Monday, March 21, 2016

(Late) birthday post!

Just in case you missed all the memos on my social media sites, I had a birthday recently!  In order to celebrate, I came up with a list of things I was thankful for.  I'll do these in the same order I did them on the rest of my sites, but you have to keep this one thing in mind - only the first three are in order!  Here is the list of the things I'm thankful for!  

1 - JESUS
2 - my parents
3 - the person who loves me because I am uniquely me
4 - my job
5 - my college experience and college degree from UNC-Charlotte
6 - my apartment
7 - my cars
8 - my awesome Mexican cook (yep, she is cool like that)
9 - my mentor
10 - the chicas
11 - my Charlotte, NC family (these people looked after me while I was in college and still do)
12 - my Columbia, SC friends that have basically turned into my family
13 - my church (NewSpring Church)
14 - my small groups
15 - my bed
16 - the people I have the pleasure of serving with at church
17 - Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix
18 - my work family
19 - my iPod
20 - my laptop and tablet
21 - my Columbia, SC parents (yep, they've been looking after me since I moved away from NC)
22 - my sisters (since God didn't give biological ones, I have these)
23 - my twin (known each other for 20 years and counting)
24 - my Moore Hall besties
25 - my cheerleading experiences
26 - the memories from the oreo (you just don't understand)
27 - my godson
28 - my YMCA memories
29 - my off campus college roomies
30 - my fellow vertically challenged friend with a huge personality
31 - MY LIFE and all the twists, turns, and madness that comes with it! 

Yep, that's my list!  Why this list?  Well, I decided last year (after I had my minor breakdown), to make sure each birthday from then on was going to be great.  I think I am off to a really good start! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The camo and me!

I know I haven't written in almost a month, but this has been a messy month!  I had to take a trip to the ER because I truly thought I was about to die.  Then I had to go back to the doctor.  Now, I have to go back to the doctor.  Needless to say, I've been on the mend, but I'm slowly but surely getting back to myself.  But, now it's time to battle some allergies.  Dang, pollen!  

Well, you are probably wondering about some things I have tweeted about lately.  I've been calling it #OperationCamo!  Here's the deal - a few weeks ago while I was at the doctor, let's just say the scale disrespected me.  Ok, maybe the scale thought I disrespected it.  I knew I had gained some weight, but I didn't think it was that much.  Talk about a major reality check.  I have a pair of camo pants that I absolutely LOVE!!!  Yes, I love those pants.  What I didn't love is when I tried to zip them.

A pair of pants I could wear comfortably last summer no longer zipped!  LAWD!!!  My heart was broken, but it was then that I decided to do something about it.  If you have followed my on twitter for any amount of time, you will know that I am not concerned so much about the number on the scale.  The number inside the clothes is what matters to me.  Yes, I'm still comfortable in an 18, but I would rather be back down to a 16.  Yes, the camo pants are a 16.  This is what I decided to do....

For the past 2 weeks, I have been doing the modified smoothie challenge.  Why modified?  Well, I have migraines and I have to have something solid to eat.  It's a trigger and I know it.  I've been doing pretty well.  Actually, I'm quite proud of myself.  Solid food wise, I've only been eating 500 to 700 calories a day.  I can tell I have lost inches, but Friday, I will see if the number on the scale has changed.  How can I tell I have lost inches?  Well, another pair of pants that were tight (not cute tight), is now fitting a lot better.  In fact, I'm going to wear them when I have part of my birthday celebration over the weekend.  

Now that I have been going strong for 2 weeks, I am going to modify it again - Monday through Friday, I will be on the diet, but over the weekend, I will add more food.  Also, I'm not eating breads and pastas (even though I do plan on trying a zucchini pasta over the weekend).  

It's all about changing a lifestyle.  I like losing inches and eventually, the weight loss will come.  I just have to be patient.  Until then, I will keep working until I get back into my camo pants and then, I will set another goal.