Drop The Fork!

My relationship with food has always been a complicated one…. Okay well maybe not so complicated, I eat what I want end of story. Only lately have I come to acknowledge perhaps this is not the best idea. Pretty much like every other kid in America I was raised to clean my plate and since then that’s what I’ve always done unless I am too stuffed to eat anymore. Not to make light of anyone else’s story, but luckily for me my eating habits have not resulted in me gaining a lot of weight; however I have picked up a few pounds, more pounds than I am used to carrying without being pregnant.

I did not make any New Year’s resolutions about losing weight, but I did decide a few weeks ago that I was going to make a conscious effort to eat smaller portions and become more active. Some of my friends give me the side eye when I say I want to lose 8lbs, BUT in my defense my weight is heavy for me. Right now I am in a size 6 edging towards an 8 and if I were a toned active 6/8 then I would have no complaints since I am not…..hopefully you can see my dilemma. I am proud to say that today for lunch I only ate half of my entrée and the other is sitting in the bag untouched. Our family Christmas gift from my dad has already assisted in increasing my activity because we LOVE our new Xbox Kinect and Dance Central is a serious workout. I should also add that I am definitely feeling the after affects of yesterday’s yoga/pilates class. Now the next thing on the agenda is talking the hubs into buying us the EA Sports 2 for the Kinect. *insert evil laugh*

I Survived Yoga/Pilates!!!

  My coworker, B, graciously signed up to take yoga/pilates with me this month and today was our first day of class.  We were a few minutes late so of course the teacher invited us to take spots at the front of the room. Something in me said okay and I went to the front of the room and took the spot to her right with no hesitation. B decided to stay in the back of the room. She was worried that people would be looking at her.  Unfortunately, this proved to be a bad decision on her part because the lady in front of her got a little too relaxed and passed gas frequently.

Overall the class was not bad, but I know now more than ever I have a lot of work to do, and much of this work will need to be done on my own time. There is only so much I can expect to get from a forty-five minute class that only meets once a week.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens… a review

   OMG!!! Where do I begin? The very last book I read in 2010 happened to be one of the very best!

I was updating my shelfari list and Still Missing popped up as a suggestion, so I added to my list. Crime/thrillers/suspense novels are always enjoyable  and this one did not disappoint.

From Amazon.com

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

 

I was on the edge of my seat as I read Annie’s tale. I felt every single emotion she described. Even though I knew she’d escaped “The Freak” every time she remembered her time on the mountain with him my heart was pounding. 

Chevy’s new novel Never Knowing isn’t set to be released until July and honestly if its anything like Still Missing I cannot WAIT to get my hands on it . She is definitely a new author to watch.

New Beginnings

I’ve never been one to make a list of things that I resolve to do for the new year.  I’m not really sure why I never have and so far I still have no desire.  Last year I thought of one, but I forgot it before the ball even dropped! I blame my memory loss on the kids.

  Just a few days ago  I had a chat with my girlfriend who shared with me how she’d left behind a few friends before the beginning of the year and how liberated and more importantly less stressed she felt.  This got me to thinking… should I follow suit and start to drop the dead weight in my life? Am I holding on for the sake of the friendship or is this another case of me being too damn nice and allowing people who have no place in my life….. in my life??

In a way I am sort of like the character May from The Secret Life of Bees. I internalize a lot, but unlike May I do not have my own personal wailing wall so all of these feelings have no where to go. Too much negativity overwhelms and ultimately stresses me out. Am I positive 100% of the time? Hell no! Are there times that I am negative? Absodamnlutely, but there is a limit. Once I reach that threshold I slap on my happy face or I will retreat until I get myself together otherwise I will feel like crap for letting it get that far.  I know how to filter myself, but I don’t know how to deal with the people around me who go in on a regular basis. Ultimately I am only responsible for my behavior and I should focus on that for sure, and when everyone else gets out of hand, or in my mind out of hand I’ll just take a step back and breathe.

Guess I should sign off with some cliche’d statement about the new year, but ehh I don’t feel like it.

Get It Together Grandma!

It seems as if every week the Employee Health Nurse is sending out emails about some class that is being offered during our lunch hour so I finally took the bait and signed up for the yoga/pilates class.  

I used to be flexible but errr uhhh… I don’t know I am going to be able to handle the warrior pose or not, but I can’t avoid not being active anymore!  My poor knees will probably protest in the beginning but hopefully they will adjust. We shall see! In the meantime I will hope for the best!