Well hey there. It has been some time hasn’t it? I have been writing over at my new collaboration, Under the Oaks with Crystal and it has been going fabulous! We are really excited about our project and have been working hard on posts and topics we want to share with our audience. Originally I thought all my time would be spend on my posts there but I forgot we’d be sharing! I have been thinking about starting up here again in a less formal and thought out sort of way. Sometimes I just gotta write. Today it’s all about motivation. Today is the first day I’ve felt this motivated in a long time. This weekend was insane. I’m too old for 12+ hours of drinking. Sunday was a waste which I’ve been saying can’t happen anymore but I think I’ll definitely pull the St. Patrick’s Day card on this one since I was celebrating something. It was a pretty fantastic day also so I have to give it some credit. And this post will bounce around since I haven’t written “freestyle” in a while but I promise, the theme really is motivation!
One of my favorite things to read, in general, are the posts on The Everygirl focusing on career women. The advice that these women give is amazing and so inspirational and I love that they talk to women who are anywhere from 23 to 103. (I haven’t seen a post from anyone 103 yet but that would be amazing! Actually, that will be my gramma next year!) The age range helps see different perspectives and realize that you don’t have to be fresh out of college or have an extensive history to follow your dreams. Love that since I’m still sort of in between.
The time change has been a big motivator. Except the waking up-before-the-sun part. Not so cool. But I will definitely trade off on sunset at almost 8p. It also means the weather will be changing soon! I cannot wait for summer this year. JZ and I will actually be able to enjoy most of it instead of running around like mad people like last year.
Last night was the finale of The Biggest Loser and I was so proud of Danni (@DanniAllen14) for winning. All the contestants looked incredible but she was just a powerhouse. Jillian Michaels said in a previous podcast and later on the show that Danni put on 19 lbs. of muscle. 19 lbs.!! That’s craziness. She went from 238 lbs. to 137 lbs. and lost 46.9% of her body weight. Wow. It’s almost slightly discouraging to me because I started my weight loss journey with them (well, with the airing of the show) at the same time and I am off track right now. (Here are my excuses. Get ready… )The past few weeks have been crazy with Nashville and work, etc. Whatever. And I did plan to get back yesterday but my weekend was still kicking my butt and tonight I have to run errands for work and I’m more motivated to get home and start working on some projects at home.
Which brings me to… I listened to Jill’s latest podcast and it was very inspiring. Every show she calls a listener and answers whatever question they emailed in and wanted answered. Today the girl could have been me. She was talking about how she doesn’t know why she isn’t losing weight and wanted to know what she was doing wrong. One of the things Jill says all the time, especially on the show, is that fat people hold on to weight for some reason. This girl’s reason was fear of rejection. She is too afraid to go after her dreams for fear of rejection so she uses being fat as an excuse. I’m there. I’m not “fat” but I am trying to lose 25 lbs. (I believe I have 20 more to go.) I use it. I use it all up. So hearing Jill’s advice to this girl was like watching her tell me to my face. The girl wanted nothing to do with the advice but at least it benefited one person today; me.
I love Jillian Michaels. I think most people know this already. She is fantastic and I buy it. In fact, I bought actual things of hers the other day: 30 Day Shred and her new (bright pink!) book Slim for Life. I cannot wait to delve into both. I will probably go home tonight and do the DVD. A month from now will be my birthday so if I can lose some fat by then I will be a happy girl! I have 10% body fat to lose total so maybe this can help with most!
I can’t get too into the book just yet because I’m in the middle of The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet – A Memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss for a review on Under the Oaks. The book is basically about a mother trying to help her overweight, diagnosed obese, daughter lose weight. Her daughter is young and it’s a struggle. I was enjoying mostly until the chapters I read last night. I’m dying to see how it progresses so I’m excited to head home tonight and read a few more chapters. I have to be done before Thursday so I can write the review so I’ll know soon. Check out that post this Friday.
I have a few projects that I really want to get working on this weekend and next. One is the garden and planning out what we can plant and getting the soil ready. Another is working on a gallery wall in the living room with some of our wedding pictures and gifts. I also brought a projector that I want to use to create a large quote over our bed. Probably something from our wedding song of course. I might do the song lyrics on canvas that are all over Pinterest instead. That way we can move them and I won’t have to do it over again when we renovate the bedroom. The wall I want to put it on is coming down so it won’t be there anymore. Another project (as if I need more) is to create an inviting space on our front porch. I’ve been asking JZ for a deck for the past few years now and it just isn’t in our house budget yet. Next year for sure! (although I’m pretty sure I said that last year). I have some ideas
up my sleeve on my Pinterest board that might just do the trick and stay within a reasonable budget. I’ll post whatever comes of it!
I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting but I hope to put something up every now and then. Check back!