Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Weight Watchers Update

Before I begin I have a funny.

Tonight hubby was carrying baby (I swear I have picked new names for them but that is for another post), anyways, hubby was carrying the baby up the stairs for bed time and I gave her a kiss, I suddenly realized how much I missed her. So I gave her a few more kisses and then hubby turns around and walks off.

I yelled up in protest; "Hey I wasn't done giving her kisses!"

Hubby; ""We just ate were you going to eat her?"

Which I am still laughing about.  Man that guy is funny. 

Now onto my Weight Watchers News!! 

My last weigh in was last Saturday and as of that day I have lost 5.3 pounds!  In 4 weeks.  I am very excited.  I feel it is going really well!

With my crazy schedule I am depending heavily on frozen meals which is wreaking havoic on my stomach so this weekend I am really going to try to strategize.  Do you guys have any ideas for healthy lunch ideas?  Like yummy salads or sandwiches?  Let me tell you I am so boring when it comes to salads.  Like lettuce tomato and dressing boring.  Sometimes I will spice it up with red peppers and sunflower seeds.  But nothing too fancy.  I would appreciate any ideas!

Thanks again for all of your support!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Things I Have Learned Form Corporate America

As I said in my post yesterday I am truly loving my job.  I am doing what I always wanted to be doing, but I have to admit corporate america is a huge culture shock.  Did I say huge, yeah HUGE!!

In the last 10 years I have worked for either myself or in a small office.  Working flexible hours with people that I grew very close with.  In most situations I worked alone quite a bit and I enjoyed a lot.

So onward with my list, Things I Have Learned From Corporate America:

1) Going to work is no longer considered your alone time.  And when you have a family of five and you work in corporate america going to the bathroom alone EVER - is a thing of the past.

2) The Office is not as funny, when it seems like it wasn't so made up.

3) I like having a schedule but ACTUALLY having a set time I have to be somewhere and a set time I have to leave really feels stressful.

4) I have my very own printer on my desk - NO KIDDING.  ON MY DESK.  NO KIDDING.  Sorry this one blew my mind.  My first thought was "um, someone left this printer on my desk."  But nope, EVERYONE has a laser printer on their desk.  But if you want dark crisp prints you still have to get off your bum and print them on another printer.

5)  I do not think anyone there is actually there to make friends and my instinct to be friendly and honest is not a good trait in corporate america - I am going to have to calluos and protect.

6) There is an abundance of office supplies, but all the good stuff has already been taken.  I bet the people that are late to meetings are never late to supply delivery day.

7) There are mulitiple "coffee" bars and "Fire Wardens" on each floor.

8) You have to pay for parking.

9) Everyone says "hi" and "good morning" to everyone in the elevator.  Even though they do not know each other.  (This may reference #2)

10) Meetings are not for catching up with everyone in the office, there is an actual agenda and it will probably run over schedule.

I have learned many things in just one week.  I am so excited about all of the things I am learning about my actual job.  These are just a few of my "culture shock" items I thought I would share.  Does anyone have anything else they would add to this list or any stories?

I have a beautiful view of downtown and I can't wait for the snowfall to come!  It will be gorgeous to see the view of the mountains, snow and Christmas lights!  Yay!!

I will have an update on my Weight Watchers tomorrow.  I am pretty excited to share my progress.  I am also getting closer to my giveaway!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Status and Giveaway

My new job is going great.  It is something to get used to of course.  The hours are much more rigid and of course AM (14) has started back to school so it has been a little high pressure around here.  Just another adjustment.  We are getting pretty good at those.  Old pro's around here!

I am trying to get back into the blogging swing of things this week.  To start off slowly I thought I would share a sweet giveaway with all of my wonderful bloggy friends - if you are all still hanging on! ;)

I know I introduced you all to my sister over at Ecletctic Prep, well she is having a giveaway and if you love to entertain you must head over!  I am a huge socializer so I am keeping my fingers crossed or I will add it to my my Santa/ sister list. ;)

Okay she is giveing away two items.  The first is a Kate Spade CD.

This cd has 8 tracks on it that were exclusively written for kate spade by the UK band, Beaumont. The music has a 60s cocktail vibe and would be perfect background music for a cocktail party or a small dinner party.

I would absolutley LOVE to have this CD.  I love all things Britan and I love to have parties with a coktail vibe. 

The second item is the new book on entertaing, Flair by Joe Nye, LA interior designer and party planner. This book has amazing photography capturing beautiful tablescapes. Some of the pictures show many elements of chinoiserie within his design and I simply love how he has put everything together. Gorgeous!!

Now head on over to her blog to find out more about this great giveaway and have a WONDERFUL week!  I hope the last few weeks have been beautiful.  Is anyone ready for fall?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Long Week

This week has been a very long week. Things do not look like they will slow down until September. Is it September yet? Wake me up when it is. ;)

So the news I discussed in my last post is.......I got a new job. Currently, well until Friday I work for a great Non-Profit. Unfortunately, I was also Non-Profiting. I really believe in our mission and I LOVE my job. I will continue to be on committees for the organization. I was not out job hunting, I had a friend call me about a position she thought I was a great match for I told her no, she submitted me and I interviewed, they called back 30 minutes later offering me the job at the money I wanted. I had set a dollar amount that I would leave for and it was not cheap. I really never expected it.

So here I am with my mixed emotions about the sadness of leaving my beloved/flexible position (with an office), bound for corporate, inflexible America (with a cubicle) but great money. This week has been a long week because I have been training my replacement and apparently I do A LOT of work around this place. I had no idea. Next week, there will be more training. So please excuse me if a am sparse the next few weeks. I haven't forgotten about anyone, I am just busy training and being trained (and learning to work grown up hours).

Onto other news, last night I finally got off my big rumpus and started my 13 week training program. Thanks to La, who is being a GREAT task master in my quest for hotness, I mean healthiness. (Yeah I know it isn't a word, work with me I am very emotional. ;)) Last night was my first run, well actual appearance at the gym, in a long time. I had to push through the final 12 minutes of my workout. How does everyone else do this? Because last night I just kept telling myself "you’re going to be hot".

This week has been a GREAT Weight Watchers week. I am actually very excited to get to my meeting on Saturday and get on that scale!

Watch out World, Adie is on a mission!

So, there are a lot of changes going on in my life. They are all good; I am just noticing as I get older it is harder for me to completely and immediately embrace change. It mostly scares the crap out of me, no matter what form it comes in.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I am switching things up just a little this week.  I have some exciting news that I will share with you tomorrow.  Because of this news I am feeling like I am going to need a little more planning in my life.  With that said I am trying out Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm An Organizing Junkie.  I have actually been following her blog for a very long time.  I am new at this and I have not decided how I will handle recipes.  So for right now you will have to beg me for them! ;)  Ha just kidding.  If anything interests you please just send me a a note and I will either email it to you or post it.

I am giving each meal a day, but usually I plan seven items for the week and cook them on the days I am feeling like eating it.

Gilled Chicken Salad

Asian Grilled Steak and Side Salad

Crockpot Porketta, Yellow potatoes and green beans

Spaghetti, Garlic bread and Side Salad

Pizza (hubby has been asking for this)

I will be eating Santa Fe Rice and Beans

Chicken Rice Casserole

Grilled Shrimp Ceasar Salads

I know these are pretty boring meals, but I have some pretty stocked cabinets and freezers I am trying to thin out.  I am also trying to stick with my Weight Watchers.

On that note I am proud to report that this week I have lost 1 pound!  So that puts me to 49 pounds to go.  I was hoping to loose 2 pounds a week, but I am allowing myself to be happy with this small victory.  I know where I will cut back this week and I will add in more workouts as well.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book Review: Firefly Lane

Firefly LaneFirefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Firefly Lane opens to the thoughts of a woman struggling with the absence of a dear friendship.  There is mention of a fight but not what the fight was about.  The majority of the book builds on the importance of the friendships history and then finally towards the end reveals the fight that took place and caused the riff explained in the opening scene.  The book ended sadly and not how I suspected. I had imagined a number of different reasons for the opening scene but not the actual reason.

I enjoyed this book for the most part. A few times during the read I felt the author was rewriting the same plots in different periods of the characters lives and dragging on others, which felt like a waste of my time.   I would recommend this book to anyone that does not mind a good cry.  I however prefer Hollywood endings. 

This book is the third book out of the last four I have read that have ended sadly.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Favorite Friday: FRIENDS Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Man I have been tired this week.  Has anyone else?  Is it because summer is winding down and school is ramping up, or is it because there is just always so much to do and we don't know how to say no?  Oh well I figure one day the kids will be gone and I will be well rested and I will sit around bored and complaining about that!

Jen over at A Girl With Pearls & A Boy With Toys is hosting Favorite Fridays: Friends Edition.  I LOVED Friends, I still doI thought it was going to be tough picking just one of them to be my favorite but I actually knew right away.

I like Chandler for a number of reasons, I mostly like his quick wit and his ability to make a situation worse.  When I get nervous I do similar things, you know where you are talking and thinking to yourself "just shut up!!".

And Some Quotes:

Chandler: You opened all the presents without me?! I thought we were supposed to do that together!

      Monica: You kissed another woman!
      Chandler: [beat] ...Call it even?!
      Monica: Okay! 
      Monica: Wow! You are really fast!

     Chandler: It bodes well for me that speed impresses you.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!  Any big plan's?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Colorado Girls! Represent!

My sister just posted this video on FB and I had to share it.  So funny.  Apparently it is a parody of a Kate Perry song.  I am not going to lie - Chipotle is AWESOME!!  I used to work next door to Chipotle at a copy place, they traded us copies and faxes for free food.  I hated Chipotle at that time so I never went next door to get my free Chipotle.  Now I love it and it makes me oh so sad to fork over my cash for what could have been.....;) 

Not loving the singing voice - but I cannot get the tune out of my head.

I just want to point out to everyone, my spelling may be atrocious here on my blog, but I am a Colorado Girl and I know how to spell it!

Colorado Girl - Who's going to join me? You know who I am talking too. *wink*

P.S. I am 14 Posts away from my 200th Post and I am going to have a giveaway!  So pray for rain...well posts, because it is going to be a good one! ;)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Checking In - Weight Watchers

As I mentioned yesterday, Saturday I officially started Weight Watchers. I of course had so many excuses not to do the program, the biggest reason being the added expense every month. However, recently I have noticed any time I am feeling sad or mad or anything other than happiness it all stems from my weight issues. Say I over ate or ate something ridiculously gross and fattening or I had somewhere to go and wanted to wear something cute, only to realize I didn't fit into anything. All of these feelings of rejection and disappointment lead me to be angry with myself and disappointed in myself, these feelings ruined my mood towards everything. How sad is it that something so fixable has so much control over whether I am going to have a good day or not?

I am very excited about my new Weight Watchers journey. I went to my first meeting Wednesday night. At this meeting I realized what a shameful thing weight and self image is for a number of people - men and women. I hear many women talk about how guys do not have to worry about their weight like we do, but I am learning this is just simply not true. Men and woman worry about their weight and image equally, the difference is in how and who they tell about their concerns.

At Wednesday’s meeting we discussed snacking. I noticed that it was difficult for everyone to name a low point healthy snack but when we were asked about a comfort snack, the flood gates opened. It was a never ending list. Then came the confession, from one small woman, "Today I ate 6 - 8 the closet". Now as shocking as this statement may sound to some, this is not that uncommon. I have a friend that used to hide and snack in her walk in pantry. This to me represents all of the shame that can come along with not being happy with your body and feeling so out of control. (I will tell you I personally like to sprawl out on my bed and watch trash TV when I am going to indulge.)

A great example of shameful eating or binging I saw on an episode of Ruby. Have you seen the show?

The show is on style, I believe it is now in its fourth season. Ruby started at over 700 pounds. I have not watched this season but last season she was in the low 300's. Pretty amazing! Anyhow, one episode her friend describes a binge she went on, she sat in house eating nearly everything for an extended amount of time. The only way she could get herself to stop was to strip down naked and paint her finger nails, so she could not drive anywhere or open anymore packages. I know this is very extreme but this image has haunted me on those days when I just do not feel in control. It makes me wonder, how do you get that bad? If I don't get control now is that where I am headed?

I don't believe I am headed in that extreme; I have pretty much had the same cycle/habits for 10 years now. My point is that the cycle I am in is causing me unhappiness and I am determined to regain that control.

I went to a meeting Saturday to officially sign up for Weight Watchers. The group Saturday was very different from Wednesday’s group. There were a number of men there, generally an older slightly larger crowd. I thought it was great to see men there and the men contributed to the conversations! Once hubby is back from Florida I will continue the Wednesday meetings because I felt I fit in with that group a little better.

Please do not worry; my whole blog will not be consumed by WW. I am not comfortable sharing my starting weight but I will share with you the number of pounds I need to loose - 50.   I will post weekly updates of my progress and share meals with you. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them. I am a pretty open person.

I would like to make one final statement on this topic.  This decision and journey, for me, is not simply to loose weight.  My eating habits ar not only physically unhealthy but I feel they have become mentally and spiritually unhealthy.  It is time for me to take control!

Hope everyone is have a great week so far!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Miscellany Mondays

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Sorry about my lack of posts last week.  I have had a lot on my mind, so much that it was hard to separate out, what was what.  I will do better this week, I promise, please don't break up with me. ;)

Here are a few of the things on my mind.

I took the plunge this weekend and signed up for meetings, will post more about this later.  How many of you are doing or have done Weight Watchers?


My oldest flew all the way out to DC by herself to visit my dad (Haus) and stepmom (BG).  BG took AM to New York City!  What a great summer AM has had!  California, DC and New York!


Sisterly Love.  I have been really experiencing this a great deal recently between all three of my daughters, it is very exciting to me.  To be a part of and witness these bonds and moments is truly a blessing to me.  It really touches my heart and makes me excited for the future.

Hubby is once again in Cocoa Beach, FL.  This week for the girls and I will be much better than the last one - because I said so.


I want to be doing more of this.  My plan is to do a little photo shoot of the girls before summer is over.

These are just a few things on my mind right now.  I am going to try and filter more of my thoughts through my blog.  Hope everyone has a fabulous week!