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Thursday, January 23, 2014

January Doldrums . . .

                    Okay, it’s January. . .

The Holidays are officially over

The Christmas Music collection has been tucked away

Christmas books and stories are also a memory

We had a gingerbread decorating party, which was a ton of fun. . .

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I would say these kidos did a great job on their houses!

. . . The house that stayed here is all eaten up
(the one on the bottom left)

Christmas was awesome this year, 

in fact, I would list it in the top 5 of favorite Christmases ever.

                                      but let it be known. . .

thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving is still my favorite Holiday
(I found this cute little guy on a google search)

alas, Christmas has been put in boxes and cold storage for the next 11 months

. . . and here we are back to Boring ol January

                              we have begun a new year. . .

. . . and reality has settled in BIG TIME . . .


Happy New Year!

Instead of Christmas Neighbor Gifts, we delivered New Year Greetings to our neighbors  

This is also when I determined that my jersey’s are making me claustrophobic, and sadly not because they have shrunk, but I fill them out, literally, and they make me look. . . well, okay there is no other way to state it. . .

pilsburry dough boy

my figure is a closer resemblance of the Pillsbury Dough Boy . . .

. . . a whole lot closer resemblance than a cyclist!
Except my "pudges" are not cute like this little dude

and it’s high time to get back into shape!

Since being engaged which happened in September 2012 to the beginning of this current year I have embarrassingly packed on 24 pounds. . .

now, that is more depressing than having a birthday in January!

just after Thanksgiving, Superman and I decided to kick it into gear and do something about this growing problem. . .  the plan was working and I was feeling pretty good about my accomplishments, then came Christmas. . .

UGH. . . 

I didn’t fall off the wagon. . .

oh, no. . . I jumped off!


yeah. . . That about sums it up

it was DELISH, until January when the reality bell struck AGAIN,
 and the sad realization that I had lost all ground gained,

or, would it be better to say I gained all ground lost?

                           either way it translates to the the same thing. . .

I get to start over

                                              . . . Now that IS depressing!

But I have no one to blame but myself, so I will stop whining now

If you notice on the side bar of da blog, there are only 140 days – 

       that’s only 20 weeks until our first event!

So it is high time I decide to get serious with this size reduction thing. . .

I refuse to ride outside with friends,

luckily it’s also FREEZING COLD, which is a much better sounding excuse than, oh, thanks for the invite, but I don’t want you to see me bulging out of my clothing. . . besides, none of my winter attire fits!

Which my friends is the real story

. . . I wonder what the Pillsbury Dough boy would look like in spandex?

My Birthday is in January too

I have bemoaned this fact since about Kindergarten, which is when I realized that you can’t really have a birthday party in January. . .

Honestly, January is a Frozen world of BORING

This is the month that I begin to look forward to spring

The wonderful thing about this birthday that made it different from the rest of them. . . I had Superman here to spoil me all day long!

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that was a happy thing, a VERY happy thing.

We went out for an early dinner and got the early-bird special which included Crème Brulee which was divine. . . and I sort of fell off the wagon,

but because it was early in the day, 

AND it WAS my Birthday,

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(photo from elements fb page)
Trust me, it WAS as delicious as it looks!

I decided it was okay for just this one meal,
I skipped lunch so I could balance it out and further justify a delicious dinner.

Today?  I’m back on track and feeling good again.

Now for the exciting News:

If I loose 10 lbs during the month of January. . . I get a reward!

                            I LOVE REWARDS. . . 

                                                          Who doesn’t love rewards? 

but my reward is the best

you see, I have this HUGE weakness in life. . . 

. . . it’s called ice-cream

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every month Dairy Queen has the Blizzard of the Month, Which is usually a new and different flavor. . .

the deal is:  if I meet the minimum requirements I get to go on a field trip to Layton/Kaysville/Centerville and purchase a small cup of frozen deliciousness. . .

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                        No, there is no DQ where I live, we get to travel for this treat, 

              which I have happily, eagerly and willingly done for two years now

. . . Trust me, it’s worth the 60 minute drive!

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I’ve been getting the blizzard of the month EVERY MONTH for two years now, It would be tragical to break this tradition now all because of a couple of pounds, so this in essence keeps me motivated.

What I’m doing is relatively easy. . . or so it appears to be quite simple. . .

. . . cut back on how much food I consume

simple enough?

                     yeah, right

the first two weeks are the worst as my brain and body argue at great lengths, coming to a conclusion and agree on what is really enough nutrition to survive on.

In the end, It’s not nearly as much as I was consuming before I began.  

         That fact is obvious or I wouldn’t have gained this tub of weight over the past year

But Superman and I have determined that it is better to “fast-track” and just get it over with, rather than be on a “diet” all summer!

At this point it will be nip & tuck for January’s Blizzard of the month. . . 

but . . .

If I’m GOOD, I can pull it off, so that is my motivation for today, 

. . . as I sit here eating my celery sticks

                        All for a Blizzard. . . 

                                                     . . . and to be closer to fitting in my fav pants once again

and to being able to get myself over the top of the mountain 

in June,
in August,
and again September
in record time

it will be worth it in the end, of that I am certain!  

and that my friend is where the real motivation lies!

but for today, the motivation is my Blizzard 

. . . only 2 1/2 lbs to go, I think I can do it.

Thanks for your support and joining me in my journey to health, fitness, and feeling great. . .

It should be a fabulous 2014!


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