Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day

This month I signed up for Foodie Pen Pals for the first time. It is a pen pal program where you send a box of food to another blogger or blog reader. I was paired up with a reader to send a package to. She said she liked tea, coffee, Chinese and candy. Here's what I sent since she doesn't have a blog to post about it.

Linda the Tumbleweed Contessa had my name and here is what I received.

She sent salsa flavored popped chips, skinny cow candy, green chilies and green enchilada sauce as well as some measuring cups since I am working on losing weight and a very nice letter.

I had a great first experience with Foodie Pen Pals and I'm looking forward to doing it again next month!

Head over to www.theleangreenbean.com if you want to sign up for May's exchange.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Meet & Greet

We were fortunate to get to meet Ryan Hurst (Opie from Sons of Anarchy) last night. I was so excited!!
What do you say to a celebrity when you meet them? I just told him that it was so nice to meet him and then I thanked him for doing the event. It actually made him smile and he gave me a little hug. It was awesome. Seeing all the people there and how they acted made me wonder why celebrities do things like this. I guess it's part of their job, but I was very appreciative that he took the time to do it. We didn't get to meet Tommy Flanagan (Chibs). He had to leave Louisville early, but he's coming back in August with another "special" guest yet to be determined. Looking forward to that too. Here's the pics from last night.

FYI: He has a new show coming out in June called "King and Maxwell" that will be on TNT. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


2.8 pounds. How does one gain 2.8 pounds in 8 days? I have to move forward and lose it again. I will not let this get me down.

This weekend held a couple of epic fails.

Friday night we went to see Lords of Salem. It was awful. It wasn't even a little bit scary. It was comical and I don't think it was supposed to be. Don't go see it.

Then Saturday Mom and I were getting stuff ready for our Family Fun Day at church. She found a recipe to make fireworks out of chocolate to put on top of the cupcakes. This is what our fireworks looked like.

Mom definitely salvaged the cupcakes though. No fireworks, but delicious none the less.

I'll leave you with this picture from Pinterest.

Monday, April 22, 2013


Sometimes I think I'm crazy. I make progress and then I go backwards. And it's not even surprising. I see the poor decisions I make, I see the scale and I continue to make those poor decisions. So what gives? Why don't I make the changes I need to make?

I think I am happier now that I have this new job and I'm not as focused on my health. It was something to make me feel better about myself and now I don't need that. It's illogical. It shouldn't matter if I'm happy or sad or whatever, I need to take care of myself. I should take advantage of this happy time and make it happier, not wait until I'm down and try to pick myself up.

One big change that has happened is now I only take about 3500 steps a day at work. I am supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day. See a problem there? When I get home, I get lazy and I'm done. I don't run, I don't do my Power 90. I just sit.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I know it's not going to be good, but I also know what has caused that. Hopefully this is a wake up call and I will implement the changes that I need to make.

Tomorrow I will start anew. I will reach my goal weight. I will run. I will become the better me I want to be.    

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Day Early

I am weighing in a day early. Tomorrow night is Book Club so I won't have time to post. Thankfully I am back down this week. I weighed in at 184.2. Whoop whoop!

I really really didn't feel like running today after work. I didn't sleep well last night. I had a meeting scheduled at 11:00 at work today. I had a dream that I missed my meeting. It woke me up and from then on I was awake every half hour or so. I don't know why I was so nervous about it. Crazy the way my mind works sometimes. Anyway, I sucked it up and went for my run. Lucas even cooked supper while I ran. Awwww.
I am trying to train for a 10k now. Not that I ever plan on running a 10k but you never know. I need a new challenge. Today's run was supposed to be 10 min. running, 1 min. walking and do this 4 times. I only did it twice. I stopped at 2 miles.

I did net a new pace record, but I was still not proud that I stopped early. At least I did go run I guess.

I know everyone's thoughts are on Boston tonight. It's so horrible that things like that happen. You never know when and where something similar could take place. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. Pray for Boston!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

1 Week Down

I survived my first week at work! It was actually a really good week. Change can be a good thing.

I went for a run today. I started off thinking I was going to run/walk 4 miles. I want to try to start going further. I felt off the whole time. I don't know if it was because it was warmer than I am used to running in or since there were so many people at the park since Little League has started or what my problem was. I was ready to stop after 1 1/2 so when I got back to the car I decided to stop. I only made it 2.05 miles. I was surprised at my pace because I felt like I was running in slow motion.

I was not too excited when I got done today. I still had to go to the grocery store after this. 

I am going to try to take the time and run again tomorrow. I've got to get back into my healthy habits. Running once a week is not cutting it. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

So Far So Good

I've only been at my new job for 2 days, but it has been a good change of pace. I am beginning to see how it is helpful to do personality tests on potential employees before you hire them. Everyone has been calm and quiet and friendly so far. Everyone has their own responsibilities and gets their job done and then goes home. Like I've said, it's only been two days, and my opinion may change, but I am enjoying it for now. These beautiful tulips were on my desk when I got in on Monday.

Now for the bad news...I'm up .4 this week. I am not surprised, but I am still disappointed in myself. I know it's not a very big gain and I should be able to lose it no problem, but it's still a gain. I have gotten out of the habit of counting calories again. I ate a bunch of junk food this weekend. I haven't been treating my body the way that I should. I only cooked one clean meal last week. Sometimes I don't quite understand myself.

I'm not going to let this get me down though. There are good things happening and I want to continue to better myself as well. This change will be good motivation to stay on the right path.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Run

It was beautiful outside today so I decided to run. It was my hottest run so far this year and I still set a personal best for 3.1 miles! I did take 2 short walking breaks that are not reflected in the distance or time. 

I listened to a Half Size Me podcast while I ran. It was a nice change. Listening to someone's story distracted me from what I was doing so I wasn't constantly thinking, "How much longer?" or "I'm miserable."
It was a hard run, but I felt good when it was over. You may be able to see my exhaustion a little bit. 

Tomorrow's the big day. I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully the day goes well. After work we are going to a Bats baseball game. Here's a pic from a game last year. 

Have a great Sunday night. Tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

My Last Day

I walked into work this morning to be greeted by these adorable signs.

"Best wishes on your new adventure!" "Goodbye and Good Luck! all your charming, clever and classy friends will miss you!"
 It feels so strange to be leaving, but it feels right. It was time and I am looking forward to the next phase in my professional career. It was hard saying goodbye, but I know I'll see them again.

The thing that makes me saddest about this change is that I won't get to go golfing with my Dad after work. My hours are going to be later and we won't have time to go before it gets dark. Lucas told me that we will make time if we want to go golfing and he's right. We can definitely fit golfing in on a Saturday if we want to go. I just enjoy that time with him. We went today after work. It was pretty nice out. I sneaked this picture of him.

Even though I am not very good, I still have fun. I'll get better, it just takes practice. Lots and lots of practice.

Golfing did help me set a record for number of steps taken in one day!

Overall, it's been a good day; much better than I anticipated!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Officially Losing Again

I am down 1 pound this week which means I am now at my lowest weight since this journey began! It's pretty exciting; 32.6 pounds gone so far. So now every ounce I lose is really a loss and I'm no longer just catching up to my lowest weight from last year.

I finally went for a run again today. It was beautiful outside. 49 degrees and sunny. As I was running along, I looked down and what happened to appear?

If you remember from this post: http://afeiock.blogspot.com/2013/03/333-on-3313.html I lost my gloves while running on 3/3. One of them was laying on the sidewalk today. I guess it's just been laying there for that long? Maybe I'll find the other one on my next run...

I finished the 3.1 miles today and I was exhausted when I got done. It was not a record time, but it wasn't too bad and it felt good to finish. 

I have not yet cooked like I planned this week. I did buy everything I needed for the recipes and it is going to start tomorrow.

I only have 3 days left at my current workplace now. I'm getting really excited about this new adventure. Change is coming...