Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Happy Wednesday everyone!
So....I have moved most of my belongings 7 times since 2006. I moved out of my parents, then back, then out etc.... I used to have a nice filing cabinet with everything organized. As time moved on, I got rid of it & most of my important paperwork got shoved into big tupperware containers. I had to look for important documents last night, so I decided to throw out a lot of old receipts and bills I definitely don't need anymore! It took me two hours to go through everything, but I feel so much better now! Now I just need to figure out how to shred my information!
After I cleaned up, I did some more work on my Christmas Gift Project. My parents have Christmas dinner every year for both sides of the family. I think there will be 22 of us this year! Instead of buying big gifts for everyone, I like to make something and give it to each person. Sometimes I bake cookies, muffins, etc. This year I decided I wanted to try to make my own hot chocolate mix. I am done the mix & I packaged 30 of them. I bought small cinnamon bun marshmallows, small chocolate mint marshmallows, and the regular vanilla flavored kind. Last night I rolled all of the cinnamon bun types together! Hopefully tonight or tomorrow night I will get the other kind done too. I also bought plastic spoons & I want to try covering them with chocolate so they can be used to stir everything together. My co-worker gave me that idea, and it sounds really fun! Once all of that is done, I need to fill out the recipe cards with the ingredients & also want to give directions on how much mix to use and what to add to it. I love choices, so I will give each person all three kinds of marshmallows, white chocolate and chocolate covered spoons, dark hershey kisses, and candy canes! They can decide what kind of hot chocolate they want with the mix I gave them. Yum! My parents lucked out because I was testing it all on them haha.
I also posted a picture of a cute little snowman! My friend gave me a snowman that grew crystals. It is so cute! I love little decorations like that. I put him on my desk at home. =) Little things make me super happy!
My work doesn't exchange gifts to everyone (except giving to the bosses). But I may make up a fruit and candy basket. My co-workers love dark chocolate and caramel candy so.. I may go and pick some up. I randomly buy some when it goes on sale & everyone jokes saying I am trying to make them all fat so I look better haha. I don't eat the candy, but I know they enjoy it.
I really want to do some 5K training this weekend. Although I am not currently signed up for a race, I don't want to slack off too much! I could use the extra exercise, and if I want a better time, I really need to keep training!
The scale hasn't moved too much since I started in December - I am at 162 now & I started at 164 when I made my December goals. If I lose one more pound & I will get to my hopeful goal of being at 161 by the end of this month. I think I need to up my exercise to get there. My food tracking has been pretty good lately!
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep pushing towards your December goals! It isn't too late- every day counts =)
So much paperwork Ahhhhhh
Monday, December 17, 2012
Happy... almost Tuesday!
I was promoted to a better position within my company a few weeks ago. Although the training did not start yet, I had my review today. I started my job with this company last February. The review went great. I was given a $2 raise & a Christmas bonus. Woohoo! With my last job, I worked there for two and a half years and never got a raise. I did so much for that company, and everyone hated each other there. I am so thankful for the company I work for now. I never imagined I would be this happy at a job. Even though I never imagined working for an accounting firm, I love it!
When I first got to work this morning, my co-workers & boss all said to me: "Did you have fun at the Christmas party? It looked like you had fun!" hahaha. I know I felt silly dancing and laughing so much- but Oh well! Everyone had a good time so it was definitely worth.
After work, I used a free Redbox movie code & walked around the food store looking for something to reward myself with. It sounds silly, but I wanted to celebrate with my parents. I knew they were already cooking dinner, so I didn't want to pick up any real food. I walked around for about 20 minutes before I decided what I wanted - angel food cake & berries! Oh and I couldn't forget the fat free cool whip =) My Mom apparently never had raspberries or blackberries before? My parents thanked me for the dessert & the movie.
I finished my Christmas cards finally & had my dessert. Yum yum! Normally I try not to have an actual dessert - I prefer some kind of snack instead of a baked good - but it definitely was a nice treat. The new training will probably start in January once my position gets filled! I am still nervous & excited! Even though I will be working tons of hours soon... at least I will be paid more & I know I am appreciated at my work!
I still need to figure out what kind of workout schedule I will have. It will be so easy to just forget about the exercise =( Hopefully that does not happen. I wish I had a workout partner closer to home to push me to workout!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Happy Sunday Sparkers! I can't believe the weekend is almost over!!!
I had a lovely time at my Christmas parties. My work Christmas party was very nice. The country club was a very lovely place. The food was great & I didn't over eat. However... I did over drink haha. I did a lot of dancing, and I drank a lot! The bartender did a great job, but I had way too much to drink. I was nervous I wouldn't be able to talk to my co-workers, but once I was there it went a lot smoother than I thought. It was 11:30 when I left. All of the other co-workers left, so there was just the two bosses & clients left. They seemed to be drunk too and they were saying to me "You are leaving already?!" haha. Then they said thank you for dancing since not a lot of other people did. Music + alcohol + me = dance!!! =) I am not very good at it, but I don't care! I wonder if any of my co-workers will make any comments to me tomorrow about dancing haha. =)
I didn't sleep very well Friday night because of the booze - and I woke up a little bit out of it Saturday. I got breakfast & went to the Old Navy outlet. Usually I don't like going to the mall on weekends, but I wanted to look for some new pants. The first time I took clothes into the dressing room, they were all 12s and were too big! I found a pair of skinny jeans in a size 10 that fit! Unfortunately, I had to wait 45 minutes in line. Everything in the store was 50% off so I understood why it was so busy! I also got some cheap tshirts - size large and medium depending on the shirt. By the time I was done, I as super sleepy. At least I had time to take a little nap after shopping. The second Christmas party started at 7 and was fun too!!! My parents came for a bit, and I talked to a lot of people. I only had two small drinks, and I got super tired around 11. The only dessert I had was strawberries! I did good with the food, woohoo! I helped clean up a bit and then headed out!
Today I did a lot of relaxing. I did some laundry, wrote out some Christmas cards & went to a comic book store. Where I was at, the cat in the house was having fun laying on my cards haha. My weekends have been so much fun the past few weeks. Even though I still have a lot of stress in my life, I still have been much happier.
Here are some pictures from the two parties & of a new outfit! Large black striped shirt/red skirt! Medium black/gray shirt & size 10 jeans. woohoo =) I definitely like being healthy, but feeling skinny definitely is a bonus for me. I don't always feel skinny at my current weight, but sometimes I do.
I hope everyone has a spectacular week! I can't believe Christmas is approaching so fast!!!!!!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Happy Friday everyone!!! Thank you for the awesome support as usual =) I lost another pound! 161.8!! The scale actually said 159.6 this morning - but I am not going to count it until I get that low at least two more weigh-ins. I hope I don't drink too much alcohol this weekend at the parties. I will do fine with the food. The alcohol is the only thing I am stressing about a bit.
I randomly get stressed. Basically I can get stressed about anything!
My work Christmas party is tonight - I am excited!! But I am also nervous & a bit stressed about it. The past couple days have been tough because of the stress! I have a nice outfit, but I will feel a little self conscious wearing it. I don't wear skirts very often, so I have been stressing about how I will feel in it. When I get inside in my head, my body feels it too! I have been trying to breathe and relax the best I can. The party is tonight & now in my mind I am going ahhhhhhh! I am smiling, but I am also feeling anxious!!
There are many other thing I am stressing about - I have a few more Christmas gifts I need to get & wrap. I know it isn't the end of the world, but I wish I had it all done. I won't stop worrying about this until it is 100% done! But then I will worry I didn't get enough presents haha. I know it is the thought that counts, but I like doing a lot for people when I can! My funds aren't too great, but I still made the hot chocolate mix to give to everyone coming for Christmas dinner - I think there will be 22 of us then!
When tax season starts, I will be learning a new job. I also will be working late nights. I am worried I won't have the time or energy to exerise! There are two Challenge teams I am on, and I hope I have enough time to keep up with them! Being healthy is the most important part for me - but the challenges really do help me focus!!
What can I do to help with these stressful issues?
I need more ME time I think! I do count wrapping gifts & writing out Christmas cards as KIM time though! While I am working - I multi-task! I catch up with shows or listen to music while I work. I have a hard time sitting still. My mind works too fast sometimes.
I am going to try and schedule a movie night or game night to try and relax at. The planning of this gets a little stressful, but I have been much better at managing it. I only ask people once or twice instead of 10 times! If they don't get back to me - oh well!
A few weeks ago I bought an online deal for Laser Tag - I think doing this will actually relieve some stress! It will be a lot of fun. It has been years since I played that!
ROUTINES! I really need to create a bunch of routines for my eating & exercise once the stressful tax season starts. Even if I plan & eat the same food most days, I will feel better than worrying about what to have each meal. I need to schedule my exercise and then actually do it! The treadmill is in the room where my computer is - so I have no excuse now!!! I need to use it!
Hopefully everyone has a wonderful Friday & Rest of the weekend! I will try to get some pictures posted of me in my fancy work outfit once I get dressed after work!!
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