September 30, 2008


Is it strange that I suddenly have extremely strong cravings for Extra Fruit Explosion gum??? Or am dying to run to the local BiLo to grab a Ziploc Freezer pump thing???

I hate obvious plug-ins!!


Such a great episode of The Biggest Loser! I'm such a big fan of this show and tonights episode just did it for me. It's not even over yet and I'm already blogging. They are doing the weigh ins now.

How inspiring was it when they first got to the Grand Canyon. They got their first look at it and Allison Sweeny comes out and compares the river and the canyons and how long it took for the river to shape itself and make it's way through. That's the same with the families on the show trying to change their bodies and their lives into a healthier lifestyle. And all of us out here, really trying to change anything in our lives. Whether it be our bodies, fighting an addiction, growing in our faith.. anything. It's all a big journey, ya know. There are so many things I'm trying to improve in myself and it's just a reminder that we're all human and we'll slip up and make mistakes. It's a reminder to stay strong and keep pressing foward.

It's so great to see them reach big time goals. It's emotional to see some of them get into the 200's for the first time in a very very long time Im sure. I've cried at least once every week so far... i'm such a sap!

Also, very exciting that they threw those weigh-in and vote-off twists. It'd be way to hard to have decide which family member leaves though. We'll see how it goes... if I had to guess ~ I'm going with Yellow Father.

September 29, 2008


Guess the 2 extra walks worked. Even though I was 1/2 dead during one of them...

Lost .8 lbs this week, for a total of 3 lbs in two weeks.

I have a feeling that's how this will go down.. slowly but surely.

Will somone please call me when my alarm goes off at 5:30 tomorrow morning and remind me how GREAT I feel after a couple of hours???

September 28, 2008

Back to Reality

Such a great weekend!

The beach was perfect.. just what we needed! The weather was amazing and it was so nice to just be able to relax. We got there a kind of late Friday night..just hung out. I may have consumed a little too much Reisling.. shocker.
Saturday we walked the beach, visited with J's grandmother in Litchfield *so so sweet* and took her to lunch at this little Mexican restaurant.. another shocker. It wasn't like a San Jose's though. I don't remember what the name was, but they had much fresher food.. very yum! After we got back to the condo, I took a beach chair and my book (which I am loving and almost obsessing over by the way) and sat on the beach with my feet in the water for about 2 hours. That possibly could have been the best part of my weekend. After a much needed nap *was still at this point feeling the after effects of the wine* we went out to watch the Bama/Georgia game. Which coinsidently had the Carolina game on as well! Tough keeping up with two games! Alabama beat Georgia (!!!!) which should put us up to #4 in the country!!

Dare I look forward to at least an SEC Title this year??? Maybe too soon, but it has crossed my mind.. Hub is radiating with excitment and pride :)

We got breakfast early this morning, cleaned up, and hit the road. It was sad to leave after such a short weekend, but I LOVED coming home to our little house! Is it strange that I miss it while I'm gone???

Reality hit me all at once with laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping :(
It will hit even harder tomorrow morning when I step on that scale... DON'T LOOK FOR ANY LOSS THIS WEEK!!! Maybe walking up and down the beach twice helped me out a little....

September 25, 2008

Random Nothings

Almost Friday.. my favorite day of the week. Tomorrow will be even better then the rest since I'll be cutting my day at work short by 3 whole hours.. go me! And off to the beach we go. Could not be more ready to get away and do something different. Even if it is only for two days!

Just watched The Office premier. Dissapointed. Not in the actual show. There were more than a couple points where I did a little LOLing. Dissapointed in Sattelite. It kept freezing up. Swear.. the couple dollars I think we're saving a month does not make up for missed moments on your favorite tv shows. However, i don't think I missed anyting too important so I won't dwell on this.

Some kind of sickness is being spread around like the plauge and I'm doing all I can to avoid this. (Airborne religously and Clariten D) Thought I caught a little something yesterday.. scared me a tad, but turns out I'm fine. The thought of missing my beach weekend put me a little over the edge. That would be typical. So I think what happened yesterday, is that the Clariten is actually making me sick. I used to have no problems taking it.. depended on it acutally. And now all of a sudden.. makes me feel horrible. Nausous (sp), weak feeling - And yes, I'm eating with it - So badly that I'd rather be congested. Strange. Guess I'll have to find something else.

Good news is that my stuffiness, upset stomache, achy feelings are magically gone and it seems the Beach Gods are on my side!

September 23, 2008

I LOVE it!!

Did it!
Woke up at 5:45 *after two snoozes* and did my work out. Okay.. I only made it through half of the workout. I really thought I was going to barf! But still.. I attempted.

I felt like death up until about 10:30. I have to admit that until then, I was thinking to myself "never again!". But all of a sudden around that time, I realized I was running up and down the stairs when I had to run something up at the office. I felt GREAT! It really is amazing how much of a difference that makes.

So needless to say.. I am on fire about this. I was planning on doing this just every other day, but I'm finding myself really wanting to do it again tomorrow morning. Think I just may...

So excited for The Biggest Loser tonight! I can watch it now without feeling like a total loser :)
I'm getting a little overwhelmed with my tv schedule with all these new shows starting again. I may need to get another DVR!!
Other new shows I'll be starting this week are:

GG and 90210 *of course*
Lipstick Jungle
The Office
Law and Order SVU
Desperate Housewives

Good thing I like working out in the morning.. seems I'll be pretty tied up after work!!

September 22, 2008

Week 1 Results

Week #1 weight loss: 2.2 lbs!!!!

Part of me is pretty damn proud. The other half, a little disappointed. Just because I know I could've done better. I didn't follow many of my rules. Basically the only thing I did was stop eating as soon as I was full ( simple concept right??)

I did not work out once. And had two bad days, not one (eeek) Friday night I indulged in a big juicy cheeseburger from Dam Bar & Grill. Saturday was pizza and chips and dip. Ahh well.. Football day.. what was I supposed to do???

Speaking of football day... I'm finally getting to the point where I can talk about this. Yesterday my excitement built and built waiting for the Patriots game. I've been an ever faithful fan (lots of practice with that being a Gamecock fan and all) even though we are without the perfection known as Brady. I got all my cleaning and coupon sorting done early in the morning, got the grocery store out of the way. Open up the windows and we're really enjoying the semi cool breeze. Make subs for the both of us. Get nice and comfy just about 5 minutes before 1:00 and wait for the game to start.

And it starts.. but what? Who is that group of idiots wearing The Patriots uniforms??? Definately not my beloved Pats!! What in the hell was that all about??? 22 wins in a row down the hole. It was actually physically painful to watch.
Like I said, being a Gamecock fan, you're used to losing (not being ugly... you know how it is). But watching the Pats.. it's different. You expect perfection and you get it everytime. I want with all my heart to believe that we can do it without Brady (even though its way too sad not seeing his beautiful face on that field). Ahhhh well... maybe next week.

Ok.. back to the weight issue. YAY ME for the loss!! But this week will be even better. Ate perfect portions for dinner tonight, hub and I got out and played some bball for some excersize after dinner. And.... wait for it... wait for it.... wait for it.....

I'm getting up at 5:45 in the am *pray for me on this one* to do The Firm workout.
Hope I'm not too cranky at work tomorrow!

September 18, 2008

Too funny but too true

Mum just sent me this email and I just about wet myself. I had to share with everyone:

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Do you suffer from shyness?
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Chardonnay may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Chardonnay. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.
Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.
* The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you are whispering when you are not.* The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.* The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to think you can sing.* The consumption of Chardonnay may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.* The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.* The consumption of Chardonnay may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

Is it Friday yet???????

September 16, 2008

Gossip Girl Crisis!

I watched Gossip Girl from the other and *of course* there was an obnoxious weather report claiming the earth was flooding. I heard NONE of the conversation between Dan and Serena while they were in the elevator.. which was cleary pretty important. What did I miss??

And I'm not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two.. maybe even three at the end of the show. How sad was it when she told Dan she loved him after the door closed?? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

September 15, 2008

Great Sucess!

So tonight was the big night. The dinner I made for hub was a hit with him. He absolutely loved it! And told me so about a gazillion times. And it made a ton so that's what we'll have for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Got a lot for my money! It was so so nice. While he was deeply distracted by the Playstation, I snuck a couple candles in the dining room and got it all set up ~ Which was a HUGE change from our usual plate in the lap dinner while watching TV!

On another somewhat related note... I am once again starting my big after wedding weight loss diet. I've done this about ..hmm..7 times in the past year and some odd months and it hasn't stuck more than a week, but I'm so serious this time. And to prove my oh so seriousness I'll be sharing my entire journey right here for all to see.

I don't think I can bore everyone with a daily food journal, but I will track my weight loss/gain (hopefully more so on the loss side) each Monday. Maybe some excersize notes. And I pinky swear to spill my guts to you all if I slip up and give in to any cravings.

I'm nowhere near comfortable enough to share my starting weight with the world, but I will say that my weight loss goal is exactly 20.4 lbs! Eeekkk.. that's a lot when I see it in writing. But I can do it.

I promise to excersize AT LEAST 3 times a week, but will try for 4. No Fries! One Coke a week! And will splurge on one bad meal a week.

Success story #1:
3 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts brought into my office today... and I had NONE!!

September 13, 2008

Weekend Update

First of all... I can't express my heartache over the Gamecocks playing so well (for them it WAS well) and still not pulling through. I'm really not even ready to talk about this subject yet.

Last night hub and I, and a group of our closest friends hung out to celebrate his bday. His bday isn't until Monday, but I love birthdays... definately cause for at least a week celebration. It was pretty low key.. went to dinner first at San Jose. Ate out on the deck, very relaxing. After that everyone came over to our house for a while.

Just about everyone had to go to the store first, so hub and I went home to wait. After a while, in they walk with this...

Aren't they sweet??? In Man Language, that means "I love you". Hub loved it :) And.. they got it from BiLo. It was actually amazing, which really surprised me. Good to know right?

Thank you for everyone who suggested a meal for me to make Monday night. Blue-Eyed Bride sent me this recipe which I am very excited to make.. he'll love it!

September 12, 2008

What is going on in Columbia??


Before reading this post, please refer to High on Hairsprays last post, called Thank You.

Okay, now that that's out of the way...

I was driving downtown today right after work, on my way to pick hub up from his office (yes, we carpool.. umm.. gas prices are over $5 someplaces right now.. I'll take the little bit of inconvenience) I notice a guy on the side of the street standing, kind of slouched over, and I can't see his hands

I'm like.. no.. he can't be. Not after the post I read yesterday.. this can't be happening right now.

Oh yes.. it was. I slow down, turn around, and he too is holding his "pecker" and peeing on the side of the road. Right there in front of all moving traffic. Not facing the building. Facing on coming traffic. Normally I wouldn't think this situation was as funny as I did. But it was just too much to handle after High on Hairspray's experience.


I'm pretty sensitive to the homeless situation we have around here and probably would have chalked it up to that.. not that that's okay either, but I would have almost felt bad for the guy.... my public peer was definately not homeless.

Ouch Charlie!

Happy Friday everyone!!

It is the middle of my day and I'm getting ready to take my lunch break. Should be relieved to get out of here right? Not today! On my way to get my eyebrows waxed which is just a very necessary evil in my life. They get bad girls.. really bad. I told JustAskBeth I was getting them done, her response: "Thank God" They really are monstrous!

I'll be a big girl and suck it up, but it hurts! I go to a friends mom who runs her own beauty shop out of her home and it's like walking into Steel Magnolia. A bunch of old ladies gossiping and she does things the old fashion way. I mean just pour that wax on me baby and rip it off with your nails! But she charges me almost nothing! And its nice to visit with her every now and then.

Needless to say.. off I go. I'll be back with bright red eyebrows for the rest of the day!

September 10, 2008

Just a Few Things...

Okay everyone!! I need your creative juices to get a flowing! Hub's 26th bday is this coming up Monday. We're going out to dinner with friends Friday night, but I want to make him a MORE SPECTACULAR THAN USUAL homemade meal Monday night. Nothing's been coming to me though so I need help. Please keep in mind that I don't get home from work until 530ish plus a few.. so maybe a crockpot recipe would be ideal. It has to be AMAZING though!

I'm very disappointed in myself. It did not click with me until this afternoon when someone mentioned it at work, that tomorrow is 9/11. That is such an important day for us as a country, such a hurtful day, and I haven't thought about it until... now. There are thousands and thousands of people that lost someone they loved and they probably think about it everyday. When so much time passes I feel like the rest of us loose some of that memory of what an awful act of hatred that was. I pray that God is with all of these people that are still hurting from their loses and will provide them with some comfort.. especially tomorrow.

There is no 3rd point. I feel like there should be a 3rd once you start numbering.. but I have nothing. Sorry!

September 9, 2008

Seriously.. I almost peed my pants

Yesterday was my FIL's bday *Happy Birthday*
Hub and I went over and joined the rest of his fam for a little get together.. dinner and dessert.
After dinner, FIL is opening cards that everyone has given him. His father lives in Alabama so clearly couldn't join us, but boy did he send his love!

Hub's grandfather is quite up there on my list of "funniest people I know". He says what's on his mind and has... let's say.. a very unique way of looking at things. He is almost legally blind. Which means that while he can walk to the store to buy you a card, he can't read it to really know what kind of card he's getting you. Let's just get to the point right??

FIL opens the card and on the front is a cute dog picking flowers in a field and it says something along the lines of, "just wondering what you were doing on your birthday".
Open card: dog is smelling a pretty flower with his leg kicked up in the back and says... ready for this one... are you really ready.....

"Hope it's me"

Signed ~
Love Dad

September 8, 2008

Growing up?!?

My weekend was overall pretty quiet. Other than one monumental realization.. I.. think.. I ... may be becoming.. A REAL ADULT!! I know, I know, me?? Let me prove my case:

1. Saturday involved a full day of shopping with some girlfriends (refer to earlier post). I have a certain amount of money I can spend... which I guess the fact that I figure out my budget first is point number 1.

2. While I'm out shopping, I find myself walking straight past quite a few of my favorite clothing stores without even taking a second look. I have my eye on one particular store and I'm a woman on a mission to get there. Where am I heading you ask?? Kirklands. I was stoked to get in there and get some fallish/festive decorations for our house. They have the cutest Harvest Collection! I spent my fully alloted budget at Kirklands and Yankee Candle.. No Clothes??? No Shoes??? No Jewlery???

3. After a night of getting together with friends, hub and I are on our way home. As I'm driving down the dark road, at 12:30 in the morning, I get .. I would almost say.. panick stricken. And what pops into my head?? My mums voice from when I was 15, 16, and 17 when I was begging for cerfew extensions.. "Nothing good happens after midnight" Am I becoming my mum??? *Not such a bad thing*

There are other things I've noticed lately.. little changes that i've noticed, but these are just a few that stuck out over the weekend that I thought I'd share. But I should also note that no matter how many grown up tendencies may be creeping into my personality... I WILL NOT stopping watching shoes such as; Gossip Girl, 90210, and The Hills..

I know the link isn't very good.. doesn't go to the actual specific products. I would put pics up but I haven't quite figured out how to do that!

September 6, 2008

Thank God

For girlfriends that don't make me get out of my pj's too early!

It's 12:00 and I'm off to Sandhills for an afternoon of gossip, shopping, and maybe a cocktail or two.

Tis the Season

Before going to bed last night hub and I discuss how badly we both want to get into better shape. We've had plenty of conversations like this with no change that follows, but I feel something different with this one. We both REALLY need to drop a good bit of weight that we seemed to have accumulated since the wedding.

So we decide that we'll go to Play It Again Sports today to get dumbells. I already have The Firm workout system just sitting in my closet. It hasn't came out in months! I know that as soon as I have the dumbells I want I will get to work.

We woke up this morning.. move from the bed to the couch.. hub starts flipping through the TV Guide to figure out which games he needs to watch today. A lot of people are football fans out there.. you have a team or two that you'll watch when it's on.. other than that, you go about your normal life. Not hub. He lives for all things football. As he continued to scroll through the day, I realize that from 12 until probably midnight - There is a game on that he will be watching. So I say "When do you care to fit Play It Again Sports in this busy schedule". He looks at me with all seriousness and says... "We'll have to leave by 10 or 10:30".

ReAllY???? It's a Saturday morning.. I'm still in PJ's. The only morning of the week that I allow myself to do this. All so he can sit in his football glory for the rest of the day?? I don't think so.... I think I'll be sending him to pick them out himself! I also think I'll be finding someone to get out of the house with.. maybe do some shopping with my non-existant money.

Updates to follow on Operation: Loose Weight! Hopefully if I promise to make regular blogs about this it will hold me accountalbe!

September 5, 2008

Here I Am!!

Well, after much prodding from a certain co-worker, here I start my very first blog. I have NO CLUE what I will talk about or often I will actually post anything.. but I do have a sneaking suspission (you should all know now that I am I horrible speller) that this will become my latest obsession! I am also a tad bit worried that what I have to say will not be very interesting to most. I guess you can say I have a case of BAD... Blogging Anxiety Disorder. *insert my first attempt to get a laugh*
I actually have been reading other people's blogs for about a month now. Again.. thanks to this infamous coworker of mine. I check of few of them every single day, sometimes many times a day. I have identified with some of you quite often. These are the times when I have attempted to start my own, but have chickened out. Mostly bc I could never think of a name that I liked enough. Today, i decided to .. Just Ask Beth.. the cw which I have mentioned three times now in just this one little blog. So here I am.. I can now read other blogs without feeling so stalkerish.
Good luck to me!