Friday, January 28, 2011

such a tease

I might have actually have it...for the first time in 2011.  I have spring fever.  And it's bad!  Too bad it's still January.

All I want is some warm weather and sunshine.  Oh heck.  Who am I kidding?  I want sand, water, a slight breeze, suntan lotion, flip-flops, sunglasses, palm trees, swimming pool, a good book, my iPod, and some good seafood. 


I must brag for a minute though.  I have 2 relatives that are living at the beach, and I can go there any time that I want.  There are talks of a spring trip to stay with Sis in her condo on the beach.  (Did you hear me?  ON THE BEACH!  eek!) 

In the meantime, I guess I could start back up my workout regime.  I need to trim up the flab since I am suppose to be trying to lose more weight any way.  What fun is that though?

I guess I really enjoy this weekend with the temps getting in the 60s since I won't be getting what I want for another 2+ months.  This weather can be such a tease.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

goodbye, friend

On December 20th, I had to bid farewell to an excellent friend.  It was one of the hardest things that I have done in my recent years.  We had been through a lot together.  Let me recap in no particular order: 
-getting my first job
-traveling to Jacksonville, FL all by myself for a friend's wedding
-carrying around my firstborn (Jackson)
-making the long trips to Alabaster from Chalkville to spend time with my boyfriend turn fiance turn husband
-oodles of beach trips
-getting loaded up to move into our own house
-almost getting sucked up in a tornado the night of purchasing my baby girl (Barkley)

Even now I still get choked up thinking about our last drive.  She was an excellent care and honestly hated to see her go.  I have some great final shots and love to remember her like this forever.

The times I shared with her have been some of the best years of my life.  Good-bye 'Tima.  I will miss you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2 weeks in...

We are 2 weeks into 2011 and have I kept my resolutions thus far?  Sure have!

My stress level has decreased significantly since January 1.  I am not saying that it has been easy in the least.  It is hard to change what I have always been.  It is for the best though.  I attribute this horrible acid reflux to my 26 years of worrying over pointless things.  There's really no need to worry about things that I have no control over anyway.  It doesn't help solve the problem and instead it creates a new (health-related) one.  Lesson is slowly getting learned:  no more worries/stressing out, Leslie.

2 grocery trips down in oh-11.  One trip was slightly over the $50 budget and the other was slightly under.  Combined we spent $94.15, which is $5.85 under budget for the year!  YAY!  You can't tell me that you aren't impressed with my budgeting skills.  To go a step further, we saved close to 55% with both trips.  Now that is impressive too.  Not only are we keeping to the budget, but we are saving more than we spend.  I hope to increase our savings even more throughout the year.  Can it be done?  Sure can.  How much time will I have to spend in order to get there?  oh gosh...who knows.

Honestly, I haven't been keeping as close watch with my weight as I have with my grocery shopping.  I was paid a compliment today by my co-worker asking me what I have been doing to lose weight.  And my response is nothing.  I have been keeping a watchful eye on my weight by using the scales at work (which I LOVE!)  My wii scales always say I weigh about 4 to 6 pounds more than the scales at work.  weird.  When I weighed myself today at work, it read that I am exactly 10 pounds lighter this time this year than I was back in oh-10.  Huge success!  It's not over yet.  The year is just beginning and swimsuit season is closer than it has ever been. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

time for new resolutions

Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe the holidays have come and gone again.  It didn't feel like Christmas one bit either probably because I was consumed with work that I couldn't think about anything else.  Not good...

So that brings me to my first resolution for 2011:  do NOT stress over things that aren't in your control and understand that there are more important things to worry about besides my own petty worries.  This resolution alone will be a HUGE task.  I have always been a "worry wart" ever since I was in elementary school.  I was the nerd who did both even and odd numbers of the Math assignment...not becase I wasn't sure if it was one or the other, but I trust the teacher to stick to her own assignment.  Maybe that is why I love Math so much these days...because I always did double the homework.

...which brings me to my next resoltuion for 2011:  document total savings throughout the year with my grocery shopping.  Dorky?  yes.  A waste of time?  I don't think so.  This will be a great way to see how much we are spending per week.  I started a goal back in October-ish to keep the grocery bill under $50.  We were able to keep it around the $50 mark if I can remember my averages correctly.  And soemthing else super-dorky of me is that I found (via are wonderful) a spreadsheet already in the savings format!  I don't even have to create one myself.  I am super excited about it!  I will actually begin tomorrow with our first grocery trip of 2011.

and with food comes my final resolution:  slim and tone up.  Not really that shocking of a resolution because that is the #1 resolution on 99.9% of people's lists.  I know it is lame to say it, but for me if I don't vocalize it to the blog world then I will never do it.  Please keep me accountable in this department.

As far as last year's resolution went, I think it was pretty successful.  We have slacked BIG time as the year progressed from eating healthy to eating junk.  I blame the holidays and being busy for that.  My underlying 2010 resolution was to lose 10 pounds before the end of May.  I didn't quite lose that much, but as I recall I lost about 4-6 pounds before then.  Then I gained some more weight due to my promotion and now I am back down again.  After my severe acid reflux attack, I am now down about 8 pounds from last January 1.  YAY!  That is a great victory for me.  I hope that the 8 pound drop will be motivation to get back down to my wedding weight, which means losing another 6-8 pounds. 

I wish everyone a very happy new year and stick to those resolutions no matter how challenging it may become.  As always I will keep you posted on my progress.