Friday, January 31, 2014

A Little Indulgence

Since we seem to be in the middle of the eternal winter and I have despaired of ever being warm again, I have decided that it is time for me to treat myself to a little pampering time this weekend. I got my yearly bonus and while most of it went to bills and an unexpected speeding ticket (thank you small town Missouri cop), I saved a little bit just for me.

So, tomorrow I'm going to go in for that much needed haircut (you know that one I talked about three months ago, but never got?) and a pedicure. I'm also planning on a little shopping and getting something special for myself. I always feel guilty when I shop because I feel like the money could always go to something else more worthwhile, so it will be nice to be able to do that for myself.

You may have noticed the lack of pictures around here lately (along with the lack of posts) and I have no excuse. I have just not been in picture taking mode at all. The fact that the girls hide from the camera does not help me either. I was looking back through all the pictures I've posted on this blog and got all nostalgic. So, I thought I could have a little flashback Friday action with some bathroom selfies. These span the last year and a half and I can really see how I've changed (and how I stand the same way in every picture).

Happy Friday Everyone! Have a great weekend!
Apparently, there is supposed to be some big football game on, so Go Team. Truthfully, I couldn't care less, but who am I to rain on someone else's parade.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finding my Motivation... Again

2012/2013 was my year (counting July to July because I'm a rebel like that). I started exercising and eating right and I lost 34 pounds. But as usual, I couldn't stick with it and this past summer, I really started slacking off. I let the exercise slide and started to get lazy about what I ate (especially over the holidays) resulting in a 12 pound weight gain. Ouch.

It isn't water
I started January off well and was doing great. I even got to week 3 of Ripped in 30 and I have never gotten that far before. Lo and behold, I started having some major back pain due to my hips being out of alignment. Even though I feel a lot better after going to the chiropractor, it has been a week and a half since I've worked out. Ugh.

I honestly don't know where my motivation has gone to, but I wish it would come back. I need someone to kick me in the ass and say, "Go work out!" I've told Jason that I want him to keep on me about it because if I'm not held accountable, I will talk myself out of it. Sad, but true. I want to have that drive to exercise every day, but I seem to be missing it. At least I recognize it in myself and am not in denial, the problem is just fixing it and throwing my excuses out of the window.

Jason plans to get a gym membership this year with his tax return and I'm very excited for him to start getting in shape. I think that will be excellent motivation since I don't want to be the chubby slob with the fit boyfriend. Plus, we are actually planning a real vacation this year and are going on a cruise! I'm beyond excited about it. I know I'm going to be strutting around in my swimsuit so I have to look good. Tropical paradise, here we come!

The last thing I need to take control of is my eating. It is just too easy to get takeout or pizza or fix a not so healthy quick meal. I am going to strive to actually plan out my meals again and cut out the unnecessary carbs and sugar, my two main downfalls. If you have any great meals that you love, send them my way!

Any and all encouragement is welcome and appreciated!
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Monday, January 27, 2014

It's only been a month

Oh hey there! Surprise, I didn't drop off the face of the earth. Just off the face of Blogger. No specific reason why, just same shit different day. Honestly, it is extremely hard for me to continue doing something for long periods of time (ie blogging). I get bored and have to move on to something else. Jason was surprised that I lasted as long as I did. However, I do enjoy blogging and I enjoy the people I've met through blogging so I just need to keep it up. Plus, who doesn't want to regaled with stories of my boring life?

Quick recap, Christmas was great. We traveled all over, but had a great time visiting with our family. My sister and I may have drank too much wine and passed out early, but at least we did it together. I'd hate to be the only alcoholic in the family. :)

New Year's Eve was much less exciting. Both Jason and Emmeline went to bed early and I stayed up watching the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. I really know how to party.

All the girls are doing well and staying healthy. Hannah is getting ready to graduate and was just asked to be in her best friend's sister's wedding. I have been watching too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress lately and really want to go wedding dress shopping with someone. Not for me, mind you, but someone. Cordie managed to drop her phone in a sink full of water rendering it useless. I haven't decided what to do yet, because I sure as hell cannot afford to buy her a brand new iPhone. I need to find out if the phone is repairable or not and go from there. Although it kills me to continue paying monthly fees on an unused phone, maybe being phoneless will help her be more responsible.

Paige seems to be committed to keeping her hair short, which is cool by me. I think it looks super cute and saves on hair bows (as if we have a shortage or something). Elsa is still tempermental and tantrum prone, but seems to be improving. Can I just say thank you to Disney for creating a flawed character named Elsa? I took the girls to see the movie Frozen and we all loved it. I especially enjoyed how relatable it was.

Emmeline has taken a step backwards in the potty training arena. She has had several poop accidents at home and school for no discernible reason. She has also started wetting the bed periodically. I can't quite figure out the reason. I did have her tested for a UTI, but it came back negative. Otherwise, she is doing very well and cracks me up on a daily basis. She is a major sweetheart and loves hugs and kisses.

Jason is still working on growing out his hair and beard. They are both getting quite long and he LOVES it when people make Duck Dynasty references. I think it is wicked sexy. Who knew that I would dig a hairy guy so much? He got sick last week and was diagnosed with strep throat, so I got to take care of him. He does not do sick well as he has been mainly pissed about feeling so shitty. I'll be expecting this soon.
As for me, I started the Jillian Michaels challenge that is being sponsored by Holly, MelanieKimmy and Jenn. After gaining 8 pounds over the holidays, it needed to be done. I started off really strong, but have had to take a break this past week due to severe lower back and neck pain. After several trips to the chiropractor, I am ready to get back at it. I don't know if it puts me out of the running for the competition, but I don't think I was going to win anyway. I just needed some motivation to get off my lazy ass.

Hope everyone else is doing well and staying warm. I am over this nasty winter for sure!