Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I have been reflecting a lot over the last few days.... reflecting over every aspect of my life.  I just want to be happy - genuinely happy.   I think that if I am happier as a person, then my happiness will exude off of me and onto others.  Well I'd like to hope at least.   I am finding it tough to be truly happy these days... my husband has been laid off , and while he is working part time - it is only part time and we are in need of tightening our budget.   So I have been scouring Pinterest and different blogs in hope that I will find some magical formula that will help us save hundreds of dollars each month.  I have yet to find it.... if you do, please let me know!  Our goal is get a month worth of savings ahead so we can live on last months income.  I am starting to use YNAB again - and hoping that their new and improved program will help us get ahead.  

As for Weight Watchers - I tracked today.  All day, every meal, every bite.  I think that it has clicked for me.  I craved a bit of sweet stuff today, but that should go away soon I hope.   I am starting to take pictures of each meal and post them on Connect (WW Social Media), that will help me be accountable.

I will keep you in the loop.  Wish me luck!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wow....I can't believe this is still floating out on the world wide web.... I guess its true, nothing really ever disappears.   Reading back over the few posts that I had actually written makes me a bit disappointed.  Don't get me wrong, a lot has changed since my last post 5 years ago.  Little did I know at the time, but I was pregnant with a beautiful baby boy - who is turning 4 this year!  I have switched jobs, and  some how found my way back to the one that I was so eager to start.  The part that disappoints me is the fact that I am still struggling.  Struggling to love myself for me, being happy with the way that I look.   I am once again following the Weight Watchers program, and from what I can tell, its just as challenging as it was almost 5 years ago.   I am not sure why I can't stick to it, I really want to be healthy.  I really want to feel good in my own skin.    I am hoping that if I can start to write down the way that I am feeling that maybe it will help me figure out what is holding me back.   
My goal is to use this somewhat as a journal.  I may not write daily.... I may only write a sentence, or post a quote, but I want to utilize this and hopefully finally be able to move forward.   

Presently, I am quite busy in my daily life.  I work full time, I am on my son's preschool board, I am assistant coach for my daughters soccer team and am currently taking a Micro Economics course online. I absolutely love Body Pump @ Goodlife Fitness and am starting to find the joy in reading again.  I don't get a lot of time to myself, and find that it may only be about 5 minutes a day sitting on the couch while the kidlets are downstairs (like right now).  I am very happy with my family life, and think that I do have a good work-home life balance.   

This weeks goals:

1.  Meal Plan - and stick to it!  
2.  Track Everything 
3.  Have a no spend work week
4.  Hit 10,000 steps 5x

I hope that since I have written it down, I will stick to it! 

Wish me luck!! 

~ C

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Unknown

So tomorrow is my last day at my job.   I am really excited to start something completely new, but also a little apprehensive.  What if I don't like it?  What if I am not good at it? 
Currently I am an Accounts Receivable administrator...that is all I know (other than how to scan groceries at the supermarket).  I have been doing this for close to 8 years and I am good at it, better than good, fantastic even.  I am leaving the AR world to do Real Estate Law...to become a legal assistant.  I don't think the two could be further apart. 

There are a few things that I am really looking forward to...
  • Being able to make my own decisions - right now - anytime I step "outside of the box" I need approval, you would think that with 8 years of experience I can make the decision whether or not to do a check swap with a customer, or put someone on COD.
  • Not being micro-managed, being able to take a break when I want to without the fear of being "busted".  Not having to write down what calls I make in a day, and which ones are between 7:30 and 8 AM.
  • Organizing the office! The office that I moving into is a disaster! I love it! I love a challenge and let me tell you, it is going to be a challenge... (I will take some pics of the before for you once I start).
  • I am also super excited to work with one of my best friends - we used to work together a few years ago, she moved into real estate while I stayed in AR. We worked really well together and I know that we are going to be an awesome team. 

I am however, really going to miss the people that I work with now.   I have been with them for almost 4 years, they become part of my extended family (some of them at least).  I see and spend more time with my co-workers than some of my actual family.  It is going to be really hard to leave them - leave the big corporate office to go to a small firm.  I really want to stay in touch with so many of them, but its going to be hard...how many of you have left a job and say "We'll stay in touch, we'll still see each other" and then never speak to that person again unless you run into them at Ikea? 
I am honestly going to put forth an effort with a few of the people that I have really grown to love, for the others they will be a fond memory of my previous work place. 

Tomorrow is going to be hard day.  I will be strong and get through it...there will be tears and there will be the fear of the unknown... but as I leave a part of me behind, I can't help but be excited for the future. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner

Well, I'm back from my parents house - which looks amazing! They have really done a good job renovating the house and making it their own.
Now - enough about the house --- lets talk FOOD!
Dinner was amazing! Turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, carrots, stuffing and of course gravy... mmmm delish!
I took a pic of my husband's plate because his had quite a bit more food than mine - and lets face it, the food looks a lot better if you can't see any of the plate underneath!

Doesn't it look super!!!

Rylea of course - needed her picture taken as well... check out her plate!

She loves to dip everything into gravy - isn't she adorable!! (We are still getting used to her having no teeth - she lost 3 this week!)  She absolutely loves "melted potatoes" especially Grandpa's - and anything with marshmallows are a hit too.

Do you make your sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top too??

Now - on to dessert...
We had pumpkin pecan pie - with pumpkin pie ice cream - yes you read the correctly.. PUMPKIN PIE ICE CREAM!!! 
It honestly was amazing - it tasted exactly like a pumpkin pie - it even had chunks of graham cracker like the crust!!

You can buy it at Superstore - or I am guessing anywhere that carries Presidents Choice brand. 

It was sooooooo good.

But - the tryptophan is kicking in --- the pictures don't give this meal any justice! It was absolutely amazing...

Thanks James!!!!  Can't wait for Christmas dinner!!!



Mmmmm... Thanksgiving and Halloween the same weekend!

Today my family is celebrating Thanksgiving - I was in Florida during actual Thanksgiving, and my parents were in the middle of moviing into a new house, so we decided to have the big turkey dinner a few weeks after the dust settled. 
I have to say - I was pretty upset when I found out that I wouldn't be home for Thanksgiving - it is honestly, my favorite meal of the year.  I love the turkey, mashed potatoes and of course PUMPKIN PIE!  I am so excited!  My step-dad is a chef and every meal he cooks could go on the cover of any magazine, nothing is simple when he is cooking!  I will take some pics and share with you!

My daughter decided on being a witch for halloween - it is quite a cute costume.  I picked it up from Homesense - it came with a dress, witch hat and some tights. I got it a few sizes big so that we can fit some warm clothes underneath it.  It is usually pretty cold here around Halloween, she will probably have her winter coat on underneath the costume.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm baaaccckkk

That's Right Ladies and Gents...
I am re-introducing myself into the blogging world.  A lot has changed since I have last blogged...lets see... I am a year older...I am a couponer (I wouldn't classify myself as extreme but I'm getting there - so my husband says), and I am starting not only a new job, but a new career (completely different field).  I am sure there is a lot more but I don't want to bore you with  all the details.
I have updated my page - a lot of the tabs are empty right now, but soon enough the information will be flowing!
I have been hired on to organize a law firm, I am so excited to get started.  I am excited to share my progress as well as the before and after shots. 
I have updated my November Goal list a little early, but there isn't many days left in October so I thought that I would start fresh.
I can hardly believe that it is almost Halloween!  What are you dressing up as?  I am going out with my daughter today to try to find a costume for her she keeps changing her mind...one minute wants to be a fairy, then Katy Perry, then a witch or a lion.  So we hope to narrow it down today.  :)

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I need to get into this!

So, I started this blog to help me feel motivated!! Well, I am staying some what motivated, but I not motivated to keep this up! I am going to really try to put forth some effort and write in this blog more than once every 3 months!!! 

So my WI was the other day (yesterday to be exact) and I was up 1.4 lbs…honestly though, I am not surprised.  It was my TOM and I was really sick for a couple of days, I could eat, but couldn’t really get the energy to get out of bed, and it hurt to move.  And,to top it off,  it was Ryan’s birthday on the 6th and we had people over, which involved ALOT of drinking.  Mind you I was drinking Molson Canadian 67 (which I worked out to be 1 pt/beer), but that goes out the window when you drink about 7 or more of them, and a couple of regular, not calorie reduced beers.  It was a good time though with great friends!

We have a pool right across the street from work and my friend and I have started attending Deep Water Workouts at lunch time.  It is really fun, but I often wonder, how good of a workout is it??  I usually judge the intensity of the workout on whether or not I can sing (low impact), hold a conversation (middle impact), or neither and I am short of breath (high impact) – and let me tell you, I can probably sing during the full 30 minutes!  I know that it is exercise and its better than sitting on my butt doing nothing at lunch times, but still I would like it to be a little harder! I am trying to convince my friend to try one of the dry aerobics classes that they offer, but I don’t know if she will go for it. 

I really want to try one of the Zumba classes that I have heard so much about, but I am soooo uncoordinated that I don’t know it if is a good idea, I am pretty self conscious in regards to my weight, looks and the fact that I have trouble doing ANYTHING that remotely involves coordination.  The other thing that I am interested in trying is Yoga, I went to a class last summer, but haven’t been back, I really enjoyed it and should force myself to start going, once I get in a routine it shouldn’t be a problem!  I am going to look into when the classes are offered again and actually start going!! (New Goal)

My sister is coming for a visit in October, and we haven;t seen each other in about 1 1/2 years, and I was the same weight when I started WW as she would remember me.  I really want to be under 200lbs by the time that she gets here.  So I really need to kick it up a notch.  I have 2 months exactly just under 2 months before she comes to lose 13 lbs….Any suggestions??? 

Well, hopefully will be back tomorrow!!!

Off to read… FYI – reading “Marked” by PC CAST and KRISTIN CAST – my friend recommended it, its all right for a vampire book, but they spell vampire like “Vampyre” which really annoys me…there is 6 more books in the series I think, not sure if I can handle it!!  Other than that, its an easy read… I will post my full review once I am done it!!!