Monday, September 29, 2014

Determined to do This...


Back in October of 2012, I wrote this post talking about weight loss. I had changed my eating habits and had actually lost a good bit of weight. I was almost to my first goal and then one day I just quit. I don't why and I don't remember what I did to ruin my eating habits.

But, when I was making my 101/1001 list in June, I added a lot of health and fitness items on the list. I didn't decide to start working on them until the beginning of September. My first change was my diet. With the exception of two days since September 6, I have been grain-free, dairy-free, and white potato-free. I haven't missed it as much as I thought I would. I figured with me being Italian, I wouldn't make it without my pasta, but surprisingly, I am doing fine.

I also, for the first time in many years, added exercise to my daily routine. I usually try to do between 45 - 60 minutes of exercise a day.

Do I stick to this strictly everyday? No. I have had a cheeseburger and french fries. I have had a few slices of pizza. But, that has been it. And I noticed that I felt physically horrible after it. And I noticed that I didn't miss the crap as much as I thought I would.

I also haven't exercised every single day, but no less than 3 times a week. My goal is to be able to do it everyday without thought but 3 times a week is a good start.

It's tough sometimes because I am the only one who made these changes. The only one out of everyone in this family. Everyone else still eats the same old crap they did on September 5. But, you know what? That's fine. Because I am getting more healthy and fit everyday.

I have seen some loss on the scales since the 6th. I can't say for sure exactly how much since I weighed myself for the first time a week after I started. So, we'll just say that as of now, I have lost 5 lbs.+. That's 5 lbs in 2 and a half weeks. I guess I am doing something right.I can tell in my waist and various other places that there are positive changes happening.

I've got this, this time around.




Unstoppable
by: Fozzy (featuring Christie Cook)
  

 


Talkin' 'bout me, oh so softly, you say I can't explain
I'll make it happen, no distraction, you know I can't be tamed
One night could be a million, one chance is all I need
I will complete this mission, damn you, I will succeed

Away from my past because in my eyes, I can do anything,
Now watch me rise

You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable

Don't need your rules, I ain't no fool, I live by my own code
Spark the fire of my desire and make my dreams explode
I do just what I want to because I know it's right
Don't tell me I can't make it, won't die without a fight

Away from my past because in my eyes, I can do anything
Now watch me rise

You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable

One night could be a million, one chance is all I need
I will complete this mission, damn you, I will succeed
Away from my past because in my eyes, I can do anything
Now watch me rise

You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never break me, I'm unstoppable
You'll never shake me, I'm unstoppable

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Social #23

1. What is your favorite magazine to read?

Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Glamour. I have print and digital subscriptions of all of them. I also have a print subscription of Fitness. 
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I'm also a fan of sports magazines like NASCAR Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, The NFL Magazine. I also used to have a subscription to Everyday with Rachel Ray.
 
2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately?

Hmmm... I really don't know. Maybe one of the many recipes, workouts, or beauty tips I've pinned recently. 

3. What is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter?

Any of the New Orleans Saints players. I follow them all on both platforms.

4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love?

I wear my New Orleans tank tops year round. Of course, in the cooler months I'll wear a hoodie over them when I go out somewhere.

5. Do you prefer email or snail mail?

Depends what it is. Email comes a lot quicker and I have no patience. 


Social Sunday

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Must See TV.... {Fall 2014 Edition}

I usually am not much of a TV watcher. Sometimes it's because the kids decide to monopolize the TV, other times its because my husband chooses to monopolize the TV. But, there are shows I enjoy watching.

Sunday

* Our Sunday is filled with the last races of the season (until November) and football.

* Once Upon A Time {8 pm EST; ABC; Although I usually have to watch it online the next day}


* Madam Secretary {8 pm EST; CBS; Again I usually have to watch it online the next day}
 

* Total Divas {9 pm EST; E!}




Monday

My Mondays seem pretty clear. Occasionally we will watch WWE Raw but not often.

* Dancing With the Stars {8 pm EST; ABC}

I like Dancing With the Stars and used to watch it religiously. My husband on the other hand does not like it. This year I am going for Michael Waltrip (with Alfonso Ribeiro being second).


* The Originals {8 pm EST; The CW}


Tuesday

 * NCIS {8 pm EST; CBS}


* NCIS: New Orleans {9 pm EST; CBS}


* Chicago Fire {10 pm EST; NBC}


* Chrisley Knows Best {10 pm EST; USA; I usually have to catch the repeat}


Wednesday

* Hell's Kitchen {8 pm EST; FOX}

* The Mysteries of Laura {8 pm EST; NBC; I watch it the next day on Hulu}


* Law and Order: SVU {9 pm EST; NBC}


* Red Band Society {9 pm EST; FOX; I watch it on Hulu the next day}


* Chicago PD {10 pm EST; NBC}


* Nashville {10 pm EST; ABC; I watch it on Hulu the next day}

Thursday

* How to Get Away With Murder {10 pm EST; ABC}


Shows I am Looking Forward To

* Bad Judge {Thursdays @ 9 pm EST; NBC; Premieres on 10/2}

* The Walking Dead {I don't get to watch this coming season for another year. I can only watch it on Netflix. :-( }


* American Horror Story: Freakshow {I don't get to watch this coming season for another year. I can only watch it on Netflix. :-( }


What are your must see shows this fall? What shows that haven't started yet are you looking forward to?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Graze

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This post contains an affiliate link. 

Graze is a mail order service for snacks. Graze specializes in healthy snack alternatives to chips and candy. Each box is $6 per week (or at least mine are). I received my first box free through a promotion Graze was offering. I will also receive my fifth box free through the same promotion. They have two types of boxes to choose from: Nibble Box or the Calorie Counter Box. The Nibble Box is eligible to contain any of the over 90 snacks Graze has. The Calorie Counter Box contains only snacks that are 50 - 150 calories. 

I opted for the Calorie Counter Box.

Graze allows you to rate products before or after you try them. For example, I do not like pistachios, so I went ahead and marked all pistachio snacks as "trash". This alerts Graze that I do not wish to receive those snacks in my box. 

Graze has a 4 level rating system. "Trash": Do not like, "Try": It's Ok, "Like": I like it, "Love": I love it. I do rate my snacks after each box because I prefer to have boxes catered to what I like especially after I have tried the snacks.

I do have one dislike about Graze. In my boxes, I only get 4 packages in my box. If I want one package a day as a snack, I have to purchase two boxes a week. 

Below is my first box:


1) Morning Energizer: cherries, pears, and walnuts {140 calories}
        I did not like this one and gave it a "trash" rating. It just did not taste very well together for me. 

2) Key Lime Pie: lime infused raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues, and green raisins {110 calories}
        I liked this one. It did taste similar to key lime pie. I gave this a "like" rating.

3) Tomato & Basil Pizza: mini tomato breadsticks, basil crunchini, and cheese flavored cashews {120 calories}
        At first,  I was going to give this one a "trash" rating. However, after the first bite, it wasn't that bad. I ended up giving this one a "like" rating.

4) Raspberry & coconut muffin: amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices and coconut flakes {140 calories}
        This one was pretty good as well. I am not a fan of coconut flakes, but overall this snack was good. It did taste like a muffin without the flour part. I gave this one a "like" as well. 

Graze allows you to pick which weeks you receive a box as long as you change your date by the deadline. There is no limit on how many times you can skip a box. I really like that feature. 

In the future, I will be doing all boxes for a month in one post rather than one post per box. 

If you wish to sign up for graze, you can click here (my affliate link}. You will receive your first and fifth box free and you have no commitment to the program. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Genie in a Bottle...


If I Had Three Wishes...

1. Lots of Money
Right now, I can't give an exact number but I know it will be a pretty insane amount. Enough to buy my house, cars, pay for my college education, pay for my kids' college educations, pay for my grandmother to be able to quit her job and enjoy her time, buy some frivolous crap that I don't need but want. So, yeah, insane amount of money. 

2. Happiness for all of my Loved Ones
Of course, I am not completely selfish. I want those that I love to be happy.

3. An Unspoken Wish
I'll whisper it to the genie, but the general population does not need to know it. 

  
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feeling a Little.... Blah....



Sometimes I get into a little funk where I just feel "blah". I look around and there are tons of things that I need to be doing. 

Deep house cleaning, school work, working on my novel, blogs to write, American Heritage Girl plans to make, books to read and reviews to write. It's all there and it all needs to be done. But, I just don't feel like doing it. 

Here lately, I am in one of those funks.

This is what my current WIP folder looks like:
They are all in various stages of development. Some actually have word counts. Others are just blurbs, notes, and muse photos. 

I currently have 165 books on my TBR ARC list. That number doesn't even touch the books I have BOUGHT to read.

I just finished my first class of my Masters. As long as I get the scores on my final week of assignments that I think I will get, I should have an A in that class. My second class began yesterday. And I seriously took a break from school yesterday. All those assignments will be waiting for me today, right? 

Occasionally I get in these moods where I get it into my mind that I want to do something. During my last class, I did all of my current week assignments in one day. One day! Right now, all I want to do is work on my novel. I want to spend every waking moment writing. But, I can't. Because all of these other things get in my way. The result? I feel blah. I just decide to do NOTHING since I can't do what I WANT to do. 

Any tips on how to get out of those "blah" moods?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Social #22

1. What is your favorite part of fall?
Football season.

2. Do you have anything special planned for fall?
Not particularly. My grandmother usually comes around the end of October. 

3. What is fall like in your area?
Cool. Leaves changing colors. 

4. What is your favorite football team to cheer for (college or professional)?
NFL: New Orleans Saints

College: LSU 

5. Do you decorate for fall? Show us pics!
No, I do not.