Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Gosh, I love Bob Dylan...

So... Yeah, the exercise thing. Still doing it. Not blogging because I SUCK AT LIFE.  I've been doinga  Richard Simmons tape "Disco Sweat" it's awesome.

But, this Sunday - February 5th - I'm starting something new! With the help of my friend, Alicia, I'm doing a  90 day challenge through Team Beachbody. I purchased the TurboJam system that I've commited to using 5-6 days a week - my plan is also to run 3 days a week.

I want to lose 15 pounds in 90 days, kick my Dr.Pepper addiction, and eat more raw fruits/veggies.

I CAN DO THIS... RIGHT?

We shall see.

In other news... I've been re-pinning my life away on Pinterest. Are you following my boards??? They're great - lol. I spent over an hour re-organizing and de-cluttering.

I'm relying on Pinterest for new foods and recipies to try during this challenge. I also use it for crafts!

I did the following art project like 3 months ago and was super happy with how it turned out.

The original post is here. But, I did mine slightly different.

Start with supplies:

Then I removed the wrapping from the crayons I was using and hot glued them to my canvas... This took the longest - about 45 minutes.

Then I took my canvas out to the garage, fired up my hair dryer, turned it upside down and went to town melting the crayons.

After it cooled/dried - about a half hour - I hot glued my flowers on.

Violia! I love it so much. I'm going to try another one with the reds/pinks I have left over.

Until next time,

Megan

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Think We're Alone Now

Megan's Weight Loss Journal Thingy-Jingy

Goal: Lose 60 pounds
Start Weight: 189 lbs
Start Day: Monday January 9th, 2012
Lost So Far: 0.5 lbs :)
Today's Date: Tuesday January 10th, 2012

Hello!

Today I was cancelled from work; yeyyyyyyyyy! So I didn't have anything planned to do and that's exactly what I ended up doing. Not good for the weight loss goal!

I started out by waking up late, since I didn't have to be at work by 6:30. I took Hailey to preschool at 9 then came home and sort of loafed on the couch. I didn't feel very well but I think it's because I started taking my diet pills again last night. They are called healthe trim (get high school skinny!).

I was never a very regimented person, but I think at my ripe old age of twenty-two I require a few pills at specific times to help keep me going :) I take 2 of the diet pills when I wake up and another 1 around lunch time. Before bed I take 4 mg of Melatonin to help me sleep and keep me calm and I also take 1 Prevacid so I don't get heartburn/indigestion.

Anyways... So while Hailey was at school I read a Twilight fanfic on my iPhone. It's called The Learning Curve by Amethyst Jackson. It's a 'drabble' fic, so all the chapters are quite short, but there are 77 of them currently and it's still publishing. By the looks of things she updates daily, which I like very much. Here's the summary, incase you are looking for something new to read.

AU and AH. Short chapters with daily updates. When Bella's boyfriend brings up the issue of her virginity with his ex, she decides to take charge of her own fate.

It starts out as a Bella/Mike story but quickly changes to Bella/Edward. All other cannon couples. It's a high school fic, which is my cup of tea! You should check it out if you are a Twi-fic reader!

So after I read that, it was 12:20 and that meant I had ten minutes to go get Hailey from preschool. We came back and it was nap time for the little lady. I turned on Finding Nemo for her and she was out like a light. Next thing I knew, so was I! I was started awake by the dogs barking like crazy which usually indicates that someone is at the house. It was my mom coming home from work... Which made me realize that it was 3:45!!! Holy crap, day wasted!

When my mom comes home and I haven't been at work, we usually sit and talk about everything that happened since we work at the same hospital. All the gossip, hehe. But today she asked me if there was anything good at the theater since it's Tuesday (bargain day!!!). Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was still there and I have wanted to see it since the preview came out so long ago! So, she told me I should go and that's exactly what I did. IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

Moving along (am I boring you yet?!?!) I got home around 7:30 and gave Hails a quick tubby so we could sit and watch Glee at 8. It was a re-run! No fun. After it was over I put her to bed and had a quick shower.

Then I decided I was too tired (from all that HARD work, lol) to do too much in the way of exercise, so I alternated jumping jacks and arm weights for 15 minutes then stretched as a cool off.

Tomorrow I'm breaking out this super awesome old VHS tape I have to exercise with. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!!!

Until next time.

-Megan

PS- I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to my friend, Allie (ZoeBean Creations) for commenting, being super supportive, and for having great song recs yesterday! <3

Monday, January 9, 2012

Baby, I Was Born This Way

I don't know what happened this evening, but I just decided that I was going to get up and exercise.

After thinking about it a little bit I figured out that if I was obligated in some way to tell people what I was doing, I might be more motivated to actually get things done.

So, here I am... Hopefully I'll maintain and put up everyday what I'm doing.

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Megan's Weight Loss Journal Thingy-Jingy

Goal: Lose 60 pounds
Start Weight: 189 lbs
Start Day: Monday January 9th, 2012
Lost So Far: 0 lbs

1/9/12: I started with a little yoga that I found on Netflix. I only got through the first 15 minutes, but it was something. And my heart was def. pumping! Then I moved on to a little cardio alternating between jumping jacks and running in place. I did that for like 8 minutes. Then I took my pair of 5 pound weights and worked out my arms for another 5. Since I haven't done any physical activity in so long, this was enough to wipe me out! I did a little cool down stretching and decided to stop for the day.

#minor goal- stop drinking pop (started today by drinking a little grape flavored water packet thingy in my reusable plastic cup that I got for Christmas).

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I just tried making a workout playlist on my iTunes with the music I already have... I'm calling it 'Cardio-Go-Go". Here's what's on it so far:

1. Born This Way / Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - Chimpmunks/Chipettes
2. Like a G6 - Far East Movement
3. Raise Your Glass - Pink
4. Yeah 3X - Chris Brown
5. Bulletproof - La Roux
6. Forever Yours (Blue Version) - Alex Day
7. What the Hell - Avril Lavigne
8. I Think We're Alone Now - Countdown Singers (stupid 80s dance party remix thing)
9. Party Rock Anthem - Chimpmunks/Chipettes
10. S.O.S. - Chimpmunks/Chipettes
11. Say Hey - Chimpmunks/Chipettes

Hailey got the new Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack for Christmas, hence those songs. Anyone know of any other songs that would go well on this list??? Let me know! And wish me luck, please!

Until next time.

-Megan

New Year, Same Goal

Anyone still here? Anyone?? Bueller...?

Yes, so... As we can all tell, I've failed at the whole blogging thing. Why, you may ask? Well, to be straight to the point, I am an incredibly lazy, forgetful, unorganized individual. Just ask my seven on-going 'To-Do' lists and my four year old... "Mommy, are you EVER going to get my chocolate milk? I asked for it TWO Backyardigans ago!"

Okay... So it's the new year.

2012... Some say it's the Earth's last year. Apocalypse, yadda-yadda-yadda... I don't know. I'll most likely forget what December 21st is supposed to mean on the day it arrives. I'll be obivious to whatever happens or doesn't happen.

I used to do new years resolutions... Until I realized that I had the same ones every year... Obviously, they never got accomplished, so why should I keep making these unobtainable promises? I have no self control. I always want to lose weight, be more active in volunteering, spend more time with my family, be nicer to others, blah, blah, blah, etc...

This year, I just want to prioritize my online life and my real one.

I don't know how many people can sympathize with my situation, but when I started becoming active in the online fanfiction community, I totally hid it from everyone. My daughter was just about one year old, I wasn't working very much, and I was just getting used to the fact that her dad wasn't going to be coming back. I drowned my sorrows the way I had my whole life... By reading a book. The book happened to be Twilight, followed very quickly by the other three in the series. I still needed more. I went to Meyer's website and found TwilightMoms from there. I posted a few things and somehow stumbled upon fanfiction. From there, I got hooked on Twilighted and A Different Forest.

On top of that, someone posted a campfire on ADF about some cute Brittish guy reading Twilight on YouTube (Alex Day aka nerimon). He was so effing funny... I watched all the videos he had posted. In a lot of them he talked about his friend, Charlie, who also was a YouTuber. So I then watched all of charlieissocoollike's video's. Then he was talking about this Trok band that he and Alex were in called Chameleon Circuit. At this point, I was becoming an internet fangirl so I just ordered their CD and fell in love. Now, I'm sure you're wondering what Trok is... Time Lord Rock. Time Lords... Doctor Who. Excellent British scifi show... That I had to go and watch gagillion episodes of on Netflix.

Charlie and Alex also introduced me to vlogbrothers John and Hank Green. John is an excellent author (cue me ordering and reading all of his books) and Hank is a great musician (cue me ordering and listening to all his music). They, in turn, have introduced me to a million other internet things via the nerdfighteria community and all the things and people that DFTBA (Don't Forget To Be Awesome).

The fanfiction community has introduced me to Harry Potter fics (as I was already a HP lover since Sorcerer's Stone was published) and now The Hunger Games series and fanfics.

My Twilight mini-obsession prompted me to a lovely three day vacation to Seattle and Forks, Washington a few years ago. I've spent over one thousand dollars on merchandise and online gift trades.

I've met a lot of people who I would now consider my closest friends via the internet. They've got me stuck on Pinterest now, too.

I even beta (edit) fanfiction stories for Project Team Beta.

This has literally taken over the last four years of my life... AND NO ONE IN MY REAL LIFE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT ANY OF IT.

I am constantly gripped at by my mother for always being on my laptop or iPhone "fiddling around" as she says. But I'm reading fic or posting on the forums or checking new campfires or watching YouTube videos or so many other things!!!

I don't know how to stop any of it but I know my family will think I'm a serious freak if I tell them anything about it.

I just need to learn balance, but I don't know how.

Now, I'm rambling... I'll be back in a few days, but I'm just glad I got this out there. So now someone knows where it all started and why I JUST CAN'T STOP!

Until next time.

-Megan