room. My leg still hurts, but I've figured out it's because I'm dehydrated and spinning makes me sweat out of every pore in my body!

Not gonna lie-it's been a rough few days. There's been a squeaking in my breaks for a while now and I knew it was time to get them checked. Little did I know I would be spending a small fortune on getting all new breaks,rotors, and bearings on my poor little mercury cougar. After I had my credit card swiped I had to hold in the tears until I got in my car to drive home. Once I start to cry a little bit, the flood gates open and I cry about everything going on at that moment. I cried about my car, about not going back to school, about my weight, about my workout not "working out", about my friends who I miss, about missed opportunites, and anything else that could cram in my brain at that moment.

It's hard to realize that this is a whole new beginning in my life-just like it was when I first came to college. I know it's just something that will fix itself with time, but it sucks! And then there's the whole dieting thing which is going nowhere. I don't come home after work and binge on bad foods, but it seems like no matter what I do, no weight is coming off.

In other non depressing news, my roommates and I had our house warming party this past weekend with the first part of it being a Pure Romance party. I had never been to one before, but it exceeded all of my expectations quickly. It was so much fun and some of the stuff she showed us was so crazy! It was really fun to just get together with a bunch of girls and let loose for a while. And it's even better to be at a party at your own house sometime because then you can just crash without needing to worry about driving home!

Finally, I've become addicted to a new show-DEXTER! I watched the first season and now I'm hooked. Because the new season starts soon, I am on a mission. I must watch seasons 2-5 before October so I can start watching the new season. I think I can do it because Comcast has all seasons streaming online so I've accepted the challenge! Anybody else out there like the show?

Rant: I think I covered all of these above!
Rave: Long weekend coming up which means short week next week! woot!