November 13, 2019

Nostalgia: My 10 Favorite Board Games from the 80's and 90's

Yesterday, Jerry and I were both feeling sick--headache, sore throat--and we were talking about playing a board game, something that we very rarely do. Somehow, we got to talking about the games that we miss from when we were kids, and we went for a stroll down memory lane.

Of course, I had to look up online my favorite games to see if they still exist--I would love to get them again! Once I started searching, I realized that most of the games were very girly and silly, but I'd still like to play them again for old times' sake.

As you know if you've been reading my blog for a while, I like to get together with my childhood friends at Christmastime to hang out and reminisce about the good ol' days. (It is going to be so odd--and sad--without Spencer this year. He didn't come to our party every year, but out of our group of friends, he is the first to pass away--and the youngest, which just makes me so angry at cancer.)

However, I'd still like to have a get-together, even if there are only a few of us this year. Sarah's not going to be coming home from Arizona, and I am sure Chris won't be coming due to some family issues. So, we'll see what happens.

I did get the idea, though, to have a 90's themed game night. Complete with our old school games and hopefully old school clothes, whatever 90's-themed food I can come up with, etc. We grew up together from the early 80's until mid-1995, but the early 90's is where I think our friendship was most prominent.

So, after some searching on the internet, I came up with a list of my Top 10 Favorite Board Games (as an adolescent). The adolescent part is crucial when you see some of the games I picked! Hahaha. Very embarrassing, in retrospect.

I was going to try to order these by favorites, but I just can't make up my mind. So, here they are in no particular order:

1) Guess Who



I heard a comedian do a short bit that I find absolutely hysterical about this game because it is SO TRUE. Everyone who ever played this game as a kid remembers this! Here is the bit (it's only three minutes or so):



2) Mall Madness

This was an electronic game that took forever to set up, but was totally worth it. My friend Shannon and I played board games together ALL THE TIME, and this was probably our very favorite. I can still remember the voice: "Attention mall shoppers! There is a sale in the department store!"



3) Girl Talk - Date Line

I actually don't remember a lot about this one, but I believe it had a cassette tape that you would play and it was supposed to be like talking to a boy on the phone. I think he would ask you out (or not) and there were options for "dating" them. 



4) Girl Talk (original)

This game was a truth or dare game, and since I've always been a chicken when it comes to truth or dare games, I always chose truth. As you can imagine, the dares were not very "daring" or risqué for this game, though, despite that it advertises "really cool stunts and fortunes" on the box ;)



5) Dream Phone

This was DEFINITELY one of Shannon's and my favorites! You had to figure out who had a crush on you based on clues. You'd call up the boy on the electronic phone to find out if you're right. Of course, there were only 2-3 boys that we both wanted (just like all these dating games).



6) Heartthrob

Yet another dating game! I remember playing this all the time, but I honestly don't remember how it worked at all. I love that on the box it says, "AGES: For all girls who like boys". Bahaha!



7) Pay Day

Finally, a break from all the dating games. This was similar to a combination of Monopoly and Life, in a way. You would earn money and then have to spend it just like in real life (groceries, bills, etc). You would get mail in the mailbox (could be bills or something good). The board looked like a calendar, and you would move your piece from day to day, hoping to skip over the "bad" ones.




8) Perfect Wedding

This was another one that we absolutely loved! You basically get to plan your dream wedding, but you have a budget based on the fate of the game. I remember that I ALWAYS had to have certain pieces (my favorite of the dresses, flowers, cake, etc). I was a very bossy kid, and if I didn't get my "perfect wedding", I was not happy ;)



9) Sweet Valley High

As a HUGE fan of Sweet Valley Twins, I had to get the Sweet Valley High game. I did read the Sweet Valley High books (and watched the TV show), but the Twins would always be my favorite. Anyway, the box of this says it all: Can you find your boyfriend in time for the big date?" The board was set up like a high school, and there were various paths to lead you to collect what you needed.



10) Wheel of Fortune

Just looking at this game, I can still remember the feel of the game pieces and how hard it was to get the cardboard piece into the board. And then moving the green pieces to reveal the letters underneath. This was a fun game, however! I'd like to play this one again.



And here is a BONUS (because it's a super duper favorite):

Crack the Case


This game was totally up my alley (which you'd never guess by all the girly games above). There were oversized cards that described a crime scene (a short blurb that one person would read aloud, and then that person would read the whole card silently to themselves). The other players would take turns asking yes/no questions to try to figure out the murder (I can't remember if it was just murders, but they were unusual crime scenes). You had to use just a few clues (and the responses to the yes/no questions) to figure out exactly what happened and why. It was awesome! I'm super into true crime today, and this is probably the game that started my interest.


Ahh, memories! I started looking for some of these games on e-Bay, so that I could buy them for game night, but holy smokes they are expensive. Some of them are over $100 each! So, we may have to stick with the old basics (Monopoly, Life, Clue, etc.). But it was fun to think about these games and tell Jerry about them! 


November 11, 2019

"Army Guys" (A cute Veteran's Day post)

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how passionate I am about veterans. The military and war really hit home for me when my younger brother joined the Army just after 9/11 and did two tours in Iraq. (My dad was also in the Army, but he was honorably discharged long before I was born, so it didn't hit as hard for me as when my brother joined.)

Nathan (my brother) struggles with PTSD and he actually starting using running as a way to cope with that, which I find amazing. You can read his story here.

However, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures to show American pride in a different sort of way in this post. When Eli was little, he was obsessed with "Army guys". The bucket of soldiers he got for Christmas one year was his favorite toy from his entire childhood--he LOVED them and he played with them constantly.

Even though he had hundreds, he still asked for "Army guys" on his birthday and Christmas wish lists. I put together some photos of his military pride (I mean no offense to actual veterans by sharing these--like I said, I have a huge place in my heart for veterans. I just hope these photos may make you smile.)























As always, a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the real veterans out there. You gave Eli someone to look up to! And we are so grateful for your service. 


November 11, 2019

RECIPE: Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Barley

I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes, but this is one of my very favorite soups ever. The roasting tomatoes and garlic in olive oil will make your home smell like HEAVEN.

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Barley


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Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Barley

Ingredients:

1 (28 oz) can petite diced tomatoes

2 medium onions, chopped very fine

6 cloves garlic, minced (or 6 tsp. minced jarred garlic)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth to make this vegetarian)

1/2 cup pearled barley (not quick-cooking barley)


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice (squeeze the tomatoes a little to get a lot of the juice out... you want them to be a little dry going into the oven).

Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil in an 9x13 baking dish.  Bake uncovered at 425 F for about 35-45 minutes, until the onion is soft, stirring occasionally to keep it from burning. 

In a pot, combine the roasted vegetables, the chicken broth, and the reserved tomato juice and bring to a boil. Add the barley and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 30-35 minutes until the barley is cooked through.

Makes about 4 servings. Serve with garlic bread.

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Barley


November 10, 2019

Family Vacation Ideas That Will Also Hit My Travel Goals

A couple of years ago, I wrote a list of 40 goals to accomplish by the time I turn 40 years old. At the time, I had about four years to get them done, which I felt was plenty of time. And now, almost two years away from turning 40, I'm starting to get a little worried that I might not do it. I really need to start planning out some of the tougher, long term goals. (Just getting through the book of Numbers in the Bible is nearly killing me! hahaha)

Travel is the most difficult goal. It requires time and money, and with only two years and two months to go, I am not going to have much of either. So, I've been trying to come up with some plans that may help me achieve this goal.

My travel goals are 1) To go to all 48 contiguous United States, not counting the ones I'd already been to (flying over them doesn't count); and 2) To travel abroad. A third isn't directly related, but it will require traveling: To see an orca in its natural habitat.

That's a lot of traveling! My current status on my visits to the United States:

bullet journal map of United States travel

The colored ones are obviously the ones I've been to. It's hard to see, but the ONLY state in the east that I haven't been to is Delaware *groan*. I'm not sure if I'll make a special trip out there just for the sake of this goal. (Coincidentally, my mom just got home from a weeks-long trip there to visit a friend! So random.)

I'm thinking I can tackle the rest of the United States with two long road trips. My kids haven't seen much of the country at all, so we can do a family trip this spring break in April and another in spring break of 2021. I spent a long time yesterday working out logistics for this coming spring break--a very long road trip across the south.

Road trip mileage #1

road trip map #1

For this, we would fly into Pensacola, Florida. From there, we'd rent a car and drive the three hours to New Orleans and stay two nights.

Then we'd drive to Texarkana, to hit up Arkansas and Texas in one fell swoop. From there, we'd head to Dallas, just because it's a major city in Texas and we've never been there. Then head up to Oklahoma City.

Then we'd drive due west to Albuquerque (I spell that wrong every time!). We watched Breaking Bad as a family, and the kids thought it'd be fun to go there (they even have a Breaking Bad tour). Usually I avoid tourist attractions (I like to do more local things) but the kids would love it.

From there, we'd drive up to Denver and stay a couple of nights before flying home from Denver. (Actually, now that I look at the map, Cheyenne, Wyoming is only an hour and a half from Denver. So, a short trip up there wouldn't be hard to hit up as well.

It would be a long trip with a lot of driving, but when I showed Jerry and the kids, they all loved the idea. The expense would be pretty big, though--it would use up all of our tax refund (going to Punta Cana--all expenses paid--was cheaper!). But I think it'd made for great memories. National Lampoon's Vacation-style.

Clark Griswold Family Vacation quote

Probably my favorite quote from any movie, ever. 😂

(One of the biggest expenses is actually the car rental, can you believe it?! It's roughly $25-30 per day to rent a car, but then they tack on $700+ to return it to Denver instead of where we rent it from!)

Another option is just slightly shorter, cutting out a couple of cities in order to hit up the states but also spend a little more time in the places we would really like to visit.

Road trip mileage #2

Road trip map #2

This would cut out Dallas and Oklahoma City. Do any of you live there? Are they places that are a must-see? The main places we wanted to go to are New Orleans, Albuquerque (spelled it right on the first try this time!), and Denver. This would still be a long and expensive trip, but... memories. The kids love road trips (as do I) and it'd be fun to see all these places.

Finally, as a last resort, I came up with a much cheaper and shorter option. This would eliminate the huge fee of the car rental, and we would spend most of our time in New Orleans. We would take a couple of days to do a loop before heading home. This however, would cut out New Mexico and Colorado.

Road trip mileage #3

Road trip map #3


If we are able to do one of the longer trips, then during spring break of 2021, we could do a trip to the northern states--the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. I was thinking we could fly into Seattle and do a whale tour on the coast so I can (hopefully) see an orca and cross that off the list. Then we can head east and fly home from one of the Dakotas.

I have no idea what to expect from those northern states! Maybe some of you who live there can enlighten me ;) I looked for trains, but the routes aren't ideal for what I want to do. I really want my kids to see Portland and Seattle at some point, so it would work out to add it into the road trip. And Eli would LOVE to fish in the Pacific.

Finally, that leaves Delaware. Hahaha! I am sure I would do that as a solo trip. I'm not a beach person, and my mom said it's a big beach area. I do think I'd like a boardwalk though, and she mentioned that as well. If any of you live there and want to meet up, I think that'd be fun, too!

My kids haven't seen NYC, and I'd like them to see that as well. So another idea would be to take them on a short summer trip (I can only handle NYC for 2-3 days max) and then drive down to Delaware for a day or two before going home.

Anyway, these are all just initial thoughts. If I don't hit my goal of all the contiguous states by 40 years old, it's really not that huge of a deal. But if I can make it happen, it'd be pretty fun!

As for traveling abroad, well... I'm thinking maybe Becky and I can do a short trip to Europe (I can use a buddy pass). She's been there a trillion times and I think she'd be fun to go with. Then again, her kids are so little, so I'm not sure if she'd want to do that. When my kids are a little older (late teens) we can all go as a family.

So... any input you all have is welcome! Any must-see places or things to do in the areas I mentioned? Would anyone be interested in a short meet-up someplace?

Well, my friend Emily is coming over and will be here soon, so I've got to do a quick clean of my house!


November 09, 2019

Halfway Done! A Recap of 3-3-3 Running, Week 6


Look how fat one of my squirrels has gotten for winter! 😂 (This is Charlie. She comes around the most--obviously!)

Only nine days into November, and I already missed two days of writing! I'd hoped that this would be my 30-day challenge for November (to write daily). Since my energy level has been all over the place lately, I have been feeling either wide awake or super tired in the evenings.

I really miss having Jerry work nightshift for several reasons--one of them is that I am typically a night owl, and that is when I'm my most productive. I liked to write my blog posts at night, work on projects, do laundry, clean, etc. Now that he works days, I still spend my day driving my kids everywhere, running errands, grocery shopping, etc like I usually do; only now, I feel like I should spend my evenings with Jerry, so it's hard to make time for my blog.

Anyway, the 30-day writing challenge is going to be more difficult than I thought. I need to change my mindset from thinking that my posts all have to be novel-length. It's okay to write a post that takes two minutes to read! Once I start, though, I just tend to get going and don't stop.

Since I didn't write yesterday, I'm going to start over with the 30-day challenge today. (One of the items on my 40 Goals by 40 Years Old List is to do a 30-day challenge). So, my posts my be short, they may be boring, they may be completely off topic, and they may be completely random. But I'm going to write!

I used to have a fill-in-the-blank book of lists somewhere (top 10 lists) and I thought those would be fun to work on. I have no idea where the book is, but I'm sure I can find a trillion ideas for lists on Pinterest. So, you may even see some of those lists.

Today, I'll just do a "quick" recap of my 3-3-3 training... (it's never quick)

Yesterday, I reached the halfway point! (The 3-3-3 training, if you're new here, is simply a way of saying that to get back into the habit of running, I'll run 3 miles, 3 days a week, for 3 months). Yesterday was Week 6, Day 3.

Last week, I mentioned how exhausted I've been lately, and that I had such a hard time mustering up the energy to do the runs. At the beginning, I told myself I'd run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays--no excuses. Well, on Monday of week five, I could barely walk I was so tired. I actually took a nap! Something I never EVER do.

So, I skipped Monday. I ran Tuesday, Thursday, and then, in the eleventh hour for the week, Sunday. I got in all three, but it was really difficult. I knew if I skipped that third one, I'd be likely to quit the whole 3-3-3 challenge, so I didn't want to do that.

I wanted to get back to Monday, Wednesday, Friday running this week, so even though I ran on Sunday, I still did a run on Monday. May not sound like a big deal, but it was for me! It felt really good (mentally) to get to that point of no excuses.

I did all three runs on the treadmill (I just feel most comfortable doing that for some reason right now. Maybe once running feels easier and I'm able to keep my heart rate down more easily, I'll do more outdoor runs).

I've written a lot about this in my recaps, but I decided on a resolution for it, so I can quit bitching about it each time.

Here is what I know, and then what I'll do about it when logging my runs:

- The timer on my treadmill is off--it runs fast. (Regardless of the speed, the timer will consistently be faster than "actual" time, something that can't be argued.)

- I believe that the speed on the treadmill is accurate, or at least very close to it.

- The Garmin's estimation of speed and distance on the treadmill (with or without the foot pod) is extremely inaccurate. The only thing the Garmin is good for, really, is the timer and my heart rate (my heart rate is the most important thing right now, so I'm going to continue to wear it).

- The Garmin doesn't recognize incline or decline on the treadmill at all, nor does it pick up changes in speed unless it's a huge leap, like from 4.0 to 8.0 mph.

- I always start the Garmin's timer 10 seconds after I start the treadmill (to allow the treadmill to get up to speed).

So, with all of those things considered, here is my solution for now:

- Use the Garmin for the timer and the heart rate data.

- Use the treadmill to get distance data.

- Since I start the Garmin's timer 10 seconds later than the treadmill, I'll have to add 10 seconds to my time when I adjust the data on Garmin Connect.


So, for this week, here is how it went:

Monday

1:27 pm. (I'm wondering if I can see a pattern between time of day and my heart rate). I wrote about this run already, but I decided to test out the foot pod and see if it made the Garmin readings more accurate for the treadmill. Instead, it made them much worse. There is no possible way I was "running" a 14:00+ minute mile! So, it was after this run that I decided to make the adjustments I explained above.

Original data from Garmin: 43:19 for 3.00 miles.
Original data from treadmill: 44:13 for 3.21 miles.
Adjusted (to what I hope is accurate): 43:29 for 3.21 miles (a 13:33 pace; 4.4 mph)
Average heart rate: 144 bpm


Wednesday

8:48 am. I felt better during this run, and I'm wondering if it's because I ran in the morning before taking my medication. Something to keep track of, anyway. It could just be that I ran in the morning instead of the afternoon, though. I kept the speed between 4.5 mph and 4.8 mph and I didn't have to lower the incline at all to keep my heart rate down (an improvement).

Original data from Garmin: 42:08 for 3.00 miles.
Original data from treadmill: 42:39 for 3.25 miles.
Adjusted (to what I hope is accurate): 42:18 for 3.25 miles (13:01 pace; 4.6 mph)
Average heart rate: 143 bpm


Friday

5:10 am(!). I woke up at 4:45 and felt wide awake. I thought it'd feel good to get my run done before I even woke the kids up for school so I managed to get on the treadmill and start by 5:10 am. Instantly, I noticed I was able to go faster at my MAF heart rate (maybe because of the time of day? Or that I hadn't taken my meds yet? Or that I hadn't eaten anything yet? Again, I'll look for a pattern.) I kept the speed between 4.5 mph and 5.0 mph and the incline at 0% the entire time. Pretty happy to see the improvement.

Original data from Garmin: 37:57 for 2.71 miles.
Original data from treadmill: 38:25 for 3.00 miles.
Adjusted (to what I hope is accurate): 38:07 for 3.00 miles (12:40 pace; 4.7 mph)
Average heart rate: 142 bpm

Looking at the adjusted data, I feel very confident that it's correct. As I run, I keep a mental note of the speed as I adjust it on the treadmill to keep my heart rate at MAF, and it's pretty spot-on with the adjustment.

Even if the adjustments are not 100% accurate, at least I'll be able to see consistent improvements (or lack of), which is the most important thing anyway. It also keeps me from being frustrated when the Garmin is showing me that I'm going 3.3 mph when the treadmill reads 5.0 mph!

By the way, I started watching Jack Ryan, per the suggestions of several readers. I am only halfway through the second episode, but I think it's going to be perfect for treadmill running! Thanks for suggesting it.

I can't believe I'm already halfway through the 3-3-3 plan to get back to running! And I'm not dreading the runs nearly as much as I did in the beginning. I hope that in another six weeks, I'll be content enough to add a fourth day. I'm starting to feel excited at the prospect of being a "runner" again ;)

Here is the weekly data from the last six weeks. It's not entirely accurate, because I wasn't able to adjust several of the treadmill workouts, but hopefully the next six weeks will be more consistent.

It's kind of funny... my best (and most accurate) week was the week of the 14th, where I did all three runs outdoors. With Joey! haha



I'll be excited to see consistent paces in the 12:00's... that feels like a good milestone to look forward to.


November 07, 2019

A Chat About My Weight (The elephant--haha!--in the room)

A Little Chat About My Weight

(All photos in the post were taken within the past year)

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been writing much about my weight at all on my blog lately. It's not that I'm trying to keep secrets or anything--I've already talked about my weight gain, and how I'm the heaviest I've been in eight (err, nine) years. That's nothing new.

And really, I haven't written much about it because there isn't much to write! I still weight myself occasionally (not every day, like I used to--maybe about once a week). When I write it down in my little calendar book, I don't really think anything except, "Ugh, I really need to do something to drop these extra pounds."

Katie sitting with Phoebe and Joey

Yesterday, after I weighed in, I decided to flip through the book and see how long it's been since I was at my goal weight (or close to it). When I started gaining weight. All of that kind of stuff.

And I noticed the most unbelievable thing.

I have actually been within a five-pound weight range for OVER A YEAR. (Let me just add that this is the info I got from my weight log; so if I happened to mention a lower or higher weight in that time, I'm sorry, it's not intentional. I may have dipped a little higher or lower for a minute).

tea party with Luke

Anyway, when I wrote that post about being the heaviest I've been in eight years (that was in September 2018), I weighed 162. I remember being a little stunned that I'd gotten back up into the 160's. I wasn't proud of it, but I knew it was from emotional eating (and alcohol). I wanted to take it off, but I didn't care so much about the number. I changed my weight goal (without looking back at the post, I want to say 145?).

Throughout the last year, I've given half-hearted attempts at losing the weight, but I just can't seem to get myself into that mindset. It's not that I don't care--I do--it's just that I am not in such a rush and I'm not willing to sell my soul to be thin again.

On a walk

Yesterday, my weight was 166. I going to have to go back and plot my weight for the last year or so on my Happy Scale app so I can see a graph, but I've literally been in a very small weight range for over 12 months now. Who would have thought that was even possible?! I certainly wasn't trying to do that.

Squirrel shirt selfie

Part of me starts to wonder about the theory of "set points" for our bodies (the weight that our body naturally gravitates to, where it's hard to gain or lose from that weight. I always hoped that if that was true, my "set point" would be about 130 ;)  Apparently, my body likes my weight in the mid-160's.

Keep in mind, however, that I hadn't been running more than a couple of times a month until almost six weeks ago, so that may have something to do with my weight staying up. Also, I gave up alcohol (for a year as an experiment--I'm not going to claim that it's permanent yet!) and admittedly, replaced it with comfort food when I'm anxious.

Reading This Naked Mind

Other than the few semi-attempts at losing the weight, I've literally been eating whatever and whenever I want, however much I want, for over a year now. I think if I saw the scale continuing to climb, I would probably make more of an effort. But since the scale isn't really moving, I'm kind of loving that I don't have to count calories.

I'm sure many of you have heard of The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner (Amazon affiliate link). (Also, I despise that title) It's basically the most anti-diet diet that is out there. She writes about how you basically don't have any rules whatsoever--eat what you want, when you want it, how much you want, and fuck everything else. We are not slaves to our weight.

Pure happiness

I love the idea, but I wasn't consciously following that. It made me too scared to gain more weight on top of what I'd already gained. But looking back, that's pretty much how I gained it in the first place! I'd not heard of it at the time, and I wasn't intentionally eating that way, but I just had a "fuck it" attitude and thought I'd worry about my weight later, when I wasn't so stressed.

(Side note: Noah going to the community college has been a big stressor for me. That and Jerry's depression happened around the same time, and I was super worried and stressed. And anxious. Always anxious. I started drinking more to alleviate anxiety, which caused me to eat more and gain weight, and then I made the decision to go a year without alcohol to hopefully find other coping mechanisms for anxiety.)

The stressors haven't gone away, and sometimes I wish that life had a pause button, to allow me to catch up while the world stops. I am still working on finding ways to cope with anxiety (my favorite is still the games I play on Lumosity while I chew ice). Actually, a lot of the things that I do to avoid binge eating also help with anxiety.

There really isn't a point to this post! I just thought it was very interesting that I've maintained my weight for over a year without even trying, and even though it's about 20 pounds more than I'd like, I'm very thankful not to have gained everything back.

mirror selfie

As far as my plans from here? I want to try to lose the weight, but in a different way. I don't want to count calories or make things overly complicated. I know where my problems are--I use food to relieve stress, and of course, it's never salad. Ice cream has been my go-to. I believe that if I made just one change--drastically reduce the ice cream (coupled with my return to running)--I will probably see a noticeable difference on the scale.

post-run on July 4th

Yes, I change my mind about this all the time (hey, I'm bipolar!) but I'm allowed to. I can change my mind as many times as I want. And I am the one that lives with the consequences and who learns from my actions as far as what works and what doesn't.

I'm *starting* to feel little tingles when I think about running again (crazy, I know!) and so after my 3-3-3 running plan is up (3 miles, 3 days a week, for 3 months), I may set a running goal. Maybe a half-marathon or something. I don't care about my finish time (PR's are not on my mind), but it would be nice to work toward something other than my weight.

sweaty summer run


I have to say, the ODDEST thing about all of this is that I haven't had to buy new clothes. When I bought jeans to fit me last year (size 10), I never expected they'd fit me a year later. That's never happened. However, I'm wearing a pair right now. This is madness, I tell you! ;)

wearing jeans


For the Cliff's Notes:

- My weight has stayed within a five pound range for over a year (mid-160's)
- I want to drop 20 pounds, but I'm not in a hurry
- If I do lose weight, it's going to be in a way that I am willing to do FOREVER. Something I've always preached!
- I'm looking forward to continuing with running and I'm hoping I'll set some future running goals once I'm done with my 3-3-3 running plan
- Being "thin" isn't as important to me anymore (maybe it's my age); I really want to be healthy and in shape

I'd like to update on this once in a while. Since I'm not going to be "dieting" or counting calories or anything, I don't know if I'll have anything to update. But if I notice anything changing (especially now that I'm running again), I'll post about it. I feel good about my decisions.

Right now. As for tomorrow, who knows?! hahaha

Here are a few photos of me throughout the last year. Some I hated and didn't post because I felt like I was "too fat". Some I thought were more flattering than others. But you know what? It is what it is. I am who I am. I'm at where I'm at.

With my dad changing the oil in my car

ready to go muskie fishing with Eli

mirror selfie with Estelle and cat pouch sweatshirt

feeding one of the squirrels


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