Five Things on Friday

Hi Everybody, it’s Friday, woot woot! With the holidays, things are rockin’ and rollin’ and my schedule has been filled with fabulous festivities like the grand opening of my dear friend’s plus size bridal salon, holiday parties, and of course, working on getting in shape! I’ve been really good this week about doing some sort of exercise every day — mostly running with my couch to 5k app and then some yoga. I’m trying hard to maintain some level of “zen” in my life during the hectic but fun holiday season. I have a bunch of random things I wanna tell you about, so here’s my “Five for Friday”.

1) You really should read this article, “So You’re Feeling Too Fat To Be Photographed“. As someone who suffers from chronic doublechinitis, I can relate to the “Aghh! No Pictures!” phenomenon. However, the author’s life-changing experience gives her the perfect authority to speak on such a touchy subject — visually capturing the way you look when you don’t like the way you look. Read it, shed a little tear, and then smile big for the camera.

2) We have a WINNER!!!! Congrats to Melissa for winning the week of Diet to Go meals. I used a very complicated system (paper and pen) to tally up all your entries and pick the winner. Some of you pinned like crazy – you ROCK! We’ll be doing another amazing Diet to Go giveaway soon, so keep playing for your chance to win! Feeling lucky? There’s about one more day left to win some Prosperity Cinnamon. Enter now!

3) Do you guys have any tips for falling back asleep in the morning if you wake up too early? I know — sounds weird. Our kitten Oliver is almost a year old, and he likes to start causing chaos at about 5:00 A.M., either by knocking stuff over, chewing on things, or kneading my stomach with his jabby little kitten paws. UGH! It takes me about 45 minutes to fall back asleep after that. 5:00 A.M. is just TOO early to get started for the day… not gonna happen. Any tips? Do I need to lock him out of the room? 🙁

Early Morning Noise Maker.

Early Morning Noise Maker.

4) This time of year is hard for me food-wise, because I’m surrounded by holiday treats. I’ve been doing pretty well navigating so far (my jeans are loose! WOOHOO! Official weigh in is next week), but for some reason I go kookoo for peppermint and chocolate flavored things. At Trader Joe’s, I felt like my hands were magnetic to the Peppermint Joe Joe’s — but TWO cookies is 140 calories. Um, what?! I found a great alternative though! Try the Mini Dark Chocolate Shortbread Peppermint Stars. You can have 13 for 120 calories. Much better — volume eating.

5) I had the opportunity this week to share my story about my weight loss gain loss gain whatever-it-is on my dear friend Emmie’s blog this week. Go check it out, and if you don’t read Authentically Emmie, get to it. She’s the bee’s knees – and recently wrote an article in Ladies Home Journal!

Okay, guys, that’s all I got. I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Tell me what’s going on with you! Any great food finds? Exercise progress? Random feelings? Let it all out and let’s get our weekends started!


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7 thoughts on “Five Things on Friday

  1. For the 5:00am wake-up call, this is what we did/do with our older cat who just can’t seem to get over the obnoxious kitten stage of running through the vertical blinds at 5:45am. We: 1. got another kitten 2. started feeding the main meal between 7:00-8:00pm (read that one online, seemed to help) 3. yes locked him out, that lasted about 10 minutes because we heard the sound of carpet under our door being ripped up and endless meowing like he was dying (very dramatic) 4. I just get up way earlier than I want to on the weekends and start my day lol or take a cat nap with the cat on the couch
    And on another note, I have been guilty on thousands of occasions looking at a picture of myself and seeing everything wrong with it : /

  2. When my cat was in that age I used to just close the door to my bedroom so he could go crazy around the apartment at random hours without interrupting our sleep. We’d have the dog out there too so he wouldn’t be completely alone. We would also try to play with him in the evening with a laser pointer to try to get his energy out before bed. Now that he’s reaching 3 years old he’s calmed down but still randomly goes a little crazy. I think he mostly has is run-around-chasing-invisible-enemies burst of energy in the mornings now right as we’re leaving for work/school.

  3. Read your story on Emmie’s blog. I feel your pain. I was diagnosed with Pcos about 12 years ago. It is a struggle but there is possibility too. With lots of effort and some help I did have 2 kids despite infertility induced by Pcos. My weight is another story.

    • Hi Amy,
      Thank you for commenting. It’s going to be a long and irritating struggle, I have no doubt – but I love that you have two kids 🙂

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