Thursday, June 30, 2011

Giveaway and Birthdays

Had a good day yesterday! I stayed within my allotted calories AND did some Wii Dance Party and ab work. I did 50 crunches and 50 leg lifts.  Dinner was a Lean Cuisine pizza since I was by myself and didn't want to prepare anything.

Today is my mom's 78th birthday. It was also my dad's birthday but he was 3 years older then mom.  So, it is rather bittersweet for her. We will go to the cemetery first and then we will be going to the Outback for dinner, just her and I. I will be ordering Ahi Tuna which is an appetizer but I will make it my entree plus a salad and their yummy bread. To celebrate her birthday, we will be going to see Larry Crowne on Saturday. We fell in love with it when we saw the previews prior to Water for Elephants.

I was contacted by Reilly at Everyday Health recently and he told me about their website and the online tools they have available. They also have Apps for your Smartphone.  It looks like a great resource so I thought I would share. Not only do they have a calorie counter but they have other resources for managing your health like Fitness, Diet and Nutrition and Healthy recipes. Using their site is entirely free.

Everyday Health is giving me the opportunity to giveaway 4 copies of their Calorie Counter book which is a great little book! It has your basics PLUS a lot of restaurants so it would help you plan better for eating out.

All you have to do to enter is tell me in the comments is if you count calories or not. Pretty simple right? For additional entries you can post about the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and just post the link in the comment section. I will announce a winner on Tuesday, July 5th. Until next time...

P.S. Check out Debbie's updated pictures! Way to go Debbie!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On the Upswing

Well, yesterday turned out to be a decent day. For breakfast and lunch, I pretty much eat the same things every day but where I run into the most trouble is at night. I need to incorporate a new rule: No eating after 8:00 p.m. period. There may be a late dinner sometime but no nighttime snacking allowed. For dinner, I made Salmon with potatoes and green beans. Unfortunately, I did not get in any activity.

I don't know if I have ever mentioned it here but I had PCOS once upon a time. I had a doctor tell me I no longer had the cysts but I still have the lovely [insert extreme sarcasm] side effects of it which include male pattern baldness and increased facial hair. I have done a lot to combat the facial hair problem but I have never really addressed the thinning hair in my bangs and scalp area.

When I went to go see the new hairdresser, Luc, he told me about this product that Redken came out with that is GUARANTEED to work! So starting today, I am going to be using the product for 30 days and I will see if I notice a difference. The set shown below retails for about $20 which includes the shampoo, conditioner and treatment spray. You can get it at a Beauty Supply Store like Sally's or others in your neighborhood.  I really hope it works and I will be sure to let you know. They say if you are not satisfied with the results they will give you a 100% refund. Can't beat that huh?

Thursday I will be dog sitting for my mom's neighbor so tonight I will be packing to prepare for that. I will only be doing it until Saturday evening (Whew!) It always throws me off when I do it but thankfully it is just three days. It gets really tough when I have to do it for more then a week. I don't schlep my CPAP machine there so I don't sleep as well and I usually get thrown off on my meds too but I will try to be diligent about it this time. Hope you guys are having a good week! I will try to reach out to all my fellow challengers - I have been reading all your posts but I have not been able to comment on all of them but I am cheering you on! Until next time...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Funky and Fun

Eating was all over the place yesterday. I have been in a funky mood and I tried to fill myself with food.  It did not work... I went to bed a little earlier just to avoid eating more. Have you ever done that?  I am hoping it is a good day today. It will be busier at work so that always helps.  I need to make a plan of action for tonight though so I don't have a repeat of last night... blerghh... Oddly enough they are predicting rain which is unusual so I will be doing some kind of indoor activity.

I have been spending money like there is no tomorrow. I need to pull in the reigns on my spending for sure. I will be doing a blog post on this soon but in the meantime...

In an effort to save some money, I am trying to bring my lunch to work a few days a week.  I was reading A Merry Life and saw these wonderful containers. She did a giveaway but I bought them that day and I have been using them ever since. I love the fun colors and that they can go from freezer to the microwave and are also dishwasher safe. They do not contain any BPA or other harmful elements.

There is a carrying bag you can purchase for them but I have found they also fit in my other lunch boxes so it was not necessary for me to buy the carrying bag.

Easy Lunchboxes

Even my local newspaper did an article on the trend of "zero-waste lunches" highlighting how schools and companies in the area are making an effort to reduce their waste and contributions to the landfill.  Until next time...

P.S. Skinny Emmie is giving away a Fitbit! You can enter her giveaway here

Monday, June 27, 2011

Slimmer This Summer - Week 3 Results

Here is my update for the challenge:

Weight: I stayed the same this week which I am okay with.
Measurements: I did not take measurements
Water Consumption: I failed at water this week.
Activities: I did not try a new class. I did not get 10K per day.

Not a stellar week for the challenge. I am glad that I maintained though considering it was my birthday last week. I am planning on having a good week this week. I don't have a lot of time today but wanted to get my challenge results posted. Until next time...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Winner Friday!

Be Happy Its Friday
Happy Friday!!! Woowoo! I am very glad it is Friday! It has been a really fun week but I am ready for the weekend.  The Winner of my First Day of Summer Giveaway is Biz from My Bizzy Kitchen! Congratulations Biz! (I contacted her to let her know) If you have not had a chance to read her blog I would hightail it over there. She has some of the BEST recipes on the planet plus she is hosting a giveaway herself!

Tomorrow is the Blinky's Can't Say Annual Golf Tournament. Once again, I will not be golfing but I will help with registrations and most likely will be the resident photographer which will be fun. Maybe next year, I will try to golf. It is mostly men but there are at least 1/2 a dozen women too.  Last year I ended up getting close to 10K steps in so hoping for the same tomorrow. I have decided NOT to drink because I don't want the excess calories. I  may have one glass of red wine with dinner but that will be it. You know, for medicinal purposes.

As for Sunday, I am not sure what my plans are. My mom needs some help with stuff but I would really like to go swimming. I am 98% healed from the tattoo so I think it is safe to go swimming by Sunday.  I will check the schedules to see if they have an Aqua Fitness Class but otherwise I will do laps or water walk. Hope you all have a wonderful first weekend of Summer! Until next time...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Thinking

Had a good day yesterday. I went to get my facial as planned and it was very relaxing. The only trouble was that when I got my hair colored the other day, the gal who put it on for me was rubbing my temples and she actually rubbed skin off because she was rubbing so hard. So, I have three spots on my hairline that are like rug burns. Grrrr... luckily they are covered "mostly" by my hair but I think the facial would have been a little more enjoyable if I had not had the burns. She decided that I did not need a peel but did a moisturizing facial instead because I have nice skin. Well, that was nice to hear and it was the same price as the Peel so I am fine with it.

When I got home, I made some BBQ chicken on the grill since it was so hot inside. Anything to avoid turning the oven on. I made steamed rice in the rice cooker and a threw together a tossed green salad. I love that about summer, being able to BBQ all the time. Although, I live in a pretty mild climate so we do it almost year round.

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that my biological siblings did in fact text me to say Happy Birthday on Tuesday. I was not sure if I would hear from any of them but this was the first birthday that I have celebrated since discovering they existed. It really meant a lot that they cared to reach out. My brother Bob J, texted me and called me an old fart and I told him he was an older, stinkier fart. Some people never grow up LOL! Until next time...

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway! I will announce the winner tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2nd Day of Summer

I had a great birthday! Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I felt like a rock star from all the attention and love! I got flowers in the morning from Danielle and then Dave got me a dozen long stem roses from the same florist. One of our friends opened a floral shop recently so this is the first I have seen of her arrangements. I am impressed :) I have both bouquets at work since it is sweltering hot at home. We do NOT have A/C - just fans so it is rather stuffy. Plus I am here the majority of the time anyways so now everyone can enjoy them.

Flowers from Dave :)

Me at Elephant Bar

Temperature when we left the Elephant Bar

Dave, my mom and I went to the Cheesecake Factory as planned. I was still full from lunch so I decided just to have a small salad and edamame and saved my calories for CHEESECAKE. I had 3 bites and a big strawberry and that was it. I shared it with mom and Dave and I was not overly stuffed like I have in the past. I actually peeked at the scale and it was a good number so keeping fingers crossed.

I recently tried this Vanilla Chai Tea from Bolthouse Farms and it was dynamite!  I have tried other soy beverages and was not particularly fond of them but this was great. This is what their web page said: Always on the go? Our Perfectly Protein® Vanilla Chai Tea will is the perfect pick-me-up. This nutritious beverage is packed with 19 grams of heart healthy soy protein (in every 450mL bottle) with a smooth vanilla chai flavor unlike anything you've tried. If you’re looking to add more vitamins to your diet, drinking Vanilla Chai Tea will also give you the added benefit of Vitamins C, B6 and B12, just to name a few.

To continue with the pampering I have been doing lately, I am going to get a Champagne Peel tonight. This is what it said on their website. Champagne Peel Facial -- The gentle nature of the champagne enzyme combined with the effective exfoliation makes this facial ideal for sensitive, congested, dull, and easily offended skin. It lasts for an hour.  It is usually $120 but I got it for $49!  I am going right after work and hope to be home by 7:00. I want to get out on my bike or walk or SOMETHING. I really want to have a loss this week and want to do what I can to make that happen. Hope you guys are having a good week! Until next time...

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Summer Giveaway!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer Giveaway!

Flowers from Danielle
Happy First Day of Summer! Today is my 45th birthday! Woot Woot! Hard to believe that I am 45. I don't feel it really.  I feel better now then I have in YEARS! Most people think I am in my 30s so I will hold onto that as long as I can LOL!

Last night was devine! I loved getting all that pampering! My feet are no longer cute so no pics but I did a fuschia on my toes. Did not do the manicure and my hair is dark (will try to take pics at lunch)  Did just fine on food yesterday - thank goodness. Today is going to be walking a tightrope. We are going out to lunch (co-workers) at Elephant Bar and then tonight, my mom and Dave will take me to the Cheesecake Factory. I have looked at their menus and had made a plan of action. I will be sharing cheesecake with Dave and I doubt we will be able to finish it in one sitting but we will NOT be taking it home I decided. No need to have the temptation at home.

Since it the first day of Summer, I decided to do a Giveaway to celebrate! Included in this giveaway:

Two wine/water glasses

Latest issue of Shape Magazine

A bottle of Mio Water Enhancer. Flavor of your choice

A $20 Gift Card to Amazon 

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite part of Summer is. If you would like additional entries, you can post about the Giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Just post the link if you do. I will announce the winner on Friday, June 24th.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you ALL for the support and encouragement you have given me. I would not have been successful without y'all! Until next time...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Slimmer This Summer - Week 2 Results

Here is my update for the challenge:
  • Weight: I gained 2 lbs. this week. Back to 250. I am not surprised...
  • Measurements: I did not take measurements
  • Water Consumption: I failed at water this week.
  • Activities: I did not try a new class. I did not get 10K per day.
Last week was a major fail for the Challenge. I was doing some stress/emotional eating plus minimal activity = weight gain. It sucks but there is not a whole bunch I can do now. I just need to suck it up and keep on keeping on right?

Chicken Kabobs

This is the dinner I made last night for Dave. I served it with rice and it was delicious.  I just love those skewers too. I got them at Big Lots but never found them again.  They work great on my little bbq because it is small and round.

Tonight I am going to get glamorized. I am getting my hair colored, a mani and a pedi! Woowoo! I am going to do my best this week. Since tomorrow is my birthday there may be some celebrating going on so I will make good choices and not overindulge. I do plan on splitting a piece of cheesecake with Dave at the Cheesecake Factory tomorrow night.

I have a giveaway planned and I will announce it tomorrow. Until next time...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sarah McLachlan - Ice Cream

Your love is better than ice cream
better than anything else that I've tried
and your love is better than ice cream
everyone here know how to fight

and it's a long way down
it's a long way down
it's a long way down to the place
where we started from

Your love is better than chocolate
better than anything else that I've tried
oh love is better than chocolate
everyone here knows how to cry

it's a long way down
it's a long way down
it's a long way down to the place
where we started from...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Frazzled Friday

Happy Friday! I am glad we made it! Seems like it has been a pretty long week hasn't it? Thank you for the comments yesterday on taking Turbo Kick. I did not go loser but I am not afraid to try it now. I have a feeling I will like it because I like to box but it is the strength and stamina part that concerns me.

I have been feeling frazzled the last few days and it definitely affected my eating. It is a culmination of things really but I need to nip it in the bud now before it gets out of hand. I will be taking some time this weekend to sort some things out and that will help. I also spent time last night going through paper work and putting things away and that always makes me feel better. Organized Katie is a happy Katie!

Today, I am going out to lunch with my extended family for me and my mom's birthdays. Mine is the 21st and hers is the 30th. Actually, her and my dad shared a birthday but he was 3 years older. I only have an hour but it will be nice to see my cousins and aunt. Have a wonderful weekend and Father's day. Until next time...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Great Intentions...

I went and got my eyebrows threaded as planned and then went home to have dinner with Dave before he took off for his game. He made chicken with the Panko breading and we had rice and a salad to go with. It really was crunchy and I will definitely use it again and try it with fish also. I may never use "regular" bread crumbs again! LOL!

I had intended on doing the Zumba DVD but that did not happen. Instead I sat on my arse and grazed until 9:30 p.m. Must have been the full moon! It was not a binge like the "old days" but it was still more then I usually consume. Almonds, graham crackers, cheese sticks and Popsicles so it wasn't horrible but certainly not what I should have been doing. I often have great intentions on doing things and then flail when it comes to the action part of the plan. I am not going to beat myself up about it though. In the past that would have derailed me and I would have said "Screw this!" and reverted to my old behavior but I am not doing that. Today is a new day and I am back to business.

Not sure what my plan is for tonight. I KNOW I will not be doing a repeat of last night. I had thought about doing a Turbo Kick Class at the gym but this is what it said: Learn kick boxing skills choreographed to energizing music. Using no equipment, this kick boxing workout incorporates a number of upper body punches and lower body kicks.  Most suitable to participants of medium to high fitness levels, but newcomers are always welcome – just let your kick boxing class instructor know. It just sounds intimidating doesn't it? I just don't know if I am ready for that. Until next time...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday Words

Happy Hump Day!  Nice that we are on the downhill slide for the week eh? Last night I went to Fish Market with my mom and had a Shrimp Louie. It hit really hit the spot! It was in the upper 80s so it was a good dinner to have for a warm night. I took her to the grocery store and also did her pill drill. The pill drill is what I call putting the pills she/we have to take in the weekly container. Since she has a heart condition, she takes quite a few medications and supplements. Makes mine look like diddly squat by comparison...

I went looking for a new pair of pants for work yesterday and found a pair on sale. Yay! I also found a cute flowy top 50% off.  While I was browsing, I actually saw a cute dress and decided what the heck, I should try it on.  I have not tried on a dress in over 15 years. It was a deep purple and had beading under the breast area.  I would have taken a picture but my phone was charging at work.  It was sleeveless but still pretty flattering. I don't have any occasion to wear it but I survived trying one on so that is a step closer to getting one. I would not go sleeveless though. I would wear a shrug or cardigan or something...

I am going to get my eyebrows threaded right after work. Then my plan is to go home, eat dinner and then Zumba baby! I got my DVDs in the mail yesterday so I am ready to go! Speaking of mail... I am planning another giveaway so stay tuned for that. Until next time...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gadget Girl

Had an uneventful evening. I made Salmon for dinner with roasted red potatoes and spinach. Next time, I want to try some panko breading that I got. Panko is a Japanese bread crumb that is coarser then regular bread crumbs so it makes a delicious crunchy coating for chicken or fish. I will let you know when I make it.

I have had a Garmin Heart Rate Monitor on my "wish list" for quite awhile. I kept thinking that I wasn't active enough to justify the expense and only "real" athletes or very active people used them. Well, I decided that I can be athletic and active! I can optimize my workout time by reaching and maintaining my ideal heart rate. It was $65 on Amazon and it should be here tomorrow. I am excited to test it out. I am feeling a little like Gadget Girl between the Fitbit, my iPod and the Garmin.
Tonight I am going to dinner with my mom and take her to the grocery store. We are both adjusting to this situation and it has been a little rough on both of us. She feels lost without her car and the things that bring her enjoyment like reading the paper and emailing her friends have become more challenging. She is not the most patient person in the world Bwahahaha but we making it work. Until next time...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Slimmer This Summer - Week 1 Results

How was your weekend? Mine was rather unusual but I will get to that in a minute. I wanted to to do the update for the Slimmer this Summer Challenge
  • Weight: I lost 2 lbs. this week and have reached a new decade!!! This also means that I have less then 100 lbs. to go from here. It is still a long way off but it IS possible!
  • Measurements: I did not take measurements but I will do it this week.
  • Water Consumption: I am getting more water in lately. I am not at 60 ozs. yet but close.
  • Activities: I did not try a new class. I did not get 10K per day.
  • Other: I did take bathing suit pictures and hope to see MAJOR improvement by the end of the summer.
 My goals this week are the same. I WILL try a new class this week for sure. I wanted to do a swimming class but that will have to wait for a few weeks.

Friday night I got a wild hair and decided it was time to fix my "old" tattoo on my left thigh. It was a sun but it was done over 10 years ago so it had faded and spread. The place is called House of Pain which is aptly named lol. The guy's name was Mike and he did a really good job of fixing it and I am happy with the results. I will take pictures BUT I want to wait until it heals. You don't want to look at it when it is scabby. It is a sunburst with reds and pinks.  It looks WAY better!

Saturday I did not do much but lounge around and read and nap but Sunday I wanted to get active so I asked my neighbor Nikki if she wanted to go on a bike ride with me. (She is 11) She had actually been on the trail with her family before but I had not. So we took off and it was really a cool ride. I especially liked the tunnels and would scream like a little kid every time we went through one.  When we got back home I hopped on Daily Mile to see how far we had actually gone and it was 11 miles! 11 miles is A LOT for me.  I feel okay this morning. I am a little tired but not too sore (except for my tattoo) We even did some Just Dance 2 after the bike ride. I really enjoyed myself and hope to go on the trail again soon.  Until next time...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Missy Higgins - Where I Stood

I don't know what I've done
Or if I like what I've begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it's all or none

There were sounds in my head
Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain't leaving without a fight
And I think I am just as torn inside

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won't be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
This is what I have to do

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood
Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood

This is a fitting song for me and my thoughts right now. Thought I would share...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Finally Friday!

What a week this has been... I have been all over the place with my emotions. I am looking forward to this weekend to get some things done and to just enjoy the sunshine. The weather here has been unseasonably cold so now that it is warmer, it is time to get OUTSIDE and enjoy it. I want to get on Phoebe and go go go! There is a trail nearby that I want to try and I am just going to go for it even if I have to go alone.

Last night I was feeling crafty so I did a painting project. I had some license plate frames on my Corolla that I wanted to put on the Avalon but felt they needed to be shinier in order to "match" I am OCD about things matching So, I bought some metal fleck spray paint and painted them. Here are some pictures.

I am pleased with how they came out plus it helps me identify my car in the ocean of other silver cars out there. For the last 20+ years I have had a white cars so having the silver Avalon throws me off a bit.

The winners of the Mio Giveaway are Jen, Mary and Rae Rae J. I have emailed them and let them know. I have been brainstorming about another giveaway so stay tuned.

I will update my weight on Mondays during the challenge since we started on a Monday. Hoping for a new decade! Hope you have a good weekend! Until next time...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Life is Fleeting

Yesterday was an emotional day. A friend of mine passed away on May 28th and I learned about it via Facebook.  She was only 53 and her daughter is 20 years old.  We had lost contact over the last few years due to distance and life but she and her daughter Lesley were a big part of my life for a long time. She was one of the most caring, kindhearted people I have ever met.  I am sad that I did not make the time to go and see her while she was sick. But, I also know I would not have been very helpful.  I am such a crybaby (we had that in common) that I don't think it would have been right to just go there in tears.

That reminds me of a funny story though... Debbie and I went to see Titanic in the theater and a man sitting in the row behind us asked if we were "sobbers" We replied "No, of course not!" but we did have a large box of Kleenex with us. Well, while the ship is sinking and we start crying, I am doing everything to not be heard but I was seriously sobbing and could barely breathe and Deb was too. We were obviously not the only ones but to tell him we wouldn't was rather ironic coming from us. Anyways, it just goes to show you that life is fleeting and you really do not know how long we have on this earth. So my suggestion to you is to hug the ones you love and tell them how you feel.
Haircut 6/8/11

I got my haircut after work and I am pleased with the results.  He was really nice and seemed to really listen to what my needs/concerns were. He took his time and I was there over an hour.  I will definitely be seeing him again.  I am hoping I can stick with him for awhile. Seems like I haven't found an ideal stylist in awhile. Food was fine, in fact I was rather low on calories. Until next time...

P.S. I am guest posting at Mizfit's place and you still have time to enter the Mio giveaway.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wonky Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Even though I woke up thinking it was Thursday... oh well...I also left my Fitbit on the charger - that seems to be when I forget it the most... It does not need to be charged but needs data uploaded. I will get in the habit sooner or later! LOL!

Had a good visit at Planet Beach. I ended up drinking an Ensure before I went and it carried me through the appt. I got to try the facial this time and it was awesome! The chair did a thorough massage from head to toe while the light therapy worked on my face.  I have one more appt. in July and then I will find out how much it "really" costs. I really like the hydration and would consider doing that intermittently. The tanning and other services don't appeal to me.  Speaking of appts. I am getting my hair cut after work today with a new guy. I usually have female stylists so this will be interesting. I was referred to him through the Security gal in our building. The salon is called Alchemy and it is in downtown Willow Glen which is a cute little trendy area in San Jose.

I really need to find some pants to supplement my wardrobe. All of my pants are too big and some of them have come close to literally falling on the floor. While I am ecstatic about the progress, it isn't always easy to buy pants each time you go down a size, so I have been holding out. The most important thing for me has been updating my Bras and Panties. As long as they are cute and they fit, it makes me feel a whole bunch better. Having saggy butt panties makes me feel icky so I have been updating them as the size changes. I get a lot of good deals on eBay.

Thank you for your comments and support on yesterday's post. It was hard for me to post those pictures but I think it will help me get over my fears of being in public in a suit. By the way, I got that suit from Just My Size. It was not the one I originally ordered but it is the same style so I was okay with it.  Good luck to all the fellow Slimmer this Summer challengers and let's kick some booty! Until next time...

P.S. Did you enter my giveaway? You still have a chance to enter. Just click here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Giveaway and Gabbing

Had an uneventful Monday night. Dave was actually home for most of the evening. I watched a little tube and then went to bed to read. I am almost finished with my 2nd book on my Kindle. It is Can You Keep a Secret? by Sopie Kinsella. She is the same gal that wrote Confessions of a Shopoholic. Fun, lighthearted reading. My next book was recommended by one of my colleagues at work. It is called the Hunger Games. It is going to be a movie in 2012.

Tonight I have my second of three appointments at Planet Beach. THIS time, I am going prepared though so I can stay for the duration. My first appt. was cut short due to my not eating and getting low blood sugar. It won't take as long either because I know the drill now.  Speaking of Spas, I signed up for another Living Social Deal. Can we say addicted! Sheesh! They really are such good deals it is hard to pass up. This one is for a Champagne Peel Facial. Regularly $120 for $49.

So here are my bathing suit pics for the challenge. I will refrain from bashing myself. I am looking to see the transformation by the end of this summer! The good news is this suit covers my inner thighs which are not pretty in the least bit so I have a smidge more confidence in this suit vs. regular ones. It is all one piece.

I did not get a chance to do the measurements so I will do them ASAP. Hard to do by yourself lol.

Did you have a chance to hear about my Mio Giveaway? If you haven't please leave a comment on the giveaway post telling me which flavor you would like to try? I will announce the winner on Friday, June 10th. You can get additional entries if you mention the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook. Until next time...

Monday, June 6, 2011


How are you guys doing? Hope you had a good weekend! Mine was a whirlwind and definitely had its ups and downs.  The up was that I sold my Corrolla on Saturday. I ended up selling it to the maintenance guy in our office building. It is the 1st car I ever sold. He got a really good deal and that car is going to last for a longggg time. As for the rest of the weekend, I was a freaking grubbing machine. Can we say self sabotage!?! I have not binged out like that in quite awhile but I am dusted off and back on the horse as of this morning. I am still feeling full and it is 10:00 a.m! Blergh...

Dave had games all day yesterday so I did not have a chance to capture my measurements and the dreaded bathing suit picture.  I will do them tonight and post them tomorrow.

I decided to buy myself a present for my birthday which is a little tradition for me. I ordered the Zumba DVD set on eBay. It was $59.95 and it includes the following:
  • Zumba Fitness Basics Workout
  • Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express Workout
  • Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone Workout
  • Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout
  • Zumba Fitness Live! Workout
  • Zumba Fitness Flat Abs Workout
  • 2 Zumba Fitness Toning Sticks 

Have you guys heard of Mio? It is a liquid water enhancer made by Kraft. I just heard about it over the weekend so while I was at the grocery store, I picked up a bottle. The flavor I got was Strawberry Watermelon. The cool thing is you can flavor it as much or as little as you want. Each bottle contains about 24 servings and retails for about $3.99. I think it is worlds better then the powdered mixes because it is so hard to control the strength and sometimes it has a bad after taste.  I will be giving away a bottle of Mio to three lucky winners and you get to pick which flavors. You can choose from Berry Pomegranate, Fruit Punch, Mango Peach, Peach Tea, Sweet tea or Strawberry Watermelon.  Just leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you would want to try. I will announce the winners on Friday, June 10th. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. If you would like an additional entry you can post about the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Just leave me a comment with the link, letting me know that you posted it. Don't forget to leave me your email if you don't have a blog so I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

Cheers to all the challengers and here's to a great summer! I want to rock this summer! Until next time...