Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring Mani, Bake Sale, and Easter Decor

Hey y'all! Hope your weekend is going great!

On Friday, I painted my nails, and I wanted something 'springy' and fun. So, I came up with this! I think the colors go really well together.
Colors (L to R)
  • L.A. Colors: Color Craze's Meadow
  • Wet n Wild: Wild Shine's Hallucinate
  • Wet n Wild: Wild Shine's French White Creme
  • Essie's Peach Daquiri
I talked my sister, Mallory, into coming to town and spending the night yesterday instead of just coming for Easter Sunday today. Yay! Our cousin, Michelle, is part of a Relay for Life team, and they had a bake sale yesterday to raise money for the American Cancer Society. So, when Mallory got here, we headed out to see Michelle at the bake sale. We bought some cupcakes. I've had said cupcakes in my possession for about 10 hours now, and I haven't eaten any of them! Woo!

I found this idea on Pinterest, so Mallory and I got the stuff to recreate it yesterday. I think it turned out really cute! We are giving it to Nan later today when we have Easter dinner at her house.

Everyone have a wonderful, blessed Easter Sunday! I'll be back tomorrow for my weekly weigh-in!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Non-Food Rewards

In the past, when I've done well with a workout/healthy eating routine, I would reward myself with food, whether it be ordering sour cream chicken enchiladas at my favorite Mexican restaurant or indulging in a brownie fudge sundae for dessert. I know we can all have these things every now and then in moderation, that's fine. What is not fine is the decision to keep making those unhealthy choices the next day and the next and the next to where, pretty soon, I'm back to where I started. 
This time around I knew that I wanted to make a list of non-food rewards for myself to look forward to with every 10 pound loss I achieve. I thought I would share my list with you today!

-10 lbs: get eyebrows done
This is really a necessity, but I wanted something cheap and simple for the first 10 pounds. I told my sister if I get called for any interviews before I lose my first 10, I WILL be getting them done early!

-20 lbs: weight loss bracelet from Adeline Mae Design

-30 lbs: haircut

-40 lbs: new tennis shoes
Right now, I have Skechers GoRun shoes, and I love them! I really want to get another pair. I love the bright colors on these!

-50 lbs: weekend trip
Last year, I told my mom I wanted to go on a trip when I lost 50 pounds.  I would love to go back to Vegas or the beach, which is my all-time favorite place in the world.

-60 lbs: Fitbit
I didn't want to buy this early on, and then give up. I figure if I've lost 60 pounds, then I'm in it for the long haul. I think it will be great for tracking my steps, distance, and calories, but I'm most excited about the sleep tracker.

-70 lbs: makeup makeover
I want to go to one of the makeup counters at a department store, and have them help me figure out the best colors for my skin tone.

-80 lbs: new blog design

-90 lbs: skydiving
Certainly, the most daring thing on my list. 

-100 lbs: new wardrobe

That's my list (for now)! If, down the line, something doesn't interest me anymore for a certain one, I will change it.

Do you have any non-food rewards for yourself? Please share if you do!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm linking up with Jennifer for Thursday Thoughts!

Thursday Thoughts

~Am I the only person that likes Pink's song "Just Give Me a Reason" featuring Nate Ruess from Fun? I hardly ever hear it on the radio. Okay, after finding the video on Youtube and seeing it has over 42 million views, maybe I'm not the ONLY person that likes it. Ha! Seriously though, can we play this song a little more and Taylor Swift a little less?

~The season finale of The Walking Dead is this Sunday, and I am so excited! The Governor is one of the creepiest characters I've ever seen on television, and I really want to see what is done with his character. If he's not here for Season 4, who will we love to hate? Also, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, will be on Talking Dead after the show! Yay!

~I love working with kids. Yesterday I had a sub job in a 1st grade classroom. When I brought the students into class first thing in the morning, one little boy walked up to me and said, "You look very nice and very pretty today." So sweet! Then, when we were lining up for a restroom break, one little girl asked, "What's your first name? Your real name?" I told her that it is Katy. She said my full name and said, "That's a good name!" So cute!

~Does anyone order pictures from photo centers anymore? I did the other day for the Traveling Teddy Bear Project I talked about last week, but I can't even remember the last time that I did. Everything is digital nowadays, and usually if I need pictures on paper, I print them at home. I'm just wondering how long it will be before photo centers aren't in stores anymore. I remember using one-time use cameras as a kid and loved taking them in to get them developed.

~So happy that Easter is almost here! A holiday means going to my nan and papa's house for family, food, and fun. I'm taking a couple of healthier dishes this year in addition to my broccoli salad. Being a huge fan of sweets, I'm not even making a dessert! My cousin and I talked about what we were bringing, and I said I didn't want to be tempted with whatever I made. So, I'm taking a healthy version of a fruit dip to go with a fruit tray that my cousin is bringing. Who am I?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In #10

This Week: -1.4 lbs
Total Loss: -6.8 lbs

This is going to be a quick post. I subbed in a bilingual second grade classroom today, and I am worn out! They were a great class, but I didn't sleep well last night. So tired!

Anyway, I'm so sorry my weigh-in didn't post last week. I didn't realize until Saturday that it was still a draft. Since it was that late in the week before I noticed it, I just decided to wait and post an update today.

For my weigh-in that didn't post, I GAINED 2.8 pounds! I didn't realize it then, but my time of the month was coming, which I think is why I gained so much. I felt bloated and gross all weekend.

So, I was glad to see I was losing again this week. I didn't lose all that I gained last week, but I'm just gonna keep on pushing through. I keep reminding myself that even if I only lose a pound a week, in one year, that will be 52 pounds.

I only worked out twice this past week (shame, shame), and it was nowhere near 15 miles. I'm planning on doing better this week. The last two weeks I've just felt kinda blah, but I feel my motivation coming back.

Workouts for the Week
Friday - 3 miles on the treadmill
Sunday - 3 miles on the treadmill

Total Miles - 6.0

I have two more sub jobs this week and Easter on Sunday. Yay! I love getting together with my family for the holidays.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy week!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day Trippin' in Glen Rose, TX

**Right after I posted this, I realized that my weekly weigh-in for Monday never posted! I wondered why it had zero views and no comments. Now, I know! Looking back, maybe it's best it didn't post. The scale was not good to me last week. Haha! I'm not going to post it, but I'll make sure my weigh-in next week goes live!**

A few weeks ago, Natalie asked readers of her blog to participate in a Traveling Teddy Bear Project with her first grade class. They have been studying about Teddy Roosevelt and his involvement with the national park system. Our mission (should we choose to accept it) was to receive a teddy bear from one of her first graders, and take it to visit a park close to us whether it be a national, state, county, or city park. We take pictures of the bear on their adventure, write about what they did, and send it back. If you have ever heard of Flat Stanley, this project is similar to that.

Thursday before last, I received my teddy bears in the mail! They came with letters written from the students, a letter explaining the project, and a journal page for each teddy bear's adventure.
So, last Saturday, my sister and I set out on our own little adventure with the first teddy bear, Pretty Girl (named by her first grade owner). I knew when I signed up for this that I would want to take a bear to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. We had never been there, so it was a new experience for us as well.
Dinosaur Valley State Park is situated on the Paluxy River and has some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The most impressive tracks were sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York where they can still be seen today.
We had a really good time. It was such a beautiful day and still Spring Break for a lot of kids, so it was very crowded, which made it kind of hard to get down to the river and see the actual tracks. We would like to go back another time when it might not be so crowded and actually see the tracks in the riverbed.
Today we were supposed to go to Sulphur, Oklahoma and take the other teddy bear, but it's cold and stormy. We are going to stick closer to home, and head to Gainesville to Leonard Park, which has a zoo as part of the park. I hope it stops raining long enough to get some good pictures with the teddy bear.

Next week, the teddy bears will be returning home to Georgia. I was glad to be a part of this project and happy to help out Natalie's class!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top 10 Books on My Spring 2013 TBR List

Today I am linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday, and this week's theme is the top 10 books on your spring 2013 to be read list. If you love to read, I definitely recommend checking out their blog. There's also a list of future Top Ten Tuesdays, so you can plan ahead if you see something you like.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn would have been on my list, but I started it last week. I am loving this book! Without giving anything away, the book is split into three parts. I am a few chapters into part two. I was not expecting what has happened so far in part two. I rarely talk out loud while reading books, but I have said 'oh my gosh!' and 'oooohhhhh!' quite a few times while reading this. I can't wait to finish it!

Enough about what I'm currently reading...on to my list!

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Link to Amazon
 I can't remember how I found out about this book, but I used a gift card from Christmas to buy it from Amazon. This book will more than likely be the one I start after I finish Gone Girl.

2. The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow by Krystyna Chiger
Link to Amazon
In 7th grade, my reading class did a study on the Holocaust. Since then, I have maintained an interest in stories written about that time: fiction and non-fiction. This is a true story about a group of Polish Jews who found shelter in their city's sewer system.

3. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Link to Amazon
I took a Children's Literature class in college, and one of the reading requirements was The Invention of Hugo Cabret. After reading that, it became one of my favorite books, which is why I want to read this one.

4. Vain by Fisher Amelie
Link to Amazon
Lia wrote a review of this book earlier this month. I went and checked it out on Amazon, and it sounds like something I might like to read. If you look at it on Amazon, there is a mistake on there. It says this is book two in a series, but it is book one.

5. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Link to Amazon
Okay, this is the most recent one I have added to my TBR list, and it comes as a surprise to myself. I started watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, and I am loving it! I didn't think I would like it, but I needed something to watch while I work out, and I'm kinda obsessed. I'm curious about the books and would like to see how closely they resemble the TV show. Who is A??? If you know, don't tell me!

6. Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
Link to Amazon
I have read Jill Smolinski's The Next Thing on My List, and I really enjoyed it. This book is about a hoarder, and I have an odd fascination with the subject of hoarding. Have you ever watched Hoarders? That show has given me nightmares before!

7. Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig
Link to Amazon
My mom went on a book shopping spree in December before Christmas, and this is one of the books she bought. I thought it looked interesting, so I'm gonna give it a shot.

8. I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing by Kyria Abrahams
Link to Amazon
This is another book that my mom bought. Again, I think this looks interesting. I like to read about the real lives of other people, and get a peek into their world as they see it.

9. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Link to Amazon
This one is special to me. I have never read the book, and I've seen the movie one time. This past Christmas, my aunt gave me my great-grandma's copy of this book. Before my great-grandma passed away a few years ago, all of my extended family would go to her house for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas. I can open this book, and it still smells like her house. I hope that scent never goes away.

10. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Link to Amazon
Even though I am *coughcough* 27 years old, I love to read young adult novels, which is easy to see considering half my list consists of YA books. I found this one while browsing Amazon and added it to my wish list.

What books are on your TBR list? Do you have any recommendations for books I should read?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In #9: Stranger Danger!

This Week: -1.2 lbs
Total Loss: -8.2 lbs

Yay! One of my goals is to lose 10 pounds by Easter, so hopefully, I'll hit that goal by then (or possibly earlier!). 

First off, thank you to everyone who read 'My Fat Story' and left me sweet comments and words of encouragement! I really appreciate knowing that you read it and took the time to leave me a note!

Usually, I walk on the treadmill, and occasionally, I will go up to the track at the football stadium. On Friday, I decided I wanted to walk outside, so I made myself a route and ventured on out to do it. In that 2.5 mile span of walking, I almost got ran over by an 18 wheeler, almost had a dog attack me, and some guy I don't know pulled over to ask me if I needed a ride. Stranger danger! Granted, he was probably just trying to do something nice, but I politely told him that I was out walking for exercise. He said okay and drove away. Whew! I think for now I will stick to the treadmill or the track!
The story might be different if Jensen Ackles was asking ;-)
Yesterday, I got on the treadmill to walk 3 miles. At 4 mph, that would be 45 minutes for the whole workout. I ended up staying on the treadmill for 90 minutes and walking 6 miles! I gotta say I was pretty proud of myself for not letting my brain tell me what I could do and just letting my legs do the walking. I even took a picture of myself after I was done because I couldn't believe I was sweating like a contestant on The Biggest Loser!
Gross, but I LOVE it!
I came close to hitting my goal of 2 lbs, but there's no disappointment with my loss this week. I also got in over 10 miles of walking. I want to step up my mileage each week, so I'm going to change my goal to 15 miles a week.

Workouts for the Week
Tuesday- 3 mile walk on the treadmill
Friday- 2.5 mile walk around my neighborhood
Saturday- 4 mile walk on the treadmill
Sunday- 6 mile walk on the treadmill

Total Miles: 15.5 miles

I'm not going to put my goals on here each week anymore because I've created a permanent tab for them at the top of my blog called Fitness Goals. I will write about goals when I achieve them though. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous week! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My Fat Story

My story starts where I'm sure a lot of stories school with a bully. To this day, I vividly remember sitting in the cafeteria eating lunch across from a boy. I make eye contact with him, and what happens next has stuck with me my entire life. He looks back at me, calls me a pig, snorts at me, and laughs about it with his friend. I was crushed. Until that point, I had never been made fun of nor do I remember ever seeing anyone else being made fun of. I was a first grader.
First day of 1st Grade
Doing the math, I'm 27 now...first graders are 6 or 7, so I've been dealing with body issues and identifying myself solely by my weight for 20 years. 20 years!
I've never known what it's like to be thin. Probably around middle school, I started spending summer after summer thinking about how I would start working out, lose a lot of weight, and go back to school in the fall looking like a totally different person. Summer vacation reality? Watching TV, sleeping late, and eating junk food all summer long. So, by the time a new school year rolled around, I was a totally different person...only in the wrong direction...weight went higher instead of lower.
Would my life be different if I had always been thin? Absolutely. Would I have been voted 'Quietest' in my senior class? Maybe not. Would I have dated and/or had a boyfriend? Possibly. Would I always feel like my weight is the only thing people notice about me? I don't think so.
It is extremely difficult for me to imagine reaching my goal weight. I needed my school medical records last year, and when I received them, I looked over my weight through the years. My goal weight is currently 150 pounds. Last time I was there? 5th grade AND I was also 9 inches shorter then. I'm 5'10" now. I can't even picture myself at my 8th grade weight of 213 pounds, which is only 31 pounds away.
5th grade: 150 lbs.
I've been working out and doing my best to eat healthier going on 9 weeks now. When I started this blog in January, I knew this would be the time everything would click, but I wasn't sure why I thought that. What's so different about this time compared to all the other times I've attempted it? I think I discovered why through writing this post.
2010: 50s Day at School
After 20 years, I was exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally. I had two choices. I could keep on marching down the same road I've been on for years now: using food as a crutch and comfort, living a sedentary lifestyle, saying 'I'll start tomorrow' every Sunday night, OR I could veer off that road and make my own path: figure out why I'm an emotional eater, start training to participate in 5Ks and half-marathons, finally admit to myself that what I've done in the past is not working and realize change has to happen.
Christmas 2009
I choose to create my own step at a time, one day at a time, one pound at a time.
2012 Cruise

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In #8: Migraine Monday

This Week: -0.2 lbs
Total Loss: -7.0 lbs

Right now, after the night I had, I am just happy to have a loss. My mom and I went to my nan and papa's house yesterday for a visit, and before we left, I started to get a headache. Nothing too bad I thought. When we got home, I was sending my sister a text and felt like the room was spinning. I took something for my headache, ate supper, and laid down to watch The Walking Dead. After the show was over, my headache intensified and became a full-fledged migraine. Throbbing pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound...the most horrible headache I have ever experienced in my life, and I've had A LOT of headaches!

My mom and sister have both dealt with migraines, so it came as no surprise that I had one since they can be hereditary. So thankful it is gone, and I could go the rest of my life with never having a migraine again! Wishful thinking...

I'm watching The Biggest Loser as I write this. I'm rooting for Danni to go all the way. She is the contestant I relate with the most. It's makeover night, which is always a fun episode. The transformations these contestants go through are amazing and inspiring. I can't wait to have my own makeover after I lose all my extra weight!
I didn't meet my goal of losing 2 pounds this week, but I did get in 10 miles of walking!

Workouts for the Week
Tuesday-2 mile walk on the treadmill
Wednesday-2 mile walk on the treadmill
Friday-2 mile walk on the treadmill
Saturday-2.7 mile hike at the refuge
Sunday-1.5 mile hike at the refuge

Total Miles: 10.2

Weekly Goals
March 4-10
  • Lose 2 pounds
  • Walk/jog/hike 10 miles
Monthly Goals
February 18-March 18
  • Lose 8 pounds
  • Walk/jog/hike 40 miles
Long-Term Goals
  • Lose 10 pounds by Easter (March 31)
  • Register for a 5K by the end of April (April 30) 
  • Lose 28.4 pounds in 14 weeks, which will put me at my high school senior weight (June 3)
Ultimate Goal
  • Lose 101 pounds 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Social: Gimme 5!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! My plans today include hiking on a new trail I found yesterday, going to visit my grandparents, and linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social, of course.
Sunday Social
5 Songs You'll Listen to the Rest of Your Life
1. Adele's Rumor Has It
2. Defying Gravity from Broadway's Wicked
3. Bruno Mars' Marry You
4. Britney Spears' Circus
5. Mika's Love Today

5 Things on Your Bucket List
1. Go to Hawaii
2. Open a bakery
3. Go skydiving
4. Own alpacas
5. Go on an African safari
Alpacas...aren't they adorable?
5 Celebs I'd Love to Hang Out with for a Day
1. Reese Witherspoon
2. Kate Middleton
3. Bob Harper
4. Emma Stone
5. Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead)
5 Things I Always Carry in My Purse
1. Babylips
2. wallet
3. pen
4. cell phone
5. loose change

5 Books on My Reading List
1. Gone Girl
2. Ready Player One
3. The Girl in the Green Sweater
4. Wonderstruck
5. Objects of My Affection

Share the last 5 pictures on your phone. These are pictures from yesterday while my sister and I were hiking on a trail at the refuge close to our town.
Top Left: We think this was a wild boar trap
Top Right: Ready to defend myself against wild boars...I'm only halfway kidding.
Middle Left: Map of trail
Middle Right: Hair bow that we found while walking
Bottom: Me at the entrance 

Have a great week everybody! See you tomorrow for my weekly weigh-in!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Thirty by 30

Before I started this blog, I had another one solely for the purpose of documenting my 'Thirty by 30' list. I think I wrote maybe 2 posts total before shutting it down. I just wasn't feeling it at the time.

So, now that I'm getting in a better groove with this blog (20+ posts instead of 2!), I figured I would post my list here. I'm really excited and hopeful about the potential adventures it will take me on!
I've also created a permanent tab (which I just learned how to do!) at the top of my blog, and I will be updating whenever I complete something on my list.

1. Run a 5K.
2. Achieve my goal weight.
3. Visit New York City.
4. Audition for a community theatre play or musical.
5. Get a teaching job.
6. Plant a tree.
7. Move into my own place.
8. Perform Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK's) on my birthday.
9. See the Grand Canyon.
10. Get my master's degree.
11. Start a savings account.
12. Have LASIK surgery done.
13. Go on a cruise with my mom and sister.
14. Travel to another country, so I can put my passport to good use.
15. Buy a Victoria’s Secret bra.
16. See The Lion King musical.
17. Give blood.
18. Buy a new car.
19. Read 30 books.
20. Go to a "Painting with a Twist" class.
21. Pass additional certification tests for teaching: Gifted and Talented and Special Education.
22. Visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
23. Go to a Zumba class.
24. Try ten new restaurants.
25. Visit Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia.
26. Donate to a project on
27. Go on a shopping spree that utilizes a few pieces of clothing to make many outfits.
28. Throw a dart at a U.S. map and travel to wherever it lands.
29. Take a self-defense class.
30. Sponsor a child in a foreign country through World Vision.