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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No Bones About Me

So back at 230...again. +1 this week.  I need to hit the ground running, literally.  Was able to sneak out for one 3 mile walk while I was home in Florida. Did a workout tape with the sis last night, made stuffed green peppers with ground turkey -- added some hot chilis and pizza sauce (yes, pizza sauce...trying to get rid of stuff in the fridge. All tastes the same!)  They were yummo.  Have been eating oatmeal for breakfast with a banana the past two days and salads for lunch.  Last night was family dinner night. "Family dinner night" is something a few friends and I started in college around the holidays -- I'd make a big turkey day and xmas dinner before the breaks. Moving back, we do it on a weekly basis. It's a lot of fun to get together and eat some yummy food and watch Wheel of Fortune -- yelling at everybody who keep buying vowels instead of spinning. It finally bit somebody in the butt last night when it came to the final round before the last puzzle.

Speaking of TV -- ya'll watch the Victoria's Secret Nothing But Bones Fashion Show?  The girls are absolutely gorgeous until the camera pans from their face and goes down and you look at lack of meat. C'mon ladies. Eat more than a Tic Tac for your big meal of the day. Just bones and boobs doesn't turn guys on these days...and we finally have proof. A Penn State student -- male -- Ryan Beckler -- has spoken up.  Victoria, We've Got Our Own Secret.  While most girls were writing on their social media sites how awful they were feeling about themselves, I was feeling pretty good about my 11..well, now 10 pound weight loss knowing that I don't have a boney butt.  My goal is not to at all to go beyond what is healthy -- not saying those girls aren't healthy .... I'm no doctor that has evaluated them. But, I don't want to lose all my curves -- just a few love handles. And I want to be healthy. The lowest I ever got to was a size 10 my junior year of high school. My goal was to be thin by prom. I was pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Then I let myself go -- again. And here I am trying to get back to those size 10 Tommy Hilfiger shorts I have in my drawer at home. I don't think I could go any lower than a size 8 to look good for my body and build and that's cool, yo.

Junior Prom 2001 -- 10 years ago already? YIKES! With my uncle Jerry and sister, Heather

Man, that picture is some inspiration. I can't wait to get back to that weight!

My only thing about the article is -- how many of you good looking, built boys are with overweight chicks? Not many. So what's up with that?  Obviously, first thing you notice about a person is appearance. No brainer. We've all judged a book by the cover ... admit it. Sure, I have. But, I will still talk to the person to get to know them. You know how many times I've talked to a hot guy and then realized how dumb and not funny he was? That will make us ladies (and gents) think you aren't as attractive as we first thought. Same goes for an "unattractive" or "overweight" guy. You WILL become more "attractive" if you have brains and can make us laugh. 'Tis true.  It's happened to me before. So, gents, go talk to that overweight girl with the pretty face...she could be trying to get her life in order in many ways. You never know what you'll find. Could be a single, corny, funny, Penn State enthusiast, sports loving and screaming chick with a college degree like me *coughcough*

My friend Molly and I have decided to be more open about our dating options. We decided one night before going out that we were going to talk to any guy we saw -- started on the bus. We ended up meeting some really awesome...and interesting people that night. So, go give it a try. Go out tonight or this weekend and look at a group of gals/dudes. Just go start talking.  

One more quick story on that note -- there was a guy I met in college that I became pretty good friends with. In high school he was the hot jock. I was the quiet chick in the marching band.  In college, we were both journalism majors on our way to Ohio State for the weekend to cover the football game. We knew nothing about each other until we got in the car and started talking. Amazing just how much we had in common and could talk about different things. I just kept thinking to myself of all the other people I possibly passed up in life. Here I was, the quiet chick with the hot jock. Anyway, no, nothing ever happened -- he had a girlfriend and I was dating a couple other guys at the time anyway. Proof right there that men and women can just be friends, too :)  I do owe him a phone call, though. I'm kinda behind on that front -- sorry friends!

PS: My friend who is an up and coming amazing personal trainer and confidence building life coach made it on CNN on Thanksgiving for the 2nd year in a row!!!!!!! I've mentioned her in blogs past when I did her 30 day plan. She definitely gets to your mind and makes you think about your journey to a healthy life style. Definitely check her out -- and her newsletter is free! CONGRATS, STEPH!!!!!!!

"I wake up every day with the realization that this is it. There's only one shot at this life and I can either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my highest potential or I can stay the way I am" -- Unknown

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Travel Week -1 !

Man, I feel like all I've done lately is travel back and forth from PA to FL! Between bachelorette parties, football games and now Thanksgiving...goodness gracious. Not sure how I did it, but I managed to lose a pound bringing the total to 11 at 229! Back...for the oh third time? in the 220s. Holla!  Woke up, got on the scale, and then went for a three mile walk with mom. Man, was it hot out this morning! I felt like I was at band camp lol...those that have been through it with me know what I'm talking about. Okay, it wasn't THAT bad...but it was warm. I even got waist deep into the pool after. Just couldn't manage to get my whole self in with the water at 70-72ish. Tit bit nipply for me.

Tonight is pork chops and tomorrow...well, we all know what tomorrow is. A walk, of course, and then it's gonna be me, the sis, parents and grandparents...turkey and taters... and apple pie and pop-pop is making pumpkin pie (which isn't my fave so I'll be good there.) Oh, and I have to make zucchini bread. (Sorry, Molly!) We usually don't go overboard for turkey day so it shouldn't be too bad for me. Can't wait for turkey sammiches later tomorrow night! Mm mm mm!  And Christmas season is here -- time to pull out the old VHS of Home Alone. Yes, I did say VHS. Hopefully it doesn't get stuck in our VCR.

Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends! Safe travels to all! Oh, and if you are looking for a fully furnished apartment in State College -- shoot me an email. Sis is moving to York to do an internship for 6 months. The lease runs through July 31 but not sure how long I'll be there before moving back to Florida.

"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it." -- Ralph Marston

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

+1 Post Cruise

Though this is a weight loss blog, I feel like I can't go without mentioning the Jerry Sandusky child rape allegations. I, along with thousands of others, grew up with blue and white blood running through our veins and Joe Paterno as a grandfather figure. A man with morals. A man who wouldn't let his players take the field if they weren't making the grade. A man whose team is tied #1 for the best graduation success. Our alma mater lyrics, "...May no act of ours bring shame." A motto JoePa strives for: "Success with Honor." You all know what you saw in the media, I don't need to bring that up. But, I'm tired of hearing how Penn State is an awful school, we're all terrible people for "rioting" (all 50 people out of 40,000 that did damage....and I've heard that some of the people that did damage were, once again, not affiliated with Penn State. IE, high schoolers. Also heard that the media was egging on people to do damage.) What you haven't heard is this: Penn State students, alum, friends, and supporters have raised nearly $400,000 for RAINN. Please don't comment on this blog about how "JoePa is so dirty he needs to shower." (Yes, a plane flying over the tailgate on Saturday actually said that.) But, let's CLICK HERE to make it to our goal of $500,000 and exceed that and HELP those that have been hurt by this God awful situation. Thank you.

Now, some more depressing news. I'm up a pound to down 10 since the start. But, that's post cruise where I admit I drank and ate like a queen. Kept the frozen drinks to two. (You MUST have a Coco Loco.) And drank for the most part light beer...with the exception of an overly crazy liquor night where I danced my butt off. I did incorporate salads and fruit throughout the trip and walked a few times with my mom while I was home 3 miles around the neighborhood. I'm finally feeling better after being sick before the cruise! Going on the cruise just brought the sickness back and when I got back to PA I couldn't walk fast without feeling like I was hacking up a lung. After a few doses of Mucinex (which I don't recommend taking during the day because it'll make you feel sick to your stomach. I took it before bed the next night and woke up soooooo much better.) I feel like I'll be able to wog again! Looking forward to getting back in my routine now that football season (in State College) is over.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." -- Jim Rohn

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Down 1 in Florida!

Sorry I didn't write last week. I was sick, was flat, and then just forgot and then my visitors were here for the weekend.  But I'm back and down a pound this week bringing me back down to the 220s!! 229! Which is down 11 total.

I live in (well, lived in and will soon be living in again...) a very nice neighborhood. I'm usually the first to always say hello to people when walking but not today. The old folks said hi like a mile before we even met up...or probably more like 15 feet. Gorgeous day!!! Yesterday mom and I went for a walk and today she is working so I picked it up a lil bit and wogged a little. So weird on flat surface with no hills lol.  The loop around the neighborhood is just short of 3 miles my dad said...which is longer than my 2.2 miles up in PA.

Some other good news today -- I'M A GODMOTHER!!!!!!!!! My friends Chris and Courtney welcomed their son, Camden Christopher on 11/1/11 at 11:28pm. He weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and I can't wait to meet him!! He is seriously the cutest thing ever and I'm so blessed to have this opportunity to be his godmother :)

I must plug my boss's band. Not sure if I did or not, but THEY HAVE NOT ONE, BUT TWO VIDEOS ON MTV'S MOST POPULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you like bands such as Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, etc, you will definitely like them. Their one video got up to #12 beating out a lot of popular peeps. So, CLICK ME and give them more votes...they are down in the 20s now I think but bring them back! The video is in the spirit of Halloween so enjoy. THE OTHER VIDEO, HERE, is about losing and helping those who commit/try to commit suicide. It is a thing near and dear to my heart as I've lost far too many friends and family members to suicide so enjoy the video and meaning and please share :)

Tomorrow I head out on a bachelorette cruise for one of my BFFs, Dana! Can't wait until all my girls are reunited again :)

OH! and I must share who my other bff, Molly and I dressed up for as Halloween...

Tony Okungbowa and Ellen DeGeneres!

Coozie the Snowman at our FOOTBALL TAILGATE...we got 7 inches of snow. Fun times...

"A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips" -- No idea...but my dad says it all the time