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Friday, August 22, 2014

I promise

Jess,

I promise to forgive you.
I promise to try my hardest, knowing I haven't in the past.
I promise to feed you like I love you.
I promise to move because it feels good.
I promise to read so we can grow.
I promise to dance so we can smile.
I promise that the best is yet to come.

Love,

Jess

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

That one time I met the Oatmeal

I have been meaning to write about this for a while, and so why not today.

2 things you should know about me.
1. I am a nerd.
2. I love The Oatmeal.

A few months ago Denver had its annual Comic Con and I, of course, went. There were a lot of famous people that came, which was awesome, but none that I was as excited to see as The Oatmeal aka Matt Inman. I started reading The Oatmeal, his web comic, like 3 years ago, and I fell in love. His wit is just my style and I can't help but laugh at or relate to everything he creates. I have shared quite a bit of his stuff on my FB page because he writes a lot about health and fitness and the struggle.

A year or so ago he came out with a comic about running. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons I Run Long Distances. It was right when I was starting to get into running (or try to) and I loved his perspective. For once he was someone talking about running that didn't involve rainbows and unicorns! He talked about how it was hard and worth it and about the Blerch and all of that. All the stuff I could relate to. All this time I thought I was doing it wrong. I thought maybe running wasn't for be because it wasn't fun. It hurt and it sucked and I never enjoyed it, which seemed so different than what the rest of the world described. Except him.

The Oatmeal

So when he was announced as a guest at Comic Con, I had to go. I mean I was going to go anyway, its a meeting of my people, but I had to go see him. Here is another fun fact. My sister is a big fan too. And she lives really far away (i.e. in a different country) so I wanted to go and get an book autographed for her to surprise her. (note- I am terrible at surprises so she knows about it so I am not ruining the surprise here)

At Comic Con, I went to see him speak at his panel, which was awesome, then I waited in line to get his autograph. We waited for over an hour and a half, because he spent time to talk to and connect to every person in the line, and I was happy to wait. My husband and best friend, not as much but they love me so they stood there with me :D.

During his panel. 
When it was finally my turn, I tried to hold back the urge to word vomit how much I loved his stuff and blah blah blah but I am pretty sure I failed. But what I do remember is telling him about my sister, who loves broken kitties, like he does, and about how I was working on running and hoping to run a half marathon in the future. He was so nice and we talked about his cat and how the half marathon is his favorite running distance, and how its an awesome goal and how hard it would be to run here in Colorado compared to other places because of altitude and it was just a great 3 minute conversation. In the two books I got autographed, he drew a picture of a cat for my sister and a Blerch for me.




So yea.

It was a really awesome time and it was great to have a one on one convo with someone I super admire. And if you haven't heard of The Oatmeal, you should fix that in a hurry. Here are a few of my favorites to entertain you :D

This one
This
lol this one
Story of my life

Yeah just go here and read all of them.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Take me out to the Ballgame!

I love summer. I love the sun, the pool, eating BBQ and Baseball. I have been to a couple Rockies games this season, so I thought it would be fun to put together a cute outfit to wear to a game!

As you know I love Old Navy, so the main pieces are from there. The accessories are a little wishful thinking lol, but IF I had a Michael Kors purse, I would totally wear it with this outfit. Also- I can't be the only one who lusts over Kendra Scott earrings!

Rockies Style



I love mixing the grays with gold accents. I think it totally works here. AND Now I want to go to Old Navy and pick up those gray jeans and I want to order that hat! I love the pop of color! 
Fanatics has some really awesome hats for all different teams. I love wearing baseball caps and this one is totally my style. They have tons to choose from too. I really think the baseball cap makes this outfit!
The good thing is the Rockies have pretty colors to work with. I am a HUGE Broncos fan, but Orange is definitely not my color. :/ 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A round of applause

It is a well known fact that advertisements are photoshopped. I don't think anyone over the age of 13 is oblivious to this, so it is something we have all come to accept. But in this wave of body positivity culture, some companies are finally taking a pledge to be more realistic in their advertising.

I am a huge fan of Mod Cloth. I used to lust over their clothes before they offered a plus size section, and now that they do, I want to bathe in their stuff. It is trendy, fashionable and actually built for plus size women. And especially plus size YOUNG women. This has been my biggest complaint of plus departments in 90% of stores, specifically Kohls. I don't shop at Kohls because they apparently assume that if you are over a size 14 you are also 65. Anyhoo- not my point.

I was watching Good Morning America this morning (something I never do, but since I am sick it was something to watch in bed) and they mentioned that Mod Cloth had taken a pledge to not photoshop their images, at least to a point where it changes the model's size, shape or skin color. To this I say bravo! I am so happy that a company I admire is taking a stand against ridiculous photoshopping (looking at you Target) and embracing that every woman looks different, and that their customers WANT to see that! Gotta say I LOVE it.

And, according to this Time article, Aerie (the underwear part of American Eagle) is also taking a pledge against photoshopping and using more imperfect women in their photos. Woop! I don't even care that they aren't plus sized, any step in the right direction is fine by me.

How do you feel about photoshopping in fashion? Plus size or otherwise.  As a woman with a less than perfect body, I love to see photos of women looking awesome with less than perfect bodies. For example I went over the Aerie website and on the front page saw a beautiful girl who was toned with stretch marks! THANK YOU! :D
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Oh the amusement!

I try to avoid amusement parks. I didn't go to them regularly as I was gaining weight, so when we went to Universal Studios for my honeymoon, it was a bit of a wakeup call.

Not only was I not able to fit in half the rides I wanted to ride, I had to face that embarrassment of checking. We would stand in line for over an hour, get to the front and only my husband could ride. I could have died. The first time through the Harry Potter ride, I was turned down, only to find out they have a larger seat on some of the cars that I was able to fit in, so I got to ride it. But still, you can't even IMAGINE my embarrassment getting to the front of the line only to find out I wouldn't fit in the ride.

MORTIFIED. In fact- it almost ruined amusement parks for me all together. Especially the Rock n Roller Coaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rock it (oops- wrong name- I knew it was something rock and roll-y)

We waited in line forever to ride this ride, and we were with friends so I would have been especially horrified to have to get off this one. We sit down, and all seems like its going to be fine, except the harness on this one is different. Instead of an over the shoulder harness, its an "around the waist" kind. This:


So when I pushed it around and it clicked and I could still breathe, I was pretty happy! Until the ride attendant came around. They always try to get it to close even tighter (so you don't fall out, I get it) and when she pushed it, part of my thigh got stuck between the latch and the side and got pinched. Bad. The whole way through I was in pain, crying, and when we finished, I had a bruise the size of Texas on my leg.

I have had an aversion to roller coasters ever since.

This weekend, some friends invited us to Elitch Gardens, which is an amusement park in town. I haven't been since I was 12 years old, so I wanted to go, but I was terribly nervous. Was I going to be able to fit? I know I have lost weight since my honeymoon, but I was still pretty scared. The first ride we went on was a roller coaster, so I knew if it didn't workout for that ride, I was probably out for the rest of them.

But as I pulled down my harness and locked it in, it closed! And it didn't squish me! And when the girl came over to push it down more, it clicked again and still wasn't squishing! I breathed a huge sigh of relief and was able to enjoy the day.

We went on quite a few rides, and went to the water park too and we had a great time. And I didn't have to worry about not getting to ride any of the rides or having to stand on the sidelines. It was glorious.

Here is a side by side- my honeymoon and today, same shirt.


Sometimes its the non scale victories that are the best :D
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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Struggle

As you all know, I have struggled a lot with my weight in the last year. At my highest in the last 12 months, I weighed 255, and at my lowest, 229. I am now in the low 240's, but thats not my exact point.

Weight loss is hard. Most of you know this. I just want to address the misconception that when you decide to lose weight, that it is going to be easy, consistent and immediate. Because its not. Weight loss is a process, and one that usually includes some gains along the way. Life happens, and just because if you zoom out if looks like you didn't lose any weight, know that it isn't telling the whole story.

There are a lot of things that can factor into this. For me, it has been having a tumultuous year. I would lose a lot, gain a little, lose some more, then something else would happen and I would gain it back. THIS is life. Is it awesome? No, not at all. And for most people, it's really discouraging. But you have to remember that this isn't a short term process. This is for the long haul. When I got into this, I knew my goal of losing 150 lbs wasn't going to happen over night. That is a FUCKTON of weight. Like an entire person. But I knew that if I didn't let minor set backs completely derail me that I could do it. I didn't set a time frame, I didn't want to do it unhealthily so I have been figuring things out as I go. 

And another thing, along those lines, I have had to figure this shit out as I went along! I have tried everything in the book to lose weight. Crash diets, clean eating, working out with a trainer, working out at home, running, yoga, etc. I have discovered a lot of things I like, a lot of things I don't, but I am still trying to figure out what will work for me long term. Sure I could stop eating all the carbs, but I don't want to lose 150 lbs, bring carbs back into my life and gain it all back. That is not my idea of success. 

This is one year of progress. If you go by the scale, I haven't lost much. But my body begs to differ. 


So if you are out there, struggling, looking at the same kind of graph that I am, you aren't alone. This shit is hard. But it doesn't get easier by giving up. So strap on your shoes and try again today. And tomorrow. And every day because success will come with consistency. Keep your head up- you will get there. 


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quest Protein Chips Review

SO this is totally a review for Quest Protein Chips. I was given 3 bags of chips for free in exchange for my review. But don't worry, the opinions are all my own. 




When I saw that Quest was coming out with a chip, I got excited! I used to eat chips a lot but I don't really eat them anymore. I will occasionally grab their Quest Bars, when I am near a GNC, so I knew they made good stuff. It was also cool that they are packed with protein.

Now for someone like me, who doesn't count macros, or try to reach a certain level of protein a day, this was less important, but a nice bonus. Protein keeps you full, helps you recover from workouts and has lots of benefits for your body. But I can totally see how these would be a god send for anyone counting their macros or trying to eat a high protein diet.

Taste

Overall- they were good! The texture is different from a normal chip, but if you don't expect that you are fooling yourself. The flavor tho was really good, and satisfied the "chip" cravings. I especially liked the BBQ. It had a good smokey BBQ chip flavor and I couldn't stop eating them. I also liked the Sea Salt, but I am a chip purist- plain old baked lays are my fave. The Cheddar and Sour Cream was good too- had the same flavor as those orange chips.

Nutrition

I was happy that they were only 120 calories, and that they had 21grams of protein, which is a lot more protein than normal chips. And they only have 2 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbs. Not too shabby. The BBQ flavor does have 230 mgs of sodium, which is kinda high, but right on point with Lays, which have 270. The sea salt are comparable too, 190 for Quest, 170 for Lays. I also like that they are soy free.

Overall

Would I buy them? Maybe? I don't eat chips, and I don't follow a high protein diet. But I totally recommend them if you need more protein in your life. They are satisfying and I would buy them for that reason. But if I become the kind of person who counts macros or goes on a high protein diet, they are a great snack.



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