2. I was hired as the new Associate Producer for Studio 5 at KSL
3. I spent practically every summer weekend on our brand new boat
4. I hiked Waterfall Canyon, Adam's Canyon, and Frary Peak all for the first time
5. I saw Thriller again--my favorite Halloween tradition
6. I have lost 20 pounds!
7. I went to the Greek Festival for the first time
8. I bought a new iPod Touch
9. I turned 24
10. I made 3 resolutions and actually stuck to them
I got to thinking about everything that happened this year when I started writing this post. It has been an eventful year for sure, full of ups and downs, but I am grateful for every day.
It's impossible to pick a favorite moment of the year but one of the big ones is sticking to my resolutions. If you remember this post from last year I said my resolutions are to 1. Be healthier, 2. Be braver, and 3. Kick my Diet Coke habit. Well I am here to tell you I have succeeded! I have lost 20 pounds, I accepted the most overwhelming and scariest job that I just love, and I have not only given up Diet Coke but I have not had one sip of soda the entire year! Don't ask me how I did it...I never thought it was possible. There were a few times this year where I really could have used one but I'm so glad I didn't give in.
Because it felt so good to accomplish my resolutions, I decided to set some new ones for 2012. Last year I made one physical, one mental, and one silly resolution so this year I'm doing the same. Here they are...
#1 Be healthier. Big surprise, right? I still am not at my goal but I'm so close and I want to keep it going. So I am going to continue to be as healthy as I can.
#2 Don't cut my hair. Okay this one is a little ridiculous but I wish I hadn't chopped my hair last summer. I like it shorter but failed to communicate exactly what I wanted and ended up with a cut that I didn't like. It has taken months to grow and still isn't exactly the way I like but I can't do much except wait. So I'm making the promise to not cut my hair this year (trims don't count--they are necessary.)
#3 Be open to new experiences. I am already open to a lot but there are a few parts in my life that could use some work. I tend to shut the door on opportunities when I see them coming so I'm going to try and change that. I guess this is pretty similar to my resolution to be braver but this year I'm going to apply it to my personal life whereas last year I ended up focusing on my professional life.
So there you have it...3 new resolutions. I highly recommend you make your own, write them down and stick with them. It feels so great at the end of the year to have accomplished what you started out to do. Happy New Year!
3. I do cardio 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday and I take Sunday off. I usually do chores on Sunday so I figure that's a little workout in itself. I usually do the elliptical or the treadmill. I have found that I burn more calories on the elliptical so I tend to do that more. No matter what machine I'm on, I always pick the "Weight loss" program. I punch in my information and it switches all the intervals for me so I don't have to think about doing that. Interval training also helps me burn more calories instead of a moderate, constant pace.
5. I step on the scale everyday. I started only weighing myself once a week but I would get anxiety dreams the night before every weigh-in. So doing it once a day lets me see how I am progressing and I don't get those dreams anymore. I don't go crazy if I have gained a pound or two over night. That usually happens when I don't drink enough water the day before so I make sure that day to drink enough and the scale usually goes back down.
6. Wear the right clothing. If you aren't comfortable in what you're wearing, your going to be miserable when you are working out. The other day I wore one of my Utah State shirts on the treadmill and I was pulling at the neck the whole time because I felt like it was choking me. Never again will I workout wearing a crew neck shirt. I wear a tank or scoop neck t-shirt and shorts, capris or yoga pants. I also have a pair of cross trainers and some Reebok Runtones that I wear only when I'm on the treadmill. Doing anything else in them tends to be too strenuous and I'm afraid I will hurt myself.
7. I try to schedule my plans around my workouts. I know it sounds a little crazy and perhaps a little selfish but I like to take that time for myself and do something that is really good for me. It's something that no one else can do for me and I'm a better person for it. I'm happier and healthier and that's always a better person to be around, happy and healthy.
8. I try not to beat myself up if I miss a workout. My last post I talked about hiking up to Frary peak and getting blisters and a sunburn which caused me to not be able to do my routine for a few days. I also got sick a few weeks ago and decided to take a few days off and I sometimes have days where I just don't have the energy or motivation. If that happens, I try to drink plenty of water and eat as good as I can--which brings me to my diet...
2. I write down EVERYTHING I eat. I started this a long time ago and I have tried different methods (online, on my phone, etc) but the best method that works for me is a regular little notebook and pen. I don't worry too much about counting calories or anything like that, I just write down the foods. It makes me aware of what I am eating and you just start to naturally eat healthier. When I started I didn't think, "I can't have that because I'm going to have to write it down." I just ate it and wrote it down. After about a week, I started noticing that my meals were healthier and it happened all on its own.
3. I drink plenty of water. And I mean PLENTY! The more water you drink, the less your body holds onto. I try to fill up my camelback water bottle at least 3-4 times a day but in all honesty I really don't keep track. I just always have it with me and I find myself drinking it all the time because it's there. Jillian Michaels said that when you go to the bathroom, it should look like lemonade, not apple juice. It's kind of gross but that is stuck in my head.
4. I pack my lunch. I try to do this the night before but sometimes it doesn't happen but I always pack my lunch. It's healthier and i feel better when I don't eat out all the time. It also saves me money.
5. I eat every 3-4 hours (or at least I try). Eating little meals throughout the day helps my metabolism to stay active and I don't feel sluggish. I also don't get so hungry all the time.
6. I always try to make the healthier option. When I'm cooking I will use whole wheat flour instead of white when I can and I choose the fat free salad dressing and sauces instead of the whole fat stuff. The little changes are what makes the difference for me. At first I could tell the difference and wasn't sure if I would stick to them but after I got used to it, I don't want the old stuff anymore. It tastes unhealthy to me and my body doesn't want it.
That's what I am doing and it has been working for me. I hope I gave you a few tips that will work for you. It's definitely a lot of hard work but it is totally paying off. The biggest thing for me is that I can see my muscle getting more toned and stronger. I'm not as tired anymore and I feel a whole lot better. Before I started I constantly felt like I was coming down with a cold. I don't feel that way anymore and I know it's because of the change I have made.
3-4 medium red potatoes, cut into small wedges
3 TBS olive oil
1/3 C parmesan cheese (fresh is great, but expensive, so I use “shaker parm”)
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
sea salt to taste
Recently I have gone to see a couple at the theaters. I went with my sister in law Sue and her friend Serena to see Water for Elephants. Sue and I had both read the book so we were so excited to see how the movie turned out. I really liked the movie a lot. One I will definitely have to pick up when it gets released.
Then after Sue's baby shower, Whitney and I decided to go and see Bridesmaids. It was very funny and just a little naughty :) But the weird thing is there were all these older couples there seeing the movie too. They all had to be at least in their late 60s or 70s. Very odd...but entertaining.
This summer there are so many movies that are coming out that I am very excited about! The first one is Crazy Stupid Love with Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling. It looks fantastic!
The second one is the Change Up. I love Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. It looks like its gonna be a good one.
Another one I am excited for is The Help. I read this book a few months back and absolutely loved it. The movie looks even better than the book so I CANNOT wait to see it!
p.s. I highly recommend you read the book if you want to see the movie. It's so good!
I have been using a padded ottoman to sit at my desk but it was kind of difficult to stay there for more than a few minutes. My back wasn't supported and it was pretty low to the ground so the desk was about chest height when sitting. So I needed something different.
I quickly learned that chairs are not cheap! I've never had to buy one before and it isn't something I look for when I'm out shopping to compare prices so I had no idea how pricey they can be. I remember my parents getting a new dining set when I was little and storing the old one. The table and one chair is now my mom's sewing/gift wrapping table in her craft room and the other chair kind of floats around our house, being used when ever someone needs it for something. So I decided to take one of these chairs and refinish it. The seats had been recovered once but that was probably 15 years ago and the stain finish on them is older than me.
I got some sand paper and went to town! I sanded down every nook and cranny to try and get the glossy finish off so the paint would stick. That took about 2 and a half total hours (longer than I thought for one little chair.) Then I got some walnut brown, satin finish spray paint (one of my all-time favorite products) and sprayed the entire chair. One can was exactly 2 coats!
Then next came the seat. I got some 2-inch thick, high density foam from the fabric store to replace what was on the original seat. I covered that with batting and then fabric I fell in love with at the store. I am not so great at getting the corners to look right so my mom helped me out with that. She's such a good problem solver when it comes to stuff like that--love her! I originally wanted to make curtains out of this fabric but I really needed something darker so I went with some dark gray panels I found. But I couldn't stop thinking about this fabric so I thought this would be the perfect place to use it. I also got some extra because it was 50% off so I can make some pillows later!
And there you have it! Check out the before and after :)
Anyway, the video for Nothing for Granted was about to play when an advertisement popped up. Usually I skip the ads when the "skip" button appears but I was hooked in the first 2 seconds. "Times Square, New York. April 7, 2011. 10:45 AM." That's all it took.
How come nothing random and fantastic like this ever happens in Utah? It's just one more reason to add to the list of why I want to live in New York.
A few years ago I started reading Wicked. I was so excited and, to be honest, expected a Disney-esque storyline like what I have been told the musical is all about. But to my surprise, I was reading about mythological porn! Not something I was ready for. I kept on reading and eventually passed the graphic descriptions of certain...things...but I just couldn't finish the book. I just didn't find it interesting enough to keep my attention. But it remains in storage when maybe, one day, I will pick it up again.
The next book I sort of wish came with a rating is Water for Elephants. I haven't yet finished it but so far it has been a fantastic book. I really like the story and it has been an easy read. However, again there are just some graphic areas that I was expecting. I'm not saying that it's something that should or shouldn't be in the book but, sometimes just a little heads up would be nice. I've become so accustomed to having an idea of what's in store when I go to movies or watch TV shows so why should books be any different? Just give me a little bit of an idea of what I'm getting myself into.
Do you have any books that "surprised" you in this way? Also, if any of you have any suggestions for books that I need to read let me know! I need one for after I finish Water for Elephants.
p.s. The title of my blog is from an unknown author. I found it fitting...
This might sound a little nerdy but it's books like these that make me really wish I belonged to a book club. When I finish a book I really like to talk about it with other people. But since it usually happens that one copy of the book gets passed around between my friends and family, we end up all reading it at different times and never really get to talk about it. But pick this one up. Its a good one!
If you couldn't tell by the red tones in my hair and my pale, virtually untannable skin, I am Irish. Just a little but still it's there and let me tell you, those genes are very dominate! But hey, I have come to embrace it. It's who I am and I'm fine with that. So in honor of that and this glorious day, I have decided to celebrate with a little movie marathon. First Leap Year, then P.S. I Love You, and finally The Luck of the Irish.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
And spring is less than 2 weeks away! I wish I was in DC with all the pretty cherry blossoms! :)
This is my and my brother Chris getting ready for my preschool Halloween party. I was OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse when I was little so I wouldn't have settled to be anything else for Halloween. Check out my brother's costume. My mom got very creative and made it entirely herself. I remember going to the store with her the day before as she frantically searched for something to make him. I think it turned out great and I think its hilarious that I am a mouse and Chris is a dog and our noses and whiskers are both the same :)