Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday HodgePodge

Hi all!  First a BIG thank you to our Hodgepodge Hostess, Joyce!! 

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 279

If you want to join in on the Hodgepodge, hop on over to From This Side of the Pond, grab the questions, write answers on your blog and then go back to add your link. 

1.  Are there any men or women in blue on your family tree?  None that are currently living but many, many great Aunts and Uncles that served our country.

2. Are you someone who suffers from the Sunday night blues? What helps you get over it?  No, not really. I try to enjoy each day for what it brings...life is WAY to short to stress over a day of the week!
3. I read the color blue is an appetite suppressant since there are very few naturally blue foods out there. How do you feel about blue cheese?  I LOVE IT!!!! I could eat it on everything! Salads, burgers and alone!  Love it or blech?  If you're a fan, what's something you like that's made with blue cheese?  Huntsman cheese is amazing! It is cheddar cheese with blue cheese in the middle of it!! Best ever!
4. We can't head into the Labor Day weekend without a related question, can we? Complete this thought:  I work best when  I am down to the wire on a deadline! I am a procrastinator...definitely an issue of mine. HA

5. 'Everything yields to diligence.' Antiphanes Your thoughts? (on this particular quote or on diligence in general)  I would interpret that as "don't half-ass anything" and I totally agree with that!
6. The National Park Service turned 100 years old on August 25th. Have you been to many of America's National Parks?  If so share with us a favorite or two. Which National Park would you most like to visit before the next birthday rolls around? I do not think I have - I am totally sure I am missing out!!!
7.  Bid farewell to August in seven words or less.  Blowing kisses...I love you so much!!!!! Please don't go!!!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Happy it's Wednesday! I hope everyone has an amazing Labor Day weekend!!!

Thanks for your visit!!  I do enjoy Hodgepodge Wednesdays!!  Peace & hugs.

Week 5 - Weigh in Wednesday


Hi! I hope you are all having an amazing week so far!! I hope everyone enjoyed their August as much as I have also! However....soooo not ready for Fall and Halloween yet :-)

But alas....we cannot stop time and ...

It's that time again! I am still weighing myself everyday and I have decided that, for now, that is A-OK! The scale is moving in the right direction week after week finally!


Time for Weigh in Wednesday!

No cheats again this week! I hit 20 pounds lost this week and I have decided to hold off on giving myself some little reward...not sure when I will now...maybe at goal! HA HA Do you reward yourself at all??? So, here I go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 21.2 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 3.3 pounds. I seem to be pretty consistent with the approx 3 pounds a week?

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water! This week I have also found the time to add in two or three classes of Pure Barre along with my running/jogging/walking training for the half marathon in October at Hershey.

I really need your help!!! Please, won't you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? Spread the word and let's all help keep each other motivated!!!

Here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button below and link up in the linky below!! Lets keep each other on track!!!

What do you to reward yourselves?!?! Ideas are so very welcome!!!

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')
Buying a new home. I own a condo but when my family comes to visit there is just not a lot of room. I would love to have a large house with room for everyone!! Gotta keep saving!
2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? 
We definitely rush the seasons way to much and I hate it. I wish we could all just enjoy today more!!!  I went in to Hobby Lobby and they have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas up already! Seriously!?!? Yuck! It is still summer to me!I may try all the above you have listed...
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?
Flowers! I absolutely love flowers!!! God's hand at art work!

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? 
I am in recovery so I have learned to take a hard look at myself and ALWAYS judge myself on my actions and take a long hard look at my motivations for any situation. As far as others, judge not less we be judged, right? I try really hard not to judge others at all....Live and Let Live!
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 
Today yes....in my younger years absolutely NOT!
6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
Capresi salads are my favorite for summer! Basil, tomato, mozzarella cheese and balsamic reduction is amazing!!!!!!
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?
I have, and I like to color but just never find the time. I also enjoy reading way more so that seems to always win when I have down time. I think I have colored 1/2 of one of the pages in my book - LOL!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
If you are struggling with staying on track with weight loss, I am hosting Weigh in Wednesdays to keep each other accountable...I would love it if you would join in !  Annster's Domain




Week 4 - Weight in Wednesday


Hi! I hope you all have had the most amazing week so far!!

It's that time again! What has now become my favorite day of the week! I wish I could quit weighing myself everyday and just look on Wednesday but I cannot. I am so afraid it will start heading in the WRONG direction one day and get out of hand. Anyone else do this?  I will keep working on that!

Time for Weigh in Wednesday!

No cheats again this week! When I hit 20 pounds lost I am going to give myself some little reward...not sure what yet. Do you reward yourself at all??? So, here we go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 17.9 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 2.9 pounds. I wish it were more than that but I will take it!

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Please, won't you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? Let's build this up and keep each other accountable! I need your help!!!

Here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button below and link up in the linky below!! Lets keep each other on track!!!

What do you to reward yourselves?!?! Ideas are so very welcome!!!








Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Link On Up

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.
 1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 
I LOVE dancing! Zumba is my favorite however, I make a point of dancing to music in my home alone whenever possible!!
 2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.
I LOVE this quote! If I am interpreting correctly that is. To me this means that if you never have to WANT and WAIT to get something, you can never truly appreciate it when you get it. Kids today have this problem a lot! So many kids I know get and have everything they want...it is hard to appreciate anything now days. Kinda sad really....      I can remember waiting MONTHS to get a certain new toy at Christmas.
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 
 
I do enjoy thrifting! Goodwill is my favorite stop and I also really enjoy flea markets! Your junk is my treasure! HA HA
 
 4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 
 
I am a 10! I love to get away! Had about four weeks of vacation this summer - made such a difference in my outlook! The beach is my serenity!
 
 5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
 
Sprint...days go by faster and faster!!! I am getting way too old way too quick!
 
 6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

Nothing at all!!! Yeah me!

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?

Family vacation to the beach! I did not even know what day of the week it was on most days! LOVE that!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
 
Loving that my weight loss is back on track thanks to Weigh in Wednesday and staying accountable on social media!! Lost 3.2 this week!!!  Won't you please join me?!?!!? Stop by and link up there too! I would love to have you!!! Happy Hump Day!
 
 
 
 

Week 3 - Weigh in Wednesday


Hi! I hope you all have had the most amazing week so far!!

Any new exciting news anyone?

Please share in the comments field below as I need excitement through others right now! LOL!


Okay - onto why I am here today! Time for the second installment of Weigh in Wednesday! I missed the second week (which should have been last week because I was on vacation)....not to worry though! I am back with week 2 this week and ready to make this consistent!! Yeah! Also, I mentioned that I was on vacation...I DID NOT CHEAT AT ALL!!!! Yes, you read that right!

I went to the beach for the first time in July and ate everything you are supposed to while you are on vacation (ice cream, fattening dinners, seafood with butter and breading, fudge and sticky rolls for breakfast) so this time I decided I did not get to indulge. I did so awesome and came home feeling awesome! I did not cheat ONCE! Whoop! I think this is finally the time I keep it up and hit goal weight! Yippee!

So, here we go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 15 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 3.2 pounds

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Please, wont you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? I need your help!!!

Thanks - here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button below and link up in the linky below!! Lets keep each other on track!!!



Happy Birthday Baby Sis!

Happy birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet!
My little sister!
I love you always and forever! 
You are my heart and I am so blessed to have you for a sister!
Happy birthday sis!!
 
 
 Please know that you mean the world to me and I could not have chosen a better baby sister!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE! I LOVE YOU!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SH Vacation 1

Hi everyone!!! I hope everyone is having an amazing summer!!!! I have been and now it is time to get caught up! But, first, thank you all for your blog posts while I vacationed - LOL! I was too lazy to blog on vacation so I read everyone else's while I hung out in the sand and surf. It seems like you all had a wonderful summer too - and are just simply not as lazy as me! HA

Well, here goes catch up from Beach vacation #1. As we do every year I went down to Stone Harbor, NJ with my family! I love it there - it is definitely our GO TO vacation spot!!!.

Here is the view from the condo!!! Nothing short of glorious!

 
Little beach view...does not hurt having a lifeguard doing his push ups in the picture either!


Here is just some our our crew...My Mom and Dad, sister and nephew!




Santa was in town!!! Christmas in July! It definitely helps keep the kids in line - LOL!  





The puzzlers...Mom and two sisters...
 


Saw a beautiful rainbow while we were in town...my iPhone did not do it justice!



Just a couple of my adorable nieces!!!! Love these girls to death!


Sunset at the beach...


Some more nieces...


And more...


Mom and sisters! This is a selfie of our morning walking/jogging crew! We got up at 6AM and walked every morning! Notice all the boys slept in everyday - HA!


We let the kids spend the day at the Wetlands. It is a wildlife conservation group to conserves the turtles and other sea creatures in the wetlands of Stone Harbor.


Little time at the beach! Just kidding! When I go to the beach with these people we spend ALL DAY EVERYDAY on the beach!


My sister and my niece...



Time to go home already! We re-connected with a family that we grew up around. The is my parents and myself and Mrs. Smith and her daughter and son-in-law. I grew up hanging out everyday with this girl!  Such fun to re-connect!

Ininin Jbjbkb                      

Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 2 - Weigh in Wednesday

Hi!  am posting this to catch up. I was on vacation last week and could not access internet to host Weight in Wednesday.

I want to make sure to post the loss up to that point for my historical record.



So, here we go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 7.8 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 3.2 pounds

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button above and link up with me next Wednesday!


Tell me more about YOU!!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Mine was good.

I am back to work now after another vacation and it is sooo hard to get into the groove of work?!?!? UGH!

I started this blog about 5 years ago to document my not very exciting love life and fitness journey and I have done exactly that. I have tracked boyfriends, holidays, weight loss and weight gain and also made so many great friends!

I really love each and every one of my followers and would love to learn more about you. So, this is get to know YOU day!!! If you are reading this....PLEASE comment below with the following answers...

1. Your First Name
2. Town and State you live in
3. Favorite Movie
4. Favorite Book
5. Favorite Food
6. Favorite Drink
6. Favorite Type of Workout
7. Type of Work you Do (Even if its in the home)
8. Favorite Vacation Spot
9. Where do you want to live when you retire

Thanks for taking the time to allow me to get to know YOU better!!! I can not wait to read everyone's answers!  HAPPY MONDAY!!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stone Harbor Trip 2-Day 1

Hi everyone! I am so happy to let you know that I am officially on vacation at the beach! I drove late last night to get here and this was the scene when I arrived at 3 AM in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.  My family has been coming here since we were little kids… This is by far my favorite place on the planet! 

 This is the first daylight picture! I took this when I got up around 8 AM .  Ahhhh...

  My brother and his family will be up tomorrow. Today on the beach it was just me. I took my chair down and my towel to lay on my stomach. I have my own little area set up for about two hours and then this family came along. Someone almost put their chair on my leg… Way too close for comfort!
 This was my lunch! I have shrimp at the beach?
 And this was also my lunch… It was peppers and mushrooms sautéed overheat. It was so good! I even have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! 
  I spent a lot of today reflecting on this quote… I really and truly I am so blessed today. I have A family like no other!
  Then I reflected on this… This is nuns beach. There's an order of nuns that actually live here on the beach. I'm thinking I may need to become one. What would I be missing maybe it's time… LOL! 
  I went for a little run later in the afternoon. It was a walk jog run through the streets, through a few paths and on the beach. This is a little path you can run through in a wildlife preserve. Very awesome! 
  And this is a beach at the very end of Stone Harbor.   A lot of this area is blocked off now to keep it protected. When we were little we used to be able to go collect shells here. You could  find really amazing shells after high tide back then and sharks teeth too… Not so much anymore. I looked forever and didn't find one sharks tooth tonight 

Here is the beach path...so beautiful!

 Another shot...

And another... Can you tell I love the beach?

  I ran into this little baby along the path… 

And then about 6 feet from him what his mom or dad…not sure which this is...ha!

Here is the big bad shell collection I found tonight…

I saw these flowers planted together at two different houses. Don't they look awesome? I will be doing this at my house when I buy it next year… LOL! I hope you enjoyed my little run recap as much as I enjoyed it.
 Anyone else live for the beach?     Anyone still have vacation left? If so where you going? I would love to hear from you!     I hope y'all had a great Monday!                                           

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Baby Bird Landlords

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is have a great week so far.

Mine is pretty busy with work stuff but I can not complain! I am so very happy to be blessed with a good job When I know many people are struggling.

Tonight after work my bluebird team for Wildlife Sustainability is going to replace about 6 nest boxes. The boxes are for bluebirds to nest and hatch babies in. This year on our work campus we fledged about 70 babies!!! YEAH! We have 6 boxes that are in horrible disrepair and we will be trying to replace them today so I should have pics for you tomorrow. We will be fighting rusty screws I think - HA!

Also, tomorrow begins my next beach vacation so I will be sure to post pics daily from there too!!!

I hope you all have a great week!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Please Don't Allow Me to be the Only One At My party

Hi guys! How are all of you this week? I am pretty good! Life is okay and I am feeling back on track.

I have jumped right back into the dating scene on Plenty of Fish (POF) and Tinder but that's a whole other post! LOL

I have gone on a few dates and also have had to say goodbye to a few guys...I am kind of realizing that maybe there is no one out there for me and I think I am okay with that too. :-)

The best thing recently is that I am back on track with my weight loss. I have had so many re-starts lately but this is it! I am feeling really strong and ready to do this thing once and for all!

I have got to lose about 60 pounds to get to my goal weight at this point. But I will re-evaluate when I get close to see if I need to lost less or more. I am simply going for healthy and also for a weight that I feel good about myself at. So, let's tackle the weight thing first and THEN see which knight in shining armor comes into my life.



Sound good?

Want to join me?

Pleasssssse say yes?! Just add the link picture above to your blog post and link up below!

I am going to stay accountable by starting a Weigh in Wednesday!! I am so excited! I have never hosted a Weekly check in and I am TRULY excited!!!  I am also a little scared. I am worried that I will start a linkey and be the only one on it (Hense the Post Title)...but that's okay too! I hope you will join me!!

So, here I go!!!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 8.6 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 3.6 pounds

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Please, wont you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? I need your help!!!

Thanks - here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!