Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blogging with a vengeance

So, I started this blog at 26 (almost 27).  I've hardly used it because it's just way easier to blog about as my dog.

But, screw it.  I'm back.  I'm now 28, although my 28th birthday is one I'd like to forget.  Actually the past two months could disappear and I'd be perfectly fine with that... we'll chat about that later.  Not that anyone follows this blog, but it was started as a DIY, crafty, weightloss, get organized, get your life together and blog about it type of blog.  So, let's recap what I've done about those things in the last 15 months.

No crafts.
No DIY things
Still not organized
Life is still a mess and traveling at the speed of light.

I have, however, lost 15lbs.  I joined a boot camp type program in September.  I got my ass kicked in killer work outs and stuck to a no carb/low carb meal plan.  I worked my ass off and I lost weight.  But, on week 5 of our 8 week camp, my life changed... I haven't been able to go back to class and the thought of food just makes me sick to my stomach.  Anyway, that's why I'm back to this blog.

Ok, I'm going to say it again because I'm proud.  I lost 15lbs!  That last paragraph just didn't sound too exciting, so I had to do it again... I LOST 15lbs!!!  Wahoo!

Me.  15lbs lighter at the Giants @ Carolina game.

So, why am I back here?  Well, I've jacked my dogs blog a few times in the last month and I've realized I have a lot to say... I lot of frustrations to vent and I need a place to do that.  The support on Corbin's blog is outrageously amazing... but Corbin gets a little angry when I post about non Corbin related topics.

Want me to get to the point yet?  My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Bam.  Hits ya like a ton of bricks. 

My family and I have been trying to cope with this and trying to get my dad healthy so he can get a PET scan and begin chemo.  He was in the hospital for 16 days at the end of September/beginning of October.  He was diagnosed 4 days before my 28th birthday.  He came home for 5 days, lost consciousness on me and fell and hit his head... so he went back to the hospital last week.  He had a drain put in his left lung on Sunday and had it removed today.  Hopefully, he'll be heading home soon and we can get a move on kicking this cancers ass.

So, there you have it.  My re-introduction blog post.  I even added a picture!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Operation: Jamaica, ETA: 66 Days

Wahoo!  3 blogs in a row!

Ok, had breakfast again today!  Kind of enjoying the snuggle time on the couch with the pooch while eating my bowl of cereal.  Brought a salad for lunch, left over from the dinner we ordered out last night.  Definitely didn't order the healthiest, but oh well, it was YUMMY!  Even if the Adam did have to wait an HOUR at the restuaurant, when they said it'd be ready in 25 minutes.  However, breakfast and lunch were healthy... so I give myself a pass.

Ankle is feeling better.  Hoping to be close to 100% next week.  Adam's mom is giving us her treadmill! SUPER exciting.  Will but the earlier mornings to good use, since Corbin has been waking me up earlier and earlier. 

Weighed in this morning... 196.2.  Which, makes me sick to my stomach concidering it's 10lbs more than when I weighed in on the blog in September.  If I just stuck with it then!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh well, no use complaining about the past.  Now is now, and we're going to do it this time! 

Man, this blog is super boring.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Operation: Jamaica, ETA: 67 days

Ok, two days in a row.  Awesome.

I haven't weighed in yet.  Hopefully I'll remember tomorrow morning.  I ate breakfast this morning!  Something I don't normally do.  Hoping to get into a habit of eating great in the morning, healhty filling breakfast.  Eating great at lunch, healthy filling salad with grilled chicken perhaps.  And eating a semi healthy dinner.  I mean, really... how many good healthy recipes are there for dinner?  I'm going to find out.  But, not holding myself to a crazy healthy dinner.  Mostly becaus I think my boyfriend would make me move out.

However, I didn't bring anything for lunch today... and I need to get my passport on my lunch break... so scratch the super healthy and filling lunch and replace with whatever I find in my desk... maybe oatmeal or a granola bar.  Not unhealthy... but not exactly filling.

Ankle feels a bit better today, walking better -good sign!  Hopefully by next week I'll be 100% and on my way to a slimmer Jenn.

Ok, day two of tracking.  Not wonderful news, but, hey!  at least I'm writing this stuff down, which should motivate me to get better with eating and bring lunch and yadda yadda yadda.  Goal: grocery shop tonight, bring lunch tomorrow.

And, in 65 days, when I'm getting ready for vacation, I'm going to look back and be thankful for these first few days!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Operation: Jamaica, ETA: 68 days

So, I suck at updating this blog, and I super suck at following everything I wrote in the last post... in SEPTEMBER.  It's now February 13, 2012 and I'm taking off for Jamaica with my lovely boyfriend in 68 days.  In order to look less like a beached whale and more like someone who should be tanning on a beach... I'm in Operation Jamaica.  Of course, the sprained ankle that doomed my life last week will not be helping, but I'll be attempting the bike at the gym tomorrow.  Won't keep me down!  Shopping tonight for healthy foods.... might be bland, but grilled chicken and spinach leaves it is for the next 2 months!  I have a few healthy recipes I'd like to try for dinner... but breakfast and lunch will be super healthy. 

Of course, between now and Jamaica we have 6 birthdays.  And all 6 will be grouped into 3 dinners... maybe 4.  So, if I eat healthy every day except for those 3 or 4 dinners... I'll allow my self to enjoy those dinners without counting calories... too much.

I know how to do this, I know how to eat healthy and exercise.  I know I can do it.  I'm just pretty unmotivated.  So hopefully a photo of Jamaica every day next to a picture of me when I was thin will do the trick. 

Oh, and tracking my progress on the blog.  Seriously.  I'll do it. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Getting it all out

Happy September! 

Here are my "goals" for the month.  What's that saying?  It takes 66 days to break a habit?  How long to form a new one?

Ok, so first... getting the hang of having two blogs is a pain in the rear.  If anyone receives a deleted post from Corbin, that's just me being an idiot.

So, now, onto the real stuff. 

Diet starts now.  It didn't start yesterday because last night we went to dinner with the bf's mom to an amazing restaurant... and there was no way I was going to hold back. 

Current weight: 187.4.  Yes, I really wrote that down... somewhere where anyone can see it.  People other than me.  Although, I'm sure no one really cares how much I weigh, but writing it down... now, that's a step.  So, now that that's out in the open, maybe I can step up my weight loss game.  I'm registered at Weight Watchers, which I started in April and did well on for a few months, then fell off the wagon.  I lost 15lbs, gained back 2.  Not too shabby, but how much weight could I have lost while I slacked off?  Yea... could definitely be closer to my goal.  Which, btw, is 155lbs.  I figure that's a healthy weight... and it's definitely doable.  150lbs would be nice... 145 would be fantastic... anything under 145 makes me look sickly... so that's why I'd be pretty content with 155.

I was going to add a picture of myself at my current weight...
but I'm usually the one behind the camera, so there aren't any
good pictures of me or pictures of anything more than my head.
So this is my dog.  Meet Corbin.
That was a lot of numbers.  And speaking of numbers, since I'm baring it all... I'm broke.  And I've decided that being broke goes right along with being an uncontrolable, non weightwatchers doing fatty.  Because, I spend a crap load of money on fast food... or food in general.  So, lower $ spent on fast food = lower weight... right?  Yea, seems like it should be right, so lets hope so!

Food and coffee brought from home today!
Need to go grocery shopping... clearly.
And, last but not least, lets get organized.  I figure this ties into everything else... more organized I am, the more likely I am to bring  a lunch into work and make coffee in the morning means the less likely I am to go out to get something for lunch or get coffee in the morning... less money spent, less weight gained!

Now onto Day 1 of my new, organized, healthy, budgetting life.  Seems a little crazy to just decide to do it all at once, but while breaking one bad habit, why not break a few?

Oh, and one more goal... I promise to give this blog more attention.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The new blog way...

So, I'm loving the idea of having a blog of my own.  I'm really enjoying finding new and interesting blogs and putting more and more things on my "this might look cool in the (insert room)" list.  And, what better way to be a new blog than do to a link up?  Might as well jump right into things and join the party!

There's a link up over at Budget Blonde that I thought would be a lot of fun!  A post about the ism's of your town.  Now, I've lived in upstate New York my whole life... and 2 years ago moved a half hour south from where I grew up.  The difference a half hour makes is shocking!  This is Albany...

It's pretty shocking to see people sitting outside the gym, smoking a cigarette before going inside. TIA

Saw a serious outburst of road rage when someone sat at a green arrow for 2 seconds before moving... the guy behind him was waving him over to the side of the road for a fight. TIA

I got carded to be walking around the mall after 9pm. TIA

I've never been carded at the liquor store. TIA

Girls/Women at the gym must have their make-up done before working out.  Is there a point to this?  TIA.

That's all I can think of for now... My brain is swimming for dessert ideas for tonight's dinner.  Today marks 4 years with my wonderful boyfriend.  4 whole years.  Time flies when you're having fun, I guess!

Til next time...

Friday, August 19, 2011

My name is Jenn, and this is my blog

So, I've stumbled across a few blogs that I have found very interesting... I didn't want to follow them using the blog that I've had for a year, because... well... it's the blog of my dog, Corbin.  Kind of odd when a 2 year old pittie rescue mix is following and commenting on some fun DIY blogs.  Plus, I figured, what the heck... what's another blog?  I have a lot to say... somedays.  I have a lot of things I want to do - mainly, to get organized.  Then, I figure everything else will fall into place, right?  Eh... I'll keep thinking that.

So, who am I?  I'm a 26 year old... almost 27 year old (how'd that happen?) girl trying to make it in the real world.  Everyone says that, don't they?  Guess it's true for most.  I have a wonderful boyfriend who has stuck around through thick and thin for the past 4 years now.  He's amazing and I couldn't imagine my life without him.  I have an awesome dog.  I have a super support system through my family.  I have a full time job and a full time volunteer "job" working with a dog rescue.  I have very little free time after my family, boyfriend, dog, work and rescue. 

But, I love my life. 

Just a few things I need to.... "tune" up.  My mission in the next 365 days is to get organized, lose weight, hang SOMETHING on the bare walls in my house, use coupons, reduce debt, save money.  Oh... and continue enjoying life.

This blog is the start of that journey... let's see how far I can get.