It’s Saturday, Saturday!

First weekend home from our trip, soooo glad for Saturdays right now!  I jumped on the scale to see what I’ll be starting at on Monday (Day 1 of reboot), the weight was 168.2 which isn’t actually as bad as I though it’d be.  I was 162.2 from roughly August 3rd until September 14th when I was off the diet the whole time, and then gained 6 lbs during the cruise?  I’ll take that.

I’m also pretty excited that the amount is only 6 pounds.  I’m sure I don’t have too much glycogen to get rid of (water weight) unfortunately, so I’m not thinking week 1-reboot will be a huge loss.  I’m still hoping to get back down at least a pound a week, that’ll be 15 pounds in 15 weeks…so by January hopefully I’ll be down to about 150.0.

I’ve started looking at this diet as a lifestyle, and I’m OK with that.  It may take me a while to get to the weight I really would like (135ish) and I may need some time to adjust to the loss (body image) but again, that’s OK.  I turn 28 years old in just over 2 weeks, I have a lot of life left to live.  Once I get close to my goal weight, I think I’m going to start doing small weight training for gaining a bit of muscle tone, probably in my arms and stomach.

Oh well, just checkin’ in, peace out ya’ll!

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One Day Too Late

Listening to Skillet’s One Day too Late, love this song it’s crazy, and the lyrics have always really spoken to me.

Songwriters: Cooper, John; Howes, Brian;

Tick tock, hear the clock countdown
Wish the minute hand could be rewound
So much to do and so much I need to say
Will tomorrow be too late?

Feel the moment slip into the past
Like sand through an hourglass
In the madness, I guess, I just forget
To do all the things I said

Time passes by, never thought I’d wind up
One step behind, now I’ve made my mind up

Today, I’m gonna try a little harder
Gonna make every minute last longer
Gonna learn to forgive and forget
‘Cause we don’t have long, gonna make the most of it

Today, I’m gonna love my enemies
Reach out to somebody who needs me
Make a change, make the world a better place
‘Cause tomorrow could be one day too late
One day too late, one day too late

Tick tock, hear my life pass by
I can’t erase and I can’t rewind
Of all the things I regret the most I do
Wish I’d spent more time with you

Here’s my chance for a new beginning
I saved the best for a better ending
In the end I’ll make it up to you
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/skillet-lyrics/one-day-too-late-lyrics.html ]
You’ll see, you’ll get the very best of me

Time passes by, never thought I’d wind up
One step behind, now I’ve made my mind up

Today, I’m gonna try a little harder
Gonna make every minute last longer
Gonna learn to forgive and forget
‘Cause we don’t have long, gonna make the most of it

Today, I’m gonna love my enemies
Reach out to somebody who needs me
Make a change, make the world a better place
‘Cause tomorrow could be one day too late

Your time is running out
You’re never gonna get it back
So make the most of every moment
Stop saving the best for last

Today, I’m gonna try a little harder
Gonna make every minute last longer
Gonna learn to forgive and forget
‘Cause we don’t have long, gonna make the most of it

Today, I’m gonna love my enemies
Reach out to somebody who needs me
Make a change, make the world a better place
‘Cause tomorrow could be one day too late

One day too late, one day too late
One day too late, one day too late

This song always seems to inspire me.  I have 5 days left of living large, and then it’s back to the diet for me.  I’m not dreading going back on the diet, rather, I’m excited about having the simplicity come back, and I know I can continue my journey to making me look the same on the outside as I feel on the inside.

Back from Alaska!

Well, I successfully made it back from Alaska, go team!  I made a blog for that trip alone, and now realize that was silly, as it’s going to be freakishly long posts about the various aspects of the cruise.  I weighed in from the ship at 170.0 , which was a sad sad day, but only 5 more days until I go back onto phase 1 of the diet, so I’m looking forward to dropping my excess 5 lbs along with an additional 15-20, get me down to about 145.0 and take a look at where I am when I get there.

The trip was amazing, the food was “eh” so so, the staff were phenomenal, and not having internet for 9 days just about did me in I’m afraid! Haha!  Well, I was just checking in, it’ll be back to recipes and daily updates here in a week, keep me in line ya’ll!

Tech

Here’s a surprise: I’m still infatuated with Guild Wars 2 a week after launch, entering the final 20-level spread of the PvE game with PvP and World vs. World and all the other potential character builds and instanced stories in the offing. At this rate, I’ll either need a TARDIS or a 12-step program to break away long enough to finish The Last Story, Dragon’s DogmaLittleBigPlanet (for PS Vita) and Resident Evil 6. If I sound like a broken record…well, a broken record wouldn’t play, so let’s just call me a skipping needle.

You’ve maybe seen my list of things I didn’t care for in Guild Wars 2, which honestly took some putting together given how few and far between the foibles are. Here’s another that took almost no time at all: a list of things I love about the game, and what I think it…

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Remembering 9/11

Today is a day of remembrance. Do you remember where you were 11 years ago today? I do. I was sitting in Chemistry with Mrs. Stucky at Roosevelt High School. She gets a phone call in the class room, and then goes out into the hall for a few minutes, and comes back with a TV. My first thought was “Sweet! Movie!”. She proceeded to turn on the TV, and it seems like every channel as something about these two towers that were falling down. I had never heard of the World Trade Center, my head buried firmly under a rock when it came to current events and the news, but I was shocked, and angry, that some jackass was flying a plane into a building. I thought it was an accident at first, but when they said it happened again, I knew it couldn’t be an accident.
We sat in silence, watching it all unfold, and then the bell rang. For a moment, we all just looked at eachother. Do we actually go to our next class? Does this mean someone is coming to war in America? What happens next? We were shuffled out of the room and into the hallway, filled with other students, teenagers, raving one way or another about the attacks. I moved to my next class, American Studies with Mrs. Sitter and Mrs. Schmitz. As I walked in, I saw the TV already up and running against one of the walls. We all sat down, and the few kids who were dumb enough to make a smart ass comment were quickly put in their place by the teachers.
The moment I finally realized the gravity of the situation was when I looked into the face of these teachers who had so much humor and always were smiling and laughing, and I saw something akin to despair mixed with horror. It’s amazing, how youth react to adults, reading their response and learning from it.

Kris and I had this discussion a few weeks ago after watching Newsroom on HBO. For me, there are two moments in history that I will never forget: 9/11 and the day that the president addressed the nation and said that we got Osama Bin Laden.

To my generation: This is our war, this is our Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Pearl Harbor. What do you remember from today 11 years ago?