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Melting Off the Weight in the Texas Heat.

Texas is hot. Balls fricking hot. I attempted to write this while sitting outside. Not only did I start to melt, but my laptop was slowing down and stroking out. We both had to come inside to recover.

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Besides adjusting to the Texas weather (global warming is real), this week has been flipping amazing! And since I haven’t done a list in awhile (how out of character of me), let’s review in list form:

  1. My home is fully unpacked and decorated! It feels so, sooooo good to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I never fully unpacked or decorated in Florida since we were only going to be there for a short period of time, so I’m so stinking excited to make my home in Texas feel like my home.
  2. I’m back to writing! It was a long 24 days of not writing on the blog, and it’s one of those things where you’re like…. I don’t feel like it, but then once you do it, you feel so much better. Like working out, or getting a shower. That’s my relationship with writing.
  3. I made the best schedule and I stuck to it all week! For months now I’ve been saying to myself that I’ll be so much more productive if I make myself a schedule. I’ll do so much better with my weightloss if I make a schedule like I did over the summer. And yet, I wouldn’t buckle down and make a schedule. Well Monday I finally forced myself to not only plan out my meals for the week, but also create a daily schedule for my week and it has made all the difference! Not only have I been super productive, but I’ve been eating so healthy, and I’m right on track to hitting my 3% weightloss goal for this month! I’ve talked about my schedules and meal plans on my blog post Eat food. Lose weight. A Recipe for Weight loss. 6D9039B6-C183-4AAA-98B7-F83F33147614This was the meals from one day. minus the Halo Top I had for dessert. Red Velvet Halo Top is now in my top 2 Halo Tops. #1 is Mocha Chip. Halo Top is going to take over the world. I’m also obsessed with those nut bars. There’s some sort of glaze on them, and they’re crunchy and so yummy. They’re made by Nature Valley. Get you some. 
  4. Future travel plans have been confirmed! In my last post I mentioned hoping to be able to go to Seattle to visit my brother-in-law. Well I found dirt cheap airline tickets to Seattle and we jumped on the opportunity. We’re flying on the airline Spirit, which is a budget airline where you only pay for what you use. This means you only get one personal item that flies for free with you. Any other carry on items, checked bags, snacks, choosing your seat is all an additional charge. At first I was hesitant, but I compared what the cost would be flying the next cheapest (Delta) and even after paying for a checked bag, and choosing our seats, it was still $400(!!!) cheaper to fly Spirit. So we will be taking over Seattle at the beginning of June! I can’t wait to plan some great excursions!
  5. Speaking of traveling, being in a new place means I get to explore a whole new city! I haven’t gotten out too much yet. But I did check out my local farmer’s market where I got some new soap, and locally grown green beans. Shop local!! I look forward to going back this Saturday, when there’s supposed to be more vendors. I’ve also been to the beach and had lunch at a unique little place right on the water on the island. It was called Mikal May’s and had really delicious seafood nachos.

     

    I’m pretty excited about how great this week has been! It’s hard to top feeling at home in your home, eating healthy, losing weight, exploring a new city, and buying new soap. Am I right?

In other news, the job hunt continues. I had an interview last week, but haven’t heard anything since. I’ve applied to about a bazillion other places. Fingers crossed something comes along soon!

Any recommendations on Seattle or Washington State excursions?

Military · Travel · Random Ramblings · Health

Moving. Job hunting. & Weightloss. Oh MY!

It’s been a couple weeks since I have written on the dear ole blog. 24 days to be exact. So what has happened the last 3 weeks and three days?

Moving

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Well first of all, we moved to Texas. We knew there was a chance of moving to Texas. We requested it, as a matter of fact. So we were hoping the Navy would give Yanis orders for Corpus Christi to continue his training, but there was a chance he would be sent to Milton, FL instead. Well, on March 30, we got official, hard-copy orders for Corpus Christi, TX, and we had 15 days to pack up and get there.

Pensacola, FL was a ball of a time. The Naval Air Station there is top notch. The museum and lighthouse are divine, and the downtown area has great shops, bars, and restaurants. We loved going to the ice hockey games, the off roading trails at the Eglin AFB and Blackwater State Park. Let’s not forget the gorgeous, white, sandy beaches, and our quick getaway to New Orleans! Most of all I’m going to miss the friends we made, but I am optimistic we will see them all again in the future! We were only in PCola a short 4.5 months, but we were able to make so much of our time there!

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The upside of moving so much, it forces you to truly prioritize what you need materialistically. Before moving from Delaware, I held 6 yard sales purging stuff. We also had two charity pick ups of tons of stuff we donated. After moving to Pensacola, I identified at least 10 more boxes worth of stuff to get rid of and a couple pieces of furniture. I would easily say we have less stuff than your typical American family and yet that 26 ft moving truck is still full for our drive to Texas. Since arriving and unloading, we’ve picked out even more stuff to get rid of. I’m optimistic we’ll be down to two suitcases and a knapsack by the end of flight school.

Job Hunting

My time in Pensacola was well spent with lots of writing and getting to know myself better- the good and the bad. Now that we are in Texas, I have decided to pursue working for a non profit and in the community again. I miss the sense of purpose I felt when working with The Delaware Readiness Teams. I need that again. So I dusted off the résumé, updated it with my new address and other pertinent details and have been applying pretty aggressively for a new job. You know what’s really annoying about job hunting? It’s so redundant. What is the point of having a résumé, if every job posting is going to require you to fill out their job application, asking for the exact information that can be found on your résumé, and then ask you to attach.. you guessed it.. your résumé. I think job hunting is just as exhausting as working, if not more. Just hire me already. I promise, I’m fabulous.

Weightloss

Moving can not only wreak havoc on my ability to write consistently, but also eat well consistently. The last week of the move we ate pizza three times. I had to pack up all the kitchen stuff at that point, and I also couldn’t find the energy to cook anything, even if I had the supplies to do it. Despite these dietary setbacks, I think a combination of the big losses I had the first couple weeks of my diet bet and the stress burned extra calories and fat. I was able to hit my 4% weightless goal by the hair on my chinny chin chin. So Trump will not be getting a donation from me this month.

Unfortunately the losses haven’t continued on their own organically, and I have gained back 4 of the 8 lbs lost. So my brother and I are revitalizing our diet bet this month. We started as of Friday, April 21 with a couple adjustments. My goal is to lose 3% (6.4lbs) and his goal is to lose 4 lbs. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the progress along the way. Now I want pizza…

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Oh My!

What a helluva 3 weeks. I have a new city to explore now! We’ve been in Corpus Christi for just over a week now and my first impressions are pretty good! There is literally every single store and restaurant I’ve ever heard of in my whole life here. It’s a bigger population than I’ve ever lived in. There are definitely some sketchy parts, but that is to be expected with any large city. I look forward to exploring and experiencing everything I can before we’re told to pack up and move again!

In the meantime, there’s a lot coming up. The mother-in-law is coming for a visit at the beginning of May, the best friend is coming for a visit at the end of May, culminating in a long weekend in San Antonio. Then we’re going to visit the brother-in-law in Seattle at the beginning of June. It’s going to be a busy, busy couple of months! I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated.

Any recommendations on things to do or see in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, or Seattle?

 

Health

Morning Routines for Weightloss

Blame it on the TrumpBet. Don’t know what that is? Read about it here.

Blame it on healthy eating.

Blame it on being more active.

I’m going to give the credit to my new morning routine.

As of Thursday, March 30, 2017, I’ve lost 4.8 lbs. I’m just a little over halfway to my 4% weightloss goal by April 17.

I read this wonderful post over at This Tiny Blue House about how her morning routine has transformed her day. If you don’t follow Jenny’s blog, you need to. She writes great stuff. Anywho, I read her post and I thought, this is exactly what I need in my life. I’ve been missing having a more structured schedule to my day. So this week, I set out to make my mornings more purposeful.

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Here’s is my typical morning:

7am: rise and shine. Fend off the cats that are eagerly awaiting their breakfast. Wash face. Weigh In. Get dressed.

7:30am: Feed cats before they lose their damn minds (based on their actions they’re clearly close to starvation.) Tidy kitchen. Eat a piece of fruit and drink 24 oz of water. Stretch

8am: Walk/jog whilst listening to music, reflecting, or talking on the phone to the brother. Shower.

9am: Breakfast of either turkey bacon & eggs or oatmeal. Drink 24 oz of water.

9:30am-afternoon: Get to work reading/writing, job hunting, and/or house hunting. Drink 24 oz of water.

Having a structured morning has helped me stay on track with making good food choices during the day, being productive with my work, and just having an overall more positive outlook throughout the day and at the end of the day. time-371226_1920

Prior to setting a schedule for my morning I would wake up without much of a purpose, or just prior to the latest I possibly could, before having to be somewhere. I didn’t even realize how damaging I was being to myself by not being more intentional with my morning routine. I feel much better even after only a week of following my new routine. And I think taking some personal time in the morning during my walk to reflect, plan my day, and just get some activity and movement going has been the most beneficial. I may be getting less sleep to wake up a little earlier to fit this in, but it has made all the difference.

What is your morning routine like? 

Random Ramblings

Five Must Read Books by Strong Female Writers

5must read books.pngBelieve it or not, I’m much more culturally exposed than just watching Netflix.

Part of being a writer stems from also being a reader. I’ve loved reading since I was a kid. I started reading adult novels at a much younger age than was probably appropriate. I read a sex scene long before I saw one in a movie or on tv. But, that is neither here nor there. I’ve read some great material lately and wanted to share a few recommendations. I’m pretty sure, none involve sex scenes.

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri51M2lwSGI1L._AC_US436_QL65_

This book spoke directly to my soul. A quick backstory: I took 4 years of Spanish between high school and college and always loved the language. For the last couple years I’ve wanted to start learning again with the goal of becoming bilingual. This is an autobiographical book by Jhumpa Lahiri and her experiences/love of the Italian language. It will make you want to pursue your linguistic dreams.

Bossy Pants by Tina FeyUnknown

Tina Fey is one of my favorite comedians. In this book she shares her life experience from being a comic leading her to SNL, the sexism she faced and had to overcome, getting her own TV Show, 30 Rock, and trying to have a life while dominating her career. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you face palm, she’ll make you wish you were as funny as she is.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling41w9cuGRkWL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Mindy Kaling is part my spirit animal, part my hero, part my girl crush. If you’re a fan of The Office, then you’ve been witness to her amazing work. She was a writer on the show and now she has her own show, The Mindy Project. She is hilarious and tells very personal stories from her time as a writer on The Office and now her experience on The Mindy Project. I read this on my recent travels to Pennsylvania and Delaware and could not stop myself from literally laughing out loud on the airplane. I’m sure I looked insane.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham51JqQOlLTjL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

I was a late fan to Gilmore Girls. I never watched it when it was on TV, but I streamed it non stop on Netflix. I also binged on Parenthood. So I’m familiar with Lauren Graham. I feel like she is the same character in both sitcoms, and after reading her book, I think she put a lot of herself in both characters. It was extremely interesting to read about her path from plays to TV. I also think she writes a lot like I do, so if you like my writing, you’ll like hers.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty51hiyZAxDAL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

It’s actually been a couple years since I read this book. I really liked it when I read it though. It’s funny and it keeps you wanting to read more because you don’t really know how everything connects until the end. I was very excited to see HBO was making it into a miniseries. I’ve been watching the new episodes every Sunday and have been hooked by the story line yet again. I intend on re-reading the book once I get a chance. I highly recommend the book and the show.

Wow, I didn’t realize how much reading I’ve done lately. I’m trying to have a routine where I read a bit before bed, rather than getting sucked into the vast emptiness of social media. I’ve noticed my eyes and head will hurt if I stare at the screen on my phone too much in a day. I’m susceptible to migraines-so no bueno. Hey look! I’ll be bilingual in Spanish in no time!

Any book recommendations you have for me?

 

 

Military

A Trip to the Commissary

This was first published on Military Spouse Advocacy Network and I am honored to work with them!

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When I first got my military ID, one of the first things I wanted to do was go to the commissary. I had heard numerous times you could find excellent deals on all different types of grocery items, and I wanted to experience first hand the savings. Unfortunately, while my husband was at Officer Candidate School (OCS), the closest commissary to our home was over one hour away. It just didn’t make sense logistically to take a trip all the way there to save a dollar or two on cereal, bread, and eggs-or so I thought.

When we moved to Pensacola, Florida for flight school, I joined multiple military spouse groups on Facebook and saw posts from other spouses asking if it was worth it to shop at the commissary instead of the closest grocery store or Walmart. The common answer seemed to be that, while some items were cheaper at the commissary, there were other items that were not. For two months I decided to take their word for it and not do the research myself. I typically shopped at Walmart and used the Savings Catcher feature on their app. This feature allows you to scan your receipt, and it will search surrounding stores for their advertised sales. If anything you purchased at Walmart was advertised for a cheaper price elsewhere, they will credit you the difference into the app which you can then exchange for an e-giftcard. I would typically get back $2-$6 worth of savings a week by using this feature consistently. It depends on what foods you buy and where you live to determine the  type of savings you will get if you choose to try Savings Catcher.

I decided to give the commissary a shot one warm February day in Florida, and I am so glad I did. I decided to do my regular grocery shopping at the commissary, so I could then compare what it costs there vs Walmart, since all my receipts are saved in the Savings Catcher app. Once I got home I compared prices, and this is what I found: every single thing I bought was cheaper at the commissary than it was at Walmart, as well as the advertised prices for cheaper prices at other surrounding grocery stores. While some items were a few cents cheaper, there were also a number of items that were $1-$1.50 less. This was such a pleasant surprise! Prices will vary depending on what you purchase and the brands, however, after this experience I am now a commissary convert and will be solely shopping at the commissary from now on.

Here are a few tips I would suggest for any other first time commissary shoppers:

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Health

Politically Incorrect Weightloss

Politically Incorrect WeightLossJanuary was a very successful month for me in weightloss. I was doing everything “right”. I was tracking the food I was eating using the iTrackBites App, which works like WeightWatchers, but it’s MUCH cheaper. I was working out six days a week- running, dancing, yoga, and swimming. I was weighing myself almost everyday-some say it’s a problem, but it’s not.

I was also participating in a DietBet. What’s a DietBet? Simple. I found out about it from a girl I follow on Instagram. Basically you bet an amount of money to lose 4% of your weight in a month. You take a photo of yourself full length and a picture standing on a scale with the secret word to verify your starting weight and then you do it again at the the end of the month (different secret word) to verify your end weight. If you don’t lose 4%, then you’re out the money put up in the beginning. If you do lose the 4% you get to split the winning with everyone else in the bet who was a winner. The DietBet I participated in was $35, had 3,730 participants, and a pot of $130,585. I did so awesome in January that I lost the 4% and won $42.47!

Then February came, family visits, traveling and just poor planning on my part and I gained back every bit of that 4%. (Insert face/palm emoji here)mask-1027230_1920

So I knew I had to do something drastic to get my behind in gear again. I do not want to gain back every pound I lost over the summer, and I miss how healthy and fit I felt in September when I was at the smallest size I’ve been in about 5 years.

So my brother came up with the idea that we do something a little crazy. We each pledged to bet a *painful* amount of money to lose 4% of our body weight between March 17-April 17.

This is a little different from my January DietBet because I’m not utilizing a website or app to hold my money, and if we’re successful, the reward is simply getting to keep the amount you pledged, so there’s no making extra money on this.

But if you don’t lose... You will lose Biggly. The pain will be Huuuuuuuge.

That’s right. If we don’t lose, then we have to donate to Trump’s campaign (in case you haven’t noticed, he’s still campaigning).

This is a game changer.

The stakes are high.

Higher than they’ve ever been.

Shit just got Real.

Weightloss Update:

One week in and I’m down 2.2 lbs as of Thursday morning 3/23/17.

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Maybe I can even create workout routines to do in response to press conferences. Like a drinking game, but not quite so dangerous to your organs.

Military

Military Spouses & Politics: Do we have a Voice, too?

This was first published on Military Spouse Advocacy Network and I am honored to work with them!military-spouses-and-politics

If your social media feeds look anything like mine, then your last year has been bombarded with political posts, memes, calls for action, protests, outrage, and posts of support for our public service representatives. For many new and seasoned military spouses there is a gray area as to how vocal or nonvocal we can be when it comes to voicing our opinions on politics. Can our service members get involved in politics? Can we as spouses get involved in politics?

First let’s define what getting involved in politics even means, because it is not limited to Facebook posts or protests. Think of political involvement as a spectrum. At the beginning you have getting informed. You can do this by reading reliable information from the media, following reliable news sources on social media, and following bill proposals by your representatives. The next level may include contacting your local representatives through phone calls, emails, and/or letters, or attending meetings held for their constituents. Then there is volunteering for your political party or working on a campaign. And at the other end of the spectrum is running for office yourself.

So, the question still remains, can a service member and their spouse participate in any of this? And the answer is yes and no. Imagine that! A complicated answer in our military lives.

There are rules for the service member on their ability to be active politically. The policy on this rule is the Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 1344.10, and was most recently updated in 2008. The DoDD does not take away the service member’s right to register to vote, vote, sign petitions, or contribute money to a campaign. Service members may even have a small bumper sticker on their car supporting a specific candidate if they choose. What they cannot do is use their authority to influence someone to vote one way or another. Anytime they discuss their political views it must be made clear they are their own personal opinions, and not an endorsement of their service branch. Also, they may not attend any partisan event in uniform.

Well that is the service member, but what about spouses? Spouses can say and do what they please in regards to political involvement. This means you can talk about politics. You can post on your social media about politics. You can volunteer for a political party. You can volunteer for a campaign. You can even run for office yourself. One would even be able to argue more military spouses should be involved, since so many policies directly impact our families in more ways than civilian families.

Some organizations that advocate for military spouses and military rights are Homefront Rising, and the Military Spouse JD Network. There is a network of people and organizations out there to help you along if you have interest in a future in politics.a milspouses place is in the house and the senate.png

Still unsure about what you or your service member can or cannot do politically?

Check out the article below! I found it very helpful in my own research:

http://www.military.com/spouse/career-advancement/how-to-get-involved-in-politics-as-a-military-spouse.html

Travel

Camelback Mountain Resort

Camelback Mountain Resort.pngLast week I met my family in Pennsylvania for a quick, snowy getaway. This was our second year traveling to Camelback Mountain Resort and we were able to take what we learned from our first trip to make this one even more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at what the resort has to offer:

  1. Indoor Waterpark: The indoor waterpark is advertised as the best on the east coast, and I can’t help but to agree. I’ve personally been to another Pennsylvania waterpark, that I can’t even recall the name of and the Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia. Camelback’s waterpark surpasses both of these by far. The park as 13 waterslides, a swim-up bar, private cabanas, wave pool, lazy river, splash park, flowrider, and a huge hot tub that extends indoors and outdoors. IMG_7996
  2. Skiing/Snowboarding: I’m not a skier or snowboarder myself. I attempted snowboarding once, but failed miserably at the stopping part. My bum still has not forgotten. Alas, due to my lack of skills, I cannot give a comprehensive review of this portion of the resort. I will say they have everything you need right there. Lessons, gear rental, various trails, lifts. I don’t know what else you might need, but it appears they know what they’re doing there and you can get your ski and snowboard on whether you are a novice or experienced snow bunny.
  3. Snowtubing: The resort boasts 42 lanes for snow tubing. Both times I have been, they only had half the lanes open, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Regardless, it’s still a wonderful time, and I highly recommend taking the time to check it out. Despite not having a lick of talent in the standing up snow sports, I can really rock a sit and slide sport like snow tubing. Our second day at the resort was spent throwing ourselves onto inflated inner tubes and hurtling down a hill as quick as gravity would take us. Zero talent or experience needed.
  4. Food: The resort has multiple restaurants directly on site you can feast. We enjoyed the buffet for dinner the first night. In my opinion the food was really good, but it was very pricey at $23/person. That evening my best friend and her husband arrived late and ordered room service. Again the food was good and the price seemed reasonable, but they automatically charged a $5 room service charge and 18% gratuity to the order which made the price not so reasonable anymore. The next day we had breakfast at the buffet (again overpriced). Lunch at the sushi restaurant was more reasonably priced and the roll I received was very tasty. My only note would be that there were not that many different options. That evening for dinner we opted to order pizza from a local business. I believe it was called Big Papi’s and it was absolutely great! The price was reasonable, they delivered quickly, and the pizza was delicious. Our third and final day at the resort we decided to eat at a local restaurant named Barley Creek Brewing Co & Distillery. I recommend this place a million times over!
  5. Indoor Activities: The resort does not stop at only offering skiing/snowboarding, snow tubing, and an indoor waterpark. There is also an arcade, indoor high ropes course, mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, crafts and mini bowling. All of these activities are excellent, but come at an additional cost. I thought the price for most activities was comparable to anywhere, but in my opinion the arcade was grossly overpriced. Although, we had an absolute ball in the laser tag. Unfortunately we wanted to try the high ropes course, but it was closed for maintenance for our entire stay.

Some lessons learned were definitely to be more prepared in regards to food to save money. The convenience of eating directly on site was great, but I’m not sure the cost of the buffet really makes it worth it. At least not for me. If we return, I will definitely do my oatmeal breakfasts in the room and prepare lunch in the room as well. Although, I didn’t think the sushi restaurant was expensive, so that could be an option for one day. And then we’d probably eat out at a restaurant off resort for dinner.

Highlights from the trip:

  1. Indoor Waterpark: My favorites in the waterpark are the outdoor hot tub and the group slide, the Venus Slydetrap. Our first year at the resort in 2016 we probably went down the slide a dozen times. This year I only did it once and I wish I had done it more! Same thing with the hot tub. The first year we spent so much time in the outdoor hot tub. They even had some steps we’d brave standing on in the open freezing air for as long as we could bear before plunging ourselves back into the warmth of the hot tub. This year, I was saving the hot tub for our long day in the park, and then was greatly disappointed when only the indoor portion was open. Of course it was open again the day we were leaving. Go figure.
  2. Skiing/Snowboarding: I wish I had the skills needed to snowboard. I really want to try skiing because I feel like I might be able to do that better, but I’m also very cheap and didn’t want to spend the cash on lessons. Despite no one skiing or snowboarding there was still a moment that stuck out. My brother-in-law seriously contemplated trying it out, but was quickly deterred by a woman at the desk selling lift tickets and gear rentals. Her response to his request was, “Sir, are you sure you want to try, at this stage in your life?” Which of course we took as a stab at his age, and we laughed and laughed and laughed.
  3. Snow tubing: The highlight of snow tubing this year was no one having a bad time. Last year my sister-in-law almost fell from the magic carpet that pulls you to the top of the hill, and my brother lost his phone. This year was drama free and everyone simply had a ball of a time. Also, it snowed our first night there, which was super exciting since it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, so the snow was real and fresh!1318172714775|Carlos Tejeda/1843~LEFT  Hill
  4. Food: My highlights on food would be the pizza we ordered from Big Papa’s and the breakfast place, Barley Creek. I had the eggs benedict and a side of scrapple. Oh how I have missed scrapple.
  5. Indoor Activities: Definitely the laser tag. Without a doubt, the laser tag. It was $8.99 a person, but well worth every dime.

Well Camelback, yet again you provided a wonderful vacation for me and my family. Will we return? I’m not sure, simply because as much as I love it there, I would also like to go somewhere else to add to my list of travels. Perhaps somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire. Anyone have recommendations?

 

Health

FAT TUESDAY… FRIDAY… ANY DAY THAT ENDS IN “Y”

Fat Tuesday... Friday... any day that ends in yWell it happened again. I went for my visit back home and I left with zero intentions of following my own advice with eating well and exercising. Actually that is not entirely true. I did intend on eating oatmeal for breakfast each day. I even packed it in my luggage and took it with me. I did not eat oatmeal one time. I also intended on running each day. I even packed my running shoes and brought them with me. But then it was 30 degrees outside, so that didn’t happen.

If dessert or bread was mentioned as a meal choice, my family responded with, oh and then you’re going to blame us for any weight gain. To which I say, yep. Thanks a lot fam! Thanks for not slapping the cake pop out of my mouth. Thanks for not hiding the bag of Utz BBQ potato chips from me, because you know ripple cut is the new black. Really it’s for your own safety that you didn’t get in my way, it only would have ended in a physical altercation.

I kid. I kid.

But seriously, in the moment I was all, “I don’t eat like this all the time. It’ll be alright. I don’t wasn’t too live my life always thinking about what I’m eating. I just want to live damnit.

Now I’m all like, “Why did I do that to myself? Was it worth it? Damnit Carlie!” I did it for the scrapple. What’s scrapple, you may ask. Scrapple is heaven. IMG_8028

The reality is I have gained back every pound I lost in January and I gained one more on top of that. That’s about a 5 lb weight gain in two weeks. I’m optimistic that since it was such a quick gain, it should mostly be bloating and should also be lost fairly quickly.

I need to stop doing this to myself. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight and be healthy. I’ve written many lists about it. I’m going to do it. My brother challenged me to bet a *painful* to lose 4% of my weight in a month. Now don’t see that and think I just have money to burn, because I don’t. If I’m betting $$$$, then I can guarantee that I will make sure I lose that weight to avoid also losing that money.

This is happening. I’m betting $$$ that I will lose 4% of my weight by April 17. Oh man. It’s out there. There is no turning back now.

Wish me luck.

Random Ramblings

Netflix and ch… More Netflix: Part Deux

part-deuxI wrote my first post about my love for Netflix over two months ago, you can read it here if you miss it. I feel like this gap in time will make readers undermine my supreme love for the streaming world. Do NOT underestimate my love of netflixing. I have also decided that netflixing will be the verb used for all forms of streaming. Sorry Hulu, sorry HBO Now, you are inferior to Netflix, consider yourselves like all the facial tissue brands labeled as Kleenex.

Now I have netflixed a number of shows and movies over the last few months, but the best ones that are worth mentioning I just watched recently. But have you SEEN all the new shows and movies that have just been added to Netflix, Hulu, and HBO? There is not enough time in the day to watch everything I need to see! Especially since my peaked interest into politics has been pretty time consuming. Nevertheless, I have managed to squeeze in some great viewings.

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This show is amazing for so many reasons. I don’t normally watch food shows because they make me want to eat, which I have enough of a problem with, so I typically avoid them. However, you NEED to watch this show. It is so refreshing to have a show where the contestants aren’t complete asshats who are only concerned about themselves. Like obviously, it’s a competition so they want to win, but they don’t trash talk each other or blame everyone when they don’t do well, they’re just like, “Guess I gotta try a nip harder next time..”. I didn’t realize the Brits were so Canadian. I approve. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

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This documentary is about an organization in Syria. These rescue workers work in extremely dangerous situations after air strikes and are all volunteers! What an eye opening experience about the horrible situation in Syria. It’s only 40 minutes long, I highly recommend you watch it.

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New Episodes are now available for this gem! I love watching this show because it’s crazy what some people try to bring into countries off airplanes. Guys, don’t try to bring raw meat from other countries. I’ve learned so much about what is a do and don’t when traveling across borders and through airports. And it’s like people watching from the comfort of your bed or couch or toilet. However you choose to netflix. What is especially marvelous is when you’re done with Canada, there’s also an American version, and an Australian version.

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Have you read these books? I read them ions ago. I did not see the movie they made with Jim Carey, but I have eagerly been awaiting the Netflix series with Neil Patrick Harris. It’s been quite some time since I read the books, but after watching this series, from what I do remember, they are very true to the books. I am impressed. Correct me if you’ve read them, watched the show, and I’m wrong.

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Anyone else love a prison show? I don’t know what it is about prison documentaries, shows, and movies, but I am obsessed with prison shows. I just finished Lock Up: Women Behind Bars, and I give it two thumbs up. It’s a bit dated, it was broadcast in 2013 but some of the stories appear older than that. I don’t know if they were filmed years or decades earlier, or if it’s just because some of the prisons are from the bible belt and they still rock their mullets and racism hardcore.

 

Well there you have it: a few highlights from my Netflixing over the last two months. Now I must leave this writing thing to get some more shows in. There has seriously been so much new stuff released recently. How about you? Watch anything good lately?