Trip Planning and Weight Watchers

I did okay this weekend. My brother and his family came over for dinner on Saturday and my mom and I worked like mad women on getting the place cleaned up (we have papers and I swear they multiply in the night!) so it is much nicer having a clean living room.  It feels more open!

We made a BBQ’d chicken (whole chicken seasoned with salt, garlic powder, garlic salt, and pepper, simple but amazing!), roasted potatoes (and they turned our super crispy and amazing because she accidentally cooked them longer than she wanted), and they had steak and a couple of ribs they needed to cook that day or they’d have to throw it away.

We had a nice visit with them and my cousin FaceTime’d me so she got to say hi to Gina for a minute.  She’s planning on taking a weekend up here from LA so she can meet Gina and Bug and we all talked about taking a weekend in Santa Cruz too which would be fun! I’ve never stayed in Santa Cruz, we just took day trips because I grew up an hour north of Santa Cruz and we only went to the Boardwalk which I definitely want to do, especially with Bug because it would be super fun going on the rides we can both go on together. But it would be nice too to see the rest of Santa Cruz. 

Sunday, my aunt and I met up with our cousins to start work on plans and get an idea of what we all want to do on our trip. We will have to do more but I’m working on research and ideas because I think they are happy with me being the one to do that. I need to make it flexible too so we can switch things around and they can work out if they want to go somewhere else when my aunt and I want to do something in particular but I’m sure it will all work out.

It really helps writing everything out.

I also gave my aunt everything I needed in order to send in for my renewed passport that expired at the beginning of the month (I can’t believe I went to France 10 years ago!) and I made an appointment to see my doctor about options for medication for potential sea sickness (I’m guessing I’d be one of those people because I get motion sick, especially in a car) and maybe something to calm my nerves on the flight.

I never used to be a nervous flyer but after my last flight when I went to France, I had a dream that was super vivid that the plane I was on blew up and it felt so real and now I have that fear and it makes me so mad that I do! I used to love flying, which we only really did when we went to LA and one time to Texas before my trip to France 10 years ago (I can’t believe its’ been that long!). I don’t think I’d need anything strong but just a little something to calm my nerves.

Anyway, I’m finding that 4 days is kind of pressed for time in Disney World but I think I figured out a plan of attack to get each park in and I hope everyone agrees with the plan. We also agreed we will probably be splitting off at points too.

I don’t want to go too much into the trip here because I’m talking about it on the Disney blog so it’s not necessary for me to do so, I’m just so excited!

Now for my Weight Watchers meeting – I had a 1 pound gain but I am giving Simply Filling a try again at least during the week and using points on the weekends for more flexibility so we will see how it goes!

I was late to the meeting but they talked about getting back on track and ways to get you motivated to do so and honestly I’m the worst at it so I will think about that and get back to you on some ideas I come up with.

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Exciting News!!!

You know, I’ve started and deleted about four posts and I’m finally just going to get out an update.  A lot happened in February and I was going to post about it but it’s all over and done with.

And for my exciting news, last Friday, my aunt invited me to go to Disney World and on a Disney Cruise in June! It will be four days in Disney World and a four night cruise to the Bahamas stopping at Nassau and Castaway Cay (pronounced key).  I am totally beyond excited about it! If you’d like to follow my plans up to the trip and see a trip report when I get back, I’ll post all of that stuff on my Disney blog, but here I will mention it a bit with my weight loss progress.

I now have a goal date to push for.  I have about three months and I am hoping that 30 lbs isn’t much to ask for.  We’ll see.  I would be happy with 15 but I’m going to try, you never know so I am going to try for 30 pounds but I am not going to starve myself.

I have a TON of planning to do and I’m going to have to be disciplined with both eating and finances so I can save up for the trip.  Other than that, I am just getting myself through Spring which has decided slap me in the face.  I had a super bad cough for the last couple of weeks and I sort of lost some of my appetite which is fine with me because I lost 3.6 lbs at my last weigh in.

Finally I was down, and I was down more than the last two or three gains I had so I’ll take it! I’m working on being diligent with writing down everything I eat and exercise wise, I’m striving to get at least 1/2 hour of activity in a day and I would love to get my 10,000 steps in per day but if I can’t make it, the 1/2 hour activity would be great.

That’s about it from me but I will make time to post here more often instead of waiting this long again.  I want to keep this up and it doesn’t do me any good to just be lazy.

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Weight Watchers- Exercise and Recap of the Week

Well I finally had a good weight in.  I lost one pound which I have to say shocked me because it was PMS week for me and I kept feeding that monster.  I was picking almost non-stop and I felt like crap but I guess God decided to give me a break!

Anyway, the meeting was good, we talked a bit about baby steps from last week and our weekly reader was about finding exercise that you love to do and it may have been that I had other stuff on my mind, like the fact that I couldn’t stay late like our meeting normally goes because I was invited to my aunt’s bunco game that night but this topic is a good one to talk about, and I’ll get in at the end of this post about the sad news from my last post.

Okay so I just happened to finally make a small commitment to myself on exercise. I never have kept to a regular exercise routine, my longest is when I worked at Curves, I didn’t lose weight during that time but I definitely toned up and if you can afford it, it’s a great program for women. I think what I tend to do is push myself too much in the beginning and quit before I have a chance to stick with it.

It’s also incredibly important to love what you’re doing.  For instance, I enjoy occasionally watching baseball (especially going to an actual Giant’s game or the Rivercats here in Sacramento which used to be the A’s AAA team but is now the Giant’s AAA team so I’m an even bigger fan now!), and I used to love going to see the Sharks play in San Jose (which I haven’t done in years), but actually playing a sport, I hate with a passion.  I am not a very coordinated person, I’m very klutzy, I trip over my feet easily and it’s just not in me to be good at sports.  My dad was amazing, but unfortunately I did not inherit those genes.  My brother possible could have but he’s not big into playing either.  He did little league for a couple of years and he was good at it but didn’t stick with it.

I’m going on a rant so back to finding exercise that you love.  I have a good friend that I’ve known my whole life (our mothers were best friends) who love spinning and I really admire her and I’m glad we are back in touch.  She has a blog that she just started around the beginning of the year you can check out at SpinSomatic. I see how happy she is and the exercise makes a big difference.  So finding something you love can make sticking with a routine so much easier.

My friend mentioned on her blog that another thing that helped her is make it something you look forward to doing instead of something you’re forced to do. She said the same about mass so I want to apply that to help me get back to church too but that’s another story for another day.

So I don’t have many things I love to do, I haven’t tried much to be honest. I do know I love walking.  Especially just plugging in my ear phones and zoning out listening to music or a podcast and just being in my own little world. Unfortunately, that’s not the safest thing to do around here but there are trails that usually have other people so I may try that out too. I do feel safe enough to do that on my lunch breaks at work so instead

I have started this week with doing something a little bit each day. I have a 5-dvd set, pilates dvd, and walking dvd all from Weight Watchers and so far I have done 3 10-minute workouts from the 5-dvd set and I do like them. I was doing the 15 and 30 minute sets but I think I just needed to start out with small steps to help me stick with it.

Anyway, I’m going to see how this works and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

As far as the life stuff that’s been going on, Gina’s (my sister-in-law) uncle passed away from a massive heart attack on Tuesday.  We were so stunned and I feel just so awful for their family.  He was a father to them, and you all know I know how that feels.

A lot of sad things have happened so far this year and we’re barely into February but that by far is the worst of it, so if you pray, I would appreciate a quick prayer for her family to help them get through these hard times.

I am going to write a more detailed blog on weight loss but for now I’m going to end it there. It’s midnight and I’m too tired to concentrating on writing more so I apologize if this isn’t the greatest content.

What are your favorite activities that keep you in your exercise routine? 

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Organization Progress

Well I think I made up for not doing anything the weekend before last. Friday night I spent the night at my brother’s while he went to the Bay Area so my sister-in-law and I could work on little Nick’s bedroom and get that organized.  Saturday is when we worked on his room and by the time my mom got up to their place, we were as done as Gina wanted to be so we went out to lunch and a quick trip to Target before parting ways because we all got up really early and were beat.

I honestly forgot what happened most of the rest of the day. I know we went to Whole Foods for a minute and ate at my favorite French Creperie before going home and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep almost immediately.

Sunday morning, I woke up with the urge to start work on my room and I got a lot done.  I managed to clear up a ton of crap in my room, got the closet doors off of the hinges so I can hang up a tension rod with curtains (it gives me more room), put together two Kallax Shelving units I got at Ikea, and some laundry.

For most of the day I was doing really well and I was totally on a roll but when I went down to get my first load of laundry out of the wash, I opened the door to our small laundry room that we share with our neighbors and the floor of the laundry room was covered in 1/2 of a large carton of liquid laundry soap.

Apparently the almost full bottle of laundry detergent I just bought fell off of the washing machine and the top flew off and 1/2 of the contents spewed all over the floor.

I was amazed that it took less than an hour to clean up the mess.  And being that the floor is cement, it’s not slippery and feels like nothing ever happened, thank God!

But with all of that work, my thighs and arms are super sore.  Each box weights 56 lbs and I had to lug them up a flight of stairs on a hand truck because the wheels helped it move up each step a little easier.  I had to do this twice and with the combination of that and squatting for 45 minutes to clean up 1/2 of a tub of goo gave me quite the workout.

It reminds me that I need to start exercising. Big time!

Anyway, I’m going to end it there because it’s late, and I found out some really sad news tonight that I can’t talk about just yet because I need to wait until the people who need to know find out. I’ll probably talk about it tomorrow.

Have you been to Ikea before? Do you have as much fun as I do putting furniture together?

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Weight Watchers- Tiny Steps to Success

This week I had a hard time controlling my eating and ended up gaining 1 pound.  It was just a rough week, I had the emotional part for a few days and the rest of the week I was constantly hungry. So I paid for it, but it’s over and we’re onto another week.

This week’s topic was about taking small steps to get to your goals.  Our leader passed around a ream of paper and had us all guess how much it weighed but I had a bit of an unfair advantage since I used to work in a mailroom and lifted them all the time and I thought I remembered them being 5 pounds per ream and it turns out I was correct.

She used the ream of paper as a symbol that you can’t rip the whole thing at once, but you can do one sheet at a time no problem and that really is a good point.  Taking baby steps makes reaching your goals easier and it’s something I forget and really should focus on.

I have made baby steps that I stick with like eventually removing fast-food (my bad habit places at least as I go to Panda, since there are healthy options, and maybe 2-3 times per year to In-n-Out still but I can handle myself with those two restaurants) from my eating and I’ve been without fast food for over a year now.

I miss Taco Bell on occasion, especially when I’m driving by and I’m starving, but I just force myself to stop thinking about it because I can’t go back there.  If I start eating Taco Bell again, I’ll order enough food for 3 or 4 people, then I’ll start doing the same at McDonalds, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, etc.  I can’t do that to myself.  I consider that a baby step because at first, I allowed myself to have it on Thursdays after weigh in and I just eventually stopped all together.

A baby step I’m working on right now is removing processed foods from my life.  I won’t say that I’ll do that 100 percent but I do want to eventually get to a point where I’m making most of my meals and eating out less.  I’ve done well but I have some moments.

Anyway, I do want to make some goals for actually losing weight thought so I’m going to make a baby step of one- tracking everything and two- losing 1 pound per week. If I stick to tracking religiously, I know I’ll lose at least a pound per week.

Another thing she mentioned is celebrating your accomplishments.  This is something I have trouble doing but I am going to come up with a list and I may have it as a top ten for next week.

For now, I should go because I’m spending the night at my brother’s home while he’s going to the bay area so my sister-in-law and I can get my nephew’s bedroom organized so I better get to bed so I’m ready for tomorrow!

What are your mini goals? Do you have a favorite way to celebrate successes? 

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Overwhelmed with Organization

This promise I made to myself is already feeling overwhelming.  The first room I’m working on for this year long project is my bedroom.  I know I have it broken down into sections, the closet, bed area (I got new “end tables” that I will show later on), dresser, and dressing table and I have to tell you, I go in there just to start clearing things up for the area I’m going to work on and I take one step into my room with this mindset and I have to turn around and leave because it just gives me a headache.  I’m trying to not look at it as a whole but I can’t help but see the entire thing and it’s just too much to think about.

I have more motivation on the weekends but I still am struggling with just starting. I think what I need to do is put on music and maybe set a timer for even 15 minutes and say to myself, just work until that timer goes off and see what you did. Then gradually add time to the timer.

I’ll tell you the whole thing makes me wish I was in a Disney movie so I could either have little woodland creatures helping me out or be one of the fairy Godmothers and I could just use a wand to do my bidding so I can put all of the crap away with the flick of a wrist or just making it disappear all together. Disney really does set impossible standards in that sense.  Not one squirrel or bird has offered to help me!

All joking aside, my plan for the week is to do what I mentioned. Turn on Pandora, set my timer for 15 minutes at least once, maybe twice (with a break in between) per day until I have each section done.  My goal for the closet is to get it done in a week.  I think that’s doable.  And of course I will document the before and after when I am finished and I’m really excited to get that posted.

So as stated above, I didn’t get started on organizing over the weekend.  I really didn’t get anything done on Saturday and I went to Ikea and my brother’s home on Sunday.  I have to admit this and I hate that I get this way but I have been on a mood roller coaster on and off since Saturday and I get upset over the smallest things. Maybe I have super early PMS I don’t know but I can’t figure it out.

Like, I was screaming my head off driving home today and I practically want to cry right now because I ruined this recipe for breakfast I tried to make.  News flash- baking eggs without scrambling with milk and/or cheese can make them SUPER hard and now I want to cry. That’s not normal.

Maybe I’m in a funk right now and I just need a good cry to get it all out.  Sometimes I have those moments and if I have a good cry it releases all of the emotions going on in my head. I’m going to keep an eye on it over the next couple of days and see what happens.

Do you get overwhelmed with big organizing projects?

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Chow Mein, Jekyll & Hyde, and Purse Organization

No recipe this week, but I did make Chow Mein for the first time which is something I have wanted to do for a long time.  My mom makes an amazing Chinese Barbecued pork tenderloin and we had leftover so I tried it and it was good. It needs tweaking so I’m not prepared to share yet. I do have a couple of recipes under my belt to post but I wanted to go a different route this week and show you how I organized my new purse.

The noodles tasted more like rice noodles, a little on the slimy textured side so next time I will try a different brand.


After my early dinner, I went to see Jekyll & Hyde at the Harris Center for the Arts located at Folsom Lake College. Its’ a beautiful theater.  And fyi- this was taken with my new phone. I would say it’s an improvement from my old phone.  I could never take a picture like this!  Can’t wait to try it out on dark rides in Disneyland!



This is the nicest college theater I have ever seen. The plays here are professional though, the college performances are at other theaters on the campus.


Fancy ergonomic bench.


We sat at the very back of the theater but the seats were still great. We had the back row to ourselves.



They even had creepy blinking cat eyes on the mesh screen during intermission.


So onto my tutorial on how I organized my new purse.  I went from this…


Not bad, but too many places for things to hide. It’s a B. Makowsky bag that I got at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago. I definitely won’t get rid of it but it needs a little TLC and I can’t be trusted with it until I get more responsible with organization.



Oh no, it gets worse when you take out the wallet… It’s just an endless pile of… Stuff…


So seeing that, I obviously had to do some major cleansing of what I really needed to keep with me. Oh yes, that is a Dooney & Bourke purse that I got for $65 at TJ Maxx why do you ask? As I said, small, but it’s cute. See?


So here is what I dwindled down too. Small bag for smaller items, wallet, thin “coin purse” for receipts, coupons, etc., purse holder (silver ring), pen/stylus (Yes it does both), hand cream, kleenex pack, sunglasses, little bag with ear buds, and keys, and not pictured is my phone which I should have fused to my arm because I was taking the pictures with it.


The little gold bag is where I put smaller items that can just fall to the bottom of the purse including lip gloss, hand sanitizer, band aids (because I’m klutzy), gum or mints depending on my mood, contacts case and cleanser (because as a contacts wearer, you never know when you’ll need it), lip balm for when I don’t want to wear lip gloss, gum picks to get food out from between your teeth (these things are amazing!!! They carry them by the floss.), a little blue pill fob (my mom got it for me at Safeway and it was perfect!), and I keep an essential oil on me in case I feel like wearing something. Tweezers and nail clippers not pictured because I don’t have them yet but I always wish I had some on me and they are small enough to keep on hand.


Also, I put my keys on a carabiner to clip onto my purse strap so I don’t lose them! You have no idea how many times I’ve been stressed about being late for work because I couldn’t find my keys. I got this pack of 3 for $1.50 at Target in the sporting section. I took the blue, gave my mom the purple, and Gina the red.


So I clipped the keys and purse hanger onto the straps and everything fits with pretty much no room to spare, so I will have to be diligent with keeping it that way. I may get rid of the coin purse thing because I usually put that stuff in my wallet anyway. It has the room for it…


Front view. I hope to God I don’t get this thing dirty.  As I said I’m sure plenty of times, klutzy!


What do you think? Are you as bad as I am with disorganized purses? What are some of your must haves you keep in your purse?

Oh! PS- Earlier today I got my 100th follower!  Thanks guys! I hope you’re enjoying my posts.  Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to write about in relation to Weight Watchers, or whatever!

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