Saturday, May 31, 2014

Goodbye to May......

Happy Saturday to all!! Well another month is coming to a close. I'm always amazed how fast time flies!!

And, to close out the month of May, here is another installment of Saturday smiles: 5 things that made me smile/happy this week. 

1.  Going to the movies to see Maleficent 
2.  Watching a marathon of Sex & The City 
3.  My cat, Baby
4.  Purging my house of stuff I no longer need or want
5.  Mani/Pedi's

Here's wishing everyone a safe & wonderful weekend. Until next time.....

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Uh-oh, Getting Complacent

I stepped on the scale yesterday morning & I gained 1/2 lb. I know, I need to get freaked out & panicked.  

But, I DO need to be mindful of where I'm at, & remember where I've been. 

Four months ago I was 25 lbs heavier (okay now technically 24.5). Since 4/7/14 I've only lost 4 lbs.  That's a week after my birthday. 

Well, I can make all of the excuses I want but the bottom line is..... I've gotten complacent, or here's a better term LAZY!! 

I worked very hard & changed up how I ate to lose that 25 lbs. It all started because in January I said I didn't want to look like an Oompa Loompa on my birthday! Yes I really said that!! Lol

I'm extremely happy and proud of myself for this accomplishment. I am happier & feel so much better. I never want to go back to the heavier weight EVER EVER EVER again!!

I've been on this roller coaster ride of weight loss & re-gain for many years & I say it each time I lose weight. But "somehow" the weight slowly creeps back........

This time I told myself it was the LAST time, I would not allow myself to let the weight sneak up on me. I said I'd be vigilant & keep on track. 

Surrounding myself with family & friends who can't control themselves with food isn't helping. Neither is working in a restaurant.....however my job is the easier of the two if you can believe it. 

Well I cannot control what other people do, but I can control what I do.  THE BUCK STOPS HERE, with me!

And it starts today!! That 1/2 lb is a pattern that I will not fall back into!  

So I've taken control of my eating today & am back on track. 

The above picture was late afternoon snack & my dinner. Don't worry that's only 1Tbsp of low fat Best Foods mayo mixed with a clove of baked garlic for that artichoke. The stuffed shells are also low cal & the Brussel sprouts were sautéed with cooking spray with only pepper & fresh lime juice. 

Exercise isn't the problem. I go to Zumba 2-3 times a week, I have a new bicycle that I love, & I walk a lot. 

Now, I'm not saying that I cannot have a special treat once in a while. But over the last 6 weeks that "occasional" treat has become an every day thing. 

Besides the 1/2 lb I need to get rid of, I still would like to lose 20 more lbs. my mom said she would like to see me lose another 30 lbs. I told her that I would like that also but I have to be realistic. Can I maintain that 30 lbs??  I don't know. 

Right now I'm sticking to 20 more lbs to lose.  If I lose that & am able to maintain maybe I'll try for that additional loss. We'll see. 

Well, that's all for now. Everyone have a great week. And, until next time......

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saturday Smiles

Happy Saturday!! 

I had a short, & steady, day at work this morning. I was off by 10am so decided to try & make it over to Golds Gym for a Zumba class at 10:30. 

Class was full but I needed the exercise. & it was a good class today!! I'm actually a little sore which is not normal!! 

I finished the book I was reading last night. "Killer" by Jonathan Kellerman. If you're familiar with this author it's part of the Alex Delaware of my faves!! 

Since I have no other plans today I decided to sit outside at Starbucks after Zumba class & start reading my new book: "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton, another favorite author. 

It started out being warm out here but a little windy. Now it's cool and very windy. I think it's time to head home & get warm.... Lol. 

But before I go, it's time for the 5 things that made me smile this week: 

1.  Catching up on my reading 
haven't read a book since January. How sad is that!!! I read Killer in 3 days.....

2.  My nails
I got them done yesterday.  They are definitely different but I'm happy with how they turned out.

3.  Zumba
I love my Zumba classes & wish I could get to more!! I'm happy I was able to make it to 3 classes this week!!

4.  Mothers Day
I had to work on Mothers Day, so I wasn't able to spend it with my mom. So on my day off I took her to a tearoom in a nearby town to celebrate, & we had a Royal Tea for 2.....just like the English!! She loved it!!!

5.  My cat, Baby
Yes, again! She makes me smile everyday!! She'll always make the list!! 

What made you smile this week?? 

Have a great weekend. And, until next time.......

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My New Bike!!

I think I've finally figured out how to upload my pictures onto my posts. 

Somewhere down the line I guess I deleted my Blogger app off of my IPhone.  I know I've uploaded pics this way. It just takes me longer to type on my phone.....

So...... I have a new bike!!

I got it about 1 1/2 weeks ago. It's a Schwinn Cruiser. So many people in town are purchasing bicycles right now and I jumped on the bandwagon.

I've only taken it out a couple of times so far. 

The seat seems too low for me. You'd think the manual would be more helpful on exactly how to adjust the seat. But you would be wrong!!

You'd also think going on the Schwinn website would be helpful. Yeah, well, not so much!!

So I'm trying to figure it out on my own. And I'm beyond frustrated!! I finally figured out how to adjust it.....however, it's near impossible to loosen the bolt. I'm just about at the "WHATEVER" phase while throwing my hands up in despair!! Lol. Guess I'll keep on trying until I get it done.

I originally wanted a red bike. Then I was told they were sold out & red sells fast. Well then, even though it's my favorite color.....if everyone else has it, I don't. 

I saw this teal color and instantly fell in love. I looked at all the bicycles they had (which was a lot!) & kept going back to this one. 

I got the wicker basket for it but I think I may also get a metal one. I've been looking for a drink holder, but not just any drink holder. Everyone tells me to check online. But sorry I want to see it in person before I buy it. The local stores kinda suck in the inventory dept so may have to go to Sacramento. 

I'm really not in a huge hurry. I know I'll find one eventually......

Well that's all for now. I have to get up in a few hours for work. So, until next time.....

Friday, May 2, 2014

"What Are Your Plans For The Summer?"

What has happened to this year?? It's May now......which means 2014 is close to being half over!
It also means Mother's Day is next Sunday, graduation is coming up and the end of the school year is almost upon us. 
My nail lady asked me this afternoon.....

"What are your plans for the summer?"

Uhhhhhhhhhh....was about all I was able to say!!  OMG that also means that SUMMERTIME, my favorite time of the year, is almost here too!!

So, what are my plans for the summer????

Well, I finally thought of ONE thing!!  I am organizing our Family Reunion Picnic, which is this July.  It's my mom's side of the family.
I'm super excited for this family reunion.  I invited well over 100 people, which is all of the family still with us.  So far I think we have around 60 or so confirmed.  I know there are another, at least, 20 people who will be coming. We'll see about the rest....
My step-dad helped create an invitation, and I got them all mailed out before Easter. I tried to upload a picture of the invitation, but my computer was acting up and wouldn't complete the task....I guess I'll try again another day. (he did a really good job on the invites!)
We had a quickly planned family reunion last August.  It was planned because one of my Uncles was turning 80 & he had just found out he had cancer again and was given about 6 months (he passed away 5 months later). One of my cousins planned that event and I'm so glad she did because those of us who were able to attend got to see and spend time with him....(there is a picture of my uncle that I tried to upload--FAIL again!)
Well, as for the rest of my summer, I always have lot's of plans, but never follow through with most of them.  And then summer is over for another year.
This year I want my summer to be what I always expect it to be.... not all about work! So now that I'm aware that it's almost upon us, I'll actually start making REAL plans (ie deciding on exact days, getting tickets, etc....). 
Hopefully you will be reading about all of the things I am actually doing instead of what I hope I'm doing!!

What are your plans for the summer?
Is anyone planning anything fun & exciting?

Well, since I am not able to upload any pictures (and to think I finally uploaded pictures from my Iphone) I will end this post now.
Have a great weekend, and until next time......