Monday, October 17, 2011
Ok...I have truly been struggling that last 6 months...why? I really don't know. Psychologically speaking, maybe it was that after over 6 months of successful maintenance of my 60+ pound weight loss it all just became too much for me, or maybe it was a delayed reaction to my very difficult year health-wise in 2010...who knows? Physically, it was no doubt caused by my out of control eating, a lack of regular food tracking and a drastic decline in my amount of exercise over the last 6 months (after all, this stuff is NOT rocket science folks). Whatever.... All I know is I have gained about 20 pounds in 6 months..... What can I say? Reality bites...
I have been sad and depressed about this the last few weeks, but NO MORE! Today I take back control of myself! I will remember that:
"Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them"- Frank Tyger
I changed my weight loss ticker today. Forget about my past weight loss and recent weight gain--today I am resetting it to 0 pounds lost with a new goal of 30 pounds lost. (the 20 I gained plus 10 to reach my ultimate goal weight)
I have resumed Nutrition Tracking with 100% honesty. Lately I have been either totally ignoring the tracker or just putting in breakfast & maybe lunch, and THEN ignoring it...obviously since I have been gaining weight neither of these options appear to be working so it is back to the basics of food tracking for me.
I set a target date of April 1, 2012...why that date? I have no clue... almost 6 months to lose 30 pounds just seemed about right. Plus I have a cruise scheduled for June 2012 so it would be great to be at my goal and maintaining at that time.
I will be starting regular circuit style strength training
I will resume running 3 times a week. I plan to stick to runs of 2-3 miles with long runs of 4-6 miles.
I will keep this emoticon in the front of my mind! Lately, I seem to have forgotten I am capable of success in the weight loss/fitness area--it is time to remember how strong I am!
My theme song will be "Perfect" by P!nk
PS~ many thanks to my good spark friend IPA-RAY for the inspiration to get back on track
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My week #2 challenge for the team Punxsutawney Phil Pforty was to list 5 things that make me fabulous....so without further ado here is my list:
1) I save lives for a living. It's nearly impossible to beat that one. That makes me wicked freaking fabulous (since I am a nurse too I had to steal this idea from Jen...but since it is true so I am ok with stealing it!)
2) Day in and day out I am a glass is half full gal (well 95% of the time), and I think a good attitude is fantastically fabulous!
3) I have a wonderful family who loves me very much. I have managed to raise 2 human beings who both appear to be friendly, responsible and respectful to others on a day-to-day basis. Not bad, eh?
4) I have the ability to completely block off my sense of smell! How freaking fabulous is that? Especially for a nurse (see #1).
5) Even when the chips are down and things are not going my way I re-group and move forward. In other words, I am PERSISTENT! In a word--FABULOUS!
What makes YOU fabulous?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Plot synopsis from Amazon.com:
"Liz and Sarabeth were girlhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. In the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters, the women's friendship takes a devastating turn, forcing Liz and Sarabeth to question their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. From the bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier, Songs Without Words is the gripping story of a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point"
This is a very credible story about how finely balanced friendship is and how easily it can get out of kilter. With that being said, there are many negatives in the book. Several of the characters are depressed and are depressing to read about. The story is tedious at points and I would have liked more of an explanation/exploration of Liz's daughter Lauren's emotional state/suicide attempt. After the angst of the story, the ending seemed rather simplistic and not terribly satisfying.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Before the Storm By Diane Chamberlain
Plot synopsis from Amazon.com
“Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.
Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean. Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart. But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever"
This book had a Jodi Picoult vibe—BUT without all of the baggage that I personally bring to reading Jodi Picoult (Jodi makes me SO MAD sometimes…I get all emotionally invested in her books and then she pulls a twist ending and psyches me out! It makes me so mad that I have to limit her books to just one or two a year…but I digress). This is a great story. The characters were very flawed, but likable. I can honestly say that the ending was a total surprise. My only criticism is that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly for me. I have never read this author before, but after reading “Before the Storm” I would not hesitate to read another of her books…in fact, I just found out there is a sequel to this book and I ordered it on Amazon. Take that Jodi Picoult!
Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler
Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com:
“Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.”
I've always enjoyed Tyler's books and the quirky characters she creates. In fact, I think I have read and really enjoyed almost all of her novels. However, this book left me just as frustrated as Liam's ex-wife and daughters were in this book! Liam's passivity really detracted from my enjoyment of this book, and I found it very difficult to have any empathy for him. I guess I'll need to keep myself content by re-reading some of Tyler's older books, like Saint Maybe or Breathing Lessons (both of which are most awesome…go read them now!)
Friday, September 09, 2011
Harry Potter & the Soccer's Stone
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows
~by JK Rowling
Plot Synopsis from Wikepedia.com:
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to subjugate non-magical people, conquer the wizarding world, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter. A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age (with elements of mystery, thriller, and romance), it has many cultural meanings and references. According to Rowling, the main theme is death, although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.
THESE ARE THE BEST BOOKS EVER! They really are simply wonderful. Children and adults can enjoy them. If you say, "that type of book is not for me" then I challenge you to read the first few chapters of Harry Potter & the Soccer's Stone. I predict you won't be able to put it down. What a gift JK Rowling has given to children all over the world--the love of reading!
I was so excited to read these books. Both my daughters have read them and love them. After I read each book I watched the movies with my daughters (in case you were wondering, the best movie IMO was Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows Part II). We had a great time talking about the books and movies together--a total bonding experience. I will read them again.
Which was my favorite book? I am not really sure--I think you have to discuss them as a group as the major story encompasses all 7 books. Besides once you read the first one you will WANT to read the others.
I bid you good bye with the infamous words of Harry Potter:
"I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good..."
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