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2017 in Review

I'm going into 2018 feeling peaceful, calm and balanced. Typically I feel juiced up, ready to take on the challenges the New Year will bring me and ready to take advantage of a fresh start. I've written so many of those "New Year New Me" blogs and made so many empty promises but I don't feel that this year and at first I thought I was broken but now I realize I'm not broken, I'm just gray and it actually feels REALLY good. The "New Year, New Me" mentality is so black and white and it gets me every year. I'll admit it is nice to think about a blank page! It is nice to think about leaving crap behind and moving forward unencumbered by regrets and mistakes. A chance to do it over again, right this time...wouldn't that be wonderful...wait a minute! Isn't that called TOMORROW!?!? 

It isn't helpful for me to make a wish list for the New Year: lose weight, make tons of money, get super fit, cure world hunger, the list goes on. On January…

New & Improved

I've been thinking about starting up blogging again for a while. I keep saying "I'm going to! I'm going to!" and then not doing it. I kept talking myself out of it convinced that I don't have time. I drive a lot for work and inspiration really hits when I'm in the car but I'm not about to write a blog on my phone...it would be way too much to text and it would also be pretty dangerous to try to blog and drive. I'm not about to pull over on the side of the road and transcribe a blog either. If you know me you know I have a huge problem with that whole short-and-sweet thing. I'm rather long winded and when I get excited about a topic I usually have a lot to say.

So I decided that I'll use my phone to take voice memos which I'll transcribe later! This way when inspiration hits and I'm feeling inspired I can capture my thoughts to share with the world when I'm safely seated at my desk; not driving. Maybe the world won't care and…

2016 In Review & 2017 Goal

I just bought my domain and started my blog again and ironically I found this blog post which I saved as a draft last year! Figured it's still 2017 so why not post?

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I remember this time last year promising myself that 2016 was going to be my year. I was going to step back, slow down and focus on ME. I was like "I'm gonna work out and eat well and get to goal and enjoy going to work BUT I'm going to leave work at work. I'm going to stop taking on so much extra." 

Yeah, that didn't really happen. But it was an incredible year.

I took a chance and tried my hand at something new; in the end it didn't work out but I'm SO happy I tried because I learned SO much and as compensation for the work I did I was given a trip to Costa Rica!! I know, that's absolutely insane and I am STILL trying to wrap my brain around how in the world I got so lucky, but there are some things you just can'…

Saying Goodbye To Ugly

12 years ago I graduated high school after 4 horrendously terrible years. I hated high school. It was a miracle that I graduated and my family wanted to celebrate and commemorate this monumental achievement so they gave me a choice: Disney or a cruise to the Caribbean. I chose the cruise.

Unfortunately this meant leaving our pets for a week and there was 1 pet whom we loved very much but was failing quite rapidly and would not survive a week in a kennel so we made the decision to humanely and peacefully euthanize our sweet Beagle Patty at the age of 16. It was horrible but it was the right thing to do...

I've always been a dog lover and I wanted nothing more than to return home and adopt a new dog but I lived with my parents and therefore did not make the rules of the house. Not to mention I was going to college in the fall and would not be home to care for and enjoy the company of a new canine companion. So the answer, despite my pleading was no. The answer stayed "no" un…

13 Reasons...

I remember hearing the word obese when I was six. I remember thinking the doctor was full of it because I didn't feel fat; so therefore I wasn't. I didn't see myself as round. I didn't feel shame when I couldn't buy clothes in the store and my mom had to order my clothes from the JC Penny catalog; often returning them because when they arrived they were to small. I don't know why I didn't notice it but I do know that my classmates did. 

No one wanted to play with me because I was the fat girl and fat is catchy. Or something. Maybe they felt like if they came near me they'd be fat by association. Maybe they feared that if they were my friend everyone would do to them what they did to me-berate me. Make me feel enormous and small at the same time. Point me out and laugh at me like I was some kind of exhibit. 
I remember loving Halloween because our music teacher would turn off the lights, turn on the strobe lights and play Monster Mash. I'd be SO exci…

My Plan

I hear other people talk about other diets ALL THE TIME. I hear about how magical shakes are giving people pockets full of money and 6 packs and about how tracking macros turned a couch potato into a power lifter and how pre-packaged meals are the key to fast weight loss with no effort at all!! I hear it and I let it go in one ear and out the other because Weight Watchers WORKS!!! I'm living proof. I've lost over 100 pounds tracking points. 

But, sometimes I find myself entertaining the idea of incorporating one of those other programs WITH Weight Watchers because Weight Watchers is AWESOME and they'll let me do whatever I want. If I want to eat my daily points in Snickers they say "OK..." and if I want to drink a shake or pop a freeze dried meal in my mouth they say "OK..." but they also give me tons of materials and tools so that I DON'T have to do that and I can enjoy REAL FOOD and REAL LIFE. They gently guide me in the direction of healthy choice…