Monday, January 28, 2013

2012 Year in Review

January:

- Went to California for my sister's birthday
- Ate at the Ivy
- Went to Disneyland
- Had the most delicious meal of my life at Blue Bayou inside of Disneyland (the Monte Cristo sandwich)
- Read The Hunger Games in one day
- Read the other two Hunger Games books in about 2 weeks

February:

- Drank too much, ate too much, had a generally fun time
- Helped pack up my dear friends and saw them off to Kansas (insert crying spell here)
- Participated in the Presidential Caucus
- Saw Mitt Romney speak twice, shook his hand both times

March:

- Visited my friend Lindsay in San Francisco
- Had a pretty sweet night out for St. Patrick's Day
- Baked a lot
- Was a delegate at the Clark County Republican Convention
- Went to a midnight showing of "The Hunger Games" with friends, like a 12 year old

April:

- Nothing cool comes to mind

May:

- Made 100 cupcakes for a wedding

June:

- Worked on my tan all day, everyday (I didn't get very tan)
- Read The Help (great book!)
- Drank too much, ate too much, had a generally fun time

July:

- Flew to Kansas
- Helped my friend move
- Went to Wamego, KS and visited the Oz Museum and Winery (win!)
- Drank too much, ate too much, had a generally fun time
- Got plowed into by a guy whose "brakes failed" and thought for sure I would die while I was in mid-spin in the middle of a Kansas highway
- Rode in an ambulance for the first time
- Was admitted to the ER
- Drove to Missouri
- Went to Silver Dollar City
- Saw the Cardinals play the Dodgers in St. Louis
- Baked 200 cupcakes for my cousin's wedding
- Spent some time visiting family in Missouri
- Officially diagnosed with with whiplash

August:

- Met Rob and Kyle of Matchbox Twenty at a radio event
- Went to New York City
- Spent 6 days there
- Went to Los Angeles to see the Cardinals win against the Dodgers in 12 innings
- Saw Mitt Romney speak again, shook his hand again
- Started Chiropractic treatment, went 3 times a week
- Took two COM classes
- Baked a lot

September:

- Went to the Today Show to see Matchbox Twenty
- Went to Bite of Las Vegas and saw Matchbox Twenty again
- Obsessed over the Cardinals
- Chiropractor 3 times a week
- Baked a lot

October:

- Went to Utah for my birthday
- Spent 3 days in isolation at a cabin in the woods
- Turned 26 in peace
- Still obsessed over the Cardinals
- Cried when they lost in the NLCS
- Was Mary Poppins for Halloween
- Had a rockin' Halloween party
- Volunteered for Mitt Romney, met Jon Voight (nice guy!) while making phone calls
- Chiropractor 3 times a week
- Baked a lot

November:

- Cried when Mitt Romney lost the presidential election
- Went to Kansas to visit friends
- Went to the movies on Thanksgiving
- Chiropractor 3 times a week
- Baked a lot

December:

- Got an A- and a B in my COM classes
- Baked a lot
- Had a rockin' Christmas party
- Had a wonderful Christmas
- Had a nice, big, goblet of wine on a low key New Year's Eve

Always Alright

Here's the thing: I have put on a considerable number of pounds in the last year and now I'm trying to take it off. So, because I have this fancy schmancy blog...I'm going to use it to keep myself accountable.

I started doing Weight Watchers and counting points (again) last Sunday, January 20 and by yesterday, January 27, I was down 6.2 lb. I've decided that between that and working out more often, I have developed a pretty good plan to get back into shape and into my favorite jeans.

Weight is and has always been an issue for me. 3 years ago I lost 60 lb. It took about 9 months of eating well and working my ass off (quite literally) but I did it. I was proud of myself. And I looked and felt great! My hormones were all out of whack from losing weight too quickly and I didn't have a period for 7 months at one point. But dammit, I was thin. I then leveled out and maintained a pretty healthy weight for my body type and I decided to start running and a little 5K lead me to a half marathon at the end of 2010. While training for that, I was in the best shape of my life! I was comfortable and happy with my weight and overall health. I even did another half marathon at the end of 2011! (Which I am not proud to say that I did not train properly for, but did it anyway.) And then 2012 happened. My Lord, did it HAPPEN. I am 99.99% sure I had Illio-tibial band syndrome which is caused by overworking your legs so, in early 2012 I really slacked off on the running and working out in general. Running too much/not training properly is what causes the ITBS in the first place so I just stopped running altogether. And my ITBS went away. Imagine that. Then I got lazy, I got bored, I had no motivation. Cut to gaining some weight back and feeling like a big, (let's just say it) fat, failure. I went up 2 pant sizes and my boobs got ginormous -- which is not a good thing. So, now here I am... a chubby girl wearing the size 10 jeans I swore I would never wear again, who has come to terms with the fact that I let myself go. It's my own fault and I can openly admit that. Shit happens.

I've recommitted to getting back to what I was though. I've actually been using my gym membership that I pay for each month and running here and there. It feels good! So, here I go again. My favorite jeans are calling my name.

I'll update every week with my results. And I'm pretty sure no one reads this anyway so this works out nicely; I get to put all of this out there and yet know that no one will see it. Win win.