Sunday, October 4, 2015

I've Fallen & I Can't My Pants Up

Ugh nothing like the change of the seasons to let you know just how much muffin top you have hanging out of your jeans, eh?

I was so sick for awhile that everything just went out the window. I have run one time in over a month. Next weekend I'm doing a half marathon and I'm surely going to die! It will definitely be a run walk run walk walk walk walk type of race. I feel like at this point there is no reason to even attempt to "train" and I might as well go in with the only expectation being to have fun.

I am just now starting to feel a bit stir crazy and lost so I guess that means I need to get myself back into focus. I do best with schedules to keep me on track and not just winging things all the time. I keep telling myself  "next week" and then something happens and then it's "next week" again and nothing has happened.

I did actually use Lose It most of last week but fell off towards the end of the week. I need to really just get my focus on! Maybe if I keep telling myself that and write it down here it will actually happen lol.

A few weeks ago I went through a little reading binge and finally read It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. I have read her blog for years and had kept meaning to read her book. I really enjoyed reading it.

From Goodreads 

A young food blogger shares her inspiring story of incredible weight loss-a journey from nearly 300 pounds to losing more than half her size-and establishing a healthy and confident relationship with food.

On her twentieth birthday, Andie Mitchell stepped on the scale and discovered that she weighed nearly 300 pounds. At 5' 9"-even knowing that she was big and hating herself for it-she was stunned. How had she gotten there? Without following wild diet trends, she lost 135 pounds over thirteen months and has kept it off for six years. It Was Me All Along shares the at times heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting and motivating, story of how Andie kicked her habit of binge eating, which she developed during a traumatic childhood, and developed a healthy relationship with food, which she still loves to cook and enjoy. Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.

Then that lead me to read another book from another blogger, Jennette Fulda that I used to read all the time when she was on her weight loss streak. She wrote a book called Half-Assed and then she kind of stopped blogging about weight loss. Her newer book Chocolate & Vicodin explains what happened. She got this horrible headache that just NEVER WENT AWAY! Can you even imagine? No I can't either. Just from being sick the way I was this summer I totally understand how not feeling well can totally derail your healthy life style.

From Goodreads

Jennette Fulda was riding high on the success of her first book, Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir, until one fateful day in February 2008, when she developed a headache—and it never went away. So she dealt with it the best way she knows how: by writing about it. And eating lots of chocolate. 

In Chocolate and Vicodin, Jennette explores her change of identity from “the girl who lost hundreds of pounds” to “the girl who lives with constant pain,” and all she’s had to endure to try and make the pain stop—from a bevy of expensive, time-consuming tests, which have taught her interesting facts (for example, that an MRI does indeed cost more than a European vacation—and doesn’t last nearly as long), to tons of medications prescribed by her doctors to hilarious, sometimes insane advice she’s received from her blog readers. While nothing’s been able to grant her relief, she has gained a new perspective. Instead of dwelling on the “invisible tiara of nails” she may very well wear for the rest of her life, she’s instead learned how to live with the pain, sharing with readers not only how she’s managed to get by, but to laugh—and thrive—in spite of it

After reading that one I was looking for something else to read and ended up picking this random book called Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin. If you've ever wondered how someone becomes severely obese this book will show you how. It gets you inside the mind of the emotionally hungry. I actually think this is a great read for people that are struggling with binge eating.

From Goodreads

Allen Zadoff spent years reasoning that a big, healthy man should have a big, healthy appetite and that his rapidly increasing girth was no more than a regular guy thing. At 350 pounds, however, it became clear that what had started as a little weight problem was destroying his life. Desperate to find a new way of living that would carry him into thin and beyond, Zadoff began to focus less on what he ate, and more on the physical and emotional underpinnings of what he came to understand as a disease. The pounds melted away, and so began the adventure of a lifetime. Following Zadoff’s incredible journey both up and down the scale, Hungry blends his personal story with surprising strategies for weight loss success; it is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is inspirational.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Road Trip Day 4 and 5

So after the Enchanted Forest my GPS on my phone was being a total A HOLE and wouldn't re-route from the Enchanted Forest to the hotel in Reno we were going to. Finally I had to get it to do from my house at home to Reno and then change the start from where we were to Reno (not the hotel address) and it started working. I picked the "shortest" trip that came up which was 9 plus hours.That SEVEN HOUR trip? Didn't show up lol

I drove awhile and then we stopped for dinner around 7 or so. I had 2 cups of coffee (good thing), we filled up with gas and it was all good.  UNTIL we got in this FOREST AREA. Which of course, I kind of had to pee. I couldn't drive all that fast because the road was twisty and turny and dark and HELLO DEER who we I stopped for so he could prance across the road. Thank God I had music on my phone that I could play in the car or I might have went a little batty. 

I was so excited when we FINALLY got out of the forest. Right to a Chevron with the most beautiful disgusting bathroom. I was so happy to pee somewhere I didn't even care that someone just put their cigarette out in the toilet water. 

We all got a little stretch out but not too much since it was a bit sketchy out there and then it was only another 20 minutes or so to Reno. Originally we were going to go to see my mom's uncle but he ended up having other plans. I already had the reservation there so we decided we'd just go anyways since there is this cool antique store that we went to the last time we were there. About midnight 30 I was thinking maybe we should have just asked for ONE MORE DAY off work so we could have split this ride up a bit more. 

We got into Reno and I drove down the strip and made a right on 2nd street, which I thought was the way to our hotel, the Grand Sierra. I had never been there before but I got a great deal. Of course I should have made a LEFT instead of aright if I wanted to end up at the casino and not a scary industrial park area. Another turn around and mapping and we finally got into the hotel. I had called when we stopped for dinner and told them we were going to be a really late check in. The woman on the phone said that was fine and had put that we could check in until 3 am, which was really nice.  When I checked in the gal said they were out of regular rooms so we got upgraded to a suite. Which was nice, but other than the kitchen type stuff it wasn't all that much better than a regular room would have been.

We went to bed and ended up staying in the room until check out because we were all tired and Melissa was sleeping forever. SO we didn't actually end up spending any time in the casino part. It seemed really nice walking through though lol.

We loaded up the car and then went over to the Eldorado for the buffet breakfast/lunch and then after that we went to the big thrift store where I found NOTHING to buy. My mom found this kid's iron rocking chair though. I told her she was going to have to sit with it on her lap though lol. Amazingly she somehow squished it in the car. 

When we got to her house we hung around a little bit and then it was back on the road another 40 minutes home. I was looking forward to just sitting when I got home but my house smelled like a giant cat box and was totally wiped out so I ended up doing some cleaning. Lucky for Scott he came home and did the dishes on his lunch the next day or I might have taken another road trip and not came back ;)

All in all it was a great trip but I could have used at least another day in Oregon and definitely another day to drive home! Next time I will need to save up more vacation time!
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Road Trip Day 4- Enchanted Forest

We didn't get too far when we realized we were going to be driving right by that Enchanted Forest again. AND it's the weekend and open! Even though we had a super long ride, we figured we'd probably not get the chance to go here again so we went and checked it out!

You can read about the history of the Enchanted Forest here.

It's only $10 to get in for adults, and it's like a mini Disneyland in the beginning minus the rides lol.

I took a bunch of pictures, I'll keep them smaller so you can just click on them to see them better if you want. You start off walking through a Nursery Rhyme/Fairy tale Land

The 3 Little Bears

Alice In Wonderland

The Man in the Crooked House

Hansel & Gretel

Humpty Dumpty

Jack & Jill

Peter Peter  Pumpkin Eater

Miss Muffett

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Old Lady in the Shoe, this was a slide with carpet type things to slide down

The paths were so pretty

Little Red Riding Hood

Rip Van Winkle

Snow White 

This was so cool, you go in and come out the slide!

Tofteville which was like an old Western area

The Haunted House

This is a ride, which sounds cool now that I read about it on the website, we didn't go on it though

Love this, sing a song of sixpence. Jessica used to sing that when she was little.

Hickory Dickory Dock

This like an old cottage area, there are dolls in the top windows that talked to each other across the street

Us before we left

We had lunch there, it was nice and inexpensive, only like $2.50 for a cheeseburger or something. Totally fun for kids that's for sure!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Road Trip Day 3

Sunday we got up and cleaned up our stuff, loaded it in the car, checked out and then went out and checked out the beach. We were all wishing we had at least one more day there to hang out.

The back of the hotel, we were on the first row of windows on the left about 3 in.

We had so much fun on the beach. Definitely need to take my Mom to the tide pools in Monterey some time. Eventually we had to pull ourselves away to meet up with Stephanie since she made us a quiche for lunch.

After lunch we went for a ride to get the lounge chair (which I never took a picture of!) and to do some sightseeing. 

We went to Fogarty State Beach, which was pretty cool. There's a creek that feeds into the ocean. We had fun just looking at all the stuff that gets washed up. Lots of smooth little drift wood pieces and little shells.

Then we drove down the coast a bit to Devil's Punchbowl to look for whales. We didn't see any though.

We did meet a weird guy and saw a bunch of surfers though

Then we picked up the lounge chair and went back to Stephanie's. She made us BBQ Salmon & steak for dinner. We ended the night by playing a game of Scrabble (which I smoked everyone on, thank you Words with Friends) and then hit the sack. Melissa and I slept in the guest room on a futon. I had to take a picture of all her shoes!

The next morning we got up and packed up, had some bagels and then hit the road. We had a 10 hour trip ahead of us.

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