Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm Impressed!

It has been 8 days now since I started the 24 day challenge and I can honestly say, "I'm Impressed!".  I do have my moments, especially at work where I want that vending machine of SunChips or how wonderful a glass of red wine would be after work.  But overall it really hasn't been that bad.  The coolest part about it and what I'm most impressed about is that I have lost 5lbs.  I felt like I was stuck at my weight for months.  I would workout, do cardio, but clearly without my diet and products from Advocare to keep me on track....nothing was going to happen.

It's not much to some, but it's pretty exciting for myself.  It also totally helps that we are going to Mexico in less than a month so I KNOW I will feel great on the beach.  If you are interested in learning more about the challenge, let me know.  I can point you in the right direction.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Advocare-24 Day Challenge

My gym is promoting the 24 Day Challenge by Advocare.  I'm not normally the type of person that takes supplements or meal replacements.  I have always tried to just eat right and exercise.  The older I get the more I realize that I can't always do it on my own.  After thinking about the program for all of 30 mins, I emailed the owner and said I was in.  That night I went up there and picked up my products.  Effective January 21st I started my challenge.

Its been a lot easier than I thought and I have already lost 3lbs!  I'll try to keep up with my progress which if I continue my weight loss I know I will want to write about it.

Friday, January 11, 2013


I have some books lined up to read.  One of them I have already read, but still wanted to highlight it in my story.

1. Silver Linings Playbook - this book was so good and such an easy read.  I read this whole book in less than 2 days.  I think I mentioned it in past stories, but it is just that good.  I went and saw the movie and it was good, but nothing like the book.  Major things were left out, but I still liked them both.

2. The Power of Story - this book was lent to me by our CFO at my job.  To make a long story short, there has been some organizational changes in my department, AGAIN, and when talking to him about my path at the company I made the comment that when I'm 80 I don't want to be remembered for what I do at the company.  I want to be remembered for what I do outside the company.  He said he couldn't agree more and handed me this book off his shelve.  It is worn, and tattered.  The best kind of book.  Pages dogeared and all.  I started reading it this week.

3. The Rough Guide to The Royals - Another book from work!  Our company is based in the UK and recently an employee transferred here to the states.  He slowly noticed my obsession with the royal family.  It could have been the photo of Kate and The Queen at my desk or maybe my million questions.  Regardless, he found this book and bought it for me!  I just thought that was the sweetest thing.  The book is pretty much a history guide, but heck.  I'll read it.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Classic Resolution Time

 It's a new year, so I made my resolutions.  They are the classic ones with some of my personal touches.

1. Exercise More: I want to make more of an effort to get into cardio.  I miss my running days and the more my friends and family get into running, the more I want to get back into it myself.  My husband is up to running 10 miles now!  I still can barely do 3 miles without stopping.  I have downloaded an app that should help me get back to my running days.  I don't have a goal or 1/2 marathon or anything crazy like that, just to be able to run again.

2. Drink Less: I would like to first make it clear that I am referring to alcohol.  No, I'm not drinking alcohol everyday that is making me want to drink less.  But if you are single/dating/married with no kids, the weekends tend to be afternoon lunch with drinks until around 3pm or game night until 1am.  It is more out of boredom than anything.  We have nothing to do on the weekends sometimes so.....lets go to a patio.  Right?!  Well, I have challenged myself to not drink until my 33rd birthday which is 44 days from January 1st.  6 days in and I'm doing really good and really liking the refreshing weekend of running, cleaning, and cooking.

3. Read More: Reading is something I have always enjoyed.  But when you are sitting on a patio or laying around the house recovering from the game night before...you don't want to read a book.  My goal is to read a book a month.  I have already satisfied my quota for the month of January.  Looking for something good for February.  I might just focus it 12 books this year vs 1 a month.  That will allow me to overlap months or double up.

4. Write to Masami:  My very dear true friend moved to San Francisco this past year and I want to write to her.  She was my first friend when I moved to Texas and has stood by my side through everything I have done.  I miss her and her family.  A lot.

5.  Have a Baby: Ha!  Yeah, because it is so easy to check that off my list.  I have to make that happen before April or that resolution won't happen.

6: Take Pictures:  I have always loved taking pictures.  I bought a camera before my big European trip back in 2008.  It has helped me take tons of wonderful memories.  Now that I have a state of the art camera, I want to take more pictures.  I just need to remember to take it with me.  I have already forgot to bring it camping and to the OSU bowl game.

Those are the only ones that I can think of right now.  I know I thought of some prior to actually typing, but I kept putting of writing this...wait.

7. Write More:  I really enjoy writing in my blog and I find that it makes me happier in general as I get to put my thoughts out there.  I'm still not sure who reads this.  I see the views so I know people are reading it, but no one every leaves a comment or says something to me.  I'm ok with that.  I'm not doing this to get reactions, but it makes me happy to know that others are at least reading it.  Regardless....I want to write more.  There are several topics that I haven't brought myself to type about.  I think the more I write, the closer I will feel to expressing things.

Ok - I think that is it.  Those are my resolutions.  Hopefully I will be successful in my 2013 journey.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas 2012

Christmas has come and gone, and it went by quickly!  It was my first Texas Christmas and it was perfect.  It snowed on Christmas day giving me a White Christmas, woohoo!!  (side note - my cat just stepped on the remote changing the channel right as the FSU player was running it into a 60 yard touchdown. My husband isn't happy.) Our holiday was spent going to church on Christmas Eve with the in-laws, and back to our house for steak dinner and bottle of wine that we had been saving for over a year.  It was yummy!  Christmas morning we got up and had our own Christmas before headed over to Preston's parents for a big family lunch and opening of gifts!  It was when we were over there that the snow begin to fall, so pretty.  We were back at our house by early evening and our friends Kyle and Alysia came over to hang out and play games.  Here are some pictures of our Christmas!