Friday Five

Hello, hello! Since I’ve been Christmas shopping, Christmas Party-ing, and wrapping up all kinds of side projects, the poor little Double Chin Diary has had a bit of an unintentional Christmas break. However, life happens and that’s totally cool. It’s all about #wycwyc. If you see me using #WYCWYC on instagram posts, here’s what it means:

  1. to do what you can when you can.
  2. to acknowledge that by doing the best you can when you can, it is enough.

In the spirit of #wycwyc (founded by two amazing FitBloggin ladies, Roni and Carla), my post for today is short n’ sweet, bullet list style. That’s all I got! 🙂

1) I’ve been soooo busy getting ready for Christmas, BUT, I refuse to drive like a nut! Have you guys noticed that in the holiday weeks, people are so grouchy, and in particular, driving like crazy people?! Be careful out there. Saving a minute on the road is not worth losing your life or endangering others. Ok, my preachy PSA is over.

2) I’m looking forward to going back to a lower-carb routine in a few days. I’ve been indulging here and there on sugary things, and while the temporary “yum!” satisfaction is nice, I feel all tired and sluggish after. It will be good to get back to eatin’ lean and mean. Check out this amazing spread that my friend Shelley made this year. HOLY YUM, right? I can’t blame her for any of my calorie overloading (I wish!) but this picture was too epic to not share. (Also – shameless plug – she makes ADORABLE cat-nip toys for kitties. Her shop is on a brief vacation, but we’re gonna do a giveaway in the new year!)

Shelley's Winter Wonderland

Shelley’s Winter Wonderland

3) You should watch this video “10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy“. Some powerful words, indeed.

4) I’ve now added Fish Oil in to my daily supplements, and I can happily report back that I have had NO FISH BURPS! Remember my strange fear of this awhile back? The trick seems to be spending a little more on a high quality omega-3 supp. I’m using Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula, 180-Count. (If you click this link and buy it, I might make like .2c. Full disclosure!)

5) For a Christmas gift for myself, I’m going to get myself the FitBit Force. I almost got a Flex, but the Force has a display on the front that will let me see steps walked, calories burned, and my sleep directly on the bracelet, without having to check my phone. Because as much as I love my phone, sometimes I want to “accidentally” forget it somewhere remote for a couple of days. Once I receive it, you’ll get the full scoop. I’m hoping this will motivate me to keep it up, activity wise, on the day to day. (Pssst. New year’s resolution? GET UP FROM MY DESK DURING WORK and WALK! Sitting is the new smoking!)


Are you guys getting yourself a Christmas gift? What is it?!

Waiting to lose weight and a dialect vlog!

Hey Y’all – or, Hey Everybody –

So since this is a weight loss blog I guess I need to talk about my progress, or lack there of. My weigh in this Thursday was totally lame-o, because I tracked, didn’t overeat and started going to the gym, and I gained .2 of a pound. Damnit! I was pissed at the scale, but…. oh well. Life goes on. Being fat for one more day will not ruin everything! I’m really liking my new gym – going to sit in the hottub after a workout is a little piece of heaven.  I also got my first spa facial today (added the prefix SPA so the men reading this blog are less inclined to snicker….), and that in itself was this crazy epic skin adventure! I’ll probably write a separate post about it, cuz basically it was an intense face massage (felt good) and an upscale zit popping session! Interesting experience, for sure. But anyways, enough about this boring weight loss stuff (haha), today’s post is much more interesting thanks to KJPUGS! She posted a Dialect Vlog on her blog and I knew I had to do it!!

I have always had interesting comments about my voice because I was born in Chicago, lived in Florida for awhile, and now live in California. I occasionally slip back into my Chicago tone by saying things like “MAM! IT’S HAT OUTSIDE!” (Translation: Mom, it’s hot outside), and sometimes Matt teases me because I say “oh my gad”. (That long o, flattened with an A, is a Chicago trademark). But – my dad says I’m a valley girl, which is now true because I live in the San Fernando valley! If you watch KJPug’s video, you can already hear a few differences in things she says vs what I say – she lives in Indiana!

I also decided to do this because in a few weeks, I’m giving a lecture on social media at CSUN. I’m kind of scared because 150 people are invited to the event (EGADS!!!), and it’s going to be filmed and broadcast online. So – I figured this was good practice to get used to seeing my mug on the tube. Anyways – you should really do the video too – this is a really cool idea, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing it about on NPR pretty soon 😉

Here were the instructions:

Words to say: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And the questions to answer are:

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
  • body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
  • groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Here I am – doesn’t my ficus tree look lovely? *random and nobody cares, but had to say it for personal satisfaction (I’m a big plant nerd)*
So come on – DO IT!!!! And don’t forget to let me know if you do – I can’t wait to see it!

Wanna watch other dialect vlogs? Check more out here!

Cole at Adventures in Love and Happiness

Katie at She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles

Angel at Confessions of a College Angel