Monday, February 11, 2013

FMM - I'm Quirky (And I Know It)

It's time to try one of these bad boys again! Kenlie over at puts together a survey on Mondays so that we can get to know each other better and make a few new bloggy friends. Try it out if you haven't!


Personal Quirks and Habits
1. Share one unique character trait that sets you apart from your friends.
I have the tendency to be a little TOO open about my personal life. I might even be a little overdramatic ;)
2. List at least two pet peeves that always aggravate you.
The BIGGEST one is people who talk on their cell phones while dealing with customer service. How difficult is it to say to the other person "Hey, let me call you back in a few, I'm about to check out" or something of the nature. When I'm behind someone in line and they're doing it, I loudly comment on it to my sister or boyfriend or whoever else I'm with. 
Also, duck face pics. Duh.
3. Is there a word or phrase that you say so regularly that people expect to hear it from you?
I feel like I start most phrases with "Okay" or "Well" and so people probably expect that from me.
4. Are you a risk taker, or do you typically play it safe?
I generally play it safe. I'm not one to risk emberassment.
5. Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed?
I loved high school. I felt like it was the time of my life. I danced, taught dance, worked at the local movie theater, and had lots of friends. Now, not so much. I've become more introverted, gained weight, and let that weight gain change the person that I was.
6. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re glad you did?
Told my boyfriend that I had a crush on him. ;) He's awesome and still gives me butterflies after 4 1/2 years so I'm glad I went out on a limb and pursued him.
7. Do you ever talk to yourself? If so, share an example.
I do. And sometimes I try to picture myself through other people's eyes. Maybe I'm just crazy.
8. Share something you did that unexpectedly helped shape your life.
Getting a job a Starbucks turned my world around. I was in a funk for a solid two years. I hated almost everything about my life, hated my job, hated school, just overall a blah kind of feeling. My job at Starbucks is so fun and I've met so many great people there. I can honestly say that it has helped pull me out of my depression. Who knew?
9. Do you follow a strict routine, or are you a free spirit? Are you somewhere in between?
I'm somewhere in between. I'm definitely not a free spirit. I need some structure in my life. But I'm still able to go with the flow.
10. Share something about yourself that you hope will inspire others.
I've given up and started over SO many times. Just keep going. One day it will click and it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Small changes add up!
And now, I'll leave you with a selfie. It's amazing how much more effort I put into my looks when I'm losing weight. I have done my hair and makeup more in the past two months than the past two years combined.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Check In

I'm still doing it! I haven't given up! Not that anyone reads this blog on the regular, but I know what my line of thinking is when weight loss bloggers disappear for a few weeks...falling off the wagon. But, I haven't! This is definitely the longest that I've stuck to WW and weight loss in general and I couldn't be more proud of myself. January went a bit slower than I would have liked weight loss wise but I'm totally okay with that. I had one gain week and I'm okay with that too. I'm changing my life and I can't expect to do a 180 degree turn into total healthy eating.

I feel so much better about myself this semester than I did at this same time last semester. I actually try and put effort into my looks and take pride in my work. I'm trying to keep up with my New Years resolutions, although I haven't done a 100% job. I've cooked new recipes, although probably not exactly one a week. I'm washing my face and doing my mask more and my skin isn't blemish free but it's definitely better.

Weight loss? When I last left, I was at around 20 lbs down. Since then, I hit my 10% goal (22 lbs) and got my first 25 lb keychain charm! My total weight loss is about 25 lbs right now, although I'm headed to weigh in in about two hours.

People are beginning to notice and it feels nice. Most people in my direct life know that I'm trying to eat healthier and lose weight and they notice but I've actually had customers at Starbucks tell me. That's nice because they don't owe me anything, they must legitimately see a difference. I'm starting to see it too.
Here is my in September at my highest weight (225ish) I was in a friends wedding and felt miserable. Her pictures are beautiful but I can't stand to look at them because of how I see myself.

Here I am just the other day, waiting for the bus. I can see a difference in my face A LOT. The jeans are new and they are size 14 that zip up easily. I had been a solid 16 for about a year although some of my 14s fit (hard to get on though)