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Vacation!!

So as of tomorrow (Friday) I am on vacation until Wednesday!  Believe me it is much needed and couldn't have come soon enough.  Paul and I are doing some day trips to some places but other than that it will just be some peaceful relaxing time spent with Paul.  I'm going to do like I did in NH.  Don't tell me what day it is and no counting down the days until I return....actually no thoughts of work.  I hope to have lots of blogs for when I get back.  I mean it's not a LONG time away but a long weekend is just as nice as a full week!  
I'm going to start getting back to the randomness of my blog.  So I'm going to compile MANY MANY topics while I'm away.  There's too much going up about food, working out, etc.  I'm getting healthy...okay!  Moving on!  
I want to start writing some solid pieces with some depth and or amusement...maybe even both.

Stark Craving Mad!!! Blog 3 of 3

(From Self June 2010) Mind over munchies!
Treat yourself.  Cutting out food you love only makes you want it more.  Dieters who were told not to think about chocolate ate twice as many candies as those who weren't resisting.  Self suggests picking a guiltless substitute"  Ice cream for Fudge Bar.  ( I eat Sugar Free Fudgsiciles as my ice cream treat...ice cream and chocolate...perfect fix for a craving)
Turn off triggers.  Break patterns that encourage binges.  Are you a postwork snacker?  Come home through a door that doesn't lead to the kitchen and you'll be 18 percent less likely to graze.
Feed your hunger.  Going past hungry to ravenous might make you choose junk.  Mice injected with high doses of ghrelin preferred a room where they had previously found high-fat over one where they expected to find less fat and sugar.  Eat protein and fiber at every meal to keep ghrelin gremlins at bay. 
Pace Yourself.  It takes 12 minutes for a thin person's brain to register that…

Stark Craving Mad!!! Blog 2 of 3

The Quiz (Self June 2010) "Do your cravings control you?" Ever taken a quiz in a magazine and none of the answers in the multiple choice apply to you?  I feel like this happens to me constantly.  Am I being too critical?  Probably.  My tip is answer to the best of your ability, think back to previous encounters or pose the question of if this happened to me today what would I do, so here we go... 1.  When a coworker brings cupcakes for her birthday, you... A Decide to have one (it's my treat for the day) and savor every crumb. B Eat two at the party and then return to my desk stuffed.  I feel a little sick from all of that sugar and wish I'd stopped at one. C Vow to abstain but down a whole one before the party is over.  Later, I sneak back for another, because I've already blown it.
Before I start my analysis of the three options let me first admit that this is a scenario that happens too FREQUENTLY at our firm.  Not only is there lucheon leftovers and runners bringin…

Stark Craving Mad!!! Blog 1 of 3

The Issue We have all felt like we were about to die if we didn't get something we were craving.  Whether it was a cheeseburger, fries or a chocolate milkshake (heck we might be dying for all three) there was that need that we just had to have it and being strong and ignoring that craving just didn't cut it.  We then feel like these items are haunting us...eat me....eat me...until we give in.  Then at this point, we've tried to hold out for so long that we just chow down and when we're done and the craving is gone, we're then just left with the guilt and unpleasant fullness.  Apparently, it really is all in our minds, it's actually a system of interconnected neurons in our brains which has evolved through out time and placed this evil curse on us.  We just have to figure out the triggers and learn to overcome the cravings and then eliminating the guilt.

Finishing Touches

My closet went from embarrassing to amazing but I felt like it needed just a tad more help....
Still a mess waiting to move itself onto the floor..
I found these at Target.  2 Fabric Drawers on sale for 10.99 (reg price 12.99) There weren't many colors to choose from and no black (unless you bought them individually for 5.99) These navy were cheaper so ahem...of course I went with these. Here's the drawer
And...here's the improvement!  The stuff in the middle (workout clothes) will hopefully remain nicely folded...did you just laugh because I did.  I'm hoping that these two cubes will be okay because the drawers are too small to fit all these clothes.  So here's hoping ... also maybe I don't need 8 million pairs of workout pants....I know exactly what I was thinking too...get rid of some of it!! I actually went to Target in search for these magazine holders currently on sale for $2.50.   I bought a couple, one for bridal magazines, one for Self and one for oth…

You've heard of Atkins...this is SHIAtkins....

We all know when I'm motivated ... I'm motivated.  Well since I have vowed to Taller that I'll give up Sweet and Low if she gives up Diet Coke...I now vow to Jennifer that I will start my version of Atkins.  If you want to know more about Atkins check out the website.  Atkin.com.  However, here's SHIAtkins...
Daily Intake:
Calories 1000-1500 (google calorie intake and figure out what is best for you or click on the link to an older post below...a link to a calorie counter is attached.) Fat 33-42g/day (same for everyone) Sodium no more than 2300g/day (same for everyone) Carbs* 20-50g/day (* this is where SHIAtkins comes into play...the norm is 100-225g per day but Atkins gives you only 20 in your first stage...so SHIAtkins will allow some room so 20-50g/day and then moving up to 100g after awhile...more on that later...I'd say about 6 months, but depending on the weight loss success it could be sooner or later...I'll keep you posted with my progress.) Fiber 25-35g/day…

Closet... Embarrassing to Amazing!

So my closet has always gone from neat and tidy to nightmare over time.  The main issues were I had too much stuff I was never going to wear or use again in there, stuff just didn't have a proper place and constantly just wound up on the floor and there was just wasted space.
Before....
Sad sad SAD sight... I know hence the fix! This shoe storage was absolutely wasted space and effort.   My shoes wind up downstairs where I put them on and take  them off so this is going to the down stairs closet. The space between these two storage compartments just screamed... stuff unwanted things here.  Which is where all my "winter" clothes wound up. Purses...really?   There are some that I wouldn't carry again if my life depended on it.   So guess what...I'm getting rid of them.   More bags...a tote full of totes... Old jeans and stuff.   I took all these pants down and eliminated the ones that  I'll never wear again and the ones that I can now  fit in from losing weight…

J'adore

When we were young, my sisters and I, had this Alice in Wonderland movie that my mom had recorded off of the Disney channel, might I add...when they were running a free promotion, and we just absolutely loved it. Honestly, the movie didn't even start at the beginning she caught it when Alice had already fallen down the rabbit hole, yet we didn't care. It wasn't until like a year ago, when Paul and I frantically searched for it at Blockbuster and then found it onDemand, that I finally saw the first 10 mins of this movie. It was just one of those childhood things you would watch when you were home sick from school or lazy on a weekend. I swear we had to have watched that movie a million times. 
Also, when I was in 5th grade, we read Through the Looking Glass, which is Part Two of the movie. I volunteered to bring it in to school and our teacher let us watch it in class. It was great!
So now, I would like to say that I am now the proud owner of the DVD. I found it at Sams…

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink...

(a little Willy Wonka quote for you)
Today was my first day of NO sweet and low and I've done it.  I've survived a day at work without it and NO trips to Starbucks.  It can be done folks..it can be done.  My drink of choice now...water!  Yep doesn't that just sound delicious and refreshing?  That it is, I assure you, no wait I assure myself...or at least that is what I am TRYING to convince myself.  I've noticed that I've not actually consumed as much water today to how much Starbucks I would consume daily...so two issues...1) I was drinking ENTIRELY too much Starbucks and 2) I'd apparently would rather die of dehydration than drink mere water.  So looking back on day one I just need to have my water bottle filled up and perched on my desk ready to drink and soon Starbucks and sweet and low will be a fond distant memory...

There are sane people in this world...

So Kenzie, a good friend and reader of this blog, sent me a link to http://www.projectwedding.com/ because she saw a post regarding a green (meaning eco-friendly) wedding.  I had a bit of a run in with a co-worker that saw me reading a book about a green wedding and this co-worker felt the need to SCREAM at me that weddings are hard enough without trying to be green.  So anyways, I usually hate wedding websites because they are pretentious and act like all the rules of etiquette from the 1800s apply to every wedding today. So when I saw an entry titled "Getting Stiffed by Wedding Guests" I rolled my eyes yet clicked on it, I guess hoping that it was a play on words and not someone griping about someone not giving them a wedding gift,  alas, it was about not receiving a gift and how one should react towards these stiffing offenders.  I scrolled down to the comments expecting to see tons of women ranting about how they hated getting stiffed however numerous posts had comments …

Little Shia in the making....

Marissa with her new book bag And of course the black and white outfit I got Nicole for the girls... good thing it's big on Marissa...Leah is soooo  tiny that it will take her awhile to grow into hers. I had her initials put on it because Nicole pointed out that strangers could act like they know her from her name on her book bag...good thinking mom!  That's why I'm just the Auntie!  So of course we had to get yellow.  It was too cute when Marissa said to me while sipping on my Starbucks green tea while waiting for our bags to get done...I'm so excited about my bag "Circle".  I said, ME TOO!!!  Nicole seriously thought I had lost my mind but the fact that Marissa was excited too just made it even more magical!  Are we sure this isn't my child?  Also at one point in the day I rescued her necklace from being lost and she said...Circle you're my best friend!  Awe! Of course...Shia had to get a bag too!

TGI(F*ING)F!

TGIF!!!
Friday is FINALLY here! My boss is out until 1:00! The only way today would get any better was if I got to go home early...wouldn't that be the icing on the cake?

Torture of Thursday

I really try not to wish every week for the Friday that seems to take forever to come around; however, this week needs to end!  Of course, this morning I was reminded by one of my annoying co-workers that wishing for Friday is wishing my life away and soon I would be old and wish I had more time.  Um no.  Wishing for Friday is WISHING for my life.  My life is not coming to this hell hole everyday and putting up with YOU people.  Or is it?  AHHHH scary thought!  No, my weekends are my life.  My weekends are my freedom.  If I want to wish for them SO BE IT!  There are 365 days in a year and I get about 120 days of those days (give or take) away from work.  Life doesn't happen during the week.  Torture happens during the week  Let's face it...I don't wake up earlier than I have to to get here.  I work so late at times that I'm so exhausted that I do nothing after work.  (It's a miracle I ever had time to meet Paul ... oh wait that happened on a WEEKEND...after numerou…

Womp Womp Wommmmp

I arrive at work this morning and everything is normal until...my computer crashes and won't come back on. So now I have a loaner from IT department while mine "possibly" gets fixed. So needless to say EVERY thing on my work computer...LOST! Good thing I stayed last night and did those blogs. Those pics were loaded to my work computer and they would have just been completely lost! I know then there would have been no TMI Tuesday! Not only is EVERYTHING gone...I have a newer version of every program I use daily...needless to say that adjustment is still taking some time. In case you don't know whatever archaic version of Word we currently use is in no way shape or form like Word 2007. 2007 people even this "new" program is outdated! Sigh!
Needless to say it hasn't been a great day. So I finally had a breakdown in my healthy foundation and ate some pretzel M&Ms. Please note: 1) they aren't that great 2) you only get like 10 in the bag f…

TMI Tuesday

As you all know I am trying to slim down hence the countless blog posts about it. So not only do I want to slim down to be healthier and to look better, I want to slim down to wear all of these below which I also was reminded that I had while battling out the organization in my walk-in closet....
Let me just start off by saying that I have an obsession with Victoria Secret Semi-Annual clearance. I never buy anything from VS until then. So last year (since the last Semi-Annual sucked and didn't yield anything new) I bought all of these for 1.99 a piece and even some smaller sizes with the hopes of slimming down. So my goal is to be able to wear all of these!
Since I'm all about organization. I broke them down into stacks... Here are the ones currently too small! One day people ONE DAY!
Okay below are the ones that "fit" but I need to lose just a little more... All together as you can see there are a lot but again...$1.99 each!  (Also don't laugh at our seasona…

Organization my new middle name?

I had just mounds of stuff going on as you can see below. These mounds were just shoved in my closet or scattered on my side of the bed...craft stuff, blog stuff, random stuff...too much stuff!! I'm working on making my closet awesome and finding a home for writing my blog...I'll post some before and after pics soon. I'm hoping to be done with this whole mess by the end of this weekend. I had this little project to work on first. So to organize all this... I bought these.... from Walmart. $6.00 for 3 boxes which after you set them up look like this....
AWESOME ... right?
Wait until you see the finished product! I can't wait myself I'm so excited to have all of this put away and in a place where it is easily accessible. So far I have all that mess above sorted out and put in the boxes above and labeled. I just have to work out where the best place to put these boxes will be and finish up in my walk-in closet. Stay tuned!

Amazing Gift Bag EVER!

to make....