Hanging head in shame..

OK so Monday weight in was a no show. Since I have been in the process of moving I packed up the scale and now can’t seem to find it. But next week’s weight in will be in on time.

I am also so behind on my reading. With me moving I have lost grip on getting the books. I tried to borrow one book from my nook buddy Molly, but it’s not working. So I’m hoping I have enough time once I move in to read. I would hate to go to my meeting and not know what everyone is talking about.

But ok. Just wanted to update everyone on why no weight in this week.  But the moving is almost done. I cannot wait to be set up and have a place to call HOME!

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I’m Moving. Nuff said.

If you have moved in the last 5 years you might remember the horror of trying to pack your life in the amount of boxes and bins you purchased while trying to organize it all. With the inevitable move out day approaching I hope not to grab my Glad strong garbage bags and just shovel it all in. After 5 years I have accumulated so much stuff, blankets, frames, kitchen spoons, colanders, cups, glasses, throw pillows, DVD’s, and of course BABY ITEMS.

Wow having a kid sure bring not only a crying, pooping baby to the house but a huge amount of crap that I never really used. If I ever do have another child I will not buy things like, a bottle warmer, or diaper organizer, blankets made for only swaddling, baby shoes, and baby wipe warmer. All great items, but as I’m trying to grab the diapers from the organizer I kept pulling them all down because I tried to warm the wipers. Eventually, I just lugged the diapers around with the bin of wipes. Now that Ian is 2 ½ years old I barely even look at the baby stuff still sitting in the drawers. I found so many pacifiers that he never took, baby mittens that he McGyver’d out of every single time, swaddle blankets and tiny shoes that I never put on him since he seemed to always be sleeping. Duhh babies sleep.

Well after all my discoveries I have had to honestly sit and tell myself. “ ok Letty its time to KEEP, DONATE, TOSS” of course first round is mostly keep. Then because the universe if funny like that I stumble on an episode of hoarders and think I should do that again. Now some stuff have moved to the donate bin . Good, feeling better about my decisions I start to pack it up. That’s where I’m at now. The packing part. Boxes as far as my eyes can see. So much stuff going in boxes that I lose track. Can’t forget to label them because one day I will be saying, “ I swear I saw that wooden spoon when I was packing”

This weekend I’m getting a storage unit and some bubble wrap and finishing the final stages of packing all items, including clothing. Wish me luck because right now I need all the luck I can get.

Happy Packing..

Opppss looks like I might accidently have packed my monkey..

Cheers,

Monday weight in and my hair brain idea..

Monday March 19, 2012 weight in was 191lbs. No loss or gain since last week so that makes me very happy. Like I mentioned in my last post I have stalled with my lack of exercise and not following a diet. But I did brainstorm on ways to help motivate myself to get stuff done.

Here are my hair brain ideas.

1)     April will be no soda month. I will take it one day at a time but I’m giving myself a mini goal of just one month.

2)     Where ever I go I will take the stairs. I work on the 5th floor and the café is on the 8th floor a few of those a day will work just fine to do mini exercise.

3)     WATER WATER WATER.. enough said!

Those will be my April goals. I will find suitable substitutions for my soda addiction which will include a simple suggestion I got from one of the ladies in my book club over the weekend. She shared that some juice with sparkling mineral water will be super yummy. I will also try to infuse waters with flavors so I can get my water and my sweet taste in. I’m still working on the menu to my diet, tons of veggies fish and chicken. Fruit for snack and breakfast. Defiantly thinking no bread, dairy, or refined sugars like candy and or soda. Most of my meals will need to be made ahead of time as making meals in the AM is not my best asset. I’m usually like a chicken with my head cut off in the morning. Trying to get me out the door looking decent and getting the kiddo up and dressed.

I’m actually hoping that moving in with my mom and sister will be more help with Ian so that I can actually work out before midnight. LOL I am usually so tired that I don’t get a chance to work out once Ian is out for the night. I usually do dishes, clean up toys, prepare my monkeys bag, my clothes and then it can be close to 11pm when I start to get ready for bed. I’m sure no working out at 11pm I’ll be up all night if I do that. Plus, I love sleep so at 11pm I’m already counting down the hours I will get since I’m usually up by 5am ok 5:45am because I’m snoozing every 15 min.  But like I said. I LOVE SLEEP!!! And since I had the love of my life, Ian, I’ve gotten close to no sleep. Fine I have slept but, it will never be the same kind of sleep I used to have before my monkey was born.

So that’s the plan.. let’s hope I stick to it this time. Get up.. get going.. burn baby burn.. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! I CAN DO IT!!!

<3 The HEARTships of being Ian’s mom <3

*The title was inspired by mommy 5 as she listens to mint condition. Taking it back to the old skool

Hello.. I know I have been neglecting my lovely blog. So many things have been going on and let me tell you when it rains it pours’. My mother’s health is still a big concern for me especially with her recent stay at the hospital. It’s more difficult that because of the need to make money and being a single mom of a two year old I was unable to really go visit my mom as much as I wanted. Unfortunately I exhausted my vacation earlier this year and now I’m in a pickle. But I’ve been trying to come in early and on weekends to make up my time. AHHH, the woes of a single mommy-hood. Once I’m sure about what my mother actually has, I’ll write a post about it. This all happened out of nowhere so I want to sit and think if maybe we missed symptoms or she did anything different that would open her up. My mother has a theory about what brought this on. She blames the Flu shot she received last year. Ever since then she’s had phenomena and her health has gone down hill. But, I have faith in the doctors at the hospital that they will find what afflicts her and what the proper treatment for her would be.

 As far as the weight loss goes, I think I have failed big time. I am now down to 191, which is not the big loss I anticipated. But then again I have not worked out or really watched what I eat. I normally don’t eat that much and I believe that’s one of my major issues. Growing up with the recommendation from my pediatrician that I watch what I eat, keep food journals and not eat so much, I’ve developed a complex where I hate to eat, I love food but I hate to eat.  Then why am I big? I once was told that in order to lose weight I have to feed my system so it works and not store the food turning it into fat. I basically say my metabolism is hibernating and only active when I actually eat. So theoretically, if I eat around 1500 cal a day, (that is mind blowing to me) and exercise moderately for 1 hour a day I’m sure the pounds would just drop. But how do I go from tracking my calorie intake from 800 cal a day to incorporating 1500 calories. And don’t get me wrong I’m sure a few trips a day to McDonalds will do this, but I don’t see myself being a fast food junkie. I have to eat healthy meals full of fruit, veggies and lean meats. IMAGINE the amount of food that is. Overwhelming for a person who has spent most of her life watching what she eats.

The next thing in my life right now that has taken me away from my precious blog is~MOVING~. Yup I am moving back home to help care for my mommy and its so overwhelming to me. I swear if I had the money I would have already paid someone to come organize my stuff, pack it and move it out. I look at the stuff I have accumulated and I freak out. I think how in the hell did I accumulate this stuff. I figured most, if not all of my furniture will be placed into storage. The goal is to eventually sell off most of it. I have absolutely no attachment to any of it since my now ex- boyfriend purchased all of it. Of course I was present to give my opinion but since it was his cash-olas that were making the purchases I went along with it.  Now if I have someone that wants to buy it, great and with what I make I’ll get a chance to slowly purchase items I will value and treasure. It’s not just my crap either. For a 2 year old Ian sure has a growing collection of clothes, toys and books. All items I will need t o also organize.  Thankfully Ian will have his own room so his crib and dresser will have a place, the closet will hold most of everything else he has and I will have to consolidate his toys and donate anything else he has outgrown. I had hopes to sell off some of his clothes that he hardly wore and/or are in great condition. As for my clothes, I will take this time to organize my items, determine what I really want and get rid of the rest. All my friends tell me make three piles, TOSS, KEEP, DONATE. This whole process will be a fresh start for me and my son. Leaving behind everything that brings me down. Ill keep you posted on how this whole moving thing works out for me. I’m starting to get the shakes just thinking about it. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Someone please pass me the vino

On a super positive side, this weekend is our monthly book club meeting and I will be welcoming the ladies with open arms as I need some good time with my dear friends , good books, great conversation and of course yummy food. It’s going to be Saint Patties day so we will be wearing green, eating Irish food and drinking Guinness with some Baileys in it, I believe that’s called Irish car bomb. MMMMMMMM. Now I’m off to find my favorite passages from the two books we read, which was our assignment. Yes my book club gives assignments.

Ready for the next book club meeting.

It’s been a while since I put my fingers to the keys and typed out my blog. I’m still sitting on my two drafts for the hauls I acquired a few weeks ago and I completely missed my weight in Monday blog to update you on my weight loss progress and I even forgot to weight my self so I will put that off until next week. Although I don’t think I lost anything since I was not thinking about that goal last week.  My family has been going thru some health problems, so please forgive me if I’m not updating as much.  

One thing that was finally accomplished was my book club goal of reading the two books before our next meeting. If I have time I will get to the third book on the list of extra books to read. As I mentioned earlier, we were reading Dating a Cougar by Donna McDonald and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Dating a Cougar was a very cute total chic book with mild suggestive language for sexual content but defiantly not a TVMA rating at all. This is the first of a three book in the series and I’m very eager to continue reading. I love books that take me away from my ordinary life and give me a glimpse of romance. The next book I was able to get thru was The Hunger Games. Everyone I spoke to that has read the book completely loved it. They could not stop gushing about it so of course I went in with super high hopes. Hell there is even a movie coming out at the end of March about this book. Visually I think it might be better then reading it. I am actually considering not reading the next two books and just going straight to the cliff notes known as the movies. I also think it has to do with the type of books I like. I won’t go into details about the book but it’s not the type of books I read. But that’s the best part of being a part of a book club. We all get to explore different types of book and get together to explore yummy wines. #ReadingandWinen. I cannot wait until our next meeting. I don’t know why we never hung out much in High School but now as older ladies we have a blast.

Cant wait to see what book the speed queen reader picks for the following month..

 

Make Up Haul -Finally up. PHEWWWWWWWW

I love getting new things especially when its things that are going towards my new goal. I am obsessed with make up. I have a secret collection that one day ill show. Its make up I’ve started to collect in hopes that ill do something with it. But for now, here is a sneak peek at what I received a few weeks ago.

Item 1 – Super Shock mascara from Avon – I have to say this is my favorite mascara on the market right now. I have a few brands but this is my go to when I just want great volume with out the extra swipes.

Item 2 -Mosaic White nail enamel from Avon- I have yet to try this because on one of those days where you chip a nail and suddenly they all chip I cut them all down but I am eagerly waiting to give this a try. It’s advertised as a crackle effect on your nails.

Item 3 and 4 -Perfect eyebrow pencil in both black and brown – I tend to use the brown for a day look so its not so bold and the black at night when I’ve applied a heavier make up. They both glide on softly and blend out very well.

Item 5 – Marks all the highlights- – This has to be the prettiest Highlighter I have seen thus far. I doubt i will be sticking my brush in that anytime soon.

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Item 6 – Beauty blender sponge- I’ve heard great things about this foundation applying tool.

Item 7 – Revlon Photo ready primer – this primer went on smooth and dried quickly. It did help my foundation go on smooth and kept it on all day. I do have oily skin so it did work for keeping it put.

Item 8 –Revlon Photo Ready Concelor – Have yet to use. But I hope its as smooth as my cover girl concelor.

I hope to use the nail polish soon. With Spring just around the corner and easter quickly approaching I hope to paint my nails like easter eggs with a lovely crackle to it. CANT WAIT..

** This post has taken me two weeks in the making. My family has had an emergency that has left me very little time to blog. I ask that you please send positive vibes to my family as my mother has been sick. I do hope to update everyone with good news very soon, As I am very optimistc that all will work out.